Character Survey – Personality

Role Models

  1. Do you, or did you, have any role models?
  2. Do you have any heroes or idols, either contemporary or from legend?
    • If so, have you ever met them?
  3. Did you ever become disillusioned with former heroes or idols?
    • If so, why and what were the circumstances?

Career Aspirations

  1. When did you decide to become what you are today?
  2. What do you expect to get out of your career choice?
    • satisfaction, glory, money, redemption, etc.?
  3. What, if anything, would make you change career paths
    • death of a loved one, marriage, mutilation, money, position, old age, etc.?
  4. Do you have any dreams or ambitions?
    • If not, why?
  5. How does your current life situation fit into this dream, or does it at all?
  6. What are your short term goals (what would you like to be doing within a year)?
  7. What are your long term goals (what would you like to be doing twenty years from now)?
  8. If these goals seem at odds with each other or with your dreams, how do you reconcile the differences?
  9. How do you seek to fulfill these dreams, goals, & ambitions?

Fears

  1. Do you have any great rational or irrational fears or phobias?
    • If so, what are the origins of or reasons behind them?
    • What, if anything, would it take for you to be able to overcome this?
    • How do you react when this fear manifests itself?
    • Are you willing to discuss, or even admit to, the situation?
    • Describe your worst nightmare – the one that brings you instantly out of a deep sleep, sweating, eyes rolling, gasping for breath.
      • If you’ve never had a nightmare, why might that be?

Preferences

  1. What are your attitudes regarding material wealth?
    • Are you miserly with your wealth, or do you spend it freely?
    • Are you greedy or generous?
    • Do you see wealth as a mark of success, as a means to an end, or something entirely different?
  2. How do you generally treat others?
  3. Do you trust easily (perhaps too easily) or not?
  4. Are you introverted (shy and withdrawn) or extroverted (outgoing)?
  5. Are you a humble soul or blusteringly proud?
  6. Do you act differently than you feel (concealing your true thoughts)?
  7. What habits do you find most annoying in friends?
  8. Is there any race, creed, alignment, religion, class, profession, political viewpoint, or the like against which you are strongly prejudiced, and why?
  9. How do others typically react to you?
    • Why, in your opinion, do they act that way?
  10. What are your most annoying habits?
  11. What is your favorite food? What is your favorite drink?
  12. What is your favorite treat (desert)?
  13. Do you favor a particular cuisine?
  14. Do you savor the tastes when eating or “wolf down” your food?
  15. Do you like food mild or heavily spiced?
  16. Are there any specific foodstuffs that you find disgusting or refuse to eat?
  17. Are you allergic to any food?
  18. What are your favorite color(s)?
    • Is there any color that you dislike?
  19. Do you have a favorite (or hated) song, type of music, or instrument?
  20. What is your favorite song?
  21. If you have a favorite scent, what is it?
  22. What is your favorite type of animal?
    • Why do you have an affinity for that creature?
  23. Do you have an animal totem or affinity, and if so for what?
  24. Is there a certain type of animal that you hate or fear?
  25. Are you allergic to any kinds of animals?
  26. Do you have any allergies?
  27. Is there anything that enrages you?
  28. Is there anything which embarrasses you?
  29. How do you react to being teased about it?
  30. Do you enjoy “roughing it”, or do you prefer your creature comforts?

Faith

  1. Do you believe in God or gods?
    1. Which faith tradition calls you most?
    2. How did you come to it? By birth, by choice?
  2. Do you have a patron saint or deity?
  3. Are you devout or impious?
  4. Do you actively worship and proselytize or do you simply pay lip service?
  5. What lengths would you go to defend your faith?
  6. Was your faith influenced or molded by anyone special?
  7. Do you belong to the orthodox church, or a fringe element thereof (and is the group accepted, frowned upon, or considered heretics)?
  8. How has this impacted your faith and life?
  9. Is your church an accepted religion where you grew up or did it have to conduct its services in secret?
  10. How did this affect your faith and life? Have you ever been persecuted for your faith? If so, when and How did you handle it?

Crime and Killing

  1. Can you kill?
  2. When did you decide (or learn) that you could?
  3. What happened and how did you handle it?
  4. When do you consider it okay to kill (under what circumstances)?
  5. When do you consider it wrong to kill (under what circumstances)?
  6. What would you do if someone else attempted to (or successfully did) kill under their “wrong” circumstances, what would be your reaction?
  7. What if it were your enemy?
  8. What if it were your friend?
  9. What if it were an innocent?
  10. What if the opponent were not in control of their own actions (i.e.-under duress, charmed, dominated, possessed, etc.)?
  11. What would you do if someone shot at (attacked) you?
  12. What would you do if something were stolen from you?
  13. What would you do if you were badly insulted publicly?
  14. What would you do if a good friend or relative were killed by means other than natural death?
  15. What is the one task you would absolutely refuse to do?
  16. What do you consider to be the worst crime someone could commit and why?

Government and Authority

  1. How do you feel about government (rulers) in general?
    • Why do you feel that way?
  2. Do you support the current government of your homeland?
    • If so, how far are you willing to go to defend the government?
    • If not, do you actively oppose it?
  3. Do you belong to an anti-government organization?
    • If so, describe the group and its aims.
  4. What form of government do you believe is the best (democracy, monarchy, anarchy, aristocratic rule, oligarchy, matriarchy, theocracy, technocracy, etc.) and why?
  5. Have you ever been persecuted for a political stance?
    • If so, describe the occurrence and how it affected you?

Political Affiliations

  1. Are you a member of any non-religious group, cause, order, or organization?
    • If so describe it, its goals, and membership.
    • How loyal are you to this group and why?
    • How did you become a member?
    • If you are a former member, did you leave voluntarily or involuntarily and why?
      • Was it under good (amicable) conditions or bad?
    • Are you being sought or hunted by the organization?
      • If so, by whom and with what intent (to murder you, to force your return through blackmail or coercion, to spy on you and make sure they do not reveal any of the groups secrets)?

Personal Quirks and Traits

  1. Do you have any unusual habits or dominant personality traits that are evident to others?
    • If so, describe them and how you acquired them, as well as when they might be more noticeable and what causes them?
    • How do you react if made fun of for any of these things?
  2. Do you have any unusual or nervous mannerisms, such as when talking, thinking, afraid, under stress, or when embarrassed?
    1. If so, are there any reasons behind them from your past?
  3. Do you have an unusual gait or accent?
  4. If so, where did you acquire them?
  5. Are there any circumstances where they become more (or less) evident?
  6. How do you feel and react if made fun of for any of these things?
  7. What is your favorite color?
  8. What place would you most like to visit?
  9. What annoys you the most?
  10. What (if any) are your favorite forms of art?
  11. What is your most treasured possession?
  12. What things could you not live without?
  13. Do you have a good luck charm?
  14. If your life were to end in 24 hours, what 5 things would you do in those remaining hours?
  15. What are the top 5 items on your bucket list (things you want to do before you die/move on)?
    • Why are they important to you?
  16. Do you have a “Black-and-White” view of reality or can you see shades of grey?
  17. Do you prefer to tear down or build up?
  18. Are you deliberate or spontaneous?
  19. Do you prefer the town or the country?
  20. If made to decide, would you rather be deaf or blind? Why?
  21. How do you feel about magic, myth, and the supernatural?
  22. Do you remember your dreams?
  23. Describe a typical dream you might have.
  • Emma Axtell

    Thanks so much for these surveys!