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Franziska von Karma
Ignorance is to be whipped.

Prosecutor Franziska von Karma uses a whip as her trademark weapon, and often uses it on others for very little provocation. Although she initially used a riding crop when she was younger, she eventually replaced it with her more familiar single-tail whip. Phoenix Wright has described it as possessing a "mysterious nostalgia".

Riding crop[]

As early as 13 years old, Von Karma owned a riding crop that she would use on others if she was angry, insulted, or annoyed by them. If her intended target was not present, she would instead strike a suitable nearby substitute (normally Miles Edgeworth). Often, instead of hitting people with it, she would bend it, point it at others, or tap it on her hand.

Detective Tyrell Badd is the only person known to have avoided the young von Karma's riding crop by dodging out of the way in time. Although she later had the urge again to hit him, she instead targeted Edgeworth, as the detective threatened to have her arrested for obstruction of justice if she tried (although he admitted that he was only joking seconds later).

Single-tail whip[]

By the time that she was 18, von Karma had replaced her riding crop with a single-tail whip, and would once again use it on others with very little provocation, with even two judges falling victim. She is quite adept at wielding the whip, being able to whip the prosecutor's bench right in front of her as well as strike the opposing attorney on the opposite side of the courtroom. She would also tug on the whip when upset, or raise it above her head.

The only known time that she was parted from her whip was after the trial of Matt Engarde, when she became emotionally confused and stressed by a combination of Phoenix Wright's previous wins against her, Wright's joy despite losing the Engarde case, and Edgeworth questioning her motives for winning court cases. Faced with these bewildering events that shook her to her very core, she quickly left the District Court to return to Germany. However, Edgeworth caught up with her at the airport and, after returning her whip, the pair reached an understanding before she left.

Known whipping victims[]

In other media[]

In the anime, she has a black version of the riding crop.

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