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Doctor Jean-Pierre Lautrec
- "The power of logic will bring any and all truths to light. No mystery is unsolvable."
A professor at the Museum of Natural History in Paris who has a keen interest in mysterious artifacts called Treasure Animatus, which can be found in the catacombs beneath Paris. He frequently goes down there and seeks out Treasure Animatus alongside his assistant, Sophie.
- Adventurer Archaeologist
- Badass in a Nice Suit: When he's not in the labyrinths, he wears one of these.
- Badass Mustache
- Badass Normal: Though Sophie is the one who has the ability to see the guardian Spirits of Treasure Animatus, Doctor Lautrec is equally, if not more handy when it comes to Treasure Animatus.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's highly intelligent and works for the Museum of Natural History, yet he hardly spends any time there. It's probably only his intelligence that keeps him employed, if nothing else.
- Complexity Addiction: Why Lautrec got into hunting for Treasure Animatus to begin with, as he has no actual use or interest in the Treasures themselves, only in the puzzles protecting them.
- Cultured Badass: Outside of his adventuring, he's extremely well-read and has a vast knowledge of archaeology and French history.
- Cool Hat: Lautrec rarely goes without his trademark top hat. His monkey, Nico, likes to hide in it.
- Deadpan Snarker: From time to time. Mostly his remarks are overly blunt.
- Expy: Contrary to what you may expect, Lautrec feels more like an expy of House than of Professor Layton, right down to his English VA sounding a lot like Hugh Laurie (right down to speech patterns). He's an Oblivious to Love Bunny-Ears Lawyer (as he repeatedly states he's in this for the Treasure Animatus and the historical or monetary value of the items does not interest him), is a Jerkass with a Heart of Gold (more gold than jerkass, but he has his moments too) and is an Insufferable Genius to boot - pretty much everything that Layton is not.
- Insistent Terminology: He gets offended whenever someone calls him an "adventurer" and insists otherwise.
- Insufferable Genius: He boasts about his intellect on more than a few occasions.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Oblivious to Love: He is the only person in the game unaware of Sophie's affections towards him.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Possibly. It's never clearly established exactly what Lautrec does for the Museum of Natural History, although Sophie mentions in a flashback that she met Lautrec at a college lecture and first assisted him there.
- "Like you always say, and I always quote...Ahem! ?Some say the world's full of mystery, but they're wrong! It's as if they were looking through a clouded window! Empty-headed fools! The world is a thing of beauty, built on logic! I solve mysteries and expose truth to the light of day! That is my purpose, my joy! Adventurers?! Pfft! Do not compare me to shallow treasure hunters like you!?...right, Doctor? "
A university student who works as Doctor Lautrec's assistant. She has a strong crush on him, and gets very possessive when other women (particularly Marie and Milady) get close to him. Sophie possesses the unique ability to see the guardian spirits of Treasure Animatus, which Lautrec finds invaluable.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her "Madame", and don't insult Doctor Lautrec when she's around.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets this way whenever Milady flirts with Lautrec or even when Marie talks to him.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Meaningful Name: Sophie means "wisdom".
- Older Than They Look: Sophie's age is never mentioned (other than being a university student). Presumably she is in her late teens or early twenties but she does look younger.
- Plucky Girl: Oh so very much.
- Professor/Assistant Romance: One-sided. Sophie has a crush on Doctor Lautrec, though he seems to be much older than her.
- Tomboy: To Milady's Girly Girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She wears her hair in a very feminine style and she has a large bow on the front of her shirt.
- Tsundere: Type B. She has a very sweet personality, but when she gets angry, watch out.
Doctor Lautrec's monkey. He always accompanies Lautrec and Sophie, and likes to hide in Doctor Lautrec's top hat. He has a fondness for bananas.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Nico wears a bowtie and collar
- Action Pet
- Everything's Better with Monkeys
- Loyal Animal Companion: Nico goes everywhere with Lautrec, and comes in handy on a number of occasions.
- Non-Human Sidekick
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Stock Animal Diet: Nico's favorite food is bananas.
- "No, it's just...I wish to join you this time! I got you into this, so let me help you any way that I can."
A girl who comes to Doctor Lautrec seeking his help in fixing a device that has been in her family for generations. She has known Lautrec for a very long time, having met him when she was a child.
- Hidden Depths: Marie is highly acrobatic, able to leap up a tall tree with ease to retrieve Nico. Even Lautrec is impressed by this.
- The Ingenue
- Living MacGuffin
- Royal Blood:
- Shrinking Violet: Her shyness holds her back from escaping Vidocq, and later from telling Lautrec that she is a descendent of the French royal family.
- "One adventurer is no different than another. I sell maps to paying customers. That is my job."
A mysterious and alluring woman who runs a bar called Le Repaire underneath the Paris Opera. She sells maps of the labyrinths to adventurers, as well as Doctor Lautrec. No one knows much about her, and it's unknown how she obtained the maps or why she's selling them.
- Clark Kenting: Milady and her mask. Once Sophie sees her 'real' persona, she almost immediately spots the resemblance, but keeps it to herself.
- Domino Mask: Milady wears a variation of this.
- Girly Girl: To Sophie's Tomboy. It's also interesting to note that Milady wears a long dress and Sophie wears bloomers.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Milady's hair is very long. She wears it in an updo and it comes down to her hips.
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- "Trying to kill you? That doesn't sound too good. Up to the usual fun and games, are you?"
A young man who frequents Le Repaire. He is known to be a womanizer, and appears to have some interest in Milady, though whether she feels the same is unknown. Unlike some adventurers, he is in it purely for fun rather than for the money.
- Badass Longcoat
- Captain Obvious: He has a habit of stating the immediately-apparent state of things.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Handsome Lech: Supposedly he's quite the womanizer, and one of the sidequests addresses this. Not to mention, he frequently makes unsuccessful attempts to flirt with Milady and even Sophie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not nearly as much as Lautrec, but he can be extremely blunt.
- "Bravo. What amazing powers of deduction, Lautrec. It seems like it took you a mere 5 minutes to figure out...what took me 20 long years of hard work. Dr. Lautrec, I really must bow to your intellect. However...I think I've heard enough."
- Badass Longcoat
- Batman Gambit: He pulls the same trick twice on Doctor Lautrec. He gets Lautrec to put together the gadget that has been in Marie's family for generations and then (unsuccessfully) tries to kill him. Later he tricks Lautrec into revealing the last location in the cryptogram.
- Evil Gloating: He does this, though he keeps his gloating relatively short and to the point.
- Of Jean Descole.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Obviously Evil: You can probably guess within thirty seconds of his initial first appearance that he's going to be a villain.
- Psychotic Smirk: He does this a lot throughout the game, the first time being about five seconds after his first appearance.
- Poirot Speak: Vidocq occasionally lapses into this.
- Purple Is Powerful: His suit is a shade of orchid.
- Smug Snake
- Wicked Cultured: Like Lautrec, he appears to have a significant knowledge of French history.
- "There are rumors of shady goings-on in there. Hmph! Passing those no-good adventurers information and whatnot...No doubt, you ve received your share, too."
- Badass Mustache
- Culture Police: Acts this way to adventurers.
- Expy: Of Inspector Chelmey.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Inspector Godot, is intent on stopping all these filthy "adventurers" and bringing them to justice for their trespassing, however he does come across as an honorable and well-intentioned guy. However, Lautrec is genuinely offended that Godot lumps him in with the "adventurers".
Jean Legrand and Paul Lepetit
- "Paul: But Mama always said it's not nice to hurt girls.""Jean: That goes without saying. *cough* We're gentlemen, after all. That's why... *sputter* this sort of work...*choke*"
Two co-leaders of a crime syndicate. They are like blood brothers and work for Vidocq. Jean is rather smug, and fancies himself as a ladies' man. Paul seems to have a bit of a crush on Marie, and tries to go easy on her.
- Gatling Good: Paul spends a good portion of his screentime carrying an impressively portable steam-powered Gatling gun. It jams, leaks steam or explodes most of the times he tries to actually use it.
- HeelFace Turn: They pull one of these after Vidocq fires them.
- Meaningful Name Take a look at their names and guess who's the tall one and who's the short one.
- Those Two Guys
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl
- "I'll make a great discovery that will turn the world upside-down! You'll see! Ah ha ha ha ha!"
Doctor Lautrec's "rival", though the rivalry is one-way; Lautrec only sees Gustav as a nuisance. He is always one step behind Doctor Lautrec, and he can never beat him to the Treasure Animatus.
- Arch-Enemy: Professor Gustav sees Doctor Lautrec as this, though Lautrec could care less about him.
- Driven by Envy: In fact, the reason why he views Lautrec as his rival is because Milady said she liked Lautrec's better.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He prefers to break down walls of the labyrinths instead of solving the puzzles on the door locks.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Gustav is actually a shrewd and successful businessman, it's just that he spends too little time in the office and too much time traipsing about adventuring. It's actually through his business that he first met Doctor Lautrec.
- Cool Hat: He prides himself on his top hat. It's actually part of what started his rivalry with Doctor Lautrec
- Expy: Of Don Paolo.
- Incoming Ham: His first appearance (and most subsequent appearances) begin with his loud boisterous laughter, often before he even appears on screen.
- Large Ham
- No Indoor Voice: Gustav's vocal range seems to be limited between "shouting loudly" and "shouting loud enough to shake the walls".
- Small Name, Big Ego