Orgon The central character who comes under the influence of the hypocrite Tartuffe.
Elmire Orgon's second wife who represents a reasonable attitude toward life.
Damis Orgon's son and Elmire's stepson who tries to prove Tartuffe a hypocrite and succeeds only in having himself disinherited.
Mariane Orgon's daughter who is in love with Valère and who is being forced to marry Tartuffe.
Madame Pernelle Orgon's mother who is totally deluded by Tartuffe.
Valère Mariane's suitor who is rejected by Orgon in favor of Tartuffe.
Cléante Orgon's brother-in-law who tries to get everyone to view things with calm and reason.
Tartuffe The religious hypocrite who weasels his way into Orgon's confidence and then betrays him.
Dorine Mariane's maid who functions as a cunning manipulator and commentator on the actions of the play.
Flipote Madame Pernelle's maid.
M. Loyal An officer of the law who serves Orgon's eviction papers.