Apollo Justice Dresses Like A Pirate In Ace Attorney 5

By Ishaan . March 12, 2013 . 7:03pm

As previously reported, Apollo Justice will be returning in Ace Attorney 5. The initial Famitsu magazine leak mentioned that Apollo’s eye and arm were wrapped in bandages, which made it sound like he was injured. Now, a page from the magazine has made its way online and gives us a look at what’s really going on:



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  • Badassness leveled up about 30 times *nods*

    Pretty interested to know what happened to him and what he’s doing now~

  • JustThisOne

    Goodness, that’s so banchou.

    • Rolling Guy

      BANCHOU LEVEL 99999999! I approve of this! :))

  • Leon

    That’s… amazing. They actually made him baddass O_O

  • FitzpatrickPhillips


  • He’s now Raiden. This is his Revengeance.

    • ffboi7

      His revengeance against Phoenix 0_0

    • Aoshi00

      Definitely a Raiden MGS4 level comeback :) I couldn’t really grow to like Apollo in AA4, but he looks pretty cool here.. w/ Phoenix’s comeback and Apollo turning badass, things are looking awesome for AA5, cannot wait.

      Gotta love the outlandish char design by Iwamoto Tatsurou, who was also the artist of the otome game Bakudan Handan (Sweet Fuse: At Your Side).

  • …Wow. I have no words.

  • porkiewpyne

    Awesome to see AJ back. Sad to see him injured(?) like another character in one of the other installments. Man I am HYPED for this game! :D

  • Karn McCloud

    Apollo looks PISSED and with those high collars, prosecutor, anyone?

  • I love how his bandage is a headband too. x)
    Takes a man to take defeat like a badass champion

  • Phoenix Wright

    When they said that he was gonna be injured, I expected a sad hurt Apollo, not a mean looking one.

    • Spatulising

      Yeah I was um…anticipating a cute helpless Apollo, but nothing wrong with a badass one either

    • Testsubject909

      Blame yourself. You took him under your wing you know.

    • Hopefully you two will still be fighting on the same side.

  • KoRLumen

    I don’t think it’s cause he’s injured D: Isn’t it cause of his “ability?”

  • Tales_of_Master

    Apollo looks like a boss with that kickass coat. Also, please don’t give Apollo a sharingan under that bandage………or anything similar for that matter :x

    • Testsubject909

      He already has a super vision you know.

  • Jahred Down

    Take your finger, and Object. What. You. Will.

  • I’m telling you guys, he’s totally a part of The Gavinners now. Who else would’ve taken Daryan’s place? (Which would make sense if he turned into a Prosecutor.)

    • Tom_Phoenix


      I’m preety sure the Gavinners were disbanded after the events of AA4. In the epilogue, Klavier even comments how there was a nation-wide shortage of paper tissues as a result of the announcement.

  • I really wouldn’t be surprised to see him be a prosecutor now.

    • kylehyde

      pretty much I suspect that. Personally I would love to see him in that way.

    • Strain42

      Seeing this, that’s honestly my guess. It would be kinda cool to see Apollo as the rival character of AA5 but admittedly I would be slightly disappointed that it’s not a new character.

      • Well, I’m sure they’ll have plenty of new characters taking the witness’ stand, so I’m not too worried about that. I’m kind of glad they’re bringing Apollo back, because that was a loose end that needed to be tied up. AJ was in no way a bad game, so I’m happy to see Apollo have a place in the regular cast.

        • I for one am glad that Apollo is making a return. I mean, so far he has only made an appearance in his own game. We were left with quite a few unanswered questions about him, so he has some unused potential. It would be great to see him go through some character development.

          • catdogfishdogcat

            it’s obvouls that since his special ability has to do with his exelent eyesight, the bandages on his eye might mean someone tried to take these abilities away from him. hopefully his sister is in the game as well.

    • well, the developers just announced that Apollo will not be a prosecutor in this game, they have another prosecutor!

  • s07195

    So Apollo contracted Chuunibyou? Wow.

  • dirtypantsdan

    His back hair seems different, hmm is it just me or does the theory of Gant being his father is becoming a bit more notable? I don’t know maybe I’m talking out of my ass. :P

    • Barrylocke89

      I was always fond of that crack theory for some weird reason.

  • Testsubject909

    I can just picture him reaching forward with a hand, wind blowing as the bandages rip away and his super sight activates as if he were some sort of super hero or something.

    Either that or he got hit by a car but wasn’t quite as lucky as Phoenix though on the bright side decided to do the best he could to just look as good as he can under the circumstances.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    He lacks the hook here.^_^

  • Shinji Kazuya

    Wow!!! Loving the new badass look!

    I can’t help but think something big must have happened for him to become like this.

    Looking forward to the game a lot!

  • Chow

    With that crossed-arms pose, jacket-wearing method, and (somewhat) colorscheme, I had brief flashes of Rival Schools’s Chairperson/Iinchou looking at this.

    Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a reference to her somehow. They’re both Capcom, and, ahem, Rival Schools is also known as “Project Justice“.

  • Barrylocke89

    Wow, maybe he WILL be the prosecutor. I can see it now.

    Phoenix: A-Apollo!? What are YOU doing on the prosecution side?!

    Apollo: Mr. Wright, you may have taught me everything you know…*adjusts bracelet*…but NOT everything I know…

    Trucy: That’s right daddy!! I taught him the rest!

    Apollo: Sh-Shut up, Trucy :/

    Maybe it’s just the hype juices flowing, but I have a feeling that this could be glorious.

  • Look! His hair! He’s becoming more like Phoenix Wright!
    I bet his eye is bandaged for doing too much staredowns in the courtroom.

  • Not what I expected. lol He does look bad ass now. I bet he is a prosecutor as much as I hate that.

  • HershelLousyton

    As a long time Ace Attorney fan, I’m glad Apollo is making a return. I have never been able to understand what everyone’s problem with Apollo Justice is. I don’t claim to always comprehend the mindset of…’Dedicated fans’, but even with black-sheep games I like, I usually know why others don’t like them.

    Like Metal Gear Solid 2, I GET why people were and still are pissed at that game’s inclusion of Raiden. Any Metal Gear fan was in the right to be angered when they learned levels the creators had previewed with Snake as the player character were really levels played using Raiden in the final product. The fact that Raiden’s personality was radically different from Snake’s (and not in a good way) didn’t help either.

    None of that applies to Apollo Justice, Capcom was as straightforward about their new protagonist as they could have been. His name was in the god damn title! Plus, Apollo himself isn’t exactly a radical change from Wright. Instead of a doofy lawyer, dressed in blue, with a knack for guessing the truth we got, a doofy lawyer, dressed in red with a knack for guessing the truth. At least this news confirms Apollo Justice is still canon. Maybe if Apollo becomes a badass, cyborg, ninja his character will be redeemed in the eyes of Ace Attorney fans. Considering he now has a bandage covering one of his eyes just like Raiden in MGS: Rising, this humorously is a strong possibility. Either way, I’m drooling over the idea of finally playing Ace Attorney 5.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I think a lot of folks issues with Apollo’s game was how out of character they made Phoenix. Maya and Pearl would have never let him slip that far, regardless of events.

      • HershelLousyton

        That’s fair criticism, but the key thing to remember is that isn’t the fault of Apollo as a character (I’m referring to the outrage over Apollo being the new protagonist when I say all of this), and Wright’s connection with the Feys post-Trials and Tribulations isn’t very clear.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Another perhaps I see is that he is too like Phoenix with a palette change. Why create a new protag if there’s nothing really to differentiate him from the old one. Especially when the series was originally made on the Phoenix character.

          It’s why the all too few fans of Investigations are so passionate. Things were a different experience.

          • Zeik56

            Honestly I kind of blame Wright for that. The last case, the big important case that usually provides meaningful character development, ended up being all about Wright instead of Apollo. If they had actually given him a chance to shine on his own and give him some proper development he probably would have been better received. (Or at least a better character.)

            Hopefully AA5 will remedy some of this and give him a chance to do something meaningful in the plot.

      • Yeah it seemed unlikely for that reason, but I kinda liked seeing slacker Phoenix rise up again like in AA4. Actually the only part of the game’s story I liked. I don’t think Apollo was a bad replacement but rather I felt AA4 was among the weaker entries it didn’t help him at all.

    • Youko

      There is nothing refuting that GS4/AJ:AA isn’t part of the canon. Promos of GS5/AA5 showed Phoenix’s locket with Trucy’s pic inside, and we also know the game takes place a year after the events of GS4.

  • Kotarou Tennouji

    Are the Chords of Steel going to the Prosecutor’s side!? He does look badass now regardless.

  • Namuro

    With the way he dressed, I can totally see him in Ouendan.

    Now! Let’s solve the trials through the power of cheering and music!


    Man, if only they could do a mini game where Phoenix or Apollo dance about on the bottom screen to the intense court music…

  • Luis Camargo

    He’s Pirate !
    Har Har Fiddle Didde(?), being a pirate is alright to me!
    Do what you want cause a pirate is free!
    You are a pirate!

    Now imagine this in a courtroom.

  • harmonyworld

    is his headband going through his head?

    • GuyAlpha

      Actually, that’s just his hair.

  • Darthgundam

    RIP Depth perception

    • Tails the Foxhound

      A character with no depth perception on the 3DS, Capcom’s even trolling their characters now! lol

  • Just gonna leave this here…

    • Barrylocke89

      You gotta admire how fast the internet can be with this sort of stuff.

  • TruSpindash

    Apollo seriously looks way too cool in this picture. I really want too see him as a prosecutors so he can go up against Phoenix.

    • Seems pretty likely considering how he used to admire Phoenix on his golden days as a defense attorney and the first time he gets to work with him he sees a darker side of Phoenix, his mentor Kristoph and defense attorneys in general.

    • new_tradition

      I would love (LOVE) this too, but the first reason I can think of for him to be so banged up is that he was the defense lawyer caught in the explosion AA5 is supposed to open with. I’m worried he’s just a sideline character in the game now D:

      • Testsubject909

        If he’s not the lead attorney or his sidekick or the lead prosecutor.

        He’s a sideline character with varying degree of frequency in which we meet him.

  • Did Apollo just turn into a chunibyou!?

    EDIT Lol wht up with the downvote? Go look up chunibyou if you don’t get it! Its not even an offensive term!

    • MrTyrant

      3 now because getting frustrated over downvotes.

  • Detrimont

    he’s gonna be framed for something, isn’t he

  • Farid Belkacemi

    New Rival Schools confirmed ? :D

    • He does look like a cross between Batsu, Daigo, and Roy now that you mention it. He actually sort of resembles Batsu’s and Akira’s lovechild.

  • new_tradition

    The coat looks kewl, but any one have a idea on what kind of uniform it could be? It’s not like a regular trench coat to just toss on for kewl effect, so I’m curious what position Apollo could be in now…

  • jugun

    Tiger Uppercut?

  • AuraGuyChris

    Sure, Phoenix fans got him…and gave him a total makeover.

  • Bear Negishi

    He’s facing the left! You know what that means~
    Do ho ho ho ho

  • Zeik56

    I’m getting a Metal Gear Solid 4 Raiden vibe from this.

    Hopefully it won’t end up with him doing something dramatic and then just laying around for 80% of the rest of the game.

  • Strain42

    Apollo…wut r u doin? Apollo…Stahp!

  • Strain42

    He’s looking…um…well. Do you think that’s a new eye-er-tie?

  • I’m guessing he got so messed up it played with his memory and he actually thinks he’s like this or something. Like ultra amnesia.

    That being said, seeing Apollo trying to look all bancho made me have to hold in my drink for a tad second there.

  • Freud_Hater

    I think the question we should all be asking, right now, is ‘Whose coat are on his shoulders?’

    Honestly, I think it would be brilliant to have him be the newest evil prosecutor of the game. If there was another new character with a dark past that popped up, it’d just be silly. If he’s going to be a prosecutor in this game, the coat’ll probably be linked to his decision to prosecute.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    I hope he’s a hardass now. Or maybe even an enemy prosecutor? Couldn’t get into AA4 at all, Apollo felt like an expy of Phoenix with less personality…

  • anjohinc

    I do hope that Maya returns as well!

  • SirRichard

    I want to play as Apollo again.

  • Reminds me of Leo from ZOE, a bit of contrast here and here.

  • Zonic505

    I don’t know why, but the jacket gives me a Rival Schools kind of vibe. In any case, dang, I wonder if that explosion from the trailer caused it. The more I hear about AA5, the more I want to play so I can know what the story is.

  • Tsunamori Nanashi

    …I kinda used to hate on him, but now he’s a badass, when did that happen?

  • Voltech44

    You know, I’m reminded of something my brother said once when it came to The Governor of The Walking Dead:

    “When a man gets an eye patch, things change.”

    Let’s see if those words hold true for Apollo.

  • Wagnaria

    I actually wanted to play as Apollo again.
    But I got to accept the fact that majority of people can’t move-on from Phoenix being replaced by him.

    Even if he becomes the new rival attorney I’m still hoping there’s a chance we can play as Polly at some point of the game, like in Trials and Tribulations where we get to play as Edgeworth at some point.

  • Swaggermuffin

    apollo pls go die

  • I don’t understand why everyone hates on Apollo Justice, and by that I mean both the game and the character. My biggest problem with the game was Phoenix. As expected, I grew quite attached to him and it hurt me to see him so low. He didn’t even seem like Phoenix anymore. As glad as I am to see him back, I loved Apollo as well. I think he was a suitable replacement for Phoenix – at least for one game. I found the game itself very enjoyable, as well. I loved Klavier as a prosecutor and I hope we get to see him in the new game. I also hope that Trucy, Maya, Edgeworth, and Gumshoe return.
    Anyway, I wonder what happened to Apollo for him to be injured like that. It makes me sad. He does look badass, though. But I really doubt that he’s a prosecutor. I don’t see how he has to be a prosecutor to be badass.

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