Who's Your Cowboy Doppelganger?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

The Western has been defined as "the most generic of all genres." That doesn't mean it's the one whose movies are the most alike; it means it's the genre that has the most powerfully defined parameters. A western is a movie set generally between about 1840 and 1900, in the Old West, which features certain cultural signifiers such as cowboys, Native American tribespeople, outlaws, steam engine, saloons, and small frontier towns. 

The Western genre has successfully mingled with other genres; there have been horror, comedy, and even (mostly borderline unwatchable) sci-fi westerns. However, it retains its iconic position within film as one of the most recognizable genres. You only need to see a few frames, and you know what you're looking at!

Pioneers of the genre include directors such as John Ford, Sergio Leone, Howard Hawks, and Sam Peckinpah. They brought stars like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Paul Newman to our screens, in the form of memorable characters like the Man With No Name from the "Dollars Trilogy;" Ringo Kidd in "Stagecoach;" Ethan Edwards in "The Searchers;" Wyatt Earp of "Tombstone;" the eponymous Butch Cassidy; Marshall Will Kane of "High Noon;" Lieutenant John Dunbar of "Dances With Wolves" and more.

Which of these characters do you take after? Let's have a quick shootout, and we'll let you know!

Are you on the side of goodness?

Do you believe in taming the wilderness?

How good a rider are you?

Do you know how to drive a horse and carriage?

Do you believe in multiculturalism?

How mysterious are you?

Can you survive solo in the wilderness?

Do you dream of a little farm?

Do you love a strong woman?

Can you function without your coffee?

Do you think you'd be a good spouse?

Are you fairly taciturn?

Do you have a pet?

How big is your hat?

How good a shot are you?

Would you ever join the military?

How much do you smoke?

How hard are you to kill?

Do you know how to ask for help?

Do you have any Native American friends?

How many pistols do you carry?

What do you fear?

What kind of horse do you ride?

What accent do you have?

Who do you look out for?

If you weren't a cowboy, what would you be?

How dangerous are you to innocent bystanders?

How soon do you want kids?

Do you see everything in black and white?

How do you feel about the railway?

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