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The Wilkes Plantation

    John Wilkes 
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He dies in 1864, likely out of grief for his destroyed house or killed by the Union army.
  • In the Blood: A gentleman philosopher, much like his son. Their bookishness is not really understood by their community, but no one would dare to slight such courteous people.
  • Morality Chain: As seen in the film adaptation when he tells India that her feelings towards Scarlett are her brother’s business.
  • Southern Gentleman: Along with his son, but in his case it's played straight. He was always courteous and pleasant, even with people he didn't really get along with.
  • Widow Man: Mrs. Wilkes has passed away, and his oldest daughter India runs the household.
    India Wilkes
I can't stand that Scarlett.
  • Alpha Bitch: She could be the Old South version of this troupe.
  • Arch-Enemy / Jerkass: She’s hostile to Scarlett and Rhett for understandable reasons. This also extends to Melanie and her own brother and sister by some mild degree.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Margaret Mitchell describes India as no word other than plain and a costume sketch by Walter Plunkett remains true to this. Alicia Rhett, who plays her in the movie, is quite beautiful.
    • Pippa Guard, who plays her in the Scarlett miniseries, is slightly closer to Mitchell’s description.
  • Bitch Alert / Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the film adaptation, she is very civil with Gerald but gets nasty when she expresses her feelings towards Scarlett to her father.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Her hatred towards Scarlett seems to have subsided during Melanie's dying moments.
  • Easily Forgiven: Melanie and Dr. Meade understand her plight to make amends with Scarlett during Melanie’s final moments.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: To both Scarlett and Honey. Scarlett ended up marrying Charles while Honey got married to a rich gentleman from the West.
  • Ice Queen: Becomes a vengeful one after Scarlett steals Charles Hamilton away from her and loses her second option Stuart Tarleton during the war.
  • Hate Sink: She is easily dislikable for outcasting Scarlett and Rhett from respectable society. But when Melanie dies, her attempts to forgive Scarlett kills what little hatred you might have for her.
    • Subverted in the sequel Scarlett where she’s back to her old self to the point where she refuses to let Scarlett in her house when the former tries to speak to Ashley.
  • Impoverished Patrician: She's the daughter of an established and wealthy plantation family but the war depletes the family estate and fortune, forcing her to be dependent on her brother's family.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: India's accusations of Scarlett coveting Ashley are very true. She still is bitchy to make them in public, even if Melanie's not around to defend Scarlett.
  • Kick the Dog: When it is announced that Scarlett and Rhett are getting married, India starts a smear campaign to cut them off from endowed society.
  • Loving a Shadow: She was engaged to one of the Tarleton twins, but he's killed in the war and she never marries another man.
  • No Sympathy: When she finds out Scarlett was attacked at Shantytown, she makes no effort to give her any kind of comfort or consolation. Instead, she says the attack was all Scarlett's fault for exposing herself all throughout town, even going as far as to say that she deserved to get attacked and that if there was any justice, she'd have deserved worse.
  • Old Maid: She ends up a spinster, and quite a spiteful one. Although she is more respected because her fiancé died in war and she is virtually his widow, Mama Fontaine points out how silly of her is wasting what remains of her youth for the memory of a man that wasn't even her husband, while she could have easily married a widower or someone older.
    • She finally married in the sequel Scarlett.
  • Plain Jane: The book describes her as thus, especially when compared to girls like Scarlett and the Tarleton boys' many redheaded sisters and even her own brother.
  • Promoted to Parent: Becomes the head of Twelve Oaks after her mom dies.
  • Terrible Trio: With herself, Archie and Mrs. Elsing.
    Honey Wilkes
Walter Plunkett's costume sketch of Honey
  • Adapted Out: She is nowhere to be seen in the movie nor the sequel Scarlett and it’s adaptation. However a costume design by Walter Plunkett and Sidney Howard’s original screenplay reveal that she was intended to appear in the film. Honey does however appear in the 1972 West End musical.
  • Cassandra Truth: She is the only one to notice before the war that Scarlett has eyes only for Ashley, but for a while no one believed her.
  • The Ditz: Even more than Scarlett. While Scarlett is at least business savvy, poor Honey is dumb as a brick.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Honey is apparently not her real name.
  • Happily Married: She marries a westerner from Mississippi.
  • Impoverished Patrician: She's the daughter of an established and wealthy plantation family but the war depletes the family estate and fortune, forcing her to be dependent on the Hamiltons.
  • Plain Jane: She isn't described as particularly attractive, all the family's good looks mostly going to her brother, while she ends up "lashless as a rabbit".
    Ashley Wilkes
"Yes, there is something. Something you love better than me although you may not know it. Tara."
Played by: Leslie Howard

The man with whom Scarlett is obsessed. Gentlemanly yet indecisive, he loves Scarlett too, but finds he has more in common with Melanie, and eventually marries her, much to Scarlett's dismay.

  • The Ace: After the war, he's much less effective when scaled down in socioeconomic status.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The movie cuts out much of Ashley's wartime letters describing his experience in the battlefield and other events highlighting his strengths of character, instead focusing on the incredibly few moments of romance he had with Scarlet in the novel. Combined with Leslie Howard's aging appearance and subpar acting, this led to many people who watch the film to bash Ashley as a wimp, often stating they cannot understand why Scarlet would prefer him over the vibrant Rhett. While he had fatal flaws, the original novel makes it clear Ashley has some clear moral character and was a valiant man in the battlefield.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Rhett's Veronica.
  • Birds of a Feather: Ashley and Melanie. Not only are they literally of the same blood, but have similar views and temperaments.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Scarlett would have given up on Ashley if he had just told her he truly loves Melanie.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Unlucky Scarlett in regards to Ashley, although Victorious Melanie likely knew him just as long.
  • Cultured Warrior: Ashley is the leader of his troop due to his excellent marksmanship and leadership skills, but most of his men find his habit of reading literature and discussing philosophy very strange.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Rebukes Scarlett's pleas that he leave Melanie to be with her due to his claim that he cares for Scarlett by carefully wording it so that he says he has to be with Melanie out of honor, duty, and obligation (first because Wilkeses always marry their cousins, then later due to the baby), but never outright says that he loves Melanie and doesn't want to leave her. This helped fuel Scarlett's false hope for years.
  • Exact Words: He never explicitly tells Scarlett that he loves Melanie, which gives her hope for years that she can eventually win Ashley over if she just persists hard enough. It isn't until Melanie is on her deathbed that he finally reveals that he truly loved her, and Scarlett (who comes to her own Love Epiphany) quietly berates him for letting her think she had a chance with him for years.
  • Kissing Cousins: Members of the Wilkes family marry their cousins whenever possible, one of the main reasons Scarlett initially loses out to Melanie.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: From the very beginning, he keeps calling on Scarlett even though he's practically engaged to Melanie, leaving her genuinely thinking that he wants to marry her—and genuinely stunned when she learns of his betrothal. He then refuses to explicitly leave or cheat on Melanie to be with Scarlett, but often half-heartedly reciprocates Scarlett's advances, accepts elaborate gifts she gives him, and even verbally agrees with her when she claims that he does love/care about her, only to tell her that he has to be with Melanie due to honor. When Melanie is on her deathbed and Ashley finally reveals he truly loved her and didn't just stay with her out of obligation, Scarlett (who is in the middle of her own Love Epiphany) quietly berates him for stringing her along with tidbits of affection for years.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Ashley is the Noble Male, while Rhett is the Roguish Male.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Leslie Howard famously makes no real attempt to mask his British accent, particularly in the 2nd Act. Averted with American actor Stephen Collins who plays him in the Scarlett miniseries.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: He is literally one on both accounts.
  • Princely Young Man: He certainly gives off this vibe.
  • Southern Gentleman: Ashley is the most prominent example, but seems a deconstruction of the trope.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Scarlett blackmailed Ashley into becoming her business partner by crying about it to Melanie.

    Melanie Hamilton
"Be kind to Captain Butler. He loves you so."

Scarlett's naive sister-in-law and, eventually, best friend.

  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not entirely clear if Melanie knows deep down that Scarlett is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and chooses to overlook it because she cares about her so much, or if she honestly doesn't realize that Scarlett is not a Sheep in Sheep's Clothing. Either way, she loves Scarlett and won't hear anyone say one bad word about her.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Melanie is very fond of this idea.
  • Betty and Veronica: With Scarlet.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Melanie's reaction to Scarlett killing a Union deserter was "I'm glad you killed him!" And she pulled out a pistol when she thought Yankee soldiers were about to break into her home.
  • The Confidant: More by chance than willingly, but she becomes this to Scarlet. She is aware of most of Scarlet's shadier shenanigans, because she was there or rather because she is the only one who understands her.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Melanie has a miscarriage which eventually leads to her death.
  • Determinator: More subtly than Scarlet, but the lady is a match for her fiery sister-in-law in willfulness.
  • Family of Choice: She is Scarlett's sister-in-law (and just the first one) but she becomes closer to her than any of her other relatives. During the feud, she even severs her ties with both India and Aunt Pittypat.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: As Rhett himself points out in the film, Melanie's biggest flaw is that she cannot conceive anyone she cares about is capable of any kind of cruelty or selfishness, and she loves Scarlett greatly.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She completely adores Scarlett and constantly defends her to gossips who correctly point out Scarlett's manipulative and selfish actions.
    • She also holds up Archie as some kind of paragon of virtue, despite being fully aware of his misogyny and that he murdered his wife, freely trusting him with the welfare of her female friends. Granted, he never does anything to harm her or any of them, but it's plain and simple a stupid decision. Her rationale? According to Archie, that people never commit more than one murder, and that fighting for the Confederacy evens out any wrongs a person did before.
  • Ill Girl: A family trait. She is rather feeble and her first childbirth almost killed her.
  • Irony: Completely loves and trusts Scarlett like a sister, even though Scarlett spends years secretly hating her and eager to steal her husband from her if given half the chance.
  • The Ingenue: Melanie is a perpetual ingenue.
  • Kissing Cousins: Members of the Wilkes family marry their cousins whenever possible, one of the main reasons Scarlett initially loses out to Melanie.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: She desires to have many children, but her body type makes childbirth very painful for her, almost killing her the first time and definitely killing her off when she tries have a second. Scarlett instead gets pregnant from each of her husbands with health, full pregnancies but she didn't want any of those children.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Melanie is the Light Feminine, while Scarlett is the Dark Feminine.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She's basically this for everyone. Scarlett comes to realize at the end of the book that it was Melanie's inner strength that fueled her own for years, Melanie is the only one who is able to help Rhett out of his grief-induced madness following Bonnie's death, and when Melanie is on her own deathbed Ashley completely fell apart without her, and any hope of Rhett's and Scarlett's failing marriage reconciling dies with her.
  • Noble Bigot: As kind-hearted as she is, she holds some incredibly racist views of blacks and women. However her racist and sexist beliefs are not violent and contemptable in nature and represents the "paternal" type in which she believes blacks are by nature too inferior to last on their own and its duty for whites to look after them.
  • The Pollyanna: She has a much more naive outlook on life than Scarlett, and she's a much happier person overall.
  • Proper Lady: As befits a foil for Scarlett.
  • Royal Inbreeding: Downplayed. While Southern aristocracy rather than outright royalty, nonetheless the film hammers home many times that the wealthy Wilkes family goes out of their way to marry their own cousins whenever possible, and Melanie marries her own cousin Ashley, and as a result she's a delicate Ill Girl (which runs in the family) whose first childbirth almost kills her and second one succeeds.
  • Screaming Birth: Melanie gives birth like this, but it's because her body shape is unfit for it. Averted with Scarlett, who gives birth easily, with almost no pain.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Briefly implied with Melanie, the most kind-hearted and frail of the family. Midway through the film a Union soldier breaks into the house to rape and steal. He encounters Scarlett, who shoots him with her pistol... and behind her is Melanie, still recovering from having given birth and brandishing a sword.
  • Southern Belle: A much, much nicer example than Scarlett.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She gets pregnant despite multiple doctors warning her that another pregnancy would be fatal, and indeed, dies after a miscarriage.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She eventually succumbs due to a spontaneous abortion.
  • Tranquil Fury: She seems quite and meek but do not cross her. She readily banished lifelong friends because they mistreated Scarlet. Those ladies came begging to her in tears.
  • Tragic Keepsake: One of the few things she has left of her brother Charles is his sword.
  • White Man's Burden: Her racist attitudes are held out of paternalistic attitudes of race rather than malice; see Noble Bigot.
    Charles Hamilton 
  • Expy: He could be seen as a male version of Melanie.
  • Disappeared Dad: He does not live long to see his son grow up.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets drafted, but dies of pneumonia before engaging in actual combat.
  • Ill Boy: This costs him his life in the war.
  • Nephewism: He and Melanie grew up with Uncle Henry and Aunt Pittypat after their parents died.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Scarlett marries him in order to make Ashley jealous.
  • The Pollyanna: Like his sister, he is an orphan with a positive, if not, naive outlook on life.
  • Proper Lady: A rare male example.
  • Second Love: To either India or Honey Wilkes.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He doesn’t realize that Scarlett is only marrying him out of spite and he gets drafted into war...with a fatal combination of measles and pneumonia.
    Frank Kennedy 
  • Disappeared Dad: He dies leaving his daughter Ella in the care of Scarlett.

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