Juliet Fiammatta Ars di Capulet aka Odin aka The Red Whirlwind
The last member of the Capulet family.
- Abdicate the Throne: In the last chapter of the manga adaptation, she explicitly tells Tybalt that she intends to hand leadership of Neo Verona to Romeo, as she intends to sacrifice herself to Escalus. While not directly mentioned, the same thing can be inferred in the anime.
- Action Girl: Not afraid to fight back, seeing as she took on the identity of a vigilante.
- Adaptational Badass: Her literary counterpart wasn't a fighter.
- All-Loving Heroine: Despite Lord Montague's crimes, she's unable to truly hate him because she loves his son.
- Badass Adorable: One of the cutest ladies of war ever.
- Badass Cape: As the Red Whirlwind.
- Barrier Maiden: Escalus, the tree which holds Neo Verona, is dying and as the daughter of the Capulet family, Juliet is the seed of the Tree and she must sacrifice herself and merge with the tree in order to save Neo Verona.
- Battle Couple: With Romeo.
- Betty and Veronica: Veronica to Hermione's Betty.
- Bokukko: When disguised as a boy.
- Break the Cutie: This don't go well for her despite her falling love.
- Childhood Friends: With Cordelia.
- Compressed Hair: Juliet's hair is waist-length, but she has no problems concealing it under the short-haired "Odin" wig. Justified, as it is rather easy concealing it. Just put it in a French twist, pin the wig in place, and everything's fine.
- Cool Mask: As the Red Whirlwind.
- Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and eyes.
- Dangerous 16th Birthday: Didn't know who she really was until she turned 16.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Oh, Amelia.
- And also Ophelia.
- Fallen Princess: She unknowingly is the true Crown Princess, Heir and Ruler of Neo Verona, as the last of the of the Capulet's, who was sent away into hiding by Conrad after Lord Montague slaughtered the entirety of her family.
- Fiery Redhead: Can be emotional and eager to fight someone if they've done wrong to her loved ones.
- Gender Reveal: Pulls off looking like a boy well enough that this happens constantly—including to the guy who likes her (it's Romeo).
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of the series, after Romeo dies trying to save her, Juliet decides to follow her destiny and merges with Escalus, sacrificing herself to save everyone in Neo Verona.
- The Ingenue: She has a good and loving heart, but she ended falling for the enemy's son. It leads to trouble for both parties.
- Lady of War: Not afraid of combat.
- Large Ham: Mostly while she's in the guise of the Red Whirlwind and later when she's leading a populist rebellion. She has a tendency to make big important speeches at the drop of a hat.
- Love at First Sight: Towards Romeo
- Nice Girl: Sweet, loving and caring
- Nice Hat: As the Red Whirlwind.
- Noble Fugitive: Thanks to Lord Montague wanting the last of the Capulets dead.
- Official Couple: With Romeo.
- Overly Long Name: Twelve syllables long.
- Plucky Girl: Can be very loving and determined to help her loved ones.
- Rags to Royalty: Sleeping Beauty type.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender
- Rapunzel Hair: Down to her waist.
- Recursive Crossdressing: She was born a girl, then dressed up as a guy for years... and then got dolled up as a female for the party in which she met Romeo. "Odin" is called pretty when "crossdressing" as a girl.
- Say My Name: ROOOMEEEOOOOOOO!
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The man she loves is nothing like his father.
- Skilled, but Naïve: Sure, Juliet's totally badass when it comes to swordfighting. She should have known, though, that falling in love with that noble boy whom she barely knew was a very bad idea.
- Skirt over Slacks: Even when disguised as a boy, meaning it's probably a very long shirt underneath.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Romeo.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: "Fiamma" is an Italian word meaning "flame." The name "Fiammetta" means "little fiery one," which touches nicely on Juliet's personality and her role in the story.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Lives dressed up as a boy for years, taking up the name "Odin" so no one would identify her as the last member of the Capulet family. Pretty much dropped later: once she finds out her real identity, she starts wearing dresses in private, and when everyone learns who she is, she doesn't bother majorly with dressing up as male again, although she still wears pants under her skirt.
- Together in Death: With Romeo.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Hermione, Amelia and Cordelia's Girly Girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She embraces getting to dress like a girl when she gets the chance.
- Vigilante Man: As Red Whirlwind, after Curio lose an eye because of her, when she was a kid.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Not by choice though.
Romeo Candore Van di Montague
The heir to the Montague throne, Romeo is kind, sweet, and nothing like his father Laertes. He and Juliet fall in love eventually.
- Abdicate the Throne: Given that he would take the throne of Neo Verona upon his father's death, he opts to cede it to Juliet instead.
- All-Loving Hero: Unlike his father, he just wants peace.
- Arranged Marriage: With Hermione.
- Battle Couple: With Juliet.
- Berserk Button: Say what you want about him or his father, but never speak ill of his mother.
- Cool Horse: He got Cielo from his mother, and it's been with him ever since until he lets him go.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and eyes.
- Defecting for Love: He turns against his father because of his love for Juliet.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Juliet's.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He dies after being fatally stabbed by Ophelia.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In contrast to his father's icy stare.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: His father is a dictator who hated the Capulets, Romeo is a nice person in love with the last Capulet.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Romeo is hinted to be one, since Benvolio seems to be his only friend and all other nobles look at him with different degrees of contempt.
- Long-Lost Relative: It is revealed that his father was the son of a prostitute and a noble of House Capulet, meaning that Romeo and Juliet are actually related to each other, although how closely is ambiguous.
- Love at First Sight: Towards Juliet.
- Mad Dictator's Handsome Son: His father's not exactly soap opera handsome.
- Meaningful Name: "Candore" is an English name meaning "One who is like god," referring to his good-hearted personality.
- Nice Guy: Romeo is really nice. Like, really really really nice.
- Official Couple: With Juliet.
- Overly Long Name: Eleven syllables long.
- Princely Young Man: Despite being the son of a dictator, Romeo is a genuinely nice person.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Runaway Fiancé: He's arranged to marry Hermione, he falls for Juliet and they run away together. Unfortunately for them, they get caught.
- Say My Name: JULIEEEET!
- Senseless Sacrifice: He dies trying to stop Juliet from merging with Escalus. She mourns his death, but sacrifices herself anyway in order to save everyone in Neo Verona.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Usually kept in the palace away from most people.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Juliet.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: For Juliet.
- Together in Death: With Juliet.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Believes that he and Juliet can become benevolent rulers.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As if he were a Fire Emblem main character.
Romeo Candore Van di Montague
- See the Main Characters section.
Lord Laertes Montague
Romeo's father, and the man who rules Neo Verona with an iron fist. He was the one who murdered Juliet's parents fourteen years ago, starting off the story.
- Abusive Parents: Verbally abuses Romeo and at one point slaps him across the face.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the story of Romeo and Juliet, Lord Montague deeply cared for his family and lost interest in the feud with the Capulets when it cost him his wife and son. In this series, Lord Montague is a cruel man who doesn't love either of them and obsesses over vengeance and power.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Romeo, Tybalt, and eventually, soon after he adopts him, Mercutio.
- Ax-Crazy: Even at the best of times, he can barely hide the fact that he's rather psychopathic, stripping Benvolio's father of all of his titles because he dissented against him. After the Capulet rebellion, he goes off the deep end completely, killing two of the members of the council because the rest wouldn't support his proposal to BURN DOWN THE COMMON PEOPLE'S QUARTERS
- Bastard Bastard: He's an illegitimate child of a Capulet man and a prostitute, and swore revenge against his father's family after his mother died.
- Beard of Evil: As shown in his picture.
- Big Bad: Him taking the Capulet's throne is the cause of everything bad that happens in the story, from the massacre of the Capulet family to the decaying state of Escalus.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Romeo's and Juliet's arms.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Serves as the Big Bad for most of the series, but Ophelia becomes the final enemy as she wants to sacrifice Juliet to Escalus, since the Montague family taking the throne is causing it to die.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His mother may have been the only person he ever truly cared for.
- Freudian Excuse: His hatred against the Capulets was because his father was one and abandoned him and his prostitute mother to a poor life. After his mother died from sickness, Laertes swore revenge against his father and his family for not taking care of them by killing all of them. Yikes!
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From the son of a poor prostitute woman to the one who would kill the Capulet family and take the throne from them.
- Hypocrite: He resents his father abandoning him and his mother, yet is outright abusive and unloving to his own son, or the fact that he did the same deed as his father to a Capulet woman and their illegitimate son.
- In the Blood: His entire motivation was a Capulet man using his mother and tossing her aside, condemning him and her to a life of poverty. Yet this was exactly what he did to his original lover and his illegitimate son, Tybalt.
- Kill It with Fire: his proposed solution to the Capulet rebellion. Notably, only Mercutio actually supports him in this until he pulls out his sword and kills two members of the council right in the middle of the chamber
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Upon stealing the throne, he takes advantage of wealth.
- Perpetual Frowner: Very few things make him smile, when he does it means something is going his way... and that's never a good thing for anyone else.
- Rags to Royalty: From the poor son of a prostitute to the ruler of Neo Verona.
- Self-Made Man: Originally, he was the son of a poor prostitute woman. After his mother died, he made his way on his own to become the head of the Montague family and the king of Neo Verona.
- Social Climber: After his mother died, he decided to become a noble. To achieve this, he had Montague family adopt him, poisoned his benefactor's food and became head of the family. He then killed the Capulets to become king.
- Son of a Whore: The illegitimate child of a Capulet man and a prostitute.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Took over Neo Verona and became a cruel dictator.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By killing the Capulet family, he's deprived the tree of Escalus of its sacrifices needed to keep Neo Verona from falling. Nothing he's done then can fix it.
- Villainous Breakdown: Clearly starts to lose his mind as things start going out of his control.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: To Romeo, to the point that he exiles him to the mines and tries to make Mercutio his heir. It backfires.
- Wicked Cultured
Romeo's mother, who left Laertes out of disgust and now lives in a convent. She still loves her son, however, and Romeo visits her regularly.
- Beauty Mark: Has a mole on her face.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue eyes and blue hair.
- Parental Favoritism: Sorta, Laertes keeps thinking Romeo is a failure but Portia openly favors him.
- Proper Lady: The perfect one, except for one detail: she chose to live in a convent rather than continuing as the puppet wife of Laertes, after he massacres the Capulets.
Benvolio di Frescobaldi
One of Romeo's close friends. He is the son of the mayor of Neo Verona and one of the few people concerned with Romeo's well-being. He often acts as Romeo's voice of reason and moderation.
- Babies Ever After: With Cordelia.
- Beta Couple: With Cordelia.
- Fallen Princess: A male example. Though after he and his clan are stripped of their royalties, he adapts to peasant life very quickly and happily.
- Nice Guy: A contrast to all of the other young nobles who aren't Romeo, which may be why they're friends.
Vittorio di Frescobaldi
Benvolio's father, leader of the House of Frescobaldi, the mayor of Neo Verona, and an old friend of Conrad's, who held reservations concerning Montague's rule.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As the mayor of Neo Verona, he questioned Laertes's measures more than once. That almost gets him and his family murdered by Laertes's hitmen.
An ambitious and sly noble who wishes to become Montague's heir due to his apparent resentment of his father. He is contemptuous of the common people and is charged by Montague to spy on Romeo.
- Adaptational Villainy: The literary version was a genuine friend to Romeo.
- Ax-Crazy: At least towards the end.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Offers his counsel and friendship to Romeo, but is really acting as a mole for his father.
- Deadpan Snarker: Something he retained from his literary counterpart.
- Demoted to Extra: Compared to the rest of the characters that are adapted straight from Romeo and Juliet itself, Mercutio's role in the series can come off as this. A much straighter example would be his appearance in the manga, wherein he has no plot relevance whatsoever due to the changes made to compress the story.
- Driven to Madness: The death of his father and fear of Lord Montague makes him less sane.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Seeing his dad murdered for no real reason drives him insane.
- Heroic BSoD Seeing his father killed in front of him by Montague.
- Jerkass: The nicest thing you can say is that he's not Lord Montague.
- Manipulative Bastard: Takes advantage of Romeo's trust.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: To Lord Montague after his father is killed. Poor fellow's probably too afraid to act any other way, though.
- Royal Brat: Looks down on others due to his status and envies Romeo's status.
- Sanity Slippage: By virtue of his father's death.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Not shy about telling Romeo that his idealism and kindness is horribly out of place in a Crapsaccharine World world like theirs. And considering what happened to Romeo in the end, he was at least partially right.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The manga, only spanning two volumes, actually cuts out and rearranges (with very little effect) whatever plot relevance he had left. He's basically there to seethe about Romeo, and unlike many of the other surviving characters, it's never revealed what happened to him afterwards.
Mercutio's father who is an alcoholic degenerate of the court.
- Alcoholic Parent: He's an alcoholic good-for-nothing, to his son's shame.
- Jaded Washout: He was Laertes's top hitman when he was young; now he's gotten fat, greedy and lazy, much to his son Mercutio's frustration.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Stuffed into the Fridge: His murder at Laertes's hands completely shatters Mercutio's mental stability.
- Too Dumb to Live: He blackmails Laertes to make Mercutio his new heir or he'll spill the beans about his past. Laertes agrees.... and later kills Titus for blackmailing him!
- To makes things worse for himself, he does this immediately after making fun of Laertes by mentioning the fact that William's mother is rumored to be a Capulet sympathizer (which, in fact, she is), but that she is too powerful for Laertes to be able to do anything about it. That's a ''fantastic'' way of getting Laertes to do what you want him to do!
A young noblewoman of the House of Borromeo, who is betrothed to Romeo in a political marriage at the Rose Ball.
- Arranged Marriage: With Romeo. She does love him, but he just sees her as a sweet and nice friend.
- Betty and Veronica: Betty to Juliet's Veronica.
- Break the Cutie: Realizing Romeo doesn't love her drives her full of rage.
- Defeat Means Friendship : Downplayed in episode 16, but still there she stopes hating Juliet after discovering she truly loves Romeo and starts accepting her though covering up her feelings by acting like a snob; it shows she's gotten to like her.
- Defeat Means Respect: She stops hating Juliet upon learning she truly loves Romeo and is not wiling to oust her
- Friendly Enemy : It is hinted in episode 16, though it never shows this is what she becomes to Juliet.
- Girly Girl: Almost never seen without a dress,
- The Ingenue: Things don't go her way at all.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After realizing that while Romeo cared about her, but never truly loved anyone but Juliet, she can be seen in the epilogue cheerfully remembering the two and openly hoping that Romeo and Juliet are happy together in the afterlife.
- Naïve Everygirl: A fairy tale heroine caught up in a Crapsaccharine World.
- Nice Girl: Ends up becoming one when she accepts who Romeo loves
- Off-Model: Horribly so, in some of the middle episodes. Later fixed in the DVDs.
- Ojou Ringlets
- Parasol of Prettiness
- Please Spare Him, My Liege!: She pulls this against Laertes, of all people. And it works.
- Proper Lady: Takes pride in being one.
- Purple Eyes: Matching her purple dresses.
- Romantic False Lead: Even if the story isn't based on an iconic romantic tragedy, it's clear she doesn't get the man she wants.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Eventually accepts this.
- Stood Up: By Romeo, at the Rose Festival.
- Worthy Opponent : It is hinted in the end episode 16 on how she views Juliet.
- Yandere: Briefly, but she gets better. More as a consequence of a brief Break the Cutie than real insanity: she kept it all bottled up, then exploded when she couldn't handle it anymore, and got better once it was cleared up.
Juliet Fiammatta Ars di Capulet
- See the Main Characters section.
Lord and Lady Capulet
- Death by Origin Story: Their deaths are the start of the story.
- Fisher King: The House of Capulet is responsible for taking care of Escalus; when Montague replaces them, the tree begins to die.
- Plot-Triggering Death
- Sacrificial Lamb
Captain of the Capulet Guards who saved Juliet and Cordelia from their family massacre. Now a priest, he looks after Juliet and is exasperated by her antics.
- Badass Grandpa: Antonio's grandfather.
- Badass Preacher
- Cool Old Guy: Very well known and liked by those against Montague.
- Retired Badass
- Secret Keeper: Knew things about Juliet's family before she could learn them.
- Team Dad: Leader of the resistance before Juliet can mature as a leader.
Juliet's best friend since childhood and another survivor of the Capulet massacre. She tends to Juliet as a maid, acting as her private confidante.
- Babies Ever After: With Benvolio.
- Beta Couple: With Benvolio.
- The Caretaker: To Juliet.
- Childhood Friends: With Juliet.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her gold eyes match her dark blonde hair.
- Plucky Girl
- Team Mom
- Tsundere: Generally a Proper Lady, she becomes a VERY light Type Dere to Benvolio.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair.
Childhood friend of Curio and the more refined of the duo. Out of all of Juliet's comrades, he is the one who openly vouches for Romeo's love for Juliet.
- Ambiguously Bi: Maybe. He's hinted to have a small crush on Juliet, but he's also got quite the Ho Yay with Curio despite claiming to not really be interested in men. Hence the infamous Fan Nickname for both of them: "Fai and Kurogane".Francisco: Unfortunately for you, I'm not interested in men.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Long haired and popular wit the ladies.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Real Men Wear Pink — Francisco's battle armour is rather pinkish.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In the end, he's elected as a member of the new Parliament)
- The Strategist
- The Tease: Poor, poor Curio. But the fangirls love it. (Can you blame them, tho?)
A close friend of Francisco and Juliet's fencing teacher.
- An Axe to Grind: His Weapon of Choice.
- Big Brother Mentor: Trained Juliet in combat.
- Eye Scream: He lost his eye to evil Montague guards when young. This motivated "Odin" to become Red Whirlwind
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: One of the standard heroic scars, a huge one over his now blind right eye.
- Retired Badass: He opens his own shop at the end of the series.
- Revenge by Proxy: Has admitted he wanted to harm Romeo simply for being the son of Montague. He can't do that now since Juliet would never forgive him
- Tsundere: For some, towards Francisco.
Conrad's grandson and a sidekick to Juliet.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Regan, the local Bokukko.
- Sidekick: Juliet's closest friend when she was "Odin".
- Stuff Blowing Up: His Weapon of Choice are several smokebombs.
- Tag Along Kid: More competent than the usual standard, though.
A mysterious warrior later revealed to be the son of Leontes Montague.
- Adaptational Heroism: His literary counterpart was the main villain. His goals of killing the Montagues remain, but is more sympathetic.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Romeo, though Romeo doesn't know they're half-siblings.
- Anti-Hero: He wants to take down Laertes, same as the Capulets, but he is not motivated for the good of Neo Verona, never mind his brutal tactics.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Defrosting Ice King
- Generation Xerox: He wants to kill his father Laertes Montague for almost the exact same reasons that Laertes wanted to kill the Capulet family, (specifically, for refusing to recognize them as legitimate sons and causing their mothers' deaths).
- Heroic Bastard: Illegitimate son of Laertes and a Capulet lady who fell victim to Death by Childbirth some years before the massacre.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Mad Dictator's Handsome Son: His father is the tyrant Laertes Montague.
- Shoot the Dog: Kills a corrupt priest who was about to stab her when Juliet can't bring herself to do it.
Conrad's good friend.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Parental Substitute
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: He betrayed the Capulets by giving information regarding the Capulets' hideout to the Montagues.
- Smug Snake
A doctor who is an ally of the Red Whirlwind, whom he attends and counsels after each skirmish with the city guards.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He pretends to be the real Red Whirlwind to free those wrongfully accused of being the Red Whirlwind and dies via self-immolatione. His last declaration of the Red Whirlwind's revival comes true when Juliet again dons the persona.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dresses up as Red Whirlwind and confronts the Montague guards fully knowing that they'll kill him.
- The Medic
- Never Found the Body: We know he's Killed Off for Real, but he dies in such circumstances that it looks plausible for the Red Whirlwind to return.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Secret Keeper
William de Farnese aka Willy
A flamboyant playwright whose works have not been well-received by audiences. He allows Juliet and her entourage to use his theater for shelter.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very talented writer, yet he's very quirky and perpetually late with his scripts.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: His co-workers often tease him or are exasperated at him.
- Large Ham
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Tells Juliet that their love has inspired to him to write a love story to last the ages. This was actually a common aspect of many of the real-life Shakespeare's plays.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Knew all along "Odin" was actually a girl.
- Shipper on Deck: Perhaps the only person who didn't see the negative aspects of the love between Romeo and Juliet.
- William Fakespeare: An obvious stand-in for William Shakespeare, given his name, his job as a playwright, and his agreement with Romeo and Juliet's love.
Lady Ariel de Farnese
Present head of the noble Farnese family.
- Cool Old Lady
- The Ojou
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Not only she is Willy's mother, but a rather well-respected politician.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!
An actress infatuated with Juliet's disguise, Odin.
- Genki Girl
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Gets a big one when she learns that her friend "Odin" was a very beautiful girl...
A weak young man who works in one of the Montagues' mines and is saved from being crushed by Romeo. He and Romeo eventually become friends.
- Ill Boy
- Promotion to Parent: Has two little siblings.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He dies from illness, after Romeo promises to give his siblings a ride on his dragon steed, which leaves Romeo visibly distraught. After Montague's death and his self banishment from Neo Verona, Romeo asks Tybalt to find and care for Petruchio's siblings.
- Street Urchin: In his backstory.
- Cool Horse
- Intellectual Animal
- Loyal Animal Companion
- Meaningful Name: "Cielo" is "sky" in Italian.
- Non-Human Sidekick
A mysterious woman who tends to the Great Tree Escalus.
- Facial Markings: Has some marks on her forehead and cheeks.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The attendant and possible embodiment of the will of the Great Tree Escalus. It has spent generations keeping Neo Verona air born and prosperous in exchange for sacrificing members of the Capulet family. When Montague murdered the vast majority of the family, he unknowingly deprived it of sacrifices. Everything he's been doing since then to keep it alive is met with failure. Once he's taken out of the picture, Ophelia makes her move to claim Juliet.
- Literally Shattered Lives: How Romeo ends up defeating her.
- Mysterious Waif
- One-Winged Angel: Post-transformation.
- The Ophelia: Duh. Goes from Mysterious Waif to Ax-Crazy in all of two episodes.
- Plant Person: Her body turns to wood near the end.
- Slasher Smile: When she smiles, it's not a pretty picture.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is light purple.
One of Ariel's butlers, he passes on information from his master to Juliet and company.
Balthazar's granddaughter and frequent helper around the mansion.
A miner who looks out for Romeo during his stay at the mines. While he admires Romeo's idealistic dream of creating a world where people can live together without sacrifices, Giovanni also believes that Romeo has chosen a long and difficult path to pursue.
The Old Man
A mysterious yet sage man who frequently smokes from a long pipe, he is suggested to bear some connection to Escalus. He acts as Romeo's spiritual adviser, mentioning that the noble will have to someday shoulder Juliet's fate.