Hank Hoffman Jr.

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Hank Hoffman, Jr.
Dragon Quest IV
DQIV DS Hank Hoffman Jr.png
Sprite(s) Dq4hector-sprite-NES.gif
Japanese name ホフマン
Romaji Hofuman
Old localization Hector
Title Innkeeper's son
Race Human

"What say we set sail and see what we can see? Look out world, Hank Hoffman Junior's on his way!"

—Hank Hoffman Jr., in Mintos (Cell phone)

Hank Hoffman, Jr. is a character in the Dragon Quest series that appears as a temporary party member in Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen. An enterprising young man, he travels with the Chosen to learn the ways of the world.

Appearance and personality[edit]

In his original appearance, Hank Hoffman Jr. is simply dressed in a white-cuffed purple shirt with purple pants and yellow shoes. A tied white cloth is draped over his shoulders and he wears a striped red and white fez.

His redesign in subsequent remakes depicts him wearing a yellow-rimmed, white-sleeved purple tunic with a blue sash tied around his midsection. He dons baggy white breeches that are tucked into black boots. A thin rope is slinged over his right shoulder which holds up a green travellers' bag at his left hip. A tied yellow cloth is draped over his shoulders, and he wears a striped purple and white skullcap. He has unkempt blonde hair and brown eyes.


Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[edit]

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The son of an innkeeper at the Last Chance Saloon, Hank lost faith in his friends when they seemingly betrayed him while on a quest, and as a result distrusts all humanity. However, after the party shows him the Symbol of faith they found in the Con Cave, he comes to his senses and is able to come to terms with the past.

He then joins the group and brings the wagon with him. Eventually, the party reaches Mintos and helps Alena and Borya to retrieve the Feverfew root to cure an ill Kiryl. Upon leaving, Hank decides to learn his father's trade from Hilton and leaves the party, giving them his wagon and his horse, Mary Lou, in thanks.


Stats[edit]

Attribute Stats
Level Unknown
HP 96
MP 0
Strength 30
Agility 26
Resilience 13 (Not listed in the NES Version)
Wisdom 24 (Not listed in the NES Version)
Luck 22 (Not listed in the NES Version)
Attack 58
Defence 47
Initial gear Iron lance, Bronze armour, Scale shield, Leather hat

Remake changes[edit]

  • Hoffman takes the Symbol of faith when it's shown to him, whereas in the NES Version it remains in the player's inventory.
  • He leaves upon the party entering Mintos for the first time, regardless of whether he's in the line up or not. Afterward, he attends a lecture held by Hilton, and temporarily works at the Inn after the Hero is joined by Alena and Kiryl.
  • He's later found running the Pioneer Town after the Magic Key is obtained.

Selected quotes[edit]

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"A princess, huh? Boy howdy, I sure do like the sound o' that! "There goes Hank Hoffman Junior and his li'l pal the Princess"... Yee-haw!

...Uh, hey now! Don't go gittin' the wrong idea! I love travellin' round with y'all, truly I do! Heh... Who needs a stupid princess, anyhow? Not I! No sirree!"

Hoffman, in Mintos (Cell phone)

Quote

"It sure is a mighty fine thing when two kingdoms quit rattlin' their swords and learn to trust one another.

Guess it goes to show there ain't nothin' like havin' a little faith in yer fellow varmint."

Hoffman, in Ballymoral (Cell phone)

Quote

"Y'know, a couple more catcalls an' wolf whistles, an' I jes' mighta considered sheddin' a layer or two!"

Hoffman, in Laissez Fayre (Cell phone)

Quote

"Shucks... Now I come to think of it, mebbe I didn't give my paw the easiest ride growin' up...

...I know! Some day soon, I'm gonna treat the old coot to a no-expense-spared trip to this very town to say thank you! You jes' see if I don't!"

Hoffman, in Bath (Cell phone)

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation[edit]

Hank is present in the near-future version of Reaper's Peak, running the village bar. He doesn't remember how he ended up in the settlement but is happy to be there even if he has a bad habit of calling the place Hoffton.

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