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Phoenix Wright, known in Japan as Ryuichi Naruhodo, is one of the main protagonists of the Ace Attorney series by Capcom. He is a veteran defense attorney known for his ability to "turnabout" the court to his favor. Together with his assistant Maya Fey, they solve case after case, searching for the truth.
Phoenix Wright is a playable character in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Phoenix Wright appears as a cameo in She-Hulk's ending. He and Miles Edgeworth are on a courtroom television show called "Jen's Justice", with She-Hulk as the judge. Before she delivers her verdict, she accidentally smashes the judge's stand with a slight tap of the gavel, leaving both the lawyer and the prosecutor panicking and hugging each other out of fear with She-Hulk telling the bailiff that she "did it again."
Phoenix Wright's ending involves him in court stating how he has never touched upon a case so unique before. With that, he brings the defendant of the case, Galactus, to the stand as his assistant Maya, and She-Hulk, who is this case's prosecutor look on. However, Galactus is naturally too big to fit in the courthouse no matter how small he can make himself, so he requests a change of venue.
Phoenix Wright possesses a wide arsenal of moves, with a variety of effects and uses. His regular moves consist of simple mundane actions such as ducking to search for clues, looking at paper documents and even sneezing (which serves as his Launcher Attack). Many of his special attacks also function that way.
He has three modes (stances): Investigation, Courtroom and Turnabout Mode. Each stance has their own set of special moves and command normals. This makes him somewhat limited at first (as he has access to only three special moves in Investigation Mode), but grows exponentially during the course of the fight.
With this in mind, his gameplay is, coincidentally, defensive-oriented: a mix of a keep-away character (projectiles and other moves with wide/long range) with high combo abilities (moves that strike multiple times and hit OTG). He also has a relatively medium to high damage output (which is further increased in his Turnabout Mode), a decent amount of health, and a very damaging Level 3 (although this one requires him to be specifically in the Turnabout Mode).
One of the most famous players to main him is Lythero, who also mained Viewtiful Joe and Dante as his two teammates. He even made a combo tutorial video for players who wanted to use him in competitive play.
- Phoenix Wright has three stances, based on Ace Attorney; 'Investigation Mode' and 'Courtroom Mode' references the two main modes of gameplay in his series, while 'Turnabout Mode' references one of the main themes of the game; Wright's ability to turn a situation on its head and change everyone's view of the case.
- The evidence Phoenix Wright finds is based on evidence in the series, including common items in the series like a knife, an autopsy report, a cell phone and a photograph. Specific items include a broken vase (which may be the vase broken by Victor Kudo in case 3 of Trials & Tribulations), a watch (which may be the watch worn by Doug Swallow in case 1 of the aforementioned game), a bottle of grape juice (Phoenix's favourite drink, at least in Apollo Justice), and a Servbot.
- His Objection! move is named "Bridge To The Turnabout", referencing both the final case of Trials and Tribulations and the fact that it's what lets him enter Turnabout Mode.
- Phoenix Wright was planned as a playable character in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, alongside fellow Ace Attorney character Franziska von Karma. The idea was scrapped due to problems with his specials using speech bubbles (e.g. "Objection!"), resulting in longer texts and an unbalanced game when localized in other languages. In addition, this is what caused fans to want Phoenix Wright to be in a fighting game. Despite it being "silly", even Shu Takumi, creator of the Ace Attorney series, supported it.
- In an internet poll of characters fans wanted to see in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Phoenix Wright placed second, first being Mega Man X, and Strider Hiryu being third. Both Wright and Strider made it to Ultimate as playable characters, while X made it in as a DLC costume for Zero, instead becoming a core playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
- Phoenix Wright's rival in UMvC3 appears to be Nova, as they are both guardians. Wright being the guardian of his clients (defending them in court), and Nova being the guardian of the galaxy. Nova gained supernatural powers which he uses to fight regular crime. On the other hand, Wright, a normal human, has had numerous encounters with the supernatural, and even faced villains of a mystic nature. They also both use very different methods of delivering justice, with Phoenix Wright using the law, and Nova using violence.
- Phoenix Wright's reveal trailer ends with him defeating Dr. Doom with the Ace Attorney Hyper Combo. This may be a joke or reference to Doom's ability to evade the legal system due to diplomatic immunity, as well as the 2009 game Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, where overruling diplomatic immunity was a major plot point.
- Wright's universal launcher and Air Combo/Aerial Rave finisher involve him sneezing. This is a reference to the first case in the third game, where a young Phoenix Wright is stricken with a bad cold. In addition, one of the items he finds as (unusable) evidence is a bottle of Grape juice, referencing his future self's favorite drink.
- In the Japanese version of the game, he is called by his Japanese name, Naruhodo-kun, even if the audio is set to English, similar to Hsien-Ko and Akuma, as Lei-Lei and Gouki, respectively. However, most characters will simply call him Naruhodo.
- In the English version of the game, his last name is included in character lifebar name to differentiate from Jean Grey-Phoenix.
- Phoenix Wright's "Slip Up" move, which involves him slipping on a banana peel and hitting overhead, isn't a reference to anything in the Ace Attorney series, but rather, a special reference to the first "Fight without Fighting" character Norimaro, who also had this move.
- If Phoenix's voice is set to Japanese, his speech bubbles will also turn into their Japanese kanji form.
- Phoenix Wright's assists were once fully invincible while in Turnabout Mode. The invincibility was removed upon the release of the Heroes and Heralds patch.