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Witnesses and miscellaneous characters that appear in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Here is the main character sheet.
Note: There are spoilers for later installments as well as the fourth game. Read cautiously!
Turnabout Trump (Gyakuten no Kirifuda)
Don't worry, her name gets plenty of lampshading. Anyway, she's a waitress of Borscht Bowl Club that was the dealer for Phoenix and Smith's poker game and ergo a witness to the murder.
- Alliterative Name: Olga Orly.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her timid and demure nature is an act, and her true self far ruder and more morally questionable.
- Camera Fiend: Often uses her camera in the trial, mostly to photoshoot shocked expressions (such as Apollo's or hers).
- Card Sharp: She's a professional card dealer that was asked to be the dealer in the poker game between Phoenix and Shadi. She was told to put a fifth Ace into the deck in order to frame Phoenix as a cheater, although the plan didn't work.
- Character Tics: Whenever she mentions the bottle used to kill Shadi Smith, she holds the back of her head. It's because she was hit there with a bottle as well, by the victim no less.
- Con Man: Her true nature.
- Dish Dash: Her "Damage" animation◊. The dishes she's holding are launched straight up, and she catches them perfectly.
- Fauxreigner: After she drops her facade, she admits to not being Russian, and just faking it due to the kind of restaurant she works at.
- Flung Clothing: Does this once to remove her heavy winter clothing to reveal her true disguise.
- Karma Houdini: She's still working as a card dealer in Borscht Bowl in the credits roll, despite her attempt to frame Phoenix.
- Poirot Speak: Justified as she's not really a Russian waitress at all, so it makes sense that her accent is hokey.
- Punny Name:
- Her English name is based on the "O rly?" meme.
- "Masaka" is the Japanese equivalent of "It can't be!" or "No way!" (or if you prefer, "NO WAI".)
- Jerkass Has a Point: While Olga's means to expose Phoenix Wright as a 'cheat' seem pretty spiteful and also hypocritical, it's later revealed that she's not wrong about her assumptions, as Phoenix would occasionally rely on Trucy's gift in order to win certain important card games for seven years.
- Red Herring: Being the second witness in the game (and the first besides the defendant or the detective), experienced Ace Attorney players are likely to suspect her as the murderer, much like Frank, Richard, or Dahlia. Not only is she not the murderer, but she's also a double Red Herring - she didn't witness the crime at all.
- Shrinking Violet: The persona she adopts as a Russian waitress.
- Unwitting Pawn: Kristoph intended to get her declared guilty of the murder he committed. Only Apollo's Perceive ability saved her by allowing him to prove she was unconscious when the murder happened.
Turnabout Corner (Gyakuten Rensa no Machikado)
Apollo's second client, and heir to the Kitaki family. He was shot in the heart six months prior to his case and is still highly at risk of dying.
- Animal Motifs: His hairstyle and the "whisker" marks on his face are meant to emulate a fox, and the fox is the Kitaki family's symbol.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: His parents disagree, and decide to go legit partly because he got shot because of their criminal practices, and partly to pay for his operation.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Regarding Alita, until she quite plainly spells it out to him. Even after that, he continues to take her side and gets mad at Apollo when he gets her convicted for murder.
- Jive Turkey: Evidently Wocky doesn't comprehend the difference between "gangster" and "gangsta".
- Keet: He's a very excitable young adult that loves using street slang and having a life of crime. Because of the latter, he's barely fazed that he could go to jail for murder.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He got his bullet wound by going in 15 minutes in advance.
- He calls Alita his "little imposter", while he means something along the lines of "poster girl".
- He also refers to her as a "fallen angel".
- When Apollo directs his suspicions towards Alita on the second day in court, Wocky interrupts the trial and yells at Apollo for trying to "abuse" her. note
- Meal Ticket: Alita was marrying Wocky only to get to the Kitaki fortune, which she could acquire if Wocky died.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When he finds out why his father wanted to go legit, he drops the Jive Turkey talk for a moment.
- Punny Name:
- His full name sounds like "Walkie-Talkie". His first Japanese name is, much like Alita's name, an anagram of his second name.
- The surname "Kitaki" (北木) literally means "north tree", but the family is also visually linked to "kitsune", the Japanese word for fox and a common subject of Japanese folklore. "Takita" (滝太) comes from the Japanese word "kita" meaning "north". His full Japanese name shares the repetition of Tiala's name in that it consists of "north" repeated three times when written in the Asian format of surname first. Another link to Tiala is that her surname, "Minami" (美波), means "south".
- Secretly Dying: A rare case in which he, the person in question, doesn't know, due to being Locked Out of the Loop.
- Sweet Tooth: An easily missable bit of dialogue during the second trial of the case reveals this. This is actually more significant than it might seem, as enjoying sweets is traditionally seen as a feminine trait in Japan, highlighting just how artificial his "gangster" persona really is.
- Theme Naming: With Alita. His Japanese name in Eastern order is "kita kita kita" ("north" three times).
- Too Dumb to Live: Even if he doesn't get himself killed, he does get others killed by mere extension. And if experiences like this don't teach a person...
- Uncertain Doom: It's not revealed if the surgery to remove the bullet near his heart worked, or even if it happened.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He gets angry with Apollo for ensuring Alita's conviction as the murderer, even though it was necessary to get him off.
- Yakuza: What his parents used to be a part of.
A noodle stand owner that's a bit bitter towards Meraktis. He comes to Apollo to ask him to find his missing noodle stand.
- Always Someone Better: Meraktis to him, according to his own words.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His hat looks like a bowl, and his hair looks like ramen noodles. Sure enough, he is a noodle vendor. The hair is fake, and possibly attached to the bowl-hat. When he takes it off, Eldoon's real hair is medium length, parted neatly towards the left side, and dark brown/black, the same shade as his eyebrows. "Permit me to speak as a surgeon..." indeed.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They're big, black, and rectangular.
- Cool Old Guy: While he is a bit grouchy on the outside, he means well especially when it's found out he worked as a surgeon before, and feels sympathy for the victim (an Asshole Victim). He even states Wocky shouldn't be on trial, but in a hospital bed being treated.
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: Eldoon says that Phoenix and his partners went to his father's noodle stand during Nick's attorney days. Problem is, the localization team of the first three games changed references to noodles into burgers. Fortunately, this is pretty easy to overlook (heck, with Maya's voracious appetite, one could easily imagine her stopping at Eldoon Sr.'s noodle cart on the way home from the local burger bar). In Dual Destinies, he's brought up once after a case for place to get victory noodles. When Maya is brought up, Phoenix mentions sending her some burgers to enjoy. And when Maya returns for Spirit of Justice, she mentions Eldoon's Noodles by name and says she misses ramen too, completely filling the plothole.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even without being around for the trial in Case 2-2, he exclaims that someone in Wocky's condition shouldn't be anywhere except a hospital bed for last-minute attempts to save his life.
- Foreshadowing: Take a look at him. Notice how his eyebrows don't match his hair? As it turns out, the hair is fake.
- Impossibly Delicious Food: In the manga, he is able to make an extremely good bowl of Golden Pork Soup noodles, but can only make two per day.
- Lethal Chef: Apollo is less than amused to know how hot and salty Eldoon's noodles are, claiming that two could kill a man. And in the credits sequence, Eldoon adds even more salt to his noodles.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: "Permit me to speak as a surgeon..."
- Red Herring: Mentioned in-game when Apollo jokes about him being a suspect after it's revealed that Eldoon and Meraktis were rivals.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Eldoon is "noodle" backwards, which makes him the "Noodle Guy."
- Sympathy for the Devil: He can't help but feel sorry for Meraktis after he takes a look at Wocky's medical file and understands how incredibly risky it would be for any doctor to try and remove a bullet lodged in a patient's heart.
- You Can't Fight Fate: At first, Eldoon broke family tradition in that he was a surgeon instead of a noodle vendor. When Meraktis forced him to quit, he begrudgingly started to sell noodles, saying that it's what he was fated to do.
Wocky's Sherman tank of a mother (as Phoenix put it). She's typically friendly and takes most things in good humor, but when it comes to her family, she becomes quite serious.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Trucy outright calls the Kitaki's "the bad guys" out of endearment, which Plum finds hilarious and fitting.
- Apron Matron: She is the matriarch of the Kitaki family, and she tends to wear an apron.
- Big Fun: She has a very large body, a friendly demeanor and laughs quite easily. Played with in that Apollo is obviously terrified of her, although Trucy seems to warm up to her quickly.
- Creepy Good: Apollo becomes a nervous wreck when talking with her, especially if she shows the sword hidden in her broom. However, she's actually quite friendly and only has malicious intent to whoever created the huge mess outside.
- Excellent Judge of Character: She mentions that staying in the crime business for years led to her developing a sense of seeing the darkness in people, but was unsure of her suspicions towards Alita Tiala, despite their friendliness. Turns out, she's completely right.
- Ironic Nickname: She mentions that her friends like to call her "Little Plum", even though she's anything but little. This also applies to her Japanese name, Koume, which translates as "little plum".
- Sword Cane: Or a sword broom, anyway.
- Too Much Information: At one point the player will handle her panties. And she'll know.
- Yakuza: She used to be a part of it, and will occasionally drop a Deadly Euphemism.
Wocky's fiancée. She's concerned that Wocky'll get convicted, so she seeks Apollo's services.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: This is what attracted her to Wocky, or so she claims.
- Asshole Victim: She was almost strangled to death by Meraktis at the night of the murder after she tells him that Wocky is out to kill him for his botched operation. If Meraktis had checked on her vital signs like a proper doctor should have, and a certain panty thief had never gone to Meraktis's garage and blocked his car's muffler, Alita would have been the murder victim in this case instead.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She only wanted to marry Wocky for the money, knowing that he was dying, and hires a rookie lawyer for him, thinking that he'll get Wocky a guilty verdict.
- Evil vs. Evil: Her conflict with Meraktis, which results in him trying to kill her and her killing him. When Meraktis' mistake is about to come to light, Alita tries to keep it quiet to salvage her own Gold Digger scheme, while Meraktis is willing to let Alita go down with him. No matter who ended up killing whom, the victim would have been an Asshole Victim.
- Finger-Tenting: A very subtle version, but she poses with her fingers interlaced in front of the feather decoration on her chest, and in this pose fidgets with her engagement ring when she's lying.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Her dress has feathers arranged over the chest in a pattern like angel wings.
- Gold Digger: Not only does she intend to marry into the Kitaki family for their money, she does so knowing full well that Wocky will die within just a few months, or possibly even weeks after the wedding.
- Graceful Loser: She freaks out a few times during the trial, but mainly because it was about Meraktis' attempt to kill her. When she's finally exposed as the murderer she calmly admits to it without much fuss.
- Killing in Self-Defense: Meraktis strangled her unconscious and, believing her dead, tried to dump her body into a river. She killed him shortly after regaining consciousness both due to this as well as the fact that she overheard Meraktis trying to expose her secret to Wocky.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Alita" is Latin for "small winged one". Both her names are anagrams of each other.
- The staff apparently had a hard time remembering her name and often mistook it as "Nami Minami".
- "Minami" (美波) means "south" in Japanese, with the kanji meaning "beauty" and "wave". Wocky Kitaki's Japanese name, "Kitaki Takita" (北木滝太), consists of "kita" meaning "north", linking the two characters.
- Obviously Evil: While her physical appearance doesn't change, her expression and attitude when her connection to the Meraktis Clinic is uncovered makes it obvious that she isn't a nice person.
- Perpetual Molt: The "wings" on her dress allow this during her Villainous Breakdown.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her dress has the feather arrangement, a four leaf clover in the middle of the feathers, and lots of frills.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After Apollo has uncovered her true reasons for getting close to Wocky and Wocky tries to speak up in defense of her, she responds with one, saying that he's a fool for not having figured her out, saying that the evidence should be "so obvious. Even for a brainless, spoiled brat such as [Wocky]."
- Smug Snake: Once she reveals her true intentions she doesn't hesitate to drop her Yamato Nadeshiko act and suddenly pull this act instead, with an equally smug grin to boot.
- Springtime for Hitler: She hired Apollo thinking that a rookie lawyer employed by a questionable anything agency would get Wocky convicted in no time.Alita: No. My biggest mistake... ...was coming to you for help, Mr. Justice! I believed in you! You and your "Anything Agency"... If anyone would get Wocky declared guilty it was you!
- Villainous Breakdown: Subverted; her breakdown animation actually happens when Apollo reveals that Meraktis tried to kill her, and even then it's quite subdued, just a slightly more elaborate version of her regular damage animation. When the fact that she killed Meraktis is finally proven beyond all doubt, Alita doesn't react at all.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She tries to pull one when it's revealed that Meraktis attacked her on the night of the crime.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. She pretends to be a sweet traditional Japanese girl but underneath that exterior is the heart of a viper.
Big Wins is the head of the Kitaki family, but when he discovers that it was the gangster lifestyle that put his son in mortal danger, he decided that he wanted to come clean and quit the "business". At the end of the case he starts a pie business.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: The effect of which can also be taken as Hidden Eyes.
- Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": At least in the way Apollo and Trucy deserve at the end of the case, according to him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: To the point he's willing to quit the mafia business once he finds out his son's life is in death's doorstep thanks to it.
- Eyes Always Shut: Most likely because they become puppy dog eyes when they're open.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: He resembles Don Corleone.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes Wocky is in grave danger because of his criminal activities, he decides to get out of it. He doesn't even want to use all the money he got from said activity due to how responsible he feels.
- Real Men Cook: Decides to quit the mafia business to start baking pie.
- Reformed Criminal: He's taken steps to get out of organized crime in order to pay for Wocky's operation with clean money.
- Yakuza: He used to lead it, as the head of the Kitaki family.
A student of the same college Phoenix went to. He tries to portray himself as keenly intelligent and to have friends, but those seem to be his own delusions. He witnessed the murder of Pal Meraktis.
- Accidental Pervert: He really isn't stealing panties for perverted reasons. He's just doing it For Science! Unfortunately for him, no one is convinced.
- Comically Missing the Point: "I have a new name, one that reflects my true academic nature... Wesley Sicko, reporting! Yes, curiosity is a sickness, and I am the cure!"
- Damned by Faint Praise: He recalls a professor saying "At least you have good eyesight, Stickler. I'll give you that."
- Didn't Think This Through: While he valiantly attempted to stop the argument between Wocky Kitaki and Pal Meraktis, he never stopped to think that in most cases, a murderer would also have killed him for being a potential witness to the crime.
- Feigning Intelligence:
- He fools nobody. It's quite clear the book he is reading is a dictionary, and he even misspells relatively simple terms. It borders on Insane Troll Logic sometimes, if you can read it fast enough.
- This becomes very obvious when talking to him in the Detention Center. He really believed he could get anything from Trucy's "Magic Panties", instead of thinking it was merely a magician's trick.
- For Science!: His justification for stealing panties, of all things. He was after Trucy's "Magic Panties" because he wanted to figure out how they worked. They seem to be roughly the same size...
- Gonk: Not ugly, per se, but his Non-Standard Character Design of being an exaggerated biseinen can cause some players to find him unattractive, rather than average looking or attractive.
- Motor Mouth: While it does not reach Unreadably Fast Text unlike other cases in the series, once he starts talking, not much can stop him.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He was supposed to be a biseinen (pretty man). You can see how that turned out for him.
- Panty Thief: Although he claims it's for science. On the other hand, if he weren't one, Alita and Meraktis probably would've switched roles as murderer and victim.
- Scrolling Text: Not as bad as Wendy Oldbag, however.
- Spanner in the Works: His panty thieving shenanigans force Meraktis to resort to stealing Eldoon's noodle stand in order to dispose of Alita's body. If it weren't for him, Alita would probably have been the murder victim in this case instead.
Turnabout Serenade (Gyakuten no Serenade)
A pianist that accompanies Lamiroir. Is suspected for murder based on uncertain circumstances. He doesn't talk much, and only in Borginian.
- Bishōnen: He's really pretty.
- Blind Musician: Actually, he's just faking it.
- Children Are Innocent: Subverted, while he did not murder Romein LeTouse, he was Daryan Crescend's willing accomplice in the smuggling of the Borginian Coccoon.
- Confess to a Lesser Crime: What saves him from being convicted of murder, and exposes Daryan in the end. Apollo reveals that if he confesses to smuggling cocoons in the current courtnote , he will be able to avoid the death penalty, and Daryan breaks down after realizing that this will expose him.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: He can speak English, just not very well.
- Mysterious Waif: A rare male example; he's blind, can't speak English and falsely accused of murder. Only one of those things is true, though.
- Noodle Incident: For some reason, he's in desperate need of money, enough to smuggle cocoons, but he refuses to disclose why.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Lampshaded, twice. Though his name comes directly from his Japanese name (Maki Tobayu) so that helps.
- Obfuscating Disability: Used to help publicity.
- Sinister Shades: He uses them because he's blind or rather, because he's faking. It works very well until Apollo perceives him glancing over at Lamorir after she lied for him in a testimony.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He is absent in the credits. Even Lamiroir (aka. Thalassa Gramaryre) makes no mention of him. It is, however, implied at the end of the third case that he will go to prison for smuggling cocoons.
- When She Smiles: Well, Gender Inverted Example: After his glasses are taken off, he finally smiles.
- You Can't Go Home Again: In regards to Borginia, since he committed cocoon smuggling, which is punishable by death there.
A singer who hails from the nation of Borginia. She was named by her manager as the sole witness to his murder. See Ace Attorney: Troupe Gramarye for more information.
Turnabout Succession (Gyakuten o Tsugu Mono)
Young and prodigious artist accused of poisoning her father. Doesn't talk much, and she sketches pictures of faces instead of changing her own expression.
- Ambiguous Disorder: While is this not confirmed, she shows traits that can lead her to having Autism or Asperger's Syndrome. She talks very little, often in short fragmented sentences. She doesn't change her facial expression or tone when she speaks, instead she draws different faces in her sketch pad to convey her feelings. She is also extremely shy and tends to avoid contact with other people, minus her father. The only topics that she'll talk at length are the Troupe Gramarye and her Good Luck Charm, a bottle of nail polish she received from Kristoph Gavin for when she needed to go outside. At the same time, her vast artistic talent and her duplicating potential pegs her as something of a savant.
- Anti-Villain: While she did create forgeries, she did it because she wanted to make her father happy. She eventually decides to go clean after she recovers from being poisoned.
- Break the Cutie: The reason why she's so shy and emotionless is because she was almost kidnapped as a child. It gets worse later on when you learn that she was exploited by Kristoph Gavin. The "good luck charm" that she received was a delayed kill-switch filled with atroquinine. If she used the nail polish and bit her nails, she would ingest the poison, and it would end up killing her.
- Character Tics: She has a habit of chewing her nails when nervous.
- Child Prodigy: Her skill to copy anything with a staggering amount of accuracy. While this was put to use with traditionally forging paintings, this carried onto evidence, such as signatures on documents or planting a fingerprint on a cup.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both her hair and her eyes are the same shade of blue.
- The Cutie: While she is emotionless, once you bring up the Gramaryes, she's as cute as a butterfly, and smiles. She's also very idealistic though she hides it well.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was kidnapped one time while going outside, which led to her Hikikomori status.
- Emotionless Girl: She conveys her emotions by drawing on her notepad. However, she is extremely cute when she smiles.
- Hikikomori: She's lived in her father's art studio for the past seven years, with the only contact with the outside world through the mail.
- Ill Girl: She is described to be rather sickly since she was young.
- Kill the Cutie: In the bad ending, where she dies of atroquinine poisoning, courtesy of Kristoph Gavin.
- Near-Death Experience: Despite atroquinine being lethal at a mere 2 µg, she somehow consumes less than that, but she dies in the bad ending.
- Punny Name:
- Both her English and Japanese names refer to honesty.
- Her Japanese family name is probably also a reference to Èze, a town which many artists have lived in.
- Shrinking Violet: She's exceedingly shy and has difficulty opening up to the main characters, as a result of being sheltered all her life.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Really shy and has bright blue hair.
- Spanner in the Works: As a result of not being the Unwitting Pawn. Liking the Troupe Gramarye stamp so much that her father got it framed greatly delayed Kristoph's plans, just enough for Phoenix to find a way to get him convicted.
- When She Smiles: When you talk to her about the Troupe Gramarye and prove her innocence in her father's murder.
- You Are Already Dead: Her nail-biting habit, coupled with her atroquinine-laced nail polish, causes her to collapse in the courtroom from the poison's time-delayed effects. Subverted because she didn't take enough to die, and she fully recovers the next day—if you choose "Not Guilty", that is.
A quirky freelance reporter always in search for the next big scoop. He smells like toothpaste whenever he smiles, "which is far too often," to quote Zak. He witnessed Drew's murder.
- Be as Unhelpful as Possible: In a series known to play this trope straight, Brushel greatly downplays this trope. He's not an outright aversion because his tendency to jump into wrong conclusion or focus on less important facts means the player has to work to get important facts out of him, but Brushel otherwise never tries to hide anything from Apollo or Phoenix. In fact, during Phoenix's MASON section, he's the only character, alongside Trucy in the past, to not have any sets of Psyche-Locks.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's incredibly quirky and tends to jump to the wrong conclusions at times, but he seems to do good work. He also managed to arrange an interview with Drew Misham, who had never done so before.
- Butt-Monkey: It's heavily implied that his relationship with Zak Gramarye was physically abusive, and when you get down to it he isn't really a bad guy at all.
- Character Tics: In his case, it's not a specific tic but the number of nervous and verbal tics he has, which are a lot (which makes the actual tic Apollo notices while Perceiving more difficult to find). Brushel even admits to Phoenix that he has long stopped caring about his nervous tics.
- Gonk: Not exceptionally ugly, but there are a number of things that are really off about him. For example, he's rail thin but quite tall, blinks with only his lower eyelids, his Perma-Stubble goes over his lips, and his "damage" animation involves pulling out his tongue out of his mouth far enough to wrap it around and deform his head (It's actually his tie, but it doesn't make it look any less freaky).
- Hidden Depths: He may not look it, but he's also a certified notary.
- Intrepid Reporter: Has a good (and rather literal) nose for a scoop. He kept to the Gramarye case for over seven years, and his investigation uncovered some fairly important details. He got so close to Zak Gramarye that for years Kristoph Gavin had him watched.
- Leitmotif: While used for weird witnesses, "Eccentric 2007" combines with him perfectly, down to the way he takes notes, gives three quick nods, takes some more notes, and gives a slow nod. That single moment of his synchronizes so perfectly that it gives the creepiest vibes. Also, it is his theme in court.
- Metaphorgotten: He describes the events of case 4-4 as a tangled cobweb; it starts off pretty good, but then he loses Phoenix at "biggerer".
- Non-Standard Character Design: Looks like and is animated like a person out of Looney Tunes next to the rest of the Animesque cast.
- Verbal Tic: "Reporter Frequently Speaks In Headlines! Talking To Him Is A Chore!", end quote.
- Wham Line: In Case 4-4, gives indications revealing Apollo being Lamiroir/Thalassa's sonBrushel: "Thalassa Has Another Child Besides Trucy", end quote.