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On the surface, the heroes of Maverick and Have Gun – Will Travel appear to have a lot in common. Both Bret Maverick and Paladin travel the West doing odd jobs and settling scores — even if they'd rather not resort to violence. Both can even be quite funny at times.

Paladin was actually referenced in the Maverick episode "Gun-Shy." The story, a parody of Gunsmoke, follows Marshal Mort Dooley and his deputy Clyde Diefendorfer who remarks that a gunfighter "came into town last week handing out business cards." The business-minded Paladin sure fits that description!

Of course, there are more than a few differences between the leads of Maverick and Have Gun – Will Travel. Can you tell which gallant gunfighter the following descriptions are about?

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  1. Though he travels throughout the West, he is based out of a hotel in San Francisco.
  2. He sometimes gets caught up in adventures with his brother.
  3. He is usually hired for a standard fee of $1,000.
  4. He often recounts lessons and wisdom from his father saying, "Like my old Pappy used to say…"
  5. He is much better with his fists than with his gun.
  6. He graduated from West Point.
  7. He wins a "full-blooded Arabian mount" in a poker game that turns out to be a camel.
  8. He wears bright colored clothes unless out on a job where he changes into all black.
  9. He often quotes historical literature like Shakespeare and Don Quixote.
  10. He was once mistaken for real life historical figure Doc Holliday.

Can you tell the difference between Bret Maverick and Paladin?

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