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The Ultimate Character Questionnaire

A character questionnaire can be a great way to inspire a bit (or a lot) more detail about your characters.

This list has been compiled from various sources around the net and in books and also our own brains. If you see any duplicates in the list please let us know, and if you have any additional questions we haven't thought of, email us if you'd like us to add them.


  1. The Ultimate Character QuestionnaireFirst name:
  2. Surname:
  3. Middle name:
  4. Nicknames:
  5. Date of birth:
  6. Age:
  7. Height:
  8. Weight:
  9. Hair:
  10. Eyes:
  11. Distinguishing facial features?


  1. Which facial feature is most prominent?
  2. Which bodily feature is most prominent?
  3. Skin:
  4. Hands:
  5. Scars:
  6. Birthmarks?
  7. Physical handicaps?
  8. Mental Handicaps?
  9. Family:
  10. What is their perception of family?
  11. Do they have siblings? Older or younger?
  12. Best friend:
  13. Ideal best friend?
  14. Other friends:
  15. Acquaintances:
  16. What is their character archetype? (Innocent, Orphan, Hero, Caregiver, Explorer, Rebel, Lover, Creator, Jester, Sage, Magician, Ruler)
  17. What was your character like as a baby? As a child?
  18. What do they love to hate?
  19. Did they grow up rich or poor?
  20. Did they grow up nurtured or neglected?
  21. What are their phobias?
  22. Are they more optimistic or pessimistic?
  23. Who or what is your character’s guardian angel?
  24. What or who would your character dress up as for Halloween?
  25. How do they perceive strangers?
  26. What words or phrases do they overuse?
  27. What makes them laugh:
  28. Ambitions:
  29. What advice would they give their younger self?
  30. What is the worst thing they did to someone they loved?
  31. The Ultimate Character QuestionnaireDo they have any pets?
  32. What is their favourite animal?
  33. Which animal to they dislike the most?
  34. Do they ever put on airs?
  35. Are they indoorsy or outdoorsy?
  36. Are they comfortable with technology?
  37. What is the most offensive thing they ever said?
  38. What is their greatest achievement?
  39. What was their first kiss like?
  40. Do they believe in the afterlife?
  41. How do they respond to a threat?
  42. Are they most likely to fight with their fists or their tongue?
  43. What is your character’s kryptonite?
  44. What do they think about their current job?
  45. If your character could only save one thing from their burning house, what would it be?
  46. If they could save one person, who would it be?
  47. If they could call one person for help, who would it be?
  48. What do they think is the worst thing that can be done to a person?
  49. What place would they most like to visit?
  50. How do they display affection?
  51. What is their view of ‘freedom’?
  52. What is their favourite proverb?
  53. What is their obsession?
  54. What is their choice of weapon?
  55. What is their greatest extravagance?
  56. What is their greatest regret?
  57. What is their perception of redemption?
  58. What is the most beautiful thing they’ve ever seen?
  59. How do they want to be seen by others?
  60. How do they see themselves?
  61. How are they seen by others?
  62. When was the last time they were crushed with disappointment?
  63. Philosophy of life:
  64. Do they believe in love at first sight?
  65. When was the last time they cried?
  66. What haunts them?
  67. What will they stand up for?
  68. Who do they quote?
  69. What is their favourite song?
  70. Are they in a relationship?
  71. How do they behave in a relationship?
  72. Hobbies:
  73. Music, art, reading preferred:
  74. Type of clothes?
  75. How do they wear their clothes?
  76. What are their feet like? (type of shoes, state of shoes, socks, feet, pristine, dirty, worn, etc)
  77. Favourite colour:
  78. What is in her purse or his wallet:
  79. What is in their pockets:
  80. What is their password?
  81. Favourite food:
  82. What are their eating habits?
  83. Allergies:
  84. What is in their fridge:
  85. What is on their bedside table?
  86. What is in their car?
  87. What is in their bin?
  88. What is their sinful little habit?
  89. What living person do they most despise?
  90. Have they ever been bullied or teased?
  91. What sense do they most rely on?
  92. Possessions:
  93. Most treasured possession:
  94. What would they do if they won the lottery?
  95. What is their favourite fairytale?
  96. What fairytale do they hate?
  97. Do they believe in happy endings?
  98. Educational background:
  99. Work experience/occupation:
  100. What do they think of religion?
  101. Who is their hero?
  102. Enemies and why:
  103. Description of home:
  104. What smells remind them of their childhood?
  105. What is their idea of perfect happiness?
  106. Are they minimalist or a clutter hoarder?
  107. What do they do first thing on a weekday morning?
  108. What do they do on a Sunday afternoon?
  109. What do they do on a Friday night?
  110. Strongest character trait:
  111. Weakest character trait:
  112. What was their childhood ambition?
  113. What is their best childhood memory?
  114. What is their worst childhood memory?
  115. Did they have an imaginary childhood friend?
  116. What would they ask a fortune teller?
  117. If your character could travel through time, where would they go?
  118. How do they treat people better than them:
  119. How do they treat people worse than them:
  120. What quality do they most value in a friend?
  121. What do they consider an overrated virtue?
  122. What is your character’s spirit animal?
  123. What sport do they excel at?
  124. What sport do they suck at?
  125. If they could have a superpower, what would they choose?
  126. What is their favourite work of art?
  127. Who is their favourite artist?
  128. What past act are they most ashamed of?
  129. What past act are they most proud of?
  130. What is the soft drink of choice?
  131. What is their alcoholic drink of choice?
  132. When did you character last have sex?
  133. What sort of sex do they have?
  134. Has anyone ever saved their life?
  135. When did they last lie?
  136. What’s their view of lying?
  137. When did they last make a promise?
  138. Did they keep or break their last promise?
  139. How competitive are they?
  140. Do they make snap judgements or take time to consider?
  141. Strongest childhood memory:
  142. How do they react to praise:
  143. Where do they go when they’re angry?
  144. What is their greatest fear?
  145. What are their biggest secrets?
  146. What is their favourite day of the week?
  147. What makes them laugh out loud?
  148. What do they think heaven is?
  149. What do they think hell is?
  150. Are they superstitious?
  151. Has your character ever been in love?
  152. Have they ever had their heart broken?
  153. If they could change one thing about themselves, what would it be?
  154. What would they like to be reincarnated as?
  155. How would they like to die?
  156. Race / Ethnicity?


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