Tropes pertaining to the characters of Aviary Attorney go here.
WARNING: Here be spoilers!
Jayjay FalconThe aviary attorney himself.
- The Alcoholic: Well, "semi-drunk".
- Amateur Sleuth: Volerti notes that Falcon "did more investigative work in the last month that I've seen any policeman do in a year."
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's morally upright, devoted to the law, and a firm believer in avoiding violence when possible. But he can be a serious threat when pushed too far, as Kwark can find out if the player chooses to threaten him. 4A shows just how menacing he can get.
- Broken Pedestal: Discussed in 4A. If Sparrowson chooses to be a prosecutor, Falcon notes that its probably because Cocorico was a better role model for justice than him, which Sparrowson doesn't deny.
- Catchphrase: "Let's make a move."
- Crusading Lawyer: Wants to be this and does his best to fill the role. He takes the revelation that Caterline Demiaou was guilty very hard.
- Despair Event Horizon: In 4A, Cocorico's death transforms him from Crusading Lawyer to a Broken Bird ready to destroy the entire corrupt system.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Spends a good deal of his time between Act 1 and 2 at a bar, whether he lost the case or not.
- Legacy Character: Becomes the new Viridian Killer in 4A.
- Morality Chain: Can act like this to Beaumort in 4C, reeling in her more violent tendencies.
- Mysterious Past: The fact he changed his name not long after the July Revolution casts suspicion on him by Volerti. Even Sparrowson finds his tight lips on his background strange. He just didn't want to be associated with his grandfather Maximillien Robespierre.
- Not So Above It All: Can be played as this, encouraging Sparrowson's stealing habits or misunderstanding the obvious. These traits are Played for Drama when even he can become a ruthless killer.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Cocorico's death in 4A convinces him to take revenge on Dame Caterline/Baron Rorguil, Juste Volerti... and the justice system in general.
SparrowsonFalcon's quirky assistant.
- Adorkable: To the point even a serious rebel leader brands him a dork.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Becomes the protagonist in 4A after Jayjay goes AWOL.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Just an assistant, but he's capable of helping Jayjay solve some difficult crimes. He actually becomes a lawyer in 4A too.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Constantly grabbing trash and robbing witness, much to Falcon's bafflement.
- Lonely at the Top: Downplayed in 4A. Sparrowson's finally a lawyer instead of an assistant and a drop-out, but without Falcon by his side, he's not sure what to do with himself. Even after getting Falcon back, his partner isn't the same bird he was and Sparrowson has to consider sending him to jail for his crimes.
- Hidden Depths: For a quirky assistant who's constantly robbing witnesses, he has a strong sense of justice and helps Falcon overcome many a personal crisis. In most of the situations where you can choose to have Falcon act the coward or refuse a case he's the one saying But Thou Must!.
- Morality Chain: Falcon really goes off the deep-end without him in 4A and can make questionable decision while away from him in 4C.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Although he can play serious roles in the plot from time to time.
- Pungeon Master: Unleashes a pun in almost every place he and Falcon investigate.
- Talking to Themself/Holding Both Sides of the Conversation: Starts imitating conversations between himself and Falcon after Falcon vanishes in 4A, likely to keep his cool while he handles cases alone.
Juste VolertiA grumpy war veteran turned police inspector. This guy is as strict and law-abiding as they come.
- An Arm and a Leg: He is missing either his left or both his hands (it's never stated if his right hand is missing or if he keeps it tucked inside his sleeve). This becomes a plot point when he's framed for murder in 4B and a left handprint is found on the body.
- The Atoner: In 4B for his actions that almost lead to Cocorico's demise.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Gets wasted when he realizes he unfairly accused Falcon in 4B:
- Expy: Of Inspector Javert, of course.
- Honor Before Reason: He views helping Falcon arrest King Louie as this, but he can't help but go along with it out of guilt. He also refuses to shoot first on Falcon in 4A, despite believing him to be the Viridian Killer and being in a duel with the guy that he has no interest in being in.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He suspects Falcon is the Viridian Killer and thinks Remus, one of the killers is a good informant.
- Inspector Javert: Determined to capture the Viridian Killer and nothing's going to get in his way. He also carries the derision for rebels found in the Trope Namer.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Dedicated to France and disgusted with "treasonous rebel scum". Beaumort and Falcon can call him out on this, noting that "lawful" doesn't necessarily mean "right".
- Police Are Useless: Played with. He doesn't seem to be all that good an inspector but it turns out his poor investigative work is because he's more focused on the Viridian Killer. However, he's also disgusted and critical of the incompetence his own officers, who aren't that bright.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His decision to give Cocorico a gun and sending him to a dangerous alley changes how the ending of the rest of the game plays out.
Severin CocoricoA successful and pompous public prosecutor. Seems to have a love of philosophy and a hobby of humiliating Falcon.
- The Atoner: Formerly an Amoral Attorney, he's now devoted to justice.
- Badass Bookworm
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He genuinely can't remember Jean Beaumort's imprisonment at his hands from among thousands of cases. He's not proud of the fact.
- Expy: Of Miles Edgeworth. Thankfully, he's already had Edgeworth's Character Development.
- Face Death with Dignity: Accepts his death at Beaumort's hands, whether Falcon saves him or not.
- Inspector Javert: A former one. He used to be more interested in capturing criminals than in justice, but experience taught him otherwise.
- Static Character: He's already gone through Character Development by the time the story catches up with him and largely ends up making sure the other characters grow as well.
- The Stoic: Prides himself on his own composure. He doesn't even reveal his name under torture until he feels like mocking his captors.
KwarkAn ill-mannered jailkeeper. Seems to feel disgust for criminals... and for animals in general.
- Dirty Coward: No need for bribery just threaten him. Followed by him mocking Falcon behind his back.
- Hazy Feel Turn: From mean-spirited jailkeeper to "private security" for the rebellion.
- Jerkass: Constantly deriding his prisoners, their visitor, his employers... just about anyone, really.
Dame Caterline DemiaouThe elegant bourgeoisie daughter of Seigneur Purrtoir Demiaou. She's been accused of murdering Monsieur Grenwee.
- Big Bad: Of the first case.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She really did murder Grenwee.
- Cat Folk
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Seems more puzzled than insulted that Falcon and Sparrowson might not be pleased about letting a criminal go free. Though, it does seem to be because she assumed Falcon was an Amoral Attorney who already knew she was guilty.
- Expy: Can be seen as one of Matt Engarde from the second Ace Attorney game due to being an actually guilt client, and also plays a similar role to Athena Cykes from the fangame The Empty Turnabout (first case client, actually guilty, reveals this after case).
- Just Between You and Me: All too eager to reveal the truth once the trial is over.
- Karma Houdini: If you get her found not guilty.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: If you get her found not guilty in Act 1, she gets away with murdering Grenwee scott free... at least until sometime before Act 4 where she gets murdered herself, in 4A.
- My Greatest Failure: She becomes this to Falcon if he loses her case. Or if he wins her case.
- Starter Villain: Odd example in that you only find out shes the culprit after successfully defending her.
- Walking Spoiler: For just being your first client, she changes the entire tone of the game very quickly.
Baron RorgeuilThe great lion of Chateau Criniere. A reputably ruthless businessman.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He may seem to be the murderer, and is convicted at the end, but hes innocent.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Hard to blame the guy for being upset when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit.
- Killed Offscreen: Executed quickly between cases, assuming he's found guilty.
- Railroad Baron: He owns several enterprises, railroads among others.
- Smug Snake: High and mighty, with a dash of disdain for the lower class.
Judge MaximeOne of the longest-serving judges in France. Judge Maxime is known for being attentive and even-handed.
- Accidental Misnaming: Can't be bothered to remember Sparrowson's name.
- Identity Amnesia: Believed he was an accountant for a short time after getting pushed into the Sienne.
- Put on a Bus: Vanishes after the first case due to "falling down the stairs". He comes back in Act 3 and is back to judicial duty in 4A and 4B.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's stern, but very lenient to both the defense and prosecution. He's also willing to participate in the trial against the King in 4B.
- Staircase Tumble: According to Romulus, but he was actually pushed into the river.
RabbingtonA stuttering and jumpy prosecutor who bumbles through cases on nothing but sheer dumb luck.
- Butt-Monkey: To the point Volerti would prefer a newbie prosecute the rebels rather than him.
- Expy: Of Winston Payne. He's actually more pathetic than Payne, if you can believe it. At least Payne was somewhat successful early on in his career before going against Mia Fey. Rabbington never even had that, and is explicitly stated to only have any measure of success due to dumb luck.
- Nervous Wreck: He can hardly get through a sentences with an "uh" or a stammer.
MouseyA small and soft-spoken assistant.
- Serious Business: He refuses to brew coffee. Anything but tea is heresy.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Hires Falcon for Prince Juan's case and provides vital evidence to clear Volerti in 4C.
Juan Querido/Renard VulpesThe flamboyant prince of Spain. On trial for the murder of Major Howl and of conspiracy to kill the king. Or is he? Actually a private investigator covering for Catherine-Marie Cygne.
- Con Man: Accused of being this by several people.
- Master of Disguise: The man can changes voices and costumes quickly and easily.
Catherine-Marie CygneA swan who works as a flower seller in Les Halles market. Soft-spoken.
- Forced into Evil: Really didn't want to kill the King or Major Howl.
- Innocent Flower Girl: Downplayed, as she helps commit a murder but only out of coercion.
Judge RomulusA snappy judge who seems eager to wrap up trials as quickly as possible.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Remus, although he loses the major focus after Act 2.
- Collective Identity: He and his brother are the Viridian Killer.
- Drunk with Power: Hes much worse than Judge Maxine. His Villainous Breakdown in Act 2 involves claiming that he's above everyone.
- Hanging Judge: He's all too interested in getting a quick guilty verdict. At one point he calls Falcon and Cocorico "moralizing blow-hards". The fact he's the mastermind of the trial probably didn't help.
- The Heavy: He's responsible of 4 out of the 7 possible murders that happen in the game, two of which are from 4C.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: If Beaumort finds out he's setting her up, she shoots him in the middle of giving a wrong answer.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: He's immediately recognized by Falcon and Sparrowson after escaping and posing as an "innocent" advocate of the Cult of Reason.
- Walking Spoiler: Hes not only the culprit of Act 2 and 3, but one half of the Viridian Killer.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to build a France focused on reason. Beaumort calls this out as bullshit. What he really wants is power.
Fontaine and PierroA hunting beagle and a parrot with a big mouth.
- Chekhov's Gunman: They're members of the resistance and witnesses in Cocorico's trial.
- Gun Nut: Fontaine loves to talk about guns. This makes him a good source of information for trials and investigations.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pierro's not all that nice, but his friends trust him for a reason.
- Hanging Judge: Beaumort suggests Pierro would be this if he ever became a judge. He doesn't deny it.
- Those Two Guys: Frequently, although their characters get more development as the game goes on. Jayjay and Fontaine end up getting along quite well in their brief conversations.
- Undying Loyalty: To Beaumort. They support her ideas and hopes for the Second Republic completely.
NeighthanAn arrogant ass who works at the local library.
- Insufferable Genius: Loves being the smartest ass in the room, literally.
- Jerkass: Derides Falcon and Sparrowson for not having the same literary intelligence as him. Even when Falcon expresses knowledge of the Paris Catacombs, he only offers a back-handed compliment.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Privately admits to enjoying answering their questions.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Having your time wasted by people who aren't even going to check out a book can't exactly be enjoyable. Furthermore, he's critical of Louis' reign and how its increased the gap between the wealthy and the poor.
- Stealth Pun: He's a literal smartass.
- Bait the Dog: He seems like a friendly, if out-of-touch and kooky, ruler during his first appearance. His incompetence, and more specifically the dangers of it, become immensely clear near the end of the game.
- Can't Take Criticism: Francois Guizot, his prime minister, warns Falcon that Louis has his head in the sand. He's proven right in 4B when Louis is so convinced the people love him that he puts Falcon and Sparrowson in prison for suggesting otherwise. This is despite being a victim of seven assassination attempts.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His completely blasé about everything.
- The Good King: Thinks he's this. But when looking for stories about his character, no one has anything nice to say about him.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Hes responsible for the sorry state of France, but hes not a direct threat like the culprits are.
- Historical Domain Character: That Louis Philippe.
- Idle Rich: Spends his time lazing about rather than actually running the country. It gets to the point he finds being a witness to trials for assassination attempts on him an enjoyable distraction.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Every instance of a possible nice side eventually proves to be more incompetence.
- The Load: To France in general, and to Falcon during his trial and when its time to get him out of the country.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: His disguise to escape the country is best described as "inefficient".
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Villain is debatable, but his views and opinions on class leave much to be desired.King Louis: I'm a good person. I don't hate poor people. I feel mild contempt for them, certainly, but don't we all?
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While not intentionally villainous, his selfishness and incompetence is responsible for the inequality that lies within society and the justice system.
- Upper-Class Twit: His financial advice to a beggar is to show a coin and note that "once I only had a thousand of these". And then walk away.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: His attempts at a British accent evoke this response.
- 0% Approval Rating: No one likes him. Even characters loyal to him seem to respect the crown more than the man himself.
Frere RemusA friar who resides at Notre-Dame Cathedral. Seems to be involved in unscrupulous activities.
- Big Bad Duumvirate:With his brother Romulus, but Remus becomes the more focused threat in the later parts of the game.
- Collective Identity: He and his brother are the Viridian Killer.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Loves Romulus deeply, to the point he's willing to die so his brother can get power. His motivation in 4B changes from power to revenge as a result of Romulus' death.
- Hanging Judge: When put in charge of an impromptu, unofficial court, he tries to be this, but defers to the prosecution's judgement several times. Again, because Romulus is guilty.
- The Man in Front of the Man: Despite seeming to be The Dragon to Beaumort, hes puppeteering her to seize power for himself.
- Phrase Catcher: Remarks about him seeming "not very Christian" come up often.
- Straw Hypocrite: Not really as religious as he claims.
- Thanatos Gambit: Someone has to die to get the revolution going, whether its Volerti or Romulus.
- Out-Gambitted: That said, his goal of putting himself and Romulus in power fails, due to Remus not being aware of his brother's arrest.
- The Starscream: To Beaumont.
- Walking Spoiler: Hes one half of the Viridian Killer.
Croc-MonsieurAn infamous arms dealer supplying the revolution.
- Arms Dealer: Well, yeah.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Has five children.
- My Nayme Is: He is usually referred to as "Croque-Monsieur", but he prefers himself called "Croc-Monsieur". Falcon and Sparrowson fail to see the difference.
- Not in This for Your Revolution / Only in It for the Money: Despite the rebels faith in him, he's fine with selling them out for the right price.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed after his first appearance.
Leonie BeaumortThe young, trigger-happy leader of the rebel uprising.
- Action Girl: You have to be to lead an uprising.
- Anti-Villain: She just wants to build a Second Republic to help end the injustice the lower class face.
- Big Bad: The final "prosecutor" Jayjay faces in "court" and leader of the rebels, but subverted as her goals aren't wrong and she's not really an enemy to Falcon. Romulus and Remus are far far worse.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Shes being manipulated by the friar and his brother.
- Friend to All Children: Her friendly greeting to a local child is one of her few soft moments.
- Good Is Not Nice: She's a good person, really, but she's willing to go to extreme methods to get what she wants.
- Hypocrisy Nod: Being a Reasonable Authority Figure, she cops to it when she starts wildly speculating, something she dismissed Falcon of doing earlier.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In 4A and 4C, she ends up regretting Cocorico's death. 4C adds the death of her comrades onto the guilt.
- Odd Friendship: She and Jayjay eventually reach a mutual respect and loyalty to each other in several endings.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She teeters on the line of reason and revenge, but often falls back on reason. She's interested in starting trial for the rulers she wishes to overthrow and Cocorico, in order to make sure the Second Republic is just and fair. She refuses to kill Cocorico for what he did to her father when its proved he didn't kill Croc-Monsier. She also offers Falcon a place in her rebellion in 4C.
- Rebel Leader
- Revenge Before Reason: Her Character Development involves being talked out of revenge multiple times.
- Start of Darkness/Freudian Excuse: The harsh conditions of the working class and her father's unjust imprisonment are a large part of how she became who she is.
- The Stoic: Never loses her cool. Lampshaded by Renard at one point.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Although she would really prefer that it was.
- Villains Out Shopping: At one point, Falcon accuses her of searching the market for a new arms dealer. She's actually just getting groceries.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Anti-Villain.