This is a list of characters in Dragon Quest VIII
- Hero: The main character, a guard of Trodain Castle. Has full immunity to all types of curses. The reason for this is revealed in the endgame.
- Yangus: A brigand who joined the team when the hero saved his life.
- Jessica: A young lady out to avenge her brother Alistair who was murdered by Dhoulmagus.
- Angelo: A delinquent monk who was sent to avenge Abbot Francesco's death.
- King Trode: King of Trodain Castle before it was devastated by Dhoulmagus's curse. Was himself cursed by Dhoulmagus to have the form of a troll. Travels with the party but doesn't fight.
- Munchie: A small rodent that always accompanies the hero on his adventures. Turns out later to be his grandfather in disguse.
- Princess Medea: Cursed by Dhoulmagus to have the form of a horse. Pulls the wagon. Acts as a love intrest to the Hero.
- Kalderasha: An out-of-work fortune teller.
- Valentina: Adopted daughter of Kalderasha.
- Marcello: Angelo's brother who became Abbot after the previous Abbot's death.
- Ishmahri: Inhabitant of the Moonshadow realm.
- Red: A collector of valuables treasures. Was once romantically involved with Yangus.
- Morrie: Runs a monster arena.