|“||One thing I can say for sure, he deserved his sentence.||„|
|~ Miles Edgeworth|
Joe Darke is a minor antagonist in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, more specifically the posthumous secondary antagonist of the bonus chapter, Rise From the Ashes. He had a small but significant role as the main culprit behind the SL-9 incident.
Joe Darke was a businessman who was responsible for a string of murders that occurred somewhere in 2015. After running over a pedestrian with his car, Darke panicked and murdered a witness on the sidewalk to cover up his tracks. He proceeded to kill another bystander who witnessed his first murder, another who witnessed his secod, a child who witnessed his third, and a jogger who stumbled upon him burying the bodies.
During an interrogation by Damon Gant and prosecutor Neil Marshall, a blackout occurred which Darke used as his advantage to escape. Being chased by Marshall, Darke had a fight with him in Gant's office and they both ended up unconscious.
After Gant arrived at the scene, he killed Marshall by impaling him on the sword of the armor and framed Ema Skye Darke for the murder in order to blackmail her sister Lana into doing his bidding. Using false evidence, Miles Edgeworth managed to prove Darke guilty with Gant's help. He was later sentenced to death for the only murder he didn't commit. It was two years later when Phoenix Wright proved the real murderer guilty.
- Joe Darke is indirectly responsible for the death of Bruce Goodman as well as inadvertently being the catalyst for the events that would lead to Damon Gant, Jake Marshall, and Lana Skye's arrests.
- He is also the only Ace Attorney villain to have murdered a minor (the victim being a young boy who happened to witness Darke killing someone else.)
- Joe Darke is only seen in grayscale.
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