Tarry for the Nonce

June 25, 2006

Are You Laughing at Me?

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 11:08 pm

You scored 0 evilness, 18 romance, 45 tragic, and 45 comic!

Falstaff is a heavy drinking coward who gives much comic relief in “Henry IV Part I” but is destined to come to a tragic end in “Henry IV Part II.” He also appears as a lead comic character in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and was reputed to be a favorite character of Elizabeth I.

The Shakespeare Character Test

(Hat tip to Barbara Walker.)



  1. I, too, am Falstaff.

    In other words I am “so surfeit-swell’d, so old, and so profane??”



    Comment by Janice — June 26, 2006 @ 11:40 am

  2. I think the test must be faulty. I took it and was also rated as FALSTAFF.

    But I scored a 9 in evilness. Hey, I am a priest, what is that about? At least you scored a zero in this regard.

    My comic score is the same as yours, 45. But I only rated a 36 as tragic.

    Even stranger, I rated an 18 in romance, like where did that come from?

    Father Joe

    Comment by Father Joe — June 26, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

  3. I don’t know how a test could score me as being in the top 1% for “evilness,” “romance,” “tragedy,” AND “comedy”…. its definitely broken. Unless, of course, I’m some sort of evil, romatic, tragic comic…
    Henry V You scored 27 evilness, 45 romance, 27 tragic, and 18 comic! Henry V is a true patriot, giving rousing speeches to motivate his men to fight against the French. Henry is forgiving of minor offenses, but he will fight hard for things he considers to be most important. He is an idealist and a romantic in the wooing of the French princess Katherine. My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

    You scored higher than 99% on evilnessYou scored higher than 99% on romanceYou scored higher than 99% on tragicYou scored higher than 99% on comic

    Comment by Andrew P. — June 26, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

  4. IagoYou scored 45 evilness, 27 romance, 18 tragic, and 27 comic!

    One of the most evil characters in all of literature, Iago’s intense jealousy and racism causes the deats of several innocent people.

    In Othello, Iago is arguably the most interesting of all the characters. Othello is just plain simple. I mean — he is soooooooooo naive that it isn’t even funny! and Iago is romantic to boot!

    We are prone to turn our scandalized backs upon Iago and flatter ourselves, as our ancestors have been doing since the days of Samuel Johnson, that the rogue shall never beguile us; and thus we miss the many evidences that Iago was to Shakespeare intensely, even romantically, attractive.

    “Evil has nowhere else been portrayed with such mastery as in the character of Iago,” Professor Bradley further remarks; and he goes on to declare: “It is only in Goethe’s Mephistopheles that a fit companion for Iago can be found. Here there is something of the same deadly coldness, the same gaiety in destruction.”

    Comment by auntlori — June 26, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

  5. I was rated Nick Bottom with 27 evilness, 36 romance, 18 tragic, and 45 comic!

    Interesting character. I hope I do not end up with an ass’s head.

    Comment by Gabe Klyber — June 27, 2006 @ 8:15 am

  6. Touchstone
    You scored 18 evilness, 27 romance, 18 tragic, and 72 comic!
    You are the fool from “As You Like It.” Touchstone’s name comes from an Elizabethan word that refers to anything that could be used to test the genuineness or value of something else. Touchstone tests the world by making fun of it.

    right…who is this again?

    Comment by Alistair A. — June 27, 2006 @ 8:31 am

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