|“||Talk less. Smile more. Don't let them know what you're against or what you're for.||„|
|~ Burr's catchphrase.|
|“||You've kept me from the room where it happens for the last time.||„|
|~ Burr's villainous breakdown.|
Aaron Burr (based on the historical figure) is the narrator, secondary protagonist and ultimate antagonist of the 2015 Broadway rap musical Hamilton. He is a passive politician who starts off as Hamilton's friend, but later becomes his rival as his envy of his political success drives him to blackmail and finally murder.
Burr is initially a very humble and reclusive man, focused entirely on carrying on his family's legacy, but also not wanting to take any rash action. Therefore, he dares not express any clear goals or opinions, and doesn't want to start any fights.
When he meets Hamilton, he shares his ideology with him, but when the latter starts becoming successful in being very bold, active and controversial, Burr grows jealous and decides he wants the same power, even without having any established views.
Thus, he is willing to switch political parties and betray Hamilton, and even goes as far as to blackmail him and challenge him to a duel in which he shoots him. He snaps out of his rage when the gun is fired, and laments he will forever be remembered as the man who shot Hamilton, and not for his political achievements.
Hamilton first meets Burr when he travels to New York City as a 19-year old. He asks his future rival for advice, as Burr graduated college in two years, showing a vast intelligence. Burr reveals it was his parents' dying wish, and the two realize they are both orphans. When Hamilton runs off at the mouth, Burr shuts him down by saying he should talk less, and smile more (as to not get shot) something Hamilton deeply disagrees with.
During the American Revolution's war against the British to become independent, Burr attempts to aid the then-general George Washington with some suggestions, but he is told to leave when Hamilton enters, as Washington favors him. Hamilton becomes the general's right-hand man, to Burr's dismay.
During a ball, Burr attempts to charm the wealthy and beautiful Schuyler sisters but is unsuccessful in his endeavor. Hamilton then marries Elizabeth Schuyler, while having a close semi-romantic connection with her sister Angelica on the side. After the wedding, Burr congratulates Hamilton, but their mutual friend John Laurens reveals Burr has a woman in his life. In private, Burr tells Hamilton it's a lady called Theodosia, and she's married to a British soldier totally ignorant to the situation.
Left to his own devices, Burr begins reflecting on his place in life and relationship with Theodosia, and concludes he will wait for the future to come to pass. He does, however, express some envy of Hamilton's rapid ascension in politics. Burr has a daughter and names her after her mother.
Burr reappears after Hamilton has reached the Compromise of 1790 with the politically opposing Thomas Jefferson. The compromise involves moving the capital closer to Jefferson, and Burr angrily confronts Hamilton. Calmly, Hamilton explains that he profited from the ordeal, and reprimands Burr for not being aggressive himself, stating that he gets nothing by "waiting for it." He asks what Burr even hopes to achieve, and leaves.
Burr realizes his one goal. He wants to be in "the room where it happens". Instead of fighting for values, he has a goal fueled by envy, to achieve political power. Right after coming to terms with this, he switches parties and becomes a Democratic-Republican, taking Phillip Schuyler (Hamilton's father-in-law)'s seat in the senate.
Hamilton snaps at Burr for his betrayal, but Burr smugly explains he simply seized the opportunity he saw and tells Hamilton to keep his arrogance in check.