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Barok van Zieks[3] was a legendary English prosecutor. He was known as the "Death God of the Old Bailey" due to the fact that all defendants that he had prosecuted would supposedly wind up dying in some way or another, regardless of their innocence or guilt. This "curse" eventually led to a five-year leave of absence.[4] Upon his return, he prosecuted trials again opposite a young Japanese defense attorney named Ryūnosuke Naruhodō.

Background Edit

When Barok van Zieks first became a prosecutor, his brother, Klimt was already chief. He had an exchange friend named Genshin Asōgi who seemed to betray by killing his brother as a serial killer.

After the incident, van Zieks trials suddenly went dark. Every defendant whom he prosecuted and went off free, starting with a crime syndicate leader named Chalan Musgrave, dies shortly after due to some sort of. People called it the "Death Bringer", nicknamed Barok the Reaper, and said that it was really Klimt's ghost haunting him. Pretty soon Barok van Zieks took a leave of absence.

Encounters with Naruhodō Edit

Return to the courtroom Edit

Main article: The Adventure of the Runaway Room

After a five year absence, van Zieks returned to prosecuting. He prosecuted Cosney Megundal, who was accused of murdering Mortar Milverton, against Japanese defense attorney Ryūnosuke Naruhodō. Despite pressing his case, van Zieks lost, and Megundal received an unjust acquittal. However, Megundal was killed in a fire shortly afterword, provoking the Death Bringer curse.

A simple case Edit

Main article: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro

Soon after Megundal's trial, van Zieks prosecuted Sōseki Natsume, who was accused of the attempted murder of Viridian Green. van Zieks again faced off against Naruhodō in the trial. Although van Zieks lost this case as well, justice was served, as Joan Garrideb, one of the case's jurors, was revealed to have accidentally stabbed Green in the back. This makes Natsume the first defendant of van Zieks to go free and live.

A simple case's aftermath Edit

Main article: The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro

The following day, Natsume was put on trial again, this time for the attempted murder of William Petenshy. van Zieks prosecuted this case against Naruhodō, and again lost. It was revealed that Viridian Green was actually Petenshy's attempted murderer. But Petenshy wasn't innocent either as he actually killed Green's fiance, Duncan Ross, in an attempt to get a hidden treasure.

Lestrade's trial Edit

Main article: The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story

About two months later, van Zieks prosecuted Gina Lestrade, who was accused of murdering Hatch Windibank. Again, van Zieks prosecuted against Naruhodō and lost, after it was revealed that Windibank was murdered by Robert Crogley. Here, it was revealed that Megundal's death was actually caused by a fake bailiff paid by Crogley.

Naruhodō's return, and prosecuting a friend Edit

Main article: The Return of the Great Departed Soul

Six months after Lestrade's trial, van Zieks prosecuted another case against Naruhodō, where scientist and van Zieks's former fellow university student Benjamin Dobinbough was accused of murdering Elyder Meningen. Once again, despite the assistance of his "Masked Disciple", van Zieks lost after it was revealed that Enoch Drebber conspired with Courtney Sithe to kill Meningen.

In the defendant's seat Edit

Main article: Twisted Karma and His Last Bow and The Resolve of Naruhodō Ryūnosuke

Some time later, van Zieks found himself accused of murdering Tobias Gregson. Hiring Naruhodō as his defense attorney, with Kazuma Asōgi prosecuting the case, it was revealed that Gregson's killer was actually Seishirou Jigoku, a Japanese judge who was being blackmailed by Chief Justice Hart Vortex. Here it was revealed that van Ziek's curse was actually a conspiracy led by Vortex which had Gregson and Ann Sasha kill all the Not Guilty defendants.




Van Zieks was most well known for the "curse" that befell everyone whom he prosecuted. At least some of the deaths were due to natural causes (according to Sherlock Holmes) or the machinations of others unrelated to van Zieks. Among his defendants, Sōseki Natsume, Gina Lestrade, and Benjamin Dobinbough are not known to have died shortly after their trials, all of whom had Ryūnosuke Naruhodō as their defense attorney.

Van Zieks's bench attitude was dominated by a contradictory mix of imperturbable refinement and theatrics. He was extremely unflappable, rarely showing any sign of distress until late in a trial, and even then his reactions were quite muted. Though interested more in finding the truth than his win record, he did not cut the defense any slack. He had a wry sense of humor and often used snark at the expense of the defense, their assistants, and any other witnesses he found bothersome. He became notably upset when someone he trusted betrayed him.[5] He did appear to have some sort of soft spot, as he personally ensured that a witness who had tampered with a crime scene to make an anniversary date kept his job.

Van Zieks often got away with outrageous actions at the bench, though this was tempered by a semblance of social grace. Aberrant behavior such as slamming the desk with his boot to object was frequently followed up by an apology for the behavior. Such apologies were obvious lip service as he did not make any actual effort to moderate his actions or mocking. Prominent among his bizarre bench behavior was his habit of bringing wine, though he only rarely actually drank the glasses that he poured. Instead, he smashed them wantonly to intimidate the defense and emphasize his points. When the court proceedings required van Zieks to change tacks, he would fling his bottle into the gallery behind him with little regard to whom it might hit. Over three cases that he prosecuted against Naruhodō, at least three bottles and 19 glasses were broken. Despite all this, the prosecution's bench and van Zieks's clothes would remain immaculate.

Van Zieks had a close Japanese friend who for some reason betrayed his trust and deeply wounded him. This caused the prosecutor to develop a resentment for all Japanese people. This was seen in his treatment of Naruhodō, never using his name in court as a sign of disrespect. Eventually, however, Naruhodō's attitude and dedication to the truth intrigued van Zieks. While the prosecutor has preference for prosecuting heinous crimes, he broke habit in order to have the opportunity to match up against Naruhodō once more. It appears van Zieks is something of a celebrity figure because many tabloids posted speculation columns on why he was taking on a seemingly ordinary case.

Van Zieks was rather more familiar with Sherlock Holmes and his stories than he was willing to openly admit, but he mistrusted the detective's tricky antics and inventions as far as courtroom proceedings went.


  • Shu Takumi conceived of Barok Van Zieks as a prosecutor who could make sure that his defendants could not escape, even under a 19th-century jury trial setting. To fulfill this concept, Takumi came up with the "curse" and subsequent "god of death" persona.[6]
  • Van Zieks's name was at first conceived as "Prosecutor Rival", but this was quickly dropped due to it being too obvious. Shu Takumi has stated that there is an origin behind the finalized name, however he considers it too embarrassing to talk about.[7] The surname may be a pun on the term banjikyūsu (万事休す) meaning "all is over" or "nothing to be done".
  • In order to make him seem more "English", van Zieks has a unique design for his speech bubbles that is blue and white, rather than the usual red and white.[7]
  • Kazuya Nuri incorporated themes of vampires, wolves and fallen angels in van Zieks's design to illustrate the theme of a god of death and an upper-class character.[8] The fallen angel theme is shown most explicitly in a cross-shaped scar across the bridge of his nose, as well as in a post-Nintendo Direct trailer of Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken, which briefly depicts black wings behind van Zieks as he is introduced. Moreover, compared to other characters in the game, his movements are slower, emphasizing the refined upper-class theme.
    • Van Zieks's wine-flinging habit was likely inspired by a well-known scene in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night where Dracula throws a wine glass during a pre-battle monologue.
  • The animation of van Zieks performing a desk slam with his foot was originally conceived for Godot.[9]


  1. "Twitter / nurikazu_: え~、りゅうのすけ168、あそうぎ174、すさと153、ほーむず183、あいりす120、じーな160cm…となっております。 オマケで…ほそなが178、ばんじーくす192、ボルテックス196cmでございます。あくまで僕のなかでですが。" Twitter. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  2. Court-Records Forums - "DGS at NicoNico Chou Kaigi (Update 3: Gameplay footage)" Accessed on 2015-04-29
  3. 「大逆転裁判」より、缶バッジとクリアファイルが登場です!. cafereo. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  4. 【先出し週刊ファミ通】『戦国BASARA4 皇』発売日決定! 『大逆転裁判』、『ドラゴンズドグマ オンライン』など、カプコン4タイトルを紹介!(2015年4月2日発売号). Famitsu. 2015-03-31. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
  5. Specifically in Case 5 when Detective Gregson makes a deal with a culprit to suppress the truth.
  6. Ash. Takumi Special Interview. Court Records Forums. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bolt Storm. DGS in Famitsu 4/2: Full Scans. Court Records Forums. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  8. Ash. Capcom Legends interview with Nuri (art director DGS). Court Records Forums. Retrieved 2015-08-11.
  9. Ash. Re: DGS in September 2015 Dengeki Nintendo. Court Records Forums. Retrieved 2015-08-29.

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