Gene: This character is the protagonist whose envy of Finny eventually
leads to his untimely demise. He is also suspicious of Finny's motivations
since his cynical attitude causes him to think that no individual could be
as completely pure as Finny. So, he projects his own devious nature on other
Phineas: . He is a nonconformist who fails to acknowledge school
regulations and tradition. This behavior is illustrated in his consistent
lateness to dinner, wearing the school tie as a belt, wearing a pink shirt,
and organizing the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session.
Brinker Hadley: This character is an elitist student leader that
is concerned about losing his power to Finny's popularity.
Leper Lepellier: He is an isolationist that was ridiculed by his
classmates. He is important in the events of the novel since he was present
when Finny "fell" from the oak tree. Leper surprises his classmates
by choosing to enlist in the paratroopers after watching an army recruiter
video, although he later deserts the army and returns to his Vermont home
Chet Douglass: A member of the Super Suicide Society.
Bobby Zane: A member of the Super Suicide Society.
Mr. Prud'homme: He is the housemaster during the summer.
Mr. And Mrs. Patch-Withers: The couple who are the substitute houseparents
during the summer term.
Dr. Stanpole: He is the head of the infirmary.
Quackenbush: He is the captain of the crew team.
Mr. Ludsbury: He is the housemaster who has a reputation of being
Brownie Perkins: He is Brinker's roommate.
Phil Latham: He is the school wrestling coach.
Captain Marvel: He is the captain of the football team.