Characters / The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Henry Jekyll

A scientist with an upstanding reputation in the community, who nonetheless is beset by evil urges which he cannot act out.

  • Dead Man Writing: In his last letter to Utterson, Jekyll writes that he will soon transform permanently into Hyde, so he commits suicide.
  • Driven to Suicide: He killed himself because Hyde would've soon taken over.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Named the Trope when he came up with a potion that was supposed to split a man's good side and their evil side.
  • Hypocrite: Jekyll refuses to take responsibility for Hyde's actions, and yet the reason he takes the potion was to enjoy committing evil acts as Hyde. He even says that the reason why his evil side took over when he drank the potion was because he had created it and was drinking it for an evil reason (he muses that had he done it with good intent, he would have turned into someone completely good). The author (in a letter to a friend) called this Jekyll's Fatal Flaw.

Mr. Edward Hyde

  • Ax-Crazy: Beats Danvers Carew to death for a small slight.
  • Big Bad: Jekyll's evil given form.
  • Evil Feels Good: He is essentially the conduit for Jekyll's repressed feelings of aggression, and, boy, does he ever enjoy fulfilling that role.
  • Driven to Suicide: Takes cyanide rather than be exposed to Utterson.
  • For the Evulz: The reason he does anything, and arguably the reason for his existence.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: While there's something unsettling about him, he's pretty normal in terms of appearance.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no problem trampling an innocent little girl just for pure fun.

Dr. Hastie Lanyon

Gabriel John Utterson