History NightmareFuel / AceAttorney

14th Feb '17 7:38:06 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* The whole game is incredibly dark. No wonder it's the awkward game in the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightTrilogy.

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* The whole game is incredibly dark. No wonder it's the awkward game in the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightTrilogy.original trilogy.
12th Feb '17 7:30:09 PM rjd1922
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* Before the game even launched, the description of the Khura'in Kingdom's handling of defense attorneys in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIGHgrDOZiI the animated intro]] to the game is unsettling. They made being a defense attorney a ''capital crime''. It is literally punishable by death to ''claim someone isn't guilty'' when the water mirror has already said otherwise. The courts are referred to as "the court of despair" because so many guilty verdicts are handed out without any sort of objection. One defendant is even dragged out of the courtroom tearfully pleading for a defense attorney but it goes unheeded.

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* Before the game even launched, the description of the Khura'in Kingdom's Kingdom of Khura'in's handling of defense attorneys in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIGHgrDOZiI com/watch?v=I7gsGg-MPX0 the animated intro]] prologue]] to the game is unsettling. They made being a defense attorney a ''capital crime''. It is literally punishable by death to ''claim someone isn't guilty'' when the water mirror has already said otherwise. The courts are referred to as "the court of despair" because so many guilty verdicts are handed out without any sort of objection. One defendant is even dragged out of the courtroom tearfully pleading for a defense attorney but it goes unheeded.



** The low, droning music track that plays when you have to present TheReveal that [[spoiler:Dhurke was DeadAllAlong]]. It sounds more like something out of a SurvivalHorror game, and perfectly captures the moment: both Apollo and the player know ''exactly'' what the solution to this contradition is, but ''desperately'' don't want to believe it. And instead of a '''Take That''' when you present it, you get a ScareChord.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7jv1ticnf0 The low, droning music track track]] that plays when you have to present TheReveal that [[spoiler:Dhurke was DeadAllAlong]]. It sounds more like something out of a SurvivalHorror game, and perfectly captures the moment: both Apollo and the player know ''exactly'' what the solution to this contradition is, but ''desperately'' don't want to believe it. And instead of a '''Take That''' when you present it, you get a ScareChord.
9th Feb '17 6:49:01 AM TaylorHyuuga
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** Especially if you look at it from Maya's perspective. Had the plan gone as intended, [[spoiler:she would have been killed by Pearl.]] Had it went as it was, without [[spoiler:Godot]]'s timely arrival, she would have been killed by [[spoiler:her own mother]].
9th Feb '17 6:31:20 AM TaylorHyuuga
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* Can we go over [[spoiler:Morgan's entire plan in this case? She waited for her own daughter(Dahlia) to ''die'', then waited for her other daughter(Pearl) to channel that daughter, so that she could kill her '''niece'''. All from beyond the grave.]]
** The implications around that are messed up as is, but consider this-[[spoiler:if not for Mia's quick thinking, Pearl, would have committed ''''parricide.'''']]
*** Put yourself in [[spoiler:Maya's shoes for a moment. You're being hunted by the spirit of your late's sister's former enemy. At first, she plans to kill you through your ''cousin''(who looks up to you like a kid sister and is in general one of the sweetest people you know), but when that fails, she tries again through your own '''MOTHER'''.

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* Can we go over [[spoiler:Morgan's entire plan in this case? She waited for her own daughter(Dahlia) to ''die'', then waited for her other daughter(Pearl) to channel that daughter, so that she could kill her '''niece'''. All from beyond the grave.]]\n** The implications around that are messed up as is, but consider this-[[spoiler:if not for Mia's quick thinking, Pearl, would have committed ''''parricide.'''']]\n*** Put yourself in [[spoiler:Maya's shoes for a moment. You're being hunted by the spirit of your late's sister's former enemy. At first, she plans to kill you through your ''cousin''(who looks up to you like a kid sister and is in general one of the sweetest people you know), but when that fails, she tries again through your own '''MOTHER'''.]]
9th Feb '17 6:28:00 AM TaylorHyuuga
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*** [[spoiler:At least until Ace Attorney Investigations 2, where he's finally put behind bars.]]
8th Feb '17 9:44:52 PM Kirboy92
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** The police system isn't trustworthy either. For at least two years, the corrupt Chief of Police had the Chief Prosecutor under his thumb and (it's strongly implied) used her to get rid of anyone he disliked, even if it meant forging evidence (Edgeworth in particular nearly goes into a HeroicBSOD when he realizes that he scored at least one conviction on false evidence.) Before them, we had [[spoiler:Blase Debeste, an AmoralAttorney as bad as they come as the Chief Prosecutor]]. Then in ''Dual Destinies'', the BigBad kills and replaces a detective, with no one the wiser; Phoenix and Edgeworth only discover him because they are running a long game to force him to show himself.

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** The police system isn't trustworthy either. For at least two years, the corrupt Chief of Police had the Chief Prosecutor under his thumb and (it's strongly implied) used her to get rid of anyone he disliked, even if it meant forging evidence (Edgeworth in particular nearly goes into a HeroicBSOD when he realizes that he scored at least one conviction on false evidence.) Before them, we had [[spoiler:Blase Debeste, an AmoralAttorney as bad as they come come, as the Chief Prosecutor]]. Then in ''Dual Destinies'', the BigBad kills and replaces a detective, with no one the wiser; Phoenix and Edgeworth only discover him because they are running a long game to force him to show himself.



* [[spoiler: Redd White]] from Case 2 may not seem as scary or effective as a villain as, say, [[spoiler: Manfred Von Karma, Matt Engarde, or Kristoph Gavin]]. In fact, in many ways he is downright incompetent, sometimes laughably so. He is, however, most definitely a very vile person in his own right. He built his own company that is founded on and profits off blackmail. Over the span of many years, he dug up any dirt he could find on public officials, celebrities, and countless others. He "trades" and leaks to the public anything that will make his targets look bad, regardless of if or how much they deserve it. Many of these people killed themselves, and many more had their lives ruined as a result. To say he doesn't care is an understatement; in fact, he practically laughs if off! Worse, he will do whatever he has to (including intimidation, framing, and murder) to protect himself. Furthermore, while these vicious acts of institutionalized blackmail are horrible enough on their own, they double as ParanoiaFuel as one realizes that this kind of stuff happens ALL THE TIME in real life. The fact that we live in an age where random strangers can easily gain access to other people's private information (often via electronic or digital mediums) makes it even worse. [[spoiler: Redd White]] personifies the CorruptCorporateExecutive and many of the worst elements of the business world.
* Case 4: Manfred von Karma [[spoiler: kills a man]] over what any sane person would consider a fairly trivial slight, then raises the [[spoiler: dead man's]] son and twists him to be everything his own father would hate. The psychological scars he left on Miles and Franziska will be there long after he's dead.
** The fact that [[TheStoic Edgeworth]] practically ''begs'' Phoenix not to take his case because von Karma is the prosecutor is telling in its own right. [[spoiler: He may not have known at the time that von Karma killed his father, but he might know from living with him what lengths von Karma is capable of when it comes to revenge. In that case, he very well may have been trying to protect Phoenix from befalling the same fate as his father.]]

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* [[spoiler: Redd [[spoiler:Redd White]] from Case 2 may not seem as scary or effective as a villain as, say, [[spoiler: Manfred [[spoiler:Manfred Von Karma, Matt Engarde, or Kristoph Gavin]]. In fact, in many ways he is downright incompetent, sometimes laughably so. He is, however, most definitely a very vile person in his own right. He built his own company that is founded on and profits off blackmail. Over the span of many years, he dug up any dirt he could find on public officials, celebrities, and countless others. He "trades" and leaks to the public anything that will make his targets look bad, regardless of if or how much they deserve it. Many of these people killed themselves, and many more had their lives ruined as a result. To say he doesn't care is an understatement; in fact, he practically laughs if off! Worse, he will do whatever he has to (including intimidation, framing, and murder) to protect himself. Furthermore, while these vicious acts of institutionalized blackmail are horrible enough on their own, they double as ParanoiaFuel as one realizes that this kind of stuff happens ALL THE TIME in real life. The fact that we live in an age where random strangers can easily gain access to other people's private information (often via electronic or digital mediums) makes it even worse. [[spoiler: Redd [[spoiler:Redd White]] personifies the CorruptCorporateExecutive and many of the worst elements of the business world.
* Case 4: Manfred von Karma [[spoiler: kills [[spoiler:kills a man]] over what any sane person would consider a fairly trivial slight, oversight, then raises the [[spoiler: dead [[spoiler:dead man's]] son and twists him to be everything his own father would hate. The psychological scars he left on Miles and Franziska will be there long after he's dead.
** The fact that [[TheStoic Edgeworth]] practically ''begs'' Phoenix not to take his case because von Karma is the prosecutor is telling in its own right. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He may not have known at the time that von Karma killed his father, but he might know from living with him what lengths von Karma is capable of when it comes to revenge. In that case, he very well may have been trying to protect Phoenix from befalling the same fate as his father.]]



*** You can peer into his methods during [[spoiler:the flashback portions of]] case 3 of ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' (spoilers therein, obviously): [[spoiler:There was never a body found during the Dover murder case. Didn't bother von Karma. He just fabricated a theoretical scenario and then had Detective Badd removed from the case so he could install a detective that would parrot his theory to the court. He forged an autopsy report based on his theory and then put Jeff Master under the interrogation light for ''an entire year'' until he broke the man and weaseled a fake confession out of him.]] Sure, Gregory Edgeworth managed to [[spoiler:nick his perfect record with a blemish for his misdoings (that obviously ended poorly for him)]] but with methods like that it's no wonder he held onto his win record for so long.

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*** You can peer into his methods during [[spoiler:the flashback portions of]] case 3 of ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' (spoilers therein, obviously): [[spoiler:There was never a body found during the Dover murder case. Didn't bother von Karma. He just fabricated a theoretical scenario and then had Detective Badd removed from the case so he could install a detective that would parrot his theory to the court. He forged an autopsy report based on his theory and then put Jeff Master under the interrogation light for ''an entire year'' until he broke the man and weaseled a fake confession out of him.]] Sure, Gregory Edgeworth managed to [[spoiler:nick his perfect record with a blemish for his misdoings (that obviously ended poorly for him)]] him),]] but with methods like that that, it's no wonder he held onto his win record for so long.



** The situation leading up to the [[spoiler: DL-6 Incident]] was pretty frightening and riddled with AdultFear. A nine-year-old Miles Edgeworth, his father Gregory Edgeworth, and Yanni Yogi got into an elevator, only for an earthquake to leave them stuck and in the dark (literally) for five hours. As the oxygen inside began to run out, they became increasingly panicked and disoriented. Yogi freaked out and started attacking Gregory in front of Miles. In dazed desperation, Miles did what he could to help his dad: by throwing the bailiff's ''loaded'' gun at them. His last memory was hearing the gun fire, followed by a man's scream. Gregory Edgeworth was found in the elevator, dead from a single shot to the heart, and his son spent the next fifteen years wondering if he killed his own father.

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** The situation leading up to the [[spoiler: DL-6 [[spoiler:DL-6 Incident]] was pretty frightening and riddled with AdultFear. A nine-year-old Miles Edgeworth, his father Gregory Edgeworth, and Yanni Yogi got into an elevator, only for an earthquake to leave them stuck and in the dark (literally) for five hours. As the oxygen inside began to run out, they became increasingly panicked and disoriented. Yogi freaked out and started attacking Gregory in front of Miles. In dazed desperation, Miles did what he could to help his dad: by throwing the bailiff's ''loaded'' gun at them. His last memory was hearing the gun fire, followed by a man's scream. Gregory Edgeworth was found in the elevator, dead from a single shot to the heart, and his son spent the next fifteen years wondering if he killed his own father.



* One of the Old Man's [[spoiler: who is actually Yanni Yogi]] sprite was cut from the final version, which shows [[spoiler: his old bumbling and eccentric façade [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/c/c0/Yogi_Shocked.gif suddenly shifting to his true self]], with his stern and cold eyes staring at the player]].
* [[spoiler: Damon Gant]]. The whole character is terrifying. It's the real-life fear of the [[DirtyCop Corrupt Cop]], who will be believed over you by anyone in a position of authority even if he has to blackmail them into going along with it, who has no moral problem with abusing the full extent of his power, and against whom there is very little recourse- what are you going to do, call the cops?
** His infamous stare, which can make many gamers uneasy when they see it. Not to mention that [[spoiler: Gant's]] stare isn't nearly as creepy the first time you see it. The problem is, every time he does it, the stare goes on for even longer, and there's [[NothingIsScarier no music playing]]. By the time you sneak into his office and he catches you, he stares at you for so long in utter silence that it feels like [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou he's looking directly at you]] [[IdleAnimation if not for his blinking.]]
** The blinking makes it even more terrifying. Although, his [[spoiler: subtle menace while in his jolly persona]] can be a lot more eerie than his stare. Not to mention "Wait. I said wait. Or didn't you hear me?" Yikes.
** The long wait for his to resume is freaky enough. The first time the music cut off while [[spoiler: Gant]] is just staring into your soul. Imagine having that image stuck on your screen.

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* One of the Old Man's [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:(who is actually Yanni Yogi]] sprite Yogi)]] sprites was cut from the final version, which shows [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his old bumbling and eccentric façade [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/c/c0/Yogi_Shocked.gif suddenly shifting to his true self]], with his stern and cold eyes staring at the player]].
* [[spoiler: Damon [[spoiler:Damon Gant]]. The whole character is terrifying. It's the real-life fear of the [[DirtyCop Corrupt Cop]], who will be believed over you by anyone in a position of authority even if he has to blackmail them into going along with it, who has no moral problem with abusing the full extent of his power, and against whom there is very little recourse- what recourse-what are you going to do, call the cops?
** His infamous stare, which can make many gamers uneasy when they see it. Not to mention that [[spoiler: Gant's]] [[spoiler:Gant's]] stare isn't nearly as creepy the first time you see it. The problem is, every time he does it, the stare goes on for even longer, and there's [[NothingIsScarier no music playing]]. By the time you sneak into his office and he catches you, he stares at you for so long in utter silence that it feels like [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou he's looking directly at you]] [[IdleAnimation if not for his blinking.]]
** The blinking makes it even more terrifying. Although, his [[spoiler: subtle [[spoiler:subtle menace while in his jolly persona]] can be a lot more eerie than his stare. Not to mention "Wait. I said wait. Or didn't you hear me?" Yikes.
** The long wait for his to resume is freaky enough. The first time the music cut off while [[spoiler: Gant]] [[spoiler:Gant]] is just staring into your soul. Imagine having that image stuck on your screen.



* The whole game is incredibly dark. No wonder it is the awkward game in the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightTrilogy.
* Phoenix' nightmare with that horrifying Nightmare Judge. It returns in 2-4, only this time it's as real as the situation.

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* The whole game is incredibly dark. No wonder it is it's the awkward game in the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightTrilogy.
* Phoenix' Phoenix's nightmare with that horrifying Nightmare Judge. It returns in 2-4, only this time it's as real as the situation.



* Case 2 has [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/ini-cosplay.gif this (caution, is kind of a spoiler)]]. Without knowing it's [[spoiler:Mimi Miney]], the first thing the player assumes is it's [[spoiler:[[http://www.court-records.net/animation/maya-nod.gif Maya Fey]], the charming and sunny assistant from the previous game]], which can come off as terribly disturbing. Even bearing in mind the true identity, the HiddenEyes, [[BloodSplatteredWarrior blood-smeared clothing]], and general eerieness of this person is quite creepy (especially since she talks in morose, broken phrasing, evocative of a troubled lost soul).
* Ini [[spoiler: actually Mimi]] Miney is a pretty creepy girl overall. For one, her damage sprite is downright scary. [[spoiler: She tries to suffocate herself with her hat similar to Richard Wellington above.]] She also has some pretty creepy lines during the second half of the investigation like [[spoiler: "I'm going to serve you a slice of humble pie! I hope you'll enjoy it!"]]. Also [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/ini-damage.gif just]] [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/ini-mad(b).gif look]] [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/ini-spin(b).gif at]] these horrifying sprites. Like April May above, this is a girl you ''do not'' want to get angry.
** Also, if you are not used to Anime looking eyes, [[spoiler: the second picture presented in the trial]] can be scary as well.

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* Case 2 has [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/ini-cosplay.gif this (caution, is kind of a spoiler)]]. Without knowing it's [[spoiler:Mimi Miney]], the first thing the player assumes is that it's [[spoiler:[[http://www.court-records.net/animation/maya-nod.gif Maya Fey]], the charming and sunny assistant from the previous game]], which can come off as terribly disturbing. Even bearing in mind the true identity, the HiddenEyes, [[BloodSplatteredWarrior blood-smeared clothing]], and general eerieness of this person is quite creepy (especially since she talks in morose, broken phrasing, evocative of a troubled lost soul).
* Ini [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually Mimi]] Miney is a pretty creepy girl overall. For one, her damage sprite is downright scary. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She tries to suffocate herself with her hat similar to Richard Wellington above.]] She also has some pretty creepy lines during the second half of the investigation like [[spoiler: "I'm [[spoiler:"I'm going to serve you a slice of humble pie! I hope you'll enjoy it!"]]. Also [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/ini-damage.gif just]] [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/ini-mad(b).gif look]] [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/ini-spin(b).gif at]] these horrifying sprites. Like April May above, this is a girl you ''do not'' want to get angry.
** Also, if you are not used to Anime looking Anime-looking eyes, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the second picture presented in the trial]] can be scary as well.



* In Case 3, [[spoiler:[[SympatheticMurderer Acro]]'s]] situation is horrifying on many levels: [[spoiler: His brother is in an irreversible coma because of Regina, he himself lost the use of his legs, and everyday Regina would take care of him. That's right: the unwitting "killer" of his brother was with him all that time, saying innocently that Bat became a star in the sky. While his brother was, in fact, in a coma. A brother who he visited at the hospital multiple times with the incessant company of the too sweet and innocent princess Regina.]] It's no wonder he snapped. The situation was so unbearable that he contemplated the idea of suicide, but didn't go through with it. And when he thought he finally had a chance to [[spoiler: get his vengeance]], he ends up [[spoiler: killing his parental figure by accident.]] The poor man is completely and utterly broken.
* All of Case 4. It might be the darkest case in the series. The atmosphere in that case after [[spoiler: Maya's kidnapping]] until the final verdict is really unsettling and scary at times. Also, be careful when presenting your evidence. [[spoiler: You might get a bad ending if you aren't.]]
** Here we have the truth about [[spoiler:Matt Engarde. The adorable, somewhat ditzy actor turns into a [[GoodScarsEvilScars scarred]], guilty as heck psycho]]. It's scary even if you had known from a walkthrough, etc. that he was [[spoiler:guilty]] because it's just so unexpected.
*** He made a former lover [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]]. It isn't just the act, it's how she came to do the deed: She was dumped by Engarde for reasons unknown (presumably ForTheEvulz), and when Corrida, who was going to marry her, found out she was Engarde's former lover, he broke off from her. ''All to protect his pride.'' It's no wonder said lover was so shaken from being treated like property and offed herself. And unfortunately, [[AdultFear scandals like these probably exist in real life]].]]
*** His [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown]] is scary in its own right; [[spoiler:when Engarde's attempt to {{Blackmail}} [[NobleDemon Shelly]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards de Killer]] backfires, he scratches his face multiple times proclaiming Guilty. ''You can see the blood running down his hands from the scratches he's inflicted on himself.'']]
*** If you put yourself in Phoenix's shoes, then TheReveal ''is'' a NightmareFuel. [[spoiler:He thought his client was truly innocent but then shady things end up surrounding the client. He pressed on further until eventually his client reveals his true color that he's ''not innocent'', he's a thoroughly sociopathic bastard, and you're forced to stick with that bastard client and helping him get away or else something horrible will happen to you personally. To work for something that stands against your moral code when you're an inherently good man is a complete ''nightmare''.]]
** Shelly de Killer deserves a mention. With his Leitmotif playing in the background, a red aura surrounding his person... you will have nightmares for weeks. Not only that, but he has stitches going right down the middle of his face. What the hell caused this guy's face to need those stitches?
*** And to top it all. [[spoiler: This man, who not only was the actual killer of Juan Corrida but also of countless other people, is never found and incarcerated. He's still out there free as a bird waiting to perpetrate more hired hits. Just pray his next victim isn't you.]]
** The absolute worst part? Cases [[TruthInTelevision like this]] could actually ''happen''. Attorneys could end up getting a client who is guilty as sin, and they're forced to fight for a Not Guilty verdict, otherwise... The kicker? For these attorneys, there is no such thing as a miracle, and the most you can do is shorten their sentence or spare them being executed.
** The bloody Jammin' Ninja button could be this for those not used to the amount of blood on evidence. Half of it is bloody. What's worse? [[spoiler: Oldbag wants it.]] Would she have killed Juan (or whoever the Jammin Ninja was) to [[FridgeHorror get it]]?
** Announce The Truth 2002, while being an awesome song in it's own right can be downright creepy when played during some parts. [[spoiler: Notable examples include Acro claiming Phoenix to be insane, several moments with de Killer, and Ini Miney/Mimi trying to suffocate herself with her hat.]] Imagine walking in a dark alley, suddenly hearing this music and having De Killer jump and kill you. Scary...

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* In Case 3, [[spoiler:[[SympatheticMurderer Acro]]'s]] situation is horrifying on many levels: [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His brother is in an irreversible coma because of Regina, he himself lost the use of his legs, and everyday Regina would take care of him. That's right: the unwitting "killer" of his brother was with him all that time, saying innocently that Bat became a star in the sky. While his brother was, in fact, in a coma. A brother who he visited at the hospital multiple times with the incessant company of the too sweet and innocent princess Regina.]] It's no wonder he snapped. The situation was so unbearable that he contemplated the idea of suicide, but didn't go through with it. And when he thought he finally had a chance to [[spoiler: get [[spoiler:get his vengeance]], he ends up [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing his parental figure by accident.]] The poor man is completely and utterly broken.
* All of Case 4. It might be the darkest case in the series. The atmosphere in that case after [[spoiler: Maya's [[spoiler:Maya's kidnapping]] until the final verdict is really unsettling and scary at times.throughout. Also, be careful when presenting your evidence. [[spoiler: You [[spoiler:You might get a bad ending if you aren't.]]
** Here we have the truth about [[spoiler:Matt Engarde. The adorable, somewhat ditzy actor turns into a [[GoodScarsEvilScars scarred]], guilty as heck psycho]]. It's scary even if you had known from a walkthrough, etc. walkthrough or otherwise that he was [[spoiler:guilty]] because it's just so unexpected.
*** He made a his former lover [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]]. It isn't just the act, it's how she came to do the deed: She was dumped by Engarde for reasons unknown (presumably ForTheEvulz), and when Corrida, who was going to marry her, found out she was Engarde's former lover, he broke off from her. ''All to protect his pride.'' It's no wonder said lover was so shaken from being treated like property and offed herself. And unfortunately, [[AdultFear scandals like these probably exist in real life]].]]
*** His [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown]] is scary in its own right; [[spoiler:when Engarde's attempt to {{Blackmail}} [[NobleDemon Shelly]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards de Killer]] backfires, he scratches his face multiple times proclaiming Guilty. ''You can see the blood running down his hands from all the scratches he's inflicted on himself.'']]
*** If you put yourself in Phoenix's shoes, then TheReveal ''is'' a ''itself'' is NightmareFuel. [[spoiler:He thought his client Engarde was truly innocent innocent, but then more and more shady things end up surrounding the hi client. He pressed on further until eventually his client After pressing him further, Engarde reveals his true color that colors; he's ''not innocent'', he's a thoroughly sociopathic bastard, and you're forced to stick with that bastard client and helping worst of all, if Phoenix didn't help him get away or else something horrible will happen to you personally. with his crimes, Maya ''''would die''''. To work for something that stands somebody whose actions stand against your moral code when you're an inherently good man is a complete ''nightmare''.]]
** Shelly de Killer deserves a mention. With his Leitmotif playing in the background, a red aura surrounding his person... you will you'll have nightmares for weeks. Not only that, but he has stitches going right down the middle of his face. What the hell caused this guy's face to need those stitches?
*** And to top it all. [[spoiler: This all off,[[spoiler:This man, who not only was the actual killer of Juan Corrida but also of countless other people, others, is never found and incarcerated. He's still out there free as a bird waiting to perpetrate more hired hits. Just pray his next victim isn't you.]]
**** [[spoiler:At least until Ace Attorney Investigations 2, where he's finally put behind bars.]]
** The absolute worst part? Cases [[TruthInTelevision like this]] could actually ''happen''. Attorneys could end up getting a client who is guilty as sin, and they're forced to fight for a Not Guilty verdict, otherwise... otherwise something terrible will happen to them or someone they know. The kicker? For these attorneys, there is no such thing as a miracle, and the most you can do is shorten their sentence or spare them being executed.
miracle.
** The bloody Jammin' Ninja button could be this for those not used to the amount of blood on evidence. Half of it is bloody. What's worse? [[spoiler: Oldbag [[spoiler:Oldbag wants it.]] Would she have killed Juan (or whoever the Jammin Ninja was) to [[FridgeHorror get it]]?
** Announce The Truth 2002, while being an awesome song in it's own right can be downright creepy when played during some parts. [[spoiler: Notable [[spoiler:Notable examples include Acro claiming Phoenix to be insane, several moments with de Killer, and Ini Miney/Mimi trying to suffocate herself with her hat.]] Imagine walking in a dark alley, suddenly hearing this music and having De Killer jump and kill you. Scary...



* Case 3 starts off in the most unsettling way, making it seem you lost the case without even having a chance to defend it, having Winston Payne mock of your defeat, showing that "the other man" was Phoenix Wright, it all makes it seem that YOU were guilty and no one believes the Defendant mentioning this "other man". You start off thinking "I am guilty, how am I going to defend this person and myself?! [[spoiler:Then it reveals, right after the "Game Over", that a terrible trial was enacted by Phoenix Wright and then Phoenix himself mentions he was not in such trial and that a retrial would be in order. Through the case you find out there was a phony Phoenix and that the performance you watched at the start of the case was not with Phoenix himself, but rather of his phony, "[[SdrawkcabName Xin Eohp]]".]]
* [[spoiler: The conclusion of]] Case 4, in which Terry Fawles, the defendant whose acquittal is just inches away from happening, [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide kills himself]]]]. Not only is [[TearJerker heartwrenching]], but also quite horrifying because he [[spoiler: dies in the courtroom before your very eyes]].
* Case 5: we witness [[spoiler: Dahlia getting exorcised out of Maya's body]], letting out a scream, and in her final on-screen moments takes the form of a very creepy ghost before turning into a flame and vanishing, while flashbacks to [[spoiler: her crimes]] go off.
** Same case gives us a seemingly unremarkable moment which, if you've been following the game's story closely, can give others a run for their money. In the final investigation, it eventually turns out that Sister Iris has [[spoiler: a twin sister]]. You most likely already know who she is. You're also certainly aware of her true nature. Then, her portrait is brought up, and it's a side-face photo; no other character had that kind of a portrait before. And then, there is nothing on that photo except for a dark grey featureless silhouette. Combined with the description [[spoiler:Age:Deceased]], the shock was enough to make eyes water. Now, you wouldn't want to miss out on this, [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/e/e7/Mystery_Suspect.png/revision/latest?cb=20130113165503 would you?]]
* On the subject of Dahlia... She killed two people, got a third to commit suicide, poisoned a fourth into a coma, planned on poisoning a fifth, and placed the blame for the death on one of the aforementioned two people she killed on the would-be poison victim (the actual victim just tried to warn him), and she almost got away with it, not because she could call a massive amount of resources like [[spoiler: Redd White]] or [[spoiler: Matt Engarde]], not because she had done an inside job like [[spoiler: Manfred Von Karma]], but just because she was a [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon pretty faced sociopath]] who put the judge in her pocket with her cute looks. She stands out even more due to lacking an over the top gimmick like the other criminals. How many Dahlia Hawthornes are out there in the real world, [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse escaping punishment because they don't look the part?]]
* Remember the [[spoiler:Dahlia]] silhouette? Well, TheReveal of the real killer in "Bridge to the Turnabout" likewise goes for subtle ShowDontTell tension and a MoodWhiplash payoff instead of outright confirmation. [[spoiler:The lights go out... and suddenly, there's an ominous RedEyesTakeWarning glow coming from a certain new AffablyEvil prosecutor you've probably come to love. And his reaction? A quick chuckle and congratulations, no comedic coffee-throwing or anything like you've come to expect. Sure, he ultimately turns out to be SympatheticMurderer who was actually half-justified (in contrast to Dahlia, who was ironically his intended AssholeVictim), but this particular moment is when Godot officially enters KnightOfCerebus territory.]]

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* Case 3 starts off in the most unsettling way, making it seem you lost the case without even having a chance to defend it, having Winston Payne mock of your defeat, showing that "the other man" was Phoenix Wright, it all makes it seem that YOU were guilty and no one believes the Defendant mentioning this "other man". You start off thinking "I am guilty, how am I going to defend this person and myself?! [[spoiler:Then it reveals, right after the "Game Over", that a terrible trial was enacted by Phoenix Wright and then Phoenix himself mentions he was not wasn't in such trial and that a retrial would be in order. Through the case you find out there was a phony Phoenix and that the performance you watched at the start of the case was not with Phoenix himself, but rather of his phony, "[[SdrawkcabName Xin Eohp]]".]]
* [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The conclusion of]] Case 4, in which Terry Fawles, the defendant whose acquittal is just inches away from happening, [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide kills himself]]]]. Not only is [[TearJerker heartwrenching]], but also quite horrifying because he [[spoiler: dies [[spoiler:dies in the courtroom before your very eyes]].
* Case 5: we We witness [[spoiler: Dahlia [[spoiler:Dahlia getting exorcised out of Maya's body]], letting out a scream, and in her final on-screen moments takes the form of a very creepy ghost before turning into a flame and vanishing, while flashbacks to [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her crimes]] go off.
** Same The same case gives us a seemingly unremarkable moment which, if you've been following the game's story closely, can give others a run for their money. In the final investigation, it eventually turns out that Sister Iris has [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a twin sister]]. You most likely already know who she is. You're also certainly aware of [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon her true nature. nature.]] Then, her portrait is brought up, and it's a side-face photo; no other character had that kind of a portrait before. And then, there is there's nothing on that photo except for a dark grey featureless silhouette. Combined with the description [[spoiler:Age:Deceased]], the shock was enough to make eyes water. Now, you wouldn't want to miss out on this, [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/e/e7/Mystery_Suspect.png/revision/latest?cb=20130113165503 would you?]]
* On the subject of Dahlia... She killed two people, got a third to commit suicide, poisoned a fourth into a coma, planned on poisoning a fifth, and placed the blame for the death on one of the aforementioned two people she killed on the would-be poison victim (the actual victim just tried to warn him), and she almost got away with it, not because she could call a massive amount of resources like [[spoiler: Redd [[spoiler:Redd White]] or [[spoiler: Matt [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]], not because she had done an inside job like [[spoiler: Manfred [[spoiler:Manfred Von Karma]], but just because she was a [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon pretty faced sociopath]] who put the judge in her pocket with her cute looks. She stands out even more due to lacking an over the top gimmick like the other criminals. How many Dahlia Hawthornes are out there in the real world, [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse escaping punishment because they don't look the part?]]
* Remember the [[spoiler:Dahlia]] silhouette? Well, TheReveal of the real killer in "Bridge to the Turnabout" likewise goes for subtle ShowDontTell tension and a MoodWhiplash payoff instead of outright confirmation. [[spoiler:The lights go out... and suddenly, there's an ominous RedEyesTakeWarning [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] glow coming from a certain new AffablyEvil prosecutor you've probably come to love. And his reaction? A quick chuckle and congratulations, no comedic coffee-throwing or anything like you've come to expect. Sure, he ultimately turns out to be a SympatheticMurderer who whose action was actually half-justified (in contrast to Dahlia, who was ironically his intended AssholeVictim), but this particular moment is when Godot officially enters KnightOfCerebus territory.]]



* Can we go over [[spoiler:Morgan's entire plan in this case? She waited for her own daughter(Dahlia) to ''die'', then waited for her other daughter(Pearl) to channel that daughter, so that she could kill her '''niece'''. All from beyond the grave.]]
** The implications around that are messed up as is, but consider this-[[spoiler:if not for Mia's quick thinking, Pearl, would have committed ''''parricide.'''']]
*** Put yourself in [[spoiler:Maya's shoes for a moment. You're being hunted by the spirit of your late's sister's former enemy. At first, she plans to kill you through your ''cousin''(who looks up to you like a kid sister and is in general one of the sweetest people you know), but when that fails, she tries again through your own '''MOTHER'''.



* [[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]] might be one of the most scary characters in the series. His reasons for destroying many lives was just because he was fired from defending someone for losing a card game. Also, he is the only murderer in the series who actually [[spoiler: could have gotten away with his crimes if it was not for the test of the jurist system, because there was not a single legal way to prove his guilt]]. He is just that intelligent and CrazyPrepared.

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* [[spoiler: Kristoph [[spoiler:Kristoph Gavin]] might be one of the most scary scariest characters in the series. His reasons for destroying so many lives was just because he was fired from defending someone for losing a card game. Also, he is the only murderer in the series who actually [[spoiler: could [[spoiler:could have gotten away with his crimes if it was not for the test of the jurist system, because there was not a single legal way to prove his guilt]]. He is He's just that intelligent and CrazyPrepared.



** His eyes. It doesn't help that they're [[spoiler: hidden behind ScaryShinyGlasses]] when he testifies...
** His black Psyche-Locks. Just what is he hiding that warrants not only five Psyche-Locks, but black ones instead of the usual red ones?! They mirror his undying will to not tell the truth.. He'll do anything, ''anything'' to protect his secret, and will do it with infinite coldness. [[spoiler: Poisoning adults, children, lying, murdering people in cold blood...]] he's actually done all of this. Just imagine what that sick bastard would have done to Trucy, Apollo and Phoenix had he got out free.

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** His eyes. It doesn't help that they're [[spoiler: hidden [[spoiler:hidden behind ScaryShinyGlasses]] when he testifies...
** His black Psyche-Locks. Just what is he hiding that warrants not only five Psyche-Locks, but black ones instead of the usual red ones?! They mirror his undying will to not tell the truth.. He'll do anything, ''anything'' to protect his secret, and will do it with infinite coldness. [[spoiler: Poisoning [[spoiler:Poisoning adults, children, lying, murdering people in cold blood...]] he's actually done all of this. Just imagine what that sick bastard would have done to Trucy, Apollo and Phoenix had he got out free.



** And finally, [[spoiler:when Vera is found innocent by the jury]], [[spoiler: Kristoph]] breaks down into [[http://i890.photobucket.com/albums/ac105/matlin90/Kristoph_Laugh_zpsbe9c69b5.gif?t=1393342996 an extremely creepy]] [[LaughingMad psychotic laugh]].
*** Apollo's words on the situation really serve to drive home how creepy [[spoiler: Kristoph's]] laugh truly is.
-->'''Apollo:''' The record will show... that when the verdict was announced, special witness [[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]]... laughed. A laugh louder than any ever heard before... or since. A laugh that echoed in the halls of justice, lingering for what seemed like hours.
* [[spoiler: The moment when Magnifi's diary is presented.]] When it showed up, this player felt a sinking feeling in his gut as he realized that [[spoiler: this is the moment when Phoenix Wright's career is destroyed, that this was the only available option: present the obvious forgery, or lose.]] Truly a terrifying moment.

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** And finally, [[spoiler:when Vera is found innocent by the jury]], [[spoiler: Kristoph]] [[spoiler:Kristoph]] breaks down into [[http://i890.photobucket.com/albums/ac105/matlin90/Kristoph_Laugh_zpsbe9c69b5.gif?t=1393342996 an extremely creepy]] [[LaughingMad psychotic laugh]].
*** Apollo's words on the situation really serve to drive home how creepy [[spoiler: Kristoph's]] [[spoiler:Kristoph's]] laugh truly is.
-->'''Apollo:''' The record will show... that when the verdict was announced, special witness [[spoiler: Kristoph [[spoiler:Kristoph Gavin]]... laughed. A laugh louder than any ever heard before... or since. A laugh that echoed in the halls of justice, lingering for what seemed like hours.
* [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The moment when Magnifi's diary is presented.]] When it showed up, this player felt a sinking feeling in his gut as he realized that [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:this is the moment when Phoenix Wright's career is destroyed, that this was the only available option: present the obvious forgery, or lose.]] Truly a terrifying moment.



* Case 4: [[spoiler: Calisto pointing a gun at Edgeworth]]. In a series where the player character is rarely put under threat of death by another character, this can make the player's heart jump. To make things worse, [[spoiler: Calisto shoots, and Edgeworth barely dodges it.]]

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* Case 4: [[spoiler: Calisto [[spoiler:Calisto pointing a gun at Edgeworth]]. In a series where the player character is rarely put under threat of death by another character, this can make the player's heart jump. To make things worse, [[spoiler: Calisto [[spoiler:Calisto shoots, and Edgeworth barely dodges it.]]



* Case 5: That [[spoiler: Shih-na is a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything psychopath]]]].[[note]]Okay, yeah, it reminds us of ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry them]].[[/note]]''. In addition, the [[LaughingMad psychotic laughter]] and SlasherSmile involved in that VillainousBreakdown, and the lopsided PsychoticSmirk that increasingly replaces her normal expression as time goes on just gets more and more unsettling.

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* Case 5: That [[spoiler: Shih-na [[spoiler:Shih-na is a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything psychopath]]]].[[note]]Okay, yeah, it reminds us of ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry them]].[[/note]]''. In addition, the [[LaughingMad psychotic laughter]] and SlasherSmile involved in that VillainousBreakdown, and the lopsided PsychoticSmirk that increasingly replaces her normal expression as time goes on just gets more and more unsettling.



** There's also [[spoiler: Quercus Alba's]] breakdown, where his skin begins to chip away and is blown off, leaving only his mummified-looking husk.

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** There's also [[spoiler: Quercus [[spoiler:Quercus Alba's]] breakdown, where his skin begins to chip away and is blown off, leaving only his mummified-looking husk.



* Case 2's VillainousBreakdown. [[spoiler: The killer yells that they didn't do anything wrong, and the real bad guy is Sirhan Dogen the assassin, as images of him appear on a black background and his bell rings. The rings get more and more frequent, as she starts covering her ears (implying she's hearing the sound in her head, as we are), until they blur and turn into an ''emergency siren'' as she screams. In short, you're basically watching her SanitySlippage, caused by the imprisoned assassin repeatedly reminding her [[ParanoiaFuel he has agents who can go after her family at any time.]] Probably one of the most disturbing breakdowns in the series on a psychological level.]] You later find out [[spoiler: [[PayEvilUntoEvil Dogen had a good reason for going after her]], but at the time you're led to believe he was doing it all ForTheEvulz, which makes you wish he ''was'' guilty.]]

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* Case 2's VillainousBreakdown. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The killer yells that they didn't do anything wrong, and the real bad guy is Sirhan Dogen the assassin, as images of him appear on a black background and his bell rings. The rings get more and more frequent, as she starts covering her ears (implying she's hearing the sound in her head, as we are), until they blur and turn into an ''emergency siren'' as she screams. In short, you're basically watching her SanitySlippage, caused by the imprisoned assassin repeatedly reminding her [[ParanoiaFuel he has agents who can go after her family at any time.]] Probably one of the most disturbing breakdowns in the series on a psychological level.]] You later find out [[spoiler: [[PayEvilUntoEvil [[spoiler:[[PayEvilUntoEvil Dogen had a good reason for going after her]], but at the time you're led to believe he was doing it all ForTheEvulz, which makes you wish he ''was'' guilty.]]



* In the 5th case, [[spoiler: 14-year-old Simon Keyes's drawing of what he witnessed happened in SS-5. Especially at how he draws Sirhan Dogen the assassin.]]

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* In the 5th case, [[spoiler: 14-year-old [[spoiler:14-year-old Simon Keyes's drawing of what he witnessed happened in SS-5. Especially at how he draws Sirhan Dogen the assassin.]]



* [[spoiler: Blaise Debeste]] is practically NightmareFuel personified. The very idea of a ''68 year old'' PsychopathicManchild is incredibly disturbing in itself, and almost from his first appearance he's horribly verbally abusing his own son. And it only gets worse as you learn more of what he did... [[spoiler: holding a foreign president for ransom and ''having him assassinated anyway'', auctioning off ''evidence from past cases'', brutally murdering another person who found out, forging evidence in the past and using that fact to blackmail coroner who helped him, and her family, later on, kidnapping the judge's son to manipulate his own trial... and then you remember that this guy was Chief Prosecutor for who knows how long, [[FridgeHorror and is implied to have killed more people in the past, including his wife.]]]] And to make matters worse, ''he has a voiced Objection'', and it somehow manages to be worse than von Karma's and Alba's ''combined''. It sounds practically demonic.
* How about the BigBad of all of [=AAI2=]? [[spoiler: [[MonsterClown Simon Keyes]] is one of the most fiendish final bosses in the franchise. Why? Because he was responsible for a majority of the murders in the game...and didn't lift a finger for any but the last. He was able to easily manipulate everyone, even getting Edgeworth into bailing him out of suspicion in Case 2. He had nearly everything under control, the only slip-up until Case 5 was his aforementioned issues in Case 2. The only reason he was even caught was due to an utter SpannerInTheWorks in Justine Courtney who brought the fake Huang to the roof on April 4th. Had she not done so, everyone would be none the wiser AND even if they had, he would have had no direct hands in any murder. The only bright spot is that all his targets were true AssholeVictims.]]
* Despite being an overall sympathetic figure, [[spoiler: the BigBad 's misanthropy can be downright ''chilling'' at times, especially one of his dialogues for presenting wrong evidence, which has him asking Justine to prove Edgeworth wrong in his stead ''just so he can laugh at Edgeworth being betrayed by his friends.'' The fact that he's dressed as a [[MonsterClown clown]] at the time doesn't help.]] He could very well be a sympathetic version of The Joker or Kefka.

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* [[spoiler: Blaise [[spoiler:Blaise Debeste]] is practically NightmareFuel personified. The very idea of a ''68 year old'' PsychopathicManchild is incredibly disturbing in itself, and almost from his first appearance he's horribly verbally abusing his own son. And it only gets worse as you learn more of what he did... [[spoiler: holding [[spoiler:holding a foreign president for ransom and ''having him assassinated anyway'', auctioning off ''evidence from past cases'', brutally murdering another person who found out, forging evidence in the past and using that fact to blackmail coroner who helped him, and her family, later on, kidnapping the judge's son to manipulate his own trial... and then you remember that this guy was Chief Prosecutor for who knows how long, [[FridgeHorror and is implied to have killed more people in the past, including his wife.]]]] And to make matters worse, ''he has a voiced Objection'', and it somehow manages to be worse than von Karma's and Alba's ''combined''. It sounds practically demonic.
* How about the BigBad of all of [=AAI2=]? [[spoiler: [[MonsterClown [[spoiler:[[MonsterClown Simon Keyes]] is one of the most fiendish final bosses in the franchise. Why? Because he was responsible for a majority of the murders in the game...and didn't lift a finger for any but the last. He was able to easily manipulate everyone, even getting Edgeworth into bailing him out of suspicion in Case 2. He had nearly everything under control, the only slip-up until Case 5 was his aforementioned issues in Case 2. The only reason he was even caught was due to an utter SpannerInTheWorks in Justine Courtney who brought the fake Huang to the roof on April 4th. Had she not done so, everyone would be none the wiser AND even if they had, he would have had no direct hands in any murder. The only bright spot is that all his targets were true AssholeVictims.]]
* Despite being an overall sympathetic figure, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the BigBad 's misanthropy can be downright ''chilling'' at times, especially one of his dialogues for presenting wrong evidence, which has him asking Justine to prove Edgeworth wrong in his stead ''just so he can laugh at Edgeworth being betrayed by his friends.'' The fact that he's dressed as a [[MonsterClown clown]] at the time doesn't help.]] He could very well be a sympathetic version of The Joker or Kefka.



* To give you an idea of how dark this game is compared to the past, Teen-rated games in the series, the game is rated '''Mature (17+)''' in North America
* Athena's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZHIxAkd41A flashbacks]], [[spoiler: where she's covered from head to toe in blood.]] Her HeroicBSOD animation, where she just stares down with blank eyes and clutches her arms, while [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Widget's face screen goes black]]. That is not despair so much as a full-fledged panic attack!
* [[spoiler: Ted Tonate's]] breakdown. In the moments leading up to his breakdown, his expression shifts from crazed smiles to manic anger until [[spoiler: his goggles blow up, leaving nothing but empty eye sockets [[FridgeHorror either because he had no eyes to begin with or were eviscerated when his goggles blew up]].]]
** [[spoiler: Those black holes are his irises; he still has his eyes]]. Even then though, they look pretty scary.
** [[spoiler: Ted Tonate ''in general'' is way creepier than most of the murderers, with that machine voice and those goggles that, when he's on his game, only ever seem to show either no emotion at all, or ''condescension.'' Furthermore, when Phoenix corners him on having killed Detective Arme, he cracks and begins to panic, then (though Phoenix also quickly manages to prove that he doesn't actually have a bomb with him) very calmly threatens to blow up the entire courtroom if he's not allowed to escape... and, at the height of his MadBomber madness, apparently becomes convinced that his own fake bomb is ''real.'']]

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* To give you an idea of how dark this game is compared to the past, Teen-rated is, past games in the series, the series have been rated Teen (13+). This game is rated '''Mature (17+)''' in North America
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* Athena's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZHIxAkd41A flashbacks]], [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:where she's covered from head to toe in blood.]] Her HeroicBSOD animation, where she just stares down with blank eyes and clutches her arms, while [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Widget's face screen goes black]]. That is That's not despair so much as a full-fledged panic attack!
* [[spoiler: Ted [[spoiler:Ted Tonate's]] breakdown. In the moments leading up to his breakdown, his expression shifts from crazed smiles to manic anger until [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his goggles blow up, leaving nothing but empty eye sockets [[FridgeHorror either because he had no eyes to begin with or were eviscerated when his goggles blew up]].]]
** [[spoiler: Those [[spoiler:Those black holes are his irises; he still has his eyes]]. Even then though, they look pretty scary.
** [[spoiler: Ted [[spoiler:Ted Tonate ''in general'' is way creepier than most of the murderers, with that machine voice and those goggles that, when he's on his game, only ever seem to show either no emotion at all, or ''condescension.'' Furthermore, when Phoenix corners him on having killed Detective Arme, he cracks and begins to panic, then (though Phoenix also quickly manages to prove that he doesn't actually have a bomb with him) very calmly threatens to blow up the entire courtroom if he's not allowed to escape... and, at the height of his MadBomber madness, apparently becomes convinced that his own fake bomb is ''real.'']]



* A ParanoiaFuel and FridgeHorror example: at the end of Case 1, it's revealed [[spoiler: Ted Tonate has been selling dismantled bombs on the black market. Earlier in the trial, he mentions how easy it is to rearm them]]. This guy could have been ''supplying terrorists'' for who knows how long.
** There's also the fact that he was willing to ''blow up a courtroom'', potentially killing hundreds of innocents, just to [[spoiler: erase evidence of his crime]]. This wasn't attempted murderer; this was an act of terrorism! Combined with his crazed facial expressions when he starts breaking down and you have one of the most creepy [[StarterVillain Starter Villains]] in the series.

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* A ParanoiaFuel and FridgeHorror example: at the end of Case 1, it's revealed [[spoiler: Ted [[spoiler:Ted Tonate has been selling dismantled bombs on the black market. Earlier in the trial, he mentions how easy it is to rearm them]]. This guy could have been ''supplying terrorists'' for who knows how long.
** There's also the fact that he was willing to ''blow up a courtroom'', potentially killing hundreds of innocents, just to [[spoiler: erase [[spoiler:erase evidence of his crime]]. This wasn't attempted murderer; this was an act of terrorism! Combined with his crazed facial expressions when he starts breaking down and you have one of the most creepy [[StarterVillain Starter Villains]] in the series.



** And then there is the fact that [[spoiler: Ted Tonate found out that the bomb had been reactivated because he checked it. He also saw the phantom in the middle of stealing the detonator which is likely why he checked the bomb in the first place. [[FridgeHorror The only reason no one died in the bombing was pure luck.]]]]
* The killer of Case 2 [[spoiler: blackmailed Damien Tenma, threatening to kill his daughter if he didn't go through with his demands.]] This is all you find out if you play the case to the bare minimum, but pressing one specific statment in the killer's final testimony [[spoiler: has him admit that Alderman Kyubi told him the secret of Tenma Taro because he's indebted to him as he looked after his wife. Earlier on in the case, it was stated that Kyubi's wife is in hospital in critical condition. It's never outright stated, but it's ''very'' heavily implied that L'Belle was threatening to pull the plug on Kyubi's wife if he didn't talk.]] One of the few cases where a completely optional conversation makes a case's villain even scarier.

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** And then there is the fact that [[spoiler: Ted [[spoiler:Ted Tonate found out that the bomb had been reactivated because he checked it. He also saw the phantom in the middle of stealing the detonator which is likely why he checked the bomb in the first place. [[FridgeHorror The only reason no one died in the bombing was pure luck.]]]]
* The killer of Case 2 [[spoiler: blackmailed [[spoiler:blackmailed Damien Tenma, threatening to kill his daughter if he didn't go through with his demands.]] This is all you find out if you play the case to the bare minimum, but pressing one specific statment in the killer's final testimony [[spoiler: has [[spoiler:has him admit that Alderman Kyubi told him the secret of Tenma Taro because he's indebted to him as he looked after his wife. Earlier on in the case, it was stated that Kyubi's wife is in hospital in critical condition. It's never outright stated, but it's ''very'' heavily implied that L'Belle was threatening to pull the plug on Kyubi's wife if he didn't talk.]] One of the few cases where a completely optional conversation makes a case's villain even scarier.



* Quirky as she is, Case 3's witness, Myriam Scuttlebutt proves to be downright unsettling when the second day of trial reveals [[spoiler: the reason Hugh's hand was injured to the extent that it required surgery. Myriam had rigged the envelope containing her script for the mock trial with a spring loaded box cutter.]]

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* Quirky as she is, Case 3's witness, Myriam Scuttlebutt proves to be downright unsettling when the second day of trial reveals [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the reason Hugh's hand was injured to the extent that it required surgery. Myriam had rigged the envelope containing her script for the mock trial with a spring loaded box cutter.]]



* Also from Case 3, the real killer's "transformation". [[spoiler: Aristotle Means goes from friendly-looking to downright ''terrifying'', his [[TheUnsmile Unsmile]] becomes a full-on SlasherSmile and a ''crack appears in his face'' as he completely drops his FauxAffablyEvil act. His globe-spinning pose is particularly NightmareFuel-worthy.]] One of his animations even involves pointing and throwing [[spoiler: chalk]] ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou directly at the screen]]!'' And then there's the fact he [[BreakThemByTalking breaks Athena by talking]] and drives her into a HeroicBSOD. And of course the expressions he makes during his breakdown play up the UncannyValley factor for all its worth.

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* Also from Case 3, the real killer's "transformation". [[spoiler: Aristotle [[spoiler:Aristotle Means goes from friendly-looking to downright ''terrifying'', his [[TheUnsmile Unsmile]] becomes a full-on SlasherSmile and a ''crack appears in his face'' as he completely drops his FauxAffablyEvil act. His globe-spinning pose is particularly NightmareFuel-worthy.]] One of his animations even involves pointing and throwing [[spoiler: chalk]] [[spoiler:chalk]] ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou directly at the screen]]!'' And then there's the fact he [[BreakThemByTalking breaks Athena by talking]] and drives her into a HeroicBSOD. And of course the expressions he makes during his breakdown play up the UncannyValley factor for all its worth.



* In case 5, during [[spoiler: Simon's]] Mood Matrix, we're shown [[http://i.imgur.com/LDabpWq.png this image]] [[spoiler: of an 11-year-old Athena, blood-stained and with DullEyesOfUnhappiness.]] The worst thing about that image is that it appears out of nowhere for absolutely no reason. There is no emotion search, there's no testimony, there's not even any text. The only reason they show that image is to take the player off-guard. [[JumpScare And it WORKS.]]
** That's not all: Earlier, when everyone [[spoiler: still thought Athena was the culprit,]] Edgeworth suggests that [[spoiler: Athena]] moved the body [[spoiler: of her mother]] in order to "dismantle [[spoiler: her]] to get rid of the evidence." Yes, this game seriously suggests ''that [[spoiler: an eleven year old girl]] killed and tried to dismember [[spoiler: her mother.]]'' Phoenix and the Judge practically beg Edgeworth not to say it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFYFuRmRNHA&t=1h01m33s Bring your Brown Pants]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Little!Athena]]''': "Something's wrong [[spoiler: with Mom]], so I'm taking [[spoiler: her]] apart [[spoiler: to fix her]]..."
** As if anyone needed any convincing of how bad it is, it's very clearly this for [[spoiler: Blackquill]] in-universe, since when he starts to reveal the truth of events leading up to it, ''every single emotion register on the mood matrix starts going out of control.'' In other words, the Mood Matrix is registering a full on HeroicBSOD.
** Think about what exactly happened from [[spoiler: Simon's]] perspective. [[spoiler: He walked in on the sight of 11-year-old Athena covered in blood having apparently murdered her mother and talking about taking Metis apart. That's harrowing enough, but then spending seven years in jail straight afterwards believing that's what really happened, [[TakingTheHeat having taken a desperate bid for Athena's sake]]? How is this man still sane?!]]

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* In case 5, during [[spoiler: Simon's]] [[spoiler:Simon's]] Mood Matrix, we're shown [[http://i.imgur.com/LDabpWq.png this image]] [[spoiler: of [[spoiler:of an 11-year-old Athena, blood-stained and with DullEyesOfUnhappiness.]] The worst thing about that image is that it appears out of nowhere for absolutely no reason. There is no emotion search, there's no testimony, there's not even any text. The only reason they show that image is to take the player off-guard. [[JumpScare And it WORKS.]]
** That's not all: Earlier, when everyone [[spoiler: still [[spoiler:still thought Athena was the culprit,]] Edgeworth suggests that [[spoiler: Athena]] [[spoiler:Athena]] moved the body [[spoiler: of [[spoiler:of her mother]] in order to "dismantle [[spoiler: her]] [[spoiler:her]] to get rid of the evidence." Yes, this game seriously suggests ''that [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an eleven year old girl]] killed and tried to dismember [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her mother.]]'' Phoenix and the Judge practically beg Edgeworth not to say it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFYFuRmRNHA&t=1h01m33s Bring your Brown Pants]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Little!Athena]]''': '''[[spoiler:Little!Athena]]''': "Something's wrong [[spoiler: with [[spoiler:with Mom]], so I'm taking [[spoiler: her]] [[spoiler:her]] apart [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to fix her]]..."
** As if anyone needed any convincing of how bad it is, it's very clearly this for [[spoiler: Blackquill]] [[spoiler:Blackquill]] in-universe, since when he starts to reveal the truth of events leading up to it, ''every single emotion register on the mood matrix starts going out of control.'' In other words, the Mood Matrix is registering a full on HeroicBSOD.
** Think about what exactly happened from [[spoiler: Simon's]] [[spoiler:Simon's]] perspective. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He walked in on the sight of 11-year-old Athena covered in blood having apparently murdered her mother and talking about taking Metis apart. That's harrowing enough, but then spending seven years in jail straight afterwards believing that's what really happened, [[TakingTheHeat having taken a desperate bid for Athena's sake]]? How is this man still sane?!]]



* In case 5, a mysterious individual referred as "the phantom" appears. Later we find out [[spoiler: he doesn't have a real identity but wears many masks, which gets creepier as he reveals yet another face. He reveals several masks of different people you met to taunt you with the fact that you'll never see his true identity and just to mock you further, he eventually reveals a mask of ''Phoenix Wright'' and perfectly imitates his "OBJECTION!" voice whenever he tries to make a rebuttal to your counterpoints. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqvi0ypy8yQ This eventually leads to his]] VillainousBreakdown, where he's trying to pull his face off and then his face shuffles between the faces of the various witnesses, culprits, and even attorneys that you've met throughout the game, each one with a crazed expression that screams UncannyValley before being shot by a sniper just as he takes off his final mask. He falls backwards, his true face [[{{TheUnreveal}} obscured by shadow]], with the damaged Fulbright mask lying next to him.]]
** Speaking of [[spoiler: Fulbright phantom]], his serious expression is very unnerving, especially when he says [[spoiler: Aw... now look at what you've done to [[WhamLine my mask]].]]
** [[spoiler: Take a close look at the courtroom during his breakdown scene. As it starts, the already damaged courtroom seems to be crumbling, with bits of rock falling from the ceiling in slow-motion as the background fades to darkness, some of them passing in front of his face when he changes masks. When he finally gets down to his damaged Fulbright mask, the darkness vanishes to reveal it's suddenly switched to night, with a full moon visible in the background behind the judges podium. Judging from the camera angle and the way the phantom falls, the damaged wall there is where the sniper was hiding. How long was the sniper waiting there, and who else might he have targeted during the trial?]]

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* In case 5, a mysterious individual referred as "the phantom" appears. Later we find out [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he doesn't have a real identity but wears many masks, which gets creepier as he reveals yet another face. He reveals several masks of different people you met to taunt you with the fact that you'll never see his true identity and identity. And just to mock you further, he eventually reveals a mask of ''Phoenix Wright'' and perfectly imitates his "OBJECTION!" voice whenever he tries to make a rebuttal to your counterpoints. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqvi0ypy8yQ This eventually leads to his]] VillainousBreakdown, where he's trying to pull his face off and then his face shuffles between the faces of the various witnesses, culprits, and even attorneys that you've met throughout the game, each one with a crazed expression that screams UncannyValley before being shot by a sniper just as he takes off his final mask. He falls backwards, his true face [[{{TheUnreveal}} obscured by shadow]], with the damaged Fulbright mask lying next to him.]]
** Speaking of [[spoiler: Fulbright [[spoiler:Fulbright phantom]], his serious expression is very unnerving, especially when he says [[spoiler: Aw...[[spoiler:Aw... now look at what you've done to [[WhamLine my mask]].]]
** [[spoiler: Take [[spoiler:Take a close look at the courtroom during his breakdown scene. As it starts, the already damaged courtroom seems to be crumbling, with bits of rock falling from the ceiling in slow-motion as the background fades to darkness, some of them passing in front of his face when he changes masks. When he finally gets down to his damaged Fulbright mask, the darkness vanishes to reveal it's suddenly switched to night, with a full moon visible in the background behind the judges podium. Judging from the camera angle and the way the phantom falls, the damaged wall there is where the sniper was hiding. How long was the sniper waiting there, and who else might he have targeted during the trial?]]



** Hell, the phantom himself is ParanoiaFuel incarnate. [[spoiler: He's a spy so versed in his job that he's ''forgotten his own name'', and is such an adroit impersonator that he's capable of replacing the man he murdered for ''over a year'', and nobody noticed until Blackquill decided to act on a hunch. He has no past, no personality, no identity - he's a complete non-entity, and he could be anyone...]]
** Both of his Mood Matrix segments are very unsettling. In the first [[spoiler: [[NothingIsScarier ''nothing'' registers. At all.]] As he talks about his family being held hostage, and being relieved that Blackquill still trusts him... '''nothing.''']] In the second [[spoiler: Each of the mood readings starts blinking in and out randomly as he desparately tries to convince the court he has emotions.]] And once they really start slipping up they have points where they say something, then realise it doesn't match their facial expressions or hand gestures at all, and try to correct themself... It feels so ''inhuman'' it's downright creepy.
** The phantom [[spoiler: realizes he's beginning to feel fear]]. The way his eyes just bug out are rather unsettling. Even worse, [[spoiler: he does so while wearing the familiar, friendly face of Phoenix.]]

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** Hell, the phantom himself is ParanoiaFuel incarnate. [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's a spy so versed in his job that he's ''forgotten his own name'', and is such an adroit impersonator that he's capable of replacing the man he murdered for ''over a year'', and nobody noticed until Blackquill decided to act on a hunch. He has no past, no personality, no identity - he's a complete non-entity, and he could be anyone...]]
** Both of his Mood Matrix segments are very unsettling. In the first [[spoiler: [[NothingIsScarier [[spoiler:[[NothingIsScarier ''nothing'' registers. At all.]] As he talks about his family being held hostage, and being relieved that Blackquill still trusts him... '''nothing.''']] In the second [[spoiler: Each [[spoiler:Each of the mood readings starts blinking in and out randomly as he desparately tries to convince the court he has emotions.]] And once they really start slipping up they have points where they say something, then realise it doesn't match their facial expressions or hand gestures at all, and try to correct themself... It feels so ''inhuman'' it's downright creepy.
** The phantom [[spoiler: realizes [[spoiler:realizes he's beginning to feel fear]]. The way his eyes just bug out are rather unsettling. Even worse, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he does so while wearing the familiar, friendly face of Phoenix.]]



* Simon Blackquill was [[spoiler: just one day away from his execution when he's finally exonerated]]. Imagine what would have happened if just one thing had gone wrong during that day... oh wait, you don't have to imagine: one of the Bad Endings ''will tell you.'' [[spoiler: He gets hanged, Aura and the hostages (Trucy included) disappear forever, Athena is emotionally destroyed and leaves the office, Apollo becomes completely embittered, and Phoenix turns his badge.]] It's ''bad'', all right.
* In Turnabout Reclaimed, once you finally crack [[spoiler: Marlon Rimes']] Mood Matrix segment, the final image of the testimony gets updated to include a shot of him as an EvilOverlooker. The fact that it's so sudden, unexpected and brief makes it pretty much a JumpScare, and the expression he makes may be even scarier than [[spoiler: his "transformation".]]

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* Simon Blackquill was [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just one day away from his execution when he's finally exonerated]]. Imagine what would have happened if just one thing had gone wrong during that day... oh wait, you don't have to imagine: one of the Bad Endings ''will tell you.'' [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He gets hanged, Aura and the hostages (Trucy included) disappear forever, Athena is emotionally destroyed and leaves the office, Apollo becomes completely embittered, and Phoenix turns in his badge.]] It's ''bad'', all right.
* In Turnabout Reclaimed, once you finally crack [[spoiler: Marlon [[spoiler:Marlon Rimes']] Mood Matrix segment, the final image of the testimony gets updated to include a shot of him as an EvilOverlooker. The fact that it's so sudden, unexpected and brief makes it pretty much a JumpScare, and the expression he makes may be even scarier than [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his "transformation".]]



** Their breakdown is also rather unnerving, with [[spoiler: Rimes hallucinating that he's on the deck of a ship in a violent storm, stumbling back and forth and even ''hanging off the side of the witness stand'' before he collapses to his knees.]]
* Apollo [[spoiler: when accusing Athena in court]] darkly stating that evidence is everything, which is why he's doing what he's doing. Many fans have noted that he's echoing one of the greatest monsters in the series [[spoiler: his former mentor, Kristoph Gavin]] and it's both scary and sad to see him doing it. [[spoiler: [[http://36.media.tumblr.com/9f789310f46c3357add51f21f1ff36f3/tumblr_mxg7ed1A6C1shcs29o1_500.png He even imitates Kristoph's pose!]] Even though he is really just repeating the words of the Judge, the similarities are chilling. ]]
** Even if the player didn't notice it earlier due to the circumstances of the case, in Turnabout Countdown, [[spoiler: he gives the same remark Kristoph has said to him about his voice to Athena]]. At first, it seems funny but, after playing the last case and playing it again after noticing the thing above, it's now a little scary.
** The Confess/Announce The Truth 2013 music. If you thought 2002 was scary, this one is downright horrifying and is played at the exact perfect times to catch you off guard like [[spoiler: Athena's black psyche locks appearing when it seems she's killed her mother]], and [[spoiler: Apollo indicting Athena of the murder.]]

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** Their breakdown is also rather unnerving, with [[spoiler: Rimes [[spoiler:Rimes hallucinating that he's on the deck of a ship in a violent storm, stumbling back and forth and even ''hanging off the side of the witness stand'' before he collapses to his knees.]]
* Apollo [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when accusing Athena in court]] darkly stating that evidence is everything, which is why he's doing what he's doing. Many fans have noted that he's echoing one of the greatest monsters in the series [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his former mentor, Kristoph Gavin]] and it's both scary and sad to see him doing it. [[spoiler: [[http://36.[[spoiler:[[http://36.media.tumblr.com/9f789310f46c3357add51f21f1ff36f3/tumblr_mxg7ed1A6C1shcs29o1_500.png He even imitates Kristoph's pose!]] Even though he is really just repeating the words of the Judge, the similarities are chilling. ]]
** Even if the player didn't notice it earlier due to the circumstances of the case, in Turnabout Countdown, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he gives the same remark Kristoph has said to him about his voice to Athena]]. At first, it seems funny but, after playing the last case and playing it again after noticing the thing above, it's now a little scary.
** The Confess/Announce The Truth 2013 music. If you thought 2002 was scary, this one is downright horrifying and is played at the exact perfect times to catch you off guard like [[spoiler: Athena's [[spoiler:Athena's black psyche locks appearing when it seems she's killed her mother]], and [[spoiler: Apollo [[spoiler:Apollo indicting Athena of the murder.]]



* The real murder method of the first case: [[spoiler: a rare poison that is absorbed through the bloodstream. It works by causing total body paralysis, including breathing, resulting in death by suffocation as the victim [[AndIMustScream is helpless to do anything, unable to call out or get any help as they slowly die]]. This poison is totally unknown in the game's version of Japan, making the cause of death completley untracable there, were it not for a SpannerInTheWorks. Made even worse by the fact that the first case's victim is John Watson himself.]]
* The horrifying tales of the prosecutor Barok van Zeiks more than qualify. With every single case he prosecuted before the events of Case 3, each defendant, guilty or not, ended up dying, [[spoiler: either by natural means (according to Sherlock Holmes) or by machinations set up by the BigBad]]. It's no wonder that he got the nickname "Death God of the Old Bailey" and practically every defense attorney in the UK was frightened by him.
* Case 3 features a death by [[spoiler: being locked inside a burning carriage and slowly burning to death.]] Not a pleasant way to go.

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* The real murder method of the first case: [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a rare poison that is absorbed through the bloodstream. It works by causing total body paralysis, including breathing, resulting in death by suffocation as the victim [[AndIMustScream is helpless to do anything, unable to call out or get any help as they slowly die]]. This poison is totally unknown in the game's version of Japan, making the cause of death completley untracable there, were it not for a SpannerInTheWorks. Made even worse by the fact that the first case's victim is John Watson himself.]]
* The horrifying tales of the prosecutor Barok van Zeiks more than qualify. With every single case he prosecuted before the events of Case 3, each defendant, guilty or not, ended up dying, [[spoiler: either [[spoiler:either by natural means (according to Sherlock Holmes) or by machinations set up by the BigBad]]. It's no wonder that he got the nickname "Death God of the Old Bailey" and practically every defense attorney in the UK was frightened by him.
* Case 3 features a death by [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being locked inside a burning carriage and slowly burning to death.]] Not a pleasant way to go.



* Case 2 brings us [[spoiler: Roger Retinz, a.k.a The Great Mr Reus, a former magician with a grudge against Troupe Gramarye. The sheer amount of ''loathing'' that man has running through his veins, and the sheer cackling insanity he shows when taunting Magnifi Gramarye from beyond the grave can be downright chilling-especially given his "taunting Magnifi" pose, where he looks like ''the freaking Devil'' admiring his own {{Hellfire}} while laughing at the soul caught therein.]] The VillainousBreakdown is quite creepy: [[spoiler:He puts on one final "show" for the court, making creepy masks of each member of the troupe appear in his cloak, them making them vanish in flames while proclaiming how he'll see them all burn. They he gets to Trucy, except when he opens his cloak, it's ''his'' mask inside. He freaks out for a bit, then tries the trick again, only to have his face show up a second time, this time bloody and laughing. He then starts panicking, yelling that he's not to blame (in a manner that echos [[VillainSong "Hellfire"]] from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''), as multiple spotlights shine in his face as the camera slowly zooms in. It's implied that a large amount of this might just be happening in his head, showing just how deluded and insane he's become.]]

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* Case 2 brings us [[spoiler: Roger [[spoiler:Roger Retinz, a.k.a The Great Mr Reus, a former magician with a grudge against Troupe Gramarye. The sheer amount of ''loathing'' that man has running through his veins, and the sheer cackling insanity he shows when taunting Magnifi Gramarye from beyond the grave can be downright chilling-especially given his "taunting Magnifi" pose, where he looks like ''the freaking Devil'' admiring his own {{Hellfire}} while laughing at the soul caught therein.]] The VillainousBreakdown is quite creepy: [[spoiler:He puts on one final "show" for the court, making creepy masks of each member of the troupe appear in his cloak, them making them vanish in flames while proclaiming how he'll see them all burn. They he gets to Trucy, except when he opens his cloak, it's ''his'' mask inside. He freaks out for a bit, then tries the trick again, only to have his face show up a second time, this time bloody and laughing. He then starts panicking, yelling that he's not to blame (in a manner that echos [[VillainSong "Hellfire"]] from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''), as multiple spotlights shine in his face as the camera slowly zooms in. It's implied that a large amount of this might just be happening in his head, showing just how deluded and insane he's become.]]



* The end of Case 3's first trial, especially to those savvy about the series conventions. [[spoiler: The witness turns out to be a complete dead end, and Phoenix has nothing. The judge feels there's no further need to prolong the trial, and so declares Maya and Phoenix GUILTY. ...Now would be the time for the obligatory BigDamnHeroes moment, right? Naturally, the bailiff runs in. Phew, the trial is saved... wait, he came to say another murder has occurred, and ''Maya looks guilty of that one too?'' And now the prosecution officially accuses Maya of not just one murder, but of being a ''vigilante serial killer who's been operating for the past 2 years?!'' He's suspending the trial to ensure she gets a ''worse sentence?!'' When it's implied she was ''already'' getting the death penalty?? And no, the guilty verdict is NOT overturned. In a rare moment in the series, [[DarkestHour a day 1 trial ends in a decisive victory for the prosecution, and Phoenix is, as Rayfa points out, a dead man walking.]]]]
* Case 3 has Phoenix entering a possible rebel hideout alone... [[spoiler: and inevitably being [[TapOnTheHead knocked out]] and waking up [[AloneWithThePsycho in an old, dilapidated room with the recently-espaced Datz Are'bal]]. The sense of dread is defused when [[AffablyEvil Datz is revealed to be a pretty jovial guy for a rebel]], but it comes right back when he "tests" Phoenix by pretending to to want to leave the rebellion, and when he "passes" reveals he was fully prepared to ''stab him to death right there'' if he turned out to be an agent of the queen. Remember, Datz is ''ex-military'', so he would've made good on that threat. It's a good thing Phoenix was smart enough to talk his way out of that one, because Datz is clearly someone whos bad side you do ''not'' want to be on.]] The whole situation makes the rest of the investigation ''extremely'' tense [[spoiler: as Phoenix can't reveal anything he learned there to anyone, as if it got out he'd been speaking with someone essentially considered a terrorist... well given the ExactWords of the DCA, he'd be considered one himself.]]
* You thought that Dual Destinies's Final case was really that dark? Well, the final case of Spirit of Justice makes it look like a rainbow story full of joy. [[spoiler: It features the death of not one, not two, but [[SerialEscalation FOUR PERSONS IN ONE SINGLE CASE]], with one of them being Apollo's father! It's like a deadlier version of Turnabout Goodbyes!]]

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* The end of Case 3's first trial, especially to those savvy about the series conventions. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The witness turns out to be a complete dead end, and Phoenix has nothing. The judge feels there's no further need to prolong the trial, and so declares Maya and Phoenix GUILTY. ...Now would be the time for the obligatory BigDamnHeroes moment, right? Naturally, the bailiff runs in. Phew, the trial is saved... wait, he came to say another murder has occurred, and ''Maya looks guilty of that one too?'' And now the prosecution officially accuses Maya of not just one murder, but of being a ''vigilante serial killer who's been operating for the past 2 years?!'' He's suspending the trial to ensure she gets a ''worse sentence?!'' When it's implied she was ''already'' getting the death penalty?? penalty?!? And no, the guilty verdict is NOT overturned. In a rare moment in the series, [[DarkestHour a day 1 trial ends in a decisive victory for the prosecution, and Phoenix is, as Rayfa points out, a dead man walking.]]]]
* Case 3 has Phoenix entering a possible rebel hideout alone... [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and inevitably being [[TapOnTheHead knocked out]] and waking up [[AloneWithThePsycho in an old, dilapidated room with the recently-espaced Datz Are'bal]]. The sense of dread is defused when [[AffablyEvil Datz is revealed to be a pretty jovial guy for a rebel]], but it comes right back when he "tests" Phoenix by pretending to to want to leave the rebellion, and when he "passes" reveals he was fully prepared to ''stab him to death right there'' if he turned out to be an agent of the queen. Remember, Datz is ''ex-military'', so he would've made good on that threat. It's a good thing Phoenix was smart enough to talk his way out of that one, because Datz is clearly someone whos bad side you do ''not'' want to be on.]] The whole situation makes the rest of the investigation ''extremely'' tense [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as Phoenix can't reveal anything he learned there to anyone, as if it got out he'd been speaking with someone essentially considered a terrorist... well given the ExactWords of the DCA, he'd be considered one himself.]]
* You thought that Dual Destinies's Final case was really that dark? Well, the final case of Spirit of Justice makes it look like a rainbow story full of joy. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It features the death of not one, not two, but [[SerialEscalation FOUR PERSONS PEOPLE IN ONE SINGLE CASE]], with one of them being Apollo's father! It's like a deadlier version of Turnabout Goodbyes!]]



** Rayfa has a ''very'' realistic-looking panic attack while trying to conduct a seance for [[spoiler: her father]]. It's hard to watch, and it's also terrifying to imagine yourself in her situation.
** [[spoiler: We also get to see the ''[[SarcasmMode pleasant]]'' scene of Dhurke getting shot thrice. With the 3D models. You also get to see Amara get shot in the stomach ''while testifying in court'' and then being told she only has a 50% chance of surviving.]]
** One witness late into the trial has a "damage" animation that's practically a JumpScare. [[spoiler: Namely, a sudden lightning flash coming from behind Amara, scaring off her animals and showing her as a terrifying glowing-eyed silhouette for a split second.]] It's a good thing [[spoiler: she's actually not evil]], or it could've gotten even worse.
** The last moments of the trial deserves special mention. [[spoiler: It's one of the few times someone's life is threatened in court as the queen calls in the royal guard. Yes, for the last part the trial EVERYONE is held at gun point!]]
** The low, droning music track that plays when you have to present TheReveal that [[spoiler: Dhurke was DeadAllAlong]]. It sounds more like something out of a SurvivalHorror game, and perfectly captures the moment: both Apollo and the player know ''exactly'' what the solution to this contradition is, but ''desperately'' don't want to believe it. And instead of a '''Take That''' when you present it, you get a ScareChord.

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** Rayfa has a ''very'' realistic-looking panic attack while trying to conduct a seance for [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her father]]. It's hard to watch, and it's also terrifying to imagine yourself in her situation.
** [[spoiler: We [[spoiler:We also get to see the ''[[SarcasmMode pleasant]]'' scene of Dhurke getting shot thrice. With the 3D models. You also get to see Amara get shot in the stomach ''while testifying in court'' and then being told she only has a 50% chance of surviving.]]
** One witness late into the trial has a "damage" animation that's practically a JumpScare. [[spoiler: Namely, [[spoiler:Namely, a sudden lightning flash coming from behind Amara, scaring off her animals and showing her as a terrifying glowing-eyed silhouette for a split second.]] It's a good thing [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's actually not evil]], or it could've gotten even worse.
** The last moments of the trial deserves deserve special mention. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's one of the few times someone's life is threatened in court as the queen calls in the royal guard. Yes, for the last part of the trial EVERYONE is PHOENIX AND APOLLO are held at gun point!]]
** The low, droning music track that plays when you have to present TheReveal that [[spoiler: Dhurke [[spoiler:Dhurke was DeadAllAlong]]. It sounds more like something out of a SurvivalHorror game, and perfectly captures the moment: both Apollo and the player know ''exactly'' what the solution to this contradition is, but ''desperately'' don't want to believe it. And instead of a '''Take That''' when you present it, you get a ScareChord.



* Apollo [[spoiler: nearly drowns]]. It's hard not to come out of that part feeling like Apollo did in that moment because of the way it's written and the speed the dialogue appears at. It's hard not to feel [[spoiler: like you yourself are drowning]] while it's going on, since the scene drags out and makes you feel a sense of desperation and fear like nothing before in the series. No matter how aware you are that [[spoiler: they won't kill Apollo here]], the scene is ''terrifying'' and, on a second play or when talking about it with someone who's not as far in the game as you, can stir up feelings of anxiety. This one part of the game is ''traumatic''.
* The FinalBoss is without a doubt the most frightening Ace Attorney villain, yet. [[spoiler:This is a woman who out of petty jealousy framed her sister's husband for murder, used her own niece as a blackmailing tool to keep her sister and nephew in line so she could legally kill them later, and left an infant to die in a fire without batting an eye. This is a woman who is responsible for Khura'in's downright toxic and putrid legal system which has killed many lawyers and innocent people alike, and makes it impossible for those accused of a crime to have a shot in court, almost leading to 9 year old Ahlbi's death as well as being the reason why Beh'leeb and Ta'hrust have to resort to framing Maya for Ze'loht's accidental death. This is a woman who is not afraid of rewriting the laws in court to suit her needs, including making ''standing up to her'' punishable by death. This is Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in, a ruthless and sadistic dictator who comes dangerously close to getting away with all of her crimes if not for Apollo's quick thinking.]]
** [[spoiler: The moment she reveals what she's ''[[TheCaligula really]]'' like. Forget the fact that she looks like some kind of EvilSorceress straight out of DarkFantasy. It's also at that point that she decides to reveal she's ''[[AxCrazy completely fucking insane]]'', changing the laws of Khura'in on a whim not only out of desire to win the case to ''legally kill her own nephew'' but also out of raw sadism and mentally torturing her own family out of nothing but spite for her sister. Even the tone of her theme changes from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIVXfEHvI2s intimidating but regal]] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXD2t8WLMWw discordant and shrill]]. as if the music itself were slowly losing its mind.]]
** Let's not forget about her [[spoiler: breakdown]]. [[spoiler: She desperately tried to commune with the dead even when she knows she can't, and when she tried so hard and failed miserably she collapsed. When she woke up she was convinced that she was the Holy Mother whom she tried to channel]]. She essentially [[spoiler: had a SanitySlippage]].

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* Apollo [[spoiler: nearly [[spoiler:nearly drowns]]. It's hard not to come out of that part feeling like Apollo did in that moment because of the way it's written and the speed the dialogue appears at. It's hard not to feel [[spoiler: like [[spoiler:like you yourself are drowning]] while it's going on, since the scene drags out and makes you feel a sense of desperation and fear like nothing before in the series. No matter how aware you are that [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they won't kill Apollo here]], the scene is ''terrifying'' and, on a second play or when talking about it with someone who's not as far in the game as you, can stir up feelings of anxiety. This one part of the game is ''traumatic''.
* The FinalBoss is without a doubt the most frightening Ace Attorney villain, yet. [[spoiler:This is a woman who who, out of petty jealousy jealousy, framed her sister's husband for murder, used her own niece as a blackmailing tool to keep her sister and nephew in line so she could legally kill them later, and left an infant to die in a fire without batting an eye. This is a woman who is responsible for Khura'in's downright toxic and putrid legal system which has killed many lawyers and innocent people alike, and makes it impossible for those accused of a crime to have a shot in court, almost leading to 9 year old Ahlbi's death as well as being the reason why Beh'leeb and Ta'hrust have to resort to framing Maya for Ze'loht's accidental death. This is a woman who is not afraid of rewriting the laws in court to suit her needs, including making ''standing up to her'' punishable by death. This is Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in, a ruthless and sadistic dictator who comes dangerously close to getting away with all of her crimes if not for Apollo's quick thinking.]]
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The moment she reveals what she's ''[[TheCaligula really]]'' like. Forget the fact that she looks like some kind of EvilSorceress straight out of DarkFantasy. It's also at that point that she decides to reveal she's ''[[AxCrazy completely fucking insane]]'', changing the laws of Khura'in on a whim not only out of desire to win the case to ''legally kill her own nephew'' but also out of raw sadism and mentally torturing her own family out of nothing but spite for her sister. Even the tone of her theme changes from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIVXfEHvI2s intimidating but regal]] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXD2t8WLMWw discordant and shrill]]. as if the music itself were slowly losing its mind.]]
** Let's not forget about her [[spoiler: breakdown]]. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:breakdown]]. [[spoiler:She desperately tried to commune with the dead even when she knows she can't, and when she tried so hard and failed miserably she collapsed. When she woke up she was convinced that she was the Holy Mother whom she tried to channel]]. She essentially [[spoiler: had [[spoiler:had a SanitySlippage]].



** Speaking of flashbacks to [[spoiler: 2-4]], anyone suddenly start to have those when you realised that you [[spoiler: are unknowingly condemning Maya to death with ease, just like Edgeworth]]? Or maybe you got those flashbacks earlier because you picked up on the fact that [[spoiler: [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Phoenix was not acting like himself]]]], and you went through all of that ''knowing'' why [[spoiler: Phoenix would be acting so peculiar]]? It really doesn't help that, just like back then, [[spoiler: his opponent, Apollo this time,]] has extremely good arguments that deftly shoot down his own [[spoiler: just like Edgeworth's back then]], while [[spoiler: Phoenix's by comparison]] are weak and desperate and more than once, [[spoiler: Apollo's]] skill forces [[spoiler: Phoenix]] to play dirty, [[spoiler: just like before]].

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** Speaking of flashbacks to [[spoiler: 2-4]], [[spoiler:2-4]], anyone suddenly start to have those when you realised realized that you [[spoiler: are [[spoiler:are unknowingly condemning Maya to death with ease, just like Edgeworth]]? Or maybe you got those flashbacks earlier because you picked up on the fact that [[spoiler: [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness [[spoiler:[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Phoenix was not acting like himself]]]], and you went through all of that ''knowing'' why [[spoiler: Phoenix [[spoiler:Phoenix would be acting so peculiar]]? It really doesn't help that, just like back then, [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his opponent, Apollo this time,]] has extremely good arguments that deftly shoot down his own [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just like Edgeworth's back then]], while [[spoiler: Phoenix's [[spoiler:Phoenix's by comparison]] are weak and desperate and more than once, [[spoiler: Apollo's]] [[spoiler:Apollo's]] skill forces [[spoiler: Phoenix]] [[spoiler:Phoenix]] to play dirty, [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just like before]].



* We all know how scary Ini [[spoiler: actually Mimi]] is when she starts to show her true colors, but in the Anime version, we can get to hear her nasty demeanor towards the defense and it's quite unnerving to listen her threatening voice in the latter half.

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* We all know how scary Ini [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually Mimi]] is when she starts to show her true colors, but in the Anime version, we can get to hear her nasty demeanor towards the defense and it's quite unnerving to listen her threatening voice in the latter half.
4th Feb '17 5:33:36 PM MayIncon
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** Same case gives us a seemingly unremarkable moment which, if you've been following the game's story closely, can give others a run for their money. In the final investigation, it eventually turns out that Sister Iris has [[spoiler: a twin sister]]. You most likely already know who she is. You're also certainly aware of her true nature. Then, her portrait is brought up, and it's a side-face photo; no other character had that kind of a portrait before. And then, there is nothing on that photo except for a dark grey featureless silhouette. Combined with the description [[Age:Deceased]], the shock was enough to make eyes water. Now, you wouldn't want to miss out on this, [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/e/e7/Mystery_Suspect.png/revision/latest?cb=20130113165503 would you?]]

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** Same case gives us a seemingly unremarkable moment which, if you've been following the game's story closely, can give others a run for their money. In the final investigation, it eventually turns out that Sister Iris has [[spoiler: a twin sister]]. You most likely already know who she is. You're also certainly aware of her true nature. Then, her portrait is brought up, and it's a side-face photo; no other character had that kind of a portrait before. And then, there is nothing on that photo except for a dark grey featureless silhouette. Combined with the description [[Age:Deceased]], [[spoiler:Age:Deceased]], the shock was enough to make eyes water. Now, you wouldn't want to miss out on this, [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/e/e7/Mystery_Suspect.png/revision/latest?cb=20130113165503 would you?]]
4th Feb '17 5:33:17 PM MayIncon
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** Same case gives us a seemingly unremarkable moment which, if you've been following the game's story closely, can give others a run for their money. In the final investigation, it eventually turns out that Sister Iris has [[spoiler: a twin sister]]. You most likely already know who she is. You're also certainly aware of her true nature. Then, her portrait is brought up, and it's a side-face photo; no other character had that kind of a portrait before. And then, there is nothing on that photo except for a dark grey featureless silhouette. The shock was enough to make eyes water. Now, you wouldn't want to miss out on this, [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/e/e7/Mystery_Suspect.png/revision/latest?cb=20130113165503 would you?]]

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** Same case gives us a seemingly unremarkable moment which, if you've been following the game's story closely, can give others a run for their money. In the final investigation, it eventually turns out that Sister Iris has [[spoiler: a twin sister]]. You most likely already know who she is. You're also certainly aware of her true nature. Then, her portrait is brought up, and it's a side-face photo; no other character had that kind of a portrait before. And then, there is nothing on that photo except for a dark grey featureless silhouette. The Combined with the description [[Age:Deceased]], the shock was enough to make eyes water. Now, you wouldn't want to miss out on this, [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/aceattorney/images/e/e7/Mystery_Suspect.png/revision/latest?cb=20130113165503 would you?]]
4th Feb '17 5:33:17 PM MayIncon
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-> ''This court finds the defendant, the Ace Attorney series...'''Guilty.''' The accused will surrender to the court immediately, to be held pending trial at a higher court within a month from today's date. That is all. The court is adjourned!'' '''[[GameOver (SLAM)]]'''
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