Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
The thing I love most about this series is that it's so unbelievably epic with a great, detailed cast of characters with their own individual quirks, interesting bad guys with elaborate and tedious plots and is so entertaining on the whole; and the only way I can describe it to an average joe is "So basically you play as a lawyer and defend people in court."
I always get so many odd looks when I say that.
Hah hah hah... I feel forever ashamed of my own choice of words sometimes... ''-_-
ANYWAY so I forgot how much I hate/love Miles Edgeworth's character. The first game he's at his worst, but starts on his path to his best (and fails miserably with a Whooooooooop!). In later games (Ace Attorney Investigations which I really loved [despite the boss making my video game life oh-so-ever-tedious]) he really shines and I love how classy he is. Still, I do admit he doesn't have as much class as Professor Layton in my opinion.
Larry Butz is probably my favorite character in the first game. He's just a regular guy who finds himself in the center of bad luck, but he's always got a lively personality (both good and bad) that just makes me laugh every time he shows up.
Maya is also a very fun character, but I start to like her even more later on in the series. She's so goofy and doesn't always know what she's talking about, but at the same time she has a good heart. Actually, I'd say she's the pinacle of goodness in any of the games. No matter what the story puts in her way, she always comes out smiling and that's just really awesome.
So, I could go on and on about every character in the series, so I'll just stop before this becomes a really long entry.
GET OUT OF MY COURTROOM!