Take general series tropes to YMMV/AceAttorney, and take tropes specific to [[YMMV/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney the Phoenix arc]], ''[[YMMV/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Apollo Justice]]'', or ''[[YMMV/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' to those pages, please.
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* BaseBreaker: Kay, particularly among those who like the first three games best.
* CompleteMonster: BigBad [[spoiler: [[AssInAmbassador Quercus Alba]]]] is the head of a large smuggling ring. The other criminals of the game (except Lance) [[TheManBehindTheMan ''answer'' to this guy.]] He is the one who ordered the deaths of Cece Yew and Byrne Faraday and killed Mask*[=DeMasque=] II and Manny Coachen with his own hands (well, with a statue and a knife, but you know what I mean). His reasons for these killings are as follows: Cece Yew was a witness who needed to be silenced, Byrne Faraday was a member of the Yatagarasu whose goal it was to expose his operation, [=DeMasque=] II was going to steal his fake statue and, with it, some plates used for a large-scale counterfeiting operation, and Manny Coachen because he ordered [=DeMasque=] II to steal it. Manny ordered the theft because he was planning to betray and usurp Alba and was unaware that the fake statue had been switched with the real one.
* DisappointingLastLevel: Compared to the other games in series, the final case is unusually long. It has far more chapters than any other case in the series. Just when you think it's finally over, it's not. Some fans have even criticized the finale for dragging out too long, and making the ending more tedious than satisfying, compared to the other games which arguably all had huge final boss takedowns.
* EndingFatigue: While you have to give the BigBad of ''Investigations'' credit for being so tenacious, two full gameplay segments devoted just to cross-examining [[spoiler:Alba]] ''is too goddamn long''.
** The entire last case can be considered to fall into this (it ''is'' the game's ending, after all). As Edgeworth himself says halfway through the case,
---> '''Edgeworth''': It's almost enough to make one completely mentally exhausted.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: For someone who appears [[spoiler:alive]] in only one case in Investigations 2, Horace Knightley is popular with the fans. [[spoiler: Mostly because of his relationship with the BigBad]]. Funnily enough, his Japanese name contains the kanji for 'horse'.
** [[spoiler: DracoInLeatherPants: And most fans seem to only acknowledge said PetTheDog moments with the BigBad while glossing over his more... [[{{Jerkass}} un]][[GreenEyedMonster like]][[MoralEventHorizon able]] qualities.]]
* EscapistCharacter: Kay Faraday is what many Edgeworth {{fan girl}}s dream of being. She's a cute 'modern-day Robin Hood' and gets to play assistant to Edgey, who feels a deep connection to her because of [[spoiler:the parallels between her father's death and his]]. She's also Gumshoe's very best friend.
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' aimed to be bigger and more dramatic than the original, evident by the "final case" feel that the first case of the game was shooting for.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Shi-Long Lang and Edgeworth in ''Investigations''.
-->'''Lang:''' (''to Edgeworth'') My ignorant little [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]].
** There's also Edgeworth and [[spoiler: Calisto Yew]].
-->''Ha ha! You're sending the biggest chill down my spine, Edgeworth..!''
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Any time in the fourth case where Edgeworth [[spoiler:defends Manfred von Karma's actions]].
** And in the sequel, Raymond makes several jokes about [[spoiler: von Karma]] upon his introduction. Even Gumshoe considers them this.
*** [[spoiler: Turns out he was [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope deliberately, as he still belives Edgeworth and von Karma are NotSoDifferent.]]
* HarsherInHindsight: Many people considered the reveal in the Apollo Justice game that Ema [[spoiler: failed her exam and thus didn't achieve her dream]] quite harsh. With that knowledge, play case 3, where she appears as the same highly ambitious GenkiGirl she was in the first game.
** in ''2'', [[spoiler: People cutting off Sebastian mid-sentence, clearing their throats to make him stop talking, having his testimonies called stupid by ''Gumshoe and Larry'', and Franziska whipping Sebastian for being stupid gets much less humorous after the end of case 4 where his own father berates him in front of everyone else that everything he brags on about was actually thanks to Blaise's influence and nepotism, and that he's too stupid to be his son for not even realizing it and a shame to his dad. Even after that, just a mere few minutes later he was kidnapped and woke up in ''his own garage'', leading him to think that his dad's men kidnapped him on purpose and really does hate him.]]
---> [[spoiler: '''Sebastian:''' You don't understand, Mr. Edgeworth! I lost everything I had this morning! *cue 5 Logic Chess pieces*]]
* HoYay: Gumshoe declaring that he'll show Edgeworth how much a man he is, and Edgeworth responds by asking if he should prepare a 21 gun salute now or later.
* InternetBackdraft: The sequel not being released in the West due to the first ''Ace Attorney Investigations'' selling poorly. Fans are still clamoring for it to come stateside.
* KarmaHoudini: The sequel gives us [[spoiler: Justine]], who deliberately [[spoiler: hinders investigations, rushes to convict the innocent while in an unofficial capacity, covers up the truth]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is generally just a gigantic bitch to Edgeworth]]. Sure, [[spoiler: Blaise is coercing her on the fifth case, but she doesn't have any reason on the other cases,]] and the threats she made were all on her own, and in the end, she receives no comeuppance for her illegal actions.
* MagnificentBastard: The Big Bad of the second game certainly qualifies.
* MemeticBadass: Detective Badd.
* MemeticMutation: [[spoiler:[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Quercus Alba is evolving!]]]]
** Edgeworth transports his opponents to the [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield chess dimension]].
* MostAnnoyingSound: [[spoiler:Quercus Alba]] and Calisto Yew's Objections are both particularly annoying, as [[spoiler:Alba's]] is really low and demonic whilst Calisto's sounds just whiny and weak. Not to mention the sheer lack of any personality or interest in the latter's voice. Portsman's coat swoosh also falls into this for some.
* PlayerPunch: The second game has several. First, in Case 3, having to confront von Karma over evidence forgery as Gregory can count as one to players [[spoiler: who know what it will lead to, similarly to being forced to present forged evidence as Phoenix in AJ]]. Case 4 begins with what looks like [[spoiler: an attempted murder of Kay, her showing up heavily injured with amnesia... and then being accused of murder.]] And finally, in Case 5, finding out [[spoiler: the real killer is Simon Keyes, someone who not only had Edgewoth's complete trust before, but who Kay considered a genuine friend. The moments before the big reveal are especially heartbreaking, with both Kay and Regina practically begging Edgeworth to prove it isn't true, and even Edgeworth himself being reluctant to believe it.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Franziska, particularly in the second game. The first game has her very concerned for Larry's son (although [[ItMakesSenseInContext it turns out to be a doll]]), and extremely sympathetic and even downright kind to Kay after [[spoiler: she loses her father]]. In the second game, she's very sympathetic to [[spoiler: Sebastian once he realizes how awful his father is]]. When Edgeworth [[spoiler: gives up his badge]], she still allows him to share his thoughts.
-->'''Franziska:''' However...once must be able to accept their father's mistakes, no matter how much they look up to him.
* ThatOneBoss: Dammit, [[spoiler:[[BigBad Quercus]]]]! This guy has to be the most annoying [[JustForPun boss-examination]] ever.
** In [=AAI2=], it's the Logic Chess battle against [[spoiler:Sebastian]]. It's the longest and most annoying Logic Chess battle in the game.
** [[spoiler: Bansai's]] in the previous chapter is almost as bad, it's long and requires several actions you never needed to do before (such as going back on previous lines of questioning only to find options that weren't there before) and has to be ended by [[spoiler: selecting the one option that penalised you ''every'' other time you tried it.]] Fittingly both battles are the only two in the game to use the "Allegro" version of the Logic Chess theme, and [[spoiler: are family members.]]
** To a lesser extent, [[spoiler:Lotta Hart's]] during the fourth case. The battle itself isn't ''that'' hard, but the clock runs down at a far faster rate than in any other Logic Chess battle in the game, meaning that any mistake ends up being much more damaging.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Though it feels unfair to bring up any aspect of the end of the sequel's fifth case as this, the BigBad raises a particularly interesting legal question: [[spoiler:can (or should) a chessmaster be held accountable for murders that he has deliberately manipulated other people into committing if there is no direct incitement to kill or other (provable) criminal activity on his part?]] Unfortunately, rather than answer that question, JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope occurs when [[spoiler:it turns out he actually did kill one of the victims himself]] and the case reverts to the traditional task of finding scant pieces of evidence that prove wrongdoing.
* TheUntwist: [[spoiler: Blaise]] being evil in the second game doesn't come as much of a surprise, condidering [[ObviouslyEvil their appearence]] and the fact their attempt at being FauxAffablyEvil only make them come off as downright ''creepy''. And the fact the only other suspect in the case is [[spoiler: [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt Kay Faraday]]]]. Of course, the real twist is just ''[[MoralEventHorizon how]]'' evil they turns out to be, and the game's actual BigBad is much more well hidden.
** Although one could argue that there was still the stuff that he did [[spoiler:in the past]] that makes up much of the final case's intrigue. Knowing the role he played in [[spoiler:the SS-5 Incident]] really throws the curtain back on the amount of influence he has even into the present day. [[spoiler:After all, his tactics and methods are the reason the BigBad is who he is]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Investigations 2 was rated 12+, even with the horrific material and the increasingly disturbing murder methods.

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