Taylor is a serious young man with an intimidating presence, something he uses to his advantage when deemed necessary. He is respectful of others for the most part, being polite towards practically anyone unless given a strong reason not to do so (such as messing with his twin sister, at which point he turns violent). While the seriousness can come across as him being a solitary person, this could not be further from the truth - he maintains a close circle of friends he's quite fond of and can let his guard down around them, joke around and get into trouble. It should not be mistaken for quietness either as he speaks his mind when he feels like it.
He detests to show weakness in any way, cramming his feelings down as much as possible. It's rare to catch him in a vulnerable moment outside of when he snaps. Such temper explosions are a direct consequence of it, although they have been getting better and better throughout the fifth year as Taylor has found an outlet to vent his frustrations instead of letting it all build within him like he used to, being less of a ticking time bomb nowadays.
He's very observant, often picking up on things most won't, and is able to pick up on subtle changes in the people he knows well as a result. While he lacks the emotional know-how to tackle those issues he still awkwardly tries his best, at which point his stunted upbringing becomes very visible to the world. His good nature seems to find a way to make things work nevertheless and he's seen as a good friend despite his inadequacy in some problems.
While he's not the best student of the bunch, his work ethic can't be denied. Students of his sport have already spotted him as a potential new contender in the AQL upon his graduation (something he's not entirely sure he wants to pursue) due to his dedication and talent. He feels like these comments are overblown as his status as a protector has contributed to simplicity and humility on his part, though that can often cross over to him feeling inferior to others.
He's more well read and educated than his grades would tell you. Taylor spends a lot of his time reading, something that's been described in the past as a surprising fact about someone who seems to think with his fists first and brain second. He has the potential for more but his priorities are switched, but he's starting to think it's worth an investment for the same of guaranteeing entry in VMU in the future so he can properly provide for his family in case Quidditch isn't in the cards.
Taylor is very reliable and loyal, to the point of self sacrifice. To him it's a no brainer to stand up for those he cares for - he doesn't even think of it as 'bravery' so much as it being the right thing to do, standing unshakable by their side no matter what's to come.
Standing at 181 cm, Taylor towers over his twin sister to such a degree people often mistake him for being an older brother despite the fact they're twins. His build is athletic, lean and well defined from hours spent practicing boxing in the local dojo, and he seems to be mindful of his diet, something that certainly helps maintaining the physique.
His hair is blonde like his father's, and he often lets it grow slightly long before getting a proper haircut. Whether it's worn wild or combed depends on the day but he's biased towards letting it be unkempt, if anything to look less intimidating than he has to be. His eyes are green with a strange hint of blue to them, and his face is perpetually clean-shaven, displaying a strong jawline.
He's seen mostly in his school uniform out of not having much of a fashion sense. Anything worn outside of it is often Violet's choice as he trusts her judgement on what looks good and what doesn't, otherwise he'd throw a plain T-shirt and sweatpants on and be happy with it.
Taylor has a close circle of friends with whom he does everything - from studying to chatting to competing to having adventures to getting themselves in trouble, among various other things. He's seen as a loyal friend and ally, and despite his serious demeanor he's able to let his guard down around those he cares about and can kick back and have a good time fairly easily.
Taylor finds it that he related more to his Muggle father than his mother, mostly because he prefers to take matters into his own hands rather than magic it all away. As far as his mother is concerned, there's a sense of resentment slowly building up over the way she's raised him. He occasionally feels like an afterthought and that Violet is the star in their mother's eyes, although he doesn't hold it against his twin.
With Violet he's thick as thieves and wouldn't have it any other way. Not only does he feel responsible for the girl in multiple ways, she's his closest friend and confidant, and the one person who knows how his mind truly works.
Taylor doesn't have much in the way of experience at all out of stifling his own feelings - while he can get crushes fairly easily he's not the type to make a move, often thinking the other person can do better. Save for something brutally changing his mindset it's very likely anything in this realm will need a push as he won't be the one approaching.
Of these he has plenty, mostly people he's punched out over the years. He holds a grudge, becoming vicious in speech towards a person he has a strong reason to dislike and putting them down as a kneejerk need to protect those around him. Perhaps he needs to learn a thing or two about being able to forgive people.
Taylor was one of two twins born to Ava, a pureblood witch hailing from the United Kingdom, and and Craig Woods, a Muggle residing in Ballarat. He was the second to greet the world, following his sister Violet by a few minutes. However, as she was born near midnight and he was born after it, the twins have different birthdays. This wasn't the only stark difference that made itself visible while the pair grew up but it was certainly a prelude for what was to come.
Their mother had been a part of the Avery family in Britain, one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. She had never subscribed to the blood purity movement that had engulfed their family to the point of obsession, departing the country as soon as she possibly could. She raised her children with the same mindset: nobody was inferior. Everyone was to be accepted. Her children were halfbloods as a result of having a Muggle parent, further cementing her stance on the matter, but that didn't mean all sense of traditionalism was gone from the woman.
There was enough of it for her to raise Taylor specifically as a provider and a protector over Violet, while going easy on the little girl. That stifling upbringing was only helped by the closeness of the twins and Taylor was effectively fooled into believing the education he was put through was a necessity, it was his place in the family; he genuinely wanted to protect Violet from the world and unfortunately took his mother's advice to heart. It eventually led into problems with self expression as he was taught to stifle his emotions for the most part, which in turn also led into a myriad of anger issues.
The twins departed to Tallygarunga eventually to pursue an education in magic, as both displayed talent at sensibly the same time. It was here that Taylor found his first love: flying. Being more of a fan of speed than a team player proper, he became a seasoned Seeker for his House through the years. As far as his sister was concerned, he often got into fights with other students who dared try to bully her, having a zero tolerance for it. Many a times he was brought to the brink of expulsion but it was generally agreed he meant well.
During the fifth year he started to take on boxing as he was finally allowed to leave school grounds by his own two feet without someone watching over his shoulder, something that greatly enhanced his performance in fights - bullies have taken notice and are nowadays reluctant to approach Violet with ill intentions. He's also created a broomstick racing ring out in the Murrigal Bushland for the sake of appeasing his need for speed and to find a more positive outlet to vent his frustrations, something that's been steadily rising in popularity among the older students.