Antigonus is a lord at Leontes’s court. He is married to Paulina, and has three daughters.
A grey-bearded old man, he is willing to stake almost all he has on Hermione’s innocence, believing that the king must have been convinced by some Iago-like figure of her disloyalty. He is also afraid of the ridicule Leontes’s madness will bring on the court. He attempts to rule his wife, but she is too forceful a personality, leading him to be considered henpecked. He stands up to Leontes, but obeys him when his allegiance is called on, and also when having sworn to obey before hearing the command he receives the order to abandon Hermione’s baby in deserted place. He receives a visitation from Hermione’s ghost, who tells him what to do with the child. Though he dislikes the oath, unlike Camillo he does not break it, though he does what he can for the baby before being eaten by a bear. While in the process of having his shoulder chewed on, he is still able to cry out his name and rank to a passerby.