- Sir John, the jovial, fat knight of brazen assurance and few scruples in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
- (italics) an opera (1893) by Giuseppe Verdi, with a libretto by Arrigo Boito based on the Shakespearean character.
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Sher steals the show as Falstaff, of course, but there are also more serious, moments and plenty of food for thought.This Summer, Get Thee To London For The RSC’s Henry IV
April 28, 2014
When Prince Hal tells Falstaff that “thou owest God a death,” he demurs.The Catch in “Catch-22”
September 4, 2011
"He reminded me of Falstaff as a great misleader of youth," he said.Kevin Kline Talks About Playing a Male Escort
August 2, 2010
He does not even tell us what pleasure Henry finds in living and carousing with Falstaff.
Who but Falstaff would have found his self-justification in his youth?
Or was it the infinite humour of Falstaff which attracted him?
The features in Falstaff which are so harped upon, are to me the features of the original model.
There is retribution, but Falstaff is only pinched by the fairies.The American Mind
An endearing, fat, aging rogue who appears in several of the plays of William Shakespeare. He is prominent in the two parts of King Henry the Fourth, where he is the jolly companion of Prince Hal, the future King Henry V. Falstaff is a lover of wine, women, and song; although a coward in practice, he loves to tell tales of his supposed bravery.