Character Questionnaire

Part 1 1.

  • Who were the character’s parents?
  • Did they raise the character?


  • Did the character have any childhood friends?
  • Any siblings?
  • Where are they now?
  • Does the character stay in touch with them or have they become separated?


  • What was childhood like for the character?
  • Calm and peaceful or turbulent and traumatic?


  • Does the character have any or did the character have any role models?
  • Describe them.


  • What did the character do before he / she entered the story?
  • Who trained the character to do what she / he does now?
  • What are the character’s moral and religious beliefs?
  • What lengths will the character go to defend those beliefs?
  • Who or what taught those beliefs to the character?


  • Does the character have any unusual habits or physical traits?
  • How do others tend to react to them?


  • What is the general reaction to the character from others?
  • Why, in the character’s opinion, do they act that way?


  • Can the character kill another rational creature?
  • Why would the character kill?
  • Does he / she have any enemies at all?
  • Would or could the character kill them?


  • What kind of relationships does the character currently have?
  • Does he / she have any close friends?
  • Bitter enemies?


  • What is the character’s favorite color?
  • Do they generally wear this color?
  • Favorite food?
  • Mode of music?


  • How does the character generally treat others?
  • Does she / he trust easily?


  • What does the character look like?
  • Does he / she have any scars or tattoos?
  • How did she / he get them?


  • What is the character’s normal daily routine?
  • How does he / she feel when it’s interrupted for whatever reason?


  • What are the character’s dreams?
  • Ambitions?
  • Goals?
  • How does she / he seek to obtain them?
  • How does adventuring fit into this dream, or does it at all?


  • Does the character ever want to have a family of his / her own someday?
  • If so, with who or what type of person?


  • Has the character ever considered the possibility of his / her own death?
  • Has he / she made a will?
  • If applicable, what do they think of magical resurrection?

Part 2

  • Look at your PC’s character ability scores – does he/she have any high/low scores?
  • Did these scores result from circumstances in his/her early life?
  • How did these scores affect the PC’s life?
  • How did they affect him/her in their chosen character class?
  • Why did the PCs come to choose his/her chosen character class?
  • Where is the PC’s home town?
  • Look at the PC’s weapon and non-weapon proficiencies – how did they acquire them, especially the unusual ones. For example was fishing just a favorite pastime, or did the PC come from a fishing community?
  • What are the likes and dislikes of the PC?
  • Does he/she have any rational or irrational fears or phobias?
  • What are the origins of or reasons for those fears or phobias? (There does not have to be a reason!)
  • What is the PC’s favorite food, style of clothing, of wearing their hair?
  • Does the PC have any affinity with an animal of some type?
  • Does he/she have any striking features or dominant personality traits (definitely should have at least one if the charisma score is above or below average).
  • Does the PC have any strong opinions about the other sex, people’s habits, particular types of races/monsters, or politics?
  • Does the PC have any hobbies?
  • How did the character become the alignment they have chosen?
  • Were the people he/she grew up with of similar alignment?
  • How is the PC with regard to material wealth?
  • Is the PC a supporter of the current ruler, or is he/she anti-government?
  • Is she/he who they claim to be?
  • Imagine your character dancing, even unwillingly. What song would he/she be dancing to?
  • Alternately, does your your character have a ‘theme song’ or song that makes you think of them?


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