What sort of Shakespearean villain are you?
‘That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.’ Take our personality test and find out which Shakespearean swine you most resemble
Richard the third
What motivates you?
a) Extreme badness
b) The crown, ambition, and your brother’s wife
c) Peacetime boredom
d) Power, greed and the need to fill a void
Who do you hate most?
a) Your boss
b) Your stepson
d) The king
Where do you hang out?
a) Venice, Italy
b) Elsinore, Denmark
c) London, England
d) Inverness, Scotland
What would you sell your kingdom for?
a) The hell of it
b) Your brother’s wife (and it’s not your kingdom by the way)
c) A horse
d) Never. Kill them all
What do you see in the looking glass?
a) An evil puppeteer
b) A cursed hand
c) A deformed, unfinished creature
d) Those damn spots
What’s your favourite drink?
a) A stoup of wine
b) Anything in a chalice
c) You will not sup tonight
d) Milk of gall (as opposed to milk of human kindness)
Your spouse doesn’t get the real you. What do you do?
a) Kill them, obviously
b) Newlyweds – we couldn’t be happier
c) Have them murdered and marry your niece
d) Badger them into committing murder
What is your favourite type of murder?
a) Insidious and meticulously plotted
Iago: Congratulations, you are a despicable and treacherous villain who plots the downfall of those around you by preying on their weaknesses. Passed over for promotion and suspicious that your wife has been unfaithful, you use your considerable guile and intelligence to seek revenge and destroy everyone else’s happiness. Severe misogynistic characteristics and a tendency to view women as pawns in your evil machinations mean that domestic bliss remains elusive. But it’s not all bad. Charismatic, eloquent and with strong powers of persuasion, you’d make an excellent lobbyist, if you could lay off the murdering shenanigans.
Claudius: Oh brother, where do we start with you? Motivated by greed, ambition and unlawful coveting of your sister-in-law, you don’t even have the decency to openly admit that you’re a villain. Sibling and filial relations are not your strong point and you often dispatch with problems rather than tackling them head on. Positives include an ability to appear calm under pressure, an interest in theatre and an ego so big it succeeds in felling a kingdom. Big hit with the ladies.
Richard III: You are to be admired for your gung-ho attitude in the face of adversity, refusing to let physical disfigurements impact on your plans for world domination. With a dislike for societal norms, you were no doubt a troublemaker in school but have had the last laugh on any enemies you’ve made along the way. A lover of unusual architecture, towers in particular, your keen eye extends to the ladies though you typically lose interest after the chase. You prefer animals to children, wartime to peace. Warning: you do not have a good relationship with your mother.
Lady Macbeth: The only female of the bunch, you have unresolved transgender issues and way too much time on your hands. Have you considered getting out of gloomy Scotland and taking a holiday in the sun? Although you yourself would love to rule, you choose to support your husband in his leadership bid and throw yourself into the role of head strategist and co-conspirator with gusto. Standing by your man is important to you, but you are less capable when it comes to other household chores such as laundry. You are prone to obsessive compulsive disorder when it comes to washing your hands. Although considered heartless and cold-blooded by some, you have a hidden conscience underneath it all. An able and articulate convincer, you should consider going into business with Type A.