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Rifle is a female Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor; also known colloquially as "Blue Penguin") that lives at the Shipshape Aquarium. She carries a backpack filled with flyers for the "Swashbuckler Spectacular" show and is also the mother of Sniper. However, Rifle began to take her anger out on Herman Crab for "stealing" her daughter after Sniper imprinted on him.


Rifle had at some point injured her flipper and needed to be attended to. Less than a year ago, she mated with a male penguin and laid an egg. Crab had looked after the egg until it hatched. The penguin chick, Sniper, imprinted on him and refused to leave his side as he was the first thing she saw. Rifle was so mad she began attacking Crab as "payback," not understanding it wasn't his fault.

Rifle's job at the aquarium is to give out flyers in her backpack. While Sasha was painting a banner for the Swashbuckling Spectacular, Rifle had gotten pink paint on her feet and walked over the banner and got two footprints on it, and ate Orla's fish. She later swallowed a charm belonging to Marlon Rimes.

She met defense attorneys Phoenix Wright and Athena Cykes who were going to defend Orla for the murder of Jack Shipley the next day. Cykes tried to hug her but ended up scaring her. She fell down as she ran into Pearl Fey who was on a school trip, and was later riding on top of Orla despite orcas are one of her species' predators. The next day, Crab had her in his lab to feed Sniper via regurgitating out anything she ate. Rifle was happy to see her daughter, but was mad at the sight of Crabs. She vomited out the charm which became evidence.


Rifle, while usually friendly, can act up if someone tries to force themself on her. Despite orcas being known to eat penguins, she is comfortable around Orla. She has a complicated relationship with her daughter, Sniper and Herman Crab. She gets very happy when she gets to see her, but is very upset that she imprinted on Crab. Whenever she see him, she would attack him as payback.


Both Rifle and Sniper's names come from "sniper rifle". In-game, Herman Crab was the one who named them both.



Rifle's mugshot.

Rifle, who is a member of the Blue Penguin species, has a number of anatomical inaccuracies: her feet are yellow instead of pink (likely changed to make her stepping in pink paint more obvious), her beak is yellow rather than dark gray-black. These anatomical differences were actually intentional. The final design document for Rifle has the following notice: "The species is called the "Blue Penguin". This isn't their actual coloration, but please make the body blue and the beak yellow." Rifle also appears rather tall for an average Blue Penguin; Rifle's design document lists Blue penguin characteristics, and describes adult Blue Penguins as reaching heights of up to 40 cm. This Is likely how tall Rifle is intended to be.[1]

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