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'''Dirk The Daring'''
->Voiced by: Dan Molina

The hero of the series, a valiant but not so bright knight whose goal is to rescue Princess Daphne from whatever predicament she falls into.

!!Tropes:
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BadassNormal: In a world full of magical, monstrous and elemental creatures and obstacles, Dirk is armed only with a sword and his physical prowess.
* ButtMonkey
* CombatMedic: When he acquires the "Dragon Spirit" spell that can heal him at little cost of mana or obtains life potions to be used in later battles in ''3D: Return to the Lair''.
* CowardlyLion: Has shades of this, but is no less deadly with his sword.
* DissonantSerenity: While most of his "Falling" deaths have him screaming bloody murder, some in ''Time Warp'' have him [[SilentSnarker pouting irritably]] at the player. One particular late-game death involves calmly whistling whilst sinking into lava.
* DorkKnight
* HappilyMarried: To Daphne.
* TheHero
* HeroicBSOD[=/=]HeartbrokenBadass: Near the end of ''Time Warp'', [[spoiler:after he [[BroughtDownToNormal brings Daphne down to normal]] with the deathly side effect of the Death Ring in the original, when he sees her lying in the pedestal bed, he thinks he has failed her or caused her death and gives what he thinks is their LastKiss and buries his head in grief, all the while using {{Offhand Backhand}}s on the little imps that repeatedly attack him. Little does he realize that the kiss was actually a TrueLovesKiss that has broken the spell while he is fighting off the imps and trying to stay alive by climbing onto crumbling platforms; and when she calls his name, he recovers completely upon seeing her alive and well]].
* HeroicMime: Has almost no dialogue whatsoever in the games, save for two lines in both of the first two games; "Uh oh", "Wow", "Daphne!" and "Yahoo!"
* MagicKnight: In ''3D: Return to the Lair''.
* OneHitPointWonder: A notable handicap of his in almost all of the games save ''3D: Return to the Lair''. Even in the {{NES}} version, there are many enemies and obstacles ([[EverythingTryingToKillYou even doors]]) that kill him in a single hit, excluding the bats and skulls. However, in the third game, Dirk not only has a life bar, but he also has mana and can take some hits from all enemies before dying, though BottomlessPits do spell instant death.
** Briefly averted in "Time Warp" when part of the story ''requires'' Dirk to get bitten hard in the ankle by an enemy in order for the story to progress.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Not that you can blame him, really]].
* SuperDrowningSkills: Especially in ''3D: Return to the Lair''.
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Please, save me!"]]

'''Princess Daphne'''
->Voiced by: Vera Pacheco

The series resident Damsel in Distress, and later Dirk's wife.

!!Tropes:
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: In "Time Warp".
* ActionGirl: In the comics, at least.
* CreatorCameo: Daphne's actress, Vera Pacheco, was the head of Don Bluth's drawing clean-up department.
* DamselInDistress: In all three of the Dragon's Lair games.
* TheDitz: Very bubbleheaded in personality.
* HappilyMarried: To Dirk after the first game.
* [[MagicPants Magic Dress]]: When she transforms into a huge monster in ''Time Warp'', her dress grows with her so as to keep her modest at all times.
* MsFanservice / {{Stripperific}}: Her design is very skimpily dressed and curvaceous; apparently her design was based on ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' pin-up girls.
* OneWingedAngel: Non-villainous example; in "Time Warp" when Mordroc succeeds in putting the Death Ring on her finger, she transforms into a massive giant pig-nosed lizard. And this is either in the original version after you collect all the treasures, or in the ReCut if you miss any (if you collected all the treasures in this one, however, [[spoiler:she suddenly falls in a deathly faint and vanishes, and you see her again suddenly lying in bed after defeating Mordoc, which is either FridgeBrilliance or FridgeLogic]]).
* SatelliteLoveInterest / SatelliteCharacter: Has little in the way of personality.

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'''Singe the Dragon'''

The [[AntagonistTitle eponymous dragon of the series]], and the villain of the first game, as well as the third one.

!!Tropes:

* AdvancingBossOfDoom: Part of the bossfight against him in ''Dragon's Lair 3D''.
* BigBad: Of the first game.
** TheDragon: Literally to [[spoiler: Mordoc]] in ''Dragon's Lair 3D''.
* TheConqueror: In the animated series, he aspires to take over Daphne's father's kingdom in [[DarkWorld addition to his own domain]].
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: His motivation for kidnapping Daphne in the comic books. He forces he to become his [[RoyalHarem newest concubine]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The cause of his death was a magical sword thrown into his chest.
* TheJuggernaut: Only the magical sword within the treasure hoard is capable of harming Singe.
* KilledOffForReal: At the end of the first game. ''Dragons Lair II'' confirmed his demise by having his skeleton cameo early in the game.
** BackFromTheDead: ''Dragon's Lair 3D'' brought him back, however.
* MeaningfulName
* NoNameGiven: Was unnamed in the original game, but supplemental material gave him his name, and the cartoon series cemented it.
* TheVoiceless: Except in the animated series.

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[[caption-width-right:350:"MINE!"]]

'''Mordroc'''
->Voiced by: Hal Smith

->''"Princess Daphne is MINE!"''

An evil wizard, and the villain of ''Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp'', as well as ''Dragon's Lair 3D''. His goal in Time Warp was to kidnap Daphne so he could put the Death Ring on her finger in marriage.

* ArtifactOfDoom: The Death Ring (housed inside the Casket of Doom) that is in his possession, which he intended to put in Daphne's finger in marriage.
* BackFromTheDead: He was gruesomely killed off in "Time Warp", but is back in ''3D''.
* BigBad: Of the second and third games.
** BiggerBad: Of the first.
* BlackCloak
* BodyHorror: His death scene in "Time Warp", where getting the death ring thrown onto his finger causes him to swell into a large, bloated blob of warts.
* BossBanter: Frequently hurls insults at Dirk such as "Fool!"
* DirtyOldMan: The Attract Mode of "Time Warp" shows he has the hots for Daphne.
* [[EvilSorceror Evil Wizard]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Besides his painful transformation, he is clearly shattering to pieces and has steam hissing from his body before Dirk slashes at him with his sword, causing him to explode and crumble to dust.
* FlunkyBoss: He uses a couple centaurs and the local reptiles to ward off Dirk during the prehistoric level.
* ForTheEvulz: His only plausible motivation for kidnapping Daphne and wedding her with the Death Ring.
* GagNose: Has one long enough to have a twig growing on it!
* GetBackHereBoss: The ''entire game'' is spent chasing him down from time period after time period.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The very ring he intended to use on Daphne ended up bringing about his own downfall.
* LargeHam / NoIndoorVoice: All of his dialogue is quite loud and over the top.
* LeanAndMean: Very bony and thin.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: Smashed into dust at the end of ''Time Warp''.
* MagicPants: Subverted in his Death Ring transformation--while Daphne's outfit morphs along with her when she transforms with the Death Ring (obviously for purposes of modesty), Mordroc's transformation has him completely bursting out of his cloak.
* OneWingedAngel: In ''3D'', after getting hit enough times by Dirk's special arrow, [[spoiler: he'll transform into a giant black dragon.]]
* ShockAndAwe: One of his attacks in stages 2 and 3.
* TeleFrag: His attack in stage 5.
* UnexplainedRecovery: The only possible explanation for how he and Singe came back in the third game? He's [[AWizardDidIt a wizard]].
* VillainousCrossdresser: Pulls this on Dirk in "Time Warp" by disguising himself as Daphne.
** [[spoiler:He does it yet again in ''3D'', though in a {{Shapeshifting}} manner.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Kidnapped?! My Daphne KIDNAPPED AGAIN?!"]]

'''Hilda'''
->Voiced by: Hal Smith

->''"YOU! BETTER! FIND! MY! DAUGHTER! OR!'' '''ELSE!"'''

Daphne's ill-tempered mother, and Dirk's mother-in-law. Sole appearance was in "Time Warp".

!!Tropes:
* BigShutUp: After Dirk escapes in the time machine at the end of Level 1, she yells "Oh, shut up!" to the snake before hitting it with a rolling pin.
* BrawnHilda: Very large and voluptious, but also very strong and ill-tempered.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* HornyVikings: Wears a viking helmet.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Once Dirk rescues Daphne at the end of "Time Warp", she considerably warms up.
* LargeHam
* MamaBear: She outright ''demands'' that Dirk save her daughter '''''[[LargeHam OR EEEEEELSE!!!!]]'''''
* MotiveDecay: In the opening chase, she can't make up her mind whether she wants to kill Dirk or get him to rescue Daphne.
* NoIndoorVoice
* NoNameGiven: The main game leaves her unnamed, but [[http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7648 this link]] confirms that she has the name "Hilda".
* ObnoxiousInLaws: She is Dirk's mother-in-law.
* RevengeBeforeReason: As mentioned before, she can't seem to make it clear if she wants to kill Dirk for Daphne getting kidnapped or wants him to find her.
* RollingPinOfDoom: Her weapon of choice.
* YouCanRunButYouCantHide: Spoken to Dirk during the ChaseScene.

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[[caption-width-right:329:[[TheNameIsBondJamesBond "You must be Dirk, Dirk the Daring!"]]]]

'''The Time Machine (AKA Mordroc's Brother)'''
->Voiced by: Hal Smith

Mordroc's brother, a bumbling old Time Machine found residing inside of Singe's old treasure room. He is Dirk's advisor and means of travelling through time in "Time Warp", his sole appearance.

!!Tropes:
* CainAndAbel: His relationship with Mordroc.
* MediumBlending: His appearance consists of a photostat model with pencil lines superimposed over it.
* NoNameGiven
* RhymesOnADime: Much of his dialogue consists of rhymes.
* RobotBuddy
* SentientVehicle: He is capable of intelligent speech.
* SpiritAdvisor
* TimeMachine