Last month, Square Enix asked Japanese fans to vote on their favorite Dragon Quest game. Dragon Quest IX on DS took the honors, despite early backlashes about the Sandy/Stella character. Fans also voted on their favorite creature from the series, which we don't even need to name, do we?
Fans chose Dragon Quest III's "Hero" as their favorite character. Interestingly, no DQIX character appears in the list of top 10 characters! That makes some sense, considering the party is player-created in that game.