Characters: The Longest Journey
Following is a list of characters in who first appear in The Longest Journey. For characters first introduced in the sequel, see Characters.Dreamfall The Longest Journey, and for characters introduced in the second sequel, see Characters.Dreamfall Chapters.
Voiced by: Sarah HamiltonThe 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, by 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 she does still have her powers, but her fear and anxiety about returning to Stark prevents her from using them.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit in the first game.
- 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.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Played with in Dreamfall. She'll help out ZoŽ because ZoŽ literally has no one else. But she wants no part in what ZoŽ has planned.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very much so.
- Death Seeker: She becomes one in Dreamfall.
- Dropped A Bridge On Her: She dies highly anti-climatically in Dreamfall—by being stabbed by a random Azadi grunt. Good thing she reincarnates almost immediately.
- Fanservice: She's seen in her underwear a few times in The Longest Journey.
- 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.April: I'm the Windbringer. I'm the Waterstiller. I'm April Bandu-embata of the Banda, and the Venar Kan-ang-la. I'm a shifter. I will someday become the thirteenth Guardian, protector of the Balance. And I'm April Ryan.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Goes from an ultimately idealistic if insecure world savior in the first game to a grumpy cynic who doesn't want to get involved with the Balance or saving the world business ever again in Dreamfall.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: As per standard for an Adventure Game protagonist.
- One of Us: In-universe. Can summarize "Spock's Brain" two-hundred years after its debut.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Actually, she applies for university.
- Retired Badass: A weird variation: While April is more "badass" in the mainstream sense of the word in Dreamfall than she was in TLJ, she is now the Rebel Leader kind of badass, as opposed to Save The World kind of badass, which she was in the previous game and which she never wants ever to be again.
- 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: Or rather, she can; she just refuses to.
Cortez a.k.a. Mannie Chavez a.k.a. the Red Kin
Voiced by: Louis AguirreA 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.
- Cool Old Guy: What with being a dragon in human form.
- The Obi-Wan
- Obfuscating Goofiness: He's way more competent than he would like you to believe.
- The Mentor
Voiced by: Frank RiversA friend of Cortez, Father Raul looks out for his congregation at the Hope Street Cathedral in the slums of Newport.
Voiced by: Nicole Orth-PallavinciniThe 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.
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She's actually April's biological mother and may be Zoe and Faith's as well.
Voiced by: Mark Anthony Henry (The Longest Journey), Daryl Alan Reed (Dreamfall)One of April's best friends.
Emma de Vrijer
Voiced by: Julia MurneyApril'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.
- Meaningful Name: de Vrijer is Dutch for "the lover".
- Only One Name: Subverted. In TLJ, she is just Emma, but Dreamfall reveals her family name.
- Plucky Girl
- Shipper on Deck: Regarding her two best friends.
- 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.
Voiced by: Ron GallopApril's rude neighbor that lives across from her in the Border House.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Jerk Ass
- Heel Face Door Slam: It is obvious that he sincerely regrets selling April and the others out to the Vanguard, but he is shot and killed before he can do anything to make up for it.
Voiced by: Ralph ByersLike 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: Although he has recovered by the time of Dreamfall.
- 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.
Voiced by: Roger RainesApril'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.
- The Cameo: He gets seen at the end of Book 2 in Chapters in a scene with Mother Utana, although he does not speak. He was confirmed to return for Book 3.
- Cloudcuckoolander: As a bird, he gets distracted rather easily.
- Clever Crows: Technically not a crow (since he comes from another world) but looks like one and is named Crow after a comic book hero of her childhood named Crowboy.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dub Name Change: His name was rendered "Kruk" in the Polish version of the game and, while it does seem to look kind of similar to the original, is in fact the name of another popular bird, the raven. The proper Polish translation of the term "Crow" would in fact be "Wrona", which is feminine (and thus not really that fitting a male character) and just happens to be possibly one of the last names in the language you would ever associate with a positive character.
- And thus the translators set a trap for themselves in the sequel, in which April Ryan is commonly known in the resistance as the "Raven" of all birds. How did they solve it? They had her nickname changed into "Raven-haired". The whole mess somehow works to the game's advantage as Polish-speaking gamers may wonder whether there is some link between the way she was named by her fellow rebels and Crow himself.
- 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Chews out April for abandoning Zoe, and in fact leaves her to go help Zoe out.
Voiced by: Madison ArnoldA 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.
Voiced by: Andrew DonnellyAn obnoxious, but intelligent and experienced hacker and tech specialist. Flipper aided April in trying to get inside Jacob McAllen's headquarters.
- Cluster F-Bomb: To be fair, most other characters are not afraid to use strong language when crap hits the fan.
- Friend in the Black Market: To Warren, and later April.
- Hacker Cave: His hideout.
- Insufferable Genius: Total prat. Phenomenal hacker.Flipper: And the world keeps going 'round and 'round cause the Flipper's on board!
- Techno Wizard: Downplayed. He knows his way around computers and their security systems, but he mentions that he sometimes have to call in outside help to do certain things.
Voiced by: Ralph ByersAn evil alchemist who has stolen the wind and has a habit of turning people who gets too close to his floating castle into stone.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Heel-Face Turn: During the gap between The Longest Journey and Dreamfall he has renounced his evil ways and has become a keeper of a magic shop instead.
- Hidden Depths: Played For Laughs. In addition to being a an evil alchemist, he was the neighborhood hopscotch master and especially talented at spelling bees as a child, during his time at Alchemist's Academy he was a long-standing member of the Tic-tac-toe Club, and he has a secret passion for cooking, meaning that he can handily beat April at all the outlandish contests she challenges him to.
- Laughing Mad
- Large Ham: April's reaction on hearing Klacks' Evil Laugh:April: "Who was that? Wait, don't tell me, evil wizard. They all sound like Richard III on crack to me."
Gordon Halloway a.k.a. the Thirteenth Guardian
Voiced by: Kevin MerrittJacob 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.
- The Chosen One: Though we don't really know it till the end of the game.
- 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
Voiced by: Ralph ByersThe 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.
- Big Bad: Of the first game, being, ironically enough, a dragon.
- The Chessmaster
- Dark Messiah: He saw himself as one, being a charismatic religious leader that sought to bring back the powers of both worlds to humanity.
- Face-Heel Turn: Going from being one of the four Draic Kin that originally created the balance, to wanting to destroy it.
- Large Ham: Gets this way near the end of the first game.Cortez: "Listen to yourself. 'Blood of my blood, kin to my kin.' Doesn't it ever bother you that you sound like a badly written play?"
- Light Is Not Good: He is referred to as "The White Cardinal".
- Sinister Minister