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Characters who appear in the musical The Book of Mormon. Unmarked spoilers ahead.
Elder Kevin Price
Notably portrayed by: Andrew Rannells (OBC), Gavin Creel (Original West End), Nic Rouleau (Tour)Elder Kevin Price is the poster boy for Mormonism - he's idealistic, he's devoted, and now that he's nineteen, he's ready to go out on his mission and do something incredible. Unfortunately, rather than his dream location of Orlando, he's sent to Uganda with a fellow missionary who's never actually read the holy book they're expected to preach. Hilarity Ensues.
- The Ace: Initially described as "the smartest, best, most deserving Elder the Center has ever seen!" - though this quickly begins to fall apart upon arrival in Uganda
- Adorkable: There's something rather endearing about his utter adoration of Orlando.
- Ambiguously Gay: The extent of the implications vary depending on the production, but this is a very popular interpretation of the character. He has no canon love interest, and while he denies having gay thoughts to Elder McKinley, the relationship between the two has become increasingly suggestive in most productions as the cast members change and are increasingly aware of the popularity of the pairing. This is particularly evident in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream", which has always featured McKinley as one of the demons tormenting Price, and in some productions has them make out. It's also worth noting that "Turn It Off" was originally Price's song, but this was changed due to fear that this would be too cliche.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" he claims to be worse than the likes of Genghis Khan, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Hitler because he left his mission companion. Hitler is scandalised.
- Ass Shove: On the recieving end of one from General Butt-Fucking Naked part way through Act II. With his own copy of the Book of Mormon, no less.
- Black Comedy Rape: The above mentioned Ass Shove is this.
- Break the Haughty: Pretty much his entire character arc consists of this
- Broken Ace: Starts showing signs of this upon arrival in Uganda, and has fully set in by Act II.
- Butt-Monkey: Turns into one pretty quickly, spending most of the show undergoing increasingly horrible suffering, culminating in getting his own copy of the Book of Mormon shoved up his ass. This is all Played for Laughs, of course.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: During "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream", his idea of torture is being force-fed coffee (which Mormons aren't meant to drink) by a group of demons, evil historical figures, and Elder McKinley.
- Crisis of Faith: He's suffering one by the end of Act II. Whether or not he's actually resolved it by the very end is unclear.
- Dark Reprise: Has one for a section of "Two By Two" right after "I Am Africa".
- Decoy Protagonist: Initially set up as the hero of the story with Cunningham as comic relief, he switches to more of a Deuteragonist role by Act II, and the musical ends with Cunningham as the hero and Price as his closest supporter.
- Disney Acid Sequence: Experiences one in the form of "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream". Appropriate, considering his love of the company.
- Drunk on Milk: Or rather, coffee.
- Fish out of Water: Quickly finds himself to be one in Uganda.
- The Fundamentalist: Very much one at the start of the show.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In all but one instance. Played for Laughs.Price: To HECK with rules!
The Other Elders: *GASP*
- Heroic Wannabe: In "You and Me (But Mostly Me)". Quickly goes awry.Price: I want be the Mormon who changed all of mankind!
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cunningham by the end.
- Innocently Insensitive: His behaviour isn't malicious, but generally comes across as naive at best and hopelessly narcissistic at worst until the end.
- It's All About Me: The entirety of "You and Me (But Mostly Me)" is spent establishing this trait.
- Manchild: Shades of this in his obsession with Orlando
- Maybe Ever After: Depending on how the production plays it, and how one interprets their relationship, Price's "even if we break the rules" line delivered while looking straight at McKinley could be taken as this.
- My Greatest Failure: "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" reveals that up until the events of the show, stealing a maple glaze donut at the age of five and blaming his brother was this.
- Not Worth Killing: Implied to be how he makes it out of his confrontation with the General alive.
- Opinion-Changing Dream: "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream"
- Precision F-Strike: Gets a hugely satisfying one at the endPrice: You know what guys? Fuck. Him.
- Pretty Boy: Doesn't have to be, but is usually cast as one.
- Running Gag: His obsession with Orlando
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: At the end of Act I.
- Small Name, Big Ego: If it isn't clear by "You and Me (But Mostly Me)", it definitely is by "All-American Prophet". He gets over it.
- ¡Three Amigos!: With Cunningham and Nabulungi by the end.
- What the Hell, Hero?: On the receiving end of one from Jesus.Jesus: You blamed your brother for eating the donut, and now you walk out on your mission companion? You're a dick!
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Starts the show as one. It doesn't last.
Elder Arnold Cunningham
Notably portrayed by: Josh Gad (OBC), Jared Gertner (Original West End), Ben Platt (Tour)Elder Arnold Cunningham is an enthusiastic but childish young Mormon who's excited to go out and proselytize with his new "best friend"... even though he hasn't actually read the Book of Mormon. He also has a very active imagination - that is to say, he lies a lot. This definitely won't cause any problems in the remote Ugandan village they've been assigned to.
- Adorkable: His innocence, enthusiasm, and genuine, earnest desire to be helpful and liked make him very much this.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's not uncommon for people to interpret the character as being on the autism spectrum, and/or as having a disorder such as ADHD.
- Ass Pull: In-Universe, he spends most of Act II doing this with his... alternative teachings, though not without good reason.
- Big Damn Heroes: In his and Price's confrontation the General at the end.
- Big Fun: He is usually, though not always, either played by an overweight actor, or an actor who is costumed to appear fat. He's also rather lovable and funny.
- Break the Cutie: More than once, first after being abandoned by Price, and then again after "Joseph Smith American Moses" when Nabulungi reproaches him for giving them false hope.
- Crossover Cosmology: Essentially what his version of Mormonism becomes, although with references to franchises like Star Wars rather than other religions.
- Dare to Be Badass: To himself during "Man Up".
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His song with Nabulungi about her baptism, "Baptize Me", is one long Double Entendre.
- Establishing Character Moment:Elder Cunningham: HELLO, WOULD YOU LIKE TO CHANGE RELIGIONS? I HAVE A FREE BOOK WRITTEN BY JESUS!
- Geek Physiques: Usually portrayed by a short, overweight actor, or else is made to appear overweight
- Give Geeks a Chance: Nabulungi finds his nerdiness rather cute.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: As with all the Mormon characters.
- Maybe Ever After: Heavily implied with Nabulungi, particularly during "Baptize Me", but they never get an official Relationship Upgrade.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Price by the end.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: All he wants from the start of Act I. He gets it.
- I've Heard of That What Is It?: During "Two By Two"Elder Cunningham: Uganda? Cool! Where is that?
- Lawful Stupid: His conscience, appearing in the forms of the authority figures in his life, real and fictional, shows up during "Making Things Up Again" to chastise him for lying to prevent the rape of an infant.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Characters like Darth Vader make appearances in his imagined scenes, but only in extremely crude costumes. Which actually makes it funnier.
- Manchild: He's very immature, with child-like reactions and difficulty behaving himself.
- No Indoor Voice: Usually played this way.
- No Social Skills: Very apparent from the beginning. He does improve as the show goes on though, and most of the characters come to find it endearing anyway.
- Running Gag: Finding new ways to mispronounce Nabulungi's name.
- ¡Three Amigos!: With Price and Nabulungi by the end.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy:Elder Cunningham: Together, we're gonna bring lots of Africans to the church! And then my dad will finally feel proud of me instead of just feeling stuck with me.
- Yarling: During "Man Up".
Notably portrayed by: Nikki M. James (OBC), Alexia Khadime (Original West End)Nabulungi is the daughter of the head of the village of Kitguli. She's friendly, idealistic, and unlike the rest of her village, is actually interested in what these strange white boys have to say. In particular, she takes a liking to Elder Cunningham, and is ready to believe anything he tells her.
- Accidental Misnaming: One of the most prominent Running Gags is Elder Cunningham's inability to say her name correctly. She's addressed by different names each time he speaks to her, usually as a Shout-Out (such as 'Nala', 'Nicki Minaj', or 'NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-BATMAN') or using a funny word like 'Necrophilia'. The names get updated over time to reflect current memes ('Netflix-and-Chill') or to include regional jokes (for example, West End productions will have him call her Nigel Farage, a controversial British politician).
- When Josh Gad did his final performance as Elder Cunningham, his last name for her was Nikki M. James.
- Adorkable: Most of her interactions with Elder Cunningham, particularly during "Baptize Me", are this.
- The Chief's Daughter: The daughter of the village head, and the first to befriend any of the Elders.
- Daddy's Girl: She's very close with her father.
- Dark Reprise: Has one for "Hasa Diga Eebowai" at the end of Act II.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her song with Elder Cunningham about her baptism, "Baptize Me", is one long Double Entendre.
- "I Want" Song: "Sal Tlay Ka Siti".
- Maybe Ever After: Heavily implied with Elder Cunningham, particularly during "Baptize Me", but they never get an official Relationship Upgrade.
- Missing Mom: Implied to have died before the events of the musical.
- Nice Girl: Has a 'wonderful disposition', as Mafala puts it.
- Show Within a Show: Her play, "Joseph Smith American Moses".
- ¡Three Amigos!: With Price and Cunningham by the end.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Far more optimistic than the other Ugandans. This is broken at the end when she realises Cunningham lied to her, though it doesn't last.
Notably portrayed by: Rory O'Malley (OBC), Stephen Ashfield (Original West End), Grey Henson (Tour), Pierce Cassidy (Tour)Elder McKinley is the District Leader of District 9. He's just as friendly and enthusiastic as the other Mormon boys, but is more than a little disheartened by his District's lack of baptisms in the three months they've been in Uganda. He is most certainly not gay.
- Adorkable: Has several moments across the play - his little pink suitcase at the end being a good example.
- Armored Closet Gay: Almost all of "Turn It Off" is spent establishing him as this, though he's much nicer about it than most examples of this trope.
- Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: In the Swedish version of "Turn It Off", rather than crushing a box, McKinley encourages Price to "imagine that [his] brain is made of small, small cats/grab the cat that's gay and drown it".
- Camp Gay: Buried under several layers of repression, but still clearly this.
- Flaming Devil: Appears as one in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream".
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: As with all the Mormon characters.McKinley: O M Gosh you guys, I am freaking out!
- Large Ham: "Turn It Off" shows him to be this.
- Love at First Sight: While every production has McKinley be at least a little bit attracted to Price, some have taken it further and implied this of McKinley's side of their relationship.
- Maybe Ever After: He's rather blatantly crushing on Elder Price for a good amount of the show, and depending on how a production plays it, and how the audience chooses to interpret it, Price's "even if we break the rules" line, delivered while looking straight at McKinley, could be taken as Price possibly returning his feelings.
- Minor Character, Major Song: "Turn It Off" is one of the show's most acclaimed songs, but after it's over his main role is to be the face of the District 9 Elders and be the source of a few more gay jokes.
- Only One Name: Canonically, he's only ever referred to as Elder McKinley - however, the Fan Nickname 'Connor' has reached a point of being so universal that even most actors involved with the show accept and use it.
- Stepford Smiler: Has an entire song about being this. Complete with elaborate tap dancing.
- Transparent Closet: He's about as subtle as a pink sparkly vest.
- Waistcoat of Style: A pink, sparkly one, as shown in his character image.
Notably portrayed by: Michael Potts (OBC), Giles Terera (Original West End)The head of the village of Kitguli, he welcomes Elders Price and Cunningham to Uganda - and makes it immediately clear to them that religion is far from his village's top priority. He is also Nabulungi's father.
- Cluster F-Bomb: During "Hasa Diga Eebowai".
- Last-Second Word Swap: During "Hasa Diga Eebowai":Mafala:Here's the butcher, he has AIDS; here's the teacher, she has AIDS; here's the doctor, he has AIDS; here's my daughter, she has AAAAAAA... wonderful disposition!
- Minor Character, Major Song: Leads "Hasa Diga Eebowai", the big establishing number for the setting, and then fades into the background to allow Nabulungi to take prominence.
- Overprotective Dad: Of Nabulungi, which he makes clear during "Hasa Diga Eebowai". He probably has better reason to be this way than most examples of this trope, considering the AIDS epidemic and genital-mutilating warlord running around, but threatening to give Price and Cunningham AIDS themselves is still more than a little extreme.
- Rage Against the Heavens: "Hasa Diga Eebowai".
The Elders of District 9The rest of the District 9 missionaries - Elders Thomas, Zelder, Michaels, Neeley, Schrader, Church, and Davis. As a group, they're all friendly, enthusiastic, and almost as repressed as Elder McKinley.
- Abusive Parents: Elder Church has an abusive father.
- All There in the Script: Elders Schrader and Zelder are never actually named in the show, but have names in the script accompanying the two lines they each have. As for the others, their names are each only mentioned once, and in quick succession, making them very easy to miss.
- More like All There In The Props, but the board in the mission hut also shows what the other mission companion pairings are, which never comes up in the dialogue (they are McKinley/Thomas, Zelder/Michaels, Neeley/Schrader, and Church/Davis).
- Camp Straight: Usually all played as such, though it varies cast to cast somewhat. Of course, there's no reason to believe none of them are gay either.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Elders Church and Thomas definitely have these, growing up with an abusive father and losing a sibling to cancer respectively. It's implied that the others may also have similar backgrounds.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Elder Thomas' sister died of cancer while he was on line to buy an iPhone, her last words being "Where is my brother?"
- Only One Name: None of them have first names, though like McKinley some of them have been given unofficial names by the fans.
- Stepford Smiler: All of them in "Turn It Off".
- Trademark Favorite Food: Apparently Pop-Tarts are this for Elder Thomas, enough to be the basis for a nickname.
This is a list of characters in the book of scripture known as the Book of Mormon.
Family of Lehi
LehiThe patriarch of the family and ancestor to all Nephites and Lamanites. He took his family from Jerusalem in 600 B.C. thanks to a warning from God.
- Cassandra Truth: In First Nephi 1:18-20, he warns the people of Jerusalem that they will be destroyed by Babylon. No one believes him. Anyone who knows their Bible will know what happened a few years later.
- The Exile: From Jerusalem
- Famous Ancestor: In Chapter 5, he learns from the Brass Plates that he is a descendant of Joseph through Manasseh's line.
- Good Parents: He genuinely cares about his children and does everything he can to keep them on the right path.
- Happily Married: To Sariah.
- Hero of Another Story: The lost Book of Lehi.
- Last Words: Four chapters worth in Second Nephi.
- Mad Dreamer: What the people of Jerusalem perceived him to be following his prophecy about the city's destruction.
- Out-of-Character Moment: In chapter 16 of First Nephi, when he starts to murmur against God due to lack of food. Luckily, Nephi shakes him out of it.
- Shipper on Deck: For his sons and the daughters of Ishmael.
- Tragic Dream: Part of his famous dream from Chapter 8. After seeing the tree of life that represented God's love and the iron rod that led to it, he invited his family to come and partake of the fruit of the tree. Sariah, Nephi, and Sam all do so, while Laman and Lemuel refuse. This turns out to be a Prophetic Dream, in the end.
NephiThe son of Lehi. Unlike his brothers Laman and Lemuel, he was unwaveringly faithful to God and became a prophet like his father. He is the narrator of First and Second Nephi.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Do not mess with him or his family if you value your life.
- Cain and Abel: Is the Abel to Laman and Lemuel's Cain.
- Determinator: Beaten and tied up by his brothers, nearly killed by a greedy nobleman, mocked mercilessly, beaten and tied up once again and left out alone in a storm, and finally an attempt on his life by said brothers. Through it all, this guy never gives up. "I will go, I will do," indeed.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: When he asks to see his father's vision of the Tree of Life, and ends up seeing the entire history of the human race.
- Famous Ancestor: Joseph of Egypt.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible one.
- Founder of the Kingdom: The Nephites, hence the name.
- Heroic Build: He is "large in stature" after all.
- Humble Hero: A passage in the last half of 2nd Nephi 4 shows just how true this is, wherein he proclaims himself a "wretched man," "easily beset" by sin.
- Jumped at the Call: "I will go, I will do . . . "
- Narrator: Of both first and second Nephi.
- The Navigator: During the family's voyage across the sea to the promised land.
- Offered the Crown: Even though he warns the people against it.
- Official Couple: With one of the daughters of Ishmael.
- Pals with Jesus: They have many conversations over the course of the story.
- Reluctant Monster: When he has to take Laban's life in order to get the Brass Plates, even though he knows he has to do it.
- Shock and Awe: When he uses the power of God to smite Laman, Lemuel, and the sons of Ishmael in 1st Nephi 17.
- True Companions: With Zoram.
- Undying Loyalty: To God, to his family, to his father. He even refuses to give up on his brothers even after all they've put him through, and only abandons them when God tells him it's no longer safe for him and his family.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being "large in stature," he gets beaten up by Laman and Lemuel on a regular basis.
Laman and LemuelThe eldest sons of Lehi. They lacked faith in the Lord and continually murmured against their father and brother. It eventually escalated to attempted murder of Nephi following Lehi's death. They are the founders of the Lamanites.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: How they viewed Nephi.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To Lehi.
- The Bully: And how!
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Nephi and Sam's Abel.
- Domestic Abuse: To some pretty major extremes at times: starting with physically beating Sam and Nephi, tying up Nephi and leaving him to die in the wilderness, tying Nephi to the mast of their ship and leaving him there during a storm, and on at least two occasions, attempting to outright murder him and Lehi.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: They're the foolish ones.
- Founder of the Kingdom: The Lamanites.
- Holy Burns Evil: In chapter 17, when Nephi shocks them with the power of the Lord.
- Ignored Epiphany: Way too many to list. They saw an angel, for crying out loud.
- Official Couple: With two of the daughters of Ishmael.
- Predecessor Villain: To every single other villain in the entire Book of Mormon.
- Sibling Rivalry: Started out as this, anyway.
- Start of Darkness: First Nephi is pretty much this for them.
JacobA son of Lehi born during the journey alongside his brother Joseph. Jacob later became a prophet.
- Cain and Abel and Seth: The Seth part of the equation.
- Narrator: Of the Book of Jacob.
- Pals with Jesus: And the first one to name Jesus by name. Lehi and Nephi only referred to Him as "the Messiah."
- Serious Business: The unlawful practice of polygamy going on amongst the Nephites at the time.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: If I were you, I would not attempt to read Jacob 5 late at night if you have any intention of finishing it.
- Tagalong Kid: During First Nephi.
King BenjaminA king of the Nephites most famous for his speech to the people.
- Final Speech: Encompassing Mosiah chapters 2-4.
- Passing the Torch: His crown and the records of his people to his son Mosiah.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He fought as a soldier on numerous occasions, and, as shown by Chapter 2 of Mosiah, he "labored with" his "own hands to serve" the people.
King Mosiah IIThe son of King Benjamin. He is the namesake of The Book of Mosiah.
- Antagonistic Offspring: His four sons, at first.
- Last of His Kind: The last of the Nephite Kings, on his own suggestion to switch to democracy.
- Passing the Torch: The records to Alma the Elder, the kingdom to Alma the Younger as the first Chief Judge.
Ammon (1)A man charged by Mosiah II to seek out the people of Zeniff. He finds them in captivity to the Lamanites and helps them to escape.
- Clear My Name: When he first arrives in the Land of Nephi, he is immediately imprisoned by King Limhi, who believed him to be one of the priests of King Noah.
- Heroic Build: He's described as a "strong and mighty man."
King ZeniffAn overzealous adventurer who led a group of people to reclaim the abandoned Land of Nephi.
- Founder of the Kingdom: The short lived kingdom of the people of Lehi-Nephi.
- Genre Blindness: He believes that he can make a deal with the king of the Lamanites to live in the Land of Nephi in peace, when it was quite obvious that the king had other plans.
- Idiot Ball: See above. Arguably, him handing the kingdom to his son Noah.
- Narrator: Of chapters 9 and 10 of Mosiah.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Not an extremist per se, but while his immense zeal to reclaim the Land of Nephi was good at heart, his actions in doing so led to the sufferings of three generations and two peoples.
King NoahThe son of Zeniff who led the people into wickedness. He burnt the prophet Abinadi at the stake for preaching against him, and he was later burnt at the stake by his own people according to Abinadi's prophecy.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Limhi, at least to an extent.
- Bad Boss: Orders his men to kill Alma simply for speaking up in Abinadi's defense.
- Big Bad: Arguably of the central arc in the Book of Mosiah.
- Dirty Coward: In chapter 19, when he orders the men to leave behind the women and children when fleeing from the Lamanite army.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Attempting to kill Alma simply for speaking in a prisoner's defense, and putting Abinadi to death for preaching the scriptures (which just so happened to be condemning Noah and his priests' actions).
- Karmic Death: Twofold: he is put to death by his own people for forcing them to abandon their wives and children, and he is burned at the stake in the same way he executed Abinadi, something Abinadi prophesied seconds before his death in Mosiah 17:18.
- Puppet King: To his priests, arguably the Bigger Bad, best shown when he briefly considers setting Abinadi free before the priests flatter him and strengthen his resolve to execute Abinadi.
King LimhiNoah's son. He attempted to return his people to righteousness after his father's death. He, alongside Ammon and Gideon (and the Lord, of course) led the people out of captivity and back to the land of Zarahemla.
- Drinking on Duty: In chapter 22, he, Ammon, and his men get the Lamanite guards to do this in order to escape and flee to Zarahemla.
- Kangaroo Court: When he and his men discover Ammon's group, they throw them in prison without a second thought. They do hold a trial for them later, but still . . .
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Except in the case of above.
AbinadiA prophet who preached against the wickedness of Noah. He was tried before Noah and his priests, refused to deny what he had taught, and was burned at the stake for it.
- Final Speech: Just before his death in Mosiah 17, prophesying that the same fate will befall Noah and his priests.
- Glamour Failure: After being kicked out of the city once, he comes back in disguise. It doesn't take long for him to get caught again.
- Holy Burns Evil: In Mosiah 12, when the guards are ordered to take him away, they are thrown back by the power of God so that Abinadi can finish delivering his message.
- It Is Not My Time: The reason the guards are not able to take him away.
- Public Execution: Burned at the stake.
- Tranquil Fury: Roughly what his demeanor is as he delivers his message to Noah and his priests.
Alma the ElderA priest of Noah who was converted by Abinadi's preaching. He tried to stand up for Abinadi and was cast out. He eventually formed his own people in the wilderness. The people came into bondage under the Lamanites for a time, but eventually escaped thanks to the Lord's power and joined the people of Zarahemla. Alma became head of the Church, eventually passing it on to his son.
- Antagonistic Offspring: His son Alma the Younger, at first.
- Famous Ancestor: He is described as a descendant of Nephi.
- Father to His Men: to the church that he founded.
- Founder of the Kingdom: After being banished, he teaches Abinadi's words to others in secret, building up a church. Eventually they had to flee from King Noah's forces, founding their own city out in the jungle.
- Happiness in Slavery: When the Lamanites (and the former priests of Noah) enslaved the people and forced them into heavy labor, the people kept their spirits up by continually praying to God, being strengthen and cheered by His power.
- HeelFace Turn: He was originally one of Noah's corrupt priests, but his heart was changed by Abinadi's words and he ended up following in the prophet's footsteps.
- Hero of Another Story: During the account by Limhi and Ammon. His story is finally told in later chapters.
- Heroic Lineage: He is a direct descendant of Nephi, and the prophets after him are an almost perfect direct sequence of father to son.
- High Priest: He was a priest in Noah's court, and, following his HeelFace Turn, became the high priest over his people and later over the whole church once his people rejoined the people of Zarahemla.
- Made a Slave: Under the Lamanites and the former priest of Noah.
- Narrator: Of his portion of the Book of Mosiah.
- Only Sane Man: He was the only one among Noah's priests to believe Abinadi's words and stand up for him.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with his son Alma the Younger.
- The Pollyanna: Because of the prayers in their hearts, the Lord's spirit made Alma and his people continually happy and strong despite the terrible slave conditions they were facing.
- Slave Liberation: God accomplished this for Alma and his people by causing a deep sleep to come onto all of the Lamanites.
- The Exile: After being banished from Noah's court. Later his people as well.
- Abduction Is Love: After being exiled into the wilderness, the priests got a little lonely, so they effectively raided a girls' camp for Lamanites and kidnapped the entire group, eventually marrying them and later using them as bait to escape punishment from the Lamanite armies.
- Conspicuous Consumption: Their judgment seats were "ornamented with pure gold."
- Corrupt Church: What the Church had become under their leadership.
- Dirty Coward: They alongside Noah abandoned their wives and children to be slaughtered by the Lamanites so that they could get away, and later abandoned King Noah to suffer the same fate at the hands of their own enraged people. After hiding out in the woods for years, they abducted new wives from the Lamanites and then used them as leverage to avoid any punishment.
- Dropped a Bridge on Them: They and their descendants were eventually completely wiped out in a random battle, effectively fulfilling the curse Abinadi placed on them.
- Hero Killer: To Abinadi and attempted to Alma the Elder.
- Kangaroo Court: They had no intention of letting Abinadi go free.
- Karmic Death: It took a couple generations, but still.
- Man Behind the Man: Using flattery, they effectively controlled everything King Noah did.
- Manipulative Bastard: See Man Behind the Man as well as Abduction Is Love. Following this, their leader Amulon managed to weasel his way high enough into public office to make life miserable for the people of Alma.
- Turn Coat: Abandoned their people, their king, and eventually became accepted as fully-fledged Lamanites.
- Villain Team-Up: When they joined the Lamanites.
Alma the YoungerThe son of Alma. As a youth, he rebelled against the church and tried to tear it down until and angel appeared to him, leaving him in a coma for three days. When he came out of it, he was fully converted to the gospel. He soon became the first Chief Judge and the leader of the church, but he gave up his judgeship in order to spend more time preaching. Most of his preaching efforts are detailed in the book of Alma, named after him. He was eventually translated, much like Moses.
The Sons of MosiahAlma's friends who were converted by the angel as well and then devoted their lives to missionary service, turning down the crown in the process.
AmmonThe most well known of the four. It was through his efforts that King Lamoni's people were converted to the Lord.
Aaron, Omner, and HimniThe other three of the brothers. Aaron is the only one we really see anything of.
AmulekA man living in Ammonihah who is instructed by an angel to take Alma the Younger in and help him preach to the wicked people of the town. He is a constant companion to Alma following that.
ZeezromA lawyer in Ammonihah who attempts to shame Alma and Amulek and disprove their words. He ends up converted by their preaching and cast out of the city. He later joins Alma and Amulek on a mission to the apostate Zoramites.
KorihorAn antichrist who attempts to destroy the church. He is revealed as a fraud deceived by the devil and is cursed to be a mute. He dies being trampled by the Zoramites.
HelamanAlma's oldest son and the most valiant in the faith. He becomes the prophet following Alma.
PahoranChief Judge and son to Alma's successor Nephihah. He helped Captain Moroni during the war with the Lamanites and even fought alongside him during the battle with the Kingmen.
Captain MoroniThe Book of Mormon equivalent to Chuck Norris. The leader of the Nephite army who led them in battle during the war with the Nephites. He was a master strategist and valiant believer in the power of God.
TeancumAnother of Captain Moroni's men. He is notable for killing not only Amalickiah but also Amalickiah's brother Ammoron, giving his life in the process.
The Sons of HelamanAn army formed by Helaman from the children of the Lamanite converts, the Anti-Nephi-Lehies. Not one was slain in battle due to their immense faith in God.
Nephi and LehiThe sons of Helaman II named after their ancestors. They were great missionaries for the Lord, and Nephi acted as prophet.
Gadianton RobbersA group of dissenters from among the Nephites and Lamanites who would murder and kill secretly to get gain. Although they were cast out by the Lamanites, they were eventually accepted almost mutually by the Nephites.
- Ancient Conspiracy: After their formation, they proceeded to basically run the Nephite government from behind on various occasions.
- Biblical Bad Guy: Though not literally Biblical, they essentially occupy the same position in Mormon folklore and belief.
- Big Bad: After their formation, the group remains the most persistent force for evil in the Book of Mormon, and their teachings are to blame for the Nephites losing their virtue and being destroyed.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: As their name implies, they began as a group of robbers and thieves. They ended up basically running the whole Nephite civilization.
- The Mafia: What they started out as.
Nephi (3)The son of Nephi the son of Helaman. He lived to see Jesus Christ's appearance to the people and was made one of his disciples.
The Twelve Nephite DisciplesNephi, Timothy, Jonas, Mathoni, Mathonihah, Kumen, Kumenonhi, Shemnon, Jonas, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Zedekiah who were chosen to act as Christ's disciples. Three chose to live until Christ's second coming.
MormonA young man who had been given the Nephite records due to his sober mind. He grew to be the commanding general in the Nephite army who witnessed the destruction of the Nephites due to their wickedness. He was eventually killed in battle.
MoroniThe son of Mormon and the last Nephite. After the death of his father and destruction of his people, he spent years in hiding. He completed his father's compilation of the records onto the golden plates and then buried them in the Hill Cumorah. He later appeared as an angel to Joseph Smith and led him to them.
King LamoniOne of the first converts of the Lamanites thanks to the efforts of Ammon and his brothers.
The Anti-Nephi-LehiesConverted Lamanites who were cast out and joined the Nephites. They are particularly notable for their oath to never pick up and use a weapon ever again following their conversion.
AmalickiahA former Nephite who joined the Lamanites after the defeat of the kingmen. Through stratagem and deceit, he became king of the land and declared war on the Nephites.
AmmoronThe brother of Amalickiah who took the throne after Amalickiah's death.
Samuel the LamaniteA prophet who was sent to preach against the wickedness of the Nephites and prophesy of the coming of Jesus Christ five years later.
JareditesA group that had come to the new world at the time of the Tower of Babel and had wiped themselves out by the time of the Nephite, leaving only records behind.
JaredThe leader of the original group that came to the new world.
- Supporting Leader: He was the leader of his group and his tribe was named after him, but the main focus of the story is on his brother.