•     Emily Aronnax: the daughter of Dr. Pierre Aronnax (who was a famous personality in Paris of the 1800s, known for both his expansive scientific knowledge as well as being an accomplished explorer who led many research expeditions). Emily Aronnax’s father was lost in an expedition that was put together to investigate why numerous French ships had been lost at sea. In pursuit of this, his expedition itself was lost. Emily, haunted by this memory and the mystery of her lost father, and fueled by her natural curiosity, sets out to plan her own expedition and has hired the ship “Lincoln”. Expected at the time to ‘stay in her place’ as a young woman, Emily’s single-mindedness and determination to be independent and solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance defines her character.

•     Captain Nemo: the enigmatic captain of the submarine “Nautilus”. Nemo was once an accomplished scientist whose theories and engineering skills were well beyond their time. Nemo once lived in Paris, but tragedy struck him when his wife suddenly died of an unknown and incurable illness. Nemo became reclusive, and began a project to build his dream… an independently powered submarine that could be sustained largely through the resources that the ocean could provide, where he could escape the pain of the surface world. Nemo is an obsessive, who has grown cold and emotionless over time. He relies on science and reason to guide him and his crew’s lives, and yet is faced with the contradiction between a logic-driven life, and a deep-seeded hatred for the “surface-world”. In addition, Emily Aronnax stirs in him emotions of affection that he hasn’t felt since the passing of his wife. Emily challenges his cold, hard exterior, by seeing beyond it to the brilliant man with whom she has fallen in love.

•     Ned Land: a whale hunter by trade, Ned Land was hired to be a part of Emily Aronnax’s expedition. The theory that the expedition is working on is that some large sea creature has been responsible for the lost ships, so naturally a hunter of these large marine mammals would be an asset to the crew of the “Lincoln”. Ned Land is simple, stubborn, gruff, poorly educated, but has the finely honed instincts of someone who has spent the majority of their life at sea.