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 fight 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.

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