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Pierre Count Pyotr Kirillovich or Kirilych Bezukhov, most often called Pierre, is the primary hero of the story who is riddled with human frailties. Read More
Andrei Prince Andrei Nikolaevich (Andryusha, Andre) Bolkonsky, most often called Andrei or Prince Andrei, is the intellectual son of Prince Nikolai. Read More
Natasha Countess Natalya Ilyinichna (Natasha, Natalie; family name Rostov), most often called Natasha, is the vibrant younger daughter of the Rostovs. Read More
Nikolai Count Nikolai Ilyich (Nikolushka, Nikolenka, Nikolashka, Kolya, Nicolas, Coco) Rostov, most often called Nikolai or Rostov, is the passionate son of the Rostovs. Read More
Marya Princess Marya Nikolaevna (Masha, Mashenka, Marie; family name Bolkonsky), most often called Marya or Princess Marya, is the daughter of Prince Nikolai. Read More
Alexander Tsar Alexander I is the emperor of Russia. Nikolai sees him while in the army and is overwhelmed with patriotic feeling.
Alpatych Alpatych is the steward for the Bolkonsky estates.
Anatole Prince Anatole Vassilievich Kuragin is the promiscuous and amoral younger son of Vassily Kuragin. He is offered to Princess Marya as a marriage prospect and also attempts to seduce Natasha, which leads to her breaking her engagement to Andrei.
Anna Mikhailovna Princess Anna Mikhailovna Drubetskoy is an impoverished aristocrat who uses influence to help her son get ahead.
Anna Pavlovna Anna Pavlovna (Annette) Scherer hosts a salon for the upper class in Petersburg.
Arakcheev Count Arakcheev is Tsar Alexander's minister of war.
Archduke Ferdinand Archduke Ferdinand is commander-in-chief of the Austrian forces in the war against Napoleon in 1805.
Bagration Prince Bagration is a commander in both wars, holding off the French at Schöngraben in 1805 so the army can retreat.
Balaga Balaga is the troika driver hired by Anatole when he tries to abduct Natasha.
Balashov Balashov is the emissary Alexander sends to Napoleon when he first crosses the Niemen River in 1812.
Barclay de Tolly Barclay de Tolly is a Russian general who calls the retreat at Smolensk.
Bazdeev Osip (Iosif) Alexeevich Bazdeev is a highly respected Mason elder.
Bennigsen General Bennigsen is Kutuzov's chief of staff, who works to undermine him.
Berg Alphonse Karlovich or Karlych (Adolf) Berg, usually called Berg, is a Russian officer who marries Vera.
Bilibin Bilibin is a talented but cynical Russian diplomat.
Boris Prince Boris (Borya, Borenka) Drubetskoy, most often called Boris, is a shameless social climber and son of Anna Mikhailovna. When Natasha was 13, he promised he would marry her when she came of age.
Catiche Princess Katerina Semyonovna, most often called Catiche, is old Count Bezukhov's niece.
Count Bezukhov Count Kirill Vladimirovich Bezukhov, most often called Count Bezukhov, is a rich man and father of Pierre.
Count Ilya Rostov Count Ilya Andreevich or Andreich (Elie) Rostov, most often called Count Rostov or Count Ilya Rostov, is the genial patriarch of the Rostov family.
Count Ostermann-Tolstoy Count Ostermann-Tolstoy recommends Nikolai Rostov for a medal for bravery.
Countess Rostov Countess Natalya (Natalie; family name Rostov), most often called Countess Rostov or the countess, is the matriarch of the Rostov family.
Danilo Danilo is a servant in charge of the hunting dogs at Otradnoe.
Davout Davout is a French general known for his cruelty.
Denisov Vassily Dmitrich (Vaska) Denisov is an officer in the cavalry and Nikolai Rostov's best friend.
Dessales Dessales is Nikolenka's (Prince Andre's son) tutor.
Dokhturov General Dokhturov is an effective leader in both wars against the French.
Dolgorukov Prince Dolgorukov is an emissary sent to Napoleon on the eve of the Battle of Austerlitz.
Dolokhov Fyodor Ivanovich (Fedya) Dolokhov is a brave and ruthless Russian officer who fights a duel with Pierre.
Dron Dron is the headman of the peasants (serfs) at Bogucharovo.
Dunyasha Dunyasha is a ladies' maid for Princess Marya and also for Countess Rostov; these are two different characters with the same name.
Emperor Franz Emperor Franz is the emperor of Austria in 1805.
Hélène Princess Eléna Vassílievna (Lélya, Hélène) Kuragin, most often called Hélène, is the promiscuous and amoral daughter of Vassily Kuragin.
Ilagin Ilagin is a wealthy landowner and the Rostovs' neighbor at Otradnoe.
Ilyin Ilyin is Rostov's young protégé.
Iogel Iogel is a dancing master who throws annual balls for his students.
Ippolit Prince Ippolit Vassilievich (Hippolyte) Kuragin is Vassily Kuragin's empty-headed elder son.
Julie Karagin Julie Karagin is Marya's friend who later becomes a wealthy heiress.
Karataev Platon Karataev is a saintly foot soldier who helps Pierre cope with captivity.
Karp Karp is an insubordinate serf at Bogucharovo during the evacuation to Moscow.
Katerina Petrovna Katerina Petrovna is the governor's wife in Voronezh who helps arrange a reunion between Nikolai Rostov and Marya.
Kutuzov General Mikhail Ilarionovich Kutuzov is the field marshal (commander-in-chief) of the Russian forces in both wars against the French.
Langeron Count Langeron objects to Weyrother's plan for battle at the war council before Austerlitz.
Lavrushka Lavrushka is Denisov's and then Nikolai Rostov's servant.
Lazarev Lazarev is a Russian soldier chosen at random to receive the French Legion of Honor medal for bravery.
Lise Princess Elizaveta Karlovna, née Meinen (Lisa, Lizaveta, Lise, "the little princess"; family name Bolkonsky), most often called "the little princess," is Prince Andrei's wife who dies in childbirth. She is a harmless but superficial and silly person, ill-suited to her husband.
Mack General Mack is the Austrian general who surrenders to Napoleon in Ulm.
Makar Alexeich Makar Alexeich is the half-mad and alcoholic brother of Bazdeev.
Maria Feodorovna Maria Feodorovna is the dowager empress and mother of Tsar Alexander.
Marva Kuzminishna Marva Kuzminishna is the Rostovs' housekeeper.
Marya Bogdanovna Marya Bogdanovna is the midwife in attendance when Andrei's wife is in labor.
Marya Dmitrievna Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimov is an outspoken woman, and she is good friends with the Rostovs.
Métivier Métivier is a French doctor in Moscow who briefly tends to Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky.
Mikhail Ivanovich Mikhail Ivanovich is Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky's architect.
Mikhail Nikanorytch Mikhail Nikanorytch is uncle to the Rostov children, and he offers them hospitality after the hunt.
Mitenka Dmitri Vasilevich (Mitenka) is the estate manager for the Rostovs.
Miloradovich Miloradovich is a Russian general who fights in both wars against the French.
Mlle Bourienne Amalia Evgenievna (Amelie, Bourrienka) Bourienne, usually called Mlle Bourienne, is Marya's lady's companion.
Mortemart Mortemart is a French nobleman living in Russia who frequents Anna Pavlovna's soirées.
Mrs. Malvintsev Mrs. Malvintsev (Anna Ignatyevna) is Marya's maternal aunt who lives in Voronezh.
Murat Murat is a French general and Napoleon's brother-in-law who fights in both wars.
Napoleon Napoleon Bonaparte, sometimes called Buonaparte, is emperor of the French empire and the commander-in-chief of the invading army.
Nastasya Ivanovna Nastasya Ivanovna is a buffoon who lives with the Rostovs and dresses in women's clothing.
Nesvitsky Prince Nesvitsky goes back to tell the hussars they must blow up the bridge at Enns.
Nikolenka Prince Nikolai Andreevich (Nikolushka, Nikolenka, Coco Bolkonsky), most often called Nikolenka, is the son of Prince Andrei.
Orlov-Denisov Count Orlov-Denisov is the only commander who gets to his appointed place at the right time at the Battle of Tarutino.
Petya Count Pyotr Ilyich (Petya, Petrusha) Rostov, most often called Petya, is the youngest son of Count Ilya Rostov.
Pfuel Pfuel is a German general with a plan to fight the French in 1812.
Prince Nikolai Andreevich Prince Nikolai Andreevich or Andreich Bolkonsky, most often called Prince Nikolai Andreevich, is an eccentric aristocrat.
Raevsky General Raevsky's artillery battery was the most strategic position at the Battle of Borodino.
Ramballe Ramballe is a French officer whose life is saved by Pierre.
Rapp Rapp is one of Napoleon's adjutants.
Rastopchin Count Fyodor Vasilyevich Rastopchin served as Moscow's military governor.
Shinshin Shinshin is Countess Rostov's cousin and is known for his wit.
Sonya Sofya Alexandrovna (Sonya, Sophie), most often called Sonya, is an orphaned cousin of the Rostov children.
Speransky Speransky is Tsar Alexander's chief counselor on matters of state.
Telyanin Telyanin is an officer who steals money from Denison and then withholds supplies from his regiment.
Tikhon Tikhon is the manservant of Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky; the scout that Denison's partisans use is also named Tikhon.
Tushin Captain Tushin directs the artillery battery at Schöngraben and bravely holds off the French.
Vassily Prince Vassily Sergeevich Kuragin is an empty and amoral aristocrat.
Vera Countess Vera Ilyinichna (Verushka, Verochka; family name Rostov), most often called Vera, is the elder daughter of the Rostovs. She is portrayed as a socially awkward, artificial person.
Vereshchagin Vereshchagin is a radical who is killed by a mob in Moscow on the eve of the French occupation.
Weyrother Weyrother is the Austrian general who draws up the plan for the Battle of Austerlitz.
Willarski Count Willarski is the chief Mason in Petersburg who helps Pierre become initiated into the order.
Zherkov Zherkov is a cowardly adjutant who, when under fire, does not deliver messages.
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