WARNING: The fic contains spoilers for Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.Dirty Sympathy is a What If? alternate retelling of Apollo Justice fanfic. The premise: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is a "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder, Daryan never killed anyone and Kristoph never killed Shadi Enigmar. They were framed by a desperate Klavier and Apollo.The story begins with Apollo visiting a pharmacy to get medicine to treat his wounds after Kristoph threw a cup of tea at him for trying to drink while working. Another customer spots his injuries and offers to help Apollo to treat his wounds at the man's hotel room. Seeing how the other man is injured and Apollo has no one else to turn to, he agrees despite the man's resemblance to his boss.The other man is revealed to be Klavier, who is stuck in a similar situation with his bandmate and boyfriend Daryan. After treating each other's wounds and realizing they're both trapped without any options, decide to lend each other a hand.A cleaned-up version in progress available here
Adaptational Villainy: Daryan is a Domestic Abuser along with his canon aspect of being a Dirty Cop, Kristoph is an abusive Bad Boss along with being a poisoner. Machi is emphasized as an unrepentant smuggler who while loving Lamiroir, takes advantage of her and he gave LeTouse a fatal shotgun wound. Lamiroir is a cold-blooded Mama Bear, who thought nothing of framing someone and threatening someone with death to protect Machi.
Adult Fear: Apollo and Klavier are trapped in abusive relationships with people that have the power to cover up their murders and they have no where to turn to.
Being forgotten because you have no family or friends that would miss you
Affectionate Nickname: Klavier likes calling Apollo "schatzelein" and other German endearments. Although he shoots down the only time Apollo tries to return the favor, see Trigger example for more details.
All Just a Dream/Dying Dream: Discussed after Edgeworth makes Klavier and Apollo his apprentices instead of turning them into the police, Apollo openly wonders if he's imagining everything and is actually dying of his head injury when Kristoph threw a cup of tea at his head or whether Klavier actually exists. Klavier, horrified by such morbid thinking, is quick to reassure him.
All Take and No Give: Variant two, with Kristoph as the Giver and Apollo as the Taker. Kristoph controls every aspect of Apollo's life as he provides the latter with employment and transportation, pays his rent and drives the latter around but Apollo is completely dependent on him and has no one else to turn to when Kristoph physically abuses him.
Alone with the Psycho: When Kristoph visits Apollo at his apartment, he doesn't enter the home but he does establish his dominance by nearly opening the front door and kicking it to let Apollo know that he knows he's there.
Amoral Attorney: Klavier and Apollo are one, half the time. While they do their part to find the truth and the people actually guilty put away, they framed Daryan and Kristoph for crimes they didn't commit and manipulated the witnesses and defendants.
And Then What?: Edgeworth asks Phoenix what he's going to do if he sends Klavier and Apollo to prison. What would Phoenix would do for the people they helped or the people they sent to jail.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Klavier gives one to Apollo before leaving because he was triggered by Apollo's post-coital talk after Kristoph's arrest.
Klavier: For a one-night stand, I would not have gone to the Borscht Bowl Club.
The Apprentice: After Edgeworth decides to let Klavier and Apollo go, he offers them the opportunity to become his apprentices if they want to continue practicing law and to make up for what they have done.
Armor-Piercing Question: When Phoenix is trying to reassure Apollo that the public wouldn't think badly about Klavier and Apollo's role in the Vera Misham case
Phoenix: The public loves you both already, you know.
Apollo: Like they used to feel about you and Miles Edgeworth.
Trucy gives one to Apollo to call him out on his treatment of Vera:
It's different! You ignored Wocky because of the dumb stuff he said and that was fine. You're ignoring Vera because she's easy to ignore. And you of all people should know what that's like -
Ascended Extra: Plum Kitaki, who starts assisting in Klavier and Apollo's plan with advice, transportation, weapons and escape out of the country.
Atonement Detective: Klavier and Apollo become this when they take Edgeworth's offer of apprenticeship to atone for their crimes.
Bad Boss: Kristoph abuses Apollo physically, emotionally and sexually, controls every aspect of Apollo's life and hired him because he had no one else and no one to turn to.
Bad Dreams: Klavier has nightmares of Shadi's murder in the Borscht Bowl basement and hears the sound of him dying in his dreams, losing him nights of sleep.
Batman Gambit: Klavier and Apollo take advantage of Kristoph's desire to exploit people's weakness by deliberately dressing themselves to look vulnerable. They knew he would try to attack their weakness so this and his actual crimes would lose him the sympathy of the jury.
Apollo tries to get Machi to implicate Daryan by convincing him that Daryan would help with his smuggling, it goes up in flames when Machi tries to cut a deal with Daryan and then steals Apollo's gun
Bavarian Fire Drill: Apollo manages to bluff his way into Klavier's hospital room by flashing his attorney badge and carrying manila files; saying that the law office sent him to have Klavier sign off some paperwork.
Bearer of Bad News: Klavier has the position of telling his bandmates the bad news after Daryan is convicted. Their reactions vary. One cusses him out and despises him for betraying their friend. The other worries about their contract on how their label would react. The last one takes the revelation well and apologizes Klavier for not realizing something was wrong.
Beneath Notice: Klavier's act of giving Trucy backstage passes and low-priced tickets is his way of making sure Apollo escaped Daryan's notice and to get him to the concert with the excuse of accompanying Trucy.
The Bet: The Prosecution Office bets when Klavier will quit after the Vera Misham case.
Better as Friends: It's implied that Edgeworth and Phoenix did have romantic feelings for each other but never went further than that because they both saw that eventually the price for the other's affections would one day get too high
Big Brother Bully: Kristoph was one to Klavier, so there is no love lost when Klavier frames him.
Big Good: Edgeworth, who makes sense of the whole plot and decides what to do with Apollo and Klavier
Bittersweet Ending: Klavier and Apollo can never return to U.S. without being sent to jail by Phoenix and both of them lost their careers. Apollo and Trucy never find out they're blood-related and will never see each other again. Phoenix's plans of restoring the Jurist system might be for naught as Kristoph's rightful conviction is dependent on a crime he didn't commit. Edgeworth decides not to rekindle his relationship with Phoenix, seeing the price for it too high and will lead to inevitable disappointment. But Klavier and Apollo are free of the tormentors and are given a second chance at life. Klavier and Apollo are happily in love with each other and won't be sent to prison. Phoenix gets his reputation back and can start using his connections to start doing major good and Edgeworth gains two apprentices to help him
Body Motifs: The story has a continuing focus on the throat and neck. The story opens with Apollo trying to find medicine to treat his neck injury, courtesy of Kristoph and it's what attracts Klavier's attention to him in the first place. Klavier is nearly strangled to death with chains wrapped around his throat. When Apollo feels immense guilt he describes it as a pressure on his throat.
Break Them by Talking: Winston Payne does this to Klavier with glee, detailing how and why Klavier will leave the prosecution office, pointing out that they lose more prosecutors to the corrections system than retirement.
Breather Episode: The Obon Festival Arc that's in between the framing and trial of Daryan and the Vera Misham case. Klavier and Apollo hang out at Klavier's new apartment, eating takeout and spend time at the Obon Festival together. Which is lampshaded by Klavier with this line:
Klavier: Boring is so good.
Buffy Speak: When Wocky is trying to comfort Apollo by comparing a fight and an attack on a friend..
And man, a fight is one thing. This is fucked up. Sick. Some asshole thinks he's Edgar - the raven guy.
But Not Too Bi/Bi the Way: Klavier is mentioned to sleep with groupies often enough that he can use them as a legitimate excuse but seems to be romantically inclined towards men seeing how both his love interest are male and pointed out by Daryan that he hasn't actually slept with a woman within the story.
Bystander Syndrome: Apollo thinks what would have happened if he were the one to have spotted Klavier instead of the other way around. He admits to himself that he would have probably ignored Klavier and is grateful that Klavier decided to be a Good Samaritan.
Cain and Abel: Kristoph as the Cain and Klavier as the Abel. Noted while Kristoph hasn't done anything to physically harm his younger brother, they both despise each other. Klavier describes his brother as the type who would listen to you talk about your favorite thing so he would know its your favorite when he's angry. Klavier left his brother the first chance he got. More chilling in that Klavier says he would have been in Apollo's place if he hadn't left the first chance he got. More interesting is that the Abel struck at the Cain first.
Call Back: Klavier learned to despise Kristoph's squeaky shoes when he was a child as it would signal his brother's arrival. He wakes after falling asleep in Vera's hospital room when he hears Apollo's shoes sqeak on the linoleum.
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Discussed after Edgeworth tells them he can't let them get away with their crimes, but can't not acknowledge the circumstances that drove them to their crimes.
Klavier: There is no making the police officers look ruthless. And no getting away with it and setting a bad example for the impressionable boys and girls.
Cassandra Truth: When Daryan asserts that he's innocent, no one believes him.
Chained by Fashion: One of the Gavinners' concert acts required Klavier to be wrapped in chains.
Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Klavier nearly distracts Trucy by getting her to tell them why did she wake so early to get donuts before she realizes that he's trying to change the subject so she wouldn't ask why Apollo was about to kiss him.
Character Development: Apollo initially refuses to leave his job and Kristoph despite the danger to his own life because he would lose the one dream he had left and the life he knows and would be forced to start over. This turns Klavier's desire to help Apollo into a "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder. Later, Apollo willingly abandons his career and leaves California for good and tries to take the blame for plot in order to protect Klavier.
Chekhov's Boomerang: Apollo's first aid kit is mentioned in the beginning of the story when Apollo has to go the pharmacy to pick up burn cream and bandages because he didn't have them in his kit and uses it to treat Klavier's injuries. Then later, he uses to treat Trucy's fireworks burn to the surprise of Phoenix, who's surprised that he's so well prepared. When Phoenix and Edgeworth try to piece together why Klavier and Apollo left, they find the first aid kit in Apollo's room which Edgeworth uses to confirm Apollo's story.
Klavier's ring. Klavier accidentally left it behind after sleeping with Apollo, telling Daryan that he lost it after sleeping with a groupie. Apollo tries to return it after he reunites with Klavier, but Klavier lets him keep it because it would be suspicious for him to get it back. When Phoenix finds it in Apollo's room after Apollo suddenly leaves, it's a sign to him that Apollo and Klavier were a lot more serious than he thought.
Chekhov's Hobby: Apollo's humming of The Threepenny Opera early in the story, Phoenix comments on it surprised that the non-musically inclined Apollo would know it. When Phoenix hears Klavier's cover of the same song, it leads him ask to a question that completely blew everything open.
Coincidental Broadcast: Trucy is watching the news in the background when the entertainment segment starts ten minutes early with breaking news of Klavier's "stage accident", telling Apollo that Klavier was nearly killed. Justified that a rock star's near-deathly accident would make a headliner.
Commonality Connection: Klavier and Apollo become drawn to each other when they reveal that they're both abuse victims in situations they can't escape from.
Cooldown Hug: Apollo receives one when he starts to have a panic attack at the possible consequences of pressing charges against Kristoph.
Couldn't Find a Pen: Whereas in canon it was played straight, Apollo writes LeTouse's Interpol ID number with a glove to fake evidence.
Domestic Abuse: Daryan monitors Klavier's cell phone to keep track of who he contacts, casually and constantly threatens Klavier with death and does things like tear out his earrings and cut off his pinky toe.
Domestic Abuser: Daryan. He tears Klavier's earring out of his ears, caused him to lose a toe, makes "jokes" about Klavier's probable death and made a set malfunction that would have strangled him to death.
Don't Tell Mama: Machi is horrified at the thought of Lamirior finding out about his crimes.
Dramatic Irony: Phoenix compliments Apollo that he and Klavier are very good at keeping their feelings out of cases seeing how they sent their bandmate or mentor to prison, regardless of personal feelings.
Daryan expects Klavier to get him off the murder charges not expecting that Klavier fully intends to throw him under the bus.
The Dreaded: Kristoph, most of the cast live in fear of him.
The Dulcinea Effect: Klavier only known Apollo for a couple of hours before he decides will try to save Apollo from his brother for two reasons, one because Klavier feels that he owes Apollo since he would have been in his place if he hadn't left his brother the first chance he got. Second, Klavier is also stuck in a hopeless situation with Daryan and projects his own need to be rescued onto Apollo.
Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe example as a radio host jokes about Klavier's near strangulation by saying that he should suck on some ice cubes because he still has another concert to perform. Wocky and Apollo are horrified at the host's insensitivity and crassness.
Dying Alone: Kristoph implies this will be Apollo's fate as he doesn't have any family nor friends that would miss him.
Earn Your Happy Ending: While they lost their careers and can never go back to the U.S., Klavier and Apollo can restart their lives and remain together.
Eureka Moment: Apollo has one in Klavier's office when Apollo realizes that the bracelet helps him pinpoint lies when he asks Klavier whether he wants to stay with Daryan and if he wants to be with Apollo and then asks him to tell a lie.
Entitled Bastard: Daryan fully expects for Klavier to get the murder charge off despite his treatment of the latter, this works for Klavier's advantage as he doesn't figure out that Klavier threw him under the bus.
Everyone Can See It: Most of the cast can see that Klavier and Apollo have the hots for each other and either encourage or mock them for it, although unusually for this trope they already are together.
Foreshadowing: Klavier tells Apollo that Daryan has a limit to his abuse: he doesn't hurt Klavier's face, hands or his throat because he needs those for show business. Later, Daryan tries to kill Klavier by causing a set malfunction that would have strangled him to death during a concert.
Friendless Background: When Vera is hospitalized for poisoning Apollo, Klavier and Trucy are the only people that visit her because her only family is dead and she was a Hikikomori, she doesn't have any friends.
Trucy: It's not like she has any friends besides us!
Apollo (thinking): You mean she has any friends including us.
Gambit Pileup: There's Klavier and Apollo's plan of framing Daryan and Kristoph, Phoenix's plan of proving Kristoph guilty of the forgeries and the murder of Drew Misham and reforming the jury system and Kristoph's plan of poisoning Vera Misham and getting away with both Misham's murder. It goes bad for everyone involved.
Genre Savvy: Winston Payne of all people! First, he immediately knows that Apollo was searching for Klavier when he showed up for an interview. Second, he tells Klavier that through pattern recognition that Klavier will either suddenly leave or in the route of most of their prosecutors, go to jail.
Goldfish Scooping Game: Trucy convinces Apollo to try to win a bear for her from one when they visit the Obon Festival. Apollo tries recruiting Klavier into helping him, but he doesn't know how to do it either so he decides to fund it.
Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Daryan is perfectly fine with Klavier sleeping around with female groupies, he does it as well. But God help him if Klavier is romantically involved with someone else.
Good Is Not Dumb: It's noted that while Trucy is silly most of the time, she is very perceptive and very good at reading in between the lines. Exemplified when she calls out Apollo for being angry at Phoenix being secretive when she knows that Apollo and Klavier would have to been together much longer than then they told her.
Good People Have Good Sex: Klavier and Apollo's sex scene is not explicit but described in very glowing terms. Played with by that time, they helped kill a man and are planning to frame another one, so you can't call them good people.
Good Samaritan: When they first meet Klavier helps Apollo dress his wounds at his hotel room despite being total strangers.
Got Volunteered: Apollo and Klavier try to everything possible to not get assigned to the Vera Misham case as the defense and prosecution only to foiled by Phoenix, as head of committee, volunteered them thinking they are perfect for the job.
Green-Eyed Monster: The source of Klavier's problems with Daryan. Originally Daryan was the lead singer and Klavier was the guitarist in the band until their label made them switch. Which their label made permanent because Klavier had better vocal range and had better stage presence.
Harmless Lady Disguise: After framing Kristoph, Klavier sneaks out of the Borsht Bowl wearing Olga Orly's coat and hat.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Daryan never figures out that the man Klavier invited to their concert, the same man who is accusing him of a murder he didn't commit is the one that Klavier is cheating on him for.
High Turnover Rate: The Prosecution Office realizes that they tend to lose their prosecutors quite often, mostly to the corrections system with the occasional retirement and transfer.
Hug and Comment: In a non-comedic variant when Apollo's holding Klavier to sleep:
Klavier: You're...very romantic. I didn't notice before.
Hypocritical Humor: Apollo thinks its funny that Kristoph would insult Klavier when he is mentioned by remarking on his pretty boy nature and probable sexual misconduct given that Kristoph gets manicures and his sex life consists him sodomizing his apprentice.
A lighter variant when Phoenix says after hearing Apollo hum The Threepenny Opera "I know you don't like pop, given how snippy you get about Trucy's radio, but this really makes me wonder about you." It is later found out that he used to have a relationship with Edgeworth.
I Owe You My Life: Plum Kitaki offers Klavier and Apollo her resources after they prevented Wocky from going to prison.
I Remember Because...: Klavier gets Apollo to remember LeTouse's ID number and phone number by making it into a song.
Ironic Echo: Klavier tries to get Apollo to leave Kristoph through legal means, reminding Apollo that Kristoph is dangerous and that Apollo won't have much time left and Apollo refuses. After Kristoph is sent to jail after Klavier successfully frames him, he says that Apollo deserved a better rescuer and refuses his gratitude . Apollo rebukes him reminding him that Klavier warned him about Kristoph and that he(Apollo) didn't have time left.
It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Klavier left Apollo after sleeping with him, in fear of Daryan finding out and hurting Apollo right after Kristoph is sent to prison.
Apollo tries to break up with Klavier after the Vera Misham case, worried that people might put two and two together and find out what they did. Klavier refuses and he comes up with a better plan.
Jerkass Has a Point: Winston Payne was an asshole because he open admitted he planned to reject Apollo from the start after interviewing him, he did have a point that Apollo needed an excuse for why he's in the Prosecutor Office when he was looking for Klavier. Which is lampshaded:
Apollo: Sir, honestly - fuck you. And thank you.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Daryan is a jerk who constantly beats and makes death threats to his lover, but for once he stopped being abusive, toned down his Hair-Trigger Temper and helped Klavier get ready for a stage act. Only to reveal that he found out that Klavier is cheating on him and Daryan has him nearly strangled to death.
Leave Behind a Pistol: Discussed by Klavier and immediately defied by Edgeworth, who is disgusted by the idea that he would make them commit suicide
Klavier: What sorts of movies do you watch, Herr Edgeworth? In the movie - we die. Very obligingly. There is no making the police officers look inhumane. And no getting away with it and setting a bad example for the impressionable boys and girls.
Leonine Contract: Apollo accepts Kristoph's offer of employment and housing despite his misgivings because no one would hire him and he was going to be kicked out of his dorm.
Living Lie Detector: Apollo, of course although he would let Klavier touch his bracelet to let him know that Apollo is not lying to him.
Lipstick Mark: A variant, in that Daryan deduces that Klavier has been cheating on him when the latter smells like Apollo's drugstore cologne. He does mention this trope, hating Klavier for reducing him "into a housewife looking for lipstick on her husband's collar."
Locked Out of the Loop: Trucy never finds out what Klavier and Apollo did, why they suddenly left or Phoenix's own plans. She, along with Apollo, never finds out that she and Apollo are siblings because Phoenix feels it would be too cruel to tell them the truth since they will never see each other again.
Lonely at the Top: Klavier lampshades his status as this as he has no friends besides Apollo.
Long List: Edgeworth lists their collective crimes as getting two people innocent of their supposed crimes jailed, letting the murderers responsible off, unlawful surveillance, breaking and entering, arson, possession of an unlicensed gun and etc.
Love Makes You Evil: Klavier and Apollo's crimes are motivated by their desire to protect each other.
Morning Routine: The morning of the Vera Misham trial the story details how Klavier and Apollo get ready in the morning as they deliberately dress themselves to look vulnerable to gain the sympathy of the jury.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Daryan threatened to kill Apollo when he finds out who he who he is. So when Klavier finds out someone was shot and killed at his Los Angeles concern, he thought that Daryan was successful.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Phoenix forcibly getting Apollo and Klavier involved as the defense attorney and prosecutor of case 4-4 sets up their downfall.
No Honor Among Thieves: Lamirior attempts to frame Klavier when Machi kills LeTouse when they already had a deal to get Machi arrested during the concert by putting a cocoon in Klavier's guitar and setting it on fire so he would get arrested in the U.S. as opposed to executed in Borgnia.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Klavier plays up his goofball Eurotrash persona to either get people to put their guard down around him or in the case of Apollo to put him at ease or to cheer him up.
Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Apollo feels strongly guilty when Phoenix praises him and Klavier for sending Kristoph and Daryan to jail despite their close relationship.
Oh, Crap: Many moments such as when Kristoph gets suspicious how organized Apollo's bandages where.
Klavier has one when he spots Kristoph in Apollo's apartment.
When Daryan reveals to Klavier that he knows the latter is cheating on him, reminding him of when he came home after supposedly celebrating his brother's incarceration all night smelling like cheap violet cologne.
If this is going to be a fight, princess, you know who wins. You like taking risks?
Only Sane Man: Edgeworth. To quote a reviewer, he's the only one not involved in this mess and can view them objectively.
Daryan realizes something is up when Klavier has not slept with any women.
Older Than They Look: The bane of Apollo's existance is that he looks younger than his actual age. In law school he was recommended to exploit it to get people off guard and think he's more vulnerable than he really is.
Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Apollo ends up poking Klavier's emotional weak points by generally lacking tact sometimes.
Pity Kiss: Klavier tells Apollo that he rather risk dying at Apollo's hands than Daryan's when Apollo questions why he trusts him despite being total strangers, Apollo feels so sad that he kisses him out of pity and empathy.
Police Are Useless: The police would either makes things worse, are in their abuser's pocket or like Winston Payne, don't care
Poor Communication Kills: Machi tries to tell Klavier about the shooting, tells the the person shot is dead and that he shouldn't worry about the guy he barely knew him. Klavier already thought that Apollo was shot by, ends up thinking that Apollo is dead and that Machi is mocking over the fact he only knew Apollo for a few months.
Product Placement: Klavier and Apollo meet in a Rite-Aid, Klavier gets a phone from Verizon Wireless. It's to add realism and to remind the viewer that the fic is supposed to take place in California.
Prompt Fic: The original prompt opening: Strangers on a Train, judicial style.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Klavier is very good at these and can use them to get Apollo to do what he wants.
Pyrrhic Victory: Phoenix gets Kristoph imprisoned, finally proven his innocence with the forged evidence and proven the effectiveness of the jury system...but he loses his apprentice and the most honest attorney he knew, finds out that they committed a multitude of crimes, lives with the knowledge that his success was based on a crime Kristoph was innocent of and might have to start his crusade over.
Rape as Backstory: Apollo has been sodomized by Kristoph in the past and Klavier had been forced into sex with Daryan.
Rape Discretion Shot: Klavier's sex with Daryan is not always with his consent and thankfully not explicit.
Recruiting the Criminal: Edgeworth recruits Klavier and Apollo as his apprentices because they both have extremely good teamwork and a great understanding of the law.
Required Secondary Powers: Apollo's Perceive ability also means that he has a good eye for spotting small details which is helpful when he tampers with LeTouse's corpse by covering up the wounds that killed him by taking out the bullets and using a bigger gun to make it look like he was killed with a bigger caliber gun.
Rescue Romance: Apollo starts to return Klavier's feelings for him after he frees him from Kristoph.
Rescue Sex: Apollo and Klavier have sex after Kristoph is sent to jail and Apollo is free from him.
The Resenter: Daryan seriously hates Klavier and is not afraid to show it
Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Klavier tries to become the prosecutor of case 4-1 the Chief Prosecutor denies his request, stating that his pushiness and his personal stake in case makes Klavier the very last person he would give the case to. The Chief Prosecutor cited his connection to the Phoenix Wright as the reason, when Klavier wanted to make Kristoph the major suspect. Which is lampshaded by Apollo:
Apollo: You sound all indignant about that. But your boss did the wrong math and got the right answer anyway.
Run for the Border: After Phoenix realizes that something is up, Klavier and Apollo flee the country. Justified that many countries ended their extradition treaties with the U.S. after the Seventh Amendment was repealed.
Sadistic Choice: If Apollo leaves Kristoph because he would be forced to start over from scratch and doom someone else to his position. If he doesn't leave, he will die. Same with Klavier.
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The reason why Klavier and Apollo can't run away from their relationships. Daryan is a Dirty Cop who has police connections who inform him if Klavier tries to run or get help. Apollo has no connections, seeing how his criminal record prevents any law firm beside Kristoph's from hiring him and he has no one else.
Secret Keeper: When Trucy finds out about their relationship, Apollo and Klavier make her keep it a secret under the promise that they would come out around Christmas.
Secret Relationship: Klavier and Apollo keep their relationship under wraps because at first Daryan would have killed Klavier for infidelity and secondly to keep people from looking too closely at their actions.
Serial Romeo: Klavier has a habit of falling in love with people he randomly meets and sometimes never sees again, although unlike other Serial Romeos he prefers to keep his feelings a secret and one-sided. He usually uses his crushes for song inspiration. Then he falls in love with Apollo...
Sexy Discretion Shot: The sex scenes are never described in detail, which is ironic since it originated on a kink meme.
Sex Equals Love: Klavier and Apollo begin a romantic relationship soon after they have sex together.
Apollo calls EdgeworthMycroft to describe what Edgeworth does in Europe
Shut Up, Kirk!: Apollo gives a mental one to Phoenix after he asks, "You know, after Kristoph's trial this spring, I thought I was hiring a kid who wanted to make a difference in the world. What did I get instead?"
Smells Sexy: Klavier is comforted by the smell of Apollo's cheap violet cologne. Played with when Daryan smells Klavier's hair, he seems like that he's enjoying the smell of Klavier's expensive saffron cologne, but then it turnsintosomethingelse.
Sorry to Interrupt: Trucy walks in with donuts right when Apollo and Klavier were about to kiss while trying to sneak the latter out of the office.
Spoiled Brat: Machi is an unrepentant smuggler coddled by Lamiroir, who enables him to get away with a lot of things and spoils him rotten.
Spotting the Thread: After the Vera Misham case, Phoenix realizes that Shadi Enigmar's bludgeoning death is too physical and spontaneous for Kristoph who is a very patient poisoner.
Stopped Caring: Winston Payne who has an idea what's going on but doesn't care enough to find out.
"Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder: After meeting in a Rite-Aid, Apollo and Klavier end up taking down the other man's abuser. To their credit, they brought up the legal options first before going through with it. Although Apollo doesn't agree to it at first because he didn't believe that he could escape Kristoph and ends up filling his end of the deal after Klavier successfully frames Kristoph and they both get him sent to prison. Instead of killing them, they frame them for murders they enabled and get the actual murderers off.
Straight Gay: Apollo since he did have a boyfriend in college prior to Klavier.
Strong Family Resemblance: Klavier is initially mistaken to be Kristoph when he and Apollo first meet and Apollo has to remind himself sometimes that Klavier and Kristoph do have some physical differences when he gets startled.
Klavier exploits his resemblance to disguise himself as Kristoph to frame his brother for murder.
Vera Misham is afraid of Klavier because he looks so much like his brother.
Symbolic Mutilation: Klavier lost his small toe because of Daryan to represent that he lost a small part of himself.
Sympathetic Adulterer: Klavier's affair with Apollo is portrayed sympathetically because Daryan is a Domestic Abuser who has the police on his side and openly threatens (and later tries) to kill Klavier.
Sympathetic Murderer: Olga Orly killed Shadi Enigmar after she gets beaten with a wine bottle for somehow failing to spot Phoenix cheating at cards.
Taking the Heat: When Edgeworth captures them in Germany and he's trying to figure out who's the mastermind, Klavier and Apollo both try to take the blame in hopes he would let the other go. This complicates Edgeworth's decision as this proves that they both genuinely love each other along with the grey areas of their actions.
Tap on the Head: Shadi smacks Olga with a wine bottle which disorients her for a little bit. Then subverted as Shadi dies when Olga returns the favor with the help of Klavier.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Apollo and Lamiroir begrudgingly work together for Apollo to become Machi's defense attorney and Lamiroir to implicate Daryan so Machi won't be executed for LeTouse's murder.
Terms of Endangerment: When Daryan calls him "sweetheart" or any sort of endearment, it means Klavier has made him angry. Daryan uses it often enough that endearment become Klavier's trigger
A Threesome Is Hot: When Klavier is hiding at the hotel, he tells Daryan that he picked up two college girls so he doesn't have enough for Daryan so he is not coming back for the night.
Think Nothing of It: Klavier deflects Apollo's praise for him rescuing the latter, although this is because he believes that he owed Apollo for dealing with Kristoph and because he had helped someone kill a man in order to get his brother put away.
This Is Reality: Plum tells Apollo that this is no Agatha Christie novel, that Daryan didn't commit a neat crime he tried to kill Klavier. Which means that Apollo shouldn't try to commit a neat crime, he should try to commit an effective one.
This Means War!: After Klavier is nearly strangled to death by Daryan, Apollo stops being indecisive on his end of the deal and take him down for good.
An earlier one has Apollo giving Klavier his permission to take his brother down after Kristoph made his drain cleaner threat.
Edgeworth: I don't doubt their capacity for gratitude, once I feel better entitled to it. - Don't misunderstand me. Once they've learned anything worth knowing and once they're official human beings again. But at this point all I've provided amounts to...clean sheets and dirty sympathy.
To Know Him I Must Become Him: Apollo tries thinking like Kristoph in order to figure out what the latter wanted from Vera Misham and what he would think of her.
Took a Level in Badass: Edgeworth, who's an unoffical consultant and government figure to all of Europe and parts of Asia.
Treachery Cover Up: Why Edgeworth won't extradite Klavier and Apollo back to the U.S. All their cases would be put into question, endangering innocents like Wocky Kitaki and Vera Misham. Their convictions could overturned, which could allow Kristoph his freedom since his initial conviction is dependent on a crime he didn't commit and Phoenix would lose his creditability and the progress he made.
Trickster Mentor: Deconstructed with Phoenix's cryptic riddles and actions unintentionally makes things worse for himself, Apollo and Klavier.
He also has one for having himself whisper as it triggers his memories of Daryan's abuse, refusing to whisper to Apollo when his own throat is hurt.
True Love Is Boring: Klavier and Apollo become a couple after Apollo refuses to leave him and establishes that he's going help Klavier early in the story. Since they both get along really well and adore each other the story throw wretches like that Klavier is cheating on Daryan for Apollo, Daryan's attempted murder of Klavier, the return of Kristoph and their fleeing from the country. This is lampshaded by Apollo in ObonFestival Arc
Apollo: I just...want to see you. In some kind of normal situation.
Twenty Minutes into the Future: Cheap cellphones can be used as a surveillance device to track other cellphones. The Seventh Amendment of the Constitution was repealed and replaced with bench trials.
Unknown Rival: A rather unique variant, Daryan doesn't know that Apollo sees him as his rival for Klavier's affections despite that Klavier hating Daryan and greatly preferring Apollo. He knows that Klavier has a lover but never finds out that it's Apollo.
Villain Protagonist: While Klavier and Apollo sometimes regret the lengths they go to, will do what is right given a chance and have understandable reasons for their "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder they are this. They are willing to manipulate others to get the results they want or to not dirty their hands. Klavier was willing to kill Phoenix to frame Kristoph until Shadi Enigmar gave him an opportunity. Apollo is willing to manipulate witnesses, attempted to get Machi to give himself to Daryan fully knowing the latter would abuse or kill him, tampered with a crime scene to implicate someone else and let the murderer off with a lesser crime.
Visual Pun: Trucy tells Apollo "So I guess you don't live in a closet" after catching Klavier leaving Apollo's room, which is a converted storage closet.
Was It Really Worth It?: Plum asks Apollo did he ever think that Klavier wasn't worth it. He replies that he never did.
Wham Episode: When Phoenix questions Apollo with the Magatama.
Wham Line: Unintentionally, Phoenix destroyed Apollo and Klavier's post Vera Misham trial success and exposed their plot by asking two innocuous questions with the Magatama:
Phoenix (concerned): Is everything okay back there?
Phoenix (trying to lighten the suddenly serious mood after the first question): Just how long have you been madly in love with Prosecutor Gavin?
Trucy: Fine, be serious! You were fighting with Daddy. First off, your timing is terrible, and anyway, what makes you think you can get mad at him for being all secretive?
Apollo: Because this is a murder trial, maybe?
Trucy: Says the person who was sleeping with a certain someone else before Daryan Crescend got put away.
What You Are in the Dark: Edgeworth noted that Klavier and Apollo could have left Vera Misham to rot but chose to face Kristoph for her sake anyways.
Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Klavier and Apollo have this opinion of their names: Klavier jokes that he's glad that his parents named him in the living room and that they had a piano or he might have been Kaffeemaschine Gavin. Apollo jokes with a name like "Apollo" he should at least be taller and better-looking.
With This Ring: Klavier asks Apollo in jest if he's proposing after he tries to return Klavier's ring after confessing their love for each other. Apollo replies that he wouldn't be so crass to propose with Klavier's own ring.
Xanatos Speed Chess: Apollo's initial plan was to plant a fire bomb in Daryan's bag and set it off when Klavier's guitar goes on fire to implicate him. Then he meets Machi and tries to convince the latter to work with Daryan so he could get Daryan to implicate himself by working with Machi, but then Machi steals Apollo's gun. When Machi shots LeTouse, Apollo covers up that Machi shot him by taking out the bullets and shooting LeTouse's corpse with LeTouse's gun so it would look impossible for Machi to have shot him. Then when he catches Lamiroir trying to frame Klavier, he convinces her to work with him so he can get Machi off on lesser charges and to get Daryan sent to jail.
Yakuza: Plum Kitaki uses her connections to supply Klavier and Apollo with information, weapons and a way out of the country.
You Are Not Alone: Both Klavier and Apollo have given up the idea of being rescued by the time they first meet each other, only for the both of them to make an emotional connection that finally help them to escape their abusers.