Sir Hugh Evans is a Welsh parson and the schoolmaster of Windsor; he has not lost his very heavy accent either in English or in Latin, which is a source of much amusement to the others.
A decent fellow, he tries to be a peace-broker in Windsor, though with only mixed success. He also attempts to help Slender’s suit to Anne Page, with the unfortunate effect of finding himself challenged to a duel by a choleric Frenchman. Though he tries to stiffen his backbone and go through with it, he is terrified at the idea and tries to reassure himself by singing. Evans has the typical teacher’s love of precise language, and will correct people if he catches them in error; Mistress Quickly’s mistakes and misunderstands baffle him almost completely. He is deeply concerned by Ford’s irrational behavior. Impressed by Mistress Page and Mistress Ford’s ingenuity, he is delighted to join in their final prank on Falstaff, and gets his students to play the fairies for it. Himself disguised, he is the first to press a candle-flame on Sir John.