Created By: Loquacia on December 17, 2011 Last Edited By: Loquacia on December 18, 2011

The Quaestor

The one that makes the victory possible.

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A specific version of The Hero, in relation to The Aragorn. While The Aragorn leads the main day-to-day battles and struggles against The Empire, The Quaestor is the one that goes on the quest that makes the good guy's eventual victory possible. They may be charged by The Aragorn to go on this quest, not understanding its significance, or it may be completely the opposite: The Aragorn is stubborn, and doesn't listen to The Quaestor when they tell him how to win. Of course, since they are a type of hero, the plot will usually centre on The Quaestor, while The Aragorn takes a back-seat.


  • Harry Potter has loads, depending on which point of the story you're looking at.
    • Philosopher's Stone: Harry is the The Harry in defending the stone personally, while the teachers have already done the bulk of the defences. Mc Gonagle, the deputy Aragorn, doesn't listen to him. Basically the same goes for Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban.
    • Goblet Of Fire: subverted. Harry is The Aragorn, leading Gryffindor in the Triwizard Tournement, but the villain (Barty Crouch Jr) is The Quaestor combined with The Chessmaster, doing all those minor little quests to make 'victory' possible for Harry.
    • The Deathly Hallows: Harry must defeat all the Horcruxes before the good guys(lead by Aragorn Kingsley) can defeat Voldemort, while Neville leads the students of Hogwarts as a second Aragorn.
  • Lord of the Rings has Frodo, obviously, who must destroy the ring before the good guys can win, while The Aragorn is Aragorn, leading the fight against Mordor.
  • In Kingdom Hearts, Sora, Donald and Goofy play The Aragorn, while Mickey is The Quaestor (despite being a supporting protagonist) and skulks about trying to figure out what's actually going on with The Heartless. When he does, Mickey is promoted to The Dumbledore.
  • The crusadors in Final Fantasy X are The Aragorn, protecting the world against Sin, while Summoners go on The Quest to actually defeat him (temporarily).
  • Really quite common in Doctor Who.
    • Jack leads the fight against The Daleks in The Parting of the Ways (Aragorn), while the Doctor (The Quaestor) builds the bomb to blow them up. Meanwhile ([[Timey-Wimey Ball sort of), Rose is a kind of second Quaestor, as she finds a way to return to the Doctor.
    • The team from Pete's world in Doomsday battle against the Daleks and the Cybermen while, you guessed it, The Doctor finds a way to get rid of them permanently.
    • A fun example has Martha pretend to be The Quaestor (going on a quest to find 'a weapon to kill The Big Bad' - that doesn't exist). Whether she is The Aragorn, leading the mental struggle against The Master while The Doctor (The Quaestor) is the one to channel this force, or whether she's The Quaestor because she's gone on the quest that makes the victory possible is unclear.
  • In Final Fantasy IX, Beatrix and Cid play The Aragorn, protecting Gaia from monsters created by the mist in the climax, while your party goes to take on The Big Bad.

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • December 17, 2011
    Is this a subtrope of supporting protagonist?
  • December 17, 2011
    Bad Trope Namer. (Has to be said.)
  • December 17, 2011
    Subtrope of general protagonist because the plot is more likely to be about The Harry / The Frodo doing their vital bit of the quest than it is about Aragorn doing the day-to-day stuff.
  • December 17, 2011
    Well, I've changed its name, then - didn't know you weren't supposed to name it after characters. To be honest, I don't think 'The Quaestor' is anywhere near as accurate as The Frodo or The Harry, but whatever. Convention is god.
  • December 17, 2011

    quaestor: one of numerous ancient Roman officials concerned chiefly with financial administration

    How does this have anything to do with your trope?

  • December 17, 2011
    Does it not also mean 'someone who goes on quests'? I don't like the name anyway - suggest some others?
  • December 17, 2011
    Also the name brings to mind Quaestor Verus of Baten Kaitos: Origins who has the opposite role (you are his errand boy) and is also the big bad.
  • December 17, 2011
    I think it's just a misspelling of quester, or whatever the word is for someone who goes on quests.
  • December 18, 2011
  • December 18, 2011
    "Quaestor" is the Latin term for "treasurer", and is commonly used as such in certain student societies. It's not a good name for this trope.
  • December 18, 2011
    Ok, I get that the name is bad, but nobody's actually suggesting any other names, or even commenting on the trope itself.