|Ace Attorney character|
|First game||Gyakuten Saiban
Remade as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
|Created by||Shū Takumi|
|Designed by||Tatsurō Iwamoto|
Miles Edgeworth, known as Mitsurugi Reiji (御剣 怜侍 一 Mitsurugi Reiji?) in original Japanese language versions, is a fictional Prosecutor in Capcom's Ace Attorney video game series. He featured as an antagonistic rival to main character Phoenix Wright in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. He reappears in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All as a friendly rival, gains a playable role in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, then due to the character's popularity, later went on to star in his own spin-off series, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. He also appears as a friendly rival in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies as well as appearing as a cameo in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. He is the prodigy of legendary prosecutor Manfred von Karma, an antagonist from the first game.
According to Shu Takumi, Edgeworth was difficult to develop as a character compared to Wright. Edgeworth's character came together once Takumi decided he would be rich. In the original game, Takumi designed Edgeworth to be an unlikable and tragic character. This is seen in Manfred von Karma raising Edgeworth to be a prosecutor and then prosecuting him for murder, just to have his revenge against Gregory Edgeworth. After the first game, when Takumi saw a comic depicting Edgeworth liking the Steel Samurai, he decided that a more likable Edgeworth would be "cuter", and so Edgeworth was fleshed out into the valuable friend and ally seen in Farewell, My Turnabout and Bridge to the Turnabout. In Edgeworth's original design, he was going to be a 36 year-old veteran prosecutor, but the staff decided that was not interesting enough as a rival. When Shu Takumi saw the second version of the character, he was struck with inspiration and created the back story between him and Wright. The older Edgeworth in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies went through many iterations. In the first design, he had large frills that went down to his thighs. In other designs, he had grown facial hair. In the end, Edgeworth retained an "elegant" look, with rolled back sleeves and vest, and sporting a longer coat and a pair of glasses, appearing more like his father.
Edgeworth's first appearance was in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, where he was introduced as an antagonist prosecutor, with a perfect record who'd do anything to win a trial, he's presented as respectable, but cold and ruthless. Throughout the game, the perception of Edgeworth changes, starting in episode three when he, for reasons then unknown, suddenly helps Wright to corner a witness. In the next episode, Edgeworth finds himself accused of murder, and Wright defends him against Manfred von Karma, Edgeworth's adoptive father. It is revealed during this episode that Wright and Edgeworth were childhood friends, and that Manfred von Karma murdered Edgeworth's father, a defense attorney, and raised Edgeworth as a prosecutor under his wing. Edgeworth believed he himself shot his father, a fact that lead to him becoming a prosecutor instead of a defense attorney. After his father's murder is resolved, Edgeworth becomes much more relaxed about his morals and personality, and becomes less antagonized. It's also revealed that many rumors and negativity exist about him in the law. In the exclusive DS episode, Rise from the Ashes, he's portrayed as reaching solely for the truth, however he becomes angst ridden at his reputation and past as a prosecutor. He ends up running away, leaving a supposed suicide note.
Edgeworth returns in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All, where it's revealed that Edgeworth's alive. It's revealed that his true purpose for running away was so that he could think about what it really means to be a prosecutor, and has become less focused on verdicts, while becoming more focused on seeking the truth. He acts as the prosecutor for the final episode, and helps Wright take down the villain.
In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations Edgeworth takes over as the protagonist lawyer briefly, impersonating a defense attorney briefly to defend Wright's client, while Wright is in hospital.
Edgeworth gained a starring role in the spin-off Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, in which he investigates murders relating to a smuggling-ring. During the course of the game, he meets Kay Farady, a young self-proclaimed "great thief", who acts as his assistant in a similar vein to Wright's assistant, Maya Fey.
In Gyakuten Kenji 2 (Ace Attorney Investigations 2) Edgeworth investigates cases related to his father, and struggles between his life path of becoming a defense attorney like his father, or continuing as a prosecuting attorney.
Edgeworth makes a brief cameo at the end of Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, where he is seen taking on Wright in a trial. He also makes an appearance in one of the game's DLC episodes.
- Gyakuten Saiban Guidebook.