A character sheet, also known as a char sheet, reference sheet, refsheet, or model sheet, is an important reference artifact in furry fandom, as the primary means for fans to describe their roleplaying character(s) and/or fursona quickly and easily to others, without needing to repeat detailed explanations multiple times over.
Some furries use the term to refer to written references or simple reference pictures of their characters, while a model sheet specifically refers to a more detailed visual description of a character.
Character Sheets Outside of Furry Fandom
Character sheets are common to nearly all published ('table-top' or 'paper-and-pencil') roleplaying games (e.g., Dungeons & Dragons, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, GURPS, Ironclaw), to record vital information about a primary character being played and portrayed by a player. Mostly, this information is specific to the published game in question, but also includes name biographical information, possessions, and sometimes a character sketch.
In animation, cartooning and graphic design, model sheets and character sheets are basically two variations of the same term, and both are used to refer specifically to the more graphical descriptions of various characters.
Furry character sheets typically includes the user/character's name, age, species, gender, height, weight, appearance, personality, and traits.
- Name: Peter Wolfowitz
- Age: 23
- Species: Wolf
- Gender: Male
- Height: 6'0
- Weight: 120 lbs.
- Appearance: A slender anthropomorphic wolf with black fur and acid-yellow eyes
- Personality: Calm and collected
- Traits: Skilled in the making of arts and crafts
Character model sheet
A character model sheet, also known simply as a model sheet, is a graphical version of the "character sheet".
Although not a term with its origins in the furry fandom (having being first conceived and used in mainstream animation,) it's often used by furry artists and fans to graphically describe a character, fursonas, or even fursuits.
It displays a specific turnaround view and look on the particular features of a character, such as head and body shape, hair and tail length and style, size and position of the eyes, mouth, ears, fur patterns and design, etc.
Color callouts and character descriptions may be added to / accompany the model sheet.