* {{Anvilicious}}: In the scenes between the credits of the final episode, Big Mac soapboxes about how it's fine to take pride in something you like, but shoving it down other peoples' throats is overbearing and problematic. In the context of the episode, he's referring to the Judge's behaviour outside the courtroom, but it's also a shot at the more overzealous members of the brony community.
* ArchivePanic: There are six videos in the series. Said six videos roughly total up to ''nine'' hours long.
%% Example commented out after the discussion thread.
%% AssPull: The mystery witness in ''Part 4'' turns out to be [[spoiler: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Gilda]]]], a character who's never appeared and was only mentioned once, very indirectly, by Twilight. While it's not such a big deal, due to how well-written and well-executed the scene is, it is much more understandable for those who watched the ''Friendship is Magic'' episode.
* AwesomeMusic:
** The main reason why this stopped being a written work was so this could be used. Understandable, considering [[AwesomeMusic/AceAttorney what both series]] [[AwesomeMusic/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic have to offer]]. ''Part 1'' only used ''Ace Attorney'' soundtrack, and the following episodes added ''Friendship Is Magic'' soundtrack and original tracks to the mix.
** Some of the original songs are pretty amazing on their own right: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy45UsmDO7o Crusading!]]'' fits Apple Bloom perfectly, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HrPxumuUY4 Denial]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQwZob0Ark Memories]]'' ''will'' make you incredibly sad, and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfU12WyWQ0Y Towards the Thruth]]'' does a great job at capturing the essence of ''Ace Attorney's'' iconic ''Pursuit'' themes.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS-i9Psu7gU End of the Storm]]'' is a somewhat upbeat and melancholic medley between ''Friendship is Magic's'' main theme, ''Turnabout Sisters'' from ''Ace Attorney'', and the original theme ''Memories''. It greatly captures the sense of finality of the crossover's conclusion.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}'' reference, triggered by a discussion about ladders of all things!
%%Do not re-add Complete Monster unless you get the cleanup threads okay first. Please mind that his case was discussed and that he wasn't considered as a Complete Monster.
* CluelessAesop: Multiple times in the story characters praise the justice system in use and consider the judge to be fair when a huge moral of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series is that the justice system in use is horrifyingly screwed up and ludicrously biased against whoever the police fingers. It was in fact largely conceived as a commentary on the highly problematic condition of the justice system in japan.
* FreudWasRight:
** How else do you explain so many comments inmediately going [[{{Rule34}} through the kinky route]] as soon as embarassing pictures of Rainbow Dash are pointed out? Something not helped by lines such as ''"I didn't knew you were into that kind of stuff, Rainbow Dash!"'' and by Maya and Edgeworth's comments after Phoenix goes back home.
--->'''Maya:''' Nick... Do you want to talk about this? It's alright, eveyone has skeletons in their closet.\\
'''Edgeworth:''' This seems less of a skeleton and more so a... disturbing fetish...
** The dialogue that occurred as Phoenix and Pinkie broke into Ace's room raised quite a few eyebrows, if the comments are to judge. Not to mention the screen is completely black at the moment this is happening.
-->'''Phoenix:''' H-hey! We can't just-!\\
'''Pinkie:''' We just stick it in here aaaaaand… We're in!
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** The trailer where Phoenix Wright intimidates Fluttershy gets a little less funny when... well, just read below and you'll see.
** Phoenix's line ''"A scolding? From him ''[Big Macintosh]''? What did he do, 'Eeyup' her into submission?"'' is either this or HilariousInHindsight after "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Confidential]]".
** After the [[{{Shapeshifting}} Changelings]] were introduced in "A [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Canterlot]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding]]", Pinkie's "Wob Niar" theory feels a lot more plausible.
** Also on the EvilTwin theory, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]", which incidently also features Trixie, involved Rainbow Dash being cloned [[spoiler:(though it was just Fluttershy in disguise)]].
** The motive behind Pinkie telling Phoenix to not mention Ms. Mailmare's name in ''Part 3 - Phoenix'' was because of [[IHaveManyNames the little conflict that would arise]], which was shown in ''Part 3 - Twilight''. Unfortunately, without the latter's context, it was seen as an allusion to the unfortunate "Derpygate" conflict, where the issue of her name and original voice being removed from later broadcasts of the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup only episode she spoke in]] caused great conflict within the fandom. In reality, the gag was written and recorded before the conflict arised.
** Guess Rainbow Dash doesn't need that prize after all since she entered the Wonderbolt Academy.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E12GamesPoniesPlay Games Ponies Play]]", Rarity messes up Cadence's hairstyle, and tells Twilight with horror "Imagine her hair looking like a porcupine!" And yet here she's the one pony who ''doesn't'' make fun of Phoenix's famous porcupine-hair.
*** Porcupine hair would not look good on a Princess who is supposed to look regal. However, on a male pony the porcupine look might look good, especially if it's to draw attention. Viewing it like this lessens the aneurysm a bit.
** The exact meaning of the black Psyche-locks hadn't fully been established when they debuted in Apollo Justice, and had in fact been theorized to be unbreakable, but Twilight mentions not ''wanting'' to break them. Come ''Dual Destinies'', they're very much breakable and every bit as tragic as implied here.
* GatewaySeries: A variation, at least; this series has, on more than one occasion, made [[PeripheryDemographic bro]][[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic nies]] out of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' fans, as well as ''Ace Attorney'' fans out of bronies.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight:
** Twilight [[spoiler: reassuring Cruise that his little sister would look up to him, and calling him a "good big brother"]] becomes this after ''A Canterlot Wedding'' revealed that [[spoiler:she has a loving big brother herself]]. (The script was written long before this, but wasn't released until long after.)
** Season 3 has had [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel several]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn episodes]], focused on redeeming past antagonists. [[spoiler: This series does a similar thing with Gilda]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Twilight responds to Lenora's comparison of Pegasus ponies and griffons with the line, "I never said I was faster. I don't even really care, either. Did you notice the horn protruding from my forehead or [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure my lack of wings?]]"
** In the finale, [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash has a hard time forgiving Sonata for what she put her through. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Guess easily forgiving people is more of a human world thing]]]].
** Season 4 of ''Friendship is Magic'' has a story arc about opening locks.
** The ending of ''Turnabout Storm'' is crazily similar to [[spoiler:the ending of the bonus case, ''Turnabout Reclaimed'', for ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]''. The culprit has finally been caught and the Judge is about to hand down the Not Guilty verdict, only for Phoenix himself to stop said verdict so he can show that not even the culprit was a murderer, that the whole thing was actually an accident]].
*** Phoenix's comment about his past dealings with unprofessionalism involving toupees, birds, and whips. While the reference to birds was obviously meant to refer to the time he had to cross-examine a parrot, he would later have to deal with a prosecutor who used a hawk in much the same way Franziska used her whip.
** The beginning of the trial is crazily similar to the beginning of the first Witch Trial in ''[[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney Professor Layton Vs Ace Attorney]]'', with Phoenix having to defend someone accused of commiting a crime with magic, in a world where magic exists, and completely stumbling until the {{Deuteragonist}} gives him a book on how magic works in this world. It even has almost the exact same gag of Phoenix pointing out something that should be common sense in his world and being met with StunnedSilence from the entire courtroom.
*** And while we're on the subject of said crossover, Twilight's book of "How to Become a Lawyer in 24 hours" is full of fantastic FloweryElizabethanEnglish, easily on par with that of Inquisitor Zacharias Barnham.
--> '''Twilight: Consult with thy accused in melancholy, lifting wisdom from thy plea of innocence.'''
** ''Rainbow Rocks'' features a character named Sonata, who is ''very'' different from the one here.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Trixie. [[spoiler: Her black psyche-locks are described to be full of sadness and despair, evidently caused in part by an inferiority complex present since her childhood, which she hides behind her trademark boastful personality. She also shows to have a true passion for her work as a magician, doing her shows free of charge despite needing the money, and even smiling at the idea of performing in front of the ponies she's claimed are her enemies.]]
** [[spoiler: Gilda, thanks to the fact that she let her anger get the better of her when all she really wanted was to make amends with her friend.]]
** [[spoiler: Sonata, who just wanted to escape from hurting other ponies, got put through the ringer the second she tried to do the right thing. Ace tried to kill her for quitting, she was forced to fend him off and lost control of her magic, making her believe she was the murderer. That doesn't excuse framing Rainbow Dash for her "crime" -- something she herself admits -- but it's easy to side with Phoenix when he wants to defend her too.]]
* MagnificentBitch: Sonata. [[spoiler:Phoenix realizes you're the prime suspect? Never even blink as you point out you already have a way out! It is eventually subverted in the finale, when Phoenix undoes her entire plan to frame Rainbow Dash and thus she proves to be more of a SmugSnake. She even admits that she overlooked a crucial detail or two.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Ace Swift crossed it at some point: First off by being willing to threaten somepony's little sister's life just for athletic advantage (which isn't even getting into what he did to all his ''other'' competitors). If not then, he probably crossed it by planning to outright ''murder'' Sonata for just trying to get out of the blackmailing after her guilt got the better of her, then using her "unfortunate death" as a motivation for leaving racing so no one will notice his "drop in performance".]]
* {{Narm}}: [[http://neoartimus.deviantart.com/art/Rainbow-and-Fluttershy-2-Part-5-Spoiler-417281355 Fluttershy and Rainbow's still after the latter breaks into tears]] can break the mood of the moment thanks to its weird positions and wonky perspective.
* NarmCharm: [[spoiler: When Mia and Phoenix state the events that lead to Ace Swift's death together. Narm because it's rather uncalled for (until TheStinger's reveal). Charm because it's still a big turn of events that invokes StunnedSilence on the whole courtroom.]]
* NightmareFuel:
** Phoenix manages to send Pinkie Pie into ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}'' mode by explaining about ladders and stepladders. Quite a take on the RunningGag.
** Trixie has [[spoiler: black psyche-locks. The first character in the ''Ace Attorney'' canon to have them? The nightmarishly evil Kristoph Gavin]].
*** Somewhat lessened in that [[spoiler: unlike Kristoph's locks, which were cold and dark, Trixie's were described to be filled with [[TearJerker sadness]] and [[JerkassWoobie despair]]; which are comparable to the ones of the next character in canon to have them: [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Athena Cykes]]]].
** [[spoiler:Ace Swift. Blackmailing the competition is one thing, but using a fellow racer's young sister's life to reach that end is nothing short of disgusting. And then there are his LastWords. The way he narrates the fabricated story of how Sonata will die is absolutely creepy, especially after raging at Sonata. It's just the absolute epitome of an AssholeVictim:]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Ace Swift:''' YOU'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SONATA!]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Sonata:''' What are you doing!?]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Ace Swift:''' You met an unfortunate fate in the forest...]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Sonata:''' What!?]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Ace Swift:''' A ferocious beast got to you and ended your life!]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Sonata:''' No! Stop! Don't come any closer!]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Ace Swift:''' I then fell into a depressed state, and couldn't race anymore. No one will notice my performance drop, because I was forced to retire... Because you died! My dear Sonata, I'm so very sorry. But I am afraid I must ask you for one more thing... Farewell, Sonata...]]
* SpoiledByTheFormat:
** One could tell the so called ''Part 4/4'' wasn't the final one when it leaves less than 10 minutes to bring an important witness with an even more important testimony.
** Oh, the final episode! [[spoiler: Phoenix gets Sonata to confess to the murder!]] But there's still an hour and a half of video left...
*** But even after the final verdict is rendered [[spoiler:and it's revealed that Ace's death was an accident]], there's ''still'' another hour left just for epilogue.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Fluttershy. She thinking Phoenix is an actual kind of phoenix is capable of denying WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. Fluttershy's characterization in general could seem like Flanderization without the knowledge that the whole series was written before her character development in "Hurricane Fluttershy" and "Putting Your Hoof Down".
** Applejack gets this, too, to a degree, where she's portrayed as a bit dimmer than she actually is (she's in line with her maths dumb self), though it's not as obvious as it is with Fluttershy.
* TheWoobie:
** Fluttershy. [[spoiler: Phoenix has to accuse her to stall for time, and later on she gets '''harshly''' chewed out by Rainbow Dash]]. Then again, this ''is'' Fluttershy.
** ''Phoenix''. [[spoiler: He's forced to accuse Fluttershy of murder and hates that he has no other options; get glared at by Twilight when Gilda curses; has everypony but Rarity make fun of him; gets insulted when he tries to make puns off his name even though Trixie gets Pinkie Pie to laugh by doing the same thing; gets paid a LOT of money for his work in a currency he can't use; and ends up having Maya, Pearl, and Edgeworth thinking he's a weirdo when they see the blackmail pictures of Rainbow Dash that Trixie gave him right before he left.]] The guy just [[ChewToy can't catch a break.]]
** Cruise Control, and by extension [[spoiler: just about everyone affected by Ace Swift's blackmailing]], but especially him, [[spoiler: having been forced into a loser status in order to keep his little sister alive]].