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Faust (Parts 1 and 2) | Characters

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Faust A respected scholar and teacher, Faust is dissatisfied with his scholarly life and wants to experience what it means to truly live. Read More
Mephistopheles After making a wager with the Lord in Heaven that he can subvert the Lord's favorite human, Faust, to evildoing, Mephistopheles (aka Mephisto or the Devil) returns to Earth and Faust's study to do just that. Read More
Gretchen Gretchen (formal name Margarete) is Faust's love interest in Part 1; she is often called by nicknames, including Gretchen. Read More
Altmayer Altmayer is one of the group of students drinking in Auerbach's cellar in Part 1; he tends to be grumpy and skeptical.
Anaxagoras Anaxagoras is a classical philosopher that Homunculus admires in Part 2; he believes life exploded into being through volcanic explosions.
Apes A family of talking apes—a female, a male, and their young—live with the Witch in Part 1. The adult apes clumsily help the Witch with her work.
Archbishop The Archbishop is a greedy churchman who tries to threaten the Emperor into giving him Faust's lands and income in Part 2.
Ariel Ariel is one of the characters in Walpurgis Night's Dream, the play Faust and Mephistopheles see on Walpurgis Night in Part 1.
Astrologer The Astrologer advises the Emperor in Part 2 based on his readings of the planets, the moon, and the sun.
Baucis Baucis is an old woman in Part 2. With her husband, she owns the only piece of land in Faust's country that doesn't belong to him.
Brander One of the students partying in Auerbach's cellar in Part 1, Brander enjoys joking and singing.
Care Care is one of four gray women who come to Faust's door at midnight after the death of Baucis and Philemon in Part 2.
Chancellor The Emperor's Chancellor in Part 2 is always trying to convince the Emperor to deal with affairs of state.
Chiron Chiron is a centaur famed throughout classical Greece for his scholarly wisdom, but in Part 2 he has abandoned scholarship to experience the world.
Chorus Helen's servants make up the Chorus of Trojan Women, which interacts with Helen in Part 2.
Clown The Clown discusses the art of acting with the Manager and the Poet in the Prelude in the Theater.
Commander-in-Chief In Part 2, the Emperor's Commander-in-Chief has a good strategic mind but wants nothing to do with the dark arts.
Dearth Dearth is one of four gray women who come to Faust's door at midnight after the death of Baucis and Philemon in Part 2.
Default Default is one of four gray women who come to Faust's door at midnight after the death of Baucis and Philemon in Part 2.
Doctor Marianus One of the hermits living in the mountain ravines in Part 2, Doctor Marianus, whose name indicates his devotion to Mary, has reached such heights of holiness that he can see into Heaven.
Eilebeute Eilebeute, whose name means "hasty plunder," is a camp follower with the Emperor's army in Part 2; she takes a shine to Habebald.
Emperor The German emperor in Part 2 is finding it difficult to cope with running his empire when he receives a visit from Faust and Mephistopheles.
Erichtho Erichtho is a Thessalian witch in Part 2 who notices Faust, Mephistopheles, and Homunculus arriving in classical Greece.
Euphorion Euphorion is Faust and Helen's son in Part 2; raised in a cave on an island, he wants nothing more than to fly away to freedom and adventure.
Fool The Emperor's Fool gets so drunk in Part 2 he passes out and everyone thinks he is dead, but he comes to life again in time to make his fortune.
Frosch One of the students drinking in Auerbach's cellar in Part 1, Frosch likes a good joke.
Gabriel Gabriel is one of the Archangels who attends the Lord in the Prologue in Heaven.
Habebald Habebald is an experienced soldier in his prime conjured by Mephistopheles in Part 2; his name means "grab quick."
Haltefest An old, seasoned soldier conjured by Mephisto in Part 2, Haltefest's name means "hold tight."
Helen Helen of Troy was the most beautiful woman of classical Greece and both admired and scorned for her inconstant qualities; she and Faust fall in love and marry in Part 2.
Herald The Herald makes announcements in the Emperor's palace and tries to keep the visitors in order in Part 2.
Homunculus Homunculus is a product of alchemy created by Wagner in his lab in Part 2; he comes into existence with an understanding of the dichotomy between the medieval North and the classical South.
Lack Lack is one of four gray women who come to Faust's door at midnight after the death of Baucis and Philemon in Part 2.
Lieschen A judgmental village girl, Lieschen gossips with Gretchen at the well in Part 1.
Lord When Mephistopheles claims he'll be able to subvert Faust in the Prologue in Heaven, the Lord of Heaven is confident it will never happen.
Lynceus Lynceus is the farsighted watchman at Faust's castle in Part 2.
Manager The manager discusses the practical needs of a theatrical company, thus establishing a sense of alienation from the characters in the play in the Prelude in the Theater.
Marthe In Part 1 Gretchen's neighbor Marthe helps Gretchen spend time with Faust and shows more than a passing interest in Mephistopheles.
Mater Gloriosa In Part 2 the Mater Gloriosa, or "Glorious Mother" is the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Michael Michael is one of the Archangels who attends the Lord in the Prologue in Heaven.
Minister of War The Emperor's Minister of War wants the Emperor to exert his power in Part 2 to take care of all the problems in the world.
Nereus Nereus is a sea god Homunculus meets at the sea festival in Part 2.
Nicodemus Nicodemus is the servant who takes care of Faust's premises in his absence in Part 2.
Oberon Oberon is one of the characters in Walpurgis Night's Dream, the play Faust and Mephistopheles see on Walpurgis Night in Part 1.
Panthalis Panthalis is the leader of the Chorus of Trojan Women, who are Helen's servants in Part 2.
Pater Ecstaticus One of the hermits living in the mountain ravines in Part 2, Pater Ecstaticus is so filled with joy that he floats above the ground.
Pater Profundus One of the hermits living in the mountain ravines in Part 2, Pater Profundus feels depressed and prays for God's love to help him.
Pater Seraphicus One of the hermits living in the mountain ravines in Part 2, Pater Seraphicus is a gentle old man who tries to initiate the unbaptized souls.
Philemon Philemon is Baucis's husband; he marvels at the prosperous land Faust has reclaimed from the sea in Part 2.
Phorkyads The Phorkyads are three ugly witches who were born old; they lend Mephistopheles their likeness in Part 2.
Poet The Poet discusses the art of writing plays with the Manager and the Clown in the Prelude in the Theater.
Proteus Proteus is a sea god who can change shape at will. Homunculus meets him at the sea festival in Part 2.
Puck Puck is one of the characters in Walpurgis Night's Dream, the play Faust and Mephistopheles see on Walpurgis Night in Part 1.
Raphael Raphael is one of the Archangels who attends the Lord in the Prologue in Heaven.
Raufebold Raufebold is a young soldier conjured by Mephistopheles in Part 2; his name means "ruffian."
Siebel Siebel is one of the students drinking in Auerbach's cellar in Part 1; he's suffering from unrequited love.
Spirit of the Earth Faust calls on the Spirit of the Earth while working on alchemy in his study in Part 1. The Spirit arrives, but leaves quickly again.
Stage Manager The Stage Manager works on Walpurgis Night's Dream, the play Faust and Mephistopheles see on Walpurgis Night in Part 1.
Steward The Emperor's Steward is concerned with dwindling palace supplies in Part 2.
Student When the Student comes to see Faust in his study, he meets instead with Mephistopheles, who's wearing Faust's cap and gown; the two meet again when the Student has completed an academic degree.
Thales Thales is a classical philosopher Homunculus admires in Part 2. He believes life originated in water and slowly evolved.
Titania Titania is one of the characters in Walpurgis Night's Dream, the play Faust and Mephistopheles see on Walpurgis Night in Part 1.
Traveler In Part 2 the Traveler visits Baucis and Philemon to thank them for saving his life long ago after a shipwreck.
Treasurer The Emperor's Treasurer is worried about the empire's empty coffers in Part 2.
Valentine Valentine is Gretchen's brother in Part 1. He is a soldier and the voice of propriety in the family.
Wagner Wagner is Faust's servant and a student of alchemy.
Witch Faust and Mephistopheles visit the Witch in her kitchen in Part 1, where Mephistopheles has her prepare a youth potion for Faust.
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