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This is the list of playable character classes and notable [=NPCs=] from ''VideoGame/MapleStory''. This article contains tropes related to the storyline, skills and, in the case of characters with unique backstories, their personality as per WordOfGod, 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. I.E. their canon gender. This means:
* '''Male''' for the Cannoneer, Hayato, Zen, Evan, Phantom, Luminous, Shade, Mihile, Xenon, the Demon[[note]]By extension, Mastema under the NPC section should be '''female''' because of this[[/note]], Kaiser, Kinesis, Illium, and Ark.
* '''Female''' for Mercedes, Aran, Jett, Kanna, Beast Tamer, Angelic Buster, and Cadena.

While we are aware that both genders are selectable for almost all classes, sticking to the canon gender (for the characters that have one) across this entire article will enhance its readability.

!!Tropes That Apply To All Playable Classes and Characters
* AnAdventurerIsYou: 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).
* BadassAdorable: Given the cutesy anime-style graphics, almost every character is this even while decked out in their strongest gear.
* ButtMonkey: In the Gold Beach quest line, they are mistaken for an employee and are tasked with all kinds of grunt work without a chance to explain themselves. So much for a vacation.
* TheChosenOne[=/=]TheChosenMany: 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 [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin legendary for their prowess.]]
* CutsceneIncompetence[=/=]CutscenePowerToTheMax: Several characters have this from time to time.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim[=/=]EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Multiple characters can become attracted to the player regardless of gender.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The special characters frequently reference each other in their storylines (most prominently the Hero classes) or other quest lines.
* OnlySaneMan: They serve as this in the [[CityOfWeirdos Mushroom Castle]] quest line.
** Inverted in [=FriendStory=], where they have trouble fitting in at Shinsoo International School and gain a reputation for being weird.
* TheHero: All of them are pretty heroic, with only the Demon, Phantom, Alpha, and Cadena treading into AntiHero territory at times.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Multiple.
** Heroes: '''Mercedes, Aran,''' Shade, Phantom, Luminous, and Evan.
** Knights of Cygnus: '''Oz, Irena,''' Mihile, Eckhart, and Hawkeye.
** Black Mage Commanders: '''Hilla, Lucid,''' Magnus, Arkarium, Von Leon, Guwarr, and Will.
** Black Wings: '''Orchid, Eleanor,''' Francis, Baroq, Gelimer, and Lotus.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Almost all of them screw up at one point in their storylines, leading to a series of quests to fix their mistake.
* VagueAge: Most of the generic content is written with some form of KidHero in mind, although many of the named classes are explicitly older than that.

!! VideoGame/MapleStory Characters pages
* [[Characters/MapleStoryOne Adventurers, Cygnus Knights, Resistance and Region Exclusives]]
** Adventurers/Explorers
** Cygnus Knights/Knights of Cygnus [[note]] Includes Mihile[[/note]]
** Resistance [[note]]Includes Demon and Xenon[[/note]]
** Region Exclusives [[note]]Contains ZEN, Jett, Hayato, Kanna, Ayame, and Beast Tamer[[/note]]
* [[Characters/MapleStoryTwo Heroes, Nova, Child of God, [=FriendStory=] and Flora]]
** Heroes [[note]]Consists of Aran, Evan, Mercedes, Phantom, Luminous, and Shade/[=EunWol=][[/note]]
** Nova [[note]]Consists of Kaiser, Angelic Buster, and Cadena[[/note]]
** Child of God (Zero)
** Friend Story (Kinesis)
** Flora/Lef [[note]]Consists of Illium and Ark[[/note]]
* [[Characters/MapleStoryNPC [=NPCs=] ]]
** Ereve [[note]]Cygnus, Shinsoo, Nineheart, Oz, Ickhart, Hawkeye, Irena.[[/note]]
** Other jobs instructors [[note]]Both Victoria and Resistance[[/note]]
** Companions/Mentors [[note]]Freud, Mastema, Lania[[/note]]
* [[Characters/MapleStoryEnemies Antagonists and Bosses]]
** Black Mage and his Commanders
** Black Wings
** Other Enemies

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