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Viola "Violetta" Cadaverini is the beloved granddaughter of the infamous mob boss Bruto Cadaverini. She was assistant to the loan shark and owner of Tender Lender, Furio Tigre, but took over the business after his arrest.
In September of 2018, Viola Cadaverini was involved in an accident in which her car collided with Furio Tigre on his scooter. She suffered life-threatening head trauma and was hospitalized. The operation required to save her life cost $1 million, and her grandfather Bruto demanded that Tigre pay him the cost of the bill. After Viola's surgery, Tigre took care of her; Viola, not knowing that Tigre was the man involved in her accident, or perhaps not wanting to acknowledge that Tigre might have helped her only out of fear of her grandfather, became affectionate, deeply loyal, and respectful toward Tigre. She began to work for him at Tender Lender soon afterward.
Involvement in a murder
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On Dec. 3, 2018, Tigre asked Viola to help him to set up a fake murder to cover up a real murder he had committed at Trés Bien. Viola posed as the waitress at the restaurant, Maggey Byrde, while Tigre disguised himself as the victim. The owner was forced to play along because of the debt he had to Tigre. An unwitting Victor Kudo soon entered the restaurant, and Tigre and Viola re-enacted the crime as Tigre wanted it to be seen; Viola sprinkled powder into the coffee she served to Tigre, and Tigre pretended he had won a lottery (as the victim had won the lottery prior to the real murder) and took a sip of the coffee. Tigre pretended to feel the effects of potassium cyanide poisoning and die. Kudo would later testify to the fake crime as a witness during Byrde's trial.
However, Phoenix Wright, Byrde's attorney, discovered the truth behind the incidents during his investigations. He broke Viola's Psyche-Locks, having worked out Tigre's motivations and that he was the real killer. Viola admitted that she had suspected all along Tigre had cared for her not out of love, but fear of her mafia boss grandfather, and gave Wright her medical records of the accident to use against Tigre in court.
Tigre's role as the one who had injured Viola was exposed, and after the trial, she implied that she had sent poisoned food to him in prison.
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Viola took over the running of Tender Lender after Tigre's arrest. One of her debtors was Lance Amano, whom she would send payment bills to in the form of "love letters" with her characteristic threatening undertones.
Viola Cadaverini is very soft-spoken and polite, with her style of speech having numerous pauses. However, she strikes fear into those around her by slipping quiet death threats into everyday conversation, normally while performing one of her distinctive sinister giggles ("Hee... Hee... Hee..."). This made her very effective at asking for repayment of loans when Tigre was unable to do so.
Before Tigre's court appearance, Viola was very loyal to him, calling him "Don Tigre" as a sign of respect and quietly demanding that others do the same. Although she ultimately realized that Tigre was being kind to her only because of her grandfather, her affection for Tigre caused her to delude herself into believing that Tigre truly cared about her. Despite coming across as rather sinister, Viola truly was disgusted by what Tigre did to acquire Elg's money and regretted being an accomplice.
- "Shikabane" (鹿羽) comes from the Japanese word for "corpse".
- "Urami" (うらみ) means "grudge" in Japanese.
- "Viola" is an Italian name derived from the Latin word for violets. In the language of flowers, blue violets can represent love or faithfulness, and white violets can represent candor, innocence, or modesty. A viola is also a string instrument similar to the violin. Such instruments are often used to give music a melancholy feel, which may be a reference to Viola's feelings in the game. The choice of an Italian-inspired name is likely meant to be a reference to the Sicilian Mafia.
- "Cadaverini" is Italian for "little corpses". The word is a variation of the Italian "cadavere", of which the English equivalent is "cadaver", a synonym of "corpse". Like "Viola", the choice of an Italian-inspired name is likely meant to be a reference to the Mafia.
- Viola: Mr. Wright... I want to thank you for... exterminating... Don Tigre... I returned the $500,000... along with a tea set. A special thick tea... One I mixed with... my own two hands... I bet he's drinking it now... Win Through Compromise... Hee... Hee... Hee...
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. Capcom. Episode: Bridge to the Turnabout (in English). 2007.