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Roger Retinz
Hang loose, baby!

Roger Retinz, also known as the "Ratings Rajah", was a producer for Take-2 TV. He was called as a witness during the trial of Trucy Wright for the murder of Manov Mistree. Before he became a producer, he was a professional stage magician and member of Troupe Gramarye under the name Mr. Reus.

Beginnings with Troupe GramaryeEdit

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Retinz (in green) on a promotional poster for one of Troupe Gramarye's magic shows.

Retinz was an aspiring stage magician who went by the name "Mr. Reus". He was a member of Troupe Gramarye and one of the three pupils of the Troupe's founder, the famous magician Magnifi Gramarye. Coin tricks and fire tricks were Retinz's specialty.

At some point in 2015, Retinz accidentally injured himself while practicing a reckless trick. The injury left him with a permanent scar on his right forearm. Because of this accident, Magnifi had Retinz removed from the Troupe's next show, but Retinz defied him by showing up for the performance anyway. This resulted in Magnifi immediately ousting Retinz from the Troupe. Humiliated, Retinz came to harbor a deep grudge against Troupe Gramarye and swore to have his revenge someday.

The Ratings RajahEdit

Roger Retinz
Maybe common folk like you don't get it... but a show is only as good as how loud, flashy, and trashy it is.
Nidomi

The Take-2 TV studio.

Having abandoned his career as a magician, Retinz went on to become a producer for Take-2 TV, even starring in some of the shows he produced. Nicknamed the "Ratings Rajah", he gained popularity for his charismatic on-screen persona and his famous catchphrase, "Hang loose, baby!" Retinz kept his scar concealed under long sleeves; because of this and the fact that Mr. Reus had largely faded into obscurity, the public was unaware of his past identity.

One day, eleven years after his removal from Troupe Gramarye, Retinz met an aspiring magician named Manov Mistree on one of his programs. Upon learning that Mistree was a great fan of Mr. Reus, Retinz told him his secret identity in confidence and decided to train Mistree to be his successor, teaching him his magic tricks and acting as his producer.

A magical murderEdit

Main article: The Magical Turnabout

The deadly prankEdit

Two years after meeting Mistree, Retinz finally saw his chance for revenge on Troupe Gramarye in the form of the sole heir to the Gramarye magic rights — Magnifi's granddaughter, Trucy Wright — making her television debut with the magic show "Trucy in Gramarye-Land" at the Penrose Theater. Retinz promptly offered to produce and broadcast the magic show. At the same time, he had Mistree stand in for him as Mr. Reus and hired the twin magician sisters Bonny de Famme and Betty de Famme to play a prank on Wright. Mistree would be placed in a coffin Wright would escape from and stab with a rubber sword, at which point his "corpse" would fall out. Betty would then use a remote control to drop the dragon set piece hung over the stage, at the same time causing Mistree — who was connected to the same wire as the set piece — to be lifted into the air, thus leading everyone to have a laugh at Wright's expense.

In actuality, Retinz planned to have Mistree murdered as a result of the prank — after Mistree was lifted upwards out of sight, he would be fatally stabbed by a steel sword that Retinz had earlier secretly hidden in the cushions in the stage's skywalk. With Mistree seen alive before he entered the coffin for Wright's escape trick, it would appear to everyone that Wright had killed Mistree by stabbing him through the coffin. Furthermore, Retinz made sure to be at Take-2 Studios when the trick took place, ensuring that he had an alibi.

Phony contract

The forged contract.

To make the death seem like a premeditated murder, Retinz used a clipboard rigged with carbon paper to trick Wright into unknowingly signing a note that suggested she had prior knowledge of the prank. He also stole Magnifi's old notebook from Wright and planted it among Mistree's belongings, intending for the prosecution to give Wright a motive for killing "Mr. Reus", on the grounds that Mr. Reus wanted revenge for his removal from Troupe Gramarye and intended to ruin Wright by revealing the secrets to all the Troupe's tricks. In addition, Retinz had the same forged signature planted on a contract that required that Wright pay him three million dollars if her show were canceled as a result of her actions, thus guaranteeing the financial ruin of the Wright Anything Agency.

Tying loose endsEdit

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Mistree being pulled into the sword secretly planted by Retinz in the catwalk.

On the day of the magic show, Retinz made sure to arrive at the theater right after the incident, taking a taxi to leave the driver as a witness. As planned, Mistree had ended up dead from the "prank", and the fallen dragon set piece had caused the staff to order the audience to evacuate, leaving the stage deserted and allowing Retinz to tamper with the crime scene by lowering the body back onto the stage and switching Wright's rubber prop sword with the murder weapon. To complete the ruse, he planted Mistree's blood in the coffin hole where he believed Wright had thrust her sword. However, he later realized that Wright had actually stabbed the coffin through the opposite side because Bonny had made a mistake and set up Mr. Hat over the wrong trapdoor. Since he could not wipe the blood — as this would still leave traces that could be detected with luminol — he had to tamper with the evidence again by swapping the coffin sides to make the scene appear consistent. He also edited footage his crew had taken of the trick to further cement the impression that Wright had used a steel sword to stab the coffin, specifically, removing the playing cards Wright released when switching the steel sword for a harmless rubber one.

Once the police arrived and the body was found on the stage, Wright was arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter. Afterwards, Retinz encountered Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes, Wright's close friends and attorneys. He feigned shock and disappointment about the incident, but claimed he was not surprised that a magician would do such a thing. He told the duo about his plans to use his media influence to turn Wright into a pariah. Later on, he presented the attorneys with the contract he conned Wright into signing, and demanded the three million in compensation. He warned the lawyers that they would go down for siding with Troupe Gramarye.

Some time afterwards, Retinz met with Betty in the understage. Betty told him that pretending to be sweet was exhausting, and expressed concerned over the inquiring attorneys. Retinz assured her that he wouldn't tell them or the police anything. When Betty angrily demanded to know how much longer until Wright's downfall, Retinz assured her that he would use his influence to give her rival worse than a guilty verdict. He pretended to be enamored with her so she wouldn't suspect that he was using her instead of the other way around. Unknown to the two, Justice and Cykes had overheard their exchange from their hiding spot in the understage.

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Telling the lawyers to "Hang loose, baby!"

As his plans continued to take their course, Retinz seized the Wright Anything Agency, sticking repossession labels on nearly everything in the office. When Wright's attorneys returned to the office, he showed them that the building was being reported live on television. He informed them that the magic show's broadcast convinced everyone in the country that Wright was guilty. He confidently gloated that without her father around to defend her, Wright and the agency were as good as finished.[1] He gave them until the next day to clear out of the office.

Exposed in courtEdit

Roger Retinz
Ho ho ho. How ironic, wouldn't you say? That this odious mark, carved into me by Troupe Gramarye... would bring me back into the limelight once more.

Retinz went to the courthouse the next day to watch Wright's trial, where he wasted no time antagonizing the defense. He put out a call for hecklers to attend the trial and disparage Wright. During recess, he paid a visit to the defendant lobby, brandishing his camera for shots of his opponents' dejected faces. Cykes shouted that filming was prohibited in the courthouse and threatened to get the bailiff. Retinz made the camera vanish with a magician's skilled sleight of hand, something Wright took notice of.

Back in the courtroom, the hecklers he called in disruptively denounced Wright as a murderer. Despite the harsh comments coming from the gallery, Wright put on her best confident smile. She was granted special permission to perform her sword-switching trick for the court. Not only did she receive an ovation that drowned out the jeering, but Justice managed to notice that the moment of the switch was absent from the show footage. After comparing the broadcast footage with film recorded by one of Bonny's fans, Justice was able to prove that the show footage had been tampered with.

His hand forced, Retinz stepped up to the witness stand and offered to testify. He claimed that the edit had not been done with malicious intent. Additionally, he suggested that although Wright may have plunged the rubber sword into the coffin, she had proceeded to murder Mistree unseen after the dragon set piece came crashing down.

Retinz defeated

Defeated.

Despite Retinz's various manipulations, Justice had begun to figure out the truth behind everything, forcing Retinz to reveal his magician persona. His exposure as the original Mr. Reus did not concern him, as he reminded everyone that he could not have murdered Mistree because he had not been at the scene during the time of the crime. His "unbreakable" alibi did not last long, however, as Justice managed to figure out both the magic behind his crime and the error that only someone who had not been on-scene to witness the show could have made while planting blood on the coffin. In defeat, Retinz cursed the Gramarye name, blaming them for having humiliated him and eventually driven him to murder to get his revenge. Wright suggested that it had been this hatred and disregard for life that Magnifi had witnessed and ejected him out of the Troupe for, to which Retinz gloated that he had proven himself the better magician in the end, since Wright had not been the one to figure out the secret to his magic.

PersonalityEdit

Roger Retinz
I'm telling you, man -- modern viewers eat this stuff up with a spoon! Trust me! All we gotta do is serve it up nice and hot. A feast for the eyes!
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Mugshot.

As a producer, Retinz was always on the lookout for things that would lead to high ratings on television. He would often be condescending when talking to those he considered beneath himself, but was also seen to become overly ingratiating when approaching someone he sought to curry favor with, adopting a sycophantic demeanor when addressing important people such as the judge and even feigning attraction for Betty to trick her into believing she was the more powerful individual in their professional relationship. When in conversation with someone, Retinz would often act as if he were on the set of a television program, pulling out cue cards and using a video camera to record the other person's reactions.

Retinz held a deep-seated hatred of Troupe Gramarye, but claimed to have a low opinion of magicians in general in order to conceal his past as one. When his identity as Mr. Reus was revealed, he adopted a much more serious and dramatic demeanor than before, displaying considerable confidence and showmanship as an illusionist and performing tricks with coins, cards, and fire. He also demonstrated a remarkable ability to switch back and forth between his producer and magician personae depending on which he deemed more appropriate to the situation. His resentment toward the Gramaryes was strong enough to drive him to sacrifice the life of his own apprentice merely for a chance at revenge. Apollo Justice noted that Retinz's attitude towards magic and his unwillingness to trust others made him the exact opposite of Trucy.

NameEdit

  • His Japanese name can be translated by following the customs in Japanese TV production crew lingo, which involves flipping the names around. "Shinoyama" becomes "yamashino" (山師の). "Kanenari" (金成) turns into "narikin" (成金). Together, "yamashi no narikin" (山師の成金) means "a swindling/cheating nouveau riche". "Nouveau" and "riche" are French for "new" and "rich", respectively, so put together, his name literally means "a new, rich swindler/cheater".
  • His Japanese stage name comes from the word "Menyō" (面妖), meaning "strange" or "suspicious."
  • His English surname, "Retinz", may be a play on the word "Ratings".
  • His English nickname, the "Ratings Rajah", sounds like his full name when it is read surname first, which may be a reference to the manner in which the pun in his Japanese name involves flipping the names.
  • His English stage name, "Mr. Reus", is a play on "mysterious".

DevelopmentEdit

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Retinz holding up the Ace of Spades.

  • Unlike other members of Troupe Gramarye, Retinz, as Mr. Reus, did not wear a card suit brooch. Instead, he wore a crown-shaped cravat. However, he wears a mask highly reminiscent of the Joker found in playing cards.
  • Retinz has several poses not used when he has his sleeves up (such as typing on his phone) or down (like performing with his coin), yet all of his animations contain a sleeves up and down version, although some of his sleeves up animations are glitchy and unused. Curiously, he also has an unused pose in which, his sleeves rolled up, he holds up an Ace of Spades (much like how he holds up his business card in game).[citation needed]

NotesEdit

  • Previously, in Turnabout Succession, when Phoenix Wright speaks to Valant Gramarye at Sunshine Coliseum about Magnifi's death, he suggests the possibility of a third disciple in Troupe Gramarye, to which Valant denies this. As it later turned out, there really was a third disciple, which was Retinz as Mr. Reus, though he was removed a long time before Magnifi's death.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Retinz: Looks like the famed Mr. Wright left behind nothing but incompetent newbs to run things.
    Apollo: (No way... He was counting on Mr. Wright to be away for this plan of his...?)
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: The Magical Turnabout (in English). 2016.

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