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Payne is a family name that may refer to:
- Winston Payne: a prosecutor known as the "Rookie Killer"
- Winston's unnamed wife
- Winston's unnamed daughter
- Winston's unnamed wife
- Gaspen Payne: Winston's younger brother and a prosecutor himself, known as the "Rookie Humiliator"
Other family membersEdit
- Taketsuchi Auchi, a prosecutor in Japan during the Meiji period who was a Payne family ancestor. In November 1899, he faced Phoenix Wright's ancestor Ryūnosuke Naruhodō in the latter's own trial for the murder of John Watson and lost. The following August, he faced off against "Ryūtarō Naruhodō" in a similar trial, where Haori Murasame was accused of murdering Jezail Brett, only to once again lose.
- Takeshi Auchi, son of Taketsuchi Auchi.
- 1964: Winston Payne is born.
- 1972: Gaspen Payne is born.
- October 14: Trial of Luke Atmey for the theft of the Sacred Urn as the infamous thief Mask☆DeMasque, with Winston as the prosecution. Just before Atmey can be convicted, Wright interrupts the trial to reveal that Atmey was not the true Mask☆DeMasque but was, in fact, the killer of Kane Bullard, CEO of KB Security. Wright's accusation succeeds and, by the double jeopardy law, this also snatches a victory from Winston Payne once again.
- December 4: Trial of Maggey Byrde for the murder of Glen Elg, with Winston as the prosecution and "Phoenix Wright" as the defense. Wright performs unusually poorly in court, allowing Winston to finally win. However, it is later revealed that the "Wright" he faced during that trial was an imposter who posed as the defense attorney in order to deliberately lose the case. The real Phoenix Wright appeals the case and wins against the mysterious masked prosecutor Godot.
- March 14: Detective Buddy Faith is murdered in Room 1202 of the Prosecutor's Building. Winston observes Miles Edgeworth's subsequent investigation.
- March 25: Winston watches Di-Jun Huang's speech at Gourd Lake with the Chief Prosecutor, when an apparent assassination attempt against the Zheng Fa president occurs. During Edgeworth's subsequent investigation, Winston's position during the speech helps to solve the case.
- December 17-18: Trial of Juniper Woods for the bombing of Courtroom No. 4 and the murder of Detective Candice Arme, with Gaspen as the prosecution and Athena Cykes as the defense. Although Gaspen initially gains the upper hand, Phoenix Wright soon intervenes and Woods is found not guilty. Gaspen flees the courtroom before the verdict is read due to a bluffed bomb threat by Ted Tonate.
- c. December 20: Gaspen is reprimanded by Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth for his use of falsified evidence.
- Gaspen flees the United States for Khura'in, where, owing to the Defense Culpability Act, he rises to the rank of the country's Chief Prosecutor.
- April 24: Trial of Ahlbi Ur'gaid for the murder of Paht Rohl in the Kingdom of Khura'in, with Gaspen as the prosecution and Phoenix Wright as the defense. Gaspen tries to use the Defense Culpability Act to get Wright to either give up in shame or die along with his client, but is instead once again bested by the defense attorney.
- "Payne" is a play on "pain"; the two brothers' given names add to this ("winced in pain" and "gasp in pain").
- The Japanese equivalent "Auchi" (亜内) is a Japanese romanization of the English word "ouch".
- The French equivalent "Boulay" comes from the word "boulet", which is used for someone who always does things incorrectly to the point of being a burden.
- Aside from Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (which instead uses a very similar character called Flynch), a member of the Payne family has appeared in the first episode of every Ace Attorney game to date.
- The Paynes are the only rival prosecutors in the main Ace Attorney games to never be encountered outside of the courtroom, and thus lack forward-facing sprites; although Winston does appear outside the courtroom in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Gyakuten Kenji 2, he only does so in the form of small, zoomed-out sprites.
- The fact that the Payne family always loses to Wright is lampshaded in the Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken episode The Adventure of the Great Departure, where after Ryūnosuke Naruhodō's defeat of Taketsuchi Auchi in court, Kazuma Asōgi uses his katana to slice Auchi's hair before stating that none of the Auchi family will ever be able to defeat Naruhodō's family.