Dracula---Dracula is the primary antagonist within the novel. Mina eventually sympathizes with him, referring to him as an animal of prey. He is cunning, sexually threatening, precocious, and devious. He will use money to his advantage, employing the proletariats within the story to do most of his bidding.
Van Helsing---Van Helsing is the chief source of moral within the group. He possesses a wealth of knowledge on the subject of vampires and is consequently the first and only believer in their existence. He manages to bypass and even transcend gender roles, comforting both men and women during emotionally straining events; he is at one point referred to by Seward as being emotional like a woman.
Doctor John Seward--Seward, though his commentary is perhaps the most straightforward and dry, gives us a psychological outlook on the characters of Renfield, which, by extension, awards us insight into the mind of Dracula. He is the protégé of Van Helsing and the administrator of an insane asylum--eventually becoming the base of operations for the crew.
Mina Murray/Harker---Mina is Jonathan’s fiancée and could be interpreted as a ‘new woman’. She turns to typewriting because it proves advantageous in tracking Dracula, but also Stoker may be saying that women, too, can be intelligent, resourceful, and beneficiary in society. In many ways, Mina proves to be the heroine considering her ordering of events leads to the conclusion of the novel. She, like Lucy, will embody pure English values, magnified by her stoic resolve after being bitten as well as during her moving speeches both before and during their tracking of the Count.
Jonathan Harker---Jonathan is a lawyer who kicks off the novel and works out real estate dealings with Dracula. Unbeknownst to him, he will inadvertently aid Dracula with his invasion. More than any other character in the book, Jonathan takes a number of detours in not just character, but in action. He will take the courageous plunge to escape Dracula’s clutches; go mad, passive, and later helpless to Dracula’s dealings with Mina; emerging as a hero whose knowledge of paperwork aids in the tracking of Dracula’s coffins, eventually giving the killing blow to Dracula outside of his castle in the final chapter.
Arthur Holmwood---Holmwood is the fiancé of Lucy and a mutual friend to the other members in the group. He is the son of a Lord and eventually is bequeathed both land and title by his father. Arthur remains in the background for the majority of the novel, with the exception of his love for Lucy; he takes the initiative to give her blood after she is bitten and also offers to give her the final blow after she transforms into the ‘bloofal lady’.
Quincey Morris---Quincey embodies many American stereotypes, beginning first with a southern drawl thanks to being raised in Texas. He has earned both his title and his land through manual labor and a strong work ethic. He claims to be a great hunter even though he misses what can safely be assumed as Dracula in bat form. Ever faithful to the group and always determined to help, the laconic Quincey will be the only member of the group to die, effectively showing that American’s cannot exist in an English world.
Lucy Westenra--Lucy is Mina’s best friend and eventually succumbs to the will of Dracula--becoming the ‘bloofal lady’. She is the first to fall victim to being transformed into a vampire, detailing what can happen to the ideal English woman when her chastity becomes compromised. She is eventually killed by the group, but not before biting a small number of children,
Renfield---Renfield’s psychosis will be a very interesting tool in not just understanding the mind of a would be vampire, but also in his categorization as ‘mad’. He is eventually brutally murdered by Dracula, but not before providing a lot of insight into his motives, desires, and treatment of his subjects.