KUDZU DUBOSE - an awkward abstracted adolescent, an aspiring writer, named for the vine.
MAMA DUBOSE - Kudzu's mother--she was abandoned by Kudzu's father and isn't about to let her son get away.
REVEREND WILL B. DUNN - the ambitious, slightly profane minister of Bypass Baptist Church.
UNCLE DUB DUBOSE - Kudzu's uncle; he runs the service station where Kuydzu helps out, and is famous in Bypass for his ability to diagnose engine trouble by ear.
VERANDA TADSWORTH - the Southern Belle from Hell, baton twirling cheerleading future spokesmodel, whom our hero Kudzu adores but only has room in her heart for herself.
BIG BUBBA TADSWORTH - Veranda's daddy, the wealthy, amoral owner of Tadsworth Mills and half the county. He controls everybody in town except for the Dubose family.
MAURICE JACKSON - Kudzu's best friend and confidante, as hip and comfortable with himself as Kudzu wishes he was.
MAZEE JACKSON - Maurice's mother, she cleans house for Will B. Dunn and the Tadsworths. She has high ambitions for Maurice.
NASAL T. LARDBOTTOM - overweight, coke-bottle lensed, world class dweeb; he would give anything to be a righteous, jive-talking, high flying Soul Brother.
MIKE - a bib-overalled, apprentice grease monkey at Dubb's, a definitely unglamorous Good Ol' Gal who has a secret crush on Kudzu.
THE BYPASS BOYS - Four loafers who hang around Dub's