ali baba - the main character. he is a poor woodcutter who lives with his wife and son on the outskirts of town.
morgiana - clever slave girl. she is initially in cassim's household but on his death she joins his brother ali baba, and through her wittedness she saves ali's life many times and eventually kills his worst enemy, the leader of the forty thieves. as reward, ali frees her and morgiana marries ali's son.
cassim - rich brother of ali baba who is killed by the forty thieves when he is caught stealing treasure from their magic cave.
captain of the 40 thieves- the leader of the 40 thieves, one who plotted revenge againts ali baba for stealing their riches, pretended as an oil merchant.
mustapha - an old tailor who sew the four quadrants of cassim's body into whole.
ali baba is the main character. he is a poor woodcutter who lives with his wife and son on the outskirts of town. his brother, cassim, is rich and greedy and lives in the town. the tale tells how ali baba outwits the forty thieves to claim their treasure.