->''"If I have learned anything in my life, I have learned this: When in doubt, or in trouble, [[KleptomaniacHero pick up anything that is not nailed down]], and if it is, look for loose nails or boards. Check carefully into, under, above, below, and behind things. Read everything; you might learn something. Wear clean undergarments, brush after meals, and always remember: nothing is as it appears."''
-->-- '''Advice from King Graham's father Sir Hereward'''

''King's Quest'' was the very first animated graphical adventure game on the PC. Featuring a stunning 16 colors and genuine animation, the game showed off the cutting-edge abilities of IBM's 1984 hardware release, the [=PCjr=]. It sold poorly until it was released for the Tandy 1000 almost a year later, when it established Creator/{{Sierra}} as the foremost developer of adventure games until the mid-1990s. The game used a TextParser of the kind seen in earlier games, such as ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}''.

Today, the original ''King's Quest'' is regarded as a classic of the genre, having spawned seven official sequels, all improving in quality up until the eighth (although the sixth is generally considered the peak of the franchise). Although some fans are quite vocal against the eighth game, at the time it got mostly decent reviews (and sold more than the previous one).

An unofficial [[VideoGame/TheSilverLining ninth game]], a FanSequel, was in the works until a cease-and-desist letter was issued in 2005... and then rescinded. And then ''Creator/{{Activision}}'' [[FanworkBan issued a new cease-and-desist letter]] in 2010. And then it was rescinded... again. ''VideoGame/TheSilverLining'' is currently being completed, with four of the five planned episodes already available at [[http://www.tsl-game.com/ their website]]. Different teams, such as AGDInteractive and InfamousAdventures, have also created fan remakes of the first three games, getting their controls and graphics up to the level of the popular fifth and sixth games. Find them [[http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/games.html here]] and [[http://www.infamous-adventures.com/kq3/index.php?page=downloads here]].

In February 2011, Creator/TelltaleGames announced that it would be creating an episodic continuation of the ''King's Quest'' series, but the project was eventually cancelled in April 2013. Then in August 2014, Activision announced that they were reviving Sierra as a publishing label, and one of the first games under the label will be a new ''King's Quest'' developed by The Odd Gentlemen, the creators of ''VideoGame/TheMisadventuresOfPBWinterbottom'' and the upcoming ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' adventure game.

The first game tells the story of Sir Graham, an adventurer who sets out to recover three legendary lost artifacts of the kingdom of Daventry in order to win the crown of the dying king. Gameplay involved typing commands to perform such tasks as GET CARROT and GET {{FOUR LEAF CLOVER}}, not to mention OPEN DOOR (or SWIM...). Latter games involve his quest to rescue a princess and the adventures of the family that inevitably results from this rescue. Games 5-7 move to a point and click interface, while 8 maintains a point and click interface, it is a three-dimensional adventure (with RPG elements)

'''Individual Pages:''' (Kindly add tropes exclusive to these works only to their pages)
[[index]]
* '''Games'''
** ''VideoGame/TheWizardAndThePrincess'' AKA ''Adventure in Serenia.'' It is known by some fans affectionately as "King's Quest Zero", for while it's not technically a part of the series (WordOfGod has said otherwise at times even going as far to claim it being a 'prequel' to at least [=KQ5=]), it was a precursor in game engine and design. In the fifth ''King's Quest'' game Graham returns to Serenia as a nod to this game.
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown''
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone''
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIIToHeirIsHuman''
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella''
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder''
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride''
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity''
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestions''
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015''
* '''[[Literature/KingsQuest Novels]]'''
** ''Literature/KingsQuestTheFloatingCastle''
** ''Literature/KingsQuestKingdomOfSorrow''
** ''Literature/KingsQuestSeeNoWeevil''
* '''Other Stories'''
** ''[[Literature/KingsQuest The King's Quest Companion]]''
** ''[[Literature/KingsQuest Rosella's First Quest]]''
** ''[[Literature/KingsQuest The Magical World of King's Quest]]''
[[/index]]

Has a work-in-progress [[Characters/KingsQuest Character Sheet]].
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!!Tropes include:

* AbortedArc: The Black Cloak Society. [[spoiler:At least three villains are identified as members of the group, and a fourth member is named, but nothing ever comes of it.]]
** Arguably, all of the KQ villains could, theoretically have belonged to the society. Not that there's any evidence for that, though. Dahlia (in the first game) and Hagatha (in the second) shared their MO of TheDarkArts, but no mention is given in the game for their plans, if any. Lolotte and Malicia are more debatable. Williams stated she didn't ''intend'' to tie all the games together, that it was just a one-shot mention. [[{{Fanon}} Given how much sense it makes, though, the fans tend to run with it anyway]].
** The King's Quest Companion makes reference to an alternative groups such as the Family of Evil which includes Manannan, Mordack, and Hagatha as evil siblings, and sort of the Yin to Royal Family of Daventry's Yang, the "Family of Good". It also introduces the Magician's Guild, to which Manannan, and the Sorcerer and Enchanter in KQ1 and KQ2 belonged (although the latter two may be the same individual).
** The AGD remake of KingsQuestIII and The Silver Lining include Lolotte (and pretty much every villain in their Black Cloak lists).
* AndIMustScream: Many cases. [[spoiler: The Witch's defeat in KQ5]]. The Lord of the Dead in KQ6 was once a mortal who pissed off the Gods, in turn he is forced to sit immobile in a throne made of his own flesh never moving for the rest of eternity while he can do nothing but watch people suffer. KQ7 featured a King who was turned into a Stag and was slowly losing his humanity, he was well aware of it and he literally could do nothing about it. In KQ5 a princess was turned into a sentient willow tree, she could see and talk but was completely immobile. And Medusa's fate is debatable as to whether she (and her victims) could still see and think as statues.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Mostly averted... in ''KQ1'' many of the characters (Godmother, Elf, etc) speak in old style English, in ''KQ2'' Rosella refers to Valanice as "Mum", in ''KQVI'' where Alexander utters quite a few old-fashioned curses (albeit relatively mild ones) for being otherwise a gentleman, and ''KQMOE'', which goes in the complete opposite direction to YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe levels. Both Graham and Rosella speak in antiquated English in Hoyle Games I.
* AwardBaitSong:
** The official games have the "This Heart of Mine" (The Weeping Willow Song) (and to a lesser extent "We're the Ants") in ''King's Quest V'', the "Girl in the Tower" in ''King's Quest VI'', and "Land Beyond Dreams" in ''King's Quest VII''
** The {{Fan Remake}}s then get in on the act with "When I Saw You" ({{AGD|Interactive}}'s [=KQ2+=] ), "Coming Home" ([=AGD=]'s [=KQ3 Redux=]), and "My Way Home" (Infamous Adventures' [=KQ3=] VGA).
* BadassFamily: Not in the casual way of {{Badass}}, but every single member of Graham's family has gone on a daring adventure. Yes. ''Even Valanice.''
** Well, King Graham is built like a linebacker, that just doesn't usually do him much good against the powerful creatures he faces. Alexander, for his part, holds his own in a sword fight with a useless sword. Give him a book of magic, however, and he's a fairly competent sorcerer. Rosella manages to [[spoiler:shoot an evil fairy in the heart with an arrow]].
** You've also got to be a certain level of {{Badass}} just to marry into the family, it seems. Cassima more than earns her stripes when she finally stands up. Edgar spends a lot of time under MoreThanMindControl, but still comes through when needed. Valanice [[TookALevelInBadass managed to level up to the task]] when she perceived [[MamaBear a threat to Rosella]].
* BigBad: At least one per game, often of the EvilSorcerer variety.
* BlackCloak: The Black Cloak Society.
* {{Catchphrase}}: You'll typically hear some variation of, "Perhaps you can find a use for it," throughout the series as the royal family of Daventry collect items. See also AdventuresCap. Alexander and Connor both of their: Zounds for anything they find astonishing.
* ChaosArchitecture: Justified, explained, and averted. The game worlds have almost ''nothing'' in common with each other... but that's because they don't even take place in the same countries. Part of Daventry is only briefly explorable in ''III'', but it looks similar to several areas in ''I'' and seen in the intros of the first two games (but the locations are mixed up).
** Averted in ''Wizard & the Princess'' and ''King's Quest V'' explained that the Wizard Harlin did it (see manual for ''W&TP''), that the wizard had created the geography seen in the ''W&TP'', suggesting that things went back to normal sometime after his defeat. Averted in the ''King's Quest Companion'' by use of maps, and an explanation that the world is in 'magical flux' and geography changes sometimes daily, or in some cases lands are surrounded by 'magical law of "containment"' (to explain the WrapAround in the earlier games).
** Played straight in ''Mask of Eternity'' though. At least the Daventry portion of it. Most of the game takes place in a town in Daventry, which was referenced or alluded to in the early games and the King's Quest Companion but never shown. The town or towns of Daventry were more prominently used in two of the King's Quest novels. The land of the dead doesn't even ''look'' like it does in ''VI''. (According to WordOfGod, Conner is located in a completely different land known as the Dimension of Death.) And how many Lords of the Dead, Rivers of Death, and ferrymen are there, anyway? Alexander and Connor don't meet the same Lord of the Dead (Samhain and Azriel, respectively), Alexander takes water from the River of Death and uses it as a spell ingredient (and if it were the same river as in ''KQVIII'', it should have dissolved his teacup and paintbrush), and Charon's boat can carry Alexander's physical form, whereas the boatman Connor meets has an incorporeal boat that can't take Connor's physical form. These are said to be based on the legends of Green Isles and in Daventry respectively. Other worlds of the afterlife are alluded are mentioned in other games in the series and the King's Quest Companion. Including "Hades", and "Hell/s", and the "underworld" of Welsh legends. In material associated with ''[=KQ7=]'', Ooga Booga is also treated as a Land of the Dead, where the dead of Etheria move on to when they die (this is mentioned by several characters in the game), and was expected to get more inhabitants if the volcano erupted. ''[=KQ8=]'' also includes an additional afterlife in reference to Chamber of Enlightenment in the Realm of Gnomes. It is referred to as the spirit-realm of ancient souls that contains the ancient spirits of the Crystal Mystics. It should also be noted that both the Dimension of Death and the Realm of the Dead are both described as kind of purgatory/limbo where spirits are judged before moving onto other 'stages' of the afterlife (spirits are held in jail cells in ''[=DoD=]'', and in the Sea of Souls in the ''[=RotD=]'' before passing on to the next afterlife respectively).
** Averted in ''VideoGame/TheSilverLining'', wherein the Land of the Green Isles is almost completely identical to its incarnation in ''VI'', but with some expansion.
** JustifiedTrope in ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'' because of the narrative fashion of the game. Graham is retelling his past adventures to his grandchild Gwendolyn, so not everything [[UnreliableNarrator might be accurate]].
* ChangingOfTheGuard: Many, many times. Most prominent in the end of [=KQIII=]/start of [=KQIV=].
* ContinuityNod: Sierra seems to like the idea of [[spoiler: Edgar]] being transformed. As he has been for the majority of all of his appearances. To the point where one can even say that he isn't truly [[spoiler: Edgar]] unless he's under a transformation spell.
* CopyProtection: Most noticeable in ''[=KQ3=]'' and ''[=KQ6=]'', where it was turned into full-on integral aspects of puzzles (spellcasting in the former and climbing the Cliffs of Logic in the latter).
** Especially bad in ''[=KQ4=]'' where you need to insert a password by searching through the manual every time you want to start the darn game. Luckily later manuals avert this by having a small section solely for the passwords. As opposed to looking up "3rd page, last letter of fourth paragraph"
* [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]]: Princess Cassima and Princess Valanice.
** Edgar is a DistressedDude in his games.
** Rosella in the third game.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Manannan seems outright paranoid that Alexander is casting spells behind his back to kill him. So if Alexander is carrying any ingredients to his spells [[note]] Despite Alexander could have simply picked up the fly because it is his job to clean up after all, or a chicken feather fell into his pocket while feeding them. However, as noted the story is clear that the wizard is going to kill him anyways as soon as he turns eighteen (which he has done to a number of children before him), and is looking for any excuse to kill him, and fly wings and feathers are very powerful magical objects as well tied to spells in Manannan's book.[[/note]] Manannan instantly kills him. It's stated in the prologue story (in the manual) that previous slaves have tried to use magic against him before.
* DeathByGluttony: Manannan's two downfalls were caused by food. The first he eats the tainted porridge which turns him into a cat, the second he climbs inside a burlap sack to eat a dead fish [[spoiler: which Graham ties up, and hopefully suffocates/starves to death. The Companion suggests though that he may have escaped off with Hagatha]]
* TheEpic: The series as a whole takes place across several nations, [[GenerationalSaga in the perspective of]] [[BadassFamily the entire Daventry family]]. [[FantasyKitchenSink The setting]] [[AllMythsAreTrue is a compilation of every story written]], which the protagonists interact with as they reach their ultimate goals.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Being inspired by fairy tales, the series has quite a share of princesses: Rosella, Alicia, Cassima. Celeste might count as one, but she goes by 'Lady Celeste'.
* EvilSorcerer: The Society of the Black Cloak.
* ExpandedUniverse: Three [[TieInNovel Tie-In Novels]] and {{Novelization}}s of the games in the Player's Guide.
* FairyTale: The series' principal source of inspiration. Dozens of familiar fairy-tale characters and situations are used or referenced throughout the franchise.
* FanRemake: The first three games have been remade to give them updated interfaces and graphics (the third even getting two remakes by two different teams), the fourth may or may not be still in progress by yet another team, and the [[http://www.textadventures.co.uk/review.php?game=112 fifth was remade into a text adventure]].
* FanSequel: Several, of varying quality. There are the action-oriented [[http://hydra78.tripod.com/king.htm King's Quest ZZT and ZZT2]]. There's also the highly odd [[http://www.angelfire.com/games5/intermezzosoftware/ King's Quest 2: Breast Intentions]]. A much-hyped the "ninth game," titled ''VideoGame/TheSilverLining'', with full voice-acting and 3-D graphics, underwent legal battles for years. Now the Cease and Desist order has been rescinded, meaning that [[http://www.tsl-game.com/ The Silver Lining has been released]]! And then there's SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/ATaleOfTwoKingdoms''.
* FantasyKitchenSink: The series mixes creatures, plots and stories from Myth/ClassicalMythology, ''Literature/ArabianNights'', traditional fairy tales, HighFantasy and whatnot. Take ''King's Quest VI'', for instance: it's got Druids, Grecian {{Winged Humanoid}}s, [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Lewis Carrol-esque whatizits]], genies and many others inhabiting the same chain of islands. [[JustifiedTrope Justified by the creators]]: the [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] implies that Daventry is at the crossroads of reality and imagination, and [[AllMythsAreTrue all fairy tales are true there]].
* GenieInABottle: Several, though ''[=KQ6=]'' is the one that uses the trope most prominently.
* GenreSavvy: If you know your away around fairy tales and myths, you'll have a much easier time solving many of the games' puzzles. Important caveat: villains are sometimes quite [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy savvy themselves]], and many fairy tale tropes are played with in different manner, so you may find out [[WrongGenreSavvy it's the wrong genre after all]]. In this case, be sure to HaveANiceDeath.
* GhibliHills: Wilderness, in each game.
* GirlInTheTower: {{Trope Namer|s}}, with two examples--Valanice and Cassima.
* GraveHumor: Shows up in ''[=KQ7=]''.
* GuideDangIt: It's a Sierra series. That's really all you need to know.
* GuileHero: With the exception of ''[=KQVIII=]'', the heroes of the series rely on cunning and trickery to solve problems. There are, in fact, ''two'' direct battles in the first six games. The first instance is a magical battle (which is still presented as a puzzle), and the second instance is a traditional sword fight that proceeds without input from the player.
* HappilyMarried: Graham and Valanice, Alexander and Cassima.
* HaveANiceDeath: Every game has a few places where the character is liable to die.
* HyperspaceArsenal: All of them. In ''[=KQV=]'', Graham pulls out a ''sled'' that he's been carrying around. Just in case. In ''[=KQVI=]'', the Rotten Tomato makes fun of how much stuff Alexander is carrying around. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'' when Graham says his cloak is lined with many pockets. He still manages to conceal both a pumpkin and a pie larger than himself, and a live badger.
* JabbaTableManners: Manannan eats all his food very fast and slovenly, he even (apparently) eats the bone alone with the rest of the meat, and in the AGD remake, while eating the Cat Cookie porridge he for a few seconds starts choking on the cat fur only to continue finishing off the porridge as if nothing happened. Also in both versions, he doesn't use a spoon, but instead seems to just scoop it into his mouth with his hand.
* KingOnHisDeathbed: Happens in the first game, which is what sends Sir Graham on his quests and turns him into the King Graham we know and love to begin with.
** Happens to Graham in KingsQuestIV if you beat the game without getting the fruit.
* KleptomaniacHero: With a notable subversion in the first game.
* LegionOfDoom: The Black Cloak Society wasn't designed as a way to link all of the series' villains together... but at least two antagonists (Shadrack and Alhazred) are explicitly stated to be members, and Mordack is associated to them (and Manannan is linked by being Mordack's brother), and it's entirely possible that ''all'' of the series' antagonists could have been members or allies. Note that this is based on a single throwaway line in the sixth game, that none of the antagonists other than these are ever stated to be related, and that WordOfGod denies this. Still, it's a popular fan theory. Though actually WordOfGod while denying it as canon, admits they did consider it (at least to include Manannan).
--> Roberta Williams: The "Black Cloak Society" was never an actual term that I instigated or thought up. I'm not actually sure where that came from. The closest thought that I have on that subject is that: when I was working with Jane Jensen on King's Quest 6, and we thought up the evil vizier, we talked loosely about the possibility of putting Mannanan, Mordack, and the vizier together as group possibly in a future King's Quest. There was loose reference to the possibility in King's Quest 6, although nothing was set in stone at that time. I think that it's possible that Jane Jensen might have mentioned the possibility (perhaps) in subsequent interviews on the subject, although, I'm not sure about that. Later on, I heard about the Black Cloak Society and kind of wondered where that phrase came from, but, I never refuted it as I thought it was kind of cool and, probably, would have gone on with the idea in future King's Quests had I had the chance. And, one final thing: Hagatha was never part in any discussion of a Black Cloak Society.
* MagicAIsMagicA: The way genies behaved tended to depend on the specific genie in question in the earlier games. By the time of ''VI'', where a genie was a major part of the ongoing plot, they finally sat down and made some rules. However, the Companion also points out there are different kinds of Djinn much as there is in Arabic mythology. While the rules set forth for one type of Djinn are not the rules for other types. E.G. there are Djinn that offer a finite number of wishes (or decide your wish for you as the case may be) and there are Djinn who offer infinite wishes. Then there is just the chaotic demonic incontrollable types.
* MagicMirror: The most prominent is the one in Castle Daventry that sometimes gives glimpses of future events and other helpful information, but a number of more minor examples crop up here and there in the games and novels as well.
* TheMaze: Several, always infuriating.
* MercyRewarded: A cornerstone of the games. Be nice to everyone you meet that isn't trying to hurt you (and even a few of those), as it will help you later.
* ModestRoyalty: In all games but the first and the last, the protagonist(s) is (are) a member of royal family. However, they wear very modest clothing (e.g., Graham in ''[=KQII=]'' and ''V'', Rosella in ''[=KQIV=]''), have none of the haughtiness usually associated with royalty and never use it to solve problems or push around other people. Somewhat subverted in ''[=KQVII=]'' where both female protagonists wear fineries, and Rosella is partially portrayed as a 'petulant princess" in parts. See also ''See No Weevil'' where Rosella is haughty at times.
** Alternatively (but somewhat supporting) Graham's clothing is actually the uniform of the Rangers, the more rustic knights of the realm of Daventry (he continues to wear his old uniform because its 'comfortable', as suggested in "King's Quest: Kingdom of Sorrow".) Strangely Alexander wears a variation of the Ranger uniform in "KQ5", and Connor a peasant knight of Daventry starts out in a variation of the uniform in "KQ8" (albeit they do not wear the hat with their clothing).
** Somewhat subverted by manuals and KQVIII (and to a lesser degree in the novels) in which Graham is shown to wear fineries while in the castle (especially on state business), but saves his uniform largely for his adventuring which he is often on.
** This is lampshaded in the very first puzzle in "The Silver Lining" as Hassan the Ferryman doesn't believe Graham is who is says he is, because of his commoner clothes, in which Graham has to show him a Daventry coin (with his face on it) to prove his status. Graham then states that this happens a lot, and he holds nothing against people who assume that, as he completely understands the confusion.
* MoodWhiplash: While the games have never taken themselves ''too'' seriously until [=KQ6=] which was said to have a more sophisticated, DarkerAndEdgier plot, then to the cartoony ''King's Quest VII'' was a drastic change in style. And then it went right to the other extreme of grim, and then back to {{darker|AndEdgier}} with ''Mask Of Eternity''.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Several throughout the series.
** Hagatha in ''[=KQII=]''
** [[Creator/HPLovecraft Abdul Alhazred]] in ''[=KQVI=]''
** Malicia in ''[=KQVII=]''
* NonIndicativeName[-/-]ArtifactTitle: Only two games in the series involve a king going on a quest, and the first game isn't even one of them. However most of the games involve someone saving the king or kingdom, and sometimes becoming king in the process (1st and 6th).
* NonstandardGameOver: Several.
** In ''[=KQIII=]'', making a mistake while spell-casting has some humorous results.
** In ''[=KQIV=]'', failing to return to Daventry within 24 in-game hours.
** In ''[=KQV=]'', getting trapped in the desert palace.
* NoticeThis: In the fifth game, the silver and gold coins twinkle to reduce PixelHunt.
* NotSoDifferent: Edgar and Alexander. As they both were kidnapped by magic-users as babies. While Alexander was abused verbally (and implied physically), Edgar was abused [[MindRape mentally]].
* NonIdenticalTwins: Alexander and Rosella are twins, but there's no direct indication of this fact.
* NumberedSequel: All the games in the series--except for the eighth, which is officially titled "King's Quest: Mask of Eternity". Though it is known as ''King's Quest [=VIII=]/8'' by WordOfGod, the official website for the game, certain in-game files, and in a later re-release.
* OneHitPointWonder: In the first seven games, everything either kills you or doesn't. Played with in the fourth game, where Rosella can take some short falls (within the same screen) and only be incapacitated for a few seconds, but falling more than one screen is fatal. Same goes for Alexander in the sixth game.
* PlanetEngland: Most of the lands fit this trope. The Green Isles had a different culture on each island, some of which are aversions. See the trope page for more details.
* PointOfNoReturn: Many of the games take place in a relatively wide area which the player is free to explore at their leisure, but nonetheless include various sequences where once the player has entered an area, they can only proceed forwards or get killed trying. In ''King's Quest VI'', for example, the final act takes place in the palace, and is a clear PointOfNoReturn.
* PressStartToGameOver: Crossing the bridge on the first screen of the first game is a deadly challenge.
* PublicDomainCharacter: The series features many fairy-tale characters (The Snow Queen, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin...) and even freaking ''Dracula'' in the second game.
* PungeonMaster: The voiceover narratives in the [=AGD=] remakes.
--> "Perhaps you should consider seeking advice from other sources and not just from your ''piers''."
-->"The moat monsters appreciate your ''good taste''."
-->"Haven't you ever been told not to ''wolf'' down your food?"
** The original series had a lot of these too, particularly in ''King's Quest V'':
-->"The old witch caught you ''toad''ally off guard."
-->"''Dying'' for a drink, Graham?"
* RedOniBlueOni: Manannan and Mordack. While Manannan (Blue Oni) is craftier, and prefers to keep to himself (the King's Quest Companion suggests that he has minions, including the bandits of Llewdor, and travels to visit others often, so he is not as solitary as one might think, though he rarely has guests at his house). Mordack (Red Oni) is more brash and impulsive, and wishes for a wife. But this trope comes even further into play when you compare their homes. Manannan lives in a humble, practically cozy, normal house and sleeps in a pink canopy bed. [[note]] not counting the AGD version where the house looks run down and decrepit [[/note]] While Mordack lives in a massive gothic Castle on a creepy island with statues that vaporize anyone who tries to enter, a lava waterfall in the background, more creepy gothic architecture inside, many faces and eyeballs in the walls that follow you, and EldritchAbominations as guards.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Goes back to back with ModestRoyalty.
* RuleOfCool: For what other reason was there, to have Batman come to King Graham's wedding in the AGD remake? (Aside from justifying the EasterEgg)
* RuleOfThree: A recurring theme in the series. In the first game, Graham must find the three lost treasures of Daventry. In the second, he must find the three golden keys that will unlock the magic door. In the fourth, Rosella must complete three tasks for Lolotte. In the sixth, Alexander have to bypass three traps to reach Beast.
* ShoutOut: The villain in ''King's Quest VI'' is named, of all things, [[Creator/HPLovecraft Abdul Alhazred]]. The ''King's Quest Companion'' even points out that Abdul wrote the Necronomicon.
** ''[[Film/ThePrincessBride Princeless Bride]]''. 'Nuff said.
** Also ''[[RomancingTheStone Romancing The Throne]]''.
** The desert temple in ''[=KQV=]'' is one big 'hello' to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' and the ancient treasury in Petra.
* SiblingYinYang: At least according to the fan games and fan fiction: Rosella is a blonde, fair-skinned, extroverted {{Genki|Girl}} ActionGirl, while Alexander is black-haired and medium-skinned, and is more self-depreciating, soft-spoken and reserved, and bookish. Also a case of RedOniBlueOni.
** This is subverted in the games and spinoff material in which Alexander is generally said to be much like his father in personality, and Rosella is said to take more after her mom in personality. In KQ6, Alexander is far from soft-spoken (but certainly shows manners), he is more 'self-taught' only having learned how to read from Manannan. He self-taught himself magic, but shares a propensity for magic like his father (Graham has had no practice or training, but shown ability to cast a number of spells in his time). In KQ4 Rosella is the soft-spoken protagonist, but is the reverse in KQVII. As for 'bookishness' Rosella leans towards 'Shakespeare' and music ability (but Alexander is not without his musical ability as well). Rosella is also the one who has been taught all the royal graces, and had a well-rounded and proper education.
* StandardHeroReward : Played completely straight in the second and sixth games. But when it comes to Rosella in the fourth and seventh, this goes to ZigZaggingTrope.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Several even. The Mixed-Up series was basically the young childrens version of King's Quest series with the treasure hunt mechanics of the earliest King's Quests, and the mix of fairy tales/nursery rhyme characters from all stories put together in a world to explore. The automatic magic map even appears in the games taken from King's Quest III. ''Videogame/TheLegendOfKyrandia'' series so much inspired by King's Quest (and received comparisons of such) that the developers, put a warning on the box that they were not connected to King's Quest in anyway. ''The Adventures of Maddog Williams in The Dungeons of Duridian'' the game's art looked like it would fit somewhere between [=KQ4=] and [=KQ5=], and had a few nods to Sierra games in general (with a character that was sort of the mix of Graham, Gwydion, and even Roger Wilco (say what?)). ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest'', a satirical spoof on King's Quest in the kingdom of Peasantry made by the creators of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. ''VideoGame/ATaleOfTwoKingdoms'', which started off as "King's Quest 2.5", but after considering the threat of a cease-and-desist order, rewrote its plot to remove the ''KQ'' characters. The atmosphere of fairy tales is still intact, though. Some view ''VIdeogame/TheLongestJourney'' and the ''Dreamfall'' series to be spiritual successors to King's Quest as well. See also ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series. One could also count SimonTheSorcerer as it takes place in a fantasy setting with references to fairy tales and fantasy novels, but while SimonTheSorcerer is close to KingsQuest in setting, it's humour gives an atmosphere much closer to Lucasarts MonkeyIsland series.
* SwallowedWhole: Rosella, by a monsterous whale.
* TalkingAnimal: All over the place.
** Justified in some cases: One of the spells Alexander can craft, in ''III'', gives him the ability to understand animals, and allows him to listen in on their conversations. In ''V'', Cedric is explicitly magical, and all other cases are covered by the piece of magic whitesnake that Graham eats at the start of the game. This still doesn't explain ''how'' all these animals know that they ''can'' talk to this human in particular.
** Manannan can still talk in cat form, as he curses Gwydion if kicked and tells Alexander to turn him back.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Even when dealing with monsters, killing is usually the most obvious solution (and given as the primary solution =in the Word of God Official Hintbooks), but a peaceful solution (a secondary solution, or 'things to try') gives you more points, although most of the games have at least one enemy that you HAVE to kill. Of course, this goes right out of the window in ''King's Quest: Mask of Eternity''.
** ''[=KQI=]'', [[spoiler: Graham shoves the witch into her own cauldron/oven to escape her house]]. This is not actually necessary, though, except for full points. [[spoiler: Graham uses a goat to knock the troll into the deadly Raging River to get across a bridge.]] Not necessarily except for full points (he can trade a treasure and lose points). He can kill the goat with the dagger (non necessary action), [[spoiler: He can kill dragon with the dagger]] (alternate solution, less points, or loses points depending on the game). [[spoiler: He can kill the giant with a sling and pebbles.]] (alternate solution, less points)
** ''[=KQII=]'', [[spoiler: Graham kills lion.]] Not necessary alternate solution, leads to less points. [[spoiler: Graham kills the snake/Pegasus.]] Not necessary alternate solution, and will lead to less points (but many players fell for this solution, as the solution to the better option is 'obscure'). Graham can kill the fish, and can do it over and over again. Not necessary, and serves no purpose (no point loss/gain). [[spoiler: Graham kills Dracula]], which is not necessary either, except for full points. (in the FanRemake, this gets a twist :[[spoiler: the vampire turns out to be an ally. It's the werewolves at the church you have to worry about! And by "ally" we mean he will kill you if you don't fetch such-and-such item for him.]])
*** If you kill the monk, you get an instant game over with this message "Anyone who would kill a man of the cloth doesn't deserve to play this game. Therefore, we will end it"
** ''[=KQIII=]'', [[spoiler: Gwydion/Alexander kills Medusa and the dragon]], the latter of which is necessary, and the former for full points (technically the former is very difficult to do without killing her, as looking in her direction will cause the character to die, and she does chase after the character very quickly, and there are things in the desert that the player must pick up, to get to them the player would have to 'face' her). (The AGD FanRemake offers an peaceful solution to the former. [[spoiler:If you can prove to Smaude that you are a good man with a pure heart, her look will not turn you into stone, but rather lift the thousand year old curse that was put upon her, and revert her to her human form]].)
** ''[=KQIV=]'', [[spoiler: Rosella kills BigBad Lolotte]]. And a worm and a fish, in case it matters.
** ''[=KQV=]'', [[spoiler: Graham kills BigBad Mordack]]. And a yeti. And a witch, [[FateWorseThanDeath more or less]], and [[spoiler: He also stuffs Cat Manannan in a sack and ties it up. It never shows him die but it's implied he suffocated to death sooner or later.]] (he probably escaped according to King's Quest Companion)
** ''[=KQVI=]'', [[spoiler: Alexander kills the Minotaur]]. And possibly a genie.
* TieInNovel: Three of them, but they aren't very well known, even among fans.
* {{Troperrific}}: Just about ''every'' fairy tale trope was [[ZigZaggingTrope played straight, subverted, inverted, deconstructed, reconstructed]] and then some throughout the series.
* UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn : Alexander and Rosella.
* {{Unwinnable}}: Too many parts to count, though ''King's Quest V'' has the highest amount in the series; the developers seem to have actively enjoyed creating scenarios that lead to unwinnable files. This was averted by the seventh game or so.
** ''King's Quest II'' has a number of unwinnable situations by design. Al Lowe (one of the game's main developers) in the official hintbook even goes as far to lead players into unwinnable situations (by only giving half a solution inside one of the hint questions), and then in a later hint question, going as far to mock the player for following him there (teaches a person right for 'cheating') or getting into the unwinnable predicament on their own (then telling the player they better have had a save from an earlier point in the game, before finally explaining what to do differently).
** ''King's Quest VI'' did cut down on them a bit. ''King's Quest VII'' went further, and had no way to be rendered unwinnable. Even if you forgot to get the flower in an early chapter that's needed at the end, an identical one is up for grabs at the end.
** The [=AGD=] remake of the first game has an option that prevents you taking any action that would render the game unwinnable.
** Early versions of the first game allows you to ''drop'' items with no way of getting them back. That includes the three treasures you're supposed to collect. Since the 'drop' command has no purpose in the game, it was disabled in later builds of the AGI version. Funnily enough, dropping (losing) the treasures after you enter the castle for the second time but before you speak to the king does still trigger the endgame.
* VideoGameRemake: In addition to the {{Fan Remake}}s listed above, Sierra gave the first game an official remake of its own. Although, unlike Sierra's later "Quest 1" remakes, [=KQ1=] was only upgraded to slightly-better-but-still-EGA graphics and an improved interpreter/text parser, not to full VGA and [[PointAndClickGame point-and-click]].
* WrapAround: The first four games (the first one in two directions, even).
* ZipMode: You can adjust the game speed, and at maximum the protagonist is uncontrollably fast on modern computers.
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