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The protagonist, narrator, and player character. He wakes up dead and wants to figure out who he is, but all he has is his corpse (which he cannot interact with), a mentor named Ray, and the time until sunrise, when his soul will cease to exist.
A detective, and the first person you save. Apparently she's the key to figuring out who you really are... but if she told you straight off, what fun would that be?
- Agent Mulder: Whenever confronted by a seemingly hopeless dilemma, Lynne's steely confidence doesn't wave, even in the face of skepticism (usually Sissel's).
- Dude Magnet: Lynne seems to have quite the number of fans. In-universe, as well - there's a nameless cop who falls in love with her at first sight.
- Fair Cop: In the eyes of some of her colleagues.
- Fiery Redhead: She usually isn't so quick to anger, but when it comes to clearing detective Jowd's name there is no stopping her.
- Freeze Sneeze: And it's pretty cute.
- Hartman Hips: Not so much in official art, very much so ingame.
- He Knows Too Much: She is single-handledly (or so it appears..) chasing a cold case, trying to prevent her friend Detective Jowd from being executed unfairly. As the case also involves the Temsik meteorite, she's become a target of Commander Sith due to her meddling.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice, in fact.
- Improbable Age: In the flashback to ten years ago she's young enough to call someone 'mister'. Now she's a detective. She states Cabanela fudged her exam results, which probably sped things up. In the ending timeline, it's taken her ten years, but she's just made detective on her own merits, which is a little bit more believable.
- Meaningful Name: Lynne's name is spelled in katakana as Rinne, a word that can refer to the Buddhist cycle of death and rebirth—fairly appropriate for a girl who keeps dying and coming back to life.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Judging by the difference in skin color between her face and her legs, it appears she wears leggings as well.
- Number One Dime: Even after passing the Academy, she continues to wear a phony, plastic toy badge from her childhood. "To me, this is the symbol of the real detective!"
- Plucky Girl: "Haha! I died again!"
- Primary-Color Champion: Lynne is easily spotted via her flaming red hair (shaped to resemble a rooster's comb). She wears an equally brilliant yellow jacket with a navy blue dress underneath.
- They Killed Kenny Again: "It's Lynne! And she's not dead, for once."
- Trademark Favorite Food: Roast chicken, apparently.
A possessed desk lamp who teaches Sissel the ropes of the spirit world. He seems to know more than he's letting on, though. He's Missile from an alternate timeline where Sissel didn't stick around to help Lynne and none of Yomiel's plans were stopped. Missile went back to the day of Yomiel's death (as Sissel would later do) and then waited ten years for the day of Sissel's death to come around again so he could manipulate him into helping Lynne.
- I Lied: About ghosts disappearing in the morning.
Lynne's loyal but excitable Pomeranian. Becomes a valuable assistant after he dies (again) and acquires the power to swap similarly-shaped objects.
- Canine Companion: Missile. Possibly the greatest example ever.
- Cute but Cacophonic: He's prone to speaking in VERY LARGE TEXT!!! and drives the woman next door nuts with his barking.
- The Determinator: Seriously, you will never cross a small dog again. In fact, you will befriend and attempt to win the undying loyalty of every single one you meet. You want them on your side.
- Good Is Dumb: Missile declares he will "make [his] own path". Cue Missile attempting to escape the apartment he's in by repeatedly smashing into the door. As incredibly dumb as it seems, his actual goal was to jump to the doorknob, an endeavor in which he eventually succeeds.
- Hidden Depths: He may act profoundly dumb at times, but you have to admire the fact that unlike Sissel who needed Ray to explain it all to him, Missile was able to somehow figure out his ability to go back in time and his ghost swap ability, to the point where he was able to save Kamila all by himself. Not only that, but in the original timeline, he managed to get all the way to Yomiel's body in the detached control room in the ocean. By himself. Without the ability to travel through phone lines! Considering everything you have to do to get that far, that's pretty impressive.
- Mister Muffykins: The most badass one you will ever meet.
- No Indoor Voice: My name is Missile! Justified, of course — what else would you expect from a "talking" Pomeranian?
- The Pollyanna: To an absurdly humorous degree.
- Perspective Magic: His ghost trick is to swap similarly shaped objects. If you rotate an object to change its silhouette, you can then swap it with other objects that have that new silhouette.
A young girl who lives with Lynne. Also Jowd's daughter. She accidentally killed her mother with a Rube Goldburg birthday contraption that Yomiel manipulated to fire a gun.
A flamboyant detective who dances wherever he goes. He's an ambitious ladder-climber and wears a white coat to illustrate his spotless record. Secretly working to find evidence of a 'manipulator' possessing other people, and to clear Detective Jowd's name.
- The Ace: The swag! The stride! The moves! Watch out, crime.
- Broken Ace: However, under all of that swag is an unhealthy determination to climb the political ladder of the force. Which is subverted when it's revealed that he did all that in order to solve the manipulator case and atone for his mistakes.
- Agent Mulder: See "Determinator."
- Ambition Is Evil: Subverted. He initially appears to be a greasy pole climber, willing to sacrifice his friends for the sake of his reputation - at one point it even briefly looks as though he's actually turned evil - but this is all part of a plan to get access to the information required to clear Jowd's name.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even though Inspector Cabanela speaks strangely, picks favorites, and dances constantly to the point where he tap dances through crime scenes, he's kept his job because he has a "natural genius for investigating." His colleagues are spotted practicing his Fred Astaire dance on a staircase, hoping to somehow absorb his power.
- Create Your Own Villain: Yomiel.
- The Gunslinger: Characteristically, he puts a lot more showmanship into drawing his weapon than other people.
- Hammerspace: His appearance in the ending cutscene. Where did that bouquet come from?
- Earlier, he also pulls a folding chair from nowhere just so he could sit down dramatically.
- Knight Templar: Subverted, but chances are if you played Ace Attorney before this, you'll think he's the Big Bad thanks to the fact that his two most notable traits (the obsession over his perfect, spotless record and the carefree head of department) were used as the defining traits for two of Ace Attorney's Big Bads.
- Lean and Mean: In his prosecutory zeal, he sometimes comes across at this.
- Made of Iron: An explosion breaks enough bones to keep him from standing, leaving him in intense pain even before Yomiel forces his body to walk back up a flight of stairs and use the phone. And he still has enough presence of mind to pull his gun and expertly shoot Yomiel with the radio tracer bullet—even spinning the gun before firing it, for added flair.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: he dresses immaculately and keeps up the appearances of having a spotless record, compared to Jowd, who has dirty, messy clothes, and we know Jowd's innocent but the public believes otherwise... What does that say about Cabanela? He intentionally invokes this trope and is really incorruptible, as well as working to protect Jowd behind the scenes.
- Man in White: Except his red scarf. Supposedly represents his flawless record and his determination to keep it flawless.
- My Greatest Failure: Letting Yomiel escape with his gun.
- Scarf of Asskicking: And a rather long one.
- Shout-Out: Some of his dances are based on Michael Jackson's.
- Silly Walk: Half-walks, half-dances to places.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Subverted; He later turns out to have been shielding Jowd the entire time.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to draw out his voooowels, baby. He very noticeably stops doing this when he gets flustered. This acts as Five Second Foreshadowing that his Face-Heel Turn was under duress.
- We Used to Be Friends: Jowd laments that Cabanela has chosen "the path of the white coat," and now cares about his career above all else. Cabanela is aware of this and accepts Jowd and Lynne's disappointment in him, knowing that they'll forgive him in the end.
The junkyard superintendent. Has a pigeon which sits constantly on his head. He was the medical examiner who discovered that Yomiel's body remained suspended at the moment of his death. After Yomiel possessed his own body and walked off with it the coroner quit his job to discover the truth about the mysterious corpse.
- Almighty Janitor: Formerly a police coroner and now studies radiation from space rocks in his spare time. That's pretty smart.
A bearded prisoner at the Special Prison who paints faces to remember them. Despite his circumstances he's relatively jovial and accommodating. Formerly a detective. He hunted down and nearly shot Yomiel after his escape. Five years ago he took the fall for his wife's murder to protect Kamila, though by now he almost believes he did it himself.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially as Sissel attempts to reverse his death. Being a Death Seeker, he freely offers any snide comment and sarcastic quip he can.
- Death Seeker: When you first meet him. He's more than willing to be executed, feeling guilty over the deaths of Alma and Yomiel, and not wanting Kamila to suffer from the guilt of killing Alma with her birthday contraption. But then Sissel saves him from execution, and he suddenly has a newfound reason to live.
- Distressed Dude: Sissel has to save him from being executed.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He wears a pink artist's smock over his prison uniform.
- Taking the Heat: For the death of his wife, which he originally believed to be accidentally caused by Kamila, later revealed to be the work of Yomiel.
An old, neurotic wreck of a man. His wife took his daughter Amelie, and left him after he signed an order to execute Detective Jowd. He only signed it due to Yomiel's manipulation, but is too scared to tell anyone about it.
- British Royal Guards: Has these as his assistants and secretaries, further muddling exactly what country this is all occurring in.
- Evil Hand: Has this experience when The Manipulator forces him to sign Jowd's death order.
- Hanging Judge: Averted. The death penalty hasn't been carried out in decades, and he's crushed by the guilt of having signed the death order for Jowd under Yomiel's control.
Near-Sighted Jeego and One-Step-Ahead Tengo
A pair of blue-skinned assassins sent to kill Lynne. Jeego's perfect shot range grows shorter every year, while Tengo is always one step ahead of both his target and his boss.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Tengo originally had sideburns to help differentiate him from Jeego, but this was lost somewhere down the line in the DS version, both in his sprite and profile art. They make their return in the iOS version.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: they are blue.
- Assassin Outclassin': Sissel has little problem handling them.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: "Nearsighted" Jeego and "One Step Ahead" Tengo.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: Jeego's got a golden shotgun.
- Cold Sniper: Tengo parks himself in Lynne's apartment and sets up a nest. He also uses the gun barrel to chuck a donut to his mouth.
- Cool Gun: The Blue Assassin's (Jeego's) shotgun is golden, and a different blue assassin (Tengo) has a silver rifle.
- Leave No Witnesses: Tengo accidentally seals his own fate (and that of Beauty, Dandy, Yomiel, and the rest) when he storms Lynne's apartment, killing Kamila and Missile— presumably to finish off Jowd's family after Lynne was successfully killed in the alternate timeline. Thanks to Yomiel's presence, Missile became a ghost and flew back in time to thwart them.
- Meaningful Name: Jeego's name comes from 'jigoku', and Tengo's name from 'tengoku', Japanese words meaning 'hell' and 'heaven', respectively.
- Minion Shipping: They never meet in the game (Jeego's dead before we even see Tengo), but they seem to get a lot of slash.
- Noisy Guns: Whenever they move their weapon into position, an audible "clack" is heard.
- Opaque Lenses: Tengo.
A short but apparently wealthy blue gentleman. His motivations are unknown but he seems to have ill intent towards Lynne and a deep interest in Sissel. It's revealed later on that he is actually interested in Yomiel, who takes the name Sissel and who looks like Sissel's perception of himself, and he wants to take the Temsik fragment for the government that he works for.
- Catchphrase: "Are you trying to give me a case of the vapors?"
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Makes a good attempt at being one. He acknowledges the "slight possibility" of a ghost taking advantage of Yomiel's properly dead state when he removes the Temsik Fragment, and works disposing the body and the ghost separately into his plan.
Yomiel AKA "The Manipulator"
Warning: MASSIVE spoilers
The mysterious Big Bad
of the game. Became immortal after being struck by a shard of the Temsik meteorite. He was the one who took Lynne hostage in the park, and who orchestrated the events leading to Kamila's mother's death, Jowd's imprisonment, Lynne's murder accusation, and (accidentally) Sissel's death. Years of being separated from the rest of humanity, as well as his own undead status and his fiancée's suicide, drove him to seek revenge on the people who put him in that position. He has the power to control other living things, as well as manipulate inanimate objects like Sissel. At the end of the game Sissel turns back time to save him from the meteorite, and ghost!Yomiel controls the body of past!Yomiel to save Lynne from being crushed, redeeming himself just as he's given a second chance at life.
- Acquitted Too Late: Yomiel in the original timeline died six months before he was proven innocent.
- The Atoner: After his Heel-Face Turn
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Sort of. When he is without a body in the submarine, he uses his power of manipulation to make a body out of various junk and scrap so he can converse with the cast.
- Best Served Cold: His basic motivation is vengeance on all those connected to the Temsik Meteor.
- Big Bad: he's the main antagonist of the game.
- Big Bad Friend: to Sissel (or, Big Bad Pet Owner more like)
- Big Damn Villains: He saves Lynne from drowning in the submarine, though only because it wasn't the kind of death he'd planned for her to have... at least at first.
- Blessed with Suck: Can possess objects just as easily as Sissel can, and even manipulate living people... but he can't rewind time, the only ability which matters.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: As you will learn when you see he looks like Sissel.
- The Chessmaster: He's not called the Manipulator for nothing. Gently manipulated a birthday contraption built by Kamila to murder her mother, had Jowd take the fall to protect his daughter, let him spend five years in jail before controlling the justice minister to make him sign Jowd's execution order, and manipulated Lynne into appearing to murder Yomiel's shell, then made a deal with a foreign government just to make sure he had help for anything he'd missed.
- Contractual Boss Immunity: In Chapter 15, manipulating something in his line of sight will have him, much to everyone's shock, avert Unusually Uninteresting Sight, call the ghosts out and immediately showcase his Mind over Matter abilities to kill his current victim on the spot.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He gets hammered with some pretty severe Laser-Guided Karma, but after coming to terms with himself and serving his time (literally and metaphorically) he gets the only thing he every truly wanted: a normal life with his beloved fiancée.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: He joins Sissel, Missle and Lynne near the end of the game. He only gets to use one Trick.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He went off the deep end when his fiancée died. He named his cat, Sissel, after her, and the cat served as his only companion for years.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sissel.
- Evil Twin: Inverted. As a ghost, Sissel took the form of his beloved master. Since he couldn't see his own corpse, he assumed he looked like Yomiel's shell..
- Expy: Of Yanni Yogi, in a way. Both had their lives ruined by being wrongly arrested by the police (including having a loved one Driven to Suicide because of it), and later dedicated themselves to Revenge against the officers involved.
- Face Death with Dignity: Even if, in the end, Everybody Lives.
- Feel No Pain: Makes a point to Cabanela by slamming his fist on a sizzling hot stove.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Not quite a nobody, but he was just a guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Made of Iron: Even without his Temsik-induced immortality, he survives having a giant concrete rock fall on his legs without losing them, or even consciousness. After being stabbed in the back with a large stone spike, no less.
- Meaningful Name: "Yomiel" comes from the Japanese word "yomigaeru", which means "to be revived." It's also the name of a minor Fallen Angel.
- Mind over Matter: Evidently has a much stronger version of Sissel's Animate Inanimate Object powers; at one point he forms an entire body out of spare machine parts lying on the floor. At other various points in the game, he manipulates living beings.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
- Lynne is able to resist his control to a degree, and fires a wayward shot at Sissel — setting the game's events in motion.
- Being killed in proximity to the meteor fragment in Yomiel's body is what caused Sissel (and in the first timeline, Ray/Missile-Prime) to gain ghost tricks.
- Hitting the Superintendent's stove with his fist also counts. It scared the bejeezus out of Cabanela, true, but it also knocked the kettle to the floor, allowing Sissel to blaze upward from the basement.
- People Puppets: His ability.
- Phlebotinum Battery: The meteor fragment.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: He doesn't just want revenge, he wants to live a normal life and die a natural death... even if that life is artificial.
- Redemption Equals Death / Redemption Earns Life: Zig-zagged. For starters, Yomiel was already dead when his "redemption" took place, but talking with Lynne prompted him to follow Sissel and Missile as they went back ten years ago to stop him from being killed by the Temsik meteorite. Then when it looks like child!Lynne will be killed by Mino in the process, Yomiel possesses his past self to get her to safety, fully expecting it to be the former trope (especially since dying this way wouldn't let him become a ghost again). Against the odds, however, he survives and becomes a changed man in the new timeline, making it more the latter.
- Slasher Smile: Which can be a little disturbing since at the time, he looks just like Sissel. Or rather, Sissel looks like him.
- Start of Darkness: Was driven to escape custody and hold Lynne hostage following a harsh interrogation from Inspector Cabanela. While facing down Detective Jowd in Temsik Park, he was struck and killed by a meteor shard that put his body in a Schrodinger's life/death state. Upon finding that his fiancée had committed suicide to join him in the afterlife shortly after getting his body back, with no way to rewind time and prevent it, he was left with a burning desire to make everyone involved suffer precisely as he did.
- Thanatos Gambit: Possessing Lynne in the junkyard and making her shoot him in plain view of cameras.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The entire sequence leading up to him killing Inspector Cabanela is this. He's aware of it, however, and has no problem "just shooting him" if he catches Sissel manipulating the environment.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was innocent of the original spying accusation, had his heart pierced by a meteor, lost his fiancée, was unable to truly die, and spent ten years with a cat as his only friend. After all of that, he snapped and decided to make everyone he saw as responsible to suffer just as much.
Beauty and Dandy
A black-hearted blue-skinned pair, most likely from the same county as Commander Sith and the assassins. Beauty is a standoffish Ice Queen who can sense the presence of ghosts
, while Dandy is a gentleman and only slightly kinder than his cohort. Dandy has a major crush on Beauty, despite her constant verbal abuse. They kidnap Kamila, assuming she's Amelie, in order to force the justice minister to carry through with the execution order.
- Anime Hair: Beauty has a pretty impressive case of it.
- The Baroness: Beauty. She even carries a red riding crop wherever she goes.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Dandy may have kidnapped a little girl and stuffed her into a large suitcase, but he's not going to be cruel to her. He even gave her some juice and a book to read.
- Once Dandy realizes that Beauty's plan was to hide out in Kamila's old house, where the girl accidentally killed her own mother, he calls Beauty out on it. It's the only time he acts remotely assertive.
- Explosive Stupidity: Last seen breaking into a safe above Chicken Kitchen with gunpowder. Dandy reads the instructions for twenty kilograms of gunpowder instead of twenty grams.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: During Sissel's attempts to reach Dandy's hostage, he sets off multiple fires and party poppers. Each time, Dandy wakes up for a moment, then falls asleep again muttering "Just my imagination". Even Sissel is amazed by his lack of attention. It reaches a peak at the end, when Beauty walks in the door right in front of him and wakes him up. He mutters the same thing and starts to drift off again.
- I Have Your Wife: Kidnapping the Justice Minister's daughter to blackmail him into signing the death notice for Jowd. In a cruel twist of irony, they accidentally kidnap Jowd's own daughter instead, but it's still effective.
- Ice Queen: Beauty, again.
- Love Martyr: Dandy. He may actually enjoy it when she insults him.
- Noble Demon: Sure, Dandy may be a kidnapper and a henchman for the mysterious blue antagonist, but he treats his victim with an admirable amount of kindness; even chastising the woman he worships upon realizing they've brought their victim to the site of her mother's death.
- Nominal Importance: The blond blue man is named only in the soundtrack.
- Psychic Powers: Beauty can apparently sense Sissel's presence. This is never explained in canon.
- Sherlock Scan: Another interpretation is she's perceptive enough to notice when enough impossible things are happening and, because she knows what Yomiel can do, doesn't just write them off. The first time, she only suspects she's being watched - it's one can see the bottom floor of the Chicken Kitchen from the top and she might have noticed the bell ringing. The second, Sissel was tricking object right across the way from her. The third, some large changes occur in a room while Dandy was sound asleep, a glaring tell.
- Sissy Villain: Dandy.
- Something About a Rose: Dandy's pocket flower.
- Statuesque Stunner: Beauty has considerably long legs, and utterly towers over her shrimp cohort.
- Whip It Good: Beauty carries a riding crop, though she never uses it.
A large, passionate woman who lives next door to Lynne and Kamila. She writes torrid romance novels. The separated wife of the justice minister, who left him after he issued Jowd's death order.
- Hidden Depths: Amelie thinks her parents' fight is about her mother's romance novels, but Emma's anger at her husband was actually because he refused to stop Jowd's execution.
- Lady Drunk: She is never seen without a wine glass.
Emma's daughter, who is bedridden with a fever. She hates her mother because Emma refuses to let her talk to her father.
- Mouthy Kid: Not an easy literary critic to have so closely at hand.
Blue-Suited Prison Guards
A pair of bored prison guards at the Special Prison. One is named Bailey and is mildly neurotic. When trouble hits he does 'The Panic Dance', which was apparently handed down in his family for generations. The other is never given a name and generally plays the straight man to his partner's shenanigans. He likes to build card towers.
A rock star inmate at the special prison, who sung national secrets during a worldwide broadcast. Yomiel controlled him into doing so, to show off his powers to the foreign government.
An oval-headed inmate at the special prison who took the police commissioner hostage, with his only request being for curry. Yomiel again.
Does not seem very bright.
Guardian of the Park
A round-haired man who has made it his mission to defend Temsik Park and the 'rock of the gods' ( the Temsik meteorite
) from housing developers. This involves mostly dancing around barefoot and distributing leaflets. Not an undercover agent.
- No Name Given: He may have even forgotten his own name. It's never made clear whether this was a side effect of dying or if he really doesn't remember.
Jowd's wife and Kamila's mother. Yomiel murdered her using Kamila's birthday contraption. The removal of Yomiel's death from the timeline also removes her death, and she is seen at the end of the game serving dinner to her friends and family.
Chicken Kitchen Chef
A orange-nosed chef who works at (and possibly manages) the Chicken Kitchen. He enjoys singing.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He stops at the park to play on the swings when he's supposed to be delivering food.
An "odd girl"
who works at the Chicken Kitchen. She's not very attentive to her job. Probably because she's an undercover cop.
- Nice Hat: It's a roast chicken.
- Retirony: It's her last day as a waitress and she's nearly killed by a van.
Sissel (Yomiel's Fiancée) Sissel's namesake. Yomiel gave him the name after finding that she'd committed suicide, assuming him to be dead. This was part of what drove him first to despair and then to revenge. She's the only character in the game who we never directly see, but she apparently waited ten years in the new timeline for Yomiel to get out of jail.
- Driven to Suicide: In order to join Yomiel in the afterlife. Unfortunately, Yomiel didn't get the chance to tell her he still existed as a ghost until it was too late.
- I Will Wait for You: Ten years of her fiancé in jail for taking a child hostage and she's still there when he gets out. Not surprising, given that last time around she committed suicide just to be with him.
- The Ghost: The trope, not an actual ghost. It's not her fault, she just happened to appear in very stylistic flashbacks in the second timeline, and the game ended just before her appearance in the third.
- The Lost Lenore: Her death is probably the biggest reason for Yomiel's Start of Darkness.