Characters / Dragon Quest VIII

A list of characters in Dragon Quest VIII.


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The Hero

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A member of Trodain's palace guard, and the sole person who survived Trodain's curse unscathed. He has a pet mouse named Munchie. Princess Medea discovered his unconscious self in the woods when they were young and became best friends. He was taken under the care of the castle at her request and is greatly indebted to King Trode as a result, but he has no recollection of his life before these events.

  • Adorkable: Several scenes have him just staring at what's going on in dumbfounded disbelief and make him look like this.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Yangus calls him "Guv," King Trode calls him "My boy," and in the second new ending in the 3DS version, Jessica starts calling him "Hubby."
  • Amnesiac Hero: He doesn't remember anything from before he started to live at Trodain. He is half Dragovian and his memory was wiped to keep their existence a secret.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Argon Heart obtained by helping Prince Charmles complete his Rite of Passage becomes one of these in the good ending for the hero. Because the hero is actually related to the royal family, and successfully completed the trial, he is allowed to marry Princess Medea.
  • Chick Magnet: As compared to Angelo who is The Casanova.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Four weapons in this case:
    • Blade on a Stick: Appropriate considering that in Castle Trodain he was just a mere Spear Carrier.
    • Heroes Prefer Swords: As one might expect, his default weapon is a sword. His best weapons are also swords.
    • Battle Boomerang: Which can be used to hit all the enemies at once, though the damage is gradually decreased with each enemy struck.
    • Good Old Fisticuffs: Like everyone else, he can fight with his bare hands if the player so chooses.
  • Combat Medic: He's got the most powerful attacks, and makes an excellent back-up healer to Angelo. He also gets "Omniheal," which heals everyone completely.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Literally. As a child, a curse was used to wipe his memories of the Dragovian Sanctuary, which had the side effect of making him immune to any other curses... Including the one cast on Trodain.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Dragon Knight: Hero's Spear weapon-tree contains many skills that are typically associated with Dragon Knights. At level 70, the Hero is capable of learning "Dragon Soul", a move that actually calls onto the powers of Dragon. Two of the hero's special armors, Metal King Armor and Dragovian Armor even look very similar to the "Dragoon" Armor you'd find from the Final Fantasy series. The reveal of the Hero's true heritage as Half-Human, Half-Dragovian makes this go full circle and makes him a literal Dragon Knight.
  • Elemental Punch: His fists can produce Razor Wind if leveled properly.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Not only did he survive the curse on Castle Trodain unscathed, but he has a natural immunity to curses in battle. He can also remove cursed equipment with no penalty.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half human, half Dragovian.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The voice acting deals with this by having his teammates generally refer to him by the nickname "Guv," or omitting his name completely (i.e. the text will say "Right [hero's name], my boy," but the voice actor will say "Right, my boy.")
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: While he's free to pick up and use any of the above mentioned weapons, he starts the game with a sword, is usually depicted holding it and has a special, very powerful attack that can only be obtained by reaching the maximum level of both "Sword" and "Courage".
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has a minor one in the new Golden Ending after King Clavius royally chews him out. Angelo even says he "looked ready to throw in the towel."
  • Heroic Mime: He has no voice whatsoever, though the game shows him talking several times, with other characters Repeating so the Audience Can Hear. Lampshaded by Red in the ending by calling him the strong, silent type.
  • Heroic Spirit: His special skill, "Courage".
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Towards King Trode. Technically, he's the king's retainer, as the only surviving soldier of Dhoulmagus cursing the castle.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Guv". (Short for "guv'nor", with both being British slang for "boss".) Mainly used by Yangus; over time, Jessica picks it up, too.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Potentially regarding Medea, who is arranged to be married to Charmles. The Hero is clearly upset about this but does not get in the way if it is what Medea wants. She realizes it isn't.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He doesn't have the speed or the magic of Jessica, but he has above-average health and attack.
  • Laser Blade: Gigaslash and its powered up version, Gigagash.
  • Magic Knight: More on the Knight side, but he does learn the entire Sizz line of spells.
  • Official Couple: In the original version of the game, he could potentially end up with Medea at the end of the game. With the 3DS version, he can now end up with either Medea or Jessica.
  • Playing with Fire: Can learn some fire spells.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Toriyama + First 3-D Dragon Quest = Inevitability. In the PS2 English version, when he reaches super-high-tension, he looks almost exactly like a Super Saiyan.
  • Razor Wind: The Thin Air special attack.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He doesn't learn until post-game that he's the son of the previous crown prince of Argonia and thus has royal blood.
  • Shock and Awe: He's the only party member who can use this element by powering up his "courage" skill set.
  • Shout-Out: Maxing out his Tension makes him look like a pink-haired Super Saiyan.
  • Standard Hero Reward: But only after discovering his Secret Legacy to unlock the Golden Ending.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To his father, which is immediately noticed by his paternal uncle, the king of Argonia.
  • Suicide Attack: With the Kamikazee spell, which sacrifices the user to deal heavy damage to enemies.
  • Take My Hand: With Yangus before the game proper begins.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: He's the spitting image of his deceased father Prince Eltrio of Argonia, so much so that King Clavius is startled when he first sees the Hero. Interestingly enough, his mother Xia bares an uncanny resemblance to the Hero's love interest, Princess Medea.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards King Trode and Princess Medea. In the 3DS remake he even dreams about his first meeting with Medea when trapped on Purgatory Island.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Can potentially marry Medea in one of the endings.

Munchie/Chen Mui

Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (Japanese) (Chen Mui)

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The Hero's pet mouse who lives in a pouch at the hero's side. While not seen often, he can provide some amazing support in battle thanks to the many cheeses that can be fed to him.

Yangus

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Voiced by: Ricky Grover (English), Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese)

Originally a bandit from the town of Pickham, since trying to reform after the Hero saved his life.
  • Acrofatic: He's rather agile for a guy his size and weight.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Gets on his knees to plead with Red after she steals Medea.
  • Anti-Hero: Type II.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't have the power of the hero, the spells of Angelo, or Jessica's magic. He just hits really, really hard.
  • The Big Guy: The slowest and the strongest, as well as using the heaviest weapons.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: His weapon of choice during a pub brawl? A chair. With another patron still sitting in it.
  • Carpet of Virility: Type II.
  • Catch Phrase: "COR BLIMEY!" An expression of mock surprise whenever Trode appears in a scene out of nowhere.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Five weapons in this case.
  • Combat Medic: Eventually learns some healing magic, but not nearly as powerful as the Hero's or Angelo's. Except Kerplunk.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: He thinks he's smarter and more eloquent than he actually is. Granted, Yangus is far more mature than the average bandit, but not as much as he likes to think so.
  • Face of a Thug: The main reason why his first attempt at reforming failed.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his rugged appearance, he's quite sensitive and is often hit the hardest by the various Tear Jerkers and Player Punches the team encounters.
    • Encountered in one of his skills: Humanity.
    • He's even this towards Trode, besides their bickering. When Trode is starting to feel really down in the dumps about always being stuck waiting outside of town, Yangus is the one who suggests going to Pickham so Trode can at least get a drink somewhere and have SOME measure of dignity.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His "Kerplunk" spell, the most powerful healing ability in the game, completely revives and heals all other party members... at the cost of all of his HP and MP.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the Hero. Yangus thinks so, at least, ever since he was saved by him.
  • How We Got Here: The game begins with him already traveling with the guv; he later recounts how they met to Jessica in a Flashback.
  • I Owe You My Life: The reason he travels with the the party is because the hero saved his life, even after he tried to rob them.
  • Master of None: He looks like he should be a Mighty Glacier, with a build that suggests Stout Strength and An Axe to Grind. He's certainly slow enough, but his damage output is average at best and pales next to Jessica's spells and whips, Angelo's bows and arrows, and the Hero's swords or spears. He can get a few healing spells if you put points into Humanity, but his healing potential is limited by a small MP pool, and unlike the Hero and Angelo he never gets any way to regain magic points or mitigate casting costs. He's can wear some of the best armor in the game and has a massive HP pool, which qualifies him as a Stone Wall, but since there's no way for him to pull aggro he can't really tank for squishier party members. Early in the game he's useful in boss fights as a debuffer, although Jessica can do that as well or better. In the late game, he's mostly useful to hold on to a Sage's Stone, Rune Staff, and Resurrection Staff and act as a secondary buffer and healer, not so much because he's particularly good at it as because he's the only party member with nothing better to do. This is averted in the remake where Yangus gets a significant strength boost starting at level 21. He will eventually end up with the highest strength among the playable characters and is more of a Mighty Glacier.
  • Nice Hat: A spiked cap.
  • Odd Friendship: With King Trode. Yangus calls Trode "granddad" and Trode thinks of Yangus as a smelly brute, but they've got each other's backs. Yangus's ultimate ability in his "Humanity" skill tree even calls on Trode for help.

Jessica Albert

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Voiced by: Emma Ferguson (English, PS2), Jaimi Barbakoff (English, 3DS), Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese)

A magician from Alexandria who is from a long line of nobles and joins up with the party after Dhoulmagus kills her older brother, Alistair. Hot-tempered and sharp-tongued, but a capable spellcaster with plenty of potential.
  • Action Girl: The only female combatant in the PS2 version, and the person most likely to take charge against an opponent.
  • An Ice Person: Can learn how to cast ice spells.
  • And I Must Scream: She describes her Brainwashed and Crazy moments as a long, terrible dream that she couldn't wake up from.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Lorenzo, the son of Argonia's chancellor, who is at least better than Charmles personality-wise and has a much more carefree attitude about life.
  • Ass Kicks You: Her Hip Drop attack.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Achievable with a few of her alternate costumes, including the Dancer's Costume, Bunny Suit in the 3DS version, and the Magic Bikini.
  • Black Mage: Though she can get a healing ability at the end of her Sex Appeal skill tree, she mostly sticks to offensive spells and abilities that increase the party's power.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: When she is possessed by Rhapthorne's sceptre.
  • Bunny Girl: A Dragon Quest staple, when she has the Bunny Suit, Fishnet Stockings, and Bunny Ears equipped.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Many of her alternate outfits qualify, the Magic Bikini in particular. Funnily enough, you can get the bikini right before you get to the snow-covered region of the game.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Five weapons in her case.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Bangerz and Mash.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has vivid red hair and red eyes.
  • Cute Witch: Played up with the Hexlet costume in the 3DS version, which looks like a modern Halloween costume.
  • D-Cup Distress: Gets frustrated when King Clavius uses her Ms. Fanservice status to motivate Prince Charmles.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To a LOT of people, but mostly to Angelo, who is not above snarking back.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: As her "sex appeal" stat rises, enemies have a random chance of losing a turn by gazing in admiration. The skill also allows her to learn abilities which can produce the same effect.
  • Dude Magnet: Both in universe and out. Many NPCs are attracted to her including Angelo and even Hero, and her sex appeal can even distract enemies. On top of all that she's probably one of the (if not the) most attractive females in the Dragon Quest universe according to fans, to the degree that her ability to attract men is a running gag in other materials.
  • Fan Disservice: Possessed Jessica sports an unhealthy greenish skin and a perpetual grimace coupled with a Death Glare, not to mention that her voice becomes a croaky Voice of the Legion.
  • Fiery Redhead: Literally. Her default spells involve fire.
  • Flunky Boss: Constantly summons black shadows during her boss battle to fight for her.
  • Girlish Pigtails: One on each side of her head. Despite all her possible costume changes, her hairstyle never changes, unless you choose to marry her in the alternate ending, where it briefly changes to a formal bun.
  • Hot Witch: It's even exploited by King Clavius, trying to motivate his son.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Several of her Sex Appeal skills allows her to cast status effects on the enemy. The Sexy beam in particular allows her to make an enemy into an ally.
  • Implied Love Interest: One of the 3DS endings has the Hero leaves his position as Knight to travel with Jessica.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: VA VA VOOM!
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: her standard outfit. Her other outfits tend to avoid this altogether, but generally shows more of her legs.
  • Jiggle Physics: When she casts magic. Or just by doing as much as turning around, taking a step or picking up something.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Frizz line of spells.
  • Kill It with Ice: The Crack line of spells.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Jessica is quite mature and level-headed compared to female mages in other RPGs that the same age as her.
  • Leotard of Power: The Divine Bustier.
  • Magic Dance: Upon reaching the highest level of Sex Appeal, she can do a special dance while holding slime-shaped maracas. It seems nonsensical at first, but does heal about 100 HP to each member and costs no MP.
  • Magic Idol Singer: In the 3DS version, the Nitid Tutu makes Jessica look like one, complete with a headset.
  • Magic Knight: A female example, if you chose to equip her with daggers and then swords.
  • Male Gaze: Used hilariously when the King of Argonia tries to persuade Prince Charmles to marry Medea. Much to Jessica's embarrassment.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Weaponized by her "Puff Puff", though it fails to work on certain enemies, especially the female ones, obviously.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lots of fanservicey outfits, not to mention that her special skill revolves around sex appeal. In the 3DS update she can now marry the Hero instead of Medea. This was done because a lot of male players wanted the option to marry the most attractive character in the game. Ms. Fanservice, indeed.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Dangerous Bustier and Divine Bustier.
  • The Other Darrin: For the English version of the 3DS release, Jessica was voiced by Jaimi Barbakoff, who took over the role from Emma Ferguson for Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and The Blight Below.
  • Petal Power: Her Pink Typhoon ability, which blasts foes with a tornado of cherry blossom petals. She's one of the only mage-type characters in the series who can do Woosh-elemental damage.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Her interactions with Angelo whenever he is being lecherous.
  • Playboy Bunny: One of her outfits, which is a Dragon Quest staple, of course.
  • Playing with Fire: The first thing she does upon seeing the hero and mistaking him for Alistair's killer? Shoot fireballs at him.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In the 3DS version, including a new alternate ending where she and the hero get married.
  • Rebellious Princess: Although in Jessica's case, her idea of rebelling is going off to avenge her dead brother rather than be a proper lady.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not a princess, but her house is one degree away from royalty, thus making her a Noblewoman Who Actually Does Something.
  • Sarcasm Mode: When she "thanks" her mum for giving her such a great life after she's disowned and storms out of the mansion.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She refuses to stay home and do nothing because tradition dictates it. She takes the first chance she gets to go out and avenge her brother.
  • Second Love: Potentially becomes one to the hero in the 3DS update. There's added Relationship Values events between the two and, if all completed, she can be married in the ending instead of Medea.
  • She-Fu: Jessica's Fisticuffs techniques are very elegant and acrobatic.
  • She's Got Legs: Not seen in her regular outfit, but several of her alternate ones showcase them nicely.
  • Squishy Wizard: She can wipe out whole enemies with her spells and can dish out decent damage, but she's not very resistant to damage herself.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Well, besides Medea, but she's the only female party member. It's averted in the 3DS remake when Red joins the party.
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Gear: Inverted when she's possessed by the sceptre. She only carries the sceptre with her and all her clothing and equipment will stay with the main party.
  • Sphere of Destruction: The Magic Burst spell.
  • Stripperific: Most of her special outfits.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The Bang-family class of spells.
  • Tsundere: Looks like she'll be a full blown tsun-tsun when you first meet, but it's mostly because you've caught her at a really bad time... her default tends to be dere-dere.
  • The Unchosen One: Variation; it turns out her bloodline is one of the living seals on Rhapthorne, which is why her brother was killed.
  • The Unfavorite: Has a very poor relationship with her mother, to the point that she's disowned upon deciding to join the heroes. If you take her to talk to her mother regularly throughout the main quest, their relationship will start to improve, and by the epilogue, they are mentioned to get along very well.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Even after defeating Dhoulmagus, she admits to herself that doing so wasn't going to bring Alistair back.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Part of her Divine Bustier outfit.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The above mentioned Divine Bustier. Achievable with the Hexlet costume, as well.

Angelo/Kukuru

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Voiced by: Blake Ritson (English), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese)

A Templar from Maella Abbey, who joins the party under orders to hunt down Dhoulmagus after the jester kills the head abbot.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The other Templars at the Abbey look down and sneer at Angelo, what with his gambling, womanizing, drinking, etc. However, it's heavily implied that they'd been doing this since way before he started delving into vices because they were following the lead of Marcello, the Abbey's golden boy, and Angelo developed the habits as a means of coping. How noble of them.
  • Backstory: Daddy was a philanderer who left behind a huge debt when he died, leaving Angelo with no place to go other than the Abbey. When he got there, the first person he met was Marcello, who welcomed him warmly and comforted him... until learning just who he was, at which point he violently rejected him.
  • Bishōnen: A fairly good-looking young man who also happens to be relatively heroic. Relatively.
  • Blow You Away: His attack spells.
  • The Casanova: Morrie even calls him this.
  • Casting a Shadow: Being the healer of the group doesn't stop him from learning death spells.
  • Changeling Fantasy: Deconstructed. Angelo finds out that he has an older half-brother... who hates him merely for existing, as Marcello was cast out of the house when Angelo was born.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He loves to hit on good-looking ladies, but his heart's in the right place.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Four weapons.
  • Church Militant: As mentioned above, he's a Templar.
  • Coat Cape: A rather dashing one at that.
  • Combat Medic: A lot of his abilities revolve around healing. He doesn't get quite as many as the hero, but Angelo learns his healing spells much faster.
  • Cruel Mercy: Saves Marcello after his half-brother completely ruined his own career through his own actions.
  • Custom Uniform: No other Templar has a uniform like Angelo's. Even though Marcello's uniform is stylistically similar (and in contrasting colors too), it's sewn and tailored completely differently from Angelo's.
  • The Cynic: If you talk to him enough in party chats, you notice he tends to be the most negative about the locations the group visits or what the next goal is.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Comes from growing up in a place where everyone seemed to dislike him.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Male version. He starts out distrustful of the others, but starts warming up to them after revealing his backstory. To King Trode, of all people.
  • Dub Name Change: Kukuru -> Angelo
  • Establishing Character Moment: After cheating at card games, he sips a glass of red wine while a fight breaks out. He quickly dodges the brawl, sneaks Jessica and the Hero out of the bar, then takes the opportunity to flirt with Jessica.
  • Freudian Excuse: Is disobedient and smarmy, in large part because he has issues with Marcello.
  • Handsome Lech: Fairly attractive young man, but also completely shameless in his flirting.
  • Hidden Depths: Introduced as a flirtatious pretty boy who doesn't take his station seriously; turns out to have a pretty damn tragic history and to honestly care about the church.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: An ability that lets him call forth bolts from the blue at the end of his Sword tree. His "Pearly Gates" spell also blasts enemies with holy light and deals extra damage to zombies.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: In the 3DS version, Angelo's new ultimate sword, Demonsbane, is a katana.
  • Lady Killer In Love: Played with, he spends a good deal of the game hitting on Jessica, but his attraction also doesn't stop him from flirting with other women as well.
  • Laser Blade: His penultimate sword, the Shamshir of Light.
  • Magic Knight: Like most Priests in the series, Angelo has a decent selection of weapons and armour and is capable of dealing damage with his spells, as well.
  • Male Gaze: In-Universe he subjects Jessica to a full-body one upon meeting her for the first time, much to her dismay.
  • Mr. Fanservice: While he doesn't have the revealing outfits like Jessica does, Angelo is a very flirtatious, handsome man with a charismatic side, which attracts the female fans out-of-universe and women in-universe.
  • Mystical White Hair: Quite fitting for a skilled healing mage.
  • One-Hit Kill: As with most playable characters of the Priest class throughout the series, he can learn the Whack-family of instant death spells. Two of his bow skills allow him to do the same, as well.
  • The Paladin: Essentially fulfills this role, wielding knightly swords like rapiers and learning great healing magic but he's more of the White Mage.
  • Quick Draw: Some of his attacks, despite being mostly performed with western weapons, are highly reminiscent of iaijutsu.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red compared to his half-brother, Marcello. Angelo is charming, sociable, with a quick wit and a sense of humor compared to his stern and humorless brother. They even have contrasting hair and uniform colours.
  • Ronin: Dress him in the Oriental Warrior Wear, and arm him with his new ultimate sword, Demonsbane, and Angelo will fit the bill quite nicely.
  • The Southpaw: Unlike the hero, he's left-handed, equipping a shield in his right hand.
  • Standard Status Effects: In addition to his fantastic healing powers, his abilities mostly focus on debuffing enemies and subtly turning the tide of battle.
  • Take My Hand: To Marcello.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The moment in his Backstory where Marcello welcomes him to the Abbey with a smile and a "Don't worry; we're your family now!", only to take it all back upon realizing who he is.

Red/Gerda

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Voiced by: Morwenna Banks (English), Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese)

An old associate of Yangus. They have quite the history together... Originally she was just an NPC in the PS2 version of the game, but was changed to be a playable character in the 3DS version.

  • Action Girl: Not quite; she stated that she'll simply avoid the monsters in the Pirate Hideout by simple stealth. When she's faced by Captain Crow's ghost though, she's easily defeated. (In fairness, said ghost might give the player's party of four a run for their money, too.). She plays this straight in the 3DS remake, however, and joins the party after beating Captain Crow.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Being made a playable character in the 3DS version brings the number of female combatants up to two.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Given Yangus is willing to toss aside his pride for her and they wind up Walking the Earth as traders in the ending, he probably has a crush on her and is too shy to admit it.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Four weapons.
  • Dub Name Change: Gerda -> Red
  • Epic Flail: "Lends" one to Yangus for the final battle if you visit her.
  • Expy: Appearance-wise, her outfit is almost completely identical to Aishe/Aira's.
  • Faux Action Girl: Given that Captain Crow needed the hero and his whole party to defeat, this is somewhat understandable. She's a fully-fledged action girl as a playable character in the 3DS remake.
  • Fragile Speedster: She's a thief and her special abilities are modeled after the Thief class from Dragon Quest IX.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: In the ending montage, all of the other women are drinking from goblets of wine while she's chugging from a pint of beer.
  • Iron Lady: She's quite ruthless and demands respect from her male henchmen, but they still love her.
  • The Lad-ette: Red is no stranger to fighting, drinking, and cursing.
  • Lady of War: A little less so than Jessica, but she's still quite feminine, especially when using her fan.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Her default facial expression is a big scowl and the number of times that changes can be counted on one hand.
  • Pirate Girl: You even race her to some pirate's treasure in a later mission. In the 3DS version, one of her costumes gives her the appearance of a pirate captain.
  • Pretty in Mink: She wears a wrap skirt of brown fur. It looks stylish, but still tough enough to fit her pirate image.
  • Promoted to Playable: In the 3DS remake.
  • The Rival: See above.
  • She-Fu: Her fisticuffs techniques are very acrobatic and agile.
  • Showgirl Skirt
  • Tsundere: Common interpretation of her treatment of Yangus, with him being Oblivious to Love.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Her relationship with Yangus, minus the actually being married part.
  • Video Game Stealing
  • Zettai Ryouiki

Morrie

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Voiced by: Brian Bowles (English), Joji Nakata (Japanese)

An eccentric fellow who runs a Monster Arena known as the MONSTROUS PIT, along with his assistants Marrie, Merrie, Mirrie, and Murrie.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Many of his comments to the hero are laden with double entendres. Morrie is filled with PASSION for the hero due to his ability with monsters. Even Marrie is shocked at how good of a mood Morrie's been in lately because of him. He really wants to show off his monstrous pit and tells the hero that he won't know the depths of his own passion until he plays with himself. Humorously, one of his boomerang abilities in the 3DS version is called "Swings Both Ways."
  • The Beastmaster: He's able to utilize the monsters from his pit, such as being able to summon Sabrecats to maul his enemies.
  • Carpet of Virility: His outfit prominently displays his chest hair. He's a type 1 compared to Yangus.
  • The Casanova
  • Chewing the Scenery: Every last bit of his voiced dialogue.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Four weapons.
  • Combat Medic: As a playable character. He has healing abilities and is something of a mix between the Martial Artist and Minstrel classes from IX.
  • Double Entendre: His speech is thoroughly peppered with them. The fact that he manages the "Monstrous Pit" is just the start.
  • Dramatic Wind: His scarf and tunic billow indoors.
  • Glass Cannon: The worst vitality in the game, made up for with some of the most powerful single target attacks in the game and the easiest character to reach max tension. He also has roughly the same equipment choices as Angelo, being able to equip robes and lightweight tunics.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Morrie uses quite a lot of Italian words in his normal speech and his English voice actor even speaks in an exaggerated Italian accent.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Large Ham
  • Luck-Based Mission: To an extent. You can pick what sort of monsters to send into the Arena, but you can't control them directly. Also, increasing the Hero's level will also strengthen the monsters he employs (up to a certain point).
  • Malaproper: He often bungles his English idioms in the 3DS remake, resulting in this.
  • The Nicknamer: He has nicknames in Italian for all of the main characters: ragazzo (boy) for the hero, signore (sir) for Yangus, bimba (baby) for Jessica, casanova (self-explanatory) for Angelo, and rosa rossa (red rose) for Red.
  • Playing with Fire: When Morrie is feeling particularly passionate, flames will appear out of nowhere behind him. It turns out that his passion actually lets him control fire.
  • Promoted to Playable: In the 3DS remake.
  • Polyamory: Implied with the bunny girls Marrie, Merrie, Mirrie, and Murrie.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: And it is always blowing in the wind. Even indoors!
  • Support Party Member: He definitely fills the role of the team cheerleader, having a number of support abilities such as Oomph and being able to increase another character's Tension (much like Minstrels from Dragon Quest IX).
  • Poirot Speak
  • Uncle Pennybags: He's actually one of the richest men in the world.

King Trode

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Voiced by: Jon Glover (English), Hiroshi Iwasaki (Japanese)

The titular "Cursed King" of Trodain, transformed into a green-skinned, troll-like creature by Dhoulmagus. Set out on the titular journey in hopes of tracking the jester down, regaining the sceptre, and restoring his kingdom and his true form.
  • Adipose Rex: Mostly due to the fact that he's also very short.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Though when he's back to human he's not changed by much...
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: While Trode initially comes off as a self-absorbed blowhard, he is actually a man of boundless compassion and surprising wisdom.
  • Break the Haughty: A downplayed example. He never really gets very humble despite his experiences, but he at least goes from demanding things to politely asking.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: For all of his wackiness, he proves himself to be a very competent and dedicated ruler.
  • Character Development: His time as a monster renders him much more humble as the game goes on. He still thinks very highly of himself and his station, but he no longer looks down upon commoners or his party members. He also becomes less controlling of his precious daughter Medea, eventually letting her make her own marriage decisions.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Often claims in the tips he gives that his experience is direct. In the finale, he disarms and knock out several guards while armed with a stick.
  • Dirty Old Man: Just look at his comments after equipping Jessica with any of her Battle Bikini. Also, if you equip a piece of the Bunny Girl outfit on Jessica, he practically screams at you to finish getting the rest.
  • Freak Out: He does not deal well with stressors, like being treated like the monster he appears to be or Medea getting horsenapped.
  • Gonk: Even in his human form, he's short and troll-like.
  • The Good King: As goofy and blustering as he is, Trode is repeatedly shown to be a kind, reasonable King who truly wants to save his kingdom. He is also surprisingly open to listening to the thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: The player assumes direct control of him any time the party visits Tryan Gully since it's the only town in the game where it's safe enough to walk around freely without being chased out of town or having Medea stolen out from under him.
  • Hidden Depths: Starts off seeming shallow, spoiled, and bossy, but reveals other sides of himself over time.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • He first describes Medea's Arranged Marriage as "A match made in heaven," until he actually meets Charmles.
    • He alludes to himself being one when he fell for Dhoulmagus's act that eventually gave him access to steal the scepter.
  • I Gave My Word: Struggles with this regarding Medea's Arranged Marriage.
  • Item Crafting: He's the one who runs the alchemy pot.
  • Nice Guy: While he's very egotistical, Trode is actually courteous to everyone he meets and does his best to support the party throughout the quest.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite being on the party, he never actively participates in battle. He does occasionally get physical when he needs to though, and he proves to be surprisingly capable when he does.
  • Papa Wolf: He absolutely loves his daughter with all his heart. He'll throw himself into harm's way if it means keeping Medea out of danger, and when she's been kidnapped, he stops at nothing to find her. Comes to a head in the normal ending when He helps break up Medea's wedding despite the potential political fallout with Argonia, but King Clavius is on his side and he just doesn't know that.
  • Reason Before Honor: In the normal ending he says that an agreement made by his grandparents shouldn't dictate what Medea does with her life if she doesn't want to go through with it.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Why is he a ninja? He's insanely good at popping up out of nowhere, startling the heck out of Yangus and the rest.
  • Team Dad:
    • The oldest of the group, which is why Yangus consistently refers to him as "grandad." He listens to Angelo's backstory as a paternal figure, and comforts the hero during his minor Heroic B.S.O.D. in the second new ending in the 3DS version.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His wife is very pretty and it's obvious she is where Medea got her looks from. Trode himself? No comment.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Frequently argues with Yangus, yet comes to respect him enough that the bandit can even learn a team-up move with him.

Princess Medea

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Voiced by: Victoria Shalet (English), Risa Taneda (Japanese)

The princess of Trodain, transformed into a horse by Dhoulmagus. She uses this form to its best advantage by pulling the party's wagon.

  • Apologizes a Lot: She'll apologize any time she feels like she's being selfish, such as asking to be brought to the Mystical Spring every so often. King Trode seconds the request because of how little she actually asks for anything.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Prince Charmless. Naturally, she escapes it either by becoming a Runaway Bride or marrying another Prince of Argonia, which the hero turns out to be.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Changed by Dhoulmagus and his curse.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: She reaches her 18th birthday in the middle of the journey while she's still turned into a horse.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: During the ending montage she looks tipsy after what looks like a couple of sips from her goblet of wine.
  • Cool Horse: Despite being a princess, she can pull the party's wagon with little trouble.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When her father is being stoned by angry villagers for his monstrous appearance, she interposes her own body inbetween him and the hurled rocks, while glaring determinedly at his attackers.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She is the daughter of the eponymous "Cursed King" (and is herself cursed).
  • Expy: She and her father are ones to the Princess and King of Moonbrooke from Dragon Quest II. As the game begins, her castle gets attacked and she gets cursed into an animal body by a villainous sorcerer. Unfortunately, her curse is not lifted until Rhapthorne is defeated.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: She wears a grand, lacy dress at the end, which fits nicely when she either runs off with the hero or marries him, depending on the ending.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: She outright states that if given the choice to marry Prince Charmles or remain cursed as a horse for the rest of her life her choice is, "Make mine a grass sandwich!"
  • Follow the White Rabbit: In a flashback, it is revealed that she first meets the unconscious Hero in the woods after Munchie gets her to follow him.
  • Green Eyes
  • High Class Gloves: Her wedding dress includes long gloves.
  • Honor Before Reason: Conversations with her at the Mystical Spring and in dreams reveal she really doesn't want to get married to Charmles but will go ahead with it because it's her duty as a princess. Fortunately for her, her father doesn't want her to marry him either.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the 3DS version, should the hero complete the requirements for Jessica, Medea will turn down the Hero's marriage proposal despite being in love with him and tell him to follow his heart.
  • The Ingenue: She's not naive about the world, but still sweet and innocent.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died when she was very young and it often led her to run away from the castle to cry.
  • Official Couple: She grew up with the hero, and has been attracted to him before the game starts. In either ending she chooses him over Charmles.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her main dress and wedding dress have gold trimming.
  • Proper Lady: So proper, in fact, that the Blind Seer the party encounters says she outshines every princess he's ever seen, while stuck in a horse's body.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Again, she pulls the wagon.
  • Runaway Bride: In the normal ending she runs off with the hero.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her dresses are grand yet simple.
  • The Speechless: On account of being a horse. Though midway through the game the party encounters a mystical spring whose waters can temporarily dispel the effects of the curse, giving her a chance to speak her mind.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks exactly like her mother.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Trode is a short, impish fellow even in his normal form, while Medea has a normal lady design.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: She marries the Hero in one of the endings.

     Antagonists 

Dhoulmagus

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Voiced by: Keith Wickham (English), Takehito Koyasu (Japanese)

A vengeful magician with the appearance of a jester. He stole the magical sceptre in Castle Trodain and unleashed the curse upon the kingdom. As the party pursues him throughout the world, he begins to commit a series of systematic murders to some unknown end...

  • Alas, Poor Villain: He really wasn't such a bad guy before stealing the spectre, simply frustrated after years of his master refusing to teach him magic. After one particular scolding from Rylus however, his anger and desire for power got the better of him and by the time he took hold of the sceptre it was far too late.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted Trodain's sceptre because of its tremendous power, hoping to harness this power to become more powerful. Unfortunately for him, the staff was far more powerful for him to handle.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Although he does start off the main plot due to the fact he stole the sceptre in hopes of becoming insanely powerful, he winds up a pawn of Rhapthorne.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Just like anyone who holds Rhapthorne's staff.
  • Catch Phrase: "Such a pity." It's really more like Rhapthorne's Catch Phrase, considering that he says it at least once per vessel. And that's when he's NOT feeling talkative.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Defeating him is the party's goal for the first half of the game. While they succeed, it turns out things are a little more complicated than that.
  • Dramatic Irony: He did have potential on his own and Master Rylus was about to finish an elixir that would awaken his latent magical power when he sought Trodain's scepter to become a powerful magician. If only Rylus told him that... For an extra dose of irony, Rylus manages to finish his elixir right when Dhoulmagus comes back in Farebury. But by this point, it's already too late for Dhoulmagus as he is possessed by Rapthorne.
  • Expansion Pack Past: The 3DS version shows his backstory as Master Rylus's apprentice in Farebury.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He didn't have much magic until he picked up the staff, then he really got rolling.
  • Guy Liner: Makes sense, seen as he's disguised as a jester.
  • Just for Pun: What seems like his motivation when he transformed the King Troll and Maredea.
    "Hmm. I see the mare, but you look more like a toad than a troll.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: His motivation to steal Trodain's sceptre. He wanted to become a powerful magician.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A rather dark-humored fellow, often mocking people after he's just killed them.
  • Lean and Mean: He's also uncannily tall.
  • Locked into Strangeness: In the flashback his hair is black and he has a more normal skin tone before he takes the scepter. Rhapthorne's staff has cursed him, and there's no way to remove it. The party even kills him before he can be helped.
  • Me's a Crowd: The first thing he does during his boss fight is to create two clones of him. Which still needs to be defeated first and will heal up their colleagues when damaged.
  • Monster Clown: A former court jester who still partially looks the part... and a serial killer.
    • The 3DS version's flashback shows that he only has the appearance of a jester because he posed as one to gain entrance into Castle Trodain, a ploy to steal its fabled sceptre. Presumably Rhapthorne didn't care enough to change his host out of the getup afterwards.
  • One-Winged Angel: Turns into a blue winged demon with nasty attacks upon being defeated.
  • Taken for Granite: After you kill him, he turns into a stone statue.. and then into dust.
  • Villain Respect: When fighting him for the first time, Dhoulmagus recognizes that the party is trying to stop him to break King Trode's curse. Dhoulmagus outright calls their loyalty "admirable." Not to mention, once he recognizes that the party aren't pushovers, he stops kidding around.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Once it's clear just how fast Rhapthorne is capable of possessing the bearer of his sceptre, it becomes a given that the only time the player actually sees the real Dhoulmagus is during King Trode's flashback and the optional flashback unlockable in the 3DS Version. Every other instance in the game he appears in is just Rhapthorne underneath his guise.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: His motivation to steal the scepter.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The 3DS version reveals that Dhoulmagus was treated pretty harshly by Rylus because he lacked magical abilities. This leads to him seeking out the power of Rhapthorne's sceptre to prove him wrong.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted, he doesn't waste too much time when it comes to killing his targets. Also, after the boss battle he'll try to get rid of the party by shooting them with the vine curse used on Trodain... Only for it to utterly fail due to the Hero's immunity to curses, leaving him amazed and forced to resort to transformation.

Rhapthorne

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Voiced by: Jonathan Keeble (English), Wataru Takagi (Japanese: Normal version), Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese: Fat version)

An ancient Lord of Darkness who was battled and sealed away eons ago. During the events of the game, he begins to murder the seven sages that are holding him prisoner by using the possessor of his sceptre to act as his proxy.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of anyone he possesses.
  • Beard of Evil: His final form sports a goatee.
  • Big Bad: Though not immediately apparent, he's the ancient evil, and is the cause of all of the misery in the main characters' lives.
  • Dark is Evil: Not only is it evil, but it makes anyone who so much as glances it evil.
  • Demonic Possession: What he does in order to give himself a body while trapped inside the scepter. Anyone who touches the scepter with their bare skin instantly becomes possessed by Rhapthorne. As noted by Sir Leopold, this vessel does not have to be human.
  • Fat Bastard: His true form, by far. He's as big as a castle, and significantly rotund.
  • Hidden Villain: An example of this done well. His presence isn't felt until a ways into the game, but neither is he a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere.
  • Large and in Charge: So it seems, judging from the pictures in the Dark Ruins. Subverted by his first form, and played straight by his true form.
  • Made of Evil: He requires ancient sages and a godbird of light to even challenge his corrupt form.
  • Man Behind the Man: He's the reason Dhoulmagus, Jessica, and Sir Leopold all went insane with power. Marcello resists him for a time, but even he ends up succumbing.
  • Meaningful Name: He's associated with thorns, and one of the first things he does after possessing Dhoulmagus is to wrap Trodain Castle in them.
  • The Napoleon: In his base form, he's actually rather tiny. This does not last long.
  • One-Winged Angel: After manifesting into his true form, he eventually grows to the size of an entire castle.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Although he can use dark magic while sealed. And in this case, his "can" is a wooden scepter.
  • Villain Respect: Though he is the Lord of Darkness and is murdering the heirs of the Sages, he seems to at least respect their blood lines and compliments David and Martha's noble origins.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The world of Dragon Quest VIII isn't perfect, but it does have some rather light-hearted moments and a Good Shepherd or two. Rhapthorne, however, is so nasty that his evilness pollutes the world.
  • Voice of the Legion: His voice noticeably echoes a bit when fighting him for the last time.

Jahagaros/Juggerwroth

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Voiced by: Ishizumi Akihiko (Japanese)

A demon that appears only in the 3DS Updated Re-release. The mightiest servant of Rhapthorne that was sealed away by the seven sages. Rhapthorne's complete revival causes the seal on Juggerwroth to weaken, which prompts the spirit of Mr. Golding to alert the heroes about it.

     Supporting Characters 

Alistair Albert

Voiced by: Miyu Irino (Japanese)

Jessica's older brother, who was an accomplished swordsman. Killed by Dhoulmagus before the hero could catch up with the foul jester. His death comes as a serious blow to the town of Alexandria.

Marcello

Voiced by: Josh Cohen (English), Junichi Suwabe (Japanese)

Angelo's older half-brother, who trains as a Templar at Maella Abbey. Despite being a studious monk and soldier, he harbors an old grudge against Angelo, and at times struggles with getting others to recognize his deeds because of his low-born roots.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Angelo's. He generally acts like they aren't related at all, and only uses their relation to mock or guilt Angelo.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Ultimately becomes corrupted because of his ambition.
  • Arc Villain: The main antagonist for a substantial part of the game's second half, though it's at a point where the player is already aware that Rhapthorne is the true threat.
  • The Atoner: Suggested to have become this in the 3DS version's bonus dungeon.
  • Backstory: Tied into Angelo's history: Their father was a rich philanderer. After Marcello was born, he made various promises to his mother that he'd leave his wife and make him his heir... until his wife became pregnant with Angelo, at which point he abandoned them. Marcello ended up at the Abbey after his mother passed on, and fought his way up the ranks despite others looking down upon him for being a commoner born out of wedlock.
  • Badass Longcoat: His Templar captain uniform has a longer coat than the others, giving him this sort of appearance. He wears a black trenchcoat during his post game appearance in the 3DS version.
  • Bastard Bastard: He's the illegitimate child. Heck, he could possibly be the Trope Namer.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: An interesting case in that we almost only ever see the bitch side. In most situations, Marcello is a charismatic, dedicated and polite person, but he immediately shows his inner callousness when in the presence of Angelo.
  • Break the Haughty: Suffers quite the fall from grace.
  • Cruel Mercy: Angelo saves his life after he gives a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to a stadium full of civilians, gets publicly possessed by Rhapthorne, and breaks his seal. Needless to say, his career's pretty much unsalvageable at this point.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Determinator: One of the only people in the game who outright resists the control of Rhapthorne when he wields the sceptre, due to his willpower. It's only when the party defeats him in battle that Rhapthorne is able to take control of his body.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's a condescending prick to Angelo because he screwed things up just by being born. Also has issues with being looked down upon due to his common blood, especially since his aristocratic father abandoned him because he was the bastard son he had with a commoner.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In the 3DS remake's new bonus dungeon. He travels with the party as an uncontrollable ally that actively participates in combat as a fifth party member.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Happens late in the game, when he chooses to make his big acceptance speech where Rhapthorne's body was sealed while holding the sceptre, then spends so long with his Evil Gloating that the heroes are able to confront him there, breaking his concentration. Then he blames everything on the good guys. Again.
  • Jerkass: Not a pleasant person, even when he was still technically on the side of the good guys.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: His entire speech in Neos does make sense as you've seen multiple times during the game when people get power just because they were born to the right family at the right time and how they tend to use said power poorly or selfishly.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
  • Kick the Dog: "So... you intend to destroy this life I've made, just like my old life, do you?"
  • Knight Templar
  • Light is Not Good: He can cast the same holy spells as Angelo can, being a Templar knight himself.
  • Magic Knight: A capable warrior, mage and cleric. With a power boost from Rhapthorne's staff he's more than a match for the party on his own.
  • Motive Rant: Combined with New Era / "The Reason You Suck" Speech when accepting his new position as head of the church.
  • Never My Fault: Feels the heroes are singlehandedly to blame in a mess that never would've happened had he not taken the staff housing the soul-possessing demon that had taken over every single host thus far.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Attempts this after the heroes' defeating him also weakens him enough that Rhapthorne manages to possess him and free his body, ignoring how he was stupid enough to take a staff holding the devil's spirit to bring about a better world, and arrogant enough to think he could fight Rhapthorne off indefinitely. Even before his defeat, it was already apparent he was being heavily influenced as a mere confrontation brought on the possession's trademark dual-voice effect.
  • Pet the Dog: An important part of his and Angelo's Backstory. When Angelo first came to the Abbey, Marcello was the first person he met, and greeted him with kindness. And then told him that he would be seen as family. Even when it turned into full out Kick the Dog, Angelo never forgot that one moment of kindness.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Compared to the fair-featured Angelo, Marcello is much sharper and darker in appearance, but is still good looking.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The 3DS version's new bonus dungeon featuring him shows that he has come to regret his actions immensely and seeks to do whatever he can to atone. He's also shown to have grown past his hatred of Angelo, though he's still reluctant to try and get closer with him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Angelo saves his life, he attempts to go all Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! on the heroes despite him bringing the entire mess on himself. His arrogance and stupidity in trying to overcome a force of evil that had taken over every single being who touched the staff would've easily been his eventual downfall even without the hero's intervention. and he had to be stopped regardless as they caught him in the midst of a declaration of war and high treason, telling the entire population to accept him as their ruler or die.
  • Walking the Earth: Revealed to be his fate post-defeat in the 3DS version.
  • With Us or Against Us: He makes it pretty clear to the crowd at Neos that they have only one option if they want to live.

Abbot Francisco

Voiced by: Fubito Yamano (Japanese)

The head of Maella Abbey, Abbot Francisco is compassionate, caring, understanding, and the ideal representative of everything a Saintly Church should be. One of the few members of the Abbey who hasn't dabbled in corruption... and, unfortunately, one of Dhoulmagus's targets.
  • Good Shepherd: As mentioned in his description, he embodies all the best aspects of the Saintly Church.
  • Hidden Depths: A noble and compassionate religious figure, but also a man who loved bad puns and even wrote a book about them.
  • Hope Spot: At first, it seems like he may be the first of Dhoulmagus's targets that you actually arrive in time to save. Alas...
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: It does at his...
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Was Angelo's and Marcello's father figure and probably taught them as well when they were still kids.
  • Morality Pet: For Marcello. While not explicitly shown (and he does try to put on a brave face afterward), the implication is that the abbot's murder is what ultimately sends Marcello off the deep end.
  • Parental Substitute: Acted as more of a father to Marcello and Angelo than their actual father ever did.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: A kind and compassionate soul who gives shelter to orphans. His death is the first Player Punch of the game.

King Pavan

The king of Ascantha, whom the party helps out of a massive Heroic B.S.O.D..
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Emma and the castle chef talk about how he's stopped eating and taking care of himself in his sorrow, but of course looks and acts perfectly healthy.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He promises a reward for the heroes after they help bring him back to normal, but the actual reward isn't given until much later when they return to Ascantha to ask for the Moonshadow Harp.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: His wife died and he keeps the country in a state of national mourning for two years! He finally snaps out of it when memories of his queen help him realize that not moving on is the worst thing he could ever do for her.
  • Manly Tears: Over the loss of his wife every night for two years.

Prince Charmles

Voiced by: Richard Pearce (English), Kouki Miyata (Japanese)

Crown Prince of Argonia, and the Prince Charmless. His father is determined to make the best possible heir out of him that he can, but it's hard when he's reluctant to perform the initiation... or anything else that requires he, uh, work.
  • Acrofatic: He runs away quite quickly during battles against Argon lizards.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Medea based on a promise made by their grandparents. King Trode was looking forward to it... until actually meeting Charmles.
  • Break the Haughty: The ending. And it is awesome. Interestingly, this is shown more explicitly in the "lesser" ending, but still happens in the Golden Ending.
  • Character Development: Defied. In a game where nearly every supporting character overcomes a character flaw after encountering the party, he is the one who learns absolutely nothing and refuses to change while still expecting everything in life to simply be handed to him. Much like everything else, it comes back to bite him hard!
  • Comically Missing the Point: Fails to understand why the rite of passage is so important, expecting to just lie and cheat his way through it.
  • Compensating for Something: A non-sexual example as he wants the largest Argon Heart available to showcase what a true hero he is and to command the respect he thinks he deserves. Jessica is very quick to Lampshade this in an aside. King Clavius points out afterwards that the size of the Argon heart doesn't matter at all since that wasn't the point of the test.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Thanks to the Party, Prince Charmles actually does get the legitimately large Lizard Heart that he was searching for — one big enough that it certainly would have impressed his father. Instead, Charmles decided to buy a fake heart during the Bazaar just because it's even bigger.
  • Dirty Coward: He forces the party to fight the Argon Lizards for him. In Gameplay and Story Integration he also flees every battle against the Argon Lizard.
  • Entitled Bastard: A textbook example as he treats everyone who isn't his father as though they exist simply for him to trod all over.
  • Expy: Follows in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Prince Holse; unlike either one, however, he learns nothing from his trials and expects to coast through life on the backs of other people.
  • Gonk: To say he's unattractive is an understatement. His portrait in the castle shows what he could look like if he wasn't a fat slob.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Albeit a damn near worthless one; he'll maybe attack at the very beginning of the battle for a paltry one hit point of damage, and then flee at the next moment he gets, leaving Hero, Yangus, Jessica, and Angelo to do what should be his job.
  • Hate Sink: There is not a single redeeming feature about the boy. Even when presented with ample opportunities to do the right thing, Charmles always fails the test.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: By buying a heart instead of using one of those the Hero and the others obtained for him during the hunt, he unintentionally proves to his father that he isn't even remotely ready to take the throne. Not only does he get very publicly called out on this in the end, but he ends up losing the right to rule and the right to marry Medea to his long-lost cousin, who already went through the trial and harvested a beautiful heart. In fact, his cousin only even has the heart because he was trying to help Charmles get one, so he was hoist by his own petard on multiple levels!
  • In-Series Nickname: Prince Charmless. The first one to call him that in required dialogue is King Trode himself.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: It's supposed to be "Charmulls", but he prefers "Sharm-LAY."
  • It's All About Me: His motivation for finding the largest Argon heart possible: To rub it in the faces of his subjects while they laud him as a great hero.
  • Jerkass: He isn't satisfied with the Argon Hearts the party give him until they claim one from the Great Argon Lizard. Even then he decides to simply buy a fake Argon Heart from a local merchant simply because of how much larger it is.
  • Kick the Dog: His desire to obtain the largest gem possible during his initiation, regardless of the cost. The way he abuses Medea as a horse is also a perfect example, as after he pulls that crap, it's rather amazing he makes it back from the initiation in one piece.
  • Prince Charmless: While his father calls him Charmulls, and he insists on being called Sharm-LAY, everyone calls him Charmless, to his face no less. Even Medea, easily the nicest and most polite member of the cast, calls him this at one point.
  • Rite of Passage: The Argonian Rite of Succession to determine if he's worthy of taking the throne. He isn't.
  • Royal Brat: Much to the protagonists' disdain.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: After all the hard work of his initiation, he up and BUYS a fake Argon Heart, effectively blowing off all the hard work you did obtaining one for him. This eventually bites him HARD later on.
  • Speech Impediment: He sounds a bit like Elmer Fudd.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's totally afraid of lizards of all kind; that's why he's so reluctant to face the initiation, which consists of taking down a large Argon Lizard.

King Clavius

Voiced by: Tetsuo Kanao (Japanese)

Unlike his son, the current ruler of Argonia is a reasonable, thoughtful man just trying to do the best he can.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Inverted awesomely during the ending, when Charmles tries to get Daddy to fix his problems again and Daddy puts his foot down.
  • Chekhov's Gun: That large Argonian Heart that Charmles insisted you tramp all over the hunting grounds to find? Well, you end up giving it to Clavius after Charmles bribes his way to victory. In the normal ending he pulls it out to show Charmles that he knew he'd been lied to; but in the TRUE ending, he uses it as proof that the Hero is a much more able and worthy heir than Charmles.
  • Covert Pervert: The way he gets Charmles to agree to attempt the initiation involves mentioning Jessica's... assets.
  • The Good King: Unlike his son, he's a compassionate, heroic and respectable man all around.
  • I Have No Son: Downplayed. He publicly disinherits but doesn't disown Charmles in the Golden ending by taking both the crown and princess Medea away from him at the last second with the simple statement of, "I have found an heir." (The wording was changed in the 3DS version.)
  • Honor Before Reason: Fully intends to honor the Arranged Marriage promise between Argonia and Trodain set up by his father even if it means wedding Medea to Charmles, believing that marrying a good woman will change him for the better. He reconsiders in every ending either by himself or after speaking with King Trode. The Golden Medea ending allows the promise to be fulfilled with Medea marrying the hero though.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It's hard to spot, but he does show regret at pushing Charmles to complete the rite of succession and even bending the rules to send escorts along before he was clearly ready to do so. In either ending, he's torn between his son or what's best for his kingdom. He chooses the kingdom in both.
  • Parents as People: He wants his son to become a good and just ruler. But, at the same time, he is too lenient with him and has troubles to actually be strict, as Charmles is his only family left since the passing of his wife.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's not perfect, but he is a well-respected ruler and will put his foot down when he has to, especially after realizing that Charmles is too immature to take the throne or a wife.
  • Stealth Insult: Delivers one to his son after Charmles presents the Argon Heart he bought at the market:
    "I accept this as proof of your true character."
  • Unexpected Successor: His brother was supposed to become king instead of him, but disappeared from Argonia, leaving him to take the throne.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Starts to call out the Hero and his party when he thinks they tried to fake Charmles's rite by buying an Argon Heart, but corrects himself and apologizes profusely after learning the truth of the matter.
    • Gives one to the hero if he opts to marry Jessica in the new ending for having the gall to ask him to call off the wedding between Charmles and Medea and risking creating a succession crisis because of his heritage.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Does an inverted version of this to his own son by telling him to, instead of sending the guards after the party, to go after Princess Medea himself in the normal ending. Of course, Charmles being a Dirty Coward, tries to weasel out of it, leading to Clavius finally having enough and revealing he knows the truth about what happened during the Rite of Ascension.

Ishmahri

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese)

The keeper of the Moonshadow Land, he possess a magical harp. The party meets Ishmahri twice. The first meeting is in Ascantha, where the party leads him to King Pavan to soothe his broken heart. Ishmahri creates past images of the late Queen Sasha by playing a melody on his harp. The second time involves him using his powers to restore an old ship to seaworthy condition.
  • Aura Vision
  • Cryptic Conversation: Not as bad as most mystics out there.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: He has indigo-colored eyes and hair.
  • The Empath
  • The Force: Ishmahri's connection to the realm of Moonshadow, plus his powers in general.
  • Magic Music: His powers are dependent on the Moonshadow Harp, which he plays in order to restore memories from the past.
  • Older Than They Look: Ishmahri says that he is from the world of ancients, yet he looks like he's in his 20s or 30s.
  • Pointy Ears
  • Psychometry: Ishmahri states that ordinary objects, such as furniture and clothing, and even the land and the sky have memories just like living beings do. He is able to read them with his powers.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Very long indigo hair that reaches past his back.

Cash and Carrie Golding/Fougu and Yukke

Voiced by: Atsushi Abe (Japanese): Cash, Yuuko Hara (Japanese): Carrie

The adopted twins of the late Mr. Golding, who established a fantastic casino and left them quibbling about which of them gets to run it now that he's passed on. To settle the score, they have to run a little test... one they both need help with.

Empyrea/Letis/Ramia

Voiced by: Jessica Martin (English), Eri Gouda (Japanese)

Empyrea is referred to as the Godbird. She has the power to travel between worlds. The demon Gemon held her offspring's egg hostage at the top of Godbird's Eyrie. The party tries to recover it for her, but Gemon sacrificed himself to destroy the egg. Empyrea's child, who died before birth, appeared as a spirit before the heroes, and the pair decide to aid them in their quest.


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