Characters: The Three Musketeers

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A young man from Gascony who leaves his family to join the King's Musketeers. He ends up becoming friends with the Three Musketeers and soon joins them on their various adventures and becomes involved with the intrigues of the royal court.

Athos: The Comte de La Fere

The oldest of the Musketeers. He is melancholy and stoic yet becomes a sort of father figure to d'Artagnan. He is actually a nobleman and was married to Milady de Winter yet tried (and failed) to hang her after he discovered that she was branded as a thief. He has a son named Raoul in the later books who he is very fond of.

Porthos: Chevalier, later Baron du Vallon de Bracieux de Pierrefonds.

One of the Musketeers. A strong but simple fellow who forms perhaps the emotional core of the Musketeers.

Aramis: AKA René d'Herblay.

The last of the Musketeers, Aramis originally intended to join the priesthood but ended up as a soldier after he got into a fight with another man. He is scholarly and provides common sense for the other three. In the later books he does become a priest and then later Bishop of Vannes. He also attempts to have Louis XIV replaced with his identical twin brother.

  • Badass Bookworm
  • The Casanova: Mainly in the second book. He is a lover of Madame de Longueville, whose son is heavily implied to be his, and gets it on with his other 'spirit daughters'.
  • The Chessmaster: In the third book.
  • Cultured Warrior
  • Establishing Character Moment: His backstory as he tells it to d'Artagnan in the first book. After spending most of the first 20 years of his life in a Jesuit college he was gravely insulted by a romantic rival. He then put off his ordination for a year and spent that year learning how to fight (something most noblemen would have been taught from childhood) just so he could kill the guy in a duel. For all his poetry-writing, his Scripture-quoting and his Camp Straight manner, Aramis is not someone you want to cross.
  • Face-Heel Turn: In The Man in the Iron Mask.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine.
  • Guile Hero: Unlike his friends, he's not so much a gentleman or a soldier as a politician.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not particularly notable in The Three Musketeers but very prominent in Twenty Years After.
  • Manipulative Bastard: It's not that he doesn't care about his friends, he just doesn't see why he shouldn't use them as pawns when it suits him.
  • Nun Too Holy: Becomes a male version of this in the second book. He has finally become a priest yet his lifestyle is more of a Musketeer and he even brings his mistresses to his monastic cell.
  • Sexy Priest
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Sinister Minister: In The Man in the Iron Mask.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Twenty Years After.


D'Artagnan's highly competent valet (and friend), who later retires to open a grocery shop.

  • Androcles' Lion: At the end of the book Rochefort helps him to become an army sergeant. In the sequel Planchet returns the favor by staging Rochefort's escape when the latter is moved to prison.
  • Battle Butler
  • Butt Monkey: To pretty much everyone.
  • Cowardly Lion: Complains about getting into danger but gets the job done.
  • Rags to Riches: In later books.


Athos' valet. Athos ordered Grimaud to speak only in emergencies, and he generally only communicates through sign language.

  • Battle Butler
  • The Mole: In Twenty Years After he goes undercover as a prison guard to pass the Jail Bake to the Duke of Beaufort.
  • The Voiceless: As noted, by Athos' command. By the second book Athos has given him leave to speak, but by then he's grown used to being quiet. When he does speak, he's very monosyllabic. When Athos dies in the last book, Grimaud cries without a sound.

Milady de Winter

A seductive spy who works for Cardinal Richelieu. She is involved in first the plot with the Queen's diamonds and then in the assassination attempt on the Duke of Buckingham. She turns out to be Athos' wife who he thought was dead.

Madame Constance Bonacieux

D'Artagnan's Love Interest and the Queen's servant who is involved in affair with the Duke of Buckingham. She is also married to Monsieur Bonacieux.

Monsieur Bonacieux

D'Artagnan's landlord and the husband of his Love Interest Constance. He gets recruited by the Cardinal who sends him to spy after them.

Comte de Rochefort

An agent of Cardinal Richelieu who mocks d'Artagnan's horse and steals his letter at the beginning of the book. He keeps reappearing throughout the novel to make troubles for the Musketeers.

Cardinal Richelieu

The scheming minister of Louis XIII who plans to expose the Queen's involvement with the Duke of Buckingham. He organizes the death of Buckingham for the greater good of France.

Louis XIII

The capricious King of France in the first book who wages war against the Protestants at La Rochelle and suspects that his wife is having an affair with the Duke of Buckingham.

Anne of Austria

The Queen of France. She is suspected of having an affair with Buckingham and is nearly brought down by Milady and the Cardinal. After Louis XIII's death, she becomes Queen Regent for her son Louis XIV, ruling jointly with Cardinal Mazarin (who she also marries secretly).

George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham

The first minister of England who aids the Protestants at La Rochelle. He woos Anne of Austria and, as such, jeopardizes France because this allows Cardinal Richelieu to try and discredit the Queen. Thanks to Milady, he is murdered by John Felton.

Mordaunt AKA John Francis de Winter.

Son of Milady and right-hand man of Oliver Cromwell. In Twenty Years After he learns of his mother's murder and goes on to take revenge on the people responsible.

Raoul-Auguste-Jules de Bragelonne

Athos's son by Madame de Chevreuse, born a few years after the end of the first book. The official story is that he's an orphan Athos adopted, but the truth is obvious to anyone who sees them together. He grows up to be a perfect gentleman and soldier, but his life is complicated by his love for his childhood friend Louise de La Vallière.