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PostSubject: Dungeons & Dragons - The Animated Series   July 3rd 2011, 3:36 am

Is one of my favorite cartoons thanks to my Uncle Scott who had me watch it one day. It originally ran from September 17, 1983 – December 7, 1985. You can now watch it on DVD or on YouTube.

Here is a list of the main characters and a little description about each character:

Hank, the Ranger (voiced by Willie Aames): At 15, he is the oldest of the gang, along with Eric, and a natural leader. Hank is a Ranger, with a magical bow that shoots magical arrows of glowing energy.

Eric, the Cavalier (voiced by Don Most): The cavalier is the spoiled child, originating from a rich home. On the surface Eric is the big-mouthed coward of the show, and he also fulfills the role of the comic relief character. Despite his egotism, selfishness, and snobbery, Eric is potentially also the most realistic character, complaining about the dire situations in which he is involved and voicing concerns which might be common to inhabitants of our world transplanted to the Realm. Despite his cowardice and reluctance, Eric has a well-hidden heroic core, and constantly saves his friends from danger with his magical shield, which can project a force field. Series developer Mark Evanier revealed that Eric's contrary nature was mandated by parents groups and consultants to push the then-dominant pro-social moral for cartoons of "The group is always right; the complainer is always wrong."

Diana, the Acrobat (voiced by Tonya Gail Smith): Diana is 14 years old. She is an acrobat, and an outspoken and tomboyish member of the group. She is skilled at handling animals, and is a self-assured, confident person. These qualities make her the natural leader in the absence of Hank. It is mentioned that Diana is chosen as the acrobat because in her real world she is an Olympic-level gymnastics practitioner.

Presto, the Magician (voiced by Adam Rich): 14-year-old Albert, better known as Presto, is the wizard. Presto fulfills a role of the well-meaning, diligent, but hopeless magician. He suffers from low self-confidence and nervousness, which manifests in the use of his magical hat. He is able to pull an endless succession of various tools from it; but often these will be, or appear to be, of little use. There are also numerous instances when the whole group is in danger, whereupon Presto will draw from his hat precisely what is needed in order to save all of his friends.

Sheila, the Thief (voiced by Katie Leigh): As the thief, Sheila has a magical cloak that, when the hood is raised over her head, makes her invisible. She is Bobby's older sister and therefore very protective of him. In both the Spanish versions of Spain and Latin America, Sheila is not a thief, but a mage or illusionist.

Bobby, the Barbarian (voiced by Ted Field III): Bobby is the youngest member of the team (he has his eighth birthday in the "Servant Of Evil" episode). He is the barbarian, as indicated by his fur pants and boots, horned helmet, and cross belt harness. He is Sheila's younger brother; in contrast to her, Bobby is impulsive and ready to run headlong into battle, even against physically superior enemies. He has a close relationship with Uni. Bobby carries a magical club, which he regularly uses to trigger earthquakes.

Uni, the Unicorn (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker): Uni is Bobby's pet, a baby unicorn, which Bobby discovers in the first episode and retains as his companion throughout the show. She has the ability to speak, though her words are not quite discernible; she usually is heard echoing Bobby when she agrees to his opinions.

Dungeon Master (voiced by Sidney Miller): The group's friend and mentor, he provides important advice and help, but often in a cryptic way that does not make sense until the team has completed the quest of each episode. It is the Dungeon Master who supplies the companions with their weapons and clues for their numerous opportunities to return home. As the series progresses, from his repeated displays of power, it begins to seem possible and later, even probable, that the Dungeon Master could easily return the companions home himself. This suspicion is confirmed in the script for the unmade series finale, "Requiem", wherein the Dungeon Master proves he can do just that, without any difficulty.

Venger, Force of Evil (voiced by Peter Cullen): The main antagonist and the Dungeon Master's son (as revealed in the episode "The Dragon's Graveyard" and again in the lost episode "Requiem"), as well as Karena's brother ("Citadel of Shadow"), Venger is an evil wizard of great power who seeks to use the children's magical weapons to bolster this power. Though described as an evil force, comparable to the devil, it is occasionally hinted that he was once good, but fell under a corrupting influence. This is later revealed to be true in the finale "Requiem", when Venger is restored to his former self.

Shadow Demon (voiced by Bob Holt): A shadowy demon, he is Venger's personal spy and assistant. He often informs Venger about the kids' current quest.

Tiamat (vocal effects provided by Frank Welker): Venger's arch-rival is a fearsome dragon with a screeching voice and five heads. Although Venger and the children both avoid Tiamat, the children make a deal with her in "The Dragon's Graveyard" to thwart Venger. She is named after the Tiamat of Babylonian mythology.

My favorite character is Hank, the Ranger. My second favorite is Uni, the Unicorn.

Not sure if this is appropriate or not to post this in this thread but here is a link to my Dungeons & Dragons forum:
http://mydungeonsanddragons.proboards.com/index.cgi
You don't have to be a fan of the show to join because there is a non-Dungeons and Dragons section.
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