The King of Prosecutors Trophy is an award given annually to the top prosecutor from the prosecutor's office during a ceremony in late February. Each year, the recipient of the award has his or her name engraved on the bottom of the trophy.
A contradictory tale
The trophy's appearance comes from an old Chinese tale in Han Feizi about a weapons merchant attempting to peddle his wares (in the version of the story told by Miles Edgeworth, the merchant is peddling his wares to the king). In the story, the merchant brags that his shield can stop any attack and that his spear can pierce any armor. A passer-by (the king in Edgeworth's version) points out that this is a logical contradiction because of the possible scenario of the spear attempting to pierce the shield.
Originally, the trophy consisted of a shield that was broken at the top and a halberd that was broken in half (although with the top removed, this halberd more closely resembled a sword). This was to allude to the Chinese word for "contradiction", which is "máo dùn" (矛盾). The two characters that compose the word are "矛" ("máo"), meaning "spear", and "盾" ("dùn"), meaning "shield".
However, following the SL-9 Incident, the trophy's halberd was removed by Damon Gant, the District Chief of Police, leaving only the shield on the trophy. This was due to said object being a possible murder weapon in that case.
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While investigating Goodman's murder, Wright found the trophy on Edgeworth's couch in his office. He later asked Edgeworth about it, and learned that the day of the crime was cleaning day at the Prosecutor's Building and that Edgeworth had gotten back at precisely 5:12.
- Manfred von Karma on numerous occasions
- Neil Marshall in 2015
- Lana Skye on three occasions, with the three medals she wears being testament to this
- Miles Edgeworth in 2017; a seemingly identical trophy is present in his office in 2019
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