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1->[[center: [[Characters/AceAttorney Main Character Sheet]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWrightAnythingAgency Wright Anything Agency]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyDefenseAttorneysAndAssistants Defense Attorneys & Assistants]] | Main Prosecutors | [[Characters/AceAttorneyProsecutorsAndJudges Other Prosecutors & Judges]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyDetectivesAndOtherLawEnforcementOfficers Law Enforcement]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyTheFeyClan The Fey Clan]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyTroupeGramarye Troupe Gramarye]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyKingdomOfKhurain Kingdom of Khura'in]]]]²->[[center:[[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersPhoenixWright Original Game]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersJusticeForAll JFA]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersTrialsAndTribulations T&T]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersApolloJustice AJ]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersDualDestinies DD]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersSpiritOfJustice SOJ]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersMilesEdgeworth AAI]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersGyakutenKenji2 AAI2]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersDaiGyakutenSaiban DGS]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersManga Manga]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyWitnessesAndOtherCharactersAnime Anime]] | [[Characters/AceAttorneyVictims Victims]] | [[Characters/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney PL vs. PWAA]]]]²²The main prosecutors of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. Prosecutors are servants of the legal system whose job is to make the case against the defendant and do their utmost to find him or her guilty. While they are not necessary the series' villains, they are the antagonists that the main characters must oppose to save the innocent and find the truth of the case. ²²This page lists the main prosecutors of the series. Other ones can be found [[Characters/AceAttorneyProsecutorsAndJudges here]].²----²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:'''Miles Edgeworth''' (''Reiji Mitsurugi'')]]²!!Miles Edgeworth (''Reiji Mitsurugi'')²!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Tatsuro Iwamoto (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney OT]]'', ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth AAI]]''), Creator/EijiTakemoto (''[[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney PLvAA]]'', ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies DD]]'', ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice SOJ]]'', ''[[VideoGame/ProjectXZone PXZ2]]''), Masashi Tamaki ([[Anime/AceAttorney anime]])²!!!'''Voiced by (English):''' Seon King (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney OT]]'', ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth AAI]]''), Creator/KyleHebert (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies DD]]'', ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice SOJ]]''), Mark Healy (''[[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney PLvAA]]''), Creator/ChristopherWehkamp ([[Anime/AceAttorney anime]]), Apphia Yu (child - anime)²!!!'''Played by:''' Takumi Saito ([[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney film]]), Roi Hayashi (child - film) ²[[quoteright:181:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/edgeworthaa6.png]] ²[[caption-width-right:181:[[labelnote:Click here to see his original portrait.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/edgeworth_4326.png[[/labelnote]]]]²[[caption-width-right:181:[[labelnote:Click here to see his portrait as a rookie prosecutor.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Edgeworth_Miles_young-icon_2879.png[[/labelnote]]]]²[[caption-width-right:181:[[labelnote:Click here to see his current portrait.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/edgeworth_6.png[[/labelnote]]]]²²->"There is only one thing we seek: The truth. No matter how painful it may be."²²Main prosecutor of the first game, with frequent reappearances in subsequent games. By-the-book and skillful, but less than honest at first; he tampered with witnesses and coached their testimony in some earlier cases, although despite allegations in the first game, the only time he used illicit evidence, he had no idea it was forged ([[SchmuckBait but that didn't stop him from using it]]). He's Phoenix's childhood friend, and his actions in grade school inspired Phoenix's desire to be an attorney. He then featured as a main character in the SpinOff series called ''Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth'', taking place between the events of ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''Apollo Justice''. By the time of ''Dual Destinies'', he has become Chief Prosecutor, with duties that generally keep him away from the prosecuting bench. ²----²* AmoralAttorney: As the "Demon Prosecutor," he pulled a lot of underhanded tricks to get a conviction. After CharacterDevelopment, he seeks to find the truth of the case in any legal way he can, albeit not always ''nicely''.²* {{Angrish}}: Edgeworth is prone to making these noises whenever he's backed into a corner or getting whipped by Franziska. Nnnghooooooh!²* AntiHero: Post-HeelFaceTurn, he's absolutely relentless in his pursuit of the defendant and will not give the defending attorney an ''inch'' of slack -- but it's all because he wants the truth and fears that letting the defense get away with unsupported claims or sloppy logic will allow the truth to escape.²* AntiVillain: Pre-HeelFaceTurn, he was only a ruthless prosecutor because Manfred von Karma had raised him that way. ²* AwesomenessByAnalysis: His Logic system doesn't use anything technological or supernatural (unlike the Magatama, Perceive, or Mood Matrix systems), just plain old mental deduction and chess pieces [[MundaneMadeAwesome made to look awesome]]. He was even able to successfully deduct four contradictions with one piece of evidence.²* BackForTheFinale: He makes no appearance in ''Justice for All'', ''Dual Destinies'', and ''Spirit of Justice'' until the final case.²* BadBoss: At least during his Demon Prosecutor days, if not after his CharacterDevelopment: using luminol in his office in 1-5 (something you have no real reason to do) reveals blood spots on the carpet in front of his desk. Phoenix speculates that they came from him ''slapping Gumshoe''.²* BadassBaritone: In ''Dual Destines'', thanks to Creator/KyleHebert.²* BadassBoast: "No one gets away with murder in my office. No one." Note that this is said ''while an intruder has a loaded gun to his back''.²* BadassLongcoat: Wears one of these in ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice''.²* BadassNormal: Of the four main/playable characters in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, Edgeworth is the only one without some kind of truth-finding aid: Phoenix has a lie-detecting artifact, Apollo has superhuman perception focused by his bracelet and Athena has enhanced hearing with an advanced emotion reading computer. He did borrow Phoenix's magatama once, but in his own games, his "power" is simply his power of reasoning.²--> [[WebComic/AwkwardZombie Magical Lawyer Superpower #3:]] [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/comic1-030110.php Basic Logic]]²* BashBrothers: With Phoenix. Edgeworth wants the guilty to be convicted; Phoenix wants the innocent to be acquitted. '''There's no contradiction here'''. If Phoenix can demonstrate that his client is innocent, Edgeworth will do all he can to help him make his case; and if the evidence points to another person as the guilty party, both of them will join forces and ''take that person down''. Edgeworth is satisfied with this arrangement since he cares more about the truth than a "win," and eventually he starts thinking of Phoenix as his partner. ²* BerserkButton: ²** Forged evidence. He will not stand for it to be presented to the court and will ensure that the forger does not get away with it.²** On a more humorous note, he doesn't like being reminded that he was bad at origami as a child:²---> '''Edgeworth''': Be quiet already! I'll never forget the shame of that day! You want a crane! I can now make a perfect quarter-inch crane without a single flaw!²** Don't mock or ''especially'' rip off his beloved ''Steel Samurai''. The mere existence of ''The Plumed Punisher'' sends him into a frothing rage.²* BigBrotherInstinct: As understated as the rest of his emotions, but he definitely has a soft spot for young/teenage girls and shows them a lot more consideration and patience than he does other characters.²* BigDamnHeroes: In "Turnabout Revolution," he steps in with almost no foreshadowing to get [[spoiler:Phoenix and co. over to Khura'in to save Maya, via privately-chartered jet (they couldn't have flown by commercial carrier since at least two of their number were wanted by the Khura'inese government).]] ²* BigGood: He was behind most of ''Dual Destinies'', working in secret with Blackquill to expose and take down the phantom. To a lesser extent, his high position allowed him to be a great help to Phoenix and Apollo in ''Spirit of Justice''.²* BigNo: ²** PlayedForDrama in "Rise from the Ashes," when he realized that the evidence he used to convict Darke had been forged. Preceded by a LittleNo. ²** PlayedForLaughs in case 3-5, when, after spending ages trying to break Larry's three Psyche-locks, five more appear in their place. Not only is it funny, it's also very understandable.²** Repeatedly in ''Investigations''. ("Nnghooooooh!")²** Gives no less than ''three'' "Big Nnghoooohs" when a dog attacks his cravat in case 6-5.²* {{Biseinen}}: He's considered very attractive by in-game characters and fans alike. He even benefited from ProgressivelyPrettier once he became a sympathetic character -- in the [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney original trilogy]] he looks permanently tired, but he doesn't have the same shadows under his eyes in later games.²* BlatantLies: In ''Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', [[spoiler:during his murder trial]], Edgeworth angrily calls out Yanni Yogi from the defendant's stand for saying that cravat fluttered to "an extreme extent", when his cravat was doing ''just that''. Cue ''the entire courtroom'' doing a FaceFault.²* BreakTheHaughty: He goes through this over the course of the first game: first his perfect win-record is shattered, then he's framed for 2 murders and ''then'' he learns that the case that made his name as a prosecutor was based on forged evidence, making him as much of a cheater as Manfred von Karma was.²* BritishStuffiness: One can distinguish a British accent in some of his voice clips in the original trilogy ('Take That' being one of the easier ones), the 'stuffiness' being that Edgeworth is TheComicallySerious. As of ''Dual Destinies'', the British accent has been fully implemented for the cutscenes.²* BrokenPedestal: ²** He respected his mentor, Manfred von Karma, and thought his tactics were tough but fair. [[spoiler:Then he learned that von Karma had murdered his father Gregory Edgeworth.]]²** He lost his faith in defense attorneys after seeing one of them get an acquittal for the man who (as far as he knew) killed his father.²** Edgeworth himself was this for Phoenix, who admired him when they were both children. When he became the Demon Prosecutor, Phoenix couldn't understand why he would abandon his own ideals.²** In TheMovie, his father becomes this, because of the location of the DL-6 incident (instead of taking place in the elevator, Gregory Edgeworth is caught removing evidence from the Evidence Room). Edgeworth believes that his father was trying to secure a win by destroying decisive evidence, and tells Phoenix he vowed to never be that kind of an attorney. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, he finds out that his father was checking to see if the evidence was forged (it was), and the pedestal was restored.]]²* BrutalHonesty: Edgeworth does not believe in little white lies.²--> '''Phoenix''': We don't have so much free time we can spend it coming down here to laugh at you.\²'''Edgeworth''': [[BeatPanel ...]] Yes, you do.²* ButtMonkey: More comedic characters seem to enjoy messing with him. From Oldbag the AbhorrentAdmirer, to Larry being a dumbass (admittedly, he's one around other characters too), to Yew laughing at him for being too serious, and so on...²* ButNotTooForeign: In Japan, he's a Japanese man who was raised primarily in Germany. The English version actually does this with his ''American'' heritage, making him a British man who was raised primarily in Germany but spent a portion of his childhood living in America.²* CatchPhrase: '''''Eureka!''''' in ''Investigations'' (when making a Logical connection) and "Checkmate" in the sequel (after winning a bout of Logic Chess).²* CharacterDevelopment: By leaps and yards the biggest example in the series. To sum it up he goes from being fully willing to convict Phoenix for a crime he knew he didn't commit, to being one of Phoenix's closest and most reliable allies in the series. ²* ChasteHero: He is the only main character to show no romantic interest in anyone. In "Turnabout Time Traveler," he swears he'll never marry and defensively asks what is wrong with being single.²* ChessMotifs: {{Invoked|Trope}} as his way of dealing with uncooperative witnesses he wants info from in ''Gyakuten Kenji 2''. He also uses red and blue chess pieces to visualize his relationship with Phoenix.²* ChickMagnet: He has no trouble attracting female admirers, even though he's definitely ''not'' looking for them. Lampshaded by Gumshoe in the third game, to Edgeworth's shock: "D-Do I really inspire this sort of frothing desire from the female masses?"²* ClassyCravat: As von Karma's protege, he wears a fancy cravat to emphasize his tendency to remain formal at all times.²* ClosetGeek:²** In a manner of speaking. He doesn't make that much of an effort to hide his love of ''The Steel Samurai'', it's just that everyone assumes the ultra-serious prosecutor who exudes BritishStuffiness like he uses it for aftershave couldn't ''possibly'' enjoy a kids' show, so they [[WeirdnessCensor dismiss anything that suggests he does]]. Only Franziska and Kay, and possibly Maya and Phoenix, seem to catch on.²** In the ''very first case'' Steel Samurai is introduced, Edgeworth outright tells Will Powers that he's a fan, and it's Phoenix who assumes he's lying to be polite. Why do some fans still think Edgeworth hides it?²** It is worth noting that the only gift that he keeps from [[AbhorrentAdmirer Oldbag]] is a Steel Samurai statue, which is displayed in his office, and [[EasterEgg some unncessary snooping around]] in Investigations Case 2 reveals that he was secretly reading Steel Samurai manga within one of his law books. ²* TheComicallySerious: He does his damndest to stay professional and composed no matter what, so it's inevitable that the plot will try to knock him off balance for the sake of comedy. Larry Butz and Wendy Oldbag are his usual tormentors, while his seriousness in Case 4 of ''Investigations'', which takes place early in his career, causes Calisto Yew to burst into laughter multiple times. To wit, one of the funniest moments of ''Spirit of Justice'' is him getting attacked by a tiny dog in the fifth case, shortly after he arrives in Khura'in, with said dog ending up grabbing onto his cravat, followed by dangling on it while simultaneously tugging on it.²* ComplimentBackfire: Edgeworth's cameo appearance in the secret episodes of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' reveals that he ''hates'' being called a "Prodigy Prosecutor," because he (1) doesn't like living under those expectations and (2) sees it as [[HardWorkHardlyWorks cheapening all the hard work he had to put into his career]].²* ConfirmedBachelor: As stated in the DLC episode "Turnabout Time Traveler," of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', he has no interest in ever getting married.²* CoolCar: Drives a flashy red sports car, an Alfa Romeo GTA to be specific.²* CrazyPrepared: When a young Kay uses his ClassyCravat as a tissue, he pulls a clean one out of his pocket and replaces it.²* DartboardOfHate: Too sophisticated for darts, he has a ''chess'' board of superiority in his office. He usually has it arranged such that a slew of red knights with sharp-''edged'' swords are surrounding a ''spikey-headed'' blue pawn.²* ADayInTheLimelight: He's playable in the first half of 3-5 and in the ''Investigations'' games.²* DeadpanSnarker: He has a dry wit and deploys it frequently, though sometimes it's just in his inner monologue.²* DefrostingIceQueen: Male example; he warms up to other people over the course of the games, especially after [[spoiler:learning about the truth behind his father's death, and Phoenix saving him from being wrongly accused of murder]].²* TheDeterminator: After CharacterDevelopment, he wants the truth as ardently as he wanted a perfect record: he'll go to amazing lengths to find it, and he won't back down from someone trying to conceal it, no matter who they are. At the same time, [[TheFettered he's got to do it all legally]] for fear of slipping back into his AmoralAttorney ways or destroying public faith in the courts. (Note, however, that when the truth and the law are in irreconcilable conflict, truth wins).²* {{Deuteragonist}}: To Phoenix in the second and third games.²* DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks: Initially. When Maya takes a contempt of court charge to save him, and Phoenix acquits him of ''two'' murders in a single day, he is clearly grateful to both of them but has trouble getting the words out (he did [[PetTheDog post Maya's bail]], though). After CharacterDevelopment sets in, he gets over it; by ''Investigations'' he is able to say "thank you" to ''Wendy Oldbag'' with perfect grace and sincerity (albeit only ''after'' he realizes she has given him the crucial, game-winning piece of evidence).²* DontYouDarePityMe: He ''really'' doesn't like anyone to see him in his lowest moments. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Phoenix in the third game, who remarks (after Edgeworth has been spooked by an earthquake and made a critical mistake as a result), "I was ready to hug it out with him, but he's just the same, prideful Edgeworth."²* DudeWheresMyRespect: At times when he's playable. In ''Investigations 2'', he quickly goes from being a hero for his actions in ''Investigations'' to being at risk of losing his badge.²* EnemyMine: In nearly every case against Phoenix, he is more ally than enemy (and they're friends outside of court). But he still won't help the defense until he's convinced that Phoenix has the truth on his side.²* EvenEvilHasStandards: "Evil" is a bit of a misnomer, but even pre-CharacterDevelopment, he absolutely detests forged evidence even when he was following the philosophy that Manfred von Karma, his adoptive father, taught him and turned him into an AmoralAttorney.²* EveryoneKnewAlready: In the first Investigations game, at one point Edgeworth forgets about his closet fandom and openly declares himself to be a Steel Samurai fan. Nobody reacts in any way, not even the people performing the Steel Samurai play or the people that know him personally.²* EveryoneHasStandards:²** He had several moments before his official HeelFaceTurn that showed he wasn't irredeemable.²** He raised an objection to Dee Vasquez's testimony in 1-3, even though it had put Phoenix's case on the rocks, because at that point it was clear she was probably the real killer.²** In [[{{Flashback}} Investigations Case 4]] he immediately sympathized with Kay Faraday, since her father had died in the courthouse just as his had, and [[PetTheDog both he and Franziska tried to comfort her when she broke down and cried]].²** He demanded that the trial in 3-4 be stopped immediately when Terry Fawles poisoned himself on the stand.²** And more generally, he refused to cross the line of (knowingly) using falsified evidence. [[spoiler:This soured his relationship with his deceased father in the live-action movie, because he mistakenly believed that Gregory was looking for court evidence to destroy it. When he learns that Gregory was actually checking it to see if it was forged, his opinion of him lightened greatly]].²* {{Fainting}}: Due to his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes seismophobia]], he can panic severely enough to lose consciousness during an earthquake. In "Turnabout Airlines," he begins the case on the floor after passing out in a rough patch of turbulence.²* FanBoy: ²** His love of the ''Steel Samurai'' franchise is a RunningGag. He even keeps a figurine of the title character in his office, despite having absolutely no love for the person who gave it to him (his AbhorrentAdmirer, Wendy Oldbag).²--->'''Kay:''' Who doesn't love giant monsters?!\²'''Edgeworth:''' ...I'm not sure I see the appeal.\²'''Kay:''' Well, I'm not sure I see the appeal of the Steel Samurai!\²'''Edgeworth:''' !!!²** In the manga, he's a fan of the Sparklestar show.²* FandomRivalry: InUniverse example. In ''Spirit of Justice'', he expresses a ''vehement'' dislike of ''The Plumed Punisher" which is... [[TheyCopiedItSoItSucks heavily based]] on the Steel Samurai.²* FightingYourFriend: Edgeworth and Franziska are the [[WakeUpCallBoss primary antagonists]] of the first two games, adoptive siblings, and prosecutors. It doesn't stop them from having a BossBattle (in which you control Edgeworth) that is nothing short of epic.²* FingerWag: In his earlier days, which is a tendency he picked up from von Karma. He stops doing it by the time he's 24 (instead he taps his forehead and wears a "Nice try... but you'll have to do better than that" smirk on his face).²* FlatEarthAtheist: In 3-5 he claims not to believe in spiritual power, despite using the magatama and acting on what it shows him. Justified, as he seems to be locked into a belief that spirit mediums are frauds due to the trauma of the DL-6 incident, when Misty Fey named the wrong person as the murderer of his father, Gregory Edgeworth.²* FreudianExcuse: Edgeworth became the Demon Prosecutor because von Karma redirected his grief over his father's death into hatred for criminals, defense attorneys, and their clients. His hatred of defense attorneys in particular was expanded on in the live-action movie; [[spoiler:he mistakenly believed that his deceased father and former defense attorney, Gregory Edgeworth, had gone to inspect court evidence to destroy it, when he was actually checking to see it it was forged]]. Fortunately, the fans loved him, so his Excuse was upgraded into Character Development in the second and third games.²* FriendlyEnemy: Subverted. While he and Phoenix are once again friends after Edgeworth's CharacterDevelopment, he doesn't hold back when they meet in court. Part of it is professionalism and part of it is that his jerk side comes out when he's under stress, but it's also suggested that he gives Phoenix a rough time because he knows he can handle it.²%%* GentlemanAndAScholar: What he grows into, once he loses some of the awkwardness. ²* GermanicDepressives: Not German by birth but lived most of his youth in Germany, and always maintains a dead serious attitude.²* GermanicEfficiency: Studied law abroad in Germany, and is diligent, organized and thorough when doing his job.²* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Sometimes points and wags his finger.²* TheGlassesComeOff: As seen in ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice'', he removes his glasses when prosecuting a case. ''Dual Destinies'' even showed him taking them off as part of the pre-trial cutscene where Phoenix and Edgeworth prepare for battle.²* GoodIsNotNice: Edgeworth goes into court to reveal the ''truth'', no matter who's hiding it or how sympathetic their motives might be. At times even Phoenix and the Judge have begged him to back off for fear of the pain he'll cause, but he goes forward anyway because running from the truth never helped anyone.²* GrammarNazi: In ''Justice For All'', Edgeworth gives Phoenix a lecture on sentence construction and suggests that what he meant by "confess" is better termed "public disclosure." He also spends a lot of time correcting the hapless Sebastian Debeste in ''Investigations 2'' when he mangles a phrase.²* GrayEyes: Fits his cold intelligence and determination beautifully. [[FamilyEyeResemblance He got them from his father]].²* HairColorDissonance: In game, his hair is a muted slate grey, but in official art it's been black, dark brown, or even silver. Its true color is yet undetermined, though ''Spirit of Justice'' seems to confirm that it's not black.²* HeelFaceTurn: [[CharacterDevelopment Quickly goes from a ruthless, bitter rival obsessed with getting a guilty verdict at all costs much like von Karma Sr., to an honest prosecutor who truly cares about the truth]]. He's ''all about the truth'' from ''Justice For All'' onward, and the game [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech makes sure we know it]].²* HesBack: In the first game, he experiences some situations that shake him to his core and make him question what he believed in, so much that he goes on a leave-of-absence not long after. He returns in the second game's final case with newfound resolve, having realized what it truly means to be a prosecutor. The theme song that accompanies his return is actually called "Great Revival", and has been his {{Leitmotif}} ever since.²* HypercompetentSidekick: In ''Investigations'' and its sequel, he resorts to this to bypass JurisdictionFriction and continue investigating, becoming a 'subordinate' to Franziska (Interpol) and an 'assistant' to Raymond Shields (defense firm), despite doing all the real work. ²* InformedAttractiveness: In-universe, he's considered far more attractive than Phoenix or Apollo, even though there's not much difference in their official art. Presumably he attracts attention more with his wardrobe and general way of carrying himself.²* TheInsomniac: In the first trilogy he constantly looks tired. It's implied that he doesn't sleep well because of a particular recurring nightmare that is finally banished in the first game.²* InternalReformist: He's Chief Prosecutor by the time of ''Dual Destinies'' and working to clean up his department after Blackquill's (his subordinate) arrest and conviction brought on the "Dark Age of the Law". After Blackquill is acquitted, he vows to investigate every prosecutor under his fold for illegal actions behind the scenes and add additional scrutiny to make sure that the accused really are guilty before they are convicted. By ''Spirit of Justice'', he's given so many prosecutors the boot that they're short staffed and have to rely on transfers from other districts.²* IOweYouMyLife: Agrees to help Kay find her father's killer in ''Investigations'' because she saved his life at the end of the fourth case and helped him overcome a critical obstacle in the third case. He also seems to have this attitude toward Phoenix (and Maya) after they helped him in the first game.²* IShallTauntYou: ²** He can do this during the Logic Chess segments. However, [[DeconstructedTrope doing so is a bad idea, as it gets the interrogatee worked up and less likely to reveal critical information]].²** He and Phoenix engage in this in ''Dual Destinies'' in court, making them sound like schoolchildren or LikeAnOldMarriedCouple. It's only for laughs and has no bearing on the trial.²* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: During his turn as defense lawyer in 3-5, when using Phoenix's magatama, he refers to the objects he sees as Psych'''o'''locks, not Psyche-Locks.²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's a good man under the prickly exterior. After Phoenix achieves to acquit him, he is genuinely concerned on the truth, although he is not above mocking the defense attorneys.²* KarmaHoudini: As a corrupt prosecutor he was a model citizen; as a man trying to reform, he's a target. Justified in that the Prosecutor's Office is a crooked system that rewards Guilty verdicts even when they're not deserved; eventually he realizes he's got to [[InternalReformist fix it himself]].²* KleptomaniacHero: Averted in ''Investigations'', where he only takes notes in his Organizer unless the actual piece of evidence is given to him or otherwise clearly his to take.²* KubrickStare: His 'serious/focused' expression is a death glare with his head slightly lowered. It's been trained into him to the point where he doesn't even realize he's doing it.²* LaserGuidedKarma: In the first game, his philosophy is that it's not wrong to go for a conviction, even when the defendant probably didn't do it, because everyone's guilty of something. Then he gets framed for murder and is prosecuted by [[EvilMentor the very man who taught him that philosophy]]. Moreover, no defense attorney will take his case after what he did to their clients as the "Demon Prosecutor". Had it not been for [[TheHero Phoenix]], his goose would've been cooked.²* LateArrivalSpoiler: Now that he's the protagonist of ''Investigations'', there's no real drama in his character arc in the first trilogy (which suggested he'd end up irredeemably evil or dead if Phoenix failed).²* {{Leitmotif}}: ²** From the second game onward, he and Franziska both use "Great Revival". (Each with their own instrumental mix) In ''Investigations'', he also gets his own version of "Objection!", which draws from "Great Revival".²** "Recollection - DL-6 Incident" is the theme of his sadder moments, particularly the death of his father.²* LikeBrotherAndSister: He and Franziska are siblings in all but blood, with the expected rivalries and petty quarrels.²* MeaningfulName: "Edgeworth" and "Mitsurugi" ("honorable/Emperor's blade") are both references to his sharp wit and his role as a prosecutor. "Miles" means "soldier" (or "servant," which was his treatment under Von Karma) and "Reiji" means "clever samurai".²* MedalOfDishonor: In Case 1-5, he treats the "King of Prosecutors" Award as this, going so far as to call it a "toy" meant to mock his stint as the Demon Prosecutor (which he's since come to resent after his acquittal in the previous case).²* {{Megane}}: He's started wearing glasses in ''Dual Destinies''. They make him look more like his father.²* MoralEventHorizon: In-universe; in the original trilogy, he continued (and very nearly succeeded) at trying to get Phoenix convicted of Mia's murder, even when it was obvious to everyone that one of the witnesses was the actual culprit. In later games, he admits that he took a long, hard look at his methods after this, and when a similar situation arose in the following case, decided to throw off the "victory at any cost" mantra he inherited from Manfred von Karma.²* NervesOfSteel: In the very first case of ''Investigations'', Edgeworth had entered his office (which, to his surprise, was unlocked) when he was threatened by an unknown gunman. Anyone would be understandably terrified, but what does Edgeworth do? He refuses to cow, and makes it clear to his mysterious would-be assailant that he will ''not'' permit any act of murder in a prosecutor's office. It actually makes the gunman back down and flee.²* NoSocialSkills: More pronounced early on. His courtroom etiquette was impeccable, of course, but he had severe trouble with regular interactions with people outside of his job, whether it's a simple thank-you or [[HatesSmallTalk holding casual conversations]].²* NotDistractedByTheSexy: He's managed to resist the charms of every attractive female witness, even Dahlia Hawthorne, to the point of probable {{asexuality}}. WordOfGod states he's not really interested in women. The jury (pun intended) is still out on whether that makes it WordOfGay.²* NotLoveInterest: To Phoenix. An old childhood friend with a troubled past, his frosty demeanor melted by the PowerOfTrust...²* ObliviouslyEvil: He was this before Manfred von Karma prosecuted him because Manfred, as Miles's adoptive parent, taught him that prosecutors must do everything possible to get guilty verdicts, turning him into an AmoralAttorney, and he thought that he was being a good citizen when he was not.²* ObliviousToLove: In ''Investigations'', Rhoda Teneiro is implied to develop a crush on him, and Lauren Paups falls head over heels for him. He's none the wiser. He's [[AbhorrentAdmirer only too aware of Wendy Oldbag's affections]], however.²* OlderAndWiser: Edgeworth is 34 years old by ''Dual Destinies'' and while it has been a while since he stood in court (he was promoted to Chief Prosecutor), Edgeworth returns to face Phoenix for one more trial while showing he's wised up.²* OnlySaneMan: Most of the attorneys you get to play as have some form of special "ability" they can use to detect lies and bring themselves closer to the truth. Phoenix has the Magatama and Psyche-Locks, Apollo has the Perceive system, and Athena has the Mood Matrix. In ''Investigations'', the player finally gets to play as Edgeworth for more than a fraction of a case and his ability is... ''Logic''. And many of the other characters treat it as [[MundaneMadeAwesome some kind of mystical superpower that only he can use]]. [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=030110 It's like magic!]]²* OrSoIHeard: Edgeworth's reaction whenever Franziska or Gumshoe become suspicious of his knowledge of the Steel Samurai in ''Investigations''.²* PayEvilUntoEvil: Part of why [[spoiler:[[AmoralAttorney von Karma]] had such an epic breakdown in court after trying his damn hardest to convict his own apprentice of murder, was that Edgeworth recognized the man's "demonic" screaming and publicly outed him as Gregory Edgeworth's ''true'' murderer. The result was von Karma loudly cursing Miles and Edgeworth for ruining him]].²* PerpetualFrowner: A frown is his default expression, to the point where Phoenix and a few others start teasing him about how deep the lines on his forehead are becoming. He smirks quite often but very rarely shows a true smile.²* PetTheDog:²** Case 4 of ''Investigations'' takes place ''long'' before his HeelFaceTurn, and features him showing empathy toward Kay and helping to defend the innocent Gumshoe. It seems as though he TookALevelInJerkass between that case and his real first case (3-4), and he's gone through a few more levels of {{Jerkass}} by case 1-2.²** In 3-4, which takes place several years before his HeelFaceTurn due to its status as both his and Mia's first case, he immediately demands that someone call an ambulance when the defendant poisons himself on the stand.²* {{Pride}}: ²** It kills him on the inside to have to get his rival Phoenix to defend him in court, and his pride nearly prevents Phoenix from taking the case at all. (Moreover, he believed Phoenix wouldn't win because Manfred von Karma took the case.) He mostly gets over it, but never entirely. It seems he has that particularly self-effacing form of pride found in those who are "gifted" or told from a young age they possess natural talents, where he places all of his value as a person on his successes and his talents, and so takes failure very, very hard, often treating it as a combination of letting others down and a frightening sign his "gifts" are disappearing. It can cause him to lash out at others about as likely as it can cause him to lapse into self-loathing.²** By ''Dual Destinies'' he's more mature about his pride: getting "offended" at something so petty as Phoenix insulting his sense of aesthetics but graciously stepping aside for Blackquill in the final battle because [[ItsPersonal it was Blackquill's fight to win or lose]].²* PrivilegedRival: WordOfGod says that Edgeworth didn't really gel as a character until they decided to make him rich. In all of the Phoenix-centered games (especially the first one), Edgeworth holds a significant advantage over him, and losing cases despite apparently holding all the cards is what shakes him into rethinking his strategy. In the ''Investigations'' games, where Edgeworth is playable, he loses his privilege early by being put up against someone better connected than him (Interpol in the first, the P.I.C. in the second).²* ProgressivelyPrettier: He was actually drawn to have very pointy features and rather smug expressions in the first game, and his {{Bishonen}} looks were more of a matter of SelfFanservice. By the second game, however, all new artwork of him was cleaned up to make him very good looking.²* ProperlyParanoid: His early dislike of defense attorneys wasn't entirely irrational, given that some of them were proven to be just as corrupt as any prosecutor. The games make it clear that the Dark Age of the Law meant both sides of the courtroom would do whatever it took to get their verdict.²* RankUp: He was promoted to the position of Chief Prosecutor before the events of ''Dual Destinies''. ²* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As the Chief Prosecutor. He allows Blackquill to prosecute because he fully believes he is innocent. Also, once the immediate crisis has been resolved, he reviews everyone in the Prosecutor's Office and fires the corrupt members.²* RedBaron: "Demon Prosecutor." It's never mentioned after his HeelFaceTurn.²* RedOniBlueOni: The calmer, snarkier Blue to Phoenix's more naive, emotional Red, even if their suit colors are switched. ²* ReformedButNotTamed: Absolutely stone-cold ruthless in the courtroom, no matter who's in the defendant's chair or what they're accused of doing... but it's all to find the truth.²* TheRival: To Phoenix from the first game on. Despite the friendship and trust that grows between them, he always meets Phoenix in court as an antagonist and even seems to enjoy luring him into logic traps and embarrassing him.²* RunningGag: His not-so-secret Steel Samurai fandom; his difficulty in getting witnesses to give a straight answer to "What is your name and occupation?"; and his tendency to get names or technical terms slightly wrong (e.g. "Psycholocks" for Psyche-Locks) if he hasn't made a special effort to remember them.²* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Mainly in ''Investigations'', where he has to confront criminals who are either protected from the law or using the law to conceal their crimes.²* SeenItAll: By the time ''Dual Destinies'' rolls around, he barely reacts to Phoenix's weird outbursts and CourtroomAntics.²* SelfMadeOrphan: Averted, but for fifteen years he believed that ''he'' was the killer in the DL-6 incident.²* SeriousBusiness: Finding out that Larry is the one in the Steel Samurai costume in the fifth case of ''Investigations'' really sets off the angry {{fanboy}} within him.²--> '''Edgeworth:''' ''(while presenting the Steel Samurai autograph to Larry)'' Larry. I have one question for you, and depending on how you answer, I may let you live.²* ShoutOut: In ''Investigations'', Edgeworth begins to show a lot of similarities to [[Literature/SherlockHolmes a certain great detective]]. He even has Gumshoe as TheWatson.²* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: In the main ''Ace Attorney'' series, he doesn't go into court "believing" that anyone is innocent: that's a defense attorney's job. His more cynical outlook seems to work best when balancing out Phoenix's idealism by pushing them both to go above and beyond when presenting their arguments and steering the trial towards the truth. After all, Phoenix was wrong once... He does note this as one of the things he has to take into mind while taking Nick's role as a defense attorney in 3-5. In his internal monologue, Edgeworth states that if he is to take the role of the defense, then he had to be in the proper mindset, and mimicking Phoenix's belief that his clients are truly innocent no matter what was the best way to do so.²* SmartPeoplePlayChess: He even plays it in his head.²* StockShonenRival: In the first game. Ticks all the boxes (a privileged, gifted prosecutor with an unbeaten streak that is haunted by accusations of manipulation and forgery runs across a fresh-faced and novice defense attorney with nothing but raw determination who thoroughly cleans his clock in court and forces him to rethink his life). Possibly an enforced example as [[spoiler:he was [[UsedToBeASweetKid once a happy child]] with aspirations of being a defense attorney until his father was murdered and his father's murderer takes him under his wing as part of a twisted revenge scheme to turn him into everything his father was not. After being humbled by Phoenix Wright on two occasions followed by being wrongfully accused as part of said revenge plot and learning his mentor was really an unscrupulous {{Jerkass}}, he gains a lot of CharacterDevelopment that takes him out of this mold]].²* StraightMan: In 3-5, as the FlatEarthAtheist in a case heavily revolving around spirit channeling. He's this especially in ''Investigations'', where he plays the serious, strait-laced protagonist for the zany supporting cast to bounce off of.²* StrongFamilyResemblance: Cut off Edgeworth's fringe and give him a trench coat and fedora, and you got a younger version of his deceased father, Gregory. Manfred certainly noticed, and for that purpose, he molded the young Edgeworth into becoming the Demon Prosecutor [[spoiler:so he could spit in the face of everything his rival stood for in revenge for humiliating him once. And when history repeats itself once again, Manfred starts screaming and cursing both Miles and Gregory for bringing about his downfall. Truly spectacular]].²* SurroundedByIdiots: Well, he's constantly accompanied by [[PoliceAreUseless Gumshoe]] in any case.²* TallDarkAndSnarky: His hair is lighter than the usual, but boy is he tall and snarky.²* TakeAThirdOption: In ''Investigations 2'', he's conflicted over whether he should fight crime as a prosecutor or save people as a defense attorney. In the ending, he decides to save people as a prosecutor by using his position to reform the legal system, which explains why he became the Chief Prosecutor.²* ThatWasObjectionable: TropeNamer, from "Turnabout Sisters." He also objects just to stall a couple of times in "Turnabout Samurai", at one point [[SubvertedTrope actually coming up with a valid objection]] afterwards.²--> '''Edgeworth''': '''Objection!''' I object! That was... objectionable!²* ThinkingTic: Edgeworth crosses his arms and taps his pointer finger on his bicep in his thinking animation.²* ThinkNothingOfIt: He has gone out of his way many times to uncover the truth, often at a loss to his personal record, but he generally brushes off attempts to thank him with "I was just doing my job."²* ToBeLawfulOrGood: His CharacterDevelopment could be summarized as a series of swings between these two poles. He's both lawful and good, but he's trying to find the right balance. Generally speaking, he goes more Good when alone but more Lawful when Phoenix is there to counterbalance him.²* TookALevelInJerkass: ²** Between his elementary school days and his first appearance in 1-2 due to growing up under von Karma's tutelage, which serves as a BrokenPedestal for Phoenix.²** In ''Turnabout Time Traveler'', he's meaner and snarkier than most of his recent appearances, and is rather harsh with Ellen. It's implied that it's due to the stress of the prosecutor's office being short on prosecutors, and as a result, none of his remaining subordinates can or will take on the Sprocket case, meaning he has to do it himself. He may just have been taking it out on Phoenix and Maya, though, and there's clearly still some affection there (for example, he'll want to be invited to a welcome-back party for Maya if it's off-the-clock, and his infamous [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple banter]] with Phoenix is back in full force).²* TragicKeepsake: ImpliedTrope. Many games make a point of mentioning the jacket Edgeworth has framed and hanged on the wall of his office as the one he wore on his debut trial, including Edgeworth himself. The tragic part comes into play when one remembers said trial was the very tragic 3-4, although Edgeworth himself doesn't bring it up.²* TraumaButton: ²** Earthquakes or anything that feels like one (such as airplane turbulence). Justified in the wake of the DL-6 incident. ²** In a more comedic example, just hearing [[TheFriendNobodyLikes Larry]] or [[AbhorrentAdmirer Wendy Oldbag's]] voice is enough to make him cringe.²* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Between this and oxygen deprivation, he doesn't remember exactly what happened when his father died.²* {{Tsundere}}: ²** Though it's not as pronounced as Franziska, he definitely has a prickly, cold exterior hiding a softer center. His behavior towards Phoenix is certainly more ''dere'' than towards most others.²** His interactions with Gumshoe showcase a more obvious example of this. While he's generally cold, indifferent and frustrated with Gumshoe due to his incompetence, Edgeworth ''does'' seem to appreciate his work and loyalty despite his hesitance to admit it.²* TurnInYourBadge: Case 4 of ''Investigations 2'', when forced to decide between [[spoiler:defending Kay and keeping it. He gets it back in the ending]].²* UnwittingPawn: He doesn't realize until he himself is put on trial that his prosecuting career is Manfred von Karma's revenge against Gregory Edgeworth. Also, in 1-5, he is tricked into helping disguise a crime scene.²* UsedToBeASweetKid: A murder trauma would cause any nine-year-old kid's personality to be majorly screwed up. To make things worse, he was raised by said murderer [[spoiler:Manfred von Karma, who murdered Edgeworth's father for humiliating him in court]], just so he would grow up to be somebody his father would hate. Fortunately, he got better.²* VerbalTic: In the Japanese versions, he often starts his lines with "Mu" (close to "Mm" in English).²* VitriolicBestBuds: Most of his interactions with Gumshoe can be summarized as Edgeworth coldly shutting down whatever Gumshoe has to say or harshly criticizing his constant use of fuzzy logic. Despite this, Edgeworth seems to trust Gumshoe almost as much as he does the likes of Phoenix and Franziska, and he genuinely seems to appreciate his company as his most frequent accomplice. He also had shades of this with Larry, whom he really doesn't like and won't associate with by choice.²* WakeUpCallBoss: His appearance in case 1-2 means it's time to get serious.²* WellIntentionedExtremist: In his Demon Prosecutor days, he genuinely believed every defendant was guilty. It took a couple of losses to Phoenix, a dose of LaserGuidedKarma, and a NotSoDifferent lecture from a man whose tactics he abhorred to shake him out of it.²* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Discussed in-universe at the end of 1-4 and touched on at other times. He would have become a defense attorney if DL-6 had never happened, and just about everyone he meets has something to say about that, especially Phoenix. He eventually decides that the prosecutor's path is the role he's chosen, not just the one that was forced on him.²* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Thanks to a traumatic event in his past, he is terrified of earthquakes. It's not uncommon for him to faint during a strong one. He doesn't like elevators much either, but they don't incapacitate him the way earthquakes do. ²* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: ²** In ''Investigations 2'', when Courtney asks him why he would [[spoiler:sacrifice his badge and his freedom]] to help Kay, he says that he had practiced law for selfish reasons in the past, but now seeks to protect others with it. ²** He, Phoenix and [[AndZoidberg the judge]] share one about the true nature of the relationship between prosecutor, attorney and judge in court in Case 5 of ''Dual Destinies''.²* WorthyOpponent: ²** Phoenix puts it best in 2-4.²---> '''Phoenix:''' I think we're OK; like we can do this. As long as he's standing there across from me... No matter how strong of a punch I throw, he'll counter it...²** The trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that, while on opposite sides of the profession, both Phoenix and Edgeworth, more than wanting wins on their record, want ''justice to be served''. If Phoenix has a definite lead in court that points to his client being innocent, Edgeworth ''will'' pick up on it and do everything in his power to help Phoenix, as long as it is within his ability and duty as a prosecutor. The way they took down Damon Gant, in particular, shows how much criminals should quake in fear if both of them are on the same case.²[[/folder]] ²²[[folder:'''Franziska von Karma''' (''Mei Karuma'')]]²!!Franziska von Karma (''Mei Karuma'')²!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Yukari Suwabe (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney OT]]''), Creator/MiyukiSawashiro (trailers, drama [=CDs=]), Saori Yumiba ([[Anime/AceAttorney anime]])²!!!'''Voiced by (English):''' Janet Hsu (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney OT]]''), Jessica Peterson ([[Anime/AceAttorney anime]])²[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/franzsikatrilogy.png]]²[[caption-width-right:350:[[labelnote:Click here to see her portrait.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gkfranziska_4713.png[[/labelnote]]]]²[[caption-width-right:350:[[labelnote:Click here to see her portrait at age 13.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Von_Karma_Franziska_young-icon_2544.png[[/labelnote]]]]²²->"[[YouFool A fool's fool fools fools who foolishly]] accept the foolishness of a fool's fool."²²Main prosecutor of the second game. The daughter of Manfred von Karma who became a prosecutor at the age of 13. Regarded as a genius and a prodigy, her win record in her homeland of Germany is spotless and she intends to bring her brand of prosecution to meet Phoenix Wright in court. She is an extreme perfectionist and rarely seen without her trademark whip, which she uses to intimidate and punish those around her. She refers to Miles Edgeworth as her "little brother", despite being seven years his junior.²²----²* AbusiveParents: Shockingly, [[AmoralAttorney Manfred]] was not a very good dad. This is first alluded to at the end of 2-4, when she confesses that she's felt like she had to compete with Miles Edgeworth for her father's love and attention. In ''Investigations'', we see both Manfred von Karma's verbal abuse of Miles Edgeworth (right in front of Franziska, too, which she is visibly uncomfortable with) and his disregard for Franziska herself. To earn his attention, Franziska offers to compete with Miles in investigating a crime scene at thirteen. And he allows this, and [[BadBoss bullies the detective in charge into allowing it too]]. Needless to say, this doesn't go well. Franziska later recognizes [[NotSoDifferent this same situation]] for Sebastian and proceeds to do her best to help and support him [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold despite her normally abrasive nature]].²* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: A lot of her strings of insults have this, like "Foolish fools with foolishly foolish ambitions.", or "whimpering whining wuss of a witness".²* {{Adorkable}}: She isn't immune, once she starts to [[DefrostingIceQueen defrost]]. Though, her moments are much subtler than the others. At one point in Case 3-5, she asks Phoenix (in a ''completely sincere'' tone, based on his inner commentary when he answers her) if there used to be a lively port town along a river... which is at the bottom of a deep canyon in the mountains. Phoenix notes in the same case that "she's so openly hostile, it's almost cute", which implies that at this point, she's actively trying to be as [[{{Tsundere}} tsun tsun]] as possible. She's strongly implied to have a severe InferioritySuperiorityComplex thanks to her father and brother, and once you see BeneathTheMask to that insecure side, she's a slightly awkward young girl with a poor understanding of emotions, something even her [[TheStoic stoic]] brother, Miles, understands.²* AmbiguouslyGay: She's incredibly abrasive towards most—if not all—of male characters that approach her, whipping them and openly considering them beneath her. However, this behaviour is a sharp contrast to her interacting with women: she tells Kay Faraday that [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ClHzu8QWAAATup2.jpg "a smile certainly suits [her] best,"]] seems genuinely concerned about Maya's opinion of her, and keeps in contact with Adrian Andrews to the point of [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything teaching her how to use a whip.]]²* AmoralAttorney: Claims to be this in the first game she appears in, [[WellDoneSonGuy apparently to continue her father's legacy]]. She [[MinionWithAnFInEvil doesn't quite live up to her own hype]], though, with one of the [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Establishing Character Moments]] being her ''[[NiceJobFixingItVillain whipping the judge to allow Phoenix to continue his cross-examination]]'' (and while in-game Phoenix attributes it to her overconfidence, that's immediately before [[HoistByHerOwnPetard he discovers she'd been concealing evidence]] and gives her a well-deserved penalty, which she couldn't have not seen coming). [[IdiotBall Phoenix doesn't ever appear to notice this]], but he wouldn't have gotten away with either claiming Pearl didn't see Ini without any proof or even calling Pearl to the stand, or cross-examining Ini about ''the model of her sister's sports car from half a year ago'' on [[TheRival Edgeworth's]] watch without [[EnemyMine getting him onboard beforehand]]. In every case, Franziska does everything she can [[WellIntentionedExtremist and some things she technically can't]] to nail the real guilty party, even if [[SoreLoser she's not happy]] [[TheHypocrite when it leads to her losing the case]]. Completely gone by the time of Investigations 2; she even explains that she's not taking sides, and the only side she's on is the truth.²-->'''Franziska:''' I'm on nobody's side, Scruffy. When searching for the truth, it's best not to take sides.²* AnimalMotifs: Horses, which are used to point out her proud, haughty, reckless, and wild nature. Godot particularly is fond of calling her a "wild mare" (something her brother Miles also called her), a filly, his "equestrian angel", etc. As a young teenager, she carries a riding crop and her outfit resembles riding gear (particularly her breeches and boots). ²* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Edgeworth at times. Mainly in ''Turnabout Reminiscence''²* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Receives one from Phoenix in Farewell.²-->'''Phoenix''': Victory is yours? Is that all this means to you..?²* AvengingTheVillain: Her stated motivation for coming to America is to beat Phoenix in order to avenge her father, whom Phoenix had recently defeated in court. This is not actually true, she wants to [[spoiler:surpass Edgeworth, which she thinks she can do by defeating Phoenix]].²* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Defied. She is the youngest of the von Karmas and is the youngest prosecutor in the original trilogy, but she refuses to act like it -- instead, she's got an abrasive, cold personality. She even refers to Edgeworth as her younger brother despite being seven years his junior.²* BackForTheFinale: She returns as prosecutor for part of the final case in ''Trials and Tribulations''.²* BadassAdorable: In spite of her tough and stern behaviour, she is actually a pretty cute young lady. [[CryCute Especially the few times she cries]].²* BadBoss: Poor [[ButtMonkey Gumshoe]] is treated by Franziska far worse than every other person that mistreated him ''combined'', especially in ''Justice for All''.²* TheBaroness: Whip-wielding ice queen. Interestingly, while plenty of other males find her Baroness nature sexy and enticing, Phoenix (and Gumshoe) mostly just find her scary as hell, with the latter begging for mercy of the financial kind.²* BeautyMark: Below her left eye.²* BeneathTheMask: A good amount of her attitude is just posturing and mimicking of her father. The real Franziska is a highly intelligent, hardworking young woman desperate to prove herself and save her pride, not a confident, cold-hearted JerkAss like her father.²* BerserkButton: Can't stand lying witnesses. Lotta Hart particularly triggers this big time just by appearing in front of Franziska; likely prompted by [[BigBrotherInstinct her lying in court during Miles Edgeworth's trial]]. [[TheHypocrite She did actually ask a witness to withhold information from the court a couple of times]], but every time it's ''not'' at her prompting, the witness quickly learns the taste of her whip, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold even if their lies were in her favor]].²* BigBad: She is the main enemy of most of the cases in ''Justice for All'', and her motive is revenge that would be achieved by defeating Phoenix Wright [[spoiler:because she blamed Phoenix for causing Miles Edgeworth to disappear even though the real culprit for that was Damon Gant, and she planned to achieve her vengeance by defeating the lawyer that Miles Edgeworth was unable to defeat]]. This motive, rather than prosecuting for justice, makes her a villain. [[spoiler:She is displaced as the main villain in the final case due to having the MakeWayForTheNewVillains trope invoked. Her motive was crushed at the end of that case because Edgeworth finally defeated Phoenix in that case with some help from Phoenix himself after Phoenix managed to find a way to break the {{Blackmail}} that the guilty defendant and main villain in that case had over him.]]²* BigDamnHeroes: ²** She is the hero of "Farewell, My Turnabout," going out of her way to find and retrieve evidence just in time to prevent a miscarriage of justice. If not for her, Maya would be dead or an innocent woman would be sentenced while the murderer went free.²** Played straight AND played with in Investigations 2: She arrives in the fourth case to provide Edgeworth with an updated autopsy report, only for Edgeworth to inform her that they had already figured out as much. It is however her position as an Interpol Agent that lets her investigate as a prosecutor beyond Blaise's influence. In the final case Gumshoe informs Edgeworth that it was only due to Franziska's position and insistence that they were able to recover the SS-5 incident files that quickly, earning him a good whipping from her, and her a silent "Thank you" from Edgeworth.²* BigSisterInstinct: Very prominently towards Miles Edgeworth, whom she calls her 'little brother', despite their 7 years of age difference in the other direction. [[{{Tsundere}} Although she does tend to deny it to his face.]] Also noticable towards Pearl, Kay Faraday, Sebastian Debeste... even Phoenix Wright in 3-5. Once you see past [[{{Tsundere}} her Jerkass facade]], her protectiveness is actually one of her more prominent character traits.²* BrokenAce: Despite being a successful, relentless prosecutor, Franziska has very little emotional maturity, besides being competitive to the point of ridiculousness. The second game's epilogue also implies that she never quite felt like she earned her [[AmoralAttorney father]]'s love.²* BrokenPedestal: It's very clear by ''Investigations 2'' that the pedestal Franziska held her father and his ideals on has crumbled, since she actively avoids directly referring to him, except where Sebastian is concerned, and even then, she doesn't often say "my Papa" like she used to. The one time she does, it's because she's in shock from learning exactly what caused the black mark on his record all those years ago. On the rare occasions where she does refer to her father, it is without the pride she used to always use when talking about him, usually indirectly comparing him to Sebastian's father.²-->'''Kay:''' That person... he really loves his father, doesn't he...?\²'''Franziska:''' However... one must be able to accept the mistakes of their father... However much they may look up to them...²* CassandraTruth: Aggressively [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in her first appearance: [[WillingChanneler spirit channeling]] is real in this series' universe, and Franziska von Karma bases her case on this fact, even if she has to [[TheUnfettered present illegal evidence]] to prove it.²* CharacterDevelopment: Not nearly to the extent of Edgeworth, though she does evolve from a female {{Jerkass}} to a Type A {{Tsundere}}. ²* CharacterTic: Shares her father's habit of folding her arms and grasping at her sleeve. [[spoiler:Considering she gets shot in the shoulder, just like her father, it's ironic in a fashion]].²* ChildProdigy: Became a prosecutor at the age of 13.²* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Develops a mild case of this when she's assisting Phoenix during case 3-5, making the sort of bizarre comments expected from an assistant character in the franchise. Especially jarring considering her [[TeenGenius usual behavior.]] It's possibly justifiable in that she's in a very traditionally Japanese locale for that case and was unfamiliar with the culture and customs of such a setting. ²* ContraltoOfDanger: When she's fully voiced, it sounds rather deep, fitting her TheBaroness and WhipItGood personality.²* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Compared to Edgeworth, who's calm and calculated, she's younger, female, and more outwardly emotional.²* CryCute: ²** She spends the entirety of ''Justice For All'' acting abrasive and proud, but cries in front of Edgeworth at the end of ''Justice for All''.²** In a Non-Canon Omake [[http://monolaf.tumblr.com/post/147497437769/phoenix-wright-ace-attorney-manga-volume-3 in Volume 3 of the official manga]], she has very visible teary eyes while SuperDeformed when she's [[RealityEnsues convicted of "killing"]] Kazuo Maekawa (the manga's artist) with her whip.²* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Teal hair and teal eyes. She also wears light blue lipstick.²* DaddysLittleVillain: At first, she is as much an AmoralAttorney as her father. Then, after CharacterDevelopment kicks in, she [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter becomes a valuable ally to Phoenix]].²* DangerouslyShortSkirt: It doesn't really come up because the sprites are waist-up, but full-body art reveals that her miniskirt barely reaches past her pelvis. ²* DeadpanSnarker: If she's not stinging people with her whip, odds are that she will with her words.²* DefeatMeansFriendship: While she never becomes Phoenix's ''friend'', when she appears in the last case of ''Trials and Tribulations'', she does lend a hand to Phoenix, and is a bit less hostile towards him.²* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Her constant repetition of the word 'fool' often falls into this.²* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Neither the Judge nor his brother are protected from Franziska's whips.²* DefrostingIceQueen: Starts as a female {{Jerkass}}, ends up a Type A {{Tsundere}}.²* DemotedToExtra: Her role in the sequel of ''Investigations'' has largely been toned down and she takes a much more passive role. She does however [[spoiler:support Edgeworth using her position as both a prosecutor and Interpol Agent, by taking over and stalling Patricia Roland's trial, bringing down Blaise Debeste with Judge Courtney and Edgeworth and providing Edgeworth and Lang with the SS-5 case files.]]²* DoubleStandard: ²** Despite being willing to [[WouldHitAGirl whip women]] in her first appearance, in subsequent installments she usually goes for the nearest male (PlayedForLaughs, of course) whenever a female is irritating her. Taken to its logical conclusion in the second case in ''Investigations'', who Edgeworth wonders why Cammy Meele, who's asleep literally half of her first Testimony, isn't being bombarded by her whip ([[spoiler:it's possible Franziska realized that Cammy being "asleep" [[ObfuscatingStupidity was an act]]]]). You can press these two statements, but Franziska will [[ButtMonkey whip Gumshoe instead]].²** In ''Investigations 2'' there is ''one'' woman that triggers enough rage within Franziska that she breaks her double standard and immediately starts whipping her on sight: [[spoiler:Lotta]].²* EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy: Commonly does when introducing herself. She also does it when she makes a point in court, the same way Edgeworth bows under those circumstances.²* FullNameBasis: ²** To the point that everyone else present starts doing the same, whether [[GotMeDoingIt by accident]] or [[LampshadeHanging to call her out on it]].²--->'''Edgeworth''': Calling everyone by their full name... Can't you do something about that habit of yours?²** Then there's this bit of hypocrisy at its finest.²--->'''von Karma''': How naive of you.²--->'''Phoenix''': But it's a bit strange, don't you think? ...Franziska von Karma. ²--->'''von Karma''': Listen, Phoenix Wright! [[HypocriticalHumor It's impertinent to call someone by their full name!]]²--->'''Phoenix''': I was only copying you.²* GermanicDepressives: She shows anger (a lot) and fear, though she almost never shows genuine sadness or happiness (not "Ha-ha, I crushed you" happy, normal happy).²* GermanicEfficiency: Like her brother, she can get a lot done when she puts her mind to it. This has led to Interpol hiring her as an investigative consultant, where she seems more at home than in court.²* HairTriggerTemper: Not even the judge is immune from her whip.²* HangingJudge: Her role in ''Investigations'', removed from the courts, has her play this role more than an AmoralAttorney.²* HighClassGloves: Her fancy outfit includes black gloves.²* HotBlooded: The trait Acro claims she has in common with Phoenix. He doesn't appear to be wrong, considering how Franziska [[BerserkButton can't stand lying witnesses]] and tends to do her best to find the truth in the moment [[SoreLoser only to regret it later]].²* TheHypocrite: A very, very prominent trait, up to the point of defying her own BerserkButton sometimes: it's clear she genuinely hates lying witnesses with a passion, but that doesn't stop her from fixing testimonies [[WellIntentionedExtremist when she's sure it doesn't make her case wrong]]. She also asks Phoenix "when did I ever bring up my Papa's name" despite mentioning being a von Karma and therefore always perfect about every other sentence; this can be interpreted, though, as her already [[BrokenPedestal refusing to acknowledge her father sharing her same name]] by the time of Justice For All. Most hilariously, she chides Phoenix for using her full name as it is 'impertinent' despite it being her own VerbalTic. Phoenix even [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] this. Even has a rare {{Inverted|Trope}} example, where in the first game [[WellIntentionedExtremist what she practices]] is actually much better than [[AmoralAttorney what she preaches]].²* IAintGotTimeToBleed: She gets shot in the shoulder by de Killer and only gets slowed down by ''one day''. She looks 100% fine (no bandages or signs of weakness/shock) when she barges in for her BigDamnHeroes moment and when asked about her injury her answer is basically "Oh, that. Recovery in hospitals is for losers." This is another parallel with her father, who was also shot and refused treatment, though Manfred von Karma's reasons were much less altruistic than hers. In the ''Ace Attorney'' anime, she shows up wearing bandages on her arm where she was shot, but still gives the same "recovery is for losers" answer.²* IconicItem: Her whip, which she uses to punish "fools". It gains a symbolic function at the end of ''Justice for All'' and as a teenager she carried a short riding crop instead (since she was kind of short for a whip).²* ImprobableAge: While most legal experts in the series fall under this trope to some degree, Franziska is the most egregious example as she started her prosecuting career at the tender age of thirteen. ²* InadequateInheritor: She's always concerned about living up to the von Karma name.²* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Deep down she has a crippling sense of dread that she's unworthy of the von Karma name, despite the massively egotistical personality she exhibits.²* InformedAbility: For a supposed prosecuting ace, Franziska sometimes shows some shoddy handling of witnesses and is prone to breaking down worse than her father or Edgeworth ever do. Edgeworth genuinely seems much more competent when he's on the prosecutor's desk. At the very least, once her control of the trial starts wavering, she's more quick to a VillainousBreakdown than her father or her brother. {{Justified|Trope}}, as even though she's had to work hard to get her position, she's still the daughter of [[TheRedBaron a legendary prosecutor]] who, as Investigations demonstrates, was definitely behind [[ImprobableAge her career's early start]], and [[{{Nepotism}} people likely cut her a lot of slack for her father's sake]]. Beside that, she really ''does'' work hard and definitely beats her brother in diligence and accuracy of investigations; she even claims the crown of the only prosecutor in the series to ever nail a ''guilty'' suspect in a case that Phoenix takes.²* InnocentlyInsensitive: With Edgeworth. Constantly throwing around the name of [[spoiler:the man that killed his father then framed him for ''two'' murders, including said father]] with ''praise'' of all things, in his face is pretty much a dick move in itself. Talking as though [[spoiler:she expects him to continue following the family creed]] is just cruel. Luckily for her, Edgeworth [[TheStoic isn't one to show emotions]]. But it is clear, especially in ''Investigations'', that her words do strike a nerve.²* InsistentTerminology: ²** In ''Investigations'' she lets Edgeworth have access to the crime scene (which is under her jurisdiction) as her subordinate. Despite him doing all of the actual work with only minor input from her, she still insists that she's running the investigation. Because he's her subordinate. ²** More generally, she insists that Edgeworth is her ''little'' brother, even though he's both taller and older.²* InsultOfEndearment: The way she calls Gumshoe "Scruffy" can come off as rather affectionate in the later games she appears in.²* InterpolSpecialAgent: In ''Investigations'', where she's operating as a consultant of sorts to help follow the trail of the Zheng Fa smuggling operation. She becomes involved in the plot of the game when her agency contact is murdered on his flight from Borginia.²* ItRunsInTheFamily: She's basically a female mirror image of her father at first, before more character development establishes the nuances to how and why she became that way -- something her father never gets.²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:²** [[{{Tsundere}} Initially tries her best to not show it]], but if you know what you're looking for, her facade is seen crumbling as early as the beginning of Farewell:²--->'''Phoenix''': Victory is yours? [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Is that all this means to you..?]]²--->'''von Karma''': Wh-What..!?²--->'''von Karma''': ... H-Hmph!²--->'''von Karma''': Come, Scruff-face! The investigation briefing is about to begin.²--->'''von Karma''': This isn't over yet... I swear on my family's honor!²--->'''von Karma''': ''[throws a wad of paper at Phoenix, which turns out to be a signed autograph he needs to get information out of Wendy Oldbag]''²** Very evident in case 3-5, where she glares at Phoenix to be nice to Sister Bikini and yells at him for making Pearls cry, despite both of these having caused her quite a bit of grief. Combine this with Investigations and her taking care of Adrian Andrews, and it looks like Franziska has a soft spot for women in general, with several very harsh exceptions like Lotta Hart (and it's quite entertaining to consider ''why'' Franziska might have so much of a grudge against personally Lotta...)²* KarmaHoudini: (No pun intended.) ²** She regularly commits assault with her whip, but is never punished for it, due to RuleOfFunny.²** On a more serious note, she actually got away with many dirty (or at least ethically questionable) actions, such as presenting an illegally obtained piece of evidence and manipulating witnesses. She might or might not have gotten penalties for that, though.²** However, she does eventually get shot in the shoulder -- just like her father -- by Shelly de Killer, though she manages to recover fairly quickly.²* {{Leitmotif}}: A variation of "Great Revival". She shares the variation with her father in ''Investigations''.²* LickingTheBlade: She did lick a whip in her original designs in development. She doesn't do this in the actual game.²* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Edgeworth; justified as they were raised together. She calls him her "little brother" even though it's not true in any sense of the word.²* MeaningfulName: "Mei" means "darkness". Franziska von Karma literally means "Free of Bad Karma", fitting as she eventually starts to grow past her father's toxic influence.²* TheNapoleon: She's about 5'3" as an adult (and much shorter at age 13), but it's ''really'' not good for your health if you call attention to that.²* NoodleIncident: In the manga it isn't entirely known just what kind of favor she owed her friend in order to fill in at Thong Fortunetelling and be given the moniker of Madame Lovetap (and, had the murder not occurred when it did, Phoenix would have been her customer!).²* NoSympathy: Doesn't refrain from whipping Mimi Miney even after she crosses the DespairEventHorizon over her sister's death by CynicismCatalyst. Also continues to whip Phoenix even when he is suffering from a bad cold.²* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Being raised in Germany all her life, Franziska's German accent is conspicuous only by its distinct absence. Notable for the fact that of all people, Edgeworth can be noted for having an English one, heard best when he says "Take that!"²* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Towards the end of case 2-3, she launches a surprise search on the murderer's living spaces and takes the murderer (not exposed yet) into custody, stating that a ''von Karma'' leaves nothing to chance. She does this to prove that the murder weapon isn't hiding there, and to deny Phoenix the chance to search for it. [[spoiler:This forces the wheelchair-bound murderer to hide the murder weapon (a bust) ''under his wheelchair and carry it with him to the police station'', only to be exposed '''carrying the murder weapon in the middle of court''' by Phoenix Wright.]] After the reveal, the murderer actually commends Franziska for trapping them like this. It's implied that Edgeworth gave her a tip (likely through Gumshoe) to launch that surprise search.²* NotSoDifferent: ²** [[spoiler:With Sebastian Debeste]] with ''Investigations 2'', something that she herself seems to recognize and even mellow out to the boy afterwards. Both have a BrokenPedestal towards their fathers and have to look for their own paths now, while accepting that their fathers, no matter how much they look up to them, are actually very bad people. When he shows up in court during "The Grand Turnabout" she gladly hands over the case to him and states she'll be watching his performance from the gallery.²** In Case 2-3, Acro states that Phoenix and Franziska are actually very much alike. Phoenix dismisses this suggestion outright, although they take Edgeworth's disappearance pretty much the same way.²* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: Not a very big leap, but she's a teenager going up against a 25-year old.²* OutOfFocus: She and Gumshoe are the only two main characters from the original trilogy not to appear in the post-timeskip games.²* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Phoenix, though Edgeworth'll do in a pinch since he's the one Franziska wants to be superior to.²* ThePerfectionist: She claims that until Phoenix Wright gives up, she will happily let him continue fighting and she will fight back, to win the perfect battle. Her current witness, Ini Miney, reacts like you would expect.²* PetTheDog: ²** She won't whip children or the elderly (except for the Judge and his Canadian brother). Phoenix also remarks that she seems genuinely hurt and possibly remorseful after Pearl chews her out for being a "mean lady". ²** In case 5 of ''Trials and Tribulations'', Franziska spends the majority of her time outside the courtroom working inside the Training Hall to [[spoiler: rescue Maya]], who was presumed to have been trapped inside for days in the freezing cold with no food and water. This is a notable moment, considering that she is volunteering to rescue someone who she would look down upon, and especially on a day where she could have easily chose to instead confront her nemesis Phoenix Wright in court again.²** In case 4 of ''Investigations'', she shows concern for Kay, relating to her on the fact both her fathers were respected prosecutors, and also admits she wouldn't know what to do without her father, and on the game overall she sometimes shows concern for Edgeworth, even dropping the FullNameBasis with him when she's not angry or exalted. ²** Also in case 4 of ''Investigations 2'' [[spoiler:she was appalled by Blaise's treatment of Sebastian, and in the ending, seems concerned about Sebastian, since both of them are trying to live up to their fathers]].²** It's implied she let Larry base at least part of "Franzy's Whippity-Whip Trip" on her, and this book has brought him some modicum of success by ''Spirit of Justice''.²* PunctuatedPounding:²-->'''Franziska''': ...Miles Edgeworth... The courthouse is to be kept pristine at all times!\²'''Edgeworth''': *gets whipped* Nnghooooh! I-It wasn't me that dropped food on the ground!\²'''Franziska''': The courthouse! *whip* Must be! *whip* Kept clean! *whip*\²'''Edgeworth''': Nnnghooooooh!²* RageQuit: ²** Her first loss to Phoenix causes her to angrily whip him into unconsciousness.²** Happens again in 3-5, where she whips the witness, Larry, into unconsciousness instead.²* SelfServingMemory: In ''Trials and Tribulations'', she boasts to Phoenix that she has never lost a case, nor will Phoenix ever be able to beat her in court. Phoenix notes to himself that both of these are untrue, and that he's unsure whether she has a self-serving memory or she genuinely forgot.²* SmallNameBigEgo:²** She may a teen prosecuting prodigy, but she seems to be under the impression that her defeating a small time defense attorney (albeit one who ended the winning streaks of two undefeated prosecutors) is enough to make national...no wait, ''global'' news. On top of that, she seems under the impression that she's already world-famous thanks to having gone five years undefeated -- an achievement to be sure, but not quite as awesome as she makes it sound considering that ''Winston Payne'' actually went two years longer before experiencing his first defeat.²** She acts like this even at the age of 13, proudly proclaiming her family name and her soon-to-be status as world's youngest prosecutor. [[DeadpanSnarker Callisto Yew]] snarks that until she actually ''is'' a prosecutor, she's just some brat with a whip.²* TheSmurfettePrinciple: She's not the series' only female prosecutor, but she ''is '' the only woman among the primary prosecutors of the main series games.²* SophisticatedAsHell: On one hand, Franziska tends to be overly formal, such as calling people by their full names - even her own brother. On the other hand, she tends to lapse into [[YouFool incoherent]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment insults]] when agitated, periodically switches registers in courtroom to sound like [[ImprobableAge the teenager she is]] ('But is the bust really all that shiny?' is one such quote) and constantly invents new nicknames for Gumshoe (Scruffy, Trenchcoat [=McScruffFace=], etc). The overall effect is quite {{Adorkable}}.²* SoreLoser: See RageQuit above. She takes winning and losing so seriously that she'll ''physically assault'' those who bring her defeat.²* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: She was created to replace Edgeworth once it was clear he was a popular character and deserved more of a role than "the prosecutor that Phoenix always beats." Every game since then has had a different main prosecutor, although Franziska [[ContrastingSequelAntagonist resembles her predecessor the most]] -- like Edgeworth, she's a haughty, cold prodigy. Justified, as they were raised and trained by the same man.²* TeenGenius: Not only is she eighteen in her debut game, but she became a prosecutor [[ImprobableAge at age THIRTEEN]].²* ThinkingTic: Franziska crosses her arms and squeezes her upper arm in her thinking animation. ²* TriumphantReprise: In ''Investigations'', she shares the "Great Revival" theme with Edgeworth. The way it plays as she arrives mirrors quite closely to the way it did for Edgeworth in ''Justice For All'', as both arrive as allies rather than enemies (albeit still antagonists). (She has her own remix compared to him, sharing the same melody with different instrumentation)²* {{Tsundere}}: Her "tsun" side comes up most of the time, and her "dere" side comes when she feels vulnerable or takes pity on someone helpless. To [[LampshadeHanging quote]] Phoenix:²--> '''Phoenix''': She's so openly hostile, it's almost kinda cute.²* VerbalTic:²** She uses the words "fool", "foolish", or "foolishly" at least three times every sentence.²--> '''Edgeworth''': [[LampshadeHanging (We got your point about three "foolishes" back, Franziska...)]]²** In the Japanese releases, she sprinkles her more anger-charged statements with "UsefulNotes/{{Baka}}."²** Calls everyone by either full name or made-up nickname, no in-between. [[TheHypocrite Doesn't like it when others turn it right back on her]].²* WakeUpCallBoss: Of the second game. In Investigations, she's also one of the first Rebuttal opponents whose logical flaws are not readily apparent.²* WeaponJr: Her riding crop from case 4 in "Investigations". It's painful, but also adorable in a way.²* WeaponOfChoice: Her whip.²* WeirdnessCensor: Notably {{Averted|Trope}}, or even {{Defied|Trope}} in her first appearance, as she is one of the only two people in the series who notices and actively acknowledges [[PosthumousCharacter Mia Fey's]] [[WillingChanneler presence in court]].²* WellDoneSonGuy: {{Defied|Trope}} in her first appearance: though she holds the same values towards court as her father, none of her motivation is driven by her father's downfall in the first game. However, in the flashback case in ''Investigations'', it is evident that she actually does seek her father's approval.²* WellIntentionedExtremist: In the first case she appears in, she conceals some evidence, which Phoenix takes to be her EstablishingCharacterMoment. The main problem the concealed evidence brought up, though, was [[WillingChanneler the existence of supernatural in the series]], which Franziska did not have any legal evidence to prove in court, [[CassandraTruth despite it being well known to both Phoenix and the player to be real]]. She did have some [[TheUnfettered illegal evidence]], though, which she proceeded to show the court despite it being likely to get her into [[DiggingYourselfDeeper even deeper trouble]]. The evidence turned out to also contain yet another contradiction, but it really does look like Franziska hadn't noticed that one until Phoenix pointed it out.²* WhipItGood: ²** ''Nobody'' crosses paths with Franziska without getting whipped at least once. Except for Godot and [[WouldntHurtAChild Pearl]].²** When she started at thirteen, she carried a riding crop instead of the whip everyone's familiar with.²** Detective Badd actually manages to '''dodge it'''; the look of shock on her face is priceless, while Agent Lang ''catches'' the whip ''in midair''.²* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: She confesses at the end of game 2 that she's not a genius prosecutor but she felt like she had to be one, simply because of everyone's expectations about the von Karma name.²* WorfHadTheFlu: Her two subsequent losses to Phoenix in the second game make her status as a legendary TeenGenius look like something of an InformedAttribute; however, if you look closer, those two cases are a lot more complex and convoluted than most other cases Phoenix ever takes. The only reason he found the truth in 2-2 where Franziska couldn't was his personal connection to the family, and in 2-3 his investigation was ahead of hers thanks to ''literally [[LivingLieDetector supernatural]] means''. The only moment in which he ''actually'' overtakes her is figuring out where the murder weapon is, which she [[SoreLoser takes hard]] as she's clearly not used to not being the smartest person in the room. ²* WorthyOpponent: Appears to view Phoenix as this from the very beginning, even taking him on his word for some things in the first case they work together.²* WouldntHitAGirl: ²** Averted in her first appearance, where she has no trouble whipping Lotta Hart and Ini Miney when they get on her nerves, as well as Maya if you incorrectly present evidence at one point. Played straight in the subsequent games however, where she tends to whip the nearest male character (usually Gumshoe) if one of the female characters is annoying her.²--> '''Calisto Yew''': You're not very funny, or very witty, are you, little Miss von Karma?\²'''Franziska''': Grr.........! *readies riding crop* \²'''Edgeworth''': Franziska! Be careful about who you whip! Choose carefully or we may be sued by- *gets whipped* ''-Nnghhoooh!''\²'''Franziska''': There. I chose carefully, just like you wanted.²** She actually does whip another girl ''a lot'' (near Gumshoe status) in ''Investigations 2''. Her victim is Lotta Hart, whom she accuses of being a habitual liar... even though the only time Lotta has lied in a case of Franziska's was at Franziska's own request. There is, however, [[ThatOneCase that one notable time]] Lotta ''did'' lie in court...²** In the anime, in addition to whipping Lotta and Ini, Franziska also whips Morgan Fey during Episode 17. She also [[WouldHurtAChild shows no concern or restraint towards almost whipping Pearl]] when she [[http://venus-adept.tumblr.com/post/147543691136 intimidates Pearl and Phoenix in her introduction]].²* YouFool: Somehow takes this UpToEleven, with her uttering variations of this at almost every turn.²-->'''Franziska''': ''(from Turnabout Prophecy, with a smug grin on her face)'' I already knew you were a fool, but now that I see your foolish foolishness again, I remember just how much of a foolish fool you really are. In fact, I think you may have foolishly upgraded your foolishness!²-->'''Phoenix''': Erk...²* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has bright teal hair.²* YoungerThanTheyLook: She's 18 in her debut game. Maya even lampshades how even though they're the same age, Fransizka's attitude makes her look older than she is, especially when compared to Maya's more childish behavior.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:'''Godot''']]²!!Godot²!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/HidekiKamiya (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney OT]]''), Creator/HiroakiHirata ([[Anime/AceAttorney anime]])²!!!'''Voiced by (English):''' James T. Wilson (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney OT]]''), Brandon Potter ([[Anime/AceAttorney anime]])²²[[quoteright:219:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/godottrilogy.png]]²[[caption-width-right:219:[[labelnote:Click here to see his portrait.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/godo_2070.png[[/labelnote]]]]²²->"Blacker than a moonless night, hotter and more bitter than hell itself... That is coffee."²²Main prosecutor of the third game. Godot is known for drinking ''lots'' of coffee, up to 17 cups per court session. Although a prosecuting rookie, he possesses legal experience that makes him a formidable foe. A suave man with a MysteriousPast, he holds strong dislike, almost hatred, towards Phoenix until the end of the last case. ²----²* AbsenteeActor: In-universe, Godot is inexplicably MIA for the start of Bridge to the Turnabout and Franziska has to prosecute in his stead. He returns later on (equally without explanation) and it isn't until Phoenix pieces it together that we find out just where he was. ²* AffablyEvil: Ruthlessly tries to push Phoenix to the limit... and enjoys cups of rich coffee and always pays genuine compliments (whether anyone understands them or not) whenever they're warranted. [[spoiler:He's also a GracefulLoser who ends up befriending Phoenix before ultimately going away for murder.]]²* AmbiguouslyBrown: He's darker than most of the cast, though his nationality- other than him not being Japanese (in the original)- is as much of a mystery as his name. [[spoiler:Becomes less ambiguous when he's revealed to be Diego Armando, a Latin American name;]] the localization team confirms that he's Brazilian.²* AntiVillain: To the point where [[spoiler:{{M|oralityChain}}aya tries to take the heat for him]].²* ArcWords: "The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over" are very important words to Godot and his past.²* BackFromTheDead: He claims he's this to Phoenix, though the truth is more akin to "back from a deep coma". [[spoiler:He actually means a [[ThatManIsDead different type of death altogether]].]]²* BadassBaritone: Has a very deep ''"Objection!''" yell, but not at all monstrous like Manfred's.²* BadassBoast: He means every word.²--> ''I've returned from the depths of Hell to do battle with you.''²* BerserkButton:²** At one point in Case 3, Godot furiously chugs his coffee, then says that every time he is lied to, he downs a cup of coffee and then [[DisproportionateRetribution beats down the liar with the empty mug]].²** Do ''not'' screw with his coffee, especially adding something like sugar that'll corrupt its purity (to him). He's not going to take it well. [[spoiler:This one actually makes quite a bit of sense, seeing as how his life was ruined by a certain someone slipping poison into his coffee, which put him in a coma.]]²* BigBad: His main motive for going up against Phoenix is to get revenge on him [[spoiler:because he blames Phoenix for the murder of Mia Fey]] rather than prosecuting for justice, making him one of this game's main villains.²* BlindWithoutEm: He needs his visor to see, but even then, he can't see perfectly. [[spoiler:Specifically, he can't see red at all.]]²* BrokenAce: He lost it after Mia died, resulting in him hating Wright for most of the game along with his limited vision.²* BunnyEarsLawyer: Not only does he drink several mugs of coffee, he wears a mask all the time, since he's mostly blind and needs it to see.²* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Unusually realistic variant. The three red lights on Godot's mask are distinctly visible in pitch blackness (as opposed to anyone's eyes), which comes up when [[spoiler:Maya testifies that when she was attacked, she was saved by a man with a light that only illuminated his face]].²* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Mild example, but the judge is perfectly willing to call out Godot for his bad attitude and his excessive coffee-drinking. This is strange when one considers that 'bad attitude' is practically a job requirement for prosecutors in this franchise, and he had nothing to say about Franziska bringing an honest-to-god whip into the courtroom and using it on anything in sight.²* CatchPhrase: "That's one of my rules." [[spoiler:When it appears in case 4, it alerts anyone who hasn't noticed the caffemania, piercings, suit, haircut, skin colour and beard to his identity]].²* CerebusRetcon: His vehement hatred of "poisoning" coffee with cream or sugar becomes less funny when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Dahlia poisoning his coffee (disguised as sugar) is how he ended up in a coma.]] ²* CharClone: While he's not in a mecha-series (and thus not a mech-pilot), he does meet some of the criteria of a CharClone. To wit, he's a masked stranger who's introduced as an enigma with quite the reputation, he has an intense rivalry with the main character (if mostly from his side), he's revealed to have been connected to another major cast member ([[spoiler:namely, he and Mia used to be lovers]]), and while introduced as antagonistic he reveals more sympathetic qualities over the course of the story. Earlier concept art actually shows that his mask looked a lot like Char Aznable's before the makers settled on the design seen in the final version.²* CodeOfHonour: He has his own personal code of conduct that seems a bit odd from everyone else's point of view. Several times he offhandedly mentions one of his personal guidelines then follow it up with "[[CatchPhrase That's one of my rules.]]" Phoenix even wonders at one point if he actually has a list of these somewhere or if he's just making them up as he goes along. The most important one to him is "The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over."²* ColorBlindConfusion: He is unable to see red at all, so he cannot see blood or red food stains on white objects like white aprons or snow.²* CoolMask: He needs it to see.²* ComplexityAddiction: Prosecutes Phoenix's cases in order to [[spoiler:punish him for failing to protect Mia, and test his worthiness -- when Redd White is the one who actually killed her (and -- despite him already being in prison -- Godot could've presumably just used his new, prosecutorial connections to make White's prison life miserable)]]. Additionally -- in "Bridge to the Turnabout," he arranges a needlessly complicated plan to [[spoiler:directly protect Maya, when he could've just sent Morgan's letter to Phoenix and preemptively saved the day right then and there]]. In the end, he himself admits this, but also admits that he just couldn't move past his personal demons until it was too late.²* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: He's a suave rookie prosecutor in his thirties, while Franziska was an emotional teenager. Also, while both are motivated by their desire to defeat Phoenix, Franziska eventually moves past it, while Godot doesn't until it's too late.²* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: He himself admits in the end. The final case of ''Trials & Tribulations'' could have been avoided if he had just [[spoiler:asked Phoenix for help and warned Maya about Morgan's plot in the first place]]. Additionally, since he managed to [[spoiler:find Morgan's note before Pearl did]], it would have been simple for him to just avert the whole thing by [[spoiler:destroying or hiding the note. It's implied he wanted the plan to go through so that Maya would be in danger so he could save her to make up for failing to save Mia (at least in his own mind)]]. But then, where would be the fun (for the players) in that?²* DeadpanSnarker: One of the most sharp-witted characters in the series, and unlike Phoenix or Edgeworth, he's very vocal with his quips.²* DeathSeeker: Quite possible. Godot objects before case 3-5 can be wrapped up by stating that they still don't know who the real killer is, something he has no logical reason to do since he IS the killer and judge seemed ready to forget the question as he passed his verdict. The ending and credits show him on the same screen as Misty and Mia Fey, implying that he does die from his knife wound or by the state's hand.²* DiseaseBleach: Or more appropriately, [[spoiler:poison bleach]].²* TheDulcineaEffect: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:His desire to physically protect Maya from someone who wants her dead leads him to let a terrible chain of events lead up to such a situation rather than rationally handle it.]]²* ExactWords: He is built up as yet another fearsome prosecutor that's never lost a case. When Phoenix first faces him in court, however...²-->'''Judge:''' Yes, your reputation precedes you. What kind of cases have you dealt with so far?\²'''Godot:''' Ha...! None.\²'''Judge:''' What did you say...?\²'''Godot:''' I've never prosecuted a case before.\²'''Judge:''' N-Never? But you said you've never lost before.\²'''Godot:''' ...Exactly. I've never lost. I've never won before either.²** Of course, this is really two examples in one: [[spoiler:He said he's never ''prosecuted'' a case before, but as Diego Armando, he's ''defended'' in plenty of them]].²* EyeScream: [[spoiler: The poison Dahlia used to spike Godot's coffee did some major damage on his central nervous system and Godot even lost his sight in the process. Also, during the final case he is stabbed in the eye by Dahlia which is subsequently hidden underneath his mask.]]²* FailureToSaveMurder: The entire reason for his hatred and quest for vengeance against Phoenix is that [[spoiler:Phoenix "failed" to protect Mia from getting murdered. He later realizes he was instead blaming himself and was projecting on Phoenix]].²* FallenHero: [[spoiler:He's the result of Diego Armando being utterly and completely broken then filled with a new, hateful resolve for for finding Mia's killer.]]²* FinalBoss: He's the final prosecutor of the original trilogy. [[spoiler:And the final killer.]]²* FoodSlap: Throws his coffee at Phoenix three times.²* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: ²** Phoenix was a bit intimidated to confront Godot until he was sure his goggles couldn't fire lasers. Understandably, he has Franziska to thank for his knee-jerk fear of aggressive prosecutors.²** The manga has four panel, non-canon joke strips, and one of them had Phoenix questioning where all the coffee comes from. Godot then presses a button on his visor which causes it to dispense coffee.²* HidingTheHandicap: His mask isn't just for show, seeing as it helps him see; but his vision is still impaired even when wearing it, specifically: [[spoiler:he can't see the color red when displayed on a white background]]. He's too proud to own up to it, though.²* HeWhoFightsMonsters: His bitterness is thanks to [[spoiler:being poisoned by Dahlia Hawthorne and being unable to stop Redd White from killing Mia]]. In the end, [[spoiler:he becomes a murderer himself, though to protect the sister of the woman he loved]].²* ILetGwenStacyDie: Played with. He took a loved one's death extremely personally despite not having anything to do with it and not being able to do anything to prevent it, and sets out to take revenge on the people he deems responsible for it, namely Phoenix (as by then the real people at fault had been dealt with). [[spoiler:He had been ''outwardly'' blaming Phoenix for Mia's death, but later on admits that he was blaming himself.]] The third game shows he was quite mistaken in this way of thinking.²* IceCreamKoan: Has an incomprehensible coffee-related koan for every situation.²* InadequateInheritor: He mocks Phoenix that he's one of these to Mia Fey's legacy, claiming that he could never dream to be the attorney that she was. [[spoiler:When he sees Mia's ghost alongside Phoenix, both accusingly pointing at him, he breaks down.]]²* INeedAFreakingDrink: Naturally it's coffee and not alcohol, but one of his "distressed" animations has him simply chugging down his cup.²* InnerMonologue: A rare antagonist example. [[spoiler: When Phoenix proves Godot is one that killed Misty, he laughs it off until he sees an image of Mia's spirit. Godot then starts to freak out a little in his mind and wonders if Mia is living on through Phoenix.]]²* InsaneTrollLogic: On his first encounter with Phoenix, Godot claims that he has never lost a single case despite never having prosecuted any cases in the first place, arguing that prosecutors always start out undefeated.²* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:Can't see red on white...as in Redd White, Mia's killer.]]²* ItsAllMyFault: He won't admit it until the end, but he blames himself thoroughly for [[spoiler:Mia's death even though he was in a coma of no fault of his own and couldn't have done anything. His StayInTheKitchen attitude doesn't forgive any man that lets the woman in his life get hurt or die, which is why he hates himself despite all reason.]]²* ItsPersonal: He holds a vendetta against Phoenix because he failed to prevent Mia's death, and intends to make him pay for it.²* KnightInSourArmor: For most of the game he thinks he's this, [[spoiler:sticking it to Phoenix to get the justice that Mia deserved for her death due to Phoenix's inaction]] despite his failing health, but in reality it's just his own selfish desire to make up for his inability to do the job himself, which he comes to terms with at the end.²* LargeHam: ''"Blacker than a moonless night... Hotter and more bitter than hell itself... That's coffee."''... and that's just one of the few of his melodramatic quotes. Definitely a case of TropesAreNotBad, though. The man is so damn suave and chic with his delivery that you just want him to say more.²* {{Leitmotif}}: "The Fragrance of Dark Coffee", it's even his [[ThemeTuneCameo ''cell phone ringtone''.]]²* TheLostLenore: He convinces himself [[spoiler:Mia]] is this, enough to the point of [[spoiler:taking it out on Phoenix as his way of coping, blaming him for letting her die]]. By the end he realizes this is just misplaced anger and moves on.²* MakingASpectacleOfYourself: His slitted red visor.²* MaliciousMisnaming: He constantly calls Phoenix "Trite". In the Japanese original, he intentionally mispronounces "Naruhodo" as "Maruhodo". Note that while the misnaming seems at worst an immature insult in the English version, deliberately mispronouncing someone's last name is perceived as ruder in Japan.²* ManlyTears: "The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over."²* MeaningfulName: Besides the literary reference, bear in mind that his name is pronounced "Go-doe", not "Go-dot". [[spoiler:As in Die'''go''' Arman'''do'''.]]²* {{Metaphorgotten}}: He really loves his coffee metaphors. Too bad nobody but him ever seems to understand them.²-->'''Phoenix:''' [[LampshadeHanging Could you PLEASE knock it off with the cheesy proverbs and illogical metaphors already!?]]²* MoralityChain: [[spoiler:Maya Fey plays this role for him as his last connection to Mia Fey.]]²* MustHaveCaffeine: 17 cups per trial day, with a [[FauxlosophicNarration philosophical comment or two]] to go along with each one... and that's just in the courtroom; at one point he alludes to a 13th cup of ''morning coffee''. Furthermore, when explaining his being "back from the dead", he describes how the ''smell'' of a doctor's cup of coffee ''woke him up from a seven-year coma''.²* MysteriousPast: ''No one'' has heard of him or knows anything about him from before he became a prosecutor. Some more about his story is discovered by the end of the game, though.²* NervesOfSteel: So much so that he doesn't even flinch when Furio Tigre's roar has everyone else cowering behind a table or when [[spoiler:he himself is accused of Misty Fey's murder]]. He does, however, start to lose his cool as Bridge to the Turnabout progresses towards the end, starting with [[spoiler:him realizing that he missed "Maya" written in blood on the lantern when he tried to cover up the murder.]]²* NeverMyFault: A very important part of his backstory. [[spoiler:In reality, he knew better.]]²* OhCrap: Every prosecutor makes these faces but a particularly significant one occurs in 3-5 [[spoiler:when he learns of the bloody writing on the stone lantern... which reads "Maya". Given that he had made significant efforts to make sure Maya ''couldn't'' be incriminated, it's pretty bad news to him.]]²-->'''Phoenix:''' [Godot's] suddenly shaking... and I don't think it's all the caffeine...²* OneWayVisor: He's nearly blind without it and it lets him see more-or-less normally. To everyone else it just looks like three glow-y red lines.²* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler:He takes a knife wound to the face from Dahlia-in-Misty's-body and it never gets treated (which is why it opens up later). He still walks it off and can ignore the pain enough to keep it hidden from everyone.]]²* OnlyOneName: When he's introduced, no one even knows if he has a last name or given name, just the alias "Godot". ²* {{Pride}}: Like most major prosecutors, only of a distinctly different kind. He's smug about his abilities, true, though his downfall is his [[NeverMyFault inability to admit when things are his fault]].²* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: He normally has NervesOfSteel and barely ever shows weakness when the defense gets the upper hand on him, so it's quite telling when he does start showing nervousness in his last trial. ²* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He starts giving Phoenix one at the climax of Bridge to the Turnabout, saying that he'll never be the defense attorney that Mia was. [[ShutUpHannibal He gets interrupted]] when he sees Mia's spirit standing beside Wright, both dramatically [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger Giving Him The Pointer Finger]], causing him to break down.²* RememberTheNewGuy: As a result of the first game not having planned for sequels, he was never mentioned by Mia or Grossberg prior to the third game despite being significant to both. ²* {{Revenge}}: His drive against Phoenix Wright for [[spoiler:failing to protect Mia Fey]] and [[spoiler:his motive to killing Misty Fey as Dahlia Hawthorne when she tries to kill [[MoralityChain Maya Fey]].]]²* RevengeBeforeReason: He all but admits that his reasons for hating Wright are pointless, [[spoiler:and that he was ashamed of his own inability to prevent Mia's death.]] He also admits that he ''knew'' that [[spoiler:Dahlia-channeled-by-Misty Fey wasn't really Dahlia but part of the reason he attacked her (with an intent to kill instead of subdue) was his overwhelming hatred of her.]]²* RuleOfCool: Several times he'll be seen catching a cup of coffee that slides to him from off-screen (stage right) that apparently comes from nowhere. Why? Because it's awesome. One explanation may be that the bailiff actually gets them for him but this isn't ever confirmed.²* SadClown: Outwardly, he's a [[DeadpanSnarker wise-cracking]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Ears Prosecutor]] who has coffee mugs slid onto his desk with a metaphor or joke to go with each one, and has the NervesOfSteel to stare a mafia/yakuza thug in the eye and question him. [[spoiler:But he's also suffering tremendously, both physically (was in a coma for five years, has [[DiseaseBleach grayed hair]], has to use a visor to be able to see even just partially) and mentally (Mia died while he was in a coma and [[ItsAllMyFault he believes it's all his fault]]).]]²* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler:Case 3-5. The entire time he was prosecuting he was suffering from a knife wound that was not being treated properly. This wound is also what brought him down as well.]]²* SmugSmiler: One of his sprites sports him with a huge grin on his face, and the boxart of ''Trials and Tribulations'' shows him smiling with an air of confidence about him.²* SmugSnake: He's highly condescending and arrogant for a rookie prosecutor. ''The Judge'' of all people calls him out on it. [[spoiler:Justified, he used to be a seasoned defense attorney, so he knows his stuff. That and he's a bit smug to begin with]].²* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: For the audience's benefit more than any character. When [[spoiler:Diego Armando mentions "That's one of my rules."]], it becomes obvious that it could only be Godot.²* SpitTake: A favorite. Sometimes he'll take a fresh drink ''just'' to abide the spit-take.²* StayInTheKitchen: Godot is easily one of the most explicitly sexist characters in the franchise.²** After meeting Franziska in ''Bridge to the Turnabout'' he quickly tells her off, with some gendered remarks that leave little to the imagination.²--->'''Godot''': [...] ''you can go now, princess. It's time for the big boys to take the reins.''²--->'''Godot''': ''[[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Know your role and shut your mouth.]] I can't stand women like you.''²** He believes that women must be protected by the man in their life, anything happening to the woman is therefore the man's fault. No excuses. [[spoiler:Coupled with Mia's death, this turns out to be his stated reason for disliking Phoenix. It's actually the reason he hates himself, even though he was in a coma and really couldn't have saved her.]]²* StepfordSmiler: That smug grin isn't all sunshine and rainbows, he even admits in the end that he keeps smiling no matter how angry or grief-struck he becomes.²* SympatheticMurderer: Alright, he did [[spoiler:kill Misty Fey]] but the circumstances behind it and his own explanation of it make it difficult to fully fault him. [[spoiler:So much so that Maya even tries to cover for him.]]²* TearsOfBlood: [[spoiler:When Phoenix points out that they CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot, the knife wound he received reopens, leading to the following line:]]²-->'''Godot:''' [[spoiler:Have you forgotten already? In my world, the color red doesn't exist. These must be... my tears.]]²* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:Attempted to take this way out when he began his quest for vengeance against Phoenix, but it ends up subverted by the end because he simply denied his identity to himself in order to ease his suffering and shift the blame.]]²* ThinkingTic: Godot lays his left arm across his waist, rests his right arm on his left hand, and touches his visor in his thinking animation. ²* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Though he throws his cups right-side-up, they always turn in midair and land perfectly shut on Phoenix's head. PlayedForLaughs.²* TrademarkFavoriteFood: ''Coffee''. The guy is in complete love with the stuff.²* TragicVillain: [[spoiler:He's ultimately driven by a desire to make up for his own failure, and in the process, ends up committing a murder that could have been avoided]].²* VerbalTic: He tends to utter "Ha...!" before making dismissive comments.²* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Very tame in comparison to previous ones, after he is exposed as Misty Fey's killer his visor which was smoking blows up (yet it didn't get destroyed). After Phoenix points out that they CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot, his knife wound reopens invoking TearsOfBlood.]]²* VoiceChangeling: Apparently he's quite good at doing impersonations. He can even mimic Desirée [=DeLite=]'s voice in court, complete with the lighter female text blips for effect, despite being speaking in a BadassBaritone.²* WaistcoatOfStyle: You can't be a main prosecutor in this series and just wear a normal suit, it seems.²* WouldHurtAChild: Emphasis on "would". [[spoiler:He stabbed Dahlia without caring who channeled her. It turned out to be Misty, but it might have been Pearl, something he acknowledges.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:'''Klavier Gavin''' (''Kyoya Garyu'')]]²!!Klavier Gavin (''Kyoya Garyu'')²!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Ryouji Yamamoto (''[[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney AJ]]''), Creator/ToshiyukiKusuda (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies DD]]'')²!!!'''Voiced by (English):''' Andrew Alfonso (''[[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney AJ]]''), Creator/YuriLowenthal (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies DD]]'')²²[[quoteright:172:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/klavieraa5.png]]²[[caption-width-right:172:[[labelnote:Click here to see his original portrait.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gavin_Klavier-icon_7829.png[[/labelnote]]]]²[[caption-width-right:172:[[labelnote:Click here to see his portrait as a rookie prosecutor.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kyouya2_6060.png[[/labelnote]]]]²[[caption-width-right:172:[[labelnote:Click here to see his current portrait.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/edgeworth_3.png[[/labelnote]]]]²²->[[CatchPhrase "Achtung, baby! Today we play it my way!"]]²²Main prosecutor of the fourth game. A German rock star teen prodigy, he became a prosecutor at ''seventeen'', has an impressive win record, and all the hallmarks of being a WakeUpCallBoss -- except that he's interested in finding the truth more than racking up wins. He returns to the courtroom after a seven-year hiatus where he spent the time working with his band. He and Apollo become BashBrothers in their first trial together and keep at it throughout the game. He can be considered one of the series' best prosecutors, as he's the only one who makes it through his cases ''without'' [[FailedASpotCheck failing a spot check]] on the evidence. He's also the first of the prosecutors not to [[TokenGoodTeammate try to kill you, maim you, conceal evidence, whip you, withhold evidence, "prepare" witnesses to lie, or otherwise cheat]]. ²²He returns in ''Dual Destinies'', now focusing on his law career rather than his band, and he helps an investigation by recreating a mock trial with Apollo at the Themis Legal Academy. It is revealed that he is an alumnus of the school and he performs at the school concert.²----²* TheAce: Maintains both a chart-topping career as a musician and an exceptional aptitude for prosecution ([[spoiler:Apollo realizes Klavier probably caught onto Alita Tiala being the real killer before he ever did]]). Klavier doesn't even boast about or relish in it, at best innocently soaking himself in the perks they bring and otherwise living life to its fullest. The only reason Apollo feels any sense of antagonism from Klavier is because [[AlwaysSecondBest he's just that damn good at everything, while Apollo is still mastering the attorney thing]]. Subverted in one aspect, however, as early on in the game it's implied that he so comprehensively destroyed Phoenix in his debut court case that the latter was forced to give up being an attorney, when in actual fact [[spoiler:Klavier was just an UnwittingPawn in his brother's revenge plot]].²* AdventureDuo: Is this with Ema Skye. They seem to serve as an inversion of Edgeworth and Gumshoe, who were the previous prosecutor/detective duo, with Ema being the serious, bitter, analytical detective and Klavier being an easy-going, devil-may-care tease.²* AirGuitar: It's one of his courtroom animations, complete with a short riff from "Guilty Love" playing.²* AmbiguouslyBi: While he may show an interest in women, his interest does not seem exclusive. When talking to Trucy in "Turnabout Serenade," she mentions a list of the Gavinners' hit singles. [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Chfl1m4UUAAFsvO.jpg Among them is "My Boyfriend is the Prosecution's Witness."]] Keep in mind that Klavier is the lead singer and is stated to have written all of their songs. ²* AmoralAttorney: [[AvertedTrope One of the few characters in the series who completely averts this trope.]] He's the cleanest prosecutor in the entire series; while previous prosecutors would obstruct trials, verbally demean, and ''physically assault'' the defense side, Klavier is warm, friendly, and entirely devoted to the truth. [[spoiler:In three cases, he takes down a detective, a nurse, and a lawyer, the latter which is his own brother. He'll prosecute one of his own band members if necessary]]. While he did get a lawyer disbarred with forged evidence, [[spoiler:it was only because Kristoph used him as an UnwittingPawn in the name of petty revenge against Phoenix Wright]].²* AnimeHair: His hair always drapes over his shoulder in the shape of a drill, no matter what he's doing. Averted in his younger days, when his hair was short and messy.²* AttentionWhore: Both Ema Skye and the Judge accuse Klavier of using the trial in ''Turnabout Serenade'' to promote his music, which he finds ridiculous. Of course, he does the exact thing in the next case while speaking to Sparky Brushel. ²* BashBrothers: With Apollo. From their first trial. Apollo [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on this]] when he says the "win" wasn't entirely his, since Klavier pressed him to bring in evidence that revealed the real killer. ²* {{Bishonen}}: Just check out the long(-ish) blond hair and smooth face. He's easily one of the prettiest men in the entire series. ²* BunnyEarsLawyer: How many prosecutors have enough time to have their own rock band? Strangely, in the courtroom he acts like a smooth, devil-may-care rock star with a touch of ObfuscatingStupidity, but on the stage, he's a touchy perfectionist. It's like he's got the roles switched around.²* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:The Abel to Kristoph's Cain]].²* CatchPhrase: The aforementioned '''Achtung!''' among others. "Achtung" is a German phrase to warn or caution someone of danger. This is especially significant [[spoiler:when you face [[CainAndAbel Kristoph]]; [[ManipulativeBastard considering]] [[VillainWithGoodPublicity who]] [[ItsAllAboutMe he]] [[BigBad is]], Apollo may have needed all the warnings and help he can get]].²* CharacterDevelopment:²** In regards to Kristoph. When his older brother [[spoiler:ends up on the witness stand in ''Turnabout Trump'', Klavier starts acting unnaturally awkward and submissive]]. In ''Turnabout Succession'', [[spoiler:After Kristoph's breakdown, Klavier finally stands up to Kristoph and delivers the ultimate slap to the face by telling him, "You're not needed anymore."]]²** In his younger days, while he was still a kind person, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he was more abrasive and sharp-tongued]]. He's much tamer now.²* TheCharmer: Very much so. Fitting in with the charismatic rock star image, his dialogue and body language can come off as flirtatious. This is one reason Ema hates him.²* ClearMyName: An interesting inversion of the trope. [[spoiler:It seems he has his own doubts about Kristoph and his role in Phoenix's career-ending trial -- while Klavier's never considered the "guilty" party, he ''is'' remembered as "the one who stripped Phoenix Wright's badge" (although even Phoenix notes that was the Bar Association) but he doesn't seem to consider it an accomplishment. He refers to the "blackness of seven years ago" and says it's time to end it. As it turns out, he actually didn't do anything wrong, but knowing that Phoenix didn't either is what seems to set him on the path to clearing Phoenix's name as well.]]²* ConsummateProfessional: He's a tetchy perfectionist and does not tolerate excuses or imperfection in his or his co-workers' performance. In his prosecuting career? Nope, it's his music career that's technically his side interest. In court, while not nearly as rigid as Edgeworth and the von Karmas, he ''is'' serious about being a prosecutor first and a rock star second, even if his attitudes about the two are inverted. Even though it pains him to have to do it, he still [[spoiler:prosecutes one of his good friends and fellow band members because, well, he did commit murder]]. He's also by far the most skilled of the prosecutors in the series at keeping quirky witnesses under control, as first demonstrated with Wesley Stickler.²* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: To the original trilogy prosecutors, all of whom were tetchy, condescending, and obstructive before their {{Heel Face Turn}}s, with Miles being taught to achieve the guilty verdict at all costs, Franziska and Godot having personal grudges against Phoenix that negatively influenced their treatment of him. Klavier, on the other hand, is a decent guy with [[BunnyEarsLawyer weird tendencies]] who plays nice from the get-go, and has no qualms with getting a guilty verdict as long as the truth is out. [[spoiler:More tellingly, he's also the only prosecutor who has to testify against an ''evil'' defense attorney - namely, [[CainAndAbel his]] [[BigBad brother]]]].²* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler:He was responsible for Phoenix's disbarment because he had a "tip" (care of [[BigBad Kristoph]]) about the evidence. Becomes this trope because he actually follows the law in having [[UnwittingPawn Drew Misham]] testify without an audience due to the repercussions for the justice system.]] He also has the sense to issue a gag order once a murder victim is discovered in order to preserve the crime scene and keep key witnesses from exiting. This is unprecedented competence in the series.²* DarkIsNotEvil: He's a tan-skinned prosecutor who wears dark red clothing in the style of a rock star even in court, and his blazer could be interpreted as a [[HellBentForLeather leather jacket]], but despite this, he isn't a [[{{Jerkass}} dick]]. [[spoiler:This is what sets him apart from his older brother, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Kristoph]], [[BrightIsNotGood who is lighter-skinned and wears a sharp, light purple suit]], and presents himself as trustworthy, when he's an arrogant and selfish prick who just wants to bask in the fame and attention being a defense attorney gives him]].²* DarkSkinnedBlond: It gives him a foreign flavor in the original Japanese, and it's part of why he's German in the American version. Doubles as TruthInTelevision: Phoenix notes that Europe is "progressive" and that it's possible to become a lawyer at a much younger age than in the United States. This is actually ''true'' (although 17 is stretching it; [[http://www.theguardian.com/law/shortcuts/2013/aug/11/britain-youngest-barrister-gabrielle-turnquest the youngest as of 2013 is 18]]). ²* DemotedToExtra: In ''Dual Destinies'', where Klavier only appears in Case 3 and one of the DLC quizzes. Even worse in ''Spirit of Justice'' where he only appears in pre-order DLC and in a flashback in Case 5 -- though at least that confirms that he wasn't one of the prosecutors deemed corrupt by Edgeworth.²* EgocentricTeamNaming: His band is named the Gavinners, after, well, him.²* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:Wasn't expecting to learn that one of his fellow bandmates turned out to be a crooked detective who committed murder, smuggled cocoons that would get him executed in one country, used Klavier's prized guitar as a "mule" for said cocoons, and obstructed evidence to frame another bandmate. Once Daryan Crescend is exposed and convicted, Klavier tells him in a good-natured yet solemn tone that the trial is "[my] last session with you. We rocked."]]²* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Can also be associated with StupidSexyFlanders. ²* {{Expy}}: Of Dante from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', another Capcom game. They even have the same face, which is very noticeable whenever he looks angry. They both also have a brother with whom they make a RedOniBlueOni pairing. [[spoiler:And his brother's evil as well, just like Vergil.]]²* {{Fauxreigner}}: He's [[http://www.capcom-unity.com/zeroobjections/blog/2014/10/31/ace-attorney-trilogy---surprising-tidbits-you-never-knew not actually German]], something that was implied[[note]]by lines like Phoenix's below, and the fact that he's an alum of Themis[[/note]] and confirmed by the creators. He spent a couple of years studying there, but his accent and GratuitousGerman are completely on purpose. Lampshaded by Phoenix:²-->'''Phoenix Wright''': I like your affected Euro-rock accent, by the way.²* FriendlyEnemy: He and Apollo are working toward different outcomes in court, but outside, he's on good terms with him. In his point of view, why hate someone that's just trying to do his job and doesn't bear you any ill-will? Even ''in'' court, Klavier helps Apollo out more than Edgeworth helped Wright while still standing opposed to him. The fact that a prosecutor is downright chummy with people from the get-go also serves as {{Foreshadowing}} - [[spoiler:one of the bosses is Klavier's own brother, Kristoph, who is a sociopathic, narcissistic ''defense attorney'']].²* TheGadfly:²** Seems to get a rise out of teasing Apollo and Ema, who inevitably get incredibly flustered whenever he does.²** In court, he also pulls this trope from time to time, often falling on YouDidntAsk. He lets the defense and judge go through lines of reasoning he knows are incorrect, but will only say that after the defenses's case seems solid (for example, he does this in Case 4-3, when Ema's testimony and Apollo's case were based on [[spoiler:Machi Tobaye being blind]]). Given [[SitcomArchnemesis Klavier's personality]], it's possible he only does that to make the case look more dramatic, given he sometimes finds trials boring.²* GracefulLoser: He will gladly lose a case if it is proven that he is prosecuting the wrong person for a crime because he is driven for justice. Case in point, after Case 4-2 is over, he sends Apollo and Trucy [=VIP=] tickets for the following The Gavinners concert.²* GratuitousGerman: Klavier will routinely sprinkle German throughout his dialogue. 'Gratuitous' because Franziska, who was also raised and educated in Germany, doesn't do the same, and neither does his brother Kristoph. (Per the creators, he's [[{{Fauxreigner}} not actually from Germany]], although given his name he may be of German descent).²* HeroAntagonist: Like most of the franchise's prosecutors, he doesn't cease to be a decent person just because he stands against you in court. He's also one of the few who never prosecuted for ignoble motives like fame, revenge, or preserving a win record.²* HurricaneOfPuns: In one scene, Trucy will tell you about the Gavinners' release history. ²* {{Leitmotif}}: "Guilty Love", a Gavinners song in-game. ²* MeaningfulName: "Klavier" is German for "keyboard". The "''kyo''" in "Kyoya" means "echo".²* MrFanservice: Both in and out of universe. Practically every female that isn't Ema (who dislikes him) or Vera (a young, shy girl) swoons over him, and even [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Apollo]] finds himself distracted.²* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:During the final case in ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney'', Klavier sweats buckets when he notices a connection between Vera and a book with a little hat on it. When Vera confirms the connection, Klavier lets out a BigNo and has a breakdown because he just realized that, seven years prior, he destroyed Phoenix's career over forged evidence that ''Vera'' made, not Phoenix]]. Further, his own brother was the one who told him that the evidence was forged.²* NervesOfSteel: Doesn't even bat an eye when ''someone takes Trucy as a hostage at knife-point''. [[spoiler:Subverted, he saw straight through the Mr. Hat trick and wasn't amused.]]²* NiceGuy:²** Of all the prosecutors you face, absolutely, and he's a good deal more helpful than some members of the police force or the witnesses who try to kill you. For the record: he never hides witnesses, coaches testimony, presents fake forensic evidence, whips you, threatens you, withholds evidence, obstructs your investigation, tasers you, trains ''pets'' to be unhelpful, messes with your head, trains ''pets'' to attack you, treats you with outright contempt[[note]]He calls you Herr Forehead, sure, but consider his rivalry with Apollo versus Edgeworth telling Phoenix "You ''are'' nothing" in 1-2[[/note]], burns you with coffee, kidnaps your assistant, tracks a detective, threatens to behead you, or otherwise does anything but demand you put up a coherent, logical argument with evidence to substantiate. And if you're on to something? He actually helps! ²** He's still this in ''Dual Destinies''. [[spoiler:The victim of 5-3 inspired him when he was still a student, and he's more than willing to help out Athena and Apollo with their investigations if it'll bring her killer to justice. While he's not directly involved with prosecuting the case, he does pull rank a bit to get some key evidence examined for them.]]²* ThePerfectionist: Not in court, surprisingly enough, but when it comes to his music the slightest slip-up in a performance is enough to put him in a terribly foul mood.²* RecordNeedleScratch: Whenever he's about to say something important during a trial, he plays air guitar to his signature lick. [[spoiler:He also does it to conclude Daryan's trial after the latter is exposed and convicted]].²* TheRockStar: He carries the glamorous style from his rock career into the courtroom too. [[spoiler:His band disbands at the end of the game, though he says he's still focusing on his music career in ''Dual Destinies''.]]²* ShipTease: He is often pictured with Ema in the official art and merchandise. This ship tease becomes especially apparent in ''Odoroki Gyakuten'' where Klavier lends Ema his coat and she is left flustered by the event.²* SiblingYinYang: Being less of a consummate professional than his older brother, Klavier dresses like a rockstar in court and acts casual and [[TheGadfly mischievous]], while Kristoph is dressed more smartly and acts more polite and charming. [[spoiler:The difference becomes starker when Kristoph is revealed to be the murderous, narcissistic bastard he is]].²* SitcomArchnemesis: Outside of court, he's very kind and likable. Doesn't stop him from rubbing Apollo the wrong way or Ema hating his guts. He and Apollo seem to warm to each other as the game goes on, although he's still calling you "Herr Forehead" in court. ²* StrongFamilyResemblance: He really does look a lot like his older brother Kristoph. It actually causes Apollo to stare at him when they meet each other for the first time in the first day of investigation in "Turnabout Corner". [[spoiler:It's also the most likely reason Vera was staring at him during Case 4-4 -- because she met Kristoph when she was younger.]]²* TookALevelInKindness: While he still wasn't that bad, Klavier was crasser and more defiant in his early career.²* TokenGoodTeammate: He's one of the few prosecutors whose intentions are good and honest from the start, as well as being the ''only'' prosecutor who isn't an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]] when you first meet them (at least, before their CharacterDevelopment). [[spoiler:He did use forged evidence to get Phoenix disbarred, but that's because his own brother, Kristoph, used him as a pawn for petty revenge]].²* TraumaCongaLine: Fans have noticed that the events of ''Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice'' have served as one for Klavier, due to Japan's judicial system and the country's societal emphasis on family. [[spoiler:He was used as an UnwittingPawn by Kristoph in his plan to get Phoenix Wright disbarred out of spite, and had an emotional breakdown when he learned of what he had done through Vera. Then he helped Apollo expose Kristoph's crimes, and condemned his own guitarist, Daryan Crescend, of murder and drug smuggling, despite how close he was to his bandmates and he was very reluctant to turn on them even for the law]].²* UnwittingPawn:²** [[spoiler:Kristoph used him to get Phoenix disbarred. When Klavier realizes the truth through Vera, also an UnwittingPawn, [[HeroicBSOD he doesn't take it well]]]].²** [[spoiler:Daryan also used Klavier as a "mule" for cocoon-smuggling by secretly putting said cocoons inside his prized Borginian-made guitar, only to set it on fire when the smuggling operation went belly-up. When Klavier finds out, he good-naturedly yet solemnly disowns Daryan as his friend and bandmate]].²* VitriolicBestBuds: He enjoys teasing Apollo and Apollo is generally annoyed with him due to how effortlessly Klavier succeeds in being cool where he constantly fails. Despite this, the two have an excellent working relationship and a clear trust in the other's abilities.²* WakeUpCallBoss: Double-subversion. He ''is'' the first boss you face alone, he's the reason your mentor has been disbarred, he calls you "Herr Forehead," and he claims that you and critical reasoning are no longer on speaking terms, but start to [[PullTheThread figure out the case]] and he's the first to help. It's not until the very last trial segment that it all makes sense: [[spoiler:he never set out to take Phoenix down for petty reasons or through illegal means. The dissonance is part of TheReveal: the more you trust him, the less sense "seven years ago" makes. And then you find out ''why''.]]²* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:Anything that mentions his relation to Kristoph, his unwitting participation in Phoenix's disbarring, or Kristoph's true behavior, is bound to be spoilered to death]].²* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:With his bandmate and fellow law enforcement, Daryan Crescend. After Klavier learns that he was unwittingly complicit in Daryan's cocoon-smuggling scheme, he good-naturedly yet solemnly cuts ties with him forever]].²* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: "Klavier" is German for "piano". However, it is rather appropriate for someone who is a musician, even if their instrument of choice is different.²* WorthyOpponent: Klavier really has no grudge against Apollo, and as mentioned above, often tries to help Apollo (within reason of being his judicial opponent) to find the true guilty party and the right verdict. Outside of the court, he's actually rather [[FriendlyEnemy buddy-buddy]] with Apollo.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:'''Simon Blackquill''' (''Jin Yugami'')]]²!!Simon Blackquill (''Jin Yugami'')²!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese)''': Shunsuke Sakuya (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies DD]]'', ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice SOJ]]'')²!!!'''Voiced by (English)''': Troy Baker²²[[quoteright:243:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blackquillaa6.png]]²[[caption-width-right:243:[[labelnote:Click here to see his portrait.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/simon_4.png[[/labelnote]]]]²²->"............Hmph. Enough jabbering. Get on with it, already."²²Main prosecutor of the fifth game. A gothic individual who carries a hawk named Taka on his shoulder. Trained by a master of psychology, Simon is a serious prosecutor who uses psychological methods on his cases to break witnesses, defendants and even judges. While ruthless, his methods are quite effective, giving him a very important presence in the courtroom. While he was successful early in his career, one day he found himself accused and convicted for murder and sent to prison to await execution. Nevertheless, before the time arrived, he was called by the Chief Prosecutor to prosecute one of the longest and most difficult cases in the history of the Prosecutor's Office (among some others). After that one case was closed, he earned his freedom and now stands behind the prosecutor's bench as a free man once more, ready to show everyone that psychological warfare is no joke.²²Oh, and he might or might not be British.²----²* AbsurdlySharpBlade: His "blade" can cleanly cut feathers in half from across the room. He'll hit the defense with it too, but [[SetSwordsToStun not to the same effect]].²* AmoralAttorney: ²** Downplayed. He doesn't resort to dirtier tactics than Edgeworth, and he never takes things personally, only really growing angry when he suspects anyone, defense or witness, of trying to lie to him or cheat. He ''does'', however, instruct Fulbright to get in your way a lot, and he doesn't hesitate to threaten his witnesses into playing along.²** He also displays animosity towards Apollo's Perception, using Taka to attack him and disrupt his focus. His argument -- that an unverifiable secret ability shouldn't be used in court -- [[JerkassHasAPoint is... fairly reasonable]].²** Averted in ''Spirit of Justice'' where, irony of ironies, the former ''convict prosecutor'' is one of the few left after Edgeworth's purge of corrupt prosecutors. Granted, he ''was'' innocent of the crime he had been convicted for, and Edgeworth was aware of this all along.²* AntiVillain: He's a grim and ruthless prosecutor that's also a convict but he's basically doing it because he has to. Being bound by the state's will plus having shock-able cuffs means he literally doesn't have a choice. [[spoiler:As for the murder charge, not only is he innocent but he willingly took the rap for Athena when he realized that she would be the one to be accused due to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time.]]²* BadassBack: Often shows his back turned.²* BadassBaritone: His Japanese voice is very deep. His English voice, while not as deep, still qualifies.²* BadassInANiceSuit: While perhaps not immediately noticeable, he does wear a proper suit under his coat.²* BadassLongcoat: Best shown by his initial "facing-away-from-audience" pose. ²* BerserkButton: ²** Don't try to cheat the court rules or lie to it when Blackquill is the prosecutor. Taka will ''end'' you.²** Also never insult birds in front of him.²* BigBrotherInstinct: To Athena, to the point of [[spoiler:taking the heat for her murder charge and very nearly being executed for it all because she was his teacher's child]].²* BigBrotherMentor: What he seems to have become by ''Spirit of Justice''. He'll put himself between Athena and anyone who tries to bully her, but that doesn't mean he won't [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan grab her by the shoulders and shake her]] himself if he needs to get her attention.²* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:When Prosecutor Sahdmadhi manipulates Athena, Blackquill saves the day as he makes his entrance shouting [[ShutUpHannibal "SILENCE!"]]]]²* BigWordShout: He uses "OBJECTION!" like everyone else until he snaps his cuffs, then he starts using a unique interjection: [[SilenceYouFool "SILENCE!"]].²* BornInTheWrongCentury: Way too samurai.²* BreakingTheBonds: When he gets serious.²* BunnyEarsLawyer: He dresses unusually, keeps a hawk with him to attack people, and most significantly ''is a convict''... but he's still allowed to prosecute for the state because he's that good at it. In other words, just another prosecutor in the Ace Attorney series. [[spoiler:However, the reason he's given the green light despite being a convict is because Edgeworth believes him to be fully innocent of the crime he allegedly did]]. In ''Spirit of Justice'', he actually [[spoiler:joins Athena at the defense's bench]], ostensibly to protect his favourite soba shop.²* CatchPhrase: '''''Silence!''''' [[spoiler:which may come from the time he silenced the room when little Athena was too stressed]].²* ChainedByFashion: Worn because he is a convicted murderer but a talented enough prosecutor to be worth pulling out of jail to score convictions for the state.²* CombatPragmatist: He'll sometimes send his hawk to assault the defense. In Apollo's case, this prevents him from focusing enough to perceive someone.²* CompellingVoice: His power of suggestion, a vocal trap that invokes this very well.²* ConsummateLiar: ²** [[spoiler:Have an inconsistent emotion? He makes compelling lies to try to make up for it. In fact, if his noise level hadn't increased, you couldn't even tell he's lying.]]²** He's pretty good at [[IndyPloy improvising]]. When Edgeworth comes up with a compelling (though ultimately incorrect) motive for Athena [[spoiler:to have killed her mother, Blackquill not only denies it, but works Edgeworth's theory into ''his'' made-up motive for doing the same.]]²* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: To Klavier. While Klavier's a friendly if pretentious NiceGuy, Simon is a grim, ruthless convict who mocks the defense relentlessly. Design-wise, Klavier has a warmer color palette (dark blond hair, tanned skin, magenta jacket) while Simon's black-and-white appearance makes him look even harsher.²* CreepyShadowedUnderEyes: [[AllThereInTheManual According to the official visual book]], they are there [[spoiler:because he cried a lot in prison and never bothered to wipe his tear streaks]]. They give the appearance of a hawk's facial markings.²* DarkIsNotEvil: His design is predominantly black and white and he certainly has a dark past, but he turns out to be both one of the more honest prosecutors in the series and innocent of the murder he was convicted for. Doesn't mean he's any politer or less intimidating.²* DeathSeeker: Not so much someone who was looking for the excuse to die but rather someone who was not bothered by his encroaching death and did nothing to obstruct it. His execution was his way of preventing suspicion from ever falling on Athena and to that end he believed it was a just cause to die for and refused to fight it.²* DemotedToExtra: In ''Spirit of Justice'' he appears in Case 4 as a witness and Athena's co-counsel and in a flashback in Case 5.²* {{Deuteragonist}}: More like "Tritagonist" of ''Dual Destinies'', but similar principle; in addition to being the main prosecutor, his (false) arrest changed the lives of several characters, and the goal of the game is to see him exonerated.²* ADogNamedDog: "Taka" is Japanese for "hawk."²* TheDreaded: As a prosecuting inmate who can break his chains with ease, nearly everyone is scared shitless of Blackquill, including the judge. His [[NoodleIncident questionings]] are just as feared. Tellingly, when the FinalBoss of ''Dual Destinies'' realizes they've been backed into a corner, the only one they feel they will need to kill in order to escape is ''Blackquill''.²* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Note the [[http://johnmarshall.to/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/jinbaori-black.jpg jinbaori]]-esque BadassLongcoat and its heraldry-esque lapel emblems, his pet hawk, his SamuraiPonytail, constant references to swords and sworplay, and his {{leitmotif}}, which could've been pulled straight from an old samurai film. In the international releases he refers to the protagonists as "Justice-dono" or "Cykes-dono;" in the Japanese versions he uses nicknames derived from their actual names that also invoke this feel.²* EvilOverlooker: In [[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/File:Gyakuten_Saiban_5_Final_Poster.jpg this]] promotional poster.²* ExhaustedEyeBags: About twenty of them.²* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: At the time of his incarceration, his hair was much shorter and wholly black. ²* {{Expy}}: While he has a much different personality, his part in the story of ''Dual Destinies'' is basically a copy of Detective Jowd from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. [[spoiler:He framed himself for the murder of a woman when said woman's daughter appeared to be the culprit, the one actually responsible was a phantom that didn't feel (metaphorically in his case) who was part of a case he was involved with, and he was only freed right before his scheduled execution thanks to the efforts of a young redhead who started their career to save him.]]²* FaceOfAThug: He ''is'' serving time for murder after all. ²* FirstNameBasis: He refers to his sister by her first name, as well as Athena, once their past history is revealed. Notable because he refers to everyone else with either nicknames or overly-formal honorifics.²* {{Foil}}: Overlapping with NotSoDifferent and ShadowArchetype. Let's see... he starts as an upstanding young man who enters the legal profession. He shows great talent and potential, and receives incredible public acclaim. He has at least one standout physical feature, an unconventional appearance, and a remarkable and unique sense of fashion. He is honorable, good-natured, kind, compassionate, and committed to truth, justice, and helping others, if also fairly snarky. He also has a number of friends and family who adore him and whom he is very devoted to. In particular, he has a younger woman in his life whom he is extremely close to and fiercely protective of, to the point where he is willing to risk his job, his reputation, and even his life for her (not to mention he gets shipped with her quite frequently). This man goes through quite a few setbacks. His beloved mentor is murdered, and he is later convicted for a crime he did not commit, which destroys his career and reputation and greatly contributes to the dark age of the law. He suffers immensely for seven years, becoming bitter, jaded, and much more snarky. He ultimately remains true to himself, though, and in the end he is able to get justice for his mentor, clear his good name, and take down the monstrous, murderous sociopath who hurt him and many others with his cunning and intelligence as well as help from his friends. He is now a leading figure in the legal world and is playing a huge role in undoing the damage done by the dark age of the law. Gee, who else does that sound like?²* ForeignCultureFetish: In the English localization, he's a huge fan of Japanese culture generally despite not actually being Japanese. During his debut title, he's a samurai-esque prosecutor, complete with ponytail, suit fashioned to look like a jinbaori, a penchant for using various honorifics like -dono, and a talent for swordsmanship. In ''Spirit of Justice'', he's a passionate fan of soba noodles and enjoys the very-Japanese theater form of rakugo. ²* TheGadfly: He'll occasionally play along with the Judge's sillier theories [[ItAmusedMe for lulz]].²* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: In ''Spirit of Justice'', when Athena starts to doubt her client, Simon grabs her by the shoulders and shakes her, reminding her that the job of a lawyer is to '''''always''''' believe in her client, no matter how bad it gets. That, and because he'd hate to lose his favorite place to shop for soba noodles if Athena did just give up right there.²* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: DoubleSubverted. He ''tries'', but the chain on his cuffs is too short. Once he breaks his chain, he uses his pointer finger to cut things.²* GlowingEyesOfDoom: His eyes sometimes flash white when he's on the hunt.²* GratuitousJapanese: Normally, his use of honorifics in the international releases wouldn't count as this considering who he is. However, he ''only'' does this in the international versions: he just uses nicknames for the defense attorneys in the original version (albeit polite ones).²* GuestStarPartyMember: He's Athena's co-counsel in ''Turnabout Storyteller''. ²* HarmlessElectrocution: Fulbright “controls" Simon by pressing a switch that activates an electrical current in his handcuffs. [[spoiler:Though when the whole truth is out, it might not have been so harmless...]]²* HiddenHeartOfGold: There's ''nothing'' nice about him early on. It's hard to see why Athena would become a lawyer to save him. Then you find out that he's spent seven years in prison [[TakingTheHeat for her sake]] and said ''nothing'' of it to anyone for fear that suspicion would fall on her.²* HypercompetentSidekick: [[spoiler:He's this for Athena in ''Turnabout Storyteller''. He figures things out far faster than she does, and has no problem demolishing [[EmbarrassingNickname Prosecutor Sad Monk's]] logic when Athena's in a pinch.]]²* IaijutsuPractitioner: His side-turned stance with hand poised on his "sheathed sword", plus the quick slice effect when he "draws", evokes this style of swordplay. It's enough to make Damian Tenma want to challenge him to a duel of honor!²* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Part of the reason Athena sits out the Khura'in trials of "Turnabout Revolution" is because Simon [[BigBrotherInstinct threatened to use Phoenix as sword practice if she got hurt]].²* TheInsomniac: Jinxie seems to think so, and he doesn't deny it.²* IShallTauntYou: ²** How this often manifests. [[spoiler:One of his best taunts is against [[BigBad Phantom]], "Just '''TRY''' to retrieve your identity, you bloody butcher!"]]²** [[spoiler:Does this again in ''Turnabout Storyteller'', to manipulate a witness into giving testimony]].²* ItsPersonal: Anything related to [[spoiler:the Phantom and the UR-1 Incident]] is this to him [[spoiler:to the point that he goes all-out offensive at the start of the fourth case, because the crime scene is the very place where the UR-1 Incident happened, and he suspects the defendant to have ties with the Phantom]].²* IWasJustPassingThrough: In ''Turnabout Storyteller'', he claims [[spoiler:he is only acting as Athena's co-counsel]] because he would be rather cross if the heir to his favorite soba shop went to jail.²* JerkassHasAPoint: While it's highly uncalled for to him to attack Apollo during his Perceive sequences, his rationale is that the technique is undocumented and little-understood apart from its principal user and cannot be replicated by any other expert, so it's shaky at best for evidence in court. ²* KatanasAreJustBetter: His concept art has him equipped with one, tying in the samurai theme. As a convict they don't let him keep it on him when he serves in court. [[spoiler:He's also thought to have killed Metis with one, but it turns out that he didn't actually do it]].²* LetsGetDangerous: Has a tendency to shatter his shackles when he goes on the direct offensive instead of toying with the defense.²* {{Leitmotif}}: "Distorted Swordsmanship", which, just to drive the Samurai theme home, has a distinct, oriental feel.²* LockedIntoStrangeness: His hair was wholly black before being sent to jail.²* LooksLikeCesare: Implied to be caused by lack of sleep during his time in prison.²* LoveMartyr: To [[spoiler:the Cykes family. He valued his teacher Metis so much that he willingly spent seven years in prison to ensure her daughter wouldn't be charged with murder]].²* MaliciousMisnaming: Refers to his detective as "Fool Bright".²* ManipulativeBastard: By reputation. One of his favorite tricks is to play the defense attorneys, Judge, and witnesses into making his case for him. ²* MeaningfulName: ²** His first name "Simon". His manipulation of the court through persuasion is quickly dubbed "Simon Says" by the defense team, after the game of the same name.²** His first name may also be a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_K._Simon George K. Simon]], a psychologist famous for codifying [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_manipulation#According_to_Simon psychological manipulation]] techniques.²** His Japanese name means 'Swift' and 'Dark God'.²* TheNicknamer: Besides the defense attorneys, Simon almost never refers to people by their proper name or title.²* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: ²** Minor example in case 5-3. As the prosecutor, he's trying to prove Juniper Woods, the defendant, guilty. Eventually he gets the chance to do this easily, since [[spoiler:Juniper actually confesses to the murder. But he figures out that she's only confessing to protect Robin and Hugh, dismisses them as meek little mice, and turns down the confession, preferring to try to simply "prove Juniper guilty".]]²** Averted in "The Monstrous Turnabout". He hops onto one of the crazier theories simply because it suits his purposes and will get him the result he wants, no matter what the actual implications of the method are. Apollo and Athena both give him the stink eye for even going that route but they know full well that he's only doing it because it's the path of least resistance.²* NotSoStoic:²** Outside of standard courtroom antics and reactions, he usually keeps a calm façade even when using his dark and snarky sense of humor. However, on at least three occasions his joke leaves him laughing hysterically and slapping the bench.²** On a more serious note: [[spoiler:when he takes the stand in the final case, his façade steadily breaks down as Phoenix keeps countering his testimony, causing ''all'' of his Mood Matrix monitors to spike out of control in what could be interpreted as [[HeroicBSOD outright trauma over what he really witnessed]].]]²** As shown in Turnabout Time Traveller even he is unwilling to prosecute a member of the Sprocket family, with Edgeworth calling all his subordinates cowards for being unwilling to do so. ²* OccidentalOtaku: He shows shades of this in the English version, being an American (or possibly British, given his use of phrases like "sod off") with very Japanese motifs and a fondness for anything Japanese.²* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In the first two cases he appears in he goads the Judge into presenting the opening statement, possibly for his own amusement. Come "The Cosmic Turnabout", and he suddenly insists on giving the opening statement himself.²* OralFixation: Keeps one of his hawk's feathers in his mouth. ''Probably'' not sanitary.²* ParrotPetPosition: He keeps a hawk on his right shoulder.²* RazorSharpHand: While he doesn't physically cut things with it, he can create RazorWind a la Yasha from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. It is sharp enough to cut feathers, [[spoiler:Phoenix Wright's hair, and the Phantom's Bobby Fulbright mask and glasses]].²* RebelRelaxation: Occasionally puts his back to the prosecution bench.²* RedBaron: "Twisted Samurai."²* RightHandAttackDog: Taka. More like Right-Hand Attack Hawk, but similar principle. ²* {{Ronin}}: It's been stated in an interview that this was his original motif, but the localization simply calls him a samurai because the concept of ''ronin'' [[CulturalTranslation isn't as prominent in the West]].²* RunningGag: He likes to tell little anecdotes of his fellow inmates and the things they told him.²* SamuraiPonytail: To complete the image.²* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: He's grim and pragmatic, Athena is hyper and clumsy. Do the math. ²* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: His reaction to Athena deciding to Mood Matrix [[spoiler:O'Conner]]'s ridiculous "confession" is to leave a note basically saying, "Screw this! I'm going for a walk with Fulbright."²* SkunkStripe: He has a white forelock on his right side. If flashback pictures and artbooks are of any indication, he gains them when in prison.²* SoreLoser: Averted, for the most part. He's a little bit put out when he loses to Apollo in "The Monstrous Turnabout," but quickly snaps out of this after getting to interrogate [[spoiler:Florent L'Belle]] to uncover the truth behind his schemes.²* TakingTheHeat: For Athena, who otherwise would've been accused/tried/likely executed of killing her own mother. She became a lawyer to clear his name, and manages to do it ''a day away from his execution''.²* ThinkingTic: Taps his forehead in his thinking animation.²* TookALevelInKindness: Soon after he is proven innocent and his cuffs are completely gone, he works along with the defense attorneys to take down Phantom, even allowing Apollo to use his Perception in court, and also smiles after the trial ends with Athena being pronounced not guilty. By the time of ''Spirit of Justice'', he's outright helpful to Athena.²* {{Troll}}: [[IShallTauntYou Part of his strategy]] is goading other people into doing his job, and he has a pretty mischievous sense of humor (the first time he shatters his shackles he acts very menacing and homicidal... before he reveals to the terrified Apollo and Judge he doesn't kill cowards).²* UndyingLoyalty: To Metis Cykes. His stated reason for [[spoiler:taking the fall for Metis's death instead of Athena]] is that while he does not wish to die, some things are more important than life; such as [[spoiler:protecting his late master's most valuable treasure, i.e. her daughter Athena]]. Phoenix thinks to himself that he really is a samurai through and through.²* WaistcoatOfStyle: Wears one under his robe.²* WesternSamurai: In the localization, he's a British/American man decked in samurai-like garb who acts like one too, despite there being no indication that he is Japanese.²* WorthyOpponent: He at least gives enough respect toward the defense attorneys to refer to them as (for example) [[LastNameBasis Wright]][[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics -dono]] as opposed to his disrespectful made-up names for everyone else. ²* WouldHitAGirl: He has no qualms about sending his hawk to attack Athena, or demonstrating his swordsmanship dangerously close to her face [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} even though]] [[TakingTheHeat he was trying to protect her]]]]. He also grabs her by the shoulders to shake some sense into her in ''Spirit of Justice''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:'''Nahyuta Sahdmadhi''']]²!!Nahyuta Sahdmadhi²!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/DaisukeNamikawa (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice SOJ]]'')²!!!'''Voiced by (English):''' Creator/MatthewMercer (''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice SOJ]]'')²²[[quoteright:281:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nahyutaaa6.png]]²[[caption-width-right:281:[[labelnote:Click here to see his portrait.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nahyuta_8.png[[/labelnote]]]]²²->"O Holy Mother. As your humble servant, you would have me act to save this wretch's soul. I suppose this too is part my fate."²²Main prosecutor of the sixth game. A native of the Kingdom of Khura'in in Asia, he puts his faith in the judicial system of his nation, believing that the Divination Séances as performed by the Royal High Priestess are inarguable. A sharp-tongued but soft-spoken monk, he cannot tolerate defense attorneys and their defiance of the Princess and will gladly send any rogue attorneys to their final judgment in the name of the "Holy Mother".²----²* AffablyEvil: ²** For a KnightTemplar prosecutor he’s shown to be mostly soft-spoken and polite and is generally fairly pleasant company to be around, however beware of disagreeing with him during trials since he has absolutely no mercy for “sinners” and those who would aid them (Defense Attorneys fall into this category by default). [[spoiler:Subverted; as shown under the actual entry for Knight Templar, his hatred of defense attorneys and belief that defendants are always guilty is an act. He's actually a genuine NiceGuy trying to protect his family.]]²--->'''Athena''': I guess he’s a pretty nice person like they say – as long as you’re not up against him. ²** Subverted with Ema Skye who, he's quite aware, will go out of her way to help the defense. She's never punished or held to harsh words by Nahyuta[[note]] he does unleash some sermons on her, but with the intention of saving her from the wrong path rather than to condemn her, and he never insults or speak harshly to her like he does with the defense and others who assists them[[/note]], moreover he'll push to keep her at his side on further investigations. The one time he did "punish" her was because she missed an important piece of evidence rather than because she sided with the defense the whole case.²* AntiGravityClothing: Wears a shawl that floats above his shoulders, similar to Dahlia Hawthorne.²* BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler:Served Ga'ran and almost let himself be executed to protect Rayfa, even when she didn't know he's her brother.]]²* BreakTheHaughty: ²** Starts losing his cool in ''The Magical Turnabout'' when Apollo begins unearthing information that he overlooked but it really hits the high point when Apollo manages to conclusively prove that [[spoiler:Roger Retinz/The Great Mr. Reus was the one who arranged the murder]], such that all he can do is pull on his beads and claim that Trucy and Apollo are due for hell. Then [[ShutUpHannibal Apollo counters]] by stating if anything, ''he'd'' be the one going to hell for trying to convict an innocent person. [[VillainousBreakdown It’s so effective that his beads shatter in his face and knock him over]].²** This continues throughout the game, such as [[spoiler:when Phoenix proves that Tahrust Inmee did, in fact, commit suicide, and when Athena proves that Geiru Toneido committed murder with the udon dough,]] all accompanied with him knocking himself over with his beads.²** Come late in Case 5, it's soon revealed to be [[spoiler:a massive subversion; he was never that haughty or convinced of his own holiness to begin with, he just does the Khura'in prejudice song and dance because Ga'ran was threatening his mother and sister.]] ²* BulletSeed: When you've dealt a particularly severe blow to his case, he snaps his prayer beads in shock/anger and they end up pelting him in the face, knocking him over.²* CatchPhrase: ²** '''''Satorha!''''' It's the start of a Khura'inese mantra meant to rouse those lost in daydreams, and frequently appears alongside a more standard "Objection!" in court. Basically, he's telling the defense to get their head out of the clouds.²** After he uses his unique "Satorha!" objection, he may offer the full prayer ''"Satorha imaoman domosamashi detashinuke taregasayo sonoka!"'', complete with [[MilkingTheGiantCow overly-dramatic hand motions]]. [[https://twitter.com/hoso_boso/status/730723500411871232 When turned upside down]], the kanji can be rearranged to mean "Oh unenlightened, tainted soul. Even the Holy Mother's patience has its limits."²** "Let it go, and move on", which he's especially fond of saying to defense attorneys.²* ColdHam: He remains calm and polite while making dramatic speeches, often telling the defense the punishment they'll face when they got to Hell for opposing him..²* TheComicallySerious: He has his moments, such as when he mentions memorizing appropriate replies to receiving a business card (e.g. What’s crack-a-lacking, homie) and also reminiscences on how, after watching a television show on the subject, he waited in line at The Burger Barn for an hour to sample the “local cuisine” before recommending the Southwestern burger with Jalapeno Jack cheese.²--> '''Athena''': I'm having a really hard time picturing him in line for burgers.²* ConspicuousGloves: He wears a fingerless black glove on his right hand that contrasts somewhat with the light colors of the rest of his outfit. [[spoiler:It's a symbol of Ga'ran's hold over him, as her spider emblem is sewn on the palm; once he decides to stop following her orders he throws it off to reveal a Defiant Dragon tattoo just like his father's.]]²* ConsummateLiar: [[spoiler:Thought there was going to be "he forged evidence" here? Haha, ''nope''. All of his holier-than-thou attitude, his hatred of lawyers, and even his ''breakdowns'' are all faked so his mother and sister aren't harmed. ''Everyone'' is caught off guard by this.]]²* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: To Simon. Simon has a black and white wardrobe and presents himself as an irredeemable convict prone to death threats while Nahyuta is dressed in all white and pastels and presents himself as a pious man ready to send you to hell in the name of the Holy Mother. ²* CrazyPrepared: For Case 2 of ''Spirit of Justice'' he somehow managed to study up on numerous forms of media (including the hidden camera prank), watch all of Roger Retinz's shows, and stand in line for an hour at the Burger Barn all in a single afternoon! In Case 4 he learned an enormous amount of information about rakugo in a single night to the point of being able to [[CharacterFilibuster talk about it for hours]] and even give a full rakugo ''performance'' (though he's thankfully stopped from doing ''that'').²* DarthVaderClone: There's just much to be said Nahyuta in comparison to Vader. He is a tall, imposing figure who serves as TheDragon to an [[EvilOverlord evil ruler]], and was once a champion of a heroic cause. [[spoiler:It also turns out he has a personal connection to the hero, and they were like family to one another. All that changed when this his loved ones were threatened, he hit the DespairEventHorizon, and service to the BigBad as her enforcer was all he had left going for him. Much like Vader, Nahyuta discards any association with his past life, even telling Apollo that [[ThatManIsDead the brother he knew is long gone]]. By the end, the hero (Apollo) ends up bringing him back to the light when he's seen in danger, to the point that Nahyuta reaveals his Defiant Dragon tattoo and risks his own life to save him]]. ²* DeadpanSnarker: He can get pretty acrid when annoyed, which is often.²* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The culture he is from thinks that defense attorneys are nothing but evil, and he personifies this by constantly insulting defense attorneys whenever he can. [[spoiler:Subverted in Nahyuta's case. He is being {{Blackmail}}ed into acting this way. He knows that they are necessary and the belief that they are nothing but evil is a big lie that Ga'ran has imposed on her country.]]²* DespairEventHorizon: Loses all remaining hope [[spoiler:as an undercover Defiant Dragon]] after [[spoiler:his father Dhurke]]'s death. [[spoiler:At least until Apollo finally snaps him out of it.]]²* TheDragon: He acts as Queen Ga'ran's top prosecutor, and is the one the heroes constantly face in almost all Khura'in court cases. ²* FinalBoss: Aside from the BigBad, he's the last witness in the game to testify.²* {{Foil}}: Nahyuta was designed as the "holy prosecutor" to play off of Simon's "evil prosecutor" design; it's no accident Simon joins you at the bench in the fourth case. Despite contrasting designs and attitudes, however, their motivations and histories do have some similarities.²* TheFundamentalist: He's an extremely devout monk. [[spoiler:And subverted, in that he isn't blinded by his faith-he knows there's problems with Khura'in and that just because it's couched in religion doesn't make it okay.]]²* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: He gives them two fingers! Occasionally, he'll also throw his beads at the defense ''a la'' Godot and his coffee.²* TheGoodChancellor: [[spoiler:Becomes regent to Queen Rayfa at the end of the game and vows to be this, with Apollo's help.]]²* GratuitousForeignLanguage: He is prone to saying Khura'inese phrases like ''Satorha!'' or the chant he recites.²* TheHeavy: He is the villainous prosecutor that you face in most of the cases of ''Spirit of Justice'' that drives this story. [[spoiler:He is being blackmailed into doing this and does not want to be a villain.]]²* HeelRealization: Subverted. While you'd expect he'd eventually see the error of his ways, [[spoiler:you probably wouldn't expect that he already ''knows'' he's in the wrong but needs to keep up the act as long as Queen Ga'ran is in power.]]²* HolierThanThou: He's a devout monk who'll calmly declare you bound for hell in order to atone for your sins. [[spoiler:It's a facade he needs to keep up because Ga'ran is threatening his mother and sister]].²* ImprobableWeaponUser: His ''beads'', of all things. He throws them at the defense -- wrapping them around Apollo's head, Phoenix's pointing arm, or Athena's body -- then quickly chants something in Khura'inese which causes the beads to tighten and constrict their victim. A later case shows that this chant will also tighten Apollo's bracelet. His beads ''also'' have a tendency to break in his face when he loses a case, [[LaserGuidedKarma knocking him over in the world's least dignified fashion]].²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nahyuta is polite and soft-spoken, but he also frequently tells defense attorneys either that they'll burn in hell or that they deserve some other otherworldly torment, and he's fond of saying "Let it go, and move on" as a shut-down to his opponents' arguments. [[spoiler:But as detailed in other spoilered entries in Nahyuta's section, later in the game you learn this is actually just an act.]]²* JustAKid: He writes off Athena as one, given that she's only a teenager. ²* JustFollowingOrders: Nahyuta stands behind this as the reason why he would not participate in the [[spoiler:Defiant Dragons' revolution]]. Given how ''merciless'' Khura'in is with their rules, fear might be another reason he pulls this excuse. [[spoiler:And as later revealed, it's indeed that fear is the ''only'' reason-though not for himself. If he did not comply with the aforementioned orders, those close to him would suffer and he would likely be put to death.]]²* KickTheDog: In "Turnabout Storyteller", he tricks Athena into hearing the demeaning comments of the gallery to render her unable to defend her client. While he had a reason to be a harsh prosecutor, he had no good reason to hurt Athena that way.²* KingIncognito: [[spoiler:Well, "Prince Incognito". He's the eldest son and child of the true queen of Khura'in, but he was kept in line by his treacherous, usurping aunt and forced to work for her so his mother and younger sister wouldn't be killed. The truth wasn't revealed until later]].²* KnightTemplar: Demonstrates this to a degree, as he is uncompromising about his stance on defense attorneys and what they mean for the judicial system of Kuhra'in. If a rogue attorney is brought before him, he will pronounce them a sinner and claim they can find forgiveness in "the founder", which really means he's sending them to the gallows. [[spoiler:Subverted -- it turns out he left Khura'in precisely because he realized just how unjust its executions of defense attorneys are. He's actually an ally of the [[LaResistance Defiant Dragons]].]]²* LargeHam: Take a look at his quote. He talks [[PurpleProse like that]] ''all the time.''²* {{Leitmotif}}: His theme, "The Last Rites Prosecutor", gives him an air of mystery.²* LightIsNotGood: A devout {{Bishonen}} with long, pastel hair and an immaculate all-white suit? He agrees with the general Khura'inese belief that all lawyers are scum, and he'll calmly deem you fit for hell with a serene smile on his face. [[spoiler: Subverted; he knows full well how insane he sounds but needs to pretend to be in league with Ga'ran for his family's sake. Once she's exposed, it becomes LightIsGood]].²* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:He's Apollo's foster older brother, and Rayfa's ''biological'' older brother.]]²* LukeIAmYourFather: The fact that [[spoiler:Dhurke and Amara are his parents is common knowledge in-universe, but Rayfa is unaware that he's her biological older brother and only finds out when he's on the verge of being handed the death penalty]].²* MakingTheChoiceForYou: [[spoiler:Apollo was agonizing on whether to accuse Ga'ran for murder because doing so would indict Nahyuta who is Apollo's adoptive brother for supporting her under the DC act because she {{Blackmail}}ed him into making false testimony to help her, making him guilty of supporting a criminal. He told Apollo that he would gladly fall under the DC Act if it meant bringing Ga'ran to justice.]]²* ManInWhite: His suit is all-white, with some colorful embellishments. It certainly adds to his mystical HolierThanThou monk image.²* MindOverMatter: Downplayed. His chants can telekinetically constrict his beads around whomever he throws them at. [[spoiler:Said chants can also affect Apollo's bracelet, thus doubling as something of a PowerNullifier.]]²* MysticalWhiteHair: His hair certainly gives him an aura of mystery... [[spoiler:It's something that he inherited from his mother, Amara]].²* NiceGuy: As long as you're not a defense attorney, he's a nice and polite man. [[BewareTheNiceOnes If you]] ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes are]]'' a [[BewareTheNiceOnes defense attorney, however]]... [[spoiler:He actually is a truly NiceGuy deep down, but the hate of defense attorneys is fake and he knows very well that his homeland's justice system is corrupt, but he had to pretend to hate them because of his aunt's influence on him]].²* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Turnabout Storyteller," he manages to push all of Simon's buttons and then some, which leads to Simon joining Athena at the defense bench as her [[HypercompetentSidekick hypercompetent co-counsel]]. ²* ParentalAbandonment: Subverted with regards to [[spoiler:his mother, the former queen, as the assassination attempt on her did not claim her life, but she has been forced into hiding for decades and Nahyuta knows it, having to keep up appearances as he knows the consequences for her if he falls out of line. He was raised by his father, who is alive for most of the game but then winds up truly dead in the final case, having only made appearances throughout thanks to spirit channeling]].²* PetTheDog: He's quite nice to [[BenevolentBoss Ema Skye]], and declares that Athena has earned his respect after she wins a trial against him.²* PsychicPowers: As mentioned above, he can use telekinetic abilities via religious chanting. [[spoiler:It's apparently something that runs in the family, as his mother and younger sister are spirit mediums]].²* PunchClockVillain: [[spoiler:He hates having to be Ga'ran's pet toady, but he doesn't have a choice-if he tries being less holier-than-thou, she'll all but sign Rayfa's and Amara's death warrants]].²* RapunzelHair: It's very, very long, nearly reaching the floor even while braided.²* ReallyRoyaltyReveal: [[spoiler:Being the son of Amara, the true queen of Khura'in, makes him a prince by default. The reason why his royal status was revoked was because Ga'ran wanted to remove all threats to her power. It gets restored after Ga'ran is exposed]].²* RedBaron: Known as the "Last Rites Prosecutor"; or "Funeral Prosecutor".²* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:He knows full well how nuts he comes off as. He has to do that because his mother was being held hostage and his sister's reputation was threatened.]]²* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: [[spoiler:Because Ga'ran is exposed as TheUsurper, her expulsion of Nahyuta from the Khura'inese royal family was rendered null and void. His princely status is therefore restored. He became the regent until Rayfa is fit to become queen because Amara, the rightful queen, refused to take her throne back after Ga'ran was dethroned. He's still prosecuting and helping reform Khura'in's legal system despite this.]]²* ShockwaveClap: When he claps his hands together, it's even louder than his {{Big Word Shout}}s, and causes enough force to blow his braid back behind his head.²* ShownTheirWork: An in-universe example in ''Turnabout Storyteller'': when Prosecutor Blackquill accused him of having insufficient knowledge of rakugo to properly prosecute the case, Nahyuta responds by giving an explanation of rakugo so lengthy and detailed that the game {{Time Skip}}s over most of it. He has even memorized several well-known rakugo stories and is about to launch into a full ''performance'' of one before Blackquill cuts him off and reluctantly acknowledges that he has, in fact, done his research. He was able to memorize all this in just one night of studying, too.²* SinsOfOurFathers: [[spoiler:Since his father Dhurke was believed to be a criminal, Nahyuta had a really hard time trying to become a lawyer. Sparing his sister Rayfa from the same treatment is part of why he's so grudgingly loyal to Ga'ran.]]²* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:He resembles Amara, his mother, in that they have the same light purple hair, the slender and delicate looks, the red diamond mark on their foreheads]].²* SugarAndIcePersonality: He's pretty cold with everyone he knows, but that doesn't mean he doesn't care for them. [[spoiler:Then there's the fact that much of his personality and actions were all part of a facade he put up to protect his family...]]²* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Miles Edgeworth, in terms of background and role. [[spoiler:His father was a well-regarded defense attorney. He grew up knowing the protagonist, with the bonus of being Apollo's foster brother. And in the last main case, he gets accused of murder, like Edgeworth, and Apollo has to bail him out by exposing the current Prosecutor, who's the real BigBad, echoing Phoenix's actions in saving Edgeworth in the first game. The story ends with Nahyuta looking to reform Khura'in's justice system with Apollo's help.]]²* VerbalTic: Downplayed example, but he's fond of accusing defense attorneys of being "putrid".²* WouldHitAGirl: During each of his initial confrontations with the playable attorneys, he'd get frustrated to the point that he throws his spirit beads at them and "activates" them akin to a shock collar, causing them noticeable pain. Not even Athena is spared of this "purification".²* YouFool: He calls Phoenix a fool Franziska-style in the second trial of The Rite of Turnabout:²-->'''Nahyuta''': Even a fool must temper his foolishness at times.²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:'''Barok van Zieks''']]²!!'''Barok van Zieks'''²!!!'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/KenjiroTsuda (''[[VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken DGS]]'')²²[[quoteright:239:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/barok_van_zieks_dgs2.png]]²[[caption-width-right:239:[[labelnote:Click here to see his portrait.]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/barok_8.png[[/labelnote]]]]²²The Death Bringer of the Old Bailey, and main prosecutor of ''Dai Gyakuten Saiban'', Barok van Zieks is a feared prosecutor who has returned to the courts after a 5-year absence. It's said that there is no saving the defendant in any case he holds.²----²* AmoralAttorney: {{Subverted|Trope}}. He's a scary prosecutor, surely, [[spoiler:and he does have a reputation for the defendants in his cases dying after their acquittal, but he's entirely focused on finding the truth and placing the real criminals in jail]].²* BunnyEarsLawyer: Drinks red wine in court, crushes and throws glasses of it, throws bottles of it at the gallery, and ''slams the desk with his leg'' when he's holding a glass. And he apologizes for it at most instances (though the longer a trial gets, the less he does the latter). Regardless, he's still a talented prosecutor [[spoiler:who makes it quite clear the truth is what matters most to him, especially during the last case]].²* TheCoatsAreOff: He throws his cape away when he gets serious.²* TheComicallySerious: He maintains a very serious demeanor even as he does ridiculous things such as slam his leg on a desk, throw a glass of wine or call Ryuunosuke a Nip.²* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Played with. Much like many of the other British characters in the game, he has a great deal of racism towards the Japanese, [[spoiler:although his case is due having a former Japanese friend who was later convicted of being a serial killer, one of the serial killer's victims being Barok's brother Klimt]].²* DoomMagnet: [[spoiler:Somehow, for whatever reason, the defendants of the cases he tackled in the past that were declared 'Not Guilty' eventually died under various mysterious circumstances; run over by carriages, sickness, mugged by highwaymen, drowning in the Thames, etc. As DGS 2 reveals, however, this is due to a conspiracy by an organization of people headed by Hart Vortex.]]²* TheDreaded: Is a particularly feared prosecutor, [[spoiler:though not because of his record. See DoomMagnet above.]]²* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: His brother was murdered by a serial killer, who was later determined to be a Japanese detective Barok became friends with.]]²* AGlassInTheHand: He crushes it when he's sufficiently agitated.²* AGlassOfChianti: He's not a villain, but he does have the habit of drinking red wine in court, which makes him somewhat vampire-like.²* {{Leitmotif}}: "Reaper of the Old Bailey", a grandiose, classical-sounding theme which invokes a powerful, imposing image.²* MeaningfulName: Baroque, like the art movement, which cements his upper-class posture. "van Zieks" might be from the Japanese term "''banjikyūsu''", translated roughly to "all is over". ²* NobleBigot: Unlike the other openly-racist characters of the duology, Barok has a FreudianExcuse for his bigotry: [[spoiler: he was once friends with a Japanese man who was later convicted of being a serial killer]]. He gradually learns to treat Ryunosuke with respect as he sees his competence as an attorney.²* NotSoStoic: Despite earning the moniker Death Bringer of the Old Bailey [[spoiler: it actually was the reason he decided to take 5 years off of prosecuting. He couldn't handle the stress and burden of being called the Death Bringer.]]²* RealityEnsues: As real as you can get in this series, at least. [[spoiler:During the final case, once Ryūnosuke reveals how his defense of Megundal went and just how much he unknowingly tampered with both the Megundal case and the current one (indirectly or otherwise), Barok tells him in no uncertain terms that he'll be punished once the trial is over]].²* RedBaron: The Death Bringer of Old Bailey.²* TheStoic: Hardly shows changes in emotion, and it's pretty hard to make him even flinch.²* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Miles Edgeworth, as of DGS 2. Besides the regal appearance and the stoic mannerisms with the occasional quirk, van Zieks is also associated with an incident concerning a family member (like the DL-6 Incident for Edgeworth) that has been haunting him for his entire life, said incident also involved [[spoiler:a serial killer and blackmail (like the SL-9 Incident), and the final case sees him at the defendant's chair, requiring the defense attorney to help him.]]²* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler:Dobinbough describes him as 'a gentle, good-natured guy' in his university days. As we later learn, much of his current attitude stemmed from the murder of his brother Klimt shortly after he graduated.]]²[[/folder]]²----

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