Leonato: Governor of Messina and father of Hero. Hero: Leonato's daughter, Beatrice's cousin, and the beloved of Claudio. Claudio: Soldier, love of Hero, and friend of Benedick. Beatrice: Leonato's niece, hate/love relationship with Benedick.
Benedick: Lord of Padua/soldier, lady's man, hate/love relationship with Beatrice. Don John: Illegitimate brother of Don Pedro and the antagonist of the play. Don Pedro:Prince of Aragon who gets involved in forming other's relationships. Dogberry: A constable of Messina.
Friar Francis: Wedding conductor. Margaret & Ursula: Hero's waiting-gentlewomen. Verges: Legal head of Messina.
Messenger: Brings messages to Messina. Borachio & Conrade: Don John's minions. Watch men: Dogberry's officers.