Study Guide

Kim Characters

By Rudyard Kipling

Kim

There are a lot of adventure heroes we can think of right off the tops of our heads: Harry...

The Teshoo Lama

Actually, against all odds, the Teshoo lama and Kim have a lot in common. First, both of them are...

Mahbub Ali

Mahbub Ali is an Afghan Muslim living in Lahore. His official job is as a horse trader, and he...

The Old Man Who Fought In '57

While on their way to the Grand Trunk Road, Kim and the lama meet an old man who has been given...

The Kulu Woman

The Kulu woman is pretty much the only major female character in this book, which makes us wonder...

Creighton

When Mahbub Ali gives Kim his first special message to bring to the Englishman in the city of...

Lurgan

Lurgan—often called Lurgan Sahib as a term of respect by the other characters in the...

The Hindu Boy

When Kim comes to stay with Lurgan in Simla for the first time, he finds an orphaned Hindu boy...

The Babu

In other sections (check out "Character Clues" and "Character Roles"), we emphasize that Kipling...

The Woman of Shamlegh

You know, for a teenager in boarding school, Kim spends a surprising amount of time with...

The Keeper Of The Images At The Wonder House (a.k.a. The Curator Of The Lahore Museum)

The curator of the Lahore Museum goes by two titles: first, the narrator refers to him by his...

Kimball O'Hara

Kim's father and namesake Kimball O'Hara dies near the beginning of the book, and he certainly...

Annie Shott

We never actually see Kim's mother directly, but when Father Victor figures out that Kimball...

Chota Lal And Abdullah

These are the two boys Kim plays with in front of the Lahore Museum when he first meets the lama....

The Son Of The Old Man Who Fought in '57

When the Old Man Who Fought in '57 brings Kim and the lama to the Grand Trunk Road, they find his...

The Drummer-Boy

The Irish Maverick officers quickly realize that Kim will run away from the regiment given half a...

The Abbot of the Lung-cho Lamassery

We never actually meet this character in person in the novel, but our lama, who was once also the...

Reverend Arthur Bennett

The Reverend Arthur Bennett is the Anglican chaplain for the Irish Mavericks regiment. Because...

Father Victor

Father Victor is the Catholic chaplain for the Irish Mavericks regiment. Like Bennett, his...

Huneefa

Huneefa is the blind woman who performs protective charms on Kim when he gets ready to set out on...

Agent E.23

Just after the Babu gives Kim his special Amulet of Secret Agent-ness, Kim stumbles on another...

The Russian Agents

Even though these two guys—one Russian and one Frenchman—are the main antagonists of...

Hilas, Bunnar, And The Five Kings

We never actually see any of these guys on the pages of Kim, but they play an important role in...