Dirk the Daring was created by Don Bluth for the Dragon's Lair video game in 1983. Dirk rarely spoke in the games, besides screaming and shrieking, he only muttered "Uh-oh," and exclaimed "Wow!" in the first game, but in the end of the sequel, Dirk actually can talk when he called Daphne by her name. Dirk was voice by Dan Molina.
A valiant knight of the kingdom, Dirk was entrusted with the rescue of Princess Daphne from the evil dragon Singe, who has locked her in a wizard's castle. According to the manual of the 8-bit version, Singe commanded Ethelred to surrender his kingdom before sunset. Daphne appears in the final level of the game, giving Dirk directions to use the magic sword and slay the dragon.
Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp
At the start of the game, 10 years have passed after slaying Singe. Dirk and Daphne are married and have over a dozen children. Dirk embarked on another adventure to save Daphne from an evil wizard named Mordroc by traveling through time. At the end of the game, the Ring transforms her from a beautiful and sexy princess into an ugly monster, but Dirk saves her by removing it from her finger. She then falls into a coma, but Dirk cures her with a kiss.
Dragon's Lair III: The Curse of Mordread
Mordread, Mordroc's evil witch sister, imprisons Dirk's homestead into an orb on her staff. Dirk however was not in the house, so he begins pursuing Mordread to restore his home, and Daphne inside it.
Skills and Abilities
- Quick-time reaction: Dirk can react to a charging horseman, dodge giant boulders rolling from different angles and fight in tight spaces without much difficulty.
- Near infinite stamina: Dirk didn't show any tiredness while storming the castle and rescuing his lover.
- Durability: Survived a fall from several dozens of feet.
A Dragon's Lair animated film is in production by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman who started an Indiegogo page that reached its goal of $250,000 to produce a teaser. Bluth and Goldman have announced that the film will provide more backstory for Dirk and Daphne.