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Artwork from Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.
|Series||Professor Layton series|
|First game||Professor Layton and the Curious Village|
|Designed by||Takuzo Nagano|
|Voiced by (English)||Christopher Robin Miller|
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Yō Ōizumi|
Professor Hershel Layton (usually referred to as just Professor Layton) is the main character of the Professor Layton franchise, first appearing in the Nintendo DS video game Professor Layton and the Curious Village. In the series he is a professor of archeology at the fictional Gressenheller University in the United Kingdom. He has a curiosity for just about anything, and is capable of solving nearly any puzzle. He is always in the mood for a cup of tea, and is always seen with his trademark top hat on.
In Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Hershel is asked to come to the village known as St. Mystere. Upon arriving, he is requested to search for the Golden Apple, which will give the person who finds it his most precious inheritance of Baron Augustus Reinhold, who had died shortly before Layton was summoned. With the assistance of Luke, the self-titled apprentice, the two solve hundreds of puzzles all which lead to finding the apple. However, as the story progresses more people start to disappear or even die around town, and the duo themselves are nearly killed by a Ferris Wheel that came rolling towards them like a boulder. Eventually they learn that the source of all of the mysterious disappearances come from a building stationed in the town, and enter it where they find a girl named Flora Reinhold. Once the evil Don Paolo knows of their presence, he escapes in a helicopter and destroys the building, though Layton, Luke, and Flora all manage to escape. Layton looks down at Fora and notices a birthmark in the shape of an apple, indicating that she was Baron Augustus Reinhold's treasure, and that whoever managed to find her possessed the ability to be her legal guardian.
- Professor Layton and the Curious Village
"An unabashed puzzle fanatic, Hershel Layton's skill for cracking the toughest riddles has put his name in the papers many times. His trademark hat fits him so well, you'd swear that it was part of his body."
- Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
"His two passions are solving puzzles and enjoying a good cup of tea. While his job is teaching archeology, he is also quite the fencer. Many wander what's under the hat, but only the professor knows the answer to that mystery.