Entertainment

The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters  

Ranker Characters
Originally by
5.6k votes 916 voters 18.6k views 62 items

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.
list ordered by
1
Prince Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Hamlet
2
Iago is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Othello
3
Lady Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Macbeth
4
Mercutio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Romeo and Juliet
5
Puck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
6
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Macbeth
7
King Lear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
King Lear
8
Ophelia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Hamlet
9
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
10
Viola is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Twelfth Night
11
Othello is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Othello
12
Benedick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Much Ado About Nothing
13
Falstaff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2
14
Beatrice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing
15
Three Witches is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Macbeth
16
Rosalind is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
As You Like It
17
Shylock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
The Merchant of Venice
18
Portia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
The Merchant of Venice
19
Horatio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Hamlet, Shakespeare Tragedies: Hamlet, Hamlet
20
Prospero is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
The Tempest
21
Juliet Capulet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Romeo and Juliet
22
Cordelia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
King Lear
23
Titania is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
24
Fool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Noah Albino added Fool King Lear
25
Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Shakespeare Characters
Antony and Cleopatra