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Obviously a graduate of the Famous Adventurer's Correspondence School.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: 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.
- Adventurer Archaeologist
- An Adventurer Is You
- The Chosen One: 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 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.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He definitely has his moments. In of the few times he canonically says something concrete, in Quest for Glory II, 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!"
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: 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).
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The core classes, but since points are given at the beginning to help build the character, he can have some cross-class skills.
- Guile Hero: Particularly as a Thief, but all of his incarnations qualify: the chief villains (among many others) are almost inevitably outsmarted rather than outfought.
- Happily Married: Potentially, there's a Romance Sidequest 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.)
- The Hero: It's in the job description. The whole series is about the Hero becoming more and more heroic over time.
- Heroic Mime: 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.
- Knight Errant: The Hero is wandering from place to place, righting wrongs and fighting evil.
- Magic Knight: Giving Magic to a non-Wizard allows this, as does being a Wizard (the first spell a Magic-User learns in the first game is Zap, a spell to assist in close combat). A Paladin gets a few spells, but they use Stamina, and aren't considered magic.
- Mighty Whitey: 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 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.
- The Paladin: Can become one over the course of the series.
- Prestige Class: Two.
- Can become The Paladin in the second or third game if he acts with honor, which gives him a little semi-magical power alongside his fighting skills.
- In the second game, a Magic-User can become a Wizard. This is more a title than a class, and remains the name for the Magic-User class in later games.
- Red Is Heroic: 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 in the VGA remake of the first game.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Dude went from fighting bandits aided by magicians to fighting Eldritch Abominations.
- Culminates in the final game, when the Big Bad of the game, 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.
- In a less dramatic sense, some of the stuff that killed you in the first game (running out of stamina during a fightnote , drinking Dragon's Breath) only wounds you in later installments.
- Walking the Earth: If you so choose, at the end of the series you can turn down the crown to the kingdom and continue your heroic journeys.
- What the Hell, Hero? / What the Hell, Player?: The few truly evil deeds you can do in the games will be noticed. Except for the Thievery optional quests.
ErasmusA 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).
- A Spot Of Tea: Sips from a magically-refilling cup of tea during your visits to Zauberberg in So You Want to Be a Hero.
- Blow You Away: Teaches the Whirlwind spell to a mage.
- Eccentric Mentor
- Familiar: Fenrus is Erasmus'...or is it the other way around?
- Light 'em Up: 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.
- Magic Staff: Has one, befitting his wizard look
- Mage Tower: 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.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's a lot sharper than he looks.
- The Obi-Wan: Especially to Mage players: he's the only wizard at the Wizard's Institute of Technocery who will sponsor you (then again, he's the only wizard who knows you well enough to want to sponsor you).
- Pungeon Master: Sometimes painfully.
- Purple Is Powerful: Erasmus is wearing purple and is one of the most powerful Wizard in the series.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Erasmus wears them; Fenrus just has the hat.
- These Questions Three: Don't expect to get into his house in either game unless you can answer his gatekeeper's riddles.
- Wizard Classic: Long robe, fairly solitary lifestyle (though he certainly doesn't dislike company, it's just hard to get to him), eccentric, and old.
- Wizard Beard: Quite the long and impressive one.
- Shock and Awe: Possesses the Lightning Bolt spell, but uses it to swat flies. Sometimes, he hits the drapes.
EranaA 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. 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.
- Back from the Dead: Potentially, if the Hero chooses her in the Sadistic Choice.
- Barrier Maiden
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Katrina's Veronica in Dragonfire for a wizard. She's all-loving, friendly, and devoted to protecting all living things.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: She sacrificed her life to banish the Dark One from Mordavia and was only partially successful.
- Dying Curse: "By all my will, I banish you to-"
- Expy: Specifically stated in the second game to be an Expy of Genesta from King's Quest IV
- Friend to All Living Things: She has devoted her life to protecting life, leaving peaceful glades in her wake where no creature can harm another.
- Green Thumb: Her power can nurture beautiful gardens, and grow plants that defy natural laws.
- Healing Hands: She's quite adept at healing, and teaches the Hero a healing spell if he visits her.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-elf.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Surprisingly, one can learn in the fifth game that 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.
- Humans Are Good: It's strongly implied that while Erana's elven heritage is what makes her powerful, her human one is what makes her compassionate.
- Human Mom Non Human Dad: Per Word Of God, her father was an elf lord.
- Picked Flowers Are Dead: A hero attempting to romance her can give her a gift of picked flowers. She appreciates the gesture, but feels sorry you had to kill them and uses their seeds to plant new ones.
- Posthumous Character: She's been dead for a while before the hero starts coming in contact with the peaceful areas she has left behind. The hero can choose to bring her back to life in Dragon Fire or can allow her spirit to rest, although unhappily.
- Psychic Dreams for Everyone
- Sealed Good in a Can
- The Ghost: For the first three games.
- You Killed My Father: Word Of God is that her father had died fighting Avoozl.
Rakeesh Sah TarnaA 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 Game-Breaking Injury 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). In Dragon Fire, he 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.
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Sword: Soulforge, a flaming paladin sword
- Game-Breaking Injury: A poison sting from a demon left him with one bad leg.
- Flaming Sword: Soulforge is a Paladin's sword, which can burst into flame in the presence of evil.
- Handicapped Badass: 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.
- Happily Married
- Ho Yay: In Universe, you can offer him the engagement ring in game 5; he'll actually consider it, but he's married.
- Knight Errant
- Knight in Shining Armor
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The Liontaurs are Always Lawful Good to the extreme, considering honor to be more precious than life and willing to go to war to protect it. While still Lawful Good, Rakeesh also sees the value in protecting life and works hard to broker peace when possible.
- Named Weapons: His sword is named "Soulforge."
- Supporting Leader: Especially in the third game.
- The Mentor: He is a support figure and teacher to all of the classes, but the Paladin in particular uses him as an important mentor along the path to becoming a Paladin.
- Petting Zoo People: He's some combination of lion and human, with the body of a lion, torso of a human, and head of... a lion again.
Baba YagaAn ogress witch with a taste for human flesh and a mean streak a mile wide. She serves as the Greater Scope Villain 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.
- Affably Evil: 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.
- Anti-Villain: Confirmed by 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).
- Baleful Polymorph: One of her favorite tricks.
- Even Evil Has Standards: 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.
- Extreme Omnivore: In addition to mandrake mousse and elderberry pie (and humans, of course), she is also partial to bones, the secretions of an Eldritch Abomination, and garlic. She'll also go into explicit details about the "wyvern waffles" she had for breakfast, if you dare to ask...
- Greater Scope Villain: In I, Baba Yaga is responsible for everything that's going on through her curse on the Baron, but she doesn't actually do much during the game and defeating her is not strictly necessary (despite the prophecy). The brigands are the active force of evil that you must destroy to become the Hero.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Although Shadows of Darkness does point out it's not cannibalism for ogres to eat humans.
- Public Domain Character
- Wicked Witch
Ad AvisThe Big Bad of Trial By Fire and debatably Shadows of Darkness. An evil wizard who rules over the land of Raseir with an iron fist while attempting to release 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. 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.
- Back from the Dead: Killed in II, returns as a vampire in IV.
- Batman Gambit: How he gets rid of Katrina. See Loophole Abuse below.
- Charm Person: His stand-by ability.
- Disney Villain Death: At the end of Quest for Glory II.
- Ethnic Magician
- Evil Sorcerer
- Failure Gambit: When he summoned the elementals to Shapeir, he was expecting them to be defeated by a hero.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: You wouldn't be able to beat him in Trial By Fire if he didn't try to trap you.
- Lecherous Licking: 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.
- Loophole Abuse: 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...
- The Man Behind the Man
- Never Found the Body: 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.
- Older Than They Look: 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.
- The Plan: His actions in Trial By Fire are part of a larger one.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He hates women or maybe just one in particular, though he still enjoys making life miserable for every woman in Raseir.
- The Starscream: 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.
- You Have Failed Me: When a servant fails him in any way, Ad Avis is...less than merciful. He subjected one apprentice to a Baleful Polymorph, and locked him in a cage in the desert to die.
Shema and ShameenA 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 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.
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: 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.
- Belly Dancer: Shema, you can even watch her dance in the second game!
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Like most if not all other Katta. They use human clothes apart from footwear, though.
- Happily Married: The two have nothing but positive things to say about the other.
- Holding Out for a Hero: During the first game and, to a lesser extent, the second.
- Ms. Fanservice: Let's face it, Shema's dancing probably helped turn more than a few young gamers into furries.
- Petting Zoo People: They're both cat-like Katta.
- Supreme Chef: Shema.
Elsa von SpielburgThe missing daughter of Baron Spielburg, whose rescue is one of the central goals of So You Want To Be A Hero? 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 Stay in the Kitchen 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.
- Action Girl: Good with sword, daggers, and bows.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: As the Brigand Leader. It takes a Dispel Potion to undo it.
- Chainmail Bikini: In the fifth game.
- Deadpan Snarker:Elsa: Are you always so polite to someone who breaks into your bedroom, or only to the women who do so?
- Easy Amnesia: Justified, since it was caused by a magic spell.
- First Girl Wins: If you choose to court Elsa during Dragon Fire.
- Lovable Rogue: While she's only ever seen fighting, she was a Brigand Queen, and knows the Thief Sign. When she's kidnapped, she needs her lockpicks to break free. And of course, she's pleasant and friendly to the hero.
- She Is the King: If the Hero refuses to take the throne at the end, she will be the obvious second choice.
- Sword and Sorcerer: To a Wizard in the fifth game.
- The Von Trope Family: As part of the "von Spielburg" family.
UhuraA 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 Rite of Passage for Simbani warriors and trying to convince the Laibon (chief) to seek peace with the Leopardmen.
- Action Girl
- Eloquent In My Native Tongue
- I Am Not Left-Handed: If you break any of the rules she lays down for your practice duels (throwing knives or spells) she'll stop playing around and immediately knock you on your ass. In conversation with you she mentions it's hard to fight magic with just a spear so it makes sense for her to go all out if magic is involved.
- Lady of War
- Proud Warrior Race Girl
- Take a Third Option: 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. 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.
- Training Boss: 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.
- Vapor Wear: In the third game, and retroactively in the Fan Remake of the second game, Uhura wears a large necklace instead of a top.
- Weapon of Choice: Spear and shield.
KatrinaA 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 Eldritch Abomination Avoozl into the world, casting eternal night over the land. She developed feelings for the hero, which would prove to be her undoing as Ad Avis threatened the hero, leading to a fatal Taking the Bullet. 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.
- Action Girl: Of the Lady of Black Magic variety.
- Affably Evil
- All There in the Manual: Katrina's full backstory didn't even make it into the manual. It was first published on Lori Cole's blog in 2012, almost twenty years after the game was first released.
- An Ice Person: She is fond of the spell "Frost Bite" and teaches the spell to a Wizard.
- Anti-Villain: 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.
- The Archmage: Word Of God said she's the youngest WIT's graduate to attain the rank.
- Back from the Dead: Well, she is a vampire. And again in Dragon Fire, as a normal human.
- Broken Bird
- Charm Person
- Dark and Troubled Past: Good GOD, where to begin. Her full backstory (at least what's been released so far, here and here) is one long Kick the Dog moment of pain, loss, and rejection.
- Dark Magical Girl
- Dating Catwoman
- Death by Irony: 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 takes the bullet to save you. In the next installment, she admits it was a foolish thing to do.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Katrina could easily have mind-controlled the Hero into helping her from the start, however it's only after he angers her by 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' Eldritch Abomination into the world is the one with standards.
- Femme Fatale: 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.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: She doesn't seem to have any real malice towards the people of Mordavia; it's just that her idea of good and evil is very... weird. For example, she thought that she was doing Tanya a huge favor 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.
- '80s Hair: 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 Hair Metal band. See here◊.
- Hello, Nurse!: When she appears without her shawl/scarf in IV (see Impossibly-Low Neckline below). Yowza.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: 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...
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: When she goes fully into Femme Fatale mode. See for yourself here◊. About the only thing keeping her in her dress is the ESRB.
- Lady of Black Magic
- Love Makes You Dumb: Somewhat. 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.
- Love Redeems: 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. 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.
- The Master: Kind of subverted, since she has an actual name, but most people know her only as "the Master" or "the Dark Master."
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: Like it needs to be spoilered.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Initially, Katrina almost seems to come across as the stereotypical vampire. Then you start to learn just how complicated and lonely she is, and despite her actions she never loses the player's sympathy. Quest for Glory IV was released in 1994, long before the concept of the Friendly Neighborhood Vampire entered mainstream popular culture.
- The Veronica of a Betty and Veronica choice.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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 Eldritch Abomination 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: "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 FerrariA "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 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. 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.
- Insistent Terminology: 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.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- The Don
- Most Definitely Not a Villain
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: If the name wasn't enough of a tip-off, Ferrari is based wholesale on Sydney Greenstreet's character from Casablanca, with elements of Kasper Gutman from The Maltese Falcon thrown in.
- Shame If Something Happened
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. 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't particularly care for the assassin, or Ferrari, and is happy to give up the information to the hero...for a price.
- His Name Is...
- Knowledge Broker
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: As with Ferrari, Ugarte is a composite of Peter Lorre's characters from Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.
- Pet Rat
ToroA 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.
- An Axe to Grind: A two-handed version in the fifth installment.
- Beef Gate: Though there are ways around him if you aren't playing as a fighter.
- Easily Forgiven: 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.
- Epic Flail: In the first game.
- Gentle Giant: When he returns in V.
- Heel-Face Turn: Apparently did this after the first game, joining Elsa after the brigands are driven from Spielburg.
- Hulk Speak
- Loin Cloth: His only piece of clothing in the first game, pretty much.
- Only Mostly Dead: 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.
BrunoA 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. 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. When he is revealed as the Assassin in V, though, you will have a straight-up fight with him that you can actually win.
- Beard of Evil
- Carrying the Antidote: Averted. You have to Find the Cure yourself before you face him.
- Knife Nut: He's very quick with the throwing knives.
- Knowledge Broker: But the information he offers is available in other, less expensive ways. Bruno is only there to prevent the game from becoming Unwinnable.
- Blatant Lies: "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.
- Poisoned Weapons: In both games he appeared in. You have a chance to find the cure in the fifth game.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Elsa and the hero in Dragon Fire.
- Smug Snake
- The Mole: 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.
Quest for Glory I: So You Want To Be A Hero
Baronet Barnard von SpielburgBaron 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.
- Baleful Polymorph
- Royal Brat: Not technically royal, but definitely that level of brat, given that he refers to himself with the royal we, despite only being a baronet.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Holding this mentality is what drove Elsa away from Spielburg circa Dragon Fire.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The "gratitude" for his rescue is more of a formality forced upon him by his father.
- Upper-Class Twit
- The Von Trope Family
BrauggiA 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.
- Added Alliterative Appeal/Rhymes on a Dime: All this dialogue consists of rhymes with generally alliterative lines.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Brauggi has blue skin.
- An Axe to Grind: Don't tick him off, lest you end up on the wrong end of it.
- Meaningful Name: "Bragi" is the name of the Norse god of poetry.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Specifically of the "Jotunheim frost" variety.
Zara ShashinaA stern, no-nonsense wizard and owner of the magic shop in Spielberg.
- Big Entrance: Whenever you enter her shop, she appears with sparkles, a big puff of smoke, and Dramatic Thunder. Erasmus thinks this is a bit showy.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: 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).
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Not to the same extent as Katrina, but there's not much holding up her robe◊ in the VGA remake.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Both human and fairy-folk.
Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire
AzizaThe 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.
- Making a Splash: While knowledgable in all magical spheres, water is her specialty.
- Ms. Exposition: 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.
- Sacred Hospitality: She grants this to you, and expects it returned. Violating it will result in no longer being welcome and having a ding on your Honor.
Poet Omar/Sultan Harun al-RashidA fabled poet of Shapeir, Omar's poems clue the player as to what is going on with the plot. Poet Omar is also The Sultan of Shapeir in disguise. In the end of the game, he adopts the player as his son.
- Expy: Of the real Harun Al-Rashid.
- King Incognito
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He's very... poetic. Good thing he hangs out with a translator who will interpret everything for you.
- Translator Buddy
JulanarA 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.
- Closer to Earth
- Emergency Transformation: Her abrupt change into a tree to escape amorous pursuers mirrors that of Daphne in Classical Mythology.
- Granola Girl
- Happily Married: By the time of Dragon Fire, to Salim.
- The Medic: In Dragon Fire, all you have to do is walk into the Apothecary while injured and boom, she'll instantly heal you.
- Sentimental Music Cue: 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.
NawarOne 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.
- Ascended Extra: In Quest for Glory II, 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 Quest for Glory V she's a full blown love interest.
- Belly Dancer
- Gold Digger: She responds well to plain jewelry, unlike the other women, who prefer magical trinkets.
- Hello, Nurse!
He Who Waits BehindA genie who helps the hero late in the game.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Volunteered to be left behind for when Iblis's prophesized return might come about, and aid the hero who'd come to stop it.
Quest for Glory III: Wages of War
YesufuSon 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.
- The Rival
- You Killed My Father: He immediately kills the leopardman chief when he kills Laibon.
- The Lancer
Rajah Sah TarnaRakeesh's younger brother, and current king of Tarna. Eager to send Tarna to war, and comes off as a bit of a General Ripper, but not without reasons. A bit of an ego.
- General Ripper: Subverted, in that he does give Rakeesh's peace solution a chance and...
- Papa Wolf: 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.
- Revenge Before Reason: Has a streak of this, but good points to him for actually giving the peace solution a chance BEFORE resorting to war.
- This Means War!: Wants to invoke this, and gets to in the end. Once the Simbani and the Leopardmen leaders kill each other in Tarna, all restraint is off.
Salim NafsThe 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 Colonel Mustard following the murders and poisonings in Dragon Fire, only for Julanar to remind him that mustard is just a seed.
- The Cameo: Corey Cole provided the visuals for Salim in Wages of War.
- Erudite Stoner: He doesn't actually light up in-series, but he has a hookah in Wages of Warnote , and Julanar mentions his dipping into their "celebration stock" when they make the antidote in Dragon Fire.
- Friend to All Living Things: Besides being friendly New-Age Retro Hippie, 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.
- Happily Married: To Julanar by the time of Dragon Fire.
- The Medic: His role as apothecary involves the preparation and sale of restorative pills and potions.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Without the sexual promiscuity or railing against the Man.
- Stealth Pun: A literal tree-hugging hippie.
- Steve Blum: Plays him in Dragon Fire.
Kreesha Mar AshaRakeesh'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.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: On the council, she is the one most in favor of avoiding war, realizing that the Demons are behind this.
- Happily Married
- Ms. Exposition
- Significant Anagram: Her name is an anagram of her husband's name.
- The Mentor: Can be this for a Wizard player.
Harami the ThiefA 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. Or maybe...
- Because You Were Nice to Me: His Heel-Face Turn is due to this; despite you causing his arrest, you and Rakeesh were the only ones who still treated him like he was a human being when he was unpersoned.
- Big Damn Heroes/Changed My Mind, Kid: After refusing to help the Hero fight the Demons, he suddenly arrives and backstabs the Hero's doppelganger just as the Hero is about to be slain, buying him time to escape to confront the Big Bad and end the threat permanently.
- Dirty Coward: 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. Shortly after, when the Hero is about to be defeated by his doppelganger, Harami arrives and backstabs it, saving the Hero's life and enabling him to escape to confront the Big Bad.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: He's the last of the Hero's allies to actively help out the hero.
- Heel-Face Turn: Starts out as a scummy thief, then becomes your Eleventh Hour Ranger after you show him kindness after he's declared honorless.
- Unperson: As a result of being declared "honorless", most people refuse to acknowledge his existence.
Manu The MonkeyA 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.
- Sixth Ranger: Agrees to take Harami's place as one of the hero's allies in the prophecy.
- Talking Animal
- Team Pet
JohariDaughter 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.
- Action Girl
- Beta Couple: Accepts Yesufu's love at the end of the game, becoming the hero's only love interest not available in Dragon Fire.
- Cat Girl
- The Chief's Daughter
- Ethnic Magician: Like all Leopardmen.
- Hot Witch: She can use magic, and she is noted in-universe for her attractiveness.
- Magic Knight: She's a gifted mage like all her Leopardmen kin, and her shapeshifting makes her an adept fighter.
- Nubile Savage
- Samus Is a Girl: Before her shapeshifting is dispelled, she looks like any other Leopardman.
- Tsundere: Justified, what with being imprisoned and purchased against her will.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Again, like all Leopardmen
Quest For Glory IV: Shadows Of Darkness
Dr. CraniumA Mad Scientist who has taken up residence in Mordavia in order to conduct his experiments which include controlling electricity, raising the dead, and brewing the perfect cup of tea. He helps the hero out by brewing up healing potions in return for running minor fetch quests.
- Copy Protection: 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.
- Flat Earth Atheist: 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!"
- Frankenstein's Monster: Frankie, his greatest creation. And later love interest (offscreen, fortunately).
- I Love the Dead: Better keep your Brain Bleach handy when he unveils Frankie...
- Mad Scientist
- The Medic: Cranium is the only consistent source of healing and poison cure potions in the game.
- They Called Me Mad!: "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'."
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: 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.
TanyaThe 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". The hero can restore Tanya, but it requires "the sacrifice of life for love" — which Toby willingly gives, to Tanya's horror.
- Beware the Nice Ones: 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.
- Genki Girl: Surprisingly energetic for a vampire.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Morality Pet
- Noble Demon
- Our Vampires Are Different: Within the same game. She has pure white skin and bloodshot red eyes with no irises. While at the same time Katrina and Ad Avis look perfectly human, except for their fangs.
- Undead Child
IgorMordavia's gravedigger, he is...um, well, he's the standard Igor type. The biggest departure is his generally chipper attitude and love of graveyard humor. 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.
- Distressed Dude: Gets stuck under a grave. Saving him is the key to exonerating Gypsy Davy.
- Catch Phrase: "Hah hah, little graveyard humor there!"
- The Igor: Duh!
- Pungeon Master: Oh lord, the puns...
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: 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."
- Third-Person Person
AvoozlMore 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 Captain Ersatz: Looks like a cross of Chernabog and a Xenomorph.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Greater Scope Villain
- No Biological Sex: Avoozl is never referred to as "he" or "she", but as "it."
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Womb Level: The Dark One's cave is Avoozl partially summoned into Glorianna.
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.
- Cool Old Guy: He was an adventurer just like the hero once and has the wisdom and experience to show for it.
- The Eeyore: 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.
- Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: 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.
- Mr. Exposition: One of the most reliable source of intel on what to do with each tasks. He's actually very knowledgeable about adventuring.
- Retired Badass: Most of the stuff you end up doing during the game? He's done it before.
- Starcrossed Lovers: With the Queen of Atlantis - she still pines for him. As does he for her.
Magnum OpusA 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. He is the second sacrifice made to destroy the Dragon Pillars that bind the Dragon of Doom.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: And he'll never let you forget it, boasting about his martial prowess at every opportunity. He is a skilled warrior, but it doesn't justify the ego.
- Fantastic Racism: Considers Toro a "beast" and calls him such to his face.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Dies after the second rite.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He can win in the arena against most opponents, but it doesn't justify his ego.
- Third-Person Person: "I, Magnum Opus..."
GortA 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.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: He will join the fight against the Dragon.
- Hidden Depths: 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 he will offer himself as sacrifice to weaken the dragon.
- Puppet King: His ultimate purpose is to serve as a front while Dr. Pretorius and Dr. Mobius rule over Silmaria from the shadows.
- The Voiceless: For most of the game, letting Dr. Pretorius or Dr. Mobius speak for him. He is only able to speak for himself when he decides he's done being just a puppet and wants to be a true hero.
MinosThe 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. He's the Big Bad, 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.
- Big Bad: He's the one behind the assassination, the invasion, and the breaking dragon pillars, and intends to use the events plaguing the island to blackmail them into making him king.
- Blue Blood: His family were once the undisputed rulers of Silmaria, but they lost the title at some point in the past. He still considers himself both and nobleman and the rightful ruler of the island.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Pretty much only the player and Toro figure Minos is out to no good. 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.
- Horrible Judge of Character: 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. Elsa catches on.
- Obviously Evil: 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. 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 Big Bad really is.
- Taking You with Me: Resorts to this when exposed and cornered, 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.