A listing of characters who appear in Lois Lowry's ''Literature/TheGiverQuartet'', consisting of ''Literature/TheGiver'', ''Literature/GatheringBlue'', ''Literature/{{Messenger}}'', and ''Literature/{{Son}}.''


[[folder:''The Giver'']]


The main protagonist of ''The Giver'' and supporting character in ''Messenger'' and ''Son.'' At the onset of the first book twelve-year-old Jonas is selected to become the next Receiver of Memory, who stores all the memories of the time before Sameness so they can aid the Community in making decisions the Elders lack the experience to make. As Jonas receives memories of beautiful things such as sunshine, love, and family, as well as terrible things like war and starvation, the more horrified he becomes at how emotionally sterile the community has to be in order to function at all, and he and the Giver set out to change things.

Played by Brenton Thwaites in the 2014 film.

* AdaptationDyeJob: In the book, Jonas's eyes are notably paler than everyone else's (and are described as blue in the sequels).
* AgeLift: He's aged up to sixteen in the 2014 film.
* BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler: Despite his growing disillusionment with his Community, it's not until he learns that Gabe is going to be killed that he decides to leave.]]
* TheCameo: In ''Gathering Blue'', Matt describes a boy with "amazing blue eyes."
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Like most people in his community, Jonas takes things that would be downright horrifying to many people as normal -- although once he receives memories of better times, he realizes how horrible the Community is to make its residents live this way.
* TheChosenOne: To become the next Receiver of Memory.
* EroticDream: Jonas' dream of his "favorite female friend," Fiona, which prompts his mother to start giving him the pills.
* HeroesWantRedheads: He has his Stirrings on Fiona. [[spoiler:He ends up with the dark-haired Kira, though.]]
* InferredSurvival: [[spoiler: It's strongly hinted in ''Messenger'' that Leader is Jonas: the mentions of his blue eyes, his sister, and Fiona, the sled makes an appearance, and that he first discovered his powers via an apple.]]
* LoveInterest: Fiona [[spoiler: and implied in ''Messenger,'' Kira. He graduates to full-on OfficialCouple with the latter.]]
* MeaningfulName: Jonas is a variation of Jonah, as in the reluctant prophet Jonah. Jonas knows that what the community is doing is wrong, but he is afraid to do the right thing and leave until someone around him is in danger, at which point he assumes the mantle of prophet and leaves the community at great risk to his own life, giving Gabriel a chance to live and releasing the stored memories back to the community.
* MentorsNewHope: The Receiver of Knowledge who mentors Jonas is revealed [[spoiler: to have had another protege in the past, hinted to have been his own biological daughter (in their society, children are assigned to parents other than their birthmothers), who committed suicide out of despair brought on by the knowledge she received from her mentor, and was unpersoned by the Community]].
* NiceGuy: Intuitive, understanding, sensitive, kind, well-meaning, polite, and wanting to do what's best for the Community.
* OccultBlueEyes: Has the "pale" eyes (described as blue in ''Gathering Blue'') linked to "seeing beyond."
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: By ''Son'', he and Kira have two children together.]]
* OnlyOneName: Justified; surnames do not exist in the Community.
* PapaWolf: Towards Gabriel.
* ParentalSubstitute: He becomes protective of Gabriel, and [[spoiler: when they reappear in ''Son'' they have a dynamic sort of like this, although Jonas notes he could never have been a true parent to him]].
* PsychicPowers: It's vaguely mentioned that he has the capacity to "see beyond." He fully displays this [[spoiler: in ''Messenger'']].
* SomeoneHasToDoIt: How he deals with his duties as the Receiver of Memory.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: [[spoiler: Why the Giver asks to be left behind in the Community while Jonas escapes, and why, years later, Jonas lets Gabe fight Trademaster by himself]].
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: When Jonas learns about love through memories received from the Giver and asks his parents if they love him, they admonish him for not using precise language and say that asking "Do you enjoy me?" or "Do you take pride in my accomplishments?" would have been better.

!!The Giver

The current Receiver Of Memory, who selects Jonas to become his replacement, a lonely, isolated man who carries all the memories of the time before Sameness. He considers them a burden, but cares deeply about Jonas and the Community and looks out for their best interests.

Played by Creator/JeffBridges in the 2014 film.

* BigGood
* CharacterTitle: The titular "Giver" of the novel, although his real title is Receiver.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: His real name is never revealed and he is always just called "Giver" by Jonas and "Receiver" by other characters.
* TheGoodChancellor: His role in the Community is to advise them well based on the memories he's received.
* KeeperOfForbiddenKnowledge: Pretty much his job description.
* TheMentor: To Jonas.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: After the startling failure of the previous Receiver-in-training, he is determined to do right by Jonas.
* NoNameGiven: His real name is never revealed.
* OccultBlueEyes: Has the "pale" eyes linked to "seeing beyond."
* PassingTheTorch: Passing over the memories to Jonas is essentially this, as Jonas will take over the duty of Receiver of Memory when the transfer is complete.
* PsychicPowers
* TookALevelInBadass: In the film adaptation, [[spoiler:he stalls the Chief Elder long enough to prevent Fiona's execution]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: While it's unclear how old he actually is, it's (very briefly) mentioned that the stress of keeping all the memories is part of the reason he looks so old.

Jonas's best friend, a cheerful boy whose main concern is having fun -- as such, he's assigned to become the next Assistant Director of Recreation. Although their friendship is genuine, the knowledge Jonas has to bear puts a strain on their friendship.

Played by Cameron Monaghan in the 2014 film.

* CheerfulChild / {{Keet}}
* CorporalPunishment: It's mentioned he was once beaten for asking for a "smack" instead of a "snack" when he was hungry.
* TheHedonist: Is absolutely ''delighted'' when he is assigned to be the Assistant Director of Recreation.
* MeaningfulName: "Asher" means "happy." Not so much in the film, where he's a serious, unsmiling busybody.
* OnlyOneName

Jonas's closest female friend, a kind and gentle girl who is assigned to care for the people at the House of the Old.

Played by Odeya Rush in the 2014 film.

* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler:During the climax of the film adaptation, in which she's sentenced to Release for her role in helping Jonas escape.]]
* FieryRedhead: Inverted. She is said to be calm and serene from Jonas.
* NiceGirl: She's caring and considerate, which makes her a good fit for the job of caring for old people. Although [[spoiler: her job of "releasing" old people is not so nice, although she doesn't understand the implications of such an act.]]
* OnlyOneName
* PromotedToLoveInterest: In a sense. Although Jonas has his Stirrings on her in the book, they are at best friends who drift apart as because of their divergent responsibilities. In the film, they share a kiss and [[spoiler: Fiona aids in his escape, for which she is given the death sentence]].

The previous Receiver-in-training. When she failed in her duties, the Community had to absorb the horrifying memories she'd received. Determined not to let this happen again, she was unpersoned by the Community and took great pains in choosing Jonas to be Rosemary's successor.

Played by Music/TaylorSwift in the 2014 film.

* DrivenToSuicide: She couldn't take the horrors of the memories she received and decided to kill herself. This prompted the community to add a new rule, in that future Receivers of Memory cannot ask to be released.
* InTheBlood: [[spoiler: She was the Giver's daughter.]]
* MeaningfulName: Boy howdy. After her suicide the community banned her name, decreeing that it was never to be used for a new child again.
--->''[[{{Theater/Hamlet}} "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray you, love, remember"]]''
* PosthumousCharacter: Her suicide took place years before the story starts.
* PsychicPowers
* ReleasedToElsewhere: Her death.
* {{Unperson}}: All records of her are wiped and her name can never be used for a new child. The Giver is the only one who speaks of her.

A newchild informally adopted by Jonas's family due to his slightly stunted development. He and Jonas form a strong bond, especially after Jonas realizes that he can Receive memories as well.

* AmbiguousDisorder: He doesn't meet typical developmental goals for babies/toddlers. It's vaguely implied that he had some kind of Pervasive Developmental Disorder. [[ScienceMarchesOn Note that when the book was written, PDD and Autism were thought to be much rarer than they are today.]]
* BreakingSpeech: Gives one in ''Son'' to [[spoiler: Trademaster, on how the people he's victimized still manage to find good lives for themselves.]]
* CheerfulChild: As a baby, he's very loud and happy.
* InSeriesNickname: His real name is Gabriel, but Jonas's father dubs him "Gabe" and it sticks.
* MysteriousPast: In ''Son.'' He only knows what Jonas has told him, which isn't a lot, and is frustrated by his answers of, essentially, "[[CrapsackWorld that's just how it was]]."
* OccultBlueEyes: Has the "pale" eyes linked to "seeing beyond." Gabe's power is veering, in which he can briefly transport himself into another person's body and experience their thoughts and feelings.
* PsychicPowers

!!Chief Elder

Leader of The Community. Is the speaker at all of the ceremonies in The Community as well.

Played by Creator/MerylStreep in the 2014 film.

* AdaptationalVillainy: She is a minor character in the book. In the film, she is a KnightTemplar villain.
* BigBad: Of the film.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Her real name is never revealed.
* LightIsNotGood: In the film adaptation, she wears white.
* NoNameGiven:
* OnlyOneName: Presumably.

!!Jonas' family

Jonas's family, consisting of his parents and little sister, Lily -- although like the rest of the family units, none of them are biologically related. Like the rest of the Community, they are ConditionedToAcceptHorror and remain oblivious to Jonas's increasing distance.

Played by Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard (Jonas's father), Katie Holmes (Jonas's mother), and Emma Tremblay (Lily) in the 2014 film.

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Lily can come off as this sometimes.
* BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage: Like all other marriages in the Community, the Elders decided that Jonas's parents would get married based on the compatibility of their traits.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Jonas's parents are this to Jonas. It's especially so for the father after Jonas saw a recording of the former "releasing" a twin baby. In the sequels Jonas does not even refer to them as his parents anymore, instead calling them "the people who raised him."]]
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Like most people. Especially egregious when [[spoiler:Jonas's father nonchalantly euthanizes a baby.]]
* MotorMouth: Lily. She does almost all of the talking out of her whole family.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In the film adaptation, [[spoiler:Jonas's father realizes that he had been committing institutionalized murder with each Release all along as the memories return to the Community]].
* NiceGuy: Claire singles out Jonas's father as being especially kind and friendly.
* NuclearFamily: Minus the dog, as pets don't exist in the Community. Invoked by the Community, as all families are intentionally set up like this.
* SexlessMarriage: Jonas's parents, as sexual urges are kept at bay by the pills.
* UnnamedParent: Both of Jonas's parents are unnamed.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Reaction of Jonas's parents when he asks if they love him.


[[folder:''Gathering Blue'']]
The main character of ''Gathering Blue'' and supporting character in ''Messenger'' and ''Son''. Born with a deformed leg, Kira is ostracized by members of her community and would have been put to death at birth had it not been for her mother's intervention. Upon her mother's death she is nearly sentenced to die, but is instead singled out for her exceptional weaving skills and is chosen to be the Threader, the person who will embroider the Singer's robe with the history of their people.

* TheChosenOne: Along with Thomas and Jo, she's chosen by the council to pass on the history of human civilization.
* CoolBigSis: To Matty. She teaches him manners.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: In a way, to Jonas -- while Jonas is from a futuristic society, able-bodied, had been treated well since birth, and male, Kira is from a backwater village, disabled, ostracized because of it, and female. However, they're both determined young people burdened to pass on the history of human civilization. [[spoiler: Jonas eventually has to make a sacrifice by leaving his community and Kira makes a sacrifice by staying in hers, for the betterment of both. Also, they end up together.]]
* DeadGuyJunior: In ''Son'', [[spoiler:her and Jonas's son is named Matthew for Matty and their daughter is named Annabelle for Annabella.]]
* DisabledLoveInterest: [[spoiler: To Jonas. Unlike most examples, it's pretty permanent.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: How her gift manifests itself -- visions of the future appear in her embroidery.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness
* InsecureLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Downplayed in ''Son'', in which she's still insecure about her deformed leg even after two children with Jonas.]]
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: She's been crippled since birth, but since her mother's death, her weaving and embroidery skills keep her from being killed by the council, and she later rises above those who scorn her.
* LooseLips: Mentioning to Jamison that Annabella knows there are no beasts in the woods [[spoiler: gets Annabella killed]].
* OccultBlueEyes: Has the blue eyes linked to "seeing beyond."
* PsychicPowers: It's implied her prodigious talent at embroidery is somewhat psychic in origin. This is elaborated on in ''Messenger,'' where she's now able to see temporary visions of the future in her work.
* SupremeChef: It's mentioned in ''Son'' that she's an exceptional cook.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Her job is to embroider the Singer's robe while Thomas's is to carve the Singer's staff.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: With Thomas and Matt.


Supporting character in ''Gathering Blue'' and protagonist of ''Messenger.'' Matt is a tyke from the Fen, a swampy region with strange customs and an odd way of speaking. He is at first Kira's only friend and acts as a sidekick of sorts to her. By ''Messenger'', he's been adopted by Christopher and has taken on the name "Matty."

* BigBrotherMentor: To Gabe. It's mentioned in ''Son'' that Gabe really admired and looked up to him.
* ABoyAndHisX: His dogs Branchie and Frolic.
* {{Courier}}: Matty craves the admiration and prestige of being the village's Messenger.
* HappilyAdopted: In ''Messenger,'' he is now Seer / Christopher's adopted son.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Essentially sacrifices himself to heal the world]].
* LikeBrotherAndSister: He and Kira have this dynamic; she acts as the CoolBigSis to his TagalongKid. Solidified when Christopher adopts him.
* HatesBaths: Due to growing up in the Fen, he's never without layers of dirt. He hates it when Thomas forcibly bathes him.
* HeroesLoveDogs: He forms a strong attachment to Branchie and is devastated when he dies. He later adopts Frolic and loves him just as easily.
* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler: He sacrifices himself so that the residents of Village can find the good in themselves again. It's outright stated in ''Son'' that the villagers found ways to become worthy of his sacrifice.]]
* NonHumanSidekick: Branchie in ''Gathering Blue'' and Frolic in ''Messenger'' after the former's death.
* OnlyFriend: After Kira's mother's death, he's at first the only person willing to interact with her.
* ThePigPen: Kira often describes him as filthy. He cleans up by ''Messenger''.
* {{Sidekick}}: To Kira at first, although he graduates to full-on Hero in ''Messenger''.
* TagalongKid: To Kira in ''Gathering Blue,'' where he's her eight-year-old sidekick.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Messenger'' - effectively healing the world of all evil, but effectively taking his life in the process.]]

An old woman skilled in the art of dyeing threads who teaches Kira the skill.

* CoolOldLady: Age hasn't diminished her talent with plants at all.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: It's heavily implied the Council killed her for knowing that the "beasts" were just them manipulating the residents.]]
* TheMentor: She teaches Kira everything she knows about making dyes -- not with weaving and embroidery, however, as she notes she never had the talent. That comes from Kira's mother and Kira's own innate talent.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: She's offed when Kira tells the Council that Annabella knows there are no beasts]].

Kira's kind mother, who died of an unspecified illness prior to ''Gathering Blue''.

* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Was always good to her daughter and encouraged her talents -- a stark contrast to [[AbusiveParents the other parents in the setting]].
* MamaBear: Fought vehemently against the Council's orders to have her daughter put to death. It helped that Katrina's own father and husband were influential.
* SoapOperaDisease: Her cause of death was a vaguely-defined illness, although [[spoiler: Kira increasingly suspects she was poisoned by the Council]].
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Christopher disappeared while she was pregnant. She never remarried and raised Kira by herself in memory of him.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: According to Annabella, Kira strongly resembles her.

Kira's DisappearedDad. Before his reappearance in ''Gathering Blue'' all that was known of him was that he was taken by beasts. In ''Messenger'' it's revealed that in the interim he'd found himself a new home in Village, where he serves as a source of guidance to its residents.

* DisappearedDad: To Kira, although they end up reuniting.
* KilledOffscreen: Dies between ''Messenger'' and ''Son.''
* ParentalSubstitute: He becomes one to Matty -- the boy ends up being his eyes while he serves as a much-needed parental influence.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Like the Giver, he's a wise old man who's experienced extremely trying times and serves as a source of wisdom to his community. Both of them also [[spoiler: lost their daughters (although Kira and Seer reunite)]] and take gifted young boys under their wing.


One of the Guardians, a group of wise old men who rule over Kira's village and oversee all decision-making. He is appointed as Kira's defender during her trial and later oversees her duties as the Threader.

* CoolOldGuy: A renowned hunter and respected Guardian.
* EvilAllAlong
* GreenEyedMonster: He was jealous of the power and influence Christopher wielded and set him up to die for it.
* ManipulativeBastard: He defends Kira at her trial in order to gain her trust so she wouldn't suspect she was being used for her gift.
* KarmaHoudini: Although we see in ''Messenger'' that Kira's village has gotten better in some aspects, we don't see any direct comeuppance Jamison gets.
* TreacherousAdvisor

The Carver, a boy Kira's age singled out by the Guardians for his amazing woodcarving skills (much like Kira). His job is to carve the Singer's staff with key events so the Singer would not forget their place in the Song.

* BirdsOfAFeather: He and Kira bond thanks to their similar experiences and circumstances.
* TheChosenOne: By the Council, to carve the Singer's staff.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: He was taken in by the Council and his gifts were nurtured by them after his parents were killed in a lightning storm. Both of them. At the same time. A little ''too'' convenient...
* NiceGuy: He helps Kira adjust to her new way of living.
* ShipTease: With Kira, with whom he quickly bonds with, but they end up married to different people.

A little girl from the Fen in training to become the next Singer. Unlike Thomas and Kira's relative freedom, the Guardians are cruel to her.

* CheerfulChild: She's upbeat and enthusiastic at the Gathering.
* TheChosenOne: To become the next Singer.


[[folder: ''Messenger'']]

The young and powerful leader of Village.

* BigGood: One of the most moral, well-intentioned people in Village and also its leader.
* TheFaceless: His appearance is not described. [[spoiler: In the fourth and final book, ''Son'', it's outright stated that he and Jonas are the same person.]]
* TheLeader: Of his community.
* IKnowYourTrueName: His psychic powers allow him to sense a person's true name and purpose.
* PsychicPowers: He "sees beyond," and uses this power to watch over Village.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* ShipTease: Done rather subtly with Kira. [[spoiler: When he first sees Kira, he describes her as being beautiful. By ''Son'', they have two kids together.]]
* YoungAndInCharge: It's pointed out that he's much younger than plenty of the people he leads, but is in such a position because of the wisdom brought about by his PsychicPowers.


The antagonist of ''Messenger'' and ''Son'', a mysterious man with the power to grant your wishes at a high price.

* BigBad: The instigator of the main problems in ''Messenger'' and ''Son''.
* DarkIsEvil: Dark hair, dark outfit, dark outcomes to his wishes...
* DealWithTheDevil: His whole schtick. He'll give you what you want, but his prices require you to trade away the best part of yourself -- for example, it's implied Ramon's mother traded her children's health for a Gaming Machine. But ''refuse'' to trade with him and it's possible you'll be even worse off than when you started -- he cripples Einar for being proud enough to refuse his help.
* TheDreaded: To the people in the Village after the events of ''Messenger''.
* EmotionEater: It's suggested that selfishness, and the chaos and destruction it causes, feed him in some way.
* IShallTauntYou: He gives a big speech out of all the chaos he's caused to Gabe in an attempt to unnerve him.
* MadeOfEvil: According to Leader, he's pure evil. Gabe describes him as a force disguised as a man.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Claire describes him as surprisingly well-dressed.


[[folder: ''Son'']]

Claire is a girl from the Community three years ahead of Jonas, whose disastrous first birth (by C-section) terminates her assignment as Birthmother and gets her reassigned to Fish Hatchery. However, thanks to a slip-up by one of the handlers, she can't stop thinking about her son, Number Thirty-Six: whom the readers know as Gabriel. Overwhelmed with love and grief -- feelings she's kept bottled up due to them being forbidden -- after [[spoiler: Jonas takes Gabe on his escape to Elsewhere]], she ends up amnesiac and living with a caring seaside community. As her memories slowly return, she knows she has one goal -- to find her son.

* DefiledForever: Few people in her new home want anything to do with her after her TeenPregnancy is discovered.
* TheDeterminator: She won't give up on finding her son, even if it means scaling the terrifying cliffs that prevent escape or [[spoiler: having to watch him from afar as he won't believe her story due to her RapidAging]].
* EasyAmnesia: When Claire wakes up from her shipwreck she can remember her name, but not much else. Her memories begin to come back, although the residents are astounded that things like colors and animals seem completely new to her.
* MeaningfulName: "Claire" means "clear," as in the horrors of her society becoming clear to her.
* MissingMom: To Gabe. Unlike most examples, she takes an active role in searching for her son.
* MysteriousWaif: She's this to the seaside community who take her in, as she's young, amnesiac, talks "elegantly" compared to the way the others speak, and is almost childlike in her ignorance of common knowledge such as animals and colors. Of course, to those familiar with the world of ''The Giver'', this is not her own fault.
* RapidAging: Trademaster's bargain for [[spoiler:remembering her son is taking her youth, rendering her as an old woman. She gets better]].
* RedHeadedHeroine: Of ''Son.'' Her hair is described as coppery and red-gold.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Her eyes are described as green.
* TeenPregnancy: She gave birth at fourteen, not that this is unusual for the Community -- but it's definitely unusual for the people who take her in, and she's ostracized a little once the knowledge is out.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She performs some pretty amazing things in the name of finding Gabe but retains a fear of water after nearly drowning in the sea.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Birthmothers are kept off the "pills" that keep deeper feelings in line in order to keep their hormones and such functioning. When Claire is reassigned nobody tells her to start taking them again, so she doesn't. This results in her feeling love for Gabe. Too bad nobody can relate to it. After her memories are wiped she begins to adjust to it.

The old woman who takes Claire in.

* LikeASonToMe: She grows to view Claire as her own daughter.
* TheMedic: She functions as this for the whole community, being skilled with herbs and healing.
* MyNaymeIs: "Alys."
* OldMaid: She did, however, use to be in a relationship with one of the old men in the village.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Claire.

Once called Fierce Einar due to his rebelliousness, he was the first to climb out of the cliffs that isolate their community -- but fell down just as quickly due to an injury he refuses to talk about. Having been dubbed Lame Einar, he now tends the sheep.

* DisabledLoveInterest: To Claire. Despite his needing a cane to walk they easily bond, and Einar teaches her how to climb. They do not, however, end up together, as Claire eventually moves on [[spoiler: to Village, in order to find Gabe]].
* {{Fingore}}: Trademaster ''cut off half his foot'' for being too proud to trade.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: InUniverse. Claire [[spoiler: as an old woman frequently wonders what would have happened if she'd just stayed and married Einar]].