Characters / Little Women

The characters from Little Women

Margaret "Meg" March

Josephine "Jo" March

Elizabeth "Beth" March

Amy Curtis March

Theodore "Laurie" Laurence

Margaret "Marmee" March

Robert "Father" March

  • Badass Preacher: He may have not fought, but the mere fact that he decided to help other soldiers via giving them spiritual counseling in the campaings lands him here.
  • Good Parents: Much like his wife, he's a perfect loving father with no apparent flaws.
  • Good Shepherd: He was too old to fight in the war, but still enrolled as chaplain.
  • Happily Married: To Mrs. March.
  • Retired Badass
  • Riches to Rags: Had a reasonably good fortune, but lost it to help some friends. The family's economic situation never really got better.
  • Sick Episode: Played VERY seriously, as he falls sick while still at war and that threw a big wrench in the family dynamics since Marmee had to go there and leave the girls alone.

Aunt Josephine March

  • Control Freak: Poor Jo!
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: If she does like you, she might help a little. She genuinely liked Amy despite giving her a hard time and worried over Beth's illness, and when she died, she left her Plumfield house to Jo.
    • She complains about and criticizes her nephew's family to the point where Marmee can barely stand her, but due to the family's poverty, she offered to adopt one of the girls, supplies the money for Marmee to visit Father, surreptitiously provides Meg with an enormously overstocked linen closet as a wedding present despite swearing not to, and Amy notices that, for all of her riches and treasures, the most precious to her is her wedding ring. Aunt March is a cross, sour old lady, but she definitely has the heart of gold down, too.
  • Neat Freak: Poor Amy!
  • Rich Bitch: A rich, snooty, cranky old widow. As seen in Jerk with a Heart of Gold, she's not entirely bad.

Mr. James Laurence

John Brooke

  • Character Death: In Little Men.
  • Happily Married: To Meg in Part II.
  • Nice Guy: A hard-working, decent guy, and later, a good husband to Meg.
    Emil: "Uncle Fritz is the wisest, and Uncle Laurie the jolliest, but Uncle John was the best, and I'd rather be like him more than any man I ever knew."

Professor Friedrich "Fritz" Bhaer

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Gabriel Byrne (in the 1994 movie version), anyone?
  • Adorkable: He's awkward and strange, and the book makes him look like rather old and unattractive. However he's a genuinely Nice Guy and Jo falls for him at the end.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He started as Jo's beta-reader and counselor.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his oddness, he's good at what he does. He was always a well-respected professor, apparently.
  • Cool Teacher
  • Funny Foreigner: He's German and quite... eccentric.
  • Gentle Giant: As tall as he's kind.
  • May–December Romance: With Jo, who is 15 years his junior.
  • Nice Guy
  • The Smart Guy: Jo and later her family come to respect his intellect and classical education.
  • Unfortunate Name: His last name, which is not "bear" or "beer." Often lampshaded in the book, particularly when Laurie refers to Plumfield as a "Bhaer-garten," punning off the German "Bier-garten."

John Laurence "Demi" Brooke

  • Big Brother Bully: He loves Daisy, but if he told her to jump off a bridge, she'd do it. And if he got into his head some sort of fanciful idea about jumping off bridges, he would probably ask.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He's very well respected and admired among his classmates for this reason, is above reproach in any serious trouble (though he's still a little naughty sometimes), and the other boys wouldn't even consider attempting to convince him to do anything really morally wrong.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Just for fun, and much to his mother's distress.
  • Punny Name: He's named after his father, so the family would have been stuck calling him "Jack" to keep from having two Johns running around, but Laurie suggested naming him "Demijohn" ("Little John") and calling him "Demi" for short... which also happened to be alliterative with the nickname Aunt Amy gave to his twin sister.
  • The Smart Guy

Margaret "Daisy" Brooke

Franz Hoffmann

Emil Hoffmann