Pistol is one of Falstaff’s followers, a swaggering man who loves the sound of his own voice and is incapable of speaking like a normal human being, instead grandiloquently talking like a hammy actor in a melodrama.
He is hot-tempered and seems to be always angling for a fight. He refuses to help Falstaff in his plot against the ladies of Windsor, and instead joins Nim in derailing the plan by telling Ford and Page about Falstaff’s designs on their wives. Discovering that Mistress Quickly makes a fair bit of money acting as an intermediary in love affairs, he sets his cap at her as a good way of getting the money Falstaff refuses to give him. He dresses up as Hobgoblin for the fairy scene for a chance to get some physical revenge on the knight.