The Clown is the Old Shepherd’s son. He is, to put it charitably, not the brightest of fellows, but he is good-natured.
Out with his father to search for missing sheep, he witnesses a ship sinking in the storm, and a gentleman being eaten by a bear who calls to him for help. He does not do so, but does bury what’s left of him. 16 years on, sent by his adopted sister to do the shopping for the sheep-shearing feast, he charitably helps a man who’s been beaten by a ruffian, not realizing that his pocket is being picked. He has a taste for music, and is being wooed by both Dorcas and Mopsa – or perhaps he is wooing them. He convinces his father to tell the King that Perdita is not actually a member of their family by blood. He is certain that Autolycus is a gentleman, and is terrified of the punishments the rogue claims are being prepared for them. He takes well to being made a gentleman, and attempts to convince Autolycus to go honest.