Phoenix Wright is a defense attorney and the protagonist of the first three games, as well as being a secondary character in Apollo Justice. In his childhood, he befriended Larry Butz and Miles Edgeworth. He was accused of murder while studying art in college, but was successfully defended by Mia Fey. He changed his career to law and eventually joined up with Mia's office. After Mia was murdered, Phoenix inherited the office, renaming it "Wright and Co.", and continued his work as a defense attorney. In the courtroom, Phoenix was known for wildly guessing at the truth, allowing him to "turnabout" the court to his favor.
During a case seven years prior to the events of Apollo Justice, two months after Trials and Tribulations, he was forced to forfeit his attorney's badge after presenting evidence that, unknown to him, was forged. Two weeks later he adopted the talented Trucy Wright as his daughter after his client Enigmar vanished. Some time later, Wright's Law and Co Office was renamed "Wright Talent Agency". Seven years later, now sporting a toque, casual hoody and pants, he was an undefeated Poker player in a bar where he worked as a pianist. When he was accused of murder again and found innocent by greenhorn defense attorney Apollo Justice, Phoenix offered Apollo a position in his agency. Because Apollo joined the agency, Phoenix then renamed the agency to the "Wright Anything Agency".
Later on, it is revealed that he retained Maya's Magatama, and it was also implied that he had, to some extent, stayed in contact with his friends from the previous games. During the credits of Apollo Justice, he is seen considering either taking piano lessons or taking the bar exam again. His English name is a play on the words "phoenix", the bird that rises from its own ashes, and a homonym on the word "right". His Japanese surname is a pun on the phrase "naruhodo", meaning "I see". He is voiced by Shū Takumi and Ben Judd in the Japanese and English games respectively, by Takayuki Kondō in promotional trailers shown at the Tokyo Game Show, and is portrayed by Tomu Ranju in the musical.