Shakespearian Characters

Thank-you to Selwyn and Phyllis for this information.

William Shakespeare was a writer and actor who lived from 1564 to 1616. Although he was successful and admired in his own time, it was not until the later part of the 18th century that he came to be thought of as a universal genius.

The Folio, which this list is based upon, was started soon after Shakespeare's death in 1616. It was concluded 7 years later in 1623 and contained what were considered Shakespeare's collected plays. Shakespeare's impressive poetry (e.g. Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece) and his sonnets were not found in the Folio.

Today we have knowledge of two lost plays (Cardenio and Love's Labour's Won) and two other plays (Pericles and The Two Noble Kinsmen) which were not included in the 1623 Folio, perhaps because they were collaborative works. Since this list is based on the Folio, the names from the other plays are not included.

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NamePlayOther Names
AaronTitus Andronicus
Lord AbergavennyHenry VIII
AbhorsonMeasure For Measure
AbramRomeo and Juliet
AchillesTroilus and Cressida
AdamAs You Like It
AdrianThe Tempest
Adrian VolsceCoriolanus
AdrianaThe Comedy of Errors
Don Adriano de ArmadoLove's Labour's Lost
AemiliusTitus Andronicus
AeneasTroilus and Cressida
AgamemnonTroilus and Cressida
AgrippaAntony and Cleopatra
Sir Andrew AguecheekTwelfth Night
AjaxTroilus and Cressida
AlarbusTitus Andronicus
AlcibiadesTimon of Athens
AlexanderTroilus and Cressida
AlexasAntony and Cleopatra
AliceHenry V
AlienaAs You Like It
King AlonsoThe Tempest
AmiensAs You Like It
AndromacheTroilus and Cressida
AngeloMeasure For Measure
AngeloThe Comedy of Errors
Lady AnneRichard III
AntenorTroilus and Cressida
AntigonusThe Winter's Tale
Antipholus of EphesusThe Comedy of Errors
Antipholus of SyracuseThe Comedy of Errors
AntonioMuch Ado About Nothing
AntonioThe Merchant of Venice
AntonioThe Tempest
AntonioThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
AntonioTwelfth Night
ApemantusTimon of Athens
ArchidamusThe Winter's Tale
ArielThe Tempest
ArtemidorusJulius Caesar
ArthurKing John
AsmathHenry VI (2)
AudreyAs You Like It
Augustus CaesarAntony and Cleopatra
AutolycusThe Winter's Tale
BagotRichard II
BalthasarMuch Ado About Nothing
BalthasarRomeo and Juliet
BalthasarThe Comedy of Errors
BalthasarThe Merchant of Venice
Lord BardolfHenry IV (2)
BardolphHenry IV (1)
BardolphHenry IV (2)
BardolphHenry V
BardolphThe Merry Wives of Windsor
BarnardineMeasure For Measure
BartholomewTaming of the Shrew
BassanioThe Merchant of Venice
BassetHenry VI (1)
BassianusTitus Andronicus
John BatesHenry V
BeatriceMuch Ado About Nothing
Cardinal Henry BeaufortHenry VI (2)
Sir Toby BelchTwelfth Night
BenedickMuch Ado About Nothing
BenvolioRomeo and Juliet
Lord BerkeleyRichard II
Count BertramAll's Well That Ends Well
BiancaTaming of the Shrew
Lord John BigotKing John
BiondelloTaming of the Shrew
BironLove's Labour's Lost
Lady BlancheKing John
Sir James BluntRichard III
Sir John BluntHenry IV (2)
Sir Walter BluntHenry IV (1)
Anne BoleynHenry VIII
Henry BolingbrokeRichard II
Roger BolingbrokeHenry VI (2)
Lady BonaHenry VI (3)
BorachioMuch Ado About Nothing
Nick BottomA Midsummer Night's Dream
Admiral BourbonHenry VI (3)
BoyetLove's Labour's Lost
Sir Robert BrakenburyRichard III
BrandonHenry VIII
Sir William BrandonRichard III
Peter BullcalfHenry IV (2)
BushyRichard II
Doctor ButtsHenry VIII
Jack CadeHenry VI (2)
CaiusKing Lear
CaiusTitus Andronicus
Caius CassiusJulius Caesar
Caius LigariusJulius Caesar
Caius MarciusCoriolanus
Caius ProculeiusAntony and Cleopatra
Doctor CaiusThe Merry Wives of Windsor
CalchasTroilus and Cressida
CalibanThe Tempest
CalpurniaJulius Caesar
CambioTaming of the Shrew
CamidiusAntony and Cleopatra
CamilloThe Winter's Tale
Cardinal CampeiusHenry VIII(Campeggio)
CaphisTimon of Athens
Lord CapuchiusHenry VIII
CapuletRomeo and Juliet
CascaJulius Caesar
CassandraTroilus and Cressida
Michael CassioOthello
Sir William CatesbyRichard III
Cato the YoungerJulius Caesar(Porcius, Uticensis)
CeliaAs You Like It
CeresThe Tempest
CesarioTwelfth Night
CharlesAs You Like It
Charles VIHenry V
Charles VII the VictoriousHenry VI (1)
CharmianAntony and Cleopatra
ChatillonKing John
ChironTitus Andronicus
CiceroJulius Caesar
CinnaJulius Caesar
Cinna the PoetJulius Caesar
ClaudioMeasure For Measure
ClaudioMuch Ado About Nothing
ClaudiusJulius Caesar
King ClaudiusHamlet
CleomenesThe Winter's Tale
CleopatraAntony and Cleopatra
John CliffordHenry VI (2)
John CliffordHenry VI (3)
Lord Thomas CliffordHenry VI (2)
ClitusJulius Caesar
Lord ClotenCymbeline
Dame Eleanor CobhamHenry VI (2)
CobwebA Midsummer Night's Dream
Sir John ColevilleHenry IV (2)
ConradeMuch Ado About Nothing
Lady ConstanceKing John
CordeliaKing Lear
CorinAs You Like It
CostardLove's Labour's Lost
Alexander CourtHenry V
Thomas CranmerHenry VIII
CressidaTroilus and Cressida
Thomas CromwellHenry VIII
CupidTimon of Athens
CuranKing Lear
CurioTwelfth Night
CurtisTaming of the Shrew
King CymbelineCymbeline
DardaniusJulius Caesar
DavyHenry IV (2)
Oliver de BoisAs You Like It
Sir Rowland de BoisAs You Like It
Jacques de BoysAs You Like It
Decius BrutusJulius Caesar
DecretasAntony and Cleopatra
DeiphobusTroilus and Cressida
DemetriusA Midsummer Night's Dream
DemetriusAntony and Cleopatra
DemetriusTitus Andronicus
DennisAs You Like It
Sir Anthony DennyHenry VIII
DianaAll's Well That Ends Well
Dick the ButcherHenry VI (2)
DiomedesAntony and Cleopatra
DiomedesTroilus and Cressida
DionThe Winter's Tale
DogberryMuch Ado About Nothing
DolabellaAntony and Cleopatra
Domitius EnobarbusAntony and Cleopatra
DorcasThe Winter's Tale
Dromio of EphesusThe Comedy of Errors
Dromio of SyracuseThe Comedy of Errors
Anthony DullLove's Labour's Lost
Lord DumainAll's Well That Ends Well
Lord DumainAll's Well That Ends Well
DumaineLove's Labour's Lost
EdgarKing Lear
EdmundKing Lear
Edward IVHenry VI (2)
Edward IVHenry VI (3)
Edward IVRichard III
Prince EdwardRichard III
Prince Edward of WestminsterHenry VI (3)
Prince Edward of WestminsterRichard III
EgeonThe Comedy of Errors
EgeusA Midsummer Night's Dream
EglamourThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
ElbowMeasure For Measure
Queen EleanorKing John
Queen ElizabethRichard III(Grey, Woodville)
Princess ElizabethHenry VIII
EmiliaThe Comedy of Errors
EmiliaThe Winter's Tale
EmmanuelHenry VI (2)
ErosAntony and Cleopatra
Sir Thomas ErpinghamHenry V
EscalusMeasure For Measure
Prince EscalusRomeo and Juliet
EuphroniusAntony and Cleopatra
Sir Hugh EvansThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Sir Piers ExtonRichard II
FabianTwelfth Night
Lady FalconbridgeKing John
Robert FalconbridgeKing John
Sir John FalstaffHenry IV (1)
Sir John FalstaffHenry IV (2)
Sir John FalstaffThe Merry Wives of Windsor
FangHenry IV (2)
Sir John FastolfeHenry VI (1)
Francis FeebleHenry IV (2)
Master FentonThe Merry Wives of Windsor
FerdinandLove's Labour's Lost
FerdinandThe Tempest
FesteTwelfth Night
Lord James Fiennes SayHenry VI (2)
Lord Walter FitzwalterRichard II
FlaminiusTimon of Athens
FlaviusJulius Caesar
FlaviusTimon of Athens
FlorizelThe Winter's Tale
Captain FluellenHenry V
Francis FluteA Midsummer Night's Dream
Mistress Alice FordThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Master Frank FordThe Merry Wives of Windsor
FrancescaMeasure For Measure
FrancisHenry IV (1)
Friar FrancisMuch Ado About Nothing
FranciscoThe Tempest
Duke FrederickAs You Like It
FrothMeasure For Measure
GadshillHenry IV (1)
Gaius MaecenasAntony and Cleopatra
Gaius TreboniusJulius Caesar
GallusAntony and Cleopatra
GanymedeAs You Like It
Stephen GardinerHenry VIII
Sir Thomas GargraveHenry VI (1)
Queen GertrudeHamlet
Sir William GlasdaleHenry VI (1)
Owen GlendowerHenry IV (1)
GobboThe Merchant of Venice
GonerilKing Lear
GonzaloThe Tempest
Robin GoodfellowA Midsummer Night's Dream
Matthew GoughHenry VI (2)
Captain GowerHenry V
GowerHenry IV (2)
Lord GrandpreHenry V
GratianoThe Merchant of Venice
GreenRichard II
GregoryRomeo and Juliet
GremioTaming of the Shrew
Lady Elizabeth GreyHenry VI (3)(Woodville)
Lord Richard GreyRichard III
Sir Thomas GreyHenry V
Thomas Grey, Marquis of DorsetRichard III
GriffithHenry VIII
GrumioTaming of the Shrew
Sir Henry GuildfordHenry VIII
James GurneyKing John
Prince HamletHamlet
HarcourtHenry IV (2)
Lord HastingsHenry IV (2)
Lord HastingsHenry VI (3)
Lord HastingsRichard III
HectorTroilus and Cressida
Helen of TroyTroilus and Cressida
HelenaA Midsummer Night's Dream
HelenaAll's Well That Ends Well
HelenusTroilus and Cressida
Henry Earl of RichmondRichard III
Prince HenryKing John
Henry IVHenry IV (1)
Henry IVHenry IV (2)
Prince HenryHenry IV (1)
Prince HenryHenry IV (2)
Henry VHenry V
Henry VIHenry VI (1)
Henry VIHenry VI (2)
Henry VIHenry VI (3)
Henry VIRichard III
Henry, Earl of RichmondHenry VI (3)
Henry VII TudorRichard III
Henry VIIIHenry VIII
Sir Walter HerbertRichard III
HermiaA Midsummer Night's Dream
HermioneThe Winter's Tale
HeroMuch Ado About Nothing
HippolytaA Midsummer Night's Dream
John HollandHenry VI (2)
HolofernesLove's Labour's Lost
Thomas HornerHenry VI (2)
HortensioTaming of the Shrew
HortensiusTimon of Athens
HostiliusTimon of Athens
HubertKing John
John HumeHenry VI (2)
Duke HumphreyHenry VI (2)
Prince HumphreyHenry IV (2)
HymenAs You Like It
Alexander IdenHenry VI (2)
Princess ImogenCymbeline
IrasAntony and Cleopatra
IrisThe Tempest
IsabelHenry V
IsabellaMeasure For Measure
IsidoreTimon of Athens
Captain JamyHenry V
JaquenettaLove's Labour's Lost
JaquesAs You Like It
JessicaThe Merchant of Venice
Joan la PucelleHenry VI (1)
Don JohnMuch Ado About Nothing
Friar JohnRomeo and Juliet
JohnKing John
John of GauntRichard II
John the Bastard of OrleansHenry VI (1)
Lord JohnHenry IV (1)
Prince JohnHenry IV (2)
Margery JordanHenry VI (2)
JosephTaming of the Shrew
JuliaThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
JulietMeasure For Measure
JulietRomeo and Juliet
Julius CaesarJulius Caesar
Junius BrutusCoriolanus
JunoThe Tempest
KatharineHenry V
KatharineLove's Labour's Lost
Queen KatharineHenry VIII
LafewAll's Well That Ends Well
LaunceThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
LauncelotThe Merchant of Venice
Friar LaurenceRomeo and Juliet
LavatchAll's Well That Ends Well
LaviniaTitus Andronicus
King LearKing Lear
Le BeauAs You Like It
LeonardoThe Merchant of Venice
LeonatoMuch Ado About Nothing
Posthumus LeonatusCymbeline
Sicilius LeonatusCymbeline
King LeontesThe Winter's Tale
Lewis the DauphinHenry V
Lewis the DauphinKing John
Lewis XIHenry VI (3)
LicioTaming of the Shrew
LongavilleLove's Labour's Lost
LorenzoThe Merchant of Venice
Sir Thomas LovellHenry VIII
LucentioTaming of the Shrew
LucettaThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
LucianaThe Comedy of Errors
LuciliusJulius Caesar
LuciliusTimon of Athens
LucioMeasure For Measure
LuciusJulius Caesar
LuciusTimon of Athens
LuciusTitus Andronicus
Young LuciusTitus Andronicus
Caius LuciusCymbeline
LucullusTimon of Athens
Sir William LucyHenry VI (1)
LysanderA Midsummer Night's Dream
Lady MacbethMacbeth
Lady MacduffMacbeth
Captain MacmorrisHenry V
MalvolioTwelfth Night
MamilliusThe Winter's Tale
Young MarciusCoriolanus
Marcus Aemilius LepidusAntony and Cleopatra
Marcus Aemilius LepidusJulius Caesar
Marcus AndronicusTitus Andronicus
Marcus Junius BrutusJulius Caesar
MardianAntony and Cleopatra
MargarelonTroilus and Cressida
MargaretHenry VI (1)
MargaretMuch Ado About Nothing
Queen MargaretHenry VI (2)
Queen MargaretHenry VI (3)
Queen MargaretRichard III
MariaLove's Labour's Lost
MariaTwelfth Night
MarianaAll's Well That Ends Well
MarianaMeasure For Measure
Mark AntonyAntony and Cleopatra
Mark AntonyJulius Caesar
Lord MarshalRichard II
Sir Oliver MartextAs You Like It
MartiusTitus Andronicus
Count MelunKing John
MenasAntony and Cleopatra
MenecratesAntony and Cleopatra
MenelausTroilus and Cressida
Menenius AgrippaCoriolanus
MercadeLove's Labour's Lost
MercutioRomeo and Juliet
MessalaJulius Caesar
Metellus CimberJulius Caesar
Sir MichaelHenry IV (1)
Baptista MinolaTaming of the Shrew
Katherina MinolaTaming of the Shrew
MirandaThe Tempest
MontagueRomeo and Juliet
Sir John MontgomeryHenry VI (3)
MontjoyHenry V
MopsaThe Winter's Tale
Lady MortimerHenry IV (1)
Edmund MortimerHenry IV (1)
Edmund MortimerHenry VI (1)
Sir Hugh MortimerHenry VI (3)
Sir John MortimerHenry VI (3)
MortonHenry IV (2)
John MortonRichard III
MothA Midsummer Night's Dream
MothLove's Labour's Lost
Ralph MouldyHenry IV (2)
Lord Thomas MowbrayHenry IV (2)
Lord Thomas MowbrayRichard II
MurellusJulius Caesar
MustardseedA Midsummer Night's Dream
MutiusTitus Andronicus
NathanielTaming of the Shrew
Sir NathanielLove's Labour's Lost
NellThe Comedy of Errors
NerissaThe Merchant of Venice
NestorTroilus and Cressida
NicholasTaming of the Shrew
Lady Maud NorthumberlandHenry IV (2)
NymHenry V
NymThe Merry Wives of Windsor
OberonA Midsummer Night's Dream
OctaviaAntony and Cleopatra
Octavius CaesarJulius Caesar
OliviaTwelfth Night
OrlandoAs You Like It
Duke OrsinoTwelfth Night
OswaldKing Lear
Mistress OverdoneMeasure For Measure
Anne PageThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Master George PageThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Mistress Margaret PageThe Merry Wives of Windsor
William PageThe Merry Wives of Windsor
PandarusTroilus and Cressida
Cardinal PandolfKing John
PanthinoThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
Count ParisRomeo and Juliet
ParisTroilus and Cressida
ParollesAll's Well That Ends Well
PatienceHenry VIII
PatroclusTroilus and Cressida
PaulinaThe Winter's Tale
PeaseblossomA Midsummer Night's Dream
Don PedroMuch Ado About Nothing
Henry PercyHenry IV (1)
Henry PercyHenry IV (1)
Henry PercyRichard II
Henry PercyRichard II
Kate PercyHenry IV (1)
Kate PercyHenry IV (2)
Thomas PercyHenry IV (1)
PerditaThe Winter's Tale
Friar PeterMeasure For Measure
PeterRomeo and Juliet
PeterTaming of the Shrew
Peter of PomfretKing John
PetoHenry IV (1)
PetoHenry IV (2)
PetruchioRomeo and Juliet
PetruchioTaming of the Shrew
PhebeAs You Like It
PhilipTaming of the Shrew
Philip the BastardKing John
Philip II of FranceKing John
PhiloAntony and Cleopatra
PhilostrateA Midsummer Night's Dream
PhilotusTimon of Athens
PhryniaTimon of Athens
Doctor PinchThe Comedy of Errors
PindarusJulius Caesar
PistolHenry IV (2)
PistolHenry V
PistolThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Edmund PlantagenetHenry VI (3)
George PlantagenetHenry VI (3)
George PlantagenetRichard III
Richard PlantagenetHenry VI (1)
Richard PlantagenetHenry VI (2)
Richard PlantagenetHenry VI (3)
Edward PoinsHenry IV (1)
Edward PoinsHenry IV (2)
King PolixenesThe Winter's Tale
PompeyMeasure For Measure
Popilius LenaJulius Caesar
PortiaJulius Caesar
PortiaThe Merchant of Venice
PriamTroilus and Cressida
ProsperoThe Tempest
ProteusThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
PubliusJulius Caesar
PubliusTitus Andronicus
Publius VentidiusAntony and Cleopatra
Mistress QuicklyHenry IV (1)
Mistress QuicklyHenry IV (2)
Mistress QuicklyHenry V
Mistress QuicklyThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Peter QuinceA Midsummer Night's Dream
QuintusTitus Andronicus
Lord RamburesHenry V
Sir Richard RatcliffRichard III
ReganKing Lear
Duke Reignier of AnjouHenry VI (1)
ReynaldoAll's Well That Ends Well
Duke Richard of ClarenceRichard III
Earl RichardHenry V
Richard IIRichard II
Richard PlantagenetHenry VI (2)
Richard PlantagenetHenry VI (3)
Richard IIIRichard III
RobinThe Merry Wives of Windsor
RomeoRomeo and Juliet
RosalindAs You Like It
RosalineLove's Labour's Lost
Lord RossRichard II
John RugbyThe Merry Wives of Windsor
RumourHenry IV (2)
SalarinoThe Merchant of Venice
SalisburyHenry V
SampsonRomeo and Juliet
Sir William SandsHenry VIII
SaturninusTitus Andronicus
Lord Thomas ScalesHenry VI (2)
ScarusAntony and Cleopatra
Lord Henry ScroopHenry V
Richard ScroopHenry IV (1)
Richard ScroopHenry IV (2)
Sir Stephen ScroopRichard II
SebastianThe Tempest
SebastianTwelfth Night
SeleucusAntony and Cleopatra
SemproniusTimon of Athens
SemproniusTitus Andronicus
ServiliusTimon of Athens
Sextus PompeiusAntony and Cleopatra
Simon ShadowHenry IV (2)
Robert ShallowHenry IV (2)
Robert ShallowThe Merry Wives of Windsor
ShylockThe Merchant of Venice
Sicinius VelutusCoriolanus
SilenceHenry IV (2)
SiliusAntony and Cleopatra
SilviaThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
SilviusAs You Like It
Saunder SimpcoxHenry VI (2)
Peter SimpleThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Earl SiwardMacbeth
Young SiwardMacbeth
Master Abraham SlenderThe Merry Wives of Windsor
Sir Christopher SlyTaming of the Shrew
Smith the WeaverHenry VI (2)
SnareHenry IV (2)
SneakHenry IV (2)
Tom SnoutA Midsummer Night's Dream
SnugA Midsummer Night's Dream
SolanioThe Merchant of Venice
SolinusThe Comedy of Errors
Sir John SomervilleHenry VI (3)
John SouthwellHenry VI (2)
SpeedThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
Lord Humphrey StaffordHenry VI (3)
Sir Humphrey StaffordHenry VI (2)
William StaffordHenry VI (2)
Lord StanleyRichard III
Sir John StanleyHenry VI (2)
Sir William StanleyHenry VI (3)
Robin StarvelingA Midsummer Night's Dream
StephanoThe Merchant of Venice
StephanoThe Tempest
StratoJulius Caesar
SycoraxThe Tempest
Lord TalbotHenry VI (1)
John TalbotHenry VI (1)
TamoraTitus Andronicus
Doll TearsheetHenry IV (2)
ThersitesTroilus and Cressida
TheseusA Midsummer Night's Dream
ThidiasAntony and Cleopatra
Duke ThomasHenry IV (2)
Friar ThomasMeasure for Measure
Peter ThumpHenry VI (2)
ThurioThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
TimandraTimon of Athens
TimeThe Winter's Tale
TimonTimon of Athens
TitaniaA Midsummer Night's Dream
TitiniusJulius Caesar
TitusTimon of Athens
Titus AndronicusTitus Andronicus
Titus LartiusCoriolanus
Titus Statilius TaurusAntony and Cleopatra
TouchstoneAs You Like It
TranioTaming of the Shrew
TraversHenry IV (2)
TrinculoThe Tempest
TroilusTroilus and Cressida
TubalThe Merchant of Venice
Tullus AufidiusCoriolanus
TybaltRomeo and Juliet
Sir James TyrrelRichard III
UlyssesTroilus and Cressida
UrsulaMuch Ado About Nothing
Sir Christopher UrswickRichard III
ValentineThe Two Gentlemen of Verona
ValentineTitus Andronicus
ValentineTwelfth Night
VarriusAntony and Cleopatra
VarriusMeasure For Measure
VarroJulius Caesar
VarroTimon of Athens
Sir Thomas VaughanRichard III
VauxHenry VI (2)
Sir Nicholas VauxHenry VIII
VentidiusTimon of Athens
VergesMuch Ado About Nothing
VernonHenry VI (1)
Sir Richard VernonHenry IV (1)
Duke VincentioMeasure For Measure
VincentioTaming of the Shrew
VintnerHenry IV (1)
ViolaTwelfth Night
ViolentaAll's Well That Ends Well
VolumniusJulius Caesar
Thomas WartHenry IV (2)
WarwickHenry V
WestmorelandHenry V
Walter WhitmoreHenry VI (2)
WilliamAs You Like It
Michael WilliamsHenry V
Lord William WilloughbyRichard II
Cardinal Thomas WolseyHenry VIII
WoodvileHenry VI (1)
Anthony WoodvilleRichard III
Earl Anthony Woodville RiversHenry VI (3)