Best Characters In Les Miserables the Musical

The Top Ten

1 Eponine

The thing that is fascinating about Eponine is how she somehow did not develop the wicked ways of her parents. If she had, I do not think she would have seen the good in Marius or fallen in love with him. She had to decide either to stay loyal to her parents or Marius and she decided to stay loyal to Marius even if it led her father to disown her. Even though she died in the end, at least she got to end happy despite it being painful because she got dye in the arms of the one she loves.

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.

So frickin relatable. You’d be lying to yourself if you say that you’ve never felt friend zoned like Éponine. By far best personality, character development, and growth.

To be honest, out of every single musical I have heard about and looked into and seen, no character has touched and moved me like Éponine. Her story is so tragic, and she is a character easy to fall in love with. Not to mention she has the best songs in the musical!

So relatable! Also, instead of being the typical jealous other who tries to destroy the relationship or being the other equally matched rival who is also nice, she is very relatable. I can relate to the fact that even if you like your crush, you still help him get to the one he loves for him to be happy because you like him, if that's making sense...

2 Gavroche

How is Gavroche not #1? This is outrageous! He was so cute, probably about 7 years old. Stupid Javert. He deserves to rot in hell for killing 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

3 Enjolras

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.

The charismatic leader of the rebellion is just as lovable as Gavroche. He was brave and courageous. How can you not love this man?

I love this man. He is the greatest thing to ever happen to the movie/ play/ book. Marius should be first with Enjolras right behind him.

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

4 Jean Valjean

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.

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

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

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

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.

A very interesting character with a very twisted yet interesting point of view and personality. I'm playing him in my HS's production of the "School Edition" and he is at times so much fun (master of the house :) ) and at times a very frightening and demented character. Love Thenardier!

Love interpretations of him on stage... notably Alun Armstrong's original. Am playing him at the moment in an amateur production and have grown to really love his material

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

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.

She should be way higher on the list

I like her personality and her beutey

8 Javert

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

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.

9 Marius

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.

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

Amazing. Awesome. Kind. Passionate. Hansome. Cute. Respectful. Caring. Reliable. Perfect. 10 words to describe this perfect human being.

My god empty chairs at empty tables made me cry

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.

Fantine’s song “I dreamed a dream”... that was definitely one of my favorites. I like Eponin because I love the voice of the person who plays her in the original, and Eponin is great, BUT what does she have that Fantine didn't? Fantine also got her heart broken, would do anything for someone (Eponin for Marius, Fantine for Cosette) and was not raised into wealth. Currently, Eponin is first and Fantine is in tenth! My favorites are Fantine, Jean Valjean, and Eponin. So, personally, I think they all deserve to be in the top three.

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

The Contenders

11 Grantaire

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

2 minutes if screentime but he made them count <3

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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