Rin Chupeco

young adult writer

Character Template Sheet

Posted By on February 8, 2012 in 2012, Blog, Novels, Templates, Tips, Writings | 6 comments

Because I am compulsive like that, I decided to make a character template sheet with as much details as I can fit in it as humanly possible. This is more likely going to work better with novels containing fantasy / sci-fi / paranormal / other speculative fiction elements or with a greater emphasis toward world-building, and those with works in the literary / contemporary genre can cross out some of the non-relevant sections (such as powers / abilities). Can also work with most rpg forums or what have you.

Culled from several different sources, and I definitely would need a shoutout to the Thoughtful Dreamer for the main inspiration. Once I pick my brain off the floor, I might be doing some Settings templates as well! Personality types are based on the Jungian Psychological Topology (I provided brief descriptions of each), and a summary of archetypes based on both Joseph Campbell’s the Hero with a Thousand Faces and Carolyn Myss’ list of archetypes.

(And if you’re wondering – yes, I did buy Scrivener.)

You are not required to use every section of the template, only parts that you feel are necessary!

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THE BASICS
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Name:
Nicknames:

Gender:
Age:
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Currently Living In:
Species:
Ethnicity / Race:
Citizenship:
Religion / Beliefs:

Astrology Sign:
Chinese Animal / Zodiac Year:
Blood Type:
Chinese Element:

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FAMILY
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Father:
Age:
Relationship:

Mother:
Age:
Relationship:

Brother(s):
1.
Age:
Relationship:

2.
Age:
Relationship:

3.
Age:
Relationship:

Sister(s):
1.
Age:
Relationship:

2.
Age:
Relationship:

3.
Age:
Relationship:

Spouse:
Age:
Relationship:

Children:
1.
Age:
Relationship:

2.
Age:
Relationship:

3.
Age:
Relationship:

Extended Family Member(s):
1.
Age:
Relationship:

2.
Age:
Relationship:

3.
Age:
Relationship:

Pet(s):

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PHYSICAL FEATURES:
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Height:
Weight:
Frame / Build:
Hair length:
Hair color:
Eye shape:
Eye color:
Complexion:
Face size (broad, narrow, etc.):
Voice type:
Foot size:
Tattoo(s):
Scar(s):
Other notable accessories:
Any other identifying mark(s):

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SOCIO / ECONOMIC / POLITICAL
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Politicial Affiliation:
Economic Class:
Social Class (nobility, artisan, merchant, commoner, etc.):
Occupation:
Income:
Residence:
Transportation:

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INTERESTS
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Favorite Food(s):
Favorite Sport(s):
Favorite Book(s):
Favorite Show(s):
Favorite Music:
Favorite Color(s):
Clothing Style / Preferences:
Hobbies:
Role Model(s):
Likes:
Dislikes:

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PERSONALITY
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Good Qualities / Trait(s):
Vices / Negative Trait(s):
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
Habits / Idiosyncrasies / Quirks:
Phobia / Fears:
Loves:
Hates:

Select one personality type below that best describes your character:

PROTECTORS

[] Overseer (ESTJ) – Thrives on facts and details. Has a clear set of standards and beliefs. They are hardworking, responsible, and self-confident. They rely on experiences rather than speculation, and make decisions based on these. Very good at enforcing laws and rules. Loyal and hard-working. Like to be in charge. Very organized, tends to be a stickler for the rules.

[] Supporter (ESFJ) – Popular, and most sociable of all the types. Respects authority and values traditions. Has a strong desire to be liked, and therefore tends to want to serve others’ needs, sometimes at the expense of their own.

[] Examiner (ISTJ) – A very keen sense of what’s right and what’s wrong. Responsible especially in their field of expertise, devoted and punctual. Very thorough, and tends to put duty before pleasure. They are very thorough, honest, and seek to accomplish anything they put their minds to. Follows the rules and does not tend to be adventurous. Likes conformity. Can sometimes have a surprising offbeat sense of humor.

[] Defender (ISFJ) – Puts the needs of others before themselves, to a point where they tend to give more than they receive. Quiet and conscientious. Modest and tends to be a spectator. They do what is expected of them without attracting attention to themselves. Sensitive to the feelings of others, and has a very good memory, especially when it comes to observing other people. Can be easily hurt. Very painstaking when it comes to detail.

CREATORS

[] Persuader (ESTP) – Realists. Enthusiastic people of action who like to explore and use their senses to explore the world. Likes sports and are risk-takers. They live in the (preferably) fast-paced here and now, and thrive on problems and crises. Often fearless and dominates conversations. Unafraid of criticism. Blunt and very straightforward. Does not necessarily follow the law if it gets in the way of what they want.

[] Entertainer (ESFP) – Lively and cooperative, they like being the center of attention and do not like being alone. They like exciting things and new adventures. Often likes to play the host, and understand how to motivate people to get a job done. They are efficient workers and make good problem solvers, and they generally get along with most people.

[] Crafstman (ISTP) – Independent and adventurous, they like figuring out how things work. Great mechanical and technical skills, they are often the troubleshooters. They are adventurous and like living for the moment. Sometimes unemotional, have simple desires, and prefer intellectual pursuits. Do not often like to follow rules, preferring to do things their way. Quiet and reserved.

[] Artist (ISFP) – Creative, quiet, serious, loyal and sensitive. Do not like conflict. Takes great value in personal freedom. Private and prone to confusion. Gifted at creating and composing. Good appreciation for beauty. Not interested in leading or controlling others. Very original and creative especially in the arts. Can be trendsetters and into latest styles and art / fashion / etc.

INTELLECTUALS

[] Chief (ENTJ) – Natural leaders, strategic and very organized. Outspoken and decisive, and values competency and efficiency. Very resolute and has a knack for arguments / debates. Competitive, assertive and outspoken. Understands difficult problems and create quick and viable solutions for them. Intelligent and well-informed, they do not have much patience with inefficiency. Dominant and assertive, does not like to be bored.

[] Originator (ENFP) – Inventive and idea people. Love to argue to show off their skills and intelligence. Prefers the startup phase of a project where the risks and problems are greater, than turning over the lead to someone else once these are solved. Enthusiastic, idealistic, and creative. Great people skills. Excited by new ideas, but bored with details. Open-minded and flexible, and able to make others enthusiastic over their ideas and projects.

[] Engineer (INFP) – Quiet, logical, and idealistic. Not interested in calling attention to themselves unless their beliefs / principles are violated, where they will then become outspoken and argumentative. A thinker whose inner private world is governed by a logical structure. Analyze difficult problems and find patterns. Has a system-building approach to problems. Likes solitude and are rule breakers. Unemotional, often acts without consulting others.

[] Strategist (INTJ) – Introspective, analytical, has great leadership ability, independent, original, and determined. Does not mind other people’s leadership as long as they are competent. Can bring ideas from concept to reality. Expects perfection from themselves. Chessboard thinkers with contingency plans. Hard to impress and likes esoteric things. Independent individualists.

VISIONARIES

[] Mentor (ENFJ) – Positive, popular, altruistic, religious and sensitive, with excellent people skills. Can be good salesmen. Concerned for other people’s feelings. Focused on understanding and encouraging others. Does not like impersonal analysis. Can be image conscious. Often has very good charisma, and can easily convince others. Has a very positive personality. Excellent language skills, and would make for natural leaders.

[] Advocate (ENTP) – Often works for causes and can be very expressive regarding their views. They want to call attention to what they stand for. Spontaneous and social but can be disogranized and act without thinking. Excited and passionate about things, and motivate others to feel the same. Always want to make the most out of life. Best of all the personality types at social and emotional coping. Ranked 2nd of all the types in using cognitive resources. Places great importance in friendships, even at the risk of being taken advantage of.

[] Confidant (INFJ) – Intensely private and committed to their beliefs. Highly intuitive, emphatic and dedicated listeners. Quietly forceful and sensitive. The rarest personality type, especially with males. Focused on fantasy more than reality. Fears doing the wrong thing. Tend to work quietly behind the scenes and influence people than be leaders. Perservering, especially when it comes to doing the right thing. Very individualistic, rather than leading or following, but can work with groups to accomplish a goal.

[] Dreamer (INTP) – Tend to be very private, and does not let a lot of people get close. They are loners and tend to avoid conflicts. The act of creating can already be an accomplishment of instill a sense of satisfaction. Constantly search for values in life, and tend to use their intuition to do so. Logical, original, creative thinkers. Can become very excited about theories and ideas. Exceptionally capable and driven to turn theories into clear understandings. Want to be recognized and valued, but without attention. Never lose their sense of wonder.

Define your character’s personality based on the following aspects:

a. Physically (outward interaction with his environment, personal strengths)
b. Psychologically (intellect, mental stability, morality)
c. Spiritually (his faith, convictions)
d. Emotionally (willpower, under stressful situations, expressiveness)
e. Socially (how others view him, how he interacts with people)

Others things to know:

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HISTORY
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1. Describe the character’s childhood.

2. Name the good incidents that have happened in the character’s life. How has this shaped his personality?

3. Name bad experiences that have happened in the character’s life. How has this shaped his personality?

4. What is the character doing when first introduced? What are his goals at this point?
4a. Do these goals change at any point in the story?

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STORY DEVELOPMENT:
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CHARACTER ARCHETYPE: (Put an X on all applicable boxes)

[] Addict (Conspicuous Consumer, Glutton, Workaholic–see also Gambler)
[] Advocate (Attorney, Defender, Legislator, Lobbyist, Environmentalist)
[] Alchemist (Wizard, Magician, Scientist, Inventor–see also Visionary)
[] Angel (Fairy Godmother/Godfather)
[] Antagonist (Opposing View, not necessarily the Evil Bad — see also Villain)
[] Anti-Hero
[] Artist (Artisan, Craftsperson, Sculptor, Weaver)
[] Athlete (Olympian)
[] Avenger (Avenging Angel, Savior, Messiah)
[] Beggar (Homeless person/ Indigent)
[] Bully (Coward)
[] Catalyst
[] Child (Orphan, Wounded, Magical/Innocent, Nature, Divine, Puer/Puella Eternis, or Eternal Boy/Girl)
[] Clown (Court Jester, Fool, Dummling)
[] Companion (Friend, Sidekick, Right Arm, Consort)
[] Damsel (Princess)
[] Destroyer (Attila, Mad Scientist, Serial Killer, Spoiler)
[] Detective (Spy, Double Agent, Sleuth, Snoop, Sherlock Holmes, Private Investigator, Profiler–see also Warrior/Crime Fighter)
[] Dilettante (Amateur)
[] Don Juan (Casanova, Gigolo, Seducer, Sex Addict)
[] Engineer (Architect, Builder, Schemer)
[] Exorcist (Shaman)
[] Father (Patriarch, Progenitor)
[] Femme Fatale (Black Widow, Flirt, Siren, Circe, Seductress, Enchantress)
[] Gambler
[] God (Adonis, see also Hero)
[] Gossip (see also Networker)
[] Guide (Guru, Sage, Crone, Wise Woman, Spiritual Master, Evangelist, Preacher)
[] Healer (Wounded Healer, Intuitive Healer, Caregiver, Nurse, Therapist, Analyst, Counselor)
[] Hedonist (Bon Vivant, Chef, Gourmet, Gourmand, Sybarite–see also Mystic)
[] Hermit (see also Wise old Man)
[] Hero/Heroine (see also Knight, Warrior)
[] Judge (Critic, Examiner, Mediator, Arbitrator)
[] King (Emperor, Ruler, Leader, Chief — see also Politician)
[] Knight in SHining Armor
[] Liberator
[] Lover
[] Martyr
[] Mediator (Ambassador, Diplomat, Go-Between)
[] Mentor (Master, Counselor, Tutor)
[] Messiah (Redeemer, Savior)
[] Midas/Miser
[] Monk/Nun (Celibate)
[] Mother (Matriarch, Mother Nature)
[] Mystic (Renunciate, Anchorite, Hermit)
[] Networker (Messenger, Herald, Courier, Journalist, Communicator)
[] Pioneer (Explorer, Settler, Pilgrim, Innovator)
[] Poet
[] Politician (see also King)
[] Priest (Priestess, Minister, Rabbi, Evangelist)
[] Prince
[] Prostitute
[] Queen (Empress)
[] Rebel (Anarchist, Revolutionary, Political Protester, Nonconformist, Pirate)
[] Rescuer
[] Saboteur
[] Samaritan
[] Scribe (Copyist, Secretary, Accountant–see also Journalist)
[] Seeker (Wanderer, Vagabond, Nomad)
[] Servant (Indentured Servant)
[] Shape-shifter (Spell-caster–see also Trickster)
[] Slave
[] Spectre (Ghost / Apparition with Unresolved issues)
[] Storyteller (Minstrel, Narrator)
[] Student / Scholar (Disciple, Devotee, Follower, Apprentice)
[] Teacher (Instructor, see also Mentor)
[] Thief (Swindler, Con Artist, Pickpocket, Burglar, Robin Hood)
[] Threshold Guardian
[] Trickster (Puck, Provocateur)
[] Turncoat
[] Vampire
[] Victim
[] Villain / Shadow (Big Bad of the story; see also Antagonist)
[] Virgin (see also Celibate)
[] Visionary (Dreamer, Prophet, Seer–see also Guide, Alchemist)
[] Warrior (Soldier, Crime Fighter, Amazon, Mercenary, Soldier of Fortune, Gunslinger, Samurai)
[] Wise old Man (see also Hermit)

1. What are the motivations for the character’s actions?

2. What are the character’s goals / ambition / dreams?

3. What external conflicts would you wish for the character to overcome?
3a. What are the obstacles in the character’s path that might make this difficult?

4. What inner conflicts would you wish for the character to overcome?
4a. What are the obstacles in the character’s path that might make this difficult?

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ABILITIES
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Aliases:

Team affiliations:

Powers / special abilities:

Other skills:

Weaknesses / Kryptonite:

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AUTHOR’S NOTES / MISCELLANY
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Character theme song:

Celebrity / IRL lookalike:

List down any future plot twists / conflicts you are planning for the character here (for series, companion books, etc.):

 

6 Comments

  1. Kim February 9, 2012

    Holy Cow! How long does it take you to fill this out. OR, do you do that as you go along writing your story. This is such an amazing template.

    • Erin February 9, 2012

      Thanks! Mostly I fill in the parts like the basics, interests, etc., then add to it as go along the story (mostly in the history and personality sections) :)

  2. Jaidis February 10, 2012

    I do something similar…although I usually just write down certain qualities. Your template has more info than mine does..lol. But I always write out a character sketch for each character of mine so that I can refer back to it. Anyone who finds my notebook would probably think I was stalking my characters..lol

  3. Carissa February 10, 2012

    Oh my gosh – I love that you are this OCD and have the Myers-Briggs descriptions! Bookmarking this right now!

  4. Dee Garretson February 16, 2012

    Great list! I like the personality types and the character archetypes, definitely bookmarking this.

  5. Amber May 30, 2012

    I have searched the web high and low, and now I am posistive- this is the most amazing character template ever. I even bookmarked this. The awesome thing is that it’s actually detailed and built for a certain type of writing. I search everywhere for a strictly sword and sorcery-type fantasy character template, and this is the only that I’ve found. Good job!

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