"It's only natural for living creatures to fight to protect their own lives. But what makes us human is that we fight for others. But who do you fight for? How hard must you fight…? That's the true measure of what human life is worth. We defense attorneys are warriors who are constantly challenged by that question. Even when the battle is over, and the bonds that connect us are severed… We always return… Time and time again. "
Phoenix Wright (or Ryūichi Naruhodō in the Japanese version) is the main character of the first three Ace Attorney games. He stars as a 24 year old rookie defense attorney who start off working with his mentor and boss Mia Fey. He ends up taking over her practice completely after she was murdered, renaming it to Wright and Co.
Phoenix's aspiration to become a defense lawyer stems from an incident in elementary school when he was blamed for stealing the class' pooled funds and was about to found guilty when his friend Larry Butz and the star student Miles Edgeworth (from whom most of the money was stolen from) came to his defense, saying that there was no evidence to prove him unerringly guilty. Miles' stirring speech turned his whole case around and from that day on, Phoenix dreamed of being able to defend the defenseless just as Miles had defended him. His dream stayed with him even while he was studying art in college, studying law and eventually changing his focus onto it completely. He hears rumors about Miles Edgeworth fabricating evidence and attempted to contact him though all his attempts went ignored. Thus, he continues on with studying law, knowing that he would come face to face with Edgeworth sooner or later in court. Though he is a lawyer, he is not too rich (not even owning a car) and struggles with the bills like the rest of the lot.
Phoenix does his best to prove his clients innocent and to clear their names by uncovering the true culprits through use of logic and spotting contradictions in presented evidence and testimonies. However, a lot of this has to do with wild guesses and grasping at straws which somehow allow him to turn his cases around, giving him the reputation of only winning by the skin of his teeth.
Throughout the games, Mia's younger sister Maya (and her cousin Pearl) live with him. Both girls are spirit mediums and often help Phoenix by channeling spirits or simply by lending moral support. Each game also pits Phoenix against a rival prosecutor who all have their quirks…and who all hate Pheonix one way or another and verbally (aside from Franny who also literally whips him) berate him.
He maintains his perfect win record for three years when an unfortunate turn of events changes everything…
[TO BE DONE SOON]
Phoenix takes care of Mr. Nibbles, Larry's barking pet shark who eats scooby snacks.
Phoenix is a humble, easy-going, and friendly ordinary guy. He can make quite a few bitterly sarcastic comments though he usually keeps them to himself like any decent guy. Compared to the rest of the cast, he is the most normal, having no outrageous quirks or outfits aside from his iconic pointing and shouts of "objection!", bad sense of humor, and having a lack of technological knowledge. He does not show anger or frustration, managing to keep calm and focused even when he is insulted to his face or when it seems like all hope is lost in the court (though he's also been known to throw out the most wild guesses in court which, to his luck, work most of the time). He is an incredibly loyal and just friend, backing his friends and clients 100%. He does not seem to even consider the possibility of doubting them for a second. His optimism is his true strength and is truly impressive when one discovers how cruely he was betrayed in his past.
THE POWER OF LAW. Umm…he's a lawyer. Who points. And has spiky hair.
In Nautilus, he's gained the ability to hold his breath for up to ten minutes underwater. He otherwise has only stuck to the very basics of Bending.
The city also decided to play a trick on him, making a large speech bubble that says "OBJECTION!" appear above his head each time he says the word. For some reason, it hasn't gone away.