Norma DePlume
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Norma DePlume
I write the truth. And I will find the truth with my own eyes!

Norma DePlume is a somewhat vain non-fiction writer of considerable renown. Her literary works include The Great Grief of the Great Thief and The Killer Killer Whale.

The Killer Killer WhaleEdit

Dead Summers

A page from The Killer Killer Whale.

On July 20, 2026, DePlume watched tragedy unfold at the Shipshape Aquarium. Azura Summers was riding the orca Ora Shipley, who was singing a song. Suddenly, Summers fell into the water. Ora headbutted Summers repeatedly, then took her back to land in its mouth. It was believed that Ora had attacked and killed Summers, and the incident became the subject of DePlume's bestseller The Killer Killer Whale.

DePlume continued to visit the aquarium. Jack Shipley, the aquarium's owner, eventually became so annoyed with DePlume's intrusive investigations that he blacklisted her from visiting the aquarium. Despite this, somehow DePlume continued her investigations, including a discovery of Shipley's monthly payments to an unknown group. DePlume initially believed that Shipley was paying off the Center of Dangerous Animal Control in exchange for not euthanizing Ora.

The sequelEdit

Main article: Turnabout Reclaimed
Orla saving Shipley

DePlume witnessing the incident.

One year later, DePlume received a call from Marlon Rimes to visit the aquarium for follow-up research. At 10:10 a.m., she was beside the orca pool, where Ora Shipley, now referred to as "Orla", resided. Suddenly, DePlume heard Orla singing the same song from a year ago, and turned to see Orla headbutting a skull-shaped prop. DePlume became horrified by the cloud of blood that appeared. She then saw Orla with Shipley's body in her mouth, and thought that the "killer killer whale" had committed murder again. She screamed, which attracted the attention of aquarium staff, including Orla's new trainer, Sasha Buckler.

The next day, Phoenix Wright secured a trial for Orla, and DePlume testified as a witness. Wright proved that she had not actually witnessed the moment of murder, and had been set up to think so. After the trial, Buckler ended up being arrested for the murder. Wright took Buckler's case and ran into DePlume, who discussed with him and Athena Cykes about the incident from a year ago. She learned that Orla's song was different now than it had been a year ago, even though she had heard the old song when witnessing the fake moment of the crime.

The writer came to watch Buckler's trial and learned that Summers had died as a result of a secret heart condition and not an orca attack. Realizing that she had been wrong about everything, DePlume revealed to the lawyers that Rimes had told her to visit the aquarium, and encouraged them to find the truth. With another hint from Dr. Herman Crab, Wright figured out the aquarium's secret and used it to prove both orca and trainer of their innocence. DePlume decided to advocate on the aquarium's behalf for the government to approve Dr. Crab's TORPEDO animal monitoring system.

A change of writing directionEdit

A few months after the acquittals, DePlume completed a new book entitled Shipshape Aquarium: Don't Pull the Plug, and successfully got TORPEDO approved. Although Crab was grateful for her help, he was irritated to find out that she was currently writing another new book entitled Sniper: The Penguin Leaves the Nest, which meant that she would be bothering him everyday in order to study the penguin chick Sniper, who was still living in his hair.




DePlume has a highly haughty personality. Due to her success, she uses outdated pictures of herself from ten years ago in her books so that the paparazzi cannot recognize her. She is all too willing to consider people she talks to as "fans" and is uncooperative with anyone she believes is being rude to her. DePlume does not seem to think much of people in general, referring to Wright as "blue boy" and Cykes as "yellow girl". At the same time, DePlume takes herself and her career seriously, priding herself as a "truth-seeker", and appearing horrified when Wright proved in court that she had been set up.

DePlume was once badly injured during an interview, and has since been terrified of blood.


  • Her Japanese surname "Uratori" contains the word "ura", which means "inlet".
  • "Reika", her Japanese given name, contains the kanji for "radiant flower", but its pronunciation can also be read as "below zero degrees Celsius".
  • Her full English name comes from the phrase "nom de plume", meaning a pseudonym used by an author (also known as a "pen name").
  • "Norma" was the birth given name of the actress Marilyn Monroe; some of DePlume's animations seem to be based on famous pictures and poses of the famous actress, most noticeably at one point where DePlume has to hold down her jacket while wind blows from below, parodying the famous scene in Monroe's film The Seven Year Itch.

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