Study Guide

The Phantom Tollbooth Characters

Milo

At the start of The Phantom Tollbooth, Milo is just a boy, a bored boy who's not satisfied by...

The Humbug

As much as we might love the Humbug, he definitely loves himself more. Sure, he's a...

Tock

Tock is a watchdog. Literally. He has a huge clock in his belly. We could just quit there, and...

Rhyme and Reason

If you're already thinking that you'll name your next pair of pets Rhyme and Reason, we already...

King Azaz

King Azaz is more like a stereotypical ruler than his brother the Mathemagician. He takes the...

The Mathemagician

The Mathemagician sure is an interesting ruler. For one thing, he doesn't take the title of...

Alec Bing

Remember Alec? He's not a main character, but he's definitely important to the story. So if...

The Soundkeeper

Like the other rulers in Wisdom, the Soundkeeper has lost sight of what her people really need....

Faintly Macabre

Faintly Macabre is treated like a witch, punished by a jail term, and feared by the population....

The Dodecahedron

Usually when we describe someone as two-faced, we're judging that person for being hypocritical...

King Azaz's Cabinet

Milo and Tock are properly introduced to Dictionopolis by the king's cabinet members: the Duke of...

The Demons

Ready for a mouthful? The Everpresent Wordsnatcher, the Terrible Trivium, the Demon of...

The 0.58 Boy

This character doesn't even have a name. He's the boy who's only 0.58 there, and he comes from...

Officer Shrift

More than anything else, Officer Shrift seems to exist to make fun of the justice system and the...

The Lethargarians

The Lethargarians live in the Doldrums, and they appear as a warning to Milo about what can...

Chroma the Great

Chroma is the conductor of the color orchestra. Unlike many of the other powerful figures in the...

Dr. Dischord and the DYNNE

Dr. Dischord and the DYNNE are quite the dynamic duo. Here's the low down on these guys: they...

The Spelling Bee

The Bee is one of the first characters to tell Milo about the importance of education. Since this...

Minor Characters

The Whether Man, the Ordinary Man, and Canby are three interesting individuals Milo meets during...