Study Guide

Troilus and Cressida Characters

By William Shakespeare

Troilus

Troilus is a young Trojan prince who falls for the wrong girl (that would be Cressida). If he...

Cressida

We have absolutely no idea why Toyota named one of its cars after Cressida, since she's one of...

Hector

Hector is definitely the most crush-worthy of the Trojans, at least by reputation. Most stories...

Thersites

Someone needs to sit down and wash out Thersites's mouth with soap. Or—on second thought,...

Achilles

Achilles has a rep for being the Greek army's toughest and most important warrior. There's just...

Helen

If People magazine had been around in ancient Troy, Helen would have been the tabloid mag's...

Ulysses

We have two pieces of advice for you, Shmooper: never get involved in a land war in Asia, and...

Pandarus

Pandarus is Western literature's original creepy uncle. He acts as a go-between for Troilus and...

Patroclus

Patroclus is a Greek commander and Achilles' BFF / not-so-secret lover. (Yeah, we know Achilles...

Ajax

Ajax, a commander in the Greek army, is the play's official meathead. Literally. Thersites calls...

Paris

Paris is the "wanton" (i.e. horny) Trojan prince who started the Trojan War when he stole Helen...

Menelaus

Menelaus is Helen's ex-husband and a commander in the Greek army. He's probably the most famous...

Calchas

Oh, for a dad like Calchas. Not. He's Cressida's slime-ball dad and Trojan priest who has...

Priam

Priam is the King of Troy and the father of Paris, Troilus, Hector, and Helenus. In the play,...

Cassandra

Cassandra has just one song on her iPod playlist: R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know...

Andromache

Andromache is Hector's long-suffering wife. We don't see her much in this play, but the first...

Agamemnon

Agamemnon is the general of the Greek army and Menelaus' big brother. Sounds impressive, right?...

Nestor

Nestor is one of the Greek commanders and the play's official wise old man. Because he's been...

Diomedes

Diomedes is a Greek soldier. After escorting Cressida to the Greek camp, he puts the moves on her...

Aeneas

Antenor

Helenus

Helenus is a Trojan priest and one of King Priam's sons. During the council meeting, he sides...

Margarelon

Margarelon is King Priam's "bastard" son. He shows up only once in the play, when he confronts...

The Prologue