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Marle (マール Māru?) is a character in Chrono Trigger. She is the princess of Guardia. Her real name is Princess Nadia (マールディア Mārudia?), and she is often at odds with her father, the King. Born in the year 984 AD. Later in the game, an optional sidequest shows the troubles between Marle and her father.

Physical Appearance[]

Marle has medium-length ginger hair that is tied into a high ponytail, she wears an ice blue sleeveless jumpsuit (sometimes depicted as white in art out of game), along with a crossbow, a gold belt and chain, golden bracelets, and dark brown sandals. As the Princess of Guardia, she wears a light-green dress with white gloves. Even Frog mentions that Marle bears a resemblance of Queen Leene, which was her ancestor from the Middle Ages era.

Personality[]

Marle was characterized as vivacious, optimistic and strong-willed.

Storyline[]

Bored of royal life in the castle, she moves out to the Millennial Fair held at Leene Square in Truce. Here, she first met with Crono but hides her royal status from him. As the two enjoy the many games and foods at the festival, namely lollipops, which were her favorite, Marle tries out Lucca's Telepod, which reacts with her pendant and creates a time Gate, sending her to 600 A.D while leaving her pendant behind while Using her pendant, Crono would travel back in time to rescue her. Shortly after arriving in Truce Canyon, Marle is either confronted by a search party or arrives at the Middle Ages version of Guardia Castle and is mistaken for her ancestor, Queen Leene, due to their identical features and personality. Marle, quite humored by the mistake, plays along until Crono finds his way into the castle. Marle does not reveal her identity immediately to Crono but instead seeks an audience with him in the castle's private chambers. There, she reveals her identity. As the two have a talk, a glowing green aura encompasses Marle and she disappears in a spray of sparks. Stunned, Crono flees the room, bumping into Lucca in his hurry. Finding her way to him via the Gate Key, she explains that Marle is, in fact, a Princess from their own time era while Lucca realizes that this time period's kingdom has mistaken Marle for her kidnapped ancestor. Marle's ancestor, Queen Leene, went missing many days prior to Marle's arrival in the Middle Ages. A search party was called to find and rescue the Queen, but as Marle intervened in this time period and was mistaken for Leene, the search party was called off. Thus, the King and Queen did not produce an heir that would later mother Marle and created a grandfather paradox. Shortly after, the two hear the Chancellor mention that Queen Leene is hidden inside the Manolia Cathedral, west of the Castle.

To fix the timeline and bring Marle back, the two infiltrate the Cathedral, which is overrun by strange creatures and rescue Leene from Yakra who has impersonated the royal Chancellor and held the Queen hostage in attempts to terrorize the monarchy. Marle, Crono, and Lucca return to their proper time period only to learn that a search party was called to find Marle, who was believed kidnapped by Crono. Using her authority, Marle demands the guards unhand Crono, but the Chancellor (of this time period) quickly overrules her. Placed on trial, Crono is accused of abducting Marle in attempts to thwart the throne, very similar to the event he attempted to resolve four hundred years in the past. Many scenes from the Millennial Fair play a role in this trial, but despite the verdict, Crono is imprisoned, pending execution.

Meanwhile, Lucca busts him out of jail and together they flee the Castle. Marle meets up with them and together, they take off for Guardia Forest, chased by Royal Guards and the Chancellor with the latter about to carry out Crono's death sentence himself. A Gate awaits them in the forest, and they use it to travel thirteen hundred years into the Future. After the team investigates Trann Dome, looking for a portal to take back to their proper time period, Robo joins the party. From this point forward, Marle's role in the story is optional. The player can decide to involve her or not. Including her introduces a plethora of different dialogue.

After the legendary Rainbow Shell is retrieved from Giant's Claw and stored in the Castle Vault, Marle's Father, King Guardia XXXIII is accused of selling the heirloom which was scheduled to be unveiled at the Moonlight Parade as stated in an ancestral will. The King claims he was not aware the artifact even existed. Marle, to prove her father's innocence, locates the shell in the basement of the Castle and brings a shard of it to the courtroom. The false Chancellor was mimicked by Yakra XIII, attacks the party for ruining his scheme to usurp the throne. After he is defeated, the King and Marle share a touching scene where the King reveals hidden facts about the day her mother, Queen Aliza, died of a fatal illness. For the first time in years, Marle calls her father "daddy", and their problems are reconciled.

The PlayStation version of Chrono Trigger includes an FMV scene at the end that shows Crono and Marle getting married. While a second FMV depicts the fall of Guardia Kingdom in the year 1005 AD, it is unknown what happened to Marle during this event, although if Doan is her descendant, she probably survived. In the sequel, Chrono Cross, Marle's fate was hinted at in Radius's statement about the Kingdom of Guardia was no longer being peaceful; she makes a cameo appearance alongside Crono and Lucca as ghosts at the Dead Sea and Opassa Beach.

Gameplay[]

Marle has the best healing techs out of any character in the game. She can easily heal allies back to full health and revive them as well. She also has a nice array of double and triple techs that inflict strong water damage. Unfortunately, she can't take much damage or dish out much outside of techs.

As Marle's magic element is water, she takes less damage from water attacks.

Techs[]

Tech (SNES/PS1 Name) Japanese Name MP TP Element Target Description
Aura オーラ 1 10 N/A One ally Restore a small amount of HP to an ally.
Allure (Provoke) 挑発 1 50 N/A One enemy Confuse enemy.
Ice ☆アイス 2 N/A Water One enemy Attack an enemy with ice. (Water)
Cure ☆ケアル 2 150 N/A One ally Restore moderate HP to an ally.
Haste ☆ヘイスト 6 250 N/A One ally Halve time between turns for ally.
Ice II (Ice 2) ☆アイスガ 8 400 Water All enemies Attack all enemies with ice. (Water)
Cure II (Cure 2) ☆ケアルガ 5 600 N/A One ally Restore a large amount of HP to an ally.
Arise (Life 2) ☆アレイズ 15 900 N/A One ally Revive and fully heal ally.


Stats[]

Marle initial stats

Marle's initial stats.

Like Lucca, her highest stat is Magic. However, her magic is a bit lower than Lucca's, because her magic does not increase after reaching levels whose numbers end in 2 (2, 12, 22, for example), making her magic only increase by 9 points every 10 levels, so her magic never reaches 99, having 96 Magic upon reaching Level 99. Therefore, the player only has to use 3 Magic Capsules for Marle to have 99 Magic. Using accessories such as the Magic Scarf and/or the Magic Ring can help increase her magic temporarily.

Also Marle's Magic Defense is very high, being the highest of all the characters in the game, but her HP is the lowest of all the characters, including her Stamina and Strength.

Her MP is equal to Lucca at first, rising at the same rate as her, and having the same amount, but after reaching Level 33, her MP will stop increasing at the same rate, rising slower, and being surpassed by Lucca. , and later by Magus, both in Magic and PM.

Later in the DS and Steam versions, Marle can increase her Stamina by 5, Speed by 2, and Accuracy by 5 after defeating Alabaster Shade in the Dimensional Vortex, making Marle able to max out these stats if Alabaster Shade is defeated multiple times in multiple matches via New Game+.

Level HP MP Strength Stamina Accuracy Evasion Magic Magic Defense
1 65 12 2 6 8 8 8 8
10 164 30 4 12 10 9 16 23
20 298 50 7 19 13 12 25 40
30 466 70 10 26 16 16 34 57
40 646 83 13 33 19 20 43 75
50 826 93 16 40 22 23 52 92
60 999 99 19 47 25 27 61 99
70 999 99 22 54 28 30 70 99
80 999 99 25 61 31 34 79 99
90 999 99 28 68 34 38 88 99
99 999 99 31 74 37 41 96 99

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Name Etymology[]

Nadia is a common name in several languages: in Bulgarian and Russian, it means "hope", and in Arabic, it means "virtuous" and "gentle"; her adventuring outfit also bears a resemblance to Arabic clothing.

Marle means "pleasant wood" in old English. Both mirror her kind and friendly disposition; the latter may be a reference to her place of residence, which sits beyond a forest.

Musical Theme[]

Music Title Music Track
Chrono & Marle - A Distant Promise


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