Penelope: Wife of Odysseus and mother of Telemachus. Penelope hosts the contest to see who will marry her and she rules over the suitors. She is being very observant during this contest.
Antinous: He is the son of Eupeithes. One of the leaders of the suitors and the first to be killed by Odysseus. While in the Great Hall he is hit in the throat by an arrow. He was destined to be first of all killed. He was made fun of.
Telemachus: Son of Odysseus and Penelope. He is very confident and outspoken during the contest. He was the first person to try the suitor's challenge to show his manliness and failed. After Odysseus' death he married Circe.
Odysseus: Disguises himself as a beggar and before revealing himself to Eumeaus and Philoteus; two shepherds he made sure they were loyal. He does this by showing them the scar on his foot. He was denied by everyone of the suitors when it was his turn.
Iphitos: He is known for being an Argonaut and was very heroic. He and Odysseus became friends and Odysseus gave him a sword and spear. In return Iphitos gave him the bow being used in the contest. He was killed by Hercules.
Eumaeus: Known as the loyal shepherd. He helps Odysseus reclaim the throne when he returns to Ithaca. He was commanded to inform Eurycleia to lock the women's doors and stay in the room no matter what. He had to carry the bow.