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Zoë Maya Castillo
Voiced by: Ellie Conrad-Leigh (Dreamfall), Charlotte Ritchie (Dreamfall Chapters)The main character of Dreamfall, Zoë is a college dropout living with her father and is Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life. Zoë gets roped into Stark/Arcadia problems when she begins looking for her ex-boyfriend, who was investigating WATICorp's Project Alchera.
- Action Survivor: Although she can throw a punch, she is no match for armed enemies (unlike April in Dreamfall, for instance).
- Amnesiac Heroine. Downplayed in Chapters. Zoë remembers most of her life—except what happened between her first usage of a Dreamer console and her waking up from the coma. Which is basically most of Dreamfall.
- Ambiguously Brown: While official sources have been far from consistent on this regard, Zoë is generally a lighter-skinned example of the trope. With Dreamfall Chapters, Ragnar Tørnquist revealed that she is specifically a quarter Chinese, "mixed with Argentinian, Indian and English blood."
- Artificial Human: Zoe was created by Helena and Gabriel to reinvent reality through dreams, along with eight other children, like Hanna and Faith.
- Astral Projection: She has the power to project herself into other realms while dreaming. Unlike normal uses of this trope, Zoë's projected self is every bit as real as she is, able to interact with the world around her and be perceived by those around her. In Chapters, Zoë is eventually revealed to have never woken up from her coma. Until she wakes up, you are playing as her projection regardless of whether she is in Stark or Arcadia.
- Bald Women: In Book 5, due to being part of a continuing experiment by Jiva.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her tank top outfit in Dreamfall. A fairly modest version.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in Chapters. In Book 3, she has a large and very visible skin graft after getting severely burned in an explosion.
- Dream Walker/Dream Weaver: While trapped in Storytime in Chapters, Zoë learns to enter other people's dreams and to manipulate them—and extension of her Dreamer powers that she demonstrated in the original Dreamfall.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Enu will blurt out that Zoë's pretty upon meeting her.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In Chapters, she sports a very different hairdo (a loose bun with curly sidebangs) than when she was first introduced. This is used to contrast her old self (which she encounters in Storytime) and her new one.
- Fanservice: Running around in her underwear in Dreamfall, and a few scenes of the same in Chapters.
- Flawed Prototype: Double subverted. It was believed that Zoe was one of these, as she seemed to be a normal girl rather than having the Reality Warper powers she was supposed to have been created with. As it turns out, she actually does have them, they triggered much later in life.
- Given Name Reveal: Zoë's middle name is first revealed by her hospital records in Chapters.
- Hurting Hero: In Chapters, Zoe's gone through an awful lot, and she's been very stressed. She has lost her best friend Olivia and her Implied Love Interest Damien in the interregnum between games, her relationship with Reza is rocky, and she's out of contact with her dad. Later, her new friend Nela suicide bombs an EYE checkpoint.
- I Will Find You: Her journey in Dreamfall starts with her search for Reza, her best friend and ex-boyfriend.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name means "castle" in Spanish. Word of God is that this name was chosen for a reason.
- Missing Mom: Helena Chang.
- Power Tattoo: Coupled with Power Glows. Her Dreamer powers emerge while she is in the Storytime and manifest themselves as tattoos (on her forehead and her arms) that glow whenever she uses them. At the end of Book 4 and in Book 5 in Chapters, she gets a bigger one when she did a Fusion Dance with Lux.
- Pretty in Mink: Has a fur-trimmed coat when she is in Arcadia, and when she goes to Russia in Stark.
- Spoiled Sweet: Even though by the beginning of the game she is little more than a NEETnote and a freeloader with a really rich daddy, she is very brave, smart, kind and helpful.
- Stay with Me Until I Die: She helps Faith pass on by playing with Faith until Faith finally has the courage to sleep forever.
- Trapped in Another World: Specifically, in Storytime for half a year at the start of Chapters.
April RyanSee Characters.The Longest Journey.
Voiced by: Gavin O'Connor (Dreamfall), Nicholas Boulton (Dreamfall Chapters)The second new playable character in Dreamfall. Kian is an assassin and missionary from Azadi, sent to Marcuria to hunt down "The Scorpion". Kian is deeply religious man, but is not blind in his zealotry, unlike his compatriots.
- Adorkable: Show quite a bit of this side in Chapters between his flimsy grasp on subtlety in conservations, his love for yams, getting nostalgic about apple bobbing, and reading children's stories in secret.
- Arrow Catch: Can do one to save Enu and Likho in Book Two of Chapters. Alternatively, you can do nothing and Likho will do the catching.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He starts out as an Apostle, and has a lot of power, particularly for a male in a matriarchy. Later, when he joins the Resistance, they defer to him almost immediately. Even moreso in the epilogue, as he becomes The Bloodless King.
- Bald of Awesome: He shaves his head, although he's no less awesome when he grows his hair out.
- Big Brother Instinct: He develops this towards Bip, as the boy reminds him of himself as a child.
- Blood Magic: He escapes Friar's Keep through a blood sacrifice.
- Celibate Hero: As an Apostle, he's supposed to be celebate.
- Chick Magnet: In Chapters, Enu babbles incoherently around him, calling him gorgeous, and Anna is interested, too.
- Church Militant: He was part of a religious order that converted people... by killing them. The rationale being, that they might be reincarnated as believers. And he still remains faithful after he stops believing in the war against the Northlands. His rationale is that whatever his compatriots are trying to accomplish in Marcuria, it has nothing to do with their religion.
- Death Seeker: He's content with death when Chapters rolls around. A prison riot brings him to his senses.
- Facial Markings: More pronounced in Chapters but he has a number of tattoos on his face. They're to signify his rank of Apostle.
- Genius Bruiser: While he's first and foremost a fighter, he's also a masterful tactician and thinks very quickly on his feet.
- The Good King: At the end of the Chapters, he has become the Bloodless King, much beloved by his people.
- Happily Adopted: He was so by Mother Utana. He does the same for Saga, and it's clear from her tone that she loved him dearly.
- I Owe You My Life: He gets this from Na'ane, if he kept her secret. She'll even travel with him to Sadir and serve him when he is the Bloodless King.
- The Kirk: Becomes this in Chapters to Enu's Spock and Likho's McCoy.
- Like Brother and Sister: Optional, but he can have these relationships with both Enu and Na'ane depending on character choice.
- Master Swordsman: To the point where someone will sacrifice his life for blood magic to get him to safety, solely because he'd be a better swordsman.
- Mr. Fanservice: Introduced to us with a Shirtless Scene, and spends his first chapter and a part of the second shirtless in Chapters.
- My Country, Right or Wrong:
- Begins to question his empire's crusade towards the end of Dreamfall.
- By Dreamfall Chapters he does, in his own words, no longer believe that whatever the Azadi is doing in Marcuria is "the divine will of the Goddess."
- Pet the Dog: When he interviews Zoë in Friar's Keep, he not only believes her story, he tries to get her freed.
- Precision F-Strike: "He's fucking a magical?"
- Straight Gay: Discussed with either Likho or Enu early in Book 3 of Chapters (only hinted at in the latter conversation while unequivocally discussed in the former), and confirmed by Word of Gay outside of the game. Book 5 has him outright state this to Crow.
- Street Urchin: During his escape from Friar's Keep in Chapters, he mentions that he grew up on the streets of Sadir—that's apparently where he acquired the skills needed to pick locks with arrows.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: In Dreamfall, playing as him allows the Azadi Empire to display some shades of gray, and helps April's goals seem considerably less sympathetic than they would have if she'd been the sole protagonist. One of the best moments of the game occurs when the two have a conversation and player control keeps shifting from one to the other, showing the range of his/her dialogue options and allowing the player to steer the character's opinion of the other.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Kian's conflict in Dreamfall is whether to obey his orders despite his increasing realization that the Azadi are in the wrong or to do what he knows is right at the cost of defying the religion he has dedicated his life to. He ultimately chooses Good.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He loves Yams.
- Villain Protagonist: In Dreamfall, Kian works for the villainous Azadi to crush the heroic rebellion.
Voiced by: Patrick FitzsymonsZoë's father.
- Badass Bookworm: It takes real guts to stand up to Reality Warper Brian Westhouse, even if he fails.
- Good Parents: His defining characteristic. He even gave up a fortune and all interest in Helena's plan to raise Zoe.
Voiced by: Michael Ford-Fitzgerald (Dreamfall), Leo Staar (Dreamfall Chapters)Zoë's ex-boyfriend and an investigative journalist.
- Amicable Exes: Reza and Zoë still get along despite breaking up. They're back together in Chapters, but things are a bit rough between them. It's up to the player to either work on it or make it even worse.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: WATICorp releases him after brainwashing him so they can have an agent near Zoë. The specifics of his brainwashing are never made clear, but it's presumably why he's so opposed to Zoë acting against WATI. Fortunately, he gets deprogrammed once WATI's crimes are exposed.
- Intrepid Reporter: Working for "The Hand That Bites", which focuses on exposing corporate and government oppression of rights. In Chapters they've changed their name to "The Hand that Feeds" but it's still the same paper.
- Maybe Ever After: With Zoë at the end of Chapters. Zoë's clearly happy to be reunited with Reza in the hospital and she's shown to be pregnant five years later, but it's unclear as to whether she actually stayed together with Reza.
- Not Himself: Whatever happened during his disappearance, Zoë notices that something is seriously wrong about him the first she sees him after his reappearance, and although she starts to trust him again somewhat during her time in the coma, she can't shake off a strange Gut Feeling that something is just off. It even carries over on a more subconscious level after she awakens from the coma. It's because WATIcorp brainwashed him. It wears off in the epilogue.
- Real Men Cook: In Chapters he's good with making risotto. Zoë points out that, although Europolis has a number of great food vendors, Reza is still an excellent cook.
Voiced by: Mary HealyZoë best friend. Liv is a hacker who owns and operates Alien the Cat, a technology store in Casablanca.
- He Knows Too Much: It's implied that she was killed because she learned too much about WATI's plans.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Zoë is told that Liv died in an accident while Zoë was comatose. Zoë doesn't buy it.
- The Smart Guy: The solution to many puzzles involves Zoë calling Liv so her technical expertise can help.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She died in an alleged accident sometime before Chapters
Voiced by: Victor BurkeA WATI programmer that Reza contacted.
- Defector from Decadence: When Damien realized what WATI was up to, he readily agreed to leak information to Reza.
- Never Suicide: Officially, Damien killed himself to atone for trying to conquer the world with Dreamers. It's pretty clear that Damien was murdered by WATI so he could act as a fall guy.
- The Scapegoat: WATI pinned the blame for their Dreamer mind control scheme on him.
- Temporary Love Interest: He and Zoë have feelings for one another, but Damien is killed before anything comes of it. By Chapters, Zoë is back with Reza.
Voiced by: Jack Angel (Dreamfall: The Longest Journey), Tim Bentinck (Dreamfall Chapters)Zoë's Watilla, a toy bot. She has owned Wonkers since she was four.
- Back for the Finale: After spending most of Chapters powered down in Zoë's apartment, Wonkers finally returns in Book 5 as part of Zoë's self-inflicted Lotus-Eater Machine. The real deal shows up in Zoë's epilogue.
- Nice Guy: Wonkers is incredibly kind.
- Not Himself: Zoë notices that something is off about him when she meets him in Chapters, pointing out that he is acting suspiciously robotic all of a sudden.
Voiced by: Jonathan DowThe founder of WATICorp who still commands his company after 150 years.
- Big Bad: The Starkian Big Bad in DF until the end when Samantha has the twins kill him and she usurps the role.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's using WATICorp to take over the world.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: He has used technology to prolong his life well past the age of 150 years. The results are rather ugly to say the least, both physically and mentally.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: He's kept alive by machinery. It's not pretty to see. At all.
- Dirty Old Man: He boasts to Zoë about his getting off on experiencing Reza's dreams of having sex with her.
- Evil Brit: He definitely has the accent.
- Faking the Dead: He is believed to be long dead in 2219. He isn't.
- Fat Bastard: He even kind of looks like Mojo.
- Smug Snake: Peats is a perverted coward who is completely helpless without his technology. In the end, Samantha Gilmore exploits this weakness in order to kill him and usurp his control over WATICorp.
Voiced by: Maryke HendricksePeats' second in command and the public face of WATICorp.
- Big Bad: Becomes the one for Stark at the end of the story.
- Decoy Leader: She acts as the official leader of WATI-corp, but she gets her orders from Peats. At the end, she has the twins kill Peats, removing the Decoy from her title.
- Dragon Ascendant: She is fully in charge of WATIcorp after she has the twins impale Peats to death.
- The Starscream: She betrays Peats and has him murdered in his moment of weakness.
- Tomboyish Name: She is commonly referred as "Sam", for example, by Peats right before she kills him, confusing some fans who thought that there was an unrevealed dude named Samuel involved.
- Valley Girl/Spoiled Brat: Implied to not really have all that good of a grasp on exactly what her company is doing, and attempts to make up for that by being a very unpleasant boss. In fact, she was just biding her time.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She is notably absent in Chapters, though WATICorp is still a major antagonist.
Voiced by: Iris Quin (Dreamfall: The Longest Journey), Jane Perry (Dreamfall Chapters)A scientist working for JIVA. Zoë's adventure began when Reza asked her to pick up a package from Helena.
- Abusive Parents: She views the daughers she created as disposable tools. According to Gabriel, Helena would have "disposed of" the then two years-old Zoë if he hadn't adopted her.
- Ambiguous Situation: According to Gabriel, Helena vanished in the flash of light that resulted from Zoë taking the Undreaming from Westhouse. It's never revealed what happened to her.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After making a brief appearance at the start of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, Helena is eventually revealed to be one of the most important characters in the story.
- The Dragon: She's the Prophet's agent in Stark.
- Dragon with an Agenda: While she's working for the Prophet, she decides to recreate the world to her own desires as opposed to the Prophet's.
- Mad Scientist: Helena seeks to create a dreamer so she can recreate the world.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Helena seeks to recreate the world so she can create a utopia.
(Theoretically) Blind Bob
Voiced by: Andre SogliuzzoA Marcurian beggar whom Zoë meets in front of the Journeyman Inn. He is not actually blind, but he could be, so his full name is Theoretically Blind Bob—he just often omits "Theoretically" because it's so long.
- Breakout Character: Kinda. Bob is a two-bit Plucky Comic Relief character in Dreamfall, but was popular enough to return with a bigger role in Chapters.
- I Have Many Names: In Chapters. He prefers to call himself "The General", but another character refers to him as "Bob-who-now-can-see" while he is mentioned in the objective list as "Once-Blind Bob".
- Obfuscating Disability: He is "theoretically" blind.
- Throwing Off the Disability: His sickly white eyes looks normal in Chapters, and other characters and the game text refers to him as a previously blind person.
The ProphetA mysterious robed figure in Marcuria who seems to represent the Six.
- Big Bad: He's the main villain of the Dreamfall arc.
- Black Cloak: He wears one that mostly conceals him.
- Black Speech: He's apparently speaking dragon, but to us it sounds like a bunch of unintelligible strangled whispers.
- Dramatic Unmask: In Book 5 of Chapters, we learn he is really Brian Westhouse
- Demonic Possession: Is possessed by the Undreaming
- The Faceless: His face and, thereby true identity, is a mystery.
- Giving Radio to the Romans: He was the one who gave the Azadi the knowledge and the means to construct the Engine, which is essentially a giant computer running on steam technology.
- Karma Houdini: He gets away with everything in Dreamfall. He finally gets his comeuppance in Chapters
- Man Behind the Man: He apparently sparked the Azadi's scientific revolution and put them on the track of exterminating magic from the world, to further his own goals.
- Malevolent Masked Man: He adds a mask to his costume in Chapters.
- More Than Mind Control: Even when The Undreaming is not inside of him, he willingly goes along with its influences
- The Reveal: He's Brian Westhouse.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He does just want to go home and prevent Chaos. '
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His ultimate fate is never explained in Chapters
Voiced by: Jenny MaherThe newborn White Dragon April helped hatch in The Longest Journey, currently living as a human in the Dark People's Library.
- God in Human Form: As a Draic Kin, the White Kin is practically a god. She takes the form of a human to hide.
- Mystical White Hair: Has long, perfectly white hair and is one of the most powerful magical creatures in all of Arcadia.
- Spirit Advisor: Seems to be one for Saga. Whether it's Astral Projection or something else is unclear.
Voiced by: Garrett Lombard (Dreamfall), Mark Healy (Dreamfall Chapters)The commander of the Azadi forces stationed in the Northlands. Born to a noble family, Vamon has had a chip on his shoulder about Kian for as long as he has known him, due to his low birth and quick ascension through the military ranks despite this status. He also appears involved in a mysterious conspiracy, sometimes meeting with the Prophet and Sister Sahya in secret...
- Combat Pragmatist: In Chapters, his encounter with Kian at the Keep has him pull out his pistol and shoot Kian a couple times.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: His ultimate fate at the hands of a magical lynch mob. Anna, whom he tried to kill in the backstory, delivers the first blow.
- The Dragon: To Sister Sahya.
- Dueling Scar: Has one across his nose and right cheek.
- Evil Counterpart: Vamon and Kian both grew up on the streets of Sadir. The difference is that while Kian is a moral man who puts his skills acquired on the streets to good use, Vamon uses his skills to abuse his powers.
- Hero Killer: He has his men kill both April Ryan and General Hami.
- Icy Blue Eyes: While all Azadi have blue eyes, Vamon's are especially piercing.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Shoves Sister Sahya off a balcony, and he gets it at the hand of a lynch mob led by Anna.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: When he finds that the prisoners of Friar's Keep are giving statements to General Hami that contradicts his own men's claims that Kian died in the riot, he immediately suggests the idea of murdering them before the General can interview them again. Sister Sahya in turn points how foolish this idea is.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: The other part of his antipathy towards Kian seems to stem from petty jealously over the fact that Kian is a better swordsman than him.
Voiced by: Jade YourellThe Azadi governess of Northlands, ruling from the Great Azadi Tower in Marcuria. Like Vamon she apparently has a hidden agenda that she is trying to keep secret from the The Six.
- Disney Villain Death: Vamon pushes her off the Tower's balcony.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: After all she's done, her death was much deserved.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: Gets shoved off a balcony by her lover.
- Office Romance: Is in a relationship with Vamon, despite it being strictly forbidden according to Azadi customs.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She sometimes needs to rein Vamon in from making rash and short-sighted decisions, reminding him that they have to be patient and careful if their plan is going to stay under wraps.
- The Starscream: She plans to harness the power of the Engine and use it to usurp the Six and have herself crowned as the sole Empress.
The Six, Empresses of AzadiThe heads of the Azadi Empire and the Goddess religion.
- Bigger Bad: Seem to be the Arcadian Bigger Bads in DF, although Chapters implies that whatever Vamon and Sahya are doing in Marcuria happened without the Six's sanction and knowledge, although they all ostensibly follow the Prophet.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: They are all short and look like they are preteens.
- Karma Houdini/The Bad Guy Wins: At least in Dreamfall. Who knows what the rest of the series holds for them... They seem to get replaced by Kian, the Bloodless King.
Na'aneA Zhidmari healer who recently joined April's rebels against the Azadi.
- Badass Bookworm: She's a healer, and doesn't fight herself. But she can handle herself in a scrap with alchemy.
- Healing Hands: She is first and foremost known as an incredibly skilled healer.
- My Greatest Failure: She feels awful about betraying April.
- The Needs of the Many: She decides to betray April so that the rebels can get the food and medicine they desperately need.
- I Owe You My Life: If Kian keeps quiet about her treason, she is eternally grateful to him, even going with him to Sadir and serving him when he takes over the country.
Voiced by: Alan StanfordThe mysterious and apparent caretaker of Dreamtime.
- Occult Blue Eyes: Of the wizard kind.
- The Mentor: Becomes this to Zoë, once she finds herself stuck in Dreamtime
- Talks Like a Simile: Zoë jokes that he uses metaphors so frequently when she talks with him that it has rubbed off on her.
Voiced by: Georgia PearceA mysterious girl that keeps appearing before Zoë to ask her to save April Ryan.
- Artificial Human: Chapters reveals that Helena Chang created Faith in a lab in an attempt to create a Dreamer.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Her appearance is based off the trope maker Sadako from The Ring.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Faith's attempts to preserve herself in the Wire after her physical death created the Static that is disabling vital technology on Stark, killing many. Faith has no idea that she's doing this.
- Virtual Ghost: WATI's experiments killed Faith a few months before Dreamfall begins. The Faith that talks to Zoë is a copy of herself she somehow created on the Wire.
The UndreamingThe Undreaming is unchained.
- The Anti-God: Is the counterpart to Lux. Its true form even resembles Lux, albeit as a Lux made of darkness rather than light.
- Dark is Not Evil: It's unclear what it actually is, but Lux points out that it's bad because it was separated from itself.
- Demonic Possession: It possessed Brian Westhouse when the man entered the Storytime.
- Eldritch Abomination: It's an incorporeal being capable of destroying both worlds and potentially everyone's subconscious.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lux. Lux creates the Dream that is reality, while the Undreaming seeks to end the Dream.