One of the men whom Raphael Hythloday speaks with at Cardinal Morton’s table, the joker constantly tries to say witty things (as a traditional “fool” would), but he only succeeds once in a while. He jokes that beggars should be forced into monasteries and convents and made into lay brethren and nuns, and he also says that friars are actually vagabonds, or begging drifters. The Cardinal accepts the first proposal in jest, but others at the table uncritically accept it in earnest, which suggests to Hythloday how little such courtiers would value his counsel. In any case, the joker enrages the friar with his last joke, and the Cardinal, seeing no end in sight to the argument, at last sends the joker away.
The timeline below shows where the character A Joker appears in Utopia. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.