->''"If I have learned anything in my life, I have learned this: When in doubt, or in trouble, pick up anything that is not nailed down, and if it is, look for loose nails or boards. Check carefully into, under, above, below, and behind things. Read everything; you might learn something. Wear clean undergarments, brush after meals, and always remember: nothing is as it appears."''
-->-- '''Advice from King Graham's father Sir Hereward''' ("Quoted" in the ''King's Quest Companion'')

''King's Quest'' was the very first animated graphical adventure game on the PC. Featuring a stunning 16 colors and genuine animation, the game showed off the cutting-edge abilities of IBM's 1984 hardware release, the [=PCjr=]. It sold poorly until it was released for the Tandy 1000 almost a year later, when it established Creator/{{Sierra}} as the foremost developer of adventure games until the mid-1990s. The game used a TextParser of the kind seen in earlier games, such as ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}''.

Today, the original ''King's Quest'' is regarded as a classic of the genre, having spawned seven official sequels, all improving in quality up until the eighth (although the sixth is generally considered the peak of the franchise). Although some fans are quite vocal against the eighth game, at the time it got mostly decent reviews (and sold more than the previous one).

The new reimagined ''King's Quest'' reboot (aka ''King's Quest: Adventures of Graham'') was developed by The Odd Gentlemen, the creators of ''VideoGame/TheMisadventuresOfPBWinterbottom''.

The series has also inspired many fan sequels and remake/reimaginings, see FanWorks.KingsQuest.

The first game tells the story of Sir Graham, an adventurer who sets out to recover three legendary lost artifacts of the kingdom of Daventry in order to win the crown of the dying king. Gameplay involved typing commands to perform such tasks as GET CARROT and GET {{FOUR LEAF CLOVER}}, not to mention OPEN DOOR (or SWIM...). Latter games involve his quest to rescue a princess and the adventures of the family that inevitably results from this rescue. Games 5-7 move to a point and click interface, while 8 maintains a point and click interface, it is a three-dimensional adventure (with RPG elements)

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[[index]]
* '''Games'''
* Original Canon
** ''VideoGame/TheWizardAndThePrincess'' AKA ''Adventure in Serenia.'' It is known by some fans affectionately as "King's Quest Zero", for while it's not technically a part of the series, it was a precursor in game engine and design. In the fifth ''King's Quest'' game, Graham returns to Serenia as a nod to this game.
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown'' (aka ''[=KQ1=]'')
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone'' (aka ''[=KQ2=]'')
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIIToHeirIsHuman'' (aka ''[=KQ3=]'')
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella'' (aka ''[=KQ4=]'')
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' (aka ''[=KQ5=]'')
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' (aka ''[=KQ6=]'')
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'' (aka ''[=KQ7=]'')
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity'' (aka ''King's Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity'', and simply ''[=KQ8=]'')
* Spin-Offs
** ''King's Questions'' (Not a full entry, but rather a trivia game bundled with some of the collections)
** Quest For Daventry
** King Graham's Board Game Challenge
** Hoyle Book of Games, Volume I (& Hoyle 3, Hoyle 4) (Graham and Rosella cameo as AI players and will talk about the events of the first four games, the only ones out at that point.)
* Reboot Canon
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015''
* '''[[Literature/KingsQuest Novels]]'''
** ''Literature/KingsQuestTheFloatingCastle''
** ''King's Quest: Kingdom Of Sorrow''
** ''King's Quest: See No Weevil''
* '''Other Stories'''
** ''[[Literature/KingsQuest The King's Quest Companion]]''
** ''[[Literature/KingsQuest Rosella's First Quest]]''
** ''[[Literature/KingsQuest The Magical World of King's Quest]]''
[[/index]]

Has a work-in-progress [[Characters/KingsQuest Original Series Character Sheet]], [[Characters/KingsQuest2015 New Series Character Sheet]].
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!!Tropes include:

* AbortedArc: The Society of the Black Cloak, a brotherhood. [[spoiler:At least three villains are identified as members of the group, and a possible fourth member is named, but nothing ever comes of it.]]
** Arguably, most (only male it is said to be a "brotherhood" canonically after all) of the [=KQ=] villains could, theoretically, have belonged to the society. Not that there's any evidence for that, though. Williams stated she didn't ''intend'' to tie all the games together, that it was just a one-shot mention.
** The King's Quest Companion makes reference to alternative groups, such as the Family of Evil, which includes Manannan, Mordack, and Hagatha as evil siblings, and sort of the Yin to Royal Family of Daventry's Yang, the "Family of Good". It also introduces the Magician's Guild, to which Manannan and the Sorcerer and Enchanter in [=KQ1=] and [=KQ2=] belonged (although the latter two may be the same individual).
* AndIMustScream: Many cases. [[spoiler:The Witch's defeat in [=KQ5=]]]. The Lord of the Dead in [=KQ6=] was once a mortal who pissed off the Gods; in turn, he is forced to sit immobile in a throne made of his own flesh, never moving for the rest of eternity, while he can do nothing but watch people suffer. [=KQ7=] featured a King who was turned into a Stag and was slowly losing his humanity; he was well aware of it and he literally could do nothing about it. In [=KQ5=], a princess was turned into a sentient willow tree; she could see and talk, but was completely immobile. And Medusa's fate is debatable as to whether she (and her victims) could still see and think as statues.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Mostly averted... in ''[=KQ1=]'', many of the characters (Godmother, Elf, etc) speak in old style English, even Graham takes part if you attempt to exit the game "Dost thou truly wish to cease our adventuring?"; in ''[=KQ7=]'' Rosella refers to Valanice as "Mum"; in ''[=KQ6=]'', Alexander utters quite a few old-fashioned curses (albeit relatively mild ones) for being otherwise a gentleman; and ''[=KQMOE=]'', which goes in the complete opposite direction to YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe levels (mostly from Connor and other characters he encounters). Graham only has three short lines and he speaks it in an Hollywood-style English accent but the words are modern enough (Ahh, I see we are running a surplus in grain this year. Excellent! We must begin construction immediately on a new silo. Tell me what does it reveal? (his minister on the other hand uses "Aye", "Tis", "Sire", "Egad", "woe betide", "tidings" which have literary or archaic feel to them. Both Graham and Rosella speak in antiquated English in Hoyle Games I, and Graham partially in Hoyle 4. The narrator for the live-action commercial for King's Quest 4 is voiced by in faux-English accent. Occasionally the narrator in KQ4 uses older terms or style such as when the troll catches and kills Rosella: Oh no! Caught by the vicious troll! Fate be what it may, you are dragged off to meet it." and of course Shakespeare.
* AwardBaitSong:
** The official games have "This Heart of Mine" (The Weeping Willow Song) (and to a lesser extent "We're the Ants") in ''King's Quest V'', "Girl in the Tower" in ''King's Quest VI'', and "Land Beyond Dreams" in ''King's Quest VII''.
* AWizardDidIt: Literal explanation as to why Serenia looks the way it does in Wizard and the Princess vs. its geography in King's Quest V. Also, to a lesser degree, one of the lesser explanations as to why kingdoms 'come and go' in the world, and why geography is always changing. Including a Sorcerer King who destroyed one kingdom, and another sorcerer who turned a region into a cursed desert.
* BadassFamily: Not in the casual way of badass, but every single member of Graham's family has gone on a daring adventure. Yes. ''Even Valanice.''
** Well, King Graham is built like a linebacker, that just doesn't usually do him much good against the powerful creatures he faces. Alexander, for his part, holds his own in a sword fight with a useless sword. Give him a book of magic, however, and he's a fairly competent sorcerer. Rosella manages to [[spoiler:shoot an evil fairy in the heart with an arrow]].
** You've also got to be a certain level of badass just to marry into the family, it seems. Cassima more than earns her stripes when she finally stands up. Edgar spends a lot of time under MoreThanMindControl, but still comes through when needed. Valanice [[TookALevelInBadass managed to level up to the task]] [[MamaBear when she perceived a threat to Rosella]].
* BigBad: At least one per game, often of the EvilSorcerer variety.
* BlackCloak: The Society of the Black Cloak, natch.
* {{Catchphrase}}: You'll typically hear some variation of, "Perhaps you can find a use for it," throughout the series as the royal family of Daventry collect items. See also "Adventurer's Cap". Alexander and Connor both use "Zounds" [[note]]Literally means "God's wounds" or "Christ's wounds"[[/note]] for anything they find astonishing.
* {{Canon}}: The series has essentially two 'canons'. The original series and its expanded universe material from the 1980-1990s (though with perhaps different levels of 'accuracy'). The second is the new canon for the alternate reimagined King's Quest universe by The Odd Gentlemen.
* CatsAreMean: Cats were almost never portrayed positively in the series.
** Averted in KQVII
* ChaosArchitecture: Justified, explained, and averted. The game worlds have almost ''nothing'' in common with each other... but that's because they don't even take place in the same countries. Part of Daventry is only briefly explorable in ''III'', but it looks similar to several areas in ''I'' and seen in the intros of the first two games (but the locations are mixed up).
** Averted in ''Wizard & the Princess'' and ''King's Quest V'', which explained that [[AWizardDidIt the Wizard Harlin did it]] (see manual for ''W&TP'') and that the wizard had created the geography seen in ''W&TP'', suggesting that things went back to normal sometime after his defeat. Averted in the ''King's Quest Companion'' by use of maps, and an explanation that the world is in 'magical flux' and geography changes sometimes daily, or in some cases lands are surrounded by 'magical law of "containment"' (to explain the WrapAround in the earlier games).
** ''[=KQ3=]'' shows a world map, this was more or less adapted by the first edition of King's Quest Companion. But ''[=KQ5=]'' changed certain details by adding Serenia, so maps in later Companions were altered to fit its inclusion. An adaptation of later map from Companion's third edition is included in King's Questions showing Daventry/Serenia continent across from Green Isles. The backstory about Harlin's influence on Serenia in Wizard and the Princess seems to explain why Serenia was largely missing during events of ''[=KQ3=]'', as seen on the world maps.
** Justified and averted in ''Mask of Eternity'' (at least according to the some of the information the world has been hit by a 'cataclysm' which has changed things, and according to the Ice Queen, what you see on the map, is apparently literally the 'edge of the world' at this time), though. At least the Daventry portion of it. Most of the game takes place in a town in Daventry, which was referenced or alluded to in the early games and the King's Quest Companion but never shown. The town or towns of Daventry were more prominently used in two of the King's Quest novels. ''[=KQ8=]'' like previous games takes place mostly in new lands never seen in previous games, including a second Land of the Dead. According to the King's Quest Companion there maybe as many Lands of the Dead as there are legends in the world to various cultures and people.
** JustifiedTrope in ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'' because of the narrative fashion of the game. Graham is retelling his past adventures to his grandchild Gwendolyn, so not everything [[UnreliableNarrator might be accurate]]. Then again external material (see website and press releases) claims that these stories are the 'true stories' whereas the original series are just 'legends' in the new series' own 'canon'. The present and chapter 6: Epilogue at least confirm some architecture of the castle (from flashbacks), and the general geography of the Daventry (while introducing yet a new location in Daventry). The developers claim that the reboot takes place in a separate universe (and that original games are only 'fairy tales' in that universe, rather than the 'truth'). The world itself is very different than in past games with Llewdor lieing to the 'far north', Tanalore and Avalon lieing to the south, and Kolyma/Enchanted Isles completely reimagined.
* ChangingOfTheGuard: Many, many times. Most prominent in the end of [=KQIII=]/start of [=KQIV=].
* ContinuityNod: Sierra seems to like the idea of [[spoiler:Edgar]] being transformed, as he has been for the majority of all of his appearances, to the point where one can even say that he isn't truly [[spoiler:Edgar]] unless he's under a transformation spell.
* CopyProtection: Most noticeable in ''[=KQ3=]'' and ''[=KQ6=]'', where it was turned into full-on integral aspects of puzzles (spellcasting in the former and climbing the Cliffs of Logic in the latter).
** Especially bad in ''[=KQ4=]'' where you need to insert a password by searching through the manual every time you want to start the darn game. Luckily, later manuals avert this by having a small section solely for the passwords, as opposed to looking up "3rd page, last letter of fourth paragraph".
* [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]]: Princess Cassima and Princess Valanice.
** Edgar is a DistressedDude in his games.
** Rosella in the third game.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The first three games were relatively bright, cheery, and full of in-jokes and humor. But this didn't stop later games from being accused of becoming darker, edgier, or more 'evil'.
** Roberta noted around the time of KQ8's release: "First of all, I have to say that King's Quest comes from ME and each one is different and has its own flavor. Some have a darker tone, and others have a lighter tone. Some touch upon violence, and some don't. King's Quest reflects the mood that I am in when I go to tackle another one."
** The "Two Guys from Andromeda" (who worked on KQ1 and KQ2) viewed King's Quest and most other sierra games at the time as dark and serious, being more somber and medieval, and they wanted to design a series they considered 'silly', which became Space Quest. They began development around the time of the development of KQ3 (with both games being released around the same time).
** ''[=KQ1=] artwork is fairly bright, but the game and its manuals (especially the second version of the manual) touches on a couple of mature themes including the fall of a kingdom, and its ailing monarch. The manual discusses how the king's queen was possibly poisoned and murdered, three times Edward tricked and betrayed by people he thought he could trust. The manuals also discuss how kingdom has been destroyed by war, famine, plague and pestilence, that populous whoever hasn't been killed by invaders is starving, the countryside has become remote, and taken over by invaders, and monsters, and the kingdom is about to fall. Even Graham's mission is thought to be foolish or impossible by some. While Graham is successful in the lonely and largely abandoned landscape, he returns for his king to die... stepping over the dead body of his former liege he crowns himself the new king...
** Though ''[=KQ2=]'' can be seen as largely a continuation of ''[=KQ1=]'' in style of puzzles and design, it's often noted that the world it takes place in is a darker and lonelier land, ruled by vampires, ghouls, ghosts, and a witch. The 'former?' The princess of the land was kidnapped by the Witch, and locked away in a tower in another land. Even the name Kolyma is a reference to a bleak region of Siberia. Perhaps, though, it is best described as a land of contrasts in that it's a sunny place during the day, and turns into a very dark place at night (this is represented by the third key sequence to confront Dracula in his castle, though there is not really any day and night mechanic in the game). Graham even begins the story with a prophecy by the ghost of the former king, stating that if he doesn't find a queen soon, he will end up cursed like the former king (shades of ''Hamlet'', without the murder) to die without an heir and the kingdom to fall into ruin. The Companion noted this addition of darker and more isolated feelings and ideas, and expanded upon the role of the monks as the only protectors in the land, trying to keep evil at bay.
** ''[=KQ3=]'' was accused of being satanic due to an evil wizard and use of magic spells. Some fans considered the concept of kidnapping children and slavery to be darker and edgier than previous games. However, ''[=KQ3=]'' still maintains the high level of humorous narrative commentary of the previous two games, and almost all the punishments are done in a tongue-in-cheek manner, and often accompanied with a 'bad pun' (such as Alexander subjugated to 1980's aerobics, down to the 1980's pop music). According to Roberta Williams (in comparing [=KQ3=] to [=KQ8=]): "[=KQ3=] was very dark, and it utilized lots of magic and magic spells with the basic idea of finding ingredients for "black magic" spells and then casting those spells. (Certain religious groups were upset with me over that one!)"-Roberta Williams, 1997
** ''[=KQ4=]'' changed the artwork to something more realistic and less cartoony. One anecdote mentioned that fans, upon seeing the intro, left the theatre crying. Some consider the game to be darker than previous games because of its topic of 'death and dying' of a major character, and some of the creepy regions that Rosella has to pass through to save her father and Genesta. The King's Quest Companion pointed out this 'change in tone' (as it saw it), and even tried to tie Tamir into the H.P. Lovecraft Mythos (with ideas of zombies, mummies, dholes, fishmen, Innsmouth, and night gaunts/goons). A fishman (righout of Creature of the Black Lagoon, and likely inspiring the Innsmouth fishmen references in the Companion) actually can be encountered in the swamp. When day turns to night the land becomes a lot more dark and sinister especially around the old manor house and graveyards, and tomb. The game was given a very dark and bleak live action advertisement in which actress playing Rosella is exploring troll cave, and is captured and dragged off into the cave by a fear inducing troll (JumpScare). This and a couple of other sequences gives the game somewhat of an early SurvivalHorror feel.
** The SCI remake of ''[=KQ1=]'' changed the artwork from the bright cheery appearance of the original to a more diseased and decaying Daventry, with darker regions and a more mature script. Even the topic of Edward's death is taken more seriously. It's no surprise that many fans consider this the darker version of the game.
** ''[=KQ5=]'' saw yet another change to the art style. [[AdultFear The concept of family being kidnapped]] and Graham witnessing his son being tortured, made this game's plot the darkest yet, and the darker regions explored (and some cases downright demonic imagery) gave the series a darker and more realistic feel.
** Some reviewers of ''[=KQ6=]'' saw it as a huge departure from previous games. According to Donald Trivette, in the Official Book of King's Quest, 3rd Edition. "[=KQ6=] can be seen as a sharp departure from the previous quests, in large part because it was the first quest in which creator/designer Roberta Williams had a collaborator. There is a darkness to the scenes not found in earlier quests. Overall the sixth has an ominous tone." (The Official Book of King's Quest, 3rd Edition, pg 10). In an interview in the book: Trivette comments; "This quest seems to have a darker, more ominous tone than the other Kingís Quests; it is also more wordy. Is there a reason?", to which Roberta Williams replied: "I was thinking that same thing the other day, but I donít believe we made it intentionally ominous. It just turned out that way."
** In some ways, it might be seen that ''[=KQ8=]'', after [[LighterAndSofter the atmosphere of]] ''[=KQ7=]'', returned to a darker, more realistic style. This game took the series in a direction that embarrassed some of Sierra's designers. Among them were Jane Jensen, who wrote: "Me and my poor befuddled brain, trying to fathom a Sierra where... the most recent King's Quest involves killing things? Whatever happened to saving the cute little bee queen? HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD?" (Ironically, Jane Jensen's own ''King's Quest 6'' was also noted for being darker and more ominous itself.) However some might argue it went past Darker and Edgier reaching shades of BloodierAndGorier in its portrayal of some character and enemy deaths (though there is actually very little blood (possibly less blood than the Dragon or Goat let out in KQ1 AGI)).
** Roberta noted: "When we say that the story is very dark that's really not true; it's just that the story is more profound and seriously looks at the struggle between good and evil. Rather than taking a bubbly, Disney view of good and evil, I chose to look at the struggle between good and evil from a more serious, traditional, almost spiritual, viewpoint. If you look at the traditional stories of the Grail and even in past Christian legend, you find that it is not light-hearted, gooey, and bubbly. Those stories are filled with conflict, peril, finding ones own morality, proving oneself a hero by overcoming evil creatures of Chaos, but yet proving oneself virtuous and good with all things good. That is the theme with this game."
** "I think the ambiance, I think the game has a wonderful mood to it, it's kinda of dark and mysterious and look of the screen and the music and the sound effects just make for a wonderful experience. I don't think it would have gotten the same experience from cartoon animation." -Mark Seibert, Talkspot Part 2.
*** Note: ''[=KQ8=]'' actually does have 'cute' bee-like wisps, among its more zany characters. Quite a few of the characters are nods back to similar characters in previous games (including ice queens, crystal dragons, evil dwarves, etc). The 'encounters' can be seen as a nod back to the "Bad Guys" 'encounters' in the earliest ''King's Quest'' games, such as ''[=KQ1=]'', that were included as a kind of 'arcade' moment to hinder, block, or annoy the player, and add something to do in largely desolate and unused screens, but at the time could not be 'fought' due to limitations in the game mechanics.
* DeathByGluttony: Manannan's two downfalls were caused by food. The first, he eats the tainted porridge, which turns him into a cat; the second, Graham uses a burlap sack catch him while he is eating a dead fish, [[spoiler:which Graham ties up, and hopefully that blasted wizard suffocates/starves to death. The Companion suggests, though, that he may have escaped off with Hagatha.]]
* TheEpic: The series as a whole takes place across several nations, [[GenerationalSaga in the perspective of]] [[BadassFamily the entire Daventry family]]. [[FantasyKitchenSink The setting]] [[AllMythsAreTrue is a compilation of every story written]], which the protagonists interact with as they reach their ultimate goals.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Being inspired by fairy tales, the series has quite a share of princesses: Rosella, Alicia, and Cassima, for starters. Celeste might count as one, but she goes by 'Lady Celeste', and her father's title is Lord.
* EvilSorcerer: Several... They appear in [=KQ1=], [=KQ2=], [=KQ3=], [=KQ5=], and [=KQ6=]. Also see The Society of the Black Cloak.
* ExpandedUniverse: Three [[TieInNovel Tie-In Novels]] and {{Novelization}}s of the games in the Player's Guide.
* FairyTale: The series' principal source of inspiration. Dozens of familiar fairy-tale characters and situations are used or referenced throughout the franchise.
* FanRemake: Several updating their graphics, and sometimes reimagining or enhancing them with new puzzles and story line details, see FanWorks.KingsQuest.
* FanSequel: Several, of varying quality see FanWorks.KingsQuest.
* FantasyKitchenSink: The series mixes creatures, plots, and stories from Myth/ClassicalMythology, ''Literature/ArabianNights'', traditional fairy tales, HighFantasy, and whatnot. Take ''King's Quest VI'', for instance: it's got Druids, Grecian {{Winged Humanoid}}s, [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Lewis Carroll-esque whatizits]], genies, and many others inhabiting the same chain of islands. [[JustifiedTrope Justified by the creators]]: the [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] implies that Daventry is at the crossroads of reality and imagination, and [[AllMythsAreTrue all fairy tales are true there]].
* GenieInABottle: Several, though ''[=KQ6=]'' is the one that uses the trope most prominently.
* GenreSavvy: If you know your way around fairy tales and myths, you'll have a much easier time solving many of the games' puzzles. Important caveat: villains are sometimes quite savvy themselves, and many fairy tale tropes are played with in different manners, so you may find out [[WrongGenreSavvy it's the wrong genre after all]]. In this case, be sure to HaveANiceDeath.
* GhibliHills: Wilderness, in each game.
* GirlInTheTower: {{Trope Namer|s}}, with two examples -- Valanice and Cassima.
* GraveHumor: Shows up in ''[=KQ7=]''.
* GuideDangIt: It's a Sierra series. That's really all you need to know.
* GuileHero: The heroes of the series rely on cunning and trickery to solve problems. There are, in fact, ''four'' direct battles in the first six games. In the first game, Sir Graham can kill several enemies with his bare hands, or by merely by "using" weapons on them (pushing the witch into the oven/stew pot, dragon with the dagger, killing the goat with the dagger, and the giant with the sling, and using a goat to "kill" a bridge troll). Technically the use of the 'items/weapons/pushing' is the puzzle, and awards more or less points depending on the importance of the character to the story (sometimes less violent approach offers more points, but may not be the 'primary' solution). The third instance is a magical battle (which is still presented as a puzzle), and the fourth instance is a traditional sword fight that proceeds without input from the player. Even ''[=KQVIII=]'', Connor solves puzzles through cunning and trickery, but the game includes many 'battles' in the areas in between (requiring the character to fight with weapons in real time).
* HappilyMarried: Graham and Valanice, Alexander and Cassima.
* HaveANiceDeath: Every game has a few places where the character is liable to die.
* HyperspaceArsenal: All of them. In ''[=KQV=]'', Graham pulls out a ''sled'' that he's been carrying around. Just in case. In ''[=KQVI=]'', the Rotten Tomato makes fun of how much stuff Alexander is carrying around. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'' when Graham says his cloak is lined with many pockets. He still manages to conceal both a pumpkin and a pie larger than himself, and a live badger, and even an entire person.
* JabbaTableManners: Manannan eats all his food very fast and slovenly, he even (apparently) eats the bone along with the rest of the meat, also he doesn't use a spoon, but instead seems to just scoop it into his mouth with his hand.
* KingOnHisDeathbed:
** Happens in the first game, which is what sends Sir Graham on his quests and turns him into the King Graham we know and love to begin with.
** Happens to Graham in ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella King's Quest IV]]'' if you beat the game without getting the fruit.
* KleptomaniacHero: With a notable subversion in the first game, where you refuse to steal the last possession of the impoverished woodsman. (You can however, trade for it)
* MagicAIsMagicA: The way genies behaved tended to depend on the specific genie in question in the earlier games. By the time of ''VI'', where a genie was a major part of the ongoing plot, they finally sat down and made some rules. However, the Companion also points out there are different kinds of Djinn much as there is in Arabic mythology, and the rules set forth for one type of Djinn are not the rules for other types. E.G. there are Djinn that offer a finite number of wishes (or decide your wish for you as the case may be) and there are Djinn who offer infinite wishes. Then there are the chaotic demonic uncontrollable types.
* MagicMirror: The most prominent is the one in Castle Daventry that sometimes gives glimpses of future events and other helpful information, effectively a PlotDevice that launches the events of not a few games in the series. Also a number of more minor examples crop up here and there in the games and novels as well.
* TheMaze: Several, always infuriating.
* MercyRewarded: A cornerstone of the games. Be nice to everyone you meet that isn't trying to hurt you (and even a few of those), as it will help you later.
* ModestRoyalty: In all games but the first and the last, the protagonist(s) is (are) a member of royal family. However, they wear very modest clothing (e.g., Graham in ''[=KQII=]'' and ''V'', Rosella in ''[=KQIV=]''), have none of the haughtiness usually associated with royalty, and never use it to solve problems or push around other people. Somewhat subverted in ''[=KQVII=]'' where both female protagonists wear fineries, and Rosella is partially portrayed as a 'petulant princess" in parts. See also ''See No Weevil'' where Rosella is haughty at times.
** Alternatively (but somewhat supporting), Graham's clothing is actually the uniform of the Rangers, the more rustic knights of the realm of Daventry (he continues to wear his old uniform because it's 'comfortable', as suggested in "King's Quest: Kingdom of Sorrow".) Strangely, Alexander wears a variation of the Ranger uniform in "[=KQ5=]", and Connor, a peasant knight of Daventry, starts out in a variation of the uniform in "[=KQ8=]" (albeit they do not wear the hat with their clothing).
** Somewhat subverted by manuals and [=KQVIII=] (and to a lesser degree in the novels) in which Graham is shown to wear fineries while in the castle (especially on state business), but saves his uniform largely for his adventuring which he is often on.
* MoodWhiplash: The games never took themselves ''too'' seriously until [=KQ6=], which was said to have a more sophisticated, DarkerAndEdgier plot. Then it went to the other extreme of grim with the cartoony ''King's Quest VII'', and then ''back'' to {{darker|AndEdgier}} with ''Mask Of Eternity''.
* MusicalSpoiler: It doesn't happen in all games, but some musical pieces warns you that you're in danger.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Several throughout the series.
** Hagatha in ''[=KQII=]''.
** [[Creator/HPLovecraft Abdul Alhazred]] in ''[=KQVI=]''.
** Malicia in ''[=KQVII=]''.
* NonIndicativeName[-/-]ArtifactTitle: Only two games in the series involve a king going on a quest, and the first game isn't even one of them (although you are given the quest by the king, so it is still the King's Quest). However, most of the games involve someone saving the king or kingdom, and sometimes becoming king in the process (1st and 6th).
* NonstandardGameOver: Several.
** In ''[=KQIII=]'', making a mistake while spell-casting has some humorous results.
** In ''[=KQIV=]'', failing to return to Daventry within 24 in-game hours.
** In ''[=KQV=]'', getting trapped in the desert palace.
* NoticeThis: In the fifth game, the silver and gold coins twinkle to reduce PixelHunt.
* NotSoDifferent: Edgar and Alexander, as they both were kidnapped by magic-users as babies. While Alexander was abused verbally (and implied physically), Edgar was abused [[MindRape mentally]].
* NonIdenticalTwins: Alexander and Rosella are twins, but there's no direct indication of this fact.
* NumberedSequels: All the games in the series -- except for the eighth, which is officially titled "King's Quest: Mask of Eternity". Though it is known as ''King's Quest [=VIII=]/8'' by WordOfGod, the official website for the game, certain in-game files, and in a later re-release.
* OneHitPointWonder: In the first seven games, everything either kills you or doesn't. Played with in the fourth game, where Rosella can take some short falls (within the same screen) and only be incapacitated for a few seconds, but falling more than one screen is fatal. Same goes for Alexander in the sixth game.
* PlanetEngland: an interesting example. The author of the reference materials written in-universe has a magic computer (and thus a magical Internet connection to our world). He says that he will continue to refer to the entire realm as Daventry for the reader's benefit, even though Daventry is technically only one kingdom.
* PointOfNoReturn: Many of the games take place in a relatively wide area which the player is free to explore at their leisure, but nonetheless include various sequences where once the player has entered an area, they can only proceed forwards or get killed trying. In ''King's Quest VI'', for example, the final act takes place in the palace, and is a clear PointOfNoReturn.
* PressStartToGameOver: Crossing the bridge on the first screen of the first game is a deadly challenge.
* PublicDomainCharacter: The series features many fairy-tale characters (The Snow Queen, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin...) and even freaking ''Dracula'' in the second game.
* PungeonMaster: The narratives in many of the games in particular the death screens.
-->"The old witch caught you ''toad''ally off guard."
-->"''Dying'' for a drink, Graham?"
* RedOniBlueOni: Manannan and Mordack. Manannan (Blue Oni) is craftier, and prefers to keep to himself[[note]]the King's Quest Companion suggests that he has minions, including the bandits of Llewdor, and travels to visit others often, so he is not as solitary as one might think, though he rarely has guests at his house[[/note]]. Mordack (Red Oni) is more brash and impulsive, and wishes for a wife. But this trope comes even further into play when you compare their homes. Manannan lives in a humble, practically cozy, normal house and sleeps in a pink canopy bed; the only garish thing about it is its location on the peak of a forbidding mountain. Mordack, on the other hand, lives in a massive gothic Castle on a creepy island with statues that vaporize anyone who tries to enter, a lava waterfall in the background, more creepy gothic architecture inside, many faces and eyeballs in the walls that follow you, and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s as guards.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Goes back to back with ModestRoyalty.
* RuleOfThree: A recurring theme in the series. In the first game, Graham must find the three lost treasures of Daventry. In the second, he must find the three golden keys that will unlock the magic door. In the fourth, Rosella must complete three tasks for Lolotte. In the sixth, Alexander has to bypass three traps to reach Beast.
* ShoutOut:
** The villain in ''King's Quest VI'' is named, of all things, [[Creator/HPLovecraft Abdul Alhazred]]. The ''King's Quest Companion'' even points out that Abdul wrote the Necronomicon.
** ''[[Film/ThePrincessBride The Princeless Bride]]''. 'Nuff said.
** Also ''[[Film/RomancingTheStone Romancing the Throne]]''.
** The desert temple in ''[=KQV=]'' is one big 'hello' to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' and the ancient treasury in Petra.
* StandardHeroReward: Played completely straight in the second and sixth games. But when it comes to Rosella in the fourth and seventh, this goes to ZigZaggingTrope.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Several, even.
** The Mixed-Up series was basically the young children's version of King's Quest series with the treasure hunt mechanics of the earliest King's Quests, and the mix of fairy tales/nursery rhyme characters from all stories put together in a world to explore. The automatic magic map even appears in the games taken from ''King's Quest III''.
** ''Videogame/TheLegendOfKyrandia'' series was so much inspired by King's Quest (and received comparisons of such) that the developers put a warning on the box that they were not connected to King's Quest in any way.
** ''The Adventures of Maddog Williams in The Dungeons of Duridian'' was an extreme case: the game's art looked like it would fit somewhere between [=KQ4=] and [=KQ5=], and it had a few nods to Sierra games in general (with a character that was sort of a mix of Graham, Gwydion, and even Roger Wilco (say what?)).
** ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest'', a satirical spoof on King's Quest in the kingdom of Peasantry made by the creators of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
** ''VideoGame/ATaleOfTwoKingdoms'', which started off as "King's Quest 2.5", but after considering the threat of a cease-and-desist order, rewrote its plot to remove the ''[=KQ=]'' characters. The atmosphere of fairy tales is still intact, though.
** Some view ''VIdeogame/TheLongestJourney'' and the ''Dreamfall'' series to be spiritual successors to King's Quest as well.
** See also the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series.
** See also the Conquests series by Sierra.
** See also Torin's Passage and Troll's Tale by Al Lowe.
** See also The Black Cauldron video game.
** Any other Sierra "Quest" game is somewhat derivative of the original Sierra Quest series, "King's Quest".
** One could also count ''VideoGame/SimonTheSorcerer'', as it takes place in a fantasy setting with references to fairy tales and fantasy novels, but while ''Simon the Sorcerer'' is close to ''King's Quest'' in setting, its humour gives an atmosphere much closer to Creator/LucasArts VideoGame/MonkeyIsland series.
* SwallowedWhole: Rosella, by a monstrous whale.
* TalkingAnimal: All over the place.
** Justified in some cases: One of the spells Alexander can craft, in ''III'', gives him the ability to understand animals, and allows him to listen in on their conversations. In ''V'', Cedric is explicitly magical, and all other cases are covered by the piece of magic whitesnake that Graham eats at the start of the game. This still doesn't explain ''how'' all these animals know that they ''can'' talk to this human in particular.
** Manannan can still talk in cat form, but this maybe only because Graham has the 'white snake' to understand the cat's speech. Manannan is silent during the gypsy cutscene, Mordack does all the talking. He does not talk in KQ3, and the narrator notes "Manannan seems unusually quiet, don't you think!"
* ThouShaltNotKill: Even when dealing with monsters, killing is usually the most obvious solution (and given as the primary solution in the Word of God Official Hintbooks), but a peaceful solution (a secondary solution, or 'things to try') gives you more points, although most of the games have at least one enemy that you ''have'' to kill. Of course, this goes right out of the window in ''King's Quest: Mask of Eternity''.
** ''[=KQI=]'': [[spoiler:Graham shoves the witch into her own cauldron/oven to escape her house.]] This is not actually necessary, though, except for full points. [[spoiler:Graham uses a goat to knock the troll into the deadly Raging River to get across a bridge.]] Not necessarily except for full points (he can trade a treasure and lose points). He can kill the goat with the dagger (non necessary action), [[spoiler:He can kill the dragon with the dagger]] (alternate solution, less points, or loses points depending on the game). [[spoiler:He can kill the giant with a sling and pebbles]] (alternate solution, less points).
** ''[=KQII=]'', [[spoiler:Graham kills the lion.]] Not necessary alternate solution, leads to less points. [[spoiler:Graham kills the snake/Pegasus.]] Not necessary alternate solution, and will lead to less points (but many players fell for this solution, as the solution to the better option is 'obscure'). Graham can kill the fish, and can do it over and over again. Not necessary, and serves no purpose (no point loss/gain). [[spoiler:Graham kills Dracula]], which is not necessary either, except for full points.
*** If you kill the monk, you get an instant game over with this message: "Anyone who would kill a man of the cloth doesn't deserve to play this game. Therefore, we will end it."
** ''[=KQIII=]'', [[spoiler:Gwydion/Alexander kills Medusa and the dragon]], the latter of which is necessary, and the former for full points (technically, the former is very difficult to do without killing her, as looking in her direction will cause the character to die, and she does chase after the character very quickly, and there are things in the desert that the player must pick up; to get to them, the player would have to 'face' her).
** ''[=KQIV=]'', [[spoiler:Rosella kills BigBad Lolotte]]. And a worm and a fish, in case it matters.
** ''[=KQV=]'', [[spoiler:Graham kills BigBad Mordack]]. And a yeti. And a witch, [[FateWorseThanDeath more or less]]. [[spoiler:He also stuffs Cat Manannan in a sack and ties it up. It never shows him die, but it's implied he suffocated to death sooner or later (but he probably escaped according to the King's Quest Companion).]]
** ''[=KQVI=]'', [[spoiler:Alexander kills the Minotaur]]. And possibly a genie.
* TieInNovel: Three of them, but they aren't very well known, even among fans.
* {{Troperrific}}: Just about ''every'' fairy tale trope was [[ZigZaggingTrope played straight, subverted, inverted, deconstructed, reconstructed]], and then some throughout the series.
* UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn: Alexander and Rosella.
* {{Unwinnable}}: Too many parts to count, though ''King's Quest V'' has the highest amount in the series; the developers seem to have actively enjoyed creating scenarios that lead to unwinnable files. This was averted by the seventh game or so.
** ''King's Quest II'' has a number of unwinnable situations by design. Al Lowe (one of the game's main developers) in the official hintbook even goes as far to lead players into unwinnable situations (by only giving half a solution inside one of the hint questions), and then in a later hint question, going as far to mock the player for following him there (teaches a person right for 'cheating') or getting into the unwinnable predicament on their own (then telling the player they better have had a save from an earlier point in the game, before finally explaining what to do differently).
** ''King's Quest VI'' did cut down on them a bit. ''King's Quest VII'' went further, and had no way to be rendered unwinnable. Even if you forgot to get the flower in an early chapter that's needed at the end, an identical one is up for grabs at the end.
** Early versions of the first game allow you to ''drop'' items with no way of getting them back. That includes the three treasures you're supposed to collect. Since the 'drop' command has no purpose in the game, it was disabled in later builds of the AGI version. Funnily enough, dropping (losing) the treasures after you enter the castle for the second time but before you speak to the king does still trigger the endgame.
* VideoGameLongRunners: Eight official games from 1983 to 1998, plus the [[VideoGame/KingsQuest2015 came back officially in 2015]], running into 2016.
* VideoGameRemake: Sierra gave the first game an official remake of its own. Although, unlike Sierra's later "Quest 1" remakes, [=KQ1=] was only upgraded to slightly-better-but-still-EGA graphics and an improved interpreter/text parser, not to full VGA and [[PointAndClickGame point-and-click]]. There are also other remakes/ports of [=KQ1=] and [=KQ5=]. [=KQ1=] to Sega Master System, and [=KQ5=] to the NES... [=KQ6=] port for the Amiga was a complete remake of the game using a new engine.
* WorldOfChaos: The Isle of Wonder in ''King's Quest VI'', and the Town of Falderal and the land of dreams in ''King's Quest VII''
* WrapAround: The first four games (the first one in two directions, even).
* ZipMode: You can adjust the game speed, and at maximum, the protagonist is uncontrollably fast on modern computers.
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