Phebe is a dark-featured, black-haired, large-eyed shepherdess beloved by Silvius.
She takes his metaphors literally and is insulted by them, has a sarcastic edge to her tongue and is not afraid to use it on his wooer. She falls completely in love with a young man who insults her for being too proud, and uses Silvius to deliver a letter to him for her. She cannot understand why Ganymede will not return her feelings until the end of the play, when it turns out that Ganymede is actually a woman. Having promised to wed Silvius if she ever refused Ganymede, she accepts to do so.