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Dr. Benton Quest
- Adult Fear: He's constantly worried about the well being of Jonny, as well as Jessie and Hadji.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Dr. Quest is an accomplished scientist who is well mannered and polite. He's also well versed in multiple sciences and has invented sonic weapons, supersonic aircraft, force fields, and time travel. He may not be as formidable as Race in a fight, but threaten his family and you'll live just long enough to regret it.
- Gadgeteer Genius: The man whipped up a force field to withstand a nuclear blast while standing at ground zero.
- Guile Hero: Once tricked Jeremiah Surd into believing that Jessie Bannon was dead in order for a very pissed-off Race to get the abort code to a deadly program from Surd. We later learn Race was in on it.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Race.
- My Greatest Failure: The death of his wife, Rachael. To the point that his greatest fear is his family coming to harm because of him.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: If there's a field of study out there, count on Dr. Quest to be familiar with it, if not the world's foremost expert.
- Papa Wolf: Threatening Jonny isn't very smart. Dr. Quest will find a way to save his son. And if it doesn't exist, he'll invent it. This also extends to his extended honorary family, Hadji and Jessie.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Thoroughly averted. Between his inventions available to the public, his theoretical work for various groups, or his contract work with the U.S. government, Dr. Quest not only believes in sharing his gifts with the world, but is clearly well off financially for doing so.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Dr. Quest reveals in "Village of the Doomed" that he worries about this trope, which is likely one of the reasons why he takes Jonny with him on his globetrotting adventures.
Jonathan "Jonny" Quest
Voiced by J.D. Roth (Season 1) Quinton Flynn (Season 2)
- The Determinator: Once Jonny has an idea in his head, he will see it through, no matter what.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Says as much in "Assault On Questworld"
- Guile Hero: Once held Lorenzo at bay by making him believe his fire extinguisher was a loaded gun.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Jonny has piloted various aircraft and tanks, stating that he gained the knowledge from video games.
- Leeroy Jenkins: An odd case, as Jonny DOES have a tendency to rush in without thinking, often earning admonishment from Race, Benton, Jessie, Hadji, or any permutation thereof, but he tends to come out alright anyway. As Hadji told Dr. Quest in the first episode, "It was your own poet Emerson who said that Heroism always feels, and never reasons."
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A mild case, but in "Thoughtscape" it is revealed that Jonny's deepest fear is that his father is disappointed in him for not pursuing the sciences with the same enthusiasm as he or Jessie Bannon. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Benton is demonstrably proud of his son, even if he isn't as devoted to science.
Roger T. "Race" Bannon
Voiced by Robert Patrick (Season 1) Granville Van Dusen (Season 2, 6 episodes) Robert Foxworth (Season 2, 14 episodes)
- The Ace: There is precious little that Race can't do. And he'll fake the rest, too.
- Amicable Exes: With his ex-wife Estella, although "The Mummies of Malenque" reveal that Jessie sometimes has to enforce it.
- All There in the Manual: His full name is displayed briefly on screen in the very first episode of the classic series. One episode, "Race For Danger", uses the "Roger" name, but it is from Classic Quest that his middle initial is known (and even then, we're not sure what it stands for).
- Anger Born of Worry: In "The Mummies of Malenque", Race is prepared to read Estella the riot act for putting Jessie in danger after he found her "neck deep in quicksand". She pointedly reminds Race that she's not the only one who's taken Jessie to dangerous places.
- The Casanova: To Jessie's eternal annoyance, as she's tired of running into her father's exes.
- Genius Bruiser: While he's no Dr. Quest, Race is hardly Dumb Muscle. He's an accomplished pilot, an expert at several martial arts, and perfectly capable of handling Dr. Quest's equipment without problem.
- Guile Hero: Once allowed a thug to escape, knowing the hired goon would never violate his code of silence, but also knowing that he could follow him with the tracker he planted on him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dr. Quest.
- Papa Wolf: For all the kids, but especially his daughter Jessie. Harm her, and there isn't a force on Earth that can protect you. And Dr. Quest will be backing him up.
Jessica Margret Leya "Jessie" Bannon
Voiced by Jesse Douglas (Season 1) Jennifer Hale (Season 2)
- Action Girl: Depending on the Writer. She suffered a degree of Badass Decay in Season 2, though she recovered a bit before the show ended.
- All There in the Manual: Her full name comes from promotional materials.
- The Chick: Again, Depending on the Writer.
- Damsel in Distress: She pulls this in the first season episode "The Darkest Fathoms", but spends most of Season 1 defying this trope. Then she falls into this in "The Mummies of Malenque" and spends much of Season 2 like this.
- Deadpan Snarker: Almost as often as Hadji. Jonny really brings it out.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Varies. In Season 1, Jessie was fully willing to pick up a gun and use it, declaring that it was all in how one used it. In Season 2's "The Dark Mountain" she's openly disgusted by firearms. But in "Night of the Zinja" she has no issue with brandishing the gun she took off of the Zin Daughters.
- Fiery Redhead: Very much so.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Literally green eyed, she tends to get jealous whenever other girls show interest in Hadji or Jonny. Of course, seeing as how Hadji has a tendency to fall for villainesses...
- The Heart: Whenever she witnesses death, which is often, she shows the most sympathy out of the entire team.
Voiced by Michael Benyear (Season 1) Rob Paulsen (Season 2)
- Deadpan Snarker: Very prone to this.
- Fatal Attractor: On at least two occasions, Hadji has fallen for girls who had...ulterior motives...for pursuing him. One was a succubus/vampire who was using him to get close to Jessie in order to drain her life energy. The other was one of the Daughters of Zin, and just using him to locate the hidden valley of Shangri-la.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He doesn't have any doctorates, yet, but he seems more than capable of helping Doctor Quest with any and all of his various experiments.
- Sim Sim Sala Bim: Originally averted in Season 1, but brought back by Season 2.
Voiced by Frank Welker
- Evil-Detecting Dog: If Bandit doesn't like someone, it's a sure bet that they're dangerous somehow.
- Immortality: After the events of "The Bangalore Falcon", Bandit is effectively immortal. This may be why he survived the carnage in "The Robot Spies".
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Bandit may be small, but he has knocked over mooks by leaping at them, and has bitten more than one assassin in their gun arm.
- Precious Puppy: Bandit is always getting fawned over by the ladies of the show, from Jessie and Estella to "Jezebel" Jade herself.
Voiced by BJ Ward
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Though IRIS has never directly turned against the Quest Team, she has been repeatedly hacked.
- Literal Genie: In once gaming session, Jonny tells IRIS she'd better equip him with a "big" sword, to which she increased the length to the same size as his body, with a corresponding increase in weight. Jonny then tells IRIS to give him a break, at which point he falls over, breaking his blade in two, and leaving IRIS to reply that he'd requested a break.
- You Didn't Ask: Her typical response when the team doesn't get critical information right away.
Friends, Family, and Allies
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Trusts Race and Dr. Quest enough to give them leeway on their missions.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: His (offscreen) fate as of "Without A Trace", after a Presidential election shifted power and he found himself at odds with the new administration. Interestingly enough, by the end of the episode his successor, a nasty General Ripper who believed Dr. Quest and company kidnapped the President (not without cause, as Surd made a convincing video) met the same fate.
Voiced by Theresa Saldana
- Amicable Exes: With Race, though "The Mummies of Malenque" shows that Jessie sometimes has to actively enforce it.
Voiced by Tasia Valenza
- Only One Name: Per the original series, although she has earned the nickname "Jezebel" Jade.
Voiced by Irene Beddard
President Alena Stansy
Voiced by Darlene Carr
Voiced by Jim Meskimen
Dr. Jeremiah Surd
Voiced by Frank Welker
- Beard of Evil: Sprouts one when Jonny and the gang find him in the madhouse.
- Evil Cripple: He is confined to the wheelchair.
- Evil Old Folks: His hair is completely gray.
- It's Personal: Hates Race Bannon for getting him crippled.
- Mad Scientist: Nerve gas, hacking, etc.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Has a degree, most likely in chemistry.
- Western Terrorists: Although his goal is money, not a political agenda.
Voiced by Megan Cavanaugh (Season 1), Nancy Linari (Season 2)
- Evil Redhead
- Undying Loyalty: To Surd. Twenty years after his supposed death it takes him one call to Julia, to get her and apparently the other members of his old gang right back at his side.
Voiced by Chick Vennera
Voiced by Michael Bell
- As the Good Book Says...
- Ax-Crazy: Definitely not all there and is certainly dangerous.
- Start of Darkness: Ezekiel was once a US spy. During one mission he got his cover blown and was calling for his contacts to recover him and his family, but they weren't allowed to for political reasons. That resulted into his wife and daughter dying and him getting horribly scarred.
Voiced by Clyde Kusatsu
- Actually a Doombot: Zin seldom puts in a personal appearance, preferring to delegate to his subordinates.
- Big Bad: The Biggest and Baddest for the show, often behind several of the other minor villains.