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Author:  Anyndur [ Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Character

Decided that, since I found this useful for Pen and Paper style character-designing, it would probably help someone (if not everyone) get more 'into' their characters heads. Fill it out as the character, of course, except for the last question.

Heavily based upon the questions here: <a href="">Link (Warning: 18+)</a>

Hope this helps someone/anyone/everyone, or at least lets you have some fun getting into your characters heads.

Part 1: The Basics
    1. What is your full name?

    2. Where and when were you born?

    3. Who are/were your parents? (Know their names, occupations, personalities, etc.)

    4. Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?

    5. Where do you live now, and with whom? Describe the place and the person/people.

    6. What is your occupation?

    7. Write a full physical description of yourself. You might want to consider factors such as: height, weight, race, hair and eye color, style of dress, and any tattoos, scars, or distinguishing marks.

    8. To which social class do you belong?

    9. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?

    10. Are you right- or left-handed?

    11. What does your voice sound like?

    12. What words and/or phrases do you use very frequently?

    13. What do you have in your pockets?

    14. Do you have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other defining characteristics?

Part 2: Growing Up

    15. How would you describe your childhood in general?

    16. What is your earliest memory?

    17. How much schooling have you had?

    18. Did you enjoy school?

    19. Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities?

    20. While growing up, did you have any role models? If so, describe them.

    21. While growing up, how did you get along with the other members of your family?

    22. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    23. As a child, what were your favorite activities?

    24. As a child, what kinds of personality traits did you display?

    25. As a child, were you popular? Who were your friends, and what were they like?

    26. When and with whom was your first kiss?

    27. Are you a satisfied with how you are?

    28. What lead you to be the person you are today?

Part 3: Past Influences

    29. What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?

    30. Who has had the most influence on you?

    31. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    32. What is your greatest regret?

    33. What is the most evil thing you have ever done?

    34. Do you have a criminal record of any kind?

    35. When was the time you were the most frightened?

    36. What is the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to you?

    37. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why?

    38. What is your best memory?

    39. What is your worst memory?

Part 4: Beliefs And Opinions

    40. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic?

    41. What is your greatest fear?

    42. What are your religious views?

    43. What are your political views?

    44. What are your views on dating?

    45. Are you able to make sacrifices?

    46. In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any human being could do?

    47. Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love?

    48. What do you believe makes a successful life?

    49. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)?

    50. Do you have any biases or prejudices?

    51. Is there anything you absolutely refuse to do under any circumstances? Why do you refuse to do it?

    52. Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for)?

Part 5: Relationships With Others

    53. In general, how do you treat others (politely, rudely, by keeping them at a distance, etc.)? Does your treatment of them change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how?

    54. Who is the most important person in your life, and why?

    55. Who is the person you respect the most, and why?

    56. Who are your friends? Do you have a best friend? Describe these people.

    57. Do you have a significant other? If so, describe this person.

    58. Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened.

    59. What do you look for in a potential 'love interest'?

    60. How close are you to your family?

    61. Have you made any friends? If not, do you want to? Why or why not?

    62. Who would you turn to if you were in desperate need of help?

    63. Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why?

    64. If you died or went missing, who would miss you?

    65. Who is the person you despise the most, and why?

    66. Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict?

    67. Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations?

    68. Do you like interacting with large groups of people? Why or why not?

    69. Do you care what others think of you?

Part 6: Likes And Dislikes

    70. What is/are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?

    71. What is your most treasured possession?

    72. What is your favorite color?

    73. What is your favorite food?

    74. What, if anything, do you like to read?

    75. What is your idea of good entertainment (consider music, movies, art, etc.)?

    76. Do you smoke, drink, or otherwise? If so, why? Do you want to quit?

    77. How do you spend a typical Saturday night?

    78. What makes you laugh?

    79. What, if anything, shocks or offends you?

    80. What would you do if you had insomnia and had to find something to do to amuse yourself?

    81. How do you deal with stress?

    82. Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?

    83. What are your pet peeves?

Part 7: Self Images And Etc.

    84. Describe the routine of a normal day for you. How do you feel when this routine is disrupted?

    85. What is your greatest strength as a person?

    86. What is your greatest weakness?

    87. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    88. Are you generally introverted or extroverted?

    89. Are you generally organized or messy?

    90. Name three things you consider yourself to be very good at, and three things you consider yourself to be very bad at.

    91. Do you like yourself?

    92. What are your reasons for being a Wizard? Are your real reasons for doing this different than the ones you tell people in public? (If so, detail both sets of reasons...)

    93. What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?

    94. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    95. If you could choose, how would you want to die?

    96. If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, name three things you would do in the time you had left.

    97. What is the one thing for which you would most like to be remembered after your death?

    98. What three words best describe your personality?

    99. What three words would others probably use to describe you?

    100. If you, as a player, could offer advice to your character, what would you suggest?

Author:  RT [ Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:24 am ]
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Effing stickied, just for Kitty. [And now moved to FAQ. -JB]

Seriously though, this is a great resource. Thanks for sharing, John.

Author:  Yendys [ Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Character

I encountered these alignment charts earlier, and I think they're a good resource to be thinking about your character, certainly better than the 3x3 good-evil chaotic-lawful grid. In case that link goes down in the future, it's a list of seven scales that have "very X, slightly X, neutral, slightly Y, very Y"-type options. The scales are:

Diplomatic vs Violent
Passive vs Instigating
Cautious vs Reckless
Selfless vs Selfish
Follows Social Cues vs Disregards Social Cues
Trusting vs Suspicious
Logical vs Emotional

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