Sir John Falstaff: A farcical old knight, Sir John tries to “woo” Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. He is unsuccessful and becomes, instead, the butt of their jokes.

Fenton: A penniless gentleman and suitor of Anne Page, Fenton is Anne’s true love and elopes with her, in defiance of her parents.

Robert Shallow: A country justice, Shallow encourages his nephew Slender’s suit of Anne Page.

Abraham Slender: A cousin of Shallow and unsuccessful suitor of Anne Page, Slender’s wit is as slim as his name implies.

Francis Ford: A gentleman of Windsor and husband of Mistress Alice Ford, Master Ford disguises himself as “Brook” to spy on his wife and Falstaff.

George Page: A gentleman of Windsor and husband of Mistress Margaret Page, Master Page is more reasonable and less jealous than Master Ford.

William Page: The youngest son of Master and Mistress Page

Sir Hugh Evans: A Welsh parson

Doctor Caius: A French physician and unsuccessful suitor of Anne Page

Host of the Garter Inn

Bardolph: A follower and friend of Falstaff

Pistol: A follower and friend of Falstaff

Nym: A follower and friend of Falstaff

Robin: A page of Falstaff

Peter Simple: A servant of Slender, Simple’s name describes him well

John Rugby: A servant of Doctor Caius

Mistress Alice Ford: The wife of Francis Ford and one of the objects of Falstaff’s wooing, Mistress Ford not only teaches Falstaff a lesson, but also exposes her husband’s jealousy and foolishness.

Mistress Margaret Page: The wife of George Page and one of the objects of Falstaff’s wooing, Mistress Page helps in teaching Falstaff a much-needed lesson.

Mistress Anne Page: The daughter of Master and Mistress Page, Anne is in love with and eventually elopes with Fenton.

Mistress Quickly: A servant of Doctor Caius