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Characters Done Right: Chrono Trigger’s Lucca
[caption id="attachment_4745" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="Image of Lucca. A female character with glasses, a helmet, dressed in shorts, boots, and a tunic. She carries a messenger bag."][/caption] *This post contains some story spoilers for Chrono Trigger* When Lucca was introduced in Chrono Trigger she was referred to as Chrono's "inventor friend". No gender was given in this description. When you first met Lucca she was with her father at the Millennium Fair showing off her new teleportation device. When the device malfunctioned, the game's adventure began. As I played the game I found myself really liking Lucca. She was a smart character that was explaining the time traveling to the rest of the group. As everything around her was changing she did not hide in fear but instead fought alongside her friend Chrono with weapons including guns and powerful fire magic. I was really drawn to her character being described as an inventor. She was a female scientist/engineer/inventor and was never seen as incapable in this role based on her gender. She was smart and not afraid of a challenge. When the group traveled to the future she was able to fix a non-functioning robot named Robo. As the game continued I was under the impression that the two of them became friends. In the Nintendo DS version of Chrono Trigger there was a cut scene after the credits showing Lucca with another robot. I saw that as her creating another robot similar to Robo because she missed her friend. Lucca was a female scientist, a powerful member of the group, and was not sexualized in the story. Her role was NOT that of "female friend destined to be love interest of male lead". She was smart and capable, often explaining their situation to the rest of the group. But she was not the stereotype of a cold or unfeeling scientist, since she cared deeply about her friends and their lives. I saw her as an interesting and endearing character because of those traits. This is a series of posts seeking to highlight positive examples of women in video games. Inspiration from "Characters Done Right" series by Lake Desire.