This is a list of the major characters in Dragon Quest V.
Note: The player may freely assign names to the Hero's children; in the PS2 version the son has the name "Rex" (レックス) by default, and the daughter has the name "Tabitha" (タバサ).
- The Hero: The only son of King Papas and Queen Martha of Granvania. He wears a signature purple turban. He is the legitimate heir to the throne of Granvania, but traveled with his father Papas in his youth. He inherited magical powers from his mother, and has the ability to convert monsters to his side. For the first time in the series, he is a cleric-type character with wind-based spells, in addition to having the ability to tame monsters. However he does not learn lightning-based spells and cannot use the Legendary Equipment, as he is not the Legendary Hero. However, he can equip several other powerful pieces of equipment, making him useful in combat. In the official PS2 guidebook, he is called "Abel" (アベル) in the screenshots. The profession listed in his info display changes among the following:
- “Son of Papas” 「パパスの息子」 (in the first era of the game)
- “Temple slave” 「神殿のドレイ」 (in the short period when he is in the Great Temple
- “Escaped slave” 「逃げたドレイ」 (after escaping with Henry)
- “Wandering traveler” 「さすらいの旅人」 (after leaving Henry in Reinhardt)
- “Monster tamer” 「モンスター使い」 (after Borongo joins the party, if you tell the boy in Kabochi what you have done; otherwise it stays “Wandering traveler”)
- “King of Granvania” 「グランバニア王」 (after the coronation)
- “Father of the Hero” 「勇者の父親」 (after obtaining the Celestial Helm in Telpador)
- Papas (パパス): Father of the hero. He was the king of Granvania, but in order to rescue his wife Martha, who was taken to the Demon Plane, he left in search of the Celestial Hero, in the company of Sancho and his young son. He is a powerful warrior with a handsome figure, and can cast healing spells. He has a kingly grace and rigor, and a gentle face, but seems cold on his visit of Duncan in Alcapa, and confused on his visit to Reinhardt. He cannot be controlled in battle; he will use his own judgment in acting. He is powerful enough that he can often attack twice in one round, and frequently issues critical hits. After the end of the battle, he will use his healing spells to restore the HP of the Hero, and the baby panther if he is present. Unusually, these spells will completely recover the Hero's HP, and cure all status conditions.
- Bianca (ビアンカ): The main character's childhood friend and the older of the two girls. She is blond and has blue eyes. She is the adoptive daughter of Duncan, the innkeeper of Alcapa. She is tomboyish as a child and has a heart of gold. She seeks to protect the baby panther from some bullies, with the help of the Hero. A few years later, she and Duncan move to the mountain village, and her foster mother dies from a disease. After reuniting with the Hero, she becomes a candidate to marry him. If she does, it becomes apparent that she is a descendant of the Legendary Hero. Since she starts out two years older than the hero, and spends two years longer as a statue, she is the same age as the hero in the endgame. If the hero marries Flora, Bianca remains single and lives with Duncan. She becomes a good cook. She learns some fire-based spells. and can equip slightly better items than Flora, but is about equally valuable. She has higher Attack Power, and lower Defense Power, than Flora.
- Henry (ヘンリー): The elder prince of the kingdom of Reinhardt. He is taken into slavery along with the Hero, and is a party member for the first part of the second era. Talking to him afterwards, the hero learns that he is now happily married to Mary. He is able to equip soldier's weapons and armor, and can use many low-level spells.
- Flora (フローラ): Daughter of Ludman, and the younger of the two girls. She has blue hair and eyes, and has a dog named Lilian. Like Bianca, she is an adoptive child. Her real parentage is revealed in the ending. She spent over 10 years in a monastery and became a graceful, kind-hearted woman. But she never learned to cook in those 10 years. Ludman plans to have her marry the Hero when he visits Salabona. If she marries the Hero, it becomes clear that she is a descendant of the Legendary Hero. If the hero marries Bianca, then Flora will marry Andy. In the PS2 version, she meets the hero and Papas during the first era, and remembers this meeting in her adulthood. She cannot equip as many items as Bianca, but eventually gains the upper-level fire and healing spells, unlike Bianca. Ludman will occasionally leave chests containing items for his son-in-law. In particular, he gives the hero a "Mysterious Armor" in Kabochi, which makes her much easier to unpetrify than Bianca.
- Son of the Hero, Prince of Granvania: One of the twin children of the Hero and his wife. He, Sancho, and his sister cure the hero's petrification in the third era. The three will then join the Hero's party. Since he is a descendant of both the previous Legendary Hero (through his mother) and the supernatural bloodline of El Heven (through his father), he is the new Legendary Hero. He is thus the only character who can equip the Celestial Armor, and the only one to learn lightning-based spells. As usual for the Legendary Hero, he also slowly gains healing, curing, and resurrection spells. He also gains resistance to the "Scorching breath" special attack. His MP will be slightly lower than the other three members of his family.
- Daughter of the Hero, Princess of Granvania: One of the twin children of the Hero and his wife. She uses the staff of Stryklos to unpetrify the Hero at the beginning of the third era. In the PS2 version, the princess is identified as the younger of the two siblings (although they still have the same amount of XP). She is rather dissatisfied that only her brother can use the Legendary Equipment. She is on good terms with her cousin Doric, but finds the mischievous Prince Collins of Reinhardt rather disagreeable. Also she has good relations with the Hero's tame monsters, and can speak with the animal and bird monsters. She has low Attack Power, but her other stats are high, and she gains many powerful all-monster attack spells. such as “[io]” “[hiyado]” system. Her stats do not depend on whether her mother is Flora or Bianca, but she will have different hair color. Oddly, she can equip Bianca's ribbon even if she is Flora's daughter.
- Sancho (サンチョ): An agent in the service of Papas. He serves the Hero after Papas' death. He is a plump man with kindly air. He is in charge of educating the Hero, and acted as a foster parent for his children while he was petrified. He revered Papas deeply, and grieves for him more than anyone. Late in the second era, he appears at Luisa's Tavern and can be added to the party. He gains various death spells, and in the PS2 version also gains specialty thief spells. He has high Attack Power, but low Speed.
- Pippin (ピピン): A soldier in the Castle Granvania. He volunteered to be a soldier, much to the dismay of his father Papin. Like Sancho, he appears in Luisa's tavern in the end of the second era. He a warrior-type character: strong and can use many pieces of equipment, but has limited spell power. He has high HP, and moderate speed.
- The Great sabrecub (ベビーパンサー): A leopard-shaped monster. He is a young killer panther tamed by Bianca and the Hero. Killer Panthers are also known as "Hell's Assassins"; they normally cannot be tamed. He was being bullied by the children of Alcapa, but was rescued by Bianca and the Hero when they defeated the ghosts of Lenoire Castle. Bianca gave him her ribbon when they split up. In the second era, he has grown into an adult, and lives in a cave west of Kabochi. He has been driven feral by Gema, but can be tamed again using Bianca's ribbon. He is guarding Papas' sword. Bianca thinks up several potential names, from which the Hero may choose:
- In the SFC Version: Borongo (ボロンゴ), Pukkuru (プックル), Tyrol (チロル), Geregere (ゲレゲレ)
- Additional names in the PS2 version: Andre (アンドレ), Lynx (リンクス), Momo (モモ), Solo (ソロ), Bibinbar (ビビンバ), Gikogiko (ギコギコ). (10 total names)
Other Major Characters
- Martha (マーサ): The wife of Papas, and mother of the hero. She is a native of Elheven, who left to live with her husband. The hero inherits his power to tame monsters from her; but she has the further power to turn the monsters into humans. The Archdevil transported her to the demon world because she knew how to open the gate to that realm. She exhausted all her power sealing Mildoras in the Evil Mountain, and dies shortly after meeting her descendants.
- Ojiron (オジロン): Papas' uncle; he assumed the throne of Granvania when Papas left to seek the Legendary Hero. he readily cedes the throne to the hero upon his return. He is well-liked and has good character, but does not the determination to be a good king. He has a daughter named Doris, but his wife is never mentioned.
- Duncan (ダンカン): Bianca's foster father. During the first era, he runs an inn in Santa Rosa. But he later becomes sick, and moves to the Mountain Village with Bianca. He later confesses to the hero that Bianca is not his real child.
- Prince Dale (デール): The younger prince of the kingdom of Reinhardt. He is Henry's half-brother. After his "mother" turns out to be a demon, he takes the throne, because Henry refuses it. He decides to remain celibate, so that Henry's son Collins can take the throne without causing a succession dispute.
- Maria (マリア): Sister of Joshua, the prison warden. She was originally the cult leader's lady-in-waiting, but she broke her favorite plate and was thrown into the prison as a slave. She escapes the temple with Henry and the hero, thanks to Joshua's help. Her power is necessary to get into the Tower of God, although she does not participate in combat. She marries Henry and gives birth to Collins.
- Collins (コリンズ): Henry and Maria's son, the Prince of Reinhardt. His uncle Dale has named him heir to the throne. Like his father, Henry, in the first era, he gives his friends "henchman tokens". He is more popular with the girls of the castle than Henry was at the same age, however.
- Ludman (ルドマン): A millionaire living in Salabona with his foster daughter Flora. He has imposed strict conditions on who his daughter can marry. He gives the main character a ship, and in the PS2 version also owns a casino ship. He has a strong arm from working in the tool shop. Flora says that when he concentrates on something, he loses sight of what is around him. Ludman's wife, whose name is not given, seems to enjoy hardship, according to the story; for example, she travelled to the same places that Ludman sends the hero. His ancestor Rudolph (ルドルフ) sealed a demon named Buorn (ブオーン) in a vase 150 years ago.
- Bella (ベラ): One of the fairies. She is sent to the mortal world to find a human who can help solve the crisis facing the fairy world; but she cannot be seen by any of the adults in Santa Rosa, so she engages in various forms of mischief in the hopes of attracting their attention. The hero, however, can see her, and so she asks for his help. She will join the hero's party during the adventure in the fairy world (She can be controlled in the SFC version, but will not always follow orders in the PS2 version.)
- Pusan (プサン): A mysterious man the party meets in a mine south of Elheven, he claims to have fallen from the heavens. He says he has been trapped in a mine cart for 20 years. He appears to be a bartender, but is actually the Master Dragon who rules Castle Zenithia: He has sealed his powers and assumed human form using the Dragon Orb.
- Powan (ポワン): The leader of the fairy village. He has gotten humans, fairies, and demons to live together in one village.
- Zairu (ザイル): The son of a dwarf who lives in the fairy world. In order to make the world freeze, he stole the Fairy Flute from the Fairy Queen. He was then trapped in the Ice Mansion. In the PS2 edition, he appears in the second half of the second era as a Monster Companion. He looks like a miniature version of the Eliminator monster.
- Joshua (ヨシュア): He is the older brother of Maria. He is originally a soldier of the Temple of Light. But when his sister Maria is threatened with execution, he decides to help her escape, along with the heroes so that they can protect her. He is then imprisoned out of suspicion and later dies in prison. He leaves his will on the wall. In the ending, the hero delivers the will to Maria.
- Benito (ベネット): An old man living in Ruraphin. He researches ancient spells, and as discovered the Return spell, and the "PARAPANTE" spell. He looks much like the hero.
- Andy (アンディ): Flora's childhood crush. If the hero marries Bianca, he will marry Flora, while if the hero marries Flora, he will marry the dancer Susan. In any case he will live with Ludman.
- Isis (アイシス): Queen of Telpador. She can see the future, and awaits the appearance of the Legendary Hero. She and her ancestors have kept the Celestial Helm since the time of the last Legendary Hero. They were among his companions, although it is not stated which.
- Jijo (ジージョ): The son of a millionaire who lives on a small island southeast of Granvania. His father buys the statue of the Hero after he is turned to stone. The Hero then watches him grow up, and get kidnapped by demons and taken to the Great Temple.
- Doris (ドリス): Daughter of Ojiron, cousin of the Hero. She is thus a princess, since Ojiron has assumed the throne. Her mother is not mentioned in the game.
- Yuujii (ゆうじい): Only appears in the PS2 version. He died of old age waiting for certain goods to arrive at the Special Product Museum, but became a ghost and continued to wait. After the Hero delivers the special products, he becomes the curator of the museum. He calls himself "Ghost Grandfather", because he has forgotten his real name. While this character's name is similar to that of Yuji Horii, the game creator has stated in a prerelease interview that the two are unrelated.
Brotherhood of Light
- Nimzo (ミルドラース): The final boss. An archdevil who lives in the Evil Mountain in the Demon Plane. In the PS2 edition, it is stated that it was originally human. It has been gathering strength in the Demon Plane, and waiting for the portal to the Human Plane to open. Its human form is a temporary illusion, and its true appearance is a huge demon with four arms and a pair of wings. It is not mentioned until the final stage of the story in the original version.
- King Korol (イブール): The crocodile-like founder of the Brotherhood of Light, a religion that worships Mildorath. It waits at the top of Sentobereth Mountain for the Legendary Hero. When it dies, it tries to borrow power from Mildorath and send the heroes to the Demon Plane, but is unsuccessful.
- Gema (ゲマ): A leader of the Brotherhood of Light. It first appears in the Ancient Ruins, along with Gonz and Jami. They kill Papas and enslave the heroes when they try to escape, taking them to Sentobereth Mountain. It encounters the heroes again in the Tower of Bobel. In the PS2 version, it survives this battle and reappears after the fight with Ibul and again in Evil Mountain. It is stronger in this new appearance. However, it is very dangerous in Bobel Tower because it breathes paralysis, and it is not possible to replace companions from the wagon in the Tower. Gema looks like wikipedia:Frieza in wikipedia:Dragonball, according to Yuji Horii.
- Jami (ジャミ): One of the followers of Gema, he lives in the Demon Tower to the north of Granvania. He looks like a white horse covered in scales. He kidnaps the Hero's wife to lure the hero to the Demon Tower and defeat him, and then take his place as the King. In the SFC version, he petrifies the hero and his wife as his last dying act, but in the PS2 version, he summons Gema who does this instead. His body is defended by a barrier at first, making him almost invulnerable.
- Gonz (ゴンズ): One of the followers of Gema. This ogre-like demon guards one of the dragon's eyes in the Tower of Bobel. In the SFC version, it fights with a saber, but in the PS2 version, this is changed to a huge Nata. It has no special attacks, it only attacks normally, although for high damage. A boss monster with the same name also appears in Dragon Quest VII though it has a different appearance.
- Queen Ferx (ラマダ): A one-eyed, giant priest who serves Ibul. It takes on the form of a werewolf version of Martha to confuse the hero. It triggers various curses depending on the conversation options the hero selects before combat, and with the right selections the battle can be avoided altogether. Its true form is a palette swap of Gigantes, and it has high magic resistance, as well as casting high-level spells.
- Robbin' 'ood (Kandata, カンダタ): An assassin hired by the old Minister of Granvania (before Ojiron) to prevent the hero from becoming King. He attacks with the aid of a Hippoblockomus in the Cave of Trials northeast of Granvania. Although the name is the same as Robbin' 'ood from Dragon Quest III, the appearance is different.
- Buorn (ブオーン): A huge demon sealed in a jar by Rudolph, ancestor of Ludman. After 150 years, the seal has begun to wear off, freeing the demon. It has moss growing on its body from being sealed for so long. It is a powerful enemy which can increase its defense power as well as cast lightning attacks. It drops the Final Key when defeated.
- Estark (エスターク): The Emperor of Hell from Dragon Quest IV. In this game, it is asleep in a Hidden Cave, which appears after the game is completed. The color is similar to that of Death Pizarro's first form in the previous game. In the PS2 version, a certain character and a certain book in the World of Darkness suggest his presence. (However, the content of the relevant dialog and the book are different before the story is completed.) Unlike in the previous game, this time it shows the immense power expected of a hidden boss. In the PS2 version, defeating it in under 15 turns grants the special product "Yamino Trophy".
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