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Winston Payne.


Gaspen Payne.

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
  • Gaspen Payne: Winston's younger brother and a prosecutor himself, known as the "Rookie Humiliator"

Other family membersEdit


Taketsuchi Auchi.

Family historyEdit

  • 1964: Winston Payne is born.
  • 1972: Gaspen Payne is born.
  • 2012:
    • c. September: Winston enters into, and wins, a competition to create a slogan for the hot dogs in the District Court's vending machines. He goes with: "When you're in hot water, you might need a hot dog."
  • 2014:
    • April 11: Trial of Phoenix Wright for the murder of Doug Swallow, with Winston as the prosecution and Mia Fey as the defense. Wright is proven not guilty, and Winston loses most of his confidence (and hair) from the shock of being defeated.
  • 2016:
    • August 3: Trial of Larry Butz for the murder of Cindy Stone, with Winston as the prosecution and Phoenix Wright as the defense. Winston is again defeated and Butz is acquitted.
  • 2017:
    • September 8: Trial of Maggey Byrde for the murder of Dustin Prince, with Winston as the prosecution and Phoenix Wright as the defense. Despite suffering from amnesia, Wright once again prevails and Byrde is cleared of all charges.
  • 2018:
    • 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.
  • 2019:
  • 2026:
    • April 20: Trial of Phoenix Wright for the murder of Shadi Smith, with Winston as the prosecution and Apollo Justice as the defense. Wright and Kristoph Gavin essentially take over the trial, leaving Winston with little to contribute as Wright is found not guilty.
  • 2027:
    • 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.
  • 2028:
    • 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.


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