Mrs. Muskat, the owner of a merry-go-round in Budapest.
Liliom, her successful barker, discharged for flirting with Julie, whom he eventually marries. He refuses to go back to Mrs. Muskat because he has plans to rob a factory paymaster. When caught, he stabs himself and dies. In a vision, after sixteen years of purification by fire, he returns to Earth to find himself idealized by his wife and his daughter.
Julie, a country girl who marries Liliom.
Louise, their daughter. She has been taught by Julie to idolize her father. When he returns from death for a day after sixteen years and strikes Louise in irritation, she says the blow felt tender, like a caress.
Marie, Julie’s friend, who is lured by Wolf’s uniform and marries him.
Wolf, a porter.
Mrs. Hollunder, Julie’s aunt, who runs a photograph gallery.
Ficsur, who encourages Liliom to steal a knife from the Hollunder kitchen and hold up the cashier.
Linzman, the factory paymaster whom Liliom plans to rob. Having already paid off the workers, he has no money when Liliom accosts him.
Two policemen, who carry the dying Liliom to the photographer’s shop and later figure as heavenly police in his vision.