RALPH NICKLEBY, JR.: Godfrey’s son who becomes obsessed with money.
MRS. NICKLEBY: the foolish wife of Nicholas Nickleby, Sr.
NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, JR. (MR. JOHNSON): Son of Nicholas, Sr., who is nineteen at the beginning of the story
KATE NICKLEBY: the fourteen year old sister of Nicholas, Jr.
NEWMAN NOGGS: Ralph Nickleby’s clerk, a ruined gentleman
MISS LA CREEVY: a painter who lets out her house
MR. WACKFORD SQUEERS: a one-eyed headmaster of an institution who hires Nicholas Nickleby, Jr.
SMIKE (MR. DIGBY): a gimpy boy at Squeers’ school
FREDERICK VERISOPHT: one of the gentleman Ralph Nickleby entertains at the party that he trys to entrap via Kate
MULBERRY HAWK: one of the gentlemen Ralph Nickleby entertains at the party that takes a liking to Kate
MR. PYKE: one of the gentlemen Ralph Nickleby entertains at the party that is a toady of Hawk’s
MR. PLUCK: one of the gentlemen Ralph Nickleby entertains at the party that is a toady of Hawk’s
MR. VINCENT CRUMMLES: manager of a theater group that hires Nicholas
MR. CHARLES CHEERYBLE: a German merchant
NED CHEERYBLE: Charles’ twin brother
TIM LINKINWATER: an elderly employee of the Cherrybles
FRANK CHEERYBLE: nephew of the Cheeryble brothers
MADELINE BRAY: devoted daughter who makes sacrifices to take care of her father
ARTHUR GRIDE: an elderly gentleman, Ralph’s mentor, who is in love with Madeline
PEG SILDERSKEW: deaf housekeeper of Arthur Gride
MR. GODFREY NICKLEBY: The grandfather of Nicholas Nickleby, Jr. and father of Ralph and Nicholas Sr
RALPH NICKLEBY, SR.: the uncle of Godfrey Nickleby, who leaves him an
MR. SNAWLEY: a stepfather who enrolls his two stepsons in Squeers’ school.
MRS. SQUEERS: the bullying wife of Mr. Squeers
MASTER WACKFORD SQUEERS, JR.: the son of the Squeers who is heir to the
school and their way of thinking
MISS FANNY SQUEERS: 23 year old daughter of the Squeers
MATILDA PRICE (KNOWN AS TILDA OR TILLY): Fanny Squeers’ best friend
JOHN BROWDIE: the husband of Matilda Price
MADAME MANTALINI: a milliner and dressmaker that employs Kate
MR. ALFRED MUNTLE (MANTALINI): husband of the dressmaker whose English name was changed because it would have hurt business
MISS KNAG: the forewoman at the dress shop.
MR. CROWL: a selfish associate of Noggs
MR. KENWIGS: an ivory turner who occupies the first floor of the building Noggs lives in.
MRS. SUSAN KENWIGS: wife of Mr. Kenwigs whom everyone wants to know
because of her wealth.
MORLEENA KENWIGS: daughter of the Kenwigs’
MR. LILLYVICK: the revered uncle of Mrs. Kenwigs, who is a collector of water rates
MRS. JULIA WITTERLY: a rich lady who advertises for a companion
MR. HENRY WITTERLY: Mrs. Witterly’s husband
MASTER CRUMMLES: son of manager
MASTER PERCY CRUMMLES: another son of the manager
MRS. CRUMMLES: wife of the manager
MISS NINETTA CRUMMLES: ten year old daughter of the Crummles, considered talented by some
MR. TOMMY FOLAIR: one of the actors, a dancer in the Crummles theater group
MR. LENVILLE: tragedy actor
MISS SNEVELLICCI: considered one of the talented actresses of the theater group
MISS LEDROOK: fellow actress and friend of Miss Snevellicci
MRS. LENVILLE: an actress, married to the tragedy actor
MISS BELVAWNEY: one of the actresses who usually plays a page
MISS BRAVASSA: an actress known for her beauty
MRS. GRUDEN: assists in the Crummles’ domestic affairs, takes the money at the door, cleans the theater, and is an understudy.
MISS HENRIETTA PETOWKER (MRS. LILLYVICK): an acquaintance of both the
Kenwigs and the Crummles, an actress
MR. TRIMMERS: a friend of the Cheerybles who raises money for families in need
MR. BROOKER: a former clerk of Ralph’s
MR. WALTER BRAY: a man in great debt and ruin