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Claris Sinclair (クラリス・シンクレア) is one of the two deuteragonists in NiGHTS into Dreams. She is a young teenager from Twin Seeds who's favorite hobby is singing and one of the two Visitors that possesses the Red Ideya of Courage.

NiGHTS into Dreams

"Today is Claris' chance to show her family she has stage talent. The stage light flares on, and her heart starts racing. The directors are out there, watching. Claris approaches the microphone, but something's not right. A small voice inside tells her that everyone will laugh. A few seconds pass, and the voice grows louder. No longer able to bear it, Claris runs off the stage."

- Claris' english bio.

"A 15-year old girl who lives in the suburb of Twin Seeds city. Since Claris was born and grew up in an artist's home, being creatively gifted was something expected of her. Continuously looking up at her dream of standing on a stage in a musical, it has always been her childhood ambition. However, Claris always stood in the shadows of other spoiled children, far too shy to prove herself on stage. Although one day her big chance to fulfill her dream became more than a dream..."

- Claris' japanese bio.

Story

Claris comes from a family of artists and she wants to prove them she inherited their talents, she auditioned for the headlining musical for the Twin Seeds centennial commemoration celebrations and while she passed in the primary examination, she felt very insecure in the second one, and she heard a voice inside saying everybody is gonna laugh at her.

That night, she had a dream where she was in the audition, when the judges started laughing at her and turned into monsters, scared, Claris runs from the stage trying to find an escape from her tormentors until she reaches a light at the end of a tunnel. It's warm and welcoming and Claris feels at ease. Claris finds NiGHTS trapped in an Ideya Palace and together they head off on a journey to stop Wizeman the Wicked.

Later, while trying to save NiGHTS from Wizeman's clutches, Claris joins forces with a boy she's never met before. Together, they help defeat Wizeman and bring peace back to Nightopia.

Gameplay

After selecting one of Claris' dreams, Spring ValleyMystic Forest or Soft Museum, she'll fall into that selected world. Upon arriving, she'll be attacked by Nightmaren minions who'll take all her Ideya away except the Red Ideya of Courage. The player shall process further in the game by using the Red Ideya to merge with NiGHTS and complete the level.

The player also has the option to complete the level without NiGHTS at all, This opens up possible level exploring that is otherwise not reachable when playing as NiGHTS, such as special chips platforms in Mystic Forest or the bouncy ground in Soft Museum. However, the player should take note that an Alarm Egg will be sent out after Elliot and if it catches him, it will cause a game over.

Twin Seeds

In Claris' last dream, she falls down onto a cloud that floats around the Twin Seeds Tower. NiGHTS can be seen flailing for attention but if the player tries to help NiGHTS, Wizeman will send a powerful wave, sending Claris flying off into the sky. She'll land onto a broken floating piece of asphalt and from here she jumps off the side into the city lights below. Claris overcomes her fears and shoots back up with her red Ideya following her, enabling her to rescue NiGHTS. The only difference is that there is no Alarm Egg and if the player runs out of time before collecting Claris' Ideya and freeing NiGHTS, then it is instant Night Over.

Ending

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Claris finds her courage in herself to overcome her fears.

After waking up, Claris goes to the audition, she spies from the curtains the judges who are all disappointed with all of the candidates so far, but when it's Claris turn, she finds courage on herself and when she sings, she impresses all of them with her beautiful voice.

Secret Ending

As Claris won the audition, she went to sing at the Twin Seeds centennial commemoration celebrations, meanwhile, Elliot is walking downtown where the 100th anniversary of Twin Seeds was being held. Elliot watches the parade for a moment before walking up to the famous Twin Seeds tower. The sun bounces off a sign for a musical being help and the glare catches Elliot's eye and for a moment he could have sworn he saw NiGHTS' face. He takes it as a sign and decides to take a peek at the Musical taking place inside. Immediately, Elliot recognizes their star singer, Claris Sinclair, from his dreams. Her eyes meet his and instantly they both overwhelmed with memories of their adventures with NiGHTS in Nightopia and how they both defeated Wizeman together.

NiGHTS Archie Comics

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Claris in the NiGHTS Archie Comics.

Claris starred in the NiGHTS Archie Comics series where her story in the first three issue is identical to her story in the game. In the first Issue, Elliot and Claris are the perfect dreamers of the century. Claris was practicing her singing at her school and her song attracted Elliot, who climbed the school and spied her through a window, Claris notices him and gets distracted, making her tutor, Madame Puffila, really angry, later that night, Claris is having nightmares when suddently, Madame Puffila appears in her dream, transforms into Puffy and starts attacking Claris, who screams for help, NiGHTS, who was fighting Gillwing with Elliot, hears Claris scream and goes help her, together, NiGHTS and Claris dualize and are capable of defeating Puffy

In the second issue, Reala and Roger have switched bodies, Claris watches Reala talks through Roger's body about the dreamworld and later goes talks with him during her lunch time at the Twin Seeds Museum, as she was about to talk, she felt disgusted over a fish on her meal that looks identical to Gulpo and Reala takes self note of that, later during a food fight, a Shleep appears at the museum and makes Claris fall asleep by spraying a yellow dust on her face, in the dream world, Claris falls into an aquarium, where she is attacked by Gulpo, NiGHTS, who was assisting Elliot fighting Jackle, goes assist her but as he needs to come back to Elliot, NiGHTS leaves Claris with a message in the aquarium's glass, telling her to sing, when she does that, the aquarium breaks and Gulpo is defeated as there's no more water for him to swim into. Claris later meets up with Wizeman, who promises her biggest dreams will come true but in exchange, she needs to gives him her red ideya, Claris accepts the deal and later wakes up with Roger offering her his hand to get up, then, he gives her an invitation to sing in the productions of Twin Seeds.

In the third issue, as Claris gave Wizeman her red ideya, she now had very little interest on her dreams, when she went to the audition her performance was souless and empty, when she left the audition, the ground aroud her started breaking and a piece of it carried her up, that is when Napp appears and gives her red ideya back, bringing back her dreams and will again, Napp tells Claris she must save NiGHTS, Claris jumps from the floating rock and starts flying by herself. She meets up with Elliot and together, they release NiGHTS and defeat Wizeman once and for all, after the fight, NiGHTS gets really energy drained and almost dies, according to Snuze, the only way to save him is if Elliot and Claris' dreams come true, as Claris wakes up, she goes back to the audition and surprises the judges who invite her to sing at the Twin Seeds centennial commemoration celebrations, it's during that moment, that Elliot, who was at the Twin Seeds Centennial Parade, hears her voice coming out of the tower and starts following it, Elliot enters the tower and finds out it's Claris, after that they start befriending each other and their energy revives NiGHTS.

In the fourth Issue, NiGHTS comes to the waking world and both Elliot and Claris start receiving visions of him, Claris receives a vision of him running down centre street afraid of people while she was at school and decides to go help him, she meets up with Elliot and they start looking for NiGHTS in a parade when they are caught by a policeman called Officer Oswald for skipping out school, as they are in the car, Elliot and Claris find Roger along with NiGHTS, who's slowly fading away.

In the fifth issue, Elliot and Claris escape from the police headquarters and receive a vision showing NiGHTS tired and laying on the ground of Roger's house, when they arrive at Roger's house, they meet up with Napp and Snuze, who make Roger fall asleep so Elliot and Claris can go inside.

In the sixth issue, Elliot and Claris find NiGHTS nearly fading away and they must bring him to the Twin Seeds tower, where there's a portal to Nightopia, when they arrive at the tower NiGHTS tries to reach the portal by himself, a sudden explosion at the tower combines with the energy of the ruby on NiGHTS chest and makes a portal open which Reala uses to come to the real world, NiGHTS and Reala start fighting, meanwhile Roger meets up with Elliot and Claris who are watching the fight, at that moment they convince Roger to stop giving Reala his dream energy and with that, NiGHTS manages to escape from Reala and goes back to Nightopia, after that, Elliot, Claris and Roger make one last appearance running away from office Oswald who tries to capture them while they were distracted.

Other Appearances

NiGHTS Media

  • Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams: In Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Claris, along with NiGHTS and Elliot goes into a quest to find the missing christmas star from the Twin Seeds christmas tree.
  • NiGHTS Flying Through the Sky Without Wings: Claris makes a cameo in the last page.
  • NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams: Claris appears as an unlockable playable character in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, to unlock her, the player shall collect all 60 dream drops.[1]

Others

  • GGCSHen - Visitors

    Claris and Elliot in Game Gag 1P Comic Sega-hen.

    Game Gag 1P Comic Sega-hen: Claris is one of the many NiGHTS characters to make a small appearance in the manga.
  • Burning Rangers: Claris has appeared in Burning Rangers, along with Elliot, as a special side quest.[2][3]
  • Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX: Claris made a cameo in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX as a card in the NiGHTS thematic pinball table from Casinopolis.
  • Sonic Pinball Party: Claris made a cameo in Sonic Pinball Party in the Mystic Forest and Twin Seeds tables.
  • Sonic Runners: Claris doesn't make an appearance in the game, however she is indirectly mentioned in the NiGHTS' notification, being addressed by the name "Brave young girl".

Claris, like Elliot, Will and Helen, was also considered to make an appearance as a racer in Sonic & All Star Racing Transformed, where she'd drive NiGHTS shapeshifted as the car, [4] however a Nightopian was selected to be the driver over her and the other visitors. Additionatly, a NiGHTS sticker set, which included a Claris' sticker, was made for the game, but it got disconsidered. [5]

Gallery

Claris Sinclair/Gallery

Trivia

  • In Japan, Claris is listed as 15 years old. However, in all other regions of the world, she is listed as 14 years old. The reason for the difference is unknown.
  • UlalaRender

    Ulala from Space Channel 5.

    Fans have noticed that the character Ulala, the main protagonist from the 1999 Dreamcast rhythm game, Space Channel 5, is similar to Claris both design and concept wise, they both have pink hair, wear orange clothes and they both are releated to music and sing, Space Channel 5 was released three years after NiGHTS into Dreams and is also owned by Sega, however, it's unknown if Claris was an inspiration for Ulala's design.
    • Additionally, one of Claris concept arts reveals that she was originally going to wear an orange skirt making her even more similar to Ulala. [6]
    • A few fans even speculate if Ulala could potentially be Claris as an adult due to these similarities, however, this theory is most likely wrong, as Ulala became orphan when she was 12 years old and she was in space at that same age, meanwhile Claris was on Earth when she was 14/15 and she still had parents at that age, they both also have different career interest (Ulala in particular, wanted to be a reporter since she was 12) as well as different eye colors.
    • In an interview, it was revealed that the reason why Ulala wore orange in her first game was because it was the main color of the Dreamcast, the console where Ulala made her debut, making the similarities between her and Claris most likely coincidences.
  • HelenandFriends

    A Reference to Claris in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams. (Girl from the right).

    In NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, one of Helen's friends looks similar to Claris.
  • Claris was voiced by Lynn Harris, who was also the voice of Amy Rose in Sonic CD and Sarah Bryant in Virtua Fighters 1 and 2.
    • Claris' singing voice was Jasmine Allen.
  • Out of the four main visitors, Claris is the one who differs the most.
    • Claris doesn't have any friends shown in the game, besides Elliot, who she befriends at the end of NiGHTS into dreams.
      • However, She does have two friends called Tessa and Kelly in the Archie Comics, she also befriends Roger Wilkeah there. Curiously, her friends are the only ones who were named.
    • Claris is the only visitor who doesn't have blue eyes.
    • Claris never met Reala, at least, not in the game's canon.
    • Out of all the Visitors, her name is the only one that might be a play word, being a play word of the name "Clarice".

See also

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD3EAq4nazQ
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKvZJXbwuxw&t=1243s
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra409U0kgI0
  4. http://www.nightsintodreams.com/?p=1837
  5. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhSpzvlXUAIhcyO.jpg
  6. https://nid.fandom.com/wiki/Visitor?file=ClaConcept-0.jpg
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