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Gabriel García Márquez

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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Characters

Character Description
Colonel Aureliano Buendía The father of 17 Aurelianos and Aureliano José, Colonel Aureliano Buendía is Úrsula and José Arcadio Buendía's son and the widower of Remedios. Read More
José Arcadio Buendía José Arcadio Buendía is Úrsula's husband and the father of Colonel Aureliano Buendía, José Arcadio Buendía, and Amaranta. Read More
Úrsula Úrsula Iguarán is José Arcadio Buendía's wife and the mother of Colonel Aureliano Buendía, José Arcadio Buendía, and Amaranta. Read More
Melquíades Melquíades is a prophet and José Arcadio Buendía's friend. Read More
Aureliano (II) The son of Meme Buendía and Mauricio Babilonia, Aureliano's identity is unknown to others because he's born at the convent, then delivered to the Buendías. Read More
Amaranta Buendía Amaranta Buendía is the daughter of Úrsula and José Arcadio Buendía. Read More
Prudencio Aguilar When José Arcadio Buendía's cockfighting opponent insults him after losing, he kills Prudencio Aguilar and is haunted by his ghost.
Alfonso Alfonso is Aureliano's friend from the bookstore, who learns Catalan to translate the Catalonian's manuscripts, and doesn't return from a weekend trip.
Álvaro Álvaro is Aureliano's friend from the bookstore, who buys an infinite pass on a train to travel.
Amaranta Úrsula The second daughter and third child of Fernanda and Aureliano Segundo, Amaranta Úrsula—playful, fashionable, and strong—marries Gaston, begins an affair with Aureliano, and delivers the last in the line of the Buendías before dying of complications.
Arcadio Santa Sofía de la Piedad's lover and father of Remedios the Beauty, Aureliano Segundo, and José Arcadio Segundo, Arcadio is the son of Pilar and José Arcadio.
Aureliano Arcaya After arriving with the banana rush, stubborn Aureliano Arcaya is exterminated after his father threatens war.
Argénida Rebeca's servant, Argénida is the only person who has contact with her following José Arcadio's death.
Aureliano (III) The last of the Buendía lineage, Aureliano is the infant of Aureliano (II) and Amaranta Úrsula; he is killed and carried away by ants.
Aureliano Amador Dark skinned and green eyed, Aureliano Amador, a carpenter from a small village, escapes into the mountains when the extermination of the Aurelianos occurs.
Father Augusto Ángel Stubborn and bold, Father Augusto Ángel replaces Father Antonio Isabel.
Aureliano José The son of Aureliano and Pilar, bawdy and idle Aureliano José is adopted by Amaranta after Remedios passes, and he receives early military training from Colonel Gerineldo Márquez.
Mauricio Babilonia Born and raised in Macondo, whimsical and masculine Mauricio Babilonia is a mechanic for the banana company and Meme's love interest.
Bartender The bartender has a disfigured arm from disrespecting his mother, and serves Aureliano after Amaranta Úrsula dies.
Mr. Brown Rich Mr. Jack Brown, the banana company executive, arrives in a personal coach car with German shepherds.
Patricia Brown A friend of Meme's, Patricia Brown is the daughter of Mr. Brown.
Aureliano Buendía Aureliano Buendía is José Arcadio Buendía's passive grandfather and the first Aureliano Buendía.
Don José Arcadio Buendía After becoming partners with Úrsula's great-great-grandfather, Don José Arcadio Buendía, a tobacco farmer and José Arcadio Buendía's great-great-grandfather, becomes rich.
Camila Known as "The Elephant," charming and feminine Camila Sagastume challenges Aureliano Segundo to an eating contest that causes her opponent to lose consciousness.
Captain Roque Carnicero The squad leader, Captain Roque Carnicero pulls the slip of paper that appoints him to execute Arcadio when no one wants to kill a Buendía.
The Catalonian Once a classic literature professor, the insightful and paternal Catalonian owns the bookstore where Aureliano buys materials to translate Melquíades's papers.
Cataure Helpful and aware, Cataure, a Guajiro Indian prince fleeing the insomnia plague with his sister, cares for Buendía children until he discovers Rebeca is infected.
Father Coronel A war veteran, Father Coronel replaces Father Nicanor.
Bruno Crespi Bruno Crespi is Pietro Crespi's younger brother who helps him with the store and marries Amparo Moscote.
Pietro Crespi Handsome, particular, and pleasant, Pietro Crespi courts Rebeca, then Amaranta, whose rejection leads him to commit suicide.
Don Melchor Escalona From the swamp, elderly Don Melchor Escalona teaches at the school.
Fernanda del Carpio Fernanda del Carpio is Aureliano Segundo's wife and the mother of José Arcadio, Meme, and Amaranta Úrsula. She controls the house after Úrsula becomes blind.
Fernanda's great-grandmother A childhood vision, Fernanda's mother convinces her the woman in white was her great-grandmother, a late queen.
Don Fernando Don Fernando, Fernanda's idealized and solitary father, sells household items and goes into debt to ensure his daughter receives a good education.
The foreigner After viewing Remedios the Beauty's face, the aristocratic and attractive foreigner becomes an argumentative insomniac, who is killed by a train after falling asleep on railroad tracks.
Francisco the Man Nearly two centuries old, the singing drifter stops in Macondo often to share songs about what he has witnessed.
Gabriel Colonel Gerineldo Márquez's great-great-grandson, lethargic and haunted Gabriel is Aureliano's closest friend from the bookstore, who moves to Paris.
Gaston A pilot, Gaston is Amaranta Úrsula's meek and imaginative husband, who bides his time in Macondo with entomology and developing an airmail business.
Colonel Gavilán A former colonel in the Mexican revolution in exile, Colonel Lorenzo Gavilán is a union leader who is jailed with José Arcadio Segundo.
Germán Germán is Aureliano's friend from the bookstore who doesn't return from a weekend trip.
The guard A soldier who guards the Buendía house sells Colonel Aureliano Buendía's gold fish in the swamp villages.
Gypsy girl After José Arcadio discovers Pilar is pregnant with his child, he has sex with the young gypsy girl and leaves with the caravan.
Mr. Herbert When Mr. Herbert, a thorough businessperson and traveler responsible for the development of the banana plantation stays with the Buendías, he eats and studies their bananas.
Great-great-grandfather Iguarán Úrsula's great-great-grandfather is a merchant.
Great-great-grandmother Iguarán Because she sat on the stove while the area was under attack, Úrsula's great-great-grandmother became incompetent and reclusive.
Petronila Iguarán When Úrsula begins losing touch with reality, she mourns Petronila Iguarán, her great-grandmother, who died a century ago.
Father Antonio Isabel Father Antonio Isabel replaces Father Coronel and shows signs of mental decrepitude.
José Arcadio A world traveler, José Arcadio is the eldest son of Úrsula Iguarán and José Arcadio Buendía, who marries Rebeca and is covered in tattoos.
José Arcadio (II) The listless son of Fernanda and Aureliano Segundo, José Arcadio (II) is their oldest child.
Colonel Gerineldo Márquez Son of a Macondo founder, Colonel Gerineldo Márquez is Colonel Aureliano Buendía's courteous friend and, following his departure, the civil and military leader of Macondo who pursues Amaranta and whom Úrsula loves like a son.
General Victorio Medina A revolutionary who is sentenced to death in Riohacha, Colonel Aureliano Buendía travels with seven men to Macondo to rescue Victorio Medina and fails, thus beginning another war.
Meme Renata Remedios, often called Meme, is the social and modern daughter and second child of Fernanda del Carpio and Aureliano Segundo.
Mercedes Mercedes is Gabriel's girlfriend.
The midwife The midwife and the mistress of the "brothel of lies" helps Amaranta Úrsula deliver Aureliano and seeks help when she suffers from complications.
José Raquel Moncada When the war ends, José Raquel Moncada, a smart and amiable "antimilitarist" and Colonel Aureliano Buendía's friend, becomes Macondo's mayor.
José Raquel Moncada's wife José Raquel Moncada's wife lives in Liberal territory and refuses to let Colonel Aureliano Buendía in her house.
Carmelita Montiel Destined for Aureliano José, Carmelita Montiel is waiting for him at Pilar's house when he is shot.
Amparo Moscote Considerate and attractive Amparo Moscote, who later marries Bruno Crespi, befriends Rebeca and delivers Pietro Crespi's letters to her.
Don Apolinar Moscote The sophisticated and competent father of seven daughters, the government sends Don Apolinar Moscote to be Macondo's magistrate.
Señora Moscote Mrs. Moscote is Don Apolinar's wife and the mother of seven daughters.
Father Nicanor Father Nicanor Reyna is the first religious figure in Macondo who raises money to build a church by levitating.
Nigromanta The great-granddaughter of Aureliano (II)'s friend, Nigromanta, a warm and kind prostitute, becomes Aureliano's lover.
Nigromanta's great-grandfather From the West Indies and resourceful, Aureliano learns Papiamento to speak with him, the only inhabitant that remembers Aureliano's family.
Dr. Alirio Noguero A "charlatan" and political exile, Dr. Alirio Noguero arrives to Macondo with sugar pills and a forged diploma to practice medicine and is eventually murdered by the army.
A patron at Catarino's A patron at Catarino's insults Arcadio, and to everyone's surprise, Arcadio spares his life.
Petra A widow and Aureliano Segundo's long-term concubine, lucky and charitable Petra Cotes runs a raffle business out of her home.
Petronio Petronio is an impatient and ill church sexton.
Santa Sofía de la Piedad When Arcadio seeks out his mother for a relationship, Pilar pays enduring and faithful Santa Sofía de la Piedad and her parents her life savings to take her place.
Pilar Known for her tarot card readings, Pilar Ternera is the chatty and intuitive mother of Arcadio, Aureliano José, and seven additional children, and whose friendship with and knowledge of the Buendías spans almost all seven generations.
Rebeca The widow of José Arcadio, Rebeca arrives from Manaure with a bag of her parents' bones and locks herself in her house with her servant after her husband's mysterious death.
Rebel colonel The young and stoic rebel colonel is the revolution's treasurer who delivers the gold that Colonel Aureliano Buendía surrenders.
Red-haired American boy Meme's first crush, the red-haired American boy vacations in Macondo with his parents.
Remedios The youngest Moscote daughter dies shortly after marrying Colonel Aureliano Buendía.
Remedios the Beauty A "lucid" minimalist whose scent drives men crazy, Remedios the Beauty is the daughter of Santa Sofía de la Piedad and Arcadio.
Captain Aquiles Ricardo When José Raquel Moncada's cockfights are suspended, Captain Aquiles Ricardo, who inhabitants view as an agitator, replaces him as mayor.
Aureliano Segundo Santa Sofía de la Piedad and Arcadio's son, and twin to José Arcadio Segundo, Aureliano Segundo is a generous homebody, Fernanda's husband, and father of Meme, José Arcadio, and Amaranta Úrsula.
José Arcadio Segundo The glum twin to Aureliano Segundo, José Arcadio Segundo is the son of Santa Sofía de la Piedad and Arcadio who survives the banana massacre and hides until his death.
Aureliano Serrador Aureliano Serrador is one of the Aurelianos, who arrives with the banana rush.
Colonel Gregorio Stevenson Disguised as an old woman, Colonel Gregorio Stevenson delivers Colonel Aureliano Buendía's unfortunate news to Arcadio regarding the Liberal Party's poor condition and his order to surrender the town.
Aureliano Triste The first of the Aurelianos to stay in Macondo, driven and adventurous Aureliano Triste works for Aureliano Segundo, then begins an ice factory.
The trumpeter When the trumpeter greets Arcadio with "fanfare," he orders his execution.
Úrsula's mother Úrsula Iguarán's mother scares her daughter by telling her that her children will have pig tails.
General Teófilo Vargas In command of the second assembly of the principal rebel commanders, General Teófilo Vargas, wild and deadly, is murdered in an ambush.
Magnífico Visbal Son of a Macondo founder, Magnífico Visbal is Colonel Aureliano Buendía's friend.
Visitación A Guajiro Indian princess, helpful and attentive Visitación flees the insomnia plague with her brother and cares for the Buendía children.
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