Arlecchino first became a stock character in the 1580’s as one of the Zanni. The standard costume e is a poor costume of patches reminiscent of richer clothing. As a character Arlecchino is a sophisticated rogue who outwits the arrogant and greedy characters that he interacts with. He is usually a bit anarchic, and is usually hungry with no money. Arlecchino is the most common character to carry the Batocia, or slapstick.

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