In writing class Ty had us do this exercise. I've done it with him before at Comic Book Boot Camp 1, but thought I'd share it with friends here. If you feel like posting one back feel free! I'd love to read it and see how we differed!
The basic premise of the exercise is that you can get to the heart of the character by seeing how you answer these six basic questions. People in the class were encouraged to do well known characters and then share their results with the class to see how even with such well known characters people can differ in their interpretation of them and that will influence the type of story you would write for that character.
Although not one of the choices on the board, I chose Captain Picard because he is my favourite Starfleet captain and I already did Batman last year.
1. What does the character take in most through their five senses: Taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing?
Taste: earl grey tea, hot
touch: the hem of his uniform shirt when he reflexively pulls it down all the time
See: the bridge of the Enterprise
Hear: Data spouting technobabble
2. What is the character's best relationship?
William Riker, his second in command.
3. Their worst relationship?
Q, his eternal nemesis/trickster guide
4. Reoccuring dream?
Being Locutus of Borg again
5. Worst fear?
To cause his crew to get hurt and killed because he wasn't a good captain and made the wrong decisions
6.What is his motto?
Let's see what's out there! Engage!
Let's see what's out there! Engage Mr. Data!