Best Greek fighter. Leader of the Myrmidons. Dragged hector's body behind the chariot. Killed by Paris with an arrow through the heel.
God of the winds. Helped Odysseus originally with a bag of wind, but refused to help a second time.
King of Phaecia. Told Odysseus about the prophecy/warning about Phaecia and helping strangers, yet helped him anyway.
Penelope's favorite suitor. Didn't listen to Odysseus's warning-Athena had doomed him to die.
Odysseus's comrade who got drunk at Circe's and fell off a roof. Asked Odysseus for a proper burial of his body in Hades, and Odysseus returned to give it to him.
The loyal shepherd who, along with the cowherd Philoetius, helps Odysseus reclaim his throne after his return to Ithaca. Even though he does not know that the vagabond who appears at his hut is Odysseus, he gives the man food and shelter.
(technically not in the Odyssey) son of Priam. Best Trojan fighter, killed by Achilles because he killed Patroclus.
Wife of Menelaus and queen of Sparta. Her abduction from Sparta by the Trojans sparked the Trojan War. Her beauty is without parallel, but she is criticized for giving in to her Trojan captors and thereby costing many Greek men their lives. She offers Telemachus assistance in his quest to find his father.
A tribe of giant cannibals who destroyed everyone of Odysseus's ships except for his own.
A minor prophet who predicted Odysseus's homecoming and was killed by him in the slaughter in the halls.
A race of people who's fruit and vegetables seemed to cause peace, leading to Odysseus's men wanting to stay with them on the island. Odysseus, however, forced his men to continue on their long, treacherous, journey.
King of Sparta, brother of Agamemnon, and husband of Helen, he helped lead the Greeks in the Trojan War. He offers Telemachus assistance in his quest to find Odysseus when Telemachus visits him in Book 4.
The beautiful daughter of King Alcinous and Queen Arete of the Phaeacians. She discovers Odysseus on the beach at Scheria and, out of budding affection for him, ensures his warm reception at her parents' palace.
King of Pylos and a former warrior in the Trojan War. Like Odysseus, he is known as a clever speaker. Telemachus visits him in Book 3 to ask about his father, but he knows little of Odysseus's whereabouts.
Main character (protagonist) Father of Telemachus, husband of Penelope, king of Ithaca. Smart, cunning, favored of Athena.
Queen of Ithaca, wife of Odysseus, mother of Telemachus, clever, cunning, has many suitors.
One of the Cyclops (uncivilized one-eyed giants) whose island Odysseus comes to soon after leaving Troy. He imprisons Odysseus and his crew and tries to eat them, but Odysseus blinds him through a clever ruse and manages to escape. In doing so, however, Odysseus angers his father, Poseidon.
Women who coerced men to come with them by their enchanting songs. Odysseus's men blocked up their ears so they couldn't hear, but Odysseus was tied to the mast and forced himself to listen, but was obviously unable to leave.
Son of Odysseus and Penelope, prince of Ithaca, protagonist of the Telemachia (his coming of age in the Odyssey)