Study Guide

Les Misérables Characters

By Victor Hugo

Jean Valjean

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Cosette

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Bishop Myriel

Valjean may be the main character of Les Mis, but Monseigneur Myriel is its heart. But this...

Fantine

When we meet Fantine, she's an innocent girl who likes to hang out in Paris with her friends,...

Javert

When we call Javert a bloodhound, we mean it. This guy is easy to understand, because he has one...

Marius

We'll just say it: the romantic hero is always the least interesting character in a story. Give...

Thénardier

Victor Hugo has been able to show us the good side of a convict, a prostitute, and even a...

Éponine

Éponine is the eldest daughter in the Thénardier family. The first thing we learn...

Gavroche

Gavroche is a plucky young scamp who knows the streets and won't let anyone tell him what to do....

Mme. Thénardier

Madame Thénardier is Monsieur Thénardier's partner in crime, and she acts every bit...

Monsieur Mabeuf

Monsieur Mabeuf works at a church is Paris, and he shows up as the recipient of Valjean's...

Monsieur Gillenormand

If only the good die young, that must mean that only the nasty live to a ripe old age. Monsieur...

Enjolras

If Enjolras went to your high school, he'd be the really shouty kid who was constantly trying to...

Mademoiselle Baptistine

Mademoiselle is the loyal, loving sister of Bishop Myriel. And like him, she devotes her entire...

Fauchelevent

Fauchelevent is an old man whose life Jean Valjean saves, even though Fauchelevent has spent the...