Study Guide

Mother Night Characters

By Kurt Vonnegut

Howard W. Campbell, Jr.

Howard Campbell is kind of a big deal—and not in his own eyes. See, he's a spy. Not the...

Colonel Frank Wirtanen, a.k.a. Harold J. Sparrow, a.k.a. Blue Fairy Godmother

Like most fairy godmothers, this character is sort a huge question mark. All we really know about...

Helga Noth

We're going to level with you, folks: we really have no idea who this gal is. The facts are as...

Resi Noth

Resi is kind of terrifying. Not quite kill-you-and-wear-your-skin terrifying, but close. After...

George Kraft, a.k.a. Iona Potapov

Campbell and Resi aren't the only secret-agent types bumming around the New York City area circa...

Reverend Dr. Lionel Jones

We get an entire chapter dedicated to this guy's backstory, and believe us, that's plenty. He's...

Bernard B. O'Hare

Bernard O'Hare is not a happy camper. He's not a happy anything. Sure, he's a war hero, and sure...

Dr. Epstein and His Mother

These two are a pair, both because they live together and also because they show us two different...

August Krapptauer

Krapptauer, one of Jones's sidekicks, kicks the bucket shortly after we meet him. Why? Well, he's...

Father Patrick Keeley

Father Keeley is an unfrocked priest who was kicked out of the Catholic Church for some great...

Robert Sterling Wilson

RememberUncle Tom's Cabin? It's Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel calling for an end to slavery. Why...

Werner Noth

Resi and Helga's scary dad is a German police chief who ends up getting hanged by the Russian...

The Guards

We don't really get to know Campbell's guards too well, but here's a quick breakdown for good...