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Individual Character Sheet
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Name: (Full name, and nicknames).
Age/Birth Date: (x-) / (mm/dd/yyyy)
Race/Origin:Race (Country ; (father/mother) + Race ( Country; father/mother)
Birth Place: City, Country.
Zodiac Sign: (Depending on the culture they identify with, or what you're familiar with)
Class In Society Now/ Growing Up: (Lower/Middle/Upper; City/Country)
Sex: (F/M/etc.)
Gender: (What do they identify as? Ex. Female, Male, Trans, Gender queer, etc.)
Orientation: (Preference in partner(s). )
Main/Major/Minor/Side (Circle or Highlight)
? relationship to main character:
Character Transition: (How do they change from the start of the story to the end.)


Quick Look Characteristics

Zodiac Sign Stereotype: (Include only relevant information.)


Character Traits:

Best:  (Simple 1 to 3 word, words only.)
Worst: (Simple 1 to 3 word, words only.)

This character is capable of: lying, cheating, stealing, killing, fighting, hating. (Circle or highlight)
? why?;

Physical Traits;

Height: xxx. Weight: xxx. Body Type; (Fit, lean, fat, pudgy, fluffy, muscular, ripped, etc.)

Birthmarks/Scars/Tattoos:
? Significance?;
Handicaps: (Physical and Mental)

Complexion: x. Hair: x Eyes: x Eyebrows: x Lips: x Mouth: x (Describe in words, do not draw.)

Stomach: x. Structure: x. (Describe in words, do not draw.)

Common Clothing/Accessories:

Specific Outfits:
Accessories:

Clothing Style:

Character History

Family Information- (History of the parents, siblings, any major events in childhood. Were the parents divorced, etc. etc. )

Occupations of parents/siblings:


Significant Events Related To Life Before Current: (Current is sort of up to interpretation, basically it means your 'starting point' whether or not you have drawn it/written it out and publish it yet.)


Best/Worst Experiances (So far?) (Same as above, up to the current situation.)

Best:
Worst:


Personal


Other people's opinion on character: (What do the other characters in the story think of them?)

Opinion of self:

Why dislike/like this character? (If you were the audience why would you...) 

Like:
Dislike:

How is this character different from the others? (In the story.)

Profession:

Political Party:

Military: Y/N (Circle or highlight one); If so; Service?

Sports: (Do they play? Are they into it?)

Taste in music, art, books, TV? Music-
Art-
TV;

Hobbies:

Favorite/Least Food/Drink:
Favorite:
Least:

Description of Home: (What does this characters house/room/apartment/etc. look like. What's in it?; persona suggestion: Actually look it up. Go apartment shopping online. Take a tour.)

Sense of Humor: (What makes them laugh? Add a few jokes.)

Repeated Mannerisms: (Habits, things they say/do often.)

Darkest Secret:

What they are keeping from other characters:

Personal Relationships:

Role Model(s): (Name)
? (why)

Views on marriage/relationships/sex rules:
Marriage:
Relationships:
Sex Protocol:
Sex Likes/Dislikes Specific:
Divorced: Y/N (Circle or high light one.)
     ?Why-

In Love- Y/N (Circle or highlight one)
? Who/Why:

Children? Y/N
? Names/Quick Description:

Best Friend: (Name)
: (why, what do they do for each other)

Enemies: (Who and why. List significant enemies in separate paragraphs.)


Beliefs and Behavior

Basic Religious/Spiritual Belief:
Attend Church? Y/N (Circle or highlight one)
? Why/not:

Ambitions: (What are they trying to achieve?)
Deepest Wish:
Predictions of Future: (Where does the character see their life going?)
Feelings on Current Situation: (How do they feel about where they are in life currently?)

How does this character react to extreme circumstances:

How does the character handle problems:

How does the character relax:

What is their biggest fear? ;
[EDIT; UPDATED MAY 04 2013]

This is by far not a complete sheet but I figure it's a good starting point for people interested in fleshing out their characters.

It's the one I'm using at the moment for the characters of Anjulie. I've only finished a few of them but I figured I'd throw up the template just in case anyone wanted to use it.

No credit needed if you do, just fave if you intend on using it so I know it's useful. :]

Edit: I don't know how to use this crappy html thing it's making me do so sorry for things not being pre-bolded and shit.

ALSO; Here are some other great references you guys can use if you haven't already.

[link] <- Much more detailed.

And [link] <- I use this very often! I recommend you guys do too!
And the original that the above was adapted from- [link] <- I also use this a lot.

And this [link] by the same author as the one right above; text based super detailed.
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ChiefRunningWall Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is a good character sheet for fleshing out a D&D character, who's background history will add immersion to the game and probably make for some neat quests, but for a scripted story character, the sheet doesn't have much use. Some of the fields most likely don't have much impact on the story (Favorite food, Style of dress, Political Party...). I'm not saying no one should make a story about a food critic, maybe, or perhaps a character with a funny fav. food as an ongoing joke. You could make a great political novel if you wanted to, but these fields are dependent on the setting and theme, and a generic character sheet shouldn't cater to one type of setting of theme. Other information, like your numerical height, weight, and age fields should really should be relative (old/young character, in relation to others? in relation to readers? in general?), and the whole section on physical attributes should be shortened greatly. We still don't know what the author wants out of the characters and out of the story. Their zodiac symbols could be completely irrelevant, same with their sexual preferences. Or maybe one. Or both! Maybe the author wants a story about about gypsy-robot sex fiends, who knows? In the end, most of the information won't last long, since it probably wasn't worth the ink to begin with. Even so, there are a few questions I want to point out that I think are fantastic:

1: Character Transition                  //This probably won't last, but it's good to ask in a general way. Is he going to find what he was looking for or achieve his ambition? Will he think it was worth it once he found it? At the very least, this get's the ideas flowing for the actual story.

2: Character History                     //Should be brief. You should condense this with family and experiences. Helps to answer why the character does whatever she does.

3,4,5: (Other's/Self's/Audience's intended) opinion of character is he (objectively) a good or a bad character. (Maybe describe relative good and bad characteristics in Char. Hist. As the story progresses, does her opinion change? better or worse? These details really lather on the feels at the end of a book. And, very important, does the audience agree with the author's, character's, and other characters' opionion?

6: Darkest Secret               //Not always applicable, but used often enough that I think it should be here. Some stories might not have one alltogether, but for ones that do, it's important to keep it in mind while continuing to flesh out the character and in fleshing others. How do the other characters find out about it, if they do? If they don't, how much does the audience know? How will that affect question 5?

6: Personal Relationships           //Implies a little too much IMHO, "GFs/BFs". Personal Relationships should include any direct interaction this character has with other (important) characters. How did X react when Y told him Z's reason for doing so-and-so? How did he change his attitude toward Z? Towards Z's friends and allies? Towards Z, himself?

7: Ambitions            //Should be combined with deepest wish, whether realized or not. Ambitions should drive the characters actions throughout the story. Maybe add reasons for ambitions in history.

8: Predictions of the future          //Might change in the exposition, might last for the whole storyline. Really, should be vague.

9: How does the character react to (extreme) situations? //Generally, how do problems change their interactions with other characters? Also, technical. Do they play-by-ear or plan more? Fleshy details.

And I have to add one.
10: What is the character's role in the story?          //Of course! I don't really mean Pro/Antagonist, The Chick, The Scrappy, The Lancer, and so on, although there's no reason not to add that here. But what effect does the character have on the plot as a whole? Does he take stage in the prequel? Maybe he blunder's the event's leading up to the main storyline, and has to correct that by slaying the dragon or pass the torch to his predecessor, or something. This is the 'what' question. What does he do? Why is he important and even worth mentioning tin the story?
Just a note, the character could be something simple, like comedy relief, or even not a fully-fledged character, just a MacGuffin Girl. Either way, This is a good question.

When building characters (and character sheets), what's important are not the 'what' questions, but the why's. It's more interesting to discover why Z hid his dark secret. Let's say Z destroyed X's best friend, Y's relationship with her family (why? Because...). Y is X's best friend, and they got involved in some shady stuff that X's family found out about. Y couldn't stand the idea of X being ostracized by her family, so she asked Z to tell X's family it was all Y's fault and X just happened to get mixed in. I think the example's kind of crappy, but I made it up on the spot. I'm sure with some careful thought, you could make one much better! The fact is, Z's destruction of Y's relationship with X's family is not as interesting as the reason behind it.

Anyway, hope this helps.
Cheers,
Sam
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Helsinki-Harlot Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Understandable and thank you for the extra advice. Like I said, it's just my own sheet. I like to know each of my favorite character more or less like I know myself. If there's a casual scene where they go to a place to eat what would they order? I hate throwing random likes and dislikes together so I try and add as much detail as possible. Not all of the fields are meant to have "impact". It's more of a get to know your character thing. :]
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ChiefRunningWall Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Whatever works for you, then. I hope my post will help writers who still need to flesh out their story, and if they give their characters downtime (on-screen, so to speak), you can help them with that.
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ChiefRunningWall Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is a good character sheet for fleshing out a D&D character, who's background history will add immersion to the game and probably make for some neat quests, but for a scripted story character, the sheet doesn't have much use. Some of the fields most likely don't have much impact on the story (Favorite food, Style of dress, Political Party...). I'm not saying no one should make a story about a food critic, maybe, or perhaps a character with a funny fav. food as an ongoing joke. You could make a great political novel if you wanted to, but these fields are dependent on the setting and theme, and a generic character sheet shouldn't cater to one type of setting of theme. Other information, like your numerical height, weight, and age fields should really should be relative (old/young character, in relation to others? in relation to readers? in general?), and the whole section on physical attributes should be shortened greatly. We still don't know what the author wants out of the characters and out of the story. Their zodiac symbols could be completely irrelevant, same with their sexual preferences. Or maybe one. Or both! Maybe the author wants a story about about gypsy-robot sex fiends, who knows? In the end, most of the information won't last long, since it probably wasn't worth the ink to begin with. Even so, there are a few questions I want to point out that I think are fantastic:

1: Character Transition //This probably won't last, but it's good to ask in a general way. Is he going to find what he was looking for or achieve his ambition? Will he think it was worth it once he found it? At the very least, this get's the ideas flowing for the actual story.

2: Character History     //Should be brief. You should condense this with family and experiences. Helps to answer why the character does whatever she does.

3,4,5: (Other's/Self's/Audience's intended) opinion of character is he (objectively) a good or a bad character. (Maybe describe relative good and bad characteristics in Char. Hist. As the story progresses, does her opinion change? better or worse? These details really lather on the feels at the end of a book. And, very important, does the audience agree with the author's, character's, and other characters' opionion?

6: Darkest Secret    //Not always applicable, but used often enough that I think it should be here. Some stories might not have one alltogether, but for ones that do, it's important to keep it in mind while continuing to flesh out the character and in fleshing others. How do the other characters find out about it, if they do? If they don't, how much does the audience know? How will that affect question 5?

6: Personal Relationships    //Implies a little too much IMO, "GFs/BFs". Personal Relationships should include any direct interaction this character has with other (important) characters. How did X react when Y told him Z's reason for doing so-and-so? How did he change his attitude toward Z? Towards Z's friends and allies? Towards Z, himself?

7: Ambitions  //Should be combined with deepest wish, whether realized or not. Ambitions should drive the characters actions throughout the story. Maybe add reasons for ambitions in history.

8: Predictions of the future    //Might change in the exposition, might last for the whole storyline. Really, should be vague. Do they work in a soul-sucking job, and expect to
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ChiefRunningWall Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oops, I posted 1 and a half. Please ignore this and read the one above.

There's no way to delete comments, is there?
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Helsinki-Harlot Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist
I don't think there is. And I assume read the one above you mean read the one bellow?
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Demonic-Fantasy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Used here: [link]
Thank you!
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Overdrive-Pulse Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Writer
Pwah. I discovered this when you first posted it, but I never got around to commenting... For shame!

Anywho though. I'm really glad you did this! When I started getting interested in writing my own original story(outside of fanfiction, which was what first got me writing,) I never knew where to start. This popped up by accident, and it was a complete lifesaver! I hadn't known where to start or where to go, so this was a great tool to sort of get my characters on the right track.♥

So thanks for writing this! It's like, years overdue, but since I managed to find it again...♥ You're awesome!
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Helsinki-Harlot Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist
o: Wow, thanks a) for the long ass comment. xD And b) I am so happy that it helped you start writing that. o: I found similar problems myself (I'd already gotten the characters since I day dreamed about them but couldn't figure out where to go from there) and figured ; HEY. Why not get to know my characters more? After that the stories write themselves almost. :giggle:

And last haha thanks so much! I'm just glad it was useful and I'm so pleased to know it's been in use that long. :3
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LonelyHoshi Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, these are very handy!~ =w=
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