Found this list of questions in one of my old sketchbooks and decided to post it here since these are very important questions.
It’s vitally important that characters have character. Knowing the answer to just these sort of questions as a game designer, role playing game master, storyteller, etc. is very, very, very important. These are the kinds of questions actors ask themselves when preparing to take on a role and are the type of questions anyone involved in any art form that involves characters should be asking themselves.
Origin in Feeling toward others, society, organizations of note?
What is your concept of beauty?
What is your concept of fear?
Has your character encounters either ????
is characters goals, fears, hopes, aspirations?
Occupation? (or former occupation?)
Feelings towards… ?
physical = height? weight? shape? form, physique? eye color? hair color? skin color?
Love(s)? Lovers? Sexuality? Sexual?
Strength of will?
Intellect/physique meets background?
Reasons? (for being? for being in a certain place, etc.)?
Name?.. and true name?
When and how did important dreams meet your life?
Name enemies you have met, not met?
True Form (and it’s looks?) (physically and spiritually, etc.)
Who do you serve – people, self, country, a master, a religion, a gut feeling, a dream, a wife, a husband, kid, etc.?
Ever been to battle?
Ever been to a library?
Ever killed someone?
Ever graduate – from where?
What do you value (as your riches, goals, etc.)?
Motives – ulterior, true, false?
Beliefs – myths, truths, half knowledges, lies, afterlife(s)?
Angered by _________?
Turned on by ________?
Origins unknown – history unknown?
Anal accountant type?
How do you have fun?
Hangouts? With who?
Make a living by ___________?
Past Life ideas? — Reborn, death, life? Immortality?
Immortality as a goal?
Practice?, etc. etc.
(I could go on forever with more questions)…
Build character. Characters that have character are far better then those with no character.