Which “Luther” Character Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which “Luther” Character Are You?
Image: BBC One

About This Quiz

From the very beginning, "Luther" was a television programme about darkness confronting darkness. DCI John Luther is a genius detective, and a man capable of the depraved indifference needed to let a suspect fall into a pit. He has tremendous empathy — a conduit to the victims he represents — but also a connection to every psychopath he confronts in his duties as a police officer. Even Luther's personal life is full of contradictions. 

On the one hand, there are police officers he calls friends, who he does not realize are thoroughly compromised, perhaps even worse than he is. On the other hand, the brilliant detective is unable to tell that his estranged wife is in a relationship with another man until, at this discovery, he cracks psychologically. In a world where a hero is capable of explosive violence, and a sociopath is capable of love, anything is possible.

The popularity of "Luther" is tied to how well its audience identifies with the characters. Each character is broken in some way, and admirable in some other way. As an audience, we aspire to their virtues, and sympathize with some of their foibles, at least until we see the depth of those faults. Match your personality disorder to the minds of the denizens of John Luther's London and find out which "Luther" character you are!

Luther 1 You hated your parents. What would you do to make them pay?
Me? Oh, nothing. I loved my parents ... (tee-hee!)
I'd stop trying to impress my dad.
I'd apply to Goldsmiths and become an artist.
I'd make them endure dinner with my romantic partner.

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Luther 2 If you knew there was something you needed in a place you could not go, what would you do to get it?
I would put on a disguise and fetch what I wanted.
If necessary, I would break in, picking locks or whatever I needed to do.
I would just knock and force my way past whosoever opens the door.
I would hire some lowlife to do it.

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Luther 3 What sort of people do you attract?
Intelligent ones
Broken ones
No one
Others in my profession

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Luther 4 Everyone has a life's dream. What's yours?
I dream of travelling the world.
I dream of being able to look back on a life I can be proud of, on balance.
To become immortal!
I just dream of being able to retire one day.

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Luther 5 What is the worst thing someone might suspect of you?
Oh, me? Nothing. No one could possibly suspect me of a thing.
Being a dirty copper
Being single
Being a bit of a bastard

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Luther 6 If you saw an opportunity to make money from a victimless crime, would you consider doing it?
Most such crimes are below me.
No. It's wrong.
Maybe, I've never considered it!
Why not? It's victimless!

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Luther 7 What do you understand best about other people?
I see the motives even they do not understand.
I can see the negative image around their secrets: all the little details that point to something dark and hidden.
I understand how they see stories, and how they process fear.
The more I live, the less I think I understand anything about anyone.

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Luther 8 How would you feel if you punished a sadistic murderer with your own extrajudicial justice?
Doing that could raise my heart rate a little.
It would feel good in the moment, but terrible in the long run.
I can't even conceive of doing such a thing.
I would feel good in the moment and good long term.

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Luther 9 What details would you look for at a crime scene where people had been killed?
I'd just look at the victims. They will tell you everything you need to know.
I'd look for the side effects of the method of death since those details say a lot about the state of mind of the killer.
I would look for any messages sent by the killer.
I would look for a murder weapon, and let the forensics team do their work.

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Luther 10 Every crime has a motive. What do you see as the strongest?
Revenge
Humiliation
Genius!
Hunger

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Luther 11 To whom or what are you most loyal?
Myself
The people I love
My calling
My friends

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Luther 12 What characteristic do you think is the biggest potential weakness in the mind of a criminal?
Sentiment
Desire
Greed
Fear

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Luther 13 How would you coerce a prison inmate to stop an accomplice from committing crimes outside of prison?
I can't possibly admit to the thoughts I'm having right now!
I'd threaten to destroy his image.
I don't think I could!
Call in some favors with some rough people in prison.

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Luther 14 What is your most self-destructive emotion?
Pride
Love
Inadequacy
Fear

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Luther 15 Are you being honest with us?
Honestly? I won't say.
I don't know if I'm being honest with myself.
Not entirely, no
Yes, and it feels very good.

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Luther 16 Under what circumstances do you do your best thinking?
When I can calm my emotions and think rationally
When I can spread out all the factors and work visually
When I'm in my studio
When I'm not under pressure

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Luther 17 You're dropped into an interrogation room. On what side of the table are you?
The interviewee's side of course. I'm fascinating.
I'd be asking the questions, but I might not sit in the usual spot. It depends on my mood.
Under it
I honestly can't tell anymore.

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Luther 18 (Yawn!) Sorry about that. Not enough sleep last night. Can we get you anything?
A cup of tea would be lovely.
(Yawn!) Coffee, thanks.
No thank you, I'm fine.
(Yawn!) Just some tap water, please.

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Luther 19 When you look at other people, what do you see?
I see how their broken pieces fit into the broken pieces of other people.
The whole mess of humanity repeating itself century after century.
I see supporting characters in "Me: The Movie."
A bunch of selfish bastards one step from being criminals

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Luther 20 Everyone has a breaking point. What could possibly motivate you to reach yours?
Credible threats to my deepest desires would do it.
Threatening my loved ones would do it.
If no one recognized my genius for long enough, I could reach my breaking point.
If I had to pile enough lies on top of lies.

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Luther 21 Everyone tells a story about themselves. What kind of stories do you like?
I like the stories I make up and no other ones.
I like true stories.
I always loved panto.
I like stories with happy endings.

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Luther 22 If you spend enough time with the enemy, will you go native?
Not completely, but I will be changed by it.
When you climb down into the muck, you get it on yourself, but you're only dirty if you can't wash it off.
No, full stop
Sometimes I wonder what makes us different at all.

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Luther 23 What happened to you when you fell into the clutches of your worst enemy?
Nothing, because my worst enemy is my best friend.
I don't want to talk about it.
I was humiliated and destroyed. All my power was taken from me.
I was exposed for all of my failures.

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Luther 24 What is your philosophy on love?
It may not exist.
It's a noble thing, and rare.
Love is a myth.
Love is what parents give their children, and their children never give back.

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Luther 25 How does your boss's constant criticism make you feel?
It's enough to drive one to kill! Ha, ha ... just kidding.
It keeps me in line. Sometimes I need someone to reign in my impulses.
I have no boss.
I chafe at it.

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Luther 26 What's your creative problem solving process?
I work out all the details in my mind, seated and calm, without giving anything away.
I introduce a little chaos into the equation.
I find a narrative I already like and work from that.
I talk it out.

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Luther 27 To whom do you turn as a sounding board for your ideas?
My reflection
My partner
No one
My accomplices

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Luther 28 How many old debts do you worry over?
I only worry about one.
I have a handful of those.
I don't believe in debts, except when they are owed to me.
I can't pay my debts, so I neither keep track of how much I owe nor to whom I owe them.

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Luther 29 In whom do you see bits of yourself?
A broken man I've known for some time.
I share pieces with all people, as we are all human.
Only in legends ...
Scum. I see myself in the scum of the Earth, and I hate it.

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Luther 30 Are you on your way up, or on your way down?
I'm always on my way up. Such is the way of things.
I'm so turned around, I can't even tell anymore.
I can only go up.
I'm most certainly on my way down.

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