Defense attorneys and assistants in the Ace Attorney series.
Note: The main ace attorneys of the franchise, as well as their assistants, can be found here. Additionally, one defense attorney introduced in the sixth game is not listed here, as the fact that he is a defense attorney is a spoiler in and of itself. Instead, you can find him here. BEWARE OF MASSIVE UNMARKED SPOILERS!!!
Ema Skye, Phoenix's assistant in the fifth case of the first game "Rise from the Ashes", is listed on the law enforcement officers page due to her new role in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney and beyond. Rayfa Padma Khura'in, Phoenix's assistant in the third case of the sixth game "The Rite of Turnabout", is listed on the Kingdom of Khura'in page.
And if you're nitpicky, Dick Gumshoe, Edgeworth's other assistant in the Ace Attorney Investigations games, is listed on the Detective's page as well. Athena's assistant on the fourth case of the sixth game and Phoenix' assistants on the fifth case of the third and sixth game can be found here (careful, the link might spoil you some good surprises, or keep you guessing, who knows). Kristoph Gavin, Apollo's assistant on the first case of the fourth game can be found below, and Apollo's other assistant (aside from Trucy and Athena) on the fifth case of the sixth game, can be found here.
Other Notable Defense Attorneys
Gregory Edgeworth (Shin Mitsurugi)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ryunosuke Watanuki (anime)
Voiced by (English): Anthony Bowling (anime)
Played by: Takehiro Hira (film)
Miles' old man, and a stunning defense attorney. He was the only one to make a mark on von Karma's performance record (before Nick came bungling along). He was also the victim of the DL-6 case, which would go on to have repercussions on many of the characters. In Ace Attorney Investigations 2, he became an Ascended Extra and is featured in plot-important flashbacks.
- Ascended Extra: The IS-7 case, in AAI2.
- Badass Longcoat: Possessed a nice brown trenchcoat reminiscent of a Private Detective. He wears it while playing as him, and it was later acquired by Raymond Shields along with his fedora.
- Berserk Button: Does NOT take well to people hiding the truth because it's 'inconvenient' to them. As von Karma finds out...
- Beware the Nice Ones: Courteous, by-the-book, and very professional, but if you press his Berserk Button, he will come down on you HARD.
- Crusading Lawyer: Gregory Edgeworth was easily one of the greatest Defense Attorneys of his time. Until Phoenix came along, he was the only attorney who could go toe-to-toe with Manfred von Karma, so-called "god of prosecution". And unlike Phoenix, who barely held on for three days by bluffing and grasping at straws, Gregory held strong for a whole year and got von Karma penalized for the only time in forty years of prosecuting.
- Death by Origin Story: Introduced as part of the backstory to case 1-4.
- Death Glare: Where do you think Miles got it from? von Karma even lampshades it.
- Disappeared Dad: For Miles, his only son. Gregory's death would haunt him for years until fifteen years later.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: The original pointer. Both Miles, his son, and Phoenix, whom he indirectly inspired, would later echo his signature gesture until it became iconic for them.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: Being dead before the series began he doesn't affect the plot directly but his general attitude to being a defense attorney had a big influence on the young Miles Edgeworth, and by extension, Phoenix.
- Leitmotif: "A Defense Attorney's Knowledge", a classy and hopeful theme meant to invoke Gregory's precision and determination.
- Meaningful Name: On both sides of the coin:
- Nice Hat: Possessed a black fedora. He wore it while playing as him, and it was later acquired by Raymond Shields along with his trenchcoat.
- Only Sane Man:
- Compared to most other lawyers in those games he seems a lot more down-to-earth. He even stayed very reasonable when he was about to die from a lack of oxygen in an elevator... The other guy inside said elevator... not so much.
- He certainly acts this way when you get to play as him too. Easily the least eccentric of the playable lawyers, and the only one who isn't a First-Person Smartass either (though he is a lot blunter in his thoughts).
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Giving von Karma the penalty, which [AAI2] reveals was even more awesome than what we heard of it in the first game. Not only did he prove von Karma forged evidence, he was able to present tapes of his interrogations to show the entire court he bullied the defendant into giving a false confession. He managed to get von Karma's (corrupt) replacement detective fired, and Manfred himself was actually lucky to get off with just a penalty: the only reason he was let off so lightly was that EVEN MORE MAJOR SPOILERS the chief prosecutor at the time was Blaise Debeste, who was just as much an Amoral Attorney as von Karma and also complicit in the forgery. He had to give von Karma some punishment to cover his own tracks. Unfortunately, this is the one part of the case you don't get to play.
- Origins Episode: The flashback case featuring him is actually his last case, the one where Manfred got a penalty in court and thus led to the DL-6 incident.
- Private Detective: Since the Attorneys here have authorization to investigate crime scenes, his appearance◊ certainly invokes this, compared to the rest of the playable lawyers' Amateur Sleuth.
- Shout-Out: His entire character is this for Atticus Finch as played by Gregory Peck.
- The Stoic: Apparently only (nervously) smiles when he gets a penalty.
- Stoic Spectacles: A nice pair of glasses to emphasize his collectedness.
- Tranquil Fury: He never drops his calm, polite tone, even when accusing von Karma of forging evidence. Though at that point, it's clear he's very, VERY angry.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Due to him not knowing von Karma was close to the elevator by the time Miles threw the pistol, Gregory's wrongful accusation against Yanni Yogi for murdering him is the cause of the Fey clan's downfall and Misty Fey's disappearance from the public, as well as Dahlia Hawthorne and Iris leaving the Fey Manor.
- Xanatos Gambit: He set one up against Manfred von Karma, of all people! When Jeff Master is about to be interrogated, Edgeworth encourages him not to give in to von Karma's pressure tactics, but just in case he cracks anyway (which he does), Edgeworth asks Detective Badd to record the interrogation so that they can prove Master's confession was coerced, which helped lead to von Karma's penalty.
Marvin Grossberg (Soranosuke Hoshikage)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ryou Sugisaki (anime)
Voiced by (English): Phil Parsons (anime)
A rotund defense attorney and Mia's teacher. When Misty Fey's involvement in the case came out, Grossberg cleared her of any wrongdoing for identifying a suspect who had been found innocent.
- Ahem: One of this Catch Phrases, along with the character quote above.
- Amoral Attorney: Not regularly so, but one has to question his ethics after he accepts a bribe from Redd White for information on Misty Fey. In the present, he appears to regret this greatly.
- The Atoner: Sincerely regrets giving Redd White information on Misty Fey, helping to clear her name some point after. When Maya is on trial for murder during case 1-2, though he couldn't intervene directly himself due to being blackmailed, he points Phoenix's investigation in the right direction to get the crucial evidence he needed to win the case. Even afterwards he's still shown to have something of a soft spot to Phoenix and Maya, likely stemming from their association with Mia, and provides important information several times throughout case 1-4 on DL-6 and Von Karma.
- Blackmail: A victim of this after the police got angry about the leak in DL-6.
- Conspicuous Consumption: His office decor practically screams his wealth if you examine it, even if you ignore the $3 million painting he proudly hung in it.
- Continuity Drift: When Phoenix first meets Grossberg in the first game, they don't appear to know each other, but in the third game, Grossberg was Mia's aide when she defended Phoenix. Even so, Grossberg doesn't appear to have the best memory anyway, since later that same game, he has once again forgotten Phoenix and Maya's relation to Mia.
- Eyes Always Shut: They are open in his sadness/discomfort expression, though.
- Informed Ability: He's said to be a very good lawyer, being Mia's mentor and all. However, we never actually see how he does his stuff in the Court Room, and he frequently skips out of his office (to avoid you). It's even more blatant in Trials & Tribulations, where Diego Armando acts more the part of a mentor to Mia than him.
- Leitmotif: "Age, Regret, Retribution", a simpler theme that sounds slightly silly and non-specific (given that it's used for another character later on).
- Meaningful Name:
- His last name is German for "big mountain", and he certainly is a very big man. He can also be quite gross as he won't stop talking about his hemorrhoids in the third game.
- His Japanese name is both astrology-themed and a reference to two Japanese mystery novels — "Soranosuke" ("star boy") is from The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, and "Hoshikage" ("starlight") is from a Tetsuya Ayukawa novel.
- Mistaken for Gay: Played for laughs.Phoenix: It's not something I can claim to understand... But you and Mr. White are lovers, aren't you!Grossberg: W-w-what! My boy!Phoenix: You sent that painting to him! As a sign! A sign of undying love!Grossberg: M-m-my boy, please! You're letting your fancies run away with you! Where do you get these bizarre ideas?Phoenix: I... I don't understand how you could...Grossberg: That's because I'm not, we're not... Don't be ridiculous! Enough. I'll swallow my pride and tell you all.Phoenix: (I knew it! They are lovers!)Grossberg: N-no! We are NOT lovers!
- Mr. Exposition: Provides much of the information about DL-6 in the second and fourth cases of the first game.
- Too Much Information: In game 3, he keeps talking about his hemorrhoids... Ew. It was much worse in the Japanese version, though ("I feel a lancing pain between my buttocks!").
- Verbal Tic: *Ah-HEMM* He has this way of ending sentences, you see.
Robert Hammond (Yukio Namakura)
Voiced by (English): Blake Shepard (anime)
Played by: Eisuke Sasai (film)
An attorney that once worked at Grossberg Law Offices. An Amoral Attorney that doesn't care whether his clients are guilty or not. He is the victim of 1-4, where he is killed via a gunshot.
- Amoral Attorney: Even though Yanni Yogi was actually innocent, he refused to do proper investigation into the incident and instead had Yogi plead insanity to get him off. This in turn caused him to become a social outcast and haunted him for years.
- Asshole Victim: He could not care less about the consequences of getting a Not Guilty by insanity verdict for Yanni Yogi. This eventually sealed his fate.
- Karmic Death: He got killed by Yanni Yogi, the person whose life was completely ruined by his refusal to find actual evidence..
- Posthumous Character: Like every victim in the Ace Attorney series, he's mentioned every time in the trial, and the job of the player is to find the truth behind his death.
Diego Armando (Soryu Kaminogi)
A senior member of Grossberg Law Offices, and at the time the best lawyer under his employ. The night before Mia's first trial, Grossberg had drunken himself unconscious and wasn't awake in time to be at the trial, so Diego comes to help the new "kitten" instead. He was soon poisoned afterwards, resulting in his death.
- Affectionate Nickname: He refers to Mia as a "kitten". Though apparently it's because when he's introduced Mia is a rookie attorney with zero experience (like a newborn kitten), it's vague whether there's subtext of him being flirtatious, sexist, or a bit of both.
- Ambiguously Brown: It's not specified where he's from or why he's darker than the rest of the cast, though the Latin American name is a clue. Word of God says he's Brazilian.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: "Armando" isn't actually a surname.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He's already fairly cynical when he's introduced, having seen his fair share of hardship in the courtroom. This gets worsened after the Miscarriage of Justice that's Case 3-4 though what pushes him over the edge is his poisoning and loss of Mia in his coma.
- Designated Love Interest: Because he's a victim of Remember the New Guy?note and the only time we meet him is before they get together, his relationship with Mia (while plot-important) is mostly in the subtext of the third game.
- Figure It Out Yourself: Comes off as being less helpful to Mia than Grossberg is, even though he co-counselled her first case as a defense attorney. Justified, since Mia's first case is the fourth case of the game and her second case is the games's first case, so the player already knows how things works and doesn't need another explanation.
- A Glass in the Hand: After Terry Fawles commits suicide, he does this with his coffee mug.
- He Knows Too Much: Poisoned by Dahlia because he started asking too many questions about the Valerie Hawthorne case and seemed to suspect foul play.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Armando may come off as cynical,smug and condescending towards Mia in her first case but he genuinely wants to help the defendant, has a strong ability to remain calm even when faced with a difficult situation and warms up to Mia romantically when he tells her that it's acceptable to cry when everything is over. Sadly he gets more worse after he was poisoned by Dahlia, putting him in the coma, waking up five years later to learn Mia's dead and became bitter towards Phoenix blaming him for her death even when Phoenix not responsible for it.
- Large Ham: While not through voice tone or volume, he loves using metaphors or giving unnecessarily complex descriptions of objects (such as coffee) or people.
- Meaningful Name:
- Might be a reference to the soccer player Diego Armando Maradona, who fell victim to drugs. Also, Diego Armando? It spells Godo, which is how you pronounce Godot.
- Additionally, Armando means "plotting" or "setting up" in Portuguese. As you'll find out in case 3-5, he has been doing it for quite a while.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: He's the only male character to not be instantly charmed by Dahlia Hawthorne.
- Palette Swap: The only difference between him and Godot is the lack of a visor and the differently-colored hair and undershirt, hence him being a Walking Spoiler.
- Perpetual Smiler: Never seen without a smug look on his face even when he's crushing a coffee mug with his bare hands after Terry Fawles kills himself and Dahlia Hawthorne gets off scot free.
- Remember the New Guy?: Never mentioned by Grossberg or Mia prior to Trials and Tribulations, at least not to Phoenix. The explanation was that the first game was written without considering the possibility of a sequel, let alone a third game. There's also the fact that he was considered as good as dead, judging by Grossberg and Mia discussing the poisoning incident in Case 3-1.
- Sexy Mentor: Not only that, he and his "student" Mia did get together.
- Something Only They Would Say: More for the audience's benefit than any character.
- "That's one of my rules. Remember it."
- "As dark and bitter as Hell itself."
- Stay in the Kitchen: There are subtle hints here and there that he has sexist attitudes, though he might just be contemptuous of rookies regardless of gender.
- Theme Song Reveal: "The Fragrance of Dark Coffee", which is Godot's leitmotif.
- Theme Tune Cameo: His leitmotif is also his ringtone.
- Tranquil Fury: He is the one who taught Mia that defense lawyers don't get to cry, no matter how bad things get. At the end of "Turnabout Beginnings", he still has a calm smile on his face after Terry Fawles poisons himself and Dahlia gets away. The only thing that betrays his anger is his coffee mug shattering in his grip.
- Walking Spoiler: You cannot look at the guy without learning at least something about the plot of Trials & Tribulations (namely that Godot used to have a different identity in the past).
Kristoph Gavin (Kirihito Garyu)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ryouji Yamamoto (AJ), Kenjiro Tsuda (trailers)
Voiced by (English): Andrew Alfonso (AJ)
Apollo's mentor and Phoenix's friend since the end of Trials and Tribulations. He's the "coolest defense in the west", and is a key part of the Apollo Justice game.
- Amoral Attorney: Plans to use forged evidence to get his client a not guilty verdict. Oh, and he murders some people, which while not technically having anything to do with his duties as an attorney is still a fairly amoral thing to do.
- Beauty Is Bad: He's as pretty as his younger rocker brother Klavier but is really rotten to the core on the inside.
- Big Bad: He uses forged evidence to get Phoenix disbarred when he takes Zak's case instead, murders two people, tries to kill a child... all happening in a pretty severe case of Disproportionate Retribution, which most of the fourth game revolves around.
- Big Bad Friend: To Phoenix. Befriending Phoenix in the first place seems to have been part of his plan, a fact that Phoenix is keenly aware of.
- Big Brother Bully: In the official Gyakuten Saiban 4 Anthology Manga, he was this to Klavier. Oh boy.◊
- Bishōnen: Looks like a bronzed god and is just as handsome as his younger brother despite being in his thirties.
- Bright Is Not Good: Another hint to his true, insidious character. Compared to Klavier, whose clothes are darker-colored and continues to dress like a rocker in court yet is heroic and good-natured, Kristopher wears a light purple suit which combined with his blond hair and good looks makes him look trustworthy... which makes the discovery that he's really a rotten character all the more shocking.
- Card-Carrying Villain: "I killed Shadi Smith because I'm an evil human being, isn't that enough?". However, he says this to conceal his true motives for the murder, thus avoiding being implicated in a different crime.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Klavier's Abel. Klavier even helped Apollo expose his brother's crimes and seal his fate.
- Chunky Updraft: Using the lobster and dinner plates left over from the previous witness during his Villainous Breakdown in the first case...
- Crazy-Prepared: In order to silence Vera, he poisoned both the stamp she was to use to send the letter that confirmed that she'd received her payment and her nail polish, which she would wear if she decided to go out. That she didn't die soon after the forgery was finished was largely due to her keeping the stamp, but it largely ensured her silence.
- Cute and Psycho: Outwardly? Seemingly nice and friendly guy who rarely drops his smile. Inwardly? *BANG* *clankclankclankclankclank* *insert five black Psyche Locks here*
- Dark Is Evil: Those black Psyche Locks. With the 5th game finally explaining the meaning of the Black Psyche Locks, it adds a bit more meaning to Kristoph's actions. His motive for killing Zak, revenge against him and to "punish" the lesser attorney Phoenix Wright who got the job, was so deeply ingrained in his mind, his desires to do so and to keep it hidden became completely subconscious and utterly consumed him, explaining the severity of his actions in AJ:AA.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. In "Turnabout Trump", Phoenix' surprise at the fact that a piece of evidence he'd expected to find has gone missing prompts the following response from Kristoph:Kristoph: Perhaps a fifth person came and took it out? Oh, and a sixth person could've helped!
- Disproportionate Retribution: His reason for all of his actions in AJ:AA is that Zak Gramarye ended up not hiring Kristoph as his lawyer. Kristoph spent years thinking that it was because he lost a card game, which would be Disproportionate Retribution on its own, but Zak was actually watching the way that Kristoph was playing more than the cards themselves. Kritstoph's attitude during the game convinced Zak that Kristoph was not to be trusted.
- Evil Is Petty: Not many people would have a lawyer he was jealous of disbarred, stalk several people, and murder someone with his own hands over just not being hired as lawyer in a case.
- Facepalm: A downplayed variant in his head-shaking animation; he seems to be doing it in amusement, not frustration.
- Faux Affably Evil: He was a polite and supportive mentor to Apollo before being revealed as a crooked attorney and murderer.
- For the Evulz: He tries to pass off his killing of Shadi Smith as this. In actuality, it's because Shadi was really Zak Gramarye, though he manages to use Exact Words to not outright admit to it.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: In fact, his tell is a demonic face on his hand shown when pushing up said glasses, complete with Scary Shiny Glasses.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The scar on his hand doesn't seem like much alone, but when he clenches his hand, the skin contracts to reveal something along the lines of a demon looking at you.
- Greater-Scope Villain: While not mentioned by name to avoid spoilers, he's this in Dual Destinies, as getting Phoenix disbarred started the Dark Age of the Law.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Everything he did happened just because he wouldn't accept that Phoenix could be a better defense attorney than him.
- Griefer: He has absolutely nothing to gain by being so obstructive in the final trial, being in prison for life on one murder already, but does so simply to make Phoenix and Apollo lose. Though it's also likely that being convicted again would cost him his Luxury Prison Suite, his remaining respect among his judicial peers, and his safety from death row.
- Hidden Depths: There's a reason his entry is so spoilertastic that it would make a good substitute for Swiss cheese.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice — first via Ironic Echo of Phoenix's disbarment, then via self-implicating "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: He does this no less than three times in the opening case of Apollo Justice.
- When Phoenix calls him about the victim being murdered, Kristoph makes a reference to the victim's bald head, when Shadi had his hat on until he died, so Kristoph shouldn't have known about that fact. This makes Phoenix suspicious of Kristoph.
- Early into the trial, he describes the poker game between Phoenix and Shadi and makes an offhand mention that the poker cards had a blue back. However, the only photo which has the cards at that moment was in black and white, the poker deck that was actually used in the last hand had red backs and the card that was put in place of the bloody ace had a blue back. This inevitably places Kristoph at the crime scene.
- The final nail in his coffin is when Apollo presents the bloody ace, and Kristoph immediately and angrily points the fact that bloody ace is forged, instead of merely showing doubts about such a convenient piece of evidence. While he's right in that it's a forgery, the way he reacted proves the fact Kristoph knew about the real bloody ace he took from the crime scene.
- Informed Ability: He's supposedly an excellent defense attorney, but we only ever see him defend in one case, and only as co-counsel at that. Granted, he drives much of the early defense while Apollo's still getting his feet wet, and actually teaches you how to play the game. Also granted, he's a noticeable Climax Boss when finally accused during "Turnabout Trump," especially since you'd naturally expect just a Warm-Up Boss for the tutorial case.
- Irony: Kristoph's entire reason for becoming an attorney is to be "needed" and become the center of fame and attention. Alas, when his crimes come to light and he flies off the rails upon learning the judicial system is changing, he is bluntly told by even his own brother that he isn't "needed" anymore, because he is so unwilling to accept change.
- It's All About Me: It really says something when he lists two things that should be only allowed in the courtroom: "Me, and the law!" And the reason why he murdered Zak Gramarye? It's because the man had the gall to choose Phoenix Wright over him, which was interpreted as a sign that he wasn't "good" enough of an attorney.
- Kubrick Stare: It generally cannot be seen, but he does one when adjusting his Scary Shiny Glasses. It can be noticed in Case 4-4, when Perceiving one of his statements. When he starts being on the verge of a Villainous Breakdown, he starts getting a more sinister one, looking dangerously (at the viewer) while crossing his arms, his mouth a mix between a smirk and a snarl.
- Large and in Charge: While he's incredibly elegant, he's also very tall and broad-shouldered, making all of his sprites look down at the player, creating a perfect indication of his power and prestige from the moment he appears.
- Laughing Mad: After Vera was announced innocent, Kristoph flew off the handle."The record will show that when the verdict was announced, special witness Kristoph Gavin... laughed. A laugh louder than any ever heard before... or since. A laugh that echoed in the halls of justice, lingering for what seemed like hours."
- Leitmotif: "Solitary Confinement ~ Darkness Theme", while used as the theme for his cell in prison, fits Kristoph perfectly as an appropriately somber, mellow theme that exudes calm and patience, while hinting at something dark looming in the background. It also serves as Kristoph's theme in court after his arrest.
- Luxury Prison Suite: Gets sent into one after getting arrested. Phoenix comments it looks (and feels, when talking about the chair in there) better than his own office. It also provides the page image.
- Manipulative Bastard: Forges evidence to win cases and eliminate a rival, and attempts to murder his forgers (one of them a young girl who was an artistic prodigy) by giving them a postage stamp and nail polish laced with poison.
- Meaningful Name: Kristoph is a variation of Christoph, which means "Christ-bearer" a complete contrast to his demonic personality. "Kirihito" comes from "hitokiri", "murder".
- Perfectionist: To a similar degree to Manfred Von Karma but of a different sort. He's fine with losing cases so long as he continues to appear perfect afterwards. It reaches a point where he uses clear nail polish to make sure his nails are always in pristine condition. Not getting chosen as Zak's attorney implying that Zak didn't consider him good enough, did a major blow to his ego, and caused him to snap.
- Pet the Dog: His mentoring of Apollo can be considered this, since he does do a good job of showing you the ropes early in the first case, and is implied to have been a sincere father figure to him for the most part. Additionally, he was originally sincere about defending Phoenix in the first case, only turning against him once it became clear that Phoenix knew he was the true killer.
- Also in a literal sense. He keeps a picture of his retriever (it's not specified whether it's a Golden or a Laborador) with him in his prison cell and describes her as his best friend.
- Present Absence: He's never heard from again after Apollo Justice. However, the after effects of his actions of getting Phoenix Wright disbarred with forged evidence can be seen in Dual Destinies where it ushered in the "Dark Age of the Law."
- Real Men Wear Pink: He wears nail polish, even while in prison.
- Red Herring: At the beginning of the game, he's introduced as Apollo's mentor, similar to Mia in the first game... but then he turns out be the murderer for the first case.
- Red Right Hand: A skull-shaped scar in his - yup - right hand.
- Reverse Arm-Fold: He adopts this pose when standing on the defense's bench.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: When he adjusts them. They hide a Kubrick Stare.
- Sexy Mentor: He's a very good-looking guy. Unfortunately, he's also evil as hell.
- Skyward Scream: He pulls a scream that is possibly the most spectacular one in the entire series during his second Villainous Breakdown.WRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!
- The Sociopath: His only desires seem to be Hedonism (i.e., enjoying fame and fortune, even behind bars) and Pride (i.e., just about everything he does in response to the Gramarye trial not going his way, and in a positive example, his mentoring of Apollo to leave behind a legacy), and his only emotions seem to be Faux Affably Evil coolness and Villainous Breakdown anger. Also, he's a complete, Lack of Empathy-invoking Paranoiac and Unfettered (symbolized by his Black Psyche-Locks, no less) — to the point where he was even willing to cheat against Klavier, his own brother, just to win the Gramarye trial and indulge said hedonism and pride even further.
- Stepford Smiler: He keeps smiling wherever he is (even in prison), and whatever he goes through. Until he's ultimately defeated in court, and you can see how crazy he's inside (what with that whole eye twitch, evil scowl, and...well, looking pretty disheveled), and that he was trying to conceal it all behind a smile.
- Stoic Spectacles: Cool as a cucumber until you break him epically.
- Take a Third Option: What he tries to do in the first case, wherein he's co-defending Phoenix for a crime that he himself committed. Instead of screwing over his own client or, you know, turning himself in, he tries to frame a dishonest witness for the murder. Though said witness was trying to frame Phoenix for the murder, it was not because she had committed it.
- Treacherous Quest Giver: Hires Apollo to defend his client Phoenix for a murder that he himself committed. It's Zig-Zagged, because Apollo was asked to be the lead counsel at Phoenix's insistence, and initially Kristoph had no intention of screwing Phoenix over.
- Villainous Breakdown: Twice; his first one is pretty minor, but his second one is rather spectacular even by the standards of the series.
- When he's first exposed as the killer of Shadi Smith/Zack Gramarye, he starts acting significantly angry, slowly raising his fist (which makes the dishes Olga Orly dropped levitate into the air) before slamming it into the witness stand.
- When he learns that the court will be using a Jurist System for his second murder trial for the fatal poisoning of Vera's father, Drew, and that Phoenix Wright came up with the idea, he flies off the rails, pounding the witness stand again, and lets loose a Nightmare Face as he screams Phoenix's name. By the time he's done, he's a completely different person, with a more unhinged, disheveled appearance, a mad look in his eyes and a mouth that's a mix of a smirk and a snarl.
- Villain with Good Publicity: One of the most respected defense attorneys after Phoenix is disbarred, with no one knowing he was responsible.
- Walking Spoiler: Clearly, Kristoph is not exactly who he seems, if you judge by how much is tagged with spoilers.
- Wicked Cultured: His jail cell has a nice chair, roses, and a HUGE shelf of books.
- Would Hurt a Child: He tried to exploit Vera's fingernail-biting habit by lacing a nail polish bottle he gave her with a deadly poison, so her act of forgery wouldn't be traced to him. He eventually succeeds in poisoning the girl, but fortunately for Vera, she survives.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Didn't plan on being caught for Shadi/Zak's murder. Nevertheless, he adjusts quite well, being able to acquire a Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All lifestyle and come Back for the Finale as a serious Griefer. However, he again runs into an unforeseen complication — Phoenix being Crazy-Prepared with his new Jurist System — and this time, there's no bouncing back.
Aristotle Means (Shinji Ichiro)
A defense attorney who also works as a teacher for defense attorney students in Themis Legal Academy. His philosophy of teaching is based around Machiavelli's "the ends justify the means", a philosophy he considers a necessity to survive as an attorney in the "Dark Age of the Law".
- Affably Evil: On the outside, he seems pleasant enough, even if his smile is kind of creepy. And he expresses genuine rage when one of his own students is accused of murder. Actually, it's all an act; he's the real killer, and was planning on being his student's defense attorney to get someone convicted for it in his place. On the inside, besides that, his philosophy of "the ends justify the means" is Anti Heroic, at best.
- Amoral Attorney: His "ends-justify-the-means" philosophy in the court, meaning that stooping to unethical means to win a court case in the dark age of law is sometimes the best option according to him. He also accepts bribery from his students, and doesn't have a problem with killing to keep people quiet.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His overall gray, stony look makes him resemble an ancient sculpture, while his Greek-style toga and his globe staff lends a godlike appearance. Naturally, when his beliefs are exposed and destroyed, he starts breaking down - even gritting his teeth to the point of cracking them - like a statue crumbling because the foundations holding it up were smashed to smithereens.
- Berserk Button: Ordinarily very calm and collected, but criticizing his "ends justify the means" philosophy can bring out the Sadist Teacher in him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The initial impression is that Means is a mild-mannered teacher who is a Knight In Sour Armor, clearly having been beaten down by the Dark Age of Law but also values seeking the truth in court. His true face is anything but that.
- Blade on a Stick: It does have a globe-like object attached to it, though it's actually a spear.
- The Bore: The court listened to one of his recorded lectures, and everyone in the courtroom fell asleep.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Means wears his philosophy of doing whatever you can to win trials on his sleeve. This is in stark contrast to other similarly-minded lawyers in the series, who normally wouldn't openly admit that they used dirty tricks in court. Worse still, he's teaching this mindset to students.
- Combat Pragmatist: He chucks pieces of chalk at the defense to break their concentration, and he demands a recess with the intent to destroy the murder weapon when cornered.
- The Cynic: Believes that law is in dark times, and that the only way to deal with the rampant corruption is to fight fire with fire. This is in contrast to Courte's idealistic idea of still pursuing the truth even against odds. In court, he becomes even more cynical; at one point, he writes on the chalkboard that the "dark age" of the law is a beautiful thing, not something to be fought, because in the dark age, the ends justify the means!
- Evil Costume Switch: After pointing out his first contradiction, he reveals a scar, styles his hair as a mohawk, and loses his fatherly smile for a scowl.
- Evil Is Bigger: At 6'5", he towers over everyone else in the series.
- Expository Hairstyle: From friendly and curly, to an intimidating mohawk resembling a Corinthian helmet. This, combined with his gray hair, pale skin, spear, and odd crack-like mark above his right eye, make him resemble a statue of a warrior from ancient Greece.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's fairly pleasant at first, but when pushed too much, he turns fairly condescending toward people, especially Athena.
- Foil: He's the complete ideological opposite of the late Professor Courte, believing that attorneys must use all means necessary to reach the verdict they desire.
- Hammerspace: At one point, a chalkboard rolls up behind him from out of nowhere, just so he can make his point by writing on it.
- He Knows Too Much: His reason for murdering Courte. She discovered that he was accepting bribes from O'Conner's parents, and made the unfortunate mistake of confronting him about it. Fearing that he'd be ruined if she exposed him, he killed her.
- Idiot Ball: He demands a recess to destroy the murder weapon. He says every last bit of that to the whole courtroom, basically saying "Can we have a recess so I can destroy this and maybe then I can go free?" "Mean what I say by all means" indeed.
- Ironic Name: His Japanese name come from the word "shinjiru" which means "to believe" or "trust". Considering his true nature, he's anything but trustworthy. His English name is borrowed from a wise philosopher, whereas Means and his philosophy are constantly scrutinized and ultimately proven wrong.
- It's All About Me: Despite constantly claiming he follows the ends-means philosophy, he uses it as an excuse to do whatever helps him. Either he just uses it as a smokescreen or he runs on Protagonist-Centered Morality with him as the protagonist.
- Leitmotif: "Private School Themis Legal Academy ~ Our Precious School" to reflect his prim-and-proper academic persona. It changes to "The Dark Age of the Law" when he gets serious, which, while a theme used to represent said "Dark Age" in a more generalized way, fits more with Means given that he's a perfect image of what it represents.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When Athena criticizes his philosophy in court, he transforms into a nastier version of himself. He's also even more ruthless, and in fact he even manages to temporarily drive Athena into a Heroic BSOD by pointing out that Athena brought false charges against Hugh.
- Living Statue: His design clearly invokes this, looking as much like a living Greek sculpture as possible. His face actually cracks when he gets angry.
- Lost in Translation: A bit of an odd example. In the original Japanese version of the game, the first time you meet him, he is not carrying his staff, thus already giving you a slight hint that there's something fishy going on when he has it the next time you meet. In the western release, due to a bug, he appears with his staff right away, which creates a plot hole. The iOS version corrects this oversight and he has no staff in both the Japanese and English versions.
- Meaningful Name: Aristotle suits his old philosopher ways and Ancient Greece sculpture-like design. Means refers to him expecting meaningful results from his academy, as if he ran the academy himself. He also tends to say things like "We must use any means necessary." a lot. He's also not very nice and encourages his students to use any methods just so they can win. However, "The end justifies the means" way of thinking did not come from Aristotle, it came from Machiavelli.
- Nails On A Chalkboard: His own writing on the chalkboard starts to sound like this at one point while in court.
- Punny Name: Aristotle Means = "Arrest at all means." Which fairly well sums up with his philosophy.
- Sadist Teacher: Once he gets angry, he acts like this, complete with a chalkboard appearing out of nowhere for him to write on, alongside throwing chalk at the defense and Judge.
- The Unfettered: To Courte's The Fettered.
- The Un-Smile:
- His regular smile is perfectly normal but when he smiles with his gums shown, Athena comments that it's rather scary. If you think his smile is scary, just wait until he scowls instead.
- He grins so hard during his Villainous Breakdown that he shatters his own teeth.
- Villainous Breakdown: Starts to write a bunch of sentences on his board suggesting lesser "alternate punishments" to the otherwise harsher punishment, such as a life sentence he would receive, such as a reduced salary, with the audience booing at each suggestion and him losing his teeth when giving in and attempting to write 'guilty'.
- Villains Want Mercy: Once he's exposed as the murderer of Professor Courte, he attempts to plead for alternate (and much lighter) punishments in place of his murder sentence. His pleas are answered with boos and things thrown at him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes that since we live in the "dark age of the law", the only way to fight the corruption is to use corrupt means yourself. This is why he believes, as he says repeatedly, that "the ends justify the means." Later in court, however, he drops the "well-intentioned" part, and says that instead of merely fighting the dark age of the law with corrupt means, the dark age of the law is actually beautiful, not something to be fought at all, because the dark age of the law makes his philosophy of "the ends justify the means" stronger.
Calisto Yew (Himiko Kazura)
Voiced by (Japanese): Yuki Nakamura (AAI)
A skilled attorney who appears in case four of Ace Attorney Investigations. While she is usually very composed, she breaks into fits of hysterical laughter at someone's character tics, such as Edgeworth's constant seriousness and fancy way of talking.
- Amoral Attorney: She's seen defending a clearly guilty murderer, Mack Rell, supposedly as a means of closing in on the smuggling ring that killed her sister. She turns out to be completely amoral in many ways outside the courtroom.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: "I was destined to betray everyone from the very beginning." This one sentence perfectly describes her role as when being taken away to be arrested as Shih-na, she drops a valuable clue to betray her BOSS.
- Dark Action Girl: Pulls a gun and manages to escape the courtroom in Case 4 of Investigations.
- The Dragon: To Quercus Alba.
- Foil: Edgeworth is a serious prosecutor who wants to find the truth. Calisto is a dishonest defense attorney who is known for laughing.
- Gallows Humor: Laughs whenever she can, even at a crime scene.
- Giggling Villain: She falls into a laughing fit every time Edgeworth talks. Apparently, his Comically Serious demeanor sets her off.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: She does this at the end of one of Edgeworth's rebuttals. ..while holding a gun.
- The Hyena: Pretty much takes any opportunity to belittle people by laughing at them.
- Jerkass: Making fun of Edgeworth, viewing him and Franziska as children, and mocking Badd for his failure to save Cece Yew.
- Laughing Mad: Once you finally break through her Emotionless Girl facade as Shih-na.
- Leitmotif: "Let Me Laugh at Cool", a jazzy song meant to sound silly and laid-back to represent how little Yew takes things seriously. It also plays after her Shih-na disguise falls.
- Lipstick and Load Montage: Calisto's sprite animations shows her applying makeup quite often. When bested by Edgeworth, she accidentally smears lipstick on her cheek, leaving a straight line.
- Meaningful Name:
- Calisto is also a species of butterfly while Yew is a species of tree, hinting at her Cohdopian roots. Also, yew leaves are extremely poisonous. As a whole, her name sounds a bit like "callous to you", referencing her demeanor.
- Himiko was a somewhat mythical queen of ancient Japan.
- The Mole: She pretended to be Cece Yew's sister in order to infiltrate the Yatagarasu. Then she posed as an Interpol agent to keep tabs on Shi-Long Lang.
- Mood-Swinger: Alternates between "stoic" and "uncontrollable laughter".
- No Name Given: "Calisto Yew" is not actually her name, and her real name is never provided.
- Not Me This Time: In "Turnabout Ablaze", after her cover as Shin-na has been blown Edgeworth is quick to accuse her of murdering Manny Coachen; but before she's taken away she insists that she hasn't committed any murders this time. The kicker? She's telling the truth for once.
- Red Herring: When you first hear her Leitmotif, you're led to believe she is calm and quiet...then the silly jazzy tune starts playing at the same time she starts laughing like a hyena for the first time.
- Sarcastic Confession: She says she and Cece Yew are not related, then breaks down laughing, claiming she was kidding. She wasn't.
- Scales of Justice: She's a attorney and she wears a pair of scales as ear rings.
- Shout-Out: Present the knife to her in Case 4, and after a fit of laughter, she'll ask Edgeworth, "Why so serious?"
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Done, interestingly enough, not only to Edgeworth and Franziska, but also to the players, when it's revealed the victim of the KG-8 case was her sister. You wouldn't think she and the culprit of that case, Manny Coachen, are in cahoots. But they are. And Cece isn't her sister.
Tateyuki Shigaraki (Raymond Shields in the fan translation)
Voiced by (Japanese): Keiji Fujiwara (trailers)
A famed defense attorney who knew Edgeworth's father. Appears in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2.
- Accidental Kiss: With Patricia Roland. Well, he was asking for it.
- Adorkable: His past self. To wit: he eats the notes he takes so he can have it in both writing and "in his head".
- Be Careful What You Wish For: After meeting Regina Berry, he wonders if she's the kind of animal tamer who uses a whip and says 'down, boy'. Edgeworth mentions he knows someone else like that, and Raymond demands they be introduced. Of course, if you know who he's referring to... Incidentally, they DO end up meeting in the fourth case. And they even go up against each other in court in the fifth.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Contrasted with the people he works with, he tends to come off as this. To wit, he's unprofessionally sarcastic, has a habit of asking people he meets for hugs, and is something of a Handsome Lech, all of which belies his competence. Bonus points for being an actual lawyer!
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: One possible interpretation of his behavior towards Kate.
- Casanova Wannabe: Not to the same extent as Larry, but his offers of hugs generally don't go over well with the ladies. The only one who actually takes him up on his offer turns out to be the second case's murderer.
- Deadpan Snarker: His older self has a biting sense of sarcasm.
- Economy Cast: He's the defense attorney of Horace Knightley, Simon Keyes, Katherine Hall, Kay Faraday and when Patricia Roland's supposed lawyer was killed, he took over her case. Note that only one of them was innocent. Also, Kate didn't commit a murder, she only tampered with the crime scene.
- Extreme Omnivore: His past self. Well, with paper, at least. He used to rip off a page in his notebook and then swallow it in order to remember the info.
- Fanboy: His past self, of Piece of Cake. He even sings the show's theme song along with its two presenters when meeting them for the first time.
- The Glomp: When he meets Patricia.
- Handsome Lech: His present self. He gets on quite well with Larry when they meet in the third case.
- His Quirk Lives On: His present-day self will remove his hat and bow it with it held to his chest, exactly the same way Gregory used to. It's even the same hat.
- Honorary Uncle: In the fan translation, he refers to himself as Uncle Ray. Given his apprenticeship to Gregory, and the fact that he and Miles Edgeworth know each other, there's probably a chance that Gregory may have introduced Tateyuki/Raymond as "Uncle Ray" to Miles.
- Leitmotif: "Joking Motive", a showy jazz song meant to invoke Shields' laid-back personality.
- Lovable Coward: Downplayed. The man is easily startled but calms down pretty quick and is a nice guy otherwise.
- Meaningful Name: "Tate" means "shield" in Japanese, which is fitting for a defense attorney and complements both Miles and Gregory Edgeworth's sword-related names.
- Named After Someone Famous: In the fan translation, he's named after Raymond Burr, who portrayed Perry Mason, which complements Gregory's first name.
- Nice Hat: It seems he got it from Gregory. He also got his trenchcoat (though he doesn't wear it) as promised. And his law firm.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: His older self has no "angry" sprites (the closest he has is his "serious" one), as he presents himself as a very jovial and easygoing person who rarely gets mad, preferring to express any discontent in a sarcastic, semi-joking manner. When he does get mad, however, such as when Dane Gustavia gleefully admits that he'd let Jeff Master, who at this point is clearly innocent, continue to rot in jail to preserve his own reputation as a master confectioner...Raymond: Miles. It's been a long time... Since your Uncle Ray's been this angry.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Pulls this off with his Nice Hat instead of actual bangs.
- Remember the New Guy?: Edgeworth makes it clear he's known him most of his life, though he's been away overseas for a while.
Tsubasa Kagome (Jill Crane in the fan translation)
A defense attorney who investigated a corrupt prosecutor’s illegal activities. She confronted him in private. He killed her straight away.
- Asshole Victim: We're led to believe she is the "Conductor" behind the illegal evidence auctions. Subverted, this turns out to be a lie. In fact, she was killed for attempting to turn the real Conductor into this as Revenge for him killing her lover.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and brown eyes.
- Dead Man's Chest: She was hidden in a truck in the evidence storage area.
- It's Personal: She suspected that Blaise killed her boyfriend.
- Meaningful Name:
- Her name could mean "a bird in a cage", which is a reference to Kagome Kagome, a Japanese children's game.
- A question in the rhyme is "who is behind the falling of the turtle and the crane" - who is about to stab her in the back. Her boyfriend represents the "turtle", and the person who is behind his falling is Blaise Debeste - the same person who killed her.
- In the fan translation, her first name comes from Jack and Jill, while her last name comes directly from her Japanese name.Particularly fitting since her boyfriend Jack "fell" first, then Jill "went tumbling after" when she tried to avenge him.
- Posthumous Character: The same as Robert Hammond. Miles's job is to find the truth behind her death.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Someone else dressed her up like that, however.
- Sympathetic Murderer: More like Sympathetic Attempted-Murderer. She was killed by her would-be Asshole Victim instead.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Keyes.
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiro Shimono (DGS)
Phoenix's ancestor from 19th-century Japan. A second-year student at Teito Yuumei University at a time when cultural change means the profession of a "defense lawyer" has yet to truly become staple in Japanese society. Is suspected of being a murderer and stands in "top-secret" trial ordered by the government, representing himself. Is good friends with Kazuma Asougi, a budding law student, who helps him in his initial trial. Eventually travels to Victorian London and participates in their trial-by-jury system along with his legal assistant Susato Mikotoba, who helps him understand the nuances of English court procedure.
- A Fool for a Client: Ends up doing this in his very first case, though at the least he has the legally qualified Asogi assisting him. Not only that, he does it again in the case that follows it!
- A Friend in Need: Disrupts his best friend's plan to stand as his defense, after he's learned that because of him Asogi may not be able to go to Britain. While it's technically given it as your first option in the game, you're not really allowed to let things be.
- Better Manhandle the Murder Weapon: Why he's arrested in Case 1, but it's Played With: the gun he picked up wasn't actually the murder weapon. In fact, the killer planted it there KNOWING he'd pick it up and become a suspect as a result. He also has a good reason for doing it: it was an English model of gun so he assumed (correctly) that it belonged to the victim and was about to return it to him when another gunshot happened to go off.
- Big Eater: Downplayed, but he is regularly drawn extremely content with food, has owed his best friend multiple timesnote , was tempted to eat the cheese from a mousetrap, and is displeased enough to whine whenever he has to be pulled away in the middle of a meal, even if it's about something important.
- Butt-Monkey: Since he had to deal with-among a few things-Sherlock's antics and Susato throwing him around six ways from Sunday it's a given.
- But Now I Must Go: In the finale of the sequel, he decides to return to Japan to properly study to become an attorney.
- Closet Sublet: This is how he stays undetected while on SS Alaclair.
- Determinator: In his very first case, he refuses to give up even when it becomes clear he's essentially in a Kangaroo Court. After the second case, despite never having studied law, he vows to learn enough to qualify to be an attorney by the time he gets to Great Britain. In 40 days. And that's just for starters.
- Expy: Aside from the Generation Xerox stuff with Phoenix, his more logical approach where he's less prone to bluffing also evokes a bit of Apollo. Being Sherlock's more down-to-earth investigative partner to whom Sherlock can hone his theories to as well as his roommate who lives in/works at 221b Baker Street's attic makes him one to Dr. John Watson of Sherlockian canon (which is funny considering he got accused of murdering the DGS version of Dr. John Watson in the first case - although in name only. However, what is even funnier is that he's effectively mentored by DGS's actual version of Watson - namely, Yuujin Mikotoba.).
- Flat "What.": At the end of the final chapter of the first game, this is his reaction when Holmes tells him that he slipped out of the infirmary... again.
- Generation Xerox: A young man who has a strong sense of justice and is willing to put himself in danger. Sound familiar?
- Goal in Life: To be a lawyer (though not initially). More specifically, it's for his dead best friend's sake.Asogi: If you were to become an attorney, then, surely...
- Girl in a Box: This is how Asogi sneaks him into the SS Alaclair.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: A bit of a downplayed example, but the events of The Adventure of the Runaway Room left him with a bit of self-doubt, which gets worse in The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story when he finds proof that the defendant of that case truly was guilty. It took until that case's trial to completely clear.
- Identical Grandson: He looks exactly like Phoenix, barring hair style and eyebrows.
- Leitmotif: Alongside the usual "Objection! 2015", there's also "Prelude to an Adventure", a slower rearrangement that often plays when he's making a point. A passage from his theme also appears in "Pursuit ~ The Grand Turnabout". DGS 2-5 gives him a special Pursuit theme for the episode as well, a more bombastic rendition of Objection! 2015 entitled "Great Pursuit ~ The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo", as he's about to deliver the final blow to the Big Bad.
- Persona Non Grata: Was removed of his qualifications of being a defense attorney and barred from entering the British courts after the events of DGS 1-5 (which, considering he nearly publicly revealed state secrets to defend Gina, is not surprising). Fortunately for him, he manages to appeal to Chief Magistrate Vortex to overturn it six months later in time for DGS 2-3.
- Photographic Memory: He claims to have a very good memory to even the smallest detail, which is why it all but turns the case around when he remembers that the steak plate that was on Watson's table had blood on it.
- A Protagonist Is Ryu: It seems the Naruhodo family has some affinity towards adding Ryu to their names, don't they? Translated "Ryunosuke" means "Herald of the Dragon [ryu]" and that could tie off to "Ryuichi" as a result (a man who lived in a later era with the name "Ryu").
- Red Armband of Leadership: He has one after agreeing to act as a substitute for Asogi, but instead of a symbol of leadership, it is used as a substitute for an attorney's badge.
- The Scapegoat:
- The reason why he's put into a top-secret trial - even though everyone in the restaurant knows Jezail exists, the Japanese government can't accuse an Englishwoman of killing another Englishman in a foreign country without an irrefutable basis, lest they risk Japan-British relations.
- Poor guy has it happen to him again in the very next case, due to being a stowaway in a Locked Room Mystery. In a refreshing and sad turn, the one who helped set the frame-up to begin with later apologizes from the bottom of his heart that he hadn't considered Ryunosuke' anguish over the events and his friendship with the deceased, having ignored them in his own desperation to protect the culprit.
- Tragic Keepsake: Asogi's katana and headband, which he carries the rest of the game. The armband he wears also still has its original owner's name within it, which can be seen when examined. In the second game, he gives Asogi's katana back to him after he's revealed to have survived the ordeal aboard the SS Alaclair.
- Sherlock Scan: Somewhat - he is able to follow witnesses' cues to correct Sherlock's deductions by finding the correct evidences and details.
- The Watson: He isn't well-versed in English laws, traditions and trends, leading to Susato, Sherlock, or Iris explaining details about it (such as closing arguments). Fitting, considering he's working with Sherlock Holmes for most of the game.
Voiced by (Japanese): Yuuichi Nakamura (DGS)
Ryunosuke's fellow student, best friend, and mentor. Despite still being a university student, he is qualified to be a defense attorney. He was taking part in a student exchange program and was about to depart to London when Ryunosuke was accused of murder.
- A Friend in Need: Risks the exchange program he's been working tirelessly toward to stand as his best friend's defense. He outright says to his professor/mentor he'll willingly withdraw from it, if Ryunosuke is found guilty. He has absolutely no intention of abandoning him.
- The Ace: The first case wastes no time introducing his competence, reputation, and perfectionism.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Ryunosuke, his best friend.
- Death Faked for You: His altercation with Nikomina ended with him being knocked out rather than killed. Sherlock, in a bid to stop him going on the exchange program, claimed he'd died and had his unconscious body smuggled off the ship to Hong Kong.
- Deadpan Snarker: While generally good-natured about it, sometimes Ryunosuke wonders why he has such a mean best friend.
- Death by Falling Over: Breaks his neck after a sudden shove causes him to collide against his bedpost. Though DGS 2 reveals that the fall merely knocked him out.
- Does Not Like Spam: Even when other characters have remarked how deliciously it was prepared, and in this Christmas illustration by Nuri the meal was probably cooked by Iris, Asogi really can't stand chicken. There were many bad circumstances surrounding his death Case 2, but fans have been most commonly frustrated that his death was largely caused by this.
- Expy: He's The Mentor to Ryunosuke who dies early on and whose philosophy greatly influences his student's approach to being a lawyer, making him one of Mia Fey, right down to having similar lines. In the sequel, being someone thought to be dead who comes back as a masked prosecutor also makes him one of Godot.
- In addition to Godot he is also has a twist of Miles Edgeworth. The best friend of the protagonist who was originally supposed to be a defence attorney is taught to be a prosecutor after a massive trauma affected him.
- Friendly Rival: Becomes one to Ryunosuke when he becomes a prosecutor. Doesn't mean he's gonna let him off easy, though.
- Hot-Blooded: Described as such in the trailer, and it shows. He's still calmer than Ryunosuke, however.
- Humble Hero: According to Ryunosuke's monologue, he seems to be one of if not the most famous student in their school, and while he has pride, he's still significantly nicer than one would expect, often accrediting his achievements to hard work and being very encouraging to our protagonist.
- I Choose to Stay: Chooses to remain in London at the second game's conclusion as a prosecutor under van Zieks.
- Martial Arts Headband: Wears one of these. It even flutters indoors!
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He winds up dead in the first game's second chapter. Ultimately subverted: he survived the events of the chapter, if barely, but was rendered amnesiac by the events.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He carries a katana with him that's stated to be a family heirloom. It's named "Karuma", meaning 'demon hunter'note . Ryunosuke inherits it after he is seemingly killed, but he gives it back to him in the second game when they meet again. Asougi then formally bequeaths it to Ryunosuke in the epilogue of the second game, believing himself to be unworthy of having Karuma until he can quell his anger towards his father's death.
- Leitmotif: "Samurai on a Mission", a noble and well-paced song fitting for a samurai. There is also the Nocturne variation that plays when others discuss his death or mourn his loss. He gets two more upon his return in DGS 2: "A Grand Return" for the reveal that he's alive, and "The Revived Prosecutor" as a prosecutor, which fittingly uses some instruments and motifs present in Van Zieks' theme.
- Necro Non Sequitur: At the end of Case 2's second Joint Reasoning session, Ryunosuke and Sherlock come to the conclusion that he tripped on a cat, slipped on a puddle of shoe polish, and broke his neck on the floor, killing him. The actual truth is much simpler, though: Nikomina pushes him and the back of his neck hits the bed post, killing - or rather, incapacitating him.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He vows to keep Nikomina's presence a secret, and ends up being pushed to his near-death.
- Only Mostly Dead: When Sherlock found Asougi's body, he was still alive albeit unconscious, though he remarks that if he hadn't resuscitated him quickly enough he might actually have died.
- Poor Communication Kills: If he had told Nikomina the 'friend' he mentioned was inside the wardrobe, he probably wouldn't have nearly died.
- Revenge Before Reason: In the finale of the second game. He's determined to prove that Barok, the person who got his father convicted for murder, is the true mastermind behind the Death Bringer Organisation - despite the mounting evidence to the contrary.
- Walking Spoiler: Very hard to talk about him without giving away his death in the first game's second case or that the sequel reveals him to be alive after all.
Kay Faraday (Mikumo Ichijo)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ayumi Fujimura (drama CDs, trailers)
Edgeworth's assistant in Ace Attorney Investigations, who serves the same in-game purpose as Maya in the Phoenix Wright games and Trucy in Apollo Justice. Described as a "mysterious thief," she owns a device called the "Little Thief" that allows her to create life-sized holograms of rooms and other scenes. It belonged to her late father Byrne Faraday, who used it during his tenure as the Yatagarasu to plan information heists.
- Adorkable: She approaches her position as "Yatagarasu" with such adorably girlish enthusiasm that you can't HELP but find her this.
- Animal Motifs: Crows, fitting her title which means "three-legged crow" in Japanese and crows are infamous for stealing. She even looks like a baby crow as a kid.
- Bandage Babe: In AAI2, when she fell from a skyscraper rooftop, she ended up like this, losing her memory on top of it. Fortunately, the bandages turn out to be just a unnecessary precaution and her injuries weren't that serious. And besides that, she only fell from one floor to another.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her younger self in "Turnabout Reminiscence".
- Chekhov's Gunman: Chronologically she first meets Edgeworth (during Ace Attorney Investigations) 7 years prior to the Amano incident, where she kicks Edgeworth in the leg and blows her nose on his shirt.
- Fangirl: She claims to be one in regards to the Jammin' Ninja. This irks Edgeworth, a die-hard Steel Samurai fan.
- Genki Girl: Possibly even more so than Maya or Trucy.
- Gentleman Thief: She repeatedly compares herself to Robin Hood. The Yatagarasu is explicitly called a gentleman thief in the Japanese version.
- Highly Visible Ninja: A review in a recent Nintendo Power referred to her as a ninja, but the Ace Attorney Wiki uses the phrase "mysterious thief" and has her occupation listed as vigilante thief, suggesting she's more of a Highly Visible Phantom Thief. This is, of course, possibly even worse. Edgeworth wonders if she really wants to be a ninja when Kay starts showing her preference for the Jammin' Ninja over the Steel Samurai. She's also not at all averse to loudly declaring her role as the Yatagarasu with law enforcement personnel in immediate earshot. This comes back to bite her once toward the end of the first game, when Interpol agent Shih-na attempts to arrest her for a murder which the Yatagarasu most likely committed. Kay swears she's no murderer but refuses to back down from her claim that she is the Yatagarasu, making Edgeworth do some extra work to clear her name.
- Identity Amnesia: In AAI2. She even believes herself to be a murderer.
- Informed Ability: Both in-universe and out. Nobody believes that she's a competent thief, given how very unsubtle she is about things.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Surprisingly averted. Despite calling herself a thief and making jokes about stealing various items, her only real heist is to steal the role as Edgeworth's assistant from Gumshoe and Ema Skye. Justified, given that the Yatagarasu is a noble thief who swipes information and dirty secrets, not material possessions.
- Leitmotif: "The Great Truth Burglar", a slightly more traditionally-Japanese theme to match the Yatagarasu theme of her character. It gains a Dark Reprise in I2-4 as "Reminiscing ~ A Girl With Lost Memories" when she's suffering from amnesia.
- Magical Computer: Little Thief, a device that Kay uses to virtually reproduce crime scenes, even ones she can't actually access (though if she enters the wrong data, the scene will be incorrect).
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: With the exception of the romantic angle, the main entry description pretty much nails Kay's and Edgeworth's relationship.
- Meaningful Name:
- Chances are, Little Thief has been used for less scrupulous goals than reproducing crime scenes. It doesn't work in real time, though, so this fails to explain how Kay deals with the whole "highly visible" thing. When she first uses it, Kay explains that it's used to help plan potential heists. Which makes it perfect to reproduce a crime scene.
- 'Mikumo' means 'Beautiful Cloud' referring to the Karakusa pattern she and her father wore. It's a traditional, stereotypic motif of a Japanese thief's bag.
- Modesty Shorts: Official artwork◊ reveals that she wears a pair of shorts under her skirt.
- The Promise: She and her father had several, which were recorded in a special notebook. She doesn't manage to keep them all, but everyone takes them seriously.
- Punny Name: "Kay" probably comes for "key", and "Faraday" may refer to the Faraday cage which is used in computer forensics.
- Remember the New Guy?: Investigations Case 4 reveals that Edgeworth met her on the same day he met Gumshoe. Subverted in that he doesn't immediately recognize her when she reappears after a seven-year absence.
- Shoo the Dog: She tells Edgeworth to forget about her when defending her causes him to lose his badge and even gets him detained for helping a fugitive. He doesn't listen, obviously.
- Stealth Pun: Whereas many fictional characters open locks with hairpins, she uses a key to hold her hair in place.
- Take Up My Sword: Little Thief belonged to her father, a prosecutor who used it to infiltrate companies with suspected criminal ties and steal anything that incriminated them.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Shortly after her introduction, she declares to Edgeworth that she has never actually stolen anything. She also ends up never really stealing anything either, to contrast Maya and Trucy, who definitely steal stuff in the name of evidence. So the spirit medium and the magician end up stealing more than, you know, the actual thief (though to be fair she's under the eye of Edgeworth, who won't have any of that nonsense on his watch).
- Trademark Favorite Food: Swiss rolls.
- Trying Not to Cry: She made a promise to her father never to cry in front of anyone. Unfortunately, shortly after his death, it's a promise she doesn't manage to keep.
- Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: She hasn't appeared, or even been mentioned, outside of the Investigations games.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: When she was young.
- You Killed My Father: To Calisto Yew, after she's unmasked as Shih-na.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Right on the borderline. Official artwork shows a C-grade, which is not considered true Zettai Ryouiki, but her in-game tiny sprites make it seem like they have crossed the threshold into a successful B-grade.
Voiced by (Japanese): Kana Hanazawa (DGS)
A young judicial assistant and primary companion to Ryunosuke. She is described as a proper maiden, but also a progressive thinker and has a love for foreign mystery novels. Her knowledge of the English court system aids Ryunosuke in understanding their unique trial-by-jury procedure. She has an affinity for sweets.
- A Day in the Limelight: The first case of DGS 2 has her don the garb of a defense attorney to defend her friend in Ryunosuke's absence, and becomes the playable character as a result.
- Badass Cape: Her disguise as "Ryutaro Naruhodo" had one.
- Batman Gambit: Set up one for the real killer in DGS-5; after witnessing the murder by creating a peeking window on the crime scene's door, she takes advantage of the fact that said killer doesn't know of the existence of the window, and thus she set out to keep the cat door maker's existence a secret, followed by having Sherlock give it to Ryu in the case that the killer tried to use it to claim to be a witness to the crime.
- Big Damn Heroes: When Ryunosuke and Asogi have a hard time proving Jezail's murder method, Susato arrives in the middle of the trial to provide evidence. Later in Case 5, she quickly thinks to use Iris' cat door maker to create a peeking window to Hatch's murder scene after Sherlock gets shot, which ends up being decisive evidence against Crogley.
- Born in the Wrong Century: She is described as a progressive thinker. This is exemplified in her fashion sense, more specifically, the addition of her hakama, which was traditionally only worn by men with a few exceptions.
- Broken Pedestal: As she idolizes Asogi and expects Ryunosuke to be a good friend to him, she is naturally appalled when Case 2 pointed towards Ryunosuke as Asogi's murderer. Because of this she treats him horribly at first, but he slowly regains her trust once he is able to prove himself not guilty.
- In the second game, she is furious at Yuujin while she's under the impression that he fathered Iris whilst in England.
- Death by Childbirth: Her mother's fate, which caused a heartbroken Yuujin to accept an offer to study abroad in London shortly after her birth.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Due to the circumstances of how they meet again for the second time, she's very cold to Ryunosuke at first. It only lasts as long as she still suspects him of the murder, and they're on friendlier terms come Case 3.
- Disappeared Dad: Yuujin was one to her during the first few years of her life.
- Fangirl: Of foreign mystery novels.
- First-Name Basis: Aside from her own manner of being addressed, she also calls Asogi "Kazuma-sama". He in turn however, calls her Legal Assistant Mikotoba.
- Great Big Book of Everything: More like "pocket-sized book of everything," but she carries a book in her sleeve that serves as a reference to everything from trial procedure to mystery novels to herpetology.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She's the formally-educated legal assistant to both Asogi and Ryu, and knows more about the law and trial procedure more than most previous assistants in the series. She's the one who teaches Ryu everything he knows.
- Leitmotif: "A Blooming Flower in the New World", a graceful and beautifully-orchestrated song using Japanese instruments more prominently. She also has "Serenade", a slower, more somber remix. During her brief stint as a defense attorney, "Ryutaro Naruhodo ~ Objection! 2017" and it's Prelude equivalent, which is a rearrangement of her usual leitmotif.
- My Greatest Failure: Tampering with the crime scene of Hatch's murder using Iris' cat door maker, in order to leave evidence for Ryuunosuke to capture the culprit. It almost made her throw her law book to the ocean in shame before Ryuu arrives and reassures her about it.
- Not So Above It All: When behind the defense bench, she's found to exhibit the same nervous tics Ryunosuke has while defending; eyes darting around nervously, recoiling and faceplanting into the desk in shock, slapping her face to invigorate herself, etc.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She's prim and proper by default, but she's also capable of shoulder-tossing Ryu like its nothing.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Disguises herself as a male defense attorney to defend Haori Murasame, under the name 'Ryutaro Naruhodo' (registered as such by her father).
- Sweet Tooth: Holmes deduces out she likes to eat pastries in one of the trailers.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: One of her defining qualities, in contrast to the other assistants in the Ace Attorney series.
Voiced by (Japanese): Misaki Kuno (DGS)
A medical prodigy (with an M.D. at the age of 10, no less!), Sherlock Holmes' assistant/roommate, and (in-universe) author of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- Anachronism Stew: Iris managed to develop a holographic video projection system between the Old Bailey and Buckingham Palace. A holographic projector in early-1900s England.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Among Ryunosuke's group, she's the youngest.
- Canon Character All Along: An interesting inversion. Set up as the daughter of John Watson, but the sequel reveals she's actually a totally original character with no connections to Holmsian canon at all.
- Child Prodigy: She's 10 years old... but she has a medical doctorate.
- Dead Guy Junior: Yuujin ended up being the one to name her, and eventually settled on giving her the english variant of his beloved wife's name - Ayame.
- Death by Childbirth: Her mother died shortly after giving birth to her.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Shares Sherlock's knack for machine making. Some of the things she's made include a colored smoke grenade launcher and a cat door maker.
- Has Two Daddies: Her biological father was Klimt van Zieks, though she grew up considering Sherlock her father. She doesn't mind being like a sister to Susato either, and by extension a second daughter to Yuujin.
- Kid Sidekick: To the great detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. She's also this to Ryuu in Case 5 when Susato is returning back to Japan.
- Leitmotif: "The Little Biographer", a fast-paced bubbly theme with a few mechanical whirs.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: She is the author of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in this universe. Actually, she just publishes them. They were really written by Yuujin Mikotoba (though she assumed that they were written by John Watson).
- Long-Lost Relative: Case 5 of the second game reveals her to be Barok's niece - shocking Barok, who didn't even know his brother had a child.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: As befitting her sweet personality. DGS 2 reveals that the colour comes from her father, Klimt Van Zieks.
- Mysterious Parent: Her father. In the first game she's under the impression that their identity is that of John Watson, but the sequel reveals that this is not the case - instead implying that it's actually Yuujin. Case 5 finally reveals her to be the daughter of Klimt Van Zieks, making Barok her uncle.
- Parental Substitute: Holmes is one to her, but in a twist she was so young when she was left with him that she initially grew up thinking he was her actual father.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Has bubblegum pink hair to match her bubbly personality.
- Sherlock Scan: She is capable of doing this, and she's very good at it. Case in point when she correctly deduces what Ryunosuke and Susato's jobs are, what they're doing in 221b Baker Street, and who they're defending.
- Supreme Chef: Iris is the cook of the house, and is very happy to do it.