Study Guide

Twelfth Night, or What You Will Characters

By William Shakespeare

Viola (Cesario)

Viola is Twelfth Night's gender-bending heroine. The survivor of a ship-wreck that separates her...

Duke Orsino

Orsino is the powerful Duke of Illyria – he's a bachelor and the object of Viola's...

Countess Olivia

Countess Olivia is the gorgeous heiress with no father, brother (they're both dead), or husband...

Malvolio

Malvolio is the steward (head servant) to Lady Olivia. He's a big time hater and criticizes just...

Sir Toby Belch

Toby Belch is Olivia's free-loading uncle and the ring leader of a raucous little crew of party...

Feste

Feste the Clown is Olivia's licensed fool, which means he literally has a license to say whatever...

Maria

Maria is Olivia's lady in waiting or, her "chambermaid" (but not the kind of chambermaid who...

Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Sir Andrew Aguecheek is Toby Belch's super-wealthy drinking buddy. Like Toby, Aguecheek is always...

Sebastian

Sebastian is Viola's twin brother who has been lost at sea. Off-stage, he's separated from Viola...

Antonio

Antonio is the sea captain who fishes Sebastian out of the ocean and saves his life. He's a...