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Law enforcement agents in the Ace Attorney series. For Angel Starr and Maggey Byrde, both former policewomen, see here and here respectively.
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Main Detectives

Just like how defense attorneys get their own assistants, the main detectives tend to be paired up with the main prosecutors of the game. As their title suggests, they help investigate crime scenes and are usually the earliest witnesses in trials. Defense attorneys may have to coax extra information from them-the ones that would usually be reserved for the prosecutors' side.

    Dick Gumshoe (Keisuke Itonokogiri

Dick Gumshoe (Keisuke Itonokogiri)

Voiced by (Japanese): Kouji Ishii (trailers), Masami Iwasaki (anime)

Voiced by (English): Bryan Massey (anime)

Played by: Shunsuke Daito (film)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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"I'm just a lowly detective so... I'm not sure what to do with that, other than arrest it!"

Main detective of the original trilogy. Despite his skill as an investigator, Gumshoe has an unfortunate tendency to make mistakes, and as a result has a small paycheck. He is optimistic and eager to please, but bears the brunt of the prosecutors' frustrations. He is particularly loyal to Edgeworth, and becomes something of an ally to Phoenix as well.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's practically a Bishōnen in the movie.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Recipe for Turnabout acts as his in the original trilogy. "Farewell, My Turnabout" is also one of Gumshoe's biggest moments to shine, as he's one of the only people Phoenix trusts with the information that Maya has been kidnapped.
  • Afraid of Blood: In the first case of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, he almost faints when he sees the victim's body.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • He canonically has a crush on Maggey, but in Case 3-3, we get this exchange:
      Gumshoe: There's just something about that lady... I mean, guy.note 
      Phoenix: Huh!? You can't stop thinking about him!?
      Gumshoe: Not like that! Gimme a break, pal. He's not my type.
  • Big Damn Heroes: If there's anything he gets right on a consistent basis, it's this. He's prone to arriving in the nick of time whenever Phoenix needs help or evidence.
  • Big Fun: He's a rather sweet guy, and he's 182 cmnote  and 90 kgnote .
  • Book Dumb: He isn't a total idiot, but he's showing up to a gunfight with a knife when it comes to people like Phoenix and Edgeworth.
  • The Big Guy: To both Phoenix and Edgeworth. He may not be as smart as his associates, but when push comes to shove, he's very useful.
  • Blind Without 'Em: In Bridge to the Turnabout, Gumshoe tells Edgeworth that a sign chiseled into a large rock reads "Dusty Bridge" after Edgeworth said that it read "Dusky Bridge", and tells Edgeworth that he needs glasses. Edgeworth then told Gumshoe to carefully read the rock again, and then Gumshoe admits his mistake. Edgeworth then tells Gumshoe that Gumshoe needs to get glasses, implying that he is not doing a good job because his vision is lacking.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Gumshoe tends to take all kinds of abuse from his superiors.
  • The Cameo: He is the first witness in the flashback case of Apollo Justice.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Towards Maggey Byrde.
  • Clueless Detective: One of the less competent detectives, which is saying something. How incompetent he is varies based on the game and the situation, though; he's not nearly as incompetent early on, and can often be relied on to pull through at critical moments in the climactic cases. Whenever he's cross-examined in court, his contradictions are never due to lies or hiding information, but genuine glaring mistakes on his part.
  • The Confidant: Despite the fact that nobody ever seems to give him an ounce of respect, both Phoenix and Edgeworth trust him with critical information when the chips are down. Edgeworth tells him, and him alone, that he is going on a trip to rediscover himself, not committing suicide as his note implies. Phoenix, meanwhile, immediately goes to him once he hears that Maya has been kidnapped in Case 2-4, and Gumshoe's help in this case becomes absolutely critical.
  • Cowardly Lion: As proven during one Big Damn Heroes moment, he is willing to face down Furio Tigre, get back the important piece of evidence he was about to destroy, and buy time for Phoenix and Maya to escape. He even mentions that the gangster's roar is intimidating but tells himself to keep it together.
  • Crapsack Only by Comparison: In the tradition of Watson, Gumshoe is only a little obtuse compared to the average guy; it's just that his appearances have him sharing screen space with individuals like Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth, who make him look positively handicapped by comparison.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The above feats of sheer bravery and physical badassery, but seriously, when your investigation needs something, whether it's a bridge built overnight, that one piece of evidence found or a high speed race across town, Gumshoe will deliver.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second Investigations game, though it doesn't kick in until after the first case, when Loads and Loads of Characters start showing themselves. Raymond takes the role of Edgeworth's Lancer while still providing comic relief, while Sebastian fills the clueless logic comedy Gumshoe used to provide, leaving him with less and less screentime as the game goes on. After Case 2, his only real role is to occasionally transfer evidence and make arrests. To drive it home, AAI 2 is also the first game in the series where he never gets to testify.
  • Detective Patsy: In the Investigations manga, he is hired to guard "Officers" alongside Thomas Bester (who's possibly even less competent than he is) and Monet Kreskin (the museum owner's niece) although it's more because he can't recognize that it's a counterfeit and the original was sold. This happens again in "Turnabout Silver Screen", given that Chase Clink, the murderer, arranged for him to be Emi St. Cloud's bodyguard.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Develops a crush on Chauncey Laboni in the Investigations manga, which she uses in order to retrieve the diamonds she stashed in his car.
  • Dumb Muscle: He is not a very smart detective outside of engineering where he really is a smart engineer, but he is an elite fighter who can defeat whole mobs in a fight by himself.
  • Dumb Is Good: Zig-zagged. He's not necessarily stupid, and when he's in his element he can be quite insightful. Unfortunately, as a detective, he borders on hopeless. While he is certainly out of his depth compared to the likes of Phoenix Wright or Miles Edgeworth, he really is a good guy at heart.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He is almost always failing to collect all of the evidence, leaving it up to the player character to pick up clues.
  • Flanderization: He wasn't always a completely useless, incompetent idiot whose only narrative purpose was to make other characters look good. Unfortunately, his brains seem to drain away a little more with each passing game, an inevitability when all his contradictions are the result of negligence or stupidity on his part rather than lying. For his part, Edgeworth Lampshades it in Investigations, but interprets the situation as "we keep improving our knowledge while Gumshoe gets left behind."
  • Friend on the Force: To Edgeworth and, to a lesser extent, Phoenix.
  • Friend to All Children: Fond of kids and easily befriends Kay and Pearl.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He is great at building and maintaining investigative gadgets and tools like bug sweepers.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Typically fired at some point during the game's final case and rehired by the game's end.
  • Genius Ditz: He's usually a doofus, but REALLY good with machines. Not only did he build the moving mascot for the police department, he's also actually pretty savvy when it comes to high-tech investigative equipment, and he actually built a bug tracking device when he was still in grade school! And that bug tracking device becomes ESSENTIAL in case 2-4, probably the case where Gumshoe most proves his worth in the entire series. He also knows the scientific name of Charley, the plant in Mia's office ("Cordyline stricta, pal!")
  • Gentle Giant: He always (unintentionally) makes Maya jump whenever he appears, presumably due to his loud voice and imposing build, but he actually wouldn't hurt a fly.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Besides his Undying Loyalty to Edgeworth, Investigations shows he's a huge fan of Detective Badd. He's visibly crushed when he has to take Badd away after the latter turns himself in.
  • Homemade Inventions: He made a bug sweeper in grade school that works just fine aside from treating everything that emits signals as suspicious.
  • Inspector Lestrade: While he's always there to get the clues needed to solve the case for the protagonists, he isn't exactly the sharpest mind in the cast, and as such, it mostly falls to people like Phoenix and Edgeworth to get the truth from what he finds.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Kay Faraday.
  • Large Ham: Almost every other line from Gumshoe is delivered with lots of screen shaking and sound effects.
  • The Lancer: He's the big, slovenly and bumbling detective who wears his heart on his sleeve to Edgeworth's slim, trim, hypercompetent and ice-cold attorney. Despite their completely different personalities, Gumshoe is Edgeworth's most trusted and loyal companion.
  • Leitmotif: "It's Detective Gumshoe, Pal". Additionally, he has "I Can Do It When It Counts, Pal!" in Investigations, which is more upbeat and excitable.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Not so much his overall competence, but Gumshoe is apparently one hell of a fighter. Every time he shows up to save Phoenix, he's outnumbered badly, yet he always seems to walk away none the worse for wear. In the first game, his appearance is enough for a woman to call off her four mafia-esque bodyguards, and in the third game he takes on Furio Tigre, who has backup, on his own. Also during the second game, he repeatedly closes in on Shelly de Killer's hiding places. For reference, de Killer is armed and has a hostage and he repeatedly chooses to escape rather than let Gumshoe catch sight of him.
  • Meaningful Name: Both "Dick" and "Gumshoe" are slang words for a detective. In addition, Edgeworth mentally comments once that he's like gum on your shoe — impossible to dislodge.
    • In Japanese, "Keisuke" alludes to Keisuke Kuwata, a Japanese rock star, while "Itonokogiri" roughly translates to "a fretsaw", a strong cutting tool used for more delicate works.
  • Mr. Exposition: He is a detective, after all. If he doesn't explain the situation to Phoenix, he'll do it in court, sometimes without even the need to cross-examine him as all he presented were facts.
  • No Indoor Voice: Implied; whenever he speaks in a conversational tone, his mouth tends to move a lot more than the other characters, and when he yells, it's proportionally larger. Combine that with the Large Ham nature of the character, and it's not hard to come to the conclusion that he's never all that quiet.
  • Noodle Incident: He knew Angel Starr when he was sixteen, and she was the only person able to get him to say "what happened". This is never elaborated on.
  • Not-So-Badass Longcoat: His shabby trenchcoat does help convey a bit of a tough guy image for him in the first game, but over time its frequently commented on shabbiness just serves as another indicator of his poverty.
  • Older Sidekick: To Edgeworth, and occasionally Franziska. He prefers Edgeworth. In I-4, it's shown that he initially thought of Edgeworth as a kid, but by the time Edgeworth cleared his name, he'd earned Gumshoe's respect.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has this, somewhat befitting his slightly unkempt and raggedy appearance.
  • Perpetual Poverty:
    • Somehow continues to exist no matter how many pay cuts he gets. It gets Lampshaded in the first game...
    Phoenix: If Detective Gumshoe's salary drops any further, he'll end up paying to work!
    • Still in the first game, Gumshoe himself says something along these lines, in post-Case 5 credits, implying he completely hit rock bottom.
    Gumshoe: "If we penalize you any more, it'd be worse than firing you!" (beat) Yes, that's what they said.
    • Case 3-5 reveals he isn't always able to pay his electric bill.
    • Further lampshaded in Investigations, where his idea of celebrating a big case is to have extra salt in his instant noodles.
    • A hilarious line from Edgeworth regarding this is heard (read: thought) if Edgeworth presents the Magatama to Gumshoe.
    Gumshoe: *after trying to eat said Magatama* I thought it was some sort of hard candy that would fill you up.
    Edgeworth: (Nngh... Perhaps his salary's been cut too much...)
    • There's a throwaway gag about Gumshoe due for an unpleasant salary review in Spirit of Justice (a game he doesn't even appear in), simply because he revealed to Phoenix at some point that Edgeworth also goes around presenting random evidence during his investigations.
    • Inverted in the last case of Investigations 2, where he actually recieves a pay raise after helping take down the main villain.
  • The Pig-Pen: Takes pride in never washing his detective's coat, claiming every stain is a new badge of honor. When Maggey buys him a new one at the end of the third game, he can't wait to start getting it dirty.
  • Pointless Band-Aid: On his jaw. Presumably he cuts himself shaving... every morning in exactly the same spot.
  • Punny Name: "Dick" and "gumshoe" are two different slang terms for "detective".
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When he's sad, his eyebrows turn slightly up and he has an incredibly sad expression. Fitting his status as a put upon sad sack, he uses this expression frequently.
  • Put on a Bus: In the post-timeskip games. He appears during Phoenix's flashback in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, but that's it. Spirit of Justice alludes that he's still on the force, though.
  • Running Gag: Attempts to eat the Magatama every time it's presented to him. Except for the very first time you get it, where Gumshoe says that it's a very nice brooch and you should wear that instead of your attorney's badge. Pearl then says you should be happy he said that.
  • Shout-Out: His Japanese name, "Keisuke", is a Shout-Out to Japanese rocker Keisuke Kuwata.
    • His hair, shabby coat and mismatched eyebrows mirror Peter Falk's appearance in the detective series Columbo.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: He tries his hardest to not tell Phoenix about the crimes, but he always spills the beans. Also, he never seems to catch the culprit. Except for Case 2-4.
  • Thinking Tic: Raises one or both eyebrows and looks upwards in his thinking animation.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • In the third game, it's implied in the credits that he finally hooks up with Maggey.
    • At the end of Investigations 2 Edgeworth finally raises his salary for once! Although how much this counteracts all of his previous salary cuts is not specified.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gumshoe is overall smarter and much more competent in the second Investigations game than in the first one.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass:
    • In case 3-5, Gumshoe finds a partially burnt letter that contains instructions on what to do after the lights out bell is rung that ends with "Gravely roast the Master in the fires of Hades and bring our vengeance to fruition." He thinks it's worthless and should be thrown away, since it couldn't possibly have anything to do with the case.
    • In general, this is what happens to him as the series goes on and he gets hit with Flanderization. The one exception is in the second Investigations game, where he actually improves upon his performance in the previous game.
  • Undying Loyalty: Very much so to Edgeworth. When he's accused of murder in both Case 1-4 and in Case 2 of Investigations Gumshoe adamantly refuses to believe that he could be the culprit. There are two major reasons for this: he interprets Edgeworth's (previously) perfect conviction record a sign of unshakable trust in the police to arrest the right person, and, more personally, Edgeworth cleared his name when he was accused of a double murder in the courthouse — on their very first meeting.
  • Unfortunate Name: He doesn't like being called Dick, presumably for the obvious reason.
  • Verbal Tic: In the English version, punctuates most of his sentences with "pal". In the Japanese he slurs the end of his sentences.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His dynamic with Edgeworth can at best be described as abusive, with Edgeworth constantly throwing put downs and callous snarks at him. Despite this, Gumshoe continues to admire Edgeworth and Edgeworth is in turn shown to have a certain fondness for Gumshoe. It certainly helps that Edgeworth is the only prosecutor who doesn't ever physically attack him.

    Ema Skye (Akane Hozuki

Ema Skye (Akane Hozuki)

Voiced by (Japanese): Satomi Hanamura (AJ trailers), Marina Inoue (SOJ)

Voiced by (English): Erica Lindbeck (SOJ)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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"Ah, the power of science. It's my life."

Main detective of the fourth and sixth games. She appeared first as Phoenix's assistant in the DS-exclusive case of the first game, Rise from the Ashes. She loves science with a child-like passion, and as a teenager dreamed of being a forensic scientist. She failed the test for it before Apollo Justice and was made a detective instead, becoming moody and bitter about it. By the time of Spirit of Justice, however, she finally passed and was able to live out her dream. Ema admires both Phoenix and Edgeworth greatly and will willingly help either of them if the need arises. She has a fondness for cute things and even signs her name with a love heart at the end as "Ema Skye ♥".
  • Brainy Brunette: She has a surprising amount of talent in scientific investigation for someone her age.
  • Big Sister Worship: She dearly loves and admires her older sister Lana, but doesn't understand why she has become so cold. Lana was protecting Ema the entire time, just keeping her at a distance so she wouldn't be implicated in the murder of Neil Marshall.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: In Apollo Justice, she's brainy enough, but really half-hearted in her detective work. Justified since she's essentially stuck in a job she didn't want.
  • Comfort Food: Her Snackoos. When Apollo meets her in Spirit of Justice, she happily declares that she's done with them... but when she's forced to testify against Trucy, she's back to munching away.
  • Cool Shades: She trades in her goggles for these when she's an adult in Apollo Justice. She hardly ever wears them on her face, however.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Zig-zagged. Her first appearance averts this with blue eyes, her appearance in Apollo Justice and Investigations plays it straight with brown eyes, and the official art averts this with greenish-blue eyes.
  • Expy:
    • She heavily evokes the character design of Hope Stelar (Akane Hoshikawa) from Mega Man Star Force, another Capcom game. They have similar hairstyles (brown hair, fluffy ponytail, face-framing bangs), identical first names and second Stellar Names in the Japanese version. Art of a younger Hope from Star Force 3 reveals that she was practically identical to Ema when she was younger.
    • Design-wise, she resembles a scientific version of Maya down to the ponytail, hairstyle and long clothes, who Phoenix even mistakes her for briefly. She even has a older sister who's involved with law.
  • Fangirl: Idolizes Edgeworth. The contrast between Edgeworth and Klavier is probably why Ema can't stand him: "Prosecutors should be cool-of-wit and furrowed-of-brow... less 'glimmerous', more 'simmerous'." Her phone also has the Steel Samurai ringtone, and a Pink Princess strap.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Being that Investigations is an Interquel, Ema's cheery personality remains intact from "Rise From the Ashes". It's a little sad to know that her good nature will be sucked away in the coming years by her failing the forensics exam, denying her dream... thankfully temporarily.
  • Friend on the Force: More in Spirit of Justice than in Apollo Justice. She was moodier and slightly obstructive in the latter, but two years and a job promotion later, she's outright helpful to the defense and unwilling to testify against them.
  • Genki Girl: Back when she was a Suspiciously Similar Substitute, she was a slightly more serious and driven version of this than Maya. She was deliberately changed into her more mature and moody self for Apollo Justice so as her role would not clash with Trucy, who filled the Maya role of the fourth game. Her old Genki self is still there though once Apollo gets her excited about forensic science, and it returns for good in Spirit of Justice once Ema finally becomes a forensic investigator like she dreamed.
  • Girl Friday: The competent female sidekick to Phoenix in the first game, to Klavier in the fourth (although a more hostile example than most), and to Nahyuta in the sixth.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: The pink sunglasses that usually rest on the top of her head apparently allow her to see things that are normally hard to spot, such as footprints. In "Rise from the Ashes", she tells Phoenix her pink glasses also make Luminol reactions easier to see, and gives him a spare pair for the same purpose.
  • Hollywood Nerd: She's very beautiful and is a fangirl of Steel Samurai and Pink Princess.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In her first appearance, a combination of enthusiasm and naïveté results in most of her "scientific observations" relying on this. This is justified by the fact that she attended a Sucky School during that time. She gets better in future appearances however.
  • Inspector Lestrade: Her role in Apollo Justice and Spirit of Justice, being the one who inevitably arrests innocent people. She's more levelheaded than Gumshoe was, but was often subject to Klavier's gimmicks.
  • I Owe You My Life: Indirectly. Once Apollo and Trucy reveal their association with Phoenix (the man who defended her sister in 1-5) she gladly helps them any way she can as long as she's in a good mood.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Invoked, as she'd wear a lab coat over her normal clothes as a teen to denote her passion for science. While not technically a forensic scientist in Apollo Justice, she still wears one, and helps Apollo and Trucy with their amateur sleuthing. Finally earned in Spirit of Justice when she does becoming a forensics expert.
  • The Lab Rat: She would prefer to be this, but she flunked the exam for it. She eventually succeeded in Spirit of Justice, and is much happier for it.
  • Leitmotif: "Turnabout Sisters 2005" during her younger years, following the trend of female assistants having cheerier, upbeat theme songs, as well as connecting her to Maya in the sense of both being investigative partners. It's replaced by "The Scientific Detective" in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, since she's a detective by that point, giving her theme a small lower-key portion that escalates back to the usual cheerfulness to show her newfound angst from being stuck as a detective. It gets remixed in Spirit of Justice to sound a bit more triumphant, since she's finally a forensic investigator like she always wanted.
  • Mr. Exposition: As much as she hates it, she's a detective, so she knows what's going on.
  • Nice Hat: Gets one in Ace Attorney Investigations.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: She accidentally insults Edgeworth multiple times to his face in case 1-5.
  • Punny Name: "Skye" comes from, well, "sky", tying in with her Japanese name. "Akane" comes "akane-sasu sora" ("glowing sky"), and "Hozuki" means "jewel moon".
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When she is deeply upset for having to testify against her friend, she stops eating her Snackoos and just stare at the camera with an expression which really sells that she absolutely doesn't want to do that.
  • Put on a Bus: Despite being presumably in the same precinct as always, she is never seen in Dual Destinies, where Fulbright is the main detective. She's only mentioned in passing reference should Phoenix inspect the luminol kit (which has since been surrounded by other pieces of junk) she lent him many years ago. However, she does return in the sixth game, where it turns out she's become a forensics investigator.
  • Seen It All: The way she nonchalantly defuses a bomb scare in Spirit Of Justice's DLC case gives this impression.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: The wedding in the ending movie to the DLC case in Spirit of Justice is the only time she's seen in an outfit other than her lab coat. And she looks good!
  • Ship Tease:
    • She develops a mild crush on Edgeworth in her very first appearance and keeps it as part of her characterization. He obviously doesn't return her feelings, but he does seem pretty fond of her and is genuinely pleased to see her again when she turns up in Investigations.
    • She gets quite a bit of ship tease with Klavier in the official art and supplementary material, such as in one story where Ema is freezing in the cold and Klavier lends her his coat. She claims to dislike him because "When he walks his shiny chains catch the sun and glimmer in my eyes! It's distracting", how different he is from Edgeworth and his supposed role in Phoenix's disbarment (she doesn't know it wasn't actually his fault). However, her tsundere tendencies in Apollo Justice seem to hint that she may actually like him a bit deep down. This tsundere-ness is much more pronounced in the original Japanese version of the game than the English release, especially with the comparisons to Edgeworth.
    • Spirit of Justice suggests that Nahyuta has an interest in her... an interest she might be interested in returning. When she tells Edgeworth that she's leaving the country for a while to work with him in Khura'in, you can practically hear the "It's not you, it's me"...
  • Sucky School: She attended one of these because her high school math test that she wants to study for in the final day of investigation should you examine Mia's desk consists of kindergarten-level addition.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: As an adult, she is less prone to open up to others, but she shows her sweeter side to those who helped her in the past (i.e. Phoenix) and the prosecutors she's working with as she gets to know them more.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She started out as one to Maya — she's a perky teenage girl with a renowned older sister in the legal profession. Design-wise, she shares some intentional similarities with Maya, and her leitmotif is even called "Turnabout Sisters Theme 2005" in the first game! Their main point of contrast is Ema's staunch passion for science vs. Maya's mysticism. The allusion to Maya is part of the reasons why Phoenix decided to take Lana's case in the first place. Give or take a decade, though, and Ema and Maya have grown into quite different people. Best pronounced in Spirit of Justice - the first game in which they are both present in, and where both of them interact with each other in two full cases (2-3 and 2-6). This probably factored into the reason why Ema and Maya had the same Japanese voice actress for a spell before Ema gained a new one for Spirit of Justice.
  • Sweet Tooth:
    • To the point she won't let go of her bag of Snackoos even while witnessing in court.
    • Though she will use them as a weapon. Ka-tonk!
      Apollo: (She Snackoo'd me.)
    • In Spirit of Justice, it turns out that this only emerges whenever she's frustrated, as the Snackoos appear either when she's stuck testifying against someone whom she believes to be innocent, or complaining about the prosecutors she's worked with.
  • Thinking Tic: Lays one arm across her torso, rests the other arm's elbow on the wrist, and touches her cheek/mouth area in her thinking animations. She’ll also start to slowly sway from side to side as she ponders.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Ema finally achieves her dream job as a forensic investigator in Spirit of Justice.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: A huge one in Apollo Justice (presumably due to ending up a detective instead of a forensic investigator like she wanted). She ignores people who ask for her help, puts little effort in her work as stated above, and throws her snacks at anyone who annoys her. However, she becomes much nicer and more cooperative when talking about forensics, a trait that Apollo and Trucy exploited several times when they met her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's regained much of her youthful cheer in Spirit of Justice, as a result of finally achieving her lifelong dream.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: "Snackoos" in the English, fried dough cakes called Karintou in Japanese.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Towards Edgeworth, being her idol before Phoenix proved her sister innocent and all. This adoration extends all the way to Spirit of Justice, where her eagerness to look good in front of Edgeworth helps him to play her against the defense.
    • To a lesser extent, to Phoenix. After all, he did clear her sister of murder charges in "Rise from the Ashes". This is one of the reasons she resents Klavier, because he prosecuted the trial that got Phoenix disbarred. It gets to the point that she spites Apollo at the start of the first trial of "Turnabout Revolution" for opposing Phoenix, even though Apollo is just lawyering for what he believes is a good cause.
      Apollo: This is a civil trial, so I was surprised to see a detective take the stand.
      Ema: You disappoint me, Apollo. First, you know I'm not just a detective. I'm a forensic scientist. Do try to remember that. (screen briefly shakes as she says the following) Second, you owe Mr. Wright an apology. After all he's done for you, you have some nerve!
      Apollo: (blushes) First, I'm sorry. And second, I'm really just trying to do my job.
      Ema: You'll never get anywhere with that attitude. (grins) Take some advice from someone who's been there.
  • With Friends Like These...: While not trying to antagonize the prosecutors she's working with, she tends to insult Apollo or bicker with him instead. His first reaction to seeing her again in Spirit of Justice is to instantly run away given how their interactions usually went.

    Bobby Fulbright (Gouzou Ban

Bobby Fulbright (Gouzou Ban)

Voiced by (Japanese): Biichi Satou (DD)

Voiced by (English): Dave B. Mitchell (DD)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

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"In justice we trust!"

Main detective of the fifth game. A hot-blooded detective with the catchphrase "In Justice We Trust!", he has worked with Simon many times and is paired up with him in court. The detective hopes to help the prosecutor redeem himself after he was imprisoned. He's friendly and very energetic. However, this doesn't keep him from fulfilling his duties and he will remain strong when pushed far enough (such as if Simon tries to escape for example). Bobby has such a strong sense of justice that he is compelled to intervene when others are in trouble, and he will even help defense attorneys if it leads to a fair trial.

One day while investigating, he met an important person that lead him to become an important player in the events of Dual Destinies. For more information on this, you can see the profile of this other person in the "Turnabout For Tomorrow" section here. Careful though, you can get spoiled.


  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're actually quite impressive, even for this series.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He can be silly and goofy all the time, but when it comes to do his job, he won't hesitate to do what has to be done. Even if it means electrocuting a person he considers a friend, like Blackquill, to prevent him from escaping.
  • Catchphrase: "In justice we trust!"
  • Cool Shades: Very cool orange ones.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's an over-the-top ham who gives off some impeccably timed Incredibly Lame Puns (the second of which is lampshaded as such), but he's actually quite competent at handling Blackquill and saves the day, at least temporarily, in Case 4.
  • Dead All Along: He was murdered before the game started. The person impersonating him is actually the phantom.
  • Deuteragonist: Tetragonist of Dual Destinies, being the main law enforcement officer, integral to the outcome of a few cases. He's actually a bit more important than your other regular detectives due to an event that happened years ago.
  • For Great Justice: Pretty much his MO. His motto is "In justice we trust!" and he is compelled to help others in the name of justice.
  • Horned Hairdo: Subverted. He has the hair (most obvious when seen from above), but not the temperament.
  • Hot-Blooded: Often gets into fights with Athena because of their equal temperaments.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: To emphasize his dramatic ways.
  • Impersonation-Exclusive Character: He was being impersonated by the phantom the entire game, having been murdered before the game began.
  • Large Ham: His mannerisms and gesticulations are over-the-top, even for this series. His "shocked" animation especially so.
  • Leitmotif: "In Justice We Trust!", a loud and goofy-sounding jazz, showcasing Fulbright's tendency for silly antics.
  • Light Is Good: He dresses predominately in white, and he's a staunch ally of justice.
  • Meaningful Name: "Bobby" is a slang term for police officers in the United Kingdom. His last name Fulbright is used in contrast to Simon's last name Blackquill, representing their different personalities and creeds. It's also a reference to Fool's Gold.
    • Robert - of which "Bobby" is a diminutive - also means "bright".
    • Given his attitude, it can't be coincidence that his name rhymes with Dudley Do-Right.
    • "Fulbright" could reference the fact that it's difficult to make out somebody's features in a bright light, and we never actually learn how he really was like.
    • His Japanese name "Gōzō" contains the kanji for 'three', and he's the third main detective in the main series. It also contains the kanji for "booming/resounding", referencing his personality and the courtroom bombing. "Ban" translates to "watchdog" or "sentry", alluding to his role as Blackquill's guard.
  • Nice Guy: He certainly doesn't have many problems stepping aside for any of our main characters when they need to investigate, as long as they ask politelynote . One of the biggest examples is in the DLC case, where he goes out of his way to try and convince the Prosecutor's Office to put Orla on trial, so Phoenix would at least have a chance to prove her innocence.
  • #1 Dime: Not only does he set aside time every week to make sure his police ID is meticulously polished, but he keeps it in a shoulder holster so he can flash it at appropriate times.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Invoked. he's a justice-obsessed detective who wears a blue tie, a red collared shirt, and a white suit with gold buttons.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As a detective, he has to preserve the crime scene by keeping people out, but he does allow the defense quite a bit of leeway.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His pose when pushing his glasses back into place, the usual stray moment of professionalism, tends to come off as this sometimes.
  • Sunglasses at Night: His Cool Shades never come off. Lampshaded by Apollo.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: His main dilemma of whether be good and share all of his findings with the protagonists so the defense has a fair and just chance in court, or be lawful and follow protocol and deny the defense of any evidence which would be lawful but not fair and just.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: What makes him immune to Simon's psychological influences.
  • Walking Spoiler: There is one major revelation about him in the final case of Dual Destinies that has a massive effect on the plot. If you have not yet played/finished the game, exercise caution when looking up information about him.
    • Also it's advisable you play the DLC case, "Turnabout Reclaimed", in chronological order (between cases 2 and 3) instead of after the main game as his presence there can be disruptive or even unnerving after the major reveal at the end of the game.

    Shi-Long Lang (Shiryuu Rou

Shi-Long Lang (Shiryuu Rou)

Debut: Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

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"Lang Zi says: The reason people judge people is because people are people."

Edgeworth's rival in Ace Attorney Investigations, an international detective who is brash and dismissive of those he dislikes (especially prosecutors, since a corrupt one ruined his family's reputation), but cares deeply for his men. He practices a philosophy of "detention" which often leads him to suspect the wrong people, forcing Edgeworth to prove that they didn't do it before he can arrest them.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite being billed as Edgeworth's rival in the first Investigations, Lang only appears in two of the games five cases, bar a brief cameo in Turnabout Reminiscense.
  • Alternate Character Reading: His English version name is the Chinese reading of his name's kanji sequence.
  • Animal Motifs: His manners, name, and design are meant to invoke wolves, and his incredibly efficient Badass Crew of 100 agents resemble a wolf pack.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Shi-Long Lang is Chinese for "Soldier-Dragon Wolf".
  • Back for the Finale: After only making a brief appearence early into Investigations 2, Lang returns in The Grand Turnabout as the 11th-Hour Ranger.
  • Badass Crew: He leads a hand-picked group of 100 agents, and they get work done in record time. Sadly, Investigations 2 reveals they were forcibly disbanded after it turned out the second-in-command was The Mole, leaving Lang to investigate on his own. They remain loyal to him in spite of this, however, and it's suggested that they may be reforming after the events of the game.
  • Batman Gambit: In order to begin to attack Ambassador Alba, he directly accused Franziska von Karma of murder to continue the investigation.
  • Berserk Button: Hearing people speaking ill of President Huang makes him irrationally upset, as he and the rest of his clan all looked up to him. At least before Broken Pedestal sets in when he learns that the actual President Huang he looked up to died many years ago and has been since replaced with a body double.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Diplomatic Impunity? Agent Lang won't have any of that, Ex-Ambassador Alba. Just shortly after being shot in the thigh, too.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Knowing Chinese characters (in the Japanese version) or pinyin (in the English version) can inform the player of his Meaningful Name without having to look it up. Also, "shifu" means "teacher" or "master", something his reverent subordinates refer to him as.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Character Development: Lang's interactions with Edgeworth slowly cause him to let go of his grudge against prosecutors.
  • Confucian Confusion: Tends to quote wolf-themed aphorisms from a Confucius-expy named Lang Zi. As the story goes on, they become increasingly incomprehensible to the point that Edgeworth finds them difficult to follow.
    Lang: Lang Zi says: "A cub who disrespects others soon feels the disciplinary bite of an elder."
  • Cool Shades: Way too cool for words. Just how do they even stay on his face?
  • Cowboy Cop: A sympathetic one, but his M.O. handling cases is very much "arrest first, ask questions never".
  • Cuteness Proximity: Usually tough and aggressive, when he sees Missile, he noticeably gushes a bit.
  • Demoted to Extra: Much like Gumshoe and Franziska, he doesn't play as large of a role in the second Investigations game as he did in the first.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: In Investigations 2, he's the final one of the many allies Edgeworth gains over the course of the story.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he stomps onto the scene in case I-3, he insists that all his men are "number one", berates a subordinate for speaking rudely to Edgeworth and demonstrates proper behavior by exchanging business cards with him, and then throws Edgeworth off the case based on his own "philosophy of detainment," which is essentially "round up the usual suspects and the prosecutors will figure out which ones are guilty in court later."
  • The Exotic Detective: Coming from the ambiguously Asian country of Zheng Fa, and his slight fixation with wolf themes and metaphors makes him this.
  • A Father to His Men:
    • One of the most hilarious scenes in Investigations even plays around with the trope: Lang calls out one of his men and gives him a birthday present, causing the others to compliment him for being such an awesome boss... Then the first one says it was not his birthday. The silence lasts a single second before Lang retorts with: "Hmph... The present's not for you. It's for your younger brother's wife's younger brother! Give this and tell him I said "Hi!", at which his men cry Manly Tears.
    • A far less humourous example is where he takes Detective Badd's bullet for Shih-na even after knowing full well that she was The Mole, his reasoning being that she was still his subordinate, and he was still beholden to protect her from harm. And then he arrests her and leads her off.
    • In one of his first scenes, one of the other officers is having his men count off in numerical order. The first one shouts, "1!" The second one shouts, "2!", at which point Lang gets angry and berates him. All of his men are number one in his book! Turns into a Brick Joke later on when Lang once again has his men count off and each of them shouts, "1!"
  • Freudian Excuse: While hinted at in Investigations, Investigations 2 reveals his full backstory, and it's not pretty. The Lang family were a family of officers who answered directly to the Zheng Fa government for generations, with Lang's father being a close friend of President Huang himself. 12 years ago, however, the president was "kidnapped" (in fact assassinated and replaced by his body double) in what would become known as the SS-5 incident. Lang's father investigated the incident, but due to the Chief Prosecutor at the time, Blaise Debeste, being an accomplice to the incident, the investigation was railroaded into failure, and the fake president blamed it all on him, disgracing the entire family. Lang ended up watching his father spend the last years of his life slowly wasting away, desperately trying to find evidence that could prove what really happened. After learning this, Lang's hatred of prosecutors becomes a lot more understandable.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a leather jacket, covered in gold dragons to make it even more badass.
  • Hot-Blooded: Is rather territorial about his jurisdiction and doesn't hesitate to butt heads with people over it or show aggression, which isn't very surprising for a man with a wolf motif.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: To go along with his "wolf-ears" hair.
  • Honor Before Reason: Yes, Lang, it's your duty to protect your subordinates from harm, but Taking the Bullet for a known mole and murderer, even non-fatally might be going a bit too far.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Twice at about the same time, at the end of the third case of Investigations. Lang tells Edgeworth about the rumors about a prosecutor that works for the smuggling ring he's tracking down, and accuses Edgeworth of being one. This happens at around the same time Ernest Amano, who he very well knows he's tied to the ring, and was angry at being found out about that and obstructing police investigation about his son's murder of Colin Devorae, suddenly became significantly more cheerful once Jacques Portsman, the very prosecutor that is tied on the aforementioned rumor, appears and claims autority over the case. Lang never finds that behavior suspicious.
  • Implausible Deniability: When Edgeworth questions why an Interpol agent commanding a team of 100 is investigating a local kidnapping case and later murder, he tells them to mind their own business and stop interfering with the investigation. It turns out that he's actually hoping Ernest Amano will slip up and do something incriminating.
  • Inspector Javert: He disclaims the need for logic in making arrests in preference of detaining the most suspicious person immediately, and he hinders Edgeworth out of his grudge against prosecutors.
  • Inspector Lestrade: He's not stupid or careless, however; he's thorough in investigating crime scenes and he always has some basis in suspecting the prime suspect in cases he's involved in. Whether he's a Javert or a Lestrade depends on the situation, though generally he inches to being a Javert at the beginning of the case or when he's agitated and emotional, and gets closer to being a Lestrade when he calms down and the case develops more.
  • Interpol Special Agent: He has much greater investigative power (and manpower...) than a real-life Interpol agent.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He only hates prosecutors due to how Blaise Debeste destroyed his family's reputation of being top officers of the law. He treats his men well, though, and even develops some respect for Edgeworth late in Case 5.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Naturally he tells Edgeworth to get lost, seeing as an Interpol agent has greater jurisdiction than a local prosecutor. Things don't go his way in the end.
  • Leitmotif: "Lang-Zi Says!", a brash, suave jazz-rock tune to help make Lang even more of a badass.
  • Meaningful Name: "Lang" is Chinese for "wolf" and "Shi-Long" is "Soldier-Dragon". In fact, his English name is a Chinese Mandarin reading of his Japanese name, which means the same thing.
  • Metaphorgotten: He makes countless wolf metaphors. By the end of the game, Edgeworth has started to wonder what the hell he's talking about.
    Edgeworth: (These quotes are definitely becoming increasingly difficult to decipher...)
  • Mr. Fanservice: A rather fit and confident man who plays the role of Exotic Detective that's Hellbent For Leather with his shirt opened to show a teasing view of his chest. He's got quite a loyal female fanbase.
    • His concept designs initially pegged him as being shirtless. And we see that he's definitely supposed to have quite a body.
    • It's even Lampshaded in the fandub of the Investigations series where Edgeworth's voice actor takes jabs at Lang.
      Edgeworth: Pretty boy?! Strong words coming from a man showing off that much chest!
      (Later...)
      Edgeworth: (to Lang as he's about to leave) wait! Who're you calling "pretty boy", you Tetsuya Nomura knock-off?! note 
  • My Card: When he meets Edgeworth for the first time during case I-3, he exchanges business cards with Edgeworth.
  • My Rule-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Ambassador Alba evades investigation by abusing the law, so as a law enforcement agent, Lang just contacts the government, presents compelling evidence of wrongdoing, then convinces them to revoke his ambassadorship.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: He gets shot in the thigh, and just... walks it off. His injury never comes up again in Investigations or its sequel.
  • Pretty in Mink: His jacket has a pretty large fur trim.
  • Properly Paranoid: After seeing the likes of pre-Heel–Face Turn Edgeworth, Manfred von Karma, pre-Character Development Franziska, Blaise Debeste (especially since he's the one who ruined Lang's family — just to hide his own wrongdoing, no less),etc., you really can't blame him for initially hating prosecutors in general.
  • The Rival: To Edgeworth. In case three of Investigations, the two are at cross purposes until Edgeworth reveals the truth (and even then, he still thinks Edgeworth hurt himself more than Lang, because he thought that von Karma's pupil was the corrupt prosecutor covering for the person Lang was there to catch). The relationship is still adversarial in case five, especially to start, up until Edgeworth finds out that Shih-na, Lang's own assistant, was part of the smuggling ring. From then, he is closer to being Edgeworth's Aloof Ally.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Most of his initial designs involved him having no shirt, with the fur trim of his jacket covering parts of his chest.
  • Worthy Opponent: He despises Edgeworth initially, being a prosecutor and all. By the end of the first Investigations game, he sees Edgeworth as this and even begins to show him some respect. It still takes the whole of the second game for him to begin to get over his huge distrust of prosecutors though.
  • You Are Number 6: Subverted. He has all of his subordinates count off by '1', asserting that they're all "number one" in his book.
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    Sherlock Holmes 

Sherlock Holmes

Voiced by (Japanese): Shinji Kawada (DGS)

Debut: Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken

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"Come along, now! Shall we embark together on a journey of deduction?"

The Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes is a consulting detective famed throughout the world through the published accounts of his adventures. He is known for his keen deductive ability and observation skills. He meets Ryunosuke and Susato while investigating a murder onboard the Alaclair.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: To the point that correcting his wrong assumptions is a game mechanic.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: While both versions of the Great Detective are eccentric geniuses, how they're eccentric differentiates. The original version of Holmes wasn't without quirks but was, for the most part, stoic and preferred to keep to himself. This Holmes is rather expressive and openly The Gadfly. He also doesn't seem to have any problem with being around others, whether in enlisting their help or showing off to them.
  • Affectionate Parody: As is mentioned below, he's basically Layton with Gumshoe's intelligence.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While obviously not stated since the diagnosis wouldn't exist yet, there is a high chance that he has ADHD. Not only does he move from topic to topic often, but he also can't keep in one place for long most of the time. He hyper focuses on separate things when he's distracted from his job (i.e., reading the mountain of books in Soseki's apartment when he was investigating), and occasionally seems to forget things when they are no longer important to him at that very moment.note  His deductions run on a train of logic pulled from minimal information that is similar to that of someone with the disorder. There's also the fact that he spent a long time working on a deduction machine only to drop it suddenly when he decided he no longer needed it.
  • Anachronism Stew: Downplayed. Sherlock's devices for forensic analysis and crime scene reviewing only seem a bit odd given their style and usage. But, given the time period, they actually make a good amount of sense, especially given that Holmes used forensics in his own investigations in the original novels.
    • That being said, Sherlock coming up with a security camera for Hatch's pawn shop is a little more out-there for the time period, given that the first recording camera model, the cinematograph, would only be given more credibility in 1902 and the first actual security camera model wouldn't be created until 1942 in Germany.
    • And taken to its extreme in the sequel, where he and Iris not only invent portable two-way communicating phones, but they also invent live two-way hologram communication streaming.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • After spending most of Case 5 hospitalized, he arrives near the end of the trial (highly anemic and about 5 minutes away from passing out, no less) when Ryunosuke's just minutes away from losing to give him a very vital piece of evidence that exposes a hole in Crogley's testimony.
    • Once again in the final case of DGS2, and done twice. Once when he barges into the final trial to turn the gallery's opinion against Chief Justice Vortex so the trial will continue, and then at the very end when he helps take down Vortex by revealing he has been broadcasting the whole trial to the queen.
  • Bishōnen: Unlike most depictions of Holmes, he is young, slender, and has fine features.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His investigation method puts him in weird places, he's a prankster and he's generally eccentric. But when the chips are down, he knows exactly what he needs to do.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: His deductions can get a bit... out there. Even in his mannerisms, he plays himself up more like an eccentric, artsy genius than a detective.
  • Composite Character: He looks a lot like Klavier Gavin, has a reputation and role similar to Professor Layton in PLVSAA and is a bumbling but lovable detective just as Gumshoe is.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Sure, he's a genius that can invent things to analyse a crime scene through forensic science, but his Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies and general eccentricity make it so he never thought to actually register his inventions or patent them, meaning the British courts have a hard time accepting his findings as evidence in trials. The only reasons as to why Scotland Yard ends up using his security camera prototypes as evidence of the murder in DGS1-5 are that the victim did pay Sherlock to have those installed in his pawn shop and the incident is a Locked Room Mystery they have very little leads for.
  • Dumb Blonde: Often makes insanely wrong assumptions.
  • Great Detective: Interestingly enough for the Trope Codifier, this is a Deconstructed Trope. Holmes' powers of observation and deduction are just as flawless as the legend goes. The problem is that he's severely limited by his ignorance of matters outside of criminology and his tendency to jump to conclusions from nothing more than a glance. While he is quick to pick up on the suspect's psychology, he deduces from flawed premises, quickly leading his deduction off the rails to erroneous conclusions. Ryunosuke has to step in and correct him multiple times before they can get to the right answer, which comprises the "Joint Reasoning" segments of gameplay. Quite notably, his deductions become more focused when he's with Yuujin, who is capable of directing his deductions as soon as he lays them out.
  • Large Ham: He loves to make a showboat out of himself. His Joint Reasoning segments, in particular, show him posing dramatically at every point he makes. Even outside of them, he loves to surprise people with his appearance and can be pretty dramatic.
  • Leitmotif: "Great Detective of the Foggy Town", a fast-paced orchestra with heavy emphasis on the violin, Sherlock's trademark instrument. Later shares "The Game is Afoot!" with Yuujin.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: The whole last case of DGS2. He tracks down Judge Jigoku and flushes him out of hiding in a matter of minutes with a flawless deduction, then coerces Chief Justice Vortex into continuing the trial even after he was accused of being the Death Bringer, then reveals that he already arranged for all of the necessary witnesses to arrive at the courthouse so the trial can continue, then finally catches Vortex for good by transmitting the entire "secret" trial to the Queen.
  • Manchild: He does often act like a kid in a candy store. If he isn't playing with things at the crime scene or galavanting around and hanging off things, he's playing pranks on people and bouncing from topics all the time. Case 5 of the first game also shows that he is rather pouty and stubborn when he's in a bad mood. Ironically, it is Iris who lampshades this by saying he can be such a baby when he's feeling down. However, this doesn't stop him from getting things done when it really counts.
  • Parental Substitute: He raised Iris in the absence of her real parents. Iris herself was so young when she was left with him that she saw him as her real father for the longest time.
  • Perpetual Poverty: A recurring problem for Holmes in DGS2, causing him to apply for odd jobs such as pretending to be a wax statue in Madame Rozaic's museum, or trying to apply for the Red-Headed League when his hair turned red in an accident involving tea leaves.
  • Public Domain Character: Yup, he's that Sherlock Holmes. note 
  • Secret Keeper:
    • He knew that Asogi wasn't dead, just unconscious. Sherlock had him sent to a Japanese embassy in Hong Kong and set up Ryunosuke to take up the student exchange program to prevent Asogi from coming to London out of belief Asogi was set to be assassinated there. But even Holmes didn't know the whole truth about the exchange program at the time...
    • He knows the identity of Iris's birth family. In fact, he refuses to publish or let her see the manuscript of The Hounds of Baskervilles because it contains the truth about her family.
  • Sherlock Scan: What Joint Reasoning ultimately is, though in a twist, he doesn't seem concerned about whether what he deduces is actually true (and it usually isn't, as he ends up noticing the wrong things). It's up to Ryunosuke to consider the evidence and decide if his deductions hold weight. That said, when Ryunosuke finds the correct train of thought, Sherlock follows through with it effortlessly.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Is absent for most of DGS1-5, after being hospitalized for suffering glass wounds and chemical burns from a gunshot to his pouch. Even when he shows up, he quickly has to bow out due to running on fumes.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: He's a walking crime lab, with him or Iris inventing tools and gadgets for their investigations. Fitting, since he's the inspiration for the Trope Namer. It unfortunately counts against him sometimes, as forgetting to introduce their inventions to the British government or patent them means that they can't treat their evidence as valid submissions to the court record.

Other Detectives

    Bruce Goodman (Michio Tadashiki

Bruce Goodman (Michio Tadashiki)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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"We can't transfer the evidence out. There are too many questions left unanswered!"

A detective that was in charge of the SL-9 case. Death caused by a stab wound in the chest.
  • Dead Man's Chest: Found in a car trunk.
  • Names to Trust Immediately: Nothing indicates that he had any part in the forging of evidence for SL-9, and the fact that he went unpunished seems to suggest that he never took any of the blame.
  • Punny Name: He was a good man, and as Jake Marshall put it, good men die young. "Tadashiki" comes from "tadashii", meaning "morally right".
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Killed in a moment of haste because he wanted to reevaluate a closed case from years ago, thinking something might be fishy about it.
  • White Shirt of Death: He's stabbed to death and bleeds all over it.

    Daryan Crescend (Daian Mayuzuki

Daryan Crescend (Daian Mayuzuki)

Debut: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

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"Say "hi" for me, OK? Oh, and "screw you". And tell [Klavier] I want into that crime scene!"

An International Affairs detective who also plays guitar in Klavier's band. Appears in the third case of Apollo Justice. He has a strange fear of planes.
  • Animal Motifs: His design is based on a shark, including his torpedo-shaped hair and jacket decorated with shark teeth.
  • Anime Hair: An oversized, phallic pompadour with a patch of white on the tip. It goes beyond even the most extreme standards of impossibility when he has his breakdown, by developing some split hairs... that split in the wrong direction, towards his head, as if they originated from the tip.
  • Arc Villain: He's the main bad guy to take down in the Turnabout Serenade arc.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He was entirely confident that Machi would not incriminate him as the one behind both the smuggling and the murder because smuggling is worth a death penalty in Borginia - even when Apollo had practically proven these points, Daryan remains confident because of the previous point. Once he's reminded that, by confessing the smuggling in their court instead of Borginia's, Machi could avoid the death penalty, however...
  • Delinquent Hair: Subverted. As noted above, his pompadour is extremely long, to the point where he has to constantly keep it up to prevent it from sagging too much. It also splits in the wrong direction once he has his breakdown. He works two jobs as a musician and a detective in International Affairs until it's revealed that he committed murder and tried smuggling an extremely illegal item overseas.
  • Dirty Coward: He frames Machi - a 14 year old child who can barely speak English for the crimes he commits (granted, Machi was his accomplice in smuggling drugs, but he acted alone in the murder). The judge even describes him as a cowardly opportunist.
  • Dirty Cop: Word of God states that he used his position in the police force to mess with the evidence at the trial so Machi would be found guilty instead. Unfortunately, to the game writer's regret, he wasn't able to squeeze in an in-game explanation for Daryan's actions, or any indication that Daryan was altering the Court Record.
  • Expressive Hair: His hair sags when he's upset.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Lamiroir suddenly accuses him of shooting LeTouse, his response makes him sound less concerned about being marked as the killer as he is amazed that she found some way to hear him speak.
    • Phoenix advises Apollo that his trial couldn't be solved with "conventional" means because Daryan is an extremely skilled detective; even with evidence, he would find any existing loopholes to exploit in order to deflect blame and free himself. Hence, Apollo ends up forcing his breakdown by informing him that his accomplice, Machi, will be able to avoid Borginia's death penalty for smuggling cocoons if he confesses to the crime in another country. This also serves as an ante piece for the main problem in the following case, which features an even more skilled lawyer that can't be even taken down with a testimony.
  • Jerkass: The guy is a dickhead, both figuratively and literally. Once he's brought to the witness stand, he acts rather confident that he could get off scot-free, and treats Apollo rather rudely by calling him names, and subverting and poking holes into his testimonies. One of his sprite animations has him pointing at someone (both Apollo and the player) and laughing.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Klavier accuses Daryan of making a mistake during the concert (because he got hurt after killing LeTouse with a gun with more recoil than he's used to) that even an amateur (Apollo and Trucy) could notice, Daryan reminds him that the ones that noticed were amateurs... with a mixing table, proving that practically nobody would notice the error in the finished recording. Klavier does not care.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As revealed by the game writer above, the reason why Apollo and Klavier kept going around in circles is because Daryan messed with the evidence to make it look like Machi was the culprit.
  • Meaningful Name: "Crescend" might come from "crescendo" and could also be a reference to his Japanese name, which contains the kanji for "moon". "Mayuzuki" may come from "mayu suki" ("I like cocoons").
  • Near-Villain Victory: He messed with the case in Turnabout Serenade to the extent where there was little way for Apollo and Klavier to figure out that Machi was innocent of homicide, even with evidence. Daryan was that close to walking away scot-free, and he made sure to rub it in at any chance he got.
  • Nerves of Steel: He is most notably the only witness (excluding defendants) that was never Perceived by Apollo. Considering Justice can detect even minor tics thanks to his bracelet, this says a lot about Daryan's ability to not lose his cool, even as more and more proof of him being LeTouse's murderer and a smuggler is presented.
  • Smug Snake: He's exposed as early as the end of the first day of the trial, but continually insults Apollo for not having the evidence to convict him. He's also quite arrogant about how his accomplice Machi will end up taking the heat for the murder he committed.
  • Threatening Shark: Not literally, but fits his Animal Motif. He wears a shark-themed hoodie with teeth lining the edges, and his zipper is in the shape of a golden shark tooth. He's also a crooked detective whose crimes include murder and cocoon-smuggling.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Perhaps the only case apart from Redd White in which, rather than present decisive evidence and see him break down as a result, Apollo has to force him into breaking down to make him confess, by suggesting that Machi can avoid the death penalty in Borginia by confessing in the country that the proceedings are taking place in. Once he learns this, Daryan tries to play it cool while trying to bribe Machi with money and a house made of cookies or pianos (likely referring to Machi's piano skills, or threatening to kill Klavier, whose name is German for "piano"). Then he repeatedly and wildly slashes his hair about like a shark tearing through the place, making his hair look like a white blur, while frantically screaming for Machi to not talk and expose him. Once everything's over, he hugs himself and sweats profusely, while his pompadour looks shaggier than usual.
  • Visual Pun: His pompadour is rather phallic-looking, and he constantly acts rude and arrogant. He's a dickhead. When his hair sags after his Villainous Breakdown, it refers to having his ego and defenses completely broken by Apollo.

    Candice Arme (Hozumi Kaku

Candice Arme (Hozumi Kaku)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

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A detective who was in charge of a case involving a bombing incident and was found dead at the remains of the courtroom bombing.


  • Couldn't Find a Pen: The only instance of "the victim writes the killer's identity" in the entire series where it is completely true. However, she didn't know her killer's name well enough, so she instead wrote his identification code.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Although she is the victim of the first case, she was also planned to be a witness of the trial of Clay Terran's murder and also discovered Clay's corpse along with Yuri Cosmos.
  • Demolitions Expert: She is a bomb specialist.
  • Exact Words: The murder weapon was the bomb. As in, her head was caved in with it, not via the conventional explosion.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese first name is derived from the word meaning "corner" and the surname comes from the word meaning "to conceal". Her English name is a pun on "can disarm," a reference to her position on the bomb squad.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Minor example but she isn’t murdered in the demo.
  • She Knows Too Much: She was killed because she saw Ted Tonate stealing the bomb.
  • Trigger Happy: Unknowingly shot an innocent man in the chest in the dark because she thought he was a criminal. Thankfully, the bullet was stopped by a medal on his chest.
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    Buddy Faith (Shinji Nakamado

Buddy Faith (Shinji Nakamado)

Debut: Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

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A detective working with Jacques Portsman. Died when coming upon a thief ransacking Edgeworth's office.


  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Subverted; it was the killer who wrote Gumshoe's name.
  • Creator Cameo: He's modeled after AAI's director Takeshi Yamazaki.
  • Death by Cameo: Mr. Yamazaki actually asked the designer to tweak Buddy's appearance a bit. Apparently, he didn't feel comfortable seeing himself as a body.
  • He Knows Too Much: He walks in on Portsman attempting to steal the KG-8 case files from Edgeworth's office and dies for it.
  • Nice Hat: As can be seen in the picture. It's even in his ID.
  • Punny Name: His Japanese name comes from the phrase "nakama to shinjiteiru" meaning "I trust him as a friend" or "I believe he is a friend". The English name reflects this. It's also ironic since he was killed by someone who kept professing to be his friend.
    • His nickname "Jim" (gym) alludes to his prosecutor colleague's sportsman motif.

    Tyrell Badd (Ittetsu Bado

Tyrell Badd (Ittetsu Bado)

Debut: Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

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"...Do I need to teach you a thing or two about how to talk to adults, kid!?"

A hardened detective (we're not kidding, he looks like he'd be more at home in Sin City) who's worked many cases with Calisto Yew and Byrne Faraday investigating the Yatagarasu.
  • Anti-Villain: He was the one that removed any traces of the Yatagarasu's actions, but just like Faraday, he did that to bring hidden acts corruption into light, and he's overall a good person once you get past his intimidating looks.
  • Badass Longcoat: Filled with bullet holes! "I wear this coat to remind me of My Greatest Failure." "You got all of them in one case?" "Only about half."
  • Breakout Character: Despite his character arc being concluded in his second appearance, he was brought back in The Inheirented Turnabout through the flashback sections, simply due to how much of a hit he was with fans. Notably, besides Kay and Lang (both main characters), he is the only character introduced in Investigations to return in the sequel.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Shown in his interactions with Kay and when he talks about Byrne Faraday.
  • But Now I Must Go: Turns himself in after Shih-na is unmasked as Calisto, and hands Edgeworth the remaining crucial pieces of evidence.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is strongly implied that he was to Manfred von Karma what Gumshoe is to Franziska.
  • *Click* Hello: Twice. He gets the drop on Shih-na before she can shoot Kay. And it also turns out that he was the one who pulled the gun on Edgeworth at the very beginning of the game.
  • Coat Cape: He always wears his trenchcoat like this. It's part of his "hardboiled detective" look.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's 60 by the final case of the original game.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His overall design seems to be based around the Darker and Edgier trope. Also because his surname is Badd, it may have led people to believe that he was the true villain of case 4, but it turned out that he was actually a decent person. Also Kay seems to adore him. And while he's eventually revealed to be one-third of the Yatagarasu, he only did that because he didn't think there was a way to catch the smuggling ring he was after within the limits of the law.
  • Dead Partner: His investigative partner Byrne Faraday is killed in Case 4, which is set a few years before the start of the game.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to Franziska when she offhandedly taunts him about his failure to protect Prosecutor Faraday. It's enough to actually scare her of all people into apologizing for her remark. It probably reminded him of his similar failure to protect Cece Yew.
  • Detective Mole: He was in charge of investigating the Yatagarasu, when he was one of the three people that composed the Great Thief.
  • Dirty Cop: Subverted. He's working for/as a criminal, but he has good intentions.
  • The Gadfly: A low-key example, but by the end of Investigations even Edgeworth has noted that he's teasing Franziska for no reason other than to watch her freak out.
  • Guttural Growler: His speech is chock full of ellipses, probably as a way to allude to this trope without resorting to actual voices. Whenever Badd takes his lollipop out of his mouth, he speaks normally, which implies that the pauses are just him sucking on the lollipop.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Tough guy who looks like he goes for a drink after work.
  • Hey, You!: Typically calls Edgeworth and Franziska "kids" or some other variant, but after Edgeworth exposes Calisto Yew, he starts calling them "Mr. Edgeworth" and "Ms. von Karma".
  • Hidden Depths: Does this twice, belying his image as a veteran detective with a dark streak. First, the "cigarette" in his mouth turns out to be a lollipop, and second, when he looks furious and is about to pull something from his coat, Edgeworth jumps and thinks he's pulling his gun. Nope, it's his hand mirror, and he seems to enjoy admiring himself with it (though pulling it out like that to screw with Edgeworth isn't out of the question). However, it turns out that the true purpose of the mirror is to keep an eye on who's behind him- all those bullet holes in his jacket aren't for show after all.
  • Honorary Uncle: Kay calls him "Uncle Badd".
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He remarks that the only reason he sees life to be worth living is to find justice for the KG-8 Incident and crush the smuggling ring that has taken so much from him. His role in the Yatagarasu is so he can fulfill his mission beyond the limits of the law.
  • Leitmotif: "The Truth Isn't Sweet", a suave theme with a pounding beat which would fit right in as the theme song to a gritty Police Procedural TV show. Unlike Lang's faster-paced theme, this one is meant to show Badd as a mellower type of badass.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Badd" and "Bado" are for "bad(ass)", and "Ittetsu" means "stubborn," while "Tyrell" comes from "tirel," an Old French term that meant "to pull," but was also used colloquially to refer to a stubborn person.
    • "Badō" is the Japanese transliteration of "bird." The first character of "Badō" is also very similar to the kanji for "crow."
  • My Greatest Failure: He couldn't safeguard the piece of evidence that would convict Manny Coachen, which is why he's so determined to take down the smuggling ring. He eventually finds out that Calisto actually works for the smuggling ring and that she only posed as the victim's sister in order spy on him and Byrne Faraday.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: You wouldn't want to mess with a detective with a last name of "Badd".
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In contrast to the bright colors and simple faces of everyone else, Detective Badd has drawn facial definition and much darker colors.
  • Not So Stoic: After Yew is exposed. In the resulting chase, after almost getting shot, Edgeworth notices that he's more shaken than he lets on.
  • Obviously Evil: Badd? Really? Totally subverted. He lives in a world full of punny names, but he really is not so bad. Though he is extremely badass.
  • One Degree of Separation: Investigations 2 reveals he met and worked with Gregory Edgeworth on the latters final case, and had a very antagonistic relationship with Manfred Von Karma to boot. This puts his interactions with the Von Karma's (Edgeworth included) in his first appearence in a very different light.
  • Oral Fixation: When Badd first appears there's a little white cylinder sticking out of his mouth, seemingly evoking the image of the smoking noir detective. When he takes it out, it's revealed that it's a lollipop.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: It's time to pay extra attention to what he's saying... when he goes from... speaking...like this to suddenly speaking! Like this! He's talking about what he knows about the Yatagarasu, a hint that there's another reason why he knows the most about it than everyone else.
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: You know things are really serious when Badd starts doing this in addition to his normal shock reaction.
  • Papa Wolf: To Kay, to whom he is also a Parental Substitute.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: A notable aversion, he has a massive Sweet Tooth.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: More like "Real Men Eat Candy", but similar principle.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Is an extremely well respected veteran police detective who Gumshoe respects deeply, but was never mentioned before Investigations.
  • Retired Badass: Investigations 2 reveals he retired after the events of Turnabout Ablaze.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When it becomes clear that Manfred von Karma isn't going to allow a fair investigation (and even takes him off the case), he turns his grudging acceptance of Gregory Edgeworth into a real alliance and lets him in on everything he knows.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Subverted; he's a cool character, but that's a lollipop in his mouth, not a cigarette. It appears that he used to be a smoker as some uses lollipops to get over their smoking habit. This makes him the second character in the game he first appears who's implied to previously having been a smoker.
  • Sweet Tooth: Aside from the lollipop he has in his mouth, in Prosecutor's Path he is easily distracted by the desserts in Master's mansion and very interested in learning as much dessert-related trivia as he can from the chefs.
  • The Stoic: He does not smile. Ever. Also, his "hurt/shock" animation shows the least amount of emotion when compared to everyone in the series (his eyes simply widen).
  • Tragic Keepsake: His own coat, which is tattered by numerous bullet holes, to remind him of his inability to save Cece Yew.
  • Unexplained Recovery: An extremely unusual case that involves the "recovery" not dying to begin with. Despite his last appearence in Investigations having him turning himself in for his illegal operations as part of the Yatagarasu, Badd shows up retired but a free man in the credits of Investigations 2 talking with Ray. It's possible that he was acquitted due to his part in taking down the smuggling ring, but an explanation is never properly given.
  • Verbal Tic: He likes to...pause dramatically...in the middle of sentences... Though it's actually his sucking on his lollipop.

    Wataru Shirase (Rip Lacer

Wataru Shirase (Rip Lacer in the fan translation)

Debut: Gyakuten Kenji 2

A detective and frequent colleague of Manfred von Karma. He was initially the lead detective on the IS-7 incident, only to be reassigned to interrogating the suspect after apparently screwing up and forgetting to inform von Karma about important information.


  • The Ghost: He's mentioned during the third and fourth cases but never actually seen, mostly because he was handling Jeff Master's interrogation in the past segment, and had long-since been fired during the present-day segment.
  • Jerkass: One of his interrogations was enough to turn Jeff Master's hair white overnight. And from Badd's dialogue, it seems obvious that this is par for the course with the interrogations that he and von Karma carried out.
  • Punny Name: In reference to the fact that he got replaced by Tyrell Badd early in the investigation, only to take over from Badd again after he refused to co-operate with von Karma.
  • The Scapegoat: After von Karma got a penalty during the IS-7 trial, Lacer took the fall and got fired. Not only that, but the only reason he didn't tell anyone the body went missing was because Blaise Debeste had decided to go ahead and charge Master without consulting von Karma, and "persuaded" Lacer to keep quiet.

    Dairyuu Rou (Dai-Long Lang

Dairyuu Rou (Dai-Long Lang in the fan translation)

Debut: Gyakuten Kenji 2

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The late father of Shi-Long Lang. He was the main investigator of the SS-5 incident. He realized that there was a conspiracy and started investigating it. However, the evidence was manipulated by a corrupt prosecutor, who then blamed him and his investigators. The scandal tarnished the reputation of the House of Lang and caused Shi-Long Lang's grudge against prosecutors.


  • Badass Mustache: It wraps rather impressively around his face to meet the rest of his hair.
  • Death by Origin Story: He's long dead by the time the game is set. His death in disgrace is what made Shi-Long Lang what he is today.
  • He Knows Too Much: His (and his clan's) fall from grace was set up because of this.
  • Meaningful Name: Like his son, his English name is a Mandarin reading of his Japanese name. "Dai-Long" by itself means "great dragon".
  • My Greatest Failure: The SS-5 incident became one not only for him, but for his entire family.
  • Secret Keeper: He deduced that Di-Jun-Huang was killed and replaced by a body double, but never disclosed it to avoid political chaos.

    Satoru Hosonaga 

Satoru Hosonaga

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"*COUGH* *COUGH* *COUGH* *COUGH* Bring it on, I say."

A waiter at La Quantos who witnessed a murder...though in reality he is Chief Detective of the Capital Police's first division, who was working undercover.
  • Berserk Button: Do not belittle the Japanese police force in front of him. He's more than willing to prove you wrong. Jezail doing so ultimately led to her defeat.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Starts off the case trying to deflect suspicion away from Jezail (in fact, he was the one who removed all traces of her in the crime scene), but by the halfway point of the first case he helps Ryuu in finding the truth by giving him the evidence he had preserved on the crime scene to help his case.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Appears to suffer from some kind of pulmonary disease. He even bleeds from the mouth because of it. He says it's not a problem. He hasn't died from it, though (yet).
    • Given the time period, it's likely meant to imply he has tuberculosis.
  • My Greatest Failure: He considers his failure to protect Asogi this, when the latter is (apparently) murdered.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In Case 2, he lets Ryunosuke and Susato investigate the crime scene, informs the captain of the ship of it, and gets beaten up as a result. Justified though, as Ryunosuke was the prime suspect of the case, and the scene had to be undisturbed before it was to be handed over to Hong Kong police.

    Tobias Gregson 

Tobias Gregson

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"If Milady were to have THE Holmes say even one bad thing about me... Something like, "Gregson? He's terrible. He's really been getting full of himself lately." What would happen to my salary?!"

An inspector from Scotland Yard, who has a (one-sided) rivalry with Holmes. He is a fan of Iris Watson. Loves fish and chips.
  • Adaptational Villainy: This version of Gregson was not only a part of the plan to frame Genshin Asougi as "The Professor", he's also the one who plotted the deaths of the Death Bringer's victims.
  • Big "NO!": When it's made clear that nobody, not even van Zieks, will stop Ryuunosuke from playing the secret information on the discs in the middle of court, he freaks out. Rightfully so, as the information doesn't pertain to the government, it's a list of Death Bringer members which includes himself.
  • Defiant to the End: Even as he was running away from the Death Bringers at that point, and even as Kazuma Asougi had his katana to Gregson's neck, the inspector refused to name the leader of the conspiracy.
  • Dual Boss: Ends up being one with Crogley partway into Case 5's trial (see My Country, Right or Wrong below).
  • The Dragon: Effectively one for Vortex regarding the Death Bringer conspiracy, as the one who planned the murders of the 16 defendants that got a Not Guilty verdict in Barok's trials.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: Was planning on getting the hell out of London as soon as he could, both to avoid charges and to avoid pursuit from the other conspiracy members. He was killed before he had a chance.
  • Easily Forgiven: He was perfectly willing to let Gina Lestrade take the fall for Hatch Windeback's murder so he could retrieve the stolen secrets of the British Empire. Once Gina becomes his apprentice, she shows no signs of holding this against him and she refuses to believe that Gregson played a major role in the Death Bringer conspiracy. To his credit, even if he took her in begrudgingly, what we see of their interactions show that he did care for her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For all the deaths he helped plan and cause, Gregson did eventually reach his limits within the Reaper conspiracy. While he shared Vortex's "My Country, Right or Wrong" mentality, he realized how out of hand it got and how far his leader fell into the cycle of killing that it eventually became too much and he decided to flee, helped by the fact that even Gregson thought involving Gina - a young idealistic girl who idolized him as a mentor in the force - in the conspiracy would be an awful idea, and planned to have them both escape to Paris so she wouldn't be killed like he eventually was.
  • Expy: His willingness to cooperate with Naruhodou brings to mind Detective Gumshoe, although Gregson is a lot sterner and willing to keep it quiet about certain details of his investigations.
  • Foil:
    • Naturally to Sherlock Holmes, as both Iris' stories and even his own leitmotif name him as the Great Detective's rival. To wit, Gregson is a sterner, by-the-book officer of Scotland Yard who abides to British law and seeks to perform his duties efficiently, but is hesitant to call upon outside help should the need arise, while Sherlock is a loose, eccentric private detective who acts on his own whims and deductions and openly invites others to try and follow his logic.
    • To Gina as her mentor, as a high-ranking lawful officer tutoring an uneducated pickpocket from the slums, as well as being more closed about his cases while Gina is comparatively more cooperative.
    • To Hart Vortex, who openly embraced the underhanded criminal tactics he wished to confront as Chief Justice to fight back at them, while Gregson did eventually discover he had his own limits as a member of the Reaper conspiracy. While the inspector is loyal enough to Vortex to refuse to disclose his identity as the leader, the two diverge on how far they were willing to take it, with Gregson deciding enough was enough and trying make arrangements to escape from London to save his and Gina's lives.
  • Inspector Lestrade: Well, he's the other inspector from the Holmes stories, but he performs this function nonetheless.
  • Leitmotif: "The Enemy of the Great Detective", a stern-paced song more fitting for an official of the Scotland Yard. It deliberately clashes with Sherlock's faster-paced theme.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Becomes Gina's mentor in the timeskip between games, and is the victim of the fourth case of DGS2.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He is willing to deal with Crogley and cover up his murder crime in order to retrieve an important disc that contains secret information about the British Empire. He is clearly not happy about it though.
    • It is revealed in the second game that he was coerced into forging false evidence out of a legitimate belief that Asougi truly was the Professor by Vortex. And that he served as the planner for the Reaper organization out of a belief that it was the only way to keep the country safe from crime. There are hints that he finally realized things were going too far when he tried to transfer to Paris and take Gina, who would be a prime target for the Reaper, with him. Unbeknownst to himself, he was already targeted by Vortex for being in too deep when Vortex's ambitions became much grander.
  • The Rival: To Sherlock Holmes, but only in the books Iris publishes. In reality, he is more of an Unknown Rival.
  • The Strategist: A villainous example. His role in Vortex's Death Bringer organisation was planning the assassinations of each victim.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The final victim in DGS2. Quite notably the first regularly recurring character in the series to actually die in a sequel game.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fish and chips, which he is always carrying around in a wrapped paper. The fact that they've molded out when his body is discovered signals Maria Goulloyne that his time of death had been tampered with.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets deservedly called out for attempting to cover for the final culprit in trade of an important piece of evidence. He is also mentioned to get a punishment for his misdeed, although it's unknown what it entails.

    Gina Lestrade 

Gina Lestrade

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"Keep your nose where it belongs, mate! I can't stand cheeky detectives like you! Bugger off or I'll sue!"

A detective-in-training under Gregson's tutelage in DGS 2. Formerly, she was a pickpocket street kid who lived in the east end of London trying to make ends meet for her fellow orphans.
  • Adults Are Useless: Had this point of view for a long time (being a street urchin didn't help matters). Eventually ended up being to her detriment when she didn't believe Sherlock kept the Baskervilles manuscript in Hatch's pawnshop... leading to her being accused of murdering Hatch. It took Ryuu earnestly trying to get her representation in court - in spite of her revealing to him that she lied in court during the Thrice-Fired Mortar murder trial - to make her openly express trust to an adult.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Megundal forces her to aid him in covering up Morta Milverton's murder by threatening to remove her family of street orphans out of East End.
  • Broken Pedestal: Downplayed. While she has unwavering faith in Inspector Gregson as her mentor, she's not happy to learn he was a member of the Death Bringer conspiracy and spends most of the sequel's final two cases in complete denial, insisting Ryuu and Susato prove that he wasn't a murderer. While she does eventually accept his role in the conspiracy, she still has nothing but respect for the man who took her in (and to her credit, Gregson did come to genuinely care about her).
  • Canon Character All Along: Initially, it seems like the only thing she has in common with the Lestrade of Holmes canon is her name. But come the sequel, she's become an apprentice detective, and insists on being called... Inspector Lestrade.
  • Character Tic: Besides putting a finger to her temple, she's sometimes flicker a coin between her fingers when she's in deep thought.
  • Expy: A rough-in-the-edges detective who can be nice if she wants to, just like Ema Skye.
  • Gender Flip / Age Lift: 'Inspector' Lestrade's an 18 year-old girl in DGS.
  • Inspector Lestrade: Naturally, considering who she's based on. (This applies in DGS2, at least. Technically not Inspector yet, but she's insistent on it.)
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's abrasive and stingy, but she's a good person who cares about other orphans like her. She eventually also opens up to Ryunosuke and Susato, and becomes a close ally.
  • Leitmotif: "The Gunshot from Downtown", a rougher orchestrated theme that starts very suddenly, to represent Gina's own pickpocket habit and pauper origins (it comes out of nowhere for startling effect, much like what she used to do).
  • Morality Pet: To Tobias Gregson, as his final deciding point for leaving the Reaper organization and trying to escape England, even trying to bring her along so she wouldn't be chased herself.
  • Stepford Snarker: She hides a lot of her issues behind an abrasive facade.
  • Sticky Fingers: A pickpocket from the East End, Gina finds it entertaining to steal things from others when they least expect it. Even when she becomes a member of Scotland Yard in the sequel, she's still prone to doing this.
  • Street Urchin: From the east end of London. Not so much come DGS 2, where she's a member of Scotland Yard.

    Genshin Asougi 

Genshin Asougi

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A transferee from Japan and a detective who worked closely with Scotland Yard who was investigating the Professor case. Kazuma Asougi's father.


  • Call-Back: part of his name, Shin, is the Japanese name of Gregory Edgeworth, the father of Miles Edgeworth, who his son, Kazuma, is an Expy of.
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: His official cause of death was listed as "illness", to cover up his involvement in the Professor case. This was what his son was told too although Kazuma suspected it was a lie, and it was part of why he requested to study in London.
  • Family Theme Naming: The "Shin" in his name is written with the same kanji as the "ma" in his sons name.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Viewed Klimt Van Zeiks as a close friend, but wound up killing him after discovering his identity as the Professor.
  • The Scapegoat: Vortex pinned everything about "The Professor" on Genshin, as he didn't want the public to know that a British noble was behind the murders.
  • Soap Opera Disease: His official cause of death, as no one wanted to explain to officials in Japan that he was executed for being a serial killer.

Other Law Enforcement Workers

    Missile 

Missile

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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"...The dog Detective Gumshoe takes care of just up and ate a Samurai Dog earlier as well. Poor little dog, slowly coming to resemble his handler." - Miles Edgeworth

A Shiba Inu police dog cared for by Gumshoe. One of the optional tools offered by Gumshoe in Case 1-4, he later appears in Investigations to help find evidence in case 5.
  • Badass Adorable: Played for laughs. Quite a few characters gush over how cute Missile is. But he's quite vicious if you get in the way of his food.
  • Beast of Battle: Gets summoned to inflict damage.
  • Big Eater: Once devoured an entire cart of Steel Samurai hot dogs.
  • The Bus Came Back: He appeared in Ace Attorney: Investigations for the first time since the original Ace Attorney!
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Gumshoe likes to see him as one but... he mostly ends up finding food instead. Played with in the second case of Investigations 2, where he DOES help point out the true killer. There's a perfectly logical explanation for it, though.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Both Maya Fey and Shi-long Lang have expressed fondness for Missile. Phoenix, however, makes a joke about using Missile as bait for Gourdy, a Loch-Ness monster type monster. Maya is not amused.
  • Nightmare Face: The face he makes in the second image is a little unsettling, but it's Played for Laughs when there's food around.
  • Plucky Comic Relief:
    • He's not actually useful in his debut case, but his scene with Larry is hilarious.
    • Shiba Inu are not typically used as police dogs. The first member of the breed to pass the police dog exam in Japan did so ten years after the game first came out. So, he's more obviously a joke character in Japan where the breed is a well-known house pet.
  • Team Pet: The police investigation team's, anyway...

    Taka (Gin

Taka (Gin)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

Simon Blackquill's trusty pet hawk. Has a habit of assaulting defense attorneys and witnesses whose behavior isn't to his master's liking.


    Guard 

Security Guard

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

A man who is assigned to guard the visitor's room in the Detention Center.


  • The Blank: He’s never shown clearly, meaning he doesn’t have any unique facial features.
  • Covert Pervert: Phoenix suspects that he enjoys being able to watch April May as she is interviewed.
  • Failed a Spot Check: For some reason, both he and his security camera failed to notice Matt Engarde whipping out a glass of brandy and confessing in detail to murder by proxy before blackmailing Phoenix.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Or Punch Clock Hero Antagonist. He’s technically keeping the player’s clients at bay, but never shows any malice.
  • No Name Given: He’s yet to be given a name or even alias.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • Mayor Temna pretending to be possessed by Tenma Taro is creepy enough that the guard just goes along with it and treats him accordingly.
    • The anime has a moment of him failing to hold back his laughter at Max Galactica after the latter finally catches on that he's a been arrested as a murder suspect.

    Chief of Detectives 

Chief of Detectives

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

The head of the Criminal Affairs Department. He's the proud creator of the Blue Badger and is often shown sitting at his computer reading up on the news.


  • The Blank: He's always in the background, so he's never shown clearly.
  • The Cameo: He's seen at Gatwater Land in Case 3 of Investigations admiring the rise in popularity of his creation. He's also with his daughter, who is scared of the badger.
  • Clueless Boss: He's the head of the detectives, but sometimes he's found shocked about the news of cases that his own department are working on.
  • Oblivious to Hatred: He doesn't seem to realize his daughter is scared of the Blue Badger.
  • Parental Issues: Implied between him and his daughter. She says she's scared of the Blue Badger because it has her father's eyes. Make of that what you will...
  • Salaryman: Similar to Winston Payne, the Chief looks like a stereotypical salaryman: a middle-aged man with a receding hairline wearing a gray suit and glasses.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In Case 1-5, he gives Phoenix an incomplete missing item report slip from the victim of said case, dismissing it as unimportant. The missing report was for the victim's police ID. This helps Phoenix deduce that the victim needed someone else's ID to enter the evidence room. Someone who wanted to silence the victim...

    Damon Gant (Kaiji Ganto

Damon Gant (Kaiji Ganto)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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"You know, we should all go swimming together sometime! Jolly!"

Highly eccentric Police Chief. Although he does some pretty odd things (for a guy that intentionally looks like Zeus), he's highly intelligent, clever, and cunning. He used to be Lana's partner when both were detectives.
  • Affably Evil: Need fifty bucks? He's your guy! Try to reopen that case Damon doesn't want anyone looking at? You get stabbed! He maintains an almost grandfatherly demeanor even when flagrantly threatening Phoenix and Edgeworth during Lana's trial. Additionally, after his Villainous Breakdown, he expresses sad self-reflection over his actions, regret over losing The Judge's friendship, and good wishes for Phoenix's and Edgeworth's futures.
  • Angry Fist-Shake: When you begin to get close to catching him.
  • Badass Beard: His beard is very pointy, almost like the beard of a statue.
  • Beard of Evil: Since he's the main villain of Rise from the Ashes, his beard also counts as one of these.
  • Beat: There's quite a few times during his conversations with other people and his witness testimonies in 1-5 where he just sits and stares for a few seconds before saying anything, including once where a piece of evidence is shown for a few seconds before he starts speaking about it. It's somewhat unnerving.
  • Big "NO!": Plus special effects.
  • Blackmail: He has Lana do his bidding as chief prosecutor under threat of her sister being framed as Neil Marshall's killer.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Uses some variation of "Been swimming lately?" as a greeting, eerily stares in silence for moments at a time when asked questions, and calls the Judge, Phoenix, and Edgeworth "Udgey", "Wrighto", and "Worthy", respectively. Still regarded as one of the finest detectives that the police force ever had, and is a well-respected member of the law community. He's also an extremely tough opponent, using his knowledge of the legal system to toss aside incriminating evidence and manipulate the entire prosecutor's office into doing his bidding.
  • The Chessmaster: He came across the aftermath of a fight between Joe Darke, a criminal who he didn't have enough evidence to convict, and Neil Marshall, an honest and righteous prosecutor, both unconscious, with a young, traumatized Ema Skye in the room. Rather than just killing Marshall and framing Darke for the murder, he instead framed Ema so that he could use that as blackmail to force Ema's sister Lana to frame Darke, thereby creating a layer of protection in case the lies started to unravel and simultaneously granting him unlimited use of Lana as a pawn for any of his future schemes. He came up with that complex plan in the amount of time it took for Lana to catch up with him.
  • Cool Old Guy: About as cool as he's eccentric.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Gant's office on the top floor of the police station looks more like an old cathedral than the office of a public official, what with the marble floors, elegant furniture, and the giant pipe organ installed in the back wall. It's noted by Phoenix during his visit to the office that it's likely paid for with taxpayer dollars.
  • Cool Shades: You never see him without those sunglasses.
  • Da Chief: The Chief of Police of whatever city the game takes place in. He's far cheerier and less by-the-book than most examples, though.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: At least used to be one in his younger days.
  • Death Glare: What his odd staring habit turns into, once the case has progressed far enough for him to get involved in the proceedings. They're so long, you'll think the game crashed. If not for his regular blinking.
  • Dirty Cop: It's implied that he had been forging evidence even before SL-9, what with Angel's observation that he always managed to produce "incredible" evidence on the cases he worked on.
  • Eccentric Mentor: To Lana Skye when she was a detective. He looks like this to Edgeworth in the present day, but he's mostly just having fun at his expense.
  • Evil Genius: Damon Gant is an extremely talented police officer. He's also an extremely cunning murderer, liar, tactician, and orator.
  • Graceful Loser: After his initial Villainous Breakdown and ranting about how he should have dealt with Jake, he calms down, suggests that he won't make it to his lunch date with the Judge and says the legal system is now in Phoenix, Edgeworth and the Judge's hands.
  • Fallen Hero: Before the Joe Darke killings, Gant was a well respected and valiant police officer. After the events, not so much.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His desire to bring down criminals led to some... loosening of his moral standards.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice. First, the pieces of evidence he took as "insurance" were later used against him, and when it seemed he would succeed in putting the blame on Ema, his own arrogance was what did him in.
  • It's All About Me: He scoffs when Edgeworth raises the possibility that he committed the evidence forgery for someone else's sake. Of course, this shows the pragmatic side of the trope, as he's perfectly willing to help someone else if he also stands to benefit. In his own words:
    Gant: There are only three people I look out for: Me, Myself, and I.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: If Lana tries to implicate him in killing Neil Marshall or Bruce Goodman, he'll ensure that Ema gets prosecuted, as he frames her for accidentally killing Neil.
  • Knight Templar: What he eventually became; interestingly, he also described Manfred von Karma in a similar manner.
  • Large and in Charge: With 6'1"/185 cm a rather tall, and imposing looking man; fitting for the Police Chief.
  • Large Ham: Mentioned to use Bold Inflation in everyday conversation and otherwise make things sound overly-grandiose.
  • Laughing Mad: In his Villainous Breakdown—with escalation!
  • Leitmotif: "Swimming, Anyone?" Appropriately, it's an organ piece, even if it does sound slightly silly and jovial (there's a big organ in his office).
  • Loud of War: Gumshoe claims he sometimes punishes detectives who screw up by dragging them into his office and playing the Ominous Pipe Organ for hours. For the record, it's apparently loud enough to be heard from the ground floor of a nearby building anyway, and Gant's office is on the 12th floor.
  • Lucky Seven: His police ID number is 7777777. It's also his safe combination.
  • Meaningful Name: Damon is probably a pun on demon. The first kanji of "Kaiji" is "sea" (he brings up swimming a lot), and his name as a whole might allude to a Chinese proverb: "You can pick on the mountains, but don't pick on the sea [because the sea is merciless]". "Gant" (and "Ganto") come from the French word for glove, which he is always seen wearing. Marshall states during his testimony that the murderer wore gloves. Also, if you change the a's in his name to e's, you end up with "Demon Gent", which he very much is.
  • Nice Guy: Is very nice and polite to anyone he meets, and spends most of his early time on screen being a jovial friend to the prosecutors that he works with. Not so much in the present day, as it's what he used to be in the past after his promotion, according to the Judge.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls the Judge "Udgey", for one.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His odd staring habit and overly cheery demeanor turns him into this as the trial goes on. Especially when it is revealed that he's a Dirty Cop and he starts acting more hostile.
  • Not So Different: He pulls this on Edgeworth. It really got under his skin.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: It doesn't take long before it's shown that he's quite intelligent and he's one of the most cunning murderers in the series.
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: Implied to have had this dynamic with Lana in the past, considering they used to be partners when both were detectives and he's almost forty years older than her.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Quite explicitly seen and heard in his office and leitmotif, respectively.
  • Psychotic Smirk: In one of his sprites, which makes it clear he's smarter than he appears. He pulls it out usually when lording a fact over someone else.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: One of his favored animations is to do this while laughing at you. It initially looks like he's just a cheerful old man laughing at his own jokes, but later fully becomes this once he gets serious about keeping anyone away from SL-9.
  • Thunder Shock: In his "Damage" animation.
  • True Final Boss: In a sense, is one to later versions of the original game, being the culprit of the extra case that gets unlocked after the credits of the initial final case. The extra case is far longer than the one where Von Karma was your main opponent, requires far more effort from Phoenix to get anywhere close to the truth, and Gant is also far more thorough and powerful than even the seasoned prosecutor.
  • Villain Has a Point: In a way, Gant is frighteningly accurate - on several whole levels. Even prior to this case, Mia was left with no choice but to blackmail Redd White into turning himself in. Also, he tells Edgeworth that, one day, he will have to go outside the law and present illegal evidence to fight criminals. Two years later, Edgeworth has to do exactly that in order to take down Quercus Alba and his smuggling ring. And seven years after that, Phoenix, with Apollo Justice's help, has to present forged evidence to take down Kristoph Gavin. Additionally, though his actions were horrible, Gant's overall desire to see tighter control of the legal system becomes A LOT more understandable in light of some of the criminals Wright and Edgeworth encounter (think Alba's agents pretending to be defense attorneys and prosecutors, not to mention the phantom impersonating Bobby Fulbright).
  • Villainous Breakdown: His hair becomes a bolt of lightning and he goes Super Saiyan. His final breakdown, after you prove the decisive evidence that he provided is admissible is him going Laughing Mad and applauding at utterly insane speeds.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His actions are unquestionably and utterly vile, and he is definitely a nasty and selfish person, but after his initial breakdown, he really does seem to believe what he did was necessary to fight criminals. His tone and words also seem to suggest that maybe he didn't really want to go through with his deeds, but felt he had to. Furthermore, the way he praises Wright and Edgeworth, rightfully noting how they are a good team that makes sure justice is served, suggests he may even feel a bit relieved that they figured everything out, because now the legal system is in a way stronger as a result.

    Jake Marshall (Kyosuke Zaimon

Jake Marshall (Kyosuke Zaimon)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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"When there's gunshots, there's bound to be bullets."

A Cowboy Cop and ex-detective that was demoted to a patrolman after SL-9. Because of the suspiciousness of the decisive evidence, the abruptness and hastiness of his demotion, and the fact that he wanted to know the truth behind his kid brother's death, Officer Marshall refused to let the case go.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: (To Lana Skye) In that trial two years ago... Did you really only use legitimate evidence!?
  • Big "NO!": "I only got one word for you, pardner... NOOOOOO!!!"
  • Biting the Handkerchief: Or rather, the jerky.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Let's face it, it's par for the course at this point.
  • But Now I Must Go: Due to his own crimes involving assaulting a cop, he's taken off the force and laments to Ema that they won't be able to work together on a case in the future.
  • Cowboy Cop: Played straight and literally. Not only did he use to be a cop, he's willing to go outside the law to get things done. Word of God holds it that he was made a cowboy so that he wouldn't be a complete Expy of Godot, as Jake is the Godot in the Fey-Skye parallel.
  • Ironic Echo: Phoenix telling him to explain himself in eight words or less, when he learns about the fingerprint-sensing locks on his own locker that he used to hide a bloody coat.
    Jake: I only got one word for you, pardner. NOOOOOO!!!
  • Hopeless with Tech: A Type 2. Jake knows the bare basics of how to operate the security camera system (meaning, he knows how to delete footage). But beyond that, he'll even admit in-court that he couldn't tell you how a bicycle works.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He's bitter about being demoted, but is willing to risk what's left of his career to find the truth behind SL-9.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Commits theft and assault, not caring about the consequences, in order to find out who really murdered his younger brother.
  • Knife Nut: Always carries around a huge knife that he uses to shave with (and assault security guards).
  • Leitmotif: "Detective from the Wild West", which naturally sounds like something out of a cowboy movie.
  • McNinja: A one-to-one inversion, though only in the game's domestic release.note  Despite being a Japanese police officer, he's a stereotypical Old West cowboy, complete with a poncho, ten-gallon hat, and theme music straight out of a spaghetti western.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji in "Zaimon" mean "sin" and "gate", which are fits with Damon Gant's own Japanese name.
  • Punny Name: "Marshall", like a wild west sheriff. Since he lacks his brother's skill, he could be considered a "Fake Marshal".
  • Quick Nip: Often seen drinking from a hip flask. At one point he is shown opening the flask with his teeth and spitting out the stopper, suggesting the flask is normally just for show.
  • Spanner in the Works: His secret investigation into his brother's death was what kickstarted the whole plot. Damon Gant even admits that none of this would've happened if he had gotten rid of Jake as soon as he could.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets one regarding impersonating Goodman, trying to steal the evidence and assaulting Meekins when he came in after him.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Subverted. According to Jake, Neil, the prosecutor, is significantly smarter, but Jake wound up outliving him.

    Mike Meekins (Susumu Harabai

Mike Meekins (Susumu Harabai)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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"Sir I... I wish I didn't have to tell you this... but last year, tragedy struck a rising star at the precinct! I lost my case files four times... in three days! They fired me!"

An over-enthusiastic cop that is unnecessarily respectful in speech (he broke the dialogue boxes in the Japanese version). He's not the brightest bulb, doesn't have much luck, and is rather clumsy. He looks up to Gumshoe and aspires to be like him.
  • Alliterative Name: In English
  • Butt-Monkey: He idolizes Gumshoe, so that's enough to make him a Butt-Monkey by default.
  • Catchphrase: Has a tendency to begin his answers to questions by saying "If I had to say I was (X) or (Y)..."
  • Gonk: His head is the shape of a traffic sign and his eyes are wide open, making him the sort that looks distorted rather than ugly.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Meekins isn't particularly skilled or intelligent at much, but he means well.
  • Meaningful Name: He's certainly meek, and the "Mike" might refer to that megaphone. "Susumu" means "press forward".
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: From a cop in the first game, to the Blue Badger in Investigations to a court bailiff in Apollo Justice. He is shown to still be in the police force in Investigations, just placed undercover as the Blue Badger. In the end credits, he states he was fired afterwards for losing his gun (although the page quote suggests it was for losing case files).
  • No Indoor Voice: Doesn't help any that he always has a megaphone in his hand.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Looks nothing like any other character in the series, with the appearance that he's from a completely different game.
  • Spanner in the Works: He ends up walking in on Jake Marshall attempting to steal the SL-9 evidence, ending up creating a separate "murder" at the evidence room. Phoenix going to investigate the evidence room ultimately helps place Gant there, although Phoenix wins by proving Gant killed Neil.
  • Verbal Tic: Speaks extremely politely and addresses everyone as "sir".
  • Younger Than They Look: Downplayed. While it's hard to tell how old he is from his appearance, the fact that Meekins speaks incredibly politely to everyone and is rather enthusiastic gives the impression that he is a new recruit, likely a little older than Maya. Not only is he 5-6 years older than her, he still looks and acts the same way in 2019, when he is at least 24. Part of the problem is that he's drawn so that he only looks around 4 to 5 inches taller than Ema, who is 5'1", when he's supposed to be 6'2".

    The Blue Badger (Taiho

The Blue Badger (Taiho)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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"What the hell is that wriggling piece of plywood?" - Miles Edgeworth

The mascot of the police force. Plays a significant role in case 1-5. It becomes the mascot of Gatewater Land in Investigations and gains a family of badgers which includes the Pink Badger, the Proto Badger, and the Bad Badger. The Badgers are also used as the mascots of the Gavinners.
  • Beard of Evil: The Bad Badger's goatee
  • Companion Cube: He has quite a few character tropes for someone that started out as a piece of plywood.
  • Cool Shades: The Bad Badger.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Bad Badger.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Visitors to Gatewater Land are awarded a prize if they can take a photo of all four Badgers. Since the Bad Badger only comes out for a certain event and the costume is worn by the victim before being disposed of, Kay never gets the Bad Badger.
  • Leitmotif: "I Want to Defend", a simple, catchy song, perfect for a mascot. It's used quite often in Rise from the Ashes to invoke Soundtrack Dissonance, especially when its head appears in a drawing Ema made during the SL-9 Incident.
  • Punny Name: He's blue, and carries a police badge. "Taiho" means "arrest". Lampshaded when Kay says that his name sounds threatening to a "Great Thief" like her.
    • "Badger" also means "to harass" and "badgering the witness" is a common cause for objection in courtrooms.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-universe, at least Phoenix and Apollo seemed to think so. The Chief's daughternote  is also terrified of it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In a certain sense; the character is based on Pipo-kun, the mascot of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
  • Red Herring: In case 1-5, there is an obvious handprint on the Blue Badger's face. Despite being given a fingerprint analysis kit on day 2, you can't examine this print, and it has no relevance to the case. It's probably just meant to show how sloppily Gumshoe painted it.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Besides her color, her lipstick, longer eyelashes, and a bow, the Pink Badger is identical to the other (male) Badgers. Lampshaded if Edgeworth examines the Pink Badger costume box.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-Universe. Edgeworth in particular finds the Blue Badger unsettling in Case 1-5.

    Dustin Prince (Mamoru Machio

Dustin Prince (Mamoru Machio)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All

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Maggey's former boyfriend, and also a police officer. Died due to a broken neck sustained from a large fall.


  • A Birthday, Not a Break: He dies on his birthday.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: He appears to have written Maggey's name while dying. As usual on this series, the name was written by the killer, a point that was proven by the fact Dustin wrote the name incorrectly (Maggie instead of Maggey) and with the right hand (Dustin was left-handed).
  • He Knows Too Much: Wellington killed him because he was afraid that Prince looked through his phone full of con-artist contacts and was there to arrest him. In reality, Dustin was killed just because he was wearing his police uniform when off-duty. He never bothered to look through Wellington's phone.
  • The Killer Was Left-Handed: Inverted — the victim was left-handed. His left-handedness comes up as a point in the case, thanks to the fact His supposed dying message was written with his right hand, and not his left
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name alludes to the phrase "machi wo mamoru", meaning "protector of the town".
  • Punny Name: Dusting prints.

    Valerie Hawthorne (Yuki Miyanagi

Valerie Hawthorne (Yuki Miyanagi)

Voiced by (Japanese): Fumie Mizusawa (anime)

Voiced by (English): Brianna Roberts (anime)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations

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Dahlia's step-sister and a former police sergeant. She was the one who arrested and got Terry convicted. Dies of a stab wound.


  • Asshole Victim: Tragically played with. She was an accomplice to Dahlia's past crime, and gave the false testimony that convicted Terry, but the entire reason she is killed is because she decided to come clean.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Even after she was killed and stuffed in a trunk, her attractive appearance wasn't marred.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both black or dark-brown.
  • Dirty Cop: She was an accomplice to Dahlia's crime.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: The reason she was killed.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Tried to do the right thing and gets stabbed for her troubles.
  • Heel–Face Turn: One of the saddest examples of this trope, since not only does she get killed for it, but the guy she initially screwed over and later tried to save through her Heel–Face Turn ends up dying anyway.
  • Meaningful Name: She valiantly tried to confront Dahlia and set the record straight to exonerate Terry. Her version of 'Yuki' (勇希) means 'Courage'.
  • Posthumous Character: Comes with the territory of being a case's victim.

    Ted Tonate (Shingo Barashima

Ted Tonate (Shingo Barashima)

Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

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BUT I DO NOT LIKE TO SPEAK. SPEAKING IS INEFFICIENT. ENERGY EXPENDITURE: SPEAKING > TYPING UNDERSTAND?

A bomb technician who works for the police force. Was tasked with disarming the bomb that destroyed the courthouse. Although he can speak normally, his preferred way of communicating with others is by typing phrases into his wrist-mounted computer and then having the computer speak for him.
  • Alliterative Name: His English name, which is punny too.
  • Angrish: When contradicted or startled he mashes his keyboard, producing the written version of this with his robotic voice.
  • Arc Villain: Of the first case of Dual Destinies, as obviously spelled out in the opening.
  • Arms Dealer: He secretly smuggled bombs he disabled to sell on the black market instead of retaining them as evidence.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: He got so caught up in covering up Candice Arme's murder and trying to frame Junie for the explosion that he completely forgot that he didn't actually blow up the courtroom and it was actually done by someone else. Although he still admits to the murder, he remembers what really happened and tells Phoenix as soon as possible.
  • Black Bead Eyes: What his eyes actually look like underneath his visor.
  • Catchphrase: He has a tendency to brush off his numerous minor crimes by admitting it, then adding "My bad."
  • Collector of the Strange: Admits that he collects bombs and replaces actual ones he encounters in his job with models. However, he later admits he collects these bombs to sell in the Black Market.
  • Cool Helmet: One complete with a face shield and a pair of goggles.
  • Demolitions Expert: He states his profession as "Bomb Disposal Expert".
  • Elective Mute: He prefers to communicate via his wrist-mounted computer if he doesn't have his hands full or starts breaking down.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He's a bomb trafficker with no problem murdering a detective to save his skin, but when he finds out that the bomb used as evidence in the trial has been reactivated he immediately tells everybody to evacuate the courtroom, saving many people (including our heroes) in the process.
    • Even in Case 1 before the reveal of the fake bomb, he has the decency to let people evacuate and prevent needless casualties.
  • Evil Laugh: He uses an evil laugh in his attempts to bluff the court with the fake bomb into letting him go once Phoenix has proven him to be Candice Arme's murderer.
  • Expressive Mask: His goggles' shutters act like this. Particularly noticeable during his breakdown.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's able to disassemble and re-assemble his model bomb in a matter of seconds.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: He has telescopic vision with the help of his goggles and when questioned by Phoenix if his goggles can see that far, he claims he saw the bomb ticking off with his goggles and remarks he can see what Phoenix ate for breakfast just by looking at his tie. A lie (well, the bomb part) as the bomb was hidden in a stuffed animal.
  • Insufferable Genius: Is a bit too proud of his skills as a bomb disposal technician.
  • Jerkass: As pathetic as he may look and sound during his breakdown, it's hard to feel sympathy for him when there's not a single person in his Motive Rant that he doesn't call stupid in one way or another. And let's not mention that smug, begoggled stare of his when he thinks he has you beat.
  • Leitmotif: "Difficult People" while talking to him in the detention center.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: He and Marlon Rimes are the only culprits in Dual Destinies to have even remotely sympathetic traits (by giving everyone in the courtroom the chance to evacuate, in Tonate's case), unlike clear Hate Sinks like L'Belle, Means, or the phantom (whose capture he inadvertedly helped at).
  • Machine Monotone: Courtesy of his wrist-mounted computer.
  • Mad Bomber: Subverted. While he reactivated the bomb, he reveals in the last case that he did not set it off; someone nicked the remote control before he could. Now you know why he warned the court about the bomb being reactivated, at that point he was taking his job seriously.
  • Madness Mantra: He starts his breakdown by shouting "DISMANTLE DISMANTLE DISMANTLE DISMANTLE DISMANTLE DISMANTLE".
  • Meaningful Name: His full Japanese name is a play on "barashi/barasu" and "mashingo" ("dispose" and "machine language").
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: His goggles explode in his face during his breakdown, complete with the cartoon-style grey burnt out marks where they used to be.
  • Not Me This Time: He may have murdered Detective Arme, but he did not detonate the bomb. That was the phantom.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: He tries disarming his bomb like this, biting down on the cables. Doesn't work, however.
  • Percussive Maintenance: When he was failing to stop the countdown of the practice time bomb during his Villainous Breakdown, he attempts to smash the bomb with his goggles. It stops only for a few seconds, resuming after the goggles blow up in his face.
  • Punny Name: Reverse "Ted" and you get "Detonate".
  • Starter Villain: His murder, like most of the other starter villains', was unplanned. Not unlike Jacques Portsman, though, he's also someone whose seemingly unrelated crime ties into the main storyline.
  • Smug Smiler: Not all the time, but he does tend to smirk at you when feeling smarter than everyone else in court, which is often.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Inadvertently. By killing Candice Arme, he prevented her from testifying in the trial for the murder of Clay Terran. A lot of things about that case would be made much clearer much more quickly if she could.
    • He manages to be one to the phantom. If he hadn't been there and evacuated everyone, Athena and Blackquill would have died, and they end up being major parts in the trial against the phantom.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: His wrist-mounted voice synthesizer.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts to hastily bite down on the wires of the practice bomb to disarm it, but with the timer coming down to the last few seconds, he tries to destroy it by smashing his goggles into it. The timer briefly stops, but his goggles explode in his face. The timer then counts down the last two second and announces that Ted has failed to disarm it.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: He's certainly a villain, and his cheekbones are pretty raw.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He wasn't the one who detonated the bomb as that was done by the phantom. He took advantage after the explosion to leave Detective Arme's body in the destroyed courtroom to make it look like she had been killed by the bomb explosion.

    Shih-na 

Shih-na

Debut: Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

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"...If you are done playing games...!"

Lang's assistant, a demure, seemingly albino woman with a penchant for sunglasses.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Outright states, "I was destined to betray all of you from the start." She's not kidding, either; when she's captured, she drops a key piece of evidence to capturing her real boss, Quercus Alba, (her "hair sticks", actually crossbow bolts) and makes it known that this wasn't an accident by outright telling Kay to keep them when she tries to return them, then tells Edgeworth that she killed no one tonight. She even betrayed him in the end!
  • Emotionless Girl: Extremely stoic. Her personality gives the impression that she speaks with almost zero inflection in her words. Most evident in her "blowback" animation when she takes the verbal "hit" but her facial expression never wavers. However, it is merely a facade.
  • Futureshadowing: She makes a remark in Case 3 that she can hardly contain her laughter. It might come off as deadpan sarcasm the first time you see it (as by the time it would make sense, you'd probably forgot she ever said it) but once you are familiar with the plot of the game, it takes on a whole new meaning on subsequent viewings.
  • Glasses Pull: Usually done alongside Lang.
  • History Repeats: Her final breakdown in the game repeats nearly the same pattern from when she was caught as Calisto Yew. Laughing histerically and acting like she's been beaten, only to hold someone at gun point. Except this time, it backfires epically.
  • The Hyena: She not only lets out a familiar-looking laugh animation that exposes her as Calisto Yew, but when you finally defeat her, she lets off an especially maniacal Evil Laugh.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: To Shi-Long Lang.
  • Meaningful Name: The name "Shihna", both Japanese and English, comes from an old medieval Islamic word that roughly means "military administrator".
  • The Mole: This time, she's infiltrating Interpol for the smuggling ring.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She looks a lot like Lady Gaga. Even as her former self, when compared to Lady Gaga's original appearance.
  • No Name Given: As above, 'Shih-na' is not her real name any more than 'Calisto Yew' was.
  • Not Me This Time: When exposed as Calisto Yew, she says she killed no one at the embassy. And for once, she's telling the truth.
  • Not So Stoic: Eventually she admits that she's amused and start to show it. This is her mask beginning to slip.
  • Pretty in Mink: Has a mink scarf to go along with Lang's boa.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As an Interpol agent it's best to not mess with her.
  • Red Herring: During her final testimony, Confrontation ~ Presto 2009 plays. The theme has played only for the final and true villain of every other case in the game. While she is indeed a villain, she is actually not responsible for either of the murders in the case. Players will probably notice this when they realize a good majority of the evidence and circumstances has yet to be explained at this point.
  • The Reveal: Partway through your final interrogation of her, you realize something about her when she starts Laughing Mad.
    • Crosses with Theme Song Reveal. Edgeworth and the others accuse her of being Calisto Yew and of the murders in the embassy. She has her final breakdown. Cue "Let me Laugh at Cool".
  • She's Got Legs: Her black dress leaves little to the imagination about her legs.
  • The Stoic: Shows no expressions, even to the point where her "takes damage" animation shows visible "knock-back" (her hair), but she doesn't bat an eye.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Wears sunglasses at night in Case 5, albeit mostly indoors.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: In spite of the fact that she killed her father, Kay still ends up feeling sorry for her upon recognizing how fundamentally empty she is as a person, saying that she realizes that her heart is "cold and dark and...incredibly lonely."
  • Two Aliases, One Character: She is also Callisto Yew.
  • Vapor Wear: Her dress is so low in the back and cut so high up one thigh that there's no way she's wearing anything under it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Starts laughing hysterically when first accused of murder. Once she's proven to be Calisto Yew, she goes into full-on Laughing Mad mode, cackling like a crazed banshee with fangs in her mouth.
  • Wham Shot: Laughing in the same way Calisto Yew did.

    Marī Miwa (Patricia Roland

Marī Miwa (Patricia Roland in the fan translation)

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"A proper greeting should begin with a hug AND a kiss!"

The director of the prison and the detention center. She is an animal lover who believes in animal therapy.
  • Alliterative Name: Mari Miwa. The fan translation forgoes this for a Punny Name instead.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Her fear and hatred of Dogen also extends to his dog, and she almost quotes the line word-for-word at one point. Justified though, as said dog is far from little and has been trained to kill.
  • Asshole Victim: It becomes increasingly hard to feel sorry for her the more we realize why Dogen bullied her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Other than being an accomplice to the murder of the Zheng Fa president and murdering a prisoner out of fear, she's a pretty nice person. Actually, no she's not that either-she's quite willing to forget her maternal nature in return for money, as shown by how screwed up Simon became under her care.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: More like "Crazy Fox Lady", but similar principle. Though she tries to come off as a Kindhearted Animal Lover.
  • Cuddle Bug: In her own words, "A proper greeting should begin with a hug AND a kiss."
  • Expressive Accessory: The silver fox on her neck is alive and usually copies her facial expressions. One of her animations shows her speaking through her fox. Probably a result of her being paranoid.
  • Evil Orphanage Lady: What she used to be, as we find out in Case 5.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She's sweet and motherly almost to excess, allowing prisoners to have animal companions and claiming they're all a happy family. Even her fur coat is still alive.
  • The Glomp: With Raymond Shields. When it comes to hugging, they're soulmates. She makes a habit of greeting everyone like that. And kissing them, which often leads to accidental Squick on the receiver's end.
  • He Knows Too Much: Subverted. She's actually the one who's threatened with death. Although one must wonder if she deserves it since her family was threatened too. Later Inverted when it's revealed she tried to pull this on someone herself once.
  • I Have Your Wife: More like "I have your family", but similar principle. Sirhan constantly threatens that his 'dogs' will go after her family. It's the main reason she eventually snaps.
  • Interface Spoiler: If you ask her about Sirhan Dogen's black dog, she adopts a stunned expression hiding her face, which clearly hints to her villainous nature. This is a big tip-off that she is the case's true killer.
  • Leitmotif: The stuffy and deep "Hugs and Kisses". Which she herself does. A lot.
  • Live Mink Coat: As mentioned, her fox fur stole is a real fox — and her coat is foxes too. They bristle up when she's startled and flee entirely when she breaks down.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name comes from mimawari, which means patrol. "Patrol" is also the source of her name in the fan translation.
  • Murder by Mistake: Kills Knightley, fearing he is one of Dogen's henchmen.
  • Orphanage of Love: She ran the "Happy Family" orphanage. Possibly subverted, since the one character who remembers living there says it was awful — but said character is the very definition of Unreliable Narrator.
  • Pretty in Mink: Wears a fur coat that is actually made of multiple live foxes.
  • Properly Paranoid: Though she takes it a little too far. If her suspicions had stopped at Dogen, she would have been completely right.
  • Smug Snake: Not so much this during her first appearance in case 2, but it comes out in full force during her brief appearance in case 5. She smugly treats her own trial as a complete waste of her time, feeling secure in the knowledge that the evidence implicating her was disposed of.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: She freaked out after years of bullying by Dogen and thought she was acting in self-defense. Then subverted, when it's revealed that the reason Dogen bullied her to begin with was entirely the fault of her own selfishness.
  • Tsundere: Clearly deredere by default, she goes tsun on the guards big time once she realizes Elbird has escaped. Even Edgeworth notes the abrupt change. Although it may be a hint to her serious side, it could just be dedication to her job.
  • Turns Red: She doesn't make much of an attempt to argue back during her testimony... until you REALLY push her and she completely overturns Edgeworth's logic with just one sentence!
  • Villainous Breakdown: She screams and her pet fox jumps off her neck...and then her fur coat turns into multiple foxes, all of which jump off her body and flee, leaving a much skinnier-looking Patricia Roland standing there hugging herself while dressed in a prisoner's uniform.
    • Has a second more minor one during case five after its proven that she made a deal with Blaise Debeste to have the evidence implicating her disposed of. Her previous smug mood breaks down completely and she angrily rants about how Blaise had boasted about his ability to create his own Not Guilty verdicts, how she had contacted him with the belief that he would have helped her get off scott free, and capping the tirade off by screaming about how completely useless Blaise is. Naturally this whole tirade only serves to implicate Blaise and herself further, although by that point her situation couldn't really get much worse.
  • Weasel Mascot: More like "Fox Mascot", but similar principle. She has a very strong affiliation with foxes.
  • Wham Line: When she says there is a huge contradiction in Edgeworth's logic. It even uses a sprite animation you've never seen from her before.

    The Jurors 

The Jurors

Six civilians randomly chosen to preside over the trial and make a verdict. Each case in Dai Gyakuten Saiban from Case 3 onward and in Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2's case 2 and 3 features a different jury.


  • Ax-Crazy: The barber (Juror 3) from Case 3.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Despite London having a population of 6 million people at the time and the jury being randomly-chosen, some Jurors actually end up having some relation to the case at hand, like Case 4 Jurors 5 and 6 (construction worker and old man, respectively) being proven to be possible witnesses in favor of the defendant (never mind Juror 4, Joan, who was directly involved in the case). Case 5 takes the cake though, with Jurors 3 and 5 (stereoscope and telegraph experts, respectively) giving vital contribution to the case through their talents, as well as the surgeon (Juror 4) who actually operated Holmes (a victim of the same case) requiring the opinion of a firearms expert at one point, which Dmitri (Juror 6) is. To top it off, Rubert Crogley's identity was learned of in court through Juror 5, who was one of Crogley's coworkers.
  • Knife Nut: The barber Juror, again. He really likes to play with that knife of his.
  • Meido: The maid Juror, who shows up as Juror 2 in both Cases 3 and 5.
  • No Name Given: With a couple of exceptions, namely previous witnesses, Joan, and Dmitri, none of the jurors are given names.
  • You All Look Familiar: Ryunosuke winds up having this thought in Case 5, where the jury consists of John Garrideb from Case 4, Juror No. 2 (the maid) from Case 3, three Jurors who look uncannily like Jurors from past cases, and, most perplexingly of all, Dmitri Demiglasky from Case 2.

    Patrick O'Malley 

Patrick O'Malley

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A constable devoted to his duties, and a witness to Viridian Green's stabbing.


  • Dirty Cop: Subverted. He did tamper the crime scene but not out of prestige nor ill will towards Natsume Soseki. Finagle's Law had to kick in at a time he didn't want to be a cop. He and Rola were spending their anniversary together when the stabbing incident happened, and to make matters worse it was at HIS jurisdiction. This would kill their anniversary plans so he moved the victim and the books from the crime scene to outside his jurisdiction, but he lost his gift to Rola in the process of tampering the crime scene. He also flat out apologizes once the truth is exposed about this incident.
  • Overworked Sleep: Is mostly drowsy throughout his testimony. As pointed out by the Old Bailey's judge, he basically has to patrol about 20 miles of London's streets on foot.
  • Punny Name: His and Rola's first names are a play on "patrol". The pun actually serves to further show how in love the two are.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Rola. The two of them take nearly every opportunity to show their affections for each other.

    Courtney Sithe 

Courtney Sithe

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The head coroner of Scotland Yard, who works at the forefront of the legal system's march towards forensic science.


  • Advertised Extra: Promotional materials made it looks like she'd be a recurring rival character. She's really just a one-off "killer of the week", not having much of a role beyond Case 3.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Enoch Drebber for Case 3 of DGS2. He planned the murder and she was his accomplice, forging the autopsy report to frame the defendant. Except it's twisted a bit when it turns out, unbeknownst to him, she murdered the victim herself, since she had a very good reason to want him dead.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: According to a ledger in her lab, she orders 500 scalpels every month. This is just a cover for the blackmail money she's been paying Meningen for 10 years.
  • Confess to a Lesser Crime: When the truth about Drebber's plan is proven, Sithe confesses to being his accomplice and demands the trial end in a Not Guilty verdict for the defendant. This is because she's hiding more than that: she's Meningen's actual killer.
  • Dark Secret: She signed the autopsy report confirming The Professor dead. However, he was actually alive. Sithe is willing to go to any lengths to make sure this secret doesn't get out.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: To Enoch Drebber. She helped him cover up his murder plot, but she actually killed the victim herself for reasons separate from his.
  • Leitmotif: "The Solitary Coroner", a somber and taciturn theme to represent isolation.
  • Meaningful Name: "Sithe" comes from "shishu", meaning "to die". "Courtney" could be an allusion to "coroner".
  • My Greatest Failure: She pronounced The Professor dead after his execution by hanging, but he was actually still alive. If word of that got out, it would ruin her. Covering it up is why she works with Drebber to kill Meningen.
  • Sarcastic Confession: A rare example that's done in print rather than verbally. In her autopsy report for Meningen, she says the cause of death was a stab wound from the defendant's screwdriver. Later we find out that she tampered with the evidence and crime scene to cover for Drebber, so it's assumed the autopsy report is a lie... except that really was the cause of death, she stabbed the victim herself.
  • The Stoic: Doesn't show much emotion, and is one of the least over-the-top witnesses in the series. This even extends to her Villainous Breakdown, which is much more subdued than the average one.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Slams her fist down on the witness stand while grimacing. Compared to most other breakdowns in the series, hers is so far one of the most subdued.

    Maria Goulloyne 

Maria Goulloyne

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Dr. Sithe's daughter, who works under her as a coroner.


  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Like with her mother, Hart Vortex makes Maria omit some of the autopsy details on Tobias Gregson so that something inconvenient to him won't be revealed in court. She then averts this trope in court by revealing the truth about the ring recovered from the Professor's autopsy 10 years prior, stating she won't be like her mother in that regard.
  • Creepy Child: Her first reaction to seeing Ryunosuke is asking her mother if she can cut him open.
  • Plague Doctor: Wears a plague doctor mask when first introduced.
  • Punny Name: Goullyone comes from guroi ne (グロいね), meaning "grotesque, isn’t it?".

    Harry Barricade 

Harry Barricade

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The head warden of Barkley Prison.


  • Large and in Charge: Head of Barkley Prison, and is also quite imposing in physical stature.
  • Meaningful Name: The man is certainly large enough to BE a barricade, but it also references his profession as a jailer.

Manga Characters

    Nathan Thompkins 

Nathan Thompkins

A police officer who cornered Tarkington and his hostage, Chancey Lanboni, killing the former but getting wounded in the process.


  • Leeroy Jenkins: Goes on ahead to try to capture Tarkington because he had a hostage.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: After being forced to kill a suspect who had a family, he becomes extremely reluctant to use his gun again.

    Thomas Bester 

Thomas Bester

A private detective in the Miles Edgeworth manga who is hired to protect "Officers" from the Gentlemen thieves.


  • Buffy Speak: Refers to Edgeworth's Classy Cravat as a "fluttery thing."
  • Clueless Detective: Gives Gumshoe a run for his money in this department. Then again, Miller was quite possibly counting on his incompetence, in addition to his ignorance about art.
  • Detective Patsy: Although arguably, his lack of skill was secondary to his inability to recognize that "Officers" was fake.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: He accuses Edgeworth and Amadeus Seal of being Gentlemen thieves based on their appearance. But it later turns out that Seal was in fact, one of the Gentlemen in disguise.
  • Keet: He's quite energetic, especially when it comes to talking up his resume.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Subverted. He's one of the shortest characters in the "Turnabout Museum" arc, and he often shoots off his mouth about things he knows nothing about.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Although he admits that he's only investigated infidelities and lost pets in the past, he's quite full of himself and his abilities.

    Officer Hammer 

Officer Hammer

The recurring female character in the manga who is one of the officers working with Gumshoe.


  • Living Prop: Typically shows up to do the work of the patrolmen on the case, such as bringing in the body, sealing the crime scene.
  • No Name Given: Until "The Turnabout Silver Screen" where her last name is finally mentioned by Edgeworth. In the bonus pages, she tries to reveal her first name (begins with "Ka-" to Gumshoe before getting interrupted by the manga artist and his wife.

    Chase Clink 

Chase Clink

The Deputy Chief of the local police station. He's trying to make Chief of Police and is called the "Armchair Detective" because he can solve the whole case without moving out of his armchair. He once worked with Edgeworth to convict Yardley Kidman, which was the case that makes him on the path to be promoted to chief of police.


  • Alliterative Name: At least in the English version.
  • Bait the Dog: He starts out as fairly affable and reasonable, but when Edgeworth questions his assertion that Shawn Southern is guilty, he starts insulting him and Gumshoe. And there is, of course, how he's the murderer in the end.
  • Broken Pedestal: To the entire police force; while it turns out that he wasn't wrong in identifying Yardley Kidman as the bomber, the fact that he would murder someone and frame another person out of the mere fear that it would come to light and destroys his image, and Gumshoe believes that as unpleasant as the truth is, it has to get out.
  • Cool Old Guy: He gives off this impression, as an older member of the police force who appears quite talented at investigations.
  • Expy:
    • During his Villainous Breakdown, he starts sounding a lot like Light Yagami of Death Note.
    • He is extremely similar to Damon Gant: Both are high ranking police officers who turn out to be murderers who have passed the Moral Event Horizon several times, allegedly in the name of fighting crime.
  • Motive Rant: Declares that actors are scum, and that killing Emi was necessary to prevent the truth from getting out.
  • Race Against the Clock: Gives Edgeworth until sundown to find a suspect besides Shawn Southern. It turns out that he himself is the suspect.
  • Treachery Cover Up: His entire reason for the killings was a variant on this, to prevent the people from figuring out that Yardley Kidman was innocent. Defied, in the end, when it's stated that the truth about his crimes will be disclosed, even at the expense of the police's reputation.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A two-stage one, first giving his Motive Rant, and arguing that Edgeworth is equally guilty. Once it's proven that he did it for nothing, he falls into despair and shame.

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