List of characters

Main characters

  • Candide: The title character. Illegitimate son of the sister of the Baron of Thunder-ten-Tronckh. In love with Cunégonde.
  • Cunégonde: The daughter of the Baron of Thunder-ten-Tronckh. In love with Candide.
  • Professor Pangloss: The royal educator of the court of the baron. Described as "the greatest philosopher of the Holy Roman Empire".
  • The Old Woman: Cunégonde's maid while she was the mistress of Don Issachar and the Grand Inquisitor of Portugal. Fled with Candide and Cunégonde to the New World. Illegitimate daughter of Pope Urban X.
  • Cacambo: From a Spanish father and a Peruvian mother. Lived half his life in Spain and half in Latin America. Candide's valet while in America.
  • Martin: Dutch amateur philosopher and Manichaean. Met Candide in Suriname, travelled with him afterwards.
  • The Baron of Thunder-ten-Tronckh: Son of the original Baron (a secondary character) and brother of Cunégonde. Thought to have been killed by the Bulgarians. Became a Jesuit in Paraguay.

Secondary characters

  • The baron and baroness of Thunder-ten-Tronckh: Father and mother of Cunégonde and the second baron. Both slain by the Bulgarians.
  • The king of the Bulgarians.
  • Jacques the Anabaptist: Saved Candide from a lynching in the Netherlands. Drowned in the port of Lisbon.
  • Don Issachar: Jewish landlord in Portugal. Cunégonde became his mistress, shared with the Grand Inquisitor of Portugal. Killed by Candide.
  • The Grand Inquisitor of Portugal: Sentenced Candide and Pangloss at the auto-da-fé. Cunégonde was his mistress jointly with Don Issachar. Killed by Candide.
  • Don Fernando d'Ibarra y Figueroa y Mascarenes y Lampourdos y Souza: Spanish governor of Buenos Aires. Wanted Cunégonde as a mistress.
  • The king of El Dorado, who helped Candide and Cacambo out of El Dorado and made them rich.
  • Mynheer Vanderdendur: Dutch ship captain. Offered to take Candide from America to France for 30,000 gold coins, but then departed without him, stealing all his riches.
  • The abbot of Périgord: Befriended Candide and Martin, led the police to arrest them; he and the police officer accepted three diamonds each and released them.
  • The marchioness of Parolignac: Parisian wench who took an elaborate title.
  • The scholar: One of the guests of the "marchioness". Argued with Candide about art.
  • Paquette: The one who gave Pangloss syphilis. After the slaying by the Bulgarians, worked as a prostitute. Became the property of Friar Giroflée.
  • Friar Giroflée: Theatine friar. In love with the prostitute Paquette.
  • Signor Pococurante: A Venetian noble. Candide and Martin visited his estate, where he discussed his disdain of most of the canon of great art.
  • In an inn in Venice, Candide and Martin ate with six foreigners who turned out to be deposed monarchs. They were:
    • Ahmed III
    • Ivan VI of Russia
    • Charles Edward Stuart
    • Augustus III of Poland
    • Stanisław Leszczyński
    • Theodore of Corsica

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