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Official artwork of Magus by Akira Toriyama.

Time Era Antiquity / Middle Ages
Home Area Zeal / Fiendlord's Keep / North Cape
Age Indeterminate, most likely around 30 (Magus)
Around 10 (Janus)
Weapon Type Scythe
Magical Element Shadow
Family Queen Zeal (Mother)
Schala(Older Sister)
King Zeal (Father, Deceased†)
Gender Male
Friends / Colleagues Dalton (hates)
Ozzie (betrayed)
Flea (betrayed)
Slash (Betrayed)

Magus (魔王 "Maō"?, literally "demon king") is the Tritagonist of Chrono Trigger and was the dark mage waging war against the Kingdom of Guardia in the year 600 A.D. Magus was originally born as Janus (ジャキ Jaki?, "Jaki" in the Japanese version), the young prince of Zeal in the year 12,000 BC. He is especially determined to kill Lavos and find his older sister, Schala.

"If history is to change, let it change! If the world is to be destroyed, so be it! If my fate is to be destroyed, I must simply laugh!"
— Magus

Physical Appearance

Both Magus and Janus look very quite different at first glance. Magus has pale gray skin, while Janus has skin typical of the other inhabitants of both the Kingdom of Zeal and average characters in other times. Both Magus and Janus have light blue hair; Janus, however, has shorter hair length than Magus. Janus also has rounded ears, while Magus has pointed ears.

Janus is about the same height as the various fiend imps shown in-game, while Magus is the tallest playable character. Janus also has very little muscle, while Magus has a rather muscular built.

Janus wears a light purple shawl cloak while wearing pointed boots of the same color. while Magus wore a cloak (blue in-game sprite, but red in the official artwork); dark magenta trousers; brown gloves, boots, a chest plate, and a codpiece, all of which appear to be made of leather.

As the Prophet, Magus wore a hood over his head with orange trimmings around the brim and collar.

As a Party Member

He can be recruited anytime after defeating the Blackbird. He is found in North Cape (meeting him is still an essential part of the story). After a short argument (in which Magus mocks Crono for trying to fight Lavos), Magus will ask Frog if he wishes to fight, or the whole party if they want to fight him if Frog isn't a member. If Frog refuses (if he does, his reason is that he knows killing Magus won't bring Crono or Cyrus back), Magus will join the party as they start to leave, not actually giving them a choice of letting him or not. Regardless of choice, he tells the heroes that there may be a way to revive Crono with the aid of the Guru of Time. Canonically, Magus was spared and recruited, however, he was mentioned in Lucca's letter to Kid in Chrono Cross. This is supported by an extra shadow in Luccia's room while the letter is being read, although this may be a glitch of some kind.

In one of the New Game Plus endings (achieved if Lavos is defeated before fighting Magus), Frog is seen going to confront Magus, while he is preparing a ritual, the purpose of which remains unknown, although he states his fight with Frog will decide the fate of the world. The two then battle each other, the fighting happens off-screen. After that, a figure with a cape is seen standing on top of Fiendlord's castle, but it isn't known if it's him or Frog.

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