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Ron Swanson next to a poster depicting Mike Conley

"I work in an office full of women, and that includes the men." -Ron Swanson

Ron Swanson is a fictional character from the television series "Parks and Recreation", played by Nick Offerman. Ron Swanson is depicted as being strongly masculine, and extremely Libertarian, to the point where he believes that government should be limited to a single individual who decides who should be nuked. While Ron is employed as the director of the parks department, he believes that such organizations should either not exist or be privatized. Many of his choices are made with the intention of slowing down government, such as advocating funding cuts and hiring people who aren't good at their jobs.


Ron appears to be emotionally detached, and speaks in a deadpan tone of voice. He has a dislike of speaking to the public that is so strong, that he has mounted a double-barrel shotgun on a swivel to his desk, pointed at the guest's chair, as a deterrent to anyone who would think to speak with him. Ron's introversion extends into an unwillingness to have others hold birthday parties for him, to the point that he refused to share his birthday.


Among Ron Swanson's likes include:

  • Brunette women
  • "strong, self-possessed women at the top of their fields"
  • His second ex-wife (he made a video tape for himself as a warning in case he ever got back together with her)
  • Whiskey
  • Hunting
  • Camping
  • Fried turkey legs inside a grilled hamburger.