Following is a list of characters in who first appear in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''. For characters first introduced in the sequel, see Characters.DreamfallTheLongestJourney, and for characters introduced in the second sequel, see Characters.DreamfallChapters.

!!April Ryan
[[caption-width-right:245:Rebel. Emissary. Chosen.]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Sarah Hamilton

The main character of the original game, April was an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent 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.

* ActionGirl: In ''Dreamfall'' only.
* ActionSurvivor: In the first game, oh so much.
* BrokenBird
* BroughtDownToNormal: She loses her Shifting powers between ''TLJ'' and ''Dreamfall'', [[spoiler: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]].
* BareYourMidriff: Her outfit in the first game.
* CasualDangerDialog: She in particular takes a lot of her perils with a side of wisecracking.
* TheCameo: In Book 5 of Chapters, she shows up thanks to AstralProjection and TimeyWimeyBall.
* CerebusRetcon: When Zoë is shown a photo of April and her friends in ''Dreamfall'', April looks considerably more [[PerkyGoth "dark"]] then in ''TLJ''. Understandable, though, since using a picture more resembling the original "colorful" atmosphere wouldn't fit the [[TechnologyMarchesOn new]] [[DarkerAndEdgier graphic rendering]].
* TheChosenOne: Subverted in that she [[spoiler: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 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.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: 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.
* DeadpanSnarker: Very much so.
* DeathSeeker: She becomes one in ''Dreamfall''.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHer: 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''.
* GenreSavvy: In the original game... and how. Even when she displays occasional {{Genre Blind}}ness, like in the encounter with the Gribbler, she lampshades it a lot later.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:The Draic-Kin female hinted that April might in fact be one. Since her mother turns out to be a dragon...]]
* TheHerosJourney
* IHaveManyNames: 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.
* JadeColoredGlasses: 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''.
* KleptomaniacHero: As per standard for an AdventureGame protagonist.
* OneOfUs: In-universe. Can summarize "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain Spock's Brain]]" two-hundred years after its debut.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Actually, she applies for university.
* RetiredBadass: 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 RebelLeader kind of badass, as opposed to SaveTheWorld kind of badass, which she was in the previous game and which she never wants ever to be again.
* SimpleStaff: Her weapon in ''Dreamfall''.
* TookALevelInBadass: From unlikely hero to staff-wielding rebel leader in ''Dreamfall''.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* TrueCompanions: 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, [[spoiler:they haven't heard from her for 10 years. [[TearJerker They are still searching for her, though,]] at least, Emma does. Charlie has given up on ever finding her ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic along with his dream of being a dancer]]). He does, however, go out of his way to help ''Zoe'' find her.]]
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Or rather, she can; she just refuses to.

!!Cortez a.k.a. Mannie Chavez a.k.a. [[spoiler:the Red Kin]]
->''Voiced by:''' Louis Aguirre

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.

* CoolOldGuy: [[spoiler:What with being a dragon in human form]].
* TheObiWan: [[spoiler:He appear to fall to his death during a battle with the Green Kin.]]
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Goofiness]]: He's way more competent than he would like you to believe.
* TheMentor: To April.

!!Father Raul
->'''Voiced by:''' Frank Rivers

A friend of Cortez, Father Raul looks out for his congregation at the Hope Street Cathedral in the slums of Newport.

* GoodShepherd

!!White Mother
->Voiced by: Nicole Orth-Pallavincini

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.

* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: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.

* EveryoneCanSeeIt: He is in love with April.
* NiceGuy
* TrueCompanions: With April and Emma.

!!Emma de Vrijer
->'''Voiced by:'' Julia Murney

April's best female friend and a student at the Venice Academy Of Arts like her.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: 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.
* TheCameo: She has a gallery in Propast during ''Chapters'', although we never get to see her.
* MeaningfulName: de Vrijer is Dutch for "the lover".
* OnlyOneName: Subverted. In ''TLJ'', she is just Emma, but ''Dreamfall'' reveals her family name.
* PluckyGirl
* ShipperOnDeck: Regarding her two best friends.
* UndyingLoyalty: [[spoiler: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.]]

!!Zack Lee
->'''Voiced by:''' Ron Gallop

April's rude neighbor that lives across from her in the Border House.

* CasanovaWannabe: He constantly tries to convince April to go on a date with him, and very obviously consider himself God's gift to women.
* JerkAss: 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.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: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.]]

!!Brian Westhouse
->'''Voiced by:''' Ralph Byers

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.

* TheAlcoholic: Although he has recovered by the time of ''Dreamfall''. [[spoiler:''Chapters'' implies that his drinking was really an attempt to block out the voice of the Undreaming which was always whispering to him.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Of the ''Dreamfall'' StoryArc. He's the Prophet, and the entire reason the plot exists.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: His role in ''Dreamfall'' would seem to indicate that he's much more important than it initially seemed.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Is he ever. He actually manages to outwit an EldritchAbomination.]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: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.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The citizens of Marcuria knows him only as "The Rolling Man" due to the bike rides around on.
* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:He tried to harness the power of the Undreaming, only to realize it was using him instead. That's why he put a shard of the soulstone in Klacks, so he wouldn't be used.]]
* PromotedToPlayable: In the prologue of ''Dreamfall''.
* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: He wants, more than anything, to get back to Stark. [[spoiler: It's hinted he used the Undreaming for this purpose.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:He was clearly unprepared for when the Undreaming attacks him. After this happens, though, he tries to use it for his own purposes.]]
* UsingYouAllAlong: To [[spoiler:Helena Chang, and the Azadi.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:Although you only learn of this via the ''Dreamfall'' stories]].
* WalkingTheEarth: What he did in Stark before his transfer to Arcadia, but despairing at the thought of being TrappedInAnotherWorld, he settled down in Marcuria for several years. When the Tyren took the city, his wanderlust returned, however, seemingly for good this time.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:He does just want to go home.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Pulls this on [[spoiler: Helena Chang, although Zoe stops him before he can kill her.]]

->'''Voiced by:''' Roger Raines

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.

* AndTheAdventureContinues: He's always up for being an adventure. When [[spoiler: 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.
* CleverCrows: Technically not a crow (since he comes from another world) but looks like one and is named Crow [[spoiler:after a comic book hero of her childhood named Crowboy]].
* DeadpanSnarker
* DubNameChange: 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 [[WordOfGod 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.
* HeroicBSoD: Has a minor one when he learns of [[spoiler: April's death]].
* OhNoNotAgain: At the end of [[spoiler:Book 4 of ''Chapters'']], he notices that he has once again [[spoiler:been left to his own devices in a strange and unfamiliar location by an "inscrutable woman with otherworldly powers."]]
* MetaGuy: He often [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Leans On The Fourth Wall]], coming with jabs both towards the game's plots as well as typical adventure game tropes.
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler: Brian cruelly offs him with this. He gets better though.]]
* NonHumanSidekick: He is, of course, a bird. And he's tagged along with April, Zoe, and Kian. [[spoiler: A junior version of Crow tags along with Saga, Kian, and perhaps Na'ane in Sadir.]]
* NonIndicativeName: 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".
* PluckyComicRelief: 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.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: 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.
* WhatTheHellHero: Chews out April for abandoning Zoe, and in fact leaves her to go help Zoe out.

!!Frank Minelli
->'''Voiced by:''' Madison Arnold

A hapless detective whose life April tended to inadvertently ruin on her quest to save the Balance.

* FatSlob: He is quite tubby and sloppy dressed.
* TheChewToy: April encounters him early on in chapter 2. She ends up [[spoiler: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.

!!Burns Flipper
->'''Voiced by:''' Andrew Donnelly

An obnoxious, but intelligent and experienced hacker and tech specialist. Flipper aided April in trying to get inside Jacob [=McAllen's=] headquarters.

* ClusterFBomb: To be fair, most other characters are not afraid to use strong language when crap hits the fan.
* FriendInTheBlackMarket: To Warren, and later April.
* HackerCave: His hideout.
* TheInformer: The Flipper, providing information for money.
* InsufferableGenius: Total prat. ''Phenomenal'' hacker.
-->'''Flipper''': And the world keeps going 'round and 'round cause ''the Flipper's on board!''
* SirSwearsalot: The Flipper can't seem to voice a single sentence without swearing.
* TechnoWizard: 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.

!!Roper Klacks
->'''Voiced by:''' Ralph Byers

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.

* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: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 Book 5 thanks to Brian giving him a piece of Lux's soulstone.]]
* EvilSorcerer: A very classic example of the trope. It is even lampshaded.
* EvilIsHammy: April's reaction on hearing Klacks' EvilLaugh:
-->'''April:''' Who was that? Wait, don't tell me, evil wizard. They all sound like ''Theatre/RichardIII'' on crack to me.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: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.]]
* HerCodenameWasMarySue: 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.
* HiddenDepths: 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.
* LaughingMad
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Klacks evidently is several centuries old, judging from how [[spoiler:he once was the Necromancer King]], but everyone assumes he is just a normal old man.

!!Gordon Halloway [[spoiler:a.k.a. the Thirteenth Guardian]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Kevin Merritt

Jacob [=McAllen's=] right-hand man, Gordon is an emotionless and cruel man that the Vanguard sought to make the new Guardian.

* TheAtoner: After [[spoiler:his rational and magical selves were joined by April and he decides to be the Thirteenth Guardian to atone for his crimes.]]
* [[spoiler:TheChosenOne: Though we don't really know it till the end of the game.]]
* ContemplativeBoss: [=McAllen=] assumes this pose when April meets him in his office.
* CreepyMonotone: Speaks in one due to [[spoiler: having his soul separated from him, manifesting as the Chaos Vortex in Arcadia.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: He once killed a man for cutting in line in front of him.
* TheDragon: To [=McAllen=]
* [[spoiler:SplitPersonality]]
* [[spoiler:TheSoulless]]
* [[spoiler:SuperpoweredEvilSide:]] [[spoiler: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=] [[spoiler:a.k.a. the Green Kin]]
->'''Voiced by:''' Ralph Byers

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.

* BigBad: Of the first game, being, ironically enough, [[spoiler: a dragon]].
* TheChessmaster
* DarkMessiah: He saw himself as one, being a charismatic religious leader that sought to bring back the powers of both worlds to humanity.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Going from being one of the four Draic Kin that originally created the balance, to wanting to destroy it.]]
* LargeHam: Gets this way near the end of the first game.
-->'''[[spoiler:Cortez]]''': "Listen to yourself. 'Blood of my blood, kin to my kin.' [[LampshadeHanging Doesn't it ever bother you that you sound like a badly written play?]]"
* LightIsNotGood: He is referred to as "The White Cardinal".
* SinisterMinister