Master Bio Sheet

There are dozens of character bio sheets out there if you look for them.  A simple Google search will pull up pages upon pages of them.  A lot of them, in my opinion, are too tedious.  I don’t need to know the name of my characters favorite movie if my character was alive in 1856.  I don’t need to know what my characters least favorite color is if they’re blind.  Of course, you’re always free to skip over these questions, but I prefer to not have them on my sheet if they’re not relevant.

This is my Master Bio Sheet.  It has every question that I feel is relevant to character development.  I do not use the whole thing every time; sometimes I omit large sections because the information is not ready yet or won’t be necessary.  Feel free to use the whole thing or only what you need.

  • Story Name
  • Universe/Era
  • Character Given Name
    ► Pronunciation
    ► Alias/Nickname
  • Eye + Hair Color
  • Photo Reference (Face!Claim)
  • Race/Species/Ethnicity/Body Type (humanoid, insectoid, etc)
  • Gender + Sexuality
  • Role
  • Goals (what they want)
  • Motivations (why they want it)
    ► Primary and Secondary Objectives
  • DOB
    ► Age (at start)
    ► Age Appearance
    ••• (if your story takes place over a long period of time, you may want to specify the growth/aging)
  • Place of Birth
  • Current Residence
  • Primary Conflict
  • Occupation/Rank
  • Languages + Education Level
  • Relationship Status
  • Key Relationships
    ► Allegiances
    ► Enemies
  • Character Aesthetic
    ► Character Symbol
    ► Character Theme
    ► Character Aesthetic
    ► Character Inner Conflict
    ► Primary Character Development Arc
    ►Theme Song
    ►Noteworthy Quote (by character)
  • Economic Status (current)
    ► childhood
    ► adulthood
  • Debt vs Income
  • Natural Posture
  • Distinguishing Features
  • Physical Abnormalities/Modifications
    ► Illnesses, Mental Illnesses, + Disabilities
    ► aids (glasses, hearing aid) + upgrades/mods
  • Enhancements + Abilities
    ► Ability name, element?, immunities, futilities, restrictions, complications, origin/source
  • Overall Health
  • General Fitness/Regimen?
  • Personal Grooming/Hygiene level
  • Personality Brief
  • Temperament
    ► Include things like: dominant or submissive, whether they’re the “fight or flight” type, etc.
  • Fatal Flaw (main personal issue to work thru)
  • Learning Type
  • Humor
  • Sociability
  • Expressiveness
  • Aptitudes (logical, mathematical, spatial, linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic, existential, magical)
  • Perception (optimistic, pessimistic, sadistic, masochistic, idealistic, realistic, nihilistic)
  • Philosophic Statement (“all is well that ends well”, “live and let live”, etc)
  • Lures
  • Manias + Phobias
  • Savvies, Ineptitudes, Learned Skills, + Weaknesses
  • Virtues
  • Vices
  • Faith/Spirituality
  • Soft Spots + Cruel Streaks
    ► This is sort of a “what your character loves” and what your character may be sent into a blind rage over.  Soft spot: Puppies. Cruel Streaks: Animal Abuse.
  • Quirks, Mannerisms, Pet Peeves, Eccentricities
  • Morality + ethics
  • Role Models
  • Secrets
  • Life Fantasy (best case end game scenario fantasy)
  • Hobbies + Habits
  • Biggest achievements + failures
  • Key History Notes
    ► traumas + triggers
    ► relationship to family
    ► infancy, childhood, young adulthood, adulthood
    ► influential past relationships + events
  • Key Future Notes
    ► character death
    ► trauma that will impact character
  • Additional Information
    ► Favorites: type of food, season, view, music
    ► Other: definition of beauty, dream day off, quickest way to cheer them up
    ► Tags; action tags: nail biting, scratching head, other ticks; verbal: ‘my my’ ‘huh’ ‘um’ ‘oh my god’; characteristic tags: arrogance, timidity, drunkenness.
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