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Illustrator Mike Reed has a vast archive of cartoons illustrating the personalities that animate websites, bulletin boards, and blog comment threads—the Flame Warriors. Take a break, lean back, and enjoy assigning cute cartoon archetypes to your favorite Hit and Run villains.

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  1. Dave, I think we did this one before, though hereabouts it might’ve just been the commenters going off on their own. I remember most of us thinking that we were blends of the types. Still, lots of new people since then for us to classify, label, and dismiss.

  2. Fact: if you think that you do not exist primarily within one of these archetypes, you are kidding yourself.
    🙂

    Sure, you may stretch into one of the others from time to time, but you will always return to your natural state eventually.

  3. But of course, clearly I’m an evil clown.

    Not sure I’m as evil as this guy, but definitely not to be trusted to avoid putting in an irrelevant link with a barbed joke.

  4. Look, look, it’s Akira!

    (I keed, I keed)

  5. I was thinking that atheist was more the gunnels of old.

  6. Yeah, what’s up with Hak, anyway? He’s gone positively light on religion, with his arsenal consisting of mere barbs instead of diatribes. I don’t think he’s abused thoreau or Jennifer recently, either.

  7. I was thinking that they were just amusing nonsense until I found gaius marius.

  8. I don’t think I’ll be eating lunch after seeing this one. 🙂

  9. Note: if you use the “begin” and “next warrior” buttons you will miss a few of the warriors, e.g. Atheist.

  10. Actually Atheist is the only one that gets left out. Coincidence, or maybe something more?

  11. I suspect an awful lot of us resemble this one, especially from joe or Dave W.’s point of view.

  12. Heh. I’m sure those involved in the immigration threads a few weeks back will recognize this guy.

    Here’s a hint, “too much shouting alerts other Warriors to the opponent’s verbal WEAKNESS and emotional EXCITABILITY.”

  13. This is my guess as to Brian’s link.

  14. Oops… I meant this guy. 🙂

  15. Yep, thanks happy – I see you beat me to my correction.

  16. The Flame Warriors have been around forever, but it’s one of those sites that never gets old.

  17. “I suspect an awful lot of us resemble this one, especially from joe or Dave W.’s point of view.”

    I wish.

  18. Pro Lib – Hak, Jennifer and thoreau have moved their fights over to grylliade. As we speak they are posting broadsides at each other about peak oil.

  19. Actually Atheist is the only one that gets left out. Coincidence, or maybe something more?

    Ventifact,

    Actually, I think a few others are left out, too. I remember it happened for a few different profiles the last time I visited the site.

    I aspire to be Godzilla. If I ever find myself unemployed (god forbid), rest assured I will master that role someday, and you will all be witness (victim?) to its terrible glory.

  20. Hey, look, it’s Amazingdrx

  21. ROTFL! especially the amazingdrx one.

  22. I would consider this to be more like Amazingdrx.

  23. where’s GOOGLE Genius?

  24. lunchstealer,

    What, is the server too slow around here or something for them?

  25. I claim gerble as my own

  26. err garble even

  27. I think we have had a few of these from time to time, although not so many right now.

  28. Pro Libertate,

    Yeah, what’s up with Hak, anyway? He’s gone positively light on religion, with his arsenal consisting of mere barbs instead of diatribes. I don’t think he’s abused thoreau or Jennifer recently, either.

    I realized the error of my ways. I realized that while some of you may think I have a lot to contribute that I was being too ill-tempered in the process. And I apologized to anyone I offended. You can probably thank David for some of this. Also, I don’t think I’ve gone “light” on religion.

    lunchstealer,

    Pro Lib – Hak, Jennifer and thoreau have moved their fights over to grylliade. As we speak they are posting broadsides at each other about peak oil.

    That isn’t true of me.

  29. I haven’t looked at the website, but aren’t these sort of profiles similar in spirit to the surveys one finds in fashion magazines?

  30. Jason Bourne :),

    I was kidding about the “light” remark. Sometimes, even I can’t help stooping to the provocative statement. You’re a good contributor to any discussion, and I’m glad that we libertarians, quasi-libertarians, and not-really-libertarians generally get along so well these days. Not that we all agree–Zeus save us from that!

    When we looked at this thing last year, I had real trouble figuring out a single character for me. I imagine that’s true of most people. Not to mention, the typical Reason reader probably doesn’t like to think of himself as easy to classify.

  31. Pro Libertate,

    I’m more of a fan of the books than the movies.

    When we looked at this thing last year, I had real trouble figuring out a single character for me. I imagine that’s true of most people. Not to mention, the typical Reason reader probably doesn’t like to think of himself as easy to classify.

    Well, any exercise like that is ultimately prone to reductionism which loses a lot of the flavor of an individual.

  32. PL-II,

    Agreed–isn’t that the case 95% of the time, anyway?

    And, agreed. I’ve occasionally re-read my own postings and am a little surprised at how different they can be. I’m prone to silliness in many postings, but then I go off on some long-winded soliloquy. One of my frustrations with our current culture is how much people seem to want to fit into some pattern–watching the same TV shows, sharing complex sets of political or religious beliefs with others, etc. Even “rebels” (and this is nothing new) show a distressing urge to conform. Must be a survival trait 🙂

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