Study Guide

The Chocolate War Characters

By Robert Cormier

Jerry Renault

In a lot of ways, fourteen-year-old Jerry Renault is a pretty typical teen. He's trying to make...

Archie Costello

The chocolate addict, Archie Costello, might strike some readers as too villainous to be a...

Brother Leon

Brother Leon is the Assistant Headmaster at Trinity, and Jerry's homeroom teacher. Like Archie,...

Emile Janza

Villain time again. Emile is the most physically violent character we see. He enjoys beating...

Roland Goubert (a.k.a. The Goober)

The Goober is Jerry's only friend. He's an ace runner. In fact, running even makes him smarter....

Howie Anderson

Howie appears in Chapter 21. He gets excellent grades, is president of the junior class, and...

Brother Andrew

Brother Andrew is OK, he just doesn't know when he's being played. He's the subject of a Vigil's...

Danny Arcangelo

Danny is Kevin Chartier's friend. He isn't a candidate for The Vigils. Like Kevin, he hates...

Gregory Bailey

Gregory Bailey is really smart; he gets all A's from what we can gather. Of course, grades aren't...

Ellen Barrett

The love interest! OK, well, don't get your hopes up. This would-be romance fizzles out in the...

David Caroni

David Caroni is another decent kid who Brother Leon manipulates. Leon gives him an F (something...

John Carter

Carter is a big, strong football player and a boxer. He's also the president of The Vigils....

Tubs Casper

Tubs appears in Chapter 14. He doesn't like selling chocolates, but needs to sell them so he can...

Kevin Chartier

Kevin is featured only in Chapter 21. He's a candidate for The Vigils, but hates selling...

The Coach

The coach is very focused on football and on making football as violent as possible for the...

Brian Cochran

Brian Cochran is a senior at Trinity. He's very good at math. This talent causes him some...

Paul Consalvo

Paul shows up in Chapter 14. He doesn't like selling chocolates, but he'd rather do it than be at...

Harold Darcy

Harold Darcy makes a single appearance in the novel, in Chapter 30. He's a student in Jerry's...

Brother Eugene

Brother Eugene is a young, inexperienced teacher. Unluckily, his classroom, Room Nineteen, is the...

Mrs. Hunter

Mrs. Hunter keeps house and makes casseroles for Jerry and his Dad. She doesn't actually appear...

Brother Jacques

Brother Jacques seems to have some authority over Leon at first. He almost seems like a good guy....

Obie

Obie is secretary of The Vigils. His main duty is to do whatever Archie wants him to, which...

James Renault

James is Jerry's dad. He works as a pharmacist and seems to be walking around in a fog of grief....

Frankie Rollo

Frankie Rollo only appears in Chapter 27. He's summoned before The Vigils and shows them openly...

Richy Rondell

Richy Rondell is Howie Anderson's friend. When Richy says he admires Jerry's act, Howie is ready...

John Sulkey

John Sulkey appears only briefly in Chapter 14, but we can see he's really into selling...

The Vigils

The Vigils kept things under control. Without The Vigils, Trinity might have been torn apart like...