The third DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Hero, which is actually four different protagonists from the Dragon Quest series, who all share a name and a move set. The Hero consists of Erdrick from Dragon Quest III: Seeds of Salvation, the protagonist of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen, the protagonist of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, and the Luminary from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.
The inclusion of the Hero from Dragon Quest has been met with criticism from some fans online, which is due to the fact that the Dragon Quest series isn't as popular in the West as it is in Japan. The fact that Banjo-Kazooie are also coming to the game has even led some fans to suggest that the Dragon Quest Hero was added for the Japanese fans and that Banjo-Kazooie was added for the American audience.
The Dragon Quest series has far more relevance to the history of gaming than most people might be aware of, as the series spent most of its time making waves in Japan. Square Enix has tried to make the series as popular in the West as it is in Japan, but Dragon Quest has only found a niche audience outside of its homeland. The purpose of the Hero is to help promote the series across the world, which is why some Super Smash Bros. fans might feel as if other characters deserved a spot instead of the Hero.
To say that the Dragon Quest series is a national treasure in Japan is an understatement, as the series has a more dedicated fanbase than that of Final Fantasy or Pokémon. There was even an urban legend about the so-called "Dragon Quest Law," which was put into place by the Japanese government to ensure that each new Dragon Quest game could only be released on the weekend, as too many people were taking days off work to play each new installment. The Dragon Quest Law isn't real, but the popularity of the series is such that the story is very believable.
The Dragon Quest series has produced some of the best JRPGs in history, but they have mostly been overlooked outside of Japan. The reasons for this are unclear, as the character designer for the Dragon Quest series is Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball fame, so the majority of the characters in the series look like they could show up for a fight with Goku. The association with Dragon Ball has done little to help the Dragon Quest series find an audience outside of Japan.
The four characters chosen to represent the Hero all come from classic titles. Dragon Quest III: Seeds of Salvation brought new levels of character customization to the series and allowed players to experiment with different classes when forming a party, offering numerous different ways to take on challenges. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen had an amazing story, which followed several different characters as they sought the legendary hero. The final chapter of the game is told from the hero's perspective, as he must gather the characters from the previous chapters in order to save the world.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was the first game in the series to find an audience in the West, as it was considered to be one of the best RPGs on the PlayStation 2. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was one of the best games of 2018, and it was hamstrung by the fact that the geniuses at Square Enix decided to release it on the same day as Marvel's Spider-Man, which ensured that it was robbed of any of the media attention that it deserved.
The four iterations of the Hero all come from incredible games that have been overlooked outside of Japan. We can only hope that the exposure given to them by the Super Smash Bros. series will prompt people to seek out their original games.
One reason to be disappointed by the appearance of the Hero in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fact that they took the spot of another potential Square Enix character. Square Enix has already given Cloud Strife to the Super Smash Bros. series and he is easily the most popular character to ever grace one of the company's games. Square Enix has a lot of other characters that fans want to see in the Super Smash Bros. series, with Sora from Kingdom Hearts being a popular choice. There are also other games and series owned by Square Enix that fans would love to see represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, such as Chrono Trigger or Tomb Raider. The fact that the Dragon Quest heroes are less known outside of Japan might make it seem as if they stole a spot from a more deserving character.
The fact that these characters aren't well-known outside of Japan is one of the reasons why they are coming to the game. The same thing could be said for Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, as the Fire Emblem series had yet to leave Japan when Melee was released. It was due to their appearances in Super Smash Bros. Melee that fans became curious about Marth and Roy, which eventually led to Fire Emblem finding an audience in the West. It's likely that Square Enix wants the same thing to happen with the Dragon Quest series. The characters chosen to appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate all deserve their spot, and their inclusion might help to shed some light on a series that has been ignored for far too long.
The Hero will be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in summer 2019.