Characters / Jesus Christ Superstar


One of the Twelve Apostles, Judas was initially Jesus's right hand man but has grown concerned about the cult of personality surrounding Jesus, believing it's overgrown his teachings. His political and interpersonal disagreements with Jesus set the plot of the play in motion.


The leader of the Twelve Disciples; a man called the "Son of God" and the "King of the Jews."

Simon Zealotes

A belligerent apostle who urges Jesus to lead his followers into battle against the Romans.


One of the Twelve Apostles, prophesized to deny Jesus three times.

  • Angry Black Man: Peter gets a bit of this in the 2000 film.
  • Karma Houdini: Judas: Betray Christ once, suicide and eternal damnation. Peter: Deny Christ three times, become the first pope.
    • YMMV, as he also was the only of the Apostles to follow after Jesus, even when he told them to make a break for it.

Mary Magdalene

The only major female character in the play - formerly a prostitute, now a follower of Jesus who finds herself falling in love with him.


The high priest who sees Jesus as a threat to the nation.


A Jewish priest, Caiaphas's second-in-command.

Pontius Pilate

The Governor of Judea tasked with Jesus's trial.


The King of Galilee; Jesus is brought to him for judgment after first being taken to Pilate.