Scout (Jean Louise Finch) Narrator of the story. The story takes place from the time Scout is aged 6 to 9, but she tells the story as an adult. Scout is a tomboy who would rather solve problems with her fists than with her head. Throughout the course of the book, Scout comes to a new understanding of human nature, societal expectations, and her own place in the world.
Atticus Finch Maycomb attorney and state legislative representative who is assigned to represent Tom Robinson. A widower, Atticus is a single parent to two children: Jem and Scout.
Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch) Scout's older brother who ages from 10 to 13 during the story. He is Scout's protector and one of her best friends. As part of reaching young adulthood, Jem deals with many difficult issues throughout the story.
Aunt Alexandra Atticus' sister. Aunt Alexandra lives at Finch's Landing, the Finch family homestead, but she moves in with Atticus and the children during Tom Robinson's trial. She is very concerned that Scout have a feminine influence to emulate.
Francis Hancock Aunt Alexandra's grandson. He taunts Scout about Atticus, getting her in trouble.
Uncle Jack Finch Atticus and Aunt Alexandra's bachelor brother who comes to visit every Christmas. He is a doctor who, like Atticus, was schooled at home.
Calpurnia The Finchs' African American housekeeper. She grew up at Finch's Landing and moved with Atticus to Maycomb. She is the closest thing to a mother that Scout and Jem have. One of the few Negroes in town who can read and write, she teaches Scout to write.
Zeebo The town garbage collector who is also Calpurnia's son. He's one of four people who can read at the First Purchase African M.E. Church.
Boo Radley (Mr. Arthur Radley) The mysterious neighbor who piques the children's interest. They've never seen him and make a game of trying to get him to come outside.
Nathan Radley Boo Radley's brother who comes back to live with the family when Mr. Radley dies.
Mr. and Mrs. Radley Boo and Nathan Radley's parents.
Dill (Charles Baker Harris) Jem and Scout's neighborhood friend. Living in Meridian, Mississippi, Dill spends every summer with his aunt, Miss Rachel Haverford.
Miss Rachel Haverford Dill's aunt who lives next door to the Finches.
Miss Maudie Atkinson One of Maycomb's most open-minded citizens, Miss Maudie lives across the street from Jem and Scout. An avid gardener, she often spends time talking with the children — especially Scout — helping them to better understand Atticus and their community.
Miss Stephanie Crawford The neighborhood gossip.
Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose A cantankerous, vile, elderly woman who teaches Jem and Scout a great lesson in bravery.
Mrs. Grace Merriweather A devout Methodist, Mrs. Merriweather writes the Halloween pageant.
Mrs. Gertrude Farrow The "second most devout lady in Maycomb" belongs to the local Missionary Society.
Tom Robinson The black man who is accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell.
Helen Robinson Tom Robinson's wife.
Link Deas Tom and Helen Robinson's employer. He makes sure that Helen can pass safely by the Ewells' after Tom is arrested.
Bob Ewell The Ewell patriarch, Bob Ewell spends his welfare checks on alcohol. He claims to have witnessed Tom attacking Mayella.
Mayella Violet Ewell Tom's 19-year-old accuser.
Burris Ewell One of Bob Ewell's children. He attends school only one day a year.
Reverend Skyes The pastor at First Purchase African M.E. Church. He helps Jem and Scout understand Tom's trial and finds seats for them in the "colored balcony."
Judge John Taylor The judge at Tom's trial. He appoints Atticus to represent Tom.
Mr. Horace Gilmer The state attorney representing the Ewells.
Sheriff Heck Tate Maycomb's sheriff who accompanies Atticus to kill the mad dog and who delivers the news about Bob Ewell.
Mr. Braxton Bragg Underwood The owner, editor, and printer of The Maycomb Tribune. Although he openly dislikes blacks, he defends Tom's right to a fair trial.
Dolphus Raymond Father to several biracial children, Mr. Raymond lives on the outskirts of town. When he comes into Maycomb, he pretends to be drunk.
Walter Cunningham, Sr. One of the men who comes to lynch Tom Robinson, he's also one of Atticus' clients. After speaking with Scout, he calls off the mob.
Walter Cunningham, Jr. One of Scout's classmates. Jem invites him to have lunch with them after Scout accosts Walter on the playground.
Miss Caroline Fisher New to teaching and to Maycomb and its ways, Miss Caroline is Scout's first grade teacher.
Cecil Jacobs A schoolmate of the Finch children, he scares Jem and Scout on the way to the Halloween pageant.
Little Chuck Little One of Scout's classmates who stands up to Burris Ewell in defense of Miss Caroline.
Miss Gates Scout's second grade teacher.
Lula A parishioner at First Purchase African M.E. Church who is upset when Scout and Jem attend services there.
Eula May The local telephone operator.
Mr. Avery A boarder at the house across from Mrs. Dubose's.