Characters / The Phantom of the Opera
aka: Phantom Of The Opera

Due to Adaptation Overdose, unless otherwise indicated, all tropes listed refer to characterizations in the original novel by Gaston Leroux.

Erik (a.k.a The Phantom)

A physically deformed and mentally disturbed charismatic genius who was one of the architects who took part in the construction of the opera. He has been extorting money from the Opera's management for many years and enters into a conflict with the new managers once they don't listen to his demands. He falls in love with Christine and begins to tutor her, telling her that he is the Angel of Music of whom her father had spoken.


Christine Daaé

A young Swedish soprano who becomes torn between her loyalty for her mentor Erik, and her love for her childhood friend Raoul de Chagny.


Viscount Raoul de Chagny

Christine's childhood friend and love interest.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Erik's Veronica for Christine's Archie.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Christine.
  • Distressed Dude: The climax features him (and the Persian in the novel) being in danger.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Just happened to by outside Christine's door as she was speaking with the phantom.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Offers to wisk Christine away from the phantom and keep her safe. When she's kidnapped he rushes to her rescue... and is captured and has to be saved by her.
  • The Load: To the Persian.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Not to the phantom's degree, god no, but he does get a bit obsessive when he finds out someone else loves Christine. Fortunately for him, that someone is a man Christine would like to get away from.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Christine is not at all impressed when she finds out about him listening at her door. And then he goes and hides in her closet...

    The Persian 

The Persian

A mysterious man from Erik's past. He is known as a fixture of the Opera, considered an eccentric Persian who was allowed to wander backstage where he pleased.
  • Adapted Out: Despite being a very important character in the book, the Persian gets this treatment in nearly every adaptation of the story, along with most of Erik's backstory.
  • All-Loving Hero: He s a good hearted man who wants nothing more than to help people, he doesn't even hesitate to help Raoul save Christine when he realizes what kind of danger she's in.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's most likely in his late fifties or early sixties by the time the novel takes place.
  • Blue Blood: He's a very minor member of the Royal Family of Persia, which why even though he was banished he still receives a pension from the government.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He saved Erik from being executed by the Shah of Persia and for his troubles, he was banished and Erik repaid his kindness by committing murders.
  • No Name Given: He is only called the Persian, or Daroga, which is his former job description — a title of the members of the Shah's secret police.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Saved the Villain: And boy does he regret it now.

    Richard & Moncharmin 

Richard and Moncharmin

The new managers of the opera house. They believe "The Phantom" it's just a rumour and don't listen to his demands, which causes a great conflict with Erik.

    Madame Giry 

Madame Giry

The caretaker for Box Five, which is reserved by Erik. She knows Erik and is in good terms with him. She is fired when she tries to tell Richard and Moncharmin about "The Phantom".
  • Cassandra Truth
  • Composite Character: In the musical, she is this for herself and the Persian. While both are Erik's Secret Keeper in the novel, in the musical she takes on the Persian's knowledge of Erik's boobytraps and role of aiding Raoul at the climax.



A spoiled prima donna, the lead soprano of the Paris opera house and Christine's rival. She is threatened by Erik that if she performs at the Opera House instead of Christine "a great misfortune will strike". She shrugs the warning off and performs anyway. When she does, however, croaking noises come out of her mouth and the chandelier comes crashing down. Ashamed, she hides from the public view for a few weeks, before making a return to the opera house.


Count Philippe de Chagny

Raoul's elder brother.

    La Sorelli 

La Sorelli

The lead ballerina of the opera.

Alternative Title(s): Phantom Of The Opera