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Here are questions to ask when creating characters
a_noble_wolf at 3:32PM, March 24, 2010
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The Questions To Ask When Creating A Character

Full name of Character:


Reason, meaning or purpose behind the name:


Nickname:


Reason for nickname:


Race:


Occupation/class:


Social class:



Physical Appearance:

Age:


How old they appear:


Eye Color:


Glasses or contacts?


Hair color length and style:


Weight and height:


Type of body (build):


Skin tone and type:


Shape of face:


Distinguishing marks (dimples, moles, scars, birthmarks, etc.):


Predominant feature:


Is s/he healthy?


If not, why not? Or why are they healthy?


Do they look healthy? Why/why not?



Favorites:

Character’s favorite color, why?:


Least favorite, why?


Music?


Least favorite music, why?


Food:


Literature:


Expressions:


Expletives (curse):


Mode of transport:


Hobbies:


How do they spend a rainy day?


Personality:

Are they a daredevil or cautious?


Do they act the same alone as when with someone?


Habits:


Drinks:


How much:


Greatest Strength:


Greatest Weakness:


Soft spot:


Is their soft spot obvious, why/why not:


If not, how do they hide it:


Biggest Vulnerability:


Background:

Hometown:


Type of childhood:


First Memory:


Most important child hood event that still effects him/her:


Why?


Education:


Religion:


Finances:


Family:

Mother:


Relationship with her:


Father:


Relationship with him:


Siblings, How many, relationship with each:


Children of siblings:


Other extended family:


Attitude:

Most at ease when:


Most ill at ease when:


Priorities:


Philosophies:


How they feel about themselves:


Past failure they would be embarrassed to admit:


If granted one wish what would it be, why?


Traits:

Optimist or pessimist? Why?:


Introvert or extrovert? Why?


Drives and motives:


Talents:


Extremely skilled at:


Extremely unskilled at:


Good characteristics:


Character flaws:


Mannerisms:


Peculiarities:


Biggest regret:


Minor regrets:


Biggest accomplishment:


Minor accomplishments:


Darkest secret:


Does anyone know?


If so, how did they find out:


Self-perception:

One word they would use to describe themselves:


One paragraph of how they would describe themselves:


What do they consider their best physical characteristic and why:


The worst one?


Why?


Are they realistic assessments?


If not, why not?


How they think others preserve them:


What four things would they most like to change about themselves:


Why?


If they were changed would they be the same person, why/why not:


Would changing of number 1 make them more happy? Why/why not:


Interaction with other people:

How do they relate to others:


How are they perceived by strangers:


Friends:


Wife/husband/lover:


The Hero/Heroin:


How do they view the Hero/Heroine:


First impression of the char:


why?


What happens to change this perception:


What do people like most about this char:


What do they dislike most about them:


Goals:

Immediate:


Long term:


How do they plan to accomplish them:


How will others be effected by this:


Problems/Crisis:

How do they react in a crisis:


How do they face problems:


Kind of problems they usually run into:


How they react to new problems:


How they react to change:


General:

Favorite clothing, why:


Least favorite, why:


Jewelry:


Other accessories:


Drives:


Where do they live:


Where do they want to live:


Spending habits, why:


What do they do too much of, why:


Most prized possession, why:


People they secretly admire, why:


Person they are most influenced by, why:


Most important person in their life before story starts, why:


How do they spend the week just before the story starts:


I find that once you have filled out these questions your character will almost take on a life of its own.

Hopefully you find this helpful.
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scri66leKitty at 12:34PM, April 1, 2010
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wow! that sums it up nicely,better then making an entire short story about your characters backround (my method) thanks.
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Zad at 12:17PM, April 9, 2010
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I was worried it would never end. About a third through, I started scolling like a scared child.

But, saved. I'm going to fill this out right now.
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alwinbot at 5:42PM, April 9, 2010
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Okay, the artist may ask themselves that, but nobody else will.
Read this comic. It is the greatest journal comic ever written and drawn. Trust me.
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Ryuthehedgewolf at 6:30PM, April 9, 2010
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To be honest, you don't really need to fill all these out.

But it does seem rather helpful…


…I'm so going to fill one out for the Ryu's Krew guys.

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ozoneocean at 10:50PM, April 11, 2010
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scri66leKitty
wow! that sums it up nicely,better then making an entire short story about your characters backround (my method) thanks.
I love that this sounds so sarcastic :)

-It probably isn't, but that's the way I prefer to think of it ^_^
 
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Aurora Borealis at 11:24PM, April 11, 2010
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Wow, if I made lists like that for my characters, I'd never write anything…
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Scribe_Drizz at 5:42PM, April 27, 2010
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I think the list is a good idea for the type of person who needs lists to keep everything organized. That's not a bad thing.

It reminds me of a roleplaying game I played. The GM gave me a 100-question background check to see if the character I rolled up would fit his campaign. It was really hard to answer those questions without playing the character first. So I jotted down whatever came to mind just to fill in the blanks and get going. As I played, I would go back to the list every couple of months and change one or two answers.

I like lists like this for seeing how a character has evolved from when I originally thought it up.

Edit: I've got some time tonight. I'm going to start this questionnaire for one of my characters and see how it comes out. :)
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:24PM
Ateljux at 5:09PM, July 24, 2010
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im gonna fill this out to see what happens
Click the link,get taken to my webcomic: Abram goes to HELL.

and now Just wing it, a post apocalyptic comic, dark humour:
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kyupol at 6:04PM, July 29, 2010
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I wonder how it would be like if you fill out this kind of form for applying for a job or a passport. :)
NOW UPDATING!!!
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Genejoke at 1:07PM, July 30, 2010
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give it time.
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askmaridee at 2:08PM, July 30, 2010
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I get inspired to create a new character from meeting someone interesting (in a good or bad way) or needing them to fill a role in a storyline. Some characters might start out with minor parts, strike a chord with the audience and over time develop all of that depth and nuance. I think whether or not the comic itself is a narrative or a humor comic would influence how important it is to work all of this out beforehand.
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