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List of William Shakespeare's best characters. Shakespeare wrote between 37 and 40 plays (depending on who you ask), and they are filled with many, many colorful and memorable characters. From heroes, heroines, villains, historical figures, and young lovers, which Shakespeare characters are the best?

Shakespeare's greatest characters are listed here, along with the famous play (or plays) in which each one appeared. Vote up the best characters below or add a character you think is the best, though they must have had spoken lines in at least one of Shakespeare's works.

Many of these characters have been played by celebrities who have done Shakespeare in the Park, or even on screen in a film adaptation of Shakespeare.
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135 53
Iago is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Iago Othello

2
144 61
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Lady Macbeth Macbeth

3
171 81
Prince Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Prince Hamlet Hamlet

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78 29
King Lear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
King Lear King Lear

5
109 52
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Macbeth Macbeth

6
118 57
Mercutio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Mercutio Romeo and Juliet

7
75 29
Ophelia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Ophelia Hamlet

8
78 33
Richard III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Richard III Henry VI Part 2, Henry VI Part 3, Richard III

9
83 38
Puck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Puck A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10
78 33
Viola is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Viola Twelfth Night

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62 28
Othello is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Othello Othello

12
62 29
Three Witches is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Three Witches Macbeth

13
64 28
Rosalind is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Rosalind As You Like It

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64 34
Falstaff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Falstaff The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2

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63 33
Benedick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Benedick Much Ado About Nothing

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74 42
Juliet Capulet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Juliet Capulet Romeo and Juliet

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47 24
Horatio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Horatio Hamlet, Shakespeare Tragedies: Hamlet, Hamlet

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37 17
Portia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Portia The Merchant of Venice

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48 23
Cordelia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Cordelia King Lear

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36 19
Prospero is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Prospero The Tempest

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37 19
Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Cleopatra Antony and Cleopatra

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44 26
Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Julius Caesar Julius Caesar

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47 29
Shylock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Shylock The Merchant of Venice

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34 19
Katerina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Katerina The Taming of the Shrew

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18 5
Beatrice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing

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28 11
Nick Bottom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
JoshSchilling added Nick Bottom Table for Three, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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30 14
Fool is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Fool King Lear

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31 19
Titania is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Titania A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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17 4
Henry V is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Henry V Henry V, Henry V, Henry V - Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more, or close the wall up with our English dead!

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29 16
Hermia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Hermia Table for Three, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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39 30
Nurse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Nurse Romeo and Juliet

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31 23
Desdemona is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Desdemona Othello

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24 13
Edmund is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Edmund King Lear, King Lear, King Lear

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16 6
Richard III is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Richard III Richard III

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26 19
Miranda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Miranda The Tempest

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43 32
Tybalt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Tybalt Romeo and Juliet

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24 14
Emilia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Emilia Otello, Othello, Othello

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46 40
Romeo Montague is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Romeo Montague Romeo and Juliet

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27 21
Petruchio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Petruchio Taming of the Shrew

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11 5
Bianca Minola is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Bianca Minola The Taming of the Shrew, The Taming of the Shrew

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6 1
Marc Antony is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
midnightq2 added Marc Antony Julius Caesar

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11 6
Hero is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Hero Much Ado About Nothing, Much Ado About Nothing, Much Ado About Nothing

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10 7
Dogberry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Dogberry Much Ado About Nothing, Much Ado About Nothing, Much Ado About Nothing - "God Save the Foundation"

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8 5
Goneril is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Goneril King Lear, King Lear, King Lear

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15 13
Touchstone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
mhend5 added Touchstone As You Like It, As You Like It, As You Like It

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16 14
King Henry VI of England is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
King Henry VI of England Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 3

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9 7
Gravedigger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Gravedigger Ophelia, Hamlet - Maybe the funniest Shakespearean character.

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4 2
Polonius is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
midnightq2 added Polonius Hamlet, Hamlet at Elsinore, Shakespeare Tragedies: Hamlet

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15 15
Jacques is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
mhend5 added Jacques As You Like It, As You Like It, As You Like It

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24 25
King Claudius is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
King Claudius Hamlet