Which John Wayne Character Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which John Wayne Character Are You?
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About This Quiz

Marion Robert Morrison, the man who would later become known as John Wayne, was born in 1907 in the town of Winterset, Iowa. When his family had to move due to his father's breathing problems, they ended up in Southern California, where the tall future film star would ultimately make his name. 

After a failed stint at farming in the desert, they moved to Glendale, where Wayne would do odd jobs for his father and others, and where he got the family dog that would give him his nickname, Duke.  As fate would have it, he went to the University of Southern California where he played football and caught the eye of famous Western film star, Tom Mix, who got him his first on-set job. Wayne eventually became close with directing legend, John Ford, while working on his sets. 

John Wayne often played imposing authority figures; men of passion, principle and action. A mixed bag, he was a difficult man as he got older, and he drank a lot, but his greatest contributions stand out more than his flaws.

So which John Wayne character do you most resemble? Ready your guns, and saddle up for this quiz!

Which of these could be your motto for life?
"I figure a man's only good for one oath at a time."
"Out here, due process is a bullet."
"We hold these truths to be self-evident."
"Deserve's got nothing to do with it."

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Are you willing to engage your boss in a dispute?
I am the boss.
Nope. I take my orders.
Yes, if it comes to that.
I'll engage anyone in a dispute.

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How old are you?
I'm getting up there.
I'm older than you.
I'm in my prime.
Old. Let's leave it there.

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Do you believe in the use of cruelty as a weapon?
Yes, of course!
No, but my enemies do.
I believe in the use of my knife as weapon.
No. There's no need.

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Would you leave a friend in trouble?
If the mission called for it, then yes.
No one gets left behind.
I'd die first.
I don't have any friends.

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Do you see your competition as equally human as you are?
No. They're monsters.
Yes, but they're still evil.
Yes, they're just wrong.
There's no difference between us.

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Are you willing to try things over and over again, even when you keep failing?
I don't consider something a failure until you give up on it.
I'll keep trying within reason.
I'll just keep trying no matter what.
No, I'm too old for that.

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How many emotional battles have you fought?
None
I don't put much emotion into anything.
What does it matter?
More than I can recall

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How likely are you to give up on something in which you've invested time?
It'll never happen.
If it doesn't make sense, I'll give up.
I'll probably just come at it from another angle.
I've given up on nearly everything.

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Is an immoral enemy the only enemy worth taking on?
It's the only one I would take on.
Yes. Moral people can't be enemies the way I see it.
No, some enemies are moral, but wrong.
Morality doesn't enter into it much.

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How do you feel about drama?
I'm quick to participate.
I live for drama.
Some days I love it, other days I loathe it.
I want nothing to do with any drama.

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How invested are you in an explicit philosophy?
I'm not invested at all.
I've taken an oath, if that's what you mean.
I'm totally invested in a moral philosophy.
I don't worry about that kind of stuff.

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Do you hold grudges?
Yes, for a long time.
No, life's too short.
Sometimes
No. I don't have the time.

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How emotionally invested are you in your work?
It's all I have.
I try to take my feelings out of it, but that's hard.
It's pretty engaging on an emotional level.
A bit. It's not an emotional thing anymore.

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How many special skills do you have that relate to your job?
A couple
Dozens
A large handful
Just one

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Do you have a calling?
I used to think I did, but now I'm not so sure.
I do, and I work for on it every day.
I do, and I've spent my whole life in pursuit of it.
No, I just have a way of life that I enjoy.

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What does your code of ethics look like?
I don't have much of a code.
It's a booklet. I've got it memorized.
It's a complicated schema for living in an interconnected world.
It's me or them. That's the whole thing.

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How orderly is your life?
It's totally chaotic.
It's very regimented.
It's an adventure every day, and not too organized.
It's orderly, but out of necessity.

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How good are you at telling stories?
I'm terrible.
It's part of my job, so I'm pretty good.
I'm the best.
I know a few, but I don't like to tell them.

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Are you comfortable alone?
I have to be.
I am, but I'd rather not be.
I am.
I'm not. My identity is tied up in how I interact with other people.

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Do you see yourself as in service to something bigger?
I'm just in service to my friends.
Professionally, I am.
Yes, I absolutely am.
I definitely don't see myself that way.

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What material things do you need to get by in life?
My travel kit
My work gear
My books
My survival gear

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What do you see as your biggest flaw?
I can't let go of things.
I don't ever stray from my lane.
I'm willing to die for things I have little to do with.
I'm running out of time.

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Do you have time for a family?
No, I don't.
Yes, I do.
I could make it work.
I used to.

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How much do you identify with your profession?
A job is just a job.
It's who I am down to my bones.
I'm not my job. My job is me.
It's not a job. It's a calling.

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How well can you cope with the challenges of nature?
I'll live.
I'm prepared.
I know how to get by in nature.
I'll book a hotel room when the weather gets bad.

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How would you like to go out of this world?
I'd prefer not to go out quite yet.
With honor
In a blaze of glory
Swinging

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Does your anger cool down with the passage of time?
No, it only boils harder.
Yes, of course it does.
I don't get angry, I get even.
I don't have emotional room to get angry anymore.

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What do you love most of all?
My people
My country
Justice
My legacy

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How politically conservative are you?
I'm very conservative.
I'm more liberal than conservative.
I'm definitely a moderate.
I don't give a flip about politics.

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