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Manfred von Karma.


Franziska von Karma.

Franziska von Karma
Those of von Karma blood have only one fate. And that is "perfection".

The von Karmas are a family of prosecutors of which two are known by name: late Prosecutor Manfred von Karma and his prodigy daughter Franziska. Manfred has also mentioned a 7-year old granddaughter,[1] by an older sister of Franziska's.[2]


In the Japanese version of The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve, it is revealed that the name "von Karma" in Japanese, "狩魔 (Karuma)", stems from the fact one or more disciples of the Asogi school of swordsmanship took on this name to honor the Asogi family heirloom, a Japanese katana named "狩魔 (Karuma)". The name of the sword can be interpreted to mean "demon hunter", or "(one who) hunts monsters" (魔を狩るもの).

The name change is mentioned in the English version, though due to the localization of "von Karma" in most language versions of the rest of the Ace Attorney series, the connection is not made apparent.

In other media[]

In the anime adaptation of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, Miles Edgeworth is taken in by Manfred. Social media posts about Franziska in Ace Attorney Investigations 2: Prosecutor's Gambit refer to Miles as Franziska's foster brother.


  1. Phoenix: Exactly, Your Honor! He remembered the name of his fiancee who committed suicide. That's why he named his parrot after her!
    Judge: I see! I guess that is possible.
    von Karma: Objection! Bah! A mere coincidence, that's all! My granddaughter has a dog she calls "Phoenix." Well, Mr. Phoenix Wright? Does this make you my granddaughter's fiancee!? She's only seven years old!!!
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Goodbyes (in English). 2005.
  2. Ash (2016-07-31). About Franziska's sibling / von Karma's other child. Court Records Forums. Retrieved on 2020-02-03.