History Characters / AceAttorneyDefenseAttorneysAndAssistants

13th Oct '17 11:20:03 PM MegaJ
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** To be fair, Franziska was only 13 at the time of Investigations Case 4.
10th Oct '17 9:28:03 AM Synchronicity
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* BrokenAce: He lost it after Mia died, resulting in him hating Wright for most off the game along with his limited vision.



* DesignatedLoveInterest: If Grossberg didn't tell us he's Mia's boyfriend you'd never have guess from their interactions.
* FallenHero: He was already a bit of a cynic before being poisoned and losing his lover while in a coma, but this drove him to outright disillusion and a desire to take out his frustrations on Phoenix as a prosecutor.

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* DesignatedLoveInterest: If Because he's a victim of RememberTheNewGuy[[note]]Mia and Grossberg didn't tell us he's Mia's boyfriend you'd had never have guess from their interactions.
* FallenHero: He was already a bit of a cynic
mentioned him before being poisoned his introduction[[/note]] and losing the only time we meet him is before they get together, his lover while relationship with Mia (while plot-important) is mostly in a coma, but this drove him to outright disillusion and a desire to take out his frustrations on Phoenix as a prosecutor.the subtext of the third game.



* MeaningfulName: Might be a reference to the soccer player Diego Armando Maradona, who fell victim to drugs. [[spoiler:Also, Die'''go''' Arman'''do'''? It spells Godo, which is how you pronounce Godot.]]
** Additionally, Armando [[spoiler:means "plotting" or "setting up" in Portuguese. As you'll find out in case 3-5, he has been doing it for quite a while.]]
* NewOldFlame: Never mentioned in the games prior to his introduction.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
**
Might be a reference to the soccer player Diego Armando Maradona, who fell victim to drugs. [[spoiler:Also, Die'''go''' Arman'''do'''? It spells Godo, which is how you pronounce Godot.]]
** Additionally, Armando [[spoiler:means means "plotting" or "setting up" in Portuguese. As [[spoiler:As you'll find out in case 3-5, he has been doing it for quite a while.]]
* NewOldFlame: Never mentioned in the games prior to his introduction.
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* ThemeSongReveal: [[spoiler:"The Fragrance of Dark Coffee".]]

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* ThemeSongReveal: [[spoiler:"The Fragrance of Dark Coffee".Coffee", which is Godot's leitmotif.]]
9th Oct '17 1:10:50 AM NNinja
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* DesignatedLoveInterest: If Grossberg didn't tell us he's Mia's boyfriend you'd never have guess from their interactions.
28th Sep '17 1:18:32 AM Synchronicity
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->[[center: [[Characters/AceAttorney Main Character Sheet]] | Defense Attorneys & Assistants | [[Characters/AceAttorneyProsecutorsAndJudges Prosecutors & Judges]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyDetectivesAndOtherLawEnforcementOfficers Law Enforcement]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyTheFeyClan The Fey Clan]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyTroupeGramarye Troupe Gramarye]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyKingdomOfKhurain Kingdom of Khurain]]]]

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->[[center: [[Characters/AceAttorney Main Character Sheet]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWrightAnythingAgency Wright Anything Agency]] | Defense Attorneys & Assistants | [[Characters/AceAttorneyMainProsecutors Main Prosecutors]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyProsecutorsAndJudges Prosecutors & Judges]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyDetectivesAndOtherLawEnforcementOfficers Law Enforcement]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyTheFeyClan The Fey Clan]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyTroupeGramarye Troupe Gramarye]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyKingdomOfKhurain Kingdom of Khurain]]]]
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'''Note''': One defense attorney introduced in the sixth game is not listed here, as the fact that he is a defense attorney is a spoiler in and of itself. Instead, you can find him [[Characters/AceAttorneyKingdomOfKhurain here]]. '''BEWARE OF MASSIVE UNMARKED SPOILERS!!!'''

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'''Note''': One The main ace attorneys of the franchise, as well as their assistants, can be found [[Characters/AceAttorneyWrightAnythingAgency here]]. Additionally, one defense attorney introduced in the sixth game is not listed here, as the fact that he is a defense attorney is a spoiler in and of itself. Instead, you can find him [[Characters/AceAttorneyKingdomOfKhurain here]]. '''BEWARE OF MASSIVE UNMARKED SPOILERS!!!'''



And finally, each member of the Wright Anything Agency has been an assistant to another at some point. So you can look each one of them below. There you go all assistants listed for that sweet HundredPercentCompletion.





!The Main Ace Attorneys

[[folder: '''All Three''']]
* {{Adorkable}}: All three lawyers act like this way, either in the past or present. The specifics are covered further down.
* AlwaysMurder: All the cases they take are murders, except two of them (a grand larceny case and a civil case about ownership over an item). [[StatusQuoIsGod Even the cases that don't start as murders end up involving murder charges somehow]]. This trope becomes so prevalent, Athena is surprised when Apollo takes the civil one.
-->'''Athena:''' ...A civil case?\\
'''Apollo:''' You act like I'm speaking Swahili here.\\
'''Athena:''' It's just, the Wright Anything Agency specializes in criminal law, or so I thought.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: For God's sake, two of them are named after ''gods'' and our main hero is named after a ''mythical creature that can burst into flames.''
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Generally gender subverted in the Wright Anything Agency, but still counts:
** Phoenix - Brains. He is the most experienced of the three, and thinks before he acts, as well as the leader.
** Apollo - Brawn. He's hot-headed and impulsive.
** Athena - Beauty. The Genki Girl of the team.
* ButtMonkey: All three of them suffer the CourtroomAntics whenever they take the bench.
* ChromaticArrangement: Blue for Phoenix, red for Apollo, and yellow for Athena.
* CrusadingLawyer: All three attorneys believe in their clients' innocence and put their all into hunting down the truth of any case.
* DeadpanSnarker: They all love pointing out the ridiculousness that surrounds them, usually when facefaulting.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: All three attorneys do this. [[spoiler:In "Turnabout for Tomorrow", all three of them give the Phantom the pointer finger together]].
* HelloAttorney: Yep; all three are quite hot under those suits. One look at the Sengoku Basara costumes reveals both Apollo and Athena have toned abs and the Furio Tigre costume reveals Phoenix to have quite toned pecs.
* LivingLieDetector: All three have some kind of power to let them pick up on lies and inconsistencies: Phoenix's magatama, Apollo's perception, and Athena's ability to hear others' hearts.
* MonkeyMoralityPose: Not only do they have color coordination, but monkey coordination through their unique abilities. "See No Evil" is handled by Apollo with his perceive system letting him spot tells. Athena is the "Hear No Evil" role with her ability to hear emotions. And finally, Phoenix and his magatama talking someone into revealing the truth fulfills the "Speak No Evil" of the pattern.
* NiceGuy: While their treatment of their clients may vary depending on how obnoxious they are (or, in the case of Apollo, how dumb he thinks the whole thing is), deep inside they genuinely care for them, and they'll believe in their clients until the very end.
* PowerTrio: Formed in ''Dual Destinies''. It becomes a duo in ''Spirit of Justice'', where Phoenix goes abroad while Apollo and Athena take cases in the U.S.
* StepfordSmiler: One rare positive version of this trope. The motto of the Wright Anything Agency is "The worst of times are when lawyers have to force their biggest smiles" since the days of its predecessor, the Fey & Co. Law Offices. And they enforce it almost religiously. It's worth noticing that they never lie to their clients by doing this, but instead is the biggest proof of how much faith they have on their innocence.
* ThinkingTic: All three of them have their own thinking tics: Phoenix holds his chin in one hand, Apollo pushes his left index finger in the center of his forehead while resting his right arm in the crook of his left arm, Athena wraps her right arm around her waist, rests her left arm on her right arm, and tilts her head to the left while she occasionally plays his her right earring with her left index finger. Her eyes also tend to shift back and forth.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Phoenix, Apollo, and Athena make a non-romantic three.

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!The Main Ace ! Other Notable Defense Attorneys

[[folder: '''All Three''']]
* {{Adorkable}}: All three lawyers act like this way, either in the past or present. The specifics are covered further down.
* AlwaysMurder: All the cases they take are murders, except two of them (a grand larceny case
[[folder:'''Gregory Edgeworth''' (''Shin Mitsurugi'')]]
!!'''Gregory Edgeworth''' (''Shin Mitsurugi'')
!!!'''Voiced by:''' Ryunosuke Watanuki (Japanese, anime)
!!!'''Played by''': Takehiro Hira ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])

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Miles' old man,
and a civil case about ownership over an item). [[StatusQuoIsGod Even stunning defense attorney. He was the cases that don't start as murders end up involving murder charges somehow]]. This trope becomes so prevalent, Athena is surprised when Apollo takes only one to make a mark on von Karma's performance record (before [[InvincibleHero Nick]] came bungling along). He was also the civil one.
-->'''Athena:''' ...A civil case?\\
'''Apollo:''' You act like I'm speaking Swahili here.\\
'''Athena:''' It's just, the Wright Anything Agency specializes in criminal law, or so I thought.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: For God's sake, two of them are named after ''gods'' and our main hero is named after a ''mythical creature that can burst into flames.''
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Generally gender subverted in the Wright Anything Agency, but still counts:
** Phoenix - Brains. He is the most experienced
victim of the three, [[ThatOneCase DL-6]] case, which would go on to have repercussions on many of the characters. His English name may come from Creator/GregoryPeck, who played [[Film/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch]] and thinks before whom Gregory Edgeworth strongly resembles. In ''Ace Attorney Investigations 2'', he acts, became an AscendedExtra and is featured in plot-important flashbacks.

* AscendedExtra: The IS-7 case, in [=AAI2=].
* BadassLongcoat: Possessed a nice brown trenchcoat reminiscent of a PrivateDetective. [[spoiler:He wears it while playing
as him, and it was later acquired by Raymond Shields along with his fedora.]]
* BerserkButton: Does [[TranquilFury NOT]] take
well as to people hiding the leader.truth because it's 'inconvenient' to them. As von Karma finds out...
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Courteous, by-the-book, and very professional, but if you press his BerserkButton, he will come down on you HARD.

** Apollo - Brawn. He's hot-headed * BigGood: Probably the closest the series has to one. [[spoiler:He certainly comes off as one while playing as him]] and impulsive.his general attitude to being a defense attorney had a big influence on the young Miles Edgeworth, and by extension, Phoenix.
* DeathByOriginStory: Introduced as part of the backstory to case 1-4.
* CrusadingLawyer: Gregory Edgeworth was easily one of the greatest Defense Attorneys of his time. Until Phoenix came along, he was the only attorney who could go toe-to-toe with Manfred von Karma, so-called "god of prosecution". And unlike Phoenix, who barely held on for three days by [[CourtroomAntics bluffing and grasping at straws]], Gregory held strong for a whole year and got von Karma penalized for the only time in ''forty years'' of prosecuting.
* DeathGlare: Where do you think Miles got it from? von Karma even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: It must be genetic...
* {{Leitmotif}}: "A Defense Attorney's Knowledge", a classy and hopeful theme meant to invoke Gregory's precision and determination.
* {{Megane}}: His glasses make him look studious and serious. See StoicSpectacles.
* MeaningfulName: Not so much on the English Name aside from being a GeniusBonus and a ShoutOut. However, his Japanese name essentially means ''[[AwesomeMcCoolname The Sword of Truth]]''.

* NiceHat: Possessed a black fedora. [[spoiler:He wore it while playing as him, and it was later acquired by Raymond Shields along with his trenchcoat.]]
* OnlySaneMan:
** Athena - Beauty. Compared to [[BunnyEarsLawyer most other lawyers in those games]] he seems a lot more down-to-earth. He even stayed very reasonable when he was about to die from a lack of oxygen in an elevator... [[AxCrazy The Genki Girl other guy inside said elevator... not so much.]]
** He certainly acts this way [[spoiler:when you get to play as him too. Easily the least eccentric
of the team.
* ButtMonkey: All three of them suffer
playable lawyers, and the CourtroomAntics whenever they take only one who isn't a FirstPersonSmartass either (though he is a lot blunter in his thoughts)]].
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Giving von Karma
the bench.
* ChromaticArrangement: Blue for Phoenix, red for Apollo, and yellow for Athena.
* CrusadingLawyer: All three attorneys believe in their clients' innocence and put their all into hunting down the truth of any case.
* DeadpanSnarker: They all love pointing out the ridiculousness that surrounds them, usually when facefaulting.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: All three attorneys do this. [[spoiler:In "Turnabout for Tomorrow", all three of them give the Phantom the pointer finger together]].
* HelloAttorney: Yep; all three are quite hot under those suits. One look at the Sengoku Basara costumes
penalty, [[spoiler:which [[=AAI2=]] reveals both Apollo and Athena have toned abs and was even ''more'' awesome than what we heard of it in the Furio Tigre costume reveals Phoenix to have quite toned pecs.
* LivingLieDetector: All three have some kind of power to let them pick up on lies and inconsistencies: Phoenix's magatama, Apollo's perception, and Athena's ability to hear others' hearts.
* MonkeyMoralityPose:
first game. Not only do they have color coordination, but monkey coordination through their unique abilities. "See No Evil" is handled by Apollo did he prove von Karma forged evidence, he was able to present tapes of his interrogations to show the entire court he bullied the defendant into giving a false confession. He managed to get von Karma's (corrupt) replacement detective ''fired'', and Manfred himself was actually ''lucky'' to get off with just a penalty: the only reason he was let off so lightly was that]] '''EVEN MORE MAJOR SPOILERS''' [[spoiler:the chief prosecutor at the time was Blaise Debeste, who was just as much an AmoralAttorney as von Karma and also complicit in the forgery. He had to give von Karma ''some'' punishment to cover his perceive system letting him spot tells. Athena own tracks.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler:this is the "Hear No Evil" role with her ability to hear emotions. And finally, Phoenix and his magatama talking someone into revealing the truth fulfills the "Speak No Evil" one part of the pattern.
* NiceGuy: While their treatment of their clients may vary depending on how obnoxious they are (or, in
the case of Apollo, how dumb he thinks you don't get to play.]]
* OriginsEpisode: [[spoiler:The flashback case featuring him is actually his last case,
the whole thing is), deep inside they genuinely care for them, and they'll believe in their clients until the very end.
* PowerTrio: Formed in ''Dual Destinies''. It becomes a duo in ''Spirit of Justice'',
one where Phoenix goes abroad while Apollo Manfred got a penalty in court and Athena take cases in thus led to the U.S.
DL-6 incident.]]
* StepfordSmiler: One rare positive version of this trope. The motto PrivateDetective: Since the Attorneys here have authorization to investigate crime scenes, [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130711013927/aceattorney/images/6/64/Shin.png his appearance]] certainly invokes this, compared to the rest of the Wright Anything Agency playable lawyers' AmateurSleuth.
* ShoutOut: His entire character
is "The worst of times are this for [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch]] as played by Creator/GregoryPeck.
* TheStoic: Apparently only (nervously) smiles
when lawyers have he gets a penalty.
* StoicSpectacles: A nice pair of glasses
to force their biggest smiles" since emphasize his collectedness.
* TranquilFury: He never drops his calm, polite tone, even when accusing von Karma of forging evidence. Though at that point, it's clear he's [[ThisIsUnforgivable very, VERY angry]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Due to him not knowing [[spoiler:von Karma was close to
the days elevator by the time Miles threw the pistol]], Gregory accusing Yanni Yogi of its predecessor, murdering him is the cause of the Fey & Co. Law Offices. And they enforce it almost religiously. It's worth noticing clan's downfall and Misty Fey's disappearance [[spoiler:from the public]], as well as [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne and Iris]] leaving the Fey Manor.
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:He set one up against ''Manfred von Karma'', of all people! When Jeff Master is about to be interrogated, Edgeworth encourages him not to give in to von Karma's pressure tactics, but just in case he cracks anyway (which he does), Edgeworth asks Detective Badd to record the interrogation so
that they never lie can prove Master's confession was coerced, which helped lead to their clients by doing this, but instead is the biggest proof of how much faith they have on their innocence.
* ThinkingTic: All three of them have their own thinking tics: Phoenix holds his chin in one hand, Apollo pushes his left index finger in the center of his forehead while resting his right arm in the crook of his left arm, Athena wraps her right arm around her waist, rests her left arm on her right arm, and tilts her head to the left while she occasionally plays his her right earring with her left index finger. Her eyes also tend to shift back and forth.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Phoenix, Apollo, and Athena make a non-romantic three.
von Karma's penalty.]]



[[folder: '''Phoenix Wright''' (''Ryuichi Naruhodo'')]]
!!'''SelfDemonstrating/PhoenixWright''' (''Ryuichi Naruhodo'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Ben Judd (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' and ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''), Creator/SamRiegel (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''), Trevor White (English, ''[[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney]]''), Shu Takumi (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' and ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''), Creator/KosukeToriumi (Japanese, ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''), Creator/TakayukiKondo (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2'' and ''Trailers''), Hiroki Narimiya (Japanese, ''[[Videogame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney]]''), Creator/YuukiKaji (Japanese, anime)
!!!'''Played by''': Hiroki Narimiya (adult), Takeru Shibuya (child) ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])

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->"[[BadassBoast My past is like my logic, straight and true. Nothing's changed. All I did was point the finger of justice in the proper direction.]]"

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Known as The Comeback King and The Turnabout Terror. Phoenix Wright (known as Nick to certain friends) is easy-going, good-natured, and intelligent. Despite that last part, he usually ends up using [[CourtroomAntic bluffs, manipulation and general making things up in court]]. Scary thing is, he usually turns out to be spot-on. He is the owner of the "Wright Anything Agency"[[note]]Formerly the Wright & Co Law Offices, after the Fey & Co Law Offices was officially signed over to Phoenix by Mia[[/note]], a place where he and his two protégés work and take cases to defend in court (it's also his daughter's talent agency, which is the reason why it's not a law firm exclusively).

At the beginning of his career Phoenix worked with a teenage girl named Maya and sometimes with her cousin Pearl (both covered below). However, after slightly more than four years of a successful career, he lost his license and was disbarred from practicing law for 7 years. During this time, he raised his daughter Trucy and prepared to expose the real criminal behind his disbarment and clear his name, which he eventually accomplished with Apollo Justice's help. After that, he retook the bar exam and the legendary [[NameDrop Ace Attorney]] rose from the ashes once more.

His power resides in an amulet Maya gave him called the Magatama. With it he is able to see if a person is keeping secrets from him in the form of big locks, known as Psyche-Locks, and then force the person in question to reveal these secrets by presenting evidence. In other words, he will always know if you are lying because the sudden appearance of these locks (your heart and soul) will give you away. This makes it virtually impossible for him to take cases of guilty people (no one can deceive the Magatama. There is one catch, however -- if Nick make them feel like they have anything to hide by asking the wrong questions, no locks will appear and ''he'' can be deceived).

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[[folder: '''Phoenix Wright''' (''Ryuichi Naruhodo'')]]
!!'''SelfDemonstrating/PhoenixWright''' (''Ryuichi Naruhodo'')
'''Marvin Grossberg''' (''Soranosuke Hoshikage'')]]
!!'''Marvin Grossberg''' (''Soranosuke Hoshikage'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Ben Judd (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' and ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''), Creator/SamRiegel (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''), Trevor White (English, ''[[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney]]''), Shu Takumi by:''' Ryou Sugisaki (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' and ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''), Creator/KosukeToriumi (Japanese, ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''), Creator/TakayukiKondo (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2'' and ''Trailers''), Hiroki Narimiya (Japanese, ''[[Videogame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney]]''), Creator/YuukiKaji (Japanese, anime)
!!!'''Played by''': Hiroki Narimiya (adult), Takeru Shibuya (child) ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])

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->"[[BadassBoast My past is like my logic, straight and true. Nothing's changed. All I did was point the finger of justice in the proper direction.]]"

anime)

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Known as The Comeback King ->"'Ah... the days of my youth... like the scent of fresh lemon...' [[VerbalTic you see]]."

A rotund defense attorney
and The Turnabout Terror. Phoenix Wright (known as Nick to certain friends) is easy-going, good-natured, and intelligent. Despite that last part, he usually ends up using [[CourtroomAntic bluffs, manipulation and general making things up in court]]. Scary thing is, he usually turns out to be spot-on. He is the owner of the "Wright Anything Agency"[[note]]Formerly the Wright & Co Law Offices, after the Fey & Co Law Offices was officially signed over to Phoenix by Mia[[/note]], a place where he and his two protégés work and take cases to defend in court (it's also his daughter's talent agency, which is the reason why it's not a law firm exclusively).

At the beginning of his career Phoenix worked with a teenage girl named Maya and sometimes with her cousin Pearl (both covered below). However, after slightly more than four years of a successful career, he lost his license and was disbarred from practicing law for 7 years. During this time, he raised his daughter Trucy and prepared to expose the real criminal behind his disbarment and clear his name, which he eventually accomplished with Apollo Justice's help. After that, he retook the bar exam and the legendary [[NameDrop Ace Attorney]] rose from the ashes once more.

His power resides in an amulet Maya gave him called the Magatama. With it he is able to see if a person is keeping secrets from him
Mia's teacher. When Misty Fey's involvement in the form case came out, Grossberg cleared her of big locks, known as Psyche-Locks, and then force the person in question to reveal these secrets by presenting evidence. In other words, he will always know if you are lying because the sudden appearance of these locks (your heart and soul) will give you away. This makes it virtually impossible any wrongdoing for him to take cases of guilty people (no one can deceive the Magatama. There is one catch, however -- if Nick make them feel like they have anything to hide by asking the wrong questions, no locks will appear and ''he'' can be deceived).identifying a suspect who had been found innocent.



* AdaptationalBadass: He's a normal lawyer that can beat the crap out of [[PhysicalGod GALACTUS]] in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** If you've seen his college self, this needs no explanation. If you haven't, "Feenie" spends most of the time with his eyes closed, [[PuppyDogEyes open adorably wide]], or crying.
** He still shows signs of it throughout the [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Ace Attorney Trilogy]] mostly in his tendency to become flustered and his failures at appearing cool, but it more or less disappears by ''{{VisualNovel/Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}'', where he's basically just a street bum.
** After getting his badge back in ''Dual Destinies'', he's gone full circle and started making dad jokes.
* AffectionateNickname: "Nick" to Maya and Larry, "Feenie" to his ex-girlfriend, "Mr. Nick" to Pearl. Meanwhile, Edgeworth just calls him [[LastNameBasis "Wright".]]
* AggressiveCategorism: In ''Justice for All'' Phoenix goes through a phase in which he believes ''all'' prosecutors, without exception, are out to get the defendants without any regard for truth (and this certainly isn't helped by the first prosecutor he encounters after his hiatus being Manfred von Karma's like-minded offspring). This is partially due to his feelings over Edgeworth's departure, though, and he reconsiders this idea when [[spoiler:he ends up having to defend the guilty Matt Engarde in order to save Maya's life; Edgeworth and even Franziska help him in this situation]].
* AlmightyJanitor: Defense attorneys in Japan's type of legal system tend to be given less respect than prosecutors. Despite that, he's one of the best attorneys around (counting both types).
* AmateurSleuth: Although sometimes he has Gumshoe's assistance.
* AmoralAttorney:
** Far from it; however, he's accused of being this by onlookers in the courtroom over the course of "Farewell, My Turnabout", when everyone becomes increasingly convinced that his client is guilty. [[spoiler:Which is not only true, but Phoenix was also being outright ''coerced'' into defending him.]]
** To the public he became this after the Magnifi Gramarye case since he [[spoiler:attempted to introduce fraudulent evidence]]. It wasn't his intention, though, and he sorts it out by the game's end.
* AnimeHair: And proud of it. It is even shaped like his namesake! [[note]][[LuckyTranslation it is either a pair of phoenix's wings]] or a Chinese dragon's mane[[/note]] Though being the ButtMonkey he is, he often gets ridiculed for it by his enemies and some witnesses; even some of his friends occasionally tease him about it!
* AntiHero: He's an UnscrupulousHero in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''.
* AProtagonistIsRyu: His name in Japan ('''Ryu'''ichi Naruhodou). Said to be chosen just because the development staff liked the name (so no meaningful connection to his character; his last name does that for him). However, by the third game they did [[TigerVersusDragon figure out (albeit minor and mostly symbolic) a way to use it]] with Furio Tigre (AKA Toranosuke ["Tiger Boy/Man"] Shibakuzo). In ''Spirit of Justice'', the Defiant Dragons' name could be a pun on his Japanese name because Phoenix is defiant.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Partially guided by the player, but Phoenix can piece together convoluted plots and conspiracies just by observing a few clues. Then there is his trademark ability to find contradictions in witness testimonies and wrangle the truth out of lies.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Fitting, too, because he's as fiery as his namesake.
* BadassPacifist: Phoenix rarely raises a hand to physically fight (and in fact gets beat down quite a lot), but once he gets you in that courtroom, you better pray he doesn't find a contradiction in your testimony otherwise he is going to OWN your ass. Outside of Marvel Vs. Capcom he never physically ''fights'', but he has broken down a few doors in his time, one of which had a specially reinforced iron lock on it.
* BashBrothers:
** With Miles Edgeworth. Plenty of criminals can vouch for just how much you should ''tremble in raw terror'' when they see these two standing on opposite sides of the courtroom. The truth will be exposed, and oh, it will ''[[CurbStompBattle hurt]]''.
** Towards the end of the final case in ''Dual Destinies'' has him standing side-by-side with [[spoiler:Apollo]] for the first time since Phoenix reclaimed his attorney's badge. Both accomplished lawyers in their own right, seeing them work together to bring down [[spoiler:the phantom]] is a sight to behold.
* BerserkButton: In case 3-3, Phoenix states that there are two things he finds inexcusable: poisoning and betrayal. [[spoiler:This is likely because his former girlfriend, Dahlia Hawthrone, had committed both, permanently scarring him emotionally.]]
* BigGood: In ''Apollo Justice'' and ''Dual Destinies'' now that his firm, the "Wright Anything Agency", actually has more than one attorney in it. [[TheyFightCrime They defend cases.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: In Case 1 of ''Dual Destinies'', he arrives just in time at the start of the trial [[spoiler:to snap Athena out of her HeroicBSOD]].
* BringMyBrownPants: In Case 3 of ''Trials and Tribulations'', when Phoenix has to confront his "EvilTwin", [[spoiler:Furio Tigre]] in court. He's not alone either.
-->'''Phoenix:''' *gulp* Maybe I should have brought a diaper with me today.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Phoenix is a sweet-natured man who commonly commits theft, stuffs the strangest items into his pockets, comes up with the most remarkable arguments/evidence in court, and celebrates even the slightest victories in an enthusiastic tone. But if there is a single lie or error in your testimony, he will find it and he will ''shred it to bits''.
* ButtMonkey:
** Phoenix is ridiculed and mocked by almost everyone and is never in favor of the Judge on a regular basis, no matter if he's mocked, verbally abused, or even physically attacked. The saddest part is that, at 33, with a legendary reputation, and probably considered the best defense attorney in the present, he's still treated like trash while defending in a court of law.
-->'''Phoenix''': Why is it that lately, all I want to do is cry?
** Gets toned down from ''Apollo Justice'' onward, especially in ''Dual Destinies'' when he becomes the BigGood, though even then he still suffers a few moments of humiliation and egging by the prosecution, witnesses, and the judge.
* CannotTellAJoke: In-universe. Maya and Moe were not impressed in the slightest.
-->'''Phoenix''': Do you know why I, Phoenix Wright, am a great lawyer? Because I'm [[{{Pun}} Wright]] all the time!
* CatchPhrase: His court remarks:
** '''''OBJECTION!'''''
** '''''HOLD IT!'''''
** '''''TAKE THAT!'''''
** '''''GOT IT!''''' as of ''Dual Destinies'', which he yells in the Mood Matrix segments.
** '''''HANG ON!''''' in ''Layton vs. Wright'', when a witness disagrees with what another witness has said.
* TheChessmaster:
** The role he takes in ''Apollo Justice''. doing everything he can to help Apollo take down the villain for good.
** Shades of this turned up as early as 1-5, where Phoenix had an entire plan in motion to draw out the truth behind the SL-9 Incident.
* TheChewToy: "Why it is that, lately, the only thing I want to do is cry...?" And he's in his sweaty face animation so much that it may as well be his default expression.
-->'''Phoenix:''' Nobody loves me...
* ClearMyName: While technically his entire objective through the course of ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney'', he's definitely on such a mission during the final case of the game.
* CloseCallHaircut: Simon manages to cut a strand of Wright's hair when they face each other.
* CourtroomAntic: All of them except one, combined with IndyPloy (which most of his cases boil down to).
* CrackOhMyBack: He's started having problems with his back in ''Spirit of Justice''. One instance of it was so painful that he went unconscious for an ''entire day''. At the age of 35, no less.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He's like a legal idiot savant; he's always flustered and it seems like he has no clue what he's doing, but he's brought down some legendary prosecutors, including Manfred von Karma. Furthermore, Defense Attorneys in his type of legal system rarely tend to win even a single case. He has a (nearly) spotless record: [[spoiler:Technically, he's only been "defeated" two times. In Case 2-4 he loses because his client is guilty and in Case 6-5 he's acting as an attorney due to threats against Maya, and resigns once the opposing lawyer - Apollo - is able to guarantee Maya's safety. Apollo even says he wouldn't be able to beat Phoenix in a "real" trial. He also essentially loses a case to Klavier because he's tricked into presenting falsified evidence, which results in the loss of his badge, although an official verdict was never reached due to the defendant escaping.]]
* CrusadingLawyer: Wright's goal is to pursue the truth. If he knows his client is innocent [[LivingLieDetector (and he will)]], he'll move Heaven and Earth to save them.
** That being said, don't think you can use him to get a "Not Guilty" verdict and get away with your crimes either, he will still find a way to bring the guilty to justice. [[spoiler: Matt Engarde]] learned that the hard way.
* DarkestHour: As a boy, having to endure an entire classroom's worth of false accusations with no way of fending them off. As an adult, the moment when his attempt to pin the crime on a witness (as he always does) turns into a false lead, [[spoiler:which he believed would seal Maya's fate]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Phoenix tends to be pretty snide, but [[FirstPersonSmartass he typically keeps it to himself]]. Until the fourth game, where he vocalises most of his snarkiness. Seven long years after being disbarred can do that to a person.
* DecoyProtagonist: In ''Spirit of Justice''. Despite his name being in the title, Phoenix ends up playing support [[spoiler:after a brief stint as an adversary]] to Apollo, who has a much more personal stake in the events of the final case.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable:
** One of his biggest achievements was delivering Manfred von Karma his first two losses in ''forty years.'' He also did the same to Manfred's daughter Franziska, who had been undefeated in her five-year prosecuting career (keep in mind, she started at ''[[ImprobableAge thirteen]]'') until she came to kick Phoenix's butt and failed subsequently.
** By ''Apollo Justice'', his reputation as a poker player has elevated to this status, attracting numerous challengers to the Hydeout in order to best him and coming away bested. This is what attracts Shadi Smith [[spoiler:(aside from more pressing matters that require him to visit with Phoenix)]] to the Borscht Bowl Club and wraps Phoenix into the [[spoiler:present-day]] plot of the game.
** In ''Spirit of Justice'', he fought against the anti-attorney justice system of the Kingdom of Kurain by successfully winning several trials and restoring the kingdom's faith in lawyers.
* {{Determinator}}: Phoenix sometimes gets down on the dumps when a case is not going his way, but he never gives up on it. He is SO determined in doing what's right that he went through an entire trial, and ''won'' while suffering from amnesia. Perhaps a more fitting example would be how he spent ''seven'' years gathering evidence [[spoiler:and ''revamping the entire court system'']] to catch the one who cost him his badge.
* DotingParent: To Trucy. Considering that Trucy practically provided the only income for her and Phoenix (before Apollo arrived), and that Trucy seemed to be the one in charge of the Wright Anything Agency, he has his reasons.
* TheDreaded: He's called the Turnabout Terror for a ''damn good reason''.
* DreadfulMusician: He is absolutely horrible at playing the piano.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Almost never gets any long-term acclaim for his accomplishments. In ''Dual Destinies'', he gets significant acknowledgement as a "legendary lawyer", despite people still remembering him as a lawyer who "bluffs his way to victory".\\\
It's utterly remarkable how arrogant and obnoxious his opponents can be towards him, especially since, [[spoiler:with the exceptions of Edgeworth who has one outright victory and one partial victory, and Nahyuta Sahdmadhi who had one victory that was later overturned. Edgeworth's partial victory is from when he got a guilty verdict against Lana Skye for forging evidence, but Phoenix won a not guilty verdict for Lana Skye on the charge of murder in the same trial. Edgeworth won an outright victory against Phoenix Wright only because Matt Engarde was really guilty and Phoenix was working with Edgeworth to bring him down while stalling until they could free Maya from being held hostage]], ''none of them have ever beaten him once''.\\\
But finally subverted in ''Apollo Justice'', where multiple characters treat him affably and with appropriate respect. Which is ironic, because now he's been disbarred for presenting forged evidence [[spoiler:(and, in fact, resorts to Damon-Gant-like methods (albeit without being ruthless like him) to catch the one responsible).]]
* ExactWords: In "Rise from the Ashes", his gambit to get the true culprit to implicate himself involved a combination of this, with a dash of straight-up lying. It didn't work, but he had a back-up plan just in case.
%%{{Expy}}: A less serious version of [[VideoGame/RivalSchools Batsu Ichimonji]].
* EyepatchOfPower: His [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara Date Masamune-inspired]] DownloadableContent costume in ''Spirit of Justice''.
* FirstPersonSmartass: He's outwardly fairly polite, but virtually everyone gets his snarkiness in thought dialogue at some point or another.
* FixingTheGame: He relies on cheating in poker by using Trucy to read his opponents' subtlest emotional tells to make a living while he is disbarred.
* {{Foil}}:
** In ''Apollo Justice'', he becomes this to [[spoiler:Damon Gant, of all people. Both are StepfordSmiler {{Manipulative Bastard}}s over the legal system. However, while Gant's ultimately willing to frame innocent people to save himself, Phoenix retains enough scruples to only go as far as FramingTheGuiltyParty.]]
** He is also a huge one to [[spoiler:Kristoph Gavin. Both of them are gifted, respected defense attorneys who are driven and hard-working. But Kristoph is a petty, self-centered monster who cares only about winning and his reputation and will go to horrific lengths to suit his desires, while Phoenix is a good man who cares about his clients and actually wants to make sure the truth is revealed and justice is served.]]
* AFoolForAClient: He's accused by Redd White of killing Mia Fey, Phoenix's ''very mentor'', and he's tried for the murder. No attorney wants to defend him because of White's influence, so he just represents himself in court. And wins, though not without some help from [[ItMakesSenseInContext her deceased mentor]].
* ForcedIntoEvil: Phoenix can be forced into this as seen in the instances below:
** He is forced to defend [[spoiler: a man who wants to be acquitted for murder despite the fact that he hired a ProfessionalKiller]] in "Farwell, My Turnabout" because [[spoiler:[[HostageSituation Maya Fey is held hostage by the hitman with a threat saying that either the hitman's client gets an acquittal or Maya Fey gets killed.]]]]
** He confronts Apollo in a civil trial in "Turnabout Revolution". While Apollo claims the object they fight over is the Founder's Orb (a Khura'inese national treasure), Phoenix asserts it's the Crystal of Ami Fey, which belongs to the Atishon family in Kurain Village. [[spoiler:He only confronts Apollo because Phoenix's client has kidnapped Maya to make sure he gets the orb for him.]]
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: [[spoiler:He forged evidence in order to start the process of getting Kristoph Gavin convicted of murdering Shadi Smith in "Turnabout Trump", although the other evidence and testimony afterwards proves that Kristoph Gavin did it.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: A heroic example to any of his opponents. Phoenix was actually an '''art major''' in college when he decided to start studying law. His own mentor, while seeing potential in him, thought he was a long way away from being a professional. By the time of the fourth, and especially the fifth game where his reputation is restored, he is known as a legendary attorney and a respected figure in the field (though he still has his moments as a ButtMonkey).
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: His trademark pose while objecting. When the Judge says that losing his hand would prevent him from using his gavel, Phoenix's InternalMonologue involves him thinking that he would not be able to point at people if that happened.
* GracefulLoser: In the times he has been forced to work for a villain wanting a bad result, he is grateful when either he or his opponent finds a way to make him lose without letting the hostage get harmed.
* GratuitousFrench: Oddly, Phoenix speaks French once in trial during case 2-3 as a retort towards Franziska von Karma.
-->'''von Karma''': That has nothing to do with the question!
-->'''Phoenix''': Au contraire mon frére![[note]] (On the contrary, my brother)[[/note]] It does indeed have something to do with the question!
* GuestStarPartyMember:
** He becomes Apollo's co-counsel in the second half of "Turnabout Trump", [[spoiler:wherein he's trying to nail the ''original co-counsel'' as the murderer]].
** He acts as Athena's partner for the first part of "Turnabout Academy"'s investigation before turning it over to Apollo.
** The middle section of the Day 2 Investigation phase of "Turnabout Revolution" is from his perspective [[spoiler:with Edgeworth as his partner]], while the rest of the case is entirely Apollo's show, with Phoenix being his co-counsel.
* GuileHero: As a lawyer, he uses his wits, evidence, and knowledge of the events of the crime to best the true villain of each case.
* HairstyleInertia: Discounting the years he spent disbarred (during which his hair was messy and under a beanie), his trademark spiky hair has been around since elementary school.
* HeroesPreferRedheads: Phoenix's only girlfriend to date was a girl with red hair. [[spoiler:Subverted, as that girl wasn't really a redhead, though he didn't know that until Case 3-5.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Goes in and out of this during Case 2-4, especially after [[spoiler:Maya is kidnapped]].
* HesBack: In ''Dual Destinies'''s beginning where he's suiting up and ready for court.
* HonorBeforeReason: Phoenix is not really determined to get his client to go free as much as he's dedicated to the ideal of justice, and this is never more apparent than in his darkest hour: case 2-4. Phoenix has to decide between winning the case or [[spoiler:ensure justice was served]]. Phoenix actually manages to not only get a watertight case in favor of his client, but also [[spoiler:to point at Adrian Andrews as the real killer]]. The Judge then asks what course of action Phoenix wants to pursue, and he has the choice of asking for the Judge to pass a Not Guilty verdict or allow [[spoiler:Andrews]] to testify. Phoenix, ''having already basically won the case'', decides he does not want to leave any doubt of his client's innocence nor deny [[spoiler:Andrews']] right to testify. [[spoiler:Andrews]] then proceeds to not only prove [[spoiler:her]] innocence, but also riddles Phoenix's case full of holes, and the Judge decides to extend the trial one more day. Phoenix broke down in agony, thinking to himself that, had he done what he wanted to instead of what was right, [[spoiler:Maya would not be doomed to death]]. Note that you can actually take the option to let the Judge pass the Not Guilty verdict. The result is the same; but instead of Phoenix allowing [[spoiler:Andrews]] to testify, Edgeworth cuts in and ''forces'' [[spoiler:her]] to.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Forging evidence]] in "Turnabout Trump" just to find the truth largely because [[spoiler:the ''real'' incriminating evidence had been removed]].
* IdiotBall: Phoenix had a terrible case of this in the first game, where he would directly confront the real killers with decisive evidence ''outside'' of court and without any other witnesses besides Maya, thus ending up being punched, tazed or threatened by TheMafia.
* IdiotHair: Not at first, but one of his spikes now droops over his forehead. Lampshaded by Maya when they reunite in ''Spirit of Justice''.
* IdiotHero: While Phoenix proves time and time again to be a sharp guy who can pick up on subtle things that most would miss, his main strategy in court is to fake it until he makes it. His actual understanding of the law is more or less non-existent, to the point where even [[TheDitz the Judge]] has to explain rather basic legal concepts to him. He was an art major in college, after all!
* IHaveYourWife: On the wrong end of this, ''twice''. [[spoiler:In both 2-4 and the first case of 6-5, his clients kidnap Maya Fey to force him to defend them despite their guilt.]]
* TheIllegible: He has bad handwriting. Phoenix admits to himself that he was never good in handwriting if he messes up a connect the dots puzzle that when correctly solved recovers a [[spoiler:forged]] message on a jar in ''Rise from the Ashes''. This trope is also invoked when Phoenix copied a letter in ''Turnabout Succession'', when the judge complains about Phoenix's terrible handwriting.
* IndyPloy:
-->'''Phoenix''': [Y]ou know my strategy... speak first, think later!
* InnerMonologue: Constant, and the main source of his snarky side. For some reason, other people can occasionally hear his thoughts.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Pearl, who's not even a preteen in the original trilogy (although she sees him as a future in-law). In ''Spirit of Justice'', the teenage Rayfa slowly warms up to him, although not without ridicule.
* InternalReformist: He manages to become one as the result of a BatmanGambit after being disbarred.
* IronButtMonkey: All sorts of abuse is heaped upon the hapless attorney on a regular basis. He gets punched by [[TagalongKid Pearl]] for [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend "being unfaithful" to Maya]], whipped by Franziska, and beaned by Godot's (full) coffee mugs. All he has to say about the latter is ''"Should I be grateful the coffee's only hot enough to give me first-degree burns?"'' He lampshades it in one of his victory quotes in Marvel Vs Capcom
-->''All this flying around and geting slammed into walls... I'm lucky I'm prepared for such abuse!"
* KleptomaniacHero: Most of the time it's not clear whether he's picking up items or photographing them, but every game has at least a few items where it's unambiguous that he's stealing them.
* KnightInSourArmor: In the fourth game. At the end, he casts off said armor and starts a new life, eventually regains his attorney badge after his good name is cleared by Apollo.
* LastNameBasis: His friendship with Edgeworth has spanned decades, but they still address each other as "Wright" and "Edgeworth".
* LateArrivalSpoiler: He gets his named cleared by the end of ''Apollo Justice'' and re-takes the Bar Exam, as of ''Dual Destinies'' advertises both Phoenix (with his classic attorney outfit) and Apollo.
* {{Leitmotif}}: In each of the first three games, he has a different "Objection!" theme. In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', he uses a remixed version of his Objection theme from ''Trials and Tribulations''. This carries over to ''Spirit of Justice'' (which really could be said as a remix of the ''Dual Destinies'' theme) so it seems the ''Trials and Tribulations'' "Objection!" main riff is his official theme, with variations being penned for each game.
* LivingLegend: By the time of ''Dual Destinies'', his reputation precedes him and everyone knows him as the defense attorney who will find a way to turn a "Not Guilty" verdict from an impossible case (although this goes hand-in-hand with his infamy as a legendary ''bluffer'' as well). Even prior to this, during ''Apollo Justice'', he gets recognition for his accomplishments despite his disbarment (although it does cast a shadow, especially after he seemingly reinforces the allegations during the first case).
* LivingLieDetector: Not one on his own, but gets a handy portable version using Maya's Magatama. To clarify: they can't tell lies. However, it can't detect people mistakenly explaining errors without realizing their information is erroneous.
* LoveMartyr: Subverted. [[spoiler:Dahlia is way unlikable but Phoenix was dating Iris, Dahlia's twin sister, who genuinely loved him back.]]
* MadeOfIron:
** He's surprisingly resilient. On two separate occasions, Maya has hit him hard on the head to test certain theories: once with the shichishito to see how it would bend if used for that purpose, once with a pipe to see if it was possible to hit the back of his head from the front. In both instances, he suffered no ill effects whatsoever. In the third game, he [[spoiler:falls 40 feet from a burning bridge into a freezing river known for having a current so fast that nobody who falls in is ever seen again, and only got a ''cold''. He was better after a couple of days]]. In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' he gets hit by a ''speeding car'', flies several feet through the air, and smacks headfirst into a lamp post. All he got was a sprained ''ankle''. As of ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Phoenix enters the arena and survives attacks by trained martial artists, superheroes, supervillians, physical gods, robots, zombies, Galactus himself, and rabid raccoons... And, true to this trope, he has both the health to boot (a ''million'' hp, making him able to tank hits like a pro) and a quote [[LampshadeHanging lampshading it]]:
--->"All this flying around and getting slammed into the ground... I'm lucky I'm so well prepared for such abuse!"
** Sadly, all these incredible feats of resistance are finally catching up to poor Phoenix. At 35 years old, his back is so badly damaged it can render him unconscious for a whole day from the pain.
* MagneticHero: His honest drive for truth and justice warrants the admiration of several people, and he tends to be at least partially responsible for CharacterDevelopment the other major characters undergo. By the sixth game, he's amassed quite a lot of TrueCompanions because of this trait.
* TheMagnificent: He's called the Comeback King for a ''damn good reason''.
* MeaningfulName: "Phoenix" because he always returns from the brink, and "Wright" as in "right" ("Is that right, Mr. Wright?"). "Ryuichi" is simply a ShoutOut to Ryuichi Sakamoto from Music/YellowMagicOrchestra (although the "ryu"--dragon--is played on once Furio Tigre shows up), but "Naruhodo" means "I see", used to the same effect as "Wright" ("Naruhodo, Naruhodou.").
* MemeticBadass: InUniverse: By the time of ''Trials and Tribulations'', he becomes renowned as a lawyer who's (pretty much) never lost a case, to the point that someone impersonates him to gain someone's faith. His disbarment was one of the two spurs that started the "[[ArcWords Dark Age of the Law]]", and a generation of lawyers who subscribe to the philosophy "the ends justify the means". By ''Dual Destinies'', it's safe to say he'd become the most famous lawyer in the country, given that the ''contour of how he presents evidence'' is studied by the top legal academy in the nation.
* {{Mentor|s}}: Is this to Apollo and Athena in ''Dual Destinies'', giving them advice on cases and investigations, taking over when they're not able to continue their case, and generally putting up the image of the wise and mature veteran lawyer putting his rookies through the ropes. His thoughts when you play as him indicate that he can be as stumped as them (Edgeworth did say that he is still GREEN in some situations), but he tries his best to keep up his veteran image.
* NervesOfSteel: Say what you will, but this guy stood still even when threatened with a bomb in ''Dual Destinies''. Justified, since at one point, it is said that the bomb was too sophisticated to be replicated and that the one in the courtroom was a training prop. Therefore, one completely aware that the real deal has been blown beyond recognition can only assume it was a bluff.
* NiceGuy: Phoenix always believes in his clients and will go the extra mile for anyone who is all alone, with no one else to defend them. He's also rather patient, considering how few times he genuinely loses his temper despite of all the crap he puts up with from everyone.
* NiceHat: He gains one in ''Apollo Justice'', namely a cap with two cute buttons. He ditches it when he returns to court, though it's still in the Agency, resting on a trophy.
* NoIndoorVoice: All that shouting sure isn't good for his lungs. He's calmed down by the time of ''Dual Destinies''.
* NotSoDifferent:
** In ''Justice For All'', Acro comments that Phoenix is really not so different from Franziska, as they both approach the world tainted by their own biases. Needless to say, Phoenix is none too pleased with this, although the next case brings into stark contrast just how true it is. [[spoiler:And by the end, both Phoenix and Franziska's world view evolved.]]
** Come ''Dual Destinies'', let's see... an upstanding young man enters the legal profession. He shows great talent and potential, and receives incredible public acclaim. He has at least one standout physical feature, an unconventional appearance, and a remarkable and unique sense of fashion. He is honorable, good-natured, kind, compassionate, and committed to truth, justice, and helping others, if also fairly snarky. He also has a number of friends and family who adore him and whom he is very devoted to. In particular, he has a younger woman in his life - a relative of his mentor, in fact - whom he is extremely close to and fiercely protective of, to the point where he is willing to risk his job, his reputation, and even his life for her. This man goes through quite a few setbacks. His beloved mentor is murdered, and he is later convicted for a crime he did not commit, which destroys his career and reputation and greatly contributes to the dark age of the law. He suffers immensely for seven years, becoming bitter, jaded, and much more snarky. He ultimately remains true to himself, though, and in the end he is able to get justice for his mentor, clear his good name, and take down the monstrous, murderous sociopath who hurt him and many others with his cunning and intelligence as well as help from his friends. He is now a leading figure in the legal world and huge symbol of hope, inspiration, truth, and justice. Are we talking about Phoenix Wright or [[spoiler:Simon Blackquill]]?
* OhGodWithTheVerbing: "Mia, not you too! With the whip... and the pain... and the owww..."
* OlderAndWiser: His role in ''Apollo Justice'', ''Dual Destinies'', and ''Spirit of Justice''. However, his monologues and actions in ''Dual Destinies'' and onward indicate that he's still mostly fibbing and finding contradictions on the spot in true Wright fashion.
* OnlySaneMan: Most of the time, as shown by his DeadpanSnarker internal monologue.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** He's typically fairly easily flustered for the most part, but if he suddenly becomes calm, cool and confident, it's a sign that he is going to utterly own somebody.
** His actions in ''Apollo Justice'' are a series of these. There are times when it's almost impossible to tell he's the same protagonist from the previous three games. Thankfully ''Dual Destinies'' shows that the old Nick is indeed still under the seemingly-bitter, morally questionable exterior.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: What he does to [[spoiler:Kristoph]] in 4-1. Lampshaded by this person: "Is... this your idea of revenge, Phoenix Wright?".
* PermaStubble: In ''Apollo Justice'', before shaving it off in ''Dual Destinies''.
* PerpetualPoverty: Not nearly as bad as Gumshoe, but Phoenix is frequently complaining about his financial situation despite winning several high profile cases. It is heavily implied that many of his clients don't pay him, while the money he does earn is immediately spent by Maya. Larry even wonders aloud if Nick was better off financially as a piano player, and it's implied that Trucy is the real reason the Wright Anything Agency is able to stay open despite having ''three'' good lawyers working there.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Maya. Although they're not [[ShipTease officially]] a couple, they are very close and rely on each other quite a lot. Phoenix never hesitates to rush to her aid whenever she's in trouble -- in the prologue anime of ''Spirit of Justice'' he flies ''all the way around the world'' because he thought she was in danger from a brief phone call (he in fact also does this [[spoiler:in "Turnabout Revolution"]]). He is also willing to do questionable things in order to keep her safe.
* PropheticName: Basically anyone who interacts with him, much like the mythical bird of the same name, gains a 'new life' or 'rebirth' in one way or another. The most obvious being that his clients have a conviction-free life, but also his friends (Maya and Pearl gained an adventurous lifestyle), his opponents (he sets off both [[spoiler:[[DefrostingIceQueen Franziska's]]]] and [[DefrostingIceKing Edgeworth's]] defrost process), and somewhere in between (The Gatewater Hotel gaining publicity after his case, Angel Starr gets a new hit lunch dish, Adrian Andrews gets closure for herself). It even got to the point where his name was prophetic for ''himself'', following the events of ''Apollo Justice'' and now ''Dual Destinies''.
* PuppyDogEyes: Several characters note that he has these, including the Judge, who outright calls them "puppy dog eyes". The audience can see them whenever he's not the player character, and they seem to be one of his default expressions (along with his [[TheChewToy sweaty face animation]]).
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** He gives one to Edgeworth in 2-4, denouncing his AmoralAttorney ways, saying that unlike him or Franziska, he would never fight for a false verdict, and accusing Edgeworth of having left for a year due to his record being tarnished.
** He gives one to [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] if you select the guilty ending twice.
** Together with Mia, gives one to [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]] in "Bridge to the Turnabout".
* RedBaron: As of ''Spirit of Justice'', to people that don't know how he works, he's known as the Turnabout Terror. For those that do, he is known as the guy who bluffs a lot. In Khura'in, he also becomes known as The Fighting Phoenix.
* RedOniBlueOni: Played with.
** Inverted in the original trilogy, Phoenix is the red oni to Edgeworth's blue, despite the fact that Phoenix wears blue while Miles wears red. Shows up once again as part of the nostalgia-fest case with Edgeworth in ''Dual Destinies''.
** Played straight from ''Apollo Justice'' onwards, where he's the blue oni to Apollo's red (and later also to Athena the FieryRedhead GenkiGirl), wearing a blue hat and gray sweater, and eventually his classic blue suit compared to Apollo's red vest and pants.
* RoleReprisal: Creator/SamRiegel reprises his role from ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'' in ''Dual Destinies''.
* SecretKeeper: He's one of very few people who know that [[spoiler:Apollo and Trucy are half-siblings, and that their mother Thalassa is alive]], and keeps this secret throughout ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice''. In TheStinger of the latter, he considers letting it out in the open.
* ShipTease: [[spoiler:With Iris]] at the end of ''Trials and Tribulations'', although this appears to go nowhere.
* SoProudOfYou: By the end of ''Spirit of Justice'', he declares that he's never been prouder of Apollo and how much he's grown and improved.
* SpannerInTheWorks: One of the biggest spanners in ''Spirit of Justice'', in just his first case [[spoiler:his victory revealed that the Khura'in National Treasure is stolen and Alhbi wouldn't even be a [[SpannerInTheWorks spanner himself in Case 5]] without Wright proving his innocence and it only escalates from there. Without Wright, the revolution would have been lost before it began.]]
* SpotlightStealingSquad: In ''Apollo Justice'', he is pretty much this. In the first case, he ends up as the one who takes care of it despite that he hands some actions to Apollo and that he's a defendant of that case. And later he takes a main role in a flashback and the one who make Apollo's cases a lot easier than they should be.
* SupportingLeader: In Case 1 and 4 in ''Apollo Justice'' [[spoiler:and Case 5 in ''Spirit of Justice''.]]
* SupportingProtagonist: [[spoiler:Becomes this in ''Spirit of Justice'', as while he's rather important to the overall plot, and you play as him in the first and third cases, Apollo is actually the focus of the story, and by the final case, this is especially evident since you play as Apollo for almost its entirety (aside from a single investigation segment), as well as the fact that Phoenix is his assistant in the last trial.]]
* TeamDad: Towards his young assistants and staff. In the DLC case of ''Dual Destinies'' he even thinks of his staff as "good kids". There's a moment in ''Spirit of Justice'' when someone threatens to curse him and his descendants, and [[PapaBear he immediately thinks of Apollo and Athena]].
* TemptingFate:
** In "Turnabout Showtime" in the manga, he's fairly confident in his case, and believes that he has the upper hand on Edgeworth when he proves that Julie Henson couldn't have stabbed Flip Chambers from outside his costume. Edgeworth then reveals that he already knew that, and calls in Raymond Spume to provide a possible way she could have done it.
** He taunts Franziska von Karma after defeating her in court the first time. [[spoiler:She loses it and whips Mimi Miney, The Judge, and then lashes out at Phoenix until he goes unconscious.]]
** In the first game, Phoenix had a notably bad habit of confronting criminals outside of court with damning evidence and expecting things to go well for him, [[spoiler:though he wises up after he gets tased for his trouble.]]
* ThatCameOutWrong: "I'll get to this woman's bottom! Wait... I mean... you know what I mean."
* ThemeNaming: Has a mythology-based given name like his fellow Wright Anything Agency attorneys: see MeaningfulName entry.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: It's implied that him [[spoiler:forging evidence against Kristoph in "Turnabout Trump"]] stems from Phoenix deciding that he might as well take advantage of having nothing left to lose after [[spoiler:already getting disbarred for (unknowingly) presenting similar evidence 7 years prior.]]
* ThisIsUnforgivable: He states "This is inexcusable!" when he finds out that one of his cases involved not only poison, but also betrayal. Poison and betrayal reminds him of [[spoiler:his ex-girlfriend Dahlia, who first betrayed him, then tried to poison him, then betrayed him again in court]]. He's also quite angry when Franziska withholds evidence while prosecuting Maya, thinking that she's as bad as her father.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Phoenix is put-upon and unappreciated by most of the public, which helps you identify with all the struggles he has to go through to win.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** During his college years Phoenix bore a more than passing resemblance to Larry Butz such as crying when being scolded and [[NotHelpingYourCase repeatedly saying and doing things that make him look guilty during his trial]]. By the time he's finally become a Defense Attorney he's matured greatly, albeit still being somewhat easily flustered, so much that you'd be surprised that they're the same person.
** It's subtle but Phoenix slowly comes into his own as an Attorney throughout the original trilogy such that by the end of the final case of Trials and Tribulations Mia admits that there's nothing left for her to teach him and all buts says that he's surpassed her as a Defense Attorney.
** After getting disbarred, Phoenix has become much more cynical and jaded about his life. However, in exchange, he's more collected and CrazyPrepared, to the point where he almost-easily [[OutGambitted Out-Gambits]] the BigBad himself. [[UpToEleven Twice]]. But he -- you guessed it -- mostly reverts to his original, HotBlooded, ButtMonkey persona in ''Dual Destinies''; so much so that Edgeworth rakes him over the coals in the DLC case from ''Spirit of Justice'' for "sweating like a rookie".
** Hell, the creators of the series has acknowledged this as well. One of the reasons for ''Spirit of Justice'' being set in a completely different court system is because they felt that Phoenix has grown so much that there are simply no more challenges for him in his regular court anymore.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In ''Apollo Justice'', he's more irritable and impatient due to the events that have transpired. He gets over it by the end of the game, and acts more like his old self in ''Dual Destinies''.
* TricksterMentor: To Apollo in the fourth game. This is dialed back several notches when Phoenix returns to the profession.
* {{Troll}}: See TricksterMentor.
* UnluckilyLucky: Not only do his cases hit rock bottom several times before finding just the clue or lead he needs to continue pressing on, but outside investigations he's still at odds with Lady Luck. Phoenix has the tendency to end up in life threatening situations, but come out of them largely unscathed through bizarre twists of fate. Reaches [[ExaggeratedTrope absurd levels]] by the fourth game: he gets hit full-on by a speeding car, causing him to fly through the air and slam head-first into a telephone pole. His only injury from this? A ''sprained ankle''. He's also fallen from a burning bridge into a raging river known to be deadly, and all he came home with was a cold. Franziska may have put it best in the third game when she said, "As always, it's hard to say whether he should be called lucky or unlucky..."
* UnusualEyebrows: The kinked eyebrows variation to be exact. They're not as iconic as the hair spikes, but still recognizable.
* TheWatson: Phoenix is invariably left in the dark regarding the whole Kurain Channeling Technique thing as well as all these TV shows aimed to kids that Maya always happens to be a fan of.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Gains one in ''Dual Destinies''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Apollo punches him for [[spoiler:giving him fake evidence to use in his first trial]].
* WholeCostumeReference: His bonus outfit in ''Spirit of Justice'' is a Furio Tigre getup, which references the fact that Tigre had impersonated him at one time.
* WorfHadTheFlu: He's only lost three trials in his entire career and of those three, [[spoiler:two times were because he was being blackmailed into defending a guilty client and the third loss was due to being tricked into using forged evidence]].
* XanatosGambit:
** [[spoiler:Producing the metal detector to prove that Manfred von Karma was shot]] in 1-4. [[spoiler:von Karma refuses to have the metal detector ran over him]]? Good -- [[spoiler:he implicitly acknowledges that the bullet is still inside him]]. [[spoiler:He allows or is forced to let Phoenix run him over]]? Also good -- [[spoiler:Phoenix likely finds the missing second DL-6 bullet]].
** [[spoiler:Forging the "Bloody Ace"]] in 4-1. [[spoiler:Kristoph reveals the forgery]]? Good -- [[spoiler:he also self-implicates as the killer]]. [[spoiler:He keeps quiet]]? Also good -- [[spoiler:the fake likely convicts him]].
** [[spoiler:The Jurist System]] in 4-4 comes across as this, too -- [[spoiler:even if Kristoph beats the evidence, he can still lose via reasonable doubt among the new jury (which is exactly what happens)]].
* XanatosSpeedChess: While he usually relies on {{Indy Ploy}}s, he upgrades to this during 4-1. [[spoiler:He endures attempted [[FrameUp Frame-Ups]] from both Shadi/Zak and Kristoph, neither of which he saw coming. Nevertheless, he quickly adjusts and turns both around upon their respective instigators. In particular, his retaliation against Kristoph even overlaps with XanatosGambit (see above).]]

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* AdaptationalBadass: He's a normal lawyer that can beat the crap out {{Ahem}}: One of [[PhysicalGod GALACTUS]] in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** If you've seen his college self,
this needs no explanation. If you haven't, "Feenie" spends most of the time {{Catch Phrase}}s, along with the character quote above.
* AmoralAttorney: Not regularly so, but one has to question
his eyes closed, [[PuppyDogEyes open adorably wide]], or crying.
** He
ethics after he [[spoiler:accepts a bribe from Redd White for information on Misty Fey]]. In the present, he appears to regret this greatly.
* TheAtoner: Sincerely regrets [[spoiler:giving Redd White information on Misty Fey]], helping to clear her name some point after. When Maya is on trial for murder during case 1-2, though he couldn't intervene directly himself due to being blackmailed, he points Phoenix's investigation in the right direction to get the crucial evidence he needed to win the case. Even afterwards he's
still shows signs shown to have something of it a soft spot to Phoenix and Maya, likely stemming from their association with Mia, and provides important information several times throughout the [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Ace Attorney Trilogy]] mostly in his tendency to become flustered case 1-4 on DL-6 and his failures at appearing cool, but it more or less disappears by ''{{VisualNovel/Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}'', where he's basically just a street bum.
** After getting his badge back in ''Dual Destinies'', he's gone full circle and started making dad jokes.
Von Karma.
* AffectionateNickname: "Nick" to Maya and Larry, "Feenie" to his ex-girlfriend, "Mr. Nick" to Pearl. Meanwhile, Edgeworth just calls him [[LastNameBasis "Wright".]]
* AggressiveCategorism: In ''Justice for All'' Phoenix goes through a phase in which he believes ''all'' prosecutors, without exception, are out to get the defendants without any regard for truth (and this certainly isn't helped by the first prosecutor he encounters after his hiatus being Manfred von Karma's like-minded offspring). This is partially due to his feelings over Edgeworth's departure, though, and he reconsiders this idea when [[spoiler:he ends up having to defend the guilty Matt Engarde in order to save Maya's life; Edgeworth and even Franziska help him in this situation]].
* AlmightyJanitor: Defense attorneys in Japan's type
{{Blackmail}}: A victim of legal system tend to be given less respect than prosecutors. Despite that, he's one of the best attorneys around (counting both types).
* AmateurSleuth: Although sometimes he has Gumshoe's assistance.
* AmoralAttorney:
** Far from it; however, he's accused of being this by onlookers in the courtroom over the course of "Farewell, My Turnabout", when everyone becomes increasingly convinced that his client is guilty. [[spoiler:Which is not only true, but Phoenix was also being outright ''coerced'' into defending him.]]
** To the public he became
this after the Magnifi Gramarye case since he [[spoiler:attempted to introduce fraudulent evidence]]. It wasn't his intention, though, and he sorts it out by the game's end.
* AnimeHair: And proud of it. It is even shaped like his namesake! [[note]][[LuckyTranslation it is either a pair of phoenix's wings]] or a Chinese dragon's mane[[/note]] Though being the ButtMonkey he is, he often gets ridiculed for it by his enemies and some witnesses; even some of his friends occasionally tease him
police got angry about it!
* AntiHero: He's an UnscrupulousHero
the leak in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''.
DL-6.
* AProtagonistIsRyu: ConspicuousConsumption: His name in Japan ('''Ryu'''ichi Naruhodou). Said to be chosen just because office decor practically screams his wealth if you examine it, even if you ignore the development staff liked $3 million painting he proudly hung in it.
* ContinuityDrift: When Phoenix first meets Grossberg in
the name (so no meaningful connection first game, they don't appear to his character; his last name does that for him). However, by know each other, but in the third game they did [[TigerVersusDragon figure out (albeit minor and mostly symbolic) a way to use it]] with Furio Tigre (AKA Toranosuke ["Tiger Boy/Man"] Shibakuzo). In ''Spirit of Justice'', the Defiant Dragons' name could be a pun on his Japanese name because Phoenix is defiant.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Partially guided by the player, but Phoenix can piece together convoluted plots and conspiracies just by observing a few clues. Then there is his trademark ability to find contradictions in witness testimonies and wrangle the truth out of lies.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Fitting, too, because he's as fiery as his namesake.
* BadassPacifist: Phoenix rarely raises a hand to physically fight (and in fact gets beat down quite a lot), but once he gets you in that courtroom, you better pray he
game, Grossberg was Mia's aide when she defended Phoenix. Even so, Grossberg doesn't find a contradiction in your testimony otherwise he is going appear to OWN your ass. Outside of Marvel Vs. Capcom he never physically ''fights'', but have the best memory anyway, since later that same game, he has broken down a few doors in his time, one of which had a specially reinforced iron lock on it.
* BashBrothers:
** With Miles Edgeworth. Plenty of criminals can vouch for just how much you should ''tremble in raw terror'' when they see these two standing on opposite sides of the courtroom. The truth will be exposed, and oh, it will ''[[CurbStompBattle hurt]]''.
** Towards the end of the final case in ''Dual Destinies'' has him standing side-by-side with [[spoiler:Apollo]] for the first time since
once again forgotten Phoenix reclaimed and Maya's relation to Mia.
* EyesAlwaysShut: They are open in
his attorney's badge. Both accomplished lawyers in their own right, seeing them work together sadness/discomfort expression, though.
* InformedAbility: He's said
to bring down [[spoiler:the phantom]] is be a sight to behold.
* BerserkButton: In case 3-3, Phoenix states that there are two things he finds inexcusable: poisoning
very good lawyer, being Mia's mentor and betrayal. [[spoiler:This is likely because his former girlfriend, Dahlia Hawthrone, had committed both, permanently scarring him emotionally.]]
* BigGood: In ''Apollo Justice'' and ''Dual Destinies'' now that his firm, the "Wright Anything Agency",
all. However, we never actually has more than one attorney ''see'' how he does his stuff in it. [[TheyFightCrime They defend cases.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: In Case 1 of ''Dual Destinies'', he arrives just in time at
the start of the trial [[spoiler:to snap Athena Court Room, and he frequently skips out of her HeroicBSOD]].
* BringMyBrownPants: In Case 3 of
his office (to avoid you). It's even more blatant in ''Trials and & Tribulations'', when Phoenix has to confront his "EvilTwin", [[spoiler:Furio Tigre]] in court. He's not alone either.
-->'''Phoenix:''' *gulp* Maybe I should have brought a diaper with me today.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Phoenix is a sweet-natured man who commonly commits theft, stuffs
where [[spoiler:Diego Armando]] acts more the strangest items into his pockets, comes up with the most remarkable arguments/evidence in court, part of a mentor to Mia than him.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Age, Regret, Retribution", a simpler theme that sounds slightly silly
and celebrates even the slightest victories in an enthusiastic tone. But if there non-specific (given that it's used for another character later on).
* MeaningfulName:
** His last name
is a single lie or error in your testimony, he will find it German for "big mountain", and he will ''shred it to bits''.
* ButtMonkey:
** Phoenix
certainly is ridiculed and mocked by almost everyone and is never in favor of the Judge on a regular basis, no matter if he's mocked, verbally abused, or even physically attacked. The saddest part is that, at 33, with a legendary reputation, and probably considered the best defense attorney very big man. He can also be quite '''gross''' as he won't stop talking about his hemorrhoids in the present, he's still treated like trash while defending in third game.
** His Japanese name is both astrology-themed and
a court of law.
reference to two Japanese mystery novels -- "Soranosuke" ("star boy") is from ''The Tokyo Zodiac Murders'', and "Hoshikage" ("starlight") is from a Tetsuya Ayukawa novel.
* MistakenForGay: Played for laughs.
-->'''Phoenix''': Why is it that lately, all It's not something I want can claim to do is cry?
** Gets toned down from ''Apollo Justice'' onward, especially in ''Dual Destinies'' when he becomes the BigGood, though even then he still suffers a few moments of humiliation
understand... But you and egging by the prosecution, witnesses, and the judge.
* CannotTellAJoke: In-universe. Maya and Moe were not impressed in the slightest.
Mr. White are lovers, aren't you!
-->'''Grossberg''': W-w-what! My boy!
-->'''Phoenix''': Do you know why I, Phoenix Wright, am a great lawyer? Because I'm [[{{Pun}} Wright]] all the time!
* CatchPhrase: His court remarks:
** '''''OBJECTION!'''''
** '''''HOLD IT!'''''
** '''''TAKE THAT!'''''
** '''''GOT IT!''''' as of ''Dual Destinies'', which he yells in the Mood Matrix segments.
** '''''HANG ON!''''' in ''Layton vs. Wright'', when a witness disagrees with what another witness has said.
* TheChessmaster:
** The role he takes in ''Apollo Justice''. doing everything he can to help Apollo take down the villain for good.
** Shades of this turned up as early as 1-5, where Phoenix had an entire plan in motion to draw out the truth behind the SL-9 Incident.
* TheChewToy: "Why it is that, lately, the only thing I want to do is cry...?" And he's in his sweaty face animation so much
You sent that it may as well be his default expression.
-->'''Phoenix:''' Nobody loves me...
* ClearMyName: While technically his entire objective through the course
painting to him! As a sign! A sign of ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney'', he's definitely on such a mission during the final case of the game.
* CloseCallHaircut: Simon manages to cut a strand of Wright's hair when they face each other.
* CourtroomAntic: All of them except one, combined with IndyPloy (which most of his cases boil down to).
* CrackOhMyBack: He's started having problems with his back in ''Spirit of Justice''. One instance of it was so painful that he went unconscious for an ''entire day''. At the age of 35, no less.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He's like a legal idiot savant; he's always flustered and it seems like he has no clue what he's doing, but he's brought down some legendary prosecutors, including Manfred von Karma. Furthermore, Defense Attorneys in his type of legal system rarely tend to win even a single case. He has a (nearly) spotless record: [[spoiler:Technically, he's only been "defeated" two times. In Case 2-4 he loses because his client is guilty and in Case 6-5 he's acting as an attorney due to threats against Maya, and resigns once the opposing lawyer - Apollo - is able to guarantee Maya's safety. Apollo even says he wouldn't be able to beat Phoenix in a "real" trial. He also essentially loses a case to Klavier because he's tricked into presenting falsified evidence, which results in the loss of his badge, although an official verdict was never reached due to the defendant escaping.]]
* CrusadingLawyer: Wright's goal is to pursue the truth. If he knows his client is innocent [[LivingLieDetector (and he will)]], he'll move Heaven and Earth to save them.
** That being said, don't think you can use him to get a "Not Guilty" verdict and get
undying love!
-->'''Grossberg''': M-m-my boy, please! You're letting your fancies run
away with your crimes either, he will still find a way to bring the guilty to justice. [[spoiler: Matt Engarde]] learned that the hard way.
* DarkestHour: As a boy, having to endure an entire classroom's worth of false accusations with no way of fending them off. As an adult, the moment when his attempt to pin the crime on a witness (as he always does) turns into a false lead, [[spoiler:which he believed would seal Maya's fate]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Phoenix tends to be pretty snide, but [[FirstPersonSmartass he typically keeps it to himself]]. Until the fourth game, where he vocalises most of his snarkiness. Seven long years after being disbarred can
you! Where do that to a person.
* DecoyProtagonist: In ''Spirit of Justice''. Despite his name being in the title, Phoenix ends up playing support [[spoiler:after a brief stint as an adversary]] to Apollo, who has a much more personal stake in the events of the final case.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable:
** One of his biggest achievements was delivering Manfred von Karma his first two losses in ''forty years.'' He also did the same to Manfred's daughter Franziska, who had been undefeated in her five-year prosecuting career (keep in mind, she started at ''[[ImprobableAge thirteen]]'') until she came to kick Phoenix's butt and failed subsequently.
** By ''Apollo Justice'', his reputation as a poker player has elevated to this status, attracting numerous challengers to the Hydeout in order to best him and coming away bested. This is what attracts Shadi Smith [[spoiler:(aside from more pressing matters that require him to visit with Phoenix)]] to the Borscht Bowl Club and wraps Phoenix into the [[spoiler:present-day]] plot of the game.
** In ''Spirit of Justice'', he fought against the anti-attorney justice system of the Kingdom of Kurain by successfully winning several trials and restoring the kingdom's faith in lawyers.
* {{Determinator}}: Phoenix sometimes gets down on the dumps when a case is not going his way, but he never gives up on it. He is SO determined in doing what's right that he went through an entire trial, and ''won'' while suffering from amnesia. Perhaps a more fitting example would be how he spent ''seven'' years gathering evidence [[spoiler:and ''revamping the entire court system'']] to catch the one who cost him his badge.
* DotingParent: To Trucy. Considering that Trucy practically provided the only income for her and Phoenix (before Apollo arrived), and that Trucy seemed to be the one in charge of the Wright Anything Agency, he has his reasons.
* TheDreaded: He's called the Turnabout Terror for a ''damn good reason''.
* DreadfulMusician: He is absolutely horrible at playing the piano.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Almost never gets any long-term acclaim for his accomplishments. In ''Dual Destinies'', he gets significant acknowledgement as a "legendary lawyer", despite people still remembering him as a lawyer who "bluffs his way to victory".\\\
It's utterly remarkable how arrogant and obnoxious his opponents can be towards him, especially since, [[spoiler:with the exceptions of Edgeworth who has one outright victory and one partial victory, and Nahyuta Sahdmadhi who had one victory that was later overturned. Edgeworth's partial victory is from when he got a guilty verdict against Lana Skye for forging evidence, but Phoenix won a not guilty verdict for Lana Skye on the charge of murder in the same trial. Edgeworth won an outright victory against Phoenix Wright only because Matt Engarde was really guilty and Phoenix was working with Edgeworth to bring him down while stalling until they could free Maya from being held hostage]], ''none of them have ever beaten him once''.\\\
But finally subverted in ''Apollo Justice'', where multiple characters treat him affably and with appropriate respect. Which is ironic, because now he's been disbarred for presenting forged evidence [[spoiler:(and, in fact, resorts to Damon-Gant-like methods (albeit without being ruthless like him) to catch the one responsible).]]
* ExactWords: In "Rise from the Ashes", his gambit to
you get the true culprit to implicate himself involved a combination of this, with a dash of straight-up lying. It didn't work, but he had a back-up plan just in case.
%%{{Expy}}: A less serious version of [[VideoGame/RivalSchools Batsu Ichimonji]].
* EyepatchOfPower: His [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara Date Masamune-inspired]] DownloadableContent costume in ''Spirit of Justice''.
* FirstPersonSmartass: He's outwardly fairly polite, but virtually everyone gets his snarkiness in thought dialogue at some point or another.
* FixingTheGame: He relies on cheating in poker by using Trucy to read his opponents' subtlest emotional tells to make a living while he is disbarred.
* {{Foil}}:
** In ''Apollo Justice'', he becomes this to [[spoiler:Damon Gant, of all people. Both are StepfordSmiler {{Manipulative Bastard}}s over the legal system. However, while Gant's ultimately willing to frame innocent people to save himself, Phoenix retains enough scruples to only go as far as FramingTheGuiltyParty.]]
** He is also a huge one to [[spoiler:Kristoph Gavin. Both of them are gifted, respected defense attorneys who are driven and hard-working. But Kristoph is a petty, self-centered monster who cares only about winning and his reputation and will go to horrific lengths to suit his desires, while Phoenix is a good man who cares about his clients and actually wants to make sure the truth is revealed and justice is served.]]
* AFoolForAClient: He's accused by Redd White of killing Mia Fey, Phoenix's ''very mentor'', and he's tried for the murder. No attorney wants to defend him because of White's influence, so he just represents himself in court. And wins, though not without some help from [[ItMakesSenseInContext her deceased mentor]].
* ForcedIntoEvil: Phoenix can be forced into this as seen in the instances below:
** He is forced to defend [[spoiler: a man who wants to be acquitted for murder despite the fact that he hired a ProfessionalKiller]] in "Farwell, My Turnabout" because [[spoiler:[[HostageSituation Maya Fey is held hostage by the hitman with a threat saying that either the hitman's client gets an acquittal or Maya Fey gets killed.]]]]
** He confronts Apollo in a civil trial in "Turnabout Revolution". While Apollo claims the object they fight over is the Founder's Orb (a Khura'inese national treasure), Phoenix asserts it's the Crystal of Ami Fey, which belongs to the Atishon family in Kurain Village. [[spoiler:He only confronts Apollo because Phoenix's client has kidnapped Maya to make sure he gets the orb for him.]]
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: [[spoiler:He forged evidence in order to start the process of getting Kristoph Gavin convicted of murdering Shadi Smith in "Turnabout Trump", although the other evidence and testimony afterwards proves that Kristoph Gavin did it.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: A heroic example to any of his opponents. Phoenix was actually an '''art major''' in college when he decided to start studying law. His own mentor, while seeing potential in him, thought he was a long way away from being a professional. By the time of the fourth, and especially the fifth game where his reputation is restored, he is known as a legendary attorney and a respected figure in the field (though he still has his moments as a ButtMonkey).
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: His trademark pose while objecting. When the Judge says that losing his hand would prevent him from using his gavel, Phoenix's InternalMonologue involves him thinking that he would not be able to point at people if that happened.
* GracefulLoser: In the times he has been forced to work for a villain wanting a bad result, he is grateful when either he or his opponent finds a way to make him lose without letting the hostage get harmed.
* GratuitousFrench: Oddly, Phoenix speaks French once in trial during case 2-3 as a retort towards Franziska von Karma.
-->'''von Karma''': That has nothing to do with the question!
these bizarre ideas?
-->'''Phoenix''': Au contraire mon frére![[note]] (On the contrary, my brother)[[/note]] It does indeed have something to do with the question!
* GuestStarPartyMember:
** He becomes Apollo's co-counsel in the second half of "Turnabout Trump", [[spoiler:wherein he's trying to nail the ''original co-counsel'' as the murderer]].
** He acts as Athena's partner for the first part of "Turnabout Academy"'s investigation before turning it over to Apollo.
** The middle section of the Day 2 Investigation phase of "Turnabout Revolution" is from his perspective [[spoiler:with Edgeworth as his partner]], while the rest of the case is entirely Apollo's show, with Phoenix being his co-counsel.
* GuileHero: As a lawyer, he uses his wits, evidence, and knowledge of the events of the crime to best the true villain of each case.
* HairstyleInertia: Discounting the years he spent disbarred (during which his hair was messy and under a beanie), his trademark spiky hair has been around since elementary school.
* HeroesPreferRedheads: Phoenix's only girlfriend to date was a girl with red hair. [[spoiler:Subverted, as that girl wasn't really a redhead, though he didn't know that until Case 3-5.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Goes in and out of this during Case 2-4, especially after [[spoiler:Maya is kidnapped]].
* HesBack: In ''Dual Destinies'''s beginning where he's suiting up and ready for court.
* HonorBeforeReason: Phoenix is not really determined to get his client to go free as much as he's dedicated to the ideal of justice, and this is never more apparent than in his darkest hour: case 2-4. Phoenix has to decide between winning the case or [[spoiler:ensure justice was served]]. Phoenix actually manages to not only get a watertight case in favor of his client, but also [[spoiler:to point at Adrian Andrews as the real killer]]. The Judge then asks what course of action Phoenix wants to pursue, and he has the choice of asking for the Judge to pass a Not Guilty verdict or allow [[spoiler:Andrews]] to testify. Phoenix, ''having already basically won the case'', decides he does not want to leave any doubt of his client's innocence nor deny [[spoiler:Andrews']] right to testify. [[spoiler:Andrews]] then proceeds to not only prove [[spoiler:her]] innocence, but also riddles Phoenix's case full of holes, and the Judge decides to extend the trial one more day. Phoenix broke down in agony, thinking to himself that, had he done what he wanted to instead of what was right, [[spoiler:Maya would not be doomed to death]]. Note that
I... I don't understand how you can actually take the option to let the Judge pass the Not Guilty verdict. The result is the same; but instead of Phoenix allowing [[spoiler:Andrews]] to testify, Edgeworth cuts in and ''forces'' [[spoiler:her]] to.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Forging evidence]] in "Turnabout Trump" just to find the truth largely
could...
-->'''Grossberg''': That's
because [[spoiler:the ''real'' incriminating evidence had been removed]].
* IdiotBall: Phoenix had a terrible case of this in the first game, where he would directly confront the real killers with decisive evidence ''outside'' of court
I'm not, we're not... Don't be ridiculous! Enough. I'll swallow my pride and without any other witnesses besides Maya, thus ending up being punched, tazed or threatened by TheMafia.
* IdiotHair: Not at first, but one of his spikes now droops over his forehead. Lampshaded by Maya when they reunite in ''Spirit of Justice''.
* IdiotHero: While Phoenix proves time and time again to be a sharp guy who can pick up on subtle things that most would miss, his main strategy in court is to fake it until he makes it. His actual understanding of the law is more or less non-existent, to the point where even [[TheDitz the Judge]] has to explain rather basic legal concepts to him. He was an art major in college, after all!
* IHaveYourWife: On the wrong end of this, ''twice''. [[spoiler:In both 2-4 and the first case of 6-5, his clients kidnap Maya Fey to force him to defend them despite their guilt.]]
* TheIllegible: He has bad handwriting. Phoenix admits to himself that he was never good in handwriting if he messes up a connect the dots puzzle that when correctly solved recovers a [[spoiler:forged]] message on a jar in ''Rise from the Ashes''. This trope is also invoked when Phoenix copied a letter in ''Turnabout Succession'', when the judge complains about Phoenix's terrible handwriting.
* IndyPloy:
tell you all.
-->'''Phoenix''': [Y]ou know my strategy... speak first, think later!
(I knew it! They are lovers!)
-->'''Grossberg''': N-no! We are NOT lovers!
* InnerMonologue: Constant, and MrExposition: Provides much of the main source of his snarky side. For some reason, other people can occasionally hear his thoughts.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Pearl, who's not even a preteen
information about DL-6 in the original trilogy (although she sees him as a future in-law). In ''Spirit of Justice'', the teenage Rayfa slowly warms up to him, although not without ridicule.
* InternalReformist: He manages to become one as the result of a BatmanGambit after being disbarred.
* IronButtMonkey: All sorts of abuse is heaped upon the hapless attorney on a regular basis. He gets punched by [[TagalongKid Pearl]] for [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend "being unfaithful" to Maya]], whipped by Franziska,
second and beaned by Godot's (full) coffee mugs. All he has to say about the latter is ''"Should I be grateful the coffee's only hot enough to give me first-degree burns?"'' He lampshades it in one of his victory quotes in Marvel Vs Capcom
-->''All this flying around and geting slammed into walls... I'm lucky I'm prepared for such abuse!"
* KleptomaniacHero: Most of the time it's not clear whether he's picking up items or photographing them, but every game has at least a few items where it's unambiguous that he's stealing them.
* KnightInSourArmor: In the
fourth game. At the end, he casts off said armor and starts a new life, eventually regains his attorney badge after his good name is cleared by Apollo.
* LastNameBasis: His friendship with Edgeworth has spanned decades, but they still address each other as "Wright" and "Edgeworth".
* LateArrivalSpoiler: He gets his named cleared by the end of ''Apollo Justice'' and re-takes the Bar Exam, as of ''Dual Destinies'' advertises both Phoenix (with his classic attorney outfit) and Apollo.
* {{Leitmotif}}: In each
cases of the first three games, he has a different "Objection!" theme. In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', he uses a remixed version of his Objection theme from ''Trials and Tribulations''. This carries over to ''Spirit of Justice'' (which really could be said as a remix of the ''Dual Destinies'' theme) so it seems the ''Trials and Tribulations'' "Objection!" main riff is his official theme, with variations being penned for each game.
* LivingLegend: By the time of ''Dual Destinies'', his reputation precedes him and everyone knows him as the defense attorney who will find a way to turn a "Not Guilty" verdict from an impossible case (although this goes hand-in-hand with his infamy as a legendary ''bluffer'' as well). Even prior to this, during ''Apollo Justice'', TooMuchInformation: In game 3, he gets recognition for his accomplishments despite his disbarment (although it does cast a shadow, especially after he seemingly reinforces the allegations during the first case).
* LivingLieDetector: Not one on his own, but gets a handy portable version using Maya's Magatama. To clarify: they can't tell lies. However, it can't detect people mistakenly explaining errors without realizing their information is erroneous.
* LoveMartyr: Subverted. [[spoiler:Dahlia is way unlikable but Phoenix was dating Iris, Dahlia's twin sister, who genuinely loved him back.]]
* MadeOfIron:
** He's surprisingly resilient. On two separate occasions, Maya has hit him hard on the head to test certain theories: once with the shichishito to see how it would bend if used for that purpose, once with a pipe to see if it was possible to hit the back of his head from the front. In both instances, he suffered no ill effects whatsoever. In the third game, he [[spoiler:falls 40 feet from a burning bridge into a freezing river known for having a current so fast that nobody who falls in is ever seen again, and only got a ''cold''. He was better after a couple of days]]. In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' he gets hit by a ''speeding car'', flies several feet through the air, and smacks headfirst into a lamp post. All he got was a sprained ''ankle''. As of ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Phoenix enters the arena and survives attacks by trained martial artists, superheroes, supervillians, physical gods, robots, zombies, Galactus himself, and rabid raccoons... And, true to this trope, he has both the health to boot (a ''million'' hp, making him able to tank hits like a pro) and a quote [[LampshadeHanging lampshading it]]:
--->"All this flying around and getting slammed into the ground... I'm lucky I'm so well prepared for such abuse!"
** Sadly, all these incredible feats of resistance are finally catching up to poor Phoenix. At 35 years old, his back is so badly damaged it can render him unconscious for a whole day from the pain.
* MagneticHero: His honest drive for truth and justice warrants the admiration of several people, and he tends to be at least partially responsible for CharacterDevelopment the other major characters undergo. By the sixth game, he's amassed quite a lot of TrueCompanions because of this trait.
* TheMagnificent: He's called the Comeback King for a ''damn good reason''.
* MeaningfulName: "Phoenix" because he always returns from the brink, and "Wright" as in "right" ("Is that right, Mr. Wright?"). "Ryuichi" is simply a ShoutOut to Ryuichi Sakamoto from Music/YellowMagicOrchestra (although the "ryu"--dragon--is played on once Furio Tigre shows up), but "Naruhodo" means "I see", used to the same effect as "Wright" ("Naruhodo, Naruhodou.").
* MemeticBadass: InUniverse: By the time of ''Trials and Tribulations'', he becomes renowned as a lawyer who's (pretty much) never lost a case, to the point that someone impersonates him to gain someone's faith. His disbarment was one of the two spurs that started the "[[ArcWords Dark Age of the Law]]", and a generation of lawyers who subscribe to the philosophy "the ends justify the means". By ''Dual Destinies'', it's safe to say he'd become the most famous lawyer in the country, given that the ''contour of how he presents evidence'' is studied by the top legal academy in the nation.
* {{Mentor|s}}: Is this to Apollo and Athena in ''Dual Destinies'', giving them advice on cases and investigations, taking over when they're not able to continue their case, and generally putting up the image of the wise and mature veteran lawyer putting his rookies through the ropes. His thoughts when you play as him indicate that he can be as stumped as them (Edgeworth did say that he is still GREEN in some situations), but he tries his best to keep up his veteran image.
* NervesOfSteel: Say what you will, but this guy stood still even when threatened with a bomb in ''Dual Destinies''. Justified, since at one point, it is said that the bomb was too sophisticated to be replicated and that the one in the courtroom was a training prop. Therefore, one completely aware that the real deal has been blown beyond recognition can only assume it was a bluff.
* NiceGuy: Phoenix always believes in his clients and will go the extra mile for anyone who is all alone, with no one else to defend them. He's also rather patient, considering how few times he genuinely loses his temper despite of all the crap he puts up with from everyone.
* NiceHat: He gains one in ''Apollo Justice'', namely a cap with two cute buttons. He ditches it when he returns to court, though it's still in the Agency, resting on a trophy.
* NoIndoorVoice: All that shouting sure isn't good for his lungs. He's calmed down by the time of ''Dual Destinies''.
* NotSoDifferent:
** In ''Justice For All'', Acro comments that Phoenix is really not so different from Franziska, as they both approach the world tainted by their own biases. Needless to say, Phoenix is none too pleased with this, although the next case brings into stark contrast just how true it is. [[spoiler:And by the end, both Phoenix and Franziska's world view evolved.]]
** Come ''Dual Destinies'', let's see... an upstanding young man enters the legal profession. He shows great talent and potential, and receives incredible public acclaim. He has at least one standout physical feature, an unconventional appearance, and a remarkable and unique sense of fashion. He is honorable, good-natured, kind, compassionate, and committed to truth, justice, and helping others, if also fairly snarky. He also has a number of friends and family who adore him and whom he is very devoted to. In particular, he has a younger woman in his life - a relative of his mentor, in fact - whom he is extremely close to and fiercely protective of, to the point where he is willing to risk his job, his reputation, and even his life for her. This man goes through quite a few setbacks. His beloved mentor is murdered, and he is later convicted for a crime he did not commit, which destroys his career and reputation and greatly contributes to the dark age of the law. He suffers immensely for seven years, becoming bitter, jaded, and much more snarky. He ultimately remains true to himself, though, and in the end he is able to get justice for his mentor, clear his good name, and take down the monstrous, murderous sociopath who hurt him and many others with his cunning and intelligence as well as help from his friends. He is now a leading figure in the legal world and huge symbol of hope, inspiration, truth, and justice. Are we
keeps talking about Phoenix Wright or [[spoiler:Simon Blackquill]]?
* OhGodWithTheVerbing: "Mia, not you too! With the whip... and the pain... and the owww..."
* OlderAndWiser: His role in ''Apollo Justice'', ''Dual Destinies'', and ''Spirit of Justice''. However,
his monologues and actions in ''Dual Destinies'' and onward indicate that he's still mostly fibbing and finding contradictions on the spot in true Wright fashion.
* OnlySaneMan: Most of the time, as shown by his DeadpanSnarker internal monologue.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** He's typically fairly easily flustered for the most part, but if he suddenly becomes calm, cool and confident, it's a sign that he is going to utterly own somebody.
** His actions in ''Apollo Justice'' are a series of these. There are times when it's almost impossible to tell he's the same protagonist from the previous three games. Thankfully ''Dual Destinies'' shows that the old Nick is indeed still under the seemingly-bitter, morally questionable exterior.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: What he does to [[spoiler:Kristoph]] in 4-1. Lampshaded by this person: "Is... this your idea of revenge, Phoenix Wright?".
* PermaStubble: In ''Apollo Justice'', before shaving it off in ''Dual Destinies''.
* PerpetualPoverty: Not nearly as bad as Gumshoe, but Phoenix is frequently complaining about his financial situation despite winning several high profile cases.
hemorrhoids... Ew. It is heavily implied that many of his clients don't pay him, while the money he does earn is immediately spent by Maya. Larry even wonders aloud if Nick was better off financially as a piano player, and it's implied that Trucy is the real reason the Wright Anything Agency is able to stay open despite having ''three'' good lawyers working there.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Maya. Although they're not [[ShipTease officially]] a couple, they are very close and rely on each other quite a lot. Phoenix never hesitates to rush to her aid whenever she's in trouble --
much worse in the prologue anime of ''Spirit of Justice'' he flies ''all the way around the world'' because he thought she was in danger from Japanese version, though ("I feel a brief phone call (he in fact also does this [[spoiler:in "Turnabout Revolution"]]). He is also willing to do questionable things in order to keep her safe.
* PropheticName: Basically anyone who interacts with him, much like the mythical bird of the same name, gains a 'new life' or 'rebirth' in one way or another. The most obvious being that his clients have a conviction-free life, but also his friends (Maya and Pearl gained an adventurous lifestyle), his opponents (he sets off both [[spoiler:[[DefrostingIceQueen Franziska's]]]] and [[DefrostingIceKing Edgeworth's]] defrost process), and somewhere in
lancing pain between (The Gatewater Hotel gaining publicity after his case, Angel Starr gets a new hit lunch dish, Adrian Andrews gets closure for herself). It even got to the point where his name was prophetic for ''himself'', following the events of ''Apollo Justice'' and now ''Dual Destinies''.
my buttocks!"). [[invoked]]
* PuppyDogEyes: Several characters note that he VerbalTic: *Ah-HEMM* He has these, including the Judge, who outright calls them "puppy dog eyes". The audience can see them whenever he's not the player character, and they seem to be one this way of his default expressions (along with his [[TheChewToy sweaty face animation]]).
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** He gives one to Edgeworth in 2-4, denouncing his AmoralAttorney ways, saying that unlike him or Franziska, he would never fight for a false verdict, and accusing Edgeworth of having left for a year due to his record being tarnished.
** He gives one to [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] if you select the guilty
ending twice.
** Together with Mia, gives one to [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]] in "Bridge to the Turnabout".
* RedBaron: As of ''Spirit of Justice'', to people that don't know how he works, he's known as the Turnabout Terror. For those that do, he is known as the guy who bluffs a lot. In Khura'in, he also becomes known as The Fighting Phoenix.
* RedOniBlueOni: Played with.
** Inverted in the original trilogy, Phoenix is the red oni to Edgeworth's blue, despite the fact that Phoenix wears blue while Miles wears red. Shows up once again as part of the nostalgia-fest case with Edgeworth in ''Dual Destinies''.
** Played straight from ''Apollo Justice'' onwards, where he's the blue oni to Apollo's red (and later also to Athena the FieryRedhead GenkiGirl), wearing a blue hat and gray sweater, and eventually his classic blue suit compared to Apollo's red vest and pants.
* RoleReprisal: Creator/SamRiegel reprises his role from ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'' in ''Dual Destinies''.
* SecretKeeper: He's one of very few people who know that [[spoiler:Apollo and Trucy are half-siblings, and that their mother Thalassa is alive]], and keeps this secret throughout ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice''. In TheStinger of the latter, he considers letting it out in the open.
* ShipTease: [[spoiler:With Iris]] at the end of ''Trials and Tribulations'', although this appears to go nowhere.
* SoProudOfYou: By the end of ''Spirit of Justice'', he declares that he's never been prouder of Apollo and how much he's grown and improved.
* SpannerInTheWorks: One of the biggest spanners in ''Spirit of Justice'', in just his first case [[spoiler:his victory revealed that the Khura'in National Treasure is stolen and Alhbi wouldn't even be a [[SpannerInTheWorks spanner himself in Case 5]] without Wright proving his innocence and it only escalates from there. Without Wright, the revolution would have been lost before it began.]]
* SpotlightStealingSquad: In ''Apollo Justice'', he is pretty much this. In the first case, he ends up as the one who takes care of it despite that he hands some actions to Apollo and that he's a defendant of that case. And later he takes a main role in a flashback and the one who make Apollo's cases a lot easier than they should be.
* SupportingLeader: In Case 1 and 4 in ''Apollo Justice'' [[spoiler:and Case 5 in ''Spirit of Justice''.]]
* SupportingProtagonist: [[spoiler:Becomes this in ''Spirit of Justice'', as while he's rather important to the overall plot, and
sentences, you play as him in the first and third cases, Apollo is actually the focus of the story, and by the final case, this is especially evident since you play as Apollo for almost its entirety (aside from a single investigation segment), as well as the fact that Phoenix is his assistant in the last trial.]]
* TeamDad: Towards his young assistants and staff. In the DLC case of ''Dual Destinies'' he even thinks of his staff as "good kids". There's a moment in ''Spirit of Justice'' when someone threatens to curse him and his descendants, and [[PapaBear he immediately thinks of Apollo and Athena]].
* TemptingFate:
** In "Turnabout Showtime" in the manga, he's fairly confident in his case, and believes that he has the upper hand on Edgeworth when he proves that Julie Henson couldn't have stabbed Flip Chambers from outside his costume. Edgeworth then reveals that he already knew that, and calls in Raymond Spume to provide a possible way she could have done it.
** He taunts Franziska von Karma after defeating her in court the first time. [[spoiler:She loses it and whips Mimi Miney, The Judge, and then lashes out at Phoenix until he goes unconscious.]]
** In the first game, Phoenix had a notably bad habit of confronting criminals outside of court with damning evidence and expecting things to go well for him, [[spoiler:though he wises up after he gets tased for his trouble.]]
* ThatCameOutWrong: "I'll get to this woman's bottom! Wait... I mean... you know what I mean."
* ThemeNaming: Has a mythology-based given name like his fellow Wright Anything Agency attorneys: see MeaningfulName entry.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: It's implied that him [[spoiler:forging evidence against Kristoph in "Turnabout Trump"]] stems from Phoenix deciding that he might as well take advantage of having nothing left to lose after [[spoiler:already getting disbarred for (unknowingly) presenting similar evidence 7 years prior.]]
* ThisIsUnforgivable: He states "This is inexcusable!" when he finds out that one of his cases involved not only poison, but also betrayal. Poison and betrayal reminds him of [[spoiler:his ex-girlfriend Dahlia, who first betrayed him, then tried to poison him, then betrayed him again in court]]. He's also quite angry when Franziska withholds evidence while prosecuting Maya, thinking that she's as bad as her father.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Phoenix is put-upon and unappreciated by most of the public, which helps you identify with all the struggles he has to go through to win.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** During his college years Phoenix bore a more than passing resemblance to Larry Butz such as crying when being scolded and [[NotHelpingYourCase repeatedly saying and doing things that make him look guilty during his trial]]. By the time he's finally become a Defense Attorney he's matured greatly, albeit still being somewhat easily flustered, so much that you'd be surprised that they're the same person.
** It's subtle but Phoenix slowly comes into his own as an Attorney throughout the original trilogy such that by the end of the final case of Trials and Tribulations Mia admits that there's nothing left for her to teach him and all buts says that he's surpassed her as a Defense Attorney.
** After getting disbarred, Phoenix has become much more cynical and jaded about his life. However, in exchange, he's more collected and CrazyPrepared, to the point where he almost-easily [[OutGambitted Out-Gambits]] the BigBad himself. [[UpToEleven Twice]]. But he -- you guessed it -- mostly reverts to his original, HotBlooded, ButtMonkey persona in ''Dual Destinies''; so much so that Edgeworth rakes him over the coals in the DLC case from ''Spirit of Justice'' for "sweating like a rookie".
** Hell, the creators of the series has acknowledged this as well. One of the reasons for ''Spirit of Justice'' being set in a completely different court system is because they felt that Phoenix has grown so much that there are simply no more challenges for him in his regular court anymore.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In ''Apollo Justice'', he's more irritable and impatient due to the events that have transpired. He gets over it by the end of the game, and acts more like his old self in ''Dual Destinies''.
* TricksterMentor: To Apollo in the fourth game. This is dialed back several notches when Phoenix returns to the profession.
* {{Troll}}: See TricksterMentor.
* UnluckilyLucky: Not only do his cases hit rock bottom several times before finding just the clue or lead he needs to continue pressing on, but outside investigations he's still at odds with Lady Luck. Phoenix has the tendency to end up in life threatening situations, but come out of them largely unscathed through bizarre twists of fate. Reaches [[ExaggeratedTrope absurd levels]] by the fourth game: he gets hit full-on by a speeding car, causing him to fly through the air and slam head-first into a telephone pole. His only injury from this? A ''sprained ankle''. He's also fallen from a burning bridge into a raging river known to be deadly, and all he came home with was a cold. Franziska may have put it best in the third game when she said, "As always, it's hard to say whether he should be called lucky or unlucky..."
* UnusualEyebrows: The kinked eyebrows variation to be exact. They're not as iconic as the hair spikes, but still recognizable.
* TheWatson: Phoenix is invariably left in the dark regarding the whole Kurain Channeling Technique thing as well as all these TV shows aimed to kids that Maya always happens to be a fan of.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Gains one in ''Dual Destinies''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Apollo punches him for [[spoiler:giving him fake evidence to use in his first trial]].
* WholeCostumeReference: His bonus outfit in ''Spirit of Justice'' is a Furio Tigre getup, which references the fact that Tigre had impersonated him at one time.
* WorfHadTheFlu: He's only lost three trials in his entire career and of those three, [[spoiler:two times were because he was being blackmailed into defending a guilty client and the third loss was due to being tricked into using forged evidence]].
* XanatosGambit:
** [[spoiler:Producing the metal detector to prove that Manfred von Karma was shot]] in 1-4. [[spoiler:von Karma refuses to have the metal detector ran over him]]? Good -- [[spoiler:he implicitly acknowledges that the bullet is still inside him]]. [[spoiler:He allows or is forced to let Phoenix run him over]]? Also good -- [[spoiler:Phoenix likely finds the missing second DL-6 bullet]].
** [[spoiler:Forging the "Bloody Ace"]] in 4-1. [[spoiler:Kristoph reveals the forgery]]? Good -- [[spoiler:he also self-implicates as the killer]]. [[spoiler:He keeps quiet]]? Also good -- [[spoiler:the fake likely convicts him]].
** [[spoiler:The Jurist System]] in 4-4 comes across as this, too -- [[spoiler:even if Kristoph beats the evidence, he can still lose via reasonable doubt among the new jury (which is exactly what happens)]].
* XanatosSpeedChess: While he usually relies on {{Indy Ploy}}s, he upgrades to this during 4-1. [[spoiler:He endures attempted [[FrameUp Frame-Ups]] from both Shadi/Zak and Kristoph, neither of which he saw coming. Nevertheless, he quickly adjusts and turns both around upon their respective instigators. In particular, his retaliation against Kristoph even overlaps with XanatosGambit (see above).]]
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!!'''Apollo Justice''' (''Hosuke Odoroki'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': JP Kellams (English, ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''), Creator/OrionAcaba (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' and ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice''), Koutarou Ogiwara (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''), Creator/{{KENN}} (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', and ''Trailers'')

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->"I'm fine! The Chords of Steel are ready for battle!"

Known as The Clarion of Revelations and The Truth Bringer. Apollo is passionate and somewhat headstrong, but relies much less on courtroom antics than Phoenix does. Naturally, he has most of the tropes that Phoenix and Athena have.

After the death of his father and the disappearance of his mother, Apollo spent the early years of his life abroad under the care of a foster father who instilled in him an appreciation for law. However, one day Apollo was sent back to America by his foster father with not much explanation as to why, devastating him and causing him to resent the man. He spend his adolescent years in orphanages, eventually finding renewed inspiration to become a lawyer in the form of Phoenix Wright, who became his hero. He eventually passed the bar exam and went to work for the best defense attorney at the time, Kristoph Gavin (who also became Apollo's mentor since then). Sometime after his first trial though, Apollo got an offer to work for Phoenix Wright himself. He the only attorney available at the Agency (during which when he took on cases along with his partner Trucy) until Phoenix's reinstatement as a lawyer and Athena joining the team.

His power is the ability to "Perceive", meaning he can focus and use his eyes to scan a person and determine if they are being subversive through body language. In other words, he will always know if you are lying because your body will give you away. This makes it virtually impossible for him to take cases of guilty people too (his ability is genetic; however it's possible to incapacitate him by disabling his bracelet or by lying constantly so his eyes remain alert all the time, enough to not let him function properly).

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!!'''Apollo Justice''' (''Hosuke Odoroki'')
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!!!'''Played
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->"I'm fine! The Chords of Steel are ready for battle!"

Known as The Clarion of Revelations and The Truth Bringer. Apollo is passionate and somewhat headstrong, but relies much less on courtroom antics than Phoenix does. Naturally, he has most of the tropes that Phoenix and Athena have.

After the death of his father and the disappearance of his mother, Apollo spent the early years of his life abroad under the care of a foster father who instilled in him an appreciation for law. However, one day Apollo was sent back to America by his foster father with not much explanation as to why, devastating him and causing him to resent the man. He spend his adolescent years in orphanages, eventually finding renewed inspiration to become a lawyer in the form of Phoenix Wright, who became his hero. He eventually passed the bar exam and went to work for the best defense
An attorney that once worked at the time, Kristoph Gavin (who also became Apollo's mentor since then). Sometime after Grossberg Law Offices. An AmoralAttorney that doesn't care whether his first trial though, Apollo got an offer to work for Phoenix Wright himself. clients are guilty or not. He the only attorney available at the Agency (during which when he took on cases along with his partner Trucy) until Phoenix's reinstatement as a lawyer and Athena joining the team.

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is the ability to "Perceive", meaning victim of 1-4, where he can focus and use his eyes to scan a person and determine if they are being subversive through body language. In other words, he will always know if you are lying because your body will give you away. This makes it virtually impossible for him to take cases of guilty people too (his ability is genetic; however it's possible to incapacitate him by disabling his bracelet or by lying constantly so his eyes remain alert all the time, enough to not let him function properly).killed via a gunshot.



* {{Adorkable}}: While Phoenix pretty much resigns himself to be the punching bag of others, Apollo tries his hardest to be taken seriously, only to look ridiculous as a result. Also, his childhood dream was to become a ''lawyer'' which he still treats with boyish enthusiasm into his twenties.
* AffectionateNickname: "Polly" to Trucy and "AJ" to Datz.
* AmateurSleuth: Although sometimes he has Ema's assistance.
* AmplifierArtifact: His bracelet is essentially this. Without it, he would have a very hard time noticing the effects of his hyper-empathy and not know when to go into perceive mode. Trucy shows that it can be done to an extent, but to use the perceive ability effectively without a bracelet would require [[HermitGuru ridiculous amounts of self-awareness and concentration]]. Trucy even notes at one point that Apollo is seeing witness tics that she can't pick up. So it's clear that without the external tool his ability is basically useless but it also makes him much more sensitive in the end so it goes both ways.
* AnimalMotifs: Minor example, and also brought about due to localization. In both Spanish and Italian, Justice's nickname "Pollo" means "chicken", since his hair could look like a chicken's comb. One of his goofy pouts also makes his mouth look like a beak.
* AnimeHair: Though he needs to gel it every day. Like Phoenix, it's used for a few gags; Jinxie Tenma believes he's a yokai because his hair looks like horns, Rayfa calls him "Horn Head", and [[spoiler:Queen Ga'ran]] calls him "Horned Devil".
* AscendedFanboy: Who else stays up at night training themselves to bellow '''''Objection!'''''? And then there's his extreme excitement at meeting Phoenix for the first time...as a defendant.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Apollo, referring to the iconic Greek god of truth, and Justice? This is someone you want your side just for their name alone!
* BadassBoast: During "Turnabout Revolution", he says some pretty daring statements towards Sargent Buff.
--> '''Apollo:''' Sorry, but I'm afraid lawyers are missile-proof. [[note]] Keep in mind, he was saying this to a drone that has a habit of firing bullets at him and just loaded missiles at Datz just a few minutes ago. [[/note]]
** He then follows up with ANOTHER one of these not even a minute afterwards!
--> '''Apollo:''' Courtroom warriors don't use guns or missiles, because evidence is our weapon of choice! And the evidence has exposed your bald-faced lie! My truth bomb, Sarge...has stripped your defenses bare!
** As if that wasn't daring enough, once he reveals that [[spoiler: Nayna is secretly Queen Amara]], Apollo indicts her!
--> 'Apollo:''' If you commit the crime, you'd better be ready to do the time. Be you a priest, saint, queen, or god!
* BadassLongcoat: Gets one in in ''Dual Destinies'' during his ConflictingLoyalty stage. [[spoiler:It was his best friend Clay's, and he wears it in honor of him while he tracks down his killer.]]
* BashBrothers: With Klavier. Unlike any of the other prosecutor-and-defense teams in the series, Apollo and Klavier pull this act straight out of the starting gate, and keep it up for the entire game. It's even more impressive given that before 4-2 they'd never even met and they still pull this off. On the defense lawyer side, he becomes this with Athena and Phoenix in ''Dual Destinies''.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: Would seem to believe this, considering he's extremely tight-lipped about himself, his past, and his emotions with the people he works with, to the point it's actually brought up twice over two different games, and only talks about himself when he's given no choice in the matter (and even then, is vague at best and dodges questions).
* BigNo: While these are common occurences, he gets an especially big one in ''Spirit of Justice'' when [[spoiler:he realizes Dhurke was DeadAllAlong]].
* BlindfoldedVision: Partial; Apollo bandages one of his eyes shortly before "The Cosmic Turnabout". [[spoiler:It's meant to be a self-imposed PowerLimiter on his Perception ability, to stop perceiving Athena who was lying to him every time they talked about the case.]]
* BrokenPedestal:
** Apollo enters his first case absolutely ''idolizing'' Phoenix Wright, claiming that no one in his generation hadn't heard of him and his office, and attempting to defend him in court using such logic as "that is a contradiction because there's no way Phoenix Wright would cheat at cards!" By the end of the case, Phoenix has tricked him [[spoiler:into using forged evidence]] and Apollo is so furious he ''decks'' him. Although he doesn't seem to hate Phoenix, it definitely shook him out his case of hero-worship, and he often thinks mildly disparaging things about his former idol.
** This also applies to [[spoiler:his former boss Kristoph Gavin, whom he helps get into jail in the course of his first case, which he was originally defending with ''him as co-counsel''. It gets worse when it's revealed the Kristoph has been responsible for many terrible things, including Phoenix's disbarment and multiple murders that form the basis of the game's closing case. Poor Apollo.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: While we, as the player, always see the Perceive system in action from Apollo's perspective, staring down the witness, saying "You're hiding something", and having the witness ''admit'' it must look pretty odd from the sidelines. When he Perceives, people tend to look at him in shock and say that he was [[KubrickStare staring so hard]] his eyes bugged out.
* ButtMonkey: Although all three main lawyers become this when they're playable, he gets the least respect overall. Even Athena's employment in the Agency lessened his ButtMonkey status a little. Exemplified in "Turnabout Reclaimed" (the DLC case for ''Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies''), Phoenix and Athena rush off to the Shipshape Aquarium to get justice for Sasha's friend...and Apollo has to stay behind and watch the office like some secretary. Throughout the case he's even pleading with Phoenix to give him ''some'' case-related work to do.
* CatchPhrase:
** "[[{{Pun}} Here comes Justice]]!" He also adds '''''Gotcha!''''' to the set of catch phrases to shout in big red letters.
** In ''Dual Destines'', another one of his catchphrases ("I'm (doing) fine!"), [[CerebusRetcon receives a new meaning]]: it was a phrase he and his old middle school friend used for confidence boosting.
* ChickMagnet: He has ShipTease with Vera, Athena, Juniper, and [[spoiler:Aura Blackquill]]. On top of that, a female watching the first trial of the second case calls his forehead attractive during one of the times he has the advantage (though the way she phrases it suggests it turned her off [[PowerIsSexy until he started being an impressive lawyer]]).
* ChromaticSuperiority: Seems to believe that red is the best color from a few of his thoughts. He may be joking, though.
* ClosetGeek: He keeps manga on his desk. [[BlatantLies It's totally useful for research purposes]].
* CoatCape: Sports one in ''Dual Destinies''.
* ColorMotif: Red, contrasting/ complimenting Phoenix's blue and Athena's yellow in ''Dual Destinies''. He's often described as being eager and dedicated, with a "[[{{Hotblooded}} passionate heart burning red]]".
* TheComicallySerious: Apollo tries so very hard to maintain professionalism when dealing with other people, but when you work daily with ridiculous witnesses, an assistant with magic panties, eccentric prosecutors, and [[TricksterMentor trickster mentors]], you can't help but become this trope.
* ConflictingLoyalty:
** In "Turnabout Trump", Apollo's loyalties start to conflict with one another. Does he stay loyal to [[spoiler:his mentor Kristoph]], or seek out the truth? Does he listen to Kristoph's warnings, or follow his client's advice? He eventually decides to pursue the truth instead of being loyal to anyone.
--->'''Apollo:''' This isn't about loyalty... This is about the truth!
** In "Turnabout for Tomorrow", he faces a similar problem [[spoiler:when Athena looks like she could be his best friend's murderer.]] He once again puts the truth over everything and [[TenMinuteRetirement goes off to figure things out by himself.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: His family history. How coincidental is it that he ends up being mentored by the man who [[spoiler:adopted his half-sister, and together with said sister, he cross-examines their long-lost mother in court]]?
* ConsummateProfessional: Apollo is actively the most professional person to work for the Agency, and one of the most professional characters ''in the series'' (making him TheComicallySerious). One interpretation of his dislike of Klavier is not jealousy, but outright disdain for how Klavier is far from professional in court, considering Apollo is annoyed that Klavier acts serious in "Turnabout Serenade" backstage but not in court.
* DaddyDidntShow: [[spoiler:When Dhurke left him in America as a child, he promised Apollo he would come back for him. However he never showed up until years later, after Apollo had become a lawyer himself, and ''after Dhurke had died.'']]
* ADayInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:Becomes the main character in ''Spirit of Justice'', especially in "Turnabout Revolution".]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Taking up his mentor's mantle as the game's FirstPersonSmartass. Although ''un''like his mentor, Apollo is a lot less internal about his snark, and is far more likely to point out how ridiculous or stupid a situation is rather bluntly. It goes with his OnlySaneMan status.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: He manages to beat [[spoiler:the legendary ''Phoenix Wright'' in a civil case, though granted [[WorfHadTheFlu he had been blackmailed into defending a guilty party]] and even Apollo is dubious of his chances of beating Phoenix in a fair trial, it's still an impressive feat considering that Phoenix assured Apollo that he wouldn't be holding back]]. In the same case, and even more to his credit, he defeated [[spoiler:Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in, a ''queen'' who changed the law on the spot to suit her needs and threatened to have him and Phoenix gunned down where they stand. Moreover, he did it all on his own, without resorting to asking Phoenix for help, even though he was at his side]]. He's come a long way since his début game.
* DetectivePatsy: In "Turnabout Corner", [[spoiler:he was hired by the real killer in order to represent the defendant, firmly convinced that he would lose]].
* {{Deuteragonist}}: He shares this role with Athena in ''Dual Destinies''. He appears to be this to Phoenix in ''Spirit of Justice'', [[spoiler:until Apollo takes center stage for almost the entirety of "Turnabout Revolution"]].
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Is prominently shown in several promotional art for ''Dual Destinies'' and its first case with an EyepatchOfPower, BadassLongcoat, and [[BandageMummy his hands wrapped in bandages]]. Soon after being introduced, he takes a leave of absence from the Agency, with Phoenix and Athena. We find out in "Turnabout for Tomorrow" that [[spoiler:the bandages are from him being caught in a bomb blast, the coat is his dead best friend Clay's, and the eyepatch is actually a self-imposed RestrainingBolt to stop his perception abilities from triggering around Athena (and thus believing she could be responsible for Clay's murder). He wears them all during his brief bout of ConflictingLoyalty, and removes all of them as soon as his doubts are put to rest.]]
* ExpressiveHair: It flops forward when he's surprised or disheartened. During his HeroicBSOD in case 6-5, it goes completely limp.
* EyepatchOfPower: Gets a temporary one during "The Cosmic Turnabout" and "Turnabout for Tomorrow" due to the explosion incident.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: In his own game he's the POV character and does a lot of the investigating but ultimately the story is about Phoenix's fall from grace and eventual rise back up.
* {{Fanservice}}: Some have taken his ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''-inspired DownloadableContent cosplay of Sanada Yukimura from ''Spirit of Justice'' to be this as Yukimura doesn't wear [[WalkingShirtlessScene anything under his red jacket]], so neither does Apollo, giving us a nice look at his pecs.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Unlike Phoenix, he's somewhat less polite up front and lets more of his snark leave his brain.
* FistPump: Apollo does a version of this with both his hands in ''Dual Destinies'', the animation showing up when he resolves to get something done. It becomes even funnier with an added "slap" sound effect and screen shake, meaning he was [[HotBlooded extra resolute]] about what he was saying.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Klavier even begins calling him "Herr Forehead" partway through the second case. Ironically, when looking at artwork of him in game and in official art, his forehead... really isn't ''that'' big. His hairstyle does draw attention to it though.
* TheGhost: He's is completely absent in "Turnabout Time Traveler" and doesn't get a single mention unless examining his stuff at the office. Justified, as he is [[spoiler:at Khura'in working hard to reestablish law order, and the extra case takes place after the finale of the main story of ''Spirit of Justice'']].
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Just like his mentor and his mentor before him. In his case, though, this is a sign of him being a fanboy of his mentor rather than an unconsciously mimicked habit.
* GreenEyedMonster: One interpretation of his dislike of Klavier is really just jealousy that Klavier is a talented prosecutor AND rock star.
* HairstyleInertia: If photographs seen in ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice'' are any indication, Apollo's had his dual-antenna hairstyle since he was a very young boy. And according to [[spoiler:his father's Divination Seance, those antennae have been there ''since he was a baby'']].
* HeadDesk: Upon TheReveal [[spoiler:that Dhurke [[DeadAllAlong has been dead all this time]] and was being channeled by Maya and (later) Amara]], he lifts his head up and slams it onto the desk in despair. This is absolutely ''not'' PlayedForLaughs.
* HereditaryHairstyle: [[spoiler:It comes from his Dad's side, except Apollo's horns are pointed up instead of down like his father, Jove.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Briefly in Case 6-5, when he finds out [[spoiler:Dhurke has been DeadAllAlong]]. Similar to Phoenix in Case 2-4, he gets a unique "utter despair" animation for the first time ever.
* HesBack: In ''Dual Destinies'', the game seems to be bent on [[BreakTheCutie break him]] in cases 4 and 5, but when he manages to shake off his funk and trust both Athena and Phoenix completely, he drops his bandages, EyepatchOfPower and CoatCape and stands in court with Phoenix for the first time since ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney''.
* HollywoodHealing: In case 1 of ''Dual Destinies'', Apollo is so battered that his attempt to defend Juniper Woods has to be passed to Athena because he is physically unable to do so (and then after the case he gets conked on the head). After case 4, he takes his "leave of absence" and does some investigation but he's still wearing all his bandages. Come the climax of case 5 he unwraps his bandages and is right as rain, able enough to help Phoenix with his defense of Athena. All of this happens...maybe over the span of two or three days at most, at a time when the other characters seemed to think he would be in bed recuperating for a while.
* HotBlooded: A phrase used over and over to describe Apollo is his "passionate heart burning red". This is even more obvious in "Turnabout Serenade", when Apollo and [[spoiler:Daryan Crescend]] would almost duke it out if it weren't for Klavier's intervention.
* HyperAwareness: An explicit ability of his [[spoiler:due to his Gramarye ancestry, and heightened by his Bracelet]]. Percieving involves noticing even the most minor of nervous tics and using them to have witnesses reveal information they are trying to hide.
* IdiotHero: Like Phoenix, his conventional lawyer abilities are more or less non-existent, but he actually appears to be even ''worse''. Still, his dedication and insightfulness always pull through in the end.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Decides to stay and open his own law office in the now liberated Khura'in at the end of "Turnabout Revolution".]]
* IronicEcho:
** Minor one if the player thinks about it. At the beginning of the game, where Trucy is revealed to be Phoenix's "daughter", Apollo is somewhat shocked upon realizing that would mean Phoenix would've had a kid at just 18 or so. [[spoiler:As for Apollo... well... Apollo's mother is 40, Apollo himself is 22. Do the math.]].
** [[spoiler:While on the stand]] in "Turnabout for Tomorrow", Apollo becomes something of a shadow of his old mentor, Kristoph, mimicking some of his animations and lines. The following quote was even highlighted in-game, drawing further attention to its significance.
--->'''Apollo:''' Evidence is everything in court.
* ItsPersonal: Becomes so dead-set on indicting the person who killed [[spoiler:his best friend Clay]] that he decides to leave the Wright Anything Agency to act on his own. Turns out the main reason for his actions was due to [[spoiler:his perceiving ability and evidence piling up against Athena]].
* {{Keet}}: He's eccentric and [[NoIndoorVoice loud]], while managing to smile a goofy smile quite often in ''Dual Destinies''. [[spoiler:When he's not being broken that is.]]
* KleptomaniacHero: He is Phoenix's student, after all.
* KubrickStare: Apparently this is how he looks like when he's using Perceive.
* LastNameBasis: In the Japanese version he always refers to people by their last name (with "[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics -san]]" added to the end), except for Trucy [[spoiler:and Clay]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: "A New Chapter of Trials!", his Objection theme, which gets remixes in the following games. ''Dual Destinies'' also gives him a calmer variation, "I'm Fine!", used as his proper character theme.
* LivingLieDetector: The Perceive system lets him spot tiny nervous tics that clue him in when you're lying to him, however that does not always mean they're lying.
* MadeOfIron: While he hasn't been through quite as much crap as Phoenix has, he still manages to [[TakingTheBullet body-block a large piece of debris]] with relatively minor injuries and he quickly recovers [[spoiler:from a TapOnTheHead]] shortly afterwards without any lasting trauma.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Apollo" because he exposes the truth; "Justice" because... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well]]... "Hosuke" means "law boy" and "Odoroki" means surprise; it would roughly mean 'A surprising man of law'. Also, the god "Apollo" was not only the god of truth, but also of the sun and is sometimes attributed with ''reviving'' the sun every morning, giving Apollo yet another connection to Phoenix. The god Apollo was also attributed with establishing the legal system of 12 jury members to decide guilt, according to Aeschylus's play "The Eumenides". This one gets lampshaded by Phoenix when Juniper compares Apollo to the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology sun]]:
--->'''Phoenix:''' (The way she makes him sound... you'd think Apollo was some ancient god...)
--->'''Phoenix:''' (Oh, wait...)
** Apollo was also the Greek god of music, foreshadowing the fact that [[spoiler:Apollo's father was a musician]].
* MysteriousPast: Other than the fact that he was abandoned when he was a year old, nothing is known about Apollo's past or motivations for becoming a lawyer. His backstory is expanded somewhat in ''Dual Destinies'', where his close friend Clay Terran is introduced. By ''Spirit of Justice'', this is no longer the case, where his entire past is revealed. This is lampshaded, with other characters calling him out for not telling them until they become relevant to the story.
* TheNapoleon: A more downplayed one compared Franziska (whom he is three ''centimetres'' taller than). He's loud, brash, HotBlooded, and possesses the "big personality" trait of the Napoleon. The one time his lack of stature has attention drawn to it, he immediately points out that the person calling him short is ''shorter than he is''.
* NeatFreak: According to ''Spirit of Justice'', Apollo instinctively cleans when he sees a mess because he's the only one who ever cleans up at the agency.
* NervesOfSteel:
** It takes some nerve to be willing to not move an inch when the ''building you're in is about to blow up'' only to see to it that justice gets carried out. And then taking things a step farther after the place actually blows up with him in it, selflessly using his own body to shield another person from dangerous, falling rubble.
** Pulls it off again in ''Spirit of Justice'', where he manages to puzzle out a way to [[spoiler:overthrow Queen Gar'an while her royal guards are pointing assault rifles at him]].
* NoIndoorVoice: ''Chords of Steel!'' He's called out several times for being loud by other characters.
* ObliviousToLove: Towards Juniper Woods, who literally starts knitting heart-patterned scarfs when the conversation so much as refers to him.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Kid still gets mistaken for a high-schooler.
* OnlySaneMan: Apollo is usually the one hanging a giant lampshade over how ridiculous some of the stuff he and the others at the agency get put through is. Although he's certainly NotSoAboveItAll.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: After [[spoiler:the death of his best friend Clay]], Apollo becomes much more serious and quiet as he deals with his doubt and tries to find the truth of what happened.
-->'''Trucy:''' I'm really worried about him. He's not himself at all. He's usually not so cool and dark and mysterious like that!
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Apollo's bracelet, one of a pair that belonged to his mother and left with him before he was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]]. It ended up being very important to his LivingLieDetector powers.
* OutOfFocus: Underwent this during the 6-year gap between the releases of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' and ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''. While Edgeworth got [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth two spin-offs]] and Phoenix got two [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney crossover]] [[VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3 appearances]], and both got additional media like films and musicals, Apollo was nowhere to be seen, even eventually being dropped off the 10th anniversary site. ''Dual Destinies'' brings him back as a {{Deuteragonist}}, however. And in ''Spirit of Justice'', [[spoiler:he becomes the main character, which is especially obvious in the last case.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: He spent all his life without his parents because [[spoiler:his father died while trying to save him from a fire, and his mother returned to her troupe because she thought Apollo also died in the fire]].
* ThePerryMasonMethod: Like Phoenix, he operates in court following this trope.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: He's the shortest male lawyer in the series by about four inches. He's also the loudest. [[spoiler:He's also a good enough lawyer to take down Phoenix (albeit while the latter was blackmailed to defend a guilty client) AND a Queen who keeps rewriting the laws during a trial- Phoenix even admits that he's learned a thing or two from watching Apollo and now sees him as one of his peers]].
* PowerIncontinence: Since his first case, Apollo's [[LivingLieDetector Perceive ability]] was shown to not be in his control, but his inability to stop perceiving others when they're tense or lying to him becomes a plot point in Dual Destinies.
* PowerLimiter: His EyepatchOfPower is actually this, as it disables one of his eyes used to perceive people's thoughts.
* PrimalFear: Is scared of heights. Trucy and Athena [[DudeNotFunny make fun of this every chance they get]].
* RebuiltPedestal: Though it's never really returned to the level it was when Apollo first met Phoenix, by Dual Destinies it's become clear that Apollo has more or less returned to respecting Phoenix as a mentor and Defense Attorney. He trusts him enough that [[spoiler:when his private investigation all seems to point to Athena being the murderer of Clay, he confronts Phoenix in court due to believing that he was the one person who could prove his conclusion wrong]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Phoenix's Blue. Jinxie Tenma even mistakes him for a ''literal'' Red Oni. Compared to Athena he's slightly less excitable, however.
* RefusalOfTheCall: At the end of 4-1, Phoenix asks Apollo to join his firm. But being that he just let Apollo unknowingly use forged evidence to win a case, Apollo adamantly refuses even though it had been his dream to work at Wright & Co. Law Offices. After two months of unemployment and [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive a (false) emergency call from Wright]], he finally ends up joining the agency.
* TheReliableOne: Out of all the employees of Wright Anything Agency, Apollo is the most likely to be doing the extra work no one else wants to do, such as cleaning the toilet, dealing with paperwork or running errands.
* RestrainingBolt: What his EyePatchOfPower actually is; he uses it to stop his bracelet from triggering his perception abilities every time Athena lies about what she was doing during Clay's murder. He uses it partially so he can function without his abilities from going off, but mostly because he doesn't want to believe Athena is actually guilty for killing his best friend.
* RevengeBeforeReason: In a trial, a bomb is about to go off in the courtroom, yet Apollo still wants to continue with the trial. This is a direct side-effect of the below trope.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Kickstarted by [[spoiler:Clay Terran's death]]. He gets into a conflict of interest with himself when the prime suspect for the murder turns out to be [[spoiler:Athena Cykes]].
* SempaiKohai: He's the sempai and Athena Cykes is the kohai. Apollo acts significantly more mature and competent around her, likely to make a good impression.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: This is Apollo's reaction when Klavier assumes he's dating Athena.
* ShipTease:
** Between him and Athena. Klavier even thinks Athena is Apollo's girlfriend, and Bonny mistakenly assumes that Apollo and Athena are a comedy duo performing their [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple old married couple]] routine when they're really just behaving like they usually do around each other.
** Juniper has a huge crush on Apollo.
** With [[spoiler:Aura Blackquill]], who seems to have a soft spot for Apollo. Be it because she sympathized with his loss, hoped his investigation would lead to [[spoiler:Athena]]'s conviction, or both.
** Seems to get a lot with Trucy, although if that ever looked like it was going to happen, Phoenix would put a stop to it [[spoiler:by revealing that they're half-siblings.]]
** He seems to get some with Vera Misham in "Turnabout Succession". His awkward attempts to get her to open up, not to mention him actually [[spoiler:crying when he learns she'll be okay after both her trial and her poisoning]], practically ooze this.
* ShutUpHannibal: Blackquill constantly interrupts Apollo as he makes various explanations of his defense in 5-2. Eventually, Apollo has enough and proceeds to tell Blackquill to put a sock in it and listen to his case for once.
* SincerestFormOfFlattery: Why his mannerisms are so similar to Phoenix's, his idol.
* StraightMan: Taking over this role from Phoenix in the original trilogy, but cranked up a few notches due to his tendency to try to be as professional as possible no matter how ridiculous the situations or people around him get.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: As revealed in ''Spirit of Justice'', he's the spitting image of his biological father, [[spoiler:Jove Justice]]. Subverted with [[spoiler:Dhurke, though, who also kind of looks like him but is simply his ''foster'' father]].
* SuperDrowningSkills: ''Spirit of Justice'' reveals that he doesn't know how to swim. Gets PlayedForDrama when [[spoiler:Apollo is trapped in an underground lake near Kurain Village that is rapidly filling up with water and nearly drowns.]]
* SuperSenses: Has a ''highly'' attuned sense of visual perception even without his bracelet.
* SuperWristGadget: His bracelet lets him know when a person is nervous.
** This bears some explanation, pieced together from his debut game. His bracelet is made of a heat-reactive alloy, unique from his birthplace country, which is used to made jewelry that expands together with its wearer as they age and grow up. It just so happens to help Apollo pick up on his own subconscious reactions to Perceive, those hinted to be very small muscular contractions, because the expansion process of the bracelet is as slow as you'd expect from a ''metal'' to do that. In short, his self-adjusting bracelet doesn't adjust as quick as the spasms that happens when his vision subconsciously picks up a tell on someone else, so he feels this piece of jewelry tightening weakly around his wrist at those moments.
* SupportingProtagonist: Phoenix is still the one driving the larger metaplot, even in his game. [[spoiler:However, this is inverted in ''Spirit of Justice'' as the game has Phoenix in the name while the story is actually about Apollo.]]
* SurvivalMantra: His "I'm fine!" yelling is always meant to encourage himself. He also gives this encouragement to others with an equally loud "You'll be fine!"
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Looked like he was one for Phoenix before he diverged into his own character (though he still retains a lot of Phoenix's traits).
* TearsOfFear: In case 4-2, Apollo starts crying when he finds Trucy after [[spoiler: he thought she was abducted in the court room. Turns out it was her stalling for time.]]
* TearsOfJoy: In the aftermath of case 4-4, Apollo cries when [[spoiler: it turns out that Vera was going to be alright.]]
* TakingTheBullet: Taking the ''gigantic chunk of debris'', actually, for Juniper. This is how he got his injuries.
* TapOnTheHead: At one point, Apollo is attacked and knocked out with a pointed piece of rubble. Even though it was apparently bad enough to cause bleeding, he was just fine after a night in the hospital.
* TenMinuteRetirement: In ''Dual Destinies'', Apollo leaves The Wright Anything Agency [[spoiler:to search for the true murderer of his friend Clay]] saying that the truth Phoenix searches for is probably different from his own. It only lasts less than a day.
* ThemeNaming: Has a mythology-based given name like his fellow Wright Anything Agency attorneys: see MeaningfulName entry.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Wanted to be exactly like Phoenix... and gets called out for being needlessly loud and showy in court.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Between the fourth and fifth game. He comes across as a lot more composed and in control of both his attitude in court, and also his perceiving abilities. Although he's still perfectly capable of bluffing his way to the truth if he has to...
** He takes several levels in badass in the sixth game. By the end, he has [[spoiler:defeated Phoenix in court, overthrown a ''queen'' by convicting her of murder, and opened his own law firm in Khura'in]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: Temporarily in ''Dual Destinies'' when [[spoiler:he begins to suspect Athena might be responsible for Clay's murder]].
* TragicKeepsake:
** [[spoiler:The jacket he wears on Dual Destinies was owned by his deceased friend Clay Terran.]]
** His bracelet could be seen as this, as it was the only thing he had left from his biological parents after he was abandoned.
** [[spoiler:The former Sahdmadhi law firm becomes this in "Turnabout Revolution" as he inherits it following Khura'in's liberation.]]
* TraumaCongaLine:
** Experiences one in ''Dual Destinies''. [[spoiler:It begins when Clay, his best friend since middle school, gets murdered right before finally accomplishing his life's dream. Clay's mentor and Apollo's acquaintance gets accused for the murder. When going to investigate the crime with his partner Athena, she lies about having seen the murder weapon and sends Apollo into an existential dilemma when she keeps causing his bracelet to react whenever she talks about the case. Because of this, he handicaps himself with an eyepatch so he can't perceive Athena's tells. During the trial, a bomb goes off, which he is caught in and then gets injured further while saving Junie from falling rubble. Junie is accused of the bombing and murder of a third party, and Apollo volunteers to defend her, only to succumb to his injuries right before the trial and has to pass it on to Athena. Not long after, while doing a bit of investigation on the side, he's assaulted in the ruins of Courtroom #4 and sent back to the hospital. After coming to, he takes a leave of absence from the Wright Anything Agency so that he could sort out his suspicions on Athena. But when he resumes his investigation of Clay's murder, he comes to the only logical conclusion, based on the decisive evidence found by both him and Detective Fulbright, that Athena may be the killer. He interrupts the final verdict in case 5-5 in hopes that Wright can find a hole in his reasoning and clear up his doubt.]]
** ''Spirit of Justice'' isn't really kind to him either. [[spoiler:First, his friend and assistant Trucy is arrested for murder. Then the office he works in nearly gets repossessed because of somebody copying Trucy's signature on a shady contract. He meets his foster brother again after 10 years in the middle of defending her, who has not only changed dramatically, but tells Apollo that he's going to hell for defending criminals. He meets his foster father again after 10+ years, where later on the two of them are thrown deep into a cave where he nearly drowns. When the two of them end up in Khura'in, he defends him in court against suspicions of murder, only to find out that he's been DeadAllAlong. This revelation is so devastating that Apollo suffers a HeroicBSOD as he questions his own motivations for becoming a lawyer. And after he recovers from that shock, he eventually has to call for a seance to see the final moments of his biological father, Jove Justice, who he never got to know since Jove was killed when Apollo was a baby.]] Note that this happens roughly ''four to five months'' after the events of "The Cosmic Turnabout"/"Turnabout for Tomorrow".
* UnwittingPawn:
** Ends up as one of these for [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] [[spoiler:Phoenix]]. Later on when he helps the aforementioned out, at least he's doing it willingly.
** He was also one for [[spoiler:the phantom in ''Dual Destinies''. The lighter presented as evidence is used to cast suspicion on Athena, not knowing that the person who gave the evidence was the one responsible for Clay Terran's death.]]
* WaistcoatOfStyle: His signature outfit, [[ColorMotif in bright red]]. He does own a red jacket to match it, but he just leaves it lying around the agency.
* TheWatson: Like Phoenix to the Kurain Channeling Technique, he's the one asking all the relevant questions about all the magic acts he sees. In ''Dual Destinies'', he has this role again for all the Japanese folklore he encounters.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Has this dynamic with Ema with them throwing snarky banters to each other, though it depends on her mood. It's more consistent with Athena once she is introduced.
* WellDoneDadGuy: [[spoiler:When Dhurke first visits Apollo after leaving him in America over a decade before, Apollo was decidedly not impressed and is extremely cold towards him. However, over the course of the case Apollo warms up to Dhurke and he does come to greatly appreciate him, as well as recall his fond childhood memories with him.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Apollo is adverse to heights. In "The Magical Turnabout", he and Athena have to climb up to a stage catwalk. Athena notes that Apollo's white as a sheet and mentally he keeps reminding himself not to look down.
** One witness in another case wears a giant cardboard box and shuffles around in it to spy on people, sometimes making a hissing sound. When Apollo first meets them he says "Don't let it be a SNAAAAAKKKEE!!"

to:

* {{Adorkable}}: While Phoenix pretty much resigns himself AmoralAttorney: [[spoiler:Even though Yanni Yogi was actually innocent, he refused to be do proper investigation into the punching bag of others, Apollo tries his hardest incident and instead had Yogi plead insanity to be taken seriously, only to look ridiculous as a result. Also, his childhood dream was get him off. This in turn caused him to become a ''lawyer'' which he still treats with boyish enthusiasm into his twenties.
* AffectionateNickname: "Polly" to Trucy
social outcast and "AJ" to Datz.
* AmateurSleuth: Although sometimes he has Ema's assistance.
* AmplifierArtifact: His bracelet is essentially this. Without it, he would have a very hard time noticing the effects of his hyper-empathy and not know when to go into perceive mode. Trucy shows that it can be done to an extent, but to use the perceive ability effectively without a bracelet would require [[HermitGuru ridiculous amounts of self-awareness and concentration]]. Trucy even notes at one point that Apollo is seeing witness tics that she can't pick up. So it's clear that without the external tool his ability is basically useless but it also makes
haunted him much more sensitive in the end so it goes both ways.
* AnimalMotifs: Minor example, and also brought about due to localization. In both Spanish and Italian, Justice's nickname "Pollo" means "chicken", since his hair could look like a chicken's comb. One of his goofy pouts also makes his mouth look like a beak.
* AnimeHair: Though he needs to gel it every day. Like Phoenix, it's used
for a few gags; Jinxie Tenma believes he's a yokai because his hair looks like horns, Rayfa calls him "Horn Head", and [[spoiler:Queen Ga'ran]] calls him "Horned Devil".
* AscendedFanboy: Who else stays up at night training themselves to bellow '''''Objection!'''''? And then there's his extreme excitement at meeting Phoenix for the first time...as a defendant.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Apollo, referring to the iconic Greek god of truth, and Justice? This is someone you want your side just for their name alone!
* BadassBoast: During "Turnabout Revolution", he says some pretty daring statements towards Sargent Buff.
--> '''Apollo:''' Sorry, but I'm afraid lawyers are missile-proof. [[note]] Keep in mind, he was saying this to a drone that has a habit of firing bullets at him and just loaded missiles at Datz just a few minutes ago. [[/note]]
** He then follows up with ANOTHER one of these not even a minute afterwards!
--> '''Apollo:''' Courtroom warriors don't use guns or missiles, because evidence is our weapon of choice! And the evidence has exposed your bald-faced lie! My truth bomb, Sarge...has stripped your defenses bare!
** As if that wasn't daring enough, once he reveals that [[spoiler: Nayna is secretly Queen Amara]], Apollo indicts her!
--> 'Apollo:''' If you commit the crime, you'd better be ready to do the time. Be you a priest, saint, queen, or god!
* BadassLongcoat: Gets one in in ''Dual Destinies'' during his ConflictingLoyalty stage. [[spoiler:It was his best friend Clay's, and he wears it in honor of him while he tracks down his killer.
years.]]
* BashBrothers: With Klavier. Unlike any of the other prosecutor-and-defense teams in the series, Apollo and Klavier pull this act straight out of the starting gate, and keep it up for the entire game. It's even more impressive given that before 4-2 they'd never even met and they still pull this off. On the defense lawyer side, he becomes this with Athena and Phoenix in ''Dual Destinies''.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: Would seem to believe this, considering he's extremely tight-lipped about himself, his past, and his emotions with the people he works with, to the point it's actually brought up twice over two different games, and only talks about himself when he's given no choice in the matter (and even then, is vague at best and dodges questions).
* BigNo: While these are common occurences, he gets an especially big one in ''Spirit of Justice'' when [[spoiler:he realizes Dhurke was DeadAllAlong]].
* BlindfoldedVision: Partial; Apollo bandages one of his eyes shortly before "The Cosmic Turnabout". [[spoiler:It's meant to be a self-imposed PowerLimiter on his Perception ability, to stop perceiving Athena who was lying to him every time they talked
AssholeVictim: He could not care less about the case.consequences of [[spoiler:getting a Not Guilty by insanity verdict for Yanni Yogi]]. This eventually sealed his fate.
* KarmicDeath: He got killed [[spoiler:by Yanni Yogi, the person whose life was completely ruined by his refusal to find actual evidence..
]]
* BrokenPedestal:
** Apollo enters his first case absolutely ''idolizing'' Phoenix Wright, claiming that no one in his generation hadn't heard of him and his office, and attempting to defend him in court using such logic as "that is a contradiction because there's no way Phoenix Wright would cheat at cards!" By the end of the case, Phoenix has tricked him [[spoiler:into using forged evidence]] and Apollo is so furious he ''decks'' him. Although he doesn't seem to hate Phoenix, it definitely shook him out his case of hero-worship, and he often thinks mildly disparaging things about his former idol.
** This also applies to [[spoiler:his former boss Kristoph Gavin, whom he helps get into jail
PosthumousCharacter: Like every victim in the course of his first case, which he was originally defending with ''him as co-counsel''. It gets worse when it's revealed the Kristoph has been responsible for many terrible things, including Phoenix's disbarment and multiple murders that form the basis of the game's closing case. Poor Apollo.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: While we, as the player, always see the Perceive system in action from Apollo's perspective, staring down the witness, saying "You're hiding something", and having the witness ''admit'' it must look pretty odd from the sidelines. When he Perceives, people tend to look at him in shock and say that he was [[KubrickStare staring so hard]] his eyes bugged out.
* ButtMonkey: Although all three main lawyers become this when they're playable, he gets the least respect overall. Even Athena's employment in the Agency lessened his ButtMonkey status a little. Exemplified in "Turnabout Reclaimed" (the DLC case for ''Ace
Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies''), Phoenix and Athena rush off to the Shipshape Aquarium to get justice for Sasha's friend...and Apollo has to stay behind and watch the office like some secretary. Throughout the case series, he's even pleading with Phoenix to give him ''some'' case-related work to do.
* CatchPhrase:
** "[[{{Pun}} Here comes Justice]]!" He also adds '''''Gotcha!''''' to
mentioned every time in the set of catch phrases to shout in big red letters.
** In ''Dual Destines'', another one of his catchphrases ("I'm (doing) fine!"), [[CerebusRetcon receives a new meaning]]: it was a phrase he and his old middle school friend used for confidence boosting.
* ChickMagnet: He has ShipTease with Vera, Athena, Juniper, and [[spoiler:Aura Blackquill]]. On top of that, a female watching the first trial of the second case calls his forehead attractive during one of the times he has the advantage (though the way she phrases it suggests it turned her off [[PowerIsSexy until he started being an impressive lawyer]]).
* ChromaticSuperiority: Seems to believe that red is the best color from a few of his thoughts. He may be joking, though.
* ClosetGeek: He keeps manga on his desk. [[BlatantLies It's totally useful for research purposes]].
* CoatCape: Sports one in ''Dual Destinies''.
* ColorMotif: Red, contrasting/ complimenting Phoenix's blue and Athena's yellow in ''Dual Destinies''. He's often described as being eager and dedicated, with a "[[{{Hotblooded}} passionate heart burning red]]".
* TheComicallySerious: Apollo tries so very hard to maintain professionalism when dealing with other people, but when you work daily with ridiculous witnesses, an assistant with magic panties, eccentric prosecutors, and [[TricksterMentor trickster mentors]], you can't help but become this trope.
* ConflictingLoyalty:
** In "Turnabout Trump", Apollo's loyalties start to conflict with one another. Does he stay loyal to [[spoiler:his mentor Kristoph]], or seek out the truth? Does he listen to Kristoph's warnings, or follow his client's advice? He eventually decides to pursue the truth instead of being loyal to anyone.
--->'''Apollo:''' This isn't about loyalty... This is about the truth!
** In "Turnabout for Tomorrow", he faces a similar problem [[spoiler:when Athena looks like she could be his best friend's murderer.]] He once again puts the truth over everything and [[TenMinuteRetirement goes off to figure things out by himself.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: His family history. How coincidental is it that he ends up being mentored by the man who [[spoiler:adopted his half-sister, and together with said sister, he cross-examines their long-lost mother in court]]?
* ConsummateProfessional: Apollo is actively the most professional person to work for the Agency, and one of the most professional characters ''in the series'' (making him TheComicallySerious). One interpretation of his dislike of Klavier is not jealousy, but outright disdain for how Klavier is far from professional in court, considering Apollo is annoyed that Klavier acts serious in "Turnabout Serenade" backstage but not in court.
* DaddyDidntShow: [[spoiler:When Dhurke left him in America as a child, he promised Apollo he would come back for him. However he never showed up until years later, after Apollo had become a lawyer himself, and ''after Dhurke had died.'']]
* ADayInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:Becomes the main character in ''Spirit of Justice'', especially in "Turnabout Revolution".]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Taking up his mentor's mantle as the game's FirstPersonSmartass. Although ''un''like his mentor, Apollo is a lot less internal about his snark, and is far more likely to point out how ridiculous or stupid a situation is rather bluntly. It goes with his OnlySaneMan status.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: He manages to beat [[spoiler:the legendary ''Phoenix Wright'' in a civil case, though granted [[WorfHadTheFlu he had been blackmailed into defending a guilty party]] and even Apollo is dubious of his chances of beating Phoenix in a fair
trial, it's still an impressive feat considering that Phoenix assured Apollo that he wouldn't be holding back]]. In the same case, and even more to his credit, he defeated [[spoiler:Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in, a ''queen'' who changed the law on the spot to suit her needs and threatened to have him and Phoenix gunned down where they stand. Moreover, he did it all on his own, without resorting to asking Phoenix for help, even though he was at his side]]. He's come a long way since his début game.
* DetectivePatsy: In "Turnabout Corner", [[spoiler:he was hired by the real killer in order to represent the defendant, firmly convinced that he would lose]].
* {{Deuteragonist}}: He shares this role with Athena in ''Dual Destinies''. He appears to be this to Phoenix in ''Spirit of Justice'', [[spoiler:until Apollo takes center stage for almost the entirety of "Turnabout Revolution"]].
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Is prominently shown in several promotional art for ''Dual Destinies'' and its first case with an EyepatchOfPower, BadassLongcoat, and [[BandageMummy his hands wrapped in bandages]]. Soon after being introduced, he takes a leave of absence from the Agency, with Phoenix and Athena. We find out in "Turnabout for Tomorrow" that [[spoiler:the bandages are from him being caught in a bomb blast, the coat is his dead best friend Clay's,
and the eyepatch is actually a self-imposed RestrainingBolt to stop his perception abilities from triggering around Athena (and thus believing she could be responsible for Clay's murder). He wears them all during his brief bout job of ConflictingLoyalty, and removes all of them as soon as his doubts are put to rest.]]
* ExpressiveHair: It flops forward when he's surprised or disheartened. During his HeroicBSOD in case 6-5, it goes completely limp.
* EyepatchOfPower: Gets a temporary one during "The Cosmic Turnabout" and "Turnabout for Tomorrow" due to the explosion incident.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: In his own game he's the POV character and does a lot of the investigating but ultimately the story is about Phoenix's fall from grace and eventual rise back up.
* {{Fanservice}}: Some have taken his ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''-inspired DownloadableContent cosplay of Sanada Yukimura from ''Spirit of Justice'' to be this as Yukimura doesn't wear [[WalkingShirtlessScene anything under his red jacket]], so neither does Apollo, giving us a nice look at his pecs.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Unlike Phoenix, he's somewhat less polite up front and lets more of his snark leave his brain.
* FistPump: Apollo does a version of this with both his hands in ''Dual Destinies'', the animation showing up when he resolves to get something done. It becomes even funnier with an added "slap" sound effect and screen shake, meaning he was [[HotBlooded extra resolute]] about what he was saying.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Klavier even begins calling him "Herr Forehead" partway through the second case. Ironically, when looking at artwork of him in game and in official art, his forehead... really isn't ''that'' big. His hairstyle does draw attention to it though.
* TheGhost: He's is completely absent in "Turnabout Time Traveler" and doesn't get a single mention unless examining his stuff at the office. Justified, as he is [[spoiler:at Khura'in working hard to reestablish law order, and the extra case takes place after the finale of the main story of ''Spirit of Justice'']].
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Just like his mentor and his mentor before him. In his case, though, this is a sign of him being a fanboy of his mentor rather than an unconsciously mimicked habit.
* GreenEyedMonster: One interpretation of his dislike of Klavier is really just jealousy that Klavier is a talented prosecutor AND rock star.
* HairstyleInertia: If photographs seen in ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice'' are any indication, Apollo's had his dual-antenna hairstyle since he was a very young boy. And according to [[spoiler:his father's Divination Seance, those antennae have been there ''since he was a baby'']].
* HeadDesk: Upon TheReveal [[spoiler:that Dhurke [[DeadAllAlong has been dead all this time]] and was being channeled by Maya and (later) Amara]], he lifts his head up and slams it onto the desk in despair. This is absolutely ''not'' PlayedForLaughs.
* HereditaryHairstyle: [[spoiler:It comes from his Dad's side, except Apollo's horns are pointed up instead of down like his father, Jove.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Briefly in Case 6-5, when he finds out [[spoiler:Dhurke has been DeadAllAlong]]. Similar to Phoenix in Case 2-4, he gets a unique "utter despair" animation for the first time ever.
* HesBack: In ''Dual Destinies'', the game seems to be bent on [[BreakTheCutie break him]] in cases 4 and 5, but when he manages to shake off his funk and trust both Athena and Phoenix completely, he drops his bandages, EyepatchOfPower and CoatCape and stands in court with Phoenix for the first time since ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney''.
* HollywoodHealing: In case 1 of ''Dual Destinies'', Apollo is so battered that his attempt to defend Juniper Woods has to be passed to Athena because he is physically unable to do so (and then after the case he gets conked on the head). After case 4, he takes his "leave of absence" and does some investigation but he's still wearing all his bandages. Come the climax of case 5 he unwraps his bandages and is right as rain, able enough to help Phoenix with his defense of Athena. All of this happens...maybe over the span of two or three days at most, at a time when the other characters seemed to think he would be in bed recuperating for a while.
* HotBlooded: A phrase used over and over to describe Apollo is his "passionate heart burning red". This is even more obvious in "Turnabout Serenade", when Apollo and [[spoiler:Daryan Crescend]] would almost duke it out if it weren't for Klavier's intervention.
* HyperAwareness: An explicit ability of his [[spoiler:due to his Gramarye ancestry, and heightened by his Bracelet]]. Percieving involves noticing even the most minor of nervous tics and using them to have witnesses reveal information they are trying to hide.
* IdiotHero: Like Phoenix, his conventional lawyer abilities are more or less non-existent, but he actually appears to be even ''worse''. Still, his dedication and insightfulness always pull through in the end.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Decides to stay and open his own law office in the now liberated Khura'in at the end of "Turnabout Revolution".]]
* IronicEcho:
** Minor one if
the player thinks about it. At the beginning of the game, where Trucy is revealed to be Phoenix's "daughter", Apollo is somewhat shocked upon realizing that would mean Phoenix would've had a kid at just 18 or so. [[spoiler:As for Apollo... well... Apollo's mother is 40, Apollo himself is 22. Do the math.]].
** [[spoiler:While on the stand]] in "Turnabout for Tomorrow", Apollo becomes something of a shadow of his old mentor, Kristoph, mimicking some of his animations and lines. The following quote was even highlighted in-game, drawing further attention to its significance.
--->'''Apollo:''' Evidence is everything in court.
* ItsPersonal: Becomes so dead-set on indicting the person who killed [[spoiler:his best friend Clay]] that he decides to leave the Wright Anything Agency to act on his own. Turns out the main reason for his actions was due to [[spoiler:his perceiving ability and evidence piling up against Athena]].
* {{Keet}}: He's eccentric and [[NoIndoorVoice loud]], while managing to smile a goofy smile quite often in ''Dual Destinies''. [[spoiler:When he's not being broken that is.]]
* KleptomaniacHero: He is Phoenix's student, after all.
* KubrickStare: Apparently this is how he looks like when he's using Perceive.
* LastNameBasis: In the Japanese version he always refers to people by their last name (with "[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics -san]]" added to the end), except for Trucy [[spoiler:and Clay]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: "A New Chapter of Trials!", his Objection theme, which gets remixes in the following games. ''Dual Destinies'' also gives him a calmer variation, "I'm Fine!", used as his proper character theme.
* LivingLieDetector: The Perceive system lets him spot tiny nervous tics that clue him in when you're lying to him, however that does not always mean they're lying.
* MadeOfIron: While he hasn't been through quite as much crap as Phoenix has, he still manages to [[TakingTheBullet body-block a large piece of debris]] with relatively minor injuries and he quickly recovers [[spoiler:from a TapOnTheHead]] shortly afterwards without any lasting trauma.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Apollo" because he exposes the truth; "Justice" because... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well]]... "Hosuke" means "law boy" and "Odoroki" means surprise; it would roughly mean 'A surprising man of law'. Also, the god "Apollo" was not only the god of truth, but also of the sun and is sometimes attributed with ''reviving'' the sun every morning, giving Apollo yet another connection to Phoenix. The god Apollo was also attributed with establishing the legal system of 12 jury members to decide guilt, according to Aeschylus's play "The Eumenides". This one gets lampshaded by Phoenix when Juniper compares Apollo to the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology sun]]:
--->'''Phoenix:''' (The way she makes him sound... you'd think Apollo was some ancient god...)
--->'''Phoenix:''' (Oh, wait...)
** Apollo was also the Greek god of music, foreshadowing the fact that [[spoiler:Apollo's father was a musician]].
* MysteriousPast: Other than the fact that he was abandoned when he was a year old, nothing is known about Apollo's past or motivations for becoming a lawyer. His backstory is expanded somewhat in ''Dual Destinies'', where his close friend Clay Terran is introduced. By ''Spirit of Justice'', this is no longer the case, where his entire past is revealed. This is lampshaded, with other characters calling him out for not telling them until they become relevant to the story.
* TheNapoleon: A more downplayed one compared Franziska (whom he is three ''centimetres'' taller than). He's loud, brash, HotBlooded, and possesses the "big personality" trait of the Napoleon. The one time his lack of stature has attention drawn to it, he immediately points out that the person calling him short is ''shorter than he is''.
* NeatFreak: According to ''Spirit of Justice'', Apollo instinctively cleans when he sees a mess because he's the only one who ever cleans up at the agency.
* NervesOfSteel:
** It takes some nerve to be willing to not move an inch when the ''building you're in is about to blow up'' only to see to it that justice gets carried out. And then taking things a step farther after the place actually blows up with him in it, selflessly using his own body to shield another person from dangerous, falling rubble.
** Pulls it off again in ''Spirit of Justice'', where he manages to puzzle out a way to [[spoiler:overthrow Queen Gar'an while her royal guards are pointing assault rifles at him]].
* NoIndoorVoice: ''Chords of Steel!'' He's called out several times for being loud by other characters.
* ObliviousToLove: Towards Juniper Woods, who literally starts knitting heart-patterned scarfs when the conversation so much as refers to him.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Kid still gets mistaken for a high-schooler.
* OnlySaneMan: Apollo is usually the one hanging a giant lampshade over how ridiculous some of the stuff he and the others at the agency get put through is. Although he's certainly NotSoAboveItAll.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: After [[spoiler:the death of his best friend Clay]], Apollo becomes much more serious and quiet as he deals with his doubt and tries
to find the truth of what happened.
-->'''Trucy:''' I'm really worried about him. He's not himself at all. He's usually not so cool and dark and mysterious like that!
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Apollo's bracelet, one of a pair that belonged to
behind his mother and left with him before he was [[ParentalAbandonment abandoned]]. It ended up being very important to his LivingLieDetector powers.
* OutOfFocus: Underwent this during the 6-year gap between the releases of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' and ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''. While Edgeworth got [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth two spin-offs]] and Phoenix got two [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney crossover]] [[VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3 appearances]], and both got additional media like films and musicals, Apollo was nowhere to be seen, even eventually being dropped off the 10th anniversary site. ''Dual Destinies'' brings him back as a {{Deuteragonist}}, however. And in ''Spirit of Justice'', [[spoiler:he becomes the main character, which is especially obvious in the last case.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: He spent all his life without his parents because [[spoiler:his father died while trying to save him from a fire, and his mother returned to her troupe because she thought Apollo also died in the fire]].
* ThePerryMasonMethod: Like Phoenix, he operates in court following this trope.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: He's the shortest male lawyer in the series by about four inches. He's also the loudest. [[spoiler:He's also a good enough lawyer to take down Phoenix (albeit while the latter was blackmailed to defend a guilty client) AND a Queen who keeps rewriting the laws during a trial- Phoenix even admits that he's learned a thing or two from watching Apollo and now sees him as one of his peers]].
* PowerIncontinence: Since his first case, Apollo's [[LivingLieDetector Perceive ability]] was shown to not be in his control, but his inability to stop perceiving others when they're tense or lying to him becomes a plot point in Dual Destinies.
* PowerLimiter: His EyepatchOfPower is actually this, as it disables one of his eyes used to perceive people's thoughts.
* PrimalFear: Is scared of heights. Trucy and Athena [[DudeNotFunny make fun of this every chance they get]].
* RebuiltPedestal: Though it's never really returned to the level it was when Apollo first met Phoenix, by Dual Destinies it's become clear that Apollo has more or less returned to respecting Phoenix as a mentor and Defense Attorney. He trusts him enough that [[spoiler:when his private investigation all seems to point to Athena being the murderer of Clay, he confronts Phoenix in court due to believing that he was the one person who could prove his conclusion wrong]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Phoenix's Blue. Jinxie Tenma even mistakes him for a ''literal'' Red Oni. Compared to Athena he's slightly less excitable, however.
* RefusalOfTheCall: At the end of 4-1, Phoenix asks Apollo to join his firm. But being that he just let Apollo unknowingly use forged evidence to win a case, Apollo adamantly refuses even though it had been his dream to work at Wright & Co. Law Offices. After two months of unemployment and [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive a (false) emergency call from Wright]], he finally ends up joining the agency.
* TheReliableOne: Out of all the employees of Wright Anything Agency, Apollo is the most likely to be doing the extra work no one else wants to do, such as cleaning the toilet, dealing with paperwork or running errands.
* RestrainingBolt: What his EyePatchOfPower actually is; he uses it to stop his bracelet from triggering his perception abilities every time Athena lies about what she was doing during Clay's murder. He uses it partially so he can function without his abilities from going off, but mostly because he doesn't want to believe Athena is actually guilty for killing his best friend.
* RevengeBeforeReason: In a trial, a bomb is about to go off in the courtroom, yet Apollo still wants to continue with the trial. This is a direct side-effect of the below trope.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Kickstarted by [[spoiler:Clay Terran's death]]. He gets into a conflict of interest with himself when the prime suspect for the murder turns out to be [[spoiler:Athena Cykes]].
* SempaiKohai: He's the sempai and Athena Cykes is the kohai. Apollo acts significantly more mature and competent around her, likely to make a good impression.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: This is Apollo's reaction when Klavier assumes he's dating Athena.
* ShipTease:
** Between him and Athena. Klavier even thinks Athena is Apollo's girlfriend, and Bonny mistakenly assumes that Apollo and Athena are a comedy duo performing their [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple old married couple]] routine when they're really just behaving like they usually do around each other.
** Juniper has a huge crush on Apollo.
** With [[spoiler:Aura Blackquill]], who seems to have a soft spot for Apollo. Be it because she sympathized with his loss, hoped his investigation would lead to [[spoiler:Athena]]'s conviction, or both.
** Seems to get a lot with Trucy, although if that ever looked like it was going to happen, Phoenix would put a stop to it [[spoiler:by revealing that they're half-siblings.]]
** He seems to get some with Vera Misham in "Turnabout Succession". His awkward attempts to get her to open up, not to mention him actually [[spoiler:crying when he learns she'll be okay after both her trial and her poisoning]], practically ooze this.
* ShutUpHannibal: Blackquill constantly interrupts Apollo as he makes various explanations of his defense in 5-2. Eventually, Apollo has enough and proceeds to tell Blackquill to put a sock in it and listen to his case for once.
* SincerestFormOfFlattery: Why his mannerisms are so similar to Phoenix's, his idol.
* StraightMan: Taking over this role from Phoenix in the original trilogy, but cranked up a few notches due to his tendency to try to be as professional as possible no matter how ridiculous the situations or people around him get.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: As revealed in ''Spirit of Justice'', he's the spitting image of his biological father, [[spoiler:Jove Justice]]. Subverted with [[spoiler:Dhurke, though, who also kind of looks like him but is simply his ''foster'' father]].
* SuperDrowningSkills: ''Spirit of Justice'' reveals that he doesn't know how to swim. Gets PlayedForDrama when [[spoiler:Apollo is trapped in an underground lake near Kurain Village that is rapidly filling up with water and nearly drowns.]]
* SuperSenses: Has a ''highly'' attuned sense of visual perception even without his bracelet.
* SuperWristGadget: His bracelet lets him know when a person is nervous.
** This bears some explanation, pieced together from his debut game. His bracelet is made of a heat-reactive alloy, unique from his birthplace country, which is used to made jewelry that expands together with its wearer as they age and grow up. It just so happens to help Apollo pick up on his own subconscious reactions to Perceive, those hinted to be very small muscular contractions, because the expansion process of the bracelet is as slow as you'd expect from a ''metal'' to do that. In short, his self-adjusting bracelet doesn't adjust as quick as the spasms that happens when his vision subconsciously picks up a tell on someone else, so he feels this piece of jewelry tightening weakly around his wrist at those moments.
* SupportingProtagonist: Phoenix is still the one driving the larger metaplot, even in his game. [[spoiler:However, this is inverted in ''Spirit of Justice'' as the game has Phoenix in the name while the story is actually about Apollo.]]
* SurvivalMantra: His "I'm fine!" yelling is always meant to encourage himself. He also gives this encouragement to others with an equally loud "You'll be fine!"
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Looked like he was one for Phoenix before he diverged into his own character (though he still retains a lot of Phoenix's traits).
* TearsOfFear: In case 4-2, Apollo starts crying when he finds Trucy after [[spoiler: he thought she was abducted in the court room. Turns out it was her stalling for time.]]
* TearsOfJoy: In the aftermath of case 4-4, Apollo cries when [[spoiler: it turns out that Vera was going to be alright.]]
* TakingTheBullet: Taking the ''gigantic chunk of debris'', actually, for Juniper. This is how he got his injuries.
* TapOnTheHead: At one point, Apollo is attacked and knocked out with a pointed piece of rubble. Even though it was apparently bad enough to cause bleeding, he was just fine after a night in the hospital.
* TenMinuteRetirement: In ''Dual Destinies'', Apollo leaves The Wright Anything Agency [[spoiler:to search for the true murderer of his friend Clay]] saying that the truth Phoenix searches for is probably different from his own. It only lasts less than a day.
* ThemeNaming: Has a mythology-based given name like his fellow Wright Anything Agency attorneys: see MeaningfulName entry.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Wanted to be exactly like Phoenix... and gets called out for being needlessly loud and showy in court.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Between the fourth and fifth game. He comes across as a lot more composed and in control of both his attitude in court, and also his perceiving abilities. Although he's still perfectly capable of bluffing his way to the truth if he has to...
** He takes several levels in badass in the sixth game. By the end, he has [[spoiler:defeated Phoenix in court, overthrown a ''queen'' by convicting her of murder, and opened his own law firm in Khura'in]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: Temporarily in ''Dual Destinies'' when [[spoiler:he begins to suspect Athena might be responsible for Clay's murder]].
* TragicKeepsake:
** [[spoiler:The jacket he wears on Dual Destinies was owned by his deceased friend Clay Terran.]]
** His bracelet could be seen as this, as it was the only thing he had left from his biological parents after he was abandoned.
** [[spoiler:The former Sahdmadhi law firm becomes this in "Turnabout Revolution" as he inherits it following Khura'in's liberation.]]
* TraumaCongaLine:
** Experiences one in ''Dual Destinies''. [[spoiler:It begins when Clay, his best friend since middle school, gets murdered right before finally accomplishing his life's dream. Clay's mentor and Apollo's acquaintance gets accused for the murder. When going to investigate the crime with his partner Athena, she lies about having seen the murder weapon and sends Apollo into an existential dilemma when she keeps causing his bracelet to react whenever she talks about the case. Because of this, he handicaps himself with an eyepatch so he can't perceive Athena's tells. During the trial, a bomb goes off, which he is caught in and then gets injured further while saving Junie from falling rubble. Junie is accused of the bombing and murder of a third party, and Apollo volunteers to defend her, only to succumb to his injuries right before the trial and has to pass it on to Athena. Not long after, while doing a bit of investigation on the side, he's assaulted in the ruins of Courtroom #4 and sent back to the hospital. After coming to, he takes a leave of absence from the Wright Anything Agency so that he could sort out his suspicions on Athena. But when he resumes his investigation of Clay's murder, he comes to the only logical conclusion, based on the decisive evidence found by both him and Detective Fulbright, that Athena may be the killer. He interrupts the final verdict in case 5-5 in hopes that Wright can find a hole in his reasoning and clear up his doubt.]]
** ''Spirit of Justice'' isn't really kind to him either. [[spoiler:First, his friend and assistant Trucy is arrested for murder. Then the office he works in nearly gets repossessed because of somebody copying Trucy's signature on a shady contract. He meets his foster brother again after 10 years in the middle of defending her, who has not only changed dramatically, but tells Apollo that he's going to hell for defending criminals. He meets his foster father again after 10+ years, where later on the two of them are thrown deep into a cave where he nearly drowns. When the two of them end up in Khura'in, he defends him in court against suspicions of murder, only to find out that he's been DeadAllAlong. This revelation is so devastating that Apollo suffers a HeroicBSOD as he questions his own motivations for becoming a lawyer. And after he recovers from that shock, he eventually has to call for a seance to see the final moments of his biological father, Jove Justice, who he never got to know since Jove was killed when Apollo was a baby.]] Note that this happens roughly ''four to five months'' after the events of "The Cosmic Turnabout"/"Turnabout for Tomorrow".
* UnwittingPawn:
** Ends up as one of these for [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] [[spoiler:Phoenix]]. Later on when he helps the aforementioned out, at least he's doing it willingly.
** He was also one for [[spoiler:the phantom in ''Dual Destinies''. The lighter presented as evidence is used to cast suspicion on Athena, not knowing that the person who gave the evidence was the one responsible for Clay Terran's
death.]]
* WaistcoatOfStyle: His signature outfit, [[ColorMotif in bright red]]. He does own a red jacket to match it, but he just leaves it lying around the agency.
* TheWatson: Like Phoenix to the Kurain Channeling Technique, he's the one asking all the relevant questions about all the magic acts he sees. In ''Dual Destinies'', he has this role again for all the Japanese folklore he encounters.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Has this dynamic with Ema with them throwing snarky banters to each other, though it depends on her mood. It's more consistent with Athena once she is introduced.
* WellDoneDadGuy: [[spoiler:When Dhurke first visits Apollo after leaving him in America over a decade before, Apollo was decidedly not impressed and is extremely cold towards him. However, over the course of the case Apollo warms up to Dhurke and he does come to greatly appreciate him, as well as recall his fond childhood memories with him.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Apollo is adverse to heights. In "The Magical Turnabout", he and Athena have to climb up to a stage catwalk. Athena notes that Apollo's white as a sheet and mentally he keeps reminding himself not to look down.
** One witness in another case wears a giant cardboard box and shuffles around in it to spy on people, sometimes making a hissing sound. When Apollo first meets them he says "Don't let it be a SNAAAAAKKKEE!!"



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!!'''Athena Cykes''' (''Kokone Kizuki'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/WendeeLee (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' and ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice''), Creator/MegumiHan (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', ''Trailers'')

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->"Hey, Boss, can I go and give that prosecutor a smack?!"

Known as The Courtroom Révolutionnaire and The Healing Attorney. Athena is very confident, cheerful and has a really strong sense of justice. However, her inexperience and her extreme desire for competition, combined with the attributes stated before, sometimes get her in trouble in court and outside as well. She's much closer to being a true successor of the Phoenix Wright school than Apollo is, as her reliance in courtroom antics is noticeable (although not completely as she much more prefers the use of technology and psychology than bluffs). And of course, it's only natural that she has most of the tropes that Phoenix and Apollo have.

Born with a special sense of hearing which greatly troubled her as a child, Athena was a shy kid with few friends. After a certain tragic event she was forced to leave America and went to live in Europe for the rest of her childhood. Fueled by her personal objective, she acquired a lawyer's badge by the age of 18, as well as a background in psychology. While in Europe, she met Phoenix and soon he hired her for his Agency. Since then, she has been working with her partner and co-worker Apollo Justice. Despite still being green, she has proven time and time again her worth as an attorney and her usefulness as an assistant, establishing herself as a valuable member of the Agency.

Her power is a special sense of hearing so heightened that it can discover a person's true feelings just by listening to his/her words. She can input this information on her computer and analyze it by using the "Mood Matrix", a holographic program with an interface that shows all the emotions felt by a person while speaking, making it useful for searching contradicting emotions. In other words, she will always know if you are lying because your voice will give you away. This makes it virtually impossible for her to take cases of guilty people too. (Although without the Mood Matrix, it might be difficult to separate contradicting emotions.) This is also a great way for her to find the root of a person's emotional turmoil and cure it, hence her secondary nickname of "Healing Attorney".

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!!'''Athena Cykes''' (''Kokone Kizuki'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/WendeeLee (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' and ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice''), Creator/MegumiHan (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', ''Trailers'')

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!!'''Diego Armando''' (''Soryu Kaminogi'')

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cry is very confident, cheerful and has a really strong sense of justice. However, her inexperience and her extreme desire for competition, combined with the attributes stated before, sometimes get her in trouble in court and outside as well. She's much closer to being a true successor of the Phoenix Wright school than Apollo is, as her reliance in courtroom antics is noticeable (although not completely as she much more prefers the use of technology and psychology than bluffs). And of course, when it's only natural that she has most of the tropes that Phoenix and Apollo have.

Born with a special sense of hearing which greatly troubled her as a child, Athena was a shy kid with few friends. After a certain tragic event she was forced to leave America and went to live in Europe for the rest of her childhood. Fueled by her personal objective, she acquired a lawyer's badge by the age of 18, as well as a background in psychology. While in Europe, she met Phoenix and soon he hired her for his Agency. Since then, she has been working with her partner and co-worker Apollo Justice. Despite still being green, she has proven time and time again her worth as an attorney and her usefulness as an assistant, establishing herself as a valuable
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* {{Adorkable}}: When you fangirl over an ''aquarium'' and show persistence in trying to get a ''penguin's'' attention, you know you're this. This is also exemplified with her portrait where she's stroking her ponytail with both hands while having an "Awww, shucks!" face.
* AffectionateNickname: "Thena" to Juniper.
* AnimeHair: Nothing all that odd about the ponytail on the left side of her head but that cowlick on the other side can only be this trope.
* BadassAdorable: Martial artist, lawyer, and empath all in one cute package. She even ran a whole marathon ''without stopping'' when she was only 17.
* BadassBookworm: Studying law and psychology all in the span of seven years is pretty impressive... and yet she can also give you a mean Judo flip.
* BareYourMidriff:
** In her deckhand costume in "Turnabout Reclaimed".
** Her SailorFuku DLC costume in ''Dual Destinies'' slightly shows it off, but only from the front when she's standing straight.
** ''Spirit of Justice'' gives her a DLC costume inspired by Tokugawa Ieyasu from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''.
* BerserkButton: One way to ''really'' get under her skin is to not take her seriously as a lawyer.
* TheBigGirl: While not remarkably tall or muscular, she can wreck anyone who pisses her off (as a {{Jerkass}} police officer finds out the hard way) [[CurbStompBattle with utter ease]], unlike Phoenix and Apollo who are just good at law. In true ShowDontTell fashion, we see an anime cutscene where she [[CurbStompBattle very easily]] defeats a police officer in Yokai Lane. We even get several takes and replays of the Judo flip.
* BigNo: She does this three times as a plot point. The first time is when Phoenix witnesses her [[spoiler:black Psyche-Locks]], the second is when after Simon Blackquill reveals the UR-1 truth, then the third is when Phoenix [[spoiler:breaks her black Psyche-Locks]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Her ability to hear is actually so advanced and refined that, as a child, she would always hear the cacophony of emotions of everyone around her, overwhelming her. Her mother fixed this by giving her special headphones to wear that would suppress the power to just enough.
* BoisterousBruiser: A rare female example. She's [[GenkiGirl hyper]], [[ChewingTheScenery dramatic]], ready to make fun of any mundane thing, has an active imagination, and has a liking to hit her fists together before doing anything that she finds interesting. Not to mention she knows martial arts, so she fills the bill in the strength department as well.
* BoobsOfSteel: She's not nearly as well-endowed as Mia Fey was, but she knows martial arts (Mia knew nothing of the sort) and still is far from flat.
* BrokenAce: She's a prodigy, able to meld law practice with emotional psychology, but she is deathly afraid of courtrooms because of her past and it causes her to [[HeroicBSOD seize up]], becoming largely useless.
* BreakTheCutie: Payne does this to her in case 5-1, while Blackquill does this in 5-2, 5-6 and [[spoiler:5-5]].
* ButtMonkey: Her role in "Turnabout Time Traveler" is being pursued by Trucy for a life-threatening magic training. She can't catch a break. And when she does, it isn't long until Trucy reappears.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Auf geht's! Let's do this!". The latter phrase is said in English [[GratuitousEnglish even in the Japanese version]].
** "'''GOT IT!'''", used during Mood Matrix segments when she or the other attorneys notice a contradiction.
* CharacterTics: She tends to fiddle with her earring when she's in thought. She also strokes her ponytail when flustered, and punches her fists when she's ready to expose the truth.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Her earring]] may not seem like an important clue in "Turnabout for Tomorrow", however it became the hope that ended "The Dark Age of the Law" when Phoenix used it to take down the real criminal.
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: She's an expert in analytic psychology, but she's severely hampered by her own emotional trauma.
* ColorCodedEmotions: The emotions displayed by the mood matrix which also reflect her emotions when not in use. Light blue is neutral, green is happiness/joy, dark blue is sadness/fear, yellow is suprise/confusion, red is anger/frustration, and black is for a HeroicBSOD.
* ColorMotif: Yellow.
* CreepyChild: How she appears in "Turnabout for Tomorrow" during [[spoiler:the flashback of how she tried to 'fix her mom'.]]
* CuteClumsyGirl: Her EstablishingCharacterMoment is her showing off her advanced tech, proudly marching up the courtroom stairs, then tripping tumbling down to the bottom.
* CutenessProximity: In "Turnabout Revolution", she can't help but gush over how cute [[spoiler:Armie Buff]] is.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Her mother Metis was brutally murdered in front of her when she was just a child and]] she suffers from PTSD as a result. Talking about her past with her in "Turnabout for Tomorrow" actually brings up [[spoiler:[[http://i.imgur.com/W0UgO0E.png black Psyche-Locks!]]]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: Her role in ''Spirit of Justice'' isn't as important as in ''Dual Destinies'', but she does get Case 4 primarily all to herself in it.
* DemotedToExtra: Her overall role in the main story of ''Spirit of Justice'' is just moral support. Even the special episode demotes her by having her constantly be chased around by Trucy trying to get her to do life-endangering tricks.
* DitzyGenius: Has qualifications in both law and psychology. She's also [[GenkiGirl hyper]] and [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]].
* TheDogBitesBack: Suggested as a motive for [[spoiler:her possible matricide, upon apparently being used by her mother as a guinea pig for her research]]. Ultimately subverted, [[spoiler:Athena loved her mother and she loved her back, and would've never murdered her]].
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Has these when her past is brought up, complete with a bloody background.
* EmotionalBruiser: She's the BigGirl of the agency, but is prone to overdo drama and tears for mundane things. ''Dual Destinies'' brings the "tears" part [[BreakTheCutie to its limit]].
* TheEmpath: She can actually sense the attitude and feelings of the people around her. This overwhelmed her as a child, and as a result she wasn't able to handle people.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her establishing moment for Apollo is him witnessing her judo throw a cop that was about to wrongfully arrest her when he refused to believe that she's a lawyer at 18.
* ExpressiveHair: Athena's ponytail spikes like a lightning bolt when she's shocked.
* ExpressiveAccessory: When not using her Mood Matrix, the device (nicknamed "Widget") takes the appearance of various facial expressions (along with its associating color) to reflect on what mood she's in (similar to what a mood ring does, although mood rings don't show facial expressions), sometimes it will even speak her thoughts aloud. Quite tellingly, it shuts off whenever she experiences a HeroicBSOD.
%%* {{Expy}}:
%%** Her past is eerily similar to [[spoiler:Miles Edgeworth's, as both were present when their parents were murdered, and became so traumatized that their memories of those incidents were subconciously sealed away. Years later, they both get arrested for being prime suspects of murders related to those cases, and are subsequently led to believe that they killed their parents. '''When they were just children'''.]]
%%** She also shares quite a few similarities with Lynne, from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. Both are [[FieryRedhead fiery redheads]] with ponytails, wear yellow and are [[PluckyGirl determined to reach their goals]] while tending to be something of a ButtMonkey. [[spoiler:Both also have childhood traumas to deal with, and took their professions specifically to save the men who were wrongfully arrested as a result of helping them with said traumatic events. A meteorite is also critical to their stories. The same meteorite is also tied very strongly to a BigBad, one who traumatised them as a pink headphones-wearing child, and who later made a career of manipulating and killing for his own gain while taking on the faces of others in the process.]]
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Since she spent her high school years living in Europe, she was not a Themis Law Academy student. Therefore, her DownloadableContent SailorFuku outfit can only be considered this.
** Her bonus outfit in ''Spirit of Justice'' is also {{Fanservice}}, being a Tres Bien waitress outfit, something she's never even been involved with.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Her TomboyishPonytail, [[TrickedOutGloves Tricked Out Glove]], and single earring.
* FieryRedhead: Young, red-headed, headstrong and competitive.
* FingerlessGloves: Two fingers anyway.
* AFoolForAClient: Indirectly plays this role in "Turnabout for Tomorrow". Phoenix Wright is still the main Defense Attorney but she plays the role for assistant when they defend [[spoiler:Simon Blackquill]] and co-assists with Apollo Justice in confronting the real killer. The Judge reminds her to return to [[spoiler:the defendant seat]] after it is all finished.
* FunPersonified: Is let down by boring people (like Apollo, when he gets particularly serious or snarky), but otherwise, she's always ready to have fun in any situation, with any mundane thing around. She's the PluckyComicRelief as of ''Dual Destinies'', after all. She can get serious when the situation demands it, though. Obviously.
* GenkiGirl: Probably the genkiest in the series.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: In the Japanese version, she speaks brief [[GratuitousEnglish English]] phrases. In the English version, she occasionally drops {{G|ratuitousGerman}}erman, [[GratuitousSpanish Spanish]] and [[GratuitousFrench French]] phrases. ''Spirit of Justice'' adds [[GratuitousItalian Italian]] to the mix.
* HairDecorations: She wears a youthful hair ribbon.
* HairstyleInertia: Photographs of her in her youth shown in ''Dual Destinies'' imply that her hair's been in the same long side-ponytail since childhood.
* HarmfulToMinors: The tragic incident of her childhood is totally this. Also, something you probably want to keep away of real children as well, hence the M-rating this game gets.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: During her youth, she was much less social and wore heavy headphones whenever she went out in public. {{Justified}} as [[spoiler:the headphones were specially designed to protect her from SensoryOverload due to hearing the emotions of everyone around her at once]].
* HeroicBSOD:
** Suffers from this many times thanks to her PTSD. The major one being when [[spoiler:being accused of killing her own mother.]]
** She has another one in case 3 after [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech getting told that she should be ashamed to call herself a lawyer by Aristotle Means]] for [[spoiler:bringing up false charges on Hugh O'Conner]]. Thankfully, everyone else in court besides Means helps her snap out of it.
* HolographicTerminal: How Athena operates the Mood Matrix and other software stored on Widget.
* IronButtMonkey: She becomes this in "Turnabout Time Traveler". Her athletic build, which supposedly keeps her from getting injured by tricks during Trucy's practice sessions, really doesn't help her case. Mr. Wright won't let her sneak out of her duties, either.
* ItsPersonal: Vows to clear her best friend Juniper Woods's [[spoiler:and Simon Blackquill's]] name, no matter what it takes.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: The evidence used to [[spoiler:expose the real killer]] in "Turnabout for Tomorrow" is [[spoiler:her earring]].
* JustAKid: Case 4 of ''Spirit of Justice'' has her get annoyed with pretty much everyone in the court for treating her like a child. She doesn't help things by acting like one for a good portion of it.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Let's Do This!", a cheery song that represents her eagerness and active personality. Her Objection theme, "Courtroom Révolutionnaire", is a triumphant variation of it, and it gains a remix in ''Spirit of Justice''. [[spoiler:It also gets a DarkReprise as "Reminiscence ~ Tragic Memories" during "Turnabout for Tomorrow".]]
* LivingLieDetector: [[RuleOfThree Like the other two Wright Anything lawyers]]. The Mood Matrix system lets her pick up on tiny fluctuations in voice pitch and determine deviations in mood from it, letting her know if you're lying. Can detect lies, but can also detect false memories and the likes. She knows you're not telling everything even though you're not yourself aware of it.
* MeaningfulName:
** Her English first name, Athena, is the name of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the Greek goddess of wisdom and defensive warfare]]. The latter part was first revealed to the player when she throws the officer in "The Monstrous Turnabout" in the air towards Apollo. Additionally, the Greek goddess wasn't only the patron goddess of wisdom and tactical warfare, but the goddess who inspired the creation of the judicial court system. Fitting, as Athena takes part in kickstarting the end of ''The Dark Age of the Law''. Her last name is pronounced like "Psyches", both to refer to her focus on psychology.
** Let's not forget about her original name. It's written like this: 希月 心音. 心音 means 'Heart Sound'; 希月 means 'Hope Moon'. Both signifies her hearing ability and lunar motif [[spoiler:(as well as her earring's role as the decisive evidence in case 5-5)]] respectively.
* {{Meido}}: Her [=DLC=] costume from ''Spirit of Justice'' has her wearing the maid uniform from [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Tres Bien]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When a cheerful, energetic girl like her suddenly becomes a helpless quivering wreck, sometimes while doing her job no less, it is clear as day that something ''very bad'' had happened to her. When the cause is revealed, it ''really is'' very bad.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The [[spoiler:single earring she wears]] is a memento from her late mother. [[spoiler:It's made from the moon rock that was recovered seven years ago]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Par for the course in the new trilogy, she grows up without parents.
* PluckyGirl: Described as "a determined girl who will do anything to help her superior". She also has a personal objective of her own during the events of Dual Destinies: [[spoiler:clearing the name of Simon Blackquill.]]
* ThePollyanna: Keeps a smile on her face and stays optimistic against all odds. This is how she tries to get over her childhood trauma. [[SubvertedTrope Does not work all the time]].
* PowerIncontinence: As a child, she was prone to SensoryOverload due to being able to [[TheEmpath hear the feelings of everyone]] in the vicinity.
* RapunzelHair: You think her hair is long in her signature ponytail, you should see it when she [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOd53UGJV2g lets it down]].
* RedOniBlueOni: In personality, the red to Blackquill's blue.
* SailorFuku: Her [=DLC=] costume for ''Dual Destinies'' is an outfit similar to a school uniform.
* SandInMyEyes: Claims this when she tears up after Apollo explains their client, Damian Tenma. She actually cries at some point in the game though.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: The hyper, cheery energetic girl to Blackquill's grim, pragmatic savvy guy, especially in ''Turnabout Storyteller''.
* ScienceHero: Like [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Kay Faraday]], her "power" is explicitly a gadget, though she uses it to amplify her natural talent at reading moods.
* SempaiKohai: She usually refers to Apollo as "Odoroki-senpai" in the Japanese version, and openly respects and admires Apollo as an attorney, regardless of his reputation as an amateur. It does help that his skill improves immensely soon after she joins up, likely due to a boost in confidence. Athena even dislikes Phoenix acting dismissive about Apollo and can get protective when anyone dares to make fun of him (though she is occasionally guilty of it herself).
* SensoryOverload: When she was a child, her enhanced hearing proved overwhelming in crowded areas, so her mother made her special headphones to dampen her hearing.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: In "Turnabout Academy" she finds Aristotle Means' philosophy - [[TheUnfettered that attorneys should do anything in their power no matter how underhanded or unethical to achieve the verdict they desire]] - to be repulsive.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Athena gets her fair share of slapstick sometimes, whether it's [[StaircaseTumble falling down the stairs]] or being attacked by Blackquill's hawk. Some of her reaction faces are even wackier than what ''Maya'' used to do.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: According to Athena, she used to nap a lot as a child. Phoenix points out she naps a lot in his office present day. She tries to refute it, but Nick isn't buying it. Proved further in "Turnabout Revolution", where she dozed off while waiting for a plane's arrival -- when she woke up, it was already dark.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Her attack in self-defense against [[spoiler:[[BigBad the phantom]]]] starts a series of events that eventually leads to [[spoiler:his downfall]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It may be a simple typo, but press releases from E3 2013 have spelled her surname "Sykes".
* StepfordSmiler: When [[spoiler:she's arrested for Clay's murder]] after helping clear Starbuck's name, she hides her distress and shoots Starbuck a bright smile and a congratulations. She also hides her horrific past behind a cheerful, energetic demeanor, even when she is forced to revisit her childhood home.
* SuperSenses: Has an exceptional sense of hearing and perception of minute changes in voices.
* TeenGenius: Became a lawyer/psychology expert at ''18''.
* {{Tomboy}}: More brash and confrontational than either Maya or Trucy. Makes sense, considering how it's borderline required for attorneys to be able to point and shout with utter conviction. Also the contrast to her friend Juniper's GirlyGirl personality.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: While Athena is easily one of the most tomboyish characters in the series, she also wears feminine clothing, has some girly gestures, and likes being called cute.
* ThemeNaming: Has a mythology-based given name like her fellow Wright Anything Agency attorneys.
* TraumaButton: Her DarkAndTroubledPast triggers a HeroicBSOD every time it's brought up or she feels unable to lead the defense. Widget even shuts down when this happens.
* TraumaCongaLine: "Turnabout for Tomorrow" was the best and worst thing that could have happened to her. To wit: [[spoiler:She's already in the middle of a HeroicBSOD due to being accused, in short order, of killing Clay Terran and not even having enough memory of the event to resolutely state she didn't, she's accused by Aura Blackquill of ''killing her own mother'' and leading to her brother's unjust death sentence (the same brother she became a defense attorney to ''save''), discovers she had a ''[[TheDogBitesBack motive]]'' for killing her own mother, and after Simon's Mood Matrix in which we see her ''covered in said mother's blood'', her suppressed memories come rushing back and she realizes ''Aura may be right.'' [[DespairEventHorizon At that point she completely collapses and outright tells the Judge to get it over with and declare her guilty]]]].
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Pretty much lost all memory of what really happened when [[spoiler:she discovered the phantom and [[HarmfulToMinors her mother's dead body]]]] during "Turnabout for Tomorrow".
* TrickedOutGloves: Uses one to operate the Mood Matrix. Curiously, the glove only has three fingers: the thumb, the index and the middle one.
* TheUnSmile: One of Athena's first attempts at forcing a smile as per the Wright motto, Apollo calls her face, "a weird mix of terror and creepy grin".
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Her favorite tactic in getting information out of people, though its effectiveness varies between targets.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Athena as a child has a short skirt with thigh-high stockings. Her SailorFuku DLC costume also has her wearing a B-grade.

to:

* {{Adorkable}}: When you fangirl over an ''aquarium'' and show persistence in trying to get a ''penguin's'' attention, you know you're this. This is also exemplified with her portrait where she's stroking her ponytail with both hands while having an "Awww, shucks!" face.
* AffectionateNickname: "Thena" He refers to Juniper.
* AnimeHair: Nothing all that odd about the ponytail on the left side of her head but that cowlick on the other side can only be this trope.
* BadassAdorable: Martial artist, lawyer, and empath all in one cute package. She even ran a whole marathon ''without stopping'' when she was only 17.
* BadassBookworm: Studying law and psychology all in the span of seven years is pretty impressive... and yet she can also give you a mean Judo flip.
* BareYourMidriff:
** In her deckhand costume in "Turnabout Reclaimed".
** Her SailorFuku DLC costume in ''Dual Destinies'' slightly shows it off, but only from the front when she's standing straight.
** ''Spirit of Justice'' gives her a DLC costume inspired by Tokugawa Ieyasu from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''.
* BerserkButton: One way to ''really'' get under her skin is to not take her seriously
Mia as a lawyer.
* TheBigGirl: While not remarkably tall or muscular, she can wreck anyone who pisses her off (as a {{Jerkass}} police officer finds out the hard way) [[CurbStompBattle with utter ease]], unlike Phoenix and Apollo who are just good at law. In true ShowDontTell fashion, we see an anime cutscene where she [[CurbStompBattle very easily]] defeats a police officer in Yokai Lane. We even get several takes and replays of the Judo flip.
* BigNo: She does this three times as a plot point. The first time is when Phoenix witnesses her [[spoiler:black Psyche-Locks]], the second is when after Simon Blackquill reveals the UR-1 truth, then the third is when Phoenix [[spoiler:breaks her black Psyche-Locks]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Her ability to hear is actually so advanced and refined that, as a child, she would always hear the cacophony of emotions of everyone around her, overwhelming her. Her mother fixed this by giving her special headphones to wear that would suppress the power to just enough.
* BoisterousBruiser: A rare female example. She's [[GenkiGirl hyper]], [[ChewingTheScenery dramatic]], ready to make fun of any mundane thing, has an active imagination, and has a liking to hit her fists together before doing anything that she finds interesting. Not to mention she knows martial arts, so she fills the bill in the strength department as well.
* BoobsOfSteel: She's not nearly as well-endowed as Mia Fey was, but she knows martial arts (Mia knew nothing of the sort) and still is far from flat.
* BrokenAce: She's a prodigy, able to meld law practice with emotional psychology, but she is deathly afraid of courtrooms
"kitten". Though apparently it's because when he's introduced Mia is a rookie attorney with zero experience (like a newborn kitten), it's vague whether there's subtext of her past and it causes her to [[HeroicBSOD seize up]], becoming largely useless.
* BreakTheCutie: Payne does this to her in case 5-1, while Blackquill does this in 5-2, 5-6 and [[spoiler:5-5]].
* ButtMonkey: Her role in "Turnabout Time Traveler" is
him being pursued by Trucy for flirtatious, sexist, or a life-threatening magic training. She can't catch a break. And when she does, it isn't long until Trucy reappears.
bit of both.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Auf geht's! Let's do this!". The latter phrase is said in English [[GratuitousEnglish even in
AmbiguouslyBrown: It's not specified where he's from or why he's darker than the Japanese version]].rest of the cast, though the Latin American name is a clue. WordOfGod says he's Brazilian.
** "'''GOT IT!'''", used during Mood Matrix segments * AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: "Armando" isn't actually a surname.
* BrokenAce: He lost it after Mia died, resulting in him hating Wright for most off the game along with his limited vision.
* CynicismCatalyst: He's already fairly cynical
when she or he's introduced, having seen his fair share of hardship in the other attorneys notice a contradiction.
* CharacterTics: She tends to fiddle with her earring when she's in thought. She also strokes her ponytail when flustered,
courtroom. This gets worsened after the MiscarriageOfJustice that's Case 3-4 [[spoiler:though what pushes him over the edge is his poisoning and punches her fists when she's ready to expose the truth.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Her earring]] may not seem like an important clue
loss of Mia in "Turnabout for Tomorrow", however it became the hope that ended "The Dark Age of the Law" when Phoenix used it to take down the real criminal.
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: She's an expert in analytic psychology, but she's severely hampered by her own emotional trauma.
* ColorCodedEmotions: The emotions displayed by the mood matrix which also reflect her emotions when not in use. Light blue is neutral, green is happiness/joy, dark blue is sadness/fear, yellow is suprise/confusion, red is anger/frustration, and black is for a HeroicBSOD.
* ColorMotif: Yellow.
* CreepyChild: How she appears in "Turnabout for Tomorrow" during [[spoiler:the flashback of how she tried to 'fix her mom'.
his coma.]]
* CuteClumsyGirl: Her EstablishingCharacterMoment is her showing off her advanced tech, proudly marching up the courtroom stairs, then tripping tumbling down to the bottom.
* CutenessProximity: In "Turnabout Revolution", she can't help but gush over how cute [[spoiler:Armie Buff]] is.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Her mother Metis
FallenHero: He was brutally murdered in front already a bit of her when she was just a child and]] she suffers from PTSD as a result. Talking about her past with her in "Turnabout for Tomorrow" actually brings up [[spoiler:[[http://i.imgur.com/W0UgO0E.png black Psyche-Locks!]]]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: Her role in ''Spirit of Justice'' isn't as important as in ''Dual Destinies'', but she does get Case 4 primarily all to herself in it.
* DemotedToExtra: Her overall role in the main story of ''Spirit of Justice'' is just moral support. Even the special episode demotes her by having her constantly be chased around by Trucy trying to get her to do life-endangering tricks.
* DitzyGenius: Has qualifications in both law and psychology. She's also [[GenkiGirl hyper]] and [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]].
* TheDogBitesBack: Suggested as a motive for [[spoiler:her possible matricide, upon apparently
cynic before being used by her mother poisoned and losing his lover while in a coma, but this drove him to outright disillusion and a desire to take out his frustrations on Phoenix as a guinea pig for prosecutor.
* FigureItOutYourself: Comes off as being less helpful to Mia than Grossberg is, even though he co-counselled
her research]]. Ultimately subverted, [[spoiler:Athena loved her mother and she loved her back, and would've never murdered her]].
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Has these when her past
''first'' case as a defense attorney. Justified, since [[AnachronicOrder Mia's first case is brought up, complete with a bloody background.
* EmotionalBruiser: She's
the BigGirl fourth case of the agency, but is prone to overdo drama game and tears for mundane things. ''Dual Destinies'' brings her second case is the "tears" part [[BreakTheCutie to its limit]].
* TheEmpath: She can actually sense
games's first case]], so the attitude player already knows how things works and feelings of the people around her. This overwhelmed her as a child, and as a result she wasn't able to handle people.
doesn't need another explanation.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her establishing moment for Apollo is him witnessing her judo throw a cop that was AGlassInTheHand: [[spoiler:After Terry Fawles commits suicide,]] he does this with his coffee mug.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Poisoned by Dahlia because he started asking too many questions
about to wrongfully arrest her when he refused to believe that she's a lawyer at 18.
* ExpressiveHair: Athena's ponytail spikes like a lightning bolt when she's shocked.
* ExpressiveAccessory: When not using her Mood Matrix,
the device (nicknamed "Widget") takes the appearance of various facial expressions (along with its associating color) to reflect on what mood she's in (similar to what a mood ring does, although mood rings don't show facial expressions), sometimes it will even speak her thoughts aloud. Quite tellingly, it shuts off whenever she experiences a HeroicBSOD.
%%* {{Expy}}:
%%** Her past is eerily similar to [[spoiler:Miles Edgeworth's, as both were present when their parents were murdered,
Valerie Hawthorne case and became so traumatized that their memories of those incidents were subconciously sealed away. Years later, they both get arrested for being prime suspects of murders related seemed to those cases, and are subsequently led to believe that they killed their parents. '''When they were just children'''.suspect foul play.]]
%%** She also shares quite * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Armando may come off as cynical,smug and condescending towards Mia in her first case but he genuinely wants to help the defendant, has a few similarities strong ability to remain calm even when faced with Lynne, from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. Both are [[FieryRedhead fiery redheads]] with ponytails, wear yellow a difficult situation and are [[PluckyGirl determined warms up to reach their goals]] while tending Mia romantically when he tells her that it's acceptable to be something of a ButtMonkey. [[spoiler:Both also have childhood traumas to deal with, and took their professions specifically to save the men who were wrongfully arrested as a result of helping them with said traumatic events. A meteorite cry when everything is also critical to their stories. The same meteorite is also tied very strongly to a BigBad, one who traumatised them as a pink headphones-wearing child, and who later made a career of manipulating and killing for his own gain while taking on the faces of others over. [[spoiler: [[TookALevelInJerkass Sadly he gets more worse after he was poisoned by Dahlia, putting him in the process.coma, waking up five years later to learn Mia's dead and became bitter towards Phoenix blaming him for her death even when Phoenix not responsible for it.]]]]
* LargeHam: While not through voice tone or volume, he loves using metaphors or giving unnecessarily complex descriptions of objects (such as coffee) or people.
* MeaningfulName: Might be a reference to the soccer player Diego Armando Maradona, who fell victim to drugs. [[spoiler:Also, Die'''go''' Arman'''do'''? It spells Godo, which is how you pronounce Godot.
]]
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Since she spent her high school years living Additionally, Armando [[spoiler:means "plotting" or "setting up" in Europe, she was not a Themis Law Academy student. Therefore, her DownloadableContent SailorFuku outfit can only be considered this.
** Her bonus outfit in ''Spirit of Justice'' is also {{Fanservice}}, being a Tres Bien waitress outfit, something she's never even been involved with.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Her TomboyishPonytail, [[TrickedOutGloves Tricked Out Glove]], and single earring.
* FieryRedhead: Young, red-headed, headstrong and competitive.
* FingerlessGloves: Two fingers anyway.
* AFoolForAClient: Indirectly plays this role in "Turnabout for Tomorrow". Phoenix Wright is still the main Defense Attorney but she plays the role for assistant when they defend [[spoiler:Simon Blackquill]] and co-assists with Apollo Justice in confronting the real killer. The Judge reminds her to return to [[spoiler:the defendant seat]] after it is all finished.
* FunPersonified: Is let down by boring people (like Apollo, when he gets particularly serious or snarky), but otherwise, she's always ready to have fun in any situation, with any mundane thing around. She's the PluckyComicRelief as of ''Dual Destinies'', after all. She can get serious when the situation demands it, though. Obviously.
* GenkiGirl: Probably the genkiest in the series.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: In the Japanese version, she speaks brief [[GratuitousEnglish English]] phrases. In the English version, she occasionally drops {{G|ratuitousGerman}}erman, [[GratuitousSpanish Spanish]] and [[GratuitousFrench French]] phrases. ''Spirit of Justice'' adds [[GratuitousItalian Italian]] to the mix.
* HairDecorations: She wears a youthful hair ribbon.
* HairstyleInertia: Photographs of her in her youth shown in ''Dual Destinies'' imply that her hair's been in the same long side-ponytail since childhood.
* HarmfulToMinors: The tragic incident of her childhood is totally this. Also, something you probably want to keep away of real children as well, hence the M-rating this game gets.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: During her youth, she was much less social and wore heavy headphones whenever she went
Portuguese. As you'll find out in public. {{Justified}} as [[spoiler:the headphones were specially designed to protect her from SensoryOverload due to hearing the emotions of everyone around her at once]].
* HeroicBSOD:
** Suffers from this many times thanks to her PTSD. The major one being when [[spoiler:being accused of killing her own mother.
case 3-5, he has been doing it for quite a while.]]
** She has another one * NewOldFlame: Never mentioned in case 3 the games prior to his introduction.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: He's the ''only'' male character to not be instantly charmed by [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]].
* PaletteSwap: The only difference between him and [[spoiler:Godot is the lack of a visor and the differently-colored hair and undershirt]], hence him being a WalkingSpoiler.
* PerpetualSmiler: Never seen without a smug look on his face [[spoiler:even when he's crushing a coffee mug with his bare hands
after [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech getting told that she should be ashamed to call herself a Terry Fawles kills himself and Dahlia Hawthorne gets off scot free.]]
-->''"A
lawyer by Aristotle Means]] for [[spoiler:bringing up false charges on Hugh O'Conner]]. Thankfully, everyone else in court besides Means helps her snap out of it.
* HolographicTerminal: How Athena operates the Mood Matrix and other software stored on Widget.
* IronButtMonkey: She becomes this in "Turnabout Time Traveler". Her athletic build, which supposedly keeps her from getting injured by tricks during Trucy's practice sessions, really doesn't help her case. Mr. Wright won't let her sneak out of her duties, either.
* ItsPersonal: Vows to clear her best friend Juniper Woods's [[spoiler:and Simon Blackquill's]] name,
is someone who smiles [[StepfordSmiler no matter what how bad it takes.
gets]]. [[{{Catchphrase}} That's one of my rules.]]"''
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: RememberTheNewGuy: Never mentioned by Grossberg or Mia prior to ''Trials and Tribulations'', at least not to Phoenix. The evidence used to [[spoiler:expose explanation was that the real killer]] first game was written without considering the possibility of a sequel, let alone a third game. There's also the fact that [[spoiler:he was considered as good as dead, judging by Grossberg and Mia discussing the poisoning incident in "Turnabout for Tomorrow" is [[spoiler:her earring]].
* JustAKid:
Case 4 of ''Spirit of Justice'' has her 3-1]].
* SexyMentor: Not only that, he and his "student" Mia ''did''
get annoyed with pretty much everyone in together.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: More for
the court for treating her like a child. She doesn't help things by acting like audience's benefit than any character.
** [[spoiler:"That's
one for a good portion of it.
my rules. Remember it."]]
** [[spoiler:"As dark and bitter as Hell itself."]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Let's Do This!", a cheery song StayInTheKitchen: There are subtle hints here and there that represents her eagerness and active personality. Her Objection theme, "Courtroom Révolutionnaire", is a triumphant variation he has sexist attitudes, though he might just be contemptuous of it, and it gains a remix in ''Spirit rookies regardless of Justice''. [[spoiler:It also gets a DarkReprise as "Reminiscence ~ Tragic Memories" during "Turnabout for Tomorrow".gender.
* ThemeSongReveal: [[spoiler:"The Fragrance of Dark Coffee".
]]
* LivingLieDetector: [[RuleOfThree Like the other two Wright Anything lawyers]]. The Mood Matrix system lets her pick up on tiny fluctuations in voice pitch and determine deviations in mood from it, letting her know if you're lying. Can detect lies, but can ThemeTuneCameo: His leitmotif is also detect false memories and his ringtone.
* TranquilFury: He ''is''
the likes. She knows you're not telling everything even though you're not yourself aware of it.
* MeaningfulName:
** Her English first name, Athena, is the name of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the Greek goddess of wisdom and defensive warfare]]. The latter part was first revealed to the player when she throws the officer in "The Monstrous Turnabout" in the air towards Apollo. Additionally, the Greek goddess wasn't only the patron goddess of wisdom and tactical warfare, but the goddess
one who inspired the creation of the judicial court system. Fitting, as Athena takes part in kickstarting taught Mia that defense lawyers don't get to cry, no matter how bad things get. At the end of ''The Dark Age of the Law''. Her last name is pronounced like "Psyches", both to refer to her focus on psychology.
** Let's not forget about her original name. It's written like this: 希月 心音. 心音 means 'Heart Sound'; 希月 means 'Hope Moon'. Both signifies her hearing ability and lunar motif [[spoiler:(as well as her earring's role as the decisive evidence in case 5-5)]] respectively.
* {{Meido}}: Her [=DLC=] costume from ''Spirit of Justice'' has her wearing the maid uniform from [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Tres Bien]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When a cheerful, energetic girl like her suddenly becomes a helpless quivering wreck, sometimes while doing her job no less, it is clear as day that something ''very bad'' had happened to her. When the cause is revealed, it ''really is'' very bad.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The [[spoiler:single earring she wears]] is a memento from her late mother. [[spoiler:It's made from the moon rock that was recovered seven years ago]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Par for the course in the new trilogy, she grows up without parents.
* PluckyGirl: Described as "a determined girl who will do anything to help her superior". She also has a personal objective of her own during the events of Dual Destinies: [[spoiler:clearing the name of Simon Blackquill.]]
* ThePollyanna: Keeps a smile on her face and stays optimistic against all odds. This is how she tries to get over her childhood trauma. [[SubvertedTrope Does not work all the time]].
* PowerIncontinence: As a child, she was prone to SensoryOverload due to being able to [[TheEmpath hear the feelings of everyone]] in the vicinity.
* RapunzelHair: You think her hair is long in her signature ponytail, you should see it when she [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOd53UGJV2g lets it down]].
* RedOniBlueOni: In personality, the red to Blackquill's blue.
* SailorFuku: Her [=DLC=] costume for ''Dual Destinies'' is an outfit similar to a school uniform.
* SandInMyEyes: Claims this when she tears up after Apollo explains their client, Damian Tenma. She actually cries at some point in the game though.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: The hyper, cheery energetic girl to Blackquill's grim, pragmatic savvy guy, especially in ''Turnabout Storyteller''.
* ScienceHero: Like [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Kay Faraday]], her "power" is explicitly a gadget, though she uses it to amplify her natural talent at reading moods.
* SempaiKohai: She usually refers to Apollo as "Odoroki-senpai" in the Japanese version, and openly respects and admires Apollo as an attorney, regardless of his reputation as an amateur. It does help that his skill improves immensely soon after she joins up, likely due to a boost in confidence. Athena even dislikes Phoenix acting dismissive about Apollo and can get protective when anyone dares to make fun of him (though she is occasionally guilty of it herself).
* SensoryOverload: When she was a child, her enhanced hearing proved overwhelming in crowded areas, so her mother made her special headphones to dampen her hearing.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: In
"Turnabout Academy" she finds Aristotle Means' philosophy - [[TheUnfettered that attorneys should do anything in their power no matter how underhanded or unethical to achieve the verdict they desire]] - to be repulsive.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Athena gets her fair share of slapstick sometimes, whether it's [[StaircaseTumble falling down the stairs]] or being attacked by Blackquill's hawk. Some of her reaction faces are even wackier than what ''Maya'' used to do.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: According to Athena, she used to nap
Beginnings", he still has a lot as a child. Phoenix points out she naps a lot in calm smile on his office present day. She tries to refute it, but Nick isn't buying it. Proved further in "Turnabout Revolution", where she dozed off while waiting for a plane's arrival -- when she woke up, it was already dark.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Her attack in self-defense against [[spoiler:[[BigBad the phantom]]]] starts a series of events that eventually leads to [[spoiler:his downfall]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It may be a simple typo, but press releases from E3 2013 have spelled her surname "Sykes".
* StepfordSmiler: When [[spoiler:she's arrested for Clay's murder]]
face after helping clear Starbuck's name, she hides her distress [[spoiler:Terry Fawles poisons himself and shoots Starbuck a bright smile and a congratulations. She also hides her horrific past behind a cheerful, energetic demeanor, even when she is forced to revisit her childhood home.
* SuperSenses: Has an exceptional sense of hearing and perception of minute changes in voices.
* TeenGenius: Became a lawyer/psychology expert at ''18''.
* {{Tomboy}}: More brash and confrontational than either Maya or Trucy. Makes sense, considering how it's borderline required for attorneys to be able to point and shout with utter conviction. Also the contrast to her friend Juniper's GirlyGirl personality.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: While Athena is easily one of the most tomboyish characters in the series, she also wears feminine clothing, has some girly gestures, and likes being called cute.
* ThemeNaming: Has a mythology-based given name like her fellow Wright Anything Agency attorneys.
* TraumaButton: Her DarkAndTroubledPast triggers a HeroicBSOD every time it's brought up or she feels unable to lead the defense. Widget even shuts down when this happens.
* TraumaCongaLine: "Turnabout for Tomorrow" was the best and worst
Dahlia gets away]]. The only thing that could betrays his anger is his coffee mug shattering in his grip.
* WalkingSpoiler: You cannot look at the guy without learning at least something about the plot of ''Trials & Tribulations'' (namely that [[spoiler:Godot used to
have happened to her. To wit: [[spoiler:She's already a different identity in the middle of a HeroicBSOD due to being accused, in short order, of killing Clay Terran and not even having enough memory of the event to resolutely state she didn't, she's accused by Aura Blackquill of ''killing her own mother'' and leading to her brother's unjust death sentence (the same brother she became a defense attorney to ''save''), discovers she had a ''[[TheDogBitesBack motive]]'' for killing her own mother, and after Simon's Mood Matrix in which we see her ''covered in said mother's blood'', her suppressed memories come rushing back and she realizes ''Aura may be right.'' [[DespairEventHorizon At that point she completely collapses and outright tells the Judge to get it over with and declare her guilty]]]].
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Pretty much lost all memory of what really happened when [[spoiler:she discovered the phantom and [[HarmfulToMinors her mother's dead body]]]] during "Turnabout for Tomorrow".
* TrickedOutGloves: Uses one to operate the Mood Matrix. Curiously, the glove only has three fingers: the thumb, the index and the middle one.
* TheUnSmile: One of Athena's first attempts at forcing a smile as per the Wright motto, Apollo calls her face, "a weird mix of terror and creepy grin".
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Her favorite tactic in getting information out of people, though its effectiveness varies between targets.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Athena as a child has a short skirt with thigh-high stockings. Her SailorFuku DLC costume also has her wearing a B-grade.
past]]).



! Other Defense Attorneys

[[folder: '''Mia Fey''' (''Chihiro Ayasato'')]]
!!'''Mia Fey''' (''Chihiro Ayasato'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Christina Katano (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''), Miyuki Kawahara (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''), Creator/ChieNakamura (Japanese, anime)
!!!'''Played by''': Rei Dan (adult), Minami Hamabe (child) ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])

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->"Wright? I hope you see the importance of evidence now. Also, hopefully you realize, things change depending on how you look at them. People, too. We never really know if our clients are guilty or innocent. All we can do is believe in them. And in order to believe in them, you have to believe in yourself."

Nick's beautiful mentor. Although she was born the heiress to a once-powerful family of spirit mediums and supposedly inherited top-notch spiritual powers, she left the village behind to become a lawyer and find out the truth about her mother's disappearance. Although she dies in the second case (which is about [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler twenty minutes into the first game]]), she's often [[BackFromTheDead hauled back from the afterlife]] to give Phoenix advice.

* BackFromTheDead: Despite being killed off in the second case in the entire series, she doesn't go quietly, continuing to help Phoenix. It helps that she comes from a long line of spirit mediums.
* BeautyMark: On the right side of her chin.
* BigDamnHeroes: Maya or Pearl channels her just in the nick of time, nine times out of ten. [[spoiler:Godot accuses Phoenix of being too reliant on this instead of actual rational thought and demands he finish the final case of the third game without such assistance, but she does show up as a hallucination when Godot finally breaks down.]]
* BrainyBrunette: Consistently one of the smartest and well-informed characters in the series; she often has the case figured out long before Phoenix does.
* BuxomIsBetter: Played straight in case 3-3, when Maya channels her so that she can look more attractive in her waitress outfit.
* CrusadingLawyer: Mia was one of the best Defense Attorneys, alongside Gregory Edgeworth. She dedicated her career to taking down villains such as [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]] and [[spoiler:Redd White]], and she also came very close to ruining Edgeworth's winning streak before it even began, [[spoiler:only for Dahlia to thwart it by having manipulated Terry into committing suicide]].
* DangerouslyShortSkirt:
** Her skirt in her rookie defense attorney outfit doesn't even reach halfway down her thighs.
** When channeled by her young cousin Pearl, she probably shows quite a bit of leg in Pearl's much smaller robes.
* DeathByOriginStory: She dies shortly after the first case. However, she does return occasionally as a SpiritAdvisor.
* DeathGlare: How she shuts up Winston Payne at one point in case 3-1.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Her role in ''Trials & Tribulations''. She appears in every single case of the game (the only game in the series in which that happens), is playable in two {{Whole Episode Flashback}}s and factors into the motivations of two major antagonists, and even teams up with Phoenix to deliver a BreakThemByTalking to the BigBad in the game's climax.
* DudeMagnet: Seeing as she attracted a number of male admirers including Dick Gumshoe and Larry Butz, then, after death, Victor Kudo and possibly Cody Hackins. Just a photograph was enough to trigger an interest from "Director Hotti" and Luke Atmey. She also had a boyfriend named Diego Armando according to case 3-1 [[spoiler:who is shown in-game later on and still seems quite concerned about her memory after her death]].
%%{{Expy}}: To Lisa Lisa from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency''. Both are {{Sexy Mentor}}s to the titular protagonists, known to give harsh trainings to them and sports a scarf somewhere. They kind of look like each other too.
* FirstNameBasis: After she dies and Phoenix consults her spirit, they call each other by her first names.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: The first character to do so chronologically in a legitimate courtroom (other than Gregory). Phoenix likely picked it up from her while working under her.
* HairFlip: Fond of it in flashback cases when she's just about to poke a hole in someone's overconfidence.
* HairstyleInertia: As seen in the photograph of her and Maya at the end of "Bridge to the Turnabout," Mia's sensible hairstyle has been around since she was a young girl (although she had bangs while starting out as a lawyer).
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Ultimately resorts to [[spoiler:blackmail in order to defeat master blackmailer Redd White. But to be fair, he's sufficiently proven himself too well-connected to be taken down cleanly, not to mention his constant kicking the dog against both her and everyone she cares about.]]
* HopelessWithTech: Wright mentions she only has a basic understanding of some tech in Case 2 of the first game.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: In case 1-1, if you screw up and mistakenly name her as the defendant, she gives the excuse of having to go home to get a package.
* LastNameBasis: When she's representing Phoenix at their trial, they call each other "Mr. Wright" and "Ms. Fey". When Phoenix starts working for her, she calls him "Wright" and he calls her "Chief."
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Turnabout Sisters Ballad", a mellow remix of the Turnabout Sisters' theme that, while used in a few other occurrences with Maya, is strongly associated with Mia and her appearances.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Chihiro" means "1000 questions"; fitting, considering her lawyering techniques. Edgeworth says pressing witnesses' testimony is her signature style.
** "Chihiro" can also mean "to search for 1000 times", contrasting her sister "Mayoi" or "lost".
** Fey also means "Doomed to Die".
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Part of the territory of being TheMentor.
* MorphicResonance: Inverted, as Maya and Pearl look more like her when Mia possesses them.
* MsFanservice:
** Maya and [[TokenMiniMoe Pearl's]] robes are designed to be quite modest. It doesn't work as well when Mia ends up wearing them. In Pearl's clothes, she has to keep her arm pressed against her chest to stop her breasts from popping out. Also, even though character's lower bodies are almost never seen, you have to assume that Mia is showing off quite a bit of leg when she's in Pearl's clothes.
** Even weirder: she only does the "arm-across-the-chest" thing when talking directly to Phoenix (and, by extension, the player). While in court, when the player has a side view of her, she keeps her arms folded across her stomach (and, presumably, gives everyone on the prosecution-side of the court quite the show).
** This actually becomes a plot-point in case 3-3, when Phoenix and Maya are trying to extract information from the cranky and intractable Victor Kudo. Kudo isn't interested in talking to either of them until, thinking quickly, Maya channels the much more well-endowed Mia. Kudo suddenly becomes [[MaleGaze much more cooperative in light of this development]]. Mia even gets a unique animation in that case, not used anywhere else, where she stands side-view and prominently shows her curves.
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: Maya is finally able to channel her in the climax of 1-2 just when things look really bad for Phoenix, and she's able to bring her own murderer to justice.
* PosthumousCharacter: A significant part of her backstory is filled in during flashback cases 3-1 and 3-4. This aside from the fact that she is a literally posthumous character [[SubvertedTrope who hangs around]] via [[SpiritAdvisor spirit channeling]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Along with Phoenix, she doles out an ''awesome'' one in ''Trials and Tribulations''. [[spoiler:After being channeled by Pearl, she rips into Dahlia Hawthorne, citing how every single one of Dahlia's schemes has failed, thanks to Mia, capping it with "You will never defeat me".]]
* SexyMentor: Though there's no indication of romance between her and Phoenix. She does ask him out for some drinks at the end of his first case, but she perishes before anything much comes of it.
* SiblingRivalry: Defied. After witnessing her mother and aunt's relationship sour because of the position of Master, Mia left Kurain Village to become an attorney and actively cultivates a close sibling relationship with Maya.
* SoProudOfYou: At the end of case 3-5, Mia warmly thanks Phoenix for helping to bring closure to the Fey Clan and [[spoiler:Diego]] and praises him as being as good as any Defense Attorney could ever hope to be.
* SpiritAdvisor: The other big part of the territory. Maya and Pearl channel her to help in cases sometimes. Other times, she seems to possess them without any indication that they were trying to reach her. Sometimes her spirit even manages to communicate brief snippets of garbled information to Phoenix directly when the girls aren't present.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge:
** A subversion. Although her murder early in the first game kicks off Phoenix's solo career, it's not there solely to serve as his motivation, and in fact a little thing like death doesn't stop Mia from being a hero in her own right all the way through the first three games. Phoenix doesn't really blame himself for Mia's death, and just wants to live up to her legacy.
** Interestingly, [[spoiler:Godot/Diego Armando]] appears to view her death this way towards ''him'', as he takes her death extremely personally despite not having anything to do with it and not being able to do anything to prevent it, and sets out to take revenge on the people he deems responsible for it, namely Phoenix (as by then the real people at fault had been dealt with). The third game shows he was quite mistaken in this way of thinking.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: [[spoiler:''Literally''. When she gave a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Dahlia, she lost control of her victim, and it ultimately results in Dahlia being sent back to the underworld.]]
* ThatOneCase:
** Although she was very young when it happened, part of her motivation as a lawyer was to find out the truth behind DL-6.
** Her defense of Terry Fawles ends with a hell of a HeroicBSOD, enough to drive her away from the profession for a whole year before finally coming back in order to square off with the one who caused all of it.
* UnfinishedBusiness: It seems as long as Wright is still alive and lawyering, Mia's not going to let a little thing like death stop her from continuing to lend her protégé a hand.
* WeirdnessCensor: Played with. Most characters tend not to notice the changes when she possesses someone (e.g. [[ArbitrarySkepticism Miles Edgeworth]]). Others ask if there's "something different" about whoever she's possessing (e.g. Penny Nichols), and others ''definitely'' notice the difference but don't connect Mia and Maya/Pearl (e.g. [[DirtyOldMan Victor Kudo]]). The only person who seems to have any idea is [[spoiler:Godot, who has his own connection to Mia in the past]], when he sees her channeled in 3-2. There is also Franziska, who, while it is rarely acknowledged, is fairly informed about how the Kurain Channeling Technique works and seems very aware that it's Mia who is Nick's co-counsel during Case 2-2.
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[[folder:'''Gregory Edgeworth''' (''Shin Mitsurugi'')]]
!!'''Gregory Edgeworth''' (''Shin Mitsurugi'')
!!!'''Voiced by:''' Ryunosuke Watanuki (Japanese, anime)
!!!'''Played by''': Takehiro Hira ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])

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Miles' old man, and a stunning defense attorney. He was the only one to make a mark on von Karma's performance record (before [[InvincibleHero Nick]] came bungling along). He was also the victim of the [[ThatOneCase DL-6]] case, which would go on to have repercussions on many of the characters. His English name may come from Creator/GregoryPeck, who played [[Film/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch]] and whom Gregory Edgeworth strongly resembles. In ''Ace Attorney Investigations 2'', he became an AscendedExtra and is featured in plot-important flashbacks.

* AscendedExtra: The IS-7 case, in [=AAI2=].
* BadassLongcoat: Possessed a nice brown trenchcoat reminiscent of a PrivateDetective. [[spoiler:He wears it while playing as him, and it was later acquired by Raymond Shields along with his fedora.]]
* BerserkButton: Does [[TranquilFury NOT]] take well to people hiding the truth because it's 'inconvenient' to them. As von Karma finds out...
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Courteous, by-the-book, and very professional, but if you press his BerserkButton, he will come down on you HARD.
* BigGood: Probably the closest the series has to one. [[spoiler:He certainly comes off as one while playing as him]] and his general attitude to being a defense attorney had a big influence on the young Miles Edgeworth, and by extension, Phoenix.
* DeathByOriginStory: Introduced as part of the backstory to case 1-4.
* CrusadingLawyer: Gregory Edgeworth was easily one of the greatest Defense Attorneys of his time. Until Phoenix came along, he was the only attorney who could go toe-to-toe with Manfred von Karma, so-called "god of prosecution". And unlike Phoenix, who barely held on for three days by [[CourtroomAntics bluffing and grasping at straws]], Gregory held strong for a whole year and got von Karma penalized for the only time in ''forty years'' of prosecuting.
* DeathGlare: Where do you think Miles got it from? von Karma even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: It must be genetic...
* {{Leitmotif}}: "A Defense Attorney's Knowledge", a classy and hopeful theme meant to invoke Gregory's precision and determination.
* {{Megane}}: His glasses make him look studious and serious. See StoicSpectacles.
* MeaningfulName: Not so much on the English Name aside from being a GeniusBonus and a ShoutOut. However, his Japanese name essentially means ''[[AwesomeMcCoolname The Sword of Truth]]''.
* NiceHat: Possessed a black fedora. [[spoiler:He wore it while playing as him, and it was later acquired by Raymond Shields along with his trenchcoat.]]
* OnlySaneMan:
** Compared to [[BunnyEarsLawyer most other lawyers in those games]] he seems a lot more down-to-earth. He even stayed very reasonable when he was about to die from a lack of oxygen in an elevator... [[AxCrazy The other guy inside said elevator... not so much.]]
** He certainly acts this way [[spoiler:when you get to play as him too. Easily the least eccentric of the playable lawyers, and the only one who isn't a FirstPersonSmartass either (though he is a lot blunter in his thoughts)]].
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Giving von Karma the penalty, [[spoiler:which [[=AAI2=]] reveals was even ''more'' awesome than what we heard of it in the first game. Not only did he prove von Karma forged evidence, he was able to present tapes of his interrogations to show the entire court he bullied the defendant into giving a false confession. He managed to get von Karma's (corrupt) replacement detective ''fired'', and Manfred himself was actually ''lucky'' to get off with just a penalty: the only reason he was let off so lightly was that]] '''EVEN MORE MAJOR SPOILERS''' [[spoiler:the chief prosecutor at the time was Blaise Debeste, who was just as much an AmoralAttorney as von Karma and also complicit in the forgery. He had to give von Karma ''some'' punishment to cover his own tracks.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler:this is the one part of the case you don't get to play.]]
* OriginsEpisode: [[spoiler:The flashback case featuring him is actually his last case, the one where Manfred got a penalty in court and thus led to the DL-6 incident.]]
* PrivateDetective: Since the Attorneys here have authorization to investigate crime scenes, [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130711013927/aceattorney/images/6/64/Shin.png his appearance]] certainly invokes this, compared to the rest of the playable lawyers' AmateurSleuth.
* ShoutOut: His entire character is this for [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch]] as played by Creator/GregoryPeck.
* TheStoic: Apparently only (nervously) smiles when he gets a penalty.
* StoicSpectacles: A nice pair of glasses to emphasize his collectedness.
* TranquilFury: He never drops his calm, polite tone, even when accusing von Karma of forging evidence. Though at that point, it's clear he's [[ThisIsUnforgivable very, VERY angry]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Due to him not knowing [[spoiler:von Karma was close to the elevator by the time Miles threw the pistol]], Gregory accusing Yanni Yogi of murdering him is the cause of the Fey clan's downfall and Misty Fey's disappearance [[spoiler:from the public]], as well as [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne and Iris]] leaving the Fey Manor.
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:He set one up against ''Manfred von Karma'', of all people! When Jeff Master is about to be interrogated, Edgeworth encourages him not to give in to von Karma's pressure tactics, but just in case he cracks anyway (which he does), Edgeworth asks Detective Badd to record the interrogation so that they can prove Master's confession was coerced, which helped lead to von Karma's penalty.]]
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[[folder: '''Marvin Grossberg''' (''Soranosuke Hoshikage'')]]
!!'''Marvin Grossberg''' (''Soranosuke Hoshikage'')
!!!'''Voiced by:''' Ryou Sugisaki (Japanese, anime)

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->"'Ah... the days of my youth... like the scent of fresh lemon...' [[VerbalTic you see]]."

A rotund defense attorney and Mia's teacher. When Misty Fey's involvement in the case came out, Grossberg cleared her of any wrongdoing for identifying a suspect who had been found innocent.

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! Other Defense Attorneys

[[folder: '''Mia Fey''' (''Chihiro Ayasato'')]]
!!'''Mia Fey''' (''Chihiro Ayasato'')
'''Kristoph Gavin''' (''Kirihito Garyu'')]]
!!'''Kristoph Gavin''' (''Kirihito Garyu'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Christina Katano (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''), Miyuki Kawahara Ryouji Yamamoto (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''), Creator/ChieNakamura ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''), Creator/KenjiroTsuda (Japanese, anime)
!!!'''Played by''': Rei Dan (adult), Minami Hamabe (child) ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])

''Trailers''), Andrew Alfonso (English)

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->"Wright? I hope you see the importance ->"Well, well, well. Whoever heard of evidence now. Also, hopefully you realize, things change depending on how you look at them. People, too. We never really know if our clients are guilty or innocent. All we can do is believe a thief in them. And in order to believe in them, you have to believe in yourself."

Nick's beautiful mentor. Although she was born the heiress to a once-powerful family of spirit mediums
jail?"

Apollo's mentor
and supposedly inherited top-notch spiritual powers, she left the village behind to become a lawyer and find out the truth about her mother's disappearance. Although she dies in the second case (which is about [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler twenty minutes into the first game]]), she's often [[BackFromTheDead hauled back from the afterlife]] to give Phoenix advice.

* BackFromTheDead: Despite being killed off in the second case in the entire series, she doesn't go quietly, continuing to help Phoenix. It helps that she comes from a long line of spirit mediums.
* BeautyMark: On the right side of her chin.
* BigDamnHeroes: Maya or Pearl channels her just in the nick of time, nine times out of ten. [[spoiler:Godot accuses Phoenix of being too reliant on this instead of actual rational thought and demands he finish the final case of the third game without such assistance, but she does show up as a hallucination when Godot finally breaks down.]]
* BrainyBrunette: Consistently one of the smartest and well-informed characters in the series; she often has the case figured out long before Phoenix does.
* BuxomIsBetter: Played straight in case 3-3, when Maya channels her so that she can look more attractive in her waitress outfit.
* CrusadingLawyer: Mia was one of the best Defense Attorneys, alongside Gregory Edgeworth. She dedicated her career to taking down villains such as [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]] and [[spoiler:Redd White]], and she also came very close to ruining Edgeworth's winning streak before it even began, [[spoiler:only for Dahlia to thwart it by having manipulated Terry into committing suicide]].
* DangerouslyShortSkirt:
** Her skirt in her rookie defense attorney outfit doesn't even reach halfway down her thighs.
** When channeled by her young cousin Pearl, she probably shows quite a bit of leg in Pearl's much smaller robes.
* DeathByOriginStory: She dies shortly after the first case. However, she does return occasionally as a SpiritAdvisor.
* DeathGlare: How she shuts up Winston Payne at one point in case 3-1.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Her role in ''Trials & Tribulations''. She appears in every single case of the game (the only game in the series in which that happens), is playable in two {{Whole Episode Flashback}}s and factors into the motivations of two major antagonists, and even teams up with Phoenix to deliver a BreakThemByTalking to the BigBad in the game's climax.
* DudeMagnet: Seeing as she attracted a number of male admirers including Dick Gumshoe and Larry Butz, then, after death, Victor Kudo and possibly Cody Hackins. Just a photograph was enough to trigger an interest from "Director Hotti" and Luke Atmey. She also had a boyfriend named Diego Armando according to case 3-1 [[spoiler:who is shown in-game later on and still seems quite concerned about her memory after her death]].
%%{{Expy}}: To Lisa Lisa from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency''. Both are {{Sexy Mentor}}s to the titular protagonists, known to give harsh trainings to them and sports a scarf somewhere. They kind of look like each other too.
* FirstNameBasis: After she dies and Phoenix consults her spirit, they call each other by her first names.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: The first character to do so chronologically in a legitimate courtroom (other than Gregory). Phoenix likely picked it up from her while working under her.
* HairFlip: Fond of it in flashback cases when she's just about to poke a hole in someone's overconfidence.
* HairstyleInertia: As seen in the photograph of her and Maya at
Phoenix's friend since the end of "Bridge to the Turnabout," Mia's sensible hairstyle has been around since she was a young girl (although she had bangs while starting out as a lawyer).
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Ultimately resorts to [[spoiler:blackmail in order to defeat master blackmailer Redd White. But to be fair, he's sufficiently proven himself too well-connected to be taken down cleanly, not to mention his constant kicking the dog against both her and everyone she cares about.]]
* HopelessWithTech: Wright mentions she only has a basic understanding of some tech in Case 2 of the first game.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: In case 1-1, if you screw up and mistakenly name her as the defendant, she gives the excuse of having to go home to get a package.
* LastNameBasis: When she's representing Phoenix at their trial, they call each other "Mr. Wright" and "Ms. Fey". When Phoenix starts working for her, she calls him "Wright" and he calls her "Chief."
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Turnabout Sisters Ballad", a mellow remix of the Turnabout Sisters' theme that, while used in a few other occurrences with Maya, is strongly associated with Mia and her appearances.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Chihiro" means "1000 questions"; fitting, considering her lawyering techniques. Edgeworth says pressing witnesses' testimony is her signature style.
** "Chihiro" can also mean "to search for 1000 times", contrasting her sister "Mayoi" or "lost".
** Fey also means "Doomed to Die".
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Part of the territory of being TheMentor.
* MorphicResonance: Inverted, as Maya and Pearl look more like her when Mia possesses them.
* MsFanservice:
** Maya and [[TokenMiniMoe Pearl's]] robes are designed to be quite modest. It doesn't work as well when Mia ends up wearing them. In Pearl's clothes, she has to keep her arm pressed against her chest to stop her breasts from popping out. Also, even though character's lower bodies are almost never seen, you have to assume that Mia is showing off quite a bit of leg when she's in Pearl's clothes.
** Even weirder: she only does the "arm-across-the-chest" thing when talking directly to Phoenix (and, by extension, the player). While in court, when the player has a side view of her, she keeps her arms folded across her stomach (and, presumably, gives everyone on the prosecution-side of the court quite the show).
** This actually becomes a plot-point in case 3-3, when Phoenix and Maya are trying to extract information from the cranky and intractable Victor Kudo. Kudo isn't interested in talking to either of them until, thinking quickly, Maya channels the much more well-endowed Mia. Kudo suddenly becomes [[MaleGaze much more cooperative in light of this development]]. Mia even gets a unique animation in that case, not used anywhere else, where she stands side-view and prominently shows her curves.
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: Maya is finally able to channel her in the climax of 1-2 just when things look really bad for Phoenix, and she's able to bring her own murderer to justice.
* PosthumousCharacter: A significant part of her backstory is filled in during flashback cases 3-1 and 3-4. This aside from the fact that she is a literally posthumous character [[SubvertedTrope who hangs around]] via [[SpiritAdvisor spirit channeling]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Along with Phoenix, she doles out an ''awesome'' one in
''Trials and Tribulations''. [[spoiler:After being channeled by Pearl, she rips into Dahlia Hawthorne, citing how every single one of Dahlia's schemes has failed, thanks to Mia, capping it with "You will never defeat me".]]
* SexyMentor: Though there's no indication of romance between her
He's the "coolest defense in the west", and Phoenix. She does ask him out for some drinks at the end of his first case, but she perishes before anything much comes of it.
* SiblingRivalry: Defied. After witnessing her mother and aunt's relationship sour because of the position of Master, Mia left Kurain Village to become an attorney and actively cultivates
is a close sibling relationship with Maya.
* SoProudOfYou: At the end of case 3-5, Mia warmly thanks Phoenix for helping to bring closure to the Fey Clan and [[spoiler:Diego]] and praises him as being as good as any Defense Attorney could ever hope to be.
* SpiritAdvisor: The other big
key part of the territory. Maya and Pearl channel her to help in cases sometimes. Other times, she seems to possess them without any indication that they were trying to reach her. Sometimes her spirit even manages to communicate brief snippets of garbled information to Phoenix directly when the girls aren't present.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge:
** A subversion. Although her murder early in the first game kicks off Phoenix's solo career, it's not there solely to serve as his motivation, and in fact a little thing like death doesn't stop Mia from being a hero in her own right all the way through the first three games. Phoenix doesn't really blame himself for Mia's death, and just wants to live up to her legacy.
** Interestingly, [[spoiler:Godot/Diego Armando]] appears to view her death this way towards ''him'', as he takes her death extremely personally despite not having anything to do with it and not being able to do anything to prevent it, and sets out to take revenge on the people he deems responsible for it, namely Phoenix (as by then the real people at fault had been dealt with). The third game shows he was quite mistaken in this way of thinking.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: [[spoiler:''Literally''. When she gave a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Dahlia, she lost control of her victim, and it ultimately results in Dahlia being sent back to the underworld.]]
* ThatOneCase:
** Although she was very young when it happened, part of her motivation as a lawyer was to find out the truth behind DL-6.
** Her defense of Terry Fawles ends with a hell of a HeroicBSOD, enough to drive her away from the profession for a whole year before finally coming back in order to square off with the one who caused all of it.
* UnfinishedBusiness: It seems as long as Wright is still alive and lawyering, Mia's not going to let a little thing like death stop her from continuing to lend her protégé a hand.
* WeirdnessCensor: Played with. Most characters tend not to notice the changes when she possesses someone (e.g. [[ArbitrarySkepticism Miles Edgeworth]]). Others ask if there's "something different" about whoever she's possessing (e.g. Penny Nichols), and others ''definitely'' notice the difference but don't connect Mia and Maya/Pearl (e.g. [[DirtyOldMan Victor Kudo]]). The only person who seems to have any idea is [[spoiler:Godot, who has his own connection to Mia in the past]], when he sees her channeled in 3-2. There is also Franziska, who, while it is rarely acknowledged, is fairly informed about how the Kurain Channeling Technique works and seems very aware that it's Mia who is Nick's co-counsel during Case 2-2.
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[[folder:'''Gregory Edgeworth''' (''Shin Mitsurugi'')]]
!!'''Gregory Edgeworth''' (''Shin Mitsurugi'')
!!!'''Voiced by:''' Ryunosuke Watanuki (Japanese, anime)
!!!'''Played by''': Takehiro Hira ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])

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Miles' old man, and a stunning defense attorney. He was the only one to make a mark on von Karma's performance record (before [[InvincibleHero Nick]] came bungling along). He was also the victim of the [[ThatOneCase DL-6]] case, which would go on to have repercussions on many of the characters. His English name may come from Creator/GregoryPeck, who played [[Film/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch]] and whom Gregory Edgeworth strongly resembles. In ''Ace Attorney Investigations 2'', he became an AscendedExtra and is featured in plot-important flashbacks.

* AscendedExtra: The IS-7 case, in [=AAI2=].
* BadassLongcoat: Possessed a nice brown trenchcoat reminiscent of a PrivateDetective. [[spoiler:He wears it while playing as him, and it was later acquired by Raymond Shields along with his fedora.]]
* BerserkButton: Does [[TranquilFury NOT]] take well to people hiding the truth because it's 'inconvenient' to them. As von Karma finds out...
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Courteous, by-the-book, and very professional, but if you press his BerserkButton, he will come down on you HARD.
* BigGood: Probably the closest the series has to one. [[spoiler:He certainly comes off as one while playing as him]] and his general attitude to being a defense attorney had a big influence on the young Miles Edgeworth, and by extension, Phoenix.
* DeathByOriginStory: Introduced as part of the backstory to case 1-4.
* CrusadingLawyer: Gregory Edgeworth was easily one of the greatest Defense Attorneys of his time. Until Phoenix came along, he was the only attorney who could go toe-to-toe with Manfred von Karma, so-called "god of prosecution". And unlike Phoenix, who barely held on for three days by [[CourtroomAntics bluffing and grasping at straws]], Gregory held strong for a whole year and got von Karma penalized for the only time in ''forty years'' of prosecuting.
* DeathGlare: Where do you think Miles got it from? von Karma even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: It must be genetic...
* {{Leitmotif}}: "A Defense Attorney's Knowledge", a classy and hopeful theme meant to invoke Gregory's precision and determination.
* {{Megane}}: His glasses make him look studious and serious. See StoicSpectacles.
* MeaningfulName: Not so much on the English Name aside from being a GeniusBonus and a ShoutOut. However, his Japanese name essentially means ''[[AwesomeMcCoolname The Sword of Truth]]''.
* NiceHat: Possessed a black fedora. [[spoiler:He wore it while playing as him, and it was later acquired by Raymond Shields along with his trenchcoat.]]
* OnlySaneMan:
** Compared to [[BunnyEarsLawyer most other lawyers in those games]] he seems a lot more down-to-earth. He even stayed very reasonable when he was about to die from a lack of oxygen in an elevator... [[AxCrazy The other guy inside said elevator... not so much.]]
** He certainly acts this way [[spoiler:when you get to play as him too. Easily the least eccentric of the playable lawyers, and the only one who isn't a FirstPersonSmartass either (though he is a lot blunter in his thoughts)]].
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Giving von Karma the penalty, [[spoiler:which [[=AAI2=]] reveals was even ''more'' awesome than what we heard of it in the first
Apollo Justice game. Not only did he prove von Karma forged evidence, he was able to present tapes of his interrogations to show the entire court he bullied the defendant into giving a false confession. He managed to get von Karma's (corrupt) replacement detective ''fired'', and Manfred himself was actually ''lucky'' to get off with just a penalty: the only reason he was let off so lightly was that]] '''EVEN MORE MAJOR SPOILERS''' [[spoiler:the chief prosecutor at the time was Blaise Debeste, who was just as much an AmoralAttorney as von Karma and also complicit in the forgery. He had to give von Karma ''some'' punishment to cover his own tracks.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler:this is the one part of the case you don't get to play.]]
* OriginsEpisode: [[spoiler:The flashback case featuring him is actually his last case, the one where Manfred got a penalty in court and thus led to the DL-6 incident.]]
* PrivateDetective: Since the Attorneys here have authorization to investigate crime scenes, [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130711013927/aceattorney/images/6/64/Shin.png his appearance]] certainly invokes this, compared to the rest of the playable lawyers' AmateurSleuth.
* ShoutOut: His entire character is this for [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch]] as played by Creator/GregoryPeck.
* TheStoic: Apparently only (nervously) smiles when he gets a penalty.
* StoicSpectacles: A nice pair of glasses to emphasize his collectedness.
* TranquilFury: He never drops his calm, polite tone, even when accusing von Karma of forging evidence. Though at that point, it's clear he's [[ThisIsUnforgivable very, VERY angry]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Due to him not knowing [[spoiler:von Karma was close to the elevator by the time Miles threw the pistol]], Gregory accusing Yanni Yogi of murdering him is the cause of the Fey clan's downfall and Misty Fey's disappearance [[spoiler:from the public]], as well as [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne and Iris]] leaving the Fey Manor.
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:He set one up against ''Manfred von Karma'', of all people! When Jeff Master is about to be interrogated, Edgeworth encourages him not to give in to von Karma's pressure tactics, but just in case he cracks anyway (which he does), Edgeworth asks Detective Badd to record the interrogation so that they can prove Master's confession was coerced, which helped lead to von Karma's penalty.]]
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[[folder: '''Marvin Grossberg''' (''Soranosuke Hoshikage'')]]
!!'''Marvin Grossberg''' (''Soranosuke Hoshikage'')
!!!'''Voiced by:''' Ryou Sugisaki (Japanese, anime)

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->"'Ah... the days of my youth... like the scent of fresh lemon...' [[VerbalTic you see]]."

A rotund defense attorney and Mia's teacher. When Misty Fey's involvement in the case came out, Grossberg cleared her of any wrongdoing for identifying a suspect who had been found innocent.



* {{Ahem}}: One of this {{Catch Phrase}}s, along with the character quote above.
* AmoralAttorney: Not regularly so, but one has to question his ethics after he [[spoiler:accepts a bribe from Redd White for information on Misty Fey]]. In the present, he appears to regret this greatly.
* TheAtoner: Sincerely regrets [[spoiler:giving Redd White information on Misty Fey]], helping to clear her name some point after. When Maya is on trial for murder during case 1-2, though he couldn't intervene directly himself due to being blackmailed, he points Phoenix's investigation in the right direction to get the crucial evidence he needed to win the case. Even afterwards he's still shown to have something of a soft spot to Phoenix and Maya, likely stemming from their association with Mia, and provides important information several times throughout case 1-4 on DL-6 and Von Karma.
* {{Blackmail}}: A victim of this after the police got angry about the leak in DL-6.
* ConspicuousConsumption: His office decor practically screams his wealth if you examine it, even if you ignore the $3 million painting he proudly hung in it.
* ContinuityDrift: When Phoenix first meets Grossberg in the first game, they don't appear to know each other, but in the third game, Grossberg was Mia's aide when she defended Phoenix. Even so, Grossberg doesn't appear to have the best memory anyway, since later that same game, he has once again forgotten Phoenix and Maya's relation to Mia.
* EyesAlwaysShut: They are open in his sadness/discomfort expression, though.
* InformedAbility: He's said to be a very good lawyer, being Mia's mentor and all. However, we never actually ''see'' how he does his stuff in the Court Room, and he frequently skips out of his office (to avoid you). It's even more blatant in ''Trials & Tribulations'', where [[spoiler:Diego Armando]] acts more the part of a mentor to Mia than him.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Age, Regret, Retribution", a simpler theme that sounds slightly silly and non-specific (given that it's used for another character later on).
* MeaningfulName:
** His last name is German for "big mountain", and he certainly is a very big man. He can also be quite '''gross''' as he won't stop talking about his hemorrhoids in the third game.
** His Japanese name is both astrology-themed and a reference to two Japanese mystery novels -- "Soranosuke" ("star boy") is from ''The Tokyo Zodiac Murders'', and "Hoshikage" ("starlight") is from a Tetsuya Ayukawa novel.
* MistakenForGay: Played for laughs.
-->'''Phoenix''': It's not something I can claim to understand... But you and Mr. White are lovers, aren't you!
-->'''Grossberg''': W-w-what! My boy!
-->'''Phoenix''': You sent that painting to him! As a sign! A sign of undying love!
-->'''Grossberg''': M-m-my boy, please! You're letting your fancies run away with you! Where do you get these bizarre ideas?
-->'''Phoenix''': I... I don't understand how you could...
-->'''Grossberg''': That's because I'm not, we're not... Don't be ridiculous! Enough. I'll swallow my pride and tell you all.
-->'''Phoenix''': (I knew it! They are lovers!)
-->'''Grossberg''': N-no! We are NOT lovers!
* MrExposition: Provides much of the information about DL-6 in the second and fourth cases of the first game.
* TooMuchInformation: In game 3, he keeps talking about his hemorrhoids... Ew. It was much worse in the Japanese version, though ("I feel a lancing pain between my buttocks!"). [[invoked]]
* VerbalTic: *Ah-HEMM* He has this way of ending sentences, you see.

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* {{Ahem}}: One of this {{Catch Phrase}}s, along with the character quote above.
* AmoralAttorney: Not regularly so, but one has [[spoiler:Plans to question use forged evidence to get his ethics after client a not guilty verdict]]. Oh, and he [[spoiler:accepts [[spoiler:murders some people]], which while not ''technically'' having anything to do with his duties as an attorney is still a bribe from Redd White for information on Misty Fey]]. fairly amoral thing to do.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:He uses forged evidence to get Phoenix disbarred when he takes Zak's case instead, murders two people, tries to kill a child... all happening in a pretty severe case of DisproportionateRetribution, which most of the fourth game revolves around.]]
* BigBadFriend: To Phoenix. [[spoiler:Befriending Phoenix in the first place seems to have been part of his plan, a fact that Phoenix is keenly aware of]].
* BigBrotherBully:
In the present, official ''Gyakuten Saiban 4 Anthology'' Manga, he appears to regret was this greatly.
* TheAtoner: Sincerely regrets [[spoiler:giving Redd White information on Misty Fey]], helping
to clear Klavier. [[http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b162/sekritash/AJ/zkk3.jpg Oh boy.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Looks like a bronzed god and is just as handsome as his younger brother despite being in his thirties.
* CardCarryingVillain: [[spoiler:"I killed Smith because I'm an evil human being, isn't that enough?". However, he says this to conceal his true motives for the murder, thus avoiding being implicated in a different crime.]]
* CainAndAbel: Cain to Klavier.
* ChunkyUpdraft: Using the lobster and dinner plates left over from the previous witness [[spoiler:during his VillainousBreakdown in the first case]]...
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler:In order to silence Vera, he poisoned both the stamp she was to use to send the letter that confirmed that she'd received
her name some point after. When Maya is on trial payment and her nail polish, which she would wear if she decided to go out. That she didn't die soon after the forgery was finished was largely due to her keeping the stamp, but it largely ensured her silence]].
* CuteAndPsycho: Outwardly? Seemingly nice and friendly guy who rarely drops his smile. Inwardly? [[spoiler:*BANG* *clankclankclankclankclank* [[OhCrap *insert five black Psyche Locks here*]]]]
* DarkIsEvil: [[spoiler:Those black Psyche Locks. With the 5th game finally explaining the meaning of the Black Psyche Locks, it adds a bit more meaning to Kristoph's actions. His motive
for killing Zak, revenge against him and to "punish" the lesser attorney Phoenix Wright who got the job, was so deeply ingrained in his mind, his desires to do so and to keep it hidden became completely subconscious and utterly consumed him, explaining the severity of his actions in ''AJ:AA''.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments. In "Turnabout Trump", Phoenix' surprise at the fact that a piece of evidence he'd expected to find has gone missing prompts the following response from Kristoph:
-->'''Kristoph''': Perhaps a fifth person came and took it out? Oh, and a sixth person could've helped!
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:His reason for getting Phoenix disbarred? Zak ''ended up not hiring Kristoph as his lawyer''.]] That's... kinda harsh.
* EvilIsPetty: Not many people would [[spoiler:have a lawyer he was jealous of disbarred, stalk several people, and
murder during case 1-2, though he couldn't intervene directly himself due to someone with his own hands]] over just [[spoiler:not being blackmailed, hired as lawyer in a case]].
* {{Facepalm}}: A downplayed variant in his [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/7/7f/Kristoph_Head_Shake_1.gif/revision/latest?cb=20120902110013 head-shaking animation]];
he points seems to be doing it in amusement, not frustration.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:He was a polite and supportive mentor to Apollo before being revealed as a crooked attorney and murderer.]]
* ForTheEvulz: He tries to pass off [[spoiler:his killing of Shadi Smith as this]]. In actuality, it's because [[spoiler:Shadi was really Zak Gramarye.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: In fact, his tell is [[spoiler:a demonic face on his hand shown when pushing up said glasses, complete with ScaryShinyGlasses]].
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The scar on his hand doesn't seem like much alone, [[spoiler:but when he clenches his hand, the skin contracts to reveal something along the lines of a ''demon'' [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou looking at you.]]]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:While not mentioned by name to avoid spoilers, he's this in ''Dual Destinies'', as getting Phoenix disbarred started the Dark Age of the Law.]]
* {{Griefer}}: [[spoiler:He has absolutely nothing to gain by being so obstructive in the final trial, being in prison for life on one murder already, but does so simply to make Nick and Apollo lose. Though it's also likely that being convicted again would cost him his LuxuryPrisonSuite, his remaining respect among his judicial peers, and his safety from death row.]]
* HiddenDepths: There's a ''reason'' his entry is so spoilertastic that it would make a good substitute for Swiss cheese.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Twice -- [[spoiler:first via IronicEcho of
Phoenix's investigation in the right direction to get the crucial evidence he needed to win the case. Even afterwards he's still shown to have something of a soft spot to Phoenix and Maya, likely stemming from their association with Mia, and provides important information several times throughout case 1-4 on DL-6 and Von Karma.
disbarment, then via self-implicating TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
* {{Blackmail}}: A victim of this after the police got angry about the leak in DL-6.
* ConspicuousConsumption: His office decor practically screams his wealth if you examine it, even if you ignore the $3 million painting he proudly hung in it.
* ContinuityDrift: When Phoenix first meets Grossberg
INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler:He has ''three'' screw-ups in the first game, they don't appear case that allow Phoenix to know each other, but in point him as the third game, Grossberg was Mia's aide real murderer. To sum them up:]]
** [[spoiler:When Phoenix calls him about the victim being murdered, Kristoph makes a reference to the victim's bald head,
when she defended Phoenix. Even so, Grossberg doesn't appear to Shadi had his hat on until he died, so Kristoph shouldn't have the best memory anyway, since later known about that same game, fact. This makes Phoenix suspect of Kristoph]].
** [[spoiler:Early into the trial,
he has once again forgotten describes the poker game between Phoenix and Maya's relation to Mia.
* EyesAlwaysShut: They are open
Shadi and makes an offhand mention that the poker cards had a blue back. However, the only photo which has the cards at that moment was in black and white, the poker deck that was actually used in the last hand had red backs and the card that was put in place of the bloody ace had a blue back. This inevitably places Kristoph at the crime scene]].
** [[spoiler:The final nail
in his sadness/discomfort expression, though.
coffin is that, when Apollo presents the bloody ace, Kristoph ''immediately'' and angrily points the fact that bloody ace is forged, instead of merely showing doubts about such a convenient piece of evidence. While he's right in that it's a forgery, the way he reacted proves the fact Kristoph knew about the real bloody ace he took from the crime scene]].
* InformedAbility: He's said to be a very good lawyer, being Mia's mentor supposedly an excellent defense attorney, but we only ever see him defend in one case, and all. However, we never only as co-counsel at that. Granted, he drives much of the early defense while Apollo's still getting his feet wet, and actually ''see'' teaches you how to play the game. [[spoiler:Also granted, he's a noticeable ClimaxBoss when finally accused during "Turnabout Trump," especially since you'd naturally expect just a WarmUpBoss for the tutorial case.]]
* KubrickStare: It generally cannot be seen, but
he does one when adjusting his stuff ScaryShinyGlasses. It can be noticed [[spoiler:in Case 4-4, when Perceiving one of his statements]].
* LargeAndInCharge: While he's incredibly elegant, he's also very tall and broad-shouldered, making all of his sprites look down at the player, creating a perfect indication of his power and prestige from the moment he appears.
* LaughingMad: After Vera was announced innocent, Kristoph flew off the handle.
-->[[spoiler:"The record will show that when the verdict was announced, special witness Kristoph Gavin... laughed. A laugh louder than any ever heard before... or since. A laugh that echoed
in the Court Room, and he frequently skips out halls of his office (to avoid you). It's even more blatant in ''Trials & Tribulations'', where [[spoiler:Diego Armando]] acts more the part of a mentor to Mia than him.
justice, lingering for what seemed like hours."]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Age, Regret, Retribution", a simpler [[spoiler:"Solitary Confinement ~ Darkness Theme", while used as the theme for his cell in prison, fits Kristoph perfectly as an appropriately somber, mellow theme that sounds slightly silly exudes calm and non-specific (given that it's used for another character later on).
* MeaningfulName:
** His last name is German for "big mountain", and he certainly is a very big man. He can
patience, while hinting at something dark looming in the background. It also be quite '''gross''' serves as he won't stop Kristoph's theme in court after his arrest.]]
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: [[spoiler:Gets sent into one after getting arrested. Phoenix comments it looks (and feels, when
talking about the chair in there) better than his hemorrhoids own office. It also provides the page image]].
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Forges evidence to win cases and eliminate a rival, and attempts to murder his forgers by giving them a postage stamp and nail polish laced with poison.]]
* MeaningfulName: Kristoph is a variation of Christoph, which means "Christ-bearer" [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} a complete contrast to his demonic personality]].]] "Kirihito" comes from [[spoiler:"''hitokiri''", "murder"]].
* {{Perfectionist}}: To a similar degree to Manfred Von Karma but of a different sort. He's fine with losing cases so long as he continues to ''appear'' perfect afterwards. It reaches a point where he uses clear nail polish to make sure his nails are always in pristine condition. [[spoiler:Not getting chosen as Zak's attorney implying that Zak didn't consider him good enough, did a major blow to his ego, and caused him to snap.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:His mentoring of Apollo can be considered this, since he does do a good job of showing you the ropes early
in the third game.
** His Japanese name is both astrology-themed
first case, and a reference is implied to two Japanese mystery novels -- "Soranosuke" ("star boy") is have been a sincere father figure to him for the most part. Additionally, he was originally sincere about defending Phoenix in the first case, only turning against him once it became clear that Phoenix knew he was the true killer.]]
* PresentAbsence: He's never heard
from ''The Tokyo Zodiac Murders'', again after ''Apollo Justice''. However, the after effects of his actions of [[spoiler:getting Phoenix Wright disbarred with forged evidence can be seen in ''Dual Destinies'' where it ushered in the "Dark Age of the Law."]]
* RealMenWearPink: He wears nail polish, [[spoiler:even while in prison]].
* RedHerring: At the beginning of the game, he's introduced as Apollo's mentor, similar to Mia in the first game... [[spoiler:but then he turns out be the murderer for the first case.]]
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler:A skull-shaped scar in his - yup - right hand.]]
* ReverseArmFold: He adopts this pose when standing on the defense's bench.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: When he adjusts them. [[spoiler:They hide a KubrickStare]].
* SexyMentor: He's a very good looking guy.
* SkywardScream: He pulls a scream that is possibly the most spectacular one in the entire series during his [[spoiler:second VillainousBreakdown.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''WRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!''']]
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:His only desires seem to be [[TheHedonist Hedonism]] (i.e., enjoying fame
and "Hoshikage" ("starlight") fortune, even behind bars) and {{Pride}} (i.e., just about everything he does in response to the Gramarye trial not going his way, and in a positive example, his mentoring of Apollo to leave behind a legacy), and his only emotions seem to be FauxAffablyEvil coolness and VillainousBreakdown anger. Also, he's a complete, LackOfEmpathy-invoking {{Paranoiac}} and {{Unfettered}} (symbolized by his Black Psyche-Locks, no less) -- to the point where he was even willing to cheat against Klavier, his own brother, just to win the Gramarye trial and indulge said hedonism and pride even further.]]
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:He keeps smiling wherever he
is from (even in prison), and whatever he goes through. Until he's ultimately defeated in court, and you can see how crazy he's inside (what with that whole eye twitch, evil scowl, and...well, looking pretty disheveled), and that he was trying to conceal it all behind a Tetsuya Ayukawa novel.
smile.]]
* MistakenForGay: Played StoicSpectacles: Cool as a cucumber [[spoiler:until you break him epically]].
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:What he tries to do in the first case, wherein he's co-defending Phoenix
for laughs.
-->'''Phoenix''':
a crime that he himself committed. Instead of screwing over his own client or, you know, turning himself in, he tries to frame a dishonest witness for the murder. Though said witness was trying to frame Phoenix for the murder, it was not because she had committed it.]]
* TreacherousQuestGiver: [[spoiler:Hires Apollo to defend his client Phoenix for a murder that ''he himself'' committed.
It's not something I can claim to understand... But you and Mr. White are lovers, aren't you!
-->'''Grossberg''': W-w-what! My boy!
-->'''Phoenix''': You sent that painting to him! As a sign! A sign of undying love!
-->'''Grossberg''': M-m-my boy, please! You're letting your fancies run away with you! Where do you get these bizarre ideas?
-->'''Phoenix''': I... I don't understand how you could...
-->'''Grossberg''': That's
ZigZagged, because I'm not, we're not... Don't Apollo was asked to be ridiculous! Enough. I'll swallow my pride the lead counsel at Phoenix's insistence, and tell you all.
-->'''Phoenix''': (I knew it! They are lovers!)
-->'''Grossberg''': N-no! We are NOT lovers!
initially Kristoph had no intention of screwing Phoenix over.]]
* MrExposition: Provides much VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:His first one is pretty minor, but his second one is rather spectacular even by the standards of the information about DL-6 in series. You can't even really tell it is the second and fourth cases same person after he's done, his appearance has changed so much.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:One
of the first game.
* TooMuchInformation: In game 3, he keeps talking about his hemorrhoids... Ew. It
most respected defense attorneys after Phoenix is disbarred, with no one knowing ''he was responsible''.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Clearly, Kristoph is not exactly who he seems, if you judge by how
much worse in the Japanese version, though ("I feel a lancing pain between my buttocks!"). [[invoked]]
is tagged with spoilers.
* VerbalTic: *Ah-HEMM* He WickedCultured: His [[spoiler:jail cell]] has a nice chair, roses, and a HUGE shelf of books.
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler:Didn't plan on being caught for Shadi/Zak's murder. Nevertheless, he adjusts quite well, being able to acquire a MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll lifestyle and come BackForTheFinale as a serious {{Griefer}}. However, he again runs into an unforeseen complication -- Phoenix being CrazyPrepared with his new Jurist System -- and
this way of ending sentences, you see.time, there's no bouncing back.]]



[[folder: '''Robert Hammond''' (''Yukio Namakura'')]]
!!'''Robert Hammond''' (''Yukio Namakura'')
!!!'''Played by''': Eisuke Sasai ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])
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An attorney that once worked at Grossberg Law Offices. An AmoralAttorney that doesn't care whether his clients are guilty or not. He is the victim of 1-4, where he is killed via a gunshot.

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[[folder: '''Robert Hammond''' (''Yukio Namakura'')]]
!!'''Robert Hammond''' (''Yukio Namakura'')
!!!'''Played by''': Eisuke Sasai ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])
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'''Aristotle Means''' (''Shinji Ichiro'')]]
!!'''Aristotle Means''' (''Shinji Ichiro'')

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An ->"I, professor Means always say what I mean and I mean what I say by all means!"

A defense
attorney that once worked at Grossberg Law Offices. An AmoralAttorney that doesn't care whether his clients are guilty or not. He who also works as a teacher for defense attorney students in Themis Legal Academy. His philosophy of teaching is based around Machiavelli's "the ends justify the victim means", a philosophy he considers a necessity to survive as an attorney in the "Dark Age of 1-4, where he is killed via a gunshot.the Law".



* AmoralAttorney: [[spoiler:Even though Yanni Yogi was actually innocent, he refused to do proper investigation into the incident and instead had Yogi plead insanity to get him off. This in turn caused him to become a social outcast and haunted him for years.]]
* AssholeVictim: He could not care less about the consequences of [[spoiler:getting a Not Guilty by insanity verdict for Yanni Yogi]]. This eventually sealed his fate.
* KarmicDeath: He got killed [[spoiler:by Yanni Yogi, the person whose life was completely ruined by his refusal to find actual evidence..]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Like every victim in the Ace Attorney series, he's mentioned every time in the trial, and the job of the player is to find the truth behind his death.

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* AffablyEvil: On the outside, he seems pleasant enough, even if his smile is kind of creepy. And he expresses genuine rage when one of his own students is accused of murder. [[spoiler:Actually, it's all an act; he's the real killer, and was planning on being his student's defense attorney to get someone convicted for it in his place.]] On the inside, besides that, his philosophy of "the ends justify the means" is {{Anti Hero}}ic, at best.
* AmoralAttorney: [[spoiler:Even His "ends-justify-the-means" philosophy in the court, meaning that stooping to unethical means to win a court case in the dark age of law is sometimes the best option according to him. [[spoiler:He also accepts bribery from his students, and doesn't have a problem with killing to keep people quiet]].
* BerserkButton: Ordinarily very calm and collected, criticizing his philosophy can bring out the SadistTeacher in him.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The initial impression is that Means is a mild-mannered teacher who is a KnightInSourArmor, clearly having been beaten down by the Dark Age of Law but also values seeking the truth in court. His true face is anything but that.
* BladeOnAStick: It does have a globe-like object attached to it,
though Yanni Yogi was it's actually innocent, he refused a spear.
* CardCarryingVillain: Means wears his philosophy of doing whatever you can
to do proper investigation into the incident and instead had Yogi plead insanity to get him off. win trials on his sleeve. This is in turn caused him stark contrast to become a social outcast other similarly-minded lawyers in the series, who normally wouldn't openly admit that they used dirty tricks in court. Worse still, he's teaching this mindset to students.
* CombatPragmatist: He chucks pieces of chalk at the defense to break their concentration,
and haunted him [[spoiler:he demands a recess with the intent to destroy the murder weapon when cornered]].
* TheCynic: Believes that law is in dark times, and that the only way to deal with the rampant corruption is to fight fire with fire. This is in contrast to Courte's idealistic idea of still pursuing the truth even against odds. In court, he becomes even more cynical: at one point, he writes on the chalkboard that the "dark age" of the law is a ''beautiful'' thing, not something to be fought, because in the dark age the ends justify the means!
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:After pointing out his first contradiction, he reveals a scar, styles his hair as a mohawk, and loses his fatherly smile
for years.a scowl.]]
* AssholeVictim: He could not care less about EvilIsBigger: At 6'5", he towers over everyone else in the consequences series.
* ExpositoryHairstyle: From friendly and curly, to an intimidating mohawk resembling a Corinthian helmet. This, combined with his gray hair, pale skin, spear, and odd crack-like mark above his right eye, make him resemble a statue
of [[spoiler:getting a Not Guilty by insanity warrior from ancient Greece.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's fairly pleasant at first, but when pushed too much, he turns fairly condescending toward people, especially Athena.
* {{Foil}}: He's the complete ideological opposite of the late Professor Courte, believing that attorneys must use all means necessary to reach the
verdict for Yanni Yogi]]. This eventually sealed they desire.
* {{Hammerspace}}: At one point, a chalkboard rolls up behind him from out of nowhere, just so he can make
his fate.
point by writing on it.
* KarmicDeath: He got HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:When Courte confronted him about her knowing about him raising O'Conner's scores because of him being bribed by O'Conner's parents, he didn't want her ruining him and killed [[spoiler:by Yanni Yogi, the person whose life was completely ruined by his refusal to find actual evidence..her.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Like IdiotBall: See the part about [[spoiler:"demanding a recess to destroy the murder weapon"? He ''says every victim in last bit of that to the Ace Attorney series, whole courtroom'', basically saying "Can we have a recess so I can destroy this and maybe then I can go free?".]] "Say what I mean by all means" indeed.
* IronicName: His Japanese name come from the word "''shinjiru''" which means "to believe" or "trust". Considering his true nature,
he's mentioned every anything but trustworthy. His English name is borrowed from a wise philosopher, whereas Means and his philosophy are constantly scrutinized and ultimately proven wrong.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Despite constantly claiming he follows the ends-means philosophy, he uses it as an excuse to do whatever helps him. Either he just uses it as a smokescreen or he runs on ProtagonistCenteredMorality with him as the protagonist.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Private School Themis Legal Academy ~ Our Precious School" to reflect his prim-and-proper academic persona. It changes to "The Dark Age of the Law" when he gets serious, which, while a theme used to represent said "Dark Age" in a more generalized way, fits more with Means given that he's a perfect image of what it represents.
* LetsGetDangerous: When Athena criticizes his philosophy in court, he transforms into a nastier version of himself. He's also even ''more'' ruthless, and in fact he even manages to temporarily drive Athena into a Heroic BSOD by pointing out that Athena brought false charges against Hugh.
* LivingStatue: His design clearly invokes this, looking as much like a living Greek sculpture as possible. His face actually ''cracks'' when he gets angry.
* LostInTranslation: A bit of an odd example. In the original Japanese version of the game, the first
time you meet him, [[https://youtu.be/hPHNB3A9lco?t=3m20s he is not carrying his staff]], thus [[spoiler:already giving you a slight hint that there's something fishy going on when he has it the next time you meet]]. In the western release, due to a bug, [[https://youtu.be/0aYiNwUpWac?t=2m44s he appears with his staff right away]], which creates a plot hole. The [[https://youtu.be/jX-hvB-5ypw?t=2m49s iOS version]] corrects this oversight and he has no staff in both the Japanese and English versions.
* MeaningfulName: Aristotle suits his old philosopher ways and Ancient Greece sculpture-like design. Means refers to him expecting meaningful results from his academy, as if he ran the academy himself. He also tends to say things like "We must use any ''means'' necessary." a lot. He's also not very nice and encourages his students to use any methods just so they can win. However, "The end justifies the means" way of thinking did not come from Aristotle, it came from Machiavelli.
* NailsOnAChalkboard: His own writing on the chalkboard starts to sound like this at one point while in court.
* PunnyName: Aristotle Means = "Arrest at all means." Which fairly well sums up with his philosophy.
* SadistTeacher: Once he gets angry, he acts like this, complete with a chalkboard appearing out of nowhere for him to write on, alongside throwing chalk at the defense and Judge.
* TheUnfettered: To Courte's TheFettered.
* TheUnSmile:
** His regular smile is perfectly normal but when he smiles with his gums shown, Athena comments that it's rather scary. If you think his ''smile'' is scary, just wait until he scowls instead.
** He grins so hard during [[spoiler:his VillainousBreakdown that he ''shatters his own teeth'']].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Starts to write a bunch of sentences on his board suggesting lesser "alternate punishments" to the otherwise harsher punishment, such as a life sentence he would receive, such as a reduced salary, with the audience booing at each suggestion and him losing his teeth when giving in and attempting to write 'guilty'.]]
* VillainsWantMercy: [[spoiler:Once he's exposed as the murderer of Professor Courte, he attempts to plead for alternate (and much lighter) punishments in place of his murder sentence. His pleas go unheard.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He believes that since we live
in the trial, and the job "dark age of the player law", the only way to fight the corruption is to find use corrupt means yourself. This is why he believes, as he says repeatedly, that "the ends justify the truth behind means." Later in court, however, he drops the "well-intentioned" part, and says that instead of merely fighting the dark age of the law with corrupt means, the dark age of the law is actually ''beautiful'', not something to be fought at ''all'', because the dark age of the law makes his death.philosophy of "the ends justify the means" stronger.



[[folder: '''Diego Armando''' (''Soryu Kaminogi'')]]
!!'''Diego Armando''' (''Soryu Kaminogi'')

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->"The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over."

A senior member of Grossberg Law Offices, and at the time the best lawyer under his employ. The night before Mia's first trial, Grossberg had drunken himself unconscious and wasn't awake in time to be at the trial, so Diego comes to help the new "kitten" instead. He was soon poisoned afterwards, resulting in his death.

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[[folder: '''Diego Armando''' (''Soryu Kaminogi'')]]
!!'''Diego Armando''' (''Soryu Kaminogi'')

'''Calisto Yew''' (''Himiko Kazura'')]]
!!'''Calisto Yew''' (''Himiko Kazura'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Yuki Nakamura (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'')

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->"The only time a lawyer can cry ->"…Phwwh! Ahahahahahaha! Why so serious!? I think someone needs to loosen up!"

A skilled attorney who appears in case four of ''Ace Attorney Investigations.'' While she
is when it's all over."

A senior member
usually very composed, she breaks into fits of Grossberg Law Offices, hysterical laughter at someone's character tics, such as Edgeworth's constant seriousness and at the time the best lawyer under his employ. The night before Mia's first trial, Grossberg had drunken himself unconscious and wasn't awake in time to be at the trial, so Diego comes to help the new "kitten" instead. He was soon poisoned afterwards, resulting in his death.fancy way of talking.



* AffectionateNickname: He refers to Mia as a "kitten". Though apparently it's because when he's introduced Mia is a rookie attorney with zero experience (like a newborn kitten), it's vague whether there's subtext of him being flirtatious, sexist, or a bit of both.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: It's not specified where he's from or why he's darker than the rest of the cast, though the Latin American name is a clue. WordOfGod says he's Brazilian.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: "Armando" isn't actually a surname.
* BrokenAce: He lost it after Mia died, resulting in him hating Wright for most off the game along with his limited vision.
* CynicismCatalyst: He's already fairly cynical when he's introduced, having seen his fair share of hardship in the courtroom. This gets worsened after the MiscarriageOfJustice that's Case 3-4 [[spoiler:though what pushes him over the edge is his poisoning and loss of Mia in his coma.]]
* FallenHero: He was already a bit of a cynic before being poisoned and losing his lover while in a coma, but this drove him to outright disillusion and a desire to take out his frustrations on Phoenix as a prosecutor.
* FigureItOutYourself: Comes off as being less helpful to Mia than Grossberg is, even though he co-counselled her ''first'' case as a defense attorney. Justified, since [[AnachronicOrder Mia's first case is the fourth case of the game and her second case is the games's first case]], so the player already knows how things works and doesn't need another explanation.
* AGlassInTheHand: [[spoiler:After Terry Fawles commits suicide,]] he does this with his coffee mug.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Poisoned by Dahlia because he started asking too many questions about the Valerie Hawthorne case and seemed to suspect foul play.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Armando may come off as cynical,smug and condescending towards Mia in her first case but he genuinely wants to help the defendant, has a strong ability to remain calm even when faced with a difficult situation and warms up to Mia romantically when he tells her that it's acceptable to cry when everything is over. [[spoiler: [[TookALevelInJerkass Sadly he gets more worse after he was poisoned by Dahlia, putting him in the coma, waking up five years later to learn Mia's dead and became bitter towards Phoenix blaming him for her death even when Phoenix not responsible for it.]]]]
* LargeHam: While not through voice tone or volume, he loves using metaphors or giving unnecessarily complex descriptions of objects (such as coffee) or people.
* MeaningfulName: Might be a reference to the soccer player Diego Armando Maradona, who fell victim to drugs. [[spoiler:Also, Die'''go''' Arman'''do'''? It spells Godo, which is how you pronounce Godot.]]
** Additionally, Armando [[spoiler:means "plotting" or "setting up" in Portuguese. As you'll find out in case 3-5, he has been doing it for quite a while.]]
* NewOldFlame: Never mentioned in the games prior to his introduction.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: He's the ''only'' male character to not be instantly charmed by [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]].
* PaletteSwap: The only difference between him and [[spoiler:Godot is the lack of a visor and the differently-colored hair and undershirt]], hence him being a WalkingSpoiler.
* PerpetualSmiler: Never seen without a smug look on his face [[spoiler:even when he's crushing a coffee mug with his bare hands after Terry Fawles kills himself and Dahlia Hawthorne gets off scot free.]]
-->''"A lawyer is someone who smiles [[StepfordSmiler no matter how bad it gets]]. [[{{Catchphrase}} That's one of my rules.]]"''
* RememberTheNewGuy: Never mentioned by Grossberg or Mia prior to ''Trials and Tribulations'', at least not to Phoenix. The explanation was that the first game was written without considering the possibility of a sequel, let alone a third game. There's also the fact that [[spoiler:he was considered as good as dead, judging by Grossberg and Mia discussing the poisoning incident in Case 3-1]].
* SexyMentor: Not only that, he and his "student" Mia ''did'' get together.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: More for the audience's benefit than any character.
** [[spoiler:"That's one of my rules. Remember it."]]
** [[spoiler:"As dark and bitter as Hell itself."]]
* StayInTheKitchen: There are subtle hints here and there that he has sexist attitudes, though he might just be contemptuous of rookies regardless of gender.
* ThemeSongReveal: [[spoiler:"The Fragrance of Dark Coffee".]]
* ThemeTuneCameo: His leitmotif is also his ringtone.
* TranquilFury: He ''is'' the one who taught Mia that defense lawyers don't get to cry, no matter how bad things get. At the end of "Turnabout Beginnings", he still has a calm smile on his face after [[spoiler:Terry Fawles poisons himself and Dahlia gets away]]. The only thing that betrays his anger is his coffee mug shattering in his grip.
* WalkingSpoiler: You cannot look at the guy without learning at least something about the plot of ''Trials & Tribulations'' (namely that [[spoiler:Godot used to have a different identity in the past]]).

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* AffectionateNickname: He refers to Mia AmoralAttorney: She's seen defending a clearly guilty murderer, Mack Rell, supposedly as a "kitten". Though apparently it's because means of closing in on the smuggling ring that killed her sister. [[spoiler:She turns out to be completely amoral in many ways outside the courtroom]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler:"I was destined to betray everyone from the very beginning." This one sentence perfectly describes her role as
when he's introduced Mia is a rookie attorney with zero experience (like a newborn kitten), it's vague whether there's subtext of him being flirtatious, sexist, or taken away to be arrested as Shih-na, she drops a bit of both.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: It's not specified where he's from or why he's darker than the rest of the cast, though the Latin American name is a clue. WordOfGod says he's Brazilian.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: "Armando" isn't actually a surname.
* BrokenAce: He lost it after Mia died, resulting in him hating Wright for most off the game along with his limited vision.
* CynicismCatalyst: He's already fairly cynical when he's introduced, having seen his fair share of hardship in the courtroom. This gets worsened after the MiscarriageOfJustice that's Case 3-4 [[spoiler:though what pushes him over the edge is his poisoning and loss of Mia in his coma.
valuable clue to betray her BOSS.]]
* FallenHero: He was already DarkActionGirl: Pulls a bit of a cynic before being poisoned gun and losing his lover while in a coma, but this drove him manages to outright disillusion and a desire to take out his frustrations on Phoenix as a prosecutor.
* FigureItOutYourself: Comes off as being less helpful to Mia than Grossberg is, even though he co-counselled her ''first'' case as a defense attorney. Justified, since [[AnachronicOrder Mia's first case is
escape the fourth case courtroom in Case 4 of the game and her second case is the games's first case]], so the player already knows how things works and doesn't need another explanation.
Investigations.
* AGlassInTheHand: [[spoiler:After Terry Fawles commits suicide,]] he does this with his coffee mug.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Poisoned by Dahlia because he started asking too many questions about the Valerie Hawthorne case and seemed to suspect foul play.
TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Quercus Alba.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Armando may come off as cynical,smug and condescending towards Mia in her first case but he genuinely wants to help the defendant, has a strong ability to remain calm GallowsHumor: Laughs whenever she can, even when faced with at a difficult situation and warms up to Mia romantically when he tells crime scene.
* GigglingVillain: She falls into a laughing fit every time Edgeworth talks. Apparently, his ComicallySerious demeanor sets
her that it's acceptable to cry when everything is over. [[spoiler: [[TookALevelInJerkass Sadly he gets more worse after he was poisoned by Dahlia, putting him in off.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: She does this at
the coma, waking up five years later to learn Mia's dead and became bitter towards Phoenix blaming him for her death even when Phoenix not responsible for it.end of one of Edgeworth's rebuttals. [[spoiler:[[CombatPragmatist ..while holding a gun.]]]]
* LargeHam: While not TheHyena: Pretty much takes any opportunity to belittle people by laughing at them.
* {{Jerkass}}: Making fun of Edgeworth, viewing him and Franziska as children, and mocking Badd for his failure to save Cece Yew.
** To be fair, Franziska was only 13 at the time of Investigations Case 4.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:Once you finally break
through voice tone or volume, he loves using metaphors or giving unnecessarily complex descriptions of objects (such her EmotionlessGirl facade as coffee) or people.
Shih-na]].
* MeaningfulName: Might be {{Leitmotif}}: "Let Me Laugh at Cool", a reference jazzy song meant to the soccer player Diego Armando Maradona, who fell victim sound silly and laid-back to drugs. [[spoiler:Also, Die'''go''' Arman'''do'''? It spells Godo, which is represent how you pronounce Godot.little Yew takes things seriously. [[spoiler:It also plays after her Shih-na disguise falls.]]
** Additionally, Armando [[spoiler:means "plotting" or "setting up" in Portuguese. As you'll find out in case 3-5, he has been doing it for * LipstickAndLoadMontage: Calisto's sprite animations shows her applying makeup quite often. When bested by Edgeworth, she accidentally smears lipstick on her cheek, leaving a while.straight line.
* MeaningfulName:
** Calisto is also a species of butterfly while Yew is a species of tree, hinting at her Cohdopian roots. [[spoiler:Also, yew leaves are extremely poisonous.]] As a whole, her name sounds a bit like "callous to you", referencing her demeanor.
** Himiko was a somewhat mythical queen of ancient Japan.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:She pretended to be Cece Yew's sister in order to infiltrate the Yatagarasu. Then she posed as an Interpol agent to keep tabs on Shi-Long Lang.
]]
* NewOldFlame: Never mentioned in the games prior to his introduction.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: He's the ''only'' male character to not be instantly charmed by [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]].
* PaletteSwap: The only difference
MoodSwinger: Alternates between him "stoic" and [[spoiler:Godot "uncontrollable laughter".
* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler:"Calisto Yew"
is the lack of a visor not actually her name, and the differently-colored hair and undershirt]], hence him being a WalkingSpoiler.
* PerpetualSmiler: Never seen without a smug look on his face [[spoiler:even when he's crushing a coffee mug with his bare hands after Terry Fawles kills himself and Dahlia Hawthorne gets off scot free.]]
-->''"A lawyer
her real name is someone who smiles [[StepfordSmiler no matter how bad it gets]]. [[{{Catchphrase}} That's one of my rules.]]"''
* RememberTheNewGuy: Never mentioned by Grossberg or Mia prior to ''Trials and Tribulations'', at least not to Phoenix. The explanation was that the first game was written without considering the possibility of a sequel, let alone a third game. There's also the fact that [[spoiler:he was considered as good as dead, judging by Grossberg and Mia discussing the poisoning incident in Case 3-1]].
* SexyMentor: Not only that, he and his "student" Mia ''did'' get together.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: More for the audience's benefit than any character.
** [[spoiler:"That's one of my rules. Remember it."]]
** [[spoiler:"As dark and bitter as Hell itself."]]
* StayInTheKitchen: There are subtle hints here and there that he has sexist attitudes, though he might just be contemptuous of rookies regardless of gender.
* ThemeSongReveal: [[spoiler:"The Fragrance of Dark Coffee".
never provided.]]
* ThemeTuneCameo: His leitmotif is also his ringtone.
* TranquilFury: He ''is'' the one who taught Mia that defense lawyers don't get to cry, no matter how bad things get. At the end of
NotMeThisTime: In "Turnabout Beginnings", he still has a calm smile on his face Ablaze", after [[spoiler:Terry Fawles poisons himself her cover as Shin-na has been blown Edgeworth is quick to accuse her of murdering Manny Coachen; but before she's taken away she insists that she hasn't committed any murders this time. The kicker? She's telling the truth for once.
* SarcasticConfession: [[spoiler:She says she
and Dahlia gets away]]. The Cece Yew are not related]], then breaks down laughing, claiming she was kidding. She wasn't.
* ScalesOfJustice: She's a attorney and she wears a pair of scales as ear rings.
* ShoutOut: Present the knife to her in Case 4, and after a fit of laughter, she'll ask Edgeworth, "[[ComicBook/TheJoker Why so serious?]]"
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Done, interestingly enough, not
only thing to Edgeworth and Franziska, but also to the players, when it's revealed the victim of the KG-8 case was her sister. [[spoiler:You wouldn't think she and the culprit of that betrays his anger is his coffee mug shattering case, Manny Coachen, are in his grip.
* WalkingSpoiler: You cannot look at the guy without learning at least something about the plot of ''Trials & Tribulations'' (namely that [[spoiler:Godot used to have a different identity in the past]]).
cahoots. But they are. And Cece isn't her sister.]]



[[folder: '''Kristoph Gavin''' (''Kirihito Garyu'')]]
!!'''Kristoph Gavin''' (''Kirihito Garyu'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Ryouji Yamamoto (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''), Creator/KenjiroTsuda (Japanese, ''Trailers''), Andrew Alfonso (English)

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->"Well, well, well. Whoever heard of a thief in jail?"

Apollo's mentor and Phoenix's friend since the end of ''Trials and Tribulations''. He's the "coolest defense in the west", and is a key part of the Apollo Justice game.

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[[folder: '''Kristoph Gavin''' (''Kirihito Garyu'')]]
!!'''Kristoph Gavin''' (''Kirihito Garyu'')
'''Tateyuki Shigaraki''' (''Raymond Shields'')]]
!!'''Tateyuki Shigaraki''' (''Raymond Shields'' in the fan translation)
!!!'''Voiced by''': Ryouji Yamamoto Creator/KeijiFujiwara (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''), Creator/KenjiroTsuda (Japanese, ''Trailers''), Andrew Alfonso (English)

''Trailers'')

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png]]

->"Well, well, well. Whoever heard of a thief in jail?"

Apollo's mentor and Phoenix's friend since the end of ''Trials and Tribulations''. He's the "coolest
A famed defense attorney who knew Edgeworth's father. Appears in the west", and is a key part of the Apollo Justice game. ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2''.



* AmoralAttorney: [[spoiler:Plans to use forged evidence to get his client a not guilty verdict]]. Oh, and he [[spoiler:murders some people]], which while not ''technically'' having anything to do with his duties as an attorney is still a fairly amoral thing to do.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:He uses forged evidence to get Phoenix disbarred when he takes Zak's case instead, murders two people, tries to kill a child... all happening in a pretty severe case of DisproportionateRetribution, which most of the fourth game revolves around.]]
* BigBadFriend: To Phoenix. [[spoiler:Befriending Phoenix in the first place seems to have been part of his plan, a fact that Phoenix is keenly aware of]].
* BigBrotherBully: In the official ''Gyakuten Saiban 4 Anthology'' Manga, he was this to Klavier. [[http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b162/sekritash/AJ/zkk3.jpg Oh boy.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Looks like a bronzed god and is just as handsome as his younger brother despite being in his thirties.
* CardCarryingVillain: [[spoiler:"I killed Smith because I'm an evil human being, isn't that enough?". However, he says this to conceal his true motives for the murder, thus avoiding being implicated in a different crime.]]
* CainAndAbel: Cain to Klavier.
* ChunkyUpdraft: Using the lobster and dinner plates left over from the previous witness [[spoiler:during his VillainousBreakdown in the first case]]...
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler:In order to silence Vera, he poisoned both the stamp she was to use to send the letter that confirmed that she'd received her payment and her nail polish, which she would wear if she decided to go out. That she didn't die soon after the forgery was finished was largely due to her keeping the stamp, but it largely ensured her silence]].
* CuteAndPsycho: Outwardly? Seemingly nice and friendly guy who rarely drops his smile. Inwardly? [[spoiler:*BANG* *clankclankclankclankclank* [[OhCrap *insert five black Psyche Locks here*]]]]
* DarkIsEvil: [[spoiler:Those black Psyche Locks. With the 5th game finally explaining the meaning of the Black Psyche Locks, it adds a bit more meaning to Kristoph's actions. His motive for killing Zak, revenge against him and to "punish" the lesser attorney Phoenix Wright who got the job, was so deeply ingrained in his mind, his desires to do so and to keep it hidden became completely subconscious and utterly consumed him, explaining the severity of his actions in ''AJ:AA''.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments. In "Turnabout Trump", Phoenix' surprise at the fact that a piece of evidence he'd expected to find has gone missing prompts the following response from Kristoph:
-->'''Kristoph''': Perhaps a fifth person came and took it out? Oh, and a sixth person could've helped!
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:His reason for getting Phoenix disbarred? Zak ''ended up not hiring Kristoph as his lawyer''.]] That's... kinda harsh.
* EvilIsPetty: Not many people would [[spoiler:have a lawyer he was jealous of disbarred, stalk several people, and murder someone with his own hands]] over just [[spoiler:not being hired as lawyer in a case]].
* {{Facepalm}}: A downplayed variant in his [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/7/7f/Kristoph_Head_Shake_1.gif/revision/latest?cb=20120902110013 head-shaking animation]]; he seems to be doing it in amusement, not frustration.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:He was a polite and supportive mentor to Apollo before being revealed as a crooked attorney and murderer.]]
* ForTheEvulz: He tries to pass off [[spoiler:his killing of Shadi Smith as this]]. In actuality, it's because [[spoiler:Shadi was really Zak Gramarye.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: In fact, his tell is [[spoiler:a demonic face on his hand shown when pushing up said glasses, complete with ScaryShinyGlasses]].
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The scar on his hand doesn't seem like much alone, [[spoiler:but when he clenches his hand, the skin contracts to reveal something along the lines of a ''demon'' [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou looking at you.]]]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:While not mentioned by name to avoid spoilers, he's this in ''Dual Destinies'', as getting Phoenix disbarred started the Dark Age of the Law.]]
* {{Griefer}}: [[spoiler:He has absolutely nothing to gain by being so obstructive in the final trial, being in prison for life on one murder already, but does so simply to make Nick and Apollo lose. Though it's also likely that being convicted again would cost him his LuxuryPrisonSuite, his remaining respect among his judicial peers, and his safety from death row.]]
* HiddenDepths: There's a ''reason'' his entry is so spoilertastic that it would make a good substitute for Swiss cheese.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Twice -- [[spoiler:first via IronicEcho of Phoenix's disbarment, then via self-implicating TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler:He has ''three'' screw-ups in the first case that allow Phoenix to point him as the real murderer. To sum them up:]]
** [[spoiler:When Phoenix calls him about the victim being murdered, Kristoph makes a reference to the victim's bald head, when Shadi had his hat on until he died, so Kristoph shouldn't have known about that fact. This makes Phoenix suspect of Kristoph]].
** [[spoiler:Early into the trial, he describes the poker game between Phoenix and Shadi and makes an offhand mention that the poker cards had a blue back. However, the only photo which has the cards at that moment was in black and white, the poker deck that was actually used in the last hand had red backs and the card that was put in place of the bloody ace had a blue back. This inevitably places Kristoph at the crime scene]].
** [[spoiler:The final nail in his coffin is that, when Apollo presents the bloody ace, Kristoph ''immediately'' and angrily points the fact that bloody ace is forged, instead of merely showing doubts about such a convenient piece of evidence. While he's right in that it's a forgery, the way he reacted proves the fact Kristoph knew about the real bloody ace he took from the crime scene]].
* InformedAbility: He's supposedly an excellent defense attorney, but we only ever see him defend in one case, and only as co-counsel at that. Granted, he drives much of the early defense while Apollo's still getting his feet wet, and actually teaches you how to play the game. [[spoiler:Also granted, he's a noticeable ClimaxBoss when finally accused during "Turnabout Trump," especially since you'd naturally expect just a WarmUpBoss for the tutorial case.]]
* KubrickStare: It generally cannot be seen, but he does one when adjusting his ScaryShinyGlasses. It can be noticed [[spoiler:in Case 4-4, when Perceiving one of his statements]].
* LargeAndInCharge: While he's incredibly elegant, he's also very tall and broad-shouldered, making all of his sprites look down at the player, creating a perfect indication of his power and prestige from the moment he appears.
* LaughingMad: After Vera was announced innocent, Kristoph flew off the handle.
-->[[spoiler:"The record will show that when the verdict was announced, special witness Kristoph Gavin... laughed. A laugh louder than any ever heard before... or since. A laugh that echoed in the halls of justice, lingering for what seemed like hours."]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[spoiler:"Solitary Confinement ~ Darkness Theme", while used as the theme for his cell in prison, fits Kristoph perfectly as an appropriately somber, mellow theme that exudes calm and patience, while hinting at something dark looming in the background. It also serves as Kristoph's theme in court after his arrest.]]
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: [[spoiler:Gets sent into one after getting arrested. Phoenix comments it looks (and feels, when talking about the chair in there) better than his own office. It also provides the page image]].
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Forges evidence to win cases and eliminate a rival, and attempts to murder his forgers by giving them a postage stamp and nail polish laced with poison.]]
* MeaningfulName: Kristoph is a variation of Christoph, which means "Christ-bearer" [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} a complete contrast to his demonic personality]].]] "Kirihito" comes from [[spoiler:"''hitokiri''", "murder"]].
* {{Perfectionist}}: To a similar degree to Manfred Von Karma but of a different sort. He's fine with losing cases so long as he continues to ''appear'' perfect afterwards. It reaches a point where he uses clear nail polish to make sure his nails are always in pristine condition. [[spoiler:Not getting chosen as Zak's attorney implying that Zak didn't consider him good enough, did a major blow to his ego, and caused him to snap.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:His mentoring of Apollo can be considered this, since he does do a good job of showing you the ropes early in the first case, and is implied to have been a sincere father figure to him for the most part. Additionally, he was originally sincere about defending Phoenix in the first case, only turning against him once it became clear that Phoenix knew he was the true killer.]]
* PresentAbsence: He's never heard from again after ''Apollo Justice''. However, the after effects of his actions of [[spoiler:getting Phoenix Wright disbarred with forged evidence can be seen in ''Dual Destinies'' where it ushered in the "Dark Age of the Law."]]
* RealMenWearPink: He wears nail polish, [[spoiler:even while in prison]].
* RedHerring: At the beginning of the game, he's introduced as Apollo's mentor, similar to Mia in the first game... [[spoiler:but then he turns out be the murderer for the first case.]]
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler:A skull-shaped scar in his - yup - right hand.]]
* ReverseArmFold: He adopts this pose when standing on the defense's bench.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: When he adjusts them. [[spoiler:They hide a KubrickStare]].
* SexyMentor: He's a very good looking guy.
* SkywardScream: He pulls a scream that is possibly the most spectacular one in the entire series during his [[spoiler:second VillainousBreakdown.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''WRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!''']]
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:His only desires seem to be [[TheHedonist Hedonism]] (i.e., enjoying fame and fortune, even behind bars) and {{Pride}} (i.e., just about everything he does in response to the Gramarye trial not going his way, and in a positive example, his mentoring of Apollo to leave behind a legacy), and his only emotions seem to be FauxAffablyEvil coolness and VillainousBreakdown anger. Also, he's a complete, LackOfEmpathy-invoking {{Paranoiac}} and {{Unfettered}} (symbolized by his Black Psyche-Locks, no less) -- to the point where he was even willing to cheat against Klavier, his own brother, just to win the Gramarye trial and indulge said hedonism and pride even further.]]
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:He keeps smiling wherever he is (even in prison), and whatever he goes through. Until he's ultimately defeated in court, and you can see how crazy he's inside (what with that whole eye twitch, evil scowl, and...well, looking pretty disheveled), and that he was trying to conceal it all behind a smile.]]
* StoicSpectacles: Cool as a cucumber [[spoiler:until you break him epically]].
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:What he tries to do in the first case, wherein he's co-defending Phoenix for a crime that he himself committed. Instead of screwing over his own client or, you know, turning himself in, he tries to frame a dishonest witness for the murder. Though said witness was trying to frame Phoenix for the murder, it was not because she had committed it.]]
* TreacherousQuestGiver: [[spoiler:Hires Apollo to defend his client Phoenix for a murder that ''he himself'' committed. It's ZigZagged, because Apollo was asked to be the lead counsel at Phoenix's insistence, and initially Kristoph had no intention of screwing Phoenix over.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:His first one is pretty minor, but his second one is rather spectacular even by the standards of the series. You can't even really tell it is the same person after he's done, his appearance has changed so much.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:One of the most respected defense attorneys after Phoenix is disbarred, with no one knowing ''he was responsible''.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Clearly, Kristoph is not exactly who he seems, if you judge by how much is tagged with spoilers.
* WickedCultured: His [[spoiler:jail cell]] has a nice chair, roses, and a HUGE shelf of books.
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler:Didn't plan on being caught for Shadi/Zak's murder. Nevertheless, he adjusts quite well, being able to acquire a MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll lifestyle and come BackForTheFinale as a serious {{Griefer}}. However, he again runs into an unforeseen complication -- Phoenix being CrazyPrepared with his new Jurist System -- and this time, there's no bouncing back.]]

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* AmoralAttorney: [[spoiler:Plans to use forged evidence to get his client a not guilty verdict]]. Oh, and AccidentalKiss: With Patricia Roland. Well, he [[spoiler:murders some people]], which while not ''technically'' having anything to do with his duties as an attorney is still a fairly amoral thing to do.
was asking for it.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:He uses forged evidence to get Phoenix disbarred when {{Adorkable}}: His past self. To wit: he ''eats'' the notes he takes Zak's case instead, murders two people, tries to kill a child... all happening so he can have it in a pretty severe case both writing and "in his head".
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: After meeting Regina Berry, he wonders if she's the kind
of DisproportionateRetribution, which most of animal tamer who [[{{Dominatrix}} uses a whip and says 'down, boy']]. Edgeworth mentions he knows someone else like that, and Raymond demands they be introduced. Of course, [[WhipItGood if you know who he's referring to...]] Incidentally, [[spoiler:they DO end up meeting in the fourth game revolves around.case. And they even go up against each other in court in the fifth.]]
* BigBadFriend: To Phoenix. [[spoiler:Befriending Phoenix in BunnyEarsLawyer: Contrasted with the first place seems people he works with, he tends to have been part come off as this. To wit, he's unprofessionally sarcastic, has a habit of asking people he meets for hugs, and is something of a HandsomeLech, all of which belies his competence. Bonus points for being an actual lawyer!
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: One possible interpretation
of his plan, a fact that Phoenix is keenly aware of]].
behavior towards Kate.
* BigBrotherBully: In CasanovaWannabe: Not to the official ''Gyakuten Saiban 4 Anthology'' Manga, he was this to Klavier. [[http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b162/sekritash/AJ/zkk3.jpg Oh boy.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Looks like a bronzed god and is just
same extent as handsome as Larry, but his younger brother despite being in his thirties.
* CardCarryingVillain: [[spoiler:"I killed Smith because I'm an evil human being, isn't that enough?". However, he says this to conceal his true motives for the murder, thus avoiding being implicated in a different crime.]]
* CainAndAbel: Cain to Klavier.
* ChunkyUpdraft: Using the lobster and dinner plates left
offers of hugs generally don't go over from well with the previous witness [[spoiler:during ladies. The only one who actually takes him up on his VillainousBreakdown in offer [[spoiler:turns out to be the first case]]...
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler:In order to silence Vera, he poisoned both the stamp she was to use to send the letter that confirmed that she'd received her payment and her nail polish, which she would wear if she decided to go out. That she didn't die soon after the forgery was finished was largely due to her keeping the stamp, but it largely ensured her silence]].
* CuteAndPsycho: Outwardly? Seemingly nice and friendly guy who rarely drops his smile. Inwardly? [[spoiler:*BANG* *clankclankclankclankclank* [[OhCrap *insert five black Psyche Locks here*]]]]
* DarkIsEvil: [[spoiler:Those black Psyche Locks. With the 5th game finally explaining the meaning of the Black Psyche Locks, it adds a bit more meaning to Kristoph's actions. His motive for killing Zak, revenge against him and to "punish" the lesser attorney Phoenix Wright who got the job, was so deeply ingrained in his mind, his desires to do so and to keep it hidden became completely subconscious and utterly consumed him, explaining the severity of his actions in ''AJ:AA''.]]
second case's murderer]].
* DeadpanSnarker: He His older self has a biting sense of sarcasm.
* EconomyCast: He's the defense attorney of [[spoiler:Horace Knightley, Simon Keyes, Katherine Hall, Kay Faraday]] and when [[spoiler:Patricia Roland]]'s supposed lawyer [[spoiler:was killed]], he took over her case. Note that only one of them was [[spoiler:innocent]]. Also, [[spoiler:Kate]] didn't commit a murder, she only tampered with the crime scene.
* ExtremeOmnivore: His past self. Well, with paper, at least. He used to rip off a page in
his moments. notebook and then swallow it in order to remember the info.
* {{Fanboy}}: His past self, of ''Piece of Cake''. He even sings the show's theme song along with its two presenters when meeting them for the first time.
* TheGlomp: When he meets Patricia.
* HandsomeLech: His present self. He gets on quite well with Larry when they meet in the third case.
* HonoraryUncle:
In "Turnabout Trump", Phoenix' surprise at the fan translation, he refers to himself as Uncle Ray. Given his apprenticeship to [[spoiler:Gregory]], and the fact that a piece of evidence he'd expected to find has gone missing prompts the following response from Kristoph:
-->'''Kristoph''': Perhaps a fifth person came
he and took it out? Oh, and Miles Edgeworth know each other, there's probably a sixth person could've helped!
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:His reason for getting Phoenix disbarred? Zak ''ended up not hiring Kristoph as his lawyer''.]] That's... kinda harsh.
* EvilIsPetty: Not many people would [[spoiler:have a lawyer he was jealous of disbarred, stalk several people, and murder someone with his own hands]] over just [[spoiler:not being hired as lawyer in a case]].
* {{Facepalm}}: A downplayed variant in his [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/7/7f/Kristoph_Head_Shake_1.gif/revision/latest?cb=20120902110013 head-shaking animation]]; he seems to be doing it in amusement, not frustration.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:He was a polite and supportive mentor to Apollo before being revealed as a crooked attorney and murderer.]]
* ForTheEvulz: He tries to pass off [[spoiler:his killing of Shadi Smith as this]]. In actuality, it's because [[spoiler:Shadi was really Zak Gramarye.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: In fact, his tell is [[spoiler:a demonic face on his hand shown when pushing up said glasses, complete with ScaryShinyGlasses]].
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The scar on his hand doesn't seem like much alone, [[spoiler:but when he clenches his hand, the skin contracts to reveal something along the lines of a ''demon'' [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou looking at you.]]]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:While not mentioned by name to avoid spoilers, he's this in ''Dual Destinies'', as getting Phoenix disbarred started the Dark Age of the Law.]]
* {{Griefer}}: [[spoiler:He has absolutely nothing to gain by being so obstructive in the final trial, being in prison for life on one murder already, but does so simply to make Nick and Apollo lose. Though it's also likely
chance that being convicted again would cost him his LuxuryPrisonSuite, his remaining respect among his judicial peers, and his safety from death row.]]
* HiddenDepths: There's a ''reason'' his entry is so spoilertastic that it would make a good substitute for Swiss cheese.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Twice -- [[spoiler:first via IronicEcho of Phoenix's disbarment, then via self-implicating TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler:He has ''three'' screw-ups in the first case that allow Phoenix to point him as the real murderer. To sum them up:]]
** [[spoiler:When Phoenix calls him about the victim being murdered, Kristoph makes a reference to the victim's bald head, when Shadi had his hat on until he died, so Kristoph shouldn't
[[spoiler:Gregory]] may have known about that fact. This makes Phoenix suspect of Kristoph]].
** [[spoiler:Early into the trial, he describes the poker game between Phoenix and Shadi and makes an offhand mention that the poker cards had a blue back. However, the only photo which has the cards at that moment was in black and white, the poker deck that was actually used in the last hand had red backs and the card that was put in place of the bloody ace had a blue back. This inevitably places Kristoph at the crime scene]].
** [[spoiler:The final nail in his coffin is that, when Apollo presents the bloody ace, Kristoph ''immediately'' and angrily points the fact that bloody ace is forged, instead of merely showing doubts about such a convenient piece of evidence. While he's right in that it's a forgery, the way he reacted proves the fact Kristoph knew about the real bloody ace he took from the crime scene]].
* InformedAbility: He's supposedly an excellent defense attorney, but we only ever see him defend in one case, and only
introduced Tateyuki/Raymond as co-counsel at that. Granted, he drives much of the early defense while Apollo's still getting his feet wet, and actually teaches you how "Uncle Ray" to play the game. [[spoiler:Also granted, he's a noticeable ClimaxBoss when finally accused during "Turnabout Trump," especially since you'd naturally expect just a WarmUpBoss for the tutorial case.]]
* KubrickStare: It generally cannot be seen, but he does one when adjusting his ScaryShinyGlasses. It can be noticed [[spoiler:in Case 4-4, when Perceiving one of his statements]].
* LargeAndInCharge: While he's incredibly elegant, he's also very tall and broad-shouldered, making all of his sprites look down at the player, creating a perfect indication of his power and prestige from the moment he appears.
* LaughingMad: After Vera was announced innocent, Kristoph flew off the handle.
-->[[spoiler:"The record will show that when the verdict was announced, special witness Kristoph Gavin... laughed. A laugh louder than any ever heard before... or since. A laugh that echoed in the halls of justice, lingering for what seemed like hours."]]
Miles.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[spoiler:"Solitary Confinement ~ Darkness Theme", while used as the theme for his cell in prison, fits Kristoph perfectly as an appropriately somber, mellow theme that exudes calm "Joking Motive", a showy jazz song meant to invoke Shields' laid-back personality.
* LovableCoward: Downplayed. The man is easily startled but calms down pretty quick
and patience, while hinting at something dark looming in the background. It also serves as Kristoph's theme in court after his arrest.]]
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: [[spoiler:Gets sent into one after getting arrested. Phoenix comments it looks (and feels, when talking about the chair in there) better than his own office. It also provides the page image]].
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Forges evidence to win cases and eliminate
is a rival, and attempts to murder his forgers by giving them a postage stamp and nail polish laced with poison.]]
nice guy otherwise.
* MeaningfulName: Kristoph is a variation of Christoph, "Tate" means [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe "shield"]] in Japanese, which means "Christ-bearer" [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} is fitting for a complete contrast to his demonic personality]].]] "Kirihito" comes from [[spoiler:"''hitokiri''", "murder"]].
* {{Perfectionist}}: To a similar degree to Manfred Von Karma but of a different sort. He's fine with losing cases so long as he continues to ''appear'' perfect afterwards. It reaches a point where he uses clear nail polish to make sure his nails are always in pristine condition. [[spoiler:Not getting chosen as Zak's
defense attorney implying that Zak didn't consider him good enough, did a major blow to his ego, and caused him to snap.]]
complements both Miles and Gregory ''Edge''worth's sword-related names.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:His mentoring of Apollo can be considered this, since he does do a good job of showing you NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: In the ropes early in the first case, and is implied to have been a sincere father figure to him for the most part. Additionally, he was originally sincere about defending Phoenix in the first case, only turning against him once it became clear that Phoenix knew he was the true killer.]]
* PresentAbsence: He's never heard from again after ''Apollo Justice''. However, the after effects of his actions of [[spoiler:getting Phoenix Wright disbarred with forged evidence can be seen in ''Dual Destinies'' where it ushered in the "Dark Age of the Law."]]
* RealMenWearPink: He wears nail polish, [[spoiler:even while in prison]].
* RedHerring: At the beginning of the game,
fan translation, he's introduced as Apollo's mentor, similar to Mia in the named after Raymond Burr, who portrayed Franchise/PerryMason, which complements Gregory's first game... [[spoiler:but then name.
* NiceHat: It seems
he turns out be the murderer for the first case.]]
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler:A skull-shaped scar in
got it from [[spoiler:Gregory]]. He also got his - yup - right hand.]]
[[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] (though he doesn't wear it) as promised. And his law firm.
* ReverseArmFold: He adopts this pose when standing on the defense's bench.
* ScaryShinyGlasses:
OOCIsSeriousBusiness: His older self has no "angry" sprites (the closest he has is his "serious" one), as he presents himself as a very jovial and easygoing person who rarely gets mad, preferring to express any discontent in a sarcastic, semi-joking manner. When he adjusts them. [[spoiler:They hide a KubrickStare]].
* SexyMentor: He's a very good looking guy.
* SkywardScream: He pulls a scream
''does'' get mad, however, such as when [[spoiler:Dane Gustavia gleefully admits that he'd let Jeff Master, who at this point is possibly the most spectacular one clearly innocent, continue to rot in the entire series during jail to preserve his [[spoiler:second VillainousBreakdown.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''WRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!''']]
own reputation as a master confectioner]]...
-->'''Raymond:''' Miles. It's been a long time... Since your Uncle Ray's been ''[[TranquilFury this angry.]]''
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:His only desires seem to be [[TheHedonist Hedonism]] (i.e., enjoying fame and fortune, even behind bars) and {{Pride}} (i.e., just about everything he does in response to the Gramarye trial not going PeekABangs: Pulls this off with his way, and in a positive example, his mentoring NiceHat instead of Apollo to leave behind a legacy), and his only emotions seem to be FauxAffablyEvil coolness and VillainousBreakdown anger. Also, actual bangs.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Edgeworth makes it clear
he's a complete, LackOfEmpathy-invoking {{Paranoiac}} and {{Unfettered}} (symbolized by known him most of his Black Psyche-Locks, no less) -- to the point where he was even willing to cheat against Klavier, his own brother, just to win the Gramarye trial and indulge said hedonism and pride even further.]]
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:He keeps smiling wherever he is (even in prison), and whatever he goes through. Until
life, though he's ultimately defeated in court, and you can see how crazy he's inside (what with that whole eye twitch, evil scowl, and...well, looking pretty disheveled), and that he was trying to conceal it all behind a smile.]]
* StoicSpectacles: Cool as a cucumber [[spoiler:until you break him epically]].
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:What he tries to do in the first case, wherein he's co-defending Phoenix
been away overseas for a crime that he himself committed. Instead of screwing over his own client or, you know, turning himself in, he tries to frame a dishonest witness for the murder. Though said witness was trying to frame Phoenix for the murder, it was not because she had committed it.]]
* TreacherousQuestGiver: [[spoiler:Hires Apollo to defend his client Phoenix for a murder that ''he himself'' committed. It's ZigZagged, because Apollo was asked to be the lead counsel at Phoenix's insistence, and initially Kristoph had no intention of screwing Phoenix over.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:His first one is pretty minor, but his second one is rather spectacular even by the standards of the series. You can't even really tell it is the same person after he's done, his appearance has changed so much.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:One of the most respected defense attorneys after Phoenix is disbarred, with no one knowing ''he was responsible''.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Clearly, Kristoph is not exactly who he seems, if you judge by how much is tagged with spoilers.
* WickedCultured: His [[spoiler:jail cell]] has a nice chair, roses, and a HUGE shelf of books.
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler:Didn't plan on being caught for Shadi/Zak's murder. Nevertheless, he adjusts quite well, being able to acquire a MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll lifestyle and come BackForTheFinale as a serious {{Griefer}}. However, he again runs into an unforeseen complication -- Phoenix being CrazyPrepared with his new Jurist System -- and this time, there's no bouncing back.]]
while.
%%* ShipTease: [[spoiler:With Kate]].



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!!'''Aristotle Means''' (''Shinji Ichiro'')

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->"I, professor Means always say what I mean and I mean what I say by all means!"

A defense attorney who also works as a teacher for defense attorney students in Themis Legal Academy. His philosophy of teaching is based around Machiavelli's "the ends justify the means", a philosophy he considers a necessity to survive as an attorney in the "Dark Age of the Law".

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!!'''Tsubasa Kagome''' '''(''Jill Crane'' in the fan translation)'''

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->"I, professor Means always say what I mean and I mean what I say by all means!"

A defense attorney who also works as investigated a teacher for defense attorney students corrupt prosecutor’s illegal activities. She confronted him in Themis Legal Academy. His philosophy of teaching is based around Machiavelli's "the ends justify the means", a philosophy he considers a necessity to survive as an attorney in the "Dark Age of the Law".private. He killed her straight away.



* AffablyEvil: On the outside, he seems pleasant enough, even if his smile is kind of creepy. And he expresses genuine rage when one of his own students is accused of murder. [[spoiler:Actually, it's all an act; he's the real killer, and was planning on being his student's defense attorney to get someone convicted for it in his place.]] On the inside, besides that, his philosophy of "the ends justify the means" is {{Anti Hero}}ic, at best.
* AmoralAttorney: His "ends-justify-the-means" philosophy in the court, meaning that stooping to unethical means to win a court case in the dark age of law is sometimes the best option according to him. [[spoiler:He also accepts bribery from his students, and doesn't have a problem with killing to keep people quiet]].
* BerserkButton: Ordinarily very calm and collected, criticizing his philosophy can bring out the SadistTeacher in him.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The initial impression is that Means is a mild-mannered teacher who is a KnightInSourArmor, clearly having been beaten down by the Dark Age of Law but also values seeking the truth in court. His true face is anything but that.
* BladeOnAStick: It does have a globe-like object attached to it, though it's actually a spear.
* CardCarryingVillain: Means wears his philosophy of doing whatever you can to win trials on his sleeve. This is in stark contrast to other similarly-minded lawyers in the series, who normally wouldn't openly admit that they used dirty tricks in court. Worse still, he's teaching this mindset to students.
* CombatPragmatist: He chucks pieces of chalk at the defense to break their concentration, and [[spoiler:he demands a recess with the intent to destroy the murder weapon when cornered]].
* TheCynic: Believes that law is in dark times, and that the only way to deal with the rampant corruption is to fight fire with fire. This is in contrast to Courte's idealistic idea of still pursuing the truth even against odds. In court, he becomes even more cynical: at one point, he writes on the chalkboard that the "dark age" of the law is a ''beautiful'' thing, not something to be fought, because in the dark age the ends justify the means!
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:After pointing out his first contradiction, he reveals a scar, styles his hair as a mohawk, and loses his fatherly smile for a scowl.]]
* EvilIsBigger: At 6'5", he towers over everyone else in the series.
* ExpositoryHairstyle: From friendly and curly, to an intimidating mohawk resembling a Corinthian helmet. This, combined with his gray hair, pale skin, spear, and odd crack-like mark above his right eye, make him resemble a statue of a warrior from ancient Greece.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's fairly pleasant at first, but when pushed too much, he turns fairly condescending toward people, especially Athena.
* {{Foil}}: He's the complete ideological opposite of the late Professor Courte, believing that attorneys must use all means necessary to reach the verdict they desire.
* {{Hammerspace}}: At one point, a chalkboard rolls up behind him from out of nowhere, just so he can make his point by writing on it.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:When Courte confronted him about her knowing about him raising O'Conner's scores because of him being bribed by O'Conner's parents, he didn't want her ruining him and killed her.]]
* IdiotBall: See the part about [[spoiler:"demanding a recess to destroy the murder weapon"? He ''says every last bit of that to the whole courtroom'', basically saying "Can we have a recess so I can destroy this and maybe then I can go free?".]] "Say what I mean by all means" indeed.
* IronicName: His Japanese name come from the word "''shinjiru''" which means "to believe" or "trust". Considering his true nature, he's anything but trustworthy. His English name is borrowed from a wise philosopher, whereas Means and his philosophy are constantly scrutinized and ultimately proven wrong.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Despite constantly claiming he follows the ends-means philosophy, he uses it as an excuse to do whatever helps him. Either he just uses it as a smokescreen or he runs on ProtagonistCenteredMorality with him as the protagonist.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Private School Themis Legal Academy ~ Our Precious School" to reflect his prim-and-proper academic persona. It changes to "The Dark Age of the Law" when he gets serious, which, while a theme used to represent said "Dark Age" in a more generalized way, fits more with Means given that he's a perfect image of what it represents.
* LetsGetDangerous: When Athena criticizes his philosophy in court, he transforms into a nastier version of himself. He's also even ''more'' ruthless, and in fact he even manages to temporarily drive Athena into a Heroic BSOD by pointing out that Athena brought false charges against Hugh.
* LivingStatue: His design clearly invokes this, looking as much like a living Greek sculpture as possible. His face actually ''cracks'' when he gets angry.
* LostInTranslation: A bit of an odd example. In the original Japanese version of the game, the first time you meet him, [[https://youtu.be/hPHNB3A9lco?t=3m20s he is not carrying his staff]], thus [[spoiler:already giving you a slight hint that there's something fishy going on when he has it the next time you meet]]. In the western release, due to a bug, [[https://youtu.be/0aYiNwUpWac?t=2m44s he appears with his staff right away]], which creates a plot hole. The [[https://youtu.be/jX-hvB-5ypw?t=2m49s iOS version]] corrects this oversight and he has no staff in both the Japanese and English versions.
* MeaningfulName: Aristotle suits his old philosopher ways and Ancient Greece sculpture-like design. Means refers to him expecting meaningful results from his academy, as if he ran the academy himself. He also tends to say things like "We must use any ''means'' necessary." a lot. He's also not very nice and encourages his students to use any methods just so they can win. However, "The end justifies the means" way of thinking did not come from Aristotle, it came from Machiavelli.
* NailsOnAChalkboard: His own writing on the chalkboard starts to sound like this at one point while in court.
* PunnyName: Aristotle Means = "Arrest at all means." Which fairly well sums up with his philosophy.
* SadistTeacher: Once he gets angry, he acts like this, complete with a chalkboard appearing out of nowhere for him to write on, alongside throwing chalk at the defense and Judge.
* TheUnfettered: To Courte's TheFettered.
* TheUnSmile:
** His regular smile is perfectly normal but when he smiles with his gums shown, Athena comments that it's rather scary. If you think his ''smile'' is scary, just wait until he scowls instead.
** He grins so hard during [[spoiler:his VillainousBreakdown that he ''shatters his own teeth'']].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Starts to write a bunch of sentences on his board suggesting lesser "alternate punishments" to the otherwise harsher punishment, such as a life sentence he would receive, such as a reduced salary, with the audience booing at each suggestion and him losing his teeth when giving in and attempting to write 'guilty'.]]
* VillainsWantMercy: [[spoiler:Once he's exposed as the murderer of Professor Courte, he attempts to plead for alternate (and much lighter) punishments in place of his murder sentence. His pleas go unheard.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He believes that since we live in the "dark age of the law", the only way to fight the corruption is to use corrupt means yourself. This is why he believes, as he says repeatedly, that "the ends justify the means." Later in court, however, he drops the "well-intentioned" part, and says that instead of merely fighting the dark age of the law with corrupt means, the dark age of the law is actually ''beautiful'', not something to be fought at ''all'', because the dark age of the law makes his philosophy of "the ends justify the means" stronger.

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* AffablyEvil: On AssholeVictim: We're initially led to believe she is the outside, he seems pleasant enough, even if his smile is kind of creepy. And he expresses genuine rage when one of his own students is accused of murder. [[spoiler:Actually, it's all an act; he's "Conductor" behind the illegal evidence auctions. [[spoiler:Subverted, this turns out to be a lie. In fact, she was killed for attempting to turn the real killer, and was planning on being his student's defense attorney to get someone convicted Conductor into this as {{Revenge}} for it in his place.]] On the inside, besides that, his philosophy of "the ends justify the means" is {{Anti Hero}}ic, at best.
* AmoralAttorney: His "ends-justify-the-means" philosophy in the court, meaning that stooping to unethical means to win a court case in the dark age of law is sometimes the best option according to him. [[spoiler:He also accepts bribery from his students, and doesn't have a problem with
him killing to keep people quiet]].
* BerserkButton: Ordinarily very calm and collected, criticizing his philosophy can bring out the SadistTeacher in him.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The initial impression is that Means is a mild-mannered teacher who is a KnightInSourArmor, clearly having been beaten down by the Dark Age of Law but also values seeking the truth in court. His true face is anything but that.
* BladeOnAStick: It does have a globe-like object attached to it, though it's actually a spear.
* CardCarryingVillain: Means wears his philosophy of doing whatever you can to win trials on his sleeve. This is in stark contrast to other similarly-minded lawyers in the series, who normally wouldn't openly admit that they used dirty tricks in court. Worse still, he's teaching this mindset to students.
* CombatPragmatist: He chucks pieces of chalk at the defense to break their concentration, and [[spoiler:he demands a recess with the intent to destroy the murder weapon when cornered]].
* TheCynic: Believes that law is in dark times, and that the only way to deal with the rampant corruption is to fight fire with fire. This is in contrast to Courte's idealistic idea of still pursuing the truth even against odds. In court, he becomes even more cynical: at one point, he writes on the chalkboard that the "dark age" of the law is a ''beautiful'' thing, not something to be fought, because in the dark age the ends justify the means!
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:After pointing out his first contradiction, he reveals a scar, styles his hair as a mohawk, and loses his fatherly smile for a scowl.
her lover.]]
* EvilIsBigger: At 6'5", he towers over everyone else CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Brown hair and brown eyes.
* DeadMansChest: She was hidden in a truck
in the series.
evidence storage area.
* ExpositoryHairstyle: From friendly and curly, ItsPersonal: She suspected that [[spoiler:Blaise]] killed her boyfriend.
* MeaningfulName:
** Her name could mean "a bird in a cage", which is a reference
to an intimidating mohawk resembling [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagome_Kagome Kagome Kagome]], a Corinthian helmet. This, combined with his gray hair, pale skin, spear, and odd crack-like mark above his right eye, make him resemble a statue of a warrior from ancient Greece.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's fairly pleasant at first, but when pushed too much, he turns fairly condescending toward people, especially Athena.
* {{Foil}}: He's
Japanese children's game.
** A question in
the complete ideological opposite rhyme is "who is behind the falling of the late Professor Courte, believing that attorneys must use all means necessary to reach turtle and the verdict they desire.
* {{Hammerspace}}: At one point, a chalkboard rolls up
crane" - who is about to stab her in the back. Her boyfriend represents the "turtle", and the person who is behind him from out of nowhere, just so he can make his point by writing on it.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:When Courte confronted him about her knowing about him raising O'Conner's scores because of him being bribed by O'Conner's parents, he didn't want her ruining him and
falling is [[spoiler:Blaise Debeste]] - the same person who killed her.her.
** In the fan translation, her first name comes from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_and_Jill_%28nursery_rhyme%29 Jack and Jill]], while her last name comes directly from her Japanese name.
* PosthumousCharacter: The same as Robert Hammond. Miles's job is to find the truth behind her death.
* SweetPollyOliver: Someone else dressed her up like that, however.
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler:More like Sympathetic ''Attempted''-Murderer. She was killed by her would-be AssholeVictim instead.
]]
* IdiotBall: See the part about [[spoiler:"demanding a recess to destroy the murder weapon"? He ''says every last bit of that to the whole courtroom'', basically saying "Can we have a recess so I can destroy this and maybe then I can go free?".]] "Say what I mean by all means" indeed.
* IronicName: His Japanese name come from the word "''shinjiru''" which means "to believe" or "trust". Considering his true nature, he's anything but trustworthy. His English name is borrowed from a wise philosopher, whereas Means and his philosophy are constantly scrutinized and ultimately proven wrong.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Despite constantly claiming he follows the ends-means philosophy, he uses it as an excuse to do whatever helps him. Either he just uses it as a smokescreen or he runs on ProtagonistCenteredMorality with him as the protagonist.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Private School Themis Legal Academy ~ Our Precious School" to reflect his prim-and-proper academic persona. It changes to "The Dark Age of the Law" when he gets serious, which, while a theme used to represent said "Dark Age" in a more generalized way, fits more with Means given that he's a perfect image of what it represents.
* LetsGetDangerous: When Athena criticizes his philosophy in court, he transforms into a nastier version of himself. He's also even ''more'' ruthless, and in fact he even manages to temporarily drive Athena into a Heroic BSOD by pointing out that Athena brought false charges against Hugh.
* LivingStatue: His design clearly invokes this, looking as much like a living Greek sculpture as possible. His face actually ''cracks'' when he gets angry.
* LostInTranslation: A bit of an odd example. In the original Japanese version of the game, the first time you meet him, [[https://youtu.be/hPHNB3A9lco?t=3m20s he is not carrying his staff]], thus [[spoiler:already giving you a slight hint that there's something fishy going on when he has it the next time you meet]]. In the western release, due to a bug, [[https://youtu.be/0aYiNwUpWac?t=2m44s he appears with his staff right away]], which creates a plot hole. The [[https://youtu.be/jX-hvB-5ypw?t=2m49s iOS version]] corrects this oversight and he has no staff in both the Japanese and English versions.
* MeaningfulName: Aristotle suits his old philosopher ways and Ancient Greece sculpture-like design. Means refers to him expecting meaningful results from his academy, as if he ran the academy himself. He also tends to say things like "We must use any ''means'' necessary." a lot. He's also not very nice and encourages his students to use any methods just so they can win. However, "The end justifies the means" way of thinking did not come from Aristotle, it came from Machiavelli.
* NailsOnAChalkboard: His own writing on the chalkboard starts to sound like this at one point while in court.
* PunnyName: Aristotle Means = "Arrest at all means." Which fairly well sums up with his philosophy.
* SadistTeacher: Once he gets angry, he acts like this, complete with a chalkboard appearing out of nowhere for him to write on, alongside throwing chalk at the defense and Judge.
* TheUnfettered: To Courte's TheFettered.
* TheUnSmile:
** His regular smile is perfectly normal but when he smiles with his gums shown, Athena comments that it's rather scary. If you think his ''smile'' is scary, just wait until he scowls instead.
** He grins so hard during [[spoiler:his VillainousBreakdown that he ''shatters his own teeth'']].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Starts to write a bunch of sentences on his board suggesting lesser "alternate punishments" to the otherwise harsher punishment, such as a life sentence he would receive, such as a reduced salary, with the audience booing at each suggestion and him losing his teeth when giving in and attempting to write 'guilty'.]]
* VillainsWantMercy: [[spoiler:Once he's exposed as the murderer of Professor Courte, he attempts to plead for alternate (and much lighter) punishments in place of his murder sentence. His pleas go unheard.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He believes that since we live in the "dark age of the law", the only way to fight the corruption is to use corrupt means yourself. This is why he believes, as he says repeatedly, that "the ends justify the means." Later in court, however, he drops the "well-intentioned" part, and says that instead of merely fighting the dark age of the law with corrupt means, the dark age of the law is actually ''beautiful'', not something to be fought at ''all'', because the dark age of the law makes his philosophy of "the ends justify the means" stronger.
UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:To Keyes.]]



[[folder: '''Calisto Yew''' (''Himiko Kazura'')]]
!!'''Calisto Yew''' (''Himiko Kazura'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Yuki Nakamura (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'')

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A skilled attorney who appears in case four of ''Ace Attorney Investigations.'' While she is usually very composed, she breaks into fits of hysterical laughter at someone's character tics, such as Edgeworth's constant seriousness and fancy way of talking.

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!!'''Calisto Yew''' (''Himiko Kazura'')
[[folder:'''Ryunosuke Naruhodo''']]
!!'''Ryunosuke Naruhodo'''
!!!'''Voiced by''': Yuki Nakamura Creator/HiroShimono (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'')

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Phoenix's ancestor from [[UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration 19th-century Japan]]. A second-year student at Teito Yuumei University at a time when cultural change means the profession of a "defense lawyer" has yet
to loosen up!"

A skilled attorney
truly become staple in Japanese society. Is suspected of being a murderer and stands in "top-secret" trial ordered by the government, representing himself. Is good friends with Kazuma Asougi, a budding law student, who appears helps him in case four of ''Ace Attorney Investigations.'' While she is usually very composed, she breaks into fits of hysterical laughter at someone's character tics, such as Edgeworth's constant seriousness his initial trial. Eventually travels to VictorianLondon and fancy way participates in their trial-by-jury system along with his legal assistant Susato Mikotoba, who helps him understand the nuances of talking. English court procedure.



* AmoralAttorney: She's seen defending a clearly guilty murderer, Mack Rell, supposedly as a means of closing in on the smuggling ring that killed her sister. [[spoiler:She turns out to be completely amoral in many ways outside the courtroom]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler:"I was destined to betray everyone from the very beginning." This one sentence perfectly describes her role as when being taken away to be arrested as Shih-na, she drops a valuable clue to betray her BOSS.]]
* DarkActionGirl: Pulls a gun and manages to escape the courtroom in Case 4 of Investigations.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Quercus Alba.]]
* GallowsHumor: Laughs whenever she can, even at a crime scene.
* GigglingVillain: She falls into a laughing fit every time Edgeworth talks. Apparently, his ComicallySerious demeanor sets her off.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: She does this at the end of one of Edgeworth's rebuttals. [[spoiler:[[CombatPragmatist ..while holding a gun.]]]]
* TheHyena: Pretty much takes any opportunity to belittle people by laughing at them.
* {{Jerkass}}: Making fun of Edgeworth, viewing him and Franziska as children, and mocking Badd for his failure to save Cece Yew.
** To be fair, Franziska was only 13 at the time of Investigations Case 4.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:Once you finally break through her EmotionlessGirl facade as Shih-na]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Let Me Laugh at Cool", a jazzy song meant to sound silly and laid-back to represent how little Yew takes things seriously. [[spoiler:It also plays after her Shih-na disguise falls.]]
* LipstickAndLoadMontage: Calisto's sprite animations shows her applying makeup quite often. When bested by Edgeworth, she accidentally smears lipstick on her cheek, leaving a straight line.
* MeaningfulName:
** Calisto is also a species of butterfly while Yew is a species of tree, hinting at her Cohdopian roots. [[spoiler:Also, yew leaves are extremely poisonous.]] As a whole, her name sounds a bit like "callous to you", referencing her demeanor.
** Himiko was a somewhat mythical queen of ancient Japan.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:She pretended to be Cece Yew's sister in order to infiltrate the Yatagarasu. Then she posed as an Interpol agent to keep tabs on Shi-Long Lang.]]
* MoodSwinger: Alternates between "stoic" and "uncontrollable laughter".
* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler:"Calisto Yew" is not actually her name, and her real name is never provided.]]
* NotMeThisTime: In "Turnabout Ablaze", after her cover as Shin-na has been blown Edgeworth is quick to accuse her of murdering Manny Coachen; but before she's taken away she insists that she hasn't committed any murders this time. The kicker? She's telling the truth for once.
* SarcasticConfession: [[spoiler:She says she and Cece Yew are not related]], then breaks down laughing, claiming she was kidding. She wasn't.
* ScalesOfJustice: She's a attorney and she wears a pair of scales as ear rings.
* ShoutOut: Present the knife to her in Case 4, and after a fit of laughter, she'll ask Edgeworth, "[[ComicBook/TheJoker Why so serious?]]"
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Done, interestingly enough, not only to Edgeworth and Franziska, but also to the players, when it's revealed the victim of the KG-8 case was her sister. [[spoiler:You wouldn't think she and the culprit of that case, Manny Coachen, are in cahoots. But they are. And Cece isn't her sister.]]

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* AmoralAttorney: She's seen defending a clearly guilty murderer, Mack Rell, supposedly as a means of closing AFoolForAClient: Ends up doing this in on his ''very first case'', though at the smuggling ring least he has the legally qualified Asogi assisting him. [[spoiler:Not only that, he does it ''again'' in the case that killed her sister. [[spoiler:She turns out follows it!]]
* AFriendInNeed: Disrupts his best friend's plan
to stand as his defense, after he's learned that because of him Asogi may not be completely amoral able to go to Britain. While it's technically given it as your first option in many ways outside the courtroom]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler:"I was destined
game, [[ButThouMust you're not really allowed to betray everyone from the very beginning." This one sentence perfectly describes her role as when being taken away to be let things be]].
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Why he's
arrested in Case 1, but it's Played With: [[spoiler:the gun he picked up wasn't actually the murder weapon. In fact, the killer planted it there KNOWING he'd pick it up and become a suspect as Shih-na, she drops a valuable clue result.]] He also has a good reason for doing it: it was an English model of gun so he assumed (correctly) that it belonged to betray her BOSS.the victim and was about to return it to him when another gunshot happened to go off.
* BigEater: Downplayed, but he is regularly drawn [[http://pheenixwright.tumblr.com/post/136979003467/the-holy-trinity extremely content with food]], has owed his best friend multiple times[[note]]in DLC ep 0; Asougi also laughs he'll treat him to an extra-large beef bowl to celebrate his innocence at the end of Case 1[[/note]], was tempted to eat the cheese from a ''mousetrap'', and is displeased enough to whine whenever he has to be pulled away in the middle of a meal, even if it's about something important.
* ButtMonkey: Since he had to deal with-among a few things-Sherlock's antics and Susato throwing him around six ways from Sunday it's a given.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:In the finale of the sequel, he decides to return to Japan to properly study to become an attorney.
]]
* DarkActionGirl: Pulls a gun and manages to escape the courtroom in Case 4 of Investigations.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Quercus Alba.
ClosetSublet: [[spoiler:This is how he stays undetected while on SS Alaclair.]]
* GallowsHumor: Laughs whenever she can, {{Determinator}}: In his very first case, he refuses to give up even at when it becomes clear he's essentially in a crime scene.
* GigglingVillain: She falls into a laughing fit every
KangarooCourt. After the second case, despite never having studied law, he vows to learn enough to qualify to be an attorney by the time Edgeworth talks. Apparently, he gets to Great Britain. ''In 40 days.'' And that's just for starters.
* {{Expy}}: Aside from the GenerationXerox stuff with Phoenix,
his ComicallySerious demeanor sets her off.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: She does this
more logical approach where he's less prone to bluffing also evokes a bit of Apollo. Being Sherlock's more down-to-earth investigative partner to whom Sherlock can hone his theories to [[spoiler:as well as his roommate who lives in/works at 221b Baker Street's attic]] makes him one to Dr. John Watson of Sherlockian canon (which is funny considering he got accused of murdering the DGS version of Dr. John Watson in the first case[[spoiler: - although in name only. However, what is even funnier is that he's effectively mentored by DGS's ''actual'' version of Watson - namely, Yuujin Mikotoba.]]).
* FlatWhat: At
the end of one the final chapter of Edgeworth's rebuttals. [[spoiler:[[CombatPragmatist ..while holding a gun.]]]]
* TheHyena: Pretty much takes any opportunity to belittle people by laughing at them.
* {{Jerkass}}: Making fun of Edgeworth, viewing
the first game, this is his reaction when [[spoiler:Holmes tells him that he slipped out of the infirmary... ''again'']].
* GenerationXerox: A young man who has a strong sense of justice
and Franziska as children, and mocking Badd is willing to put himself in danger. Sound familiar?
* GoalInLife: To be a lawyer (though not initially). [[spoiler:More specifically, it's
for his failure to save Cece Yew.
** To be fair, Franziska was only 13 at the time of Investigations Case 4.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:Once you finally break through her EmotionlessGirl facade as Shih-na]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Let Me Laugh at Cool", a jazzy song meant to sound silly and laid-back to represent how little Yew takes things seriously. [[spoiler:It also plays after her Shih-na disguise falls.
[[TakeUpMySword dead best friend's sake]].]]
* LipstickAndLoadMontage: Calisto's sprite animations shows her applying makeup quite often. When bested by Edgeworth, she accidentally smears lipstick on her cheek, leaving a straight line.
* MeaningfulName:
** Calisto is also a species of butterfly while Yew is a species of tree, hinting at her Cohdopian roots. [[spoiler:Also, yew leaves are extremely poisonous.]] As a whole, her name sounds a bit like "callous
-->[[spoiler:'''Asogi''': If you were to you", referencing her demeanor.
** Himiko was a somewhat mythical queen of ancient Japan.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:She pretended to be Cece Yew's sister in order to infiltrate the Yatagarasu. Then she posed as
[[DareToBeBadass become an Interpol agent to keep tabs on Shi-Long Lang.attorney]], then, surely...]]
* MoodSwinger: Alternates between "stoic" and "uncontrollable laughter".
* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler:"Calisto Yew"
GirlInABox: [[spoiler:This is not actually her name, and her real name is never provided.how Asogi sneaks him into the SS Alaclair.]]
* NotMeThisTime: In "Turnabout Ablaze", after her cover HeroicBSOD: A bit of a downplayed example, but [[spoiler:the events of ''The Adventure of the Runaway Room'' left him with a bit of self-doubt, which gets worse in ''The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story'' when he finds proof that the defendant of that case truly ''was'' guilty. It took until that case's trial to completely clear.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: He looks exactly like Phoenix, barring hair style and eyebrows.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Alongside the usual "Objection! 2015", there's also "Prelude to an Adventure", a slower rearrangement that often plays when he's making a point. A passage from his theme also appears in "Pursuit ~ The Grand Turnabout". DGS 2-5 gives him a special Pursuit theme for the episode
as Shin-na well, a more bombastic rendition of Objection! 2015 entitled "Great Pursuit ~ The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo", as he's about to deliver the final blow to the BigBad.
* PhotographicMemory: He claims to have a very good memory to even the smallest detail, [[spoiler:which is why it all but turns the case around when he remembers that the steak plate that was on Watson's table had blood on it.]]
* AProtagonistIsRyu: It seems the Naruhodo family
has been blown Edgeworth some affinity towards adding Ryu to their names, don't they? Translated "Ryunosuke" means "Herald of the Dragon [''ryu'']" and that could tie off to "Ryuichi" as a result (a man who lived in a later era with the name "Ryu").
* RedArmbandOfLeadership: He has one [[spoiler:after agreeing to act as a substitute for Asogi]], but instead of a symbol of leadership, it
is quick to used as a substitute for an attorney's badge.
* TheScapegoat:
** [[spoiler:The reason why he's put into a top-secret trial - even though everyone in the restaurant knows Jezail exists, the Japanese government can't
accuse her an Englishwoman of murdering Manny Coachen; but before she's taken away she insists killing another Englishman in a foreign country without an irrefutable basis, lest they risk Japan-British relations.]]
** [[spoiler:Poor guy has it happen to him again in the very next case, due to being a stowaway in a LockedRoomMystery. In a refreshing and sad turn, the one who helped set the frame-up to begin with later apologizes from the bottom of his heart
that she hasn't committed any murders this time. he hadn't considered Ryunosuke' anguish over the events and his friendship with the deceased, having ignored them in his own desperation to protect the culprit.]]
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:Asogi's katana and headband, which he carries the rest of the game.
The kicker? She's telling the truth for once.
* SarcasticConfession: [[spoiler:She says she and Cece Yew are not related]], then breaks down laughing, claiming she was kidding. She wasn't.
* ScalesOfJustice: She's a attorney and she
armband he wears a pair of scales as ear rings.
* ShoutOut: Present
also still has its original owner's name within it, which can be seen when examined. In the knife second game, he gives Asogi's katana back to her in Case 4, and him after a fit of laughter, she'll ask Edgeworth, "[[ComicBook/TheJoker Why so serious?]]"
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Done, interestingly enough, not only to Edgeworth and Franziska, but also to the players, when it's
he's revealed to have survived the victim of ordeal aboard the KG-8 case was her sister. [[spoiler:You wouldn't think she SS Alaclair.]]
* SherlockScan: Somewhat - he is able to follow witnesses' cues to correct Sherlock's deductions by finding the correct evidences
and the culprit of that case, Manny Coachen, are in cahoots. But they are. And Cece details.
* TheWatson: He
isn't her sister.]]well-versed in English laws, traditions and trends, leading to Susato, Sherlock, or Iris explaining details about it (such as closing arguments). Fitting, considering he's working with Sherlock Holmes for most of the game.



[[folder: '''Tateyuki Shigaraki''' (''Raymond Shields'')]]
!!'''Tateyuki Shigaraki''' (''Raymond Shields'' in the fan translation)
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/KeijiFujiwara (Japanese, ''Trailers'')

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A famed defense attorney who knew Edgeworth's father. Appears in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2''.

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[[folder: '''Tateyuki Shigaraki''' (''Raymond Shields'')]]
!!'''Tateyuki Shigaraki''' (''Raymond Shields'' in the fan translation)
'''Kazuma Asogi''']]
!!'''Kazuma Asogi'''
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/KeijiFujiwara Creator/YuuichiNakamura (Japanese, ''Trailers'')

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Ryunosuke's fellow student, best friend, and mentor. Despite still being a university student, he is qualified to be a
defense attorney who knew Edgeworth's father. Appears attorney. He was taking part in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2''.a student exchange program and was about to depart to London when Ryunosuke was accused of murder.



* AccidentalKiss: With Patricia Roland. Well, he was asking for it.
* {{Adorkable}}: His past self. To wit: he ''eats'' the notes he takes so he can have it in both writing and "in his head".
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: After meeting Regina Berry, he wonders if she's the kind of animal tamer who [[{{Dominatrix}} uses a whip and says 'down, boy']]. Edgeworth mentions he knows someone else like that, and Raymond demands they be introduced. Of course, [[WhipItGood if you know who he's referring to...]] Incidentally, [[spoiler:they DO end up meeting in the fourth case. And they even go up against each other in court in the fifth.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Contrasted with the people he works with, he tends to come off as this. To wit, he's unprofessionally sarcastic, has a habit of asking people he meets for hugs, and is something of a HandsomeLech, all of which belies his competence. Bonus points for being an actual lawyer!
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: One possible interpretation of his behavior towards Kate.
* CasanovaWannabe: Not to the same extent as Larry, but his offers of hugs generally don't go over well with the ladies. The only one who actually takes him up on his offer [[spoiler:turns out to be the second case's murderer]].
* DeadpanSnarker: His older self has a biting sense of sarcasm.
* EconomyCast: He's the defense attorney of [[spoiler:Horace Knightley, Simon Keyes, Katherine Hall, Kay Faraday]] and when [[spoiler:Patricia Roland]]'s supposed lawyer [[spoiler:was killed]], he took over her case. Note that only one of them was [[spoiler:innocent]]. Also, [[spoiler:Kate]] didn't commit a murder, she only tampered with the crime scene.
* ExtremeOmnivore: His past self. Well, with paper, at least. He used to rip off a page in his notebook and then swallow it in order to remember the info.
* {{Fanboy}}: His past self, of ''Piece of Cake''. He even sings the show's theme song along with its two presenters when meeting them for the first time.
* TheGlomp: When he meets Patricia.
* HandsomeLech: His present self. He gets on quite well with Larry when they meet in the third case.
* HonoraryUncle: In the fan translation, he refers to himself as Uncle Ray. Given his apprenticeship to [[spoiler:Gregory]], and the fact that he and Miles Edgeworth know each other, there's probably a chance that [[spoiler:Gregory]] may have introduced Tateyuki/Raymond as "Uncle Ray" to Miles.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Joking Motive", a showy jazz song meant to invoke Shields' laid-back personality.
* LovableCoward: Downplayed. The man is easily startled but calms down pretty quick and is a nice guy otherwise.
* MeaningfulName: "Tate" means [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe "shield"]] in Japanese, which is fitting for a defense attorney and complements both Miles and Gregory ''Edge''worth's sword-related names.
* NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: In the fan translation, he's named after Raymond Burr, who portrayed Franchise/PerryMason, which complements Gregory's first name.
* NiceHat: It seems he got it from [[spoiler:Gregory]]. He also got his [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] (though he doesn't wear it) as promised. And his law firm.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: His older self has no "angry" sprites (the closest he has is his "serious" one), as he presents himself as a very jovial and easygoing person who rarely gets mad, preferring to express any discontent in a sarcastic, semi-joking manner. When he ''does'' get mad, however, such as when [[spoiler:Dane Gustavia gleefully admits that he'd let Jeff Master, who at this point is clearly innocent, continue to rot in jail to preserve his own reputation as a master confectioner]]...
-->'''Raymond:''' Miles. It's been a long time... Since your Uncle Ray's been ''[[TranquilFury this angry.]]''
* PeekABangs: Pulls this off with his NiceHat instead of actual bangs.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Edgeworth makes it clear he's known him most of his life, though he's been away overseas for a while.
%%* ShipTease: [[spoiler:With Kate]].

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* AccidentalKiss: With Patricia Roland. Well, he was asking for it.
* {{Adorkable}}: His past self. To wit: he ''eats''
AFriendInNeed: Risks the notes he takes so he can have it in both writing and "in his head".
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: After meeting Regina Berry, he wonders if she's the kind of animal tamer who [[{{Dominatrix}} uses a whip and says 'down, boy']]. Edgeworth mentions he knows someone else like that, and Raymond demands they be introduced. Of course, [[WhipItGood if you know who
exchange program he's referring to...]] Incidentally, [[spoiler:they DO end up meeting in the fourth case. And they even go up against each other in court in the fifth.been working tirelessly toward to stand as his best friend's defense. [[spoiler:He outright says to his professor/mentor he'll willingly withdraw from it, if Ryunosuke is found guilty. He has absolutely no intention of abandoning him.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Contrasted TheAce: The first case wastes no time introducing his competence, reputation, and perfectionism.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Ryunosuke, his best friend.
* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler:His altercation
with the people he works with, he tends to come off as this. To wit, he's unprofessionally sarcastic, has a habit of asking people he meets for hugs, and is something of a HandsomeLech, all of which belies his competence. Bonus points for Nikomina ended with him being an actual lawyer!
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: One possible interpretation of
knocked out rather than killed. Sherlock, in a bid to stop him going on the exchange program, claimed he'd died and had his behavior towards Kate.
* CasanovaWannabe: Not to
unconscious body smuggled off the same extent as Larry, but his offers of hugs generally don't go over well with the ladies. The only one who actually takes him up on his offer [[spoiler:turns out ship to be the second case's murderer]].
Hong Kong.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: His older self While generally good-natured about it, sometimes Ryunosuke wonders why he has such a biting sense of sarcasm.
mean best friend.
* EconomyCast: DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Breaks his neck after a sudden shove causes him to collide against his bedpost.]] Though DGS 2 reveals that [[spoiler:[[TapOnTheHead the fall merely knocked him out.]]]]
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Even when other characters have remarked how deliciously it was prepared, and in this [[https://twitter.com/nurikazu_/status/680328018695327744 Christmas illustration]] by Nuri the meal was probably cooked by [[SupremeChef Iris]], Asogi ''really'' can't stand chicken. [[spoiler:There were many bad circumstances surrounding his death Case 2, but fans have been most commonly frustrated that his death was largely caused by this.]]
* {{Expy}}:
He's TheMentor to Ryunosuke who [[spoiler: dies early on]] and whose philosophy greatly influences his student's approach to being a lawyer, making him one of Mia Fey, right down to having similar lines. [[spoiler:In the defense sequel, being someone thought to be dead who comes back as a masked prosecutor also makes him one of Godot.]]
** In addition to [[spoiler:Godot]] he is also has a twist of [[spoiler:Miles Edgeworth. The best friend of the protagonist who was originally supposed to be a defence
attorney of [[spoiler:Horace Knightley, Simon Keyes, Katherine Hall, Kay Faraday]] and is taught to be a prosecutor after a massive trauma affected him.]]
* FriendlyRival: [[spoiler:Becomes one to Ryunosuke
when [[spoiler:Patricia Roland]]'s supposed lawyer [[spoiler:was killed]], he took over her case. Note that only becomes a prosecutor.]]
* HotBlooded: Described as such in the trailer, and it shows. He's still calmer than Ryunosuke, however.
* HumbleHero: According to Ryunosuke's monologue, he seems to be
one of them was [[spoiler:innocent]]. Also, [[spoiler:Kate]] didn't commit a murder, she only tampered with the crime scene.
* ExtremeOmnivore: His past self. Well, with paper, at least. He used to rip off a page
if not ''the'' most famous student in their school, and while he has pride, he's still significantly nicer than one would expect, often accrediting his notebook achievements to hard work and then swallow it in order being very encouraging to remember the info.
our protagonist.
* {{Fanboy}}: His past self, MartialArtsHeadband: Wears one of ''Piece of Cake''. He these. [[DramaticWind It even sings the show's theme song along with its two presenters when meeting them for flutters indoors!]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:He winds up dead in
the first time.
* TheGlomp: When
game's second chapter. Ultimately subverted: he meets Patricia.
survived the events of the chapter, if barely, but was rendered amnesiac by the events.]]
* HandsomeLech: His present self. KatanasAreJustBetter: He gets on quite well carries a katana with Larry him that's stated to be a family heirloom. It's named "Karuma", meaning 'demon hunter'[[note]] Interestingly enough, it shares the same kanji as the Karuma family name...localized into America as Von Karma.[[/note]]. [[spoiler:Ryunosuke inherits it after he is seemingly killed, but he gives it back to him in the second game when they meet again. Asougi then formally bequeaths it to Ryunosuke in the third case.
* HonoraryUncle: In
epilogue of the fan translation, he refers to second game, believing himself as Uncle Ray. Given to be unworthy of having Karuma until he can quell his apprenticeship to [[spoiler:Gregory]], and the fact that he and Miles Edgeworth know each other, there's probably a chance that [[spoiler:Gregory]] may have introduced Tateyuki/Raymond as "Uncle Ray" to Miles.
anger towards his father's death.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Joking Motive", "Samurai on a showy jazz Mission", a noble and well-paced song meant to invoke Shields' laid-back personality.
* LovableCoward: Downplayed. The man is easily startled but calms down pretty quick and is a nice guy otherwise.
* MeaningfulName: "Tate" means [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe "shield"]] in Japanese, which is
fitting for a defense attorney and complements both Miles and Gregory ''Edge''worth's sword-related names.
* NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: In
samurai. There is also the fan translation, ''Nocturne'' variation [[spoiler:that plays when others discuss his death or mourn his loss]]. [[spoiler:He gets two more upon his return in DGS 2: "A Grand Return" for the reveal that he's named after Raymond Burr, who portrayed Franchise/PerryMason, alive, and "The Revived Prosecutor" as a prosecutor, which complements Gregory's first name.
fittingly uses some instruments and motifs present in Van Zieks' theme.]]
* NiceHat: It seems NecroNonSequitur: [[spoiler:At the end of Case 2's second Joint Reasoning session, Ryunosuke and Sherlock come to the conclusion that he got it from [[spoiler:Gregory]]. He also got tripped on a cat, slipped on a puddle of shoe polish, and broke his [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] (though he doesn't wear it) as promised. And neck on the floor, killing him. [[SubvertedTrope The actual truth is much simpler, though:]] Nikomina pushes him and the back of his law firm.
neck hits the bed post, killing - or rather, incapacitating him.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: His older self has no "angry" sprites (the closest he has is NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:He vows to keep Nikomina's presence a secret, and ends up being pushed to his "serious" one), as near-death.]]
* OnlyMostlyDead: [[spoiler:When Sherlock found Asougi's body,
he presents himself as a very jovial and easygoing was still alive albeit unconscious, though he remarks that if he hadn't resuscitated him quickly enough he might actually have died.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:If he had told Nikomina the 'friend' he mentioned was inside the wardrobe, he probably wouldn't have nearly died.]]
* RevengeBeforeReason: In [[spoiler:the finale of the second game]]. He's determined to prove that [[spoiler:Barok, the
person who rarely gets mad, preferring got his father convicted for murder,]] is the true mastermind behind the [[spoiler:Death Bringer Organisation]] - despite the mounting evidence to express any discontent the contrary.
* WalkingSpoiler: Very hard to talk about him without giving away [[spoiler: his death
in a sarcastic, semi-joking manner. When he ''does'' get mad, however, such as when [[spoiler:Dane Gustavia gleefully admits the first game's second case]] or [[spoiler: that he'd let Jeff Master, who at this point is clearly innocent, continue to rot in jail to preserve his own reputation as a master confectioner]]...
-->'''Raymond:''' Miles. It's been a long time... Since your Uncle Ray's been ''[[TranquilFury this angry.]]''
* PeekABangs: Pulls this off with his NiceHat instead of actual bangs.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Edgeworth makes it clear he's known
the sequel reveals him most of his life, though he's been away overseas for a while.
%%* ShipTease: [[spoiler:With Kate]].
to be alive after all]].



[[folder:'''Tsubasa Kagome''' (''Jill Crane'')]]
!!'''Tsubasa Kagome''' '''(''Jill Crane'' in the fan translation)'''

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A defense attorney who investigated a corrupt prosecutor’s illegal activities. She confronted him in private. He killed her straight away.

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[[folder:'''Tsubasa Kagome''' (''Jill Crane'')]]
!!'''Tsubasa Kagome''' '''(''Jill Crane'' in the fan translation)'''

!Assistants

[[folder: '''Kay Faraday''' (''Mikumo Ichijo'')]]
!!'''Kay Faraday''' (''Mikumo Ichijo'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/AyumiFujimura (Japanese, ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' (Voice drama only) and ''Trailers'')

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A defense attorney ->"Even in the depths of night, when no other bird dares to take flight... one alone soars to shine the light of righteousness on the world's blight! And that one is me, for I am the great thief Yatagarasu!"

Edgeworth's assistant in ''Ace Attorney Investigations'',
who investigated a corrupt prosecutor’s illegal activities. She confronted him serves the same in-game purpose as Maya in private. He killed the ''Phoenix Wright'' games and Trucy in ''Apollo Justice''. Described as a "[[PhantomThief mysterious thief]]," she owns a device called the "Little Thief" that allows her straight away. to create life-sized holograms of rooms and other scenes. It belonged to her late father Byrne Faraday, who used it during his tenure as the Yatagarasu to plan information heists.



* AssholeVictim: We're initially led to believe she is the "Conductor" behind the illegal evidence auctions. [[spoiler:Subverted, this turns out to be a lie. In fact, she was killed for attempting to turn the real Conductor into this as {{Revenge}} for him killing her lover.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Brown hair and brown eyes.
* DeadMansChest: She was hidden in a truck in the evidence storage area.
* ItsPersonal: She suspected that [[spoiler:Blaise]] killed her boyfriend.

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* AssholeVictim: We're initially led {{Adorkable}}: She approaches her position as "Yatagarasu" with such adorably girlish enthusiasm that you can't HELP but find her this.
* AnimalMotifs: Crows, fitting her title which means "three-legged crow" in Japanese and crows are infamous for stealing. She even looks like a baby crow as a kid.
* BandageBabe: In [=AAI2=], [[spoiler:when she fell from a skyscraper rooftop, she ended up like this, losing her memory on top of it]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler:the bandages turn out
to believe be just a unnecessary precaution and her injuries weren't that serious. And besides that, she only fell from one floor to another]].
* BareYourMidriff: Her younger self in "Turnabout Reminiscence".
* ChekhovsGunman: Chronologically she first meets Edgeworth (during ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations]]'') [[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/Turnabout_Reminiscence 7 years prior]] to the [[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/The_Kidnapped_Turnabout Amano incident]], where she kicks Edgeworth in the leg and blows her nose on his shirt.
* {{Fangirl}}: She claims to be one in regards to the Jammin' Ninja. This irks Edgeworth, a die-hard Steel Samurai fan.
* GenkiGirl: Possibly even more so than Maya or Trucy.
* GentlemanThief: She repeatedly compares herself to Myth/RobinHood. The Yatagarasu is explicitly called a gentleman thief in the Japanese version.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: A review in a recent ''Nintendo Power'' referred to her as a {{ninja}}, but the Ace Attorney Wiki uses the phrase "mysterious thief" and has her occupation listed as vigilante thief, suggesting she's more of a Highly Visible PhantomThief. This is, of course, possibly even ''worse''. Edgeworth wonders if she ''really'' wants to be a ninja when Kay starts showing her preference for the Jammin' Ninja over the Steel Samurai. She's also not at all averse to loudly declaring her role as the Yatagarasu with law enforcement personnel in immediate earshot. [[RealityEnsues This comes back to bite her once toward the end of the first game]], when Interpol agent Shih-na attempts to arrest her for a murder which the Yatagarasu most likely committed. Kay swears she's no murderer but refuses to back down from her claim that
she is the "Conductor" behind the illegal evidence auctions. [[spoiler:Subverted, this turns out Yatagarasu, making Edgeworth do some extra work to clear her name.
* IdentityAmnesia: In [=AAI2=]. [[spoiler:She even believes herself
to be a lie. In fact, she was killed for attempting to turn the real Conductor into this as {{Revenge}} for him killing her lover.murderer.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Brown hair InformedAbility: Both in-universe and brown eyes.
* DeadMansChest: She was hidden in a truck in the evidence storage area.
* ItsPersonal: She suspected
out. Nobody believes that [[spoiler:Blaise]] killed she's a competent thief, given how very unsubtle she is about things.
* KleptomaniacHero: Surprisingly averted. Despite calling herself a thief and making jokes about stealing various items,
her boyfriend.only real heist is to steal the role as Edgeworth's assistant from Gumshoe and Ema Skye. Justified, given that the Yatagarasu is a noble thief who swipes information and dirty secrets, not material possessions.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "The Great Truth Burglar", a slightly more traditionally-Japanese theme to match the Yatagarasu theme of her character. [[spoiler:It gains a DarkReprise in I2-4 as "Reminiscing ~ A Girl With Lost Memories" when she's suffering from amnesia]].
* MagicalComputer: Little Thief, a device that Kay uses to virtually reproduce crime scenes, even ones she can't actually access (though if she enters the wrong data, the scene will be incorrect).
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: With the exception of the romantic angle, the main entry description pretty much nails Kay's and Edgeworth's relationship.



** Her name could mean "a bird in a cage", which is a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagome_Kagome Kagome Kagome]], a Japanese children's game.
** A question in the rhyme is "who is behind the falling of the turtle and the crane" - who is about to stab her in the back. Her boyfriend represents the "turtle", and the person who is behind his falling is [[spoiler:Blaise Debeste]] - the same person who killed her.
** In the fan translation, her first name comes from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_and_Jill_%28nursery_rhyme%29 Jack and Jill]], while her last name comes directly from her Japanese name.
* PosthumousCharacter: The same as Robert Hammond. Miles's job is to find the truth behind her death.
* SweetPollyOliver: Someone else dressed her up like that, however.
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler:More like Sympathetic ''Attempted''-Murderer. She was killed by her would-be AssholeVictim instead.]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:To Keyes.]]

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** Her name could mean "a bird Chances are, Little Thief has been used for less scrupulous goals than reproducing crime scenes. It doesn't work in real time, though, so this fails to explain how Kay deals with the whole "highly visible" thing. When she first uses it, Kay explains that it's used to help plan potential heists. Which makes it perfect to reproduce a cage", crime scene.
** 'Mikumo' means 'Beautiful Cloud' referring to the Karakusa pattern she and her father wore. It's a traditional, stereotypic motif of a Japanese thief's bag.
* ModestyShorts: [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100522003654/aceattorney/images/f/fa/P169.jpg Official artwork]] reveals that she wears a pair of shorts under her skirt.
* ThePromise: She and her father had several,
which is were recorded in a reference special notebook. She doesn't manage to keep them all, but everyone takes them seriously.
* PunnyName: "Kay" probably comes for "key", and "Faraday" may refer to the
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagome_Kagome Kagome Kagome]], a Japanese children's game.
** A question
org/wiki/Faraday_cage Faraday cage]] which is used in the rhyme is "who is behind the falling of the turtle and the crane" - who is about to stab computer forensics.
* RememberTheNewGuy: ''Investigations'' Case 4 reveals that Edgeworth met
her in the back. Her boyfriend represents the "turtle", and the person who is behind his falling is [[spoiler:Blaise Debeste]] - on the same person day he met Gumshoe. Subverted in that he doesn't immediately recognize her when she reappears after a seven-year absence.
* ShooTheDog: She tells Edgeworth to [[spoiler:forget about her]] when [[spoiler:defending her causes him to lose his badge and even gets him detained for helping a fugitive]]. He doesn't listen, obviously.
* StealthPun: Whereas many fictional characters [[HairpinLockpick open locks with hairpins]], she uses a key to hold her hair in place.
* TakeUpMySword: Little Thief belonged to her father, a prosecutor
who killed her.
** In
used it to infiltrate companies with suspected criminal ties and steal anything that incriminated them.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Shortly after her introduction, she declares to Edgeworth that she has never actually stolen anything. She also ends up never really stealing anything either, to contrast Maya and Trucy, who definitely steal stuff in
the fan translation, her first name comes from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_and_Jill_%28nursery_rhyme%29 Jack of evidence. So the spirit medium and Jill]], while the magician end up stealing more than, you know, the actual thief (though to be fair she's under the eye of Edgeworth, who won't have any of that nonsense on his watch).
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Swiss rolls.
* TryingNotToCry: She made a promise to
her last name comes directly from her Japanese name.
* PosthumousCharacter: The same as Robert Hammond. Miles's job is
father never to find cry in front of anyone. Unfortunately, shortly after his death, it's a promise she doesn't manage to keep.
* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: She hasn't appeared, or even been mentioned, outside of
the truth behind her death.
''Investigations'' games.
* SweetPollyOliver: Someone else dressed her up like that, however.
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler:More like Sympathetic ''Attempted''-Murderer. She
WhoWearsShortShorts: When she was killed by her would-be AssholeVictim instead.young.
* YouKilledMyFather: To [[spoiler:Calisto Yew, after she's unmasked as Shih-na.
]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:To Keyes.]]ZettaiRyouiki: Right on the borderline. Official artwork shows a C-grade, which is not considered true ZettaiRyouiki, but her in-game tiny sprites make it seem like they have crossed the threshold into a successful B-grade.



[[folder:'''Ryunosuke Naruhodo''']]
!!'''Ryunosuke Naruhodo'''
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/HiroShimono (Japanese, ''[[VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Bouken]]'')
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Phoenix's ancestor from [[UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration 19th-century Japan]]. A second-year student at Teito Yuumei University at a time when cultural change means the profession of a "defense lawyer" has yet to truly become staple in Japanese society. Is suspected of being a murderer and stands in "top-secret" trial ordered by the government, representing himself. Is good friends with Kazuma Asougi, a budding law student, who helps him in his initial trial. Eventually travels to VictorianLondon and participates in their trial-by-jury system along with his legal assistant Susato Mikotoba, who helps him understand the nuances of English court procedure.

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[[folder:'''Ryunosuke Naruhodo''']]
!!'''Ryunosuke Naruhodo'''
[[folder: '''Susato Mikotoba''']]
!!'''Susato Mikotoba'''
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/HiroShimono by:''' Creator/KanaHanazawa (Japanese, ''[[VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Bouken]]'')
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Phoenix's ancestor from [[UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration 19th-century Japan]]. A second-year student at Teito Yuumei University at young judicial assistant and primary companion to Ryunosuke. She is described as a time when cultural change means proper maiden, but also a progressive thinker and has a love for foreign mystery novels. Her knowledge of the profession of a "defense lawyer" has yet to truly become staple English court system aids Ryunosuke in Japanese society. Is suspected of being a murderer and stands in "top-secret" trial ordered by the government, representing himself. Is good friends with Kazuma Asougi, a budding law student, who helps him in his initial trial. Eventually travels to VictorianLondon and participates in understanding their unique trial-by-jury system along with his legal assistant Susato Mikotoba, who helps him understand the nuances of English court procedure.procedure. She has an affinity for sweets.



* AFoolForAClient: Ends up doing this in his ''very first case'', though at the least he has the legally qualified Asogi assisting him. [[spoiler:Not only that, he does it ''again'' in the case that follows it!]]
* AFriendInNeed: Disrupts his best friend's plan to stand as his defense, after he's learned that because of him Asogi may not be able to go to Britain. While it's technically given it as your first option in the game, [[ButThouMust you're not really allowed to let things be]].
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Why he's arrested in Case 1, but it's Played With: [[spoiler:the gun he picked up wasn't actually the murder weapon. In fact, the killer planted it there KNOWING he'd pick it up and become a suspect as a result.]] He also has a good reason for doing it: it was an English model of gun so he assumed (correctly) that it belonged to the victim and was about to return it to him when another gunshot happened to go off.
* BigEater: Downplayed, but he is regularly drawn [[http://pheenixwright.tumblr.com/post/136979003467/the-holy-trinity extremely content with food]], has owed his best friend multiple times[[note]]in DLC ep 0; Asougi also laughs he'll treat him to an extra-large beef bowl to celebrate his innocence at the end of Case 1[[/note]], was tempted to eat the cheese from a ''mousetrap'', and is displeased enough to whine whenever he has to be pulled away in the middle of a meal, even if it's about something important.
* ButtMonkey: Since he had to deal with-among a few things-Sherlock's antics and Susato throwing him around six ways from Sunday it's a given.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:In the finale of the sequel, he decides to return to Japan to properly study to become an attorney.]]
* ClosetSublet: [[spoiler:This is how he stays undetected while on SS Alaclair.]]
* {{Determinator}}: In his very first case, he refuses to give up even when it becomes clear he's essentially in a KangarooCourt. After the second case, despite never having studied law, he vows to learn enough to qualify to be an attorney by the time he gets to Great Britain. ''In 40 days.'' And that's just for starters.
* {{Expy}}: Aside from the GenerationXerox stuff with Phoenix, his more logical approach where he's less prone to bluffing also evokes a bit of Apollo. Being Sherlock's more down-to-earth investigative partner to whom Sherlock can hone his theories to [[spoiler:as well as his roommate who lives in/works at 221b Baker Street's attic]] makes him one to Dr. John Watson of Sherlockian canon (which is funny considering he got accused of murdering the DGS version of Dr. John Watson in the first case[[spoiler: - although in name only. However, what is even funnier is that he's effectively mentored by DGS's ''actual'' version of Watson - namely, Yuujin Mikotoba.]]).
* FlatWhat: At the end of the final chapter of the first game, this is his reaction when [[spoiler:Holmes tells him that he slipped out of the infirmary... ''again'']].
* GenerationXerox: A young man who has a strong sense of justice and is willing to put himself in danger. Sound familiar?
* GoalInLife: To be a lawyer (though not initially). [[spoiler:More specifically, it's for his [[TakeUpMySword dead best friend's sake]].]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Asogi''': If you were to [[DareToBeBadass become an attorney]], then, surely...]]
* GirlInABox: [[spoiler:This is how Asogi sneaks him into the SS Alaclair.]]
* HeroicBSOD: A bit of a downplayed example, but [[spoiler:the events of ''The Adventure of the Runaway Room'' left him with a bit of self-doubt, which gets worse in ''The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story'' when he finds proof that the defendant of that case truly ''was'' guilty. It took until that case's trial to completely clear.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: He looks exactly like Phoenix, barring hair style and eyebrows.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Alongside the usual "Objection! 2015", there's also "Prelude to an Adventure", a slower rearrangement that often plays when he's making a point. A passage from his theme also appears in "Pursuit ~ The Grand Turnabout". DGS 2-5 gives him a special Pursuit theme for the episode as well, a more bombastic rendition of Objection! 2015 entitled "Great Pursuit ~ The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo", as he's about to deliver the final blow to the BigBad.
* PhotographicMemory: He claims to have a very good memory to even the smallest detail, [[spoiler:which is why it all but turns the case around when he remembers that the steak plate that was on Watson's table had blood on it.]]
* AProtagonistIsRyu: It seems the Naruhodo family has some affinity towards adding Ryu to their names, don't they? Translated "Ryunosuke" means "Herald of the Dragon [''ryu'']" and that could tie off to "Ryuichi" as a result (a man who lived in a later era with the name "Ryu").
* RedArmbandOfLeadership: He has one [[spoiler:after agreeing to act as a substitute for Asogi]], but instead of a symbol of leadership, it is used as a substitute for an attorney's badge.
* TheScapegoat:
** [[spoiler:The reason why he's put into a top-secret trial - even though everyone in the restaurant knows Jezail exists, the Japanese government can't accuse an Englishwoman of killing another Englishman in a foreign country without an irrefutable basis, lest they risk Japan-British relations.]]
** [[spoiler:Poor guy has it happen to him again in the very next case, due to being a stowaway in a LockedRoomMystery. In a refreshing and sad turn, the one who helped set the frame-up to begin with later apologizes from the bottom of his heart that he hadn't considered Ryunosuke' anguish over the events and his friendship with the deceased, having ignored them in his own desperation to protect the culprit.]]
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:Asogi's katana and headband, which he carries the rest of the game. The armband he wears also still has its original owner's name within it, which can be seen when examined. In the second game, he gives Asogi's katana back to him after he's revealed to have survived the ordeal aboard the SS Alaclair.]]
* SherlockScan: Somewhat - he is able to follow witnesses' cues to correct Sherlock's deductions by finding the correct evidences and details.
* TheWatson: He isn't well-versed in English laws, traditions and trends, leading to Susato, Sherlock, or Iris explaining details about it (such as closing arguments). Fitting, considering he's working with Sherlock Holmes for most of the game.

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* AFoolForAClient: Ends up doing this in his ''very ADayInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:The first case'', though at the least he has the legally qualified Asogi assisting him. [[spoiler:Not only that, he does it ''again'' in the case that follows it!]]
* AFriendInNeed: Disrupts his best friend's plan to stand as his defense, after he's learned that because
of him Asogi may not be able to go to Britain. While it's technically given it as your first option in DGS 2 has her don the game, [[ButThouMust you're not really allowed garb of a defense attorney to let things be]].
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Why he's arrested
defend her friend in Case 1, but it's Played With: [[spoiler:the gun he picked up wasn't actually Ryunosuke's absence, and becomes the murder weapon. In fact, the killer planted it there KNOWING he'd pick it up and become a suspect playable character as a result.]] He also has a good reason for doing it: it was an English model of gun so he assumed (correctly) that it belonged to the victim and was about to return it to him when another gunshot happened to go off.
* BigEater: Downplayed, but he is regularly drawn [[http://pheenixwright.tumblr.com/post/136979003467/the-holy-trinity extremely content with food]], has owed his best friend multiple times[[note]]in DLC ep 0; Asougi also laughs he'll treat him to an extra-large beef bowl to celebrate his innocence at the end of Case 1[[/note]], was tempted to eat the cheese from a ''mousetrap'', and is displeased enough to whine whenever he has to be pulled away in the middle of a meal, even if it's about something important.
* ButtMonkey: Since he had to deal with-among a few things-Sherlock's antics and Susato throwing him around six ways from Sunday it's a given.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:In the finale of the sequel, he decides to return to Japan to properly study to become an attorney.
]]
* ClosetSublet: [[spoiler:This is how he stays undetected while on SS Alaclair.BadassCape: [[spoiler:Her disguise as "Ryutaro Naruhodo" had one.]]
* {{Determinator}}: In his very first case, he refuses to give BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Set up even when it becomes clear he's essentially in a KangarooCourt. After one for the second case, despite never real killer in DGS-5; after witnessing the murder by creating a peeking window on the crime scene's door, she takes advantage of the fact that said killer doesn't know of the existence of the window, and thus she set out to keep the cat door maker's existence a secret, followed by having studied law, he vows to learn enough to qualify to be an attorney by the time he gets to Great Britain. ''In 40 days.'' And that's just for starters.
* {{Expy}}: Aside from the GenerationXerox stuff with Phoenix, his more logical approach where he's less prone to bluffing also evokes a bit of Apollo. Being Sherlock's more down-to-earth investigative partner to whom
Sherlock can hone his theories give it to [[spoiler:as well as his roommate who lives in/works at 221b Baker Street's attic]] makes him one to Dr. John Watson of Sherlockian canon (which is funny considering he got accused of murdering the DGS version of Dr. John Watson Ryu in the first case[[spoiler: - although in name only. However, what is even funnier is case that he's effectively mentored by DGS's ''actual'' version of Watson - namely, Yuujin Mikotoba.]]).
* FlatWhat: At
the end of the final chapter of the first game, this is his reaction when [[spoiler:Holmes tells him that he slipped out of the infirmary... ''again'']].
* GenerationXerox: A young man who has a strong sense of justice and is willing
killer tried to put himself in danger. Sound familiar?
* GoalInLife: To
use it to claim to be a lawyer (though not initially). [[spoiler:More specifically, it's for his [[TakeUpMySword dead best friend's sake]].witness to the crime.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Asogi''': If you were * BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:When Ryunosuke and Asogi have a hard time proving Jezail's murder method, Susato arrives in the middle of the trial to [[DareToBeBadass become an attorney]], then, surely...provide evidence. Later in Case 5, she quickly thinks to use Iris' cat door maker to create a peeking window to Hatch's murder scene after Sherlock gets shot, which ends up being decisive evidence against Crogley.]]
* GirlInABox: [[spoiler:This BornInTheWrongCentury: She is how described as a progressive thinker. This is exemplified in her fashion sense, more specifically, the addition of her hakama, which was traditionally only worn by men with a few exceptions.
* BrokenPedestal: As she idolizes
Asogi sneaks and expects Ryunosuke to be a good friend to him, she is naturally appalled when [[spoiler:Case 2 pointed towards Ryunosuke as Asogi's murderer. Because of this she treats him into the SS Alaclair.horribly at first, but he slowly regains her trust once he is able to prove himself not guilty.]]
** In the second game, she is ''furious'' at [[spoiler:Yuujin]] while she's under the impression that [[spoiler:he fathered Iris whilst in England]].
* HeroicBSOD: A bit DeathByChildbirth: Her mother's fate, which caused a heartbroken Yuujin to accept an offer to study abroad in London shortly after her birth.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Due to the circumstances
of a downplayed example, but [[spoiler:the events of ''The Adventure how they meet again for the second time, she's very cold to Ryunosuke at first. [[spoiler:It only lasts as long as she still suspects him of the Runaway Room'' left him with a bit of self-doubt, which gets worse in ''The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story'' when he finds proof that the defendant of that case truly ''was'' guilty. It took until that case's trial to completely clear.murder, and they're on friendlier terms come Case 3.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: DisappearedDad: Yuujin was one to her during the first few years of her life.
* {{Fangirl}}: Of foreign mystery novels.
* FirstNameBasis: Aside from her own manner of being addressed, she also calls Asogi "Kazuma-sama".
He looks exactly in turn however, calls her Legal Assistant Mikotoba.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: More
like Phoenix, barring hair style "pocket-sized book of everything," but she carries a book in her sleeve that serves as a reference to everything from trial procedure to mystery novels to herpetology.
* HypercompetentSidekick: She's the formally-educated legal assistant to both Asogi
and eyebrows.
Ryu, and knows more about the law and trial procedure more than most previous assistants in the series. She's the one who teaches Ryu everything he knows.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Alongside "A Blooming Flower in the usual "Objection! 2015", there's New World", a graceful and beautifully-orchestrated song using Japanese instruments more prominently. She also "Prelude to an Adventure", has "Serenade", a slower slower, more somber remix. [[spoiler:During her brief stint as a defense attorney, "Ryutaro Naruhodo ~ Objection! 2017" and it's Prelude equivalent, which is a rearrangement that often plays when he's making a point. A passage from his theme also appears in "Pursuit ~ The Grand Turnabout". DGS 2-5 gives him a special Pursuit theme for the episode as well, a more bombastic rendition of Objection! 2015 entitled "Great Pursuit ~ The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo", as he's about to deliver the final blow to the BigBad.
* PhotographicMemory: He claims to have a very good memory to even the smallest detail, [[spoiler:which is why it all but turns the case around when he remembers that the steak plate that was on Watson's table had blood on it.
her usual leitmotif.]]
* AProtagonistIsRyu: It seems the Naruhodo family has some affinity towards adding Ryu to their names, don't they? Translated "Ryunosuke" means "Herald of the Dragon [''ryu'']" and that could tie off to "Ryuichi" as a result (a man who lived in a later era MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Tampering with the name "Ryu").
* RedArmbandOfLeadership: He has one [[spoiler:after agreeing
crime scene of Hatch's murder using Iris' cat door maker, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo in order to act as a substitute leave evidence for Asogi]], but instead of a symbol of leadership, it is used as a substitute for an attorney's badge.
* TheScapegoat:
** [[spoiler:The reason why he's put into a top-secret trial - even though everyone in
Ryuunosuke to capture the restaurant knows Jezail exists, culprit]]. It almost made her throw her law book to the Japanese government can't accuse an Englishwoman of killing another Englishman ocean in a foreign country without an irrefutable basis, lest they risk Japan-British relations.shame before Ryuu arrives and reassures her about it.]]
** [[spoiler:Poor guy * NotSoAboveItAll: [[spoiler:When behind the defense bench, she's found to exhibit the same nervous tics Ryunosuke has it happen to him again in while defending; eyes darting around nervously, recoiling and faceplanting into the very next case, due desk in shock, slapping her face to being a stowaway in a LockedRoomMystery. In a refreshing and sad turn, the one who helped set the frame-up to begin with later apologizes from the bottom of his heart that he hadn't considered Ryunosuke' anguish over the events and his friendship with the deceased, having ignored them in his own desperation to protect the culprit.invigorate herself, etc.]]
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:Asogi's katana SilkHidingSteel: She's prim and headband, which he carries the rest of the game. The armband he wears proper by default, but she's also still has capable of shoulder-tossing Ryu like its original owner's nothing.
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler:Disguises herself as a male defense attorney to defend Haori Murasame, under the
name within it, which can be seen when examined. In the second game, he gives Asogi's katana back to him after he's revealed to have survived the ordeal aboard the SS Alaclair.'Ryutaro Naruhodo' (registered as such by her father).]]
* SherlockScan: Somewhat - he is able to follow witnesses' cues to correct Sherlock's deductions by finding the correct evidences and details.
* TheWatson: He isn't well-versed in English laws, traditions and trends, leading to Susato, Sherlock, or Iris explaining details about it (such as closing arguments). Fitting, considering he's working with Sherlock
SweetTooth: Holmes for most deduces out she likes to eat pastries in one of the game.trailers.
* YamatoNadeshiko: One of her defining qualities, in contrast to the other assistants in the ''Ace Attorney'' series.



[[folder: '''Kazuma Asogi''']]
!!'''Kazuma Asogi'''
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/YuuichiNakamura (Japanese, ''[[VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Bouken]]'')
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[[caption-width-right:100:[[labelnote:Click here]][[quoteright:130:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/asougi_mugshot_2.png]] [[/labelnote]]to see [[spoiler:him as a prosecutor.]]]]
[[caption-width-right:100:[[labelnote:Click here]][[quoteright:130:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/masked_disciple_mugshot.png]] [[/labelnote]]to see [[spoiler:him as the "Masked Disciple".]]]]

Ryunosuke's fellow student, best friend, and mentor. Despite still being a university student, he is qualified to be a defense attorney. He was taking part in a student exchange program and was about to depart to London when Ryunosuke was accused of murder.

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[[folder: '''Kazuma Asogi''']]
!!'''Kazuma Asogi'''
'''Iris Watson''']]
!!'''Iris Watson'''
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/YuuichiNakamura Misaki Kuno (Japanese, ''[[VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Bouken]]'')
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[[caption-width-right:100:[[labelnote:Click here]][[quoteright:130:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/asougi_mugshot_2.png]] [[/labelnote]]to see [[spoiler:him as a prosecutor.]]]]
[[caption-width-right:100:[[labelnote:Click here]][[quoteright:130:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/masked_disciple_mugshot.png]] [[/labelnote]]to see [[spoiler:him as
org/pmwiki/pub/images/iris_7.png]]

A medical prodigy (with an M.D. at
the "Masked Disciple".]]]]

Ryunosuke's fellow student, best friend,
age of 10, no less!), Sherlock Holmes' assistant/roommate, and mentor. Despite still being a university student, he is qualified to be a defense attorney. He was taking part in a student exchange program and was about to depart to London when Ryunosuke was accused (in-universe) author of murder.''The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes''.



* AFriendInNeed: Risks the exchange program he's been working tirelessly toward to stand as his best friend's defense. [[spoiler:He outright says to his professor/mentor he'll willingly withdraw from it, if Ryunosuke is found guilty. He has absolutely no intention of abandoning him.]]
* TheAce: The first case wastes no time introducing his competence, reputation, and perfectionism.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Ryunosuke, his best friend.
* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler:His altercation with Nikomina ended with him being knocked out rather than killed. Sherlock, in a bid to stop him going on the exchange program, claimed he'd died and had his unconscious body smuggled off the ship to Hong Kong.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: While generally good-natured about it, sometimes Ryunosuke wonders why he has such a mean best friend.
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Breaks his neck after a sudden shove causes him to collide against his bedpost.]] Though DGS 2 reveals that [[spoiler:[[TapOnTheHead the fall merely knocked him out.]]]]
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Even when other characters have remarked how deliciously it was prepared, and in this [[https://twitter.com/nurikazu_/status/680328018695327744 Christmas illustration]] by Nuri the meal was probably cooked by [[SupremeChef Iris]], Asogi ''really'' can't stand chicken. [[spoiler:There were many bad circumstances surrounding his death Case 2, but fans have been most commonly frustrated that his death was largely caused by this.]]
* {{Expy}}: He's TheMentor to Ryunosuke who [[spoiler: dies early on]] and whose philosophy greatly influences his student's approach to being a lawyer, making him one of Mia Fey, right down to having similar lines. [[spoiler:In the sequel, being someone thought to be dead who comes back as a masked prosecutor also makes him one of Godot.]]
** In addition to [[spoiler:Godot]] he is also has a twist of [[spoiler:Miles Edgeworth. The best friend of the protagonist who was originally supposed to be a defence attorney is taught to be a prosecutor after a massive trauma affected him.]]
* FriendlyRival: [[spoiler:Becomes one to Ryunosuke when he becomes a prosecutor.]]
* HotBlooded: Described as such in the trailer, and it shows. He's still calmer than Ryunosuke, however.
* HumbleHero: According to Ryunosuke's monologue, he seems to be one of if not ''the'' most famous student in their school, and while he has pride, he's still significantly nicer than one would expect, often accrediting his achievements to hard work and being very encouraging to our protagonist.
* MartialArtsHeadband: Wears one of these. [[DramaticWind It even flutters indoors!]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:He winds up dead in the first game's second chapter. Ultimately subverted: he survived the events of the chapter, if barely, but was rendered amnesiac by the events.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: He carries a katana with him that's stated to be a family heirloom. It's named "Karuma", meaning 'demon hunter'[[note]] Interestingly enough, it shares the same kanji as the Karuma family name...localized into America as Von Karma.[[/note]]. [[spoiler:Ryunosuke inherits it after he is seemingly killed, but he gives it back to him in the second game when they meet again. Asougi then formally bequeaths it to Ryunosuke in the epilogue of the second game, believing himself to be unworthy of having Karuma until he can quell his anger towards his father's death.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Samurai on a Mission", a noble and well-paced song fitting for a samurai. There is also the ''Nocturne'' variation [[spoiler:that plays when others discuss his death or mourn his loss]]. [[spoiler:He gets two more upon his return in DGS 2: "A Grand Return" for the reveal that he's alive, and "The Revived Prosecutor" as a prosecutor, which fittingly uses some instruments and motifs present in Van Zieks' theme.]]
* NecroNonSequitur: [[spoiler:At the end of Case 2's second Joint Reasoning session, Ryunosuke and Sherlock come to the conclusion that he tripped on a cat, slipped on a puddle of shoe polish, and broke his neck on the floor, killing him. [[SubvertedTrope The actual truth is much simpler, though:]] Nikomina pushes him and the back of his neck hits the bed post, killing - or rather, incapacitating him.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:He vows to keep Nikomina's presence a secret, and ends up being pushed to his near-death.]]
* OnlyMostlyDead: [[spoiler:When Sherlock found Asougi's body, he was still alive albeit unconscious, though he remarks that if he hadn't resuscitated him quickly enough he might actually have died.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:If he had told Nikomina the 'friend' he mentioned was inside the wardrobe, he probably wouldn't have nearly died.]]
* RevengeBeforeReason: In [[spoiler:the finale of the second game]]. He's determined to prove that [[spoiler:Barok, the person who got his father convicted for murder,]] is the true mastermind behind the [[spoiler:Death Bringer Organisation]] - despite the mounting evidence to the contrary.
* WalkingSpoiler: Very hard to talk about him without giving away [[spoiler: his death in the first game's second case]] or [[spoiler: that the sequel reveals him to be alive after all]].

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* AFriendInNeed: Risks TheBabyOfTheBunch: Among Ryunosuke's group, she's the exchange program he's been working tirelessly toward youngest.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: An interesting [[spoiler: ''inversion''. Set up as the daughter of John Watson, but the sequel reveals she's actually a totally original character with no connections
to stand as his best friend's defense. [[spoiler:He outright says to his professor/mentor he'll willingly withdraw from it, if Ryunosuke is found guilty. He has absolutely no intention of abandoning him.Holmsian canon at all.]]
* TheAce: The first case wastes no time introducing his competence, reputation, and perfectionism.
ChildProdigy: She's 10 years old... but she has a medical doctorate.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Ryunosuke, his best friend.
* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler:His altercation with Nikomina
DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Yuujin ended with him up being knocked out rather than killed. Sherlock, in a bid to stop him going on the exchange program, claimed he'd died one to name her, and had eventually settled on giving her the english variant of his unconscious body smuggled off the ship to Hong Kong.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: While generally good-natured about it, sometimes Ryunosuke wonders why he has such a mean best friend.
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler:Breaks his neck after a sudden shove causes him to collide against his bedpost.]] Though DGS 2 reveals that [[spoiler:[[TapOnTheHead the fall merely knocked him out.]]]]
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Even when other characters have remarked how deliciously it was prepared, and in this [[https://twitter.com/nurikazu_/status/680328018695327744 Christmas illustration]] by Nuri the meal was probably cooked by [[SupremeChef Iris]], Asogi ''really'' can't stand chicken. [[spoiler:There were many bad circumstances surrounding his death Case 2, but fans have been most commonly frustrated that his death was largely caused by this.
beloved wife's name - Ayame.]]
* {{Expy}}: He's TheMentor DeathByChildbirth: Her mother died shortly after giving birth to Ryunosuke who [[spoiler: dies early on]] her.
* GadgeteerGenius: Shares Sherlock's knack for machine making. Some of the things she's made include a colored smoke grenade launcher
and whose philosophy greatly influences his student's approach to being a lawyer, making him one of Mia Fey, right down to having similar lines. [[spoiler:In cat door maker.
* KidSidekick: To
the sequel, being someone thought great detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. She's also this to be dead who comes Ryuu in Case 5 [[spoiler:when Susato is returning back as a masked prosecutor also makes him one of Godot.to Japan.]]
** In addition to [[spoiler:Godot]] he * {{Leitmotif}}: "The Little Biographer", a fast-paced bubbly theme with a few mechanical whirs.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: She
is also has a twist of [[spoiler:Miles Edgeworth. The best friend of the protagonist who was originally supposed to be a defence attorney is taught to be a prosecutor after a massive trauma affected him.author of ''The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'' in this universe. [[spoiler:Actually, she just publishes them. They were really written by Yuujin Mikotoba (though she assumed that they were written by John Watson).]]
* FriendlyRival: [[spoiler:Becomes one LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:Case 5 of the second game reveals her to Ryunosuke when he becomes be Barok's niece - shocking Barok, who didn't even know his brother ''had'' a prosecutor.child.]]
* HotBlooded: Described as such in InnocentBlueEyes: As befitting her sweet personality. DGS2 reveals that the trailer, and it shows. He's still calmer than Ryunosuke, however.
* HumbleHero: According to Ryunosuke's monologue, he seems to be one of if not ''the'' most famous student in their school, and while he has pride, he's still significantly nicer than one would expect, often accrediting his achievements to hard work and being very encouraging to our protagonist.
* MartialArtsHeadband: Wears one of these. [[DramaticWind It even flutters indoors!]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:He winds up dead in the first game's second chapter. Ultimately subverted: he survived the events of the chapter, if barely, but was rendered amnesiac by the events.
colour comes from [[spoiler:her father, Klimt Van Zieks.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: He carries a katana with him that's stated MysteriousParent: Her [[spoiler:father]]. In the first game she's under the impression that their identity is that of [[spoiler:John Watson]], but the sequel reveals that this is not the case - instead implying that it's actually [[spoiler:''Yuujin'']]. Case 5 finally reveals her to be a family heirloom. It's named "Karuma", meaning 'demon hunter'[[note]] Interestingly enough, it shares the same kanji as the Karuma family name...localized into America as Von Karma.[[/note]]. [[spoiler:Ryunosuke inherits it after he is seemingly killed, but he gives it back to him in the second game when they meet again. Asougi then formally bequeaths it to Ryunosuke in the epilogue daughter of the second game, believing himself to be unworthy of having Karuma until he can quell his anger towards his father's death.[[spoiler:''Klimt Van Zieks'', making Barok ''her uncle''.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Samurai on a Mission", a noble and well-paced song fitting for a samurai. There ParentalSubstitute: Holmes is also the ''Nocturne'' variation [[spoiler:that plays one to her, but in a twist she was so young when others discuss his death or mourn his loss]]. [[spoiler:He gets two more upon his return in DGS 2: "A Grand Return" for the reveal she was left with him that he's alive, she initially grew up thinking he was her ''actual'' father.
* RoseHairedSweetie: Has bubblegum pink hair to match her bubbly personality.
* SherlockScan: She is capable of doing this,
and "The Revived Prosecutor" as a prosecutor, which fittingly uses some instruments and motifs present in Van Zieks' theme.]]
* NecroNonSequitur: [[spoiler:At the end of
she's ''very'' good at it. Case 2's second Joint Reasoning session, in point when she correctly deduces what Ryunosuke and Sherlock come to Susato's jobs are, what they're doing in 221b Baker Street, and who they're defending.
* SupremeChef: Iris is
the conclusion that he tripped on a cat, slipped on a puddle of shoe polish, and broke his neck on the floor, killing him. [[SubvertedTrope The actual truth is much simpler, though:]] Nikomina pushes him and the back of his neck hits the bed post, killing - or rather, incapacitating him.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:He vows to keep Nikomina's presence a secret, and ends up being pushed to his near-death.]]
* OnlyMostlyDead: [[spoiler:When Sherlock found Asougi's body, he was still alive albeit unconscious, though he remarks that if he hadn't resuscitated him quickly enough he might actually have died.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:If he had told Nikomina the 'friend' he mentioned was inside the wardrobe, he probably wouldn't have nearly died.]]
* RevengeBeforeReason: In [[spoiler:the finale
cook of the second game]]. He's determined house, and is very happy to prove that [[spoiler:Barok, the person who got his father convicted for murder,]] is the true mastermind behind the [[spoiler:Death Bringer Organisation]] - despite the mounting evidence to the contrary.
* WalkingSpoiler: Very hard to talk about him without giving away [[spoiler: his death in the first game's second case]] or [[spoiler: that the sequel reveals him to be alive after all]].
do it.




!Assistants

[[folder: '''Maya Fey''' (''Mayoi Ayasato'')]]
!!'''Maya Fey''' (''Mayoi Ayasato'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Abby Trott (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice''), Samantha Dakin (English, ''[[Videogame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney]]''), Satomi Hanamura (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2'' and ''Trailers''), Mirei Kiritani (Japanese, ''[[Videogame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney]]''), Creator/AoiYuuki (Japanese, anime)
!!!'''Played by''': Mirei Kiritani (adult), Ritoka Nishiguchi (child) ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live-action film]])

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[[quoteright:96:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/maya_30.png]]
->"The new and improved Maya Fey is on the scene, spirit and girl power at the ready!"

Mia's little sister, as well as a spirit medium-in-training of and heir to the discipline she uses (Kurain Channeling Technique). She's the main assistant to Phoenix in the first three games, though she decides to accept her role as the Master of Kurain Village at the end of ''Trials and Tribulations'', resulting in her absence in ''Apollo Justice''. However, she appears in ''Dual Destinies'' through a flashback, and reappears alongside Phoenix in ''Spirit of Justice''.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Very much so. Even as an OlderAndWiser young woman in ''Spirit of Justice'', she remains as adorkable as ever.
* AssistCharacter: To Phoenix Wright in VideoGame/MarvelVSCapcom3. One of his [[LimitBreak Level 1 Hypers]] has her flailing her arms at the opponent, and it borders on literal UnstoppableRage.
* AdaptationalBadass: She has physically assaulted people before, but the main thing she's used for is using her spirit energy to create a shield that can block ''entire hyper combos''.
* AmbiguouslyLesbian:
** She has never shown any clear-cut interest in any male character. In "Turnabout Big Top", however, she says, in reference to [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Regina]], "Even I want to profess my love to her."
** Like her sister, male witnesses and others Phoenix comes across while investigating are often smitten with her. ''Unlike'' her sister, she seems completely oblivious to their attentions and is utterly flabbergasted when it's pointed out that a man could find her attractive (though this could just as easily be due to [[IAmNotPretty her considering herself unattractive]], as she has been referred to as "plain" by other characters).
** In episode 21 of the anime, she seems to enjoy the magazine with "rather scantily dressed" women and is visibly disappointed when Phoenix takes it away.
* BarrierWarrior: Her fighting style as Phoenix's assistant in VideoGame/MarvelVSCapcom3. See AdaptationalBadass.
* BigEater: She apparently has an "extra stomach" for steak ''and'' for sweets.
-->'''Phoenix''': (How many stomachs does this girl have!?)
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Both parts, depending on which phase of the plot you're in.
** In investigations, she plays the ''boke'' to Phoenix with her childish and oddball observations.
** In the courtroom, she plays the ''tsukkomi'' to the more oddball or difficult witness in snarky asides.
* BreakTheCutie: You're introduced to her when she stumbles upon the corpse of [[spoiler:her big sister, Mia, who was murdered in her own office]] and she is subsequently arrested and accused of the murder. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as the next two games put her through the wringer in certain cases, and she ''still'' manages to come out of it smiling.
* TheBusCameBack: After being absent since ''Trials and Tribulations'', aside from the occasional [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney cross]][[VideoGame/ProjectXZone over]], cameos in the ''Investigations'' games, some vague references in ''Apollo Justice'' and a postcard in ''Dual Destinies'', she finally returns to the series in ''Spirit of Justice''.
* ButtMonkey: Any moment Phoenix isn't the butt of a joke, there's a fifty-to-fifty chance Maya's on the receiving end instead.
** In a more serious manner, she's also the most recurring defendant in the series. Maya has been accused of seven murders on five separate occasions, four of which actually go to trial.
* TheCameo: She appears in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue of "Rise from the Ashes" even though she's absent in the case proper, save for some split-second flashbacks.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Half the things she says during investigation are off-the-wall comments.
* CoolBigSis: To Pearl, being the only close family she has who's still around (and not in jail).
* CoyGirlishFlirtPose: She does this pose anytime she's thinking something mischievous.
* DamselInDistress: [[OncePerEpisode At least once every game she shows up in.]]
** ''Ace Attorney'': Maya is accused of her sister's murder in the first half of case 2.
** ''Justice for All'': Maya is accused of murdering a spirit channeling client in case 2, and she's kidnapped for ransom in case 4.
** ''Trials & Tribulations'': Maya's Sacred Urn is stolen in case 2, and she's missing/almost killed/accused of her mother's murder in case 5.
** ''Layton vs. Wright'': Maya is accused of witchcraft and murder in case 3, after which [[spoiler:she is seemingly executed anyway when she tries to prevent the actual witch from being executed]].
** ''Spirit of Justice'': The prologue anime has Maya taken hostage by a Khura'in Kingdom fugitive, but she's immediately rescued by the local authorities. However, she was on the phone talking to Phoenix when this happened, and her phone broke during the scuffle, so Phoenix goes after her without knowing she's alright, triggering the events of the game. Then in case 3 of the game itself, she's accused of murdering a priest. [[spoiler:And in "Turnabout Revolution", she is abducted in order to force Phoenix to work for a murderer, just like in Case 2-4.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Not as bad as Phoenix in any sense, but she gets her fair share of snark in the cases against Godot and his [[IceCreamKoan coffeenese]]. Most of the pans over to her in the cases are for her to say something about Godot's latest "metaphor", or when Phoenix fails at [[CourtroomAntic bluffing the court]].
-->'''Godot''': It would seem I've been forced to eat crow!
-->'''Maya''': I wonder what blend number crow-flavoured coffee is?
* DependingOnTheArtist: Capcom just can't decide on what her eye color is. While it's usually brown, artwork and other media have shown it as gray or blue.
* TheDitz: Her assessments of things can be quite a bit silly at times. While she didn't appear in DualDestinies, she did write a letter to Phoenix in which she assumed he was having a trial in an exploding court room (as opposed to a court room in which there was an explosion).
* {{Fangirl}}: Lover of all things Steel Samurai and its spinoffs. ''Spirit of Justice'' even extends it to its ''ripoffs'' as well, to the point that she considers pitching a ''Plumed Punisher''/''Steel Samurai'' crossver when she gets back to LA.
* FightingYourFriend: Phoenix has to cross-examine her in the final section of "Bridge to the Turnabout", and [[spoiler:Apollo must cross-examine her in one of the final sections of "Turnabout Revolution"]].
* FinalBoss: In a sense. She's one of two (along with [[spoiler:Godot/Diego Armando]]) for ''Trials and Tribulations'', being called as the final witness of "Bridge to the Turnabout".
* GenericCuteness: When asking Nick how she looks dressing up as a waitress in "Recipe for a Turnabout", he replies that maybe she should quit being a spirit medium.
* GenkiGirl: Maya is easily excitable and generally in a chipper mood to the point of wearing out Phoenix.
* GiantWaistRibbon: Part of her medium outfit.
* HairDecorations: Oddly, despite her childish attitude, this isn't an example deliberately invoked to make her look younger but to help hold together her traditional haircut.
* HairstyleInertia: A photograph at the end of "Bridge to the Turnabout" shows Maya sporting the same long hair and bun as a toddler. Her hair is still this way in her reappearance in ''Spirit of Justice'', a whopping nine years after she's last seen in-game.
* HimeCut: Serves both to reflect her traditional upbringing and as a tip-off to her spiritualist job.
* HopelessWithTech: Zigzagged. She has a cellphone that she knows how to operate all right, but when it comes to ''computers'', she can't even turn the things on. [[HypocriticalHumor And despite this]], she teases Phoenix when he struggles to get a security report from a computer in case 3-2.
* IOweYouMyLife: Implied to be why she [[spoiler:tries to cover for Godot]] in "Bridge to the Turnabout".
* InadequateInheritor: Morgan believes her to be this to the position of Master, as she has relatively weak spiritual power compared to her prodigy cousin Pearl.
* KiddieKid: Maya is 17-19 during the Phoenix trilogy but acts like 9 most of the time. Even in her late twenties in ''Spirit of Justice'', she still retains some childlike mannerisms.
* KimonoIsTraditional: Goes hand in hand with her spirit medium background. At the end of "Turnabout Time Traveler", she is the only one to wear a kimono (a different one) to the wedding in contrast to Athena and Ema's modern-style dresses.
* KleptomaniacHero: If it weren't for Phoenix, much of the evidence and various possessions of witnesses and suspects would end up in her pockets. She's always eager to get into restricted areas through illegal means, as well.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Turnabout Sisters", which comes in 2001 (first game), 2002 (second and third game), and 2016 (sixth game) flavors.
* LethallyStupid: [[DownplayedTrope Not very often]] but she has her moments, like when she tested how decorative sword would bend by ''smashing Phoenix's head with it'', or when she tested if someone can be struck on back of his head from the front in the same way.
* TheLoad: She certainly ''feels'' like she's this, especially after case 1-4. It's not true, of course; spirit channeling powers aside, she's often a valuable source of insight and is one of Phoenix's pillars of emotional support throughout the original trilogy.
* MakingTheChoiceForYou: [[spoiler:She wrote a note to Phoenix asking him to get Matt Engarde, the defendant who hired a ProfessionalKiller to kill the defendant's rival, declared guilty no matter what. The problem is that she was being held hostage by that ProfessionalKiller who will kill her if the defendant is found guilty. This means that she was asking to die rather than let Engarde get away with his conspiracy to commit murder.]]
* MeaningfulName:
** "Maya" and "Mayoi" are the Sanskrit and Japanese names, respectively, for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_(illusion) Buddhist concept of illusion.]] Meanwhile, the kanji used for the name Mayoi mean "true night," which the director felt suited the setting of "Turnabout Sisters", her debut case. "Mayoi" can also mean "lost" (as in losing your sense of direction).
** Maya (altough sometimes spelled 'Maia') was also the eldest of the Seven Pleiads, and the most beautiful. The latin word 'Maior' ('greater') and 'Maiestos' ('majestic') are related to the name. The month May is named after this Maya, embodying growth. Fitting, since she [[spoiler:eventually ''grows'' to be the master mystic]].
* MoeStare: Her default cheerful-looking sprite in the original trilogy.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: In the first three games, her animation sprites look more cartoony compared to the rest of the realistic-looking cast at that time sans [[{{Gonk}} Moe and Ben]], [[http://aceattorney.sparklin.org/Ressources/Images/persos/Maya/3.gif especially in this animation]] of hers, probably to highlight her GenericCuteness. [[ArtEvolution Averted when she is drawn with the newer style]].
* TheNotLoveInterest: For Phoenix, assuming you don't ship them like [[ShipperOnDeck Pearl]] does. They're always together, obviously care deeply about one another, and messing with Maya is a really good way to ruin Nick's day (and perhaps get him to ruin yours next time you're in court). Even after seven years, they're not officially a couple but still keep in contact and are apparently close despite Maya's intensive training.
* OnceAnEpisode: In every main-series game she appears in, she is accused of murdering someone. [[spoiler: The third game is the odd one out however, as it's the only one where she isn't the primary suspect, and it was [[TakingTheHeat intentional on her part]]. Nevertheless, it still counts.]]
* OlderAndWiser: Although she remains perky and {{Adorkable}}, her reappearance in ''Spirit of Justice'' shows that she's also become much wiser as she grew up.
-->'''Maya''': Sorry, I guess I've outgrown [[RunningGag that stepladder argument we always have]]...\\
'''Phoenix''': I think you mean "ladder," Maya.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her mother disappeared in disgrace at the end of the infamous [=DL-6=] incident. Maya usually doesn't let on how much this bothers her, it tends to come up [[StepfordSmiler when other tragedies darken her mood]] and pull her out of her normal PluckyGirl attitude. Also, her father died when she was very young, but that almost never comes up, because it seems that she never really knew him.
* PeripheryDemographic: She's seventeen at the beginning, and a fan of Steel Samurai, which is apparently aimed at [[ShonenDemographic 10-year-old boys]] -- an interest that survives to her late twenties. {{Invoked}}.
* PlatonicLifePartners: She and Phoenix are officially this, though they're not without their ShipTease moments. They were attached at the hip back in the day, and are very clearly devoted to each other even after the timeskip.
* PluckyGirl: Even after all the stuff that she has to suffer, Maya's enthusiasm never wavers, with the exception of her introduction in case 1-2. Even in case 1-2, if Phoenix tries to joke with her, she will still attempt to laugh.
* ThePollyanna: She will talk about being accused of murder with a big smile on her face.
* PowerStrainBlackout:
** Faints dead away after [[spoiler:Dahlia is removed from her body]] in Case 3-5.
** Just as she's found in "Turnabout Revolution", she faints from exhaustion and spends the first half of the trial resting in the hospital. [[spoiler:Unsurprising, considering she'd been channeling Dhurke for almost the entire time Apollo and company were with him.]]
* PutOnABus:
** Right before Case 1-5, though in the original Game Boy Advance release there was no case 1-5 and her reappearance in 2-1 came without a break in between.
** She is also absent from ''Apollo Justice'' and ''Dual Destinies''. The latter confirms that she has been keeping contact with Phoenix by sending letters and Steel Samurai videos, and undergoing intensive training.
* PrettyInMink: In the live action film, her jacket has a thick fur collar added.
* RapunzelHair: Another tip-off to the fact that she comes from a traditional, high-class background.
* SarcasmBlind: Especially when she's in full ''boke'' mode during investigations.
* SecretKeeper: In ''Spirit of Justice'', she's asked by [[spoiler:Dhurke to keep his own death a secret so the Khura'in revolution can keep going... as well as to be able to see Apollo again through channeling]].
* ShesAllGrownUp: Having spent most of her screen time as a teenager she's now in her late twenties though she hasn't lost her perky quirks. Lampshaded by Larry in ''Turnabout Time Traveler''.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Phoenix and Iris after seeing [[EntertaininglyWrong what she assumes to be]] LoveAtFirstSight.
-->'''Maya''':(singing) Iris and Nick, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
* ShooOutTheClowns: She is largely absent in both "Farewell, My Turnabout" and "Bridge to the Turnabout" -- the final cases of the 2nd and 3rd game, respectively. In the former she's kidnapped to pressure Phoenix into taking the case, in the latter she's locked away courtesy of [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]]. Happens again in "Turnabout Revolution," which acts as a CallBack to "Farewell, My Turnabout."
* {{Sidekick}}: Effectively Phoenix's partner in solving crime and the second main character in the first three games.
* SlipknotPonytail: In Case 3-5, [[spoiler:after Dahlia leaves her body.]]
* StealthPun: She's a ''paralegal''.
* StepfordSmiler: At times, as Mia comments that she's more lonely and sad than she lets on. This is especially true at the conclusion of 3-5, when [[spoiler:despite Maya's mother having been killed, she puts on a strong face and resolves not to cry for Pearl's sake, as Pearl has not only been manipulated by her mother, but also blames herself for the incident being set into motion]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Thanks to her extensive training to live up to her new position as Master of Kurain, she's a much better spirit medium in ''Spirit of Justice'' than she was as a teenager in the original trilogy.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Burgers or ramen, [[CulturalTranslation depending on whether it's the English or Japanese version]], which leads to the odd case of the noodle stand Phoenix apparently visited with Maya a lot in Apollo Justice, since there's no mention of such a thing in the American releases of the first 3 games. At least the Professor Layton crossover there is a cutscene showing her and Phoenix munching burgers.
** Though with how much Maya [[BigEater loves food in general]], it's easy enough to assume they're ''both'' her favorites. This is further implied in ''Spirit of Justice'' (third case, second investigation day), when Phoenix [[spoiler:in order to encourage her at the Detention Center]] offers to take Maya to "Eldoon's Noodles, or your favorite burger joint" for celebration [[spoiler:after he wins that day's trial]].
* UnskilledButStrong: She doesn't train nearly as hard at the Kurain Channeling Technique as her cousin Pearl, and considers her skill inferior. There are also times that she fails to channel a spirit when she's trying to (notably in Case 1-4, where she fails to channel her sister). Closer analysis reveals that, between her and Pearl, Maya is actually the medium with the ''stronger'' spiritual power. In case 2-4, she channels a spirit that Pearl was channeling, leaving Pearl as herself--a feat Pearl stated had to be done by a very powerful medium. This is a plot point in [[spoiler:3-5, where the ''failure'' of Pearl to channel a spirit is caused by Maya turning out to already be channeling said spirit--in other words, Maya can "steal" a channeled spirit from Pearl, but not the other way around]]. Not so much anymore in her ''Spirit of Justice'' appearance, as she's now both skilled ''and'' strong.
* WhatTheHellHero: PlayedForLaughs in "Recipe for a Turnabout". Mia is shocked that Maya channeled her just to have a DirtyOldMan talk to them. While she does play along, she leaves Maya's body as soon as Phoenix gets the information he needs.
* WillingChanneler: She can channel spirits of the dead, most usually her sister Mia, but only if she lets them.
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[[folder: '''Pearl Fey''' (''Harumi Ayasato'')]]
!!'''Pearl Fey''' (''Harumi Ayasato'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Misaki Kuno (Japanese, anime)

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->"I know who you are. You're…You're Mystic Maya's…'[[ShipperOnDeck special someone!]]'"

Mia and Maya's cousin, and a spirit medium prodigy. She believes that "Mr. Nick" is "Mystic Maya"'s "special someone", but this is a result of a sisterly devotion to Maya and growing up in a village with a high divorce rate, even for the US.
She returns in ''Dual Destinies'' as a teenager, and appears in Case 5 and the DLC case.
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Once ran from Kurain to the courthouse when it's likely she's never left her home village before. Judging by the fact she doesn't know what a train is, she doesn't seem to comprehend that running a 2-hour train route on foot at the age of 8 shouldn't be possible.
* AffectionateNickname: Phoenix calls her "Pearls" and Maya calls her "Pearly" ("Harumi-chan" and "Hami-chan", in the Japanese version). Edgeworth picks up Phoenix's name for her, while Athena picks up Maya's. Subverted with Apollo, who just calls her Pearl or Ms. Pearl Fey.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: She can and will take down Phoenix if she thinks he's "betraying" Maya.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: The youngest of the Feys, and a little sister figure to Maya.
* BadassAdorable: The girl can run from her home village to the courthouse. Without getting winded. On a route that takes 2 hours by train. She can also slap a 26-year-old man ''out of consciousness''.
* BigSisterWorship: She adores and idolizes Maya. In ''Dual Destinies'' she's even picked up a few of her mannerisms as shown by her animations.
* BlushSticker: Often when in the depths of Phoenix/Maya shipping delusions or when embarrassed.
* BreakTheCutie: Pearl is one of the most well-meaning, sweet-natured, and adorably naïve characters in the entire series. Naturally, she gets put through the wringer several times a game, and is probably the character who gets the most grief heaped upon her other than Maya. Phoenix even tries to avert some of this in 2-2 by having her channel Mia for him [[spoiler:so she doesn't have to watch her mother be questioned and arrested]].
* CheerfulChild: When life isn't beating her down, she's generally in a good mood, because she's either seeing something new and exciting or mooning over Phoenix and Maya.
* ChildProdigy: Described by other characters as possessing massive spiritual power at a very young age. Amplified in ''Spirit of Justice,'' where she states that it takes year of studying and training to channel spirits and that only she and Maya are capable of it. Remember she first channelled a spirit when she was '''eight'''.
* CoolBigSis: Acts like this to Trucy, according to Phoenix. Pearl is often amazed whenever Trucy puts on a show for her.
* DeathGlare: One of her default sprites. Even moreso in Case 3-2, when she thinks Phoenix is getting too close to Desiree.
-->...[[OhCrap *glare*]]
* DieForOurShip: InUniverse example. She tends to beat the crap out of Phoenix if she catches him with another woman, whether the wife of one of his clients or [[spoiler:the woman who dated Phoenix while disguised as her sister, and whom he realized actually ''did'' love him]]. However, she seeems to get over this in ''Dual Destinies''.
* ExpressiveHair: The rings in the back of her head perk up or sag with her mood.
* FatalFlaw: Pearl's only true fault is [[ChildrenAreInnocent her naivete.]] Cool and all, except [[spoiler:it allows her to be used as an UnwittingPawn by Morgan and trigger Case 3-5.]] And the sad thing is, she really just wanted to help...
* FashionableAsymmetry: As a teenager, she sports a little hair-bauble on her left.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: A lot of the vet's staff say that it's hard to get Rifle the penguin to like anybody. Both Pearl and Rifle get along [[FluffyTamer swimmingly]].
* GiantWaistRibbon: Part of her medium outfit.
* MistakenForRomance: In the "Turnabout Reclaimed" case in ''Dual Destinies'', early in the case Phoenix mistakenly assumes that Pearl is in a relationship with Marlon Rimes, because Pearl has been acting very friendly to Marlon and is even helping Marlon get Rifle the penguin back. Why was Pearl getting along so well with him? [[spoiler:Because Pearl got lost and bumped into Marlon, spilling fish all over the both of them, screwing up his schedule and causing him to lose his calendar. Pearl was trying to make it up to him by helping him in his job.]]
* HairstyleInertia: Her bangs are slightly different as a teenager (tied down by one bead instead of two) but she still sports the same pretzel hairstyle in ''Dual Destinies''.
* InnocentProdigy: She's very naive but at the same time she's an even better spirit medium than Maya.
* {{Irony}}: Pearl is the one who gave Phoenix the means to be a lie detector and in every appearance she has something to hide from him. [[spoiler:Even in ''Spirit of Justice'' where Apollo visits her instead, she hides something from him, and ends up getting perceived.]]
* JustTryingToHelp: She wants to do the best she can for the people she loves, including her dear mother. [[spoiler:Her following Morgan's directions (wanting to help) ended up starting the chain of events of 3-5 without her even realizing what she did.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Together With Pearly", a happier and lighter version of "Turnabout Sisters", Maya's theme. It got remixed in ''Dual Destinies'' as well.
* MeaningfulName:
** She is precious to her mother [[spoiler:as a means to an end, not as a person]]. Her Japanese name means 'Spring Beauty'. It indicates that she's cute, really.
** According to WordOfGod, her name is actually a reference to Literature/TheScarletLetter, in which the book's protagonist is forced to raise a daughter from a love affair.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Has one of these moments when she realises [[spoiler:exactly what happened in Case 3-5: that she nearly got Maya, whom she looks up to as a big sister, killed and that she ''did'' get Misty Fey (whom she adored both as the former master of Kurain and as her author-alter-ego Elise Deauxnim) killed.]] She runs from the courtroom all the way back to the monastery, presumably intending to go into self-imposed exile there, but Phoenix and Maya bring her back pretty much straight away.
* NiceGirl: Pearls is a good kid who just wants the people she loves to be happy. [[spoiler:This gets abused so badly by her mother.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Due to her HairstyleInertia and height she actually looks 3-4 years younger than her age in ''Dual Destinies'' despite being only a year behind the 18-year old Athena. She's even mistaken for a little girl in ''Spirit of Justice'' and is actually shorter than the 9-year old Ahlbi (who in all fairness is quite tall for his age) by an inch.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father left her mother due to feeling marginalized by Kurain village's emphasis on its women, due to the Fey family's spiritual powers only being passed down to its women. This and all the other failed marriages she's seen growing up are the root of why she's so fixated on romance, especially the one she's convinced Maya has with Phoenix. [[spoiler:And then there's what her mother did...]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In the final case of ''Trials and Tribulations'', Pearl gives this to Franziska von Karma, bluntly stating she hates her for trying to get Maya convicted for murder just for her own satisfaction. Pearl tells Franziska that she's no different from her father, that she doesn't give a damn about justice as she claims, only about her precious prosecuting record, and for that, Franziska is the worst kind of prosecutor in Pearl's view. She even goes as far as telling Franziska that's she's just a wimp if she doesn't have her whip.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Once ''Dual Destinies'' rolls in, she is this. She is still a bit naive of a few things but is smarter about the outside world. In ''Spirit of Justice'', she even likes leaving the village every now and then to do typical teenage things like shopping at the mall.
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Having grown up in a village where marriages culminate in either emotional distance between husband and wife at best, and divorce at worst, Pearl is a big believer in the "happy ever after".
** Pearl is an in-universe Phoenix/Maya shipper. She responds... [[ArmorPiercingSlap violently...]] to any suggestion they are NOT madly in love, at least on Nick's part. By the time of ''Dual Destinies'', she seems to get over it for the most part.
** She's a huge sucker for romance plots in general. It isn't Maya who sucks her into the Steel Samurai franchise -- it's Will Powers describing the tropperiffic romantic subplots of the shows in case 2-4. She gets really intense about whether or not the female love interests fall in love and tries to drill Powers for more info.
** She also ships Oldbag/Edgeworth in case 2-4, or at least takes Oldbag's feelings seriously about the matter and chides Nick for not doing so too.
* TeensAreShort: Even at the age of eighteen, she's shorter than nine-year old Ahlbi (by just an inch). [[spoiler:This becomes a plot point in the first ''Asinine Attorney'' DLC]]. Although in fairness, Ahlbi is pretty tall for his age.
* TerribleArtist: She's never been very good with arts and crafts. And as shown in ''Spirit of Justice'', even as a teenager, her drawings are little more than childish doodles, to her embarrassment.
* TokenMiniMoe: When first introduced, she was the adorable child character in a cast of young adults. By ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice'', she's more mature but still seems like the "baby" of the group.
* UnwittingPawn:
** In Case 3-5, [[spoiler:is told to retrieve a letter and channel Dahlia Hawthorne, supposedly for the sake of the main family, but so that Morgan can kill Maya (or, alternatively, frame her for murder) and install Pearl as Master]].
** [[spoiler:In "Turnabout Revolution" the main villain of the first part thought he could make her this so he could further manipulate Phoenix, but Apollo, Athena and Phoenix immediately shot that down, knowing that Pearl wouldn't do anything like that, especially if she knew what he and his benefactor did to Maya.]]
* WillingChanneler: She can channel spirits of the dead, most usually her cousin Mia, but only if she lets them.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: '''Trucy Wright''' (''Minuki Naruhodo'')]]
!!'''Trucy Wright''' (''Minuki Naruhodo'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/KiraBuckland (English, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'') Creator/ChiekoHiguchi (Japanese, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' (Voice drama only), ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' and ''Trailers'')

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->"How can you call someone as good as Machi a "pianist"? Why, that's like throwing him in the same class as Daddy!"

Phoenix's adopted daughter and magician extraordinaire (in training), and the heir to the Gramarye name. Her best tricks are "The Amazing Mr. Hat", a wooden puppet almost as big as her that she can [[{{Hammerspace}} somehow]] hide in her cloak, and "Magic Panties", where she pulls out all sorts of bizarre items from frozen turkeys to mops to noodle bowls... all from a large pair of panties. She manages the talent branch of "Wright Anything".
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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: [[spoiler:Regardless if she and Apollo knew their relationship or not, she tends to wear him down by forcing him to do what she wants. Phoenix being the owner of the place makes it easier for her. For all Apollo grumbles about it, though, it's clear that he cares about Trucy and honestly wants to help her out.]]
* BagOfHolding: Her magic panties, which she pulls all sorts of things out of.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: An ambiguous example, Trucy has a running gag of interrupting Apollo's narration.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Arguably moreso than Maya was.
* CovertPervert: Athena found ''something'' really naughty in her purse. Unfortunately we never find out what is it.
--> '''Athena''': Oh, wow! She has..?! Oh, Trucy! You are BAD!
* DaddysGirl: Exceedingly so. She adores Phoenix, and he dotes on her as much as he can.
* DamselInDistress: She got kidnapped and held for a hostage along with 12 other people in ''Dual Destinies''. She handles the situation surprisingly well, though, using a moment of carelessness by the kidnapper to convey important information to her father and the police. The sixth game then has her being suspected in the death of someone at one of her magic shows.
* ADayInTheLimelight: After being DemotedToExtra in ''Dual Destinies'' [[CharacterFocus in favor of Athena]], she gets a whole case revolving around her in ''Spirit of Justice'': "The Magical Turnabout", where a magic trick goes wrong and she's accused of murder.
* DecoyDamsel: Played with. During the middle of the second trial, [[spoiler:she kidnapped herself by using her incredible Mr. Hat to stall for time so she can explain the Perceive system. [[AngerBornOfWorry Apollo is understandably angered.]]]]
* DemotedToExtra: While she appears in almost every case of ''Dual Destinies'', she doesn't actually do much of anything most of the time and instead just hangs around the office (if present at all). The game justifies this by noting Phoenix is trying to get her to focus more on school and less on murder cases. This is alleviated in ''Spirit of Justice'', where she finally gets [[ADayInTheLimelight a case for herself]].
* {{Fangirl}}: In regards to Troupe Gramarye and the Gavinners. She even has a special animation when she is "fangirling" on someone.
* FixingTheGame: She helped Phoenix cheat in poker while he was disbarred by signaling his opponent's subtlest tells to him.
* {{Flanderization}}: A side-effect of her DemotedToExtra status in ''Dual Destinies'' is that most of her conversations involve her "Magic Panties". Not so much in ''Spirit of Justice'', where she's the focus of the second case.
* GenkiGirl: Especially if it means an opportunity for her to bedazzle or entertain someone, whether it involves using a magic trick or not.
* GuestStarPartyMember: She doesn't have as much screentime in ''Dual Destinies'', but nonetheless briefly tags along as an assistant in both "The Monstrous Turnabout" and "Turnabout For Tomorrow". She's much more prominent in ''Spirit of Justice'', as she gets to tag along and investigate in "Turnabout Revolution".
* {{Hammerspace}}:
** Just where exactly does she keep a puppet nearly as large as herself? Especially when she's a child, and Mr. Hat's actually bigger than her?
** This is arguably the case for her Magic Panties trick as well, as it's stated she hides a number of rather large items in them that ''should'' be difficult to fit into any size panties to begin with.
* HairstyleInertia: Her child sprites have the same hairstyle as her teenage ones.
* HappilyAdopted: Calls Phoenix her father like he sired her himself, and the two of them obviously have a very close relationship. In Case 4-4, [[spoiler:Phoenix has just adopted her, and says she can call him "Daddy". She does so with no problem, and only just met him, with a smile on her face]].
* HiddenDepths:
** Her deductive reasoning and understanding of a crime scene rival Phoenix's. Even Apollo is impressed at how fast she can unravel a contradiction of facts.
** She is shown to have a poker face that rivals Phoenix's. [[spoiler:She manages to convincingly hide her sadness over the death of her father. When Apollo realizes who "Shadi Smith" really was and is about to reveal it to the court, Trucy tells him that it's fine and to just say it. He wonders if she figured it out even before he did.]] And in ''Dual Destinies'', [[spoiler:when she's being held hostage, she takes advantage of access to a video screen Phoenix is watching to tell him how many hostages and robots there are, before the kidnapper shoves her away.]]
** ''Spirit of Justice'' reveals she handles the office accounting.
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Trucy ''refuses'' to reveal the secrets behind a magician's trick. Even when her partner Apollo ''needs'' to know how a magic trick works in order to save someone accused of murder.
** She is so insistent on the Magician's Code that when she was accused of stealing a male calico cat during a failed magic trick in the voice drama "Turnabout Animal Circus!?", she declines telling the police and the rest of the Agency how the magic trick works, and even goes so far as to accept her accusation.
** Fortunately, she's willing to put reason before honor by the time of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', as in the second case, when she's been arrested for involuntary manslaughter, this time she's willing to reveal the secret of her magic trick to help Apollo and Athena (though she threatens that if Apollo ever tells anyone, she'll make him the guinea pig of all her future magic tricks).
* IdiotHair: She has two under her hat, a design motif that [[spoiler:she has in common with her half-brother Apollo]].
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Just look at her bouncing animation.
* KidSidekick: At age 15, she fills the role in ''Apollo Justice'' during Apollo's investigations and trials. Also does this occasionally in the later two games, ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice''.
* KnifeNut: Is great at throwing knives accurately to the point of [[spoiler:disabling Yuri Cosmos' segway tires to stop him for questioning]], well beyond the point of skill needed to perform a KnifeThrowingAct. Reasonably, her father is a little disturbed at the accuracy with which she can do this.
-->'''Trucy:''' And the streak continues!
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Child of Magic", an energetic and joyful theme that suits her cheerful disposition, also remixed in ''Dual Destinies''. She also shares "Troupe Gramarye" with the other members of the troupe, and it plays whenever she talks about them. [[spoiler:In ''Spirit of Justice'', "Reminiscing ~ Smile, No Matter What" plays when she's interviewed at the detention center, as her insecurities are finally brought to light. Fittingly, it is a DarkReprise of "Troupe Gramarye".]]
* LittleStowaway: [[spoiler:Apparently made her way to Khura'in in "Turnabout Revolution" by hiding in Edgeworth's suitcase, although where she was while the cast was off investigating is anyone's guess]].
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:She's Apollo's half-sister, although neither of them are aware of this relation]].
* MagicalGirl: Plays one in the "Trucy in Gramarye-Land" stage show, and often refers to herself as one in ''Spirit of Justice''.
* MagicianDetective: Sort of, being the magician assistant to a defense attorney. She ultimately never uses her magician skills to help Apollo, and the only time she could have done that, [[HonorBeforeReason she refuses to tell him]].
** She does use her magician skills to help Phoenix when Yuri Cosmos tried to flee on a Segway by [[KnifeNut throwing a knife into his Segway's tire to disable it]], so he finally forced to tell the truth.
* NiceHat: She's never seen without at a magician's silk top hat, even as a child, except when her puppet Mr. Hat is wearing it.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: The first time we see Trucy in Case 4-1, she almost comes across as an EmotionlessGirl. It's really jarring upon re-playing the game and knowing [[GenkiGirl what she's really like for the rest of the game]], [[spoiler:and possibly an indication that Trucy is extremely uncomfortable with handing over the fake piece of evidence Phoenix told her to give to Apollo]].
* PluckyGirl: Trucy powers through several horrible experiences like a champ.
* ThePollyanna: Despite all the hardships she's gone through in her life [[spoiler:like her father dying, her mother gone, and being accused of murder in ''Spirit of Justice'']], Trucy always maintains an upbeat and positive attitude. While it's at least partially a mask, she's still TheHeart of the Wright Anything Agency.
* PunnyName: "Trucy" comes from "true" and possibly "see true"/"see through". "Minuki" means "seeing through" (just so you know, the Perceive System is called the Minuku System in Japanese).
* RecurringElement: Mirror's Maya's "perky female assistant" role.
* SillyMeGesture: She puts the knuckles to her hat instead of her head, though. Don't worry, though; the cuteness still shines through.
* ShoutOut: When she boasts that her hat is "...like a little universe! Bigger on the inside than on the outside!", Apollo is reminded of a [[Series/DoctorWho certain show he used to watch.]]
* StepfordSmiler:
** A far less drastic version, but nonetheless [[spoiler:she feigns a cheerful smile when she tells Apollo that Zak was so good at making things disappear that he [[ParentalAbandonment made himself disappear]], but Phoenix knows the truth.]]
** Apollo pushes this button in the second case of ''Spirit of Justice'', forcing her (via his Perceive ability) to open up to him. The resulting conversation sees her break her magician's façade and openly cry.
* StageMagician: This is her main job.
* TenderTears: In ''Spirit of Justice'', when Apollo continues to believe in Trucy even after Trucy herself thinks she accidentally killed someone and disgraced the Gramarye name.
* ThirdPersonPerson: In the Japanese version.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Downplayed and played for laughs, but in ''Spirit of Justice'', she has a much bigger interest in bigger and more dangerous magic tricks, frequently using Apollo (and Athena later) as unwilling guinea pigs for them.
* WorfHadTheFlu: [[spoiler:Retinz]] mocks her by stating Apollo saw through his magic tricks while Trucy couldn't. He conveniently ignores the fact that she can't exactly investigate the crime scene alongside Apollo and Athena while she's held in the detention center.
* YoungAndInCharge: As the major breadwinner for the Wright Anything Agency, everyone agrees that Trucy outranks everyone else who works there, including her own father. She exercises this power by using Apollo (and later Athena) as guinea pigs for her more dangerous magic tricks.
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[[folder: '''Kay Faraday''' (''Mikumo Ichijo'')]]
!!'''Kay Faraday''' (''Mikumo Ichijo'')
!!!'''Voiced by''': Creator/AyumiFujimura (Japanese, ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' (Voice drama only) and ''Trailers'')

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->"Even in the depths of night, when no other bird dares to take flight... one alone soars to shine the light of righteousness on the world's blight! And that one is me, for I am the great thief Yatagarasu!"

Edgeworth's assistant in ''Ace Attorney Investigations'', who serves the same in-game purpose as Maya in the ''Phoenix Wright'' games and Trucy in ''Apollo Justice''. Described as a "[[PhantomThief mysterious thief]]," she owns a device called the "Little Thief" that allows her to create life-sized holograms of rooms and other scenes. It belonged to her late father Byrne Faraday, who used it during his tenure as the Yatagarasu to plan information heists.
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* {{Adorkable}}: She approaches her position as "Yatagarasu" with such adorably girlish enthusiasm that you can't HELP but find her this.
* AnimalMotifs: Crows, fitting her title which means "three-legged crow" in Japanese and crows are infamous for stealing. She even looks like a baby crow as a kid.
* BandageBabe: In [=AAI2=], [[spoiler:when she fell from a skyscraper rooftop, she ended up like this, losing her memory on top of it]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler:the bandages turn out to be just a unnecessary precaution and her injuries weren't that serious. And besides that, she only fell from one floor to another]].
* BareYourMidriff: Her younger self in "Turnabout Reminiscence".
* ChekhovsGunman: Chronologically she first meets Edgeworth (during ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations]]'') [[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/Turnabout_Reminiscence 7 years prior]] to the [[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/The_Kidnapped_Turnabout Amano incident]], where she kicks Edgeworth in the leg and blows her nose on his shirt.
* {{Fangirl}}: She claims to be one in regards to the Jammin' Ninja. This irks Edgeworth, a die-hard Steel Samurai fan.
* GenkiGirl: Possibly even more so than Maya or Trucy.
* GentlemanThief: She repeatedly compares herself to Myth/RobinHood. The Yatagarasu is explicitly called a gentleman thief in the Japanese version.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: A review in a recent ''Nintendo Power'' referred to her as a {{ninja}}, but the Ace Attorney Wiki uses the phrase "mysterious thief" and has her occupation listed as vigilante thief, suggesting she's more of a Highly Visible PhantomThief. This is, of course, possibly even ''worse''. Edgeworth wonders if she ''really'' wants to be a ninja when Kay starts showing her preference for the Jammin' Ninja over the Steel Samurai. She's also not at all averse to loudly declaring her role as the Yatagarasu with law enforcement personnel in immediate earshot. [[RealityEnsues This comes back to bite her once toward the end of the first game]], when Interpol agent Shih-na attempts to arrest her for a murder which the Yatagarasu most likely committed. Kay swears she's no murderer but refuses to back down from her claim that she is the Yatagarasu, making Edgeworth do some extra work to clear her name.
* IdentityAmnesia: In [=AAI2=]. [[spoiler:She even believes herself to be a murderer.]]
* InformedAbility: Both in-universe and out. Nobody believes that she's a competent thief, given how very unsubtle she is about things.
* KleptomaniacHero: Surprisingly averted. Despite calling herself a thief and making jokes about stealing various items, her only real heist is to steal the role as Edgeworth's assistant from Gumshoe and Ema Skye. Justified, given that the Yatagarasu is a noble thief who swipes information and dirty secrets, not material possessions.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "The Great Truth Burglar", a slightly more traditionally-Japanese theme to match the Yatagarasu theme of her character. [[spoiler:It gains a DarkReprise in I2-4 as "Reminiscing ~ A Girl With Lost Memories" when she's suffering from amnesia]].
* MagicalComputer: Little Thief, a device that Kay uses to virtually reproduce crime scenes, even ones she can't actually access (though if she enters the wrong data, the scene will be incorrect).
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: With the exception of the romantic angle, the main entry description pretty much nails Kay's and Edgeworth's relationship.
* MeaningfulName:
** Chances are, Little Thief has been used for less scrupulous goals than reproducing crime scenes. It doesn't work in real time, though, so this fails to explain how Kay deals with the whole "highly visible" thing. When she first uses it, Kay explains that it's used to help plan potential heists. Which makes it perfect to reproduce a crime scene.
** 'Mikumo' means 'Beautiful Cloud' referring to the Karakusa pattern she and her father wore. It's a traditional, stereotypic motif of a Japanese thief's bag.
* ModestyShorts: [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100522003654/aceattorney/images/f/fa/P169.jpg Official artwork]] reveals that she wears a pair of shorts under her skirt.
* ThePromise: She and her father had several, which were recorded in a special notebook. She doesn't manage to keep them all, but everyone takes them seriously.
* PunnyName: "Kay" probably comes for "key", and "Faraday" may refer to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage Faraday cage]] which is used in computer forensics.
* RememberTheNewGuy: ''Investigations'' Case 4 reveals that Edgeworth met her on the same day he met Gumshoe. Subverted in that he doesn't immediately recognize her when she reappears after a seven-year absence.
* ShooTheDog: She tells Edgeworth to [[spoiler:forget about her]] when [[spoiler:defending her causes him to lose his badge and even gets him detained for helping a fugitive]]. He doesn't listen, obviously.
* StealthPun: Whereas many fictional characters [[HairpinLockpick open locks with hairpins]], she uses a key to hold her hair in place.
* TakeUpMySword: Little Thief belonged to her father, a prosecutor who used it to infiltrate companies with suspected criminal ties and steal anything that incriminated them.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Shortly after her introduction, she declares to Edgeworth that she has never actually stolen anything. She also ends up never really stealing anything either, to contrast Maya and Trucy, who definitely steal stuff in the name of evidence. So the spirit medium and the magician end up stealing more than, you know, the actual thief (though to be fair she's under the eye of Edgeworth, who won't have any of that nonsense on his watch).
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Swiss rolls.
* TryingNotToCry: She made a promise to her father never to cry in front of anyone. Unfortunately, shortly after his death, it's a promise she doesn't manage to keep.
* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: She hasn't appeared, or even been mentioned, outside of the ''Investigations'' games.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: When she was young.
* YouKilledMyFather: To [[spoiler:Calisto Yew, after she's unmasked as Shih-na.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Right on the borderline. Official artwork shows a C-grade, which is not considered true ZettaiRyouiki, but her in-game tiny sprites make it seem like they have crossed the threshold into a successful B-grade.
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[[folder: '''Susato Mikotoba''']]
!!'''Susato Mikotoba'''
!!!'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KanaHanazawa (Japanese, ''[[VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Bouken]]'')
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A young judicial assistant and primary companion to Ryunosuke. She is described as a proper maiden, but also a progressive thinker and has a love for foreign mystery novels. Her knowledge of the English court system aids Ryunosuke in understanding their unique trial-by-jury procedure. She has an affinity for sweets.
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* ADayInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:The first case of DGS 2 has her don the garb of a defense attorney to defend her friend in Ryunosuke's absence, and becomes the playable character as a result.]]
* BadassCape: [[spoiler:Her disguise as "Ryutaro Naruhodo" had one.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Set up one for the real killer in DGS-5; after witnessing the murder by creating a peeking window on the crime scene's door, she takes advantage of the fact that said killer doesn't know of the existence of the window, and thus she set out to keep the cat door maker's existence a secret, followed by having Sherlock give it to Ryu in the case that the killer tried to use it to claim to be a witness to the crime.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:When Ryunosuke and Asogi have a hard time proving Jezail's murder method, Susato arrives in the middle of the trial to provide evidence. Later in Case 5, she quickly thinks to use Iris' cat door maker to create a peeking window to Hatch's murder scene after Sherlock gets shot, which ends up being decisive evidence against Crogley.]]
* BornInTheWrongCentury: She is described as a progressive thinker. This is exemplified in her fashion sense, more specifically, the addition of her hakama, which was traditionally only worn by men with a few exceptions.
* BrokenPedestal: As she idolizes Asogi and expects Ryunosuke to be a good friend to him, she is naturally appalled when [[spoiler:Case 2 pointed towards Ryunosuke as Asogi's murderer. Because of this she treats him horribly at first, but he slowly regains her trust once he is able to prove himself not guilty.]]
** In the second game, she is ''furious'' at [[spoiler:Yuujin]] while she's under the impression that [[spoiler:he fathered Iris whilst in England]].
* DeathByChildbirth: Her mother's fate, which caused a heartbroken Yuujin to accept an offer to study abroad in London shortly after her birth.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Due to the circumstances of how they meet again for the second time, she's very cold to Ryunosuke at first. [[spoiler:It only lasts as long as she still suspects him of the murder, and they're on friendlier terms come Case 3.]]
* DisappearedDad: Yuujin was one to her during the first few years of her life.
* {{Fangirl}}: Of foreign mystery novels.
* FirstNameBasis: Aside from her own manner of being addressed, she also calls Asogi "Kazuma-sama". He in turn however, calls her Legal Assistant Mikotoba.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: More like "pocket-sized book of everything," but she carries a book in her sleeve that serves as a reference to everything from trial procedure to mystery novels to herpetology.
* HypercompetentSidekick: She's the formally-educated legal assistant to both Asogi and Ryu, and knows more about the law and trial procedure more than most previous assistants in the series. She's the one who teaches Ryu everything he knows.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "A Blooming Flower in the New World", a graceful and beautifully-orchestrated song using Japanese instruments more prominently. She also has "Serenade", a slower, more somber remix. [[spoiler:During her brief stint as a defense attorney, "Ryutaro Naruhodo ~ Objection! 2017" and it's Prelude equivalent, which is a rearrangement of her usual leitmotif.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Tampering with the crime scene of Hatch's murder using Iris' cat door maker, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo in order to leave evidence for Ryuunosuke to capture the culprit]]. It almost made her throw her law book to the ocean in shame before Ryuu arrives and reassures her about it.]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: [[spoiler:When behind the defense bench, she's found to exhibit the same nervous tics Ryunosuke has while defending; eyes darting around nervously, recoiling and faceplanting into the desk in shock, slapping her face to invigorate herself, etc.]]
* SilkHidingSteel: She's prim and proper by default, but she's also capable of shoulder-tossing Ryu like its nothing.
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler:Disguises herself as a male defense attorney to defend Haori Murasame, under the name 'Ryutaro Naruhodo' (registered as such by her father).]]
* SweetTooth: Holmes deduces out she likes to eat pastries in one of the trailers.
* YamatoNadeshiko: One of her defining qualities, in contrast to the other assistants in the ''Ace Attorney'' series.
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[[folder: '''Iris Watson''']]
!!'''Iris Watson'''
!!!'''Voiced by''': Misaki Kuno (Japanese, ''[[VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Bouken]]'')
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A medical prodigy (with an M.D. at the age of 10, no less!), Sherlock Holmes' assistant/roommate, and (in-universe) author of ''The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes''.
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* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Among Ryunosuke's group, she's the youngest.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: An interesting [[spoiler: ''inversion''. Set up as the daughter of John Watson, but the sequel reveals she's actually a totally original character with no connections to Holmsian canon at all.]]
* ChildProdigy: She's 10 years old... but she has a medical doctorate.
* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Yuujin ended up being the one to name her, and eventually settled on giving her the english variant of his beloved wife's name - Ayame.]]
* DeathByChildbirth: Her mother died shortly after giving birth to her.
* GadgeteerGenius: Shares Sherlock's knack for machine making. Some of the things she's made include a colored smoke grenade launcher and a cat door maker.
* KidSidekick: To the great detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. She's also this to Ryuu in Case 5 [[spoiler:when Susato is returning back to Japan.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "The Little Biographer", a fast-paced bubbly theme with a few mechanical whirs.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: She is the author of ''The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'' in this universe. [[spoiler:Actually, she just publishes them. They were really written by Yuujin Mikotoba (though she assumed that they were written by John Watson).]]
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:Case 5 of the second game reveals her to be Barok's niece - shocking Barok, who didn't even know his brother ''had'' a child.]]
* InnocentBlueEyes: As befitting her sweet personality. DGS2 reveals that the colour comes from [[spoiler:her father, Klimt Van Zieks.]]
* MysteriousParent: Her [[spoiler:father]]. In the first game she's under the impression that their identity is that of [[spoiler:John Watson]], but the sequel reveals that this is not the case - instead implying that it's actually [[spoiler:''Yuujin'']]. Case 5 finally reveals her to be the daughter of [[spoiler:''Klimt Van Zieks'', making Barok ''her uncle''.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Holmes is one to her, but in a twist she was so young when she was left with him that she initially grew up thinking he was her ''actual'' father.
* RoseHairedSweetie: Has bubblegum pink hair to match her bubbly personality.
* SherlockScan: She is capable of doing this, and she's ''very'' good at it. Case in point when she correctly deduces what Ryunosuke and Susato's jobs are, what they're doing in 221b Baker Street, and who they're defending.
* SupremeChef: Iris is the cook of the house, and is very happy to do it.
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* AProtagonistIsRyu: His name in Japan ('''Ryu'''ichi Naruhodou). Said to be chosen just because the development staff liked the name (so no meaningful connection to his character; his last name does that for him). However, by the third game they did [[TigerVersusDragon figure out (albeit minor and mostly symbolic) a way to use it]] with Furio Tigre (AKA Toranosuke ["Tiger Boy/Man"] Shibakuzo).

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* AProtagonistIsRyu: His name in Japan ('''Ryu'''ichi Naruhodou). Said to be chosen just because the development staff liked the name (so no meaningful connection to his character; his last name does that for him). However, by the third game they did [[TigerVersusDragon figure out (albeit minor and mostly symbolic) a way to use it]] with Furio Tigre (AKA Toranosuke ["Tiger Boy/Man"] Shibakuzo). In ''Spirit of Justice'', the Defiant Dragons' name could be a pun on his Japanese name because Phoenix is defiant.
27th Sep '17 11:43:05 PM jnv11
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It's utterly remarkable how arrogant and obnoxious his opponents can be towards him, especially since, [[spoiler:with the exception of Edgeworth, and even then only because Matt Engarde was really guilty and Phoenix was working with Edgeworth to bring him down while stalling until he could free Maya from being held hostage]], ''none of them have ever beaten him once''.\\\

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It's utterly remarkable how arrogant and obnoxious his opponents can be towards him, especially since, [[spoiler:with the exception exceptions of Edgeworth, Edgeworth who has one outright victory and even then one partial victory, and Nahyuta Sahdmadhi who had one victory that was later overturned. Edgeworth's partial victory is from when he got a guilty verdict against Lana Skye for forging evidence, but Phoenix won a not guilty verdict for Lana Skye on the charge of murder in the same trial. Edgeworth won an outright victory against Phoenix Wright only because Matt Engarde was really guilty and Phoenix was working with Edgeworth to bring him down while stalling until he they could free Maya from being held hostage]], ''none of them have ever beaten him once''.\\\
25th Sep '17 3:06:08 PM KingLyger
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* AffablyEvil: On the outside, he seems pleasant enough, even if his smile is kind of creepy. And he expresses genuine rage when one of his own students is accused of murder. [[spoiler:Actually, it's all an act; he's the real killer, and was planning on being his student's defense attorney to get someone convicted for it in his place.]] On the inside, besides that, his philosophy of "the ends justify the means" is {{Anti Hero}}ic, at best.
24th Sep '17 10:54:30 PM Savini24
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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Giving von Karma the penalty, [[spoiler:which [[=AAI2=]] reveals was even ''more'' awesome thnt what we heard of it in the first game. Not only did he prove von Karma forged evidence, he was able to present tapes of his interrogations to show the entire court he bullied the defendant into giving a false confession. He managed to get von Karma's (corrupt) replacement detective ''fired'', and Manfred himself was actually ''lucky'' to get off with just a penalty: the only reason he was let off so lightly was that]] '''EVEN MORE MAJOR SPOILERS''' [[spoiler:the chief prosecutor at the time was Blaise Debeste, who was just as much an AmoralAttorney as von Karma and also complicit in the forgery. He had to give von Karma ''some'' punishment to cover his own tracks.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler:this is the one part of the case you don't get to play.]]

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Giving von Karma the penalty, [[spoiler:which [[=AAI2=]] reveals was even ''more'' awesome thnt than what we heard of it in the first game. Not only did he prove von Karma forged evidence, he was able to present tapes of his interrogations to show the entire court he bullied the defendant into giving a false confession. He managed to get von Karma's (corrupt) replacement detective ''fired'', and Manfred himself was actually ''lucky'' to get off with just a penalty: the only reason he was let off so lightly was that]] '''EVEN MORE MAJOR SPOILERS''' [[spoiler:the chief prosecutor at the time was Blaise Debeste, who was just as much an AmoralAttorney as von Karma and also complicit in the forgery. He had to give von Karma ''some'' punishment to cover his own tracks.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler:this is the one part of the case you don't get to play.]]



* TheAtoner: Sincerely regrets [[spoiler:giving Redd White information on Misty Fey]], helping to clear her name some point after. When Maya is on trial for murder during case 2-1, though he couldn't intervene directly himself due to being blackmailed, he points Phoenix's investigation in the right direction to get the crucial evidence he needed to win the case. Even afterwards he's still shown to have something of a soft spot to Phoenix and Maya, likely stemming from their association with Mia, and provides important information several times throughout case 1-4 on DL-6 and Von Karma.

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* TheAtoner: Sincerely regrets [[spoiler:giving Redd White information on Misty Fey]], helping to clear her name some point after. When Maya is on trial for murder during case 2-1, 1-2, though he couldn't intervene directly himself due to being blackmailed, he points Phoenix's investigation in the right direction to get the crucial evidence he needed to win the case. Even afterwards he's still shown to have something of a soft spot to Phoenix and Maya, likely stemming from their association with Mia, and provides important information several times throughout case 1-4 on DL-6 and Von Karma.
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* CovertPervert: Athena found ''something'' really naughty in her purse. Unfortunately we never find out what is it.
--> '''Athena''': Oh, wow! She has..?! Oh, Trucy! You are BAD!
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