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You know, on closer inspection... Mmm... Yeah... Hot! Hot! Hot! *slobber* Hey, do j00 do a lot of "cosplay", coz that costume r0x0rz!... *drool*)
~ Sal Manella

Sal Manella is a minor antagonist in the third case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, "Turnabout Samurai". He is a director at Global Studios best known for directing the TV show The Steel Samurai: Warrior of Neo Olde Tokyo and creating its sequel The Pink Princess: Warrior of Little Olde Tokyo.

In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Masato Nishino in Japanese and Tyler Walker in English.

Biography

During a board meeting at Studio Two, actor Jack Hammer, dressed as the Steel Samurai, attacked producer Dee Vasquez. However, Vasquez, in self-defense, pushed Hammer onto a spike-tipped fence, killing him. Manella helped cover up the crime by cleaning up the crime scene. They then incinerated the bloodied Steel Samurai costume and dressed Hammer in the Evil Magistrate costume. The head of a giant caricature of the Global Studios mascot, Mr. Monkey, had broken off during a storm and blocked off the only path out of Studio Two, trapping Vasquez and Manella. However, once the path had been cleared, they moved Hammer's body via a studio van to Studio One and planted the Samurai Spear nearby to make it look like Will Powers, the actor who played the Steel Samurai, had killed Hammer with the prop.

Phoenix Wright took on Powers' case. Wright, along with his assistant Maya Fey, soon met Manella. Fey, who was a massive fan of the show, was upset to hear that Hammer's murder would cause the show to end, but her spirit medium clothing inspired Manella to create concepts for a sequel to The Steel Samurai, which would become The Pink Princess: Warrior of Little Olde Tokyo. Eventually, however, Wright uncovered Manella and Vasquez's guilt in court, and Powers was found not guilty.

Despite being an accomplice to manslaughter and lying in court, it appears that no charges were brought against Manella, as two months later The Pink Princess was a hit. Not only that, but two years later, Manella himself was seen at an airport eating some food and talking to himself about his next television show and plans for a Steel Samurai film.

Trivia

  • Sam Manella is the only non-incarcerated witness to be absent from the original closing credits at the end of "Turnabout Goodbyes", only mentioned as being involved in The Pink Princess: Warrior of Little Olde Tokyo. While April May was imprisoned for wiretapping, Manella appears to have completely avoided jail time, despite assisting Vasquez in handling Hammer's body.

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