Literature – Famous Characters

Adam: a character in “Paradise Lost” by Milton; also in Bible.

Alice: in “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

Aladdin: Hero of the middle eastern folk tale which is part of “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights”. This folk tale was added by its French translator, Antoine Galland, who heard it from a Syrian-Arab storyteller.

Ariel: in “Tempest” by Shakespeare. A spirit controlled by Prospero, the exiled king.

Ancient Mariner: is the poem of the same name by Coleridge, who describes his supernatural experiences to the wedding guest.

Anna Karenina: heroine in the novel of the same name by Leo Tolstoy.

Antonio: in “Merchant of Venice” by Shakespeare. A generous merchant of whom Shylock demanded a pound of flesh.

Bassanio: The principal character in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice”; a charming personality of noble birth and graceful manners; a true friend of Antonio.

Beatrice: heroine of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”. She plays a delightful role and is famous for her witty dialogues.

Beatrix: conquette heroine of “Henry Esmond” by Thackeray.

Mr Biswas: Hero of the novel A House for Mr Biswas, written by V. S. Naipaul. Mohun Biswas is an Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails, who marries into the Tulsi family only to find himself dominated by it, and who finally sets the goal of owning his own house.

Brutus: a historical character of Shakespeare’s tragic drama “Julius Caesar”, a valiant Roman who assassinated Julius Caesar. Julius Ceasar’s assassination by his trusted friend Brutus is considered the most famous classic betrayal.

Charlie Brown: He is the main protagonist in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

Christian: the hero of “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan.

Clare: hero of “Tess” by Thomas Hardy.

Cleopatra: beauty queen of Egypt. Her character has been dramatised by Shakespeare in “Antony and Cleopatra” and by G.B. Shaw in “Caesar and Cleopatra”. A brilliant ambitious woman of captivating charm.

Cordelia: the faithful and the youngest daughter of Lear in Shakespeare’s “King Lear”.

Desdemona: faithful wife of the Moor (Othello) a victim of jealousy in Shakespeare’s drama “Othello”.

Don Quixote: The eccentric character in Cervantes’ novel of the same name.

Don Juan: The recklessly extravagant hero of a poem of the same name by Lord Byron.

Emma: Aged 20 at the start of the novel by the same name, written by Jane Austen, she is a young, beautiful, witty, and privileged woman in Regency England. She lives on the fictional estate of Hartfield in Surrey in the village of Highbury with her elderly widowed father, a hypochondriac who is excessively concerned for the health and safety of his loved ones.

Faust: The famous legendary figure who is said to have sold the soul to the Devil for a life of enjoyment characterised in “Faust” by Goethe and in “Doctor Faustus” by Marlowe.

Frankenstein: The monster character in the novel of the same name by Mrs Shelley.

Frederic Henry: A Farewell to Arms is a novel written by Ernest Hemingway, set during the Italian campaign of World War I. The book, published in 1929, is a first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army.

Gora: Hero of the novel of the same name by Dr Rabindranath Tagore.

Hamlet: the philosophical and indecisive character of Shakespeare’s tragic drama of the same name. His words “To be or not to be; that is the question” are famous for quotation purposes.

Hawkins: the hero of “Treasure Island” by Stevenson.

Harry Potter: Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aims are to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

Hercule Poirot: He is a fictional Belgian detective, created by Agatha Christie. Along with Miss Marple, Poirot is one of Christie’s most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels, one play, and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975 and set in the same era.

Hyde: the mysterious character in “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” by R.L.


Iago: the villain in Shakespeare’s “Othello”.

Ivanhoe: hero in Scott’s novel of the same name.

Juliet: love-lorn heroine of “Romeo and Juliet” by Shakespeare.

Jacques: a philosophic character in “As You Like It” by Shakespeare.

James Bond: hero of novels by Jan Fleming.

Kim: the hero of the novel of the same name by Kipling. Kim is an orphan boy of an Irish soldier.

Lolita: Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English and published in 1955 in Paris and 1958 in New York. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, middleaged literature professor Humbert Humbert, is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. His private nickname for Dolores is Lolita.

Macbeth: ambitious character in Shakespeare’s drama of the same name.

Micawber: the comic character in “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens.

Oliver Twist: a poor orphan boy whose birth took place in a workhouse hero of Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name.

Peggoty: in “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens. She is the lady who married Barkis in the story.

Peter Pan: is a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie. A mischievous boy who can fly and who never ages, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, native Americans, fairies, pirates, and occasionally ordinary children from the world outside of Neverland.

Pi: The protagonist of the novel Life of Pi, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, is an Indian boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Pickwick: the central figure in “Pickwick Papers” by Charles Dickens.

Sherlock Holmes: the famous detective character in a series of detective stories—“Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”—by Sir A. Conan Doyle.

Shylock: a cruel and greedy Jew characterised by Shakespeare in “Merchant of Venice”.

Tintin: He is a fictional character in The Adventures of Tintin, the series of comic albums written and illustrated by Belgian artist Hergé. Tintin is the protagonist, the eponymous hero of the series. He is a reporter and adventurer who travels around the world with his dog Snowy.

Dr Watson: the friend of the character Sherlock Holmes created by A. Conan Doyle in a number of detective stories written by him.

Winnie the Pooh: also called Pooh Bear, is a fictional anthropomorphic bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928).

Dr Zhivago: hero of Boris Pasternak’s novel of the same name characterised as unsympathetic towards Bolshevism.