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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: She becomes a skilled spearwoman in Dreamfall.
- Action Survivor: In the first game, oh so much.
- Broken Bird: She's clearly depressed in Dreamfall
- 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.
- The Cameo: In Book 5 of Chapters, Zoë encounters in echo of her in Storytime.
- Cerebus Retcon: When Zoë 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 Zoë because Zoë literally has no one else. But she wants no part in what Zoë has planned.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snarks at everything
- Death Seeker: In Chapters, her ghost tells both Zoë and Kian that her death freed her by allowing her to be reborn. Evidently, April considered reincarnation to be preferable to living without a purpose.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: he 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. 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: From unlikely hero to spear-wielding rebel leader in Dreamfall.
- Trapped in Another World: In Dreamfall, April has lost her ability to shift, so she's stranded in Arcadia.
- 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: She loses her ability to shift in Dreamfall, which strands her in Arcadia. According to the White Dragon, April still can shift, but her fear of returning home after endangering all of her friends in the previous game is preventing her from doing so.
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.
- And the Adventure Continues: He's always up for being an adventure. When Zoe disappears at the end of Book 4 in Chapters, he decides he'll be Kian's sidekick.
- 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: Pretty much every other thing he says is a sarcastic quip.
- 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 English name, 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. However, in the Norwegian version of the game his name is "Ravn", which does mean raven. His in-game model also more closely resembles a raven than a crow. The reason for the change to "Crow" in the English translation could be that "Raven" sounds a little too sophisticated for him, whereas "Crow" falls in nicely with "crude" and "crass", and works better as a nickname.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has a minor one when he learns of April's death.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sarcastic, slightly irritating and also a true friend to April.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: At the end of Book 4 of Chapters, he notices that he has once again been left to his own devices in a strange and unfamiliar location by an "inscrutable woman with otherworldly powers."
- Meta Guy: He often Leans On The Fourth Wall, coming with jabs both towards the game's plots as well as typical adventure game tropes.
- Neck Snap: Brian cruelly offs him with this. He gets better though.
- Non-Human Sidekick: He is, of course, a bird. And he's tagged along with April, Zoe, and Kian. A junior version of Crow tags along with Saga, Kian, and perhaps Na'ane in Sadir.
- 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 all 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. Zoë 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.
- Violence Really Is the Answer: After working for so long with April and Zoe who use puzzles, levers, and other methods to solve puzzles, he's quite satisfied to watch Kian just break down a door by kicking it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Chews out April for abandoning Zoe, and in fact leaves her to go help Zoe out.
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: He's a very funny and friendly old man. What with being a dragon in human form.
- Obfuscating Goofiness: He's way more competent than he would like you to believe.
- The Mentor: He teaches April how to shift. And he dies when he has nothing more to teach her.
- Taking You with Me: His last act is to pull McAllen off the skyscraper they were dueling on.
Voiced by: Frank RiversA friend of Cortez, Father Raul looks out for his congregation at the Hope Street Cathedral in the slums of Newport.
- Good Shepherd: He's a compassionate priest who ministers to a highly impoverished district. And as a minstrum of the Balance, Raul works to protect Stark as a whole.
Voiced by: Mark Anthony Henry (The Longest Journey), Daryl Alan Reed (Dreamfall)One of April's best friends.
- Everyone Can See It: He is in love with April and April is the only one who doesn't notice.
- Nice Guy: He's incredibly kind. He's willing to help both April and Zoë without question.
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.
- The Cameo: She has a gallery in Propast during Chapters, although we never get to see her.
- 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.
- Shipper on Deck: She wants April to get together with Charlie.
- 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: He constantly tries to convince April to go on a date with him, and very obviously consider himself God's gift to women.
- Jerk Ass: His introduction scene already has him being extremely obnoxious, then his second appearance is him essentially blackmailing April into going on a date with him. Finally, he gets extremely vindictive when April either does not show up for their date and makes "look stupid in front of his friends", or knees him in the groin during their date for groping her.
- 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: Madison ArnoldA hapless detective whose life April tended to inadvertently ruin on her quest to save the Balance.
- Fat Slob: He is quite tubby and sloppy dressed.
- 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: He's April's go to guy to get illegal goods on Stark.
- Hacker Cave: His hideout is filled with computer technology.
- The Informer: The Flipper, providing information for money.
- Insufferable Genius: Total prat. Phenomenal hacker.Flipper: And the world keeps going 'round and 'round cause the Flipper's on board!
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Though the "traitor" part is somewhat sympathetic as Flipper was offered what can only be considered a borderline Morton's Fork choice by the Vanguard. They offered to restore his legs if he would rat out April and made it clear that they would kill him if he refused. When Flipper accepts the offer, the Vanguard fatally shoot him anyway.
- Sir Swearsalot: The Flipper can't seem to voice a single sentence without swearing.
- Techno Wizard: Downplayed. He knows his way around most computers and their security systems, but he mentions that he sometimes have to call in outside help to do certain things.
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: He was the original thirteenth Guardian, but the Vanguard's experiments prevent him from fulfilling his destiny. Once April restores Gordon's soul, he is free to become the Guardian he was meant to be.
- Contemplative Boss: McAllen assumes this pose when April meets him in his office.
- Creepy Monotone: Speaks in a monotone 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: He's McAllen chief enforcer.
- Dragon Their Feet: He outlives McAllen
- Literal Split Personality: Gordon's soul was torn from him and has taken the form of the Chaos Vortex in Arcadia
- The Soulless: The Vanguard's experiments cast Gordon's soul to Arcadia.
- 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.
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: He's the main villain of the first game.
- The Chessmaster: He makes no effort to stop April from assembling the Disc so because it's easier than finding the Disc himself.
- 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: He's officially a priest.
- Take Over the World: McAllen's goal is to install Gordon as the thirteenth Guardian and use him to rule the reunified world.
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.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She's actually April's biological mother and may be Zoe and Faith's as well.
The Old God
Voiced by: Ron FosterThe original Blue Draic'Kin. He sleeps at the bottom of the sea and is worshipped by the Alatien and Maerum as a god.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The White Kin reveals that someone killed the Blue Kin shortly before Dreamfall.
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. Chapters implies that his drinking was really an attempt to block out the voice of the Undreaming which was always whispering to him.
- Ambiguous Situation: According to Gabriel, Westhouse vanished in a flash of light along with Helena after Zoë took the Undreaming from him. Westhouse's final fate is never revealed.
- Big Bad: Of the Dreamfall Story Arc. He's the Prophet, and the entire reason the plot exists.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His role in Dreamfall would seem to indicate that he's much more important than it initially seemed.
- The Chessmaster: Is he ever. He actually manages to outwit an Eldritch Abomination.
- Demonic Possession: This is what the Undreaming did to him in the prologue of Dreamfall, and it's fully realized in Book 5. He gets unpossessed when a piece of the soulstone is given to Klacks, but after Kian kills Klacks, it goes back to Westhouse.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The citizens of Marcuria knows him only as "The Rolling Man" due to the bike rides around on.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: He tried to harness the power of the Undreaming, only to realize it was using him instead. To prevent this, he gave Klacks a shard of the soulstone, letting the Undreaming possess him instead.
- Not Brainwashed: Zoë is horrified to learn that Westhouse orchestrated the Azadi's genocide of the magical races independent of the Undreaming.
- Promoted to Playable: After being a minor NPC in The Longest Journey, he becomes the player character in the prologue of Dreamfall.
- There's No Place Like Home: He wants, more than anything, to get back to Stark. It's hinted he used the Undreaming for this purpose.
- Throwing Off the Disability: As the Prophet, Westhouse doesn't wear glasses.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He was clearly unprepared for when the Undreaming attacks him. After this happens, though, he tries to use it for his own purposes.
- Using You All Along: He approaches Helena Chang and the Azadi with promises to help them remake the world in their image. In reality, Westhouse serves no one but himself.
- 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.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims that his goal is to create a better world, but the specifics are never elaborated on.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulls this on Helena Chang, although Zoe stops him before he can kill her.
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.
- Brought Down to Normal: In Dreamfall he says that he has renounced his wizard ways due to magic being outlawed by the Azadi. Chapters, however, implies that he has genuinely lost his powers and is greatly frustrated by it. But he gets it back in the intergenum between Dreamfall and Chapters thanks to Brian Westhouse giving him a piece of the soulstone.
- Cerebus Retcon: Chapters reveals that his oafish mannerisms in Dreamfall were Obfuscating Stupidity to make April and the Azadi view him as completely harmless.
- Evil Sorcerer: A very classic example of the trope. It is even lampshaded.
- Evil Is Hammy: 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.
- 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. Chapters on the hand implies that he has plenty of pent-up rage in him and would gladly wreck havoc upon the world again if it weren't for his missing powers. Which Brian Westhouse did, and he turns back to evil.
- Her Codename Was Mary Sue: The plot of his finger puppet play in Chapters is an obvious skewed re-telling of his encounter with April, casting himself as the heroic wizard, who is both "kind" and "handsome", and April as the "evil sorceress" who messed everything up for him.
- 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.
- Really 700 Years Old: Klacks evidently is several centuries old, judging from how he once was the Necromancer King, but everyone assumes he is just a normal old man.
Abnaxus of the Venar
Voiced by: Jeff Meller (The Longest Journey), Tim Bentinck (Dreamfall Chapters)The Venar ambassador to Ayrede. While the Venar usually exist out of time, Abnaxus remains in the present so he can serve his people.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Remaining in the present for too long is fatal for the Venar. Abnaxus does this anyway so he can help Zoë find Lux and save the Dream.
- Mr. Exposition: He gives both April and Zoë vital exposition for their journeys.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: Abnaxus speaks using random tenses because the concept of time is foreign to him.
Voiced by: Cordis HeardThe owner of the Journeyman Inn. Benrime helps both April and Zoë on their journeys.
- Ascended Extra: She has a much larger role in Dreamfall than she did in The Longest Journey.