Jackle (ジャックル Jakkuru) is a Second-level Nightmaren created by Wizeman. He is the Boss of Claris Sinclair's Soft Museum dream in NiGHTS into Dreams. Jackle is a very notorious nightmare due to his similar design to NiGHTS and Reala.

Physical Appearance


Most noted for the funny look in his weird blue eyes, that toothy grin and those maniacal cackles we call laughter. Jackle is similar in physical appearance to NiGHTS, but twice their size and wearing a different color scheme (whites, red, oranges, yellows and light blues). His hat curls forward and inward over his head rather than backward and outward like NiGHTS/Reala's hats and he wears a large cape which makes him invulnerable. Finally, only his clothing (shoes, gloves, cape and hat), eyes and teeth are visible. However, whether this is due to his body being invisible or due to a complete lack of a physical body is debatable.


Outside of NiGHTS into Dreams, Jackle made an appearance in the Archie Comics where he is the third major antagonist after Wizeman and Reala, though, only in the first three issues, he also appeared in Sonic Pinball Party and Sonic Lost World as a boss, in Sonic Pinball Party, he is the boss of the Soft Museum table and in Sonic Lost World, he is the fifth boss of the Nightmare Zone DLC.

Jackle was going to make a cameo in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX as a card on the NiGHTS pinball table from Casinopolis [1] but his card was scrapped for unknown reasons, Jackle also had a sticker planned to appear in Sonic and All Star Racing Transformed, but it was disconsidered along with many other NiGHTS stickers. [2]


His boss room consists of oversized toys and instruments of torture in bright primary colors. The entire room is encased in red drapes reminiscent of a circus tent and is littered with toy blocks and blue and green dolls with crazed looks on their faces. Two notable items in his boss room are a gigantic purple and yellow star-print jack-in-the-box and an oversized red and yellow guillotine.


Jackle fights by throwing razor-sharp tarot cards that slow NiGHTS down on impact. The player needs to remove his cape to make him vulnerable, by evading his projectiles and dashing into him. Once he's lost his cape, he will no longer attack, and NiGHTS will be free to damage him by touch-dashing him. Immediately, he will make a beeline for the safety of his cape again, so try and stand between them when attacking to halt his progress.

To score a 2.0, the player must have at least 105 seconds remaining.

Biography Information


A translated Japanese bio for Jackle states:

"Wrapped in a huge cloak, this is one insane Second-Level. He'll use totally bizarre and unthought of methods-whatever it takes, really-to scare visitors. Stored within his cloak is the unrivaled power to repel whatever attacks come this way. Rumor has it that Wizeman intended for him to be a First-Level, but something failed in that moment of creation…"


The BGM for Jackle's level is called "The Mantle" and it appears to be a mix between Hip Hop and Jazz, the theme has mysterious whispers saying something, it's unknown if they are saying in real world language or dream language.



  • The guillotine in Jackle's level will drop on rare occasions.
  • Jackle's theme contain whispers which are saying something that is hard to understand, they are most likely saying something in Dream Language.
    • There are also sound files in which he appears to be saying something, one of them sounds like he is screaming "NiGHTS!". [3]
  • Jackal

    Jackle being called "Jackal" in a magazine ad.

    Jackle's name has been mispelled "Jackal" a few times in some of the game's ads from 1996.
  • Due to his role as a third dream boss and his similarities in appearance to NiGHTS and Reala, many fans believe that Jackle is probably one of it not the highest ranked second level Nightmaren.
    • The Archie comics might help to prove that, considering Jackle is a major antagonist in the first three issues along with Wizeman and Reala.
      • Additionally, his japanese biography states that Wizeman intended for him to be a First-Level, but something failed in during his creation.
    • A second level Nightmaren who might match Jackle's level is Cerberus from NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, considering they are feared even by NiGHTS and Reala, who are higher ranked nightmarens than them.
  • Even though he is just boss with no major importance known to the game, Jackle is one of the most popular characters among the NiGHTS community along with NiGHTS and Reala, probably because of his unique design and concepts and challenging boss battle, in fact, when NiGHTS Journey of Dreams was released, many fans were upset about Jackle not coming back.
    • In an interview about NiGHTS Journey of Dreams, Takashi Iizuka said he really liked Jackle, still, he didn't want to bring any character besides NiGHTS, Reala and Wizeman back, so the game wouldn't "look the same" as NiGHTS into dreams. [4]
  • His name is most likely a mix between the words "Jack" (the Jack playing card) and "Mantle".
  • Jackle's body being mostly invisible, sparing his eyes and smile, is very similar to the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'. The room he's fought in also has similarities to some of the rooms seen in the Walt Disney animated adaption of the story. This seems to not be a coincidence, as both stories take place in a dream.
  • Soft Museum and Jackle represent growth, with the museum representing maturity, the garden outside representing growth, and fighting Jackle in the playroom-styled arena represent Claris Sinclair trying to move on from childhood to the next part of life. She's trying to mature and not run away from her problems like she did during her first audition for Twin Dreams.
    • Jackle also might be representing the judges from Claris' auditions in a way, because it's stated in the game's manual that Claris heard a voice inside her saying the judges are gonna laugh at her and Jackle is constantly laughing during his boss fight, however it's not possible to confirm if this detail was intentional or not.
  • Although he does not appear in the NiGHTS Pinball stage from Sonic Adventure DX, when inspecting the textures for that stage, an unused Jackle card can be seen.
    • It's also possible to make the chaos from Sonic Adventure look like Jackle by giving them power animals, however it's unknown if this was intentional or not.[5]
    • A Jackle sticker was made for Sonic & All-Star Racing Transformed, but it was disconsidered along with other NiGHTS stickers. [2]
  • Chamelan from NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is similar to Jackle, he is a second level nightmaren who has card thematic abilities, has an unusual anatomy involving a cape and is constantly laughing during his fight, Chamelan also has the power to turn invisible, while Jackle's body is almost completely invisible.
    • One thing that Chamelan differs from Jackle, is the fact he uses playing cards while Jackle uses Tarot cards.


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