The narrator of the story, the pilot crashes in the middle of the Sahara desert when his engine fails. The pilot is a grownup, but one who has always been an explorer and is sympathetic… (read full character analysis)
The title character of the story, the little prince ventures to other planets in the universe after discovering that the rose he loves has lied to him. Innocent and curious, the little prince begins to… (read full character analysis)
The little prince's meeting with the fox is the climax of the story—it's the moment when the little prince realizes why his rose is so important to him. The fox is skittish around the prince… (read full character analysis)
The snake speaks in riddles, and he meets the little prince at the beginning and the end of his journey on Earth. The snake possesses a deadly poison that he promises will send the prince… (read full character analysis)
The lamplighter is a faithful but unhappy grownup, who is miserable because his job allows him no rest. His planet makes a full turn every minute, and in order to keep up, he is constantly… (read full character analysis)
The geographer is the last man the little prince meets before he ventures to Earth. The geographer is a scholarly grownup who spends his life waiting for explorers to venture to his planet so that… (read full character analysis)
The king is the first grownup the little prince meets on his journey. He is bossy but fair, vowing to make only reasonable demands of his subjects. He believes, however, that everything in the universe—even the stars—is one of his subjects.
The Conceited Man
The conceited man is the second grownup the little prince meets, and his personality fits his character name. He only wants the little prince to admire and applaud him, which the little prince finds very bizarre.
The third man the little prince meets, the tippler drowns his disappointment in himself by drinking. He uses circular logic, telling the little prince that he drinks to forget that he is ashamed of drinking.
The businessman is another grownup the little prince meets on his travels. He is distracted and busy, attempting to count all the stars in the sky so that he can own them.
The Railway Switchman
On Earth, the little prince meets a railway switchman who operates trains on which the grownups sleep or yawn, while the children flatten their noses to the windows, enjoying the journey.