A Venetian nobleman in love with Desdemona. He has more money than sense and pays Iago to court Desdemona on his behalf. Iago, playing on Roderigo’s hopes and gullibility, continues to help himself to Roderigo’s money, and Roderigo never gets his heart’s desire. Iago involves Roderigo in an attack on Cassio, for which Roderigo pays with his life, as Iago kills him to ensure his silence.
‘What a full fortune does the thick lips owe’
‘Tying her duty, beauty, wit and fortunes’
‘O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!’