Study Guide

Dune Characters

By Frank Herbert

Paul Atreides aka Muad'Dib, Usul

Paul Atreides is the main man, the head honcho, the tour de force, the principle actor, and the...

Lady Jessica

Lady Jessica is Paul's mother and the Bene Gesserit lover of Duke Leto. She is perhaps the second...

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Vladimir Harkonnen is the Baron of Geidi Prime. At first, he wants nothing more than to spring...

Gurney Halleck

Gurney is one of Duke Leto's chief officers. He's also Paul's weapons teacher, a baliset player,...

Duke Leto

Duke Leto Atreides is the head of the Atreides family, lover to Lady Jessica, and father of Paul....

Thufir Hawat

Thufir Hawat is the Mentat Master of Assassins in service to Duke Leto, and he's one of Paul's...

Liet-Kynes and Pardot Kynes

Kynes is the Imperial ecologist on Arrakis and also Chani's father. He initially refuses to take...

Feyd-Rautha

Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen is the nephew of the Baron Harkonnen. He is the same age as Paul, and he's...

Chani Kynes

Chani Kynes is the daughter of Liet-Kynes, and she's also Paul's love interest. And, um, yeah,...

Dr. Wellington Yueh

Dr. Yueh is the doctor for House Atreides—and he's their eventual betrayer.Turncoat...

Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

The Reverend Mother is the leader of the Bene Gesserit, a mysterious and spiritual organization...

Stilgar

Stilgar is the head honcho of Sietch Tibr, and he's the Fremen who originally accepts Jessica and...

The Worms

Sure, the worms aren't characters in the typical sense, but they are an important part of the...

Duncan Idaho

In the original Dune, Idaho is a minor character. He shows up only three times: once to introduce...

Shadout Mapes

A Fremen housekeeper for the Atreides, Mapes is the first Fremen introduced to both Jessica and...

Piter De Vries

Piter is a Mentat Assassin to House Harkonnen. He helps plan Duke Leto's demise, and he breaks...

Alia Atreides

Alia is Paul's sister and the daughter of Leto Atreides and the Lady Jessica. Since Alia was in...

Lord and Lady Fenring

On the surface, Lord Fenring is the Emperor's errand boy. Feyd-Rautha describes him as "a small...

Shaddam Corrino IV a.k.a. the Padishah Emperor

This is the Emperor of the Imperium and the leader of the Sardaukar. Corrino is a prideful guy....

Princess Irulan

Irulan is the Emperor's eldest daughter and guess what? She's quite the looker. Didn't see that...

Count Glossu Rabban

Rabban is the Baron Harkonnen's idiotic and cruel nephew. The Baron thinks of his nephew as a...

Jamis

Jamis is a Fremen from Stilgar's sietch, Sietch Tabr. Aggressive and quick to temper, Jamis...

Harah

Harah is Jamis's wife and later Paul's servant. She is loyal to Paul, caring for both his sister,...

Extra Minor Characters

A smuggler leader on Arrakis. When Harkonnen agents try to sell the stolen carryall to smugglers,...