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Characters: The Chronicles of Narnia
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    English Humans 

Peter Pevensie

The oldest of the Pevensie siblings and the High King of Narnia. He tries his best to protect his other siblings and to act like a responsible young adult. In the book it is implied that he is more mature than his other siblings because, after their father was called out to fight in the war, it was left to Peter by his mother to support his three siblings though the ordeal of their father going away.

Played by William Moseley in the film adaptation.

Susan Pevensie

The elder sister and the second eldest Pevensie child. She is crowned to the Radiant Southern Sun as Queen of Narnia by Aslan, and shares the monarchy with her brothers Peter and Edmund and her sister Lucy. She later becomes known as Queen Susan the Gentle.

Played by Anna Popplewell in the film adaptation.

  • Action Girl: In the movie.
  • Actual Pacifist: In the books it is stated that Queen Susan hates violence and (unlike Lucy) avoids going to war.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the movies.
  • Agent Scully:
    • In The Last Battle, she's the only visitor to Narnia who now denies it ever happened. Some readers believe this and the ending indicate that she will not be allowed into Aslan's country when she dies; others say that this view misreads Lewis' intent.
    • In the movies, she's skeptical to almost every fantastic event that takes place at the beginning of the first film. When Edmund leads them to hide in the wardrobe, she says "You've got to be joking." There are also other similar lines:
      Susan: He's a beaver. He shouldn't be saying anything.
    • And:
      Susan: Logically, it's impossible.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has a cooler demeanour than her siblings, especially in comparison to Lucy.
  • Archer Archetype: She's the graceful, elegant, ladylike kind of archer. Her bow was a gift from Father Christmas, and she became a famously skilled archer as Queen, yet hated to fight or use her skill in battle. One of the ways the Pevensies prove their identities to Trumpkin in Prince Caspian is by Susan beating him in a target-shooting contest.
  • Blitz Evacuee: Evacuated to the countryside along with her siblings in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  • Book Dumb: By The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, it is stated that she is not a particularly good student.
  • Brainy Brunette: Subverted. She may seem capable in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian (especially the movie adaptation). But by ''The Voyage of the Dawn Treader', it is stated that she is not a particularly good student and that she is regarded as the pretty one of the family.
  • The Conscience
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the movie.
    "He's a beaver. He shouldn't be saying anything!"
  • Demoted to Extra
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Realist, and at times, The Cynic. She and Peter often trade places.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Primarily Melancholic, but very Choleric at times as well
  • The High Queen: Queen Susan the Gentle.
  • Informed Attractiveness: In at least two books, Susan is said to be beautiful, and her looks drive a couple of subplots. There's one very easy to miss reference to Susan's hair being black, and nothing else about her appearance is described anywhere.
  • Lady of War: In the movie.
  • Ojou
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Lucy and Peter's red. Susan is more calculated, calm and down-to-earth than the tomboyish Lucy and extroverted, impulsive Peter.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Lucy and Peter.
  • The Smart Girl: Only in the Prince Caspian movie. Certainly not in school, where she's said to be more of a Passionate Sports Girl.
  • Sole Survivor: The only Pevensie not killed in the train station accident in The Last Battle.
  • Team Mom
  • Tender Tears: When Aslan dies.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Lucy's Tomboy.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: In Narnia, at least.
  • Xenafication: In the movie adaptation of Prince Caspian.

Edmund Pevensie

The second of the Pevensie children to go to Narnia. He betrays his siblings to the White Witch while under her influence, but as the story goes on he accepts the error of his ways. He is redeemed with the intervention of Aslan and joins the fight against the Witch. Fulfilling an ancient prophecy, he becomes King Edmund the Just, King of Narnia and, with sisters Susan and Lucy, co-ruler under High King Peter.

Played by Skandar Keynes in the film adaptation.

Lucy Pevensie

The youngest of the four Pevensie children, and the first to find the Wardrobe entrance to Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Of all the Pevensie children, Lucy is the closest to Aslan. Also, of all the humans who have visited Narnia, Lucy is perhaps the one that believes in Narnia the most. She is ultimately crowned Queen Lucy the Valiant, co-ruler of Narnia along with her two brothers and her sister. Lucy is the central character of the four siblings in the novels.

Played by Georgie Henley in the film adaptation.

Eustace Scrubb

The Pevensie's annoying younger cousin. He first appears in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He fancies himself (not entirely without reason) to be rather intelligent, and considers this a valid reason for nurturing an arrogant attitude toward his cousins. He accompanies Lucy and Edmund on their third trip to Narnia. Upon learning that Narnia is real, his feelings toward it go from amused disdain to fear and outright hatred. It isn't until transforming into a dragon (long story) and having Aslan change him back by breaking the curse that his attitude towards Narnia and his cousins change for the better.

He later appears as the main character in The Silver Chair and as one of the main characters in The Last Battle. In these books, his adventuring companion is his friend, Jill Pole instead of his cousins.

Played by Will Poulter in the film adaptation.

Jill Pole

Eustace's companion throughout The Silver Chair. Aslan gives her the task of remembering the Signs that lead them on their journey.

Digory Kirke

Introduced in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe as an old man ("the Professor"), with whom the Pevensies have been billeted. Eventually turns out to have a Backstory connected with that of the wardrobe, as revealed in The Magician's Nephew.

Played by Jim Broadbent in the film adaptation.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Last Battle.
  • Author Avatar: C.S Lewis essentially wrote Diggory's journey to save his mother as a happier alternative to his own life.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Digory to Uncle Andrew, throughout the entire book.
  • Catch Phrase: "What do they teach them in these schools?"
  • Cool Old Guy: A magical land in a wardrobe? Well, why not? (Of course, in The Magician's Nephew the reader learns he knew the truth all along, and was just pretending he didn't know about Narnia.)
  • Expy: Of Adam in The Bible, except Polly (Eve) is trying to stop him from ringing that bell.
  • Genre Savvy
  • Killed Off for Real: In The Last Battle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Responsible for awakening Jadis.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Polly Plummer.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Asks Peter and Susan if Lucy is the sort of girl who makes up stories and, if not, whether that might indicate she's telling the truth.
  • Red Oni: Spends a lot of his time in The Magician's Nephew falling into scrapes and pulling Polly with him.

Polly Plummer

Introduced as Digory's neighbour in The Magician's Nephew and is caught up in Uncle Andrew's plot and transported to The Wood Between the Worlds, starting the main adventure of the book. Returns in The Last Battle as a 'Friend of Narnia'.

    Narnians 

Fledge (Strawberry)

A 19th-century draft horse who may be the only character from Earth to wind up in Narnia by accident. He is twice transformed by Aslan during The Magician's Nephew.

  • Cool Horse / Pegasus: After his second transformation.
  • Talking Animal: After his first transformation.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Fledge becomes 'the father of all flying horses,' but none of his progeny appear in any subsequent book. Not necessarily sinister, since the world of Narnia is large and there are only seven books.

Mr. Tumnus

A faun and typical citizen of Narnia in the age of the Hundred-Year Winter, Mr. Tumnus is the first Narnian to encounter a human being, at least since the last humans descended from King Frank and Queen Helen were driven out of Narnia at the beginning of the Witch's reign.

Portrayed by James McAvoy in the film.

Bree

A Talking Horse born in Narnia abducted and brought to Calormene, where he was treated as a normal horse.

  • Beast of Battle
  • Miles Gloriosus: He feels himself unusually brave. Eventually he breaks himself of this habit after a wiser character says he's been comparing himself to normal horses, "and you could hardly help being braver than them."
  • Old Soldier: During his time in Calormen he served as a war-horse in the Tisroc's army and apparently was the veteran of several campaigns.
  • Slave Mooks. Well kind of by definition being a warhorse. But on the other hand he was an aristocrat's warhorse so he was not just a mook.
  • Talking Animal

Caspian X (the Tenth)

King of Narnia, Lord of Cair Paravel, and Emperor of the Lone Islands, also called Caspian the Seafarer and Caspian the Navigator (born 2290–died 2356, Narnian Time) was one of the greatest leaders of the Narnian Empire who took part in the successful Narnian Revolution and began the Age of Exploration. Caspian was descended from the Telmarine Dynasty, but unlike his ancestors he chose to ally with the indigenous Narnians (talking animals, satyrs, fauns, centaurs, etc.) instead of persecuting them. Succeeded by his son Rilian.

Played by Ben Barnes in the film adaptation.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He is described as fair-haired in the books. However, since the Telmarines are descended from pirates and the native tribe of an uncharted island on Earth the choice to portray him as dark-haired and Hispanic stands to reason.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them
  • Badass: While he is still new to it in Prince Caspian, he does have his moments. By the time of The Voyage Of The Dawn, he is a self certified Badass.
  • Character Development: From a hesitant but trustworthy ruler-to-be, to a skilled Father to His Men seafaring captain to a just and noble king. Not bad Caspian, not bad at all.
  • Dashing Hispanic: In the movie, he comes off as this. Bonus points on Ben Barnes basing his characterization on Inigo Montoya, a Dashing Hispanic himself.
  • Dawson Casting
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In the movie version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by Lilliandil, Ramandu’s daughter.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Especially in the movies.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic Vow: Caspian made one at his coronation to search for the seven missing lords. The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader takes place during that journey.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Towards Edmund in The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.
  • More Hero Than Thou
  • Reluctant Ruler
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Secondary Character Title
  • Sheathe Your Sword: Used in the movie version of Prince Caspian, when Caspian, after seeing an entire squadron of Telmarine assassins downed by something underfoot, is himself tripped and set upon by the unseen assailant... Reepicheep the Mouse. Reepicheep orders Caspian to retrieve his sword and face him in honorable combat, as he refuses to kill an unarmed man. Caspian's reply: "Then I'll live longer if I don't." Reepicheep doesn't have infinite patience, though, so this tactic doesn't last Caspian forever.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: In the movies.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Caspian in his pride wants to stay at the end of the world; the entire crew and even Aslan calls him out on abandoning his responsibilities and promises. In the film version, Caspian is very much tempted by the prospect of staying at the end of the world to the point of crying, but he realizes that his father wouldn't have wanted him to throw away the kingdom his father died for.
  • The Wise Prince
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Towards Miraz.

Reepicheep

Swashbuckling talking mouse devoted to honor and chivalry. Yet behind his ferocity is a Heart Of Gold.

Played by Simon Pegg in the film adaptation of Voyage of the Dawn Treader. And Eddie Izzard in Prince Caspian.

Trumpkin

  • The Cynic
  • Sour Supporter: Tends to be pessimistic, doesn't believe in the old legends or that some old horn can summon help, or that mythical kings can make a return, or even that the resistance can win, but is fiercely loyal to Caspian and goes to an old ruined castle to see if said mythical kings return there because Caspian asked that someone do it.
  • Unusual Euphemism: All of his swearing is creative nonsense.

Puddleglum

A Marsh-Wiggle who lives in marshes and is perpetually gloomy and pessimistic. He guides Eustace and Jill in The Silver Chair.

    Calormenes 

Shasta

Shasta grew up in poverty in some nameless fishing village in Calormen, the son of an abusive fisherman named Arsheesh. When his father decides to sell him into slavery, Shasta overhears that he was adopted and decides to run away. Over the course of The Horse and His Boy, he grows up (somewhat), teams up with runaway princess Aravis, and saves Archenland from the greatest danger it had ever faced. Only at the end does he learn that he's the long-lost Prince Cor, son of King Lune of Archenland. He was abducted as a baby and taken to Calormen in a (vain) attempt to avert the prophecy that he would save the country. He eventually married his one-time traveling companion Aravis, and the two ruled together once King Lune died. Their son was King Ram the Great.

  • Barefoot Poverty: To his suffering.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Aravis.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He pulls this twice. The first time when he rushes to protect Aravis and Hwin from what he believed was a hungry lion chasing after them. The second one was when he ran non-stop, after having been through almost a whole book's worth of shit -— most recently a potential suicide mission through a desert -— to warn King Lune about the impending invasion.
  • A Boy and His X: Inverted — Bree seems to regard Shasta as his pet.
  • Changeling Fantasy: Shasta, a peasant orphan, turns out to be the long-lost prince of Archenland. Atypically for the trope, Shasta is quite dismayed because, being the eldest twin, he'll be forced to rule as king, and his brother is only too happy to be relieved of the responsibility.
  • Exact Eaves Dropping
  • A Friend in Need: When Shasta tells the horse that he really needs someone who could tell him whether the nobleman is evil, Bree reveals his ability to speak to tell Shasta exactly that. Which gives Bree the opening to suggest that they could run away together.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: At least in the Pauline Baynes illustrations he is portrayed as having blond hair, and he had the wholesome and kind aspect down pat. He's described by the Tarkaan who tries to by him from Arsheesh as being "fair" (like the cursed barbarians of the North).
  • Happily Married: To Aravis.
  • Made a Slave: What Shasta is fleeing.
  • The Masochism Tango: He and Aravis end up Happily Married. If "happily" means "having constant arguments, making up, and then arguing again."
  • Moses in the Bullrushes: Shasta aka Prince Cor.
  • Nice Guy
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Aravis, and canonically no less.
  • True Companions: His devotion to his own is uncontested. Made all that much clearer when out of sheer loyalty he jumps off Bree’s back to face down a freakin' lion, who's actually Aslan, chasing Aravis and Hwin.

Aravis

A young Tarkheena, a female member of the ruling nobility of Calormen. She ran away from home with her talking horse, Hwin, in order to escape an Arranged Marriage to an old man.

Prince Rabadash

The oldest son of the Tisroc (the Calormene king). A very impulsive and childish man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. After Queen Susan refuses to marry him, he plans to conquer Narnia, but is defeated during an attempt to conquer Archenland.

  • Humiliation Conga: A very good example that went on for the rest of his life. During the battle for Archenland, he gets stuck on a hook on a wall. He demands to be released in order to duel King Edmund, but is denounced as a traitor, due to attacking during peace time. After this, he was put on trial for his treachery and was given multiple opportunities to redeem himself, but kept threatening his captors. As punishment, Aslan temporarily turns him into a donkey, but tells him that if he went more than 10 miles from the temple, he will be permanently transformed into one. Since this prevents him from waging war, he is known as Rabadash the Peaceful during his rule as Tisroc. But after his death, he is known to history as Rabadash the Ridiculous and the expression 'Second Rabadash' is also used for students who act incredibly stupid.

    Others 

Aslan

The Great Lion, a talking lion, King of the Beasts, son of the Emperor-Over-the-Sea; a wise, compassionate, magical authority (both temporal and spiritual); mysterious and benevolent guide to the human children who visit; creator, guardian, and savior of Narnia. The author, C. S. Lewis, described Aslan as an alternate version of Christ—that is, as the form in which Christ might have appeared in a fantasy world.

Played by Liam Neeson in the film adaptation.

Jadis, The White Witch

Jadis, commonly known as the White Witch, is the main villain of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Jadis also appears at length in The Magician's Nephew, which concerns her origins and the origins of Narnia. She is the Witch who froze Narnia in the Hundred Years Winter.

Played by Tilda Swinton in the film adaptation.


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