- In both games, whenever Phoenix is referenced, it's usually Edgeworth reflecting on or referring to ways in which Phoenix has changed him.
"('Contradiction?' He must be rubbing off on me.)""(What would he do in a situation like this...?)""Perhaps a younger version of myself wouldn't have been so reckless. ...I had been given some power, so I thought myself justice. Just as you are now... However, a certain man was able to strike down my selfish sense of justice. Ever since then, I have viewed others differently. I am even able to serve as a prosecutor only because of the support of those around me. Those like Detective Gumshoe, and all the other investigators.. and Kay too, of course. To be honest, I too was surprised by how much I changed..."
- Later, he refers to Phoenix less obliquely as "A certain friend". Phoenix might not appear in these games, but never let it be said that the Turnabout King doesn't have a presence of a different kind.
- Any of the odd moments where Edgeworth actually acknowledges that Larry is, in fact, his friend. Heartwarming, because he seems even more annoyed with Larry than anyone else, but, like Phoenix, seems to look after him as if he were Larry's older brother.
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Ace Attorney Investigations 1
- An odd example, but many of young!Edgeworth and young!Franziska's interactions in Turnabout Reminiscence. Many of them verge on Crowning Moment of Funny, but it's also sweet to see how these two overly serious, strictly-raised geniuses can act like childish siblings. It's also apparent how they do care for each other, even if they have trouble showing it. Some scenes of note are Edgeworth saying that maybe one day they can fight crime together as two equal prosecutors, and when Edgeworth briefly wishes he had the power to give the decorated knife to Franziska as a gift, since she seemed almost enchanted by its detailed carvings.
- It all culminates when they're both desperate for the other's safety when Calisto Yew whips out a gun.
- In the first Investigations game, during the flashback to Edgeworth's first properly meeting Kay, the dialogue gets increasingly focused on the Promise Book that Kay and her father made and how much Mr. Faraday cared for Kay. It's made increasingly heartwarming because Gumshoe nearly got himself arrested on a double murder charge to cover up Kay breaking one of her promises.
- Being an odd mix of this, a Tear Jerker and a Crowning Moment of Funny, during the flashback case we get treated to this: When talking to Kay, you realise that she kept a Swiss Roll that she'd bought on her "for her daddy". This is the Tear Jerker part, as we all know that her father is dead. And so does she. The Crowning Moment of Heartwarming was when Edgeworth, drawing comparisons between her father's death and that of his own father (having both been killed when they were about 9 or 10, in a courthouse), decides to have a Pet the Dog moment and, getting down on one knee, offers her a handkerchief and encourages her to let it all out. She starts to cry, and she runs towards him, presumably to get a hug...only for it to become a Crowning Moment of Funny when instead of using the handkerchief, she instead blows her nose on his cravat. His expression is priceless. Still, the moment is incredibly heartwarming when you think that this happened years before his Heel–Face Turn.
Kay: Even if I can't see Daddy any more, I'm still going to keep all my promises.Edgeworth: You're a very brave girl, Kay.Franziska: You're a very good child for keeping the promises you made to your papa. I'll even testify that you didn't cry, just for you.
- When both Miles and Franziska commend Kay for her bravery following her father's death.
- A lot of Turnabout Reminiscence is a mix of this and Tear Jerker because you can see traces of his post-Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney character already there, even if it's buried under some von Karma-style rationalizations about perfection. It's nice to know that he was never completely lost.
- After getting Kay off the hook for the murder of Manny, Miles reprimands her for being reckless. Kay looks down at her shoes and apologises, saying she'll be more careful, only for Miles to tell her, "good girl. It's good to conduct some self-reflection every once in a while." Kay, at this point, tells Miles that he reminds her of her father. Awwwwww <3
- "Don't worry, Maggey! I'll always be there for you!" D'awwwwwwww, Gumshoe, you sweety!
- During the final battle with Quercus Alba:
Lang: I think I'll give trusting you a try, Mr. Prosecutor... or rather, Mr. Edgeworth.Edgeworth: ...!Lang: I leave this critical battle up to you, Mr. Edgeworth!
- Whether you like her or not, you have to admit it was sweet of Edgeworth to thank and give a bow to Oldbag after the Samurai Dog turns out to be a crucial piece of evidence.
- This is minor, but in case 4, Gumshoe mentions how he got in trouble because, after becoming a detective, he accidentally ended up reporting to his old post out of habit. Young Franziska - instead of taking the opportunity to hit him or call him a fool as usual - casually mentions that such a thing kept happening to her every year in elementary school. It's one of the few instances where she treats him with something else than sneering contempt.
- The way Lang treats his subordinates:
- After his men count off in numerical order, Lang stops them, telling them to all count off "1". Because they're all "number one" in his book. In a later case, they all do the count properly, each counting themselves as number 1.
- He gives one of them a birthday present...only for the recipient to point out that it's not his birthday. Lang points out that the present is for his younger brother's wife's younger brother.
Ace Attorney Investigations 2
- Raymond in Investigations 2 still firmly believes Edgeworth and Manfred von Karma are Not So Different. Then Gumshoe and Kay get sick of it, giving him a massive speech on Edgeworth's Character Development and how he's no longer an Amoral Attorney. Even Edgeworth opens up a fair bit more than he has in the series. (Raymond even lampshades it.)
- The ending of Investigations 2 Case 4 where Kay regains her memories and she gains them back when Edgeworth gives her the promise notebook.
- In that case, it was more like... "I am Kay Faraday...The Great Thief Yatagarasu!" *The Great Truth Burglar starts up* D'awwwwwww.
- Surprisingly enough, one of the possible dialogues for presenting wrong evidence to the Big Bad in the second game contains one of these. Shields tells Edgeworth he believes in him and encourages him not to give up. It's actually very empowering for the player given what usually happens in wrong evidence dialogues.
- A very surprising one happens during the ending of the second game. Gumshoe finally gets his salary raised for once!
- Edgeworth's Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! to Sebastian Debeste, Edgeworth actually trying to help him in a Stealth Mentor way after he almost broke down mentally was really touching.
- At the end of Investigations 2 Dogen saves Simon, asking for his life to be spared out of love for him. Dogen then returns to prison with Simon, but assures him that they are simply going home.
- The bittersweet moment Between Knightly and Simon in the Detention Centre. Even if Simon no longer considers him a friend, Knightly is almost like a different person.
- There's a parent-and-child theme running through Investigations 2, showing many varieties of these relationships, from unhealthy to very healthy to families of choice. Seeing this theme culminate in Edgeworth taking on a borderline Papa Wolf role with Kay in case 4, a nearly fatherly tone in his support of Sebastian when he calms him down and pulls him out of the Despair Event Horizon in case 5, and the way he actually communicates fine with John despite claiming to be no good with kids is very rewarding and might cause the shed of Manly Tears. His father would be proud of him.
- To go with this, on the other side, Justine initially presents herself as distant and unfeeling towards Edgeworth and co. but in the last two cases she mellows considerably, showing she has a soft side and feels bad for Sebastian when Blaise craps all over his son's incompetence. It finally culminates when you learn she has an adoptive son and anything he does or has happen to him can turn the normally-stoic Justine into a zealous and passionate mother. It showcases another side of her not seen before.
- It's really a moment of insight into her relationship with Sebastian throughout the game until now. Her efforts to put him in control over critical investigations and defend his terrible judgment against everyone else are frustrating and obstructive, and strongly imply that she has a secret agenda. It turns out she's a Reasonable Authority Figure busy undermining Blaise, whom she already knows is both corrupt and abusive. Taking Sebastian under her wing gives him at least one person in his life he can trust for support, which he will need even more if all goes right, and appointing him to cases gives her more influence without letting on to Blaise that she has plans of her own.
- Quite a lot of the last scenes in the game are heartwarming, but this exchange really stands out.
Edgeworth: The only way to right these contradictions of the law is by joining the court system. The one who could save Simon Keyes was not an attorney, but rather a watchman of the law: a prosecutor. I shall face the contradictions of the law as a prosecutor.Raymond: .......... I get it. That's just like you. But you know... it won't be easy. You're not aiming for the ordinary. Instead, you're planning to fight the law itself.Edgeworth: I know. However, someone must.Raymond: Yeah, yeah. I believe in you, too. Both the law and people can grow, you know. I'm sure you can pull it off. After all, you're Gregory's son. Gregory would never give up, no matter what. His eyes always saw only what lied straight ahead. Miles... Your eyes when you chose to live as a prosecutor looked just like your father's. It looks like you've grown a little. I really want Gregory to see this.Edgeworth: Thank you very much, Mr. Shields.
- Probably worth noting Shields earlier said Gregory was probably watching over Edgeworth and was proud of him. I have something in my eye...
- And that to this day, eighteen years later, Raymond wears Gregory's hat and keeps a picture of the two of them on his desk, which he talks to sometimes. He later gets a picture of himself with Miles to put next to it and tells the picture of Gregory how proud he would be of his son. He even made sure the second picture was taken in the exact same spot as the first.
- There's something heartwarming in that Gregory Edgeworth is so very like Phoenix Wright, moreso than he is like his son. It's as if when Phoenix decided to become serious about being an attorney after Case 3-1, he took on Gregory's spirit. After all, he couldn't be more different from when he was still an art student to when he's in his first case, defending Larry. And in that way, it's as if Edgeworth was put back on the right path because of his father.
- In relation to the note about the theme of the game above, this is the game that really highlights on Kay and Edgeworth's relationship, which is less like that of a brother and sister, or lovers, or friends, but that of a father and daughter. Even before her memory loss, Edgeworth constantly says things to Kay that a father would say to his daughter. He scolds her gently, even when he's experiencing Anger Born of Worry when she is amnesiac, and in the third case, he's always telling her not to do things with all the air of a parent telling their child not to touch something; sometimes stern, sometimes calm, and even with his eyes closed, so he's not even looking at her. Kay's responses tend to lean towards her more childish dialogue and either express disappointment, surprise that he figured her out without her saying or doing anything, or cheerfully offers a reason why her doing that thing she was told not to do isn't that bad.
- It definitely becomes clear in Case 4, where he is always at Kay's side, always defending her, always believing in her (even though she doesn't believe in herself), while Blaise Debeste misses no opportunity to insult his own son and cut him down. And the contrast only becomes stronger once you learn that Sebastian isn't so much a Smug Snake getting his comeuppance as a "Well Done, Son!" Guy who doesn't realize how pathetic he looks in the eyes of others — and that Blaise is an utter bastard.
- And the game's Big Bad picks up on it too; despite seeing them together only for a little while, he knows that endangering Kay will rile Edgeworth and bring out his best effort.
- A short but sweet line in Case 3 comes up twice: "A father can work miracles when his son is watching." It's first said— er, thought, by Gregory Edgeworth (sadly, he was referring to the upcoming trial which he eventually lost and was killed immediately after), and then said again later by Dane Gustavia (also sadly, he was just bullshitting and didn't actually care one bit about his son).
- Edgeworth has some encouraging words for Judge Courtney when she is disgusted with herself for failing to operate a fair and impartial trial when someone she loved was in danger.
Edgeworth: Judge Courtney. I am not as well acquainted with the Goddess of Law as you are. However... isn't that goddess also a mother of other gods? The law makes exceptions for extenuating circumstances. It understands a mother's heart. I'd say perhaps your Goddess sympathizes with you more than you think.
Edgeworth: Your Honor... I do not intend to speak regarding your ideals. However, the greatest judge I know... is one overflowing with humanity. Even during a trial, that judge experiences happiness, anger, sadness, and joy... but nevertheless always hands down the correct verdict in the end.
- And at the end of the game
- Shelly de Killer's Hitman with a Heart moments. First by helping Edgeworth get justice for Worthy Opponent Ethan Rooke (despite Shelly having nothing to gain and his freedom to risk by doing so), then by sparing traitorous client Simon Keyes for fellow assassin Sirham Dogen's sake.