Hi, hi! Welcome to day 7 of the video game challenge! Today’s topic is ‘favorite game couple’!
My favorite video game couple would have to be Crono and Marle from Chrono Trigger.
Crono and Marle meet when they accidentally bump into each other at the Millennial fair and Marle loses her pendant. Crono then finds it and returns it to her and she is grateful and asks if Crono will show her around the fair.
After a few events and games, Crono and Marle make their way to Lucca’s presentation where she is showing her teleportation device. Marle watches Crono teleport from one pod to the other and wants to then try it herself. When Marle steps onto the pod, something goes wrong, she disappears and is taken to a different time. Crono travels to find Marle and saves her, but upon their return, they find that everyone believes that Crono has kidnapped Marle who is actually Princess Nadia.
Crono is put on trial and depending on what you did at the fair he can be found guilty or innocent. Regardless of this though, the prison guard is told that Crono is to be executed. After making his way through the prison towers, Crono’s friend Lucca comes to his rescue. As Crono and Lucca are trying to escape they are stopped by guards but Princess Nadia (Marle) tells them to stop. The chancellor orders them to bow to the King instead. The king tries to stop Marle from defending Crono but she is defiant and runs away with Crono and Lucca.
The three become trapped in the forest and the only escape is a time gate. The three use it and then begin their travels through time.
What makes the relationship strong here is the fact that even though Crono barely knew Marle, he went after her to save her and in return she tried to protect him. What’s more impressive though is that she is actually useful in fights, she may not be the strongest character but she’s not entirely weak either and will be a fantastic healer later on.
She shows great compassion for characters and events that happen in the story instead of being a character who is just sassy and self-centered.
There isn’t a whole lot of relationship development between the two throughout the game, sadly, but you can tell there is affection there.
And then there is this beautiful ending to the game that I think says it all in a simple way.