Greatest Shakespeare Characters

The Top Ten

1 Hamlet (from Hamlet)

Most relatable character ever

Hamlet's motives are undoubtedly what make him so complex. Is he mad, or simply pretending? Is he a hero or a villain? He has such a fascinating psychological backstory.

2 Iago (from Othello)

From the play "Othello, " Iago is by far the most complex and devious character Shakespeare put to paper. His actions (including deft manipulation) coupled with great depth of emotion catapult Iago to the top of the list. - TheVerge04

Iago is one of the best villains in Shakespeare. In the production I saw of Othello, he was Irish, which somehow made him even more entertaining to watch.

3 Lady MacBeth (from MacBeth)
4 MacBeth (from MacBeth)
5 Cordelia (from King Lear)
6 Prospero (from The Tempest)
7 Henry V (from Henry V)
8 Mercutio (from Romeo and Juliet)

Mecutio is the mad lad of the Shakespeare universe

He's just so witty. Also he's not as complicated as Romeo 🙄

9 Romeo (from Romeo and Juliet)

He's stupid he had a relationship with a 13 year old girl and commited suicide over her - Ihateschool

10 Viola (from Twelfth Night)

The Newcomers

? Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Twelfth Night)
? Maria (Twelfth Night)

The Contenders

11 Bottom (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Just a super fun character.

My donkey boyfriend

12 Katherine (from The Taming of the Shrew)

She was a bitch at the beginning but, she turned out to have more character than her stuck up sister near the end of the play. - Robobrain

13 Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet)

From absolute impassioned love and happiness to devastating loss and sorrow, this character experiences heaven and hell.

She has one of the hardest rolls in Shakespeare plays. I am a boy, I tried to play her, IT... IS... HARDER... THAN... IT... LOOKS. - 2234

14 Banquo (from Macbeth)

Woo-ee-ooh, I look just like Buddy Holly

15 Ophelia (from Hamlet)

Is great and deserves to be on the top spot

16 Benvolio (from Romeo and Juliet)

I was asked by a director if I wanted to play this role. I was drunk at the time and declined. In retrospect, that was the fifteenth worst decision I've made in my life.

17 Puck (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

This guy is hilarious

18 Feste (from Twelfth Night)
19 Hotspur (from King Henry IV)
20 Dogberry (from Much Ado About Nothing)
21 Friar Laurence (from Romeo And Juliet)

He I the one who had the idea to give Juliet the potion that made her appear dead so she could avoid the wedding with Paris.

His name is Friar Lawrence

22 Caliban (from The Tempest)
23 Beatrice (from Much Ado About Nothing)

The best part of this show is the dialogue between Benedick and Beatrice.

24 Malvolio (from Twelfth Night)
25 Prince Fortinbras (Hamlet)
26 Fool (from King Lear)
27 Emilia (from Othello)
28 Duncan (from MacBeth)
29 Claudius (from Hamlet)
30 Lysander (from A Midsummers Night Dream)
31 Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night)
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