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Iris Wilson
Because see. I am a Watsie too!

Iris Wilson was a child prodigy that lived with the renowned detective Herlock Sholmes. Despite being only ten years old, she penned The Adventures of Herlock Sholmes series of novels. Following Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba's arrival to the Great British Empire, Iris assisted Naruhodo in a number of cases over the course of his study abroad.

Birth[]

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Her mother.

Iris Wilson was born as the daughter of London's chief prosecutor Klimt van Zieks and a lady of the noble Baskervilles family. When her mother was pregnant with her, her father had already died via duel. Yujin Mikotoba was given an address to go to and he found the woman. He helped deliver the baby girl but the woman died shortly after. Yujin realized that the woman was of the Baskervilles after seeing a chest with a certain "B" crest. He had to return to Japan, so he left the baby in the care of his English detective partner, Herlock Sholmes. Yujin named the girl Iris after his own deceased wife, Ayame.

Life with Sholmes[]

Iris grew up thinking Sholmes was her father. She writes stories about his adventures after being inspired by the adventures his partner wrote about in the trunk in Sholmes' room where she keeps her own stories while they get published in the Strand Magazine. One day she found Klimt van Zieks’ autopsy done by John Wilson and recognized the handwriting as being the same as the handwritten case records she keeps in her trunk. This led her to believe that Wilson was her birth father. Another day, she wrote a case entitled the Hound of the Baskervilles, based on the incident that happened around her birth parents' death. After Sholmes read it he was horrified, he was afraid it might contain the detail that Klimt van Zieks was actually a serial killer and didn't think Iris could handle that. So he refused the work to be published and gave to Hatch Windibank to lock in his vault. At some point, Iris also became friends with a pickpocket named Gina Lestrade.

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West meets east[]

Main article: The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures

Lestrade's trial[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Runaway Room

Iris Wilson first appears after the trial of Magnus McGilded where friend, Lestrade was a witness. Lestrade stole one the smoke launchers Iris invented so Iris comes to the defendant lobby with a bigger one to get it back. Then she has Lestrade come with her to a lab.

New lodgers[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro

Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba are formally introduced to Iris during the investigation of Viridian Green's stabbing. Susato compliments her on her works, the girl was currently writing "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" based on a case Sholmes just solved. The little girl then performs "Little Iris Wilson's Theater of Logic and Deductions" where she perfectly deduces, unlike Herlock Sholmes, that the two are here to ask the detective for information so they can free their client, a fellow Japanese man. Then she gives them a card to give Tobias Gregson so he'll let them investigate. Once the case is solved, Iris makes everyone dinner.

Natsume arrested again[]

Main article: The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro

Soseki Natsume was arrested the next day when his fellow lodger, William Shamspeare was poisoned. Iris makes Naruhodo and Susato tea and comments on how unlike that Death Bringer Barok van Zieks in the prosecutor again. Sholmes tests a new fluid he made on Iris' tea to see if it's real.


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Naruhodo got Natsume acquitted and solved the mystery. Green tried to killed Shamspeare because he accidentally killed her fiance by blowing into the gas pipes, also causing a curse rumor, to get a hidden treasure promised by a prisoner in Manchester. The treasure turned out be the dog collar that Balmung, her father's murder weapon, wore. It was a gift from the Baskervilles family upon Klimt's marriage. Iris plans to make this case two parts: "The Adventure of the Schoolgirl who was Stabbed in the Back" and "The Adventure of the Mustached Man Cursed by a Death Row Inmate". But Sholmes, seeing this case as another potential source of her true parentage, only lets her write about Green's stabbing. Nevertheless, she did write about Shamspeare's poisoning but just didn't publish it.

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Continued investigations with Naruhodo[]

Main article: The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve

Name[]

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  • As stated in The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo, Yujin named Iris after his late wife Ayame. In hanakotoba, irises denote message delivery, hope, faith, friendship, and wisdom. Meanwhile, in floriography, irises' meanings depend on the color; with yellow denoting passion, purple denoting royalty, blue for faith and hope, and white for purity.
    • The fleur-de-lis was also used as a symbol of French royalty, tying into Iris' noble descent.
  • Iris' birth father Klimt's surname, van Zieks, may reference the Japanese phrase '万事休す' (ばんじきゅう), meaning "there is nothing more that can be done; it's all over". van Zieks by itself can also be translated to "of the sick" in Dutch, possibly if unintentionally referencing the Grim Reaper's emergence as a psychopomp during the Black Plague.
  • Iris' birth mother's surname, Baskerville, is taken from titular Baskervilles in The Hound of the Baskervilles written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The surname Baskerville itself is a habitational name from Boscherville in Eure, France, named with Old Anglo-Norman French boschet ‘copse’, ‘thicket’ (a diminutive of Bois) + ville ‘settlement’, ‘town’.
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Development[]

  • Iris Wilson is a modification of the literary character of Dr. John Watson, who is the close friend, assistant, and sometime flatmate of Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's original novels.
  • Iris Wilson was described to Kazuya Nuri as a "genius girl". Nuri worked gothic and mad scientist elements into her design to illustrate this. She and Herlock Sholmes were designed to look good on the screen together.[4]

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