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Other prosecutors and judges in the Ace Attorney series. The main ones can be found here.
Manfred von Karma (Go Karuma)
Voiced by (Japanese): Masakazu Sugimori (OT), Kiyoyuki Yanada (trailers), Akio Ōtsuka (anime)
Voiced by (English): Unknown (OT), Bill Jenkins (anime)
Played by: Ryo Ishibashi (film)
Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
A legendary prosecutor, Manfred von Karma is obsessed with 'perfection' in all aspects of his life, and went forty years without a single defeat in court prior to the beginning of the series. Manfred appears as prosecutor in only one case in the first game, but his influence is felt long after he is gone. He is the father of Franziska, and was Edgeworth's guardian for most of his life.
- Abusive Parents: Seemingly not to Franziska but certainly to Edgeworth since he has no issues with prosecuting him for murder. This becomes worse when you learn that he adopted Edgeworth just so he could do this and is the one behind both murders Miles is accused of, which includes Miles' biological father. To Franziska he was the Ozai to her Azula.
- Achey Scars: He has a conspicuous habit of grabbing his right shoulder when he gets stressed or angry. Why? He's been carrying a bullet in it for fifteen years.
- Adaptational Badass: An unusual example in the anime as it actually does not involve von Karma's skills as a prosecutor, but taking six months of vacation in the game to only taking a day off to heal a wound caused by a bullet he still had in his shoulder still counts as such.
- Amoral Attorney: The embodiment of this trope. Manfred would do anything, even killing the (then) only defense attorney that caused him to receive a penalty, to keep his perfect record. There is a good reason he is the page image.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: While every prosecutor (with the possible exception of Klavier) leans towards this, Manfred stands above all others with zero tolerance for even the slightest sign of imperfection in himself or his proteges; he regards himself as the best prosecutor in the legal system, and that all attorneys merely exist to be defeated by him. He spends most of his time in court flagrantly taunting Phoenix about how utterly outclassed he is by Von Karma's witnesses and evidence, only dropping this attitude once things spiral out of his control.
- Asshole Victim: As one of the most vile monsters in the franchise, his death was mourned by nobody but Fransizka, who was only upset because she never got to prove herself to him. Even she gets over his death, seeing him as the evil bastard he really was.
- Badass Baritone: His voice sounds borderline demonic.
- Badass Finger Snap: One of his trademark gestures, complete with an almost metallic ring to it.
- Bad Boss: He treated Detective Badd with the same disdain Franziska would eventually do towards Gumshoe.
- Big Bad: Of the first game. Adopting Edgeworth and raising him as a prosecutor to satisfy his revenge plot against Gregory would catch Phoenix's attention later in life. Confused why the son of a defense attorney who previously held aspirations of following in his father's footsteps had turned to a career in criminal prosecution would lead Phoenix to begin studying defense law, all in an effort to cross paths with Edgeworth in court.
- Broken Pedestal: Fransizka and Edgeworth used to look up to him as the pinnacle of prosecutors. When they realise how evil he really was, the two end up with nothing but contempt for him.
- Broken Win/Loss Streak: One of the most epic and satisfying ones in the entire series. He had a forty-year long winning streak, all made possible by controlling the trials with rigged testimonies, controlling the evidence, and intimidation. The only time he came close to losing at the time was Gregory Edgeworth exposing a forgery, and even then that was only a penalty. It wasn't until Phoenix Wright came along that he would meet another defense attorney who would stand to oppose him and in the end, Phoenix beat him against all odds, and Manfred not only lost twice on the same day but was sent to jail for the rest of his life.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Phoenix and Maya run into him outside of court, he doesn't recognize them, despite spending half of the past two days in the same room as them. When pressed about how he could possibly not know them, he claims that defense attorneys are just bugs for him to squash, why learn the faces of vermin? At least, he says that; he could simply be lying to demean them.
- Character Tic:
- Has a habit of balling his hand around his sleeve and grimacing when he folds his arms, mostly to demonstrate his extreme impatience. Counts as foreshadowing when we find out that he still has the bullet from the DL-6 incident in his shoulder.
- When caught off guard by an argument presented by the defense, he tends to clutch his shoulder and turn slightly to the side. It's shown that he gained this habit due to his bullet wound from the DL-6 Incident; in Ace Attorney Investigations 2, during the flashback scenes featuring Gregory Edgeworth as the player character, he simply clenches his hand into a fist instead of grabbing his shoulder when Gregory's arguments catch him off guard.
- Clock King: Predicts on the third day of 1-4 that it will end in three minutes, and checks his watch until he's proven wrong. It's impossible for him to be proven right, as the time is up before Phoenix begins cross-examining the witness.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Downplayed; his randomly deciding that the trial will end within three minutes shows he has shades of this. Him blurting out his ATM card number in court further proves it. (Though he could have been lying about his card number as it was to argue against one of Phoenix's claims) Of course, these examples don't really stand out among the rest of his characterization, which is just him being an evil perfectionist.
- Complexity Addiction: There are definitely more pragmatic and more stress-free ways of getting Revenge for being penalized than killing the attorney responsible, raising their son to become his own father's antithesis, and then trying to frame said son for two different murders.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has secured his flawless record by considering all the angles of his cases and preparing his prosecution accordingly. The crowning moment of this is that he retrained the parrot. If that's not Crazy-Prepared, the term has no meaning.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He's a genius at manipulating a case his way and perfectly predicting his opponents' actions, and has his entire case prepared, evidence and testimony, by the time he reaches court. However, this leaves him vulnerable and unable to adapt properly when there's a Spanner in the Works.
- Devil in Plain Sight: When people discuss him, all they ever mention is how great he is. But... have you looked at the guy?! He's terrifying! He even dresses like an Evil Overlord! The fact that he has the voice of Satan really does not help.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Once, while competing in court against Gregory Edgeworth, Manfred got a single black mark on his record, for (unknowingly, though he'd done it willfully on other occasions) using forged evidence. Later the same day, a gun accident caused by Gregory's son Miles caused Manfred to be shot in the shoulder, scarring him. Manfred responded to this turn of events by murdering Gregory while he lay unconscious, leaving an innocent man to take the blame for the crime. Then, as an added spit on Gregory's memory, he adopted Miles and raised him to be everything his father wasn't. Then, fifteen years later, to get back for the accidental gunshot wound, he framed Miles for a new murder (which he arranged) specifically so he could use that frame up to retroactively frame Miles for Gregory's murder, making Miles think he killed his own father by accident! Maybe he gave Kristoph lessons on overreacting?
- Dragon-in-Chief: There is a reason Blaise isn't as feared as him, despite being behind some of his crimes and even more vile. Manfred is more competent.
- Driven to Suicide: A possible interpritation of how he died, as Manfred had lost everything due to being revealed as a deeply corrupt prosecutor as well as a murderer. In his eyes, he was no longer perfect, the worst possible fate for a Von Karma.
- The Dreaded:
- During 1-4, Edgeworth continuously urges Phoenix not to pick up the case because of Manfred being the Prosecution. Literally no other defense attorney is willing to dare defend the disgraced prosecutor against Von Karma. Without Phoenix laying his career on the line, the only way Edgeworth was going to get legal defense was when the state would provide him an attorney, i.e. force an attorney to do it.
- On a more comical side, Edgeworth states often that no one ever wears their Prosecutor Badge in the office, yet he's often unsure of why. It's easy to believe that, based on what Manfred himself says and what Kay adds on into during the fourth case of Investigations, that Manfred would straight-up rant at anyone he caught wearing the badge, yelling at them for wearing the badge because appearance is worth more than a badge and that it's ruining their clothing because it's a pin. He also hammered it into Edgeworth and his daughter that it was "more fashionable" to put it in your pocket instead of flaunting it around.
- Education Mama: A rare male example and taken Up to Eleven owing to the fact that it's law school he's pressing his children to excel in. Manfred accepts nothing short of perfect success from his children (including Edgeworth, whom he adopted.) His daughter passed the bar exam at age 13 as a result of the overwhelming pressure to succeed imposed on her by her father.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: Manfred Von Karma may be one of the most loathesome characters to come out of the Ace Attorney franchise but even he had his admirers. While Miles Edgeworth held a great deal of respect for him, he saw Von Karma as more of a mentor and a legal guardian than as a father. Franziska, on the other hand, admired her father and vehemently defended him, doing everything she could to earn his affections, even after his death. Manfred, being the person he was, saw his two children as nothing more than the continuation of his legacy, clearly having little affection for either of them.
- Evil Is Petty: He is one of the most prime examples of this trope. If someone is so unhinged at being bested in court that killing the man who did it isnt satisfactory enough vengeance, then torturing him after death by twisting his son into their father's antithesis then framing said son as an adult is the only way to complete ones revenge, there isnt much deeper to go.
- Evil Mentor: To Edgeworth and Franziska, who inherit his methods, his gestures, and even his classical fashion sense.
- Evil Old Folks: 65 years old, and still sharp as a razor.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has the deepest "Objection" of the series, so deep he sounds like a demon. This carries over to the anime in both Japanese and English.
- Faux Affably Evil:
- In The Movie. He advises Edgeworth not to just do whatever he wants in court and kicks off the trial against Edgeworth by cordially introducing himself to Phoenix. And then, of course, it's revealed that he murdered Gregory Edgeworth and set the entire trial up to get back at Miles.
- The anime paints him as a strict father figure towards Miles, making occasional gestures of kindness towards him when he was still a boy, and viewing Gregory as something of a Worthy Opponent. It also shows that, if not for nothing, he was a caring father to Franziska who supported her decision to follow in his footsteps. In the end, however, he still prizes his record above all else, simply hiding his obsession behind the facade of an honorable lawyer, and took Miles on as a protege not out of guilt for murdering his father, but out of some morbid curiosity to see where his own "karma" would take him.
- Fatal Flaw: His perfectionism. His refusal to even risk going under the knife and having the bullet in his shoulder removed bites him HARD. As he correctly points out, if he had underwent surgery, Phoenix would have to have produced the surgeon who removed the bullet in order to prove his guilt. This would be difficult enough on its own, but there's virtually no way he could have done so before the statute of limitations on DL-6 ran out. Since the bullet is still in his shoulder, Phoenix is able to prove his guilt on the spot, and just in time. Furthermore, his revenge on Gregory Edgeworth was operatically perfect—too much so. Karma had not that supreme gift of the artist - the knowledge of when to stop. Murdering the man for landing a blemish on your otherwise spotless record? Okay, he got away with it. Adopting his son and then raising him to be the exact opposite of what his father was? Extreme. Trying to pin his own father's murder on him in the most public way possible? Small wonder he was caught, he pushed his luck way too far.
- Final Boss: Rise from the Ashes aside, he is the final prosecutor of the game. He's also the culprit of DL-6, which makes him the final killer, as well.
- Finger Wag: His signature gesture, which Edgeworth adopted during his rookie years, aided by a Tsk sound.
- Foreshadowing: Grips his right arm and clutches it while grimacing as his "impatient" animation, along with never using that same arm for anything in court. It's not just him being supremely impatient, it's a visceral reaction from squeezing on the bullet wound from DL-6! It could also be the wound being inflamed when he's stressed out and squeezing it helps. This detail is retained in The Movie.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Nearly everything in the original trilogy can be traced back to Manfred, as his murder of Gregory Edgeworth caused the Police to seek Misty Feys spirit channeling in desperation, which resulted in a seance conducted by Misty that resulted in Yanni Yogi being falsely named; Redd White would then leak the seance to the public, resulting in his rise to power. Misty was then exiled and the Kurain Technique was disgraced, motivating Mia to become an attorney when she was older. Dahlia (and Iris) were thrown out, kickstarting Dahlia's life of crime and would poison Diego Armando, Mia would then take Phoenix Wright under her wing and was later murdered by Redd White to cover up his crimes. Diego came back as Godot, and killed Misty to kill Dahlia. And again, why did all this happen? Because Gregory got Manfred his first ever penalty, ruining his perfect record.
- Germanic Depressives: He doesn't show happiness often at all and trust us, you really don't want him to.
- Germanic Efficiency: As a German prosecutor that had been undefeated for forty years, he makes a great example of the trope.
- Get It Over With: Once he regains his composure, he orders the Judge to end the trial and give the verdict, since there's nothing left for him except jail and a broken record.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Often points and wags his finger when he thinks that he has a perfect counterpoint, a habit Edgeworth picked up on.
- Graceful Loser: Has shades of this when he calms down after his Villainous Breakdown and snaps at the Judge for not delivering the verdict fast enough.
- Hate Sink: Does nothing but demean, bully, and shut you up at every turn. You'll fast grow sick of his antics and want to stick it to him as satisfyingly as possible. Thankfully, he's the murderer in the DL-6 case so you'll be doing just that. Investigations 2 goes a step further and reveals that his methods for getting guilty verdicts went beyond just simple corruption such as having Jeff Master subjected to months of inhumane interrogations just to make him confess.Phoenix: (von Karma, I think I hate you.)
- In the fourth case of Investigations, Manfred tells Edgeworth it's not a good idea to go after the Cohdopian Smuggling Ring, for you'd have to go above the law to catch them. Considering what he's done in court for decades, it's difficult to take this at face value.
- In the flashbacks of the third case of Investigations 2, if Gregory Edgeworth presses him in one of the sentences, he tells Gregory to let him finish speaking by interrupting him.
- Hypocritical Humor: Shouting that yelling is not allowed in court while loudly slamming his cane.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: In the anime, he claims that the bullet in his shoulder wasn't from DL-6, rather an accident involving inspecting a gun as evidence from a different case several years ago that was still loaded. Phoenix doesn't buy it.note
- Ironic Name: "Manfred" means "man of peace" in German.
- Irony: In Investigations 2, his dickery in Jeff Master's trial and Gregory Edgeworth's final one led to it being dragged out for an entire year. This ends up being the final key to acquit Jeff and close Gregory's unsolved case since this gave it the few extra months needed to extend the Statute of Limitations.
- It's All About Me: The only thing in a trial that matters to him is him winning, getting his guilty verdict in the shortest amount of time, and that people don't cause him delays in his pursuit of victory. He doesn't care if the defendant is innocent or guilty, and especially doesn't care if he has to rig the evidence to spin the case to his favor.
- Jerkass: Speaks to virtually everyone with varying degrees of contempt in his voice, up to and including the Judge. This is about the least Jerkass thing he does, and also one of the few that can be mentioned that's spoiler-free.
- Kick the Dog: As if he weren't bad enough already, Investigations 2 manages to do this to him recursively through the flashback part of Case 3: He ruthlessly interrogated Master for months until he completely broke down and falsely confessed. The fact that Japanese prosecutors have been rumoured to do this in Real Life makes it even more terrifying.
- Large and in Charge: Has a broad-shouldered frame like Redd White.
- Laser-Guided Karma: One of the most epic ones in the series, though one that continued over a span of several years. Manfred trained Edgeworth since he was a child, attempting to corrupt him into becoming the antithesis of his father with the intent to have him executed to futher tarnish the Edgeworth name. Not only did that not succeed, Phoenix Wright, a rookie attorney with only three victories, demolished his forty year win streak in three days, using his dimwitted childhood friend and a parrot to put the final nails in Von Karma's coffin. A few years later, Edgeworth used what Von Karma had taught him to pursue the truth and fix the corruption in the legal system, undoing all of Manfred's accomplishments, arresting all his associates and removing his influence from the legal system. Edgeworth then became the chief prosecutor, acting as the polar opposite of Von Karma and bringing to the prosecution what his dad brought to the defence stand. In short, Manfred's attempt to get revenge at the Edgeworths brought an end to the dark age of the law, got him and all his subordinates arrested, and destroyed his legacy. Humuliating as that may be, it's safe to say he absolutely deserved that.
- Made of Iron: In the anime. After being accidentally shot in the shoulder in the DL-6 incident, Manfred takes several months of vacation (the only time he had a vacation in his life) to heal. This was in the games - in the anime, he only has a day off before carrying on with his activities.
- Meaningful Name: His name, at least in the English translation, is a reference to Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. Both of them were brought down by a single bullet. Also, he has bad karma. Meanwhile, his Japanese name, Go Karuma, means (as far as the pronunciation goes) "the effect of karma". The kanji in his name, meanwhile, means "great demon."
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averts this, regarding Byrne Faraday, in front of his longtime partner Detective Badd. Badd can hardly contain his anger.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
- What did Manfred have to do in order to avoid being caught as Gregory Edgeworth's murderer in Case 1-4? Literally nothing. The whole reason he was defeated is because he couldn't wait until the statute of limitations of the DL-6 incident passed and wanted to frame Gregory's son, Miles, as the murderer of Robert Hammond and in turn have Miles believe he murdered his father as one more spiteful nail in Gregory's coffin. This despite the fact he had already gotten his revenge against Gregory by turning his son into his antithesis. This desire to frame Miles ultimately allows Phoenix to prove that Manfred was the real murderer and destroys his reputation.
- During the trial everything is going Manfred's way until its revealed that he sent Yanni Yogi a handwritten letter with the instructions on what to do on December 24th, which allowed Phoenix to realize the truth before Manfred removed the DL-6 evidence. And, well, until Larry realized he was a witness of Hammond's murder.
- Manfred mentions the idea of "cross-examining the parrot" as a joke to bring the defense to its knees. Sure, he retrained the parrot, however the idea actually WORKED (albeit because of two pieces of information he didn't take into consideration) and the case continues. He also mentioned the ballistic test much earlier, in order to mock Maya's ignorance on the subject. This doesn't come into play until you look into DL-6 case, and along with a metal detector, you can finally bring him down.
- Narcissist: A textbook example, to the point where a minor blemish upon his previously perfect record is enough to drive him to murder the man he blames for it.
- Not Me This Time: The evidence Gregory Edgeworth accused him of forging? For once, he had nothing to do with it (though that did not stop him from taking advantage of it). The penalty he received? It was given by the one who had the evidence forged in the first place.
- Obviously Evil: He almost always has a cold stare on his face, and when he doesn't, it's either an infuriating or terrifying smirk. His outfit is the very definition of Wicked Cultured. Not to mention his voice sounds like a demon. Is it really that much of a stretch to believe he'd murder someone?
- Mocked in case 4 of Investigations when a younger Kay tries to get change for a dollar from him. He immediately turns his fierce glare on her and asks "What is it, little girl?" She immediately hides behind Edgeworth and says "You're scary, mister!" Manfred responds by actually feeling hurt.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- Marvin Grossberg mentions that after Gregory Edgeworth stained his perfect record with a penalty for forged evidence, he took a vacation for several months, and describes this vacation as the first and last of his career. In actuality, he spent the time recovering from the bullet Miles accidentally put in him.
- For a man that much of a perfectionist, him not objecting to the Not Guilty verdict Edgeworth gets from the murder of Robert Hammond seems strange... until Edgeworth confesses his guilt in the DL-6 incident, explaining why von Karma was calm all along.
- The Password Is Always "Swordfish": He admits to this in the quote above regarding his ATM PIN.
- The Perfectionist: To the point that threatening his record is his Berserk Button.
- Pet the Dog:
- As we can see in case 4 of Investigations, Edgeworth and Franziska seem to have genuine respect for him and think his methods are honorable. Edgeworth's interactions with him are stiffly formal and you can tell he's being very careful not to cross a line — Franziska is less formal but still guarded.
- Then again, von Karma openly sets the two of them against each other. For example, he goes out of his way to launch Edgeworth's career as a prosecutor and makes Franziska fight just to be involved in the related investigation. Conversely, von Karma verbally abuses Edgeworth at one point to shut down his request to continue investigating the crime scene, but relents when Franziska asks instead. It seems that Edgeworth's respect has a touch of fear mixed in, while bold Franziska knows he's always her "Papa." Case in point: when Franziska asked if he would go to her first trial next, his "I'll consider it" answer looks like a light-hearted way to say "yes." Also, whenever Franziska asked if she could do something, he said yes without hesitating. So his relationship with his daughter was relatively warm, all things considered. (Of course, given what we know von Karma to be, any real kindness is going to be Pet the Dog at best. Even if he was a kind parent, it certainly didn't make him a good parent).
- In a similar manner to Franziska's encounter with Pearl, he seems genuinely taken aback when Kay calls him "scary".
- He also seems to think highly of his wife's cooking, comparing it favorably to the food being judged at Jeff Master's mansion.
- Punny Name: He not only has a Meaningful Name as mentioned above, but also a punny one as well. His name can be read as "Man fled from karma", and given the nature of the DL-6 Incident, it can be said that running from Karma is what he did for so long.
- Red Baron: Edgeworth refers to him as the "God of Prosecution".
- Refuge in Audacity:
- His courtroom behavior is a mix of this and sheer intimidation, ordering the Judge around and then repeatedly declaring opposing counsel in contempt of court if they even think of objecting to his prosecution. He also has a perfect record despite a well-known reputation for coaching witnesses and withholding evidence. The man would be disbarred and possibly thrown in jail in any sane legal system.
- He also tasers Phoenix and Maya in the middle of a police station to make off with and destroy evidence. He actually gets away this because there's no proof he did it and it's so insane-sounding that no cop would ever believe that he did it.
- Revenge by Proxy: His treatment of Edgeworth, which, to make matters worse, was after he had killed the target of his revenge himself.
- Say My Name: Screams Edgeworth's name during his Villainous Breakdown.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In Investigations 2, Von Karma's only appearances are in flashbacks in The Inheriented Turnabout, and otherwise is barely mentioned. However, the lasting impact of his influence on Edgeworth, along with Ray's feelings in that regard, form the emotional crux of the game.
- Troll: He pretends he doesn't know defense attorneys just to unnerve them even if they faced off in court that same day. Given how Crazy-Prepared he is and knows each case inside out, it's likely he does know, he just doesn't care.
- Villain Has a Point: His early corrections of Officer Gumshoe are not entirely out of place, nor is his (insincere) insistence on cold, hard, objective facts. However, even then, he's using this as an excuse not to let the cop answer Phoenix's questions.
- Villainous Legacy: His actions have had a notable effect on the entire series. Aside from training Franziska as a prosecutor, his murder of Gregory Edgeworth caused Miles to become a prosecutor and by extension, caused Phoenix to become a defense attorney. The investigation of the murder resulted in Redd White exposing the police's use of Misty Fey's channeling powers, causing her to disappear which ended up causing a number of problems in the Fey clan. White's actions also caused Mia to become a lawyer which led to her murder at White's hands and the subsequent actions of Godot.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Adaptations such as the movie and the anime give him the facade of a ruthless but ultimately fair prosecutor who values bringing criminals to justice over his victory record, which is exactly the opposite of how he truly feels.
- Villainous Breakdown: Complete with banging his head against the wall and insane roaring.
- Wicked Cultured: Look at this man and his Classy Cravat and his nice suit. OF COURSE he's this.
- Workaholic: According to Marvin Grossberg, the vacation he took after the IS-7 and DL-6 incidents was the first and last vacation of his 40-year career.
- World's Best Warrior: The legal version of this, having an undefeated 40-year record in court and earning the moniker "the God of Prosecution." Even Miles Edgeworth says he pales in comparison, despite the fact he himself was building a similar career until he met Phoenix.
- Worthy Opponent:
- It's subtle but the day before the final round in court when he runs into Phoenix outside of court, at one point he muses that it's been a long time since he's faced a Defense Attorney that has managed to last this long against him. Coming from him, that's practically a compliment.
- The anime suggests that he saw Gregory Edgeworth as this, telling Miles that "he might have enjoyed himself" if he was facing against his father. Whether he's being genuine or not is anyone's guess, considering how much he blames Gregory for destroying his perfect record.
- Would Hit a Girl: He tazes Maya (as well as Phoenix) after they ask him about his letter to Yanni Yogi.
- Xanatos Gambit: Unlike most attorneys in the series who are masters of Xanatos Speed Chess, Manfred von Karma's perfect record stems from his ability to anticipate his opponent's every move ahead of time and eliminate any possible flaws in his case before they are exposed. When something that he hadn't anticipated happens, his case crumbles to bits, and he is helpless to piece it back together.
- You Have Failed Me: The probable reason he framed Edgeworth for murder when he did, given that Edgeworth had lost a case and was no longer the "perfect" prosecutor von Karma expected him to be.
Winston Payne (Takefumi Auchi)
Played by: Seminosuke Murasugi (film)
Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Serves as the first prosecutor to bar the player's way in the first case in the first four main games that star a defense attorney. From Phoenix, to Mia, to Apollo, they all will face this... err... rather spineless Prosecutor who has a rather high pitched, downright wimpy "Objection!" yell. Said to be a Rookie Killer.
- Amoral Attorney: A surprising aversion. He never does anything a true, law-abiding lawyer wouldn't do. The worst thing you can say about him is that he's a jerk with a bad habit of acting condescending toward the defense. Ironically, his boasts are not about his honesty, where he could back them up, but about his mediocre skills.
- Badass Boast: When faced with Phoenix Wright being the defendant in the first case of Apollo Justice, Payne delivers a downright badass threat:Payne: To think, I saw you enter this room a fresh attorney, and now I'll see you leave in chains.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: Hardly does anything in the first trial of Apollo Justice except mock Apollo and swish his fully-grown hair. He even lampshades this toward the end, saying that he actually didn't get to prosecute anybody.
- Butt-Monkey: Given that his entire purpose in the series is to be creamed by rookie attorneys, yeah. Investigations makes it even worse by revealing that, despite the fact they've worked in the same office for years, Edgeworth has no idea who he is and in fact seems to believe he's the building's janitor. During the first case of the second game, Phoenix Wright is given amnesia and has to fight him on a case regardless. When Phoenix gets his memory back, he rememberes Maya, The Judge, the defendant at the time and everyone else... but has NO CLUE who Winston is.
- Demoted to Extra:
- In Investigations, he has a brief cameo appearance, and a mention of "custodial work" is all we see (or hear) of him. Somehow it seems that Payne managed to regain his rank in time to be savaged by the new generation of up-and-comers (Apollo Justice).
- He has a slightly bigger role in Investigations 2. He still doesn't get his own sprite, but at least he's involved in the plot this time.
- Forgettable Character: After Phoenix recovers his memories in the first case of Justice For All, he remembers pretty much every major character... But not Payne, much to the latter's annoyance. Edgeworth doesn't really remember him either.
- Averted in Apollo Justice and Dual Destinies; Phoenix recognizes him in the former, and mistakes Gaspen for him in the latter.
- Hair Flip: Fond of it back when he used to have a pompadour in flashback in Trials and Tribulations. Much later, in Apollo Justice, he grows out the sides so he can do it again. The look is so ridiculous, it can only be interpreted as a parody of this trope.
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: When he lost his case to Mia, he lost his hair.
- Hero Antagonist: While he certainly has an ego he can't support, and doesn't hesitate to belittle the defense, Winston Payne is actually one of the cleanest prosecutors in the entire series. He never stoops to any dirty tactics such as those of Edgeworth, the von Karmas, or his own younger brother. He even defends certain witnesses such as Dahlia from being badgered by the defense.
- Hurricane of Puns: Payne pulls one of these when faced with Apollo's questioning of the poker chips in the first case of Apollo Justice.Payne: They're not fish and chips, not a chip off the old block, not a motorcycle cop.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He was a Rookie Killer... until he met Mia Fey.
- Informed Ability: Rookie Killer. But the only chance we ever see him kill a rookie was when he faced Furio Tigre disguised as Phoenix. Who was trying to lose. On the other hand, he put up a pretty good fight against Mia while he still had hair. He also claims to have had a perfect win record for his first seven years. That's longer than Edgeworth or Franziska, disciples of the "god of prosecution" Manfred von Karma, but substantially less impressive if, as per his nickname, he only ever went after rookies fresh out of law school. However, he surpasses Manfred himself at one thing: keeping his record while being clean. And literally nothing else. This also puts him ahead of his brother, Gaspen.
- Mandatory Line: He is the only character to have a speaking role in every single game in the series up until Dual Destinies, regardless of how insignificant that line is.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Only a threat to rookies.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Has this reaction in the manga as Phoenix proves that Belle put the knife handle with Larry's fingerprints on it onto the knife blade she used to kill the victim.
- In Trials and Tribulations, this reaction caused his hair to fall off after Mia dared him to take one of Phoenix's Coldkiller X pills to either prove her wrong about her theory that they're laced with poison, or die because she was right.
- Once an Episode: Winston appears in the first case of every non-3DS game without fail.
- Opaque Lenses: We cannot see what is behind his glasses.
- Punny Name:
- "Winced in pain".
- For his Japanese name, Takefumi and Auchi come from a staff member's dentist and the English word "ouch", respectively.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: On his own, he isn't totally pathetic. He just falls short compared to the main characters.
- Put on a Bus: He was completely absent in Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice, although he's still mentioned as the new Warm-Up Boss is his younger brother.
- Red Baron: The Rookie Killer.
- Salaryman: Despite being an attorney, his design is more reminiscent of stereotypical salarymen. In his first two appearances, his mundane physical appearance (especially compared to other Ace Attorney prosecutors) as a balding middle-aged man in a gray suit and thick glasses just adds to his (relatively speaking) worthless status as prosecutor. His flashier appearances in later games do nothing to add to his actual status, and Edgeworth mistakes him for the prosecutor's office's janitor when speaking to him in Investigations.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Subversion. He has shiny glasses, but in truth, he is NOT scary.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Particularly in the credits of the first game, when he claims to be Phoenix's mentor, and this quote from the manga; note how casually he drops his own name as an example.Payne: "Milo 'Fairplay' Kent is like the panda at the zoo. The dolphin in an aquarium. Winston Payne in court! The "'Gormand battle doesn't exist without him!"
- Smug Snake: So condescending. So unable to back it up.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Implied. We never see his wife but both he and the Judge claim she is quite attractive.
- Unknown Rival: Payne sees himself as Phoenix's rival, though Phoenix doesn't even remember who he is until the fourth game. He also sees himself as Edgeworth's equal, but not only does he not remember who Payne is, he thought he was the Prosecution Office's janitor.
- Warm-Up Boss: He's always the prosecutor of the tutorial case in every game until Dual Destinies. He even makes a cameo appearance in the tutorial case of Investigations. Even in the manga, when Phoenix is not a rookie or amnesiac, he appears as the prosecutor in "Turnabout With the Wind" before Edgeworth and Franziska prosecute later cases, although he does return for Turnabout Gurgitation.
- The Worf Effect: He was a Rookie Killer with seven years of no defeats and no cheating. However, he is a jobber against the protagonists.
Gaspen Payne (Fumitake Auchi)
Voiced by (English): Vic Mignogna (DD, SOJ)
Winston Payne's younger brother, who makes his series debut just in time to prosecute one of Phoenix's trials after Phoenix regains his badge in Dual Destinies.
Returns in Spirit of Justice as the "undefeated" Chief Prosecutor in Khura'in; though there's little merit to being undefeated as Khura'in has no defense attorneys.
- Amoral Attorney: Whereas his brother was a Jerkass at worst, Gaspen takes pride in being The Bully. It gets taken Up to Eleven in Spirit of Justice when he eggs Phoenix on into defending Ahlbi Ur'gaid, knowing full well that Phoenix will likely be executed under the Defense Culpability Act if he loses.
- Atrocious Alias: Known as "The Incredible Payne" in the Kingdom of Khura'in. Phoenix considers this entirely accurate.
- Bald of Evil: He is revealed to be completely bald after his Villainous Breakdown.
- The Bully: He takes pride in his epithet of the "Rookie/Defendant Humiliator." He lives up to this epithet with how he treats Juniper Woods, the first client in Dual Destinies.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Responds to Phoenix humiliating him in court previously by tricking him into taking up Albhi's defense and trying to have him executed.
- Dodgy Toupee: His hair flips backwards in his damage animation. His toupee could also become misaligned in one of his damage animations, requiring him to fix it. Upon his second defeat, his heavy crown pulls his toupee off completely, revealing that he's even balder than his brother.
- Evil Counterpart: To his older brother Winston. Both serve as the first prosecutor the protagonists square off against in each game (the first four games for Winston, the 3DS titles for Gaspen), but while Winston is honest and doesn't pull any dirty tricks, Gaspen has no problem with bullying witnesses or employing dirty tricks of his own. After getting fired from the prosecutor's office by Edgeworth, Gaspen goes as far as to move to the Kingdom of Khura'in and prosecute trials over helpless defendants that he'll win by default due to the Defense Culpability Act, even becoming Chief Prosecutor of Khura'in in the process. He actively tries to get Wright killed, which makes him far more evil than most prosecutors.
- Evil Is Petty: After being bested by Phoenix Wright and sent running with his tail between his legs (and getting fired by Chief Prosecutor Edgeworth), he moves to Khura'in and runs a perfect record there because he has no opposition. When Phoenix shows up in court there, he takes the chance to get his revenge by using a law that will bind the sentence a guilty defendant receives to anyone who comes to their defense. What this ends up meaning is he tries to execute a nine-year old boy so he can also kill Phoenix as well, all over looking bad in Los Angeles District Court! Even Manfred von Karma murdered his courtroom rival because he disrupted von Karma's long-running track record as The Perfectionist after being (rightfully) penalized; Gaspen doesn't even have that as a valid excuse and yet goes to much more vile lengths.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: He thinks he's this. He describes himself as not merely a "gentleman", or even a "gentle man", but a "genteel man". He's none of the three, as proven when, in stark contrast to anything a "gentleman" would do, he drives an innocent young maiden named Juniper Woods to the verge of tears by repeatedly badgering her and scolding her to confess her supposed guilt. Genteel man is actually a Call-Back to Case 3-1, where his brother also calls himself a genteel man.
- Hate Sink: While Winston was just an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, Gaspen is an openly hateful sack of garbage whom the player will take pleasure in humiliating.
- It's All About Me: After Dual Destinies, in an effort to help end the Dark Age of the Law, Chief Prosecutor Edgeworth purges the Prosecutors Office of everyone who was more focused on winning cases than uncovering the truth, including Payne. After being fired, Payne simply relocates to Khura'in, establishes a "perfect" record there, and that is still his main concern even after Ahlbi is saved from being executed.
- Jerkass: This snob could give Manfred von Karma a run for his money in the "smug, condescending jerk" department, and unlike Manfred, he has little of the talent needed to back up his ego.
- Kick the Dog:
- His treatment of Juniper, so much that the Judge sustains the defense' objection that the prosecution is badgering the defendant.
- Before that, he mocks Apollo by saying that the latter's only reason for not showing up in court was fear of facing him, saying that Apollo was only using his injuries note as an excuse.
- Kneel Before Zod: His original bid to lure Phoenix into the Khura'in legal proceedings was originally just an attempt to humiliate Phoenix into begging for his life, allowing Gaspen to "magnanimously" release him from doom and humiliate him. Phoenix's decision to carry on anyway at risk of death is as much of a bombshell to him as anyone else... until he warms up to the idea anyway.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- In the Where Are They Now Epilogue for Dual Destinies, he gets harshly penalized for his actions in court by Edgeworth.
- By the time of Spirit of Justice, Edgeworth had him investigated and kicked out of the Prosecutor's Office after deeming him corrupt.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: How does Phoenix get to defend Ahlbi in Khura'in's court? Gaspen formally allows him to so he can challenge and humiliate him for his previous defeat (and, as it's later revealed, hopefully get Phoenix sentenced to death as per the Defense Culpability Act). This goes about as well as you'd expect.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Despite being the Chief Prosecutor of Khura'in, he's much less competent than Nahyuta, who is technically his subordinate (though Nahyuta is never shown interacting with him, and seems to answer to Queen Ga'ran and Justice Minister Inga).
- Punny Name:
- "Gasp in pain". Interestingly, this has a double meaning: he makes attorneys and defendants gasp in pain as described under The Bully above. Then he's gasping in pain, as you start proving him wrong.
- Fumitake and Auchi come from an inversion of the kanji of his brother's name (Takefumi) and the English word "ouch", respectively.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Case 1, the threat of a bomb going off scares him into fleeing the prosecutor's bench. Even well after it's revealed the bomb was fake, Gaspen never returns.
- Sdrawkcab Name: His given name in the Japanese version merely reverses the characters of his brother's name, Takefumi.
- Shared Family Quirks: Gaspen has similar movements to his brother Winston. He raises his eyebrows when explaining something, taps his head and screams in pain when the defense attorneys object his remarks.
- Sinister Shades: He wears sunglasses unlike his brother, and he is a full-blown villain in Spirit of Justice.
- Smug Snake: He has a bad habit of badgering/bullying the defendant and the defense, which makes him look really pathetic once Phoenix starts turning the tables. He also doesn't have the balls to stay in the courtroom when Ted Tonate threatens everyone with a bomb. Granted, it is a bomb, but when Phoenix, Athena, and the Judge are willing to remain in the courtroom and he doesn't return even after it's revealed to be a fake, it makes him look even more pathetic. Gaspen might be an asshole no better than the Von Karmas, but he isn't nearly as competent.
- Small Name, Big Ego: As mentioned above. Taken up a notch in Spirit of Justice, where he starts wearing gold-colored clothes and a crown just for being an undefeated prosecutor in Khura'in; a country whose lack of defense attorneys make pretty much any case a Foregone Victory for prosecutors.
- Strong Family Resemblance: One of his animations even has him curling his hair into the same pompadour style that his brother used to have. Phoenix actually mistakes him for Winston when he takes over the defense.
- Tongue Trauma: He bit his own tongue in Ahlbi Ur'gaid's trial in an example of Laser-Guided Karma which happened after he argued for Phoenix's "forked" tongue to be chopped off with tongue shears.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Dual Destinies, he's just a smug bullying asshole. In Spirit of Justice, he's presiding over trials in a kingdom where the defendant is more-or-less helpless against the prosecution and is not only quite enthusiastic at the prospect of both Phoenix and an innocent nine-year-old boy receiving the death penalty, but personally convinced the Judge that the death penalty should apply. To go from Smug Snake Butt-Monkey to Hate Sink takes some pretty concerted evildoing but Gaspen managed to do it.
- Villainous Breakdown: He complains about his perfect record in Khura'in getting ruined. His crown then starts falling backwards and drags his toupee with it, revealing Gaspen's Bald of Evil.
- Visual Pun: Given his surname, his attitude and his looks, he's a "royal pain" in Spirit of Justice.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the Where Are They Now epilogue for Spirit of Justice, he does not appear at all.
- World's Best Warrior: He appeared to be this in Khura'in because he never got defeated there, making him look like this to Khura'in. Thanks to the genocide of defense attorneys in Khura'in due to the Defense Culpability Act, he faced only no or pathetic opposition until Phoenix intervened in a trial and trashed him again, ruining his perfect record in Khura'in.
- Would Hurt a Child: Goes to great lengths to convict Ahlbi Ur'gaid, a nine-year-old, and sentence him to the death penalty, especially once Phoenix Wright showed up to defend Ur'gaid, in order to get Wright convicted under the DC Act which would result in Wright getting the same death sentence that Ur'gaid would have gotten if he was convicted.
Lana Skye (Tomoe Hozuki)
Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Ema's older sister, and Chief Prosecutor (as of the first game, but she hasn't been mentioned since). Went to the same law school as Mia.
- Aloof Big Sister: Comes off as one at the beginning of Rise from the Ashes. Turns out to be a Defrosting Ice Queen, though.
- Ambiguously Gay: She and Mia were intellectually attracted in college. Whether or not this was platonic or romantic is up for debate.
- And I Must Scream: According to Ema, when she's acting cold, aloof and professional, she's actually screaming from the inside.
- Big Sister Instinct: Comes with the whole Promotion to Parent thing.
- Curtains Match the Window: Although she has blue eyes in the official art◊.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She goes through this process over the course of 1-5, having become an Aloof Big Sister since SL-9. This is in large part due to breaking Gant's hold on her.
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted, she does have emotions, but she has something to hide so she stopped showing them so that she doesn't slip up. Ema even tells Phoenix that she knows her sister too well: she's outwardly cold but she's screaming on the inside as she's being pressed.
- Forced into Evil: By Damon Gant. She ends up hating herself for what she has become, driving away her loved ones due to her guilt.
- Fingore: Her shocked animation has her biting her thumb so hard, that blood gushes out.
- The Heart: She was considered a pillar of emotional support for the team investigating SL-9, and prevented Jake from emotionally collapsing over his brother's death.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Says this regarding her fabricating evidence, claiming that it's to get Darke and criminals like him convicted, but it's actually to protect Ema.
- I Shall Return: Even though her evidence forging crimes killed her Chief Prosecutor role for life, she promises to work her way back up the legal world so she can work cases with Ema.
- Not So Stoic: She becomes quite outraged when Phoenix appears to shift the focus of suspicion to Ema, but he manages to find a way to incriminate Gant in the end.
- Practically Different Generations: She's 13 years older than her sister Ema.
- Punny Name: "Skye" comes from, well, "sky", tying in with her Japanese name. "Hozuki" means "jewel moon".
- Promotion to Parent: Her parents died when she and Ema were very young.
- The Stoic: Shows no emotions outwardly.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She initially appears very cold, and one of her sprites involves her dismissively turning her back to the viewer. She shows a warmer side later on, especially toward the end.
- Taking the Heat: Gant forces her to take the fall for his murder of Bruce Goodman, lest her sister Ema be charged for killing Neil Marshall. It's implied that Gant was originally trying to frame Edgeworth given that Goodman's body was found in the trunk of Edgeworth's car(a plan that wouldn't result in Gant sacrificing his most valuable pawn), but Angel Starr's interference resulted in Lana being charged.
- We Used to Be Friends: Used to get along well with Angel and Jake, until her personality changed after SL-9.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Ema was brought back for Apollo Justice, but Lana hasn't been seen since. She was last seen waiting to be tried for forging evidence, hence she had to spend some time behind bars, but other than that it's unknown what happened to her.
- When She Smiles: She's been stone-faced for so long that even her sister says she forgot how beautiful she is when she smiles.
- You Monster!: Uses this phrase on Phoenix when he presents evidence that seemingly implicates Ema in killing Neil Marshall.
Neil Marshall (Naoto Zaimon)
Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Jake's younger brother, and was the "King of Prosecutors" two years ago. He was the initial prosecutor on the SL-9 case.
- Death by Origin Story: Said to have been killed by Joe Darke. Case 1-5 involves you solving both his murder two years ago and Bruce Goodman's more recent killing.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After the fight with Darke concluded, Gant took Neil's body and impaled it on the statue in the office.
- Improvised Weapon: When he went to save Ema, he resorted to pulling out the broken ornamental knife from his King of Prosecutors Trophy.
- Papa Wolf: Died trying to save Ema's life.
- Posthumous Character: Deceased prior to 1-5, though still plot-important.
- Punny Name: He and his brother both dressed as cowboys, so they're "Marshalls". He's the "Real Marshal".
- World's Best Warrior: At least according to his brother, he'd never lose a fight. The fact he ended up dead after the confrontation with Joe Darke is one of the reasons Jake suspects foul-play had a hand in the case.
- Youngest Child Wins: Subverted. According to Jake, he's the smarter of the Marshall brothers. However, he was murdered prior to the story, and his older brother outlived him.
Jacques Portsman (Makoto Yuki)
Voiced by (Japanese): Yūki Furukawa (AAI)
A sports-loving prosecutor who appears in case one of Ace Attorney Investigations, taking over Payne's role as the tutorial prosecutor.
- Amoral Attorney: He's working with the smuggling ring, he's suspected of forging evidence, he sometimes refuses to prosecute certain trials, and some of the ones he does prosecute involve him favoring "alleged" members of the same ring.
- Anime Hair: It almost seems like his headband is the only thing preventing his hair from spiking straight up!
- Coat Over the Shoulder: Rotates from this to actually wearing it, and it serves as a signal that he's gotten confident or thinks that he's got an effective accusation.
- Hate Sink: Unlike Horace Knightley, the first culprit of the second game, he doesn't even get the benefit of having some redeeming qualities, he's just an obnoxious prick who can't even put up a decent fight against Edgeworth.
- Jerk Jock: He loves sports almost as much as Matt Engarde and Juan Corrida, and (while definitely not as bad as those two), half of his screentime is Jacques doing what basically amounts to bullying pretty much anyone who opposes him, especially Maggey and Gumshoe.
- The Mole: He uses his position in the prosecutor's office to let members of the smuggling ring (that he is a member of) off the hook.
- The Nicknamer: Gives nicknames to people, such as "Jim" to Buddy Faith.
- Not Me This Time: Turns out he wasn't the mystery gunman who threatened Edgeworth earlier. After confirming his alibi, Edgeworth realises that the only way the case makes sense is if a mystery third-party was involved.
- Punny Name: Jock Sportsman. As an added bonus, he nicknames his partners "Jim" (As in "Gym") regardless of how it fits with their name. The Japanese version goes for complete irony; "Makoto Yuki" means "truth, courage". His first name also sounds like "j'accuse" which he does a lot of in the first case.
- Real Men Wear Pink: And proud of it, too.
- Returning to the Scene: Although he also is able to invoke authority over the scene in the hopes of manipulating the investigation and framing Gumshoe or Maggey.
- Smug Snake: He's quite patronizing and insulting of others, with little to back it up.
- Starter Villain: First villain that the player takes down as Edgeworth, and just a small fry in the grand scheme of the smuggling ring.
- Ultimate Job Security: He doesn't seem all that competent at first, seeming to spend more time training for sports than studying law or working on cases, and it's revealed that there were many unsavory rumors going around about him, and he kept his job despite them.
- Villainous Breakdown: When pressed, he starts biting the medallion he's wearing nervously. When you expose him as the murderer, he eats it.
- Warm-Up Boss: The first major investigative rival Edgeworth faces as well as the first murderer.
- You Keep Using That Word: At one point, he claims that there is a "mountain of evidence" pointing away from him. If you press him on this point, however, it turns out his "mountain of evidence" isn't really evidence at all; simply a claim regarding his supposed lack of motive. If an attorney or Edgeworth tried to pull that kind of baloney in court, they would have gotten penalized. Especially bad because Portsman should know what the word means; he is a prosecutor, after all. Edgeworth calls him out on this:Edgeworth: ...Might I recommend that you review what the word "evidence" means.
Byrne Faraday (Kuro Ichijo)
Kay's father. A prosecutor who works with Tyrell Badd in catching the Yatagarasu, as well as bringing down the mysterious smuggling ring.
- Amoral Attorney: Subverted. Though he breaks the law as a Yatagarasu member he is nonetheless a good person and one of the few prosecutors who never was bad.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It's stated that he rarely loses his temper, but he gives Gumshoe an earful when he reports to his old post by mistake after becoming a Detective.
- Death by Origin Story: His murder is the catalyst for the friendship between Edgeworth and Kay, as well as the first time Edgeworth crosses paths with Quercus Alba's smuggling ring.
- Disappeared Dad: To Kay, after being murdered by Yew.
- Gadgeteer Genius: The man invented Little Thief by himself, rather impressive for the current day and age.
- The Killer Was Left-Handed: Both inverted and played straight at the same time. The inversion comes from the fact he's the victim of the case and the killer made the mistake of assuming he was right-handed, when he was actually a lefty. However, it's also played straight as the initial theory is that he and the other victim killed each other, but the fact that he's holding the murder weapon in the wrong hand helps Edgeworth deduce that he's been framed by a third party.
- Meaningful Name: Let's hope we don't have any scholars playing the game. Byrne is Gaelic for raven. "Kuro" means "black" and doubles as a pun on "crow".
- Personal Effects Reveal: He cares quite a bit for his daughter, as you can see from her "Promise Notebook," and Kay finds out that he was the Yatagarasu by reading his diary.
- Phantom Thief: As part of the Yatagarasu, he investigated the target organizations' security systems.
Yumihiko Ichiyanagi (Sebastian Debeste in the fan translation)
Voiced by (Japanese): Naotaka Noda (AAI2)
Voiced by (English): "SonicShadows" (AAI2 Fan Translation)
Debut: Gyakuten Kenji 2
A rookie prosecutor who fancies himself as 'the best' at his work. He first appears in the second case of Ace Attorney Investigations 2.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Underneath the egotistical moron prone to humiliating himself in front of everyone is a deeply insecure kid desperate for his father to acknowledge him.
- Book Dumb: An inversion and then a subversion and finally a double subversion. Sebastian graduated at the top of his class but seems to lack common sense when actually putting it to work. Then it's revealed that his father abused his influence to get him his grades, which make it seem like he is stupid in both real life situations and school. It's finally double subverted though when Edgeworth pulls him out of his Heroic BSoD and shows that he's capable of being competent when he has no name to stand on.
- Bound and Gagged: By the subordinates of his own father, although they were actually aiming for another boy.
- Break the Haughty: Given that he was not taken seriously in the first place, it's a bit surprising how thoroughly the final two cases kick him in the teeth. First he learns his much-admired prosecutor father is in fact a criminal and a murderer. Said father proceeds to disclose, to Sebastian and the entire assembled court, that all of the good grades and awards he was so proud of were only obtained through Blaise's own personal connections and influence. That is followed up with a remark that being too stupid to figure this out made him undeserving of being Blaise's son. Overwhelmed, Sebastian flees the courtroom... and is immediately kidnapped. By the time Edgeworth and Kay are able to free him, he's far overshot "humbled" to crash land somewhere around "shell-shocked," able to do little but cry and feel worthless. Only after the longest Logic Chess segment in the game is he able to start pulling himself back together, although when he does come back his apparent level of competency has gone way up.
- Buffy Speak: Whenever Sebastian is the one talking, expect to see nothing but vague terms -"that thing"- and pauses which Courtney fills with the word he was looking for. If he attempts to make use of a slightly more complex term or idiom, he will misuse it without fail. Sure enough, his rather small vocabulary often results in him getting lost during someone elses explanations.
- Bumbling Sidekick: To Courtney to the point that she often uses him to testify only to execute The Plan on Edgeworth. His attempts to support his dad only cause Blaise to feel embarrassed as well. To be fair, by the final case, that's no longer the case.
- Butt-Monkey: He's often told to shut up by the other prosecutors when he's trying to make a statement. Smarter characters like Courtney and Edgeworth will now and then employ some fake throat clearing to resume the conversation ignoring whatever stupid thing he's just said. Franziska even whips him once when he's not making any sense. Even Larry looks down on his level of intelligence. It gets really depressing later.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Subverted. Despite the shit Blaise puts him through, he can still find it in his heart to be grateful.
- Cerebus Retcon: His shtick becomes much darker in context once it's revealed where his "achievements" came from.
- Character Development: Starts as a Know-Nothing Know-It-All being carried along by his Hypercompetent Sidekick; ends as a young man who knows he has a long way to go but wants to stand on his own two feet and pursue the honest path.
- Coat Cape: He wears his coat over his shirt without putting his arms into his sleeves.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and brown eyes
- The Dog Bites Back: While he doesn't call his father out for the crap he's been through, he manages to humiliate him in court, which is just as satisfying.
- Dope Slap: Invoked by his baton when he bends it too far.
- Dumb Is Good: Likely the reason he managed to remain as pure-minded despite being brought up by a guy who nonchalantly takes pride in his wickedness . Also leads him to obliviously aid Edgeworth here and there against Courtney or Blaise's wishes.
- Dumpster Dive: He tears through a gigantic garbage pile after realising that his father disposed of the evidence he wanted to keep safe. Although he didn't have enough time to find the murder weapon from the second case and only found Sirhan's bell wrapped in newspaper, Edgeworth finds out that Sebastian tore open a huge hole in Blaise's plan by doing this as his distinct glove print was on it.
- Expressive Hair: The question mark on his head turns into an exclamation when he's startled.
- Foil: To Edgeworth. Both are prosecutors who devoted much of their life to an attempt to appease the expectations laid on them by the Amoral Attorney who raised them, and ended up suffering temendously as a result. While Edgeworth however was raised to be a "genius" by Von Karma in an act of egotism, every one of Sebastian's achievements were things manipulated by his father, who only valued him as another pawn to get what he wanted, and he in reality is just a regular person underneath it all. Edgeworth likewise spends literal years grappling with the effect Von Karma had on him and his life perspective before managing to firmly reject much of his teachings, while Sebastian even at the end never truly can reject his, only resolve to move past him.
- Follow in My Footsteps: To his father, as a prosecutor.
- Heroic BSoD: Has a MAJOR one in Case 5. (And who can blame him!) It takes an entire Logic Chess bout with Edgeworth to snap him out of it. The logic Chess is actually extremely long because, midway through the questioning, Sebastian starts having a mental breakdown and Edgeworth has to help him back.
- Idiot Hair: Word of God states that, like Apollo, the question marked-shaped hair on top of Sebastian's head is not natural; he carefully styles it that way everyday.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: His logic is horrible, he constantly misuses words, can't see when a wrong piece of evidence is being presented... and still thinks he's superior in intelligence to everyone else. When Edgeworth gently corrects his phrasing and Sebastian thanks him for it, it's a sign that he's coming out of this mode.
- Improbable Age: Deconstructed. Sebastian is a prosecutor conducting full control over cases at just 17... and is about as good as you might expect from that descriptor. This is because of his father buying his grades.
- Inelegant Blubbering: When he breaks.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Will keep proclaiming himself the best, then instantly get teary-eyed when others don't take him seriously (which translates to all the time). There's also all that self-deprecation during his Logic Chess segment...
- Insane Troll Logic: His logic is so bad that even Larry Butz, a widely acknowledged moron, is able to realize that Sebastian is an idiot and be perfectly sound in such a realization.
- Insufferable Imbecile: While he acts like an Insufferable Genius, his complete lack of common sense to back up the "genius" part leads to this trope instead. He becomes much less insufferable and starts getting smarter after his Heroic BSoD.
- Joke Level: His first testimony is easily one of the most ridiculous in the entire series, yet it takes so long to crack simply because it's so damn vague! (seriously, since when was "finding 'traces', 'there' " a valid reason for arresting someone?) His second testimony is a little better, but has one contradiction so obvious Edgeworth points it out without you having to do anything. And most of the discrepancies you do point out contradict his own testimony!
- Leitmotif: "The Best Reasoning," a cutesy, dopey-sounding theme that greatly contrasts Courtney's darker, no-nonsense leitmotif, and "The Best Farewell", a more serious-sounding theme that plays once he's up against his father.
- Lethal Joke Character: He's a terrible prosecutor with less-than-adequate logical reasoning skills, yet when push comes to shove, he's able to take down Blaise Debeste and provide the final nail in his coffin. This is likely because Edgeworth gave him the incentive to strive to be better.
- Malaproper: The boy can't get a single idiom right, constantly using the wrong words for a situation (ie "inculpable" in place of "incapable", as well as his quote above).
- Meaningful Name:
- "Ichi" means one in Japanese. His goal in life is to be number one at everything. "Yanagi" can mean "weeping willow" — both he and his father cry easily. "Yumi" means bow, the weapon, in contrast to Mitsurugi/Edgeworth, which is a pun on sword. His full name creates the pun "ichiya naki yumi wo hiku" - "pulling a bow without an arrow", which is a reference to his baseless deductions.
- "Ichiyanagi" is the alternate reading for the kanji "ichiryuu", which means "top notch", or "first rate", which is where "Debeste" comes from. Also, if you reverse the kanji "一流" ("ichiryuu") to create "流一", and replace "流" ("ryuu", meaning "style") with its homonym "龍" ("ryuu", meaning "dragon"), you get "龍一", "ryuuichi", which is Phoenix Wright's given name in Japanese.
- "Yumihiku" means "to rise up against," and as the combination with his surname suggests, he does end up confronting a family member.
- In the fan translation, he's named after Saint Sebastian, who is associated with the bow and arrow. "Sebastian" also evokes the image of a sheltered, well-to-do kid. "Debeste" sounds like "the best" (and literally means that in Dutch).
- Missing Mom: According to his dad, her whereabouts are unknown. And since it turns out that whenever Blaise describes someone as "having disappeared" it means that he either killed them or had them convicted to life in prison...
- Production Foreshadowing: Sebastian's school uniform came from Themis Legal Academy, the setting of the third case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, and sure enough, the academy is still facing corruption and forged grades even eight years later, with defense attorney Hugh O' Conner being another such victim.
- Prone to Tears: He wells up at the slightest inconvenience, usually when people point out the holes in his Insane Troll Logic. To be fair, he's been through a lot. A Heroic BSoD will do that to a person.
- Pungeon Master: He's all too aware of his Punny Name and WILL make jokes off it at every possible opportunity. He'll even twist other characters' Punny Names to do this, like when he asserts that he's better than Edgeworth because the first syllables of their (Japanese) names can mean 'one' and 'three', respectively; or in the fan translation, when he says he's miles ahead of Edgeworth. Leads to Got Me Doing It on several occasions.
- Put On The Bus: After he overcomes his father and learns to stand on his two feet, Sebastian leaves the story entirely and doesn't show up again until the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: While Sebastian's initial "logic" implicating Simon Keyes in Knightley's death is definitely of the insane troll variety, it turns out that Keyes did end up causing Knightley's death (he just wasn't the one who actually killed him).
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: He still wears his school uniform despite being a Themis Legal Academy graduate by the time he first appears. Yes, he wears it even while on the job.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: "Pops... you stink". And then proceeds to dig up a link between his dad and the evidence he hid, without even asking Edgeworth to explain it for him.
- Single Tear: He graduates from Inelegant Blubbering to this.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks himself a fantastic prosecutor but really isn't anything special. If you present the wrong evidence to him, he doesn't even realize until Courtney points it out for him. Thanks to the trauma he experiences in the game, this is actually quite depressing. By the time the credits roll, he's already asked everyone to stop calling him "Ichiryuu"/"The Best".
- Spanner in the Works:
- If it weren't for Edgeworth's unintentional help, Sebastian could have caught Simon Keyes much earlier than he eventually was.
- He performs a Dumpster Dive to try and recover evidence he gave to his father for safekeeping which was actually disposed of. His only finding was seeming meagre...until Edgeworth proved that Blaise tried to hide evidence anyway because of it due to a glove print.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Unlike other examples of Improbable Age from prosecutors, he is just about as good as you'd expect from a 17-year-old prosecutor. He's not a Teen Genius and is way out of his depth. The only reason he has the job in the first place is because his dad bribed his teachers for good grades.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the final case of Investigations 2, after he stops crying and Edgeworth snaps him out of his Heroic BSoD, he finally has enough courage to stand up to his father and humiliate him in court but not before getting broken further. Even his theme music takes a level in badass when this happens.
- Unwitting Pawn: Having been told that that's the safest choice, he lets his father hold onto the evidence concerning Roland's trial, which Blaise then proceeds to get rid of. At one point, Blaise literally refers to his son as a "pawn that isn't user-friendly". It's strongly implied that this was in general what Blaise intended him to be in the long run, a pawn whose sheer incompetence could ensure his crimes would never be uncovered.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In Sebastian's own words, he became a prosecutor merely because he wanted his dad to acknowledge him.
- What an Idiot!: Invoked by Miles Edgeworth, Dick Gumshoe, and Larry Butz. When Larry calls another person an idiot with perfectly sound reasoning, that shows that Sebastian's logic at the time is Insane Troll Logic. Blaise Debeste also invokes this by calling his son an idiot, but often without any justification.
- You Keep Using That Word: Often uses sophisticated-sounding words or phrases while clearly having no idea what they actually mean.
Bansai Ichiyanagi (Blaise Debeste in the fan translation)
Voiced by (Japanese): Koutarou Ogiwara (AAI2)
Voiced by (English): "Crazed Ninja" (AAI2 Fan Translation)
Debut: Gyakuten Kenji 2
Sebastian's prosecutor father, and head of the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee. He used to be the Chief Prosecutor and he was the one who delivered Manfred von Karma his only penalty. His manner of dress resembles that of a WWI-era German airman. He has a tendency to play with his lighter.
- Abusive Parents: Comes off as an emotionally abusive parent that constantly berates Sebastian for his incompetence. Sebastian isn't affected at first because he seems to be used to these types of comments, but eventually, it gets to the point where he deliberately breaks his son and everyone (even Franziska) is offended by his attitude toward him.
- Amoral Attorney: Even more so than Manfred von Karma. He holds secret auctions of evidence from past cases, murdered a journalist and his defense attorney girlfriend when they were investigating him, and gets anyone else who crosses him sentenced to life in prison. In fact, he isn't blameless for Manfred's most disgusting actions. He doesn't even deny it.
- Badass Beard: Sports a massive one that merges seamlessly with the rest of his hair. Subverted in that the beard and hair are both fake.
- Badass Biker: Given that he has a large motorcycle with a skull on it in his garage and maintains it as a hobby, he seems to be trying to go for this image.
- Bald of Evil: Revealed after he burns his wig away in his breakdown.
- Berserk Button: In his logic chess segment, if Edgeworth says anything that denies his Might Makes Right thinking, he gets ticked off and responds differently to dialogue choices. He also doesn't like it if Edgeworth glares at him. It makes him want to do the same back to Edgeworth.Edgeworth: I do not live for the sake of my badge! Status means nothing to me. Do you understand?
Blaise: .....Young... So young... Let me teach you something as your senior in life. What you're saying right now... Is far too naïve, y'see?
(Blaise ignites an alarmingly large fire with his lighter and scowls at Edgeworth.)
Edgeworth: (The look in his eyes has changed! He might respond differently to some of my questions now. This is my chance!)
- The Bully: Sort of. He has a rather childish personality and even admits that he likes to bully youngsters that piss him off. He even has a testimony titled "'Cause I'm Gonna Bully You"!
- Chest of Medals: As one of only two prosecutors to actually wear their prosecutor's badge (the other one being his son) instead of keeping it in their pocket, Blaise seems to have taken it upon himself to make up for the rest of his profession by wearing about thirty of them, arranged in this fashion (it's implied that these are the badges of the prosecutors he took down as part of the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee). His own badge is separated from the rest and pinned to his lapel instead.
- Climax Boss: Twice. The confrontation with him at the conclusion of The Forgotten Turnabout comes after a series of intense emotional developments and resolves one of the games main plotlines. Then in the following case he's fought again in what resolves Sebastian's arc and closes out the first half of the case, leading into finding out both the true backstory and the identity of the Big Bad.
- Cool Bike: Has a skull on it to match his outfit.
- Did You Actually Believe...?: Besides the notable scene where he reveals to his son that he manipulated all of his grades, he seems to enjoy tricking people in general, mainly to watch their reactions:Blaise: This takes me back, y'know. All those defendants who came to me, asking for a plea bargain. They trusted me, y'know. Told me every one of their dirty little secrets, y'see. And when it came time for the trial, I'd get them sentenced to life in prison... Th-They... were all completely dumbstruck, y'know. Each and everyone one of them... Ha ha ha...! Oh, how I wish you all could have seen it, y'know... th-the stupid looks on their faces!
- Disproportionate Retribution: Well, disproportionate something, given he puts his son through an emotional trainwreck (in the space of about 5 minutes) just to get him out of the courtroom.
- The Dragon: Initially seems like the Big Bad, until The Reveal that he and Patricia Roland are in fact Co-Dragons to the Di-Jun Huang body double. And then all three of them get upstaged by Simon Keyes in the end.
- Dramatic Unmask: He burns away his wig and fake beard during his breakdown.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He was the unnamed Chief Prosecutor who gave Manfred von Karma his one and only penalty, as depicted in "Turnabout Goodbyes".
- Evil Sounds Raspy: His voiced objection is very raspy and sounds borderline demonic. It manages to sound even worse than Von Karma's and Alba's.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Manfred Von Karma. While Von Karma ruined countless lives to maintain his perfect record, Debeste ruined lives for shits and giggles. He's far more sadistic and murderous than Von Karma and was far more directly abusive to his son.
- Fangs Are Evil: Applies to both his teeth AND the skull on his belt.
- Faux Affably Evil: He frequently teases his son in a way that a Doting Parent would do, he also makes himself appears childish... and then he says that "the truth can be created", he murdered lots of people, and never drops his childish persona.
- Goggles Do Nothing: He wears aviator's goggles which he occasionally has to empty of collected fluid. He literally says as much when he burns away his wig and fake beard during his Villainous Breakdown.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a skull-shaped burn scar on his chin, underneath his beard.
- Greater-Scope Villain:
- This guy has his fair share of responsibility for the whole series happening. Manfred von Karma ended up using evidence forged by Blaise in court, and when Gregory pointed it out, Blaise had to penalize von Karma in order to divert the blame from himself, leading the perfectionist prosecutor to start the DL-6 incident, which would change the lives of Miles Edgeworth (and Phoenix Wright by association) and Mia Fey (who also had considerable influence over Phoenix), as well as the rest of the Fey Clan (Misty went missing because of her involvement in the DL-6 incident, which caused the clan to lose prestige and Mia to become an attorney. Morgan and her daughter Dahlia would also have life-changing events happen to them because of this) and Godot/Diego.
- And to top it all off, he is also involved in several international conspiracies and illicit dealings, being The Dragon to the president of a foreign nation. His influence over the setting more or less rivals that of Redd White, Damon Gant and Quercus Alba.
- His alliance with President Huang's bodyguard and influence over the legal system is part of the reason why the real Big Bad of Investigations 2 is a paranoid and misanthropic mastermind.
- Hate Sink: He's in the running for the most vile sack of shit in the entire series, and it's only really because Ace Attorney is so good at creating some absolutely nasty pieces of work that he can't take that honor by a mile. There is literally nothing positive that can be said about him as a person. He is abusive, creepy, corrupt and is not even that intelligent or competent considering his status.
- Humiliation Conga: Exposed as a murderer and insanely dirty prosecutor, arrested, upstaged by his "idiot" son and the guy he tried to have disbarred and jailed, and his accomplice yells at him in court about what an Epic Fail his plot turned out to be. Plus when you get down to brass tacks, the whole thing was set in motion by an orphaned circus clown (though Blaise didn't find that last one out). All in the space of two days. That's gotta smart.
- I Have No Son!: Effectively says this to Sebastian near the end of the fourth case. The sentiment may not have been genuine, as he was intentionally trying to drive Sebastian from the room when even he had started to doubt Blaise and had knowledge that could damn him.
- It's All About Me: He only cares about himself. He doesn't care about a perfect record like most of other prosecutors do, he only cares to accomplish his goals. Even his "love" for Sebastian is just a façade, he only cared as Sebastian could be as Unwitting Pawn, and when Sebastian outlived his usefulness, he didn't care to say that everything Sebastian had become was because of Blaise.
- Jerkass: He makes Roland look tame and since he is the one behind the beginning of DL-6 (although someone else caused him to start the incident) and SS-5 (most of which was on him, especially the murder), you can't help but feel happy when you finally take him down.
- Leitmotif: "Prosecutorial Investigation Committee ~ Rigorous Justice". Technically the theme of the P.I.C., but it's very much associated with Blaise in particular, especially due to how sinister and oppressive it sounds.
- Knight of Cerebus: Investigations 2 was already Darker and Edgier than the rest of the series, but Blaise steps the tone up another level by virtue of how utterly malicious and cruel he is.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Manfred von Karma, albeit indirectly.
- Meaningful Name:
- His name can be read as banzai, an expression of celebration or cheering. Along with his surname, which can be read as Ichiryuu (meaning "first class"), it could translate as "forever number one" - a reference to his self-loving attitude.
- Meanwhile, in the fan translation, "Blaise" (pronounced "blaze") certainly is fitting considering the lighter that he carries around.
- Might Makes Right: He makes fun of Edgeworth's righteous ideals while nonchalantly informing him that, once you get to his position, "the truth" is something that can easily be created.
- Obviously Evil: He makes no attempt to hide his villainous nature. It's really telling when his preferred animation is him giving a Slasher Smile. With his general philosophy of Screw the Rules, I Make Them!, he probably thinks he doesn't need to bother hiding it.
- Ocular Gushers: Whether it's all an act or whether he really is that sentimental, the man cries buckets at the drop of a hat, wringing the tears out of his beard and emptying them out of his goggles. With the reveal that his hair and beard are both fake, it's possible it's an allergic reaction to whatever material they're made of.
- Older Than They Look: He's neither balding nor graying and has some impressive abs. He's sixty-eight. Except it turns out he's actually completely bald, and wears a wig and fake beard. Though the abs are apparently real.
- Parental Betrayal: He's only too quick to discard Sebastian once he becomes a liability.
- Playing with Fire: Quite literally. And he has the burn scars to show for it, which REALLY comes back to bite him in the ass later.
- Pragmatic Villainy: This is the central difference maker between Blaise and Manfred von Karma. Von Karma was more Lawful Evil (committing evil acts for the sake of his perfect win record) whereas Blaise is okay with losing cases if it fits his agenda, since he's playing a long game. As a result, he becomes Chief Prosecutor and later head of the P.I.C., commanding a great deal more power than von Karma ever did.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Certainly gives off this vibe. Him being 68 makes it even more disturbing.
- Pyromaniac: He likes to play with his lighter a lot. One of his animations even involves him waving it around while lit with a transfixed expression and his eyes following the flame.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He doesn't miss a chance to pour salt on others' wounds. A good example can be found in Case 5, when he believes Sebastian's efforts were useless and proceeds to rub in how incompetent he's always been:Blaise: Y'know, you've always called yourself a genius prosecutor, haven't you? Didn't I explain to you this morning why you were a genius up until now? That's right. It was all because of me. Because of my authority. You were always being protected. By people like Courtney... and me.
- Sadist: Blaise Debeste enjoys tormenting innocent people and making their lives hell for a quick laugh. He even humuliates his own son For The Evuls.
- Say My Name: Delivers an epic one to his son when finally beaten in court.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: His position as Chief Prosecutor and head of the PIC puts him in direct control of much of the legal system, therefore allowing him to get way with almost everything he does.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Used his connections to help Sebastian get ahead and gleefully rubs this in his face when he starts becoming a liability.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: He wears a skull on his belt.
- Slasher Smile: Quite frequently even during normal conversation!
- The Sociopath: A low functioning example, as he isn't particularly charismatic or intelligent. He treats everyone around him like crap, including his own son, constantly boasts about how his connections and influence allow him to simply "manufacture" the truth, and was involved in three separate murders. And it's implied he's had countless others "disappeared." Including his own wife. Much like Matt Engarde, he seems to take pride in being a completely awful human being.
- Stupid Crooks:
- For all the crap he gives Sebastian for being stupid, he's hardly any smarter, at least when it comes to committing crimes. In addition to being Obviously Evil, he seems to take precautions to cover his tracks in such a way that they end up all but pointless. To wit:
- In Case 4, he wears a mask during the black market auction to cover his face and disguise his voice, but he picks the one mask out of over a dozen that leaves his chin exposed. Which is exactly where he happens to have a uniquely-shaped burn scar that gives his identity away to Jill Crane immediately. You'd think the Conductor who organized the whole auction would have had first pick of the masks.
- Also in Case 4, he says that Kay's memories cannot be trusted after she reveals that the victim had a bull doll while trying to arrest her based on those memories not five minutes prior, saying that her confession was all they needed.
- In Case 5, he's smart enough to wear gloves so his fingerprints won't show on the evidence, but he's also dumb enough to wear the same pair of gloves that he uses to work on his very oily bike. These gloves have letters on the fingertips spelling "D-E-A-T-H", which is left on the evidence due to the aforementioned oil. He gives the obvious excuse that anyone could go out to the store and buy the same kind of gloves, but the "A" is partially worn off on his pair, creating a unique "fingerprint" that can only be linked to him. So yeah... he kinda forfeits his right to comment on anyone's intelligence.
- For all the crap he gives Sebastian for being stupid, he's hardly any smarter, at least when it comes to committing crimes. In addition to being Obviously Evil, he seems to take precautions to cover his tracks in such a way that they end up all but pointless. To wit:
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He's the one who penalized Manfred von Karma, kickstarting the DL-6 Incident.
- Verbal Tic: He often tosses "ね ねー" or "ねえ" onto his sentences ("y'know" or "y'see" in the fan translation). The only time he seems to drop it is when he's working as the P.I.C. chairman.
- Villainous Breakdown: Usually, during his "shock" animation, when he accidentally sets his beard on fire with his lighter, he's able to douse it by using tears collected in his goggles. During his breakdown, however, he doesn't react quickly enough and he presses way too hard on his lighter, causing it to shoot a towering column of flame before burning off his beard and hair.
- Villainous Cheekbones: He has very prominent cheekbones.
- You Fool!: He often calls his son an idiot, both in times when it is justified and when it is not justified.
Ancestor of Winston and Gaspen Payne, and, much like his descendants, serves as the prosecutor for the tutorial case. He's an old-fashioned prosecutor who doesn't seem to like the world of "cultural enlightenment".
- Extreme Doormat: Like his descendants, he's this to both witnesses and the Judge when things really go against him. Except this time, he has a unique "grovelling" animation.
- Identical Grandson: Appears virtually identical to his progeny (Winston in particular).
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Even more than Winston. Auchi's only sin is being a pathetic sycophant, and by the events of the second game is downright sympathetic due to how low his self-esteem is.
- I Resemble That Remark!: At one point his Extreme Doormat tendencies toward the English cause him to agree with an anti-Japanese taunt made by one of the witnesses, probably without even realizing.
- It's Personal: Vows revenge against the Naruhodō family for his defeat and humiliation. When Susato goes to court as "Ryuutarou Naruhodō" in DGS2, he takes this opportunity to claim his vengeance.
- Legacy Character: He has a very similar personality and character arc to his descendants.
- Meaningful Name: The kanji in Taketsuchi (亜内) are meant to be similar to the ones used in "bushi" (武士), which is a word that refers to samurai.
- Seppuku: Parodied. After losing to "Ryutaro Naruhodo" in the second game, he takes out a specially-prepared knife, composes a "death poem"... and cuts off the newly-grown hair on his forehead.
- Took a Level in Badass: In DGS2 he appears to be much more competent and focused than before.Auchi: Now... What say you? I have assembled before the court decisive testimony and fatal evidence. Outside of the courthouse, the skies shine with the bright blue of summer. I would think it the perfect day for finding the defendant guilty.Susato: (I-Is this the same good Prosecutor Auchi? He seems so much more intense than he did nine months prior!)
- Traumatic Haircut: Gets his topknot sliced by Asougi, making his hair resemble his modern-day counterparts, at the end of the first case. It's still in the same style in DGS2, though a small spot of hair has began growing on his forehead. When he's beaten for the second time, he does this to himself in a manner resembling Seppuku.
- Warmup Boss: As is tradition with the games...and the Payne family. He's slightly more competent than his descendants though. Slightly.
Klimt van Zieks
Barok's older brother, and the last known victim of "The Professor". He was the Chief Prosecutor of London and had established the transferee program.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: By virture of being an aristocratic serial killer. Though initially his victims were only other corrupt nobles - it's only when Stronghart got involved that he started going after the innocent.
- Blackmail: Stronghart discovered his identity after he killed his first victim, and subsequently used the threat of exposure to force him to kill people of Stronghart's choosing.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Sent his pregnant wife into hiding after realising that others know of his identity as the Professor, since if the truth got out he didn't want his unborn child to grow up in the shadow of their father being a serial killer.
- Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it after witnessing first hand that those with enough money or influence can escape the law. It's what leads to him becoming The Professor.
- Disappeared Dad: To Iris, who was born after he died.
- Driven to Villainy: After trying, and failing, to bring justice to corrupt aristocrats through legal means, he eventually turns to murder to put an end to their crimes.
- Duel to the Death: Had one with Genshin, which he lost.
- Knight Templar: Tired of nobles getting more leeway in face of illegal actions, he took matters into his own hands and became "The Professor".
- Necessarily Evil: Became The Professor out a desire to put an end to evil and corrupt nobles using their power and connections to escape the law.
- Predecessor Villain: Was Stronghart's very first Death Bringer - that is, someone Stronghart used to kill off targets of his choosing. After his death he was succeeded by the likes of Sasha/"Jezail" and Gregson.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Klimt? Chlimt? Krimmet?
- Walking Spoiler: It is very hard to discuss his role in the game past case 3 without touching on some of the game's biggest twists.
Tristan Turnbull (Yusaburo Saiga)
Voiced by (Japanese): Show Hayami (anime)
Voiced by (English): Chris Cason (anime)
Debut: Ace Attorney
An anime-original character and prosecutor from the United States Attorney's Office.note He was involved with the trial that saw defendant Avery Richman falsely convicted, and is held hostage on Richman's very own luxury express train, the Silver Star, to participate in a retrial.
- Amoral Attorney: He proves to be quite corrupt when he knowingly redacts a key witness's testimony from Richman's trial as part of a larger conspiracy, murders said witness to keep him from exposing the truth, and blackmails one of Richman's supporters into acting as an accomplice.
- Boomerang Bigot: He insults Phoenix for being a lawyer, despite being one himself. In the original script, he more specifically looks down on him for being a Japanese lawyer, which is just as hypocritical coming from an American who was born and studied law in Japan.
- Canon Foreigner: He appears exclusively in "Northward, Turnabout Express", a case created for the anime adaptation's second season.
- Eagleland: Something of a Type 2. While he's a composed man, he lauds the American Justice System as perfect without even willing to consider there was an error in Richman's trial. In truth, he himself committed legal malpractice in that very trial, and was willing to murder the real culprit in order to save his own hide.
- Hellish Pupils: Close inspection of his eyes shows that he has slit pupils like a cat.
- Just Following Orders: He tries justifying his role in the conspiracy against Richman by saying he was just doing as he was told by the top brass of the Attorney's Office. This doesn't fly with the Chief Prosecutor or Edgeworth, who point out that he still knowingly committed legal malpractice, and will meet the same punishment as the ones who orchestrated the conspiracy.
- Manipulative Bastard: He gets Rick to act as an accomplice in hiding his murder of Gale Gaelic by threatening to expose his unwitting betrayal of Richman.
- Pet the Dog: He has the courtesy to applaud Mara Mytonbred's surprise birthday party, despite his ruthlessness and having just committed murder.
- Punny Name: When spoken aloud, his name vaguely sounds like "twist and turn".
- The Resenter: He's hated Edgeworth ever since getting upstarted by him at law school, and practically ran away from his home country to escape Edgeworth's shadow.
- The Stoic: He barely emotes to the fact he's in a hijacking and forced to act as a prosecutor to an unofficial retrial. He starts to lose his composure once Edgeworth comes into the scene.
- Skunk Stripe: He has a white stripe in his otherwise dark grey hair.
- Smug Snake: He gives a smug smile to himself once he believes Phoenix has no way of proving he committed murder or was involved in Richman's false conviction. Luckily, Edgeworth and the U.S. Chief Prosecutor call to put him in his place.
- Stoic Spectacles: His stony expression is decorated with square glasses, which also have a built-in computer database for every major trial documented by his firm.
- Villainous Breakdown: Once his murder of Gale Gaelic and tampering of Richman's original case have been exposed, he starts nervously tapping on the now sparking router built into his glasses until it finally explodes, its antenna flying and unceremoniously donking him on the head.
Voiced by (English): Dave B. Mitchell (DD), Dave Mallow (UMvC3), Kent Williams (anime)
Played by: Akira Emoto (film)
Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
The lovable but gullible judge of the series' Economy Cast. While something of a Cloud Cuckoolander, he always does his best to uphold the law and grant fair verdicts. Has a younger brother with a Canadian accent who is also a judge.
- Audience Surrogate: He's the only recurring character who is never in on the investigations. Naturally, one of his primary roles is to share the audience's shock at the dramatic twists and turns unfolding in his courtroom. He outright lampshades it at one point.The Judge: Please explain so that I might be shocked along with the rest of the court.
- Assist Character: For Phoenix Wright in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, with his mighty gavel!
- Berserk Button: While he does fold rather easily, there is only so much manipulation he will stand for. Several villains have discovered his limits the hard way. If you try to accuse him of being the murderer, be prepared to lose 95% of your life bar as a penalty.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He can be an humorous oddball at times, but can deliver rather scathing remarks when giving a penalty.It seems... your very existence is "illegal".
Well... it looks like you've proven one thing. That you're nothing but a fake!
- Big Damn Heroes: In 1-4, after being pushed around by Von Karma for the whole trial, he finally reaches his limit. "ENOUGH! I permit the use of the metal detector! Mr. Von Karma, you WILL submit to testing!"
- Big Eater: He's apparently a fan of Angel Starr's triple-decker lunches. The penultimate case of Spirit of Justice even has him lampshade the amount of food everyone has been eating which included a box of sake-infused manju buns and a free box of noodles for everyone.
- Big "NO!": Played for laughs; right after he does it, he says, "Wait. I'm not the one on trial here!"
- Big "WHAT?!": This judge often shouts "WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?" many times throughout his career.
- Bribe Backfire: He tears down an infuriated culprit who was either going to threaten or bribe him, stating that no amount of threats or bribes will have him take sides.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his complete lack of common sense, he seems to do his job well. He can also be rather profound about the law.
- Character Tic: Vigorous gaveling and shouting for order in the court. He does it so frequently that you start to suspect he enjoys it a little too much.
- Cloudcuckoolander: "From blood to peaches... the judge sure does love going off on wild tangents."
- Cool Chair: Which has an eagle ornament on it.
- Covers Always Lie: The cover of the first game makes him look strangely intimidating, even godlike. The games reveal him to be anything but.
- Cuteness Proximity: Has a penchant for cute things in general. He gets in trouble for adoring Sniper the baby penguin, as Blackquill is mad he's never reacted so positively to Taka.
- Disappointed in You: Once Damon Gant is caught, the Judge feels shame for what Gant has become.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Downplayed, but he's easily charmed by attractive female witnesses. Just see his reaction to Geiru's balloons.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Either "the Judge" or "Your/His Honor", in accordance with his position, both in and out of the courtroom.
- Everyone Has Standards: While the Judge is tolerant of most of the antics of the cast, even he has to step in and put some sense into others when things get too wacky for him, like when a witness arrives on the stand carried on a palanquin by others.
- The Fettered: He will uphold the law. Prosecutors who try to bend the law to get someone convicted and get caught doing so have found, much to their agony, that the Judge takes this very seriously.
- Flanderization: He becomes progressively more gullible and clueless over the course of the original trilogy. This is alleviated a bit in Dual Destinies, though.
- Genius Ditz: The Judge is silly and absentminded, while also being dumbfounded by modern technology such as computers and emails. It's been noted he once wasted an entire day looking for his dentures only to later realize they were in his mouth the whole time. He is nevertheless an expert on the law, accurately describing the definitions of Double Jeopardy and Ballistic Markings, and gives profound speeches on the law. He is also bilingual, capable of English and fluent Spanish. It has been stated that he could have become a lawyer himself but chose to remain a judge.
- Head Pet: He's not the owner of the pet in question, but in Dual Destinies Taka will occasionally perch on top of his head.
- Heroic BSoD: Has a minor one when he finds out that the witness testimony he gave out himself proved to be unreliable in AAI. He's rendered unable to do anything before Edgeworth gets him to snap out of it so he can continue his job. Considering how minor the provocation was, Edgeworth and Franziska are understandably annoyed.
- Hidden Depths: His monologue at the end of Apollo Justice has him dole out some surprisingly profound words about the nature of the law, and how it represents human morals and values. Also, he can speak Spanish. And when he defends spirit channeling in Trials and Tribulations, his rant shows tolerance and wisdom.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Phoenix suggests that the Judge "seems ready to adopt Ponco as another grandchild".
- Let Me Get This Straight...: Will often use this or a variation to sum up the twists during the courtroom proceedings.
- My Card: Offhandedly gives Phoenix his own one when Phoenix presents it in Case 2-1.
- No Name Given: When referred to by others, is called "The Judge" or "His Honor". At one point Phoenix even gets his business card. Problem is that his signature is so abstract that Phoenix can't read it.
- Only Sane Man: The Judge may be a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but compared to some of the people he works with, he's so square you could use him to slice cheese. He's also usually unfazed by the proceedings in his courtroom, no matter how ridiculous things get; he manages to keep a straight face while ordering a parrot to testify.
- OOC Is Serious Business: While generally a well-meaning goofball at times, if he detects so much as a hint of foul play in the legal system, he suddenly becomes far more serious and will do everything in his power to ensure that the truth comes out. He stands his ground against people like Manfred Von Karma when Phoenix or other attorneys make extremely plausible cases and scenarios.
- Papa Wolf: Tends to be a bit protective of younger people involved in the cases.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Though he's extremely gullible, the Judge will never ignore an opportunity to discover the truth, no matter how small, and will stand his ground against prominent/influential prosecutors if presented with a convincing case by the defense. He's also more open to supernatural events than his brother, which is a good thing when Phoenix keeps dealing with spirit mediums in his cases. However, he will not hesitate to punish Wright or declare a verdict if he recognizes that Phoenix is obviously throwing things against the wall and seeing what sticks.
- Scatterbrained Senior: He admits he has short term memory problems in Spirit of Justice due to his age.Judge (looking sternly at Apollo Justice): Never underestimate the memory of your elders. I may forget my verdicts the next day, but the memories of my past are clear as day!
- Seen It All: With all the courtroom wackiness in his career, especially with Phoenix defending, he's pretty much used to it by the time of "Turnabout Time Traveller", where he shoots down an angry witness about to either bribe or threaten him.
- Stay in the Kitchen: When a witness in the 4th game gives her occupation as future wife, he expresses support for traditional values. Ultimately averted as he never bats an eye at working with female defense attorneys or prosecutors.
- Stealth Insult: Its very rare that he ever gets the better of anyone in terms of snark, so its almost a singular zinger when Wendy Oldbag, whose seniority is a recurring joke (despite this, she has the gall to call The Judge himself a nosy old man) complains about Phoenixs questioning her judgement in 1-3, stating that she wasnt born yesterday, he immediately replies that Nobody in this court is accusing you of that.
- Stern Old Judge: Subverted. He may look the part, but he's an indecisive, easily-swayed cloudcuckoolander. That said, there are moments when he can actually act the part.
- Stock Legal Phrases: "Order in the court!" It may as well be his Catchphrase.
- Technologically Blind Elders: Time and time again, if anything to do with computers comes up, the Judge often has little to no idea what the others are talking about. It's never directly stated, but it is implied that this is due to the Judge's age. He even thinks that gramophones are still currently in widespread use.
- Took a Level in Dumbass:
- In the first game, he wasn't actually all that incompetent, instead being portrayed as somewhat smart, despite still being slightly goofy at times. It's only in later games in the series that he became a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
- The biggest way to notice the Judge's personality shift is to play 1-5. As it was included in the DS remake and made after the second and third game, his character traits of being dumb (primarily in the form of constantly accepting food bribes from Angel Starr) stand out a lot more compared to the other cases in the first game.
- Dual Destinies actually reverses some of this. While he's still gullible and a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, he's much more willing to bring the gavel down on uncooperative or malicious witnesses.
- The Unreveal: His business card he gives to Phoenix near the end of the first trial of Justice For All apparently has his real name written on it...except that Phoenix can't read his handwriting.
- The Watson: He'll frequently ask to have more complicated plot twists explained simply, for his benefit and for the audience's.
- You Monster!: He says that even if Matt Engarde cannot be convicted of murder under the current circumstances, the evidence has made it clear that he's a despicable human being.
The Judge's Brother
Voiced by (Japanese): Ben Hiura (anime)
Voiced by (English): Kyle Phillips (anime)
Debut: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations
The Judge's brother, who is also a judge himself. Makes only a small handful of appearances, though his biggest role is presiding over the Terry Fawles trial in Turnabout Beginnings (3-4.)
- Badass Beard: Just like his brother. He definitely likes to talk about it more.
- Canada, Eh?: His most defining characteristic is his unexplained Canadian accent, which contrasts with his brother's American accent and includes pronouncing "about" as "aboot" and occasionally interjecting things like "you hoser!" into his speech.
- Catchphrase: He's often "not sure" about various things. In particular, he's "not sure [he] care[s] for" things he dislikes.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Less so than his older brother, but he still has a tendency to occasionally go off on tangents.
- Facepalm: It's Played for Drama in the anime, where he's seen doing this after watching Fawles kills himself on the witness stand.
- Hanging Judge:
- Has shades of this, as he seems very eager to try and hand out verdicts as soon as possible (then again, this happened mostly when he was being played by Dahlia).
- He also has less tolerance for Courtroom Antics than his brother, and tries to have the bailiff take away Franziska's whip when she starts using it on him. It's only through the will of two hanging prosecutors that the antics continue.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "I'm not sure how I feel about X." Mia even lampshades it.Mia: Is this guy sure how he feels about ANYTHING?
- No Name Given: Like his brother.
Hakari Mikagami (Justine Courtney in the fan translation)
Debut: Gyakuten Kenji 2
Edgeworth's rival in Ace Attorney Investigations 2, a fierce-looking (female) judge. She's part of the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee, who is determined to end Edgeworth's career as a prosecutor. She has a washboard of hair over half her face and seems to wear more traditional clothing.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Would you really believe at first glance she's John Marsh's mother? Justified in that she's his adoptive mother. Biologically, they are first cousins, once removed.
- Anime Hair: How you describe her Peek-a-Bangs, which is so rigid-looking that from the way it's bent, it looks like she has a large piece of steel glued to her forehead.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's said to always have a kind smile on her face, but is merciless towards anyone who breaks the law.
- Big Damn Heroes: Has her moment in Case 4.
- Catchphrase: Overruled! ("却下!" or "Kyakka!" in Japanese).
- Closet Geek: Of all things, Moozilla. Her phone has the movie's opening riff as the ringtone and has a Moozilla toy attached to it. Given that her son is the main star...
- Cold Ham: She may not speak boisterously or announce her presence through self-generated fanfare, but she constantly proclaims herself a vessel of the Goddess of Law's will, which touts her as being a divine force. The effect renders itself similarly to more unsubtle Large Hams as a result.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: Seems to worship the law itself as a concept (or at least the Goddess of Law) and carries herself as a priest, even holding her gavel like it's crucifix.
- Curtains Match the Window: Has black hair and eyes.
- Doting Parent: Towards John Marsh. Case 5 shows that she always carries a magazine cutout of an article detailing John's big debut in his acting career so that she can look at something to be proud at every day. Her ringtone is also the Moozilla theme song, most likely because of John's role in the movie.
- The Dragon: To Sebastian in case 2 and 3, and to Blaise in case 4.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Both Sebastian and Blaise leave it to her to do most of the dirty work, albeit for different reasons (Sebastian because he's incompetent, Blaise probably to use her as a scapegoat in case something goes wrong).
- Dragon with an Agenda: Is secretly trying to take Blaise down.
- Drop the Hammer: She slams her extending gavel on the floor repeatedly.
- Evil Brit: Her "Overruled!" in the fandub has a very noticeable British accent and she constantly tries to hound Edgeworth throughout his investigations due to the P.I.C. having targeted him for alleged misconduct. After she turns on Blaise, she drops the evil part.
- Good All Along: Almost to the point where she's The Mole. She's trying to expose Blaise's corruption, but before she can do that she has to pretend to work with him, which causes her to get in Edgeworth's way. In Case 4, she dramatically reveals her true allegiance and turns on Blaise.
- Hanging Judge: She's a bit overeager to take Edgeworth's badge and declare the latest subject of Sebastian's incoherent investigations Guilty, to say the least. While part of it is coming from Blaise, and another part of it is her worry that Edgeworth will take Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! too far, she's still overly high-handed and too quick to condemn.
- Heroic BSoD: In Case 5; She initially seems to be her usual aloof and quick-to-deliver-verdict self in the trial...right up until her Logic Chess segment gets around to her actual reasons for being soft on Patricia Roland, where she quickly breaks down, panting heavily while apparently on the verge of tears. Not only is she scared for her son's life, as it turns out, but in effect Blaise found the one thing that will truly bias her, meaning she's no longer an impartial judge and is deeply torn up over that fact. Kay helps her calm down by convincing her she doesn't need to be ashamed of being human.
- He's Back: After being under Blaise's thumb because of her kidnapped son she gets a call telling her he's been found, allowing her to properly conduct the trial.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She is this to Sebastian in The Imprisoned Turnabout.
- Hypocrite: She is merciless towards lawbreakers, but Justine rarely follows her own rules. She makes threats to Edgeworth when she is not under investigative authority, continues to hold up investigations, even uses fabricated evidence to convict a suspect she knows is innocent, and hides evidence when she is a person of interest. While prosecutors have been shown to be this way in this series, the judge is supposed to be impartial.
- Ice Queen: Both Raymond Shields and Larry Butz try to proposition her at various points in the game. Her reaction to both men is unenthusiastic to say the very least.
- I Have Your Son: She was forced to work against Edgeworth when Blaise and his goons kidnapped her adoptive son to force a Not Guilty verdict for Patricia Roland. Though it turns out Blaise's goons are so dumb they accidentally kidnapped Blaise's son instead, and the one who actually kidnapped John wanted to force a Guilty verdict.
- Informed Ability: Many people in the story call her extremely intelligent. However, just like any opponent in the series, she's prone to making rather stupid mistakes.
- Inspector Javert: Determined to put an end to Edgeworth's career and have him replaced by Sebastian, of all people. It's all an act however, since she's just working on Blaise's behalf and later drops it when she has incriminating evidence to indict Blaise.
- Iron Lady: A spin on the usual presentation, Justine doesn't appear outwardly to be the type (her manner of speech is very soft, inviting, and unimposing). However reading into her words quickly reveals she is absolutely no-nonsense and rock solid in her convictions. Towards the end of this game this starts to ebb off substantially, however, and you peer deeper into her other personality traits.
- Leitmotif: "Goddess of Law". Her ringtone is a version of "The Great Monster Borumosu".
- Mama Bear: Normally she acts like a soft-spoken, deceptively gentle but extremely stern and merciless enforcer of "the Goddess of Law's will". However anything that concerns her adoptive son (whether he's in danger or he's just being rude to those around him), she flips the switch and becomes a concerned mother. It's almost cute in a way to see her go from being Miss Rulebook to mommy.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Hakari" means "Scale" (As in "Lady Justice's scale") and Mikagami means "Water Mirror", possibly referring to the Yata-Mirror, the Japanese imperial insignia of wisdom.
- The fan translation renames her Justine Courtney, with both names meaning "justice" and "court".
- Obfuscating Stupidity: An interesting case, as she does it through another character rather than herself. Basically, whenever she lets Sebastian testify, you know she's cooking up something that is at least marginally smarter.
- Ojou Ringlets: They look a bit like lightning bolts.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Her Leitmotif.
- Parodies for Dummies: In Case 3, she hands Edgeworth a book with a cartoony cover on it which provides the exact details entailing the Statute of Limitations. You will have to pull that out later.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Over her right eye.
- Principles Zealot: Strongly believes in upholding the law, and feels Edgeworth is unworthy to be a prosecutor if he breaks it.
- Promotion to Parent: She adopted John when her cousin died.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her braid is long enough to wrap around her head twice.
- Retractable Weapon: Her gavel has an extendable shaft.
- The Rival: To Edgeworth, in her stricter adherence to the law.
- Secret Test of Character: Never confirmed, but some of her conversations with Edgeworth (particularly the one where he's in detention) sound like she's trying to determine if he really is committed to the truth and/or has what it takes to stand up to Blaise Debeste.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Polite, gentle, but utterly inflexible.
- Teenage Pregnancy: Subverted. When she reveals that John is her son, most would expect this case, until later she explains that John's her adopted son.
- Wham Line:Courtney: The defendant... Blaise Debeste! I indict you!
- Wham Shot: During her Logic Chess match, during which she reveals a new animation: utter panic.
Khura'in Court Judge
The judge who presides over the High Court of Khura'in.
- The Alibi: He was at Tahrust's home while Puhray Zeh'lot was being murdered, therefore proving that Tahrust was not responsible for the killing. However, he never saw Beh'leeb during the visit, proving that she could have killed Zeh'lot.
- Establishing Character Moment: After Rayfa's Insight is successfully disproved and it's clear the Divination Seance is not the whole story, she has a minor tantrum and starts cussing out Phoenix, insisting that she can't be wrong. After a few lines of this, the Judge tells her off for making a scene and, when she continues unabated, gets the guards to escort her out. This indicates right there that Khura'in's court is not irredeemably broken, if this guy is still in charge.
- Everyone Has Standards: While as hostile as a native of Khura'in should be to defense attorneys, he will not turn a blind eye if Phoenix's logic is sound.
- Henpecked Husband: His wife apparently gave him an earful when he missed their class together due to Ahlbi Ur'gaid's trial taking much longer than anticipated.
- Identical Stranger: He could easily pass as the main Judge's twin brother and nobody would bat an eye.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the first trial, due to his Khura'inese prejudice against defense attorneys, he keeps threatening to cut Phoenix's tongue out with shears if he can't make logical arguments. But since Phoenix does make logical arguments, the Judge eventually stops making this threat, and as detailed in other entries in this section is much more reasonable.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- While he isn't pleased to have an actual lawyer in his court, he's quite willing to swallow his distaste for the sake of being unbiased; he tries to talk Phoenix out of appearing in court for his sake, pays attention when the defense makes a point, and is even willing to chew out Rayfa (the princess) if she obstructs the court proceedings.
- After Ga'ran was proven to have no legitimate claim to the throne, he threw the arson and attempted assassination charges against Dhurke out of court when all of the evidence against him was proven to be forged even though there is no decisive proof that Dhurke did not commit those crimes, meaning that the Khura'inese Judge used an innocent until proven guilty test. (Ga'ran did raise the possibility that her Cuffs of Justice were stolen and that possibility was never disproven, so the evidence only made her the prime suspect but did not prove that she committed the arson and assassination attempt.)
- Scatterbrained Senior: He's sharper than the regular Judge, but nonetheless confesses to being one during Ahlbi Ur'gaid's trial:Khura'inese Judge: That makes perfect sense, even to a feeble-minded old man like me.
- Skewed Priorities: He wants to wrap up Ahlbi Ur'gaid's trial as quickly as possible so he can attend a class with his wife, even if this might mean that Ahlbi might end up being executed. Unsurprisingly, Phoenix has barely gotten started before the Judge ends up being late.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He's a reasonable bearded old man just like the main Judge. They even resemble each other.
- Too Much Information: He apparently has a tattoo on his right buttock; though Nahyuta swiftly prevents him from saying any more about it.
- Would Hurt a Child: He would have imposed a death penalty on the nine-year-old Ahlbi Ur'gaid if Phoenix Wright had not intervened and proved him innocent.
The judge who presides over Japan's Supreme Court of Judicature, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Oversees Ryunosuke's first case.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: His first appearance outside of the courtroom is by Judo-throwing an agitated Menimemo. Later on, he destroys Old Bailey's witness stand with his bare hands.
- Ambition Is Evil: Went along with Stronghart's scheme because Stronghart promised to make him Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs.
- Cynicism Catalyst: It appears the false conviction of Genshin Asougi may have been what motivated him to become minister of foreign affairs at any cost.
- Defiant to the End: Even after he's convicted of Gregson's murder, he refuses to give up the name of the head of the Death Bringer conspiracy.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's the killer of DGS 2-4 (and by extension, 5), having shot Gregson in the SS Barabrook, but his defeat is only the first part towards unraveling the Death Bringer conspiracy.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: The then-unnamed judge who only appeared in one case in the first game turns out to be an accomplice to the Big Bad of the duology.
- Nominal Importance: He's only named in the second game, where he becomes a major player in the final case. That said, he was actually named in the first game, but it was with regards to his position as Secratary General, so the connection between the character and the name wasn't established until DGS 2-1.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Gives Ryunosuke a fair chance at his own defense despite the pressure the British Government puts on the Imperial Court. Later in DGS 2-1, he knew all along that 'Ryutaro' was Susato, yet still let her defend Haori anyway despite the fact that women weren't allowed to be lawyers at the time. Later played with in that he isn't as noble as he seems, although the former two acts were genuine.
- Villainous Breakdown: He grips the witness stand with both hands and shakes violently. Then he raises his hands and smashes the stand, and the remaining parts of the stand then disappear by flying up into the air, after which he looks up while in a hunched stance. Also doubles as a Call-Back; Yuujin recounts Jigoku doing a similar thing ten years ago in frustration after trying and failing to plead Genshin Asougi's innocence in the Professor case.
- Walking Spoiler: He's a lot more plot-relevant than the usual judges of the series, and this doesn't become apparent until the second game.
Mael Stronghart (Hart Vortex)
The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, who holds absolute authority over the courts. He is quite obsessed with time. Upon Ryunosuke's arrival, he appoints him to his first two cases in London.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Discussed. In his pursuit to rid London of crime, he embraced the very same criminal practices he wished to get rid of, and used it against high-ranking felons to have them killed through agents in Scotland Yard and the Prosecutor's Office, as well as acquiring an associate in Japan to keep the truth about the Professor killings from being made public. When pressed about this in court after a lengthy trial period, he ecstatically declares this to be the only way to fight the "darkness" and encourages others to embrace it like he did.
- Big Bad: Of The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. Stronghart is the leader and mastermind of the Death Bringer conspiracy, and effectively the real villain behind the The Great Ace Attorney duology.
- Clock King: Time is his main gimmick, with him frequently looking at his pocket watch and telling exactly the amount of remaining time until a particular event. A good chunk of his room is also occupied by clockwork. He drops it when acting as judge in the sequel, and foregoes it completely when his true colors are revealed.
- Disturbed Doves: One of his animations has this when he shouts within his office.
- Expy: Of Damon Gant. Like Gant, Stronghart also used a case from the past to blackmail and extort his way into a higher position, justifying his unlawful actions as a necessary evil to uphold peace while showing a rather unnerving lack of sympathy for anyone other than himself when he's cornered. His breakdown also involves a lot of clapping and deranged laughter. Bonus points for having one of his (former) accomplices being the Chief Prosecutor and later attempts to pin his crimes on said Chief Prosecutor's younger sibling, although the context for that couldn't be any more different.
- Once again, to Damon Gant. Despite being an expy of his, as discussed above, his overarching goal is far, far worse than Gant's, since Stronghart sought to redefine the ENTIRETY of British law to conform to his ideals of justice and purge the streets of criminals without once getting his hands dirty, while Gant sought to mostly benefit himself and was caught because of fact he did need to kill the meddling detective by himself.
- To Tobias Gregson, the mastermind behind the Reaper conspiracy's target selections. Stronghart eventually became so power-hungry that he sought to continue his goal onto a national scale, while Gregson had enough decency to realize he was getting in way over his head and tried to escape. Not that it worked.
- To Klimt van Zieks, the Professor. Both had the similar goal of making the corrupt nobility of London pay with their lives for escaping the crimes they should have been punished for, but Klimt was begrudging and realized how it could, and eventually did, backfire on him when he was used by Stronghart, who himself openly embraces the idea of killing others for the sake of his views for British law and for his own personal agenda.
- Final Boss: The mastermind behind "The Professor", the "Death Bringer", the transfer assassination plot, and the final villain of the DGS games.
- Faux Affably Evil: His Reasonable Authority Figure persona is revealed to be as fake as they come in the finale of the sequel.
- Hypocrite: Despite his claims of wanting the best for the British Empire and its citizens, he had the Professor kill the previous Chief Justice so Stronghart would take the position, in a clear act of self-fulfillment. Not to mention, as pointed out by Kazuma and Ryunosuke, the man who claims to do everything in his power to rid London of all crime did basically nothing to achieve that goal that didn't depend on one of his assassins or extortion victims, and yet he proudly puts himself ahead of the conspiracy despite no real effort being made on his part.
- Klingon Promotion: Had Klimt kill the previous Chief Justice, simply so he can have the position.
- Knight Templar: His ultimate goal was to turn the British Empire into a crime-free utopia. Of course, that meant a lot of people had to die or be forced to work for him in the process.
- Large and in Charge: Supplementary material puts his height at an impressive 196cm (6'5''). Absolutely not bad for the Chief Justice of the world's biggest nation at the time.
- Large Ham: Especially when speaking about his country and its law system. His breakdown once he's finally defeated in Resolve reflects this, being one of the most overblown and overly-dramatic breakdowns in the franchise.
- Leitmotif: "The Administrator Who Watches Time", a powerful orchestrated theme that follows a beat similar to a clock ticking.
- Ludicrous Precision: When it comes to matters of time.
- Obviously Evil: The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures already painted him in a very sinister light, what with his powerful position, obsession with order and intimidating presence, to the point that very few players were surprised with The Reveal from the sequel.
- The Man Behind the Man: He's the person who forced The Professor into committing most of his murders ten years ago. In the present, he's also the man who founded the Death Bringer organization, which Sasha/Jezail and Gregson were a part of.
- Meaningful Name
- His Japanese name, "Hart", comes from "hato" (ハト), meaning "pigeon", which can very commonly be found in clock towers like the chief's own office, and seen flying when he screams out within it. "Vortex" can refer to a vortex-like movement followed by the hands of a clock, but it's allegedly a reference to a Hanoyama "cast vortex" disentanglement puzzle that Shu Takumi was playing with during production. And indeed, the more you try to unravel Vortex' involvement in the plot, more facets of his true, murderous self are brought to light.
- His localized name, "Mael", is a name of Celtic origin meaning "chief", which fits his role as the Chief Justice of England. Possibly as a nod to his Japanese name, his name sounds similar to 'maelstrom', referring to a powerful whirlpool in a body of water.
- Non-Action Big Bad: One of the few overarching villains in the series to never directly murder anyone, preferring to order/blackmail others into doing the deed for him.
- Punny Name: For his localized name, "Maelstrom" and "strong heart".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite giving off a very powerful and intimidating aura, he is still willing to give Ryunosuke an opportunity to prove that he is qualified to be an attorney. The sequel then reveals it's all an act to save face and hide his numerous crimes by proxy.
- Rule of Symbolism: He gets covered in soot and ashes after his explosive Villainous Breakdown. Stronghart himself discussed how he had embraced the "darkness" plaguing London and became a part of it to fight it internally, which the soot represents, making him look darker.
- Uriah Gambit: Sends Gregson off to a mission as the "Death Bringer" to target Jigoku, as part of his and Jigoku's plan to assassinate Gregson.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has two:
- Upon Ryu finding Klimt van Ziek's confession in Karuma's hilt (as per the third page in Genshin Asogi's will) admitting to being the Professor and laying out Stronghart's part in it (in turn proving him as the one behind the Death Bringer conspiracy behind Barok), he stands up and yells out in anger... before calming down and applauding Ryu, Asogi, Barok, and other involved parties in exposing him, claiming what he did was necessary and that his actions were ultimately for the good of London, while smugly proclaiming they can't expose any of this to the public lest they risk losing the public's confidence to the law and police...
- ...and when Sholmes reveals that he has been telecasting the entire trial to Queen Victoria herself at Buckingham Palace using hologram transmission technology he invented, resulting in the Queen herself making a decree to fire Stronghart from his position and have him be tried at a public trial, Stronghart loses it and screams for the court to be adjourned as he repeatedly pounds his cane gavel on the judge's bench until it snaps. He then keels over the bench, lands on the empty jurors' bench, and falls onto the court floor. This triggers the torch launching mechanisms on the jurors' seats, launching them all onto the 'Guilty' side of the scales behind him, causing the scales to tip over completely vertically before snapping off the balance pivot. This causes the scales to then "roll" towards Stronghart by having the 'Not Guilty' scale slam into the court ground and have it tip the 'Guilty' scale upwards, where the 'Guilty' scale finally lands and explodes behind him in a fiery blaze as he screams in rage. The next we see of him, he's covered in soot, finally defeated.
- Visionary Villain: Truly wished for a Great British Empire free of crime. Unfortunately, the way he went to go about this is to commit a 10-year string of blackmail and murder in a bid to wrest control of the legal system.
Old Bailey Judge
The judge who presides over the Central Criminal Court of England, otherwise known as Old Bailey.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Actually averted for the most part. This judge is smarter, more sensible and way less of a comic relief than the one from the standard series, although there are still a few weird moments involving him here and there. He is also less likely to ask the attorneys to explain stuff he doesn't know about for him (mostly because Ryunosuke himself already does that due to being a Naïve Newcomer).
- Dodgy Toupee: Whenever he's shocked, his wig slightly falls off from the top of his head.
- Expy: He looks like a less cartoony version of the judge in English Turnabout from Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. Nuri and Takumi have also noted that they deliberately made him look like Santa Claus.
- No Name Given: Like many of the series' judges.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- While he is a bit skeptical of Ryunosuke due to him being Japanese, he is still just towards him.
- Sholmes re-introduces him to the bench after Stronghart is finally exposed and arrested, directly addressing him as a sign that the British courts have capable, fair people in their ranks to help fight the "darkness" in a better way.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the judges from The Great Ace Attorney duology, whereas Jigoku and Stronghart were the co-heads of a conspiracy and ultimately brought to justice by the second game's final case, this judge is a genuine Reasonable Authority Figure, with Sholmes acknowledging him as such at the end of said final case.