- 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 Orestheia is an ancient Greek play wherein the character Orestes is defended in the first ever court presided over by the goddess Athena and defended by the god Apollo who won the case and earned himself the title, god of justice among other things. For the ancient Athenians, this made the god Apollo the first ever defense attorney. And suddenly the name Apollo Justice becomes a brilliant, high-brow wink to the well-read gamer.
- Not only was Apollo the first defense attorney, but the first defense attorney ever with a jury system. And the crime Apollo defends Orestes for? A child's murder of a parent.
- 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!"
- There's a shout-out here in Japanese as well; one of the options us "Nokonoko," the Japanese name of Koopa Troopa.
- 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!"
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."
- The Compilation Re-release for the 3DS adds this gem:
Judge: "Don't "oops" me! Maybe this boot to the head will knock some sense into you!"
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."
- The ringleader of the Berry Big Circus has Shocking Pink Mascara, though it's uncertain whether or not Ace Attorney references the games or the other way around.
- 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: "Well, those are the only kinds of flowers I know. Dagnabit, 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.
- At one point, Phoenix says, "D'oh!" just like Homer Simpson.
- 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.
- After Phoenix tells Matt Engarde to ignore a call he just had from de Killer, Matt replies with "Dude, did your nose just get longer?"
Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
- Atmey: "Shall we say the figurative Sir William will be dropping his panties before lunchtime."
- Phoenix: (Uh oh... Phoenix, we have a problem...)
- Atmey: Ha... Elementary, my dear lawyer. Obviously it wasn't glued on well enough.
- Atmey: And I always look over all the documents. It's elementary, Sir Lawyer!
- This conversation.
Godot: Mr. Trite's words are the milk and you are the spoon, Your Honor.
- 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: "An impressive deduction, Mr. Wright. ...Most impressive."
- Phoenix: "Her testimony has more plot holes than that movie The Grid: Revelations!"
- Godot: "Hey, Filly. Know your role, and shut your mouth. I can't stand women like you."
- Grossberg: "Unnngh... It feels like my hemorrhoids are doing the Harlem Shake!"***
- The game was released in 2004, eight years before the song's release. However, there is a dance called the Harlem Shake, popularized in 1981 by Al B, which is more likely being referenced here.
- This phrase:
Godot: I'm already seeing a very hot someone, so you'll be waiting for a long time.
- Also Luke Atmey's comments about Godot.
Atmey: Godot. A legend or myth... Men pin a lifetime of hopes on the chance to simply meet him.Atmey: Not surprising... Some people spend their entire lives idly waiting for his appearance.
- Also Luke Atmey's comments about Godot.
- Maya brings up the topic of the "Rocko" soundtrack and "Claw of the Tiger".
Maya: What!? It's not the Rocko soundtrack, is it? 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: "D-Director!? (Sh-She's human!? She seems 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.)"
- Armstrong: "Oui, Monsieur 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?
- Butz: "She flew, I'm telling you! Whooosh! Just like that dude with the red underwear!
- 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:
Gumshoe: Umm, about this here...Bikini: Hmm... Let me see... Well, as you may know... In order to see reality for what it truly is... ...we strive to break our attachments to much of the transient, material realm. I guess you could call me an "immaterial girl"!Gumshoe: I guess she lives in an immaterial world, huh Mr. Edgeworth?
- 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 that Mr. Tigre would prefer to say never happened. But he can't. Neither can I."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.
- Mask☆DeMasque's symbol looks an awful lot like a Phanto.
- Larry Butz's last two girlfriends before the game were "Bennifer" and "Katty Tom," a reference to 2000's celebrity couples Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and Tom Cruise and Katie Holms, both of whom have subsequently broken up).
- The Spanish translation even gives a couple of Spanish-only references:
- Jean Armstrong says "¡Tú eres muy malo! ¡Siempre negativo, nunca positivo!" (You're very bad! Always negative, never positive!), a phrase made famous by a press conference by F.C. Barcelona's former coach Louis Van Gaal.
- Miles Edgeworth says to himself "Pero qué público más tonto tengo" (What a stupid audience I have), a song by seminal early 80s band Kaka de Luxe.
- Gumshoe's Bob Marley shout out in the English script is changed to a Camarón de la Isla shout out (he references both "Volando voy" and "Soy Gitano").
- The Judge references a popular children's rhyme at the end of case 3.
Judge: Wright, you caught a tiger by his toe, but if this one hollers, he won't be let go.
- In Bridge to the Turnabout, Dahlia says that she is "permanently retired." Dead reploids in the Mega Man X and later series are called "retired". She was executed prior to this episode for murder and was being channeled.
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
- In Apollo's first case, Winston Payne clarifies what the poker chips are thusly:
Payne: Poker chips are poker chips. They're not fish and chips, not a chip off the old block, not a motorcycle cop...
- 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?"
- 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.
- The following exchange:
- 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".
- Zak and Valant's Quick-Draw Shoot'em trick may be a subtle reference to the infamous bullet trick, a magic trick known for being dangerous and even killing a few magicians who'd attempted it.
- In response to one of Apollo's more off-the-wall theories:
Klavier: Now you've done it. You've gone beyond ridiculous and into... ludicrous.
- Guy Eldoon has a noodle-bowl-shaped hat with a built-in wig with hairs the shapes and colors of noodles and dark eyebrows. The colors of noodles are close to blond. Ken Masters from Street Fighter has bleached blond hair and dark eyebrows. Also, Guy Eldoon shares his first name with Guy from Final Fight, which is part of the same universe as Street Fighter.
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!?
- When Edgeworth asks Officer Meekins to move out of the way...
Meekins: SIR! Roger Wilco, SIR!
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.
- Another possible reference of the games might be when Sebastian Debeste says it would take Edgeworth a light year to understand his logic, after which Edgeworth and Justine Courtney correct him and say a light year is a measure of distance instead of time. This mistake is made by the trainer in Brock's gym as well.
- 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 beast's 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".
- On the subject of Larry Butz going by the pseudonym of Laurice Deauxnim:
- In case 1, when Edgeworth presents a red raincoat to Gumshoe, he will start to sing: "Red raincoat style! Red red red red". Edgeworth even comments he's doing a strange dance.
- In case 2, a guard is obsessed with a cute cat. When asked by Kay what his name is, the guard says it's Nermal.
- Elbird's polar bear is named Rocky.
- When Edgeworth is cross-examining Frank Sahwit and Frank has thrown his toupee at Edgeworth Frank will say "I'm just your friendly neighborhood witness!"
- Franziska drops another one in case 4: "With great whipping comes great responsibility!"
- Case 2 has a few references to some famous works in the form of a few books in Knightley's prison cell: Prison Life for Dummies, The Great Escape in 80 Days: Based on a True Story! and The Animalshack Redemption.
- When you present wrong evidence during the rebuttal of Patricia Roland, she may try to hug you which will result in Ray saying "Run Miles, run!"
- One of Franziska's sayings is "I whip, therefore I swing!", which is a play on 'Cogito, ergo sum.'
- Presenting wrong evidence during Franziska's rebuttal in case 4 may result in her getting angry and Ray saying "Watch out Miles, you're turning Franny-pie into fifty shades of rage!"
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
- From the demo:
- Phoenix: Project confidence... like a boss!
- At one point Simon Blackquill is called "Mr. Black Jack". His design can also bring the eponymous doctor to mind.
- 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 the dead body in Case 3, 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.
- 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 "It was a complete disaster."
- 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 Mood Matrix for the first time in case 2 to pinpoint an unexpected emotion, if you pick the wrong emotion, Athena's ensuing dialogue to Apollo 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: ...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 an astronaut named Solomon Starbuck. He's also mentioned to be a good friend of Apollo's, doubling the reference.
- 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 a pocket chain(attached to...) 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.
- Lastly, the poem on JudgeTron is a literal shoutout to Judge Dredd
- In Case 2, Apollo thinks to himself: "Yeesh, Rube Goldberg 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?
- Solomon Starbuck and Clay Terran are both giant shout outs to Uchuu Kyoudai. Not only are their haircuts and character designs practically ripped from the series, but also similarities in backstories. Especially since both Solomon Starbuck, and his character design inspiration Hibito both experienced a near death experience in space, leading to both of them developing a fear of space but still remaining determine to return to space.
- Hibito and Clay also share some personality traits, especially their enthusiasm for space and becoming an astronaut.
- One of Marlon Rimes' rhymes is "Prepare for the battle, prepare for the war!"
- The name of one of the segments in the chapter select menu for Case 2 is "Chamber Secrets".
- Considering the speaker is an astronaut and the entirety of Case 4 has to do with space, this could very well be a Shout-Out.
Starbuck: Well, it wasn't a big exaggerated deal like master and apprentice or anything like that.
- Apollo had at one period in the game an eyepatch and wrapped arms. Street Figther's Sagat had these too.
Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
- In keeping with the new spiritual theme of the game, Ahlbi Ur'gaid's dog Shah'do resembles Missile.
- In this countdown video, Maya Fey says "Steel Samurai Maya Smelting", which is the name of Phoenix Wright's Hyper Combo that involves her in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- In the Khura'inese court, the gallery calls for Phoenix's head several times, sometimes while chanting "Exterminate! Annihilate!"
- In Case 1:
Gallery: Long may [Rayfa] live and prosper!Phoenix: (Hey! I want to live long and prosper too!)
- When Ahlbi demands Pheonix Wright to "give back the time he spent planning for Phoenix's tour upon discovering he is a lawyer, Pheonix thinks: "Sadly, I'm a lawyer, not a time lord...)
- The first some somebody does a 180 in their personality for the plot, Phoenix exasperatedly thinks "...And now for something completely different...".
- At one point, when talking about music, Phoenix thinks "I've got chills, and they're multiplying...".
- The witness for the first trial is a hippie monk named Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin, and of course, at one point Phoenix asks him, "What's so funny, Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin?"
- Sometimes the gallery would add to his performance using a tune that vaguely goes 'stomp, stomp, clap, stomp, stomp'.
- The afterlife in Khura'inism is known as the Twilight Realm. While that might or might not be a shout out on its own, the fact that at one point Andistan'dhin refers to himself as the "Twilight Messenger" is.
- When Phoenix accuses Andistan'dhin's testimony of being off, Andistan'dhin believes Phoenix is taking about his music and wonders if Phoenix like "Orchestra" or "Jazz Soul" better (referencing both the Gyakuten Meets Orchestra and Gyakuten Meets Jazz Soul albums).
- Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin references Twisted Sister in "The Foreign Turnabout" by saying "I'm not gonna take it! No, I ain't gonna take it!".
- In case 1, the following exchange happens:
- Coincidentally, the English release of Spirit of Justice coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek.
- In case 2:
- Mr. Reus is based on the Joker card, and his green-and-purple color scheme might bring The Joker and Kamen Rider Double's CycloneJoker form to mind.
- The twist of Case 2 (Mr Reus went underground after an injury, got someone else to assume his identity, and the impostor later died) brings Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to mind.
- The twist with Bonny de Famme brings to mind The Prestige.
- While giving Apollo and the player the tutorial for investigations in Case 2, Athena exclaims, "Ten points for House Justice!"
- During the first investigation, while Apollo is in deep thought on how the rubber sword could have been switched, Athena shouts to him: "Ground Control to Major Apollo! Can you hear me, Major Apollo?"
- At one point, Bonny (Betty) de Famme refers to Athena specifically as a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, in reference to the The Simpsons' episode "Lisa the Vegetarian".
- When Apollo and Athena discuss the comic books the former has on his desk, Athena jabs at him about researching street fighting.
- Presenting the wrong evidence while cross-examining ends with this exchange:
- Judge: And just as I said earlier, Mr. Justice, I have a whopper of a penalty for that bluff.Apollo: Owie... (I guess I can't always have it my way...])
- In case 3:
- A highly revered figure, worshiped as a god for taking the law into their own hands and executing criminals, is appropriately named Kee'ra.
- For bonus points, adding to the above, knowing people's names and faces is both an important part of Khura'in spiritualism, and a necessary prerequisite to using said Artifact of Death.
- A Khura'inese board game similar to chess, where the goal is to capture all enemy pieces and each piece has a special move that can be used once per game, is called Kachu'demahl.
- After learning the time of death had been faked when she was previously told how it could be accurately determined using forensic science:
- Rayfa: Barbed Head! You... You blinded me with science!
- When Abbot Inmee is channeled into Maya's body in Case 3, he asks the judge if he too has "shuffled off the mortal coil".
- At the end of the case, Rayfa says, "You know nothing, Maya Fey!"
- Inga specifically calls the Defiant Dragons rebel scum.
- In case 4:
- At the beginning of the fourth case, when Athena's client is late, Widget says the following:
- At one point, Blackquill tells Athena, "You'd best screw your courage to the sticking place and attack their testimony head-on!".
- In Case 5 (part 1):
Apollo:: (I don't know what's worse: the penalty, or their singing.)
- The Yashichi symbol that has shown up in many Capcom games appears in Case 5 as a computer icon within the E-mail evidence.
- The clay automaton in Professor Buff's study likewise yells EX-TER-MI-NATE. EX-TER-MI-NATE. DES-TROY ALL TAR-GETS.
- Sarge claims that "A modern day warrior must be well-versed in technology... and have mean, mean pride!"
- During Case 5, while investigating Dr. Buff's study, Apollo and Dhurke have a minor dispute about whether a hanging relic is either a bird or a plane.
- During Case 5, Paul Atishon attempts to avert suspicion away from him by saying "I am not a crook."
- "Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what you can do for me!"
- When Sarge claims that Athena has no place on the "battlefield" (referring to the courtroom), she counters by saying "This G.I Jane's always ready for a fight in the courtroom!"
- In one of Paul Atishon's testamonies, he states that he was Walking alone, lost in thought
- One of the penalty dialogues during Case 5 has the Judge and Phoenix sing Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler."
- In case 5 (part 2):
- A key point is that a character is secretly suffering from prosopagnosia, much like in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors.
- Upon examining the desk in Inga's quarters in Case 5 and seeing the amount of execution paperwork, Edgeworth declares "something is rotten in the Kingdom of Khura'in".
- In Case 5, If you check the curtains in the front of Amara's Tomb (which is functionally the door), Athena thinks somebody else could have hidden there and has solved the case because it's impossible to see through them. Ema shoots her down saying that the royal guards have already thoroughly inspected that area during their siege and found nobody. Athena's response takes a cue from Tsubomi Hanasaki's Unsettling Gender Reveal.
- Athena: (crying in frustration) My brilliant deduction — destroyed in three sentences.
- After Athena's theory about the identity of one of Inga's jacket buttons is denied by Ema, Apollo says "See? Every puzzle has an answer, Athena".
- In the final case, Phoenix and Apollo are amazed by Queen Ga'ran's transformation, calling it an "extreme makeover".
- At one point in "Turnabout Time Traveler", Athena attempts to psych Phoenix up with the phrase "Just do it!"