"Objection! ... I was hoping to come up with a question while I was objecting, Your Honor... I didn't."
And then he comes up with another. "Indeed! Verily, I say!... Ergo!"
Also, based on dialogue options, Phoenix right before then: "I was hoping to come up with a question by slamming on my desk, Your Honor... I didn't."
Judge: You have my sympathies.
"You eat, you die."
Phoenix, Edgeworth, and even the Judge struggling with Ms. Oldbag's name. Especially since unlike everyone else in the game, she's identified as "Oldbag" even before Phoenix learns her name.
(No, this isn't a bad dream, Your Honor. Witness the power of the Oldbag...)
In Case 1-4, when Phoenix Wright cross-examines the Old Caretaker's parrot Polly, he concludes that the Old Caretaker named his parrot after his deceased fiancee. However, Manfred von Karma objects to this idea with a rather hilarious comeback.
Manfred von Karma: "Bah! A mere coincidence, that's all! My granddaughter has a dog she calls "Phoenix". (Snaps fingers) Well, Mr. Phoenix Wright? Does this make you my granddaughter's fiancee!? She's only seven years old!!!"
Manfred von Karma: "I set my ATM card's number as 0001, because I'm number one!"
The fact that they are cross-examining a parrot itself. Everyone is aware of how ridiculous the situation is, but Phoenix still goes through with it because it's the only option left. And then, he has to get Maya to help out because she's the only one who can get the parrot to talk.
Also, the whole beginning scene in Case 1-4, starting with when Phoenix tells Maya to take "a cold shower".
Phoenix and Maya attempting to talk to the caretaker of the boat rental shop in "Turnabout Goodbyes." He's absolutely convinced that they're his kids Meg and Keith and he runs a pasta shop called the Wet Noodle. He's also prone to falling asleep standing up, complete with Snot Bubble. Basically, every bit of dialogue in that scene is hilarious. Until the parrot mentions DL-6, that is...
Phoenix thinking Grossberg and White were lovers.
There are two options in which you can present that theory. Only one of them advances the plot. The other nets you this gem:
Phoenix: (I guess I was wrong...but it felt so right!)
This little exchange between Phoenix and Dee Vasquez.
Dee Vasquez: "?"
Phoenix: "Don't "?" me!"
The scenes you get if you choose anything besides the metal detector when you go hunting for Gourdy in Case 1-4. With Missile, if you head over to Larry's spot, he'll promptly eat all of the Samurai dogs and Nick'll have to foot the bill. Or if you choose the fishing pole and head to Lotta's, Maya will then attempt to fish in the lake, but then sets off Lotta's cameras. And again Phoenix is sent a large bill.
And if you visit Lotta during that period without the Fishing Rod, Maya sneezes and sets off the camera again.
Honestly, the metal detector is the gift that keeps on giving. Since it's always the last 'secret weapon' you'll use, it stays curiously in your inventory. Even after a 'clearing out'. And then, bit by bit, you realise why you have it. That's when the laughter starts.
The Bellboy from 1-2 is hilarious.
Phoenix: "Are you sure you brought her that iced tea at exactly 9:00!?"
Bellboy: "Ab-SO-lutely, sir."
Bellboy: "Yes, sir. As in 'so very absolutely', sir. It's an endearing mannerism of mine."
Sal Manella and his Leet Lingo, complete with ":(". That's pretty much it. And the few times Maya doesn't understand him, too.
Sal Manella: "I, er, wolfed [the t-bone steak] down then."
Phoenix: (A mental image I will carry with me to my grave...)
On the second day of trial in "Turnabout Goodbyes", Von Karma predicts that the trial will end in less than three minutes. It doesn't. His reaction is hilarious:
Von Karma: "AAARGH! Three minutes have passed!"
There's also this exchange from Rise from the Ashes, some time after Jake Marshall starts a "number of words" type challenge:
Edgeworth: If you have a response, make it one word or less. Phoenix: ARGHHHHH! Edgeworth: I rest my case.
From Turnabout Samurai:
Phoenix: "Ms. Vasquez, how can a person eat a t-bone steak and not leave a bone behind? I think I know how!"
Choice 1: "You ate the bone, too!"
Choice 2: "You ate a boneless steak!"
Most of the Judge's dialogue.
Judge: "People sometimes mistake my beard for a bib."
Although it may take the cake when Phoenix questions whether the Judge can uphold a witness's testimony in Case 1-5. The Judge yells "NOOOOOO!" and the screen fades to black. The screen then relights, and...
Phoenix:(apparently just had an aneurysm) Edgeworth:(WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN expression) Judge: :-O Edgeworth:(slams table) "What the hell was that wriggling piece of plywood?!"
None of them ever quite recover from the trauma, as seen when the Blue Badger reappears on Edgeworth's half of Ema's drawing:
Edgeworth:"MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM--" Judge:: "Is something wrong?" Phoenix: (Do you even have to ask?) Edgeworth: "MMMMM— Sorry, Your Honor. This is... that thing!" Judge:: (wide-eyed) "It's that thing!"
In Case 1-2, Mia possesses her sister just when everything looks hopeless, and Phoenix faints. Then he wakes up in the lobby, thinking he was just hallucinating in the shock of his defeat, and then Mia appears again, and he faints AGAIN.
In Case 1-5, discovering that Wendy Oldbag has sent Edgeworth a huge bouquet, which he still has on his desk.
Judge: "I feel like I'm teaching handwriting to a pupil who is all thumbs."
Edgeworth: "I think you should make him write out "I won't do it again" 100 times."
Right before that, even though it provides a bit of Mood Whiplash:
Phoenix: "This is the message from the deceased!"
Judge:(nods his head) "Right. Now then. This is the message from the judge!"
Also in Case 1-5, As an attempt to move the body was foiled, the body was left partially in the trunk of a car, which white tape was set to reflect. Ema comes to the conclusion that the victim died exactly in that spot, by having the trunk slammed on him.
Judge: "Don't "oops" me! Or I'll be the one throwing my shoe next!"
There's also this penalty line:
Judge: "What part of this picture... contradicts the autopsy report?"
Phoenix: "TAKE THAT! Um, I think it's... uh, this part here?"
Judge: "Hmm... I don't see what's so strange about that."
Phoenix: "That's because the drawing stinks!"
Ema: "...Mr. Wright... How could you... *sniff*"
Edgeworth: "The act of making an innocent girl cry should warrant the death penalty."
In Case 1-2, April May repeatedly insults Phoenix's spiky hair. Eventually, we get this:
Phoenix: (That does it. When this trial's over, I'm shaving my head.)
In Case 1-5, Phoenix and Ema are sent to investigate a certain prosecution office. While there, Ema notes that based on her deductions, the person who owns the office is "a real stuck-up jerk". Cue the reveal that it's Edgeworth's office... and he heard everything. Poor Ema, who looks up to Edgeworth, completely flips out and starts trying to backpedal, while he teases her by asking "What is it you've come here for? Though be warned, I have been known to be a... real stuck-up jerk." And after you start discussing details of the crime with him, Ema will mention how the body was found in some hideous, gaudy red sports car. Edgeworth's response is pretty much "I know. It's my car." And Ema freaks out and starts backpedaling some more.
Edgeworth getting pissed when Phoenix teases him over the King of Prosecutors award. "You can take that foolish grin of yours elsewhere!"
Later in Edgeworth's Office, he tells you a story about the origin of the Chinese word for "contradiction". Upon realising a contradiction in the story, Phoenix yells "OBJECTION!" and Pursuit ~ Cornered actually starts up.
In the live action movie, when Phoenix has to cross examine Lotta Hart, he struggles for some contradiction in her testimony. He desperately grasps onto the fact that she heard the gunshots shortly after midnight on Christmas Eve...arguing that technically she heard the shots on Christmas Day. This is such a ridiculous argument that the entire court, including Edgeworth and Von KarmaFace Fault. As soon as she's standing up again, Lotta tells Phoenix "You sure ask a lot of useless questions, don't you?"
This jibe, courtesy of Manfred Von Karma: "If the killer really did that, he would be very foolish. Much like you, Mr. Wright."
When the boat keeper testifies that he saw Edgeworth kill Hammond, he stresses how much Edgeworth was "fluttering" as he went by. He then finishes by saying he heard Edgeworth said "I never thought I'd kill him". Edgeworth shouts from the witness stand "Objection! I never said anything like that! Moreover...I don't flutter to that extent!" The courtroom Face Faults at that. Amusingly, as they get back up, you can hear someone saying "Look, he's fluttering now!"
Pretty much any time Larry Butz is on screen. The actor plays him as such a Large Ham, it's hilarious!
When the boat keeper can't be found, Phoenix tries stalling for time to keep the judge from making a verdict. He fails, but just as the judge is swinging down the gavel, he's interrupted by the plush hand of the Blue Badger... who slowly pulls himself up over the desk to stare at the judge. Cue Gumshoe bringing in the boat keeper.
The fact that Manfred von Karma, with his very deep, very gravelly, rather demonic voice says things like "shut your pie hole!" in total seriousness.
Justice for All
The ending of Case 2's trial. Franziska went crazy and whipped Phoenix unconscious.
"Objection! I object... for the sake of objecting!"
Oldbag: "How long are they going to leave me screening the hotel?"
If you press Oldbag at the right time, Phoenix will get frustrated with her for stalling during her testimony, to which she'll react by stalling even longer by just singing the Nickel Samurai theme song until Edgeworth bribes her with a stick of gum.
Edgeworth: "Wright, I'll be sending the bill for the chewing gum to your office at a later date."
When Phoenix is attempting to get Money the Monkey to drop what he's holding, there are three options on how to act: "Man to Man", "Man to Monkey", and "Monkey to Monkey." "Monkey to Monkey" is by far the most humiliating for Phoenix and is hilarious.
Ask Regina about the monkey, and she'll admit that even she has Money problems.
Yet another one involving Edgeworth: Just after he reappears in Case 2-4, he reacts to hearing Engarde's motto, "Refreshing like a spring breeze," with a surprisingly vehement, "R- Refreshing?! And what is so refreshing about a spring breeze?!" Phoenix's internal commentary on the subject:
(Sounds like the pollen is not treating him well this year...)
The mental image alone is worth the price of admission.
"This isn't the Phoenix Wright Wax Philosophical Power Hour!"
Maya couldn't help but change a relief moment into a laughing one: "H-Hey! I'm not an item!"
"If I could get huge rolls of cash just for bringing people things on trays, then why on Earth would I be standing around here prosecuting?!"
Anytime Franziska whips anyone.
Whenever Pearl brings up a thought that Phoenix is Maya's "special someone..."
The Judge's reaction if you accuse him of being the murderer near the very end of case 2-3. Even though it'll cause an instant game over if you've received so much as a single penalty during the second day of the trial, it's well worth doing so, just to see how hard the Judge can hit the Berserk Button.
Trilo's "Damaged" animation. It's more the face he makes than his arms and head flying off.
Phoenix tossing his cellphone across the courtroom to Edgeworth in Justice For All 's fourth case. Take that! indeed.
The developers found it necessary to animate the cellphone's Court Record picture spinning and shrinking right after that to simulate the phone throw. It is completely unnecessary and hilariously unexpected.
Also, since they're in court, Edgeworth just TURNS IT OFF while Gumshoe's on the other end, going on about the evidence he got.
Also: interrogating de Killer via a transceiver. The transceiver's Face Faults (you read that right) are the icing on the cake.
Also worthy of mention is the transceiver's sweating what seems to be battery acid while under pressure as well as breaking apart once taken by shock.
In Case 2-1:
Maggey: "It's not me, sir! I didn't kill him!"
Phoenix: "Then how do you explain his dying message incriminating you?"
Maggey: "...it's a conspiracy!"
What's funnier is that she's right.
Gumshoe decides to give Pearl the marvelous advice of (not word for word, mind) "If you ever feel like whipping someone, don't. If you want to hurt someone, please just punch them in the face instead."
In Case 2-2, one part of Lotta's testimony requires you to press five statements, all of which you were there for. Hence, three of these result in Franziska forcing you to corroborate Lotta yourself. The best is when Lotta describes "Mr. Lawyer" breaking the door down.
If you accused that the bust is under either the Judge bench or Franziska's. Either take double penalty or full course of leather-whip set!!
In Case 2-4 examining the bear statue will eventually prompt it being added into the Court Record, with the line 'Bear snatched up by Edgeworth'. Just the mental image of Edgeworth struggling to get a life-sized bear statue out the door is enough to make anyone laugh.
Late in 2-4, fail to provide a proper objection about why Engarde would want to obtain a suicide note that he would have known was a forgery and the judge will figure it out himself. But then Phoenix finishes his thought, leading the judge to get angry at him for stealing his thunder and give him another penalty.
Judge: "I could've even bragged about embarrassing Mr. Edgeworth to my grandchild had you not..."
At some point in 2-1 you're required to present one of Phoenix's business cards as evidence. The Judge then thanks you, and hands you his own business card. It even gets added to the Court Record.
The start of the 2-3 trial, where the Judge doesn't even get to finish his very first sentence before Franziska starts whipping everybody.
Speaking of more whipping shenanigans, you know that "surprise take of everyone in the courtroom" scene that keeps happening throughout the series? Yeah, von Karma interrupts that with her whip.
Case 2-4: Edgeworth's back! He's calm, he's cool, he's collected, he's got a kickass new theme song and he's effortlessly shooting down any attempts on Phoenix's part to prove his client's innocence. Then Wendy Oldbag shows up on the witness stand and his composure instantly vanishes.
Try to ask Oldbag about what she witness of the murder in 2-4 and you'll be presented with four psyche-locks. Looks like you have a daunting task ahead of you trying to pry that information out of her...until you come across the victim's autograph made out to a "Wendy" (Oldbag was a huge fan of his,) and she'll want it so bad that all four locks will break at once.
Ini: "Are you really trusting the word of that fake, perverted doctor?" Phoenix: "Yes, I am. And how did you know he was perverte-" [von Karma cracks her whip]
In 2-3, Moe belts out the A-Team theme song, but remixed with clowns. It's hilarious because it just plain comes out of nowhere.
Everytime Trilo or Maya asks the court to call out Max's three symbols, the entire court responds with the answer: "SILK HAT! CLOAK! WHITE ROSES!" When Moe asks the court the same thing, he's simply met with, ".........."
Moe asks Phoenix to stop being so down and deliver a "funny" joke himself.
Phoenix: "Why am I, Phoenix Wright, such a great lawyer? Because I am "Wright" all of the time!"
(Cue awkward look from Maya and a dead stare from Moe)
Don't worry, it eventually catches on.
This exchange in 2-4:
Gumshoe: Any real detective would look at his bandana!
Judge: Mmm, banana.
Edgeworth: That's bandana, Your Honour.
Judge: Right, his banana-scented bandana.
Trials and Tribulations
Case 4 has some of the greatest lines with Mia's thoughts on her hating Edgeworth.
Come on, guys. She wanted to strangle him with his cravat and called him a hypocrite.
Becomes even funnier since Mia is facing off against Edgeworth while he's still a novice, so his quirks and uptight nature are taken Up to Eleven.
'D-do I really inspire this sort of frothing desire from the female masses?' Which can also be seen as a Fandom Nod. Actually, any scene where Edgeworth gets freaked out is likely to be a Funny Moment for someone.
Thinking about it, it's not just the 'female masses' line - everything from the part where you play as Edgeworth is concentrated comedy gold. Gumshoe's reaction when you find the staff, the lines when you present evidence incorrectly, and this:
Is there some sort of kick-me sign on the defense's bench!?
Thank God for internal monologue.
What happens when you examine the Camera in the Detention Centre;
Edgeworth: The camera is glaring at me. "If something glares at you, it's only polite to return the favor," is what I was taught.
Also, he misheard Phoenix's description when Nick first loaned him the Magatama, and proceeds to constantly refer to Psyche-Locks as "Psycholocks."
How about the first time Edgeworth breaks a 'Psycholock':
Edgeworth: (Was it the evidence or the power of my glare that broke that lock...?)
And how about Edgeworth's reaction to Larry Butz's Psyche-Locks after he just unlocked three and now there are FIVE of them.
Judge: "...Hmm. For a moment there I thought we'd set the record for the shortest trial ever."
When Phoenix has to present Larry's sketch in 3-5, there are a few options you get in how to present it. "A major contradiction" is the obvious correct answer, but answering "exactly what happened" provides a hilarious snippet of dialogue. "Of course the victim was flying through the air! You can see it right in the sketch! Woooooooosh!" The sound effects that accompany this make it extremely funny.
Godot is so amused/baffled by this explanation that he will waive the penalty; something he won't do if use the third option "absolutely nothing".
Larry's, or rather, "Laurice Deauxnim's" evidence in Case 3-5.
The Judge: "HIGH! The victim is really high up there!"
And later in Trials and Tribulations.
Maya: "Don't "...?" me, Nick!"
When Furio Tigre is in court during 3-3, both Maya and the Judge hide under their respective desks.
Tigre: "I got a business to take care of, ya hear me? So who the hell called me into this hole?! Was it you', spikey?!"
Phoenix: "Ack, no. Of course not... It was... the judge... (Notices the judge is gone) Y-Your Honor!!!"
Judge: "Oh, dear! I, um… I seem to have dropped my pen. Where on earth is it…? Don't mind me! Just carry on with the proceedings as normal!"
Phoenix: (That's it. We're doomed.)
Phoenix: (Maybe I should have brought a diaper with me today.)
Maya:(while still under the desk) "Get a grip, Nick!"
Later, Phoenix does it too. Furio Tigre is scary.
Tigre: "So I dare you' to say it again! Come on! You' got the guts!?"
Judge:(still scared) "Y-Y-You can't threaten m-me, Mr. Tigre. I-It's the defense! Go ahead and tell the witness, Mr. Wright! (realizes that Wright has disappeared) Mr. Wriight!"
Tigre: "Sounds to me like it must be you', old man. Youse got guts, I'll give you that."
Judge: "M-M-Mr. Wright! Do not leave me to handle this alone!"
Phoenix tries to pass it off as having dropped his pen like what the Judge says, and when he pops back up, this dialogue ensues.
Near the beginning of 3-3, in an attempt to get information out of a Dirty Old Man, Phoenix drags along Maya in a Tres Bienuniform. Said old man tells her she looks like a kid and to come back in a few years... so she channels Mia. Hilarity Ensues.
Phoenix: (Even from beyond the grave... Wow...)
In 3-3, Godot refers to Phoenix, Maya, and himself as "the porcu-headed lawyer and the topknot chick over there, and the ungodly cool guy with the mask over here."
Sister Bikini being called to the witness stand. She shows up and... all you can see is the top of her hood. The judge asks her to stand up nice and tall. She obliges.◊ Edgeworth tactfully suggests they get her some milk crates to stand on.
In case 3-3, Furio Tigre's Paper-Thin Disguise. It's just a paper badge, a blue suit and spiky hair. Maggey Byrde even tells Phoenix at the beginning of the case that all the phony had in common with him was his hair. Besides that, Furio Tigre is red, literally the color red, and acts nothing like Nick! They don't even look alike except for the hair!, and yet, all he got was mild confusion.
ANYTHING that comes out of Luke Atmey's mouth.
There's also this absolute gem from Mia in the very beginning of 3-1, where Grossberg says "You've made our client cry!" and she responds, "Let him! That 'P' on his sweater doesn't stand for Phoenix!" Think about it for a little while.
It's funny how much Phoenix annoyed Mia when they first met. When he was fawning over his "Dolly", it annoyed Mia so much she had the strong urge to slap the person closest to her. Said person was Grossberg. Her reaction is amusing even after we see what happened to the last person Mia defended, who was also fawning over Dahlia.
Presenting Gumshoe the Magatama in 3-2 and 3-5 both end up in him almost eating it. Phoenix, Maya (both in 3-2) and Edgeworth's (3-5) reactions are equally priceless.
A rather subtle one comes near the end of the game when we find out that Adrian Andrews and Pearl aren't the only people to have ever broken and repaired Ami Fey's Urn.
In 3-1 when Dahlia Hawthorne appears in court, both the Judge and Payne fawn over how pure and innocent she looks. Mia's response?
Mia: (Now I can see whose Milkshake brings all the boys to the yard!)
In 3-5 When Edgeworth tells the judge to call Larry Butz to the stand:
Judge: "This guy must be a product of "Jean-Luc de Laduc's Guide To Obnoxious French Painting"."
Anything Jean Armstrong does. Seriously.
Any time Grossberg mentions his hemorrhoids in the first case. Disgusting, yes, but also hilarious.
By the end of the case, Mia finally asks him to stop talking about his hemorrhoids. His response: "How rude!"
"Dancingly descended". Twice. (IIRC, this is how it goes:)
Luke Atmey: "Mask*De Masque dancingly descended towards me!"
Phoenix: "How did he do that, exactly?"
Luke: "Well...through the air ducts, I suppose. Where else?"
Phoenix: (So, in reality, he neither 'danced' nor 'descended'! ...Someone please save me.)
Ron De Lite: "I dancingly descended into the basement!"
Phoenix: "How did you do that?"
Ron: "Oh, through the air ducts."
Phoenix: (So, in reality, he neither 'danced' nor 'descended'! ...Someone please save me. Again.)
This line, if you present Mask*De Masque to Ron De Lite.
Ron: "Maybe I should give up being a thief and become a professional cowbell player..."
Jean Armstrong applying oil to himself in front of Phoenix.
Phoenix: "MY EYES! MY EYEEEEESS!"
The judge's sheer lack of knowledge about technology in Case 3-3:
Judge: "A "computer virus?" What's that do?"
Phoenix: "It's a program that destroys your computer from the inside."
Judge: "A "computer?" What's that do?"
Phoenix: "I'll explain after the trial."
Related: Maya and Gumshoe have a similarly clueless conversation about viruses during the investigation, and it is priceless. Bonus points for Phoenix Wright, who's already been established to not be very tech-savvy, being the one to explain it.
In 3-1, when it's revealed that Dahlia had an ulterior motive for dating Phoenix, he freaks out, grabs the bottle necklace and tries to flee the courtroom. When he's brought back and told to give back the necklace, he reveals that he ate it. The court's reaction is priceless. (This becomes a massive "Funny Aneurysm" Moment after Case 3-4...)
Phoenix examining a bent ornamental sword in 3-2, wondering how it got that way.
Maya: "Maybe Detective Atmey smashed Mask*DeMasque with it. Like this!"
Phoenix: "YEOOOOOUCCCH!! WHAT THE HECK!"
Maya: "What do you think, Pearly?"
Pearl: "I think it's even more bent than it was before."
Phoenix: (Oh man...my head...my HAIR!)
In the same case, the Judge mishears the word 'broach'.
Judge: "A breach? Here!? Bailiff! Get my steed! We need to retreat at once!"
Anytime Godot throws his coffee mug at Phoenix's head. It's impossible not to laugh after seeing the look on Phoenix's face when this happens.
After Phoenix tricks Tigre into admitting that he's the one who killed Elg, he screams so loud the entire power in the courtroom goes out! Related to the above, Godot uses this as yet another chance to leave Phoenix with the contents of his coffee mug spread over his face.
This testimony from Bridge to the Turnabout:
Butz: "I was so worried! So I frantically searched all over for her!"
Edgeworth: "HOLD IT! So you searched all over for her?"
Butz: "She was flying pretty high, you know. I thought maybe she slipped on her landing and got hurt. Hey! It was more than possible! Also, when I headed out to the shack the first time, I was snacking on a banana. I was pretty sure I threw the peel away somewhere around there, so, you know..."
Edgeworth: "..." (Can one guy really be this stupid?)
Edgeworth: "So, did you find any signs of her so-called "landing"?"
Butz: "Hmm... I don't really remember. I kept on falling over myself, and kinda lost it for a while there."
Judge: "You... fell over yourself?"
Butz: "Yeah. The snow was deep, and there was even a banana peel out there!"
Edgeworth: (Yup. There's stupid, and then there's Larry Butz.)
During the investigation for 3-5, Phoenix stumbles across Gumshoe... who is singing. Kudo's military-esque theme is playing in the background. Every case gonna be airtight.
Phoenix: "Hmm. I didn't know Detective Gumshoe was a fan of reggae."
Near the end of 3-5, despite the serious and heavy nature of the current testimony, the Judge notes that one bit sounds quite reasonable. Phoenix retorts that said testimony creates a glaring contradiction. The Judge, having recently gained quite an open mind, simply nods and responds.
Judge: "That makes sense. After all my deductions are almost certainly never correct."
After the final case is finished, Gumshoe decides to take Phoenix and the others to a certain high-class French restaurant: Tres Bien.
Phoenix:(I knew it... We're doomed.)
When Nick finds out that Gumshoe has a crush on Maggey.
Phoenix: (Note to self: Gossip with Maya about this later!)
In Case 3-2, if you present Pearl's profile to Larry, he talks about how cute she is, and only decides against dating her because dating two girls with the same name would violate one of his personal rules. Phoenix notes that the fact that Pearl is nine years old might violate some rule somewhere.
Pressing Larry's first statement ("I was at the lodge out in the mountains, looking up at the stars that night.") during his first cross-examination in the fifth case yields this exchange where he invalidates his own testimony:
Judge: What ever is the matter, Mr. Edgeworth?
Edgeworth: This one statement is so full of contradictions... For a moment there I thought I was going to collapse.
von Karma: So, witness? Any idea where these contradictions in your testimony lie? Depending on your answer...I may let my whip have its way.
Butz: OK, give me a minute... Well, it was snowing that night so I couldn't have possibly seen the stars. That run-down shack is hardly a "lodge", is it...? And even if the stars could be seen, it isn't like I was there to look at them, right?
von Karma: See? You can do it if you try.
In Case 3-5, Phoenix and Franziska investigate several places together. Naturally, the dialogue is priceless.
Franziska: Don't you Americans like doing anything you please and simply saying "Whatever!"
Phoenix:' No! (Okay, who told her about that!?")
In 3-1, Dahlia Hawthorne is giving a testimony about her relationship with Phoenix. Without warning, the final row line of dialog comes from Phoenix himself, blurting out that the two are so lovey-dovey it makes people sick. The judge warns him not to do that again or he'll be held in contempt.