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The second Yatagarasu*
Little crow-girl*
Smart-alecky brat*

One-off nicknames

Ms. Law Expert*
Little girl*
Occupation Self-proclaimed second Great Thief Yatagarasu
Names in other languages
Japanese* 一条美雲 (Mikumo Ichijou)*
ミクモくん (Mikumo-kun)*
ミクモちゃん (Mikumo-chan)*
おじょうちゃん (Ojou-chan)*
カラスのおじょうちゃん (Karasu no ojou-chan)*
ミクモさま (Mikumo-sama)*
クモちゃん (Kumo-chan)*
Biological information
Born 2001
Age 10*- 17*
Status* Alive
Eye color Green
Hair color Black
Height* 5'3"; 163 cm
Family Byrne Faraday (father; deceased)
An unnamed mother
Friends Miles Edgeworth (investigative partner)
Franziska von Karma
Dick Gumshoe (investigative partner)
Tateyuki Shigaraki (investigative partner and Edgeworth family friend)
Tyrell Badd ("uncle" and family friend)
Affiliates Calisto Yew (nemesis)
Japanese* Ayumi Fujimura*
Debut episode The Kidnapped Turnabout
Leitmotif "Kay Faraday ~ The Great Truth Thief"
"Reminiscing ~ A Girl with Lost Memories"*
Kay Faraday
When no other bird dares to take flight... one alone soars to shine the light of righteousness on the world's blight!

Kay Faraday is the second Yatagarasu, a self-proclaimed "Great Thief" who "steals" the truth. She assisted Miles Edgeworth during his investigations into an international smuggling ring, as well as helping during another incident over a week later.

Early lifeEdit

Kay Faraday was born to prosecutor Byrne Faraday in 2001. From birth, Kay came to know Byrne's friend, detective Tyrell Badd, and she referred to him as "Uncle". Byrne brought Kay to the District Court at times during trials, and at these instances Byrne always bought Kay a Swiss roll from one of the vending machines in the courthouse. In the course of Kay's early life, Byrne had her make several promises and keep them in a notebook. She promised not to cry in front of strangers or to accept any gifts from them.

Byrne's deathEdit

Main article: Turnabout Reminiscence
Kay Faraday
Grr, I told you to stop being mean to Gummy!!!
Turnabout Reminiscence

At 10 years-old.

When Kay was ten years old, during one of her father's trials, the defendant accused Byrne of being the Great Thief Yatagarasu. The two men moved into Defendant Lobby No. 2 to talk, and so Byrne was unable to buy Kay her usual Swiss roll treat.

After hanging around the vending machine near Lobby No. 2 for a while, with only a pink balloon to keep her company, she met the hungry detective posted as the guard for Lobby No. 2, Dick Gumshoe. He had recently been paid his rather paltry bonus of $5 and agreed to put Kay's and his own money together to buy a $6 pair of Swiss rolls. Kay only had loose change, so ran off to find someone with whom she could exchange her coins for a $1 bill and found Miles Edgeworth speaking with his mentor Manfred von Karma. Although Edgeworth was puzzled by the little girl's presence, he exchanged the change for a $1 bill without any questions. Kay told the older prosecutor that he was "scary" and left.

Kay eagerly returned to Gumshoe to retrieve the Swiss rolls. Saving a roll for her father, she and Gumshoe split the other roll among themselves. They sat down at a bench nearby; as a prank, Kay popped her balloon on a cactus plant, startling Gumshoe into dropping his roll. After finishing the roll, Kay told Gumshoe about her promise not to receive gifts from strangers, so "Gummy" promised her that he wouldn't tell anyone about their meeting. Kay left the hallway after this.


Kay blowing her nose on Edgeworth's cravat.

Twenty minutes later, Byrne and the defendant were found dead in Lobby No. 2. Kay quickly found out about this. Gumshoe became the prime suspect of the murder, and in anger she ran into the 3rd Floor Lobby, kicked Miles Edgeworth in the shin, and ran away, dropping her Swiss roll in the process. She later tried to ambush him again in Courtroom No. 3, but he caught her in the act. He returned her Swiss roll and, now that the roll no longer had a recipient, she happily ate it. The shock of her father's death then began to overwhelm her, and she cried. She blew her nose on Edgeworth's cravat, and explained the promises that she had made to her father, giving Edgeworth the promise notebook. He gave Kay his drenched cravat, telling her that she was merely borrowing it and to give it back later.

Kay followed Tyrell Badd, who was conducting an investigation into Byrne's murder, into Lobby No. 1. Badd told her that he would let her help him in his investigation, and he gave her some tasks to do to this end. Kay found a bottle of perfume in the room, and Badd let her keep it, though she was too young to wear it. In truth, Badd was trying to keep her away from the investigation and what it might reveal. Eventually, Miles Edgeworth confronted Byrne's opponent for the trial, Calisto Yew, and proved that she was the killer. However, Yew told Edgeworth that not only was she the real Yatagarasu, but she was also an agent of an international smuggling ring. She then drew a gun and threatened to shoot Edgeworth. Edgeworth froze in place until Kay shouted at him to get away, and he dived just in time to avoid the bullet. Yew escaped from the courtroom and disappeared.



Kay Faraday in 2019.

After Byrne's death, Kay moved far away from the courts to live with her mother and her relatives. Over the next seven years, she lived her life not knowing the true circumstances behind her father's death or what happened to his killer. Seven years later, she found a diary belonging to her father proving that he had really been the Great Thief Yatagarasu, as well as a device called Little Thief that Byrne had used for his heists. When the Yatagarasu sent a calling card to an embassy, Kay decided to adopt the Yatagarasu title and returned to Los Angeles to look for Miles Edgeworth, as well as vowing to find Calisto Yew and bring her and the smuggling ring to justice.


Main article: Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

At Gatewater LandEdit

Main article: The Kidnapped Turnabout

Kay found Edgeworth tied up in a room in Gatewater Land theme park, having been knocked out by an unseen assailant. While Edgeworth was struggling to get free, he made a "funny sound" that Kay found hilarious. She untied the prosecutor and declared herself his investigative partner, due to Dick Gumshoe being forced to work under the rival Interpol investigation under Shi-Long Lang. Whilst Kay instantly recognized Edgeworth, he did not recognize her.

Kay threw herself into Edgeworth's investigation and the pair soon found the body of a man named Oliver Deacon, quickly turning the kidnapping investigation into a murder investigation. Deacon was quickly found to have been a convict named Colin Devorae, who was connected to the Amano Group and the smuggling ring. Little Thief eventually proved useful for reconstructing an apparent crime scene in the park stadium and the real crime scene in the park's haunted house, which Ernest Amano had bought to block investigations into the real building. After the case's resolution, Kay handed Edgeworth back the cravat that he had given her seven years ago, which reminded Edgeworth and Gumshoe of their first meeting. She then told Edgeworth about the calling card, and Edgeworth and Gumshoe vowed to help her catch the "fake" Yatagarasu.

The real YatagarasuEdit

Main article: Turnabout Ablaze
Shihna kay

Shih-na apprehending Kay and threatening to kill her.

The next day, Kay heard that the Yatagarasu had announced plans to steal the "dirtiest secret" of the Allebahstian-Babahlese embassy. She burst into Edgeworth's office, interrupting Edgeworth's attempt to have a quiet cup of tea, to show him a newspaper article on this announcement. The two of them decided that this Yatagarasu must be Calisto Yew, and therefore they should head to the embassy to capture her. Shi-Long Lang's officers were there as well, as part of the bolstered security in the building. Kay and Edgeworth watched a Steel Samurai stage show in the American-owned Theatrum Neutralis between the embassies of Allebahst and Babahl, during which nothing out of the ordinary seemed to occur. However, soon after the show, the Babahlese side of the building caught fire, and word came of claims of Yatagarasu sightings. Seeing her chance, Kay hurried to the open-air stage, where she found a cloaked figure and gave chase. The chase ended in Babahl's secretariat's office, where she found a corpse. She screamed in shock, but one of Lang's officers, Shih-na, found and apprehended her, accusing her of the murder. Gumshoe caught up to her before she could be taken away, shortly followed by Edgeworth. The investigation then began into the murder of the victim, the Babahlese ambassador's top secretary Manny Coachen.

Edgeworth planted himself into the investigation team by working under Franziska von Karma, who was part of the Interpol investigation into the smuggling ring. Edgeworth examined the room and proved to Shih-na that the murder weapon was from the Allebahstian side, clearing Kay as a suspect. Another murder had occurred in the Allebahstian side, so Edgeworth had Kay and Gumshoe investigate the Babahlese embassy further while everyone else moved to the other crime scene. Kay found little of interest however, apart from a small object that looked like a guitar pick.

Lang Intervention

Lang apprehends Shih-na by jumping in front of Badd's gun.

When Edgeworth returned, he had Gumshoe collect information on the secretariat's office and used Little Thief to reconstruct the office from before the fire. The investigation provided some answers but raised more questions, and Kay encouraged him to keep going despite the exhausting work ahead. The evidence indicated that Shih-na was involved in the murder, and so the three confronted her at the Theatrum Neutralis. Upon proving that Shih-na had been the figure who Kay had been chasing earlier, the former gave a familiar laugh, giving herself away as Calisto Yew. Kay faltered at this, but Edgeworth encouraged her to see her quest through to the end. She revealed the perfume bottle that she had kept from seven years ago; the fingerprints on it would prove that Shih-na and Calisto Yew were one and the same.

Shih-na was not about to give up, however. She taunted Kay, drawing her into coming closer. She then put a gun to Kay's head, and Edgeworth had an epiphany: both Byrne and Yew were the Great Thief Yatagarasu. Tyrell Badd then appeared, revealing that he was the third member in the operation, but before Badd could finish the traitor, Lang grabbed Shih-na and declared that she was his responsibility. Shih-na was subsequently arrested and taken away, dropping what looked like a pair of hair sticks, which Kay picked up and gave to Edgeworth. Byrne Faraday's killer had finally been brought to justice, but the ringleader of the smuggling ring was still nowhere to be found.

The smuggling ringEdit

Excited Kay

Team photo.

It soon turned out that the Allebahstian ambassador Quercus Alba was the leader of the smuggling ring and the culprit in both murders. The investigation team confronted Alba, and Edgeworth engaged in a long argument with him while the others stalled him in various ways, preventing him from escaping. Kay threatened Alba with her father's old organizer, which contained details of the smuggling ring's activities, though it was largely a bluff as no evidence incriminating Alba existed in the organizer. She told Alba that she would surrender the organizer and Little Thief to him if he won the argument. Eventually, Edgeworth defeated Alba and, with Lang contacting the Allebahstian imperial household to remove his ambassadorship, Alba was put on trial in both America and Allebahst for his crimes. Kay watched as Edgeworth presented his case against Alba to the courtroom, and after the trial told Edgeworth that she would halt her activities as the Yatagarasu until she could find two other girls to form a team like the original one. She took a picture of her, Gumshoe, and (an unwilling) Edgeworth before returning to her life.

Assisting Edgeworth againEdit

Main article: Gyakuten Kenji 2

A presidential assassination attemptEdit

Main article: Turnabout Target

Kay attended a speech given by Teikun Ō, the president of Zheng Fa, at Gourd Lake. There she met Edgeworth again, who was investigating the murder of one of Ō's bodyguards. She gave him three pictures that she had taken, which proved to be important clues to the truth, and Manosuke Naitō, another one of the bodyguards, was revealed as the killer.

Visiting the prisonEdit

Main article: The Imprisoned Turnabout

Edgeworth was set to prosecute Naitō's case, and went to the detention center with Kay and Gumshoe to meet with him. To their surprise, Naitō was found dead. They met Naitō's defense attorney, Tateyuki Shigaraki, who was now defending Sōta Sarushiro, a circus worker in suspicion of murdering Naitō. The trio questioned many prisoners, including the assassin Ryōken Hōinbō and the sycophantic Frank Sahwit. They also used the police dog Missile to find clues and used Kay's Little Thief to recreate a crime scene. They finally proved that the murderer was the prison director, Marī Miwa, who had mistakenly believed that Naitō was one of Hōinbō's men out to kill her.

Memory lossEdit

Main article: The Forgotten Turnabout

Kay looking at the moon over Gourd Lake.

While Edgeworth was being evaluated by the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee, an unknown person called to ask her to meet them at Gourd Lake. She did so, but was suddenly drugged with sleeping pills and abducted. Kay awoke at the top of the Big Tower building, only to have a figure in a red raincoat appear and startle her. She then stumbled backwards and fell down a trapdoor behind her, with the resulting impact with the floor below giving her amnesia.

Kay woke up under the care of nurse Tōko Mutō, with no memory of who she was. Since Edgeworth's business card was in her possession, Mutō took her to the prosecutor to see if he knew who she was. Although Edgeworth and Gumshoe didn't recognize her initially, they realized that it was Kay after seeing the Yatagarasu badge that she had. Edgeworth and Gumshoe were determined to restore her memory, and so using the other items found in Kay's possession to trace her movements, they headed to the Big Tower to investigate.

However, Kay was soon under suspicion of murdering the defense attorney Tsubasa Kagome. A determined Edgeworth went as far as giving up his prosecutor's badge when threatened with dismissal if he continued to fight to prove Kay's innocence, and was even eventually arrested for assisting her. Despite this, Edgeworth still managed to prove that the true culprit was the head of the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee, Bansai Ichiyanagi, and Kay was cleared of suspicion. However, it wasn't until the promise notebook she had received from her late father was returned to her that Kay finally regained her memories and returned to her usual self.

Confronting the mastermindEdit

Main article: The Grand Turnabout


Kay mugshot

Mugshot in 2019.


Mugshot while amnesiac.

Kay Faraday is energetic, curious, and cheeky. While making observations about crime scenes, she often points out how valuable some of the objects are, and jokes about stealing several of them, much to Edgeworth's distress. However, she makes it clear that the only thing she is really after is the truth. She idolizes her father, Byrne Faraday, and seeks to become a "Hero of Justice" like him, which manifests in her sheer determination. She strives for a world in which the court system is sufficient to deal with all criminals, and so the Yatagarasu is no longer needed.

Kay is a great fan of the Jammin' Ninja and thinks his show is far superior to that of the Steel Samurai. Edgeworth feels at times that Kay would prefer to be a ninja rather than a thief. She is apparently somewhat messy, as she admitted to not always keeping her room tidy, and has also revealed that the Yatagarasu badge she wears is hand-made.


  • The literal translation for her Japanese name "Mikumo" is "beautiful cloud". The cloud patterns on her vest are a reference to this.
  • Her English given name, "Kay", is used in a similar way to Phoenix Wright's surname, being used in puns like "You can call me "Kay", 'kay!?" It may also be a reference to the key in her hair, or even possibly the Kay Jewelers jewelery stores (linking to the fact that she is a thief in training, even if it is the truth that she steals, rather than jewels).
  • The surname "Faraday" could be a reference to Inspector Farraday, a character from the Boston Blackie franchise. The character of Boston Blackie was a thief turned detective, similar to how Kay aids Edgeworth in his investigations.
  • Her full English name might be a play on "okay for a day".


  • Kay Faraday was the first Investigations-specific character to be revealed and the only one to be revealed as a confirmed character in the initial trailer for the game. Other characters were shown as silhouettes in the same trailer, but they were not actually confirmed, and indeed many of these characters didn't make it into the final version of the game.
  • Early clips of Turnabout Airlines were shown in the Tokyo Game Show 2008 trailer that showed that Kay Faraday was once slated to be introduced earlier in the game.
  • Kay's hair bangs resemble the folded wings of a crow, with her black hair adding to this appearance.
  • The spiral, cloud-like pattern on Kay's vest is called the Karakusa pattern. In Japanese fiction, thieves are usually depicted with bags (normally green) that tie over the face with the Karakusa pattern on it. This would be similar to a thief carrying a large burlap bag marked "swag" in British fiction, or a white bag with a dollar sign on it in American fiction. Byrne Faraday wore a blue scarf with the Karakusa pattern around his neck.

Other mediaEdit

  • In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Phoenix Wright has a number of alternative costumes he can wear, the color schemes of which are all references to other characters. Maya Fey appears as some of Wright's attacks and her costume also changes depending on the one Wright is wearing. One of the choices for Wright is based on the color scheme of Godot's outfit, while Maya's corresponding color scheme is based on Kay's color scheme.

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