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The Minor Character Sheet: a writing aid for all fiction creators, from fantasy authors to comic writers. A helpful guideline tool for anyone who wants to create well-rounded, plot hole-free casts :)

This is the minor character sheet, full of things that might be useful to know about minor cast members. There is another, much longer sheet for main characters. These are all geared toward protagonists, but can be applied to villains too.

Text in [brackets] is just for clarification of how to answer the preceding question. Also, since I hate writing "him or her" and I will not write "they" when the subject is singular, I am assuming masculinity in my clarifications. You'll erase them when you fill it out anyway, so the sheet works for either gender.

So! without further ado!

SHORT NAME
Basic Information:
Full name: [While useful to have, the last name is not always necessary, depending on if the character will ever be addressed by a title or in full.]
Title: [If the character has a title (like President of Wacky Doodads, Inc., or what have you), you need to know both his first and last names.]
Nicknames:
Gender:
Age: [If he is not human and does not look his age, include both his real age and his age of appearance.]
Occupation: [Even if it doesn’t seem relevant to the story, it affects the character’s skill set and also his view of the town he is in and even the world.]
Place of work:
Current town of residence:
Hometown: [This also could be relevant, particularly to his relation to other characters who might be from the same town, a nearby town, a rival town, etc.]
Memberships: [Any organizations, whether that be the local ski lodge or a super-secret society.]
Physical Aspects:
General size: [Well, is the guy big, little, or nondescriptly medium? For some people it is simple enough to put in height and weight instead; in some cases it is necessary to put in at least height. Whatever is needed.]
Head and face shape:
Hair:
Eyes/Eyebrows:
Nose:
Mouth:
Skintone:
Bone structure:
Physical build/fitness: [In all these questions, it’s important to have a clear idea of the character’s appearance. If you end up going into more detail than you need for the story, that’s fine. You can give a more concise description when you have a clear picture. And, this level of thoroughness will help guide your drawings if it is a comic character—it’s always helpful to have the appearance hammered out and written down to help the characters all look unique, an important factor in a comic.]
Posture: [It definitely affects the impression one gives. And I’m not even a mom.]
Voice: [Tone, depth, accent, etc. They are good to mention in a story, and affect people’s reactions to the person speaking. And in a comic, at least the accent is still relevant, because you will want to try and write it into his lines.]
Clothing: [If the character ends up in more than one outfit in the course of the story, describe the important ones—like, for example, his adventuring clothes and the clothes he wore to the ball, or what have you. In a story it’s nice to describe, and in a comic it’s nice to have consistency.]
Story:
Relationship to characters: [How does he know the main characters? Or does he?]
Other significant connections: [What people is he connected to? What kinds of people are they? Anything that can be significant, whether that be, say, in bringing him into the story, making him useful, or affecting his attitude/actions (like if he’s in debt to a loan shark).]
Impression on other characters: [The general impressions that the main characters have of him at first, and, if applicable, after getting to know him a little better.]
Relevant skills: [Any skill that could come in handy, and a plausible reason for him to have it. Also any skill that he ought to have because of something already mentioned, like any career-related skill for his job.]
Relevant or important possessions: [Could be money, heirlooms, or something the hero wants. Any possession that could come in handy, and a plausible reason for him to have it.]
Reason for introduction: [Why is he in this story?]
Method of introduction: [How is he introduced, where, why, and to whom? How do the other characters react to his coming into the story?]
Method of departure: [How does he leave the story, where, why, and what affect does it have on the other characters?]
Character:
Idiosyncrasies (Verbal): [Quirks in speech patterns, commonly used phrases, strange types of wordings, etc.]
Idiosyncrasies (Physical): [Quirks in mannerism, twitches, etc.]
Personality keywords: [Words or short phrases that describe his personality—e.g. joyful, flirty, melodramatic, somber, etc.]
Character keywords: [Words or short phrases that describe his character—e.g. thrifty or spendthrift, proud or humble, egotistical or realistic, pessimist or optimist—essentially flaws and virtues.]
It dawned on me at some point that calling this an "OC Meme" would help people find it...

All notes relevant for using the sheet are at the top of it. The major character sheet is also posted here [link]

Please note that this sheet was compiled by me. It's not exactly a grand masterpiece or anything, but that doesn't mean I'd take kindly to somebody claiming it for their own. You're free to use it, but if you post it up somewhere, please give me credit.

Not that that little disclaimer was likely necessary, but now no one can say I never warned him.
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:iconjk4eves:
jk4eves Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for this. On my other writing accounts i always feel like i could have doen better with the minor characters.
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OtakuLiz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Writer
I hope it helps :)
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GeniusThinker Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Working on one...
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StripedCow Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I like this a lot- I have a bunch of character sheets, but they're all so long! This is very useful and quick. Lovely.
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OtakuLiz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Student Writer
Haha, I wrote a really long one too, and then realized that it was really over-the-top for those minor characters o.0 Thanks, I hope you find it useful :)
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StripedCow Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very! Thanksmuch.
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Shiri1432 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Usefulness!
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neocoolstar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
URGGG I'm gonna die with all the details.

Oh well

-writes up some minor characters-
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OtakuLiz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Student Writer
XD That's okay! Sometimes I don't actually fill the whole thing out, and let the character develop himself some first. You could do that if you wanted.
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neocoolstar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm I'll probably do that...I think the toughest part is making up the names. Cause sometimes the names just doesn't fit the certain character.
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