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Characters: Dragonquest VIII
A list of characters in Dragon Quest VIII.

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The Hero

A member of Trodain's palace guard, and the sole person who survived Trodain's curse unscathed. He has a pet mouse named Munchie.


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.


Originally a bandit from the town of Pickham, since trying to reform after the Hero saved his life.

Jessica Albert

A magician from Alexandria who 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.


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 Abby look down and sneer at Angelo, what with his gambling, womanizing, drinking, etc..... However,it's heavily implied that they'd been doing this for a looooong time because they were following the lead of the Abby's Golden Boy, Marcello, and Angelo developed the habits as a means of coping.... so, Yeah. Bastards.

King Trode

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...
  • Break the Haughty
  • Character Development
  • 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 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.
  • I Gave My Word - Struggles with this regarding Medea's Arranged Marriage.
  • Hidden Depths - Starts off seeming shallow, spoiled, and bossy, but reveals other sides of himself over time.
  • Item Crafting - He's the one who runs the alchemy pot.
  • Papa Wolf
  • 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, also notice how he listens to Angelo's backstory acting as a sort of paternal figure.
  • 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

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



A vengeful magician who dressed like a jester. He stole the magical sceptre in Castle Trodain and unleashed the curse upon the kingdom.
  • 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
  • Catch Phrase - "Such a pity. Such a pity..."
    • It's really more like Rhapthorne's Catch Phrase, considering that he says it at least once per vessel.
      • Once per vessel? Try thrice per scene. And that's when he's NOT feeling talkative.
  • Disc One Final Boss
  • Evil Sorcerer
  • Guy Liner: Makes sense, seen as he's disguised as a jester.
  • Knight of Cerebus
  • Lean and Mean: He's also uncannily tall.
  • Locked into Strangeness
  • Just for Pun: What seems like his motivation when he transformed the King Toad and Maredea.
    "Hmm. I see the mare, but you look more like a troll than a toad.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Who's Laughing Now?
  • 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.


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.

     Supporting Characters 

Alistair Albert

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.


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.
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • 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: Is the only person to ever wield Rhapthorne's staff and not immediately become corrupted, a fate he avoids by stabbing himself in the arm when it tries to take him over.
  • Bastard Bastard: He's the illegitimate child. Heck, he could possibly be the Trope Namer.
  • 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, then gets publicly possessed by Rhapthorne and breaks the seal. Needless to say, his career's pretty much unsalvageable at this point.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Motive Rant - Combined with New Era / "The Reason You Suck" Speech when accepting his new position as head of the church.
  • 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. Of course, he completely ignores his own obvious role in causing the whole mess...
  • 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 Snarky
  • Ungrateful Bastard - After Angelo saves his life, he attempts to go all Nice Job Breaking It, Hero on the heroes despite how he's more to blame for how bad things got.

Abbot Francisco

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 victims.


An old associate of Yangus. They have quite the history together...
  • 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, she's easly defeated.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Epic Flail: "Borrows" one to Yangus for the final battle if you visit her.
  • Knife Nut - Her only visible weapon is a small dagger.
    • Fridge Brilliance - She's a thief, and traditionally, thieves used to carry a dagger as a weapon of last resort and as a tool to help pry open windows and treasure chests. Most thieves in medieval times knew they'd never last in a proper fight, so a dagger was also handy for backstabbing and running, another thievery trademark.
  • Pirate Girl: You even race her to some pirate's treasure in a later mission.
  • The Rival: See above.
  • Tsundere - Common interpretation of her treatment of Yangus, with him being Oblivious to Love.
  • Ugly Guy Hot Gal - Her relationship with Yangus.


An eccentric fellow who runs a Monster Arena known as the MONSTROUS PIT, along with his assistants Marrie, Merrie, Mirrie, and Murrie. Prone to Accidental Innuendo and Hot Bloodedness.

Prince Charmles

Crown Prince of Argonia, and THE Prince Charmless. His father is determined to make the best possible heir out of him, but it's hard when he's reluctant to perform the initiation... or anything else that requires he, uh, work.
  • Arranged Marriage - With Medea.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Coward: He forces the party to fight the Argon Lizards for him.
  • Entitled Bastard
  • 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.
  • 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: It's often joked among fans that there isn't a single person who likes Charmles among any player who got far enough in the story to see him. And it's all entirely intentional.
  • 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.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY - It's supposed to be "Charmulls", but he prefers "Sharm-LAY."
  • 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 - Trope Namer. 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
  • 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 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

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 Argoinan 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 the 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • 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' rite by buying an Argon Heart, but corrects himself and apologizes profusely after learning the truth of the matter.


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 useing his powers to restore an old ship to seaworthy condition.

Cash and Carrie Golding

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 is referred to as the Godbird. She has the power to travel between worlds. The demon Gemon held her egg hostage at the top of Godbird's Eyrie. The hero's try 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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