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 Romeo (from Romeo and Juliet)

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

9 Mercutio (from Romeo and Juliet)

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

10 Viola (from 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 Ophelia (from Hamlet)

Is great and deserves to be on the top spot

14 Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet)

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

15 Banquo (from Macbeth)
16 Feste (from Twelfth Night)
17 Hotspur (from King Henry IV)
18 Dogberry (from Much Ado About Nothing)
19 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

20 Caliban (from The Tempest)
21 Benvolio (from Romeo and Juliet)
22 Malvolio (from Twelfth Night)
23 Fool (from King Lear)
24 Emilia (from Othello)
25 Beatrice (from Much Ado About Nothing)

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

26 Duncan (from MacBeth)
27 Claudius (from Hamlet)
28 Lysander (from A Midsummers Night Dream)
29 Puck (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
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