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* [[spoiler: BeneathTheMask: What makes her so repulsive, and yet at the same time, unconsidered as a suspect is the [[ForTheEvulz sheer lack of any reasonable motive for the crimes]]. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds A biology teacher snapping from reliving a childhood trauma]] is leagues easier to swallow than a [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil young, seemingly well-adjusted woman deciding to kill several people]] [[StrawNihilist because she believed they weren't really alive.]] Paul Strings unintentionally [[ShoutOut compares her]] to [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]] with the Burmese Bandit quote, and all things considered, its fairly fitting.]]

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* [[spoiler: BeneathTheMask: [[spoiler: What makes her so repulsive, and yet at the same time, unconsidered as a suspect is the [[ForTheEvulz sheer lack of any reasonable motive for the crimes]]. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds A biology teacher snapping from reliving a childhood trauma]] is leagues easier to swallow than a [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil young, seemingly well-adjusted woman deciding to kill several people]] [[StrawNihilist because she believed they weren't really alive.]] Paul Strings unintentionally [[ShoutOut compares her]] to [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]] with the Burmese Bandit quote, and all things considered, its fairly fitting.]]



* [[spoiler: BitchInSheepsClothing: Basically, she seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out, there's not a nice bone in her body.]]

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* [[spoiler: BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Basically, she seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out, there's not a nice bone in her body.]]



* [[spoiler: EvilCannotComprehendGood: As pointed out by Apollo, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]

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* [[spoiler: EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler: As pointed out by Apollo, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]



* [[spoiler: FalseFriend: With Judge, [[DramaticIrony whose brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]]]

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* [[spoiler: FalseFriend: [[spoiler: With Judge, [[DramaticIrony whose brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]]]



* [[spoiler: TheSociopath: [[UpToEleven To put it mildly]]. Hoo boy, she'd give Dahlia, Matt or Kristoff a run for their money! She even killed her ''own brother'' [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]
* [[spoiler: StrawNihilist: Her reason for killing people is essentially that she thinks killing is the highest form of living -- so logically, killing as many people as she likes is not only perfectly okay, but makes her a would-be higher life-form. And why is okay to kill those people? Because they're apparently "not really living".]]
* [[spoiler: TimeLimitBoss: Manages to convince Gerald Strings to put a time limit on the final part of the trial. After all, the witnesses can't take all their time coming up with what to say, so it's only fair that the defense would have a time limit.]]
* [[spoiler: VillainousBreakdown: She grabs a shovel from hammerspace and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheSociopath: [[spoiler: [[UpToEleven To put it mildly]]. Hoo boy, she'd give Dahlia, Matt or Kristoff a run for their money! She even killed her ''own brother'' [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]
* [[spoiler: StrawNihilist: [[spoiler: Her reason for killing people is essentially that she thinks killing is the highest form of living -- so logically, killing as many people as she likes is not only perfectly okay, but makes her a would-be higher life-form. And why is okay to kill those people? Because they're apparently "not really living".]]
* [[spoiler: TimeLimitBoss: Manages [[spoiler:Manages to convince Gerald Strings to put a time limit on the final part of the trial. After all, the witnesses can't take all their time coming up with what to say, so it's only fair that the defense would have a time limit.]]
* [[spoiler: VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: She grabs a shovel from hammerspace and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.]]


* BeneathTheMask: [[spoiler:What makes her so repulsive, and yet at the same time, unconsidered as a suspect is the [[ForTheEvulz sheer lack of any reasonable motive for the crimes]]. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds A biology teacher snapping from reliving a childhood trauma]] is leagues easier to swallow than a [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil young, seemingly well-adjusted woman deciding to kill several people]] [[StrawNihilist because she believed they weren't really alive.]] Paul Strings unintentionally [[ShoutOut compares her]] to [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]] with the Burmese Bandit quote, and all things considered, its fairly fitting.]]

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* [[spoiler: BeneathTheMask: [[spoiler:What What makes her so repulsive, and yet at the same time, unconsidered as a suspect is the [[ForTheEvulz sheer lack of any reasonable motive for the crimes]]. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds A biology teacher snapping from reliving a childhood trauma]] is leagues easier to swallow than a [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil young, seemingly well-adjusted woman deciding to kill several people]] [[StrawNihilist because she believed they weren't really alive.]] Paul Strings unintentionally [[ShoutOut compares her]] to [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]] with the Burmese Bandit quote, and all things considered, its fairly fitting.]]



* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Basically, she seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out, there's not a nice bone in her body.]]

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* [[spoiler: BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Basically, Basically, she seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out, there's not a nice bone in her body.]]



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:As pointed out by Apollo, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]

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* [[spoiler: EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:As As pointed out by Apollo, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]



* FalseFriend: [[spoiler:With Judge, [[DramaticIrony whose brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]]]

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* [[spoiler: FalseFriend: [[spoiler:With With Judge, [[DramaticIrony whose brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]]]



* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven To put it mildly]]. Hoo boy, she'd give Dahlia, Matt or Kristoff a run for their money! She even killed her ''own brother'' [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]
* StrawNihilist: [[spoiler:Her reason for killing people is essentially that she thinks killing is the highest form of living -- so logically, killing as many people as she likes is not only perfectly okay, but makes her a would-be higher life-form. And why is okay to kill those people? Because they're apparently "not really living".]]
* TimeLimitBoss: Manages to convince Gerald Strings to put a time limit on the final part of the trial. After all, the witnesses can't take all their time coming up with what to say, so it's only fair that the defense would have a time limit.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:She grabs a shovel from hammerspace and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheSociopath: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven [[UpToEleven To put it mildly]]. Hoo boy, she'd give Dahlia, Matt or Kristoff a run for their money! She even killed her ''own brother'' [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]
* [[spoiler: StrawNihilist: [[spoiler:Her Her reason for killing people is essentially that she thinks killing is the highest form of living -- so logically, killing as many people as she likes is not only perfectly okay, but makes her a would-be higher life-form. And why is okay to kill those people? Because they're apparently "not really living".]]
* [[spoiler: TimeLimitBoss: Manages to convince Gerald Strings to put a time limit on the final part of the trial. After all, the witnesses can't take all their time coming up with what to say, so it's only fair that the defense would have a time limit.
limit.]]
* [[spoiler: VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:She She grabs a shovel from hammerspace and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.]]


* BeneathTheMask: [[spoiler:What makes her so repulsive, and yet at the same time, unconsidered as a suspect is the [[ForTheEvulz sheer lack of any reasonable motive for the crimes]]. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds A biology teacher snapping from reliving a childhood trauma]] is leagues easier to swallow than a [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil young, seemingly well-adjusted woman deciding to kill several people]] [[StrawNihilist because she believed they weren't really alive.]] Paul Strings unintentionally [[ShoutOut compares her]] to [[TheDarkKnight the Joker]] with the Burmese Bandit quote, and all things considered, its fairly fitting.]]

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* BeneathTheMask: [[spoiler:What makes her so repulsive, and yet at the same time, unconsidered as a suspect is the [[ForTheEvulz sheer lack of any reasonable motive for the crimes]]. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds A biology teacher snapping from reliving a childhood trauma]] is leagues easier to swallow than a [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil young, seemingly well-adjusted woman deciding to kill several people]] [[StrawNihilist because she believed they weren't really alive.]] Paul Strings unintentionally [[ShoutOut compares her]] to [[TheDarkKnight [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]] with the Burmese Bandit quote, and all things considered, its fairly fitting.]]


* FalseFriend: [[spoiler:With Judge, [[DramaticIrony who's brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]]]

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* FalseFriend: [[spoiler:With Judge, [[DramaticIrony who's whose brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]]]


* ThisIsUnforgivable: He slips into this after the BigBad is exsposed.

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* ThisIsUnforgivable: He slips into this after the BigBad is exsposed.exposed.


* FlowerInHerHair: She wears a single red flower in her hair. [[spoiler:She still has it whilr she's in prison, though it's been shredded to pieces.]]

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* FlowerInHerHair: She wears a single red flower in her hair. [[spoiler:She still has it whilr while she's in prison, though it's been shredded to pieces.]]

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:As pointed out by Apollo, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]


* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven To put it mildly]]. She even killed her ''own brother'' [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]

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* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven To put it mildly]]. Hoo boy, she'd give Dahlia, Matt or Kristoff a run for their money! She even killed her ''own brother'' [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]


* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Pretends to be Apollo's (girl)friend and help him on the investigation, but she turns out to be the true culprit behind everything.]]

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* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Pretends %%* BigBadFriend does not apply to be Apollo's (girl)friend and help him on the investigation, but she turns out to be the true culprit behind everything.]]her. That is a genuine friend. Not a FalseFriend.


* ContinuityCameo

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* %%* ContinuityCameo



* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler:Rhea Wits -> '''''[[BigBad "It Was Her."]]''''']]
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven To put it mildly.]] She even killed her ''own brother'', [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]

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* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler:Rhea Rhea Wits -> '''''[[BigBad "It = [[spoiler:'''''It Was Her."]]''''']]
Her''''']].
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven To put it mildly.]] mildly]]. She even killed her ''own brother'', brother'' [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]



* WalkingSpoiler: [[BeneathTheMask Clearly, there is a vast abyss]] between who Rhea seems to be, and who she truly is.

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* WalkingSpoiler: [[BeneathTheMask Clearly, there There is a vast abyss]] abyss between who Rhea seems to be, be and who she truly is. If you knew more, it would be massive spoilers.



* FakingTheDead: By his brother
* FallGuy: Used as one by [[spoiler:Rhea]].

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* %%* FakingTheDead: By his brother
* %%* FallGuy: Used as one by [[spoiler:Rhea]].



* HairTriggerTemper

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* %%* HairTriggerTemper



* AmoralAttorney: Unlike Edgeworth, Manfred and Franziska, this is not evident at first glance. It comes up when Poole admits that she fabricated a psychiatrist's report to get Erlenmeyer the death penalty.

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* AmoralAttorney: Unlike Edgeworth, Manfred and Franziska, this is not evident at first glance. It comes up when Poole admits that she [[spoiler:she fabricated a psychiatrist's report to get Erlenmeyer the death penalty.penalty]].



* NewOldFlame: To the Judge.

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* %%* NewOldFlame: To the Judge.



* {{Megane}}

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* %%* {{Megane}}



* StrawFeminist: PlayedForLaughs.

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* %%* StrawFeminist: PlayedForLaughs.


* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend]]: [[spoiler:Pretends to be Apollo's (girl)friend and help him on the investigation, but she turns out to be the true culprit behind everything.]]
* [[spoiler:BitchInSheepsClothing]]: [[spoiler:Basically, she seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out, there's not a nice bone in her body.]]

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* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend]]: BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Pretends to be Apollo's (girl)friend and help him on the investigation, but she turns out to be the true culprit behind everything.]]
* [[spoiler:BitchInSheepsClothing]]: BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Basically, she seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out, there's not a nice bone in her body.]]



* [[spoiler:FalseFriend]]: [[spoiler:With Judge, [[DramaticIrony who's brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]]]

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* [[spoiler:FalseFriend]]: FalseFriend: [[spoiler:With Judge, [[DramaticIrony who's brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]]]



* [[spoiler:TheSociopath]]: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven To put it mildly.]] She even killed her ''own brother'', [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]

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* [[spoiler:TheSociopath]]: TheSociopath: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven To put it mildly.]] She even killed her ''own brother'', [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]]]



* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown]]: [[spoiler:She grabs a shovel from hammerspace and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.]]

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* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown]]: VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:She grabs a shovel from hammerspace and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.]]


* [[spoiler:Villainous Breakdown]]: [[spoiler:She grabs a shovel from hammerspace and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.]]

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* [[spoiler:Villainous Breakdown]]: [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown]]: [[spoiler:She grabs a shovel from hammerspace and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.]]


* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoile:Because he's not actually dead.]]

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* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoile:Because [[spoiler:Because he's not actually dead.]]


[[foldercontrol]]




[[WMG:Apollo Justice]]

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[[WMG:Apollo Justice]]
!!Apollo Justice

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/odoroki_5073.png]]

Apollo Justice is a rookie attorney with only four cases under his belt. His mentor was Kristoph Gavin, a skilled but mentally unstable defense lawyer whose pride and paranoia led him to commit multiple murders. He is now the protégé of legendary attorney Phoenix Wright. Apollo, who recently discovered that he is the son of Thalassa Gramarye, former member of a troupe of magicians, and the half-brother of Trucy Wright, Phoenix's adoptive daughter, possesses a bracelet which allows him to detect when people lie.
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* WasItAllALie: He's about as [[ShockingSwerve shocked as everyone]] when he realises that [[BigBadFriend Rhea's the killer.]] When Rhea taunts him about how she'll get away with her crimes, he switches from her best pawn, to her greatest enemy.]

[[WMG:Ema Skye]]

* BigDamnHeroes

[[WMG:Phoenix Wright]]

* DemotedToExtra

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* WasItAllALie: He's about as [[ShockingSwerve shocked as everyone]] when he realises that [[BigBadFriend [[spoiler:[[BigBadFriend Rhea's the killer.]] ]]]] When Rhea [[spoiler:Rhea taunts him about how she'll get away with her crimes, he switches from her best pawn, to her greatest enemy.]

[[WMG:Ema Skye]]

]]

!!Ema Skye

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/skye_4060.png]]

Ema Skye is a detective from the Los Angeles Police Department leading the initial investigation in the murder of Robert Erlenmeyer. After the death of her parents, she was raised by her elder sister, ex-Chief Prosecutor Lana Skye. She dreamed of becoming a forensic scientist, though she did not succeed in qualifying for the position, and was instead hired as a detective.
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* BigDamnHeroes

[[WMG:Phoenix Wright]]

BigDamnHeroes: Arrives in the courtroom just before the verdict is entered with three crucial pieces of evidence [[spoiler:that help corner Rhea]].

!!Phoenix Wright

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hobo_2475.png]]

Phoenix Wright is a legendary ex-defense attorney known for his nearly spotless record and tendency to turn hopeless cases around. His career went off after the murder of his mentor, Mia Fey, and he quickly rose to fame over the next few years. Unfortunately, it was all cut off abruptly just a few months after the trial of Iris of Hazakura Temple, when he was caught with forged evidence in the trial of Zak Gramarye. After clearing his name and catching the culprit behind his disbarment and several murders, Kristoph Gavin, he has left for Borginia with his adoptive daughter Trucy and her mother, Thalassa Gramarye, leaving his protégé Apollo at the office.
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* DemotedToExtraDemotedToExtra: Due to being away nearly the entire time, he's mostly delegated to this role, occasionally contacting Apollo by cellphone.



[[WMG:Judge Chambers]]
Also known as The Judge, but this time he's the defendant for killing Robert Erlenmeyer [[spoiler:in revenge for killing his brother]].

[[spoiler:He gets acquitted, but then is killed by Rhea for seeing her disposing of Erlenmeyer]]

* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason he was killed was because he saw Rhea about to kill Erlenmeyer.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Rhea, whom he met while on the Mysterious Bust Killer case.
* KilledOffForReal
* SpannerInTheWorks: He accidentally takes sleeping medicine instead of tranquilizers, then heads to the cemetery late at night. He gets killed, but this gradually brings about Rhea's downfall.
* UnwittingPawn: To Chambers; his visit furthered the plan to spring Erlenmeyer.

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[[WMG:Judge Chambers]]
Also
!!Judge Chambers

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/judge_9.png]]

The Honorable Judge Chambers, better
known simply as The Judge, but this time he's "the Judge" or "Udgey". One of the defendant city's most famous judges, he now finds himself on trial for killing the murder of Robert Erlenmeyer Erlenmeyer, the Mysterious Bust Killer [[spoiler:in revenge for killing the death of his brother]].

brother Arthur.]]

[[spoiler:He gets acquitted, but then is killed by murdered later that night after witnessing Rhea for seeing her disposing of Erlenmeyer]]

trying to kill Erlenmeyer.]]
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: The [[spoiler:The reason he was killed was because he saw Rhea about to kill Erlenmeyer.
Erlenmeyer.]]
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep
HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: His first name is "Judge".
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Rhea, whom he met while on the Mysterious Bust Killer case.
case. [[spoiler:At least, that's what she wanted people to think.]]
* KilledOffForReal
KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:He is murdered by Rhea the very night after his acquittal.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: To [[spoiler:Rhea Wits]]. He accidentally takes sleeping medicine instead of tranquilizers, then heads to the cemetery late at night. He gets killed, but this gradually brings about Rhea's the killer's downfall.
* UnwittingPawn: To Chambers; [[spoiler:Paul Strings]]; his visit furthered the plan to spring Erlenmeyer.



[[WMG:Arthur Chambers]]
Also known as the Judge's brother (and the one who presided over Mia and Edgeworth's first trial). [[spoiler:He is a victim of the Mysterious Bust Killer]]

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[[WMG:Arthur Chambers]]
Also
!!Arthur Chambers

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/achambers.png]]

Better
known as the "the Judge's brother (and brother", Arthur Chambers was the one Canadian judge who presided over Mia Fey and Miles Edgeworth's first trial). trial. [[spoiler:He is was a victim of the Mysterious Bust Killer]]
Killer.]]
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* PosthumousCharacter


[[WMG:Mike Meekins]]
A guard at the asylum who was on duty when Chambers visited.

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* PosthumousCharacter


[[WMG:Mike Meekins]]
PosthumousCharacter: Has been dead for some time before the beginning of the case.

!!Mike Meekins

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Meekins_Mike-icon_5755.png]]

A former police officer, court bailiff and Blue Badger mascot, Mike Meekins is a guard at the asylum Clooney Prison Asylum who was on duty when Judge Chambers visited.
visited Robert Erlenmeyer.
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[[WMG: Jake Marshall]]

He shows up to testify late in the second day of the trial when Ema is out gathering evidence.

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[[WMG: !!Jake Marshall

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Marshall_Jake-icon_5737.png]]

Jake Marshall]]

Marshall is a former detective of the Los Angeles Police Department. Demoted to patrolman after the SL-9 case, he turned himself in two years later for stealing evidence and assaulting Officer Mike Meekins and impersonating the late Detective Bruce Goodman in an attempt to reopen the case. He is now a deputy of the Los Angeles Police Department, and shows up to testify late in the second day of the second trial when Ema in place of Detective Skye, who is out gathering evidence.
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[[WMG:Rhea Wits]]
Owner of a funeral home, and Apollo's partner on this case. [[spoiler:She is actually the real Mysterious Bust Killer]].

* BareYourMidriff
* BigBad: She's the true culprit.
* BigBadFriend: Pretends to be Apollo's (girl)friend and help him on the investigation, but she turns out to be the true culprit behind everything.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Basically, she seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out, there's not a nice bone in her body.
* BreakingSpeech: Gives Apollo one to eat up his time during the recess.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than every other canon BigBad before her. As horrible as they were, [[spoiler:Dahlia, Kristoph, and Matt]] had human, if petty excuses for their crimes, and each personally killed at most three to four people. Rhea outdoes ''all of them'' by being a SerialKiller of ''twelve people'' for no other reason than the [[ForTheEvulz thrill of the crime,]] and to [[ItsAllAboutMe boost her ego.]]
* {{Expy}}: Being a PluckyGirl and TheWatson, nevertheless involved in a business regarding the dead, she seems to be channeling Maya Fey. [[spoiler: In reality, being a BitchInSheepsClothing and the BigBad, her tendency to refer to her [[UnwittingPawn 'love interest']] by a pet name, and [[TheStinger the stinger's]] implication of her developing a [[ItsPersonal vendetta against the defense attorney who exposed her]] makes her a clear cut {{Expy}} of Dahlia Hawethorne. Her physical appearance is even based off of the concept art for [[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/File:Fanbook_Dahlia_2.jpg Dalhia Hawethorne]]]]
* FalseFriend: With Judge, [[DramaticIrony who's brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]
* FlowerInHerHair
* ForTheEvulz: What makes her so repulsive, and yet at the same time, unconsidered as a suspect is the sheer lack of any reasonable motive for the crimes. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds A biology teacher snapping from reliving a childhood trauma]] is leagues easier to swallow than a [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil young, seemingly well-adjusted woman deciding to kill several people]] [[StrawNihilist because she believed they weren't really alive.]] Paul Strings unintentionally [[ShoutOut compares her]] to [[TheDarkKnight the Joker]] with the Burmese Bandit quote, and all things considered, its fairly fitting.]
* FreudianExcuse: [[DefiedTrope Defied.]] Nothing in the story suggests she suffered any personal tragedies beyond losing her brother that would encourage her to become a killer, especially when you consider ''she'' killed him in the first place. When she finally shows her true colours, one gets the impression that one day, she just thought to herself how fun it would be to kill people, and decided to give it the old college try.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Judge. Or so she wants everyone to think.
* ItsPersonal: With [[SerialKiller Robert Erlenmeyer]] [[YouKilledMyFather for killing her brother.]] TheStinger implies that she has developed this relationship with Apollo for exposing her.

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\n\n[[WMG:Rhea Wits]]\nOwner !!Rhea Wits

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rhea_3.png]]

Rhea Wits is a bright and cheerful young woman who happens to work in the death industry. Her brother Nathan was brutally murdered by an infamous serial murderer, the "[[SerialKiller Mysterious Bust Killer]]", and she had to testify in the trial of the alleged culprit, Robert Erlenmeyer, where she befriended Judge Chambers who like her had lost
of a funeral home, and Apollo's partner on this case. member of his family to the murders. When Judge is arrested for the murder of Erlenmeyer, she decides to help Apollo investigate the case, convinced that there is more to the story than meets the eye. [[spoiler:She is actually the real Mysterious Bust Killer]].

* BareYourMidriff
* BigBad: She's
Killer, and the true culprit.
* BigBadFriend: Pretends to be Apollo's (girl)friend and help him on the investigation, but she turns out to be the
[[BigBad true culprit behind everything.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Basically, she seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out, there's not a nice bone in her body.
* BreakingSpeech: Gives Apollo one to eat up his time during the recess.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than every other canon BigBad before her. As horrible as they were, [[spoiler:Dahlia, Kristoph, and Matt]] had human, if petty excuses for their crimes, and each personally killed at most three to four people. Rhea outdoes ''all of them'' by being a SerialKiller of ''twelve people'' for no other reason than the [[ForTheEvulz thrill
of the crime,]] case]]]].
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* BareYourMidriff: Wears a red top that shows off her shoulders
and to [[ItsAllAboutMe boost her ego.]]
midriff.
* {{Expy}}: Being a PluckyGirl and TheWatson, nevertheless involved in a business regarding the dead, she seems to be channeling Maya Fey. [[spoiler: In reality, being a BitchInSheepsClothing and the BigBad, her tendency to refer to her [[UnwittingPawn 'love interest']] by a pet name, and [[TheStinger the stinger's]] implication of her developing a [[ItsPersonal vendetta against the defense attorney who exposed her]] makes her a clear cut {{Expy}} of Dahlia Hawethorne. Her physical appearance is even based off of the concept art for [[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/File:Fanbook_Dahlia_2.jpg Dalhia Hawethorne]]]]
* FalseFriend: With Judge, [[DramaticIrony who's brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]
* FlowerInHerHair
* ForTheEvulz: What
BeneathTheMask: [[spoiler:What makes her so repulsive, and yet at the same time, unconsidered as a suspect is the [[ForTheEvulz sheer lack of any reasonable motive for the crimes.crimes]]. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds A biology teacher snapping from reliving a childhood trauma]] is leagues easier to swallow than a [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil young, seemingly well-adjusted woman deciding to kill several people]] [[StrawNihilist because she believed they weren't really alive.]] Paul Strings unintentionally [[ShoutOut compares her]] to [[TheDarkKnight the Joker]] with the Burmese Bandit quote, and all things considered, its fairly fitting.]
]]
* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend]]: [[spoiler:Pretends to be Apollo's (girl)friend and help him on the investigation, but she turns out to be the true culprit behind everything.]]
* [[spoiler:BitchInSheepsClothing]]: [[spoiler:Basically, she seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out, there's not a nice bone in her body.]]
* BreakingSpeech: [[spoiler:Gives Apollo one to eat up his time during the recess. [[CombatPragmatist It also serves as a distraction to keep him from devising arguments against her.]]]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: [[spoiler:She manages to surpass every other canon BigBad before her. As horrible as they were, Matt, Dahlia and Kristoph had human, if petty excuses for their crimes, and each personally killed at most three to four people. Rhea outdoes ''all of them'' by being a SerialKiller of ''twelve people'' for no other reason than the [[ForTheEvulz thrill of the crime,]] and to [[ItsAllAboutMe boost her ego.]]]]
* {{Expy}}: Being a PluckyGirl and TheWatson, nevertheless involved in a business regarding the dead, she seems to be channeling Maya Fey. [[spoiler:In reality, being a BitchInSheepsClothing and the BigBad, her tendency to refer to her [[UnwittingPawn 'love interest']] by a pet name, and [[TheStinger the stinger's]] implication of her developing a [[ItsPersonal vendetta against the defense attorney who exposed her]] makes her a clear cut {{Expy}} of Dahlia Hawethorne. Her physical appearance is even based off of the concept art for [[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/File:Fanbook_Dahlia_2.jpg Dalhia Hawethorne]].]]
* [[spoiler:FalseFriend]]: [[spoiler:With Judge, [[DramaticIrony who's brother she murdered,]] and with Apollo, [[UnwittingPawn who she's stringing along for her own ends.]]]]
* FlowerInHerHair: She wears a single red flower in her hair. [[spoiler:She still has it whilr she's in prison, though it's been shredded to pieces.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[DefiedTrope Defied.]] Nothing [[spoiler:Nothing in the story suggests she suffered any personal tragedies beyond losing her brother that would encourage her to become a killer, especially when you consider ''she'' killed him in the first place. When she finally shows her true colours, one gets the impression that one day, she just thought to herself how fun it would be to kill people, and decided to give it the old college try.
try.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Judge. Or Judge Chambers. [[spoiler:Or so she wants everyone to think.
think.]]
* ItsPersonal: With [[SerialKiller Robert Erlenmeyer]] [[YouKilledMyFather for killing her brother.]] [[spoiler:Subverted when it's revealed that she was the one who murdered her own brother. TheStinger implies that she has developed this relationship with Apollo for exposing her.]]



* SerialKiller
* TheSociopath: [[UpToEleven To put it mildly.]] She even killed her ''own brother'', [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]
* StrawNihilist: Her reason for killing people is essentially that she thinks killing is the highest form of living -- so logically, killing as many people as she likes is not only perfectly okay, but makes her a would-be higher life-form. And why is okay to kill those people? Because they're apparently "not really living".

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* SerialKiller
SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler:Rhea Wits -> '''''[[BigBad "It Was Her."]]''''']]
* TheSociopath: [[UpToEleven [[spoiler:TheSociopath]]: [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven To put it mildly.]] She even killed her ''own brother'', [[ManipulativeBitch just to throw the police off, and get involved in the case,]] and as Apollo points out, she's clearly incapable of loving anything or anyone, [[EmptyShell even herself.]]
]]]]
* StrawNihilist: Her [[spoiler:Her reason for killing people is essentially that she thinks killing is the highest form of living -- so logically, killing as many people as she likes is not only perfectly okay, but makes her a would-be higher life-form. And why is okay to kill those people? Because they're apparently "not really living".]]



* VillainousBreakdown: She grabs a shovel from {{hammerspace}} and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.
* WalkingSpoiler: [[BeneathTheMask There is a vast abyss]] between who Rhea seems to be, and who she truly is.
* TheWalrusWasPaul: As it turns out, there was no motivation at all behind the sheet music and fake naked photos of the victims arranged in the shape of a bust. She just put these things in her crime scenes to mess with the police.
* WhatTheHellHero: When Apollo decides to defend Erlenmeyer, she's quite outraged. But it turns out that it's mainly because she wants him to be convicted for her crimes.

[[WMG: Robert Erlenmeyer]]
The victim in this case, known as the Mysterious Bust Killer. [[spoiler:He's not actually dead, and is broken out of prison by his brother. He gets accused of the Judge's murder]]

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* VillainousBreakdown: She [[spoiler:Villainous Breakdown]]: [[spoiler:She grabs a shovel from {{hammerspace}} hammerspace and digs a hole in the courtroom floor.
floor.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[BeneathTheMask There Clearly, there is a vast abyss]] between who Rhea seems to be, and who she truly is.
* TheWalrusWasPaul: As [[spoiler:As it turns out, there was no motivation at all behind the sheet music and fake naked photos of the victims arranged in the shape of a bust. She just put these things in her crime scenes to mess with the police.
police.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: When Apollo decides to defend Erlenmeyer, she's quite outraged. But [[spoiler:But it turns out that it's mainly because she wants him to be convicted for her crimes.

[[WMG:
crimes.]]

!!Robert Erlenmeyer

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/erlenmeyer.png]]

Robert Erlenmeyer]]
The
Erlenmeyer is the victim in this case, and is also known as the [[SerialKiller Mysterious Bust Killer. Killer]]. Prior to his killing spree, he was once a biology teacher. [[spoiler:He's not actually dead, and is he was broken out of prison by his brother. He gets Furthermore, he's not the real Mysterious Bust Killer, and he's accused of murdering Judge Chambers the Judge's murder]]
day after the latter's acquittal.]]
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* FallGuy: Used as one by Rhea.

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* FallGuy: Used as one by Rhea.[[spoiler:Rhea]].



* NeverFoundTheBody: Because he's not actually dead.
* PosthumousCharacter: Subverted. He's actually alive.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: Because [[spoile:Because he's not actually dead.
dead.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Subverted.[[spoiler:Subverted. He's actually alive.]]



[[WMG:Shawn O. Fisher / Bob Erlenmeyer]]

A guard at the asylum, who is Meekins' superior [[spoiler:and Erlenmeyer's twin brother. He collaborated with Paul Strings to break Erlenmeyer out of prison]].

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[[WMG:Shawn !!Shawn O. Fisher / [[spoiler:/ Bob Erlenmeyer]]

A [[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fisher.png]]

Shawn O. Fisher is a
guard at the asylum, Clooney Prison Asylum who is Meekins' superior [[spoiler:and superior. [[spoiler:He is also Robert Erlenmeyer's twin brother. He brother Bob, and he collaborated with Paul Strings to break Erlenmeyer him out of prison]].
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his abrasive personality, he deeply cares for his brother.

[[WMG:Paul Strings]]
The new Chief Justice of the court system[[note]]The one mentioned in Apollo Justice was apparently replaced after the events of 4-3[[/note]]. [[spoiler:He also masterminded the plan to break Erlenmeyer out of prison]].

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite [[spoiler:Despite his abrasive personality, he deeply cares for his brother.

[[WMG:Paul Strings]]
The new
brother.]]

!!Paul Strings

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pstrings.png]]

Paul Strings is the
Chief Justice of the court system[[note]]The his State's Supreme Court[[note]]The one mentioned in Apollo Justice was apparently replaced after the events of 4-3[[/note]]. 4-3[[/note]], and quite a towering presence. A self-taught man who comes from a poor family in the countryside with an abusive father, he is an avid reader who is fond of quoting famous philosophers and intellectuals, and has a love for everything ancient. Even if he is not in charge of the Judge Chambers case, he seems to be strangely involved with its events, and appears to have a history with the defendant. His son, Gerald, is Judge's replacement in court. [[spoiler:He was also masterminded the mastermind behind the plan to break Erlenmeyer out of prison]].
prison.]]
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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: He's faced with this regarding Erlenmeyer. He chooses to break the law by freeing him, but accepts his punishment once he's caught.

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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: He's faced with this regarding Erlenmeyer. He [[spoiler:He chooses to break the law by freeing him, but accepts his punishment once he's caught.]]



[[WMG:Jessica Poole]]
The prosecutor Apollo goes up against on this case, who is tirelessly devoted to justice.

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[[WMG:Jessica Poole]]
The
!!Jessica Poole

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/poole.png]]

A tough veteran
prosecutor Apollo goes up against who's seen it all, yet never lost her drive. She and Judge used to be lovers in university, but she left him to concentrate solely on this case, who is tirelessly devoted her career. With her unflinching determination to justice.
fight corruption and hard-nosed methods, she made a name for herself, but also dangerous enemies. As a result, she suffered a depression and had to start a new life in the Virgin Islands, where she founded a family. However, the mafia found her there, and killed her husband and kids. She returned to her country with a passion, and when she learnt that her former fiancé's brother had been murdered, she vowed to herself to do anything in her power to bring the Mysterious Bust Killer to justice to redeem herself.
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* BadassInANiceSuit

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* %%* BadassInANiceSuit



* CoolOldLady
* CrusadingWidow

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* %%* CoolOldLady
* CrusadingWidowCrusadingWidow: Her husband and children were killed by the mafia, leaving her with a passion to bring justice to criminals.



* NewOldFlame: To the Judge

[[WMG:Gerald Strings]]

The Chief Justice's son, who is relatively new.

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* NewOldFlame: To the Judge

[[WMG:Gerald Strings]]

Judge.
* {{Troll}}: Messes with Gerald Strings when he arrives late due to walking in the wrong courtroom.

!!Gerald Strings

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gstrings.png]]

The son of Chief Justice's son, who Justice Paul Strings, he is the replacement judge in charge of Judge Chambers' trial. He is relatively new.
new to the courts.
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--> Get that... that... ''thing'' out of my courtroom, this instant! (...) BAILIFF, I SAID '''THIS INSTANT'''!

[[WMG:Vivian Snow]]

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--> '''Gerald Strings:''' Get that... that... ''thing'' out of my courtroom, this instant! (...) BAILIFF, I SAID '''THIS INSTANT'''!

[[WMG:Vivian Snow]]!!Vivian Snow

[[quoteright:70:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vivian.png]]




* InsistentTerminology: Takes issue with the Mysterious Bust Killer's gender. It turns out that the real killer is a woman.
* StrawFeminist: PlayedForLaughs

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* InsistentTerminology: Takes issue with the Mysterious Bust Killer's gender. It [[spoiler:It turns out that the real killer is a woman.
woman.]]
* StrawFeminist: PlayedForLaughsPlayedForLaughs.


* DarkerAndEdgier: Than every other canon BigBad before her. As horrible as they were, [[spoiler:Dahlia, Kristoph, and Matt'' had human, if petty excuses for their crimes, and each personally killed at most three to four people. Rhea outdoes ''all of them'' by being a SerialKiller of ''twelve people'' for no other reason than the [[ForTheEvulz thrill of the crime,]] and to [[ItsAllAboutMe boost her ego.]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Than every other canon BigBad before her. As horrible as they were, [[spoiler:Dahlia, Kristoph, and Matt'' Matt]] had human, if petty excuses for their crimes, and each personally killed at most three to four people. Rhea outdoes ''all of them'' by being a SerialKiller of ''twelve people'' for no other reason than the [[ForTheEvulz thrill of the crime,]] and to [[ItsAllAboutMe boost her ego.]]

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