Villains Wiki

Hi. This is Thesecret1070. I am an admin of this site. Edit as much as you wish, but one little thing... If you are going to edit a lot, then make yourself a user and login. Other than that, enjoy Villains Wiki!!!


Villains Wiki

This Villain was Headlined on July 2009.


This Villain was proposed and approved by Villains Wiki's Pure Evil Proposals Thread. Any act of removing this villain from the category without a Removal Proposal shall be considered vandalism (or a futile "heroic" attempt of redemption) and the user will have high chances of being terminated blocked. You cannot make said Removal Proposal without permission from an admin first.
Additional Notice: This template is meant for admin maintenance only. Users who misuse the template will be blocked for a week minimum.

Villain Overview

That's right, Manfred von Karma. He's the best prosecutor there is. He hasn't lost a case in his 40-year career. He is a god of prosecution, Wright! A god!
~ Miles Edgeworth to Phoenix Wright about Manfred Von Karma.
Decisive evidence... A decisive witness... What else could possibly be required?
~ Manfred von Karma
Wrong. There is only one thing you need to do here. You will slam down your gavel and say the word "guilty". That is your role!
~ Manfred von Karma to the Judge in Turnabout Goodbyes.

Manfred Von Karma (in Japanese: 狩魔豪, Gou Karuma) is the main antagonist of the Ace Attorney video game franchise.

He serves as the main antagonist in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and the first season of the anime series, the posthumous overarching antagonist of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations, a minor flashback antagonist in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, and a supporting flashback antagonist in Gyakuten Kenji 2/Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth - Prosecutor's Path.

He is the "God of Prosecution" who is obsessed with protecting his perfect record of winning cases, forging evidence, and killing anyone who stands in his way to do so. He is also the biological father of Franziska Von Karma and the adoptive father of Miles Edgeworth.

Manfred Von Karma was originally voiced by Masakazu Sugimori in Japanese, who also done the soundtrack for the first game. In the movie, he was played by Ryo Ishibashi. In the anime, he is voiced by Akio Ōtsuka in Japanese and Bill Jenkins in English.


Von Karma was known as the god of prosecutors. On his trials, he always played the judge, the attorney, the defendant, and the testimonies like marionettes. The main characteristics of his achievements were perfectly clean testimonies and perfectly clean (if forged) evidence, leaving no shadow of doubt on anyone. He never lost a case, prizing his perfect record above all else.

The IS-7 Incident

Manfred von Karma was assigned as the prosecutor of what would be known as the IS-7 Incident. The defendant was Issei Tenkai (Jeff Master in the fan translation), a famous pastry chef and TV star, who was the main suspect of the murder of Paul Holic, a sculptor who was participating in a contest Jeff hosted on his mansion, which incidentally was the crime scene. The attorney assigned to the case was Gregory Edgeworth, who directly confronted von Karma at the crime scene. While Edgeworth tried not to judge von Karma's actions based on the rumors of forgery, he eventually concluded that von Karma was indeed forging evidence, since the victim's body disappeared from the scene yet von Karma had an autopsy report.

The IS-7 trial dragged on for a whole year, due to von Karma's machinations. Manfred von Karma ultimately won the case, as Jeff Master gave in and falsely confessed, being declared guilty of being an accomplice of the crime. However, Gregory Edgeworth was able to prove that von Karma forged the autopsy report and that Jeff's confession was forced, and because of this von Karma receive his first penalty. The case was then put on hold, due to the only other witness and suspect, Dane Gustavia, having fled the country. In truth, von Karma had no idea the autopsy was fake and Blaise Debeste had used him as a scapegoat to throw off suspicion on himself.

The DL-6 Incident

Von Karma's loss of his perfect record affected him deeply. Gregory and his son, Miles Edgeworth, as well as the bailiff Yanni Yogi, entered the elevator to leave the court, when an earthquake struck the building, leaving the three of them trapped. The oxygen inside the elevator started to run low, causing them to become desperate and confused. In a panic, Yanni drew his gun in an attempt to conserve oxygen by killing Gregory, but the attorney knocked it out of his hand. The gun fell near Miles, who picked it up and threw it blindly at Yogi.

At that time, von Karma was near the elevator when the gun hit Yogi and fired. The bullet hit von Karma in the shoulder, who released a demonic scream that became the subject of Miles' nightmares for years to come. The three trapped in the elevator fell unconscious shortly afterward, and as the door opened, von Karma saw the three lying on the floor and the gun near them. Seizing the opportunity, von Karma picked the gun and shot at Gregory in the heart, killing him as revenge for ruining his perfect record. Yogi was accused of the murder but found innocent because his attorney, Robert Hamond, forced him to plead insanity. But during Yogi's trial, the court summoned Misty Fey, master of the Kurain Channeling technique to communicate with the deceased victim, Gregory Edgeworth. Fey successfully channeled him but because Gregory Edgeworth never saw the murderer he believed Yogi had murdered him. Redd White later bribed Marvin Grossberg into giving him information on this which he later sold to the media, leading to the destruction of the Fey Clan's reputation and leaving Morgan Fey's husband to divorce and leave Iris and Dahlia Hawthorne. Yogi's life was ruined; he lost his job as a bailiff and his fiance, Polly Jenkins, committed suicide. As such, he decided to live as a senile old man named 'Uncle', renting out boats at Gourd Lake.

To not raise suspicion, von Karma took a three-month vacation, this being the first and only time in his life that he ever took a vacation. He hid the bullet from everyone, and after healing from the shot, he decided that he would have even bigger revenge on Gregory by adopting the young Miles and raising him along with his daughter Franziska to become a ruthless prosecutor like himself.

Training Edgeworth

Von Karma taught Miles everything about prosecution, and Miles became a prosecutor, as well as Franziska. Years later, von Karma put his revenge plan into work. He contacted Yogi through a letter, giving him instructions about a plan to take revenge on Robert Hammond and Miles Edgeworth, who Yogi held for his ruin. So, Yogi contacted both Robert and Miles to go to the lake at different times.

As Robert arrived, Yogi killed him with a point-blank shot and threw him at the lake. As Miles arrived, Yogi and he used a boat to go to the center of the lake, and Yogi shot at nothing in particular just to call the attention of anyone who happened to be at the lake, the shot again and dropped at the lake, leaving the gun behind.

Miles was accused of the murder, and von Karma assigned himself as the prosecutor of the case, to make sure everything would go according to his plan, and to see Miles ruined by himself.

Miles Edgeworth's Trial and defeat

The day before the last day of the trial, Phoenix and his coworker Maya presented von Karma the letter he wrote to Yogi just as he was stealing all the evidence from the DL-6 Incident. He admitted to writing the note but was not willing to let it be presented in court, for it would ruin both his career and his revenge. He then violently assaulted Phoenix and Maya with a stun gun and electrocuted them until they were both unconscious before stealing back the letter.

Even without the note, Phoenix acquitted Miles, but only for Miles to "confess" to murdering his father, Gregory. Remembering evidence that TWO bullet shots had been fired, Phoenix became convinced that something else was happening. Although von Karma stole most of the evidence, he failed to steal the bullet recovered from Gregory Edgeworth since Maya managed to take it.

In the final trial, Phoenix realized that von Karma kept the bullet in his shoulder, so he used a metal detector to prove this. Von Karma tried to argue otherwise, but when Phoenix revealed the other bullet and got consent to remove von Karma's bullet, von Karma realized that he was finished and released the same scream that he had 15 years earlier. Edgeworth finally realized the truth as von Karma confessed, banging his head repeatedly against the wall screaming Edgeworth's name. After 40 years, the great Manfred von Karma had finally been defeated, and now he was exposed as the murderer that he truly was. Seeing that he finally lost, von Karma demanded the judge to end the trial so that he can face his punishment. The judge obliged, and von Karma was arrested for his crimes and died shortly after.


You and your father are my curse! Your father shamed me with a penalty on my record! And you... you left a scar on my shoulder that would never fade! I...I'll bury you! I'll bury you with my bare hands! Death! Death!
~ The end of Von Karma's iconic breakdown.

Von Karma slams his fist on the prosecutor's bench and bellows Edgeworth's name in rage while images of the DL-6 Incident flash behind him. He then begins to slam his head against the wall behind him, getting faster and faster by the moment.

Later Appearances

Von Karma is frequently mentioned in later episodes of the series, often appearing during flashback sequences. In Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, he appears briefly during a flashback sequence, where he takes the young Miles Edgeworth and Franziska Von Karma to the courtroom for their first investigation.

He appears once again in Gyakuten Kenji 2/Ace Attorney Investigations: Prosecutor's Path, being a central character in the third case, which is a flashback to Gregory Edgeworth's last case, where Von Karma got his first penalty and killed Gregory.


If his protégé was considered a "demon prosecutor", Manfred von Karma could be considered the attorney equivalent of Satan - he is obsessed with achieving a guilty verdict in court and is willing to trample over anyone he wishes to get there. He often uses his forbidding and imposing appearance and personality to intimidate others into accepting his words, and often even acts for the judge because he is too terrified to speak in Von Karma's presence.

Ever the perfectionist, Prosecutor von Karma single-mindedly pursues victory in the courtroom (even if the defendant is innocent); whether it be forging evidence or murder, Manfred von Karma will do absolutely anything to get his guilty verdict.

In Ace Attorney Investigations, Von Karma is also shown to be restrictive with his daughter Franziska, which is reflected in her personality. However, his perfectionism is a weakness as well as a strength, and since Von Karma cannot stand to lose, he is willing to do absolutely anything in his power to prevent the defense from winning (going as far as to knock Wright unconscious with a stun gun).

Von Karma is incapable of showing love for another person, seeing it as a weakness. It's notable that when he is complimenting somebody, it's their abilities or skills he praises rather than them. An example is when he mentions his wife's cooking in a positive light rather than mentioning his wife as a person. To Von Karma, people are pawns in his path to perfection, meant to be disposed of when they are no longer useful to him.


Murder/Attempted murder victims
  • Possibly hundreds of people were wrongfully imprisoned by Manfred.
  • Gregory Edgeworth (Killed in retribution for causing Manfred to be penalized.)
  • Robert Hammond (Killed by Yanni Yogi under Manfred's orders in originating Edgeworth.)
  • Miles Edgeworth (Attempted) (Victim of paternal abuse/child neglect. Framed by Manfred to get him executed for the murder of Robert Hammond. Later framed for the death of his father, who Manfred himself murdered)

Victims of his actions

  • Phoenix Wright (Assaulted in records room during a confrontation.)
  • Maya Fey (Assaulted in records room during a confrontation.)
  • Yanni Yogi (Manipulated into murdering Robert Hammond, being forced to take the blame for Gregory Edgeworth's death.)
  • Franziska Von Karma (Victim of paternal abuse.)
  • Jeffrey Master (Victim of his inhumane interrogations.)


Hah! A mere detective, speaking back to me. ...I admire your courage at least. Badd. Stand watch and see to it that they don't misbehave.
~ Von Karma meeting Badd.
Tsk tsk tsk... If you have an objection, say it. Do you think a mere defense attorney can break my logic?
~ Von Karma taunting Gregory.
The victim was not seen, as he stayed locked up in his room after the contest had begun. The only one who could have unlocked the locked rooms was Jeff Master. And the murder weapon, the rock salt lamp, was being kept in Master's room. This should be the decisive evidence in proving Master's guilt! Defense attorney. You've lost to me before you even had a chance to stand in court!
~ Von Karma claiming he won the case over Gregory.
What are you hesitating for! I should've known you weren't ready yet! Franziska, you disappoint me as well, now get out of my sight, the both of you!
~ Von Karma dismissing both Edgeworth and Franziska when the former gets too many penalties in the first part of Turnabout Reminiscence.
Judge: E-excuse me? Mr. Von Karma?
Von Karma: Three minutes just passed.
~ Manfred von Karma.
Phoenix: I'm going to run this over you, and see what we find.
Von Karma: ... I... refuse!
Judge: Y-you refuse...! But, refusing this means... You acknowledge that the bullet is still inside you?
Von Karma: Judge! I call for a suspension of this trial! This is an invasion of privacy!
Phoenix: The statute limitations runs out on this case today!
Von Karma: Mm... mmmph! Where did you get that?! Mmmph... mmmph!
Phoenix: Well, Mr. Von Karma!?
Von Karma: Mmmrrrrrrgggh! UAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH! Uaaaaarrrrrr... aaaa.... oohh.
Worrrrrrggg... aaa.... oooooohhhhh.... Worroooorrrrghh
Eh... Edgewooooorrrrthhh......................
.... Ehh... Edgewo, ooooorrth.....
Only... you would.... dare.... defy me...!
Edgeworth: So... it was you!
Von Karma: You and your father are my curse! Your father shamed me with a penalty on my record! And you... you left a scar on my shoulder that would never fade! I'll bury you! I'll bury you with my bare hands! Death! Death!
~ Von Karma getting caught, and his famous breakdown.


  • "Manfred' is the German word for "man of peace", which can be considered ironic due to his personality. It can also be an allusion to Manfred von Richthofen, known in World War I as the "Red Baron", who also had a great number of victories and was, indeed, defeated by a single bullet much like von Karma.
  • "Von Karma" is an allusion to the bad karma he developed over the years. His daughter carries the same influence and power as her father did.
  • His Japanese name "Karuma" (in Japanese: 狩魔) is the romanization for "karma", while "Gou" (in Japanese: 豪) may come from "gouka" (in Japanese: ゴウカ), which means "from the fires of Hell".
  • Manfred lived in America in the Japanese games, though this was moved to Germany in the localization, due to the games taking place in America.
  • The statute of limitations that Von Karma attempts to exploit is retconned in the second Miles Edgeworth investigations game, as the limitations are paused when the culprit moves country. This would mean that he would have been well within the limitations, due to being in Germany for long periods of time. Even without this retcon, there is still some added irony, as him and Gustavia (the culprit he inadvertedly enabled to get away with his crimes for 18 years) are both defeated due to being within the statute of limitations.
  • In the anime version, Von Karma's breakdown was cut short, only showing Manfred screaming and failing to made a finger snap. After his confession, Wright pointed out that it was the truth that defeated Von Karma before the latter snapped his cane and collapsed on the ground like a broken man. The anime version of Von Karma's breakdown completely omitted the scene on which he bumped his head on the wall again and again.
    • Furthermore, the live-action film reduced Von Karma's breakdown into a lengthy motive rant.
  • Manfred Von Karma's death is never explicitly stated, thus his cause of death is unknown; it has been theorized that he received the death penalty for his crimes, though he may have alternatively committed suicide or simply died of natural causes while in prison.
  • Manfred Von Karma is one of only two main antagonists to appear in more than one game, as he appears in both the Miles Edgeworth investigations games. Mael Stronghart appears in both of the Great Ace Attorney games and is the main villain in both of them.
  • Manfred is the first of many law enforcement officials to be arrested in the series.

External links


           Ace Attorney Logo.png Villains

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Manfred Von Karma | Frank Sahwit | April May | Redd White | Jack Hammer | Wendy Oldbag | Dee Vasquez | Sal Manella | Yanni Yogi | Joe Darke | Lana Skye | Damon Gant

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All
Richard Wellington | Morgan Fey | Mimi Miney | Turner Grey | Acro | Juan Corrida | Shelly de Killer | Matt Engarde

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Dahlia Hawthorne | Kane Bullard | Luke Atmey | Furio Tigre | Ron DeLite | Viola Cadaverini | Bruto Cadaverini | Glen Elg | Jean Armstrong | Terry Fawles | Morgan Fey

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Kristoph Gavin | Zak Gramarye | Olga Orly | Pal Meraktis | Wocky Kitaki | Alita Tiala | Machi Tobaye | Daryan Crescend | Drew Misham | Valant Gramarye | Magnifi Gramarye

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Quercus Alba | Cohadopian Smuggling ring | Jacques Portsman | Cammy Meele | Lance Amano | Lauren Paups | Ernest Amano | Mack Rell | Calisto Yew | Manny Coachen | Ka-Shi Nou

Gyakuten Kenji 2/Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth: Prosecutor's Path
Blaise Debeste | Simon Keyes | Zheng Fa's usurpers | Horace Knightley | Patricia Roland | Jay Elbird | Rip Lacer | Sirhan Dogen | Dane Gustavia | Pierre Hoquet | Katherine Hall | "Di-Jun Huang"

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
The Phantom | Ted Tonate | Florent L'Belle | Phineas Filch | Marlon Rimes | Aristotle Means | Aura Blackquill

Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
High Inquisitor Darklaw | Story Teller | Kira | Robbs and Muggs | Olivia Aldente

The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures
Jezaille Brett | John Wilson | Magnus McGilded | Joan Garrideb | Nash and Ringo Skulkin | Ashley Graydon | Tobias Gregson

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in | Gaspen Payne | Paht Rohl | Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin | Roger Retinz | Rheel Neh'mu | Tahrust Inmee | Geiru Toneido | Paul Atishon | Inga Karkhuul Khura'in | Dumas Gloomsbury | Pierce Nichody

The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve
Mael Stronghart | The Professor conspirators | Raiten Menimemo | William Shamspeare | Selden | Olive Green | Odie Asman | Courtney Sithe | Enoch Drebber | The Red-Headed league | Klint van Zieks | Genshin Asogi | Seishiro Jigoku

Belle Windsor | Brock Johnson | Raymond Spume | Moira Cytherea | Risa Iko | Princess Tengu | Witch girl | Byran | Chancey Laboni | Randolph Miller | Amadeus Seal | Handsome gentlemen thieves | Sergio Youngport | Ava Sylent | Clive Fortuna | Chase Clink | Robin Wolfe | Buck Wheatley | Vale Wheatley | Milo "Fairplay" Kent | Hayden Maxwell | Holland | Hobart Tarkington | Yardley Kidman | Samuel Sylent | Marco Swindell

Anime Exclusive
Gale Gaelic | Tristan Turnbull | Goldy Gerwitz | Rick Steam

Shadow Queen
Lord Voldemort
Darth Vader (SW)
Dahlia Gillespie
Manfred Von Karma
Light Yagami (DN)
Lee Woo-jin
Gaston LeGume (Disney)
Dominic Greene
Chase Young
Benjamin Willis
Randall Flagg
Alex DeLarge
Count Dracula (book)
Jerome Valeska
Lord Shen
Bill Cipher
Tate Langdon
Oogie Boogie
Dr. Venom
Krampus (Krampus)
Santánico Pandemónium
Judge Doom
Scorpion (MK)
Gendo Ikari
Victor Krane
Napoleon (AF)
Tony Montana
Candyman (CM)
Skeletor (MotU)
Immortan Joe
Walter White
Tom Cat
Count Orlok
King Dedede
Emperor Palpatine (SW)
Homelander (comics)
Vote Now!