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A jester is a person who entertains using varied skills. These may include one or more of skills such as music, storytelling, juggling, acrobatics, joke telling and other similar skills. There have been many examples of jesters in history, fiction, and other mediums.

In history[edit]

  • Archibald Armstrong (died 1672), jester of James VI of England
  • Raja Birbal (c. 16th century), Indian jester of Emperor Akbar of Mughal Empire
  • Jesse Bogdonoff (b. 1955), court jester and financial advisor of Taufa'ahau Tupou IV
  • Chicot (c. 1540–1591), jester of Henry III of France
  • Joan d'Acosta (c. 1665– c. 1740), jester of Peter the Great
  • Tom Durie, jester of Anne of Denmark (d. 1619).
  • Roland the Farter, 12th Century jester of Henry II of England
  • Jane Foole (died after 1558), jester of Queen Catherine Parr and Queen Mary I of England
  • Maître Guillaume (employeed in 1620 at the same time as Mathurine de Vallois)
  • Tenali Ramakrishna (c. 16th century), Indian jester of Emperor Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara Empire
  • Stańczyk (c. 1480–1560), Polish jester
  • William Sommers (died 1560), jester of Henry VIII of England[1]
  • João de Sá Panasco (fl. 1524-1567), jester of John III of Portugal
  • John Pace (c.1523–c.1590), jester of the Duke of Norfolk and queen Elizabeth I of England
  • Triboulet (1479–1536), jester of kings Louis XII and Francis I of France
  • Madame d'Or, (d. after 1429), was a French court dwarf jester
  • Mathurine de Vallois a.k.a. Mathurine la Folle (Mathurine the Fool), late 1500s to early 1600s, jestress to Henry IV of France and others, helped catch would-be assassin Jean Châtel
  • Nichola, jester to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 1560s
  • Jeffrey Hudson (1619–c. 1682), 'court dwarf' of Henrietta Maria of France
  • Jamie Fleeman (1713–1778), the Laird of Udny's Fool
  • Perkeo of Heidelberg, 18th Century jester of Prince Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine

In writing and theatre[edit]

  • In Shakespeare: see Shakespearian fool
  • Pocket, King Lear's fool in Christopher Moore's novel Fool, which retells the story of Shakespeare's King Lear.
  • Wamba, Jester in Sir Walter Scott's Novel Ivanhoe.
  • Dagonet, jester to King Arthur in medieval romances
  • Jack Point, tragic jester in The Yeomen of the Guard by Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Hop-Frog, in the eponymous short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Towser, jester to King John the Presbyter in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams
  • Mr Harley Quin, in the Agatha Christie collection The Mysterious Mr Quin is a modernised version of the 'wise fool' who helps others see the truth.
  • The anarchic Jerry Cornelius, often shown as a jester figure.
  • The Jester, 2003 novel by James Patterson and Andrew Gross.
  • The Fool, court jester in Robin Hobb's The Realm of the Elderlings books.
  • The Queen's Fool, novel by Philippa Gregory, centers around the life of a young 'holy fool' named Hannah, who happens to work with and befriend William Sommers (Will), the former fool/jester of King Henry VIII.
  • The Jester is a central character in many of the plays of Dario Fo.
  • Rigoletto, Duke of Mantua's jester in Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto
  • 'Bear', Jester on Crispin: Cross of Lead
  • Till Eulenspiegel, impudent trickster figure originating in Middle Low German folklore.
  • Heartless, novel by Marissa Meyer has a character Jest who is a fool/jester and magician in Wonderland, the Rook of Chess.

In film and television[edit]

  • Clopin, mischievous leader of the gypsies who will defend his people at all costs in the film The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 film). He introduces the audience as a jester to the story, explaining how Quasimodo, the bell ringer from Notre Dame, got to be there. Michael Surrey served as the supervising animator for Clopin.
  • Giacomo 'King of Jesters, and Jester of Kings' was a famous traveling jester in the 1956 film musicalThe Court Jester. His character was actually incapacitated early in the plot, and is never heard from again, but a member of an underground group, Hubert Hawkins, played by Danny Kaye, assumes Giacomo's identity in order to get into the King's castle.
  • Timothy Claypole, character in the BBC children's television comedy programme Rentaghost of the 1970s/80s, was a jester (played by Michael Staniforth).
  • The Photojournalist from Apocalypse Now is often seen as a harlequin figure. In the novel Heart of Darkness the character of Marlowe meets a Russian wanderer whose clothes have been made from patches of various garments sewn together, giving him the appearance of a harlequin. The Russian has developed a fanatic admiration for Kurtz. In the film actor Dennis Hopper portrays this fanaticism as being mixed with the 1960s counter-culture spirit of the Vietnam era.
  • Funnyman, A UK horror movie about a demonic jester, The Funny Man, with a varied and imaginative repertoire of homicidal techniques and an irreverent sense of humour.
  • Jester, Court jester of King Cradock in the TV series Jane and the Dragon.
  • Jester, the Harlequin puppet in the Puppet Master films
  • In the children's adventure game show Knightmare there were two jesters, Folly and Motley.
  • Kyoami, in Akira Kurosawa's film Ran

In comic books and animation[edit]

  • In the Marvel ComicscomicDaredevil, The Jester is the alter-ego of villain Jonathan Powers, who appears between issues #47 and 49.
  • The Jester is a superhero in the DC Comics universe.[2]
  • QuackerJack, a vicious jester with a weird obsession for toys in Disney's animated series Darkwing Duck.
  • In the Disneyanimated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the narrator, and rather fundamental character, was Clopin, a jester.
  • Merryman, leader of the Inferior Five in DC Comics, wears a jester costume.
  • Maytag, in the webcomic Flipside is a jester. She is normally very timid, but takes on the normal jester stereotype when she wears her cap 'n bells.
  • Allen Walker, in the manga and animeD.Gray-man, is given the title Crown Clown, also known as God's Clown, and carries a jester's mask.
  • The DC Comics villain Harley Quinn derives her name and look from a harlequin jester. To a lesser extent, her boss, the Joker was based on a Jester from a Joker playing card.
  • Squidly, a squid jester from SpongeBob SquarePants, is found in the episode 'Dunces and Dragons'.
  • Spinel, a gem from Steven Universe: The Movie and Steven Universe Future. She was abandoned by Pink Diamond and left in the garden they used to play in for 6,000 years, causing her to break down and become insane when she found out about Pink Diamond's fate. Her bouncy animations are heavily sourced from rubber hose animation.

In video games[edit]

  • Marx – jester from Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra.
  • Jester is a character class in the MMORPG Flyff and in the RPGs Gauntlet: Dark Legacy and Darkest Dungeon.
  • Malcolm – mad jester of The Legend of Kyrandiaadventure games
  • Mr.Fargus – in the platform game Purikura Daisakusen by Atlus.
  • Harle – character in Chrono Cross who jests at expense of reality itself.
  • Dhoulmagus – evil jester in the Dragon Quest VIII game by Square Enix.
  • Dragon Quest III – contains a Jester character class. In the American version of the game, the character class is renamed to Goof-off.
  • Hecklar – insane and sadistic court jester in Kronos Digital's fighting game Cardinal Syn.
  • A nameless jester helps and hinders the player in the Infocom game Zork Zero.
  • Jester – an alter-ego of Arkham, in Devil May Cry 3.
  • Nights into Dreams.. – featured two brightly colored jesters. Nights, who wore a purple jester outfit with a purple hat, each with carnival and dream like designs on them, and Reala, Nights' nemesis, who had a clownlike face, and wore red and sky blue, and red and black striped shoes with a red- and black-striped jester hat.
  • Cleon – is star fairy jester in Bust-a-Move 4.
  • Kefka Palazzo – in Final Fantasy VI, wears typical outfit and makeup of a jester.
  • Zorn & Thorn – pair of court jesters in the RPG Final Fantasy IX.
  • Dimentio – evil psychopathic magician in Super Paper Mario who wears a stylized jester costume and creates clever similes. He is one of the main villains of the game and attempts to make Mario and Luigi his slaves. He also wears an Italian Comedy Mask.
  • There is also a Jester in the tower in the 2007 Xbox 360 game Overlord. The player can kick the jester, knocking him a great distance, making cow bell sounds when he hits the floor. The Jester also follows the player around the tower, and in the tutorial he taunts the player. The player must repeatedly hurt the jester to finish the tutorial.
  • In the two Persona 2 video games, Joker wears clothing reminiscent of that of a jester.
  • Jester – A.K.A. Sarah Hawkins in the game UT3, fitting her name by making jests about the opponent or teammates.
  • Twinkle – she a little jester girl tail in Bust a Move 3
  • Umlaut – petrified Jester Skull in CarnEvil who gives a brief rhyme to describe what's in store upon selecting a level. He is also a sub-boss at the final level of the game.
  • Trivet – royal jester in the adventure game Blazing Dragons
  • Chuckles – jester in the Ultima series of role playing games, provides comic entertainment and plot hints.
  • Jollo – court jester of the Land of the Green Isles in King's Quest VI, is an essential ally to Alexander. He warns Alexander about Alhazred's genie and keeps him informed of the Vizer's scheming. In the long path of the game, he also is able to swap out the genie's lamp and get Alexander out of the dungeon once.
  • Tony Hawk Underground 2 features 'The Jester' as a playable character after the level in New Orleans.
  • Shaco – evil jester of demonic origin, a playable trap champion in the game League of Legends.
  • Cicero – keeper from the Dark Brotherhood in Skyrim, wears a jester's outfit and took on the persona of a jester after killing one.
  • Feste – jester for the Duke's court in Dragon's Dogma.
  • Laughlyn – powerful spirit in Shadowrun RPG. He is a trickster spirit of technology in decay. Jake must bend Laughlyn to his will in order to defeat the dragon, Drake. Laughlyn however has other ideas..
  • Jevil - A secret boss in the video game Deltarune. He was once the court jester of Card Castle, until he began to see the world as a game, and got locked in a prison cell under the castle.
  • Joka - Joka, also known as 'Joker', is a recurring character in the game series Klonoa.
  • Clownpiece - a fairy jester who lives on the moon and serves as one of the many bosses in Touhou Project. She first appeared in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom. Her clothing is similar to the American flag, and she carries a torch that drives anyone mad upon looking at the flame within it.

See also[edit]


  1. ^'William Sommers, d. 1560. Jester to Henry VIII'. National Galleries of Scotland. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  2. ^Kooiman, Mike; Amash, Jim (2011). The Quality Companion: Celebrating the forgotten publisher of Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 136. ISBN978-1-60549-037-3.
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” … Today, you’re reading about the Shriners’ secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters and prostitution. … the Secret Order of Brothers in Blood or S.O.B. … What we do know is that three Jesters were convicted after getting caught in an FBI human trafficking sting for taking illegal alien prostitutes to their weekend parties. . “

From http://sandyfrost.newsvine.com.
Sep 19, 2009

I was puttering around the other night and got the urge to find the Jesters most recent tax returns. I found them on Guidestar and armed with a yellow highlighter, sticky notes and legal pad, began scanning the categories, dollars and answers reported.

My brain started screaming “WTF?” until I got up and started pacing around as I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

You’d fall asleep.

I was nearly running in place.

Over three years ago, I was contacted by a Shriner who’d been working with a former IRS agent. He asked me to investigate his own because expert analysis of Shriner tax returns revealed “discrepancies.”

This all started with allegations of the misuse of charitable donations, retaliation and tax fraud.

We’re WAY beyond that now.

So, the Shriners sued these guys, my sources, for defamation after one claimed the charity was being investigated by the state of Pennsylvania. The Shriners, among other things, tried to get their paws on otherwise protected communications between me and the whistleblowers to see if they were telling me what to write and/or if they were writing articles for me.

What a public insult.

Then, I began wondering “What are the Shriners so desperate to hide?”

The lawsuit was settled out of court and today, you’re reading about the Shriners’ secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters and prostitution.

I’ve been at this since April, 2006, digging into all sorts of documents as well as countless tax returns and have reached a bizarre conclusion that ends, for the first time, at a dead end.

Well, except for an unfounded rumor.

Based on officers named on tax returns as well as in a secret directory, my bizarre conclusion is that:

The Shriners are controlled by their secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters. And Jester tax returns reveal that the Royal Order of Jesters is controlled by their secret sub-group, the Secret Order of Brothers in Blood or S.O.B.I.B.

I have no idea what this means except for the possibility that the Shriners are controlled by a bunch of guys who belong to a nationwide group described by a U.S. Attorney as having members who get prostitutes for their weekend meetings.

Or if the unfounded rumors are true, the Jesters are controlled by a bunch of guys who have a thing for menstrual blood. Or girls. Or maybe both. But really, I have no idea as this is just a wild rumor.

Interestingly, the Jesters report on their latest tax return that they spent over $13,000 on “Rituals.”

What we do know is that three Jesters were convicted after getting caught in an FBI human trafficking sting for taking illegal alien prostitutes to their weekend parties.

One of those caught, a former judge, will soon be heading to federal prison for 18 months. He pleaded guilty to violating the Mann Act and got a reduced sentence for cooperating with an investigation into the Jesters for the sexual exploitation of minors and travel out of the country for those purposes.

He’s a S.O.B.I.B. too.

We also know that the former fishing tour operator who took 19 Jesters fishing on the Amazon was indicted by the Brazilian federal police last April for allegedly providing underage prostitutes for his North American fishing clients.

Per “Newsitorial: Schair’s Failed Application for Habeas Corpus Confirms Indictment, Implicates Jesters”:

“A failed application for habeas corpus has made public a court file that details the evidence for which former fishing tour operator Richard W. Schair was indicted by the Brazilian federal police as they investigated the sexual exploitation of minor Indian girls living along the Amazon. The file includes a client manifest that names three members of the Shriners secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters (ROJ).”

Schair had sued a competitor for defamation for alleging his involvement with prostitution. A witness list for the defense names 19 Jesters who were expected to testify about their first hand knowledge of fishing trips to Brazil and sex with underage prostitutes. Eye witness depositions in the case testify that the Jesters asked to be called “Masons” and asked for girls over 13.

One must first be a Master Mason to join groups like the Scottish Rite, the Knights Templar and the Shriners.

One must be an invited Shriner to join the Royal Order of Jesters.

And at this point, I have no idea about how a Jester joins the S.O.B.I.B. or what they do at their meetings other than meet as “Brothers in Blood.”

As evidence mounted against him, Schair paid the defendant $15K to settle out of court.

One guy on the witness list, Samuel “Scutter” Newton of Las Vegas, Nevada links this case to the Jester National Court, as he’s listed on their 2007 tax return as an officer.

A comparison of the Jester’s national officers to a secret directory reveals that eight out of nine national officers are also members of the S.O.B.I.B., including Newton, who is named on both.

All the officers listed on the Jesters’ 2006 tax return are also in the S.O.B.I.B. and all but two listed on the 2005 tax return are in the S.O.B.I.B. including:

William Siders

Robert M. Haynes

John T. Stafford

James M. Lake PRD

Taylor E. Best

Gary Martin

Dennis R. Schueler

Raymond Grannis

Paul A. Stradman

John T. Stradtman

Robert C. Davis

Alex Rogers – Business Administrator

Now, back to the tax returns.

Nonprofit groups file tax returns like everyone else because they’re corporations, just nonprofit. That means they don’t make any money and no one is supposed to benefit. These groups get these tax breaks because they’re supposed to benefit society like helping the needy or finding homes for animals.

The Jester’s exempt purpose is:

“Promoting fellowship and fraternalism and extending assistance and good cheer to others.” Management by Mirth reports that:

* Eleven out of twelve of Shriner Hospitals for Children (SHC) trustees are Jesters.


* Fourteen out of twenty one of those listed on the SHC 2006 tax returns are Jesters.

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* Nine out of fourteen of those listed on the 2006 fraternal tax return are Jesters.

This could help explain the hospital’s financial woes that nearly led to closures. Which, for those faithful Shriners who have dedicated their lives to supporting the hospitals, was worst case scenario. The last Shriner national convention saw a vote to keep the hospitals open as well as throw out former SHC CEO, Ralph Semb.

An internal investigation investigated Semb and Imperial Treasurer Gene Bracewell and, among other things, recommended that they be reprimanded for lobbying on behalf of a fundraiser who kept $43 millin out of $47 million raised for the hospitals.

Last I knew, both were Jesters and Semb’s pictured here in the S.O.B.I.B. directory.

Now, the Shriners are made up of two nonprofit components, a 501c10 fraternity made up of members and a 501c3 charity of 22 hospitals that provide free medical care to burned and crippled children.

Same for the Jesters, who somehow convinced the IRS to grant them a 501c3 charitable classification for operating a “museum” out of their new headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Marion county assessor rejected the Jesters application for a property tax exemption because they didn’t buy it but on appeal, the exemption was granted because executive director Alex Rogers convinced the tax board that the Royal Order of Jesters was an appendant group of Masonry.

So, what kind of a museum lists it’s worth as $1.4 million but has no employees, phone or computers; nor does it pay for utilities?

The museum’s directors all are in the S.O.B.I.B. including:

Hugh Libby

Ray Thagard

George Burt

Ray Grannis

James White

Henry Everett

Here’s the S.O.B.I.B. Toast:

“A Few Good llen and A Few Good Times”

To the Chap who seeks

Those of his kind

Who treasure the drink

And savor the wine.

An Evangel of Mirth

Time and again

Found in the company

Of a Few Good Men.

A Toast to the One

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Who reveres the food.

Cursed by his wife in “surly” mood

For quite often he’s mocked

By those who malign

That Fellow who cherishes

A Few Good Times.

So here’s to our Order

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And those we call Brother.

To the bond that binds us

One to the other.

For there are “Traveling” groups of admirable intent

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With glossy mottos and rhymes

But as for us, it’s the simple notion

Of a Few Good Men, and a Few Good Times.

A copy of the S.O.B.I.B directory, including members’ pictures and contact information, can be found here.

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