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YMMV / Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

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  • 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?
  • 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.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The random shooting scene in the casino.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Chelmey heavily implying that he's going to arrest Hawks sometime later. Given Hawks's sheer Scrappy status due to him being a 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.
  • The Scrappy: Bill Hawks manages to be an unhealthy combination of Damsel Scrappy, Hate Sink, Karma Houdini, and Hypocrite. 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 pleasure — something which Hawks avoids, therefore just being an unpleasant source of burnout.
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  • 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: 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.
  • That One Puzzle: There is a puzzle where you have to calculate the number of passengers on a bus, with the catch that you have to include the one telling you the puzzle. Fair enough. However, the one telling you is the conductor, while you also have to include the driver. This is not at all intuitive for people who have never driven on a double decker bus, not to mention that bus driver and bus conductor would seem to be the same thing. A different version changes conductor to tour guide for this reason.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The Big Bad Future Luke (or to be more accurate, Clive Dove) is this. While his backstory certainly is a tragedy, many people find his actions not to be justified. Despite knowing who hurt him all these years ago, rather than simply plotting revenge against that person, he decides to drag people who have done nothing to him into this conflict for no good reason. He not only betrays his partner, but his goal results in crossing the Moral Event Horizon by attempting to destroy London and killing an unidentified number of people, unless the buildings he destroyed were conveniently empty. That said, it's somewhat downplayed despite this, due to everyone's dislike of The Scrappy who later ends up a Karma Houdini.


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