Shakespeare Character Duel - Round One Begins!

Adrian Liang on April 21, 2016

Four hundred years after Shakespeare's death, his characters live on. It's the rare person who doesn't know about Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, or Othello. And most of us has an inkling about who Lady Macbeth is and can likely quote more Shakespearean lines than we realize we've memorized.

Bloody PenThe Bard's dramas revolve around confrontation: parent and child, sovereign against sovereign, man versus magic, or man versus himself. (And I refer here to women, too.) To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death on April 23, we are bringing back our Book Duel, pitting character against character in battles of wits and wills—and you, the reader, decide who will win.

UPDATE: The winner for the Shakespeare Character duel has been announced. Go HERE to find out who won the final duel!

Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery—the creators of the graphic novel series Kill Shakespeare—have enormous experience with sending Shakespeare's characters in battle against each other. For this epic book duel, they brainstormed four brackets: the Bracket of Death, the Bracket of Magic, the Bracket of Villains, and the Bracket of Clever Words. They've also helpfully reminded us of the strengths and weaknesses of each character in case you (like me) kinda forgot who Aaron was from Titus Andronicus. And of course the killer art is from their graphic novels as well.

Del Col and McCreery's brackets:

  Bracket Round 1


The characters:

HamletHAMLET, from Hamlet

- Tormented, Brilliant, Idealist


Lear-100-67KING LEAR, from King Lear

- Prideful, Irrational, Reckless


OthelloOTHELLO, from Othello

- Leader, Patient, Jealous


Juliet-67JULIET, from Romeo and Juliet

- Passionate, Dedicated, Dreamer


Prospero-67PROSPERO, from The Tempest

- Wrathful, Machiavellian, Powerful 


LadymacbethLADY MACBETH, from Macbeth

- Aggressive, Treacherous, Resourceful 


Puck-67PUCK, from A Midsummer's Night Dream

- Inventive, Whimsical, Trickster


Wyrd Sisters





- Enigmatic, Compelling, Grotesque


IagoIAGO, from Othello

- Manipulative, Jealous, Eloquent


TamoraTAMORA, from Titus Andronicus

- Sensual, Ambitious, Cut-throat


Richard_Big-cropped67RICHARD III, from Richard III

- Covetous, Scheming, Twisted


Aaron-67AARON, from Titus Andronicus

- Diabolical, Cunning, Outsider


Kate-67KATE, from The Taming of the Shrew

- Clever, Belligerent, Shrewd


FalstaffFALSTAFF, from multiple plays

- Jovial, Roguish, Lazy


Beatrice-67BEATRICE, from Much Ado About Nothing

- Cynical, Stubborn, Vulnerable


Benedick-67BENEDICK, from Much Ado About Nothing

- Cynical, Stubborn, Loyal


You decide who wins the first round of book duels. Vote below! If you can't see the poll, please vote in our comments area.

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