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Witnesses and miscellaneous characters that appear in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. Here is the main character sheet.

Note: Due to the sheer amount of spoilers, all spoilers for Spirit of Justice are unmarked. Read cautiously!


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The Foreign Turnabout (Gyakuten no Ihōjin)

    Ahlbi Ur'gaid (Bokuto Tsuani

Voiced by (Japanese): Emiri Katou (SOJ)

Voiced by (English): Michelle Ruff (SOJ)

"I'll develop Khura'in's tourism industry and bring in more visitors!"

A monk-in-training who works as a tour guide for visitors in the Kingdom of Khura'in. He is accused of murder while being a tour guide for Phoenix Wright, who steps up to defend him in court.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Phoenix notes at the beginning that Ahlbi pours his heart out into what he does.
  • Bad Liar: His lie on the witness stand can be exposed without pressing him at all, meaning that he could be as poorly skilled as a liar as Frank Sahwit. Justified, as he's a child.
  • Broken Pedestal: Ahlbi really looked up to Paht Rohl, who supported him in his monk training, and is saddened to find out that Rohl was attempting to steal the Founder's Orb before he was killed and had stolen many of Tehm'pul Temple's treasures in order to feed his family.
  • Canine Companion: He has a dog named Shah'do, which he carries around in his tote bag. When not in the bag, Shah'do sits on top of Ahlbi's head.
  • Catchphrase: "Allow me to explain!"
  • Character Development: Initially, Ahlbi refuses to cooperate with Phoenix despite Phoenix defending him, because Ahlbi shares his country's prejudice against defense attorneys. But after Phoenix shows he's willing to put his life on the line for Ahlbi, Ahlbi finally decides to trust a lawyer, and he's much more cooperative and truthful to Phoenix from then on. He later admits he doesn't see why defense attorneys are bad after seeing for the first time and being helped by one. Since then, he decided to join the Rebellion.
  • Cheerful Child: Aside from his troubles in the first case, Ahlbi is typically outgoing and enthusiastic towards others. His big, toothy grin (complete with a missing or chipped tooth) completes the imagery.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Ever since the "DCA Tragedy" that Wright beat the charges in, the spirit of rebellion ran strong in the Kingdom's youth, and Ahlbi was no exception. Ahlbi expressed interest in joining the Rebellion, going as far as to sneak in the palace in an attempt to find something that would incriminate the royal family, all to prove his commitment to the cause. He does (see Spanner in the Works), although Phoenix thinks what he's doing is very dangerous.
  • Motor Mouth: Whenever he gets passionate about a subject he begins to monologue at length about it. He has to be calmed down before he can carry on a conversation again.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Subverted. It seems like Ahlbi wasn't helping Phoenix's case by actually raising a weapon in the air at the time of the crime, but his arms were only in the air because Paht Rohl was pointing a gun at him; he wasn't actually holding a weapon.
  • Punny Name: His Japanese and English names reference his profession.
  • Spanner in the Works: Twofold actually: First is his encounter with Datz Are'bal. That small encounter helps establish Inga's true time of death. Second is the photo he took of what appears to be Queen Ga'ran about to channel a spirit proved vital to Apollo in exposing the truth about Inga's murder and Amara's apparent assassination.
  • Super Gullible: If Phoenix presents his defense attorney's badge to Ahlbi before the second case in Turnabout Revolution, Ahlbi says that defense attorneys' badges are shaped like sunflowers because they turn their faces towards defendants' money. He then tells Phoenix that Gaspen Payne told him this. Phoenix has to tell Ahlbi that Gaspen was lying again. While some attorneys like Robert Hammond are like this, Phoenix and his subordinates are not like this. He said this is after Gaspen tried to get Ahlbi a death sentence via decapitation in order to get Phoenix executed via the DC Act, which would have stirred suspicion in any individual who is not so gullible.
  • Wild Take: When he's shocked, his eyes go really wide and he leans too far to his left, then wildly waves his arms trying to balance himself before he finally falls over, various stuff (including his magatama-shaped snack) falling out of his bag.
  • Wingding Eyes: Ahlbi gets stars in his eyes whenever he gets excited about something. He also gets X eyes when Shah'do jumps out of his bag, causing the lid to smack him in the face.
  • Young Entrepreneur: Ahlbi sometimes looks for opportunities to increase his profits, such as looking for things tourists might pay to see.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 4'8'' at the shy age of 9, which only makes the 18-year old Pearl look shorter by an inch. Though she's definitely a tad small for a teenager, Ahlbi just got lucky to get that tall already.

    Shah'do (Mitamaru


Ahlbi Ur'gaid's Tibetan Mastiff puppy.

  • Canine Companion: He is Ahlbi Ur'Gaid's dog, and he is always with Ahlbi. He is almost always either on Ahlbi's head or in his bag.
  • Head Pet: Shah'do, when not in his bag, rests on Ahlbi's head.
  • Precious Puppy: He is a little, cute red and tan puppy. Since Tibetan Mastiffs get really big when they grow up, he has to be a puppy to rest on Ahlbi's head.
  • They Have the Scent!: He is a natural at tracking people by their scent. Phoenix presented a prayer flag to Shah'do, and Shah'do managed to track down Datz Are'bal, who turned out to have several clues that were needed to prove Maya Fey not guilty, by using the scent on the flag. Ahlbi admits that he has never seen Shah'do track anything by scent before.

    Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin (Potdino Nikawas

"Playing this tune here is a precious gig for me and my girl here, ya dig?"

The head monk of Tehm'pul Temple. He plays an instrument called a dahmalan. All the time. Especially during his testimonies, which he improvs as a song. Quietly holds dreams of being a Heavy Metal musician, and he's actually pretty good at that, too.

  • AM/FM Characterization: Favors distinctly Far Eastern tones for his testimony lyrics. Once he gets serious, he switches to heavy metal.
  • Badass Baritone: After he transforms into a metal musician.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a beard, and he is the murderer and one of the two competing thieves in his case.
  • Character Tics: Sings his testimonies, even after he decides to get serious and reveal his skills as a metal rocker. Even Gaspen gets into it. And Phoenix.
  • Curse Cut Short: Says "son of a—" when Phoenix closes the treasure box.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: So deep that he uses unique voice bips after her turns on the heavy metal, which sound like low amp feedback.
  • Fauxreigner: Kind of; he's not Khura'inese at least (the Japanese version makes him European), and he's only been head monk for six months.
  • Got Me Doing It: Since he phrases a lot of his testimony lyrically, sometimes other characters join in with their responses, including Phoenix.
  • Gratuitous English: In the Japanese version, he responds to Phoenix by repeatedly saying "shit". Also in his screams of "Death to the lawyer" and "This is dahmalan metal".
  • Guttural Growler: Initially his words are like a hippie, spoken with a lazy drawl and peppering his phrases with stereotypical words like "harshing" and "man". Once he breaks his facade, he starts speaking like a death metal singer, complete with his vocal sound effects turning into something that sounds like feedback static to reflect the change.
  • Hammerspace: His two loudspeakers appear from nowhere.
  • I Call It "Vera": Pees'lubn refers to his dahmalan as his "partner", and refers to it using "she" and "her" pronouns.
  • The Illegal: The reason that Inga is able to blackmail Pees'lubn at least in the Japanese version of So J is because he is a recent illegal immigrant to Khura'in.
  • Instrument of Murder: Kills Paht Rohl with one of his dahmalans. He wisely burns it prior to the courtroom trial.
  • Ironic Name: Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin is a great name for a dahmalan instructor and head monk, less so for a heavy metal musician, and even less so for a murderer.
  • Large Ham: How else do you term a man who turns his court visit into an impromptu concert hall? Gets even more so when he goes full rocker, he acts like a member of KISS, dramatically posing, doing guitar tricks, and dialing down his voice to a growl.
  • Leitmotif: "Ethnic Music", an appropriately calm theme which, interestingly enough, plays during his testimonies as he sings them. It switches to the more aggressive and heavy "Head-Banging" once he gets serious. The game files actually split both of his themes into multiple parts that play on different parts of his testimonies. One of the few characters in the series to only appear in a game's first case but get his own theme.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Including long hair, beard, and loving demeanor. He's also earned the Fan Nickname "Heavy Metal Jesus" for what happens after he decides to turn up the juice.
  • Never Learned to Read: He cannot read Khura'inese. This becomes a plot point that leads to a contradiction in his testimony. This makes sense because he is a recent illegal immigrant to Khura'in.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: He looks and talks like a hippie. He drops this when he adopts his metalhead persona.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Buddhist metalhead Jesus look-alike.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks uncomfortably similar to depictions of Jesus, fitting for a monk that advocates peace. His reveal as a heavy metal loving murderer might be a sly way of saying he's The Anti-Christ.
  • One-Winged Angel: Once Phoenix calls him out rather early on, Andistan'dhin decides to get serious by taking off his headband and plugging it into his dahmalan, after which two loudspeakers suddenly appear, and he plays an epic solo, revealing himself to be a rock musician. His voice even deepens considerably.
  • Punny Name: Peace, love, n' understandin'. His Japanese name is a pun on 'suddenly, out of nowhere' referring to his sudden attack on Rohl during the blackout, as well as the dramatic change into a metalhead during the trial.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: He smashes his dahmalan during his breakdown.
  • Starter Villain: But like Tonate's, his crime turns out to be somewhat relevant to the games' overall story, since while it seems during the case that he stole the Founder's Orb out of greed, Inga, the Minister of Justice, tells Phoenix after the trial ends that according to his men's investigation, the insurgents put the screws to Pees'lubn, so Pees'lubn gave up the Founder's Orb to them and kept it secret. And, in the final case, he is briefly mentioned when Ga'ran reveals that he was actually forced to give it to Inga as part of Inga's plans for a coup.
  • Saying Too Much: When testifying in his defense, he accidentally refers to the Magatama Key as the Mitamah Key. The whole pretence on why it couldn't open the Founder's Box earlier was that Ahlbi broke it when he allegedly hit Paht Rohl on the head with it. This mistake helps Phoenix discover how to open the Founder's Box and uncover what really happened.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He plays a solo on maximum volume for a while. Then he takes off his dahmalan and uses it to smash the loudspeakers out of frame, and eventually smashes the dahmalan itself on the witness stand. Unfortunately for him, the broken piece of the dahmalan hits him in the head and causes him to collapse.
  • Villain Song: His testimonies, particularly his last one.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Once he changes into his heavy metal persona, he can actually become quite a challenge for beginners to take down, rivalling even Dahlia Hawthorne in Trials and Tribulations.
  • Wild Take: He breaks one of his dahmalan's strings, causing the resulting whiplash to injure his face. Oddly, this particular animation only shows up once in the entire game.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He framed the 9-year-old Ahlbi Ur'gaid for his crimes, which would have resulted in a death penalty for this boy if Phoenix Wright did not step in and prove that Andistan'dhin did these crimes.

The Magical Turnabout (Gyakuten Magic Show)

    Roger Retinz (Kanenari Shinoyama

"Hang loose, baby!"

A TV show producer and talk show host who works with Trucy, also known as the Ratings Rajah. He is the original Mr. Reus, but he was kicked out of Troupe Gramarye a long time ago. See Troupe Gramarye for tropes regarding him.

    Bonny de Famme (Mimi Nanano

Voiced by (English): Erica Lindbeck (SOJ)

"Yeah, my trick is turning some heads in the magic world right now. They're calling it "new, miraculous magic." Some even say it's the real deal! Hee hee!"

A Stage Magician who works with Trucy Wright on one show. She has a twin sister named Betty, who poses as her while in court.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: She has one of these (a cameraman from Take-2 TV), who filmed her from the backstage area and gave the footage as a "present". Unusually for this trope, the abhorrent admirer turns out to be helpful—his private footage allows Apollo and Athena to point out that the "official" footage was edited.
  • Animal Motifs: Rabbits.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She's a huge fan of Trucy's and is thrilled to get to do a show with her.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The game pulls a nasty fast one by making you think Bonny is secretly evil, as you overhear her saying that Trucy got what she deserved, and you even have to get Bonny to shed her innocent mask in court and reveal her true self, just like traditional murderesses in the series like Dahlia Hawthorne or Alita Tiala—but actually, that's her twin sister, Betty; Bonny really is a good person.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Comes in at the second half of the trial to point out something wrong with the video of Trucy's performance presented to the court.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Subverted; you'll think she's this at first when you have to spend day 1 of the trial getting Bonny to reveal that she secretly hates Trucy, but she doesn't—it's her twin sister, Betty, who's the "bitch" of this trope; Bonny really is the innocent "sheep", or rather rabbit in this case, she seems to be.
    • Even after the twin reveal, this is a Downplayed Trope. Her Nice Girl tendency is genuine but both sisters are involved with the prank to defame Trucy but then again it is also implied that Betty forced her to get involved with the prank.
  • Cat Smile: Her upper lip is always in the usual ":3" expression.
  • Character Development: Bonny spends most of the case meek, but after seeing how Trucy was able to keep smiling and perform in court under pressure, and after recalling some advice Trucy gave Bonny earlier about not letting others get to her, Bonny is finally inspired to defy her twin sister, Betty, and present important information to the defense in court.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: A downplayed example, but she messes up pulling a rabbit out of her hat in Apollo and Athena's first meeting with her, and one of her animations has her tossing her cane into the air but having it come back down and hit her in the head. However, the fact that she can sometimes be clumsy turns out to be very helpful later in the case, as her bigger mistake of hoisting Mr. Hat to the right instead of to the left proves very helpful to Apollo and Athena in solving the case.
  • Dual Boss: With Betty.
  • Easily Forgiven: She and her twin sister participated in a prank because Retinz paid them to, but Trucy decides to let them off the hook and tells them that they didn't do anything wrong; the only one who did wrong was Retinz.
  • Extreme Doormat: Is pushed around fairly easily by her twin sister and goes along with a plot that will humiliate her idol and keeps quiet about it, despite her own misgivings. She finally decides to stand up for herself more when she sees Trucy keep smiling and bravely put on a performance despite all the animosity directed at her. Downplayed in that while Betty is more overtly aggressive and domineering, Bonny seems to know all the right ways to push Betty's buttons and mess with her emotions. She just doesn't do it much, and possibly isn't even aware of it.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Towards Trucy. When Apollo and Athena meet Bonny in the dressing room, Bonny gives a speech that goes on for several scrolling text boxes talking about how cool Trucy is, how awesome she is at magic, how Trucy can always smile under pressure, etc. So Bonny promises to do whatever it takes to help prove Trucy's innocence. This later inspires Bonny to stand up to her twin sister, Betty, later in the trial and reveal a case-saving contradiction in the video footage.
  • Hidden Depths: After the end of the trial, unlike her twin sister, Betty, Bonny is willing to accept the twins' partial responsibility in the crime since while they didn't know what Retinz was up to, they did agree to cooperate with him.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Bonny and Betty are identical twin sisters, with a few differences - Bonny has a rabbit theme and has a nicer expression, while the aggressive Betty is has a bat theme and styles her hair to resemble spread bat wings.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Onstage, Bonny plays an antagonist who plots to kill Trucy as a sacrifice to revive Mr Reus. Offstage, she's the exact opposite.
  • Meaningful Name: Bunny de Famme. Also, defame, though she's the less guilty of the two.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Despite being more innocent than her sister, she still has legs like her sister, and wears a leotard and fishnets like a traditional playboy bunny.
  • Nice Girl: She's pretty nice, no really. Though it seems like it turns out to be fake when you catch "her" badmouthing Trucy to Retinz during the investigation, that's actually her sister, Betty; Bonny is every bit the sweet girl she appears.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in the Japanese version, where she shares her first name with Mimi Hanaka (Mimi Miney). Weirdly enough, they were both involved in an impersonation incident.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: She triggers Apollo's Living Lie Detector when talking about her pulling off her teleportation trick with Trucy perfectly. The tell that proves this is her mildly shifting her hat when talking about the trick. When called out on this, she admits her mistake during the act with was about which side of the stage Mr Hat was supposed to be.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: With a rabbit theme.
  • The Peeping Tom: One was actually filming her in secret during the performance. After the fiasco, he sent Bonny a copy of the video he made which is mostly focused on her. It also contained one part of the show that was missing from the "official" show tape which proves that it was edited.
  • Playboy Bunny: Dresses as one, although the rabbit motif is for the association rabbits have with stage magic as opposed to anything more adult in nature.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: She's sweet and kind of a pushover; her sister is mean, sharp-tongued, and the one doing the pushing. She also gets a rabbit motif to contrast with her sister's bat motif, and her umbrella is pale yellow to her sister's navy blue.
  • Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: Part of her rabbit theme.
  • Reality Ensues: The credits reveal that after Trucy's trial led to the reveal of her twin sister Betty, no one is willing to pay to see their teleportation trick since they now know how it works. Bonny plans to join Trucy after this.
  • She's Got Legs: In the same vein as Zatanna. This becomes a critical plot point because The Peeping Tom started taking a video concentrating on Bonny's legs and then sent either it or a copy to Bonny, and that pervert's video proved that another video incriminating Trucy was maliciously edited since very few people knew the second footage existed and therefore a forgery that is subsequently ejected from the Court Record and replaced with the unedited video.
  • Spanner in the Works: Retinz's cover-up of his murder would have been completely flawless if she hadn't accidentally moved Mr Hat to the wrong spot and the fact that she caught unwanted attention from The Peeping Tom.
  • Tareme Eyes: Unlike her twin sister's Tsurime Eyes.
  • Throw It In!: In-Universe: During the performance, Bonny accidentally moved Mr Hat to the wrong side of the stage, which would ruin the illusion that Trucy was teleporting if she used the stage lift as planned. After the latter received a signal about this, Trucy had to move both stage lifts by herself in the time Bonny was supposed to get Mr Hat to stab the coffin. This worked seamlessly and the audience didn't notice, but this was the main reason why Retinz's plan failed.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Bonny is meek for most of the case, but after Trucy's inspiring performance in court, Bonny finally decides to defy her twin sister, Betty, and gives the defense team an important piece of information about the video footage.
  • Twin Switch: Her twin sister, Betty, poses as her when testifying. This is also the secret behind the sisters' teleportation trick.
  • Teleportation: Subverted. Her and Betty's signature trick is to appear all over the room instantaneously, though it's explained with a trick of the lights and exploiting her heavy similarities with Betty as identical twins.
  • Wild Take: Shared with her twin sister, when contradicted, she rears back as a gust of wind blows her umbrella inside-out.

    Betty de Famme (Kiki Nanano
"I hate her. I LOATHE her! I can't stand that Trucy Wright! Just because she's a little good at magic, she thinks she's all that!"

Bonny's twin sister. Considerably less nice and pushier than Bonny.

  • Ambiguously Bi: She had a boyfriend, but her admiration for Trucy almost comes across as a crush.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Though she vehemently denies it, she admires Trucy deep down.
  • Animal Motifs: After she is exposed, her hairstyle resembles bat wings, and she sports an umbrella with bat symbols.
  • Bat Out of Hell: She has a great affinity for bats, and yep, she's kind of a bitch.
  • Be Yourself: At least some of her issues spring from always having to act "so sweet and cute," so as not to give away that she and her sister aren't the same person. Athena recommends this during the trial, which actually seems to help.
  • Big Sister Bully: To Bonny, as Betty makes a brief comment that she's the older of the two, and Betty keeps shoving Bonny and talking down to her and telling her to shut up. Howver, due to being identical twins, Betty is only marginally older.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She poses as her twin sister, Bonny, at first, so when you end your therapy session with her and expose her true nasty nature before the court, at first it looks like Bonny is this, but it's Betty who you were really cross-examining, so it's Betty who fits this trope.
  • Cat Smile: Like her sister, although it looks more sinister on her.
  • Dual Boss: With Bonny.
  • Easily Forgiven: She and her twin sister participated in a prank because Retinz paid them to, but Trucy decides to let them off the hook and tells them that they didn't do anything wrong, the only one who did wrong was Retinz.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She might be kind of a bitch, but she didn't know someone was actually going to get murdered for Retinz's revenge.
  • Evil Laugh: KEE HEE HEE!
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of the chapter, she realises how petty and abusive she has been and takes some responsibility for her actions. She even (unintentionally) admits her admiration for Trucy.
  • Evil Twin: She's definitely the meaner of the two, and she did conspire with Retinz to ruin Trucy.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Bonny and Betty are identical twin sisters, with a few differences - Bonny has a rabbit theme and has a nicer expression, while the aggressive Betty is has a bat theme and styles her hair to resemble spread bat wings.
  • Jerkass: She's extremely foul-tempered and bossy, and is quite willing to commit perjury and a humiliating, career-destroying prank to get back at Trucy for something she had no responsibility for.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She does care about her sister despite regularly belittling her, and she does have enough standards to turn on Retinz when she realizes he's the killer.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Her motive for helping out Retinz with his plan.
  • Meaningful Name: Batty de Famme. Also, defame.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she realizes what Retinz made her do and that it made her an accomplice to murder.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: With a bat theme.
  • Playboy Bunny: Subverted after she gives up on her disguise. She's more of a Playboy Bat.
  • Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: She uses a variant, instead pulling bats out her hat.
  • Red Herring: Betty hates Trucy for "thinking she's all that", she agreed to participate in a prank to humiliate her, she was secretly happy that Bonny's mistake messed Trucy up, she hides her jerkass personality under a cutesy facade that you have to break in court—but she's not the murderer.
  • She's Got Legs: Just like her sister.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Not a monster, but Betty is certainly cruel.
  • Teleportation: Subverted. Her and Bonny's signature trick is to appear all over the room instantaneously, though it's explained with a trick of the lights and exploiting her heavy similarities with Betty as identical twins.
  • Tsundere: She's vehement in her dislike of Trucy, but as Bonny eventually reveals it was watching her show that inspired the two of them to become professional magicians in the first place. In fact, Betty still has a copy of her autograph.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Unlike her twin sister's Tareme Eyes.
  • Twin Switch: She posed as Bonny as part of her and Retinz's plan to destroy Trucy.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Sort of; as far as she knew, she was being an accomplice to defamation, not murder.
  • Walking Spoiler: She's Bonny's twin sister. Thanks to a Twin Switch the audience isn't privy to, you spend a fair chunk of the case thinking Betty is Bonny, so her mere existence is a spoiler. This even applies In-Universe as she's the key component to her and Bonny's signature teleportation trick.
  • Wild Take: Shared with her twin sister, when contradicted, she rears back as a gust of wind blows her umbrella inside-out.


The Rite of Turnabout (Gyakuten no Gishiki)

    A'nohn Ihmus (TBD) (Nanashiino Gonbe (provisional)

Datz Are'bal (Dats Dinighel)

A mysterious man with amnesia so bad that even his own name is temporary. Not long after he appears as a witness, it becomes an act. He is really Datz Are'bal, a revolutionary who escaped from prison roughly around the same time as Tahrust Inmee's death.

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Datz's main fighting style is unarmed combat, which is justified because the Defiant Dragons' revolution is supposed to be bloodless.
  • Big Eater: Shown to eat a lot of food quickly from his pouches. This is also one of the clues that Phoenix uses to figure out he's still loyal to the revolution when he ties a prayer flag with a message on it to bring food to him.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: You see those dried lizards hanging from the ceiling of the Sahdmadhi Law Offices? Datz eats those.
  • Blinding Bangs: His hair covers his eyes, and it has gone away when Datz reveals himself to Phoenix later.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Extremely ditzy in personality and an overall stressing laughing maniac, but he is damn good at his job, which is especially shown in the aptly-named Turnabout Revolution, where he fights off a few guards single-handedly even before Bel'heeb arrived with The Cavalry.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Case 5 reveals that he has a few firecrackers which sound exactly like someone shooting a gun; useful for when he's spotted by the authorities and needs to scare them off without hurting anyone. The sound they make is crucial to discovering when Justice Minister Inga died and uncovering Ga'ran's conspiracy.
  • Chekhov's Skill: This is how Phoenix eventually figures out who A'nohn Ihmus really is. After working out that A'nohn got to the Inner Sanctum by paragliding from the prison on the mountaintop, Phoenix realizes who else is a former paratrooper: Datz Are'bal.
  • Cool Shades: He puts on his pair of goggles before he gets into a weird pose.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's goofy and always getting himself in trouble, but he's a skilled fighter and a master Escape Artist.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Subverted; in the animated sequence after the first case he throws one of his kukris onto a dartboard with Ga'ran's face attached, though we didn't actually know it was him until the third case. Later when Apollo and company go to the rebel hideout, upon examining it he says he was actually trying to hit a fly that happened to land on her picture. If you look closely in that particular sequence, you'll notice there actually is a fly on the dartboard (which he misses).
  • The Dragon: From the Kingdom's point of view, he's portrayed as Dhurke Sahdmadhi's top terrorist and deadly soldier. Once we meet him, however, he's not as dangerous as the kingdom makes him out to be, but rather a well-meaning Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • Escape Artist: No matter how many times he gets chased by the authorities, he almost always manages to escape. He even manages to pull one on the Crown Princess herself, and nothing ever escapes her gaze.
  • Expy: He's the happy-go-lucky, blundering fool, childhood friend of Apollo and Nahyuta, making him a Larry Butz expy, although he's much older than Apollo and Nahyuta.
  • Face of a Thug: He looks quite intimidating in his wanted poster, but he's actually a nice guy once you gain his approval.
  • Faking Amnesia: His amnesia is genuine when Phoenix first meets him, but shortly after he arrives at court, he remembers who he is, pretends to still have amnesia, and makes up his testimony on the spot.
  • Foreign Queasine: At least in Phoenix's opinion when A'nohn Ihmus starts eating lizards-on-sticks during their first meeting. He offers Phoenix one, but Phoenix demurs by saying he just ate.
  • The Gadfly: He has an animation where he points and laughs with tears coming out of his eyes. He also loves to cause mischief wherever he goes.
  • Great Escape: He managed to escape from a maximum security prison placed on a mountain so steep that a helicopter is normally required to get in and out of this prison.
  • Kukris Are Kool: His weapon of choice. He likes to pull it out in a threatening manner before calmly peeling an apple with it.
  • The Lancer: He's actually Dhurke's right-hand man and an important member of the Defiant Dragons. He also has the silly personality of Larry Butz when he is not in battle.
  • Mundane Luxury: He actually enjoys being in prison because he gets free food and he knows how to escape easily when he wants and needs to not be there. He considers his time in Japan/California's jail to practically be a Luxury Prison Suite due to the higher-quality facilities.
  • The Nicknamer: He likes to call some of his close friends by their initials, specifically calling Phoenix "PW" and Apollo "AJ."
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: He does this whenever he gets nervous.
  • Ocular Gushers: Comedic example. These will burst from his eyes whenever he begins laughing heavily.
  • Older Than They Look: Even though he looks like a man in his late 20s, Datz is actually 46, having been part of the Defiant Dragons since they founded 23 years ago.
  • Punny Name: Anonymous. His true name is a pun on "that's a rebel", referencing his association with the Defiant Dragons and his nature. Additionally, considering either how the Khura'inese public view the Defiant Dragons, or who exactly the Defiant Dragons are up against, it can also be read as "that's horrible".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being exposed as Datz Are'bal during day 1 of the case 3 trial, he leaves the witness stand to escape from the courtroom.
  • Secret Test of Character: He pretends to have no further love for the revolution and to wish to leave Khura'in to save his own skin. It's an act to test whether Phoenix is working for the crown; if he were, Datz would have already killed him right there. But since Phoenix has ideals closer to Dhurke's, Phoenix passes the test, so Datz becomes more cooperative.
  • Signature Laugh: "Har har har har har!"
  • Spanner in the Works: In case 5, his antics and his firecrackers allow the defence to determine the true time of Inga's murder and unravel the rest of Ga'ran's lies from there.
  • Stab the Salad: When Phoenix meets him proper he pulls out a large combat knife, understandably freaking out Phoenix... before happily using it to peel an apple. It's somewhat subverted when he later reveals that he really would have killed Phoenix if he thought he was working for the crown.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: It's not the lizards-on-a-stick you see him eat at the beginning, it's apples, which you only learn once Datz shows himself in the sewer base.

    Beh'leeb Inmee (Saara Aatam

"Look dear, the royal priestess has come to visit us. Yes... Mm-hm. ...What's that? ...Oh, of course... hee hee."

The victim's recently widowed wife. She carries around a large photo of him and often talks to it, or pretends to be him with it.

  • Assassin Outclassin': She killed a Professional Killer who was trying to murder her.
  • Babies Ever After: Gives birth after the events of the game.
  • The Cavalry: Shows up with an army of angry truncheon-wielding Defiant Dragons In "Turnabout Revolution" to help Datz.
  • Crusading Widow: After Tahrust's trial, she takes on a more proactive role in the revolution.
  • Dead Person Conversation: When Phoenix interviews Beh'leeb during case 3's investigation phase, Beh'leeb sometimes holds up a picture of her late husband in front of her face and talks as though she were him, periodically changing the photo's "slide" to a different facial expression to represent what emotion her husband would be feeling.
  • Fangirl: She's a fan of The Plumed Punisher and The Steel Samurai. This is actually a plot point, as she was the original owner of the Plumed Punisher strap that Maya carries, and received a Steel Samurai watch in exchange. The simularities and differences between the shows' theme songs ends up being a key clue to who was where at the time of Zeh'lot's murder.
  • The Heart: Before leading The Cavalry, she consoles those whose loved ones are due for trial and inevitably at the time, the chopping block.
  • Heroic BSoD: Implied to be the case following her husband's death, as would be expected. She leaves it after the trial, and takes up the mantle as a rebel leader.
  • Killing in Self-Defense: She killed a member of the Secret Police who was trying to murder her.
  • La Résistance: Both she and Tahrust were members of it.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Phoenix asks her if Tahrust had any enemies, she denies it. Unfortunately for her, the magatama wasn't buying it. Phoenix proves she was lying thanks to a warning note directed at Tahrust and that an arrow was used to deliver it.
  • Pregnant Badass: Two instances:
    • She managed to kill a member of the Secret Police who was trying to murder her and therefore has the justification of self-defense.
    • Even though her pregnancy prevented her from performing her ceremonial role as Lady Kee'ra, she personally leads a band of insurgents in Case 5.
  • Punny Name: Believe in me.
  • Red Herring: "Okay so let's see. We know that Maya can't be the one who killed Tahrust Inmee. It probably wasn't Datz Are'bal since he helped us find the rebel hideout. So, then the only suspect left is Beh'leeb Inmee." Turns out it was a suicide
    • Downplayed in that she did kill Puhray Zeh'lot, although it was in self defense.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Kind, soft-spoken, and devoted to her husband, while also an active member of the Defiant Dragons and personally leads an insurgence in Case 5.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her Killing in Self-Defense helps expose the corruption within the Khura'inese royalty by revealing their use of a Secret Police.
  • Supreme Chef: According to Maya and the judge, she's an excellent cook.
  • This Means Warpaint: At the end of case 3, she removes her veil and uses her lipstick to draw Lady Kee'ra's symbol on her forehead, cementing her new resolve in the revolution.
  • The Unfought: Although she is technically the killer of Case 3, she does not testify, only appearing at the end of the trial to confess. Tahrust fills the role of the case's antagonist.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Averted, as it's Tahrust who screams in terror, knowing his pregnant wife will get convicted and executed. She, however, just cries as she exorcises Tahrust's spirit from Maya's body.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hers, and Rayfa's reaction if you decide to show the former the crime photo clearly depicting her dead husband despite at no point during the case you're supposed to do this.
  • Widow's Weeds: She wears a veil, which she takes off at the end of Case 3.

    Tahrust Inmee (Malmel Aatam

"All who serve Her Holiness must strive to banish worldly desires from their soul! Open your heart! Let the Holy Mother in! Purge your mind of greed and bias!"

The victim himself. A Khura'inese priest who died during Maya's training rite. Though dead, he still has a voice and acts as a witness, with the help of Maya and her channeling abilities.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Even after learning he's a rebel, the witnesses in the courtroom loudly shout their support for him and his spiritual purity, as demonstrated by his marvelously-advanced prayer poses. After the trial, his example drives the Defiant Dragons to recruit heavily in the new revolution as an Inspirational Martyr, rather than stigmatize his family as he feared it might.
  • All for Nothing: In the end, he believed that he killed himself for nothing. He and his wife were exposed as rebels alongside the rebel hideout, his wife confessed to Killing in Self-Defense, and his attempt at hiding all this via fooling the court with the Divination Séance was foiled by Phoenix. Subverted when the revelations in the trial cause him to become an Inspirational Martyr because the tragedy swelled the ranks of the Defiant Dragons and exposed the Secret Police that intentionally had killer cops in its ranks.
  • Arc Symbol: The symbol on his forehead. At one point in the past, all Khura'inese residents had to have said symbol tattooed on them in a unique location which was followed by their name and symbol location registered in a database. Rheel Nehmu had a peach inked on top of his one on the back of his neck to try and disguise his nationality and try to pass as an immigrant in an attempt to hide his affiliation with the Secret Police. Phoenix notes that the red outline was still present.
  • Anti-Villain: An interesting case, being one of the victims. While he did end up framing Maya for his own murder, he did so purely to divert all suspicion from his wife, who was pregnant at the time.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Although they're hidden by shadows most of the time rather than pure black. It's also massively downplayed-he's the main antagonist of the case, but the only person he killed was himself, and only to protect Beh'leeb.
  • Call-Back: His method to freeze Puhray Zeh'lot's body to throw off the time of his death resembles the one used by Dane Gustavia and Simon Keyes in Investigations 2. Unlike them, though, Tahrust is not the murderer.
  • Complexity Addiction: Tragically subverted. At first, his plan to frame Maya for both his own and Puhray Zeh'lot's death might seem ludicrously over-complex when compared to the seemingly more obvious solution of him Taking the Heat and turning himself in for Zeh'lot's murder. However, from what we subsequently find out about both Khura'inese society in general and the Defense Culpability Act specifically, the best-case outcome from such a plan would be his and Beh'leeb's child being forever disgraced as the offspring of a murderer, and the worst-case would be Beh'leeb confessing her part in Zeh'lot's death, which at the very least would have gotten her (and her unborn child) executed, and probably also Tahrust due to how broad the DC Act is.
  • Contortionist: Several of his animations while he is being channelled have him contorting his limbs frequently. Phoenix lampshades it, hoping that it doesn't do damage to Maya's not-as-flexible body.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Phoenix says if Tahrust had asked him to represent his wife in court and prove that she killed Puhray in self-defense, he could have avoided the whole mess in the first place.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The few images of him in life showed him with no shoes, as is standard for priests. He does wear shoes later; specifically, Maya's sandals as she channels him.
  • Driven to Suicide: One of the most complex reasons someone would ever have to: Because of the nature of the DC Act and the importance of the Divination Séance would have, Tahrust knew that if Beh'leeb were brought before the courts for the murder of Puhray, she would stand no chance and her claim of self-defense would go unheeded without someone willing to risk themselves to provide that as a defense. So he took his own life in order to frame Maya so that he could also throw the death of Puhray on her and off his wife.
  • Fan Disservice: His appearance after Maya channels him is not pretty, to say the least.
  • Forced into Evil: Had Tahrust hired Phoenix Wright to defend his wife, Phoenix would have been branded a rebel under the DC Act because Beh'leeb is a rebel. His only option to protect his wife and not get Phoenix Wright into trouble that he could not fight off was to Frame-Up someone who was completely innocent like Maya Fey and hope that Phoenix figures out a way to clear the completely innocent victim of the framing, and clear Beh'leeb of murder while he was defending Maya. However, Tahrust committed suicide in order to frame Maya Fey because he had little trust in lawyers' skill. Even if he trusted in Phoenix's skill, he still would have been forced to frame Maya up so that Phoenix would not be branded a rebel with the DC Act.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Not his death, but he gives Beh'leeb a smile before he is exorcised from Maya's body.
  • Giving Up the Ghost: In his damage animation, his spirit is shocked out of Maya's body for a few seconds, before he realizes it and quickly reenters her body.
  • Hair Flip: After Maya channels him, he's so surprised at the fact that he finally has hair (though it's not technically his) that he flips it, and he continues to do so as he's confident.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Played with. His motivation was to protect his pregnant wife instead of anything Revenge Before Reason-y, and he did end up genuinely repenting for it; but he nonetheless tried to cause Maya a Miscarriage of Justice in the process — exactly the kind of government policy that he and Beh'leeb joined the Defiant Dragons to overthrow in the first place.
  • Heel Realization: Inmee tragically realizes just how much pain he has caused with his lack of trust in lawyers, and by framing Maya and subjecting her to the very law the Revolution was fighting against, all to protect his wife. His final request to Phoenix is to continue the fight, and let no innocent fall victim to the Defense Culpability Act ever again.
  • Hidden Eyes: They're so sunken they can't be seen most of the time.
  • Howl of Sorrow: Does so after Beh'leeb confesses, despairing that all his attempts to save her have come to naught.
  • Hypocrite: Despite being part of a rebellion led by a lawyer, he could not bring himself to trust Phoenix to defend his wife and ended up causing much more trouble and heartache than necessary. However, he acknowledges the hypocrisy in being a rebel, yet having no faith in defense attorneys. Given Khura'in's history with defense attorneys, it's hard to blame him for his lack of faith.
  • Inspirational Martyr: His suicide exposed the secret police and rallied many people join the Defiant Dragons as a result of the "DCA (Defense Culpability Act) Tragedy".
  • La Résistance: He and Beh'leeb were revolutionaries.
  • Posthumous Character: Notably the first victim to be cross-examined after his death.
  • Punny Name: Trust in me. Doubles as an Ironic Name, as his deception is the core of the case.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Had Tahrust hired Phoenix Wright to defend his wife, Phoenix would have been branded a rebel under the DC Act because Beh'leeb is a rebel. His only option to protect his wife and not get Phoenix Wright into trouble that he could not fight off was to Frame-Up someone who was completely innocent like Maya Fey and hope that Phoenix figures out a way to clear the completely innocent victim of the framing, and clear Beh'leeb of murder while he was defending Maya. However, Tahrust committed suicide in order to frame Maya Fey because he had little trust in lawyers' skill.
  • Showing Off the New Body: Downplayed, especially since he's not terribly evil, but he clearly enjoys having Maya's long silky hair and plays with it a lot during the trial.
  • Thanatos Gambit: With his needlessly-complex Frame-Up, Tahrust tried to invoke a Miscarriage of Justice in this way: After moving Rheel's body to where his time of death would be obfuscated to implicate Maya for his murder as opposed fo Beh'leeb, he killed himself in such a way that would further implicate Maya for his own death via the vision shown in the Divination Séance. Obviously, Rafya is deeply-affected by the fact that Tahrust went to such extreme lengths to protect his family that he would manipulate the way in which her sacred duty was performed.
  • The Stoic: He's pretty composed after being summoned...but starts losing it when he realizes his wife is falling under suspicion.
  • Tragic Villain: Had he had better logical skills, he still would have had no choice but to frame an innocent person for murder to try to protect his wife who killed a hitman in self-defense because both are rebels, so they could not have hired Phoenix Wright to clear her without getting Phoenix branded a rebel.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He gives out a long and loud cry of despair when his wife comes forward admitting her role in killing a Killer Cop in justifiable self-defense.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Takes off Maya's robes shortly after being channelled because he finds Maya's kimono to be too snug for him. Fortunately, he puts them back on before he's exorcised.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to the fact he dies at the beginning of the case yet still gets to testify, as well as the fact that he's the "culprit" of the case.
  • Wild Take: When contradicted, his spirit suddenly leaves Maya's body for a few seconds, then looks down in shock and re-enters Maya's body, causing Tahrust-in-Maya's-body to rear back in shock.

Turnabout Storyteller (Gyakuten Yose)

    Bucky Whet (Susuru Uchitate

"Lemme resht? Hah! Mehbee if I were a lump o' regular flour dough fer udon noodles! But I'm fresh, like my soba! 'N y'don't let soba dough resht... 'S all about the 'three freshes'!"

The defendant and inheritor of the soba shop that he works at. Completely and utterly plastered throughout the whole thing.

  • The Alcoholic: He is drunk in the epilogue, showing that he has more of an alcohol problem than just being drunk for the trial.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He re-enters the courtroom despite being drunk and proves that Owen couldn't have smelled perfume from him, because Bucky would never wear anything that would cause his food to become smelly, and to prove it he serves his food to everyone in the courtroom—and indeed, it doesn't smell. This helps Athena figure out who the real culprit must be.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The English version changes the kanji for "Uchitate" (内舘) on his outfit to "上戸", which can be read as the name "Ueto", sounding similar to Whet. Another layer to this is that those same kanji 上戸 can also be read as the word "jougo", meaning "heavy drinker".
  • Chekhov's Classroom: He tries to lecture Athena before the trial about "The Three Freshes"; his method of preparing soba noodles. Before he could finish, however, he faints due to being drunk. The exchange comes up twice during the trial; the drunk part being on how to knock someone unconscious with something from the crime scene, with one step of "The Three Freshes" being to never let soba dough rest; giving a piece of evidence a new meaning: The "nap" note. The victim didn't write it because he wanted to take a nap, he actually wrote it for some udon dough he was preparing, which does need resting. This proves that the killer was able to use some dough to suffocate the victim without their allergy to buckwheat taking them down.
  • Cool Board: He travels around on a skateboard, even when he's drunk.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When you first get a look at him, he's clearly drunk... and perhaps a bit of an idiot. But when you consider the fact that he has the sense of balance still to keep that stack of soba trays balanced, not to mention ride around on a skateboard... all while hungover, it becomes clear that he's got some impressive skills.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He spends the entire case drunk because he was drinking alcohol to relieve the stress of being accused.
  • Expressive Hair: After the trial victory, upon learning that Taifu's behavior was for Bucky's own sake, his hairstyle droops like noodles, but after Athena gives him a pep talk, he re-styles it back into the pompadour.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The reason Blackquill and Geiru saw Bucky storm out angrily from Taifu's room was because Bucky was feeling ignored by him. This is despite the fact Taifu was already dead and with his face full of soba noodles, and Bucky somehow didn't notice.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Bucky enthusiastically wishes to follow in the footsteps of his father as the proprietor of the soba shop.
  • Green Around the Gills: Well, more like purple, but his face turns so if he suddenly feels sick.
  • Odd Friendship: He seems to get along with Simon Blackquill, to the point of calling him "Simey" without fear of getting attacked.
  • Product Placement: In-Universe: Sometimes, he'll prodly display the underside of his skateboard during the trial, which has a price list for noodles written on it.
  • Punny Name: His name refers to buckwheat, the main ingredient of soba noodles.
  • Supreme Chef: His Soba shop is Blackquill's favourite. Also Athena, the Judge and even Nahyuta all praise his soba noodles as being delicious though Blackquill makes a point that he still has a long way to go before he's on the same level as his father.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: He often leaves the area when he gets nauseated. Probably all that drinking did it.

    Geiru Toneido (Puuko Senpuutei

"Never show sadness! Smile, smile, smile! With a twisty, twist, twiiist!"

A rakugo performer and balloon artist who was at the yose at the time of the murder.

  • Anti-Villain: Jealousy aside, she is one of the few killers to actually regret what they've done, get sympathy from the defense, and cries Tears of Remorse. Not to mention she was snubbed by her master, and lost her ability to think rationally.
  • The Cutie: She routinely makes balloon animals as she's testifying, and she talks in a cutesy voice. It's an act; once she's accused of being the culprit, she becomes The Fake Cutie and starts speaking much more seriously.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Gets pushed over this by Taifu's not picking her to inherit the "Uendo" name, to the point where she doesn't even stop to think that under normal circumstances, attacking Taifu in the way that she did would have kicked up a huge cloud of buckwheat flour, in turn causing her to suffer a fatal allergic reaction. It's not until after she's exposed as the murderer that she even realizes this.
  • Dramatic Irony: Geiru killed Taifu for not picking her to succeed her father, as she really wanted to inherit the "Uendo" name and follow in her father's footsteps as a rakugo storyteller. Ironically, Taifu snubbed Geiru for her sake, as he actually wanted her to find her own calling in life, without being bound either by rakugo or by the Uendo name.
  • Expy: A pink-haired witness who acts like The Cutie and uses her large breasts to distract the court, much like April May. However, her true appearance is different from what she put up at first, having black hair and a rather flat chest. Could also be one of Cammy Meele given that she flaunts her breasts, acts all innocent, and is a murderer herself.
  • Fake Boobs: They are actually balloons that end up popping in her breakdown. She's actually quite flat-chested.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Geiru really looked up to and idolized her late father, the original Uendo Toneido, and wanted to succeed him badly enough that she killed Taifu when he picked his other disciple to succeed the "Uendo" name instead. Sadly, her mentor had done this hoping to free her from being bond to rakugo and the Uendo name when it was clear she wasn't cut out for rakugo, something she only discovers after killing him.
  • Gainaxing: The game's 3D engine allows the Jiggle Physics to show up. And then subverted, when it turns out the reason they're so bouncy is that they're not attached to her chest-she's actually quite flat.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She was actually trying to frame Uendo, as she hated him for being chosen to inherit the Uendo name over her. She never planned on Bucky getting involved at all.
  • Improbable Weapon User: She killed Taifu by suffocating him with udon dough.
  • Informed Flaw: Downplayed. She's said to be lacking in balloon-art talent, even though her animations show her making elaborate balloon figures. However, her balloon art tends to look pretty creepy.
  • Kick the Dog: If framing a five-year-old doesn't do it for you, there's also her feeding a small adorable dog Jugemu bloodstained udon dough.
  • Monster Clown: Certainly seems this way having framed an innocent five-year-old, killed her master out of jealousy, and has a villainous clown look to her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When it's revealed to her why she was shunned in the first place.
  • Older Than They Look: Based on how she looks and acts, you probably wouldn't guess that she's in her mid-thirties. She looks more her age however when she loses her wig.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Like Uendo, "Geiru Toneido" is presumably a stage name.
  • Pet the Dog: She feeds her dog, Jugemu, a huge dinner that's much more than the dog can actually eat. Subverted, she wasn't doing it to be nice to the dog; she was doing it to get rid of the udon dough that she used to suffocate Taifu Toneido.
  • Plot Allergy: She has a severe allergy to buckwheat, to the point where touching anything containing it causes a nasty rash, and inhaling buckwheat flour would almost certainly kill her. If not for the fact that Taifu had prepared udon dough instead of soba dough, she would likely have ended up dying herself before she could finish him off.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Had Taifu bothered to explain to her why she was passed over as heir to the "Uendo" name, she wouldn't have gone through the trouble of murdering him.
  • Punny Name: Gale tornado.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Jealousy aside, the entire thing was caused by a simple misunderstanding and she deeply regrets what she did.
  • Verbal Tic: She has verbal tics like "with a twisty twist twist" and "BLOOOOOON!" This is an act; her true personality is more serious.
  • Villainous Breakdown: All her balloons pop one-by-one. After her nose pops, she pulls on her suspenders, and they land on her (fake) breasts and pop them, before she takes off her wig, showing off the bandaged scar on her forehead, and starts crying Tears of Remorse.
  • Villainous Harlequin: She's not a clown, but she looks like one. She certainly gives off that vibe when cornered.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her motivation for the murder was that she was snubbed by her master, and her colleague and junior apprentice was chosen to be Uendo instead of her.
  • Would Harm a Senior: Murdered her master Taifu, who was in his seventies and is the oldest victim in the series.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair. It's actually a wig. Her true hair color is black.

    Uendo Toneido (Bifuu Senpuutei

"I wouldn't want to say anything thoughtless and get arrested. After all, that'd be... a "raku-no-no"! Hee hee!"

A rakugo performer who was at the yose at the time of the murder. As his introduction in court shows, he has quite a personality, that is, four of them. He has Dissociative Identity Disorder and has three different alters normally. His fourth one will front when the other three cannot.

  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Neither of the main three alters can remember what Owen was doing. This is Truth in Television, though.
  • Bait-and-Switch: It's heavily built-up from the true arrangement of the hanafuda cards that Uendo's fourth alter Owen is a psychopath who murdered the victim. When Owen is revealed, the "psychopath" part drops completely as well as any possibility that he committed the crime. Owen, in fact, was a witness and is too horrified to remember it.
  • Blowing Smoke Rings: He (more specifically, Kisegawa) can somehow do this with a paper fan.
  • Blush Sticker: Patches has them.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He doesn't drink as he passes out very easily. So easily, in fact, that half of an alcohol-filled manju bun is enough to knock him cold. This happened before the murder, then is replicated in the trial in order to make his fourth alter come out.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: While Uendo and Patches somewhat mostly avert this, Kisegawa manages to look extremely feminine simply with a head tilt and leaning the ponytail to the side.
  • Expressive Hair: His ponytail does this often. It indicates which alter is currently fronting. Uendo's ponytail lies back behind his head; Patches's sticks straight up; Kisegawa's leans to the side; and Owen's flops forward, giving the impression of a low fringe.
    • As each alter succumbs to intoxication, one of the three hairpins in their ponytail drops until none are left, and Owen is left fronting.
  • Freudian Trio: Of his three main alters, Uendo is the ego, being the most balanced of the three; Patches is the id, being an impulsive joker; and Kisegawa is the superego, being reserved and stern. Simon Blackquill appeals to Kisegawa's identity as an entertainer to provoke her into continuing to testify, even as the other two alters would swallow their pride and plead silence. Later, when all three deny the existence of a 4th alter known as Owen, Simon threatens Patches with being jailed for perjury and describes how cold and lonely a prison cell is, causing Patches to panic and backpedal, proving that all three of them do know about an Owen.
  • Four Is Death: The opening segments of the case involve Athena trying to prove that Uendo has a murderous fourth alter, Owen, as shown in Taifu's cards. Subverted with extreme prejudice once we actually encounter Owen, who from the moment he mumbles out his introduction disqualifies himself from being capable of murdering anyone, let alone Taifu. Instead, Owen became the Surprise Witness for the trial whose testimony becomes vital once Athena fixes up Owen's psychological problems that distort it because Owen was the sole witness to the actual murder other than the perjury that comes from from the murderer.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Kisegawa: "Hmph. Sh-Sheriouslyyy... Nobody ge's drunk offa wuh, wuh, one lil' bun... *hic*"
  • Leitmotif: "The Laughing Typhoon", a traditionally Japanese-sounding theme meant to be a bit silly and energetic. It switches to "Strange People" once Owen comes out.
  • Multi-Gendered Split Personalities: He is male, along with most of his alters. However, Kisegawa is female, complete with higher-pitched text blips.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Uendo Toneido" is a stage name he inherited from Geiru's deceased father. His real name is never given, though, as DID involves the personality splitting at a certain age, it possibly might be Owen.
  • Prone to Tears: Owen is a painfully timid little boy who is all too easily driven to tears.
  • Pungeon Master: Loves his puns. If you get his emotions wrong in his mood matrix, he says something along the lines of this.
    Uendo: Ah.. Match. I see... You have to Make A Thoughtful, Calculated, Hypothesis. In other words, it is YOU who does not MATCH!
  • Punny Name:
    • Wind tornado.
    • Also if you're in his head, it's an in-uendo (innuendo) tornado. The guy loves his puns.
  • Red Herring: Uendo did tamper with the crime scene, but he isn't the murderer.
  • Robotic Reveal: Played for Laughs: If Athena theorises that he's a robot, Uendo plays along with this along with the nametag of "U3NDO".
  • Shown Their Work: While simplified somewhat, his DID is surprisingly accurate to real cases of the condition, including the nature of an alter being drastically younger than everyone else (this is known as a 'little').
  • The Smurfette Principle: Kisegawa is the only one of Uendo's alters that's female, as indicated by her higher pitched speech sounds.
  • Spit Take: He spits out his tea as his damage animation.
  • Split Personality: As per his Dissociative Identity Disorder.
    • Uendo Toneido, the rakugo performer. He seems to be the host.
    • Patches (Ippachi), the jester.
    • Kisegawa, the courtesan.
    • Owen (Sadakichi Isoda), the child, who appears only when the other three cannot. A little and possibly the core.
  • Stylistic Suck: In-Universe: He deliberately performed Time Soba badly on stage, as he had set up the performance to be heard through the TV in the dressing room to make it look like Taifu was still in there, and any laughter from the audience would've given the ruse away.
  • Surprise Witness: Owen is this because his existence is not proven until late in the trial because he is the sole witness to the actual act of the murder other than the murderer. However, Athena had to fix his testimony up because he had psychological problems that distorted his testimony.
  • Wild Take: When contradicted, either he spits out his tea as detailed under Spit Take above, or his eyes go wide and he hides behind his fan while the ones he wears in his hair pop open. To be more specific, the latter animation belongs to Patches.

Turnabout Revolution (Gyakuten no Dai Kakumei)

    Paul Atishon-Wimperson (Masaharu Kiyoki

"I believe the youth of this country are our very future. Too long have they been looked down on and given the cold shoulder! So, to them I say! Ask not what you can do for your country! Ask what you can do for me!"

A sleazy politician who wants to become assemblyman of Kurain Village... for some reason or another.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Everyone in Kurain Village hates him because of his incessant campaigning, even during the night. They rip down his posters the moment he's not watching them anymore.
  • Alternate Character Reading: In the Japanese version, his email address is "Seiji711", since the characters for his first name, "masaharu", can be read as "seiji", which means "politics".
  • Captain Oblivious: He freely gives away his birth date, and then assumes that Apollo is asking this so as to send him birthday presents, which he points out he won't accept unless they're worth $1,000 or more. The Judge and Phoenix, meanwhile, are left speechless at his complete failure to realise that he's just indirectly proved that he gave the Founder's Orb to Archie Buff, rather than Buff stealing it.
  • Comically Missing the Point: He thinks that why his posters keep going missing is that his loyal supporters are taking them down to hang in their bedrooms, especially the female supporters.
  • Corrupt Politician: He's not the real owner of the Founder's Orb, despite what he claims, and he murdered Professor Archie Buff. Oh, and did we mention he's in cahoots with Justice Minister Inga Karkhuul Khura'in.
  • Did Not Think This Through:
    • While he was careful not to get fingerprints over Datz's suitcase so he could drop it on Archie Buff, he had to move Armie and her wheelchair since she fainted in the exact spot where Paul needed to drop the suitcase. Unfortunately, Armie woke up and locked herself in her room after that. Not only did this leave a damning statement against him later, but his fingerprints were also found on Armie's wheelchair, supergluing him to the crime scene.
    • It's obvious he didn't think of a contingency plan in the event that Phoenix quits on him.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: After a pretty big trial concerning the Founder's Orb and a face-off against Phoenix, including a couple of Mood Matrix segments and even a Revisualization segment, you end up claiming custody of the Orb as well as pinning Atishon for Professor Buff's murder. His defeat, however, only marks the end of the first half of the case, as shortly after the victory, Inga makes a phone call to Phoenix regarding Maya's kidnapping, kickstarting the Khura'in half of the case.
  • Embarrassing Last Name: "Wimperson" isn't exactly the most valorizing name one could wish for. Athena and the judge lampshade how it's no wonder he hardly ever mentions it.
  • Hate Sink: For the beginning of Chapter 5 to its middle. He's an absolute pain in the neck because he wants to force everyone in Kurain Village to vote for him, being rude and condescending to Apollo and his friends, willing to kill and lie to give the Founder's Orb to Justice Minister Inga, and even going as far as blackmailing Phoenix into defending him. By the end of the first half of the chapter, no matter how much you might've laughed at his antics, seeing him humiliated and arrested brings a great deal of catharsis.
  • Hypocrite: When he's first introduced, he praises the good people of Kurain, but then treats Apollo and Trucy with contempt, despite at first mistaking them for the very commoners he is supposed to be praising for his campaign.
  • It Was a Gift: He proudly shows off a plastic placard bearing his name because it was given to him by his grandfather. Said placard has his name taped over his grandfather's. He repeatedly crunches it in his "damage" animations and he has to resort to sticking a bunch of tape on to keep it together.
  • Ironic Name: His Japanese name "Kiyoki" means "clean", which doesn't fit a Corrupt Politician like him.
  • Jerkass: This guy is a self-centered asshole who constantly looks down on everyone, and lies as easily as he breathes. Plus, he aided the man who kidnapped Maya and blackmailed Phoenix into being his attorney and he also pushed Apollo and Dhurke off a cliff in the cave carrying the Khura'in treasure. It's telling that almost no one in-universe likes him or considers him anything more than a nuisance.
  • Large Ham: Even in the world of Ace Attorney, he's by far one of the largest. There's not a scene where he isn't bragging, campaigning, posing, or otherwise being dramatic.
  • Laughably Evil: He's such a caricature of the Sleazy Politician that it ends up making him entertaining despite being such an insufferable and despicable human being.
  • Leitmotif: "A Vote For Atishon!", which sounds exactly like a marching celebratory parade for a political candidate.
  • Medium Awareness: In-Universe: During his Villainous Breakdown, he notices the headline reporting that he was filed for murder charges and is stripped of his electoral win.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: He somehow makes walking towards and away from the witness stand look dramatic!
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a scathing parody of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is notorious for constantly invoking the name of his grandfather to justify his position and campaign promises.
  • Non-Answer: He dodges Apollo's questions several times by talking about his campaign promises, like promising not to look down upon the youth, promising to end violence, etc. Literally no one falls for it, and at one point, Phoenix— his own lawyer— essentially tells him to shut up to keep the trial going.
  • Punny Name: It refers to his profession.
  • Running Gag: His damage animation involves wringing and cracking his name-plaque in shock, before straightening it back up and then mending it with tape. Look closely and you'll see more and more tape gets added to the plaque whenever he goes into shock again.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He keeps disturbing the peace by campaigning all day and all night, but the local police won't arrest him for it because of how powerful the Atishon family is.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Paul Atishon attempts to just walk away from the witness stand several times; Apollo has to call him back.
  • Sleazy Politician: He exemplifies this kind of politician, as he is evasive in his answers, and he campaigns during his testimony.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He believes that because his grandfather, Abe Atishon, was an influential politician, then he himself must be a golden boy destined to be a resplendent, successful politician, and others should be in awe to be in his presence. He even proclaims that one day he'll be either — depending on which language you play the game in — Emperor of Japan (impossible, since he's not of royal blood) or King of America (a position which doesn't even exist).
  • Smug Snake: He is probably, by far, the least court-savvy of any culprit in the games so far. He obliviously blurts out statements that damage Phoenix's case, and his attempts at resistance fall apart the moment Phoenix resigns as his representative.
  • Snot Bubble: When he falls asleep on the witness stand, he has a snot bubble coming from his nose.
  • Tears of Joy: During his breakdown. They quickly devolve into tears of anguish.
  • This Just In!: During his Villainous Breakdown which features him pretending that he won the election, this shows up onscreen.
    BREAKING NEWS: Paul Atishon arrested for murder charges and is stripped of his electoral win.
  • Too Important to Walk: He goes around in a palanquin that shows off his name. Obviously, he's prohibited to bring it into the courtroom.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The courtroom turns to a TV screen, in which he sees that he is finally elected. He and four henchmen cheer, but he sees from an announcement that because of murder charges, his electoral win is taken away from him. The henchmen go away, and he, now back in the courtroom, falls into a black pit, screaming for his grandfather. He reappears back on the stand in a falling pose and his nameplate crumbles. The screen goes black and we finally hear the sound of his collapse.
  • Wild Take: Accidentally crushes his nameplate in his grip looking horrified, and then surveys the damage looking even more horrified.

    Armie Buff (Hilneria Sanagi

Professor Archie Buff's child, a shut-in who prefers to speak via a remote-controlled drone called Sergeant "Sarge" Buff. She's a 12-year-old wheelchair-bound girl whose mother died in a fire six months before the events of the case.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Armie acting like a military commander provides a big contrast to her adorable appearance. Athena can't help but find Armie cute when she finally reveals herself.
  • Bottomless Magazines: The drone seems to have an infinite amount of bullets, and can reload additional missiles out of nowhere.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's half-Russian.
  • Character Development: Sgt. Buff begins the case as a shut-in, but later she decides to suspend her "siege defense strategy" indefinitely so she can seek her own victory on the battlefield.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Her wheelchair. Because she fainted due to her father's orb burning experiment giving her flashbacks to her mother's death, she was in the exact spot Paul Atishon needed to drop Datz's suitcase on Archie. However, she woke up when Paul tried to move it, causing her to lock herself in her room. Turns out Paul's fingerprints are still on the handles, giving Apollo the evidence he needs to implicate Paul as the murderer.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Appears barefoot at all times even during the court session, unusually for a wheelchair-bound person. Made even more obvious by the fact she's a Hikikomori and that, as soon as Armie finally gets out of the wheelchair, she remains barefoot on the floors of the Defendant Lobby for a while.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Acts like your typical strict military commander who sounds a bit Russian.
  • Expressive Accessory: Sgt. Buff has a pretty expressive cockpit, with the added benefit of having an extendable arm. Specifically, the drone's eyes are yellow or white most of the time, red when Sgt. Buff is angry, and blue when Sgt. Buff is sad.
  • Expy: Of Vera Misham from the fourth game. Both girls are Hikikomori due to traumatic pasts, have practically genius-level skills in specific fields, and ultimately become Spanners in the Works against their fathers' killers.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: In the "credits scenes", Armie reveals that the university is allowing her to assist in going on digs just like her late father used to do, though because she's assisting the university, Armie's doing it completely legally, unlike her late father.
  • Gatling Good: The drone has a fully functional Gatling gun. It's implied to use plastic pellets, given that since she shoots Apollo with it several times.
  • Hero-Worshipper: There's no one Sgt. Buff respected more than Professor Archie Buff, who gave up a university position to raise Sgt. Buff in the countryside.
  • Hikikomori: A shut-in who refuses to go out of their room under any circumstances following her mother's death.
  • Husky Russkie: The only info we had to her identity before her reveal was through her drone. This trope is initially played straight due to her apparent deep voice thanks to her drone's voice modulator and she calls Apollo a "capitalist swine" and mentions Siberia at one point. After her reveal, the "husky" bit is dropped completely.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Claims that the battlefield is no place for a woman when first meeting Athena, despite being female herself. Becomes doubly so when you remember that, unlike Armie, Athena actually is old enough to legally enlist in the military.
    • And triply so, since her own mother has served in the Russian army, possibly as a paratrooper.
  • Insistent Terminology: Sgt. Buff isn't a shut-in; Sgt. Buff is using a "siege defense strategy" which is a time-honored tradition! Apollo wouldn't be mocking the wisdom of Sgt. Buff's forefathers, would he?
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first, Sgt. Buff is abrasive and is willing to fire weapons at Apollo over minor provocations. But Buff takes a level in kindness and becomes much more cooperative when Apollo reveals that Jove Justice also died, just like Armie's father, and Apollo doesn't know if his mother's alive or dead, so Apollo and Armie's suffering is the same.
  • The Lad-ette: The larval stage of one, what with her military obsession, pride in technical skills, and insistence on calling herself Sarge.
  • My Little Panzer: What kind of toy has guns and functioning missiles? She even plans to put a flamethrower on it to kill insects!
  • The Nicknamer: Sgt. Buff tends to address people by military rank depending on what rank they currently possess in their chosen careers (for example, Apollo is a "Private" because he's just another lawyer at his agency though Armie is willing to promote Apollo's designation to "Corporal" once Apollo reveals that he's suffered losses similar to Armie's, but later she demotes his designation back to "Private" when she thinks Apollo is defending her father's murderer).
  • Obfuscating Disability: She revealed that she was actually capable of walking months ago, but pretended she couldn't because she was too scared to go outside.
  • Punny Name: Army buff, referencing Armie's militaristic behaviour.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Apollo and co. assume she's male until her physical appearance in court.
  • Spanner in the Works: Since Armie was in the spot Paul Atishon needed to be in to push a heavy suitcase onto Archie Buff, Paul had to push Armie's wheelchair out of the way. This caused Paul to leave his fingerprints on Armie's wheelchair, which would be vital in proving he was the one who killed Archie Buff.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Armie not only decides to come to court in person despite previously being a shut-in, she's the one who provides you with the crucial testimony and evidence you need to expose Paul Atishon as Archie Buff's murderer; the very last pieces of evidence you need to present in the first trial are first her statement and then her profile.
  • Vocal Dissonance: When Armie finally reveals herself to be a 12-year-old girl, the Judge mentions that he's surprised because given the drone's voice, he was expecting Armie to be a twenty-something military fanatic. Armie explains that this is because the drone is equipped with a voice modulation device.
  • When She Smiles: Even after her face is revealed, she spends most of the time either frowning or afraid. However, once she stands back up out of her wheelchair, her face absolutely lights up.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of fire, following her mother's death in a fire that an arsonist caused. The sight of the Founder's Orb catching fire thanks to her father's research caused her to freak out and faint, and even remembering said fire from the Orb causes another freak out. Fortunately, thanks to Athena, she manages to confront and get over her fears.
  • Wrench Wench: She built that drone herself.

    Abraham Atishon (Tokujirou Kiyoki
A once-prominent political figure in Kurain Village and Paul Atishon's grandfather.
  • Corrupt Politician: Presumably he was a lot better at hiding this than his grandson, given how highly the Kurain villagers speak of him, but if Apollo presents irrelevant evidence to Paul Atishon during the first time they meet in Kurain Village, he will then tell Apollo to be more subtle about bribing him, and then will tell you about what he claims that Abraham Atishon told him on how to handle bribes:
    Paul Atishon: "'Don't accept any bribes unless they come in unmarked bills.'"
  • Famous Ancestor: Is one to Paul, which is something the latter tried to milk for his campaign.

    Ives Shineto (Tomegorou Gotou

Paul Atishon's 85-year-old neighbor who provides a sworn affidavit for Phoenix during the civil trial.

  • The Ghost: Never actually seen or heard from in court.
  • Punny Name: Ives Shineto = I've seen it all.

    Nayna (Baaya

The royal family's head servant and Rayfa's personal aide. She appears once in a while to help Rayfa. She is really Amara Sigatar Khura'in in disguise. See this page for tropes regarding her true identity.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: She made small appearances prior to case 5, namely as the one who removes Rayfa's cloak and staff before commencing the Divination Séances.
  • Compressed Hair: Underneath her hat is a massive wad of hair held up by ribbons.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Is more knowledgeable about more things than Rayfa, and Rayfa consults her for information she doesn't understand. Phoenix even calls her Rayfa's 'pocket internet'. Considering she's her mother and the former queen, that's to be expected.
  • King Incognito: Queen Amara's disguise as head servant Nayna worked for over almost two decades because nobody would have thought that the queen survived her assassination attempt, let alone lower her station enough to work as a servant. As it turns out, she happens to enjoy her new life.
  • Nice Hat: Nice huge hat at that! Shad'do steals it at one point.
  • Parental Substitute: Because Ga'ran is so busy with her work, Nayna ended up raising Rayfa most of the time. Of course, subverted once you learn her true identity.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Seems to have an odd habit of just seemingly sliding in and out of nowhere at Rayfa's command. Most egregious in Case 3, where she somehow does this in an isolated open room on a plateau over 2000 meters above ground where the only way in is a tall flight of stairs, despite not being present anywhere in the scene pan previously.

Turnabout Time Traveler (Toki o Koeru Gyakuten)

    Ellen Wyatt (Shizuku Ootsubu

"I can't believe Sorin chose me, a simple house servant. He's my knight in shining armor, my prince... *sigh* Oh, my Sorin..."

A maid of the Sprocket household who was to be married to Sorin when she was accused of murder. Claims to have been nearly killed and gone back in time at the critical moment, only then to be arrested for her attacker's murder.

  • Banging Pots and Pans: She sometimes does this when she's flustered, using a frying pan and ladle.
  • Bouquet Toss: She did this in the ending cutscene. Maya, Athena, and Ema bobbled it towards Larry in their attempts to catch it. Larry caught it, and the girls started a chase scene with him as the target of the three girls.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody wants to believe she traveled back in time during the wedding night. She was tricked into thinking she had traveled back in time after falling unconscious during Gloomsbury's attack and Pierce arranging the second reception, and everyone but an amnesiac Sorin were in on it.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Sorin seemingly goes through with accusing her of murder, rather than go into her usual crying fit, she limply drops her bouquet and her expression becomes vacant and sullen. It's essentially Dull Eyes of Unhappiness but without the actual dull eyes. Her entire character is hyperbolic (going from being well-groomed and composed to comical and hysterical on a whim) but at that moment it still manages to feel disconcerting.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She goes through hell and back on her wedding day, but she and Sorin finally get married in the end. The judge even calls her "Ellen Sprocket" when she gets her not guilty verdict.
  • Ethereal White Dress: She goes to court in full wedding attire, having vowed not to remove the dress until she gets her wedding. Her brush with death, supernatural claims, and tragic backstory fit the general archetype.
  • Hysterical Woman: Not usually, but when upset she goes whole-hog with the waterworks.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: She does not deal with stress well.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Sorin asks Ellen why she would try to take the heat for Sorin despite Sorin himself having doubted Ellen, Ellen says she doesn't care about that, because Sorin's happiness is her happiness.
  • Large Ham: She gets...emotional when upset.
  • Leitmotif: "Walking Down the Aisle", a graceful, happy theme meant to invoke the atmosphere of a wedding ceremony.
  • Nervous Wreck: She tries her best to control it, but Ellen is not exactly a calm woman by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Nice Girl: A polite, sweet, and loving girl.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Prior to the wedding, she promised the Sprocket household that her last duty as a housemaid was to clean the reception herself. Unfortunately, she's then spotted standing in front of the murdered Gloomsbury holding the murder weapon. This gives the prosecution a foothold.
  • Not So Above It All: She appears to be very sophisticated, but upon her first panic attack, it's obvious that she's not actually used to the fact that if the wedding goes through, she likely won't be able to work as much.
  • Ocular Gushers: Cries waterfalls when hysterical. She actually carries around a pan to catch her tears before they reach the ground!
  • Orphan's Ordeal: In an easily-missed line a little after the beginning of the case, you learn that Ellen is working as a maid in the Sprocket household because she doesn't have any family or relatives to support her. Then the events of "Turnabout Time Traveler" turns her life completely upside down.
  • Punny Name: Ellen Wyatt = "all in white" or "elle in white."
  • Quivering Eyes: Often, usually as a precursor to the aforementioned Ocular Gushers.
  • Rags to Riches: Ellen is a maid marrying the rich heir of Sprocket Aviation.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Inverted. While she looks totally elegant and gorgeous when first introduced, it is revealed later that her "normal" appearance beneath the makeup is plainer. We don't even know what she looked like before.
  • Stepford Smiler: She initially comes off as serene and calm, but the instant something goes wrong that all goes flying out the window at supersonic speeds. She does quickly pull herself together when she calms down, though.
  • Taking the Heat: When it looks like Phoenix is trying to pin the murder on Sorin, she tries to cover for Sorin.
  • Time Machine: In the opening cutscene, Gloomsbury attacks her and mentions her "pretty little time machine", the small airship-shaped clock lying on the ground during the attack. It's not really a time machine. It's actually a figurative stand-in for cutting a wedding cake where she and Sorin would activate it together.
  • Workaholic: Busies herself by cleaning her own wedding reception and the detention center's visitor's room, among other things.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Whenever she cries a lot, her mascara starts running, requiring her to reapply her makeup.
  • Youthful Freckles: Hidden by her makeup.

    Sorin Sprocket (Raito Haguruma

".....Ellen. [...] ...Come home soon. ......I'm...lost without you."

The current heir to the Sprocket Aviation business, a mechanic and Ellen's fiancé. He always carries around a large notebook with him, constantly writing events of the day in it.

  • Alliterative Name: Sorin Sprocket.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Subverted. Sorin's lack of social engagement and obsessive note-taking seem at first like a grab bag of autism spectrum and compulsive symptoms, but in fact turn out to be methods for coping with his amnesia.
  • The Atoner: Sorin resolves to tell the public the whole truth, not merely about Gloomsbury's murder, but also the truth about Selena's death, that Sorin himself was driving the car and therefore responsible for the accident. He knows this would damage Sprocket Aviation's reputation and Sorin himself will draw a lot of criticism, but Sorin feels he can't make a new start unless he does this.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When you first meet Sorin during the first investigation phase, it initially seems like he's a cold person, as he doesn't react to his own bride being arrested. But it turns out this was just because he was lost in his own world, and when he comes into the courthouse before the Day 1 trial, while at first he asks Ellen for blueprints, he then tells Ellen to please come home soon as he'd be lost without her, making it clear that he does care about Ellen after all.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Blue hair and blue eyes.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Goes through hell and back just to marry Ellen.
  • Fingore: One of his animations has him accidentally press his thumb down on the pointy end of his mechanical pencil.
  • Foreshadowing: On the second day of the investigation, Sorin is relieved to find out why there were two wedding receptions—except according to Pierce Nichody in Day 1's trial, the second reception was Sorin's idea. The fact that Sorin himself was confused and didn't know why is an early hint that Nichody is lying.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Responsible for creating several of Sprocket Aviation's most successful inventions.
  • Heroic BSoD: When it's revealed in court that his notebook had been tampered with, he has a breakdown when he realizes he may not be able to trust anything written in it and takes off using the jetpack on his back. Though he snaps himself out of it and is able to provide statements to help advance the case in response.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes off as cold and stoic only towards people he doesn't know personally, you might also at first think that he's quite apathetic for Ellen's wellbeing as her soon-to-be husband. He will warm up to anyone who brings up interest that relating to his interest including time travel because he's suffering from a traumatic amnesia which erases his memories of each day and deep down, he has shown to be vulnerable for Ellen's wellbeing and really loves her from the bottom of his heart even when her makeup reveals her plain appearance beneath it as she considers it "ugly".
  • Jet Pack: Wears one. And he ends up accidentally activating it in court too, as expected from this series.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Sorin calls himself a "time traveller" because he has anterograde amnesia, caused by the traffic accident that he and his sister were in. He forgets everything new that happens to him whenever he goes to sleep, so it's like he is constantly travelling back in time to just after the accident happened. To cope with this, he always carries around a notebook and writes down everything that happens to him in extreme detail.
  • Note to Self: What his notebook is meant to function as. Since he loses all his memories of everything after his accident once he falls unconcious, he takes special care to log the events of the day in his notebook to keep him up to date.
  • Punny Name: Soaring (like the engineering work he does in planes), and sprocket (a type of gear).
  • Red Herring: Even HE believes he might've killed the victim. But no, it was his butler.
  • Spanner in the Works: If he hadn't stopped Gloomsbury from killing Ellen, Pierce's original plan would have gone perfectly.
  • Steampunk: His whole design is based on this aesthetic.
  • Uptown Guy: He's the rich heir to Sprocket Aviation, and he's marrying Ellen, a maid.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shares this with his deceased sister, Selena.

    Pierce Nichody (Kazuharu Juumonji

"Disposing of anything that may harm the Sprocket family's reputation... simply a part of my job."

Sorin's faithful butler, who works with the victim and the defendant. He was also previously a surgeon and the fiancé of his master's sister, Selena.

  • All for Nothing: Wants Sorin to feel his (Pierce's) kind of pain regarding Selena's death. However, since Sorin already has his own share of trauma from that — which Pierce knows — it just comes across as an unnecessary Kick Them While They Are Down scheme instead. He is aware of this on some level but is too blinded by his own pain to stop his plans.
  • Best Served Cold: He wasn't able to take revenge until Sorin and Wyatt's wedding.
  • Bishōnen: Probably the most beautiful male villain in the series, rivalling Kristoph in that department.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Acting frantic and insulting not just to the defense, but also to the prosecution, the legal system itself AND the Judge does not do him any favors.
  • Busman's Vocabulary: When he regresses into his surgeon persona, he starts peppering his dialogue with medical lingo.
  • The Butler Did It: Played unabashedly straight. He became the family butler to enact his revenge plot.
  • Dr. Jerk: Averted back in his surgeon days, but when he drops the butler act, he becomes a lot more abrasive to the court.
  • Dull Surprise: He isn't surprised at all when Maya accidentally smashes an antique radio. He just gives it to FXR-UPR who repairs it in seconds.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His role as a repairman for the Sprocket family is shown when Maya accidentally breaks an antique radio, causing him to calmly give it to his shoulder-mech; FXR-UPR, which fixes it in a matter of seconds. His true moment is him going into his One-Winged Angel form.
  • Funny X-Ray: After he goes into his One-Winged Angel form by dressing more like a surgeon, his FXR-UPR mech that he modified produces X-Rays of Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth, which contain their Anime Hair and Classy Cravat respectively.
  • High-Class Glass: He's only a butler, but he still wears a monocle.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He admonishes Sorin for being unable to move on from the past, yet Pierce himself is also unable to let go of the past. What's more, Sorin's fixation on the past is justified because he loses his memories every time he sleeps, while Pierce has no such excuse.
    • He also grumbles about Phoenix babbling "on and on and on" shortly before he goes surgeon in the courtroom. Yet once you get past his final testimony, he himself won't shut up, despite everyone, especially Edgeworth and the Judge, telling him to be quiet.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Ultimately, Pierce did what he did because (in a sense) he, like Sorin, was stuck in the past and couldn't move on. His fiancée was killed by Sorin's driving, and Pierce wanted to kill Ellen to make Sorin feel Pierce's pain, but Larry Butz accidentally screwed that murder plan up beyond all recognition with his usual brand of chaos, forcing him to kill his accomplice in the murder plan, Dumas Gloomsbury.
    Phoenix: (Pierce Nichody... Another inconsolable time traveller... who lived in time that stood still...)
  • Mad Doctor: His surgeon persona is clearly aggressive and unstable, in contrast to his butler act.
  • Meaningful Name: In Japanese, two of the characters used to spell his name look like + and -, referring to the two main types of screwdriver (slot and cross), which alludes to his role as a repairman for the Sprocket household.
    • "Kazu" (the character that resembles the minus symbol), along with "haru", can be translated as "one who heals", which references his surgical background.
  • Miranda Rights: Tries using this in court once he's cornered, saying he'll only testify what Phoenix asks him to speak about specifically, knowing full well that it might be used against him. Unfortunately for him, Phoenix blows a huge hole through that logic. Once that happens...
  • Motor Mouth: After trying to remain silent fails, his desperation starts to show and, from that point on, he DOES NOT STOP TALKING, even with Phoenix, Edgeworth and the Judge all telling him to shut up and threatening to kick him out of the courtroom.
  • Mr. Fixit: He is not only the Sprocket Family's butler, but also the head of the Sprocket Aviation Repair Department. His FXR-UPR mech can automatically fix mechanical objects in seconds. When explaining this device to Phoenix and Maya, he comments how much easier machines are to repair than human beings...
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he's revealed as the killer and explains his actions, Selena's pocket watch begins to work again and he realizes that what he did was wrong.
  • My Greatest Failure: Failing to save Selena.
  • One-Winged Angel: Drops his butler facade by wearing his pocket handkerchief like a surgical mask and taking away his sleeve cuffs to reveal long white medical gloves. This extends to his shoulder mech, which he reconstructs into a bigger and meaner-looking device that can also take x-ray pictures.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: The moment he calls the defense team and prosecution "useless", he manages to put Edgeworth, who was still considering the possibility that Ellen might be the killer, against him.
  • Punny Name: Persnickety, meaning 'requiring a precise or careful approach'. While this fits his role as a repairman, this also foreshadows his past as a surgeon.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He wants Sorin to feel the same pain he felt the day his fiancé Selena died, by killing Sorin's fiancé Ellen. He then settled for framing her for murder, even taking measures to ensure Sorin won't be found guilty.
  • Robot Buddy: Has a little mech called FXR-UPR that he uses for mechanical repairs and radio transmitting, although it's unknown how intelligent it is. According to him, it was a gift from Sorin.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Threatens to have Phoenix and Edgeworth "excised" from the legal world, claiming it'd be a cinch with the power of the Sprocket family. This doesn't work.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His pocket watch, which belonged to his late fiancée. Especially notable since the watch doesn't work, symbolic of his own inability to 'move on'.
  • Tragic Villain: Despite what he did, Nichody is ultimately portrayed a man trapped by and unable to move past the death of the woman he loved, who choose to take his pain out on the brother who he blamed all of it on. His Villainous Breakdown and subsequent confession are both played very somberly.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Even as he assumes his surgeon form, he's mentally and physically falling apart. As he is truly defeated, the background changes to an electrocardiogram that shows a steady pulse. He frantically operates on his golden machine, FXR-UPR, treating it as though it were a hospital patient, but he accidentally causes an oil discharge, which he likens to cutting an artery. He asks for forceps and wonders where everyone is, then resolves to do the "operation" alone, as flashbacks of Selena play behind him as he treats FXR-UPR as though it were Selena, begging for her to live. FXR-UPR soon falls off the stand, and as Pierce bitterly remarks that he could have saved Selena if Sorin hadn't been there, Pierce's pulse becomes faster and eventually turns to a flatline, after which he collapses, clutching his chest.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: During the first investigation phase, Pierce unsuccessfully tries to convince Phoenix to drop the case, as the Sprocket family cannot have a criminal in it, so Pierce needs to do what's in Sorin's best interests by any means possible, even preventing him from marrying a criminal. Phoenix solves the problem by pointing out to Pierce that if Phoenix proves Ellen isn't a criminal, then Ellen's marriage to Sorin won't ruin the Sprocket family name. This well-intentioned extremism is an act; actually, Pierce wanted Phoenix to drop Ellen's case because Pierce himself is the murderer and wanted to pin the murder on Ellen to get revenge on Sorin.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Or in Pierce's case, I Should Have Saved Your Sister Instead. This is how Pierce feels about Sorin, because if Sorin hadn't been there, Pierce would have saved Selena or potentially both if he started on Selena first due to her condition being worse. Even during his villainous breakdown, he operates on his machine and treats it as though he were operating on Selena and trying to save her life, which is what he deeply wishes he had done instead of saving Sorin like Selena asked.


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