Characters: Dragon's Lair
Dirk The Daring
Voiced by: Dan Molina
The hero of the series, a valiant but not so bright knight whose goal is to rescue Princess Daphne from whatever predicament she falls into.
- Awesome McCoolname
- Badass Normal: In a world full of magical, monstrous and elemental creatures and obstacles, Dirk is armed only with a sword and his physical prowess.
- Butt Monkey
- Combat Medic: When he acquires the "Dragon Spirit" spell that can heal him at little cost of mana or obtains life potions to be used in later battles in 3D: Return to the Lair.
- Cowardly Lion: Has shades of this, but is no less deadly with his sword.
- Dissonant Serenity: While most of his "Falling" deaths have him screaming bloody murder, some in Time Warp have him pouting irritably at the player. One particular late-game death involves calmly whistling whilst sinking into lava.
- Dork Knight
- Happily Married: To Daphne.
- The Hero
- Heroic BSOD/Heartbroken Badass: Near the end of Time Warp, after he brings Daphne down to normal with the deathly side effect of the Death Ring in the original, when he sees her lying in the pedestal bed, he thinks he has failed her or caused her death and gives what he thinks is their Last Kiss and buries his head in grief, all the while using Offhand Backhands on the little imps that repeatedly attack him. Little does he realize that the kiss was actually a True Love's Kiss that has broken the spell while he is fighting off the imps and trying to stay alive by climbing onto crumbling platforms; and when she calls his name, he recovers completely upon seeing her alive and well.
- Heroic Mime: Has almost no dialogue whatsoever in the games, save for two lines in both of the first two games; "Uh oh", "Wow", "Daphne!" and "Yahoo!"
- Magic Knight: In 3D: Return to the Lair.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: A notable handicap of his in almost all of the games save 3D: Return to the Lair. Even in the NES version, there are many enemies and obstacles (even doors) that kill him in a single hit, excluding the bats and skulls. However, in the third game, Dirk not only has a life bar, but he also has mana and can take some hits from all enemies before dying, though Bottomless Pits do spell instant death.
- Briefly averted in "Time Warp" when part of the story requires Dirk to get bitten hard in the ankle by an enemy in order for the story to progress.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Not that you can blame him, really.
- Super Drowning Skills: Especially in 3D: Return to the Lair.
"Please, save me!"Princess Daphne
Voiced by: Vera Pacheco
The series resident Damsel in Distress, and later Dirk's wife.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: In "Time Warp".
- Action Girl: In the comics, at least.
- Creator Cameo: Daphne's actress, Vera Pacheco, was the head of Don Bluth's drawing clean-up department.
- Damsel in Distress: In all three of the Dragon's Lair games.
- The Ditz: Very bubbleheaded in personality.
- Happily Married: To Dirk after the first game.
- Magic Dress: When she transforms into a huge monster in Time Warp, her dress grows with her so as to keep her modest at all times.
- Ms. Fanservice / Stripperific: Her design is very skimpily dressed and curvaceous; apparently her design was based on Playboy pin-up girls.
- One-Winged Angel: Non-villainous example; in "Time Warp" when Mordroc succeeds in putting the Death Ring on her finger, she transforms into a massive giant pig-nosed lizard. And this is either in the original version after you collect all the treasures, or in the Re Cut if you miss any (if you collected all the treasures in this one, however, she suddenly falls in a deathly faint and vanishes, and you see her again suddenly lying in bed after defeating Mordoc, which is either Fridge Brilliance or Fridge Logic).
- Satellite Love Interest / Satellite Character: Has little in the way of personality.
Singe the Dragon
The eponymous dragon of the series
, and the villain of the first game, as well as the third one.
"Princess Daphne is MINE!"
An evil wizard, and the villain of Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp
, as well as Dragon's Lair 3D
. His goal in Time Warp was to kidnap Daphne so he could put the Death Ring on her finger in marriage.
- Artifact of Doom: The Death Ring (housed inside the Casket of Doom) that is in his possession, which he intended to put in Daphne's finger in marriage.
- Back from the Dead: He was gruesomely killed off in "Time Warp", but is back in 3D.
- Big Bad: Of the second and third games.
- Black Cloak
- Body Horror: His death scene in "Time Warp", where getting the death ring thrown onto his finger causes him to swell into a large, bloated blob of warts.
- Boss Banter: Frequently hurls insults at Dirk such as "Fool!"
- Dirty Old Man: The Attract Mode of "Time Warp" shows he has the hots for Daphne.
- Evil Wizard
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Besides his painful transformation, he is clearly shattering to pieces and has steam hissing from his body before Dirk slashes at him with his sword, causing him to explode and crumble to dust.
- Flunky Boss: He uses a couple centaurs and the local reptiles to ward off Dirk during the prehistoric level.
- For the Evulz: His only plausible motivation for kidnapping Daphne and wedding her with the Death Ring.
- Get Back Here Boss: The entire game is spent chasing him down from time period after time period.
- Gonk: Boy did the developers put effort into making this guy ugly.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The very ring he intended to use on Daphne ended up bringing about his own downfall.
- Large Ham / No Indoor Voice: All of his dialogue is quite loud and over the top.
- Lean and Mean: Very bony and thin.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Smashed into dust at the end of Time Warp.
- Magic Pants: Subverted in his Death Ring transformation—while Daphne's outfit morphs along with her when she transforms with the Death Ring (obviously for purposes of modesty), Mordroc's transformation has him completely bursting out of his cloak.
- One-Winged Angel: In 3D, after getting hit enough times by Dirk's special arrow, he'll transform into a giant black dragon.
- Shock and Awe: One of his attacks in stages 2 and 3.
- Sinister Schnoz: Has one long enough to have a twig growing on it!
- Tele-Frag: His attack in stage 5.
- Unexplained Recovery: The only possible explanation for how he and Singe came back in the third game? He's a wizard.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Pulls this on Dirk in "Time Warp" by disguising himself as Daphne.
"Kidnapped?! My Daphne KIDNAPPED AGAIN?!"Hilda
"YOU! BETTER! FIND! MY! DAUGHTER! OR! ELSE!"
Daphne's ill-tempered mother, and Dirk's mother-in-law. Sole appearance was in "Time Warp".
The Time Machine (AKA Mordroc's Brother)
Voiced by: Hal Smith
Mordroc's brother, a bumbling old Time Machine found residing inside of Singe's old treasure room. He is Dirk's advisor and means of travelling through time in "Time Warp", his sole appearance.