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Your character is in a stable relationship of some description (if they are not in a relationship in the canon of your story, assume this hypothetically). Your character discovers that their partner has been cheating on them. How does your character react?
(Ideas: Does your character panic or assume it was a misunderstanding? Will their feelings change as they "cool off"? Will they storm out without a backwards glance or seek resolution? Would they forgive their partner?)



Does your character hold any religious or otherwise existential beliefs? If so, what inspired them to hold those beliefs? If not, why?



If you asked your character what his/her favorite color is, what would they say? Is there any reason they resonate with that particular color?



Does your character have any deep-seated fears? Do these fears motivate how your character acts in his/her day-to-day life?
(Ideas: Mentioning phobias are OK, but think beyond phobias. Does your character worry about not getting married someday, to the extent that he/she is often motivated to peruse romance or solidify his/her current partner? Does your character fear being taken advantage of and miss out on friends, information and other opportunities because they don't trust the words of others?)



Does your character have any particular pet peeves or annoyances? If so, is there any particular person, thing or event that caused your character to have this annoyance?
(Ideas: Think about your character's traits and how they fit into this question. For example, a person who is quite shy and inhibited might be most annoyed by loud, overbearing individuals.)



How does your character feel about his/her appearance? Has any part of their appearance been changed (e.g. tattoos, unusual hair colors, piercings)? If so, why did your character want to make that change?



What are your character's primary goals/dreams/ambitions? Why does your character want to attain this goal?



If your character fails miserably and loses sight of his/her goal (if you answered that your character doesn't have any huge goals/ambitions, assume this is a short-term or small goal), what happens next?
(Ideas: Will your character continue on with optimism? Will your character turn around and critically assess why things aren't working, seeking to change? Will your character break down and give up?)



When making friends or allies, what qualities does your character look for in others?
(Ideas: Think about how their traits fit into this question. If your character is quiet and serious, does he look for someone likeminded, or someone extroverted to bring him out of his shell?)



If your character was confronted with the news they are terminally ill with no hope of recovery, how would they react? (Note: If your character is immortal, invulnerable or a minor God/Goddess, assume something happens to end their immortality)
(Ideas: What is the initial reaction? What will the character feel later down the line? What sorts of things would they want to do before their time is up?)



Time to think from two different perspectives. Part one: If your character was asked what they thought their weaknesses/flaws were, what would they say?
Part two: If you as the creator were asked what you think your character's greatest weaknesses/flaws were, what would you say?
Part three: Are parts one and two congruent (how your character perceives him/herself is the same as what you know as his/her creator)?




Tag people here if you wish to do so.
Post in the comments if you do this quiz.

I virtually guarantee you that, at the time of posting this, you will not find a character quiz as comprehensive and as in-depth as this.

Inspired by all of the crappy character development quizzes floating around, all with the same, superficial questions (character's name, likes, dislikes, age, etc). The most abstract I've seen anyone get is asking about the character's view on love and/or religion.

My intention with this:

- To encourage the quiz-taker to write a lot more than just one-word or one-lined answers.

- To force the quiz-taker to consider aspects about the character and hypothetical situations that they might not have considered before.
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ferret-assassin-nin Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Reading through this makes me realize just how often I fail to really dive into my characters, due to how my writing style is "An idea comes, roll with it, edit and fine-tune it later". I think these questions will really help me get over my writer's block for some of my stories or help me to finally create the bridge between where I want the story to go and where the the story is right now. Beginnings I'm good at, endings I'm not too bad at, but the middle is usually where I find myself struggling. So, I hope these questions help me improve my writing and make my characters more realistic! Thank you!
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UltraHero7 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll be using this to make my interviews with my characters more detailed and informative! Thanks!
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Aristodes Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I posted this in my journal. Thanks!
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arbon777 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Copying this quiz for later use, these are very helpful questions to think about. Do you mind if I attempt to expand upon it at any point?
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loveobug123 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Using this quiz :)
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Using this quiz! XD
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xmusic-is-my-escapex Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Taking quizzes and tests like this is essential to the writing process, not only because it gives the readers some supplemental material if the situations presented above don't ever come up, but also because it forces the author to think from the perspective of the character. It's very useful in separating your train of thought from the character's. In addition, it can teach you things about your own character that you didn't know by making you really think about how they would react or what they would be thinking. It can lead to some serious character development.

Tests and quizzes like these really add to the writing and reading experience, and I wish more authors would employ them. Thanks for this great quiz, I will definitely be using it in the future. Right now, actually, I'm going to use it for my YJ character. Thanks a bunch!
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Hrolfgard Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am totally using this for some of mine!
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Hrolfgard Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just used it. Sorry, but I don't know how to link to submissions. :(
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strxbe Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did your quiz here. :) Here's the link: [link]

I love to see quizzes like yours that are actually serious questions that really do make you think about your characters' personalities, etc. I'm so tired of reading through some quizzes where the first few questions are decent and then you see "What would your character do if their best friend was attacked by a crazy rabid gorrilla on speed." It really ruins it hahaha. So thank you! For making a quiz that I can actually enjoy filling out with my most favorite characters. <3
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ConsiderablyDin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, thank you! I'm glad to hear you were able to make use of it. I'm absolutely in agreement with you, too. The reason I made this quiz is because all of the ones floating around on here were very superficial/unhelpful or, as you say, just... kind of had no direction.

So! Yes, thank you very much.
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RosieDesign Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm going to take this quiz to learn deeper about my OC
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ConsiderablyDin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad.
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Deutschland-Ja Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastically in-depth. Danke!
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ConsiderablyDin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And thank you. :)
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2sad2smile000 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Writer
I DID IT. YAY ME.
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ConsiderablyDin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yay you! :)
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2sad2smile000 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Writer
XD Thank you. :)
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2sad2smile000 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Definitely going to try this his. Very In-depth questions. Thank you for making this:)
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frozen-lightning Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   General Artist
Doing this quiz, for sure.
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ConsiderablyDin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Happy to hear. :)
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Pau-Norontaus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice, though you forgot:
"If your character could choose one (1) anime/manga bishie to a deserted island,
what colour would his/her fursona's tonsils be?"
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ConsiderablyDin Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I just may have to add that in a future quiz! How dar I forget!
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Pau-Norontaus Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Happens to the best of us!
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Ikiyou Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yesh, i'm gonna have to take this one, and use it several times!
thank you!
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ConsiderablyDin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're most welcome, and thank you. :)
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Anemoi-Zephyrus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
These are really great questions, and I can't agree more with what you said earlier about most other quizzes
However, I think your lend themselves to helping a character grow
If you don't mind I definitely love to try it c:
Thanks for making this; I spent quite a bit of time looking for something like this and I'm glad to have found it!
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ConsiderablyDin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely do try it! Thank you for your comments, and I would love to see what kind of answers you'd get with your own characters. :)
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Akimoto-RoninLord Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is certainly most interesting...
I'll have to try this with a few of my characters, see if i can make it lol =P
If only more people saw the genius behind these types of developments...
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ArgentFang Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010   Photographer
Excellent questions to help new and young writers create interesting and believable characters. Sadly, I fear that this might fall on deaf ears with a lot of the people in this community.
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ConsiderablyDin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Likely, but I try. ;P And thank you!
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