The anime series ''Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel (Abel Yuusha)'' was a loose adaptation of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' into anime, mostly keeping only the name of the enemy, Baramos. It was one of many adaptations of various ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games, of which ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'' was much more long-lasting.

The initial release date in Japan was 1989-1991 and the first 13 episodes (of 43) were dubbed into English in 1991 and aired on TV in America (as ''Dragon Warrior'') by Creator/SabanEntertainment. Moreover, it was released in the dry period between ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (1985) and ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' (1995) when almost no anime appeared on American television. The dub was fairly lightly edited, and most of the original names (which were pseudo-Western anyway) were kept.

The main character was Abel, a young warrior on a quest to rescue his friend Tiala after she was kidnapped by Baramos because of the [[MacGuffin Red Stone]] she received. This Stone was the one artifact that could release the Dragon of legend, giving Baramos the power to rule the world. Abel learns that he's the [[TheChosenOne One Chosen]] to bear the [[MacGuffin Blue Stone]], the artifact with the power to [[SealedEvilInACan seal the Dragon after it's released]]. He was joined first by his other friend [[TheBigGuy MokoMoko]], and later by the wizard Yanak and the mercenary ActionGirl Daisy, generally traveling from town to town following a trail of clues and prophecies about the Dragon to find a way to defeat Baramos and rescue Tiala.

The dub was often given poor time slots and wasn't successful, nor has it ever been released on home video. Japan eventually got a release of the series on DVD, but for some time the main version that existed in Japan was in the form of {{Compilation Movie}}s.

As usual for the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series, Creator/AkiraToriyama created the character designs.

!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Daisy.
* AdventureTowns
* TheAnimeOfTheGame
* {{Bishonen}}: Adonis/[[spoiler:Daisy's brother, Toby]].
* BloodKnight: Daisy again stating during a monster squid attack that the greater the foe, the happier she is.
* BodyToJewel: Literally since all of Baramos' monsters are transformed jewels that revert when they are killed.
* BountyHunter: Daisy.
* {{Bowdleri|se}}zation: An encounter with what is probably a prostitute is changed to having her offer Abel tickets to a bullfight.
* TheChosenOne: Abel.
* CompilationMovie
* DamselInDistress: Tiala, although she does try to escape on her own [[spoiler:and eventually succeeds]].
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: Tiala gets the red stone then.
* DirtyOldMan: Yanak.
* GadgeteerGenius: Tiala's EstablishingCharacterMoment is putting the finishing touches on a set of glider wings she made for Abel. [[BunglingInventor On the other hand, both Abel and Moko had a healthy fear of her inventions.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Tiffany.
* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler: Started by Daisy but carried out by Adonis/Toby taking a direct attack head on for Daisy when everyone could have simply dodged.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Daisy.
* MacGuffin: The Red and Blue stones.
* MoneySpider: Justified; Baramos actually creates monsters from gold and jewels, and they revert once defeated -- to Daisy's delight.
* MookFaceTurn: Doadonga, Tiala's personal guard who is a MinionWithAnFInEvil.
* NotBrainwashed: [[spoiler: Adonis/Toby.]]
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Baramos has minions watching Abel and there gang everywhere they go.
* TeamPet: Abel and Tiala each have [[MascotMook a pet slime]] accompanying them.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Daisy and Tiala.
* TookALevelInBadass: Abel over the course of the series and after sword training from Daisy.
* TrainingMontage: Shown while daisy is giving Abel sword fighting lessons while they travel.