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Buck Buck is a large dog and the protagonist of The Call of the Wild. Following his primordial instincts, he transforms from a domesticated animal to a wild creature. Read More
John Thornton An experienced prospector, John Thornton becomes Buck's loving master. Read More
Spitz A fierce dog, Spitz fights with Buck for leadership of a dog team. Read More
Hal A foolish and inexperienced sled-dog owner, Hal is the brother of Mercedes and brother-in-law of Charles. Read More
Mercedes A foolish and inexperienced sled-dog owner, Mercedes is the sister of Hal and the wife of Charles. Read More
Billee Billee is a good-natured husky dog who is part of Buck's dog team. Eventually, Billee dies from the abusive treatment of Hal, Charles, and Mercedes.
"Black" Burton "Black" Burton is a bully; when he picks a fight with John Thornton, Buck attacks Burton.
Charles A foolish and inexperienced sled-dog owner, Charles is the husband of Mercedes and brother-in-law of Hal.
Curly Curly is a good-natured Newfoundland dog. When he arrives in the Northland, Curly is killed by a dog pack.
Dave A veteran member of Buck's dog team, Dave cares only about pulling a sled with his team. Even when he becomes seriously ill, Dave insists on being part of the team, but eventually the Scotch half-breed shoots him.
Dolly Dolly is a timid dog who is killed after she contracts rabies.
François A fair man, François guides a dogsled that delivers dispatches. François befriends Buck, a member of his dog team.
Hans Hans is one of John Thornton's partners. Hans accompanies Thornton in search of a lost mine.
Joe Joe is a dog on Buck's sled team who has a sour disposition.
Man in the red sweater A harsh dog breaker, the man in the red sweater teaches Buck the "law of the club."
Manuel Manuel, one of Judge Miller's servants, secretly sells Buck.
Matthewson A wealthy prospector, Matthewson places a bet against John Thornton that Buck cannot pull a sled loaded with 1,000 pounds of goods.
Judge Miller Judge Miller is a wealthy man and owner of a large Californian estate. He raises Buck from a pup and treats him as a special dog.
Jim O'Brien Jim O'Brien is an old friend of John Thornton's; he lends Thornton money to cover a bet against Matthewson.
Perrault A tough but fair French-Canadian man, Perrault transports dispatches via dogsled with his partner, François. Perrault believes Spitz will eventually kill Buck.
Pete Pete is one of John Thornton's partners. Pete accompanies Thornton in search of a lost mine.
Pike Pike is a dog on Buck's dog team who tends to be lazy.
Primitive man The primitive man is a subject of Buck's visions; the man accompanies Buck into the wild.
Scotch half-breed The Scotch half-breed buys Buck and his dog team from François and Perrault. Along with his companions, the Scotch half-breed transports mail via dogsled.
Sol-leks A veteran member of Buck's dog team, Sol-leks seems uninterested in anything but pulling a sled with his team. Blind in one eye, Sol-leks attacks any dog who approaches him on his blind side.
Yeehats The Yeehats are a fictitious tribe of First Nations people.
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