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The whole team
- Badass Crew: Every playable character is some sort of Badass.
- Big Damn Heroes: To the people in every time period.
- Leitmotif: Each of them have their own.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
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.
- Always Save the Girl: Jumping through a wormhole to save a girl he just met ten minutes ago?
- Anime Hair: Bright red and spiky.
- Badass: Especially gameplay-wise.
- Cloning Gambit: The whole scheme to replace Crono with an inanimate double (won in the sideshow tent at the fair) to prevent his death by Lavos.
- Crash Into Hello: This is how he meets Marle. No matter how careful you are, this will always happen.
- Decoy Protagonist: If you don't revive him, Marle and Lucca take the lead roles for the remainder of the game, assuming they're in your party.
- Disappeared Dad: Crono's.
- The Dulcinea Effect
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Including area attacks and group heals.
- Expy: Looks like a certain other spiky-haired protagonist.
- The Hero Dies: In a break from RPG tradition, Crono actually dies fighting Lavos before the end of the game, and you don't even need to revive him to win.
- Heroic Mime: Subverted in one of the endings, where he actually gets 2 lines.
- Implausible Fencing Powers
- Katanas Are Just Better: Crono's weapon of choice, which includes some of the most powerful weapons in the game.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Nice Bandanna
- No Body Left Behind: Gets turned to ash by Lavos' wave motion gun.
- Prophetic Name
- Redheaded Hero
- Shock and Awe/Light'Em Up: Crono eventually learns lightning-based magic (changed to "light"-elemental, even if the spell is still called Lightning, in the DS Updated Rerelease). It's supposed to be "Sky" or "Heaven", which is why he also gets revival magic and Luminaire, the über Holy spell. Light was likely the closest fit without actually using "Heaven".
- Shonen Hair
- Spell Blade: When teaming up with Lucca or Marle.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Officially "Chrono" in Japan.
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.
- Action Girl
- Adjusting Your Glasses
- Badass Adorable
- Big Damn Heroes: At Crono's scheduled "execution." Of course, you could just escape on your own, but this scene is cooler.
- Black Magician Girl: Although she really doesn't look the part.
- Drop the Hammer: Resorts to this when an enemy is too close to shoot.
- The Engineer: Some of her techs utilize her inventions.
- Expy: Looks like a cross between Arale and Bulma.
- Gadgeteer Genius: With occasional hints of Mad Scientist.
- The Gunslinger: Her standard weapon.
- Homemade Inventions: And built a couple of them herself!
- Like Brother and Sister/Unlucky Childhood Friend: Towards Crono. She claims it's the former, but the way she says it, the version of the Crono resurrection scene when she's present and Marle isn't and according to this script (Warning, contains the scripts of the endings), one unused line found in the Japanese game seems to indicate otherwise...
- Mad Scientist: A heroic one.
- Nice Helmet
- Personality Powers: Averted. She lacks the extreme, impulsive hotheadedness one might associate with fire.
- Playing with Fire: She uses a flamethrower, fire magic and GRENADES for crying out loud!
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Marle.
- Science Hero: "Nothing can beat science!"
- Squishy Wizard: Slower than most, and her physical defensive qualities are somewhat lacking.
- Wrench Wench
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
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.
- Action Girl
- The Archer: Uses crossbows - usually firing them but resorting to Pistol-Whipping at melee range.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Princess:
- She's the first one to say "Screw Destiny!" when the heroes discover the Bad Future.
- In her personal Sidequest she jumps through a stained glass window to save her father.
- She also becomes hellbent after Crono dies to bring him back, along with Lucca. When the whole world is telling her "you have to let go", she says Screw Destiny one more time.
- Crash Into Hello: She first bumps into Crono at the Millennial Fair, dropping her pendant.
- Crutch Character: While she's the main healer for the most part, all her healing techs are single target only unless they're combined with somebody else; for this reason, she tends to get ditched as a healer (and thus just plain ditched) once Frog and/or Robo's magic stats get high enough for their wide-angle heal beams to be worthwhile.
- Dub Name Change: Her real name was Marledia in the Japanese version.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Expy: Shares an iconic outfit with early Dragon Ball Bulma.
- Genki Girl
- Hair of Gold
- Healing Hands: The most notable healer among the party.
- An Ice Person
- Identical Granddaughter: Bears an uncanny resemblance to the queen in the middle ages. Naturally, this becomes a plot point.
- The Medic: Has some firepower, but not really enough to be a Combat Medic.
- Missing Mom
- Off-Model: Looks as though she has six fingers on each hand in the cover art.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: Marle's pendant.
- Personality Powers: A notable aversion: Marle is hot-headed, impulsive, and passionate, yet her elemental focus is all ice.
- Pimped-Out Dress: The royal dress she wears in the past, a similar dress she flings off in the present, and a Fairytale Wedding Dress in the good ending cutscenes on re-releases of the game.
- Rebellious Princess
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Lucca.
- Ripple Effect Indicator: Marle serves as this at the start of the game in 600 A.D.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Samaritan Syndrome: She's one of the friendliest people you'll ever meet, puts on no airs whatsoever regarding her rank, and her idealism is what leads her to declare that they should Screw Destiny and change history by opposing Lavos.
- Screw Destiny: Might as well be her catchphrase.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Officially "Marl" in Japan.
- Spoiled Sweet: Marle has a few aspects of this. She could hardly be called shallow, but her sheltered upbringing has left her a trifle naïve, she nurses a definite sweet tooth, and she knows how to give orders to get her own way -- and, if that doesn't work, how to throw proper tantrums.
- Squishy Wizard: She can't take as many punches as the others. A funny sort of subversion is that she has the highest natural magic defense of anyone in the party, which makes her one of the easiest characters to keep alive in the final battle against Lavos.
- Strong Family Resemblance
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Tomboy Princess
- White Mage
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!
- Badass Long Hair: His human form in one of the endings.
- 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!
- BFS: Frog wields large Western-style swords, as opposed to Crono's katanas. The Masamune is particularly huge.
- The Chosen One: To fight Magus, that is, though he initially refuses the call due to his Failure Knight angst.
- Combat Medic: Frog has physical, elemental, and healing techs available.
- Cursed with Awesome: Side effects of being turned into a frog may include increased strength, agility, use of a sticky tongue to draw enemies to your range, and the ability to lick people's wounds. Frog even realizes it himself (see Baleful Polymorph).
- Desperation Attack: His Frog Squash tech.
- Dynamic Entry: Part of his Establishing Character Moment.
- Expy: His human form is Vegeta with green hair. In the good-ending cutscenes, anyway. In the ending after you kill Magus his hair is long and green.
- Failure Knight: Was unable to prevent Cyrus' death at the hands of Magus. The quest chain prior to his recruitment is the party's effort to get his confidence back.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: In one of the endings, Lucca sees Glenn in his human form. She then starts drooling, wondering why he never told anyone he was "such a dish."
- Incredibly Lame Pun: His Slurp special allows him to, quite literally, lick his allies' wounds.
- Insult Backfire: Magus tries to taunt Frog by bringing up his curse, but Frog quite rightly thanks him for it.
- Making a Splash: Being a frog, he's naturally good with water magic.
- Master Swordsman
- Overly Long Tongue
- Stab the Sky: Frog with the Masamune in the cutscene where he slices apart a wall blocking your path. Triggers a Pillar of Light.
- Summon Magic: Frog Squash.
- Take Up My Sword: The recipient of this, from his dead mentor Cyrus.
- Took a Level In Badass:
Glenn: "I cannot hurt another."
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: SNES version only.
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.
- Arm Cannon: He uses it in several techs. And in one case, "uses it" means "fires Frog out of it."
- Badass Automaton
- Beam Spam / Everything's Better with Spinning: Laser Spin!
- Casting a Shadow
- Defector From Decadence
- Distaff Counterpart: Atropos. She has a ribbon.
- Duel Boss: Not Robo himself, mind you, but his poor friend Atropos.
- Evil Twin: Six of 'em! They're Palette Swaps, but the principle's the same.
- Fastball Special: He can throw Frog with the Blade Toss attack and Ayla with the Spin Kick attack. Frog can also throw him with a Bubble Hit attack, trapping Robo in a bubble, moving him over the enemy and then popping it so Robo's heavy metal body lands on the monster.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Robo's other type of attack, fired from his body. Strangely, they're shadow-elemental.
- Healing Shiv: His lasers can be tuned to Shadow-element implements of destruction, or healing rays.
- I Owe Lucca My Life
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: No pun intended. Does not initially remember much about his setting.
- Mighty Glacier: Has the highest HP of any character, yet moves quite slowly. (Although he has rollers in his feet, used in his Tackle attack.) One of the sidequests he can undertake upgrades his speed, however.
- Pick Your Human Half
- Pinocchio Syndrome
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: During the Fiona sidequest, Robo spends 100 years re-cultivating the forest. His remains are stored in a chapel built in his honor. Once Lucca powers him up, Robo reveals that he has gained a new perspective on life.
- Power Fist
- Robo Speak: His text boxes include an electronic noise to indicate this. The Japanese version also has him speak in katakana, a common way to show mechanical speech.
- Robot Buddy
- Robot Names
- Rocket Punch: Robo's first special attack, and the wired variant.
- Situational Sword: His ultimate weapon, the Crisis Arm, deals damage dependent on the last digit of his HP. If it is 0, it does no damage. If it is 9, it deals a lot of damage.
- The Slow Path: Takes it on purpose to help Fiona grow a forest. This renders him centuries older than the other characters (assuming he wasn't already centuries old to begin with).
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
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.
- 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."
An Eldritch Abomination that has destroyed the world several times over. It was first spotted (and named) in 65,000,000 B.C.
- Big Bad
- Bigger Bad: Doesn't have any spoken lines or interactions, and doesn't really advance the plot, with other antagonists like Magus and Queen Zeal doing that.
- Bishonen Line: If by "bishonen" you mean faceless alien pod-thing.
- Colony Drop: The X factor which wipes out the Reptites, ushering in an ice age. Thus the reign of man begins. It's like a cooler version of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs in Real Life.
- The Corruption: Lavos doesn't interact with individuals or take any notice of them, it just makes its power available to be drawn upon, and its power warps those who use it (both humans and entire civilizations) into wickedness (and in one case, physically as well as mentally).
- Diabolus Ex Nihilo: It fell from the sky in ancient times and no one knows its true origins. But it probably came from another planet.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Trying to harness its power is always a bad idea. (Except for the Pendant, using that is fine, prob'ly because it's made of dreamstone.)
- Final Boss Preview: Getting pummeled by Lavos in the Ocean Palace. In the first playthrough, you will likely have no chance to attack before he kills you instantly. Or, alternatively, skipping ahead to the Day of Lavos.
- Final Exam Boss
- Flat Character: There really isn't much to it. Kinda like how there's not much to a slug, only slugs probably have a fear response.
- Hero-Killer: It kills Crono at the Ocean Palace. Actually, it kills your whole party, and then kills Crono For Real.
- Monster Is a Mommy: The party encounters several "Lavos Spawn" on Death Mountain. The characters don't talk about it (except Belthasar in his sparkly-light-diary-thingy but it is definitely played more for horror than for sympathy: Lavos is planning to hurl its children into space so they can destroy more worlds.
- Outside Context Villain
- Planet Eater
- Reality Warper: Capable of warping time and space by its very existence.
- Sequential Boss
- Spikes of Villainy
- Starfish Aliens
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.
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.
Queen Zeal's right-hand general. Capable of summoning Golems.
- Adaptive Ability
- Bad Boss: After his defeat, two of his soldiers can be found along with the survivors and when talked to they will mention that Dalton was a "terrible master" and "stingy with the coin too."
- Cool Airship: The Blackbird.
- Dragon Ascendant: Briefly, as King Dalton.
- Dragon Their Feet: Abandons the Ocean Palace and Zeal itself aboard the Blackbird when the power of Lavos proves more than he expected. Turns out doing this was a very good call on his part.
- Dragon with an Agenda
- Egopolis: His first action as king? Renaming Zeal to the Kingdom of Dalton. He also modified the Epoch and turn it into the Aero-Dalton Imperial.
- Enigmatic Minion
- Eyepatch of Power
- Fartillery: Belching, actually.
- Large Ham
- Laughably Evil: He's the sole human villain without any redeeming characteristics, but we love him all the same.
- Left the Background Music On: "No, no, no, and no! Stop the music!!"
- Not-So-Harmless Villain
- Smug Snake
- The Starscream: When the Queen is believed to be dead after the Floating Continent crashes and floods the world, Dalton quickly establishes himself as "King Dalton". It doesn't last very long.
One of a long line of monsters that has opposed the Guardia royal family since 600 A.D.
- Chekhov's Gunman
- Evil Chancellor
- It's completely unclear whether the chancellor from 1000 A.D. who locks Crono up is the real one or not.
- Generation Xerox
- Shapeshifter Default Form: The Chancellor of Guardia, for whatever era Yakra appears in.
- Unknown Rival
Ozzie, Slash and Flea
A trio of fiends who serve directly under Magus.
- Ambiguous Gender: Flea.
- Actually, it's made clear he's a dude.
- Flea outright says it when first introduced, but the fact is that he/she behaves and dresses like a woman everytime.
- The Dragon: Ozzie, to Magus.
- Dragon Ascendant: After defeating Magus, Ozzie becomes the new leader of the fiends. He sets up his own fortress similar to Magus's, and if you travel to Medina village in 1000 A.D. and you'll find them warshipping his statue instead of Magus's.
- Cool Sword: Slash.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Mostly Ozzie.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Ozzie's always a joke, but Slash and Flea are respectable enemies when you first meet them in Magus' Castle. It doesn't last, however.
- Musical Theme Naming / Shout-Out: Ozzie, Slash and Flea are named respectively after the Black Sabbath vocalist (you know, the one that eats bat heads), the Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver lead guitarist (now gone solo) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist.
- Now if only they had a drummer...
- The Theme Naming in Japan is of food instead (Vinegar, Soysau, and Mayonnai).
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Flea quite enjoys this.
- Perky Female Minion: Flea at least acts and dresses like one.
- Power Floats: Ozzie and Slash. Probably Flea, but it's not clear if he's touching the ground when his dress spins
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Take That: An NPC in 600 A.D. mentions them, espousing their fearsome nature as Magus' top minions, and insulting their musical abilities.
- Villainous Crossdresser/Dude Looks Like a Lady: Flea.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Flea can turn into a bat.
- It's implied that the female form we see is just an illusion as well.
Flea: Man or woman, it's all the same. Power is beauty, and I'm deliciously strong!
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.
- Blessed with Suck
- Crystal Prison: Trapped inside the Time Devourer.
- Dead Big Sister: To Magus. Although the sequel revealed that she wasn't really dead.
- Distressed Damsel
- Fragile Flower
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Then again, so does everyone else in Zeal.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- The Ingenue
- Leitmotif: Schala's Theme
- Nice to the Waiter: She treats everyone she meets kindly and as equals.
- Princess Classic
- Proper Lady
- Save the Princess: She's doomed anyway.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl/White-Haired Pretty Girl
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: As the Dream Devourer, and later Time Devourer.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never really explained what happened to her in this game. This very trope is the reason why Radical Dreamers, and later Chrono Cross, (because Kato wasn't satisfied with the former) were created.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
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
- Badass Mustache
- Badass Grandpa: Melchior in particular, since when you meet him at his home in 1000AD, it's sandwiched between a town full of hostile monsters, and a cave full of hostile monsters. And this guy makes frequent trips to the mainland.
- Chokhov's Gunmen: All three of them, if you traversed the Abandoned Sewers and entered Keeper Dome before you needed to. Twice for Melchior, though the second time it's already become clear that he's not ordinary.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water
- Hidden in Plain Sight
- Mr. Exposition
- Nice Hat
- Rule of Three
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming
Guru of Life/Melchior
Guru of Reason/Belthasar
- All Powerful Bystander: In Chrono Cross, thanks to Clarke's Third Law. He can summon up holograms, breeze in and out of the Arcadia Dragoon's HQ, and even appear at whim.
- Big Good: Ultimately, his overall goal is good, and managed to keep the peace in El Nido and save time itself.
- Brain Uploading: To a Nu-like construct, in the bad future.
- The Chessmaster: As the mastermind of "Project Kid."
- Clothes Make the Legend: Between stories, his outfit remains unchanged.
- For Science!
- Gambit Roulette: His grand plan to save the world comprises roughly half of Chrono Cross's labyrinthine plot!
- Go Mad From the Isolation: In the original future.
- Gone Horribly Right: The Time Crash, for starters. "You might think I really blew it, but perhaps it was really my finest hour!"
- Mad Scientist: Quite literally mad, at least in the original future.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In his pursuit of stopping the Time Devourer, he set loose the Dragonians and FATE, too.
- Omniscient Morality License
- Sue Donym: Dubs himself the "Guru of Time" in Chrono Cross.
- Talkative Loon: If the party meets him the first time they travel to 2300AD.
"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..."