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1 hour ago, DrippySlimeStar said:

My High School English teacher taught us the easy way to spell assassination or assassin is to write "ass" twice.

And what did he teach you to help you spell Mississippi?

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10 minutes ago, eal said:

And what did he teach you to help you spell Mississippi?

That was elementary school and I still do the M-I-s-s-I-s-s-I-pee-pee-I "song"

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Favorites:

I: Dragon Lord. Not many memorable characters in this game, really. The Dragon Lord is the only one with any real personality. So odd for me to say this.

II: Princess of Moonbrooke: She's the only one I sympathized with. That game NEEDS party chat for a future release as she would have some great dialogue.

III: The king who offers you his throne. This clown is great--he sees royal life for what it is: boring and thinks "hey, why do I have to do this? Let someone else! I'm headed to the casino and bunny girls!". Wholly irresponsible and immature as a character, yes, but I find him amusing nonetheless.

IV: Alena: I LOVE her! My favorite female character of the saga. Such a loveable tomboy who keeps breaking her wall, giving her father heartburn, giving Brey a heart attack and worrying Cristo. I love their whole dynamic. Chapter 2 is among my favorites. God, I could list the entire cast of IV, really. I love Torneko, the hero, Ragnar, the sister who loves gambling...

IV: Psaro: He's the most layered villain of the series by far. I actually somewhat sympathized with him. I loved how Chapter 6 improves his ending. He's not just some boring demon lord.

V: Pankraz: Who wouldn't want this honorable man for a father? He's the one NPC of the series I'd love to see a spin-off/prequel for. They could base it on the years he was travelling with his son.

VII: Maribel. Sorry, Platty. You and I agree on many things here but I must deviate from you on this one: I LOVE Maribel. I find her sassy attitude funny as hell. Downright adorable, even. She just calls it like she sees it.

VIII: Yangus. I think most of us can agree here. Do I even need to elaborate?

VIII: Trode...what more needs to be said?

IX: Stella. In a game devoid of party chat, this fairy amuses me. I find her adorable.

XI: Veronica. As others stated, she's like a refined Maribel. She's cute and looks even cuter when she's in a bad mood. I find the way she clings to the Luminary as her protector to be very sweet.

XI: Erik. What a pal. He's like a less refined version of Henry from V but in a good way.

XI: Sylvando. I find this flamboyant character to be quite amusing.

 

Least Favorites:

I: Princess Gwaelin: I hate her. She's almost entirely useless and seems to function as a clingy character who lives to love the hero. No redeeming qualities. No real personality. She's a corny character.

II: Prince of Cannock: He might be the only character I list based on gameplay but I don't care--this guy is WEAK. No matter how you armor or level him he JUST...KEEPS...DYING. Ugh! Plus, I never forgave him for having to chase him all over to get him to join me.

III: Kandar (To hell with "Robbin' 'Ood"--he's Kandar, dammit). He wipes out half my party and then begs for mercy like Dr. Wily each time...can't stand him.

IV: Dragon King. This might shock some but allow me to explain: I am mixed on this character. The backstory of the game says the "Zenith King sent forth a lightning bolt that killed the woodcutter. He then took the Zenithian mother away". The dragon king was well-established was centuries. This "Zenith King" would have to be referring to the Dragon King. Who else? This dragon is responsible for orphaning the hero and all because his mother married a human. The mother was distraught in Zenithia (it's heavily implied to be your mother when you meet her). The dragon king ruined the hero's life in many ways and he must have felt guilty since, at the end, he revives his friend/love interest in the village. We also know that he changes his mode of thinking by the time of V. Still, I find it seriously screwed up how the Dragon King orphans the hero and then turns around and asks him to help defeat Psaro. He didn't need to KILL the woodcutter. This story always bothered me. Still does.

V: Nera. She's not a bad character but she's boring. Stale, really.

VI: Ugh...I don't like ANYONE in this game, really. I'll give it to Nevan because, like someone else said, no elaboration is necessary.

VII: Hondura: I hate this drunken uncle. That is all.

VIII: Charmles. Do I need to elaborate here?

IX: Zenus: An underdeveloped Dragon King-like lunatic character.

XI: Jasper: An underdeveloped character with flimsy characterization/motivations.

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Like:

  1. Torneko
  2. Torneko
  3. Torneko
  4. Torneko
  5. Yangus
  6. Alena

Dislike:

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    Mordragon. His design creeps me out. But in a good way

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    Calasmos. Dude looks like an overweight bootleg Cell. Kinda dumb design

  3. Jade. Not out of character design or anything. But her character has no spotlight and has very little character building to the rest of the cast. Her new scenario didn't add that much either.
  4. 3rd Phase Mortamor. Design is uninspired and lazy.
  5. Any character I create in a DQ mainline title.

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23 minutes ago, Twinkie said:

Like:

  1. Torneko
  2. Torneko
  3. Torneko
  4. Torneko
  5. Yangus
  6. Alena

Dislike:

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    Mordragon. His design creeps me out. But in a good way

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    Calasmos. Dude looks like an overweight bootleg Cell. Kinda dumb design

  3. Jade. Not out of character design or anything. But her character has no spotlight and has very little character building to the rest of the cast. Her new scenario didn't add that much either.
  4. 3rd Phase Mortamor. Design is uninspired and lazy.
  5. Any character I create in a DQ mainline title.

The 2 spoiler bois you chose I actually love their design. Especially the first one I agree with your statement. He creeps me the hell out too.

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On 10/15/2019 at 8:22 AM, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

I just assume anyone who loves Maribel wants to have a girlfriend who’s a #$*! to them or is the dominant one of the relationship.

On 10/15/2019 at 11:49 AM, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Favorite: Prince Charmles

There's irony here.

 

Favorites:

Bianca, Carver, Maribel, Yangus, Medea, Trode, Nine, Erinn, The Ragin' Contagion, Luceus, King Doric, Robbin' 'Ood, Fractos

Least Favorites:

The Order of Zugzwang, King Clavius, Rhapthorne

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4 minutes ago, JaybirdC said:

There's irony here.

You realize me posting Charmles was a joke in response to DrippySlimeStar, right? Any time I mention Charmles as a character I like it’s a joke.

Seriously, do I need to install a damn “I’m joking/being sarcastic,” signature every time I make a joke on the Den anymore?

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23 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

You realize me posting Charmles was a joke in response to DrippySlimeStar, right? Any time I mention Charmles as a character I like it’s a joke.

Seriously, do I need to install a damn “I’m joking/being sarcastic,” signature every time I make a joke on the Den anymore?

The Prince is very serious business, thankyouverymuch.

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13 minutes ago, eal said:

The Prince is very serious business, thankyouverymuch.

Just like Horse Medea.

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6 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Just like Horse Medea.

Hero x Horse Medea. Greatest love story of our time.

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1 hour ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

You realize me posting Charmles was a joke in response to DrippySlimeStar, right? Any time I mention Charmles as a character I like it’s a joke.

Seriously, do I need to install a damn “I’m joking/being sarcastic,” signature every time I make a joke on the Den anymore?

Hahaha, sorry, it just amused me.

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14 hours ago, eal said:

Hero x Horse Medea. Greatest love story of our time.

Couldn't agree more. Way better than Hero x Jessica. 🙃

But none are as wholesome as Hero/Yangus relationship. 

 

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If you manage to take the armor of her deceased brother and then look straight like him before asking her to marry you. 

Didn't she said she only really liked her brother or something at some early point in the game? Well, maybe not, but the first point is already a red flag. At least Medea has the decency to just creep on Hero in his dreams. 

 

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8 hours ago, Xiggy said:

Couldn't agree more. Way better than Hero x Jessica. 🙃

But none are as wholesome as Hero/Yangus relationship.

No kidding; I wasn't super-keen on the Eight X Jessica relationship going in, but then she started associating him with her brother and everything just got so much worse. At least the Medea-Hero relationship isn't Medea's Freudian therapy.

Eight and Yangus are indeed the best.

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Favorites:
DQ1 Hero - saved/married the princess, 1v1'd the fearsome Dragonlord and won, also founded his own kingdom. BAMF

DQ3 King of Romaly - a slacker of my caliber. I could run my country... or I could hand my crown over to random visitors and take off for the monster arena.

DQ4 Kiryl - this is how healers should be made. Not fragile like Angelo or the Prince of Cannock. Sturdy and capable. I appreciate this guy.

DQ5 Papas/Pankraz - An absolute badass who dies way too soon.

DQ5 Debora - fantastic artwork/character design. Hilarious party chat. Swings the Hela Hammer like a bad #$*!.

DQ6 Hero - I really like this character design... actually, as far as aesthetics go, this is my favorite hero.

DQ6 Terry - Actually, now that I am thinking about it, with the exception of Chamoro, I really like all of the character designs in DQ6. Outside of that, what makes Terry important, I am a fan of the Heel-Face Turn trope. He's also always striving to improve and prove himself. I also started as a fan of Terry due to DWM1. When I finally got to play DQ6 I just liked him more.

DQ7 Marvin - an OG. As God's right hand man in the battle against a demon king, you know he's gotta be a badass.

DQ8 Marcello - focused, driven, powerful. Able to wield the sceptre without succumbing to its power.

DQ11 Hendrik -

 

Cool design as a dark knight. Another heel-face turn. Good at his core.

Dislikes:
DQ2 Prince of Cannock - Ugh. Nothing like a healer that can't frickin' stay alive. DQ2 isn't a particularly forgiving game to begin with and this guy being so fragile is just extra frustrating.

DQ4 Cristo - I know, I know, I have Kiryl up there, so why is Cristo down here? The A.I. system in DQ4's original incarnation was sometimes painful. You couldn't manually control your characters and this friggin' idiot... loved to cast Beat/Defeat (Whack/Thwack in the newer localizations). Even against enemies with complete resistance to it. I love that they referenced this fact in Kiryl's super in DQ Heroes.

DQ8 Charmles - Ew. What a prick.

DQ8 Angelo - I finally did a playthrough where I made bows his main weapon and I don't dislike him as much as I used to, but... still... another healer that can't take hits. Not a fan of this. Also, only character that can't get Thin Air out of fisticuffs... can't use boomerangs... his AoE's are really expensive... Rabble, rabble, rabble...

DQ11 Veronica - So. Frickin'. Obnoxious. Do not like the design and wasn't terribly effective in battle.

Was looking forward to fixing her age reduction at some point... but this doesn't actually ever happen. Oh. And I was happy when she died, then Act 3 has the gall to bring her back. WTF, Act 3?

DQ11 Serena -

 

I actually came around on this character by the end of act 2, only to have act 3 undo everything. Sage Serena was way cooler than Serena or Veronica apart.

DQ11 Sylvando - I am not a fan his design or of flamboyancy and this guy has it in spades. He's actually useful, which irritates me further. I just want to leave him in the wagon, but he's actually REALLY good.

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Well since people are doing by game, I’ll join in I guess. 
First, the favorites.

DQ1: The Hero/The Descendant of Erdrick - The guy goes out into the world all on his own to face the DragonLord. No allies, no knowledge of his enemies, just his courage to explore the unknown world of Alefgard. Him single handedly dealing with the DragonLord’s forces is pretty sweet. I also like how depending on his name, his stats will change as he levels up. Makes replays a little more interesting if you try out a new name each time.

DQ2: The Prince of Cannock - Yeah, I’m gonna be that guy and say Cannock was a favorite. His list of spells allows him to adapt to different situations, and when I played the mobile version last year he was a very valuable party member thanks to his status ailments and healing. His physical damage leaves something to be desired, but being able to help the party in other ways made him a steadfast ally.

DQ3: Zoma - One is my favorite villains from the series, it’s nuts to think how he was able to engulf the land of Alefgard in darkness and was able to essentially control the world Erdrick hails from via Baramos. He has a simple but effective design, a fantastic boss theme, and his dialogue is so evil and over the top but makes you realize he’s a real threat not to be messed with.

DQ4: Ragnar McRyan and Torneko Taloon - The two mustachioed party members of the game. Ragnar’s a badass who tackles his challenges on his own (with a little help from Healie) and is determined to protect the legendary hero, and Torneko is a humble man who wants a better life for himself and his family. Both of them have great designs, rock some killer ‘staches, and are genuinely nice guys. One may look grumpy all the time and the other is a goof-off in battle, but these two have always pulled through for me every time I play DQ4 and I couldn’t imagine the game without them.

DQ5: Bishop Ladja - Ladja was a surprise when I played DQ5 DS. He’s very effective at messing with the protagonist’s life and doing Nimzo’s dirty work. His dialogue shows his vile side quite well, taking pleasure in ruining your life whenever he can. A good villain who really gets what’s coming to him by the end of the game.

DQ6: Amos - Platty views him as the true hero of DQ6, I view him as the long lost 7th official party member. Amos has a simple but good design to show his heroic status in his home town, he has some of the funniest party chat lines in the game, and while having a bit of an ego you can tell he genuinely wants to help others and make the world a better place however he can. I still think he should have been a required party member seeing as how the last one (Terry) doesn’t join you until the end of the game.

DQ7: The Hero - Probably my favorite hero in the series, he’s a young boy who ends up restoring the world piece by piece (or island by island) with the help of the old ruins he loves to explore. Everyone dogs him for having a vacant look in his eyes, but he proves them all wrong by traveling to the past and helping countless people to bring the world to its former glory with the help of his friends. He has an interesting past and some surprise reveals, and at the end of the adventure he finally gets to do the one thing he always wanted: go off and join his dad for a fishing adventure. He doesn't need anything fancy to live a happily ever after.

DQ8: Yangus - Pretty self evident for me. Yangus is funny, a great character in combat, one of the most loyal party members in the entire series, has a great character design, and a good backstory (and a love hate relationship) with Red. Yangus is one of a kind, and despite the extra playable characters in the 3DS version Yangus never once left my active party. Yangus was, and always will be, my right hand man of the DQ series.

Also, special mention to Morrie. He was my favorite NPC in the original version of the game, and I’m SOOOOOOOOOOO glad he got promoted to playable status for the 3DS version. His eccentric behavior, constant wind blowing effect, and master of support in combat made him a character I rarely dropped from the party, just like Yangus.

DQ9: I got nothing for this one. Not trying to add to my “Oh I hate DQ9,” joke, I just honestly don’t remember if I like any of the characters since I last played the game in 2011. No one sticks out apart from Stella due to her design and her surprise appearance in DQ8 3DS.

DQ10: Can’t comment on this, but I’ll temptingly say the Puklipo race because of their cute little theme song and designs.

DQ11: The whole playable party - Yeah, gonna go all out and say the whole party for this one. Every is very useful in combat thanks to their mix of abilities and spells, the skill tree system in this game allows you to pick what you want to aim for easier, I’ve liked all of their designs since we first saw them at the end of 2016 in the cinematic trailer reveal for DQ11, and they all have great stories and relationships. It’s probably my favorite DQ party because everything is just right with playable cast of DQ11. Playing on strong enemies make you realize how effective everyone can be in different situations, mixing and matching throughout the game. No one falls behind in my book.

Erik, Veronica, Serena, Sylvando, Jade, Rab, and (insert spoiler here), you all are great and make DQ11 all the more memorable.

 

Now for my least favorite:

DQ6: Ashlynn - Yup, she’s the only DQ character I can genuinely say I don’t like. She dies if someone looks at her funny, she has that awful valley girl accent, the game outright forces her out of the party when going to fight Mudou/Murdaw for real because of how pathetically weak she is, and YOU CAN NEVER KICK HER OUT OF THE WAGON. EVER!!!

Ashlynn is just the worst DQ character. The only use she gets from me when I’m not forced to use her is she can level up style related classes for the Style Contest and can be a wagon healer so the main party doesn’t have to waste MP healing themselves. Otherwise, keep this red headed loser in the wagon and never let her see the light of day again.

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13 hours ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

DQ7: The Hero - Probably my favorite hero in the series, he’s a young boy who ends up restoring the world piece by piece (or island by island) with the help of the old ruins he loves to explore. Everyone dogs him for having a vacant look in his eyes, but he proves them all wrong by traveling to the past and helping countless people to bring the world to its former glory with the help of his friends. He has an interesting past and some surprise reveals, and at the end of the adventure he finally gets to do the one thing he always wanted: go off and join his dad for a fishing adventure. He doesn't need anything fancy to live a happily ever after.

I just wanted to point this one out here. I also love the hero of this game. Not my favorite of the Dragon Quest heroes (that would probably be the hero from V for me) but definitely one of them.

One thing that makes me laugh in that game is actually what you just mentioned: at the end of his adventure, his father finally proclaims his son to be "ready to join me for the harvest". It makes me laugh because, given all the hero had been through, his father has such a painfully modest reaction to his son saving the world: "Ah, my boy, you have proven you are ready to join me in the harvest and become a fisherman like me". LOL...yeah, Pollock...YA THINK? :laugh: 

I mean--his son did everything except part the seas (though he probably could have done that, given his powers) and his dad is like: "Yeah, I think you're finally ready to sail with me, my boy". Yeah...I'd say so! LOL!

In all seriousness, I love the ending. I just found his father's underwhelmed and modest reaction funny because you'd think Auster/Arus was showing his parents an A+ grade in "The Study of Sailing" to his parents with how they react to him. I don't know--I just always found that funny.

14 hours ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

DQ6: Ashlynn - Yup, she’s the only DQ character I can genuinely say I don’t like. She dies if someone looks at her funny, she has that awful valley girl accent, the game outright forces her out of the party when going to fight Mudou/Murdaw for real because of how pathetically weak she is, and YOU CAN NEVER KICK HER OUT OF THE WAGON. EVER!!!

Ashlynn is just the worst DQ character. The only use she gets from me when I’m not forced to use her is she can level up style related classes for the Style Contest and can be a wagon healer so the main party doesn’t have to waste MP healing themselves. Otherwise, keep this red headed loser in the wagon and never let her see the light of day again.

She's the absolute only Dragon Quest character I've only ever used when forced to and no other time. Even Sparkie from DQIV is better than her. Nevan is pretty weak as well.

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Dog Of Zahan  casts Zing on this topic!  A game-by-game list of my favorites and least favorites in DO history!

Starting with the favorites:

DQ1:  Dragonlord.  The villain has, hands down, the most character of the entire game.  I mean, he introduces himself as "King of Kings" and "offers" you half the world, so he can murder you and delete your saved game.  Gotta say, I like his ambitions and gotta shout out to his cleverness.  He knows you fought your way to him and he knows you're the descendant of Erdrick that can hand him his tail in tail in a bloody bag in a one-on-one combat.  His deception is the only way he stands a chance, and he knows it. 

DQ2:  Princess of Moonbrooke.  Poor girl gets her home burnt, her family slaughtered, and to top it off, she's been turned into a dog.  While being a dog works out fine for me here in Zahan, she had to hobble around the town next to her own ruined home and birthplace, whimpering away for the fate of her charred remnants of her family.  No wonder she spends the rest of the quest Sizzling and Kabooming everything in sight.  Girl's got a lot to fight for.   "No more meaningless destruction.  Never again.  Not to anyone else."

DQ3: Zoma.  Master Archfiend.  Shadowy mastermind.  Collector of entire worlds.  Truly the General Zod of the series.   Why do you struggle to live?  His joy is thy destruction.  His beauty, thy death. 

DQ4: Torneko Taloon.  Affable fella who broke out of the drudgery of being an NPC weapon shop owner to be a world-famous treasure hunter.  Married man, dream chaser, father, friend.  Also, if he appraises a lady's garment for you, by his own admission, he MIGHT be feeling crazy enough to try it on if you push him, so mind yerself!

DQ5: Bianca Whittaker.  Fine, firey, spirited lass.  Steadfast childhood friend.  I owe her better than I gave in my first playthrough. I married Deborah, for the sheer comedic value, and it didn't deliver as keenly as I'd hoped.  Bianca is where my heart lies, the road not taken. 

DQ6:  Carver.  A no-nonsense stand up fella.  Not the sharpest tool in the shed, but a sturdy one!

DQ7:  Aishe.  The descendant of Prince Keifer.  More accurately, like Prince Kiefer, but pretty, and more tolerable. 

DQ8:  Yangus.  Stout-'earted bloke, never lets ya down.  Reformed thief and bandit turned legend'ry 'ero with no shame about his past, or for that matter, public nose-picking.  He could never hide his good nature behind his initial gruff exterior for long.  Eight turned him back from the precipice, quite literally, and made a loveable rascal and hero out of him.  Gotta love redemption stories.

DQ9:  Goresby-purrvis.  slim pickings for memorable or likeable characters here, so I gotta go with the most well composed, appealing character designs here.

It's not like I was going to pick STELLA.  :P

DQ10:  No experience with this yet, thank you SquEnix.  Pass.

DQ11:  Sylvando.  The boisterous bon vivant who bleeds style and sass, and hides a past that makes him very nervous. He's devoted entirely to one thing in life: making people happy, whatever needs doing.  His devotion to preserving joie de vivre, not only in himself but his adoring public, is wonderful. The Luminary is fated to SAVE the world, but friends like Sylvando make it worth living in.

 

Least favorites:

DQ1:  Keeper of the southern shrine.  Seriously?  No bridge to the evil one, and I'm LITERALLY the ONLY one with the guts to go after him.  Is that a "NO", I hear you say, kicking me out of your stupid house until I fish a golden trinket that any damn fool could dig out of that stinking bog in the southern lands? 

DQ2:  Hmmm... tough one.  Have to pass on this one too.

DQ3:  You know, not enough people with enough personality besides the big villain, so pass this one too.

DQ4:  Taloon's boss.  Bet he's trying to wring every coin and ounce of free marketing he can out of his former employee turned celebrity.  Leech.

DQ5:  Bishop LAdja. this guy almost made favorite villain for how evil he is, but he takes things WAY too far.  The protag of DQ5 loses a total of 18 YEARS of his life to this jerk.  10 in the slave pits, and 8 turned to stone while his kids are growing up without him.  There was no death bad enough or more goodly deserved for him.

DQ6:  Not enough experience with this one, and it's too easy to join the Ashlynn-bashing bandwagon.  Pass.

DQ7:  God.  Just... lazes around letting you do his dirty work, after he failed to put the Demon Lord away properly and let him fracture all of the world in space and time. Then when you're done doing his job for him, to rub salt in the wound, he tries to kick your butt, and when you are done taking him out... continues to laze about on your monster farm. 

Philosophers have debated the true goodness of God in our world for millenia.  THIS version of God, there is NO debate.  Worst. Creator. Ever.

DQ8:  Dhoulmagus.  What a pity... that this Baramos-wannabe mask for the REAL threat wasn't more appealing.  I mean, yes, he's a cold-blooded murderer, but... the evil clown thing... ugh.  Been done better.

DQ9:  Stella.  Chastises you at every turn, as if she could save the world better.  Ugh.  Just.. No. 

DQ10: Again, never played, can't say.

DQ11:  I'm still forming an opinion as I play, but at the moment, have to go with.. Veronica.  For claiming not to be a child - and I DO believe her on the "stolen years" story - she certainly does act less her age than her prettier, more agreeable sibling.  I swear, when they stole her body's age, they MUST have stolen her emotional maturity along with it. 

Runners -up for favorites:

DQ3: Ortega. Father of Erdrick.  Deserved better than he got.  I'd accept "thrown into a volcano, and lost in an alternate reality" as a valid excuse for an absentee father.

DQ7:  The entire town of L'arca.  Come on.  TRY and work out why. :)

DQ8: Godbird Empyrea.  When she revealed in another world she was called Ramia, and blew open my perceptions to a DQ shared universe beyond the first 3... it was fantastic. 

DQ9: Any NPC played by my friends.  Multiplayer DQ9 was fun.

DQ11: Erik.  His accent reminds me of my father-in-law in a good way.  First friend the Luminary has on his way down to rock bottom, and helps secure his destiny early on. 

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Got some time to kill, so why not do this again, but in the more popular format of game by game:

Favorites in Purple, my favorite color.  Crappiles in orange, my least favorite color.

DQ1 - Hero, he's me, a stand-up guy.  Princess Gwaelin. Girl can't take a hint or walk on her own. 

DQ2 - Prince of Cannock - dude can fight AND use magic!  The rest of the world - damn, 3 cousins can't get any non-family help? Losers.

DQ3 - Hero - they're freaking Erdrick & always looked badass.  Ortega - absentee father. But for real, him. I never found he added much to the story.

DQ4 - Christo - the NES non-whiney one. A true Paladin!  Mara/Nara - take your pick. Neither really proved useful, and their chapter sucked. I'd have played this game even more times as a kid during the dark ages had it not been for the knowledge I'd have to play through that chapter.  I played 7th Saga over and over instead.

DQ5 - The Hero & sister. Wish they were in it more, or more developed, but the kids always struck me as pretty awesome to do what they did at their age.  Sancho & Flora - the game would've been just fine without them. Well, perhaps the kids wouldn't have been, but Sancho was a nanny, hired help, not worthy.

DQ6 - Amos. He's my hero in this game. He's a brave knight & protector of a small town. Great story to him!  Literally the entire rest of the crew. Either they're drawn in a way that makes me feel meh or they have a disinteresting story to them. Just not a fan of this crew.

DQ7 - Keifer & Gabo. These two guys make me smile all the time. I'm a sucker for a knight in armor being my lead in a fantasy game and Kiefer hits all the right notes there with his snark too. Gabo is just too wonderful a wolf/kid to not enjoy.  Maribel is atrocious, but I've commented on her long enough in life. Not a fan of the hero, Link. He belongs in another franchise and just is too dopey for this game.

DQ8 - Yangus is awesome, Trode is awesome, really most of the cast is GREAT including Red & Morrie in the 3DS!  Hero is easily the most bland design, thank goodness there are a few other costumes he can wear. Also, not a huge fan of Angelo, he's kinda just a sly jerk and doesn't really seem to undergo any growth throughout the game.

DQ9 - will have to get back to this

DQ10 -  None speak English, screw them!

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I never really expanded on my choices, so I might as well churn them out.

Favorites:

Bianca; Dog of Zahan hit the nail on the head already. A well-done childhood friend (even if with a sloppy childhood friend romance). Absolute best of the brides, bar none.

Carver, also a fairly well-done character, though I don't think he crystallized as one of my favorites until DQH2, where he actually tries to adopt Maribel as his little sister.

Maribel -- A good character with a lot working against her, from her spoiled and bratty start to her character arc actually removing her from the game for a while. The simplest way to put this is that she's basically Charmles with a redemption arc before DQ got its character arc chops; I wish they'd gone further and given her more explicit reason for her behavior (characters like that should be insecure -- a reason that comes to my mind is that she grew up without any real friends and really wants some but can't admit it), but she gains a lot of points for losing her spoiled nature, even if she has to leave the game because her dad is ill. (Also, she absolutely refuses to take #$*! from anyone, which is refreshing to watch).

Yangus, with his heart-touching humanity and Arthurian romance, but mostly because he is Lord of the Dance.

Medea, who is every bit as a feminine and stately as Princess Laura, but is vastly more relevant and has a complete character arc. Her highness is an absolute trooper.

Trode, who looks the same no matter how human he is, but who has one of the better character arcs.

Nine, the coolest character concept of all the heroes, and he gets a worthy (if implicit) character arc.

Erinn, who is competent, righteous, feminine, and has not one but two secret legacies. She should absolutely have been more involved in the story. Best girl.

The Ragin' Contagion -- I have a weakness for silly character concepts, and the Cajun Contagion is one of the silliest.

Luceus, the man with a plan and Kiryl's wingman.

King Doric, a solid boisterous bruiser with magical authority over time and space. If you need to bust heads, hail the king!

Robbin' 'Ood, man among men, 'Ood among 'Oods, 'oo could topple a tree wif 'is bare German Bands but can't 'ard boiled Borra And Beg it fast in the bloomin' buff.

Fractos, who is a fairly generic villain in a poorly-implemented story but has enough charm and ham to make up for it.

Least Favorites:

The Order of Zugzwang, who are abjectly generic villains using a lame and irrelevant naming gimmick to pretend otherwise.

King Clavius, because everyone dumps on Charmles, but this is the man who raised him. In a game about obligations and family, apparently the parent who ruined his kid gets off scot-free.

Rhapthorne, who really has nothing to do with his game of origin. He has no actual relationships with other characters, and thus cannot participate in the themes of obligations and family, and he isn't even artistically consistent with himself (Rhapthorne's staff turns his hosts into these blue, broad-winged monsters and then Rhapthorne himself has tiny wings and is entirely purple). Rhapthorne's only good for a mid-game plot twist and that is it.

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