Menelaus, king of Sparta, offers to help Telemachus on his search for Odysseus.
She is the daughter of Alcinous. She finds Odysseus on the shores of Scheria and helps him to the palace.
Nestor is confronted by Telemachus to find out about Odysseus's whereabouts. He knows nothing and tells Telemachus this. Nestor is also the king of Pylos.
Odysseus, king of Ithaca, ventures off to fight in the Trojan War. He is forced off course by Poseidon, and he journeys for ten years after the war to return to his home. He is the protagonist of The Odyssey.
Penelope is the wife of Odysseus. She spends all of her time waiting for Odysseus to return and trying to avoid the suitors. With many cunning schemes, she keeps the suitors at bay until Odysseus's return.
Polyphemus is a bloodthirsty cyclops. Odysseus encounters him on the Island of the Cyclopes. Polyphemus imprisons Odysseus in his cave and devours many of his men. Polyphemus is tricked and blinded by Odysseus, and he prays to his father, Poseidon, to make Odysseus's voyage home a long and grueling one.
Poseidon is the god of the sea. He is angered at Odysseus due to his lack of gratitude, and Poseidon makes Odysseus go off course and spend ten years venturing home.
Scylla is the six-headed-behemoth that eats six of Odysseus's men when they sail by. Odysseus avoids it on the second pass though.
Telemachus is the son of Odysseus. He grows weary of the suitors and goes out to search for his father. Telemachus is later confronted by his father. Telemachus is too awestruck to realize that it is truly him for a time, but eventually he does. Together, he and Odysseus purge their house of the suitors.
Tiresias is a prophet who inhabits Hades. He lets Odysseus communicate with the other spirits and tells Odysseus how to return to Ithaca.
Zeus is the king of the gods. He helps Odysseus though most of his journey; however, he does destroy his ship.