Study Guide

Ready Player One Characters

By Ernest Cline

Wade Owen Watts a.k.a. Parzival

Meet our narrator, Wade Owen Watts: initials W.O.W. Wow, that's a great name for a superhero,...

James Halliday

USA Today described Ready Player One as "Willy Wonka meets The Matrix" (source). This is a good...

Art3mis a.k.a. Samantha Evelyn Cook

Wade, and we readers, know quite a bit about Art3mis before we even meet her. You see, Wade's...

Aech a.k.a. Helen Harris

Aech is Parzival's best friend inside the OASIS, and Wade's best friend even though the two have...

Nolan Sorrento

Nolan Sorrento is the bad guy. There are no shades of grey here. He's all bad. Cline says he...

Ogden Morrow

Ogden Morrow and James Halliday are described as the Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs of MMO gaming,...

Daito and Shoto a.k.a. Akihide Karatsu and Toshiro Yoshiaki

The brothers Daito and Shoto round out the High Five—the first five gunters who find the...

I-R0k

I-R0k is what you would call a griefer, also known as… a lot of words we don't feel...

Aunt Alice Deppert

Aunt Alice is Wade's only living relative (but not for long!). Like Sorrento and the other bad...

Mrs. Gilmore

Old Mrs. Gilmore is Wade's only real-life friend. She lives in the stacks, in a trailer below...

Kira Morrow

Kira Morrow, née Underwood, died in a car crash ten years before the events of the book...