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The Funniest Ace Attorney Characters

by Kimberley Wallace on Oct 24, 2013 at 01:37 PM

Part of what makes the Ace Attorney games isn't just the courtroom showdowns, but also the eccentric characters you encounter during your investigations. With Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies releasing today (check out our review if you haven't already), we thought it'd be fun to look back on some of the more zany personalities in the series.

Larry Butz

When something smells, it's usually the Butz. Silly last name aside, Larry gets himself into the worst situations, from his choice in women to his career endeavors (being an artist by the pen name Laurice Deauxnim is just as Butz as it gets). He always seems to show up when you least expect him to. He's often followed by more drama than he's worth, capitalizing on his next crazy idea... or girlfriend. Larry's that friend who, as much as you try, you just can't get through to. You may constantly face palm at him, but luckily for Larry, that's what makes him so damn entertaining.

Wendy Oldbag

Oh, Oldbag. Where do I begin? Somehow, this security guard is always a thorn in Phoenix Wright's side. She's the stereotypical old lady who loves to ramble about her life and feels she's earned the right to be cranky to everyone. She likes to reminisce about the "good old days," and often uses words like, "young whippersnappers." But what makes Oldbag so hilarious is her love for attractive young men –usually actions stars. She instantly morphs into a fan girl at the mere mention of one. She's best known for her affection for Edgeworth, donning him the nickname "Edgey-Poo."

Will Powers

The Steel Samurai is a big deal in the Ace Attorney world. The star of this TV show? None other than Will Powers. Nobody sees the Steel Samurai's face, and when meeting Powers you soon realize why. He is one scary looking guy, so much so that he doesn't take his costume off around his fans, since his face is too scary for children. What makes Powers so funny is that he looks like he'd be a tough customer, but he's really a big softie at heart. Also, he ends up some interesting places after The Steel Samurai's run ends, like starring in a new show, The Pink Princess: Warrior of Little Olde Tokyo.

Mike Meekins

I still have vivid memories of Meekins freaking out at me. Not only is he exuberant and loud on his own, but he carries around a megaphone. Just think about the worst possible person to have a megaphone, and that's Meekins! Add a touch of clumsiness to his hyperactiveness, and you have one big goofball who you can't help but love because of his dedication to police work. 

Up next, people who are awful at their jobs...

The Judge

Part of being a judge is your ability to remain impartial and not easily be swayed, but the judge in the Ace Attorney series is the most gullible man ever. No matter how obvious the lies, he still falls for witnesses' tricks time and time again. He also isn't shy about letting a pretty lady sway him, and he also gets distracted by food or from telling his own stories. Still, the judge always seems to finally come around to the right verdict. 

Furio Tigre

He may look like an evil version of Phoenix Wright, but what makes The Tiger so funny is that this loan shark literally roars like a tiger to shut people up. Not to mention he's a thug who drives a pink moped. Also, talk about a character with a bad tan and suit...

Winston Payne

Payne isn't only bad at his job, he's the worst at it. Part of what makes Payne so hilarious is seeing him super confident before a case, and then watching it fade as soon as his case is dismantled. He's often the first opponent you face in an Ace Attorney game, and he's always getting beat down. No doubt one of the funniest moments was learning how he lost his hair: The disbelief that he lost a case to Mia Fey, made it fly right off his head. Ever since then, he's been losing more and more composure in the courtroom...and trying to compensate with new hair styles. 

Director Hotti 

He might not been blessed with the biggest role in the Ace Attorney games, but Hotti is memorable for his hilarity. He presents himself as a doctor, but it's clear something's fishy. He seems to only care about examining pretty girls and he likes to gossip (this includes breaking doctor-patient confidentiality). Alright, so it's pretty clear he's a pervert and not a real doctor. Only in Ace Attorney do you get gems like these. 

Which characters got a chuckle out of you? Share with us in the comments below!