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Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney (also known as Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice, and known in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban) is a series of adventure/visual novel games in which players assume the role of new defense attorneys: Phoenix Wright in the first three and Apollo Justice in the fourth. In Miles Edgeworth: Investigations, players assume the role of veteran prosecutor Miles Edgeworth to investigate crime scenes.

The First Turnabout[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • (referring to his friend Larry) Our school had a saying: "When something smells, it's usually the Butz." In the 23 years I've known him, it's usually been true.
  • The autopsy notes the time of death at sometime after 4 P.M.. There was nobody to... er... no "body" to find at 1:00 PM!
  • Proof enough for you, Mr. Sahwit? Or should I say... Mr. Did It!
  • (LIE. LIKE. A DOG.)

Mia Fey[edit]

  • Lies always beget more lies! See through one, and their whole story falls apart!
  • I think I feel a migraine coming on...
  • Try thinking out of the box! Don't waste time doubting the facts. Assume the clock was three hours slow and... Think through it! Ask yourself, "Why was the clock three hours slow"? Figure out the reason, and you'll have your proof!
  • Wright? I hope you see the importance of evidence now. Also, hopefully you realize, things change depending on how you look at them. People, too. We never really know if our clients are guilty or innocent. All we can do is believe in them. And in order to believe in them, you have to believe in yourself.


Judge: If you wish to hang yourself, Mr. Wright, you're welcome to, but not inside my courtroom.

Judge: Please, Mr. Wright... Is "Huh" the best response you can muster up?

Dialogue (1-1)[edit]

Butz: We were great together! We were Romeo and Juliet, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony!
Phoenix: (Um... didn't they all die?)

Judge: Ahem. Mr Wright? This is your first trial, is it not?
Phoenix: Y-Yes, Your Honor. I'm, um, a little nervous.
Judge: Your conduct during this trial will determine the fate of your client. Murder is a serious charge. For your client's sake, I hope you can control your nerves.
Phoenix: Thank... thank you, Your Honor.
Judge: Mr Wright, given the circumstances... I think we should have a test to ascertain your readiness.
Phoenix: Yes, Your Honor. (Gulp... Hands shaking... Eyesight... fading...)

Phoenix: The defendant... well that's me, right?
Mia: W-Wright! Have you lost your mind?! Focus! The defendant is the person on trial! You're his lawyer!
Phoenix: Oh... Oh right! Ehehehe...
Mia: This is no laughing matter. You did pass the bar didn't you?
Judge: Sorry, I couldn't hear your answer. I'll ask you again.

Phoenix: Oh, right! Wasn't she, um, poisoned by, er... poison?
Judge: You're asking me!?

Payne: Ahem. Mr. Butz. Is it not true that the victim had recently dumped you?
Butz: Hey, watch it buddy! We were great together! We were Romeo and Juliet, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony!
Phoenix: (Um... didn't they all die?)
Butz: I wasn't dumped! She just wasn't taking my phone calls. Or seeing me... Ever.

Payne: You went to the victim's apartment on the day of the murder, did you not?
Butz: Gulp!
Payne: Well, did you, or did you not?
Butz: Heh? Heh heh. Well, maybe I did, and maybe I didn't!
Phoenix: (Uh-oh. He went.)

Sahwit: Ngh... grrrah!
(...) Sahwit's toupee is thrown at Phoenix's face
Sahwit: Gwaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Shutupshutupshutup! I hate you!

Butz: Don't worry 'bout me! I'll be dead and gone soon!
Phoenix: Good! Wait, no! I mean... Bad! Bad bad bad!

Turnabout Sisters[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • Why did I become a lawyer in the first place...? Because someone has to look out for the people who have no one on their side.
  • (My heart goes out to you, Edgeworth. Not.)
  • The sky is blue, and so am I...
  • Detective Gumshoe, you're a sham!
  • (Alright! I've got nothing to lose! Except for... well, everything!)
  • (Why do I always feel like it's the end of the world and I'm the last man standing?)
  • Wasn't it you who told me "proof is everything"? Well, I was listening. And now I'll show you the "proof" you like so much!

Miles Edgeworth[edit]

  • Amateurs, amateurs. Listen to me, Mr. Wright. In the courtroom, evidence is everything. Without it, you have nothing. You ARE nothing.
  • I object! That was... objectionable!
  • *Shaking* Upstart..! Amateur..! These accusations... are ludicrous!
  • The guilty will always lie, to avoid being found out. There's no way to tell who is guilty and who is innocent! All that I can hope to do is get every defendant declared "guilty"! So I make that my policy.

Redd White[edit]

  • Welcome! Please furnish me with the title of your personage! …Your name! What's your name? I was just inquirably asking the title that you go by.
  • My motto is: "Don't worry, be happy!"
  • The police... the courts... To me they are mere toys. Playthings for my amusement!
  • What's wrong? Is something stuck to my face? Why yes! There's my eyes, and my nose, and my mouth.
  • I am always abso-posi-lutely perfect!
  • I gave chase... wait, what?

April May[edit]

  • I like a man with a big... vocabulary.
  • What's it to you, porcupine-head!?
  • You... you LAWYER!
  • What is it, you little shrimp!
  • You stinking lawyer! I hope you die!
  • Bottom-feeding, scum-sucking lawyer!

Marvin Grossberg[edit]

  • Ah-HHHHEM!
  • "Ah... the days of my youth... like the scent of fresh lemon..." you see.
  • Despite his name, Mr. White has the blackest reputation of any man in this country.


Dick Gumshoe:[when asked about blood tests] Huh? What kind? Umm... well... I hear they take the, um, little bits in the blood, the... er... hemo... hemogl... Hermo... goblins... hobgob... Er...? Herma-goblin bobbin... I-I refuse to testify on this matter, sir! I'm no expert on blood tests!

Judge:[to April May] The witness will refrain from wanton winking!

Dialogue (1-2)[edit]

White: Now Miss Fey. I believe I'll take what's mine. The papers.
Mia: I'm sorry, I can't give you what I don't have.
White: Miss Fey, you are a poor liar. Why I see it over there. That's The Thinker that "swallowed" those papers.
Mia: ..! How could you-?
White: Hoh hoh! You are not cogniferous of my background? Gathering information is my business, you see.
Mia: I-I should have been more careful.
White: Hohoho! My dear Miss Fey, I'm sorry but I must ask you for one more thing... Your eternal silence.
Mia: ...!! *she is struck by The Thinker* Red...White...Blue...

Phoenix: Um... Gumtree, was it? Detective Gumtree?
Gumshoe: G-Gumtree...? Gum doesn't grow on trees, pal!

Gumshoe: [To Phoenix] Anyway, get the name right. And don't go calling me "Dick"...
Police: Hey, Dick! Get over here!
Gumshoe: Y-yes, sir!

Grossberg: *Ah-HHHHEM!*
Phoenix: (If that wasn't the most over-the-top clearing of the throat I've ever heard!)

Gumshoe: But...!
Phoenix: No "but"-ing your way out of this one, Detective!

April: I-impossible! Everything is sold in stores!
Phoenix: Miss May, I think it's high time you went shopping for a better excuse...?
April: Mmpf...
Phoenix: Oh? Excuses not on sale today?
April: Oooh? Oh ho ho. Mmmrrrrrph! [Roars in anger, and dramatically changes to her angry personality] What's it to you, porcupine-head!?

Edgeworth: Your Honor, this is ridiculous!
Phoenix: Your Honor, look at the witness's face? Does she seem amused to you!?

Phoenix: (Hah! I'd like to see her pull THAT off!)
April: Mr. Lawyer, I saw that evil, evil grin! You were probably thinking "I'd like to see her pull THAT off," weren't you!
Phoenix: (Damn... she's good!)

April: Spiky-head!
Phoenix: (Here we go again...) Please, you're scaring the security guard.
April: ... So? What is it you wish to ask of me, then? Hmm?
Phoenix: (For starters, how did you get to be so totally whacked!?)

April:(When presenting incorrect evidence) Hey guess what? Actually, I really hate your guts. So get lost because, well I'm not co-operating.
Phoenix: (Thanks, I noticed...)

Phoenix: (Looking at the window of the Gatewater) I can see the Fey & Co. Law Offices, of course.
Bellboy: Ah, yes. We plan to install a telescope in that window, of course. Just $5.00 will earn you three minutes of a "view to a kill"!
Phoenix: ...
Bellboy: J-just kidding, sir. Oh hoh hoh hoh!
Phoenix: (By that look in his eyes I'd say he was more than serious...)

Bellboy: He struck me as a real "Lady Killer," if you'll pardon the expression. I knew it from the moment I saw him, sir. He and I are of the same ilk. We both carry the scent of... danger.
Phoenix: (There we are in total agreement, Mr. Psycho Bellboy.)

April: You don't just have spiky hair, you also have a spiky heart.
Phoenix: (That does it. When this case is done, I'm shaving my head.)

Phoenix: Say... Why are you so... angry? I mean, you don't look like a bad person...
April: Ooh, that does it! Bottom-feeding, scum-sucking lawyer!
Phoenix: B-bottom...?

April: Fine! I'll talk! You... you win, Lawyer.
Phoenix: (Yes! Man, that felt good! It's great to be alive!)
April: Why are you pumping your fists in the air?
Phoenix: *cough*

White: Mr. Wrong, was it?
Phoenix: Wright.

White: I ask again. Who are you?
Phoenix: Umm... huh? A lawyer?
White: No, my feeble friend. A "mere" lawyer. Worth nothing. Zilch. Zippo. Nada!

White: You came here from Grodyburger's, I presume?
Phoenix: Mr. Grossberg's... yes.

Phoenix: But you and Mr. White are lovers, aren't you!
Grossberg: W-w-what! My boy!
Phoenix: You sent that painting to him! As a sign! A sign of undying love!
Grossberg: M-m-my boy, please! You're letting your fancies run away with you! Where do you get these bizarre ideas?
Phoenix: I... I don't understand how you could...
Grossberg: That's because I'm not, we're not... Don't be ridiculous!
Grossberg: ...
Grossberg: Enough. I'll swallow my pride and tell you all.
Phoenix: (I knew it! They are lovers!)
Grossberg: N-no! We are NOT lovers!

Edgeworth: Please state your full name.
White: You wish to know the title of my personage?
Edgeworth: Er... your name?
White: Yes! That is what I said! Oh dear, do my locutions confuse?
Edgeworth:(slams desk) Name!
Phoenix: (These two are great together...)

Mia: Ah, you're finally awake.
Phoenix: Gak!
Mia: H-Hey! Phoenix! "Gak'? That's no way to treat an old friend.

Turnabout Samurai[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • Mia's favorite potted plant. Maya has been watering it so much lately it looks a little... swollen. She's either trying to make it grow... or she's perfecting her water torture technique.
  • (So he was sleeping the entire afternoon of the murder? Some action hero!)
  • They always have mirrors like this in dressing rooms. I see my hair is still nice and spiky, just how I like it.
  • It must be nice to live so free of guilt.
  • Ohhh yeah, right here! Sherlock Holmes II, baby!
  • (referring to Wendy Oldbag)Uh oh, she's really pissed this time!

Miles Edgeworth[edit]

  • I was hoping to come up with a question while I was objecting, Your Honor... I didn't.
  • Indeed! Verily, I say... Ergo!
  • [to Phoenix] Thanks to you, I am saddled with unnecessary... feelings.


  • Hey! I'm only 17! That's seven-"teen." See? I'm a teen! Not like you, Nick.
  • It's a nightmare! The Steel Samurai is over! The world is over!
  • Um, maybe I shouldn't be saying this... But he definitely did it. Murder. At least once. Maybe twice.
  • Umm... Nick? Will I grow up to be like her [Oldbag]? Please say "no."
  • Old windbag sure has balls! Or... well, you know what I mean.
  • Oh great. Stop the presses. The Windbag wants to talk.
  • Um, Nick? You know that problem of yours? That problem where you present evidence that makes no sense? You're doing it again.

Will Powers[edit]

  • It seems like it was only yesterday. Actually, it was only yesterday.
  • The Steel Samurai is the lead character in a popular kid's show. He walks the streets of Neo Olde Tokyo... Fighting battle after battle against the Evil Magistrate and his minions. Of course, he never really defeats the Evil Magistrate. Although... I guess he did defeat him this time...
  • She [Oldbag] sucks up to all the bigwigs at the studio... But let her see you stumble once and she'll never let up on you.

Wendy Oldbag[edit]

  • (Talking about Will Powers) He's not a bad kid, but don't be fooled by his mask! You wouldn't want him on the silver screen without it, believe me. Little old ladies watching would lose their lunch!
  • You look as though you've seen a ghost!
  • You spiky-haired cretin!
  • Umm... E-Edgey-boy! Help!

Dialogue (1-3)[edit]

Phoenix: Maybe you could explain to me just what "the Steel Samurai" is.
Maya: Nick! How could you say such a thing? I-I'm sorry, sir, I apologize for my partner! He's new to this, and a bit OUT OF TOUCH with the world.
Phoenix: Hey! Who's "new to this"!?

Maya: We're on this case too, pal!
Gumshoe: Huh!? Hey! You can't just go saying "pal" like that! That's MY endearing character trait!

Maya: Mmm! T-bone steak! That would have hit the spot.
Phoenix: You just had a burger!
Maya: Yeah, but I have a second stomach just for steaks.
Phoenix: (What!?)
Phoenix: There's a bunch of snacks on the table. They must give these to the employees. Some tea and cookies...
Maya: Nick... I'm hungry!
Phoenix: You just had a burger!
Maya: Yeah, but I have a separate stomach for sweets!
Phoenix: (How many stomachs does this girl have!?)

Maya: Look, a ladder!
Phoenix: That's a "step"-ladder.
Maya: So? What's the difference? You need to stop judging things based on narrow-minded cultural assumptions, Nick!
Phoenix: R-right... sorry. (This girl is OUT there!)

Maya: Wow, look at that camera! That must cost a ton!
Phoenix: Yeah! So don't touch it!
Maya: Whoa! It's heavier than I thought...
Penny: Hey! You! No touching that!
Phoenix: Ah, um, sorry, my partner is kind of, y'know...
Maya: "Y'know"!? No I don't know!

Phoenix: It's never a good idea to reveal your hand to the enemy too soon.
Maya: Nick! You're craftier than I gave you credit for. Why, you could be the next... Evil Magistrate!
Phoenix: Hey! Why do I have to be the villain.

Manella: Yeah... sux0rz! I hate missing out on food...
Maya: Nick... what does "Sucksores" mean?
Phoenix: No idea...

Maya: Hey, Nick... It's Ms. Vasquez! Hello?
Vasquez: ...
Maya: H-E-L-L-O!
Vasquez: ...
Maya: H! E! L! L! O!

Maya: The old windbag sure is quiet today.
Oldbag: ...
Maya: You know, things are really quiet around here like this.
Oldbag: ...
Maya: Hey I bet we could even eat the donuts in the guard station!
Oldbag: ... You eat, you die.
Maya: Whew! She's alive.

Edgeworth: Will the witness declare her name?
Oldbag: ...Hmm? My, aren't you a handsome fellow! I'm afraid I'm a bit flustered!
Edgeworth: Y-your name, please!
Oldbag: Oh, dearie! No need for you to be embarrassed! Just call me "grandma."
Phoenix: (Seems Edgeworth has a bit of trouble getting his witnesses to say their names...)
Oldbag: Wendy Oldbag, dearie.
Oldbag: So just call me "grandma." It's practically my name! So even when I was young I was an Oldbag, but not really that was just my name dearie. Still how the other children would make fun of me and just because of my name can you believe it? But there was this boy, the captain of the chess club in junior high, and when he called me an old bag well I just cried and cried because I had a crush on him you see--
Edgeworth: *OBJECTION!*
Edgeworth: O-objection! I... object to the witness's talkativeness.
Judge: Objection sustained! The witness will refrain from rambling on the stand.

Oldbag: You let 'em have it, Edgey-boy!
Phoenix: (E-Edgey-boy...?)
Edgeworth: ...

Manella: (After presenting any evidence other than Powers' Photo) I try not to pay much attention to things that don't interest me. LOL.
Maya: W-why are you staring at me like that...?

Phoenix: What the hell do samurais sing about? Chopping off heads?

(Phoenix Wright presents an incorrect piece of evidence)
Phoenix:TAKE THAT!
Judge: Wrong, Mr. Wright.
Phoenix: But I haven't said anything yet...?
Judge: I know you well enough by now to know when you're going to present the wrong evidence.
Maya: I can sense it too, with my Fey blood...
Phoenix: (Okay, okay, so I picked the wrong evidence! Enough with all the sensing!)

Phoenix:(hits the desk) Ms. Vasquez...
Vasquez: Don't hit your desk. It irritates me.
Edgeworth:(hits the desk) Yeah! Mr. Wright! Oops..!

Phoenix: [hits his desk] ...
Judge: Yes, Mr. Wright?
Phoenix: I was hoping I'd come up with a question while pounding on my desk.
Phoenix: I didn't.
Judge: ...
Judge: You have my sympathies.
Edgeworth: *OBJECTION!*
Edgeworth: ...
Judge: Yes, Mr. Edgeworth?
Edgeworth: I was hoping to come up with a question while I was objecting, Your Honor...
Edgeworth: I didn't.
Judge: I see... Very well.
Edgeworth: *OBJECTION!*

Phoenix: How is Edgeworth doing, anyway?
Gumshoe: Edgeworth is out of control! He was in the waiting room and he crushed this paper cup with hot, hot coffee in it.
Phoenix: Whoa...
Gumshoe: Talk about burns, pal!
Maya: Wow! The fury of Edgeworth!

Turnabout Goodbyes[edit]

Manfred von Karma[edit]

  • Witness, you've had a long day. Shut your pie-hole.
  • I set my ATM card's number to "0001" because I'm number one!
  • So what? My granddaughter has a dog she calls Phoenix! Well, Mr Phoenix Wright? Does that make you my grand-daughter's fiancée?! She's only seven years old!
  • This photo is worth a thousand words… and they all read "guilty"!
  • I've heard of desperate men grasping at straws, but this is the first time I've heard of men grasping at macaws! Hah!
  • Objection! Sustained!


Judge: Mr. Wright. You are truly the most unpredictable defense attorney I've ever known. I can tell you're grasping, yet I cannot deny the possibility of what you say.

Dialogue (1-4)[edit]

Maya: I need a waterfall to stand under! Preferably a freezing one!
Phoenix: … Oh… Is that part of your spirit medium training?
Maya: Of course! Except, I've been slacking off lately… I need to brave the elements and be forged anew under the rushing spring waters!
Phoenix: Umm… Okay…... I don't know about any falls per se, but Gourd Lake is pretty close...
Maya: Oh. Darn.
Phoenix: Sorry, but them's the breaks. Couldn't you just take a cold shower or something?
Maya: … Good idea!
Phoenix: (So much for the rushing spring waters…)
Maya: ...Nick?
Phoenix: ?
Maya: The water pressure's kind of low in that shower.
Phoenix: ...You want more pressure, huh? Why don't you go down to the fire department and have them spray you with the hose?
Maya: … Good idea, Nick!
Phoenix: (Apparently, E.S.P. is no aid in detecting sarcasm…)
Maya: Nick..
Phoenix: What!?
Maya: The fireman yelled at me when I called him…

Edgeworth: So, you've come to laugh at the fallen attorney? Then laugh, laugh! Well? Why aren't you laughing?
Maya: Nick… Should we be laughing?
Phoenix: Nah. It's a trick. Laugh and he'll get mad… or burst into tears. Edgeworth. We don't have so much free time we can spend it coming down here to laugh at you.
Edgeworth: … Yes you do.
Phoenix: (Actually, he's right.)

Maya: Oh, it's Christmas today! I forgot! What are you getting for me for Christmas, Nick?
Phoenix: Talk to Santa.

Phoenix: I feel winter's chill from the bare leaf trees today...
Phoenix: *sigh* What is it about winter that turns people into poets?
Maya: I don't know, but my toes are starting to feel numb.
Phoenix: (Yes... my poetry has that effect on some people.)

Maya: (Looking at the noise-activated camera) Let's try it out! Hi! I'm Nick!
Camera: (Silence)
Maya: Maybe I'm not saying it loud enough. HEY! I'M NICK!!!
Camera: (Silence)
Phoenix: Will you stop that?
Maya: Maybe it's broken?
Phoenix: D-Don't kick it! Maybe it isn't set to respond to voices?
Maya: Well what then? I know!
Phoenix: The party popper…?
Camera: Klik klik klik klik klik klik klik klik (etc.)…
Maya: …Yep. It responded.

Santa Larry: Long time no see, Nick.
Maya: Nick… you know Santa? Wow… Nick and St. Nick… Hey! I see the connection!

von Karma: As we have seen, there were no other people on the lake that night! Who but the defendant could have shot the victim!?
Phoenix: Who else but the witness, Ms. Lotta Hart!
Judge: Wh-what!? Do you have proof of this!?
Phoenix: (Proof-shmoof! Always with the proof! Oh... wait, I do need proof, don't I.)
Judge: Mr. Wright! I'll have you remember this is a court of law!
Phoenix: (Uh oh. The Judge is mad.)

Judge: The witness will state her name.
Parrot: ....
Judge: *bangs gavel* Name!
Parrot: ...
Judge: The witness is ignoring me.
Phoenix: (It must hurt, to be ignored by a bird...)

Parrot: Hello! Hello! *squawk*
Phoenix: HOLD IT!! *bangs table*
Phoenix: Witness! You can't just say "hello" and expect us to get anywhere! I want you to testify!

Phoenix: Do you know what happened here?
Gumshoe: Huh? You don't know, pal?
Phoenix: No...
Gumshoe: Wow, okay, Mr. head-in-the-fluffy-pink-clouds Lawyer.
Phoenix: Head-in-the... huh?
Gumshoe: Never mind, I'll tell you.

Rise From the Ashes[edit]

Ema Skye[edit]

  • Note to self: Mr Edgeworth's sighs smell like citrus fruit.
  • (looking at a chessboard) And check out that poor pawn, his head is kind of spiky... Kind of reminds me of you.
  • Maybe Edgeworth took his unholy revenge on the detectives and slapped somebody!
  • Hey! I used to take Organ lessons! They called me "Little Miss Bach" in Kindergarten. Of course, that was before I learnt to play any notes. *single organ note* I never could remember where 'C' was...
  • So does that mean if I order pizza, I'm planning to kill the delivery boy?

The Judge[edit]

  • I spent a whole day looking for my dentures. They turned out to be in my mouth all along.
  • This piece of evidence indeed seems to contradict something... like your outward appearance of mental sanity!!! [Judge penalizes Phoenix]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • Why do I come here to the office every day ? It's not like I want to work.
  • What's this? It looks like a shield of some kind... It's broken. Maybe it's made out of chocolate, and he [Edgeworth] took a bite out of it.
  • (Leave it at that!? This is a murder case, people!)
  • A "human machine"!? That's a contradiction!
  • Ladies and gentlemen, if you're going to plan a murder, you don't forget the weapon!
  • [referring to Edgeworth's chess set] Pink 'edges'... surrounding a blue pawn with spiky hair... *shudders* Nah, it's probably nothing...
  • No one can change the past. The only thing we can do is strive to make up for our mistakes. Why must we make up for our mistakes, you ask? Because in so doing... we can find the way back to our path. And once we've found our path, we can move on from our past mistakes toward a brighter future.

Miles Edgeworth[edit]

  • Our job is to find truth, no matter how painful it may be.
  • When you've run into a wall with no place to go, return to the basics.
  • ... You can wipe that foolish grin off your face now, Wright!
  • The act of making an innocent girl cry should warrant the death penalty.
  • Just remember one thing, Mr. Wright. Every time you point your finger, someone gets hurt.

Dick Gumshoe[edit]

  • When a detective screws up, the Chief calls him to his office... and makes him listen to the organ for hours. (...) After that, the detective can't hear anything for days except for the ringing in his ears.

Jake Marshall[edit]

  • When there's gunshots, there's bound to be bullets.

Dialogue (1-5)[edit]

Ema: You know, I got a 97 on my Science test the other day!
Phoenix: (Too bad they don't have a test for common sense.)

Ema: All you need [To re-decorate your office as Edgeworth's] is money and a little of design sense.
Phoenix: I'm not doing so well in either of those areas.

Edgeworth: What the hell was that wriggling piece of plywood!?
Meekins: Sir! That is the pride and joy of the entire Criminal Affairs Department, sir! It's the Blue Badger, sir!

Ema: There is a jacket framed on the wall like a painting ! The fabric is high-grade cashmere... Italian styling... Silk ruffles, turquoise buttons, and a gold thread collar. I'm guessing it's worth around $5,000.
Phoenix: F-five thousand dollars!?
Ema: Speaking of which, your suit would be about...
Phoenix: Th-that's enough of that.

Ema: Were you to jump out this window, the time until the impact with the ground would be... ... Got it ! Approximately 3.23 seconds!
Phoenix: (That's handy to know...)

Ema: There you are! Where have you been? My sister's trial is tomorrow!
Phoenix: Um… and you are?
Ema: It doesn't matter who I am, it matters who YOU are! You're the famous defense attorney Mia Fey!
Phoenix: …
Ema: …Oh! You're not Mia Fey are you?
Phoenix: I'm sorry. Mia Fey no longer… works here.
Ema: So you are… the coffee boy?
Phoenix: I'm Phoenix Wright, defense attorney.
Ema: (writing notes) Wright… Wright… Wait! You mean THE Phoenix Wright. The Phoenix Wright from the Edgeworth murder case?
Phoenix: Um, yeah sure. (It wasn't Edgeworth who got murdered though…)
Ema: Phew… that's a relief. You're better than nobody.

Ema: I promised my sister I'd bring her Mia Fey but…
Phoenix: Incidentally, Mia was a woman.
Ema: Yeah, I thought you looked a bit strange when I first saw you.

Phoenix: See this? It's my Attorney's Badge.
Ema: Ahh! Well! I've never seen a real one before.
Phoenix: (You're the first one who's actually been interested in mine, believe me.)
Ema: Its composition is mostly silver. The gold plating is flaking a bit.
Phoenix:(She analyzed it. Scientifically...)
Ema: There doesn't appear to be any corrosion due to sulfides. I'd give you $50.00 for it.
Phoenix: Sorry, but it's not for sale. Yet...

Gumshoe: They kicked me out of Criminal Affairs...
Phoenix: Detective Gumshoe! What did you do this time?
Gumshoe: Whaddya mean, "this time"!?

Judge: (To Angel Starr) Hmm? Haven't I seen you somewhere...?
Angel: (Showing him a caviar lunch box) You ordered the Caviar Lunch, right?
Judge: Ho ho! Caviar! I've never eaten caviar before!
Phoenix: (The judge is really wolfing it down...)
Angel: Well, Your Honor? How does it taste?
Judge: So this is why everyone raves about caviar! It's so tasty it hurts! I always thought caviar would taste like pickled tapioca.
Phoenix: (What the heck does pickled tapioca taste like?!)

Edgeworth: Very well, witness. Please describe the incident to us.
Judge: The prosecution will wait! I'm not finished eating yet...
Phoenix: (Hurry it up!)

Angel: Lana Skye intended to murder Detective Goodman!
Phoenix: *Hold it!* You've said that, but you haven't told us how you know!
Angel: That's what I'm about to tell you Rookie!
Judge: I believe what she just said was a mere prelude to the story she is about to tell. Try not to interrupt her again.
Angel: Rookie... Never interrupt a storyteller! It's like pulling a bun out of the over half-baked!
Phoenix: (Something's half-baked here alright, and it's you!)

Phoenix: What kind of "grudge"!?
Angel: Well, I wouldn't know that.
Phoenix: Of course you don't! That's because she didn't have a grudge!
Angel: Rookie... I have a lunchbox here. Now... what's inside?
Phoenix: H-How am I supposed to know!?
Angel: See? We agree there is a lunchbox here, but we don't know what's inside! A person's life is like a lunchbox with pretzels. Don't you agree?
Judge: I-I get it! That's why my lunch was so salty!
Phoenix: (This judge isn't very good with metaphors...)

Edgeworth: Will the witness please state his name and occupation.
Meekins: Yes sir! I am Officer Mike Meekins, sir! My occupation is, um... that would be murderer, sir.
Phoenix: ...
Edgeworth: ...
Judge: Er... so you're telling us you're a "professional killer..."
Meekins: Sir. It was me, sir! I'm the one who did it! I'll never kill anyone again, sir! You've got to believe me, sir!
Judge: Uh... actually, what I'd like to hear from you is...
Meekins: Sir! I'm part of what you would call the younger generation, sir! A person whose actions adults can't possibly comprehend!
Judge: Please, Mr. Edgeworth, sir! Help me, sir!

Phoenix: I'd appreciate it if you'd stop making these ridiculous allegations.
Gant: Yes, you do have a point... You wouldn't have the guts to do something like that...
Phoenix: What? I'll have you know back in the day, I once broke into a cattle ranch and tipped -
Judge: Mr. Wright! What are you saying?!

Edgeworth: He would be able to use the Chief Prosecutor as his puppet!
Edgeworth: Essentially... he would acquire unchecked authority over all investigations!
Judge: Do you mean to tell me... that despite the Chief's formidable appearance, he plays with puppets!?
Judge: Oh, wait. You must mean "puppet" as in someone forced to do his bidding... Nevermind!

Phoenix: *OBJECTION!*
Phoenix: The question is, if he did arrive there first, why did he hide that fact for two years!?
Judge: ....
Phoenix: Well, Your Honor? Can you answer us that!?
Judge: Noooooooooooo!
Judge: Wait, I'm not the one on trial here!

[Phoenix presents an incorrect piece of evidence]

Phoenix: This is a message from the deceased!
Judge:, this is a message from the Judge!

[Judge penalizes Phoenix]

The Lost Turnabout[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • (When presenting the yellow baseball glove a witness has mistaken for a bunch of bananas) Doesn't it look delicious? Care for a bite?
  • (Nowhere to run... I'm sooo dead!)
  • So, my name is "Phoenix Wright"? What a weird name.
  • (Recalling his friends and picturing Winston Payne) ...This person... I haven't got a clue. He seems to know me but maybe he's mistaking me for someone else?

Maya Fey[edit]

  • Earth to Nick! What's the matter?
  • You know, you're awfully forgetful these days, Nick. I hope I never get to be a forgetful old prune like you.
  • Come on, Nick. We can talk about you being old later.

Dialogue (2-1)[edit]

Maggey: What's wrong? You've been staring at me for a while. You're kind of scaring me, sir.
Phoenix: (Hmm, I'm afraid to ask but here goes.) So, this might sound bad, but... who are you?

Maggey: I heard you can fix something like this with a really strong shock to your system! Come on, lower your head a little! A Maggey Kick should be all you need!
Phoenix: Ah, no, no, no. I think I'll pass on this one.
Maggey: Come on!... Ah, I'm sorry. Whenever I see someone in trouble, I have a hard time leaving them alone... I tend to stick my nose where it doesn't belong and try to tackle everyone's problems.
Phoenix: (Well, my head's one problem you won't be tackling today...)

Winston: Hee hee hee... It's been a while, hasn't it, Mr. Wright. Let's see what you've learnt since last time. (shows confidence) I will show you no mercy this time, rookie!
Phoenix: ...Okaaay. (And who are you again?)

Phoenix: What...what's come over me? Without thinking, I just blurted out "Objection!"...And I yelled it at the top of my lungs, finger outstretched, ready to take on my opponent!...What a rush!

Wellington: Fashion! Cars! Women! Glasses! And of course... University! First-rates need only apply!
Phoenix: (Glasses? But you aren't wearing glasses.)

Phoenix: Could you tell the court what is special about this glove?
Gumshoe: What's special? Never really thought about it, but... it's REALLY yellow... and that's about it.

Phoenix: His pointer finger?
Gumshoe: You know, the one you're always POINTING and waving around in people's faces.
Phoenix: Aha, ha, ha. Don't tell me it bothers you...
Gumshoe: Every time you do it, I have a mini-heart attack. It's like you're trying to kill me, pal.

(Phoenix Wright is suffering from amnesia)
Phoenix: The name on that card tells people who I am!
Phoenix: It even told ME that I'm "Phoenix Wright"!
Payne: ...
Wellington: ...
Maya: ... (stares at Phoenix in disbelief)
Judge: ...Did you not know that?
Phoenix: Nope!
Payne: OBJECTION! Wh-what's the meaning of this nonsense?!
Judge: Mr Wright! Get a hold of yourself and start behaving like a proper lawyer!
Maya: Ouch! Talk about a tongue-lashing, Nick.

Phoenix: Mr. Wellington loves large bananas!
Judge: ...
Payne: ...
Wellington: ...
Maya: Uh, Nick... I hope you've noticed the icy glares we're getting from everyone in here!
Judge: Wh-What in the world do you mean?
Wellington: I'll have you know I like strawberries much better than bananas.


Judge: Ah, I remember when I was young and in love. Oh, it was a jolly time.

Reunion, and Turnabout[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

(After Phoenix gives Maya's Magatama to Pearl, Pearl starts to cry)
Phoenix: (Ack! I'm in trouble now!! If Morgan sees us like this, I'll be the next one they're channeling...)

(When being asked if he wants to hear Ini Miney's story again)
Phoenix: (Well excuuuse me, Princess. ...Anyway, should I ask to hear the story again...?)

Maya Fey[edit]

  • She'd never do anything like that! You hear me?! Never! She's a great kid, and really cute... And really great... And cute.


Judge: Now, now, let's all be one big happy family, OK?

Dialogue (2-2)[edit]

Franziska: Cry and my whip will accommodate.
Phoenix: (What's with her? All she's said for the last few minutes is utter nonsense!)

Pearl: Who are you?
Phoenix: I'm Phoenix Wright. I, uh, worked with Maya…
Pearl: …You worked with Mystic Maya…? You… You're Mr. Nick, right?
Phoenix: Uh, excuse me? (I bet I know who she picked "Nick" from…)
Pearl: I know who you are. You're…You're Mystic Maya's… (changes into a happy look) "special someone"…
Phoenix: WH-WH-WH-WHAT!?
Pearl: So then…of course! You're going to help Mystic Maya, aren't you? That's what you're going to do, right?
Phoenix: W-Well, yeah…I will….
Pearl: Oh wow…It's like a beautiful fairy tale! That earnest look shining brightly in your eyes... It must be true love…
Phoenix: (Takes a blow) Wh-What!? (Why am I being boiled into a bright red lobster by this little kid!?)

Ini: (Regarding Pearl Fey) Aww, she's, like, tooootally cute! Is she, like, your daughter?
Phoenix: WH-What!? NO! (How old do you think I am!?)

Phoenix: Have you heard about the murder?
Ini: It's like, totally scary.
Phoenix: (...she says with a silly smile plastered on her face...) So do you know anything about it that might help?
Ini: ...
Phoenix: (Somehow, I don't think she has a grip on reality, let alone what's going on here.)

(Phoenix shows Ini's photo to herself)
Ini: Um... This face... Like, I think I've seen it somewhere before...

Franziska: I look forward to tonight's news with great joy, Mr. Phoenix Wright. The image of your face being projected all over the world.
Mia: All over the world? Looks like you've made a name for yourself.
Franziska: Don't be foolish you foolish fool wearing the foolishly foolish clothes.

Mia: Don't just stand there "hmm"-ing to yourself!
Phoenix: Not you too, Mia! With the whip… And the pain… And the oww…

(Before Maya's not guilty verdict been announced)
Franziska: Th-This…This is preposterous! I…I'm perfect! Me…Franziska von Karma…
Phoenix: I'm going to enjoy the news tonight, Ms. von Karma. How about you? It's going to be broadcast all over the world, right? Your defeat, that is…
(Out of anger, Franziska whips Phoenix, the Judge and Mimi Miney once, then starts whipping Phoenix multiple times)
Franziska: And one more for good measure!
(She whips Phoenix four times, and Phoenix faints)
Mia: Ph-Phoenix! Hang in there, Phoenix!! PHOENIX!!!
Franziska: This court is a fraud! A sham!

Phoenix: *TAKE THAT!* Please look at this!
Judge: Alright...
Franziska: I've already seen it.
Phoenix: Thank you.
Franziska: ...
Judge: ...Well?
Phoenix: ...*sigh*
Judge: I'm the one who should be sighing Mr. Wright, not you!(he penalizes Phoenix)

Pearl: I’m so jealous of Mystic Maya! Ah, what a wonderful relationship…
Phoenix: W-Wait… I… uhh… I mean… We aren’t… Things aren’t like…

Pearl: Usually when people don’t use Mystic Maya’s title, I get mad.
Phoenix: O-oh, sorry.
Pearl: But if it’s you, Mr. Nick, then it’s OK. Because… Because… you’re “special” to her.
Phoenix: (Where in the world did she get an idea like that??)

Phoenix: Don’t tell me you walked all the way here.
Pearl: Of course not! I ran.
Phoenix: That’s… I can’t… Oh my… (If it takes two hours by train… Oh man…)

Turnabout Big Top[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • Wonderful. Today's special must be Filet O' Phoenix!

Maya Fey[edit]

  • Nick? NICK! You're too young to die!
  • I guess putting a poster of a magician in a law office is kinda strange.


Judge: Bailiff, I don't care who it is, smack anyone who's loud in the face! Twice if you must!

Dialogue (2-3)[edit]

Maya: You still got plenty of time to clean your office later!

Maximillion: Ab-so-lute-ly FABULOUS!
Phoenix: Absolutely cringe inducing.

Maya: I wish I was an animal tamer! Nick! Roll over!
Phoenix: When this case is over, I'll roll over for you all you want.

Regina: Who do you think I should go for? Max or Trilo?
Phoenix: Wait... Wait... You do realize that Trilo is... a... puppet?
Regina: Uh? I don't care that he's a bit stiff...
Phoenix: Oh boy.

Phoenix: Well, what do you think of this?
Moe: Looks tasty!
Phoenix: Huh?
Moe: The burgers, dummy!

Maximillion: I'm counting on you, my sweeties!
Phoenix: (He didn't just call me his sweety, did he?)

Maya: I just found it odd... Maximillion Galatica is just a country bumpkin.
Phoenix: So? What's wrong with that? He's still a world-class magician.
Maya: Yeah, but his name is Billy Bob Johns...
Phoenix: (Yikes, the guy has 3 first names! That is kind of odd.)

Phoenix: It's... Umm... Umm..................
Judge: W-W-W-What!? Why did you stop talking all of a sudden!?
Phoenix: Well... I'm just not really sure if I should say anything or not because the bust is... (gets whipped by von Karma) Under Your Honor's bench!
von Karma: ...You had to think about whether it was a good idea to say that!?
(The judge removes 40% of Phoenix's health bar)
Phoenix: Arrrgghhh!
(The judge removes 55% of Phoenix's health bar)
Phoenix: Double arrrggghhh!! (Ahh... I knew I had a bad feeling about that...)
Judge: Now hurry up and fix things!

(Phoenix has just pointed out a large contradiction in Moe's testimony)
Moe: Y-yes, Your Honor?
Judge: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF ALL OF THIS!? You are old enough to know better than to behave like this in court!
Moe: Hey! That's just not right!! That's so harsh!
Judge: What's not right here is your eyesight and memory, amongst other things!!
Moe: (silent)...Wh...Why are you being so mean to me!! What did I do!? Lemme guess... you just didn't like my jokes or something, right? You didn't have to go and insult my eyesight or my memory!? They're both great! Seriously!! Why!? Just because you are sitting above me doesn't mean you belong there! And no matter how old I get, I'll always be younger than you!! WAAAAAHHHHHHHH!! *sobs*

Phoenix: (Alright! With this, the rest of the trial should be in the b-)
Franziska: ...(Laughing to herself)
Phoenix: (...Blast radius of disaster.)

Maya: Ah, a ladder.
Phoenix: It's just a stepladder.
Maya: What's the difference? They do the same thing, right? I think you should stick to the basic facts of the matter.
Phoenix: Oh... Uh... Ok. (It's not even worth arguing with her on this one.)

Phoenix: Difficult-looking legal books stand in a formidable row. They mock me.
Maya: Hey! I'm reading that one! You know I'm studying the law now, right? I put that bookmark on the page I was reading... Don't you dare move it!
Phoenix: What!? You're reading!? THESE!? A bookmark, huh... Hmm... You mean this thing? It was only on the second page.
Maya: Well, you have to start somewhere right?
Phoenix: You do realize you have 1000 pages to go right?
Maya: ...Maybe you really should sell all these books, Nick.

Maya: (Upon seeing von Karma's profile) You know, if she wasn't so mean, I think she and I would get along...
Phoenix: Yeah, but that's the problem... She is so mean. And that whip... That thing hurts. It really hurts.
Maya: It is kinda cool though. I wouldn't mind having a whip myself. I bet cracking that whip on you once or twice would be just what the doctor ordered!
Phoenix: W-Why me!? W-What did I do!?

Maya: Whoa. Max used a broken bottle to crack Ben over the head?
Phoenix: No no no... It broke because Max cracked Ben over the head with it.
Maya: He must have really hit him hard then... I guess I should give it a try... For research purposes. Come here... I've got a nice bottle right here for you Nick...
Phoenix: *whack* YEOW!!!
Maya: That's weird. It didn't break.
Phoenix: Of course it didn't!! You hit me with a plastic bottle!!

Regina: (about Regent the tiger) It's not dangerous at all, Regent's just a little kitten!
Phoenix: (I've seen plenty of kittens... And that's no kitten!)

Farewell, My Turnabout[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • Difficult-looking legal books stand in a formidable row. They mock me. I tried reading one, and it made my head hurt. When I closed it, it slipped out of my hand. Then my foot hurt too.
  • Words can not describe how screwed I am.
  • (Being suprised by Oldbag)Zoinks! It's the Alien!
  • ("Bad Ending" speech) And just like that... the case came to an end. I ran from the courtroom and wandered the streets alone. I never saw Maya again. De Killer is a man of his word, so I'm sure he let Maya go. The trial of Adrian Andrews went ahead and the newspapers read the following headline... Guilty of course. The "miracle" never happen (sic). Maybe it was never meant to. Because a "miracle" is something that doesn't exist.
  • (Referring to Edgeworth seeing Oldbag on the witness stand) (I wonder what happened to that calm and cool composure he had earlier...)
  • So? A baseball has stitches! Are you saying all baseballs are suspicious because they have stitches!?
  • So? A football is made of leather! Are you saying all footballs are suspicious because they are made of leather!?

Miles Edgeworth[edit]

  • (Upon learning that one of his witnesses was actually Wendy Oldbag) I saw the report with her testimony, but who knew that under that helmet... it was the wicked witch of the witness stand!?
  • You (Oldbag) really should come with a supply of cheese to match your vintage whine.
  • This isn't the "Phoenix Wright Wax Philosophical Power Hour".
  • (When Judge interrupts Phoenix while he's talking to de Killer) Be quiet and listen... Your Honor.

Pearl Fey[edit]

  • (While discussing visiting von Karma in the hospital) Let's go let her whip us, Mr. Nick!

Franziska von Karma[edit]

  • (Suddenly breaks into tears while talking with Edgeworth at the airport) I... I... I am Franziska von Karma. Don't think I'm going to walk in your shadow forever... Our battle... begins now... so you had better prepare yourself, Miles Edgeworth!

Dialogue (2-4)[edit]

Phoenix: Mr Engarde, I have one last question for you. Please answer honestly.
Engarde: …
Phoenix: Please put the phone away and answer the question yourself.

Pearl: Mr Matt Engarde? Isn't he the Nickel Samurai?
Gumshoe: Yup... I mean no! You've got to say it with more 'umph!' "The Nickel Samurai!"

De Killer: I will now return to you, your precious item...
Maya: H-Hey! I'm not an item!

(The radio turns off)

Phoenix: (Maya... I thought I'd never see you again... Oh thank goodness!)

Oldbag: Shush! I'm talking to my dear Edgey-Wedgey right now! Don't interrupt us, gramps!
Judge: Yes, madam.
Edgeworth: No no no, please, by all means interrupt her! Please!

Oldbag: T-Then, everything written on this note is meaningless?!
Phoenix: Ah! That's it! That's the note!
Oldbag: Ah! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Nooooo! You see, this is something completely different. *zoom out* This is my top secret list of groceries to buyyyyyyy!!

Gumshoe: Take a good look at the crime scene photo. Now, a real pro's attention would be drawn here, to this bandana.
Judge: Mmm... "Banana"...
Gumshoe: Um, his "bandana", sir... That's the thing wrapped tightly around his neck, sir.
Judge: Ah, yes, yes. I see. His banana-scented bandana.

Phoenix: The real mastermind behind this whole murder is… You, Matt Engarde!
Engarde: … … … …*sigh* And here I was, trying to be a good boy for you, dude.
Phoenix: …!
Engarde: I thought if you didn't know, you'd be able to do your job without feeling bad. Well, that's what I thought, anyway…
Phoenix: M-Mr. Engarde… You really did hire…!?
Engarde: (turns on wrist communicator) Hold on a sec. I'm gonna consult myself, OK? … …
Phoenix: (Consult… "myself"…??)
Engarde: …Well, I guess it's probably about time anyway.
Phoenix: About time for what?
Engarde: I think it's time for you to meet him now, Mr. Lawyer dude.
(last three Psyche-Locks break)
Engarde: (pulls back hair and forms evil grin on face) How do you do… Mister Lawyer? I'm Matt Engarde.

Edgeworth: That's not something I can answer for you… Wright… Only you can decide where to go from here. One year ago… At that time, I didn't truly understand what a "prosecutor" was. And that is why… I had to leave the Prosecutor's Office. I felt that I couldn't stand in a court of law until I knew what a prosecutor really was. And now, Wright… It's your turn.
Phoenix: My… turn?
Edgeworth: What is this thing called a "lawyer"? What can you do as one? You must find the answer… And you must find it on your own.
Phoenix: I'm a lawyer… But to fight for someone who is clearly a killer… Matt Engarde… That man is really… Argh!
Edgeworth: It doesn't matter who, every person deserves a proper defense and a fair trial. Isn't that the basis of our judicial system?
Phoenix: "Proper defense"? But what exactly is that? Is it where a lawyer forcibly and blindly gets an acquittal through shouting and trickery?
Edgeworth: …*sigh* Ironic that you of all people should say such a thing. Isn't that exactly how you have fought for your clients up until now?
Phoenix: Uh… W-Well, that may be true, but… But that's… That's because I've believed my clients to be innocent from the bottom of my heart! But if I were to get Engarde an acquittal… That… That isn't a proper defense at all! I became a lawyer because I thought… I thought I could save people who were in suffering and in pain… But… When I look at this mess we're in… I can't even protect the person closest to me. Even if I win the case, I still lose in the end… I just don't know what to do!
Edgeworth: … Wright. Would you get a hold of yourself? You have it all wrong.
Phoenix: Huh?
Edgeworth: We aren't some sort of heroes. We're only human, you and I. You want to "save someone"? That's something easier said than done, wouldn't you say? You are a defense lawyer. You can't run away from that. You can only fight. That's all you can do.
Phoenix: People like you and Franziska von Karma are always using all you have to pin me down. You fight to the very end, even when you know the truth is not with you. But I'm not like you. I can't fight for a false verdict -- for a man I clearly know to be guilty!
Edgeworth: … Franziska… She fights for herself. The only thing she fights for is her perfect win record. That's all.
Phoenix: And!? Isn't that the same as you!? Isn't that why you ran away a year ago? Because your precious win record was destroyed!? You are so petty!
Edgeworth: … I see… Now I understand why you despise me so. However, you are mistaken.
Phoenix: What do you… ?
Edgeworth: Thanks to you, when you sealed off my path to a perfect win record… I began to realize the error of my ways. I realized that such things as a perfect win record were meaningless.
Phoenix: I don't believe you. Are you saying that's why you left the Prosecutor's Office? But then, why? Why are you here now?
Edgeworth: The answer to that… is something you will find out on your own. I have faith you will see it before the verdict is read tomorrow. But if you can't, then you will be powerless to change the ending of this story.

Edgeworth: For my own personal victories…and for guilty verdicts… I used every dirty trick in the book. And so my win record remained spotless. But… A man appeared and stood fast against that selfish me. I fought him in my usual manner, and tasted my first defeat. I felt like I had lost everything because of that. And then… It was my turn to sit in the defendant's chair. And I was saved…by that person I called my "enemy"… I couldn't forgive myself for all that had happened. So I left the Prosecutor's Office. And I left that note… "Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth chooses death"…
Franziska von Karma: Hmph, as well you should have. A prosecutor who has shamed himself with defeat should crawl into a hole and die!
Edgeworth: …But that was not what happened. After I left the Prosecutor's Office, I finally came to realize something. And it was in that moment of clarity that everything began to change.
Franziska: Wh-What foolish nonsense…
Edgeworth: We prosecutors use anything we can to attack the defendant. But every time we did so... No matter how desperate the situation, instead of giving up like most people, that man would hold strong with his undying faith. And then, before I knew it… I began to trust in that man as well.
Franziska: Wh-What!? You trusted your enemy!?
Edgeworth: It doesn't matter how many underhanded tricks a person uses… The truth will always find a way to make itself known. The only thing we can do is to fight with the knowledge we hold and everything we have. Erasing the paradoxes one by one… It's never easy… We claw and scratch for every inch. But we will always eventually reach that one single truth. This I promise you.
Pearl Fey: The "truth"…
Edgeworth: Yes. That's the reason why prosecutors and defense lawyers exist. But I'm sure you knew that already, didn't you, Wright?
Phoenix: …
Edgeworth: That's why you couldn't forgive me; this man who went into hiding. Isn't that right? This man who only had his sights set on "victory", who ran away into the night…
Pearl: Ah! Is…Is Mr. Edgeworth right, Mr. Nick…!?
Phoenix: (You really let me down…) When you disappeared, I felt…betrayed. The reason I decided to become a lawyer to begin with…was because I believed in the things you said to me, all those years ago… And you…you betrayed your own words. That's why…one year ago, I made up my mind. I decided that the Miles Edgeworth I knew had died… At least, that's what I told myself.
Franziska: You pathetic fool! I don't want to hear the wretched whimpering of a disgraced loser! A Von Karma is someone who is destined to be perfect! Miles Edgeworth… You are no longer worthy! You are no longer worthy of being a Von Karma! And neither am I! It's over… It's all over!

Pearl: Mr. Nick! Mystic Maya and myself are your only two allies in this whole world, but it's all right!
Phoenix: (Ouch... I don't really have a lot of friends, do I?)

Judge: You... who gave you the right to be so high and mighty...!?
De killer: To the gentleman who spoke just now... Excuse me, but would you care to die?
Judge: Ah, no! No! I, uh, didn't say anything!

Phoenix: Um... Witness. About requesting a hit...
De killer: Yes?
Phoenix: How much is your fee...?
De killer: ... I see you are also quite a dark-hearted man, Mr. Attorney...
Phoenix: Huh?
De killer: If you would like to talk business, we can do so after the trial...
Phoenix: Ack! NONONO! I'm not thinking of hiring...
Judge: M-M-Mr. Wright!!
Phoenix: Y-Yes!?
Judge: Y-Y-You... You want to kill me... You want me dead... DON'T YOU!?!?
Phoenix: Whaaaat!? Why would you think something like that, Your Hon...
Judge: Guilty! MR. PHOENIX WRIGHT! You are hereby declared GUILTY!!
Edgeworth: ...Witness. Let's continue...

Oldbag: (Talking about being laid off) I thought about being a bodyguard at first, after being handed ol' pinky.
Maya: You? A bodyguard?
Oldbag: For your friend! That fiery, good-looking guy with the red jacket and the ruffles.
Maya: M-Mr. Edgeworth?
Oldbag: But... "That sort of arrangement would be entirely too troublesome for me." That's what he said to me.

Oldbag: If you keep on barking at me like that, I'll start singing at the top of my lungs!
Phoenix: Uh, what?
Oldbag: "A striking figure by the sea, standing all alone is he. He's the Nickel Samurai!"
Phoenix: (... She's actually singing... Someone help my poor ears.)
Judge: Mr. Edgeworth. Can you please do something bout this racket!?
Edgeworth: Witness. I'll give you a piece of gum later if you'll be good and stick to just the facts.
Oldbag: OKAAAAAAAY! ... You promise, right!?
Edgeworth: Wright. I'll be sending the bill for the chewing gum to your office at a later date.
Phoenix: (Remind me to send you a thank you note later too, Edgeworth, old chum...)

Phoenix: Then I guess you could say it could not have been taken out of his room, yes?
Andrews: Excuse me? "It"...? What are you...?
Edgeworth: OBJECTION! Wright. I thought years of school would have taught you how to construct a sentence. If you can't make a sensible sentence with a subject, then I'll make one for you. Watch. (hits his desk) Did you, Ms. Andrews, remove Mr. Engarde's knife from his room?
Andrews: ...No.
Judge: Hmm...
Edgeworth: Subject, verb, object Wright. Did you skip basic grammar? The witness may continue.

Turnabout Memories[edit]



  • It seems Mr. Payne has lost his confidence along with his hair...



Dialogue (3-1)[edit]

Grossberg: When you find the evidence you need, present it and rub it into old greybeard's face!
Mia: Yes sir! Into old greybeard's face!
Judge: Mr. Grossberg! Please try to set a better example for the young lady!

Winston: A simple question. I thought I'd loosen you up a bit. I am a genteel-man if you will.
Mia: Um... a what?

Mia: Mr Wright. you've been lying to me!
Grossberg: Mia! You made our client cry!
Mia: Let him! That 'P' on his shirt doesn't even stand for 'Phoenix' anyway!

Mia: What did you do with the bottle necklace?
Phoenix: F-Forgive me... I... I... I'm sorry...
Mia: It's OK. Just give back the necklace.
Phoenix: ... I ate it.
Mia: ... You what?
Judge: You... You... You ate it...?
Phoenix: It was too big to swallow, so I had to chew it into little bits first, but yeah...

Winston: If anyone says anything rude you can be sure I'll cut them down to size!
Judge: And I will bash them with my gavel!
Mia: (I love how they look straight at me when they say that...)

Dahlia: Nothing left to do.../When a man reaches this age, /Sleep is his best friend.
Mia: (That's supposed to be poetry? Sounds more like a mid-life crisis!)

Mia: Hmm... So what was it about Mr. Wright that made your heart malfunction like that? In my personal opinion, he just looks like a typical snotty-nosed college brat.
Dahlia: Perhaps to a woman your age. But to me, Feenie is handsome!
Mia: Perhaps to you, Ms. Hawthorne. But to the rest of the planet, he's a dime a dozen.
Payne: OBJECTION! Love is a mysterious thing, and I object to this line of questioning! If you were to look at my wife, you might all be shocked!
Judge: He's telling the truth. It was truly, truly shocking.

The Stolen Turnabout[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • It's not hard to imagine him (Ron) just snapping and screaming "Please dieeeee!"
  • (A muddy mudskipper in outer space has a better chance of surviving than I do.)

Maya Fey[edit]

  • I never knew you were such a toilet freak, Nick!


  • ...To err is human, to forgive, divine. Humans aren't machines... they have souls, feelings. They live, they die, they love, they hate... And yes, they even make mistakes...
  • Blacker than a moonless night, hotter and more bitter than hell itself... That is coffee.
  • Men are like colonies of bacteria. The more heat you apply, the faster they grow.

Luke Atmey[edit]

  • Zvarri! The truth has once again been elegantly revealed to me!
  • Take a good look, everyone! Unable to find a rival worthy of my genius, I was forced to create one by myself! Here I am! The tragic clown...
  • Godot. The prosecutor whose equal cannot be found in this country, but in heaven. Godot. A legend or myth... Men pin a lifetime of hopes on the chance to simply meet him.
  • Times may change but people sadly do not.
  • Let us say the figurative Sir William will be dropping his panties before lunchtime.

Ron DeLite[edit]

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

Dialogue (3-2)[edit]

Maya: (examining part of a sign saying "bur") Aha, I've got it! Maybe it's supposed to say "Hamburger"
Phoenix: Why would anyone write "Hamburger" that big?
Maya: Like, maybe for the "World Hamburger Festival" or something?
Phoenix: I kinda doubt it.
Maya: Aha, I've got it! Maybe it said, 'Spaghetti?'
Phoenix: ...Why are you talking about food? Oh, wait. That's normal for you.
Anyway, it says, "bur". There's no way it could be "Spaghetti".
Maya: Well, maybe it was a typo! It might have said, "Spaghetti Festival". What do you think?
Phoenix: Ok to me... Besides, Spaghetti is the only thing more tangled than your reasoning.

Maya: When did you first get that porcupine cut?
Phoenix: ...Um, it's been like this ever since I was a little kid.
Maya: What!? You mean that's the way your hair is naturally!? I thought you had some sort of special "Phoenix Cut" deal with the barber. I mean... You usually only see hair like that in a video game.
Phoenix: (Is my hair really that weird-looking?)

Godot: I'm Godot. Legendary prosecutor. I've never lost a case.
Judge: Yes, your reputation precedes you. What kind of cases have you dealt with so far?
Godot: Ha...! None.
Judge: What did you say...?
Godot: I've never prosecuted a case before.
Judge: N-Never? But you said you've never lost before.
Godot: ...Exactly. I've never lost. I've never won before either.

Godot: ... You did it. Didn't you?
Ron: Yes.
Phoenix: What?
Ron: Uh... (realizing his mistake) No no no no no no no! Th-Th-Th-That's not true!
Judge: Hmm... For a moment there I thought we'd set the record for the shortest trial ever.
Maya: *sigh* Well, Mr. DeLite already looks plenty guilty with that face he's making...
Phoenix: And once he opens his big mouth he'll probably put the last nail his own coffin.

Judge: Order! Order! Mr. Godot! Can you explain this?
Judge: And stop drinking that coffee!

Gumshoe: I don't know how to put this, but the guy was a bit of a moneygrubber.
Maya: Really? Me too! I just love money! I can't ever get enough!
Phoenix: (Please, stop leaning towards me like that.. You aren't getting to my wallet.)
Gumshoe: Anyway, it looks like he did some pretty shifty stuff to earn his millions.
Maya: Oh! So that's my problem! I think I need to be shiftier!
Phoenix: (Lemme go already...)

(When Atmey says the victim must have just mistaken the identity of Mask✩DeMasque)

Phoenix: say?
Atmey: That's right. "Mistook". Coming from the Old Norse "mistaka" meaning "to take in error".

(After Desiree thanks Phoenix for proving her husband innocent)
Phoenix: (*gulp* I can feel my face going red...)
Pearl: (suddenly appears) Mr. Nick! Mystic Maya! Congratulations!... *gasp* (was shocked to see Desiree and not too happy about it)
Phoenix: (...Talk about bad timing.)
Pearl: (begins to slap Phoenix) Mr. Nick! How could you!? (slap again) With another man's wife! (slap again) In front of Mystic Maya!
Phoenix: No no no! You've got it all wrong!
Pearl: (slap Phoenix again) I'll NEVER forgive you! (slap again) Never! (slap again) Ever!

Recipe for Turnabout[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • (After Phoenix sees Maya being 'hired' by Jean Armstrong) (I don't know whether to laugh or feel bad for Maya....Maybe I should do both…?)
  • (Referring to Gumshoe when he tries to deny having a crush on Maggey) (Note to self: Gossip with Maya about this later.)
  • (Referring to Mia in waitress's outfit with Mr. Kudo) (Mia's really got this guy eating out of her hands…)
  • (He's (Kudo) looking at me as if I was an evil Shogun…)
  • (He's (Kudo) got to be using some sort of infinite ammo code with that box of seeds…)
  • [Referring to Godot's drinking habits] (Do you have the slightest idea how many cups you've had by now…?)
  • *gulp* (Maybe I should have brought a diaper with me today...)
  • You said you'd eat those seeds and sing the pigeon song!


  • A single drop of milk is all it takes to destroy the pure black magic in the cup!
  • You're saying that if something isn't normal, it simply isn't possible? Where does that leave the porcu-headed lawyer and the topknot chick over there... and the ungodly cool guy with the mask over here? Well, Trite?


  • Oui! Perfect! I will 'ire you!
  • Non, non, NON! You naughty man!


  • Yes! The uniform! It's a disgrace! You can practically see their... *turns pale* their... YES! It's a disgrace!
  • Victor Kudo doesn't make mistakes! I dot every 't' and cross every 'i'.
  • Pi-pi-pi-pigeon! P-Pretty pigeon!! *eating seeds*


  • You will suck down the penalty, Mr. Wright... and you will like it!
  • Sigh... Thank you, Mr. Kudo. You've certainly earned your Kudos for the day.

Dialogue (3-3)[edit]

Byrde: Ah! Is that… your attorney’s badge?
Phoenix: Actually, it’s a fake.
Byrde: Hoooly smokes! That’s it!!
Maya: Huh?
Byrde: That’s the badge your phony had, Mr. Wright!
Phoenix: You got duped by this…!?
Maya: But it’s a completely different color!
Phoenix: And what about the fact that it’s made of paper!?
Byrde: He said the badge got a tan as well, while he was in Hawaii on business.
Phoenix: (I’m beginning to see how my phony was able to gain her trust…)

Phoenix: Don't go licking the table cloth, OK, Maya?
Maya: Why would I lick it? I'm not a cat, Nick!
Phoenix: (Then why can I picture you doing just that?)

Godot: If you have time for these games, you have time to present THAT piece of evidence.
Gumshoe: THAT piece sir?
Godot: Yes. THAT piece.
Gumshoe: .... Ahaha... Which piece was it again?
Godot: THIS! *throws coffee at Phoenix*
Phoenix: (Should I be grateful this coffee is only hot enough to give me first degree burns?)

(After Phoenix Wright tastes one of the dishes in Tres Bien)
Phoenix: …Urp!
Maya: Well?
Phoenix: Are you hungry, Maya?
Maya: I'm starving!
Phoenix: Here. It's yours.
Maya: Really? (Tries it out) …Urp!
Phoenix: Remember, Maya! My wallet doesn't print money, so you'd better polish off the plate!
Maya: I…I've just remembered I've got to clean the toilet! (goes to another location)
Phoenix: Hey! (You can't be in that much of a hurry to clean the toilet!)

Maya: Nick! That's the kind of talk that could hurt a girl!
Phoenix: Have you forgotten that Mr. Armstrong is a MAN, Maya?

Phoenix: (T-That coffee! It was laced with something I'm sure of it!)
Maya: Nick! My stomach! It hurts! …Oh wait, that's just the burger I had for breakfast.

Judge: Mr… Um… Mr. Wright?
Phoenix: Yes, Your Honor?
Judge: Aaahhh!!
Phoenix: Wh-What's wrong?!
Judge: Nothing. It's just… whenever I addressed you in the previous trial, your response was... "Youse talkin' to me?" It was a little, well… intimidating.
Phoenix: No, no! That wasn't me! That was the phony Phoenix!
Judge: I see. So our trusty Phoenix Wright is back with us now, is he?
Phoenix: ("Our trusty"…)

Phoenix: So the victim was wearing a HMD?
Victor: HDTV, CD, DVD... What does it matter!?
Phoenix: (It was none of them actually, but anyway...)

Godot: Ha! Whether you're a fake or the real deal, we'll find out soon enough.
Phoenix: But I can already tell you!! I am the real Phoenix Wright!
Godot: I wasn't questioning as to whether you were Phoenix Wright or not. I was questioning whether you're a real lawyer.
Phoenix: (There's no doubt about it. Behind that mask is someone who really hates me for some reason or another.)

Judge: Mr, Wright. I would ask you to begin your cross-examination, but...
Phoenix: Yes?
Judge: Please, no intimidation tricks this time around. Is that understood?
Phoenix: I already told you! That wasn't me!

Kudo: Oops!
Judge: Witness! You can't just "oops" your way out of this!

(Referring to the lottery ticket)
Maya: I want to try it, Nick!
Phoenix: Then buy a ticket, Maya. With your own money!

Detective: Can't you shut down the station's server? Chief! Quit playing on the Internet!
Chief: But my e-mail pen pal, 1337aZnPrInceSz!
Detective: Save it for later! I'm turning it off NOW!
Chief: Noooo! 1337aZnPrInceeeeeSz!!

Gumshoe: They called him "the walking computer" at the place where he worked.
Maya: What happens when he crashes though!? Does he stop moving all of a sudden!?
Phoenix: (*groan* He wasn't a computer, Maya!)

Maya: His workplace? Where's that?
Gumshoe: A computer firm called "Blue Screens, Inc." or something like that.
Maya: Sounds like a real stable company. This could be fun, Nick. Let's go!

(After presenting incorrect evidence to Lisa Basil)
Maya: Umm, would you mind taking a look at this?
Basil: I'm sorry. That data is SuPer-Admin Restricted Desktop Access password-protected.
Maya: SuPer-Admin Restricted Desktop Access password-protected!? What? This is madness!
Phoenix: No, Maya, that is SPARDA.

Armstrong: Urgh! I 'ave la shivers!
Armstrong: I must rub some of my oil all over my body before I become z'e nervous wreck!
Armstrong: Z'ere. Oh, oui, oui! Z'at feels good!
Phoenix: Urgh!
Armstrong: Oh là là! Excusez-moi, monsieur!
Phoenix: M-My eyes! My EYES!

Maya: Ah! It's Xin Eohp!
Tigre: Who you callin' "Zinne Oooooooooooph"!?
Maya: Aaaaahhh! (disappears)
Phoenix: (Come out from under the table already, Maya!)

Armstrong: Oui! W'iz you monsieur...everything feels right!
Godot: *with a smiling reaction while holding his coffee* Ha...
Phoenix: (Wow, he's totally unfazed! Doesn't anything intimidate this guy...?)

Phoenix: I-I think I need to clear my head.
Godot: Ha...! I'd say it's already empty, Trite!
Judge: I'm inclined to agree.
Armstrong: Yo tambien.
Phoenix: (What's with the Spanish all of a sudden!?)

(Don Tigre roars in court)
Maya: Aaaaahhhhh! (disappears)
Phoenix: (Don't hide under the table, Maya! ...Unless there's room for me down there too!)
Judge: I… err… I… Would you mind!?
Tigre: What 'youse say to me!?
Judge: N-N-N-Nothing! I didn't say nuddin'! Honest!
Phoenix: (Who could've guessed that fear would induce a bad Brooklyn accent in the judge?)
Tigre: I got a business to take care of, ya hear me? So who the hell called me into this hole?! Was it you', spikey?!
Phoenix: Ack, no. Of course not… It was… the judge… (Notices the judge is gone) Y-Your Honor!!!
Judge: Oh, dear! I, um… I seem to have dropped my pen. Where on earth is it…? Don't mind me! Just carry on with the proceedings as normal!
Phoenix: (That's it. We're doomed.)

Judge: Ruh-roh! (hides)

Tigre: So I dare you to say it again! Come on! You got the guts!?
Judge: (Still scared) Y-Y-You can't threaten m-me, Mr. Tigre. I-It's the defense! Go ahead and tell the witness, Mr. Wright!
(Wright has disappeared)
Judge: Mr. Wriight!
Tigre: Sounds to me like it must be you, old man. Youse got guts, I'll give you that.
Judge: M-M-Mr. Wright! Do not leave me to handle this alone!

Phoenix: V-Very impressive Mr. Godot, waiting for my absence to launch your attack!
Godot: Ha...! Found your pen at last, Trite?
Phoenix: It was in my pocket.

Tigre: I can see through you Phoenix Wright! That ain't the bottle with the cyanide in it.
Phoenix: No, no. This is the bottle we found traces of the poison in.
Tigre: Don't mess with The Tiger or you're going to get ripped to shreds! The cyanide bottle was brown. And it was made of glass. That cheap piece of trash don't look nothin' like that!
(Phoenix just stares at him, Godot's visor is smoking, the judge is shocked and the whole court room is completely silent)
Phoenix: (Got him. At last…)
Tigre: Wh-What? Why's everyone gone quiet?

Tigre: Youse don't know who youse messin' with! I'm The Tiger! I control millions of dollars on the black market! Youse think I'm gonna let some jumped-up suit get the better of me!?
Phoenix: Sure, the past piece of evidence was phony. But that's just what you deserve! The phony trial with a phony lawyer... It was all played out by you, the biggest phony of all!
(Tigre emits a scream so long and loud that it eventually causes the lights in the courtroom to shatter)
Judge: Wh-What's going on?
Bailiff: It looks like a blackout.
Godot: Well done... Trite. (lights back on) I've saved my 17th cup of coffee just for you. (Camera shows the coffee landed on Phoenix's head) Savor it... While you watch your caged prey.

Phoenix:(referring to Très Bien's waitress suit) Anyone could wear that uniform! Even me!
Judge: Mr. Wright! Please spare the court of any further mental anguish from that image.

Phoenix: Hey, someone left a job brochure here.
Victor: H-Hey! Give that back! That's mine!!
Phoenix: (Too bad, now that you want it I'm not going to part with it.)

Turnabout Beginnings[edit]


  • Why, Mr. Edgeworth... I'm not sure I like you wagging your finger at me as though I were some hoser!
  • Or-Order! Order in the court! What is the meaning of all this ballyhoo...!?
  • "To err is human, to forgive, divine."
  • Did you hear that Ms. Fey? I believe Mr. Edgeworth just called you a canucklehead.

Diego Armando[edit]

  • I came to see how our little kitten was doing all alone in the big, scary lion's den. ...I thought maybe you'd like someone to play with.
  • The courtroom can be a cold battlefield, alright. Especially... for a beginner.
  • But maybe you should keep your claws out, and show them what you've got... Kitten.
  • A lawyer is someone who smiles no matter how bad it gets.
  • Mia... Don't you get it? You can't cry yet. The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over.

Dialogue (3-4)[edit]

Mia: ...Err, umm... So why did you escape anyway?
Fawles: Ah. Ah. UGGA!
Mia: Eeeeek! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!

Fawles: I never... I never lie! I din't escape from nowhere!
Mia: Err... But, Mr. Fawles... The police just recaptured you two days ago.
Fawles: ... Ugh. Sorry. I told a little lie.
Mia: (Oh boy...)

Judge: Yes, yes...
Judge: It's quite obvious that the defendant is guilty.
Mia: W-Wait a minute! That's not right!
Mia: At least hear the case before you decide on the outcome, Your Honor!
Judge: Grrrngh...

Edgeworth: Young people these days simply don't know how to respect their elders.
Mia: (Why you...! You're even younger than me, you hypocrite!)

Gumshoe: Hey, ma'am! You got any idea how much work it takes... ......
Mia: Wh-What is it?
Gumshoe: You... Y-You're really gorgeous...
Mia: Excuse me?
Gumshoe: No, seriously... My heart... It's aching for you...
Edgeworth: Detective, I suggest you get back on topic. Otherwise I'll write you on contempt so quickly, something other than your heart will ache.

Edgeworth: Now then, if the defense is quite done embarassing itself...
Mia: (Boy would I like to wrap this scarf around his smarmy little neck!)

Armando: Hey, Kitten... Have you ever put salt in your coffee?
Mia: No... Why would I!?
Armando: Why not?
Mia: Huh...?
Armando: It may actually go better with coffee than sugar, right?
Mia: ...
Armando: Listen. My point is if you're not sure, you might as well add a ton of salt to it. It might... bring out the rust in something. Like a piece of evidence.
Mia: (He's right, Mia... Go present something. You've got nothing to lose!)
Armando: By the way, I wouldn't put salt in my coffee. The two don't go well, after all.

Edgeworth: All you have to do is tell us only what you saw.
Edgeworth: Otherwise the mean lady might yell at you again.
Mia: (Who is he talking about!?)

Fawles: Dahlia. My girlfriend. My love. My Teen Angel.
Mia: (Ugh. Did he actually say, "My Teen Angel"? He's seen one too many soap operas.)

Armando: Your "Teen Angel"...? How old was she anyway?
Fawles: Just 14...
Mia: F-F-Fourteen!? (I guess you were robbing cradles before diamonds...)

Bridge to the Turnabout[edit]

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • "Shichishito". The treasured Kurain Village heirloom whose name means "7 Branched Sword". It is said that this sacred sword represents life itself. Though the branches may appear infinite, the choices limitless... like our destinies, the sword comes to but one end. One merciless point. And when the silver cord, the fragile thread that binds us to this world, is severed... the illusion is revealed and the implacability of fate is finally laid bare.
  • Hmm... I see it now... Zvarri! A fortune-teller...?
  • (Now I'm definitely up the creek without a paddle... or a life jacket)
  • (To Godot) Objection! Could you please knock it off with the cheesy proverbs and illogical metaphors already!?
  • Um...The rest of this court doesn't speak Coffeenese. Can you elaborate a bit more?
  • Nnghn! (Did the judge take smart pills during the last recess?)
  • Hey! I don't have anything to do with spirit power. The only thing I can channel is a TV.
  • Of course the victim was flying through the air! You can see it right there in the sketch! ...Whoooooosh!
  • It's only natural for living creatures to fight to protect their own lives. But what makes us human is that we fight for others. But who do you fight for? How hard must you fight...? That's the true measure of what human life is worth.


  • You look like I did after I mistakenly took a swig of Worcestershire sauce.
  • You think maybe my beans are under-roasted, but you have no idea, gramps.
  • Cute girls never lie. Ever.
  • People are like books. We've all got a front and a back. You get my drift?
  • I can also say that darkness loves to play with the human mind.
  • There are 253 distinct types of bitterness in coffee... But to pick out each one requires total concentration and the use of all the senses.
  • We can't see the demons that lurk in the night... That's why humans are weak.
  • I'm only going to say this once, Lady von Whippingberg. Go home!
  • Upon meeting a beautiful lady, always ask for her name and profession. That's one of my rules.

Dick Gumshoe[edit]

  • ...You sure have one mean punch, Mr. Edgeworth! It's down-right fierce!
  • The truth is... when I was a little boy... I wanted to be a wizard.

Dahlia Hawthorne[edit]

  • From the day I was born to the day I died, I never helped anyone! I lived for myself and, in the end, I died for myself.

Franziska von Karma[edit]

  • A fool who doesn't think is more foolish than a fool who foolishly thinks.
  • He's got so much pride that he's probably off crying in a corner of the garden...
  • Pride is simply another trap that hinders us in our lives.
  • You huffy, puffy, loosey-goosey excuse for a whimpering, whining wuss of a witness!

Miles Edgeworth[edit]

  • The guard is glaring at me. "If someone glares at you, it's only polite to return the favor," is what I was taught.
  • (Gumshoe indeed! Like gum on your shoe, he's impossible to get rid of!)
  • (... D-Do I really inspire this sort of frothing desire from the female masses?)
  • (Was it the evidence or the power of my glare that broke that lock...?)
  • It is a prosecutor's job to doubt people. But right now... I am a defense attorney. A defense attorney's job is to believe in people, and to believe until the bitter end.
  • (It's not a bad feeling, exposing contradictions like this. Now I understand that happy look on Wright's face every time he does it...)
  • ("Can I prove it...?" That isn't the issue. To simply "prove it". That's the only option! That's what he'd do... That's the way Phoenix Wright would do this!)
  • (to Gumshoe after leaving out an important detail) This is exactly why your salary keeps getting cut!
  • I cannot recommend looking at that sketch. His (Larry's) "works of art" are a force of nature best measured on the Richter scale.

The Judge[edit]

  • I-I'm a spoon?! I'm no spoony bard, I'll have you know!

Dialogue (3-5)[edit]

Pearl: ...And what does this word say?
Elise: That? It says "roast." That's kind of a tough word.
Phoenix: (Just what kind of book are they reading?)

Edgeworth:(when seeing the Psyche-Locks for the first time) (W-WHAT IN THE WORLD?!)
Iris: Um, is something wrong?
Edgeworth: Um, no. I-It's nothing. (Looks like she's not aware of them herself. This must be what Wright was telling me about... the Psycholocks.)

Gumshoe: It's simple!
Edgeworth: Well, simple is as simple does, they say.
Gumshoe: Oh, you've got no idea how much I've missed that biting sarcasm of yours, sir!

Iris: I... I didn't want Mr. Wright to fall into its grip.
Edgeworth: (Well, he wound up falling into something much deeper and colder... I probably shouldn't say that out loud, though. Thank god for inner monologue.)

Edgeworth:[referring to some flags on a line] What is this festive-looking ornament?
Larry Butz: It reminds me of art class in grade school. We used to have a lot of fun decorating the classroom with origami. Remember?
Edgeworth: W-Well, I…
Larry Butz: Oh, yeah… You never were any good at it.
Gumshoe: Really?
Larry Butz: Yeah, this guy was so bad, he couldn't even fold a dollar, let alone a crane. Everyone tried to comfort him, but he would just sit there sobbing.
Gumshoe: Really? I never would have expected that.
Edgeworth: Be quiet already! I'll never forget the shame of that day! You want a crane! I can now make a perfect quarter-inch crane without a single flaw!
Larry Butz: …You know, Edgey… Nothing for nothing, but a quarter-inch crane without a single flaw is not easy.
Gumshoe: Yeah, that's quite a feat, Prosecutor Edgeworth!
Edgeworth: (Grr… This is exactly why I hate childhood friends...)

Edgeworth: (Her fingerprints are on the murder weapon...!?)
Gumshoe: ... What's wrong? You're looking really solemn.
Edgeworth: Is this how it is for Wright? Is this what it's like to be a defense lawyer?
Gumshoe: Yeah, I figure it doesn't feel really good.
Edgeworth: ...To be honest, it feels more like it's detrimental to your health.

(Edgeworth has just finished breaking Larry Butz's Psyche-Locks)
Edgeworth: I believe you saw something last night. Something more incredible than lightning.
Butz: ... Wh-what!? Wh-When!? Wh-Where!? Wh-Why!? H-How!?
Gumshoe: Hey! What do you think you're doing!? If you hide anything from Mr. Edgeworth, I'll arrest you on the spot, pal!
Butz: Ah... Aaaaaaaaaaaah!!
(Five more Psyche-Locks appear)
Edgeworth: ...Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Butz: I was at that lodge out in the mountains, looking up at the stars that night.
Hold it!
Judge: What ever is the matter, Mr. Edgeworth?
Edgeworth: This one single statement is so full of contradictions... For a moment there, I thought I was going to collapse.
Judge: Hmm...
von Karma: So, witness? Any idea as to where these contradictions in your testimony lie? Depending on your answer... I may let my whip have its way.
Butz: OK, give me a minute... Well, it was snowing that night so I couldn't possibly have seen the stars. That run-down shack is hardly a "lodge", is it...? And even if the stars could be seen, it isn't like I was there to look at them, right?
Edgeworth:(angry) ...
von Karma: See? You can do it if you try.
Butz: Heh heh heh- (gets whipped) OU-OU-OUCH!

Butz: So see!? I've got nothing to do with this trial! At all! I expect all of your faces to be red when you realize this mistake! Bright red! Or, to use the technical term, "crimson lake." (gets whipped) ...Ou-Ou-Ouch! (gets whipped 5 times) Ou-Ou-Ou-Ouch! Ouch! Ou-Ouch!
von Karma: Stop your pathetic blabbing and testify like a man!

Edgeworth: Are...
von Karma: You...
Judge: ...High! The girl… She's really high up in this picture!

von Karma: In truth, I was shocked. I came back to America with the intention of defeating you. Instead, it was my little brother who was leading the defense.
Phoenix: (Edgeworth... Come to think of it... Edgeworth was pulled into being a prosecutor by Manfred von Karma as well.)
von Karma: Miles Edgeworth told me something very interesting, you know. He said this case has a special significance to you.
Phoenix: Because it does.
von Karma: And that's precisely why I am here. Your personal involvement will make crushing you into teensy weensy pieces all the better!
Phoenix: ... (It's probably the fever, but... She's so openly hostile that it's almost kinda cute.) (gets whipped) OWW!
von Karma: No smirking!
Phoenix: No whipping the sick!

Edgeworth: How long were you in the bath for, if you don't mind me asking?
Bikini: …My, my, my, what a filthy little rogue you are! I know what's on your mind!
Edgeworth: …?
Bikini: I bet your next question is going to be, "Where exactly did you wash?" Ah, THIS is why you have to watch the young ones…
Edgeworth: W-What are you going on about!? I was…(gets whipped) Gwah!
von Karma: …Pathetic, Miles Edgeworth.
Judge: The lowest of the low.
Edgeworth: (Is there some sort of "Kick Me" sign stuck to the defense's bench!?)

von Karma: A fool's fool fools fools who foolishly accept the foolishness of a fool's fool. Wouldn't you agree… Phoenix Wright?
Phoenix: Eh…? Wait a second…I-I know you.… You're…um… (Gets whipped by her) Oww!
von Karma: Your reflexes and mind need to shape up!
Phoenix: (My brain's frying like a sunny-side up and you want me to grill over a name?!)

von Karma: It must be very trying for you, little girl.
Pearl: Ah! You're…
von Karma: I am Franziska von Karma. The Prodigy. There's no need to worry now that I'm here.
Pearl: You're the prosecutor who was so mean to Mystic Maya last year.
von Karma: (shocked) Well…
Pearl: I…I don't like you. You're nothing but a little girl without your whip!
von Karma: (speechless)
Pearl: Mystic Maya didn't do anything wrong, but you were so mean! I'll never forgive you!
von Karma: (speechless) I…I…!
Phoenix: (It looks like Pearls' words are getting under her skin…)
von Karma: (Angrily whips Phoenix)
Phoenix: Yeowwww! Why are you whipping me!? I didn't even say anything!
von Karma: You didn't have to. The smile on your lips gave you away!

Gumshoe: We're using the department's secret weapon on this!
Phoenix: Secret weapon...? What's this secret weapon of yours?
Gumshoe: You wanna know? You've gotta think scientifically, OK?
Phoenix: Alright.
Gumshoe: The murder weapon was a sword. Swords are, scientifically speaking, made of metal, right? Any questions so far?
Phoenix: No. (I know what he's gonna say, but I'll let him look smart.)
Gumshoe: So what's the perfect tool for the job!? Ta-da! A metal detector!
Phoenix: (Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming from a mile away...)

Dahlia: I already told you… Maya Fey is dead.
Phoenix: N-No! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Godot: As they say... "A cornered fox is more dangerous than a jackal".
Phoenix:(slams desk) I believe the correct definition of a cornered fox is "scared and petrified".
Godot: … Your animal analogies have grown tiresome!
Phoenix: (You were the one who started it!)

Judge: I'm terribly sorry, but what you heard from someone else simply isn't admissible as testimony.
Maya: Whaaaaat?! Pearly wouldn't lie! Pearly's a way more honest person than I'll ever be!
Phoenix: (Real smart, Maya. You always know what to say when you're under oath.)

Godot: I was the one that failed to protect Mia… …Me and no one else. I tried to avert my eyes from the truth… to escape from the harshness of reality. I just couldn't face Mia's death head on, so I ran! I hid behind a mask. I threw away my true name. I couldn't even deal with being a defense attorney anymore, so I quit.
Phoenix: But, but! You saved Maya!
Godot: Yeah. That was my plan… Up until just now, anyway.
Maya: Wh-what do you mean?
Godot:(drinks) Are you listening, Maya? If I had really wanted to save you… …then there's one person that I should have gone and talked to right away.
Maya: Wh-who do you mean? Are you talking about Nick?
Godot: But I didn't do it… I tried to get the help of Iris and your mother… I closed my eyes to the most important man involved. Do you know why? The real reason?
Maya: No… Why?
Godot: I suppose… I wasn't really interested in saving you at all.
Maya: Huh?
Godot: I think I was just trying to salvage what's left of my own broken soul… I was trying to make up for the fact that I couldn't save Mia. Nothing more. That's why I let you walk right into a situation that I knew was dangerous. Forgive me…
Phoenix: Y-You're wrong! You put your life on the line to save Maya!
Godot:(shakes his head) Was it really for Maya's sake…? Even I'm not really sure.
Judge: Wh-What do you mean by that…?
Godot: That night, in the darkness of the garden, when I saw her silhouette…a part of me must have known it… That it wasn't really Dahlia Hawthorne that was standing there in front of me.
Maya: …!
Godot: It could have been Misty Fey… Or even that little girl. But still, I picked up that blade as though I were in a dream! I'm not sure exactly what was going on in my mind at that point… Was I really motivated by a pure desire to protect Maya Fey? Or was it something else…? Was it hatred for a woman who had stolen everything from me 6 years earlier…? Could it have been simply a desire for revenge? And now, I don't know anything anymore! I did learn something today, however. I finally realized that I was the arrogant one. I was just… chasing an illusion, a fantasy. The stupid fantasy of defeating you in the courtroom…
Godot: You were the one who taught me that. You never ran away from Mia's death. Instead, you picked up where she left off, as a true defender of the people. In that one moment... I understood everything!
Phoenix: Mr. Godot…
Godot:(shakes his head) I'm sure you already know this…but if you don't… My name is… Diego Armando.
Maya: M-Mr. Armando! I believe in you! I know you were trying to save me!
Godot:(blood seeps out from under his visor) Hmm… Thanks.
Phoenix: Y-Your wound…! It's bleeding!
Godot: ...Ha! Did you forget already? In my world, the color red doesn't exist.
Phoenix: ...!
Godot: These must be… my tears.
Judge: Tears…?
Godot: Ever since I woke up from my coma… …I think I've been waiting for this very moment.
Maya: M-Mr. Armando…
Godot: You'd do well to remember this, Maya. The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over.

Iris: I want to… I want to apologize to you.
Phoenix: Apologize? To me? For what?
Iris: For the case six years ago, of course.
Judge: I just remembered… Weren't you poisoned by your own lover?
Phoenix: …Not exactly, but yeah, something like that. Even now… 6 years later, I can hardly believe it. She was going to do it… She was planning to kill me…
Iris: ……It's not all that surprising. The two of you… You hardly knew each other.
Phoenix: Huh...? What do you mean?
Iris: You and my sister… You only met twice.
Phoenix: ……Huh. W-We only met t-twice?
Iris: The first time you met was on that fateful day… The day she poisoned Mr. Armando in the cafeteria of this very courtroom. The next time you met her was… six months later. You met her again on the day that she stole your cold medicine… and Doug Swallow was killed.
Phoenix: N-N-No way! It just… It can't be true! I mean, during our whole relationship, we were...
Iris: ……For those six months… …the girl that you thought was Dahlia Hawthorne… She wasn't actually my sister.
Phoenix: (Huh? It wasn't Dahlia…?)
Iris: I hope one day you can forgive me… Feenie.
Phoenix: You… Y-Y-You mean…?
Iris: That's right… I lied to you… for six months.
Judge: B-But why…!? Why would you do such a thing?
Iris: Ever since she gave you the bottle that day… my sister was trying to get it back as soon as she possibly could. Because of the police investigation and their surveillance… she couldn't move about freely.
Phoenix: So that's why you…?
Iris: My sister… From the beginning, she was prepared for the worst.
Phoenix: P-Prepared for the worst?
Iris: She thought that you might discover the truth. That's why she was always ready to deal with you at a moment's notice…
Phoenix: (You mean she was ready to kill me, don't you…?)
Iris: She already had so much to answer for, I didn't want any more sins on her soul. I begged her not to do it, and she agreed to give me a chance.
Phoenix: And that's why… you came to me? You came to get the bottle pendant back from me in her place?
Iris: But I couldn't get you to give it back… I failed at something even as simple as that. Six months passed and I still couldn't get it back from you. Finally, my sister couldn't wait any longer. She didn't consult me about her plans for you that day. …It was the first time that had ever happened.
Phoenix: That was a bit strange, wasn't it? Up until that day, you two were partners in crime, and she would confer with you…
Iris: I think… she must have noticed.
Phoenix: …? Noticed what?
Iris: My feelings for you. If I had found out that she planned to kill you… …I would have done whatever was neccesary to stop her. Even if it meant her life… or mine.
Phoenix: I-Iris…!
Iris: After spending half a year by your side… My feelings for you… They changed.
Phoenix: …… I have something to say to you, too.
Iris: Y-Yes?
Phoenix: You really are the person I always thought you were. Even after Dahlia Hawthorne was found guilty… I still believed in you.
Iris: …… Thank you.


Phoenix: It's only natural for living creatures to fight to protect their own lives. But what makes us human is that we fight for others. But who do you fight for? How hard must you fight...? That's the true measure of what human life is worth. We defense attorneys are warriors who are constantly challenged by that question. Even when the battle is over, and the bonds that connect us are severed... We always return... Time and time again. Mia, Maya, Pearls, Mr. Armando... and Maya's mother, too... I learned that... from all of them.

Turnabout Trump[edit]

Apollo Justice[edit]

  • Don't worry. I was up at 5 A.M. practicing my "Chords of Steel!"

Winston Payne[edit]

  • To think I saw you enter this room a fresh attorney... and now I'll see you leave in chains.
  • Yes, it seems our defense attorney has sunk to an all new low.
  • The defendant took a bottle to the victim... and he hit him!! WHAM! On the head! Out cold!
  • What about me!? Don't I get to prosecute anyone!?

Dialogue (4-1)[edit]

Apollo: No need to worry, sir! I'm fine!
Kristoph: Ah, and Apollo? You shouldn't say you're fine quite so much. People might take you the wrong way.
Apollo: *gulp*

Phoenix: So, you're...
Apollo: Fine! I-I'm fine!
Phoenix: Ah... Mr. Fine, is it?
Apollo: Uh.
Phoenix: I did remember you having an odd name.
Apollo: (Well, we're off to a great start.)

Judge: I was under the impression that you would be heading up the defense today.
Kristoph: Well, yes I was, Your Honor, but a client's requests must be met and my client specifically asked for Justice.
Judge: Well, of course he wants Justice, but to entrust the case with this greenhorn... I do not exaggerate when I say you're the best defense attorney in town, Mr. Gavin.
Apollo: (OK, so Gavin's got experience. Fine. But does he have "Chords of Steel"..?)

Payne: Attorneys these days... You don't know your poker?
Judge: I can't say this bodes well for your career… or your case.
Apollo: (What is this, some kind of secret courtroom poker ring?)

Apollo: Objection!O-B-J-E-C-T-I-O-N!
Judge: No need to shout, Mr. Justice! I can hear you just fine!
Apollo: Aha ha ha…
Kristoph: Excess yelling can damage the judge's ears… and our case.
Apollo: (B-But what about my Chords of Steel…?)

Judge: H-hold on just a moment! Where's the witness?
Payne:: I'd surmise that she has been frightened by the defense's demonic-looking horns!
Apollo: (So I used a little hair gel! Relax, people!)
Judge: Have no fear! If any horns point in your direction this court will cut them off.
Olga: (Still scared)…You… are sure?
Judge: I swear it on my gavel! Please, come out!
Apollo: Isn't violence against hair a crime, Your Honor?

Kristoph: (after Apollo figured out that Phoenix was winning the poker game) Well done, Apollo. It almost as if you figured it out yourself.
Apollo: Well, I'm just glad I was the one who said it!

Apollo: Because... Mr. Wright can't lose!
Kristoph: Um... Apollo? Maybe you could come up with a more legitimate objection?

Some incorrect choices on recreating the crime scene

Judge: Which indicator in this diagram contradicts what we know about the crime?
Apollo: TAKE THAT!

(No indicator)

Apollo: This indicator has to be wrong!
Judge: Which indicator is that? I'm not sure I see anything there.
Apollo: ...Um... Look closer?
Judge: Oh yes, I see something there now... Why, it's a penalty!


Apollo: The indicator in question is... the victim's!
Judge: I... see no particular problem with the victim's location.
Apollo: Ah, good. That's good to know.
Judge: No, it's not! Penalty!

1st Witness

Apollo: What doesn't make sense is the witness!
Judge: Ms. Olga Orly? Wasn't she unconscious at the time?
Apollo: ...Erm, yes. I suppose she was.
Judge: I fail to see how an unconscious witness can contradict anything. Yet this conscious Judge can penalize you, and he just did!

2nd Witness

Kristoph: You mean to say I don't make sense?
Apollo: N-No! Of course you do s-sir!
Kristoph: As I thought.
Apollo: (Help...)

Turnabout Corner[edit]

Apollo Justice[edit]

  • Here's what I want you to do, Trucy. Take that memory, gently lock it away deep in your heart, and never speak of it.
  • (Why does he have to be so... cool?)
  • *towards Wesley Stickler* (Fine. Ignore my evidence. See if I care. ...I wonder what he's think- On second thoughts, let's not go there.)

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • Ah, 'presenting' are we? I used to do a fair share of that myself.
  • *Looks at attorney badge* What's that? It looks strangely familiar...

Klavier Gavin[edit]

  • Tell me you share my angst, Herr Forehead.
  • A glaring contradiction to be sure... More glaring than your forehead!
  • Achtung, baby! Today, we play it my way!

The Judge[edit]

  • Is that... women's underwear?
  • Too many brides these days can't even weave baskets blindfolded... underwater.
  • Let's see... PANTIES!! Again!?

Ema Skye[edit]

  • Why don't you kids run along and play someplace else? Or I might spill something on that pretty face of yours. Want a dose of experimental Hydroxyacelunodosetrase?
  • Quiet please... It's snack time.

Dialogue (4-2)[edit]

Trucy: Oh hey! An attorney badge? My Daddy has one of those too. Here, give that to me a second. Now if I do this... and this... ta da!
Apollo: Ack! My badge! Bring it back!
Trucy: Don't worry, just check your pocket.
Apollo: My pocket! (T-There's something in there!) ...This is... the flyer for your talent agency?!
Trucy: And here's your badge. You can have it back now.
Apollo: That's the last time I let her touch anything of mine. Period.

Apollo: There's something that, well, it doesn't sit right. I just can't believe you have a daughter, Mr. Wright! And... she's so big! Not fat, but, er, you know what I mean.
Phoenix: Oh, Trucy's still a child.
Trucy: Daddy! How many times do I have to remind you! I'm not a child anymore!
Phoenix: Ah ha ha! But you'll always be Daddy's little baby girl to me, Trucy.
Apollo: (Ah ha ha, my foot. I'm not buying it.)

Trucy:*In the Meraktis Clinic garage* Alright! Let's see if we can find some clues. Clues for finding a panty snatcher! Clues... like a pair of panties!
Apollo: Um... Trucy. Could you stop saying panties so much, please?

Apollo: The evidence that shows why he this.
Judge: What? More panties?!
Klavier: How many panties are you carrying in your pocket, Herr Forehead?
Apollo: These are the last!! Honest!!

Apollo: *presenting Trucy's panties to Phoenix* We found these too. They're Trucy's.
Phoenix: Good job, Apollo. But as a father, I have to wonder why you're still carrying around Trucy's panties in your pocket.
Apollo: (Ack! That'll teach me to show evidence to Mr. Wright!)

Trucy: Ack! Don't touch Mr. Charley!
Apollo: "Mister" Charley...?
Trucy: He's been in this office much longer than I have! Daddy's mentor had a great fondness for Mr. Charley. He's lived here ever since Daddy was a rookie attorney.
Apollo: Huh. (Mr. Charley... riiight.)

Apollo: That's one of those hula hoop things everyone was crazy about way back when.
Trucy: Really? I had no idea they were that popular!
Apollo: I'm not so bad with one myself, actually.
Trucy: Eh!? I-I'm still learning... So you can really make someone levitate with it? Show me!
Apollo: Huh!? I-I have no idea how! (It's just a normal hula hoop, isn't it?)

Apollo: That table... doesn't look very sturdy.
Trucy: You've never seen one of these? It's a magic table!
Apollo: So, like, you make this teapot disappear?
Trucy: So you might think! But that's not it... Before your very eyes, the contents of the pot change! ...From Earl Grey to Darjeeling!
Apollo: Kinda hard to see the difference I'd think...

Trucy: Little Plum? That's a really cute name for someone so...
Plum: Yes...? *draws sword from broom*
Apollo: Whoa!
Trucy: What is it, Apollo?
Apollo: How about you go through me when talking to her, OK, Trucy?
Trucy: Huh? That seems like a bit of a needless procedure.
Apollo: I'm a lawyer. I live for needless procedures.

Apollo: Looks like there's some trouble by the park gate.
Trucy: I smell an incident!
Officer: Ma'am! There's no entry to the park!
Old Lady: Now don't you tell me where I can't go, young fella! *climbing over hedge* I always walk through this park on my way home!
Officer: Please, get down from there! You'll hurt yourself, ma'am!
Apollo: (That's quite the determined old lady...)

*Trucy has just been taken from the courtroom in a surprise attack as Apollo chases her. She is standing in the lobby*

Apollo: T... Trucy! You're OK! I-I thought... *sniff* *sob* *bawl*
Trucy: D-Don't cry Apollo!
Apollo: Grr... Those good for nothing gangsters, there are some things you just don't do! I'm pressing charges!
Trucy: Wait! Just calm down, Apollo. Or else...

* Trucy presses a button and Mr. Hat appears*

Apollo: Aaaauuugh! Wh-Wh-What the heck is that?
Trucy: Suprised? This is one of my best tricks! The Amazing Mr. Hat!
Mr. Hat: 'You look mahvelous, dahling!'
Apollo: ...
Trucy: He's a big hit on stage at the Wonder Bar.
Mr. Hat: 'Yes. I am a big hit. Ha ha ha.'
Trucy: Well, what do ya think? Do ya like it?
Apollo: You mean you... Trucy! There are some things you just don't do! I...I'm pressing charges!

Trucy: So Mr. Meraktis was your rival?
Guy: ...You like those onions they put in the soup broth?
Apollo: Um, yeah, kind of.
Guy: You take a spoon, you drink some broth... Those onions will find their way in there. For people who like 'em, why that's just fine. For people who hate 'em... ...I hate onions. Hate 'em! Always sneaking in from the side, gettin' in the way of a good tastin' spoonful. Well, that's what he was. An onion! Onion-boy, that's what I called 'im.
Apollo: So... you weren't exactly friends.

(Apollo presents wrong evidence)

Judge: This is proof of why the car broke down that night!? Well, Prosecutor Gavin?
Klavier: Ah, it's proof of a malfunction, alright... A malfunction in Herr Forehead's brain.
Judge: The court accepts this evidence! (Penalty)

Turnabout Serenade[edit]

Apollo Justice[edit]

  • (Who would have imagined me here... a Gavinners concert, watching Prosecutor Gavin "rock".)
  • ...Valant Gramarye! (...Using the door like an average muggle, no less.)
  • (C'mon. Can't I be cool for once!?)
  • I should have learned to play the guitar. "Chords of Steel" aren't very romantic.
  • But I'm a lawyer! I'm not supposed to be nice!
  • (Note to self: Ema lacks a sense of humor. Use caution.)

Trucy Wright[edit]

  • Sounds like they're having a spat. One of those "differences in musical direction" bands are always splitting up over.
  • How can you call someone as good as Machi a "pianist"? Why, that's like throwing him in the same class as Daddy!

Klavier Gavin[edit]

  • I play new rock, not Great Balls of Fire! Speaking of fire, I have a good mind to fire whoever's responsible!
  • Herr Forehead, save your wild accusations for the court. I do so enjoy the penalties.
  • The only thing wrong with Herr Forehead is his massive forehead.
  • Someday you'll come to understand... the importance of thinking for yourself.
  • Now you've done it. You've gone beyond ridiculous and into... ludicrous.

Ema Skye[edit]

  • Call me Ema. There's no need for titles once you've shared a bottle of fingerprinting powder!
  • Why can't we have a normal, straightforward killing once in awhile in this country!?

The Judge[edit]

  • (About a code number left by victim) Wait, what if the killer was a robot?

Dialogue (4-3)[edit]

Apollo: *breaking silence* W-What?
Trucy: You know... just for a moment there... you were cool.

Apollo: Um... Ema?
Apollo: (She Snackoo'd me...)

Trucy: Um, yeah, a wide flatscreen TV. I want one of those.
Ema: You'll be wanting for a long time on your salary.
Ema: Wait till you're as famous as Mr. Wright was, then dream.
Trucy: I don't think Daddy was ever rich, even when he was in law.
Apollo: Great, just stomp on my dreams, why don't you.

Trucy: Yeah, but I'm a girl! I'm supposed to swoon over gods of rock!
Apollo: God-awful, maybe.

Apollo: Come to think of it, I'm a little thirsty...
Ema: I'll have some tea.
Apollo: .........I think I'll have the water-
Ema: (cuts in) I'll take a tea!
Apollo: If you want tea that badly, buy some yourself!


Apollo: (She Snackoo'd me)

Trucy Ooh! Apollo! Can I have some of that fruit, please?
Ema: Absolutely not!
Trucy: Yeah, yeah I know. But still I yearn!
Ema: Well, you're not the only one eyeing that fruit!
Trucy: So what are we waiting for? Let's eat!
Ema: Exactly!
Apollo: Woah! Woah! Woah! Are you two crazy? Ema, you should know better.
Ema: But s-she tempted me... She's a temptress!
Apollo: (Please grow up...)

Apollo: Look at all these presents. Lamiroir sure is popular.
Trucy: I got a present once, from a person in the audience.
Apollo: That's pretty cool.
Trucy: Isn't it! Maybe you'll get one someday. ...From someone you defend!
Apollo: (That's called getting paid, and I certainly hope I do.)

Apollo: It...It was a great concert.
Lamiroir: You heard me sing? Thank you.
Apollo: I was hoping to get an autograph later, actually...
Lamiroir: Of course.
Judge: Mr. Justice. This is a cross-examination! You're out of line! If anyone deserves an autograph here, it's me. One of my gavel would be nice.
Klavier: Herr Judge. (Toss an autograph of himself to the judge)
Judge: Wh-What's this?
Klavier: It's my autograph. Now keep this trial moving.
Judge: Wh-What!? Oh, my grandchild will be so happy!
Apollo: (Apparently, his grandson is a big fan...)

Apollo: Well, what did you say for yourself?
Lamiroir: (speaks in gibberish)
Klavier:...She says "English is very difficult".
Apollo: That trick 's not going to work here.

Apollo: That's one of the biggest expensive-looking TV's I've ever seen.
Trucy: Too bad you'll never own one.
Apollo: "Never"'s kind of harsh, Trucy.
Trucy: Hmm. How about 'for all eternity' then?

Apollo: Huh, another ladder.
Trucy: Actually, it's technically a stepladder.
Apollo: Well hello, Ms. Fancy Pants! Please forgive my lack of ladder discrimination.
Trucy: !
Trucy: ......
Ema: I'm less worried about the ladder, and more worried about why it's there.
Apollo: (Why is the ladder there?)
Apollo: (Well, to climb, right? To reach something on the ceiling?)

Trucy: You know, my Daddy isn't very good with heights.
Apollo: Huh? Really?
Trucy: Yeah, he took me on this big Ferris Wheel once. Halfway to the top he turned green and kept mumbling "objection" over and over again.
Apollo: (Poor guy...)

Crescend: Borginian Customs is very thorough. Everything and everyone gets checked.
Apollo: *HOLD IT!* Just how strict is this customs check?
Crescend: Way strict. They keep planes on the ground for hours.
Gavin: I do recall it being a bit extreme. They were even confiscating gumdrops and marshmallows.
Judge: Yes... It would be hard to distinguish between them (Borginian Cocoons)
Apollo: (That's right. Gavin was in Borginia, wasn't he.)
Gavin: I remember setting off the metal detector several times. I had to practically strip naked to walk through.
Apollo: (Here's a travel tip for you Gavin: leave the bling at home, you glimmerous fop.)

Turnabout Succession[edit]

Apollo Justice[edit]

  • "Attorney Utterly Confused", end quote.
  • Or "I Still Have No Idea What You're Talking About", end quote, I might say.
  • ("Judge Has Active Imagination"... end quote.)
  • Believe me, any comic relief I may provide is entirely unintentional.

Phoenix Wright[edit]

  • (I didn't lose, I was merely ascertaining the facts... so why am I so annoyed?!)
  • (I think our friendly neighbourhood Mr. Hat just gave me a heart attack...)
  • "OBJECTION!" I can't help it, there's something about this model's pose that makes me yell that. I've got to get over it... I know! I'll pretend it's saying something else. 'Why yes! The post office is over there! Good day sir!'
  • (Their debut single was just 2 minutes and 15 seconds long? What a rip-off!)
  • (See that innocent smile? Everyone has a different way of breaking the news.)
  • People don't die that easily, really. ...As long as they've got something worth living for.

Trucy Wright[edit]

  • Everyone's got an opinion, and they just talk and talk and nothing gets decided.

Klavier Gavin[edit]

  • Welcome back to reality! We've been waiting for you.
  • Well, we know the motive for the killer now, except the killer would be you, Herr Judge, and the victim would be Herr Forehead!
  • "Logical"? I do not think this word means what you think it means, Herr Forehead!
  • The law is "absolute"...? You can't be serious.
  • ...Finally. You just couldn't resist, could you, Herr Wright..?


  • ...Mr. Wright. You have just presented illegal evidence to this court. My court.
  • The law is the end product of many years of history... the fruit of human knowledge! Like a gem, polished to a gleam through trials... and errors. It is this fruit we receive, and pass on, and face in our time. And it is always changing, growing. Nurturing it is our task as human beings.

Kristoph Gavin[edit]

  • What possible conclusion do you think this "investigation" of yours can lead to? I killed a man named "Smith" with a bottle because I am an evil human being. ...Isn't that enough?
  • Well, well, well. Whoever heard of a thief in jail?
  • Owning the same nail polish does not a murderer make.
  • ...Evidence is everything. There is nothing more.

Dialogue (4-4)[edit]

Trucy: Have you ever thought, all those spikes protect its top, but what about underneath it?
Apollo: (Must remember to keep Trucy away from small, round fish...)

Phoenix: Can you tell me more about Zak Gramayre?
Trucy: Daddy? Sure thing, Daddy!
Phoenix: (Which Daddy was that again?)

Trucy: ...What's this, Daddy? Isn't that silk hat the Gramarye seal?
Phoenix: Consider it a birthday present, Trucy.
Trucy: Thanks! It's great! isn't my birthday.
Phoenix: ...Hmm. Good point. ...What day is it today, Apollo?
Apollo: Huh? Today? Um... I think it's "Recycle Your Plastics" day...
Phoenix: Then, it's a Recycle-Your-Plastics present.
Trucy: Yippee! So it's plastic!
Apollo: (I've given up trying to understand them. It's much easier that way.)

Trucy: Here goes! Give us an impression, Mr. Hat!
Mr Hat: Objection!!! *Ahem!*
Apollo: That wasn't very good, and besides I prefer Ms. Magic Underwear...
Trucy: That's Magic Panties, Apollo!!

Klavier: Many boys and girls joined the police because of that pistol, I hear.
Phoenix: (You know, that would explain a lot about the police force.)


Zak: You say the funniest things with a straightest face!
Phoenix: ...People always tell me that. (Except I wasn't joking.)

Phoenix: You fail to grasp the concept of 'questioning', detective(Gumshoe).


Phoenix: You fail to grasp the concept of 'shooting people is bad', detective.

Turnabout Visitor[edit]

Miles Edgeworth[edit]

  • I believe the correct term here is, "You fail!"
  • I have no real interest in the perceived worth of other people. As for my own worth, that is something only I can determine for myself.

Dick Gumshoe[edit]

  • I'm just a lowly detective so... I'm not sure what to do with that, other than arrest it!

Maggey Byrde[edit]

  • I'm just a lowly security guard so... I'm not sure what to do with that, other than guard it!

Dialogue (5-1)[edit]

Edgeworth: ...Is this... yet another batch of fresh flowers...?
Gumshoe: The ones that come with a card attached every month like clockwork for you? Yup. Speaking of that! Let's see what's on the card this month, sir! " All will be resolved. --Wendy"
Edgeworth: (Oh, Ms. Irony. How painful are thy thorns.)
Gumshoe: Wendy... Isn't that the name of that old lady with the whiny voice that's stalk--
Edgeworth: That's enough, Detective. You need not remind me further. *shudder*

Turnabout Airlines[edit]

Miles Edgeworth[edit]

  • (Knowing her, the only kind of talking she likes to do is with her whip. Plus, I doubt the top-secret part was what stopped her from talking to you, Detective.)
  • (About Meele's sleeping on duty) (How has this woman not been fired yet?)

Franziska von Karma[edit]

  • Foolish reasoning for a foolish fool from a foolishly foolish fool meant to fool me…

Dialogue (5-2)[edit]

Edgeworth: It's a movie poster for... "License to Love, Laugh, Maim, and Murder"...
Teneiro: That's an iFly Airlines sponsored movie. It's a suspense-hardboiled-action-romance-horror-comedy movie.
Edgeworth: ...Is that the genre listing for this movie?
Teneiro: Yes. It's a movie that can be enjoyed by anyone because it encompasses all those genres!
Edgeworth: I can't even begin to imagine what the plot of this movie would be like.
Teneiro: But you have to admit it piqued your curiousity, right? I heard the main strategy with this genre listing was to make people curious.
Edgeworth: ...............Well then, consider the mission a successful one.

Edgeworth: Excuse me, but may I have a word with you?

Phoenix Wright

Phoenix Wright is a defense attorney famous for turning cases that appear impossible to win getting his defendant found innocent, as well as typically being able to find the real killers. To date he has only lost one case. Wright has also been a defendant himself in several of his cases. After his first and only loss, Phoenix Wright several years as a pianist and undefeated poker player at the Borscht Bowl Club, but continued in secret to investigate the case that had cost him his attorney's badge. He later retook the bar exam and once again became an attorney.

Phoenix Wright grew up as an only child. He once told Apollo Justice that he was raised in a barn, in order to explain the untidiness of his hospital bed. At one point in his life, he broke into a cattle ranch and tipped some cows.

Early Years

One day during fourth grade, Wright was accused of stealing the lunch money of a classmate, Miles Edgeworth. Due to the lack of an alibi, everyone assumed Wright was the culprit, but Edgeworth and another classmate, Larry Butz, came to his defense. Edgeworth defended Phoenix, and there on The three became inseparable friends. It was however revealed 15 years later, that even though he had not been in school that day, Butz had in fact been the one who stole the money.

At the time, Edgeworth took after father Gregory Edgeworth, a legendary defense attorney. The class trial would be a powerful inspiration for Wright during his legal career. After the DL-6 Incident, which resulted in his father's death, Edgeworth transferred schools and moved out of town.

Years later, Luke Atmey stated that Wright probably received the same message on his school report card every year: "Careless, with tendency to jump to conclusions." judging from the Phoenix's reaction, this wasn't far from the truth.

The University Years

Wright studied art and law at Ivy University. During his time there, he saw a story in a newspaper with the headline "Dark Suspicions of a Demon Attorney". The article said that prosecutor Miles Edgeworth was suspected of tampering with witnesses and fabricating evidence. Wright decided that if he became an attorney, Edgeworth would have to meet him sooner or later in court, and then Wright could save him from his problems. In his third year, Wright met Dahlia Hawthorne in the District Court basement library and was immediately fell for her. She gave him a bottle necklace, telling him that it was a symbol of their love. They began dating, and for eight months Hawthorne tried to convince Wright to give the necklace back, but he refused, thinking that she didn't mean it.

Later Doug Swallow, a former lover of Hawthorne, met Wright and told him that she was dangerous. She had stolen poisonous chemicals from his lab before, and now some chemicals were missing again. Horrified by Swallow's accusations, he pushed him onto the ground, and Swallow fell onto his umbrella, breaking it. Wright then left, later returning to the scene to find Swallow dead.

Wright was then, naturally, accused of having murdered Swallow and put on trial. Wright's lawyer, Mia Fey, a rookie at the time who had not taken a case since her first a year before which left her traumatized. Phoenix didn't cooperate with Fey at first, lying that he didnt know the victim. One of the prosecution's witnesses was his Girlfriend Dahlia, which Phoenix outright denied. Fey eventually accused Hawthorne of the murder, and claimed that the necklace had actually contained a poison used to incapacitate another individual inside the courthouse. Phoenix could not take anymore accusations about Dahlia and fled the Courtroom. By the time they found him, he had eaten the necklace.

Fey then told Wright that he would have to believe in her if he wanted to avoid being arrested. Wright finally cooperated and gave his entire account of the day's events. Fey eventually showed that Hawthorne had originally intended to kill Wright by poisoning his cold medicine. After seeing Phoenix's encounter with Swallow, she changed her plans to killing Swallow instead. Wright got a not-guilty verdict, but he still couldn't believe that Dahlia betrayed him. He even himself 8nto believing that the Dahlia Hawthorne he saw in that courtroom had been a fake.

Mia Fey's defense of Phoenix inspired him to later become and attorney himself. As well as Ironically becoming her accessor to the law office she ran.

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Phoenix Wright

This article is about the character. For the video game, see Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. For the series, see Ace Attorney.

Video game character

Phoenix "Nick" Wright, known as Ryūichi Naruhodō (Japanese: 成歩堂 龍一, Hepburn: Naruhodō Ryūichi) in the original Japanese language versions, is a fictional defense attorney in Capcom's Ace Attorneyvideo game series. Phoenix is featured as the protagonist in the first three games of the series, appears as a supporting character in the fourth and returns as one of the protagonists for the fifth and sixth games. The character has also appeared in film, anime and manga adaptations of the series, a Japanese series of musicals and stage plays, and crossover video games such as Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Project X Zone 2, Puzzle Fighter, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Conception and creation[edit]

A 2011 photograph of Shu Takumi, holding a microphone
Shu Takumi created Phoenix Wright

The idea of a lawyer was conceived when director Shu Takumi was searching for ideas for a game in which the player could discover lies or contradictions in statements.[13] Takumi used his privilege as the director to cast himself as Phoenix. Phoenix was a private investigator who finds a body at his client's office and is arrested. As the lawyer who is assigned to his case is useless, Phoenix takes up his own defense. One staff member suggested that Phoenix should be a hamster; while this didn't happen, this early version of Phoenix did have a pet hamster.[14]

Wright's Japanese given name, Ryūichi, alludes to the mythical dragon with its use of ryu (竜).[15] His Japanese surname, Naruhodō, references the Japanese expression naruhodo (なるほど), which equates to the English "I see". This phrase is often used in Japan to express attentiveness to the subject at hand. Takumi chose the phrase to highlight Wright's inexperience; even though his name reads "I see", he may not in fact understand what is happening, something which may also be true of people using the phrase. It is also commonly used in mystery novels when investigating, a core gameplay concept of the series.[16][17]

In English versions, Wright's name was localized to present a similar meaning to English-speaking audiences. His first name is also a mythical reference: to the phoenix, known for "rising from the ashes", an allusion to his almost impossible comebacks, or "turnabouts", during trials. This is referenced in the first game, in which the fifth case is titled "Rise from the Ashes". His surname is a pun, allowing for wordplay (such as "Right, Wright?" and "Phoenix Wrong").[16] Early brainstorming suggestions for Phoenix's name included "Cole" and "Wilton", but "Phoenix" was chosen as a name that would "stand out". The nickname "Nick" (used by his partner, Maya Fey) was chosen based on its believability and similarity to the sound of "Phoenix".[18]

Characteristics and backstory[edit]

At the time of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix is a rookie defense attorney who usually accepts murdercases, attempting to exonerate his clients when there is seemingly incontrovertible evidence and testimony against them.[19] Described as "goofy and single-minded", he often encounters unusual situations. Rather than simply arguing his case, Phoenix uses detective skills to gather relevant evidence and investigate the crime scene.[20]

When he was in grade school, he was accused of stealing Miles Edgeworth's lunch money, and since he was in a small school, there was a class trial. During the trial, Edgeworth and Larry Butz stood up for Wright, saying the teacher and students had no evidence of Wright's guilt. The class trial was dismissed and the three students became best friends until Edgeworth moved away following his father's murder. Fifteen years later, Larry would reveal that he was the one who stole Edgeworth's money that day, paying it back in full. While Wright is surprised, Edgeworth gives the appearance that he knew Larry stole his money all along.

While a college student at Ivy University, Phoenix is accused of murder and successfully defended by a defense attorney named Mia Fey, who finds the true culprit to be Phoenix's apparent girlfriend and Mia's first cousin, Dahlia Hawthorne. After passing the bar exam, Phoenix becomes a defense attorney himself under Mia's law firm, Fey & Co. Following Mia's murder, Phoenix takes over the law firm, naming it Wright and Co., and also takes Mia's sister, a spirit medium named Maya, under his wing. Maya becomes Phoenix's assistant and legal aide, assisting him by setting him up with clients, and by searching for information and clues during cases. As the years pass, Phoenix takes on several cases to prove the innocence of those wrongly accused of murder, developing a name and reputation for himself. He also helps out Maya with the well-being of her younger cousin, Pearl, after her mother's arrest. However, in one case, he inadvertently presents forged evidence to the court, not knowing it was forged until it was too late, and is forced to turn in his attorney's badge. Adopting a young girl named Trucy Enigmar as his daughter, Phoenix sets up the Wright Talent Agency, turning to playing piano and poker games for a source of income.

Seven years later, Phoenix is accused of murdering a man named Shadi Smith, who has no known past and is simply a wanderer. Phoenix hires a rookie defense attorney named Apollo Justice, who works for Phoenix's friend, Kristoph Gavin, a renowned defense attorney. During the trial, Apollo and Phoenix reveal that Phoenix had been set up, and Kristoph was the real murderer. After he successfully defends Phoenix in court, Apollo is brought into the Wright Talent Agency as their attorney, Trucy changing the name to the Wright Anything Agency. Phoenix continues to work behind the scenes, helping to bring the truth behind his disbarment to light, as well as implement a jury system to the fictional justice system.[21] In the years after losing his badge, Phoenix also develops a talent for poker, which he plays to determine the intents of those around him by reading their body language ("tells"), and is said to be nigh unbeatable at it.

After clearing his name, Phoenix retakes the bar exam, regaining his badge and once again becoming a defense attorney. He also retains Apollo Justice as a protégé, and takes newcomer Athena Cykes under his wing as the newest junior attorney for the Wright Anything Agency. He later reunites with Maya in the fictional Kingdom of Khura'in and helps to change the country's legal system, after which point they become legal partners once again.


Ace Attorney video games[edit]

In the first game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix must contend with the loss of his mentor and fellow defense attorney Mia Fey.[22] Throughout the game, Phoenix is hired to defend various people of murder, including his friend Larry Butz and Mia's younger sister Maya Fey. The game culminates with Phoenix defending rival prosecutor Miles Edgeworth from being convicted for the murder of Robert Hammond, an old defense attorney who was involved in the DL-6 case, wherein Edgeworth's father was murdered. Going up against Edgeworth's mentor, Manfred von Karma, Phoenix successfully defends his friend and clears him of all charges, and destroys von Karma's 40 year-long winning streak.

In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All, Phoenix once again defends Maya, and faces the prosecutor and daughter of Manfred von Karma, 18-year-old legal prodigy Franziska.[19] In the game's climax, Maya is kidnapped by a hitman, forcing Phoenix to make the true killer admit his guilt, which results in his first loss. In the course of the game, Phoenix receives a magic Magatama from Pearl that is able to reveal whether a person is hiding a secret in their heart, involving the use of Psyche Locks.

In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations, it is revealed that Phoenix was framed for the murder of his girlfriend's ex-lover while in college. He was defended by Mia Fey, who had not taken a case since her first against Edgeworth the year before. Mia exposes the true murderer as Phoenix's girlfriend, Dahlia Hawthorne, who is later executed. Through Mia's actions and defense, Phoenix is inspired to switch his major to law. Phoenix must also contend with a fake "Phoenix" who posed as him in court and got his friend and former client, Maggey Byrde, a guilty verdict. Phoenix also faces the mysterious Godot, a prosecutor who appears to harbor a grudge towards him. It is revealed in the final case, that during his years at the university, he was dating Iris, a temple nun and Dahlia's twin, who posed as her sister to save Phoenix's life from the wrath of Dahlia.

During a case seven years prior to the events of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, two months after Trials and Tribulations, he was forced to forfeit his attorney's badge after presenting evidence that, unknown to him, was forged. Two weeks later, he adopted Trucy Enigmar after her father, his client Shadi Enigmar, became a fugitive. Trucy then renames his office the "Wright Talent Agency", becoming its CEO and one half of the represented talent, with Phoenix being the other half. At the time Apollo Justice takes place, he works as a pianist and plays poker at the Borscht Bowl Club. After being accused of murder himself and being successfully defended by rookie defense attorney Apollo Justice, he hires Apollo, reopening his law office as the "Wright Anything Agency".[23] Wright uses the "MASON System" computer program to assist the player in piecing together the evidence from both past and present for the game's final case, where the circumstances regarding the day he was disbarred are fully explained.[24]

Wright returns as the protagonist in the fifth main series installment, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies. Having regained his attorney's badge, he works together on cases with both Apollo Justice and newcomer Athena Cykes, striving to put the "Dark Age of the Law" to an end once and for all.

In the sixth game in the series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Phoenix travels to the Kingdom of Khura'in, where he reunites with Maya Fey, and discovers that defense attorneys are reviled throughout the kingdom, having a reputation of abiding criminals. He successfully defends his young tour guide and Maya when they are both accused of murder, putting himself at severe risk of falling afoul of the Kingdom's Defense Culpability Act, which states that defense attorneys of parties found guilty are to receive the same sentence as their client. Phoenix's actions begin the wheels of revolution turning, when he encounters a rebel group known as the Defiant Dragons, and finds out that their leader, a once renowned defense attorney named Dhurke Sahdmadhi, aims to restore the legal system to its proper state.

Other appearances[edit]

Phoenix Wright appears in a Japanese manga adaptation of the series, written by Kenji Kuroda, illustrated by Kazuo Maekawa and published by Kodansha. The series was published in the United States by Kodansha USA. An additional manga, published by Del Rey Manga, was released in the United States.[25]

A Japanese musical based on the series, Ace Attorney – Truth Resurrected, staged by the all-female troupe Takarazuka Revue, cast actor Tomu Ranju as Phoenix Wright, using the English name rather than the Japanese "Ryūichi Naruhodō", featuring Phoenix in a romantic relationship with Leona Clyde, an original character based on Lana Skye. A sequel, Ace Attorney 2 – Truth Resurrected, Again, was produced after the first musical sold out on the first day.[26] Two Japanese stage plays have additionally been performed by the Super Eccentric Theater in which Sho Kato portrays Phoenix.[27]

Hiroki Narimiya portrays Phoenix in the 2012 live-action film Ace Attorney. The film loosely adapts the events of the first game, including Phoenix's first case, his meeting with Maya, and his defense of Edgeworth; the end credits sequence additionally adapt elements of the second game.

Phoenix appears as the lead character of the 2016 Ace Attorney anime series, which adapts the events of the first three games in the series over two seasons. He is voiced by Yūki Kaji in Japanese and Eric Vale in English. Phoenix also makes a background cameo appearance in the episode "Killing a Domineering Grannie" of Scissor Seven.

Within his own series, Phoenix makes a cameo appearance in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, a game starring his longtime rival Miles Edgeworth, as well as in its sequel, Ace Attorney Investigations 2. He also stars alongside Professor Hershel Layton in the 2012 Nintendo 3DS title, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, developed by Level-5; in the Japanese dub of the game, Narimiya reprised his role from the live-action film.

The developers of the crossover fighting game, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, had wanted to include Phoenix along with Franziska von Karma as a character on the roster, but had trouble designing additional moves besides his finger-pointing gesture. Though they had come up with an attack that used his catch-phrase "Igiari!" ("Objection!" in English), with the letters themselves used to attack the opponent, they found that localization would have changed the four-character phrase (in kanji) to a nine-letter word and would have unbalanced the game.[28] Phoenix was also considered for inclusion as a playable fighter in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds,[29] appearing alongside Miles Edgeworth as a cameo in She-Hulk's arcade mode ending.[30] He appears as a playable character in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. His fighting style sees him gather evidence on the field which he can use to either attack his opponent or save for a powerful courtroom confrontation.[31][32][33]

Phoenix, along with Franziska von Karma, Mia Fey and Miles Edgeworth, appear as cards in the game SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS. Both Phoenix and his assistant Maya Fey also appear as a two in one solo unit in the crossover tactical role-playing game Project X Zone 2. Phoenix is mentioned in the Danganronpa series entries Goodbye Despair and Togami by Sonia Nevermind.


Phoenix Wright has generally been praised by critics for being a likeable character with a realistic profession. However, the older Phoenix Wright seen in Apollo Justice has been criticized as "aloof and inscrutable", with "his character's development...lost along the wayside."[34]GameDaily called him the eighth greatest Capcom character, citing how he perseveres in the face of hardships.[35] They also named him 20th on their "Top 25 Gaming Hunks."[36] They included his hairstyle in the list of "weirdest hairstyles in gaming."[37]Nintendo Power listed Phoenix as their 10th favourite hero, stating that while lawyers get a bad rap, Phoenix is one who defends the innocent.[38] In 2009, GameSpot chose him as one of the characters to compete in their poll for the title of "All Time Greatest Game Hero".[39] His appearance in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was also positively received, with MetroGameCentral describing him as "the star of the show."[40] In 2012, GamesRadar ranked him as the 55th best hero in video games[41] while UGO Networks ranked him as the 57th best hero in entertainment in 2010.[42] GamesRadar also included him in a list of "The 30 best Capcom characters of the last 30 years", remarking that he has no power, and "isn't even that good of a lawyer when he starts out, but watching him grow is part of why we love him.".[43] The San Francisco Chronicle noted that Phoenix is "popularly interpreted as bisexual" and his relationship with Edgeworth "as either queer-platonic or romantic", highlighting its potential to become "one of the highest-profile same-sex parenthood stories in gaming history and a significant step forward in representation" if made official.[44]

Phoenix Wright's signature mannerisms, such as finger-pointing and cries of "Objection!", have become well-known, and were parodied in episodes of anime such as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, No Game No Life and Maria Holic.[45] Multiple video game characters have been compared with Phoenix based on their ideas of standing on trials including Makoto Naegi from Danganronpa or Takayuki Yagami from Judgment.[46][47][48][49][50][51]


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Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All with an Actual Lawyer! Part 14

Phoenix Wright V · T · F


Art student at Ivy University (lapsed)
Law student at Ivy University (lapsed)
Defense attorney (Aug. 3, 2016 - Apr. 19, 2019)
Pianist (2019 - late 2026/early 2027)
Professional poker player (2019 - c. late 2026/early 2027)
Chair of the Jurist System Simulated Court Committee (lapsed)
Defense attorney (July 20, 2027 - )

Reckoned birth year(s) (this is for age comparison purposes, and so may look odd; click on the question mark for details)?


Documented age range (as recorded in court record profiles and case files)

21* (Turnabout Memories)- 35* (Turnabout Time Traveler)

Eye color

Dark blue* (sometimes variously portrayed as blue, teal, brown, black, or gray)

Height (from official guidebooks)

5'9"; 176 cm


Miles Edgeworth (childhood friend, rival prosecutor, & former client)
Larry Butz (childhood friend & former client)
Iris (ex-girlfriend, admirer, & former client; arrested)
Mia Fey (close friend, investigative partner, mentor, superior, co-counsel, & former defense attorney; deceased)
Maya Fey (close friend, assistant, investigative partner, co-counsel, andformerclient)
Dick Gumshoe (lead detective for majority of Wright's cases)
Will Powers (former client)
Lotta Hart (freelance journalist & recurring witness)
Ema Skye (former investigative partner & co-counsel)
Pearl Fey (investigative partner & Maya's cousin)
Maggey Byrde (former client & temporary co-counsel)
Adrian Andrews (acquaintance from a previous case)
Apollo Justice (apprentice, subordinate, defense attorney, & temporary rival attorney)
Thalassa Gramarye (Justice & Trucy's biological mother)
Guy Eldoon (owner of local noodle stand)
Ahlbi Ur'gaid (tour guide & former client)
Hershel Layton (investigative partner & temporary rival inquisitor)* (Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney only)
Luke Triton (investigative partner & Layton's assistant)* (Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney only)
Espella Cantabella (investigative partner & former client)* (Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney only)

Nick* (by Larry Butz & Maya Fey)
Feenie* (by Dahlia Hawthorne & Iris)
26381* (attorney's badge number)
Pal* (by Dick Gumshoe & Maya Fey)
Sir* (by the Gatewater bellboy, Maggey Byrde, & Max Galactica)
My boy* (by Marvin Grossberg)
Mr. Attorney* (by April May, Richard Wellington, Max Galactica, Regina Berry, Acro, Shelly de Killer, & Trucy Enigmar)
Mr. Lawyer* (by Redd White, Lotta Hart, Mimi Miney, Matt Engarde, Ron DeLite, & the chief of Criminal Affairs)
Mr. Wrong* (by Redd White)
Whippersnapper* (by Wendy Oldbag)
Evildoer* (by Cody Hackins)
City Boy* (by Maya Fey & Lotta Hart)
Keith/Keithy-boy* (by Yanni Yogi)
Rookie* (by Angel Starr & Lana Skye)
Wrighto* (by Damon Gant & (temporarily) by Ema Skye)
Good sir* (by Morgan Fey)
Mr. Nick* (by Pearl Fey)
Fool* (by Franziska von Karma & Luke Atmey)
Mr. Smith* (by Mimi Miney)
Porcupine head* (by Max Galactica)
Sweetie* (by Max Galactica)
Mr. Lawyer dude* (by Matt Engarde)
Trite* (by Godot)
Nicky boy* (by Desirée DeLite)
Sir Lawyer* (by Luke Atmey)
Amigo* (by Godot)
Ace Attorney* (self-styled)
Daddy* (by Trucy Wright)
Herr Lawyer* (by Klavier Gavin)
Lord Daddy* (by Valant Gramarye)
Mr. Ex-Attorney* (by Zak Gramarye)
Turnabout Terror* (by the judge & Athena Cykes)
Boss* (by Maya Fey & Athena Cykes)
Wright-dono* (by Simon Blackquill)
Blue Boy* (by Norma DePlume)
Barbed Head* (by Rayfa Padma Khura'in)
Lawyer-man* (by Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin)
Lawyer-trash* (by Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin)
The Fighting Phoenix* (by Kingdom of Khura'in)
White* (by Inga Karkhuul Khura'in)
Barbed One* (by Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in)
Dead lawyer walking* (by Rayfa Padma Khura'in & Nahyuta Sahdmadhi)
PW* (by Datz Are'bal)
Malignant tumor* (by Pierce Nichody)
Sir Apprentice Baker* (by Zacharias Barnham; Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney only)
Sir Blue Knight* (by Zacharias Barnham; Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney only)
Mr. Baker* (by the Labyrinthian judge; Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney only)
Sir Baker* (by Zacharias Barnham; Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney only)

Harry Butz* (by Dick Gumshoe)
Hairy Butz* (by Dick Gumshoe)
Smarty-pants* (by Dick Gumshoe)
Naughty Mr. Lawyer* (by April May)
Sherlock Holmes II* (self-styled)
Mr. Big Detective* (by April May)
Little shrimp* (by April May)
Stinking lawyer* (by April May)
Spiky-head* (by April May)
Bottom-feeding, scum-sucking lawyer* (by April May)
Upstart* (by Miles Edgeworth)
Amateur* (by Miles Edgeworth)
Detective* (by the bellboy)
Spiky-haired man* (by Redd White)
Silly Lawyer* (by Redd White)
Gramps* (by Maya Fey)
Snipperwhapper* (by Wendy Oldbag)
Lame-o-man* (by Cody Hackins)
Spiky-haired geezer* (by Cody Hackins)
Mia Fey* (mistakenly by Ema Skye)
The undefeated defense attorney* (by Ema Skye)
Mr. head-in-the-fluffy-pink-clouds Lawyer* (by Dick Gumshoe)
The Phoenix* (self-styled)
Mr. Left* (by the judge)[1]
Mr. Wry* (by Mia Fey)
Mr. High-and-Mighty* (by Lotta Hart)
Mr. Smarty* (by Maya Fey)
Mr. Smith, Esquire* (by Mimi Miney)
Mush-headed, feeble-minded baboon* (by Richard Wellington)
Sweetie's driver* (by Max Galactica)
Old stiff lips* (by Moe)
Naruhodo A. Wrighto* (by Maya Fey)
8-bit excuse for an attorney* (by Trilo Quist (Benjamin Woodman))
Buttface* (by Trilo Quist(Benjamin Woodman))
Mr. Ambulance Chaser* (by Trilo Quist (Benjamin Woodman))
Mr. Wright All The Time* (by Moe)
Numbskull* (by Trilo Quist (Benjamin Woodman))
Heartless, cruel man* (by a court audience member)
Poopyhead* (by a court audience member)
Old fart* (by Maya Fey)
Mr. Wright, esquire* (by Matt Engarde)
Piddling evidence hog* (by Maya Fey)
Yellow-bellied chicken liver* (by Lotta Hart)
Baboon-boy* (by Wendy Oldbag, Miles Edgeworth, & the judge)
Half-witted clot* (by Victor Kudo)
Spikey-haired yahoo* (by Victor Kudo)
Blue-suited young upstart* (by Victor Kudo)
Young shark* (by Victor Kudo)
Noisy brat* (by Victor Kudo)
Spikey-haired brat* (by Victor Kudo)
Professor Nick* (by Maya Fey)
Dr. Wright* (by Dick Gumshoe, Maya Fey, Trucy Wright, & self-styled)
Porcu-headed lawyer* (by Godot)
Spikey* (by Furio Tigre)
Guy in the blue* (by Furio Tigre)
Mr. Blue Suits* (by Bikini)
Lawyer Boy* (by Godot)
Mr. Smarty* (by Maya Fey)
Spiky-haired jerk* (by Dahlia Hawthorne)
Trite little man* (by Franziska von Karma)
Guy in the blue suit* (by Larry Butz)
"A certain defense attorney"* (by Miles Edgeworth)
"That man"* (by Miles Edgeworth)
Herr Attorney/Wright* (by Klavier Gavin)
Old boy in the blue suit with the spiky hair* (by Trucy Enigmar & Kristoph Gavin)
Old boy* (by Trucy Enigmar)
The Forgin' Attorney* (self-styled)
Daddy-O* (by Mr. Hat (Trucy Wright))
O Great Ex-Attorney* (by Zak Gramarye)
Faustian forging friend* (by Valant Gramarye)
Phoenix Van Winkle* (by Gaspen Payne)
Blue Monkey* (by Athena Cykes)
Turnabout Terror


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This page is meant to provide an overview of the entire Ace Attorney franchise. Links are provided under most section titles for more detailed information on each aspect of the franchise. More information on the main series can be found in the page Gyakuten Saiban.

Ace Attorney is a franchise centered around a series of visual novel / adventure hybrid video games developed and published by Capcom. It began as a trilogy of comedic legal thrillers known as Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判; lit. "Turnabout Trial") created by Shu Takumi and released for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance handheld game console in Japan between 2001 and 2004. The trilogy was later ported to the Nintendo DS between 2005 and 2007 and released internationally, becoming known as the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. These games follow the exploits of a passionate rookie defense attorney named Phoenix Wright (Ryūichi Naruhodō in Japan) who fights for his clients in a courtroom setting loosely resembling that of the Japanese legal system, using investigative skills, cross-examinations, and evidence.

Subsequent games have branched off and altered the formula of the original trilogy, as well as starring different protagonists. Among these, two detective games collectively known as Ace Attorney Investigations (逆転検事 Gyakuten Kenji; lit. "Turnabout Prosecutor") place the player in the role of Phoenix Wright's rival, a genius prosecutor named Miles Edgeworth, as he investigates crime scenes using evidence collection, logic, and arguments. A prequel duology set in Meiji-era Japan and Victorian London called The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles stars Ryunosuke Naruhodo, an ancestor of Phoenix Wright, and a version of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes as two of the main characters.

The original trilogy has also been ported to WiiWare, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PCs through both physical copies and the Steam digital distribution platform. The original Gyakuten Saiban formula has continued with Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes as new recruits seven years after Phoenix Wright's original adventures.


The mainline Ace Attorney games are hybrids of visual novel and adventure game, which require the player to collect evidence during investigations and present it to the witnesses in trials. The game is presented primarily using either animated two-dimensional manga-like sprites or three-dimensional models shaded to look like sprites, with text dialogue, sound effects, and minimal spoken clips to simulate speech. These games are as follows:

There are some other games in different genres, and major Ace Attorney characters have been featured in other games both within and outside of Capcom.


Original trilogy[]

See also: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
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The concept of the series was conceived in 2000, when Shinji Mikami gave Shu Takumi six months to create any game he wanted. Takumi had wanted to develop a mystery game, in which players spotted lies and contradictions in statements given by others. He originally conceived the series as a detective game, in which the player takes the role of a "private eye". The original concept of the story for the first game was that the protagonist would become the suspect in a murder when a body was discovered in his office. After being assigned a useless lawyer, he would go on to defend himself against the charges. Takumi dropped the detective theme, due to his concept having little to do with actual detective work, and realized that a courtroom setting with an attorney as a protagonist would be a better fit for his idea.[1]

Takumi was inspired by Western mystery fiction, most notably Perry Mason, an American work about a fictional defense attorney who operates in much the same fashion as Phoenix Wright.[2] This inspiration would later go on to inspire the naming of the "MASON System" in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Another western inspiration was Columbo. The show's unique structure of showing viewers the murderer at the start, in order to focus on how the detective overcomes the culprit's tricks, rather than who the culprit is, inspired the Ace Attorney tradition of revealing the culprit of the game's first episode.[3] Takumi has also cited A Aiichirou as an inspiration, and has mentioned Soutou no Akuma as an influence in the episode Bridge to the Turnabout.[2]

For the legal setting, Takumi was inspired by the state of the Japanese legal system as it was in the year 2000. At the time in Japan, the defense lawyer occupation was one of the most notoriously difficult occupations in the country, with most attorneys not winning a single case their entire career, and the then-current bench system had a conviction rate of 99%. For this reason, Takumi wanted players to control an "underdog" defense lawyer, who would battle against the odds to prove his clients innocent. Takumi and his team took several trips to observe criminal trials at a courthouse, as research, as well as for team-building. Takumi recalls that while observing the first trial, involving indecent exposure charges, he was particularly struck with how "homely" the atmosphere was. After observing more trials, including a murder trial, he noted the reality of the civil, calm nature of trials, particularly recalling a moment in which the defense and prosecuting attorneys very civilly dealt with a complaint the former had regarding the latter's cross-examination. In the end, he decided to ignore this reality, in favor of creating trials that relied heavily on exciting courtroom drama.[4]

The first Gyakuten Saiban (later localized as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) was conceived and created by a small team led by Shu Takumi. At the time, Takumi did not know whether the game would be released outside of Japan, so he avoided using plot points and language tricks that would be specific to Japanese culture. After finishing the first game, he asked Mikami whether it would be released outside of Japan, to which the latter replied, "Of course not. No way." Thus, Takumi decided to use whatever plot points and tricks he wanted for the next two sequels.[5]

The first Gyakuten Saiban was then remade for the Nintendo DS as Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten (meaning "Turnabout Trial: Turnabout Rebirth") in 2005, which included an English-language mode, making it a popular import title. Later that year, a North American version of the remake was released as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, followed by a European version. The remake also featured an extra case, Rise from the Ashes, which used the microphone and touchscreen features of the Nintendo DS for using forensic tools. Similar remakes for the next two games followed, named Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations in localizations, though these did not feature extra cases.

DS era[]

The fourth title, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, was built for the Nintendo DS from the ground up, and starred a new lawyer, Apollo Justice. Mechanics from Rise from the Ashes made a return in various capacities in this game and in subsequent games. The practice of including an English mode was discontinued, the English localization only appearing in international releases. Because the games were now being localized, Takumi returned to avoiding the use of Japanese-specific plot points in this game, though he felt that the yakuza-themed Kitaki clan would make sense to international audiences.[5]

Capcom then partnered with Daletto (a company co-founded by Capcom to work with online games) to release the first three games as episodic content only in Japan between March and May 2008. After Apollo Justice, Takeshi Yamazaki took over the director's position from Takumi and produced two games starring Phoenix's rival Miles Edgeworth, Gyakuten Kenji and Gyakuten Kenji 2. The first was localized internationally as Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, though only the English language became available. iOS and WiiWare remakes of the original three games soon followed, though in case of the iOS, only the first game made it to North America.

3DS era[]

After Gyakuten Kenji 2, Yamazaki was tasked with directing continuations of the main series, while Takumi returned to the series to work on spinoffs concurrently.

Takumi's first game since Apollo Justice was Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a crossover with Level-5's Professor Layton series, which was released in 2012 in Japan. Yamazaki-directed Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies was released in 2013, and received North American and European releases some months afterwards. Non-Japanese audiences would wait until 2014 for vs. to be localized.

On December 27, 2013, Capcom announced that the Dual Destinies team, including director Takeshi Yamazaki, was working "full force" on the next Ace Attorney game, and that Shu Takumi was working on a new game that would be announced in 2014, but at the time they did not reveal whether it was related to Ace Attorney or not.[6] On February 13, 2014, Nintendo announced during a Japanese edition of Nintendo Direct that Takumi's game would be a "totally different" new entry in the Ace Attorney series for the Nintendo 3DS.[7] This title, Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken, was eventually released in July 2015, starring an ancestor of Phoenix Wright's called Ryunosuke Naruhodo who lived in Japan during the Meiji period. This was followed by Yamazaki's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, which was released internationally in 2016. The storyline of Dai Gyakuten Saiban was concluded with Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo in 2017. Neither Dai Gyakuten Saiban game saw a release outside of Japan on the 3DS or for their Android/iOS ports.

Modern remakes[]

Since 2019, the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney HD, and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles have been released or are in the process of being released internationally on multiple platforms, including PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Xbox One, though Chronicles is not planned to have an Xbox release. Chronicles includes English translated versions of the Dai Gyakuten Saiban duology, with the individual games being titled The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve.


Most of the games take place in an urban region mostly set in the 2010s and 2020s. For the Japanese versions, it is a town somewhere in Japan, while English versions place the games in Los Angeles, California. Cases tend to be localized within the city, though some take place well outside city limits, such as Kurain Village and Flight I-390. The main characters of Ace Attorney are lawyers who investigate crime scenes and then take their evidence to court. Throughout the stories, these lawyers work under an intricate system of rules in the crime scene as well as the courtroom.

Trials are the driving force of the plots in the Ace Attorney games. The courtroom proceedings in the low-level trials seen in the Ace Attorney world run on the initial trial system, which is based on the Japanese legal system. Essentially, when a person is accused of a crime, they are immediately given a bench trial presided by a judge, a prosecuting attorney from the state, and a defense attorney who must completely prove the accused innocent of the crime, usually by finding contradictions in witness testimonies, within three days, after which the case is consigned to a higher court. Turnabout Succession uses a jury trial instead, the result of a change in the Ace Attorney world's justice system.


Main category: Gameplay
This section deals solely with the games listed in the Games section.

Each game is made up of four or five episodes; the games and episodes have some interconnection, recurring minor characters, and similar crime elements. The episodes typically become longer and escalate in complexity over the course of each game. There are two phases to each case: investigation and trial sessions (the Ace Attorney Investigations games use arguments instead of trials, which are functionally very similar).

Starting with the DS releases of the original trilogy, touchscreens and microphones can be used in addition to, and as an alternative to, the normal button-based controls, allowing the player to shout "Objection!", "Hold it!", "Take that!", or "Gotcha!" at the appropriate times.


Main article: Investigation

Investigations include the ability to visit several key locations in the case and talk to people involved with it while searching for evidence by examining the scene. While talking to people, players can present evidence and occasionally profiles of others involved with the case.

Investigations can also sometimes include various other game mechanics. For example, one can dust for fingerprints by tapping the screen to apply fingerprint powder, then blowing at the microphone gently to blow the powder away. The player can examine evidence as fully-rendered 3D models from different angles; key details concerning the evidence are often revealed this way.


Main articles: Trial & Argument

Trial sessions are generally made up of testimonies consisting of statements by witnesses. The player generally cross-examines the witness to locate a contradiction by showing a piece of evidence that relates to what the witness has testified. The player may also "press" the witness, asking the witness to clarify a statement. Sometimes pressing and presenting evidence will lead to additional statements added to the testimony. Presenting evidence successfully may also lead to new lines of testimony altogether and it is almost always the only way to proceed in the game.

The ultimate goal in the courtroom is to have a "not guilty" verdict handed down to the defendant. Often, however, the player is only able to delay the case until the next day, giving them more time to investigate the crime. Generally, the player must determine who the true perpetrator of the crime is in order to absolve the defendant of guilt.

Presenting evidence is accompanied by the defense attorney pointing with their finger, as in the game's logo, and shouting, "Objection!" (異議あり!, Igi ari!), accompanied by a speech bubble of the same word, both of which have become iconic representations of the series. If the player presents the wrong evidence, attempts to present at the wrong time, or fails in other parts of in-court questioning, they lose some measure of acceptance by the judge, and if the player is wrong too many times, the case will be terminated with a guilty verdict for the accused, and the player will have to restart from their last save point or the beginning of the court session.


The localization of the games adapts the story to take place in an alternate-universe Los Angeles in which Japanese culture has been allowed to flourish and blend into American culture, instead of being met with fierce historical resistance as in real life.[8] Character names are adapted into English; for instance, "Ryuuichi Naruhodou", whose first name references a dragon and whose last name is a pun on the phrase "I see", is renamed "Phoenix Wright", whose first name references the phoenix and whose last name is a pun on the word "right". Additionally, relatively nonessential references to Japanese culture are replaced by references to Western culture; for example, "Mayoi Ayasato" frequently hungers for ramen, while the English equivalent "Maya Fey" lusts for burgers. However, the existence of Japanese temples and Japanese-themed towns is left intact. Budget and time constraints have caused this system to be implemented somewhat inconsistently, such as Eldoon's Noodles staying intact.

References to the United States in the Japanese versions are changed to various European countries (usually Germany) to account for characters who are meant to have visited a foreign country. In Reunion, and Turnabout, an American car is called a British car in the localization because cars in the United Kingdom and Japan drive on the left side of the road, whereas North American cars drive on the right.


Critical reception[]

Game MetacriticGame Rankings
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney81/100 (53 reviews) 82.42% (64 reviews)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Justice for All
76/100 (51 reviews) 77.59% (55 reviews)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Trials and Tribulations
81/100 (46 reviews) 81.14% (49 reviews)
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney78/100 (48 reviews) 78.39% (46 reviews)
Ace Attorney Investigations
Miles Edgeworth
77/100 (51 reviews) 78.81% (35 reviews)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Dual Destinies
81/100 (48 reviews) 81.64% (33 reviews)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Spirit of Justice
81/100 (58 reviews) 81.54% (37 reviews)

The Western gaming press has generally given favorable reviews of the games in the series. The games have received praise for their presentation, music and dialog, and for being strong adventure game titles in an otherwise lacking market. Criticisms have included linearity, lack of replay value, and lack of evolution in the general gameplay formula. Reviewers have also noted the unrealistic nature of the courtroom system; GameSpot noted in its review of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney that, during courtroom sessions, one should "suspend your disbelief about the whole procedure, since, although it feels fairly close to reality, many things go on during the proceedings that would probably horrify actual members of the legal system." Issue 22 of (N)Gamer also noted that the games sometimes involve "odd leaps in logic" that can degenerate the experience of presenting evidence into a trial-and-error procedure. Justice for All and Trials and Tribulations were criticized for a lack of the unique DS features introduced in the first game.


In Japan, the games have enjoyed a reasonable amount of popularity. The combined sales (both GBA and DS) of the first two games totaled around 400,000 units, while the GBA version of the third game, neared 250,000 units. The fourth game sold 160,000 copies on the day of release in Japan, with a total of 250,000 units moved during the first week of release. Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth sold 172,000 units in the week of its release and 42,000 the following week. In both cases, the game was the second best selling DS title in Japan, trailing Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

In the United States, the success of the first game exceeded the low expectations of retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us, forcing Capcom to prepare at least three additional runs of the game to meet the demand. Capcom had produced nine to ten runs of three-to-four thousand units before Toys "R" Us requested 15,000 copies.

Capcom has stated that as of December 2020 the series has sold 8.0 million units worldwide. This success makes Ace Attorney Capcom's 9th best selling game franchise.[9] In addition, as of December 2020 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy became the best selling individual release of the series with 1.0 million units sold, thereby being celebrated as one of Capcom's Platinum Titles.[10]


Main category: Music

Capcom has produced several albums for the Ace Attorney series including: original soundtracks for each game, albums consisting of orchestral and jazz arrangements of select tracks, and the soundtrack for the film adaptation. The series has also produced three stage musicals in partnership with the all-female musical theatre troupe, the Takarazuka Revue.

Original soundtracks[]

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All with an Actual Lawyer! Part 14

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

This is the first game in the Ace Attorney series. For other games in the series see the Ace Attorney category.

Box artwork for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (逆転裁判 蘇る逆転,Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten?, lit. "Turnabout Trial: Revived Turnabout") is an adventure game first released in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判,Gyakuten Saiban? lit. "Turnabout Trial") for the Game Boy Advance in 2001. It was then remade for a 2005 worldwide release on the Nintendo DS with touchscreen and microphone support, as well as a new episode with the DS' exclusive features that would be used in later games of the series. The Game Boy Advance version was ported to Windows in 2005 and to Wii via WiiWare in 2009, with a separate release for Episode 5 via WiiWare in 2010. A mobile game with similar name to the English version was released in 2009, but to date it only has Episode 1. The game was also ported to iOS: Episodes 1-2 in Japan in 2009; the whole game in North America in 2010. The game was released for Nintendo 3DS in 2014 as part of the Phoenix Wright Trilogy compilation.

The player controls Phoenix Wright, a rookie attorney who takes on different cases in order to find his clients "Not Guilty" by proving their innocence. To do that, he investigates crime scenes, speaks to people involved in the case, and cross-examines witnesses.

  • Game Boy Advance cover art.

  • Japanese Nintendo DS cover art.

  • PAL Nintendo DS cover art.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

2001 visual novel adventure video game by Capcom

This article is about the video game. For the character, see Phoenix Wright. For the video game series, see Ace Attorney. For the live action film, see Ace Attorney (film). For the animated series, see Ace Attorney (TV series).

2001 video game

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
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North American Nintendo DS box art featuring (clockwise from upper left) the judge, Miles Edgeworth, Phoenix Wright, and Maya Fey

Developer(s)Capcom Production Studio 4
Director(s)Shu Takumi
Programmer(s)Noriyuki Otani
  • Kumiko Suekane
  • Tatsuro Iwamoto
Writer(s)Shu Takumi
  • Masakazu Sugimori
  • Naoto Tanaka (DS)
SeriesAce Attorney
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Windows, Wii, iOS, Android, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

October 12, 2001

  • Game Boy AdvanceNintendo DS
    • JP: September 15, 2005
    • NA: October 12, 2005
    • EU: March 16, 2006
  • Episodes 1-4
    • JP: December 15, 2009
    • NA: January 11, 2010
    • PAL: January 15, 2010
    Episode 5
    • JP: March 16, 2010
    • NA: May 24, 2010
    • PAL: May 2010
    • JP: December 21, 2009
    • NA: May 24, 2010
    Trilogy HDAndroidNintendo 3DS
    • JP: April 17, 2014
    • NA: December 9, 2014
    • EU: December 11, 2014
    • AU: December 12, 2014
    Switch, PS4, Xbox One
    • JP: February 21, 2019
    • WW: April 9, 2019
Genre(s)Adventure, visual novel

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney[a] is a visual noveladventure game developed by Capcom Production Studio 4[2] and published by Capcom. It was released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance in Japan and has been ported to multiple platforms. The 2005 Nintendo DS version, titled Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten in Japan, introduced an English language option, and was the first time the game was released in North America and Europe. It is the first entry in the Ace Attorney series; several sequels and spin-offs were produced, while this game has seen further ports and remasters for computers, game consoles, and mobile devices.

The story follows Phoenix Wright, a rookiedefense attorney who attempts to have his clients declared "not guilty". Among other characters are Phoenix's boss, Mia Fey; his assistant and Mia's sister, Maya; and prosecutorMiles Edgeworth. The player controls Phoenix through two sets of sections: investigations and courtroom trials. During investigations they gather information and evidence. During trials they cross-examine witnesses, and answer questions from the judge, the prosecutor, and the witnesses. The story is split into five cases. The fifth was introduced in the Nintendo DS version to take advantage of gameplay elements using the handheld's touchscreen not available in the original Game Boy Advance version.

A team of seven developed the game over the course of ten months. Written and directed by Shu Takumi, it was originally planned as a Game Boy Color game about a private investigator. The game was designed to be simple; Takumi wanted it easy enough that even his mother could play. While the original version of the game takes place in Japan, the localization is set in the United States; this became an issue when localizing later games, where the Japanese setting was more obvious.

Generally, the game has been positively received by critics who praised its premise, writing, characters and presentation. The game has been a commercial success both in Japan and internationally. The release sales in North America broke expectations, and the software became difficult to find in stores shortly after its release, as a result. Other media based on the game have been produced. It has been credited with helping to popularise visual novels in the Western world. A manga series premiered in 2006, a film adaptation of the game, titled Ace Attorney, premiered in 2012, and an anime series adaptation began airing in 2016.


A cross-examination in the game, showing the witness on the top screen. The player can move between statements, press the witness for details, or present evidence that contradicts the testimony.

See also: Gameplay in the Ace Attorney series

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a visual noveladventure game[3] where the player takes the role of Phoenix Wright, a rookiedefense attorney, and attempts to defend their clients in five cases. These cases are played in a specific order. After finishing them, the player can re-play them in any order.[4] Each case begins with an opening cinematic cutscene often depicting a murder;[5] shortly thereafter, the player is given the job of defending the prime suspect in the case.[4] The gameplay is divided into two sections, investigations and courtroom trials.[6]

During investigations, which usually take place before or between trial sessions, the player gathers information and evidence by talking to characters such as their client, witnesses, and the police.[6] The player can move a cursor to examine various things in the environment.[7] By using a menu the player can move to different locations, examine evidence, and present evidence to other characters.[6] By showing certain pieces of evidence to some witnesses, the player can access new information.[8]

In the game's fifth case, created for the DS version and used in all subsequent releases, the player is able to examine evidence more closely, rotating it to view it from all sides, and zooming in or out on it using touchscreen controls; they are also able to move a cursor to investigate specific parts of the evidence. The fifth case also features forensics tests the player can use at crime scenes to find clues. The player can spray luminol by tapping areas they want to examine on the touch screen allowing them to see otherwise invisible blood stains. They can touch the touch screen to apply aluminum flake powder to search for finger prints. After applying it, they can blow into the microphone to reveal the prints.[9] Once the player has gathered enough evidence, the investigation section ends.[10]

During the courtroom trials, the player aims to prove their clients' innocence; to do so, they cross-examine witnesses.[6] During these cross-examinations, the player aims to uncover lies and inconsistencies in the witnesses' testimony. They are able to go back and forth between the different statements in the testimony and can press the witness for more details about a statement. When the player finds an inconsistency, they can present a piece of evidence that contradicts the statement.[11] In the Nintendo DS version, the player can choose to press and present by using vocal commands.[6] In the Wii version, players have the option to present evidence by swinging the Wii Remote.[12] At certain points, the player has to answer questions from the judge, the witnesses, or the prosecutor through a multiple-choice answer selection, or by presenting evidence that supports Wright's claims.[6] A number of exclamation marks are shown on the screen; if the player presents an incorrect piece of evidence, one of them disappears. If they all disappear, the client is found guilty and the player must restart.[13] When the player solves a case, they unlock a new one to play.[14]


See also: List of Ace Attorney characters

Phoenix Wright, a newly hired defense attorney at the Fey & Co. law firm, agrees to represent his childhood friend Larry Butz, who has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Cindy Stone. With the help of his boss and mentor, Mia Fey, Phoenix proves that Frank Sahwit, the prosecution's star witness, is the real murderer.

Shortly thereafter, Mia is killed in her office. Her younger sister Maya is arrested after the police find her name on a note left by Mia. Phoenix takes her case, facing off against Miles Edgeworth, a skilled prosecutor Phoenix knows from childhood. Phoenix manages to identify Redd White, a professional blackmailer, as the real killer, only to find himself charged with the killing instead. Representing himself, he exposes White in court and gets justice for Mia. In gratitude, Maya becomes Phoenix's assistant.

His reputation established, Phoenix takes on another case, this time defending Will Powers, the lead actor in the Steel Samurai children's TV show, against accusations that he killed his co-star, Jack Hammer. It is revealed that Dee Vasquez, the show's producer, committed the murder in self-defense after Hammer tried to kill her and frame Powers for her death.

On Christmas, Edgeworth is arrested for the murder of attorney Robert Hammond. After relenting for Phoenix's help after an initial refusal, Wright faces Edgeworth's mentor Manfred von Karma, who has not lost a single case in his forty-year career. Phoenix discovers that former bailiff Yanni Yogi shot Hammond while Von Karma provided Yogi with the gun. Years earlier, Edgeworth's father Gregory ruined Von Karma's spotless record when he convinced a judge to penalize Karma for misconduct. Unable to deal with such a blemish on his legacy, Karma murdered Gregory in cold blood, leaving Miles to believe he himself was responsible, while Yogi was publicly blamed and convinced by Hammond, his attorney, to fake insanity which got him acquitted of all charges, making the case unsolved till that very day. After Von Karma suffers a breakdown in court and confesses to the cover-up and for murdering Gregory, Edgeworth is set free. Following the trial, Phoenix explains that Edgeworth motivated him to become an attorney after he defended Phoenix from a false theft accusation as children. However, Edgeworth decided to become Von Karma's pupil following his father's murder after being motivated by his hatred of criminals. After the case, it was revealed that Larry was the true culprit of the theft. Nevertheless, Edgeworth decides to rethink whether or not he should resume his previous duties. Meanwhile, Maya decides to return to her home village to finish her spirit medium training.

In a fifth and final case added for the Nintendo DS and subsequent releases, Phoenix is hired by teenager Ema Skye to defend her sister Lana, the head of the prosecutor's office. Skye is accused of murdering detective Bruce Goodman, who was found in the trunk of Edgeworth's car. Together with Ema, Phoenix traces the origins of the murder to an incident two years prior, when a serial killer named Joe Darke allegedly murdered prosecutor Neil Marshall while trying to escape custody. Phoenix tricks Damon Gant, the Chief of Police, into revealing that he murdered Marshall and framed Ema for the crime in order to blackmail Lana into doing his bidding, and Gant confesses to killing Goodman after he requested that the case be reopened. Though Lana is cleared of murder charges, she agrees to resign her post to face judgement for protecting Gant. With Ema being sent to Europe to continue training as a forensic investigator, Phoenix looks forward to continuing his career defending the innocent.


It took a team of seven people ten months to develop Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.[15] It was directed by Shu Takumi and produced by Atsushi Inaba,[16][17] with music by Masakazu Sugimori.[18] Kumiko Suekane designed the characters, with art by Tatsuro Iwamoto.[19][20][21] In 2000, after Takumi had finished his work on Dino Crisis 2, his boss, Shinji Mikami, gave him six months to create any type of game he wanted. Takumi had originally joined Capcom wanting to make mystery and adventure games and felt this was a big chance to make his mark as a creator.[15] Takumi said that he initially received criticism for Ace Attorney's concept for its relation to law and a perceived requirement of legal knowledge, but he said that the main point of Ace Attorney was the "fun from solving puzzles and...calling witnesses out in their lies and evidence."[22]

At first, the game was planned to be released for the Game Boy Color, but after the development team saw the Game Boy Advance system's screen and footage of Mega Man Battle Network, Takumi felt it would be perfect for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.[23] The game was designed to be simple, as Takumi wanted it to be easy enough for even his mother to play.[21] As it was less common at the time to use professional voice actors, the development team provided the game's voice clips; each staff member recorded every sample needed for the game, and then the best ones were used. Takumi used his privilege as the director to cast himself as Phoenix, however, while Sugimori voiced von Karma and Iwamoto voiced Edgeworth.[16][24]

The game was originally going to be a detective game, with Phoenix as a private investigator who finds a body at his client's office and is arrested. As the lawyer who is assigned to his case is useless, Phoenix takes up his own defense. One staff member suggested that Phoenix should be a hamster; while this didn't happen, this early version of Phoenix did have a pet hamster. It was decided early during development to refer to the game as Surviban: Attorney Detective Naruhodo-kun, with "surviban" being a portmanteau of "survival" and the Japanese word "saiban" (裁判, "court" or "trial"). Among other names considered were Boogie-Woogie Innocence and Bingo Bengo, with "bingo" referring to answering correctly and "bengo" (弁護) being Japanese for legal representation. Takumi soon realized that finding and taking apart contradictions was not related to detective work. He felt the main setting of the game should be courtrooms. At one point the game was in danger of being cancelled when two staff members left the company, but Takumi's division leader and Inaba enlisted a member of the Resident Evil development team to help them part-time.[20]

Takumi cited Japanese mystery author Edogawa Ranpo as an inspiration, particularly The Psychological Test, a short story which involves a crime that "unravels due to the criminal's contradictory testimony." It had a big impact on him, and was a major influence on the game. He was also inspired by stories from another Japanese author, Shinichi Hoshi, stating that he was pursuing his "element of surprise and unexpectedness."[25]


Takumi felt the best way to write a mystery with a good climax is to reveal various clues, then pull them together into one conclusion, and not have multiple possible endings. He said the biggest challenge with this is making the gameplay and story work together. The goal is to make the player feel they have driven the story forward themselves, with their own choices, even though the game is linear.[26] While writing the episodes, Takumi ranked the importance of each. The first episode was the most important, to make sure the player likes the game; the second episode was the second most important, to solidify the player's interest, and the finale was the third most important.[21] In general, each scenario was finished before anything else was done. Then characters were designed based on the scenarios, and Takumi adjusted the dialogue as needed to make sure it fit the designs.[16] At this point, the scenes that were to have specific cut-in illustrations made for them were decided. Takumi drew rough sketches of them and also drew the storyboards for the episodes' openings,[20] which consisted of a series of detailed drawings showing what is happening.[27]

In Takumi's first draft of the story, the second episode, "Turnabout Sisters", was the first episode of the game. The development team decided because of its length, among other factors, it did not work well easing players into the game. As a result, he wrote a shorter episode, "The First Turnabout", which was used as the game's first episode. He wanted players to focus on the thrill of "nailing the culprit", especially for the first episode. For this reason, the culprit in the first episode is shown in its opening. This was the most direct way Takumi could think of doing it. Takumi said it was a challenge to write the episode. In addition to keeping it short, he had to set up the world of Ace Attorney and the types of characters players would meet.[20] The third episode was written for the sake of the character Miles Edgeworth, and the theme of the fourth episode was "rekindling the relationship". In it, Takumi tried to portray an intensively strong friendship between Phoenix and Edgeworth. He did wonder if that was what people got from it, saying that some people interpreted the bond between Phoenix and Edgeworth as "intensively passionate". Because of these two episodes, Takumi considered Edgeworth to be the game's protagonist in a way. The classroom trial in the game's fourth episode is based on real events: when Takumi was in second grade, he had found a 5 yen coin and put it in his pocket; his teacher accused him of stealing it from another student and made him apologize to her.[21]

Takumi spent little time writing a backstory for Phoenix before writing the game's story, and instead made up dialogue and developed Phoenix's personality as he went along. He said Phoenix is himself in everything but name, with dialogue similar to what Takumi would have said in each situation in the games. He attributed this to being a first-time writer who did not think about developing characterization before writing the story.[26] Takumi did not write a backstory for Dick Gumshoe. His character and personality just "fell into place" after Takumi decided the character would end his sentences with "pal". Other aspects of the character came about organically as he wrote the story. For instance, at one point Edgeworth says he will cut Gumshoe's salary; this became part of Gumshoe's backstory.[21] Takumi came up with the partner character Maya thinking it would be more fun for players to have another character with them, providing advice, rather than investigating on their own.[26] Originally, she was going to be a lawyer-in-training, preparing to take the bar exam.[21]

Larry Butz, the game's first defendant, was particularly difficult for Takumi to write. He re-wrote the character several times. Originally, he was going to be an "average Joe" type of character, who only appeared in the game's fourth episode.[21] After his inclusion in the first episode, however, Suekane and Iwamoto told Takumi to give the character "some oomph".[20] Takumi then wrote him as a "prickly tough-guy" who had the habit of telling people he was going to kill them. Some of the higher-ups at Capcom did not like this, so Takumi changed him to a character who laments his lot in life, saying "I'm going to die!" or that the situation is killing him.[20] The third episode's culprit was originally going to be male, until Suekane pointed out that all the game's villains were men. The development team debated what to do with the now female character. Some staff members thought it would be odd to have a female character be the director of an action show, and some wondered what to do with the director role if she could not fill it. In the end, Takumi changed the scriptwriter character to a director, and made the culprit a "strong, glamorous, fashionable, and cool-headed" producer.[21]

Nintendo DS version[edit]

The game's fifth episode, "Rise from the Ashes", was not included in the original version of the game; it was created four years later as part of the Nintendo DS version of the game.[21] Minae Matsukawa produced the fifth episode, under supervision of Inaba and Mikami.[28] Naoto Tanaka composed new music pieces for "Rise from the Ashes".[29] The idea to include the use of the Nintendo DS system's microphone came from American Capcom staff members. The Japanese staff did not like the idea of adding unnecessary features, but Takumi thought it was important to make the American audience happy, so it was included as an optional feature.[30] "Rise from the Ashes" utilizes technical improvements from the Nintendo DS that weren't possible in the original game.[31]


The original version of the game was released for the Game Boy Advance in Japan on October 12, 2001.[32] The Nintendo DS port, which was titled Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten (逆転裁判 蘇る逆転, "Turnabout Trial: Revived Turnabout"), was released in Japan on September 15, 2005, and included a new episode and an English language option.[33] The hope was the English language option would be a selling point in Japan, and that Japanese people studying English would play the game.[34] North American and European releases followed on October 11, 2005, and March 31, 2006, respectively.[35][36] A PC port of the Game Boy Advance version, developed by Daletto, was released in Japan in an episodic format, beginning on March 18, 2008.[37]Yomigaeru Gyakuten was later released on Wii via WiiWare in Japan on December 15, 2009,[38] in North America on January 11, 2010, and in Europe on January 15, 2010.[12] The fifth episode was released separately on WiiWare, on March 16, 2010, in Japan, in May 2010 in Europe, and on May 24, 2010, in North America.[39][40] An iOS version of Yomigaeru Gyakuten was released in Japan on December 21, 2009,[41] and in the West on May 24, 2010.[42]

A high-definition version of the first three Ace Attorney games, Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD,[b] was released for iOS and Android in Japan on February 7, 2012, and for iOS in the West on May 30, 2013.[43][44][45] Another collection of the first three games, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy,[c] was released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on April 17, 2014,[46][47][48][49][50] in North America on December 9, 2014, and in Europe on December 11, 2014.[51] It was also released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 21, 2019 in Japan, and on April 9, 2019 internationally; a Windows version was released internationally on the same date.[52][53]


The localization of the game was outsourced to Bowne Global, and handled by writer Alexander O. Smith, who was unfamiliar with the Ace Attorney series before working on it, and editor Steve Anderson. While the Japanese version of the game takes place in Japan, the localized version is set in the United States. Normally the setting would be left vague while cultural differences the target audience would not understand would be adapted. Because one of the episodes involves time zones, however, they had to specify where the game takes place and chose the United States without thinking a lot about it. This became an issue in later games, where the Japanese setting was more obvious.[54] Bowne Global staff handled all the voice roles in the localized version; Takumi had wanted to do the English voice for Phoenix, but Ben Judd handled it.[16][55]

Smith faced several problems related to the game's use of puns. In the Japanese version, each character has a name that relies on Japanese wordplay. While Smith and Anderson had a lot of freedom when it came to localizing the names of minor characters, they had to discuss the names of the main cast with Capcom. Smith came up with a list of first and last names for Phoenix. The first suggestion was "Roger Wright"; "Phoenix" was also on the list, but further down. Smith felt that "Wright" had to be the character's surname, because Phoenix's surname in the Japanese version—"Naruhodō", meaning "I see" or "I understand"—was used many times in the game's text as a joke. The reason for the suggested first name "Roger" was alliteration; and "Roger" was a good source for jokes. A staff member of the development team, however, thought that "Roger Wright" was too similar to "Roger Rabbit". Other suggested first names included "Pierce", "Xavier", "Marcus", and "Zane". In the end, "Phoenix" was chosen for its heroic sound.[54]

As the game's dialogue consists of a lot of wordplay and misunderstandings, Smith would analyze scenes before writing them: he would determine what the scenes were trying to accomplish, and where their beats were. After he had the structure of a scene in his head, he would write it. At times he was able to make use of the original Japanese dialogue, but most of the time he had to come up with new ideas himself. At several points, the English wordplay was inspired by the wordplay in the Japanese version. At others it was not possible to have wordplay in the same places as in the Japanese version, so Smith would change the structure of the scene slightly. Sometimes Smith came up with a joke or funny line and changed the scene to make the joke work. About half the jokes were rewritten based on the characters present in the scene, rather than using translations of the Japanese jokes.[54]



Most versions of the game have received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregatorMetacritic, with aggregate scores ranging from the high 70s to the low 80s out of 100;[56][57][58][59] an exception is the Wii version, which holds an aggregate score of 67/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[60]

Famitsu praised the idea of making a game based around trials. They felt this was innovative, and found it exhilarating and fun to uncover witnesses' lies.[32] Michael Cole of Nintendo World Report said the game's design and interface would make it a good choice for non-gamers as well.[6] Craig Harris of IGN felt the main issues with the game were its linearity, and how the puzzles are simple because the player can stop witness testimony at any time.[64] Cole, too, felt the game was very linear, and that it was unclear how to proceed at certain points. He said that because of how story-driven it is, the game has low replay value; he still felt that players might want to replay it after a few years.[6]

Thomas Bowskill of Nintendo Life said the game had changed his idea of what can make for a great game, and called it a "masterpiece". Bowskill appreciated the 2D presentation of the investigations, saying they suited the gameplay well and that it might have been difficult to find clues if 3D graphics had been used instead. Bowskill called the investigation sections "tedious" and "boring" at times, but said they were outweighed by the "feeling of accomplishment" from solving the cases.[4]

Carrie Gouskos of GameSpot said the game revitalized the adventure game genre.[5] Gouskos appreciated the game's presentation, calling it "unique and outstanding". She noted the music and sound effects work well with the drama. The cross-examination graphics, showing the two opposing lawyers along with the sound effect of a sword being unsheathed, she added, created an atmosphere similar to that of a fighting game.[5] Harris also likened the style to that of a fighting game.[64] Gouskos said the graphics, while simple, work well to show each character's mood and personality.[5] Harris agreed the visuals were well-drawn and called the soundtrack "nicely rendered", but felt the character animation was very limited.[64] Cole felt the graphics, while dated, have "visual flair". He appreciated the opening cinematics for the cases, which he thought were both stylish and ambiguous, and the character animations, which he called "priceless".[6] Nadia Oxford at USgamer said that early Ace Attorney games, despite the "tinny" sound of the Game Boy Advance versions, had spawned some of the most iconic music themes in video games; she noted "The Detective That Came From the Wild West", Jake Marshall's theme, as a particularly good track.[29]

Bowskill found the mood of the game to be hilarious, saying the game never gets stale; he attributed this to the diversity of its characters.[4] Gouskos called the game's characters cohesive, over-the-top, and quirky.[5] Harris called the story interesting and well written, citing the characters, situations, and dialogue.[63][64] Cole was impressed by the mysteries and their resolutions, calling them "novel, unpredictable and plausible". He also appreciated the character development arcs through the game, which he felt provided pacing and made the cases cohesive. He called the English localization "top-notch", and appreciated its humor.[6] According to Fintan Monaghan of The Escapist, the game is a critique of the Japanese legal system, which has a 99% criminal conviction rate.[69]

Wii, iOS, and Nintendo 3DS versions[edit]

Spencer McIlvaine of Nintendo Life was disappointed in the Wii version that had only a single use for the Motion controller, and how the low-resolution graphics in handheld versions of the game were used.[12] Dan Whitehead of Eurogamer also thought the motion controls were a minor addition. He was disappointed in how little effort Capcom had put into the port compared to LucasArts' remake of The Secret of Monkey Island.[61] IGN's Craig Harris called it "incredibly lazy", wishing it had included improved art and sharper text.[65] Cara Ellison of Eurogamer called the Trilogy HD port "perfunctory", saying the animations are slow at times, the high-definition graphics take away from the charm of the pixel art in earlier versions, and there is a delay after button presses.[62]

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was better received. US Gamer's Bob Mackey appreciated how the games were mostly left untouched, while given minor improvements, such as the player being able to read the text at their own pace and not waiting for it to crawl across the screen. He said the game's graphical upgrades were hit or miss, with certain characters, including Phoenix and Edgeworth, looking great. Elements that originally had less definition, such as the judge's beard, however, were "a little wonky".[68] Thomas Whitehead of Nintendo Life said that Capcom had done a "solid job" with the port. He appreciated the stereoscopic 3D effect and the game's faithfulness to the original; he felt, however, that the lack of an orchestral soundtrack similar to that in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies was a minor disappointment.[66]Hardcore Gamer's Geoff Thew called the updated art gorgeous, noting it did not have the same animation-related problems as the Trilogy HD on iOS. He appreciated the 3D effect, which he said worked well most of the time. However, the window frame in the detention center was not rendered on its own layer. While this was not a huge problem, Thew said it was distracting as the player often visits that area. He also commented on the lack of a remastered soundtrack, calling it a letdown.[67]


Eurogamer ranked the game as the 18th best video game of 2005.[70] It was also a nominee for GameSpot's 2005 Best Adventure Game award, which went to Fahrenheit.[71]Destructoid named the game the 48th best video game of the 2000s, citing the courtroom gameplay and characters, and calling it "one of the most unique and surprising games" of the decade. They said the third game in the series had the best story, but it relied too heavily on story events in previous Ace Attorney games; meanwhile, they found Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney to be fresh and have challenging cases, making it the best in the series.[72]Game Informer named it the 178th best video game of all time in 2009.[73]Adventure Gamers named it the 29th best adventure game of all time in 2011, citing its story, characters, and creative gameplay.[74] In 2015, GamesRadar+ named it the 55th best video game of all time, citing its music, story and look, calling it "Shu Takumi's masterpiece".[75] In 2016, Famitsu readers voted Gyakuten Saiban as the second best Game Boy Advance title, behind only Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.[76] In 2017, Famitsu readers voted Gyakuten Saiban the third best adventure game of all time, behind only Steins;Gate and 428: Shibuya Scramble.[77]


The Game Boy Advance version was the 163rd best selling video game of the year in Japan in 2001, with 62,169 copies sold.[78] Another 37,143 copies of the budget-priced Game Boy Advance re-release were sold in Japan in 2003, making it the country's 277th best selling game of the year.[79] The Nintendo DS version was the 127th best selling game of the year in Japan in 2005, with 101,902 copies sold.[80] Between 2006 and 2011 the game sold an additional 419,954 copies dropping from the 133rd to the 650th best selling game during that period.[81]

Demand for the North American release of the Nintendo DS version was higher than expected. The game was hard to find in stores shortly after its release; the third printing sold out in around a week.[82][83] As of February 2007, 100,000 copies had been shipped in North America, which Capcom's vice-president of marketing found surprising.[84]Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was the 139th best selling game of the year in Japan in 2014, with 46,819 copies sold.[85] The PC version of the collection was among the best-selling new releases of the month on Steam.[86][d]


After the release of the game, sequels, spin-offs, and a crossover have been made. The second and third games in the series, Justice for All and Trials and Tribulations, were released in 2002 and 2004.[88][89] The fourth game, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, which features the new protagonist Apollo Justice, was released in 2007.[90][91] The fifth game, Dual Destinies, was released in 2013,[92] and a sixth game, Spirit of Justice, was released in 2016.[93] Two spin-off games starring Miles Edgeworth, Ace Attorney Investigations and Ace Attorney Investigations 2, were released in 2009 and 2011,[94][95][96] and two featuring Phoenix's ancestor Ryūnosuke Naruhodō, The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve, were released in 2015 and 2017.[97] A crossover with the Professor Layton series, titled Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, was released in 2012.[98][99]

A manga based on the game, written by Kenji Kuroda and drawn by Kazuo Maekawa, premiered in 2006 in Bessatsu Young Magazine.[100]Kodansha released it in North America in five volumes from June 2011 to July 2012.[101][102] The third and fourth volumes both ranked No.2 on The New York Times Manga Best Seller List for one week each in 2011 and 2012, respectively.[103][104] A live action film adaptation of the game, titled Ace Attorney, produced at Toei Company, and directed by Takashi Miike, premiered in Japanese theaters on February 11, 2012.[105] An anime series adaptation based on the original trilogy premiered in April 2016.[106]

Phoenix Wright has been credited with helping to popularise visual novels in the Western world.[107][108]Vice Magazine credits Phoenix Wright with popularising the visual novel mystery format,[109] and notes that its success anticipated the resurgence of point-and-click adventure games as well as the international success of Japanese visual novels.[110] According to Danganronpa director Kazutaka Kodaka, Phoenix Wright's success in North America was due to how it distinguished itself from most visual novels with its gameplay mechanics, which Danganronpa later built upon and helped it also find success in North America.[108]


  1. ^Known in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban (Japanese: 逆転裁判, lit.Turnabout Trial)
  2. ^Known in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban 123HD: Naruhodō Ryūichi (逆転裁判 123HD 〜成歩堂 龍一編〜, "Turnabout Trial 123HD: Ryūichi Naruhodō")
  3. ^Known in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban 123: Naruhodō Ryūichi Selection (逆転裁判123 成歩堂セレクション, "Turnabout Trial 123: Ryūichi Naruhodō Selection")
  4. ^Based on total revenue for the first two weeks on sale.[87]


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