The cast of Dragon Quest II.
- Badass Family: They are the descendants of Loto / Erdrick, after all.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Hero is a brunette. His cousins are a redhead male and a blonde female.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Midenhall wears blue, Cannock wears green, and Moonbrooke wears... varying colors, actually. The original, original art (seen on the main page) was obviously meant to be pink (of course), but the sprite in-game was, thanks to NES palette restrictions, white and fairly dark purple. Later depictions have gone all over the place on certain details, but have generally cleaved closer to the original sprite due to fandom mental inertia. Her most recent depiction, in the 25th anniversary movie, Fortune Street and onward, goes for a knee-length white dress, maroon-red hood, and purple hair.
- Famous Ancestor: Their grandfather slew the Dragonlord, and their ancestor Erdrick killed Zoma.
- Power Trio: The Hero is the warrior with no magical skills, his male cousin is a magic knight (less physically powerful but able to cast healing and buffing magic), and his female cousin is the wizard (physically weak but wielding powerful offensive magic).
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: They're two princes and a princess who are trying to save the kingdom.
- Two Guys and a Girl: A non-romantic version.
- Warrior Prince: Three royal members who are both able and willing to fight to protect their respective kingdoms.
- The Wise Prince: They are royal heirs who willingly leave their kingdoms to protect their people from the ones who are trying to ruin the world.
The Hero of the game.
- Badass Normal: He is the only one of the main three who can't use magic. And the only lead character of any Dragon Quest game who can't use magic, for that matter.
- Blue Is Heroic: He wears a predominantly blue getup.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Oddly enough, both Princes wear goggles as part of their headgear.
- Heavy Equipment Class: Has the best range of weapons and armour of the three, along being the only one capable of using the Thunderbolt Blade and Erdrick's armour set.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: He is normally the only one of the main three that can be named.
- The Hero: The one who first sets off on a journey to save the world.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: He is the hero and leader of the group, and a sword is his primary weapon.
- Heroic Mime: Continuing the trend started by the former Hero, the Prince never speaks up.
- Jumped at the Call: Even shown literally jumping from his throne to listen to the Moonbrooke guard in the Japanese manual.
- Lightning Bruiser: He is both powerful and fast.
- Magically Inept Fighter: His main weakness is that he can't cast magic.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: He wears a sky-blue outfit in contrast with his female cousin's purple-and-white ensemble.
- Warrior Prince: Crown Prince of Midenhall, and a powerful warrior.
The Hero's first cousin, he plays like a Magic Knight class.
- Anime Hair: His orange crown of hair spikes is almost larger than his head.
- Balance Buff: In the NES, his best gear was roughly The Prince of Midenhall's early to middle-game gear, and due to everyone only having TWO non-HP/MP stats, he could die A LOT if you weren't careful. He was upgraded notably in the I+II Remix, particularly in weapon options.
- Brutal Honesty: He is said to be good-hearted, even if lazy and absent-minded, but he does not mince his words at all. If you go back to Cannock and talk to his sister after recruiting him:Princess of Cannock: "Oh, older brother! Please, take me with you!"
Prince of Cannock: "You're useless."
Princess of Cannock: "What?! Why do you have to be like that all the time!"
- Canon Name: Cookie in the Japanese version, Princeton in the English versions (from his cameos in Fortune Street and Dragon Quest IX).
- Chest Insignia: He wears the Erdrick's Emblem -a Phoenix's white silhouette- emblazoned on his tunic's frontal side.
- Combat Medic: He learns several healing spells.
- Elemental Hair Colors: He is a red-haired pyrokinetic.
- Fiery Redhead: He is rather bold and hot-headed.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Oddly enough, both Princes wear goggles as part of their headgear.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: In most versions of the game, his name is determined by the hero's name, but he can be renamed. In the mobile ports, you have the option of naming both the Prince and Princess at the beginning of the game.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: He can wield several of them.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He has the most balanced stats in the party due to being a magic knight instead of a pure warrior or wizard like his cousins.
- Magic Knight: Stat-wise, he has more in common with the other heroes of Dragon Quest games.
- The Paladin: His class in the GBC version, though he has more in common with the heroes or ranger / armamentalist class from other games.
- Playing with Fire: He learns Fire Spells Sizz and Sizzle.
- Redhead In Green: His green robe and cap highlights his reddish spiky locks.
- Skintone Sclerae: In the original NES game artwork◊, the Prince has sclerae the same color as his skin.
- Taking You with Me: He eventually learns the Sacrifice spell. As he's also the only member capable of reviving others with his magic in the original version, this is a last-ditch tactic. Unfortunately, certain Random Encounters can also cast this for a Total Party Kill...
The Hero's cousin and descendant of the heroes of first and third game.
- Badass Book Worm: Official art◊ depicts her as hard-working student. And even though she isn't physically imposing, she is a powerful mage.
- Baleful Polymorph: The Princess of Moonbrooke gets turned into a dog before you meet her, forcing you to find out how to break the curse before you can recruit her.
- Black Mage: She is the only one who learns powerful destructive spells like Woosh and Kaboom.
- Blow You Away: She learns Woosh, a spells which summons a twister.
- Canon Name: Pudding in the Japanese version, Princessa in the English versions (from her cameos in Fortune Street and Dragon Quest IX).
- Carry a Big Stick: She can be equipped with Cypress Sticks.
- Combat Medic: She learns several healing spells and a few buffing spells.
- Curtains Match the Window: In the original NES game, the Princess of Moonbrooke◊ had purple hair and eyes.
- Cute Witch: She is an adorable, young female spellcaster.
- Depending on the Artist:
- Technically, Akira Toriyama is responsible for all her designs, but the actual details of her appearance have tended to vary according to the tastes of the individual directors/teams working on games she's appeared in; it's also varied a bit over time. The blonde version was most prominent during The '90s and on into the early new millennium, and the "white dress, maroon hood and purple hair" version has more or less cemented itself as her primary appearance in The New '10s and beyond (although the smartphone port still prominently uses the blonde version).
- Special mention goes to the art for the US edition of the NES version; the box and manual art for that one gives the Princess comparatively Stripperific attire, showing some leg & a bit of cleavage as opposed to her very modest full gown and headdress that appears in-game and in all other artwork, and gives her a different hairstyle which appears to be cut just above her shoulders (whereas Toriyama's designs typically depict her hair as somewhere between chest and waist-length). And in the meanwhile, the full-body ingame art on the title screen is consistent with Toriyama's designs.
- There's a few places in side content where this gets especially silly. In Itadaki Street DS◊, she was portrayed with blonde hair (and brown eyes unique to this appearance). A few years later, in Fortune Street on the Wii (the immediate sequel to Itadaki DS), she (re)gained her purple-haired appearance◊! Dragon Quest of the Stars gets even sillier, as she uses a blonde dialogue portrait but a purple-haired combat model!
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A blonde sorceress who sets off on a quest to save the world from destruction.
- Having a Blast: Your party's only member who learns the explosive spell Kaboom, and the first hero in the franchise to use a Blast type of spell.
- Healing Hands: She learns Midheal, a curative spell.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: In most versions of the game, her name is determined by the hero's name, but she can be renamed. In the mobile ports, you have the option of naming both the Prince and Princess at the beginning of the game.
- Knife Nut: She can be equip a Magic Dagger, although it is only her second weakest weapon.
- Lady of War: She is a graceful warrior princess dressed in elegant priestly robes and wielding a magic staff.
- Magic Staff: Her weapon of choice.
- The Medic: She begins with Midheal -unlike Cannock, who begins with the basic healing spell and takes fourteen levels to learn Midheal- and is the only party member who learns Fullheal.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In the original game She wears pink robes in contrast with the Prince of Midenhall's blue outfit.
- Princess Protagonist: Crown Princess of Moonbrooke and one of the three playable characters.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: In the original Japanese box art and in some of the promo art, her dress was pink, not white.
- Random Effect Spell: First character in the franchise to use the Hocus Pocus' spell, whose description warns that "you will never know what will happen before it is casted".
- The Red Mage: She learns several healing spells a few buffing spells, and the most powerful offensive magic in the game.
- Revenge: One of her motivations is to exact revenge on Hargon for the murder of her father and her home.
- Squishy Wizard: She is a powerful but physically fragile magician.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only princess in this party of playable royals.
- Took a Level in Badass: She goes from Hargon's helpless victim to one of his slayers.
- Useless Useful Spell: Her Click/Open Spell spares you the trouble of lugging around four different keys, freeing precious inventory space. Unfortunately, she learns Click at level 23 (NES/SNES/GB) or 36 (mobile/Switch). Unless you have been power-grinding, the odds are that you have no doors left to open by that point.
- White Magician Girl: Quite possibly the Ur-Example. She definitely inspired a lot of copycats in Japan. Unlike most others, she can learn the most powerful offensive magic, as well.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Originally◊, she was purple-haired. As noted, this depiction has actually come back◊ in The New '10s, with depictions of her from Fortune Street for Wii onward favoring the purple hair (except for the redrawn sprites in the smartphone port).
An evil sorcerer determined to summon Malroth, god of destruction.
- Badass Boast: When he is challenged by the heroes:Hargon: "If that is so, then there will be no forgiveness! You will soon realize your stupidity!"
- Big Bad: The primary antagonist of the game, he leads his armies of monsters to terrorize the realms and drive people into worshipping Malroth out of despair.
- Evil Sorcerer: He is a corrupt wizard bent on world destruction.
- Grim Up North: Hargon's base of operations is located on Rhone, a high, snowy plateau surrounded by an impassable range of mountains, and the game's only ice-themed location.
- Human Sacrifice: Offers himself as one to Malroth after you defeat him.
- Master of Illusion: A good deal of the game is spent just trying to find a way to break through his illusions.
- Religion of Evil: The Shadowtime cult that Hargon leads.
- Stuff Blowing Up: He can cast Kaboom, the most powerful blast spell.
A god of destruction who craves for the annihilation of everything.
Troped Associated with it:
- Breath Weapon: He is capable of breathing fire.
- Destroyer Deity: Though he doesn't have much of a chance to flex it thanks to Hargon arranging most of the plot, Malroth is a god of destruction.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: In the original English translation, at least. The only hint that he even existed at all was a quest item called the Eye of Malroth. More recent and accurate translations avert this, however... and include the one or two mentions he gets prior to the final battle. Even with that, he's still pretty out-of-nowhere and a general non-factor in the plot.
- Green and Mean: Malroth is a green-scaled evil god.
- A Head at Each End: Malroth has a snake-like head on the tip of his crocodilian tail.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Malroth has four arms, two wings, two legs and one tail.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Atlas is amber-skinned, Pazuzu is purple-furred, and Belial is yellow-skinned.
- Co-Dragons: The three of them are Hargon's
- Degraded Boss: Later DQ games would recycle their designs as common enemies and mini-bosses.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Atlas is the physical attacker, Pazuzu is a speedy spellcaster specialized in Death spells, and Belial combines powerful physical attacks with Fire and explosive magic.
Tropes associated with him:
- Carry a Big Stick: His weapon of choice is a huge wooden club.
- Cyclops: He is an amber-skinned, one-eyed, horned giant.
- Four-Fingered Hands: His design has four-fingered hands and three-fingered feet.
- Magically Inept Fighter: Unlike his boss and partners, he knows no spells.
- Slasher Smile: He is widely grinning when he is about to fight the heroes.
Tropes associated with him:
- The Dreaded: Armed with the Thwack (instant death) and Kamikazee (self-destruction) spells, he will very easily kill the heroic trio unless they dispose of him quickly.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: He is a long-tailed monkey with wings and ears of bat.
- Shout-Out: To the Winged Monkeys from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, who also served a sinister, evil sorcerer.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: He is a monkey with wings.