Phoenix, Frank, and Wright are the unique "transformation" characters in this game in which, when first starting out, they're only average (or the worst in the game in Wright's case). They're not hyper-combo forms. They're actual true character transformations. However...
Dark Phoenix is far more capable than normal Phoenix.
Every level up Frank gets increases his overall ability.
Wright gets better with every good piece of evidence he finds and each new form he's in.
However, it seems no one takes these things into account. For example, Wright in investigation mode, no evidence and no assists is, honestly, the worst in the game. But that's not how his character is optimally designed. What if Wright gets 2-3 good pieces of evidence and changes to Trial mode? Is he still the worst character? What about if he gets Turnabout mode? Is he still the worst character?
What about Frank? Is he still only average at level 2? What about 3? Or even level 4-5? Is he still only average then, or does he indeed become a better character?
Dark Phoenix is the most immediate change, of course, but is Dark Phoenix only as good as normal Phoenix?
Sorry, but I just don't buy it. Yes, I'm behind the current tier positions for these characters... if they haven't leveled up or changed forms at all. But once they start leveling up, they start getting better.
I feel that these characters are multi-tier characters. Not single-tier. What's your opinion?