Found this on a friend’s LJ. Answers below are about Peter Stoller of St. Peter in Chains.
Body and Appearance
1. Describe the character’s height and build. Is he heavyset, thin, short, rangy?
Peter is tall and thin. Not muscular, more quick than strong.
2. How old is he?
3. Describe his posture. Does he carry himself well or does he slouch?
He has good posture except when upset, at which times he folds in on himself.
4. How is his health? Is he fit or out of shape? Any illnesses or conditions? Any physical disabilities?
He’s healthy, intelligent. But doesn’t make any particular point of being healthy, i.e. he doesn’t eat health food or anything.
5. How does he move? Is he clumsy, graceful, tense, fluid?
6. How attractive is this character physically? How does he perceive himself in the mirror?
He is attractive and aware of it, even to being slightly vain.
7. Describe his complexion. Dark, light, clear, scarred?
8. Describe his hair: color, texture, style.
Dark blond to light brown, thick and even a bit coarse, though neatly styled.
9. What color are his eyes?
10. Does the character have any other noteworthy features?
11. What are his chief tension centers?
Physically? I’m not sure what this question is asking, but when Peter gets tense, it’s all in his arms and shoulders.
12. What is the character’s wardrobe like? Casual, dressy, utilitarian? Bright colors, pastels, neutrals? Is it varied, or does he have six of the same suit?
Peter likes to dress well but is unfortunately incapable of matching things up very nicely. (Might be a bit colorblind?) So he sticks mostly to neutral colors.
13. Do his clothes fit well? Does he seem comfortable in them?
14. Does he dress the same on the job as he does in his free time? If not, what are the differences?
He dresses well no matter what. Suits for work, but still prefers nice shirts and slacks even on “down” time.
15. You knew it was coming: Boxers, briefs or commando?
1. What does this character’s voice sound like? High-pitched, deep, hoarse?
Average, I guess.
2. How does he normally speak? Loud, soft, fast, evenly? Does he talk easily, or does he hesitate?
Quickly and smoothly, though he hesitates when he’s nervous.
3. Does the character have a distinct accent or dialect? Any individual quirks of pronunciation? Any, like, you know, verbal tics?
Educated, British, a tendency to let his words trail off when distracted.
4. What language/s does he speak, and with how much fluency?
Several, since his job requires it. English, French, German with fluidity; some Italian, Chinese and Japanese, though with more effort.
5. Does he switch languages or dialects in certain situations?
6. Is he a good impromptu speaker, or does he have to think about his words?
He’s good at thinking (and speaking) on his feet.
7. Is he eloquent or inarticulate? Under what circumstances might this change?
Eloquent in working situations, and sometimes even in personal ones, though he can become inarticulate when having to deal with emotions.
Mental and Emotional
1. How intelligent is this character? Is he book-smart or street-smart?
He’s educated and capable of adapting to various situations. But his emotional IQ is somewhat lower.
2. Does he think on his feet, or does he need time to deliberate?
On his feet.
3. Describe the character’s thought process. Is he more logical, or more intuitive? Idealistic or practical?
Peter is logical, though he also trusts his gut. Not very idealistic, though.
4. What kind of education has the character had?
High end education.
5. What are his areas of expertise? What, if anything, is he interested in learning more about?
He’s good at his work: seeing patterns in things, sussing out the important bits in the face of a lot of information.
6. Is he an introvert or an extrovert?
An extrovert. Peter doesn’t like being alone with his own thoughts much. Prefers to distract himself in the company of others.
7. Describe the character’s temperament. Is he even-tempered or does he have mood swings? Cheerful or melancholy? Laid-back or driven?
He’s generally even tempered, focused on his work, known to be a solid guy, if not overwhelmingly cheerful. But deep down he has a streak of melancholy in him.
8. How does he respond to new people or situations? Is he suspicious, relaxed, timid, enthusiastic?
9. Is he more likely to act, or to react?
10. Which is his default: fight or flight?
11. Describe the character’s sense of humor. Does he appreciate jokes? Puns? Gallows humor? Bathroom humor? Pranks?
Dry, sardonic. Nothing juvenile.
12. Does the character have any diagnosable mental disorders? If yes, how does he deal with them?
13. What moments in this character’s life have defined him as a person?
Becoming an intelligence agent, certainly. His work and sense of purpose.
14. What does he fear?
Nothing at first. But then, when he finally has something (or someone) to lose . . .
15. What are his hopes or aspirations?
To climb the internal ladder of the agency. That is, until he finds there’s more to life than work.
16. What is something he doesn’t want anyone to find out about him?
His personal life. Peter keeps that private.
1. Describe this character’s relationship with his parents.
Nondescript. Peter went away to school, has always been a dutiful son, is probably closer to his mother than his father, but the nature of his work prevents him from being very close to anyone.
2. Does the character have any siblings? What is/was their relationship like?
An older brother and sister. Peter is the youngest. His older brother mostly ignores him (or needles him a bit), but his older sister is fiercely protective.
3. Are there other blood relatives to whom he is close? Are there ones he can’t stand?
4. Are there other, unrelated people whom he considers part of his family? What are his relationships with them?
His boss Gordon is his mentor and a sort of father-like figure, and Gordon’s wife Elinor is a kind of mother to Peter.
5. Who is/was the character’s best friend? How did they meet?
Peter has many colleagues, acquaintances, but no close friends. He necessarily dropped all childhood and school friends when he began working for the government.
6. Does he have other close friends?
7. Does he make friends easily, or does he have trouble getting along with people?
His smooth way of interacting gives the appearance of Peter making friends easily, but he’s not open enough to really make friends.
8. Which does he consider more important: family or friends?
That’s the problem: Peter is caught between his loyalty to Gordon and his love for his boyfriend Charles.
9. Is the character single, married, divorced, widowed? Has he been married more than once?
Many relationships, nothing very serious until now.
10. Is he currently in a romantic relationship with someone other than a spouse?
11. Who was his first crush? Who is his latest?
Peter is used to being the subject of crushes, not crushing on others himself. Which is why his infatuation with Charles is so surprising.
12. What does he look for in a romantic partner?
Something and someone completely different from and unrelated to his work.
13. Does the character have children? Grandchildren? If yes, how does he relate to them? If no, does he want any?
Not really interested in children in any way. A sort of absent uncle to his siblings’ kids.
14. Does he have any rivals or enemies?
Gamby, another agent.
15. What is the character’s sexual orientation? Where does he fall on the Kinsey scale?
Gay, though he’s maintained heterosexual relationships for the sake of his work.
16. How does he feel about sex? How important is it to him?
Usually finds it a means to an end, enjoys it, doesn’t normally attach a lot of importance to it.
17. What are his turn-ons? Turn-offs? Weird bedroom habits?
Is surprisingly mild when in a safe relationship, though open to doing whatever.
1. Do you know your character’s astrological (zodiac of choice) sign? How well does he fit type?
Aries maybe. Or a Cancer/Leo cusp (mix of sensitive and dramatic).
2. Is this character religious, spiritual, both, or neither? How important are these elements in his life?
Doesn’t really figure in his life.
3. Does this character have a personal code of morals or ethics? If so, how did that begin? What would it take to compromise it?
It’s all about the work, whatever it takes to do the job, though his love for Charles may force Peter to compromise.
4. How does he regard beliefs that differ from his? Is he tolerant, intolerant, curious, indifferent?
Indifferent mostly. He only cares if it stops him from getting his work done.
5. What prejudices does he hold? Are they irrational or does he have a good reason for them?
He comes from the old school, and therefore may be a bit sexist.
1. What is the character’s financial situation? Is he rich, poor, comfortable, in debt?
Doesn’t make a lot of money but comes from money, so he has no worries on that score.
2. What is his social status? Has this changed over time, and if so, how has the change affected him?
He’s a snob, though he doesn’t really know or realize this. Being with Charles forces Peter to confront this, however.
3. Where does he live? House, apartment, trailer? Is his home his castle or just a place to crash? What condition is it in? Does he share it with others?
A flat. Beautiful and mostly empty because Peter spends his time at the office. Alone at first, until Charles moves in.
4. Besides the basic necessities, what does he spend his money on?
Clothes. His fancy watch, his car.
5. What does he do for a living? Is he good at it? Does he enjoy it, or would he rather be doing something else?
Intelligence agent. He’s very good at it, enjoys it, has bought into the whole rhetoric of Queen & Country.
6. What are his interests or hobbies? How does he spend his free time?
At first he doesn’t do anything but work, eat, sleep. But once he begins a relationship, that changes.
7. What are his eating habits? Does he skip meals, eat out, drink alcohol, avoid certain foods?
He likes gourmet food but can’t cook so eats out a lot. Drinks wine.
Which of the following do you associate with the character, or which is his favorite:
1. Color? Grey.
2. Smell? A spicy cologne.
3. Time of day? Night setting in.
4. Season? Late summer.
5. Book? Any spy thriller.
6. Music? Classical.
7. Place? London.
8. Substance? Red wine.
9. Plant? Something nondescript and green, no flowers.
10. Animal? Tiger.