Study Guide

Candide Characters

By Voltaire

Candide

Candide is our novel’s main man. He is innocent, idealistic, and faithful to an extreme...

Dr. Pangloss

If you're feeling blue, call up Dr. Pangloss. He won't give you years of therapy—nope,...

Martin

You don't want this guy at your party. In fact, you'd be better off keeping him at least...

Cunégonde

We have to start with a huge disclaimer: there are two Cunégondes. No, Cunégonde...

Cacambo

Cacambo, Candide’s loyal servant, is quick-thinking, restless, and thirsty for adventure....

The Baron

Voltaire satirizes Cunégonde’s brother, the Baron, for his stupidly uncompromising...

The Old Woman

The Old Woman suffers more than perhaps any other character in the novel. And she knows it, too,...

The Scholar

This character has an incredibly minor role. So minor, in fact, that most people overlook him...

James the Anabaptist

James the Anabaptist represents yet another solution or viewpoint to the world’s suffering....