"Malroth is a fine warrior, I warrant, but I fear his recklessness could get us all killed. I trust you will do all in your power to restrain his... darker impulses"
|Dragon Quest Builders 2|
|Voice actor||Kenjiro Tsuda|
Appearance and Personality
Malroth appears as a mostly human young lad who wears an open purple shirt, saffron pants that tuck into his red and black boots, matching red gloves, and a fang necklace. Hints to his demonic nature include wild hair that parts along his temples into horn-esque spikes, pointed ears, and bright red eyes. Illustrations alternate between depicting him with a spiked club or a large hammer.
In his humanoid form he initially has no inkling of his true nature as the Master of Destruction. His amnesia and severely weakened state appear to be what allow him to begin to form attachments to others. Regardless, Malroth retains a violent disposition and defaults to casually threatening those that annoy him; though he refrains from actually harming helpless nuisances. He has a particular habit of threatening to kill Lulu as a sacrifice to himself, though he does so jokingly (probably). His tastes stray from what could be considered normal: he finds the architecture used by the Children of Hargon to be nostalgic, enjoys dark and subterranean areas, thinks that False Idols are "cool", and enjoys Lulu's awful cooking.
Malroth demonstrates a lack of knowledge on many concepts, with an almost childlike ignorance at times. During his adventure with the Builder, three concepts in particular catch his interest: "dreams", "love", and "conviction". When Lulu arranges a party for him and the Builder he is not sure how to act and thinks it is a pointless gesture, but appreciates it anyway.
Malroth does not understand typical social graces and is often prone to outbursts and bluntness, leading to some humorous exchanges early on and frightening conflicts later. He quickly develops a habit of using a high-five with the Builder as a celebratory gesture, but he is unsure of what inspired him to start doing so. Over the course of their adventure, he becomes close friends with the Builder.
Malroth initially appears as an amnesiac humanoid, differing from true humans by his elongated pointed ears and bright red eyes, on the Isle of Awakening. Malroth decides to accompany the Builder after being intrigued by the Builder's power to create items and materials, an ability he distinctly lacks. He also decides he has nothing better to do as he is unable to remember anything. During the course of his adventure with the Builder a friendship forms between the two. He also begins to hear an unidentified voice in his head attempting to guide his actions, similarly to how the original Builder in Dragon Quest Builders heard the voice of Rubiss.
As a villager, Malroth has the same exact room preferences as Lulu and Gerome: all three of them want an elegant large cool room.
- Builders 2 marks the first time that Malroth would be voiced in any title, courtesy of Kenjiro Tsuda. The monstrous Malroth would not receive any voice acting until Dragon Quest Rivals.
- The splitting of Malroth into good and bad halves is reminiscent of the characters Kami and Piccolo from Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga. The two were originally an unnamed being whose expelled inner darkness manifested as a violent doppelganger.
- Curiously, Malroth prior to end of the main story expresses interest in dark, cramped, and filthy areas, while his preferences change entirely when it becomes possible to build him his own room at the discretion of the player. It's quite likely this is due to the events of the story and the changes in his persona.
- Malroth is only person who actually enjoys Lulu's cooking. The Builder forces themselves to eat it to avoid disappointing her once, but Malroth unironically enjoys it, despite the fact it is otherwise considered disgusting by everyone else.