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- Ender Wiggin
- Peter and Valentine Wiggin
- Colonel Hyrum Graff
- Mazer Rackham
- Major Anderson
- Carn Carby
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- Dink Meeker
- Major Imbu
- General Levy
- General Pace
- Petra Arkanian
- Rose the Nose
- Mother and Father Wiggin
- Ender's Uninteresting School Opponents
- Ender's Platoon Leaders
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Meet the Cast
Ender (a.k.a. Andrew Wiggin, or maybe we should say Admiral Andrew Wiggin) is either Jesus Christ or Hitler. Or maybe he’s just a little kid in a situation where there are no good options. We can...
Peter and Valentine Wiggin
Devil and AngelAt Shmoop, we like to imagine Ender’s older brother Peter and Ender’s older sister Valentine as the Devil and Angel on Ender’s shoulders, with one of them tempting him to do ev...
Colonel Hyrum Graff
Graff is kind of like an author of Ender’s story – he stands behind the action (mostly), he makes things happen, and he’s kind of a jerk. Also, he secretly loves Ender like a father (which is...
Mazer’s a senior citizen, but he’s basically a kid at heart – by which we mean that he enjoys beating up Ender.Actually, maybe we could say that Mazer shows a possible end for Ender. Througho...
The thing you need to know about the buggers is that they’re out to get us, everybody RUN AWAY! Actually, no, wait, that’s totally wrong. Even though buggers are aliens (scary) that have tried...
If Alai were a TV character, his catch-phrase would be “Salaam,” which is Arabic for “peace.” Since these kids are in Battle School to learn war, this is ironic and awesome. However, when A...
Graff runs the Battle School, but Anderson runs the game that’s at the heart of the school – and he’s a little obsessed. When Graff tells him to come up with unfair situations to throw at End...
Bean is a mini-version of Ender (who is already small). He’s such a mini-version that he actually gets his own book later (Ender’s Shadow). But in Ender's Game, we don’t learn much about him...
Bernard may be a genius kid, but sometimes he isn't so sharp. Bernard is in the same Launch group as Ender, and he bullies Ender when they first get to Battle School. Ender takes him down a notch b...
Bonzo dies because he’s an honorable guy. Well, at least, for a bully, he’s an honorable guy.His full name is Bonito de Madrid and – yes – he’s from Spain, but that’s not really importa...
Carn is the commander of Rabbit Army, which Ender is briefly a part of. To put it succinctly, he’s not a huge jerk. He’s actually the model of a gracious loser – when Ender's Dragon Army beat...
Chamrajnagar is the head of Command School, but let’s be serious – Graff and Mazer do most to educate Ender. Chamrajnagar is here just because every school needs a principal. His major contribu...
Ever been to sleep-away camp? Dap is like the camp counselor there – he takes care of the Launchies in Ender’s bunkroom. He in the book mostly just to tell us how the Battle School works. (Thou...
Everything you need to know about Dink you can tell by his name. After all, can you imagine a jerk named Dink? It’s impossible. Just from his name you can tell he’s a good guy. Sure, he can be...
Imbu seems to run the computers at Battle School. The only reason we know his name is because he and Graff discuss what the heck the mind game is doing with Ender’s mind. (You program a computer...
Levy is the Strategos – not the board game, that’s Stratego. That means he’s in charge of the defense of Earth. Which means that he’s quite interested in Ender. He shows up to tell Graff no...
Here’s a measure of how unimportant Mick seems to be – no other study guide on this book contains any material for him. He shows up once, when Ender is eating alone. He straightforwardly and ho...
When Dap sends his report to the military bigwigs about Bonzo’s plan to attack Ender, Pace comes to question Graff. Pace is the head of the International Fleet’s Military Police, so he wants to...
Petra isn’t the only girl at Battle School, but she’s the only girl we know about. (As Graff explains, there aren’t a lot of girls in the Battle School because girls aren’t made for battle...
Rose the Nose
Rose is the commander of Rat Army who is disordered and nervous. That’s pretty much all we know about him. (Actually, we also find out that he's Jewish.) When Ender joins Rat Army, Rose is a nice...
Because Shen wiggles his butt when he walks, he becomes Ender’s first friend at Battle School. That is, Bernard makes fun of Shen and Ender gets back at Bernard – so that makes Shen and Ender B...
Stilson’s main job in this book is to be a six-year-old bully for a few lines and then a corpse for the rest of the book. Sorry, we wish we had something better to say than that. Stilson is the f...
Mother and Father Wiggin
They don’t even get names – that’s how unimportant Ender’s parents are in this story. (Well, his dad actually gets a name. Graff tells Ender that his dad was baptized John Paul Wieczorek (3...
Ender's Uninteresting School Opponents
Pol Slattery, William Bee, and Talo Momoe are all army commanders that Ender observes and beats at various times. Slattery commands Leopard when Ender is in Salamander, and he commands Badger when...
Ender's Platoon Leaders
Crazy Tom, Han Tzu (a.k.a. Hot Soup), Fly Molo, Vlad, and Dumper come back as Ender’s squadron leaders in the war against the buggers, but they start as his toon leaders at Battle School (we thin...