Pandarus is a Trojan lord, Cressida’s uncle and guardian.
He is an unashamed giggling gossip and a filthy-minded voyeur who delights in arranging love affairs and mocking the participants. Accepting to help Troilus gain Cressida’s favor, he praises the young man to the skies to her and ends up pushing them into bed together. Infinitely loquacious, he jokes about everything, taking any given opportunity to make naughty comments. He has little patience with oaths of love, much preferring that lovers should get to the physical side of things quickly, if only so he can comment on the fact. When Cressida is ordered to be handed over to the Greeks, he can think of nothing better to do than wail a great deal. Cressida’s unfaithfulness costs him Troilus’s friendship. Old and sick, Pandarus suffers from a cough and more than likely one or several venereal diseases that he ends up hoping the audience will catch.