- In-game dialogue from various NPCs suggest a justification of the With This Herring trope present in Dragon Quest I: you're not the first random adventurer to claim lineage from the Legendary Hero—in fact, you're hardly the most impressive-looking claimant of the lot. Some of the more skeptical don't even believe you until you're slain the dragonlord.
- All other heroes of the Dragon Quest series are depicted wielding swords in their official art, while the main character of Dragon Quest V wields a staff in his. This foreshadows that he's NOT the hero of his game!
- The English translation of the first game uses Ye Olde Butchered English, something not used in any of the other games. Why? Well, think about what series defined video RPGs before Dragon Quest came along, and in fact, was its direct inspiration - Ultima. And what was all the dialogue in the Ultima games written in? Ye Olde Butchered English. Perhaps they used it because that's what gamers were used to!
- In this way, the use of British-based actors for the English voice acting helps to enforce the antiquated style that the original game used, only on a more Victorian-style level rather than Elizabethan.
- In Dragon Quest VIII, it seems that despite starting out equipped with a club, Yangus' best weapon class is axes. What weapon was he shown wielding when Hero and Trode met him? An axe.
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