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Witnesses and miscellaneous characters that appear in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney: Justice for All, and Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations.

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Debuted in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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".


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 suppported 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • In one of the cases in Investigations, Miles must prove that he couldn't have been the murderer after a lengthy discussion with Agent Lang. After that, Larry questions your theory and you have to play another discussion to convince him that he couldn't have been the murderer, while he tries to prove you wrong. 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.
    • Winston Payne, the poorly skilled prosecutor that the players stomp all over in the first four main games for their first cases in those games, plays this guy like a fiddle in Case 1-1. That should settle any debates over his intelligence - or rather, how lacking he is in that virtue.
  • 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.
  • Walking Disaster Area: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 knew 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 (of Bluecorp) (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!"

A wealthy "businessman" 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.
  • Blackmail: His specialty.
  • 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. 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: For example, he refers to April May as his "secretariat".
  • 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:
    • He's implied to control the entire legal system with his blackmail. A fat lot of good that does him, given he goes down in the first game's second case.
    • Though it should be said that for all his blunders, it still took what can only be called divine intervention (or the closest thing to it) to actually bring him down.
    • 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 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 everyone 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 casually accuses Phoenix of being Mia's murderer shows how despicable he 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, makes Grossberg's life a living Hell, 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.
  • 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.

    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, to the point that developers of the series consider knowing her name a sign of expertise (since her name is even less frequently seen in the Japanese version than the English).


  • 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. As Phoenix starts cracking his testimony on the stand, he seems to get a bit of a guilty pleasure out of forcing some measure of respect out of him. 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. If they were lovers, or close family, this could explain her cynical, dispassionate attitude.
  • 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 murderer (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 a separate murder away, could be considered subverted, or at least downplayed.
  • 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)

    Miles Edgeworth (Reiji Mitsurugi

    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)

    Lana Skye (Tomoe Hozuki

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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.
  • 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.

    Damon Gant (Kaiji Ganto

    Mike Meekins (Susumo Harabai

    Jake Marshall (Kyousuke Saimon

Debuted in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All

The Lost Turnabout (Ushinawareta Gyakuten)

    Maggey Byrde (Mako Suzuki

Voiced by (Japanese): Yoshiko Ikuta (anime)

Voiced by (English): Dawn M. Bennett (anime)

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"Next time we meet, I'll only be an "Unlucky Person", instead of a goddess!"

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.
  • Fangirl:
    • 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.

    Richard Wellington (Takamasa Moroheiya

Voiced by (Japanese): Daisuke Kishio (anime)

Voiced by (English): Ricco Fajardo (anime)

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"I am Richard Wellington, the "Drifting Virtuoso" with a Ph.D. in Drifting, as it were."

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:
    • They're both just meant to sound pretentiously upper-crust, really.
    • Also, "rich" and "well".
    • And he's a dick.
  • 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)

    Ini Miney (Nodoka Hanaka

Voiced by (Japanese): Natsue Sasamoto (anime)

Voiced by (English): Mikaela Krantz (anime)

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"Um, so, like...A murder is that thing where, like, one person kills another, right?"

An air-headed occult freak that told Dr. Grey about the Kurain Channeling technique.


  • 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: Her sister.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • "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:
    • Not as much as the murderer in "Turnabout Big Top" due to her being an Unreliable Narrator, but if what she said is true, then it was Grey who caused Ini's death, either by drugging Mimi or by overworking her.
    • 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.

    Director Hotti (later Director Hickfield) (Hotta/Hikita
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"Hmm, yes... Well, it's the quality, not quantity that counts. Uh huh... "

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)

    Maximillion Galactica 

Voiced by (Japanese): Shinya Hamazoe (anime)

Voiced by (English): Aaron Roberts (anime)

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"Ab-so-lute-ly FABULOUS!"

Real name: Billy Bob Johns (Kouhei Yamada). 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.


  • Accent Relapse: When the reality of his situation sets in at the beginning, he momentarily loses control of his smooth talk and starts talking in his native hillbilly accent.
  • Adorkable: Some fangirls found his "hillbilly self" to be quite adorable. Even some fanboys too. But Maya doesn't seem to think so. It's got to be the way he's pretty much reducing to a stuttering and crying wreck.
  • 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 Jerk Ass were Acro, Regina, and the Ringmaster Russell Berry. Everyone else hates his guts and insults him on a regular basis.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: 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.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "Fabulous!"
    • 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.
  • 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, it might be dyed.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: When he cries, his makeup runs.

    Regina Berry (Rika Tachimi, stage name Mirika

Voiced by (Japanese): Yō Taichi (anime)

Voiced by (English): Jad Saxton (anime)

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"Alright! I look so cute in this picture! Don't you think I look cute? Don't ya? Don't ya?"

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.
    • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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 commits 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.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Maybe.
    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...)
    Regina: *giggle*
  • 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.
  • It's All My Fault: What she says once the truth is uncovered. 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.
  • 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".
  • Missing Mom: Died not too long after she was born.
  • 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. In the Japanese version, she was told that the dead are just sleeping.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her prank renders Bat comatose, paralyzes Acro, gets a circus lion put down, and then sends both her father and Acro to their deaths. And she remains completely ignorant of this until the very end of 2-3.

    Lawrence Curls, aka Moe the Clown (Matsuo Tomida, aka Tommy

Voiced by (Japanese): Takeshi Uchida (anime)

Voiced by (English): Sonny Strait (anime)

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"Aha! Aha! Aha! Aha! Aha! Aha! Aha! Aha!"

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, 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.

    Benjamin Woodman and Trilo Quist (Ben Kozumi and Rilo

Voiced by (Japanese): Yutaka Furukawa (anime)

Voiced by (English): Jeff Johnson (anime)

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"Let me lay it all out for you... The pay sucks... The clown sucks... And my partner has his hand up my pants."
— Trilo Quist

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.
  • 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.

    Acro 

Voiced by (Japanese): Takayuki Nakatsukasa (anime)

Voiced by (English): Clifford Chapin (anime)

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"I mainly perform on the tightrope or the flying trapeze. But nowadays... All I perform in is my wheelchair."

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.


  • Affably Evil: If you're not Regina, he's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. That's probably why so many people love him over many of the other performers.
  • Anti-Villain: Probably one of, if not the most sympathetic murderer in the original trilogy. However this does not absolve him from trying to kill Regina due to her ignorance, unintentionally killing her father, and then framing an innocent Maximillion Galactica for the crime. At the same time though, Acro didn't intentionally frame Maximillion. Max's cloak got caught on the murder weapon by accident, and other witnesses happen 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 the latter woke up 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.
  • 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 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 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?
    Acro: Yes.
    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...
  • 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... to add insult to injury, the man was like a father to him, and he was so upset upon discovering that he had killed him instead that he even contemplated suicide.
  • 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.
  • 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 brother’s 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: All he wanted to do was to get back at the girl he felt was responsible for his brother's coma. Instead, he ends up killing his beloved father figure, the Ringmaster.
  • 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) (WARNING: MAJOR UNMARKED SPOILERS)

    Matt Engarde (Shingo Otoro

Voiced by (Japanese): Yasuaki Takumi (anime)

Voiced by (English): Dave Trosko (anime)

Played by: Yûji Abe (film)

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"Hold on a sec. I'm gonna ask my manager, OK?"

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 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.
  • Body Horror: Engarde rakes his face multiple times throughout his Villainous Breakdown.
  • 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.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: He's the main star of a popular children's series, and he's really immoral.
  • 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 his ass out to the judge demanding a 'guilty' verdict to stay in jail and escape from De Killer, clawing his face out.
  • 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: His lowest petty act he committed was to his arch-rival, Corrida and his former manager, Celeste Inpax two years ago when he had got wind of the news that Celeste was planning to be engaged to Corrida after she broke up with the former, he deliberately told Corrida about his past relationship with her just to troll them for amusement resulting in Corrida breaking up with Celeste as well, worsening her mental health and hanging herself literally thanks to the asshole who started it.
  • 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.
  • 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 proves to De Killer that Engarde was blackmailing him with it.
  • Final Boss: of Justice For All, alongside De Killer.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears a pair of leather ones.
  • For the Evulz: He dumped Celeste Inpax for basically no reason, leaving her heartbroken.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Whips one out to swirl oh-so-evilly after The Reveal...while in prison, no less.
  • 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 the most hated character in the Ace Attorney franchise.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He becomes the next target of de Killer, whom he hired. Doubly so because his blackmailing ways are why de Killer is out for his blood in the first place.
  • Ironic Echo: Remember that speech Matt gave you about how he isn't weak like Adrian Andrews and that he depends on nobody? "Help me..."
  • Irony: How he's taken down is ironic in several ways.
    • His absolute paranoia and 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 can be self-centered at times, though this is more because of him being oblivious to others. Just kidding, he's a full-blown sociopath who really 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 so satisfying to see this douchebag break down.
  • Leitmotif - The second game's "Investigation ~ Middle 2002", despite not given his name directly, in 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 friend kidnapped, and nearly pinned the entire crime on one 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, appearing nice but a cool-blooded murderer underneath is a thing of them too...)
    • His original name (真悟) means 'true realisation'.
  • 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 implied to be 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.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's not as dumb as he lets on though, he just keeps up his public image as a good-looking airhead. He's really something of a sociopath underneath the ditzy attitude.
  • Obviously Evil: Once his true personality is revealed.
  • 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: His cat Shoe seemed to be the only creature he treated decently.
  • 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, okay?"
  • 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. He even gives bellboys stupidly large tips (though it turns out the amount was right; what he was paying for was definitely not).
  • 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. Lose, and Maya dies.
    • You get to 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 Engarde's 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 people’s hearts. If there wasn't any guilt to begin with...
  • Stupid Evil: You know bro..., after Phoenix sees you who is your true self, you shouldn't have gloat to him about recording the video of Corrida's murder at the hands of the assassin you hired so you can blackmail him for money. Even if Phoenix got the videotape with the footage inside it, you could have gotten away with a 'not guilty' verdict if you haven't mentioned this statement to 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, telling Phoenix "it's time for you to meet him now" 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 pretty much a completely different person.
  • 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.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Is seen as a nice person despite his many terrible deeds in the past. 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:
    • "Hold on a sec. I'm gonna consult myself, okay?"
    • "How do you do... Mr. Lawyer? I'm Matt Engarde."

    Adrian Andrews (Kirio Kamiya

Voiced by (Japanese): Ayaka Asai (anime)

Voiced by (English): Mallorie Rodak (anime)

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"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.
  • 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: Subverted. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.

    Shelly de Killer (Sazaemon Koroshiya

Voiced by (Japanese): Wataru Yokojima (anime)

Voiced by (English): Marcus D. Stimac (anime)

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"Alright, I'll tell you that much. My name is... de Killer."

A gentleman assassin from the second game. Highly values honesty and trust and takes great measures to ensure that his clients are not found guilty of murder (gee, that sounds kinda familiar...). 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.


  • 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.
  • Catch-Phrase: "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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:
    "Mr. Doe... he's one of those people you just can't have a second game in a series without."
    • 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.
  • 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.

Debuted in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations

Turnabout Memories (Omoide no Gyakuten) (WARNING: MAJOR UNMARKED SPOILERS)

    Spoiler Character 

Dahlia Hawthorne (Chinami Miyanagi)

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"With absolutely no proof, you treat a voluntary witness like she's a mass-murderer..."

Hoo boy, where to start. Well, first of all, she's evil. Really evil.

Dahlia is introduced as the ever-sweet, ever-innocent Friend to All Living Things girlfriend of Phoenix Wright, but Mia already knew that something was wrong with her. Turns out she tried to frame Phoenix for a murder she committed, and Phoenix himself was originally supposed to be the victim. Mia eventually unmasks her and put her behind bars and eventually, on death row.

However, her criminal career started several years before, when she seduced Terry Fawles and used him to fake her kidnapping in an elaborate plan to get back at her family. When the plan didn't go as planned, she faked her own death and got Terry convicted to death for it, then killed her own stepsister and co-conspirator, again framing Terry, to stop her from confessing. In the following trial, she narrowly escaped conviction by manipulating Terry into committing suicide and, a few months later, poisoning then-defense attorney Diego Armando.

She was eventually used by her mother, Morgan Fey in her plan against Maya Fey, by calling her back from the dead via channeling after she is executed a month before the final case of Trials and Tribulations, but even then Dahlia still carried on her own ambitions and revenge, although it is later found out that she willingly did so for her own benefit. It takes the powers of all the main attorneys and prosecutors (yes, even Edgeworth, Franziska and Godot) to stop her from getting Maya in jail for matricide. She eventually gets Breaking Lectured back to the afterworld by Mia Fey.


  • And I Must Scream: Her ultimate fate, as pointed out by Mia. After going over how none of her plans had ever worked out the way she wanted them to, ultimately got her killed, how her attempt at revenge against Mia from beyond the grave also failed spectacularly and that she will never get be able to get that revenge against Mia she wants so badly...
    Phoenix: ...I remember what you said earlier in the trial. You said there was no way we could punish you, because you were already dead.
    Dahlia: What about it!?
    Phoenix: Then you said, "Even when the body dies, the spirit, the ego, it lives on...forever."
    Mia: That's very true, Dahlia. And that's exactly the punishment you'll never be able to escape from. For all of eternity, you'll have to remain as Dahlia Hawthorne. A miserable, pathetic, weak creature who can never win at anything... And for you, there's no escape from that. No hope of freedom. Since the day you were executed...the narrow bridge that once stretched out in front of you has burnt to a crisp!
  • Animal Motifs: A butterfly. Not only do they flutter around her when she's in her "innocent" petals, but her Black Eyes of Evil give her a slightly insectlike look while her general beauty, and it ties into her clothing as well; her sandals have a butterfly design, and the way her stole floats around her like wings ties her to the butterfly in particular. Finally, and most definitively, her final appearance is as a spirit after previously appearing in the flesh.
  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: Her stole floats, foreshadowing her true nature.
  • Arch-Enemy: Towards Mia Fey, a feeling that is reciprocated. Mia hates Dahlia because she made Terry Fawles kill himself when he was about to get acquitted for a crime she commited, and because she poisoned Diego Armando shortly afterwards - in fact, Mia considered the fact Dahlia murdered Doug Swallow all but a Foregone Conclusion in Case 3-1. On the other hand, Dahlia despises Mia for finding her guilty of murdering Doug Swallow and sending her to death row.
  • Asshole Victim: Technically this in "Bridge to the Turnabout." While her spirit was possessing an innocent woman, Dahlia herself was the intended target of a Rage Breaking Point-invoking Godot, the man whom she'd poisoned into a half-decade-long coma and consequently left with life-altering disabilities. Bonus points for him attacking her just as she herself was attacking Maya for Revenge by Proxy against Mia — Godot's lover, no less.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her court mugshot, which normally appears in full after a culprit is convicted. However, hers is completely shadowed. This goes two ways: one, it shows that since she's a dead criminal, she doesn't exist anymore. Two, it shows that while there are very despicable criminals out there, none of them have gone to the depths of evil as Dahlia had done. Having a shadowed profile shows just how heartless Dahlia is at her core.
  • Badass Adorable: She jumped off a bridge into a dangerous river 40 feet below to fake her death. At the age of fourteen. That has to mean something. Another person who accomplished the same feat? Phoenix Wright.
  • Bad Liar: Subtle, but there, and played dramatically. Part of what makes her so pathetic is that, in addition to all her crimes failing in some way, she's really bad at lying and makes quite a few slips. Mia, who goes up against her on her first two cases, is able to, with some difficulty, tear through her, and the only reason she gets away with it the first time - and the only reason she's even a threat before her death - is her ability to charm almost every man she meets and pull off effective Wounded Gazelle Gambits.
  • Big Bad: Of Trials and Tribulations. Cases 1 and 4 are largely (if not solely) because of her actions, and Case 5 is mostly the result of her teaming up with her mother, making her the villain responsible for the game's overarching plot.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Dahlia teams up with her mother, Morgan Fey, as the villainesses of Bridge to the Turnabout
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In addition to being horrifyingly evil, she also manages to get virtually everyone except Mia and Diego to fall for her charms, at least until she's found out.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Even before she reveals her true nature, these serve as a very subtle Red Right Hand.
  • Black Widow: She killed Doug Swallow, her ex-boyfriend who was trying to warn Phoenix Wright that she was dangerous. She also tried to kill her next boyfriend, Phoenix Wright.
  • Cain and Abel: Cain to Iris. While Iris, despite knowing what Dahlia has done, has a measure of sympathy and love for her, Dahlia despises Iris.
  • Classic Villain: Representing Pride and Wrath.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: "Melissa Foster" is from a country that underwent a civil war, which is why she claims she has no papers.
  • Crocodile Tears: One of her many ways of getting sympathy.
  • Dead Person Impersonation:
    • In "Turnabout Beginnings", it's revealed she killed her step-sister Valerie and then disguised herself in such a way that she could pass as her in the eyes of the rather simple Terry Fawles. It's also suggested that after five years in prison, he no longer recognized either of them, and Dahlia was able to take the one article of clothing that Valerie planned on using to identify herself.
    • Inverted in "Bridge to the Turnabout", where she impersonates her living twin sister Iris, while Dahlia was being channeled by Maya.
  • Death Glare: During her Villainous Breakdown, before immediately snapping back to her facade after she's done. It seems she inherited it from Morgan.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Ultimately, she's not the game's final villain, despite her and Morgan being responsible for the events of Case 5. The true killer, who's taken care of after Dahlia's exorcism, is Godot.
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: In court, butterflies and wild birds will flock to her out of nowhere to highlight her innocent image. During her first Villainous Breakdown, her Death Glare incinerates them with hatred.
  • Enfante Terrible: Planned out such a villainous plot since 14 years old. Poor Terry. She even plotted to get her relative disinherited when she was probably about 8.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She is disgusted at Morgan's plan, because she hates that she's thrusting Pearl in the middle of all the conflict in the Fey Clan. Of course, this makes her a massive hypocrite, since she participated in that plan, albeit only for personal reasons.
  • Evil Gloating: Dahlia never misses a chance to rub it in everyone's faces how she supposedly killed Maya and taunts they can't do anything about it since Dahlia is already dead. That is until Phoenix reveals that Dahlia didn't succeed in her sadistic plan because she was actually being channeled by Maya herself in order to hide from her, then begins to lose it.
  • Evil Redhead: The only physical difference between Dahlia and her well-meaning twin sister Iris is Dahlia's red hair. It's likely a dyed colour as every other Fey has black or brown hair. Still, the one distinguishing feature her ghost has is bright red hair, so dye or not, it's part of her identity.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Conspires to kill Maya in 3-5, but is Out-Gambitted by Anti-Villain Godot.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Her beauty is often commented on in-game, and she's one of the more twisted and evil characters in the series.
  • The Fake Cutie: Positively adorable in fake Moe-mode, disconcerting when she shows her true nasty colors, rather terrifying when she goes into full Villainous Breakdown mode.
  • Fille Fatale: She started seducing people and ruining lives at age fourteen, and likely started her scheming long before that (after all, she got her twin Iris disinherited at 8).
  • Hate Sink: With all the atrocities that she has caused in the third game there's no surprise that she is really meant to be hated by the player.
  • The Heavy: The plot of "Bridge to the Turnabout" is centered towards her intention to kill Maya in order to achieve Revenge by Proxy on Mia, but not only the mastermind behind the plan is Morgan Fey, Dahlia is not the killer in the case.
  • Hello, Nurse!: The Judges and Prosecutor Winston Payne quickly get the hots for her when she takes the witness stand, much to Mia's chagrin. She's fully aware of this, and actually exploits it to get the court in her favor.
  • Humiliation Conga: Gets put through one of the most satisfying in the series just before she's exorcised. Her plans are revealed, her plot to kill Maya failed, and Phoenix and Mia tag-team for a truly epic The Reason You Suck speech, pointing out that every single one of her schemes never worked in the end and she must now spend eternity reflecting on the fact that she was a pathetic human being who never did manage to get her revenge. Culminates with her being driven, screaming in rage, from Maya's body.
  • Hypocrite: She resents her mother Morgan Fey for her selfish plan to have Pearl Fey as the Master, believing that she's just using Pearl and passing over her older daughter, yet she joins in her plan because of her own selfishness and desire for revenge against an already dead Mia Fey. Phoenix Wright even calls her out on this.
  • It's All About Me: Her actions over the course of the game make it abundantly clear that she cares for no one but herself, and by the end she no longer even bothers to deny it.
    Dahlia: Do you understand why I would kill my cousin now? What my goal was?
    Phoenix: Obviously... It's because you were helping your mother.
    Dahlia: Helping...? Don't make me laugh. From the day I was born to the day I died, I never helped anyone!
  • It's for a Book: One of her excuses. It doesn't last long, as she's a literature student looking to acquire samples of toxic chemicals.
  • It Was with You All Along: Irony of all ironies, to escape from Dahlia's murder attempt, Maya had to "disappear" by reluctantly channeling her, and Dahlia (thinking that she was currently in Pearl's body) was none the wiser until Phoenix figured things out and gave her that Armor-Piercing Question.
  • Kick the Dog: Falsely telling Phoenix that his first girlfriend hated him just to hurt him.
  • Leitmotif: "Distant Traces of Beauty", a theme she shares with her twin sister Iris. They're both very pretty, but are complete opposites personality-wise, hence the name of the song.
  • Manipulative Bitch: "Two minutes, and she's got the whole courtroom wrapped around her little finger..."
  • Meaningful Name: A reference to the Black Dahlia, and she's got thorns. Possibly a Shout-Out to Nathaniel Hawthorne, specifically the story "Rappaccini's Daughter"—the title character is a Walking Wasteland with poison permeating her blood and body, and her very touch is lethal. "Chinami" refers to the saying "chi mo namida mo nai" ("without blood or tears"—basically callous to the extreme). It also sounds suspicously like Delilah.
  • Medication Tampering: She poisoned Phoenix Wright's cold medicine in a failed attempt to kill him.
  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Exaggerated—even after her court-mandated execution, she's still amongst the living, pursuing her own nefarious ends.
  • Mister Big: The 155 cm (5'1") tall Big Bad of the third game. For the record, she manipulated the 190 cm tall (6'2") Terry Fawles.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: She was horrible enough in life, but being executed managed to make things worse for everyone as she can now be channeled by anyone.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In Japan, her fake name in case 3-4 is Mukui Satoko, which means "vengeful foster child". It's preserved somewhat in the translation, where the name "Melissa Foster" sounds like "malicious foster".
  • Never Found the Body: She was considered dead as she had fallen from the Dusky Bridge in the fake kidnapping incident five years before Case 3-4. Of course, the reason they never found Dahlia's body was that she was alive all along. No one, not even Dahlia herself, found the jewel she had stolen, however.
  • Never My Fault: Blames her failures on others. She breaks down in rage when Mia reminds that it was her own fault that her schemes never worked.
  • Nightmare Face: Wears really scary Death Glares. And when she's forcibly excised out of Maya's body, her spirit shoots up into the air screaming with completely shadowed eyes and a particularly anguished expression. There's a reason why that particular image was put in the Nightmare Fuel page for the original Ace Attorney trilogy.
  • Obviously Evil: After being found out in Case 3-5, she does not even try to put an innocent image anymore, with Slasher Smiles being one of her most common expressions at that point.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Yet another part of her innocent image.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears an all pink outfit. It's just part of her cover image.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: While she is extremely evil, cruel and selfish, Iris is sweet, gentle and selfless.
  • Posthumous Character:
    • She's treated as such during the first part of Case 3-4, as everyone assumed she had died upon falling from the Dusky Bridge. This only applies In-Universe, however, as this case takes place before Case 3-1, so the player knows by this point that Dahlia wasn't dead.
    • She winds up a witness in court after being executed, courtesy of Mia Fey telling Maya Fey to channel her. Subverted, as everyone initially assumes she's the living Iris.
  • Red Herring: While Dahlia is very heavily involved in the events of Bridge to the Turnabout, and unraveling hers and Morgan's plan takes most of the second trial day, she's not the murderer (and in fact, since Misty Fey was channeling her when the stabbing happened, Dahlia is the victim in a sense). Even Phoenix and the Judge were all too happy to give Iris a Not Guilty verdict until Godot reminds them that Misty Fey's murderer had yet to be found out.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Her plan in "Bridge to the Turnabout" is to kill Maya Fey to get revenge on the already dead Mia Fey.
  • Say My Name: After Phoenix and Mia give her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, she says this just before being spirited out of Maya's body:
    Dahlia: M...M...M...Mia...F...F...Fey Mia Fey! Mia Fey! MIA FEEEEY!
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: She gets exactly what she wants with her looks, up to and including clemency from the court for blatant lying that would get other witnesses charged with perjury.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: She is the first culprit of the first case that is hard to crack down, unlike the likes of Frank Sahwit and Richard Wellington. She's also the first culprit of the first case to not be seen doing anything even remotely villainous during the case introduction - in fact, she does not appear and is not even mentioned by name.
  • Smug Snake: Despite being a constant schemer, none of her plans ever go right. Her sloppy criminal activity stemming from her theft of the jewel (itself a failure, as she lost the jewel) forced her to commit more crimes to cover up the first, and her sloppy attempts at these resulted in further collateral damage, which eventually resulted in her getting the death penalty when her attempt to kill Phoenix Wright caused the death of Doug Swallow. Post-execution, she attempted one last time to get revenge on Mia Fey, the attorney who exposed her for what she was, by killing her sister Maya...only to see that attempt fail, with the icing on the cake being that Maya herself was channeling Dahlia in order to protect herself. Her long history of failed crimes ends up being the subject of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech delivered by both Phoenix Wright and Mia Fey, resulting in one final Villainous Breakdown by Dahlia's spirit. Even after she's gone for good, the one crime Phoenix and Mia don't touch upon - the poisoning of Diego Armando - is revealed to have been botched as well, as he revived as Godot and ultimately saved Maya.
  • The Sociopath: The only time she ever shows any kind of sympathy for anyone other than herself is when she states that Morgan's plan to use Pearl as a pawn was cruel, which proves to be hypocritical since she willingly participated in the plan for her own equally selfish reasons.
  • Sore Loser: Doesn't receive it well at all when Mia notes that all of her schemes ended in failure.
  • Spoiled Brat: She goes into a bratty tantrum after Phoenix and Mia pointed out and rubbed in her face that her entire petty revenge scheme had failed big time before being forcefully ejected from Maya's body. Dahlia ranted and raved about how her life was ruined because her intended victims didn't "die like they were supposed to", blaming everything and everyone else for her death row sentence. Goes to show that in the end, Dahlia is nothing more than a petty spoiled brat.
  • Stealth Pun: The little butterflies that fly around her as a Moe literally die a fiery death when Dahlia shows her angry self. Moths to a flame.
  • Supernatural Floating Hair: As a ghost.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: She poisoned Diego Armando's coffee in a failed attempt to kill him.
  • Unfinished Business: She planned to kill Maya Fey in to get some measure of revenge on Mia Fey, Maya's dead sister, after Dahlia was executed, thanks to a plan by Morgan Fey to trick Pearl into channeling Dahlia after the execution.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Even when she's not putting on her goody-two-shoes act or pretending to be someone else, the veracity of much of what she says about others' motives, particularly her parents, is fairly questionable.
  • The Vamp: She's cute and she knows it, and uses her good and innocent looks to deceive people into doing what she wants.
  • Villainous Breakdown: First when Mia exposes her as she really is, and the second when Phoenix and Mia lecture her to the underworld.
    • The first one is relatively tame; she simply gives a Death Glare, then seemingly accepts her defeat.
    • The second is much more extreme; after she's forced out of Maya's body, her spirit lingers on for a short while, while she states she's not ready to go. Her spirit then bursts into fire, breaking off into several flames in the shape of a magatama, which disappear until only one is left. After events from her life flash in the background, the final flame finally fades away.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: For the very first culprit of an Ace Attorney game, Dahlia takes significant effort to take down. Only Kristoph Gavin can dare to come close to that.
  • Walking Spoiler: So much of her entry was spoilered that she had to be moved to her own folder.
  • Wicked Cultured: How many soulless murderers are literature students?
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: A favorite, particularly when she reveals that the reason she assumed the identity of "Melissa Foster" was to protect herself against other kidnapping attempts and build a new life for herself after her traumatic experience. Too bad (for her) it doesn't work on Mia.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. It's an act.

The Stolen Turnabout (Nusumareta Gyakuten)

    Ron DeLite (Yusaku Amasugi

Voiced by (Japanese): Kotaro Nishiyama (anime)

Voiced by (English): Justin Pate (anime)

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"Come on! I'm guilty! Throw the book at meeeeeee!"

Ron is first introduced as the girly-looking, self-proclaimed Phantom Thief, Mask☆DeMasque. Naturally, with his appearance, high-strung actions, and the fact that his (incredibly hot) wife says he's delusional, Phoenix has his doubts.


  • Adorkable: Big time. His shyness and tendency to trail off certainly make him this.
  • Anti-Villain: He didn't want to become a thief in the first place.
  • At Least I Admit It: Pointed out by Desirée; while Ron as Mask☆DeMasque sent calling cards to the authorities as if to say "I'm going to rob this place. Get ready for me!" and still managed to get egg on their faces despite giving them a fair headstart, Luke Atmey was a Manipulative Bastard who worked behind the scenes and had no suspicion placed on him.
  • Bishōnen: If it weren't for the lower-pitched beep-de-beeps reserved for males when they talk, his gender might have been more of a mystery at first...
  • Cowardly Lion: A timid young man who shies off from even finishing his sentences, but when it counts (such as when saving his at the time future-wife from robbers) he'll jump right into danger. Even if he's crying and yelling in terror the whole way.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Why does Ron claim to be Mask☆DeMasque even though everyone starts suspecting less and less of him, and even after being acquitted of stealing the Urn? Because it gives him an alibi of Kane Bullard's murder, which happened at the same time the urn was stolen, at the same time Ron was at the crime scene. Unfortunately for Ron, Maya, Phoenix and Desireé didn't get it, and almost got him convicted of murder.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Not only is he really the Phantom Thief Mask☆DeMasque, he also saved Desirée from a band of robbers. He apparently did it in a rather hysterical way, but he still did.
  • Expressive Hair: His locks fly out to the sides when he's upset, which is often.
  • Fanboy: Desirée says that Ron styles himself after the phantom thief because he's such a fan of his. Mask☆DeMasque does have a fanbase around his antics, but the reality is that Ron is in fact the thief.
  • Heel–Face Turn: If you examine the chief of police in the next case, you'll hear that Mask☆DeMasque tries to stop a bank robbery. Admittedly, he wasn't much of a bad guy to begin with. At the end of the game he's revealed to have turned crimefighting into a business (though he also sells the criminals plans to get them to commit the crimes in the first place.)
    • Though by Investigations 2, he seems to have returned to pulling heists again, this time with Desirée assisting him.
  • Karma Houdini: Thanks to Double Jeopardy laws, he is declared by the court to be Not Guilty of being Mask☆DeMasque at all, meaning he can never be tried for his heists and possibly the data theft. Luckily he's not THAT bad of a guy, though whether he deserved karma is debatable.
  • Leitmotif: "Pleeeeease Listen"; actually, if you want to get technical, it's Mask☆DeMasque's theme.
  • Nice Guy: Behind his Mask☆DeMasque persona is a polite, nervous and ditzy guy who steals only for his wife's happiness.
  • Not So Different: With his self-proclaimed arch-nemesis Luke Atmey. Both have (or had) jobs related to security, some speech patterns are shared (such as "dancingly descended" in each one's first testimonies in the first day), both show Obfuscating Stupidity at what they do and both use Mask☆DeMasque as an alibi of Kane Bullard's murder.
  • Phantom Thief: Yes, he really is Mask☆DeMasque, and he did steal all those valuable treasures even though he left Calling Cards long before he would commit the crimes. Sure, he was aided by the fact the man who forced him to do his heists always took charge of the security of those items and ensured there would be no witnesses, but Ron did pull his first heist (stealing the Tear of Emanon) all by himself and only Luke Atmey noticed it was him, so he's not without merit.
  • Punny Name: "Amasugi" means "too sweet".
  • Redhead In Green: When he's wearing the Mask☆DeMasque's costume.
  • Rescue Romance: He met Desirée during his security guard days, where she was held at gunpoint and Ron just shouted at them. Somehow, this worked.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's not really good with people.
  • Unconfessed Unemployment: The reason behind his becoming Mask☆DeMasque; so that he could still pay for his wife's shopping habits without her finding out that he had lost his job.
  • Verbal Tic: ...well, no, that's not exactly true. It's just a tendency for his explanations to trail off into nothing...
  • Wild Take: At the slightest provocation.

    Mask☆DeMasque (Kamen Mask

Voiced by (Japanese): Kotaro Nishiyama (anime)

Voiced by (English): Justin Pate (anime)

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A notorious thief famous for his theatrics and stealing several priceless treasures around the world. Ron DeLite is on trial under suspicion of being Mask☆DeMasque and stealing the Sacred Urn of Kurain.


  • Calling Card: He sends a card before each robbery, emblazoned with a secret emblem. The police never revealed the details about the emblem to avoid creating copycats. This is also why his wife isn't upset with his career choice—she appreciates that he plays fair with his victim, as opposed to being just a sneaky criminal.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: A particularly ornate set, as part of his Highly Visible Ninja attire. One would think these would get in the way of his stealthy methods, but then again the dude that supposedly handles the investigation of his robberies is also the one who PLANS his heists, so maybe he does not need to be so stealthy after all.
  • Cool Mask: Befitting someone named after a mask, Mask☆DeMasque wears a metal mask modeled after the Comedy mask of theatre.
  • Evil Laugh: A bombastic "Ahahahahaha!"
  • Gentleman Thief: Complete with announcing his crimes beforehand, and a flashy persona.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: A Highly Visible Cat Burglar. How he's supposed to be a master of stealth while looking like a dude lost on his way to an anime con is never really addressed, but it's clear from the start that he went for style, rather than practicality, when styling his identity.
  • Lucky Charms Title: How you're supposed to pronounce that star in "Mask☆DeMasque" is unclear... but you'd better do it.
  • Nice Hat: Mask☆DeMasque wears a wide-brimmed hat with two white feathers pinned to the hat by a button bearing the likeness of his mask.
  • Repetitive Name: In both Japanese and English - his English name is of the "Classic Classical" variety, while his Japanese name is of the "Classic Kurashikku" variety. Either way, he really wants to call attention to the fact that he's masked.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Both English and Japanese names basically equate to "Mask Mask".
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Has a very large following. In fact, Ron's trial led to a bunch of merchandise stands outside the courthouse selling wares themed after the thief. Maya buys a publicity photo before the trial.

    Desirée DeLite (Mareka Amasugi

Voiced by (Japanese): Yuka Keicho (anime)

Voiced by (English): Jamie Marchi (anime)

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Ron's incredibly hot wife. She spends money like it's going out of style and drives her motorcycle fast enough to call it "flying". She despises cowardly criminals above all else.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: She has the guts to sneak into Atmey's office to steal back Ami's urn not only that she knew from the start that he was planning to frame Ron for the theft and murder of Ron's boss as well, she held hatred against him for being a cowardly criminal unlike Ron who's noble enough to notify his victims about his thefts.
  • Biker Babe: Loves to ride her motorbike. Very contrasting with her timid husband.
  • Developers' Foresight: Accuse her of being the murderer, and you'll receive a unique conversation detailing her alibi. Of course, as it's the wrong choice, expect your usual punishment.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Her alibi for both the theft of the urn and the murder is that she was caught speeding at the time of the crimes. Also, she states it often took her 20 minutes to drive from her home to KB Security on her motorbike... even though Larry told Phoenix it takes 30 on car.
  • Gold Digger: Subversion. She's a shopaholic with expensive tastes, and that's definitely a large part of her attraction to Ron, but they actually Married For Love.
  • Happily Married: It's obvious she and Ron have no problem with one another.
  • Love at First Sight: The first time they met, Ron saved her from robbers back when she was a security consultant, and she's been in love with him ever since.
  • Meaningful Name: Sounds like 'desired delight' referencing her shopaholic tendencies.
    • 'Mareka' on the other hand, was the name of a good female friend of Takumi.
  • Nice Girl: Very friendly and outgoing, she easily forgives her husband whose career is a thief by night.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Unless she's surprised or upset, she usually has a very warm smile on her face.
  • Rescue Romance: How she met Ron—he saved her from a bunch of robbers.
  • Suspicious Spending: Subverted. It's her spending that makes Ron suspicious. She thinks he's loaded because security guards put their lives at risk and are paid appropriately.
  • What Does She See in Him?: The general response. It's heavily implied that he appeals to her maternal instincts... that and she's under the impression he's loaded; he went into crime to avoid telling her that he was fired. There's also the fact that while Luke Atmey hid and covered up his crimes, Ron always notified his victims ahead of time. So Ron is a criminal, but not the "cowardly" kind Desirée despises. Oh, yeah, and there was that one time when Ron saved her from gun-toting robbers, back when he still worked as a security consultant.

    Luke Atmey (Aiga Hoshiidake

Voiced by (Japanese): Toshihiko Seki (anime)

Voiced by (English): Ian Sinclair (anime)

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"Zvarri! The truth has once again been elegantly revealed to me!"

Self-proclaimed "Ace Detective" (which ends up prompting Phoenix to refer to himself as an Ace Attorney), and the detective on all the Mask☆DeMasque cases. Full of himself and wants to be the center of attention (but you probably knew that already) and fails miserably.


  • Animal Motifs: His snazzy tux, long nose, and Anime Hair make him look a lot like a penguin.
  • Anime Hair: Take a plate, and spray paint it yellow. Hit said plate with a hammer. Shave your head, and glue the biggest of the plate shards to your forehead. Rinse, lather, and repeat. That's how you recreate his haircut.
  • Attention Whore: Even as a child, apparently.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As silly as he looks (and acts), he's not to be underestimated.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Really, he's large enough of a ham to justify this...
  • Card-Carrying Villain: When the judge calls him evil at one point, he agrees.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Zvarri!"
  • The Chessmaster: Despite being much less intelligent than he wants to be seen as, he actually did manage something fairly clever: planning an Xanatos Gambit as follows: If Ron DeLite gets away with everything as DeMasque, he profits. If Ron gets caught, he can disavow any knowledge of blackmailing him or even pretend to be the one who figured it all out. If he gets away with murdering Bullard, well, he gets away with it. If accused of the crime, though, plead guilty to being Demasque to dodge the murder charge. It would've worked if it weren't for Phoenix figuring it all out. And the "less intelligent" thing might actually have been a case of Obfuscating Stupidity—after all, getting convicted on day one seemed to be his Plan A.
  • Consummate Liar: He fools the Magatama by lying right after a previous lie of his was exposed. It may have something to do with how natural he spoke about it, as players don't notice there's something wrong either until the following day.
  • Crazy-Prepared: One of the few people who tries to use a guilty verdict AS AN ALIBI, and thus invokes double jeopardy. (You cannot be convicted on the same crime if proven to be acquitted.)
  • Expy: Could be this or a parody of the Penguin, considering his design and personality being similar to that of a taller, skinnier, and completely unhinged Penguin. Considering that future villain L'Belle is a lot like Atmey and that their cases are quite similar, as well as the fact that L'Belle looks like the Joker when he's dyed his hair green this could be intentional.
  • Gag Nose: Look at the size of the thing! Fans still don't understand how he could fit it into Ron's costume. Possibly a bit of a Pinocchio Nose too, as a tip off to his dishonesty.
  • Great Detective: Subverted or possibly deconstructed - he actually worked out who Mask☆DeMasque was after his very first crime, and used the opportunity to blackmail him into committing more thefts and giving the money to him. Atmey twice states that he did this because he wanted to create an opponent worthy of his 'genius'. But that may be a complete lie.
  • High-Class Glass: He has a magnifying-glass monocle, as befits a high-class detective.
  • Insufferable Genius: Double subverted, or perhaps zig-zagged. When you first meet him, he's seems to be a classic case of Small Name, Big Ego; overblown, and more confident in his intelligence than warranted. Then, you find out he was trying to get convicted the first day, and was likely painting himself as less competent than he actually was. In fact, you find that he was the one who plotted Mask☆DeMasque's heists down to the last detail, starting with the second of the heists. And at the last part of the case, he manages to quickly come up with a suitable explanation for all the loose ends of the case, making only one mistake in the process. His ego was his downfall, however; Phoenix insulted Atmey's ego several times in the second trial, which resulted in the rant that eventually allowed Phoenix to win the case.
  • Jerkass: He's an egotistic and narcissistic douchebag who shamelessly boasts about his so-called detective skills but he has no problem blackmailing Ron after discovering his secret identity as De Masque and framing him for murdering Ron's former boss just because he's also on the receiving end of blackmail by the victim. No wonder, Desiree is pissed at him for being a cowardly criminal instead of Ron.
  • Large Ham: "Welcome! To my private little 'Banquet of Chaos.'"
  • Latex Perfection: Just how did he wear that mask over his nose, anyway?
  • Laughing Mad: When he is found guilty. Both times.
  • Leitmotif: "I Just Want Love", or, as it's known in-universe, "Luke Atmey Elegy" (which he composed for himself).
  • Meaningful Echo: "Take a good look, everyone! Unable to find a rival worthy of my genius, I was forced to create one myself! Here I am! The tragic clown..."
  • Motive Rant: Used to interesting effect as you hear it from him twice during the course of the case. The first time he's faking it but the second time is when the jig is actually up.
  • Nose Tapping: Can be seen doing this in the article about DeMasque's first heist. It helps that his nose rivals his finger in length.
  • Not So Different: Towards Ron DeLite, particularly in terms of using the exact same method to to create an alibi for Kane Bullard's murder.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's trying to get "exposed" as Mask☆DeMasque on trial day 1. As a result, he's deliberately leaving holes in his testimony for Phoenix to poke at, even if it makes his Ace Detective-self look bad—because of course the fake testimony never actually happened. Indeed, when you face him again on the second day, the events surrounding him show him to be surprisingly competent.
  • Punny Name: Look at me! I want love, that's all (ai ga hoshii dake)! The English version of his name can also refer to he wants people to literally look at him in a certain photograph as part of his plan.
  • Renaissance Man: Played with; he's an Attention Whore, and all his projects are motivated to make a name for himself. However, he does seem to have a surprisingly broad range of skills — musical composition, building ships in a bottle, amateur biology & chemistry, better than average knowledge of the law (i.e. double jeopardy), detective skills, heist planning, etc.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Does this to sound as intelligent as possible. Although it seems like he at least does know the meaning of the words he's using, he knows little-to-nothing about the subjects he professes to be an expert in.
  • Sherlock Scan: Subverted; his "scans" are ludicrously obvious. Godot makes it hilarious, though. However, during their first meeting, he still manages to peg Phoenix as a lawyernote  and Maya as a spirit mediumnote , which suggests that his powers of observation aren't completely useless.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Though this is a cover up, since he's actually the blackmailer behind the master thief he's "trying" to catch.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He's got three, although he faked at least the first to avoid the charges for his true crime.
  • You Fool!: See the following quote:
    Atmey to Phoenix: ...A fool is too foolish to know that he is a fool...

Recipe for Turnabout (Gyakuten no Recipe)

    Jean Armstrong (Kaoru Hondobo

Voiced by (Japanese): Fukushi Ochiai (anime)

Voiced by (English): J. Michael Tatum (anime)

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"Non, non, NON! You naughty man!"

A very...*ahem* flamboyant French chef and owner of the restaurant Trés Bien. Thing is, the food there is anything but. He's armpit-deep in debt in just trying to keep the restaurant afloat.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Despite everything he says and does... he's never explicitly called gay. In the original Japanese, he is referred to as an okama.
  • Brain Bleach: He invokes this in Phoenix when he sees Armstrong rub aromatherapy oil on himself.
    Phoenix: MY EYES!
  • Camp Gay: His appearance alone renders Phoenix and Maya speechless.
  • Chubby Chef: For a very loose definition of chef. He's a curvy guy who runs a restaurant, at least.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: On the second day in court, Godot has the following to say about his coffee:
    Godot: It's special, I'll give you that. It's worth a sip just for the experience.
  • Exact Words: If one of his dishes has the words "Inspired by" in its name, then it has absolutely none of the ingredients listed in its title.
  • Fauxreigner: Word of God has confirmed that Jean isn't actually French. The writers intentionally gave him terrible spoken French and a misspelled restaurant namenote  to reflect this.
  • Gratuitous French: He speaks almost exclusively with this.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Apparently for laughs, because it just plain comes out of nowhere. Even the Judge realizes how out-of-place it is.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Sometimes refers to himself as a woman.
  • Karma Houdini: Implied. He doesn't get a "where are they now" spot in the ending, but his restaurant somehow stays open after the trial.
  • Leitmotif: "Trés Bien".
  • Lethal Chef: He can't even get coffee right.
  • Lethal Eatery: There is lots of lace in his kitchen that could hold onto germs.
  • Manly Gay: Physically, though he certainly doesn't act like it.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Trés Bien, French for "very good"note , has terrible food.
  • Poirot Speak: How he speaks, and rather poorly, at that - he's continuously using feminine articles (la, une) to refer to masculine nouns.
  • Punny Name: He's got strong muscular arms. "Hondobo" is a pun on "fond de veau" (French for "rich veal"). He's being "strongarmed" by Furio Tigre thanks to his debt.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: And they decorate the walls of their restaurants in it too.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are a very reddish brown, and his cooking is really horrible. Considering that his kitchen has lots of lace which could easily hold onto germs, his food might also be unsafe to eat.
  • Sissy Villain: Subverted; while he has the mannerisms down, has done some questionable things stealing and cooperating with Furio Tigre to frame Maggey, he is not the murderer.
  • Something About a Rose: Sometimes he is holding a rose, and keeps nervously plucking petals off it when he's upset.

    Victor Kudo (Shohei Igarashi

Voiced by (Japanese): Jin Urayama (anime)

Voiced by (English): Greg Dulcie (anime)

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"The uniform! It's a disgrace! You can practically see their...*turns pale* their...YES! It's a disgrace!"

An unemployed grouchy old man that has a thing for the Trés Bien waitress uniforms and always has a box of birdseed with him (most likely for the purpose of having a weapon within arm’s length). He comes from a family of kimono embroiderers. A key witness to the case.


  • Butt-Monkey: He's basically on Butt Monkey duty for most of the case, doubly so when he's on the witness stand.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He's (presumably) really good at embroidering kimonos...and not much else, which comes back to bite him when he's living in either a time (Japanese version) or a place (English version) where kimono embroidery just isn't in that big of a demand.
  • Dirty Old Man: A trait that the heroes at one point actively exploit to get him to talk. While Maya can't get him to talk despite wearing the waitress uniform he has a thing for, she channels Mia to ask the questions. Yes, it's Mia Fey as a waitress.
  • Gag Nose: Just look at that thing!
  • Good Old Ways: Always preaching about these, and complaining about those damn kids and their newfangled words like "radio" and "glasses" (it's "wireless" and "spectacles", dammit!).
  • Grumpy Old Man: All too apparent from the moment you meet him, though he's mellowed out a bit, come the epilogue.
  • Implausible Deniability: His reasons for going to Trés Bien don't hold up when presented with evidence.
  • Infinite Supplies: His birdseed, lampshaded.
  • I Read It for the Articles: He claims that he goes to Trés Bien for the food, reinforced by Psyche-Locks.
  • Jerkass: He doesn't use that box of bird seed to feed pigeons. He uses it to throw it AT them, as well as people who annoy him.
  • Leitmotif: "How Sad, the Memory of This War Song".
  • Punny Name: "Victor" comes from "victory", and "Shohei" means "soldier".
  • Red Herring: Invoked by Furio Tigre. He used Victor Kudo in his staged murder to set up a fake witness, as there wasn't any in the actual murder that wasn't on Tigre's side.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Subverted. At first, it seems that his memories of Glen Elg's murder are completely inaccurate, thanks to a combination of his apparently poor memory and being Distracted by the Sexy. As it turns out, however, his memory of the incident is actually near-perfect, and the incongruities are the result of Furio Tigre's inaccurate imitation of Elg during the staged murder.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Rude, perverted, and all-around unpleasant.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I don't have a strap fetish!"
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He spends most of the case being thought of as a nuisance by most other characters, but in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue he talks about how visibly touched he was after his grandchildren threw him a birthday party.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Set up by Tigre to witness the fake murder, done to incriminate Maggey.

    Lisa Basil (Keiko Koike
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The head of Blue Screens Inc. and Glen's old boss. Incredibly precise and may very well actually be a robot.


  • Adapted Out: She doesn't appear in the anime, since Maya and Phoenix never visit Glen's workplace.
  • Catch-Phrase: Addresses Phoenix and Maya pretty much exclusively as "you good people".
  • Fun with Palindromes: Her, Glen and her new hire Adam Mada in the ending.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: There's no indication that she's anything other than ethical in her business practices.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: She doesn't even NEED to wear an HMD but does anyway.
  • Medium Awareness: Whenever you mention someone or something with a picture, it pops up on the screen; she's the only character in the series who moves slightly out of the way to make room for it.
  • Red Herring: If you think she has anything to do with the case or trial, think again. You pressure a little minor info about the victim out of her (that probably could have been deduced through other means) and she's never mentioned again.
  • Robot Girl: May or may not actually be a robot, but sure acts like one, like a Ghost in the Shell, as Phoenix puts it.
  • Satellite Character: A satellite character to a Posthumous Character, at that. She exists mostly for the sake of having somebody who personally knew the victim and his occupation.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Phoenix describes her as "definitely not a robot" in his records.
  • Theme Naming: All Blue Screens Inc. employees have palindrome names.
  • Tron Lines: ...in her clothes.
  • Verbal Backspace: When Phoenix asks her to elaborate on Glen Elg being a loser with "bugs" in his personality, she backtracks and acts as though she hadn't said that at all.

    Viola Cadaverini (Urami Shikabane

Voiced by (Japanese): Saori Hayami (anime)

Voiced by (English): Madeleine Morris (anime)

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The Tiger's assistant at Tender Lender. Very, very creepy. She's also the granddaughter of the biggest, baddest mob boss, Bruto Cadaverini.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She definitely nails the "dark" aspect with her calm and composed (yet creepy) personality and she's pretty in a dark (and creepy) way, but her official height is listed at only 5'1", so she's really short and therefore doesn't fulfill the tallness aspect of this trope.
  • Bandage Babe: Though not for fetish purposes. It is the reason Furio Tigre had a debt himself.
  • Creepy Monotone: Her voice is stated to be like this, and the rate at which her words appear on the screen seem to reinforce that. Confirmed in the anime series, where she speaks very softly with little intonation.
  • Cry Cute: Perhaps not so much cute, but it's hard not to feel sorry for her when one realises how much she wanted to be loved.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Somewhat. She looks very creepy and at first glance, she seems Obviously Evil, but she's more of a victim of the manipulations of Furio Tigre.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She maintains her calm and polite demeanour while subtly issuing death threats in casual conversations.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Very much so.
  • Evil Chef: Frighteningly, she hints that there's poison in her coffee.
  • Face of a Thug: She's creepy as hell, but not that bad.
  • Freudian Excuse: She really, really wants to believe Furio Tigre did everything out of love for her. In reality, it was only because Tigre was deathly afraid of her mafia don father.
  • The Ghost: In the third case of Investigations, it's her demands that Lance Amano paid his debt that eventually sparked the murder that happened in that case, but Viola was merely mentioned in the letter she sent to Lance.
  • Ill Girl: She looks like one given her pale and creepy/sickly appearance as well as the bandage on her head. She's a bit of a subversion though since the bandage is due to an injury and it is implied that she is just a frail woman by nature, not an illness.
  • Karma Houdini: Because of the fact that Tigre was callously manipulating her, Phoenix feels angrier over her treatment at his hands than her willing role in framing an innocent woman for murder. Though it's not a surprise she wouldn't suffer legal repercussion for it in any case, seeing as her doting grandfather is a mob boss the police are afraid of. She refers to what was done as "evil," but she's still in the loan shark business as of Investigations.
  • Loan Shark: She takes over Tender Lender at the end of Trials & Tribulations. In Investigations she sends bills to Lance Amano in the form of love letters.
  • Love Martyr: She was in love with Furio Tigre despite him only using her as a tool and pretending to reciprocate her feelings due of wanting to use her and out of fear of her grandfather. The real kicker is that deep down she knew all along that he didn't really love her.
  • Mafia Princess: Granddaughter of mob boss Bruto Cadaverini. Significant because when Tigre accidentally hurts her, he's in debt to the crime family.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks younger than her age of 25.
  • Punny Name: "Cadaverini" is Italian for "little corpse", while "Viola" might have been chosen for its similarity to "violence," or perhaps a reference to the instrument (which seems to play a big role in goth culture). "Urami" means "grudge", and "Shikabane" means "corpse".
  • Revenge: The epilogue of Trials and Tribulations reveals that she sent Furio Tigre some poisoned food. "Win Through Compromise", indeed.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's more "pretty in a dark/creepy way" than "hot", but nonetheless her father is shown very briefly in one case and he and her grandfather aren't exactly attractive, but she is.
  • The Unfought: While she was an accomplice to the culprit, she doesn't actually make an appearance in court.
  • Woman Scorned: During the credits of Trials & Tribulations, she says that she sent poisoned food to Tigre in jail. And when you think about it, him eating that food would be Karmic Death Up to Eleven.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even though she's associated with the mob, and a notorious Loan Shark, it's hard not to feel bad for her. Not only did she barely survive brain damage, but she constantly believed that Tigre did everything for her out of love.

    Furio Tigre, aka The Tiger (Toranosuke Shibakuzo, aka Zenitora

Voiced by (Japanese): Satoshi Mikami (anime)

Voiced by (English): Sam Riegel (anime)

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"Gwoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...!!"

Thanks to his similarly-spiky haircut, he looks a lot like Phoenix and even uses that to imitate him, prompting the nickname "Xin Eohp" (pronounced "zin eeope") from Maya. He's the loan shark in charge of Tender Lender, and lent money to Jean Armstrong and Glen Elg. His nickname pretty much sums up his personality.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Orange skin, making him resemble his namesake. Most likely a spray-tan, which would explain how he was able to pass as Phoenix so easily, he just washed it off.
  • Animal Motifs: A tiger.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His name is composed of Italian words. "Furio" is a common name for a pet, and "Tigre" is... Well, you know.
  • Brooklyn Rage: "WHADDYA THINK YOUSE DOIN'?!"
  • Complexity Addiction: His plan to get Maggey convicted for Glen Elg's murder would likely have gone much better if he hadn't bothered with setting up the second, fake murder, and just gotten Viola and Armstrong to testify that they saw Maggey killing him. Between Victor Kudo's seemingly poor memory and his own carelessness when it came to impersonating Elg, it actually ends up backfiring.
  • Delayed Reaction: Towards the end of "Recipe for a Turnabout", he doesn't realize that Phoenix tricked him into implicating himself as the culprit until it's outright spelled out for him.
  • Died Standing Up: While he doesn't actually die in court, the way he ends up after his Villainous Breakdown - unresponsive and not moving, as if he were still screaming - evokes this trope.
  • Evil Twin: Parodied; when Phoenix and Maya first find out about that Nick's got a phony, Maya suddenly exclaims, "I got it!" Phoenix replies, "If you're going to ask if I've got a twin brother, the answer is 'no'."
  • Healthcare Motivation: Not by choice, but he finds himself forced to reimburse Bruto for Viola's $1 million operation. He plans on taking and selling Glen's MC Bomber virus as collateral, but when Glen comes up with enough money to pay off his own debt (which is not enough to pay off what Tigre owes), Tigre kills him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His entire plan was built upon posing as Phoenix, lies and false evidence. He's ultimately taken down by the real Phoenix, who in turn lied about a piece of false evidence; Phoenix pretended that the victim's medical cream bottle was the poison-filled murder weapon, only for Furio to do some Evil Gloating and calls Phoenix an idiot for thinking that was the case, then gives a perfect description of what the murder weapon looks like, something he shouldn't know.
  • Hot-Blooded: He don't got the look of a boiled lobster for nothin', y'know.
  • Incoming Ham: The first indication that you'll be encountering him in any given scene? Just look at his character quote!
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Phoenix catches him by tricking him into explaining how the poison bottle looked like with enough detail. A fact he shouldn't know if he weren't the murderer.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Xin Eohp" by Maya.
  • Jerkass: After killing a man, he goes to very far lengths to make sure Maggey gets convicted, even disguising himself as Phoenix in order to "defend" her and lose on purpose. There's also his treatment of Viola.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: In the original Japanese dialogue.
  • Large Ham: He literally roars like a tiger.
  • Leitmotif: "Swingin' Tiger".
  • Loan Shark: The head of Tender Lender.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: Despite wearing an attorney badge made out of cardboard, having a drastically different personality and skin tone (which he said was a tan), everyone (with the exception of Godot, who didn't take the case) thought he was the real Phoenix Wright. It's only after practically spelling it out in the courtroom that the Judge realizes he was tricked - a whole month after the first trial.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name. Also, the French version changes Tender Lender's name to Sadouille-Crédit; that is, "credit scammer".
  • No Indoor Voice: Whenever provoked (which isn't hard for him at all).
  • Obviously Evil: He looks like Phoenix but Red and Black and Evil All Over. It goes as far as the game not even trying to hide he's the murderer in the case - he is seen as the one who poisons the coffee cup in the introduction. Furthermore, his first actual appearance has him threatening to beat the crap out of Phoenix, right before HE claims to be the real Phoenix, giving himself away as the imposter.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • His Phoenix disguise consisted solely on a blue suit, his spikey hair, and a cardboard cut-out badge. And everyone fell for it, except Godot, because he didn't take the case the first time.
    • He also managed to disguise himself as the already dead victim, and gets found out by making a few crucial mistakes, namely wearing an earpiece over the ear the victim had injured and was rendered deaf in.
  • Punny Name: He's a furious tiger. "Toranosuke" means "tiger boy" and "Shibakuzo" means, more or less, "I'm gonna kick your ass!" "Zenitora" is roughly "Cash Tiger". Also, tigers are, according to legend, enemies with dragons (i.e. Phoenix, or Ryuichi).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He drives a pink scooter. And accidentally crashes it into a Mafia Princess.
  • Red Right Hand: His silhouette looks a lot like Phoenix, but his bright orange skin is a dead giveaway that he's not who he claims to be.
  • Screaming Warrior: Roars like a tiger.
  • Scrolling Text: Most of his roars cannot be contained by just one textbox.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Maya nicknames him "Xin Eohp".
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: He poisoned Glen Elg's coffee.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: His shirt has a picture of a tiger biting the head of a dragon—Phoenix's Japanese given name has the kanji for dragon in it. Funnily enough, however, he is more of a Dragon than Phoenix, preferring to use complex machinations and skilled planning alongside a healthy dose of intimidation to get his way while Phoenix goes into court with less evidence than he feels he needs and bluffs until he can piece something together, much like the Tiger.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite coming up with a quite elaborate plan to frame Maggey and get her sent to prison, he really is one of the dumbest criminals in the entire series. Not only are the lies in his testimonies quite easy to spot, he falls for an obvious trap when he makes what turns out to be his fatal mistake.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Phoenix tricks him into proving himself the murderer, he screams so loudly that the lights go out.
  • Yakuza: Certainly looks the part with his style of dress but actually he's on the outside looking in (normally he's just some two-bit loan shark who shakes people down for money for his own gain, but got dragged into the bigger picture after his "incident" with Viola).
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Upon being caught out on whether or not he even knew the victim, Furio laughs and comments that Phoenix isn't bad, and that he was only messing with the lawyer to test him. Phoenix is... not impressed.

    Bruto Cadaverini (Gonta Shikabane

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The head of the mob and doting grandfather to Viola.


  • Bald of Evil: As befitting an old man.
  • The Don: Which makes him a force to be feared even by Furio.
  • The Dreaded: Nobody crosses this guy. When he makes someone owe a million dollars to pay for his granddaughter's brain surgery, the poor debtor will work to make that money happen without question and by any means possible.
  • The Ghost: He's spoken of by several characters, but he doesn't appear in the case in person.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: His actions towards Furio set in forth all of case 3, and he's a large crime boss, but he's never actually directly involved.
  • Papa Wolf: More like "Grandpa Wolf", but same principle. Viola is his little girl; thus hell falls on whoever hurts her in any way. Furio helping Viola is because he severely injured her in a motorcycle accident, and her grandfather saddled him with a million-dollar debt's worth of brain surgery procedures in retaliation for what he had done.
  • Meaningful Name: He sure seems like a brute. "Cadaverini" and "Shikabane" both mean "corpse". "Gonta" roughly means "big authority" while Bruto means "Brute".
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Forces Furio to pay Viola's medical bills.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: One reason why the police haven't arrested him yet.
  • Shotgun Wedding: More like "Shotgun Paying For Granddaughter's Medical Bills", but similar principle: when Furio got into an accident that caused Viola to be hospitalized, Bruto immediately put a huge debt on him to cover her medical bills and then some, or else...

Turnabout Beginnings (Hajimari no Gyakuten)

    Terry Fawles (Michiru Onamida

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"... Ugh. Sorry. I told a little lie."

Mia's first-ever client, an escaped death-row convict. Has a poor grasp of grammar and acts mostly like a scared little kid.


  • Acquitted Too Late: For several crimes he's suspected of.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: In the English localization, it is implied through his behaviour that he has learning difficulties of some kind, which is partly why Dahlia is able to manipulate him.
  • Biting the Handkerchief: Uh... biting the heavy iron ball he's chained to.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After he poisons himself.
  • Catch-Phrase: "I din't do nuttin'! I din't kill nobody!" and "Sorry, I told a little lie."
  • Driven to Suicide: He has a Suicide Pact with Dahlia that both will commit suicide if they could no longer trust each other. He honors it while Dahlia does not.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's strong, to the point where he's got no problems carrying his ball and chain, but highly childlike.
  • Ephebophile: Sure does seem like the odd man out on this list, but he dated 14-year-old Dahlia Hawthorne when he was 20 and refers to her as his 'teen angel'. Still, given his mental status, if anything was going on, it was Dahlia taking advantage of him.
  • Fall Guy: Dahlia and Valerie betrayed him, leaving him to take the fall for the kidnapping and "killing" Dahlia.
  • Foregone Conclusion: If you played every case before this one, you know that Mia gets depressed after her first case and Dahlia gets away to commit some more murders. Oh, and Edgeworth never lost a case before his first loss to Phoenix. So yeah, you know this guy is not getting a happy ending.
  • Love Martyr: He's still in love with Dahlia, so much that even after Mia exposes her wrongdoing, he kills himself because he can't trust her anymore—fulfilling the suicide pact that they supposedly made, not that Dahlia had any intentions of doing the same.
  • Manchild: He's a very gullible child in a grown man's body.
  • Punny Name: Both his English and Japanese names refer to falling tears. Not only that, but he was also framed for a murder that he didn't commit twice; meaning he was the "fall guy", so to speak.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When he feels like he's about to cry.
  • Suicide Pact: He has one with Dahlia that both will commit suicide if they could no longer trust each other. He honors it while Dahlia does not. Damn you, Dahlia. Damn. You.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His biggest flaw is that he believes everything Dahlia tells him without fail. As a result, his suicide earned her a few years of freedom.
  • You No Take Candle: He speaks like a caveman most of the time. It goes with his brutish appearance. Remember that this guy originally met Dahlia when he was hired to be her tutor. Either the Hawthornes had incredibly low standards in tutors, or being in prison for so long really took its toll on Terry's mind.

Bridge to the Turnabout (Kareinaru Gyakuten)

    Iris (Ayame

Detailed on The Fey Clan.

    Bikini 

Detailed on The Fey Clan.


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