Characters: Prince of Persia (2008)
This page lists and indexes characters that appear in the 2008 Prince of Persia. Luckily, there aren't that many
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"Hey, the next time you want to win your daughter back, you could try giving her a pony. The apocalypse doesn't really cut it."
A young vagabond, self-described as an "adventurer" - in truth, he's a rogue, thief, and grave robber. During one his escapades, he got lost in a sandstorm looking for his donkey Farah
, and happened to find himself in the ancient land of the Ahura, meeting the young princess Elika in the process. Before he knew it, much to his dismay he found himself by her side facing the corrupted horde of the god of darkness, Ahriman.May or may not
be an actual
prince - he's very good at keeping his past under wraps, but certain hints throughout the game indicate that he may in fact be royalty. Other hints exist that he just likes the nickname or could be considered a 'prince of thieves'. He'll give a different answer every time you ask.
- Anti-Hero: A self-admitted thief who really has no interest in any of the supernatural/religious weirdness going on. He's in it because a pretty girl fell out of the sky onto his head and dragged him into it.
- Badass Normal: As opposed to Elika, the Prince has no magical powers - just a sword, a pointy glove, and general physical aptitude.
- Being Good Sucks: His general view on things.
- Combat Pragmatist: His pragmatism extends outside of combat to life in general.
- Character Development: Starts out as something of a smirky, griping Jerk Ass, but he gradually softens up throughout the adventure and shows his more caring side.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: The guy is practically super-human given how strong and agile he is.
- Deadpan Snarker: So, so very much.
- Fallen Hero: What he becomes at the end of the game - releasing Ahriman once more to save Elika. At least, this is what she thinks of him.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Many of his dialogues fall into this.
Prince: Oh, come on, I've helped old ladies home from the market.
Elika: If they had attractive daughters.
Prince: Yeah. I helped them, too.
- Grave Robbing: His primary trade. He likes to think of it more as "reclaiming abandoned property".
- Handsome Lech: He's been with plenty of women all across Persia. Additionally, if Elika attempts to jump to a ledge he's already on, he'll turn around and grab her hand when she slips. One of his quotes in this situation, when he's looking straight down her blouse, is, "This isn't such a bad view."
- Implausible Fencing Powers
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Le Parkour: To a practically inhuman degree. Totally lampshaded.
Elika: We have to cross over there!
- Loveable Rogue
- Mysterious Past
- Nay-Theist: Although when entering the temple at the beginning of the game, it sounds like he's skeptical of Ahriman's existence, he accepts it quickly enough that he was probably skeptical that Ahriman was imprisoned there. As for Ormazd, the Prince doesn't exactly have a high opinion of him. Later on, he states that he doesn't believe in either Ahriman or Ormazd and wonders why it's him in this mess.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He didn't like the idea that Elika had to die again to seal Ahriman. At all. What does he do? Why, frees him - again - to revive her - again. He justifies this in the hopes of looking for a more permanent solution.
- No Name Given: True of all the Princes, but this game is the first to lampshade it.
Elika: I didn't catch your name.
Prince: That's because I didn't give it to you.
- Protagonist Without A Past: All we know about the Prince's life before the plot is that he owned a donkey named Farah and it was laden with gold he had somehow acquired earlier.
- Reverse Grip: His standard stance with his scimitar.
- Right Man in the Wrong Place
- Sadistic Choice: Makes one at the end of the game.
- Warrior Prince
- What the Hell, Hero?: A very mellow way of describing Elika's reaction to the choice he made at the end. It takes an entire epilogue for her to barely forgive him.
"Gold glitters, but it's what you buy with it that counts."
The young barefoot princess of the Ahura and a servant of Ormazd, the god of light. The Ahura have been protectors of the Tree of Life for thousands of years, but slowly the people left the grounds to seek out a life outside. She and her father were essentially the last, and due to this she feels an overwhelming sense of duty to protect what her people have abandoned.
She ran into the Prince one day by literally dropping onto his head as she was attempting to run away from her father. As it turns out, her father made a pact with Ahriman, the god of darkness, to free him in exchange for bringing her back to life
. Having no other choice, she teams up with the Prince to stop the Corruption and seal Ahriman once again.
Ahriman - The God of Darkness
"IF YOU WOULD HAVE YOUR WISH... THEN GIVE ME... MINE."
Voiced by Catherine Kidd, Kwasi Songui
The ancient god of darkness, and brother of Ormazd, the ancient god of light. He was sealed thousands of years ago by his brother within the Tree of Life, and the Ahura were charged to keep him from escaping. To escape his prison, he made a deal with the Mourning King to resurrect Elika
in exchange for releasing him. The moment the Tree was cut down, he immediately began to infest the land with the Corruption, and scattered his minions to guard the fertile grounds - the same that could destroy the Corruption.
Voiced by Sebastien Croteau
One of Ahriman's minion Generals. He was once a very wealthy prince and a skilled hunter. In fact, he became so skilled in the hunt that he found nothing that could evade him, no hunt that would last long enough to sate his boredom. He made a pact with Ahriman for "a hunt without end". And so together with Ahriman's forces, he began to delight in the hunt again as he ruthlessly stalked and killed the enemies of the dark god.
"Let me relieve you of all hope."
Voiced by Paul Mercier
An Ahura who had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, he sought to learn all that life had to offer - save for death, which he desperately sought the means to avoid. As he continued to gain more knowledge, he in turn began to lose his morality and sense of ethics, doing all sorts of ghastly things to his fellow Ahura, all in the name of science
. He grew old, weak and ill, and went to Ahriman for the time to find a formula that would grant him eternal youth, in exchange for his servitude. Immortality now secured, he continued his experiments completely free of morality.
"Welcome to the ball, honored guests. ...Shall we begin the dance?"
Voiced by Lucinda Davis
A beautiful and successful politician who tilted the status quo in her favor by manipulating the men around her. At one point however, she truly fell in love with a man who was immune to her charms. Time and time again she tried to woo him, but the man finally, bluntly rejected her. She became devastated, and eagerly accepted Ahriman's offer to be able to cast illusions, allowing her to be anyone she - or anyone else - desired. She used this ability to such a point that she eventually forgot who she was entirely, and now serves Ahriman wholly.She seems fixated on the Prince
. And Elika does not like her
. At all.
A wise and gentle king who once reigned over a peaceful land, until his kingdom was mercilessly attacked by a powerful and cruel enemy. Having no other choice, the Warrior made a deal with Ahriman to obtain great power so he could protect his people. After he drove away the attackers, he realized that he was tainted by war and could no longer return to his peaceful people, so he devoted himself to Ahriman. He has been a servant for so long that he retains none of his originally kind nature, but Elika still believes that there is goodness left inside him somewhere.
The Mourning King
The Mourning King
"You know what it is that I ask!"
The last ruler of the Ahura, and Elika's father. After Elika died, he made a deal with Ahriman to resurrect her
in exchange for freeing him. He also tries to justify this by explaining that the Tree of Life has grown very weak over the millennia, and that Ahriman would've escaped on his own anyway.
Over the course of the adventure, he tries to explain his actions to Elika to no avail, and continues to grow more corrupted with time. In the end, he loses all sense of self.