Margaret is Hero’s waiting-gentlewoman. A fashion-obsessed flirt who requires good dancing abilities in her men, she is witty enough to hold her own against both Benedick and Beatrice in certain circumstances.
She joins in the plot to convince Beatrice that Benedick is in love with her, playing the important role of convincing her to go eavesdrop on Hero and Ursula. She has a fling with Borachio, which is serious enough that he can convince her to engage in a little role-playing and pretend to be Hero one night. She is unaware of the repercussions of this game until after Borachio’s arrest, when she is questioned by Leonato. She is one of the veiled ladies who mystify Claudio at the end.