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Professor Hershel Layton
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Professor (by Luke Triton)
Sir Dark Hat (by Zacharias Barnham)
Sir Top Hat (by Zacharias Barnham)

One-off nicknames

Top-hat-wearing gentleman (by Phoenix Wright)
Occupation Professor of archaeology at Gressenheller University
Professional puzzle-solver
Inquisitor (Temporarily during The Last Inquisitor and The First Story)
Names in other languages
Japanese (romanization written with the given name first) エルシャール・レイトン教授 (Hershel Layton-kyōju) (equivalent of Hershel Layton)
French Professeur Hershel Layton
German Professor Hershel Layton
Spanish Profesor Hershel Layton
Italian Professor Hershel Layton
Dutch Professor Hershel Layton
Biological information
(this is for age comparison purposes, and so may look odd; click on the question mark for details)? Unknown
(as recorded in court record profiles and case files) 37 (approximated)
Status (last known) Alive
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Height (from official guidebooks) ~ 5'9"; 176 (includes hat; roughly the same height as Phoenix Wright in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) cm
Family Further information
Friends Luke Triton (self-proclaimed apprentice)
Espella Cantabella (friend)
Phoenix Wright (investigative partner)
Maya Fey (Wright's assistant)
Other friends
Affiliates Carmine Accidenti (former student)
Miles Edgeworth (rival)
Other affiliates
English Christopher Robin Miller
Japanese (romanization written with the given name first) Yo Oizumi
French Martial Le Minoux
German Mario Hassert
Spanish Jordi Varela
Italian Oliviero Corbetta
Dutch Jan Elbertse
Debut episode A Visitor in the Storm
Leitmotif "Professor Layton’s Theme ~ PL vs PW,: AA Version No. 1"
"Professor Layton's Theme ~ PL vs PW: AA Version No. 2"
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Professor Hershel Layton is a famous archaeology professor fascinated with puzzles. His love of puzzles has solved numerous mysteries and put his name in the papers many times. He travels with his apprentice Luke Triton.

Under mysterious circumstances, both Triton and himself were transported to Labyrinthia, as were Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey.

Early lifeEdit

See the Professor Layton wiki.

Adventures in LabyrinthiaEdit

Main article: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney


Layton is a calm, logical, and intelligent man with a love of puzzles and tea. He is skilled with swordplay.


  • "Hershel" may come from the German surname "Herschel", which in turn possibly comes from "hirsch", meaning deer. It was normally given to hunters or those "nimble like a deer", perhaps referencing Layton's hunt for puzzles or his nimble mind. It may have been chosen in reference to John Herschel, an English astronomer who wrote to William Lassell after Neptune's discovery to suggest that he search for possible moons. Lassell did so and discovered Triton. If so, this would link his name with that of his assistant Luke Triton.
  • Layton is a surname derived from various place names in England, possibly coming from "settlement by the watercourse", from Old English "lād" ("watercourse") + "tūn" ("enclosure"). Presumably it was chosen for its "English-ness". It could also possibly be a play on "Latin", as a reference to his intellectualism.


  • After the announcement of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino stated that Layton was partly based on Phoenix Wright. He explained that he had researched the good and bad aspects of the Phoenix Wright character and applied the good aspects to Layton.[1]
  • When acting as the inquisition during The Last Inquisitor, a few of Layton's animations are reminiscent of those of Miles Edgeworth, such as shrugging while shaking his head and slamming the desk with one palm. This may be an intentional reference on the developers' part, as Layton's role of friend turned rival was a major part of Edgeworth's character development.

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  1. Rob Fahey. Inafune surprised Layton/Wright happened. Eurogamer. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.

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