Shout Out: Ace Attorney

The Ace Attorney games are filled with shout outs. They can be almost from any popular sources, especially in 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 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.
  • Another phrase that comes up quite a bit, usually when a shocking revelation is about to be made and/or the speaker is at a clear disadvantage, is "I've got a bad feeling about this."

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:
    Phoenix: "Um... Suedeshoes, wasn't it?"
    Gumshoe: "That's me! Don't step on my blue suede shoes..."
    Gumshoe: "Wait! That's a song, pal!"
  • 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's Adventures 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!"
    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:
    Phoenix: ""B Block" is through there. That's where visitors park."
    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

Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

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.
    Apollo: But that's just silly. Who'd name a band the "police"?
    • 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?"
  • In the case where you encounter Valant for the first time he goes to you before entering court for the last time, Apollo thinks to himself: "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.
    Trucy: My panties are Bigger on the Inside!
    Apollo: (Hm, that reminds me of that TV show I used to watch...)
  • 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 
  • If you examine the number on the back of your attorney's badge, Apollo will remark "There are many numbers like it, but this one is mine".
  • Apollo says "Well hello, Ms. Fancy Pants!" during one of the ladder/stepladder debates with Trucy.
  • When Ema explains how to use the fingerprinting powder by dusting it on and blowing the rest away, she says: "It's like whistling. You know how to whistle, don't you? Just put your lips together..."
  • In keeping with the third case's musical references Apollo and Klavier have this exchange: "Klavier: Nobody told me about days like these. Apollo: strange days, indeed" only thing missing was someone chiming in with a "most peculiar, mama".

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

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.)
  • If you inspect the model of the courthouse in Case 5 there is a sign underneath a button that says it will change the shape of the model. Edgeworth comments that "There's more to this model than meets the eye."
  • Examining the round table in the P.I.C. meeting room has Edgeworth say it is based off of a certain legend. Gumshoe tries to guess it. He comes up with "Knights of the Brown Table", "Knights of the Clown Table", and "Knights who say Ni".

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 he was expecting 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.)
    Blackquill: You FOOL of a 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.
  • Speaking of Hugh, in his confession about him having a body double, the Mood Matrix represent the body double kinda like a BLU Spy, complete with a paper mask of Hugh's face.
  • 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: 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.
    Phoenix Wright: (A tornado of sharks? Not even Hollywood could conjure up something that insane.)
  • 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.
  • After Simon Blackquill brings up an accusation in Case 2, the gallery goes nuts, leading to this little quip from the Judge:
    Judge: Order! Order!!! The defense will stop at competing for the greatest freak-out ever!
  • 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.
  • 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?