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Hershel Layton (born Theodore Bronev)
The protagonist. A gentlemanly archaeologist famous for his puzzle-solving skills.
- Actual Pacifist: He eschews violence, considering it to be ungentlemanly, and will only get into a fight if it's absolutely necessary. And when he does fight, he fights to disarm, never to injure or kill.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Although he repeatedly gets mistaken for a detective in Curious Village.
- Adorkable: In his earlier days. Talking to Claire, such as the scene at the restaurant, turns him into this and he gets all tongue tied and flustered. It's kind of cute.
- Amateur Sleuth: Constantly gets roped into solving crimes thanks to his puzzle-solving skills.
- Ambiguously Jewish: The name "Hershel" is pretty uncommon outside of Jewish communities. It would explain why he's always wearing a hat.
- Babies Ever After: Alfendi and Katrielle are his son and daughter (respectively), confirming he eventually married someone sometime. Or that he adopted more kids like with Flora. Kat eventually reveals that she is indeed adopted, while we still don't know about Alfendi.
- Badass Bookworm: In addition to being a professor and master puzzler he is also pretty good at hand to hand combat and being a badass.
- Beware the Nice Ones: There are some things that Layton simply will not tolerate. Threatening the innocent citizens of London, for example, will turn him into an Implacable Man who will not stop until he's stopped you. And don't even think about touching those kids.
- Black Bead Eyes: A rare example for a human Round Character who manages to show a lot of emotion with them. Their expression becomes quite unsettling when he finally gets angry (see Tranquil Fury, below).
- Bluff the Impostor: He prefers this method when accusing someone.
- Broken Ace: Happens three times in the series: when Luke is captured by Targent, when his parents are threatened by its leader, and when he finds out Jean Descole's secret.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Descole's Cain, though he and the audience don't learn this until the sixth game.
- Catch-Phrase: This reminds me of a puzzle...
- And of course, "Every puzzle has an answer".
- "Critical thinking is the key to success!"
- Cool Car: The Laytonmobile; in Curious Village he freely admits that "I adore the contraption." Its coolness gets cranked Up to Eleven thanks to Don Paolo's modifications in Unwound Future.
- Cool Teacher: Even outside the world of his cases, he's well-respected by the Gressenheller faculty and students (some with even more than just respect). In Last Specter it's clarified that at the age of 27, he became the youngest professor ever to join the Gressenheller staff.
- Cultured Badass: Loves his tea, loves his puzzles, loves being a gentleman. Then you hand him a sword and you quickly come to realize he's arguably the best fighter in the series as a whole. He just prefers not to, because a gentleman doesn't perpetuate violence, you see.
- Cry Cute: At the end of Unwound Future, having to say goodbye to Claire before she dies for good.
- Declarative Finger: Used non-ironically
- Disappeared Dad: He's currently missing as of Layton Mystery Journey, having disappeared sometime during Katrielle's childhood. The end of Layton Brothers indicates he's still alive, but his whereabouts are still unknown.
- Doting Parent: He has shades of this with Flora. Most noticeably, he has a particular voice inflection that seems to be reserved solely for when he's speaking to her; it's softer and gentler than his regular voice (which is already quite placid and easy on the ears).
- Everyone Went to School Together: Or in this case, university. It's revealed that he and Don Paolo went to the same university in the third game.
- Expy: Akihiro Hino from Level 5 revealed that he's actually a clever Phoenix Wright expy.Hino: From the outset, Professor Layton owed a lot to Phoenix Wright in some ways. We researched the good and bad points of Phoenix Wright, developed the good points and overcame what I saw as the bad points - that's how we created Professor Layton.
- With this it's not too surprising Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney happened.
- Face Palm: Covers his eyes with his hat whenever he gets a puzzle wrong.
- Famed In-Story: Even though he is no detective.
- For Your Own Good: when he runs out on others to protect them.
- Funny Afro: Used to have one.
- Gentleman Adventurer: Several games worth of adventures at that.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Very well mannered and well read, as per job description.
- Gentleman Detective
- "Actually, I'm a Professor of Archaeology."
- Gentleman Snarker: Downplayed, but occasionally in Unwound Future.
- Geek Physiques: His coat and hat somewhat hide the fact that he's basically a pipe-cleaner man with a pumpkin for a head. Less severe in the official art, but some cutscenes give him really, really bony arms. Of course, those same cutscenes make it quite clear is not exactly out of shape.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: He loves doing this while accusing people or when he gets a puzzle correct.
- Happily Adopted: Though he didn't know it for most of his life.
- Leitmotif: His theme.
- Never Bareheaded: Never removes his hat.
- Nice Guy: Hershel is polite, gentlemanly and willing to help out people in need.
- Nice Hat: His top hat, oh God, his top hat. He never takes it off until the end of the third game. Unwound Future reveals that it's actually a Memento MacGuffin.
- It's implied in Curious Village that he does take it off to sleep, though. A cutscene in Last Specter confirms this.
- Out-of-Character Moment: He breaks his gentleman code several times throughout the events of Unwound Future, including breaking a promise to Flora that he would take her with them on the investigation and hitting a young Klaus/Clive after the explosion that killed his parents. And then he cries at the end.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He never leaves a puzzle unsolved, and for good reason as most of the games have points where you need a certain amount of puzzles to advance.
- Papa Wolf: Unwound Future in particular puts him in this light. Do not mess with Luke Triton or Flora Reinhold. He will defy the laws of physics if that's what it takes to make you pay for it.
- Parental Abandonment: His birth parents were kidnapped when he was a child.
- Parental Substitute: Acts this way to both Flora and Luke.
- Please Don't Leave Me: At the end of Unwound Future Layton, so upset that Claire had to leave him so she could die, practically demanded that she didn't leave him.Layton: "You can't go! I don't want to say goodbye again! I can't! I WON'T!"
- A flashback in Azran Legacies showed he had this attitude towards his brother too.
- The Professor: It is his title after all and he most certainly earned it.
- Promotion to Parent: When he becomes Flora's Guardian.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Don't get between Layton and his tea.
- Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood: with Flora, still not understanding how much he hurts her when he leaves her behind, but still tries his best.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Hershel Layton, not Herschel Leighton.
- Stiff Upper Lip: For all the weirdness and dangerous situations that get thrown his way, Layton never loses his composure. The ending of Unwound Future is one of the few times Layton's Stiff Upper Lip falters.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Despite being his parents, Roland and Lucille doesn't resemble him much. That's because they're his adoptive parents. As soon as you see what his biological parents, Leon and Rachel Bronev, look like, the resemblance to his mother can't be mistaken.
- Tranquil Fury: Seen only in Unwound Future, when circumstances put him in Papa Wolf mode; his expression darkens (look at his eyes) and his voice takes on a harsh edge, but he doesn't properly let loose with the anger he's obviously feeling.
- Unknown Rival: Has one in Don Paolo. It's revealed in Unwound Future how their feud began.Luke: Professor, what did you do to Don Paolo? Why does he want to get revenge on you?
Layton: I haven't the slightest idea, Luke.
- There are tiny hints dropped from game-to-game. Another hint is dropped in the second. From Don Paolo's point of view, Layton took a LOT from Don Paolo - his teacher, his praise, the girl he loved. And Layton is TOTALLY OBLIVIOUS.
- White Sheep: Averted. He didn't know his real family had become evil; he was just lucky enough to have loving, adoptive parents. Discounting this, he's pretty much the only alive person in his bloodline who does not resort to criminal acts to get his way or become a full-blooded sociopath, like his father, brother and son.
The professor's apprentice. Aspires to be a gentleman when he's older.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Always trying his darnedest to be a true gentleman like the professor.
- The Apprentice: To Layton.
- Big Brother Instinct: He behaves like this toward Flora in the second and third games, despite being very obviously younger than she is. Justified in that he's known the Professor longer and has more investigative experience, while she's new at pretty much everything in the world.
- Big Eater: In Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, it's noted that Luke orders twice as much food as Layton in the train's dining car. And in Unwound Future, Flora remarks that he always seems to order half the menu whenever they dine out.
- Boys Love Stuffed Animals: Luke is a rare preteen male version of the trope.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Has shades of this, as he isn't quite a gentleman yet, and makes a few openly rude remarks toward some of the more obnoxious NPCs that often result in the professor scolding him.
- Crossdressing Voices: His voice actress is a woman. He isn't.
- Determinator: He's one plucky kid, always sticking by the professor's side since he was 10.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Yep, him too, when he solves a puzzle correctly.
- Face Palm: When he gets a puzzle wrong, he does a classic example of this.
- He Is All Grown Up: See Future Luke in the Unwound Future section. Subverted, as he isn't Luke.
- Insistent Terminology: He is Layton's apprentice. Don't bother trying to put another word on their relationship; he even cuts off Layton himself whenever he tries to clarify the issue.
- And in Eternal Diva, he cuts off Emmy when she suggests he could be Layton's second assistant. "Apprentice, NUMBER ONE!"
- Keet: Very exictable and enthusiastic almost constantly, you almost wonder where he gets his energy from.
- Probably all that food he eats.
- Leave Me Alone!: In Last Specter, ten-year-old Luke has become withdrawn, spending most of his time in his room, as a result of the events in the game's backstory. Layton helps him to open up more.
- Leitmotif: He finally gets one in "Eternal Diva".
- Nice Guy: Putting aside his faults, he's normally kind and friendly.
- Nice Hat: It's stated in one of the Curious Village meta-puzzles that he never takes it off.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: While Flora wears a fair bit of pink, Luke's signature color is very much blue.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: The English version of Curious Village presents it as Friend to All Living Things, though, and an Informed Ability at that (when he tries to coax a cat to him, he ends up getting scratched). The other games, however, use the trope perfectly straight — Luke's ability to communicate with animals comes in handy in both Diabolical Box and Unwound Future, and Last Specter shows that he's been able to do it for years.
- There actually may be a reason to why Luke couldn't communicate with Claudia. The cat is probably a robot, like the rest of the residents of St. Mystere.
- Spoiled Sweet: A rare male version. Not to Flora's extent, but he's raised in a rich household (his father being a mayor), they own a butler and a maid and he can be Innocently Insensitive to other people's less...well-maintained lives and the condition of the Laytonmobile. Despite this, he's a really sweet boy, very friendly to new people, and loves animals.
- The Hermit: Somewhat in The Last Spectre as he stays in his room, refusing to let Layton and Emmy in until they solve his door puzzle. He even refuses to talk to Clark.
- The Watson: Having this role in the games makes him something of an Ascended Fanboy, since in Unwound Future he remarks that he's read the Sherlock Holmes books many times over.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Want to learn much from being Layton's apprentice and is genuinely curious of the outside world and its mysteries.
A mysterious girl from St. Mystere.
- The Cat Came Back: Despite his best efforts to leave her at home and out of danger, Layton just can't convince her to stay there. Somewhat justified by an apparent case of separation anxiety; she gets frightened if she doesn't know where he is.
- Cool Big Sis: Luke regards her as an honorary one of these. In Diabolical Box, they appear to have grown very fond of one another; they have a great time together at the fair in Dropstone, and Luke is very upset when he realizes she's been kidnapped. They squabble more in Unwound Future, but it's also very clear that they care about each other quite a bit.
- Daddy's Girl: To her own father before his death, and then later she essentially becomes this to Layton.
- Damsel in Distress: In Diabolical Box, and then again in Unwound Future.
- Designated Victim: Whenever someone needs to be put in danger or kidnapped, it's usually her.
- Distinguishing Mark: She has a birthmark on her collarbone which is significant to the secrets of St. Mystere.
- Dub Name Change: Aroma Rhineford in the Japanese version.
- Fish out of Water: In Diabolical Box, she admits to being this, and is enraptured by new experiences such as a simple country fair.
- Girl in the Tower: In Curious Village.
- Give Him a Normal Life: The Professor keeps her origin story a secret so that she and her village are not subjected to a media circus.
- This may also be a reason for him abandoning her - to keep her safe and able to live a normal life.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: She doesn't get to solve any puzzles until Unwound Future, but sure enough, when she gets it right...
- Hair Decorations: Her trademark pink ribbon.
- Happily Adopted: She seems to like being Layton's foster daughter.
- While it's never made clear if she was legally adopted, Baron Reinhold did entrust guardianship over Flora to whoever solved the mystery of the Golden Apple... and that was the professor. And considering that adorable laugh of hers when she hugged Hershel in Curious Village, it's safe to say she's pretty happy to be with the Layton crew.
- Their brief but emotional reunion when she throws herself into his arms after her abduction in Unwound Future would also suggest this.
- While it's never made clear if she was legally adopted, Baron Reinhold did entrust guardianship over Flora to whoever solved the mystery of the Golden Apple... and that was the professor. And considering that adorable laugh of hers when she hugged Hershel in Curious Village, it's safe to say she's pretty happy to be with the Layton crew.
- Hates Being Alone: She has an immense dislike feeling of being alone and being left behind - which is what usually happens.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Despite being older than most examples and adopted for a change, she is almost always one of these in the games she's in.
- The Ingenue: A very innocent (and adorable) young lady, to the point Luke can seem more worldly and mature than she is despite being younger.
- Lethal Chef: The credits of Curious Village make it pretty clear that Flora has never cooked before in her life. By the end of Unwound Future though, she's graduated to Cordon Bleugh Chef.
- Living MacGuffin: Only in the first game. She is the Golden Apple.
- The Load: She insists on tagging along with Layton and Luke despite being written as near useless. In Unwound Future, her only significant role is being kidnapped.
- Locked Up and Left Behind: In all three games in one way or another.
- Lonely Rich Kid: First game only, since after that she has Luke and the Professor to keep her company.
- Mysterious Waif: In Curious Village.
- Nice Girl: Flora is generally very sweet.
- Naïve Newcomer: Flora is a bit awkward around new people and explain her thoughts aloud.
- Paper-Thin Disguise/Iconic Outfit: Her... 'disguise' in Curious Village, which she later uses in Diabolical Box as well.
- Pink Means Feminine: She often wears pink and other warm pastel colors.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: With Luke.
- The Pollyanna: Despite her past she is a very determined and positive young lady.
- Pretty in Mink: The half-cape she wears in Diabolical Box appears to have some sort of fur trim.
- Promoted to Playable: By Unwound Future, she can do puzzles herself just like Layton and Luke.
- Raised by Robots
- Royal Blood: She's the daughter of a baron, and thus part of the nobility. This actually has relevance to the plot of Professor Layton's London Life.
- Spoiled Sweet: She doesn't seem to have a malicious bone in her body, and on those occasions when she actually does get mad, it's not hard to soothe her.
- The Unfavorite: It's understandable that Layton doesn't want to bring a young lady into danger (and even if you think that's a bit sexist, you have to admit that Flora is in no way equipped to handle such situations), and he'll go to her aid when she is in danger; but the fact is that when she's not physically present, she might as well not exist. It's even worse when you consider that Flora is quite sensitive to being left behind — a common fan theory is that because of her weird background, she has autophobia and/or separation anxiety. Compare this to the other kid that Layton looks after, who gets to tag along everywhere as his sidekick. A couple of really bad examples on this front:
- In Diabolical Box Luke and Layton realize that the "Flora" they've been traveling with was really Don Paolo, who had left Flora behind at a previous stop and, content that she's safe, go on their merry way (they were right, but had no way of knowing for sure). Then again, the train was stopped at the station, and all of the crew was exploring Folsense instead of preparing to start it up again. So they were stuck in that town.
- In Unwound Future she's upset at being left out again and makes Layton promise to bring her along. Rather than keeping the promise, or at least explaining to her why he's breaking it, Layton does a rather un-gentlemanly thing and ducks out the back while she's out of the room. Later on, she hears about Future Luke and Future Layton, and asks what her future self is up to. (Present) Luke and Layton have to admit that the thought of Future Flora never crossed their minds.
- Vague Age: It's not really made clear how old Flora is. She's older than Luke (whose age is confirmed to be ten in Last Specter, and thus twelve or thirteen by the time of Curious Village), but still young enough to require a guardian, and it is stated that the events of the first game don't happen until she's "out of childhood." Most players estimate her to be between fourteen and seventeen.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Flora often feels this way about the Professor and his adventures.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She seems to have an intense fear of being left alone. It gets the Woobie treatment in Diabolical Box, but Unwound Future makes it seem more like a Berserk Button. (Maybe she thought they should have caught on by then that she's afraid to be alone.)
- Windows to the Soul: She has easily the largest eyes of anyone in the cast, ostensibly to further illustrate how sweet and innocent she is.
Layton's first assistant, who accompanies him on the adventures of the prequel trilogy and knew the Professor even before Luke. After being saved from the police by the professor, Emmy hoped to return the favor somehow. Her wish is fulfilled some years later when, in The Last Specter, she's assigned to be Layton's assistant by the dean of Gressenheller University. Layton doesn't really remember her, but apparently, she doesn't mind.
- Action Girl: She can chase after the Black Raven jumping from rooftop to rooftop.
- Kick Chick: She's got powerful kicks too.
- The Apprentice: Though not to the same extent as Luke, Emmy does take lessons from the professor in observation and puzzle-solving.
- Ascended Fanboy/The Team Wannabe: More Sidekick than Team, though. Emmy seems to have something of an obsession with Layton, and even uses the word 'Laytonesque'. This was before he was famous. It's implied that she's done a lot to get the job as Layton's assistant.
- Given her role as The Mole, this is pretty justified.
- Badass Adorable: She's a bright, curious young woman who's also probably the best hand-to-hand fighter in the series.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She decides to get a job as Layton's assistant some time after he clears her name on a pickpocket case.
- Becoming the Mask: Despite working as Layton's assistant under Bronev's orders, she grew to genuinely like her adventures with Layton and Luke, and formed a true friendship with them. This is partially why she decides to quit after everything is concluded: she feels guilty and ashamed for betraying them.
- But Now I Must Go: Unsurprisingly, since she doesn't appear in the original trilogy. She quits her job as Layton's assistant not only because her mission as a Targent agent is over, but also (and seemingly more) out of guilt and shame over her betrayal; though she is still on good terms with Layton and Luke.
- Cool Big Sis: To Luke, and to Aurora in Azran Legacy.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very prone to snarking.
- Declarative Finger: Is fond of doing some form of this. (Exhibit A: the picture above)
- Dub Name Change: From Remi Altava.
- Drives Like Crazy: And Luke has no trouble calling her out for it.
- Eaglelander: Invoked. One character in The Last Specter describes her as a British woman having an "American attitude".
- Flat "What.": Her facial expressions just scream this from time to time, especially when snarking about Inspector Grosky.
- Groin Attack: Does this to one of Descole's mooks in Eternal Diva.
- Heel–Face Turn: Double subverted. She first appears to be, and is, on the good guys' side, but then it is revealed she was a spy for Targent all along. However, even then, she is not evil, and even though she betrayed Layton and Luke, you can tell she wasn't happy about it, and it's heavily implied, if not outright stated, that she worked under Bronev to snap him out of his obsession over the Azran Legacy. She also redeemed herself by helping to stop the Azran golems.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Not that Layton is incompetent, unlike most other examples of the trope, but she's still extremely intelligent.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Of a sort; her first answer to almost every hurdle is a good roundhouse kick.
- The Mole: She's actually a spy for Targent, and describes Bronev as family to her after all he's done for her.
- Parental Substitute: Why she works for Targent, as Bronev took her in and taught her all she knows, so she calls him "Uncle Leon" out of endearment. It's never outright stated if they are actually family.
- The Southpaw: Though it might be a result of what direction her sprite faces, most of Emmy's gesticulations and writing in her notebook are done with her left hand. However when faced from the front, she does point with her left hand, where Luke and Layton point with their right.
- Supreme Chef: A scene in the credits of Last Specter shows her cooking a meal for Rosa and Layton, both enjoying the meal.
- Took a Level in Badass: An episode reveals her with her hair shorter and her trying to figure out how to prove she didn't steal a wallet. Flash forward a few years, and now we see her kicking ass, jumping onto rooftops and punching thugs in the gut.
- Tomboy: Very energetic, aggressive, and boyishly adventurous, especially when compared to Flora.
An infamous (among criminals, that is), grumpy detective from Scotland Yard. He doesn't always live up to his reputation, though.
- Bad Boss: It's implied by Constable Barton that he treats the other constables badly if one of them messes up an investigation.
- The Cameo: In The Last Specter, he and Barton appear briefly, and only Emmy encounters them.
- He makes another quick appearance in Azran Legacy having just married Grosky's sister!
- Expy: Of Inspector Japp from Poirot, another large, bossy Scotland Yard inspector with an irritable cockney bark and a splendid moustache. It's downplayed, though, given that Chelmy acts like a pettier, more selfish caricature of Japp.
- Hidden Depths: The Last Specter reveals that when he was a constable years ago, he was assigned a case that would promote him to Inspector. In his rush to receive the promotion, he ended up forcing the then current Inspector to take the bullet for him. After this incident, he became extremely dedicated to his job but also learned to take things slow.
- Informed Ability: He's implied to be one of the greatest policemen Scotland Yard has to offer, but every single conclusion he ever draws at any point in-game is consistently wrong.
- Inspector Lestrade: To Layton's Sherlock.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He loves his wife's homemade sweet potato fritters more than anything, and is supposedly a very devoted husband. He's also very fond of his bumbling sidekick and admits privately to Layton that he protects him from receiving formal reprimands that would otherwise cost him his job.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's apparently a detective of considerable renown, but when up against someone like Layton on cases as bizarre as these, he comes off as hopelessly inadequate.
- The Real Remington Steele: The Chelmey in Curious Village is Don Paolo in disguise; the real Chelmey doesn't appear until game 2.
- Small Name, Big Ego: To be fair, he IS going up against Professor Hershel Layton. If he was going up against any other detective, he'd fare better.
- Sweet Tooth: His wife's homemade sweet potato fritters are what he eats after every arrest. This is very important in Curious Village.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Acts like he's the hero of the mystery stories, not the Arrogant Cop Who Jumps To Wrong Conclusions.
Constable BartonChelmey's Sidekick from the second game onwards. Not much is learned about him until Unwound Future.
- Artistic Age: He looks like he's in his thirties or so, but he's really only 27.
- Big Eater: Hence his weight.
- The Cameo: In The Last Specter, he and Chelmey appear briefly, and only Emmy encounters them.
- Future Badass: Went from Chelmy's sidekick to commissioner of the Scotland Yard in Layton Brothers: Mystery Room.
- Police Are Useless: It's essentially stated that the only reason he still has a job is because Chelmey won't let him be fired for his many mistakes.
- Remake Cameo: Appears again as Commissioner Barton in Layton Brothers: Mystery Room.
- Sidekick: To Chelmey.
Inspector Clamp GroskyAn inspector from Scotland Yard who takes pride in his work and is very athletic.
- Anime Hair: A giant pompadour.
- Carpet of Virility: Shaped like a heart no less.
- Dodge the Bullet: In Azran Legacy from hitmen sent by Targent
- Friend on the Force: Was this to both Layton and Emmy separately, even before they met each other. Where Chelmey was cranky and resented civilians butting in, Grosky is quite friendly and quick to help out.
- Hot-Blooded: When he hears there's a criminal to track down, he's often off and running before he bothers to hear the details.
- Iron Butt Monkey: A lot of unfourtunate things happen to him as per Rule of Funny but he can take it.
- Passing the Torch: He gives Chelmey the inspector position after the prequel trilogy
- Top-Heavy Guy: Essentially his upper body is an upside-down triangle with a furry heart on it.
A Mad Scientist and the Professor's self-declared arch rival. Most of his plans involve disguising himself as someone. Also likes playing music.
- Anime Hair: A Horned Hairdo to be precise.
- Anti-Hero: He becomes this in Unwound Future.
- Big Bad: Definitely of Curious Village, and arguably of the entire first trilogy.
- The Cameo: In the beginning of Eternal Diva, along with several other characters from the first trilogy.
- Dastardly Whiplash: His appearance and mannerisms make him this down to a "T".
- Dub Name Change: From Don Paul.
- Handwaved in the English version of Unwound Future where his real name is Paul.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Remarks upon seeing a missile in Lost/Unwound Future, "Even I'd never use something like this."
- Everyone Went to School Together: Or in this case, university. It's revealed that he and Hershel went to the same university in the third game.
- Evil Genius: A Gadgeteer Genius to be more precise.
- Evil Laugh: As per Dastardly Whiplash tradition.
- Expository Hairstyle Change/Expressive Hair: In a flashback in Lost/Unwound Future, when he sees Claire, the object of his affections, giving a love letter to Layton and kissing him. It goes from relatively normal to the "horns" he has in the present day.
- Full-Body Disguise: For all disguises.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: In the first game, he's this in-universe for Layton, who has no idea why this guy showed up out of nowhere to try to kill/frame him. He also pulls this trope in a more straightforward manner at the end of the first game when he shows up out of nowhere in a flying machine with wrecking balls to try to bring down the tower on Layton and the Golden Apple that he ostensibly in town to beat Layton to. This comes completely out of the blue, considering your encounters to this point give no impression that this is the kind of thing he'd pull.
- Heel–Face Turn: In Unwound Future, he helps the heroes near the end because he wanted to know the truth about Claire's death as much as anyone - plus, there was an even more dangerous villain that had to be stopped. Without him, our heroes would have met their demise.
- High Collar of Doom
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can come across as a Jerkass at first, but he helps Layton save Flora in Unwound Future.
- Large Ham: Very Hammy in his appearances, especially his entrances.
- Latex Perfection: Thus far we've seen him flawlessly impersonate Inspector Chelmey, Flora Reinhold, Dr. Andrew Schrader, Dean Delmona, and Professor Layton himself!
- Also an old lady in the beginning of Eternal Diva.
- Leitmotif: The Great Don Paolo.
- Love Makes You Evil: He hates Layton because Layton got together with the girl he loved. And Layton was oblivious to all of this.
- Mad Scientist: Of the mechanical variety.
- Master of Disguise: His particular genius; see Latex Perfection, above.
- Master Actor: He plays his parts pretty flawlessly and only is revealed to a minor out of character slip up.
- Pet the Dog: During the events of the third game, Don Paolo has repeated moments with Flora implying he actually has a soft spot for her. It's possible that he feels guilty for almost killing her in the first game and is trying to make amends.
- As the group begins to decide who to split into groups Don Paolo complains that Layton always gets to be the gentlemen and that he wants to escort Flora.
- At one point when searching for the missing scientists Don Paulo makes a remark when you click around for quotes from the characters that "I'll make sure Flora's safe, no matter what happens here."
- When the Professor is getting ready to her after Clive kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress/weapon of mass destruction, Don Paulo tells him he has upgraded the Laytonmobile allowing it to fly. When Layton thanks him, He grumpily admits he is only doing it for Flora.
- Prehensile Hair: As seen in a flashback, his hair literally took on a life of its own out of anger and heartbreak.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: Backfires on him; the real Chelmey loves his wife's sweet potato fritters.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: Wonder what Don Paolo's real name is? Don Paul.
- Unknown Rival: To Layton.
- Villainous Crossdresser: In Diabolical Box, he disguises himself as Flora.
- In Eternal Diva, he dresses briefly as an elderly woman half his size.
Jean Descole (born Hershel Bronev)
The antagonist in the second trilogy, as well as in Eternal Diva. He's a masked man who creates machines for his evil purposes and likes to "play games" with his victims. No one knows his real identity.
- Affably Evil: Pretty much through 85% of Azran Legacy as Professor Sycamore, who's so affable and sociable to Adorkable levels.
- All-Encompassing Mantle: His cape covers up everything but doesn't hinder his movements at all.
- Battle Butler: His servant Raymond counts as one. In Miracle Mask, when Descole's about to be captured, his servant throws a smoke bomb allowing him to escape before Bronev takes off his mask.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Layton's Abel.
- Catch-Phrase: "Sasu ga dana, Reiton" could be translated as "As expected from you, Layton." It makes sense, since he sees Layton as his match for his games.
- Char Clone: His appearance seems very inspired by Char at least, and his characterization doesn't help.
- The Chessmaster: He is very clever and good at manipulating others.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: His costume in a nutshell complete with both a Cool Hat and matching Cool Mask.
- Dodge the Bullet: In Miracle Mask, when Bronev and the Targent confront him.
- Domino Mask: His Cool Mask is done in this Style.
- Hidden Depths: As he stated himself, he once had a wife and daughter, and thought he could get over his desire for revenge and turn his life over. But when said wife and daughter died, he lost all hope of turning over a new leaf, and focused solely on his quest for revenge, not caring about anything else. Aurora also states that there might be some good left in Descole which he isn't seeing.
- I Have Your Wife: Kidnaps Luke's mother and poses as his butler in order to get his father to do what he wants.
- Impersonatingan Officer: In Phantom Deity.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: "Dess-coal", according to the Japanese dub. "Descolé", according to the English dub.
- Jerkass: At first, but he has had several Pet the Dog moments and hints at a Hidden Heart of Gold.
- Kick the Dog:
- In The Last Specter, his machines beat the poor Loosha while trying to destroy the town.
- He also ruthlessly manipulated Randall into nearly destroying Monte d'Or in order to find an Azran ruin.
- Long-Lost Relative: He's Layton's older brother.
- Mad Scientist: Mechanically based for the most part.
- Malevolent Masked Men: He and his Mooks are this.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's pretty good at this, notably with Clark Triton in The Last Specter and Randall Ascot in Miracle Mask.
- Master of Disguise: In Last Specter, Phantom Deity, Miracle Mask, Illusory Forest and Azran Legacy.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: His leitmotif.
- Pretty in Mink: His Mantle has a fur trim.
- The Rival: He's this to Layton in the prequel trilogy, and for good reason as he's his brother.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Towards the end of Miracle Mask, it is revealed that he was disguised as Angela Ledore.
- Would Hurt a Child: He nearly kills Luke in The Eternal Diva.
StachenscarfenThis strange character appears in the first three games, but has no relevance to the plot. He tells you about hint coins in the first two games, and gets angry when he finds out someone beat him to the punch in the third. He later returns in Mystery Journey, no longer teaching about hint coins but instead challenging Katrielle with puzzles (like most other NPCs).
- Berserk Button: When Layton finds out about game mechanics from someone else.
- The Bus Came Back: After being absent during the prequel trilogy, he returns in Mystery Journey; and accordingly he's noticeably older than before (in that his hair and moustache have gone white).
- Have We Met?: He always acts like it's the first time he's met you when you find him in game.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Often as a part of his tutorials.
- Meaningful Name: His two distinguishing features are his 'stache and his scarf.
- Medium Awareness: Fans have theorized he may be the one person who knows that they're in a game.
- Recurring Extra: He appears in multiple games, but never as a plot-important character.
PavelAn explorer that also shows up in every game of the original trilogy, but also has no relevance to the plot.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: With multiple languages.
- No Sense of Direction: You always find him after he gets himself lost.
- Recurring Extra: You find him in multiple games.
AldusEssentially Stachenscarfen's replacement in the prequel games, filling his role as the non-plot-relevant character who helps explain game mechanics.
- Anime Hair: It's a large pompadour.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During tutorials.
- Purple Prose: Tends to use flowery language.
- Recurring Extra: In the prequel games.
Granny RiddletonAn old lady who picks up puzzles people forget about. In Last Specter and Azran Legacy, her cat Keats fills in for her. She returns in Mystery Journey, but with no more need to store lost puzzles, she's revised into just being a generic "old lady" NPC.
- Doomed by Canon: Canonically, Layton and Luke first meet her in Curious Village, which throws a wrench into her appearing in the prequels. Subverted since she manages to show up anyway: Last Specter and Azran Legacy get around this by having her meet Emmy and set up Keats as her stand-in, then leave before the boys enter the scene. In Miracle Mask, she wears a Paper-Thin Disguise and calls herself "Nanny Grams" ("Elizabeth" in the British version).
- Granny Classic: In Mystery Journey. It seems the 20-odd years since Hershel's time have really mellowed her out.
- Have We Met?: When she meets Layton and Luke in Diabolical Box and Unwound Future, she acts as though she's never seen them before, even though they recognize her right away.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Subverted; she thinks she still is.
Characters in Curious Village
Lady DahliaA rich woman in St. Mystere, the widow of the recently deceased Baron Reinhold. She asks Layton to help her solve the mystery of the Golden Apple.
- Artificial Human: Turns out she is one, along with everyone else in the village.
- Ice Queen: She's very much the aloof blue-blood in her dealings with very nearly everybody, including (occasionally) Layton.
- Identical Stranger: To the baron's beloved late wife Violet. She's actually a robot double based on her.
Claudia the CatLady Dahlia's beloved pet.
- Cats Are Mean: When Luke first attempts to capture the runaway Claudia, he gets some pretty nasty scratches for his efforts.
- Mr. Muffykins: Despite the strange feminine name this cat is male.
- Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: According to the in-game profiles, Claudia is actually male. Interestingly enough, the cat that looks exactly like Claudia in the third picture book of Lost/Unwound Future is female.
Augustus ReinholdThe late Baron, father of Flora.
- Doting Parent: To Flora; under his direction, an entire amusement park was built for her sole enjoyment.
- Impossibly Cool Wealth: To the point he uses it as a hidden treasure for puzzlers to find as part of a way to find out who is best suited to taking care of Flora and providing them with the means to do so after he died.
- Posthumous Character: His death is the start of the entire plot.
- Royal Blood: How he got so rich in the first place.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Most people have legal documentation which settles matters like who will be the guardian of their minor children. This guy thought it was more practical to build an entire village of Ridiculously Human Robots to take care of his.
MatthewThe butler of the Reinhold mansion.
- The Butler Did It: Averted. Matthew is probably the single most helpful resident of the entire village as far as Layton's investigation goes.
SimonA somewhat snide individual, he identifies himself as Baron Reinhold's nephew. His murder is what prompts the arrival of Inspector Chelmey in St. Mystere.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Often seen doing this.
- Disney Death: It looked like he was murdered but he actually was just malfunctioning, which was an easy fix since he was an Artificial Human Like the rest of the village.
Known for his creepy purple lips, Ramon can almost always be found outside the mansion.
- Verbal Tic: He has one of these, you know, ahoo hoo hoo!
GordonAn old friend of the baron who is desperate to find a girl.
- Sweat Drop: Taken to extremes; he's constantly perspiring and mopping his face.
VioletThe Baron's late wife and the mother of Flora.
- Doting Parent: To judge by the picture of her holding baby Flora.
- Dub Name Change: She's named Viola in the UK version.
- Flower Motif: She and her robot copy were both named after flowers, and Violet named her daughter Flora.
- Posthumous Character: Her death is what led to the baron's relationship with Dahlia.
BrunoA mysterious old man who kidnaps the villagers and lives in the tower.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Except for Flora and Granny Riddleton, he built all the residents of St. Mystere.
- Old Retainer: More or less; the pages from his journal, which are found here and there throughout the village, indicate that he sees himself as this. Being the only adult human in all of St. Mystere, he has to maintain the robotic residents and look after Flora until someone solves the puzzles and becomes her new guardian. Presumably, he continues maintaining the village after the events of the game.
Characters in Diabolical Box
Dr. Andrew SchraderThe Professor's good friend and mentor.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Brilliant, but somewhat eccentric to judge by the contents of his apartment.
- Disney Death: The gas in the Elysian Box didn't kill him, it just sent him into a deep coma.
- Dying Clue: The letter he sends to Layton to kickstart the plot.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Schrader or Schröder?
BabetteA passenger on the Molentary Express. Layton and Luke encounter her repeatedly, to their inconvenience.
- Entitled Bastard: Very stuck up and expects everyone to do what she says.
- Mr. Muffykins: Her "little boy," Tom. He's a poodle.
- Rich Bitch: Almost like a grown up Spoiled Brat.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: She usurps Layton and Luke's table in the dining car by flaunting her wealth and refusing to bow to common sense or decency.
Mr. Beluga (real name: Friedrich Herzen)The owner of the Molentary Express.
- Big Brother Worship: He idolized his big brother Anton.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Seems overjoyed at seeing Anton after 50 years.
Sammy ThunderThe conductor on the Molentary Express, nephew to Mr. Beluga, and wannabe rock star. He accidentally breaks Beluga's camera, and gives it to Layton to fix, thus kickstarting the Camera minigame.
- Dreadful Musician: Layton and Mr. Beluga think so. Luke seems to enjoy it, on the other hand.
- Dub Name Change: From Sam to Sammy.
- Nephewism: He's Mr. Beluga's nephew. He may or may not be Anton's nephew by extension; we don't know if Sammy is Beluga's biological nephew or a nephew by marriage.
- The Power of Rock: Dreams of becoming a rock star.
The antagonist in the second game. He lives in a castle near Folsense with his butler and has ties to the Elysian Box. He calls himself a vampire and kidnaps whoever dares to go to the Folsense Mines.
- A Glass of Chianti: Anton drinks red wine upon his meeting with professor Layton and Luke. The fact he is supposed to be a vampire does not help.
- Abusive Parents: Duke Herzen chose his own greed instead of the happiness of his family. His obsession actually is the starting point of the events of the game.
- Actually Not a Vampire: Only played the role to scare away thieves and apathetic citizens.
- Badass Longcoat: He is pretty badass for a seventy year old and he wears a long vampire coat complete with High Collar of Doom.
- Badass Grampa: He is quite nimble for an old man, easily putting Layton into the defensive and making impressive leaps. Had he been any younger, the professor would have had a much more difficult time.
- Batman Gambit: The entire vampire story is made up by him, in order to keep the Herzen fortune safe. Anyone who comes too close to the mines or castle is kidnapped and tied up, and then let free once properly scared.
- Bishōnen: As part of his vampire motif.
- Dances and Balls: Anton and Sophia, as shown in flashbacks and the painting in the room where Layton and Luke stay at Herzen Mansion.
- Dub Name Change: Anton in the North American and UK versions, Vladimir in the French version, and Anthony in the Japanese and Spanish versions.
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: His bonus puzzle cameo in the NA version of Unwound Future uses his Japanese name of Anthony, not Anton, although this is brushed off as his real name.
- Evil Overlooker: On the Japanese and US box art.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: Accidentally causes his own chandeluer to crash.
- High Collar of Doom: His suit has a vey high collar.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Interesting Situation Duel: It makes plenty of sense though after the big reveal.
- Jerkass Façade: He is not that evil.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he is the main antagonist, kidnaps professor Layton and Luke and pretends to be a vampire, he is not truely evil. He just misses the love of his life.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Anton challenges Layton to a duel, and being the good sport that he is, gives Layton a free choice of the swords on the wall.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His younger self has longer hair than his brother and he's far more prettier.
- Love Makes You Crazy: When he believed his fiancee left him for another—she was really talking about their daughter—he went mad.
- Master Swordsman: Can hold his own against professor Layton.
- Mushroom Samba/Older Than They Look: Drugs do strange things... Like tricking the game into thinking you're a younger version of yourself.
- Nightmare Fuel: Anton is enough to scare the crap out of anyone.
- Say My Name: During the duel with professor Layton.
- The Reveal: Is he really a vampire? Turns out he wasn't one in the end. Due to him believing he never aged due to the hallucinogenic gas escaping from the tunnels under his castle, and the fact everyone who enters the town takes it in, it spread rumors about him being as such.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Sophia
- Vampires Are Rich: He is rumoured to be a vampire and he owns an impressive manor. It is later revealed that the Herzen family owns an incredible amount of gold.
- And let's not forget that there is a whole museum dedicated to the Herzens.
- Yandere: For Sophia. Anton actively tries to kill Layton after misunderstanding the situation and thinking the Professor stole "his Sophia". Justified in that the last fifty years left him lonely and in great despair.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: His own youth for starters.
Katia AndersonDaughter of the mayor of Dropstone. She's on a secret mission in Folsense.
- Identical Grandson: She looks just like her grandmother Sophia, except that she has her grandfather Anton's eyes.
- Long-Lost Relative: To Anton.
- Raised by Grandparents: After Katia's mother died, her grandmother helped bring her up.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives one to Anton to snap him out of the hallucinogen.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple to match her grandmother Sophia's.
Anton's missing betrothed.
- Cool Old Lady: While raising Katia.
- Dance of Romance: As seen in a painting and a Dream Sequence.
- Dead to Begin With: She died a year before the events of the game.
- Poor Communication Kills: You couldn't have been more specific about that "someone [you] love"?
- Purple Eyes: To distinguish her from Katia, who has Anton's blue eyes instead.
- Regal Ringlets: Her family's status was high.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair to contrast with Anton's blond.
Characters in Unwound Future
Future Luke (real name: Clive Dove)
- Voiced by: Yuri Lowenthal (EN)
Luke 10 years in the future. He sends a letter to his past self and needs help.
- Bishōnen: And the fangirls were very pleased.
- The Chessmaster: Turns out he became quite the clever and manipulative young man. To the point that he's the Big Bad.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His parents died in an accident, and therefore he wants to level the city of London. Wait, what?
- He wanted to make a statement about how all politicians were corrupt, with the mindset that 'if you want them to take notice, take action.'
- Dub Name Change: Klaus instead of Clive in the Japanese version.
- Evil Laugh: After his "Future Luke" cover is blown. It's even better than Don Paolo's!
- Feet-First Introduction: The animated cutscene that introduces him uses this trope.
- Happily Adopted: During the Summation Gathering, Layton outlines Clive's biography, noting that after the deaths of his parents he was adopted by a wealthy old woman, Constance Dove, who doted on him and was much loved by him in return until her death five years later. The fortune she bequeathed to him is how he financed the whole operation.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Clive tells Layton that deep down, he was hoping that the professor might be able to talk him out of his insane plan, as he was too consumed with hate to stop himself.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: He is able to convincingly pull off being Luke's future self, even though the two have no real explained relation.
- Mr. Fanservice: Being given a different voice actor and a few extra years made many a fangirl Squee!.
- My Future Self and Me: With Luke. But then again, he isn't Luke.
- Nice Hat: He also has one, similar but different to Luke's, which he removes when revealing his identity.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Clive denies what he's doing is for revenge, insisting that it's really for justice against single-minded scientists and corrupt politicians. However, after seeing how the incident that killed his parents was swept under the rug despite the severity of it, Clive believes that only a massive act of destruction could possibly change anything; cue enough military hardware to turn London into a crater.
Layton's college sweetheart who died in an accident with a Time Machine.
- Brainy Brunette: Very smart and a brunette.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of the game, goes back to her own time and her own death, in order to avoid disrupting the flow of time.
- Dude Magnet: Caught the attention of three men - Layton, Don Paolo, and Dimitri. The plot partially revolves around this fact!
- I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: When Layton got the job of professor, Claire bought him a top hat as a present, saying that as a member of the academic community, he needed to look the part as a gentleman.
- Meganekko: Since Smart People Wear Glasses.
- Oblivious to Love: Possibly in the case of Don Paolo. She was in a relationship with Layton, and it's stated she was aware of Dimitri's feelings for her even though she didn't return them; however, it's never made clear if she even knew who Don Paolo was, let alone that he was in love with her.
- Undeath Always Ends: Zig-zagged. First everyone thought she was dead. The truth is that she was sent into the future, 10 years after her death, but that doesn't last, as she has to go back to the time when she died.
Claire's sister who aids the heroes in Unwound Future.
- Big Damn Heroes: She pulls the Layton team out from a tight spot while in Dimitri's research facility.
- Doomed Protagonist: It isn't until the very end that she reveals her time is short because of The Reveal.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: She explains that she and Claire had been estranged when the accident occurred, and that her biggest regret is how she didn't try to make amends with her sister before it was too late. This is presumably so that Layton won't question why Claire never mentioned her.
- Save the Villain: Saves Clive, largely out of feeling responsible for the tragedy that cost him his parents.
- Time Traveler: Celeste is really a time displaced Claire, but the effect is temporary, and she knows she will be sent back to the experiment where she was/will be killed.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Everyone who knew Claire is taken aback by how much her sister looks like her. Of course, that's because they're really the same person.
Dr. Stahngun (real name: Dimitri Allen)
- Voiced by: Liam O'Brien (EN)
A mysterious scientist who invents the time machine and appears to be responsible for the disappearance of Bill Hawks.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He loved Claire, but she didn't return his feelings.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Is usurped by Clive before the finale.
- Evil Albino: Maybe not quite albino, but still very pale and haggard.
- Love Makes You Evil: He doesn't take Claire's death well, and everything he does in the game - kidnapping and tricking other scientists, impersonating Layton - is done out of love for her.
- Mad Scientist: He's not insane, but he's pretty amoral and knows it.
- Nice Hat: It's a feather away from being a pimp hat.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Well it is called an "Emo-over" in some circles so it fits (though impractical).
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Layton realizes that he's bluffing when he claims that the room they're in is rigged with explosives, noting that while he has used many immoral tactics in the pursuit of the plan, he would never actually kill anyone.
- Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Tried to stop Bill from going through with the time machine test for his corporate sponsors, but doesn't get there in time.
- Unwitting Pawn: Is played like a fiddle by Clive.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All he wants is to save Claire, but later he does admit some of his actions may have been done out of pride as well.
The Prime Minister of Great Britain.
- Hate Sink: Likely, but if he is he's a weird example as this isn't pointed out much at all.
- Karma Houdini: Causes the incident that kills Claire, Clive's parents, and several others out of greed; uses the money to climb the political ladder and become Prime Minister; uses his influence to cover up the details of the initial incident which indirectly leads to Layton getting assaulted while investigating; and in the end all he gets is an indirect remark from Chelmey. No doubt there are many players that wish they could have stuffed him back in that reactor. However, Chelmey, the most respected police officer in London (who is also keen on justice) knows about the secret, and doesn't seem afraid to bring it up. At minimum, Bill won't be re-elected.
Characters in The Last Specter
Rosa GrimsLayton's maid.
- Voiced by: Liam O'Brien (EN)
- Disappeared Dad: We don't even learn that Luke still has one until Unwound Future.
- Hands-Off Parenting: He lets luke run off with the Professor on his adventures as well as not paying much attention to him.
- Happily Married: To Brenda.
- I Have Your Wife: Through most of Last Specter.
Brenda TritonLuke's mother.
- Happily Married: To Clark.
- Missing Mom: Clark states that she's left the city for quite some time. Except she hasn't; she's been trapped under the wine cellar.
Arianna BardeLuke's Love Interest.
- Cute Witch: She believes she's a witch, but that's because her brother's been spreading rumors about her being one without her consent.
- Dub Name Change: From Yula Alanbard.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a white hair ribbon.
- Icy Blue Eyes/Innocent Blue Eyes: While she may be cold at first she is a lot nicer than the rumors claim she is.
- Ill Girl: She gets better, thanks to Loosha.
- Jerkass Façade: As a result of being the "witch" of the local rumors.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's really just a sweet lonely girl dealing with a bad bout of bullying.
- Tareme Eyes/Tsurime Eyes: Switches between types depending on her mood.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before her parents died and the rumor started spreading.
Tony BardeArianna's little brother.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His profile on the official website for this game states that he's very disrespectful of others when Arianna isn't around.
- Big Brother Instinct: Even though he's the younger sibling he won't stand for anyone talking smack about his sister and even takes it upon himself to feed them after their servants were let go following their father's death.
- Master of Disguise: Perhaps not on the same scale as Don Paolo or Descole, but he's good enough to fool most people. He dresses up as Seamus, an elderly gardener.
Levin JakesChief of Police of Misthallery.
- Fat Bastard: Apparently he uses his immense girth to threaten people.
- Guttural Growler: Gravel is smoother than his voice.
- In-Series Nickname: Third Eye Jakes.
- Laughing Mad: Shortly after Layton meets him.
- Evil Laugh: Connected with the above.
- Manipulative Bastard: Evidently the real reason he's never left a case unsolved is he forces the accused into confessing.
- Obviously Evil: No one is hiding the fact he's a bad guy.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is well respected by the town's citizens due to his reputation of solving every case he has involved in.
Black RavenThe mysterious leader of the Black Market.
Characters in Miracle Mask
An optimistic, adventurer rich kid who befriended Layton during his teen years and is the one who got Layton into archaeology. He's also the childhood friend of Angela and Henry. In Miracle Mask, it is shown that he fell into a hole when teen!Layton went with him into a temple to investigate the Mask of Chaos.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Well, he was aspiring to be one. However, In the Miracle Mask credits, it seems like he's into archaeology again.
- Anime Hair: After the time skip.
- Arranged Marriage: Was meant to marry Angela (whom he truly loved despite his over-fascination with Akbadain) before he fell in the last trap.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Layton.
- Cinderella Circumstances: After the fall and for the next 18 years.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: His motive for all the trouble he causes was partially because of his jealousy over Henry marrying Angela, and partially because he felt Henry betrayed every aspect of his life.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Somehow he got a tan after he fell into that hole, possibly because he's shown working on the fields while he had amnesia.
- Dub Name Change: From Lando Ascad to Randall Ascot.
- Evil Laugh: After all, he is the Masked Gentleman.
- Evil Redhead: After time skip.
- Expy: Of Hipsters in general as far as appearance goes ( Or on a similar note Eridan: Big glasses, thigh pants, purple all over, a scarf...) Well, he did go underground.
- Fiery Redhead: He's outgoing, enthusiastic and talkative in comparison with the more quiet and calm Layton.
- Funny Afro: It seems like he didn't have the time to cut his hair in all these years...
- In the credits, it's shown that Henry cuts his hair to how is was beforehand.
- Face–Heel Turn: Eighteen years ago, he was Layton, Angela and Henry's best friend - but all of that changed.
- Love Makes You Evil: Thinking Henry stole Angela from him did not help his sanity.
- Mask of Power: He found the Mask of Chaos, which led him to the Akbadain ruins.
- Meaningful Name: Well, he certainly wears an ascot (English only obviously).
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes that Henry never betrayed him, to the point at which he becomes suicidal.
- Nerd Glasses/Purely Aesthetic Glasses: His in-game profile reveals that he has excellent eyesight and only wears them to imitate a famous archaeologist.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Maybe not in-game, but for the viewers...◊
- Plucky Girl: A male example.
- Retirony: He was planning to propose to Angela after the expedition.
- Revenge Before Reason: If he'd talked to Angela or Henry before starting all of this, things would have turned out very differently.
- Rich People: Which was a requirement to marry Angela.
- Slasher Smile: He gives one when he puts off his mask to reveal his identity as The Masked Gentleman.
- We Used to Be Friends: Partially with Layton, and more so to Angela, but most of all to Henry, whom he feels betrayed him. The feeling is not mutual.
Randall and Layton's old friend (though her relationship with the last one is not clear). She is described as a beautiful young girl, enthusiastic and sophisticated. In the present, she is Henry's wife.
- Arranged Marriage: Was meant to marry the richest guy in Stansbury by her parents. Randall was the one whom she truly loved, but when he disappeared, Dalston was the second option. She ends up marrying Henry who became the richest person. Though it was a convenience marriage just so that her parents would stop bothering her, and she never stopped believing that Randall was still alive somewhere.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: She being the blonde, Randall being the redhead and Layton being the brunette.
- Break the Cutie: Randall's disappearance really got her depressed.
- Childhood Friend Romance: In the credits it's made clear that Randall was quite fond of her even when they were children.
- Dub Name Change: From Sharoa to Angela.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: She isn't the happiest looking woman around.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Even her brief character bio describes her as being incredibly beautiful.
- Girl in the Tower: The Gentleman steals her away at one point in the game, and the others have to rescue her.
- Memento MacGuffin: Her pearl necklace turns out to be this... or, rather, the pendant she has attached to it on the reverse side to what she wears. It's a charm Randall gave to her to promise her he would be careful when he embarked on his archaeological quest with Layton. He never came back, and Angela kept it with her as a reminder of him always.
- Undying Loyalty: To Randall (although he doesn't realize it until it's almost too late).
One of Randall's servants and his childhood friend. After Randall's disappearance he got rich and now he is one of the most influential people of Monte d'Or, a popular Las-Vegas-like casino city, with Angela as his wife.
- Ambiguously Gay: An effeminate design for one. And there's the reveal that Henry remembers his friend very fondly indeed and only married Angela so that they could BOTH wait for Randall's return...
- Death Glare: He is fond of this.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: A few times; once when he follows teenaged Angela and Layton, and again when he discovers Randall has "died".
- Kuudere: Can be much sweeter and loyal than he appears.
- Rags to Riches: From Randall's servant to getting the Ascot's estate.
- Rich People: In order to marry Angela he had to be rich.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: He is an orphan, and the robot given to him by Randall certainly counts as this. It is a memento of the day when he first became friends with Randall; a friendship which Henry has cherished for his entire life, as he felt Randall was one of the only people who treated him like a person and not a nuisance.
- Undying Loyalty: Randall (although he doesn't realise it until it's almost too late).
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Not as extreme as some of the more spoileriffic examples, but he has changed a great deal from the polite and subservient boy he used to be, and initially seems cold to Hershel.
The Masked Gentleman
The antagonist of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, this mysterious masked gentleman has been terrorizing the city of Monte d'Or and is the reason why Layton and Luke are called to the city. He appears to posses magical powers bestowed to him by his mask, which he apparently plans to use to destroy Monte d'Or.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: His outfit.
- Cool Mask: The infamous "Mask of Chaos".
- Evil Sounds Deep: Significantly less so in the English dub, but still quite deep.
- Evil Laugh: A really deep one
- Man in White: A nice white suit.
- Mask of Power: The "Mask of Chaos".
- Power Gives You Wings: Used to make his escape on occasion.
- Room Full of Crazy: Effectively manages to turn the Reunion Inn into this, in particular leading the main team through a treasure hunt to collect all the installments of a story detailing his jealous sense of betrayal, which ends in an actual film.
- Taken for Granite: It's one of the mask's many powers.
- Visual Pun: Related to his true identity: Randall Ascot is wearing an ascot.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is surprisingly nice to his animals.
- Pet the Dog: Close to the circus tiger.
- Red Herring: The first suspect for being the Masked Gentleman, and the most easily ruled out, especially because he couldn't fit into the costume.
Detective BloomA detective who is sent over from London to help with the Masked Gentleman Case, and later, deals with the robbery of the museum.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: He does this during the confrontation in Scotland Yard.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: He appears to be one of these.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: He is gathering information for Bronev.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: He incriminates himself by revealing something he shouldn't have known about the fake artifacts that were returned, indicating that he was the one that returned them as fakes.
- Smug Snake: He's fairly arrogant, if a bit more competent than most of the people working on the case besides Layton, and DCI Carmichael dislikes his attitude.
- The Mole: He's one of Targent's most important moles, giving them intel on Scotland Yard. This is made apparent in Miracle Mask, but Layton doesn't get to expose him until Azran Legacy.
Characters in Azran Legacy
AuroraA mysterious girl found sealed within a giant block of ice beneath the town of Froenburg. Though largely amnesiac, she claims to be the final survivor of the Azran, and joins Layton on a trip around the world to recover her memories and uncover the Azran's legacy.
- Apocalypse Maiden
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Layton, Luke, Emmy and Sycamore treat Aurora kindly throughout their adventures to find the Eggs. This kindness is repaid when Layton, Emmy, Descole, Luke and Bronev sacrifice their lives to deactivate the Azran Sanctuary. Aurora convinces the Azran Light that humans aren't all bad and that they could work together for a brighter future, allowing Layton and co. to be brought back to life.
- Disappears into Light: Fades away into motes of light as the Azran Sanctuary crumbles.
- Driven to Suicide: After remembering what the Azran Legacy is, she almost jumps off the roof of the Obsidian Tower with the key. Thankfully, Layton stops her.
- Dub Name Change: From Aria in the Japanese version.
- Human Popsicle: She's been trapped in ice for millions of years...
- Human Sacrifice: She must be sacrifices by being stabbed through the heart to reveal the Azran legacy but it turned out it was to see if humanity is worth saving.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: ...which obviously means she has a lot of catching up to be done regarding most things in the world, like animals, fashion sense and everyday items.
- Last of Their Kind: The last Azran... Golem actually.
- MacGuffin Super Person: Targent and Professor Layton's group spend a few hours of Azran Legacy chasing after her. Given that she's the last of the Azran and the key to finding the eponymous Azran Legacy, it makes sense that everyone is trying to find her. The fact that she's actually a golem required to activate the Azran Sanctuary and the killer golems within isn't revealed until the climax.
- The Makeover: Emmy helps her buy more casual clothes in London to help her get around easier.
- Pink Is Feminine: Her Azran robes are mostly pink and she has a bracelet with a pink gemstone.
- She also gets a pink sweater later as part of her disguise.
- Replacement Goldfish: She is a prequel to Flora in the last game which takes place before The Curious village. Although technically Flora is a This chronologically for the professor and Luke.
- Robot Girl: More like human-like golem.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Flora and Aurora are MacGuffin Girl mysterious young girls both have very similar heights, facial features and even hairstyles and color schemes.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Emmy's Tomboy.
Desmond SycamoreA well-known archaeologist who calls upon Layton to investigate Aurora's case. Once she's revived, he provides Layton with access to his personal airship for use to travel around the world and joins them on their journey.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: As demonstrated in the group's travels to Phong Gi.
- Doting Parent: Occasionally has shades of this towards Aurora, even becoming...
- Team Dad: ... alongside Layton, dispensing helpful advice to Aurora and Luke — and even teaming up with Layton to warn a young lad in Froenborg against foolishly trying to jump onto some ice.
- Dub Name Change: His japanese name was Simon Foster.
- Living a Double Life: Desmond Sycamore is actually an alter ego and the more public identity of Jean Descole. It is also implied that he lived under this alias for some time in his attempts to have a normal life with hope and not revenge.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: The guidebook mentions that his glasses are for show.
- Older Than He Looks: He looks like he could a recent graduate but is actually older than Layton, making him somewhere from his late thirties to early forties.
Leon BronevA mysterious man who knows both Layton and Descole; little is known about him. He is the commander of Targent, a shadowy organization trying to obtain the Azran legacies.
- Bad Boss: More than willing to sacrifice his own men if it means reaching his goal. In fact, it's precisely what he did as he went through the Azran Sanctuary, to the point that he, Emmy, Robin, and Macaw are among the very few surviving members by the end of Azran Legacy.
- Beard of Evil: Notably clean-shaven in flashbacks to before he became boss of Targent.
- Big Bad: of Azran Legacy, and a bit of Arc Welding makes him this for the entire prequel trilogy.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He makes a pair of appearances late in Miracle Mask, but doesn't directly interact with Layton until Azran Legacy.
- My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of Azran Legacy, when he unwittingly unleashes a doomsday device in his thirst for the Azrans' power.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Layton and Descole's father, though Layton doesn't find it out from him.
- Love Makes You Evil: He's obsessed with the Azran Legacies because he and his wife truly believed they could be used to help the world, and her dying wish was that he find them no matter what.
- Redemption Equals Death: Sort of. He sacrifices himself in Aurora's stead to stop the Azran doomsday device, and is brought back to life along with Descole and Layton's crew by Aurora's final plea to the Azran.
- Sinister Shades: His sunglasses only make him appear more suspicious.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite going from captured archaeologist to the leader of Targent, and fully embracing ruthlessness along the way, he truly believed that the Azran Legacy was a great gift that would benefit all of mankind. When he finally realizes the truth in the end, he is devastated.
- Would Hit a Girl: Even after finding out that Aurora needed to be sacrificed to activate the Azran Sanctuary, he's still willing to go through with it. He only pauses briefly before stabbing Aurora through the heart. She doesn't die from the wound, being a golem, but at the time, nobody knew that. To Layton and co., it looked like Bronev had just casually murdered a young girl.
Robin and MacawA pair of Targent agents who cross paths with the professor many times over the course of the game. Macaw is the more serious and competent of the two, while Robin is enthusiastic but prone to running off on wild goose chases.
- Chess Motif: They were named Bishop and Rook in UK.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Macaw decides to leave Targent after deciding that killing people is a bit much for him. Robin soon follows.
- Mook–Face Turn: Toward the end of the game, they quit working for the organization. See Even Evil Has Standards above.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Always seen together and have matching names (Chess in UK and birds in the US, Spain and Japan).
Characters in Eternal Diva
Janice QuatlaneA former student of Professor Layton's who now works as an opera singer. She sends the Professor a letter and some tickets, asking him to come see her perform in The Eternal Kingdom so he can help her solve a perplexing mystery.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Luke has a Precocious Crush on her.
- Idol Singer: Opera Singer actually, which is why she has the lead part.
- Red Is Heroic: She is heroic and has red hair.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Jenis" in the Japanese version.
- Her last name is often speculated by fans to be a misromanization of "quatrain".
- Undying Loyalty: She willingly lets her best friend Melina use her body to go on living after Melina dies.
Oswald WhistlerThe composer of the opera The Eternal Kingdom.
Melina WhistlerOswald's daughter, and Janice's best friend.
- Daddy's Girl: Which is why he adored her so.
- Dead to Begin With: Oswald's opera is dedicated in her memory. But then there's her being able to possess Janice for the whole movie.
- Ill Girl: With an Incurable Cough of Death, possibly Soap Opera Disease.
Amelia RuthOne of the contestants in the game for eternal life. An excellent chess player, though only in her teens; she is chosen by Whistler to receive a free ticket to the opera.
- Kuudere: She doesn't show much emotion, but she's in the game to win the Elixir of Life for her dying grandfather and thus is among the few game contestants who came for unselfish reasons.
- Smart People Play Chess: See Teen Genius below.
- Teen Genius: She's a British chess champion and is shown to be almost as intelligent as Layton.
Celia RaidleyOne of the contestants in the game for eternal life.
- Gold Digger: Strongly implied as one character mentions her having been married to a powerful businessman who passed away shortly before the start of the story.
- Smug Snake: Decides to follow Layton's alternate solution to Puzzle 004 thinking she can get ahead by stealing answers And winds up at the bottom of a pit.
- Vain Sorceress: She only wants eternal life for the sake of being beautiful forever.
Pierre StarbuckOne of the contestants in the game for eternal life. He injured his knee and is thus no longer able to pursue his career as a famous footballer.
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