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Ace Attorney's witnesses and other characters debuting in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations. There are spoilers for later installments as well as the original trilogy; read carefully!


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Turnabout Memories (Omoide no Gyakuten)

    Dahlia Hawthorne (Chinami Miyanagi) — WARNING: MAJOR UNMARKED SPOILERS 

Voiced by (Japanese): Rina Sato (anime)

Voiced by (English): Dani Chambers (anime)

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

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

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

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

She was eventually used by her mother, Morgan Fey in her plan against Maya Fey, by calling her back from the dead via channeling after she is executed a month before the final case of Trials and Tribulations, but even then Dahlia still carried on her own ambitions and revenge, although it is later found out that she willingly did so for her own benefit. It takes the powers of all the main attorneys and prosecutors (yes, even Edgeworth, Franziska and Godot) to stop her from getting Maya in jail for matricide. She eventually gets Breaking Lectured back to the afterworld by Mia Fey.
  • All for Nothing: Dahlia’s entire series of murders can be traced back to the fake kidnapping that she masterminded on Dusky Bridge in order to steal a diamond worth two million dollars from her father, a plot that ultimately failed since she lost the jewel and led her to kill others for the sake of covering it up, only for her to eventually be executed and fail her last murder attempt as an evil spirit summoned from the underworld.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Shows many symptoms of antisocial personality disorder - lack of remorse, superficial charm, and fails to take responsibility for her own actions.
  • Animal Motifs: A butterfly. Not only do they flutter around her when she's in her "innocent" persona, but her Black Eyes of Evil give her a slightly insect-like look while her general beauty, and it ties into her clothing as well; her sandals have a butterfly design, and the way her stole floats around her like wings ties her to the butterfly in particular. Finally, and most definitively, her final appearance is as a spirit after previously appearing in the flesh.
  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: Her stole floats, foreshadowing her true nature.
  • Arch-Enemy: Towards Mia Fey, a feeling that is reciprocated. Mia hates Dahlia because she made Terry Fawles kill himself when he was about to get acquitted for a crime she committed, and because she poisoned Diego Armando shortly afterwards - in fact, Mia considered the fact Dahlia murdered Doug Swallow all but a Foregone Conclusion in Case 3-1. On the other hand, Dahlia despises Mia for finding her guilty of murdering Doug Swallow and sending her to death row.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her court mugshot, which normally appears in full after a culprit is convicted. However, hers is completely shadowed. This goes two ways: one, it shows that since she's a dead criminal, she doesn't exist anymore. Two, it shows that while there are very despicable criminals out there, none of them have gone to the depths of evil as Dahlia had done. Having a shadowed profile shows just how heartless Dahlia is at her core.
  • Badass Adorable: She jumped off a bridge into a dangerous river 40 feet below to fake her death. At the age of fourteen. That has to mean something. Another person who accomplished the same feat? Phoenix Wright.
  • Bad Liar: Subtle, but there, and played dramatically. Part of what makes her so pathetic is that, in addition to all her crimes failing in some way, she's really bad at lying and makes quite a few slips. Mia, who goes up against her on her first two cases, is able to, with some difficulty, tear through her, and the only reason she gets away with it the first time - and the only reason she's even a threat before her death - is her ability to charm almost every man she meets and pull off effective Wounded Gazelle Gambits.
  • Beware the Superman: Case 3-5 shows how terrifying it would be for a spirit with a mission and potential to be channeled to exist if that spirit was Dahlia.
  • Big Bad: Of Trials and Tribulations. Cases 1 and 4 are largely (if not solely) because of her actions, and Case 5 is mostly the result of her teaming up with her mother, making her the villain responsible for the game's overarching plot.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Dahlia teams up with her mother, Morgan Fey, as the villainesses of Bridge to the Turnabout.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In addition to being horrifyingly evil, she also manages to get virtually everyone except Mia and Diego to fall for her charms, at least until she's found out.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Dahlia is a ruthless killer with bright red hair and pink and white clothes, and her ghost form has off-white skin while retaining the hair. While possessing Maya's body, however, she edges closer into Dark Is Evil.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Even before she reveals her true nature, these serve as a very subtle Red Right Hand.
  • Black Widow: She killed Doug Swallow, her ex-boyfriend who was trying to warn Phoenix Wright that she was dangerous. She also tried to kill her next boyfriend, Phoenix Wright.
  • Cain and Abel: Cain to Iris. While Iris, despite knowing what Dahlia has done, has a measure of sympathy and love for her, Dahlia despises Iris and even conspires with Morgan to frame her for Maya’s murder.
  • Clashing Cousins: The ruthless Arch-Enemy to Mia Fey, and also her and Maya's cousin, even plotting to kill the latter as Revenge by Proxy on the former.
  • Classic Villain: Representing Pride (believing that she is above the law because of her beauty and charms) and Wrath (going after people she believed have wronged her purely out of childish spite).
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Along with being the first female Big Bad and the only one to have a direct impact on Phoenix's past, she becomes the first supernatural villain of the series by means of Fey spirit channeling.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: "Melissa Foster" is from a country that underwent a civil war, which is why she claims she has no papers.
  • Crocodile Tears: One of her many ways of getting sympathy.
  • Dark Is Evil: While she's a redhead who's heavily associated with bright, traditionally feminine colors, she becomes this while possessing the black-haired Maya. However, the scenes where she's defeated for good and forcibly excised from Maya have completely black backgrounds, and they're considered by fans to be the most terrifying and nightmarish scenes in Trials and Tribulations due to the anguished Nightmare Face she wears while leaving Maya and how she 'dies' at the end. Her mugshot is also just a shadowed, featureless profile unlike the rest of the game's mugshots; this not only shows that she's dead, but also that she's a completely sociopathic and heartless monster at her core with no redeeming traits whatsoever.
  • Deader Than Dead: After being executed and then forcibly exorcised, it's probably safe to say she's never coming back.
  • Dead Person Impersonation:
    • In Turnabout Beginnings, it's revealed she killed her step-sister Valerie and then disguised herself in such a way that she could pass as her in the eyes of the rather simple Terry Fawles. It's also suggested that after five years in prison, he no longer recognized either of them, and Dahlia was able to take the one article of clothing that Valerie planned on using to identify herself.
    • Inverted in Bridge to the Turnabout, where she impersonates her living twin sister Iris, while Dahlia was being channeled by Maya.
  • Death Glare: During her Villainous Breakdown, before immediately snapping back to her facade after she's done. It seems she inherited it from Morgan.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Ultimately, she's not the game's final villain, despite her and Morgan being responsible for the events of Case 5. The true killer, who's taken care of after Dahlia's exorcism, is Godot.
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: In court, butterflies will flock to her out of nowhere to highlight her innocent image. During her first Villainous Breakdown, her Death Glare incinerates them with hatred.
  • Enfante Terrible: Planned out such a villainous plot since 14 years old. Poor Terry. She even plotted to get her sister Iris disinherited when she was probably about 8.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite everything she's done, her sister Iris did feel sympathy for her and loved her, which makes Dahlia seem even worse for her manipulation of Iris and her hatred of her for not participating in her fake kidnapping plot.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She is disgusted at Morgan's plan, because she hates that she's thrusting Pearl in the middle of all the conflict in the Fey Clan. Of course, she then participated in that plan, albeit only for personal reasons of petty revenge on Mia, the same reasons she dismissed Morgan (who wanted revenge on Misty) for. Then again, it's likely that her disgust was only due to Pearl being Morgan's own child, as opposed to any holding moral scruples against hurting children in general or feeling any sympathy for Pearl instead of just trying to insult Morgan out of bitterness.
  • Evil Counterpart: She becomes one to Mia Fey, being another channeled spirit, except one that wants to murder instead of doing good.
  • Evil Gloating: Dahlia never misses a chance to rub it in everyone's faces how she supposedly killed Maya and taunts they can't do anything about it since Dahlia is already dead. That is until Phoenix reveals that Dahlia didn't succeed in her sadistic plan because she was actually being channeled by Maya herself in order to hide from her, then begins to lose it.
  • Evil Is Petty: Aside from cruelly putting down Phoenix for unintentionally stalling her diabolical plans, she wants revenge on Mia by concocting a plan to murder Maya at Hazakura Temple because she was defeated by her once.
  • Evil Redhead: The only physical difference between Dahlia and her well-meaning twin sister Iris is Dahlia's red hair. It's likely a dyed colour as every other Fey has black or brown hair. Still, the one distinguishing feature her ghost has is bright red hair, so dye or not, it's part of her identity.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Conspires to kill Maya in 3-5, but is Out-Gambitted by Anti-Villain Godot.
  • Expy: She shares some similarities with the Big Bad of the previous game, Matt Engarde. Both she and Engarde are red-themed characters who uphold an innocent and sweet facade to sway others to their own nefarious ends - swaying Phoenix in the process, and go as far to drive their 'lovers' into suicide. At a certain point they reveal that what lies beneath that sugary-sweet cover image is a selfish, cynical villain who uses schemes to further their plans that benefit no one but themselves. They are only defeated when pointed out how utterly their schemes failed in the middle of court. The earliest concept art had her with a lock of hair parted to the left, similar to Matt, but longer. Their similarities are lampshaded in this post.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Her beauty is often commented on in-game, and she's one of the more twisted and evil characters in the series. Being the manipulative monster that she truly is, even the Judge points out how "even the loveliest rose can hide the cruelest thorns."
  • The Fake Cutie: Positively adorable in fake Moe-mode, disconcerting when she shows her true nasty colors, rather terrifying when she goes into full Villainous Breakdown mode.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride and Wrath. She's so convinced that she's going to get away with her schemes that she puts on an innocent act. The moment she's due to face actual consequences for her actions, this mask drops, and she swears violent vengeance on anyone who gets in the way of her murder spree. Even after coming back from the dead thanks to being channeled, Dahlia is so convinced that she can no longer be punished for what she does that she gives a gloating confession on the stand, only to have it thrown back in her face again once it's proven that she's not as clever as she thinks she is. Dahlia's final moments on-screen are spitting curses at Phoenix and Mia, undergoing a Villainous Breakdown where she's forced to confront the fact that she's never succeeded in anything she's tried to do and live with it for eternity.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Her ultimate fate, as pointed out by Mia. For her crimes both in life and death, her punishment is being reduced to a helpless, lonely, and pitiful wretch who is forced to 'live' with the knowledge of how none of her plans ever worked out the way she wanted them to, only getting her killed, and how her attempt at revenge against Mia from beyond the grave also failed spectacularly and that she will never be able to get that revenge against Mia she wants so badly. For eternity.
  • Fiery Redhead: For all her pretending to be a sweet-hearted, demure girl, she is short-tempered and extremely petty. Much of her crimes were done out of sheer spite towards Mia, who got her declared guilty and subjected to execution by hanging. And towards the end, when she realized her entire 'beyond the grave' revenge plan failed because she was tricked into possessing Maya and not Pearl, she undergoes an epic Villainous Breakdown where she essentially throws a (terrifying) tantrum, cursing both Phoenix and Mia's names and screaming as she is forcibly exorcised out of Maya's body. Her last moments were spent glaring and stewing in anger as she whines that she's not ready to pass on to the next life yet.
  • Fille Fatale: She started seducing people and ruining lives at age fourteen, and likely started her scheming long before that (after all, she got her twin Iris disinherited at 8).
  • Freudian Excuse: From what Dahlia says to Phoenix while posing as Iris (as well as during her own testimony when she reveals herself) and what Iris herself says later on after Dahlia's spirit is exorcised from Maya's body, it seems that much of Dahlia's malice and sociopathy was born from hatred towards her parents, as a result of her mother abandoning both her and Iris for their lack of spiritual power, and her father neglecting them after he took them away from her; her father never showing any love for her is stated to be the reason why Dahlia concocted her fake kidnapping plot, as she wanted to steal the diamond in order to spite him. However, in the end, this is ultimately still does nothing to excuse all the pain and suffering she's inflicted with utterly no regard for how it affected the lives around her, especially since the diamond theft in particular involved taking advantage of the mentally challenged Terry Fawles, framing him for murder and getting him sentenced to death, before she drove him to suicide years later. Rather than elicit sympathy from anyone other than Iris in-game, it merely cements how selfish Dahlia truly is; she is willing to kill anyone without remorse just to satify her own petty rage. And that's not even getting into how Dahlia, given how much she lies, may possibly even be twisting the truth about her parents to some extent.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Her entire motivation stems from this.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: The Judges and Prosecutor Winston Payne quickly get the hots for her when she takes the witness stand, much to Mia's chagrin. She's fully aware of this, and actually exploits it to get the court in her favor.
  • Hate Sink: As noted by Phoenix and Mia in Bridge to the Turnabout, Dahlia Hawthorne has arranged or committed murder for spiteful, vindictive, and extraordinarily petty reasons. Dahlia is never given any sort of sympathy by the games, and while Iris does provide a Freudian Excuse for her behavior, it's not treated as something that makes her any less deplorable. Even if her childhood was unpleasant, her choices were still her own, and she’s ultimately just a heartless, bratty, spiteful, and selfish monster who has absolutely no remorse for her actions, created with the intention of making the audience hate her guts.
  • The Heavy: The plot of Bridge to the Turnabout is centered towards her intention to kill Maya in order to achieve Revenge by Proxy on Mia, but not only did Morgan Fey mastermind the plan, Dahlia is also not the true killer in the case.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: While Phoenix understood in Case 3-1 that Dahlia wanted to frame him for murder, the end of the game lets her tell him that amongst all her victims, she hated him for his positive nature and faith in others.
  • Horned Hairdo: Her hair braids (which she shares with Iris) resemble curved horns, which, in addition to her red hair, gives her visual appearance similarities to that of a demon.
  • Humiliation Conga: Towards the end of Bridge to the Turnabout, her plans are revealed, her plot to kill Maya fails, and Phoenix and Mia tag-team her for a The Reason You Suck speech, pointing out that every single one of Dahlia's schemes ultimately didn't work. Thus, Dahlia will now spend eternity reflecting on the fact that she was a pathetic human being who never did anything right. This culminates with Dahlia's spirit being driven from Maya's body, screaming in rage, all of her past deeds reflected on screen before the last fire of her soul is snuffed out.
  • Hypocrite: She resents her mother Morgan Fey for her selfish plan to have Pearl Fey as the Master, believing that she's just using Pearl and passing over her older daughter, yet she joins in her plan because of her own selfishness and desire for revenge against an already dead Mia Fey. Phoenix Wright even calls her out on this.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: In Case 3-4, both Mia and Diego point out that she shouldn't have known that Terry supposedly broke into the stolen car, as she wouldn't have ever gotten a chance to see the scratches on the trunk if she were truly taking pictures of herself in the field of flowers. This is also how she ends up revealing her true identity in that same case; “Melissa Foster” remarks that she’s lucky that she wasn’t “wearing a white scarf.” Valerie’s note, in which she writes down to wear a white scarf so Terry can identify her, as per his instructions (he forgot what both she and Dahlia looked like after five years) and to tell Dahlia that the truth was going to come out, was never revealed to the public, so the only way “Melissa” would know that the scarf was supposed to be white would be if she was Dahlia herself.
  • It's All About Me: Her actions over the course of the game make it abundantly clear that she cares for no one but herself, and by the end she no longer even bothers to deny it.
    Dahlia: Do you understand why I would kill my cousin now? What my goal was?
    Phoenix: Obviously... It's because you were helping your mother.
    Dahlia: Helping...? Don't make me laugh. From the day I was born to the day I died, I never helped anyone!
  • It's for a Book: One of her excuses. It doesn't last long, as she's a literature student looking to acquire samples of toxic chemicals.
  • It's Personal: She harbors a vendetta against Mia ever since being exposed as the culprit of Case 3-1, and plays along with Morgan's plan of killing Maya, though only so Dahlia can get back at Mia for exposing her true colours at that time.
  • It Was with You All Along: The irony of all ironies in Trials & Tribulations. To escape from Dahlia's murder attempt on her, Maya had to "disappear" by reluctantly channeling her. Dahlia (thinking that she was currently in Pearl's body) was none the wiser, until Phoenix figured things out and gave her that Armor-Piercing Question.
  • Karmic Death: Is executed by hanging after being found guilty for Doug Swallow’s electrocution, after she got away with murdering her stepsister Valerie, drove Terry Fawles to suicide, poisoned Diego Armando/Godot, and unsuccessfully tried to poison Phoenix Wright, as well as attempting to frame him for the aforementioned murder of Doug Swallow when that didn’t pan out. Also technically receives this in Bridge to the Turnabout; while her spirit was channeled by her innocent aunt, Misty Fey, who was trying to counter a plan by Morgan Fey and Dahlia to kill Maya Fey, Dahlia herself was the intended target of a Rage Breaking Point-invoking Godot, the man whom she'd poisoned into a half-decade-long coma and consequently left with life-altering disabilities. Bonus points for him attacking her just as she herself was attacking Maya for Revenge by Proxy against Mia — Godot's lover, no less.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Falsely telling Phoenix that his first girlfriend hated him just to hurt him.
    • She plays along with her mother's plans to murder Maya for no discernible reason other than to spite the late Mia and has no problems putting blood on Pearl’s hands via possession or framing Iris, both of whom are her sisters.
  • Knife Nut: She used a knife to stab Valerie in the back. Upon returning from the dead, she used a dagger to try to kill Maya and successfully deal Godot a mortal wound.
  • Leitmotif: "Distant Traces of Beauty", a theme she shares with her twin sister Iris. They're both very pretty, but are complete opposites personality-wise, hence the name of the song.
  • Manipulative Bitch: "Two minutes, and she's got the whole courtroom wrapped around her little finger..."
  • Meaningful Name:
    • A reference to the Black Dahlia, and she's got thorns. Possibly a Shout-Out to Nathaniel Hawthorne, specifically the story "Rappaccini's Daughter"—the title character is a Walking Wasteland with poison permeating her blood and body, and her very touch is lethal. "Chinami" refers to the saying "chi mo namida mo nai" ("without blood or tears"—basically callous to the extreme). It also sounds suspiciously like Delilah.
    • It is said that dahlia flowers symbolize elegance, which matches the façade she puts on to fool the court. However, red dahlias in particular symbolize betrayal and dishonesty, which is indicative of her true nature and makes her red hair all the more appropriate.
  • Medication Tampering: She poisoned Phoenix Wright's cold medicine in a failed attempt to kill him.
  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Exaggerated—even after her court-mandated execution, she's still amongst the living, pursuing her own nefarious ends, thanks to the Khura'in Channeling Technique. Even after her defeat in court, it's all left up to good faith whether she'll return or not.
  • Mister Big: The 155 cm (5'1") tall Big Bad of the third game. For the record, she manipulated the 190 cm tall (6'2") Terry Fawles.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Despite being born into the Fey Clan, both Dahlia and Iris had zero spiritual power, which she acknowledges was actually lucky for them, as it saved them from being the subject of Morgan's schemes and abuse like Pearl was.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: She was horrible enough in life, but being executed managed to make things worse for everyone, as she can now be channeled by any spirit medium.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In Japan, her fake name in case 3-4 is Mukui Satoko, which means "vengeful foster child". It's preserved somewhat in the translation, where the name "Melissa Foster" sounds like "malicious foster".
  • Never Found the Body: She was considered dead as she had fallen from the Dusky Bridge in the fake kidnapping incident five years before Case 3-4. Of course, the reason they never found Dahlia's body was that she was alive all along. No one, not even Dahlia herself, found the jewel she had stolen, however.
  • Never My Fault: Blames her failures on others. She breaks down in rage when Mia reminds that it was her own fault that her schemes never worked. She also has this to say when Phoenix points out the failure of the staged kidnapping on Dusky Bridge:
    Dahlia: Sh-Shut your mouth! That wasn’t my fault! It was because of that stupid oaf of a prisoner and that weakling of a policewoman!
  • Nightmare Face: She wears really scary Death Glares. And when she's forcibly exorcised out of Maya's body, her spirit shoots up into the air screaming with completely shadowed eyes and a particularly anguished expression, fittingly making her face resemble that of a corpse. There's a reason why that particular image was put in the Nightmare Fuel page for the original Ace Attorney trilogy.
  • Obviously Evil: After being found out in Case 3-5, she does not even try to put an innocent image anymore, with Slasher Smiles being one of her most common expressions at that point.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Yet another part of her innocent image.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears an all pink outfit. It's just part of her cover image.
  • Poison Is Evil: Dahlia's overall Weapon of Choice is poison, and she's both the most vicious killer in the original trilogy and the one who harmed the most main characters one way or another. Phoenix's experience with her left using poison as one of the only things he could never forgive.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: While Dahlia is extremely evil, cruel and selfish, Iris is sweet, gentle and selfless.
  • Posthumous Character:
    • She's treated as such during the first part of Case 3-4, as everyone assumed she had died upon falling from the Dusky Bridge. This only applies In-Universe, however, as this case takes place before Case 3-1, so the player knows by this point that Dahlia wasn't dead.
    • She winds up a witness in court after being executed, courtesy of Mia Fey telling Maya Fey to channel her. Subverted, as everyone initially assumes she's the living Iris.
  • Rage Breaking Point: She loses her composure when Mia exposes her as the suspect of Case 3-1 and flashes a Death Glare in Mia's direction... then casually concedes defeat before she's taken away. It's Case 3-5 where she truly hits the breaking point, screaming Mia's name in fury after Dahlia is shown that her plans failed yet again.
  • Red Herring: While Dahlia is very heavily involved as one of the main instigators in the events of Bridge to the Turnabout, and unraveling hers and Morgan's plan takes most of the second trial day, she's not the murderer (and in fact, since Misty Fey was channeling her when the stabbing happened, Dahlia is the victim in a sense). Even Phoenix and the Judge were all too happy to give Iris a Not Guilty verdict until Godot reminds them that Misty Fey's murderer had yet to be found out.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Her plan in Bridge to the Turnabout is to kill Maya Fey to get revenge on the already dead Mia Fey.
  • Say My Name: After Phoenix and Mia give her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, she says this just before being spirited out of Maya's body:
    Dahlia: M...M...M...Mia...F...F...Fey Mia Fey! Mia Fey! MIA FEEEEY!
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: She gets exactly what she wants with her looks.
  • Serial Killer: She kills Valerie Hawthorne, Terry Fawles (by driving him to suicide), and Doug Swallow between intervals, is barely stopped from killing Maya, and may have mortally wounded Godot with her poison before being put down.
  • Sibling Murder: Killed her stepsister Valerie when she decided to come clean about the fake kidnapping on Dusky Bridge.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: She is nowhere to be seen in any of the promos for the second season of the anime, making her appearance in the 13th episode a surprise.
  • Smug Snake: Despite being a constant schemer, none of her plans ultimately go right. Her sloppy criminal activity stemming from her theft of the jewel (itself a failure, as she lost the jewel) forced her to commit more crimes to cover up the first, and her sloppy attempts at these resulted in further collateral damage, which eventually resulted in her getting the death penalty when her attempt to kill Phoenix Wright caused the death of Doug Swallow. Post-execution, she attempted one last time to get revenge on Mia Fey, the attorney who exposed her for what she was, by killing her sister Maya...only to see that attempt fail, with the icing on the cake being that Maya herself was channeling Dahlia in order to protect herself. Her long history of failed crimes ends up being the subject of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech delivered by both Phoenix Wright and Mia Fey, resulting in one final Villainous Breakdown by Dahlia's spirit. Even after she's gone for good, the one crime Phoenix and Mia don't touch upon - the poisoning of Diego Armando - is revealed to have been botched as well, as he revived as Godot and ultimately saved Maya.
  • The Sociopath: The only time she ever shows any kind of sympathy for anyone other than herself is when she states that Morgan's plan to use her own daughter Pearl as a pawn was cruel. Even then, Dahlia doesn't have any remorse for actually enacting that plan, since it enabled her to get Revenge by Proxy on Mia. So it's more like Dahlia is leaning into how Obviously Evil she is now rather than showing actual sympathy, especially since she calls Pearl a “sniveling little runt” moments later.
  • Sore Loser: She doesn't receive it well at all when Mia notes that all of her schemes ended in failure.
  • Spoiled Brat: She goes into a bratty tantrum after Phoenix and Mia pointed out that Dahlia's entire petty revenge scheme had failed before being forcefully ejected from Maya's body. Dahlia ranted and raved about how her life was ruined because her intended victims didn't "die like they were supposed to", blaming everything and everyone else for her death row sentence. Goes to show that in the end, Dahlia is nothing more than a petty spoiled brat.
  • Stealth Pun: The little butterflies that fly around her as a Moe literally die a fiery death when Dahlia shows her angry self. Moths to a flame.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She's the spitting image of Iris in all but hair color. It's justified as she and Iris are identical twin sisters, with Dahlia having red hair to make her different from her sister in appearance and personality. Her Death Glare at the end of Turnabout Memories also evokes similarities to her mother, Morgan Fey.
  • Supernatural Floating Hair: As a ghost.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: She poisoned Diego Armando's coffee in a failed attempt to kill him.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Dahlia brainwashed and manipulated Terry Fawles as her scapegoat for her plot to orchestrate a false kidnapping in order to obtain a diamond from her father as the ransom, even convincing him to agree to a Suicide Pact in the event that she needed him to die to cover her tracks, and framing him for her own "murder" as she faked her death by jumping off Dusky Bridge into Eagle River below, all at the age of 14.
  • Terms of Endangerment: She has "Feenie" for Phoenix, which she took from her sister.
  • This Cannot Be!: Has this reaction when it sinks in that she’s been fooled and has utterly failed at getting her revenge against Mia.
  • Unfinished Business: She planned to kill Maya Fey in to get some measure of revenge on Mia Fey, Maya's dead sister, after Dahlia was executed, thanks to a plan by Morgan Fey to trick Pearl into channeling Dahlia after the execution.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Even when she's not putting on her goody-two-shoes act or pretending to be someone else, the veracity of much of what she says about others' motives, particularly her parents, is fairly questionable.
  • The Vamp: She's cute and she knows it, and uses her good and innocent looks to deceive people into doing what she wants.
  • Villainous Breakdown: First when Mia exposes her as she really is, and the second when Phoenix and Mia lecture her to the underworld.
    • The first one is relatively tame; she simply gives a Death Glare, then seemingly accepts her defeat.
    • The second is much more extreme; after she's forced out of Maya's body, her spirit lingers on for a short while, while she states she's not ready to go. Her spirit then bursts into fire, breaking off into several flames in the shape of a magatama, which disappear until only one is left. After events from her life flash in the background, the final flame finally fades away.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: For the very first culprit of an Ace Attorney game, Dahlia takes significant effort to take down. Only Kristoph Gavin can dare to come close to that.
  • Walking Spoiler: So much of her entry was spoilered that she had to be moved to her own folder.
  • Wicked Cultured: How many soulless murderers are literature students?
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: A favorite, particularly when she reveals that the reason she assumed the identity of "Melissa Foster" was to protect herself against other kidnapping attempts and build a new life for herself after her traumatic experience. Too bad (for her) it doesn't work on Mia.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. It's an act.

The Stolen Turnabout (Nusumareta Gyakuten)

    Ron DeLite (Yusaku Amasugi

Voiced by (Japanese): Kōtarō Nishiyama (anime)

Voiced by (English): Justin Pate (anime)

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

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


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

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


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

    Desirée DeLite (Mareka Amasugi

Voiced by (Japanese): Yuka Keicho (anime)

Voiced by (English): Jamie Marchi (anime)

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


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

Voiced by (Japanese): Toshihiko Seki (anime)

Voiced by (English): Ian Sinclair (anime)

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

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


  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In the English dub, Atmey prefers to pepper his paragraphs with such patterns;
    "The Masked Marauder's Mischief-Making is Matched only by My Meticulous Mind, Meanwhile you Metropolitan Meatheads Missed the Mark on Mask☆DeMasque's Malfeasance."
  • Animal Motifs: His snazzy tux, long nose, and Anime Hair make him look a lot like a penguin.
  • Anime Hair: Take a plate, and spray paint it yellow. Hit said plate with a hammer. Shave your head, and glue the biggest of the plate shards to your forehead. Rinse, lather, and repeat. That's how you recreate his haircut.
  • Artistic License – Law: His plot to use the concept of double jeopardy to back up his alibi only goes to show that double jeopardy in this universe is nothing like how it is in the real life US or Japan. For starters, neither country applies double jeopardy on a conviction, meaning if proof of Atmey being guilty of murdering Bullard or innocent of being Demasque ever came out, a new trial could easily be set up to vacate the conviction. Furthermore, his appearance as a witness in Ron's murder trial is just that: a witness. As it's Ron's trial, he would be the only one eligible for double jeopardy in that particular trial, whereas the law in-game would protect Atmey if Phoenix didn't prove him guilty there. Even further is that, in Japan, a loophole in the law means double jeopardy functionally only applies if the Supreme Court gives an acquittal, as prosecutors are allowed to appeal not guilty verdicts in lower courts.
  • Attention Whore: Even as a child, apparently.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As silly as he looks (and acts), he's not to be underestimated.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Really, he's large enough of a ham to justify this...
  • Card-Carrying Villain: When the judge calls him evil at one point, he agrees. Though given that this was in the middle of his attempt to sell himself as Mask☆DeMasque it's probably more of a ploy than a genuine sentiment.
  • Catchphrase: "Zvarri!"
  • The Chessmaster: Despite being much less intelligent than he wants to be seen as, he actually did manage something fairly clever: planning an Xanatos Gambit as follows: If Ron DeLite gets away with everything as DeMasque, he profits. If Ron gets caught, he can disavow any knowledge of blackmailing him or even pretend to be the one who figured it all out. If he gets away with murdering Bullard, well, he gets away with it. If accused of the crime, though, plead guilty to being Demasque to dodge the murder charge. It would've worked if it weren't for Phoenix figuring it all out. And the "less intelligent" thing might actually have been a case of Obfuscating Stupidity—after all, getting convicted on day one seemed to be his Plan A.
  • Consummate Liar: He fools the Magatama by lying right after a previous lie of his was exposed. It may have something to do with how natural he spoke about it, as players don't notice there's something wrong either until the following day.
  • Crazy-Prepared: One of the few people who tries to use a guilty verdict AS AN ALIBI, and thus invokes double jeopardy. (You cannot be convicted on the same crime if proven to be acquitted.)
  • Death Glare: His sweating sprite sports one of these, complete with heavy shadows around his one visible eye. Special mention goes to when it's used on Day 2 when you interrupt his larceny trial to accuse him of murder, where it actually feels like he's glaring at YOU, the player.
  • Expy: Could be this or a parody of the Penguin, considering his design and personality being similar to that of a taller, skinnier, and completely unhinged Penguin. Considering that future villain L'Belle is a lot like Atmey and that their cases are quite similar, as well as the fact that L'Belle looks like the Joker when he's dyed his hair green this could be intentional.
  • Gag Nose: Look at the size of the thing! Fans still don't understand how he could fit it into Ron's costume. Possibly a bit of a Pinocchio Nose too, as a tip off to his dishonesty.
  • Great Detective: Subverted or possibly deconstructed - he actually worked out who Mask☆DeMasque was after his very first crime, and used the opportunity to blackmail him into committing more thefts and giving the money to him. Atmey twice states that he did this because he wanted to create an opponent worthy of his 'genius'. But that may be a complete lie.
  • High-Class Glass: He has a magnifying-glass monocle, as befits a high-class detective.
  • Incoming Ham: He introduces himself by startling Phoenix and Maya out of their musings with this line:
    "...Welcome! To my private little "Banquet of Chaos".
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: In his final testimony, he claims that Ron wore the DeMasque regalia to his meeting with Bullard, stating it as the reason why there were no fingerprints on the alarm. While correct, it also happens to finally expose Atmey as the real killer; Ron had only revealed that fact hours earlier, and Atmey - who was stuck entirely in his own trial for grand larceny - would not have known that fact... unless he was at the scene of the crime itself.
  • Insufferable Genius: Double subverted, or perhaps zig-zagged. When you first meet him, he's seems to be a classic case of Small Name, Big Ego; overblown, and more confident in his intelligence than warranted. Then, you find out he was trying to get convicted the first day, and was likely painting himself as less competent than he actually was. In fact, you find that he was the one who plotted Mask☆DeMasque's heists down to the last detail, starting with the second of the heists. And at the last part of the case, he manages to quickly come up with a suitable explanation for all the loose ends of the case, making only one mistake in the process. His ego was his downfall, however; Phoenix insulted Atmey's ego several times in the second trial, which resulted in the rant that eventually allowed Phoenix to win the case.
    • His ego also gets the better of him in the anime adaptation, as he ends up flashing around the red jewel on his finger that was stolen by Ron from Kane Bullard, causing Bullard to notice and figure out he was the mastermind behind Mask☆DeMasque, enabling him to blackmail Luke. The detective might've gotten away with his schemes had he not been flashing around a stolen jewel on his finger.
  • Jerkass: He's an egotistic and narcissistic douchebag who shamelessly boasts about his so-called detective skills but he has no problem blackmailing Ron after discovering his secret identity as DeMasque and framing him for murdering Ron's former boss just because he's also on the receiving end of blackmail by the victim. No wonder, Desiree is pissed at him for being a cowardly criminal instead of Ron.
  • Large Ham: Atmey manages to steal the spotlight of every scene he's in, thanks to his bizarre speech and mannerisms and much of his dialogue being coupled with the sound effects synonymous with loud and dramatic characters. It's no wonder that his breakdown stands out as one of the most over the top of the entire trilogy. Really, it's impressive how much he chews the scenery despite having zero voiced lines in the game.
  • Latex Perfection: Just how did he wear that mask over his nose, anyway?
  • Laughing Mad: When he is found guilty. Both times.
  • Leitmotif: "I Just Want Love", or, as it's known in-universe, "Luke Atmey Elegy" (which he composed for himself).
  • Meaningful Echo: "Take a good look, everyone! Unable to find a rival worthy of my genius, I was forced to create one myself! Here I am! The tragic clown..."
  • Motive Rant: Used to interesting effect as you hear it from him twice during the course of the case. The first time he's faking it but the second time is when the jig is actually up.
  • Nose Tapping: Can be seen doing this in the article about DeMasque's first heist. It helps that his nose rivals his finger in length.
  • Not So Different: Towards Ron DeLite, particularly in terms of using the exact same method to to create an alibi for Kane Bullard's murder.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's trying to get "exposed" as Mask☆DeMasque on trial day 1. As a result, he's deliberately leaving holes in his testimony for Phoenix to poke at, even if it makes his Ace Detective-self look bad—because of course the fake testimony never actually happened. Indeed, when you face him again on the second day, the events surrounding him show him to be surprisingly competent.
  • One-Hit Kill: One of the only instances in the series where it is possible to lose an entire life bar on a cross-examination. His final testimony requires that the player press on his 10+ line statement to find out which one is the most suspicious claim. Choose anything else, and it's an instant game over.
  • Punny Name: Look at me! I want love, that's all (ai ga hoshii dake)! The English version of his name can also refer to he wants people to literally look at him in a certain photograph as part of his plan.
  • Renaissance Man: Played with; he's an Attention Whore, and all his projects are motivated to make a name for himself. However, he does seem to have a surprisingly broad range of skills — musical composition, building ships in a bottle, amateur biology & chemistry, better than average knowledge of the law (i.e. double jeopardy), detective skills, heist planning, etc.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Does this to sound as intelligent as possible. Although it seems like he at least does know the meaning of the words he's using, he knows little-to-nothing about the subjects he professes to be an expert in. The anime adaptation adds an abnormal amount of alliteration as well.
  • Sherlock Scan: Subverted; his "scans" are ludicrously obvious. Godot makes it hilarious, though. However, during their first meeting, he still manages to peg Phoenix as a lawyernote  and Maya as a spirit mediumnote , which suggests that his powers of observation aren't completely useless.
  • Sinister Schnoz: He has a prominent nose and he's the true criminal behind the murder of Kane Bullard.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Subverted; he's actually the mastermind behind the thief he's supposedly trying to catch, and the entire "investigation" is a sham.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • The screen shakes before he goes into a Laughing Mad fit, and then he goes on a Motive Rant, calling himself a tragic clown who deliberately created a rival to compete with his genius. He does this two times, although he faked the first one to avoid the charges for his true crime.
    • The anime has a similar breakdown, though the second time, he calms down enough to explain his whole DeMasque scheme and motive for murder. Then once Godot points out his plan has completely dried up, Atmey is left groveling to himself in frustration.
  • Villain Respect: In the anime, he has nothing but praise for Phoenix for uncovering his true plan. There's a touch of this in the game as well, since he reiterates his faked Motive Rant in reference to getting beaten by Phoenix.
  • You Fool!: See the following quote:
    Atmey(to Phoenix): ...A fool is too foolish to know that he is a fool...

Recipe for Turnabout (Gyakuten no Recipe)

    Jean Armstrong (Kaoru Hondobo

Voiced by (Japanese): Fukushi Ochiai (anime)

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

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

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


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

    Victor Kudo (Shohei Igarashi

Voiced by (Japanese): Jin Urayama (anime)

Voiced by (English): Greg Dulcie (anime)

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

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


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

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


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

Voiced by (Japanese): Saori Hayami (anime)

Voiced by (English): Madeleine Morris (anime)

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


  • Affably Evil: For a very loose sense of evil. She's a mobster, yes, but She’s only in the loan shark business because of Tigre, and she’s nothing but polite to Phoenix.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: A minor case, but her portrayal in the anime makes her more expressive and softens her facial features, which significantly tones down the creepier aspects of her appearance.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She definitely nails the "dark" aspect with her calm and composed (yet creepy) personality and she's pretty in a dark (and creepy) way, but her official height is listed at only 5'1", so she's really short and therefore doesn't fulfill the tallness aspect of this trope.
  • Bandage Babe: Though not for fetish purposes. It is the reason Furio Tigre had a debt himself.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Although creepy by her appearance, Viola's quite amiable and polite to Phoenix and Maya after they arrived at Tender Lender. But when she discovered that her lover, Tigre never loved her in the first place and was manipulating her to pay off his money debt to her grandfather because of her injury he caused, she gives Phoenix her medical records of the accident to take the Tiger down in court and after he's arrested, in the credits, she's implied to sent poisoned food to him in prison.
  • Creepy Monotone: Her voice is stated to be like this, and the rate at which her words appear on the screen seem to reinforce that. Confirmed in the anime series, where she speaks very softly with little intonation.
  • Cry Cute: Perhaps not so much cute, but it's hard not to feel sorry for her when one realises how much she wanted to be loved.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Somewhat. She looks very creepy and at first glance, she seems Obviously Evil, but she's more of a victim of the manipulations of Furio Tigre.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She maintains her calm and polite demeanour while subtly issuing death threats in casual conversations.
  • The Dreaded: Even factoring out the fact Bruto'd kill you if you looked at her the wrong way, she's very good at making people fear for their lives. Just about everyone she meets notes she's a dangerous and unsettling woman, and just like her grandfather, you will pay your debts to her if you value your life. Lance was willing to fake his own kidnapping just to get the money he owes her.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Very much so.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Threatening to burn down Trés Bien if Armstrong can't pay his debt, all with that calm and collected smile on her face.
  • Evil Chef: Frighteningly, she hints that there's poison in her coffee.
  • Face of a Thug: She's creepy as hell, but not that bad.
  • Freudian Excuse: She really, really wants to believe Furio Tigre did everything out of love for her. In reality, it was only because Tigre was deathly afraid of her mafia don grandfather.
  • The Ghost: In the third case of Investigations, it's her demands that Lance Amano paid his debt that eventually sparked the murder that happened in that case, but Viola was merely mentioned in the letter she sent to Lance.
  • Ill Girl: She looks like one given her pale and creepy/sickly appearance as well as the bandage on her head. She's a bit of a subversion though since the bandage is due to an injury and it is implied that she is just a frail woman by nature, not an illness.
  • Implied Death Threat: If she ever offers you something to eat or drink, think twice before you accept it...
  • I Owe You My Life: She’s eternally grateful to Tigre for saving her life. Except that’s not the case. He only did it because Bruto, Viola’s grandfather, saddled him with a million dollar bill, is a notorious mob boss, and a Papa Wolf to the max.
  • Karma Houdini: Because of the fact that Tigre was callously manipulating her, Phoenix feels angrier over her treatment at his hands than her willing role in framing an innocent woman for murder. Though it's not a surprise she wouldn't suffer legal repercussion for it in any case, seeing as her doting grandfather is a mob boss the police are afraid of. She refers to what was done as "evil," but she's still in the loan shark business as of Investigations.
  • Like Father, Like Son: The third case of Investigations has her play the exact same role her grandfather did in Recipe for Turnabout, complete with being The Ghost.
  • Loan Shark: She takes over Tender Lender at the end of Trials & Tribulations. In Investigations she sends bills to Lance Amano in the form of love letters.
  • Love Martyr: She was in love with Furio Tigre despite him only using her as a tool and pretending to reciprocate her feelings due of wanting to use her and out of fear of her grandfather. The real kicker is that deep down she knew all along that he didn't really love her.
  • Mafia Princess: Granddaughter of mob boss Bruto Cadaverini. Significant because when Tigre accidentally hurts her; he's in debt to the crime family.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She's and Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette Bandage Babe who often offers Implied Death Threats in an oddly serene Creepy Monotone. While she's not evil per se, she still has a discomforting presence.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks younger than her age of 25.
  • Punny Name: "Cadaverini" is Italian for "little corpse", while "Viola" might have been chosen for its similarity to "violence," or perhaps a reference to the instrument (which seems to play a big role in goth culture). "Urami" means "grudge", and "Shikabane" means "corpse".
  • Revenge: The epilogue of Trials and Tribulations reveals that she sent Furio Tigre some poisoned food. "Win Through Compromise", indeed.
  • Signature Laugh: She has an unsettling and gloomy "Hee... Hee... Hee..." giggle that serves as one of her major character tics.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's more "pretty in a dark/creepy way" than "hot", but nonetheless her father is shown very briefly in one case and he and her grandfather aren't exactly attractive, but she is.
  • The Unfought: While she was an accomplice to the culprit, she doesn't actually make an appearance in court.
  • Woman Scorned: During the credits of Trials & Tribulations, she says that she sent poisoned food to Tigre in jail. And when you think about it, him eating that food would be Karmic Death Up to Eleven.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Even though she's associated with the mob, and a notorious Loan Shark, it's hard not to feel bad for her. Not only did she barely survive brain damage, but she constantly believed that Tigre did everything for her out of love.

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

Voiced by (Japanese): Satoshi Mikami (anime)

Voiced by (English): Sam Riegel (anime)

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"Gwoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...!!"

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


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

    Bruto Cadaverini (Gonta Shikabane

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The head of the mob and doting grandfather to Viola.


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

Turnabout Beginnings (Hajimari no Gyakuten)

    Terry Fawles (Michiru Onamida

Voiced by (Japanese): Kenichiro Matsuda (anime)

Voiced by (English): Kyle Hebert (anime)

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

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


  • Acquitted Too Late: For several crimes he's suspected of.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: In the English localization, it is implied through his behaviour that he has learning difficulties of some kind, which is partly why Dahlia is able to manipulate him. Oddly its stated that he tutored Dahlia for her studies, possibly suggesting his behavior was the result of his incarceration.
  • Biting the Handkerchief: Uh... biting the heavy iron ball he's chained to.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After he poisons himself.
  • Catchphrase: "I din't do nuttin'! I din't kill nobody!" and "Sorry, I told a little lie."
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the anime, he dies in Mia's arms after drinking the poison.
  • Doomed by Canon: He's the defendant in both Mia and Edgeworth's court debuts. In 1-2 it's mentioned that Edgeworth had never lost a case until he goes up against Phoenix, and in case 3-1, it's mentioned that Mia's first case ended so badly that she didn't step foot in court again until over a year later. Also, Dahlia is involved in the crime. In short, the player knows it'll be bad... it's how bad that's the mystery.
  • Driven to Suicide: He has a Suicide Pact with Dahlia that both will commit suicide if they could no longer trust each other. He honors it while Dahlia does not.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's strong, to the point where he's got no problems carrying his ball and chain, but highly childlike.
  • Ephebophile: Sure does seem like the odd man out on this list, but he dated 14-year-old Dahlia Hawthorne when he was 20 and refers to her as his 'teen angel'. Still, given his mental status, if anything was going on, it was Dahlia taking advantage of him.
  • Fall Guy: Dahlia and Valerie betrayed him, leaving him to take the fall for the kidnapping and "killing" Dahlia.
  • Love Martyr: He's still in love with Dahlia, so much that even after Mia exposes her wrongdoing, he kills himself because he can't trust her anymore—fulfilling the suicide pact that they supposedly made, not that Dahlia had any intentions of doing the same.
  • Manchild: He's a very gullible child in a grown man's body.
  • Punny Name: Both his English and Japanese names refer to falling tears. Not only that, but he was also framed for a murder that he didn't commit twice; meaning he was the "fall guy", so to speak.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When he feels like he's about to cry.
  • Suicide Pact: He has one with Dahlia that both will commit suicide if they could no longer trust each other. He honors it while Dahlia does not.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Terry's choosing to commit suicide rather than give testimony that would have fingered Dahlia as Valerie's killer plays a major part in setting up the events of not only Trials and Tribulations, but arguably even the entire original trilogy. Had Terry helped convict Dahlia, then at the very least Doug Swallow wouldn't have been killed, and Diego Armando would never have been poisoned, but possibly even Mia herself would have lived, and the events of 3-5 would never have come to pass due to Diego not being so full of self-loathing and hatred towards Dahlia.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His biggest flaw is that he believes everything Dahlia tells him without fail, including their supposed Suicide Pact, which she clearly never had any intention of honoring. Given this character trait, it's also clear that Dahlia and Valerie intended for him to be their fall guy from the very beginning.
  • You No Take Candle: He speaks like a caveman most of the time. It goes with his brutish appearance. Remember that this guy originally met Dahlia when he was hired to be her tutor. Either the Hawthornes had incredibly low standards in tutors, or being in a solitary cell in prison for so long really took its toll on Terry's mind.

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