What Would Your “His Dark Materials” Daemon Be?

By: Ian Fortey

What Would Your “His Dark Materials” Daemon Be?
Image: BBC One/HBO

About This Quiz

One of the coolest parts of HBO's "His Dark Materials" is being able to see all of those daemons come to life on screen — they're animal representations of each character's soul, companions that can speak and give advice to their human partners. It's a very cool and unique idea. The best part, though, is just seeing each new creature as more characters come into play. How did Asriel get a terrifying, yet cool and sleek snow leopard, while his wife, Mrs.Coulter, ended up with that super creepy and mischievous monkey? What form will Lyra's Pantalaimon take when he finally settles? And why the heck do some men have female daemons, and some women have ones that are male? 

Hopefully, the show will answer those questions in the long run if the books didn't already, but that's a concern for another time. What the show — nor the books they're based on — can't answer is: What daemon would you have if you lived in that world? If your soul was outside of your body as a beastly little friend running along at your side, would it be a pine marten? A hawk? A hamster? A scorpion? Grab your alethiometer and take the quiz to find out!

1 - dog What type of pet do you have right now?
A dog
A cat
Something small, like a hamster or fish
I don't have a pet.

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2 - talk to yourself Do you ever talk to yourself?
All the time
Now and then
Not often
No

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3 - time alone Do you like having time alone, or would you rather be with others?
I'm good on my own.
I'd rather be with a friend.
Either way
I like company.

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4 - strange and exotic land If someone wanted to whisk you away to a strange and exotic land, what would you do?
My bags are already packed!
Can my friends and family come?
I'd ask if I could help plan the trip.
I'd be nervous to visit somewhere new.

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5 - nightmares Do you ever have nightmares?
All the time
Not really
Now and then
Rarely

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6 - fantasy author Which of these is your favorite fantasy author?
C. S.Lewis
J.K. Rowling
J.R.R. Tolkien
George R. R.Martin

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7 - best of a bad situation Are you able to make the best of a bad situation?
I'll take off if I can't.
You bet!
Not always
I'm not really sure.

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8 - soulmates Do you believe in soulmates?
I want to believe in them.
Yes!
Nah
For some people, sure

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9 - glass half-empty person Are you a glass half-empty person or a glass half-full person?
Half empty
Half full!
Depends on the day
I'm a person who wants two glasses.

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10 - handle conflict How do you handle conflict?
I avoid it
Who has time for conflict?
Try to talk my way out
Meet it head on

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11 - leader Can you take the lead, or would you rather follow?
I'm the leader.
I'm happy to follow.
I can do both.
What if I do neither?

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12 -tell a lie to someone Is it easy for you to tell a lie?
Yes
No
When I need to
I don't need to lie.

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13 - Life advice How are you when it comes to giving life advice to others?
I can offer some advice if I'm asked.
I give great advice.
I can share my thoughts, I guess.
I don't give advice.

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14 - help make decisions Do you need someone to help you make decisions?
Of course not!
It never hurts.
I like to discuss my decisions with others.
Not really

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15 - recognize your own flaws Can you recognize your flaws?
I like to think so.
Not really
Usually
Who says I have flaws?

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16 - live dangerously Do you like to live dangerously?
Now and then
Not at all
As long as I know what I'm getting into
I love it!

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17 - afraid of any animals Are you afraid of any animals?
Big cats
Dogs
Anything wild and bitey, I guess
No

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18 - center of attention Do you want to be the center of attention, or would you rather fly under the radar?
I like to be unseen.
Oooh, I love attention!
Depends on my mood
I'm always the center of attention.

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19 - work well in groups Do you work well in groups?
Yes!
I can if I have to
Sometimes yes and sometimes no
I'm a loner.

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20 -  spirit animals Do you believe in spirit animals?
Very much
Maybe?
Not really
I have no opinion on it, really.

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21 - summer's day walk On a nice summer day, do you ever go for a walk just for the fun of it?
Not really my style
I love that!
I never have, but I could do that.
It doesn't t have to be a summer day.

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22 - too much change from clerk If you buy a few things at the store but the clerk gives you too much change, would you tell them?
if it was just a little, I wouldn't worry about it
Of course
Depends on how much change it is
Probably not

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23 - board game Would you rather play a board game with friends in person or a video game with friends online?
Probably online
Friends in person!
Either sounds fine
Neither

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24 - controlling your temper How good are you at controlling your temper?
I like to think I'm always in control.
Pretty good!
I get a little ragey sometimes.
Not good at all

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25 - devil or angel on your shoulder Are you more likely to listen to the little devil or the angel on your shoulder?
Devil
Angel
I'll get input from both.
Neither

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26 - things that science can't explain Do you believe there are things that science can't explain?
Oh, yeah
I assume so.
Things it can't explain yet, maybe
I do not believe that.

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27 - astrology Are you into astrology?
Very much
Not in a serious way
I'll check my horoscope once in a while, I guess.
Not at all

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28 - cook a meal for someone Would you rather cook a meal for someone you care about or take them to a restaurant?
It depends on the person.
I'd be happy to cook.
Both have their upsides.
I'd rather go out.

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29 - risk your own safety Would you risk your own safety to help out a friend?
Well, I'd have to consider everything.
Of course!
I might do that.
For a good friend, yes

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30 - beastly sort of person Are you a beastly type of person?
Not at all
Who, me?
I can be.
Very much

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