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YMMV: Professor Layton
  • Damsel Scrappy: Flora, to some.
  • Die for Our Ship: Flora's unfortunately subjected to this treatment by a sizeable chunk of the fandom.
    • Which doesn't even make sense, considering that she's Layton's adopted daughter!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Grosky, for being so damned Mantastic.
  • Evil Is Cool: Descole.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In Diabolical Box, there's a minigame which involves a hamster. The hamster speaks throughout the minigame, and also afterward, when he becomes the coin- and hidden puzzle-finding companion. This is a little jarring...then you remember that Luke is the one who is supposed to be interacting with the hamster, and Luke has the ability to communicate with animals. The hamster "talks" because Luke can understand him!
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series is huge in Europe, selling as much as in the rest of the world combined. That makes the Bad Export for You only Europe got with Specter's Flute all the more jarring.
    • To put things into perspective, the first game was released in Europe nine months after its American release. Due to its success, subsequent games were always released around one month after the American release, with Miracle Mask taking a two-day lead in Europe and culminating in Azran Legacy coming out in Europe in 2013 and in America in 2014.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight / Harsher in Hindsight: A meta-example. It was revealed in Azran Legacy that Layton and Descole are brothers. This makes the Layton and Descole pairing incestuous. Whoops.
  • Ho Yay: Luke and the Professor seem a little too chummy the vast majority of the time, although it can easily just be read as a Bruce Wayne/Dick Grayson arrangement. Then again, that one has similar problems...
    • Somewhat lampshaded by Chelmey in Diabolical Box, who decides not to probe too deeply into the relationship.
    • The ridiculous amount of chemistry between Descole and Layton, as well. The former bends the latter back over a control panel in the movie.
    • Let us not forget Henry's motivations for creating Monte d'Or. Good LORD.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Professor Layton. Layton and Luke, Layton and Flora, Layton and Future Luke, Layton and Claire, Layton and Emmy, Layton and Descole. You name it, it's out there. There is also now the possibility for Layton and Phoenix Wright.
    • The movie seems to ship Layton/Melina.
  • Memetic Badass: Layton.
  • Memetic Hand Gesture: *points*
    • The Face Palm done when someone incorrectly answers a puzzle.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Luke, my boy, this reminds me of a smashing puzzle."
  • Moe: Flora
  • Nightmare Fuel: Don't let the cute and quirky character designs and whimsical settings fool you; all of the games have several examples.
  • Parents as People: Hershal Layton, as often joked about in the fan community. He's overprotective of Flora to the point of ignoring her on while on a case. It became somewhat of a running gag that Layton's so one-tracked minded on his adventures that he often forgets his adopted daughter. As for his son, Alfendi, he grows up to be a borderline-psycho Jerkass and Nightmare Fetishist. Luke on the other hand is brought along on his life-threatening journeys.
    • To be fair, we don't see Layton on his non-adventuring days very often, and Luke has proven himself to be, while absentminded, extremely competent and capable for his age.
  • Scrappy Level / That One Puzzle: You'd have to be genius to have enjoyed the peg solitaire puzzles, or sliding block puzzles, among others.
    • The "How Old Is (X)" puzzles are murderous due to brutal wordplay, and are a nightmare for non-native English speakers.
    • Also the chess puzzles. "Here, this is a 10x10 chess board. Jump on every single space, and you can only move as a knight. Also, there is only one known way to solve this puzzle, and only one correct direction to jump for every single jump. To top it off, we've replaced your hints with random chess trivia that is no help whatsoever. Oh, quit crying, you wuss."
      Anthony: Oh, and if you get stuck, don't bother asking me for any hints. I'll provide nothing of the sort! I want you to solve this puzzle in its... purest form.
      • Luckily, by this point, the game has a memo function, which proves invaluable for planning the Knight moves before you try to put them into action. It actually makes life a bit easier.
    • The Chocolate Code in the English version of Curious Village. This one wouldn't be so bad if the translators hadn't changed the hints so that they didn't reference the most significant part of the clue's illustration.
    • One of the bonus puzzles in Diabolical Box asks you to multiply a three-digit number by a one-digit number to get a four-digit number using the numbers from 1-8 only once.
  • Ships That Pass In The Night: Flora and Clive. The ship potential is there, but they don't interact much unless you count Clive kidnapping Flora.
  • Shocking Swerve: Every single Reveal following the once-a-game Summation Gathering, the only exceptions being:
    • Randall being the Masked Gentleman in Miracle Mask. Mysterious figure wearing the mask that Randall had when he died, torturing the town that Randall's closest friend and ex-girlfriend, now seemingly WIFE of said friend are heads of, yells about the greed and corruption of the town, and they never found Randall's body? HM. I WONDER WHO HE IS?
    • And in Azran Legacy, it is pretty obvious that Desmond Sycamore really is Descole, at least when you played a previous game, as both have Raymond as an employee.
  • Spoiled by the Format: If several mysteries are not yet solved, you likely have a way to go, and you certainly do if not all of the mysteries have been found. Additionally, the number of puzzles for each game gives you some idea of how far you are when the number of a given puzzle appears.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Despite the fact that very little is known about it for now, Layton 7 is already starting to gain this reaction from fans due to basically being Professor Layton In Name Only. As in... in name only to the largest degree you can possibly get, to the point of being a non traditional puzzle game that doesn't star Layton, has a new art style and is made for both 3DS and smartphones.
  • Uncanny Valley: Professor Layton's Black Bead Eyes wouldn't be so creepy if not for the fact that he's the ONLY character with eyes like that.
    • There are other characters with black bead eyes, but at least they have eyebrows...
    • A few NPC character designs are a bit too weird-looking.
  • Video Game Movies Suck: In a rare twist of events, the Eternal Diva movie was actually well-received. Level-5 even expects to release more of them.
  • The Woobie:
    • Flora.
    • The conversation Barton has with Luke in Unwound Future paints him as one.
    • Anton.
    • Layton himself becomes one over the course of the series as more of his backstory is revealed. Unwound Future reveals the love of his life was blown up, Miracle Mask reveals his best childhood friend fell to his death and Layton couldn't save him, Azran Legacy reveals not only is Layton adopted and his real mother is dead, but his father and brother are criminal sociopaths, and Layton Brothers reveals his son is a violent asshole.
    • Clive. Good God, Clive.
    • We can now add Arianna in Last Specter. Luke had his moments considering his mum was locked up in the wine cellar...
    • The entire main cast of Miracle Mask in so many ways.


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