Samuel Pickwick Founder of the Pickwick Club and hero of the novel; a fat, bald, elderly, innocent, generous, benevolent gentleman. His adventures and developing character are the center of interest.
Tracy Tupman Fat and middle-aged, he fancies himself to be the romantic adventurer of the Pickwick Club. He has an unhappy flirtation with Rachael Wardle.
Augustus Snodgrass A young, innocuous fellow, he poses as the poet of the Pickwick Club, although he never writes a line of verse. He falls in love with Emily Wardle and marries her.
Nathaniel Winkle A very inept young sportsman, Winkle has a flair for misadventures. A member of the Pickwick Club, he enlists Mr. Pickwick's aid in his romance and marriage with Arabella Allen.
Mr. Blotton An unpleasant member of the club with a keen eye for humbug.
Alfred Jingle A romantic adventurer who schemes for various mercenary marriages, which Mr. Pickwick tries to thwart. He is brought low in the Fleet Prison and rehabilitated by Mr. Pickwick.
Dr. Slammer An army man who challenges Winkle to a duel at Rochester, he is irascible and has a taste for violence when frustrated.
Lieutenant Tappleton Dr. Slammer's second at the duel, a stickler for rules.
Dr. Payne A savage army man who attends the duel to see bloodshed.
Jem Hutley (Dismal Jemmy) A cadaverous strolling actor who tells the Pickwickians a morbid tale.
Colonel and Mrs. Bulder Members of Rochester society.
Sir Thomas Clubber Another member of Rochester society.
Mr. Wardle A hospitable country squire at Dingley Dell. Fond of the Pickwickians, he entertains them on several occasions.
Emily Wardle Mr. Wardle's pert, pretty daughter; Snodgrass' sweetheart.
Isabella Wardle Mr. Wardle's other pretty daughter, she marries Mr. Trundle during the Christmas festivities.
Rachael Wardle Mr. Wardle's spinster sister, she flirts with Tupman and unsuccessfully elopes with Jingle.
Mrs. Wardle Mr. Wardle's partly deaf, cantankerous old mother.
Joe the Fat Boy A gluttonous, sleepy servant to Mr. Wardle.
Mr. Trundle Isabella Wardle's colorless fiancé and husband.
An old clergyman A storyteller with a cheerful disposition and a gloomy mind at Wardles'.
Mr. Miller A neighbor of Wardles' who puts his foot in his mouth.
Sam Weller A shrewd, cocky, clever, affectionate cockney boot cleaner and general handyman whom Mr. Pickwick engages as a servant, and who becomes Mr. Pickwick's closest friend.
Mr. Perker A brisk little attorney for Mr. Wardle and Mr. Pickwick. He admires legal chicanery but has a good heart and is a friend to his two clients.
Mrs. Martha Bardell Mr. Pickwick's landlady, she assumes he has proposed to her and sues for breach of promise. Thrown in jail because she cannot pay her legal fees, Mr. Pickwick has her released.
Master Tommy Bardell Her squalling young son.
Mr. Pott Editor of the Eatanswill Gazette; a pompous, vindictive, cowardly, henpecked man.
Mrs. Pott His aggressive wife, who becomes fond of Winkle, throws hysterics, and eventually leaves her husband.
Mr. Slurk Editor of the Eatanswill Independent, Mr. Pott's enemy.
The Hon. Samuel Slumkey The Blue candidate and winner of the Eatanswill election.
The Hon. Horatio Fizkin The Buff candidate at the Eatanswill election.
The one-eyed bagman A traveling salesman who tells stories at Eatanswill and Bristol.
Mrs. Leo Hunter A fatuous celebrity hunter at Eatanswill.
Mr. Leo Hunter Her stiff, servile husband.
Count Smorltork A silly foreigner at Mrs. Hunter's party.
Job Trotter A cunning, emaciated actor whom Alfred Jingle employs as a servant.
Miss Tomkins The headmistress of the boarding school at Bury St. Edmunds, where Mr. Pickwick is taken prisoner.
Captain Boldwig A ferocious country squire near Bury St. Edmunds, he has the drunken Mr. Pickwick carted to the animal pound.
Peter Lowten Mr. Perker's cynical law clerk.
Dodson and Fogg The unscrupulous law partners who handle Mrs. Bardell's lawsuit.
Mr. Jackson Dodson and Fogg's oily law clerk.
Jack Bamber A half-crazed, seedy law clerk, he relates a wild tale.
Peter Magnus A nervous, jealous suitor who involves the Pickwickians in trouble at Ipswich.
Miss Witherfield His hysterical middle-aged fiancée.
George Nupkins, Esq. The windbag magistrate at Ipswich; an ignorant, henpecked man.
Mrs. Nupkins His nasty, social-climbing wife.
Miss Henrietta Nupkins Their nasty daughter, she has a crush on Jingle.
Daniel Grummer An officious police captain who arrests the Pickwickians in Ipswich.
Mr. Dubbley A big policeman in Ipswich.
Mr. Jinks The timid court clerk in Ipswich.
Mr. Muzzle Nupkins' butler.
Tony Weller Sam Weller's fat, kindly, irresponsible father, a coachman plagued by domestic trouble.
Susan Weller Tony Weller's self-righteously pious, hypocritical wife, who has taken up with a disreputable preacher.
The Reverend Stiggins An avaricious, alcoholic, unsavory evangelist who sponges off the Wellers.
Anthony Humm A temperance lecturer at a meeting Sam and Tony Weller attend.
Mrs. Betsy Cluppins A nosy, piggish friend of Mrs. Bardell's.
Mrs. Susannab Sanders Another friend of Mrs. Bardell's.
Arabella Allen Winkle's pert, attractive sweetheart and wife.
Ben Allen Her doltish brother, who wants her to marry Bob Sawyer.
Bob Sawyer A medical student and prankster who wants to marry Arabella.
Jack Hopkins A medical student who is full of curious, funny anecdotes.
Mrs. Mary Ann Raddle Bob Sawyer's vituperative landlady and a friend of Mrs. Bardell's.
Mr. Raddle Her ineffectual, inarticulate husband.
Serjeant Snubbin Mr. Pickwick's untidy, abstracted, ineffective court lawyer.
Mr. Mallard His spruce, impressive secretary.
Mr. Phunky Serjeant Snubbin's nervous assistant at the trial.
Serjeant Buzfuz Mrs. Bardell's prosecuting attorney; an orotund, silly, but effective lawyer.
Mr. Justice Stareleigh The fat, nasty, inattentive judge at Mr. Pickwick's trial.
Colonel Dowler A vociferous, cowardly, jealous man who challenges Winkle to a duel at Bath and then retreats.
Mrs. Dowler His hapless, partying wife.
Mrs. Craddock Mr. Pickwick's landlady at Bath.
Angelo Cyrus Bantam, Esq. The master of ceremonies at Bath, a dapper, ignorant, gregarious man.
John Smauker His snooty footman, who invites Sam Weller to a "swarry."
Mrs. Wugsby A fashionable, rather nasty woman at Bath.
Lady Snuphanuph Another fashionable woman at Bath.
Mary Sam Weller's sweetheart. Originally the Nupkins' housemaid, she helps Sam find Arabella Allen at Bristol, assists in Winkle's elopement, and becomes the Winkle housemaid.
A scientific gentleman An old man whose desire for fame leads him to mistake Mr. Pickwick's lantern light for a "scientific" phenomenon.
Mr. Tom Roker The warder and supply man at Fleet Prison, he charges high rates for meager lodgings and furniture.
Neddy His indolent companion.
The Chancery prisoner The pathetic, dying man from whom Mr. Pickwick rents his prison cell.
Mr. Smangle The shifty, predatory prisoner with whom Mr. Pickwick spends his first night.
Mr. Mivins (The Zephyr) Smangle's obnoxious, clowning companion.
Mr. Solomon Pell The seedy, self-advertising lawyer in the debtors' court. The Wellers become his clients.
Arabella Allen's aunt The guardian of Arabella, she is horrified when her niece elopes.
Mr. Martin The aunt's taciturn servant, who is attacked by Ben Allen.
Mr. Winkle, Sr. A hard-headed businessman, he is suspicious of his son's marriage until he meets Arabella.
Wilkins Flasher, Esq. A dapper stockbroker who bets on every topic of conservation.