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Zack Fair ([personal profile] livin_my_dream) wrote2010-05-24 06:06 pm
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Character Survey of Doom

Body and Appearance
1. Describe the character's height and build. Is he heavyset, thin, short, rangy? Zack's about 6'3/6'4, he's on the lean muscular side.

2. How old is he? 23 technically, but he has been dead about 3 years and he has had mental awareness for at least 2 of those years.

3. Describe his posture. Does he carry himself well or does he slouch? He stands with his back straight likely due to his military training.

4. How is his health? Is he fit or out of shape? Any illnesses or conditions? Any physical disabilities? Zack is in perfect health actually. Which is mainly due to the genetic enhancements he got when entering the SOLDIER program and then again when Hojo used him in one of his experiments.

5. How does he move? Is he clumsy, graceful, tense, fluid? Zack's movements are fluid, again due to his military training.

6. How attractive is this character physically? How does he perceive himself in the mirror? Zack's definitely hot as hell and while Zack may not be vain about his looks, his not unaware that he is good looking.

7. Describe his complexion. Dark, light, clear, scarred? I would say Zack has fair to medium complexion. Due to the mako that he is infused with he doesn't have a lot of scars. He has the two scars that cross over each other on his left cheek. The other ones he has are the ones that proved fatal to him. He has about four bullet wound scars on his upper torso, though they are faint. Also if someone were to run their fingers through front of his hair they would feel a fifth bullet wound scar.

8. Describe his hair: color, texture, style. His black spiky hair, he keeps most of it slicked back with only one spike dangling in his face. I'd say his hair is soft to the touch.

9. What color are his eyes? They are blue with a slight glow to them, again due to the Mako pumping through his veins.

10. Does the character have any other noteworthy features? His left ear is pierced.

11. What are his chief tension centers? The back of his neck and the base of his skull. He has a tendency to rub his neck and back of his head a lot. Thus I think they some times bother him.

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? Seriously you'll almost always see him in his old uniform. He's just really use to it by now.

13. Do his clothes fit well? Does he seem comfortable in them? They are semi loose to allow for ease of movements during fights.

14. Does he dress the same on the job as he does in his free time? If not, what are the differences? Like I said he wears his uniform pretty much all the time. Though he wouldn't be opposed to a wardrobe change once he has enough money to do that. Though I can't see that he wouldn't wear something that still offered protection similar to his uniform.

15. You knew it was coming: Boxers, briefs or commando? Boxer briefs.

1. What does this character's voice sound like? High-pitched, deep, hoarse? Not gonna lie I usually hear Rick Gomez's voice. I'd say he has a slightly deep voice, kind has a nasally sound to it.

2. How does he normally speak? Loud, soft, fast, evenly? Does he talk easily, or does he hesitate? He tends to talk evenly, mostly. If he gets excited then he does speak faster and louder. When he's thinking something over, he has a tendency to pause a lot in his speech.

3. Does the character have a distinct accent or dialect? Any individual quirks of pronunciation? Any, like, you know, verbal tics? He has a sort of country twang to his voice. He also drops his g's on a occasion and smush his words together, like saying 'gonna' instead of 'going to' or saying 'gotta' instead of 'got to' and other unofficial conjunctions like that.

4. What language/s does he speak, and with how much fluency? Whatever language those on Gaia seem to speak.

5. Does he switch languages or dialects in certain situations? Not really, he usually speaks the way he speaks.

6. Is he a good impromptu speaker, or does he have to think about his words? When it comes to battle speeches or getting his troops psyched up, he good. Socially, some times he has to think about his words.

7. Is he eloquent or inarticulate? Under what circumstances might this change? He's only inarticulate when he is overly excited or he is at a genuine loss for words. Otherwise he usually gets his meaning across just fine.

Mental and Emotional
1. How intelligent is this character? Is he book-smart or street-smart? Zack is street smart, more than book smart. He's actually a very visual and put into practice kind of learner. He'll definitely pick up things quicker by seeing them done rather than reading about them.

2. Does he think on his feet, or does he need time to deliberate? He definitely thinks on his feet. He's a take action kind of guy.

3. Describe the character's thought process. Is he more logical, or more intuitive? Idealistic or practical? Intuitive and idealistic! That's Zack through and through. He goes with his gut reactions to things more often than not. And it's not wrong to say that he sees things through rose tinted glasses. Though on some things he is logical and practical about, but those are for more complicated situations.

4. What kind of education has the character had? As far as education goes he was from a mountain town and went into Shinra's SOLDIER program at fifteen. So I'm betting highest education is likely 8th grade or 9th grade at most. He's good with things that interest him, but like listening to Hollander or Hojo drone on about science made his eyes glaze over.

5. What are his areas of expertise? What, if anything, is he interested in learning more about? Combat, fighting, that sort of thing. If he were to major in anything it would be like Physical Education. He likes sports and being athletic. One of the records he held during his time with Shinra was doing the most squats in a single setting.

6. Is he an introvert or an extrovert? Extrovert, definitely.

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 cheerful most of the time. He tends to stay upbeat and laid back. This is a guy who faced his certain death with a smile on his face.

8. How does he respond to new people or situations? Is he suspicious, relaxed, timid, enthusiastic? Oh he's enthusiastic when it comes to new people and maybe slightly suspicious of new settings, but that's only because he was a SOLDIER so he's always alert about his surroundings.

9. Is he more likely to act, or to react? A bit of both actually. It depends on the situation, but his greater instinct is to react.

10. Which is his default: fight or flight? Oh definitely fight. He fights even when the odds are greatly against him and he should run in the other direction.

11. Describe the character's sense of humor. Does he appreciate jokes? Puns? Gallows humor? Bathroom humor? Pranks? Zack does appreciate jokes. He's own sense of humor can be questionable. He'll even crack jokes about his own death. Though he's not much into really crass humor.

12. Does the character have any diagnosable mental disorders? If yes, how does he deal with them? Not really, he's actually the most sane of the Former SOLDIERS.

13. What moments in this character's life have defined him as a person? Being accepted into the SOLDIER program, being trained by Angeal, his first mission in Wutai, Being promoted to First Class ranking, Meeting Aerith, Having to kill Angeal, Meeting Cloud, Fighting Sephiroth in Nibelheim, Waking up in Shinra manor's basement, going on the run with Cloud, Sacrificing himself to save Cloud.

14. What does he fear? That he won't be able to save the people he cares about.

15. What are his hopes or aspirations? He use to want to become a hero, but now he just wishes to be able to live a peaceful life with Aerith and Cloud. He's really learned the value of having a simple life. Adventure is great, but it can be pretty empty if there is no one to share it with at the end of the day.

16. What is something he doesn't want anyone to find out about him? He doesn't really want anyone to know just how hard he judges himself for his failures that cost lives. Or just how much being forced into killing Angeal eats away at him. Despite having been dead for a couple of years himself, that's still one of his major regrets. And he definitely doesn't want anyone to know how much he hates himself for believing in Shinra for as long as he did. He feels that while they may have failed to completely turn him into a monster, he still let himself be used. Because of that a lot of people he loved and cared deeply about paid the price. It will take a lot for him to say it aloud, but does cross his mind often.

1. Describe this character's relationship with his parents. He's never seen interacting with his parents, but it seems he had a good relationship with them because he did write to them. And when they stopped hearing from him, they were worried about him.

2. Does the character have any siblings? What is/was their relationship like? Nope! He is an only child.

3. Are there other blood relatives to whom he is close? Are there ones he can't stand? Nope, he's never shown interacting with actual family members.

4. Are there other, unrelated people whom he considers part of his family? What are his relationships with them? His friends and his mentor. Angeal, Cloud, Aerith and to some extent even Tseng and Cissnei. And before Sephiroth went insane and tried to kill him, the other man was close to being in this group as well.

5. Who is/was the character's best friend? How did they meet?
Cloud Strife. They met on a mission in Modeheim. It was instant friendship when they bonded over being country boys.

6. Does he have other close friends? Angeal, Aerith, Tseng, Cissnei and Kunsel.

7. Does he make friends easily, or does he have trouble getting along with people? Zack mostly gets along with everyone. So he does have a tendency to make friends quickly.

8. Which does he consider more important: family or friends? Zack's not the type to chose like that. Both family and friends are important. He gave up his life to protect a friend that was like family to him.

9. Is the character single, married, divorced, widowed? Has he been married more than once? He is single, though once upon a time he and Aerith dated.

10. Is he currently in a romantic relationship with someone other than a spouse? No, he isn't.

11. Who was his first crush? Who is his latest? I'm not really sure here. He did use to flirt with Cissnei and he did seem to have a tendency to flirt in general. So that's a hard call.

12. What does he look for in a romantic partner? Someone that he can trust and that he gets along well with. Someone he can share laughter with. Someone who will be there when he needs them to be. Someone who will let him be there for them, when they need him. Someone with a genuinely good heart.

13. Does the character have children? Grandchildren? If yes, how does he relate to them? If no, does he want any? No. Which is too bad, because I think he would have made a good father.

14. Does he have any rivals or enemies? Yes, Shinra became his biggest enemy. Then of course, Hojo, Hollander, Genesis who kept on darkening his doorstep and Sephiroth when he is menacing the lifestream.

15. What is the character's sexual orientation? Where does he fall on the Kinsey scale? Zack lands at a 2, but he strongly prefers women when it comes down to it. Though there are a couple of guys that he would consider if things ever developed that way.

16. How does he feel about sex? How important is it to him? Sex is nice? No seriously he doesn't have strong feelings about sex as he never really had time for it. He's not opposed to it, but it's not something he actively seeks out.

17. What are his turn-ons? Turn-offs? Weird bedroom habits? Hahahaha, yeah he hasn't developed preferences here yet. So stayed tuned.

1. Do you know your character's astrological (zodiac of choice) sign? How well does he fit type? He doesn't have a canon birthdate, strangely enough. And I haven't headcanon him a birthday yet. It's on my to do list.

ETA: Alright so after much thought on the subject I gave Zack a headcanon birthday of July 25th. Which would make him a Leo, now I know Cloud is a Leo by his canon birthdate, but a lot of the Leo traits just fit Zack better. So it kind of makes sense to me that they should share the same sign but their birthdays be in different months. He doesn't fully fit the Leo mold as he shares a few negative qualities with Cancers. Thus the July 25th birthday puts him more on the edge of Leo/Cancer.

2. Is this character religious, spiritual, both, or neither? How important are these elements in his life? He believes in the lifestream for obvious reasons, but honestly before that he never really demonstrated having a strong religion. Unless you count him calling Angeal's wings, Angel's wings. That would probably fall more into spiritual than religious though.

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? He does. Angeal always told him while he was training to "follow your dreams and protect your honor as SOLDIER." Zack very much values his honor, so he doesn't take advantage of people and he's really not one to kill those he sees as innocents. However he did kill Angeal, because Angeal pretty much forced his hand by purposely transforming into a horrible monster. Even though Zack himself has experienced death, he still hasn't quite forgotten or completely forgiven Angeal for making him do that. It did make Zack less willing to compromise when it comes to protecting life. He sacrificed himself for Cloud, rather than abandoning him when that latter would have been the easier option. If he can help it, he won't leave anyone behind.

4. How does he regard beliefs that differ from his? Is he tolerant, intolerant, curious, indifferent? It depends on the belief. General beliefs that don't harm anyone, he is tolerant and understanding even. But if we are talking beliefs that can cause harm to others or even cost lives, he won't hesitate to voice his disagreement.

5. What prejudices does he hold? Are they irrational or does he have a good reason for them? Not as many as he could have. The ones he does have against Shinra, Hollander and Hojo are for very good reasons.

Daily Life
1. What is the character's financial situation? Is he rich, poor, comfortable, in debt? While in life he didn't get paid all that well to be a SOLDIER. On the ship, he is doing fine.

2. What is his social status? Has this changed over time, and if so, how has the change affected him? He started out a country boy from a small town. Then went on to be in the SOLDIER program and ended up being promoted to 1st Class SOLDIER. I don't really know how to define that in social status. Maybe lower class to middle class? He didn't live long enough to really get to a real social status.

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? Back home he stayed in the barracks in Shinra and then the lifestream. Now he lives in a small ass apartment on the ship.

4. Besides the basic necessities, what does he spend his money on? Food and occasional entertainment. He doesn't have a lot of expenses because he's use to living on very basic means. The life of a SOLDIER pretty much required that he give up personal effects and when you're dead you got no use for money or things. So he is use to not buying useless junk. The only real splurges he makes are gifts for his friends and maybe the occasion cool looking weapon.

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? He's job changes from month to month on the ship. He was a SOLDIER back home before he died and he was damn good at it.

6. What are his interests or hobbies? How does he spend his free time? Working out, doing squats, he's taken a liking to video games and the like. Spending time with his friends. He enjoys going on outings whenever he can.

7. What are his eating habits? Does he skip meals, eat out, drink alcohol, avoid certain foods? He rarely cooks because he sucks at it, so he eats out for most meals. He eats more junk food than he probably should. He's not a big drinker, only on special occasions or when he's unwinding with friends or co-workers.

Which of the following do you associate with the character, or which is his favorite: Went with my associations.

1. Color? Blue.
2. Smell? Outdoorsy.
3. Time of day? Sunrise.
4. Season? Spring.
5. Book? I got nothing.
6. Music? Price of Freedom, comes to my mind.
7. Place? Midgar.
8. Substance? Materia.
9. Plant? Flowers.
10. Animal? Dog/Puppy.

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