A lord and a soldier, Benedick has the respect of both the Prince and young Claudio. He has a quick wit and a deep dislike for Beatrice. That IS "dislike", right?
The niece of Leonato and the cousin of Hero, Beatrice can match anyone word for word, quip for quip, but her humourous ways hide a much deeper story of love and loss. She absolutely loathes Benedick, almost to a degree where you would think she is forcing it.
The nobel and joyfull Prince of Aragon who has cast his affection on the young Count Claudio, in a completely totally platonic way.
The bastard brother of Don Pedro whose heart is as filled with malice as his mouth is with venomous words.
Smart. Patient. Level-headed. The young Count Claudio is none of these things. But he does have a good eye for Hero, and good friends in both Don Pedro and Benedick.
The governor of Messina, Leonato cares mainly about three things: his daughter Hero, his niece Beatrice and whether his guests all have enough to drink.
The brother of Leonato, Antonio cares about three things as well: that there is wine, that his cup is full of it and that he knows where to get more when it empties.
An attendant of Don Pedro and a very VERY talented singer.
One of Don John's men, Borachio is greedy and morally compromised.
The other of Don John's men. Unlike Borachio, Conrade is instead morally compromised and greedy.
The daughter of Leonato, Hero may look sweet as cream, but her cousin Beatrice has been somewhat of an influence on the girl, teaching her the joy of a witty retort.
The younger of Hero's two gentlewomen, Margaret has an unfortunate taste for bad boys.
The older of Hero's two gentlewomen, Ursula lives for the gossip of the nobels around her.
The constable in charge of the Watch. Imagine a cross between Sherlock Holmes' brains and the toughness of John McClane. Now reverse that, and you have Dogberry.
Dogberry's partner in crime. Or rather in crime-solving. No, wait, that is somehow even further from the truth.
He is a priest in a Shakespeare-play, so obviously his go-to advice is something along the line of "Just play dead!"
The judge with the unfortunate job of having to process anyone Dogberry and Verges somehow manage to arrest.
The servant of Benedick who tries his best to sleep all day and still get paid.
They are the men who are sworn to protect the people of Messina. God help us all.
Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?
Macbeth, Act II, Scene I