Who is the funniest Shakespeare character

The 10 funniest Shakespeare characters

Whether Jane Austen's brooding Mr Darcy or, more recently, EL James The Billionaire Villain Mr Gray, anything about certain fictional characters can make hearts race and exude undeniable sex appeal. No word smith in history has a greater number of complex and intriguing characters than William Shakespeare, and this is how we celebrate his hottest creations 400 years ago, since the bard put pen on paper.

Iago from Othello

Boy, Iago is the villain everyone loves in Shakespeare's 1603 tragedy, Othello. With a silky web of lies, deceit, and betrayal to bring Othello down and turn him on his new wife Desdemona, you can't help but manipulate him by manipulating everything around him and playing puppeteers. It was Jago who thought jealousy was a "green-eyed monster" that makes fun of the meat that feeds it "and does this pure malice - along with a sultry Iago performance by Kenneth Branagh in the 1995 film version him to one of Shakespeare's Sexiest.

Painting by William Salter of Othello weeping over Desdemona's body | © Thedarklady154 / WikiCommons

Cleopatra by Antony and Cleopatra

Nothing says as resolute as a scorned queen, and Cleopatra certainly does not disappoint. Shakespeare's reinterpretation of the Egyptian monarch in his tragedy Antony and Cleopatra provides us with one of the most complex female characters in literature, showing her tumultuous relationship with the Roman general Mark Antony, which turns in seconds from passion and jealousy to vengeance and suicide. Her lover describes her beautifully and dangerously as follows: "Old age cannot wither her, and habit does not become stale / Her infinite variety: other women cloy / The appetite that they feed, but it makes them hungry / Where most of them satisfy them."

Cleopatra by John William Waterhouse (1888) | © Kaldari / WikiCommons

Troilus of Troilus and Cressida

Troilus represents the original heartbeat, Prince of Troy, the youngest son of King Priam and Hecuba, and a vision of youthful masculinity. In Shakespeare's 1602 tragedy Troilus and Cressida, the bard reenacts events from Homer's The Iliad that focus on the love story of this young couple. Troilus not only successfully leads Cressida into a passionate night of love, but also sneaks into the camp as a prisoner of war after her capture by the Greeks in order to save her. When he finds Diomedes moving his beloved, it throws him into an angry macho rage. What a dream boat.

Troilus and Cressida, Act V, Scene II | © Adam Cuerden / WikiCommons

Lady Macbeth of Macbeth

From the ruthless backdrop of Scottish Machiavellianism comes the sexy other half of the namesake of this tragedy, Lady Macbeth. They say that behind every good man there is a great woman, and in fact, it is she who fuels the ambitious plans to assassinate a sleeping King Duncan and fulfill the witch prophecy. Though it later turns into guilt banter, in the first acts she shows a breakneck determination with the inscription: "Put your courage to the crux and we will not fail", that would make any man shudder in his boots.

Lady Macbeth | © David Flam / Flickr

Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet

Although Mercutio is not the protagonist, he is one of the few elements of light relaxation that we find in this famous lost love story. The life and soul of the party, he takes no pleasure in or part in the politics of the Monday versus Capulet drama and instead encourages Romeo into a night of hype at the masquerade ball where he meets Juliet. Shakespeare writes a pun after the pun in this character's dialogue, even at the moment of his unfortunate death he cannot resist saying, "Ask me tomorrow and you will find me a serious man". There's nothing sexier than a comedian right?

Mercutio saying goodbye to Juliet's nurse | © Thefairyouth154 / WikiCommons

Kate from Taming of the Shrew

If Shakespeare means wildly independent, intelligent and idiosyncratic by "shrew", then Katherina - or "Kate" - from his 1590 comedy hits all these boxes. Compared to her slightly lanky, more classically attractive younger sister Bianca, Kate is by far the sexier sibling, a refreshing example of feminism in a time filled with wall flowers. Unfortunately, she is eventually separated from her mean husband Petruchio after all kinds of psychological suffering, but her presence on this list pays homage to her true lively spirit. See an interpretation of Kat in the film "10 Things I Hate About You" from © Bertaut / WikiCommons Prospero from the storm It definitely has something to do with a magic wand that emits strong magnetism. Just like Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, wizard Prospero from Shakespeare's romantic comedy The Tempest undeniably performs the show. After he was brought to power by his own brother and stranded on an island for twelve years, he could be forgiven for taking the opportunity to take revenge on his enemies if they too were shipwrecked on the island. However, he turns out to be the greater man when he brings all the characters together and redeems them for their past sins. Prospero, an old gentleman and magical hero, is firmly on this list.

Prospero and Ariel | © FreeArt1 / WikiCommons

Rosalind from As You Like It

One of Shakespeare's strongest heroines, Rosalind from the pastoral comedy "As You Like It" is also one of the most personable characters from all of his works. Throughout the play, she remains loyal to her loved ones and uses a shrewd disguise to return to her exiled father and guide her beloved cousin Celia through the dangers of the Arden Forest. This early modern 'girl next door' also displays remarkable wisdom for her age, the following speech to her lover Orlando proves that he sure met more than his game in Rosalind: 'Men have died from time to time, and they have worms eaten, but not out of love. "

Rosalind | © Fleance / WikiCommons

Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing

Beatrice, one half of Shakespeare's most amusing couple, is as stubborn as she is sharp-tongued and desperate at the inequality of the sexes that made women the weaker sex of the Renaissance. In fierce defense of her cousin hero, she exclaims: "Oh, that I was a man for him!" She is not one who surrenders to love without a fight. Her relationship with Benedick is described by her uncle Leonato as a "happy war" in which both parties want to collect points. When she calls him "the prince's fool, a very stupid fool," he immediately makes a plan to get her to declare her love for him. This back and forth is arguably the most entertaining thread of Much Ado About Noting's plot, with each tactic building on the palpable sexual tension between these two wild love birds.

Beatrice by Frank Dicksee | © Thedarklady154 / Wikicommons

Hamlet from Hamlet

To some, nothing is sexier than a dark, brooding riddle from a man exposed to his feelings. If that's the case, no one fits more than Shakespeare's Hamlet. Chased by the ghost of his father, the late King of Denmark, Hamlet spends the duration of the tragedy in a state of deep thought as he tries to reveal the truth about his father's murder and bring about the death of his uncle Claudius on the throne. The immortal line of "To be or not to be" questions the essence of what it means to be alive, leaving the audience intrigued and hooked on every word you say.

Scene from Hamlet by Eugène Delacroix (1839) | © Eloquence / WikiCommons


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