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The Hero is a character class and the title given to the main protagonist of Square Enix's Dragon Quest series.

He joined Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the second fighter in Fighters Pass Volume 1 and is the third downloadable character overall.

Character Description

All eleven protagonists in the Dragon Quest series are generally referred to as simply Hero, as their name (and gender, in some instances) can be chosen by the player. Heroes are typically the most well-rounded characters in the game, often having the ability to swordfight and cast magic as well as obtaining the more powerful weapons and armor.

In terms of naming conventions, Heroes have never been given a canon name. Instead, fans usually refer to them by their number; for example, the default playable Hero in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is named Eleven by fans due to being the Hero of the eleventh Dragon Quest game. Some are also referred to by their titles, with Eleven sometimes being named The Luminary instead by both fans and in promotional material for Dragon Quest XI.

The Heroes

Dragon Quest

The Hero of the first Dragon Quest is known as the Scion of Erdrick, who is a simple but stoic silent protagonist. This Hero embarks on a journey to rescue Princess Gwaelin under the orders of the King of Alefgard and to defeat the Dragonlord. He eventually finds the princess under the clutches of a Green Dragon, to which he defeats. He then ventures to Charlock Castle to confront and eventually kill the Dragonlord, freeing Alefgard from its reign of terror. Hailed a savior, the Hero marries Gwaelin and together travel into unknown lands to form his own kingdom.

In the alternate timeline of Dragon Quest Builders, the Hero is now a crazed villain who resides in a small fortress, believing himself to be the king of the world after allying himself with the Dragonlord.

Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line

The Hero is known as the Prince of Midenhall and is a direct descendant of the Scion of Erdrick. Much like the Scion, he is also a more simpler protagonist; however, unlike other Heroes, he does not posses any magical abilities. Joined by his cousins, the Prince of Cannock and the Princess of Moonbrooke, this Hero embarks on a quest to save his kingdom from cult leader Hargon, who threatens to disrupt the peace of the kingdoms after his destruction of the castle of Moonbrooke. With the use of The Five Sigils, the trio eventually manage to reach Hargon's Castle and defeat him as well as the subsequent awakening of Malroth, the God of Destruction. After Malroth's demise, the Hero is able restore peace amongst the kingdoms.

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation

Set many years prior to the first Dragon Quest, this Hero is initially known as the Legendary Hero, though he is more best known as Erdrick (however, most promotional material names him Arusu). It is also in this game where the player can choose the gender of the Hero for the first time. The Hero is often depicted as a fabled warrior in the Dragon Quest universe for his bravery in defending Alefgard and its surrounding lands from both the Archfiend Baramos and the Master Archfiend Zoma. As a reward for his brave deeds, the Hero is bestowed the title of "Erdrick" by the king of the dark world, thus creating the lineage known as the "Descendants of Erdrick." As such, the title of Erdrick is passed down from Hero to Hero.

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen

This Hero is often known by their default names, being Solo (for the male) and Sofia (for the female). They were prophesied from birth to be the one to defeat the Demons and restore peace to the world. To protect them from the outside world, the Hero is sent to a hidden village to be raised by foster parents until they are of age. Unfortunately, the now 18-year-old Hero is left alone after their parents are killed in a failed assassination attempt led by Psaro the Manslayer. They soon set out on a quest to gather seven warriors, fulfill the prophecy, and discover their true identity.

In an epilogue exclusive to the game's remakes, after the Hero and their party defeat Psaro, they go to visit the grave of Psaro's elf lover Rose and plan to revive her with Yggdrasil Flowers. Once she returns, they take her to Psaro where she convinces him to end his tirade. Shocked that humans were able to revive her and chose to reunite the couple, Psaro pledges himself to the Hero and their party and helps them defeat the evil demon Aamon.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

The Hero is given the title of Legendary Monster Tamer, though he is often named by fans either as Abel (the default name in the Japanese version) or Madason (as named by the Hero's father). This Hero is notable for two different reasons; for one, he uniquely wields a staff as his signature weapon, though he can also still equip a traditional sword. Secondly, he initially is not the prophesied Legendary Hero from birth. This Hero is instead a young man who was sold into slavery after the death of his father. What leads him into the path of being one is instead because of his union with his future bride, making him the destined Hero to defeat the villainous Order of Zugzwang across multiple spans of time.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

A seemingly average boy with amnesia, this Hero discovers his role in a larger prophecy after awakening from a dream where he battles a Dread King in a parallel world. He then embarks on an adventure through the kingdom of Somnia and the Dream World to battle the monsters and their leader Mortamor that threaten to enter his realm. Later in the game, the Hero meets his parallel counterpart and the two fuse, which restores the real Hero's memories as the Prince of Somnia. Him and his party eventually band together to defeat the monster Mortamor and escape the collapsing Dream World.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

The Hero has two region-exclusive default names; Auster in the English version (as well as in English promotional material) and Arus in the Japanese version. This Hero is much more younger and pluckier than his predecessors, though can be a bit of a doormat at times. The game's events transpire when the Hero and his companions get sent back in time to a distant past after acquiring a mysterious stone fragment from his fisherman father. Their discovery sets them on a quest to defeat the Demon King Orgodemir and restore sealed lands in a broken timeline.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

The Hero is commonly referred to as Eight, but is also given the nickname "Guv" by one of his companions, Yangus. This Hero is an amnesiac who works as the captain of the guard of Trodain Castle and is accompanied by Munchie, a mouse who lives inside his pocket. After the villainous court jester Dhoulmagus sets a curse on all of Trodain by turning them into plant-like statues, the Hero and his companions (all of which are unaffected) set out to defeat him. However, when they do manage to defeat Dhoulmagus, the curse is not lifted; it is then revealed that the true instigator is the Lord of Darkness, Rhapthorne, who's soul is possessing people to kill of the heirs of the seven sage in the hopes of unsealing himself. The Hero and his party set off on a journey to defeat the Dark Lord, which can hopefully free the Trodain people.

In the game's alternate ending, it is revealed that the Hero is part Dragovian on his mother's side, a maiden who fell in love with a human boy, being the lost prince of Argonia. The maiden's father disapproved of the relationship and took her back to the Dragovian homeland, where the Prince died trying to reach her. Days later, the Hero was born but was exiled to the human world as his mother died during childbirth. Regretful of his actions, the maiden's father went with his grandson, disguising himself as Munchie. In the present, the Hero is rightfully married to Princess Medea in a wedding ceremony.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

The Hero is simply referred to as Nine, and the gender can be chosen. This Hero is a member of a race of angelic guardian deities known as the Celestrians who work to watch over the human world known as the Protectorate, perform good deeds, and tend to the Yggdrasil tree. One day, after a supernatural force strikes the tree, the Hero finds themselves falling to Earth and becoming a mortal human. The game follows their adventures roaming the Earth with their newfound companions in an attempt to get back home, all while helping those in need along the way and defeating humans possessed by the Goddess Fruit known as Fyggs.

Dragon Quest X

The Hero is simply referred to as X, and the gender can be chosen. This Hero lives in a small village called Etene with their sibling, which gets attacked one day by Nelgel, the Lord of Hell. The Hero gets notably killed in the attack, but their soul is taken into a shrine and placed inside the body of a member of one of the five non-human tribes, while the sibling is accidentally sent back 60 years into the past as the Hero unknowingly casts a time-travel spell. As the game is an MMO, the story is told through several expansions; in the first expansion, under the guidance of a sage, the Hero must find a way to penetrate Nelgel's defenses and have a chance of defeating him. After time-traveling 500 years into the past and reuniting with their original soul, the Hero manages to acquire the Ark of the Heavens, allowing him to prevail over the Lord.

In the second expansion, the Hero travels to Rendashia to break Nelgel's seal, which can hopefully wipe him out for good. In the third expansion, the Hero must help stop a monster invasion while getting caught in the midst of a royal power struggle between Astoltia and Nagaland. In the fourth expansion, the Hero and a creature named Kyururu must prevent a dark future by stopping the commander of a new monster army. In the fifth and final expansion, the Hero must prevent a full scale civil war brewing in the Demon Realm.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

The Hero is commonly referred to as either Eleven or The Luminary. On this Hero's sixteenth birthday, he participates in a coming-of-age ceremony where he learns his true destiny; he is a reincarnation of a legendary warrior named Erdwin, who was adopted after his birth kingdom was destroyed, and is prophesied to defeat the darkness. He then sets out on a quest to fulfill the prophecy and acquire the fabled Sword of Light, the Luminary's destined weapon. During the game, the Hero and his party run into the evil sorcerer Mordegon, who subdues the group and destroys the Yggdrasil tree, plunging the world into darkness. The Luminary and his party must now travel back in time, with the assistance of the Timekeeper, to prevent the unfortunate future.

In an after-credits scene, the game is shown to have been a told as a storybook by a mother to his son, whom she awakens from his sleep. It is then revealed to be the beginning of Dragon Quest III, making Erdrick a descendant of the Luminary.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Fighter

The Hero was announced to be included in Ultimate at the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct on June 11, 2019, confirming them to be the second fighter in Fighters Pass Volume 1.

Much like the Koopalings and Alph, the Hero is represented by four of the series' protagonists:

While the Heroes can attack mainly with their swords, they also have access to over 30 different kinds of spells. Their Final Smash has them call upon the seven other non-playable Heroes to assist in Gigaslash.

He was released on July 30, 2019, alongside the stage Yggdrasil's Altar, 8 music tracks, and a Dragon Quest-themed Spirit Board as a part of Challenger Pack 2.

Mii Fighter Costume

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A costume for the Mii Swordfighter modeled after the Erdrick Equipment, as it appears in Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, was made available as a part of the Round 2 batch of DLC costumes.

The sword it uses is the Sword of Kings. It is a legendary blade first wielded by Erdrick, which eventually got passed down to the Scion of Erdrick and later the Prince of Midenhall. It was said to have taken Zoma three years to completely forge the blade in the events prior to Dragon Quest III. To restore its strength, the player must locate a piece of Orichalcum and have it taken to a blacksmith of godly skill. It is paired with the Shield of Heroes (seen on the costume's left arm), a legendary shield found in the Nail Mark north by northwest of Tantengel castle. Both the sword and the shield, along with the Auroral Armour and Ortega's Helmet, make up the Erdrick Equipment.

Aesthetic

Left to right: Abel/Madason, X, Auster/Arus, the Scion of Erdrick, the Prince of Somnia, Nine, and the Prince of Midenhall

The seven other non-playable Heroes (the Scion of Erdrick, the Prince of Midenhall, Abel/Madason, the Prince of Somnia, Auster/Arus, Nine, and X) appear to assist the playable Hero to perform the Final Smash Gigaslash together.

Spirits

A Fighter Spirit of the Luminary can be obtained after beating his Classic Mode route. Spirits of Erdrick, Solo, and Eight can be purchased from the Shop for 300G after downloading Challenger Pack 2. As they are Fighter Spirits, they do not have their own Spirit Battles and cannot be used.

No. Spirit Name Artwork Origin Type Rating Effect Slots
1324 LuminaryFighterSpirit.png Hero (DRAGON QUEST XI S) Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Fighter N/A N/A N/A
1325 ErdrickFighterSpirit.png Hero (DRAGON QUEST III) Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (SFC) Fighter N/A N/A N/A
1326 SoloFighterSpirit.png Hero (DRAGON QUEST IV) Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (DS) Fighter N/A N/A N/A
1327 EightFighterSpirit.png Hero (DRAGON QUEST VIII) Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Fighter N/A N/A N/A

Trivia

  • Following the Hero's inclusion, the two companies that merged to form the modern Square Enix company have now been fully represented in Smash, as Final Fantasy came from Squaresoft and Dragon Quest came from Enix.
  • According to one of Masahiro Sakurai's bi-weekly columns in Famitsu magazine, Square Enix has restrictions on which Heroes can encounter and battle against each other. However, Ultimate was given special exemption as to allow the Heroes to be palette swaps.
  • In an interview with series creator Yuji Horii, the team considered Slime to be the Dragon Quest representative but realized its limited moveset potential. The Hero from Dragon Quest V was also considered to be part of the selectable Heroes but scrapped due to his default weapon being a staff.
    • According to Sakurai, though he preferred the Hero to be the one to represent Dragon Quest, he would not have opposed to inclusion of Slime if Square Enix requested it.
  • Hero and the Pokémon Trainer are the only characters to be given a generic descriptor name as opposed to their optional default names.
    • As opposed to the Pokémon Trainer's names, Red and Leaf, being recognized as canon, three of the names of the playable Heroes are not canon and are instead popular names given by the fans; Eleven and Arusu are more used by Japanese fans (which is why Sakurai names them as such in the presentation) while The Luminary and Erdrick are more used by English fans. The latter two are instead recognized as their titles by Japanese fans.
      • Solo is the only name out of the four Heroes to be acknowledged as canon outside of the Dragon Quest series.
  • Ultimate marks the first time Erdrick, Solo, and Eight have voice actors. This was meant to accompany The Luminary having gained his own voice actress in Dragon Quest XI S, as they were initially developed to be silent fighters. During the presentation, Sakurai shares an interesting tidbit about each actor:
    • The Luminary's voice actress, Mitsuki Saiga, was directed to have more energy in her vocals to better fit the style of Smash Bros.
      • While The Luminary has an English voice actor, being Rasmus Hardiker, he is voiced in all regions by Mitsuki Saiga. This makes him one of four characters to be voiced in all regions by the Japanese voice actor despite having an established English voice actor, the other three being Mewtwo, Cloud, and Sephiroth.
        • Much like Mewtwo, the Heroes have additional voice clips exclusive to the Japanese version of Ultimate. In their case, it is them calling out the names of their spells.
    • Erdrick's voice actor, Nobuyuki Hiyama, has previously voiced the adult Hero of Time in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the first Super Smash Bros., and Melee; due to his experience with Smash, his recording session was the fastest to complete. Sakurai also notes that his performance can be recognized as Guy Shishioh from The King of Braves GaoGaiGar.
    • Solo's voice actor, Takeshi Kusao, requested he be given a lot of detail on the backstory of this Hero to help improve his performance.
    • Eight's voice actor, Yūki Kaji, apparently dreamed of doing voice work for Dragon Quest and Smash and he was enthusiastic to fulfill both at the same time in Ultimate.
  • The Luminary is the first fighter to debut on both a Nintendo console and a non-Nintendo console, as Dragon Quest XI debuted on the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation 4.
    • The Luminary is the first third-party character to originate from a handheld console.
  • The inclusion of Eight being one of the selectable Heroes was in part due to requests from the series' Western fans.
  • Eight is the first third-party fighter to originate from a sixth-generation console, as Dragon Quest VIII was initially released on the PlayStation 2.
  • Kirby's Copy Hat after inhaling Hero has him wearing Erdwin's Coronet, a headpiece that can be worn by The Luminary in Dragon Quest XI.
  • Coincidentally, each Hero comes from a different decade; Erdrick debuted in 1988, Solo debuted in 1990, Eight debuted in 2004, and The Luminary debuted in 2017.
    • The Luminary is the second third-party character to be created in the 2010s, following Joker.

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