Following is a list of characters in The Longest Journey
. For characters first introduced in the sequel, see Characters.Dreamfall The Longest Journey
Rebel. Emissary. Chosen.
The main character of the original game, April was an Ordinary College Student
living in Stark when she found herself thrust in an adventure in which she was destined to save both her world and Arcadia, the world of magic, from the machinations of Jacob McAllen and his followers, the Vanguard, using her powers as a Shifter, which allowed her to travel between the worlds. Her journey came to an unexpected end and ten years later, during the events of Dreamfall
, she has become a jaded and bitter woman fighting a guerrilla war against the occupying Azadi Empire in Arcadia.
- Action Girl: In Dreamfall only.
- Action Survivor: In the first game, oh so much.
- Broken Bird
- Brought Down to Normal: She loses her Shifting powers between TLJ and Dreamfall, though the White Kin explains that this is probably because of her fear of returning to Stark.
- Casual Danger Dialog: She in particular takes a lot of her perils with a side of wisecracking.
- Cerebus Retcon: When ZoŽ is shown a photo of April and her friends in Dreamfall, April looks considerably more "dark" then in TLJ. Understandable, though, since using a picture more resembling the original "colorful" atmosphere wouldn't fit the new graphic rendering.
- The Chosen One: Subverted in that she assumes that she has been chosen to be the next Guardian of the Balance, but in fact she is only supposed to find the Guardian and shepherd him to his destiny. Still, there are hints in the promotional material of Dreamfall that she is yet to receive her fair chunk of destiny. She still gets more than her fair share of being Chosen, though. She accumulates prophecies like dust as the original game goes on - She's the Kan-ang-la, April bandu-embata, the Windbringer, the Waterstiller...it goes on. At one point, she asks a guard something like "Don't you have a prophecy that I can fulfill? Because that's how this thing usually goes." And, just for the record: the encounter when she says that results in her being named "a wave" in addition to the messianic titles she gain before, which means she'll end up being very important to the future of Arcadia.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very much so.
- Death Seeker: She becomes one in Dreamfall.
- Dropped A Bridge On Her: Assuming she's actually dead. Wordof God suggests that she'll be back in the proper Longest Journey 2.
- Genre Savvy: In the original game... and how. Even when she displays occasional Genre Blindness, like in the encounter with the Gribbler, she lampshades it a lot later.
- Half-Human Hybrid: The Draic-Kin female hinted that April might in fact be one. Since her mother turns out to be a dragon...
- The Hero's Journey
- I Have Many Names: Accumulates a new title with every culture she aids.
- Kleptomaniac Hero
- Ordinary High School Student: Actually, she applies for university.
- Simple Staff: Her weapon in Dreamfall.
- Took a Level in Badass: From unlikely hero to staff-wielding rebel leader in Dreamfall.
- Trapped in Another World
- True Companions: April and her two best friends Charlie and Emma, although they can't follow her on her journey and as of the beginning of Dreamfall, they haven't heard from her for 10 years. They are still searching for her, though, at least, Emma does. Charlie has given up on ever finding her (along with his dream of being a dancer). He does, however, go out of his way to help Zoe find her.
- You Can't Go Home Again
Cortez a.k.a. Mannie Chavez a.k.a. the Red Kin
A mysterious old man that tended to hang outside April's boarding house, Cortez at first seemed akin to a crazy hobo. But as the story unfolds Cortez is shown to be much more than that and winds up being April's mentor in her quest to restore the Balance.
A friend of Cortez, Father Raul looks out for his congregation at the Hope Street Cathedral in the slums of Newport.
The original White Draic'Kin, one of the four that created the two worlds ages ago. She first appears in a dream of April's early on the game, her importance is not fully realized until much later.
One of April's best friends.
Emma de Vrijer
April's best female friend and a student at the Venice Academy Of Arts like her.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: But several characters in the game are of the opinion that although she's a terrible flirt, she's clever and can take care of herself.
- Undying Loyalty: She hasn't heard from her best friend in ten years, and still spends a lot of the money from her career as an artist on searching for her.
- Plucky Girl
- Shipper on Deck: Regarding her two best friends.
- Only One Name: Subverted. In TLJ, she is just Emma, but Dreamfall reveals her family name.
April's rude neighbor that lives across from her in the Border House.
Like April, Brian is a denizen of Stark that has journeyed to Arcadia, but unlike April he is not a Shifter so he can't return home. In the original game he lived in his seaside home in Marcuria where he languished his days away with drink. After aiding April on her quest, Brian decided to turn his life around and leave Marcuria to explore the rest of Arcadia.
- The Alcoholic
- Chekhov's Gunman: His role in Dreamfall would seem to indicate that he's much more important than it initially seemed.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The citizens of Marcuria knows him only as "The Rolling Man" due to the bike rides around on.
- Promoted to Playable: In the prologue of Dreamfall.
- Walking the Earth: What he did in Stark before his transfer to Arcadia, but despairing at the thought of being Trapped in Another World, he settled down in Marcuria for several years. When the Tyren took the city, his wanderlust returned, however,. Seemingly for good this time.
April's plucky avian sidekick whom she saved from a greedy con-man. He tends to be rather scatterbrained, but he considers April a true friend and proves to be instrumental in her quest.
- Cloudcuckoolander: As a bird, he gets distracted rather easily.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Non-Human Sidekick
- Non-Indicative Name: He's not actually a Crow (and gets more than a little upset when April tells him what "Crows" are known for in her world). He was named by April after her favourite childhood cartoon - "Crowboy".
- Plucky Comic Relief: In both games. He doesn't appear until near the end of the game in Dreamfall, though, so his levity is rather overdue after a game full of being harassed, arrested, and attacked. He's also somewhat less "plucky" than most examples, because it's quite easy to hurt his feelings; probably because his only friend in the world (viz. April) tends to treat him like a tool, and a somewhat dim one at that. ZoŽ goes a long way towards endearing herself to him by treating him with considerably more respect-an optional conversation with him in Dreamfall is just a conversation for the sake of conversation.
A hapless detective whose life April tended to inadvertently ruin on her quest to save the Balance.
- Fat Slob
- The Chew Toy: April encounters him early on in chapter 2. She ends up poisoning him with toxic waste, stealing his eye, then stealing his identity, which later results in his being tortured for information he doesn't actually have. There's no indication that he deserves any of this.
An obnoxious, but intelligent and experienced hacker and tech specialist. Flipper aided April in trying to get inside Jacob McAllen's headquarters.
An evil alchemist who has stolen the wind and has a habit of turning people who gets too close to his floating castle into stone.
Gordon Halloway a.k.a. the Thirteenth Guardian
Jacob McAllen's right-hand man, Gordon is an emotionless and cruel man that the Vanguard sought to make the new Guardian.
- The Atoner: After his rational and magical selves were joined by April and he decides to be the Thirteenth Guardian to atone for his crimes.
- Creepy Monotone: Speaks in one due to having his soul separated from him, manifesting as the Chaos Vortex in Arcadia.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He once killed a man for cutting in line in front of him.
- The Dragon: To McAllen
- Split Personality
- The Soulless
- Superpowered Evil Side: While Gordon himself can hardly be described as "nice", and is quite an opponent to reckon with, the Chaos Vortex is definitely the more dangerous of the two.
Jacob McAllen a.k.a. the Green Kin
The sinister and charismatic leader the Vanguard, who has risen to considerable power and wealth as the head of the popular new age religion, the Church of Voltec, a front for the Vanguard's activities in Stark.