- Judge: The court is now in session for 'Description of Phoenix Wright'. The prosecution may call its first witness.Edgeworth: The prosecution calls the defendant, Phoenix Wright, to the stand. We request that you describe yourself to the court.Judge: Very well. Defendant, if you please.Wright: Yes, Your Honor!
HOLD IT! I should warn you ahead of time before you start reading - my cases tend to involve many turnabouts and surprises, so if you haven't already made yourself aware of them, you may want to hold off checking out this page until then. In other words: there are unmarked spoilers on this page!
Hello. I'm Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney — also known as the so called 'Comeback King'. I am the owner of the "Wright Anything Agency", formerly known as "Wright and Co. Law Offices". A lot of people refer to me as a 'legendary defense attorney' who is able to turn any case around. Really though, I mainly just search for the truth and point out the contradictions in a witnesses testimony until I find out who the true guilty party is. It doesn't matter how much you try to hide or obscure the truth, in the end it will always make itself known regardless of what you do.
In my earlier days, I worked under another "legendary defense attorney" by the name of Mia Fey. She was a great mentor and taught me mostly everything I know, though she was murdered shortly after my first case. I made sure the killer didn't get away with his act, and in the process I met with Mia's younger sister, Maya Fey.
Maya went on to become my assistant, and in the process I learned about one of the defining traits of the Fey clan. The Feys are a family of spirit mediums, and a few of them possess the "Kurain Channeling Technique", a special power that allows them to channel spirits of the dead. Maya, being the heir to (and later master of) Kurain Village, has this ability and has used it many times to contact Mia whenever I was stuck with something.
In the process of learning about the Feys, I also came into the possession of an amulet called the Magatama. It's a special stone that allows me to see if a person is lying by allowing me to see their mental barriers in the form of locks, known as "Psyche-Locks". This allows me to find ways of breaking through them by presenting evidence of what they did, and as long as I know what questions to ask, it in essence makes it impossible for me to take the case of a guilty party. Unfortunately for me, it doesn't quite work that well in court itself.
In my time as a defense attorney, I have only ever lost three cases: one where the killer was an assassin hired by my client, one civil trial where I was blackmailed into supporting the plaintiff, and one that resulted in my temporary disbarment. I won't go into the details as I would rather not remember that time, but during my disbarment I took up the hobby of playing poker (not for money, mind you, as that is illegal here), and piano. In that time, I also adopted a daughter, Trucy Wright. Of course, that wasn't all I was doing in that time.
In those seven long years, I had a lot of time to think. Mostly about how the legal system worked and the one who caused me to be disbarred from law. In that time, I spent a good portion of it trying to revamp the court system so it wasn't as biased against the defendants and protecting those who were truly guilty. Though it was a long and hard process, I eventually managed to reform the court, and in the process restored my reputation with the help of another young defense attorney, Apollo Justice.
As said above, I am the current owner of the Wright Anything Agency. (At least for legal purposes, as Trucy was still a minor when I regained my badge.) I have two protégés: the aforementioned Apollo Justice (who has the ability to "Perceive" a person's nervous ticks, making it impossible to hide things from him) and Athena Cykes (a psychiatrist who, thanks to her special sense of hearing, can use a special computer known as the "Mood Matrix" that allows her to see a person's true feelings and makes it incredibly hard to slip lies past her). Though I mostly leave cases to them these days, if something comes up that makes them unable to defend or if they're having too much trouble, I'm more than willing to step back in to the ring.
Apollo left the agency recently, to return to where he was raised, so for the time being Athena's taking on more cases than she normally would. Maya also came back for a while, but she'll have to eventually return to Kurain Village.
Feel free to stop by our work space if you have a case that needs defending. It doesn't matter how bleak it may seem: so long as those who needs defending are truly innocent, we promise that we will find the truth!
TAKE THAT!! Your honor, I present the following tropes to describe myself:
- Accuse the Witness: When I take a case to court, chances are I'll be doing this at some point; that said, I've also accused the case's prosecutor more than once. In one particular case, I even accused my own defense attorney, that one's a long story. Most of these witnesses are either guilty or hiding something.
- Amateur Sleuth: Despite being a defense attorney, I usually end up having to find a lot of a case's evidence myself. And end up finding the actual murderer more often than not.
- Always Murder: It seems that no matter what case I take, it will always involve at least one dead body.
- Amoral Attorney: HOLD IT! Though my detractors certainly think this to be the case (especially after what I went through with Matt Engarde), I'm essentially the antithesis of this trope.
- Anime Hair: Come on, it's not that spiky... is it?
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Comes with being a defense attorney. I often have to wrangle out the truth by using obscure evidence to point out the contradiction in a witness's testimony. Many times the situations turn from bleak to near impossible.
- Born Lucky: People tell me I'm this. Personally, I don't see it...but I guess getting away from being almost run over by a car with only a sprained ankle and only catching a cold from taking a dive into a raging waterfall might lead some people into thinking that.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: People say that I tend to come up with the craziest bluffs in court. I'll admit, a lot of this stuff sounds crazy to me at first, but that usually doesn't stop it from some how being true.
- Butt-Monkey: Especially in my earlier days. Thankfully, after seven long years and clearing my name, several people now tend to view me as a legendary defense attorney who can turn any case around. (Though, that's not to say I still have my moments...)
- Catchphrase: OBJECTION! Many defense attorneys and prosecutors use that word due to their jobs! ... Though, that still didn't stop people from mainly associating it with myself.
- The Chessmaster: HOLD IT! Though I like to think I'm rather smart, in my defense, I had seven long years to prepare for what I had planned when I met Apollo.
- Courtroom Antic: You'd be surprised the number of things I've had to do to extend a trial or find the truth. There's a reason I spent a lot of years trying to revamp the court system, and even then...
- Crusading Lawyer: I believe that as a lawyer, it is my duty to pursue the truth, and make sure no innocent party is convicted.
- Deadpan Snarker: Though, I mostly try to keep it to myself. As a friend of mine once said, thank God for internal monologue.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Some of my (apparently) crowning achivements include delivering Manfred von Karma his first loss in forty years. I managed to do the same with his daughter, Franziska, though her streak was a lot shorter. (Around five years, though somehow she started prosecuting at thirteen and was considered a child prodigy.)
- Determinator: I never give up on a case no matter how bleak things get. No matter how hard you try to hide it, in the end, the truth will always come to light.
- Doting Parent: To my daughter Trucy.
- First-Person Smartass: ... H-huh!? Wha- no! I wasn't thinking anything bad about you, honest!
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Comes with being an attorney.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Believe it or not, I stayed on friendly terms with the man who masterminded my disbarment. I still got back at him eventually though.
- Guile Hero: Again, comes with being a lawyer.
- Hello, Attorney!: I-I'm not that attractive, am I? Heh heh...
- Indy Ploy: I don't get much time to prepare in between trials, so a lot of my strategy mainly boils down to "speak first, think later". Believe it or not, it's more effective than you'd think.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: OBJECTION!! As a defense attorney, I'm allowed to borrow things so long as I can prove it's important evidence to the case, and most of the time I use my phone to take pictures of evidence instead of actually taking it.
- Living Lie Detector: As said above, the Magatama allows me to see peoples mental locks whenever they're trying to hide something. So long as I word my questions properly, it's almost impossible to lie to me.
- Love Martyr: In my college days, I fell head over heels in love with whom I believed to be a sweet girl named Dahlia Hawthorne. There was a time when I would have done everything for her, and she knew it. Turns out I was a bit too caught up in the moment - the real Dahlia was a monster, plain and simple.
- Made of Iron: I've fallen several feet into a river before, and been hit by a speeding car and sent flying several feet into the air and into a lamp post... And only got a slight cold and a sprained ankle from it, respectively. Even I'm surprised at how resilient I can be.
- Meaningful Name: I seem to have a penchant for turning completely hopeless cases into acquittals, and I'm named after a bird known for rising from the ashes. Coincidence?
- The Mentor: I'm currently this to Apollo and Athena, giving them advice and taking over their cases when they need it... and though sometimes I'm as clueless as they are, please don't tell them that part.
- Nice Guy: I always believe in my clients no matter how much the odds are stacked against them, especially if no one else is willing to defend them. Let's just say I know what it feels like when no one else is willing to believe you.
- Nice Hat: Wore a cap during my down time away from the courtroom. In hindsight, it kinda made me look like a hipster.
- No Indoor Voice: OBJE-... err, Objection. I only tend to yell in court because it helps get the point I'm trying to make across, and it's not like I'm alone in doing this.
- Older and Wiser: I try to put up this image for Apollo and Athena. Though, mostly I'm just bluffing and spotting contradictions as I normally do.
- Only Sane Man: You'd think this too, if you've seen half the people I've had to work with over the years.
- Perma-Stubble: Again during my time away from the courts. I guess that and the baggy clothing I wore at the time did make me look like a hobo.
- The Perry Mason Method: Sometimes, the best way to get your point across in court is to have the guilty party admit it themselves. (If only if my own clients stopped trying to admit to things they didn't do...)
- Punny Name: I always seem to return from the brink of defeat, just like my namesake's ability to defy death (that's not pretentious is it?)
- Revenge by Proxy: I seem to attract this for whatever reason. I've gone up against several prosecutors who wanted my client declared guilty simply to get back at me.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Maya and I are only friends... Seriously! Stop giving me that face!
- Team Dad: I tend to be viewed this way to my assistants and staff. Though it makes sense in Trucy's case.
- To Be Lawful or Good: There are times where trying to expose the truth and bringing justice conflicts with my career of upholding the law. Most of the time, bringing justice is more important than upholding the law.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: The experiences of my disbarment unfortunately caused this in me. Thankfully, the restoration of my reputation helped me get over this.
- Unluckily Lucky: From the way my cases hit rock bottom before I turn it around, to all the life-threatening situations I seem to get into yet survive, my relationship with Lady Luck is... complicated. Let's just say that sometimes, the miracles do happen.
- Waistcoat of Style: What? I had to change things up for a new generation of prosecutors and defense attorneys. And, let's face it, I look good.
- Me: OBJECTION! Your Honor, what do you think of this tropes page?Judge: ...Er, what about it?Me: Well, i-if you look in THIS area over here, you can clearly see what I mean.Judge: *shakes head* I have no earthly idea what you're talking about, Mr. Wright. Objection overruled. (penalty)Me: (I don't think that won me any points with the judge)Edgeworth: HOLD IT! Your Honor, the trial is about giving Wright a description, and that is the purpose of this page there have been people have put in a lot of hard work into contributing to it.Judge: I see, why are you the one bringing this up, Edgeworth?