Character Profile Template — ready to download

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I began wondering about research for my next manuscript. So I hunted down a character profile sheet so I could fully flesh out my characters, therefore cutting down revising, rewriting and drafting time. (And freaking out time.)

The result is this table below. It profiled everything I wanted to flesh out/note down and much more I didn’t think of.

I cannot take credit for this amazing reference guide. I found it here, by someone on the NaNoWriMo site forums.

I’ve searched many times in the past and there are tonnes — it’s just a matter of finding one that suits your needs as a writer. Please share this post for all your writer friends!

To download
I formatted this into tables (unlike the plain text on the original site) and pretty headings and such. It will look the most user-friendly if you download this Word document:

Character Profile Sheet

Though, you can just highlight, copy and paste the tables below. It may just look messy. [NOTE: the following is for viewing purposes.]

Happy drafting!


The Basics

Assumed Name:
Full Name:
Nickname:
Race:
Gender:
Age:
Birthday:
Place of Birth:

Physical Appearance

Height:
Weight:
Body Type:
Skin:
Eyes:
Hair:
Scars:
Tattoos:
Racial Distinctions:
Any Other Physical Distinctions:

Family Relationships

Mother:
Relationship with Mother:
Father:
Relationship with Father:
Siblings:
Relationship with siblings:
Other Relatives:
Relationships with other relatives:
Almost family members:
Reason for closeness:

Social Relationships

Sexual Orientation:
Romantically Involved:
Martial Status:
Spouse:
Children:
Friends:
Allies:
Enemies:

Personal Characteristics

Physical Strengths:
Physical Weaknesses:
Mental Strengths:
Mental Weaknesses:

Skills

Fighting:
Magic:
Technology:
Stealth:
Secrecy:
Manipulation:
Thievery:
Piloting:
Persuasiveness:

History

Childhood:
Teenage Years:
Adulthood:

More Details

Life

How would you describe your life overall?
What is your most memorable moment?
What has been the most important event in your life?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What is your number one regret?
When were you the most afraid?
What is your greatest fear? Why?
What is the most honorable or “good” thing you’ve ever done?
What is the most “evil” thing you have ever done?
Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened.
Do you have a notorious or celebrated ancestor/relative? Does that affect you?
Do you have any secrets? If so, what are they?

Personality

What three words would you use to best describe your personality?
What three words would others probably use to describe you?
Why are you risking your life to adventure?
Do you tend to argue with people or avoid conflict?
Are you a listener or a talker?
How long does it take for you to trust others?
Do you hold grudges?
Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations?
Do you like interacting with large groups of people?
Are you generally introverted or extroverted?

Personal Emotions

What makes you sad? Happy? Mad? Why?
Do you have any biases or prejudices?
What do you think of love?
Do you believe in self-sacrifice for the greater good?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Personal Relationships

Who is the most important person in your life and why?
Who is the person you respect the most? Despise the most? Why?

Goals

What are your goals?
What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? Twenty years?
If you could choose, how would you want to die?
What is the one thing you would like to be remembered for after your death?

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Do you use character profile sheets?

♥♥♥

Rebecca Berto is the author of Precise, and Drowning in You. If you want book-release updates, please sign up at this form (email only when news, not weekly).

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28 thoughts on “Character Profile Template — ready to download

  1. You know, I’m normally very against character templates, but this one is actually pretty solid!

    Most of the them will have you spend a LOT of time coming up with a LOT of information that ultimately plays no role in the story. You can generally tell which ones they are, because they will ask you things like “Favorite color.” I’m sorry, but unless the villain’s only weakness is my protagonist’s favorite color… WHO CARES?

    However, this one… this one is gold. Thanks!

  2. I say this character template on the site you found it on, and when I copied and pasted it, it was about 7 pages long. Thanks so much for narrowing it down to only 3 pages. You’re a lifesaver.
    (I love the charts, it’s so much easier to use)

  3. I’ve been using Scrivener recently and I’m not sure if this is the recommended or popular way to do this but for each story I create a folder (not included in compile) for Characters, in which I have a document for each character basically listing all their characteristics as they develop, similar but nowhere near as exhaustive as your profile sheet. The sheet you describe could be used as a template for the character documents I use in my Characters folder in Scrivener. This is very cool!
    Thanks. :)

    • What a perfect instrument for insertion! Plug this one in to detail your characters. Other than providing a folder called “Character”, Scrivener doesn’t have the questions pre-written to make you think how to flesh out a character as this sheet does.

      Happy writing!

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