Chief Bromden: The narrator of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s
Harding: An acerbic, college-educated patient and president of the Patients’ Council.
Billy Bibbit: A shy
patient. Billy has a bad stutter and seems much younger than his thirty-one years.
Scanlon: The only Acute
(patient seen to be “curable”) besides McMurphy who was involuntarily committed to the hospital.
The first patient to support McMurphy’s rebellion against Nurse Ratched’s power. Cheswick is a man of much talk
and little action
Martini: Another hospital patient. Martini lives in a world of delusional hallucinations,
but McMurphy includes him in the board and card games with the other patients.
Ruckley: A man of few words
or actions. He spends most of his time emulating a crucifiction.
Randle P. McMurphy: McMurphy is larger than life, a
man destined to change the asylum forever. Whether he’s a psychopath or not, we’ll never know.
Aide Williams: Williams and Warren are the orderlies at the ward. These men are always around trying to figure out
a way to make life miserable for the patients.
Dr. Spivey: A mild-mannered doctor who may be addicted to opiates.
The head of the hospital ward. Nurse Ratched, the novel’s antagonist, is a middle-aged former army nurse.
Another Ratched minion. Nurse Flinn is afraid of the patients’ sexuality.
Candy Starr: A beautiful,
carefree prostitute. Candy Starr visits McMurphy and then comes to the ward for a late-night party that McMurphy arranges.
Sandy is a prostitute who knows McMurphy. She joins in on the ward party.