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Characters: Chrono Trigger
A list of characters from Square Enix's mid-1990s time-traveling yarn, Chrono Trigger.

WARNING! This page assumes you have played through the game. UNMARKED SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

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The whole team

  • Badass Crew: Every playable character is some sort of badass.
  • Big Damn Heroes: To the people in every time period.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Their ultimate goal.
  • Leitmotif: Each of them have their own.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They all come from their own unique backgrounds and origins, with only Crono and Lucca, and Frog and Magus being acquainted with each other beforehand. They're all vastly out of their element and in over their heads. But, there's no one else who can do what they aim to do.
  • The Unchosen One: It appears this way. The world was originally destined to be destroyed in 1999 AD, but Crono, Marle, Lucca and Robo aren't about to let that happen. However, there is an Entity involved with the creation of the time portals, and it's unlikely to be a coincidence that Crono, Marle and Lucca were the ones to discover them.

Crono

Our hero. A young boy from the village of Truce in 1000 A.D. who lives with his mother and cat. Doesn't say much, but becomes quite the hero after being sucked back in time.

  • Always Save the Girl: Jumping through a wormhole to save a girl he just met ten minutes ago?
  • Anime Hair: This is Akira Toriyama, we're talking about, here. He perfected this trope, and if you dyed Crono's hair blonde, he'd fit right in at Dragon Ball Z.
  • Back from the Dead: Although it's more of a Set Right What Once Went Wrong ploy to prevent his death from happening in the first place.
  • But Thou Must: If not for this, Crono could have chosen not to wander around the festival with a pendant-wearing girl who bumped into him, thus avoiding a quest across time to battle unspeakable evils, his own death, and a few days in jail. He's also not allowed to bow out of Marle and Lucca's plan to Screw Destiny.
  • Can't Drop The Hero: Until Lavos kills him, anyway.
  • Cloning Gambit: To prevent spoiler:his death by Lavos, Balthazar hatches a scheme to replace Crono with an inanimate double won in the sideshow tent at the fair.
  • Crash into Hello: This is how he meets Marle. No matter how careful you are tip-toeing around the Square, this will always happen.
  • Decoy Protagonist: If you don't revive him, Marle and Lucca take the lead roles for the remainder of the game. Even once he rejoins your party, his role in the plot is pretty much done. In a subversion of Can't Drop The Hero, he becomes a selectable character in the End of Time just like everyone else.
  • Disappeared Dad: No mention is made of Crono's father or what happened to him.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect? / Dude, Where's My Reward?: Following their adventure in 600 AD, Crono returns Marle to the present and it appears the story is over. Cut to Crono being tried for kidnapping and attempting to subvert the throne. Crono escapes the guillotine by a hair. The charges are never formally dropped, either, which is how he gets yanked back into custody in the game's epilogue.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: In fairness, nobody else at the fair was willing to step onto the telepod. As we later learn in 600 AD, time is of the essence in locating Marle, or rather, her ancestor Queen Leene.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Including area attacks and group heals.
  • Expy: Looks like a certain other spiky-haired protagonist.
  • Fist Pump: Crono does this after every battle. And once in the ending when he's called to action one last time.
  • The Hero Dies: In a break from RPG tradition, Crono actually dies fighting Lavos before the end of the game, and you don't even need to retrieve him to win.
  • Heroic Mime: Subverted in one of the endings, where Lucca and Marle's slideshow actually cause him to get two lines.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Averted in the the PlayStation version, which includes a cutscene of Crono training in his backyard.
  • Jack of All Stats: Typical among many other silent JRPG heroes, Crono is a well-balanced character. His physical damage is respectable, along with his speed, health, and defense. Because he can equip some very hefty weapons (including the Dreamseeker), he is one of the main tanks. Crono can also cast Raise on allies to revive them, and is the second-strongest offensive magic user.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Crono's weapon of choice, which includes some of the most powerful weapons in the game.
  • No Body Left Behind: Gets turned to ash by Lavos' wave motion gun.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Fiery red hair, a blue tunic, and a yellow kerchief ensures you won't lose sight of him.
  • Prophetic Name: Crono is a condensed form of Chrono, a Greek prefix for time. Since Crono is the lead protagonist in a time-traveling game, this name is very appropriate.
  • Red-Headed Hero: His bright red head makes little room for error as to who the protagonist is. At first.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The Hero Dies.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears one around his neck. Aside from his robust red hair, it's his most identifiable feature in sprite form.
  • Shock and Awe/Light 'em Up: Crono eventually learns lightning-based magic (changed to "light"-elemental, even if the spell is still called Lightning, in the DS Updated Re-release). It's supposed to be "Sky" or "Heaven", which is why he also gets revival magic and Luminaire, the über Holy spell. Light was likely the closest fit without actually using "Heaven".
  • Shonen Hair: It's surprising that he hasn't cut himself on that nest of hair.
  • Spell Blade: When teaming up with Lucca or Marle.
    • Flaming Sword: Lucca casts magic on his sword and sets on fire. This in itself is pretty sick, but the blade completely immolates any enemy it touches.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Officially "Chrono" in Japan. Blame the character limit on the SNES for the missing "h".

Lucca

One of Crono's friends from 1000 A.D. Lucca is very good with gadgets, a trait she inherited from her father, Taban. She discovered small pockets of distortions in time (which she dubbed "Gates") after an accident at Leene Square hurled Marle back in time to 600 A.D.

  • Action Girl: She breaks into the castle to rescue Crono completely on her own, knocking out several guards in the process. If Crono starts escaping by himself, the only thing that changes is how many.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Her sprite does this often while she's expositing.
  • Alcohol Hic / Can't Hold Her Liquor : During the prehistoric party in the DS remake, she gets smashed pretty fast. She then pushes Crono to try some of the stuff, and you can't say no or do anything until you accept her offer.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Her name is Lucca Ashtear for crying outloud!
  • Badass Adorable: She's a young Gadgeteer Genius who's far more vulnerable than she lets on. But, she's also an Action Girl that will wreck your ass if you cross her or her friends.
  • Big Damn Heroine: At Crono's scheduled "execution." Of course, you could just escape on your own, but this scene is cooler.
  • Berserk Button:
    • When the other R-Series robots trash Robo, Lucca (if she's in the party) completely loses it.
    • Upon finding out that Lavos is an Abusive Precursor that nurtured and manipulated humankind and its achievements for the sole purpose of feeding itself from them millions of years afterward, Lucca refuses to allow of her species' art and science to feed some alien parasite.
  • Black Magician Girl: Although she really doesn't look the part.
  • Daddy's Girl: They work as a team quite a few times, and Taben even makes her a vest and refers to her as "[his] favorite daughter" (granted, she is an only child).
  • Drop the Hammer: Resorts to this when an enemy is too close to shoot.
  • The Engineer: Some of her techs utilize her inventions.
  • Expy: Looks like a cross between Arale and Bulma.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: With occasional hints of Mad Scientist.
  • The Gunslinger: Her standard weapon.
  • Homemade Inventions: And built a couple of them herself.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even if her mother is never maimed in the accident, Lucca becomes a Gadgeteer Genius anyway.
  • Like Brother and Sister/Childhood Friend Romance: Towards Crono. She claims it's the former, but the way she says it, the version of the Crono resurrection scene when she's present and Marle isn't, and according to this script (warning, contains the scripts of the endings), one unused line found in the Japanese version seems to indicate otherwise...
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Double subverted; during the brief trip back in time to relive and possibly avert the freak accident that crippled her mother, you find a diary entry made by her younger self stating how she hates science. Then, she will have developed a fascination for science for preventing accidents from happening ever again if you didn't save her, or because of sheer interest on the machine if you did save her.
  • Mad Scientist: A heroic one.
  • Meganekko: Her huge spectacles are the main feature of her sprite (aside from the helmet).
  • Mistaken for Gay: Running Gag throughout the game, causing her to repeatedly deny being into girls.
  • Ms. Fix-It:
    • "It appears to be a humaoid robot... incredible. I think I can fix it." (!)
    • Later, when the party recovers Dreamstone to repair the Masamune, Lucca aids Melchior in fixing the blade. Likely, she lends assistance because of her savviness with technology, but also, in the smelting of swords, fire is needed and Lucca's element is Fire.
  • Ms. Exposition: It is Lucca who realizes Marle is a Princess and, when the team interfered with the search for Marle's ancestor, the paradox caused Marle to vanish.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: In a manner of speaking. If you do the sidequest to revive the forest, afterward, Lucca will go back to her childhood and have the chance to save her mother from being crippled by her father's invention. Of course, you can still fail.
  • Nice Helmet: Aside from her glasses, this is her most distinctive feature.
  • Personality Powers: Hidden deep inside. She lacks the extreme, impulsive hotheadedness one might associate with fire... until you ignite her passion for science, or push one of those Berserk Buttons mentioned above.
  • Playing with Fire: She uses a flamethrower, fire magic, and grenades, for crying out loud.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Marle.
  • Science Heroine: "Nothing can beat science!"
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Goes back in time to prevent her mother's accident.
  • Shipper on Deck: Interpretations differ on her own feelings toward Crono, but there's a little moment of note in 2300 A.D. When the party conceives their plan to stop Lavos and save the world, Crono can choose to be a wimp about it; Lucca takes him aside and eggs him into looking cool in front of Marle.
  • Smart People Build Robots: Right after returning from 600 AD for the first time, Lucca goes home and begins theorizing about how possible bipedal robots may or may not be. Later on, she manages to repair such a robot from more than one thousand years in her future. And in the ending of the Updated Re-release, we find out that she was the person who invented the precursors for those robots, possibly because of her meeting with Robo.
  • Squishy Wizard: Slower than most, and her physical defensive qualities are somewhat lacking.
  • Teen Genius: This 19 year old genius can fix a robot from a time period long after hers. That should tell you something.
  • Tested On Humans: Lucca seizes on the Millenial Fair to test out her telepod, marketing it as an "attraction" of sorts. Unfortunately, Lucca's reputation precedes her; no one's going to be caught dead near that device.
  • Wrench Wench: She displays the Machine Empathy that typically accompanies the trope. Chrono Trigger is an impressively gender neutral world, though, so her interest in machines isn't seen as awkward for a girl.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Contrasting the green color palette of her outfit.

Marle/Princess Nadia

The princess of Guardia Castle in 1000 A.D., and daughter of King Guardia XXXIII. Fed up with the trappings of royal life (i.e. not being able to go anywhere without her father's approval), she runs off and bumps into Crono at the Millennial Fair. Her real name is Nadia, but she prefers to be called Marle.

  • Action Girl: It's mentioned by the castle staff that she's quite a Tomboy.
  • All-Loving Hero: Marle is, more or less, the person responsible for saving the world, and it's pretty obvious that she will be a kind and benevolent ruler when she does take the throne.
  • Badass Adorable: Marle is the most feminine member of your squad, and she's the one with the kindest heart (excepting maybe Frog). Her kindness doesn't impede her ability to get things done; in fact, doing the right thing is what motivates her into action.
  • Badass Princess:
  • Crash into Hello: She first bumps into Crono at the Millennial Fair, dropping her pendant.
  • Crutch Character: While she's the main healer for the most part, all her healing techs are single target only unless they're combined with somebody else; for this reason, she tends to get ditched as a healer (and thus just plain ditched) once Frog and/or Robo's magic stats get high enough for their wide-angle heal beams to be worthwhile. Her Ice spells also become redundant when Magus joins, and earlier with Frog's Water magic to a lesser degree, given that the two are listed as the same element. Her Double Tech abilities are still quite useful. In particular, Antipode, which is combined with Lucca's fire to create Shadow magic.
  • Determinator: She refuses to accept defeat, loss, or sacrifice.
  • Dub Name Change: Her real name was Marledia in the Japanese version, making her chosen nickname a bit more realistically "on-the-spot".
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Expy: Shares an iconic outfit with early Dragon Ball Bulma.
  • Genki Girl: To the point that her character's victory sprite is an energetic jumping up and down.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: One of the endings has Frog marrying Leene while still in frog form, leading to the entire present day royal family (Marle included) becoming half-human, half-frogs, to her dismay.
  • Healing Hands: The most notable healer among the party.
  • Hot-Blooded: If she has a fault, it's that she's too impulsive. Her eagerness to try out Lucca's teleporter is what sets the entire events of the game into motion, and her refusal to obey her father goes back even further than that.
  • An Ice Person: Shares the same elemental power as Frog (Water), but hers is associated with ice.
  • Identical Granddaughter: Bears an uncanny resemblance to the queen in the middle ages. Naturally, this becomes a plot point.
  • The Medic: Has some firepower, but not really enough to be a Combat Medic.
  • Missing Mom: This is a point of contention between herself and her father. She thinks that he doesn't care about her death, and it's hinted that this is what initially caused their rift.
  • Off Model: Looks as though she has six fingers on each hand in the cover art.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Marle's pendant.
  • Personality Powers: A notable aversion: Marle is hot-headed, impulsive, and passionate, yet her elemental focus is all ice.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The royal dress she wears in the past, a similar dress she flings off in the present, and a Fairytale Wedding Dress in the good ending cutscenes in the re-releases of the game.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Does this with her bows when enemies are too close to shoot.
  • Rebellious Princess: Could be the poster child. She fits every single facet of the trope. She runs away from home, takes up Tomboy Princess traits despite his protests, brings home a strange boy her father thinks is a criminal, and hates the cushy and lax lifestyle of the castle.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Lucca.
  • Ret Gone: Comes dangerously close at the start of the game when Leene's resue in 600 A.D. is interfered with.
  • Ripple Effect Indicator: Marle serves as this at the start of the game in 600 A.D.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The crowning example of this is, upon finding out that
  • Samaritan Syndrome: She's one of the friendliest people you'll ever meet, puts on no airs whatsoever regarding her rank, and her idealism is what leads her to declare that they should screw destiny and change history by opposing Lavos.
  • Screw Destiny: Might as well be her catchphrase.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Officially "Marl" in Japan.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Marle has a few aspects of this. She could hardly be called shallow, but her sheltered upbringing has left her a trifle naïve, she nurses a definite sweet tooth, and she knows how to give orders to get her own way. And, if that doesn't work, how to throw proper tantrums.
  • Squishy Wizard: She can't take as many punches as the others. A funny sort of subversion is that she has the highest natural magic defense of anyone in the party, which makes her one of the easiest characters to keep alive in the final battle against Lavos.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To the point that she could seemless take the place of an ancestor hundreds of years in the past. Even this has its limits, though, because there's never any comment about her relation to Ayla, Kino or Doan.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Although it seemed to be part of her Princess Classic getup, too.
  • Tomboy Princess: To the point that her whipping off dresses and transforming into her normal clothes is a common sprite animation.
  • White Mage: The primary healer of the game.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She believes there's hope, no matter how bleak things seem.

Frog/Glenn

A renowned warrior of the kingdom of Guardia, hailing from 600 A.D. He was placed under a curse by Magus, and has sworn to defeat him to avenge his best friend Cyrus.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: In one of the most famous examples of an exaggerated version of this, he slices an entire mountain in half with the Masamune.]
  • Actual Pacifist: Despite being good with a sword, he couldn't bring himself to fight (humans, anyway). By the end of the game, he's developed into a Martial Pacifist.
  • Almighty Janitor: Cyrus admitted to him before he came a knight that Frog was always better with a sword then he was. However, he didn't become a knight then because he was afraid he'd "lose it" if he ever hurt someone.
  • Badass: And how! Probably the most badass out of the heroic characters, despite his unassuming form or because of said form.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Utterly averted. Magus seemed to have been aiming for this, but he missed by a wide margin.
    Frog:This form has been a blessing in disguise. Without it... (hops and poses with the Masamune) There are things I'd never had obtained!
  • Bewitched Amphibians: Frog is basically a full-sized version of this. Unlike other cases of baleful polymorph, it doesn't make him any less dangerous. Quite the opposite, in fact.
  • BFS: Frog wields large Western-style swords, as opposed to Crono's katanas. The Masamune is particularly huge.
  • The Chosen One: To fight Magus, that is, though he initially refuses the call due to his Failure Knight angst.
  • Combat Medic: Frog has physical, elemental, and healing techs available.
  • Cowardly Lion: His character development is based around this. The only reason he didn't become a knight along with Cyrus (despite being better with a sword) is because he doesn't handle violence well. When the party meets him, however, he's grown to the point that he comes to the Queen's rescue without hesitation. The rest of his arc deals with getting over his inferiority complex to face off against Magus.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Side effects of being turned into a frog may include increased strength, agility, use of a sticky tongue to draw enemies to your range, and the ability to lick people's wounds. Frog even realizes it himself (see Baleful Polymorph).
  • Desperation Attack: His Frog Squash tech.
  • Dynamic Entry: Part of his Establishing Character Moment.
    • Big Damn Heroes: He was going to pull this off for Queen Leene if the heroes hadn't shown up.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: On the receiving end from both Lucca and briefly Marle. Nobody else gives him much comment aside from Crono's mother, who assumes he's a new pet.
  • Expy: His human form is Vegeta with green hair. In the good ending cutscenes, anyway. In the ending after you kill Magus, his hair is long and green.
  • Failure Knight: Was unable to prevent Cyrus' death at the hands of Magus. The quest chain prior to his recruitment is the party's effort to get his confidence back.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: In one of the endings, Lucca sees Glenn in his human form. She then starts drooling, wondering why he never told anyone he was "such a dish."
  • Insult Backfire: Magus tries to taunt Frog by bringing up his curse, but Frog quite rightly thanks him for it.
  • Magic Knight: He utilizes Water magic, but is one of the party's strongest physical attackers.
  • Making a Splash: Being a frog, he's naturally good with water magic.
  • Master Swordsman: He's stated to be better than his friend Cyrus, who wis
  • Overly-Long Tongue: Several of his attacks utilize his ridiculously long tongue.
  • Pun: His Slurp special allows him to, quite literally, lick his allies' wounds.
  • Stab the Sky: Frog with the Masamune in the cutscene where he slices apart a wall blocking your path. Triggers a Pillar of Light.
  • Summon Magic: Frog Squash.
  • Take Up My Sword: The recipient of this, from his dead mentor Cyrus.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    Frog: (to the party before facing Magus in a duel) "Stand back."
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: SNES version only.

Robo/R66-Y/Prometheus

An R-Series robot from 2300 A.D. (serial number R-66Y, real designated name (Prometheus) that Crono and friends find in the Proto Dome, abandoned by his creators. He joins the party after Lucca repairs him in order to help them kill Lavos.

  • Arm Cannon: He uses it in several techs. And in one case, "uses it" means "fires Frog out of it."
  • Badass: Equipped with an array of weapons and hand-to-hand combat abilities, and won't shy away from fighting a former friend of his in single combat if that's what it takes.
  • Beam Spam / Everything's Better with Spinning: Nothing decimates enemies faster than the power of laser disco. Comparatively, the attack power is pretty muted, but it ignores radius and can hit everything at once.
  • Broken Hero: Robo, in a physical and metaphorical sense... or does a robot having a blue screen of death (as well as a red ring of death at least once) count as a metaphor?
  • Casting a Shadow: his laser attacks are equivalent to Shadow magic.
  • Combat Medic: Later on gets some really useful party-wide healing abilities.
  • Defector from Decadence
  • Distaff Counterpart: Atropos. She has a ribbon.
  • Do Androids Dream?: He's shocked when Lucca asks him if he has any plans for the future. That question is what sparks him to accompany the party on their mission.
  • Duel Boss: Not Robo himself, mind you, but his poor friend Atropos.
  • Evil Twin: Six of 'em. They're palette swaps, but the principle's the same.
  • Fastball Special: He can throw Frog with the Blade Toss attack and Ayla with the Spin Kick attack. Frog can also throw him with a Bubble Hit attack, trapping Robo in a bubble, moving him over the enemy, and then popping it so Robo's heavy metal body lands on the monster.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Robo's other type of attack, fired from his body. Strangely, they're shadow-elemental.
  • Healing Shiv: His lasers can be tuned to Shadow-element implements of destruction, or healing rays.
  • I Owe Lucca My Life: To the party, after Lucca repairs him (twice).
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: No pun intended. Does not initially remember much about his setting.
  • Mighty Glacier: Has a powerful arsenal of lasers, rockets, and punches, but moves very slowly in battle. One of the sidequests he can undertake upgrades his speed, but he's still the slowest party member.
  • Pick Your Human Half: Looks very mechanical. Is a very humanlike entity in personality.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: After Lucca asks him what he plans to do after helping them find the Time Gate, he puts thought to it and realizes that he's never considered it before.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: During the Fiona sidequest, Robo spends 400 years re-cultivating the forest. His remains are stored in a chapel built in his honor. Once Lucca powers him up, Robo reveals that he has gained a new perspective on life.
  • Power Fist: He possesses various punching abilities, including a Rocket Arm.
  • The Red Mage: A particularly weird variation given that he is incapable of learning true magic and is rather slow and heavily-armored. However, he gets techs capable of causing fire, light and shadow elements that can hit multiple enemies instead, and very decent healing spells along with powerful physical attacks. The only hole in his abilities an offensive water technique. Everyone else, except for Magus, is restricted to a single element of magic.
  • Robo Speak: His text boxes include an electronic noise to indicate this. The Japanese version also has him speak in katakana, a common way to show mechanical speech.
  • Robot Buddy: Particularly to Lucca, but the entire party are his True Companions.
  • Robot Names: His serial number is R-66Y.
  • Rocket Punch: Robo's first special attack, and the wired variant.
  • Situational Sword: His ultimate weapon, the Crisis Arm, deals damage dependent on the last digit of his HP. If it is 0, it does no damage. If it is 9, it deals a lot of damage.
  • The Slow Path: Takes it on purpose to help Fiona grow a forest. This renders him centuries older than the other characters (assuming he wasn't already centuries old to begin with).
  • You Are Number Six: His original name is his serial number. Marle promptly urges the party to change it to something else. Note that you can name him that exact serial number, and Marle suddenly finds it a great and appealing name.

Ayla

A strong, burly, female tribal chief from 65,000,000 B.C. As one of the first humans, she is on-hand to discover Lavos' terrible destructive power. Among her achievements is notably the naming of the damned thing, as Lavos stands for huge (Vos) fire (La) in her language.

  • Action Girl: The shining example of the game. Ayla solves problems with her fists, feet, and teeth.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Zig-zagged. Ayla's love interest is Kino, who is most certainly not a Hercules, although by Ayla's own standards, he seems to be the second-strongest person in the village. In any event, she's also very hot for Crono, due to his strength...and rather into Lucca and Marle, for the same reason.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: She's the leader of her tribe because she's the strongest. Kino, the second-strongest, is her mate and second-in-command.
  • Badass Normal: Ayla can't use magic since she was born before it existed, so while the rest of the party is casting their nuke spells, she's tearing apart Eldritch Abominations with her bare hands.
    • Also the only character to not equip weapons. Her "weapons" slots are her fists, which are periodically upgraded at level milestones. Needless to say, she's the party's strongest tank.
    • Pregnant Badass: Some of her comments, and her throwing up after Nizbel is defeated, implies that she is in the very early stages of pregnancy during the game. There is a debate, however, if the throwing up was because of morning sickness or if she was just hung over from the party the previous night.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Ayla doesn't use any weapons, but still has incredible attack power.
  • Bi the Way: The DS translation seems to imply this for Ayla:
    (to Lucca) Ayla: You strong, too. Ayla like strong person. Man, woman... both like!
    Marle: Oh dear.
    • Seen by some in this line: "Me like strong person. Man, woman, both like!", and her Kiss and Charm abilities work on allies and enemies (respectively) regardless of gender (or lack thereof, in Robo's case).
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Boobs of Steel: The bustiest and strongest character.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: At a sufficiently high level, her fists deal 9999 damage on every critical hit, no matter the enemy's defence.
  • Desperation Attack: Her Dino Tail tech.
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Expy: Of Bad Launch.
  • Extreme Omnivore: A good chunk of her lines.
    Ayla: "Big frog present? For Ayla eat?"
    Frog: "P-perish the thought!"
  • Fastball Special: She throws Crono in the Falcon Hit attack, while Robo and Crono throw her in the Spin Kick and Drill Kick attacks. Frog is a borderline example with the Bubble Hit attack, as he traps her in a bubble, directs her over the enemy, and pops it so she can land on the monster.
  • Fur Bikini: Ayla's outfit. Official artwork shows her with a fur scarf as well, but in-game, it looks more like a tail...
  • Gainaxing: In her walking animation (but done subtly).
  • Good Old Fistcuffs of Iron: Despite wielding a club in cutscenes and official art, she fights using her fists in-game.
  • Hulk Speak and/or You No Take Candle
  • Intimate Healing: Her "Kiss" ability can heal party members. Including herself, somehow.
  • Just for Pun: Ayla's healing tech is called "Kiss". In addition to the implications to fuel the hints of her bisexuality, it's clearly based on the whole "kiss it and make it better" phenomena. This is something little kids used to ask their moms to do for them — which makes the name Fridge Brilliance when you realise the implications that Ayla's pregnant throughout the quest.
  • The Lad-ette: Her primary interests include fighting and drinking. She challenges Crono to a drinking contest to decide whether or not to give Crono some Dreamstone, although she ends up losing.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Ties for fastest player character with Magus, and has the highest strength of any character. Aside from Robo, she's also the most durable.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Never learns magic as she was born before it existed. She can rip through enemies with her bare hands though.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Aside from her outfit, several of her abilities openly trade on her sex appeal. An early pre-release version of the game even gave her "Kiss" ability the name "Arousal"!
  • Nature Heroine: As a primitive human, this trope is rather inevitable.
  • Nubile Savage: Dear Lord, yes. She's beautiful, athletic, and dressed in little except furs.
  • Running on All Fours: Her running animation is this.
  • Shout-Out/Name's the Same: Shares her name with the protagonist of Jean Auel's Earth's Children series, who was also a prehistoric woman. She lived less than a million years ago, however (you know, because there were no humans around in 65,000,000 B.C. in the real world).
  • Spell My Name with an S: Officially "Eira" in Japan.
  • Summon Magic: Dino Tail.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Does it unabashedly to Marle during Marle's sidequest. Ayla claims that Marle isn't "ready" to have her own kids yet (of course, Ayla was comparing Marle's chest to her own, so the bar is a little high).
  • Video Game Stealing: Accomplished via Ayla's "Charm" technique. Ultimately, this makes her an indispensable character for boss fights, unless you can live without the unique gear. Her counterparts in Chrono Cross are Kid and Fargo.
  • Wife Husbandry: An unusual gender-inverted variant with Ayla and Kino. A random NPC says that Ayla found Kino crying in the mountains and raised him. He is also apparently sort of her boyfriend. Even more disturbing considering she seems to still have authority over him, and also seems to believe in corporal punishment. When she finds out that he stole Crono and his friends' stuff, she hits him in the face and admonishes him "No do bad thing! Bad thing not good!" in the same tone of voice one would use when scolding a child or a puppy. It's really rather disturbing if you think about it too much.
  • Wild Woman: Even wild for the standards of primitive humans. Ayla values strength and Asskicking Equals Authority, which several people don't agree with (they'd rather hide and live in peace).

     Antagonists 

Magus/Janus/The Prophet

An evil wizard from 600 A.D. but actually from 12,000 B.C., worshiped by the monsters of Medina Town, and wielder of many forms of dark magic. He plans to summon Lavos, the being destined to destroy the world.

  • Adaptive Ability: First battle only.
  • Anti-Hero: Though he could also be an Anti-Villain, and 100% bona fide Byronic.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Frog.
  • Badass: He seems specifically designed to be as awesome as possible.
    • Badass Boast: "If history is to change, let it change! If the world is to be destroyed, so be it! If my fate is to be destroyed, I must simply laugh!!"
    • Badass Cape
  • Barrier Change Boss: The trope namer.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: The party manages to drain his HP; however, Lavos separates everyone before Frog can land a finishing blow. The second time you beat him on the Cape, it takes.
  • Black Mage
  • Black Magic
  • Casting a Shadow: He's the only magic-user in the game explicitly stated to be shadow-elemental. His ultimate spell, Dark Matter, is a particularly notable example of this, and his second strongest spell is a black hole.
  • Climax Boss: Complete with theme music.
  • Conqueror From The Future / Future Badass: Inverted in that Magus doesn't hail from the future, but the ancient past; He's a magically-enhanced Precursor.
    • After Lavos dumps him back in 12,000 BC, he assumes the mantle of the "Prophet". Averted in that while he is in fact manipulating the queen, he's just doing it to kill Lavos.
  • Dark Messiah: The fiends treat him as this, but personally, he couldn't care less about the role, only using it to gather power to use against Lavos.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Although not immediately.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: In the DS rerelease, changing Magus' name affects his Beastiary entries.
  • Disappears into Light: This happens if you choose not to spare Magus' life.
  • Disc One Final Boss
  • Duel Boss: The second time around, if you choose to confront him with Frog in your active party.
  • Early Bird Boss: The first fight with him, it's an elemental magic reliant brawl, at which point few if any of your party members has their level 2 spells. Frog and Crono are forced for this fight, so Lightning and Water are covered, but you can't possibly cover all of the elements, since only Lucca can use Fire magic and only Robo can hit with Shadow element (and it's a rather weak spell against a boss to boot). Taking either could leave your healing a bit weak, and Magus can be a very hectic boss requiring constant healing, but taking Marle to better cover your healing will leave you only able to cast Lightning and Water magic. And God help you if you forgot to take Frog to meet Spekkio. At least Frog asks you how you learned said magic, so you really should remember and make the connection.
  • Enfant Terrible: The moment Janus was deposited in the middle ages, he was immediately seized upon by Ozzie and his cronies.... and still came out on top.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: In the SNES translation and Japanese version, "Magus" and "Maoh" (literally "demon king") are his names, respectively. Averted in the DS translation: "Magus" is a name he gave himself, while his title is "Fiendlord."
  • Expy: Of Piccolo and Kibito Kai. Also has some Vegeta in him.
  • Fangs Are Evil
  • Fatal Family Photo: Opt to kill Magus. Pick up the item he dropped: an amulet. An amulet that, you'll recall, Schala gave to his younger self, which apparently he's kept all this time as the only memento of her that he has left. The amulet she promised would always keep him safe. Ouch.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: He uses these as his barriers, along with a shadow one he very rarely uses and you probably won't be able to damage. When he joins you, his three starting techs are the level 2 spells of these elements.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Right from the beginning, Magus' name keeps being dropped.
    • When he kills Cyrus and turns Glenn into Frog during Frog's flashback, the theme of Zeal Palace plays for the first time in the game. Later, it's revealed that Magus actually lived in Zeal Palace, as the child prince of Zeal.
  • Four Is Death: Guess how many bosses you fight in his castle. Come on, guess. Four.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: His Zeal heritage.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: As a child, he blocked out his magical power because he hated what it was doing to his mother and sister. After he was sent to 600 A.D., he embraced that same power in order to destroy Lavos, becoming much like his mother in the process.
  • Heel-Face Turn: You get to choose whether or not to let him join your party after Crono's death.
  • Hidden Villain: Doesn't rear his head until roughly halfway into the story, and then only in flashbacks.
  • In the Blood: Power-lust definitely runs in the Zeal family line.
  • In the Hood: As the "Prophet".
  • Jerkass: It's a matter of much debate whether he's truly one or simply adopting a Jerkass Façade.
    • On the one hand, he was just a little kid when his mother went insane and caused him to be sucked into a time gate, which does not seem necessarily like jerkass-spawning experiences. On the other, he was raised by fiends since then, and they might have had some negative effect on him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Strong with Magic, definitely not a Squishy Wizard, and no slouch with a scythe either.
  • Magic Knight: Somewhat; while all of his techs are magic, unlike Lucca and Marle, his basic attacks are worth using.
  • Magikarp Power: A storyline example. He initially starts off as the only person in the Kingdom of Zeal who cannot use magic, but after winding up in 600 A.D. and being raised by fiends he gradually becomes the most powerful sorcerer of that era, and among the most powerful of all ages.
  • The Man Behind The Monsters
  • Master of None: In terms of his non-Shadow magic anyway. He starts with the level 2 versions of lightning, fire, and ice magic, making him very versatile for some of the endgame bosses. However, Crono, Frog, and Lucca will eventually learn stronger spells of their own elements. He's still the party's the master of Shadow magic, mind you.
  • Number of the Beast: His HP (as a boss) is 6666.
  • One-Hit Kill: Black Hole. Like most spells of this type, it only works on regular enemies.
  • Optional Party Member
  • Pet the Cat: After he joins your party, Alfador recognizes him, indicating that he hasn't changed so much that he'd seem like a different person to his cat.
  • Pointy Ears: Never explained.
  • Power Floats: He does this instead of running.
  • Prophetic Name: "Janus" is named for the two-faced Roman god, implying dual identities.
  • Purple Is Powerful
  • Redemption Demotion: Magus is still very powerful all around, especially compared to Lucca and Marle, your other two dedicated mages, but he's weaker when compared to his boss fight. Justified in that Lavos drains his power when he tries fighting it at the Ocean Palace.
  • Reformed But Not Tamed: Still a bit of a dick even after joining your side.
  • Retroactive Precognition: Magus is able to disguise himself as a great prophet after some accidental time travel knocks him over twelve thousand years into the past. It also helps that he landed in his home time period.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Alfador.
  • Sinister Scythe
  • Sixth Ranger
  • Skippable Boss: Only the second time around.
  • Squishy Wizard: Averted hard. When fought, he is a big jump in HP above any boss before him, and even after joining you, while not a dedicated physical fighter, he is still stronger and more durable than Marle and Lucca, so he's far from helpless without his magic.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Toriyama's design notwithstanding, sequels establish him as having good looks to match his royal heritage. When his disguise is accidentally removed in Radical Dreamers, even male lead Serge comments that he is quite handsome.
  • The Unfettered
  • Villainous Widow's Peak
  • Walking Spoiler: Almost everything about Magus, from his origins, to his role in the plot, to his lineage, are spoileriffic.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even though Janus was kind of a Royal Brat, it's hard not to feel sorry for a child thrown tens of thousands of years into the future and adopted by literal monsters.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets rather thoroughly defeated when he takes on Lavos solo.
    • This happens every time: implied in the original timeline in the middle ages, on-screen in the Ocean Palace, and on-screen in the DS version's bonus ending against the "Dream Devourer."

Lavos

An Eldritch Abomination that has destroyed the world several times over. It was first spotted (and named) in 65,000,000 B.C.

  • Alien Of Mass Destruction: Not only did it impacted it the Earth cause the events that killed the dinosaurs, the times it's emerged have had it blow up an entire country, and later devastated the whole planet to the point where even Earth's ecosystem is dying.
  • Big Bad
    • Bigger Bad: Doesn't have any spoken lines or interactions, and doesn't really advance the plot, with other antagonists like Magus and Queen Zeal doing that.
  • Bishonen Line: Lavos gets smaller and more humanoid as you cut through its various layers. There are some hints that it models itself after the dominant life on its chosen planet.
  • Came from the Sky: Its method of arrival.
  • Colony Drop: The X factor which wipes out the Reptites, ushering in an ice age. Thus the reign of man begins. It's like a cooler version of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs in Real Life.
  • The Corruption: Lavos doesn't interact with individuals or take any notice of them, it just makes its power available to be drawn upon, and its power warps those who use it (both humans and entire civilizations) into wickedness (and in one case, physically as well as mentally).
  • Cranial Processing Unit: Subverted with Lavos' final form: a humanoid figure with two pods. Turns out Lavos' core is actually located in one of the pods, and the humanoid figure is just a decoy.
  • Crater Power: Left an impressive-looking crater in the spot where Azala's castle used to be. The impact completely leveled the surrounding plateau. The crater itself is roughly 20x bigger than Lavos itself; it made quite an entrance. And by the time the party reaches it, within minutes of impact, it's already burrowed underground. Damn thing moves fast.
  • Diabolus Ex Nihilo: It fell from the sky in ancient times and no one knows its true origins.
  • Duel Boss: Optional. You can fight it with Crono alone, but you can get the Golden Ending, regardless if you have Marle in your party or not when you go to the hidden portal to 1999 AD in the present time in the first available chance. If you go just after rescuing Marle in 600 AD, you get a different ending altogether.
  • Eldritch Abomination
    • Humanoid Abomination: Its final form appears to be a humanoid Ancient Astronaut capable of warping time and space. Actually, the core seems to be one of the two Lavos Pods, so... averted?
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Trying to harness its power is always a bad idea. (Except for the Pendant, using that is fine, probably because it's made of dreamstone.)
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Bring the proper characters to the final battle, and they'll reveal that Lavos contains the DNA of all living things on the planet. Lucca in particular figures out why: Lavos has guided and directed the evolution of life on the planet. Why? Sentient, intelligent life makes for a better meal.
  • Expy: The first form of its core bears more than a passing resemblance to Imperfect Cell.
  • Final Boss Preview: Getting pummeled by Lavos in the Ocean Palace. In the first playthrough, you will likely have no chance to attack before it kills you instantly. Or, alternatively, skipping ahead to the Day of Lavos.
    • Somewhat Zig-zagged in that Lavos' shell is not, in fact, the True Final Boss. Additionally, Lavos is beatable the first time, during a New Game+.
  • Final Exam Boss: Its outer shell uses tactics from the previous bosses. It's possible to skip this phase if you use the Epoch to travel to the Day of Lavos and fight it there, as you deliberately crash into it and wind up inside it, just before the second phase.
  • Flat Character/Generic Doomsday Villain: There really isn't much to it. Kinda like how there's not much to a slug, only slugs probably have a fear response.
  • Hero Killer: It kills Crono at the Ocean Palace. Actually, it kills your whole party, and then kills Crono For Real.
  • God Guise: The creature is revered as a sort of god by civilizations spanning eons, including the Reptites, Heckran and his brood, and the Queen of Mean herself. In the Middle Ages, the lore surrounding Lavos survives in Magus, a man out of time.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Played with. While it will almost certainly be this way during your first run, especially since that fight with it Lavos is actually much stronger than when fought at the end of the game, it can be beaten at the Ocean Palace. New Game+ helps a lot.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Any time Lavos shows up any shape or form, it means something bad is going to happen. The player first being introduced to it reveals it devastated the Earth in the future, already causing a more serious turn of events in the story away from jumping around time. Next two appearances have it impacting the Earth and causing the Ice Age, then when it appears at the Ocean Palace, it destroys it, the Kingdom of Zeal, and kills Chrono.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: The party encounters several "Lavos Spawn" on Death Mountain. The characters don't talk about it (though Belthasar mentions that it is replicating, in his sparkly-light-diary-thingy), but it is definitely played more for horror than for sympathy: Lavos is planning to hurl its children into space so they can destroy more worlds.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Lavos's invincibility is touted several times throughout the series, with even the wise gurus questioning whether he can truly be defeated. However, our heroes, with the help of virtually every person and thing native to their planet, eventually acquire enough power to defeat it. (Unless you get the Bad Ending, of course.)
  • Orcus on His Throne: Justified considering that Lavos rarely needs to emerge from the Earth. Beyond that, it's not even clear if it even knew about the protagonists trying to stop it.
  • Outside-Context Villain: A giant world-destroying parasite monster with magical powers falls from the sky in a massive fireball that causes an ice age. Not something that anyone on the planet was expecting.
  • Planetary Parasite / Planet Eater
  • Reality Warper: Capable of warping time and space by its very existence.
  • Sequential Boss: Battling Lavos consists of three phases: the outer shell, inside the shell, and the core. The outer shell can be skipped if you go to the Day of Lavos using the Epoch.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Covered with them; it can also launch torrents of spines at your party.
  • Starfish Alien: Looks like a giant tick from Hell on the outside, with some more humanoid-looking components on the inside. And the actual piece that must be destroyed in order to defeat it is one of the Lavos Pods, rather than the humanoid thing in the middle that's dealing most of the damage.
  • Time Abyss: Lavos spent an unknown amount of time on the planet of its birth as a Lavos Spawn, followed by another unknown amount of time floating through space before crashing into the planet, then it spent 65 million years buried beneath the crust before being defeated by the party.
  • Truly Single Parent: To the Lavos Spawn.

Azala

Leader of the Reptites of 65,000,000 B.C., a race of lizard creatures that consider themselves the natural enemies of the earliest humans.

  • Ambiguous Gender: In the original SNES version, Azala's gender is never brought up (mostly since all Reptites look the same). Nizbel II identifies Azala as female in the DS remake.
  • Lizard Folk
  • Master Race: She absolutely hates humans, calls them apes, and so on.
    • To be fair, they were probably worthy of being called apes, like, as recently as her birth.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: In the SNES version, Azala declares that the coming ice age will make the "apes" wish they had perished along with the Reptites.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Inverted with the Black Tyranno fight. Azala leaps up on her pet's shoulder and commands its attacks.
  • Pink Means Feminine
  • Psychic Powers: Specifically because Magic doesn't exist during her time.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Black Tyranno.
  • Save the Villain: As Azala dies, it is clear she was only trying to do what was best for her people. Ayla takes pity on her and even offers a means of escape, but Azala is resigned to her (and the Reptites') fate.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet
  • The Social Darwinist: She ultimately decides that if Reptites are doomed to die, so be it.
    • Her asking Ayla to "take care of this world" may indicate that the Reptites opposed humans because they thought that the humans' primitive mannerisms made them unsuitable as the dominant species. Ironically, Lavos, the most primitive-minded character of all, compensates for this by placing humanity on the evolutionary fast-track.

Queen Zeal

Leader of the magical civilization that thrived (and was eventually destroyed) in 12,000 B.C. She used the Mammon Machine to draw upon Lavos' power to keep the floating city alive. Has two children, Janus and Schala.

  • Abusive Parent: Extremely abusive and neglectful to Janus and Schala. Thanks entirely to Lavos' influence. As Janus says, "She's not our mother," indicating that she may have been less of a bitch before.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Climax Boss
  • Dark Action Girl
  • The Dragon: After the defeat and possible Heel-Face Turn of Magus, she becomes the primary human enemy and Lavos' main servant. Interestingly, Lavos does not seem to even acknowledge her, because Lavos is a force of nature, not a human enemy.
    • Dragon Their Feet: After being beaten the second time she teleports away laughing while Lavos awakens for the Final Boss Fight.
  • Evil Matriarch: To Magus/Janus.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: Queen Zeal, phase two. One of her 'hands' is particularly nasty and whittles a character's HP to 1, regardless of defenses.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!
  • HP to One: Queen Zeal is fond of casting her Halation spell on your party, which makes this happen to everyone. Less commonly used when she transforms.
  • Immortality Immorality: She manages to achieve her desire for eternal life, at the cost of her sanity... and the lives of her children and most of her subjects... and the magic powers of the ones who survived... basically, everything but her body and her powers.
  • Laughing Mad: Half the time you see the Queen, she's got a Noblewoman's Laugh going.
  • Not Herself
  • One-Winged Angel: After you destroy the Mammon Machine, she transforms into a disembodied head with Cognizant Limbs.
  • Sequential Boss: Your first fight with her is inside the Black Omen. Then she goes One-Winged Angel, and you teleport up to the roof for the final confrontation.
  • Something We Forgot: Following her defeat and the destruction of the Black Omen, the Guru of Time mentions that she's been freed of Lavos' influence. We never see her again after that point, and it's anyone's guess where (or when) she ended up.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: She is the same strength regardless of what time period you fight her in. Further, despite Lavos' access to Time Gates and other means of traveling through time, she never bothers using them to acquire more power. This is explained, though, because of her arrogant and zealous faith in Lavos' undefeatable power.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Naturally, given the power source.
  • You Are Too Late: If you try to enter the Black Omen in 2300 A.D., Queen Zeal appears and mocks you, saying that Lavos has already won.

Dalton

Queen Zeal's right-hand general. Capable of summoning Golems.

Yakra

One of a long line of monsters that has opposed the Guardia royal family since 600 A.D.

Ozzie, Slash, and Flea

A trio of fiends who serve directly under Magus.

Mother Brain

Mother Brain was the central computer that linked the domes and factories together. After the planet is ruined by Lavos, Mother Brain becomes responsible for the uprising of robots over humans.

    NPCs 

Princess Schala

The princess of Zeal, Janus' (Later known as Magus) older sister, and original owner of Marle's pendant. A kind and gentle young princess who played a major unwilling part in the Ocean Palace incident.

Spekkio

The master of war. He gives Crono, Lucca, Marle, and Frog their magic abilities.

The Zealian Gurus

The Guru of Life (Melchior), The Guru of Time (Gaspar), and the Guru of Reason (Belthasar) who originally lived in 12000 BC. They try to stop Queen Zeal from harnessing the energy of Lavos. When Lavos is summoned, it sends the three of them along with Janus to different periods in time.

The Gurus in general

Guru of Life/Melchior

Guru of Reason/Belthasar

  • All-Powerful Bystander: In Chrono Cross, thanks to Clarke's Third Law. He can summon up holograms, breeze in and out of the Arcadia Dragoon's HQ, and even appear at a whim.
  • Big Good: Ultimately, his overall goal is good, and he managed to keep the peace in El Nido and save time itself.
  • Brain Uploading: To a Nu-like construct, in the bad future.
  • The Chessmaster: As the mastermind of "Project Kid."
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Between stories, his outfit remains unchanged.
  • For Science!
  • Gambit Roulette: His grand plan to save the world comprises roughly half of Chrono Cross's labyrinthine plot!
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: In the original future.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Time Crash, for starters. "You might think I really blew it, but perhaps it was really my finest hour!"
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: "This creature has executed its program. Please let him sleep. The switch is on his stomach."
  • Mad Scientist: Quite literally mad, at least in the original future.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In his pursuit of stopping the Time Devourer, he set loose the Dragonians and FATE, too.
  • Omniscient Morality License
  • Sole Surviving Scientist: Who built the Epoch which would allow anyone to travel back in time and avoid the Earth's destruction by Lavos.
  • Sue Donym: Dubs himself the "Prophet of Time" in Chrono Cross.
  • Talkative Loon: If the party meets him the first time they travel to 2300 A.D.
    "Wouldn't make it very far, anyway... It has to be the right time, and... and it has to be them, or... or the way is shut! Yes, yes..."
    • In what only amounts to Tear Jerker, the very first time the party visits him, he may mention Schala and confess to how sorry he is for what happened.
  • Time Machine: He built the Epoch.
  • Wizard Beard
  • You Didn't Ask

Guru of Time/Gaspar/Old Man


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