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Witnesses and miscellaneous characters that appear in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

Note: There are spoilers for later installments as well as the first game. Read cautiously!

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The First Turnabout (Hajimete no Gyakuten)

    Larry Butz (Masashi Yahari

Voiced by (Japanese): Masaya Onosaka (SoJ), Tooru Nara (anime)

Voiced by (English): Josh Martin (anime), Steph Garrett (child - anime)

Played by: Akiyoshi Nakao (film), Riohei Kamamori (child - film)

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Phoenix and Edgeworth's 'lovable' loser classmate and one of the series' most frequently reoccurring witnesses. A very over-the-top, downright idiotic playboy-wannabe, who always try to get a girlfriend and fails to keep one, either they dumped him or they get killed (the very first case of the series has his girlfriend murdered). He seems to attract trouble wherever he goes, thus earning him the saying, "When something smells, it's usually the Butz".


  • Artsy Beret: He always wears a beret when he is in his painter persona.
  • Adaptation Expansion: At the end of Turnabout Goodbyes, in the game, Larry gives back the lunch money that was "stolen" from Edgeworth fifteen years prior, thus leading to the Broken Pedestal below. In the anime, though, he never actually stole it: Edgeworth dropped it on the ground, and Larry found it and responsibly gave it to the police. Though, he still could have chimed in during the class trial and said he'd found the 3,000 yen, saving Phoenix a lot of trauma. However, this is non-canon.
  • Adapted Out: Inverted in the anime; Larry appears in "Farewell, My Turnabout", even though he didn't in the game.
  • Analogy Backfire: Phoenix lampshades the above quote by thinking to himself "Uh, didn't they all die?"
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In 1-4, right as Edgeworth is declared guilty, Larry rushes in, yelling for the judge to wait, and demands to testify, and sheds new light on the case in the process. This provided a large hole in Von Karma's case, which, in the end, cost him the trial. Due to this, he also saved Edgeworth's life. He pretty much saved the entire case for Phoenix, really.
    • And in the final case of Ace Attorney Investigations, he and Oldbag burst in with decisive evidence, helping to bust Alba for good.
  • Be as Unhelpful as Possible: Things are never made easier for the protagonist in question whenever Larry is involved as a witness (or even nearby). Usually the truth has to be dug out of him due to either his genuine idiocy mistakening what he witnessed or his deliberate coverup of details that implicate him in something embarassing but inconsequential. It comes to a head in Investigations, when Edgeworth has to argue Larry's innocence to Shi Long Lang (who's looking to arrest him). Larry then interjects, forcing Edgeworth to prove to him that he couldn't have done it all while trying to refute Edgeworth... right in front of Lang. Edgeworth points out that if he were to win this "battle of wits", Larry's victory prize would be his arrest.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A light example. He generally comes off as an easygoing and friendly guy, but is also a lazy liar who frequently intentionally hides important details about cases to save his own skin. Phoenix and Edgeworth, who have known him for most of their lives, are the only characters who are aware of this side of him, and react accordingly when around him as a result.
  • Blush Sticker: Pops up whenever he's flustered, which is often, as he has plenty of good reasons to be ashamed...
  • Broken Pedestal: While Phoenix certainly never looked up to Larry, the reveal that he stole Edgeworth's lunch money as a kid (which in turn, caused the class to think Phoenix had done it) made Phoenix stop viewing him as a close Childhood Friend and instead as a nuisance.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a talented artist, despite his many flaws.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent from the series since Investigations 2, he returns in the DLC case "Turnabout Time Traveler" in Spirit of Justice.
  • Butt-Monkey: Has terrible luck in the romance department, especially in the manga, in which, in Turnabout with the Wind his girlfriend Belle turns out to be the murderer, only talking to him to create an alibi (although she wasn't planning on framing him).
  • Casanova Wannabe: His bad luck at love is pretty much a running gag.
  • Chick Magnet: Say what you will about his ability to keep girlfriends, but he's had at least nine girlfriends over three games, and most of them were models or worked other professions where good looks matter.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He is quite the pervert, but he is also a murderer's worst nightmare. When he is in a murder scene or other scene where someone is in danger, he will collect critical evidence, deliver critical testimony after his lies are broken through, save lives, create enough chaos to cause a murderer to make a mistake that allows the murder to be solved or otherwise interferes with a murderer's plans, and/or foil murder plots. He often does many of these things by accident.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Throughout the third game, during which he is heavily implied to be going through a crisis over being vastly overshadowed by Phoenix and Edgeworth. By the end of it, he seems to settle on being an artist, a field where he actually possesses talent. This decision paid off in the long run, as he ends up making a name for himself as an illustrator by the events of Spirit of Justice.
  • The Ditz: Probably why trouble follows him everywhere.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Barely averted, given that Larry could have been called Harry.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes:
    • While Phoenix at first considers him a well-meaning goofball, his repeated screw ups try the attorney's patience to a point where he groans at the sight of him. Things are even worse between him and Edgeworth, who makes it no secret that he has no idea how they became friends in the first place and never has anything nice to say to or about him.
    • Made especially apparent in Spirit of Justice, when Phoenix introduces Larry to Athena reluctantly as "an old friend" but in his thoughts he says Edgeworth is his childhood friend without hesitation.
  • Genius Ditz: He's actually a good artist, in more ways than one. He made two replica statuettes of "The Thinker" in his first appearance (with functional clocks, no less), his sketches during Bridge to the Turnabout are on par with the rest of the game's art, and his stage performance as the Steel Samurai fooled even Edgeworth. He eventually managed to gain some success as a picture book author.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: One of his new animations in Spirit of Justice.
  • Heel Realization: Larry admits he was the one who stole Edgeworth's lunch money, for which Phoenix was blamed. Phoenix was not amused when he found out.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • During his appearance in case 3 of Investigations 2, a pair of his sketches become evidence. After his drawing in Trials and Tribulations, you wouldn't expect much, but they're actually pretty good, especially for ones he drew on the spot. He might actually have talent as an artist, which would explain why it's the only profession you see him in multiple times.
    • His appearance in the original Investigations reveals that he's apparently also an excellent actor, to the point of putting on a performance as the Steel Samurai in a stage play that was so excellent that even the notoriously critical Steel Samurai fanboy Edgeworth was moved to tears by it.
    • In Spirit of Justice, upon Edgeworth mocking him a little too much, he reveals his hand and shows he had gathered a lot more evidence than it initially appeared. He also ends up perfectly replicating the image of a sign chunk whipping by his window in high-pressure winds despite only seeing it for half a second... though he's convinced that he saw a pterodactyl.
  • Hot-Blooded: He has a tendency of abruptly screaming mid-sentence, and his screams are loud enough to shake the screen.
  • The Illegible: When he tried to write "Mindy" on a love note, he wrote it so sloppily that it looked like "Wéndy" at first glance. Other characters initially thought that the note was for Wendy Oldbag.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Hinted at in the third game's end credits. Both of his friends are legendary lawyers and pioneers in their field, while he can't keep a job or a girlfriend. Even his "thumbs up" sprite gives him an expression that makes him look like he'll burst into tears at any minute. Finally finding a profession that he's good at makes him ecstatic.
  • Insistent Terminology: When he's working as an artist in Trials and Tribulations and Investigations 2, he insists on being called Laurice Deauxnim. Few people seem to humor him.
  • Leitmotif: "When Something Smells, It's Usually Me", in the third game. It returns in Ace Attorney Investigations 2, and gets remixed for the DLC case in Spirit of Justice. In the first game he has "Blissful People", sharing it with several other characters.
  • Mystery Magnet: He stumbles into many different murder scenes without intending to be there, and murder attempts happen around where he is. This is a somewhat good thing because his art and his testimony become critical more often than not once you manage to expose all of his lies that he habitually makes in his testimony by cross-examining him, and manages to foil some of the murderers' plans including saving at least one victim's life.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: He has a new job (and girlfriend) every time he appears. He's a hot-dog vendor, a security guard, and an artist over the course of the original trilogy. (This results in him being a frequent witness.) After realizing his talent as an artist at the end of the third game, he's stuck to the profession in each of his most recent chronological appearances, to the point of becoming an acclaimed illustrator by Spirit of Justice.
  • The Nicknamer: "Nick", "Edgey", and "Franzy" for Phoenix, Edgeworth, and Franziska respectively.
  • Ocular Gushers: He tends to show his emotions in a very over-the-top way, including streams of tears flowing from puppy-dog eyes.
  • Older Than He Looks: In Spirit of Justice, even nine years after the events of the Investigations games, he's barely shown any signs of ageing, unlike his friends. He certainly has not matured either.
  • One-Hit Wonder: In-Universe example. While he has found professional success with "Franzy's Whippity-Whip Trip" by the time of Spirit of Justice, he's now struggling to make another big seller. He's not too pleased when Phoenix calls him as such and his efforts to avoid going down as one gets pretty desperate, like mailing the Wright Anything Agency ten copies of his new book, and the bill.
  • Pen Name: Does art under the pseudonym of "Laurice Deauxnim," which he appears to have picked up apprenticing under Elise Deauxnim in 3-5.
  • Phrase Catcher: "When something smells, it's usually the Butz."
  • Renaissance Man: Shockingly enough, Larry is naturally gifted in pretty much all artistic fields, including sculpting, painting and acting.
  • Serial Romeo: Larry seems to always date models, but he's not above constant flattery of any other woman in range, including Maya, who is supposedly kind of plain. If you show him a picture of Pearl in T&T, he'll call her a "cutie" and only back off when he realizes she has the same name as a girl he once dated, not because she's nine. (In this case, it's a sign that he's a Cloudcuckoolander, not a Comedic Lolicon pervert.)
  • The Southpaw: He is left-handed, and holds his paintbrush in his left hand.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • He derails the Big Bad's plans in two different games. In the first game, Edgeworth states that he's the first witness Von Karma was unable to manipulate in advance, and thus the first unplanned element in his 40 years of prosecution. In Investigations, his accident in rehearsal leads to an in-universe case of Real Life Writes the Plot that catches the Big Bad in a lie.
    • In the manga, by getting arrested as the suspect in Turnabout With the Wind by various things he does to make himself seem suspicious (calling Bright Bonds to demand that he back out of Belle's life, and running from the cops), Belle ends up having to prove his alibi, and ends up incriminating herself with her own testimony.
    • His habit of doing unreasonable things derails the plans of several criminals. In the third game, the perp of the second case hit an alarm buzzer so that the guard would come rushing to the scene of the crime, and see a different suspect and the victim in the room together—except that never happened, because the guard in question (Larry) was off elsewhere getting drubbed by an ex's boyfriend. In the final case of that game, he witnesses the cover-up of the crime, only he doesn't realize what he's actually seeing. His testimony—and artistic depiction—eventually helps Phoenix piece together the story of what really happened.
    • His return in Spirit of Justice proves this to be as much a part of his being as hopelessly falling in love and driving his old friends up the wall. To wit, his act of sneaking into a wedding reception derails the whole time travel cover up and forces the villain to kill his accomplice earlier than intended, making it possible to catch him.
  • Surprise Witness: He realizes that he is a witness in a murder and busts into the courtroom just in time to stop a Miscarriage of Justice with his testimony. Even then, Phoenix had to correct several errors in Larry's testimony to make it useful.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Phoenix never agreed to defend Larry for free; he just assumed. It's also sometimes hard to draw the line on where he's mooching off his girlfriends or being an extreme doormat to them (e.g. Kiyance's gifts & suggestions on how to run his hot dog stand).
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In the first Investigations game he declares that he's no longer interested in being an artist, and has decided that his true calling is acting. In the second game, however, he's gone back to being an artist, with Spirit of Justice demonstrating that he stuck with that career choice in the longer run.
  • Terrible Artist: Shockingly averted, but still played with to a degree. While both Phoenix and Edgeworth constantly insult his artistic abilities, this is suggested to be a result of them being unable to get past the fact that Larry made them, as all other characters praise his work. This is supported in Investigations, where Edgeworth is nearly brought to tears by Larry's performance in a play when he didn't know that it was him, but then immediately scoffs at it after learning that fact. In Spirit of Justice, he's gained enough prestige as an artist for the influential Sprocket household to hire him as a wedding reception sign designer.
  • Unfortunate Names: His last name is Butz, a misspelling of "butts". If his first name is corrupted by changing the "L" to an "H" like how Dick Gumshoe and Mia Fey did, you get a Punny Name that refers to hairy butts.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationships with both Phoenix and Edgeworth can be summarized as this. In Edgeworth's case there's barely any friendship at all. Notably, Phoenix's opinion of him seems to gradually drop throughout the series, initially seeing him as a well-meaning goofball in the first game before acknowledging him as an obnoxious liar that he can barely tolerate in the third.
  • With Friends Like These...: Generally, more of a liability and mooch than an ally. He does genuinely care about both Phoenix and Edgeworth, just less than he does about himself.

    Frank Sahwit (Hoshio Yamano

Voiced by (Japanese): Shinya Takahashi (anime)

Voiced by (English): Ben Phillips (anime)

Played by: Ayumu Saito (live-action film)

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This guy got the raw end of the deal when it comes to murderers in the series, for the same reason that a statement like that isn't a spoiler: he's blatantly shown to be the murderer of Cindy Stone before Phoenix even gets his name shown for the first time (bar the title screen on non-Japanese versions), and you can get him guilty without even having to press anything. He reappears in jail in the second case of Investigations 2, training as an animal groomer.


  • Accidental Murder: He didn't intend to kill Cindy Stone and is in quite a panic when he finds out that he did...until he finds someone to pin the blame on.
  • Bad Liar: Unlike most other murderers, whose lies only become obvious when presented with evidence they would otherwise be unaware of or forced to elaborate on their stories when being pressed, his contradictions are completely obvious. Much less so when he appears again in Investigations 2, where he still isn't an especially adept liar, but compared to the likes of Larry and Sebastian Debeste is practically a master of deception.
  • The Bus Came Back: Reappears in Investigations 2, a whole ten years after his sole appearance in the very first Ace Attorney game!
  • Dodgy Toupee: His toupee makes him look younger by hiding his baldness. It'd likely be a lot more convincing if it didn't jump off his head whenever he gets surprised, though.
  • Eyes Always Shut: In the first phase of the trial with him, before he throws his toupee and sheds his facade.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Before his inevitable breakdowns, he portrays himself as a remarkably polite and well-spoken man.
  • Hand Rubbing: Does it all the time, though probably not as a part of villainous plotting (even though he's a villain anyway).
  • Ironic Name: He's anything but frank, and he didn't just see the murder, he committed it.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Heavily averts the Mukokuseki art style typical of the series, which is probably why he was given a Southeast Asian-sounding surname in the English version as opposed to the European-style names most characters get.
  • Not Me This Time: Played With in Investigations 2. He's not the killer, but he is their accomplice.
  • Punny Name: "Frank saw it". Phoenix even lampshades this.
    Phoenix: Proof enough for you, Mr. Sahwit? Or should I say... Mr. Did It!
  • Retcon: He's 36 in the first game, but in Investigations 2, which takes place 3 years later, he's 47. Recent re-releases of the original trilogy change his age to 44 accordingly.
  • Starter Villain: The very first culprit of the series, and the one with very obvious contradictions in his testimonies.
  • Stepford Smiler: When wearing the wig he smiles perpetually, but he does so to conceal his crimes.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Practically the master of this in AAI2. The whole Logic Chess battle against him pretty much consists of waiting for him to make one and catching him out on it.
    Sahwit: I-If you're looking for the person who discovered the body... You should try someone else...
  • Villainous Breakdown: Throws his toupee at a displeased Wright (and Edgeworth in AAI2) and then froths at the mouth as though he had rabies, before collapsing. He doesn't do the latter in AAI2.

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Turnabout Sisters (Gyakuten Shimai)

    The Bellboy 
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"From hence forth I will be known as the 'bellboy who swore the affidavit'!"

The head bellboy of the Gatewater hotel. While never given a name, he is nevertheless an important witness in the second case of the first game.


  • Ascended Fanboy: The Bellboy is overjoyed both times a murder occurs in or near the Gatewater Hotel.
  • The Cameo: As well as his main appearance in 1-2, he appears briefly in 1-5, is referenced occasionally by Phoenix, Shelly de Killer wears his outfit in the second game, and in Investigations, he appears as the real Proto Badger.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the anime, he never gets to testify and only appears to tell Phoenix that Redd White was with April May at the hotel in the day Mia's murder happened.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Done on purpose by April May.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": We never hear his true name.
  • No Name Given: His is a particular case in the series as he does not even have a fake name or is called by his alias - he is just the bellboy.
  • Spanner in the Works: He accidentally states in court that April May was not alone in Gatewater Hotel when Edgeworth told him to not say that. This allows Phoenix to track down Mia's murderer.

    April May (Umeyo Shochiku

Voiced by (Japanese): Mariko Honda (anime)

Voiced by (English): Jeannie Tirado (anime)

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"I like a man with a big... vocabulary."

Redd White's secretary. Something of an airhead who easily seduces men because of her looks.


  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Has a cute seemingly ditzy exterior, but reveals her true personality and becomes hostile under enough pressure.
  • Brainless Beauty: Though possibly smarter than she looks.
  • Cry Cute: As with Gainaxing below, attempts to exploit this to get out of answering questions... but by then, it's too late.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has both pink hair and eyes.
  • Death Glare: When pressed and cornered.
  • Double Entendre: With her, it's just asking for trouble.
  • Feet-First Introduction: In the 2016 anime, the first glimpse of April is her bare leg which she uses while in the bathroom to point where she wants the wine to be placed by the bellboy (actually Phoenix).
  • Gainaxing: Exploited. She knows well how to use tit-bounce to get men on her side.
  • Gonk: Normally she looks pretty, but once she's pissed off her face contortions look so bad it's ridiculous.
  • Hello, Nurse!: She has no problem to show her sex appeal, using a combination of ample cleavage, an innocent expression and a cutesy style of speech. Every man who meets her (except Phoenix and Edgeworth) is instantly smitten. There's even official concept art of her in a nurse uniform!
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: When Phoenix calls her a "big fat liar" her only response is "...FAT!?"
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She's not the cleverest wire-tapper, but she's far more competent than she seems at first.
  • Punny Name: April and May, obviously. The three kanji in her Japanese name idiomatically mean "high-, middle-, low-ranking" (and literally "pine, bamboo, plum". It's a Japanese thing). In fact, it's her and Redd's fault that the series has characters with punny names in the first place.
    • In French, she's called 'Masha Vril'; a combination of 'Mars' and 'Avril', which mean 'March' and 'April', respectively.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Subverted. Her pink hair may be natural, but her sweet demeanor is only an act.
  • Sexy Secretary: She was the secretary of Redd White, the CEO of Bluecorp.
  • Taking the Heat: Tries to do this for Redd White, denying her connections with him.
  • The Tease: She likes to tease people and knows how to get her way.
  • Twitchy Eye: The left side of her face twitches up every time she's caught off-guard.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Phoenix manages to figure out April May's role in the crime, April May screams and causes one of the buttons of her top to pop off, allowing her breasts to bounce, before her face suddenly becomes Hulk-like and she starts screaming at everyone.

    Redd White (Masaru Konaka

Voiced by (Japanese): Hiromichi Tezuka (anime)

Voiced by (English): Larry Brantley (anime)

Played by: Makoto Ayukawa (film)

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"I am always abso-posi-lutely perfect!"

The wealthy president of Bluecorp who built his powerful company through blackmailing lawyers, judges, politicians, police, and all sorts of other people. Thanks to him, word of the police using a spirit medium for DL-6 got leaked to the press. So if not for him, Mia wouldn't have (specifically) become a lawyer herself. Then again, he's the one who kills her.

In the film, his involvement in the DL-6 Incident is the same, but he is instead a writer for a magazine and wrote the article that exposed police use of a spirit medium. He is also the witness to Maya's alleged murder of Mia as opposed to the Bellhop.


  • Adaptational Intelligence: His anime incarnation, while still a major Smug Snake and technically a mere Starter Villain, nonetheless shows noticeably more pragmatism (such as never hitting Phoenix just to prove a For the Evulz point — an action which incenses him enough to start going after White 100% in the game) and ability to roll with the punches in court.
  • Adaptational Wimp: His live action incarnation, considering he's merely a writer and von Karma's pawn there, versus a wealthy blackmailer with his own company in the original Visual Novel. And he dies.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: His live action incarnation looks nothing like he does in the games; instead he looks like a mix between Severus Snape and Howard Stern, except Asian.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's somewhat goofy and not very intimidating until you realize that he is very powerful and has driven many people to suicide, and takes a sick joy in manipulating others.
  • Blackmail: His specialty, and the basis of his business is to acquire the information that lets him blackmail whoever he wants.
  • Blinding Bangs: In the film.
  • Confess to a Lesser Crime: He almost gets away because of this. Edgeworth prompts him to confess to installing the wiretap in Mia's office, which would have given him an alibi to his having been there at all to dodge the murder charge. Phoenix shuts him down by proving he couldn't have been at the office any time but the night of the murder.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Head of a big information firm, and rotten to the core.
  • Courtroom Antic: In the film, he pulls a huge megaphone out of nowhere.
  • Death by Adaptation: Is poisoned in jail during the film, the day before Wright can call him as a witness in the Hammond murder case.
  • Death by Irony: The master blackmailer is eventually blackmailed into confessing to the murder by the woman he killed no less.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: He prides himself on his large vocabulary of ten dollar words and thinks that "lesser" people can't keep up, despite him using all of them incorrectly. For example, he refers to April May as his "secretariat".
  • The Dreaded: Almost everyone in the local law enforcement is afraid of him, making the day with him as a witness difficult since the court (the judge included) is on his side.
  • Eagle Land: The localizations made him a Type 2 Eaglelander.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Both his hands are covered in diamond rings, and one of his "confident" animations is to raise his hands and dazzle the audience with them.
  • Evil, Inc.: He his the CEO of Bluecorp, which is an information firm that practices industrial-scale Blackmail.
  • Evil Is Petty: A lot of his blackmail demands are things he actually doesn't need; he just wants to see his victims deprived of them (like Grossberg's treasured painting). He also straight-up assaults Phoenix, just because he can (the cops won't touch him).
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: His Bluecorp building, especially in the anime.
  • Expy: Of Charles Augustus Milverton, another Blackmailer Smug Snake responsible for countless destroyed lives. And both men are ultimately taken down via Pay Evil unto Evil by different vengeful victims.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts like a quirky and jolly businessman, but this facade cracks when Phoenix questions him too much.
  • Freudian Slip: If you press him on a certain statement, you can get him to make a pretty hilarious one.
    White: Then she turned and ran for the door.
    Phoenix: What did you do then?
    White: I gave chase, of course. (cue Oh, Crap! face)
  • Gratuitous English: In Japanese, poorly.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: In English, equally poorly.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In a way, he could be considered this to the whole plot of the original trilogy alongside Manfred von Karma, as he is the reason Mia Fey became an attorney in the first place (due to his involvement in the DL-6 Case) as well as being her killer (which would drive the actions of Godot and Dahlia in the third game).
  • Hate Sink: Is a Jerkass sociopath with absolutely no redeeming qualities who doesn't care about anyone but himself and ruins people's lives for his own sick enjoyment. He's also a Smug Snake who thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants because of his status and rubs it in everyone's faces that no one can do anything about it. This makes wanting to jail the arrogant shithead all the more determined and is very satisfying once you do.
  • Head Desk: When Phoenix starts cornering him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In a general sense, him deciding to testify in court when he's already gotten out of it (White was never called to be a witness during the first day of the trial) is what allows Phoenix to prove that he's the real murderer. A more specific example is the piece of paper he used to pin the murder on Maya becomes an important evidence to prove his guilt; then it's implied that the list that Mia had Phoenix read in court that got Redd to confess is a list of people he's blackmailed.
    • Especially noteworthy in that after White submits himself as a witness, Phoenix immediately finds a hole in his first testimony that's big enough for the crime to be pinned on him.
  • Information Broker: Bluecorp provided enough dirt on just about every high-ranking person in the city to have real weight for White to use it as blackmail material and force everyone to do as he pleased.
  • Jerkass: Speaks loudly how he can manipulate everyone to do whatever he wants. He even says that the courts, the police and the law are all "playthings" to him. Also, the way he was clearly preparing to throw his secretary under the bus for Mia's murder, and then casually accusing Phoenix of being Mia's murderer once Phoenix angers him shows how despicable Redd is.
  • Large Ham: "Welcome! Please furnish me with the title of your personage!"
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: And way too damn proud of it.
  • Obviously Evil: While his appearance is just overly flashy instead of actually evil-looking, his chronic Smug Snake-ness prevents him from even trying to hide his shadiness. Also, the 1-2 intro blatantly shows him, you know, killing Mia.
  • Punny Name: Red, white, and blue. The kanji of his Japanese name mean "small, medium, large". In fact, it's his and April's fault that the series have characters with punny names in the first place.
  • Purple Prose: He's very fond of this, and occasionally makes up words entirely.
    White: Please furnish me with the title of your personage! ...Your name! What's your name? I was just inquirably asking the title that you go by.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He claims to even have the Chief Prosecutor under his thumb, placing him above the law.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in the second case, but his actions (mostly killing Mia) reach far past his involvement.
  • Smug Smiler: His grin never leaves his face except for his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Smug Snake: By the truckload. His overconfidence in his blackmail network proves to be his undoing when he decides to testify in court, despite the fact that it would be more pragmatic to remain out of the spotlight. Why did he decide to testify? Because he's annoyed at Phoenix not backing down at his threats and decides that he will have Phoenix convicted for the murder to get back at him despite having no way to prove this beyond his word. The next day in court, Phoenix easily blows his shoddy testimony to smithereens (for reference, he doesn't even bother corroborating his testimony to match April May's) and it's not like he can threaten to blackmail anyone right out in the open in public court since blackmail itself is a crime. If it hadn't been for Edgeworth repeatedly throwing him lifelines, Phoenix would probably have gotten him convicted all on his own.
  • The Sociopath: Remorselessly kills Mia, frames Maya for it, ruined their mother and family's reputation, makes Grossberg's life a living hell for 15 years, plans to abandon his secretary to the court's judgement, assaults Phoenix and later frames him for Mia's murder as well, and drove countless people to suicide with his blackmail racket, all just to preserve his own hedonistic lifestyle. He even refers to his blackmail victims as "{...} mere toys. Playthings for my amusement!"
  • Sunglasses at Night: Constantly wears sunglasses in the film—even indoors and at night.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes crazy when Phoenix innocently reads off a list of the names of people he's blackmailed, screaming at him to stop. Ironically, this means he is blackmailed by Phoenix and Mia to confess his crime. Considering how much of a murderous, arrogant Jerkass Smug Snake he is, it was very satisfying reducing this conceited shithead to a crying and begging wimp.

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Turnabout Samurai (Gyakuten no Tonosaman)

    Will Powers (Saburo Niboshi

Voiced by (Japanese): Shota Yamamoto (anime)

Voiced by (English): Chris Rager (anime)

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"The Steel Samurai is the lead character in a popular kid's show. He walks the streets of Neo Olde Tokyo... Fighting battle after battle against the Evil Magistrate and his minions. Of course, he never really defeats the Evil Magistrate. Although... I guess he did defeat him this time..."

TV star and the first client Maya assisted Phoenix defending. Most well-known for his role as the Steel Samurai. He's also a total sweetheart. Appears again in 2-4 and in an Investigations 2 case, both of which have something to do with show business.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: No one seems to ever let him forget his brutish appearance. Oldbag in particular.
  • Animal Motifs: Phoenix compared him to a lion in 2-4. His hairdo and buff physique probably helps in that comparison.
  • Apologises a Lot: Taken to hilarious levels when you present Pearl's picture to him in case 2-4, since both of them have this trope, when he tries (and fails) to guess her relationship to Phoenix and Maya.
  • Badass Baritone: In the anime.
  • Broken Pedestal: Jack Hammer was his role model. Hammer accidentally killed someone and, while trying to kill Dee Vasquez, tried to frame Will Powers for it out of jealousy.
  • Butt-Monkey: At one point Dee Vasquez notes that he's so ordinary looking, he's sometimes left behind by mistake when the rest of the company comes back from a trip.
  • Carpet of Virility: To match his large, mane-like hair, he's got a hairy, masculine chest.
  • Demoted to Extra: He does show up in the anime for "Farewell, My Turnabout", but only in the beginning. He disappears completely for the rest of the arc.
  • Face of a Thug: A Running Gag for him. Poor guy. He almost breaks into tears when Pearl says that she thinks his face makes him look kind. A rather foolish cop made this mistake and arrested him in case 2-4 as someone who must have done something. Upon interrogation, he is cleared and promoted from suspect to that case's star witness. Earlier, in case 1-3, Maya sees him and immediately says:
    Maya: Um, maybe I shouldn't be saying this... But he definitely did it. Murder. At least once. Maybe twice.
  • Gossipy Hens: Rare male example. Despite being a celebrity himself, Powers loves celebrity gossip, seeing the world of celebrities as glamorous. Of course, that's partially because the poor guy perpetually has an outsider's perspective due to his appearance and meek personality.
  • Hero Antagonist: As a result of becoming the prosecution's star witness in case 2-4, he becomes this because Phoenix is Forced into Evil by Shelly de Killer's Blackmail. He testifies truthfully unlike most witnesses you encounter in the Ace Attorney series from the get-go, and the only things that Phoenix can contradict are rather minor errors.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Most of the time, Will simply can't believe who the real culprit is in a case because it's someone he trusts as a coworker. He just doesn't see the worst in people.
  • Informed Deformity: His face, while rough, doesn't seem frightening to the viewer at all. Although this might simply be a case of him thinking he's genuinely ugly.
  • I Owe You My Life: He is eternally grateful for being saved in case 1-3, which is why he invites the heroes along to the awards ceremony in case 2-4.
  • Nice Guy: Truly one of the most gentle and kind-hearted characters in the series. He is so nice that he is one of the few witnesses in the Ace Attorney series that testifies truthfully on the stand from the start, leaving only minor errors for Phoenix to contradict.
  • People in Rubber Suits: Reappears in Ace Attorney Investigations 2 to play the title role in the new Moozilla movie. The suit was also used for less pleasant reasons, but not by him.
  • Punny Name: He's got willpower. "Niboshi" is dried sardines (yes, it's ironic). "Saburo" means "third son" or "three lights" depending on the kanji and could also be a pun with "niboshi" which could also be read with other kanji as "two stars."
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: After the events of case 1-3, he stars as the title character of The Pink Princess: Warrior of Little Olde Tokyo.

    Wendy Oldbag (Kaoru Ohba

Voiced by (Japanese): Yuu Sugimoto (anime)

Voiced by (English): Anastasia Munoz (anime)

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"Shush! I'm talking to my dear Edgey-Wedgey right now! Don't interrupt us, gramps!"

A hard-ass old woman who for some reason is a security guard, and another one of the series' frequent witnesses. Goes on long-winded rants at a moment's notice, and has a thing for soon-to-be dead actors and Edgeworth, the latter of whom (un)affectionately dubs her the "wicked witch of the witness stand".


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Miles "Edgey-Poo~" Edgeworth. No seriously, meeting her, in his own words, makes his day go from “not my day” into “waking nightmare” territory. On the day in question, he had already relived his trauma with earthquakes, been accused of murder, had to deliver ransom money, been kidnapped, had his jurisdiction usurped, and discovered two separate murder victims.
    Edgeworth: (Nooooo! Why HER!? Why HERE!? Why NOW!?)
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Edgey-Wedgey", for Edgeworth. It's as cringe-worthy as Edgeworth thinks it is.
  • Berserk Button: Inverted. She usually calms down when Edgeworth shows up. For Edgeworth, though, she serves as his Trauma Button.
  • Blush Sticker: Pops up at the thought of her latest celebrity obsession. Best not thought about at any length.
  • The Cameo:
    • Only appears in the third game in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue. She still wears the astronaut costume for some reason.
    • She appears in a trailer for Apollo Justice, despite her not showing up in the game. An old woman that appears in Case 2 resembles Oldbag in both looks and attitude, but it's never confirmed to be her.
    • She appears in the Japanese trailer advertising the DLC case for Spirit of Justice despite not showing up in that either.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: A security guard, but she's quite fond of donuts.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Investigations puts her in an extremely busty Pink Princess outfit.
    • You also get to collect her undershirt as evidence. Edgeworth is rightfully shaken by the very thought.
  • Grumpy Old Man: She's absolutely a bad temper.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: In Turnabout Samurai, the reasons she gives for suspecting Will Powers when she's on the witness stand are eventually used by Phoenix to cast suspicion on her.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In Investigations, she complains about a stalker letter she received (which was actually intended for someone else)... while she's been sending Edgeworth flowers for years.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Or so she says. In the manga, her grandmother Wendolyn is channeled and everyone mistakes her for Wendy because they look just like each other. There is an image of her as a younger girl, and if this can be used as an example, then it's actually true.
  • Jerkass: Very reluctant to give help, especially if she thinks you're trying to smear the name of someone she adores. Usually you have to pay her off with something to get her to talk and even then she won't say it nicely.
  • Motor Mouth: To the point of Edgeworth raising an objection to stop one of her near-infinite rambles in the first game. It gets pretty silly in JFA when she goes into one of her sprees while in an airtight helmet. This doesn't change in the anime, where she speaks at an annoyingly fast pace.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Though the objects of her affection tend to ignore or just dislike her.
  • Mystery Magnet: People keep getting murdered in or near areas that she has been in except for the courtroom. She is not culpable in any of them.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: She's a security guard in all of her appearances save Investigations, but she has a new employer each time, including 2 over the course of 2 days in Investigations.
  • Old Windbag: To everyone's dismay, especially Phoenix's in the first case she appears in and Edgeworth's afterwards. Even her name is a pun on that, and the lampshades fly thick and fast.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She pleads with Phoenix to defend Julie, insisting that she couldn’t have murdered Flip. Maya notes that she's "never seen Ms. Oldbag like this".
  • Punny Name: Last name refers to the term "old bag" for an ugly old woman, and combined with her first name, also applies to her long-windedness ("windy old bag"). Her Japanese name is a combination of "old lady" ("obachan") and "idiot" (Oh Bakaoru).
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: She accuses Matt Engarde in Case 2-4 of being Juan Corrida's murderer because he's an evil person that wanted to get close to Juan and his manager to cause an scandal. Only the "wanting to cause a scandal" part is wrong (although Matt had someone else commit the murder for him).
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: She rambles on and on about insignificant points, and gets pissed when anyone asks her to keep on track, and often calls poor Nick a "whippersnapper".
  • Scrolling Text: At very fast speeds.
  • Unfortunate Names: Merely calling her by her last name ends up sounding like an insult to her age. Interestingly, she is identified in the text box by her last name, rather than "???" like everyone else, even before you learn her name.
  • Unreadably Fast Text: Once she gets going, it's nearly impossible to keep up.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: Of a sort in Justice for All. Four psyche-locks appear when she is asked about what she witnessed on the night of the murder and she refuses to speak about it unless you get her a present. Because she adores Juan greatly, all it takes is showing her his autograph to her to break all four locks at once.

    Penny Nichols (Yumiko Mamiya

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"I don't care what kind of girl you might think I am; I need that card!"

An assistant for Global Studios who was present the day of Hammer's murder. Despite this, she doesn't play much of a role.


  • Adorkable: Especially when she goes into full-on Fangirl mode.
  • The Bus Came Back: Like Sahwit, Penny finally returns in the final case of Investigations 2 after a 10-year hiatus from the series. Unlike Sahwit, her role is only marginally more important there than in the original Ace Attorney. Even Edgeworth barely remembers who she is.
  • Demoted to Extra: The anime severely reduces her already small role by not giving her any spoken lines, and she only gets occasional shots.
  • Fangirl: She flips out when she discovers that Phoenix has the last Steel Samurai trading card she needs.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses, contributing to her adorkable nature.
  • Otaku: At least she is a much more adorable fan than the ugly Manella.
  • Punny Name: Pennies and nickels. "Mamiya" might be a pun on "mania".
  • Youthful Freckles: Understandably, as she's only 18.

    Cody Hackins (Kyuta Ohtaki

Voiced by (Japanese): Shizuka Ishigami (anime)

Voiced by (English): Kara Edwards (anime)

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"I go to every live performance! I always take a picture when the Steel Samurai lands the final blow! Whizzam! I got 'em all! I never missed one! A perfect collection!"

A bratty seven-year-old Steel Samurai-obsessed fanboy. He's been to every live performance of it and decides that just once he'd like to see an actual filming of the show. The end result is he saw Jack Hammer get murdered.


  • Blush Sticker: Though he's not really that cute...
  • Brain Bleach: His reaction after seeing that Will Powers also plays the role of Pink Princess.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's obnoxious and sasses off to every character save Mia, whom he seems to like for some reason. He does ultimately volunteer a genuinely helpful photo in the end, though.
  • Children Are Innocent: Word of God says that he was introduced as a witness because a child's reasons for lying would not be the same as an adult's in the same situation.
  • Demoted to Extra: The anime doesn't hold a court hearing for his testimony because Nick and Maya decide to lure him out with the info (by way of Nick binge-watching Steel Samurai movies all-night long...and failing to recall the right stuff with Cody around but still gets the job done) without even having to require Penny's help with their fascination for collecting Steel Samurai cards (thus diminishing her role further). However, despite this, his role is more active in the events and he becomes a Spanner in the Works who convinces a heartbroken Wendy to speak up and give Nick the crucial evidence to indict the culprit in the case.
  • Harmful to Minors: Averted and then spoofed in the credits — you would think seeing a person killed before his very eyes might be traumatizing. However, due to being a young child, he clearly doesn't understand that what he saw was real. He does cry at the witness stand, though only because Phoenix took apart his testimony. But seeing Will Powers come out of a Pink Princess costume? That left a scar.
    Cody: It was kind of a shock for a boy of my tender age.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: When he testifies, it's plain that he doesn't realize what he witnessed was a murder. Well, a killing, at any rate.
  • Insufferable Genius: When Phoenix tries to buy him back with his own Steel Samurai card.
    Cody: By offering me something I already own, you're in effect eschewing the very basis of our consumer society, namely the principle of fair trade! Man, for a grownup, you sure are dumb!
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Despite the fact that the Steel Samurai mainly uses a spear, he carries around a katana on his back. He can't get it out of the sheath, though.
  • Ocular Gushers: When Phoenix finally succeeds in taking apart his testimony.
  • Otaku: As his Japanese name spells out.
  • Punny Name: Code-hacker. As for his Japanese name, the first three kanji characters (in Eastern name order) form "otaku".

    Sal Manella (Takuya Uzai

Voiced by (Japanese): Masato Nishino (anime)

Voiced by (English): Tyler Walker (anime)

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"I try not to pay much attention to things that don't interest me. LOL."

Director of the Steel Samurai. He embodies the typical image of an obsessive teenage (despite being 32) geeky fanboy, in both appearance, personality, and mannerisms.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To poor Maya.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The anime shows how he's basically abused by Dee Vasquez, such as making him into a human footstool...while he still is overjoyed writing a script on the floor.
  • Gonk: Is a fat slob with obviously poor hygiene and odious habits.
  • L33t L1ng0: His speech is littered with emoticons, LOLs, and 1337s. He even manages to speak a ":(" at the thought of having not been able to eat a t-bone steak. When he's speaking seriously, though, this gets downplayed to just occasional usage, rather than every other word - thankfully, since trying to decipher actually important information from this kind of speech would just be frustrating.
  • Otaku: In its worst form possible.
  • Precision F-Strike: He says "WTF" when you first meet him. Later, he says "My ass is p0wned if I don't find [the script]".
  • Punny Name: He's as sickening as salmonella. "Takuya" comes from "otaku", and "Uzai" means "annoying".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate is never revealed after Phoenix states that he helped Dee Vasquez move Jack Hammer's body. He is seen again in Investigations eating lunch, but it's a cameo appearance that has no relevance to the plot.

    Dee Vasquez (Sakura Himegami

Voiced by (Japanese): Yurika Hino (anime)

Voiced by (English): Janelle Lutz (anime)

Played by: Miho Ninagawa (film)

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"Don't hit your desk. It irritates me."

Global Studios (and Steel Samurai) producer that built the studio back up from the brink of ruin, and apparently is some sort of business genius. She's also got ties to the mob.


  • Arc Villain: She plays this role for 1-3.
  • Anti-Villain: It's easy to see her as sympathetic, her murder was in self defense and it's implied that Manuel was close to her, but it's important to remember that she was still a petty blackmailer who spent years threatening and abusing Jack Hammer over Manuel's accidental death. Likewise, she's established to have been a member of the mob and ordered her goons to kill Phoenix and Maya so casually that it couldn't have been the first time she's given such an order.
  • Berserk Button: When Maya mentions the incident where Manuel was killed by Hammer as an accident, she drops her stoic facade for a bit to yell at her before regaining her composure.
  • Blackmail: She was blackmailing Jack Hammer after he accidentally killed another actor.
  • Broken Bird: Five years ago, she watched Manuel die in an accident at Jack Hammer's hands. In the flashback, she is incredibly distraught at his death, the only time you see her act emotionally.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The confrontation between Jack Hammer, who had no issues in trying to frame Will Powers of a murder out of jealousy, and herself, a blackmailer with ties to the mafia.
  • Evil Wears Black: Marks her as a menacing, secretive woman.
  • A Glass in the Hand: She breaks her pipe during her Villainous Breakdown.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: In the promotional manga Turnabout Crossover, she has a sister, Tampopo Himegami (Dandee Vasquez in the Fan Translation), who is (surprise!) also a producer. invoked
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She's always smoking, and evidently has smoker's lung, since her speech is indicated by the lower-pitched beep-de-beeps usually reserved for males. note  Notably the only character in the series to be shown actually smoking, rather than using something like a lollipop or a bubble pipe.
  • Graceful Loser: Once she is finally caught out as the killer (though in self-defense), she accepts her loss with dignity.
    "...Yes. I am guilty. It was me... Congratulations, Mr. Wright. I lose... again."
  • He Knows Too Much: When Phoenix and Maya refuse to hand over the five-year-old picture of Manuel's death, she calls in her "boys" to "erase" them.
  • Karma Houdini: Her attempt to kill Phoenix and Maya isn't even mentioned in court despite Gumshoe catching her in the act. Though seeing as she got arrested for voluntary manslaughter, this trope could be considered subverted, or at least downplayed. Also, the mafia connections were irrelevant to the murder trial, so mentioning them would have breached the court rules that could result in a valid objection.
  • Killing in Self-Defense: At the climax of the case, Phoenix correctly deduces that her killing of Jack Hammer was an act of self-defense. She doesn't become more sympathetic because of it, however, seeing as Hammer's attempt was prompted by the fact that she had ruined his career by blackmailing him into submission.
  • The Mafia: She's got major connections in this criminal organization.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Those spiky fence posts that Jack Hammer died by. One would think that the crew would have removed them after the same thing happened five years ago.
  • Not So Stoic: When cornered during the trial.
  • Punny Name: She's a diva. "Sakura" is obvious, and "Himegami" means "princess-goddess".
  • The Quiet One: Part of why her Cross-Examination is so difficult is that she is very terse in everything she says, leaving very little to call her out on.
  • The Stoic: Throughout much of 1-3, she doesn't seem to be concerned at all with the proceedings.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once her role in Jack Hammer's death is proven, she squeezes her pipe so hard that she breaks it. Compared to almost every villain in the series, her breakdown is rather mild.

Turnabout Goodbyes (Gyakuten, soshite Sayonara)

    Lotta Hart (Natsumi Ohsawagi

Voiced by (Japanese): Reiko Takagi (anime)

Voiced by (English): Whitney Rodgers (anime)

Played by: Mitsuki Tanimura (film)

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"Hey! You! Hold on, now! This gal's got a few questions to ask!"

Freelance photographer with a southern accent and a lotta hair. She occasionally appears as a witness when trying to capture some paranormal event or other hot gossip.


  • Adapted Out: Lotta does not appear in the anime version of "Farewell, My Turnabout". Larry takes her role.
  • Berserk Button: Lotta loves her camera. She always has it, and does NOT like seeing any abuse come to it, she will go nuts if it does. The first time you run into her she screams at you because you wasted all of her film by setting off the camera she was using. Maya forces Phoenix to pay for the expenses.
  • Camera Fiend: As noted above, she's never without her trusty camera.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Manages to correctly identify the murderer in Case 2-2; Ini Miney, by pointing out that if Maya is innocent, she's the only one who doesn't have an alibi. In the same case, she's the only one who calls Franziska out on whipping people, and tries to get the judge to do something about it.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Much of the first day of the trial in 1-4 involves establishing that she could not have seen the murder in question, due in part to not looking at the boat.
    • "There ain't no way anyone was hangin' out behind that foldin' screen!" This is a subversion because there's good reason she couldn't see anyone. Maya was hidden in a box, and the person who had been hiding there was out in front, pretending to be Maya.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has a red afro and she gets angry quite often, either at something Phoenix did or something bad that happens to her.
  • Funny Afro: In the second game, she asks if you remember her name. "Lotta Hair" is one of the possible answers. Pearl remembers her as that woman with "cotton candy" hair.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: This is Lotta's ONLY reason for being on ANY of the crime scenes she shows up at.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Lotta plays this trope straight with her brash personality, though she claims the stereotype is completely wrong - it's just her who acts that way. In the US version, she's The Idiot From The South, instead.
  • Intrepid Reporter:
    • Subverted. She thinks she's this, but she doesn't really do any hard digging for info, and she contemplates a career switch whenever the going gets rough.
    • Case 4 of Investigations 2 has this played straight, where she, along with Nicole Swift, personally track down the black market auction at the P.I.C. offices in the Grand Tower.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lotta isn't exactly what one would consider the nicest person in the world. In fact, the first time you find her she not only seems ABSOLUTELY NUTS but is loud and rude. Until you tell her she might be a witness to a murder. Despite being hot-tempered and sassy, she's actually one of the most willingly helpful recurring characters.
  • Laughing Mad: Happens once in case two in the second game. It scares the heck out of Phoenix Wright.
  • Leitmotif: "Blissful People". While she also shares it with other characters in the first game, it becomes associated solely with her from Justice For All onward.
  • Paparazzi: After Case 2-2, Lotta decided to pursuit a career with "more glamour and less gore". Obviously, this was the next logical step.
  • Punny Name: She's got a lot of heart, especially for photography and her camera. "Ohsawagi" means "big commotion".
  • Self-Deprecation: Lotta is often pretty hard on herself. She often compares herself unfavorably to other Southerners. She also goes into a mini-Heroic BSoD in 2-2, for relatively trivial reasons, where she runs away from Phoenix yelling about how she's 'lower than garbage'.
  • Shutter Bug: Lotta always has her camera on hand and you can tell she's nearby either by her mouth or by her snapping photos. Except in case four of ''Justice For All' 'when it was stolen by Wendy Oldbag.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: A weird case of this trope in the first game, in that she does it to herself. Specifically, when Phoenix and Maya first meet Lotta, Lotta admonishes them not to go thinking all Southerners are like Lotta, because "I'm the exception!"
  • Talks Like a Simile: Related to her Deep South stereotype.

    Old Caretaker/"Uncle" 

Voiced by (Japanese): Takehiro Hasu (anime)

Voiced by (English): R. Bruce Elliott (anime)

Played by: Fumiyo Kohinata (film)

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"Ayup... ZZZ"

A crazy old man that owns the boat rental shack on Gourd Lake, though he's convinced it's a pasta joint called the "Wet Noodle". He owns a pet parrot named Polly. He's a lot more connected to the case than is initially apparent.


  • Alliterative Name: His real name, which is "Yanni Yogi." Not so much in the Japanese, where it is "Kotaro Haine."
  • Anti-Villain: While he did commit murder and willfully framed an innocent man for the crime, it is only because his scumbag attorney had him plead innocence by reason of insanity to a crime he didn't commit, forcing him to not only put up with the consequences of his actions in the eyes of the public and destroyed his personal life when his wife ended her life but also to act like a bumbling fool for over a decade just to maintain the illusion that he really was not of sound mind. He's really just a nice guy caught under awful circumstances and pushed to the brink.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: He as part of his Obfuscating Stupidity mistakes Phoenix and Maya for his children and wants them to take over the "noodle shop" after he's gone.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Gives up and admits to what he did after strong evidence is shown that he's Yanni Yogi.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: For fifteen years he acted insane to back up Hammond's insanity plea. He wasn't too happy about it.
  • Punny Name: His name and his Split Personality resemble Yami Yugi. Meanwhile, "Kotaro Haine" is a reference to the poets Kotaro Takamura, who died of a broken heart; and Haine, who valued youth and romance.
  • Red Herring: For fifteen years he was seen as Gregory Edgeworth's murderer (after being accused by Gregory when he was channeled by Misty Fey), having only obtained his innocence by a plea of insanity. Turns out he indeed wasn't the murderer.
  • A Sinister Clue: He fires a gun with his left hand.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: He keeps falling asleep standing as soon as he stops talking, and takes a second to wake up whenever he's spoken to.
  • Snot Bubble: Appears whenever he falls asleep, which is often.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Robert Hammond prevented him from being convicted but ruined his life in the process.
  • Talkative Loon: He doesn't seem to have much of a grasp on reality. Subverted. He's faking it.
  • Tragic Villain: He murdered the man that had ruined his life with a plea of insanity. He expresses no remorse for what he did, but the victim is painted in a worse light In-Universe than him after the truth is exposed.
  • Villainous Breakdown: One of the few killers to avert this. When exposed, he simply reverts to his more composed true self and calmly admits his crime.
  • Walking Spoiler: About 90% of this article is spoilered out. It doesn't take much to figure out that there's a lot more to this odd old man than meets the eye.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Names his parrot after his fiancee.
  • Wham Line:
    • Not said by him specifically but when his parrot suddenly says "Don't forget DL-6!", his antics soon stop being funny.
    • He's convinced that Hammond's murderer is "little Edgey", the way he says it hinting about his past, and that he had met Edgeworth before.

Rise from the Ashes (Yomigaeru Gyakuten)

    Angel Starr (Kyoka Ichinotani
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"The name is Angel Starr. Don't you go forgetting it. Or before you know it I'll have you whimpering at my heels."

A former detective whose ability to wring information out of suspects earned her the nickname the "Cough-Up Queen". Like Marshall, Starr worked on the SL-9 case, but in her case was fired instead of demoted and now works as a lunch vendor (hence why she's not in the law enforcers section). With her connections (boyfriends) in the police department, she joined Marshall's attempts to continue the investigation of SL-9. Since the case ended she developed a hatred for prosecutors, and is the primary witness of Goodman's murder.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Uses it to flaunt a bust that rivals even Mia Fey's.
  • The Alibi: As you play through Rise from the Ashes, a large amount of evidence accumulates against Miles Edgeworth which heavily implies that someone was trying to do a Frame-Up against him. Angel Starr's witnessing of a stabbing in the alleged crime scene in the garage proved that Edgeworth was nowhere near the alleged crime scene, so Edgeworth was called to prosecute his boss instead of sitting in the defendant's chair in that case because he is the highest ranking prosecutor under the chief prosecutor.
  • Busman's Vocabulary: Since she's a lunch vendor, she tends to make puns and metaphors based on food.
  • Dominatrix: Implied, as she offers to crush Phoenix under her heels.
  • Duality Motif: It's very subtle, but her "good mood" eye is dark blue while her "don't mess with me" eye is silvery blue.
  • Expressive Hair: Her mood is indicated by which eye is covered by her bangs.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: She's implied to have been so effective at getting suspects to confess (thus earning her the title "Cough-up Queen") because she's capable of doing the good-cop-bad-cop thing by herself.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Has one of each.
  • Lethal Chef: Played with. Her lunches are delicious, but some of the items on her menu range from "questionable" (Squid Wheels) to "Is this even safe to eat?" (Peppered Fish Guts, among other things). She likes to give these particular lunches out to people she doesn't like.
  • Little Black Dress. Hard to see in the game, but she wears a dress under her coat.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kyoka" refers to the flowers you leave at a grave, and "Ichinotani" is a famous battlefield from the Sengoku period.
  • Mismatched Eyes: One Creepy Blue Eye (which is her 'dere' eye, alhough she blinks almost too much) and an Icy Blue Eye (her 'tsun' eye).
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Check out that Japanese name.
  • Nice Hat: Is bento-themed, with the rice attachments.
  • Not So Different: Develops a hatred of prosecutors as a result of being fired over forged evidence although Gant was the actual mastermind, supposedly to get Darke convicted. She makes false testimony in order to try to get Lana guilty, claiming that she knows Lana killed Goodman and this is necessary to convince the court of it.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Which eye gets covered depends on her current personality.
  • The Red Baron: "Cough-up Queen."
  • Pretty in Mink: Wears a gray fur coat, trimmed with light gray fur.
  • Really Gets Around: She has a bunch of boyfriends...
  • Spanner in the Works: The fact that she witnessed Lana Skye stabbing Bruce Goodman's already lifeless body threw a giant monkey wrench in whatever plans Lana and more importantly, Damon Gant had for covering it up.
  • Tsundere: To the point where her hair flip and revealed eye indicate which "mode" she's in.

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