Wright / Ryuuichi Naruhodou / Phoenix Wright
"Ace Attorney" and main character of the first three games, Phoenix has wanted to be a defense lawyer since he was a kid, and first appears as the new addition to Mia Fey's law practice.
Personality: Phoenix is generally easy-going, which usually leads to his
friends leading him around. He's dedicated to defending his innocent
clients, but because he's just starting out he depends a lot on his boss
and mentor, Mia Fey. Phoenix is also a loyal friend who won't back down
once he's set his mind on something. He has a bit of a sarcastic side that
he usually keeps to himself.
When Phoenix was 9 he was accused in his class of stealing another student's lunch money (Edgeworth's). The class held a "trial" and determined him to be guilty, as he hadn't felt well enough to join the kids in PE, and was therefore alone in the classroom when it happened. In the end Edgeworth stood up to the class to declare Phoenix innocent, as they had no conclusive proof that he'd done it. It was because of this incident that Phoenix decided to become a defense attorney, so that no innocent person would have to suffer the feeling of being falsely accused. Phoenix, Edgeworth, and Larry became friends after that, until Edgeworth was abruptly transferred out of their school. Years later Phoenix began hearing the rumors about Miles Edgeworth, the "Demon Prosecutor" who would go so far as to fabricate evidence to win a case. Phoenix tried to contact him but was ignored, and in the end strengthened his interest in the law so that he would eventually be able to face Edgeworth in court.
Phoenix attended college at Ivy University, where he met Dahlia, and dated her for half a year. She gave him a crystal pendant the first time they met as a "symbol of love." But when Dahlia's ex boyfriend confronted Phoenix and ended up dead, Phoenix was put on trial for the murder. Mia defended him and ended up winning the case by proving that the pendant was a piece of evidence from an old case that she gave to Phoenix to keep her from being implicated. When she couldn't retrieve it from him later, she tried to kill him by poisoning his cold medicine, and when THAT didn't work framed him for murder. Dahlia is now in jail awaiting execution.