* CompleteMonster: The Stork, the Buffalo and the Raven are all gigantic bastards. It's stated several times in the book that if any of their servants displease them, they will not only kill the servant, but beat and murder the servant's family as well.
* HoYay: Between Balram and Ashok.
* TheWoobie: Balram's dad. He's been poor and miserable his entire life, is abused by the women in his family and puts all of his efforts into making sure Balram receives the education he needs to have a good life, only to die painfully on the floor of a government hospital of tuberculosis.