Lieutenant William Bligh
Lieutenant William Bligh (bli), captain of HMS Bounty; strong, stout, dark-eyed, firm-mouthed, strong-voiced, he is a fanatical disciplinarian and a grafting exploiter of ship’s rationing. He is subject to fits of insane rage.
Roger Byam, the narrator, a retired ship’s captain, at the time of the mutiny a young midshipman and student of languages who has been assigned the job of making a dictionary of the native dialects. He becomes quartermaster after the mutiny. He is acquitted of all complicity.
Fletcher Christian, master’s mate, leader of the mutiny; tall, strong, swarthy, handsome, romantic-looking, resolute, moody. Unable to bear Bligh’s tyranny any longer, he takes charge of the ship, casts off Bligh with a group of loyal men in the ship’s launch, and becomes the new acting lieutenant, or captain.
George Stewart, midshipman friend of Byam. A nonmutineer who is appointed master’s mate after the mutiny, he drowns when the Pandora sinks.
Tehani, a tall, beautiful Tahitian girl, daughter of a high chief. She becomes Byam’s wife, bears him a daughter, and dies after he is taken to England.
Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks, a noted scientist and explorer, president of the Royal Society. He is responsible for Byam’s assignment as a dictionary maker.
Hitihiti, a chief and high priest, Byam’s taio (special friend), tall, magnificently proportioned, light-skinned, intelligent, humorous.
Peggy, a chief’s daughter, Stewart’s wife.
Maimiti, Christian’s sweetheart, Hitihiti’s niece, handsome, proud, shy. She goes away with Christian on the Bounty.
Robert Tinkler, a midshipman whose testimony saves Byam, Muspratt, and Morrison.
Morrison, boatswain’s mate, a non-mutineer. He is pardoned.
Muspratt, able seaman, a non-mutineer also pardoned.
Millward, able seamen, mutineers who are convicted and hanged.
David Nelson, a botanist in charge of collecting breadfruit trees. He dies at Batavia.
Doctor Hamilton, the kindly doctor on the Pandora.
Captain Edwards, captain of the Pandora.