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     The Hero 

Lucas (Madason in DQV's US Releases)
Voiced by: Konami Yoshida (his child self in the Drama CDs), Ryo Horikawa (his adult self in the Drama CDs), Takeru Satoh (CG Movie) (Japanese), Yuri Lowenthal (adult), Julian Lerner (young) (English)

The Hero of Dragon Quest V, though not The Chosen One. The only son of Pankraz and Mada, he has been traveling around the world with his father for as far back as he can remember. Possesses a natural touch with monsters, managing to earn their trust and loyalty with surprising ease.

  • Action Dad: By the final third of the game he'll be kicking ass alongside his Badass Family consisting of his wife, son and daughter.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: As a kid.
  • Arch-Enemy: He has a personal grudge against Bishop Ladja. It becomes mutual later in the game, to the point where Ladja is focused on destroying him in the most emotionally torturous way possible.
  • Big Good: He is the driving force to take down Nimzo, after all.
  • Blow You Away: Many of his offensive magics are wind elemental.
  • Born Unlucky: His Luck stat is the worst. Explains his Trauma Conga Line.
  • Break the Cutie: Saying he had it rough growing up is putting it lightly. It's even shown in his artwork, where as a child he has a big grin on his face while as an adult he's always frowning.
  • Canon Name: Has TWO of them. The one used in the US releases of DQV is Madason. His name in the Dragon Quest: Your Story movie is Luca. The trope gets played with, with the ending revealing that it's actually a Dragon Quest virtual reality game and the player always calls his characters Luca.
  • Chick Magnet: He can marry one of three different women, and various other NPC's have shown an interest in him, to boot.
  • Combat Medic: He hits hard and his spell line makes him a reliable source of healing. In fact he's very much like that of the Priest class rather than the Hero class. Must be because he's not actually the chosen one.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Played With. He's The Hero, but the actual Chosen One is his son. Slightly averted in that the son's stats, like those of all the other human characters, are dismal compared to the protagonist's.
  • Disappeared Dad: Becomes one.
  • Determinator: Nothing the villains throw at him (and they throw a lot) causes him to stay down for very long.
  • Epic Flail: Flail of Destruction, obtainable only in the Bonus Dungeon.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Prince Harry. See his entry for more on this.
  • Fluffy Tamer: It is basically his superpower.
  • Generation Xerox: His journey during the third arc mirrors his fathers' in the first arc. Thankfully, he perseveres.
  • Happily Married: Getting him here is a plot point.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: He does have a Canon Name though.
  • Henpecked Husband: If you marry Debora.
  • Heroic Mime: Played straight, but also played with: You get to hear two sides of the same conversation at one point, making clear that a simple Yes/No prompt on one side doesn't equate the hero saying just Yes or No.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Played with. He can wield some of the swords, but not the legendary one. Averted in that his weapon in artwork, as well as his implied "personal" weapon towards the end, are both magic wands, and played straight because he is one of many characters that can equip the game's strongest weapon, the Metal King Sword. His personalized strongest weapon that only he can wield, though, is the Dragon Staff.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Prince Harry. The Hero helps him take his kingdom back and marry the love of his life and in turn Harry is always willing to aid him in whatever way he can. This is further proven when the Hero invites Harry to be the best man at his wedding and when Harry orders a worldwide search for the Hero when he goes missing.
  • Hunk: As an adult.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: His son is the chosen one, making him the true hero of the story, but the main character's certainly no slouch when it comes to battling evil and every Kid Hero could do with having a mentor.
  • Improbable Age: Begins his adventuring under the player's control at six. Prior to this, he's been traveling around with his father for basically his entire life.
  • In-Series Nickname: In the DS version's party chat, he tends to have different nicknames based on your bride of choice or other characters in the game.
    • Debora often calls him things along the lines of "Servant".
    • Flora/Nera almost always calls him "Darling" (DS version) or "Sweetie" (PS2 version).
    • Tuppence usually just calls him variants on "Your Majesty".
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Beyond saving the world, his primary motivation is to avenge his father's death by killing Ladja, who he encounters several times throughout his life, each time making their feud even more intense. In comparison, he only encounters both Korol and Nimzo once before their respective deaths.
  • Keet: The one conversation we get to see his young self have showed him to be a very happy, excitable boy. Too bad this doesn't last.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very strong, fast and durable.
  • Made a Slave: After Ladja murders his father, he kidnaps him and Harry and turns them into slaves to the Order of Zugzwang, being forced to build a temple for ten years.
  • Magic Knight: He is good with both magic and physical attacks.
  • The Medic: Learns several healing spells.
  • Missing Mom: Finding her becomes his goal in life.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Generally shown frowning in all artwork of him, with good reason.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Harry's red.
  • Secret Legacy: Starts out unaware of his past or the full truth of his heritage.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong / Stable Time Loop: Though sadly, he also finds he can't prevent his father's death.
  • Simple Staff: He can wield many of the games staves, and they're implied to be his Weapon of Choice. Official artwork usually depicts him wielding a simple wooden staff, and his endgame weapon will likely be the Dragon Staff (since only he can wield it, while the only more powerful weapon he can wield is also available to other characters).
    • In all apperances outside of V, in artwork, party games and even non-playable appearances in other games show him wielding a staff, while all the other main title heroes wield a sword. It's always shown to be either the default wooden one shown on the box art or the Dragon Staff. The Film Your Story seems to avert this. But then near the end you find out, it's not an adaption of V proper, but a person playing through their own Isekai version of V's story, subverting the possible aversion.
  • The Stoic: Implied to be a rather serious, somber person through other character's dialogue, and is generally always shown with a rather grim expression on his face in artwork. Considering his life though, this is completely justified.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Becomes more obvious as he ages, even lampshaded at times.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Being a statue for eight years will do that to you.
  • Supporting Protagonist: He is plenty heroic but as said before, he isn't the Chosen One. Since his son is the true hero of the story, he is relegated to this in the later parts of the game.
  • Taken for Granite: During the games second Time Skip. Also And I Must Scream if he is actually aware of time passing.
  • The Unchosen One: Although the player character of Dragon Quest V wasn't actually "The Legendary Hero" of folklore, he was still the driving force behind the eventual defeat of Grandmaster Nimzo and his cronies. Ironically, you don't even have to bring the real hero along!

     Parents of The Hero 

Pankraz (Papas)
Voiced by: Akira Kamiya (in the Drama CDs), Takayuki Yamada (CG Movie) (Japanese), Parker Simmons (English)

A powerful warrior and the village chief of Whealbrook, Pankraz has spent the last several years of his life searching for answers, as well as for the Zenithian equipment and The Chosen One capable of wielding it. He's brought his young son along on this journey, though he feels some guilt about this.

  • Action Dad: He's your dad! The game does a very good job juggling Pankraz's badassitude without ever overshadowing your character.
  • Cool Sword: Also doubles as a Tragic Keepsake.
  • Crutch Character: By far and away the most powerful character introduced until maybe halfway into the game. Will easily One-Hit Kill any monsters when he's in your party. He beat two bosses on his own. Without breaking a sweat.
  • Dead Man Writing: After his study is finally located.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: After defeating two of the Big Bad's henchmen, he is then forced to stop because the Big Bad uses well... YOU as a shield. After taking a lot of blows from the henchmen in an uneven rematch (even though he just stands there without defending himself, it takes them a while to kill him because he's just that strong), he is then Kafrizzled to ashes, all in front of his son.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Delivers one to Prince Harry. It helps him out a lot.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Forced into one.
  • Hot-Blooded: An awesomely competent one.
  • King Incognito: In order to find his wife.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Will randomly attack two times a turn and hits very hard.
  • Only One Name: Subverted at least in the English script, despite being from a series where this trope is very common. Of course, his last name (Gotha) is only mentioned when he's telling some guards who he is.
  • Papa Wolf: God help you if you touch a hair on his son's head and he knows about it. Nothing less then the Big Bad pulling a Diabolus ex Machina will save you. This makes sense since his son is all he has left of his wife.
  • Retirony: Before traveling to Coburg, he mentions that once his business there is finished, he plans on settling down for a bit to let his son enjoy his childhood.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly man to Sancho's sensitive guy.

Madalena "Mada"(Martha)

Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (in the Drama CDs), Chikako Kaku (CG Movie) (Japanese), Cissy Jones (English)

Pankraz's much-beloved and very much missed wife, and the main character's Missing Mom. Her disappearance is what drove Pankraz to seek out the legendary hero.


    The Heavenly Brides 

Shared Traits of all the Brides:

  • Action Mom: After joining during the third part of the game.
  • Battle Couple: Becomes one with the main character.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Although all three of them have the potential, the one the main character marries will always become the mother of The Chosen One.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each potential wife has a different hair color and contrasting theme colors in their wardrobe:
    • Bianca = Blonde hair; green tunic/dress and orange cloak, very simply made.
    • Nera = Blue hair; pastel shades of blue, white and lavender/blush pink.
    • Debora = Black hair; rich red and darker pink.
  • Express Delivery: Courtesy of Gameplay and Story Segregation, though NPC chatter makes it clear more time passes than the player might realize during their travels.
  • Fainting: The Pregnancy Faint variant of this trope on the way to Gotha.
  • Happily Adopted: None of them are actually related to the folks who raised them. None of them care about this.
  • Happily Married: No matter which one ends up with the hero, they become this.
  • The Hecate Sisters: Deborah is the Maiden, Nera is the Matron, and Bianca is the Crone.
  • Missing Mom: Gets torn away from her children and husband for ten years.
  • Older Than They Look: Being a statue for ten years works wonders for your skin.
  • Playing with Fire: All of them learn Kasizzle, though their exact spell lists vary.
  • Pregnant Badass: Only briefly though.
  • Secret Legacy: Descended from a Zenithian bloodline; hence, Heavenly Bride.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: They will become Queen of Gotha a ways through the game.
  • Taken for Granite: Mixed with And I Must Scream, if aware of her predicament. note 
  • Whip It Good: All have the option of using whips, though Bianca is the most associated with them.

Bianca Whitaker
Voiced by: Maria Kawamura (in the Drama CDs), Kasumi Arimura (CG Movie) (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)

Daughter of the Roundbeck innkeeper, Bianca is the main character's childhood friend, and two years older than him (as she's very quick to remind him). A complete Tomboy as a child, she does her best to keep a positive attitude no matter how terrible things seem.

  • Badass Adorable: No matter her age.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She can be either an Unlucky Childhood Friend if you chose Nera (or Debora) over her; or a Victorious Childhood Friend if you chose to marry her.
  • Child Mage: Qualifies as one during her ghostbusting stint.
  • Dude Magnet: Bianca has several people head over heels for her and others comment on her beauty. Should Bianca not get married to the Hero, she actually gets herself a number of would-be suitors.
  • First Girl Wins: Knew the main character even before the game proper begins, being his childhood friend and all.
  • The Gadfly: Bianca's characterization in the movie adaptation sees her having this type of relationship with the hero (Luca). She repeatedly lovingly trolls him to get under his skin.
  • Girlish Pigtails: As a child.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: During the Uptaten Towers in the first generation and later in the Engagement Challenge unless chosen as the bride.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blond hair and she's a very kind, spunky lady.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Assists the main character with the Engagement Challenge despite her own feelings for him, and would have left them completely unvoiced if Nera hadn't figured it out and spoken up on her behalf.
  • Implied Love Interest:
    • Most official media features her more heavily than the other girls, and use her son and daughter for the promotional artwork. Even the official cover art has Bianca and the children sharing her hair color. And the hero's daughter is a lot like her in personality and skills. The story itself also nudges to player into choosing her as the bride as well. note  Not to mention, Bianca is a recurring party member even before the wedding event, so most players have alredy grown accustomed to having her in the party by then.
    • The film adaptation goes meta with this when it turns out the story is actually taking place in a VR world. The "player" decides he plans to marry Nera for once since he normally went for Bianca in the past, but the developer lets him know that the "hero" still has desires of his own. Naturally those desires entails him actually wanting to marry Bianca.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: In The Remake English translation for the Nintendo DS and Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and The Blight Below, she speaks with a Cornish accent.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: As far as the brides go; she's still more magically-inclined.
  • The Lad-ette: In the film, Bianca is quite rowdy and even more outgoing than the Hero is.
  • Little Miss Badass: When she's ghost-hunting with the main character as a child.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Bianca supports the hero on his Engagement Challenge set by Rodrigo to marry Nera despite her own obvious feelings for the hero. The film takes this a step further by having Bianca trying to coach Luca through his actual proposal.
  • Motherly Side Plait: As an adult.
  • Plucky Girl: Even as an adult.
  • The Pollyanna: Tries to stay positive no matter what. This does dive into Stepford Smiler territory at times though. See below.
  • Remember When You Went Ghost Hunting?: She certainly does, and will remind you in case you forgot.
  • She Is All Grown Up: The most dramatic case of this among the brides, since the hero already knew her quite well as a child (whereas he only briefly meets the young Nera and Debora in the remake, and in the original version of the game never met Nera as a child at all).
  • Stepford Smiler: Flirts with this during the Engagement Challenge.
  • Tomboy: Very happy to be an adventurer, but her family comes first.
  • Yank The Dog's Chain: If the main character chooses not to marry her, the Hope Spot prior to his decision can feel like one of these.

Nera Briscoletti (Flora)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (in the Drama CDs), Haru (CG Movie) (Japanese), Xanthe Huynh (English)

Rodrigo Briscoletti's beloved younger daughternote . Nera is a model maiden: demure, compassionate, good with children and animals... After completing her 'domestic goddess training' at the Heavens Above Abbey, she'll be ready to marry whoever can win her father's favor.

  • Badass Adorable: Is the latter from the get go and begins gaining points in the former if chosen.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Dark blue hair and eyes.
  • Cute Witch: She's the most natural spellcaster of the three brides.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Happens between her and Crispin, should you choose not to marry her.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: First met the hero as a child when she was helped onto her father's ship by the hero's father Pankraz. Nera only makes the connection if she was chosen as the bride via Party Chat in Littlehaven or after talking to the ship's captain.
  • Good Bad Girl: Implied during banter; when an NPC notices some scratches on the Hero's back, Nera sheepishly admits that she's responsible for them.
  • Housewife: A kind princess who can cast a wide variety of offensive spells, but her specific training was in homemaking.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She notices Bianca's feelings for the Hero, so she convinces her father to give the Hero a choice in whom he should marry.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's very demure and graceful, and learns many offensive spells that can cause massive damage.
  • Love at First Sight: Invoked when she first runs into the main character in her hometown.
  • Magikarp Power: Of the three brides she takes the most work to get off the ground, starting at a lower level and with no spells other than midheal (albeit with some rather good starting equipment), however she does have quite the potent spell list that can make it worth the effort of training her.
  • Meaningful Name: Her original name is of course representative of the idea that she is a delicate flower (at first). Her name in the US version is intended to contrast with Bianca's; it is the feminine form of "Nero", which is Italian for "black", whereas Bianca means "white".
  • The Medic: Learns Midheal. Just Midheal... but she is still the only bride to learn any healing magic.
  • Modest Royalty: She must have inherited it from her dad.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: She objects to the idea that her husband is being chosen for her, until she realizes that the main character is one of her marriage candidates.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She wears a lot of pink, and as such is touted as very beautiful.
  • Plucky Girl: A bit more reserved than most, but still speaks her mind nonetheless.
  • The Pollyanna: She keeps up an overall positive outlook throughout the game.
  • Princess Classic: She's a princess who is kindhearted, gentle, and loving.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her clothes are noticeably fancier than Bianca's simple green dress/orange cloak, yet not as over-the-top as her older sister's.
  • Proper Lady: As noted above, she's the model maiden and a princess.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Of the I Want My Beloved to Be Happy in the film. Despite having a more overt crush on the Luca compared to the game, she ultimately convinces him to back out of their engagement after picking up on how close Luca really is with Bianca.
  • Shrinking Violet: Was one as a child, but grew out of it over time.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: The most reserved and demure of the three brides just so happens to be the one with blue hair.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Kindhearted and gentle to contrast her sister's sharp tongue and bluntness.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Her spell list.
  • Squishy Wizard: The most magic-oriented of all the brides, with the largest selection of spells.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Almost jarringly standout when compared to Bianca and Debora's more natural hair colors.

Debora Briscoletti (Deborah)
Nera's temperamental older sister, Debora never bought into that whole 'lovely and demure' crap. For her, it's all about doing as she pleases and getting everything she wants. Her parents have basically given up on ever seeing her married, focusing on their more obedient daughter instead.

  • Alpha Bitch: A smug beauty that believes herself to be greater than everyone else.
  • Beauty Mark: Just under one eye.
  • Boobs of Steel: Aside from concentrating more on physical power, Debora also has the largest chest of any of the brides.
  • Christmas Cake: If you don't marry her, with a continued declaration of Sour Grapes about it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A master of it.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: If chosen as the main character's bride.
  • Drop the Hammer: There aren't really that many hammers in the game, but Debora is the only bride who can equip them. This includes the Hela Hammer, a half-cursed hammer that misses half the time, and invariably critical hits all the rest. It's useful for taking out Metal Slimes.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Several in fact.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: She can wield some of them, unlike the other two brides.
  • Hidden Depths: Has the most Character Development out of all the wives. It runs the entire course of the game, to boot, and sometimes it can be very subtle.
    • As just one example of how subtle it gets: the evening before the bride choice, one NPC mentions that this is just as heavy a situation for Bianca and Nera as it is for Madason, and they must be up fretting too. Check on Bianca and, and sure enough, it's true... but then Nera is, rather famously, snoozing away. Debora is the one wide awake, and gets quite flustered when you speak to her, especially if you feign non-interest in her. Even then, it seems she loves Madason but can't bring herself to admit it.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Implied at times. Graduates to Jerk with a Heart of Gold by the end.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: They fit her perfectly.
  • It's All About Me: Why everyone has given up hope of her getting married by the time you arrive. Even after you marry her she still qualifies.
  • Lady of War: Far more of a physical fighter than the other brides (to the point that she gets an exclusive weapon type which are also the strongest double-attack weapons in the franchise), and doesn't learn as many spells, though the ones she does get still synergize well with her ability to crush enemies flat.
  • Love at First Sight: If chosen, reveals this during a Party Chat shortly before challenging the final boss.
  • Messy Hair: Her hair goes everywhere, ponytail be damned. It's more of a mane than anything.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Subject to this at times from her own father, such as when she inserts herself into the engagement challenge right at the end.
  • My Goddess, You Are Serious: Her father's reaction should you marry her. Of course, he throws his full support behind the wedding, and after the wedding, he confesses you've made him very happy, as he'd given up any hope of Debora getting married long ago.
  • Obfuscating Vanity: ...Maybe. Almost certainly, if the ending and certain hints throughout the game are anything to go by.
  • Pretty in Mink: Wears a white fur wrap like a boa.
  • Rich Bitch: And yet an marriage option.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With her sister Nera.
  • The Un-Favourite: Still well loved and given whatever she wants, but as mentioned above, her folks have more or less given up on her ever getting married.
  • Unkempt Beauty: That hair of hers never seems to lie still.
  • Wolverine Claws: Starts out with Akillics, which can hit twice in one turn (and unlike most double-hit weapons, these have a pretty generous attack bonus). A second set, the Diamond Akillics, serve as one of her "best" weapon options.

    The Children of the Heavenly Union 

Parry (Rex/Ten/Alus)
Voiced by: Konami Yoshida (in the Drama CDs), Hudson Loverro (English)

The main character's son, and almost the spitting image of his father (except with his mom's hair color). A cheerful, amiable child, he loves traveling with his family and seeing the world.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: He had to grow up fast. He's a prince after all.
  • Child Mage: The more physical of the two but learns some of the strongest spells in the game.
  • The Chosen One: Yup, turns out Pankraz was searching for his future grandson all along.
  • Combat Medic: Learns Omni-Heal and Kazing, making him even better at healing than his dad.
  • Composite Character: In Your Story, he is the only child born to Lucas and Bianca, in lieu of the tradition of the Hero and his wife having twins.
  • Cute Bruiser: A male example.
  • Expy: Explicitly modelled after Son Gohan, as Akira Toriyama was in the midst of writing the Cell arc during the development of Dragon Quest V.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish sibling, though he's more reckless than foolish.
  • Generation Xerox: Implied to be very similar to the Hero when he was a kid, though thankfully he doesn't get quite as broken as he does.
  • The Hero: He's the Chosen One destined to defeat Nimzo, making him and his mother the only members of the party with any relevance to the prophecy.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Always shown wielding swords in artwork to confirm his status as The Hero.
  • Hot-Blooded: Amusingly, if Debora is his mother, it's implied he gets it from her.
  • Idiot Hero: Justified, given that he's only eight.
    Parry: "Everyone's happy! H-A-P-Y! I mean, H-A-P-P-Y!"
  • Keet: Don't get us started.
  • Lightning Bruiser: With a dash of The Medic thrown in. Just like Daddy!
    • More or less takes up after his Grandfather, who used swords and healing magic primarily.
  • Magic Knight: He is the chosen one, after all.
  • Messianic Archetype: Everybody is looking for this guy's second coming.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's absolutely tiny and yet is a capable tank.
  • Potty Failure: In several Party Chat conversations, he alludes to having trouble with wetting the bed.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Madchen's blue.
  • Shock and Awe: Can learn lightning spells as per tradition for Dragon Quest protagonists.
  • Shonen Hair: Mostly in the form of big, spiky bangs. Also very fitting, given his age. Not surprisingly, this makes him look quite a bit like Son Gohan, especially if Bianca or Debora is his mom.
  • Warrior Prince: Unlike his father, he was born and raised as a prince, however he's also spent pretty much all of his life fighting and it shows.

Madchen (Tabitha/Sora)
Voiced by: Kae Araki (in the Drama CDs)

Daughter of the main character. Inherited his gentle hand with monsters, and loves playing with them just as much as she does with more traditional pets, like kitties and puppies.

  • Adapted Out: In the film adaptation, Parry is an only-child.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Even more so than her brother because she tends to take her role as a princess more seriously.
  • Black Magician Girl: Has access to a pretty powerful spellpool.
  • Child Mage: Less physical then her brother but her spells more than make up for it.
  • Cute Witch: At only eight, no less.
  • Detect Evil: Can sense evil presences and direct her family towards them. Gets it from her grandmother.
  • Everything's Cuter With Kittens: Talk to a cat while she's in the party, and Party Chat with her afterward. Nine times out of ten, she'll be delighted.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible sibling.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Shares daddy's love for monsters, and often laments their bad reputation.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Even moreso than her dad.
  • An Ice Person/Playing with Fire: Can use both.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Talented and knowledgeable mage capable of considerable insight, particularly when compared to her brother, and likely to become an experienced adventurer... while retaining her fear of heights and the dark, her naivety, and her childish innocence.
  • Little Miss Badass: She may be eight but she packs firepower and isn't afraid to use it.
  • Plucky Girl: Would rather try to tame monsters than to fight them, but is more then willing to be part of the action if need be.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Perry's red.
  • Squishy Wizard: Skill-wise, she tends to take after her mother; this is most obvious when it's Nera, and least obvious when it's Debora.
  • The Unchosen One: She shares this with the main character. Her brother can use the Zenithian equipment; she can't. This doesn't stop her from helping to save the world.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Learns Puff!/BeDragon, letting her transform into a fire-breathing dragon during battle.
  • Weapon of Choice: Notably goes all over the place — Her spellcasting would suggest that she favors staffs, but her sprite carries around a rapier-style blade, and she can also use whips with ease. Her original SNES sprite did show her holding a staff at all times, though.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Afraid of heights, and extreme darkness to a lesser extent. Despite this, she soldiers through all the towers and dungeons with little more than asking Daddy to hold her hand a few times.

Both Twins Share:

  • Badass Adorable: The both qualify from the get go.
  • Badass Family: They are your kids! It would be a disservice if they did not qualify.
  • Cheerful Child: Both are optimistic and endlessly curious.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Depending on who the main character marries, they could end up with blond, blue, or black hair.
  • Half-Identical Twins: And they are yours.
  • Harmful to Minors: Poor kids have to deal with a lot, being adventurers at their age. The remakes drive this home with Party Chat; some of what they say after certain traumatic events is just heart-wrenching.
    Madchen: "...Daddy? Can you hold my hand?"
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: They have official names, but you can name them whatever you'd like.
  • Hero of Another Story: Party chat will reveal that the twins spent a long time looking for their mother and father. So much so that one can roughly piece together where they went and what they did before arriving at the Porgie residence.
  • Improbable Age: They start adventuring with their father at the tender age of eight, much like Bianca.
  • Meaningful Name: Their default names are partly derived from their grandparents on their father's side: Pankraz -> Parry and Mada -> Madchen.
  • Parental Abandonment: Their parents had been turned to stone shortly after they were born.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Parry's outfit is entirely blue, while Madchen wears a dark pink/purple cape, and official art shows her white robe has a very light pinkish tinge to it.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Mostly averted, but there is one example: Parry loves heights while Madchen is afraid of them.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Both are compared to their father more than their mother. Parry's happy with this; Madchen is more disappointed that she isn't told she resembles her mother more often.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Parry is the Legendary Hero; Madchen has inherited a host of evil-sensing powers from her grandmother. Both learn plenty of powerful spells, including several not learned by either parent.
  • Theme Twin Naming: See Meaningful Name above. Obviously, it's up to the player whether or not this is played even straighter or Averted.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Are born in the second part of the game.

    Families of the Brides 

Mr. Whitaker (Duncan)

Bianca's father, who runs the Roundbeck Inn with his wife. Better known by his nickname 'Whitey'.

  • Ill Guy: He's always sick, recovering from being sick or coming down with a new sickness. Taking care of him is the reason that Bianca can't be an adventurer, as much as she'd like to. Before you come along at least.
  • Nice Guy: Is a Shipper on Deck for the main character and Bianca but understands why he wouldn't marry her in the remakes.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Is always called 'Whitey' even by his own wife.
  • Shipper on Deck: He all but asks the main character to marry his daughter.

Rodrigo Briscoletti (Ludman)

Voiced by: Suzuki Matsuo (CG Movie) (Japanese), Frank Todaro (English)

Nera and Debora's doting father, and the richest man in Mostroferrato. To try and ensure that Nera marries somebody fully capable of taking good care of her, he sets up an Engagement Challenge. Usually jovial, with an open mind and open heart; however, he's also somewhat of a traditionalist, and has a major stubborn streak — once he's got his mind set on something, nothing can dissuade him.

  • Big Fun: He's very fat and very jovial.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Particularly if you marry Bianca, he's introduced as another one of the many NPCs the Hero has to deal with to get an item he needs, in this case the Zenithian Shield. Then you have to help him seal away the ancient evil his ancestors fought in order to get the Ultimate Key. Lessened considerably if Nera or Debora is your wife, where he'll remain a somewhat important NPC throughout due to being your father in law.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may not look it, but the Engagement Challenge the Hero is forced to participate in is said to be what he did to win the hand of his wife, meaning he scaled the inside of a volcano. He shows some of this side once Bjorn gets unsealed.
    • He cameos suddenly and unexpectedly in Heroes. Chasing down Bjorn, as is his family's duty.
  • Doting Parent: Well, towards Nera at least. He has given up hope for Debora.
  • Engagement Challenge: One that has apparently existed in his family for generations.
  • Gratuitous English: In the Italian version, he sprinkles English words into his speech.
  • Gratuitous Italian: In the English Version.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: If you pick Bianca in the DS version, he says that he's not surprised by your decision, that you're a sensitive man, and that you must've realized that Nera would've been humiliated if you'd picked Debora over her. If you read between the lines, he's blaming Debora's surprise toss of her own hat into the ring for Nera not getting chosen. Yowch!
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He keeps true to his word for his challenge, and even if you don't marry Nera, he'll still arrange the wedding for you.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: His ancestor sealed away a monster in the past and it is his duty to make sure it stays sealed.
  • Self-Made Man: He's descended from a line of sages, but his wealth is all his own.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: An ancestor of his sealed away a great evil, but the seal is due to break... ohhh, fairly soon. And the monster's going to be maaaaaddd...
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His wife is considered to be very beautiful, though Rodrigo is kind, charismatic and rich, so the marriage isn't that unbelievable. Also, he apparently went through quite a lot to win her hand in marriage.
  • Uncle Pennybags:
    • If you marry one of his daughters, he will lavish gifts on you throughout the game. Even if you don't and choose Bianca instead, he'll still pay for the wedding and bridal veil, let you sleep at his casino for free, and even put his ship at your command just like he did for your father at the beginning of the game.
    • He's also just a nice guy and is renowned in the setting for generosity and for giving a sizable chunk of his wealth to charity. He gets most of that money from owning a casino resort, so he's probably a pretty fun guy too.

Romana Briscoletti

Rodrigo's loving wife, who does her best to reign in his stubborn streak. Very proud of her dear Nera; her other daughter...? Not so much.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Apparently looks very good for a mother of two. Nera and Debora aren't biologically hers, but she still has to be around fifty.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Implied. Rodrigo and Debora are both scared of her when she's angry.
  • Blue Blood: Unlike her husband, she is actually from noble birth and so Rodrigo did the Engagement Challenge to win her hand, though she was already in love with him.
  • Closer to Earth: Generally much calmer than Rodrigo.
  • Doting Parent: Towards Nera, though less so than Rodrigo. She still loves Debora, though she's stricter with her.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Implied to be equally as, if not more involved in the Briscoletti business than Rodrigo is.
  • Love at First Sight: She says that she fell in love with Rodrigo the moment she laid eyes on him, and would've married him even if he hadn't completed the Engagement Challenge.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She's stated to be quite a looker, though Rodrigo has plenty of other desirable qualities that make him a good partner.

    Close Family Friends 

Saber (Borongo)
A great sabrecat that the main character and Bianca meet and befriend as a young cub. The very fact that they were able to tame it so easily shocks many others, as sabrecats have a nasty reputation. Has many possible names.

  • Androcles' Lion: Saber becomes the hero's loyal companion after he and Bianca save him from two cruel kids' abuse.
  • But Thou Must!: You don't get to insert a name for it; instead, Bianca runs through a list of names for you to pick from. note  Four of those names come from a book in the Roundbeck inn, while the name Baumren is a reference to a sabrecat in Dragon Quest VIII.
  • Cool Pet: This kitty is your only companion for a portion of the game.
  • Cute Kitten: As a cub. People are shocked that Sabrecats can even be tamed.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Possible names for this fearsome feline include Spot, Purrcy and Pyjamas. The more typically badass name Saber is his Canon Name, though.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's functionally a monk in the form of a pet monster.
  • Panthera Awesome: He's a great sabrecat, which in layman terms means he's a badass leopard monster. His species is also among the most feared in the world, yet he fights by your side and is a staple of your party.
  • Puzzle Boss: Make sure the main character has Bianca's Ribbon in his inventory before fighting it, then use the Ribbon as a battle item to jog its memory. Without this, it absolutely cannot be beaten.
  • Monster Protection Racket: Causes the main character to get accused of running one of these.
  • Shoo the Dog: Ladja tries to do this. It doesn't stick.

Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya (in the Drama CDs), Kendo Kobayashi (CG Movie) (Japanese), Shaun Conde (English)

Pankraz's close friend, often left behind to mind the homestead while Pankraz goes traveling with his son. Acts as a doting uncle to the main character.

  • Badass Mustache: Has a rocking handlebar.
  • Break the Cutie: Sancho's heart bleeds deeply for his friends, and by the time you get to adventure with him in Chapter 3, he is a very sad and broken man.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Gets to show it in chapter 3.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: His brown hair matches his eyes.
  • Drop the Hammer: Is the only human character who can equip hammers if Debora is not chosen.
  • Honorary Uncle: First to the main character, then to Parry and Madchen as well.
  • Mighty Glacier: Sancho has great attack, health and defense but is incredibly slow and has very specific equipment options.
  • Modern Minstrelsy: Portrayed in the English translation of the DS game as a rather wince-worthy European Spanish stereotype, complete with constant references to siestas, paellas and tortillas and random "sí"s, "olé"s and "anda"s for no reason.
  • Nice Guy: Sancho doesn't have a bad bone in his body. The only character he's ever shown getting mad at is Ladja, for good reason.
  • Nice Hat: In the original. Gone in the remake, though he does mention that he likes hats.
  • Parental Substitute: Parry and Madchen love their Uncle Sancho.
  • Sad Clown: Sancho is clearly the game's comic relief character, however, he's generally such a broken man that you feel more sorry for him than anything.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Pankraz's manly man.
  • Supreme Chef: According to party chats.
  • Survivor Guilt: Has a nasty case of it that only worsens as time passes.
  • Tender Tears: Sancho is prone to Tears of Joy, especially when you reunite with him in chapter 2. Also prone to the opposite and sobbing at reminders of all the tragedy in his life.
  • Third-Person Person: In the DS translation.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sancho loves his paella.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Pankraz, you, and later your wife and kids. Hence why he beats himself up so badly after Pankraz dies and you go missing. When you find him again in chapter 2 he is a nervous wreck. He recovers somewhat before you and your wife go missing again. However, he finds an outlet raising your kids and in chapter 3 he is every bit as loyal to you as he ever was to Pankraz.

Tuppence (Pippin)

The son of Thruppence, Tuppence is a soldier who's eager to help the main character and the kids during their travels. Has the potential to become a truly powerful warrior, but starts out untrained and rough around the edges.

  • Adapted Out: Like Madchen, Tuppence is not included in the film adaptation, Your Story. His role in the party is effectively replaced with a friendly slime named Goo.
  • Age Lift: Looked to be around thirty in the original version of the game, while in the remake he is specifically stated to be about the same age as the Hero when he's recruited.
  • Badass Normal: The only human character with no magic, though he has good stats and equipment options.
  • Bromantic Foil: Functions as one to the Hero, despite him already being married by the time Tuppence is recruited.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Tuppence loves the ladies... the ladies just don't love him back.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He first appears as a generic young boy in Gotha's inn during the second part of the game. Because the player character doesn't age during the timeskip, by the end of it they're about the same age.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Provides a lot of humor in Chapter 3.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Fancies himself a refined ladies man, despite being a common soldier.
  • The Gambling Addict: Although he knows he's not that good at it.
  • The Generic Guy: In the original game, completely gone in the remake, where he's a fleshed out character.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Debora if the Hero didn't marry her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Generally more focused on women than anything else, and can be pretty spiteful to the Hero about his luck with women, despite him being his king. But beneath this, Tuppence proves to have a strong sense of justice and a genuine desire to bring peace to the world.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Tuppence has great stats all around and access to almost all equipment. His one huge flaw is his complete lack of any magic power. And he starts at level one.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Can't use magic. At all.
  • Mauve Shirt: And well aware of it.
  • Optional Party Member: Though easy to obtain, he's also easy to miss, as he looks almost like a regular NPC soldier and you have to talk to him before he'll join.
  • Undying Loyalty: As soldier of Gotha, he is duty bound to be this to his king, you. He'll still snark about it though.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: In the original, he has the same sprite as a normal soldier. The DS remake gives him a unique look, but it's still very similar to the soldier sprite.
  • With Friends Like These...: Tends to be unusually rude to his king, to the point of planning to steal his wife from him after he dies. He does respect him as a leader though, he's just envious of his skill with the ladies.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the original, his pink hair was the only interesting thing about him. Averted in the remake where he has plain brown hair.

     Realm of the Faeries 

Honey (Bella)

A mischievous, cheerful faerie sent to recruit a great warrior from the human world. She brought back a six-year-old main character.

  • Bad Liar: Her reaction to learning Saber is a sabrecat kitten, among others.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite being a party member for a small portion of the adventure, Honey does little else for the rest of the game.
  • Genki Girl: Very excitable and cheery.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Only a party member for a short portion of the game.
  • Number Two: She's specifically stated to be Treacles.
  • Ship Tease: She's implied to have a crush on the Hero, though nothing can come of it.
  • Squishy Wizard: Her physical stats are awful and she is much better suited to casting spells. Too bad you can't control her.
  • You Can See Me?: Why she recruits the main character in the first place.
  • You Gotta Have Violet Hair

Queen Treacle (Powan)

The current ruler of Faerie Lea. Her predecessor was incredibly harsh, but Treacle herself is kind and compassionate, and believes that everyone can coexist peacefully.

Dwight Dwarf (Zaile)

Also known as "Da White Dwarf!" His father created "Lots About Locks", a book that lets the bearer become a Master of Unlocking. Because of this, he was banished from Faerie Lea by Treacle's predecessor. However, Dwight believes Treacle was the one responsible, and has set out to take revenge. Fancies himself a great superhero, so he wears a hooded cape and calls himself "Da White Dwarf!"

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Talks like one, has trouble living up to it.
  • Boisterous Weakling: For all of his talk, Dwight gets beaten relatively easily by a young boy. And when they meet up again years later, he's no stronger than he was before.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dwight is introduced as an idiot who gets beaten by a six year old. When the Hero reunites with him at least twenty years later... he's still level one. However, at higher levels Dwight proves to be a formidable fighter with good stats and access to some nice magic.
  • The Ditz: Dwight isn't evil, he's just stupid.
  • Fragile Speedster: As a party member his only good stat is his agility, which increases by seven each level on average, he loses this at later levels when his other stats start to catch up with him, but that won't be for a while.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Not that he was ever really a villain.
  • Insistent Terminology: "Not Dwight Dwarf! Da White Dwarf!"
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Seems to be his thing, considering he steals a book about lock picking and opposes a "tyrant". When he joins the party, the first ability he larns is Nose For Treasure, furthering his image as a thief.
  • Magikarp Power: When he joins the party, it's pretty late in the game and the rest of the party will likely be around level thirty compared to his level one. his stats are also pretty low. However, he has a crazy high agility growth and will likely cap his speed far earlier than every other character, and afterwards will have a sudden surge in stat gains for his other attributes, to the point where he'll end up a Lightning Bruiser at higher levels. To top this all off, he learns some very nice all purpose spells leveling up and is generally a very versatile teammate.
  • Master of Unlocking: Implied to be, considering his dad is a master locksmith and that he stole a book about lock picking.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Considers himself a revolutionary super hero, despite just being a level one dwarf with his facts mixed up. When the party meets him again he considers himself to be both The Rival and The Lancer despite being... a level one dwarf.
  • Optional Party Member: You can recruit him in Chapter 3 after making it back to Faerie Lea, but you don't need to.
  • Unknown Rival: Considers himself Treacle's arch nemesis, while she is barely aware of his existance. After the timeskip, he considers himself the Hero's rival, despite being some nobody he beat up when he was six.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To the Snow Queen.

    Coburg's Royal Family 

Prince Harry (Henry)
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (in the Drama CDs), Kentaro Sakaguchi (CG Movie) (Japanese), Zeno Robinson (adult), Elijah Rayman (young) (English)

The heir-apparent of King James, and a complete Royal Brat who enjoys tormenting others simply because he can. However, he soon receives a very rude, very harsh awakening...

  • Asshole Victim: At the end of the first generation, he plays this fully straight; after the timeskip, he changes his mood and tells the player that it was Pankraz's parting words that started his change in tone.
  • The Atoner: Justifiably blames himself for Pankraz's death and has sworn to help his son no matter up to make up for it. He lives up to his word.
  • Bash Brothers: With the Hero during the first part of his journey in adulthood, after they go their separate ways he still shows an interest in tagging along and continuing this, but is too caught up in his duties to do it.
  • Bishōnen: As an adult.
  • Bratty Halfpint: As a kid.
  • Break the Haughty: He goes through a lot of crap between Chapter 1 and 2.
  • Character Development: Gets the most out of anyone in the whole game with the possible exception of Debora.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Harry has a soft spot for the ladies, though his marriage with Maria hampers that considerably.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Deuteragonist anyway. Early on, the game makes it appear like Harry is going to be longstanding party member with the Protagonist. The prologue of the game even have the two getting captured and forced into slavery together. Harry ends up getting Put on a Bus early into the Second Era, after retaking his Kingdom.
  • Doting Parent: Towards his own son Kendrick.
  • Fallen Prince You can't fall much futher then being Made a Slave.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish sibling to Wilbur's responsible sibling. Ironically, after his character development, Harry has become much more competent and responsible than Wilbur has.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: As children, he does nothing but bully the main character but after Pankraz's death the two are forced to spend the next ten years working as slaves. This, combined with his guilt over Pankraz's death causes Harry to act much kinder to the main character and the two proceed to pull a prison break and travel the world together. Even after they go their separate ways, the bond of friendship between them runs strong to the point where Harry makes his entire kingdom go searching for the main character when he goes missing.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother passed away and was replaced by the Queen Consort, who is more interested in caring for her own son than for him. Of course, as Pankraz points out, his father, unlike his stepmother, does care about him, and would be terribly upset if anything happened to him.
  • Generation Xerox: His own son, Prince Kendrick, takes after him, despite Harry's insistence that he doesn't know where he gets it from. However, he also gets somewhat stronger discipline.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: One who can level up and is on the party for several hours.
  • Happily Married: To Maria.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Though he only travels with him for a section of the game, Harry and the Hero have an unbreakable friendship that continues for the rest of the game. When the Hero is turned to stone, Harry organizes a worldwide search to find his friend.
  • Hot for Preacher: Develops a crush on her right when she takes her vows.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: As Wilbur's adviser, it's clear that he's the one running the kingdom. He doesn't have a problem with it though.
  • Irony: After tormenting everyone and trying to make you into his "Lacky", he is then kidnapped and turned into a slave.
  • It Amused Me: Teases and torments others... why? He's the prince, of course!
  • The Lancer: To the main character, even when they're not travelling together it's clear Coburg will always have Gotha's back.
  • Made a Slave: Along with the main character.
  • Magic Knight: In combat. Compared to the Hero, he has more emphasis on magic than fighting.
  • Modest Royalty: After his character development, he refuses to take his half-brother's throne and instead becomes his adviser.
  • Nice Guy: Again, he becomes this after his character development.
  • Prince Charmless: Predates the Trope Namer.
  • Rags to Riches: Inverted at the end of Chapter 1, then played Straight after escaping slavery.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Eventually becomes this when he returns back to Coburg after being enslaved.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to the Hero's blue.
    • He's also the red to Wilbur's blue.
  • Riches to Rags: He goes from a spoiled obnoxious prince to a slave. Then back to royalty after ten years of slavery.
  • Royal Brat: Definitely as a child.
  • Survivor Guilt: Admits in a secret message that he struggled with this, wondering why he lived instead of Pankraz, though it does end up making him into a better person and ultimately the Hero's best friend.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes a whole lot nicer once he grows up.
  • The Unfavorite: Wilbur is clearly favored over him by the Queen, while James is far too caught up in his work to pay much attention to either.
  • The Wise Prince: After considerable character development.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair.

King James

Ruler of Coburg; father of Harry and Wilbur. Somewhat at a loss as to how to get his chosen heir to shape up and stop being such a royal pain. Dies during the first timeskip.

  • Doting Parent: Absolutely spoils Harry, causing his bad personality.
  • The Good King: Considering even Pankraz admires him, this is a given.
  • Minor Major Character: Doesn't get much screen time, but the mission he sends Pankraz on ends up killing him off and throwing Harry and the Hero into slavery. His death during the timeskip also causes the power struggle that sparks one of the first major plots of the game's second act.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies after only a few appearances on screen.

Queen Consort

King James' current wife. Highly ambitious, she dreams of seeing her son take the throne rather than watching her bratty stepson ascend.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Her ambition for her son to take the throne leads to a lot of Coburg's problems.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: After successfully having Harry kidnapped, she is betrayed by her 'allies' and is replaced by a fake queen, turning her son into their puppet rather than her own. By the time the party comes across her years later, she's willing to immediately confess to everything just to put an end to it.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Or, rather, the Queen Consort. Or the Queen Dowager.
  • Stage Mom: Royal variation; she can't rule herself, so she pushes her son towards the throne despite his own wishes, and doesn't care who she tramples on it to make it happen.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She was easily manipulated into throwing Coburg into turmoil by trying to off Harry and put her reluctant son on the throne.

Prince Wilbur (Dale)

Harry's younger half-brother. Despite his mother's ambitions, he has no real interest in taking the throne, and would rather be just a normal kid.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Takes over for King James after the latter's death at the ripe old age of 5. Ultimately subverted, however, as Wilbur proves to be as competent of a leader as you'd expect a little boy to be, and is clearly just a puppet for his mother. Later on, while he continues to rule, it's pretty clear Harry's doing most of the work for him.
  • Bishōnen: After the timeskip, he's noted to be very popular with his female subjects.
  • The Dutiful Son: Takes over Coburg after his stepfather's death and continues to follow his mother's orders to the letter, despite how evil they may be in contrast to Harry, who willingly turns against his kingdom for a period of time for the sake of doing what's right.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: A rare sympathetic example, the Queen works hard over the timeskip to build up Wilbur's reputation and is thus seen as the clear candidate to take the throne after the king's death. However, these claims are all baseless and Wilbur is a completely talentless ruler, though he redeems himself due to clearly not wanting any part of the scheme whatsoever.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible sibling to Harry's foolish sibling. Reversed later on, when it's Harry who proves to be the more competent ruler.
  • The Good King: While he's not a particularly competent king, Wilbur proves to be a kind man who wants the best for his people, but understands that he is incapable of giving it to them.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He has no interest in ruling and prefers to be just a regular kid.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his lack of talent or desire for his position, Wilbur is at the very least as kind and courageous as his brother becomes and provides the hero with any help that he can supply.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Harry's red.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Is unknowingly a part of Queen Consort's plans.

Maria (Marina)

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (in the Drama CDs)

A former member of the Order of Zugzwang, she turned her back on their teachings when she shielded a child slave from harm. Made a Slave herself, she managed to escape to the abbey and become a Nun of the Above.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Generally as caring and kind as you'd expect a nun to be, however when Harry flirts with other women near her, she gets scary!
  • Defector from Decadence: She couldn't stand what the Order of Zugzwang was doing, so she was thrown into slavery. She and her brother orchestrate an escape which the Hero and Harry become a part of.
  • Happily Married: To Harry.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Very mildly in the remake, where instead of a regular nun's dress with habit, she wears a slightly more colorful dress that exposes some cleavage.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Even as a slave, she remained kind and virtuous.
  • Made a Slave: After she criticized the Order.
  • Morality Pet: To her older brother Joshua, a soldier of Zugzwang who finds himself torn between his loyalty to the order and his love for his sister.
  • Naughty Nun: Mild example. In the DS version, she wears a dress that sports noticeable cleavage and no habit or coif to distinguish her sprite from that of the other nuns.
  • Rags to Riches: Eventually marries Harry.

     Other Important Characters 

Count Uptaten (Eric) and Miss Count (Sophia)

Once a happily married couple, their lives were tragically cut short when monsters raided their castle and slaughtered everyone inside. However, their sad tale did not end there... Thanks to the interference of some nasty spirits, they have been unable to move on to the afterlife.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Wanted children, but were never able to conceive.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: They are not the slightest bit evil for one.
  • Spot of Tea: One of their favorite pastimes in life was drinking out of the Toff's Tea Set. The main character can eventually return it to them in exchange for a reward, though it takes several years before Uptaten happens to ask.

Monty the Monster Monitor (Monster Gramps)

An elderly fellow whose has an expert hand with monsters, and encourages others to pursue the fine art of monster training. Recommends to the main character that he get a wagon to make traveling easier, and helps him out by caring for any monsters he isn't taking along with him at any given moment.
  • Covert Pervert: Some characters suspect him of being one due to him keeping Carla/Inatts around.
  • Fluffy Tamer: A master of monsters who's perfectly willing to help others see how to do so themselves.

Crispin Burns (Andy)

Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (in the Drama CDs)

A childhood friend of Nera, he becomes one of her most dedicated suitors. Though he doesn't consider himself truly worthy of somebody so wonderful, he's determined to do his best to become worthy, and earn her love...!

  • Butt-Monkey: Constantly getting friend-zoned his entire life and ends up getting burned alive. Most of the townspeople also talk bad about him behind his back. He does get thrown a bone no matter who you pick, marrying his lifelong crush Nera if Bianca or Debora is chosen or falling for and marrying the equally beautiful Ashlee if Nera is chosen.
  • Camp Straight: Very foppish but also madly in love with Nera.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He can be either an Unlucky Childhood Friend if you marry Nera, or a Victorious one if you chose either Bianca or Debora.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For all of his foppishness, Crispin makes it farther than every other candidate during the Engagement challenge, and though he loses to the main character, if Bianca was chosen he attempts it again for no reason beyond proving his worth to Nera.
  • Determinator: Manages to make it towards the end of the Engagement Challenge through his love for Nera alone. If he loses but Nera isn't chosen as the bride, he'll scale the volcano again just to prove himself.
  • Graceful Loser: Completely steps down and allows the Hero to marry Nera after he wins the Engagement Challenge and, if the Hero actually goes through with it and marries her, will be happy for the two of them and find love with another woman.
  • Happily Married: No matter who you choose to marry, he'll end up like this. Either to Nera (Bianca or Debora) or to the beautiful foreigner Ashlee (Nera).
  • Meaningful Name: From his name alone, you can pretty much guess that his trip into the volcano doesn't end well.
  • Nice Guy: Clearly holds no ill will towards the Hero, despite him being his biggest rival for Nera's heart and potentially taking her away from him.
  • Non-Action Guy: Mocked by the townspeople as being one, and admits himself to being "A lover, not a fighter". And yet proves to be capable of making it to the center of a volcano by himself.
  • The Rival: To the Hero during the Engagement Challenge, although he's a very friendly one.
  • Second Love: If Nera is chosen, then he will meet and fall in love with the beautiful dancer Ashlee and later on in the game get married to her. Things seem to work out pretty well for him no matter what.

Queen Cleohatra (Isis)

The ruler of the desert kingdom of Helmunaptra, she is descended from one of the previous Legendary Hero's companions. Cleohatra protects the Zenithian Helmet while awaiting the arrival of the Legendary Hero.
  • Famous Ancestor: She doesn't say which of the Hero's companions is her ancestor, but the abilities of her lineage would seem to imply that it's Meena.

Dr Agon (Pusan)

Voiced by: Ken Yasuda (CG Movie) (Japanese), Neil Kaplan (English)

A strange, old fellow found trapped in a dungeon. Extremely cheerful, but a tad... loopy. Has a very strange way of speaking. Claims to be Zenithian.

  • Guest-Star Party Member: Though he does little more than screw around.
  • The Needless: Trapped on a mine cart for 20 years with no food or water...
  • Non-Action Guy: Even though he travels with the party for a dungeon, he doesn't assist in battles whatsoever. And he totally could have too!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Both Madchen and Tuppence suspect this of him. Turns out they were right.
  • Physical God: He's the Zenithian Dragon, and while he's lost a considerable amount of his power, he's heavily implied to still be far stronger than the party is.
  • Punny Name: Dr Agon = Dragon, get it?
  • Time Abyss: He tells you outright in party chat that's he's lived a thousand times longer than anyone in the party and laughs when they react skeptically to it.
  • Trickster Mentor: For the period of time he travels with the party, he gives the Hero and his children some surprisingly specific advice, and is later revealed to have been clearly trying to guide the Chosen one's through their personal hardships so that they can better fight evil.
  • Verbal Tic: The DS version's translation gives us a rather literal Flan-diddly-erization.
  • The Worf Effect: Nimzo actually managed to beat him in a fight!
  • Worf Had the Flu: Though it's implied that he lost a considerable amount of his power when the Gold Orb was lost.
  • Ye Olde Butchered English: Upgrades to this after regaining his power. Switches back in the ending.

     The Order of Zugzwang 

Grandmaster Nimzo (Mildrath)

Voiced by: Shōzō Iizuka (in the Drama CDs), Arata Iura (CG Movie) (Japanese), Paul Guyet (English)

The Demon Lord of the Dark World, and the "god" of the Order. He seeks to take over the Light World.

  • The Backwards Я: In the American release his text has a Cyrillic-looking font.
  • Bad Boss: He demands absolute obedience and perfection from the Order, and will not tolerate any form of failure. King Korol finds this out the hard way.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the original version a couple of NPCs mention a Demon Lord that's trying to enter the world, though you don't even learn his name until near the end of the game. The DS remake adds more information.
  • Chess Motif: In the official American realease, he is named after a Chess grandmaster, and his minions are named after chess pieces.
  • Continuity Nod: He is perhaps the biggest thread that connects this game with Dragon Quest IV.
  • Eldritch Abomination: His true form can only be described as grotesque, demonic, and as inhuman as possible.
  • Evil Old Folks: Takes on the form of a demonic looking old man when the party finally encounters him, however this is merely a guise for his true form, which is far more incomprehensible and demonic.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Nimzo is indisputably the ultimate evil of the game, but Ladja has far more Kick the Dog moments as well as a history with the Hero, making him closer to the game's main antagonist.
  • Meaningful Name: His name comes from Aron Nimzowitsch, a Russian chess grandmaster. Translations of Nimzowitsch's chess books popularized the term "zugzwang" in the English-speaking world, and he is also famous for a chess match he won by putting his opponent in zugzwang in the middlegame, a rare feat.
  • One-Winged Angel: Played with in that his first form isn't really a form, but an avatar he's manipulating with his powers, while his final form is his regular form.
  • Physical God: Though he isn't a true god.
  • The Remnant: He is heavily implied to have been a follower of Aamon from Dragon Quest IV who managed to complete his master's goal of achieving godhood through the secret of evolution.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He basically can't leave the Demon World. He captured the hero's mother in order to fix this.
  • The Unfought: In the Dragon Quest: Your Story, he doesn't actually appear, but rather a virus in the virtual reality game injected into his code takes his stead. The virus is still referred to as "Nimzo" by Luca and in the credits.
  • Was Once a Man: In one of the biggest late game twists, Nimzo is revealed to not actually be an almighty demon god, but rather a regular man who simply achieved pseudo-godhood through perfecting the secret of evolution that Psaro and Aamon were trying to achieve in Dragon Quest IV
  • You Have Failed Me: He leaves King Korol to die after he's mortally wounded by the party. The DS version makes it even worse.
  • You No Take Candle: The official American release has him speak with a Cyrillic-looking font and poor grammar, giving the impression of a Russian speaking English imperfectly.

Bishop Ladja (Gema)

Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (in the Drama CDs), Kōtarō Yoshida (CG Movie) (Japanese), Jason Marnocha (English)

Nimzo's right hand man. He oversees the Order's operations in the Light World alongside King Korol. He is also easily the most evil character in the game.

  • Arch-Enemy: To the Hero, whose life he destroyed. It becomes mutual later in the game.
  • Big Bad: In the remakes.
  • Breakout Villain: In the SNES original, he was still a presence but ultimately a lackey, didn't have a unique appearance, and gets chumped about two-thirds of the way through the game. In the DS remake, he's been upgraded to the full-blown right hand of Nimzo himself, and is a complete monster throughout the entire game, largely due to his popularity as a villain in the original and fans asking for him to have a larger role.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: When he summons a fireball outside of battle... bad things happen.
    • He does have a fireball attack in battle, albeit considerably depowered. His Sinister Scythe and petrification spell, not so much.
  • The Dragon: In a way to both Korol and Nimzo. While he is actually below Korol in rank, he is one of the only members of the order with contact with Nimzo. His loyalties with Korol also prove nonexistent as he immediately kills him the moment he loses his usefulness.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While Korol is the High Priest of the Order, Ladja very much gives off the impression that he is the true force behind it and is thus the direct antagonist for most of the game. This is further proven when he effortlessly destroys Korol after he fails his mission.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on the main character and Harry, and his brutal murder of Pankraz.
  • Evil Genius: Of the Order of Zugzwang. He's actually more of The Dragon than Korol is.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Based on his broken English, he apparently has a thick Russian accent.
  • Hate Sink: He's easily the most hated character in-game and is driven to cause even the player to want to seek revenge against him. Even Madchen who says she loves all monsters will easily express her contempt for him.
  • The Heavy: Though he's The Dragon, Ladja is by far the biggest presence of evil felt in the game and the only one with any real connection with the Hero.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: The first one against him. Justified, considering you're a six year old child at that point.
  • Jerkass: He frequently abuses and mocks the Hero throughout the whole game.
  • Kick the Dog: Does this frequently throughout the game such as waiting for when the Hero reunites with his mother to kill her just for maximum emotional impact.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He has absolutely no reservations about beating two six year old children nearly to death. In fact, he seems to enjoy it. He'll spend a few turns just standing around laughing at you before he gets around to slaughtering you.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to King Korol in the DS version, right before killing him.
  • Sadist: Gets joy out of all the pain and suffering he causes.
  • The Sociopath: Has no positive qualities and is obsessed with causing the most amount of pain for the hero as possible.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As the Hero continues to unravel the Order's plans, he becomes more and more obsessed with killing the Hero himself.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Unsurprisingly, as he beats the Hero and Harry with an inch of their lives when they're just kids.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Combines this with one of his beloved Player Punches near the end when he blasts Mada right after she and the main character reunite, then mocks both of them about it.
    • Subverted when it turns out she survived the attack.
      • Double subverted when Grandmaster Nimzo finishes the job.

King Korol (Ibuul)

High Priest of the Order of Zugzwang. Over the years, he works tirelessly to establish the Order as a Path of Inspiration, promising that they will lead the world to a new age of peace in the White King's Paradise. Their actual plans, of course, aren't quite so... nice.
  • The Dragon: While he's head of the Order of Zugzwang, he's still second to Grandmaster Nimzo, the "God" of the order.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: More like a disc two final boss, but the game still has quite a bit left after beating him.
  • Humiliation Conga: First the party attack the Order's main base in the Light World, then they wipe out his defenses, including Queen Ferz. When he himself fights the party and is defeated and dying, he begs Nimzo to strike the party down, but Nimzo abandons him for his failure, leaving him to die in shame. Made even worse in the DS version, where not only does Nimzo abandon him, but he also sends Ladja to tell him exactly why he sucks and then execute him.
  • Minor Major Character: Despite being the head of the organization responsible for literally every problem in the game, the main character only meets Korol once, and after which his entire presence becomes overshadowed by Ladja's.
  • Path of Inspiration: How he paints the Order.
  • Religion of Evil: What the Order actually is.
  • Squishy Wizard: While he's a deadly mage, his physical attacks are absolutely pathetic.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ladja and Nimzo were actually playing him the whole time.
  • Verbal Tic: He has one — Snap! — in addition to his Russian accent.

Queen Ferz (Ramada)

The High Priestess of the Order of Zugzwang, as well as a master illusionist. Helps Korol oversee the temple and lure would-be followers and slaves into their clutches.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Despite "her" "Queen" title, "her" monster form is a cyclops... which looks pretty male. May have something to do with "her" skills with illusions.
  • The Dark Chick: The token female of the Order of Zugzwang.
  • Master of Illusion: Can transform to disguise her true identity.
  • Minor Major Character: As the High Priestess of the Order, she clearly has a lot of power, and yet we only really find out about her when she's encountered as a boss.
  • Mighty Glacier: In battle, she will most likely always attack last, but that attack will hurt. A lot.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Tries to fool the main character.

Kon the Knight (Jami) and Slon the Rook (Gonze)

Kon voiced by: Wataru Takagi (in the Drama CDs) (Japanese), Steve Blum (English)
Slon voiced by: Trevor Devall (English)

Bishop Ladja's personal enforcers and bodyguards. Work well as a team, but are just as deadly during solo work.

  • The Brute: As Ladja's bodyguards, as the two rely on physical power.
  • Climax Boss: Kon is the last opponent before the last timeskip, and marks the transition to the fatherhood portion of the game. He even has an appropriately climactic setup, kidnapping the Hero’s wife and having a unique battle setup where the kidnapped wife needs to weaken him in order to damage him.
  • The Dividual: Not particularly different from one another and only ever seen apart during their respective final battles. The biggest differences between them are that Slon is really stupid and that Kon like to make horse puns.
  • Dumb Muscle: Both of them, though Slon is considerably dumber than Kon is.
  • Full-Boar Action: Slon is a humanoid boar.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Kon is strong and fast, but otherwise has no other noteworthy abilities.
  • Mighty Glacier: Slon is stronger than Kon, but also much slower.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: They get one from an infuriated Pankraz, but then give him one themselves when Ladja threatens to murder the main character.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: Kon is an inverted centaur, as in he has a horse head on a human body.
  • Pungeon Master: Kon enjoys making horse related ones.
  • Those Two Badguys: Are most often seen together.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When Chancellor Jeeves hands the Bride over to Kon, he "rewards" him by savagely beating him and leaving him to die.


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