"Don't worry about me. I intend to atone for my crimes."
— Clive to Professor Hershel Layton, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Clive (Klaus Albatross in Japan) is the true main antagonist of Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. He initially takes the name of Future Luke to hide his real identity.



Clive, posing as Future Luke, has essentially a grown-up version of Luke's outfit. He wears a light blue suit jacket and similar shoes to Luke's with knee-length, blue ribbed socks underneath. He wears a dark blue cap with three seams and a tie around the collar of his white shirt. When his cover is blown, he takes the cap off, and leaves it at the Thames Arms. In his early life Clive is seen wearing red shorts, a dark green cap with a brown brim, a brown shirt, and an olive coloured jacket with a popped collar. His eyes appear black and his hair is light brown.


He is cunning and resourceful. He is shown to be a person of vengeance, disguising his intentions under the name of "justice" which he prioritizes. After the immediate effects of his revenge subside, he tells the Professor that he felt unable to stop himself, hoping that the Professor might do that for him, like he did when he was young. He intends to atone fully for his crimes and accepts arrest willfully. He cares for his parents deeply and is said to be a good person inside. Spring and Cogg both agreed that Clive was a sweet, gentle boy and couldn't believe he would do something so malicious. It was the frustration, anger and upset that came from the injustice of losing his parents that drove him to do what he did.



Early lifeEdit


A young Clive in the incident that killed his parents.

Ten years prior to Unwound Future, when he was 13 years old, Clive lived in an apartment with his parents next door to the Institute of Polydimensional Physics. When the time machine Dimitri Allen, Bill Hawks, and Claire had been working on exploded, his parents were still inside the building, and perished in the resulting fire. Professor Layton, hearing news of the explosion, rushed to the scene to see if Claire had survived, and stopped Clive from entering the burning remains.

With no other family, the orphaned Clive was taken in by a kind elderly lady, a Ms. Constance Dove, who was extremely wealthy. Living in her household, Clive befriended two of the servants, Spring and Cogg, whose trust and loyalty he would find useful in his plans.

When Constance died around five short years later, she passed her entire fortune down to Clive. He graduated from secondary school (in the Japanese version, he instead began possibly skipping high school) and started work as a reporter to have a chance in finding out who or what had killed his parents from the newspaper archives. He found out about Bill and Dimitri, whose failed time machine experiment had blown up the apartment block. He vowed revenge and formulated a plot to eventually destroy London.

Future London was created by Clive as part of his plans. With the wealth that was passed down to him by Constance, he created a duplicate city that was believed to be the London of "ten years" in the future, which was actually situated in a cavern below the real London. He sent letters to residents of London, telling them that he was from ten years in the future and to meet him at the clock shop. When they arrived, he revealed the time machine, and took them to Future London. When he told Dimitri of Future London, he relocated there, became the 'head' of the Family, and collected the best scientists in London to work on his new time machine, claiming it was their only hope of returning home. Unbeknownst to Dimitri was that Clive was using most of the scientists to construct his Mobile Fortress to destroy London.

Professor Layton and the Unwound FutureEdit

Deciding that the time was right for the professor's involvement, Clive sent him a letter dated ten years in the future. He deemed it easiest to gain the professor's trust by pretending to be the future Luke Triton, and adopted


"I challenge you to a battle of wits!"

a costume that was essentially an older version of the usual garb worn by the real boy.

After sending Layton on a few minor "errands", he arranged to meet him and Luke at the Gilded 7 Casino in Future London, where he challenged the professor to a Puzzle Battle in order to prove his identity. Clive told Layton that his future self was in control of Future London, and ruled with an iron fist.

While in the casino, Bostro, a member of the Family, saw Layton seemingly masquerading as his boss, and ordered gunmen to search the casino to shoot him. Clive had arranged for this shootout to take place, so that the professor would be further convinced of his innocence. With Clive's help, Layton rigged together a machine gun built from damaged slot machine parts and used it to shoot coins at their assailants until they gave up and fled.

Layton and Luke returned to the real London in order to talk to Inspector Chelmey at Scotland Yard. When they returned, they were accompanied by Inspector Chelmey, his assistant Barton, and Flora, who followed them and had refused to be left behind again. Chelmey and Barton went their own way for some time, while Clive accompanied Layton and the children as they continued to search for information about Future Layton. To reduce confusion, Layton proposed referring to Clive and Luke as "Big Luke" and "Little Luke," ("Luke-san" and "Luke-kun" in the Japanese version, referring to Japanese honorifics, which are used for respect in general everyday speech) respectively.

In his role of "Big Luke" ("Luke-san"), Clive continued to play the part of a gentleman. When they confronted the future Layton in his tower, he trapped them in a large cage, at which time it was revealed that the present Layton who accompanied them was really a disguised Don Paolo, and that future Layton was really Dimitri. Don had made a deal with Layton to be a decoy in case something went wrong. The real Layton arrived and freed them from the cage, then split them into two groups to get through the emergency escape hatch. Clive escorted Flora back to the Hotel Duke, then left to confer with his lieutenant, Shipley. In the meantime, the group acquired another addition; Celeste, a young woman who claimed to be the younger sister of Claire. Like Clive's parents, Claire had been killed in the explosion ten years earlier, and Celeste was working to solve the mystery of the incident.

The entire group was to reconvene at the Thames Arms, a restaurant by the river. It was there that Clive discovered his masquerade had not managed to fool Layton for long.

The RevealEdit

At the Thames Arms, everyone settled down to have a cup of tea, or in Little Luke's case, an ice cream sundae, and listen to Layton explain his theories. The assembled included Layton, Clive, Luke, Flora, Inspector Chelmey, Barton, Don Paolo, and Celeste, along with the bartender.

Layton explained that Future Layton was really Dr. Stahngun, the scientist who, a week earlier in his own time, had demonstrated a time machine which had failed explosively, and that his actual identity was Dimitri Allen. Both Dimitri and the Prime Minister, Bill Hawks, had disappeared following the blast. He then explained that their current location was not Future London at all, but a subterranean cavern miles below the surface of the earth, cleverly decked out to resemble London in almost every respect.

He revealed the bartender to be Dimitri, and enjoined him to assist with the explanation. Dimitri explained that the cause of the explosion was the time machine that he, Claire, and Bill, had been working on. A massive error in their calculations caused the time machine to explode on its first test run. He had kidnapped scientists and brought them to Future London, letting them believe rebuilding the Time Machine was the only way they could return to their own time. His motives were good, if misguided; he wanted to go back to the day of the accident to save Claire, as he loved her as well.

Layton then reveals that Future Luke cannot be Future Luke since they are not in the future. Clive initially denied it, but he dropped the masquerade when Layton used his real name and explained how his parents had died. It was then revealed that Clive was not only playing a key role in Dimitri's plans, he had also fomulated a plan of his own. Clive then explained, to some extent, how he intended to raze London to the ground and rebuild it, a motive he admitted "some might call revenge, but I prefer to think of it as justice -- over single-minded scientists and corrupt politicians."

Dimitri implored him to explain his intentions further, but Clive was finished talking. He ran off, taking Flora with him, and activated his weapon, the Mobile Fortress.

The Mobile Fortress was hidden in the depths of the Thames. Only one part was visible above the water, the giant lighthouse which seemed to serve no purpose, and mentioned by the employed lighthouse keeper, Beacon, that it was full of machines.

The Stronghold of MadnessEdit

As he ran out of the restaurant, Clive paused long enough to grab Flora and take her as a seeming "hostage". Luke attempted to stop him, but was unsuccessful. He and Layton emerged from the building in time to see Clive speeding away in a motorboat, still with Flora in tow. Everyone else came out and watched as the Mobile Fortress

"You won't be leaving anytime soon!"

climbed out of the Thames and began to destroy everything in its path.

Don Paolo told Layton where he could find the Laytonmobile, to which he had made some 'modifications'. Layton and Luke took the car and used it, as Don changed it so it went faster, to board the Mobile Fortress in search of Flora. Clive had imprisoned her in the ventilation room, then went to the surveillance room to oversee the culmination of his plans.

Once Layton and Luke freed Flora (who was fine), they went to the Surveillance Room to confront Clive, who told them that they would never find Bill Hawks, and ran off to the control room.

They were joined by Celeste, who had boarded the fortress through the use of Don Paolo's flying machine. They managed to work themselves into Bill's location, however, and made their way to the generator. Clive warned them that releasing him would blow the whole fortress up, because the generator of the machine was wired into his heartbeat, but they circumvented this by transferring the connection to a broken pocket watch that Layton gave to Claire that remained in Celeste's possession, giving them 10 minutes to escape. They reversed the power flow, causing the fortress to start destroying itself.

With the Prime Minister removed from the machine, they fled to

Clive, being saved by Celeste.

the Laytonmobile, which—thanks to Don Paolo's modifications—converted into a plane and allowed them to fly safely away from the destructive machine.

By the time they did this, the fortress had torn through the cavern ceiling of the underground London, and was beginning its assault on the real London. Layton and Celeste's interference with the mechanism, however, was causing the fortress to destroy itself, and Clive realized his life was in danger. He was furious at how his revenge was failing. Falling debris from the machine hit Clive on the head and knocked him unconscious. However, after delivering Bill Hawks, Luke, and Flora to safety, Layton went back to get Celeste and Clive before the fortress destroyed them and itself.

Chelmey placed Clive under arrest, but allowed him a few moments' grace so he could talk to Layton and thank him for saving his life... "again". 10 years ago, when he was 13 years old, it was his parent's apartment that was destroyed when the time machine experiment failed, killing his parents. He wanted to rush inside to save his parents, but Layton had held him back. Layton did not know the identity of the 13 year old he had saved until told by Clive after London's destruction. He admitted that deep inside, he had always wanted Layton to stop him, because he was too consumed with hatred from the effect London had on his life to stop himself, and vowed that once he paid his debt to society he would work on making amends for the wrong he had done. He is last seen being taken to the police station by Barton and three other officers.


Unwound FutureEdit

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Clive gives the last puzzle at the end of the game in Mobile Fortress. For Layton and co. to escape his deadly trap, they must solve the puzzle "The Final Tile".


  • Clive's official age is actually "Unknown", as no official materials have given his exact age. Though he posed as an older Luke from the claimed "10 years" in the future (indicating he posed as being around 23, if going by Luke's estimated age at the time of Unwound Future) it's also possible he could actually be slightly younger than 23 due to the vague timeline.
  • The Japanese version of the game clearly states he was 13 when the explosion happened, however, which would overall (going by the other facts given) place him as around 23, and other facts for either the Japanese, or US/UK versions may confirm possibly around 21-23, possibly knocking a couple years off either age if his hypothetical birthday was in a completely different timeframe from Luke's own hypothetical birthday, which is very likely - also as we know no Layton characters' birthdays at all (and there is a huge cast of characters, many [such as Layton's group] all being in the same school year or otherwise close in age).
    • Similarly, when the explosion happened, he looked very close in age to canonical Luke, bearing a striking resemblance. This would be Luke at around age 13~14 (original trilogy, by Unwound Future). This meaning he could have even been a little off Luke's Unwound Future age at around the time of the explosion (especially if he got "details" wrong, or if their hypothetical birthdays were in completely different months).
      • The Japanese versions of the game confirm Clive's age being 13 at the time of the explosion, meaning Luke would also be assumed to be 13 in the present day. This is confirmed by the bar scene, where Layton clearly states Clive was "13" and the "13" is even seen among the text. ("[age] 13")
        • Going by the above, either Clive or Luke could have been 13~14 (13-going-on-14) though which age of the two either was closer to is unknown in any version.
      • When Constance died, in the US/UK versions, Clive was at least around an age to graduate UK secondary school and obtain a part-time job, according to Layton himself. Provided no timeline inconsistencies happen (giving or taking a year or a few, also considering possible timeline inconsistencies with Emmy's given ages), he would be about that age regardless. This timeline may or may not reflect real-world standards for graduating school and obtaining a part-time job in the UK.
      • The Japanese version of the game clearly states during the bar scene that Clive was actually 13 during the time of the explosion, and that he possibly began skipping high school in order to work at his part-time job. "College" is never mentioned, but "high school" is stated clearly in English by Layton in the Japanese version.
        • In the US and UK versions, Layton begins the reveal of Clive stating, "Clive, you lived next door to the lab that exploded 10 years' ago. You were just a child then." [The Japanese version states '13' clearly in comparison.] When speaking of Constance, he says "Miss Dove departed from this world five short years later, leaving her fortune to you. Before long, you graduated from secondary school and took a part-time job at a prominent newspaper." [The Japanese version here states about 5 years' later, implying around 5 years, and maybe not exactly 5 years.]
          • This timeline would confirm an initial timeframe of around "10 years ago", with 5 of those later passing (and Clive's age being 13 at the time of the explosion around 10 years ago) at the very least when Constance died (US and UK versions, and technically also the Japanese version), while giving some more time (the other "around 5 years" of "10 years ago") for Clive to finish his plans, as Layton stated. However, how long exactly (in terms of timing) Clive took to finish said plans, and, where his hypothetical birthday would have fallen is also unknown, though Constance was said to have left him a sizeable inheritence, which may have sped up the process for building Future London.
        • In England and Wales, secondary schools admit children from the ages of 11 through to around 16, depending on when their birthday is when they leave school. This is known as Key Stages 3 and 4. If the school has a Sixth form, children will stay there until they are around 18.
        • In the US and UK version's ending of Unwound Future, Dimitri also mentions, "for 10 long years, I chased after what so many called impossible..." Claire, as well, is said to have "shot 10 years into the future", and Layton responds saying, "to our present!". The Japanese version of the game also clearly states "10 years ago" in many cases.
        • Despite all of this, Clive's exact birthday also remains unknown, which complicates his entire timeline.
      • If Clive were to reappear in the Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Mystery‑Solving Files anime, or the Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy game (which debuted before the anime), his age would be at the very least +21 years from his "present" (as of Unwound Future's post-game) age regardless. (It is indicated around "21 years", if not more, have passed since Luke left at the end of Unwound Future, where Clive's last major appearance happened. An unknown amount of time has passed since. Katrielle herself is 21, however, and Luke and Clive are older than her, with Clive being older than Luke, and Luke already being post-his Unwound Future age when Katrielle was born.)
  • Around late 2018, some "leaked information" surfaced that he was supposedly tried as a "minor" (in Britain, one may be considered a "minor" up to 21 years of age in certain circumstances), but this has not been confirmed by official information, and thus was and remains a rumor. The same "information" stated he served 13 years in prison (as a full sentence), implying as well that no one may have died in Future London or otherwise (or a sentence given could have been significantly larger). The game itself shows Future London's residents were evacuated, as Belle also was, possibly "confirming" the "leak" (that Clive could be tried as a "minor" 21 years of age or younger). However, the series' legal system could also potentially contain rules that differ from a real worlds' legal system, such as Ace Attorney's does (consider Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney). Regardless, until official confirmation is given by Level-5, the anime, or future installments, this remains a rumor.
    • As of late October 2018, the "leaker" involved (who claimed to be a 'level 5 affiliate') since left, leaving the entire thing to seem false and a rumor after all. Though other "leaked information" by them appeared to be somewhat correct in a few instances, whether or not this "information" was is unknown.
    • The in-game reference on Belle and the rest of the residents having evacuated Future London is still canon, however, and may still imply London itself could have also been evacuated, which could leave Clive with a potentially shorter sentence should only structural damage have happened. If Clive were to be around 21 or slightly younger at this point, he could still have been tried as a minor, also for a shorter sentence.
    • Also, Barton tells Inspector Chelmey in response to "is that the last of them, then?" "Yes, sir! All residents of the underground city have been brought topside, sir." Inspector Chelmey later says, "we've evacuated the residents of the underground city. All inhabitants are safe now!"
  • In the Japanese version, "Future Luke"'s "Big Luke" differentiation is instead displayed as "Seinen Luke", which can translate as "Senior Luke" or "Young man Luke". He is also referred to as "Luke-san" while the younger Luke is referred to as "Luke-kun". ("-san" can be translated as “Mr.”, and is more formal than "-kun", which is used more often with younger boys, but also for males in general, that one is on friendly; or less formal terms with. "-san", while formal, can also be used to be polite and respectful in a general sense.) Luke himself also appears in the dialogue tags as simply "Luke" (as opposed to Clive's "Seinen Luke".)
  • Though he stayed with Constance Dove for a time, there is no official confirmation in any printed source for any of the various localized versions that he legally took on her surname of "Dove". Also in the Japanese version, his original surname remains "Albatross", however, which also refers to a bird.
  • Official art (including as recently as of around 2016) shows events like Clive still with Layton, Luke, and Flora, doing various things with them (such as decorationg a Christmas tree); However, as this art may not occur within the main canon, what may actually happen to Clive post-game remains to be seen.
  • Clive's voice actor, Yuri Lowenthal also voices Randall Ascot in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.
  • Dimitri Allen and Clive both hold their hands in the same position.
  • Clive's given name in the Japanese version, "Klaus", is a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian given name and surname. It originated as a short form of Nikolaus, a German form of the Greek given name Nicholas. The name can be understood to mean "victory of the people", possibly also foreshadowing Clive's story. The name became popular through Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra in Lycia, the inspiration for Santa Claus. The customary English version of spelling "Nicholas", using an "h", first came into use and was common in the 12th century in England, and has been firmly established since the Protestant Reformation, though "Nicolas" is occasionally used.

External Links Edit

Details on the Japanese version confirmed by a fandom translator (+ Clive's age being 13 at explosion)


Unwound FutureEdit

Posing as an older Luke, Clive is the instigator of the terrible attack upon London. For years, he cultivated a bitter resentment toward the scientists and politicians involved in his parents' premature deaths. He has expressed a desire for atonement.