Prince of Arragon and a distinguished soldier. He returns to his uncle Leonatos home in Messina with several companions after the war is over. Don Pedro helps Claudio woo Hero but also rejects her after falsely believing that she has a licentious character. He also acts as matchmaker between Beatrice and Benedick. Don John: Don Pedros illegitimate brother. He hates Claudio and Don Pedro and plots to ruin Claudios marriage with Hero.
A young lord of Florence and one of Don Pedros close companions. He falls in love with Hero but their relationship falls apart when he falsely accuses her of infidelity.
A young lord of Padua and one of Don Pedros close friends. Initially, he hates Beatrice but later falls in love with her. LeonatoGovernor of Messina, Heros father, Beatrice/Don Pedros uncle. He is enraged when Don Pedro and Claudio accuse his daughter of licentious activities and defends her honour.
One of Don Pedros attendants.
Followers of Don John. Conrade pretends to woo Hero in exchange for 1,000 ducats; Claudio sees “Hero” and her lover and breaks off the marriage.
Adviser to Leonato who urges him to pretend that Hero is dead. Claudios hate soon turns into remorse and love because of this.
Constables who arrest Conrade and Borachio and bring to light Don Johns evil scheme.
Daughter to Leonato. She falls in love with Claudio and is to marry him when she is suddenly accused of infidelity and loose morals. Hero pretends to be dead until the truth about her character is revealed.
Niece to Leonato. She initially hates Benedick but later falls in love with him.
Gentlewomen attending on Hero. Against her will, Margaret pretends to be Hero and kisses Conrade near her window, in full view of Claudio and Don Pedro. Messengers, Watchmen, Attendants, c.