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|Fixing things is a simple matter. But fixing people is a different matter... Even a skilled physician can't bring back the dead.|
As a surgeon
Nichody was the surgeon on duty at the hospital which his fiancée, Selena Sprocket, and her younger brother Sorin Sprocket were taken to after a car accident in 2027. Selena pleaded with Nichody to save her brother, despite her own injuries being more critical. He complied, but she passed away under his watch. Overcome with grief, Nichody came to despise Sorin and reinvented himself as part of a long, patient plan to destroy him.
- Main article: Turnabout Time Traveler
Nichody retired from being a surgeon soon after Selena's death, and soon became the Sprocket family butler. Although he watched over Sorin, he despised watching him become everything Selena should have been: the heir to the Sprocket family, with a wedding with their true love coming close. Prior to Sorin and Ellen Wyatt's wedding, he approached Dumas Gloomsbury with a plan to have Wyatt killed on the day of her wedding. Nichody hoped to inflict the same pain on Sorin that he had suffered by losing the love of his life. Gloomsbury also nursed a grudge against Sorin, as he had been made a scapegoat to assume all responsibility of the car accident when Sorin was the actual driver, and so he agreed.
After the wedding reception, Gloomsbury attacked Sorin on Nichody's orders and prepared to murder Wyatt by pushing her off the vista deck of the Flying Chapel. However, despite his injuries, Sorin walked over to the vista deck where Gloomsbury was over the airship's exterior and struck Gloomsbury with the Time Keeper, a wedding memento he had made. Gloomsbury was knocked unconscious; to Sorin, Gloomsbury had been killed.
Nichody recommended that Sorin host the wedding reception again to make it appear as nothing had happened, and orchestrated the second reception with the guests. Realizing that his plan had been compromised, Nichody placed Gloomsbury's unconscious body in a Pegabull lantern to think of his next move. However, Larry Butz found a note Wyatt had written as a reminder for herself to replace the Pegacow lantern, as it was broken. Butz did this himself to prove how much he was willing to help her as he was "in love" with her, but, instead of replacing the lantern with a Pegacow, Butz replaced it with the Pegabull that had Gloombury inside of it. As a result, Gloomsbury regained consciousness during the second wedding reception and tried to leave, being spotted by Nichody. Nichody decided then to murder Gloomsbury and pin the blame on Wyatt, for he knew she'd tell everyone about her "time traveling" and no one would believe her, thereby achieving his revenge through another way, and bludgeoned Gloomsbury with the activated Time Keeper. Due to the dry ice fog blanketing the room, the murder went unnoticed.
Nichody was eventually summoned as a witness in Wyatt's trial, admitting that he had orchestrated the second reception to give the illusion of time travel. Eventually, however, Wright was not only able to prove his involvement, but also his true identity as Selena's fiancé and murderous intent.
|Disposing of anything that may harm the Sprocket family's reputation... ...is simply a part of my job.|
When first encountered, Nichody seemed to be the very definition of the stoic, dutiful servant, showing little emotion beyond concern for Sorin and maintaining the reputation of his family. He would often glance at Selena's watch, claiming it to be a good luck charm (as it was broken at the time of the accident).
Once his original profession and grudge against Sorin were revealed, he dropped the act completely, revealing himself to be a deeply vengeful, cold, snarky man who was willing to completely transform his own identity and destroy the life of an innocent woman purely to spite her spouse. He also had no respect for the intelligence of others he regarded as annoying. In his surgeon's persona, Nichody frequently used medical terms in his speech, calling Wright and Miles Edgeworth "malignant tumors bleeding false accusations" and threatening to use the Spockets' influence to "incise" them from their jobs. He was also quite capable of lateral thinking, realizing that he was legally capable of not offering testimony beyond what he was asked, to the point where one of his testimonies consisted entirely of silence.
- "Jūmonji" (十文字) literally means "the character for ten (十)," or simply said: "cross." A cross is commonly associated in Christian religion with death, and it could be referencing Selena Sprocket dying under his care.
- "Kazu" (一) in his given name means "one", while the character for "haru" (治) means "heal". Together, they might mean "one who heals" referencing his job as a surgeon.
- The characters 十 and 一 resemble the two most common types of screwdrivers, Phillips (+) and flat head (-), also known as "plus driver" and "minus driver" in Japan. This could be a reference to his repair skills.
- His full English name may be a reference to the word "persnickety;" which can mean a fussy or precise person, referencing to his former occupation as a surgeon. "Pierce" may also reference his job as a surgeon.
- Nichody is the only witness to date to give an initial testimony (pre-cross-examination) which consists of nothing but silence. This also makes him the second witness (and first human witness) whose initial testimony has no English in it at all, the first being Ora Shipley in Turnabout Reclaimed, whose testimony consists of nothing but whale noises (excluding Machi Tobaye's testimony which is Borginian translated by Lamiroir).