For fighter info, see Hero (SSBU).

The Hero is the title given to the main protagonist of the Dragon Quest series from Square Enix.

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, such Eleven often being named The Luminary by fans and in promotional material for Dragon Quest XI.

The Heroes

The Hero of the first Dragon Quest is known as the Scion of Erdrick, 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. 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.

The Hero of Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line is known as the Prince of Midenhall and is a direct descendant of the Scion of Erdrick. 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. Much like the Scion, he is also a more simpler protagonist - though unlike other Heroes, he does not posses any magical abilities.

The Hero of Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation is initially known as the Legendary Hero, though by the end of the game he receives the legendary title of Erdrick, his most famous moniker (though 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. Erdrick is often depicted as a fabled Hero 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. It is revealed in the end that this Hero is the ancestor of the first two Heroes, thus creating the lineage known as the "Descendants of Erdrick." As such, the title of Erdrick is passed down from Hero to Hero.

The Hero of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen can also have the gender be chosen by the player. They are known by their default names, being Solo (for the male) and Sofia (for the female). This Hero was 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 realize their destiny, fulfill the prophecy, and discover their true identity.

The Hero of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride 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 initially is not the prophesied Legendary Hero from birth. 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. Secondly, he is notable for wielding a staff as his signature weapon, though he can also still equip a traditional sword.

The Hero of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation is known as the Prince of Somnia. 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. He then embarks on an adventure through the kingdom of Somnia and the parallel Dream World while discovering his true identity and meeting new companions along the way.

The Hero of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past gains 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, setting them on a quest to defeat the Demon King Orgodemir and restore a broken timeline.

The Hero of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 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, the Hero and his companions (all of which are unaffected) set out to defeat him. Along the way, they slowly unravel the mystery of the curse and the Hero's true origins.

The Hero of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies 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 humanity, perform good deeds, and tend to the Yggdrasil tree. One day, after disaster strikes, the Hero finds themselves falling to Earth and becomes 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.

The Hero of Dragon Quest X is simply referred to as X, and the gender can be chosen. This Hero lives in a small village called Etene with their sibling. At the beginning of the game, monsters raid the village, kidnap the sibling, and notably kill the Hero. Their soul is revived, however, and takes the form of a non-human creature, thus embarking on a rather nontraditional journey to restore their human body and save the sibling.

The Hero of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age 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 who will defeat the darkness. He then sets out on a quest to fulfill the prophecy but quickly comes into conflict with the Kingdom of Helidor, whose king believes that the Hero is the Darkspawn, an entity who will doom the land by spreading darkness throughout.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Fighter

Main article: Hero (SSBU)

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:

  • The Luminary, the Hero of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, is the default Hero. He wields the Supreme Sword of Light and Erdwin's Shield.
  • Erdrick, the Hero of Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation. He wields the Sword of Kings and Shield of Heroes.
  • Solo, the Hero of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen. He wields the Zenithian Sword and Zenithian Shield.
  • Eight, the Hero of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. He wields the Dragovian King Sword and Dragovian Shield.

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

The Armor of Erdrick, as it appears in Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, is also available as a separately paid DLC costume for the Mii Swordfighter, the sword being the Sword of Kings. The costume was released on July 30, 2019.

Trivia

  • Hero is the second fighter to represent Square Enix, following Cloud Strife.
    • Interestingly, both characters represent the two companies that merged to form the modern Square Enix company, as Final Fantasy comes from Squaresoft and Dragon Quest comes 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.
  • 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 Masahiro 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, Masahiro 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 the third fighter to be voiced in all regions by the Japanese voice actor despite having an established English voice actor, following Mewtwo and Cloud.
        • 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 name 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 Bros., 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 second third-party character to be created in the 2010s, the other being Joker.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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