Huck is the narrator and protagonist of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He is thirteen years old when this novel takes place. His father is the local drunk of St. Petersburg, Missouri and abuses him. He was living with two sisters, Widow Douglas and Miss. Watson, who give him a hard time with constant nagging, (more from Miss. Watson then Widow Douglas) before his father came back and captured him. In general, Huck is a loyal friend, thoughtful, independent, intelligent (more in common sense then a formal education), and always is "thinking on this toes". Huck does have a conscience though, as well as just a brave soul, for he starts feeling extremely guilty about Jim being property of his former guardian, Miss. Watson, as if he is betraying his kind and he almost turns his dear friend Jim into the authorities.
Tom is one of Huck's good friends and his "partner in crime". In this particular novel, Tom shows traits of imagination, daringness, and leadership. The most important thing about Tom is that he loves adventure and will do ANYTHING to get a good one.
Widow Douglas and Miss. Watson
Widow Douglass and Miss. Watson are two wealthy sisters who live together in a large house in St. Petersburg. The sisters adopt Huck and have two completely different attitudes towards him. Miss. Watson has very strong religious views and ethnic values and is constantly criticizing Huck. On the other hand, Widow Douglas is not as strict towards her beliefs and has more patience towards Huck's malicious intent. It is because of this action, Huck feels more compelled to obey when around Widow Douglas opposed to Miss. Watson.
Pap is Huck's father. He is always drunk and abusing his son. In Pap's first appearance he is described as having ghostly white skin and tattered clothing. Pap has a disgusting personality and image. He does not like the fact the Huck is getting somewhat of an education, as he did not, and frequently beats Huck because he doesn't want him to be better then himself. Pap can also be described as sneaky, for he put on an act for a judge and promised to "be a better man", but ended up blowing it all and getting drunk that same night.
Jim is a black man and formally one of Miss. Watson's household slaves, though he is now a runaway. Jim is extremely superstitious, intelligent, and caring. Jim displays his intelligence while going down the river, trying to get to freedom while avoiding all contact with any other residences or travelers, trying not to get caught. He is extremely caring and shows kindness to everyone, especially Huck who he names his best friend. Though Jim can be slightly selfish and courageous, for he escaped and is now a fugitive and often talks about being free, getting his wife, and if necessary, stealing back his children.
The King and The Duke
The King and The Duke are con men who Huck and Jim pick up as they traveled down the river. The two scam people out of valuables, such as money, in various ways , or quite frankly, anyway they can think of. The oldest of the two men claimed to be The King and the youngest claimed to be The Duke to get special attention and treatment from Huck and Jim. Huck quickly realized the mens true identities, though they decided to remain loyal to them because Jim is a runaway and Huck is only a child. The two con men drag Huck and Jim into there frauds, but after a while the two find away to ditch the men buying them just enough time to sell them out for the horrible scams they schemed.
Judge Thatcher is a local judge that is responsible to keep Huck's share of the money that he and Tom found and split safe. As soon as Huck finds out his Pap has returned, he wisely signs over his money to the judge, though he doesn't really accept the money, but instead just tries to console Huck.
After a steamboat hits Huck and Jim's raft, separating the two, The Gangerford family took Huck in. The family could be described as country (especially their home) and kind hearted, caring people, though they were stuck in a feud with the Shepherdsons, another local family. This feud has been going on for a long time and results in a "mini war" over the Gangerford's daughter and the Shepherdson's son running away together, which gets many of family members killed.
The Wilks Family
The Wilks Family is one of the Duke and King's target on there travels with Huck and Jim. The King comes across a man who tells the story about the death of the local Peter Wilks, who has left behind a rich estate. The man gives the con men just enough information for the two to pretend to be Peter's two brothers from England, who are in titled to a grand amount of inheritance. Though, Huck foils the plan, allowing the fortune to be safe in the end.
Silas and Sally Phelps
Silas and Sally Phelps are Tom Sawyer's aunt and uncle. Huck coincidentally comes across the two when scouting for Jim after the con men sold him. The Phelps hold Jim in a shed, where he was chained up, until they could return him to his owner. They end up mistaking Huck for Tom and Tom ends up being Tom's younger brother, Sid. In the end Huck and Tom go on an adventure to free Jim, even though Jim is already free which Tom decides to keep a secret until him and Huck had successfully done it on their own. At the end of the book, Sally decides to adopt and civilize Huck when his true identity is discovered.
Aunt Polly is Tom's aunt and guardian as well as Sally Phelps sister. At the end of the book, she is the one who makes it clear that Tom is really Huck, and Sid is actually Tom.