The protagonist, a freshman at Trinity. The son of a pharmacist, he has recently lost his mother.
The "Assigner" for the Vigils and one of the book's central antagonists.
Roland Goubert, nicknamed "The Goober." He is on the football team with Jerry and is deeply distraught at Jerry's unwillingness to conform.
Archie's reluctant lackey.
The Acting Headmaster of Trinity School, and one of the book's central antagonists.
Jerry's father, a pharmacist and grieving widower.
The captain of the football team and the President of the Vigils.
A vile boy who is partiularly cruel to those who are smaller or younger than him. Archie uses Emile to torment Jerry.
A girl Jerry sees at a bus-stop and tries to ask out on a date.
A boy with excellent grades who is blackmailed by Brother Leon to assist in the chocolate sale.
The student whom Brother Leon appoints Treasurer of the chocolate sale.
A good student who is singled out by Brother Leon.
A boy who is targeted by The Vigils.