Dirk The Daring
The hero of the series, a valiant but-not-so-bright knight whose goal is to rescue Princess Daphne from whatever predicament she falls into.
- Awesome Mc Coolname
- Badass Normal: In a world full of magical, monstrous and elemental creatures and obstacles, Dirk is armed only with a sword and his physical prowess.
- Catchphrase: In the animated series, Dirk often says, By the Dragons Teeth!
- The Chew Toy: He can be burned to death, electrocuted, drowned, hurled into bottomless pits, crushed by falling debris, crushed by tentacle monsters, swarmed by bats, engulfed by tar, dashed against rocks or walls, impaled by magic flying weapons... and it's always hilarious.
- Combat Medic: When he acquires the "Dragon Spirit" spell that can heal him at little cost of mana or obtains life potions to be used in later battles in 3D: Return to the Lair.
- The Comically Serious: Only Dirk could pout while falling to his doom, or whistle merrily whilst sinking in lava.
- Cowardly Lion: Has shades of this, but is no less deadly with his sword.
- Dissonant Serenity: While most of his "falling" deaths have him screaming bloody murder, some in Time Warp have him pouting irritably at the player. One particular late-game death involves calmly whistling whilst sinking into lava.
- Dork Knight
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Done offscreen between parts 1 and 2. By the time Time Warp begins, he's a happily married man and a father of 9 children with Daphne.
- Happily Married: To Daphne in second game.
- The Hero: He is the valiant knight that rescues Princess Daphne from the clutches of the dragon Singe and Mordroc the wizard.
- Heroic BSoD/Heartbroken Badass: Near the end of Time Warp, after he brings Daphne down to normal with the deathly side effect of the Death Ring in the original, when he sees her lying in the pedestal bed, he thinks he has failed her or caused her death and gives what he thinks is their Last Kiss and buries his head in grief, all the while using Offhand Backhands on the little imps that repeatedly attack him. Little does he realize that the kiss was actually a True Love's Kiss that has broken the spell while he is fighting off the imps and trying to stay alive by climbing onto crumbling platforms; and when she calls his name, he recovers completely upon seeing her alive and well.
- Heroic Mime: Has almost no dialogue whatsoever in the games, save for two lines in both of the first two games; "Uh oh", "Wow", "Daphne!" and "Yahoo!"
- Iron Butt Monkey: As previously noted, Dirk goes through hell and high water, often suffering hilarious pratfalls, injuries, and even death, to rescue Daphne. Some of his failure animations have him simply shrug and accept his fate.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Even if he doesn't have that much of a personality, he still seems to be a decent, normal knight.
- Made of Iron: No ordinary man could endure half the pain and suffering Dirk goes through on his journeys, yet he perseveres regardless.
- Magic Knight: In 3D: Return to the Lair.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: A notable handicap of his in almost all of the games save 3D: Return to the Lair. Even in the NES version, there are many enemies and obstacles (even doors) that kill him in a single hit, excluding the bats and skulls. However, in the third game, Dirk not only has a life bar, but he also has mana and can take some hits from all enemies before dying, though Bottomless Pits do spell instant death.
- Briefly averted in "Time Warp" when part of the story requires Dirk to get bitten hard in the ankle by an enemy in order for the story to progress.
- Perpetual Frowner: For the majority of each story mission. It's rare to see him crack a smile, until Daphne's safely in his arms again.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Not that you can blame him, really.
- Super Drowning Skills: Especially in 3D: Return to the Lair.
The series resident Damsel in Distress, and later Dirk's wife.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her teddi parts all the way down the middle, displaying her ample cleavage and her midriff.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She looks exactly the same in the second game as in the first, despite having had about 9 kids in the interim.
- Action Girl: In the comics, like in the TV series, Daphne is a very adventurous character, if not violent and bloodthirsty. Dirk mentions that she loves beheading enemies and monsters.
- Adaptational Modesty: In the TV show, her attire is less revealing, wearing a proper princely dress.
- Babies Ever After: Apparently she and Dirk were busy celebrating after the first game, because by the time Time Warp begins, they have 9 children.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: 10 years and 9 children had no effect . Don Bluth himself admitted that this was a conscious decision because he thought it would be interesting if she kept beauty with no sign that she went through anything.
- Creator Cameo: Daphne's actress, Vera Pacheco, was the head of Don Bluth's drawing clean-up department.
- Damsel in Distress: In all three of the Dragon's Lair games.
- The Ditz: Very bubbleheaded in personality.
- Happily Married: To Dirk after the first game.
- Love Interest: She's Dirk's motivation for braving the dangers of the titular castle. From the second game onwards, they're happily wed with a bunch of children.
- Magic Pants: When she transforms into a huge monster in Time Warp, her dress grows with her so as to keep her modest at all times.
- Ms. Fanservice: Daphne's a curvaceous blonde bombshell, clearly designed after Playboy pin-up models. In the first game, she wears a form-fitting black teddy with sheer leggings. In the next two, she leaves her legs and backside bare.
- Modest Royalty: Despite being a princess, she and Dirk live in a large cottage in the woods with their children.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister: In Dragon's Lair 2 she has 9 kids, the oldest of whom looks about 13, and she still looks exactly the same as she did in the first game.
- One-Winged Angel: Non-villainous example; in "Time Warp" when Mordroc succeeds in putting the Death Ring on her finger, she transforms into a massive giant pig-nosed lizard. And this is either in the original version after you collect all the treasures, or in the Re-Cut if you miss any (if you collected all the treasures in this one, however, she suddenly falls in a deathly faint and vanishes, and you see her again suddenly lying in bed after defeating Mordoc, which is either Fridge Brilliance or Fridge Logic).
- Rapunzel Hair: She has shimmering blonde tresses that are long enough to extend past her waist.
- Satellite Love Interest / Satellite Character: Played with. Displays a coquettish and playful personality in her few scenes on-camera.
- She's Got Legs: Which are plain to see, as she strikes several pinup poses that place emphasis on her hips, legs, and her gorgeous glutes.
- Standard Hero Reward: She's a classic example of the fair princess who gives her hand in marriage to her hero for rescuing her. Also, seen in Time Warp and the special edition ending for Dragon's Lair 3D, when she kicks off her slippers for post victory a makeout session.
- Stripperific: Her little sheer black dress. It's slightly better in Time Warp, however (it has a seat for one thing, although it's still just a teddy and a nearly-invisible silk robe).
- Thong of Shielding: Her first "dress" is a g-string teddy.
Singe the Dragon
The eponymous dragon of the series, and the villain of the first game, as well as the third one.
- Advancing Boss of Doom: Part of the bossfight against him in Dragon's Lair 3D.
- Back from the Dead: Was confirmed dead by the end of the first game. Dragon's Lair 3D brought him back, however.
- Big Bad: Of the first game.
- The Dragon: Literally to Mordoc in Dragon's Lair 3D.
- The Conqueror: In the animated series, he aspires to take over Daphne's father's kingdom in addition to his own domain.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: His motivation for kidnapping Daphne in the comic books. He forces her to become his newest concubine.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The cause of his death was a magical sword thrown into his chest.
- The Juggernaut: Only the magical sword within the treasure hoard is capable of harming Singe.
- Meaningful Name
- No Name Given: Was unnamed in the original game, but supplemental material gave him his name, and the cartoon series cemented it.
- The Voiceless: Except in the animated series.
An evil wizard, and the villain of Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp, as well as Dragon's Lair 3D. His goal in Time Warp was to kidnap Daphne so he could put the Death Ring on her finger in marriage.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Daphne, as illustrated on the right.
- Ambiguously Bi: Has no problem giving Dirk a smooch in Time Warp.
- Artifact of Doom: The Death Ring (housed inside the Casket of Doom) that is in his possession, which he intended to put on Daphne's finger in marriage.
- Alien Blood: In the final act of Time Warp, he gets skewered in the arm by Dirk, and he bleeds pink.
- Back from the Dead: He was gruesomely killed off in "Time Warp", but is back in 3D.
- Big Bad: Of the second and third games.
- Black Cloak
- Body Horror: His death scene in "Time Warp", where getting the death ring thrown onto his finger causes him to swell into a large, bloated blob of warts.
- Boss Banter: Frequently hurls insults at Dirk such as "Fool!"
- Creepy Crossdresser: Pulls this on Dirk in "Time Warp" by disguising himself as Daphne.
- He does it yet again in 3D, though in a Shapeshifting manner.
- Dirty Old Man: He's a wrinkly old wizard with the hots for a buxom scantily clad princess who's less than half his age.
- Evil Is Petty:
- Mordroc wanted Daphne for himself, but couldn't prevent Dirk from reaching her, so he pits them against each other by transforming Daphne into a monster under his control. Either Dirk would be forced to kill her in self-defense, or she would kill Dirk for him if he refused to fight her.
- He spites them again in the special edition ending for Dragon's Lair 3D, by using the last of his magic to zap Daphne's rear end as she's making out with Dirk. The sudden jolt causes her to clench her teeth and bite Dirk on the lips, but it's quickly brushed aside and the happy couple resumes — offscreen.
- Evil Wizard
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Besides his painful transformation, he is clearly shattering to pieces and has steam hissing from his body before Dirk slashes at him with his sword, causing him to explode and crumble to dust.
- Flunky Boss: He uses a couple centaurs and the local reptiles to ward off Dirk during the prehistoric level.
- For the Evulz: His only plausible motivation for kidnapping Daphne and wedding her with the Death Ring.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: The entire game is spent chasing him down from time period after time period.
- Gonk: Boy, did the developers put effort into making this guy ugly.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The very ring he intended to use on Daphne ended up bringing about his own downfall.
- If I Can't Have You...: Done as a last resort to spite Dirk, as noted under Evil Is Petty.
- Large Ham / No Indoor Voice: All of his dialogue is quite loud and over the top.
- Lean and Mean: Very bony and thin.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Smashed into dust at the end of Time Warp.
- Magic Pants: Subverted in his Death Ring transformation — while Daphne's outfit morphs along with her when she transforms with the Death Ring (obviously for purposes of modesty), Mordroc's transformation has him completely bursting out of his cloak.
- One-Winged Angel: In 3D, after getting hit enough times by Dirk's special arrow, he'll transform into a giant black dragon.
- Shock and Awe: One of his attacks in stages 2 and 3.
- Sinister Schnoz: Has one long enough to have a twig growing on it!
- Tele-Frag: His attack in stage 5.
- Unexplained Recovery: The only possible explanation for how he and Singe came back in the third game? He's a wizard.
Daphne's ill-tempered mother, and Dirk's mother-in-law. Sole appearance was in "Time Warp".
- Big "SHUT UP!": After Dirk escapes in the time machine at the end of Level 1, she yells "Oh, shut up!" to the snake before hitting it with a rolling pin.
- Brawn Hilda: Very large and voluptious, but also very strong and ill-tempered.
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Horny Vikings: Wears a viking helmet.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Once Dirk rescues Daphne at the end of "Time Warp", she considerably warms up.
- Large Ham
- Mama Bear: She outright demands that Dirk save her daughter OR EEEEEELSE!!!!
- Motive Decay: In the opening chase, she can't make up her mind whether she wants to kill Dirk or get him to rescue Daphne.
- No Indoor Voice
- No Name Given: The main game leaves her unnamed, but this link confirms that she has the name "Hilda".
- Obnoxious In-Laws: She is Dirk's mother-in-law.
- Revenge Before Reason: As mentioned before, she can't seem to make it clear if she wants to kill Dirk for Daphne getting kidnapped or wants him to find her.
- Rolling Pin of Doom: Her weapon of choice.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: She technically a queen, but she dresses like a viking and seemingly lives with Dirk, Daphne and their children.
- You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: Spoken to Dirk during the Chase Scene.
The Time Machine (a.k.a Mordroc's Brother)
Mordroc's brother, a bumbling old Time Machine found residing inside of Singe's old treasure room. He is Dirk's advisor and means of travelling through time in "Time Warp", his sole appearance.
- Art Shift: Looks more like part of the background than anything else.
- Cain and Abel: His relationship with Mordroc.
- Medium Blending: His appearance consists of a photostat model with pencil lines superimposed over it.
- No Name Given
- Rhymes on a Dime: Much of his dialogue consists of rhymes.
- Robot Buddy
- Sentient Vehicle: He is capable of intelligent speech.
- Spirit Advisor
- Time Machine
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No attention or explanation is given - or even hinted at - for how a humanoid wizard could have a time machine for a brother.
- Unusual User Interface: Dirk's sword is placed on a little outrigger and used as a throttle/joystick.