Study Guide

The Count of Monte Cristo Characters

By Alexandre Dumas

Edmond Dantès, the Count of Monte Cristo

Edmond Dantès is a man of many faces and many disguises. He gives Halloween a run for its...

Fernand Mondego

You wouldn't to get in a fistfight with Fernand Mondego. He's a big dude, and a passionate one....

Mercédès Mondego

As a young woman, Mercédès is kind of one-dimensional character. She's beautiful,...

Albert de Morcerf

Albert is the son of Fernand and Mercédès. When you first met him, you probably hated...

Danglars

Danglars's motive is pretty darn boring: he's jealous of a younger, more attractive, more...

Madame Danglars

Madame Danglars is an enterprising, independent woman. She's landed herself a rich husband. Using...

Eugénie Danglars

Eugénie Danglars isn't like the other girls. Dumas makes it clear as day:As for her...

Gérard de Villefort

Young Villefort is the closest thing we get to a foil for Edmond. He's young, he's lucky in love,...

Noirtier de Villefort

Monte Cristo may be baddest of the bad and the coolest of the cool, but Monsieur Noirtier sure...

Valentine de Villefort

Valentine is kind and beautiful and devoted. Her father loves her, her grandfather loves her, and...

Héloïse de Villefort

OK, try this on for size. Suppose that we divide Gérard de Villefort's life in two parts:...

Edward de Villefort

Poor little Edward gets the short end of the stick. His father doesn't love him. His mother does...

Benedetto

Rebirth's a big deal in The Count of Monte Cristo. Edmond Dantès becomes the Count of Monte...

Giovanni Bertuccio

Bertuccio is the Count's right-hand man. When Monte Cristo wants something done, he goes to...

Gaspard Caderousse

Like his fellow convict Benedetto (a.k.a. Andrea Cavalcanti), Caderousse certainly knows how to...

Abbé Faria

Abbé Faria is quite possibly the greatest mentor ever. How else do you explain the...

Old Dantès

Like any good son, Edmond loves his father. Like any good father, the elder Dantès loves his...

Haydée

The first act of Haydée's life is sad – she sees her own father get gunned down right...

Luigi Vampa

If the Romans – that is, the nineteenth-century Romans, not the toga-wearing ones –...

Peppino

More than anything else, Peppino is a plot device. A bandit in Luigi Vampa's gang, he's caught,...

M. Pierre Morrel

Monsieur Morrel is a good father, an honest businessman, and young Edmond Dantès's greatest...

Maximilian Morrel

Young Max is often referred to as "Maximilian Morrel, captain of spahis." Taken literally, it...

Julie Herbault (née Morrel)

The only daughter of M. Pierre Morrel, she is chosen by Edmond to help save her father....

Emmanuel Herbault

As a young man, Emmanuel is one of the last clerks to continue working for M. Morrel. Whether he...

Coclès

As both house servant to the Morrel family and cashier for the firm of Morrel and Son,...

Ali

The mute servant is an adventure story classic (Zorro had one), and the Count of Monte Cristo's...

Baptistin

Baptistin is the Count's valet de chambre – but you can call him a butler if you'd like....

Mlle. Renée de Saint-Méran

As with Mercédès, there's not much to Renée de Saint-Méran. She's kind and...

Napoleon Bonaparte

More than anything else, Napoleon functions as a plot device. The intrigue surrounding his return...

King Louis XVIII

Brother of Louis XVII – who lost his head (no, literally) – during the French...

Jacopo

Simple, naïve, oblivious: call him what you will, but Jacopo is a true friend to Edmond. He...

La Carconte

Think of la Carconte as the anti-Noirtier. Stricken by chronic illness, Caderousse's wife becomes...

Baron Franz d'Epinay

Although Franz d'Epinay is the only character in the book who gets to go on a really intense...

Lucien Debray

One of Madame Danglars's many flings, his position as government Finance Minister allows him to...

Beauchamp

Beauchamp is a good journalist and a good friend. When a correspondent writes from Yanina...

Raoul, Baron de Château-Renaud

Château-Renaud represents the "aristocracy of the sword" which de Villefort mentions at the...

Louise d'Armilly

Louise d'Armilly is Eugénie Danglars's music teacher, best friend and, quite probably,...