Helicanus is a counselor of Pericles’s, one who refuses to flatter him even when he is in a dangerous mood.
Pericles trusts him enough to reveal to him why he has fled Antioch. He advises Pericles to travel to evade Antiochus’s assassins, and is named governor of Tyre during its lord’s absence. He is a deeply loyal man, who is shocked when some lords suggest that he take the crown, though he agrees that the lack of news from Pericles is troubling, and that if too much time passes, for the good of the country he will take the throne. He is relieved when Pericles returns. When the latter learns of his daughter’s death and sinks into depression, Helicanus follows him on his ship, for three months unsuccessfully attempting to get a response out of him. He is known as a wise man.