Fantine is a character in the 1862 novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and the 1985 stage adaption of the novel. She was the lover of Félix Tholomyès, but he left her when they found out she was pregnant with their daughter Cosette. She obtained a job at a textile factory (incidentally owned by Jean Valjean) but was fired when it became known that Cosette is illegitimate. She sold her locket and hair, and became a prostitute in order to pay for Cosette. When she refused the advances of a customer, she was nearly arrested by was saved by Valjean. She contracted tuberculosis and, after Valjean promises to raise Cosette in her stead, dies.
- Randy Graff in the 1985 London stage adaption.
- Ruthie Henshall in the 1995 10th Anniversary Dream Cast Concert.
- Lea Salonga in the 2010 25th Anniversary Concert
- Betsy Morgan in the current 25th anniversary US tour