Characters: Dai no Daibouken

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     Dai's main party 

Dai

  • Badass Adorable: He is a cute, friendly, energetic kid who can take on monsters, armored warriors and giants.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Happens very rarely, but he does become less nice when he uses his full strength.
  • Book Dumb: There's a small throwaway gag where Dai has trouble reading and has to ask someone else to do it.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: He mainly wears blue.
  • Dork Knight: He did grow up on an island inhabited by monsters. This adds to his charm even in-universe, though.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Manages to even befriend an item.
  • Happily Adopted: His adoptive grandfather Brass raised him as well as any family could have. Dai never stops loving him, even after meeting his real family.
  • The Hero: Expecially notable, since "hero" is a character class in-universe.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He can use other kinds of weapons, but swords are his favorites.
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: His mother was a regular human, while is father is an human-dragon-demon hybrid.
  • Humble Hero: Even when the whole world starts relying on him, Dai never gets conceited. He also has no problems with Nova calling himself "the true hero".
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: "Purity" is his trademark as a disciple of Avan.
  • Kid Hero: Definitely the youngest of the main cast.
  • Last of His Kind: Normally, when he dies a replacement would be born somewhere. Now that the mother dragon can't birth Dragon Knights anymore, unless Dai chooses to have children, he'll be the last dragon knight.
  • Magic Knight: In-universe, "heroes" can use both weapons and magic. Dai finds a way to use both at the same time.
  • Moses In The Bull Rushes: He is the son of a human-demon-dragon hybrid created by the gods themselves to fight evil.
  • Nice Guy: Treating everybody (and everything) nicely is even recognized in-universe as the source of his strength.
  • Power Glows: When he activates his "draconic aura", his body gets visibly covered by energy.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: The smallest of the main characters, and the most powerful.
  • Raised By Monsters: He grew up in Monster Island. Luckily the Demon King was already dead by the time he ended up there, so the monsters weren't actually evil.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: He has several outfits, none of which include sleeves.
  • X Marks the Hero: Has a X-shaped scar on his cheek.

Pop

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Manages to determine the weaknesses in Vearn's attacks by observing them a few times. He can also copy his enemies attacks after seeing them in action.
  • Butt Monkey: When a scene needs a character to fall on his face, Pop will be that character.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He "accidentally" gropes Maam and risks his life to help her with about the same frequency.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: He mainly wears green.
  • Cowardly Lion: Take a shot for how many times Pop abandoned the team out of fear only to come back or be revealed to have been pretending.
  • Determinator: Every major character is one, but Pop manages to force his dead body to use a spell while his soul is going towards the other world.
  • Deuteragonist: He gets about as much focus as Dai. Very noticeable in the final battle.
  • Glass Cannon: Very noticeable during the fights against the Royal Guard. Pop could end the fight with a single spell, but the others have to protect him and give him the chance to use it.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Even after overcoming his inferiority complex, he basically keeps viewing himself as the weakest and most disposable member of the main party. It causes problems as he constantly pulls dangerous suicidal stunts.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "jerk" part is directly related to his lack of confidence.
  • Made of Iron: Even without specific combat training, Pop has survived things that would kill most normal people.
  • Magic Staff: His weapon of choice.
  • The Smart Guy: His second mentor explicitly tells him that every group needs a level-headed schemer to survive, and that he has to become his group's one.
  • Squishy Wizard: Out of all of Dai's team, Pop packs the most power but is the most vulnerable to a hit. Dai and Crocodine aren't human and can tank hits, Hyunkel with his armor has the highest defense of the team and Leona and Marm can heal. Mitigated when he becomes a Sage and learns healing spells.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: Surpasses both Avan and Matoriv.
  • Team Dad: If the name wasn't a giveaway. Pop acts as the voice of reason and caution for his more reckless and Hot-Blooded team members. He also pulls a lot of Papa Wolf moments, protective as he is of Maamu, Dai and Merle.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a slightly incompetent magician to a very competent magician, to inheriting the "Archmage" title from Matoriv, to easily destroying Vearn's ultimate attack, just to mess with him with two fingers.

Maamu

Leona

  • Badass Princess: Is a competent ruler of Papunika (despite being a teenager) and a powerful sage.
  • Bling of War: Somehow appropriately, since she's more a leader than a fighter.
  • The Chick: The weakest of the five disciples. Also, she specializes in healing spells and anti-evil spells.
  • Combat Medic: Since healing spells need her to touch the target, she needs to be on the front line.
  • Damsel in Distress: During the Flazzard arc, and when she gets captured by the core of the Vearn Palace.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She's a princess, one of the main party, and the main character's Love Interest.
    • Though with her father and mother dead (her father died in the monster invasion and her mother years before), she should be the Queen of Papunika.
  • The Face: As a very charismatic leader (she's basically a mini-Flora), Leona serves as this in several situations.
  • Fille Fatale: She tries to use her charms to get what she wants in several situations.
  • Plucky Girl: Probably the most positive and upbeat of the five disciples. She has to be, since her role is The Heart and The Face of the group.
  • Royal Brat: She gets better after her introduction arc.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She does her best to unite the forces of the main kingdoms against the demon army, and fights on the front line during the last assault.
  • Tsundere: To Dai, at the very beginning.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She often wears a miniskirt with long socks.

Hyunkel

Crocodine

     Dai's other allies 

Aban

  • The Ace: At the beginning, he's considered the best at everything. Subverted at the end, since every single one of his disciples has become way stronger than him in his or her speciality.
  • Back for the Finale: He disappears for most of the main plot... but just before the final battle, the heroes discover he was Not Quite Dead.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He hides his intelligence and his skills behind his goofiness.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's extremely competent in pretty much everything, and does his best to not show it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He always seem to have the right magic item with him.
  • Disney Death: His Heroic Sacrifice against Hadler is the climax of the first real Plot Arc. Turns out, he wasn't dead at all.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Being a Bunny-Ears Lawyer and The Mentor at the same time, he ends up as this.
  • Gratuitous English: Part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Gratuitous French: Part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Happily Married: Implied at the end: he is shown ruling Carl with Flora.
  • Hero of Another Story: He was the hero who defeated Hadler the first time. At the time of the story, he's The Obi-Wan.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He uses a suicide spell to try to protect his disciples from Hadler. Subverted: it is later revealed that he survived the blast.
  • Magic Knight: Very proficient in both physical combat and various kinds of magic.
  • Master Swordsman: He has no superhuman strength, speed or endurance, but he does have absolutely flawless technique.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He's forced to sacrifice himself before he can complete Dai's training. Subverted: he actually survived and went into hiding.
  • Nerd Glasses: Given to him by Flora. They help him hide his intelligence.
  • Not Quite Dead: Normally, the Megante spell kills the user. Without knowing, Avan had just the right magic amulet to survive it.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Dai, Pop and Maam. Also to Hyunkel, though he initially refuses it.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He likes to keep his skills and intelligence hidden, for various reasons.
  • The Paladin: Fights for good? Check. Swordmanship skills? Check. Use of defensive White Magic? Check! Aban's a more eccentric version but fits the archetype nevertheless.
  • Passing the Torch: To his disciples and their allies.
  • Red Is Heroic: His standard outfit.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: He gives his life to kill Hadler, but the latter survives the attack with no major damage.
    • Subverted in that he survived the blast as well.
  • Supreme Chef: When he's not fighting demons or chasing butterflies, he's teaching the castle cooks how to cook.
  • Taking You with Me: Tries this on Hadler, but it fails.
    • Subverted in that he survives as well.
  • The Dreaded: Is this to Vearn and Kill-Vearn, and many of their underlings.
    • To put things in perspective : Vearn's first order to Hadler in the plot was explicitely to kill Avan, before starting anything else, and Hadler getting rid of him was judged enough of a worthy accomplishment that he was granted a consequential Power-Up.
    • And afterwards, when Hadler screwed up killing Avan's disciples several times, and commiting a major screwup with his plotting to keep his position, and not disclosing vital information such as Dai being a Dragon Knight, eventually leading to Baran's (the strongest General by far) betrayal and potential threat towards Vearn, he is on the verge of a You Have Failed Me scenario, yet Vearn still commends Hadler's achievement in killing Avan, considering it worthy enough that he grants him a final chance and an eventual pardon. For Hadler, defeating Avan was the gift that kept on giving.
    • And THEN, when it is revealed that he actually did not die at all, everyone in the room observing the scene goes dead silent, including the usually wise-cracking Kill-Vearn, who promptly switches to a no-nonsense mindset, going after him relentlessly, undergoing Evil Make Over to drive the point home that he is taking him very seriously after getting his smiling mask broken, and pulling every nasty trick in the book to try to get rid of him for good, because he is THAT unpredictable. THIS is how feared he is by Vearn and his associates, as a mere human.
  • Trickster Mentor:
    • He'd rather make his disciples figure out how to use new skills themselves than explain them the details.
    • One of the reasons he doesn't tell Dai and Pop he's not dead is that he thinks they would subconsciously rely on him and stunt their own growth.

Queen Flora

Lon Berk

Matoriv

  • The Archmage: His official, in-universe title.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's basically the strongest mage ever, but his age prevents him from using too much magic power.
  • Cool Old Guy: Even with his limitations, he saves the day several times.
  • Dirty Old Man: The first thing he does after meeting the heroes is trying to feel Maamu up.
  • Nice Hat: His hat is almost as big as himself.
  • Sadist Teacher: His teaching style is quite different from Aban's, and way more effective if the student is Pop.

Brookena

Nova

  • Cast from Hit Points: He can make his Aura Sword extremely powerful... at the cost of his own life.
  • Determinator: He manages to impress even Dai with this, during their first fight against the Royal Guard.
  • Heroic Wannabe: He thinks he's the "true hero" and Dai is a fake. He changes his mind pretty quickly.
  • Hero of Another Story: It's implied that while Dai was fighting his battles, Nova was having other adventures in the North.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quite the Jerkass when he first meets Dai and the others, but they're still quite impressed by his determination and willingness to sacrifice himself to save people from demons.
  • Odd Friendship: At the end, he develops one of these with Lon Berk.

     Demon Army 

Demon Lord Vearn

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Most demons aren't a very obedient bunch, but they're all too scared of his power to disobey him.
  • A God I Am: He is called the God of the Demon World. Though he himself is aware that he pales compared to actual Gods, and will only claim that title for himself once his plan to bring sunlight to the Demon World comes true. He is also so many leagues above everyone else, and such a Time Abyss that the difference is barely a technicality at this point.
  • Beard of Evil: As a typical evil wizard, he has one of those. His old body does, at least.
  • Big Bad: He created and commands the whole demon army.
  • Bishōnen: When he was young, he was pretty good-looking.
  • Breaking Speech: Makes it an art form, in which he deconstructs every argument used against him to break his foes' spirits, made all the more gloomy in that he is usually right.
  • The Chessmaster: This line says it all:
    "As it is in chess, the true victor moves his pieces such that his last move cannot be discerned by the opponent until this is already too late."
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy:
    • He recognizes his enemies as serious threats and is always cautious, unless he is absolutely sure of his superiority.
    • He allows minions to stay around as long as they prove trustworthy, rather than kill after they fail, which would cause him to lose useful pawns.
    • It should be said that he still allows even known rebels, such as Hadler after he decided to betray him to stick around if he can as a result use them to weed out his enemies.
    • At the end, he reveals that his whole fight with the heroes was a distraction to prevent them from attacking the devices that would destroy the Human Realm. He counted on the fact that the heroes would have gathered all their strongest fighters to storm the Final Dungeon (which was very far from the aforementioned doomsday devices), and he was right.
    • He also figured quite correctly Killvearn's true plans from the get-go, but still took the bet.
  • The Dreaded: Both his allies and his enemies are afraid of his overwhelming power.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's a demon who casually talks about "waiting a few centuries" for something. He keeps his young body around just in case.
  • Evil Overlord: His underlings even call him "Demon Lord Vearn".
  • Faux Affably Evil: He does respect his enemies and seems very laid back, but it's only because he's completely sure of his eventual victory. He's actually a Straw Nihilist and Sadist.
  • A Glass of Chianti: He's almost never seen without one until the final battle.
  • Horned Humanoid: Except for the horns, his body is pretty similar to a human body.
  • Humanoid Abomination: If he truly has no other choice, he can turn into one of those.
  • Magic Staff: His ultimate weapon. Until he regains his young body and doesn't need one anymore.
  • Might Makes Right: Basically his mindset as a demon. Combines this with a Breaking Speech when called out on being a Sadist.
  • One-Winged Angel: He can use his Third Eye to turn into a crustacean-like Humanoid Abomination to defeat Dai's own One-Winged Angel.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to destroy the Human World to get a glimpse of the sun for the Demon World. He comes dangerously close to succeeding.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Though unlike most examples, he he's able to maintain his plans and is able to show why he can sit on the throne without worry.
  • Third Eye: He can use it to imprison lower-level characters inside magic pearls.
  • Time Abyss: Pop points out that to Vearn, human lives have to seem like a small flash of light.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • First, when he realizes what Gome really is.
    • Then, when his plan to blow up the Human Realm fails because of Gome and Dai managing to get help from basically every human in the world.
  • Wicked Cultured: For an evil Omnicidal Maniac, he's quite the gentlemen.

Hadler

Myst-Vearn

  • Casting a Shadow: His whole combat style is based on manipulating dark energy. He actually is a bundle of dark energy.
  • The Dragon: One of Vearn's most trusted underlings. He is actually Vearn's only true Dragon, and has been for millennia.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Nothing was known about him except he's been Vearn's Number Two man since Time Abyss... Until it is revealed that he is a part of a complex plan to be the Soul Jar for Vearn's true body.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Finds Zaboera's methods very distasteful and makes no attempt to hide that contempt for him.
  • Evil Mentor: To Hyunkel.
  • Flash Step: He can be very fast, apparently even without moving his limbs.
  • Grand Theft Me: His modus operandi. Invoked for Vearn, who uses Myst as a caretaker for his young frozen body.
  • High Collar of Doom: A very noticeable part of his uniform.
  • In the Hood: And he cannot under any circumstances remove it... Since it hides Vearn's true face.
  • Living Shadow: His real body is literally made of dark energy.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: Can change his hands into swords.
  • The Stoic: To the point it was rare to hear him speak at all for years. This becomes a plot point as his voice was that of the true Vearn's body.
  • Yes-Man: To Vearn.

Kill-Vearn

  • Actually a Doombot: His body is basically a magic machine... controlled by his apparent sidekick.
  • Cool Mask: Hides the fact that he is a robotic decoy for the real Kill-Vearn, the little imp on his shoulder.
  • Enigmatic Minion: He's Vearn loyal follower... until he sees an opportunity for backstabbing. Vearn knows this, and accepts the challenge.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even more than Vearn: Vearn at least respects his enemies, while Kill Vearn likes to watch them struggling before they die.
  • Shinigami: It's his in-universe nickname.
  • Malevolent Masked Men:
    • The smiling mask he wears while killing and torturing underlines his sadistic nature.
    • When Aban makes him really angry, he discards his broken smiling mask and wears and angry one.
  • My Blood Runs Hot: His "blood" is actually extremely hot magma from the Demon Realm.
  • Professional Killer: He often states that his job is not to fight, but to kill.
  • Royal Rapier: When he needs to fight one-on-one, as in his final confrontation with Aban, he uses one of these.
  • Sinister Scythe: His usual weapon.
  • Troll: He shows himself in front of Vearn, stating he'll be his loyal follower... while calling himself Kill-Vearn.

Baran

Zaborea

  • Abusive Parents: Considers his own son no more than a tool.
  • Dirty Coward: He actually takes pride in leeching off other people's accomplishments without taking risks himself.
  • Evil Genius: He's the weakest general in single combat, but he knows a lot of ways to fight indirectly.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He commands a legion of evil sorcerer minions.
  • Evil Old Folks: The oldest general, and the most despicably evil.
  • Jerkass: He's probably the most despicable character in the whole story.
  • Mad Scientist: When he's not doing evil things, he's in his lab creating other evil beings.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manages to manipulate Crocodyne into accepting his help during his fight with Dai.
  • Master of Illusion: He manages to get a surprise attack on Pop by disguising himself as Maam with magic.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He can't be taller than a meter.
  • No Body Left Behind: His ultimate fate after Crocodine kills him.
  • Poisonous Person: He keeps several deadly poison inside his own body as a last-resort weapon.
  • Smug Snake: He's very confident in his planning and manipulating ability, but he's not as smart as he thinks he is.

Flazzard