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Ace Attorney's witnesses and other characters debuting in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All. There are spoilers for later installments as well as the original trilogy; read carefully!
The Lost Turnabout (Ushinawareta Gyakuten)
Voiced by (Japanese): Yoshiko Ikuta (anime)
Voiced by (English): Dawn M. Bennett (anime)
Policewoman-turned-waitress-turned-security guard-turned-unemployed with horrifyingly bad luck. Maggey has the dubious honor of being accused in three different trials (the second one was a mistrial, though). Her luck does seem to be looking up, when she helped close a case. Gumshoe has an obvious crush on her.
- Born Unlucky: She fell from the 9th floor of a building as a baby, got hit by all sort of vehicles, got sick from all sorts of food, failed every test she has ever taken, lost every game of tic-tac-toe she's ever played, was framed for murder three times (one of which was a mistrial)... She was even nicknamed Goddess of Misfortune as a child, and Lady Luckless by the time she reached college.
- The Chew Toy: Maggey Byrde has a perpetual streak of bad luck, which culminated in her being accused of murder on three separate occasions. Byrde lampshades this a lot too, and considering her name is a pun on the magpie bird, known to bring bad luck, she's practically the female version of Larry. When she was six months old, she apparently fell off the balcony of her 9th floor apartment...
- Cosmic Plaything: Maggey is convinced to be a victim of this trope, given her extreme bad luck. If it's not herself who suffers from her bad luck streak, it's someone close to her (such as Dustin Prince).
- Fair Cop: A very cute and kind-hearted cop.
- Phoenix's business card is her most prized possession.
- The way she practically squees over Edgeworth in Investigations hints that she may be one for him as well.
- In the very least she has an affinity for the Blue Badger, as she wears Blue Badger shirts when she's not working.
- Hair Decorations: Three clips near her forehead.
- Jerkass Ball: Maggey in 3-3 doesn't treat Gumshoe well for testifying against her despite the fact that it is his job in the first place; he only sees the staged murder, not the real one, unlike in 2-1 when she just passed him off as incompetent. They make up towards the end of the case though, and it stays that way in Investigations.
- Likes Older Men: Dated a fellow police officer no less than eight years older than her.
- Meganekko: No matter what job she gets, she still keeps her large spectacles.
- Comes up in the anime version of case 3-3 as further proof that Victor Kudo only saw her from the back, citing her "trademark glasses" when he claims her face was unremarkable.
- Meido: Soon after her first trial, Jean Armstrong employed Byrde as a waitress at his restaurant. And the waitresses wear maid outfits.
- My Nayme Is: In her first trial, this is a plot point. Dustin's killer heard it over the phone and mis-spelled it.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: First she was a police woman, then a waitress, and in Ace Attorney Investigations a security watcher. Explained in that she keeps getting fired, usually as a side effect of the murder case she's involved in.
- No One Could Survive That!: She first fell off the window of her 9th floor apartment as a 6-month old baby, and it's only gone downhill from there. Seriously, surviving that almost contradicts her incredibly bad luck.
- Ocular Gushers: Cries with sparkling tears of joy whenever something greatly pleases her.
- Plucky Girl: Maggey is pretty strongwilled, considering she hasn't been broken apart completely with every misfortune she gets.
- The Pollyanna: Despite all that's happened to her, she never seems to lose hope or become cynical, always hoping for that one moment of good luck.
- Punny Name: Magpie birds are unlucky. 'One for sorrow...', as the rhyme goes. "Mako Suzuki" is a pun on "maketsuzuki", "continuing to lose".
- Unluckily Lucky: The fact that she's managed to make it through all of the horrible misfortune in her life without ever seeming too much worse for wear is impressive.
- Unwitting Pawn: In the first case of Investigations, she is tricked by Jacques Portsman to open Edgeworth's office's door, by placing his own office's door number on it, so that he can steal evidence from one of Edgeworth's cases.
Voiced by (Japanese): Daisuke Kishio (anime)
Voiced by (English): Ricco Fajardo (anime)
A wannabe university student (who claims he just hasn't found one up to his standards yet) who is very picky with words and a pompous jerk. He beans Phoenix over the head with a fire extinguisher and knocks him out.
- Blind Without 'Em: He mistakenly says that a yellow baseball glove is a bunch of bananas. This is the hint to tell that he uses glasses.
- He Knows Too Much: His justification for killing Dustin Prince. Downplayed, in that Wellington is incredibly paranoid and was not making rational judgements at that point. It was also implied that Prince wouldn't have known that Wellington was part of the group of con artists the police were tracking down and that Prince was ultimately killed for no reason.
- Hiding the Handicap: Neglects to mention that he has bad eyesight until an error in his testimony prompts Phoenix to confront him about it.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Wellington's misplaced phone ends up doing him in, and his Toccata & Fugue ringtone acts as the final nail in his coffin.
- Hipster: And he's very obnoxious about it.
- Insufferable Genius: He clearly thinks he is the smartest man in the room.
- Jerkass: The way he talks to everyone with disdain in 2-1.
- Leitmotif: "Toccata and Fugue in D minor". It plays during the opening cinematic he appears in and his breakdown, and it serves as his ringtone.
- Meaningful Name:
- Motor Mouth: When he's nervous, he starts talking things that have nothing to do with the case (even with highlighted text!). Can be even worse about it than that old hag Oldbag.
- Obviously Evil: Seen beaning Phoenix in the head with a fire extinguisher with a sinister grin on his face right as you start the game. Right then, you can probably guess what his role in this case is...
- Preppy Name: Wellington is reference to The Duke of Wellington, making his name sound more British.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, which proves crucial for nailing the case since he stole Phoenix's cell phone thinking it to be his, which had evidence incriminating him.
- Ronin: A subversion of the college-exam version. It's implied by his egotistical claim to be looking for a university that meets his standards that it's in fact him who doesn't measure up but is in denial about it.
- Scrolling Text: He ocassionally starts doing long speeches in the witness stand without ever stopping, akin to Oldbag, if not even more so with his Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He deliberately uses complicated words as he's Feigning Intelligence.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's really full of himself.
- Smug Snake: Clearly thinks that an amnesiac Phoenix Wright can't prove that he's the murderer. Also, seems to be very confident even though all his testimonies fall apart.
- Starter Villain: The first murderer in Justice For All.
- Villainous Breakdown: Pulls on his scarf so hard his face turns blue and he squeezes himself into loss of consciousness.
Reunion, and Turnabout (Saikai, soshite Gyakuten)
Voiced by (Japanese): Natsue Sasamoto (anime)
Voiced by (English): Mikaela Krantz (anime)
An air-headed occult freak that told Dr. Grey about the Kurain Channeling technique.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the anime, she didn't want to kill Grey, just fake the channeling in order to preserve her secret identity. Morgan Fey blackmailed her into committing murder, by threatening to expose said secret if she didn't comply with her plot.
- Biting the Handkerchief: Her nervous gesture has her biting her hat. That's hardly the most brutal thing she does with her hat throughout.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Similar to April May, though with blissful ditziness replacing sexual charms.
- Berserk Button: Complaining about foreign sports cars. Since that was Mimi's hobby before.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Involved in a terrible car accident, along with her sister, who died in the flames. Of course, her life earlier was destroyed already by the malpractice accident, which she was likely guilty for.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The one who died in the car accident was Ini; Mimi Miney exploited the situation to distance herself from the malpractice incident.
- The Ditz: Until she gets scared. Then the facade slips.
- Eyes Always Shut: Until she loses her composure.
- Fiery Redhead: When she drops her facade, though she's naturally a brunette.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: After confessing, she exclaims her hatred for the paranormal after having to keep up her charade as Ini for so long. She then dismisses the Kurain Channeling as "mumbo-jumbo". Justified, because the channeling in the murder was a fake and it's very likely that she never saw the Kurain Channeling Technique in person.
- Framing the Guilty Party: An odd case, as she claims it was her sister Mimi's vengeful spirit who killed Turner Grey... when "Ini" was actually Mimi, who everyone thought was dead.
- Genuine Imposter: This "Ini Miney" was impersonating the apparently dead Mimi Miney, but she really was Mimi Miney.
- Graceful Loser: Once she's beaten, she confesses everything and holds some of her dignity.
- Idiot Hair: Underneath her hat.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: That's her Verbal Tic, and it adds to the "airheaded Valley Girl" image.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: How she manages to flawlessly impersonate her sister.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: This is her motive for killing Turner Grey. Mimi Miney was one of his nurses that Dr. Grey overworked to the point that she made a medical error that killed 14 patients.
- Ms. Fanservice: A photo of her in Maya's costume, prominently sporting Absolute Cleavage, is frequently shown throughout her case. The photo in question depicts her covered in blood, holding a knife and with a dazed look on her face.
- Nice Hat: Which gets utterly abused and wrecked over the course of the case.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Done in order to cast the suspicions off herself, but apparently also to impersonate her not-too-bright sister.
- Punny Name:
- Eeny, meeny, miney, mo.
- Or Mimi, as in mimicry.
- "Silly Me" Gesture: She taps her hat while making a very tiny and very adorable, childlike grin.
- Smug Snake: Like April May before her (and later Dahlia Hawthorne and Alita Tiala), when her facade breaks she becomes an arrogant, condescending woman of snappy and disrespectful remarks.
- Surgical Impersonation: Though not intentional. The doctors mistook Mimi Miney for her sister Ini, and the latter's driving license was the only reference they had to reconstruct her face. As a result, Mimi was forced to behave like Ini.
- Sympathetic Murderer:
- If what she said is true, then it was Grey who caused the malpractice incident and (indirectly) the subsequent car crash and Ini's death by overworking Mimi.
- Taken further in the anime, where the murder was planned by Morgan Fey, and she was blackmailed into going along with it.
- Tears of Remorse: When she finally confesses to her Dead Person Impersonation of her sister. Combined with Cry Cute.
- Valley Girl: Says "like" a lot, is ditzy, is seemingly unable to function by herself — pretty much a checklist. She's actually just Obfuscating Stupidity, although it's implied that this could be the real Ini's actual personality.
- Verbal Tic: Like, she says "like" so much that, like, it gets a bit, like, irritating, like, you know? She drops it when she's under pressure, and when delivering her Wham Line.
- Villainous Breakdown: Largely averted, unusually for the series. While she does get feisty when cornered, when she's caught she just tears up and confesses to the crime. The anime however makes her explode in the court, referring to the car crash.
- Watch the Paint Job: Her imported sports car,which she had waited a year to get, was completely wrecked almost immediately after she got it.
- Wham Line: "Ha ha ha. It seems simple, doesn't it? But, it would be very hard to catch me. Actually, I'd say impossible. ... I'm going to serve you a slice of humble pie! I hope you enjoy it."
- Wild Take: Whenever she's contradicted or whipped, she pulls her hat down so far over her head that her face temporarily seems to make a ghostly impression through the hat.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds:
- Say what you will about her accidental killing of the 14 patients during the malpractice incident. All she really wanted to do was take revenge on the man who effectively killed her sister and nearly drove her to death as well.
- Even more so in the anime: Not only does she retain her original Trauma Conga Line backstory, but she wouldn't have even committed the murder had Morgan not blackmailed her.
Actually, neither of those are his real names. "Dr. Hotti/Hickfield" is actually a patient of the Hotti/Hickfield clinics that sneaks out of his room, puts on a stethoscope and lab coat, and calls himself director to visitors.
- Adapted Out: He doesn't appear in the anime at all.
- Be as Unhelpful as Possible: A rather notable aversion. Throughout the entirety of case 2-2, he makes your job the least more difficult out of every single character, barring the defendant Maya - Morgan and Lotta testified against you; Pearl and Mia had Psyche-Locks; Ini was both of the above; and Gumshoe, Franziska, and the Judge were doing their jobs as normal, which typically means "against you". All this while providing you with some of the most crucial evidence to the case. The only thing you have to do with him is provide one or two bits of evidence and deal with his Verbal Tic.
- The Cameo: After helping Phoenix solve the mystery behind Case 2-2, he has brief appearances in Case 2-4 (only to get whipped by Franziska) and Case 4-2 (while under a different name).
- Comedic Lolicon: He apparently has a thing for the 15-year-old Trucy, and is eager to "examine" (more likely "molest") Pearl in the Japanese version of Justice for All when she is 8 years old in that game.
- Dirty Old Man: He really likes female patients, and is eager to take them off for "examination".
- Fourth-Wall Observer: He's somehow able to read Phoenix's inner monologue and comment on the static background of the Hotti Clinic.
- Gonk: Looks exceptionally ugly even for an old man. He looks almost like Sloth from The Goonies with broken teeth.
- Ironic Name: Despite his name being "Dr. Hotti", he's not attractive by any means.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Even harbors lust for Franziska von Karma; it's even implied he doesn't mind the whip. If Phoenix presents Franziska's profile to Hotti, he will say that he is jealous of Phoenix for getting whipped.
- Vague Age: Unlike most characters who appear in the court record, his age isn't mentioned. The most you get is that he's an old man.
- Verbal Tic: He adds "hmm, yes" to most of his sentences. Eventually it rubs off of Phoenix.
Turnabout Big Top (Gyakuten Circus)
Voiced by (Japanese): Shinya Hamazoe (anime)
Voiced by (English): Aaron Roberts (anime)
His real name is Billy Bob Johns (Kouhei Yamada), and he's a famous magician under the employ of the Berry Big Circus; his biggest trick is flying around. Cue the murder of the circus ringmaster whose assailant leaves no footprints in the snow. He's actually a country bumpkin.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Despite his arrogance, Max did genuinely care about his fellow performers and genuinely wanted them to become successful. However, the only people who saw this in him and saw him as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold instead of a Jerkass were Acro, Regina, and the Ringmaster Russell Berry. Everyone else hates his guts and insults him on a regular basis.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: His stage name is one at any rate. Even the Judge prefers to use the stage name to refer to the defendant at the trial.
- Bishōnen: Probably the straightest example in the entire series, and tries very hard to keep up appearances as one.
- Camp Straight: Oh, so very much. He'd be the campiest of Camp Gay... except he's madly in love with Regina. He also acts very flirtatious with Maya and initially blows off Phoenix, until he is made to realize the trouble he's in and that they're there to help. After that, he's just as flirtatiously camp with Phoenix.
- Calling his friends "[his] sweeties."
- Facial Markings: He has big purple stars on one cheek.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: To Ben, the night of the murder. Fortunately, Soft Glass was in effect.
- Karma Houdini: He did start a fight with Ben and Trillo in the cafeteria with a bottle as his weapon, and got into no trouble as a result.
- Insufferable Genius: His flamboyant, arrogant demeanor makes him very disliked among his colleagues, but even the ones who really can't stand him won't deny that he's an incredibly talented magician who gave the circus a much needed boost in popularity.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acts arrogant and conceited, but only to make his circus mates strive to become better.
- Large Ham: Both onstage and in person.
- Nice Hat: It's a purple silk and has a peacock feather in it. Absolutely fabulous and one of a kind.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Once the gravity of the situation dawns on him, he immediately begins frantically speaking in a country bumpkin accent, revealing himself to actually be a hillbilly. Once you calm him down, he slips back into his normal, sparkly way of speaking.
- Running Gag: He introduces one that spans over the entire series. When presenting the wrong evidence to him, he believes Phoenix wants him to make it disappear. Other magicians, such as Trucy, would do the same.
- Small Name, Big Ego: In his own words, Max is kind of a big deal in the magic world, but the trope really comes into play in how he considers the Big Berry Circus to be a one-man show with just a bunch of out-of-date, bit-player extras. In truth, he just wishes they'd try harder.
- Something About a Rose: White roses on the front of his cape are one of his iconic accessories.
- Stage Magician: A very famous one, complete with a reluctance to explain how his tricks work.
- Stage Names: His real name is very hick-ish: Billy Bob Johns in English, Kohei Yamada in Japanese.Phoenix: (Yikes! The poor guy's got three first names!)
- Trademark Favorite Food: Milk. He needs it to calm his nerves before each performance.
- Two First Names: Three, counting his middle name.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In some instances, it doesn't even look like he's wearing pants. Just a jacket and makeup.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink. Though, as a flamboyant circus performer, there's a good chance that it's dyed.
- Your Makeup Is Running: When he cries, his makeup runs.
Voiced by (Japanese): Yō Taichi (anime)
Voiced by (English): Jad Saxton (anime)
Russell Berry's daughter and animal tamer of the Berry Big Circus. Because of her sheltered life (in a circus, no less) and her father's protective upbringing, she has a very naïve outlook and doesn't really understand death (in the English version, she thinks that when people die, they become a star in the sky; in the Japanese version, she just thinks that they are in a deep sleep), even when her father doesn't hide the fact that he shot one of the lions with a rifle. Returns in Investigations 2's second case as a witness due to being asked to put on an animal show at the prison at the time of the murder. Has apparently taken on more responsibility in the circus but otherwise hasn't changed much.
- Bishie Sparkle: She can summon it at will.
- Break the Cutie:
- Moe ends up bringing her to court just so she could see everything that really happened because of her innocence, from the Deadly Prank that led to Bat's coma to her father's death.
- It ends up happening again in Investigations 2 when she finds out new circus member Simon, one of her closest friends, is far from who he appears to be.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
- Despite her naïveté, she's really good at taming and commanding all sorts of animals at quite a young age.
- She even manages to make an alligator that wasn't part of her troupe to open its mouth. It was so Edgeworth could retrieve the decisive evidence it was forced to swallow.
- But Thou Must!: The way her beauty charms multiple characters into being completely agreeable with her is a Running Gag. It's enforced in-game when she asks Phoenix to get a vest that's important to her, as his responses to the request are all variations of "sure I will".
- Cargo Ship: Invoked, with Trilo. She is unaware the Trilo's just a puppet and that Ben is the one who has feelings for her, but is still seriously considering "Trilo's" feelings.
- Cheerful Child: Has this air, and she even has a little "jumping up and down in glee" animation.
- Children Are Innocent: Subverted. She's 16, which makes her a borderline Kiddie Kid, but she acts much younger.
- Circus Brat: As the ringleader's daughter. It's given her a somewhat skewed view of reality.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Due to her sheltered upbringing in the fantastic environment of the circus.
- Cuteness Proximity: How she (unwittingly) wraps everyone around her finger.
- The Cutie: In-universe. Is idealistic and innocent which is why she didn't comprehend the gravity of the situation around Acro's brother.
- Deadly Prank: To Bat. Technically, he didn't die, but he's currently in a coma with little hope of waking up. This, combined with her overall naivety and the fact that she is blissfully unaware of the severity of what she did, is what lead Acro to try and kill her
- Easily Forgiven: Thanks to her cuteness. This is part of why she doesn't realize that it's wrong to, for example, let a tiger stalk after Phoenix and Maya as a prank in their first meeting. Subverted, because her resulting naivety over the harm she committed in her little pranks is why Acro can't forgive her.
- Establishing Character Moment: Pulling a prank on Phoenix and Maya by way of siccing her pet tiger on them for a good scare. Then when Phoenix and Maya express their condolences for her father's murder, Regina doesn't show any grief that a normal person would to their parent's sudden and recent death.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Maya seems pretty interested.Maya: Regina seems to be quite the hit with the men in the circus.
Phoenix: She must have some sort of strange power over them!
Maya: You're not kidding. Two people in one day! Even I want to profess my love for her!
Phoenix: (Me too! She's so cute...)
- Fluffy Tamer: She's even capable of coaxing fearsome creatures that don't even belong to the circus into obeying her commands.
- Friend to All Living Things: She cannot keep Money the Monkey under control, but she has no issue taming and befriending any other animal.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: A variation: It's not fanservice that attracts people to her, but her apparent cuteness. And she never notices the effect it has on others even once.
- Innocently Insensitive: Her ignorance about the true nature of death and cheerfulness after what Acro and Bat suffered pushed Acro over the edge, since she would keep making jokes about that prank she pulled on Bat... even though it clearly caused Bat severe brain damage, and she said these jokes to Bat's surviving brother.
- It's All My Fault: What she says once the truth is uncovered in court. Accompanied by her finally opening the waterworks.
- Lethally Stupid: Her naivety directly results in Bat having little to no chance to recover from his coma, and further indirectly leads to her father's death since she didn't realize that the note that was in her pocket was addressing her, leading to her father falling into Acro's lethal trap as he tried to protect his daughter.
- Limited Wardrobe: Wears her circus outfit every time she's onscreen, even in court.
- Love Triangle: Regina has/had the affections of three of the other performers: Bat, Max, and Ben/Trilo.
- Meaningful Name: "Regina" means "queen", and she's currently the young princess of the Big Berry Circus.
- Missing Mom: Died not too long after she was born.
- Must Make Amends: Once Regina finds out the truth behind her father's death, and Phoenix explains why Acro was so desperate not to be caught, she vows to stay by Bat's side in Acro's place.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Once she realizes the truth of what her Deadly Prank did to Acro, she breaks down into tears and blames herself for him and Bat going away. It's even worse in the anime when she breaks down after realizing her indirect role in Leon and her father's deaths as well as Bat's coma to the point she even says that she should be the one to go to prison.
- Non-Standard Character Design: The way she's shaded, her eye design and her Regal Ringlets makes her look like she's straight out of a shoujo manga.
- Pepper Sneeze: Bat did this to her in the past, and she decided to return the favor... with disastrous results.
- Regal Ringlets: Fits, given her Meaningful Name.
- Stars Are Souls: Why she's not too broken up about her Dad's death. He told her that's what happened to Leon, her lion, when her father had to shoot him. She then started to believe that when anyone dies, they just go into the sky. In the Japanese version, she was told that the dead are just sleeping.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her innocent prank rendered Bat comatose, paralyzed Acro, got an old circus lion put down, and then six months later, sends both her father and Acro to their deaths. And she remains completely ignorant of all this until the very end of 2-3, where Regina finally realizes what she did to most of her family.
Voiced by (Japanese): Takeshi Uchida (anime)
Voiced by (English): Sonny Strait (anime)
Real name Lawrence Curls (Matsuo Tomida), he's a stoogey clown working at the Berry Big Circus and old friend of the ringmaster. He's the witness of Russell's murder. Despite his wisecracking antics, he's actually one of the most level-headed members of the circus.
- Cruel to Be Kind: He brings Regina to the last day of the trial to get her to see the truth of her father's death and the pain she caused Acro and Bat.
- Demoted to Extra: Unlike the game, the anime severely reduces the time he has on the stand. In fact, it is so reduced that the episode itself isn't a whole trial but half a trial and half investigation.
- Expressive Accessory: The mouth on his hat matches his.
- Hidden Depths: While he may make for a pretty awful clown, he actually is talented at a lot of other things; in particular he's implied to act as the main cook for the circus performers and does a pretty good job of it, and from what we later find out in the second Investigations game he made a pretty good ringmaster after he took over the position from the deceased Russell Berry.
- Hurricane of Puns: Most of his dialogue, even on the witness stand.
- The Hyena: That above annoying laugh comes out so much that the Judge starts hitting Phoenix with penalties if he presses Moe for no reason.
- Kitsch Collection: His collection of clown costumes from around the world.
- The Klutz: His routine involves a lot of pratfalls, so practice for it has ended up breaking a lot props in his room as well, he caused the hole in his ceiling with a pogo-stick accident.
- Laughing at Your Own Jokes: He does this after every joke he tells. He outright admits that he does it because nobody else will laugh.
- Married to the Job: Apparently, his wife left him over it, taking their daughter Larina with her. Moe apparently still sends them money, since he references working to support a family.
- Mouthful of Pi: *whip crack* "Do you like pi? I love pi! 3.141592... (continue for almost two lines of text)! Tasty!"
- No Indoor Voice: He makes Phoenix want some earplugs.
- Non-Ironic Clown: Fitting, given his work at the circus.
- Only Sane Man: He seems to be the sanest surviving circus member, despite his goofiness. Maybe this will make him more suited to the position of Ringmaster.
- Pungeon Master: He and Maya enjoy trading jokes. Unfortunately, he sometimes has trouble turning it off...
- Punny Name: Larry, Curly, and Moe. Meanwhile, Tommy and Matsu are a popular Japanese comedy duo.
- Sad Clown: He's a failure as a comedian since according to him, not a soul has laughed at his jokes in ten years, and he's estranged from his wife and daughter.
- Shout-Out: He recites lines that spoof The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The A-Team after being whipped a couple of times.
- Scrolling Text: Frequently speaks very rapidly after Franziska gives him A Taste of the Lash.
- Talkative Loon: English version only — in addition to the Mouthful of Pi mentioned above, he also recites the openings of The Fresh Clown of Bel Air and The C-Team. In both versions, however, be careful how much you press him: The Judge will make you feel the pain if he thinks you're wasting the court's time talking with Moe.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Carrots. He eats several a day as part of his act.
Voiced by (Japanese): Yutaka Furukawa (anime)
Voiced by (English): Jeff Johnson (anime)
Ben is a ventriloquist of the Berry Big Circus, and Trilo is his puppet. Ben doesn't do a lot of talking, and does a lot of stuttering. Trilo, in contrast, is loud, offensive, and an all-around Jerkass, who also intends to propose to Regina.
- Companion Cube: Trilo serves as an emotional crutch for Ben, and a close friend to Regina.
- Demonic Dummy: More of a Jerkass than supernatural. Ben must be repressing a lot by how badly Trilo acts.
- Demoted to Extra: The anime greatly diminishes their roles by having Phoenix interrogate them both in the span of 2 minutes outside the courtroom, which in turn makes them unnecessary to call in court as witnesses. They also lose more screen time in general compared to the others.
- Dirty Old Man: Ben is attracted to Regina. When you find out that he is 31, and Regina is 16, it certainly takes him out of Butt-Monkey territory and into something more creepy and gross.
- Jerkass: Trilo. Especially the way he treats Max and Moe the clown. He even doesn't seem to care that his boss, The Ringmaster was killed.
- Punny Name: A puppeteer named Woodman? Also, the obvious "Ben & Trilo Quist".
- Shrinking Violet: Can't speak well except through Trilo.
- Speech Impediment: Ben stutters if he's not speaking through a dummy.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ben = Ven.
- Split Personality: Ben is meek and mild. Trilo is brash and abrasive. Standard fare for an act, right? But things get weird when you consider that Trilo wants to marry Regina, but Ben claims not to like her very much.
- Sweat Drop: Ben, always. More of an example of "realistic" nervous sweat than a cartoonish one.
- Ventriloquism: Their routine even includes singing. Regina even thinks of Trilo as "a tenor that works for the circus," rather than as a dummy. If you watch Ben while Trilo is talking, you can see his mouth moving slightly unless you are playing on the HD iOS port in which Ben's lip movements while Trilo is talking are cut.
Voiced by (Japanese): Takayuki Nakatsukasa (anime)
Voiced by (English): Clifford Chapin (anime)
His real name is Ken Dingling (Daisuke Kinoshita), and he's the elder of the two acrobat brothers of the Berry Big Circus. Acro's legs were damaged beyond repair in an accident and he can no longer stand.
- Anti-Villain: Ultimately what he wanted to do was to get back at the girl he felt was responsible for his brother's coma. To do this, he hatches a murder plot against her that ends up killing his beloved father figure, the Ringmaster.
- Beneath Suspicion: How's a man in a wheelchair going to sneak around and swipe things? He isn't. But his pet monkey, on the other hand...
- Berserk Button: If you mention Regina's name, you'll see his facade crack for just a moment.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While a large part of his personality is a facade, it's suggested that his niceness, for the most part, is not. Phoenix even comments on how it makes going after him in the cross examination more difficult.
- Career-Ending Injury: The injury that put him in a wheelchair was this, considering he can no longer pull off acrobatic stunts.
- Death Glare: The only sign you get that you've successfully put any pressure on him.
- Deus Angst Machina: A single day's misfortune cost him his brother, his legs, his career, and eventually, his father-figure and his freedom.
- Disney Creatures of the Farce: The birds that always follow him occasionally attack Phoenix in court. The only outward sign the player gets of his emotional turmoil is when his birds fly away, and his skill with animals let him use his monkey to prepare for the murder.
- Dissonant Serenity: When Phoenix Wright presses him."HOLD IT!"
Phoenix Wright: Your room is on the third floor, right?
Phoenix: And you said that you were resting in bed.
Acro: That is correct.
Phoenix: But you were still able to hear a sound from outside?
Acro: I was indeed.
Phoenix: (inner monologue) Pressing Acro doesn't seem to get results...
- Franziska describes Acro as being so calm it's scary. Of course, Phoenix does not agree as one of Acro's birds is pecking him at that moment...
- Driven to Suicide: Averted, though he really thought about it.
- Expressive Accessory: His birds fly off or attack Phoenix when he gets angered or when he's put under pressure.
- Friend to All Living Things: He's got three birds perching on his wheelchair.
- Graceful Loser: Congratulates Franziska for putting pressure on him, and Phoenix for exposing him.
- Heel Realization: When the Judge asks if he's a victim, he says he's nothing but a murderer, with...
- Manly Tears: During his Villainous Breakdown.
- Murder by Mistake: Regina was his intended target, but he ended up killing her father instead.
- Nerves of Steel: Moe notes that these are a requirement of being a good aerialist, and Acro was an excellent one. This is what makes him so difficult to break on the stand, since he never starts to break down or panic like most witnesses or criminals do after being presented with evidence or good guesswork.
- Parental Abandonment: He and his brother didn't run away to the circus; their parents ran away and they had nowhere else to go.
- Punny Name: "Dingling" is probably a combination of "Ringling" and "dangling", and Kinoshita is a Japanese circus. Add his and his brothers names together and you get "Acrobat."
- Stepford Smiler: He doesn't outwardly show all the emotions inside of him, instead holding to the same bland, non-committal expression.
- Sympathetic Murderer: The man he killed was like a father to him, and he was so upset upon discovering that he had killed him instead that he even contemplated suicide. Of course, this does not absolve him from intentionally trying to kill Regina and then framing an innocent Maximillion Galactica for the crime. At the same time though, it's not hard to see how he eventually snapped. His only brother was caught in a brutal accident that Regina inadvertently caused, and when Bat fell into a coma (that he likely won't ever wake up from, due to extensive brain damage) she treated it like it wasn't a big deal at all, referring to him as just "a star in the sky." He even says that he didn't harbor any malice towards her because of the accident, but it was just her extreme flippancy about it, all while doting on Acro and reading to Bat like there was nothing wrong. Acro didn't intentionally frame Max, either. Max's bust was incidentally stolen by Money, Max's cloak got caught on the murder weapon by accident, and other witnesses happened to see it and accused Max. Granted, he went along with the story anyways, but not out of malice. He was afraid of what would happen to Bat if he had woke up from his coma without Acro being there, so he didn't fess up to the murder until he was exposed. He also apologizes to Max after he's exposed.
- Tears of Remorse: Breaks down after he's found out and thinks he's nothing but a murderer.
- Tragic Villain: He wanted to be there for his brother, even when he accidentally killed the Ringmaster.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: One of the few Sympathetic Murderers in the series and only framed Max because he wanted to be there for his brother.
- Would Hurt a Child: His intended target was Regina, a 16-year-old who has the mentality of somebody even younger. Unusually for this trope, he's portrayed more sympathetically than many of the other killers in the series.
Farewell, My Turnabout (Saraba, Gyakuten)
Voiced by (Japanese): Yasuaki Takumi (anime)
Voiced by (English): Dave Trosko (anime)
Played by: Yûji Abe (film)
Actor of the Nickel Samurai, and the fierce rival of Juan Corrida. He's slow-witted, and relies on his manager/producer/et al. for advice via the cell phone he wears like a wristwatch. However, that's all a façade. He's actually a full-blown sociopath who doesn't trust anyone and is the true Big Bad of this case, hiring Shelly de Killer to assassinate Juan Corrida.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Despite claiming to trust no one and not rely on anyone, he's reduced to pathetically whimpering, "Help me..." by the end, in all its delicious irony.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Before he reveals his evil nature, he says, "I think it's time for you to meet him now." The third person pronoun might imply some kind of Split Personality, although that's never really confirmed or investigated further.
- Arc Villain: He's the Big Bad of this case.
- Bishōnen: He's rather pretty. He even admits as much.
- The Cameo: Matt shows up briefly during The Stinger of the film.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Short of proudly and openly calling himself evil, he fulfills every aspect of the trope after The Reveal.
- Catchphrase: "Hold on a sec. I'm gonna ask [x], OK?"
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He screws himself over that way.
- Classic Villain: A Greed/Pride style villain, who wears a spiky red and white jacket with a High Collar of Doom and has a giant scar over his left eye, who deceives Phoenix into believing he is truly innocent until that's no longer necessary, at which point he turns the Evil Gloating up to eleven. Phoenix's ordeal in Farewell, My Turnabout helps him decide what it truly means to be a lawyer, similar to the journey Edgeworth had after the resolution of DL-6. Unlike Phoenix, Engarde believes in absolutely no one but himself, which ultimately brings him down when he attempts to blackmail Shelly de Killer, leading to the assassin swearing bloody vengeance upon him; with no way out, Engarde completely breaks down, begging for the guilty verdict.
- Cruel Mercy: You have the option to get him his "Not Guilty" verdict — at the moment he least wants it.
- Deceptive Disciple: Will Powers was Matt Engarde's mentor. Matt Engarde turned out to be completely evil.
- Depraved Kids' Show Host: He's the main star of a popular children's series, and he's totally despicable.
- Didn't Think This Through: His planned blackmailing of de Killer, a skilled Professional Killer with a strict code of trust between himself and his clients. Even if he's paranoid and thinks that he himself might get blackmailed, it never occurs to him that once de Killer finds out, he might get furious and vow to kill him in revenge.
- Dirty Coward: As part of the bastard's breakdown during the finale of the case when the professional killer he hired, Shelly de Killer, discovers that Engarde was planning to blackmail him behind his back thanks to Phoenix and sworn to kill him, Engarde sweats in anxiety and if you choose to give him a 'not guilty' verdict, he will scream to the judge demanding a 'guilty' verdict to stay in jail and escape from De Killer.
- The Ditz: He's kind of a flake and calls his manager about everything, suggesting he can't decide anything for himself. However, it's actually Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Duality Motif: His Peek-a-Bangs represent two different sides of his personality. When his bangs are covering the right side of his face, he acts like a happy-go-lucky Surfer Dude who can be pretty slow at times. But when he slicks his hair back, he reveals his true self; a Manipulative Bastard who believes people are only there to be used and thrown away.
- Evil Counterpart: To Will Powers. Both are the stars of popular "Samurai" TV shows who end up suspected for murder; Will is a completely innocent (and even a little naive) Nice Guy with the Face of a Thug who worries what people think of him, while Matt is a handsome sociopath who cares about absolutely no one besides himself.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's not very subtle after The Reveal, though it's a colder variety of ham. Whoever was writing him clearly had fun.
- Evil Is Petty: After he's revealed to be a despicable bastard behind his 'friendly' facade. Adrian tells Phoenix that Engarde is indirectly responsible for her mentor, Celeste's death. How and why? Celeste, who used to be Engarde's manager and girlfriend before he threw her away out of boredom, went on to meet Corrida as his new manager and girlfriend. The two planned to be engaged, but as soon Engarde became aware of it, he told Corrida about his former affair with her, only to spite him and fuel their petty rivalry, and Corrida called off their engagement due to his childish pride. Being cast aside with no warning twice by men she loved, Celeste killed herself.
- Exact Words: When Phoenix questions him about his case, he denies killing anyone and this doesn't produce any Psyche-Locks. Technically he was telling the truth, something he lampshades after being called out by Pearl.
- Facial Horror: Engarde claws up his own face multiple times throughout his Villainous Breakdown.
- Fatal Flaw: Because he's a sociopath, his lack of trust in everyone along with his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder proves to be his downfall when he blackmails his hired assassin with a video tape which Phoenix manages to retrieve and shows to de Killer. He swears revenge on Engarde for breaking the rules, which causes him to break into a cold sweat and demand the 'Guilty' verdict for the protection of a jail cell.
- Final Boss: Of Justice For All.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wears a pair of leather ones.
- For the Evulz: He dumped Celeste Inpax for basically no reason, leaving her heartbroken, and then told Juan about his prior relationship with her, causing Juan to dump her and driving her to suicide.
- A Glass of Chianti: Whips one out to swirl oh-so-evilly after The Reveal... while in prison, no less.
- Good Lawyers, Good Clients: The single biggest aversion in the series. He's a sociopathic murderer who threatens the heroic Phoenix Wright into defending him in court.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Of the good ol' fashioned evil variety. The fringe hides the scars, and you don't know he has them until he reveals himself.
- Hate Sink: Easily one of the most hated characters in the Ace Attorney franchise.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He becomes the next target of de Killer, whom he hired, because of his backstabbing ways.
- Ironic Echo: Remember that speech Matt gave you about how he isn't weak like Adrian Andrews and that he depends on nobody?Matt: Help me...
- Irony: How he's taken down is ironic in several ways.
- His unwillingness to trust anyone leads him to take insane precautions against getting found out. This is what screws him over in the end.
- He himself gets a Sadistic Choice after his assassin forces one upon Phoenix; it's either go to jail (and possibly get the death penalty) or go free... so de Killer can track him down.
- It's All About Me: He's a full-blown sociopath who truly doesn't give a damn about anyone else and sees nothing wrong with using people then throwing them away.
- Karma Houdini: In the bad ending.
- Laser-Guided Karma: If you choose the right evidence to get him into his Sadistic Choice, it'll be all too satisfying to see this douchebag break into a cold sweat.
- Leitmotif: The second game's "Investigation ~ Middle 2002," despite not given his name directly, is widely considered to be this for him. "Investigation ~ Core 2002" is his theme after he reveals himself.
- Madness Mantra: When he cracks: "Guiltyguiltyguiltyguiltyguiltyguilty..." (repeat ad infinitum)
- Manipulative Bastard: Managed to get an assassin to kill his rival, forced a certain defense attorney to take his case by having his best friend kidnapped, and nearly pinned the entire crime on poor Adrian Andrews.
- Meaningful Name: 'Matt' comes from 'Matthew', meaning 'Gift from God', which is fitting seen his self-absorbed personality. The name was also speculated to come from 'Mathuin'; 'Bear', tying him to Corrida.
- "Matt" itself is also the German word for "checkmate" and the Luxembourgish word for "moth". "Checkmate" suits the way Engarde treats other people like disposable pawns in a game of chess, and he could be seen as being as equally attracted to the "spotlight" of fame as moths are to a source of light.
- The latter in particular is interesting because Dahlia Hawthorne, the femme fatale from the third part, has butterflies as her Animal Motifs and both are rather similar (both screwed up their victims so much that they committed suicide, they both have a red theme color, they're both completely narcissistic sociopaths, and appearing nice but being a cool-blooded murderer underneath is a trend as well.)
- His original name (真悟) means "true realisation."
- "Matt" itself is also the German word for "checkmate" and the Luxembourgish word for "moth". "Checkmate" suits the way Engarde treats other people like disposable pawns in a game of chess, and he could be seen as being as equally attracted to the "spotlight" of fame as moths are to a source of light.
- Metaphorically True: Matt's claim that he did not kill anyone. This is technically the truth as Matt merely hired an assassin to kill Juan Corrida, which is the reason no psyche-locks appear when first asked if he killed Corrida. Contrast it with when Phoenix starts asking him about Shelly de Killer, and psyche-locks do appear.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Although he has a reputation as a nice guy.
- Morton's Fork: Ends up receiving one of these in the end- either admit his guilt and probably get the death penalty, or go free and definitely get killed by de Killer. He chooses the former.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's not as dumb as he lets on. He just keeps up his public image as a good-looking airhead. He's really a sociopath underneath the ditzy attitude.
- Obviously Evil: Once his true personality is revealed, he starts looking creepy with his scars and evil grin.
- Oh, Crap!: In the anime, he lets out a gasp of fear when Edgeworth mentions how de Killer detests traitors most of all. The moment that de Killer mentions that he now has a new target, his legs start to shake.
- Peek-a-Bangs: They cover a set of vicious scars over his eye.
- Pet the Dog: At one point he asks you to go to his house and feed his cat, Shoe. This doesn't factor into his murder plot at all, he genuinely just wants his cat fed. Shoe seems to be the only creature that Matt cares about besides himself.
- Psychotic Smirk: Sports a nasty one when he outs himself as the killer.
- Punny Name:
- En garde, since he's the Nickel Samurai and is always in a "duel" with Juan Corrida. Also, he's always on guard. "Otoro" is a pun on "outlaw".
- Also, notice his initials.
- Combined with Juan Corrida, in which corrida is bull fighting.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: In the bad ending, he managed to literally get away with murder, but as of the bad ending, everyone knows what kind of person he is now, which is what he had Juan killed in the first place to prevent.
- The Reveal: "Hold on a sec. I'm gonna consult myself, OK?"
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: He's a successful actor and star who happens to have a very poor concept of money management, to the point where he'd probably lose his fortune if it weren't for his manager.
- Right-Hand Cat: Fond of his pet cat, Shoe.
- Running Gag: He repeatedly calls up certain people to consult about various matters. It stops being funny when he consults himself and reveals his true colors.
- Sadistic Choice:
- The basic premise of his case: Win, and you let him get away with murder while making Adrian take the fall for it. Lose, and Maya dies.
- You turn the tables on him if you convince de Killer to break his contract with Engarde: the end result is still the same. Say he's guilty, and he breaks down because... well, he's guilty. Say he's not guilty, and he breaks down, demanding to be sent to jail, instead of being free and ready to be killed by a pissed-off assassin that he betrayed (and even then, there is still no saying that de Killer can't break into jail and kill him.)
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Pearl asks him why he did something so wrong, and he says, "Because I'm a grownup and I can."
- Slasher Smile: Wears one on his face after The Reveal of him being the client of Shelly de Killer and by extension, the true murderer of Juan Corrida.
- Slave to PR: Like every other celebrity. The reason why his every move is calculated is because he can't let his reputation get tarnished, up to and including killing Corrida when he was planning to ruin his image.
- Smug Snake: Acts nice to everyone, but he couldn't care less about anyone besides himself and his beautiful public image. When his true personality is revealed, he's nothing but smug to Phoenix about having Maya hostage.
- The Sociopath: It's implied that the reason (besides the one covered under Exact Words) that his lie didn't trigger a Psyche-Lock response is that he genuinely doesn't believe hiring someone to dispose of your rival counts as murder any more than hiring an exterminator to deal with vermin, showing how little he regards those around him. Remember that the Magatama detects fear/guilt locked away in peoples hearts. If there wasn't any guilt to begin with...
- Stupid Evil: You know bro, after Phoenix sees your true self, you shouldn't gloat to him about recording the video of Corrida's murder at the hands of the assassin you hired so you can blackmail him.
- Surfer Dude: He's got the Verbal Tic, but it is unknown if he likes surfing. He certainly loves motorbikes, though.
- Third-Person Person: Very briefly slips into this before The Reveal, telling Phoenix it's time for you to meet him, before revealing his true self. Why is never explained, and he never does it again after that.
- Two-Faced: Perhaps more literally than usual. His happy-go-lucky facade has hair covering half his face but his real self pulls the hair back, revealing some disturbing scars, and is a completely different person.
- Uncertain Doom: Never seen again after "Farewell, My Turnabout"; now, since he ended that case on the wrong end of a master assassin's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, one could assume the worst.
- The Unfought: While he's the case's villain, you don't cross-examine or otherwise directly confront him in court as he's the defendant and still technically your client.
- Verbal Tic: Like, I don't know what tic you're talking about, dude!
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers this when de Killer turns on him; he repeatedly claws at his own face, basically shredding his skin to pieces.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Is seen as a nice person by the media and his fans, who are mostly kids. He has Juan killed to make sure he stays that way.
- Walking Spoiler: So much so that we had to mark this folder's spoilers unmarked so that it wouldn't look like Swiss cheese.
- Wham Line:Engarde: Hold on.. I'm gonna consult myself, OK?
Voiced by (Japanese): Ayaka Asai (anime)
Voiced by (English): Mallorie Rodak (anime)
- "I hate to waste time, so let's get down to business."
Adrian first shows up as the stoic manager of Matt Engarde in the last case of the second game. She takes her turn as a suspect in the inevitable murder, and quite nearly gets convicted before mitigating circumstances get her off the hook. She is revealed in the process to be a lot more complex and troubled than her icy persona makes her out to be. Turned out to be popular enough to return in part three, this time with a much sunnier and clumsier personality.
- Adorkable: Due to being extremely intelligent and very clumsy, especially in Trials and Tribulations. Her dependency can also put her here.
- Alliterative Name: Both names.
- Ambiguously Gay: While it's initially assumed that she was involved with Juan Corrida, it's revealed that she was getting close to him in an attempt to recover the suicide note of Celeste Inpax. Her dependency on Celeste reads quite like unrequited love, and the implication becomes even more obvious when it is revealed that she tried to kill herself after Celeste's death. She then seeks a similar type of relationship with Franziska, which leads to them keeping in contact after the case is over and Franziska teaching her how to use a whip.
- Broken Bird: She lost her mentor, her pillar of strength, feels the world is out to get her because Matt and Juan got away with driving Celeste to suicide, and it's easy to see why she's this.
- Bungled Suicide: After the suicide of her mentor, Adrian had tried to follow her to the afterlife out of despair, but apparently had failed in the past. Instead, she decided to take revenge on those who pushed her mentor to suicide.
- The Cameo: She shows up briefly during The Stinger of the film, though she doesn't have a speaking role.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: In Trials and Tribulations.
- Dark Secret: Her attempted suicide because of the loss of her beloved mentor, and her dependent nature towards her mentor due to her crippling insecurities. Her secrets are so shameful that she would try again should anyone else find out.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Especially in the third game, when she's significantly more cheerful.
- Failure Knight: Swore revenge at Matt due to how he treated Celeste.
- Framing the Guilty Party: It backfires so hard that she finds herself accused of the crime she NEVER committed. However, if she had never done this, Matt Engarde would probably have escaped justice.
- Gender-Blender Name: This is a plot point, as Shelly de Killer tries to frame Adrian for hiring him, but proves he never met her by referring to her with male pronouns.
- Infinite Supplies: She breaks her glasses and pulls out a spare pair several times over the course of the second game. (Seven, to be exact.)
- Leitmotif: "Reminiscencing ~ The Steel Samurai's Ballad"
- Living Emotional Crutch: Both Celeste Inpax and Franziska von Karma are this to her. Lampshaded in the Case Files, in which Phoenix suggests that if she's relying on Franziska's advice, she's still dependent.
- Meaningful Name: 'Adrian' means 'the dark one', which probably refers to her clothes switch to black.
- Meganekko: Constantly wears a pair of glasses and looks good with them on. If you present her profile to Larry, he will be instantly impressed and say he has a thing for "girls with black sleeveless shirts and glasses".
- Not So Weak: She believes herself to be insecure and lacking in confidence due to her extreme dependency in others, to the point where she was once willing to follow her beloved mentor to the afterlife after Celeste's suicide. However, Adrian shows a surprising act of initiation and determination to take her revenge on Matt Engarde and Juan Corrida while bringing peace to Celeste Inpax who had taken her life because of the two, while drawing enough attention towards Matt Engarde to convince Phoenix Wright that his client is not as innocent as he seems, all by herself. Even Matt Engarde of all people, who considered her to be a weak person, seemed rather impressed with Adrian's plan to take revenge on him and Juan.
- Old Shame: In-Universe. Her failed attempt at suicide fills her with great shame and she tells Phoenix that if anyone were to find out about it, she would rather die than to live with the shame.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the anime, Celeste is not just her mentor, she's her older sister.
- Shrinking Violet: Was this for the majority of her life, and tried to behave like her late mentor (who was The Stoic before her death) to cope with the loss and her low self-confidence. Her insecurities worsens during court as she is implicated for a murder she has never committed, to the point where she takes Franziska's advice and pleads the fifth in a desperate attempt to protect herself.
- Spanner in the Works:
- Because she framed Engarde for Corrida's murder, he gets arrested, and de Killer ends up kidnapping Maya to force Phoenix to defend Engarde. While this did create the whole mess that is Case 2-4, it's worth noting that by her actions, the police actually arrested the correct person for the first and only time the whole series!
- Her accidental breaking and smearing of the Kurain Sacred Urn in Case 3-2 ends up being a vital point to prove that the photo of Mask☆DeMasque "stealing" the Urn in Lordly Tailor was actually taken long before the actual theft took place.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Tries to be The Stoic, but ends up being this.
- Sympathetic...Stabber of Already Dead Person: Juan Corrida was already dead, but when she stabbed his dead body to Frame-Up Matt she didn't feel any regret because of what Matt and Juan did with Celeste.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Her appereance in Trials and Tribulations is much nicer and cheerful, showing that it's her true personality after completely defrosting. By Trials and Tribulations, she's recovered enough that smiling is her default expression.
- When She Smiles: Just like Lana Skye, she smiles for the first time in the end upon being found not guilty of murder.
- Wild Take: Her glasses start to crack and then shatter completely, followed by her putting on a replacement pair.
Voiced by (Japanese): Wataru Yokojima (anime)
Voiced by (English): Marcus D. Stimac (anime)
A gentleman assassin from the second game. Polite, professional, and highly values honesty and trust between himself and his clients. His alias is John Doe (Tarou Tanaka) He appears in Ace Attorney Investigations 2 as a recurring character. While Farewell, My Turnabout spoilers are unmarked, AAI2 ones are not, so read at your own risk.
- Adaptational Karma: Downplayed, but present in the anime. The entire court sees his face in a videotape recorded by Maya, and Pheonix comments at the end of the arc that it wont be long before hes caught.
- Anti-Villain: Not a good guy, but not someone who engages in pointless cruelty. He can even be reasoned with if you can understand his motivations.
- Affably Evil: Despite being an assassin, he's nothing but polite to the lawyers. Until he breaks down after finding out Matt blackmailed him, that is.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Being a butler and an assassin, he's this.
- Berserk Button: If you value your life, do not betray him in any way. Especially if you're his client. Matt Engarde and Simon Keyes both had to learn this the hard way, with the latter being saved only by a fellow assassin who had other plans.
- The Butler Did It: Occasionally he does pose as a butler...
- Calling Card: One of the aforementioned measures taken to protect clients.
- Catchphrase: "People are rarely what they appear to be."
- Creepy Jazz Music: His theme, "Whim of a Murderous Gentleman" is a very smooth and slow tune befitting his classy, sinister nature.
- The Dragon: He was hired by Matt Engarde to be his hitman.
- The Dreaded: Everyone is on the edge of losing their nerves when this guyss around, even Edgeworth and the Judge.
- Even Evil Has Standards: This is how Phoenix finally beats Matt Engarde, by proving to de Killer that he was planning to blackmail him with a video of the murder. This immediately has de Killer release Maya and basically say in court that if Matt Engarde weren't found guilty, he would kill him. He also, unlike some of the other assassins Engarde describes, doesn't blackmail his client, but tries to get him off when things don't go as planned and his client gets charged.
- Evil Counterpart: He functions as one to Pheonix, being another affable professional with weird hair who takes on Matt as a client. While Pheonix is a Crusading Lawyer, De Killer is an assasin feared by law enforcement.
- Expressive Accessory: De Killer himself always wears a completely stoic expression, but his radio, which resembles his face, shows a lot of emotion, including hopping in anger, sweating oil, and exploding. His Ace Attorney Investigations 2 appearance mirrors this effect using an ice cream cone he carries.
- Eyes Always Shut: Never once opens his eyes, for any reason.
- Failed a Spot Check: In "Farewell, My Turnabout", he makes the uncharacteristically careless mistake of referring to Adrian Andrews as a man since it's an unisex first name and because the subject of her gender never came up when she was being discussed while he was present. This slip-up allows Phoenix to prove he's lying when insisting that she was the one who hired him.
- Foil: To Phoenix. On the surface, they have very little in common. De Killer is composed and polite while Phoenix is often flustered and putting his foot in his mouth. However, they're both dedicated to their craft and fiercely believe in their clients. Proving to De Killer than Engarde betrayed both of them is what finally wins the case.
- Final Boss: He's the final witness of Justice For All.
- The Heavy: He's the main source of conflict and intrigue during "Farewell, My Turnabout", even though he's only acting in the interests of his employer, who's the real villain of the story.
- High-Class Glass: None of his disguises or the various facsimiles of his face that crop up fail to include his monocle, and he speaks in a highly polite, polished tone.
- Honor Before Reason: De Killer never kills out of spite, and only kills as instructed. The only times he kills for personal reasons are when a client betrays him, but he's never had to do it before. He has come close, though; Matt Engarde, who had intentions of blackmailing him, was saved by his conviction, while Simon Keyes, who purposely concealed information, was saved by a fellow assassin.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He insists on meeting and speaking with potential clients face-to-face to gauge whether or not they're trustworthy. Funnily enough, the two clients we've seen him take in the series so far turned out to be anything but trustworthy. To wit: Matt Engarde intended to blackmail him with video footage of the very murder he was payed to commit, and Simon Keyes knowingly sent him at a decoy target. However, it should be noted that those clients are very good at hiding their true colors.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: After telling Phoenix his conditions to returning Maya to him in Justice for All, he says "And don't think about callin' the cops!", which is something he wanted to say since he's playing the role of kidnapper. He admits it's not as good as he thought, but it still works out.
- Karma Houdini: He gets away at the end of Justice For All, and in the epilogue announces that he'll be going abroad for a while, though anyone interested in his services can still contact him. He's still at large as of the end of Investigations 2.
- Legacy Character: Edgeworth mentions that Shelly is the fourth generation of the "De Killer" name. Amusingly, Shelly can even offer to make Phoenix into his apprentice/the next De Killer in his testimony.
- Leitmotif: "The Whim of a Murderous Gentleman".
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": He elicits this response in Investigations 2 in Case 5, when after Simon Keyes is exposed as the mastermind of the whole game, he casually walks right in to kill him for lying about his target, in front of no less than twelve other people currently present.
- Mexican Standoff: Against Sirhan Dogen near the end of Investigations 2's Case 5, when de Killer arrives to kill Simon Keyes for betraying his trust.
- Mr. Smith: He goes by John Doe in English, or Tarou Tanaka in Japanese. Both are exceedingly plain names that are commonly used as pseudonyms. (John Doe is also the legal alias used when a person's real name is not known or he specifically requests that it not be disclosed).
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
- De Killer?! Yeah, it's pretty obvious he's an assassin even before you meet him.
- The first three kanji in his name mean 'tiger,' 'wolf,' and 'death' respectively.
- Noble Demon: He stresses the professional part of being a Professional Killer through a personal code of honor & trust between him & his clients. Taking down Engarde involves proving Matt betrayed that trust.
- Not Me This Time: Claims this in Case 1 of Investigations 2. Played with. He's telling the truth... but he did plan to kill the President before the actual case occurred and threw everything into chaos.
- Obviously Evil: Highly suspicious at least. He looks like a stereotypical butler (who, we all know, Did It) but with a skunk stripe and a stitched seam down the middle of his face. Naturally, everyone is completely Genre Blind to the fact and no one really comments on his eye-catching look. Besides Will Powers, but Phoenix discredits his claims.
- Overly Long Name: "Sazaemon Koroshiya" is nine kanji long (虎狼死家 左々右エ門). Most names clock in at four, but he uses an unusually long name by Japanese standards, composed of a string of characters using very short readings. note
- Paper-Thin Disguise:
"Mr. Doe... he's one of those people you just can't have a second game in a series without."
- His distinctive face means that his different attire does little to disguise him - but he makes sure few people know what he looks like, so it works anyways (except for the players). Lampshaded by one of the Ace Attorney Investigations 2 producers while discussing "John Doe" at a panel:
- It's commented on in Investigations 2. Edgeworth never actually met him face-to-face in "Farewell My Turnabout", so it makes sense he falls for it. He still ends up mentally scolding himself once he finds out though, reminding himself he should have at least seen his picture come up in case files.
- This actually becomes a Plot Hole in Investigations 2; how can Edgeworth not notice the signature shell of Shelly's Calling Card on the back of his ice cream outfit?
- Professional Killer: Of the assassin variety.
- Punny Name: (Sea) Shell(ey), the Killer. "Sazae" means "seashell", and "Koroshiya" means assassin. There's so little pun in this that Maya initially thinks he's just calling himself "the killer"/"an assassin".
- Real Men Wear Pink: He sports a pink kimono while posing as an ice cream vendor on Gourd Lake during Ace Attorney Investigations 2.
- Red Herring: Despite being a professional assassin and having intended to kill the President of Zheng Fa in "Turnabout Target," he turns out to be one of the few who hasn't committed a crime.
- Room Disservice: Kills Juan Corrida whilst masquerading as a hotel waiter.
- Skunk Stripe: His hair is dark, but has a long white streak in it.
- The Starscream: Phoenix convinces de Killer to become this in the Golden Ending, forcing Engarde to want a guilty verdict.
- Stiff Upper Lip: His speech is meant to sound very polite and humble, with an almost British accent to it, and his face never actually shows what he is feeling. However, objects that resemble his face show his actual emotions quite frequently.
- Tranquil Fury: He's pretty upfront and calm during his statement that he's going to hunt down and kill Matt for betraying him.
- Villains Never Lie: Subverted in Farewell, My Turnabout. He goes to great lengths to establish his code of honor during his radio testimony... and then proceeds to lie like a rug to frame Adrien in order to cover for his real client.
- White Hair, Black Heart: This hitman has white hair on the top of his head.
- Wild Card: He lives by a complex code of honor, bordering on Blue and Orange Morality, and if it suits his goals he'll be downright cooperative with the main characters, even those who would like nothing more than to see him arrested and brought to justice.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Rooke to be this, since he was one of the only people to be able to wound him. This is partially why he forces Knightley to allow Edgeworth to investigate his death.