Best Characters In Les Miserables the Musical

The Top Ten

1 Eponine

Eponine really shows the world that anyone even from the worst circumstances can be redeemed.

The victim of the cruel beast called Unrequited Love but Eponine remains caring, loving and warm-hearted. She is definitely my favourite character. I remember watching Samantha Barks auditioning to play Nancy in Oliver! She didn't get the part but I know she would have played her outstandingly; just as she plays Eponine. She is an incredible actress.

She is my favorite character you would be lying to yourself if you think Eponine is not the best character plus my school is doing the play Les Miserables and I play Eponine so yay but practically every girl in the cast has to play a lovely lady so that will suck for me but I am still happy to be playing Eponine plus I get to sing " On my own"

Samantha Barks as Eponine was just amazing. Best actress ever. She reminds me a bit of Demi Lovato or Selena Gomez (She has the looks, the acting skills and the voice)

2 Gavroche

He is so adorable, and yet so brave- he portrays the courage that many grown men lack.

He is so brave and although he died, he died for a cause he believed in.

Deserved so much more, daniel did a great job playing him too

He is so cool! I hope to play him in the actual play!

3 Enjolras

I absolutely love his determination, he never forgets his cause, and he is willing to die for it. SO ADMIRABLE

I cried so much at the scene where he does. He is just so genuine of a character and is so underrated.

That last scene with the flag shattered my heart into like a thousand pieces

Literally amazing and so determined. He was fighting for a better future, fighting for the people who couldn't stand for themselves. Everything he did was for the good of the people in Paris.

4 Jean Valjean

His personality is fantastic. He is so determined to do what he think is best for Cosette.

Excuse me?! Why is he at #4?!

How is Jean Valijean not #1? Jean Valijean is an amazing character. He just stands out from everyone else in the story.

Tbh, he kinda gets sidelined by all the other characters with better personalities, but then you have to remember that this story is about Jean Valjean and his turn from hating to loving, from despair to hope, from death to life. This story isn’t about Marius and Cosette finding love or a fierce revolution with a morbid ending (as much as I want it to be), it’s about how Jean Valjean turned form hating to loving, and that influenced Marius and Cosette and the revolution and all the other smaller stories.

5 Thénardier

He is an absolute savage. Literally stealing from everyone and escaping law enforcement. There is a reason he survives and becomes wealthy at the end of the show.

He is the best character, has the best songs and does the best acting, other characters pale in comparison

Thenardier look gross at my first impression but he's quite interesting and able to survive in those cruel world without being chase I love and hate him at same time

He has such a cynical view of the world, especially shown in dog eats dog... love it!

6 Madame Thénardier

Pretty funny not gonna lie. Morals in the wrong place, but stole the show

It’s hard not to love her because helena plays her so well in the movie

7 Cosette

She should be way higher on the list

I like her personality and her beutey

My favourite character has to be Cosette. Basically the whole story is centred around her. Everyone just likes Éponine better because she ends up being poor at the end so everyone feels bad for her and she has a showy song. She even wants to have Marius killed at the barricade so they could die together. While Éponine is crazy jealous of Cosette, Cosette is the one that is kind even though she was brought up horribly as a child. She has not as many solos but she does have an important part in the plot and is included in quite a few songs. Also, let's not forget that Éponine bullied Cosette when they were younger. Don't get me wrong, I have no hate towards Éponine. I actually really like her as a character and On My Own is a good song, but I just hate how Cosette is so under appreciated. Cosette is definitely my favourite.

8 Javert

He is a man of the lord. He believes himself to be honorable, so when his views are proven wrong, he simply cannot take it. Also known as the Javert complex

Kaveri is a complicated character with a story to tell. I don't think he gets enough respect. He is just doing what he believes is right.


How is he not much higher? Such a complicated character and even though he’s portrayed as bad, I feel like he’s one of the most believable characters, considering the time period. His suicide and the song Stars are so sad as well I cry every time. Also, in the film EVERYONE criticises Russel Crowe’s singing but I thought that it was really good and even though he’s not perfect it really brings it together. I feel like I’m a film like this imperfections just make the acting better. Javert has some really moving songs as well and really only does what he believes is in the best interest of both God and the country. He actually has morals, unlike Marius who I think is just selfish. I mean, he only really cares about Cosette and he had only just seen her before he decided he loved her more than anything in the world. He only really likes her because she’s pretty anyway. So I prefer Javert tenfold and don’t think he gets anywhere near as much respect as he deserves. Should be ...more

9 Marius

I empathize with him so much. What an absolute dork. Marius deserves all the love in the world.

My god empty chairs at empty tables made me cry

Best by far.

Why the actual heck is Marius not FIRST!?!? Best character by far. Eat trash Eponine, I love you but Marius deserves first above even Valjean. Also why do people ship him and Eponine? They aren't even friends, hardly acquaintances in the book. Cossete and Marius all the way baby.

10 Fantine

Fantine is by far the best character in the show. Her story is hauntingly compelling; as a young and naive girl she was abandoned by her lover and now society looks down on her, but she will do anything for Cosette because her daughter is all she has left. I think she should be above all the other female characters on this list because Cosette is a stereotypical pretty girl who exists to fall in love and Eponine is cruel, selfish and jealous, which we are supposed to forget when we are meant to feel sorry for her. The character of Fantine is just so much more heartbreaking and meaningful.

She is the epitome of a tragic character. She has the song of the show and really tugs on the audience's heart.

She is a kind girl who's life just turned the wrong way she should be way Higher on the list

Oh this poor girl. She deserves so much more after her boyfriend dumped her with a child.

The Contenders

11 Grantaire

2 minutes if screentime but he made them count <3

So drunk, it’s funny, but I love how he dies with Enjolras

12 Bishop

So caring and it speaks levels that the man who played him, Colm Wilkinson, played Valjean in the original London recording.

Bit too nice

13 Monsieur Mabeuf

Only those who've read the book will know this charming old man, but he won my love as soon as he said that books and plants and more interesting than politics. And when Gavroche stole Monteparnasse's wallet and threw it over M. Mabeuf's wall and the poor man freaked out... I love him.

14 Courfeyrac
15 Combeferre
16 Monsieur Thénardier
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