List of Shakespearean Characters (L–Z) - W

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  • A Waiting Woman exchanges bawdy banter with Emilia, in The Two Noble Kinsmen.
  • For Wall see Tom Snout.
  • Walter:
    • Sir Walter Blunt is a soldier and messenger to the king in Henry IV, Part 1. He is killed by Douglas while wearing the king's armour.
    • Sir Walter Herbert is a follower of Richmond in Richard III.
    • Walter Whitmore (fict) kills Suffolk in Henry VI, Part 2.
  • Two Warders of the Tower of London bar Gloucester's entrance: leading to a fight between Gloucester's men and Winchester's men, in Henry VI, Part 1.
  • Wart is pressed into military service by Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 2.
  • Earl of Warwick:
    • The Earl of Warwick (1) (hist) is a supporter of King Henry in Henry IV, Part 2.
    • The Earl of Warwick (2) (hist) is an important player in the Wars of the Roses, firstly for the Yorkist party, and then for the Lancastrians. He appears in Henry VI, Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, and Henry VI, Part 3.
  • Watch/Watchmen:
    • The Watch of the city of Rouen allows Joan and her soldiers, disguised, to enter the gates, in Henry VI, Part 1.
    • The Watch (two of whom are minor speaking roles), and a Sentry, witness the death of Enobarbus, in Antony and Cleopatra.
    • Three Watchmen guard King Edward IV's tent, in Henry VI, Part 3.
    • Several Watchmen, two of them speaking roles, serve under Dogberry and Verges, and apprehend Conrade and Borachio, in Much Ado About Nothing. Two of them are called Hugh Oatcake and George Seacoal.
    • Several Watchmen, three of them speaking roles, discover the carnage at Capulet's tomb, at the end of Romeo and Juliet.
    • Several Volscian Watchmen, two of them speaking roles, try to prevent Menenius meeting Coriolanus.
  • Smith the Weaver (fict) is a follower of Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part 2.
  • For Weird Sisters, see Witches.
  • The Abbott of Westminster (fict) supports Richard and the Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II.
  • Earl of Westmoreland:
    • The Earl of Westmoreland (1) (hist) is one of the leaders of the royal forces in Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V.
    • The Earl of Westmoreland (2) (hist) fights for King Henry in Henry VI, Part 3.
  • Walter Whitmore (fict) kills Suffolk in Henry VI, Part 2.
  • Widow:
    • A Widow, mother to Diana, provides lodings to Helena in All's Well That Ends Well.
    • A Widow marries Hortensio, and behaves shrewishly in the final act of The Taming of the Shrew.
  • Wife:
    • For Wife of Macduff, see Lady Macduff.
    • For the Merry Wives of Windsor, see Mistress Ford and Mistress Page.
  • Will is a drawer in Henry IV, Part 2.
  • William:
    • The Duke of Suffolk (William de la Pole) (hist) is a manipulative character, loved by Queen Margaret, in Henry VI, Part 1 and Henry VI, Part 2.
    • Sir William Lucy (fict) is a soldier and messenger for the English in France in Henry VI, Part 1.
    • Sir William Stanley (hist), the historical brother of Lord Stanley from Richard III, is a minor character of the Yorkist faction in Henry VI, Part 3.
    • William is a foolish youth, a suitor to Audrey, in As You Like It.
    • William Page is a minor youthful comic character, the son of Master and Mistress Page, and the younger brother of Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
  • Michael Williams (fict) (notably played by Michael Williams in Kenneth Branagh's film version) is a soldier who challenges the disguised Henry to a duel in Henry V.
  • Willoughby (hist) is a supporter of Bolingbroke in Richard II.
  • A Sherriff of Wiltshire (fict) denies the condemned Buckingham access to King Richard, in Richard III.
  • Winchester:
    • The Bishop of Winchester (hist) (later "the Cardinal") is the chief enemy of Humphrey Duke of Gloucester in Henry VI, Part 1 and Henry VI, Part 2.
    • For The Bishop of Winchester in Henry VIII, see Gardiner.
  • Three Witches initiate Macbeth's lust for the crown of Scotland in Macbeth.
  • Cardinal Wolsey (hist) orchestrates the fall from grace of Buckingham and Katherine, but himself falls from grace and dies, in Henry VIII.
  • For Woman (in The Two Noble Kinsmen) see Waiting Woman.
  • Woodville:
    • Woodville (hist) is Lieutenant of the Tower of London in Henry VI, Part 1.
    • See also Queen Elizabeth, Rivers, Dorset and Grey, all of whom are of the Woodville clan.
  • A Wooer of the Jailer's Daughter stays loyal to her throughout her madness, pretends to be Palamon in her presence, and after her cure, marries her, in The Two Noble Kinsmen.
  • The Earl of Worcester (hist) is the brother of the Earl of Northumberland, and a leader of the rebel forces, in Henry IV, Part 1.

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