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Hang loose, baby!
~ Roger Retinz

Roger Retinz (in Japanese: 志乃山 金成 Kanenari Shinoyama) is a villain from the 2016 video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice. Specifically, he is the main antagonist of the second case, The Magical Turnabout. He is a TV producer who formerly worked as a magician for Troupe Gramarye under the name "Mr. Reus," but he was kicked out by the leader of the Troupe, Magnifi Gramarye, leading him to seek revenge. Part of this revenge was being responsible for the murder of one of his long-time admirers, Manov Mistree.

Appearance

Roger Retinz is a man in his mid-thirties with brown hair, eyes, and skin. He has a mustache and a goatee. He wears a white shirt with red patterns, a red cape over his shoulders, green shorts with lime-and-black stripes, a white fedora with a green line on it, orange-lensed sunglasses, and white, blue, and red sneakers. He has a scar that he hides under his right sleeve, which he got as a result of a failed magic trick during his time as Mr. Reus.

As Mr. Reus, he didn't have a mustache or a goatee and dressed primarily in green-and-purple clothing. He also wore black fingerless gloves, a black cape, a white, frilly cravat, and a white mask that only covered the right side of his face.

History

Roger Retinz was originally a magician working for Troupe Gramarye and went under the stage name of "Mr. Reus." However, at some point, he got injured while performing a reckless magic trick, and Magnifi kicked him out of the troupe as a result, causing Roger to bear a grudge towards them.

Altough Roger was relatively obscure compared to the rest of Troupe Gramarye, he did have his fans, one of them being a man named Manov Mistree, who was such a big fan of his that he decided to take him under his wing and train him to be a magician like himself.

After that, he become a producer for Take-2 TV and gained popularity for his charismatic on-screen persona, even starring in some of the shows he produced himself. He also developed a reputation for being impossible to please and being extremely abusive towards his staff.

Plan for Revenge

Years later, Roger saw his chance to take revenge on the troupe when Trucy Wright, the only heir to the Gramarye magic rights, was making her television debut. He offered to produce and broadcast her magic show. He also had Manov Mistree pretend to be Mr. Reus in his place and hired the twin magicians Bonny and Betty de Famme to play a prank on Trucy. He planted a sword on the stage's skywalk, on which Manov Mistree was impaled and killed when he was lifted into the air as part of the prank. He then planted blood into the coffin into which Trucy was meant to stab with her prop sword in order to make it look like she had killed Manov by stabbing him through the coffin. He also made sure that he would be at Take-2 TV when the prank occurred so that he would have an alibi.

To make Mistree's death look like a murder (as opposed to involuntary manslaughter), Roger forged a note bearing Trucy's signature that suggested she had known of the prank in advance and presumably planted Manov's notebook in her belongings. His intention was for the prosecutor assigned to the case to give Trucy a motive for killing "Mr. Reus." Namely, that Mr. Reus was going to take revenge for being kicked out of Troupe Gramarye by revealing the secrets behind their magic tricks. Additionally, he planted the forged signature that he had made earlier on a contract that would force Trucy to pay him $3,000,000 if the show was canceled because of her incompetence, ensuring the financial ruin of the Wright Anything Agency.

After Mistree was dead, Roger took advantage of the ensuing chaos to switch out Trucy's prop sword for the bloodied metal sword. However, due to Bonny accidentally setting up Mr. Hat over the wrong trapdoor, Trucy stabbed the coffin on the side opposite the blood he had planted, so he had no choice but to tamper with the coffin to make the scenario appear consistent. He also edited the footage of the trick that his crew had taken in order to further make it seem like Trucy had stabbed through the coffin with the metallic sword, specifically by removing the playing cards that she threw when switching out the metal sword for a rubber one.

Despite Roger's various manipulations and attempts to cover up his crime, Apollo Justice, with help from fellow attorney Athena Cykes, was ultimately able to figure everything out, forcing Roger to admit to both being the real Mr. Reus and to the murder. Before being taken away, Roger cursed the Gramarye name, blaming them for humiliating him and driving him to his murderous revenge. Trucy suggested that the real reason Magnifi kicked him out of the Troupe was because he witnessed his anger and disregard for life. Roger responded to this by gloating that he is the better magician, since Trucy wasn't able to figure out his trick before Apollo did, which caused Trucy to start doubting herself. He was then arrested for Mistree's murder, laughing evilly as he was taken away, believing that he had taken his revenge, after all.

However, Trucy and Apollo got the last laugh when the latter reassured the former of her skills and how great of a magician she really was, as well as encouraged her not to take any of Retinz's gloating to heart, lest she truly let him take the victory over Troupe Gramarye that he had sought and desired.

Breakdown

Continuing the streak of Ace Attorney villains who have two breakdowns in the same trial, Retinz also has two of his own. His first occurs when Apollo figures out his true identity as Mr. Reus. He simply turns the sweater tied around his neck into a magician's cape, rolls up his sleeve to reveal the scar from the injury he'd sustained years before, and begins flipping a coin in his hand before suddenly making more coins appear between his fingers as part of a sleight-of-hand trick.

His second breakdown is one of the longer ones in the history of the series, and it appears to be the first breakdown to use a motion capture performer. It occurs once Apollo is able to conclusively confirm that he is, in fact, the culprit, and tells him that his magic tricks have all been exposed. Retinz decides to perform one more last-ditch magic trick for Apollo, Athena, the judge, prosecutor Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, and even the entire gallery. Suddenly standing at the witness stand in front of a big, red curtain, he begins moving around the general vicinity of the stand, opening up his cape repeatedly to reveal the faces of the past members of Troupe Gramarye, all of which go up in flames. He tries to burn Trucy's face, as well, but ends up revealing his old mask instead, which sends him into a panic as he tries again. But this time, he opens his cape to reveal his mask covered in blood. Now in a full panic, he waves his hands at the gallery and asserts that he did not commit the murder, instead reaffirming that he was the victim of the Gramaryes. Then, several spotlights begin to shine on him with increasing brightness, forcing him to cover his face from them and scream continuously as his panic reaches its climax. As the screen whites out, he curses Troupe Gramarye one last time before at last being seen collapsing to his knees at the witness stand, dazed and completely broken.

Trivia

  • His stage name, Mr. Reus, is a play on the word "mysterious." "Reus" also sounds like "ruse."
  • His surname, Retinz, may be a play on the word "ratings."
  • If his name is pronounced with the first and last names switched around, it sounds like his TV producer name, the "Ratings Rajah."

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