Character Survey

Characterization Made Easy

Background

  • Where was your character born?
  • Who raised him or her?
  • What was happening in the region when your character was growing up?
  • Does your character have any relatives?

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Motivation

  • What are your character's immediate goals? What would she/he like to do in the coming year?
  • What are their long-term goals?
  • What type of person would be their ideal mate?
  • Who is their patron deity? Are they a devout worshiper?
  • Are they a devout member of any nonreligious cause?
  • Is there any race, creed, alignment, religion or the like against which they are strongly prejudiced?
  • What is their greatest fear?
  • What is the one task they absolutely refuse to do?

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Idiosyncrasies

  • What is your character's motto or favorite saying?
  • What is their favorite color? (blue… no.. yellooooooow!)
  • Describe what they would wear if money were no object?
  • What is their favorite food? Drink?
  • What is their favorite animal? Or machine?
  • What habits of their friends annoy him most?

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Traits: rank each trait from 1 to 10

(you may need to modify these for evil characters / campaigns)

Courtesy

Cruelty

Valor

Cowardice

Self-sacrifice

Selfishness

Generosity

Greed

Sobriety

Temper (calm or hot)

Optimism

Pessimism

Curiosity

Forgiveness

Cheerfulness

Seriousness/lack of humor

Patience

Honesty

Helpfulness

Loyalty

Treachery
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Miscellaneous

  • What well-known media figure from sports, movies or politics most closely resembles your character?
  • What would be their theme song?
  • If your character's friends were to write their epitaph, what would it be?
  • What would be their job in modern society?

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