|Athena Cykes||Image Gallery||Sprite Gallery|
- For other individuals with the surname "Cykes", see Cykes (family).
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|Japanese*||希月 心音 (Kokone Kizuki)* |
月の字 (Tsuki no ji)*
|Height*||5'4"; 162 cm|
|Family||Metis Cykes (mother; deceased)|
|Friends||Simon Blackquill (childhood friend and rival prosecutor) |
Juniper Woods (childhood friend and client)
Widget (A.I. partner and personal computer)
Phoenix Wright (mentor, boss, and defense attorney)
Apollo Justice (senior co-worker and investigative partner)
Pearl Fey (old friend of Phoenix Wright's)
Trucy Wright (Phoenix Wright's daughter)
|Affiliates||Aura Blackquill (former colleague of mother's) |
Gaspen Payne (rival prosecutor)
Judge (presiding judge for her trials)
"Bobby Fulbright" (detective in charge of one of her cases)
|Debut episode||Turnabout Countdown|
|Leitmotif||"Athena Cykes ~ Let's Do This!" |
"Athena Cykes ~ Courtroom Révolutionnaire"
"Reminiscing ~ A Sad Memory"
|I've always wanted to bring analytical psychology into the courtroom. The power of psychology will bring a breath of fresh air to the legal system.|
|—The Monstrous Turnabout|
Athena Cykes is one of three defense attorneys in the Wright Anything Agency, working in this capacity alongside Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice. She is a specialist in analytical psychology, which she studied in Europe, and has the special ability to pick up subtle emotions from witnesses' voices, which she can then examine using a program called the "Mood Matrix". The Mood Matrix is linked to her AI partner Widget, who hangs around her neck and changes color with her emotions.
Along with her mother, Dr. Metis Cykes, Athena lived at the Cosmos Space Center as a child. She enjoyed her time at the institution, with the employees affectionately referring to her as "princess", and she in turn viewing them as family. However, as a child she was very withdrawn; this was mostly due to her strengthened hearing ability being was so pronounced that it gave her sensory overload when around large groups of people. Due to this, Athena often avoided others and missed many days of school. However, Athena did manage to bond with a schoolmate called Juniper Woods, who would also often miss school due to her poor health.
Athena was required to wear heavy and uncomfortable headphones as a child as part of her mother's research. For years Athena incorrectly assumed that the headphones were amplifying her power. She hated having to wear them, and held some resentment towards her mother for making her do so; Athena felt that Metis was treating her as a guinea pig for her experiments. It would be many years until Athena found out that the headphones were actually sound-dampening and that her mother was attempting to rein in her ability so that she could have a more normal life.
Athena also grew close to the facility robots Clonco and Ponco that Metis had created, with the young Athena considering them part of her extended family. However, her sheltered upbringing left her oblivious to the finer differences between humans and robots. If one of the robots suffered from a malfunction, she would try and treat it like she would a human, by wrapping it in bandages. Conversely, when Metis would repair the robots using the disassembly table located in her lab, Athena believed it would work on humans too, and often ask her mother if she could be "fixed" there when she was hurt, although her requests were always denied.
"Fixing" her motherEdit
On October 7, 2020, Athena went to see her mother in the robotics lab in order to show her a drawing she had recently finished. When she arrived, however, she stumbled upon an intruder dressed in Metis' Noh mask and space center jacket, with the bloody body of her recently murdered mother beside him. In a panic, Athena grabbed a utility knife and stabbed the man in the right hand. The intruder retaliated by kicking her, which knocked her unconscious, before fleeing the scene. After she came to, Athena tried to wake her mother. In her childlike state of denial and still not understanding the difference between humans and robots, she had Ponco move Metis to the robot disassembly table, thinking the machinery would be able to "fix" her like it did the robots.
At that moment, Metis' student, prosecutor Simon Blackquill, arrived. Athena, covered in blood from the ordeal, explained to him (with a "sweet smile" and a "far-out look in her eyes", as Blackquill later recalled) what she had intended to do. Blackquill, thinking that Athena had killed her own mother, used the murder weapon (a katana, covered in blood) to forcibly dismantle Ponco, before removing Athena and the now in pieces robot from the lab. By the time Athena had returned to the Center, Blackquill had been arrested for Metis' murder.
Blackquill's trial was held soon afterwards. Athena tried to speak out in his defense, saying that "his heart is screaming that he didn't do it", but Blackquill kept insisting that he was the murderer, and as a result, she was ignored. The prosecutor was soon found guilty, leaving Athena traumatized by the ordeal and causing her to repress many of her memories of that day.
Once she was old enough, Athena went to Europe to study law and psychology in the hope of someday returning to free Blackquill. She took with her two gifts her mother had given her; Widget and a small piece of moon rock made into an earring.
Athena first met Phoenix Wright when he was in Europe studying their legal systems. He told her that her psychological abilities could help people, giving Cykes the confidence she felt she needed to save Blackquill. Eventually, she finished her law studies and was invited to join the Wright Anything Agency.
First cases with the agencyEdit
|I. Already. Told. You! I'm a lawyer assigned to the case!|
|—The Monstrous Turnabout|
Just prior to her arrival, the Wright Anything Agency was invited to a celebration at Nine-Tails Vale by Trucy Wright's friend, Jinxie Tenma. After the village alderman Rex Kyubi was murdered and Damian Tenma was arrested for the crime, Phoenix Wright met the newly-hired Athena at the airport. However, upon being told about the case, she immediately rushed to Nine-Tails Vale to help.
Upon arriving at the village, a police officer barred Athena's way, telling her that she should be in school, despite her insisting that she was a defense attorney. When the officer attempted to escort her from the area, she instead threw him bodily through the air, right into an unfortunate bystander who turned out to be her new co-worker Apollo Justice. After this rather awkward introduction, the two attorneys began their investigation with the assistance of Detective Bobby Fulbright. During the subsequent trial, Athena found Simon Blackquill standing at the prosecutor's bench; despite being a convict, he was still allowed to take cases. Athena explained to Justice about the Mood Matrix's overload mode and, using this technique, they were able to find the source of Jinxie's fear while she testified. Eventually, Athena and Justice exposed Florent L'Belle as the culprit.
Athena later assisted in Phoenix Wright's first case after being reinstated as an attorney, in which an orca and then her trainer were accused of killing the owner of the Shipshape Aquarium. It was during the investigation that Athena met Wright's old friend Pearl Fey for the first time.
- Main article: Turnabout Academy
|Junie! It's good to hear you say that name again.|
After the excitement of the previous case, Athena was invited alongside Wright and Justice to Themis Legal Academy to watch a mock trial set up as part of the school's upcoming festival. If the defense won the trial then Wright would give a training seminar, while if the prosecution were victorious, then it would be Klavier Gavin instead.
With only one place to watch the trial, Wright agreed to let Justice watch it while he and Athena waited elsewhere. While waiting for the mock trial to finish, Wright and Cykes found Constance Courte, a judicial course teacher at the academy, dead on a stage set up oustide. Athena's childhood friend and academy student council president Juniper Woods (who was studying the judicial course and hadn't seen Athena since her mother's murder) was arrested for her murder. The reasoning for this was because the way that the body had been found was almost exactly the same as the script that Woods had written for the mock trial, the contents of which only she and Courte had been privy to.
Athena decided to take on Woods' as her defense attorney, with Blackquill again prosecuting the case. Justice and Gavin took part in an abridged version of the mock trial to help ascertain the facts of the case. During the subsequent real trial, Athena proved that Robin Newman, prosecutor student and friend of Woods, was actually a girl raised as a boy. During the second trial day, Athena revealed that Hugh O’Conner, another close friend of Woods, was actually 25 years old, having taken a seven-year break from school and worked a part-time job as a crane operator.
Eventually, Athena determined that Professor Aristotle Means was not in his balcony seat during the mock trial, leaving him without an alibi. While Means was bring cross-examined, Athena ended up doubting herself after Means explained her mistakes, such as raising false charges against lawyer student Hugh O’Conner and failing to defend Woods. She subsequently went into a state of emotional trauma after visualizing events from her past, while Means taunted her. However, Justice, Woods, Blackquill, O’Conner, and Newman then told her to think about how she had helped them all. Athena snapped out of her traumatic state and rethought the facts of the case. Then, with the assistance of Justice, she recreated the position of Courte's body and the Phoenix Wright statue to indict Means for the murder. After the trial, Gavin and Woods performed a version of "The Guitar's Serenade", which Athena watched with the others in the audience.
Attack on HAT-2Edit
- Main article: The Cosmic Turnabout
Prior to the day of the HAT-2 rocket launch at the Cosmos Space Center, Athena returned to the Center's Space Museum in order to reconnect with her past; however, her childhood experiences proved too traumatic, and she blacked out. The following day, the launch was sabotaged and an astronaut, Clay Terran, was murdered. Dazed and unaware of what had happened, Athena eventually regained consciousness and left the space station alone, where she was caught on camera.
Athena and Justice later took the case of Solomon Starbuck, the other astronaut who had been with Terran and stood accused of his murder. Athena continued to hide her past and recent visit to the space center, not wishing to bring it up with the others. Justice took the lead in the case, as Terran had been a friend of his since childhood. However, Athena was surprised to find Justice acting strangely towards her, as well as wearing a bandage over one of his eyes. Unbeknownst to her, Justice's had perceived that she was hiding something about the case from him and, fearing that Cykes was somehow involved in his friend's murder, he had covered his eye to stop his ability.
Starbuck's first trial day came to a sudden end when Ted Tonate burst in to warn the court that a bomb was about to go off and ordered everyone to evacuate immediately. However, Blackquill and Justice were persistent in solving the case, and refused to leave. Athena had to resort to forcibly dragging Justice out of the courtroom in order to save him. Just before the bomb went off, however, Juniper Woods (who had been observing the trial from the gallery), fell and tripped. Justice shielded her from the falling rubble and was injured, while Athena and Blackquill safely left the courtroom. Woods was soon arrested as the prime suspect in the bombing.
Woods' second trialEdit
- Main article: Turnabout Countdown
Justice decided to take Woods' case after the bombing. However, before the trial, he fainted due to his injuries, so Athena took over for him against prosecutor Gaspen Payne. Payne's taunting eventually got to Athena, and she suffered from a flashback to her mother's murder that caused her to almost mentally shutdown in distress. Just as things looked their bleakest for Athena and Woods, Phoenix Wright arrived to take over the case, causing Athena to snap out of her traumatised state. She assisted Wright in going through Woods' testimony, and managed to undermine the prosecution's case. Court was soon adjourned for the day, so Wright, Athena, and Woods decided to check up on Justice, who was looking for more evidence in the bombed-out Courtroom No. 4. However, upon entering the destroyed courtroom, they found him lying on the ground, unconscious, next to a blood-stained piece of rubble.
The following day, Payne attempted to pin Justice's assault on Woods, but Wright and Athena managed to prove that Tonate was the true culprit. Following on from that, they showed that the deceased detective found in the bombed courtroom had been killed by Tonate too, due to her finding out that he had been planning to sell the bomb being used as evidence for the trial on the black market. After the trial was resolved and Woods found innocent, the residents of the Wright Anything Agency were shocked when Justice declared that he would be taking a leave of absence, and walked out. Athena wondered why he was shutting them out.
Starbuck's trial was later continued in a new courtroom, with Wright proving him innocent when a piece of crucial evidence was found not to have Starbuck's fingerprints on them. However the victory was short-lived when Detective Fulbright revealed that the fingerprints belonged to Athena. Starbuck was soon acquitted, with Athena being arrested in his place.
Accused of murderEdit
- Main article: Turnabout For Tomorrow
|Of course... why didn't it ever occur to me before? If Prosecutor Blackquill is innocent, somebody else had to have been the true culprit. Did I...? Did I... kill my own mother...? N-No......... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!|
Due to the crucial evidence incriminating her and the security camera footage that caught her leaving the space center, Athena was indicted for Terran's murder. At the detention center, she admitted to her presence at the space center to Wright, prompting him to continue his investigations there. However, his investigation was interrupted when the Center's robots staged a rebellion and took staff and visitors hostage, including his daughter Trucy Wright. The hostage taker then gave Phoenix one hour to stage a retrial for Simon Blackquill's case and hand over Athena. If he did not hand over the "little princess", then the hostage taker would make one of the robots kill the hostages. Phoenix correctly deduced that the hostage taker was Aura Blackquill, Simon's older sister. Enlisting the help of Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, Phoenix was able to re-open the UR-1 Incident and give Simon a retrial.
Since all the other courtrooms were in use, Courtroom No. 4 was to be used for the retrial. When Phoenix told Aura that he was ready to defend her brother, he was told that it wouldn't be Simon that he would be defending, but Athena, whom she accused of matricide, leaving Athena in a traumatic state as she wondered if she killed her own mother. This manifested itself as five black Psyche-Locks to Phoenix. Pearl Fey, with no knowledge of black Psyche-Locks, returned to Kurain Village to study up on them.
As the defendant, Athena could only initially watch as Phoenix first undermined Detective Fulbright's testimony, then determined how the real killer had manipulated the robot Ponco, who had witnessed Metis Cykes' murder. Phoenix was able to get Simon on the stand, and though he continued to confess to the murder as he had done for seven years, Athena sensed discord in his heart and used her Mood Matrix to assist Phoenix in the cross-examination. By probing his true emotions, the two were able to get the truth out of Simon: he had not stabbed Metis to death. Rather, he had entered the robot lab and seen a young Athena, covered in blood, saying that "Something's wrong with Mommy, so I'm taking her apart to fix her!" He believed Athena had stabbed her own mother to death, so he took the blame in order to protect the girl.
Athena went into shock, unable to comprehend the apparent revelation that she had killed her own mother. As memories returned, she confessed, remembering the blood running down her hands. Phoenix, however, used this information to show that Athena was innocent; the murder weapon, Metis' katana, had no blood on the handle. After going over the facts of the case, Phoenix realized that Athena must have stabbed the real killer with a different weapon. This revelation finally caused Athena's black Psyche-Locks to break and allowed her to fully remember what had happened.
As the judge was about to declare Athena innocent, Apollo Justice took to the stand, accusing her of Clay Terran's murder. He admitted that he wanted to believe in Athena's innocence, but his bracelet had reacted to her lies about not having seen the utility knife that took Terran's life. Phoenix Wright pointed out that Athena had stabbed her mother's killer with an identical knife, but Justice went on to present his logic as to why only she could have killed Terran. Wright was able to present an alternate theory as to how someone could have committed the crime and safely escaped, and shocked both himself and the rest of the courtroom with his realization that the only other possible culprit was Detective Bobby Fulbright.
After a recess, all three attorneys took to the defense's bench to bring down Fulbright, whom Wright argued was actually an international spy known only as "the phantom". The attorneys first remembered that Fulbright had been the one who presented the evidence with Athena's fingerprints on it that had led to her arrest, and a proper analysis revealed the prints were actually Terran's. Athena used her Mood Matrix to prove that Fulbright's psychological profile bore many similarities with a psyche report that had been made up for the phantom, and that he feared his identity being tied to the UR-1 Incident. "Fulbright" was revealed to be an impostor, and Wright finally cornered him with Athena's own earring, a gift from her mother seven years ago; the earring was made of a moon rock sample from seven years ago, and was a geological match to another piece of rock with the phantom's blood on it, putting him at the scene of Metis' murder. Athena was shocked at this development, as her mother had left her with more than just evidence, but a sign of her love for her daughter. After the phantom's broke down on the stand, Athena returned to the defendant's stand and received her "Not Guilty" verdict.
Athena would later join Wright and Justice in watching Starbucks' ascent into space, all the while giving the astronaut encouragement.
Athena has strong emotions and a powerful drive to win, which can sometimes cause her to be reckless. Widget will occasionally pick up on her emotions and blurt out what she's really thinking, much to her chagrin. She likes orange juice after a good workout and gratuitously peppers her speech with French, German, and Spanish, which she apparently picked up while studying in Europe.
Beneath her external cheerfulness, however, was a deep-seated childhood trauma which threatened to overpower her during two of her cases. Although she would sometimes put on a brave face, Widget's expression would give an insight into her true feelings.
When she is extensively ignored in court, especially when the case is going very badly for her, Athena would be reminded of her mother's murder and being ignored during Simon Blackquill's trial, causing her to "shutdown" due to distress; her eyes would become blank, while Widget would be blank to mirror Athena's emotional state.
- Her family name in the Japanese version is "Kizuki", which consists of kanji that can mean "rare/hope" (希) and "month/moon" (月). This can make the surname mean "rare moon", "rare month", "moon of hope", or "month of hope"; the names "rare moon" and "moon of hope" make sense with the events of Turnabout for Tomorrow, since Athena's moon rock earring was a key piece of evidence in convicting Metis' murderer. The family name also sounds similar to "kitzuki" (気付き), which means "to notice", referring to Athena's ability to notice subtle emotions from people's voices.
- Her Japanese given name "Kokone" consists of kanji that can mean "heart/soul/mind/emotion/sincerity/sympathy/answer [to a riddle]" (心) and "sound" (音). Combined, they mean "[the sound of one's] heartbeat".
- Her full Japanese name could roughly mean "a heartbeat once in a blue moon". This may be a reference to the "heart scope" (ココ口スコ‐プ "kokoro sukōpu"), the Japanese name for the Mood Matrix. Alternatively, combining the "to notice" and "mind/heart" meanings of her surname could mean "read someone's heart/mind".
- Her English given name, "Athena" comes from Athena, the goddess of (amongst other things) wisdom, courage, inspiration, law and justice, strategy, and skill in Greek mythology. This is likely meant to link her name with the given names of both Apollo Justice (named after the Greek god of the same name) and Phoenix Wright (whose first name originates from mythology).
- "Cykes" may be a play on "psychology" or "psyched". It may be spelled with a "C" to avoid confusion with the pre-existing Skye family. Alternatively, the "C" in "Cykes" may be intended to relate to her crescent moon earring.
- Her surname was misspelled as "Sykes" twice in a "fact sheet" for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies ahead of E3 2013 and once in the "More Info" section of the game in the Nintendo eShop.
- The main clothing color themes of Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, and Athena Cykes are the three primary colors (blue, red, and yellow, respectively).
- Athena and Simon Blackquill are the only characters in the series to date to have two desk slam variants.
- She is the only attorney to date to have a special ability that is centered around technology.
- Athena is the first playable female defense attorney to have a full case with both investigation and trial elements, as well as her own "Objection!" theme; Mia Fey only has trial sections in her playable cases and shares her Objection! theme with Wright.