Valentine’s supposed best friend and one of the titular gentlemen of Verona. Proteus is Julia’s sweetheart at the beginning of the play, but when he joins Valentine at the duke’s palace, he falls in love with Silvia and attempts to steal her away from Valentine.
Proteus’ best friend and Silvia’s love. Valentine is one of the titular gentlemen of Verona. Banished to the forest after Proteus betrays his plan to elope with Silvia to the duke, Valentine becomes king of the outlaws.
Proteus’ beloved and mistress to the servant Lucetta. Julia disguises herself as a high-class male page named Sebastian when she travels to Milan to visit Proteus. As the page, she does Proteus’ bidding, delivering the ring she had earlier given him to his new beloved, Silvia.
The duke’s daughter and beloved of Valentine. Proteus and Thurio also vie for her affections. Silvia commiserates with Sebastian over the wrong that Proteus has done to Julia. She escapes her father’s palace with the help of Sir Eglamour, who abandons her at the sight of the outlaws.
Duke of Milan
Silvia’s father. He wants Silvia to marry the boorish but wealthy suitor Thurio. Upon hearing of Valentine’s plot to elope with Silvia, the duke banishes Valentine.
Julia’s servant. She considers love from a practical point of view and helps Julia disguise herself as a man.
Proteus’ humorous servant and master to a poorly trained mutt named Crab. His devotion to his dog knows no bounds. He falls in love with an ugly but wealthy maid.
Valentine’s page. At the beginning of the play, Speed does Proteus’ bidding as well. He is friendly with Launce.
A foolish rival to Valentine for Silvia’s hand. Thurio is wealthy and unpleasant.
The gentleman upon whom Silvia calls to help her escape from the duke’s court.
Proteus’ father and master to the servant Panthino.
Houses Julia while she searches for Proteus.
A crew of bandits who make Vallentine their king when he is banished.