Characters / Dragon Quest IV

The cast of Dragon Quest IV. Alternate names for characters are in parentheses

The Chosen Team

  • Badass Crew
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: They all do by the end of the game.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: In one way or another, they all have a stake in the larger plot. Ragnar wants to find the mastermind behind the villain of his chapter, Alena and her retainers are hunting down the the same guy, Taloon is looking for the weapon that the Hero will need, and Maya and Meena are looking for the same higher power Ragnar is. As for the Hero (who had their village torched and their adoptive parents and village murdered), all of the above are aware of his/her existence to some greater or lesser extent, and they band together to accomplish al ofl their above goals.
  • Multinational Team: One Scottish guy (Ragnar), one Irishman (Taloon), three Russians (Alena, Kiryl, Borya), two dark skinned French gypsies with some Indian ancestry (Maya and Meena), and your Hero, whose nationality equivalent is a bit unclear.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: And how. If it wasn't for the fact they all oppose the same evil and are hunting the same villains, it would seem very odd that a soldier, a priest, a princess, a magic tutor, a merchant, two gypsy entertainers, and some young boy/girl are all traveling together.
    • Although to be fair, it is an RPG.

Chapter One: Ragnar McRyan and the Case of the Missing Children

Ragnar McRyan, Royal Knight (Ryan)

A royal knight who has served faithfully under the king of Burland for several years. Along with the rest of the knights, he is dispatched to investigate the mysterious disappearances of several children from Strathbaile/Izmit.

  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Revealed to be the worst of the team at telling jokes when trying to get the Zenithian Helm from the king of Canalot.
  • Cool Old Guy: Not quite as old as Borya, but still clearly much older than most of the team.
  • Hot-Blooded: Big time.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Upon learning of Psaro's plot, the first thing he does is rush straight into battling one of his top minions without seeking any sort of outside assistance whatsoever. It leads to him joining the party last of all of the chosen.
  • Magically Inept Fighter
  • Mighty Glacier / Stone Wall
  • Perpetual Frowner: A comment he makes about his face if you look in a mirror, lamenting it's why he probably doesn't get the attention of the ladies.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Healie.
  • One-Man Army: Probably literally, considering how incompetent the rest of Burland's military appears to be. To further this, once the party actually sets out to take on the Marquis de Leon, they find Ragnar already doing it by himself.
  • Only One Name: In the Japanese version and the NES version's English localization, this trope applied to him, but no longer does in the DS remake's English localization, where he was given a last name.
  • Only Sane Employee: While Ragnar isn't super sane, he's clearly the only competent member of Burland's army. Thankfully, he's very competent.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: And in his case, it does jack shit to diminish his badass credentials.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Given Burland is a blatant expy of Scotland in the remake, he definitely is in battle. Outside of it, he's a fairly nice guy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Party chat implies him to be this with Torneko.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It just goes so well with pink armor...

Healie (Hoimin)

A helpful healslime who hopes that one day he might become human. Takes a real shine to Ragnar and offers to help him out. Though Ragnar wasn't the first soldier he made that offer to.

Chapter Two: Alena and the Journey to the Tourney

Tsarevna Alena

The Tsarevna of Zamoksva/Santeem. Her father disapproves of her Tomboyish ways, and would much prefer she become a prim and proper lady. But Alena's more than ready to start adventuring, whether her father approves or not — nothing's going to stand in her way, not even the castle walls—!

  • Badass Normal: According to Borya, she's completely incapable of using magic.

Borya (Brey)

The long-suffering Court Magician of Zamoksva/Santeem. Originally, he was supposed to serve as Alena's tutor, only to find she was completely hopeless with magic. This may be just as well, however; they have enough trouble keeping her from getting into too much trouble as it is...!

Kiryl (Clift/Cristo)

A childhood friend of Alena's who's currently training to become a Priest. Despite her incredible strength, he can't help worrying himself sick over her safety, and just has to come along...

  • Adorkable: Even without party chat, just look into a mirror as him. He's really dorky.
  • Amazon Chaser: Towards Alena.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Probably the game's most infamous example, your Combat Medic who loves nothing more than to spam his insta-death spells rather than, say, heal your Mighty Glacier who's standing at 3 HP. Including against bosses! The DS version thankfully added a Manual command.
    • This is even lampshaded in Monster Battle Road Victory, as well as Dragon Quest IX, where part of Stella's comment when you dress up in his outfit is "And who casts Whack on a boss?".
  • Ascended Meme: Kiryl's crippling Artificial Stupidity has become a Dragon Quest in-joke even among the makers. In more recent appearances, Kiryl's Limit Break will feature him repeatedly failing to cast Whack with textboxes relating his failure until he gets so frustrated that he crushes the textboxes under heel and finally casting a successful Thwack.
  • Badass Preacher
  • Butt Monkey: Seems to be the designated one of the team, and while the lack of party chat in the US version reduces this a bit, elements of it still remain.
  • Cannot Spit It Out
  • Childhood Friend Romance: It's painfully clear he has a huge crush on Alena... and just as painfully obvious that she doesn't have a clue.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Alongside Borya, although since Borya is quite wacky himself, Kiryl plays this even more.
  • Combat Medic
  • Covert Pervert: In the DS remake, having him look into the mirror can result in him making a rather questionable comment. It's not clear whether it's meant to be suggestive or just a very unfortunate turn of phrase, but either way it's pretty funny.
  • Distressed Dude: When you meet Alena's party in chapter five, he's desperately ill and Alena is out searching for a cure.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Party chat hints at him being quite envious of the male Hero.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine boy to Alena's masculine girl.
  • Nice Hat: Comes with being a priest.
  • Odd Friendship: Implied to have one with Maya in the remakes, although how much of this is just her teasing him isn't specified.
  • Only Sane Man: Of three from Zamoksva, and most likely the rest of the party, he comes off as the only completely rational person. Although his crush on Alena and status as Butt Monkey still make him funny.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Alena.
  • Unknown Rival: The japanese version of the DS remake hints at him being one to Solo.
  • Useless Useful Spell: His Thwack spells fall under this.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Chapter Three: Torneko and the Extravagant Evacuation

Torneko Taloon

A cheerful merchant who dreams of owning his own store, rather than working under his ill-tempered boss. After all, how can he support his loving wife and son on minimum wage? Thus, he sets out in search of the perfect place to settle down, hoping to find fortune and a little fame along the way.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Although he might just have a weird sense of humor.
  • Cool Old Guy: Looks to be in his late forties but is still the funniest guy on the team.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The goofiest member of the team by far, his actions in battle are completely randomized. However, several of these actions prove capable of doing things the other party members could only dream of doing, and are highly effective to boot.
  • Determinator: Lampshaded. He's always following a dream, and his zeal is often remarked on.
  • Fairy Battle: During Torneko Taloon's chapter, he sometimes runs into fellow traveling merchants.
  • Fan Disservice: Dammit Taloon, keep your cross-dressing fetish to yourself please, especially when evaluating my equipment, will you?
    • He even enters Blatant Lies territory if you have him appraise the Dancer's Clothes, during which description he says he's not a crossdresser. At about the same time, every piece of horse manure you can find in the game just smelled a little worse.
  • Happily Married: His wife Tessie/Neta seems to be perfectly happy with him (and apparently is attracted to his drive to follow his dreams instead of his looks), and his comments about her lunches using the appraise command indicate he's just as satisfied.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Astraea's Abacus/Abacus of Virtue.
  • Intrepid Merchant
  • Joke Character: Once you have the full party, he becomes more useful for what he can do outside your party (appraisal and treasure finding) rather than in combat. In Chapter 5, he begins doing random goofing-off much like the Jesters of Dragon Quest III. Unlike the Jesters, however, Torneko's goofing-off nearly always results in something beneficial. However, he may occasionally stare off into space or scare off metal slime types. On the other hand...
  • Lethal Joke Character: Some of Torneko's "goofing-off" actions include stealing items from the enemy (being the only way in the game to do so), performing a leg sweep to nullify some of the enemy's turns, calling in an army of fellow merchants he's befriended in his travels (who proceed to beat up on the enemy for a few rounds), covering an enemy's mouth to prevent spellcasting, and tripping. (Yes, tripping. His weapon somehow lands a critical hit on the enemy in the process.) The only thing keeping this power in check is that, again, these goof-offs are completely random.
  • Magically Inept Fighter
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Hinted at in some of his party chats to play the fool both to boost his team's morale and to make other's suspect little of him. Considering how his goofing off always tends to do something good for the party, this may very well be true.
  • Only One Name: Used for his name in the Japanese version (just Torneko) and the NES version's localization (just Taloon), but this trope no longer applies to him in the DS remake, in which he's referred to as Torneko Taloon.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Pretty much, though the US version dummies most of this out.
  • Spoony Bard: Only starts growing into this during Chapter Five; during his chapter, he's a serviceable fighter. Especially if you pick up the Disc One Nuke. His random battle moves in Chapter Five are sometimes a waste of time, and sometimes bizarrely effective (such as when he summons a random army of merchants who swarm the enemy for substantial damage each turn, for 2-4 turns), but the fact that he's even more random than other AI-controlled party members makes him an unreliable and risky choice.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Implied to be this with Ragnar in party chats.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Heavily implied to be one.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Laurel (Laurence/Laurent)

A wandering poet who dabbles in magic and is more than willing to lend his spells to anyone willing to pay the price. Just 600 gold nets you four days of traveling with your own personal minstrel!

Hardie (Scott/Strom)

A hired muscle who's currently between jobs. 400 gold equals five days of his services. Not a bad trade, if you need a good lance on your side...

Chapter Four: Meena and Maya and the Mahabala Mystery

Meena (Minea/Nara)

A composed, meticulous Fortune Teller who has been searching for Balzack, the man who betrayed and murdered her father Mahabala/Edgar. After years of traveling under the radar, she believes it's time for them to make their move...

  • Action Girl
  • Blow You Away
  • Combat Medic: Although she falls behind Kiryl in terms of healing magic, she is more than capable of holding her own in battle and has access to a decent range of equipment.
  • Dark Skinned Violethead
  • Fortune Teller
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: Not nearly as much as her sister, though.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her Silver Tarot Deck qualifies.
  • Lady of War: She is considerably more graceful and ladylike than both her sister and Alena.
  • The Medic
  • Only Sane Woman: Probably least quirky and most focused member of the team, although even she has her moments.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Her face portrait, though given the kinda crap she has to put up with keeping Maya from being irresponsible, justified.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Far more serious and composed than her flighty sister.
  • Squishy Wizard: Averted in the remakes. While she doesn't have the robustness of, say, Solo/Sofia or Torneko, she's still able to take a few hits, and has a wide selection of weapons and armor to choose from, to the point that she's about as much of a Magic Knight as the Hero/ine; give her the full set of Metal Babble/Liquid Metal gear, and she's a lean, mean, monster-mashing machine.
  • The Stoic
  • Tarot Motifs: Each card in her Silver Tarot Deck has a different effect. This was actually rebalanced in the DS version to include many more positive effects. She can even give somewhat-accurate one-card readings if the Cards are used outside of battle!
  • You Killed My Father: She and her sister are attempting to get vengeance for him.

Maya (Manya/Mara)

Meena's exuberant and far-flashier twin sister, Maya has earned quite a reputation and a considerable fan-following as a Belly Dancer. However, she's also an incredibly talented spellcaster who's all about Stuff Blowing Up. Like Meena, she wants revenge on her father's murderer; she just tends to keep a brighter attitude about everything to offset her sister's serious nature.

Oojam (Orin)

An apprentice alchemist who used to work with the twins' father. Like Meena and Maya, he's set out in search of revenge, hoping to track down his master's killer and bring him to justice.

  • Age Lift: Goes from a relatively young man in the NES version to a middle aged man in the remakes.
  • The Big Guy: In the NES version he opens doors through sheer brute force and serves as the pure physical fighter that the sisters lack. Still visible in the remakes, although not quite so much as he now lock picks doors instead of breaking them.
  • Cool Old Guy: Appears to be around Torneko's age in the remakes. Subverted in the original where he appears to be only slightly older than the sisters.
  • Guest-Star Party Member
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After the revenge attempt goes awry, he fights off the guards so Meena and Maya can escape. He gets better.
  • Mighty Glacier
  • Punny Name: Add a "T" to the front of his name to get the joke.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Adds some muscle to the twins' team.

Chapter Five: The Chosen


The Chosen One whom the forces of evil are currently scouring the world for, in hopes of putting a premature end to that pesky prophecy. Until the day destiny comes a-calling, however, they're enjoying a peaceful, easygoing life, playing with their best friend Elisa/Celia and practicing their swordsmanship...

Elisa (Cynthia/Celia)

Solo/Sofia's best friend, who just happens to be a magically talented elf. Lighthearted and mischievous, she loves playing pranks on the whole village, and likes jerking the hero's chain.

Hank Hoffman, Jr. (Hoffman/Hector)

The son of an innkeeper, Hoffman is sharp-tongued and short-tempered at first, refusing to help anyone out. Poor guy has some serious trust issues, though there's a pretty good reason for that... Perhaps he just needs a little help, and a little more information about what exactly happened to him — surely then he'd be willing to return the favor, right?

Tom Foolery (Panon)

A wandering entertainer reputed to be one of the best comedians in the world. He may not be strong or swift or much of a spellcaster, but at least he's funny, right...? ...Right?

  • Guest-Star Party Member
  • Joke Character: Could be a Lethal Joke Character in the original, given how useful his Sword of Lethargy/Dream Blade was against Keeleon/Marquis de Leon.
  • Only Sane Man: In order to progress, you need to make a king laugh. Hence you hiring Tom. Tom tells the King that honestly, the world is too screwed up right now for the heroes to be held up to make a joke, and they can laugh once the world is safe.
  • Punny Name: In the Nintendo DS version.
  • Quirky Bard

Orifiela (Lucia)

A beautiful woman stranded far from home, requiring a special escort back to her faraway country. An accomplished healer, she also knows how to sap her enemies' magical strength and claim it as her own, making her a fantastic backup... though her physical strength is sadly lacking. Oh, and she also happens to be a Zenithian. And heavily implied to be the Hero's mother, though neither of them actually figures it out.

Sparkie (Doran)

A cutesy little dragonnot that hits insanely hard... when he bothers to attack.

Other Important Characters

Psaro the Manslayer (Necrosaro / Death Pisaro)

A powerful swordsman. He is a demon and bears the title "Master of Monsters" despite having a very humanoid appearance.

Rose (Rosa)

A beautiful girl in a tower who can see that the world's well on its way to ruin... thanks to the efforts of her misguided lover, Psaro.

Aamon (Radimvice / Evil Priest)

Psaro's right hand man...demon...thing. Turns out he's more important to the plot than he seems, especially in the DS version.

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