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CHARACTER AGE: 34 (not that it's easy to tell)

SERIES: Ace Attorney

CHRONOLOGY: After 3-3, but prior to 3-5

CLASS: Hero/Anti-Hero



Diego Armando was a popular and talented criminal defense attorney, considered the best of the best at the Grossberg and Co. Law Offices in Los Angeles, California. Despite his reputation as a shameless playboy, his disturbing addiction to coffee and his arrogant, devil-may-care attitude, he was dedicated to defending the innocent accused and putting real criminals behind bars. Diego was content in his role as the hotshot lawyer until he met Mia Fey, a young attorney fresh out of law school and the newest hire onto the Grossberg staff. Typical Diego was immediately taken by Mia's beauty and more than likely planned on seducing her when he offered to take her under his wing, but he was intrigued when he found the young lawyer shared his passion for justice and belief in her clients.

Serving as her mentor, Diego was by Mia's side when she argued her first case, State vs. Fawles-- the case of an escaped death row inmate accused of murdering the police officer who put him behind bars. Mia was on the brink of proving her client's innocence when the trial took a turn for the horrific. Terry Fawles committed suicide on the stand under the influence of Dahlia Hawthorne, the prosecution's star witness-- and the true murderer in the case at hand. Mia was so traumatized by her client's death that she suffered a nervous breakdown, and Diego watched in fury as Dahlia left the courtroom a free woman.

Driven by their mutual thirst for justice, Diego and Mia dedicated the next six months to their investigation of Dahlia Hawthorne and her prior crimes, their ultimate goal to put her in prison where she belonged. Also over the course of these six months, the two of them fell in love and started dating. The extent of their relationship remains something of a mystery to anybody but the two of them, but it was definitely the first time that the flighty playboy Diego ever connected so deeply with a woman.

On August 27th, 2012, Diego arranged a meeting alone with Dahlia at the courthouse cafeteria to ask her a few questions. Over the course of the meeting, Dahlia slipped a specialized chemical poison into Diego's coffee cup and after drinking it, he collapsed within minutes. Paramedics found him unresponsive when they arrived, attempts at resuscitation failed, and Diego Armando was pronounced dead on arrival at the local hospital. En route to the hospital morgue, the pulse monitor started to beep again and against all odds or expectations, Diego was revived. He remained in a deep coma that doctors couldn't explain or hope to rouse him from, and it was predicted that he would never wake up. Very little information about the case was released to the media, and newspapers mistakenly called the incident "the Murder at the Courthouse", believing the victim to be dead.

In the meantime, the police could not find damning evidence to prove that Dahlia had poisoned Diego: a container to hold the poison in. Dahlia had passed that evidence on to a stranger she met at the courthouse that day, a college student named Phoenix Wright. It was a desperate gamble, but it allowed Dahlia to escape justice yet again and the police were forced to drop the charges against her. Eight months later, Phoenix Wright, now dating Dahlia, was charged with murder himself. Determined to see justice done, Mia accepted the case and managed to tie Dahlia to the murder at hand, as well as the attack on Diego from months before. Justice was finally served to the serial murderess, and Dahlia was sentenced to death.

All the while, Diego slept in his hospital bed.

Five years later, in November 2017, thanks to the aroma of a doctor's morning coffee, Diego finally opened his eyes-- and saw nothing. The poison had badly damaged his central nervous system, his organs and his eyes, rendering him blind. The chemicals permanently bleached his coal black hair a ghostly white. His condition necessitated frequent medical check-ups and a great deal of daily medication just to keep his body going. At 33, the once-handsome attorney's body was in worse shape than that of a man over twice his age.

The real blow, of course, came when he learned that Mia Fey had been murdered a year ago by a man she was investigating alone. The woman Diego loved was dead. He couldn't even comfort himself with revenge, since both Dahlia and the man who killed Mia were already in prison. Everything Diego had to live for was gone, and there was nobody waiting for him to wake up. Utterly shattered, blaming himself for everything and unable to cope with what happened to him, Diego disgustedly cast away every aspect of his former life, even abandoning his name and identity. He took the name "Godot"-- in reference to the Samuel Beckett play, the name of the one who everybody waits for.

Godot underwent extensive physical therapy, received a high-tech visor to correct his blindness (somewhat) and was finally released from the hospital after months. He grew obsessed with seeking justice for his lover's pointless death and set about investigating every court case that Mia had ever taken. That's where he learned about the involvement of Phoenix Wright-- not only as the one who allowed Dahlia to escape from the "murder" of Diego Armando, but as Mia's legal protege, much to his disgust. Godot immediately cast the guilt he felt onto Phoenix, rationalizing that it was really his fault that Mia died. Desperate for his misplaced revenge, he used his former connections to become a prosecutor, knowing that it would eventually force him and defense attorney Phoenix to face each other in Godot's favorite arena-- he aimed to test Phoenix and gauge his worthiness to inherit Mia's legacy.

Godot finally faced Phoenix Wright in the courtroom for two cases, and both the cases of State vs. DeLite (3-2) and State vs. Byrde (3-3) ended in "Not Guilty" verdicts for Phoenix's clients. All the while, it was all Phoenix could do to wonder who this strange masked man was, and why in the world he hated Phoenix so much.

Ironically, Phoenix only triumphed over Godot in both "hopeless" trials by adhering to his usual legal philosophies-- passed down to him from his mentor, Mia Fey, and passed down to her by her own mentor: Diego Armando.


Behind the omnipresent coffee cup and just below the creepy glowing mask is a cryptic smile that rarely falters. Godot revels in his self-made mysterious persona and most everything about him, from his age to his real name to the real expression on his face at any given time, is a secret. He is forever cocky and usually smug, coming off as a little too self-assured at best and an arrogant douchebag at worst.

In the courtroom, Godot is precise and skilled. Though he is actually a novice prosecutor, it's observed that he is clearly no amateur behind the bench. He is highly intelligent and excels at putting together conclusions from seemingly haphazard evidence, showing a prowess for the law that many don't expect from him. Godot prefers to scan a situation from all sides and examine every possibility, his motto being "eliminate the impossible, and what remains must be the truth." He speaks in baffling, occasionally broken metaphors that make little sense to anybody else and often require him to explain them. He also frequently quotes his own personal "rules" that seem bizarrely suited for whatever the given situation and are probably made up off the top of his head.

Godot also loves coffee. Actually, to say that Godot "loves" coffee is a huge understatement, like saying that China is "crowded" or that the universe is "big." He drinks more coffee in one day than most people drink in a week. He knows how to analyze blends of coffee by smell and taste. He's good enough to tell literally any blend apart from another and identify any other flavors in the coffee, such as milk, sugar or creamer. This ability is honed from his decades of experience in roasting and brewing his own personal coffee blends. He also has an uncanny ability to never be without a hot cup of his favorite beverage, whether it be in the middle of a courtroom or on the side of a desolate mountain. The mechanics behind this are never explained, though it can be assumed he makes use of a large collection of thermoses and portable percolators. His caffeine tolerance is absolutely inhuman and should never be attempted by anyone, for their own safety. He does moderate himself to a mere 17 cups of coffee per trial session. You know. For discipline.

Eccentricities aside, there's no denying that Godot is a cool customer. Very little seems to faze him, even in the occasionally ludicrous court proceedings he takes part in. He's charismatic and good with people... when he feels like it. When he doesn't feel like it, he comes off as an asshole of the highest caliber, often seen taunting, name-calling, or otherwise trying to get a rise out of people for his own amusement. Beyond the teasing and occasional idle chit-chat, Godot mostly prefers to keep to himself, and avoids anyone prying into his life or his business.

If someone intrigues him or manages to get past the cool and unflappable facade, there is a very different side of Godot underneath the mask. He is a passionate individual with extreme dedication to whatever his personal cause. He's incredibly bullheaded and stubborn, obsessively holding grudges against those he has perceived to have wronged him-- no matter how irrational or exaggerated on his part. At the same time, he cares deeply for the very, very few people who are important to him, and he would do literally anything to protect them, no matter the cost.

Godot believes so powerfully in justice that he wants to find a cause and blame for everything-- even if it's something that nobody has control over. He has something of a hero complex and craves the chance to atone for his past mistakes, though will inevitably and disproportionately blame himself if things ever do go wrong. He deals with this by taking out his frustrations on his current grudge-target (usually poor Phoenix Wright, whom he calls "Trite" disdainfully.) This has given him the reputation of an enormous bully, not exactly undeserved.

Those who come to know Godot on more than a casual basis will pick up on the intense pain in his demeanor, a combination of anger and sorrow that he tries to hide. He is desperately lonely, self-loathing and at times emotionally unstable, carrying the burden of a failing body and the mental scars of a man who has been utterly broken by time and circumstance. His Godot persona and his revenge fantasy are products of his instability, and by bottling everything up inside, he has only gotten worse. He has never been able to healthily cope with his pain, resorting instead to lashing out at others and allowing himself to sink deeper and deeper into darkness. Occasionally, his irrational anger pushes him towards outright moral ambiguity.

However, there are shades of the attorney he used to be still apparent in his behavior and occasionally in his ridiculous metaphors. He may be a jerk, but Godot plays fair and concedes his arguments once he's been decisively proven wrong. He would not send an innocent person to jail to prove a point, and he's not so far gone as to betray his own principles. He also has a notable soft spot for children. Despite all the bitterness and cynicism he exudes, he is a good person at heart and still dedicated to the virtue of justice. He just doesn't believe it anymore, and knows no more effective way to ease his pain other than to hide behind his cool, invincible alter ego.

POWER: eye lasers No.

Godot has gained the ability of hyper-metabolism. His body is able to seamlessly process things that would harm or kill other people. Once his system detects a harmful amount of any given substance, his powers kick in and metabolize it without any effects whatsoever. Due to this power, Godot is immune to all types of poisons. He cannot get drunk, overdose on any drugs. This also means he must be very careful with the dosage of his medications, however-- a little too much, and they'll stop working entirely.

(Note: This ability should not be confused with Godot's already completely obscene caffeine tolerance. He was already able to drink upwards of 30 cups of coffee in a day.)

Later, as his abilities develop, Godot will find that he also has the power of toxin manipulation. On command, he will be able to produce toxic chemicals from his skin and breath, allowing him to manipulate what potency and effect they will have on other people. So he could theoretically knock someone out with a touch, or even kill them-- if he was that type of person. Which he isn't.

In fact, given Godot's past and the nature of what happened to him, he will be just delighted with these powers. Not.


- Since the incident in which Godot had to "come back from the dead," he's been in extremely poor health. He suffers from weakness and chronic pain, along with occasional seizures. He is dependent on a variety of medications and frequent doctor's visits to keep his body in good working order, but there is no medicine capable of fixing everything that's wrong with him. This makes him unfortunately limited in his registration options, as he desperately needs affordable healthcare.

- Also as a result of said incident, Godot is blind. The gaudy visor is not a fashion statement, but a device to circumvent his blindness. Though it allows him to see, his vision still isn't great and he is colorblind. The color red does not register for him at all, particularly on a white or light-colored background.

- As demonstrated in canon, Godot has a bizarre talent for mimicking other people. He hammers out dead-on impersonations of several witnesses in the courtroom, right down to their profile picture and character theme songs, which Phoenix called both "the best and worst" impressions he'd ever seen.

- It's pronounced "go-doh." Not "go-dot."

- He speaks fluent Spanish, and according to Phoenix Wright, "Coffeenese."
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