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* ButThouMust: Her conversation with the hero is the TropeNamer.
* CovertPervert: As soon as the Princess meets the Hero, she wastes no time in making a number of passes at him, and when returned to the castle, every other interaction will have her hopefully ask if he's fantasized about her.[[note]]At least in the original script, she'll be disappointed if he says no and outright ask if she's not sexy enough.[[/note]] Taken further in the GBC port, where staying at an inn with her makes very clear they had a long night of sex.
** [[spoiler: This comes back in ''Builders'', where a flashback of their first meeting shows her flirting openly, and while later comparing the Builder to the Hero, she begins to ramble and admit to her own fantasizing about him before she corrects herself and gets back to the point.]]

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\n%% * ButThouMust: Her conversation with the hero is the TropeNamer.
* CovertPervert: As soon as the Princess meets the Hero, she wastes no time in making a number of passes at him, and when returned to the castle, every other interaction will have her hopefully ask if he's fantasized about her.[[note]]At least in the original script, she'll be disappointed if he says no and outright ask if she's not sexy enough.[[/note]] Taken further in the GBC port, where staying at an inn with her makes very clear they had a long night of sex. \n** [[spoiler: This comes back in ''Builders'', where a flashback of their first meeting shows her flirting openly, and while later comparing the Builder to the Hero, she begins to ramble and admit to her own fantasizing about him before she corrects herself and gets back to the point.]]



* DamselInDistress: Damn near the TropeCodifier for Japanese [=RPGs=].

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%% * DamselInDistress: Damn near the TropeCodifier for Japanese [=RPGs=].



* HeroesWantRedheads: She is consistently depicted as red-headed, even back in the NES days.

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* %%* HeroesWantRedheads: She is consistently depicted as red-headed, even back in the NES days.



* RescueRomance: With the main protagonist.

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%% * RescueRomance: With the main protagonist.



* SpoiledSweet: She shows some shades of it in her first appearance, and [[spoiler: in ''Builders'']] she openly owns that she's been sheltered and has little in the way of means to aid in the practical sense. None of this stops her from being unfettering in her support and kind to a fault.


* TheCameo: [[spoiler: In the GoldenEnding of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestXI'', as the Yggdragon speaks to the Luminary, she alludes to a time in the future when "(her) power may be turned against the world"[[note]]Alluding to the Dragonlord, whom she even resembles the true form of on a physical level[[/note]] that someone would arise just as the Luminary did. Cut to the Hero of Dragon Quest I standing on a high precipice overlooking Castle Charlock with the Sword of Erdrick at his side, psyching up for the final battle.]]



* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: When originally conceived, the Hero had stock black hair, largely being of a Son Goku-lookalike trend that wouldn't be bucked until a few entries later. When the Dragon Quest I characters and setting were revisited for ''Dragon Quest Kenshin'', however, he received a massive update, changed to largely resemble his infamous ancestor save for having blue eyes and blonde hair. The new design has been predominantly used since, especially in multi-entry conglomerations.[[note]]The updated appearance is his primary one in the Battle Road entries, and while unable to be seen out of armor, the Princess is shown with her ''Kenshin''-and-onward appearance in the intro of the 25th Anniversary Collection, indicating the same of him.[[/note]]

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* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: When originally conceived, the Hero had stock black hair, largely being of a Son Goku-lookalike trend that wouldn't be bucked until a few entries later. When the Dragon Quest I characters and setting were revisited for ''Dragon Quest Kenshin'', however, he received a massive update, changed to largely resemble his infamous ancestor save for having blue eyes and blonde hair. The new design has been predominantly used since, especially in multi-entry conglomerations.[[note]]The updated appearance is his primary one in the Battle Road entries, and while unable to be seen out of armor, the Princess is shown with her ''Kenshin''-and-onward appearance in the intro of the 25th Anniversary Collection, indicating the same of him. Even in his cameos in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestXI'', he can clearly be seen with blonde eyebrows and blue eyes, cementing the updated appearance in canon.[[/note]]



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* SaveThePrincess

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* SpoiledSweet: She shows some shades of it in her first appearance, and in Builders she openly owns that she's been sheltered and has little in the way of means to aid in the practical sense. None of this stops her from being unfettering in her support and kind to a fault.

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* SpoiledSweet: She shows some shades of it in her first appearance, and [[spoiler: in Builders ''Builders'']] she openly owns that she's been sheltered and has little in the way of means to aid in the practical sense. None of this stops her from being unfettering in her support and kind to a fault.


* RoyaltySuperPower: She effectively set the precedent of princesses from eastern gaming possessing inexplicable magical abilities, as once/if the Hero returns her to her father, she bestows on him an item through which she can communicate with him telepathically as well as pinpoint his exact position in the world. Taken further in her ''Battle Road'' appearances, where she channels the artifacts the Hero collected to create the Rainbow Bridge ''herself.'' [[spoilers: To top it off, in ''Builders'', the Dragonlord [[NotMeThisTime actually isn't the one guilty of petrifying any of the survivors of ancient Tantagel]] -- she actually recited and enacted the spell ''herself'' as a means of protection.]]

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* RoyaltySuperPower: She effectively set the precedent of princesses from eastern gaming possessing inexplicable magical abilities, as once/if the Hero returns her to her father, she bestows on him an item through which she can communicate with him telepathically as well as pinpoint his exact position in the world. Taken further in her ''Battle Road'' appearances, where she channels the artifacts the Hero collected to create the Rainbow Bridge ''herself.'' [[spoilers: [[spoiler: To top it off, in ''Builders'', the Dragonlord [[NotMeThisTime actually isn't the one guilty of petrifying any of the survivors of ancient Tantagel]] -- she actually recited and enacted the spell ''herself'' as a means of protection.]]


** This comes back in ''Builders'', where a flashback of their first meeting shows her flirting openly, and while later comparing the Builder to the Hero, she begins to ramble and admit to her own fantasizing about him before she corrects herself and gets back to the point.

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** [[spoiler: This comes back in ''Builders'', where a flashback of their first meeting shows her flirting openly, and while later comparing the Builder to the Hero, she begins to ramble and admit to her own fantasizing about him before she corrects herself and gets back to the point.]]



* FrillyUpgrade: With her updated design in ''Kenshin'', she received a PimpedOutDress in form of a pink and white ribbon-and-lace ensemble that thereon replaced the yellow gown of prior. However, she was portrayed with the classic design again in ''Dragon Quest Builders'', likely in keeping with the game's theme.

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* FrillyUpgrade: With her updated design in ''Kenshin'', she received a PimpedOutDress in form of a pink and white ribbon-and-lace ensemble that thereon replaced the yellow gown of prior. [[spoiler: However, she was portrayed with the classic design again in ''Dragon Quest Builders'', likely in keeping with the game's theme.]]



* RoyaltySuperPower: She effectively set the precedent of princesses from eastern gaming possessing inexplicable magical abilities, as once/if the Hero returns her to her father, she bestows on him an item through which she can communicate with him telepathically as well as pinpoint his exact position in the world. Taken further in her ''Battle Road'' appearances, where she channels the artifacts the Hero collected to create the Rainbow Bridge ''herself.''

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* RoyaltySuperPower: She effectively set the precedent of princesses from eastern gaming possessing inexplicable magical abilities, as once/if the Hero returns her to her father, she bestows on him an item through which she can communicate with him telepathically as well as pinpoint his exact position in the world. Taken further in her ''Battle Road'' appearances, where she channels the artifacts the Hero collected to create the Rainbow Bridge ''herself.'''' [[spoilers: To top it off, in ''Builders'', the Dragonlord [[NotMeThisTime actually isn't the one guilty of petrifying any of the survivors of ancient Tantagel]] -- she actually recited and enacted the spell ''herself'' as a means of protection.]]
* SpoiledSweet: She shows some shades of it in her first appearance, and in Builders she openly owns that she's been sheltered and has little in the way of means to aid in the practical sense. None of this stops her from being unfettering in her support and kind to a fault.


* SuddenlyVoiced: He was the first to set the HeroicMime trend [[AvertedTrope and the first to avert it]], as at the game's end he suddenly speaks up to refuse the King's suggestion that he should take his place and asserts his own personal goals.



* DubNameChange: From Lora to Gwaelin. This was restored in the GBC version.

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* DubNameChange: From Lora to Gwaelin. This was restored in the GBC version. version, but has been flipflopped since. Notably, the change led to some localization snarl later down the line, as "Lorasia" in ''II'' was changed to "Middenhall".[[note]]The original significance being that kingdom was where the Hero and the Princess made their stay, thus the Prince of said kingdom was of the most direct lineage.[[/note]]


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* RoyaltySuperPower: She effectively set the precedent of princesses from eastern gaming possessing inexplicable magical abilities, as once/if the Hero returns her to her father, she bestows on him an item through which she can communicate with him telepathically as well as pinpoint his exact position in the world. Taken further in her ''Battle Road'' appearances, where she channels the artifacts the Hero collected to create the Rainbow Bridge ''herself.''


!Hero (Erdrick/Loto)

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!Hero (Erdrick/Loto)
(Descendant/Scion of Erdrick/Loto)

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* FetusTerrible: In VideoGame/DragonQuestIII, the Orb of Light is given to Erdrick by the Dragon Queen, moments before she dies in birthing the egg of her heir. Return later, and the egg is gone-- and an NPC will comment on how ''something'' flew down into the Pit of Gaia, the only passage between the Upper World and Alefgard, while it was still open. Coupled with greater hints in the ''Emblem of Roto'' manga, all signs point that her child ultimately became the Dragonlord.


* CanonName: Zigzagged, as it's never been used in any official game capacity, but both the Drama CD and the novelization made for the game give him the name of "Alef".
* ChickMagnet: Throughout his adventure, there will be at least one female NPC in any given town who'll either be attracted to him or at the very least make comment on his attractiveness. Most notably are the cases of the Princess, a smitten girl in the first town who will actually follow him[[note]]and will [[NextThingTheyKnew waste no time]] if he stays at an inn while she is in the GBC version[[/note]], and the lady in Kol who will offer him a Puff-Puff -- an ''actual'' one, making him one of the only characters, let alone protagonists in the series' entirety where this [[AvertedTrope isn't]] [[RunningGag a scam or a fake-out.]]



%%* BigBad

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%%* BigBad* BigBad: He's the supreme being over all monsterkind in the original game who has stolen the Sphere of Light, planted himself in Castle Charlock and has subjugated the entire world to his will.



%%* EvilSorcerer

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%%* EvilSorcerer* DealWithTheDevil: The UrExample in gaming, at that. Whether it's the Hero or the Builder, he'll pretend to acknowledge their triumphs as making them worthy of standing beside him and offering them as much.
* EvilSorcerer: His entire motif in his initial form, though he also is generally portrayed as getting physical, which is justified in [[OneWingedAngel actually being a dragon.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Every time he's initially confronted, he'll regard his challenger with a respectful tone and an altogether welcoming attitude, giving credit for all they've accomplished to reach him, and inevitably making them an offer. Of course, the offer is just a means to try and get his foe's guard down, as he ''will'' swiftly dispatch them the moment they expose themselves as any kind of vulnerable.



%%* GenericDoomsdayVillain

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%%* GenericDoomsdayVillain* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Zigzagged. In the original release he acts as this, but later materials and ''Builders'' especially present a greater insight as to his general disdain for humanity.
* ManipulativeBastard: His infamous deal was actually not without precedent; it wasn't a random offer. The Hero actually ''did'' desire to have a kingdom of his own, thus the Dragonlord was playing upon something he secretly yearned for. In ''Builders'', though he makes something of the same deal, he shows this level of cunning in how much he'd actually been watching events progress. He ''knew'' about the Builder's manipulation by Rubiss and how she'd forsaken them for wanting to ''actually'' save the world, and painted his deal this time as their freedom to live and create in peace.

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** [[spoiler: His KarmicTransformation in Builders reflects this as well, becoming a huge, muscle-laden Hoodie so built that employing his sword at all is comical at best, and his shield barely fits.]]


* FlamingSword: The second most powerful weapon you can wield. The best one is Erdrick's sword.



* FlamingSword: The second most powerful weapon you can wield. The best one is Erdrick's sword.



%%* TheHero:

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%%* TheHero:* TheHero: Born and bred for it in a world where the villain had already won, at that.



* KarmicTransformation: [[spoiler: In the ''Builders'' course of events, after making his deal with the Dragonlord and inevitably being betrayed, the Hero holed himself up in his consolation prize of a pitiable small fortress labeled "Half the World", whereupon he progressively became further and further mad until the time the Builder arrived, at which point he was a gibbering lunatic who believed he really did rule the world. The transformation part comes in with how he'd lived that long: over time, he became a literal monster; specifically a Hoodie in a regal mantle.]]



%%* OneManArmy

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%%* OneManArmy * OneManArmy: He's the only Hero of the series who explicitly receives no help whatsoever, not even able to recruit monsters. He is ''also'' the Hero who competently operates as a one-man party.


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* RatedMForManly: ''Battle Road'' most certainly rebrands him as this; his Finisher clip showing him storming the Green Dragon's lair by simply hacking the door apart, smashing the gigantic dragon with his blade with such force it goes flying into the far wall and crushing open the Princess' cage, blasting ''through'' the earth in a tremendous leap to the surface instead of just using Evac, and launching himself kilometers into the horizon towards Castle Charlock with the Princess projecting the Rainbow Bridge beneath him as he goes.


* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: When originally conceived, the Hero had stock black hair, largely being of a Son Goku-lookalike trend that wouldn't be bucked until a few entries later. When the Dragon Quest I characters and setting were revisited for ''Dragon Quest Kenshin'', however, he received a massive update, changed to largely resemble his infamous ancestor save for having blue eyes and blonde hair. The new design has been predominantly used since, especially in multi-entry conglomerations.[[note]]The updated appearance is his primary one in the Battle Road entries, and while unable to be seen out of armor, the Princess is shown with her ''Kenshin''-and-onward appearance in the intro of the 25th Anniversary Collection, indicating the same of him.]]

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* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: When originally conceived, the Hero had stock black hair, largely being of a Son Goku-lookalike trend that wouldn't be bucked until a few entries later. When the Dragon Quest I characters and setting were revisited for ''Dragon Quest Kenshin'', however, he received a massive update, changed to largely resemble his infamous ancestor save for having blue eyes and blonde hair. The new design has been predominantly used since, especially in multi-entry conglomerations.[[note]]The updated appearance is his primary one in the Battle Road entries, and while unable to be seen out of armor, the Princess is shown with her ''Kenshin''-and-onward appearance in the intro of the 25th Anniversary Collection, indicating the same of him.]][[/note]]



* FrillyUpgrade: With her updated design in ''Kenshin'', she received a PimpedOutDress in form of a pink and white ribbon-and-lace ensemble that thereon replaced the yellow gown of prior. However, she was portrayed with the classic design again in ''Dragon Quest Builders'', likely in keeping with the game's theme.



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%%* * PimpedOutDress



%%* SaveThePrincess

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%%* * SaveThePrincess

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