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    The Questers 

Sam Porter

A fantasy author who is accidentally brought to the mystical land of Lower Earth when three Questers attempt to kidnap his dog Amis, who is actually the Chosen One destined to evil. Sam regards the quest with disdain and constant frustration, especially when his companions seem fixated taking the most complicated route.

Played by: Stephen Mangan

Vidar

Adopted son of the Elven King Osterman, Thane of Scanessea and the leader of the Questers.

Played by: Darren Boyd
  • Ambiguously Bi: He doesn't seem to object to the principle of "spooning" with Sam. Though this may be because, as with many things, he just doesn't understand the concept.
  • Brainless Beauty: Dashing and handsome, but not very intelligent.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm: No matter how hard Sam tries to explain it to him.
  • Idiot Hero
  • Nice Guy: The friendliest of the Questers, but dumb as a post.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Does not seem to grasp, despite the obvious differences in appearances and intelligence, that he is not the child of King Ostermon.

Penthesilea

Played by: Sophie Winkleman (Series 1, 2, 3); Ingrid Oliver (Series 4)
  • Character Development: In the first series she has no understanding of where babies come from, and has a number of I Didn't Mean to Turn You On moments with Sam. She grows more knowledgeable as the series progresses.
  • Jerkass Ball: When she believes Vidar is not of noble birth, she immediately denounces him as leader of the Questers.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: When she falls under the influence of Sam's love potion, she becomes like this. Sam bears it for a while, but soon goes crazy (especially when he discovers that he's going to have to going on shopping trips and meet her mother.)

Dean

Played by: Kevin Eldon

Amis, the Chosen One

Played by: Dave Lamb

    The Villains 

Lord Darkness

Played by: Alistair McGowan
  • Affably Evil: He becomes this to the Questers after they keep encountering each other in the most unusual circumstances.
  • Camp Straight
  • Enemy Mine: Occasionally teams up with the Questers when a large threat is at hand, such as being lost in the Mines of Grazak-Dun.
  • Formerly Fat: Sent away to Dietica's camp to cure his chubbiness.
  • Informed Attribute: Is called a necromancer several times but never actually raises anyone from the dead.
  • Leitmotif: Scenes between him and Kreech begin with six notes in a lower key, screeching birds and the sound of dripping water. Or some other deadly fluid found in the dungeon of a diabolical necromancer.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast
  • Phrase Catcher: He arrives with a crash of thunder, causing Vidar to exclaim "Lord Darkness!"
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Kabar the Maleficent.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Has a very nasal voice compared to the leaden tones you might expect of a dark lord.

Kreach

Played by: Kevin Eldon
  • Affably Evil: Has no real quarrel with the Questers.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Though for the most part he seems to be comfortable with his lot in life.
  • Ho Yay: His devotion to Lord Darkness has traces of this.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Often has to reign Lord Darkness in. He also manages to write an entire encyclopedia on evil sorcery in the course of one night.

    Guest Characters 

The Oracle of Fenrog

Played by: Lizzie Watts
  • Seer: Often uses her powers to Troll the other characters. The end of her episode also shows that she sometimes muddles up her dates.

Beorthnoth the Brave

Played by: Ben Miles

The Night Demon

  • Eviler Than Thou: Subverted, despite what he says. Though Darkness is concerned about letting him out of his box, he is able to banish him immediately after returning renewed from his evil spa treatment.
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Even Lord Darkness keeps him locked in a box.

Dietica

Played by: Sanjeev Bhaskar

The owner of what is essentially a fat camp where he aims to remove the "spell" of obesity that the Questers have fallen under.

Zara

Played by: Christine Cavanaugh
The centaur High Priestess of Gondola, sworn to chastity by her office.

The Bridgekeeper Kabar the Maleficent

Played by: Gus Brown
Lord Darkness' Sitcom Arch-Nemesis.

Emperor Jackie

Played by: Sanjeev Bhaskar

Little Dick, The Master Stonemason

Played by: John Sessions

King Baldwin the Jovial

Played by: Daniel Rigby

The White Wizard

Played by: Sanjeev Bhaskar
  • Camp Straight: His voice bears a strong resemblance to Camp Gay British comedian Julian Clary.
  • Tautological Templar: As the embodiment of all good, he reasons that whatever he sees as good must therefore be good.
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