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Character Name: Phoenix Wright
Age: 34
Canon: Ace Attorney
Canon Point: Post-Dual Destinies
Character Information: Phoenix Wright at the Ace Attorney Wiki!


If one were to look at Phoenix throughout his life, they'd see a person who's grown from a lonely little boy to an immature, lovesick college student; a fledgling newbie to a confident defense attorney; and a sly, cryptic poker player to a contented senior lawyer and mentor. Throughout all this, one thing remains the same:

Phoenix Wright is shaped by people. By and large, the various changes he goes through aren't efforts he's made to consciously alter his behavior but are altered, instead, by the influences and situations of those around him. Every major turning point in his life can be traced back to someone else, from his decision to become a lawyer to the secretive mask he cultivates during his seven year-long investigation. That's not to say he doesn't think for himself; all of his decisions are his own, but they're born out of inspiration and loyalty to the people he cares for and his desire to protect them.

It's loyalty and gratitude that drive him into law, for instance. When he was 9, he was accused of stealing a classmate's lunch money and was put on trial. Despite claiming innocence, his guilt was assumed by all present, and he was forced to apologize to the student whose money was stolen. That student was Miles Edgeworth, son of renowned defense attorney Gregory Edgeworth. He, along with fellow student Larry Butz, stood up for Phoenix when no one else would. The incident leaves a profound impression on Phoenix that he carries with him into adulthood. With stubborn determination, he pursues a career in law after he fails to get in touch with Edgeworth, now reportedly a corrupt "Demon Prosecutor".

What isn't born out of loyalty is led by intuition. Despite the evidence stacked against Edgeworth, Phoenix believes in him, not only to return the favor or because he was taught to always believe in his client by Mia, but because he knows Edgeworth is innocent, just as he knows Dahlia isn't really "Dollie" and that Athena didn't murder Clay. Because he often bases his assumptions on what he feels to be true rather than conscious reasoning, he often leaps to conclusions one might not think are probable or even possible, yet often prove correct. Many see him as a bumbling idiot who simply has luck on his side, but it's his determination and out of the box thinking that inevitably turns trials around. (Well, that and occasionally someone bursting into court with crucial new evidence at the last minute.)

That's not to say luck has nothing to do with it, though. Phoenix has luck in spades, both bad and good. He gets the most hopeless cases imaginable, yet still turns them around; he chews and swallows a glass bottle with trace amounts of poison, yet nothing happens; he falls off a burning bridge into icy water below, yet returns the next day with only a fever and some bruises; he gets hit by a car and slams his head on a light post, yet walks away with a sprained ankle. It's damn near preternatural, the kind of luck he has, that it would be a crime not to mention it.

For all his good qualities and lucky streaks, Phoenix is a human being and, by and far, nowhere near perfect. He has insecurities about being alone, becoming despondent whenever the agency is empty, and fears losing the people important to him, especially through his own fault. He tends to be a little too benevolent and non-confrontational outside of court, which leads to his friends taking advantage of him, saddling him with expensive bills like a $3000 camera or a fancy meal. While he protests and objects (quite vocally), he ultimately, grudgingly gives in. He also has a tendency to laze around when no one's riding him to be proactive. When Maya left the office to pursue training, for instance, he became listless and didn't take another case until Ema appealed to his sympathies two months later.

There's a sarcastic side to him that he keeps mostly contained to his thoughts when he's younger but becomes more vocal with when he's older. This could be, in part, due to becoming more mature and not worrying as much about presentation or offending people, but a more likely explanation lies with his introduction to Kristoph Gavin. His career is cut short when Kristoph, enraged and jealous that his client has fired him and turned to Phoenix instead, hatches a plan to frame Phoenix for forgery. It works. For the second time in his life, Phoenix is brought before a group of peers who all assume his guilt, save for one: Kristoph Gavin, who spends the next seven years pretending to be Phoenix's friend.

It's not clear how close they actually were or if Phoenix ever trusted Kristoph in the first place, but there is definitely some level of suspicion early on. Regardless, the incident sparks a change in Phoenix, at least in regards to how he presents himself to strangers. Where he once wore his heart on his sleeve, he's now more guarded, cryptic, and seemingly aloof, much to rookie defense lawyer (and Phoenix Wright fanboy), Apollo Justice's, frustration. Much of it is a mask he's cultivated in order to keep Kristoph from becoming wise to his investigation, but there is a marked difference between the way Phoenix operates now as opposed to when he's younger. Rather than immediately take Apollo under his wing, he uses him to put Kristoph away without taking Apollo's feelings into consideration, leaving them with a strain on their relationship that doesn't so much dissipate with time as it gets brushed under the rug.

Phoenix's morals also suffer during his disbarment. While he acts as a piano player at the Borscht Bowl ('acts' being the keyword; he's terrible), his real job is working in the basement as an undefeated poker player. Although it's suggested that he does have considerable skill, not all of his games are won on skill alone. He uses his daughter, Trucy, who was born with the talent to perceive people's nervous ticks, to win big games. No money is involved; as the draw is to defeat the undefeated champ, Phoenix probably justifies cheating as simply doing his job.

His seven year stint as an ex-attorney isn't all cheating, manipulation, and cryptic puzzles, though. He adopts Trucy soon after his disbarment (or, if you prefer, she adopts him). She immediately has a profound effect on him, becoming the light in this dark period of his life. It's through her we see that Phoenix is still the compassionate, protective person he's always been. He loves her more than anything, and the two share a close bond that isn't easily understood by outsiders.

His drive to stand up for what's right, even in the face of adversity, also persists throughout his disbarment. While putting Kristoph away is undeniably his goal, so, too, is bringing about change in a legal system far too wrought with corruption. It's for that reason, once Kristoph is in jail and his own name cleared, that he finally returns to the world of law at the request of Miles Edgeworth.

Phoenix still retains the air of mystery he cultivated. Whether it's become as much a part of him as any other part of his personality or he simply enjoys getting a rise out of Apollo is anybody's guess, but it's not the only trait that's followed him into his renewed life as a lawyer. Where once people were able to tell what he was thinking by his expression alone he now exercises a level of guardedness that only seems to relax when he's unsure of himself. In spite of that, he's much more outwardly mellow than his younger self, not nearly as excitable, and far more secure in his abilities as a defense attorney. Many of his original insecurities remain, however, with the addition of a few new ones: as a mentor to two fledgling lawyers, he fears he'll never live up to the amazing inspiration Mia was for him, often second-guessing his choices and blaming himself for problems outside of his control. It's a role he's still settling into, but with each new trial and tribulation they face, he gets a little closer.

5-10 Key Character Traits:

☞ passionate
☞ loyal
☞ intuitive
☞ lucky
☞ creative thinker
☞ guardian
☞ stubborn
☞ sentimental
☞ cryptic
☞ sarcastic

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