Fictional Characters The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters  

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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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1
211 87
Prince Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Hamlet

2
172 66
Iago is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Othello

3
172 70
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Macbeth

4
131 57
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Macbeth

5
97 35
King Lear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
King Lear

6
143 63
Mercutio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Romeo and Juliet

7
110 43
Puck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

8
95 37
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
99 38
Ophelia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Hamlet

10
87 35
Othello is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Othello

11
96 37
Viola is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Twelfth Night

12
83 34
Three Witches is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Macbeth

13
83 31
Rosalind is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
As You Like It

14
76 34
Benedick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Much Ado About Nothing

15
74 38
Falstaff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2

16
60 26
Horatio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Hamlet, Shakespeare Tragedies: Hamlet, Hamlet

17
62 25
Cordelia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
King Lear

18
49 22
Prospero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
The Tempest

19
29 6
Beatrice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing

20
86 50
Juliet Capulet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Romeo and Juliet

21
46 20
Portia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
The Merchant of Venice

22
60 31
Shylock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
The Merchant of Venice

23
54 28
Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Julius Caesar

24
46 22
Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Antony and Cleopatra

25
43 20
Titania is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

26
39 15
Fool is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Fool King Lear

27
43 25
Desdemona is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Othello

28
37 16
Nick Bottom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
JoshSchilling added Table for Three, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Midsummer Night's Dream

29
23 5
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 -

Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more, or close the wall up with our English dead!

30
39 19
Hermia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Table for Three, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Midsummer Night's Dream

31
35 20
Miranda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
The Tempest

32
39 24
Katerina is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Katerina The Taming of the Shrew

33
48 34
Nurse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Romeo and Juliet

34
32 16
Emilia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Emilia Otello, Othello, Othello

35
29 14
Edmund is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added King Lear, King Lear, King Lear

36
35 22
Petruchio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Taming of the Shrew

37
20 8
Richard III is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Richard III

38
13 2
Ariel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
midnightq2 added The Tempest, The Tempest, The Tempest

39
24 13
Touchstone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
mhend5 added As You Like It, As You Like It, As You Like It

40
48 35
Tybalt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Romeo and Juliet

41
57 46
Romeo Montague is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Romeo and Juliet

42
11 2
Marc Antony is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
midnightq2 added Julius Caesar

43
15 6
Bianca Minola is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Bianca Minola The Taming of the Shrew, The Taming of the Shrew

44
17 8
Hero is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
17 8
Helena is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Midsummer Dream, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

46
15 7
Goneril is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added King Lear, King Lear, King Lear

47
15 7
Duke Orsino is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Duke Orsino Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Twelfth Night

48
21 15
Jacques is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
mhend5 added As You Like It, As You Like It, As You Like It

49
15 9
Dogberry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Much Ado About Nothing, Much Ado About Nothing, Much Ado About Nothing -

"God Save the Foundation"

50
19 15
King Henry VI of England is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 3