Mercutio, one of Romeo's close friends, the quick-witted Mercutio also has relations to Prince Escalus

With a lightning-quick wit and a clever mind, Mercutio is a scene stealer and one of the most memorable characters in Romeo and Juliet. Though he constantly jokes, and teases—sometimes in fun, sometimes with bitterness. Unlike the other characters who blame their deaths on fate, Mercutio dies cursing all Montague and Capulet alike.

Mercutio was fatal injured in a fight against Tybalt, after Romeo refused to fight. He died exclaiming “A plague on both your houses”.