Characters: Lord of the Flies


Played by: James Aubrey (1963 film); Balthazar Getty (1990 film)
A twelve year old boy, and main protagonist of the story. Ralph was the first elected chief.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Ralph is described as fair haired and charismatic. It is implied that this is why the boys immediately selected him as their leader over Jack, because they felt comfortable with him being in charge, despite not knowing anything about him.
  • Big "NO!": Ralph's reaction to Piggy's death in the 90's film.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde to Piggy/Simon's brunette and Jack's redhead.
  • Break the Cutie: Alongside with the twins. At the end, though saved, it's implied he'll never be the same as before he landed on the island.
  • Catchphrase: Earlier on in the story, Ralph says "Wacco!" quite a bit. He finds himself saying it less and less as the story goes on, due to things becoming considerably less and less "Wacco!"
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Ralph is very happy about the absence of adults on the island, but quickly realizes how much responsibility he must take as the chief.
  • Only Sane Man: Not as much as Piggy, but definitely one of the more responsible boys.
  • Team Mom: Along with Piggy and Simon, particularly later, when Ralph becomes more mature and responsible and actually shows his concerns over the littluns. He even bickers with Jack about it, given that they're the boys who are mostly in charge, because Jack doesn't care in the least about the problem.
  • The Protagonist
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ralph's the Blue Oni to Jack's Red Oni.


Played by: Hugh Edwards (1963 film); Danuel Pipoly (1990 film)
A boy around the same age as Ralph. He is not as well accepted by the other boys due to his specs, asthma, and fat.
  • Fatal Flaw: His righteous combined with his enormous physical handicaps made him an easy target for Jack and his minions. His final stand left him completely helpless and was easily killed by the boudler.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Might have been a little more obvious if it weren't a story about boys turning savage.

Jack Merridew

Played by: Tom Chapin (1963 film); Chris Furrh (1990 film)
Another boy about Ralph's age, who wanted to be the leader to begin with, but wasn't chosen in favor of Ralph. Also, the main Villain of the story.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Almost. Jack had attracted the rest of the children on his side, by the end of the book, leaving Ralph with no followers. He would have killed Ralph, if the fire didn't save him.
  • Big Bad: He has a Face-Heel Turn that we're not even going to bother to spoil. It was pretty obvious.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to Ralph's blonde and Simon and Piggy's brunette.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Jack is the only character whose eye color is mentioned and emphasized more than once by the author, especially during the first part of the book, most probably to suggest that something is definitely wrong with him.
    At length he let out his breath in a long sigh and opened his eyes. They were bright blue, eyes that in this frustration seemed bolting and nearly mad.
  • Determinator: Wants to dethrone Ralph and he succeeds.
  • Large Ham
    "I ought to be chief," said Jack with simple arrogance, "because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp."
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In an attempt to kill Ralph, Jack sets the whole island on fire to smoke him out of the woods. If he hadn't done this, the navy ship never would have noticed the island, and the boys would have never been rescued, and Ralph would have been murdered.
  • Putting on the Reich: His mask of mud includes the colors red, white, and black...
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Ralph's Blue Oni, respectively.
  • Rival Turned Evil: While Jack and Ralph are friends who have some sort of rivalry in the beginning, they become straight-up enemies later on, due to Jack's bloodlust and thirst for power.


Played by: Tom Gaman (1963 film); James Badge Dale (1990 film)
A boy about the same age as the three mentioned above. Simon is often viewed as the model of purity among the boys.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Is described as being 'always darkish in color', but his eyes are mentioned to be 'bright'.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Is brunette along with Piggy, to Ralph's blonde and Jack's redhead.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's probably the only one of the boys to take time and enjoy the natural paradise of the island. He even adopts a lizard as a pet!
  • The Heart: "Model of purity".

Sam and Eric

Played by: David Surtees and Simon Surtees, respectively (1963 film); Andrew Taft and Edward Taft, respectively (1990 film)
A pair of twins around the same age as all the previously mentioned boys. They do everything together, and are usually referred to as Samneric.
  • Action Survivors: The twins and Ralph are the only two protagonists to survive.
  • Break the Cuties: The way they are tortured by Roger and forced into Jack's tribe.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Sort of. They can't do anything apart, and are thereby treated as one person.


Played by: Roger Elwin (1963 film); Gary Rule (1990 film)
A short yet aggressive boy who joins Jack's tribe as probably his most loyal adversary.
  • Breakout Character: Sort of forgettable in the first half of the book, but by the second half you'll remember who he is.
  • The Dragon: To Jack.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Implied to be this, which goes hand-in-hand with his sociopathy.
    Roger remained, watching the littluns. He was not noticeably darker than when he had dropped in, but the shock of black hair, down his nape and low on his forehead, seemed to suit his gloomy face.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Follows Jack after his.
  • It Gets Easier: His heartless acts slowly increase until he finally murders Piggy by pushing a boulder on top of him.

The Lord of the Flies

Played by: N/A
A demonic hallucination that Simon sees in the forest that manifest itself via the impaled pig's head the kids leave as offering to the monster.
  • Breaking Speech: Gives one to Simon about the evils of human nature and other unpleasant things going on with the boys.
  • The Sacred Darkness: In a very, very twisted sense. The Lord of the Flies represents the inner savagery present in mankind, but in a way it is portrayed as something not actively evil in its interaction with Simon, its horrific visage pretty much informing him about its true nature and inspiring him to inform the others. Pity not everyone's so introspective...