About the unwound future ending...The boat Luke went on at the end of Unwound Future was the Titanic. Another troper remarked that both Layton and Luke dress like they're from the early 1920s. As years pass in the Layton games, it gets closer to the date of its maiden voyage. It would be exactly the kind of Laytonesque heart-wrenching twist we've come to expect from Level 5.
Don Paolo killed Layton with the Ferris Wheel, and the other games are purgatory.Think about it. All of the endings to the Professor Layton games are absolutely insane. A world based on puzzles? It is clear that what is going on is Layton's method of amusing himself in purgatory. What I think was going on was that Layton stumbled onto Don Paulo's assassination of Simon, and began making false links, such as assuming that a gear found near Simon had to do with the case. However, Don Paolo killed him with the ferris wheel, and the rest of the games (even the prequel ones) are Layton making up complex stories and scenarios to stay busy.
Layton is a robot.The series uses robots to explain anything from villages with strange inhabitants (Curious Village) to monsters attacking towns (Last Specter), so it could be that Layton himself is a robot akin to the ones from Curious Village. It would explain his great intelligence, improbable MacGyvering skills,and the way he seems bizarrely invulnerable despite getting into sword fights, getting fired at, having wolves released at him, having Ferris Wheel of Doom 's released at him, etc.
Clive really was the future Luke after all.Warning: Potential Mind Screw Shortly after the events of Unwound Future, when Luke moves to New York City or Dublin or Boston wherever it was Luke was moving to, something terrible happens to Luke involving his parents and the legal system/society. This gets Luke sent back to London under the care of Professor Layton. Luke is glad to be with Layton for a time, but something about Layton seems different since the last time Luke saw him. As Luke grows older, Layton becomes less and less able to help Luke as he did before, and Luke starts to resent this as the professor starts to drive him insane. Once he is able to drive, Luke goes by himself back to Saint-Mystere to recover Flora's fortune, which he then uses to reactivate Dmitri's time machine he remembered from a previous adventure. Luke then gets this crazy idea that he can right Layton, his clueless youth, and his crazy society by setting up a massive scam involving Layton, his younger self, and the country's top scientists and prime minister taking place a few years ago. He uses the time machine to rack up money by buying winning lottery tickets, and then travels into the past to begin his plot. Once he is done, he invites Layton and his former self to the crazy fake future he built just for them, both wanting them to save him from complete madness and yet wanting to vengefully harass them. He laughs when Layton says he is really some guy called Clive because that's how Luke knows he has the professor fooled. The first thing Luke did with the time machine was to travel 20 years into the past, when Layton lost claire, to create a false identity for himself named "Clive Dove". No one would suspect who he truly was. He then rushes to the Mobile Fortress of Mass Destruction he built to destroy the world as he knew it, yet wishing his mentor and his former self would stop him from doing so. After he is arrested, he soon disappears back into his own time, both feeling guilty for the ghastly deeds he had done and smug about the fact that he had the country's smartest man — his own beloved Herschel Layton— fooled, and the way that meant he would never get caught. That's why Clive looks identical to Luke without the aid of any disguise, knows Luke's past, and calls for Professor Herschel Layton of all people to help him with his issues. He IS Luke.
Refusing the fortune was pointless.Either way you end up with an Inferred Holocaust on your hands. St. Mystere is, as of Flora leaving, populated by Bruno, possibly with Matthew and one or two others, and a bunch of robots which are known to wear out and need repair. Layton, Luke, and Flora rejected the fortune because it might cause the village to shut down, and they want it to keep going as it was. Then Bruno is bound to keep working on robots in a self-sustaining, more-or-less visitorless, and ultimately pointless ersatz town with no or few real humans to keep him company, with nobody to care for him when he becomes ill, toiling for nothing until he dies; or he considers his obligation to the Baron fulfilled and leaves St. Mystere to its own devices. Either way, once he's gone, the robots will wear out and fall apart and the town will slowly come to a halt, everything that Layton & co. wanted to save still dying, delaying the inevitable for but a few years at most. And for this they sacrificed the fortune?
The recording stating that the town will shut down completely, if the fortune is touched, was a Secret Test of Character. It was fairly clear that the Baron didn't know very much about robotics. But having lived there so long, he had to see they were at least somewhat sentient, and raising his daughter at that. Considering that the whole goal was to find a kind guardian, it seems strange that the baron would encourage them to effectively wipe out the entire town. What would have actually happened I can't say, but it seems far more likely to me that it was a "fail safe" should an uncaring individual manage to get that far.
The Professor takes care of Luke because he himself was abandoned or ignored by his parents.Judging by the recent trailers, Luke's father doesn't seem to be around for his child, although his presence in the fourth game is confirmed. Maybe Layton went through the same thing as a child (this series loves the Parental Abandonment trope, after all) and took Luke in as a surrogate son because he didn't want others to go down the same route. However, officially and legally they have no relationship — that's also why the Un Reveal mentioned in the article happens. Layton enjoys things being perfectly right, and when he tried to speak up, he was actually going to correct the Inspector on the nature of their relationship. Luke was simply stopping him from revealing the illegal nature of their relationship.
Layton is Luke's uncle.Bear with me, (I've only played the first game,) but this was inspired by what Luke says if you give him the violin. "Perfect! I'm learning the violin at home!" This implies that he does in fact have a home separate from Professor Layton. Luke's parents wouldn't like him running around with a someone completely unrelated, so he must be related in some way.
Professor Layton actually knows every puzzle on earth.This is why he's called the puzzle master. He only teaches classes when he's bored.
Luke is Flapjack's brother.From The Marvelous Misadventuresof Flapjack. Think about it. Similar hairstyles, both wear hats, similar personalities, hang out with older men, the list goes on and on.
Professor Layton takes place in an alternate Europe where the dominant religion is centered around puzzles.It would explain everyone's fascination with them.
Folsense isn't a complete sham.The city is definitely dilapidated, but it and its residents exist and are real. And many of them are much older than they appear. A few of the little kids will mention that they get tired faster than they used to, and wonder if they're getting old. The fact is, they are getting older. But because of the hallucinogens around Folsense, they fool everyone around them and themselves into seeing them as children by insisting that they are children.
How the NPCs get to the floors of the tower before our heroes...Okay, we know that the residents of St. Mystere are actually robots, and part of a test to see who was worthy to take care of the Baron's daughter. This opens up a few possibilities: 1. As their creator is still alive, it would perhaps not be too much trouble to make multiples of some of them and place them on certain floors. 2. The robots are built for puzzles. It may be that when they want to go up or down, they solve the puzzle on the gate, go through, and reset the puzzle. If this is the case, then it's likely that Flora and Bruno know the solutions by heart, or Bruno may have them written down somewhere. 3. NPC service entrance. This would, of course, only be accessible to those involved in the administration of the test: NPCs, Bruno of course, and Flora.
Professor Layton never takes off his hat because......he actually has a huge brain that occupies all the space inside his hat and doesn't want anyone to find out. This the the reason for his high intelligence and ability to remember an almost infinite amount of puzzles.
Clive's name will be changed back to Klaus when the 3rd game comes to EuropePlease, Level 5, please!
Beasly (the puzzle bee) was Subject 2.He says it himself during the cutscene, his story is "a gripping tale of a lonely drone's triumph over adversity... To become a puzzle bee!" We know that the parrot is Subject 1, the rabbit thing was Subject 3. Things they all had in common? They all talked, and according to Subject 3, had pretty horrible lives as research subjects.
Granny Riddleton is an incarnation of Ravel Puzzlewell.Because it is just too obvious.
Pavel is The Man Behind the Man.There is no legitimate reason for this goofball to wander into every game and claim that he got lost on his way to somewhere else. He speaks multiple languages — sometimes at the same time — and is very good at putting on an innocent act. I submit that when the series comes to its eventual conclusion, we will discover that Pavel was the Big Bad pulling everyone's strings all along.
Rando Ascad and Jean Descole are one and the same.Layton's close friend from school, Rando was obsessed with archaeology — a trait shared with Descole. It would explain how Descole seems to know Layton so intimately, and why Layton gets the feeling he's met Descole somewhere before.
In the Ace Attorney crossover, Maya will, at some point, be Don Paolo in disguise.Because Don Paulo only disguises himself as major characters, has been known to imitate girls Maya's age (Flora), and Wright is a playable character. Otherwise, Don will probably impersonate another AA character; probably Gumshoe, Edgeworth, or The Judge, in order of likelihood of being impersonated/present. Also depends on what charactershow up from each series.
Dr. Schrader was saved by his analytical mind.We know that the Elysian Box killed people because it was infused with the Folsense gas, which caused people to believe their expectations to be true. Dr. Schrader undoubtedly believed that the box was genuinely deadly, but also believed that there must have been a rational medical explanation for those deaths. Thus, instead of dying outright as if from a curse, he went into a deep but potentially survivable coma as if from a strange biologically dangerous substance.
Puzzlette is closely related to Professor Layton.Well, think about it for a second. If you've seen the latest Mask of Miracle trailer, you've seen how crazy the Professor's hair was, and Puzzlette's beehive is about as outlandish; her hair is about the same color, as well. They're exceedingly similar, right down to the dot eyes, button noses, and their fixation with puzzles. So then, that begs the question: is she Layton and Claire's daughter from a skewed timeline (assuming Riddleton is one of Bruno's robots)? Are they related through Granny Riddleton (assuming she's NOT one of Bruno's robots)? Or is it something else entirely?
The third game was all a hallucination caused by the leftover gas from the Elysian BoxHow else do you explain plot twists as frigging insane as "the future is actually underground"?
When Layton opened the Elysian Box, Luke subconsciously expected not death, but a twist.Layton believed that it would be empty, but Luke hadn't come to that conclusion. Subconsciously, he'd simply assumed that it would contain a dramatic and plot-deepening twist. He may have seen the precise twist of an empty box because it matched not only his expectations, but also reality.
Only Luke saw the Elysian Box glow when Layton first opened it. He's a kid. That's exactly the kind of dramatic effect he'd expect.
Professor Layton is the same type demon as Neuro in Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro.Professor Layton is not solving puzzles out of curiosity but to feed himself and keep himself alive. Layton hired Luke because he has trouble understanding human emotions.
Luke is developing a serious illness as of Unwound Future.When you tap around at different locations to examine things and find hint coins, he mentions being dizzy. If it only happened when he looked at the gears just over the bus stop, that would be one thing — but he says he's dizzy practically a dozen times throughout the game. Maybe he just assumes it's because of the scenery, but no one else seems affected.
Professor Layton is a Time Lord.Seriously, he's not even trying to hide it. His study of "archaeology" consists of going back in time and taking notes.
Mr. Beluga is a human Goomba.He has the small fangs, the black angry eyebrows.. His head is even almost the exact shape of a Goomba's! Also, I'm pretty sure that there's at least one Goomba somewhat like him in the Paper Mario series.
Professor Layton is transgender.It's why he's so obsessed with being a gentleman — it was drilled into him by his father after he discovered his son was behaving like a girl — growing out his hair, wearing dresses, etc.. It's also why he constantly berates Luke for not being a proper gentleman. Don't blame me, blame the Layton Meme.
Descole is doomed to die, or is trying to save someone who is dying.Apparently, in Specter's Flute, Descole was trying to draw out the guardian of Mist Haley, who was the only thing that could lead him to a rumored kingdom under the town called Paradise. Also, the legends said that anyone guided to Paradise by the guardian would be completely healed of all illnesses. Then, in The Eternal Diva, he's trying to find Ambrosia, a kingdom that invented a miracle medicine that could cure everything and grant eternal life. Is anyone else noticing a trend here...?
Luke has bulimia.They DO say that he has a legendary appetite in the second game and this is further shown in the third game. However, he's too thin despite being such a big eater. He was somewhat plump in the fourth game and movie, so it might no be that he has a fast metabolism and he doesn't seem to have grown taller in the three years of difference between the fourth game and Curious Village (using the professor's height as a reference here), so it couldn't have been a growth spurt.
Layton has a mullet.Come on, you can totally see in the flashbacks XD
Don Paolo is Flora in disguise.Consider the following:
In Folsense, Layton and Luke subconsciously knew its secret all along.Although the strange gas of Folsense caused then to see the town as a lively place, they subconsciously knew it to be a tragically abandoned place, likely inhabited by people unknowingly living a lie (see the 'Folsense isn't a complete sham' WMG above). This is why they find the place unsettling, and why subdued music plays throughout.
Hershel's middle name is Edwin.
Inspector Gilbert was killed by Bill Hawks.
Luke is actually related to CliveI mean, come on. Clive's disguise consists entirely of dressing in a similar style to Luke, and when he reveals himself, all he does is take off his hat, instead of, say, a wig, and he still looks quite a bit like an older Luke. To say nothing of the fact that, in that flashback picture, young Clive looks almost identical to Luke! Two people who look that much alike is way too convenient, even for the Layton series. My guess is that Clive and Luke are perhaps cousins (or even second cousins, as Luke doesn't seem to be familiar with him) who have a very Uncanny Family Resemblance. Hey, it makes much more sense than what we're given.
St. Mystere wasn't set up to find Flora a new guardianFor solving the mystery, Layton was supposed to become her spouse. If you're trying to find someone to raise your child once you're gone, you don't give specific instructions to hold off the search until she's out of childhood.
The whereabouts of Emmy in the first trilogyThe Last Specter introduces us to Emmy, and she's a prominent character in the prequel trilogy and the Eternal Diva. Where then, is she in the original trilogy? This troper's theories are:
Descole is actually... an alternate Professor Hershel Layton who must change the future to save himself from his death or a horrible event in the future. It makes sense after all if you think about it. In The Last Specter and The Eternal Diva, Descole looks for a cure or some kind of healing item (Paradise and The Elixir of Life), and if he does not find it or get his way he becomes angered and loses control, which really can be attributed to the fact that he's actually panicked and scared for his life and must hide his true feelings to not reveal how he actually feels, but by doing this, all he also does is make it hard to see puzzles like his regular self, which is at all angles and perspectives. (also makes sense if you think of psychology, thus explaining the outbursts). He is Layton not just because he hides himself, but because Layton is the only one who seems to recognize him at all but can't seem to remember where (subconsciously). In the Miracle Mask, it is intentionally made clear that his identity is of someone we know and to put it even further, it seems he recognized Broneph and his organization Targent, and my theory is that he is a Layton from the future that is dying from a condition caused by something in his life or trying to stop a horrible event in the future, and using what he knows about the past and his knowledge gained to change it, that is also why at the end of The Last Specter he tells the Professor that one day there will be a time where he cannot win, because he knows exactly what may happen which caused him to become Jean Descole. Even more to this theory is that Jean Descole is the complete polar opposite of the Professor, as seen in The Last Specter. And for the horrible event, I'd say it has to do with The Unwound Future, which chronologically is the last game in the series, so it may of been an event around that time.
Clark was in charge of the Golden Garden dig before becoming mayor.
Emmy married Grotsky at some point after the third prequel.It's why she's not in the original 3 games.
Monte d'Or and other towns in Miracle Mask are ex-pat communities.This is this troper's headcanon, anyway. There are no deserts in the UK, but there are plenty British ex-pat communities across the world. This troper favours the idea that Monte d'Or, Stansbury, and Craggy Dale, are all ex-pat hotspots somewhere either in South America, or North Africa.
Descole is a ZoroarkFrom Pokémon. How else can you explain him disguising himself as Doland, an old, wrinkled man about half his size and Angela, a woman?
Claire was one of the few in Layton's life who was ever made aware of his past.She never gave up on him, though, and instead taught him about being a gentleman as a means of helping him to recover so that one day, he could face up to it with dignity and courage. Through this, Claire brought him out of his shell.
Emmy is actually Bronev's niece, and by extension, accompliceEmmy is a skilled photographer and martial artist, the latter skill taught to her by her uncle. Bronev has photographs of the Garden of Healing and Ambrosia laid out on his table in one of the cutscenes, both locations which Emmy visited, and Bronev is also shown to be a skilled fighter in the post-credits cutscene. It would explain why she doesn't appear in the original trilogy.
Because it will be the final Layton series game with Layton as the main character, that game will contain a storytelling minigame whose stories mirror the entire Layton series.It will involve new characters, but the similarities will be undeniable. The movie/s will be represented. There may also be an adaptation of Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney that crosses over with another metafictional property. To avoid spoilers, the final episode, based on the very game it is a part of, will only become available after the game is finished, and may end with a hint toward the future of the Layton series - Layton Brothers, or something involving Luke.
The Enigma Coin hints at the continuation of the series after the sixth game.It's already known that the sixth game is Layton's last (un-chronological) adventure, but the coin itself has the same top hat with the letter R printed on it. We just need to find somebody whose last name starts with an R!
Descole is Desmond SycamoreI was just watching the new game trailers from YouTube when I noticed this: Simon's butler LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE Descole's butler◊! Coincidence? I think not! I could be wrong, but this IS WMG. And this is just way too good to pass up. I'm calling it now while no one else seems to have gotten the same idea...
It's not his true identity, but Descole is in fact Desmond Sycamore.An expansion to that one Descole theory above, since hey, it's the WMG. May as well cover the bases. Sycamore is actually a cover set up by Descole years before Specter's Flute, because Descole needed to make his real self vanish due to the threat of Targent/other reasons in his past. Once he did what he needed to establish the character, he could interact with society and continue his research more or less unhindered under everyone's noses, even after he started committing his crimes as 'Jean Descole'. The two roles appear similar to each other, but this is actually because they're individually similar to Descole's true identity. Him as Descole bears much more similarity, because after years of keeping his real self out of the public eye, he felt reassured (and tempted) enough to let more of himself show through. Thus, Layton's comment about faintly knowing Descole from somewhere. Level 5's making the connection too blatant for there not be something else going on, after all.
Descole is NOT SycamoreIt will turn out everything stated above is just a Red Herring, and Descole will turn out to be someone else.
Descole is Desmond Sycamore's brotherBecause, let's face it, they do look kind of similar (and even then, siblings don't have to look similar, as another Level-5 series proved to us). Sycamore could either be working with Layton to bring his brother to justice, or be secretly collaborating with Descole to bring both Layton and Targent down, in which case a tremendous Heel-Face Turn scene could occur.
Desmond Sycamoreis Descole's accomplice. It would explain why Raymond is with him. Descole always has someone working with him in his plans and we always see them in the trailer (Jakes, Mr. Whistler, Masked Gentleman/Randall). There doesn’t seem to be anyone else that could fit the role of Descole’s partner but this. The fact that he's is the one who contacted Layton makes it seem even more like he’s helping Descole. In the trailer, Targent agents seem to be scattered all over the place to keep watch on everything. With Layton around, Bronev’s attention will be drawn to them while Descole can carry out his plans without being bothered.
Melina never really left Janice
Descole sold all those tickets to raise money for his projectsHe couldn't get all his money from Offscreen Villain Dark Matter.
Descole eventually planned to use the mind transfer machine on himself.If the whole the "Elixir of Eternal Life" thing didn't pan out.
The upcoming Azran Legends will be a bridge game to connect the two trilogies and visit the plot point mentioned at the end of Unwound Future.It's been stated that this one will be the final game starring Layton. To ensure that things will seamlessly flow into the original trilogy and tie up loose ends, it'll utilize the plot thread that was brought at the end of Unwound Future.
Level-5 will release an Updated Re-release of the original trilogy for the 3DS.They could redesign the graphics and animated cutscenes in 3D, redo the voice acting to make it of higher quality (and for Curious Village, just include new dubs for other languages), include slightly more challenging puzzles (maybe at the cost of reducing the number of puzzles), include the live versions of soundtracks, and retcon some of the dialogue to reference the second trilogy. Sure, this is all very far-fetched, and a single 3DS cartridge might not be enough to hold all the data, but hey, this is Wild Mass Guessing.
Descolé was one of the Professor's students.Mostly just because of that one scene in Eternal Diva where Layton corrects Descolé on the songs represented in the seal, and points out the Song of the Sun. That always felt very like a stern teacher correcting an errant student. Perhaps for Descolé, Layton was always something of a "Well Done, Son" Guy — Descolé was a decent student, but prone to silly mistakes or not looking close enough. It would have frustrated him deeply, because all he wanted was Layton's approval. So when Layton once again shows him up, he's absolutely furious. It also explains his frustrations in Spectre's Call. (Although as this troper thinks of it, he was surprisingly calm at the end of Miracle Mask....)
Descolé is the boy from the Trunk Episode with how Emmy met Layton.The last you see of him in Spectre is Layton talking to him about possible courses to study, it's inevitable that Layton likely would have mentioned archaeology, his own subject. Keep that in mind that the preceding incident would also have been his first time being foiled by Layton, and that we know he has a thing for white clothing from the shoes he bought...
Janice is a spirit mediumShe had been channelling Melina the entire time. As for why her appearance didn't change : 1. She is probably a weak spirit medium. 2. There is indeed a change in physical appearance, it's just not noticeable to the viewer (the same way Don Paolo could masquerading as an entirely different person).
Stachenscarfen is MarioHe cameos in plenty of other games.
A future game in the series will feature grown-up Luke as the main character...with the reincarnated Aurora as his assistant. They'd make a pretty good team, don't you think?
There is something seriously up with Pavel.There's something really, really, really off about the guy. Like sure he gets lost but the man gets lost in the weirdest places that he shouldn't even be in and I at least, don't trust him.
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