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Roger Retinz
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Aliases/nicknames

Mr. Reus (stage name)
Ratings Rajah
Occupation Magician (? - 2015)
Producer for Take-2 TV (? - April 28, 2028)
Names in other languages
Japanese (romanization written with the given name first) 志乃山 金成 (Kanenari Shinoyama)
ジャック・ヤマシノ (Jack Yamashino) (alias, equivalent of Ratings Rajah)
Mr. メンヨー (Mr. Menyo) (stage name)
Biological information
(this is for age comparison purposes, and so may look odd; click on the question mark for details)? 1993
(as recorded in court record profiles and case files) 35[1] (The Magical Turnabout)
Status (last known) Alive (arrested)
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Height (from official guidebooks) 5'8"; 178 cm
Associates
Family None mentioned
Friends None mentioned
Affiliates Troupe Gramarye (former troupe)
Magnifi Gramarye (former mentor and object of resentment)
Zak Gramarye (former colleague)
Valant Gramarye (former colleague)
Thalassa Gramarye (former colleague)
Take-2 TV (workplace)
Trucy Wright (magician and prank target)
Bonny de Famme (magician)
Betty de Famme (magician)
Manov Mistree (fan and student; deceased)
Miscellaneous
Debut episode The Magical Turnabout
Leitmotif "Strange People"
"Mr. Reus ~ The Masked Magician" (after being unmasked as Mr. Reus)
Roger Retinz
Hang loose, baby!

Roger Retinz, also known as the "Ratings Rajah",[2][3] 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 former colleague of the Gramarye troupe.

Beginnings with Troupe GramaryeEdit

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"Mr. Reus" in Troupe Gramarye.

Retinz was an aspiring magician who trained under Magnifi Gramarye as a part of his troupe under the name Mr. Reus. However, sometime in 2015, he was injured while practicing an extremely reckless trick. Magnifi had Retinz removed from the Troupe during a public performance before he ruined their reputation or injured them in turn. This humiliation caused Retinz to harbour a grudge towards them.

Despite his relative obscurity compared to the rest of the Troupe, he had his fans like Manov Mistree. In fact, Mistree was such a big fan of his that Retinz took him under his wing, training him to be a magician.

Afterwards, he became a producer for Take-2 TV, even starring in some of the shows he produced and gained popularity for his charismatic on-screen persona. "Hang loose, baby!" was one of his famous catchphrases. He also developed a reputation for being impossible to please and extremely abusive towards his performers and staff.

MurderEdit

Main article: The Magical Turnabout

In April 2028, Retinz saw his chance for revenge against the Troupe in the form of the sole heir to the Gramarye magic rights, Trucy Wright, making her television debut. He promptly offered to produce and broadcast her magic show. At the same time, Retinz 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 lift Mistree into the air, suspended by a wire and harness, and 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 was fatally stabbed by a steel sword which Retinz had earlier planted at the stage's skywalk. Retinz also had blood planted in the coffin where Wright was to stab it with her prop sword. 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.

To make the death seem like a murder, Retinz forged a note with Wright's signature which suggested she had prior knowledge of the prank, and presumably planted Wright's Gramarye notebook in Mistree's belongings. He intended for the prosecution to give Wright a motivation for killing "Mr. Reus", on the grounds that Mr. Reus wanted revenge for his removal from Troupe Gramarye and intended to ruin Wright. In addition, Retinz reused the forged signature and planted it on a contract that required Wright to pay him three million dollars if her show was cancelled as a result of her incompetence, guaranteeing the financial ruin of the Wright Anything Agency.

As planned, Mistree ended up dead from the "prank", and Retinz made use of the chaos that ensued while visiting the crime scene by swapping Wright's prop sword for the bloodied steel sword. However, Wright had stabbed the coffin on a different side owing to Bonny setting up Mr. Hat over the wrong trapdoor, so he had to tamper with the coffin to make it appear consistent. He also edited footage his crew took of the trick, in order to further cement the impression that Wright had used a steel sword to stab the coffin (specifically, removing the playing cards Wright releases when switching the steel sword for a harmless rubber one).

Despite Retinz's various manipulations, Wright's defense attorney and close friend Apollo Justice was able to figure out the truth behind everything, forcing Retinz to reveal his magician persona and involvement in Mistree's death. In defeat, Retinz cursed the Gramarye name, blaming them for humiliating him and eventually driving him to murder to get his revenge. Wright suggested that it was this hatred and disregard for life that Magnifi witnessed and ejected him out of the troupe for, to which Retinz gloated that he had proved himself the better magician, since Wright didn't figure out the truth behind his magic until Justice did.

PersonalityEdit

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Mugshot.

Retinz usually portrayed the typical traits of a television producer, namely always being on the lookout for things that would lead to high ratings on television. Employing a confident façade, Retinz would often talk down to people he considered beneath himself, but was also seen to switch to an overly ingratiating persona whenever approaching someone he sought to curry favor with, such as the judge or Betty – the latter of whom he even feigned attraction for to trick her into believing she was more powerful individual in their professional relationship. He also claimed to have a low opinion of magicians in order to conceal his hatred specifically directed at the Gramaryes. When in conversation with someone, Retinz would often act like a producer on set, pulling out cue cards and using a video camera to record the other person's reactions.

When his identity as Mr. Reus was revealed, Retinz adopted a much more serious demeanor, displaying considerable confidence and showmanship as an illusionist and performing tricks with coins, cards and fire. He also demonstrated an ability to easily switch between his producer and magician personas.

Ultimately, Retinz was an incredibly self-absorbed person, willing to do and disregard anything in order to achieve his goals, even if it meant sacrificing the life of the one person who actually admired him as a magician.

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 stage name, "Mr. Reus", is a play on "mysterious."
  • His English surname, "Retinz," may be a play on the word "Ratings".
  • His English alias, the "Ratings Rajah" possibly references to his Japanese alias, which involved flipping the names around and "Retinz Roger" sounds like "Ratings Rajah."
  • He is referred to as "Mr. Retinz" in court, which may be a play on words of "misdirection", which is relevant not only to his true identity as a magician but also how he was hiding in plain sight.
  • Part of his English stage name comes from the Latin word "Reus," meaning "guilty."

DevelopmentEdit

  • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Perfectly Nintendo. (2016-04-28). "Ace Attorney 6 (3DS) - Gameplay Footage (29.04.2016)". YouTube. Retrieved on 2016-04-30.
  2. Kellen. "Ace Attorney Character Profiles: Apollo Justice and Nahyuta Sahdmadhi". Capcom Unity. Retrieved on 2016-08-23.
  3. Kellen. "Ace Attorney Character Profiles: Athena Cykes and Roger Retinz". Capcom Unity. Retrieved on 2016-08-24.

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