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The man himself, Phoenix Wright is back in the courtroom!
- Brain Bleach: Phoenix asks for some after hearing out all the gory details from Sarah.
- I'm a lawyer, not an electrician
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He tries not to swear in front of older Pearl.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Turnabout Consequences was not kind to him by the end of it.
Phoenix's old assistant and current master of the Kurain Channelling Technique.
- Older Than They Look: The game makes reuse of her sprites from the original Phoenix Wright trilogy. She even lampshades this fact in the credit sequence of Case 1:Maya: Hey, have you ever noticed this...? I'm over ten years older than Trucy, but we look almost the same age. I'm not complaining... Youthful looks definitely have their advantages.
- Put Ona Bus: Due to being the victim of Turnabout Consequences.
- Terrible Artist: She worked very hard with Trucy on fliers for the Fey Clan Reunion. The results were... debatable.
Phoenix's adopted daughter and magician extraordinaire. Occasionally assists him with cases.
- Ascended Extra: She's present for all of the game, but she heads her own personal investigation in Case 5.
- Demoted to Extra: During cases 2, 3 and 4.
- Kid Sidekick
- Promoted to Playable
The JudgeThe lovable judge is back and is more-or-less the same as always.
Maya's younger cousin and Phoenix's old friend. She seems to have went missing.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She turns out to be the one who shot Maya in Turnabout Consequences.
- Chekhov M.I.A.
- Face–Heel Turn: She is the culprit of Turnabout Consequences.
- Guest Star Party Member: Takes Maya's place during most of Turnabout Consequences.
- Older and Wiser: She doesn't slap Phoenix so often anymore and generally seems to be more mature. Hovewer, while she does seem to have matured, she does have some SEVERE mental issues.
- Red Herring: Anything having to do with her being kidnapped.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her wanting to disappear and protect Maya caused most of the damage of case 4.
- Walking Spoiler: Talking about her spoils the twist that she's alive and well. And that's not even the half of it.
A witness from one of Phoenix's previous cases, now back as a teenager.
- Amateur Sleuth: He’s been expressing an interest in solving crimes, seeing as he has a fingerprinting kit at his house.
- Character Tic: He still takes out his sword when he’s agitated.
- Collector of the Strange: Implied. He even has a fingerprinting kit in his house, for some reason.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: He was bored, so he decided to hack Stranger2Love. And it DOES actually kill him in the end.
- Death by Adaptation
- Fanboy: Subverted. He may be a fan of Sir Gallante, but he does acknowledge that he’s a murderer.
- He Knew Too Much
- Killed Off for Real
- Playful Hacker: He hacked an AF account for fun. Ended up killing him.
- Punny Name/Meaningful Name: His name is a play on "code hacking", which had little to do, if anything at all with his actions in the original trilogy. However, in this game, he showed some hacking skills.
- Infant Immortality: Oh, so averted.
- Same Clothes, Different Year
A detective that has crossed paths with Phoenix many times, although he's not in charge of most of Phoenix's cases this time.
- Demoted to Extra: He's not the main detective of this game and besides some cameos there and there, his role in the main plot is rather small.
- Easy Amnesia: He got struck in the head by some mysterious object (it turned out to be a gun) and lost memories about his actions from that morning.
- Hard Head: Well, maybe not hard enough, since the blow knocked him out cold and caused an amnesia, but he survived thanks to his thick skull.Gumshoe: The doctors told me that being hit by something from that height would normally kill you!
- Super Hero Origin: Conversed with Phoenix and Maya. He wonders if he's been hit by a meteorite and gained some weird alien superpowers from it.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In The Rogue Turnabout. It’s justified though, and he does get better at the end of the case.
Franziska Von Karma
An international, whip-happy prosecutor that Phoenix faced off against before.
- Back for the Finale: Although she does make a cameo in the previous case.
- Older and Wiser: She's still the same Franziska, but nonetheless, she is older, wiser, and willing to find the perfect truth.
Apollo's old mentor and the defence attorney in charge of the MN-6 trial.
- Accuse the Witness: He used this technique against Williamson in the flashback MN-6 trial in Turnabout into the Unknown. Except this time, the witness (Salim Kushari) WAS innocent.
The Judge's Brother
The Judge's vaguely-Canadian brother shows up as the Judge in the MN-6 trial.
- You Monster!: Although he admits that it appears Mendirez is innocent in Luciano's death, he makes it quite clear that he doesn't approve of Mendirez' criminal lifestyle, even if he can't convict him for that.
An old friend of Wright's and a photographer. The defendant of the first case.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She gave the photos proving Kylie's mob connections to Timmons, believing that he had no idea about it, when in fact, Timmons was Kylie's link to the Rivales family.
- In Another Man's Shoes: In A Turnabout Is Worth a Thousand Words she learns how it is to be wrongfully accused.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Her photos managed to expose Washington, after all.
Phoenix's ex-girlfriend and the defendant of the fourth case.
- Miscarriage of Justice: If Phoenix does not prove Pearl's motive, Iris is taken away for retrials and possibly a guilty verdict.
A branch member of the Fey family, with no one exactly sure HOW she's related to them...
- Demoted to Extra: She does't get a lot of screentime during the game, compared to T&T.
- Running Gag: Her biological relationship with the Fey Family. It gets to the point where even the former master isn’t sure.
Formerly a noodle vendor, Eldoon is back as a doctor like he used to be... although he still runs a noodle business on the side.
- Dressed to Heal: Averted, he wears more sensible and realistic scrubs.
A veteran prosecutor whose as wimpy and lacks as much presence as ever.
- Running Gag: Phoenix still can't remember who he is.
- "You!" Exclamation: His reaction to Wright being the defense attorney.
Phoenix's subordinate and another lawyer at the Wright Anything Agency.
- Demoted to Extra: To the point where he only narrowly avoids being The Ghost. (He appears on screen a grand total of once during the game, and then only as a far-away sprite.)
An evil spirit and Iris' deceased twin sister. Phoenix suspect that she was channelled during the fourth case.
- The Ghost: Literally! Considering she's, y'know, dead.
- Red Herring: So much that her entire mention is just a ploy for Phoenix to buy more time.
Shelly De Killer
A famous serial killer that Phoenix has had run-ins with before.
Debuted in A Turnabout Is Worth a Thousand Words
A famous pop singer, who isn't very good in writing her own music, so she started copying notes form other artists. They threatened to sue and Kylie asked the mafia for help.
- Accidental Murder: Her killing Timmons wasn’t planned, as the intro shows us.
- Blank White Eyes: When she gets angry.
- Idol Singer
- It's All About Me: Of course. She’s a famous popstar after all. And the first case murderer.
- Meaningful Name/Shout-Out: Her name is a reference to Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana.
- Some players have also pointed to Kylie Minogue.
- Her mafia connections are a reference to Frank Sinatra.
- Properly Paranoid: She became suspicious after she saw Timmons talking with Lotta. Her intuition didn't fail her.
- Revealing Injury
- Starter Villain
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Though in her case it might be as well a part of her stage image.
Manager of Kylie Washington and also a member of the Rivales Family.
- Asshole Victim: He worked for the Mob, ensuring that everybody would drop the charges against Washington. When Lotta Hart started snooping around, he planned to let Kylie take the fall and make himself out of this situation. One of the cases where this fact doesn't make his killer any more sympathetic, as Kylie wouldn't have had to kill him if she wasn't dealing with the Mob.
- He Knows Too Much: He was going to out Kylie for plagerism (and by extention her Mob commentions), and she couldn't have that.
- UnfortunateName: “VICtor TIMmons”. Even the Judge himself lampshades this:That name sounds very... unfortunate.
Debuted in The Rogue Turnabout
A veteran prosecutor who has been investigating the Sir Gallante killings for the past three years. He despises defense attorneys for some reason, and also appears to hold a grudge against Phoenix Wright.
- Already Done for You: He clearly already figured out Pearl is the culprit. in Case 4.
- Amoral Attorney: Averted. He doesn’t use any illegal means in court and despises all those who do otherwise. However, he came dangerously close to this territory in Turnabout Consequences when he risked a conviction of an innocent person to see if Wright can pass his Secret Test of Character. And in one of routes in Turnabout into the Unknown he finally crosses the threshold and presents in court a forged piece of evidence.
- However, if Williamson doesn't reveal his trump card, he will show it to Phoenix at the end of the trial and as a result, reveal himself to be the biggest hypocrite ever. It's because of this that Obadiah finally decides to quit his job due to feeling like he's shamed the role of a prosecutor, thinking of going as far as to present false evidence just to convict Mendirez due to a grudge.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Grandpa: Not as old as Manfred von Karma, but still.
- Badass Normal: At least for the Ace Attorney standards. Compared to all those prosecution prodigies, he's actually a guy you could've met with in real life.Phoenix: That can't be right. There's no way I would be facing a normal human being.
- Berserk Button: Tampering with evidence, intentionally giving false testimony, disturbing the proceedings in any way.
- Big "NO!": His reaction to PureMadness’ “joke”.I CAN’T BEEEELIIIIIIEEEEVVVEE THIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSS!!!
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Averted. He doesn’t exhibit strange quirks like Wright’s other opponents did.
- Cool Old Guy
- Graceful Loser: Unlike other prosecutors Phoenix has dealt with, he does not care when he loses.
- Heel Realization:
- Shows some shades of this after Phoenix points out that he could’ve ended the case with letting PureMadness go to jail.
- Obadiah can undergo another heel realization in case 4, although it's related to a massive spoiler, and it depends on a player choice: if the player chooses to prove Pearl's motive instead of covering for her, Obadiah realizes that Phoenix is a man of integrity and the best damn attorney Obadiah's ever met, so he was wrong to jump to conclusions about Phoenix, and he admits aloud that he treated Phoenix poorly because of those conclusions.
- He gets another one in the final case. Realising he went too far in pursuing Mendirez for Jimmy's death. This time, he quits his job over it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He’s a jerk towards Phoenix, make no mistake. However, he really does care about finding the truth. Also, if the player makes a certain choice in case 4, he actually apologizes for his Jerkass behavior, realizing that he was wrong to jump to conclusions about Phoenix's integrity and to treat Phoenix poorly because of them.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After he finds out one of Case 5's victims was Jimmy, he decides It's Personal and becomes hell bent on taking Mendirez down, regardless of ethics. He even prepares a piece of forged evidence. How far he ultimately goes depends on which "path" of the case you're playing.
- Mysterious Past: Even the police doesn’t know much about him. The only person that seems to know about it is Jimmy, Williamson’s ex-partner.
- Promoted to Playable: During the flashback trial.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue, serious one to Jimmy’s red and carefree.
- Secret Test of Character: He saw Turnabout Consequences as a long one for Phoenix; whether or not he passed is up to the ending you pick. If Phoenix chooses to prove a certain person's motive, this counts as "passing" the test, while if Phoenix covers for that certain person, it counts as "failing" the test.
- The Stoic: Most of the time.
- Not So Stoic: When dealing with unpredictable witnesses.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Togamera in the third case.
- This Cannot Be!: See Big "NO!".
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He is a lot more confrontational in Turnabout Consequences than usual. This may have been part of his test.
- Took a Level in Kindness: And at the same time, he does seem to respect Phoenix a bit more. If you make a certain choice in case 4, he takes another level in kindness and actually apologizes for having treated Phoenix poorly, since Phoenix has proven to be a man of integrity.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Phoenix exposes Sir Gallante, a serial killer that Williamson was after for 3 years. Williamson obviously still assumes the worst of Phoenix after that. Later subverted in Turnabout on the Web, as he thanks Phoenix for helping him expose Togamera.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Wright if you choose to cover for Pearl.Obadiah: Why did you do it? You let the true culprit escape. Is that justice? Is that the truth?
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Conversely, he gives this speech to Wright if he proves Pearl's motive.
The blabbermouth lead detective on the Sir Gallante investigation. He doesn’t take his job entirely seriously, and is probably more trusting than a homicide detective should be.
- Big Damn Heroes: If not for his intervention, Togamera would’ve gotten away with everything.
- Played with during Turnabout into the Unknown: The evidence he privately gives to Phoenix manages to prove Mendirez' innocence, but when he attempts to prevent Luciano from escaping, Luciano distracts him by making one too many taunts about Watters' wife, whom Luciano killed, and ends up taking Watters hostage.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He did after all manage to get Webb’s Interpol ID.
- Clueless Detective: Almost as bad as Gumshoe in that regard, seeing as he gives out important details even before the trial starts. No, really. It’s not an act, he really is as clueless as he seems. He even blabbed out all details concerning the investigation of Sir Gallante to a journalist.
- The Day the Music Lied: During the second day of the trial, Gallante’s Leifmotif plays for a short while when you confront him about being Gallante. He isn’t.
- Evil Lawyer Joke: If you present the attorney’s badge to him 3 times in the 4th case.
- Greaser Delinquents: Well, he looks like one. It's a strange choice of attire for a police officer.
- Guest Star Party Member: Briefly helps Phoenix out during the second investigation of Turnabout Consequences.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Becomes one to Phoenix after the events of The Rogue Turnabout. He’s more of a jerk towards Phoenix, but he still cares about finding the truth.
- Kick the Dog: Mocking Phoenix’s intelligence the day after his best friend got shot. Even Williamson admits it was unnecessary.
- The Lost Lenore: His wife Sandra was one of Carlo Luciano's past victims.
- Nice Guy: Despite working with the prosecution, he’s helpful towards Phoenix and Maya as he even lets them investigate the place. It doesn’t stay that way.
- Punny Name: His name is a pun on watermark.
- Red Herring: His fingerprints are on the gun along with Rivales’, he has a motive to want them all dead, and he was in the penthouse at the day of the murder. One would assume that he’s Sir Gallante… right?
- Skewed Priorities: Apparently examining the material of the desk is more important than actually examining the crime scene. Y’know, the thing that all detectives should do.
- The Slacker: He’s surprisingly carefree for a homicide detective.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Justified, seeing as Wright accused him of a murderer, which he wasn’t.
- Tsundere: Type A. Even Wright lampshades it in Turnabout Consequences
- Walking Spoiler: Not for the reasons you think.
A security guard who worked for the Michael Rivales. He has been accused of being the serial killer known as Sir Gallante.
- The Atoner: Even though he didn’t actually kill Charles Locke, he didn’t do anything to stop his death. It doesn’t come off as much of a surprise that he turns himself in at the end.
- Big "WHAT?!": Does this frequently.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: It’s rather easy to hurt his feelings. And despite being a mafia enforcer, he never killed anyone in his entire life.
- Face of a Thug: He does look like an intimidating mobster, but he’s actually more of a Gentle Giant with the shades of Manchild.
- Gentle Giant
- Meaningful Name: His name is a mix of both Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker. And he's got accused of being a vigilante superhero.
- Nice Guy: Despite being a mobster, oddly enough. And it’s revealed that he actually hated his job.
- Odd Friendship: With Virgil Black. One wouldn’t expect a mobster to hang out with a carefree hippie.
- Resignations Not Accepted: He really wanted to quit his job, but one cannot simply leave the mafia.
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. He doesn’t act like it at all.
The Don of Rivales Family and Sir Gallante's latest victim.
- Asshole Victim: Potentially one of the worst out there. Even his own employees hate him. ESPECIALLY Sarah Keyes.
- Bigger Bad: Seems to be one for the whole series, despite being the victim of The Rogue Turnabout. Along with being the former boss of the Rivales Family, ordering his nephew to kill Carlo Luciano pretty much set the over-arching plot into motion.
- Blackmail: How he kept Parker around. He did know some very important Family secrets, after all.
- Cruel and Unusual Death
- The Don: Obviously.
- Meaningful Name/Shout-Out: He shares his first name with one of the main characters from The Godfather trilogy.
A friend of Wayne Parker. He is unemployed because “Working’s a scam, dude.” He relies on Parker’s financial assistance to keep him from starving in the streets.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Look below.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He’s Sir Gallante.
- Compressed Hair: How on earth does he manage to make his Funny Afro fit inside his helmet?
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Who would’ve thought that a New-Age Retro Hippie is actually a dangerous serial killer?
- Funny Afro
- Killed Off for Real: He gets murdered after escaping from prison. His then-unidentified body was given a name "Guildenstern".
- Meaningful Name: Virgil, combined with Gallante gives Vigilante. He’s also the ‘’’black’’’ knight.
- NEET: Let’s see. He’s jobless, his place is a total mess and he lives off his friend’s money.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: His methods of operation as Sir Gallante are everything but pacifistic.
- Nice Guy: Seeing as his friend is suspected of being a Serial Killer, he tries to help him the best way he can. Subverted later, as he does have his own reasons for it. His friendship towards Wayne is genuine though.
- Odd Friendship: With Wayne Parker.
- The Slacker: As he would put it “Working’s a scam, dude.”
- The Stoner: Implied. He keeps a bong in his room.
- Shame If Something Happened: “If he knows you’re onto him, he might try coming after you.”
- Totally Radical: Did you expect anything else from a guy like him?
- V Sign: The Hippie version.
The victim’s secretary/security chief. She seems to have an unhealthy obsession with violence. Saw Parker enter the victim’s penthouse the night of the crime.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Phoenix. Unlike Oldbag though, it’s all an act. The moment she saw that bungee harness, she kicked him out of the scene.
- Beware the Silly Ones: She does act all sweet and all, but she actually worked together with Sir Gallante to take down Michael Rivales.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sure, she might seem nice towards Phoenix, but it’s all an act. She’s actually a bitter cynic that hates the entire Rivales Family.
- Broken Bird
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite acting ditzy, she is somewhat competent in using the security system.
- Dissonant Laughter: She sure seems to like talking about all these gory details with smile on her face, much to Phoenix’s dismay.
- The Ditz: It’s all an act.
- Dumb Blonde: See The Ditz
- Family Theme Naming: Locke and Keyes. Lock and keys, anyone? She changed her name on her own in order to hide her identity from Michael Rivales, but it still counts.
- Foreshadowing: The fact that she’s in charge of the security system shows us she isn’t as ditzy as she appears to be.
- I Reject Your Reality: She gave evidence pointing towards Parker to Wright… while completely ignoring the fact that he’s a defense attorney. Even after he has introduced himself.Sarah: Maybe that will help you get the guilty verdict you want!
- Mood-Swinger: One time she’s an extremely cheerful and kind of ditzy, one time she’s a bitter woman. Especially towards Maya. And towards both Michael Rivales and Wayne Parker.
- Malicious Misnaming: Towards Maya.
- The Nicknamer: Her nicknames for Phoenix are as bad as Oldbag’s. For example, Feenie-Weenie, Feenie-Poo.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- She Is All Grown Up: She’s Charles Locke’s daughter, though Rivales didn’t make the connection even after looking at her. Wayne Parker even says this trope word for word.
- Spanner in the Works: She forged evidence to frame Wayne Parker for Rivales' murder, which leads to a chain of events that leads to the unmasking of Gallante.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She framed Parker for Rivales' death, not knowing that Gallante was killing the group because he wanted to free Parker from it, or that that Gallante was really backed by Francisco Mendirez. Gallante was supposed to kill Carlo Luciano. Parker's trial led to Gallante being unmasked before he could kill Luciano. Luciano surviving led to him taking revenge on Mendirez, which pretty much leads to the events of the rest of the game.
- Walking Spoiler: Just look at it!
- You Killed My Father: The real reason she started working for the Rivales Family. She wanted to get close to Michael Rivales so that she could have revenge. She also framed Wayne Parker for the same reason, as he accompanied the hitman (Carlo Luciano) who killed Charles Locke.
Sir Gallante / Virgil Black
A knight-themed serial killer and self-proclaimed super hero who has been killing off members of the criminal underworld for the past three years. Most information is supposed to be classified, but somebody leaked a lot of it to the public.
- Affably Evil
- AntiVillain: Type III
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He somehow manages to break the entire witness stand to pieces
- Code of Honour
- Graceful Loser: Admits his defeat after Wright exposes him.
- Heel Realization
- Knight Templar: Moves on to this territory after he threatens Phoenix & Maya in the abandoned building
- Meaningful Name: His pseudonym refers to how he perceives himself: a gallant knight that slays the evil.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: He almost broke this rule by causing Watters to be sentenced in his place. Thankfully, Wright reminded him about his principles.
- Noble Demon
- Non-Human Sidekick: Remember that hawk that frequently sits on the Rivales Tower entrance?
- Superheroes Wear Capes
- Serial Killer
- Serial-Killer Killer: Most of his victims had many deaths on their hands.
- Unwitting Pawn: It's revealed in T-Unknown that he was one to Francisco Mendirez.
- Vigilante Man
- Villainous Breakdown: Breaks the entire witness stand.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He does kill criminals, after all.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: To the point where his best friend starts wondering where he got all of the stuff needed to commit these killings. As we later find out, Francisco Mendirez supplied him with these means.
Debuted in Turnabout on the Web
The defendant in this case. Considers himself to be the number one fan of Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney. A bit naive and doesn't quite understand the severity of being accused of murder.
- Fan Dumb : He idolizes Phoenix to such degree, he actually disses Apollo in front of him. He probably is a caricature of all real-life Apollo's haters:Books: I'm so glad you're the one defending me and not that stupid Justice guy."Phoenix: Hey! Don't talk about him that way!Maya: Yeah! Polly's our friend!Books: He's a no talent failure!Phoenix: No talent? He hasn't lost a single case!Books: Face it, the guy fails at life!"Phoenix: You haven't even met him. Why would you say that?!"Books: He's trying to replace you!
- Innocently Insensitive: Even though joining in the argument against Webb was a joke, it did strain their relationship. Subverted if you examine Webb's message to Mask3d_n00b.
- Shipper on Deck: He seems to ship Maya with Phoenix, much to Phoenix’s confusion.
- Significant Anagram: Edman Books → Masked Noob → Mask3d_N00b
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: His last name is Books and he works at the library.
- Terrible Artist
- There Are No Girls on the Internet: He believes in this. He’s proven wrong at the end of the case, when he meets the Woman:Books: There ARE girls!! There are GIRLS on the INTERNET!!!
Walter Wade Webb/ Bad Player
The victim. A shady figure who never made an attempt to get to know any of his neighbors. He looks like an average guy, but he is said to be a member of Rivales Family. The part of him being a member is actually one big lie made up by Togamera. He's actually an Interpol agent investigating them. It's later revealed that he worked along with Gladys Porter and Steven Jameson.
- Asshole Victim: Subverted. Not only he isn’t a criminal Togamera said he was, he was INVESTIGATING people from the Rivales Family. Not to mention, he was willing to die in Cody’s place.
- Good All Along
- Interpol Special Agent
- The Nondescript/Ridiculously Average Guy: How his neighbour have seen him.
- Undercover Cop Reveal: Posthumously.
- Punny Name: His name is a pun on the World Wide Web, obviously.
An amoral coroner working for the police department. He seems to have little to no respect for the dead. Turns out he's way more than that: He's Carlo Luciano, an assassin formerly working for the Rivales Family and the one who currently works under the name of Francisco Mendirez.
- The Bad Guy Wins: On one count. Though he was still caught, he wanted to ruin Mendirez' reputation and he certainly did.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Along with Allen Yossarian.
- The Coroner
- Evil All Along
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Oh boy yes. Like... making death puns about Watters' wife. Who he killed.
- Gallows Humour: He has… a rather weird sense of humor. It gets even worse once he's revealed to be an assassin.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn’t show any respect for the dead at all, as he refers to them as “it”. Subverted, it’s more of a verbal tic. He does apologize to Phoenix, after all. Winds up being double subverted, as Morton is actually a ruthless assassin formerly on Family's payroll.
- Opaque Lenses: This turns out to be a plot point, they hide the fact he only has one eye.
- Verbal Tic: Calling the dead people “it”.
A pompous FBI agent investigating the criminal activities of the victim. Has a tendency to be overly dramatic and exaggerate things.
- Big "NO!": Also a part of his Villainous Breakdown.
- Berserk Button: Tampering with HIS case. Also, talking about Webb.
- Bold Inflation: He really likes to EMPHASIZE things.
- Cassandra Truth: He actually didn’t kill Hackins, but at this point nobody believes him.
- Catchphrase: “I’m not at liberty to discuss that.”
- Detective Mole
- Dirty Cop
- FBI Agent
- Graceful Loser: Oddly enough, despite his Villainous Breakdown.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Whenever someone disrupts HIS investigation. It’s all an act.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: If he only didn’t have PureMadness as a witness, the murder would’ve been most likely left unsolved.
- It's All About Me: It’s even lampshaded by Williamson here:Obadiah: You really don’t have any loyalty to anyone but yourself.
- Jerkass: Possibly the biggest one in the game.
- Just Following Orders: He claims this is his reason for killing Webb, as he was assigned to kill him by FBI. Subverted, because this is just yet another lie.
- Killer Cop
- Knight of Cerebus: Oddly, he plays this to himself. Once it becomes clear he's Case 3's murderer, all his former comedic traits disappear completely. In a game-wide example, his murder of Cody marks the point where the plot becomes a whole lot darker.
- Kubrick Stare
- Large Ham: When talking about Webb.Togamera: A villain! A truly HORRENDOUS man!! The world will not mourn his passing!!Phoenix: Was he really that bad?Togamera: A tyrant! A dictator!! The WORST of men!!!Phoenix: ...That bad. Got it.
- Mood-Swinger: He can somehow alternate between The Stoic and Large Ham, oddly enough. The latter is an act.
- Perpetual Frowner: He NEVER smiles. And when he doesn’t frown, he grimaces angrily.
- Sinister Shades
- The Stoic: Oddly enough, he alternates between this and Large Ham.
- The Sociopath
- Speak Ill of the Dead
- No Indoor Voice: Especially when talking about Webb.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Williamson.
- The Men in Black: He looks like one of them.
- Alternatively, his character design might've been inspired by Agents from The Matrix.
- This Cannot Be!: Part of his Villainous Breakdown.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims that killing Webb was necessary, since he was a threat to society. Subverted, because Webb was actually an Interpol agent who tried to expose him.
- Would Hurt a Child: Even though he didn't kill Cody, it's implied that he would've done it if he only had a chance.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to ACCENTUATE certain words in his PHRASES to sound upper-crust, much like Florent L’Belle.
- Villainous Breakdown: He takes his glasses off, breaks them and screams.
Woman / PureMadness
A sole alleged eyewitness to the crime.
- Annoying Laugh: “Teehee”.
- Bad Liar: Even Williamson calls her out on it.
- Cool Mask: A Guy Fawkes mask that she never takes off, ever.
- Establishing Character Moment:Maya: Why would you lie about something as simple as that [being a witness to the crime]?
Woman: Felt like it.
- Expressive Shirt: With an Awesome Face.
- The Faceless
- For the Evulz: She claims she killed Webb for this reason. It’s a complete lie, as she wasn’t even near the crime scene when it happened.
- Heel Realization: She shows some signs of this when Wright confronts her about it on AF.
- Insane Troll Logic: For example, when Phoenix presses her on the statement where she admits that she didn’t see it from her house.Phoenix: I think this is pretty much clear by now.Woman: Aha! So you admit that I killed him?
- It Amused Me: This is the reason why she lied in the first place.
- Laughing Mad: When she’s exposed in court.
- Malicious Misnaming: Constantly refers to Obadiah as “Mr. Wilson”
- Meaningful Nickname: Well, she’s known to cause madness at AF.
- No Name Given
- Shout-Out: To many Internet memes and Internet culture in general:
- Sock Puppet: Turns out "Salmonella" is her other account on Ace Fanclub.
- Spanner in the Works: Her testimony may have incriminated Books at first, but the constant lies and her unpredictable nature have caused Togamera’s downfall.
- Troll: Obviously. She did make a total mockery out of the court after all.
- The Unreveal: We never get to learn her name or see what she's hiding under that mask.
- Unwitting Pawn: Was this to Togamera, as it turns out.
A forty-year old man who is still living in his mother's basement and the administrator of the Ace Fanclub, better known by his username 1337aZnPrInceSz.
- Anti-Villain: He did forge evidence, true. He did have his reasons for it though, as he and his mother were in danger.
- Berserk Button: Calling his anime “cartoons”.
- Cuteness Proximity: How he reacts when you show him Pearl’s profile.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He cooperated with Family to protect his mother.
- Fanboy: Of Phoenix Wright. He even made a page dedicated to him.
- Fat Bastard: Downplayed. While he did give false testimony and forge evidence, it wasn’t like he really had a choice.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Being a guy obsessed with Asian culture, he wears the Fu Manchu mustache. Subverted, he isn’t evil. He did forge evidence, but he didn’t kill Walter Webb.
- Gratuitous Japanese
- Hypocrite: He claims to be a fan of Phoenix Wright and yet he lies to him and disrupts his investigation. He does have his reasons, but still.
- Karma Houdini: While he wasn’t a murderer, he never faces punishment for forging evidence. In fact, he and his mother end up under Witness Protection Program.
- Lolicon: See Cuteness Proximity. And it was the photo of Pearls when she was somewhere between 8-13 years old.
- Occidental Otaku
- O.C. Stand-in: He’s the one that was chatting online with the chief detective in the original trilogy.
- The Pigpen: His shirt is stained in mustard and ketchup. And he’s later testifying in court. In the same shirt.
- Take That: Is a living one to otakus.
Jimmy/ Steven Jameson
A mysterious acquaintance of Obadiah Williamson's. Seems to be taking a great interest in Nick's recent cases.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After having a minor role in Turnabout on the Web, he gets more screen-time in Turnabout Consequences, with being the replacement prosecutor. And in Turnabout Into the Unknown, we finally find out his backstory.
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Expy: His prosecuting style is pretty much the same as Klavier's, being rather helpful to Phoenix. His reasons for prosecuting however are much more personal.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Williamson. Well, at least they’re on neutral terms if nothing else. Obadiah wasn't amused with him pretending to be a prosecutor, however.
- Killed Off for Real: An unidentified body called initially "Rosencrantz" is eventually revealed to belong to him.
- Nice Guy: Unlike Williamson, he doesn’t seem to mind Phoenix that much. No, really. He really is as nice as he seems, which only makes his death all the more tragic. In fact, he was such a nice guy he was willing to help Francisco Mendirez once he realized he was being framed.
- Save the Villain: What he was trying to do for Mendirez, until he was killed.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: When Phoenix asks him if he and Obadiah are friends.
- Only One Name: He goes by "Jimmy" for the most of game. We find out his true name after his death in Turnabout into the Unknown.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red, carefree Oni to Williamson’s blue, stern one.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Obadiah.
Stranger2Love/ Nathen Togamera
A lurker on Ace Fanclub. It's also an account used by Nathen Togamera to communicate with the members of Rivales Family.
- The Quiet One
- Beware the Quiet Ones: As it turns out, he’s a member of the Rivales Family.
- Walking Spoiler: Yeah, it’s rather hard to talk about them without revealing that It’s actually Agent Togamera’s account to communicate with members of Rivales Family.
Michael Rivales' nephew who took the leadership after his uncle's death. A ruthless man who's responsible for many things happening thorough the game's story. It's not so simple. There are actually two people using the name of Francisco Mendirez: Allen Yossarian, the real Francisco Mendirez and Carlo Luciano, the one using the name to ruin his reputation further.
- Bad Boss: If Wocky is to be believed, he's even worse than his uncle. While Francisco Mendirez himself is DEFINITELY not a saint, he's not the one who backstabbed Togamera and Meredith but rather his imposter. Making Mendirez look like one of these was part of his plan.
- The Bad Guy Wins: A Foregone Conclusion concerning the MN-6 trial.
- Big Bad: Responsible for many things, such as Cody Hackins' murder, Maya Fey's attempted assassination, Pearl Fey's kidnapping and the poisoning of Carlo Luciano.
- Though the real Mendirez is technically only guilty of Pearl's kidnapping and hiring Gallante to kill several other Family members.
- Blackmail: Threatened Meredith Fey that if she doesn't cooperate, Pearl Fey will suffer.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Both the imposter and the real thing: The real Francisco Mendirez hired Sir Gallante to kill off any potential threat to him after the MN-6 incident. It just so happened one of them happened to be Luciano, who survived the ordeal and swore revenge against him. Luciano also exploits this trope as a part of his plan to ruin Mendirez: intentionally backstabbing Togamera and Raphael in obvious ways while using Medirez' name.
- The Don: Took over the leadership of Rivales Family after Michael's death.
- Dragon Ascendant: Was a high-ranked member of the Rivales Family before Michael's death.
- Hidden Villain: We've never seen his face so far. And as Raphael said, he never shows his face to his cronies either. His name is one of the few things we do know about him.
- It's finally explained why he doesn't show his face to his subordinates: the Mendirez we've known for the nearly the whole game was actually Carlo Luciano, out to destroy Mendirez' reputation among his cronies.
- Knight of Cerebus: A dangerous criminal, who's responsible for many of the game's tragic events. It's never a good sign whenever he's mentioned.
- The Reveal: There are two men going by the name "Francisco Mendirez": the real one known as Allen Yossarian, his imposter being Carlo Luciano, who has faked his death in the MN-6 incident.
- Walking Spoiler: His status as Big Bad isn't a spoiler but his actual identity most certainly is. Actually, even the first becomes a spoiler later on when it turns out the real Mendirez isn't the Big Bad after all.
- Would Hurt a Child: As it turns out, he was the one who killed Cody Hackins. He threatened to do the same to Pearl Fey if Meredith wouldn't cooperate.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The imposter Mendirez will do anything, and that means anything, to have suspicion pointed away towards him that he's actually Carlo Luciano and is the one slandering Mendirez's name, and that is including setting up his own soldiers to take the fall. Raphael Donatello, Meredith Fey, and Agent Nathen Togamera were no more than pawns to him.
- The first instance of this is Luciano leaving behind an account called "Ursa Major 777", leaving that behind so that Wright would believe that Togamera was the one who had shot Cody and that Togamera was indeed covering for the Rivales Family and using the fanclub to do so. The imposter Mendirez also framed Togamera for Cody's death by using his gun when Togamera had his guard down, ergo Togamera was telling the truth in that he was not the one who bought about the end of Hackins' life.
- The false Mendirez also set up Pearl Fey to be the attempted assassin of Maya Fey's life and by association, getting Meredith in trouble for attempting to cover it up. All that was needed was for Raphael to squeal on whoever the accomplice was, but things didn't quite happen that way. Raphael refused to squeal on Meredith, yet Jimmy knew who the accomplice was, and Phoenix did, too.
- However, the real Mendirez was the one who used Sir Gallante in order to kill off those who would likely rat on Mendirez, those who were prying into the truth of MN-6 years ago.
- The first instance of this is Luciano leaving behind an account called "Ursa Major 777", leaving that behind so that Wright would believe that Togamera was the one who had shot Cody and that Togamera was indeed covering for the Rivales Family and using the fanclub to do so. The imposter Mendirez also framed Togamera for Cody's death by using his gun when Togamera had his guard down, ergo Togamera was telling the truth in that he was not the one who bought about the end of Hackins' life.
Debuted in Turnabout Consequences
Gladys Porter/ Makoto Fey
A rude and bitter reporter from Oh! Cult! Magazine. The sister of Sandra Watters (Mark's wife who was murdered by the Family) and has been working with "Jimmy" and Walter Webb to investigate the Rivales Family.
- Commander Contrarian: No matter how you answer her questions during the interview, she’ll NEVER be satisfied.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Subverted, she's been a target of the Rivales Family for years so her paranoia is justified.
- First-Name Basis: She's on this with Mark Watters, of all people. It turns out she's his sister-in-law.
- Intrepid Reporter: Subverted. She THINKS she’s this, but instead of asking Wright necessary info about the Fey Clan, she asks him useless questions like “What’s your favorite color”.
- Jerkass: Not to the level of Togamera, but still…
- Jerkass Has a Point: She insists that nobody in their right mind would channel Dahlia Hawthorne.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies at the end of Turnabout into the Unknown's second trial.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: After Wright has run out of questions towards her and starts graspingPorter: Okay, no. You know what? Shut it. Just SHUT it!
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She's still pointlessly rude, but during the second day she really calms down, implying that her antics might be at least partially an act. It's all but confirmed in the final case, which reveals she's been working with Jameson and Webb to investigate the Rivales Family.
- Punny Name/Shout-Out: To GLaDOS from PORTAL.
- Properly Paranoid: There really ARE dangerous people following her around.
- Walking Spoiler: We don't find out her true motives until the final case.
- Woman Child: She’s quite immature despite being 29 years old.
- Talkative Loon
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
- Your Mom: She retorts with this when you present Pearl’s profile to her.Phoenix: You seem to have quite an interest in Pearl.Porter: Your mom seems to have an interest in Pearl.
A caretaker working at a home in Kurain Village and a trusted butler of Meredith Fey.
- Awesome McCool Name: To some people anyway. Raphael sure doesn’t think so.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Remember the man from Lotta’s photo in the first case?
- The Butler Did It: Except not really.
- The Comically Serious: He says I was raised in the sewers and I was taught the art of ninjitsu.. With a completely straight face.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As mentioned in Not So Stoic, backstabbing his allies is one thing he won't do.
- Noble Demon: He's an ally of Mendirez, but he's also a very honorable man-he's convinced to work with Wright when he realizes his boss is a traitor by nature.
- Red Herring: While he was the sniper and is part of the Rivales Family, he didn't shoot Maya Fey..
- Servile Snarker
- The Stoic: He isn’t a man of many expressions.
- Not So Stoic: As it turns out.Raphael: This group used to have standards. We would never betray the ones we worked with! If Mendirez is going to change all that, he can go to hell for all I care! That's it! I'm through with it! Finished! I'm not taking anymore orders from a man who won't even show me his face! You hear that, you nutter? I know you're watching this trial! I QUIT!!!
- The Quiet One: Raphael doesn’t really speak much.
A former Master of the Kurain Channling Technique and the grandmother of Maya and Pearl. She retired because her spirit powers wore off due to her old age.
- Anti-Villain: Type III. She wants the best for her family but associating herself with the Rivales gang pushed her into doing some questionable things.
- Brutal Honesty: She’s highly critical about Maya’s leadership and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
- The Cynic: What she says about Maya says it all:Meredith: She’s always tried to please everyone, which in our case simply is NOT possible.
- First-Name Basis
- Jerkass Façade: She isn't a nice person by any means but she didn't shoot her own granddaughter.
- Nostalgia Filter:Meredith: When I was Master, Kurain saw more peace and tranquility than it had in a hundred years.
- Taking the Heat: For Iris. Except as it turns out, it wasn't Iris at all she's seen.
- Tough Love: Implied with her relationship towards Maya.
- Offing the Offspring: Except not really.
- Parental Favoritism: Towards Pearl and Iris.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:Meredith: I. Did. Not. Shoot her!!!
- Red Herring: While she did unwillingly go through with the assassination plot, she didn't shoot Maya Fey either.
- Retired Badass: She was once a Kurain Master.Raphael: The last great one, so would say.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She’s strict towards Maya, but surprisingly nice to Phoenix and Pearl.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Anti-Villain for more.
Debuted in Turnabout into the Unknown
- Affably Evil: Or is he? Yeah, he is.
- Amoral Attorney: He forged evidence which cost him his badge. To his credit, he openly admits it during his conversation with Phoenix.
- Berserk Button: Accusing his daughter of murder is a very, very bad idea.
- Do You Trust Me?: Inverted. He actually commends Wright for answering "no", arguing that it would be a foolish move to implicitly trust someone whom one has never met before.
- Later on, Finnegan brings up the question again, the night before the trial involving Jane. If Phoenix answers yes to this question, Finnegan believes him to be a fool for doing so as Finnegan had lied and cheated and taunted Phoenix several times over during the case.
- Evil Counterpart: Played with. His backstory suspiciously resembles Wright's. He got disbarred due to evidence forgery and ended adopting his client's daughter. Jane is the same age as Trucy, except she is a Strange Girl with very unsettling behavior. They also both dress in red, in contrast to Phoenix and Trucy, who usually wear blue. Though it turns out he's not so much evil as just manipulative.
- Fiery Redhead: Zig-zagged. He usually is calm and composed, unless someone attempts to harm his daughter.
- Manipulative Bastard: The only thing he's guilty of being.
- Noble Demon: He's fully honest about being a dishonest individual, and all of his schemes in the trial are to protect his daughter.
- Oireland: Red hair? Check. Four-leaf clover pin in lapel? Check. Irish accent with some dialectal words thrown in? Double check.
- Papa Wolf: Towards Jane. He lied in court to protect her.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's never made fully clear if she really does have murderous intentions or if she just likes acting like she does.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Really likes to play the part of one, anyway.
- Creepy Child
- Evil Albino: Along with Slasher Smile and Red Eyes, Take Warning. She claims that she likes to start fires and that she stabbed her father. Possibly a subversion, as Finnegan says that she just has a wild imagination and the worst thing she's ever done is take potshots at the possums outside. He may be lying, though.
- Large Ham: Given that Jane has been taught acting lessons by Finnegan Hood, she definitely knows how to come across as this whether or not it benefits her. For instance, Jane pretends to be a comic book villain, even if it would strip away her freedoms and get her arrested for the death of Gladys Porter.
- Obviously Evil: Slasher Smile? Check. Milking the Giant Cow? Check. Repeatedly confessing to killing people? Check. Invoked trope, it's all an act.
- Red Herring: As it turns out, despite her fingerprints being found on the knife, she wasn't the one who killed Gladys Porter.
The defendant, accused of murdering both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He's also a retired Rivales Family officer. He's also the nephew of Michael Rivales, Francisco Mendirez.
- Asshole Victim: Should you choose to not reveal Pearl's motive in Consequences, he ends up being killed in the final case along with Carlo Luciano.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Carlo Luciano.
- Cigar Chomper: Smokes on a cigar whenever he ignores Phoenix.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Jerkass: Possibly the worst in the game along with Togamera. He treats his defense attorney like garbage, such as belittling him for his "trust in your clients" policy, not giving him straight answers even when it could help his case. Him being Francisco Mendirez doesn't help matters.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: As it comes with being the defendant for the final case, he hides a big secret. And the truth ain't pretty: He's Francisco Mendirez, the nephew of the former don of the Rivales Family. Five years ago, he and Carlo Luciano devised a plan to get rid of the Cadaverini Family. Carlo however ended up being caught in the act and Michael having none of it, ordered Mendirez to kill Luciano. Mendirez didn't comply: He managed to fake Carlo's death while ending up accused of his murder. Choosing to not go to prison for a crime he didn't commit, he and Kristoph Gavin framed the owner of the place the crime happened in. After being acquitted he decided to finally kill off Luciano along with the other members of the Rivales Family. And to do that he financed Virgil Black, creating Sir Gallante in the process.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His backstabbing of Carlo Luciano ended up setting off most of the game's overarching plot, as Carlo then decided to destroy Francisco's reputation in the mob.
- Manipulative Bastard: When Phoenix threatens to leave, Yossarian outright tells him that he won't. Because if Phoenix quits, he'll never get his "precious answers", will he? Phoenix begrudgingly agrees.
- Not Me This Time: He's a mafia officer, but insists he didn't kill anyone this time, and being Phoenix's client, this is bound to be true. On a much wider scale while he turns out to be Francisco Mendirez, current leader of the Rivales Family, he's not responsible for any of the game's murders: they were ordered or carried out by Carlo Luciano using his name.
- Not So Stoic: For some reason, he lost his usual composure when Carlo Luciano has been brought up in conversation. It turns out to be because Carlo is alive and out for revenge against him. In general Mendirez is a lot more cowardly and paranoid than he lets on, and he'll have a Freak Out if it ever seems like his life is in danger, or his secrets are exposed.
- Retired Monster: Used to be a mafia officer in the past. Whatever he did at that time, it sure doesn't seem to concern him too much. Except he's not retired at all.
- The Quiet One: He's not really a talkative fellow.
- Clear My Name: Obadiah and Jimmy tried their best to help Kushari accomplish that during the MN-6 trial, however, they failed because Obadiah had nothing to counteract a forged poison bottle, a false piece of evidence made by Kristoph Gavin and Togamera, that had Kushari's fingerprints. Obadiah tried 3 times to counteract this evidence, but no matter what he presented, he had nothing to render the bottle invalid, thus Kushari was accused for the "poisoning" of Carlo Luciano.
- It would not be until a lustrum later that Kushari would finally be proven innocent, by the hands of Phoenix Wright and Obadiah or Franziska von Karma.
- Laughing at Your Own Jokes: Does this as well, much to Obadiah's chagrin.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Ended up convicted of Carlo Luciano's murder thanks to Kristoph Gavin and Togamera's forged evidence.
- Pungeon Master: He constantly makes god-awful food-related puns. Only Steven Jameson finds them funny.
- Punny Name: Kushari is a type of Egyptian dish.
- The Scapegoat: Kristoph Gavin accuses him to get Mendirez a Not Guilty verdict, and he succeeds.
- Asshole Victim: He was a ruthless assassin on Family's payroll, responsible for killing many people. Including Sandra Watters and Charles Locke.
- Turns out the truth is way muddier than that: He's not actually dead, as he's faked his death five years ago in the MN-6 incident. But should you choose the ending there you don't prove Pearl's motive, he finally becomes one for real.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He seems to be just another random victim from the past, but he turns out to be much, much more.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Died of poisoning which caused him to outright VOMIT BLOOD. Subverted, as this was only a lookalike of Luciano who did it; the actual Luciano never did ingest the poison.
- The Dreaded: Even other Rivales family members were terrified of this guy. See below for why.
- Faking the Dead Luciano never ingested the poison at all at the time of MN-6; that was only a body double of Luciano's who did it. The decoy was there to throw off the whole investigation.
- The Ghost: He’s never to be seen and appears only in other people's testimonies and recollections. Even his face is obscured in shadows on his picture in court record. This is so the player won't recognize Morton Dreisan as him until the very end.
- Posthumous Character: As it turns out, he also had a role in Pearl Fey's kidnapping. Subverted, as he's not dead after all.
- Professional Killer: Worked as one for Rivales Family, although if the Cadaverini Family is to be believed, he wasn't particularly loyal to them.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Word among Rivales family officers is that if you ever crossed him, he wouldn't just kill you, he would ruin your entire life, and only kill you once you were begging to die. Franciso Mendirez found this out the hard way.
- The Sociopath: Described as such by Steven Jameson. Doubles as Foreshadowing, as who else do we know who has an extreme lack of empathy towards the dead?