01 March 2012

Shakespearean March Madness 2012: Round 1.1

It's March 1st, and that means we welcome the first eight competitors to the field. Up today: Henry V vs Paulina, Queen Margaret vs. The Bear, Iago vs. Tamora, and Richard III vs. Cornwall.

Match 1: Henry V vs Paulina

Who wins the battle?

  • Henry V
  • Paulina


Match 2: Queen Margaret vs The Bear

Who wins the battle?

  • Queen Margaret
  • The Bear


Match 3: Iago vs. Tamora

Match 4: Richard III vs. Cornwall

Who wins the battle?

  • Richard III
  • Cornwall


An interesting starting field, with a lot of villains squaring off against each other. My picks will be in a comment, so as not to unduly influence anyone else's opinions. Who are you voting for? Who should advance to the Round of Sixteen? Let me know! Rally support for your favorites, and remember -- there's nothing so convincing as good, solid, text-based evidence. These polls will be open until early next week, so there's plenty of time to build enthusiasm for your picks.

Let the games begin!


  1. I have to take Henry V over Paulina, mostly because, I'm just not sure she'd fight this guy. Her fire is very personal, and I don't know that he'd give her a reason to take a swing.

    I pick the she-wolf of France over the bear. Margaret is, herself, an unstoppable force of nature. One look at her and that bear's going to decide that hibernation is the better part of valour.

    Iago vs Tamora is a bit of a tougher call. These are both conniving, ruthless villains, both fighting for revenge, both entirely devoid of scruples -- and both tend to act through intermediaries unless their hands are really forced. I'm going to give the edge to Tamora, because unlike Iago, girl's got allies.

    Richard III is, I feel, going to be the man to beat in this year's bracket. After last year's defeat to Margaret, he's got to have a lot of steam built up behind him. Someone may be able to take him out -- but I don't think it'll be Cornwall. If anything, Cornwall would be more likely to defect, join Richard's side, and then inevitably get executed on some pretense.

  2. Henry V over Paulina, for the reasons you state.

    Okay, I get that The Bear is a bear and thusly has teeth and claws and a couple tons on Margaret, but NOPE NOPE NOPE she'd stab him in the eye. No contest.

    I go with Iago over Tamora, simply because I believe he could seduce her to death if left alone with her for any extended period of time.

    Poor Cornwall. That's just not a fair fight.