YMMV / Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Is Clive a tortured soul who did what he did because he saw it as the only solution, or an entitled brat who wanted to see the world suffer the same cruel fate that he did just so he could feel better about it?
    • Bill Hawks is painted as a totally unsympathetic Jerk Ass, but is there another, better side of him that helped him gain the favor of the people but which we never got to see?
  • Awesome Music: Theme of the Last Time Travel is pretty great. It has an orchestra mix violins, piano and accordions, among other instruments, to create a tragic song.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The random shooting scene in the casino.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Chemley heavily implying that he's going to arrest Hawks sometime later. Given Hawks's sheer Scrappy status due to him being Hate Sink who's sadly also a Karma Houdini by the end, fans have jumped at the chance to elaborate on such a potential Catharsis Factor.
  • Inferred Holocaust: A giant mecha bursts through an underground cavern and high above London, then proceeds to shoot at will on the city. Thousands presumably die. Then the same mecha falls through the hole it created and explodes in mid-air, completely incinerating the fake London underneath it, but apparently having no further effect on the city above, despite it actually being closer.
    • It could also be inferred that the attack on London cripples the UK as a whole and leads to more chaos around the world. Since most of the world just saw a quarter of London get obliterated by a WMD, it's entirely possible that other superpowers (Like the Soviet Union) took inspiration from the attack and made similar weapons of their own...
  • Jerkass Woobie: Subject 3 vehemently rejects pity and is not exactly civil to most people, but has suffered a great deal during his past, especially during the experiments.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Future Luke, or rather, Clive. He not only fools his own accomplice Dmitri, but also two servants who have known him for most of his life
    • Bill Hawks. Even worse is that he completely gets away with it — probably why he's a rare example that overlaps with The Scrappy.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Dimitri's flashback in which he discovers Claire's dead body. All you see is her arm, but it's still unsettling, especially when one remembers this is a game for children.
    • A mentally unbalanced Clive using a mobile fortress to devastate London. It's not made clear if the area was evacuated, and if it wasn't, he may have killed a large number of people, although it's not brought up in-game.
    • Subject 3's backstory. He was a cute little bunny, abandoned and orphaned, before he was captured and sold to scientists and subjected to a number of torturous experiments.
  • The Scrappy: Bill Hawks. The guy is essentially responsible for most of the game's conflict, exemplifying the trope Sleazy Politician that most people usually hate, yet you spend much of the game trying to rescue the bastard. And yet Clive somehow lets him get away with it, too! Also, he's ugly. He's particularly a popular Acceptable Target amongst the Top Ten List community. Then again, he may have been an intentional Hate Sink right from the start; it's hard to tell. But even then, a Hate Sink is supposed to ultimately suffer for the audience's catharsis — something which Hawks avoids, therefore just being an unpleasant source of burnout.
  • Shocking Swerve: Perhaps the biggest one in the history of Professor Layton. There's a Summation Gathering, and all the evidence points to one of two people there as the main villain, both of whom Layton questions at first... and then he suddenly accuses someone the player would have likely never suspected, based off evidence the player never got to see. It still manages to be pulled off well though.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Puzzle Battle" sounds a lot like "Libertango" with the puzzle theme worked in.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The ending. First, getting to know why Clive did all this - he lost his parents in a time machine accident. Then, the scene where Claire says goodbye to the professor. Note: Layton actually cries and takes off his hat during this scene. And finally... Luke leaving because his father got a new job, which is even more sad after you've played the fourth game and realize that Layton is also losing one of his best friends - Clark.
    • This exchange, when Luke and Layton are parting ways and Luke begins to cry:
      Layton: Now Luke, a gentleman does not make a scene in public.
      Luke: I'm sorry, Professor. I'm not a gentleman yet! *hugs him*
      Layton: *gently* There, there.
    • Dmitri's flashback to the day Claire died, after he arrived too late. God, he looks so broken during the entire scene.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Subject 3's fate. Whether he is adopted and learns to accept humans, or is taken back to another facility, or just hangs out on the wharf for the rest of his life is unknown.