Most, if not all of the victims on this page follow the following tropes:
- Asshole Victim: More than a few. They range from mere jerkasses to people who are as evil, if not more so, than their killers. Averted in Dual Destinies, where every victim is completely innocent, law-abiding, and nice, which makes it all the sadder.
- Posthumous Character: Other than a few exceptions, the most notable being Mia Fey, the victims are never met by the protagonist before they die.
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Cindy Stone (Mika Takabi)
The first known girlfriend of Casanova Wannabe Larry Butz, who was murdered in her own apartment by a panicking thug who hit her over the head.
- Posthumous Character: She's actually the first character we see in the whole series... which happens seconds after she's been fatally whacked on the head.
- Punny Name: It even gets lampshaded if, when asked what her name is, you pick what it's punning on.
Jack Hammer (Takeshi Ibukuro)
Former big-name star of Global Studios. His final role was as the Evil Magistrate on The Steel Samurai. Died due to a stab wound.
- Asshole Victim: He got killed while trying to kill Dee Vasquez (for blackmailing him) and was in the process of trying to frame Will Powers for it.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: In the anime, when spotted by Cody in the Steel Samurai costume, Jack quickly poses for him. However, he uses the pose for his character the Evil Magistrate, which clues Phoenix in on Jack's ploy with the Steel Samurai costume.
- Death by Irony: Gets impaled on the same fence that he accidentally killed another man on years before, which was also an unplanned tragedy.
- Evil Versus Evil: On the one hand, he tried to murder someone and frame an innocent, on the other hand, his intended murder victim had been blackmailing him, ruining his career out of vengeance over a (possible) accident, and has used her ties to the mafia to disappear people, including an attempt on the title character.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Zig-zagged like crazy. His original intent for going to Studio 2 was to kill Dee Vasquez and frame Will Powers for the crime. He himself gets killed by Dee (albeit unintentionally), yet Will Powers still ends up getting blamed for his death.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice Dies via impalement through the chest, but on a fence spike, rather than the Samurai Spear as originally believed.
- Jerkass Woobie: His last actions in framing the innocent Will Powers were reprehensible, true, but it becomes understandable when you see what he went through. In an accident, he killed a co-worker, an act he still regretted, but then, to save face, the director, who was also said co-worker's lover, put him through hell via blackmail and destroyed his career and life. The combination of that and seeing up coming stars like Will growing at his expense instead of growing with him proved to be too much for him.
- Posthumous Character: He is a murder victim, after all.
- Punny Name: Jackhammer.
- Spikes of Doom: The actual cause of his death. Specifically, Vasquez knocked him over a railing onto a spiky fence.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: His career went downhill after he accidentally killed one of his fellow actors, and the deceased's lover decided to take vengeance by actively smothering his career.
Manuel (Takumi)An actor of Global Studios. Was accidentally killed by Jack Hammer during a filming.
- Satellite Character: Exists only to give Dee Vasquez motivation to blackmail and manipulate Hammer.
Polly Jenkins (Sayuri Matsushita)
Played by: Yuko Nakamura (live-action film)Fiancee of Yanni Yogi. After the DL-6 case, Polly committed suicide due to Yanni being not guilty by reason of insanity, destroying both of their reputations.
- Driven to Suicide: After the DL-6 case.
- Foreshadowing: Notice that she has the same name as the caretaker's pet parrot, indicating his true identity as Yanni Yogi.
- Happily Married: In the film, she was married to Yanni.
- We Named the Monkey "Jack": Yanni named his parrot after his dead fiancee.
Joe Darke (Joe Aokage) The defendant of the SL-9 case, and a serial murderer. Yet despite the circumstances, there wasn't any decisive evidence against him. But when he killed Prosecutor Marshall or rather, was made to appear responsible for it with forged evidence, courtesy of Damon Gant, Edgeworth was able to get him a guilty verdict and the death penalty.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: Killed someone in an accident, then killed the only witness and the witnesses to his subsequent killings.
- Cosmic Plaything: A villainous case. Nothing goes right for Darke the instant he accidentally kills someone in a car crash - every single attempt to Leave No Witnesses ends up creating more witnesses instead, so he surrenders to the police. When he tries to escape while being interrogated, he takes Ema Skye hostage, but is overpowered by prosecutor Neil Marshall in a fight, then knocked out unconscious by Ema. As a final nail in his coffin, the trial that sentenced Darke to death involved forged evidence (Although the verdict itself is something no character complains about), and accused him of being Marshall's murderer - the one murder he did not cause.
- Crime After Crime: He was a seemingly normal man who accidentally killed a cyclist in a car accident, and then proceeded to go on a killing spree in an attempt to cover up this initial accident.
- Evil Albino: Maybe. His hair has a very light tone in the flashback image below, but it's in black and white.
- The Faceless: Of the Face Framed in Shadow type. Ultimately subverted with a recurring flashback image where you can clearly see his face.◊
- Informed Ability: We're told that he was clever enough to have never left any evidence of his murders except for the last one, and that evidence was forged. However, his killing spree was almost entirely the result of him constantly getting stumbled onto while covering up his growing list of crimes.
- Knife Nut: His first killing was a car accident, but the rest seem to have all been knife murders.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His Japanese surname, "pale shadow", is even creepier.
- Not Me This Time: Posthumously. He did try to kill Neil Marshall, but someone else finished the job while he was unconscious, and Darke was framed for it to get a conviction.
- Serial Killer: Technically, he's a spree killer since he committed his murders in rapid succession with no cool-down time, but the game refers to him as this.
- Labeling him a serial killer is actually correct assuming (as most do for the majority of the case) that he was the killer of Neil Marshall, so this classification is correctly applied to him until we find out the truth.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Arguably. Everyone discusses him as if he were a borderline monster, but when you finally learn his backstory and motive (and him even trying to surrender), he seems psychotic instead of evil.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All
Turner Grey (Tetsuo Kirisaki)
Voiced by: Naoya Nosaka (Japanese, anime)
A doctor whose clinic had an accident that resulted in 14 patients dying. Something of a prick and easily excitable. He also hates the weather girl. Murdered by taking a knife in the chest and a gunshot wound to the head. He's the first victim who meets Phoenix in the same case before getting killed.
- Asshole Victim: At the very least, he doesn't have a nice personality. On top of that, it's possible that his overworking of Mimi may have caused her to make the mistake that resulted in 14 deaths. He even brought a gun to a spirit channelling, implying that he was prepared to call a girl back from the dead to sign a confession at gunpoint if she wasn't cooperative.
- Berserk Button: In Phoenix's own words: "Talking about the weather with this guy is asking for punishment..."
- Captain Obvious: When he complains about his lack of patients: "My clinic isn't seeing nearly as many patients nowadays. Do you understand what that means!? It means they're not coming to my clinic!"
- Department of Redundancy Department: Again, when he complains about his lack of patients.
- Didn't Think This Through: Bringing a gun to a spirit channeling to force a dead spirit to confess? Does anyone else see the glaring problem here?
- Did Not Do the Bloody Research: He originally adjusted his glasses with his middle finger. The middle finger isn't considered offensive in Japan, and the localization team didn't catch it. The Trilogy release corrects this.
- Dr. Jerk: See Asshole Victim above.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: His motive for having Mimi summoned is to make her admit that she caused the incident in which 14 patients died.
- Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Basically Turner wanted to push the blame of the malpractice incident on Mimi to clear out all the allegations against him.
- No Indoor Voice: He can't go a scene without yelling.
- Posthumous Character: Averted. Unlike most of the victims in the series, he is actually first introduced while alive, and acts almost as Phoenix's sidekick for the start of 2-2, before he is shot during Maya's channelling.
- Punny Name: His hair is brown with a greying fringe - hence, turning grey. Alternatively 'Turn her grey' in regards to worrying Mimi. His Japanese name combines it with Names to Run Away from Really Fast—it translates to "slicing and cutting", and the "tetsu" in his given name can mean "iron"
- His name is also likely a reference to Dr George Grey Turner, an English surgeon. Grey-Turner sign is a type of bruising from intra-abdominal bleeding, which can be caused by trauma...such as car accidents.
- Skunk Stripe: Perhaps as a Shout-Out to Black Jack.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing his status as 2-2's victim spoils a large deal of that case's first chapter, in which he is initially Phoenix's client and brings Phoenix and Maya back together before getting shot during the channeling.
Mimi Miney (Mimi Hanaka) A nurse that worked under Dr. Grey. Was supposedly the nurse that killed the fourteen patients. Then, a week later, she died in a car crash. Check the Ace Attorney: Witnesses and Other Characters - Phoenix Wright for more info on how the Ini/Mimi game is played out.
- Punny Name: Together with her sister, they are Ini and Mimi Miney, as in "eeny meeny miney moe". Fitting, as it were.
Russell Berry (Naota Tachimi) The former Ringmaster of the Berry Big Circus, and Max's employer. Killed by a large blunt force taken to the back of the head.
- Badass Mustache: Just look at it!
- Benevolent Boss: See Too Good for This Sinful Earth below.
- Cool Old Guy: He was in his fifties and a saint to all who knew him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Prevented his daughter's death at the hands of Acro by going in her stead.
- Take Me Instead: It's strongly implied that he knew Acro was trying to lure Regina to her death. More importantly, he knew why Acro would want to kill her—her inability to take Bat's coma with proper gravity. An inability that came from him trying to sugarcoat reality for her. Arguably, he coaxed Acro into killing the ultimate culprit behind Regina's naivete—himself.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: The man's a saint. The circus performers all admire him very much, he's a lifelong friend of Moe the Clown, he took in Acro and Bat when their parents abandoned them (and continued to help and support them after they were both injured and unable to work for him), and he pays the performers' wages with his own money whenever the circus is struggling. For a long time, he was the one person at the circus Max Galactica respected.
Bat Mauled by a lion and left comatose, with no indication that he will ever recover. He's Acro's younger brother and has (or had) a crush on Regina. His real name is Sean Dingling (Ippei Kinoshita).
- The Bet: His tragic accident happened because he wanted to impress Regina and made a bet with her that if he stuck his head in a lion's mouth, then she'd go on a date with him to the movies.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Of the Unlucky type: Regina isn't really aware of the gravity of his situation, but is still willing to entertain Max and Trilo's affections despite Bat's attempt to date her. Poor guy.
- Convenient Coma: Averted. There's every indication that he'll never recover.
- Pepper Sneeze: He liked to pull pranks on Regina, invoking this trope. Her counter-prank is what accidentally led to a lion sneezing while his head was in its mouth.
Juan Corrida (Isao Fujimino)
An actor whose most famous (and last) role was as "The Jammin' Ninja". The Rival to Matt Engarde, star of "The Nickel Samurai," in all things. He had a thing for bears, evidently. Dies via strangulation.
- Asshole Victim: Let's see. Calling off his marriage to Celeste just because she used to be hooked up with Matt (and that before she even met him), forging a suicide note to expose all of Matt's misdeeds, thereby attempting to use her suicide to fuel the fire in his rivalry with Matt, and then planning to impersonate Matt himself to stage a public "confession"... yeah, that's a pretty dickish attitude. Not that the man who had him killed was any better.
- Always Second Best: To Matt Engarde. Eve Cn in jackassery.
- Depraved Kids' Show Host: See Asshole Victim, above.
- Jerk Jock: Matt and Juan are both described at being really good at sports, making them both this.
- Pride: He called off his marriage to Celeste solely because his ego wouldn't let him marry someone who had dated his rival.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Really seems to have liked tomato juice (which isn't censorship for wine, by the way), and had a lot of red foods in his refrigerator.
Celeste Inpax (Yurie Amano)
Juan's former manager and Adrian's mentor. An aversion to Never Suicide.
- Adaptation Name Change: Her surname only, in the anime is changed to Andrews since she's actually Adrian's older sister and not just her mentor.
- Ambiguously Bi: She was engaged to Juan Corrida, but she was suggested to be rather... close to Adrian.
- Driven to Suicide: She was engaged to Juan Corrida, Matt Engarde's longstanding rival. Out of sheer malice, apparently, Engarde revealed to Corrida that he and Celeste had also once been in a relationship, which caused Corrida to call off the wedding and Celeste to hang herself.
- Ice Queen: This is where Adrian Andrews gets her Sugar and Ice Personality. It was implied she wasn't so much an Ice Queen as she was a Kuudere, as she really cared about Adrian and Matt and Juan before they betrayed her.
- Meaningful Name: "Celeste" refers to the heavens. "In pax" is Latin for "in peace," making her full name resemble the phrase "rest in peace."
- Related in the Adaptation: See Adaptation Name Change above.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations
Doug Swallow (Kikuzo Nonda) Would've been Phoenix's fellow alumnus of Ivy University had he not tragically died. He was a chemistry nut and Dahlia's ex, killed by electric shock. That said, it's no wonder he got killed...
- Asshole Victim: Subversion. Phoenix stupidly claims that he was a "stuck-up British wanna-be," but the truth is that Doug died because he tried to give Phoenix a very important warning about his girlfriend.
- Cassandra Truth: One of the only people to see through Dahlia's facade. His warning to Phoenix goes unheeded and leads to his death.
- He Knows Too Much: The true reason he was killed.
- High Voltage Death: Dahlia killed him by pushing him onto a downed power cable.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Him trying to warn Phoenix Wright about Dahlia Hawthorne seals his fate.
Kane Bullard (Kurobee Busujima) A Corrupt Corporate Executive and the CEO of KB Security, which was in charge of security during all the Mask?DeMasque heists. Killed by blunt force head trauma in his office.
- Asshole Victim: Tried to blackmail Luke Atmey, and is implied to have been doing the same to several of his own clients.
- Dead Man's Chest: His body was found in a safe.
- The Generic Guy: Maya and Gumshoe lampshade how completely uninteresting a character he is, outside of the aspects mentioned under Asshole Victim.
Glen Elg (Takao Oka) A genius programmer that worked for Blue Screens, Inc. He had a fatal gambling addiction and won five hundred grand in the lottery before kicking the bucket. Dies from a lethal dose of potassium cyanide, caused by ingesting tainted coffee.
- Asshole Victim: Created an extremely powerful and dangerous computer virus, though at the same time it is very ambiguous what he would have done with it if The Tiger hadn't poisoned him. It's also mentioned that he got into a fight with someone the day before he died, though again there's little info on the exact circumstances in which he did so.
- Blessed with Suck: He wins the lottery mere moments before his loan is due. Unfortunately, Glen's collateral is worth much more than the value of the loan, which prompts Furio Tigre to kill Glen to get it.
- Fun with Palindromes: He, along with the rest of Blue Screens Inc, has a palindrome for a name.
- The Gambling Addict: What eventually led to his death.
- Lifesaving Misfortune: Inverted. His winning at the lottery is what led to his death. The Judge lampshaded the tragical irony of the situation.
- Shout-Out: Too bad he died. Otherwise, you could've asked him what the Scouter said about The Tiger's power level.
- Trapped by Gambling Debts: How ironic that ESCAPING the Gambling Debts by winning the lottery led to his death.
Elise Deauxnim (Elise Tenryusai)
A famous illustrator and picture book author with an unknown past. Larry made her his teacher after he read her book. Killed by stab wound through the back. The exact opposite of Oldbag in personality. Her real identity is Misty Fey, the mother of Maya and Mia Fey who vanished over fifteen years before due to an incident that brought shame to her family. See Ace Attorney: The Fey Clan for more information on her background.
- Bilingual Bonus: Her name is a corruption of "deux" (French for "two"), and the suffix -nim, which alludes to names. Essentially, this means she has "Two Names", hinting at her true identity.
- Leitmotif: She has the dubious honor of being the only victim to have one ("Simple Melody").
- Mama Bear: As Godot points out, she was ready to pull out the sword in her staff to defend Maya against her sister, Morgan if needed.
- Meaningful Name: See Bilingual Bonus. She has two names: Elise Deauxnim and Misty Fey.
- Missing Mom: She is actually Misty Fey, Maya and Mia's long-lost mother.
- Posthumous Character: Phoenix meets her a few times at Hazakura Temple, making her one of the few aversions in the series, and the only one in Trials and Tribulations.
- Sword Cane: Her staff contains an iron blade inside.
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Pal Meraktis (Teruo Ukari)
A surgeon that made a fortune via making illegal deals with the mob. Was killed while dragging a noodle stand by a bullet to the side of the head.
- Asshole Victim:
- If he'd checked Alita's vital signs like a proper doctor, he would have been the killer in his case rather than the victim. He also botched Wocky's surgery and fibbed to Big Wins about the results when the poor kid was basically terminal.
- Incidentally, it goes both ways. Had Alita been killed her Gold Digger ways and uncaring attitude about Wocky's medical condition would throw her under this categorization as well. So basically no matter who wound up on the side of being dead the potential for sympathy wasn't high in this case.
- Back-Alley Doctor: His trade is performing surgery for the mob and other criminals who wouldn't want accounts of their (presumably) crime-related injuries entering the authorities' records.
- Dr. Jerk: See Asshole Victim above.
- Expy: Has quite a bit in common with Turner Grey. They're both jerkass doctors who are the victim of the second case of their respective games, that were killed by a gunshot to the head and they were both killed by nurses that used to work for them that left their clinics as a result of malpractice.
- Failed a Spot Check: Failing to check for a recently dead person's pulse is not something one would expect an experienced surgeon to do. It's very possible he panicked and just thought to get rid of Atila's "body" as quickly as possible.
- Punny Name:
- Pal Meraktis. Mal Peraktis. Malpractice.
- In relation to his rival, Pal and Guy.
- The Rival: To Guy Eldoon, with whom he competed with until the poor guy was forced to close his clinic as Pal's took all of his clients.
Romein LeTouse (Romaine Lettuce)Lamiroir's manager and interpreter. Killed by taking a large-caliber gunshot wound to the shoulder (which came from his own gun being used against him, since he's also an undercover Interpol agent tracking down a smuggling operation originating out of Borginia).
- Completely Unnecessary Translator: Played with. While Lamiroir knows English perfectly well, she's been touring internationally, and he knows some languages that Lamiroir does not.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: A rarity for the series, he actually writes it himself and it ends up being completely true. Subverted, however, in that he isn't writing the killer's name but rather his own Interpol ID number in order leave behind evidence of why he was killed.
- Hand Cannon: The revolver he carries, and is subsequently killed by, is this, as it's capable of firing a .45 caliber slug.
- He Knows Too Much: Daryan Crescend killed him because he was onto the smuggling gig of him and Machi.
- Interpol Special Agent: Planted by his organization to investigate the cocoon smuggling operation.
- Line-of-Sight Name: When Shu Takumi was coming up with his name, he happened to see romaine lettuce in a recipe.
- Punny Name: Romein LeTouse = Romaine Lettuce (Which happens to be the Japanese name of this character)
Drew Misham (Doburoku Ese) A starving artist (so to speak) and Vera's father. Dies due to atroquinine poison ingestion. He is privately known as an expert forger.
- Asshole Victim: His motive and personality may be sympathetic, but he was a bigger menace to society than some of the murderers in Justice for All. When painting and doing illustrations wasn't enough to support himself and his daughter, he turned to forging paintings. Apparently that wasn't enough either, because he then accepted a $100,000 offer to forge a page from a dying man's diary, which was intended to be used to frame someone for murder. He appears to be remorseful about this to the point of admitting it in court to clear up the confusion it caused, but then he repeats his crime of forging evidence again and again. His daughter almost died because of someone she came into contact with because her father used her as an Unwitting Pawn by getting her to forge things.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He first appears in the introduction of case 4-1 as an unidentified man painting the events of said case. It's not until case 4-4 that you know who he is, why he was painting the events of that case and how relevant he is to the game's plot.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He makes it clear to Phoenix that he'll do what he can to make sure his daughter does not grow up in need of anything. Compare the state of the studio just after Phoenix is disbarred to after Misham's murder, and you'll conclude he fulfilled this goal at least.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The man is clearly guilty over providing the testimony that gets Phoenix disbarred, to the point that he, a Reclusive Artist, accedes to allowing you to question him and investigate his place. This does not stop him from continuing his forgeries, as it's what keeps them afloat, but the investigation of case 4-4 will reveal one undeniable fact: the man was on your side the entire time.
- Posthumous Character: Much like Shadi Smith, you meet him in the flashback section of case 4-4.
- Punny Name: "Drew Misham" -> "Drew my sham". Combine with his daughter's name and you get "Vera drew my sham", which reveals exactly the nature of the Misham forgery; namely, that Vera Misham is the one making the forgeries for her father.
- Reclusive Artist: In-Universe. Only three people are known to have actually entered his studio while he was alive: Spark Brushel, Phoenix Wright and Kristoph Gavin.
- You Are Already Dead: The poison he ingested delivered its lethal effects after a 15-minute delay.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
Rex Kyubi (Ginji Kyuubi)
The Alderman of Nine-Tails Vale, a village that has long-standing beliefs in the Youkai. Is found stabbed to death during a large festival being held in the village.
- Badass Grandpa: He was a former wrestling champion!
- Horned Hairdo: Meant to resemble fox ears, no doubt.
- Meaningful Name: "Kyubi" refers to the nine-tailed fox, referencing his profession as Alderman of Nine-Tails Vale and a direct contrast to Mayor Tenma. If you think that name also ties him to any relation of some sort to the Amazing Nine-Tails, think again.
- Red Herring: With the fact that he's Alderman of Nine-Tails Vale, a former wrestling champion title holder, his Punny Name, his opposition to the municipal merger, and a strand of gray hair was found inside the fox mask, it doesn't take a genius to come to the conclusion that he's the Amazing Nine-Tails. He's not.
Constance Courte (Masayo Michiba)
An instructor at the Themis Legal Academy. She is killed in a manner starkly similar to the details of a mock trial currently being held on the campus. In actuality she died from a stab wound received the night prior to the discovery of her body, caused by a panicked fellow teacher.
- The Fettered: to Means' The Unfettered. Means believed that "The end justifies the means", and only cared about winning a trial by any means necessary. Constance, on the other hand, believed finding the truth through legitimate and honest means was a lawyer's single most important duty.
- Foil: She was the complete ideological opposite of Professor Means, believing that those practising law should stick to principled, legitimate means to reach the truth. This made her...
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She was a positive role model among the students in the academy, who constantly taught them to never stoop to unethical means to win a case (one of her former students is one of the cleanest prosecutors in the series), in contrast to Professor Means' Amoral Attorney way of thinking. Seemingly subverted when a piece of evidence is discovered directly ripped from her planner that she is taking bribes from Hugh O'Conner for his grades. Later it becomes Double Subverted when it turns out that the page came from Professor Means' notebook instead of hers.
Clay Terran (Daichi Aoi)
An astronaut who was one of Apollo's close friends. Dies from a stab wound in the chest.
- Catchphrase: "I'm fine!" He got it from Apollo.
- Childhood Friend: To Apollo.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Implied in the game and inferred by Apollo himself. When the phantom backtracked to the room with Clay and Solomon his primary goal was to retrieve the Hope probe carrying the moon rock that could incriminate him. Given that the probe was found on the scene of the crime and that there would have been no objective reason to kill Clay, it's implied that Clay literally fought to his last breath, despite already being exhausted from carrying Solomon in a heavy spacesuit, to keep the phantom away from the probe carrying the moon rock.
- Identical Stranger: With manga character Flip Chambers. Interestingly, this extends to their deaths- bleeding to death after being stabbed in the chest.
- Meaningful Name:
- 'Daichi' means earth (although referring to the ground instead of the planet Earth), and 'aoi' is a homophone for the word for blue.
- In English, 'Terran' refers to anything from Earth, and Clay is a type of soil. Both English and Japanese names are closely tied to planet Earth. This is because, despite being an astronaut, he was killed before he ever actually went into space.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death kickstarts Apollo's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Too Happy to Live: What Apollo describes him as.
Metis Cykes (Mari Kizuki)
Athena Cykes's mother, who was a psychologist and worked with robots. Killed by being stabbed with a katana.
- Abusive Parents: Suspected to be this, or at the very least neglectful, but in truth she loved her daughter dearly.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Mommy Metis" by Ponco and Clonco.
- Asshole Victim: Subverted. It seems like her treatment towards Athena when she was a child was neglectful at best and abusive at worst, with the constant scientific and psychological experiments she made her go through as a test subject was for rather selfish reasons. The prosecution even tries to assert this trope by trying to convince the court that this was as good a reason as a motive for Athena to want to kill her own mother. However, Simon reiterates and tries to assure Athena that Metis' research was solely for the sake of helping Athena dampen her exceptional hearing ability, which has alienated her from other people throughout her childhood, and that Metis loved Athena very much.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: In the English version. Much like her pupil Simon, she had a fascination with traditional Japanese culture, to the point of wearing a kimono most of the time and keeping various Japanese artifacts on display in her lab.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Aura Blackquill, though the "heterosexual" part really only applies to Metis.
- Meaningful Name:
- Her Japanese first name can also be read as the word for psychology.
- Metis in Ancient Greek means "cunningness/wisdom, craft, skill". On the mythology side, Metis was Zeus' first wife, and Athena's mother. In astronomy, Metis is Jupiter's innermost moon-reflecting her lunar motif shared with Athena.
- Not Good with People: Stated to have loved her robot creations Ponco and Clonco, and to have been awkward with people. Her distance causes outsiders and even Athena herself to question whether Metis really loved her daughter or whether she just saw her as a guinea pig. Ultimately, it's the former that proves to be true.
Jack Shipley (Ryouji Arafune)
A "captain" of the Shipshape Aquarium who was found dead by the orca pool.
- Benevolent Boss: His argument against Sasha? Temporarily not allowing her to work out of concern for her own health. The situation regarding his former trainer's death? After knowing her true cause of death, he prevents allowing the first Ora's euthanasia by faking its death.
- Expy: Of Russell Berry. Both men are owners of very popular establishments, are Benevolent Bosses to their workers, knew about the motivations caused by traumatic experiences of their killers, and died in a Take Me Instead fashion.
- A Father to His Men: Most of his employees refer to him as "Captain", and truly respect and like him. Sasha in particular seems to consider him a father figure.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died trying to save Orla's life. He failed, but his death indirectly saved her anyway.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Due to the Aquarium's pirate motif, he's mostly referred to as "Captain" by the staff.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Like Russell Berry, this man is a saint. He pays his workers well, he saved the original Ora Shipley from being euthanized, tried to prevent Sasha from performing after finding out about her heart condition, and is respected by everyone at the aquarium, including the Doctor and the culprit. His last actions before dying? Refusing to give Marlon his hand since he would only end up dragging him down as well, apologising to him for not realizing the pain he suffered and trying to explain that his hatred was misplaced.
Azura Summers (Suzumi Natsukaze)
An animal trainer who lost her life one year before the events of Turnabout Reclaimed. It was believed that Orla killed her during a show, and DePlume wrote a book about it. In reality, she died of a heart attack during a performance. Unfortunately, her boyfriend didn't know that...
- Bare Your Midriff: The same as her successor, though accomplished differently.
- Ill Girl: Has a heart condition that later became fatal.
- Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name roughly means "to cool off a summer cold". Her English name reflects this; "azure" is a dark shade of blue, and "summers" refers to the season.
- Satellite Character: Mainly exists to tie her boyfriend who turns out to be Rimes to the case.
- The Lost Lenore: To Rimes, which motivates him to seek revenge against Orla.
- Tragic Keepsake: Jack Shipley keeps her walkie-talkie around as a reminder of what happened. It ends up being critical to the case.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice
Paht Rohl (Mima Waruhito)
A treasure guard who was ordered to watch the "Founder's Orb", a valuable gem.
- Anti-Villain: As discussed below, he was a thief who tried to steal an orb he was paid to protect, but he intended on doing so to help provide for his rather large family.
- Asshole Victim: Kind of: he was willing to steal the orb he was paid to protect and was secretly a profilic thief the entire time, but he was stealing to help provide for his family.
- Consolation Prize: Since Pees'lubn had already stolen the Orb, Paht decided to just take the Box itself — it's pretty valuable in its own right.
- Karmic Death: If he hadn't tried to steal the Orb, he'd still be alive.
- Pet the Dog: Genuinely cared about Ahlbi and even told him "Don't turn out like me."
- Punny Name: "Patrol".
Manov Mistree (Naohito Fushigi)
The name of the performer known as Mr. Reus. He's not really Mr. Reus. The true Mr. Reus is Roger Retinz, and Manov was a fan and student of his.
- Fan Boy: Of the real Mr. Reus, which Roger took advantage of so he could murder him and frame Trucy for it.
- Older Than They Look: Hasn't appeared to have aged between the 13 years he was kicked out of troupe Gramarye Subverted in that this isn't the real Mr. Reus, who's aged accordingly.
- Punny Name: "Man of mystery". His magician stage name sounds like 'mysterious'. Also, "Reus" is similar to the word "ruse". Fitting, since he's part of one.
- Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: This is how Retinz kills him despite being miles away from the Penrose Theatre.
- Stage Magician: Actually, he's only a magician's student.
Tahrust Inmee (Malmel Aatam)A Khura'inese priest who died during Maya's training rite. See here for more about him.
Puhray Zeh'lot / Rheel Neh'mu (Ogamu Mainiiche / Fon Myou)
A priest who befriended the Inmees. He is found dead during the trial. His real name is Rheel Neh'mu, and he was tasked by the government to eliminate the revolutionaries.
- Asshole Victim: It's really hard to feel for a member of the Secret Police killed by his own target, especially when said target was a pregnant woman who considered him a surrogate son.
- Dead All Along: Chronologically the first victim of the case and had died the night before the Purification Rite started, having been posed in a prayer stance to look as though he's just praying as part of the rite.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For however much it's worth he was aware that Tahrust Inmee was affiliated with the rebels and secretly posted a threat letter to try and dissuade him from carrying through with his plan to aid Datz's escape which implies that he genuinely didn't want to have to target him.
- The Heavy: The true villain of Case 3. The Secret Police's primary enforcer, the Kee'ra-impersonator responsible for the rebels' recent losses, and the one who both unsuccessfully attacked Beh'leeb and consequently drove Tahrust to plot his own Miscarriage of Justice to protect her? All this guy.
- Informed Ability: Is eventually revealed to be the fake Kee'ra with One-Man Army-level fighting skills. However, the only time that we ever see Puhray/Rheel himself in combat, he just dies via One-Hit Kill — courtesy of a lucky shot from a pregnant woman, no less.
- Punny Name: 'Prays a lot', and his last name sounds like 'zealot'. His real name...yeah.
- His name is a pun on the circumstances of his death. At first, you are lead to believe that he is killed during a prayer ceremony, hence 'Prays a lot.' But then you find out he was killed because he was performing his role as the Secret Police, more like a 'pure zealot.'
- Secret Police: His real job.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Until you learn that he was actually a member of the Secret Police, he really seems like he was a nice, loving guy.
Taifu Toneido (Bakufuu Senpuutei)
An old rakugo performer who was found dead in his yose.
- Asshole Victim: Subverted. Over the course of the trial, it becomes apparent that he invited the student he snubbed to a dinner...and then it comes out he was trying to comfort her. Geiru doesn't take learning this well.
- Follow in My Footsteps: Inverted; he specifically wanted Geiru not to do this to her late father, which is why he didn't give her the "Uendo" name. He wanted Geiru to find her own calling in life and not be bound either by rakugo or by the Uendo name. Unfortunately this turned out to be a big misunderstanding, as Geiru really wanted to succeed him.
- Poor Communication Kills: If only he'd told Geiru up front he was trying to console her, and that he didn't pick her to succeed him because he wanted her to find her own calling in life without being bound by him or by rakugo, he'd still be alive. It seems Taifu has this problem in more than that context as well, with Simon stating he worked in mysterious ways.
- Punny Name: Typhoon tornado.
Archie Buff (Fumiaki Sanagi)
An archaeologist studying Kurain and Khura'inese artefacts, among them the Founder's Orb, who was found dead in his home.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: He's certainly DRESSED as one. Apparently, he explores the mountains around Kurain Village and once got caught by Pearl Fey, who promised not to tell. Before he moved to Kurain, he used to travel around the world stealing precious artifacts.
- Gentleman Thief: While he does steal artifacts, he only wishes to study them before returning them. He'll even repair the artifacts he takes.
- Good Parents: The way that Armie talks about him makes it very clear that he loved her. He even went as far as moving out to the countryside and giving up his position at the university he worked at in hopes that it would help Armie move past her mother's death.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Paul set up his murder to look this way.
- Punny Name: He is an archeology buff after all.
Jove Justice (Sousuke Odoroki)
Apollo Justice's biological father, and Thalassa Gramarye's first husband. A world-travelling musician who went by the stage name of 'Jangly Justice'. He was killed during the assassination attempt of Amara Sigatar Khura'in.
- Alliterative Name: Jove Justice.
- Busman's Holiday: He's a musician... and when he died in the fire in Khura'in he was performing music.
- First Love: To Thalassa Gramarye, before he died.
- Papa Wolf: He didn't succeed, but his last moments consisted of him trying his best to save his infant son's life.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Jove is an alternate name for the Roman god Jupiter. Jupiter is the Roman equivalent of the Greek God Zeus, the father of Apollo.
- Spanner in the Works: Simply being where he was when he died nearly derailed Ga'ran's plans in their infancy, and definitely did so 23 years later.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He's the spitting image of Apollo, just ironically older-looking, considering Apollo is currently older than Jove was at the time of his death
- Wandering Minstrel: He's described as having been a modern-day minstrel.
Dumas Gloomsbury (Seiji Yonekura)
The head servant of the Sprocket family who was found dead during Ellen and Sorin's wedding reception.
- Asshole Victim: He tried to kill Ellen only to get knocked out by Sorin, then killed by Nichody.
- Best Served Cold: He waited until the perfect moment for his revenge against Sorin.
- The Butler Did It: He intended to be on the delivering end of this trope, but ended up on the receiving end instead.
- In-Series Nickname: He is known as "Mister Doom-n'-Gloom" among the servants of the Sprocket household.
- Punny Name: He has a very gloomy appearance. Dumas is a reference to Alexandre Dumas, the author The Count of Monte Cristo, a story where revenge is a prevalent theme. Also, his name sounds phonetically similar to doom-and-gloom, his nickname, and it also contains the word "bury", something you do with your dead. Considering the reasons for his attempted murder, his own death, and that he is The Scapegoat, his name rather fits- doom and gloom buries...
- The Scapegoat: The accident that injured Sorin and killed Selena was blamed on him.
- Tragic Monster: In the same vein as Jack Hammer and Yanni Yogi, Dumas became a would-be murderer out of Revenge for having his life ruined as The Scapegoat.
- Younger Than They Look: Does he LOOK 25 with that grey hair and dour expression?
Selena Sprocket (Hikari Haguruma)
Sorin's older sister and the late heir of the Sprocket family business who died in a traffic accident a year before the events of the DLC case.
- Alliterative Name: Selena Sprocket
- Famous Last Words: "Please help Sorin."
- Punny Name: Sprocket is a gear, and she was an engineer.
- Satellite Character: She has it better than Azura, given that she's Sorin's sister, but she really only exists to give Gloomsbury and Nichody motive for murder.
- The Lost Lenore: To Nichody.
- Take Me Instead: She gave up her own life so her little brother could live.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Akbey Hicks An Interpol agent assigned to pair with Franziska on the investigation of the smuggling ring, but died before making contact. Killed via fatal fall from a great height.
Oliver Deacon (Masumi Ogura)
Butler to Amano family and Lance's tutor. Died from a gunshot wound in his abdomen. Real name Colin Devorae (Sumio Kurama). Is an escaped convict, one of the three behind the kidnapping plan, and Lauren's father. Was Taking the Heat for the Amano Group's ties to the smuggling ring.
- Asshole Victim: Subverted. We think he was killed because he didn't want to share the money, but it turns out that he was forced to take the heat for Ernest Amano, and was implied to have been blackmailed by his son into cooperating on the fake kidnapping.
- Disappeared Dad: To Lauren Paups.
- Papa Wolf: It's suggested that Lance was threatening to harm Lauren if Colin didn't help with the fake kidnapping, which is why he suddenly attacked him in the fun house.
- Significant Anagram: His real name and alias.
- Taking the Heat: Forced to take responsibility for the Amano Group's ties to the smuggling ring.
Mack Rell (Tohru Makari)
Murder suspect of killing of Deid Mann. Originally claimed to be Yatagarasu, but then accused Byrne Faraday of being one instead. Later found under Faraday's body with a gunshot wound and a knife in his hand, suggesting he stabbed Faraday at the last second before expiring.
- Asshole Victim: Killed Deid Mann to silence him, much as Manny Coachen had killed Cece Yew to silence her, giving rise to the case being called the "Second KG-8 Incident".
- The Cameo: He's modeled after AAI's producer Motohide Eshiro.
- Fat Bastard: A criminal and clearly guilty of killing Deid Mann.
- The Killer Becomes the Killed: Murdered while on trial for committing homicide by his own defense attorney in order to create a convenient cover story.
- Punny Name: Mackerel, as in the fish.
- Villain Has a Point: When he accuses Byrne Faraday of being the Yatagarasu. He's one-third correct — and Byrne being the member who actively stole the critical evidence for this particular trial sure doesn't hurt, either.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: On Calisto Yew's orders, he kills Deid Mann, accuses Byrne Faraday of being the Yatagarasu, and, after Byrne Faraday is dead, helps arrange the crime scene. Then he is killed as well so that the murder will look like a fatal struggle between the two men.
Cohdopia Embassy staff member who was murdered by Mack Rell to prevent him from testifying about the smuggling ring.
- Punny Name: Dead man.
Cece Yew (Yuko Kazura)
The victim from the KG-8 case. Former Amano group member. Was killed in her apartment (on Det. Badd's watch) before being able to testify in court about the smuggling ring.
- He Knows Too Much: Held critical evidence against the smuggling ring gleaned from her employment at the Amano Group.
- Punny Name: "Cease, You!", "cc: you" or maybe even "sees you."
A suspect in KG-8 case after killing Cece Yew, but let go due to lack of evidence. Worked as secretary to Colias Palaeno while secretly still working for the smuggling ring. Later found dead in the ashes of a fire within the Babhalese embassy, although his actual death was caused by a stab wound.
- Asshole Victim: Probably one of the worst in the game, since he was a murderer himself. He's also noted by quite a few characters as sharing the same ruthless and selfish ambitions as the man who killed him.
- The Dragon: To the smuggling ring leader, later to become The Starscream.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Seen as one by Palaeno.
- The Killer Becomes the Killed: Murdered by the same man who ordered him to commit the murder of a key witness against him years before.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: He probably brought Alba's "frail, hunched, tree-like old man" act and thought of him as a easy target. A mistake that proved to be lethal.
- Not Me This Time: Edgeworth at one point suspects him of killing Byrne Faraday, his motive being that he had prosecuted him, but Badd says while Coachen was at the trial, he was being watched by the police the entire time, and couldn't have done it.
- Not Proven: He was never convicted of Cece's murder because the smuggling ring stole the evidence. By the time Badd stole it back, it was too late to be used in court.
- Reformed Criminal: The reason Palaeno hired him as secretary in spite of knowing he did kill Cece Yew. What Palaeno didn't know, however, was that Coachen was never reformed to begin with.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The reason he got off the hook for murder. This is what kickstarted the Yatagarasu.
- The Starscream: Tries to ensure that Alba would not become Cohdopia's ambassador when it reunited by stealing the Primidux Statue and trying to kill Alba, but ends up dead instead.
Ka-Shi Nou (Aoi Akaishi)
Mask☆DeMasque II in name only. Killed via blunt force during an attempt to rob the Allebahstian embassy.
- Acrofatic: Is noticeably fatter than Ron DeLite, yet he was seemingly a pretty good Phantom Thief, since he was actually hired to steal something.
- Asshole Victim: See Neet
Gyakuten Kenji 2
(Note: English names provided are from the fan translation.)
Gai Tojiro (Ethan Rooke)
Huang's Ō's head bodyguard. Death caused by gunshot wound inflicted by a jealous third party.
- Chess Motifs: He represents the "rook".
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averted by Knightley, in what is practically his Moral Event Horizon.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: His honor kept him from being a part of the fake assassination ploy and Knightley murdered him because he saw him as too righteous and unwilling to be as effective as he saw himself.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: The president first came to him with the fake assassination plan, but he wouldn't do it.
Teikun Ō (Di-Jun Huang)
The first victim of Gyakuten Kenji 2, and the president of Zheng Fa. Visited the country in order to thank Edgeworth for bringing down the smuggling ring that had been destroying Zheng Fa's economy, but is immidiately targeted by an assassin. He lives naturally, since the assassination attempt was staged. Unfortunately he turns up dead for real in the final case. Turns out things are more complicated that they appear. This entry actually refers to two characters: the President we meet in-game is a body double. The real President was assassinated 12 years ago by Sirhan Dogen... who was hired by the body double, who proceeded to take control of the country. He would have gotten away with it too, were it not for a literal meddling kid seeing everything, who spent years planning his revenge...
- Adipose Rex: The body double's true appearance.
- Animal Motifs: He strongly resembles a lion in appearance.
- Assassin Outclassin': The assassination plot was a fake though. So it's no wonder he didn't die. He actually planned to invoke this trope to make himself more popular.
- Asshole Victim: His impostor anyway. Not only was he a criminal, but he was also planning to kill Courtney and Marsh to keep his cover safe when he got killed.
- Body Double: The Huang we actually meet.
- Broken Pedestal: Not directly for any one character, but seeing people speak so highly of him comes off as this after seeing his true character. Later used as a plot point, where the discrepancy between these two images becomes so extreme Edgeworth uses it as reasoning that the President he met wasn't who he claimed to be.
- Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: He hired a private security firm during his visit at Gourd Lake. It is eventually explained that the reason for this was a combination of Di-Jun Huang's strained relationship with the police force of Zheng Fa as well as his popularity numbers being in the gutter.
- Chess Motifs: A king, obviously.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: One of the strangest and most brutal in the series, this guy was crushed to death, and his autopsy indicates nearly every bone in his body was broken. At first he was thought to have been stepped on by a monster. Naturally this turns out to be wrong... or not quite, as a prop monster head for a film set had falled around the time of his death. But this too isn't what did it. The real cause, perhaps even stranger than any of those? The killer landed a hot air balloon on him. Yes, really.
- Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Or rather, "Arrested-for-Murder Fall Guy Gambit", but it unintentionally became this in the end. He pinned the assassination attempt on Knightley after his arrest to cover up the fact it was fake.
- Dirty Coward: The fake. And both de Killer and the Big Bad call him out on it.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: The body double's motivation. He figured that since he was the one out there putting his ass on the line, he should be the one in charge.
- Face Death with Dignity: The real president, upon meeting his assassin, did not beg for his life or try to bribe Dogen to spare him. He just asked Dogen for permission to finish his current objective before being killed: meeting his illegitimate son for the first (and last) time.
- Fake King: The real Huang was assassinated and replaced 12 years before the events of the game by his own Body Double, who was jealous of his boss. The fake and his comrades then betrayed and planned to kill the hitman responsible. This leads to the Big Bad of the game murdering him, as a way of repaying the hitman for saving the Big Bad's life.
- Fat Bastard: The body double can make himself look muscular, but is actually fat, and is definitely a villain.
- Greater Scope Villain: The body double is directly or indirectly responsible for the entire plot of the game, but he only appears in the first case and is next seen... when he becomes the victim of the fifth. The vast majority of his villainy takes place offscreen.
- Kill and Replace: The president's body double replaced him after planning his murder.
- Large Ham: Pre-breakdown.
- Leitmotif: "Zheng Fa ~ Land of the Phoenix"
- Meaningful Name: His name is just a series of words for rulers—"king", "emperor", "monarch".
- No Name Given: The body double's real name is never given, being referred to as Di-Jun Huang before the reveal, and as 'the body double' afterwards.
- President Evil: While he doesn't seem to be an actively malevolent ruler, he does stage an assassination attempt on himself as a publicity stunt. Oh, and he's actually an impostor who hired a real assassin to kill the real president so that he could take over.
- Our Presidents Are Different: Subverted (the fake assassination plan), Inverted (in SS-5) and Played straight (with Shelly de Killer).
- Redemption Rejection: At the end of "Turnabout Target", he actually seems shocked and remorseful enough to start turning over a new leaf. It's all an act — he then proceeds to try to scapegoat Horace Knightley in "The Imprisoned Turnabout"; and "The Grand Turnabout" ultimately reveals that he's actually a fake President, responsible for the real one's murder out of petty jealousy, and the leader of an international conspiracy that are even willing to kill children in order to cover their tracks (it's even heavily implied that the fake would've killed John Marsh, the real President's long-lost son, had the Big Bad not stepped in and killed the fake first).
- Temporary Bulk Change: Inverted, the fake initially starts off imposing and muscular, but when the plan to assassinate him has been shown to be a publicity stunt, his breakdown involves letting out all the air he's been holding in, revealing that he's actually fat and has flabby cheeks. The real one, presumably, actually is that muscular.
Manosuke Naitō (Horace Knightley)Detailed on Witnesses and Other Characters.
Isaku Hyōdō (Isaac Dover) (aka Paul Holic/Pierre Hoquet)
A world-renowned sculptor, who collaborated with Dane Gustava in the dessert-making contest as a pastry chef. He betrayed him and had his son, Knightley tie up Gustava's son so that he couldn't help him in the contest. Afterwards, he caught Gustava stealing Masters's recipe which could temporarily give him the ability to taste, which he lacked. Isaac found out about this and tried to blackmail him, so he was killed.
- Abusive Parents: He ordered his own son to kidnap Gustava's son. According to the flashback, Dover's kid carried it out because he was that scared of his father.
- Asshole Victim: He betrayed Dane Gustava, kidnapped his young son, tried to blackmail him and then assaulted him for the hell of it. Up until the actual moment of the murder, he was indisputably the real villain of the case.
- Dead Man's Chest: His body was hidden in a sculpture.
- French Cuisine Is Haughty: Subverted. He isn't a chef. He would be a pretty textbook French Jerk, though, except he's not even French.
Ami Aizawa (Amy Marsh)John's mother. She had an affair with the president of Zheng Fa. She worked at the orphanage "Happy Family" with Patrica Roland. She died when John was 8 so her cousin, the judge Justine Courtney adopted him.
- Posthumous Character: She is dead by the time the story begins. Also, she seems to have died of natural causes.
Ryūji Kamei (Jack Cameron)
A freelance journalist who died 12 years ago. He was the only known victim in the SS-5 Incident. He and his lover, the defense attorney Jill Crane were investigating Blaise Debeste, whom they suspected of secretly selling evidence.
- Going for the Big Scoop: Proved lethal.
- Gonk: Although one of the few examples of this trope to have a girlfriend despite his looks.
- Meaningful Name: Kamei means "turtle well", which could be a reference to Kagome Kagome (see Tsubasa Kagome).
- His first name in the fan translation is a reference to "Jack and Jill" (also see Tsubasa Kagome). His last name is a reference to his camera.
Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Adventures of Ryūnosuke Naruhodō
John H. Watson
Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese, Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken)
A visiting doctor and professor from England, who has been teaching at Yūmei Academy for three years. Was poisoned and then made to look like he was shot and killed in the restaurant La Quantos.
- Public Domain Character: Yes, he's that Dr. John Watson.
- Disappeared Dad: To Iris Watson.
- Narrator: He narrates the introductions to each of the cases despite being the first case victim. Justified for the second case onwards as the intros are either excerpts from actual Holmes stories (cases 2 and 5) or are Holmes stories written in-universe (cases 3 and 4), all of which are told in Watson's perspective.
"Thrice-Fired" Morta Milverton
A poor brick-layer. Was stabbed to death inside the Phoenix Wright Omnibus.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Seemingly just a regular run-of-the-mill victim, except for the fact that his meeting with his killer leads directly to Case 5, happening two months afterward. In addition...
- Luke, I Am Your Father: he's Rubert Crogley's father.
A rotund woman who was stabbed in the back in the knife. The first victim (outside of PLvsAA) to be still alive after the incident (she was put in a comatose state).
- Always Murder: Completely averted in her case, as she is not dead at all.
- Convenient Coma: Goes into a coma after being stabbed, and started to recover from it after the case was solved.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: How she got stabbed. She tried to pick up a burnt book that seemingly fell from nowhere, only for a knife to fall from the same source blade first into her back.
- Innocent Bystander: She had nothing to do with any of the characters. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Only Mostly Dead: She's in a coma.
The pawnbroker of the pawn shop Sherlock frequents. Was shot through the heart and killed.
Bright Bonds (Hikaru Shinjou)Belle's old boyfriend and the victim in Turnabout With the Wind in the manga. He was thought to have been killed by Larry out of jealousy when he kept pursuing Belle despite being married, but Belle wanted him back and killed him when he refused.
- Asshole Victim: Payne speculates that he got killed because he was committing adultery, lampshading it as he talks about infidelity harming more people than those involved, but it’s subverted when it turns out that he was killed because he wouldn’t
- Love Martyr: In spite of knowing that Belle killed him, he went into a mens only sauna before he died, possibly to ensure that Belle would not be charged. Phoenix suspects that he still cared for her in spite of everything he said.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He’s a sports fanatic who shares the same last name as Barry Bonds.
- Your Cheating Heart: Subverted, he refused to accept Belle’s advances because he had a family, and got killed for it.
Eddie Johnson (Jirou Kimura)A talented employee at Cyber Project who was rude to his superiors and arrogant, and also was in a relationship with Lira Wolfe. Robin Wolfe called Eddie in to have a talk with him, which resulted in him torturing him with spiders, leading him to commit suicide. This led to Robin being suspected of killing Eddie, since he was the last person Eddie saw.
- Blood from the Mouth: As he is dying from falling to his death.
- Break the Haughty: Robin says he was hoping to have a talk with him about his arrogance and insubordination, but his method suggests he was going farther.
- Driven to Suicide: The police, however, think it's murder, and considered Robin the prime suspect.
- Insufferable Genius: Was apparently quite arrogant, but also had the talent to back it up.
- Meaningful Name: See Shout-Out below.
- Shout-Out: He and his brother Brock's names combined form "Eddie Brock", also known as Venom.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Extremely arachnophobic as a result of being bitten by a spider as a child, and commits suicide after his traumatic experience.
Robin Wolfe (Akamune Komori)President of Cyber Project, he hires Phoenix to defend him when he comes under suspicion of murdering Eddie Johnson. He ends up getting killed himself in Turnabout Gallows, and Phoenix is hired to defend Bobby when he’s charged with Robin’s murder.
- Asshole Victim: The kind that almost everyone in the area at the time of the murder hated enough to have a motive for wanting him dead. His daughter hates him for driving Eddie to his death, Brock suspects that he killed Eddie and Bobby secretly resents how he's being pushed to the side and seen as worthless.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: He's initially the potential defendant in Turnabout Gallows until he becomes the victim.
- Bald of Evil: A fairly shiny one.
- Big Fancy House: The owner of one, due to his profession.
- Dying Clue: Double subversion. The police investigate his drawing of a spider, thinking that it's related to the "spider man" that was threatening him, but Phoenix points out he merely draws what is in front of him when he needs to come up with an idea. It turns out that the spider was drawn upside down, and he unwittingly provided evidence that he was being restrained on the ceiling.
- Jerk Ass: Has essentially alienated his wife and daughter. Interestingly enough, however, he’s surprisingly nice to Phoenix.
- Karmic Death: Being restrained in a chair, tricked into thinking that Eddie was back from the dead, as a spider man on the ceiling, and then essentially tricked into killing himself by falling to his death (the same way Eddie killed himself)
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averted with Eddie, whom he derides for being “weak” for committing suicide, and even laughed about driving him to his death.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted; he claims that he sent Bobby to San Francisco to give him working experience and confidence, but Brock's statements suggest that he wanted him away from home so that he could take Eddie to the Den of Spiders (which also seems like a considerable investment out of love for his brother, but also keeps Bobby out of sight). However, he has an arguably straight example, when toward the end of the trial, Lira recalls a fond memory of him drawing her picture.
- Unreliable Expositor: He claims that Lira had no relationship with Eddie, but she makes it clear later that she loved him. He also denies Bobby is his brother and claims that he’s a servant when he doesn’t have any servants. It’s thus difficult to believe his claim that he knew nothing of Eddie’s arachnophobia.
Flip Chambers (Junpei Ichinomiya)The actor who plays Twinklestar. He was formerly In a relationship with Julie Henson until he left her for someone else. He was going to replace Raymond Spume as Sparklestar, which is the real reason he was killed in Turnabout Showtime.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His resemble Sparklestar's, to the point at which Maya is surprised when he isn't the one in the costume.
- Gorn: Both sides of the costume and his clothes are soaked with blood. Unlike some of the other stabbings in the series, the killer did not leave the weapon in or wipe up the blood.
- Identical Stranger: With Clay Terran, from the main series games, down to the Pointless Band-Aid and the manner in which they died (that is, bleeding out from a stab wound to the chest).
- Locked Room Mystery: He was stabbed in the chest, without the front of the costume being pierced. He couldn’t have opened the costume (which is zipped from the back) from the inside, and none of the mascots can hold anything in their hands, leaving Julie as the only suspect. All this, however, only applies if the costumes are not worn backwards, as he and his killer did.
- Meaningful Name: His Japanese name means "One palace," which the translators changed to "Chambers" to preserve the reference to the Locked Room Mystery.
- Red Herring: It’s noted that he and Julie are not on the best of terms, as he dumped her for someone else. This never comes up a second time, and she is innocent of his murder.
- The Show Must Go On: One explanation for his going back on stage despite being fatally stabbed.
- Working with the Ex: He and Julie have not reconciled after their breakup.
Oracle Hecate (Oracle Reika)A fortune teller who is the "gatekeeper" of the "Gates of Hell" aka the Nether World. Her prophecies come from the Lord of Death. She's the victim in Turnabout Prophecy.
- Asshole Victim: See Jerk Ass below.
- Continuity Nod: The chant she told Russi to say (Larmawiledlanmag Mamaxmatphoe Romagteriri) are really small parts of all the defendants' names from the first game to the third one.
- Fortune Teller: Her profession.
- Gonk: It's actually pretty normal here considering that she's a fortune teller.
- Jerk Ass: She's described as a terrible human being by Saito. Also, she's like that with some of her customers.
- Literal-Minded: When Cytherea suggested that she should lock herself up and nail all the entrances to the booth, she took it seriously.
- Locked Room Mystery: Both the front door and the back door are locked and Russi was supposedly the only one there besides herself. You can unlock the back door through the hole in the Gates of Hell though.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth: When she's nailing the entrance via ventilation system.
- Phony Psychic: She's really in league with Cytherea to make it look like her fortune-telling is 100% accurate.
- Posthumous Character: Kind of. She's only ever seen in-person from Russi's point of view but Phoenix never actually met her.
- Super Strength: She practically slammed the doors of all the booths when she found about her death sickle being touched.
- The Precious, Precious Car: Don't even think about touching her death sickle.
Buck Wheatley (Nihachi Kanenari)The former president of Buckwheat Palace and Diana's father, who had an allergy to buck wheat.
- Abusive Parents: He often vented his anger on his daughter, and his outbursts were so violent that she even feared she'd die more than once.
- Asshole Victim: He was quite an unpleasant person, but it turns out his death was accidental, rather than a murder.
- Bad Boss: According to Alice Butler, he was harsh to his employees.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He had very shady methods of running his company, and according to his daughter, made several enemies. She suspects that her kidnapping as a child was perpetrated by one of said enemies, and the reason why said kidnapping wasn't reported to the police is because his methods would have been exposed.
- Irony: The guy ended up developing an allergy to wheat, the same stuff that made him rich in the first place.
- Jerkass: He was a massive dick, to say the least.
- One Steve Limit: Wheatley and Montana share the same given name.
- Punny Name: Comes from "buck wheat", the stuff that made him rich and ironically caused his death.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Covers up many of his underhanded deeds and the kidnapping on Vale, as well as the fact that she's the daughter of his mistress
- Your Cheating Heart: Had an affair and through it, had Diana
Vale Wheatley (Kasumi Kanenari)Buck's wife and Diana's mother or so Diana thinks due to the birth certificate being switched. She died in an accident when Diana was four years old.
- Abusive Parents: It turns out that instead of being a kidnapper, Diana's real mother was trying to save her
- Missing Mom: Diana's; she died in a car accident. Except she wasn't really her mom, but rather her stepmother.
- Wicked Stepmother: Right down to mistreating her stepdaughter for being the daughter of her husband and another man instead of her own
Milo "Fairplay" Kent (Justice Masayoshi)One of the contestants on the Gourmand Battle show.
- Badass Boast: Also his Last Words.
- Blood from the Mouth: Right as he kicks it, he spits blood from his mouth.
- Cheaters Never Prosper:Averted and Invoked at the same time, because Milo's constant winning streaks were a result of him using his magician's tricks to cheat and win. Unfortunately, it also got him killed.
- Meaningful Name: Milo means "Merciful"
- Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: Risa claims that he switched her poison bowl with his. And she was counting on him doing so.
- Red Baron: Known as "The Magician"
- Villain with Good Publicity: Well, "villain" is a bit strong, but he WAS a total cheater who managed to get away with it because he was so good-looking and charming to everyone else. It's also pointed out that if word of this gets out, it will cause a lot of trouble, especially since he had advertising deals going on.
Casper SlyAlso known as G.I. Sly. He was a private investigator who was investigating the Great Tengu Society.
- Meaningful Name: G.I. stands for "Ghost-like and Inconsolable." The way he had disappeared after he was spotted on the third floor of the tower made it look like he had spirited away.
- Nice Hat: A classic yet badass detective fedora.
- Of Corpse He's Alive: He was suspended by wires to make it seem as though he were alive for some time after his death to prevent people from finding out when he died, and thus who killed him.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Subverted. He tells Phoenix and Maya his full name before he tells them his nickname.
Hayden Maxwell (Hatsune Mada)A woman who is stabbed to death at the masquerade party.
- Asshole Victim: See Karma Houdini below.
- In the Back: Fatally stabbed in the back.
- Karma Houdini: Seen as such by her killer, for causing her boyfriend to go deep into debt and commit suicide. The victim then responds with Pay Evil unto Evil.
HollandThe lead vocalist for Bird Wing, who was killed during his band's final show.
- Ambition Is Evil: He was widely disliked among the band for going solo.
- Asshole Victim: The fact that Tannyn speaks at every opportunity of how he wanted to kill him shows how much he was disliked
- Working with the Ex: He used to be in a relationship with Hiedei, but dumped her a week before his death.
Hobart TarkingtonA robber who tried to steal 200 million yen worth of diamonds, but was killed.
- Asshole Victim: He was a robber who tried to steal diamonds.
- Boom, Headshot: How he meets his end.
- Disguised Hostage Gambit: He tried this, but...
- Hoist by His Own Petard: It backfired on him and ultimately led to his "hostage" shooting him
- Human Shield: Uses his hostage or rather, his accomplice, as one
Max ArdenA security guard at the Seselagi Art Museum, who was killed in an attempt to steal the painting "Officers", or rather, stage the theft of the counterfeit.
- He Knows Too Much: He found out that Miller had sold Officers. He chose to stay quiet, but Miller decided to kill him to silence him, as part of his plan to pretened that it was stolen.
- Mentor: Monet's martial arts master.
- Of Corpse He's Alive: Although the killer couldn't quite get him into a standing position, and so had to improvise.
- Secret Keeper: That "Officers" was sold and replaced by a fake.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Angrily chastises Miller for selling Officers. He reluctantly decides to keep quiet, but Miller doesn't trust him, and so kills him.
Brodie ToynbeePresident of Toy-be. He looks Japanese and apparently follows a samurai code.
- Not Good with People: His only close companion is a dog.
- Seppuku: Or so his killer wanted everyone to believe.
Gabriel ToynbeeThe first president and founder of Toy-be and father of the three Toynbee brothers. He committed suicide in his office on New Year's Day. Since the next president apparently committed suicide near New Year's Day too, it was believed that he placed a curse on Brodie and killed him.
Yardley KidmanThe man convicted of blowing up a giant Christmas tree although he kept pleading his innocence and claimed that he was in his apartment at that time. He had no proof to help him and ended up in prison. Two days before the premier of "Othello Detectives: The Movie," he escaped prison and commits suicide by jumping off a 15-story apartment building. People started doubting whether Kidman really was the "Giant Christmas Tree Bomber." He is since all the evidence points to him.
Emi St. CloudThe actress playing as the heroine in the movie, "Othello Detectives".
- Asshole Victim: She's pretty selfish and acts like a jerk to many people. Although she wasn't killed for anything she had done.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In addition to being a Nice Character, Mean Actor. She's nice on the screen and when making public appearances, but stops being nice when she doesn't need to fool people.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Gumshoe notes that Emi acts completely different than she is on-camera.
- Asshole Victim: A thrice-convicted extortionist who was killed while trying to extort from his murderer.
- Unholy Matrimony: With his wife.
Tony GranierOwner of Ogre’s Axe Hotel
- Spanner in the Works: His interference threatened the plan to hide Samuel's body, which Youngport had formulated. Even though he's killed for it, his killer is ultimately found out.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: He didn't know for certain that Ava's husband was dead, but he's certainly willing to jump to the conclusion that he abandoned her.
Marco SwindellA man who injured his arm, then claims it didn’t heal properly to extort money from the clinic.
- Asshole Victim: Of the sort that virtually everyone wants dead.
- Meaningful Name: His last name is a homonym for "swindle," which is exactly what he's doing to the clinic.
- Obviously Evil: The man is an Expy of the classic depiction of Satan for crying out loud!
- Thanatos Gambit: Hope suspects that he committed suicide merely to spite the clinic. It turns out that this is not the case.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Claims Dr. Jiffy failed to treat him in order to extort money from the clinic.