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.

  • 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.
  • Brown Eyes: Paired with Curtains Match the Window.
  • 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.
  • 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 Mime: He has no voice whatsoever, though the game shows him talking several times, with other characters Repeating so the Audience Can Hear.
  • 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: Medea is arranged to be married to Charmles and 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 a few weak offensive spells.
  • Official Couple: With Medea. He runs away with her in the neutral ending, and marries her in the best ending.
  • Playing with Fire: Can learn some fire spells.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Toriyama + First 3-D Dragon Quest = Inevitability. When he reaches super-high-tension, he looks almost exactly like a Super Saiyan.
  • Razor Wind: The Thin Air special attack.
  • 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

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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.
    • An Axe to Grind: One of his most effective weapons.
    • Carry a Big Stick
    • Sinister Scythe: Some of the most powerful ones though looks more like polearms or even billhooks.
    • Good Old Fisticuffs
    • Epic Flail: Two skippable weapons (one is obtained by visiting Red late in the game and the other one is the prize for gathering enough tinymedals): they're both quite damaging and can hit all enemies on screen, but they don't have a skill set.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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), Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese)

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.
  • Action Girl: The only female party member, and the person most likely to take charge against an opponent.
  • An Ice Person - Can learn how to cast ice spells.
  • Ass Kicks You - Her Hip Drop attack.
  • 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 abilites 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.
  • 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 NP Cs 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 croacky Voice of the Legion.
  • Fiery Redhead: Literally. Her default spells involve fire.
  • Flunky Boss: Costantly 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.
  • Hot Witch: It's even exploited by King Clavius, trying to woo 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.
  • 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 memeber and is free.
  • 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 embarassment.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Shipper on Deck: While the whole party thinks Medea and the Hero should be together. Jessica is the first person to notice romantic feelings between them and encourages the Hero to pursue her. She is also very happy when they actually get married.
  • Ship Tease: Jessica get this with both Angelo and later the Hero in the 3DS version. With Angelo a lot of their interactions can be interpretted as Belligerent Sexual Tension. With the Hero, the 3DS version of the game adds bonding events where the two get closer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Part of her Divine Bustier outfit.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The above mentioned Divine Bustier.

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.
  • 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.
  • Lady Killer In Love: With Jessica.
  • Laser Blade: His ultimate sword, the Shamshir of Light.
  • Male Gaze: In-Universe he subjects Jessica to a full-body one upon meeting her for the first time, much to her dismay.
  • 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.
  • 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 performed with western weapons, are highly reminiscent of iaijutsu.
  • Ship Tease: With Jessica. Their interactions can be interpreted as Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • 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.

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 made him pretty cynical, but he learn to grow out of it, and even focuses less on saving himself if it means saving the world.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • High Class Gloves: Her wedding dress includes long gloves.
  • 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.
  • 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 3DS 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...

  • Asshole Victim: Since he attacked and possibly killed some guards of Trodain in order to steal the scepter, we can safely assume that he wasn't a good guy even before Rhapthorne possessed him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 a giant monster.
  • 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.

     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
  • 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: 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.
    • The remake does nothing to diminish this, except instead of stabbing himself, he slams a fireball into his arm.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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.

Red/Gerda

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Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese)

An old associate of Yangus. They have quite the history together...

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.

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.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Medea.
  • 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.
  • Gonk: To say he's unattractive is an understatement.
  • 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: 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 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 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.
  • The Good King: Unlike his son, he's a compassionate, heroic and respectable man all around.
  • 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's rite by buying an Argon Heart, but corrects himself and apologizes profusely after learning the truth of the matter.

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

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

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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