The anime series ''Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel (Abel Yuusha)'' was a loose adaptation of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' into anime, mostly keeping only the name of the enemy, Baramos. It was one of many adaptations of various ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games, of which ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'' was much more long-lasting.

The initial release date in Japan was 1989-1991 and the first 13 episodes (of 43) were dubbed into English in 1991 and aired on TV in America (as ''Dragon Warrior'') by SabanEntertainment. Moreover, it was released in the dry period between ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (1985) and ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' (1995) when almost no anime appeared on American television. The dub was fairly lightly edited, and most of the original names (which were pseudo-Western anyway) were kept.

The main character was Abel, a young warrior on a quest to rescue his friend Tiala after she was kidnapped by Baramos because of the [[MacGuffin Red Stone]] she received. This Stone was the one artifact that could release the Dragon of legend, giving Baramos the power to rule the world. Abel learns that he's the [[TheChosenOne One Chosen]] to bear the [[MacGuffin Blue Stone]], the artifact with the power to [[SealedEvilInACan seal the Dragon after it's released]]. He was joined first by his other friend [[TheBigGuy MokoMoko]], and later by the wizard Yanak and the mercenary ActionGirl Daisy, generally traveling from town to town following a trail of clues and prophecies about the Dragon to find a way to defeat Baramos and rescue Tiala.

The dub was often given poor time slots and wasn't successful, nor has it ever been released on home video. Japan eventually got a release of the series on DVD, but for some time the main version that existed in Japan was in the form of {{Compilation Movie}}s.

As usual for the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series, Creator/AkiraToriyama created the character designs.

!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Daisy.
* AdventureTowns
* TheAnimeOfTheGame
* {{Bishonen}}: Adonis/[[spoiler:Daisy's brother, Toby]].
* BloodKnight: Daisy again stating during a monster squid attack that the greater the foe, the happier she is.
* BodyToJewel: Literally since all of Baramos' monsters are transformed jewels that revert when they are killed.
* BountyHunter: Daisy.
* {{Bowdleri|se}}zation: An encounter with what is probably a prostitute is changed to having her offer Abel tickets to a bullfight.
* TheChosenOne: Abel.
* CompilationMovie
* DamselInDistress: Tiala, although she does try to escape on her own [[spoiler:and eventually succeeds]].
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: Tiala gets the red stone then.
* DirtyOldMan: Yanak.
* GadgeteerGenius: Tiala's EstablishingCharacterMoment is putting the finishing touches on a set of glider wings she made for Abel. [[BunglingInventor On the other hand, both Abel and Moko had a healthy fear of her inventions.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Tiffany.
* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler: Started by Daisy but carried out by Adonis/Toby taking a direct attack head on for Daisy when everyone could have simply dodged.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Daisy.
* MacGuffin: The Red and Blue stones.
* MoneySpider: Justified; Baramos actually creates monsters from gold and jewels, and they revert once defeated -- to Daisy's delight.
* MookFaceTurn: Doadonga, Tiala's personal guard who is a MinionWithAnFInEvil.
* NotBrainwashed: [[spoiler: Adonis/Toby.]]
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Baramos has minions watching Abel and there gang everywhere they go.
* TeamPet: Abel and Tiala each have [[MascotMook a pet slime]] accompanying them.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Daisy and Tiala.
* TookALevelInBadass: Abel over the course of the series and after sword training from Daisy.
* TrainingMontage: Shown while daisy is giving Abel sword fighting lessons while they travel.