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Members of the Gramarye troupe in the Ace Attorney series.

Gramarye (Arumajiki) is a name used by magicians that are related to or were taught by Magnifi Gramarye, a famous magician from back in the day.


NOTE: Trucy Wright can be found on the Ace Attorney: Wright Anything Agency page.

NOTE 2: There are spoilers that cover up to the sixth game, Spirit of Justice, below. It's very highly suggested that you finish the second case of this game, The Magical Turnabout, before going down this page. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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    General Tropes
From left to right: Mr. Reus, Valant, Magnifi, Zak, Thalassa

  • Aerith and Bob: Magnifi, Thalassa, Valant, Reus, and... Zak.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: While they were relatively happy at the start, a slew of dangerous tricks slowly began to tear the entire Troupe apart along with those involved with them.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Magnifi's disciples follow this coloring scheme; Zak (red/pink), Thalassa (blue) and Valant (yellow). Magnifi himself goes with black, which is a mix of his apprentices' colors. Mr. Reus, the outlier, has both green and purple.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: While during Magnifi's run, they appeared to be a magical magician's troupe that were loved by all children and adults which they genuinely were prior to Thalassa's accident. Then things secretly soured afterward, with the main due Zak and Valant being blackmailed into dangerous stunts and eventually being ordered to kill Magnifi by his own command, which neither were able to do.
  • Meaningful Name: "Gramarye" is another word for "grimoire", and "Arumajiki" is a pun on "magic". "Arumajiki" also means "unworthy".
  • Pinball Projectile: According to Gumshoe, their famous Quick-Draw Shootem trick has Zak and Valant aim single-shot loaded pistols at each other with Thalassa in between them. Upon firing, however, the bullets miss all three of them and proceed to bounce around and tear up the venue sans the three magicians and the audience. Given the obvious danger factor because of the setup, this eventually went wrong.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Each member wears a different playing card suit as a brooch. Magnifi wears the Spade, Zak wears the Club, Valant wears the Heart, Thalassa wears the Diamond (as does her daughter Trucy), and Reus represents the Joker card. Fitting, as they're a group of stage magicians, so luck and trickery is part of the package.
  • Stage Magician: Everyone on this page are skilled performers.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Given their relation to the young female assistant (who is in line to take over), ridiculously high rate of backstabbing, and overarching presence in the backstory, Troupe Gramarye is to Trucy what the Fey Clan is to Maya.

    Magnifi Gramarye 

Magnifi Gramarye (Tensai Arumajiki)

"...then I to the darkness would go, and my art with me. A fitting end, don't you think?"

Magnifi was the teacher of Valant, Zak and Reus, as well as Thalassa Gramarye's father. Incredibly proud, strict and demanding. Magnifi liked dangerous performances, deadly enigmatic tests and had absolutely no tolerance for failure or insubordination. For many years, he performed the best magic shows the world had ever seen along with his disciples, until one day the Troupe had to disband. He was eventually diagnosed with diabetes and cancer, and a few months before he was to die, he sent a note to both Zak and Valant, Blackmailing them to solve a puzzle whose wrong solution would result in shooting Magnifi and the right solution could give the solver the rights to Troupe Gramayre's magic. Cue Magnifi's death, and the subsequent trial with Zak as the defendant and Valant as the key witness. Magnifi, of course being true to his reputation, left one last great performance in the mystery behind his death. A ruthless performer who wasn't afraid of life or death and whose deeds on life still follow his successors to this day.

  • Ambiguously Brown: He's got tan skin, with no other indicators regarding ethnicity. Made more ambiguous by the fact that Magnifi's daughter is clearly fair-skinned, and his grandchildren (one of whom is Zak's child) are just as fair.
  • Badass Mustache: If that sideburn/moustache thing isn't badass, we don't know what is.
  • Blackmail: He used Zak and Valant's role in accidentally shooting his daughter to blackmail the two of them.
  • Driven to Suicide: He shot himself in the forehead after being declared terminally ill due to cancer, and after neither of his potential heirs shot him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite having been a total ass about it, Magnifi did have a legitimate reason for kicking Mr. Reus out of the troupe. When Mr. Reus injured himself during practice, Magnifi just wanted him to sit out of live performances for a while. When Mr. Reus tried to perform anyway, that was when Magnifi kicked him out of the troupe. Considering how dangerous Troupe Gramarye's tricks can be, people could get seriously hurt or even killed if the practitioner can't perform the tricks flawlessly.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His descent into dickery was caused by the accident in the rehearsal of Zak & Valant's Quick-Draw Shootem when his daughter Thalassa was shot.
  • Nepotism: Despite giving both Zak and Valant the same decision to make regarding the shot, he deliberately invited Zak first rather than Valant. When Zak passed, he gave the full legal rights to the Gramayre magic to him, all before Valant even had a chance. While Magnifi outright said that Zak was a far better magician than Valant, his goal may also have been to ensure the rights to his magic would ultimately be passed down to his granddaughter.
  • Old Master: For Zak and Valant.
  • Playing Card Motifs: As the master of the Troupe, he naturally gets the Spade suit. His beard and sideburns form a similar shape to the bottom part of a spades symbol. Even his hospital pyjamas have spades on them.
  • Punny Name: "Magnificent". Also, "Magnifi", as in "Magnify"... which is what the Perceive ability does. "Tensai" means "genius".
  • Secret Test of Character: He liked to do these to his students, sometimes to ridiculous and incredibly dangerous extends. His death being a perfect example.

    Zak Gramarye 

Zak Gramarye (Zack Arumajiki)

"I have done many things in my life, some well, some poorly. But this is a cross we must bear alone to our graves."

Real name: Shadi Enigmar (Kagero Nanafushi) alias Shadi Smith (Kagero Urafushi). Magnifi's most beloved disciple, and Trucy's biological father. As enigmatic as his master, this man would never lose his smile in the face of a challenge or a test. Incredibly skillful, he liked to talk in riddles and never cared to even put his life on the line in a gamble for victory and glory. For a long time, he had set his eye on Magnifi's daughter, Thalassa until she left the Troupe to marry another man. However, one day, she returned in grief as her husband had died while on a trip. Zak took this chance and started pursuing her once more, until she fell in love with him as well. They married and had a daughter named Trucy. Later, the Troupe disbanded and Zak found himself accused for having killed his master Magnifi. Being the trickster he was, no matter the outcome, he had already arranged for a last magic act of vanishing before disappearing for long seven years. Until one day a mysterious gambler, only known by the name of Shadi Smith, appeared at the Wonder Bar and challenged pianist Phoenix Wright to a game of poker...

  • Asshole Victim: Big time, and even more than it was already shown when his murder was being solved. Nearly every single person who has come into this man's life has been worse off for it, often in pretty major ways. He willfully withheld evidence rather than being upfront with Phoenix about what really happened, costing Phoenix his entire career for seven years, and when the trial went wrong, he abandoned his daughter after having her help him escape the police, leaving Phoenix to adopt her and spend 7 years working as a pianist and poker playing attraction at a restaurant to support her. He then comes back seven years later to frame him for cheating at poker, thereby destroying his livelihood again and not remotely caring that the man is now responsible for feeding his own abandoned daughter. When this plan fails, he throws a tantrum and assaults his own accomplice with a grape juice bottle. He also repeatedly physically assaults his only real friend, Spark Brushel, in the short time we see them together.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's first seen as a victim in the first case of Apollo Justice, but it isn't until the fourth case of said game to know who "Shadi Smith" really is, and how he ties with the rest of the game's plot.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: The fallout of his trial. As Phoenix points out to Zak, if he had shown him the real diary page, then Phoenix wouldn't have been disbarred, and Zak wouldn't have to disappear.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Just from observing a card game, he knew not to trust Kristoph Gavin from the start from how he played and apparently correctly guessed he was a dickish monster.
    • When he finds out that Valant was believed to be Magnifi's murderer, he writes a fake confession note to deflect blame off him.
  • Excellent Judge of Character: His instincts tell him to trust Phoenix and NOT Kristoph Gavin. He's correct on both accounts.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Although it's not clear how much hair he had while working in the Troupe Gramarye (as he was always depicted wearing his Nice Hat), he's almost completely bald by the time of his reappearance.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Right before the second poker game, he magics Phoenix's business card inside a grape juice bottle. Phoenix later copies this trick to circumvent Zak's attempt to cheat.
  • Hypocrite: Big-time. For all his talk about his Secret Test of Character, he himself is quite an untrustworthy Jerkass. Case in point: Years after Phoenix actually beats him at poker (not just passing the test), Zak betrays him during another game and tries to ruin him (again) as petty payback for ending Zak's own undefeated streak.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Defied. Even in a worst-case scenario, he was unwilling to hire the obviously untrustworthy Kristoph Gavin or incriminate Valant for their master's death.
  • Informed Ability: Despite being a talented magician whom Magnifi Gramarye singled out as his heir, we never see him perform. Other Troupe Gramarye members get stage magic cutscenes for themselves, but the only trick Zak does on screen is his courtroom escape.
  • Jerkass: He kept the real diary page from Phoenix, resulting in his disbarring, and when confronted by the judge to testify he disappeared. He abandoned his 8-year-old daughter Trucy and when he finally showed up again years later, he planned to cheat in a game of poker with Phoenix and ruin his reputation yet again (and destroy his only source of income to take care of Trucy), and when this set-up didn't work he hit the dealer, who was on his payroll in the first place.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He was right to decline Kristoph's request as his attorney in a poker game because he knew from the start that the latter was willing to use underhanded tactics which was how and why Phoenix was disbarred. He was even appalled by Phoenix's seven years of winning poker games by cheating with Trucy's help and attempts to win against him by cheating.
  • Large Ham: As a magician, he's loud and bombastic.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Zak" and "Varan" combine to make "zakkubaran", "frankly". Shadi Enigmar is a shady enigma; "Kagero" means "shadow son" and "Nanafushi" may allude to the Seven Wonders/The Seven Mysteries (nana fushigi).
    • "Shady" with "Smith" just being a generic, nondescript last name. His Japanese given name means "shadow son", and his surname is a combination of "ura" ("the other side", like tails on a coin) and "fushigi" ("mystery").
  • Not So Different: From Kristoph (the very lawyer Zak fired for failing his Secret Test of Character, no less). Perhaps fittingly, they have a sort of Evil vs. Evil dynamic in "Turnabout Trump": Zak tries to ruin Phoenix's poker-player reputation, while Kristoph tries to frame Phoenix for Zak's murder — both actions stemming from petty, wounded Pride.
  • Pet the Dog: He tries to make sure that after he's legally declared dead, Trucy will inherit Magnifi's performance rights (albeit through a convoluted method) and after hearing that Valant's reputation tanked after the public thought the latter killed Magnifi even though it was a suicide, he writes a fake confession for him taking the blame for Magnifi's death. The latter ends up pointless when Valant decides to turn himself in for the Frame-Up.
  • Punny Name: His stage name's first part sounds like "knack", which Phoenix indirectly references.
  • Second Love: To Thalassa after her previous husband's death.
  • Secret Test of Character: Likes this just as much as his mentor did. Specifically, he plays poker with people to test their personality and trustworthiness.
  • Start X to Stop X: His plan to expose Phoenix for cheating at cards was to cheat himself.
  • Visual Pun: His associated card suit is the club. He clubs Olga Orly with a bottle, only to die himself after getting clubbed with another by Kristoph Gavin.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He had knocked out his accomplice Olga Orly with a bottle.

    Valant Gramarye 

Valant Gramarye (Varan Arumajiki)

"It is forbidden for a magician to have a good imagination."

Real name: Unknown. The second of Magnifi's disciples. Professional and more regal than his companions, Valant was a great magician who was proud of his abilities, however this was never enough for Magnifi who always seemed to prefer Zak. As such, he developed some resentment towards him. Once in love with Magnifi's daughter Thalassa, he could never fulfill his desire to have her before Zak made her fall in love with him. After the Troupe disbanded, he was summoned for one last test by his master and became an important piece on the trial dealing with his death. He spent the next years helping Thalassa's daughter Trucy and performing small venues, waiting for the day he would make his one grandiose comeback and once again amaze venues full of people all around the world with the wonders he masterfully performed and he always believed were rightfully his own.

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: His usual speech pattern uses both this and Antiquated Linguistics.
  • Always Second Best: To Zak, in magic and in love.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: His usual speech pattern, mostly for show. Also adds an astonishing amount of alliteration.
  • Anti-Villain: His part on Magnifi's last test made him this. What he did was pretty awful, but you can understand and sympathise with his motivations, plus he ends up honestly remorseful and turns himself in to deal with the guilt.
  • The Atoner: He turned himself in for framing Zak with the murder of Magnifi.
  • Body Double: You can optionally have him reveal that he has a stunt double for his magic tricks. He doesn't factor into anything whatsoever.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He turns out to be either directly or indirectly responsible for huge amounts of the game's backstory, including Phoenix losing his badge.
  • Color Motif: Yellow, which is something that ends up biting him in the butt during one of his testimonies.
  • Disturbed Doves: His damage animation consists of doves flying out of hammerspace. "Alakazaaaaaaugh!" indeed.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: He likes to spin his staff around.
  • Full-Body Disguise: He disguised himself as Lamiroir during The Guitar's Serenade.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: His motive for pinning Magnifi's death on Zak, who received Magnifi's performance rights instead of Valant.
  • Hidden Depths: He seems like just a grandiloquent eccentric when you first meet him, but he's so much more. He also appears to have in-depth knowledge about medicine.
  • Honorary Uncle: For Trucy, who straight-up calls him "Uncle Valant." She's the daughter of his colleagues, so it's a given.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: While he does brag a lot about how he's the one meant to restore the "Gramarye miracle", when talking with Phoenix, Valant claims to not have talented enough (which is why he needed the rights for Magnifi's tricks).
  • Large Ham: Being a magician, he likes to be dramatic.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After his despicable acts during Magnifi's last test are revealed, the general assumption among the public is that Valant was the real murderer, and Zak only disappeared to cover for him. As a result, his life becomes a lot harder.
  • L33t L1ng0: One of his "freakout" scenes has him saying AlakaZOMG.
  • Missed Him by That Much: He was commissioned by Klavier to make a teleportation illusion with Lamiroir, which involved working closely with her to the extent where he dressed up as her on stage which fooled literally everyone, but it's heavily implied that he never noticed she was in fact, Thalassa. This is because he assumed Thalassa was dead, as it took Phoenix telling Valant that Zak was alive after the seven-year Time Skip for him to start thinking on the similarities between the two women.
  • Punny Name: "Zak" and "Varan" combine to make "zakkubaran", "frankly". Valant is also the present progressive form of the French word "valoir", meaning "to rate" or "to be worth". It also sounds like "talent", which Phoenix indirectly references.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Valant Gramarye" is likely just his stage name, but he's the only member of the Troupe whose real name is never stated.
  • Porn Stache: Grows one when he gets older. It's supposed to make him look more mature than his younger self.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: His overly loquacious manner can get annoying, such as his very flowery description that Magnifi's IV fluid was yellow.
  • The Unfavorite: Phoenix notes that Magnifi likely wanted Zak, not Valant, to be his successor all along.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: A minor, almost literal version. His damage animation causes most of the magic tricks he was carrying to set off at once.

    Thalassa Gramarye 

Thalassa Gramarye (Yumi Arumajiki)

"I am myself once more. For the first time... I am glad to be alive, Mr. Wright."

The "lovely assistant" of Magnifi, as well as Zak, Valant and Reus. Thalassa is also the daughter of Magnifi. While only advertised as an assistant, she was skilled enough to be on par with her three companions and even her father. A calm and peaceful woman, although impulsive and a bit naive. She had an incredible voice which would eventually gain the attention of a wandering musician called Jove, whom she eventually married and had a son with. But after one tragic accident took the life of her husband, and her son went missing, she returned disheartened to her old Troupe where she found solace in one of her companions, Zak Gramarye. Both fell in love and eventually married as well, but as destiny would prove to be stubborn, tragedy would strike her once more as, after a failed magic trick rehearsal, she almost died. Later she also disappeared and remained hidden for many years. She found herself in Borginia, without memories of her past life, and became the "landscape painter in sound", Lamiroir.

  • Blind Musician: She works with Machi who's a blind musician. It's her, not Machi, who's blind... But then, it's implied she got eye surgery between cases 3 and 4 of the fourth game, and her eyesight is clearly back by the sixth.
  • The Cameo: Makes a voice-only appearance at the end of Spirit of Justice, where she receives Jove's photograph from Phoenix and decides that it's finally time to tell her kids about their relationship. Her text box is also unnamed during this, to avoid Continuity Lockout for anyone who isn't caught up.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: It's established in the fourth case that Thalassa Gramarye was accidentally shot dead at a rehearsal. Just kidding. A witness from the third case, Lamiroir, turns out to have been her under an assumed name. (Granted, she had lost her eyesight and memory).
  • Fauxreigner: At first being thought to be from Borginia (as Lamiroir), she's actually from America.
  • Foil: She is, basically, to the second Ace Attorney trilogy what Misty Fey was to the first. Mother to a serious defense attorney as well as the Genki Girl assistant, part of a talented family with a unique genetic trait (Spirit Channeling for Misty; Perception for Thalassa), her disappearance during their infancy is a major component for their children, and they first appear in person under a different identity (Misty as Elise Deauxnim; Thalassa as Lamiroir), with their children being unaware of this fact. The only significant difference is the circumnstances behind their Parental Abandonment: while Misty disappeared out of her own volition, was considered alive, and is now dead, Thalassa didn't have a choice when disappearing (the incident in Khura'in prevented her from finding Apollo, while she left Trucy because she lost her memory in the rehearsal accident and Magnifi sent her to Borginia) and was thought to be dead, even though she's actually still alive.
  • Girl in a Box: She hides in a contrabass case in the second investigation day of case three of Apollo Justice to escape from the killer. She almost suffocates as a result.
  • Hiding the Handicap: Her management made her keep her blindness hidden from the general public to better sell her "Landscape Painter In Sound" act.
  • Identity Amnesia: After the failed rehearsal that almost cost her life.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She's very close to her teenage pianist, Machi.
  • Leitmotif: "Landscape Painter in Sound".
  • Lovely Assistant: The sole female member of the Troupe; she played the role of assistant to her father, Zak, and Valant.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Lamiroir is actually Thalassa Gramarye, mother of two children from whom one is Trucy. The other is Apollo, although he doesn't know this yet.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Thalassa" is the primordial goddess of the Mediterranean in Classical Mythology. "Yumi" means "gentle ocean". Both reflect her calm nature and the color of her stage outfit. Her son Apollo follows her mythological theme naming in the English version.
    • "La miroir" is French for "the mirror",note  and her reflection is shown on the computer screen as the player decides her vote in the last case.
  • Missing Mom: She supposedly died in a rehearsal accident when Trucy was a kid. She's this to Apollo, too. Justified in both cases, although she has now approached Phoenix about letting them know of their relation.
  • Near-Death Experience: Twice. She's hit with a bullet that causes her to go blind and have amnesia, then several years later, hides in a contraband case and nearly suffocates.
  • Never Found the Body: Valant tells Phoenix that he and Zak never saw any proof that Thalassa had died. Finding out Zak was still alive after the Time Skip made Valant think that the lack of proof meant Thalassa was still alive as well.
  • Parental Abandonment: Not intentionally, at least. She lost her memory, and thus had no idea who Trucy was until she gets them back. She apparently assumed that Apollo had died in the same fire that killed Jove, leaving him to be adopted by Dhurke. According to Datz, the kingdom being thrown into chaos after that particular fire made it difficult to track her down.
  • Posthumous Character: Played up like one, but eventually subverted.
  • The Reveal:
    • She's Apollo and Trucy's mother.
    • She is the final juror who decides the outcome of the last case.
  • She Knows Too Much: Someone attempted to murder her after she testifies in court. Thankfully, she knows that the power is off in the stage, and uses the darkness to hide, but nearly suffocates after she locks herself in a contrabass case. She is rescued by Apollo and Trucy, and her attempted assassination is a minor plot point.
  • Spanner in the Works: Being in the middle of the teleportation trick made her a critical witness in "Turnabout Serenade".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Especially when seen dressed as a magician, she's pretty much Trucy as an adult.
  • Teen Pregnancy: First gave birth at eighteen, if in-game ages are anything to go by.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Phoenix convinces her to get an eye operation to cure her blindness after the case is solved. It was apparently a success by the credits.
  • Token Good Teammate: By far the least scummy member of Troupe Gramarye by a pretty wide margin.
  • Translator Buddy: She translates Machi's Borginian to English.
  • True Blue Femininity: The only female member; she wore blue while the Troupe was together. As Lamiroir, she also wears a blue constellation-decorated coat, which emphasizes her serene elegance.
  • Wham Line: She says something towards the end of Turnabout Serenade's first trial session that throws the whole courtroom into disorder:
    Lamiroir: ............ It was him. I am sure of it.
  • White Sheep: In comparison to the other members of Troupe Gramarye, she comes out as the cleanest of the group.

    The Great Mr. Reus 

The Great Mr. Reus (Mr. Menyo)

"Hang loose, baby!"

Real name: Roger Retinz (Kanenari Shinoyama). The youngest of Magnifi's disciples. Brash, mouthful and defiant. Much like his partners, he had absolutely no regards for safety when it was time to prove his amazing magician skills. However, his desire to being in the spotlight went even beyond Magnifi's own wild expectations, as he was willing to disobey him and even perform while injured. This ruthless and dangerous attitude pushed Magnifi to eventually kick him out of the troupe. After what he believed to be the biggest humiliation of his life, he vanished, just like every trace of him having been part of the Troupe. With his resentfulness and outright hatred for the troupe growing more and more, he found a new opportunity in the world of TV. Soon he would make a big name for himself as a producer, talk show host, and director of famous TV programs going as far as to be nicknamed the Ratings Rajah (Jack Yamashino). But hidden to the world, he never cut all ties with his magic roots, as he got himself an apprentice of his own named Manov Mistree to whom he gave all the rights to succeed him as the great Mr. Reus. After a while he became more willing to accept magic shows, although still resentful, on his TV programs.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Appears to be one of Betty's, except that's a ruse for him to get her to do the things he wants.
  • Broken Ace: A highly successful TV producer, a magician so skilled that even Trucy couldn't notice his tricks, and a scarily competent Chessmaster capable of manipulating others into committing a near perfect crime for him while he sat several miles away that was foiled only due to external circumstances. The only problem was he couldn't let go of his dreams, and his bitterness over the failure of said dreams.
  • Call-Back: His sleazy looking white shirt, white hat with hatband, facial hair, and red second shirt is a Call-Back to Zak Gramarye's sleazy looking white suit, white hat with hatband, facial hair, and red shirt. Him getting exiled from Troupe Gramary for incompetence, and his deep grudge against Trucy Wright for inheriting the Gramarye name also bring to mind Morgan Fey, (though unlike Morgan, he does not have his own heir to inherit the title instead, with the closest he gets to this being his own murder victim).
  • Coat Cape: While not actually a coat — it's a sweater with the sleeves tied around his front — Roger does wear it above his button-down shirt this way to accentuate his stereotypical Hollywood bigwig image. In his more-villainous persona later in the case, however, this trope is played as straight as possible by Roger using stage magician hand gestures with the back of his sweater around his arm like a proper cape.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a mask that covers half of his face.
  • Distinguishing Mark: The scars he received during practice are still on his right forearm thirteen years later. It was instrumental in proving that the victim and his successor, Manov Mistree, was not the same person as the original Mr. Reus.
  • Dramatic Irony: His ultimate revenge against Magnifi. Reus thinks because Trucy, Magnifi's granddchild and heir to his magic tricks, couldn't see through his own magic tricks, he has trumped Magnifi's line as a magician. Long-term fans of the Ace Attorney franchise however know that the defense attorney who exposed Reus is Magnifi's other grandchild, and therefore Reus hasn't actually defeated Magnifi's family line.
  • Familial Foe: He serves as this to Troupe Gramarye. Once a member of the show under the alias Mr. Reus, Retinz was exiled from the show after an accident while practicing, and came to harbor a deep hatred for the family as a result of this. In the second case, he attempts to frame Trucy Wright, the heir to the Gramarye name, for the murder of Manov Mistree, and has Trucy sign a rigged contract that would cause her agency to get repossessed by him should she be found Guilty. Eventually, Apollo Justice (unknowingly a member of the Gramarye family) is able to prove Trucy's innocence, and Retinz continues to curse the Gramarye bloodline both during and after his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Fatal Flaw: Envy and being unable to let go of the past. He had a great, albeit sleazy, job, was making a lot of money, was well-known in the industry, and had a student who was capable of taking up his mantle and revitalizing the Great Mr. Reus's tricks, but he threw it all away and killed said student for his revenge. The final point showcases how he fights against the game's theme of inheritance.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Likes to act like nice and suck up to people with high paying jobs. People that aren't related to the Gramaryes that is.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: One of his animations has him ignite a fireball in his left hand, which is reflected in his glasses.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He has glasses, and he is a murderer and fraudster.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: He was forced out of his troupe because he was so determined to act that he did so while injured, costing him his childhood dream of being a great magician. When he finally explains this to Trucy, she says that she understands him but that it doesn't excuse his crimes or misuse of magic.
  • Greed: Retinz tricks Trucy into signing a contract that would cost the Wright Anything Agency three million dollars, and when the agency can't pay, he threatens to repossess the office! But his greed is an act, as he isn't really interested in the money; his true motive is Revenge against Trucy and Troupe Gramarye.
  • Hate Sink: He can come off this way because, unlike some antagonistic characters such as Furio Tigre (who are definitely Jerkasses but nutty enough to be charming all the same), a lot of Retinz's dialogue is just spiteful comment after spiteful comment about how he's going to ruin Trucy and put Apollo and Athena out of work. It's also noteworthy that he's one of the very few killers in the series that deliberately murdered to frame a third party, instead of framing them to save their own skin, which only makes Retinz even more unlikable. It's a more realistic kind of antagonism but not as Ace Attorney-like, which is why he fits this trope. It turns out that, while he's still unsympathetic, there is a lot more to him than the game leads you to believe.
  • Identical Stranger: Looked enough like Manov Mistree in his youth that the latter could very convincingly claim that he actually was Mr. Reus making a comeback. In fact, the only thing that tells them apart in-game is X-shaped scars on Retinz's arm.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: He gets his ultimate revenge, and the ultimate irony as well. During his Villainous Breakdown, he takes comfort in the fact that while he may have been exposed as a murderer and a fraud, it was not a Gramarye (i.e. Trucy) who beat him. But since Apollo is actually Trucy's half-brother, he was in fact beaten by a Gramarye.
  • It's All About Me: His attitude towards show business in general, hearkening all the way back to his time as the original Mr. Reus. Trucy calls him out on this.
  • Insufferable Genius: He holds a very high opinion of his magic skills while also coldly dismissing Trucy's. Despite his attitude, he really is a skilled magician, both because of having been a student of Magnifi Gramarye (who only had four students), and also because of his way to use said magic skills to murder Manov Mistree, which could have outright been a perfect crime, were it not for the mistake of a third-party.
  • Jerkass: He tricked Trucy into signing a contract that would force the Wright Anything Agency to pay him a very large amount of money because of a certain clause. Then after she was arrested for Mr. Reus's death, he quickly runs a smear campaign on TV against her and the agency. And finally, he murdered his fan and protégé for the purpose of said revenge.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Is utterly convinced all members of Troupe Gramarye are total scumbags. Trucy and Thalassa aside, the fourth game (and a part of the sixth) more than proves his point.
  • Large Ham: When he stops being the Ratings Rajah and starts being Mr. Reus. He's practically an evil Valant. He occasionally snaps back to his Ratings Rajah persona when he starts describing the shows he's working on, though.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He's revealed to be a slimy, treacherous and petty murderer, loses all his power, and is defeated by the half-brother of the girl he was trying to frame, ultimately losing to a Gramarye. The fact that he's likely going to spend the rest of his life in jail while despised by everyone who has heard of him is an extremely well-deserved punishment for such a loathesome individual.
  • Leitmotif: "The Masked Magician", which he gets once he reveals that he is Mr. Reus, a noticeably darker and mysterious theme that directly contrasts with the showy Troupe Gramarye theme.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Once exposed as Mr. Reus, he reveals his scar, and his sleazy con-man producer shtick gets tossed out the window, as he once again embraces the persona of a Stage Magician.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His Japanese name, if one were to flip each name, results in 'yamashi no narikin', meaning 'a swindling/cheating nouveau riche.'
    • The retina is the part of the eye that receives light focused by the lens. Quite fitting, for a magician turned TV producer.
  • My Card: He offers his card when he introduces himself.
  • Never My Fault: He blames his disappearance from the magic world on the Gramaryes, while partially true (due to Magnifi being enough of an ass to erase every single trace of him), doesn't mean he was free of blame for it. During his Villainous Breakdown, Retinz insists that his murder of Manov wasn't his fault, that he's not to blame, and that he didn't do anything wrong, curse the Gramaryes!
  • Nice Hat: Has a stylin' white hat with a green band around it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Robert Downey Jr., is that you? Or perhaps it's Johnny Depp?
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Roger first appears to be a greedy, egotistical television executive trying way too hard to be trendy, but this is merely a façade for a calculating, bitter, and vengeful man.
  • Paparazzi: He seems to be this, as he's really gung-ho about ruining Trucy's career and the Gramarye reputation. Actually, while his grudge is real, it has nothing to do with increasing his ratings or getting a scoop.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Unique in that instead of representing a card suit, he represents the Joker instead. Unlike most playing cards, the Joker doesn't have a consistent appearance, hence why Mr. Reus has so many differences in his design compared to the rest of the troupe. The Joker is also excluded from most games, and Mr. Reus was kicked out of Troupe Gramarye.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire seems to be his gimmick as a magician, and he can summon a ball of fire at will when he gets angry.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Seems like this, as he gets goober-y when confronted with someone of a noted profession or higher position as he offers them business cards (such as with Apollo and Athena before he learns they're Trucy's lawyers, and later with the Judge and Nahyuta).
  • Propaganda Machine: Retinz takes full advantage of all media outlets to launch a smear campaign against Trucy and the Wright Anything Agency. In a few short hours, he has people calling for Trucy, Apollo, and Athena's heads.
  • Prophetic Name: The word reus means "guilty" in Latin. Therefore, his former stage name could mean "Mr. Guilty".
  • Punny Name: Roger Retinz, the Ratings Rajah. Also, Mr. Reus, the mysterious magician. "Reus" is also an anagram of "ruse". Now what does that mean? An action intended to deceive someone or a trick. He's a con artist. Bilingual Bonus in this Hurricane of Puns: "Reus" is also a Latin word that means "guilty".
  • Reality TV: Aside from talk shows, this appears to be his bread and butter, particularly of trashy reality TV - the trashier, the better, as he says. This ranges from bikini wrestling to hidden camera prank shows to celebrity scandal betting. At the time of Trucy's show, he was busy overseeing a show where washed-up celebrities play musical chairs for a second chance at cultural relevancy! This is actually a plot point, as he combines his magical repertoire with his knowledge of hidden camera prank tricks to set up Manov Mistree's murder.
  • Red Herring: As Mr. Reus, he resembles Apollo, whose father was a stage performer with ties to the Gramaryes according to the fourth game. This is a mere coincidence in-universe, as the identity of Apollo's real father is revealed much later in the game.
  • Remember the New Guy?: There was absolutely no mention of him or his connection to Troupe Gramarye as Mr. Reus in Apollo Justice. This is handwaved by the fact that Magnifi kicked him out before the Troupe really made it big, and essentially Unpersoned him afterwards.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Despite becoming rich and famous and more importantly gaining a devoted fan of his stage magician persona, he could never let go of his dream of becoming a famous stage magician, nor his bitterness over being dismissed by Magnifi. In the end, it causes him to murder said fan in an attempt to ruin the life of the one single non-Jerkass member of Troupe Gramarye (who was never part of the Troupe anyways).
  • Revenge by Proxy: Goes after Trucy (who was only a small child at the time of his dismissal) simply because all the other remaining members of Troupe Gramarye are dead, in prison, or missing.
  • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: He develops a very convoluted scheme, involving Trucy's magic contraptions, to kill Manov Mistree while he seemingly has an airtight alibi.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His Mr. Reus getup was half-green, half-purple (possibly as a reference to the Joker, who is known for wearing that color scheme and shares the same playing card rank motif). In contrast, the rest of the Gramarye apprentices were garbed in primary colors, with Magnifi wearing black.
  • Selective Memory: Possibly; he claims he was kicked out of Troupe Gramarye because he injured himself during practice, but he leaves out that he was kicked out after he tried to perform anyway despite his injury. Trucy also suggests at the end of the trial that the real reason Retinz was kicked out was because of Retinz's cavalier attitude towards magic. It's never made clear whether or not Trucy is correct.
  • The Sociopath: Tries to frame Trucy for first-degree murder, nearly bankrupts the Wright Anything Agency, tricks the de Famme twins into committing manslaughter, has his devoted fan and apprentice killed all over a petty reason, and shows zero remorse for any of it.
  • Stage Magician: Being part of the Troupe he was one, and he acts like one after he reveals himself to be Mr. Reus in court.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A flamboyant Troupe Gramarye member with a grudge against Magnifi? He's essentially a more villainous Valant Gramarye. His plan even involved framing another (honorary) member of Troupe Gramarye, Trucy. Unlike Valant though, he's not sympathetic in the slightest. Might also count as a Shadow Archetype.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He's savvy enough to know that framing Trucy for murder while her father was around to take her case would be asking for trouble. Unfortunately for him, he did not consider Phoenix's apprentices to be serious threats to his plan.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: How does he treat his one true fan who becomes his successor? He murders him to screw over Trucy as his revenge against her.
  • Unperson: When he got kicked out of Troupe Gramarye, nearly all signs of his membership with them were erased. All that remains of his time with the Troupe is a single poster.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The background turns to a red curtain, as he begins his show. He shows off masks of the four other members of Troupe Gramarye, one by one and burns them, but when he tries to make Trucy's mask appear, he reaches his own twice instead (the second time, the mask has been bloodied and lets out a creepy laugh). He shakes it off but then becomes frightened and then blinded by multiple spotlights. After it ends, he collapses, stunned.
  • Wingding Eyes: One of his animations has his glasses fly off because his eyes turned into hearts.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He pulls this on Manov Mistree who was his successor and The Mole he planted within Trucy Wright's magic show who was planning to play a humiliating prank on her on live TV, and was planning on ruining her by exposing all of Troupe Gramarye's and her own secrets also on live TV. Retinz decided that pinning a murder on Trucy and bankrupting the Wright Anything Agency was worth more than Mistree's life ever was and turned that prank into a deathtrap.


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