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A long-running Japanese RPG series with eleven installments. Often credited as the first turn-based battle [[EasternRPG console JRPG]] in history. Absurdly popular in Japan, fairly obscure outside (at least compared to [[Franchise/FinalFantasy its more popular counterpart]]). Before their merger, ''Dragon Quest'' was to Enix what ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' was to Square. While never as popular in the US as the ''Final Fantasy'' series (but even more popular than ''Final Fantasy'' in Japan; since the companies merged, needless to say, Creator/SquareEnix owns the Japanese RPG scene), it's notable for its character art by Creator/AkiraToriyama, and maintains a sizable cult following. Most of its tropes, especially the battle screen, have been kept intact over the years. Interestingly, unlike its rival series, ''Dragon Quest'', though carrying the Enix name up until the merger, is ''not'' an in-house project, as Enix is purely a publishing house. The actual developer of the series is Yuji Horii (the proper creator of the series, who has been in either a directorial or upper production role of every entry in the series to this day) and his studio Armor Project, which had long since established an exclusive publishing contract with Enix from back during the NES days - a deal which naturally carried over into the merger with Squaresoft.

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A long-running Japanese RPG series with eleven installments.main installments, and dozens of side and spin-off games. Often credited as the first turn-based battle [[EasternRPG console JRPG]] in history. Absurdly popular in Japan, fairly obscure outside (at least compared to [[Franchise/FinalFantasy its more popular counterpart]]). Before their merger, ''Dragon Quest'' was to Enix what ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' was to Square. While never as popular in the US as the ''Final Fantasy'' series (but even more popular than ''Final Fantasy'' in Japan; since the companies merged, needless to say, Creator/SquareEnix owns the Japanese RPG scene), it's notable for its character art by Creator/AkiraToriyama, and maintains a sizable cult following. Most of its tropes, especially the battle screen, have been kept intact over the years. Interestingly, unlike its rival series, ''Dragon Quest'', though carrying the Enix name up until the merger, is ''not'' an in-house project, as Enix is purely a publishing house. The actual developer of the series is Yuji Horii (the proper creator of the series, who has been in either a directorial or upper production role of every entry in the series to this day) and his studio Armor Project, which had long since established an exclusive publishing contract with Enix from back during the NES days - a deal which naturally carried over into the merger with Squaresoft.


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** ''Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon'' ([[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super Famicom]])
** ''Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 - Mystery Dungeon'', released internationally as ''World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope'' ('''UsefulNotes/PlayStation''', UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance)
** ''Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3 - Mystery Dungeon'' (UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 2}}, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance)
** ''Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mystery Dungeon'' ('''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 2}}''')
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters'' series (see that page for entries)

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** ''Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon'' ([[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem (1993; [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super Famicom]])
** ''Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 - Mystery Dungeon'', released internationally as ''World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope'' ('''UsefulNotes/PlayStation''', (1999 JP, 2000 US; '''UsefulNotes/PlayStation''', UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance)
** ''Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3 - Mystery Dungeon'' (UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation (2002; UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 2}}, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance)
** ''Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mystery Dungeon'' ('''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation (2006; '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 2}}''')
* [[index]]''VideoGame/DragonQuestSwords'' (2001; '''UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}''')
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters'' series (see (1998-present; see that page for entries)entries)[[/index]]



** ''Slime Morimori Dragon Quest: Shogeki no Shippo Dan'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance)
** ''Slime Morimori Dragon Quest 2: Daisensha no Shippo Dan'', released internationally as ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime'' ('''UsefulNotes/NintendoDS''')

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** ''Slime Morimori Dragon Quest: Shogeki no Shippo Dan'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance)
(2003; UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance)
** ''Slime [[index]]''Slime Morimori Dragon Quest 2: Daisensha no Shippo Dan'', released internationally as ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime'' ('''UsefulNotes/NintendoDS''')(2005 JP, 2006 US; '''UsefulNotes/NintendoDS''')[[/index]]



* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestSwords'' ('''UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}''')
* ''Dragon Quest Wars'' ('''UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo DS}}i''')
* ''VideoGame/ItadakiStreet'' series; aka ''Fortune Street'' in America and ''Boom Street'' in Europe (see that page for entries)
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* ''Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road'' series (Arcade, UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})
** ''Dragon Quest 2: Monster Battle Scanner'' ('''Arcade''')[[note]]Limited release at AEON Molly Fantasy arcades and other select venues in Asia outside of Japan[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Theatrhythm|FinalFantasy}} Dragon Quest'' ('''[[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS 3DS]]''')
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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesTheWorldTreesWoeAndTheBlightBelow'' (2015; [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PS3]], '''[[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PS4]]''', '''PC''')

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestSwords'' ('''UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}''')
* ''Dragon Quest Wars'' ('''UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo DS}}i''')
* ''VideoGame/ItadakiStreet''
[[index]]''VideoGame/ItadakiStreet'' series; aka ''Fortune Street'' in America and ''Boom Street'' in Europe (see (1991-present; see that page for entries)
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entries)[[/index]]
* ''Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road'' series (Arcade, (2007; Arcade)
** ''Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road II Legends'' (2009; Arcade)
*** ''Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory'' (2010 port of ''Legends'';
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** ''Dragon Quest 2: Quest: Monster Battle Road Scanner'' ('''Arcade''')[[note]]Limited (2016; '''Arcade''')[[note]]Limited release at AEON Molly Fantasy arcades and other select venues in Asia outside of Japan[[/note]]
* ''Dragon Quest Wars'' (2009; '''UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo DS}}i''')
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''VideoGame/{{Theatrhythm|FinalFantasy}} Dragon Quest'' ('''[[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS 3DS]]''')
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(2015; [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS 3DS]])
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesTheWorldTreesWoeAndTheBlightBelow'' ''Dragon Quest of the Stars'' (2015 JP, 2020 worldwide; '''{{Android|Games}}''', '''UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS''')
* [[index]]''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesTheWorldTreesWoeAndTheBlightBelow''
(2015; [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PS3]], '''[[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PS4]]''', '''PC''')



* [[index]]''Videogame/DragonQuestBuilders'' (2016; UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}, '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}''', '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation Vita}}''', '''UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch''')
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders2'' (2018 JP, 2019 worldwide; '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}''', '''UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch''')[[/index]]
* ''Dragon Quest Rivals'' (2017; {{Android|Games}}, UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS, PC)
* ''Dragon Quest Walk'' (2019; {{Android|Games}}, UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS)
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[[folder:Other Media]]



* ''Videogame/DragonQuestBuilders'' (2016; UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}, '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}''', '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation Vita}}''', '''UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch''')
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders2'' (2018 JP, 2019 worldwide; '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}''', '''UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch''')
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* ''Dragon Quest of the Stars'' (2015 JP, 2020 worldwide; '''{{Android|Games}}''', '''UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS''')
* ''Dragon Quest Rivals'' ({{Android|Games}}, UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS, PC)
* ''Dragon Quest Walk'' ({{Android|Games}}, UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS)
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[[folder:Other Media]]
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* ''Anime/DragonQuestLegendOfTheHeroAbel'' (1989-1991 anime)

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* ''Anime/DragonQuestLegendOfTheHeroAbel'' (1989-1991 anime)anime)[[/index]]


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* CuteSlimeMook: The series is the TropeMaker; the Slime monsters have inspired countless imitators.


* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The hero of ''I'' [[StandardHeroReward marries into the royal family]] because of his heroics; a status which is then passed on to his descendants in ''II''. [[spoiler:The hero of ''VIII'']] similarly gets to marry into royalty (unless you go for the alternate ending in the 3DS remake) - though the post-game content and resulting good ending reveal that [[spoiler:he was of royal blood all along]].



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Several heroes are royalty, among them ''II'''s heirs to Midenhall, Cannock, and Moonbrooke; Tsarevna Alena of Zamoksva in ''IV''; the entire royal family of Gotha in ''V''; [[spoiler:the Prince of Somnia]] in ''VI''; Kiefer [[spoiler:and his descendant Aishe]] in ''VII''; and [[spoiler:the heir to Argonia]] in ''VIII''.


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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Several heroes are royalty, among them ''II''[='s=] heirs to Midenhall, Cannock, and Moonbrooke; Tsarevna Alena of Zamoksva in ''IV''; the entire royal family of Gotha in ''V''; [[spoiler:the Prince of Somnia]] in ''VI''; Prince Kiefer of Estard ([[spoiler:and his descendant Aishe, though the family had long given up being royalty by her generation]]) in ''VII''; [[spoiler:the heir to Argonia]] and King Trode of Trodain in ''VIII''; and the Prince of Dundrasil, [[spoiler:his grandfather the former King Robert (aka "Rab"), and Princess Jade of Heliodor]] in ''XI''.


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** The fast-travel spell, Zoom, shoots you high up into the air -- unless you're indoors. In that instance, RealityEnsues and you bang your head on the ceiling.


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* WorldTree: Since the beginning, leaves of Yggdrasil have been used as the series' revive items. World Trees are also seen in ''III'' and ''VII'', and Yggdrasil serves major roles in the plots of both ''IX'' and ''XI''.


* HeroicMime: The Hero of every game. The series' insistence on a voiceless protagonist will occasionally highlight [[TropesAreNotGood the flaws of such an approach]]; players tend to assume a character with no voice and therefore no obvious personality to be their personal avatar, which doesn't mesh with the fact that each hero has his own personal story.

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* HeroicMime: The Hero of every game. The series' insistence on a voiceless protagonist will occasionally highlight [[TropesAreNotGood [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools the flaws of such an approach]]; players tend to assume a character with no voice and therefore no obvious personality to be their personal avatar, which doesn't mesh with the fact that each hero has his own personal story.


* AllInARow: All main installments except ''VIII'', ''XI'' and the ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters'' games before ''Joker'' show all active party members on the screen when traveling by walking.

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* AllInARow: All main installments except ''VIII'', ''VIII'' and the original version of ''XI'' and (it was later added in the ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters'' games before ''Joker'' ''S'' version) show all active party members on the screen when traveling by walking.walking. The ''Monsters'' games also incorporate this as of ''Joker''.



** It's not unheard of to find monsters in towns minding their own business. [[VideoGame/DragonQuestV I'm not a bad slime!]]

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** It's not unheard of to find monsters in towns minding their own business. [[VideoGame/DragonQuestV I'm "I'm not a bad slime!]]slime!"]]



* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: ''IV''. Each chapter features a different hero, and in the last chapter (of the original; the remakes added an extra chapter and a prologue chapter), the main hero has to travel the world and [[CharacterMagneticTeam assemble them all]]. You can even switch back and forth between party members in battle once you secure the wagon.



* ArcWords: “Then morning comes...” tends to appear several times in each of the later games.

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* ArcWords: “Then "Then morning comes..." tends to appear several times in each of the later games.



* ArtifactOfDeath: In the first ''Dragon Quest'' game, there was a chance of you getting Cursed Belts and Cursed Necklaces from certain chests. They did nothing except strangle you, yet bizarrely they sold very well.



** The sceptre in Trodain Castle, stolen by Dhoulmagus just prior to the events of ''VIII'' proves to have several nasty side-effects that affect its wielder.

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** The sceptre in Trodain Castle, stolen by Dhoulmagus just prior to the events of ''VIII'' ''VIII'', proves to have several nasty side-effects that affect its wielder.



* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: ''III'', after the first boss; also a sort of NonstandardGameOver.



* BaitAndSwitch: The Puff-Puff RunningGag has been one of these since ''III'' -- you think you're going to be visiting MarshmallowHeaven, but it turns out to be something else entirely. (In ''I'' and ''II'', Puff-Puff was played straight and you actually did get what was promised, though the primitive graphics meant the player never saw it.)

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* BaitAndSwitch: The Puff-Puff RunningGag has been one of these since ''III'' -- you think you're going to be visiting MarshmallowHeaven, but it turns out to be something else entirely. (In ''I'' and ''II'', and in some places in ''XI'', Puff-Puff was played straight and you actually did get what was promised, though the primitive graphics and/or a SexyDiscretionShot meant the player never saw it.)



* BigDamnHeroes: Happens all the time in ''VII'', as you save over a dozen lands from destruction, just in time. ({{Subverted}} in a few worlds.)
* BlackMage: Excusing for the moment the fact that almost all characters count, the Mage class in ''Dragon Quests III, VI, ''and'' IX'' all specialize in offensive spells. Barbara from ''Dragon Quest VI'' and Jessica Albert from ''Dragon Quest VIII'' count.

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* BigDamnHeroes: Happens all the time in ''VII'', as you save over a dozen lands from destruction, just in time. ({{Subverted}} in a few worlds.)
* BlackMage: Excusing for the moment the fact that almost all characters count, the Mage class in ''Dragon Quests III, VI, ''and'' IX'' Quest III'', ''VI'', and ''IX'' all specialize in offensive spells. Barbara from ''Dragon Quest VI'' and Jessica Albert from ''Dragon Quest VIII'' count.



** References to the Puff Puff RunningGag were removed in the English localization.

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** References to the Puff Puff RunningGag were removed in the English localization.localizations of earlier games.



* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Several characters in ''VIII'' fall under Rhapthorne's influence... including a ''dog!''
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the GBC remake of ''III'', the game addresses you, the player, for your personal information at the start of a new game. This disembodied voice actually belongs to an NPC you meet late in the game.



** Robbin' Hood or Robbin' 'ood (Kandar in old releases and ''Kandata'' in Japan), the [[FanDisservice obscenely muscled and underdressed]] thief from ''III'', has made several reappearances throughout the series, including reappearances in ''DQV'', ''DQX'', the remake of ''DQVII'', and ''Heroes'', where he tries to steal something of important (like the Royal Insignia of Gotha or even the treasure of the moon). ''V'' also has Dwight "Da White" Dwarf, who shares his appearance in miniature, and ''VIII'', which brought back the Hood monster family, which has been heavily expanded on in the ''Monsters'' series from ''Joker 2'' on. As of ''Dragon Quest Monsters 2 3D'' there's Robbin' Hood himself, Robbin' Huddle (Kandata-kobun)[[note]]A handful of Kandar mini-mes[[/note]], the Prince o' Thieves (Kandata-oyabun, or "[[KingMook Kandata Godfather]]"[[note]]"Godfather" in the mafia sense[[/note]]), Kandar's Wife ([[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale Kandata Wife]])[[note]]An obese, hooded slug of a woman who bears a more-than-passing resemblance to the Slugly Betsy monsters of ''DQIX''[[/note]], the Kandata Ladies[[note]]A trio composed of a little girl with a mace, a sexy dominatrix-type, and a HugeSchoolgirl even more ripped than Kandar himself[[/note]], and Kandata Rocks[[note]]A Kandata-inspired ''rock band''[[/note]].

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** Robbin' Hood or Robbin' 'ood (Kandar in old releases and ''Kandata'' in Japan), the [[FanDisservice obscenely muscled and underdressed]] thief from ''III'', has made several reappearances throughout the series, including reappearances in ''DQV'', ''DQX'', the remake of ''DQVII'', ''DQXI'', and ''Heroes'', where he tries to steal something of important importance (like the Royal Insignia of Gotha or even the treasure of the moon). ''V'' also has Dwight "Da White" Dwarf, who shares his appearance in miniature, and ''VIII'', which brought back the Hood monster family, which has been heavily expanded on in the ''Monsters'' series from ''Joker 2'' on. As of ''Dragon Quest Monsters 2 3D'' there's Robbin' Hood himself, Robbin' Huddle (Kandata-kobun)[[note]]A handful of Kandar mini-mes[[/note]], the Prince o' Thieves (Kandata-oyabun, or "[[KingMook Kandata Godfather]]"[[note]]"Godfather" in the mafia sense[[/note]]), Kandar's Wife ([[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale Kandata Wife]])[[note]]An obese, hooded slug of a woman who bears a more-than-passing resemblance to the Slugly Betsy monsters of ''DQIX''[[/note]], the Kandata Ladies[[note]]A trio composed of a little girl with a mace, a sexy dominatrix-type, and a HugeSchoolgirl even more ripped than Kandar himself[[/note]], and Kandata Rocks[[note]]A Kandata-inspired ''rock band''[[/note]].



* {{Catchphrase}}: Yangus' "[[StockBritishPhrases COR BLIMEY]]!" and Dhoulmagus' "Such a pity..." in ''VIII''.



* CharacterClassSystem: Any game with the Dharma Temple (that's "Alltrades Abbey" for anyone who got their start after the NES era) has a "Vocation" system. Classic choices include Warrior, Mage, Martial Artist, and Priest (and we'll toss in Thief from the VideoGameRemake of ''III''). Every game also has at least one PrestigeClass, premised on being the combination of two basic classes (for example, the Sage is based on Mage and Priest).

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* CharacterClassSystem: Any game with the Dharma Temple (that's "Alltrades Abbey" for anyone who got their start after the NES era) has a "Vocation" system. Classic choices include Warrior, Mage, Martial Artist, and Priest (and we'll toss in Thief from the VideoGameRemake remake of ''III''). Every game also has at least one PrestigeClass, premised on being the combination of two basic classes (for example, the Sage is based on Mage and Priest).



** The Monster Battle Road series as seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKhVIej4hnE this video]].

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** The Monster ''Monster Battle Road Road'' series as seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKhVIej4hnE this video]].



* CursedWithAwesome: The hero from ''VIII'' was cursed as a kid, but in turn, this prevents him from being affected by any ''other'' curses, even those in-game. This allows him to survive the curse put on Trodain at the beginning and can equip cursed equipment without any drawbacks.



* DelusionsOfEloquence: Yangus from ''DQ VIII'', a few other thug [=NPCs=] here and there.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In many of the games, notably in ''DQ V'', you go more or less invade Hell, kick {{Satan}}'s behind, and [[ToHellAndBack escape unscathed.]] ''DQ VI'' also has an optional sidequest where you basically beat up Satan, and then he kills the BigBad for you.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In many of the games, notably in ''DQ V'', you go more or less invade Hell, kick {{Satan}}'s behind, and [[ToHellAndBack escape unscathed.]] unscathed]].
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''DQ VI'' also has an optional sidequest where you basically beat up Satan, and then he kills the BigBad for you.



* DirtyCoward: Prince Charmles from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', [[MeaningfulName appropriately named]] "Prince Charmless" in-game because he really is [[LoserArchetype that much of a loser]].



* DoppelgangerSpin: Linguar's specialty.



* EndlessCorridor: The looping stairway in Charlock Castle.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Given the fantasy milieu, the prolific amount of royalty practically guarantees you will eventually see a princess ''somewhere''. Princess Player Characters can be found in ''II'', ''IV'', and ''V''. As a result of the titular curse of ''VIII'', its princess travels with you not as a party member, but rather as the horse pulling the party's wagon.

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* EndlessCorridor: The looping stairway in Charlock Castle.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Given the fantasy milieu, the prolific amount of royalty practically guarantees you will eventually see a princess ''somewhere''. Princess Player Characters party members can be found in ''II'', ''IV'', ''V'', and ''V''.''XI''. As a result of the titular curse of ''VIII'', its princess travels with you not as a party member, but rather as the horse pulling the party's wagon.



* EvolutionaryLevels: The "Secret of Evolution", a mysterious power and central element of ''IV'' (also referred to in ''V''), which Psaro and his minions are after so that they can build an all-powerful monster army to subjugate the world. This research also extends to [[SuddenlyVoiced giving animals the ability to talk]].



* FairyBattle: Torneko's chapter in ''Dragon Quest IV''



* {{Gainaxing}}: Jessica of ''DQ VIII'', to an almost absurd degree. Depending on the camera angle it can distract from almost anything else occurring or being said on screen.



* GoodMorningCrono: The protagonist is woken up by his/her mother in the beginning of ''DQ III''.



* GroundhogDayLoop: Featured in one town in ''DQ VII''.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Several in ''Dragon Quest IV'' and ''loads'' in ''VII''.

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* GroundhogDayLoop: Featured in one town in ''DQ VII''.
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%%* GuestStarPartyMember: Several in ''Dragon Quest IV'' and ''loads'' in ''VII''.



** In ''DQV'', you get to hear the hero speak a few lines [[spoiler:when he comes back to your childhood via TimeTravel to exchange the fake MacGuffin for the real one]].

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** In ''DQV'', you get to hear the hero speak a few lines [[spoiler:when he comes back to your childhood via TimeTravel to exchange the fake MacGuffin for the real one]]. ''DQXI'' does the4 same thing in a similar situation.



** A few show up in ''DQ XI'' as well.



* ImprobableAge: ''Dragon Quest V'' starts off the protagonist as six years old. He gets treated as such, and it shows in other things such as being unable to read signs, but this obviously does not stop him from donning Plate Armor and wielding a Broadsword to considerable effect.
** Not to mention you're forced into [[HappilyMarried marriage]] at 16 years old.

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* ImprobableAge: ''Dragon Quest V'' starts off the protagonist as six years old. He gets treated as such, and it shows in other things such as being unable to read signs, but this obviously does not stop him from donning Plate Armor and wielding a Broadsword to considerable effect.
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effect. Not to mention you're forced into [[HappilyMarried marriage]] at 16 years old.



* InevitableTournament: The fourth game, [[spoiler:though it's actually a ruse by Psaro the Manslayer to get Alena away from her castle so he can reduce it to smithereens. It's not clear why he needed to lure her away, though; she's strong, but not THAT strong]]. Also, an important focus of the ''Monsters'' series.

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* InevitableTournament: The fourth game, [[spoiler:though it's actually a ruse by Psaro ** ''Dragon Quest XI'' refines the Manslayer to get Alena away from her castle so he can reduce it to smithereens. It's not clear why he needed to lure her away, though; she's strong, but not THAT strong]]. Also, an important focus of game clock manipulation further with campsites, allowing the ''Monsters'' series.party to rest until dawn, midday, dusk, or night.



* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: This is the most noticeable trait of the Russian accents in the DS remake of ''IV''.



* ItemCrafting: Many of the games have this in the form of Alchemy.

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* ItemCrafting: Many of the games have this in the form of Alchemy. ''XI'' replaces alchemy with forging.



* {{Jerkass}}: Prince Charmles from ''DQVIII'' is a walking embodiment.
* JustAddWater: Alchemy in ''VIII'' and ''IX'' and breeding/synthesis in the ''Monsters'' series.
* JustAStupidAccent: The PoirotSpeak-using characters in the DS remake of ''DQ IV'' are never actually seen speaking the languages the words they use are from.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Prince Charmles from ''DQVIII'' is a walking embodiment.
* JustAddWater: Alchemy in ''VIII'' and ''IX'' and breeding/synthesis in the ''Monsters'' series.
* JustAStupidAccent: The PoirotSpeak-using characters
series. Averted in the DS remake of ''DQ IV'' are never actually seen speaking the languages the words they use are from.''XI'', where forging involves a minigame that's a bit more elaborate.



* {{Knighting}}: "Loto" or "Erdrick" is not actually a name -- it's a ''title'' bestowed only upon the bravest of heroes. [[spoiler:It is given to the hero of ''Dragon Quest III'', the heroes of ''Dragon Quest II'' (and possibly to their ancestor, the hero of ''Dragon Quest I'', though his adventure occurred before this part of the mythology had been developed), and to Prince Kiefer of ''Dragon Quest VII'' and his partner Luin, as per ''Dragon Quest Monsters Caravan Heart'']].
* LadyLand: A "queendom" in ''DQIV''. Referred to in the English localization of the DS version as "[[WonderWoman Femiscyra]]", it's chock full of AmazonianBeauties... one of whom makes it very clear [[AllAmazonsWantHercules what kind of guy she's after]].
** But who show you respect if you play the female protagonist.
* LazyBackup: Played straight by some, averted by others, especially the immensely useful system in ''DQV'' where your {{Mon}} and characters not in the active party would jump out to fight for you if the entire main party was knocked out. Interestingly, since only the main character can interact with others, if you enter a town with the hero unconscious, one of his party members (even his pet panther!) would drag him off to get revived.

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* {{Knighting}}: "Loto" or "Erdrick" is not actually a name -- it's a ''title'' bestowed only upon the bravest of heroes. [[spoiler:It is given to the hero of ''Dragon Quest III'', the heroes of ''Dragon Quest II'' (and possibly to their ancestor, the hero of ''Dragon Quest I'', though his adventure occurred before this part of the mythology had been developed), the hero of ''Dragon Quest XI'', and to Prince Kiefer of ''Dragon Quest VII'' and his partner Luin, as per ''Dragon Quest Monsters Caravan Heart'']].
* LadyLand: A "queendom" in ''DQIV''. Referred to in the English localization of the DS version as "[[WonderWoman Femiscyra]]", it's chock full of AmazonianBeauties... one of whom makes it very clear [[AllAmazonsWantHercules what kind of guy she's after]].
** But who show you respect if you play the female protagonist.
*
LazyBackup: Played straight by some, averted by others, especially the immensely useful system in ''DQV'' where your {{Mon}} {{Mon}}s and characters not in the active party would jump out to fight for you if the entire main party was knocked out. Interestingly, since only the main character can interact with others, if you enter a town with the hero unconscious, one of his party members (even his pet panther!) would drag him off to get revived.



* LickedByTheDog: The hero of ''DQ V'', by a wild sabrecat. [[spoiler:It turns out to be his and Bianca's pet "kitty" from childhood.]] Ironically, the people of the town that the sabrecat was terrorizing think that it means the protagonist planned the whole thing.



** References to the Puff Puff RunningGag were removed in the English localization.

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** References to the Puff Puff RunningGag were removed in the English localization.localizations of earlier games.



* MonsterTown: ''Dragon Quest VIII'' has one, with the beginnings of one appearing way back in ''IV''.

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* MonsterTown: ** ''Dragon Quest VIII'' has one, with the beginnings XI'' keeps a repository of one appearing way back in ''IV''.monster information as well.



* MythologyGag: Boatloads in ''IX''. Player characters from previous games appear and there is armor based on their clothes, and major bosses from previous games appear as {{Bonus Boss}}es.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Marcello in ''Dragon Quest VIII'' [[spoiler:subjugates the BigBad and attempts to take power out of the hands of the nobles and church. Then the heroes come and beat him up, freeing the BigBad and, by a lucky coincidence, allowing the BigBad to reach his own body, thus regaining his full power]]. Whoops.



* NonstandardGameOver: Say yes to the [=DracoLord=] in the first one. The GBC remake lessens it by making it AllJustADream.



** The series has a RunningGag with something called "Puff-Puff", where the main character gets his head massaged with a woman's breasts ([[SexyDiscretionShot offscreen]]). While this was played straight once or twice, by ''Dragon Quest III'' it had become just one more silly thing to parody. [[spoiler:After drawing you in to enjoy one in ''III'', the hero -- after clearly enjoying himself -- opens his eyes to discover he's been attended to by the girl's ''father''. In ''VIII'', the puff-puff is carried out with a pair of slimes. In ''Dragon Quest IX'', it's carried out with sheep butts]].

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** The series has a RunningGag with something called "Puff-Puff", where the main character gets his head massaged with a woman's breasts ([[SexyDiscretionShot offscreen]]). While this was played straight once or twice, by ''Dragon Quest III'' it had become just one more silly thing to parody. [[spoiler:After drawing you in to enjoy one in ''III'', the hero -- after clearly enjoying himself -- opens his eyes to discover he's been attended to by the girl's ''father''. In ''VIII'', the puff-puff is carried out with a pair of slimes. In ''Dragon Quest IX'', it's carried out with sheep butts]]. ''XI'' has a puff-puff in every town; sometimes playing it straight and sometimes going for the gag.



* PartyInMyPocket: ''VIII'', ''XI'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters: Joker'' use this trope. In ''VIII'' only the character in the first slot of the party (or the first living character if the ones in front are dead) is shown when walking and ''Joker'' only shows the protagonist. In ''XI'', characters that are a GuestStarPartyMember or who haven't yet properly joined your party will also follow the hero character around.
* PetBabyWildAnimal: Saber, the Great Sabrecat from ''DQV''. Differs from the usual in that [[spoiler:it's the villain who does the ShooTheDog bit to turn him feral, but years later he recognizes his old master and rejoins him for the rest of the game]].

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* PartyInMyPocket: ''VIII'', the original version of ''XI'' (but not the ''S'' release), and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters: Monsters: Joker'' use this trope. In ''VIII'' only the character in the first slot of the party (or the first living character if the ones in front are dead) is shown when walking and ''Joker'' only shows the protagonist. In ''XI'', characters that are a GuestStarPartyMember or who haven't yet properly joined your party will also follow the hero character around.
* PetBabyWildAnimal: Saber, the Great Sabrecat from ''DQV''. Differs from the usual in that [[spoiler:it's the villain who does the ShooTheDog bit to turn him feral, but years later he recognizes his old master and rejoins him for the rest of the game]].
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** They reappear in ''Dragon Quest XI'', both as [=NPCs=] and as a costume for Jade.



* PowerNullifier: In ''III'' onward, but most annoyingly in ''V''. "Boss X sends [[StatusBuffDispel a disruptive wave of energy]]!" "All party stats are returned to normal." ''[groan]'' At least some of your {{Mon}}s can do it, too.
** In fact, you ''have'' to be able to do it in order to remove the "Bounce" spell-deflecting field around the final boss of ''V''. Good thing using the [[spoiler:Zenithian Sword]] as an item will have the same effect. And since it's plot-relevant, you can't miss that item.
* PoirotSpeak: In the DS remake of the the fourth game, characters in the second and fourth chapters often use Russian and French equivalents of simple words such as "yes" and "no".

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* PowerNullifier: In ''III'' onward, but most annoyingly in ''V''. "Boss X sends [[StatusBuffDispel a disruptive wave of energy]]!" "All party stats are returned to normal." ''[groan]'' At least some of your {{Mon}}s can do it, too.
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too. In fact, you ''have'' to be able to do it in order to remove the "Bounce" spell-deflecting field around the final boss of ''V''. Good thing using the [[spoiler:Zenithian Sword]] as an item will have the same effect. And since it's plot-relevant, you can't miss that item.
* PoirotSpeak: In the DS remake of the the fourth game, characters in the second and fourth chapters often use Russian and French equivalents of simple words such as "yes" and "no".
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* PrinceCharmless: Charmles from ''VIII'' often is mispronounced this way, at least in the English language versions. Given his [[JerkAss personality]], this is intentional.



* RealMenWearPink: The manly knight Ragnar of ''DQIV'' has brilliant all-pink armor.
* RebelliousPrincess: Alena from ''DQIV''



* RelaxOVision: Jessica's Puff-puff special ability in ''DQ VIII'', which, um... well, [[MarshmallowHell let's just say only Jessica can use this]]. Actually a long-standing RunningGag -- each game has had a "puff-puff" scene in some way or another.



* SamusIsAGirl: Depending on your choice in the GBC remake of ''DQ III'', it is possible to discover that [[spoiler:Erdrick/Loto]] was a girl.
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Late in the games, players can start finding armor with powerful stats and malevolent designs, like of skulls and demons. However, this armor is usually {{Curse}}d, and will inflict negative status effects on your character, like increased weakness to some or all kinds of attacks or even losing a turn in battle. This armor is also impossible to remove normally, usually requiring a trip to Church.

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* SamusIsAGirl: Depending on your choice in the GBC remake of ''DQ III'', it is possible to discover that [[spoiler:Erdrick/Loto]] was a girl.
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Late in the games, players can start finding armor with powerful stats and malevolent designs, like of skulls and demons. However, this armor is usually {{Curse}}d, and will inflict negative status effects on your character, like increased weakness to some or all kinds of attacks or even losing a turn in battle. This armor is also impossible to remove normally, usually requiring a trip to Church.church.



* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Averted. ''Dragon Quest III'', ''Dragon Quest IV'', and ''Dragon Quest IX'' all allow you to choose whether TheHero will be male or female, but their plots and backstories are all identical.



* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: In ''DQ V'', a shapeshifting monster poses as [[spoiler:your mother, as the High Priestess of the ChurchOfEvil]].



* ShoutOut: ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime'' contains shout outs to other Creator/SquareEnix-published series, such as a Platypunk ally named Ducktor Cid (a reference to the recurring character name in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'') and the hero goes up against a tank with a treant-like apperance called Chrono Twigger (an obvious reference to ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''), whose in-game logo even resembles the ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' logo. These two are notable because the series referenced were formerly Square series, whereas ''Dragon Quest'' was an Enix series. It also has a shoutout to TMNT in Tokyo Tom, and one Tank called DQ Swords, subtitled "The Revolution is coming, Whee!"
** In addition, the two mercenaries from Torneko's chapter in ''DQ 4'' have been named "Laurel" and "Hardie" in the DS remake (named Laurent and Strom in the NES localization).



* SmashMook: Loads of different types.

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* %%* SmashMook: Loads of different types.



** Veronica from ''XI''



* TakeThat: The remake of ''IV'', especially, seems to direct one at [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]].
* TankGoodness: A big part of ''DQ Heroes: Rocket Slime'' is the tank-to-tank combat.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Alena's retainers, Kiryl the priest and Borya the wizard.



* TimeyWimeyBall: In ''Dragon Quest III'', where a city is destroyed during the day but intact and apparently in the past during the night; you need to use this trick to [[spoiler:obtain one of the Orbs you need to awaken Lamia]]. Also, one of the more complicated examples in ''Dragon Quest V'', [[spoiler:as a child, you find a glowing golden orb which does not seem terribly important. Later, you show it to a random traveler. Still later, TheDragon crushes it so you can never use it against him. Then, after the TimeSkip, you're given a fake orb and use a magic painting to go back in time to exchange balls with your younger self, which means that that traveller you showed the gold orb to was you (though you could tell that by his clothes the first time you met him) thus meaning that TheDragon destroyed the fake.]]

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* TimeyWimeyBall: TimeyWimeyBall:
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In ''Dragon Quest III'', where a city is destroyed during the day but intact and apparently in the past during the night; you need to use this trick to [[spoiler:obtain one of the Orbs you need to awaken Lamia]]. Lamia]].
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Also, one of the more complicated examples in ''Dragon Quest V'', [[spoiler:as a child, you find a glowing golden orb which does not seem terribly important. Later, you show it to a random traveler. Still later, TheDragon crushes it so you can never use it against him. Then, after the TimeSkip, you're given a fake orb and use a magic painting to go back in time to exchange balls with your younger self, which means that that traveller you showed the gold orb to was you (though you could tell that by his clothes the first time you met him) thus meaning that TheDragon destroyed the fake.]]



* TrickBoss: Balzack in the fourth chapter of ''Dragon Quest IV''. At first, he is immune to all attacks, and the party needs to use [[GreenRocks a special item]] to render him vulnerable. After Balzack is defeated, Marquis de Léon, the ''real'' boss of that chapter, storms in and [[HopelessBossFight immediately wipes the floor with your party]]. You get to fight Marquis de Léon again in Chapter 5, but this time he's beatable.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: ''Dragon Quest II'' and the second chapter in ''Dragon Quest IV''.



* WholePlotReference: Basically, the entire sequence in the fairy world in ''V'' is one big ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''. However, despite what it [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment might seem like]], it ''does'' become important much later.



* WorldOfPun: A distinctive feature of the games that Westerners have only started encountering since ''Dragon Quest VIII'' is all the wordplay, which is actually native to the Japanese originals. Ever since then, the localization teams stepped up their wordplay games, and so from VIII onwards, the names of monsters, items, locations and more are wall-to-wall wordplay.

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* WorldOfPun: A distinctive feature of the games that Westerners have only started encountering since ''Dragon Quest VIII'' is all the wordplay, which is actually native to the Japanese originals. Ever since then, the localization teams stepped up their wordplay games, and so from VIII ''VIII'' onwards, the names of monsters, items, locations and more are wall-to-wall wordplay.



* YouKilledMyFather: ''Dragon Quest V'', Bishop Ladja was responsible for the hero's father Pankraz's death. Although the hero is a SilentProtagonist, to the player its obviously [[ItsPersonal personal]] and eventually [[BestServedCold the payback is returned.]]

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** ''Dragon Quest: Emblem of Roto - To the Children Who Inherit the Emblem'' (2004-ongoing manga): A continuation of ''Emblem of Roto'' that considerably widens the scope and ambition of the story; the main story remains an interquel but it now features significant calls forward to ''I'' and ''II'' and also features substantial flashback sequences that lay more foundation for the events that took place in ''III''. It is significantly longer than the original run, at 33 volumes and counting.


* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesTheWorldTreesWoeAndTheBlightBelow'' ([[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PS3]], '''[[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PS4]]''', '''PC''')
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesIITwinKingsAndTheProphecysEnd'' ([[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PS3]], '''[[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PS4]]''', [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita PSVita]], '''PC''')[[/index]]
** ''Dragon Quest Heroes I & II'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch)

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesTheWorldTreesWoeAndTheBlightBelow'' ([[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 (2015; [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PS3]], '''[[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PS4]]''', '''PC''')
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesIITwinKingsAndTheProphecysEnd'' ([[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 (2016 JP, 2017 US; [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PS3]], '''[[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PS4]]''', [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita PSVita]], '''PC''')[[/index]]
** ''Dragon Quest Heroes I & II'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch)(2017; UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch)



* ''Videogame/DragonQuestBuilders'' (UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}, '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}''', '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation Vita}}''', '''UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch''')
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders2'' ('''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}''', '''UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch''')

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* ''Videogame/DragonQuestBuilders'' (UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation (2016; UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}, '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}''', '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation Vita}}''', '''UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch''')
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestBuilders2'' ('''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation (2018 JP, 2019 worldwide; '''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}''', '''UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch''')



* ''Dragon Quest Rivals'' ({{Android|Games}}, UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS, PC)[[/index]]

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* ''Dragon Quest of the Stars'' (2015 JP, 2020 worldwide; '''{{Android|Games}}''', '''UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS''')
* ''Dragon Quest Rivals'' ({{Android|Games}}, UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS, PC)[[/index]]PC)


* ''Dragon Quest I'', ''II'', and ''III'' for UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}, UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS (both 2017) and UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch (2019); alongside the systems' respective releases of ''XI''.

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* ''Dragon Quest I'', ''II'', and ''III'' for UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}, UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS (both 2017) and UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch '''UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch''' (2019); alongside the systems' respective releases of ''XI''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' (1989-1991 cartoon): The Dragonlord from ''Dragon Quest I'' (then known as ''Dragon Warrior'') appears as an antagonist.


* ''Dragon Quest IV'', ''V'', and ''VI'' for '''UsefulNotes/NintendoDS''' (2007-2010 JP, 2008-2011 US); and ''VII'' and ''VIII'' for '''UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS''' (2013 JP, 2016 US and 2015 JP, 2017 US respectively)

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* ''Dragon Quest IV'', ''V'', and ''VI'' for '''UsefulNotes/NintendoDS''' (2007-2010 JP, 2008-2011 US); and ''VII'' and ''VIII'' for '''UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS''' (2013 JP, 2016 US and 2015 JP, 2016 and 2017 US respectively)US)



%%* ''Dragon Quest I'' is an EmbeddedPrecursor in (just the Japanese versions of?) ''Dragon Quest XI'' (2017)
* ''Dragon Quest I'', ''II'', and ''III'' for UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}} and UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS (2017)

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%%* ''Dragon Quest I'' is an EmbeddedPrecursor in (just the Japanese versions of?) ''Dragon Quest XI'' (2017)
* ''Dragon Quest I'', ''II'', and ''III'' for UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}} and 4}}, UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS (2017)(both 2017) and UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch (2019); alongside the systems' respective releases of ''XI''.



* ''Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road'' series (Arcade, UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}
** ''Dragon Quest2: Monster Battle Scanner'' ('''Arcade''')[[note]]Limited release at AEON Molly Fantasy arcades and other select venues in Asia outside of Japan[[/note]]

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* ''Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road'' series (Arcade, UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}
UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})
** ''Dragon Quest2: Quest 2: Monster Battle Scanner'' ('''Arcade''')[[note]]Limited release at AEON Molly Fantasy arcades and other select venues in Asia outside of Japan[[/note]]



* ''Dragon Quest Rivals'' ('''{{Android|Games}}''', '''UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS''', '''PC''')[[/index]]
* ''Dragon Quest Walk'' ('''{{Android|Games}}''', '''UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS''')


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* ''Dragon Quest Rivals'' ({{Android|Games}}, UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS, PC)[[/index]]
* ''Dragon Quest Walk'' ({{Android|Games}}, UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS)


* ''Dragon Quest I'' through ''VIII'' for '''{{Android|Games}} and {{i|OSGames}}OS devices''' (2013-15)[[note]]with ''VII'' only releasing in Japan[[/note]]

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* ''Dragon Quest I'' through ''VIII'' for '''{{Android|Games}} and {{i|OSGames}}OS UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS devices''' (2013-15)[[note]]with ''VII'' only releasing in Japan[[/note]]



* ''Dragon Quest Rivals'' ('''{{Android|Games}}''', '''{{i|OSGames}}OS''', '''PC''')[[/index]]
* ''Dragon Quest Walk'' ('''{{Android|Games}}''', '''{{i|OSGames}}OS''')

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* ''Dragon Quest Rivals'' ('''{{Android|Games}}''', '''{{i|OSGames}}OS''', '''UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS''', '''PC''')[[/index]]
* ''Dragon Quest Walk'' ('''{{Android|Games}}''', '''{{i|OSGames}}OS''')
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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestX: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku[[note]]"Awakening of the Five Tribes"[[/note]] Online'' (2012-2013 JP; UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, UsefulNotes/WiiU, PC, [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS 3DS]], {{Android|Games}}, {{i|OSGames}}OS, [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PS4]], UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch)

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestX: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku[[note]]"Awakening of the Five Tribes"[[/note]] Online'' (2012-2013 JP; UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, UsefulNotes/WiiU, PC, [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS 3DS]], {{Android|Games}}, {{i|OSGames}}OS, UsefulNotes/{{i|OSGames}}OS, [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PS4]], UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch)


Not to be confused with the novel ''[[Literature/DragonKeeperChronicles DragonQuest]]'' or the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest of that name]].

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Not to be confused with the novel ''[[Literature/DragonKeeperChronicles DragonQuest]]'' or the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest of that name]].
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* ArcWords: “Then morning comes...” tends to appear several times in each of the later games.


** Crosses were removed in the NES versions or replaced with stars.

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** Crosses were removed in the NES versions were removed or replaced with five-pointed stars.


* {{Bowdlerise}}: The mainline series as whole prides itself in its traditional gameplay and the fact that it is supposed to be played by audiences of all ages, at least in Japan. But as the years passed, Japan's rating board for video games, CERO, has gotten more strict in its guideless for what a game accessible for children should have to maintain its CERO A rating, and it turns out ''Dragon Quest'' groomed certain classic designs for female wear that didn’t quite fit with CERO's new policies for a CERO A anymore. With that, Square-Enix started revising some female wear designs, as they see the mainline series should never escape its most accessible possible rating so all audiences can enjoy the games; the re-release for ''Dragon Quest VIII'' on the Nintendo 3DS was the forefront on how certain pieces of female wear got revised to be a little bit less revealing and has stuck for mainline titles ever since with ''Dragon Quest XI''. Examples include the ever famous Female Soldier design getting shorts underneath her cod armor piece, the Divine Bustier getting some fabric covering the once bare thighs between the leggings and the skirt, and some other cases where more pieces of fabric were added to older designs. Sexuality wasn’t removed altogether, it still is quite present in the series, only that it is being measured with more attention to keep the mainline series always accessible to all ages.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: {{Bowdlerise}}:
** Crosses were removed in the NES versions or replaced with stars.
** References to the Puff Puff RunningGag were removed in the English localization.
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The mainline series as whole prides itself in its traditional gameplay and the fact that it is supposed to be played by audiences of all ages, at least in Japan. But as the years passed, Japan's rating board for video games, CERO, has gotten more strict in its guideless for what a game accessible for children should have to maintain its CERO A rating, and it turns out ''Dragon Quest'' groomed certain classic designs for female wear that didn’t quite fit with CERO's new policies for a CERO A anymore. With that, Square-Enix started revising some female wear designs, as they see the mainline series should never escape its most accessible possible rating so all audiences can enjoy the games; the re-release for ''Dragon Quest VIII'' on the Nintendo 3DS was the forefront on how certain pieces of female wear got revised to be a little bit less revealing and has stuck for mainline titles ever since with ''Dragon Quest XI''. Examples include the ever famous Female Soldier design getting shorts underneath her cod armor piece, the Divine Bustier getting some fabric covering the once bare thighs between the leggings and the skirt, and some other cases where more pieces of fabric were added to older designs. Sexuality wasn’t removed altogether, it still is quite present in the series, only that it is being measured with more attention to keep the mainline series always accessible to all ages.



* LostInTranslation: The Temple of Dharma and Book of Satori reference UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}, but this is not as apparent in games with the DubNameChange of Alltrades Abbey and Words of Wisdom.

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* LostInTranslation: LostInTranslation:
** References to the Puff Puff RunningGag were removed in the English localization.
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The Temple of Dharma and Book of Satori reference UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}, but this is not as apparent in games with the DubNameChange of Alltrades Abbey and Words of Wisdom.

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