History Characters / Hamlet

3rd Sep '17 11:40:48 AM Phediuk
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** Hamlet could have 7 when Yorick died.
26th Aug '17 4:28:02 PM XFllo
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* BerserkButton: Fairly meek and submissive for most of the play but insulting or threatening Claudius will make her go Incredible Hulk on your ass. "Oh this is counter you false, Danish dogs!"
* ChristmasCake: When an actress is past her prime, she is said to be "playing Gertrude" (ie: rather than Ophelia).
29th Jul '17 7:04:09 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AffablyEvil: A fairly common treatment in productions more sympathetic to him.

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* AffablyEvil: A fairly common treatment in productions more sympathetic to him. This is backed up by some textual evidence.
29th Jun '17 7:25:47 PM DustSnitch
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The prince of Denmark, nephew of the reigning king... and son of the reigning king, since [[RoyalWe they]] married Hamlet's mother only two months after his father's death. That incestuous mess would be hard enough for Ham, but before he can even decide whether to be or not, the ghost of his dad pops up and convinces him that the King didn't come to the throne naturally, he killed Hamlet's father to take control. This only gives Hamlet more reason be mad and more urgency to decide: should he kill the King? That is, if life is even worth living to begin with. Prince Hamlet struggles with this indecisively for five acts, getting into fights with everyone not named Horatio, before he takes his final breaths to kill his uncle and accepts the same silence that smothered his jester Yorick, Alexander the Great, and everyone.

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The prince of Denmark, nephew of the reigning king... and son of the reigning king, since [[RoyalWe they]] married Hamlet's mother only two months after his father's death. That incestuous mess would be hard enough for Ham, but before he can even decide whether to be or not, the ghost of his dad pops up and convinces him that the King didn't come to the throne naturally, he killed Hamlet's father to take control. This only gives Hamlet more reason be mad and more urgency to decide: should he kill the King? That is, if life is even worth living to begin with. Prince Hamlet struggles with this indecisively for five acts, getting into fights with everyone not named Horatio, before he takes his final breaths to kill his uncle and accepts the same silence that smothered his jester Yorick, Alexander the Great, and everyone.everyone else.
27th Apr '17 9:49:56 AM MrReviser121
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** Hamlet could have 7 when Yorick died.
16th Apr '17 11:58:04 AM DustSnitch
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Hey, ever want to know what makes the characters from ''Hamlet'' tick? Well, here you go, but also make sure to check out tropes applying to everything else in ''Hamlet'' [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} here]] so that the following makes a lick of sense.

Oh, and since this thing is older than your great-grandfather, we're not hiding any spoilers. Watch a performance or read the thing.




AlternativeCharacterInterpretation is applicable to pretty much everyone here.





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\n!!Prince Hamlet
The prince of Denmark, nephew of the reigning king... and son of the reigning king, since [[RoyalWe they]] married Hamlet's mother only two months after his father's death. That incestuous mess would be hard enough for Ham, but before he can even decide whether to be or not, the ghost of his dad pops up and convinces him that the King didn't come to the throne naturally, he killed Hamlet's father to take control. This only gives Hamlet more reason be mad and more urgency to decide: should he kill the King? That is, if life is even worth living to begin with. Prince Hamlet struggles with this indecisively for five acts, getting into fights with everyone not named Horatio, before he takes his final breaths to kill his uncle and accepts the same silence that smothered his jester Yorick, Alexander the Great, and everyone.
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!!King Claudius
The King of Denmark is a righteous, brave man who strikes fears into his enemies and earns the admiration of all those without his privilege; it's too bad his brother Claudius murdered him. Now Denmark has to deal with the slimy, lying Claudius as their ruler. He isn't ''proud'' of murdering his brother, but he's not remorseful enough to give up his throne either, so Claudius is more than willing to get whoever he can to silence Hamlet before the prince of Denmark can empty the throne of the sad trash that is King Claudius.
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[[folder:Ophelia]]
* BarefootLoon: In many adaptations theatrical productions, films, paintings, etc. Ophelia is barefoot during the mad scene.
* BreakTheCutie: Her TraumaCongaLine of her brother leaving, her lover rejecting her, her father dying, and her lover leaving hits her hard.
* BrokenBird: The audience gets a front row seat to Ophelia's breakdown over the course of the play, as her father uses her as a political tool, her brother jaunts off to foreign lands, her boyfriend abuses her and then murders her father, and finally Ophelia cracks.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Hamlet and Ophelia could be seen as a deconstruction. Ophelia is gentle, sweet, and fragile, whereas Hamlet is brooding and angst-ridden, yet both of them are given much more complexity than the simplicity of this trope entails. They are alike in many ways; they both have a fragile mental state, and yet act out in different ways.
* ButtMonkey: She ends up getting the worst of the scheming of Hamlet, Polonius, and Claudius.
* DishonoredDead: As her death was likely a [[SuicideIsShameful suicide]], Ophelia's burial is rather low-key. When Laertes complains about this, the priest replies that she's only getting a cemetery plot at all on the orders of the king.
* DrivenToSuicide: Queen Gertrude reports Ophelia's death to have been an accident, but the man who digs her grave says she shouldn't be buried in holy ground, because she drowned herself.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Some productions have her start out with her hair up (as typical for women of her time) and have it get more and more unkempt throughout the play until it's completely loose, to signify her becoming more unhinged.
* FlowerInHerHair: Her "mad scene" has her come out with flowers weaved in her hair.
* FlowerMotifs: As part of her trope-naming [[TheOphelia Ophelia]]-sequence, she scatters flowers and hands different ones to different characters. The meaning behind each of the flowers remains open to interpretation.
* KillTheCutie: Ophelia, a sweet girl with no enemies, is found drowned in a pool at the end of Act IV, possibly either in an act of insanity or suicide.
* LoveHurts: Her love of Hamlet is the cause of a great deal of grief. A combination of her father's meddling and Hamlet's ill-conceived rejection drives her insane.
* LoveMartyr: Ophelia is utterly devoted to Hamlet, despite his cold rejection and abusive treatment of her. This, among several other [[TraumaCongaLine tragic circumstances]] eventually leads her to make the ultimate sacrifice: [[DrivenToSuicide her life]].
* MadOracle: Possibly in her mad scene (Act 4 Scene 5).
* NeutralFemale: She shows very little independence and simply acts as a pawn to her father, and then as then motivator for Laertes' revenge after her death.
* TheOphelia: Ophelia becomes ''the'' Ophelia after going mad in Act IV -- after her boyfriend stabs her dad through a curtain, her sanity quickly decays. Her brother, Laertes, returns to Elsinore from Paris in a rush, but by the time he gets there, Ophelia doesn't even recognize him. Her famous "mad scene" consists of singing filthy, bawdy songs that are out of place with her demure mien, strewing flowers, and sobbing over her father's death. The Queen later reports Ophelia drowned, saying she was collecting flowers by the riverbank and was so distracted she didn't even recognize the danger when she fell in and sank, but kept singing. Her gravediggers darkly assert she was DrivenToSuicide, and is now damned.
* SpeechImpediment: In certain interpretations, Ophelia does have a lisp, and some of her lines actually reflect this (for example, "twice two months" is understood as "two-es...two months). This gives Hamlet's line ("...you lisp, you nickname God's creatures...") a second, literal meaning.
** SpeechImpededLoveInterest: She becomes this therefore, given her relationship with Hamlet.
* StarCrossedLovers: At least as far as her father is concerned.
* SuicideBySea: Drowns herself (if it wasn't accidental) after everything in her life goes to hell.
* TalkativeLoon: In her final scenes, she is reduced to rambling vaguely prophetic-sounding nonsense.
* TemporaryLoveInterest: Likely a case of an UnbuiltTrope. Her relationship with Hamlet fits the requirements, but her departure from the story is ''very'' significant.
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[[folder:Laertes]]

* AntiVillain: While he sides with Claudius in conspiring to poison Hamlet, his motivations in doing so are thoroughly understandable. His desire to avenge his father and sister is no different from Hamlet's goal of avenging the dead king.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Before leaving for France, Laertes warns his sister Ophelia from getting involved with Hamlet.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Implied in some productions.
* ChekhovsGunman: He is introduced in the first act and appears briefly in two scenes before departing for most of the play. He returns to play a major role in the final act.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Only when he knows he is dying does Laertes reconcile with Hamlet, absolving him of his father and sister's deaths and urging him to kill Claudius,
* DefeatMeansFriendship[[note]]Or rather: MutualKill Means Friendship[[/note]]: When it is clear that they are both dying, he and Hamlet reconcile and he reveals all of Claudius' plot. This knowledge of his impending death is the final impetus that Hamlet needs to carry out his revenge.
* {{Foil}}: For Hamlet, who {{Lampshades}} it in the final scene. Both seek to avenge their fathers' deaths, but while Hamlet is extremely cautious to establish his uncle's guilt, Laertes almost commits regicide based on nothing but a hunch.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Killed by the same poisoned blade he uses to kill Hamlet.
* HotBlooded: He re-enters the play in Act IV in a rage over the death of his father, and comes very close to killing Claudius. He later brawls with Hamlet in his sister's grave, despite having already agreed to a more formalised duel.
* YouKilledMyFather: His reaction to his father's death [[{{Foil}} stands in stark contrast]] to Hamlet's behaviour. While Hamlet's [[KillHimAlready hesitation]] to seek revenge proves to be his undoing, Laertes is quite the opposite. After hearing that Polonius has been killed, he immediately jumps to the conclusion that Claudius is responsible. He returns to Denmark with an army of supporters, bent on committing regicide.
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!!Polonius
Polonius gave us the wisdom that BrevityIsWit, but we should give it back, because he will never, ever stop talking. It doesn't matter if he has anything to say or if he'll actively make the situation worse, he'll yap on until whoever he's talking to gets fed up and shuts him up. Problem is, a daughter can't shut up her father, so Ophelia has to take Polonius's advise and live by it. Naturally, all it does is piss off her boyfriend, Hamlet, which ends up pissing off Polonius right back when Hamlet accidentally stabs the old geezer.
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[[folder:Gertrude]]

* BerserkButton: Fairly meek and submissive for most of the play but insulting or threatening Claudius will make her go Incredible Hulk on your ass. "Oh this is counter you false, Danish dogs!"
* ChristmasCake: When an actress is past her prime, she is said to be "playing Gertrude" (ie: rather than Ophelia).
* EvilMatriarch: Hamlet sees her as this. Whether or not she is one depends on interpretation.
* GuessWhoImMarrying: Hamlet is deeply shocked that she marries her former brother-in-law so soon after her husband's death.
* HeroicSacrifice: Some interpretations hold that she knowingly drinks the poisoned drink intended to kill her son.
* ParentWithNewParamour: She marries Claudius after the elder Hamlet's death. Whether or not she was complicit in the murder varies depending on interpretation.
* RemarriedToTheMistress: Some adaptations imply she was involved with Claudius before her husband's death.

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[[folder:Gertrude]]

* BerserkButton: Fairly meek and submissive for most of the play but insulting or threatening Claudius will make her go Incredible Hulk on your ass. "Oh this is counter you false, Danish dogs!"
* ChristmasCake: When an actress is past her prime, she is said to be "playing Gertrude" (ie: rather than Ophelia).
* EvilMatriarch: Hamlet sees her as this. Whether or not she is one depends on interpretation.
* GuessWhoImMarrying: Hamlet is deeply shocked that she marries her former brother-in-law so soon after her husband's death.
* HeroicSacrifice: Some interpretations hold that she knowingly drinks the poisoned drink intended to kill her son.
* ParentWithNewParamour: She marries Claudius after the elder
[[folder:Horatio]]
!!Horatio

Hamlet's death. Whether or not she was complicit in loyal and constant companion, Horatio is a skeptical college student who doubts the murder varies depending on interpretation.
existence of ghosts at first. This only makes it all the more shocking when Horatio comes to Hamlet with news that the ghost of the King is haunting Denmark. From there, if Hamlet needs to talk to anyone about ghosts or regicide, Horatio is right there to hear him out.
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* RemarriedToTheMistress: HeterosexualLifePartners: He and Hamlet seem quite close, to the point of Horatio being willing to commit suicide upon Hamlet's death (effectively forsaking his own salvation). Horatio is the only person Hamlet truly trusts enough to impart his plans to him, the only one who doesn't betray him in some fashion. Some adaptations imply she was involved productions do add a homoerotic element to their relationship (or, in one case, they cast Horatio as a woman in love with Claudius before her husband's death.Hamlet).
* InformedAbility: Horatio is called in to confirm or deny the apparition of King Hamlet supposedly because he is a scholar. However, he never demonstrates that he's any smarter or more educated than Hamlet or Laertes.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Hamlet commands him to keep his memory alive after he is dead, and it is implied that Horatio becomes the narrator of the story.
* MoralityPet: Probably the only person Hamlet is consistently nice to.
* OddFriendship: [[OnlySaneMan Him]] and [[EmoTeen Hamlet.]]
* OnlySaneMan: That's probably why he's the only main character ''alive'' at the end.
* SecretKeeper: Swore an oath with Hamlet concerning the Ghost of Old Hamlet.
* TogetherInDeath: Attempted at the end, but a dying Hamlet stops him.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Hamlet.



[[folder:Fortinbras]]

* TheAce: Young Fortinbras is both an accomplished student and a successful military commander. His arrival to take the throne of Denmark is shown in a very positive light, as there's every indication that he will be a superior king to both Claudius and Hamlet.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Hamlet. Despite having every reason to hate each other, Hamlet and Fortinbras actually share a mutual respect for each other due to their similarity.
* {{Foil}}: To Hamlet. Whereas Hamlet is indecisive, moody, and prone to long-winded introspective speeches, Fortinbras is impulsive, passionate, and active.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Fortinbras, who has his own revenge plot (directed against Hamlet's father/the Danes), and whose movements are referenced throughout the play, although he only appears in person at the end, wherein his revenge completely succeeds and he conquers Denmark (aided by almost everyone else being dead).
* HotBlooded: An unusual example, because he's very conniving, yet he still goes to war over a valueless piece of land.
* KarmaHoudini: Arguably - some readings of the text and some adaptations have him attempting to conquer Denmark underhandedly rather than just passing through with his army as he claims, and the ending for him is Hamlet supporting him to be the next king. If this was his plan, then he's not only not made to pay for his treacherous actions, he ends up being ''rewarded'' for it.
* NotSoDifferent: From Hamlet, [[LampshadeHanging which Hamlet later points out.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Out of the Hamlet/Laertes/him trio, he's the only one that gets things done and doesn't end up dead.
* RedHerring: All that talk of Fortinbras' invasion and time devoted building up is his character? He ends up being a tertiary character at best and just ends up invading Poland, instead. He has nothing to do with the tragedy of the play, despite his desire to avenge his father old Fortinbras at the hands of old King Hamlet, [[NotSoDifferent and he and Hamlet]] [[BirdsOfAFeather seem to form a mutual respect for one another.]] Circumstances not being what they were, they probably would have been great friends. Hamlet even gives him the Danish crown in the final act to avoid a succession crisis after the royal line is wiped out, [[MagnificentBastard which also ties Denmark and Norway closely together and will end a great deal of potential conflict between the two kingdoms.]] [[WorthyOpponent Fortinbras also proclaims that they will honor Hamlet with a full military funeral and says he would have made an excellent king, in his opinion.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: He planned to attack Denmark, because Hamlet's father killed his, the Old King Fortimbras in battle.

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[[folder:Fortinbras]]

* TheAce: Young Fortinbras is both an accomplished student and a successful military commander. His arrival to take the throne
[[folder:Laertes]]
!!Laertes
The brother
of Denmark is shown Ophelia, who comes back from his studies in a very positive light, as there's every indication that he will be a superior king to both Claudius and Hamlet.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Hamlet. Despite having every reason to hate each other, Hamlet and Fortinbras actually share a mutual respect
France for each other due to their similarity.
* {{Foil}}: To Hamlet. Whereas Hamlet is indecisive, moody, and prone to long-winded introspective speeches, Fortinbras is impulsive, passionate, and active.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Fortinbras, who has his own revenge plot (directed against
King Hamlet's father/the Danes), and whose movements are referenced throughout the play, although he funeral, only appears in person to leave soon after advising his sister to be careful with her boyfriend. He only returns upon hearing news of his father's death, at which point he nearly leads an uprising against the end, wherein his revenge completely succeeds and he conquers Kingdom of Denmark (aided by almost everyone else being dead).
* HotBlooded: An unusual example, because he's very conniving, yet he still goes to war over
in a valueless piece of land.
* KarmaHoudini: Arguably - some readings of the text and some adaptations have him attempting to conquer Denmark underhandedly rather than just passing through with his army as he claims, and the ending for him is Hamlet supporting him to be the next king. If this was his plan, then he's not
rage, only not made to pay for turn her aggression upon his treacherous actions, he ends up being ''rewarded'' for it.
* NotSoDifferent: From Hamlet, [[LampshadeHanging which Hamlet later points out.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Out of
father's murderer and Ophelia's boyfriend, the Hamlet/Laertes/him trio, he's son of King Hamlet. As complicated as all the only one that gets things done and is, it doesn't end up dead.
* RedHerring: All that talk of Fortinbras' invasion
stop Hamlet the younger from apologizing to Laertes and time devoted building up is his character? He ends up being a tertiary character at best and just ends up invading Poland, instead. He has nothing to do reconciling before they both die from Claudius's manipulation.
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* AntiVillain: While he sides
with the tragedy of the play, despite Claudius in conspiring to poison Hamlet, his motivations in doing so are thoroughly understandable. His desire to avenge his father old Fortinbras at and sister is no different from Hamlet's goal of avenging the hands of old King Hamlet, [[NotSoDifferent dead king.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Before leaving for France, Laertes warns his sister Ophelia from getting involved with Hamlet.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Implied in some productions.
* ChekhovsGunman: He is introduced in the first act
and he and Hamlet]] [[BirdsOfAFeather seem to form a mutual respect appears briefly in two scenes before departing for one another.]] Circumstances not being what they were, they probably would have been great friends. Hamlet even gives him most of the Danish crown play. He returns to play a major role in the final act to avoid a succession crisis after the royal line act.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Only when he knows he
is wiped out, [[MagnificentBastard which also ties Denmark dying does Laertes reconcile with Hamlet, absolving him of his father and Norway closely together sister's deaths and will end a great deal of potential conflict between the two kingdoms.]] [[WorthyOpponent Fortinbras also proclaims urging him to kill Claudius,
* DefeatMeansFriendship[[note]]Or rather: MutualKill Means Friendship[[/note]]: When it is clear
that they will honor are both dying, he and Hamlet reconcile and he reveals all of Claudius' plot. This knowledge of his impending death is the final impetus that Hamlet needs to carry out his revenge.
* {{Foil}}: For Hamlet, who {{Lampshades}} it in the final scene. Both seek to avenge their fathers' deaths, but while Hamlet is extremely cautious to establish his uncle's guilt, Laertes almost commits regicide based on nothing but a hunch.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Killed by the same poisoned blade he uses to kill Hamlet.
* HotBlooded: He re-enters the play in Act IV in a rage over the death of his father, and comes very close to killing Claudius. He later brawls
with a full military funeral and says he would have made an excellent king, Hamlet in his opinion.]]
sister's grave, despite having already agreed to a more formalised duel.
* YouKilledMyFather: He planned His reaction to attack Denmark, because his father's death [[{{Foil}} stands in stark contrast]] to Hamlet's father killed his, behaviour. While Hamlet's [[KillHimAlready hesitation]] to seek revenge proves to be his undoing, Laertes is quite the Old King Fortimbras in battle.opposite. After hearing that Polonius has been killed, he immediately jumps to the conclusion that Claudius is responsible. He returns to Denmark with an army of supporters, bent on committing regicide.



[[folder:Horatio]]

* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and Hamlet seem quite close, to the point of Horatio being willing to commit suicide upon Hamlet's death (effectively forsaking his own salvation). Horatio is the only person Hamlet truly trusts enough to impart his plans to him, the only one who doesn't betray him in some fashion. Some productions do add a homoerotic element to their relationship (or, in one case, they cast Horatio as a woman in love with Hamlet).
* InformedAbility: Horatio is called in to confirm or deny the apparition of King Hamlet supposedly because he is a scholar. However, he never demonstrates that he's any smarter or more educated than Hamlet or Laertes.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Hamlet commands him to keep his memory alive after he is dead, and it is implied that Horatio becomes the narrator of the story.
* MoralityPet: Probably the only person Hamlet is consistently nice to.
* OddFriendship: [[OnlySaneMan Him]] and [[EmoTeen Hamlet.]]
* OnlySaneMan: That's probably why he's the only main character ''alive'' at the end.
* SecretKeeper: Swore an oath with Hamlet concerning the Ghost of Old Hamlet.
* TogetherInDeath: Attempted at the end, but a dying Hamlet stops him.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Hamlet.

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[[folder:Horatio]]

* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and
[[folder:Ophelia]]
!!Ophelia
A noblewoman who's dating Prince
Hamlet seem quite close, to at the point start of Horatio being willing to commit suicide upon Hamlet's death (effectively forsaking his own salvation). Horatio is the only person play, although the disapproval of her overprotective brother and her pretentious father are putt an end to that. Hamlet truly trusts takes the break-up poorly and bullies Ophelia with innuendos, which does hurts her just enough that the murder of her father pushes her over the edge. After that, Ophelia goes mad, barely able to finish a coherent sentence. It's unclear whether she was even stable enough to impart his plans keep herself breathing, which becomes important when Gertrude finds her drowned body. Gertrude chooses to him, call it an accident, but if gravedigger and priests know anything about death, Ophelia may just have killed herself.
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* BarefootLoon: In many adaptations theatrical productions, films, paintings, etc. Ophelia is barefoot during
the only one who doesn't betray him mad scene.
* BreakTheCutie: Her TraumaCongaLine of her brother leaving, her lover rejecting her, her father dying, and her lover leaving hits her hard.
* BrokenBird: The audience gets a front row seat to Ophelia's breakdown over the course of the play, as her father uses her as a political tool, her brother jaunts off to foreign lands, her boyfriend abuses her and then murders her father, and finally Ophelia cracks.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Hamlet and Ophelia could be seen as a deconstruction. Ophelia is gentle, sweet, and fragile, whereas Hamlet is brooding and angst-ridden, yet both of them are given much more complexity than the simplicity of this trope entails. They are alike
in some fashion. Some productions do add a homoerotic element to their relationship (or, in one case, many ways; they cast Horatio as both have a woman fragile mental state, and yet act out in love with Hamlet).different ways.
* InformedAbility: Horatio is called in to confirm or deny ButtMonkey: She ends up getting the apparition worst of King Hamlet supposedly because he is a scholar. However, he never demonstrates that he's any smarter or more educated than Hamlet or Laertes.the scheming of Hamlet, Polonius, and Claudius.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Hamlet commands him to keep his memory alive after he DishonoredDead: As her death was likely a [[SuicideIsShameful suicide]], Ophelia's burial is dead, and it is implied rather low-key. When Laertes complains about this, the priest replies that Horatio becomes she's only getting a cemetery plot at all on the narrator orders of the story.
king.
* MoralityPet: Probably DrivenToSuicide: Queen Gertrude reports Ophelia's death to have been an accident, but the only person man who digs her grave says she shouldn't be buried in holy ground, because she drowned herself.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Some productions have her start out with her hair up (as typical for women of her time) and have it get more and more unkempt throughout the play until it's completely loose, to signify her becoming more unhinged.
* FlowerInHerHair: Her "mad scene" has her come out with flowers weaved in her hair.
* FlowerMotifs: As part of her trope-naming [[TheOphelia Ophelia]]-sequence, she scatters flowers and hands different ones to different characters. The meaning behind each of the flowers remains open to interpretation.
* KillTheCutie: Ophelia, a sweet girl with no enemies, is found drowned in a pool at the end of Act IV, possibly either in an act of insanity or suicide.
* LoveHurts: Her love of
Hamlet is consistently nice to.
* OddFriendship: [[OnlySaneMan Him]]
the cause of a great deal of grief. A combination of her father's meddling and [[EmoTeen Hamlet.]]
Hamlet's ill-conceived rejection drives her insane.
* OnlySaneMan: That's probably why he's LoveMartyr: Ophelia is utterly devoted to Hamlet, despite his cold rejection and abusive treatment of her. This, among several other [[TraumaCongaLine tragic circumstances]] eventually leads her to make the only main character ''alive'' at ultimate sacrifice: [[DrivenToSuicide her life]].
* MadOracle: Possibly in her mad scene (Act 4 Scene 5).
* NeutralFemale: She shows very little independence and simply acts as a pawn to her father, and then as then motivator for Laertes' revenge after her death.
* TheOphelia: Ophelia becomes ''the'' Ophelia after going mad in Act IV -- after her boyfriend stabs her dad through a curtain, her sanity quickly decays. Her brother, Laertes, returns to Elsinore from Paris in a rush, but by
the end.
time he gets there, Ophelia doesn't even recognize him. Her famous "mad scene" consists of singing filthy, bawdy songs that are out of place with her demure mien, strewing flowers, and sobbing over her father's death. The Queen later reports Ophelia drowned, saying she was collecting flowers by the riverbank and was so distracted she didn't even recognize the danger when she fell in and sank, but kept singing. Her gravediggers darkly assert she was DrivenToSuicide, and is now damned.
* SecretKeeper: Swore SpeechImpediment: In certain interpretations, Ophelia does have a lisp, and some of her lines actually reflect this (for example, "twice two months" is understood as "two-es...two months). This gives Hamlet's line ("...you lisp, you nickname God's creatures...") a second, literal meaning.
** SpeechImpededLoveInterest: She becomes this therefore, given her relationship with Hamlet.
* StarCrossedLovers: At least as far as her father is concerned.
* SuicideBySea: Drowns herself (if it wasn't accidental) after everything in her life goes to hell.
* TalkativeLoon: In her final scenes, she is reduced to rambling vaguely prophetic-sounding nonsense.
* TemporaryLoveInterest: Likely a case of
an oath UnbuiltTrope. Her relationship with Hamlet concerning fits the Ghost of Old Hamlet.
* TogetherInDeath: Attempted at
requirements, but her departure from the end, but a dying Hamlet stops him.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Hamlet.
story is ''very'' significant.



[[folder: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Especially in Franco Zeffirelli's version.
* KarmicDeath: SubvertedTrope. The play never gives ''any'' indication whatsoever that Claudius made them aware of his plan for them to become complicit in their old friend Hamlet's execution ([[FridgeLogic and to be perfectly honest, it doesn't really make sense for him to have done so, either]].) [[PoorCommunicationKills But Hamlet doesn't know this]], [[MagnificentBastard and switches the missive they are transporting to England for the king to one which calls for the bearers' executions]], [[KickTheDog then rather callously leaves them to die.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: Gotten rid of by the end of Act IV to make way for the seriousness to come. Hamlet being what it is, this in naturally done by killing them both off.
* ThoseTwoGuys: They may have been the [[TropeMaker Trope Makers]]...if they didn't get [[UnbuiltTrope killed off before they have a chance to do much.]]

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[[folder: Rosencrantz [[folder:Gertrude]]
!!Queen Gertrude
The Queen of Denmark is bound to love the King 'til death do them apart, but it's also polite to delay re-marriage after death, to not marry the King's brother,
and Guildenstern]]
to make sure that brother didn't murder the King. Gertrude only knows about the first half of that sentence, apparently, and that turns all the love her son Hamlet has to her into hatred. Still, he doesn't want to kill her, but that doesn't stop him from chewing her out until her death by a poison goblet her husband/brother-in-law intended for her son.
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Especially in Franco Zeffirelli's version.
* KarmicDeath: SubvertedTrope. The
BerserkButton: Fairly meek and submissive for most of the play never gives ''any'' indication whatsoever that but insulting or threatening Claudius made them aware of his plan for them will make her go Incredible Hulk on your ass. "Oh this is counter you false, Danish dogs!"
* ChristmasCake: When an actress is past her prime, she is said
to become complicit in their old friend be "playing Gertrude" (ie: rather than Ophelia).
* EvilMatriarch: Hamlet sees her as this. Whether or not she is one depends on interpretation.
* GuessWhoImMarrying: Hamlet is deeply shocked that she marries her former brother-in-law so soon after her husband's death.
* HeroicSacrifice: Some interpretations hold that she knowingly drinks the poisoned drink intended to kill her son.
* ParentWithNewParamour: She marries Claudius after the elder
Hamlet's execution ([[FridgeLogic and to be perfectly honest, it doesn't really make sense for him to have done so, either]].) [[PoorCommunicationKills But Hamlet doesn't know this]], [[MagnificentBastard and switches death. Whether or not she was complicit in the missive they are transporting to England for the king to one which calls for the bearers' executions]], [[KickTheDog then rather callously leaves them to die.]]
murder varies depending on interpretation.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Gotten rid of by the end of Act IV to make way for the seriousness to come. Hamlet being what it is, this in naturally done by killing them both off.
* ThoseTwoGuys: They may have been the [[TropeMaker Trope Makers]]...if they didn't get [[UnbuiltTrope killed off
RemarriedToTheMistress: Some adaptations imply she was involved with Claudius before they have a chance to do much.]]her husband's death.


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!!Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Two old friends of Hamlet that care more for humor, money, and power than loyalty to the Danish Prince, as evidenced when they agree to spy on him for Hamlet's father's murderer. He does manage to get back at them by tricking them into execution, to be fair, but it's still hard to see [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon and Pumbaa]] stray so far.
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Especially in Franco Zeffirelli's version.
* KarmicDeath: SubvertedTrope. The play never gives ''any'' indication whatsoever that Claudius made them aware of his plan for them to become complicit in their old friend Hamlet's execution ([[FridgeLogic and to be perfectly honest, it doesn't really make sense for him to have done so, either]].) [[PoorCommunicationKills But Hamlet doesn't know this]], [[MagnificentBastard and switches the missive they are transporting to England for the king to one which calls for the bearers' executions]], [[KickTheDog then rather callously leaves them to die.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: Gotten rid of by the end of Act IV to make way for the seriousness to come. Hamlet being what it is, this in naturally done by killing them both off.
* ThoseTwoGuys: They may have been the [[TropeMaker Trope Makers]]...if they didn't get [[UnbuiltTrope killed off before they have a chance to do much.]]
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!!Prince Fortinbras
The crown prince of Norway doesn't play much of a part in ''Hamlet'', since he's only marching through Denmark to conquer a small piece of land of little importance to anyone. He only gets a line in the last scene of the play, where he strolls into Denmark after [[KillEmAll everyone dies]] and prepares to put the kingdom back together after all the damage those crazy guys did to it.
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* TheAce: Young Fortinbras is both an accomplished student and a successful military commander. His arrival to take the throne of Denmark is shown in a very positive light, as there's every indication that he will be a superior king to both Claudius and Hamlet.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Hamlet. Despite having every reason to hate each other, Hamlet and Fortinbras actually share a mutual respect for each other due to their similarity.
* {{Foil}}: To Hamlet. Whereas Hamlet is indecisive, moody, and prone to long-winded introspective speeches, Fortinbras is impulsive, passionate, and active.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Fortinbras, who has his own revenge plot (directed against Hamlet's father/the Danes), and whose movements are referenced throughout the play, although he only appears in person at the end, wherein his revenge completely succeeds and he conquers Denmark (aided by almost everyone else being dead).
* HotBlooded: An unusual example, because he's very conniving, yet he still goes to war over a valueless piece of land.
* KarmaHoudini: Arguably - some readings of the text and some adaptations have him attempting to conquer Denmark underhandedly rather than just passing through with his army as he claims, and the ending for him is Hamlet supporting him to be the next king. If this was his plan, then he's not only not made to pay for his treacherous actions, he ends up being ''rewarded'' for it.
* NotSoDifferent: From Hamlet, [[LampshadeHanging which Hamlet later points out.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Out of the Hamlet/Laertes/him trio, he's the only one that gets things done and doesn't end up dead.
* RedHerring: All that talk of Fortinbras' invasion and time devoted building up is his character? He ends up being a tertiary character at best and just ends up invading Poland, instead. He has nothing to do with the tragedy of the play, despite his desire to avenge his father old Fortinbras at the hands of old King Hamlet, [[NotSoDifferent and he and Hamlet]] [[BirdsOfAFeather seem to form a mutual respect for one another.]] Circumstances not being what they were, they probably would have been great friends. Hamlet even gives him the Danish crown in the final act to avoid a succession crisis after the royal line is wiped out, [[MagnificentBastard which also ties Denmark and Norway closely together and will end a great deal of potential conflict between the two kingdoms.]] [[WorthyOpponent Fortinbras also proclaims that they will honor Hamlet with a full military funeral and says he would have made an excellent king, in his opinion.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: He planned to attack Denmark, because Hamlet's father killed his, the Old King Fortimbras in battle.
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* DoubleEntendre: Fond of making these, especially around Ophelia.

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* DoubleEntendre: Fond of making these, using word play to mock others and especially takes pleasure in using sexual double entendre's around Ophelia.



* KickTheDog: [[{{Jerkass}} Hamlet's kind of a dick to just about everyone]] [[OddFriendship save for Horatio]], [[BirdsOfAFeather although he also seems to admire young Fortinbras a great deal.]] But even more than that, he feels absolutely no remorse whatsoever for killing Polonius, (even if it was an accident) and [[ThoseTwoGuys Rosencrantz and Guildenstern]] (who are really implied to just be [[UnwittingPawn unwitting pawns]] of Claudius, although to be fair, [[PoorCommunicationKills Hamlet thought they were trying to get him killed]]), and being utterly cruel to Ophelia to point he drives her suicidally insane. In the end, Hamlet racks up a higher kill count than Claudius ever aspired to, and pretty much none of them deserved it, either.

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* KickTheDog: [[{{Jerkass}} Hamlet's kind of a dick to just about everyone]] everyone [[OddFriendship save for Horatio]], [[BirdsOfAFeather although he also seems to admire young Fortinbras a great deal.]] But even more than that, he feels absolutely no remorse whatsoever for killing Polonius, (even if it was an accident) and [[ThoseTwoGuys Rosencrantz and Guildenstern]] (who are really implied to just be [[UnwittingPawn unwitting pawns]] of Claudius, although to be fair, [[PoorCommunicationKills Hamlet thought they were trying to get him killed]]), and being utterly cruel to Ophelia to point he drives her suicidally insane. In the end, Hamlet racks up a higher kill count than Claudius ever aspired to, and pretty much none of them deserved it, either.



* RoyalWe: Claudius uses this with abandon-- though not, notably, during his soliloquy in the church ("Oh, my offense is rank...").



* WidowsWeeds: Even though his father has been dead for several months, Hamlet is still wearing black as a sign of grief by the start of the play. This bothers Claudius, who rightfully believes Hamlet does not see him as a father, and fits Hamlet's struggle with anger, indecision, and suicidal thoughts throughout the play.



* CainAndAbel: Claudius murders his brother prior to the beginning of the story.

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* CainAndAbel: Claudius murders his brother prior to the beginning of the story.story and then marries his wife.


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* RoyalWe: Claudius uses this with abandon, even when informally speaking with Hamlet their new role as father and son, making it clear Claudius isn't comfortable with their relationship yet. Notably, Claudius drops his use of the plural pronoun during his repentant soliloquy in the church ("Oh, my offense is rank...").
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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Some productions have her start out with her hair up (as typical for women of her time) and have it get more and more unkempt throughout the play until it's completely loose, to signify her becoming more unhinged.
* FlowerInHerHair: Her "mad scene" has her come out with flowers weaved in her hair.


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* SuicideBySea: Drowns herself (if it wasn't accidental) after everything in her life goes to hell.


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* EvilMatriarch: Hamlet sees her as this. Whether or not she is one depends on interpretation.


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* RemarriedToTheMistress: Some adaptations imply she was involved with Claudius before her husband's death.
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* DisposableLoveInterest: She's completely passive and entirely defined by her relationships with the male characters. When they all disappear (Hamlet rejects her, her father dies and Laertes is abroad) she goes completely to pieces and commits suicide.
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!!Hamlet

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!!Claudius

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!!Ophelia

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!!Laertes

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!!Polonius

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!!Gertrude

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!!Horatio

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