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A list of characters from Square Enix's mid-1990s time-traveling yarn, Chrono Trigger.


Main Characters

The whole team

Crono

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 Our hero. A young boy from the village of Truce in 1000 A.D. who lives with his mother and cat. Doesn't say much, but becomes quite the hero after being sucked back in time.

Lucca

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 One of Crono's friends from 1000 A.D. Lucca is very good with gadgets, a trait she inherited from her father, Taban. She discovered small pockets of distortions in time (which she dubbed "Gates") after an accident at Leene Square hurled Marle back in time to 600 A.D.

Marle

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 The princess of Guardia Castle in 1000 A.D., and daughter of King Guardia XXXIII. Fed up with the trappings of royal life (i.e. not being able to go anywhere without her father's approval), she runs off and bumps into Crono at the Millennial Fair. Her real name is Nadia, but she prefers to be called Marle.

Frog/Glenn

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 A renowned warrior of the kingdom of Guardia, hailing from 600 A.D. He was placed under a Cursed with Awesome by Magus, and has sworn to defeat to avenge his best friend Cyrus.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: In one of the most famous examples of an Exaggerated Trope version of this trope, he slices an entire mountain in half with the Masamune. A MOUNTAIN.
  • Badass: And HOW! Probably the most badass out of the heroic characters, despite his unassuming form or because of said form!
  • Baleful Polymorph: Utterly annihi-verted. Magus seemed to have been aiming for this trope, but he missed by a wide margin.

 Frog:This form has been a blessing in disguise. Without it... (hops and poses with the Masamune) There are things I'd never had obtained!

 Glenn: "I cannot hurt another."

Robo/R66-Y/Prometheus

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 An R-Series robot from 2300 A.D. (serial number R-66Y, real designated name Prometheus) that Crono and friends find in the Proto Dome, abandoned by his creators. He joins the party after Lucca repairs him in order to help them kill Lavos.

Ayla

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 A strong, burly, female tribal chief from 65,000,000 B.C. As one of the first humans, she is on-hand to discover Lavos' terrible destructive power.

  • Action Girl
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Averted. Ayla's love interest is Kino, who is most certainly NOT a Hercules.
    • Then again, considering that official art makes her look mid-20s and him look barely teenaged, her attraction to him might suggest a different trope altogether...
    • On the other hand, she first shows interest in Crono because he kicks tons of Reptite ass. And by "shows interest in," we mean "pushes him against the cliff wall and starts dry-humping him." However, she later says that she prefers Kino, so...
    • But on the gripping hand, she does say that she became chief because she's the strongest, and if she dies then Kino will be the chief, so he may actually be the second-strongest member of the Ioka tribe.
  • Badass Normal: The only human character without magic.
    • Also the only character to not equip weapons. Her "weapons" slots are her fists, which are periodically upgraded at level milestones.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Her powerset is like this.
  • Bi the Way: Seen by some in this line: "Me like strong person. Man, woman, both like!" and her Kiss and Charm abilities work on allies and enemies (respectively) regardless of gender.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Boobs of Steel
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: At a sufficiently high level, her fists deal 9999 damage on every critical hit.
  • Desperation Attack: Her Dino Tail tech.
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Extreme Omnivore: A good chunk of her lines.

 Ayla: "Big frog present? For Ayla eat?."

Frog: "P-perish the thought!"

  • Fastball Special: She throws Crono in the Falcon Hit attack, while Robo and Crono throw her in the Spin Kick and Drill Kick attacks. Frog is a borderline example with the Bubble Hit attack, as he traps her in a bubble, directs her over the enemy, and pops it so she can land on the monster.
  • Fur Bikini
  • Gainaxing: In her walking animation (but done subtly).
  • Good Old Fistcuffs of Iron: Despite wielding a club in cutscenes and official art, she fights using her fists in the game.
  • Hot Amazon: Emphasis on hot.
  • Hulk Speak
  • Intimate Healing: Her "Kiss" ability heals party members.
  • The Ladette
  • Lightning Bruiser: Ties for fastest player character with Magus, and has the highest strength of any character.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Aside from her outfit, several of her abilities openly trade on her sex appeal. An early prerelease version of the game even gave her "Kiss" ability the name "Arousal"!
  • Nature Hero
  • Nubile Savage: Already attached, but otherwise...
  • Pregnant Badass: Some of her comments, and her throwing up after Nizbel is defeated, implies that she is in the very early stages of pregnancy during the game. There is a debate, however, if the throwing up was because of morning sickness or if she was just hung over from the party the previous night.
    • If she was pregnant, the fetus is now dead from alcohol poisoning. Yes, Fridge Horror is a dish best served cold.
  • Running on All Fours
  • Shout-Out/Name's the Same: Shares her name with the protagonist of Jean Auel's Earth's Children series, who was also a prehistoric woman. She lived less than a million years ago, however (you know, because there were no humans around in 65,000,000 B.C. in the real world).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Officially "Eira" in Japan.
  • Summon Magic: Dino Tail.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Does it unabashedly to Marle during Marle's Sidequest. Ayla claims that Marle isn't "ready" to have her own kids yet (of course, Ayla was comparing Marle's chest to her own, so the bar is a little high...)
  • Wild Woman

Antagonists

Magus/Janus/The Prophet

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 An evil wizard from 600 A.D. but actually from 12,000 B.C., worshiped by the monsters of Medina Town, and wielder of many forms of dark magic. He plans to summon Lavos, the being destined to destroy the world.

  • Adaptive Ability: First battle only.
  • Anti-Hero: Type V.
  • Arch Enemy: To Frog.
  • Badass: He seems specifically designed to be as awesome as possible.
  • Barrier Change Boss: The Trope Namer
  • Black Mage
  • Black Magic
  • Casting a Shadow: He's the only magic-user in the game explicitly stated to be shadow-elemental. His ultimate spell, Dark Matter, is a particularly notable example of the trope and his SECOND strongest spell is a black hole.
  • Climax Boss: Complete with theme music!
  • Crutch Character: Magus joins very strong, and his stat growths are top notch (indeed, he'll max most stats before anyone else, even the non-magical ones) but he has no healing abilities or double techs, and very few and usually Awesome but Impractical triple techs.
  • Conqueror From the Future: Inverted Trope in that Magus doesn't hail from the the future, but the ancient past. -- He's a magically-enhanced Precursors.
    • After Lavos dumps him back in 12,000 BC, he assumes the mantle of the "Prophet". Averted in that while he is in fact manipulating the queen, he's just doing it to kill Lavos.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Although not immediately.
  • Disc One Final Boss
  • Duel Boss: The second time around, if you choose to confront him with Frog in your active party.
  • Early Bird Boss: The first fight with him, it's an elemental magic reliant brawl, at which point few if any of your party members has their level 2 spells. Frog and Crono are forced for this fight, so Lightning and Water are covered, but you can't possibly cover all of the elements, since only Lucca can use Fire magic and only Robo can hit with Shadow element (and it's a rather weak spell against a boss to boot). Taking either could leave your healing a bit weak, and Magus can be a very hectic boss requiring constant healing, but taking Marle to better cover your healing will leave you only able to cast Lightning and Water magic. And God help you if you forgot to take Frog to meet Spekkio.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In the SNES translation and Japanese version, "Magus" and "Maoh" (literally "demon king") are his names, respectively. Averted in the DS translation: "Magus" is a name he gave himself, while his title is "Fiendlord."
  • Expy: Of Piccolo and Kibito Kai.
  • Fangs Are Evil
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: He uses these as his barriers, along with a shadow one he very rarely uses and you probably won't be able to damage. When he joins you, his three starting techs are the level 2 spells of these elements.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Right from the beginning, Magus' name keeps being dropped.
    • When he kills Cyrus and turns Glenn into Frog during Frog's flashback, the theme of Zeal Palace plays for the first time in the game. Later it's revealed that Magus actually lived in Zeal Palace, as the child prince of Zeal.
  • Four Is Death: Guess how many bosses you fight in his castle. Come on, guess. Four.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: His Zeal heritage.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: As a child, he blocked out his magical power because he hated what it was doing to his mother and sister. After he was sent to 600 A.D., he embraced that same power in order to destroy Lavos, becoming much like his mother in the process.
  • Heel Face Turn: You get to choose whether or not to let him join your party after Crono's death.
  • Hidden Villain: Doesn't rear his head until roughly halfway into the story, and then only in Flash Back.
  • In the Blood: Power-lust definitely runs in the Zeal family line.
  • In the Hood: As the "Prophet".
  • Jerkass: It's a matter of much debate whether he's truly one or simply adopting a Jerkass Facade.
    • On the one hand, he was just a little kid when his mother went insane and caused him to be sucked into a time gate, which does not seem necessarily like jerkass-spawning experiences. On the other, he was raised by fiends since then, and they might have had some negative effect on him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Strong with Magic, definitely not a Squishy Wizard, and no slouch with a scythe either.
  • Magic Knight: Somewhat, while all of his techs are magic, unlike Lucca and Marle his basic attacks are worth using.
  • The Man Behind the Monsters
  • Master of None: In terms of his non-Shadow magic anyway. He starts with the level 2 versions of lightning, fire and ice magic, making him very versatile for some of the endgame bosses. However, Crono, Frog and Lucca will eventually learn stronger spells of their own elements. He's still party's the master of Shadow magic, mind you.
  • Number of the Beast: His HP (as a boss) is 6666.
  • One-Hit Kill: Black Hole. Like most spells of this type it only works on regular enemies.
  • Optional Party Member
  • Pet The Cat: After he joins your party, Alfador recognizes him, indicating that he hasn't changed so much that he'd seem like a different person to his cat.
  • Pointy Ears: Never explained.
  • Power Floats: He does this instead of running.
  • Prophetic Name: "Janus" is named for the two-faced Roman god, implying dual identities.
  • Redemption Demotion: Magus is still very powerful all around, especially compared to Lucca and Marle, your other two dedicated mages, but he's weaker when compared to his boss fight.
    • Justified in that Lavos drains his power when he tries fighting it at the Ocean Palace.
  • Purple Is Powerful
  • Retroactive Precognition: Magus is able to disguise himself as a great prophet after some accidental time travel knocks him over twelve thousand years into the past. It also helps that he landed in his home time period.
  • Right-Hand-Cat: Alfador.
  • Self Fanservice: Magus is drawn in Fan Art as a typical White-Haired Pretty Boy, but Akira Toriyama's original character design for him is anything but.
  • Sinister Scythe
  • Sixth Ranger
  • Skippable Boss: Only the second time around.
  • Token Evil Teammate
  • Villainous Widow's Peak
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even though Janus was kind of a Royal Brat, it's hard not to feel sorry for a child thrown tens of thousands of years into the future and adopted by literal monsters.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets rather thoroughly defeated when he takes on Lavos solo.
    • This happens every time: implied in the original timeline in the middle ages, on-screen in the Ocean Palace, and on-screen in the DS version's bonus ending against the "Dream Devourer."

Lavos

 An Eldritch Abomination that has destroyed the world several times over. It was first spotted (and named) in 65,000,000 B.C.

Azala

 Leader of the Reptites of 65,000,000 B.C., a race of lizard creatures that consider themselves the natural enemies of the earliest humans.

  • Ambiguous Gender: In the original SNES version, Azala's gender is never brought up (mostly since all Reptites look the same). Nizbel II identifies Azala as female in the DS remake.
  • Lizard Folk
  • Master Race: She absolutely hates humans, calls them apes, and so on.
    • To be fair, they were probably worthy of being called apes, like, as recently as her birth.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: According to Azala, the coming ice age will make the "apes" wish they had perished along with the Reptites.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Inverted with the Black Tyranno fight. Azala leaps up on her pet's shoulder and commands its attacks.
  • Pink Means Feminine
  • Psychic Powers: Specifically because Magic doesn't exist during her time.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Black Tyranno.
  • Save the Villain: Attempted by Ayla. As Lavos falls from the sky, Ayla tells Azala to come with them to safety by flying away on Dactyls, but Azala is resigned to her fate and refuses.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet
  • The Social Darwinist: She ultimately decides that if Reptites are doomed to die, so be it.
    • Her asking Ayla to "take care of this world" may indicate that the Reptites opposed humans because they thought that the humans' primitive mannerisms made them unsuitable as the dominant species. Ironically, Lavos, the most primitive-minded character of all, compensates for this by placing humanity on the evolutionary fast-track.

Queen Zeal

 Leader of the magical civilization that thrived (and was eventually destroyed) in 12,000 B.C. She used the Mammon Machine to draw upon Lavos' power to keep the floating city alive. Has two children, Janus and Schala.

  • Abusive Parents: Extremely abusive and neglectful to Janus and Schala. Thanks entirely to Lavos' influence. As Janus says, "She's not our mother," indicating that she may have been less of a bitch before.
  • Climax Boss
  • Dark Action Girl
  • The Dragon: After the defeat and possible Heel Face Turn of Magus, she becomes the primary human enemy and Lavos' main servant. Interestingly, Lavos does not seem to even acknowledge her because Lavos is a force of nature, not a human enemy.
  • Evil Matriarch: To Magus/Janus.
  • God Save Us From the Queen
  • HP to One: Queen Zeal is fond of casting her Halation spell on your party, which makes this happen to everyone. Less commonly used when she transforms.
  • Immortality Immorality: She manages to achieve her desire for eternal life, at the cost of her sanity... and the lives of her children and most of her subjects... and the magic powers of the ones who survived... basically, everything but her body and her powers.
  • Laughing Mad: Half the time you see the Queen, she's got a Noblewoman's Laugh going.
  • One-Winged Angel: After you destroy the Mammon Machine, she transforms into a disembodied head with Cognizant Limbs.
  • Sequential Boss: Your first fight with her is inside the Black Omen. Then she goes One-Winged Angel, and you teleport up to the roof for the final confrontation.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Naturally, given the power source.
  • You Are Too Late: If you try to enter the Black Omen in 2300 A.D., Queen Zeal appears and mocks you, saying that Lavos has already won.

Dalton

 Queen Zeal's right-hand general. Capable of summoning Golems.

Yakra

 One of a long line of monsters that has opposed the Guardia royal family since 600 A.D.

Ozzie, Slash and Flea

 A trio of fiends who serve directly under Magus.

 Flea: Man or woman, it's all the same. Power is beauty, and I'm deliciously strong!

Mother Brain

  Mother Brain was the central computer that linked the domes and factories together. After the planet is ruined by Lavos, Mother Brain becomes responsible for the uprising of robots over humans.

NPC Characters

Princess Schala

Spekkio

 The master of war. He gives Crono, Lucca, Marle and Frog their magic abilities.

  • Bonus Boss: His last form (a pink Nu) can only be fought if at least one member of the party is level 99, and is the hardest enemy in the game(at least in the SNES version).
  • Leitmotif: This.

The Zealian Gurus

 The Guru of Life (Melchior, The Guru of Time (Gaspar) and the Guru of Reason (Belthasar) who originally lived in 12000 BC. They try to stop Queen Zeal harnessing the energy of Lavos. When Lavos is summoned it sends the three of them along with Janus to different periods in time.

The Gurus in general

Guru of Life/Melchior

Guru of Reason/Belthasar

 "Wouldn't make it very far, anyway... It has to be the right time, and... and it has to be them, or... or the way is shut! Yes, yes..."

Guru of Time/Gaspar

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