[[folder:Recurring Characters]]
!The Hero
->''Obviously a graduate of the Famous Adventurer's Correspondence School.''
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: In QFG 1, drinking the Dragon's Breath killed you. By QFG 5, you've become tough enough that it doesn't, though it does mess you up a bit.
* AdventurerArchaeologist
* AnAdventurerIsYou
* TheChosenOne: In the first game, there is a prophecy that a hero will save them. In the second game, there is a prophecy that a hero will stop the return of Iblis. In the third game, the hero is one chosen one of a total of seven, the others being [[spoiler: Uhura, Rakeesh, Yesufu, Johari, Reeshaka, and Manu]]. The fourth and fifth games have no prophecy, and the hero just saves the day because he is a hero and happens to be there.
* CloudCuckoolander: He definitely has his moments. In of the few times he canonically says something concrete, in ''QuestForGloryII'', he tries to describe the smell of Victory to himself, and ends up mumbling about "sweat... no, oregano... nooo, Victory! Yea, that's the ticket, Victory!"
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: You are referred to by your name a handful of times. For the most part, you are referred to as "Hero", "Prince of Shapeir", and "Paladin" (if you are that class).
* FighterMageThief: The core classes, but since points are given at the beginning to help build the character, he can have some cross-class skills.
** MagicKnight: Giving Magic to a non-Wizard, for example, a Paladin gets a few spells, but they use Stamina, and aren't considered magic.
** ThePaladin: Can become one over the course of the series.
* GuileHero: Particularly as a Thief, but all of his incarnations qualify: the chief villains (among many others) are almost inevitably outsmarted rather than outfought.
* HappilyMarried: Potentially, there's a RomanceSidequest in the fifth game of four potential suitors, although not everyone can get them all (Thieves only have two choices, fighters and paladins have three, wizards have all four.)
* TheHero
* HeroicMime: Not literally, as the character is able to communicate with others, but the Hero will almost never say anything directly, instead having the gist of his speech relayed by the narrator. There are several exceptions, in the first two games. Clicking the mouth on him in the VGA remake in [=QFG1=] will yield "Overworked... underpaid... no control over my life". [=QFG2=] has him talking to Aziza when talking about Julanar, with "Yes ma'am", "Only the facts ma'am", and "What's a pomegranate?". He also babytalks to Simba, who shuts him up pretty good.
* KnightErrant
* MightyWhitey: In the third game. Your character will pick up spear throwing and wrestling on the wooden bridge of the Simbani. Within a week or so of training he'll be able to defeat Simbani warriors who trained at this all their lives. Can be considered [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since he's a skilled adventurer who's had to do more than his fair share of throwing and balancing in the past, and fighting if you use that playstyle.
* RedIsHeroic: The main character and latest graduate of the Famous Adventurer's Correspondence School who answers a newspaper ad from the valley of Spielburg, which is in dire need for a hero, wears a red cape.
* TookALevelInBadass: Dude went from fighting bandits aided by magicians to fighting [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].
** Culminates in the final game, when the BigBad of the game, [[spoiler:the Dragon of Doom]], is outright stated to be unkillable, and can only be sealed. But the hero is so badass at this point that he can ''safely'' ignore that and kill it.
* WalkingTheEarth: If you so choose.
* WhatTheHellHero / WhatTheHellPlayer: The few truly evil deeds you can do in the games ''will'' be noticed. [[KarmaHoudini Except for the Thievery optional quests.]]

A powerful and pun-loving wizard who lives in Spielberg with a summer home in Silmaria. He and his familiar, the smart aleck rat Fenrus, help the hero out directly in games ''So You Want to Be a Hero?'' and ''Dragon Fire'' as well as mentoring him at the Wizards' Institute of Technocery in game ''Trial By Fire'' (and making a cameo at the end of ''Shadows of Darkness'').
* ASpotOfTea: Sips from a magically-refilling cup of tea during your visits to Zauberberg in ''So You Want to Be a Hero''.
* BlowYouAway: Teaches the Whirlwind spell to a mage.
* EccentricMentor
* {{Familiar}}: Fenrus is Erasmus'...or is it the other way around?
* LightEmUp: His own personal spell, Erasmus's Razzle Dazzle. He can teach it to a mage who beats him at Mage's Maze. Presumably, he also taught it to Shakra, given that he sells it as his store.
* MagicStaff: Has one, befitting his wizard look
* MageTower: Lives in a truly epic one atop a mountain called Zauberberg ("Magic Mountain" in German). Has another one in Dragon Fire, but it's in another dimension.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He's a lot sharper than he looks.
* TheObiWan: Especially to Mage players: he's the only wizard at the Wizard's Institute of Technocery who will sponsor you.
* PungeonMaster: Sometimes painfully.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Erasmus is wearing purple and is one of the most powerful Wizard in the series.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Erasmus wears them; Fenrus just has the hat.
* WizardClassic
* WizardBeard: Quite the long and impressive one.
* ShockAndAwe: Possesses the Lightning Bolt spell, but uses it to swat flies. Sometimes, he hits the drapes.

A mysterious half-Faerie Folk archmage whose presence is seen throughout the series even though she herself isn't. She is known for creating magical gardens of incredible peace and safety. [[spoiler:She is presumed dead because her attempts to prevent the Dark One from coming into the world resulted in her being trapped between worlds, until the hero's actions in banishing Avoozl release her spirit and finally allow her to pass on to the afterlife. In ''Dragon Fire'', the player can choose to rescue her from Hades, which allows a romance with her; she can be romanced by both honourable Wizards and Paladins.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Potentially, if the Hero chooses her in the SadisticChoice]].
* BarrierMaiden
* The Betty of a BettyAndVeronica choice
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:She sacrificed her life to banish the Dark One from Mordavia and was only partially successful.]]
* DyingCurse: "By all my will, I banish [[EldritchAbomination you]] to-"
* {{Expy}}: Specifically stated in the second game to be an Expy of Genesta from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV''
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* GreenThumb: Her power can nurture beautiful gardens, and grow plants that defy natural laws.
* HealingHands: She's quite adept at healing, and teaches the Hero a healing spell if he visits her.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Half-elf.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Surprisingly, one can learn in the fifth game that [[spoiler:in spite of all her power and good deeds, her half-human status has led to an inferiority complex that she never managed to overcome. Since humans were not welcome among elves and elves were not welcome among humans, she grew up being unwelcome everywhere. Her dialogue strongly implies that this is what put her on the path of peacemaking magic in the first place.]]
* HumansAreGood: It's strongly implied that while Erana's elven heritage is what makes her powerful, her human one is what makes her compassionate.
* HumanMomNonHumanDad: Per WordOfGod, [[http://www.theschoolforheroes.com/questlog/1543/women-of-qfg4-eranas-peace/ her father was an elf lord.]]
* PickedFlowersAreDead
* PosthumousCharacter
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone
* SealedGoodInACan
* TheGhost: For the first three games.
* YouKilledMyFather: WordOfGod is that her father had died fighting Avoozl.

!Rakeesh Sah Tarna
A Liontaur Paladin, Rakeesh was the king of Tarna until he abdicated power to his brother Rajah in order to pursue the demons that threatened the land. In his travels he became a Paladin and suffered a GameBreakingInjury that keeps him out of action. The hero meets him in Shapeir, and Rakeesh rapidly becomes his mentor and father figure (even more so if the player chooses to become a Paladin himself). [[spoiler:In ''Dragon Fire'', he [[TakingTheBullet Takes The Poison Dagger]] for the hero, and will die if one fails to give him an antidote and locate the source of the poison.]]
* CoolOldGuy
* CoolSword: Soulforge, which is also a...
** FlamingSword
** NamedWeapons
* GameBreakingInjury: A poison sting from a demon left him with one bad leg.
* HandicappedBadass: The Hero can challenge him the day before he leaves for Raseir, and the player will find that even with a bad leg, he still puts up a damn good fight.
* HappilyMarried
* HoYay: In Universe, you can offer him the engagement ring in game 5; he'll actually consider it, but he's married.
* KnightErrant
* KnightInShiningArmor
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch
* SupportingLeader: Especially in the third game.
* TheMentor
* PettingZooPeople

!Baba Yaga
An ogress witch with a taste for human flesh and a mean streak a mile wide. She serves as the BigBad for the original game, her curse being the reason everything bad is happening in Spielburg. After you break the curse and get rid of her, she returns in game 4, hanging out in Mordavia because of the dark energy given off by the Dark One's cave. She isn't fully antagonistic in this game, despite her desire for revenge (which can be bought off), but you still have to deal with her to win.
* AffablyEvil: She may want to eat you, but darned if she isn't ''polite'' about it. She's also got quite a dark sense of humor.
* AntiVillain: Confirmed by [[WordOfGod Corey Cole]]. In the backstory she didn't ''actually'' do anything to provoke the Baron other than just being in the valley, and if anything just wants to be left alone. She does seem to get on well enough with Erasmus (though she cheats at cards) and in fact doesn't even do anything to interfere with the Hero's efforts. It's even completely possible to finish the game ''without'' defeating her (only rescuing Elsa is necessary to win the game).
* BalefulPolymorph: One of her favorite tricks.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While Baba Yaga loves dark magic and is certainly plenty evil herself, Bonehead remarks in conversation that the Cult trying to summon a Dark One into the world is too evil ''even for her''.
* ImAHumanitarian
** ExtremeOmnivore: In addition to mandrake mousse and elderberry pie (and humans, of course), she is also partial to bones, the secretions of an EldritchAbomination, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking garlic.]] She'll also go into explicit details about the "wyvern waffles" she had for breakfast, if you dare to ask...
* PublicDomainCharacter
* WickedWitch

!Ad Avis
The BigBad of ''Trial By Fire'' [[spoiler:and debatably ''Shadows of Darkness'']]. An evil wizard who rules over the land of Raseir with an iron fist while attempting to release [[SealedEvilInACan the demon Iblis]]. Because the prophecy says he needs a hero to recover the statue in which Iblis is sealed, he engineers events to get the hero to Raseir and hypnotizes him, but this ultimately causes his downfall, as he cries out to his master. [[spoiler:''Shadows of Darkness'' reveals that the "master" is Katrina, who bit Ad Avis seventy years ago, causing him to rise as a vampire after his death. He resents Katrina and seeks revenge against her and the hero, succeeding in killing Katrina but causing his own death because of it.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Killed in II, returns as a vampire in IV.]]
* BatmanGambit: How he gets rid of [[spoiler:Katrina]]. See LoopholeAbuse below.
* CharmPerson: His stand-by ability.
* DisneyVillainDeath: At the end of Quest for Glory II.
* EthnicMagician
* EvilSorcerer
* FailureGambit: When he summoned the elementals to Shapeir, he was expecting them to be defeated by a hero.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: You wouldn't be able to beat him in ''Trial By Fire'' if he didn't try to trap you.
* LecherousLicking: Of the "staring at a person and licking his lips" variety. Boris calls it "most unsavory," and even Katrina's goons say that it gives them the creeps.
* LoopholeAbuse: [[spoiler:As a vampire slave to Katrina, he can't lift a finger against her, unless she strikes him first. But he ''can'' provoke her into striking him...]]
* TheManBehindTheMan
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Well, the first time around. And technically, he was either sucked into Erana's staff or devoured by the Dark One the second time around, so you never found the body then either.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's served the Dark Master for either 50 or 70 years, depending on whom you ask, but he doesn't look a day over 40.
* ThePlan: His actions in ''Trial By Fire'' are part of a larger one.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He hates women [[spoiler:or maybe just one in particular, though he still enjoys making life miserable for every woman in Raseir.]]
* TheStarscream: His actions in ''Quest for Glory II'' are primarily aimed at gaining the power he needs to free himself of Katrina's control. In ''Quest for Glory IV'' he tries to manipulate the Hero into killing her (since Ad Avis can't attack her due to their bond, nor can he avenge himself on the Hero directly so long as Katrina is alive) to free him. Later he tricks Katrina into attacking ''him'' so he can fight back, and plays on her feelings for the Hero to kill her. All because he chafes under her control and wants to be the Dark Master himself.
* YouHaveFailedMe: When a servant fails him in any way, Ad Avis is...less than merciful. He subjected one apprentice to a BalefulPolymorph, and locked him in a cage in the desert to die.

!Shema and Shameen
A married couple of Katta (a race of anthropomorphic cats), Shameen and Shema came to Spielburg in order to find a hero to help solve the crisis in Raseir, but were trapped by the avalanche that sealed off the valley. They quickly [[IncrediblyLamePun landed on their feet]] and set up the Hero's Tale Inn, which is where the hero first meets them. After dealing with Baba Yaga, he travels along with them back to Shapeir, where they open the Katta's Tale Inn and provide the hero with free room and board for the duration of ''Trial By Fire''.
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Averted in ''Trial By Fire''. Since you helped Shameen and Shema get out of Spielburg by getting their flying carpet back from the brigands, they give you free room & board at their inn in Shapeir.
* BellyDancer: Shema, you can even watch her dance in the second game!
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Like most if not all other Katta. They use human clothes apart from footwear, though.
* HappilyMarried: The two have nothing but positive things to
* HoldingOutForAHero: During the first game and, to a lesser extent, the second.
* MsFanservice: Let's face it, Shema's dancing probably helped turn more than a few young gamers into furries.
* PettingZooPeople: They're both cat-like Katta.
* SupremeChef: Shema.

!Elsa von Spielburg
The missing daughter of Baron Spielburg, whose rescue is one of the central goals of ''So You Want To Be A Hero?'' [[spoiler:It eventually turns out that she was given amnesia and delivered to the brigands, who raised her as their own. She eventually rose through the ranks and became their leader, which the hero must undo with a Dispel Potion. Elsa returns in ''Dragon Fire'', having chaffed under her brother's StayInTheKitchen attitude and striking out as an adventurer herself (thanks to her retained knowledge and experience from her time with the brigands). She's also a potential bride for the hero, available to all character classes.]]
* ActionGirl: Good with sword, daggers, and bows.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:As the Brigand Leader. It takes a Dispel Potion to undo it.]]
* ChainmailBikini: In the fifth game.
* DeadpanSnarker:
--> ''Elsa:'' Are you always so polite to someone who breaks into your bedroom, or only to the women who do so?
* EasyAmnesia: Justified, [[spoiler:since it was caused by a magic spell.]]
* FirstGirlWins: If you choose to court Elsa during ''Dragon Fire''.
%%* LadyOfWar
* LovableRogue: While she's only ever seen fighting, she was a Brigand Queen, and knows the Thief Sign. [[spoiler: When she's kidnapped, she needs her lockpicks to break free.]] And of course, she's pleasant and friendly to the hero.
* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler:If the Hero refuses to take the throne at the end, she will be the obvious second choice.]]
* SwordAndSorcerer: To a Wizard in the fifth game.
* TheVonTropeFamily: As part of the "von Spielburg" family.

A member of the Simbani tribe from Tarna, Uhura left her homeland in order to get around the restrictions placed on women. She took up residence in Shapeir, becoming the head of the Fighters' Guild and having a son, Simba, by one of the palace guards. She helps the hero with information and sparring, then returns to Tarna along with him and Rakeesh. Back home, Uhura again helps the hero by showing him the RiteOfPassage for Simbani warriors and trying to convince the Laibon (chief) to seek peace with the Leopardmen.
* ActionGirl
** ActionMom
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue
* LadyOfWar
* {{Proud Warrior Race G|uy}}irl
* TakeAThirdOption: The Simbani let their women be mothers OR warriors, so Uhura left, had Simba out of wedlock with a Shaperian palace guard, and returned home as both. [[spoiler:The storykeeper of her tribe will point out how much of a break in tradition this is, in an attempt to get the Simbani to change their ways.]]
* TrainingBoss: Uhura loves a good fight and you can spar with her in the Adventurers' Guild in Shapeir anytime you want. The rules are melee only, and no magic allowed. It's a very good way to increase your combat skills without risking death out in the desert, and Uhura and Rakeesh will teach you new moves.
* VaporWear: In the third game, and retroactively in the FanRemake of the second game, Uhura wears a large necklace instead of a top.
* WeaponOfChoice: Spear and shield.

A mysterious and beautiful young woman who is the first person the hero meets in ''Shadows of Darkness''. She only appears by night, never in Mordavia proper, and has brief conversations with the hero. As it turns out, however, she is the Dark Master, a powerful sorceress and vampire who is attempting to bring the EldritchAbomination Avoozl into the world, casting eternal night over the land. [[spoiler:She developed feelings for the hero, which would prove to be her undoing as Ad Avis threatened the hero, leading to a fatal TakingTheBullet. In ''Dragon Fire'', the hero can choose to rescue her from Hades, restoring her humanity and opening up the potential for a romance. That can end in marriage unless you're a Paladin or Thief.]]
* ActionGirl: Of the LadyOfBlackMagic variety.
* AffablyEvil
* AnIcePerson: She is fond of the spell "Frost Bite" and teaches the spell to a Wizard.
* AntiVillain: Katrina doesn't see herself as a villain. She genuinely looks upon the people of Mordavia as her subjects, and she their benevolent master. She genuinely believes she was doing the right thing by taking Tanya from her parents and turning her, arguably saved Boris's life by hiring him as the gatekeeper, and her sole motivation is fear of being staked while helpless in her coffin during the day.
* TheArchmage: WordOfGod said she's the youngest WIT's graduate to attain the rank.
* BackFromTheDead: Well, she '''is''' a vampire. [[spoiler:And again in ''Dragon Fire'', as a normal human.]]
* BrokenBird
* CharmPerson
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Good GOD, where to begin. Her full backstory (at least what's been released so far, [[http://www.theschoolforheroes.com/questlog/1570/daughter-of-darkness/ here]] and [[http://www.theschoolforheroes.com/questlog/1597/women-of-glory-4-dark-mistress/ here]]) is one long KickTheDog moment of pain, loss, and rejection.
* DarkMagicalGirl
* DatingCatwoman
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Katrina berated Ad Avis because he kept letting his emotions overclouding his judgment. Fast forward to the final showdown: Ad Avis tries to kill you and Katrina [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet to save you]]. In the next installment, [[LampshadeHanging she admits it was a foolish thing to do]].]]
** [[spoiler:For extra {{irony}}, Ad Avis used the [[KillItWithFire dragon fire spell]], which was taught by Katrina herself.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Katrina could easily have mind-controlled the Hero into helping her from the start, however it's only ''after'' he angers her by [[spoiler: rescuing Tanya and returning her to her rightful parents]] that she takes an active hand and forces him to assist her with a geas. She specifically tells Ad Avis, who objects to her letting the Hero go about freely, that she doesn't want him to be a puppet, but to help and love her by his own free will. Furthermore, when Ad Avis attacks the Hero in the climax Katrina steps in to defend him and attacks Ad Avis in turn. It's really saying something about Ad Avis that the one who's seeking to release a friggin' ''EldritchAbomination'' into the world is the one with standards.
* FemmeFatale: Even from a very early age, Katrina was more than willing to use her looks to get what she wanted, and eventually it turned into a survival mechanism as well.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: She doesn't seem to have any real malice towards the people of Mordavia; it's just that [[BlueAndOrangeMorality her idea of good and evil is very... weird.]] For example, she thought that she was doing Tanya a huge favor [[spoiler:by turning her into a vampire, and that the Hero condemned Tanya to a fate worse than death by bringing her back to life.]] And she taught Tanya to read and write.
* EightiesHair: Sports a positively impressive mane when she drops the peasant girl pretense. Even then, her flowing mane wouldn't look out of place fronting a HairMetal band. See [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/images/11/march/katrina.jpg here]].
* HelloNurse: When she appears without her shawl/scarf in IV (see ImpossiblyLowNeckline below). Yowza.
* IHateYouVampireDad: Katrina was ''not'' happy when the previous Dark Master turned her. She eventually used a hero to rid herself of him, and took his place as Dark Master herself. Rather ironic when you consider what Ad Avis had in mind...
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: When she goes fully into FemmeFatale mode. [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120522150955/highfantasy/images/7/73/Katrina4.jpg See for yourself here]]. About the only thing keeping her in her dress is the ESRB.
* LadyOfBlackMagic
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Somewhat. [[spoiler:After Ad Avis rose again as her vampire slave, he couldn't attack her unless she attacked him first, and she knew it. But when Ad Avis attacked the Hero, whom she was so fond of, she seemed to forget all about that; she attacked Ad Avis and thereby removed the one obstacle to his bid to overthrow her.]]
* LoveRedeems: When the Hero flirts with her, and particularly if he attempts to touch or kiss her, Katrina shyly remarks just how interested she is and wants to do it, but fears she would not be able to control herself with him and would let things go too far. At the time, it comes across as her playing demure and hard to get. [[spoiler:And then you learn what she ''really'' is, and those comments suddenly sound a lot like she might not be able to resist biting you. This becomes especially poignant when Katrina comments in other dialog she doesn't ''want'' you to be a puppet, and wishes for you to love her by your own free will.]]
* TheMaster: Kind of subverted, since she has an actual name, but most people know her only as "the Master" or "the Dark Master."
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: Like it needs to be spoilered.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Initially, Katrina almost seems to come across as the stereotypical vampire. [[spoiler:Then you start to learn just how complicated and lonely she is, and despite her actions she never loses the player's sympathy. ''QuestForGloryIV'' was released in ''1994'', ''long'' before the concept of the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire entered mainstream popular culture.]]
%%* TakingTheBullet
* The Veronica of a BettyAndVeronica choice.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: A possible interpretation of her actions in Mordavia prior to the events of Shadows of Darkness:
** She hired Boris as daytime gatekeeper of Castle Borgov after he had a falling out with his wife and ran away into the woods. Considering that he was still in the woods when night fell, she may have saved his life by finding him before any other undead did.
** She sent Toby to comfort and befriend Tanya when Tanya didn't have any other friends and really needed the comfort. (Yuri's and Bella's treatment of Tanya at this time could charitably be described as harsh, or uncharitably be described as abusive.) Especially if you tell her why you resurrected Tanya, it is pretty clear that she really thought she was doing the right thing: "You think it was wrong of me to take her from her parents? They ignored her! They never gave her anything! I gave her everything!"
** Katrina's whole "plunge the land into darkness" plan ends up sounding a lot less evil when it's explained that she thought this was ''literal''. While it's intensely stupid to summon an EldritchAbomination and expect to use it as a dimmer switch for the sun, she wasn't actually intending to directly hurt anyone on purpose. She really did think she could control it. She was, in short, what Magda would call a "powerful fool" who thought she could control the Dark One, not knowing that it was too powerful for anyone to control.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:"You break into my home, steal away my child, kill my servant Toby, and then return to kill me? After I befriended you and helped you? Some hero you are!"]]

!Signor Ferrari
A "legitimate businessman" in Raseir, Ferrari is the player's main contact in the final act of the game. He informs the hero about the particulars of Khaveen and Ad Avis' rule over the city. Thief characters go one step further, stealing a [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon rather familiar statue]] from Khaveen for him. When Khaveen has the hero arrested, Ferrari seems to abandon him, but he returns in ''Dragon Fire'' as the head of the Dead Parrot Inn, trying once more to win the hero's trust. [[spoiler:He's in the running to become Silmaria's Chief Thief, as well as effectively blackmailing Gnome Ann out of her inn. All classes can help Ann, but the Thief can go a step further, getting Ferrari the real Blackbird and then stealing it right back from under his nose -- but Ferrari can screw you right back by getting you removed as king via blackmail if you do things wrong.]]
* {{Blackmail}}: He'll blackmail a Thief character off the throne in ''Dragon Fire'' by revealing your "night job" -- but it is possible to prevent this.
** BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord
* InsistentTerminology: Not necessarily by him, but in the second game, Ugarte will take offense if you refer to him by anything but ''Signor'' Ferrari. This softens in ''Dragon Fire'', as the two of you are considered close enough to be more familiar. Of course, Ferrari is more than likely toadying to the Hero at this point, being the man of greater influence and prestige.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* TheDon
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: If the name wasn't enough of a tip-off, Ferrari is based wholesale on Sydney Greenstreet's character from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', with elements of Kasper Gutman from ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' thrown in.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened

Ferrari's right-hand man; like the hero, he seems to be something of an unwilling accomplice (more so as the game progresses). In ''Trial By Fire'', he smuggles water in Raseir, a capital crime which sees him dragged off supposedly for execution. However, Ugarte returns in ''Dragon Fire'', having been freed thanks to the hero's actions and much more grateful than Ferrari, serving as the Thief's source of info in the underground dealings of Silmaria. [[spoiler: Ugarte gets poisoned just before revealing the identity of King Justinian's assassin, and like Rakeesh, will die unless the player takes the proper steps.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He doesn't particularly care for the assassin, or Ferrari, and is happy to give up the information to the hero...for a price.
* HisNameIs
* KnowledgeBroker
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: As with Ferrari, Ugarte is a composite of PeterLorre's characters from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' and ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.
* PetRat

A giant minotaur working as the doorman for the brigands in Spielburg. While a mage or thief can simply sneak by him, for a fighter he's essentially the toughest fight in the game. He eventually returns in V alongside Elsa, where he now runs Silmaria's Adventurer's Guild.
* AnAxeToGrind: A two-handed version in the fifth installment.
* BeefGate: Though there are ways around him if you aren't playing as a fighter.
* EasilyForgiven: He doesn't seem to hold a grudge against the Hero for the events of the first game, and doesn't even bring up his possible defeat when he reappears in the last game even if you played as a fighter.
** This is to protect ambiguous canon. Since as far as the scripts themselves are concerned there is no "true canon" as to how the hero dealt with each multiple choice dilemma.
* EpicFlail: In the first game.
* GentleGiant: When he returns in V.
* HeelFaceTurn: Apparently did this after the first game, joining Elsa after the brigands are driven from Spielburg.
* HulkSpeak
* LoinCloth: His only piece of clothing in the first game, pretty much.
* OnlyMostlyDead: Even if the hero "kills" him to get into the brigand base, he reappears among the crowd of people at the end of the game with his arm in a sling.

A member of the brigands, Bruno conspired with his friend Brutus to overthrow their leader and take over. He can usually be found hanging out at the town gate and will give the hero (false) information about the goings-on in the valley... for a price. [[spoiler:He suddenly returns in ''Dragon Fire'' as the assassin of King Justinian and attempts to exact revenge on Elsa and the hero for their part in the dissolution of the brigands.]]
* {{Badass}}: Trying to attack him at any point in the first game results in a serious case of knife-through-chest. [[spoiler: When he is revealed as the Assassin in ''V'', though, you will have a straight-up fight with him that you can actually win.]]
* BeardOfEvil
* CarryingTheAntidote: Averted. You have to FindTheCure yourself before you face him.
* KnifeNut: He's very quick with the throwing knives.
* KnowledgeBroker: But the information he offers is available in other, less expensive ways. Bruno is only there to prevent the game from becoming {{Unwinnable}}.
** BlatantLies: "Oh, and if you want a good time, try the Dragon's Breath!" This will reduce you to a pile of ashes in the first game. "The thieve's guild is in the graveyard, head over there at nighttime" The Graveyard at night is filled with ghosts that will either kill you, or drag you to hell on sight.
* PoisonedWeapons: In both games he appeared in. You have a chance to find the cure in the fifth game.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Against Elsa and the hero in ''Dragon Fire''.]]
* SmugSnake
* TheMole: He appears to be a normal (if untrustworthy) thief at first, but it turns out he's a brigand who joined the thief guild to act as a spy within the town.

[[folder:Quest for Glory I: So You Want To Be A Hero]]
!Baronet Barnard von Spielburg
Baron Stephan von Spielburg's son, who disappeared while on a hunting trip several years before [=QFG1=]. The hero finds him captured by the Kobold, transformed into a bear and bound by an enchanted shackle. His rescue restores hope to the despondent baron.
* BalefulPolymorph
* RoyalBrat: Not technically royal, but definitely that level of brat, given that he refers to himself with the royal we, despite only being a baronet.
* StayInTheKitchen: Holding this mentality is what drove Elsa away from Spielburg circa ''Dragon Fire''.
* UngratefulBastard: The "gratitude" for his rescue is more of a formality forced upon him by his father.
* UpperClassTwit
* TheVonTropeFamily

A frost giant from Jotunheim, he comes to Spielburg to fill his food stores with the local fruit. He is willing to barter a glowing gem (one the hero needs for his quest) in exchange for fifty apples, after which he leaves satisfied.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal[=/=]RhymesOnADime: All this dialogue consists of rhymes with generally alliterative lines.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Brauggi has blue skin.
* AnAxeToGrind: Don't tick him off, lest you end up on the wrong end of it.
* MeaningfulName: "Bragi" is the name of the Myth/{{Norse| Mythology}} god of poetry.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Specifically of the "Jotunheim frost" variety.

!Zara Shashina
A stern, no-nonsense wizard and owner of the magic shop in Spielberg.
* BigEntrance: Whenever you enter her shop, she appears with sparkles, a big puff of smoke, and DramaticThunder. Erasmus thinks this is a bit showy.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: In the EGA version Zara is depicted with very pale or outright white skin (difficult to say for sure given the limited color palette) and dark hair. The game describes her as "unearthly." She's a redhead with much more normal skin pigmentation in the VGA remake.
* {{Familiar}}: She has one, a demonic-looking creature with red eyes, batlike wings, and a tail, appropriately named Damiano. Unlike Fenrus, he never speaks (not within the player's hearing, anyway).
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Not to the same extent as Katrina, but [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100216182303/questforglory/images/d/d4/Zara.jpg there's not much holding up her robe]] in the VGA remake.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Both human and fairy-folk.

[[folder:Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire]]
The resident spellcaster of Shapeir, Aziza is a powerful water-attuned sorceress with a focus on divination and mind for manners. She serves as the hero's magical contact in ''Trial By Fire'' and instructs him in how to defeat the elementals and help Julanar.
* MakingASplash: While knowledgable in all magical spheres, water is her specialty.
* MsExposition: Tells you all you need about the elementals and Julanar and Iblis in the 2nd game. In the third game she gives the player a recap of the end of the second game, and sets up the plot of the third.
* SacredHospitality: She grants this to you, and expects it returned. Violating it will result in no longer being welcome and having a ding on your [[KarmaMeter Honor.]]
* {{Seers}}

!Poet Omar/[[spoiler:Sultan Harun al-Rashid]]
A fabled poet of Shapeir, Omar's poems clue the player as to what is going on with the plot. Poet Omar is also [[spoiler:The Sultan of Shapeir in disguise. In the end of the game, he adopts the player as his son]].
* {{Expy}}: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harun_al-Rashid Of the real Harun Al-Rashid]].
* KingIncognito
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: He's very... ''poetic''. Good thing he hangs out with a translator who will interpret everything for you.
* TranslatorBuddy

A long time ago, a Shaperian woman went against the sexist rules of society and became a healer. Unfortunately, one day a bandit tricked her into coming to his camp. As she tried to escape from the bandits, she cried out for help and was transformed into a tree by a passing djinn. In ''Trial By Fire'', Aziza relates this story to the hero and tells him how to restore Julanar's sense of self in order to obtain the Fruit of Compassion he needs for a Dispel Potion. In between games, Salim ventures to Shapeir and restores Julanar's humanity, the pair falling in love and marrying before moving to Silmaria, where they meet their friend the hero once more.
* CloserToEarth
* EmergencyTransformation: Her abrupt change into a tree to escape amorous pursuers mirrors that of Daphne in ClassicalMythology.
* GranolaGirl
* HappilyMarried: By the time of ''Dragon Fire'', to Salim.
* TheMedic: In ''Dragon Fire'', all you have to do is walk into the Apothecary while injured and boom, she'll instantly heal you.
* SentimentalMusicCue: In the second game, any time you enter the screen where she stands frozen in tree form, a very sad melody will play. Combined with the image of a poor woman frozen in the form of a tree, the emotional impact is quite powerful.
* {{Transflormation}}: For whatever reason, the djinni decides to give her the form of a tree.

One of the many harem girls in Raseir's palace, Nawar's first introduction is a voice making lots (and we do mean ''lots'') of innuendo when the hero sneaks through the harem on his way to battle Ad Avis. She returns in ''Dragon Fire'', having been uncomfortable with the peace and going with Ferrari to Silmaria. At the Dead Parrot Inn she serves as a dancer and the manager of the inn's games of chance. She's also a potential love interest for the hero (and the most obvious), being best suited to Thieves but available to all classes.
* AscendedExtra: In QuestForGloryII, she is just one of many harem girls, not even having a distinct sprite. The only thing that makes her noticeable is that she is more flirty than the others. In QuestForGloryV she's a full blown love interest.
* BellyDancer
* GoldDigger: She responds well to plain jewelry, unlike the other women, who prefer magical trinkets.
* HelloNurse

[[folder:Quest for Glory III: Wages of War]]
Son of the leader (Laibon) of the Simbani. Less eager for war than his father, he is divided by his father and people's wishes, and the hero and Uhura's words for peace. Yesufu is soon to enter his rite of passage, in which he will compete against The Hero if he is a fighter or paladin. Despite this rivalry, he forms a strong friendship with the hero, and eagerly comes to his aid at the end of the game.
* TheRival
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:He immediately kills the leopardman chief when he kills Laibon]].
* TheLancer

!Rajah Sah Tarna
Rakeesh's younger brother, and current king of Tarna. Eager to send Tarna to war, and comes off as a bit of a GeneralRipper, but [[SubvertedTrope not without reasons]]. A bit of an ego.
* GeneralRipper: Subverted, in that he ''does'' give Rakeesh's peace solution a chance and...
** PapaWolf: The main reason he is so eager for war: He sent Rakeesh's daughter as an envoy to the Leopardman. She was like a daughter to him, and when her peace mission was attacked, Rajah wants nothing more than to avenge her. He even questions Rakeesh's reluctance to go to war over his own daughter.

!Salim Nafs
The resident apothecary in Tarna, as well as an out-and-out tree-hugging hippie. Salim is eager to help out the hero because of his auspicious aura, and in return learns that his dreams of a tree becoming a beautiful woman are real. While the hero is in Mordavia, Salim heads to Shapeir and restores Julanar's humanity; the couple then moves to Silmaria and opens up an apothecary, where they once more encounter their friend the hero and help him save those poisoned by the assassin.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He rambles about [[TabletopGame/{{Clue}} Colonel Mustard]] following the murders and poisonings in ''Dragon Fire'', only for Julanar to remind him that mustard is just a seed.
* TheCameo: Corey Cole provided the visuals for Salim in ''Wages of War''.
* EruditeStoner: He doesn't actually light up in-series, but he has a hookah in ''Wages of War''[[note]]Smoke it three times to turn into a stoner yourself! Also a game over[[/note]], and Julanar mentions his dipping into their "celebration stock" when they make the antidote in ''Dragon Fire''.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Besides being friendly NewAgeRetroHippie, he has a practical reason for being nice, as his healing pills are made from honey bird feathers. If the feathers are acquired through hostile action, it ruins the pills.
* HappilyMarried: To Julanar by the time of ''Dragon Fire''.
* TheMedic: His role as apothecary involves the preparation and sale of restorative pills and potions.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Without the sexual promiscuity or railing against the Man.
* StealthPun: A ''literal'' tree-hugging hippie.
* Creator/SteveBlum: Plays him in ''Dragon Fire''.

!Kreesha Mar Asha
Rakeesh's wife, a rare Liontaur magic-user and a member of Tarna's ruling council. Along with her husband, Kreesha helps the hero's attempts to bring peace to Tarna, as well as serving as a mentor for Wizard characters and helping them create their magic staff.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: On the council, she is the one most in favor of avoiding war, realizing that the Demons are behind this.
* HappilyMarried
* MsExposition
* {{Seers}}
* SignificantAnagram: Her name is an anagram of her husband's name.

!Harami the Thief

A thief the player helps capture early in the game. As the hero shows him kindness, Harami begins to reconsider his life. Not enough to risk his skin for you however. [[spoiler:Or maybe...]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: His HeelFaceTurn is due to this; despite you causing his arrest, you and Rakeesh were the only ones nice to him who made sure he didn't starve to death when he was {{unperson}}ed.
* BigDamnHeroes[=/=]ChangedMyMindKid: [[spoiler:After refusing to help the Hero fight the Demons, he suddenly arrives and {{backstab}}s the Hero's doppelganger just as the Hero [[HopelessBossFight is about to be slain]], buying him time to escape to confront the BigBad and end the threat permanently.]]
* DirtyCoward: Although he appreciates the help you give him, he thinks only of himself and all he wants is to get away from Tarna. When the rest of the Hero's allies arrive, Harami refuses to help face the Demons. [[spoiler: Shortly after, when the Hero is about to be [[HopelessBossFight defeated by his doppelganger]], Harami [[BigDamnHeroes arrives and backstabs it]], saving the Hero's life and enabling him to escape to confront the BigBad]].
* EleventhHourRanger: He's the last of the Hero's allies to actively help out the hero.
* HeelFaceTurn: Starts out as a scummy thief, then becomes your EleventhHourRanger after you show him kindness after he's [[{{Unperson}} declared honorless]].
* {{Unperson}}: As a result of being declared "honorless", most people refuse to acknowledge his existence.

!Manu The Monkey
A talking monkey the hero frees from a trap. Manu quickly declares the hero to be his friend, willing to invite him to the Monkey Village and make him an honorary monkey. Manu is one of the few who know where the lost city is.
* SixthRanger
* TalkingAnimal
* TeamPet

Daughter of the Leopardmen's chief, she is captured by the Simbani in their efforts to discover the location of her village. Upon revealing her as an attractive woman, the hero pays the Simbani bride price to release her and discover her peoples' intentions.
* ActionGirl
* CatGirl
* TheChiefsDaughter
* EthnicMagician: Like all Leopardmen.
* HotWitch: She can use magic, and she is noted in-universe for her attractiveness.
* MagicKnight: She's a gifted mage like all her Leopardmen kin, and her shapeshifting makes her an adept fighter.
* NubileSavage
* SamusIsAGirl: Before her shapeshifting is dispelled, she looks like any other Leopardman.
* {{Tsundere}}: Justified, what with being imprisoned and purchased against her will.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Again, like all Leopardmen

[[folder:QuestForGlory IV: Shadows Of Darkness]]
!Dr. Cranium
A MadScientist who has taken up residence in Mordavia in order to conduct his experiments which include [[LightningCanDoAnything controlling electricity]], [[FrankensteinsMonster raising the dead]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking brewing the perfect cup of tea]]. He helps the hero out by brewing up healing potions in return for running minor fetch quests.
* CopyProtection: In order to advance in the game, you need to give Cranium some missing formulae...which come printed in the game manual.
* {{Expy}}: Of Dr. Brain, from another Sierra series; gets a lampshade in-game.
* FlatEarthAtheist: He insists that all magic is either nonsense or science that people don't understand yet. His skepticism is strong enough to prevent the Hero from casting spells in his presence.
** Perhaps best demonstrated if you try giving him one of the mana-restoring fruit from Erana's garden: "That fruit is clearly scientifically impossible. Since it violates all known laws of chemistry, physics, and biology, I have no use for it!"
* FrankensteinsMonster: Frankie, his greatest creation. And later love interest (offscreen, fortunately).
* ILoveTheDead: Better keep your BrainBleach handy when he unveils Frankie...
* MadScientist
* TheMedic: Cranium is the only consistent source of healing and poison cure potions in the game.
* TheyCalledMeMad: "Mad? Mad?! They ALL call me mad, but what do they know of madness? I am not mad! A bit perturbed about the world situation and how I get so little respect, perhaps. But certainly not mad!"
** Also: "Some call me mad, but I much prefer 'Dr. Cranium'."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The doctor's Rehydration Solution, when you finally get it, is described as "If you didn't know any better, you'd think this was just an ordinary bottle of water".) Although, since an ordinary bottle of water won't do what the Rehydration Solution does, there might be something more to it.

The daughter of Yuri and Bella Markarov, the innkeepers in Mordavia. When things got bad in the valley, her parents tried to keep her safely locked up, but a large furry creature named Toby befriended her by visiting her secretly at night. When he gave her a doll, her parents got even more worried, and Toby took her away to Castle Borgov, where Katrina turned her into a vampire. She does miss her parents, but is convinced they hate her and would be scared of her now that she's a "Bad Thing". [[spoiler:The hero can restore Tanya, but it requires "the sacrifice of life for love" -- which Toby willingly gives, to Tanya's horror.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's really nice as long as you're friendly to her, but if you try to attack her or Toby, she'll hypnotize and then bite you.
* GenkiGirl: Surprisingly energetic for a vampire.
* HeroicSacrifice
* MoralityPet
* NobleDemon
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Within the same game. She has pure white skin and bloodshot red eyes with no irises. While at the same time [[spoiler: Katrina and Ad Avis]] look perfectly human, except for their fangs.
* UndeadChild

Mordavia's gravedigger, he is...um, well, he's the standard [[TheIgor Igor]] type. The biggest departure is his generally chipper attitude and love of [[IncrediblyLamePun graveyard humor]]. [[spoiler:The first major event of the game is Igor's disappearance, which leads to the villagers capturing a gypsy in their paranoia. The hero finds Igor trapped in a grave at the graveyard and rescues him, earning him the friendship of both Igor and the gypsies.]]
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler: Gets stuck under a grave. Saving him is the key to exonerating Gypsy Davy.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Hah hah, little graveyard humor there!"
* TheIgor: Duh!
* PungeonMaster: Oh lord, the puns...
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: If you ask him about Rumors, he'll say something like "Igor not hear rumors. Igor not hear [Insert rumor here]. Igor not know [Insert another rumor here]... Igor not hear many things."
* ThirdPersonPerson

More commonly referred to as the Dark One, it is the source of Mordavia's woes. The hero must prevent it from being summoned to Glorianna, lest it shroud the world in (non-literal) darkness.
* {{Composite|Character}} CaptainErsatz: Looks like a cross of [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Chernabog]] and a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]].
** Also, Hero Magazine (one of the {{Feelies}} that came with the game) has an article on Avoozl's cult that makes several references to Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu.
* EldritchAbomination
* GreaterScopeVillain
* NoBiologicalSex: Avoozl is never referred to as "he" or "she", but as "it."
* SealedEvilInACan
* WombLevel: The Dark One's cave is [[spoiler:''Avoozl partially summoned into Glorianna''.]]

[[folder:Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire]]
!Famous Adventurer (TM)
The creator of the Famous Adventurer's Correspondence School. He is, unknown to him the mentor of the hero, his writings have jumpstarted the hero's career.
* CoolOldGuy
* TheEeyore: He's depressed about being too old to adventure. The hero can make him better by giving him some magical waters said to rejuvenate the mind and body, at which point he becomes more happy and energetic and begins planning new adventures.
** CynicalMentor: At first.
** ObsoleteMentor
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: Famous Adventurer (TM) is all he's called, including the (TM). He offers to tell you his real name a few times, but instead tells you tales of his own adventures as a means or presenting you who he is.
* MrExposition: One of the most reliable source of intel on what to do with each tasks. He's actually very knowledgeable about adventuring.
* RetiredBadass: Most of the stuff you end up doing during the game? He's done it before.
* StarcrossedLovers: With the Queen of Atlantis - she still pines for him. As does he for her.

!Magnum Opus
A Hesperian hero who came to Silmaria to participate in the Rites of Rulership. He has a reputation for heroism, but unfortunately not one for his massive ego. [[spoiler:He is the second sacrifice made to destroy the Dragon Pillars that bind the Dragon of Doom.]]
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: And he'll never let you forget it.
* FakeUltimateHero
* FantasticRacism: Considers Toro a "beast" and calls him such to his face.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Dies after the second rite.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: He can win in the arena against most opponents, but it doesn't justify his ego.
* ThirdPersonPerson: "I, Magnum Opus..."

A frankenstein-esque creation of Dr. Pretorius and Dr. Mobius, the scientists of the Silmaria Academy of Science, he was created purposely to enter the Rites of Rulership so that his masters could use him to win, proving the superiority of science over magic (and ruling the island with Gort as their puppet). For most of the game, Gort appears as little more than a mindless, silent servant of his masters... But there's more to him.
* EleventhHourRanger: He will join the fight against the Dragon.
* HiddenDepths: Despite by all appearances being a mindless puppet of his amoral masters, it is possible to find out during the ending that Gort is everything but... He's actually fully sentient, and even a noble, heroic individual, joining the final boss fight against the Dragon Of Doom of his own volition because it's the right thing to do, and in some circumstances [[spoiler:he will offer himself as sacrifice to weaken the dragon]].
* PuppetKing: His ultimate purpose.
* TheVoiceless: For most of the game.

The patron of Elsa who paid her entry into the rites of rulership. Minos is an adviser or the former king, and a Silmarian noble who owns his own fleet and army of mercenaries which he wants to use to help Elsa win - she will have none of it. In centuries past, his family used to rule Silmaria. [[spoiler:He's the BigBad, having sponsored the murder of King Justinian and that of a few others via Bruno; he's also the one behind the return of the Dragon]].
* BigBad
* BlueBlood
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: He picked Elsa for the rites as his candidate figuring that she had the skills to win, but he thought that she led the brigands in Spielburg, and was a rogue without scruples, like himself. [[spoiler:Elsa catches on.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: No one likes or trusts him. Toro distrusts him, Elsa dislikes being around him. No one has anything nice to say about him. He's also a {{Jerkass}} when talked to. [[spoiler:Consider that the villain had to be able to afford assassinating a king, hiring a mercenary army to invade Silmaria, & afford the entry fee to the rites of rulership... It becomes fairly obvious who the only possible candidate for BigBad really is.]]
** DevilInPlainSight: Pretty much only the player and Toro figure Minos is out to no good [[spoiler:Elsa eventually figures this out too, despite her initial brushing off Toro's concerns]]. But for most of the game, no one is remotely suspicious of Minos despite all the above.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Resorts to this when exposed, using his death as the final sacrifice to release the Dragon of Doom - if he can't rule Silmaria, he'd rather have it follow him in death]].