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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.

Examples:

  • 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.

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