The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games are filled with shout outs. They can be almost from any popular sources, especially in the English translation.

These {{Shout Out}}s range from Phoenix telling Franziska "[[WellExcuseMePrincess Well, excuuuuse me princess!]]", to a security system named [[Film/ThreeHundred "S.P.A.R.]][[VideoGame/DevilMayCry D.A"]], to a clown who sings the intro of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.

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* The plant named Charley in Phoenix's office is likely a shout out to [[ Chuck the plant]], a mascot/RunningGag in Creator/LucasArts adventure games.
* ''The Steel Samurai'' is about half reference, half parody of {{tokusatsu}} shows like ''Series/KamenRider'', though once it gets the Iron Infant that it carries around in a cart, it becomes a full on ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' reference.
* There are multiple references throughout the games to earlier investigation serials like ''Series/PerryMason'' or ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''. 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 [[Film/ThePrincessBride "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:
--> '''Phoenix:''' "Um... Suedeshoes, wasn't it?" \\
'''Gumshoe:''' "That's me! [[Music/ElvisPresley Don't step on my blue suede shoes]]..." \\
'''Gumshoe:''' "[[LampshadeHanging Wait]]! [[WaxingLyrical 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 UsefulNotes/RichardNixon (although the real thing is today just apartments and offices, back in 1972 one of its buildings was a hotel).
* The footage from the "[[ShowWithinAShow Steel Samurai]]" show bears more than a passing resemblance to the opening cutscene of the original ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' game.
* The Steel Samurai's motto is "[[VideoGame/ZeroWing For great justice!]]"
* Show Maya the photo of the Steel Samurai after the first day of trials and Phoenix quotes ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.
--> '''Phoenix''': [Will Powers] doesn't seem the type, does he. (Curiouser and curiouser...)
* '''Mia:''' (referring to Cody) [[Franchise/StarWars "That boy is our last hope!"]]
* Phoenix, on [[spoiler:why Cody deleted photos of the Steel Samurai defeated]]: ''[[Film/AFewGoodMen "He couldn't handle the truth!"]]''
* Case 4 states [[Music/{{Devo}} someone should whip that Butz into shape.]] Don't worry, ItMakesSenseInContext.
* Miles Edgeworth's father Gregory is based off [[Creator/GregoryPeck Atticus]] [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird 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: [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones 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... [[LetsMeetTheMeat a cartoon cow munching down on a juicy looking steak]].)" \\
'''Ema:''' "... Doesn't that strike you as a little... creepy?" \\
'''Phoenix:''' "[[MST3KMantra Just don't think too deeply about it and you'll be fine.]]"
* '''Ema:''' [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "I-it's only a flesh wound, Mr. Wright!"]]
* In the final case, where a crucial piece of evidence is [[spoiler: a handprint on a piece of brown leather]]: "Hey, I think I've [[VideoGame/{{Myst}} seen that on a shirt, before.]]"

!!'''Ace Attorney: Justice For All'''

* Checking the security cam in the Detention Center will make Phoenix say "[[CatchPhrase Smile, you're on]] ''Series/CandidCamera''"
* Phoenix once mentions heading straight for the [[Film/TopGun "highway to the danger zone"]].
* The infamous [[Series/FreshPrinceOfBelAir Fresh Prince]] reference.
-->''"In West Clownidelphia, born and raised. In the Circus was where I spent most of my days."''
* [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings "It's a treasure. My treasure... Preciiiious..."]]
* [[Series/TheATeam 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."]]
* [[WellExcuseMePrincess Well excuuuuuuse me,]] [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda princess!]]
* Lawrence "Moe" Curls, professional [[Film/TheThreeStooges Stooge]].
--> '''Judge''': ''"Mr. Curls, are you reciting [[Series/TheATeam The C-Team]] theme just to anger this court?''
** During the same case:
--> '''Phoenix''': ([[Series/DaysOfOurLives Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of the Circus...]])
* '''Maya''': "Hey Pearly, did I ever tell you about how [[Film/AmericanPie this one time, at Lawyer Camp,]] Nick..."
* '''Phoenix''': [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo 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 [[Series/ThePeoplesCourt "Judge Wackner and the Public's Court."]]
* Maya in response to Trilo's (a ventriloquist's dummy) goals:
-->"[[Website/{{YTMND}} You're the man now, doll!]]"
** It may also be a reference to the film ''Film/FindingForrester'', which contained the line that inspired said website.
* '''Phoenix''': [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "Dangnabit Maya, I'm a lawyer not a botanist."]]
* '''Gumshoe''': "It's go time, baby! I'm on fire! [+[[Series/CSIMiami 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 [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz the wicked witch of the witness stand!?]]"
* '''Oldbag''': [[Film/LordOfTheRings You shall not pass!]]
* Regina Berry's staff/wand looks strikingly similar to a certain [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura cardcaptor's]].
* '''Phoenix''': "Adrian Andrews! [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} I choose you!]]
* Juan Corrida bears a striking resemblance to Hiroshi Fujioka, a.k.a. Takeshi Hongo (the very first Series/KamenRider) and Segata Sanshiro.
* "Well, he did say '[[Franchise/{{Terminator}} I'll be back]].' Wait... or was that [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger someone else]]?"
* In Turnabout Big Top:
--> '''Franziska''': There's [[Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn no crying in court!]]
* Phoenix sounding very much like Creator/JerryLewis during 2-2:
--> '''Phoenix''': "Not you too, Mia! [[OhGodWithTheVerbing With the whip... and the pain... and the oww...]]"
* Phoenix and Pearl find a toy robot bear in 2-4, and Pearl asks [[Manga/AstroBoy how much horsepower it has.]]
* After von Karma whips Phoenix into unconsciousness: [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid 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 [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV spoony]] [[SpoonyBard bard]], I'll have you know!"
* '''Godot''': "As they say... [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid '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... [[Franchise/StarWars impressive. most impressive]]..."
* '''Phoenix''': "Her testimony has more plot holes than that movie ''[[Film/TheMatrix The Grid: Revelations]]''!"
* '''Godot''': "[[DwayneJohnson Know your role, and shut your mouth.]]"
* '''Luke Atmey''': "Not surprising... some people spend their entire lives [[WaitingForGodot idly waiting for his [Godot's] appearance."]]
* '''Luke Atmey''': "Shall we say the figurative [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Sir William will be dropping his trousers before lunchtime?]]"
* Maya brings up the topic of the [[Film/{{Rocky}} "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 [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell a ghost in a shell]]!)"
-->'''Maya:''' "This is madness!"\\
-->'''Phoenix:''' "No, Maya. [[Film/ThreeHundred That is S.P.A.R.D.A]]."
*** Which may double as a shout out to [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante and Vergil's Dad]].
* "I guess [[spoiler:Mr. Elg]] [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} is like every other man with his own pile of secrets.]]"
* '''Viola''': [[Film/TheGodfather He had to pay compensation... He was made an offer... He simply... couldn't... refuse.]]
* '''Judge:''' [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo "Ruh-Roh!"]]
* '''Phoenix:''' "A [[WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy muddy mudskipper in outer space]] has a better chance of surviving than I do!"
* Jean Armstrong, to the judge: "[[Music/BryanAdams Everything I do, I do it for you!]]"
* '''Phoenix''': "(A spirit medium afraid of ghosts...? [[Music/AlanisMorissette 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: ...[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares I'll take money for the win.]]
* Godot. His real name is [[spoiler:Diego Armando.]] Take a wild guess as to why.[[note]] Maradona.[[/note]]
* '''Luke Atmey:''' [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes "It's elementary, my dear."]]
* When he brings Furio Tigre into court, Godot mentions that the job was a [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes "three cup problem."]]
* '''Edgeworth''': I detest talk of supernatural drivel. I suppose now you'll say she has [[Franchise/StarWars midi-chlorians?]]
* '''[[spoiler:Larry:]]''' "I swear I saw [[spoiler:her]] flying! *WHOOOSH!* Just like [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} that guy in the red underpants!]]
* The CD from Furio Tigre's office [[spoiler: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 [[Music/MCHammer 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 [[Music/{{Madonna}} she lives in an "immaterial world", huh?]]
* '''Phoenix:''' (about Bikini) Wow, she must have just gotten off [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood the trolley from the land of make-believe...]]
* Gumshoe sings "Every case is gonna be air-tight" in a reggae beat. I wonder [[Music/BobMarley 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? "[[Film/TheSixthSense 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 [[Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest you just flew over a cuckoo's nest]]!?
* Here's where things get [[CallBack meta]]...
--> '''Phoenix:''' "But then a miracle happened. The kind people like [[spoiler: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 MemeticMutation.[[/note]]
* '''Edgeworth''': Well, [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus her metabolic processes are a matter of interest only to historians]], so to speak.
* [[Literature/SherlockHolmes "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 [[spoiler: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...? [[Series/TheColbertReport Truthiness]] has no place here!"
* ''[[Series/HowIMetYourMother How I Met My Feenie]]''
* '''Atmey''': [[Music/LedZeppelin I am a traveler of both time and space...]]
* When asking Gumshoe about Godot in case 2:
-->'''Gumshoe:''' No way he's an amateur. He's an [[Film/TopGun iceman]] in court, a [[Film/TopGun maverick]] that give me [[Film/TopGun goose]]bumps.
* One of the oils Jean Armstrong offers Phoenix contains [[TheThreeWiseMen golden myrrh and frankincense]].

!!'''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney'''

* At least two ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' references:
--->'''Zak''': In his last years, Magnifi worked us to the bone... No. ToThePain.\\
'''Klavier''': "Logical"? [[YouKeepUsingThatWord 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. [[TakeThat Who'd name a band]] [[Music/ThePolice 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''': ([[Music/DireStraits 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 [[Franchise/PerryMason Mason System]].
* "How about flowers made of metal?" "What, like [[SteelMagnolias a magnolia made of steel]]?"
* '''Apollo''': "[[spoiler:Valant Gramarye]]! (Using the door like an average [[Literature/HarryPotter muggle]], no less.)"
* '''Judge''': "With a great accusation [[ComicBook/SpiderMan comes great responsibility]]!"
* Capcom also does a shout-out to its ''less''-known survival horror series, ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis''. 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, [[ZeroWing I've got all your bases]] right here.)
* Trucy's dummy is named [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Mr. Hat]].
--->'''Trucy''': My panties are BiggerOnTheInside!
--->'''Apollo''': (Hm, that reminds me of that [[Series/DoctorWho TV show I used to watch...]])
* Klavier clinches his status as an {{Expy}} of [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] with this line.
-->'''Klavier''': Not so fast. This party's just getting started!
* '''Klavier''': I play new rock, not [[Music/JerryLeeLewis Great Balls of Fire]]!
* '''Apollo''': ([[Literature/AliceInWonderland 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 [[Music/LedZeppelin stairway to heaven]]. ...Why not wait for him to [[Music/BobDylan 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 Theatre/OedipusTheKing 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]] For those who don't get it, using his mother's brooch pin, Oedipus stabbed himself in the eyes and made himself blind. It becomes HilariousInHindsight later when you realise the full truth of the brooch's owner [[/note]]

!!'''Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth'''

* Several Internet memes have appeared in Investigations, including, but not limited to: [[Anime/DragonBallZ Over 9000]], "relevant to my interests", the Badger Song, etc.
** '''Edgeworth''': [[WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob (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 [[MegaManStarForce sent out into the wave world]].
** "I see that I'm just wasting my time with [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Cousin Hair]] here".
** Third case: Kay Faraday says [[ItemGet "Badger GET!"]] a few times. ItMakesSenseInContext.
** Also by Kay on a ceiling fan (compare to musical mobile): "They're totally alike! They spin those babies right round, like a record!"
** [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes "Elementary."]] In reference to deduction.
** Miles Edgeworth makes an accusation in the style of Characters/{{Cluedo}}[=/=]TabletopGame/{{Clue}}:
----> '''Edgeworth''': [[spoiler:Lance Amano]]! I propose that you killed [[spoiler:Mr. Deacon]] with [[spoiler:the revolver]] in [[spoiler:the haunted house]]!
** [[spoiler:'''Quercus Alba''']]: [[YouMeddlingKids "And I would've gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling prosecutors!"]]
** Even Gumshoe gets in on the action:
---> '''Gumshoe''': [[{{Malaproper}} Extraterristrial rights]]? Sir, do you really believe that [[Series/TheXFiles the truth is out there]]!?
** In the first case, Edgeworth exclaims "You fail!" moments prior to exposing [[spoiler: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 "[[WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire Is that your final answer?]]"
---> '''Edgeworth''': The special move today was the "Early Summer Rain Jab"? Is that your final answer?
* '''Badd''': "[[Music/BobDylan ...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... ''[[Film/LethalWeapon2 has just been revoked.]]''"
* [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames "Miles, my boy. This verdict is what all prosecutors strive for."]]
** Something similar happens in Investigations, when a young Franziska says that she will [[Music/{{Devo}} whip Yew into shape.]]
* In case 5, Edgeworth says that [[spoiler:Larry Butz]] has been the world's largest source of [[Theatre/TheMusicMan 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: [[Literature/AliceInWonderland "Curiouser and curiouser..."]]
* '''Calisto Yew''': "[[Film/TheDarkKnight Why so serious?]]"
* While checking a group of suitcases in case 2 with Gumshoe.
--> '''Gumshoe:''' [[Series/{{Batman}} Holy suitcases, Mr. Edgeworth!]]
* [[WellExcuseMePrincess Well, Excuse Me]], [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda 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 "[[UsefulNotes/{{WiiU}} 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... [[Film/{{Inception}} Cageception!]]
* From the beginning of case 4: [[Series/{{House}} "It's not Lupus!"]]
* In case 4, Edgeworth comes across a lit up model of a pony that [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic "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 [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} thinking with portals]].
** During another point of case 4, Kay [[spoiler: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, [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann believe in the me that believes in you!"]]
* Also in Case 4, Sebastian mentions that his father [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} 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''': [[Manga/AttackOnTitan "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 Film/PacificRim"
* 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 [[VideoGame/CandyCrushSaga candy crush attack]] didn't work.
* After a small spat between [[spoiler:Justine and her son John]], Edgeworth quips that children don't understand their parents. Kay counters that sometimes [[WillSmith the reverse is also true.]]
* Edgeworth didn't just solve the mystery of Moozilla, he [[VideoGame/EarthBound grasped the beasts true form!]]
* When [[spoiler: Blaise Debeste breaks down and accidentally burns his wig off]]:
--> '''[[spoiler: Blaise]]:''' ITBURNSITBURNS[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons THEGOGGLESDONOTHING]]!
* 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 [[Film/{{Anchorman}} stay classy]] and avoid a confrontation with her for now.)

!!'''Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies'''

* From the demo:
---> '''Phoenix''': Project confidence... [[Music/TheLonelyIsland like a boss!]]
* At one point Simon Blackquill is called "[[Manga/BlackJack Mr. Black Jack]]".
** He is also called [[WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw 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 [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid tactical espionage action]] stuff down to a science".
** Scuttlebutt is a walking VideoGame/MetalGearSolid 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! [[VideoGame/SegaRally Game Over! Yeaaah!]]
* In the second trial, the murder weapon on first glance bears a striking resemblance to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX 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 [[Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey fifty]].
* A former pro wrestler becoming the head of a community. [[VideoGame/FinalFight Not the first time]] in a Capcom series.
** Also, [[spoiler:a wrestler and mayor who is very much a PapaWolf]].
** Athena later suggests to Apollo that he should also become a pro wrestler and adopt the moniker of [[VideoGame/GargoylesQuest 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 [[Franchise/BatMan The Joker]]. His expressions and mannerisms are especially reminiscent of the incarnation from ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.
** 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: [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Adrian Veidt]].]]
* This bit when Filch is under suspicion of having been at the crime scene (And he never told anybody.)
---> '''Blackquill''': You FOOL [[Film/LordOfTheRings of a tanuki]]!
** Supported when he later still refers to him as a [[Film/TheHobbit 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 [[Series/SesameStreet friendly yellow type]], either!
* Someone circled a pro wrestling match in the newspaper in case 2.
--> '''Tenma Town Pro Wrestling "Howlin' Wolf vs. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Pretty Boy Vampire]]"''' Blow-by-blow commentary by Timothy Literature/{{Twilight}}.
** The person who circled it also notes that they [[TakeThat sucked]].
* After Athena lies about being creeped out by the Forbidden Chamber Apollo thinks to himself that [[Franchise/StarWars "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 ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', or two bosses from the third ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''.
** 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 [[WaxingLyrical ensuing dialogue]] is the first few lyrics of [[Music/PinkFloyd Comfortably Numb]].
* In case 4's trial:
--> '''Phoenix:''' (As long as they don't [[Manga/SailorMoon punish us in the name of said moon]] for what we've done for it...)
* In trial 5, the witness requests getting [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic 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 [[{{VideoGame/Persona 4}} 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 [[VideoGame/SoulCalibur 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 [[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy King of All Cosmos]].
* Clonco declares that he'll use his [[SegaGenesis blast processing abilities]] to reveal information.
* Presenting the Mock trial script to Hugh has him complain you're trying to humiliate him [[Wrestling/TheIronSheik Old country style]].
* Robin Newman screams "[[Film/BlazingSaddles Proof?! We don't need no stinkin' proof!]]", later presenting some evidence to Robin yields the saying "full on [[Music/{{Drake}} YOLO]]".
* Case 4: If you examine the boarding lounge security camera, Athena will decide to commemorate the moment with a [[Manga/{{Trigun}} "Love and Peace!"]]
* Also in case 4:
-->'''Yuri Cosmos:''' could you doubt a man with such great [[Wrestling/KurtAngle intensity, intelligence, and integrity]]?!
* Trucy speaks about busting the defendant out and then [[Film/TheFugitive seeking the actual killer, with the authorities hot on their tails]]. In the middle she says they'll "[[Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego 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 [[Film/{{Sharknado}} tornado of sharks]]? Not even Hollywood could [[TakeThat conjure up something that insane]].)
* In case 5, Phoenix says "[[Film/{{Apollo 13}} 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 ShoutOut 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 ShowWithinAShow character in the DLC case is the "[[Film/ThePrincessBride Dread Pirate]] Nostache".
* The defendant in case 4 is named Solomon [[Franchise/BattlestarGalactica Starbuck]].
* Yet another sci-fi reference in case 4: "You bet! Let's [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration make it so]]!"
* During the ending, Solomon Starbuck paraphrases the Music/EltonJohn song "Rocket Man", saying that space is lonely and "cold as hell".
* Upon fixing Klavier's statue in case 3, Athena notes, "[[Music/{{Queen}} 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''': [[Film/ForrestGump 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:
--> '''Judge:''' Order! Order!!! The defense will stop at competing for the [[Website/YouTube greatest]] [[MemeticMutation freak-out ever!]]
* At one point in case 3, Myriam Scuttlebutt calls Apollo [[Franchise/{{Batman}} "boy wonder".]]
* Phoenix's new three-piece suit with pocket watch is clearly taking inspiration from [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch.]]
* Also from the DLC case: Dr. Crab has a baby penguin chick living in his afro. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII 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 [[Anime/OnePiece particular pirate anime]].
** Or, indeed, an [[ iconic Western cartoon.]]
* Lasly, the poem on [=JudgeTron=] is a literal shoutout to ComicBook/JudgeDredd
* In Case 2, Apollo thinks to himself: "Yeesh, [[RubeGoldbergDevice 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 [[Series/JudgeJudy Judge Junie?]]