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Is… this your idea of revenge, Phoenix Wright?
~ Kristoph Gavin
I killed a man named "Smith" with a bottle because I am an evil human being. ...Isn't that enough?
~ Kristoph Gavin

Kristoph Gavin is the main antagonist of the video game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.


Gavin was a famous attorney. He despised Phoenix Wright, because he believed Phoenix used cheap tricks like bluffing to win his cases. Gavin was hired by a famous magician known as Zak Gramarye, who was being accused of murdering his mentor, Magnifi Gramarye. However, Zak tested Gavin in a Poker game, which Gavin lost. Zak then fired him, and hired Phoenix Wright in his place. Zak played Poker with Wright as well, but Wright won. Gavin started despising Phoenix even more, as well as Zak, because he couldn't believe he was discarded by such a trivial thing like a Poker game.

Gavin then decided to ruin Wright's career: He hired a professional forger to create a false letter from Magnifi, and gave it to his brother, Klavier Gavin, who would be the prosecutor for that case. His plot was successful: Phoenix lost his attorney's badge for presenting a letter he did not know was forged, while Zak Gramarye fled using his magic skills, never to be seen again. Gavin also gave a nailbrusher to the forger's daughter, which contained deadly atroquinine poison, in order to clean up all loose ends.

Years later, he was chatting with Phoenix. When he was about to leave, he saw a very familiar face. A guy calling himself Shadi Smith wanted to take Phoenix in a poker game. But Kristoph immediately recognized him as Zak Gramarye, and decided to kill him and frame the waitress Olga Orly, and later on Phoenix.


Kristoph has two breakdowns. When Wright and Apollo Justice accuse (and prove) that he killed Shadi Smith/Zak Gramarye, he rises his fist, while the lobster and plates that Olga Orly (A witness) dropped levitate behind the witness stand. He then punches the witness stand.His second breakdown starts like the first one: Raising and slamming his fist (Without the floating objects). When he finally discover that mere members of the court are rendering the verdict, and that Wright had that idea, he crosses his arms, his glasses fly off his face and his hair billows above him while cursing Wright. After it has stopped, a broken Kristoph is seen: His hair (usually well-cared) is completely dishevelled, his mouth is twitching and he says that there are only two things in the courtroom: He and the law, which he claimed absolute. Apollo, Klavier and the Judge say that "Law is never absolute. It will continuously evolve". Finally, after Vera Misham is given a not guilty verdict, Gavin goes completely insane and laughs hysterically as he is taken away.


Kristoph's reputation for being the "coolest defense in the West" was well-founded: Both in and out of the courtroom he was incredibly pleasant, laid-back and polite. However, he also had an evil streak a mile wide, and regarded himself to be superior to everyone else. He was willing to manipulate others to reach his own ends, and even poison an innocent girl in doing so.

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