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Spoilers for all Ace Attorney games, save Gyakuten Kenji 2 and Dual Destinies
As it has been shown recently, I'm very excited for Gyakuten Saiban 5, aka Ace Attorney 5, aka Ace Attorney-Dual Destinies. Also, recently, I did a blog ranking all of the Links from the Legend of Zelda series, based on what they had accomplished in their respective adventures. Today, I'd like to apply that same concept to the series I may love the most: Ace Attorney.
Rivals! AND LOOK, IT'S MISSLE THE DOG!
I planned this blog awhile ago, making the entire list of rankings...so thankfully, I don't need to worry about that. Below, you'll see an entire list of all the attorneys (yes, that is a word-I Googled it), with a short description of them, and some notable things about them. I'll even be including ones who we never see in court-I will then base them off their record/morals, etc. Also, I will be doing 3 lists overall-one for defense lawyers, one for prosecutors, and then, finally, overall. The new prosecutors and defense lawyers presented in Gyakuten Kenji 2 and Dual Destinies will NOT be included, however. So now, let's get ready, for possibly the longest blog I'm ever going to write, and that 2 people will care about. X3
Notable Qualities/Events Involved In:
This is the man, Phoenix Wright, the one who started it all. Not every event in the Ace Attorney universe links back to Phoenix, but he's watched a lot of it unfold, and has been a deciding force in many cases. His determination and luck has made Phoenix a renowned attorney, and though he was disbarred, he managed to stay a legend. You can't say anything bad about this guy-he's always gotten the criminal, and had his client get the verdict they deserve. He is simply a legend in the Ace Attorney universe-this is the kind of list where we start with the best.
Apollo was the fourth playable attorney in the series, after Mia and Edgeworth were playable in Trials and Tribulations, but he was the first besides Phoenix Wright to have his own game. While he was aided in the trials he participated in by Phoenix Wright, his determination and Perceive ability led him to have success all on his own, and he also aided in clearing Phoenix Wright of his charges of forged evidence. While there isn't really anything bad about Apollo, there is the fact that he is a bit rash, and is still a greenhorn attorney, and so, hasn't been able to achieve as much. This is said at the end of his game, where he comments on the fact that he will one day be able to contribute to the law.
Mia Fey is significant in the Ace Attorney universe in that she taught Phoenix Wright several of the techniques he uses in court, such as bluffing and thinking outside the box. While we don't know much about all the success she has as a defense lawyer, we do know she helped foster the downfall of Redd White, a person corrupting the entire United States, as well as helping Phoenix with several of his trials when she was channeled by either Maya or Pearl Fey. Her actions led to many successes on Phoenix's part, and while Phoenix has moved on, according to his actions post Trials and Tribulations, Mia has still had a profound effect on him, and steered him in the right direction.
Unfortunately, not much is known about Diego's days as a defense lawyer. While his words of wisdom were seen from the eyes of Mia Fey, we never see him do anything really in court alone, and thus, we can't really judge his skills as a defense attorney much. As a prosecutor, that may be a different thing, but still, not much is known about Diego the defense attorney. We can only assume he's more "Ace" than some others on this list, based on the legacy they leave behind.
Like Armando, we basically know nothing about the older Edgeworth's time as a defense attorney, sans his time in Ac Attorney Investigations 2. While we don't know really anything bad about him, we do know that he did perform admirably against von Karma in court, as he did give him his one and only penalty, which is definitely something noteworthy.
Not much to say about Grossberg. We only see him as a co-counsel to Mia Fey, and also know that he was blackmailed by Redd White. He's never seen in court, though it isn't ever insinuated that he is ill-intentioned. So, he's not really a bad attorney...but he's not very "ace" either. At least he had his own law office-that must be something good, right?
Another one we don't really know much about in terms of her lawyer skills. While we know she did do some work as a defense lawyer for some of the companies attacked by the Yatagarasu, we don't know much about her success. However, we can assume she was at least somewhat successful, as the Yatagarasu was technically never caught. Though, it is discrediting to her that she's evil...
Oh boy, bottom of the barrel here. We don't know anything positive about this guy-we only know that he made Yanni Yogi lie and say he had brain damage, which ruined the man's life, and led to his wife's suicide. So yeah, Hammond is pretty much a self-serving defense attorney, and isn't "ace" at all.
One of the most evil characters in the Ace Attorney universe, Kristoph Gavin was known to be the "Coolest Defense Attorney in the West" before he was arrested for the murder of "Shadi Smith". This does give some credit to him, considering it seems he was the most known attorney after the fall of Phoenix Wright. Though, considering he is known for forging evidence at least once, it does discredit him, especially since he tried to poison numerous individuals, all in the name of gaining fame and fortune.
Well, that is all the defense attorneys! Let's see how they're stacked up!
Now, time for the prosecutors!
Miles Edgeworth is perhaps the most interesting character in the Ace Attorney universe. Believing for years he killed his own father, only to discover that his mentor actually had, Edgeworth has gone through a lot in his life, even being involved with the conspiracy of the Fey clan along with Phoenix Wright. From his transformation to a cold prosecutor to pursuing the truth, Edgeworth has and always will be the definition of what an Ace Attorney is, having solved many cases that no one else could, and eventually, always pursuing the genuine truth, even if that meant the defendant was innocent.
Manfred von Karma
Considered one of the main antagonists of the series, Manfred von Karma has an imposing legend in the Ace Attorney world, as until his meeting with Phoenix Wright, he had never lost a case. He manipulated many witnesses as a prosecutor, hid vital evidence, and always ensured the defendant would be declared guilty. While we don't know how much the elder von Karma did these deeds, we do know that he did do them, as seen in Turnabout Goodbyes. However, he did have a 40 year win streak, and was very careful and wise in the courtroom, which does place him above others on the list.
Okay, if you've played any Ace Attorney game, you've seen this guy-he's in all the ones released so far, except Gyakuten Kenji 2, I believe. He's inept, but the truth is, he did have a long win streak of seven years-longer that some other notable prosecutors...namely, Miles Edgeworth. Of course, after one loss, he fell apart, and that discredits him some.
Here's the first of the prosecutors we known little about, and really actually is the one we know the least about. We do know that he was well intentioned as part of the Yatagarasu, but he also did do some illegal activity being part of the Yagarasu, so that brings him down a bit. Unfortunately, we know little else about him, and his attorney skills can't really be judged.
Godot is a fan-favorite, due to his coffee drinking habits, his character, and his awesome mask thing. While he may be a fierce adversary for Phoenix Wright, there is a problem: he never wins a case, ever. While we know his skills are good, it's a bit hard to classify him as being above others, due to him not taking on a variety of attorneys. Still, he does do better than some others on the list.
Franziska von Karma
Franziska is the only female prosecutor, and she whips some serious, er, butt in the courtroom. While she never defeats Phoenix Wright, she does do well internationally working with Interpol, as well as against others in the courtroom. She also passed he bar exam and became a prosecutor at age 13. AT AGE 13. That makes her pretty ace in my book.
Klavier Gavin is a cool prosecutor, with girls fawning over him due to his rockstar fandom, and he also excels as being a prosecutor in general. He pursues a verdict that is the truth, and doesn't only go for a guilty verdict. However, he was blind to his own manipulation by his brother, Kristoph, as noted at the end of Turnabout Succession, which puts a damper on his skills. He also is shown to have overlooked things sometimes, as well as being a bit self-centered. Still, he is pretty awesome.
Well, nothing good to say about this guy, really. He killed someone in Edgeworth's office, and tried to pin the blame on anyone he could, but was pretty sloppy in his doing so, and thus he was found out and convicted with murder. He defended himself poorly, and we know nothing of his true prosecution skills, so he's pretty much guaranteed the bottom spot.
Alright, that's it for the prosecutors! Here's my list!
And now-the overall list for who is the most "Ace Attorney"!
I think Edgeworth and Phoenix both deserve the top spot, but I'm giving it to Edgeworth right now. Although I like Phoenix more as a character, I think Miles Edgeworth, at this moment, truly is the definition of an Ace Attorney. Have any other thoughts? Sound off below! I hope you enjoyed this look at the major players of the Ace Attorney universe!
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