Don Adriano de Armado is an affected Spanish braggart, a man who thinks himself finer than he actually is and talks in mind-bogglingly fancy language, qualifying every word a dozen ways and taking paragraphs to get to the point.
He thinks himself a great friend of the King’s, being blissfully unaware that he is considered a joke by the courtiers, who rely on him for amusement in their retreat. A dandy following all the latest fashions, including linguistic ones, he is in love with the completely unsophisticated Jaquenetta, and pursues her in all the ways a courtier is meant to, with poor results. He has a close relationship with his pageboy Moth, whom he relies on for conversation, even though the boy generally gets the better of him in battles of wit. Armado considers himself a soldier at heart. Humbled when it is publicly disclosed that Jaquenetta is pregnant by him and he is openly mocked by the lords, he sees himself for what he is, and has the decency to commit to becoming a mere peasant for Jaquenetta’s sake.