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This is the list of playable character classes and notable [=NPCs=] from ''VideoGame/MapleStory''. This article contains tropes related to the storyline, skills and, in the case of characters with unique backstories, their personality as per WordOfGod, so '''beware of unmarked spoilers and proceed with caution, especially around the Legends section'''.

For those adding to character classes with a backstory, please keep using the same gender identification that is used in the '''majority''' of their promotional/NPC appearances. This means:
* '''Male''' for the Cannoneer, Hayato, Evan, Phantom, Luminous, Shade, Mihile, Xenon, the Demon[[note]]By extension, Mastema under the NPC section should be '''female''' because of this[[/note]], Kaiser, and Kinesis.
* '''Female''' for Mercedes, Jett, Kanna, Beast Tamer and Angelic Buster.
* '''Neutral''' for Aran, as Nexon of Korea has stated that Aran's gender is simply "Aran" and the player is given the choice to determine Aran's "canon" gender.

While we are aware that both genders are playable for almost all classes, sticking to the same gender for each character across this entire article will enhance its readability.

!!Tropes That Apply To All Playable Classes and Characters
* AnAdventurerIsYou: Every class falls under one of the five basic class outlines (Warrior, Magician, Thief, Bowman, and Pirate), each with their specific strengths and weaknesses (though some of the special characters avert some weaknesses and negate some strengths because of their powers).
* {{Badass}}: By end-game every one of these heroes is able to wipe out armies of monsters without breaking a sweat.
** BadassAdorable: Given the cutesy anime-style graphics, almost every character is this even while decked out in their strongest gear.
* TheChosenOne[=/=]TheChosenMany: All of them are special in some way or form. For example, the Explorers are people pulled from Earth to serve as heroes while the Legends are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin legendary for their prowess.]]
* CutsceneIncompetence[=/=]CutscenePowerToTheMax: Several characters have this from time to time.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The special characters frequently reference each other in their storylines (most prominently the Legends classes) or other quest lines.
* TheHero: All of them are pretty heroic, with only the Demon, Phantom, and Alpha treading into AntiHero territory at times.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Almost all of them screw up at one point in their storylines, leading to a series of quests to fix their mistake.
* VagueAge: Most of the generic content is written with some form of KidHero in mind, although many of the named classes are explicitly older than that.

!! MapleStory Characters pages
[[index]]
* [[Characters/MapleStoryOne Adventurers, Cygnus Knights, Resistance and Region Exclusives]]
** Adventurers/Explorers
** Cygnus Knights/Knights of Cygnus [[note]] Includes Mihile[[/note]]
** Resistance [[note]]Includes Demon and Xenon[[/note]]
** Region Exclusives [[note]]Contains ZEN, Jett, Hayato, Kanna, Ayame, and Beast Tamer[[/note]]
* [[Characters/MapleStoryTwo Legends, Nova, Child of God and [=FriendStory=] ]]
** Legends [[note]]Consists of Aran, Evan, Mercedes, Phantom, Luminous, and Shade/[=EunWol=][[/note]]
** Nova [[note]]Consists of Kaiser and Angelic Buster[[/note]]
** Child of God (Zero)
** Friend Story (Kinesis)
* [[Characters/MapleStoryNPC Antagonists and [=NPCs=] ]]

[[/index]]
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