"Our job is to find truth, no matter how painful it may be."
As a child, Miles Edgeworth was determined to become a defense attorney like his father Gregory, who he idolized. He became friends with Phoenix Wright and Larry Butz at age nine, when Phoenix was accused of stealing his lunch money and only Edgeworth and Larry stood up for Phoenix. In a classroom trial of Phoenix, Edgeworth insisted that Phoenix could not be proven guilty without evidence. (Later, it was revealed that Larry was the one who had stolen Edgeworth’s lunch money, something that Edgeworth had always suspected.) The three ended up fast friends for a time. Edgeworth excelled at many things in school and often won awards. In contrast, he did not handle being bad at something well, even crying out of frustration at failure on his part.
Edgeworth’s whole life changed due to an incident known by the police as the DL-6 incident. He had visited to court to watch his father’s case. Gregory was up against the famous prosecutor, Manfred von Karma. Although Gregory did not win his case, he was able to prove that Von Karma had forged evidence, ruining his otherwise perfect record. Von Karma was furious over this turn of events. As Edgeworth and his father were leaving the courthouse, an earthquake hit and they were trapped in an elevator with the bailiff, a man named Yanni Yogi. The three were trapped in the elevator for several hours, and over time, the oxygen began to run out in the elevator. As a result, Yanni Yogi began to panic. He ended up attacking Gregory Edgeworth in his hysterical state. The young Miles felt a gun by his feet in the darkness where it had fallen from Yanni Yogi’s belt. He grabbed it and when his shouts for Yanni Yogi to release his father were ignored, he threw the gun toward the two men. It went off in the darkness. After hearing a horrible scream, Miles fainted. When he regained consciousness sometime after the elevator opened, his father was dead, and Miles had blacked out much of the last events that had occurred before he had lost consciousness.
For years, Miles Edgeworth was haunted by that incident. He had a strong phobia of earthquakes and had nightmares about it for years to come. At the time, he believed that Yanni Yogi had murdered his father. A spirit medium known as Misty Fey (Mia and Maya’s mother) supposedly channeled his father, who pointed to Yanni Yogi as the culprit, but she was later discredited. The man was acquitted using a plea of temporary insanity that his defense attorney, Robert Hammond suggested. This contributed in large part to his shift to focusing on becoming a prosecutor rather than being a defense attorney, with Edgeworth having a hatred for criminals and spirit mediums in the aftermath. He also tended to be skeptical of anything “mystical” as a result.
After the DL-6 incident, Edgeworth broke off all contact with his former friends, Phoenix and Larry. He transferred schools and was adopted by Manfred von Karma, with von Karma’s daughter Franziska becoming like a sister to him. More than just an adoptive father, Von Karma became a mentor to Edgeworth, training him to follow in his footsteps and become a hardnosed prosecutor.
By age 20, Edgeworth had become a lawyer. He was viewed as a genius by many, and he began establishing an unbroken record of victories in court after his first case, wherein the accused died prior to the rendering of a verdict. Meanwhile, Edgeworth’s reputation as the “demon prosecutor” was also growing, his ruthlessness and rumored willingness to bend the rules.
His string of victories continued on until recently, when at the age of 24, he came up against Phoenix Wright. Phoenix dealt him his first two defeats in court, causing Edgeworth to become deeply upset with himself. During his second case against Phoenix, Edgeworth began questioning himself, as the accused’s innocence began to become more apparent. In the end, Edgeworth was the one who forced the final witness and true murderer to testify further when he realized her guilt, ultimately helping Phoenix win his case. While Phoenix thanked Edgeworth for his help, Edgeworth was less than happy about the whole thing, telling Phoenix to stay out of his sight from then on.
That was not to be, however, as Edgeworth himself ended up being accused of murder. He had been framed for the murder of a man named Robert Hammond, the defense attorney who had secured Yanni Yogi’s “not guilty” verdict in the murder of Edgeworth’s father. He had gone to meet with Hammond at Gourd Lake after receiving a letter from the man. The two rowed out to the center of the lake with Edgeworth never realizing that the man was Yanni Yogi in disguise and not the real Robert Hammond. After firing a gun into the air twice, Yanni Yogi jumped into the water and swam to shore. A dazed Edgeworth thought that it was some sort of a suicide attempt. He had picked up the gun in his dazed state and then rowed himself back to shore, where he was accused of murdering Robert Hammond.
Phoenix came to Edgeworth’s defense in a reversal of their childhood roles, believing that Edgeworth was innocent. Edgeworth attempted to refuse Phoenix’s help, but he was eventually persuaded to take it. He was not forthcoming about what had happened, however. Phoenix began to build a case for Edgeworth’s innocence anyway, and then went up against Edgeworth’s own adoptive father, Manfred von Karma, in court. Von Karma showed no mercy whatsoever, in spite of who he was prosecuting.
During this time, Edgeworth began to believe that he was the one responsible for the murder of his father, as his recurring nightmares seemed to suggest. He began to believe that he had indeed thrown the gun that had accidentally shot his father. Throughout the trial, Edgeworth carried the weight of believing that he had accidentally killed his own father on his shoulders, feeling as if he deserved to be punished.
Thus, when Phoenix managed to prove that Edgeworth was innocent and Yanni Yogi was the true murderer, seeking revenge on both Hammond and Edgeworth for ruining his life, Edgeworth’s guilt over the past overwhelmed him. He confessed to killing his father in the DL-6 incident in court, wanting to bear responsibility for what he now believed he had done.
Phoenix once again insisted on defending Edgeworth. To Edgeworth’s great surprise, Phoenix managed to prove his innocence, even when Edgeworth himself had believed that he was guilty. The true guilty party turned out to be Edgeworth’s adoptive father, Manfred von Karma. The man had been the one shot by the stray bullet when Edgeworth threw the gun (he was hit non-fatally) in the shoulder. Von Karma had found the three of them passed out from lack of oxygen in the elevator and picked up the gun, shooting Gregory Edgeworth in the heart. He had planned out Yanni Yogi’s framing of Edgeworth in Robert Hammond’s murder as further revenge for the accidental shot that had resulted from Edgeworth throwing the gun, the bullet still being lodged in Von Karma’s shoulder after all that time had passed.
Edgeworth was found not guilty. In the aftermath, he awkwardly celebrated with Phoenix, Maya Fey, and Larry Butz, who offered him a celebratory $38, compensation for the lunch money he had once stolen.
Things were changing inwardly for Edgeworth, as he experienced the lifting of the weight of an incident that had subtly haunted him for years. He had experienced the role of the defendant personally, and he was now able to know that the man responsible for his father’s murder was at last punished for his crime. He had not quite processed everything fully, but he was beginning to question the true role of the prosecutor.
Months passed, and Edgeworth received an award from the prosecutor’s office known as the King of Prosecutors. Although he was not terribly excited about the award, it was certainly better than what followed. A police detective was murdered and shoved into the trunk of his car. His boss, the Chief Prosecutor for the district, Lana Skye, was just arrested. She confessed to the crime. Edgeworth has just been assigned to prosecuting the case.
Miles Edgeworth is a distinctly formal and formidable individual. He cuts an imposing figure, tall and well-dressed. He often appears intimidating, particularly within the courtroom, but this definitely carries over outside of the courtroom at times as well. A person might be greeted with a steely glare in return for simply looking at him. He is sharp and highly intelligent, unquestionably talented when it comes to presenting facts and putting together a case.
He is very focused on winning and does not take losing well, though Edgeworth’s definition of victory is in the process of changing. Because of his hatred for criminals and the impossibility of knowing the truth of their guilt or innocence, Edgeworth was willing to be relentless in his attempts to convict them. He was initially highly ambitious and ruthless, determined to win his cases even if he has to bend the rule of law (e.g., coaching witnesses, concealing evidence, etc.) in order to earn a conviction, but even then, he still carried a certain code of ethics, meaning that he would not knowingly use forged evidence. His past behavior was obviously in part a reaction to his father’s supposed murderer going free, but with the resolution of that past incident and his encounters with Phoenix Wright, Edgeworth’s perspective is evolving. He is becoming more interested in the pursuit of truth beyond simply winning a case, but he is not quite to the point of having everything absolutely figured out yet.
All the same, Edgeworth by nature is a dedicated and driven individual. His profession is very defining for him, as he is a prosecutor and foremost. He plans meticulously for his cases, working to have all of the information in advance so that the testimony unfolds as he expects it to. When he is working in the courtroom, Edgeworth is very confident to the point of appearing quite arrogant at times. As long as the case goes according to his planning, Edgeworth remains calm, but when things depart from his expectations, he can become flustered fairly easily.
He actually is somewhat awkward in normal interpersonal interactions. Edgeworth tends to have a formal manner with most people, coming across as stiff sometimes. He does not open up to others easily and often finds it easier to be alone. He talks to his dog Pesu with more ease than he can talk to most people. He seldom appears to be relaxed, and his wealth combined with his manners makes him appear a bit snooty at times. At present, he is 24 years old. He has some interesting skills outside of his sharp lawyering talents, including flute playing and golf. He lives in a mansion and drives a red sports car when it is not a crime scene.
Oddly enough, as determined as he is in his pursuit of perfection, Edgeworth does not seem to particularly enjoy the limelight that comes with it. In his formative years, he turned down the prizes and awards he won; even at the present time, he found taking a day to receive his King of Prosecutors award to be a waste of time. Often, Edgeworth will divert credit away from himself for his accomplishments, his modesty an odd contrast to his self-assuredness and even arrogance when arguing a case.
Being a lawyer.