Name Change / Ace Attorney

These are the many characters that were given new names in the transfer from Gyakuten Saiban to Ace Attorney. Unusually for this trope, Western fans usually use the dub names when discussing this series, unless specifically referencing a Japanese release, or the No Export for You Gyakuten Kenji 2 (which itself has a fanmade translation that Westernizes all the names). Some fans even have never heard of the original names, or can't keep those apart. This is probably due to to Woolseyism.

In contrast to how things are done on this site's other Ace Attorney pages, Japanese names here are kept in traditional order (family name before given name). This is the default order as it appears in the Japanese game script, and the naming order may not apply to every character in the games. The character names are arranged according to their first appearance in the game script.

Introduced in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

  • Naruhodō Ryūichi to Phoenix Wright
  • Ayasato Chihiro to Mia Fey
  • Yahari Masashi to Larry Butz
  • Takabi Mika to Cindy Stone
  • Auchi Takefumi to Winston Payne
  • Yamano Hoshio to Frank Sahwit
  • Ayasato Mayoi to Maya Fey
  • Hoshikage Soranosuke to Marvin Grossberg
  • Itonokogiri Keisuke to Dick Gumshoe
  • Mitsurugi Reiji to Miles Edgeworth
  • Umeyo Shōchiku to April May
  • Mitsurugi Shin to Gregory Edgeworth
  • Ayasato Maiko to Misty Fey / Tenryusai Elise to Elise Deauxnim.
  • Konako Masura to Redd White
  • Niboshi Saburō to Will Powers
  • Ibukuro Takeshi to Jack Hammer
  • Ōba Kaoru to Wendy Oldbag
  • Yumiko Mamiya to Penny Nichols
  • Ōtaki Kyūta to Cody Hackins
  • Uzai Takuya to Sal Manella
  • Himegami Sakura to Dee Vasquez
  • Namakura Yukio to Robert Hammond
  • Karuma Gō to Manfred von Karma
  • Haine Kōtarō to Yanni Yogi
  • Hozuki Akane to Ema Skye
  • Hozuki Tomoe to Lana Skye
  • Tadashiki Michio to Bruce Goodman
  • Zaimon Naoto to Neil Marshall
  • Ichinotani Kyoka to Angel Starr
  • Ganto Kaiji to Damon Gant
  • Zaimon Kyosuke to Jake Marshall
  • Harabai Suzumu to Mike Meekins

Introduced in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All

  • Susuki Mako to Maggey Byrde
  • Machi Mamoru to Dustin Prince
  • Moroheiya Takamasa to Richard Wellington
  • Kirisaki Tetsurō to Turner Grey
  • Hanaka Mimi to Mimi Miney
  • Ayasato Kimiko to Morgan Fey
  • Hanaka Nodoka to Ini Miney
  • Karuma Mei to Franziska Von Karma
  • Ayasato Harumi to Pearl Fey
  • Ayasato Kyōko to Ami Fey
  • Maximillion Galactica remains unchanged, but his real name goes from Yamada Kohei to Billy Bob Johns.
  • Tachima Naota to Russell Berry
  • Tachima Rika to Regina Berry
  • Ratō to Regent
  • Léon is unchanged
  • Kizumi Ben to Benjamin Woodman
  • Tomida "Tommy" Matsuo to Lawrence "Moe" Curls
  • Rusa to Money
  • Kinishita "Acro" Daisuke to Ken "Acro" Dingling
  • Kinishita "Bat" Ippei to Sean "Bat" Dingling.
  • Rilo to Trilo Quist
  • Ōtorō Shingo to Matt Engarde
  • Fujimino Isao to Juan Corrida
  • Koroshia Sazaemon to Shelly de Killer / Tanaka Tarō to John Doe
  • Kamiya Kirio to Adrian Andrews
  • Amano Yurie to Celeste Inpax

Introduced in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations

  • Nonda Kikuzō to Doug Swallow
  • Miyanagi Chinami to Dahlia Hawthorne/Mukui Satako to Melissa Foster
  • Amasugi Yusaku to Ron DeLite / Kamen Mask to Mask☆DeMasque
  • Hoshidake Aiga to Luke Atmey.
  • Godot is unchanged but Kaminogi Sōryū is changed to Diego Armando.
  • Amasugi Mareka to Desirée DeLite
  • Busujima Kurobi to Kane Bullard
  • Oka Takao to Glen Elg
  • Hondobō Kaoru to Jean Armstrong
  • Igarashi Shohei to Victor Kudo
  • Shibakuzō Toranisuke to Furio Tigre
  • Koike Keiko to Lisa Basil
  • Shikabane Urami to Viola Cadaverini
  • Shikabane Gonta to Bruto Cadaverini
  • Onamida Michiru to Terry Fawles
  • Miyanagi Yuki to Valerie Hawthorne
  • Bikini is unchanged.
  • Ayame to Iris

Introduced in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

  • Odoroki Hosuke to Apollo Justice
  • Garyu Kirihito to Kristoph Gavin
  • Sakai Masaka to Olga Orly
  • Naruhodo Minuki as Trucy Wright
  • Garyu Kyoya to Klavier Gavin
  • Kitaki Takita to Wocky Kitaki
  • Yatabuki Mugitsura to Guy Eldoon
  • Kitaki Koume to Plum Kitaki
  • Namina Minami to Alita Tiala
  • Kitaki Tsunekatsu to Winfred "Big Wins" Kitaki
  • Kawazu Kyosaku to Wesley Stickler
  • Mayazuki Daian to Daryan Crescend
  • Arumajiki Varan to Valant Gramarye
  • Ese Doburoku to Drew Misham
  • Ese Makoto to Vera Misham
  • Hamigaki Shotaro to Spark Brushel
  • Arumajiki Tensai to Magnifi Gramarye
  • Arumajiki Zack to Zak Gramarye
  • Arumajiki Yumi to Thalassa Gramarye

Introduced in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

  • Kizuki Kokone to Athena Cykes
  • Morizumi Shinobu to Juniper Woods
  • Auchi Fumitake to Gaspen Payne
  • Kaku Hozumi to Candice Arme
  • Barashima Shingo to Ted Tonate
  • Tenma Yumemi to Jinxie Tenma
  • Tenma Deemon to Damian Tenma
  • Ginji Kyuubi to Rex Kyubi
  • Zeniarai Kumabee to Phineas Filch
  • Biyouin Shuuichi to Florent L'Belle
  • Ban Gōzō to Bobby Fulbright
  • Yugami Jin to Simon Blackquill
  • Gin to Taka
  • Ichiro Shinji to Aristotle Means
  • Shizuya Rei to Hugh O'Conner
  • Atsui Chishio to Robin Newman
  • Uwasa Atsume to Myriam Scuttlebutt
  • Hoshinari Taiyou to Solomon Starbuck
  • Yugami Kaguya to Aura Blackquill
  • Kizuki Mari to Metis Cykes
  • Oogawara Uchuu to Yuri Cosmos
  • Arafune Ale to Orla Shipley / Arafune Elle to Ora Shipley
  • Umino Shouko to Sasha Buckler
  • Itsuka Ikuya to Marlon Rimes
  • Uratori Reika to Norma DePlume
  • Sugomori Gaku to Herman Crab

Introduced in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice

  • Bokuto Tsuani to Ahlbi Ur'gaid
  • Rayfa Padma Khura'in remains unchanged.
  • Nahyuta Sahdmadhi remains unchanged.
  • Mima Waruhito to Paht Rohl
  • Mitamaru to Shah'do
  • Inga Karkhuul Khura'in remains unchanged. spoiler note 
  • Mr. Menyō to Mr. Reus / Naohito Fushigi to Manov Mistree
  • Nanano Mimi to Bonny de Famme / Nanano Kiki to Betty de Famme
  • Shinoyama Kanenari to Roger Retinz
  • Nahyuta Sahdmadhi remains unchanged.
  • Torihime-sama to Lady Kee'ra / Ihmsan remains unchanged.
  • Ogamu Maniiche to Puhray Zeh'lot / Fon Myou to Rheel Neemu
  • Marumeru Ātamu to Tahrust Inmee
  • Baaya to Nayna / Amara Sigatar Khura'in remains unchanged.
  • Sāra Ātamu to Beh'leeb Inmee
  • Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in remains unchanged.
  • Nanashiino Gonbe Kari to Anohn Ihmus TBD / Dattsu Dinigeru to Datz Are'bal
  • Uchitate Susuru to Bucky Whet
  • Senpuutei Bakufuu to Taifu Toneido
  • Senpuutei Pūko to Geiru Toneido
  • Senpuutei Bifuu to Uendo Toneido spoiler note 
  • Dhurke Sahdmadhi remains unchanged.
  • Sanagi Fumiaki to Archie Buff
  • Odoroki Sousuke to Jove Justice
  • Kiyoki Masaharu to Paul Atishon
  • Sanagi-gunsou to Sergeant Buff or Sarge / Sanagi Hiruneria to Armie Buff
  • Turupa Ātamu to Faitah Inmee
  • Ōtsubu Shizuku to Ellen Wyatt
  • Haguruma Raito to Sorin Sprocket
  • Yonekura Seiji to Dumas Gloomsbury
  • Juumonji Kazuharu to Pierce Nichody
  • Haguruma Hikari to Selena Sprocket

Introduced in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

  • Nakamado Shinji to Buddy Faith
  • Yuki Makoto to Jacques Portsman
  • Komomichi Ichiru to Rhoda Teneiro
  • Zinc White to Zinc Lablanc
  • Shiraoto Wakana to Cammy Meele
  • Ichijo Mikumo to Kay Faraday
  • Rou Shiryuu to Shi-Long Lang
  • Amanogawa Joichiro to Ernest Amano
  • Amanogawa Hikaru to Lance Amano
  • Orito Himeko to Lauren Paups
  • Ogura Masumi to Oliver Deacon / Kurama Sumio to Colin Devorae
  • Bado Ittetsu to Tyrell Badd
  • Kazura Himiko to Calisto Yew
  • Kazura Yuuko to Cece Yew
  • Ichijo Kuro to Byrne Faraday
  • Rou Dairyuu to Dai-Long Lang
  • Hinge Damian to Colias Palaeno
  • Onred Carnage to Quercus Alba

Introduced in Gyakuten Kenji 2

The title of this sequel to Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is left untranslated because the game was not released outside of Japan, and is thus not given an official English localization. The most prominent fan translation patch titles the game Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth - Prosecutor's Path, and provides the name changes listed below.

  • Ō Teikun to Di-Jun Huang
  • Hayami Mikiko to Nicole Swift
  • Naitō Manosuke to Horace Knightley
  • Tojiro Gai to Ethan Rooke
  • Shiragaki Tateyuki to Raymond Shields
  • Mikagami Hakari to Justine Courtney
  • Ichiyanagi Yumihiko to Sebastian Debeste
  • Miwa Marī to Patricia Roland
  • Sarushiro Sōta to Simon Keyes
  • Dali to Astique
  • Orinaka Shūji to Jay Elbird
  • Mark to Rocky
  • Hōinbō Ryōken to Sirhan Dogen
  • Kuro to Anubis
  • Tenkai Issei to Jeff Master
  • Oyashiki Tsukasa to Katherine Hall
  • Scone Delicy to Delicia Scones
  • Kazami Yutaka to Dane Gustavia
  • Hyōdō Isaku to Isaac Dover / Holic Paul to Pierre Hoquet
  • Mutō Tōko to Karin Jenson
  • Itami Otome to Bonnie Young
  • Ichiyanagi Bansai to Blaise Debeste
  • Kagome Tsubasa to Jill Crane
  • Aizawa Shimon to John Marsh
  • Aizawa Ami to Amy Marsh
  • Kamei Ryūji to Jack Cameron
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/NameChange/AceAttorney