Characters / MapleStory

This is the list of playable character classes and notable NPCs from MapleStory. This article contains tropes related to the storyline, skills and, in the case of characters with unique backstories, their personality as per Word of God, so beware of unmarked spoilers and proceed with caution, especially around the Heroes section.

For those adding to character classes with a backstory, please keep using the same gender identification that is used in the majority of their promotional/NPC appearances. This means:
  • Male for the Cannoneer, Hayato, Evan, Phantom, Luminous, Shade, Mihile, Xenon, the Demonnote , Kaiser, and Kinesis.
  • Female for Mercedes, Jett, Kanna, Beast Tamer and Angelic Buster.
  • Neutral for Aran, as Nexon of Korea has stated that Aran's gender is simply "Aran" and the player is given the choice to determine Aran's "canon" gender.

While we are aware that both genders are playable for almost all classes, sticking to the same gender for each character across this entire article will enhance its readability.

Tropes That Apply To All Playable Classes and Characters

  • An Adventurer Is You: Every class falls under one of the five basic class outlines (Warrior, Magician, Thief, Bowman, and Pirate), each with their specific strengths and weaknesses (though some of the special characters avert some weaknesses and negate some strengths because of their powers).
  • Badass: By end-game every one of these heroes is able to wipe out armies of monsters without breaking a sweat.
    • Badass Adorable: Given the cutesy anime-style graphics, almost every character is this even while decked out in their strongest gear.
  • The Chosen One/The Chosen Many: All of them are special in some way or form. For example, the Explorers are people pulled from Earth to serve as saviours while the Six Heroes are legendary for their prowess.
  • Cutscene Incompetence/Cutscene Power to the Max: Several characters have this from time to time.
  • Hero of Another Story: The special characters frequently reference each other in their storylines (most prominently the Hero classes) or other quest lines.
  • The Hero: All of them are pretty heroic, with only the Demon, Phantom, and Alpha treading into Anti-Hero territory at times.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Almost all of them screw up at one point in their storylines, leading to a series of quests to fix their mistake.
  • Vague Age: Most of the generic content is written with some form of Kid Hero in mind, although many of the named classes are explicitly older than that.

MapleStory Characters pages

  • Adventurers, Cygnus Knights, Resistance and Region Exclusives
    • Adventurers/Explorers
    • Cygnus Knights/Knights of Cygnus note 
    • Resistance note 
    • Region Exclusives note 
  • Heroes, Nova, Child of God and FriendStory
    • Heroes note 
    • Nova note 
    • Child of God (Zero)
    • Friend Story (Kinesis)
  • NPCs
    • Ereve note 
    • Other jobs instructors note 
    • Companions/Mentors note 
  • Antagonists and Bosses
    • Black Mage and his Commanders
    • Black Wings
    • Other Enemies


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