The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series starred a consistent recurring cast, especially from ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'' onwards.
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!!The Avatar (originally: the Stranger from another world)
The [[CharacterCustomization customizable]] [[PlayerCharacter protagonist]] of all ''Ultima'' games from ''I'' to ''IX''. Although most games allow the player to select the Avatar's gender, in those that don't, he is male.

%%* AnAdventurerIsYou
* AGodAmI: At the end of ''Ultima VIII'' after defeating the Titans by acquiring their powers.
%%* AllLovingHero
* AntiHero: He becomes this in ''Ultima VIII'' where is forced to do questionable things in order to go back to Britannia from Pagan.
* {{Badass}}: He's a guy who took down various evil wizards and humanoid abominations and he basically became the Christ figure of the world of Britannia.
** BadassInDistress: At the beginning of ''Ultima VI'', the Avatar is captured by the Gargoyles and is about to be sacrificed.
** BadassNormal: Technically, he is a regular human from Earth.
%%* {{Determinator}}
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Seems to be often mocked or treated badly by some [=NPCs=] throughout the series despite being the supreme hero of Britannia.
* FeaturelessProtagonist: Most games allow the player to customize the Stranger/Avatar, under the assumption that the players basically play themselves in the games.
%%* GoodIsNotNice
%%* GuileHero
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Since the games' graphics got to be good enough to display such detail, he's almost always been portrayed as a blonde.
%%* TheHero
%%* HeroicMime
%%* HeroWithBadPublicity: In ''Ultima V''.
%%* IdiotHero: In ''Ultima IX''.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: What being the Avatar is ''supposed'' to entail, though in the games themselves, it doesn't always work out.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]: At the end of ''Ultima IX'', to destroy the Guardian.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Depending on the class of course.
%%* MagicKnight
%%* MemeticBadass: In-universe.
%%* LivingLegend
* TheParagon: The whole point of being the Avatar is to be the paragon of the Eight Virtues to the people of Britannia..
* SuddenlyVoiced: After spending most of the series voiceless (due to limited technology), the Avatar first acquired a voice in ''Ultima IX''.

!!The Companions of the Avatar
Traditionally, eight individuals who joined the Stranger on the [[VideoGame/UltimaIV quest to Avatarhood]] and each [[EmbodimentOfVirtue embody one of the Eight Virtues]] are considered the TrueCompanions of the Avatar, although he was joined by others in the course of later adventures. Three of the eight (Iolo, Shamino, and Dupre) traveled with the Stranger even before that.

!!!Iolo [=FitzOwen=]
A famous bard and a skillful crossbowman, Iolo is one of the mainstays in the ''Ultima'' series (alongside the Avatar and Lord British), being present in some form in every game except ''[[VideoGame/UltimaVIII Pagan]]''. He is married to Gwenno and owns a talking horse named Smith, who usually appear alongside him. Iolo embodies the Virtue of Compassion.

* DemonicPossession: By the Bane of Insanity in ''Serpent Isle''.
* GadgeteerGenius: He invented triple-shot crossbows.
* HappilyMarried: With Gwenno.
* SapientSteed: His horse Smith, though we never see anybody riding him.
* TagalongChronicler: Goes on adventures with the Avatar and sings about them later.
* WanderingMinstrel: Whenever he is not saving the world, he travels around Britannia composing and performing songs.

!!!Shamino Sallé Dacil
A king of one of the old Sosarian realms and a friend of Lord British, Shamino becomes trapped in Britannia after [[VideoGame/UltimaI Mondain is defeated]] and his home continent is lost. From then on, Shamino becomes a [[ForestRanger ranger]] and embodies the Virtue of Spirituality.

* AuthorAvatar: Though it's much less well-known than the case with Lord British, Shamino is based off of the persona Richard Garriot used in the Society for Creative Anachronism.
* DemonicPossession: By the Bane of Anarchy in ''Serpent Isle''.
* ForestRanger: Whenever he is not saving the world, he prowls the wilds or meditates on the Virtue of Spirituality.
* OlderAndWiser: To the Avatar and his other companions.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: His kingdom is destroyed along with most of Sosaria during the Age of Darkness.

!!!Dupre
A [[ThePaladin paladin]] and the mayor of Trinsic. [[spoiler:Dies by HeroicSacrifice in ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII'' but is brought back from the dead in ''VideoGame/UltimaIX''.]] Dupre embodies the Virtue of Honor.

%%* TheAlcoholic
%%* BoisterousBruiser
* DemonicPossession: By the Bane of Wantonness in ''Serpent Isle''
%%* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: In ''Ultima VII Part II''.]]
* TheLancer: In later games, he was established as the closest and most trusted of the Avatar's companions.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After being free from the Bane of Wantonness. [[spoiler:This is what drives his HeroicSacrifice.]]
* ThePaladin: Whenever he is not saving the world, he is busy serving as a role model of honorable conduct to the people of Trinsic.
* UndyingLoyalty: Being the embodiment of Honor.

!!!Geoffrey
A fighter, later captain of the guard in Jhelom. Geoffrey embodies the Virtue of Valor.

* TheBigGuy: Is known as "Geoffrey the Giant" in ''III'', and has the size and strength to back up that name.
* BloodKnight: A benevolent example; he yearns for battle as much as he does for [[JumpedAtTheCall adventure]].
* JumpedAtTheCall: Being the embodiment of Valor, he's always enthusiastic about going out on an adventure. Even before his exploits with the Avatar, he explored and mapped the Perinian Depths.

!!!Julia
A tinker from Minoc. Has a crush on the (male) Avatar. Julia embodies the Virtue of Sacrifice.

* FieryRedhead: She is often depicted as a redhead, and more consistently than that as the most temperamental of Avatar's companions.
* GenderFlip: Was made into a male named "Julius" in the NES port of ''Ultima IV''.
* WrenchWench: Julia is an exceptional craftswoman, working with all kinds of contraptions but eventually specializing in musical instruments.

!!!Jaana
A druid and the leader of LaResistance during [[VideoGame/UltimaV Lord Blackthorn's rule]]. Jaana embodies the Virtue of Justice.

* {{Druid}}: When she is not saving the world, she tends to the forests in north-western Britannia.
* RebelLeader: In game five, she heads the rebellion against Lord Blackthorn in the absence of the Avatar.

!!!Katrina
A shepherd and the only survivor of the old Magincia that fell to demons. Katrina embodies the Virtue of Humility.

* HumbleHero: Being the embodiment of Humility.
* JokeCharacter: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as she represents Humility, and has nothing to boast about.
* TheLoad: In ''Ultima IV''. Being a shepherd, she is the least combat-oriented party member--which is why you will probably recruit her last, making her suffer from LateCharacterSyndrome and CantCatchUp on top of that. However, unless you play as a Shepherd yourself, you will ''have'' to recruit her before you are allowed to enter the Abyss.
* SoleSurvivor: When you meet her in ''Ultima IV'', Katrina is the last person still alive in the city of Magincia, which fell to the demonic onslaught after succumbing to pride. As a result, she became the paragon of Humility.

!!!Mariah
A mage and an adventure seeker. Mariah embodies the Virtue of Honesty.

* SquishyWizard: Has the lowest Strength of the Companions, but has the highest magical capacity to make up for it.

!!Other Good Guys and Girls
!!!Lord British
The BigGood ruler of Britannia and an alter ego of Richard Garriot, creator of the ''Ultima'' series.

* [[AFatherToHisMen A Father to the Avatar]]: British is a father figure to the Avatar, both praising him if he follows the Virtues and scolding him if he doesn't (or he dies).
* AuthorAvatar: Of Richard Garriot.
* BadassGrandpa: In ''Ultima V'', he went to the Stygian Abyss with an army to fight the demons and in ''Ultima IX'', he went back to the Abyss to fight Blackthorn all by himself.
* BigGood: British is King of Britannia
%%* DimensionLord: A rare good example.
* TheGoodKing: Generally benevolent to the Britannians, though the inhabitants of Serpent Isle may disagree.
* GoodIsNotNice: He banned those who didn't want to join the quasi-religion of the Eight Virtues to Serpent Isle, and he didn't attempt any diplomatic solution with the Gargoyles in ''Ultima VI''.
* NighInvulnerability: It requires a special way to kill him in each game, as not even the ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Armageddon spell]]'' could do the trick.
* SorcerorKing: Lord British is an extremely powerful (if aging) magician and a benevolent ruler of the land named after him, Britannia.

!!!Gwenllian "Gwenno" Gwalch'gaeaf
An entertainer, scholar and explorer. Married to Iolo.

* AgeLift: Despite being portrayed as middle-aged in nearly every game, ''Ultima IX'' for some bizarre reason changes her to looking like she's only in her 20s or 30s. This has the amusing side-effect of making her relationship with Iolo into a MayDecemberRomance.
* HappilyMarried: With Iolo.

!!!Raven
A PirateGirl, a secret daughter of Samhayne (mayor of Buccaneer's Den), and the Avatar's LoveInterest in ''Ascension''.

%%* ActionGirl
* PirateGirl: Thanks to growing up in the Buccaneer's Den, notorious for its pirate population.
%%* RebelliousPrincess

!!The Bad Guys and Girls
!!!Mondain
The original BigBad of the series, an evil indestructible sorcerer who is defeated in the first game. Has an enormous [[VillainousLegacy impact on all later installments]].

%%* BaldOfEvil
* BigBad: Of ''Ultima I''.
* BiggerBad: His VillainousLegacy mentioned below describes the impact he left after his demise.
* EvilSorcerer: Unlike Lord British, who uses his powers for good, Mondain instead tries to subjugate the whole world with them.
%%* StarterVillain
* VillainousLegacy: Mondain is the BigBad of the first game. The second and third games have the villains as his lover and apprentice Minax, and their creation Exodus. The fourth game requires the player to retrieve Mondain's skull, and the fifth game has the villains as manifestations of the shards of his ArtifactOfDoom the player destroyed in the first game. In the sixth game, the Gargoyles summoned Mondain's spirit to embody their virtue of Control, along with Minax and Exodus. Finally, the Guardian, the villain of all subsequent games from ''VI'', was initially planned to be revealed as the combined form of the Shadowlords after they were cast into the Void, but this was axed.

!!!Minax
A genius apprentice of Mondain who tries to avenge him in the second game. While not as indestructible as Mondain, she takes a lot more precautions to become ''unreachable'' by the heroes.

* AvengingTheVillain: Her motivation in ''Ultima II'' is to avenge her teacher and lover Mondain.
* BigBad: Of ''Ultima II''.
* DragonAscendant: Became the BigBad of ''Ultima II'' after Mondain's death.
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Minax means "threatening" in Latin.
* PimpedOutDress: In the tapestry in ''VideoGame/UltimaIX'', she is drawn in a green dress with [[PrettyInMink fur-lining, which can be seen in the hanging sleeves]].
* TeacherStudentRomance: She and Mondain were lovers.

!!!Exodus
A creation of Mondain and Minax (actually, [[spoiler:a demonic supercomputer]]) who tries to avenge them ''both'' in the third game.

* AvengingTheVillain: His motivations in ''Ultima III'' are to avenge his creators, Mondain and Minax.
%%* [[spoiler:AIIsACrapshoot]]
* BigBad: Of ''Ultima III''.
%%* [[spoiler:MasterComputer]]
* PuzzleBoss: You don't get to fight him directly. Instead, he is defeated by timely insertion of appropriate [[spoiler:punch cards]].

!!!Lord Blackthorn
Originally benevolent steward of Lord British, Blackthorn is corrupted by the Shadowlords in game five and has to be overthrown to bring Lord British back to power. [[spoiler:Exiled to the Serpent Isle, where he finds redemption, although that was retconned by the last game.]]

%%* AntiVillain: In ''Ultima V'', then he becomes a straight one-dimensional villain in ''Ultima IX''.
* TheAtoner: It is hinted in ''Serpent Isle'' that he joined a monastery and repent for his actions in ''Ultima V''. Then, for some reason, the writers of ''Ultima IX'' decided to drop this development.
%%* BigBadWannabe
%%* ClassicVillain
* TheDragon: To the Shadowlords in ''Ultima V'' and the Guardian in ''Ultima IX''.
* EvilCounterpart: To Lord British.
%%* EvilOverlord: In ''Ultima V''.
* KnightTemplar: Enforced the Virtues to an oppressive degree, and twisted them to suit his own needs.
%%* SmugSnake: In ''Ultima IX''.

!!!The Shadowlords
Three mysterious figures behind Lord Blackthorn's coup. Actually, [[spoiler:remnants of Mondain's Gem of Immortality]].

* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Of hatred, falsehood and cowardice--the antitheses of Love, Truth, and Courage, the three principles at the base of the Eight Virtues.
* BigBad: Of ''Ultima V''.
%%* BlackCloak
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Assuming the Avatar tries to fight them. Not only are they a borderline HopelessBossFight (defeating one isn't impossible, but the fight is designed be as close as it can get without them being invincible), but they will just return anyways.
%%* CastingAShadow
%%* TheCorrupter
%%* DarkIsEvil
* {{Expy}}: Of the Nazguls from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''.
%%* HumanoidAbomination
* ImmuneToBullets: Only certain artifacts can destroy them.
%%* InTheHood
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: If ''Martian Dreams'' is any indication.
* VillainHasAPoint: In ''Martian Dreams'', Astaroth makes a statement that is correct not only in [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential the series' universe]] ([[SeriesContinuityError barring]] ''VideoGame/UltimaIX''), but also [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped real life]]:
--> "Alas, no soul in life can be purged completely of virtue or vice. My lesson for you is simply that while pursuit of virtue is long and difficult, vice is found easily and is strongly linked to pleasure."

!!!The Guardian
A powerful extradimensional force of evil that has conquered or destroyed many worlds already and sets its eyes on Britannia in game seven. Actually, [[spoiler:the Avatar's own EnemyWithout, his evil side cast out upon achieving Avatarhood]].

%%* AGodAmI
* BigBad: Of ''Ultima VII'', ''VIII'', and ''IX'' (collectively known as "The Guardian Saga").
** BiggerBad: In both plots in ''VII'', he's mostly in the background while the Batlin, and later the Banes of Chaos, serve as the main antagonists. in ''VIII'', his only direct action is leaving the Avatar on Pagan and taunting him periodically. Aside from that, he's in the background in that game is as well.
* BigRedDevil: Minus the horns.
%%* TheChessMaster
* ColonyDrop: He attempts this with the moons in ''Ultima IX''.
%%* DimensionLord
%%* [[spoiler:EnemyWithout]]
%%* EvilOverlord
%%* EvilSoundsDeep
* FusionDance: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen In early drafts of]] ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Ultima IX]]'', he was revealed to be [[spoiler:the combined essence of the Shadowlords]].
%%* HumanoidAbomination
%%* LargeHam: Has his moments.
* MadeOfEvil: [[spoiler:He's the embodiment of the evil purged from the Avatar in ''Ultima IV''.]]
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* ObviouslyEvil: He flat out tells you in the intro of ''The Black Gate'' that he's the bad guy.
%%* OmnicidalManiac
%%* SmugSnake: Especially in ''Ultima IX''.
%%* WalkingShirtlessScene: Lampshaded by [[TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]].

!!!Batlin
The leader of the Fellowship and TheDragon to the Guardian in games seven and seven-part-two. [[spoiler:Killed by the Guardian after trying to betray him.]]

%%* TheDragon
* DragonInChief: As the Guardian spends most of ''The Black Gate'' trying to enter Britannia, Batlin is the main enemy in the game.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: The Guardian dropped a lightning on him in '''Serpent Isle''.]]
%%* EvilSorcerer
%%* HumanSacrifice: Was quite fond of this.
%%* ManipulativeBastard: Thanks with his VillainWithGoodPublicity status.
%%* ReligionOfEvil: He was the leader of the Fellowship in ''The Black Gate''.
* TheStarscream: Becomes this in ''Serpent Isle''. The Guardian is not amused.
%%* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In ''The Black Gate''.
%%* WouldHurtAChild: His cult also sacrificed babies.

!!!The Elemental Titans
Servants of the Guardian who rule the world of Pagan in his stead in game eight.
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