Madame Thenardier(left) and Monsuier Thenardier(right) with Young Cosette.


Madame and Monsieur Thenardier are the secondary antagonists of Les Miserables. They are Eponine and Gavroche's parents (the latter they abandoned). They were the step-parents of Cosette until Valjean rescued/adopted her. The Thenardiers are con-artists and they'll do anything for money. They were played by Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Boham Carter in the 2012 film.


Monsieur and Madame Thenardier run an inn in Montfermeil where they indulged Eponine turning her into a spoiled brat and abused Cosette, turning her into a Cinderella. Madame Thenardier was the one who orders Cosette around most of the time. Once the Thenardiers saw Valjean wanting to adopt Cosette, after Fantine's death, they lie to him saying that they've been treating her with care and that she's sick. Valjean saw through their lies and gave them 1500 francs in order to take Cosette away from them.

After 10 years, it is revealed that the Thenardiers are broke and lost their inn and are now living in the streets in Paris doing con work and robberies. Thenardier catches Valjean and exposes him to Javert before the latter gets away. Thenardier and his gang attempt to rob Valjean's house, but Eponine stops him and screams to warn Valjean and Cosette, leaving Thenardier to disown her.

Thenardier robs the corpses of the sewers after the barricades fell and recognizes Valjean and thinks he's a murderer because he carried Marius' unconscious body. Monsieur and Madame Thenardier disguise themselves as the Baron and Baroness du Thenard and blackmail Marius. Marius finds out that Valjean was carrying a corpse in the sewers and that Thenardier has a ring as proof. Marius reconizes the ring as his own and punches Thenardier in the face while he and Cosette go to find Valjean to thank him. The Thenardiers enjoy their survival as they're kicked out of the wedding.

In "MCF and the Crusades", their role is the same as the musical.


  • Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter, who played the Thenardiers in Les Miserables, also worked together in Sweeney Todd. Carter was Mrs. Lovett and Cohen was Pirelli.


  • MCF and the Crusades(debut)

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