The Fey Clan is a family of spirit mediums that plays an increasingly large role throughout the original trilogy. The members of the clan are practitioners of the Kurain Channeling technique, which allows them to channel spirits.
The Fey clan is headed by the Main Family — that is, the family of the Master, the most skilled and direct descendant medium of Ami Fey, the founder of the Kurain Channeling Technique (usually this is the first born daughter of the former Master) — while all other families become Branch Families.
For Mia, Maya, and Pearl Fey, all of whom are closely associated with Phoenix Wright, see the Wright Anything Agency page. One other character who is a member of the Fey clan but was not raised by the clan; for that character, see the third game's Witnesses page.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: The clan has a long and storied history, as well as a culture of scheming and rivalries over the prized position of Master (as only daughters of the main family can inherit it). The current generation has gotten murderous a few times.
- The Clan: They are a prominent clan of spirit mediums with a long history Spirit of Justice even implies that the family is descended from Khura'inese royalty. While their reputation is on the rocks at the start of the series, they still have most of the trappings of the trope: a Big Fancy House in a secluded village, acolytes following their teachings, infighting between the main and branch families, etc.
- Gender-Restricted Ability: Only women can channel spirits. Deconstructed in that, because the Fey clan values their spirit channeling powers so highly, their men are left feeling deeply unappreciated. Kurain Village has one of the highest divorce rates, more than any place in the series, because of this societal and familial neglect.
- Heir Club for Men: Inverted. Because lineage comes from the mother and only women can channel spirits, Kurain Village is very matriarchal and only women can inherit the position of family head.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Residents of Kurain Village, as well as of the temples, wear kimonos, as they practice old, traditional disciplines.
- Lady Land: A justified example; Kurain Village is heavily matriarchal and because of their focus on spirit channeling, the completely normal men have to live outside the village in separation.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Inverted; only female descendants of the Holy Mother can channel spirits. As a result, men are given low importance within Kurain Village, with absent fathers being quite common.
- Matriarchy: Kurain Village is heavily matriarchal, with the women being regarded highly because of their spirit channeling. Only the most powerful woman of the main family branch could become the Master. Naturally, this environment causes the men of Kurain Village to be overlooked and neglected, leaving them deeply unappreciated by their wives and daughters, which is why divorce rates are so high.
- Meaningful Name: The definitions of the word "fey" include: "appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil" and "supernatural; unreal; enchanted."
- Priceless Ming Vase: The Fey clan's greatest treasure is the Sacred Urn, said to house the soul of the clan's founder. It gets broken and put back together again at least three times over the course of the trilogy. At the very end, a picture is shown of a very young Maya and Mia hastily restoring the vase to avoid getting in trouble, implying that it happened a lot before.
- Royal Blood: Although very far removed, the clan is descended from Khura'in's royal family through Ami Fey, and their spirit channeling came from her.
- Royalty Superpower: Their spirit channeling came from their very distant ancestor, Ami Fey, a member of Khura'in royalty who left to start her own clan.
- Supernatural Is Purple: Purple is the predominant color of Maya's outfits and Fey acolytes, and is strongly associated with spirituality, mysticism, and spirit channeling.
- There Can Only Be One: The position of Master of Kurain. While traditionally it goes to the older, more powerful daughter of the main family, other women vie for the position. The power struggles often get very messy.
- Willing Channeler: Their bread and butter; the clan's entire culture is built around being able to channel the spirits of the dead. Only women can use this power, explaining Kurain Village's heavily matriarchal environment.
Misty Fey (Maiko Ayasato)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kaori Nakamura (anime)
Voiced by (English): Terri Doty (anime)
Played by: Kimiko Yo (film)
The mother to Mia and Maya, and the Master of Kurain in the first three games. She had previously disappeared in disgrace following the mishap with the DL-6 incident.
- Back for the Dead: Her absence is commented on as early as the first game, and she shows up in the third, with her identity only becoming clear after her death.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: She's explicitly stated as missing in the first game, not dead. Sure enough, she eventually shows up, although the audience only learns this after the fact.
- Mama Bear: As Godot points out, the fact that she brought a sword with her when she learned of the plan to kill Maya in 3-5 shows just how far she was willing to go to protect her.
- Meaningful Name:
- Misty, because she's mysterious. Her full name sounds like "Mystify."
- "Maiko" means "dancing girl", making her pseudonym, "Elise", a Shout-Out to the short story "The Dancing Girl".
- Also, Deauxnim means "two names," which is appropriate since it's a pseudonym.
- Missing Mom: To Mia and Maya.
- Interrogating the Dead: Helped the police do this as a last resort for the DL-6 investigation; she channeled Gregory so the police could get a lead on his killer. Unfortunately, she (or Gregory) implicated a man who was later found innocent, resulting in the Kurain Channeling Technique being dragged through the mud.
- Personal Effects Reveal: Inside the Master's Talisman, which she always wears, is a photo of her two daughters when they were young.
Morgan Fey (Kimiko Ayasato)
Voiced by (Japanese): Shukoku Tsugawa (anime)
Voiced by (English): Stephanie Young (anime)
Pearl's mother and Misty's older sister, who appears to be the acting family head following Misty's disappearance. Despite her seniority, however, Morgan had lesser spiritual power than her sister, and was therefore stripped of her place as next in line as the Master, prompting her power-hungry husband to leave her. However, after she remarried (and divorced again), Morgan had Pearl, and believed the very powerful little girl to have power worthy of the place as the Master, with good reason. If it weren't for the fact that she's actually pretty scary, she'd almost be sympathetic.
- Abusive Parents: Poor, poor Pearl who gets put through so much emotional trauma because of her mother's actions (and one line where Pearl asks Phoenix to not tell her that she was playing in the trash or she'll get a spanking suggests there's some physical abuse as well). This is still nothing compared to her other two daughters who she is implied to have given up on because of their lack of (or at least weak compared to Pearl's) spiritual powers.
- Ancient Tradition: Morgan is fiercely protective of the Fey family traditions, and if you break a sacred object relative to the Fey clan, you better watch out for her. She also has high expectations of the people that visit Kurain Village.
- Broken Pedestal: Mia and Maya both loved her, and are greatly saddened at the thought that she would try to plot against Maya like she did.
- Death Glare: One of her sprites has her doing this, particularly in the sequence in which she monologues while being incarcerated.
- Dragon Lady: She wears her hair in a bun, wears a kimono with Japanese text completely covering it, and is a murderess who tried to frame Maya Fey so that her daughter would be the one who inherits the position of Master.
- Evil Aunt: To Mia and Maya, of the sort that's jealous of her sibling's children for the position they can inherit.
- Evil Matriarch: Acting matriarch of the Feys, considering the clan's actual head is missing in action. She manipulates people around her in order to get rid of her niece, whom she sees as inadequate compared to her own daughter.
- Faux Affably Evil: Her thin veneer of politeness and Proper Lady courtesies only serve to make her seem more condescending and evil.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She makes delicious strawberry desserts.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Sure, she is the mastermind behind case 3-5 but the legwork is done entirely by Dahlia.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Her resentfulness stems from her jealousy of Misty's channeling powers and how it caused Morgan to be passed over as Master.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Her hairstyle is a traditional Japanese woman's formal hairstyle, but it's taken to ridiculously oversized extremes. How that hair could stay up without being lacquered is beyond belief. It would probably qualify as Rapunzel Hair if undone.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Despite being the elder sister, she was passed over for the Master position because of her weak channeling skills.
- Knight Templar Parent: Everything she does, she did it all for Pearl. One of her other daughters, Dahlia seems to disagree, claiming she saw Pearl as a pawn, but given that the accuser doesn't have much of a leg to stand on, it's hard to say how true the accusation is. Although, one should remember that Morgan pretty much abandoned her other children due to their lack of spiritual power. So at minimum, Morgan does have a severe case of Parental Favoritism towards Pearl.
- Leitmotif: "Kurain Village".
- Manipulative Bitch: Poor little Pearl never doubts her until the very end.
- Muggle Born of Mages: Her spiritual power is too weak to channel spirits, which is why she was passed over to be the Master despite being the elder sister.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Despite being an important player in the events of two very lore-important cases, she never actually kills anyone.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Morgan plays to a specific Japanese, feminine tradition of subtly sarcastic false humility as a means of distancing herself from the person she's actually condescending to.
- Politeness Judo: Phoenix frequently gets trapped into apologizing to her slipped in barbs thanks to this.
- Punny Name: Morgan le Fey, anyone? "Kimiko" comes from "Himiko", a shaman queen of ancient Japan.
- Resentful Guardian: Presumably, as she took care of Maya after Misty left from the fallout over DL-6, and Mia left to search for Misty.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She looks like an elegant woman, but when she gets angry, her true evil colors show.
- Single Line of Descent: On the losing side of this. Despite being the elder daughter, she was pushed into the "branch" family due to a lack of spiritual power. She wants to eliminate Maya as a contender to push Pearl into the line of inheritance.
- Smug Snake: Morgan is, apart from a superficial amount of politeness and formality, quite bitter and condescending to others. This is exemplified in how she blames the failure of her plan in 2-2 on the culprit and the prosecutor.
- Sweet Tooth: Morgan is known to make "lovely bitter green tea" that is "so bitter you lose your tongue", along with "jaw-droppingly large strawberry desserts"
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Doesn't invoke this on herself, but insists that Phoenix address Maya as "Mystic Maya" like she does.
- This Is Gonna Suck: In the anime, while she doesnt go into a breakdown, this is her nonverbal reaction to Mimi confessing her crime and outing her as the one who blackmailed her.
- Uncertain Doom: After the events of Trials and Tribulations, Morgan's solitary cell is left empty. It's not made clear if she was transferred or put on death row for her role in Case 3-5.
- Vicariously Ambitious: Knowing she can never become master of the Fey family, she does everything possible to make sure Pearl will be someday.
Ami Fey (Kyoko Ayasato)
The long-since deceased founder of the Kurain Channeling Technique.
- Meaningful Name: She's named after the Buddha Amitabha.
- Oddly Shaped Sword: The Shichishito her statue holds.
- Our Founder: Her statue.
- Royal Blood: Implied; The Kurain Channeling Technique originated from the Khura'in Kingdom (hence why spiritual training in Khura'in is needed by the incoming Kurain Master). The ability to channel the spirits of the dead and take their form is something that can only be done by descendants of the Founder, namely the Royal Family.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Subverted. Supposedly, her spirit was sealed in the Sacred Urn, and so long as it was, the Fey line would retain their powers. However, Mia considers this a fairy tale, and there's no evidence anything other than ashes was ever in the urn at any of the times it was broken. Mia is the first person (we know of) who broke it, so she should know.
Voiced by (Japanese): Rinko Hayashi (anime)
Voiced by (English): Cynthia Cranz (anime)
No, her name is NOT meaningful... or is it? (It may be based on Bhikkhuni, a female Buddhist monastic.) Bikini is a member of an unnamed Branch Family and the head nun of Hazakura Temple, as well as the foster mother of Iris. "Bikini" is not her real name; people apparently keep expecting her to be a woman dressed in one.
- Apron Matron: Minus the apron. She's a jolly, rotund middle-aged woman who is quite motherly towards Iris, and friendly to the protagonists.
- Catchphrase: When describing something, such as her appearance or her bad back, she often ends it with "Especially in winter!"
- Easily Forgiven: Her testimony almost got Iris into prison for murder. The next time when they see each other Iris is worried about her back.
- Freudian Slip: She keeps calling Elise Deauxnim as "Mystic Elise", when she was just known as a book illustrator that was just visiting Hazakura Temple. Phoenix eventually notices this and figures out why. This is because Bikini knows Elise was actually Misty Fey, and since Phoenix had his suspicions after finding the Kurain Master's Talisman, he confirmed that fact after paying attention to Bikini.
- Large Ham: Ironically for someone so short, she's very bombastic.
- Leitmotif: "Hazakura Temple".
- Meaningful Name: The "ni" means "nun".
- My God, What Have I Done?: After her testimony ends up having many inconsistencies, and seemingly casts suspicion on Iris. Iris is innocent of the murder, but stabbed Misty's corpse with the Shichishito in order to deflect suspicion away from the person responsible.
- The Napoleon: You can't tell when you're talking to her (due to the art) but in court she requires a box in order to look over the witness stand.
- Naughty Nuns: Parodied, starting with her name. She's middle-aged and overweight, but enjoys acting as if she were unaware of this.Bikini: It's a tradition to have [a temple name], and I wanted something that has a nice image to it. So I thought, "Why not choose a bikini?" Besides, it makes me seem younger. Wa ha ha ha! Ho ho ho!
- Only One Name: Is referred to as "Sister Bikini" by those who show her respect.
- Parental Substitute: To Iris, since she was left in Hazakura Temple as a child. Iris does not even remember her own mother, so she sees Bikini as if she were her real mother.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her actions at the beginning of Case 3-5 planted seeds of doubt and worry on Pearl Fey enough so that she went to try go and support Maya with her training. As a result, she is indirectly responsible for both setting Morgan Fey's plan into motion and Misty Fey's death.
Voiced by (English): Dani Chambers (anime)
A nun of Hazakura Temple with a bizarre likeness to Phoenix's ex-girlfriend Dahlia Hawthorne, though she's never been to college and has always lived at Hazakura Temple. Evidently, despite having some knowledge of it, Iris has no spiritual power.
- Apologises a Lot: Half of her conversations include some variant of "I'm sorry".
- Becoming the Mask: During the eight months that Phoenix thought he was dating Dahlia, Iris was standing in for her sister so that Dahlia wouldn't commit any more crimes; Iris eventually falls in love with Phoenix herself.
- Book Dumb: Being raised in Hazakura temple she lacks formal education.
- Blush Stickers: Plenty of times, mostly when talking with or about Phoenix.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: She remains supportive of Dahlia for a long time, even though she knew what kind of person she is.
- Evil Twin: Inverted. By the time Iris turns up, Dahlia's been the evil mastermind of two previous cases, so one might be inclined to mistrust Iris at first. She then turns out to be Dahlia's Good Twin instead. Both of them are Nice Girls at a first glance, but while Dahlia's personality is nothing but a facade, Iris is sincerely a good girl.
- Exact Words: When Phoenix asks if Iris went to college, she replies that she "never had an interest" in college. This doesn't trigger the Magatama, because technically she never said she didn't go to college, only that she didn't want to. Well, people do plenty of things they don't want to do...
- First-Name Basis: Once she finally confesses to Phoenix who she really is, she starts calling him "Feenie" like she used to.
- I Never Told You My Name: Calls Phoenix "Mr. Wright" when he hasn't yet introduced himself to her, causing him to become suspicious.
- Informed Flaw: Tends to claim she's a weak person but aside from apologising for everything we never see her actually showing any weakness. On the contrary, she's perfectly willing to talk Dahlia out of murdering Phoenix or to shoot down Phoenix's attempts to follow the search party by claiming that saving Maya is a priority.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She believes she doesn't deserve to be together with Phoenix.
- Leitmotif: Shares "Distant Image" with Dahlia (with fairly good reason).
- Muggle Born of Mages: Despite being Morgan's daughter, she has no spiritual powers to speak of.
- Nice Girl: In stark contrast to her sister, her kindness and courtesy to others is not an act.
- Nuns Are Mikos: Despite being caled nun she doesn't look like one and being in love with Phoenix isn't a problem in the slightest. That's only a case in the dub, in the original version she's just Miko.
- Oblivious to Love: Doesn't notice that Laurice has a rather obvious crush on her until Edgeworth spells it out for her. Understandable, since she spent most of her life in a temple and didn't have much contact with men.
- Only One Name: Her full name, for court purposes, is "Iris of Hazakura Temple".
- Palette Swap: Of Dahlia. Some of their sprites are nearly identical, except Iris has different clothing and dark hair. Justified, as they're identical twins and they pull a Twin Switch more than once.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has pale skin and black hair and is considered beautiful, fitting her Yamato Nadeshiko image.
- Ship Tease: With Phoenix at the end of 3-5... which earns him a beating from Pearls..
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It IS Phoenix she falls for, after all.
- Supreme Chef: According to Phoenix her mini-omlettes are "magically delicious".
- Tender Tears: Unlike her sister, when she cries, it's very genuine.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: Just look at the sweatshirt she knitted for Phoenix.
- Theme Twin Naming: Shares Floral Theme Naming with Dahlia. Only in the translations, though.
- Twin Switch: Pulled two with Dahlia Hawthorne. The first one was after Dahlia and Phoenix first met, so that Dahlia could recover her poison vial without killing Phoenix by having Iris impersonate her (didn't work), and the second one was when Dahlia was channeled by Maya, where Dahlia pretends to be Iris.
- The Unfought: Double Subverted.
- Iris shows two sets of five psyche-locks, once to Phoenix and once to Edgeworth, but neither gets the chance to break them. She eventually reveals her secrets behind them in court. Phoenix does manage to break three psyche-locks from Iris, except that is actually Dahlia Hawthorne.
- In the second day of trial, Phoenix cross-examines Iris, except that's not Iris giving testimony.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Implied. She never had a chance to actually violently protect Phoenix but she did say that she could kill her sister if she knew about her plans to kill him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being introduced as Phoenix's love interest, she is never seen or mentioned after Trials and Tribulations.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Iris is always kind and polite, as well as having the poise expected of a traditional lady, but she also can go to great lengths to protect people she cares about. Unlike her sister, who pretends to be this trope, Iris is a genuine example.