->"''All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one; you need not covet it) is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.''"
* BlackSheep: Her family considers her the odd one -- who is not handsome, not pursuing the right relations, not caring about wealth and aristocracy.
* IAmNotPretty: She lost the beauty of youth when her relationship with Wentworth broke.
* IRegretNothing: [[spoiler:She eventually decides that in spite of the pain it caused her and Wentworth, she was right to bow to others' opinions by not marrying him when they were young]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: She was very pretty when she was younger -- a teenager and in her early twenties. Her loss of love cost her her bloom and she's considered rather plain, but elegant. Her looks improve considerably when she gets happier.
* LoveDodecahedron: She's involved in one. Charles Musgrove loved her, but married her sister. She loves Captain Wentworth who used to love her as well but now thinks he might love Louisa or Henrietta. Captain Benwick is obviously infatuated with her and she doesn't find him too shabby either. Her cousin William loves her as well and she's tempted to return the affection.
* MissingMom: Lady Elliot died when Anne was a young teen-aged girl. She misses her mother dearly as she was the only one in her family who loved her. It's hinted they shared love for music.
* NewOldFlame: To Captain Wentworth. They used to be engaged and the chemistry is still there, despite the fact that Captain Wentworth chooses to ignore her at first.
* OldMaid: She's twenty-seven and not married yet. That was a dangerous age when a woman would be considered to becoming an old maid.
* TheOneThatGotAway: Till Captain shows up again, Anne suffers from this trope a lot. She has done so for eight years. She's never met Captain Wentworth's equal and refused Charles Musgrove's offer. Justified by the fact that she never got beyond her social circle in the country.
* OnlySaneMan: In the Elliot family; she is far more responsible and clear-headed than her father or sister.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Rather, ParentalSubstitute Marriage Veto.
* ProperLady: She's very caring and a sweet lady.
* TheQuietOne: She's not very lively or spirited. However, she has an elegant mind and when she speaks, it's sensible and nice.
* TheStoic: She thinks she has to appear strong to her friends and acquaintances, but she often suffers serious emotional turmoil inside.
* TheUnfavorite: She definitely TheUnfavourite to her father, Sir Walter. To him, she is only Anne, unimportant second daughter who is not beautiful enough or vain enough, who will never marry, or never marry a suitable man.
* WhiteSheep: She, along with her late mother, were the only exemplary members of the Elliot Family.
!!Sir Walter Elliot
Anne's vain, snobbish father. His determination to live in the style a baronet requires runs up so much debt that he's forced to rent out his estate to restore the family finances.
* BlueBlood: His favorite book is The Baronetcy, and he'll spend hours pouring over his pedigree.
* TheDandy: Sir Walter is so vain that his chamber is covered in mirrors (which the Admiral promptly has moved) and he evaluates people by their looks once he's done judging their birth.
* ParentsAsPeople: He's a twit and neglects Anne abominably, but the reason he didn't remarry was for his daughters' sake.
* UpperClassTwit: He has a great many disparaging remarks to make about the Navy, tradesmen, and anyone else below his own rank. But he's so senseless, he can't comprehend that his spending habits are the reason for his embarrassment.
The eldest Elliot daughter. She's more or less a female version of her father: vain, self-centered, and obsessed with status.
* UpperClassTwit: She's just as senseless as Sir Walter when it comes to matters of money.
Anne's closest friend and mentor. Lady Russell persuaded Anne to reject Wentworth out of prudence, a decision that left a lot of heartbreak.
* MamaBear: Of the genteel lady variety. She only wants the best for Anne.
* ParentalSubstitute: She steps in as Anne's mother figure after Lady Elliot's death, and she's the only one who ever considers Anne's happiness and needs.
* ParentsAsPeople: While far more sensible than the other Elliots, she still favors blue blood, and her counsel caused quite a bit of heartbreak.
The youngest Elliot sister. While she isn't quite as bad as Elizabeth, she's still self-centered and irritable.
* TheHypochondriac: She has a tendency to suffer frequent nervous illnesses that confine her to her couch. Curiously, it always clears up when someone begins paying attention to her.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She whines and complains any time she isn't paid attention to. When Louisa is injured, Mary's reaction to Anne being designated nurse is to be offended and insist that ''she'' do it, even though she's in no way suitable.
* UpperClassTwit: Always makes a fuss over being given right of place over her mother-in-law, because after all, she is an ''Elliot''.
!! Captain Frederick Wentworth
Anne's former fiance. He comes back into her life when his sister and brother-in-law rent Kellynch Estate. He's still bitter about their broken engagement and immediately begins courting the Musgrove sisters.
* TheCaptain: From what we know about his treatment of hapless Dick Musgrove, he's a bit of AFatherToHisMen. He also speaks with great affection of the ships he's commanded.
* HeroicBSOD: When Louisa falls and hits her head badly, Wentworth is just as panicked as the Musgroves.
* NiceGuy: In spite of his ill-feeling towards Anne, he's still far more conscientious of her than her family, pulling her misbehaving nephew off her back and making sure she has a ride back from an overlong walk.
* ThePollyanna: When he was courting Anne, he had every expectation of speedily winning his fortune at sea in spite of the inherent risks of his profession. As it turns out, things went about as he predicted.
* SelfMadeMan: He won about £25,000 in prize money during the war against Napoleon. In today's money, that would make him a millionaire.
* TwiceShy: He's cold and formal to Anne and has a lot to say about how he's only interested in a woman who won't be ''persuaded'' out of something she wants.