Romeo and Juliet

Tybalt Character Analysis

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Capulet’s nephew and Juliet’s cousin. Tybalt is a duelist whose skills with a rapier have gained him widespread renown—and whose temper is equally as famous as his talent. Hotheaded, brash, and devoutly loyal to his house, Tybalt hates all Montagues and longs to kill them on sight. His vitriol towards the Montague clan leads him to fight with Mercutio and Romeo—though he slays the former, the latter ends his life.

Tybalt Quotes in Romeo and Juliet

The Romeo and Juliet quotes below are all either spoken by Tybalt or refer to Tybalt. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Act 3, Scene 1 Quotes

Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford
No better term than this: thou art a villain.

Related Characters: Tybalt (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 3.1.61-62
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O, I am fortune's fool!

Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Tybalt
Page Number: 3.1.142
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Act 3, Scene 5 Quotes

Is there no pity sitting in the clouds
That sees into the bottom of my grief?
O sweet my mother, cast me not away!
Delay this marriage for a month, a week,
Or if you do not, make the bridal bed
In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.

Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Lady Capulet, Tybalt
Page Number: 3.5.208-213
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Tybalt Character Timeline in Romeo and Juliet

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Act 1, Scene 1
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...another, Benvolio draws his own sword and orders the men to break up their fight. Tybalt, another Capulet man, enters. Seeing the fight, he assumes Benvolio is responsible, and threatens to... (full context)
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...saw the Montagues’ servants fighting the Capulets’ servants, he was trying to step in when Tybalt arrived and escalated the dispute. Lady Montague says she’s relieved that her son Romeo wasn’t... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 5
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Tybalt overhears Romeo talking, and says he knows him by his voice—he is a Montague. He... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
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...the night before. They believe he is still out chasing after Rosaline. Benvolio reports that Tybalt has sent a letter to Montague’s house—Mercutio is certain it is a challenge to a... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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Tybalt, Petruchio, and some other Capulets approach. Benvolio warns Mercutio, but Mercutio is unconcerned by their... (full context)
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Tybalt turns on Romeo, mocking him and calling him a villain. Romeo tries to defuse Tybalt’s... (full context)
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After Tybalt and the other Capulets leave, Benvolio and Romeo ask Mercutio if he’s badly hurt. He... (full context)
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...that “this day’s black fate” will begin a great “woe” between the Capulets and Montagues. Tybalt returns to the square and Romeo angrily approaches him, stating that one or the other... (full context)
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...citizens’ watch enters, looking to arrest the man who slayed Mercutio, and Benvolio points out Tybalt’s body on the ground. The prince enters with Montague, Capulet, and their wives. Lady Capulet... (full context)
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...Benvolio of lying to protect the Montagues. Prince Escalus asks if Romeo is responsible for Tybalt’s spilt blood. Montague begs the prince to spare his son’s life, and the prince agrees... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
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...the street. Juliet believes that Romeo is dead—but the nurse calls out that it is Tybalt who has died, while Romeo is banished for Tybalt’s murder. Juliet, horrified that Romeo would... (full context)
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...that Romeo did kill Juliet’s cousin. Juliet wrestles with the emotional and moral conundrum before her—Tybalt, she says, would have killed Romeo had Romeo not killed him first. She admits she... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
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...she now sees him as a traitor and murderer. The nurse admits that Juliet mourns Tybalt—but still misses Romeo. Romeo says he wishes he could maim himself for causing Juliet pain. (full context)
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...it seems. Juliet is alive, and still in love with Romeo; Romeo is alive, while Tybalt, who would have killed him, is dead. On top of it all, Prince Escalus has... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
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...Capulet manor, Capulet laments to Paris that in the midst of all the chaos surrounding Tybalt’s death, there has been no time to “move” Juliet to happy thoughts of marrying Paris.... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 5
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...says she’s feeling poorly. Lady Capulet tells Juliet that it’s time to stop crying for Tybalt. Juliet says she can’t help but weep, and Lady Capulet then suggests that Juliet weep... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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...and possibly contrary to Juliet’s wishes. He’s noticed that she cannot seem to stop grieving Tybalt’s death—but Paris believes that in marrying quickly, he will be able to provide Juliet the... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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...where all her kinsmen are buried, and might go mad upon seeing the remains of Tybalt and countless generations of other dead Capulets. Worse still, Friar Laurence may, she fears, have... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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...“detestable maw.” Paris watches, surprised and angry at the sight of the “villain” who murdered Tybalt desecrating the Capulet crypt. He approaches Romeo and orders him to stop—if Romeo doesn’t accompany... (full context)
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...air. He admits that he married Romeo and Juliet in secret on the day of Tybalt’s death—Juliet was, all along, pining for the exiled Romeo and not the deceased Tybalt. In... (full context)