Following is a list of characters in who first appear in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''. For characters first introduced in the sequel, see Characters.DreamfallTheLongestJourney, and for characters introduced in the second sequel, see Characters.DreamfallChapters.

!!April Ryan
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[[caption-width-right:245:Rebel. Emissary. Chosen.]]
->Voiced by: Sarah Hamilton

The main character of the original game, April was an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary College Student]] living in Stark when she found herself thrust in an adventure in which she was destined to save both her world and Arcadia, the world of magic, from the machinations of Jacob [=McAllen=] and his followers, the Vanguard, using her powers as a Shifter, which allowed her to travel between the worlds. Her journey came to an unexpected end and ten years later, by the events of ''Dreamfall'', she has become a jaded and bitter woman fighting a guerrilla war against the occupying Azadi Empire in Arcadia.

* ActionGirl: In ''Dreamfall'' only.
* ActionSurvivor: In the first game, oh so much.
* BrokenBird
* BroughtDownToNormal: She loses her Shifting powers between ''TLJ'' and ''Dreamfall'', [[spoiler:though the White Kin explains that this is probably because of her fear of returning to Stark]].
* CasualDangerDialog: She in particular takes a lot of her perils with a side of wisecracking.
* CerebusRetcon: When ZoŽ is shown a photo of April and her friends in ''Dreamfall'', April looks considerably more [[PerkyGoth "dark"]] then in ''TLJ''. Understandable, though, since using a picture more resembling the original "colorful" atmosphere wouldn't fit the [[TechnologyMarchesOn new]] [[DarkerAndEdgier graphic rendering]].
* TheChosenOne: Subverted in that she [[spoiler:assumes that she has been chosen to be the next Guardian of the Balance, but in fact she is only supposed to ''find'' the Guardian and shepherd him to his destiny.]] Still, there are hints in the promotional material of ''Dreamfall'' that she is yet to receive her fair chunk of destiny. She still gets more than her fair share of being Chosen, though. She accumulates prophecies like dust as the original game goes on - She's the Kan-ang-la, April bandu-embata, the Windbringer, the Waterstiller...it goes on. At one point, she asks a guard something like "Don't you have a prophecy that I can fulfill? Because that's how this thing usually goes." And, just for the record: the encounter when she says that results in her being named "a wave" in addition to the messianic titles she gain before, which means she'll end up being very important to the future of Arcadia.
* DeadpanSnarker: Very much so.
* DeathSeeker: She becomes one in ''Dreamfall''.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHer: Assuming she's actually dead. WordofGod suggests that she'll be back in the proper Longest Journey 2.]]
* GenreSavvy: In the original game... and how. Even when she displays occasional {{Genre Blind}}ness, like in the encounter with the Gribbler, she lampshades it a lot later.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:The Draic-Kin female hinted that April might in fact be one. Since her mother turns out to be a dragon...]]
* TheHerosJourney
* IHaveManyNames: Accumulates a new title with every culture she aids.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Goes from an ultimately idealistic if insecure world savior in the first game to a grumpy cynic who doesn't want to get involved with the Balance or saving the world business ever again in ''Dreamfall''.
* KleptomaniacHero
* OneOfUs: In-universe. Can summarize "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain Spock's Brain]]" two-hundred years after its debut.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Actually, she applies for university.
* RetiredBadass: A weird variation: While April is more "badass" in the mainstream sense of the word in ''Dreamfall'' than she was in ''TLJ'', she is now the RebelLeader kind of badass, as opposed to SaveTheWorld kind of badass, which she was in the previous game and which she never wants ever to be again.
* SimpleStaff: Her weapon in ''Dreamfall''.
* TookALevelInBadass: From unlikely hero to staff-wielding rebel leader in ''Dreamfall''.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* TrueCompanions: April and her two best friends Charlie and Emma, although they can't follow her on her journey and as of the beginning of Dreamfall, [[spoiler:they haven't heard from her for 10 years. [[TearJerker They are still searching for her, though,]] at least, Emma does. Charlie has given up on ever finding her ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic along with his dream of being a dancer]]). He does, however, go out of his way to help ''Zoe'' find her.]]
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Or rather, she can; she just refuses to.

!!Cortez a.k.a. Mannie Chavez a.k.a. [[spoiler:the Red Kin]]
->Voiced by: Louis Aguirre

A mysterious old man that tended to hang outside April's boarding house, Cortez at first seemed akin to a crazy hobo. But as the story unfolds Cortez is shown to be much more than that and winds up being April's mentor in her quest to restore the Balance.

* CoolOldGuy: [[spoiler: What with being a dragon in human form]].
* [[spoiler: TheObiWan]]
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Goofiness]]: He's way more competent than he would like you to believe.
* TheMentor

!!Father Raul
->Voiced by: Frank Rivers

A friend of Cortez, Father Raul looks out for his congregation at the Hope Street Cathedral in the slums of Newport.

* GoodShepherd

!!White Mother
->Voiced by: Nicole Orth-Pallavincini

The original White Draic'Kin, one of the four that created the two worlds ages ago. She first appears in a dream of April's early on the game, her importance is not fully realized until much later.

* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:She's actually April's biological mother and may be Zoe and Faith's as well.]]

!!Charlie
->Voiced by: Mark Anthony Henry

One of April's best friends.

* EveryoneCanSeeIt: He is in love with April.
* NiceGuy
* TrueCompanions: With April and Emma.

!!Emma de Vrijer
->Voiced by: Julia Murney

April's best female friend and a student at the Venice Academy Of Arts like her.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: But several characters in the game are of the opinion that although she's a terrible flirt, she's clever and can take care of herself.
* UndyingLoyalty: [[spoiler:She hasn't heard from her best friend in ten years, and still spends a lot of the money from her career as an artist on searching for her.]]
* PluckyGirl
* ShipperOnDeck: Regarding her two best friends.
* OnlyOneName: Subverted. In ''TLJ'', she is just Emma, but ''Dreamfall'' reveals her family name.

!!Zack Lee
->Voiced by: Ron Gallop

April's rude neighbor that lives across from her in the Border House.

* CasanovaWannabe
* JerkAss
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceDoorSlam]]: [[spoiler: It is obvious that he sincerely regrets selling April and the others out to the Vanguard, but he is shot and killed before he can do anything to make up for it.]]

!!Brian Westhouse
->Voiced by: Ralph Byers

Like April, Brian is a denizen of Stark that has journeyed to Arcadia, but unlike April he is not a Shifter so he can't return home. In the original game he lived in his seaside home in Marcuria where he languished his days away with drink. After aiding April on her quest, Brian decided to turn his life around and leave Marcuria to explore the rest of Arcadia.

* TheAlcoholic: Although he has recovered by the time of ''Dreamfall''.
* ChekhovsGunman: His role in ''Dreamfall'' would seem to indicate that he's much more important than it initially seemed.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The citizens of Marcuria knows him only as "The Rolling Man" due to the bike rides around on.
* PromotedToPlayable: In the prologue of ''Dreamfall''.
* WalkingTheEarth: What he did in Stark before his transfer to Arcadia, but despairing at the thought of being TrappedInAnotherWorld, he settled down in Marcuria for several years. When the Tyren took the city, his wanderlust returned, however, seemingly for good this time.

!!Crow
->Voiced by: Roger Raines

April's plucky avian sidekick whom she saved from a greedy con-man. He tends to be rather scatterbrained, but he considers April a true friend and proves to be instrumental in her quest.

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: As a bird, he gets distracted rather easily.
* CleverCrows: Technically not a crow (since he comes from another world) but looks like one and is named Crow [[spoiler:after a comic book hero of her childhood named Crowboy]].
* DeadpanSnarker
* DubNameChange: His name was rendered "Kruk" in the Polish version of the game and, while it does seem to look kind of similar to the original, is in fact the name of another popular bird, the raven. The proper Polish translation of the term "Crow" would in fact be "Wrona", which is feminine (and thus not really that fitting a male character) and just happens to be possibly one of the last names in the language you would ever associate with a positive character.
** And thus the translators set a trap for themselves in the sequel, in which April Ryan is commonly known in the resistance as the "Raven" of all birds. How did they solve it? They had her nickname changed into "Raven-haired". The whole mess somehow works to the game's advantage as Polish-speaking gamers may wonder whether there is some link between the way she was named by her fellow rebels and Crow himself.
* NonHumanSidekick
* NonIndicativeName: He's not actually a Crow (and gets more than a little upset when April tells him what "Crows" are known for in her world). He was named by April after her favourite childhood cartoon - "Crowboy".
* PluckyComicRelief: In both games. He doesn't appear until near the end of the game in Dreamfall, though, so his levity is rather overdue after a game full of being harassed, arrested, and attacked. He's also somewhat less "plucky" than most examples, because it's quite easy to hurt his feelings; probably because his only friend in the world (viz. April) tends to treat him like a tool, and a somewhat dim one at that. ZoŽ goes a long way towards endearing herself to him by treating him with considerably more respect-an optional conversation with him in Dreamfall is just a conversation for the sake of conversation.

!!Frank Minelli
->Voiced by: Madison Arnold

A hapless detective whose life April tended to inadvertently ruin on her quest to save the Balance.

* FatSlob
* TheChewToy: April encounters him early on in chapter 2. She ends up [[spoiler:poisoning him with toxic waste, stealing his eye, then stealing his identity, which later results in his being tortured for information he doesn't actually have]]. There's no indication that he deserves any of this.

!!Burns Flipper
->Voiced by: Andrew Donnelly

An obnoxious, but intelligent and experienced hacker and tech specialist. Flipper aided April in trying to get inside Jacob [=McAllen's=] headquarters.

* ClusterFBomb: To be fair, most other characters are not afraid to use strong language when crap hits the fan.
* FriendInTheBlackMarket: To Warren, and later April.
* HackerCave: His hideout.
* InsufferableGenius: Total prat. ''Phenomenal'' hacker.
-->'''Flipper''': And the world keeps going 'round and 'round cause ''the Flipper's on board!''
* TechnoWizard: Downplayed. He knows his way around computers and their security systems, but he mentions that he sometimes have to call in outside help to do certain things.

!!Roper Klacks
->Voiced by: Ralph Byers

An evil alchemist who has stolen the wind and has a habit of turning people who gets too close to his floating castle into stone.

* EvilSorcerer
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]: [[spoiler:During the gap between ''The Longest Journey'' and ''Dreamfall'' he has renounced his evil ways and has become a keeper of a magic shop instead.]]
* HiddenDepths: Played For Laughs. In addition to being a an evil alchemist, he was the neighborhood hopscotch master and especially talented at spelling bees as a child, during his time at Alchemist's Academy he was a long-standing member of the Tic-tac-toe Club, and he has a secret passion for cooking, meaning that he can handily beat April at all the outlandish contests she challenges him to.
* LaughingMad
* LargeHam: April's reaction on hearing Klacks' EvilLaugh:
-->'''April:''' "Who was that? Wait, don't tell me, evil wizard. They all sound like Richard III on crack to me."

!!Gordon Halloway [[spoiler:a.k.a. the Thirteenth Guardian]]
->Voiced by: Kevin Merritt

Jacob [=McAllen's=] right-hand man, Gordon is an emotionless and cruel man that the Vanguard sought to make the new Guardian.

* TheAtoner: After [[spoiler:his rational and magical selves were joined by April and he decides to be the Thirteenth Guardian to atone for his crimes.]]
* [[spoiler:TheChosenOne: Though we don't really know it till the end of the game.]]
* CreepyMonotone: Speaks in one due to [[spoiler: having his soul separated from him, manifesting as the Chaos Vortex in Arcadia.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: He once killed a man for cutting in line in front of him.
* TheDragon: To [=McAllen=]
* [[spoiler:SplitPersonality]]
* [[spoiler:TheSoulless]]
* [[spoiler:SuperpoweredEvilSide:]] [[spoiler:While Gordon himself can hardly be described as "nice", and is quite an opponent to reckon with, the Chaos Vortex is definitely the more dangerous of the two]].

!!Jacob [=McAllen=] [[spoiler:a.k.a. the Green Kin]]
->Voiced by: Ralph Byers

The sinister and charismatic leader the Vanguard, who has risen to considerable power and wealth as the head of the popular new age religion, the Church of Voltec, a front for the Vanguard's activities in Stark.

* BigBad: Of the first game, being, ironically enough, [[spoiler: a dragon]].
* TheChessmaster
* DarkMessiah: He saw himself as one, being a charismatic religious leader that sought to bring back the powers of both worlds to humanity.
* LargeHam: Gets this way near the end of the first game.
-->'''[[spoiler:Cortez]]''': "Listen to yourself. 'Blood of my blood, kin to my kin.' [[LampshadeHanging Doesn't it ever bother you that you sound like a badly written play?]]"
* LightIsNotGood: He is referred to as "The White Cardinal".
* SinisterMinister
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