Fridge Brilliance: "A lawyer is someone who smiles no matter how bad it gets." A running theme throughout the Phoenix arc. Now take a look at Nick's portrait animations. The majority of the time, he's smiling. "The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over." At the end of the game, it's very clear that even though he lost his badge, Nick never gave up. He was still fighting in other ways. Not once did he ever acknowledge that it was "all over". Despite what he says, it seems that he's still an attorney at heart...
Fridge Brilliance: When you see speak to Nick throughout the game, he seems to have changed greatly in the last seven years. However, when you see things from his perspective in the final case, it's clear that he hasn't changed that much at all. And then it hits you. He's been playing poker for seven years, so he must have developed an incredible poker face. He even expresses surprise when Zak says he can't tell if Nick is serious or joking, which seems to imply that even he doesn't realize how good he's gotten with it.
Fridge Brilliance: Trucy's name. Break it apart and you get "True See". Now, what can she do in the game again? She can tell when people are lying, to a certain degree.
Two things, both to do with the first poker game between Zak Gramarye and Phoenix Wright. At first, I asked how Phoenix could beat such a seasoned player, who had previously only lost to someone who literally had a super-power that allowed him to pierce through others' lies... and then I remembered how Nick wings his way through every trial he's ever been involved in. He's a master of bluffing, and that's how he won. -Anomaly
Secondly, the question of why Zak tests people in such a way in the first place. Then it finally hit me, just a little before Apollo said it outright: it's not whether his opponent won or lost, but how they played the game. Their play style gave Zak a way to get their measure.
On top of that, Zak makes a point of mentioning that he's only ever lost twice now; once to Phoenix, and the other time to his mentor. This simple fact mirrors Phoenix's own situation: he's only ever lost two cases, once to Edgeworth, the reason why Phoenix became an attorney to begin with, and the other time was this same case with Zak. End result: Zak disappears and Phoenix is disbarred. Both men faced their second defeat ever on account of each other, with disastrous results for them both.
The ending of the last case when Kristoph is found guilty only due to the jury system being introduced may seem like a giant Ass Pull from a Western perspective. But that changes completely when put in the context of what was happening to the Japanese legal system at the time. Japan made the decision to introduce a jury system in 2004. The last time juries had been used in Japan was 1943. The system was set to go into effect in 2009. However, in the lead up to the introduction of the jury system, many Japanese citizens expressed concerns about the wisdom of the jury system with 80% of Japanese citizens "dreading the change and [not wanting] to serve as jurors." Apollo Justice came out in Japan in 2007 in the middle of an all-out PR blitz by the Japanese government to get people to accept the jury system. And in that last case you know Kristoph is guilty but you just can't prove it! The villian is going to get away with murder! But what's this? The jury system sweeps in to save the day! The jury system succeeded where the old system couldn't! All glory to the jury system! In other words, the entire ending of the game, and, for that matter, the purpose of the game is to serve as pro-jury system propaganda.
On the other hand, the strength of the jury comes from its weakness of relying on emotional anecdotes rather than proof. Phoenix picked the perfect case to take advantage of what could potentially have been a disadvantage for the defense in some types of cases.
On yet another hand, the jury not requiring as much proof as the Judge may seem like a disadvantage, but remember, that's to convict a witness. The Judge's standards of evidence to convict a defendant are much lower than, say, a sane normal person who can tell things don't make sense. Thus, until the police start arresting actual murderers, the Jury System will make the defense's job much much easier.
For that matter, this troper found the third case extremely frustrating. It was blindingly obvious that Daryl Crescent was the murderer, but because just the right evidence wasn't on hand, it took forever to pin him down. Then, she realized that it was deliberately like that. The trial was made to make extremely clear just how flawed the current system is, and how the Jury System is much better! Just think, had the Jury System been in effect, the jurists could have figured out Daryl was the murderer just as quickly as the player did and, unlike with the current legal system, they could have him arrested without decisive evidence.
Phoenix's involvement with the Misham case goes much further than his disbarment. Kristoph poisoned and betrayed Drew (by sending him the kiss of death under the guise of monetary reward). Due to his experiences with Dahlia Hawthorne, Nick can't forgive people who are cowardly enough to use those tactics - and, given that Kristoph tried to kill two neurotic agoraphobes and tried to make it look like a murder-suicide, Nick likely considers him the epitome of dirty cowardice. No wonder he spent seven years looking into it - the whole thing is personal in many levels.
Not long after the game's initial release, there was some complaining about how cocky and out of character Phoenix seemed to be during the flashback case in 4-4. But the fact is, he had every right to be. Phoenix had just beaten both Dahlia Hawthorne and Godot and had finally surpassed his mentor in the process. In other words, he had just closed the book on basically every piece of unfinished business in his entire life. Plus, for the first time, he was the one up against a newbie. Sure, Godot had technically never prosecuted before, but he had already been set up as being a challenging opponent by Luke Atmey, and he also had years of experience being a defense attorney under his belt. In contrast, Klavier was a rock star who randomly decided to become a prosecutor. No experience, no reputation, no grudge against Wright... it was natural for Phoenix to be feeling good about himself during the trial. Of course, that just made the whole diary page debacle that much more depressing. To be fair, said complaining has essentially ceased, possibly because people came to a similar conclusion.
In addition, only a prosecutor who is really searching for the truth could ever defeat Phoenix Wright in court... and unlike Payne, Edgeworth, the Von Karmas or Godot when Wright initially faced them, Klavier Gavin began his career as a prosecutor searching for the truth. It only makes sense for Wright's ultimate defeat to be from a prosecutor such as him. The only other time when Wright had been defeated in court was by Edgeworth who had chosen to become a prosecutor who wanted to search for the truth.
Further, the hero being exceptionally able at one thing, developing hubris, and it all bringing his downfall is one of the oldest tropes in the book. It's Greek Tragedy 101.
They probably brought back the "poisoned coffee" thing from Trials and Tribulations so that you'd be surprised when they put a new twist on it where it wasn't the coffee that was poisoned.
I just realized some major Fridge Horror with the third case, The victim, Mr. Le Touse was shot during the second set, but Apollo and Ema don't find him until the third set of the concert. The Fridge Horror part comes when Apollo finds him alive. That means Le Touse was there, lying on the floor bleeding to death for that entire time. Also consider, what if Apollo and Ema had found him earlier? They may have found a way to save him before he died...
Guy Eldoon's blond hair looks like noodles. The fact that his eyebrows are black foreshadows the fact that the blond hair isn't real.
I thought his eyebrows were supposed to look like strips of nori you get in a bowl of ramen, to continue the noodle theme.
During the first day of the last trial, Vera keeps staring at Klavier. Trucy thinks that it's because Klavier is handsome, but the real reason is that Klavier looks like "the Devil" who gave her the diary page forging job. This is actually similar to what happens when Apollo meets Klavier and Klavier thinks Apollo is checking him out.
Around that same time, Klavier starts sweating bullets when he hears that there was a request for evidence forgery around the time the 7 year old letter was received and that Vera likes Troupe Gramarye. He asks to know what, exactly, the request was. This is because he suspects that it was the piece of forged evidence he remembers from 7 years ago in a case involving Troupe Gramarye!
Symbolic name that isn't immediately obvious: Misham contains the word "sham."
"My sham", no less.
Vera and Drew Misham. "Vera drew my sham."
The bloody card was removed from the crime scene in case 1 while Phoenix was heading upstairs to call Kristoph. This means that the call was placed while Kristoph was tampering with the crime scene! (Apparently Kristoph has a better cell network than Phoenix.) Suddenly, it makes a lot of sense that Kristoph made the fatal slip-up about the "flawless bone china pate" when he forgot what he was and wasn't supposed to know about the man he had seen while leaving the restaurant. Trying to talk to Phoenix, be casual at first, pretend he has no idea what happened until Phoenix tells him about it, and talk about the victim using his typical erudite speech without revealing anything he shouldn't know about him, all the while with a dead body and unconscious Orly nearby and the concern that Phoenix might come back down the stairs, must have been hard.
I don't think this is what happened. The first time that Phoenix went up stair was to call the police after the victim had knocked out Orga Orly. It was during this spam of time that Kristoph came in through the secret passage, hit the victim and hid the evidence. Then when Phoenix came back down from calling the police, Kristoph had already gone, taking the blood card with him and he found that the victim had been killed. It was then that he went up to call Kristoph AFTER Kristoph himself had escaped. In other words, by when he was talking to Phoenix, Kristoph was already away from the crime scene. Let's not forget that it's clearly stated in the case that cell phones don't get reception at the crime scene (this was why Phoenix had to go upstairs to call both the police and Kristoph) so it's impossible that Kristoph was at the scene when he was called by Phoenix. Your basic point still stands, he had just killed the victim and when Phoenix called he had to act like he had no idea about the murder. It's still easy to understand why he slipped up.
Some fans tend to make fun of the name Apollo for the title character and even I had thought it a bit over the top until I read the Oresteia, an ancient Greek play wherein the character Orestes is defended in the first ever court presided over by the goddess Athena and defended by, you guessed it, the god Apollo who won the case and earned himself the title, god of justice among other things. For the ancient Athenians, this made the god Apollo the first ever defense attorney. And suddenly the name Apollo Justice becomes a brilliant, high-brow wink to the well-read gamer.
Actually when you think about it Phoenix is a pretty odd name too, but we all know in the rejuvenating sunlight a phoenix will rise from its ashes, in this particular case that phoenix needed the help of the sun god Apollo.
When you listen to it closely, the prologue song and the song for Drew Studio sound a lot like each other. If you think about it, this make sense. The beginning opens with (probably) Drew (or Vera) drawing the scene of Phoenix playing cards with Shadi. In case 4-4 you actually find out that Drew (again, or Vera) actually had drawn that scene. Listen to this first and then this and you will hear what this troper means.
Case three involves an item that can be used to create a never named deadly poison, and then case four comes along revolving around a "rare and hard to get" poison.
Apollo's japanese name, 'Odoroki Housuke' always bugged me, because it's by far one of the worst, most unnatural sounding puns in the japanese versions of the games... Until you realize something. Apollo is an orphan, most likely even a doorstep baby, given his last name... So Apollo Justice/Odoroki Housuke might not even be his real name. No wonder it sounds unnatural!
At the end of the last case, Vera Misham surviving being poisoned by a super-deadly poison that nobody has ever survived exposure to before seems like a 'And then everything was perfect' sort of Deus ex Machina ending, especially considering that she wasn't exactly a picture of good health to begin with... until you realize a vital detail: She's spend the last 7 years wearing poison-infused nail-polish. Even though she didn't start biting her nails until she went to court, microscopic amounts of it would have been absorbed through her pores, and for a poison that potent, microscopic amounts count for a lot. Thus, following in the footsteps of the Dread Pirate Roberts, she's built up a resistance to that particular poison - not an immunity, but just enough so that when she's finally directly exposed to it, she can survive.
Even then, it would likely be a 50-50 chance of survival - in the bad ending, her condition worsens from the poison and she died the next day.
During the last case, Zak ripping the real diary page and keeping it from Phoenix at first seems completely idiotic, since it puts him on the run (not the best position to help Trucy). But then you realize that Zak didn't know Magnifi had comitted suicide—with that page in place, it points to Valant as the murderer. So he inadvertently got Phoenix disbarred to protect his partner.
Actually, that is pretty much exactly what happened. As you can see, Magnifi was very much a Jerkass.
At first, this troper was confused as to why Kristoph didn't admit to murdering Drew Misham, even though he was already charged with murdering Shadi Smith. But, as has been implied throughout the series, first-degree murder warrants the death penalty, and probably nothing else. The murder of Shadi Smith was second-degree, meaning that he would be in his fabulous jail room forever. But the murder of Drew Misham was premeditated, just intended for seven years earlier, meaning he could get the death penalty.
Trucy and Maya have a deeper connection than simply being young Genki Girl assistants: Both of them have a parent that went into hiding after a big court case. Said parents came back under a different alias for reasons benefiting their children, only to die afterward. Also, both of them have an older sibling that became a defense attorney.
In Turnabout Trump, Kristoph mocks Phoenix when Phoenix speculates a fourth person was in on the crime scene (other than Phoenix, Shadi Smith, and Olga Orly). Naturally, Phoenix is correct. This also happened in the DL-6 incident in which Yanni Yogi was accused as the murderer of Gregory Edgeworth (the only other suspect being a young Miles Edgeworth), in which case the real criminal, Manfred von Karma, did not arrive on the scene and commit the murder until later. While it's probably a coincidence, Turnabout Good-Byes, in which the DL-6 incident is featured, is considered to be case "1-4". Turnabout Trump is case "4-1".
Is there such a thing as Fridge Tearjerker? At one point, Machi confesses that he turned to crime because he needed a lot of money, but wouldn't say for what. Given the kind of person he is, it would have been most likely to help pay for Lamiroir's eye treatment.
Then there's the fact that since Machi committed a crime punishable by death in his home country, he can never go home.