Which “Blackadder” Character Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which “Blackadder” Character Are You?
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About This Quiz

"The ruling class has always been ridiculous." So goes the central theme of "Blackadder," one of the finest pieces of television ever created. Comedian Rowan Atkinson may be known best for his work as Johnny English, Mr. Bean, or the priest officiating in "Four Weddings and A Funeral," but "Blackadder" cemented him in the imaginations of Britons. His turn as the titular Edmund Blackadder was markedly similar to the Tory MP he played on "Not The 9 O'clock News", only with a self-aware sense of humor. 

The character changed with time, and with the time periods in which he existed within the show. Gradually, the plot of "Blackadder" went from being about history with which most modern people have little connection to much more recent fare; The Great War, a conflict recent enough to still have many survivors at the time the show aired. In this final season, the show turned poignant.

The characters in "Blackadder" are strange and delightful. We may or may not identify with any of them, but we can't take our eyes off of them, no matter what silly mistakes they make. Whether you identify with the posh twits or the peasants, "Blackadder" has a classic appeal that will ensure audiences enjoy it for decades to come. Which character from "Blackadder" are you? Take this quiz and find out!

Q1 - cunning What level of cunning is acceptable for a plan to be workable, in your view?
As cunning as the UN High Commissioner for Cunning
As cunning as a Professor of Cunning at Oxford University
So cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel
So cunning you can brush your teeth with it

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Q2 - licking To whom would you like to give a damn good licking?
I don't particularly feel the need to lick anyone.
Anyone who asked nicely
The Germans!
Everyone

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Q3 - dictionary You've burnt Dr. Johnson's dictionary manuscript. What do you do next?
Oh, God! No! I'll just have to rewrite it, quickly!
What's a dictionary? What's a manuscript?
Nothing? Why would I give a toss about this "Dr. Johnson"?
Burn some other things too, for good measure!

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Q4 - inheritance What would you do to defend your inheritance?
Anything. I would do unspeakable things. Unspeakable things ...
I have no inheritance! Why would I want to defend it?
What? Why I, why I ...
I've got a plan that's as hot as my pants!

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Q5 - love Have you ever been in love?
Just once. It didn't work out.
Not yet
I fall in love every day!
Only with myself

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Q6 - bullet What would you do to avoid a fight?
Pretend to be mad
Run away
Pay them to leave me alone
I would never want to avoid a fight.

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Q7 - horse In what manner of travel are you most accustomed?
On horseback, like a real man
On foot. I like being on my feet. I'm on my feet all the time.
A carriage! It's the only civilized way to travel; separated from the peasants.
Swinging from the crow's nest, cutlass in hand!

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Q8 - fight For what cause do you fight?
For myself
My lord and master!
For God and Country!
For glory!

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Q9 - secret Can you keep a secret?
Only if it serves my interests!
No, I crack immediately under questioning.
I can keep a secret from anyone except my uncle, who lives in Munich.
I wouldn't even try.

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Q10 - king What would you like to do for a living?
Ideally, I'd be a gentleman of leisure.
Exactly what I do now
Rule a kingdom
Pirate

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Q11 - god Do you believe in God?
Of course I don't.
I'll have to ask m'lord.
Well, of course I do. I'm a Tory.
I don't know if I believe in God, but God definitely believes in me!

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Q12 - beans What can you make with two beans, and another two beans?
Four disappointing beans
A small casserole
I'll have my servants handle that.
An amazing new snack!

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Q13 - bride You are at a wedding when someone steals the bride from the altar. What is your next move?
Leave immediately
Step up, in my capacity as a bridesmaid
Laugh and laugh
I'm the one she ran off with!

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Q14 - drag When is a good time to dress up as a member of the opposite gender?
Whenever you like
To be a bridesmaid
To perform a drag act
For fun

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Q15 - Ypres During World War One, you are being sent over the top at Ypres. How do you feel about this?
Substantially miffed
I'm OK with it.
I'm excited about it.
What, again? Good!

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Q16 - Ghosts Do you believe in ghosts?
I used to.
Not really
Of course
Probably not

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Q17 - timetravel If you could time travel, would you?
I already have!
No, I'm scared.
Only if I can go back in time
It depends where the time machine can go.

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Q18 - Wellington Which historical figure would you most like to talk to?
Henry Tudor
A T-rex
Duke of Wellington
My own ancestors

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Q19 - france What is the best way to restore the glory of Britain today?
Invade France
I think it's still very glorious!
Rebuild the Empire!
Put me in charge

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Q20 - gardener Which position in the royal household might suit you?
Keeper of the Royal Lawn Sprinklers
Servant
Prince
General

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Q21 - war Which side should have won the English Civil War?
King Charles, because he was my friend
The Cavaliers, because of their lovely long hair
The King, because tradition is best!
The Roundheads, because they're no competition for me when it comes to dating.

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Q22 - lawyer Have you ever been involved in a crime?
Absolutely not ... that anyone knows about.
Yes, but only because they told me to.
I don't want to talk about it. I'm too ashamed.
It's not a crime when I do it.

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Q23 - bullet Have you ever been shot?
Yes, but I had a cigarillo case in my pocket so I survived.
A few times, yes, but I was OK.
Yes. I died.
It bounced right off!

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Q24 - gamble What is your opinion on gambling?
I'm against it.
I'm for it.
It's a lot of fun, but expensive!
I don't gamble.

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Q25 - disguise What is the best way to disguise yourself as someone else?
Get the voice right
Just look so hideous that nobody notices you
Switch clothing with them
Why would I want to be someone else?

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Q26 - gifts What is the most surprising present you've ever given someone?
Boomerang
"Fine wine"
Wedding gifts for a wedding that didn't happen
My presence is gift enough for anyone.

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Q27 - smart How do you feel about being the cleverest person in the room?
I hate it!
This hasn't been a problem for me.
I enjoy it!
I don't think being clever is important.

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Q28 - french Who do you think is Britain's number one enemy?
France
I don't know.
Germany
Everyone!

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Q29 - queen How much of "God Save The Queen" can you sing?
Four verses
One verse
Three verses
None of it!

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Q30 - rich What's the best way to get rich?
Get a huge bribe
Win a prize
Be born rich
Steal money

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