Characters: King's Quest
This is for the various characters that show up in the King's Quest games and Expanded Universe.
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The Royal Family
The rulers of Daventry, and the main protagonists for (most of) the games.
- Badass Family: All of them have undergone adventures at least once.
- Butt Monkey: A meta example. These games are best known for The Many Deaths of You, and since they rely heavily on Trial-and-Error Gameplay, it's expected to see these characters die in countless ways.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Averted. If their many possible deaths are an indication, their limitations are very much human. In KQ5 for example, Graham can't cross a desert without water, climb a mountain without the proper equipment, or travel across an ocean without a boat.
- Guile Heroes: Their adventures require them to be as keen as they are willful.
- Modest Royalty
- Graham grew up as the son of a knight, and ascended the throne with no more intention than to serve his country. KQ5 would send him off to an unfamiliar land with nothing more than his new-found strength and the clothes on his back.
- Alexander spent his entire childhood as a slave to Manannan, and continues to see himself as such even after discovering his true identity.
- Rosella goes about Tamir disguised as a peasant girl, and is even dismissed as "a ragged commoner" by a bratty prince.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: That "something" being undergoing journeys of epic proportions.
- Ruling Couple: Graham and Valanice, Alexander and Cassima.
- Spin-Offspring: Alexander and Rosella.
- Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Again, Alexander and Rosella.
The patriarch of the family. Originally started out as Sir Graham, the son of one of Daventry's knights, but a Succession Crisis caused King Edward to offer him the crown after he proved his loyalty and cleverness in a quest. As a result, while Graham is wise and just in terms of actual ruling, when it comes to courtly manners he's a bit of a bumpkin who's still more at home acting like a humble squire than a blue-blooded aristocrat. Protagonist of KQ1, KQ2, and KQ5.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: In King's Quest I: Quest For The Crown.
- Badass Beard: Sports an impressive one in Your Legacy Awaits
- Badass Grandpa: Now officially a grandpa in Your Legacy Awaits
- Benevolent Boss: By way of Nice to the Entire Castle Staff and his Subjects. Aside from his being genuinely nice and caring, he also reasons pragmatically that remembering birthdays and anniversaries and giving presents and good treatment and other niceties is a small price to pay for staff who are thus more motivated to do their jobs well and make his life easier.
- Butt Monkey: In King's Quest V: Absence Makes The Heart Go Yonder! and one of the Tie-In Novels.
- Cool Hat: His iconic feathered adventurer's cap, which he prefers to his crown.
- Cool Old Guy
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when he's voiced by Josh Mandel.
- Despair Event Horizon: In Kings Quest III when Rosella was chosen as a Human Sacrifice. He went so far into Heroic BSOD that it was was entirely on Alexander to fight the dragon.
- Don't Call Me Sir: He was the son of a mid-level knight and hadn't any higher ambitions than serving the country. He's really a soldier at heart.
- Genius Bruiser: Though not really a stereotypical genius, per se, he does combine being "built like a linebacker" (as he's often described) with a clever, well-educated mind and preferring to think his way through problems. Though he does engage in swordplay (and frying pan-wielding) on occasion, especially in the Fan Remakes, Fan Sequels, and Tie-In Novels.
- Genius Sweet Tooth: See above for the "genius" part, and the Extended Universe paints him as loving sweets perhaps more than his waistline would approve.
- The Good King
- Happily Married
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Love Before First Sight: How he met Valanice.
- No Hero to His Valet: His Prime Minister is less likely to overlook Graham's quirks and occasional lapses in judgment, and calls him out on them now and again. Graham doesn't mind, as he feels "A king needs 'nay' sayers more than he needs 'yea' sayers."
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Especially in King's Quest V, where his snark occasionally reaches rather vicious levels.
- Thinking Out Loud: The Companion suggests he does this a lot, if his Sarcastic Devotee Prime Minster is to be believed.
- What's Up, King Dude?: He actively encourages this.
The daughter of a prince and a farmgirl, who was imprisoned in a tower by an evil witch and eventually rescued by Graham. As a result of her noble background, she tends to be more poised and cultured than her husband, and helps him run the castle and navigate around royal customs. Somewhat more sedate and homebody than the rest of the family, though when Rosella is lost at one point she proves to be a competent adventurer regardless while searching for her. Shares the role of protagonist of KQ7 with her daughter Rosella.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: In the Expanded Universe, she appears to be a "foodie" and is described as a very good cook.
- Girl in the Tower: Her introduction in KQ2.
- Happily Married
- The High Queen: At least until KQ7, where she was given a bit more Character Development. She's still much more proper and regal than her ex-soldier husband.
- I Want Grandkids: Spends the first part of King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride trying to marry Rosella off while invoking this trope, despite the fact Alexander just got married in the last game... As seen in Your Legacy Awaits, she finally gets her wish with the introduction of Gwendolyn and Gart.
- Klatchian Coffee: She's famous for making very strong tea.
- Mama Bear: Don't mess with her daughter!
- Proper Lady: She is never unintentionally rude.
- Redhead In Green
- Rescue Romance: How she met Graham.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She's very much a Proper and Genteel Lady, but, see Mama Bear above.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: In one of the Tie-In Novels, her dress collection is described as taking up several entire wings of Castle Daventry.
- Women Are Wiser: In the same novel, the fairies give her special treatment over Graham because they consider her more down to earth than her husband. She also handles social matters more adeptly.
The female half of the Royal Twins. Tends to take after her father in personality and her mother in looks. While she generally is well-meaning and accepts her role as potential queen, she does have her moments of being rebellious and a bit bratty. Protagonist of KQ4 and KQ7, but shares the latter role with her mother Valanice.
- Badass Princess
- Damsel in Distress: In King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human and The Silver Lining, though usually she's an Action Girl.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very much so in King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride
- Genki Girl
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A bit more spirited than the usual type, perhaps, but she means well and overall is sweet and wholesome enough.
- Human Sacrifice: Almost became one in the third game.
- Odango Hair: In The Silver Lining.
- Rebellious Princess: She doesn't necessary mind all of being a princess, but she still chafes sometimes at not getting to have adventures and at the prospect of having to get married and be a mother.
- Red Oni: With Alexander as Blue Oni.
- Royal Brat: Sometimes, especially in one of the Tie-In Novels.
- Tomboy Princess: She'd rather be romping around having adventures than being a prim princess, and in her youth she often liked playing with sporting equipment and other boyish activities.
- Will They or Won't They?: Her ongoing relationship with Edgar is... unusual, to say the least.
The male half of the Royal Twins. Tends to take after his father in looks and his mother in personality. Outwardly calm and well-mannered, but with a core of craftiness, passion, and self-doubt. Also, give him a Spell Book to work from, and he's a dangerously competent sorcerer. Protagonist of KQ3 and KQ6.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: In King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow.
- Badass Bookworm: He may be a calm, quiet, pretty-boy scholar, but that doesn't stop him from being able to kill a dragon, challenge Death, and hold his own for a time with a giant-ass sword almost too heavy to lift.
- Beneath the Mask: Despite returning home to a loving family and the rank of prince, he still thinks of himself as the slave Gwydion, and the "Alexander" identity as a cloak or a mask. He makes consessions to both identities by signing his papers "Alexander-Gwydion"
- Blue Oni: With Rosella as Red Oni.
- Brainy Brunet: The Extended Universe paints him as being almost a straight-up medieval Geek, if more good-looking and well-mannered than average. He spends a fair bit of time teaching at the Royal University and studying magic, pens several textbooks himself, and the Companion comments that he holds for Cassima a "passion previously reserved only for books".
- Changeling Fantasy: The Daventry family is more caring of him than Manannan could ever be.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Attracts a number of admirers in the series, including a spider in King's Quest VI, a barmaid in the Fan Remake of King's Quest III, and a princess in one of the Tie-In Novels, but still worries Cassima won't find him attractive.
- The Comically Serious: Though he does have a sense of humor, just an extremely dry and subtle one.
- Drama Queen: Or shall we say "Drama Prince"? Alex sure acts like one in King's Quest VI while feigning suicide in front of Shamir Shamazel and the Pawn Shop Owner.
- Gentleman Snarker: Less overtly snarky than his father, and more subtle and polite with his zingers.
- Happily Married: Again, in King's Quest VI.
- Made a Slave: Most of his life was spent this way.
- Pretty Boy: Described as handsome and even beautiful regularly, and has plenty of fangirls (and the occasional fanboy) both in-universe and in Real Life.
- Prince Charming/The Wise Prince: Zigzagged, as while he does act this way sincerely and has a genuinely kind and gentlemanly personality, underneath it all he still sees himself as a lowly slave.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Sports a nice yellow and blue one in King's Quest VI.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: His essays and interviews in the Companion have this feel to them.
- Shonen Hair: In The Silver Lining, to go with Rosella's Odango Hair, it seems.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: A rare unironic example. Emphasis on the tall especially, since he's described as being taller than his father who's already six feet tall to begin with.
- Troubled, but Cute: Very common in fanworks (and some of the Expanded Universe stuff), though not present in the official games.
- Utility Magic: The only type of magic he's been shown to be able to cast so far, though it does include things like inducing storms. Still extremely dangerous with it anyway.
- Walking Spoiler: His history as a slave named Gwydion makes him this within the context KQ3, as it isn't clear he has any kind of connection to the Daventry family until The Reveal when he actually meets them.
GwendolynThe daughter of Alexander and Cassima and the granddaughter of Graham and Valanice. Every summer she visits Daventry to hear about Graham's many adventures. Set to appear in King's Quest: Your Legacy Awaits.
GartThe son of Rosella and Edgar and the grandson of Graham and Valanice. Set to appear in King's Quest: Your Legacy Awaits.
A fairy prince who's the son of King Oberon and Queen Titania, but was kidnapped and raised for a long time by the evil witch Lolotte. It was when Rosella came to defeat Lolotte that he met her, and was subsequently rescued and returned to his family. He later met up with Rosella again in KQ7 where the two (eventually) marry.Features in KQ4 and KQ7.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Does this to Rosella twice, though once it was Lolotte who invoked it on his behalf and he felt guilty and eventually helped Rosella escape it, and the second time it was while he was Brainwashed and Crazy disguised as the Troll King.
- Baleful Polymorph: Poor guy seems to keep suffering these. First into an ugly green hunchback as Lolotte's "son", then as a duplicate of the Troll King.
- Boy Next Door: While not literally the boy next door, he nonetheless fits this personality type rather well, coming off as more of an Average Nice Guy than a blueblood even after he gets to go home.
- Changeling Fantasy
- Distressed Dude: He just can't seem to stop being kidnapped, poor fellow.
- Let's Get Dangerous: He may be more of a Non-Action Guy than the rest of the protagonists tend to be, but he'll stand up and be brave when the time calls for it.
- Love at First Sight: He has this for Rosella when they first meet... though it takes her a second (and third, and fourth...) sight to finally consider reciprocating.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: What causes him to turn against Lolotte and help Rosella the first time they meet.
- Our Fairies Are Different: No wings, and more human-looking than the average fairy in general, even compared to his parents.
- Prince Charmless: At first, when he's Lolotte's weird son helping her imprison Rosella. But he has a change of heart and turns out to be Good All Along, then Genesta further shows he's Beautiful All Along, becoming more of a Prince Charming (albeit a more dorky one than average).
- Shrinking Violet: Very quiet and shy to almost adorkable levels. Particularly when around Rosella, who frequently gives him a bad case of Crush Blush.
- Standard Hero Reward: Actually offers himself as this to Rosella after she helps him escape Lolotte, but she turns him down because she has more pressing concerns at the time. Later on when they meet again he asks her to let him court her instead, and she accepts.
- Will They or Won't They?: Never resolved before the series ends, though fans usually go with "they will", particularly in The Silver Lining. All but confirmed with the reveal of their son Gart in Your Legacy Awaits.
Princess of the Land of the Green Isles, Cassima is first met as a serving girl in Mordack's Castle in King's Quest V, where she meets the Royal Family of Daventry. Alexander is smitten and King's Quest VI involves him journeying to the Land of the Green Isles to see her.
- All-Loving Hero: Both the ferryman and Jollo describe her this way.
- Badass Princess: While not as action-y as Alexander, she's certainly not afraid to wade into the fray with a dagger.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Will get Graham out of jail if he returns her golden locket.
- Damsel in Distress: In KQV, she's trapped by a powerful wizard. In KQVI, she's trapped in her palace.
- Friend to All Living Things: She even befriends Mordack's monsters.
- The High Queen: Becomes this at the end of the KQVI.
- Let's Get Dangerous/Silk Hiding Steel: Seemingly a normal Princess Classic, but is unafraid to use violence in her plans, and will commit such violence herself if need be.
- Love at First Sight: It's implied she was as taken with Alexander from their first meeting as he was with her.
- Neutral Female: Cassima brilliantly subverts this in KQVI if you slip her Lady Celeste's dagger.
- Politically Active Princess/Royals Who Actually Do Something: Along with her parents, Cassima often undertook diplomatic relations.
- The Smart Girl: Jollo and the ferryman both mention that Cassima has a good head on her shoulders, and she does think of a few clever plans.
- Unkempt Beauty: To an extent, in that Alexander falls for her even while she's trapped in Mordack's castle dressed in slave rags and her hair a mess (though she's still wearing makeup for some reason). Of course, the slave attire wouldn't put Alex off seeing as the poor kid still thinks of himself as a lucky slave.
An old Evil Sorceror who's the Sorcerous Overlord of Llewdor, and lives in a mansion overlooking the country. His nastier habits besides terrorizing Llewdor's citizens involve enslaving young boys to do his chores until they come of age and he disposes of them, and dispatching his adversaries via turning them into housecats. Brother of Mordack, an equally Evil Sorceror. He shows up in KQ3 and KQ5.
- Animal Motifs: He's frequently associated with cats and is turned into one by one of his slaves.
- Baleful Polymorph: Again, what he likes to do to his more powerful opponents and what eventually happens to him.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: He loves dealing with misbehaving slaves and townspeople this way, including things like forcing them to do the YMCA dance or turning them into snails temporarily.
- Disc One Final Boss: Escaping from Manannan only constitutes the first half of KQ3.
- Disintegrator Ray: His other favorite method of dealing with unruly slaves.
- Drop-In Nemesis: Loves doing this to his slaves or any townspeople he feels are out of line, via liberal application of Villain Teleportation.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: One of his slaves turns him into a cat using one of his own spells.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Noteworthy that he was less elected or born to the position and instead is just powerful enough to be able to play Big Brother Is Watching and torment anyone who steps out of line.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Even the games themselves manage to be inconsistent about how many Ns go in his name and where. Almost guaranteed any Let's Player will doof up saying it as a result, whether accidentally or as a purposeful lampshade.
- Wizard Classic: Complete with Wizard Beard and Robe and Wizard Hat.
- Wizard Needs Food Badly: And if you're his slave, you'd better be quick about getting it for him.
Brother of Manannan and main antagonist of KQ5. He steals Castle Daventry and shrinks the Royal Family, threatening to feed them to Cat!Manannan if they don't restore him to normal. He has his own Island Base and plenty of strange-looking Mooks.
- Animal Motifs: Serpents. Two snake statues guard the entrance of his castle, and two of his forms in the Shape Shifter Showdown include a dragon and a snake.
- Death by Irony: Was planning to invoke this on Alexander by feeding him to the wizard whom he turned into a cat. Instead, he himself fell victim to this trope when he transformed into a wall of fire, only to be doused by Graham's storm spell.
- Playing with Fire: One of his Iconomancy spells is to transform into a wall of fire. However, being pure flame instead of a man controlling flame, he was easily snuffed out by a storm spell. As he would burn out after burning up Graham, this could be seen as a form of Taking You with Me.
- Scaled Up: Though it's not his first choice, or his last, he transforms into a snake after Rabbit!Graham dodged his fireballs as a dragon. Of course, he did not realize that Graham would transform into a mongoose.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Much like his brother.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Through Iconomancy. Besides snakes and fire, he can transform into a majestic dragon and... a giant dragonfly thing. Once Graham learns Iconomancy, it leads to Shape Shifter Showdown.