- The plant named Charley in Phoenix's office is likely a shout out to Chuck the plant, a mascot/Running Gag in LucasArts adventure games.
- The Steel Samurai is about half reference, half parody of tokusatsu shows like Kamen Rider, though once it gets the Iron Infant that it carries around in a cart, it becomes a full on Lone Wolf and Cub reference.
- There are multiple references throughout the games to earlier investigation serials like Perry Mason or Sherlock Holmes. Unlike most other references on this page, these were usually in the original Japanese dialogue as well.
- Several characters across several games like to use the word "inconceivable" when denouncing a theory or when a hole is poked in their case.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
- In Case 2, Detective Gumshoe asks if you remember his name. Choosing one of the wrong options nets you this gem:
- The Gatewater Hotel becoming famous for an illegal wiretapping operation. The hotel name and the event reference the Watergate Complex in Washington DC, which lent its name to the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon (although the real thing is today just apartments and offices, back in 1972 one of its buildings was a hotel).
- The footage from the "Steel Samurai" show bears more than a passing resemblance to the opening cutscene of the original Ninja Gaiden game.
- The Steel Samurai's motto is "For great justice!"
- Show Maya the photo of the Steel Samurai after the first day of trials and Phoenix quotes Alice in Wonderland.
Phoenix: [Will Powers] doesn't seem the type, does he. (Curiouser and curiouser...)
- Mia: (referring to Cody) "That boy is our last hope!"
- Phoenix, on why Cody deleted photos of the Steel Samurai defeated: "He couldn't handle the truth!"
- Case 4 states someone should whip that Butz into shape. Don't worry, It Makes Sense in Context.
- Miles Edgeworth's father Gregory is based off Atticus Finch.
- Ema suggests there should be letters in the detective's IDs if you examine Goodman's ID card and suggests a possible ID.
Phoenix: "A name and ID number are written here. "Detective Bruce Goodman, ID# 5842189"."
Ema: "I wonder why they only use numbers for IDs."
Phoenix: "What else would they use?"
Ema: "Letters, silly! They're the reason we have a written language in the first place!"
Ema: ""Detective Bruce Goodman, ID: YABADAB". See? Wouldn't it be better?"
Phoenix: ""YABADAB"? Well, it does have a certain ring to it..."
Ema: "Exactly my point! Tee-hee!"
Phoenix: "(It doesn't take much to amuse her.)"
Phoenix: ""B Block" is through there. That's where visitors park."
- In the same case, there's this chat upon examining the Parking Lot B Block:
Ema: "I can see the Lunchland car over there... far in the distance."
Phoenix: "Hey, you're right. I like the cute design on the door. (I can see... a cartoon cow munching down on a juicy looking steak.)"
Ema: "... Doesn't that strike you as a little... creepy?"
Phoenix: "Just don't think too deeply about it and you'll be fine."
- Ema: "I-it's only a flesh wound, Mr. Wright!"
- In the final case, where a crucial piece of evidence is a handprint on a piece of brown leather: "Hey, I think I've seen that on a shirt, before."
Ace Attorney: Justice For All
- Checking the security cam in the Detention Center will make Phoenix say "Smile, you're on Candid Camera"
- Phoenix once mentions heading straight for the "highway to the danger zone".
- The infamous Fresh Prince reference.
"In West Clownidelphia, born and raised. In the Circus was where I spent most of my days."
- "It's a treasure. My treasure... Preciiiious..."
- In 1972, a crack clown team was sent to prison by a circus court for a crime they did not commit. These clowns promptly escaped from a maximum security clown car... (more unreadably fast text.)
- Inspecting Acro's basketball hoop leads Maya to say that Acro's monkey "don't fake the funk on a nasty dunk."
- Well excuuuuuuse me, princess!
- Lawrence "Moe" Curls, professional Stooge.
Judge: "Mr. Curls, are you reciting The C-Team theme just to anger this court?
- During the same case:
- Maya: "Hey Pearly, did I ever tell you about how this one time, at Lawyer Camp, Nick..."
- Phoenix: Zoinks! It's the alien!
- Phoenix is once asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. He responded that he wanted to be like "Judge Wackner and the Public's Court."
- Maya in response to Trilo's (a ventriloquist's dummy) goals:
- It may also be a reference to the film Finding Forrester, which contained the line that inspired said website.
- Phoenix: "Dangnabit Maya, I'm a lawyer not a botanist."
- Gumshoe: "It's go time, baby! I'm on fire! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!"
- The fact that he says this at least twice might also be referencing the fact that that's part of the opening theme, played in every episode.
- Edgeworth: "I saw the report with her testimony, but who knew that under that helmet... it was the wicked witch of the witness stand!?"
- Oldbag: You shall not pass!
- Regina Berry's staff/wand looks strikingly similar to a certain cardcaptor's.
- Phoenix: "Adrian Andrews! I choose you!
- Juan Corrida bears a striking resemblance to Hiroshi Fujioka, a.k.a. Takeshi Hongo (the very first Kamen Rider) and Segata Sanshiro.
- "Well, he did say 'I'll be back.' Wait... or was that someone else?"
- In Turnabout Big Top:
Franziska: There's no crying in court!
- Phoenix sounding very much like Jerry Lewis during 2-2:
Phoenix: "Not you too, Mia! With the whip... and the pain... and the oww..."
- Phoenix and Pearl find a toy robot bear in 2-4, and Pearl asks how much horsepower it has.
- After von Karma whips Phoenix into unconsciousness: Ph-Phoenix! Hang in there Phoenix!! PHOENIX!!!
- At one point, it even has a weird internal shout-out by Maya suggesting Phoenix spice his name up by calling himself "Naruhodo A. Wrighto". "Ryuuichi Naruhodou" is Phoenix's name in the Japanese versions of the games.
- And in case you're wondering why the o is shorter in the version proposed by Maya, "Naruhodo"(short O) literally means "I understand" or "I say" in Japanese and is Nick's nickname in the Japanese version.
Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
- Judge: "I-I'm a spoon!? I'm no spoony bard, I'll have you know!"
- Godot: "As they say... 'A cornered fox is more dangerous than a jackal!'"
- Mia: "(Well, we know whose milkshake brings all the boys to the yard...)"
- Judge: "[...] Well, well... That's quite... impressive. most impressive..."
- Phoenix: "Her testimony has more plot holes than that movie The Grid: Revelations!"
- Godot: "Know your role, and shut your mouth."
- Luke Atmey: "Not surprising... some people spend their entire lives idly waiting for his [Godot's] appearance."
- Luke Atmey: "Shall we say the figurative Sir William will be dropping his trousers before lunchtime?"
- Maya brings up the topic of the "Rocko" soundtrack and "Claw of the Tiger".
- Case 3 manages to get in three references all within the same scene, assuming all topics are explored and a wrong item is presented.
- Phoenix: "(She's human?! She looks more like a ghost in a shell!)"
- "I guess Mr. Elg is like every other man with his own pile of secrets."
- Viola: He had to pay compensation... He was made an offer... He simply... couldn't... refuse.
- Judge: "Ruh-Roh!"
- Phoenix: "A muddy mudskipper in outer space has a better chance of surviving than I do!"
- Jean Armstrong, to the judge: "Everything I do, I do it for you!"
- Phoenix: "(A spirit medium afraid of ghosts...? Isn't it ironic, don't you think?)"
- In case 5 when you examine the bell tower at the beginning, an exchange with Maya gives you
- Maya: ...I'll take money for the win.
- Godot. His real name is Diego Armando. Take a wild guess as to why.note
- Luke Atmey: "It's elementary, my dear."
- When he brings Furio Tigre into court, Godot mentions that the job was a "three cup problem."
- Edgeworth: I detest talk of supernatural drivel. I suppose now you'll say she has midi-chlorians?
- Larry: "I swear I saw her flying! *WHOOOSH!* Just like that guy in the red underpants!
- The CD from Furio Tigre's office and the virus it contains is labelled "MC Bomber." When Maya tries to remember the name later she comes up with MC Screwdriver and MC Hacksaw, but doesn't quite hit it.
- When uselessly presenting evidence to Sister Bikini, the conversation with her goes like this:
- Bikini: I don't know anything about it; I don't care about materials things. I'm some sort of immaterial girl.Gumshoe (while laughing): You could say she lives in an "immaterial world", huh?
- Phoenix: (about Bikini) Wow, she must have just gotten off the trolley from the land of make-believe...
- Gumshoe sings "Every case is gonna be air-tight" in a reggae beat. I wonder who that's meant to sound like...
- Probably the same guy who sang Gumshoe's other favourite, "No motive, no crime..."
- If you examine the other side of the Suspension Bridge, Maya will suggest to Phoenix that he should train with her, since it would be great if he could have spiritual powers too, leading to this comment:
Phoenix: (Really? "I see dead people" sounds more like a cause for alarm to me...)
- During the cross-examination of Laurice…
Edgeworth: If you truly have nothing to hide... then why are you stammering like you just flew over a cuckoo's nest!?
- Here's where things get meta...
Phoenix: "But then a miracle happened. The kind people like Mr. Tigre like to say never happen."note
- Edgeworth: Well, her metabolic processes are a matter of interest only to historians, so to speak.
- "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
- An easily overlooked one, because you have to pretty much intentionally mess up. But when cross-examining Dahlia Hawthorne, if you pick the wrong choice towards the end of one cross-examination, Phoenix will exclaim how his intuition was wrong. Godot responds: "Intuition...? Truthiness has no place here!"
- How I Met My Feenie
- Atmey: I am a traveler of both time and space...
- When asking Gumshoe about Godot in case 2:
- One of the oils Jean Armstrong offers Phoenix contains golden myrrh and frankincense.
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
- At least two The Princess Bride references:
- Zak: In his last years, Magnifi worked us to the bone... No. To the Pain.
Klavier: "Logical"? I do not think this word means what you think it means, Herr Forehead!
- Also, Apollo has this little exchange:
- Trucy: Maybe they're trying to trick kids into thinking the police are some kind of band.
- There's a reference to the Police song "Roxanne" in the same room: when you examine a red siren Apollo tells Trucy not to put on the red light.
- Gavin's song Atroquinine, My Love might be a reference to the Jethro Tull song Aqualung (which includes the line "Aqualung, my friend" quite a few times).
- Apollo: (I should have learned to play the guitar.)
- Klavier's phrase, "Achtung, baby!" is most likely reference to U2's hit album in the 90's, "Achtung Baby".
- Also a mention of the Mason System.
- "How about flowers made of metal?" "What, like a magnolia made of steel?"
- Apollo: "Valant Gramarye! (Using the door like an average muggle, no less.)"
- Judge: "With a great accusation comes great responsibility!"
- Capcom also does a shout-out to its less-known survival horror series, Dino Crisis. The first DC game took place on Ibis Island in "The Republic of Borginia." Two key characters in Apollo Justice are from the Borginian Republic, suggesting a very bizarre intercontinuity canon.
- Case 4:
- Judge: I do hope this latest accusation is well-based.Phoenix: (...Don't worry, I've got all your bases right here.)
- Trucy's dummy is named Mr. Hat.
- Klavier clinches his status as an Expy of Dante with this line.
Klavier: Not so fast. This party's just getting started!
- Klavier: I play new rock, not Great Balls of Fire!
- Apollo: (Curiouser and curiouser...)
- Klavier gets two shout-outs in a row in this exchange in the fourth trial. Phoenix even lampshades it.
Klavier: ...The victim was already climbing a three-month stairway to heaven. ...Why not wait for him to knock-knock-knock on heaven's door? Why shoot him?Phoenix: (I wouldn't have put it quite so lyrically, but it's true.)
- Apollo shows some theatre prowess by referencing Oedipus the King when you examine the back of the brooch found on the floor of Lamiroir's dressing room:
Apollo: A sort of pin-fastener for attaching things to clothes. Not a safety pin-type, though.Trucy: So if it's not a safety pin...Trucy: ... is it a danger pin!?Apollo: I suppose if you stuck it in your eye, then yeah, sure. note
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
- Several Internet memes have appeared in Investigations, including, but not limited to: Over 9000, "relevant to my interests", the Badger Song, etc.
- Edgeworth: (Badger, badger, badger, badger... Just what does she see in these silly things?)
- One NPC in the fifth case of Investigations stands near a television camera and talks about his image being sent out into the wave world.
- "I see that I'm just wasting my time with Cousin Hair here".
- Third case: Kay Faraday says "Badger GET!" a few times. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Also by Kay on a ceiling fan (compare to musical mobile): "They're totally alike! They spin those babies right round, like a record!"
- "Elementary." In reference to deduction.
- Miles Edgeworth makes an accusation in the style of Cluedo/Clue:
- Edgeworth: Lance Amano! I propose that you killed Mr. Deacon with the revolver in the haunted house!
- Quercus Alba: "And I would've gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling prosecutors!"
- Even Gumshoe gets in on the action:
- In the first case, Edgeworth exclaims "You fail!" moments prior to exposing Jacques Portsman as the killer.
Edgeworth: Only two pieces? I believe the proper phrase here is, "you fail."
- And in the same vein, the fifth case contains an extremely similar moment in which Edgeworth says "Is that your final answer?"
Edgeworth: The special move today was the "Early Summer Rain Jab"? Is that your final answer?
- Badd: "...The times, they are a-changing..." He's one of the few people in the game old enough to have been alive when that song came out.
- Lang: "Your diplomatic immunity... has just been revoked."
- "Miles, my boy. This verdict is what all prosecutors strive for."
- Something similar happens in Investigations, when a young Franziska says that she will whip Yew into shape.
- In case 5, Edgeworth says that Larry Butz has been the world's largest source of Trouble with a capital T.
- In case 2, there's a bit of an internal reference, where examining a few books will eventually lead to reading about a "working name" for iFly Airlines. That name being GoYou Airlines. GoYou is the name of the airline in the Japanese version.
- Like in one of the previous games, we have Edgeworth muse about some evidence: "Curiouser and curiouser..."
- Calisto Yew: "Why so serious?"
- While checking a group of suitcases in case 2 with Gumshoe.
Gumshoe: Holy suitcases, Mr. Edgeworth!
- Well, Excuse Me, princess again:
- Edgeworth: And where were you when you experienced this... calm?Lance: Our family garden, of course! Where else could it have been!?Edgeworth: (Well! Excuse me for asking! This child is more princess than prince...)
- In case 2, examining the Mr.iFly Piggy Bank's writing will prompt Edgeworth into this comment:
Edgeworth: You know, I've seen it occur a lot recently, and it's been bothering me greatly... ...but why does nobody know how to properly capitalize and space nouns anymore!?
Investigations 2 (Fan Localization)Even the fan translation gets in on the references.
- In case 2: A guard describes the sound of the alarm "wii uu wii uu wii uu"
- Kay drops this little gem in case two:
- "It's a cage inside a cage that is this prison cell. It's like... Cageception!
- From the beginning of case 4: "It's not Lupus!"
- In case 4, Edgeworth comes across a lit up model of a pony that "Sparkles in the twilight". He also doesn't get the suggested contradiction in a winged unicorn.
- When Kay suggests that the hidden 51st floor might be accessed by a secret portal, Ray tells her that it's not the time to be thinking with portals.
- During another point of case 4, Kay is losing hope due to being framed as a murderer and since she's lost her memory, is almost sure that she's done it and is asking Edgeworth to give up on defending her. Edgeworth replies by telling her: "If you don't believe in yourself, believe in the me that believes in you!"
- Also in Case 4, Sebastian mentions that his father is the very best, like no one ever was.
- Talking to Lotta Hart in case 5 about "Moozilla" will have her quote what seems to be a line from their promotions.
- Lotta: "On that day, humanity was given a grave reminder... of the terror of Moozilla!"
- She also describes the monster as the fiercest creature "this side of the Pacific Rim"
- Likewise in case 5, presenting a Moozilla-related piece of evidence to the largely uncooperative John Marsh will cause Kay to unsuccessfully attempt to bribe him with candy in order to make him more talkative, causing her to remark that even her candy crush attack didn't work.
- After a small spat between Justine and her son John, Edgeworth quips that children don't understand their parents. Kay counters that sometimes the reverse is also true.
- Edgeworth didn't just solve the mystery of Moozilla, he grasped the beasts true form!
- When Blaise Debeste breaks down and accidentally burns his wig off:
- In case 5:
Franziska: You're always so calm and collected, like an anchorman reading a teleprompter... It makes me sick!
Edgeworth: (...I should probably stay classy and avoid a confrontation with her for now.)
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
- From the demo:
- Phoenix: Project confidence... like a boss!
- At one point Simon Blackquill is called "Mr. Black Jack".
- He is also called Mr Birdman. Obviously, he doesn't take too kindly to the comparison.
- At the end of the third case, Athena says Myriam Scuttlebutt, a character that sneaks around in a cardboard box, has "got this tactical espionage action stuff down to a science".
- Scuttlebutt is a walking Metal Gear Solid reference, from her introduction ("I hope it's not a SNAAAAAAAAAKE!") to her trademark snake-hiss laugh.
- They also make reference to the "!" alert from those games.
- During the first trial, Ted Tonate drops this:
- Tonate: Boom! Game Over! Yeaaah!
- In the second trial, the murder weapon on first glance bears a striking resemblance to Yuna's summoning staff.
- When Athena stumbles upon her first dead body, Phoenix remarks that she turned five shades of pale... but at least it wasn't fifty.
- A former pro wrestler becoming the head of a community. Not the first time in a Capcom series.
- While in court, Florent L'Belle's green hair dye job combined with his pale skin, purple suit, and cologne-spraying flower makes him look a lot like The Joker. His expressions and mannerisms are especially reminiscent of the incarnation from The Dark Knight Returns.
- However, said purple suit combined with his normal sculpted blonde hair and the fact that he owns a line of cosmetics suggest that he may also be based on a certain other comic book villain: Adrian Veidt.
- This bit when Filch is under suspicion of having been at the crime scene (And he never told anybody.)
- Blackquill: You FOOL of a tanuki!
- Supported when he later still refers to him as a tricksy little tanuki.
- In case 2, when examining the prints and feathers on the floor:
Athena: They're pretty big tracks, almost bird-like. The feathers also point to a bird.Apollo: Then it must be one big bird! And not of the friendly yellow type, either!
- Someone circled a pro wrestling match in the newspaper in case 2.
Tenma Town Pro Wrestling "Howlin' Wolf vs. Pretty Boy Vampire" Blow-by-blow commentary by Timothy Twilight.
- The person who circled it also notes that they sucked.
- After Athena lies about being creeped out by the Forbidden Chamber Apollo thinks to himself that "The denial is strong in this one".
- Trucy suggests that Phoenix and Apollo form a comedy team called Agni & Rudra. This could be a reference to the names of the two ultimate dragons in the first Breath of Fire I, or two bosses from the third Devil May Cry.
- Or more likely a reference to the two Hindu gods, Agni and Rudra, which the video games are also referencing.
- When using Athena's emotion matrix for the first time in case 2, if you pick the wrong emotion, Athena and Apollo's ensuing dialogue is the first few lyrics of Comfortably Numb.
- In case 4's trial:
Phoenix: (As long as they don't punish us in the name of said moon for what we've done for it...)
- In trial 5, the witness requests getting banished to the moon after being constantly caught lying in the court.
- Another from 5-3: Athena tells us that "all that's left now is to reach out to the truth".
- When told about how the memory of the robots isn't stored in their bodies and therefore persists even if they are damaged, the Judge comments "It's as if she can be seriously wounded, but her soul still burns."
- When cross-examining the egotistical head of the local space agency, Phoenix says that if the witness is going to be an important historical figure, then he, Phoenix, is the King of All Cosmos.
- Clonco declares that he'll use his blast processing abilities to reveal information.
- Presenting the Mock trial script to Hugh has him complain you're trying to humiliate him Old country style.
- Robin Newman screams "Proof?! We don't need no stinkin' proof!", later presenting some evidence to Robin yields the saying "full on YOLO".
- Case 4: If you examine the boarding lounge security camera, Athena will decide to commemorate the moment with a "Love and Peace!"
- Also in case 4:
Yuri Cosmos: ...how could you doubt a man with such great intensity, intelligence, and integrity?!
- Trucy speaks about busting the defendant out and then seeking the actual killer, with the authorities hot on their tails. In the middle she says they'll "sneak around the world from Kiev to Carolina".
- From the DLC case, we have this gem after examining a shark-shaped cannon that fires egg-shaped balls, rather than baby sharks like Athena suggests.
- In case 5, Phoenix says "Failure is not an option here!" to himself. Made all the more appropriate by the fact that the case involved a space mission gone wrong, two if you count the related one that happened seven years prior.
- The whole "HAT-1 Miracle" is pretty much a direct Shout-Out to Apollo 13. A space mission where the astronauts miraculously survived despite several major problems that was later made into a movie.
- The captain's Show Within a Show character in the DLC case is the "Dread Pirate Nostache".
- The defendant in case 4 is named Solomon Starbuck.
- Yet another sci-fi reference in case 4: "You bet! Let's make it so!"
- During the ending, Solomon Starbuck paraphrases the Elton John song "Rocket Man", saying that space is lonely and "cold as hell".
- Upon fixing Klavier's statue in case 3, Athena notes, "Don't stop me now! The artist inside me wants to get out and have a good time!"
- At one point Simon proves that samurai movies aren't the only kind he enjoys.
Simon Blackquill: Suspicious is as Suspicious Does.
- After Simon Blackquill brings up an accusation in Case 2, the gallery goes nuts, leading to this little quip from the Judge:
- At one point in case 3, Myriam Scuttlebutt calls Apollo "boy wonder".
- Phoenix's new three-piece suit with pocket watch is clearly taking inspiration from Atticus Finch.
- Also from the DLC case: Dr. Crab has a baby penguin chick living in his afro. This has definitely happened somewhere else before.
- Again from the DLC case: After Rimes drinks that barrel of "steroids" and became pumped up, his character design wouldn't look so out of place in a particular pirate anime.
- Or, indeed, an iconic Western cartoon.
- Lasly, the poem on JudgeTron is a literal shoutout to Judge Dredd
- In Case 2, Apollo thinks to himself: "Yeesh, Rube Golberg machines have less elaborate set-ups then L'Belle's scheme."
- So in Case 3 we learn that Juniper Woods AKA Junie is studying to become a Judge...would that make her Judge Junie?