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Characters: Romeo and Juliet
The following are the characters from Romeo and Juliet.



  • Break the Cutie
  • Child Marriage Veto: Juliet refuses to marry Paris the second time her parents bring it up, though not the first time. She married Romeo in between, but her parents don't know that...
  • Determinator: Juliet might seem sweet and innocent, but try and force her to marry someone she doesn't love, and she'll go through hell rather than do it.
  • Driven to Suicide: After the utter backfiring of her...
  • Faux Death: Eventually, the reason why Romeo commits suicide, with Juliet following soon thereafter.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: With Romeo.
  • The Ingenue
  • Love at First Sight: Towards Romeo.
  • Love Interest: Of Romeo and Paris.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Juliet is more practical and stages their doomed escape (which could have worked if John hadn't been delayed).
  • Plucky Girl: Especially considering the time period it's set in. She disobeys her parents, follows her heart, and braves disownment and being trapped in a tomb to stay true to the man she loves.
  • Replacement Goldfish: For the nurse's deceased daughter.
  • Runaway Fiancée: The Faux Death set up by Juliet was an attempt to get out of marrying Paris.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: But it seems like she's more reserved than Romeo.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Romeo.
  • Together in Death: With Romeo.
  • Women Are Wiser: Juliet is way more practical and level-headed than Romeo. She's the one who proposes they get married, and worries about Romeo being caught by her kinsmen when he's climbed up to her balcony.



  • Ambiguously Gay: Sometimes played this way.
    • He's a drag queen in Baz Luhrmann's film version.
  • Berserk Button: Questioning his manhood and how he "consorts" with Romeo.
  • The Big Guy
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Bromantic Foil: To Romeo.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To the point that audiences (despite typically knowing fate from high school literature) will sometimes take a while to get that he's not kidding after being stabbed by Tybalt.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Romeo is heartbroken about Mercutio's death... at least during the scene where Mercutio actually died. After Romeo kills Tybalt to avenge him, Mercutio is pretty much forgotten. Romeo expresses far more grief over Tybalt's death than Mercutio's.
    • In fairness, that's likely because Romeo himself killed Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) and he feels guilt over that.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Benvolio.
  • Hot-Blooded: He and Tybalt are most often labeled as this. It makes sense that their duel leads to his death.
    • His name probably comes from the word "mercurial," meaning rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood.
  • The Lancer
  • Large Ham: Specially in the Baz Luhrmann's version where his entrance in the Capulet party is basically a musical number with Harold "WAAAAAAAAALT!!!" Perrineau in drag and hamming it up magnificently.
  • The McCoy
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Sad Clown: It's pretty heavily implied that he's had love issues in the past.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Famously, his death is used to mark a Genre Shift in the play. After he dies, it gets worse for everyone.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: With the "tall and dark" taken literally in quite a few productions; most recently in David Leveaux's 2013 Broadway revival.
  • Tragic Bromance: With Romeo.



Friar Lawrence

  • The Chessmaster: He uses Romeo and Juliet's relationship to end the conflict between the Montagues and Capulets. It works, but not in the way he wanted it to.
  • Only Sane Man
  • What the Hell, Hero?: To Romeo, twice. First, he calls him out for falling for a girl he met a day ago while completely forgetting about Rose. Secondly, he calls out Romeo for his excessive Wangst and tells him to suck it up and go do something about it.


  • Anti-Villain: Depending on your view, Paris could count as a Type IV. He's Romeo's rival for Juliet's hand, but is a good man who would have made a good husband for Juliet... Just the right guy, but in the wrong moment and place.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Romeo's Veronica.
  • Demoted to Extra: Or left out altogether in subsequent adaptations.
  • Meaningful Name: In a manner of speaking. "Paris" was a common name in Shakespeare's day for a plant also called "truelove", and it's very likely that he intended to show that, tragically, Juliet may have actually come to experience a fulfilling, life-long romance with Paris had she ended up with him.
  • Nice Guy: Although how nice he is depends on the staging.
  • Princely Young Man: The Gentleman type.
  • Romantic False Lead
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Most versions leave out the part where he's killed by Romeo. Averted in the 2013 film, however.

Lord Montague

Lady Montague

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the Presgurvic musical, she's a widow (running the Montague family on her own and frustrated by her inability to stop her family from battling the Capulets), and she survives the end of the play.
  • Death by Despair

Lord Capulet

Lady Capulet

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: She had Juliet when she was Juliet's age. Justified Trope: she's a noblewoman, and back then noblewomen were expected to marry very early.
  • Incest Subtext: She is strongly implied to be having an affair with Tybalt in the Luhrmann film- her own nephew!
  • No Accounting for Taste: Many productions portray her relationship with Capulet as a loveless marriage.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has a rather unexpected scene in which she plots to poison Romeo for murdering Tybalt. She probably would have gone through with it, too, if not for ensuing events.

Prince Escalus

  • Da Chief: He plays this role in all versions, but he explicitly bears the mantle in the Luhrmann version.
  • Not So Different: Despite his disgust with the feud, in the end, the prince accepts that he, too, played a part in the tragedy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure

Friar John

  • Demoted to Extra: Double Subverted. For the character whose failure to do a simple job drives the ultimate tragedy of the story, he has a grand total of four lines in the original work. But dang, are those four lines important.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Because he stopped to get some company for the trip delivering Friar Lawrence's letter, he was locked up for fear of contracting the plague, and wasn't able to deliver the letter explaining that Juliet was alive to Romeo.


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