Character Quiz: What is Raylan Givens’ Quirky Spirit Animal?

Justified’s final season starts tonight on FX, and with it comes the promise of a final showdown between Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), the US Marshall sharpshooter with a sharp disdain for bureaucratic procedure, and Boyd Crowder, the criminal mastermind who’s been both an ally and an adversary for Raylan.

While Raylan is both lethal and unpredictable, he’s also wry and capable of lobbing a quip or two at the folks he’s taking down. His sense of humor leads us to wonder which quirky animal, as determined by this Zimbio quiz, best exemplifies Raylan’s incomparable spirit?

1) Who knows the real you best?Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.38.46-PM

There’s no option for boss or co-worker here, so I have to go with friend. Of all the characters on the show, Chief Deputy Art is the one who understands Raylan, which isn’t always an advantage when it comes to their working relationship.

2) Which are you going to do most on vacation?Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.39.46-PM

Counter to stereotypes about folks from the Kentucky hills, Raylan (and his oft-nemesis Boyd) are both well-rounded and cultured. If Raylan actually took his vacation time, he may be inclined to see more.

3) Pick one meal to eat every day for the rest of the year:Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.40.41-PM

Raylan is definitely a breakfast diner guy.

4) Which is the most terrifying?Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.41.22-PM

Raylan isn’t exactly a misanthrope, but he isn’t comfortable around lots of people.

5) You’re going to a birthday party tonight. What will you wear?Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.41.54-PM

Yeah, Raylan’s not coming to your party. Sorry. He’ll be at the bar.

6) Pick a reality show:Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.43.05-PM

Deadliest Catch embodies the rough and tumble, hyper masculine vibe that Raylan exudes. Also, it’s the only one of these shows where Raylan could conceivably shoot something.

7) Where are you at your best?Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.43.23-PM

This question is a bit too wholesome, so I’m going with “out in nature” meaning “in his natural habitat” – ie, Harlan County, nestled in the mountains of Kentucky.

8) Rate your athletic ability:Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.43.48-PM

Raylan isn’t an Olympian – too much beer and liquor for that – but Timothy Olyphant is clearly in excellent shape.

9) Someone’s picking on you. What do you do to them?Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.45.40-PM

Easiest question yet.

10) Pick a dog:Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-7.46.33-PM

Raylan would appreciate the big-eyed, floppy eared loyalty of a golden retriever.


A platypus is a surprisingly good fit. Mysterious, resourceful, and always on the go? Check. Cute? Let’s be clear: nobody is kicking Timothy Olyphant out of bed. If you think about “happiest in water” as “thrives in natural environment” – the morally gray Harlan County – then that’s an apt descriptor as well. Most importantly, if captures Raylan’s most salient characteristic: he’s dangerous when he’s pissed off.