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Welcome to the Space Center, guests! Welcome! [...] Are you sightseeing? Are you lost? Are you looking around? Choose one! I will guide you!

Ponco, standing for Psychological Observation and Navigation Companion, is a robot working at a space station. Its face bears a similarity to Athena Cykes's Widget.


Like the other "Robots with Hearts", Ponco has the ability to engage in conversations with people, although her ability to communicate is limited to what she's been programmed with. This means that she sees things with her limited knowledge of what's happening. For example, she can mistake a person attacking someone for giving them a hug. She also can express basic emotions, as indicated by her "face" and how she feels happy upon helping people.

Like the other robots, Ponco has a number of identification recognition abilities. These include facial recognition, ID scanning and a heartbeat detector.

Witnessing a "hug"[]

Main article: UR-1 Incident

On October 7 2020, Ponco went to the Robotics Lab to recharge, where she "saw" who she detected as being Dr. Metis Cykes and her daughter Athena. In reality, Dr. Cykes had been murdered, and was on the floor with her face covered by a handkerchief. Wearing Dr. Cykes' coat with her ID tag on it, and using a mask to cover his face, the murderer managed to trick Ponco's recognition systems into believing that he was Dr. Cykes. Ponco witnessed the young Athena stabbing her mother's killer with a knife, which, due to her limited understanding, she interpreted as a hug.

Afterwards, Athena asked Ponco to move her mother's body to the operating table so that she could "fix" her. Shortly after, Simon Blackquill came to the lab to discuss with Dr. Cykes about Athena. Believing that Athena had killed her mother, Blackquill dismembered Ponco with the katana used to murder Dr. Cykes, thinking that she had witnessed the crime. The dismantled Ponco was placed in a rolling case and wheeled out of the lab, and left elsewhere in the Space Center where she was later found and repaired.

Retrial of UR-1[]

Main article: Turnabout for Tomorrow

Ponco ended up becoming a witness during the retrial. Her testimony, and information of her recognition systems, helped Phoenix Wright to prove Athena's innocence.

Ponco was chosen to join the HAT-3 launch on a visit to the Moon. She casually wondered if Athena and Dr. Cykes would be more interested in one of two lunar landmarks. Upon being told that both would be happy with either decision, she cheered.


Like the other robots, Ponco referred to Dr. Cykes and Aura as "Mother". She built lasting relationships with them and Athena, considering them her friends. Programmed to guide visitors around the space center, she takes great delight in helping people out and making people happy. The one thing that annoys her seems to be people referring to her name incorrectly, which is done by Miles Edgeworth, causing her to angrily restate her name.



  • Having robot characters allowed the developers a lot of freedom that was not afforded to typical human characters. Ponco's over-the-top "damage" animation (in which her head flies off), the psychical and "psychological" abuse they are casually subjected to, which is mostly played for black comedy, are examples of the developers fully utilising this opportunity.[1]


  1. (2015). "The Art of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies -". UDON. ISBN 978-1927925447.