Charmian is Cleopatra’s main lady-in-waiting. Saucy and given to making racy jokes on every available pretext, she is also deeply loyal to her mistress.
She does not take the Soothsayer seriously. She has a tendency to advise Cleopatra on how to deal with Antony, recommending that she give way to him in all things, and later suggesting the idea of telling Antony that Cleopatra’s dead. She plays along with all of Cleopatra’s theatrics, though in private suggests to her that her adoration of Antony is too great and attempts to calm her rage at the messenger. Not unlike Enobarbus with Antony, she is able to tease Cleopatra, for instance by reminding her of how much she had doted on Julius Caesar. She helps to lift Antony into the monument, and is the one Cleopatra sends to have asps brought to them. After Cleopatra’s death, she too has an asp bite her, and dies.