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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Iago is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Iago Othello

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152 62
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Lady Macbeth Macbeth

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

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84 30
King Lear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
King Lear King Lear

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

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

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

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Puck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Puck A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Richard III is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Richard III Henry VI Part 2, Henry VI Part 3, Richard III

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72 30
Othello is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Othello Othello

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

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69 30
Three Witches is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Three Witches Macbeth

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

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

The Best William Shakespeare Quotes

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Falstaff is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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Prospero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Prospero The Tempest

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Horatio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Horatio Hamlet, Shakespeare Tragedies: Hamlet, Hamlet

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Portia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Portia The Merchant of Venice

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Cordelia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Cordelia King Lear

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

The Top Clothing Brands for Men

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

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

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Beatrice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing

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Katerina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Katerina The Taming of the Shrew

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Titania is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Titania A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Nick Bottom is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Fool is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Fool King Lear

Everything Game of Thrones Stole from Shakespeare

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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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Desdemona is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Desdemona Othello

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

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Miranda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Miranda The Tempest

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Hermia is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Edmund is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Edmund King Lear, King Lear, King Lear

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Richard III is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Richard III Richard III

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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

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

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Marc Antony is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
midnightq2 added Marc Antony Julius Caesar

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Dogberry is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Romeo Montague is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Romeo Montague Romeo and Juliet

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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

Famous People who Majored in Mathematics

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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

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Touchstone is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Goneril is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Siersha 2 added Goneril King Lear, King Lear, King Lear

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Caliban is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
midnightq2 added Caliban The Tempest, The Tempest, The Tempest

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Hippolyta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Hippolyta A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Jacques is listed (or ranked) 48 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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King Henry VI of England is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Ariel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
midnightq2 added Ariel The Tempest, The Tempest, The Tempest