The Ace Attorney games are filled with shout outs. They can be almost from any popular sources, specially on the English translation.These Shout Outs range from Phoenix telling Franziska "Well, excuuuuse me princess!", to a security system named "S.P.A.R.D.A", to a clown who sings the intro of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.Please, if you are writing an example, try to be as specific as possible to the reference, while also marking out appropriate crucial spoilers. Being vague about it is something we should avoid. Also, please try to keep this page as organized as possible.
The Steel Samurai is about half reference, half parody of tokusatsu shows like Kamen Rider, though once it gets the Iron Baby that it carries around in a cart, it becomes a full on Lone Wolf and Cub reference.
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."
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!" Phoenix: "True..." 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.)"
In the same case, there's this chat upon examining the Parking Lot B Block:
At one point, it even gives 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/ I say" in Japanese and is Nick's nickname in the Japanese version.
Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations
Judge: "I-I'm a spoon!? I'm no spoonybard, I'll have you know!"
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: But then a miracle happened. The kind people like Mr. Tigre like to say never happen.note A localization hiccup in the bad ending of the second game included the line "The 'miracle' never happen," which underwent Memetic Mutation.
An easily overlooked one, because you have to pretty much intentionally mess up. But when cross-examining Dahlia Hawthorne and you pick the wrong choice towards the end of one cross-examination. Pheonix will exclaim how his intuition was wrong. Godot responds: "Intuition...? Truthiness has no place here!"
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.
Judge: I do hope this latest accusation is well-based.
In case 2 of Investigations, there's a bit of an internal reference, where examing 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.
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.
Also, a wrestler and mayor who is very much a Papa Wolf.
Athena later suggests to Apollo that he should also become a pro wrestler and adopt the moniker of The Amazing Firebrand.
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.)
Trucy suggests that Phoenix and Apollo form a comedy team called Agni & Rudra. This could be a reference to the es of the two ultimate dragons in the first Breath of Fire, or two bosses from the third Devil May Cry.
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 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.