The Mega epic Mahabharata has an unparallel start cast — larger-than-life heros, powerful villains having their own cult and fan following, incarnation and even fictional characters people have fallen in love with. This page is an index to prominent characters of Mahabharata, each of which deserves a dedicated page and several articles on them.
- Krishna — The eighth incarnation of Vishnu to reestablish Dharma.
- Arjuna — The incarnation of sage Narayana and the greatest warrior of the era referred as the trunk of the tree of righteousness, and Krishna announced him as the inseparable part of his being.
- Bhishma — The grand old man of Aryavart and arguably the last Kuru, the guardian of Hastinapur and one of the greatest warrior of the era.
- Draupadi — The Empress of Aryavart and one of the most prominent protagonist of the epic. Also one of the most distorted character in modern narratives.
- Duryodhana — The main antagonist of the epic supported by four evil partners — Dhritrashtra, Karna, Shakuni and Dussassana
- Yudhisthir — The virtuous heir-apparent of the deceased King Pandu of Hastinapur. Known for his adherence to Dharma and truth. His adherence to truth and dharma was one of the prominent reasons for his family’s suffering.
- Bhima — The second Pandava and one of the strongest person of the era. He alone vanquished the entire Kaurva clan for their cruely, and life-long abuse.
- Dhritrasthra — The blind care-taker King of Hastinapur, with an ambition to install his son as the next King. He is referred as the root of the evil tree Duryodhana
- Karna — Referred as the trunk of the evil tree Duryodhana. One of the most renowned archer, famous for his charity. He always aspired to prove himself better than Arjuna. His ambition and failures can be attributed to some of the important reasons for the grand war. One of the most hyped and popular characters of Mahabharata, which is also the main subject of innumerable books, movies, tv-shows and fan-clubs.