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Witnesses and miscellaneous characters that appear in The Great Ace Attorney spinoff series. Here is the main character sheet.

For Satoru Hosonaga, Gina Lestrade, and Roly Beate, who were introduced as witnesses in the first, third, and fourth cases of Adventures respectively, see Detectives and Other Law Enforcement Officers.

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Debuted in The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures

The Adventure of the Great Departure (Oinaru Tabidachi no Bouken)

    Yujin Mikotoba 

Voiced by (Japanese): Takayuki Sugo (GAA, GAA 2)

Voiced by (English): Peter de Jersey (GAA, GAA 2)

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A medical doctor and forensics professor at Yumei University. Kazuma Asogi's mentor and Susato Mikotoba's father. A former student and colleague of John H. Wilson.


  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins the main cast just before the final trial, and is pivotal to taking down Jigoku and Stronghart.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Part of GAA 2-5 has you play as Yujin as him and Sholmes are searching the SS Grouse for Jigoku.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: During Case 5 of Resolve, he becomes playable during the investigation on the ship.
  • Ambiguously Bi: There are several suggestions that his cohabitation and partnership with Sholmes wasn't entirely platonic, particularly in how Sholmes identified him as Iris's other, "real" father despite no blood relation.
  • Canon Character All Along: He's eventually revealed to be the Dr. John Watson (or in the localization, Dr. John Wilson) from the books; the discrepancy in the names is due to a misunderstanding.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: While he doesn't try to justify his six years as an absent parent to Susato, he actually did intend to raise Iris as his own. However, the Japanese government would not allow him to take her into the country without disclosing her actual parentage, which he had sworn not to do, so he left her in his partner Sholmes's care.
  • Decomposite Character: He, Runo, Iris and H. Wilson are this to the original Watson. Out of the four, he's Sholmes' Heterosexual Life-Partner.
  • Good Parents: He seems to be a fair and caring father to Susato.
  • Leitmotif: Has three: London Town usually plays whenever you talk to him in case 4 of the second game, as a standalone theme, "The Great Detective's Great Friend", used in the reveal of him being Sholmes' partner, and - together with Herlock - "Partners ~ The game is afoot!", the main theme of GAA 2, used both in the reveal that he's Sholmes' partner, and during the Dance of Deduction segment in the Grouse.
  • Meaningful Name: "Yuujin" means 'friend'. He's Herlock Sholmes' biographer and best friend.
  • Not So Above It All: He does additional tap dancing during his Dance of Deduction segment with Herlock. It seems it was his thing since the past, according to the latter.
    • The investigation on the SS Grouse also shows a more comedic side to him, such as his attempts at mimicking mice and tripping over himself over absolutely nothing in the middle of a dark room.
  • Older Sidekick: He's a good nine years Sholmes elder.
  • Parents as People: Grief over his wife's death pushed him to run off to England for six years while leaving his newborn daughter behind. However, he has much regret over this and has spent the following years going above and beyond to make up for his absence.
  • Parental Substitute: Adopted a 14 year old Kazuma after the death of his father.
  • Race Lift: Holmes' partner and biographer in the original stories, Dr. John Watson, is British - in GAA, Mikotoba is Japanese.
  • Secretly Dying: Or at least really sick. In Case 5 he's in the hospital and he's been sick for several days and Susato needs to make an extremely quick trip home...except that's a lie, and he had that reported to take Susato back home after getting Soseki's report abroad - specifically details regarding the second case he's involved in. As for why, see Secret-Keeper below.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: In the second game's last 2 cases, he drops his traditional Japanese outfit for a suit-and-tie ensemble when he arrives in London, making him more closely resemble traditional depictions of Watson. On the final scene of Case 4, it's revealed that he was the actual Watson from the books.
  • Secret-Keeper: Until the end of the second game, he's the only other person apart from Herlock who knows the true identity of Iris's parents. It's partially the reason why The Hound of the Baskervilles remained unpublished, and he had Susato come back from England to preserve this secret from Iris when the dog collar pops up during the Shamspeare poisoning case.
  • Secret Other Family: Subverted. The ending of GAA 2-4 implied that he had an affair while in London, fathering Iris in the process - though case 5 ends up disproving this theory.
  • Skunk Stripe: The middle part of his hair is a snow white compared to his dark black hair.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's difficult to discuss him without giving away that he's the actual TGAA version of Dr John Watson.
  • Younger Than They Look: In his early forties, he can certainly pass for a middle-aged man due to his Skunk Stripe hair, if not for the fact that his "Take that!" shout in the final Dance of Deduction sounds a bit youthful.

    Iyesa Nosa (Taizou Uzukumaru
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A sergeant of the Imperial Japanese Army who witnessed Wilson's murder in the restaurant La Carneval (La Quantos).


  • Busman's Vocabulary: Even though he's not on duty, Sergeant Nosa certainly acts like he is. For example, he calls Ryunosuke a "cadet" and Dr. Wilson a "civilian" during his testimony.
  • Classified Information: Tries to claim this after making a comment about being told not to mention anything about a gentlewoman.
  • Foreshadowing: When his co-witness acts angry about the disappearance of his coin, Iyesa panics more than when told about the murder. He is the thief, but not the killer.
  • Justified Criminal: He is unable to support his family because of his low salary and the high taxes that haven't been lowered from the last war, leading to him committing the series of thefts in La Carneval, so his son can have real food.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Most criminals in Ace Attorney are killers. He is merely a thief with a good motive, like Ron DeLite.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • 'Uzukumaru' means 'to crouch'. His son's name, Kuroumaru, comes from 'kurou', meaning hardship.
    • His name in English is taken from "Aye! Yes sir! No, sir!" - a la a private responding to a superior officer. His son's name, Aido Nosa, is taken from "I don't know, sir!"
  • Spanner in the Works: An unusual example, in that he very nearly ends up being this to the player rather than the culprit. Hiding Korekuta's koban under his beef steak, followed by swapping said beef steak with Jezaille's own steak, means that he unwittingly concealed the evidence that proves Jezaille's guilt in the murder. If not for Jezaille making a careless remark that proved the steak actually wasn't hers, he'd have caused Ryunosuke to be convicted instead of her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Japanese-style beef cutlets. Even his Verbal Tic in the Japanese script forms 'cutlet' together!
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once he is exposed for the string of thefts, Aido grabs his mustache and rides him like a horse before bending his back so far that the baby carrier flings to his front. The both of them then do a military salute.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not directly, but in his panic of being ousted as the Le Carneval Bandit, he quickly tries to pin the thefts on Aido, his infant son. Ryunosuke is quick to call him out on this, leading to his Villainous Breakdown.
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    Kyurio Korekuta (Sanmon Sonohigurashi
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An antique dealer and owner of a store, 'Rasu-Tei' (Ponkotsu Hall). Lost a koban at the time of the murder.


  • Alliterative Name: Kyurio Korekuta, In the original script, Sanmon Sonohigurashi.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: His method of speech, so much so that it baffles Ryunosuke.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His koban ends up becoming important evidence to prove Ryunosuke's eyewitness account and Jezaille's guilt.
  • Iconic Item: His koban. He's also examining a vase and a knife in some of his sprites, but these pale in comparison.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His name in Japanese means 'making a pittance day by day'.
    • In English, his name is read as "curio collector", which fits with his profession.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He's rather short and strange-looking compared to the more realistic looks of everyone else in the courtroom.
  • Skewed Priorities: He seems more concerned with examining his artifacts than giving reliable testimony, as he's fiddling with them while he speaks. And, as eventually revealed, he was more interested in finding his missing koban coin than he was about a man having just been murdered, meaning he actually didn't see the moment it happened.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite his previous anger, he actually seems impressed by Iyesa's plot to steal his Koban.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's only in his sixties, the same age as the far less withered-looking Manfred von Karma.

    Jezaille Brett 

Jezaille Brett / Asa Shinn (Ann Sasha)

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A transfer student from England who studied in Wilson's laboratory in Yumei.


  • Asshole Victim: At the start of Resolve, she is killed.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Shut up! is her personal speech bubble, and it is rendered in Gratuitous English even in the Japanese-language game. It's even rendered in a fancy script! She's also the only one who uses it.
  • Cultural Posturing: Her favorite hobby, which lands her into some major trouble when she decides to tear down Japan's "caveman" criminal investigation methods and investigative journalism.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Used curare, a poison that not only is totally unknown in Japan, but one that is only lethal by administering it through the bloodstream, and thus she (temporarily) disproves Ryunosuke's theory of her murdering Wilson using poison by drinking the poisoned tonic water with no hesitation.
  • Deadly Doctor: She's a medical student studying under Dr. Wilson, and also his remorseless killer. The poison she used to kill him, curare, is one focus of her research... though the fact that she's so knowledgeable about poisons might have something to do with her real job.
  • Death by Irony: Her drink was spiked with a very unique poison, and she was stabbed in an attempt to hide her true cause of death. Just like how she slipped curare into John Wilson's drink and then shot his dead body to frame Ryunosuke Naruhodo.
  • Death by Racism: Probably would have gotten away with murder even after her arrest if she didn't do all that Cultural Posturing against a Japanese journalist who happened to be smuggling poison in his pen for a completely different reason.
  • Early-Bird Boss: As the most antagonistic witness in her case and the first major culprit, she is the biggest obstacle to Ryunosuke's first trial, and, like Dahlia Hawthorne before her, she gives the defense a run for their money.
  • Evil Brit: All these spoiler tags should make it pretty obvious that something's wrong with her. Her being British and committing murder in Japan actually causes a lot of problems, as the Japanese government wants to outright avoid prosecuting her out of fear of hurting fragile Japanese-British relations.
  • Expy: Taking Stronghart as the duology's Moriarty equivalent, Shinn being the personal hitman of the Reaper conspiracy makes her the GAA equivalent of Colonel Sebastian Moran from the Holmes canon.
  • Expressive Mask: Her mask glares and shows smiling eyes to match her own emotions. Her Nice Hat does something similar, but what keeps it from being an Expressive Accessory is that the swan on top is actually alive.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: When she doesn't use a mask to cover her eyes, her hat is always tipped in a way to keep them hidden.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts like your typical refined British lady most of the time. She drops the act when she gets sufficiently angry, complete with yelling "SHUT UP!" at anyone who tries to interrupt her. She's also incredibly racist and xenophobic.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her racism and tendency to mock the Japanese has bitten her in the ass several times.
    • When mocking Japan's "primitive" investigation methods, this presses Hosonaga's Berserk Button about his perfect investigations, causing him to become more cooperative and show the court multiple pieces of evidence to help condemn her.
    • An offhand insult she makes about a Japanese witness not knowing how to use and knife and fork tips Ryunosuke off to the fact that the same witness had tampered with the evidence at the crime scene, leading directly to her undoing.
    • While he was already considering the idea, it's evident that her racist remarks to Menimemo, such as insulting his journalism and calling him a caveman, pretty much solidified his decision to kill her.
  • Foreshadowing: In the first game's first case, she rattles off a pretty extensive list of ways to kill someone that leave traces. Of course she'd be aware of that kind of information, given what she actually does for a living.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In the second game, we find out that her real name is Asa Shinn. Asa is typically a male given name.
  • Hate Sink: She's a narcissistic and incredibly racist xenophobe who spends the entire trial mocking the Japanese, knowing full well they can't do a thing to her, telling people to shut up, including the prosecutor that helps her, and that's before getting into the fact that she's the murderer and an assassin. Hard not to cheer when Menimemo kills her.
  • Head Pet: She wears a live swan on her head. It freaks out and hatches several chicks during her Villainous Breakdown.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: When she arrives in court for the first time, her beauty and charm captivates and silences the entire courtroom. Even Asogi, who by this point has implied he already suspects her of being the true murderer, gently mocks his friend for somehow failing to notice or remember "a woman like that" sitting across from Dr. Wilson in the restaurant.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: She claims she had no motive for killing Wilson. Her true motive is revealed in GAA 2; she's an assassin sent by Stronghart to kill Wilson in an area where extradition rights apply, since Wilson knew too much regarding the truth of the Professor case.
  • Holy Pipe Organ: At the end of her Villainous Breakdown, a few pipe organ notes are heard as she prays and her swan drags her into the air, giving her an angelic appearance.
  • Jerkass: As soon as she stops relying on Hosonaga's completely unnecessary translations and speaks for herself, she can barely go one sentence without smugly taunting the defense or saying something extremely racist against the Japanese.
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed and eventually subverted. After her guilt is revealed, the Japanese court is unable to prosecute her for her crimes, due to the extradition treaty between Japan and England, but she is scheduled to be dropped off to British authorities in Shanghai with her fate after that unknown... until the sequel, where she is found dead in a beach house in the first case, a day before her scheduled deportation.
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: She's the victim of the first case in GAA 2.
  • Leitmotif: "Elegance... and Excellence"
  • Meaningful Name: Jezail bullet, as in a bullet from a Jezail rifle. Like the one that causes John Watson's injury in Holmesian canon. Her real name, Asa Shinn, is quite clearly 'assassin'. The equivalent in Japanese, Ann Sasha, is from ansatsusha - assassin. It also can mean Jezebel, who violently purged the prophets of Yahweh from Israel, damaging the reputation of the Omride dynasty, which is similar to how Jezail purged her Japanese target while damaging the reputation of the British empire. "Brett" also sounds a lot like "brat"; which is a fair warning for how unpleasant she is.
  • Nice Hat: She has a hat that has a swan design on it. How nice is this hat? It's not a design — it's a real, living swan.
  • Not Me This Time: When Rei accuses her of being the poison thief, she states to her that she had nothing to do with it before dying. As it turns out, she had nothing to do with it's disappearance; that was Menimemo's doing.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Very racist towards the Japanese. Downplayed, as this would have been fairly normal at the time the game is set, as British values tended to considering the White Man's Burden as valid.
  • Professional Killer: Her real job. When a criminal prosecuted by Barok escapes getting a guilty verdict, she is usually the one to kill them afterwards as part of the Reaper conspiracy.
  • Refuge in Audacity: She destroys crucial evidence related to the case, in front of the entire courtroom. And she (almost) gets away with it too! This actually turns out to be a justified bit of foreshadowing that Jigoku is not on the up-and-up, as while the judge could have her brought up on contempt of court and obvious suspicious behavior, Jigoku is secretly one of her employers, and so was letting her get away with any excuse.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Or at least to a select few people who were aware of her. Sholmes had mistakenly assumed Asa Shinn had died months before the duology began after she seemingly vanished from the face of London, and seeing her name in the 'four names' telegram some time after her disappearance followed by receiving the word that John H. Wilson had been murdered only solidified that assumption. In truth, she had already been transferred to Japan, under the name 'Jezaille Brett'.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Subverted. The closer Naruhodo gets to exposing her as the culprit, she makes more frequent attempts to leave only to be stopped each time.
  • Smug Snake: Jezaille acts absolutely insufferable throughout her time on the witness stand, up to and including destroying evidence in full, brazen view of the entire courtroom, because as a British foreign exchange student, she knows the Japanese government cannot actually arrest her without inflaming tensions between the two countries. After the trial, she leaves for Shanghai, having gotten off more or less scot-free.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Giselle or Jezail? Bullet or Brett? The English version goes with Jezaille Brett.
    • In the Japanese script, her real name's an in-universe example when it first comes up at the end of GAA 1-5, namely that Susato and Ryunosuke are unsure whether it was "Satsushiya" or "Sasha" (due to how Japanese Morse Code doesn't distinguish between regular 'tsu' and the small vowel-lengthener). It's confirmed to be Sasha in the next game.
  • Starter Villain: The first culprit of the game. And she gives you a run for your money too.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The plot of the second game begins with her death.
  • Sugary Malice: Even when she's going off on Cultural Posturing rants against the Japanese, she delivers all her hateful remarks with all the poise and grace of an English gentlewoman. She's so sugary, in fact, that Prosecutor Auchi interprets her saying "damn you" as "bless you".
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: After her arrest, Ryunosuke encounters the unfortunate reality of consular jurisdiction. This is actually the first hint that she's a government-backed assassin—as Kazuma notes, the recent treaty with Britain restricted the power of consular courts only to serious extraterritorial crimes of a highly political nature.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Dahlia Hawthorne. Both are elegant, finely dressed and beautiful women who appear charming on the surface, yet their true personalities are full of contempt and greed. Both are also specialized in using poison as a means of murder weapon as well as being culprits in the first case of their respective games. The one difference is that Brett drinks the bottle with curare with no problem, so she doesn't get caught exactly like Dahlia.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: She tells a lot of people to shut up in courtroom... even Auchi who is on her side.
  • The Unintelligible: Downplayed. Her 'English' dialogue is rendered as unreadable doctor's cursive, and Hosonaga has to translate for her. Justified, as she is an English speaker in a Japanese court. Some of her cursive text is intelligible English words like "Oh", or "Sorry" or "Amen". She eventually drops her "monolingual British foreigner" façade and speaks Japanese, revealing herself to be fluently bilingual.
  • The Unreveal: Her eyes are almost always hidden by her hat or mask. This is still mostly played straight in Resolve where it's mentioned about her pupils having extreme dialation being an important plot point, until another photo does show the upper part of her face and her eyes, ...completely shut.
  • Villain Has a Point: While she's a thoroughly unpleasant, racist murderer and an assassin, her criticisms of the Japanese police aren't entirely unfounded, given that they'd have allowed several key pieces of evidence to be lost has Hosonaga not secretly taken the evidence himself.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She clutches her heart, then the swan on her head suddenly goes berserk and drags her around the room while she screams as baby chicks fly everywhere on the court. They then both fly towards a beam of light from the sky, before she's right back at the witness stand.
  • Walking Spoiler: Despite only appearing twice and that second time being her last Jezaille is one of the most important characters of the story specifically her real name and that she is in Mael Stronghart's assassin exchange program.

The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band (Tomo to Madara no Himo no Bouken)

    Bif Strogenov (Mitrov Stroganov
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A senior board officer aboard the SS Burya (SS Alaclair). Was in charge of monitoring and security in the first-class cabin.


  • The Atoner: After his role in the Frame-Up becomes clear, he decides to follow Roylott into exile in America, personally apologizing to Ryunosuke for his treatment of him first.
  • The Dragon: Even though he didn't kill anyone, Strogenov assisted Nikolina in covering up the crime scene for her supposed murder of Asogi. He wasn't aware that she pushed Asogi in the first place while doing so, as he assumed it was entirely her cat's fault. He was also behind the Frame-Up that made it seem like Ryu was the main culprit and even before all of that, he and the rest of his crewmates drugged everyone else on board with sleeping pills in order to make an emergency stop to pick up Nikolina.
  • Facial Markings: His head seems to have strange red stripes running across it like camouflage paint. It's a physical sign of his beloved pet snake Pirozhko liking to coil around his skull.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to set this guy off, though he never actually physically assaults anyone.
  • Head Pet: Pirozhko, the snake that is supposed to be the "speckled band" of the case, is actually his pet and a Red Herring to the murder. Once the snake is revealed, it wraps around his head without any panic on Strogenov's part.
  • Husky Russkie: He's pretty big and strong. Ryunosuke comments that his massive arms are the size of tree trunks when he claims he couldn't fit them through a vent.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Downplayed, but his desire to protect Nikolina leads him to try to frame an innocent man for murder, something he himself admits in the finale of the case.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Definitely not a nice fellow as he treats everyone (especially Ryu) with hostility. However, he does have a soft side, as shown with how he cares for Pirozhko and Nikolina.
  • Morality Pet: Literally Pirozhko, and figuratively Nikolina, though in the latter case he's willing to get his hands very dirty because he cares about her.
  • Papa Wolf: Even though she isn't his daughter, Strogenov is fiercely protective of Nikolina and isn't afraid to fight for her safety.
  • Poirot Speak: Downplayed, but he sometimes drops articles and almost invariably pronounces the word criminal as "kriminal."
  • Punny Name: Meatloaf and stroganoff. In the English version, beef stroganoff.
  • Shown Their Work: All his strange-looking word constructions are actual Russian proverbs and idioms.
    • "When the lobster whistles on the mountain" is explained in-game: equivalent to "When pigs fly".
    • "I'll show you where the lobsters spend winter" means "I'll give you hell".
    • "Even a hedgehog understands" means "It's incredibly obvious".
    • "They say they milk chickens" (full version "They say they milk chickens in Moscow") means "It's easy to tell or repeat a lie".
    • "I give my tooth" means "I swear it's true".
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: After seeing Nikolina in the corridor and learning what she'd done, he sent her to her room and quickly and clumsily tried to frame Ryunosuke for the crime after discovering him in the wardrobe (by writing the Russian word for "wardrobe", namely, "GARDEROB" in the Cyrillic alphabet). Notably, his Frame-Up had several gaping holes, suggesting it was the work of a rushed, distracted mind.
  • True Companions: To Grimesby Roylott. Nikolina Pavlova's father was a sailor, and she used to dance in her ship's band before being headhunted by the Russian ballet. When she fled the ballet, citing abuse, the sailors were the only family she had left, and they helped her escape.
  • Visual Pun: His tie is shaped like a fish. And it's red. Think about it. While he isn't the culprit of the case, he's still an accomplice, so this is zig-zagged.

    Grimesby Roylott 

Grimesby Roylott / Nikolina Pavlova (Nikomina Borshevic)

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A Russian gentleman who resides in the room next to Asogi's.


  • Adaptational Heroism: In the original Adventure of the Speckled Band, Roylott is a violent, short-tempered, horrible human being who had killed one of his stepdaughters and intended to kill another to obtain their parts of his dead wife's inheritance; in here, Nikolina is a meek ballet dancer seeking asylum in America who befriends a man in the neighboring cabin, but accidentally injures him following a misunderstanding.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Roylott in the original SPEC descended from an aristocratic Anglo-Saxon family. Here? Russian.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She is often called "Nina" by her guardian Bif Strogenov.
    • Alternatively, this might be her real name, and she took "Nikolina" as a grander-sounding stage name.
  • Anti-Villain: She really did not mean to injure Asogi. She just went through one of the most stressful days of her life, was already walking a tightrope trying to run from the Russian authorities, and had to reveal her true identity to a total stranger to get her cat back... then Asogi appeared to be going for the cabin's bell cord, and Nikolina panicked.
  • Big "NO!": When it's revealed that she's the culprit, her reaction is this (in Russian, no less).
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Once the original facade crumbles, the real Roylott seems like a shy and gentle person. Ultimately averted. Nikolina is every bit the scared teenage girl in over her head she seems like, and Asogi's death, while something she is responsible for, was a horrible accident and the result of her panicking and pushing him without meaning to knock his head into the bedpost.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After the case's conclusion, Herlock cleared up the situation regarding Asogi to her and then helped her escape to America as she intended (since she still committed theft). Considering what she'd gone through, it's well-deserved.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Played with. Case 2 is based on 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band', and those who did read it would know that Roylott is the killer - and then Roylott is revealed to be Nikolina. From that point, the details between SPEC and Case 2 begin to differ to the point of Deconstruction (in fact, the original solution is outright dismissed for reasons familiar to Holmes readers!)... except for who the killer is.
  • Gender Flip: From a male, English doctor to a female, Russian ballerina.
  • Go and Sin No More: Once the events of the case are fully revealed, Ryunosuke, seeing that Nikolina is consumed with remorse over the results of a moment's panic, strongly admonishes her never to forget that what she's done cost a man his life... but then asks Stroganov to take care of her following the events of the case, still concerned for what will happen to her following her defection from Russia. Afterwards, without Ryunosuke and Susato's knowledge, Herlock helps her escape to America, beyond the reach of her abusive masters.
  • Little Stowaway: Subverted; not only do the crew know she's on the ship, but they're also the ones who help her get on the ship in secret.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Roylott's reaction when she learns what Asogi was really going to do after she told him of his identity is pure shock and regret.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Roylott's disguise consists of a brown fake beard, Groucho Marx-esque glasses, and an Ushanka... with Nikolina's long, flowing blonde hair dangling out behind her. In her defense, she had boarded the ship the night before and was just about to cut her hair off before Ryu, Susato, and Sholmes barged into her cabin.
  • Poor Communication Kills: She pushes Asogi to his (assumed) death after wrongfully assuming the "second opinion" he talks about getting was from his detective friend.
  • Punny Name: Nikomi is Japanese for stew. Borshevic may come from the Bolsheviks or borscht. "Pavlova" comes from a meringue cake named after a famous Russian ballet dancer, but it could also be a reference to "Pavlov" and her spur-of-the-moment attack was driven by her fear that someone was about to ring a bell.
  • The Runaway: Of the Abused and Orphan variety. She ran away from the Novavic ballet troupe after being exploited for her fame, has no surviving family or real friends except for the SS Burya crew and her cat, and no money to her name either since the troupe never paid her. She got along with Asogi nicely, but ends up accidentally injuring him in a panic when she thought he was going to reveal her to the ship's captain.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Though it's not long after we meet Nikolina that the identity is revealed.
  • Shout-Out: Shares the same name with the antagonist of the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Speckled Band. Not so for her true identity.
  • Shrinking Violet: Roylott's real personality is quite shy and timid. This doesn't change when Nikolina is revealed as the culprit.
  • Spanner in the Works: Roylott couldn't have possibly known about any of this and probably still doesn't, considering she's at the other side of the Atlantic ocean at the series' conclusion, but incapacitating Asogi - and in the aftermath of the ensuing fake murder scenario, Herlock appointing Ryu as the replacement transfer student - meant Jigoku couldn't fulfill his part in the transfer assassination plot until a nearly a year after the case...where he decides to do it himself, leading to a series of events that led to Ryu unraveling the Reaper conspiracy.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: When seeing Asogi seemingly reaching for the bell cord, Roylott panicked and reacted in such a way as to set off the grim events of the case.
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    Vilen Borshevik (Dmitri Demiglaski
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A notorious Russian revolutionary who had apparently fled to London. Herlock suspects Roylott of being him.


  • Affably Evil: He's a notorious revolutionary, but he's an extremely patient man who looks down on people who judge others by their appearances. He ends up helping solve Case 5, too.
  • Alliterative Name: Dmitri Demiglaski in the original script.
  • Brick Joke: He appears for real in Case 5, as Juror No. 6.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: When "disappearing bullets" are brought up, he recalls an earlier incident where someone was seemingly shot, but the medics were unable to find any bullets despite there being a very prominent wound. Turns out it was actually a shrapnel explosion from the bullet hitting some ice near the victim. The same thing happened with Herlock where the third bullet hit his vial satchel and he was wounded from the compounds exploding.
  • Gun Nut: He hasn't been seen with any guns but he does claim to know a lot about firearms, having researched many of them.
  • Punny Name: Demiglaski is from demi-glace. In the English version, "villain" and "Bolshevik" (the winning party of the Russian Revolution).
    • The name Vilen doubles as a Call-Forward Meaningful Name: in the Soviet time, some people gave their children "revolutionary names" which were abbreviations of the Russian Revolution heroes and concepts. Vilen, in particular, means Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
    • Another Bilingual Bonus (seemingly intentional, since it's written this way in the Russian newspaper): the surname, Borshevik (Борщевик), is, in addition to the intended pun, the Russian word for hogweed, a nasty invasive weed in Eastern Europe.
  • Red Herring:
    • Despite having a distinctive design and being a revolutionary, he ultimately has no relevance to Case 2 and after the first Dance of Deduction sequence, is never mentioned again for the rest of the case.
    • Although he's clearly planning to do something to the Crystal Tower in Adventures, this doesn't appear in Resolve when the tower in question is a central location in Case 3 nor is he connected to the actual incident that takes place near it.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He's an outright juror in Adventures' Case 5 but no law enforcement officer connects the dot, except for Ryunosuke, who points out right away the stupidity of his appearance.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Or in his case, a Right-Hand Mouse. He pets it while talking and tends to squeeze the mouse when angered.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: He would like you to know that he's just a regular tourist off to see the Crystal Tower, and definitely not a Russian revolutionary.
  • Western Terrorist: He is one of these.

The Adventure of the Runaway Room (Shisso suru Misshitsu no Bouken)

    Magnus McGilded (Cosney Megundal
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A rich businessman, philanthropist and park owner. The defendant of the third case.


  • Adaptational Nationality: He was simply a British businessman in the Japanese version. In the localization, he's made into an Irishman, and Gina calls him the highly offensive "bogtrotter" several times once the truth comes to light.
  • Alliterative Name: Magnus McGilded in the official localization.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Downplayed. It's rather obvious that he's not the kind old philanthropist he makes himself out to be, and it's blatantly evident that he's at the very least tampered extensively with the crime scene, but Case 3 ends without a definitive answer to whether he murdered Milverton or not, leaving it up in the air for a while whether or not he deserved to die moments later. The climax of Adventures eventually reveals that he was indeed behind Milverton's death, much to Ryunosuke's chagrin.
  • Asshole Victim: He dies at the end of Case 3, and he's not exactly the paragon of morality.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted. He is wrongfully acquitted, but is murdered very soon after.
  • Big Bad: Ultimately he's this for The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures, even in death.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: He's involved in shady dealings involving government secrets along with Ashley Graydon.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: On the surface, he's a kind, generous, and well-respected man. Underneath, however, lies a Loan Shark who is more than willing to get his own hands dirty.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Matt Engarde. Both of them are defendants who turn out to be far eviler than they first appear and both of them are guilty of the murders they're accused of. However, while Matt Engarde specifically engineered a kidnapping plot to force Phoenix into being his lawyer, Magnus does no such thing, with Chief Justice Stronghart being the one to assign Ryunosuke to the case. Most crucially, Magnus is far more effective at concealing his own culpability, with Ryunosuke not suspecting anything until it's too late to change the verdict, and only learning the truth a good two cases later, while Matt himself is revealed to be the true culprit well before the trial is over, and Phoenix eventually finds a way to get him to admit to his crimes. However, things end up worse for Magnus, as Engarde admits his guilt in order to avoid suffering the fate that befell Magnus; being brutally killed by someone he wronged.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: While not actually running an industry (he's a Loan Shark), his overall design and presenting himself as a wealthy philanthropist who donates parks and libraries while being evil evokes the robber barons of the contemporary Gilded Age - which his localization name references.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Getting locked inside a carriage and being burned alive definitely counts as this.
  • Death by Irony: After his trial, he's burned alive in the very same omnibus where he killed Mason.
  • Decomposite Character: To Charles Augustus Milverton. Magnus gets his personality, power, wealth, coercion tactics, and the ultimate fate of death at the hands of one of his victims.
  • Evil Brit: In Japanese, anyway - in the English localization, he's an Irishman.
  • Evil Laugh: The laugh he gives off when he wins the trial counts as this at that point in time, complete with Evil Gloating, to boot!
  • Evil Wears Black: Killed Mason Milverton while wearing a black coat, which he sent off to Windibank's pawn shop before the police could arrest him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Though damn good at hiding it.
  • Fiction 500: He's said to be rich enough to buy London three times over.
  • Funetik Aksent: Speaks with a slight Irish accent in the English localization (e.g. pronouncing "thing" as "ting").
  • Hate Sink: One of the worst ones of the entire duology. He has a few characteristics from other Ace Attorney Hate Sinks specifically Redd White, Matt Engarde, and Furio Tigre. He is a brutal Loan Shark and a Corrupt Corporate Executive who also has a blackmailing system and someone who turns out to be far eviler than they first appear. He also is the first notable culprit that the protagonist unknowingly acquits and that road is full of illegalities.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: While the motive for the murder of Mason Milverton is clear, the reason why he was to leak government secrets remains unknown as of yet. It is possible that if he did survive, he would blackmail Mael Stronghart with those government secrets.
  • Irony: Even though he hides his guilt better than his modern counterpart, Engarde, he still gets beaten the same way, as someone he had wronged brutally kills him after the trial... the threat of which had forced Matt to confess.
  • Jury and Witness Tampering: He blackmailed Gina Lestrade into committing perjury by threatening to have her group of street urchins rounded up if she did not comply.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Exaggerated. He wins his case, but is ambushed by the son of the man he killed and burned alive before he even leaves the courthouse.
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: Killer of Case 3, ends up being killed himself in the same case.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He is killed by Ashley Graydon, the son of the man he murdered, shortly after winning the case in which he was accused of the murder. And in the very same crime scene! To add to it, Graydon used the very same money that McGilded had used to manipulate him into giving him government secrets to pay off the bailiffs.
  • Loan Shark: What he actually is. It's implied in Case 3 that this is his motive for murdering Mason, though this is proven false later on.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Magnus" means "great" in Latin and is the origin of the word "magnanimous" (meaning noble and generous), while "gilded" means rich, fitting for a powerful businessman and philanthropist like him. "Gilding" is also a process for applying gold decorations to a much less valuable item, hinting he's a Villain with Good Publicity.
    • His name from the Japanese version is a play on "kozeni megundaru", a casual Kansai-ben inflection of "(I'll) give you some change", reflecting the same idea as his dub name.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Sort of. While he did get an undeserved Not Guilty verdict, he doesn't even get to enjoy it beyond the courthouse due to being shortly killed after by Ashley Graydon.
  • Nice Hat: It takes up almost half of the height of his 3D model.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Him successfully getting rid of most of the evidence of Mason's murder turns out to have significantly screwed with the Big Bad of the second game. Mael Stronghart's conditions for Naruhodo to take Kazuma's place on the study tour was that Magnus be found not guilty, which in hindsight was meant to be an Impossible Task, but Naruhodo succeeds thanks to McGilded's witness tampering and evidence spoilage. However, Stronghart specifically needed an assassin masquerading as a visiting student, a job that Naruhodo can't be trusted with. Thanks to McGilded's trickery, he's stuck with a non-assassin lawyer instead.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Though his sort of style is the standard for most Londoners.
  • Not Proven: He is the culprit, but due to technicalities, blackmailing another witness to commit perjury on the stand, and intentional evidence spoilage, McGilded got a not guilty verdict.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite Ryunosuke all but turning on him during the trial, once he's acquitted anyway, he does hold up his end of the deal and pays Ryunosuke and Susato upfront for their defense, seemingly for no reason beyond a rather twisted sense of gratitude. Or at least he offers; Ryunosuke and Susato decline his reward.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He somewhat condescendingly phrases his hiring Ryunosuke, a Japanese man, as doing his duty to help the underprivileged even at great risk to himself to look good in front of the jury, as well as initially assuming that Ryunosuke and Susato were vagrants just because they were foreigners. He also briefly lets out some choice phrases about Ryunosuke's heritage when his barrister starts to harm Magnus' case. These attitudes would have been typical for the era, however.
  • Posthumous Character: Remains an important character in the game even after his death.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When McGilded starts testifying in his own defense later in the trial, he has a sprite where he chuckles evilly to himself. Ryunosuke fails to notice this, only saying that McGilded looks deep in thought.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: He got his not guilty verdict after tampering with the evidence and witnesses, but his victory is short-lived as he's killed by the son of the man he murdered.
  • Smug Snake: Once it's clear that his guilt can't be proven on the trial, he proudly taunts Barok Van Zieks and the jurors that they can't convict him; he gets burnt alive soon after.
  • The Sociopath: Revealed to be this. He murdered a poor brickmaker without remorse and then immediately started to do everything to cover his own tracks. He then lied to the court in a very casual manner and manipulated the evidence even further to make sure he goes free, and his initial plan behind the murder is that he tried to leak a piece of government information to an enemy nation for money, meaning that he's more than willing to sell everyone out for a few more bucks.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Is a rich guy who hands out money like cheap candy to the poor, and is well-liked by most of London. It's all a front.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Ryunosuke begins to catch on to what he's actually doing, he blows up in anger and bangs the witness stand with his fist, while insulting Ryunosuke and Barok. He regains his composure when it turns out it's too late to change his verdict, leading to him applauding on the stand as the gallery reacts in confusion and anger.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's well-respected among the community, but in reality, he's a heartless Loan Shark who is willing to murder.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's really hard to talk about him without giving away that he's the killer of case 3's victim and dying in the same episode he was accused in (plus the whole information stealing that serves as an important backdrop in the last case).

    Beppo 
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The coachman of the Phoenix Wright Omnibus, and a witness to the murder. He later moonlights as a street vendor under the alias 'Sandwich' (see Twisted Karma and His Last Bow below).


  • Chekhov's Gunman: See Not-So-Small Role.
  • Not-So-Small Role: Only revealed after Case 3, but McGilded bribed him into taking his bloodstained coat to Windibank's pawn shop. The coat happened to contain one of the discs with state secrets on it, which results in McGilded's accomplice needing to break into the pawn shop to get it back. Without this, Case 5 would never have occurred.
  • Shout-Out: From the Holmes' story The Adventure of the Six Napoleons.

    Bruce Fairplay (Oscar Fairplay
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A banker who witnessed the crime onboard the omnibus at the time of the murder. He later acts as Juror No. 1 in both of Soseki Natsume's trials.


  • Awesome Aussie: "Awesome" is a bit of a stretch, but the localization gives him a lot of Australian-isms. Pressing him as Juror No. 1 in Case 4 reveals that he's a Londoner, but he did spend a period of time in Australia to take advantage of the gold rush there during the period.
  • Demoted to Extra: While he had a large role in the first game as a witness to the murder in case 3 and as a juror in case 4, in the second game he only returns once as a juror in the second case (which is a flashback case that takes place during the first game.)
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Lies on the stand saying he saw the exact moment McGilded stabbed Mason to guarantee McGilded's conviction. This is partly because he has a large outstanding debt to McGilded, but he also truly (and correctly) believes McGilded to be guilty of the murder.
  • The Gambling Addict: Heavily implied to be the reason for the debts he owes to McGilded
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He's a very abrasive personality, but true to his name, he knows when to fold.
  • Punny Name: Refers to the term "fair play," referencing his personality.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Although he's clearly bitter against Ryunosuke when he returns as a juror, he ends up being surprisingly willing to hear out the defense's arguments. He even speaks up against van Zieks, arguing that they must examine every possibility.
  • Red Herring: At some point in the trial, Ryunosuke establishes a possible motive involving his debts to McGilded. It turns out to be irrelevant to the case.

    Lay D. Furst (Adam Ladyfirst
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A milliner-in-training who witnessed the crime along with Fairplay.


The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro (Wagahai to Kiri no Yoru no Bouken)

    Soseki Natsume 
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The famous poet and author of Japanese literature, and defendant of the fourth case.


  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: He gets a bit of an inflated ego in GAA 2-1, following the success of I Am a Cat's serialization.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: All his posing is accompined by alliterative statements (in the official localization).
  • Artistic License – History: Soseki's personal timeline appears to have been hyper-compressed. His age is given as 33, setting the game in 1900, but he wouldn't even arrive in London until 1901, and stayed there for a whole two years, whereas in the game he chooses to leave after just one. Then, in 2-1 (set in August of the same year), he's already gotten famous writing I Am A Cat, something wouldn't even be published until 1905!
  • Brick Joke: The credits of Adventures reveal Natsume has smuggled Wagahai's kittens aboard his ship back to Japan. In the credits of Resolve, he has three cats with him.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • While he's never accused of murder, his life in Britain was completely miserable as almost everyone made fun of him and barely anyone respected him due to him being Japanese. This culminated in him almost never leaving his lodgings. However, just staying home didn't stop the fact that he was accused of two instances of attempted murder and witnessed one murder.
    • Every night, he felt that someone was trying to strangle him, later on this was revealed to be Shamspeare who was blowing in gasoline-induced asphyxiation into his room in an attempt to make Soseki leave his room, so he could have his hands on Selden's treasure. Shamspeare previously did this exact same plan against Duncan Ross, Soseki's life was at stake every night.
  • Epic Fail: His bicycle trip ended up with him falling over multiple times and destroying the bike. Even he acknowledges that he's not cut out to be a cyclist.
  • Fish out of Water: He hasn't been in England for very long when the case starts. It's part of the reason why no one would defend him; no one in England would rush to the defense of a strange foreigner who fled from the crime scene, on top of the fact that "The Reaper" was taking the case. In fact, when he sees Ryunosuke and Susato, he was more ecstatic at seeing other Japanese people in London rather than Ryunosuke being a defense attorney.
  • Hikikomori: In GAA, Soseki has been reduced to an unfortunate shut-in who'd rather spend his nights reading and immersed in research than socialize. Considering the brutal racism he was subjected to at the time, this is understandable.
  • Historical Domain Character: A first for the series.
  • Historical Downgrade: Soseki Natsume was, and still is, considered a strong contender for the greatest author in the history of Japanese literature. While the Soseki of GAA is a talented literary scholar and writer (and has already achieved national acclaim by the time of GAA 2-1), he's also an insanely paranoid Nervous Wreck who is mainly used as comic relief due to his overblown mannerisms and Large Ham tendencies. The Real Life Natsume, however, did have a miserable time in London, and was a paranoid shut-in who surrounded himself with books.
  • Just Got Out of Jail: Swears to the Old Bailey judge that he'll never set foot in the courtroom following his acquittal... and then winds up on trial for another attempted murder two days after.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He owns a cute cat named Wagahai.
  • Large Ham: When he gets emotional.
  • Leitmotif: "I Am Not Guilty".
  • Nervous Wreck: A very anxious man with trouble fitting with the Londoners, all while looking behind himself periodically for no other reason but general paranoia.
  • Never My Fault: Repeatedly blames Sholmes for his arrest, and the detective eventually calls Soseki out on it by pointing out that Scotland Yard were the ones who made the accusation, based on the testimony of the Beates, and that all he did was find out exactly who Soseki was and where he lived. And had Soseki actually stopped to help Olive Green instead of just running away, he probably would never have been a suspect in the first place. He also did nothing to help himself while being interrogated, being so panicked while they were yelling at him in English that he just kept repeating "Yes, I do!" and "I'm fine!" until he wound up in handcuffs.
  • Nice Guy: When he's not overly paranoid, anyway, he's a pretty pleasant guy. The second case he's embroiled in unfortunately hinges on that fact, as when he went to visit his neighbor he brewed and brought over tea to serve him since he knew Shamspeare couldn't afford his own tea. This tea is then under suspicion when Shamspeare ends up with strychnine poisoning.
  • Ocular Gushers: He often cries waterfall tears that flow down his face.
  • Properly Paranoid: Turns out he was a bit more right about someone trying to kill him than it appeared, as Shamspeare was actively trying to put his life in danger every night in order to get him to leave his room.
  • Stock Poses: From "Super Sentai" Stance poses to pec flexing, Soseki is rather fond of pulling various poses. One such pose is reminiscent of the most widely-recognized photograph of the actual Natsume.
  • Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: He wears geta with his otherwise very Western suit, to emphasize just how much he fails to fit in London's society no matter how hard he tries.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He dresses up like Juliet when he and Shamspeare have a sparring match to decide "who is stronger, Romeo or Juliet".
  • Young Future Famous People: Ryunosuke meets him when he's a broke foreign exchange student in London, shortly before he wrote the book that would make him famous.

    Wagahai 
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Soseki's cat. Made her brief appearance in the first game when she is examined in his room before running off, and then made her "official" appearance during the second crime scene investigation while she's meowing for food in the second game. She has since been adopted by Ryunosuke and friends in the first game.


  • Chekhov's Gun: Not exactly her, but the cat door maker Iris made for her.
  • Cute Kitten: She's not a kitten, but she does have quite a few of them!
  • Punny Name: Her name comes from Wagahai wa Neko de Aru, or I Am a Cat, by Natsume Soseki.
  • Team Pet: Becomes this to Ryunosuke and friends after Soseki leaves for Japan. She even follows Iris to court during the 5th case and appears in the group shot during the final credits.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: During the fifth case, Ryunosuke and company refer to her as a "he". It turns out in the end credits that Soseki is getting frustrated about not wanting to take Wagahai's kittens with him aboard the S.S. Burya, indicating that "Waggy" is indeed a "she".

    John Garrideb 
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Soseki's landlord, and a retired veteran who received a knee injury back when he was in service. He rents out rooms in his house.

Returns in Case 5 as Juror No. 1.


  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite the repeat violent interplay between the two, the conclusion to Case 4 shows he still genuinely loves Joan, and she loves him right back.
  • Bridal Carry: Joan does this to him after he faints once Herlock and Ryunosuke figure out that Joan is his wife and they had a quarrel the night of the attempted murder. Attempts to do this with a fainted Joan in their breakdown once their part in the incident is revealed in court, with less successful results. Their wedding picture seems to display a much-younger John holding Joan in this position as well (though the cracks on the frame's glass prevent us from seeing Joan's face).
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: He's always seen holding a pipe, though he doesn't appear to actually be smoking it. It contains a vital clue to finally prove Soseki's innocence as inside the pipe is a small piece of metal that is the broken tip of the knife found at the crime scene.
  • Dual Boss: With Joan, as they're the last two witnesses of the case they appear in, and accordingly both are the last obstacles to proving Soseki's innocence.
  • Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Joan's fat.
  • Graceful Loser: Downplayed. While he's still very frustrated over the arrest of his wife in GAA 2-2 (and he uses it to snarkily dismiss Ryu's appeal of having solved the mysteries in his house if you press him as one of the jurors in GAA 1-5), he does willingly give Ryu a lot of vital information needed to solve the Shamspeare poisoning case (which, mind you, happened the day after the trial for Olive Green's stabbing).
  • Henpecked Husband: To Joan. When Naruhodo and Susato arrive, his wife had previously subjected him to a particularly violent rampage due to a misunderstanding caused by a previous owner’s love letter being in one of his pre-owned books. She spends most of the ensuing conversation boiling hot tea on his lap whenever he starts talking too much.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: A love letter was used as a bookmark by a previous owner of the second-hand book he brought. Joan sees it, goes ballistic, commits Domestic Abuse and reckless endangerment, and thus led to Olive Green's accidental and non-lethal stabbing.
  • My Greatest Failure: He doesn't have this during his military service, but when it comes to being the landlord Duncan Ross's death is this. It is why he monitors the gas line when it comes to his tenants.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. He shares the first name as John Wilson.
  • Phony Veteran: Well, he's an actual military veteran, but he's not as decorated or well-compensated as he would want people to think he is. He owns a run-down building, and he can't rent its rooms for more than a pittance, so the Garridebs' finances leave them on the edge of low class, hence his wife posing as his maid to appear as middle class.
  • Punny Name: Funnily enough, an inversion, as the name Garrideb is taken from the Holmes stories; instead, his and his wife's designs are built from a Japanese pun made from that name - 'garigari' meaning skinny and 'debu' meaning fat.
  • Shout-Out: The surname comes from the Sherlock Holmes story 'The Adventure of the Three Garridebs'.
  • Solar and Lunar: The Lunar to Joan's Solar. His hair and beard give his head the shape of a crescent moon. Also,his wedding ring has a moon design.
  • Younger Than They Look: The Court Record lists his age as 46 but he can easily be mistaken for someone a decade or two older. This could be justified by accumulated stress and declining health brought on by his living situation and wounded leg.

    Joan 

Joan Garrideb

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Garrideb's maid. She is selected by the courts to be the fourth juror in the Olive Green assault trial.


  • Accidental Murder: Well, accidental "attempted" murder. The knife that could have easily killed John through stabbing his face ended up falling down the window at the precise moment Olive was bending down to pick the fallen burning book Joan had tossed prior, falling and stabbing straight into her back.
  • Bridal Carry: She carries Garrideb like this after he faints following the Dance of Deduction segment. Garrideb later tries to do this with her after she faints in court, with less successful results.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: The reason why she keeps assaulting John is she saw a love note left for a "James" in one of his second-hand books, and the though of him cheating on her makes her so angry and jealous that she can't think straight.
  • Collateral Damage: She threw a knife intending to cut her husband when she wrongly believed him to be cheating on her. She missed, so the knife went out the window and into Olive Green's back while the latter was bent over to pick up a book on the street. This makes Joan guilty of assault and reckless endangerment.
  • Domestic Abuse: She commits this crime, assault, and reckless endangerment when she discovered some other couple's love letter in a used book that her husband bought. She also commits this crime whenever she overfills her husband's teacup, causing scalding tea to spill in his lap.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Even a quarter of what she does to John Garrideb would be viewed as horrifying were the genders swapped. She threw several items at him, including a knife, repeatedly slaps him in the face hard enough to leave a clear handprint, and frequently pours boiling tea on him. She even extends this abuse to the juror sitting next to her in case 1-4. All of this is Played for Laughs, to the extent that the adjacent juror in question is unfazed because his wife hits harder than she does.
  • Dual Boss: With Garrideb.
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Garrideb's skinny.
  • Fat Bitch: She repeatedly commits Domestic Abuse, and is the culprit of Case 1-4. The case wouldn't have happened at all if she hadn't tried to effectively murder her husband over a note in a secondhand book. She later tries to weasel her way out of the situation, remains uncooperative to the bitter end, and becomes increasingly insulting and racist towards Ryunosuke the closer he gets to the truth.
  • Food Slap: In her disguise as maid, repeatedly pours hot tea onto John's lap in anger at his perceived infidelity. Continues even after John tried to clarify her assumption. When the Garridebs are on the stand she continues to pour hot tea even though they are under oath.
  • Foreshadowing: There's a few hints to her being the true, albeit accidental, culprit of Case 4.
    • When we first meet her and Mr. Garrideb, she often cuts him off from telling Ryunosuke and Susato what he knows by pouring hot tea on his lap and then, without prompting despite her position as a maid, she rambles about how suspicious Soseki is and claims that he must be the culprit, likely realising that one of their knives were missing after her rampage and potentially linking it to the stabbing.
    • During the trial where she appears a juror, she and Juror 5, a road worker who wants the trial to end quickly, are quick to express aggravation with Juror 6, an old man, over his choice of overcoat being the same colour as the victim's when Ryunosuke suggests that he was the one walking in front of Natsume when the stabbing occurred, since it'd be grounds the extend the trial. Unlike the road worker, she has less obvious reason to be upset, with her making no claims to be in a urgent hurry, further suggesting that she knows more than she lets on.
    • On a minor note, she's the only Juror to never change her stance after a Summination Examination.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She mistankely believes that her husband is having an affair with a woman who had accidentally left a love letter allegedly for him in a book John rented at the bookstore. And yet, after the altercation and proving he wasn't seeing someone else, she is still fuming and making his life more miserable.
  • Heel Realisation: When her actions are revealed, she finally accepts that she almost killed someone and expresses genuine remorse over what she has done.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Non-alcoholic version. When worrying about something, she proceeds to repeatedly pour herself some tea and drink it. She humorously pours too much scalding tea on her husband's teacup/smoking pipe because she's still pissed about the so-called affair.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She is distraught when she realises she almost killed someone, finally accepting her punishment at the chapter's end.
  • Pet the Dog: She apparently let Natsume borrow a bike, even if she was rather forceful about getting him to use it.
  • Scullery Maid: She appears to be this. Subverted since this is a disguise to make her husband look like a middle-class man since hiring a maid is the barrier between lower-class and middle-class society.
  • Shout-Out: Her real surname, "Garrideb", comes from the Sherlock Holmes story 'The Adventure of the Three Garridebs'.
  • Solar and Lunar: The Solar to John's Lunar. Her wedding ring is shaped like the sun, and her maid's headgear around her round face and cheeks resemble the sun sending out rays, in contrast to John's long, thin face and pointed hair and beard looking like a crescent moon.

    Patricia Beate (Rola O'Malley
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Roly's wife, and a witness to the incident. Very proud of her husband.


  • Dual Boss: With her husband Roly, of whom you spend most of the case's trial dismantling their testimony.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Is utterly appalled by Joan's treatment of her husband.
  • Motor Mouth: Does most of the talking when called up to the stand with her husband, since Roly is exhausted from the constant patrols. However, her volunteering more testimony to prove herself right and protect her husband's reputation inadvertently leads to...
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: While she's not a villain, her testimony saves Ryunosuke from disaster twice, without any prompting from anyone. Her commenting on the number of books helps link the Garridebs to the stabbing, and her commenting on Roly's patrol beat ultimately causes Pat to reveal that he had moved the scene of the crime, thus offering the defence the possibility of a different attacker.
  • No Sense of Direction: Which is why she doesn't notice that the victim had been moved to the other side of the street.
  • Punny Name: Pat+Roly = Patrol, a pun carried over from the original script (albeit reversed).
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Roly.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In the JP script, Rola or Lola? The fan translation uses the former, probably to make the Punny Name more noticeable.
  • Take Me Instead: After Roly confessed to moving the crime scene so that he can have a proper anniversary dinner with his wife, she begs to be punished in place of her husband.

The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story (Katararenai Monogatari no Bouken)

    Eggert Benedict (Egg Benedict

Eggert Benedict (Egg Benedict) / Ashley Graydon / Milverton (Rupert Chrogray / Milverton)

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A mysterious gentleman who appears in Windibank's pawn shop. Has a tendency to twirl around like a ballroom dancer.


  • The Ace: Case 5's Juror No. 5 is one of his co-workers and shows him as this in his line of work.
  • Accidental Murder: Played with. He really didn't mean to kill Windibank, he just fired his gun out of panic and happened to hit him in the heart. However he was at the pawn shop to steal back the discs containing state secrets, which is already a capital crime in itself and his murder of McGilded months back was very much planned.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: This version of Milverton, King of Blackmailers is considerably younger and easier on the eyes than the literary version.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Heavily downplayed, but the Charles Augustus Milverton of the Holmes canon was a despicable blackmailer without any redeemable traits who seemed to take a perverse joy in extorting his targets into oblivion. Here, while Ashley is a ruthless criminal who has stolen British government intelligence and will do anything to escape justice, his childhood of poverty and the death of his father at McGilded's hands are still regarded as tragic.
  • Adaptation Name Change: From Charles Milverton to Ashley Milverton. In-universe, it's entirely possible that Iris renamed him for her stories.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Despite not being as powerful or influential as McGilded, he is still considered a force to be reckoned with, due to his easy access to top-secret government info.
  • Bishōnen: He is quite pretty and flamboyant.
  • Canon Character All Along: "Benedict" is revealed to have been born into the Milverton family, and is the game's equivalent of the infamous titular villain of The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton.
  • Classy Cane: He has a walking stick he can strike poses with. It has his real initials, A.G. for Ashley Graydon, engraved on it.
  • Childhood Friends: With the Skulkin Brothers, which is why they are helping him out with the pawn shop job. He's ashamed of this as they are a reminder of his childhood in London's poor population, and tries to conceal this for most of the case.
  • Cold Ham: Being an archetypal British gentleman, he is usually composed and almost expressionless. No, instead he emotes by constantly striking poses like he's a JoJo character.
  • The Cracker: A late 19th century example. He's an expert communications officer famous among the department for solving all sorts of ciphers, and he uses his position to sell government secrets to Magnus McGilded.
  • Determinator: To give readers an idea, it's almost like if Quercus Alba made it to the witness stand.
  • Decomposite Character: To Charles Augustus Milverton. Ashley gets his name and his vast information network (via working in the communications sector).
  • Dragon Their Feet: He is The Dragon to Magnus McGilded, and gets fought after Graydon murdered McGilded.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares about the Skulkins, his childhood friends, and part of the whole series of events that led to Windibank's death was him avenging his father's death.
  • Evil Brit: A high-class British antagonist.
  • Final Boss: The final witness and murderer. However, the Big Bad is someone else.
  • Foil: Slowly revealed to be one to Gina Lestrade, of all people. Both of them were individuals with troubled home lives born into extreme poverty and were forced to find less than legal means to survive on their own. They're both haughty and rough, but surprisingly clever when push comes to shove. However, Gina has lines she won't cross and grows to trust the people around her. After GAA2, she decides to follow Gregson's example and fight for justice. Benedict, on the other hand, chooses never to trust a soul, hurts others for his own profit, and makes deals with Gregson for the sake of escaping his own crimes.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was born in the slums, a life of poverty that he deeply resented. This gave him an unhealthy obsession for hoarding money to cope with his miserable childhood. Even after managing to achieve a respectable and well-paid career as a telecommunicator by his own, he couldn't let go his desire of amassing more money, which led him to accept McGilded's deal and steal secret information from the British government.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His true first name is Ashley, which is a female name, though this is only due to Deliberate Values Dissonance—in the time period the game is set in, Ashley was considered a male name, with "Ashleigh" being the feminine variation.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the Skulkin brothers.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Admits he became just as bad as McGilded in his scheme to get revenge on him. Van Zieks even paraphrases the trope-naming quote when he calls him out on this, and the man himself agrees.
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • Dons a gaudy white suit with a matching top hat, but this does nothing to hide how truly sinister he is.
    • It's also hinted at in his real surname, which in EN combines with his first name to make 'ash gray', and in JP Chrogray, as it's a romanized portmenteau of kuro-grey (black-grey).
  • Marathon Boss: Takes the entirety of the last two parts of the final case's trial to defeat. Not helped by the fact that he's assisted by Gregson in the last legs of the trial.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Graydon was loyal to McGilded until the latter murdered the former's father.
  • The Mole: He was McGilded's mole in the British government who stole government secrets to sell to McGilded.
  • Obviously Evil: The fact that he pulls a gun on the protagonists over a minor dispute before the murder plot even starts is proof enough that he's not just your average witness.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Strikes a deal with Inspector Gregson while on the witness stand, giving Gregson the second music box disk in exchange for details about the crime scene that he can use in his testimony.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: Even after growing out from poverty, he admits to having nightmares during his time as a communication officer and wanted more money just to forget his past.
  • Punny Name: "Eggs benedict." His name might also be a play on Benedict Arnold, an American traitor, since Eggert committed treason by stealing government secrets to sell to Magnus McGilded, who in turn sold those secrets to foreign governments.
  • Rags to Riches: Grew up poor before getting a comfortable, well-paying job.
  • Repetitive Name: In the JP script, his birthname, as rendered in literal Romaji, would be "Rubaato Mirubaaton"
  • Self-Made Man: Went from the poor son of a brickmaker to a highly paid communications officer.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Some of his damage animations cause him to spin out of control.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Childhood Friends or not, his choice in using the Skulkin Brothers as accomplices for his heist turns out to be one of the biggest reasons for his defeat, as the two of them constantly blab his secrets - often without even realizing it - and flounder and fumble through their role before finally fingering him outright out of panic. As the crime scene is described, they didn't even do an especially good job helping during the heist itself, with him doing everything while they panicked and made even more incriminating evidence.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: He killed two people, but one of the deaths was effectively an accident, and the other deserved everything that happened to him.
  • Theme Song Reveal: McGilded's theme, Suspect from the Fog, typically plays alongside him. Sure enough, he's been selling government secrets to the man, and on top of that, he was the one who burned McGilded alive out of revenge.
  • Tragic Villain: Despite his crimes, Graydon is painted as a tragic figure whose obsession with lifting himself out of poverty, while initially both inspiring and respectable, overpowered everything else about him once he achieved his lifelong goal of escaping his humble roots. Notably, neither of his murders are wholly villainous actions, he specifically killed McGilded in revenge for his father's murder, and only killed Windibank in a freak accident while trying to steal back the government information he leaked.
  • Villain in a White Suit: He's rather suspicious from the word go, and he turns out to be leaking government secrets to Magnus McGilded and one of the main antagonists of The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He breaks his cane on the witness stand, then he attempts to strangle Gregson with it.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Notably the first murderer in the entire series to actually have one in the game he debuted in, which he shares with the Skulkin Brothers. He sulks a bit before the Skulkin brothers cheer him up, vowing to break all three of them out of prison to start new lives as dairy farmers.
  • You Killed My Father: His motive to kill McGilded.

    The Skulkin Brothers 

Nash and Ringo Skulkin (Nemmy and Tully Tinpillar)

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Nash
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Ringo

A small-time criminal duo. They broke into Windibank's pawn shop and witnessed the murder.


  • Alliterative Name: In the JP script, Tully Tinpillar.
  • Bad Liar: Just like basically everything else they do, they're also bad at lying. Though they are quite good at inadvertently telling the truth...
  • Big Little Brother: Despite their appearances, Nash is the younger brother of the two.
  • Blatant Burglar: Including Domino Mask and everything, which they wear to testify in court.
  • Bumbling Henchman Duo: A classic pair of bumbling burglars working under a more serious criminal, in this case Ashley Graydon.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: They are fully aware they are Blatant Burglars, and introduce themselves as professional baddies.
  • Childhood Friends: They've known Graydon since they were kids. This proves important, as it exposes Graydon's true identity as Mason Milverton's son and McGilded's former accomplice and killer.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: The symbol on both their backs looks like a stylized letter T with a skull on top, making the whole thing resemble a cross.
  • Dual Boss: They both testify together.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: They may be self-proclaimed villains, but they draw the line at national treason. They're unabashed crooks, but by the Crown they're British crooks through and through. Also, while they did panic fire at Holmes and seriously injure him, they admonish Graydon for killing the innocent pawnbroker who - in Ringo's words - "didn't have to die."
  • Expy: The mustaches, size difference (in height and width) and red and green color schemes all point to them being Mario and Luigi, but as burglars instead of plumbers. They also resemble Robin and Macaw as fat and skinny henchmen to the Big Bad.
  • Fat and Skinny: Nash is skinny, Ringo is fat.
  • Laughably Evil: While they do commit one serious act of violence against Herlock Sholmes, it was more out of panic than anything else and they're otherwise portrayed as comedic, hopeless criminals. They provide much of the comedy in the final case as bumbling fools.
  • Lost in Translation: The large T embroidered on the back of their jackets makes a lot more sense with their Japanese names, but it helps that the skull on top makes it look like a cross instead.
  • Long-Lost Relative: For whatever reason, they believe Gregson to be their long-lost brother.
  • Loose Lips: They accidentally revealed the truth many times.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: They actually hinder their "mate" Graydon more than truly help them, frequently through slips of their tongues or contradicting testimonies. They also weren't very helpful to Graydon during the pawn shop job, but he needed some extra hands.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: For all their comedic antics, it's worth noting they nearly killed Sholmes when they shot at him, though they were panicking at the time due to the situation.
  • Punny Name: Their Japanese last name sounds like "chinpira" or "small-time crook". Their English names refer to the Japanese words for pear and apple respectively, and their last name "Skulkin" is either a play on the word "skulking" ("sneaking about") or the skulls on the backs of their coats.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: They each have a letter T on the back of their clothes with a skull on top. The overall symbol looks a bit like a cross.
  • Stupid Crooks: They're both dim-witted and incompetent, either as criminals or as witnesses.
  • Terrible Trio: With their "mate" Graydon included, they actually form a classic one; a haughty, intelligent leader and two buffoonish minions.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pears for Nash, apples for Ringo.

Debuted in The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve

The Adventure of the Blossoming Attorney (Bengo Shoujo no Bouken to Kakusei)

    Rei Membami (Haori Murasame
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A forensics student under Yujin Mikotoba and Susato Mikotoba's close friend, who is put on trial for the sequel's first murder. Was formerly under Dr. John Wilson's department before the latter's death.


  • Advertised Extra: Despite having a prominent position on the cover of the second game and the Chronicles release, Rei only appears as the defendant of the first case, and is never mentioned again until the credits scenes. This is mainly because of her being the personal creation of artist Kazuya Nuri, who thus has a habit of inserting her into official art.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Heavily implied to have romantic feelings for Susato, most blatantly in her wish for the latter to always remember her. The artbook even outright states she "yearns" for Susato.
  • Badass Bookworm: A kimono-clad medical student she may be, but Rei is tough. Tough enough to judo-toss a grown, muscular man like Menimemo, no less!
  • Bad Liar: To say she's bad at playing along with Susato's "Ryutaro" disguise would be an understatement. She slips up and calls her by her real name constantly.
  • Character Development: Over the course of the trial, Rei goes from clumsily referring to Susato by her real name instead of her disguise name to judo-tossing the culprit (with Susato's help).
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes and hair are both black.
  • Crush Blush: The narrative makes a point of mentioning how flustered and overcome she is at the sight of "Ryutaro".
  • Cute Bruiser: It isn't clear if she knows judo, but she pulls it off when restraining Raiten.
  • Gay Euphemism: Auchi pointedly calls her an "unrefined tomboy" after she accidentally outs her "gallant and dashing" lawyer as a girl, his dialogue making it clear he actually means "lesbian" (whether Auchi connects the dots to 'Ryutaro' is unclear).
  • Foil: Artist Kazuya Nuri mentions that she was created as a best friend for Susato to mirror Ryunosuke and Kazuma's relationship (and because otherwise the case where she debuts would be filled with older men, despite Susato disguising as a man anyway).
  • Hime Cut: Rei wears her hair in this style, complementing her traditional Japanese wear.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In Japanese. A haori is a Japanese garment that resembles a coat, and Haori (Rei) dresses in a very formal fashion. "Murasame" can translate into either "rainy season" or "autumn rain", and "murasame" typically refers to rain that starts and stops suddenly, or falls hard and then gently in fits and starts. This fits Rei going from reserved to judo-tossing the culprit.
    • Her English name, a pun on 'remember me', also references the forget-me-nots in her design, which expresses that sentiment in the language of flowers.
  • Punny Name: Her English name is a play on "remember me".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Susato's Blue.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Name puns aside, Rei is introduced in Resolve as one of Susato's closest childhood friends and a student under both John Wilson and Yujin Mikotoba, despite never having been mentioned or alluded to once in Adventures.
  • Save the Villain: Despite hating Jezaille Brett for killing Professor Wilson, Rei tries to save Brett by pulling the knife out of her body after noticing that Brett has been poisoned.
  • Teen Genius: She's only 16, and yet she's studying medicine and toxicology at a university level.
  • Took a Level in Badass: At the end of the first case's trial, Rei becomes one of the first defendants in the series to deal with the culprit who framed her personally, by physically stopping his breakdown sequence and then giving him a judo toss with Susato's help.

    Raiten Menimemo (Heita Mamemomi
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A journalist who was following Soseki around for a story regarding his visit to Yumei University.


  • Anti-Villain:
    • Despite undeniably being an arrogant jerk with no qualms about letting an innocent woman be convicted for his own crime, he shows shades of this. He has convinced himself that his own justice is the only absolute kind, and that he has to take it into his own hands to uncover the truth at any cost.
    • His murder is yet another heat of the moment murder in which he killed Brett especially after she was racist towards him. He planned on killing her before, but this sealed the deal.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His first appearance in the case is as an animation gag regarding Soseki's poses before being brought in as a proper witness to the case.
  • Curtains Match the Window: His hair and eyes are both brown.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: He appears in the case because he was following Soseki around for a story. He was aiming for another story as well, namely the poisoning of Dr. Wilson, but when he came to Brett for an interview she rudely dismissed him. On another note, a story he wrote regarding government backdoor deals prolonging Brett's deportation was rejected by the newspaper he worked for.
    • He also stole the poison to get it analyzed and expose the secret project in an article, not to use it as a murder weapon.
  • Hypocrite: Despite his claims about justice, which he cites as his motive for killing Brett, "Ryutaro" is quick to call him out on the fact that he tried to frame an innocent girl for his crime. He finds that he has no retort to this.
  • Immoral Journalist: He's the killer of the first case, and has little qualms about invading Rei and Jezail's privacy for the sake of a scoop even before he's exposed.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Used his fountain pen to conceal and carry poison to later spike a drink with it.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Subverted in the case of Brett's murder, as he turns out to be the murderer. Played straight for the other things he was investigating, like the backdoor deals and the matter of Kazuma Asogi not making it to England.
  • Knight Templar: Seems to have originated as a fair and honest journalist, but the things he learnt about his country, and Jezaille Brett's lack of punishment drove him to his cynicism and led to his crime.
  • Leitmotif: "One Journo's Menimemoism"
  • Older Than They Look: Would you believe he's 38?
  • Punny Name: His localized name sounds like "writin' many memo[s]", perfect for a journalist who eagerly jots down notes for his latest article.
  • Starter Villain: Surprisingly, this trope is very much Played Straight. While all games following Trials and Tribulations have the first culprits be somewhat important to the overall plot of each game, Raiten basically has very little impact on the main plot following the first chapter of Resolve as the game talks far more about his victim than himself.
  • Stealth Pun: He spikes Jezaille Brett's drink with toxic alkaloids he keeps concealed in his fountain pen. In other words, a literal poison pen.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Downplayed, but Menimemo notes that "Ryutaro" is "strangely handsome" when he first appears on the witness stand.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Of a sort. His murder of Brett is entirely understandable (especially since it happened in the heat of the moment after she referred to him with a racial slur), but his framing of Rei was not, something he bitterly admits to when confronted over it.
  • Villain Has a Point: While it doesn't justify his attempted Frame-Up of Rei, it's hard to blame him for his murder of Jezaille Brett, considering how she became a Karma Houdini after Naruhodo exposed her and the likelihood that, based on the British Empire's previously shown corruption and the Japanese Empire's utter subservience to their whims, that she would have remained one.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He swings his camera around, ranting that nothing of this is ever his fault, the Japanese empire is bending to foreign powers so he had to do it, he battles day and night for the sake of news and works only for justice, until Rei stops him by grabbing and putting down his swinging arm. Then she and Susato toss him up high into the air and get into fighting stances right before he lands.
  • Wild Take: When contradicted, Raiten either clutches a pencil in his fist hard enough to break the pencil, or he rears back with his arms outstretched as his cap falls over his face. Later, as he testifies with his cap off, he does the same rearing-back pose but without the hat over his face.
  • Wolverine Claws: His "angry" pose shows him wearing an improvised set made out of pencils. He also combines this with a Flechette Storm at one point.

The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro (Wagahai to Kiri no Yoru no Kaisou)

    Olive Green (Viridian Green
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An art student from Thorndyke University, and the victim of GAA 1-4 who was stabbed in the back in the knife. The first victim (outside of PLvsAA) to be still alive after the incident (she was put in a comatose state). She returns in GAA 2 after she recovers from her coma.


  • Always Murder: Seemingly averted in her case (unusually for this series), as she is not dead at all. Indeed, even her intended victim was not killed either. However, this trope is double subverted since she tried and failed to murder her fiancé's murderer.
  • Anti-Villain: She only wanted to kill Shamspeare because he, as part of a scheme of his to force him out of his room, instead unwittingly killed her fiancé. She also set up her poison in such a way that Shamspeare would only poison himself if he was truly guilty of her fiance's death and tried to do the same thing to someone else.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Shamspeare for the second case of the sequel. Both of them are culprits, but aren't working together: Shamspeare unwittingly killed Duncan Ross a month prior and might have done the same to Soseki, while Olive attempted to kill him both as revenge for Ross (her fiancé) and to protect Soseki.
  • Convenient Coma: Goes into a coma after being stabbed, and starts to recover from it after G1-4 is solved.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: How she got stabbed. She tried to pick up a burnt book that seemingly fell from nowhere, only for a knife to fall from the same source blade first into her back.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After Ross' death, she fell into a deep, deep depression.
  • Driven to Suicide: She tried to kill herself while in the hospital with the same poison she used to attempt to kill Shamspeare. Herlock saves her just in time, but it ends up implicating her later.
  • Eat the Evidence: Attempts to commit suicide by drinking the remaining poison she used on Shamspeare. Luckily, she's interrupted and talked down.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Has one when she hears Soseki talking about the "cursed apartment" and the gas lights going out, leading her to realize that Duncan Ross' death might not have been an accident after all.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: Even though it results in charges of attempted murder, she remarks that she's happy to have been talked out of it because it means that Shamspeare wouldn't get away with murdering her fiancé.
  • Innocent Bystander: She had nothing to do with any of the characters. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time...except not really. She was actually there to kill William Shamspeare.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for Duncan Ross' death, thinking that, if she had tried harder to get him out of his deadly apartment before the night he suffocated, he would've survived.
  • Jerkass to One: She's normally meek and quiet, but has nothing but contempt for Shamspeare, the man who killed the love of her life, outright calling them a villain and claiming they deserve to die.
  • Leitmotif: Reminiscing - Intersecting Murders. This piece highlights her tragic tale and her revenge against the murderer who took away her fiancé's life.
  • Only Mostly Dead: She's comatose in Adventures' case 4, and several characters who see her collapse assume that she's dead at first.
  • Out-Gambitted: Everything she did after finding out that Shamspeare killed her fiancé she stops at nothing to ruin Shamspeare. First, she bought strychnine from the black market, then lured him out of his home, breaking and entering it to set her poisonous trap and discovers Selden's key (although she didn't know about its significance), and during the trial when she finally learns about Selden's stolen treasure she gives the key to Sholmes to put the final nail in Shamspeare's coffin. She ends up in prison for attempted murder but is able to utterly stop Shamspeare and knows for sure he has far worse punishments (multiple accounts of gas theft, one account of actual murder, multiple accounts of attempted murder, and being denied of Selden's stolen treasure). The only things she didn't plan on being the 'stabbing incident' and her Happily Failed Suicide.
  • Repetitive Name: Olive and Viridian (her first name in EN and JP respectively) are shades of green (her surname).
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Would-be murderer, anyway. She attempted to murder Shamspeare, in an act of revenge for the death of her fiance as well as preventing his reckless criminal behavior from harming anyone else.
  • Vengeful Widow: Her failed murder attempt against her fiancé's murderer makes her one.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She falls down and knocks her easel over on top of herself when she is accused of attempting to murder Shamspeare. This is a rather minor breakdown, all things considered.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's a bit hard to talk about her without revealing her true motives for being at Briar Road or her relationship to G2-2.
  • When She Smiles: While she spends most of the case rather glum, after she explains her reasoning to kill Shamspeare after the latter's Villainous Breakdown, and after a brief conversation with Ryu, she smiles and bows at him.

    William Shamspeare (William Petenshy
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A mysterious fancily dressed man who is first seen in Case 4 of the previous game as one of the tenants of the Garrideb household. A "dead loss actor", as Gregson (and others) would describe him, and once spent jail time for petty crimes. Winds up a victim of strychnine poisoning, though he recovers and accuses Soseki of attempting to kill him.


  • Accidental Murder: He makes it clear that killing Duncan Ross wasn't his intention. He just wanted to scare Duncan out of staying in the room so he could move in. But this doesn't stop him from trying to pull the same ploy on Soseki, repeatedly.
  • Asshole Victim: He's not dead, but he's an ex-convict willing to do anything to get his hands on a fellow inmate's treasure, and in his attempt to get Duncan Ross out of his apartment by causing a gas leak ended up killing him. Not only that, he planned on doing the same thing to Soseki, despite knowing someone died the last time he tried that. Olive Green actually set it up this way: she put strychnine on the end of the gas pipe so Shamspeare would only poison himself if he tried the same gas trick again.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Olive for the second case. Both of them are culprits, but aren't working together: Shamspeare unwittingly killed Duncan Ross a month prior and might have done the same to Soseki, while Olive attempted to kill him to avenge Ross (her fiance). However, he's the only one to be given the villain treatment in this case, complete with the obligatory "breakdown" sequence. Olive, despite being the "culprit" of the case, is shown in a very sympathetic light.
  • Big Entrance: His entrance into the courtroom.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Behind his hammy exterior lies a ruthless criminal who's willing to go to any lengths to get his hands on 1000 pounds of treasure.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He didn't know Olive Green even existed or was of any importance before he meets her alongside himself at the witness stand. Unfortunately for him, killing Duncan Ross earned him all of her emnity.
  • Coin-on-a-String Trick: Of a sort. In order to get free gas, he used a threepenny coin to create an indentation on several bars of soap, filled them with some kind of liquid (usually water, but Soseki's tea on the night of his poisoning due to the water pipes being frozen), and left them outside in the cold weather to create fake ice-coins, and then paid the gas machine with those, with the hole he made at the bottom of the coinbox ensuring that when the coins melted, they would leak out and cover up their use.
  • Composite Character: Of Birdly and Richard Wellington. He has an appearance and theatricality similar to the former, while he puts up a front of elegance, but is revealed to be a violent crook, like the latter.
  • Drama Queen: Male example. He's pretty theatrical in his movements, especially when he bids farewell to others. After Herlock's Dance of Deduction segment regarding his poisoning when he was passed out on his table, he briefly wakes up and recites the 'sound and fury' soliloquy from Macbeth (or at least tries to - he forgets the line halfway and has Gregson finish it) before collapsing.
  • Dramatic Spotlight: When he awakens from his poisoning and when he enters the courtroom, a spotlight is shone on him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Is introduced in the first game, though he has no importance in the case itself.
  • Expy:
    • He's pretty close to L'Belle, being a foppish, unpleasant narcissist obsessed with acquiring a treasure at any cost.
    • A behind-the-scenes interview with Takumi, Eshiro, and Nuri also reveals Nuri deliberately styled him after Birdly from Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: As part of his getup.
  • Hate Sink: He's a rather unpleasant person at heart with a long list of crimes, from killing Duncan, to trying to kill Soseki (and failing that, trying to get Soseki convicted of his attempted murder) to the crimes that got him sent to prison in the first place.
  • I Didn't Mean to Kill Him: After his breakdown, he confesses that he wanted only to drive Ross out of his room. He never meant to kill him.
  • Incoming Ham: His courtroom entrance. Him regaining consciousness from his strychnine poisoning also counts.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: He likes using the Hamlet quote "one may smile, and smile, and be a villain" in reference to others, not realizing it sums him up pretty well.
  • Karmic Death: He didn't actually die, but he was the target of one of these. Olive poisoned the end of his room's gas pipe so that if he attempted to gas Soseki's room in the same way he did Duncan's, he'd poison himself.
  • Large Ham: As shown by almost every pose he does. Even during his Sanity Slippage he still acts like this.
  • Leitmotif: "Elegance...and Excellence" in GAA 1, and "Back Alley Bard" in GAA 2.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name's an obvious reference to William Shakespeare, and his surname, Petenshy, means "crook" in Japanese. Shamspeare is a play on Shakespeare and Sham, which means false. He's an ex-prisoner who has done a few nefarious things to get a treasure promised him by a serial murderer.
  • Nice Hat: A large striped one.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls everyone "Horatio" when acting like Hamlet.
  • No Name Given: In the first game and is known only as "Mysterious Man A" in that game's artbook.
  • Not Quite Dead: Much like Juliet, the strychnine poison leaves him in a deathlike coma which he awakes from the next day, scaring the daylights out of the party assembled at the crime scene. Unlike Juliet, the poisoning wasn't his doing.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: His dramatic posh accent briefly gives out to a Cockney one after Ryunosuke proves that Olive had snuck into his flat a few days prior, just before the events of GAA 1-4 occured.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: It's unclear whether or not he truly believed Soseki poisoned him, but it's evident that he used the circumstances to accuse him and get him arrested so he could get Selden's room and get the treasure.
  • Pet the Dog: Implied. While it is possible that Shamspeare cared for the sickly Selden during their time as cellmates simply to learn about Selden's treasure, there likely wasn't a guarantee that the hardened robber and Serial Killer would actually tell him.
  • Regal Ruff: Wears one as part of his thespian garb.
  • Sanity Slippage: After Ryunosuke reveals his motive for killing Duncan Ross, he becomes rather unhinged and starts making numerous Nightmare Faces, all the while mumbling about his intentions to get his hands on Selden's treasure.
  • Shout-Out: Constantly references Shakespeare and thinks himself good at debating others about his works. He specifically references Macbeth, a fact reflected in his first lines, being a man driven mad after being promised great treasures by a shady figure, only to be done in by the vengeful loved one of one of his victims.
  • Slasher Smile: He starts smiling like this after his intent to obtain Selden's treasure is found out. It, along with his usual posing, makes him look like a madman.
  • Smug Smiler: Is one by default, at least in his first appearance.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Petenshy or Petency? The Fan Translation goes with Pretency (a pun on 'pretentious' and 'pretence').
  • Staff of Authority: Frequently shown holding one and using it in his poses.
  • Starving Artist: He seems to have spent all his money on stage props and costumes, which leaves him unable to afford gas or basic commodities.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Grimacing and clutching his chest, he then stumbles across the witness stand as confetti bursts from his chest, and one of the jewels on his chest falls off. This happens twice as he gets into two theatrical poses. Eventually, he jumps up and strikes one more pose before being felled by a final burst of confetti.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Speaks in an archaic and poetic way so as to sound like Shakespeare. He drops it when he's either angry or surprised.

    Adron B. Metermann (Decargo Mieterman
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An irritable, large-chinned man who works for Altamont Gas Company. He is called as a witness to William Shamspeare's poisoning.


  • Animal Motif: Bees, mostly noticeable when he points sideways, trailing his yellow-striped bag behind him. Fittingly, he's something of an Extreme Doormat to Quinby Altamont, making him the drone to her queen.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Though he's formally introduced in this game, he appears in a single scene during The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro, arguing with Shamspeare.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Not quite heroic, but he has a massive chin.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Is always at the beck and call of his boss Quinby Altamont.
  • Punny Name: His Japanese name's a portmanteau of 'dekai' ('big') and 'ago' ('chin'). His last name ('mitaman') is a pun meaning either 'man who saw it' or 'saw it all'. In the English localization, his first name and middle initial sound like "a drone bee", befitting his Animal Motif. And his last name sounds like "meterman," fitting his job.note 
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He's been keeping his eye on Shamspeare at Quinby's behest, since they're reasonably certain Shamspeare is defrauding them out of money. He's called to the witness stand after watching Shamspeare all night.
  • Stealing from the Till: Defied. Ryunosuke briefly wonders if Metermann helped Shamspeare get away with not paying for gas. Metermann and his boss rebuff him, since the money he collects from the meters is part of his salary.
  • Triple Shifter: Implied. He collects money from the East End's gas meters by day, and keeps an eye on Shamspeare by night. It's unclear exactly when Metermann gets the opportunity to rest.
  • Yes-Man: Downplayed. Due to the wife of his boss being right there, he repeatedly sings the praises of the company to impress her.
  • Younger Than They Look: Looks quite a bit older than 23.

    Quinby Altamont 
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Juror No. 4 for the Shamspeare poisoning trial, and the wife of Altamont Gas Company director Augustus Altamont (Valve Altamont). She had been sending Metermann over to Shamspeare's place over suspected gas theft.


  • Animal Motif: Like her employee above, also bees. Her dress is yellow with black stripes, and she has a yellow-striped umbrella which she uses to playfully "sting" those who upset her.
  • Arch-Enemy: The extra-strength security she's developed for her gas meters was meant specifically to stop Shamspeare from defrauding her company. Sadly, he found a loophole for that, too.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: While she's initially impatient due to a board meeting, she gives Shamspeare the benefit of the doubt despite suspecting (correctly) he's a gas thief from her company.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her name is a play on "Queen bee", and she certainly acts the part. Her last name is a reference to Holmes' alias in His Last Bow.
    • In the original script, her husband's name is Valve, and he's the director of a gas company.
  • Only One Name: In the original script, she's never given a first name and is only referred to as Mrs. Altamont.
  • Punny Name: Her first name in the localization sounds like "queen bee", which fits her Animal Motif.
  • Satellite Character: Her husband is never seen, making Quinby the de facto face of the Altamont Gas Company.
  • This Cannot Be!: Quinby takes great pride in her gas meters and proclaims no criminal can use them to get free gas. As a result, she's incredulous when she finds out Shamspeare managed to cheat her using pieces of ice that are shaped exactly like the threepennies the meter accepts.

The Return of the Great Departed Soul (Mirai Kagaku to Bourei no Kikan)

    Albert Harebrayne (Benjamin Dobinbough

Voiced by (English): Tom Allenby (GAA 2)

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A Germany-stationed English scientist who is arrested for murder after his presentation of an electricity-based teleporter at the Great Exhibition seemingly explodes and kills a volunteer.


  • Absent-Minded Professor: Has this sort of air about him. Barok even remarks that Albert has forgotten his name on numerous occasions (and they were university buddies)!
  • Comically Missing the Point: Insists he would never use his screwdriver to stab someone...because that would be an improper use of his tools.
  • Companion Cube: He considers all his tools "friends" and has names for them all. The screwdriver that was the murder weapon is "Andrew", and he has another screwdriver named "Michael".
  • Funny Afro: A puffy blond one.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He's easily taken in by notorious criminals like Odie Asman and Enoch Drebber. Ryunosuke treats his assessment of Barok van Zieks with equal incredulity, though van Zieks pulls through in the end.
  • Large Ham: Harebrayne has this in spades. He is heard announcing his experiment through a microphone during the Great Exhibition at the beginning of the chapter; his reaction in the trial segment has him shouting out, "Great Scott!"; and his "HOLD IT!!!" shout sounds more like a high-pitched scream, as he kinda sounds like a psychotic maniacal freak-out!
  • Leitmotif: "Student of Science"
  • The Load: He's more of a hindrance than a help during the first day of his trial, constantly implicating himself and disproving Ryunosuke's defense arguments. It gets to the point where he tries to actually confess to the crime for the sake of his hypothesis, before Ryunosuke manages to talk him down. He gets better after that, helping the police track down Drebber.
  • Meaningful Name: "Harebrayne" is taken from 'harebrained'. "Dobinbough" comes from "do binbou" or "lack of money".
  • Morality Pet: Van Zieks has a big soft spot for him even while prosecuting him for murder (which he later reveals was a Batman Gambit to prove Albert's innocence), and their friendship serves as Ryunosuke's first big hint that he's not the cold Amoral Attorney he's appears to be.
  • Nice Guy: Very good-natured and friendly guy.
  • Odd Friendship: He was Barok's best friend in university, despite them being in two completely different courses and being nothing alike in personality. The end of the case shows their friendship still holds ten years later.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Struggles a lot with getting funding with his research, which is in part his motive for entering the Great Exhibition, as entrants receive official government grant money for their work. So desperate is he that he objects to Ryunosuke, his own defense attorney, when he declares that the "teleporter" is a magic trick Albert's client created to scam the government - primarily because he does believe in his life's work that much, but also outing such a thing would leave him penniless.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Downplayed. The second time you visit him in prison, the fact he's been writing out his equations and mathematics on the walls of his cell is plain to see. He's a bit kooky for sure, though he's not completely insane and he was using the walls simply because he didn't have anything else to use for working out the science in his head. When asked about it, he comments that it's his autobiography...somehow.
  • Skewed Priorities: He holds the sanctity of his research above his own life, and deliberately sabotages your arguments on two separate occasions in order to protect his hypothesis. When he figures out he was set up, he stops acting like this.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Twofold, even. Asman funded his experiment and collaborated with Drebber to get the funding money, while Drebber worked on his machine as a part of a ploy to kill Asman.

    Esmeralda Tusspells (Connette Rozaic
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A wax sculptor and the curator of a waxworks museum set up in the Great Exhibition.


  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: She is unfazed by how macabre it is to make wax sculptures of evil murderers or dead people she personally had to touch to make the wax sculptures as realistic as possible. She started touching dead bodies when she was 16.
  • Determinator: Her clan is extremely adamant and persistent about creating real lifelike wax models of anyone that she will stop at nothing to fulfill her works. She even managed to capture the "Professor" Genshin Asogi's face's likeness, but she was coerced by Mael Stronghart to put a mask to the model to keep his nationality a secret.
  • Hot Witch: Although just for publicity, she's dressed as a very attractive witch who even carries around a cauldron full of boiling wax.
  • Leitmotif: "Mysteries Encased in Wax"
  • Nice Hat: A very large witch hat.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She can go on at length about some... disturbing subjects, such as making wax figures from dead bodies. In fact she's physically handled corpses before in order to capture their likeness. She doesn't seem to realize or care that she's creeping people out.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Pretty much GAA's version of Marie Tussaud (of Madame Tussauds fame) - aside from the whole three generations down thing. Complete with the Madame Tusspells' museum being a Bland-Name Product of the aforementioned museum!
  • Poirot Speak: In the localization, she peppers her speech with various French words and phrases, such as "oui", "bien sûr", "comme ça", etc., as well as using French courtesy titles, such as "mademoiselle" on Susato.
  • Punny Name:
    • Her surname in the JP script comes from the Japanese word for waxworks.
    • Her English localization name is a pun on Madame Tussad, and "spells", a reference to her witch costume.
  • Red Herring: She's introduced early on and doesn't testify in the first day of the trial, her Leitmotif sounds very sinister and it becomes increasingly apparent that her wax museum is important to the case. If you think that means she's the culprit... you're wrong.
  • Secret-Keeper:
    • As the one who sculpted The Professor's wax figure, she's one of the few people who have seen his face. As his identity is considered a national secret, the wax figure is stored in a secret room in her museum, covered with a mask that can be opened only with her key.
    • She also knew Stronghart and Jigoku shot the Professor in the graveyard. They bought her silence by giving her full access to the corpse for her wax mold.

    Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond Ormstein 
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A boy from Bohemia who witnessed Harebrayne's experiment from a hot-air balloon.


  • Bratty Half-Pint: A very obnoxious little kid, to be frank.
  • Brick Joke: Iris implies that the name "Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond Ormstein" was made up when Susato brought up 'A Scandal in Bohemia' in the previous game's Case 4. As it turns out, there actually is a Bohemian royal with that name (maybe even two!).
  • Establishing Character Moment: He buys a balloon from the impresario when stating his name and profession, then succinctly summarizes his views as follows:
    Gotts: ...I’m very rich.
    Gotts: ...I still have lots of money.
  • Expy:
  • Full-Name Basis: Demands everyone refer to him by his full name. Naturally, no one is able to, only calling him "Gotts".
  • Never My Fault: When he produces a photo to prove he's not lying about seeing a green balloon... and it's in black and white, he demands the court blame whoever made the camera.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Although he threatens war against Balthazar Lune's country several times, he immediately forgets about this after willingly paying him for several small balloons which he keeps losing.
  • Overly Long Name: Ryunosuke can't even come close to memorizing his name because it's too long for him to remember, instead calling him "Master Gotts". He is even listed in the Court Record as Bohemian Boy, with his full name only listed within the detailed description below.
  • Royal Brat: His royal status is ambiguous, but he's definitely a brat, throwing a tantrum in court if anyone disagrees with him.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Shares the same name with the Bohemian king featured in the Sherlock Holmes story A Scandal in Bohemia. Apparently said king does exist in this universe and this Gotts is his son according to Herlock in Case 4's Dance of Deduction segment, but considering that Herlock misremembered his nationality, that may be up for debate.
    • His voice in the reaction shots sounds a little like a carbon copy of Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory.

    Balthazar Lune (Rumba Marmatch
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An impressario of gas balloons being used on the fair.


  • Berserk Button: Doesn't take lightly to even the implication that his balloons might be unsafe.
  • Big Fun: A rotund and jolly man. Most of the time, anyway.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Appears to be incapable of taking criticism of his balloons or his character.
  • Nice Hat: One that looks (and functions) like a hot-air balloon.
  • Punny Name: For his Japanese name, "Rumba" is nearly an anagram of "balloon" (in Japanese), and "Marmatch" comes from "marumachi", "round". As for the English version... well, his name's Balthazar Lune.
  • Rambunctious Italian: In the localization.

    Enoch Drebber 
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A mechanic and 'magiscientist' who has a reputation of swindling government grant money by disguising stage magic as legitimate science. Built Harebrayne's teleporter for the Great Exhibition.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed: The Enoch Drebber of A Study in Scarlet was an Asshole Victim who drove a woman to death in an abusive Arranged Marriage, was complicit in her father's murder when he tried to intervene, and nearly did the same to her true love, as well; Here, while Drebber murders a man and coerces the coroner into helping pin the crime on an innocent, his life had been effectively ruined for simply being an unfortunate passerby to a national conspiracy, and both his victim and the coroner in question had been complicit in it.
  • All for Nothing: His grand plan to kill the man who ruined his life, pin the death on an aspiring scientist whom he considered an insult to the craft, and humiliate Scotland Yard? Fails on every count as it turns out Sithe was using him in the end to get away with the murder she committed, leaving him nothing but a failed murder scheme and an incrimination charge. It just underpins how pitiful he really is.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Sithe in the third case.
  • Born Unlucky: Extremely. He was low on money in college and resorted to graverobbing. This led to him being a witness to an international conspiracy in-progress and giving him such a scare that his hair went white at age 25. Then poor journalist ethics on the part of Odie Asman exposed his identity to the public, revealing him as a graverobber to his school and getting him expelled. Ironically, this actually ends up benefitting him in the end slightly; by pure chance Odie Asman survives his fall and is killed by Dr. Sithe afterwards, reducing his charge to attempted murder while his target still died as planned.
  • Cyborg: He resembles a steampunk cyborg and his movements are mechanical-looking and often include whirring noises.
  • Destroy the Evidence: He does this twice. Each time, he plants an Incredibly Obvious Bomb whenever he needs to do so.
  • Expy: While he only bears a resemblance to the Enoch Drebber of A Study in Scarlet In Name Only, he shares many similarities with Colonel Lysander Stark from The Adventure Of The Engineer's Thumb, being a sinister conman who employs an unwitting young man to work on a machine for his own unsavory purposes; Harebrayne even mentions being blindfolded whenever Drebber took him to his workshop, much like the Stark of the original Holmes canon kept Victor Hatherly in the dark about the exact location of their workplace.
  • Freudian Excuse: He used to be a promising young scientist, who won a royal award and was considered a genius...until Asman's newspaper publicized his discovery of "the Professor", which exposed him as a grave robber and got him expelled from university. He's held a serious grudge against Asman ever since.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Ryunosuke says that it's unfortunate that other people's wrongdoing ruined his life, but it doesn't justify him ruining an innocent young man's life.
  • Grave Robbing: His "side business" while he was a university student. If he's to be believed, he wasn't the only student who did this.
  • Hidden Depths: Enoch Drebber was a very brilliant scientist in fact, he is awarded the Royal Society trophy for excellence (the highest honor for aspiring scientists whose futures are set in stone); however because of his lifestyle and horrible luck, he resorted to Grave Robbing to obtain funds for his research and during one shift he was at the wrong place at the wrong time (e.g. involved in an international conspiracy and witness the "revival" of the Professor). His life turned for the worse when Asman reveals his name in his publication and from there Drebber's future is stolen, he got expelled from college, and his former award is now a curse over the future that he could no longer have which is why he toppled it over instead of proudly displaying it when it was discovered at his workshop.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His Incredibly Obvious Bomb is nowhere near powerful enough to destroy the transmission device, so the bomb instead blows the trapdoor under it used for the stage magic inward and wide open, allowing the open trapdoor to be photographed and used as evidence in court against him.
  • Leitmotif: "Rondo of Science and Magic"
  • Mad Bomber: He has a habit of planting an Incredibly Obvious Bomb wherever he needs to Destroy the Evidence.
  • Mad Scientist: Ryunosuke proved that Drebber is a scientist as part of the proof that he is one of the conspirators who murdered Asman.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Somewhat downplayed, but when Ryunosuke makes it clear that his attempts to frame Albert Harebrayne for murder caused the young scientist to go through exactly what Asman put Drebber himself through 10 years ago, he hangs his head low in regret and is speechless.
  • Obviously Evil: The moment you track this guy down, the game makes no attempt to hide that he'd bad news: it's clear he hastily destroyed evidence just before you searched his room, and the second investigation day ends with him indirectly confessing to setting a time bomb at the crime scene, possibly killing several police officers. However, while he had a big role in Asman's murder, he wasn't the one who dealt the killing blow.
  • Painting the Medium: Whenever he speaks, almost every text box will have a word or phrase highlighted in red, usually used to indicate something of importance, but what's actually highlighted is typically just as meaningful as anything else he's said. The suggestion seems to be that he is simply emphasizing those words a bit more to seem more sinister or robotic.
  • Prematurely Grey-Haired: A wax figure of his past self sports normal-looking hair. Only ten years later, his hair's gone completely white. In fact, his hair apparently went white immediately after witnessing the Professor's "resurrection".
  • Red Herring: Downplayed. He was the one who planned the murder. However, he didn't directly kill Asman and was unaware of how the man actually died.
  • Revenge: His motive against Asman, for publishing the newspaper article that got him expelled. He also wants revenge against all of Scotland Yard for their involvement in his humiliation, which is why he coerced Sithe into helping him.
  • Shout-Out: Named after the victim in the Sherlock Holmes story A Study in Scarlet.
  • Stage Magician: After Drebber was expelled from college for Grave Robbing, he became skilled in stage magic, and used his knowledge of both science and stage magic to perpetrate frauds to scam research grants.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His stumbling onto "The Professor" rising from his coffin while gravedigging is what prompts Stronghart forcing Jigoku to kill Genshin before anyone can find out his execution was staged.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Completely white hair, and one of the most sinister characters in the entire duology.
  • You Are What You Hate: He loathes Asman for ruining his future as a scientist, but in his path towards revenge he was blindly doing the same to Albert Harebrayne, a point noted by Ryunosuke at the end of the trial.

Twisted Karma and His Last Bow (Nejireta Otoko to Saigo no Aisatsu)

    Evie Vigil (Anna Mittlemont
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Juror No. 2 for the Asman murder trial in the previous case, she comes to Sholmes' office looking for her husband, Daley, who ran away from home.


  • Ascended Extra: In-universe, most of the jurors Ryu meets are never seen again... except for her. She kickstarts a major portion of the fourth case, which is locating her husband.
  • Expy: Pretty much GAA's version of Mrs. St. Clair from The Man with the Twisted Lip, including the missing husband and not knowing about his secret life.
  • High-Class Gloves: She definitely looks the part of a high-class woman.
  • Properly Paranoid: It's lampshaded In-Universe that coming to a private investigator to find someone who's been missing for a single day might be jumping the gun, but Evie points out that the police would've laughed her out of the station if she'd gone to them. While it turns out her husband wasn't in any real danger, the man was assaulted and held captive by a pair of con artists.
  • Shipper on Deck: She mentions as a juror that she views everything in terms of relationships. Including the trial.
    Evie: One might wonder about a possible relationship between the defendant and this coroner woman. Or perhaps between the defendant and the handsome prosecutor just there.
    Ryunosuke: (This woman...may be more astute than I've been giving her credit for.)

    Daley Vigil (Everyday Mittlemont
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Evie's husband and the former chief jailer of the Barclay Prison. Forcibly retired from the position 10 years ago.


  • The Alibi: He's Gregson's. Vigil was regularly paid by the inspector to take his badge and impersonate him to ensure people knew "Gregson" was seen at a specific place and time, allowing the real Gregson to conduct his clandestine operations.
  • Becoming the Mask: Played for Laughs. When he's summoned as a witness for the Professor's escape, he gives the same introduction he gave as Gossip, complete with posing, before being reminded that he's out of the disguise.
  • Driven to Suicide: He had attempted suicide by jumping off a five-story window from Caidin's office after being fired for his (supposed) involvement in the Professor's escape. He lives through it, though it altered his memories of the event.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Subtle and downplayed, but when Daley starts to remember the events of ten years ago, his eyes seem to lose much of their shine.
  • The Eeyore: He seems perpetually upset about something and has languid, downcast movements. Being fired for something that was very much not your fault and forced to spend ten years as a beggar will do that.
  • Expy: Pretty much GAA's version of Neville St. Clair from The Man with the Twisted Lip, right down to disguising as 'Hugh Boone' - the only real difference being that Daley is a former prison guard, rather than a businessman.
    • He's also somewhat similar to Ron Delite, being a somewhat mousey fellow who was a former guard, living a somewhat dubious double life to support his family without exposing his unemployment.
  • Grew a Spine: Finally sticks up for himself against Caidin in the final trial when the two of them are called to testify about the Professor's escape. It's what pushes Caidin to admit to his own guilt.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: In his disguise as "Gossip/Hugh Boone", he's a dirty, odd-looking Gonk with a giant swollen lip. Once cleaned up and the fake lip is removed, he turns out to be a bit of a Bishōnen.
  • Heroic BSoD: After remembering that he was fired, and the truth about the Professor case, the screen smashes like a window, and he screams and faints, falling onto the floor.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: He's been masquerading as the fat-lipped "Gossip" for 10 years, and Naruhodo points out that because he looks completely different and average without his fake lip, his normal appearance is actually the perfect disguise.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With the other two Fresno Street pedlars. By the time of the credits sequence, he's also become friends with the Red-Headed League.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks substantially younger than his given age of 40. Flashbacks to 10 years ago show he looked no differently then, either.
  • Punny Name:
    • In Japanese, "Mittlemont" is a pun on miteiru mon/"I'm watching". Combined with his first name, it becomes "Everyday I'm watching".
    • In the localization. It puns off of "daily vigil".
  • The Scapegoat: He was fired from being a prison warden when the blame for the Professor's escape from prison was pushed onto him.
  • Unconfessed Unemployment: He hid the fact he was no longer working at the prison from his wife and working for Inspector Gregson under his Hugh Boone identity.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: In the Japanese version, his name is Everyday (his name in the localization is actually fairly normal-sounding). Although his wife seems to use it to call him her everything...

    The Fresno Street Pedlars 

"Venus", "Gossip"/Hugh Boone, and "Sandwich"

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Venus
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Gossip
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Sandwich
A trio of street vendors who were working near the crime scene when the murder happened. 'Venus' peddles wares (fireworks in particular), 'Gossip' is an information broker, and 'Sandwich' is a 'sandwich man' (i.e. a homeless man paid to advertise) who looks like Beppo, the carriage driver from the previous game, though Ryunosuke describes him only as "familiar".
  • Compulsive Liar: While most witnesses lie because they're hiding something, Venus is simply a pathological liar. Kazuma especially keeps calling her out on it. Her decision to refer to herself as one in her own testimony is bold, to say the least.
  • Expy: Venus is an Expy of B.B. Hood, being a Red Riding Hood Replica with a cute look, a distinct lack of morals and an obsession with explosives that she keeps in her basket, although hers aren't nearly as destructive as Hood's.
  • Gonk: Gossip, what with his twisted lip. It's a disguise, as you will have figured, if you've read The Man with the Twisted Lip.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Sandwich is particularly fond of saying things in this manner.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Venus appears to be a young adult or possibly even a teenager, while Gossip is in his forties and Sandwich is an old man.
  • Knowledge Broker: Gossip's work is an information broker.
  • Mad Bomber: Venus is very enthusiastic about her (usually harmless) firecrackers.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: All three, though only Venus' real name remains unclear by the trial's end.
  • Trauma Button: Bringing up Sandwich's past as Beppo the omnibus driver causes him to retreat into his sandwich board while yelling out carriage directions.
  • Token Good Teammate: Sandwich appears to be very averse to lies on the court, with him remarking whenever one of his fellow pedlars lie on the stand and giving further insight as to their actions on the day of the murder. It becomes subverted later on when its revealed that the following day, he stole Gregson's trunk at the time.
  • Vague Age: All three's ages are listed as "??" in the court record.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While Gossip isn't really a villain by any stretch of the imagination, his deception and actions on the day of Gregson's death make the bulk of Case 4's trial, and as the case's "antagonist" a la Yuri Cosmos from Dual Destinies, he gets one; after Ryunosuke proves that Gossip, aka Hugh Boone, is actually former Barclay chief warder Daley Vigil, the Judge demands the Red-Headed League to restrain him while they clean him off his disguise, upon which the two hold him down while he protests. One fade to black later, he looks up as his 'twisted lip' falls to the ground, revealing the earlier assertion to be true.

    The Red-Headed League 

Fabien de Rousseau (Maurice de Quilco) and Peppino de Rossi (Marco di Gicho)

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Fabien
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Peppino

Two European nobles and con artists who are members of the Red-Headed League, a scam group under investigation. They met each other in a European boarding school for aristocrats called Temsik Boarding School (Ashtar Boarding School).


  • Big Eater: Peppino's shown eating food when he and Fabien appear on the stand.
  • Blue Blood: According to the two of them, Fabien is descended from French aristocrats and Peppino is the third son of an Italian landowner.
  • Evil Duo: A very downplayed and incompetent example. Like the Skulkin Brothers from Adventure, they're a pair of small-time criminals involved (albeit indirectly in this case) with the final murder of the game, and testify together. That said, they don't bother with trying to be that much of an obstruction and become helpful witnesses after their first testimony.
  • Expy: Peppino is a more subtle reference to the Mario Bros than the Skulkin Brothers. He may not follow their color scheme quite so well, but he does have the stereotypical Italian accent (like how Mario's known for saying "Lets-a go!"), and he also features a jumping animation (complete with spinning) that even has his fist up in the air.
  • Fat and Skinny: Fabien is skinny, and Peppino is fat.
  • Heel–Face Turn: They're a pair of con-artists who spend the majority of the time after being called on stand actively trying to hide information, but once their lies are exposed, they genuinely testify honestly and follow orders. The credits indicate they plan to start a more legitimate business with Vigil once they get out of jail.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Implied to have picked this up with Daley Vigil in the credits scenes, who is about a decade and a half their senior.
  • Loose Lips: During their testimony, Peppino keeps trying to talk about the officer that went to the Red-Headed League, though Fabien tries to tell him to shut up about it. And it's Peppino who reveals that Gossip's name is Hugh Boone.
  • Meaningful Name: Their last names are both related to the word "red" in their respective native languages.
  • Military Salute: They enthusiastically give one after the judge orders them to detain Hugh Boone.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: While neither of them are really "evil", Peppino is a terrible assistant in Fabien's plans, as shown by their performance in court together.
  • Ocular Gushers: Peppino is quite prone to breaking into these, while Fabien is less so.
  • Older Than They Look: Peppino looks like a child, but according to his Court Record profile, he's 25 years old.
  • Redhead In Green: Peppino's clothing. Fabien's is more blueish.
  • Shout-Out: Peppino likes to perform the Shoryuken for absolutely no reason. Kazuya Nuri notes that they added the animation..."because [the dev team] can." It unintentionally comes across as a Super Mario reference given his short size, colors, and nationality.
    • The name of their boarding school in both versions is a reference to Shu Takumi's game Ghost Trick in which Temsik Park (Ashtar Park) is an important location.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Peppino's eyes seem to be the same shade of green as his outfit.

The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo (Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Kakugo)

    Tchikin Strogenov (Mapotov Stroganov
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A sailor on-board the SS Grouse (SS Balabrook), and Bif Strogenov's brother.


  • 6 Is 9: Coincidentally, Jigoku's trunk code is almost "SHOLMES" (or "HOLMES" in the original script) if written upside-down like he did on his arm.
  • Human Notepad: When you first encounter him in the English localization, he has a crudely-written tattoo on his arm that appears to say "Sholmes" on it, but during the final Dance of Deduction, if you turn the writing upside-down (which is what works only on 3DS, Android, iOS, and Switch's handheld mode)note  it turns out to be hastily scribbled or doodled numbers that say "5231045" on it, which is the combination number needed to open the trunk in which Judge Jigoku is locked inside. note 
  • Punny Name: Chicken stroganoff. In the Japanese script, mapo tofu and stroganoff.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks identical to Bif, to the point that the only distinguishing feature between the two of them is that Tchikin has a fringe of blonde hair hanging from his hat.

    Queen Victoria 
The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India. Ends up being made audience to the Gregson murder trial thanks to Sholmes' Remote Cinematograph.
  • Artistic License – History: Around the time the game is set, Victoria was extremely ill to the point of being unable to make public appearences of any kind, and would pass away in 1901. Here, not only is she alive, but is healthy enough to share tea with Iris without any problems.
  • The Ghost: Never actually seen on screen.
  • Historical Domain Character: Yes, that Queen Victoria.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Is introduced near the end of the final trial of the duology.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She never appears on screen or gets any spoken dialogue, but makes what is likely the most meaningful action in the entire duology. After secretly watching in on the final trial she strips Mael Stronghart of his position of Lord Chief Justice when he tries to cover up the trial he was presiding over and decrees that his crimes will be prosecuted in public court destroying any chance he had of hiding his wrongdoings from the public.

The Great Turnabout Court Theatre

Due to the semi-canonical nature of these cases, these characters have their own folder (merged into one due to the cases' relative length).

    Japan Chapter 

Tadashi Sodenoshita

Apparently the highest scoring candidate in the tests for the Law Exchange Program...
  • Punny Name: The name "Sodenoshita" means to pay someone under the table (ie, bribe), and "Tadashi" means "correct". Fitting, as he was disqualified for bribing his way to a high score.

Takeshi Auchi

Taketsuchi Auchi's son, and the third-ranking candidate... scoring 200 points below Kazuma Asogi.

    England Chapter 

Polan Musgrave

Chalan Musgrave's younger brother. Herlock arrested him on the way to the trial.

Alternative Title(s): Ace Attorney Witnesses And Other Characters Dai Gyakuten Saiban

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