Video Game: Turnabout Of Courage
Mia Fey: I had a bad feeling back then, but I didn't know that this would mark the beginning of... the most tragic case I was ever involved in.Turnabout of Courage is a fan-made work of the Ace Attorney series. It was created using the Ace Attorney Online trial editor, as an entry for the trial competition Canon? SCREW Canon! hosted on the website. It takes place in an alternate reality of the game universe, where events throughout the franchise's history have been radically changed.The author of the case is Blackrune, an author of several freaking other trials (that aren't even limited to what's on that list) and a known lover of maids.It also has an independent sequel, Turnabout Pairs.
20 bucks you didn't see this one coming:
- Alternate Universe: The entire case takes place in one of these.
- Be as Unhelpful as Possible: It is an Ace Attorney case, so this trope is inevitable, but Maria does this just to emphasize how much she really, REALLY doesn't like you. And everyone else, for that matter.
- Big Bad Friend: Phoenix Wright.
- Catch Phrase: "Keys, anyone?"
- Character Filibuster: Luna. Von. Doppelbohringen. Saying that she is the embodiment of this trope is NOT asserting it enough. She elaborates... and elaborates... and elaborates... and elaborates... and elaborates... and ELABORATES to the point where it puts you in some sort of trance where you've forgotten how to think and your name is Zupachi Misamana.
- Continuity Cameo: Maria.
- Crossover: You got your BlazBlue in my Ace Attorney.
- Downer Ending: Both endings in the game are this. In the Bad Ending, Luke Atmey willingly admits to the murder simply because of retribution for his former murder that he wasn't caught on, and then Hazama proceeds to berate the crap out of you for being so stupid, leaving us with the fact that we've just sent an innocent man to his eternal damnation. But you know what? The True Ending is even worse. Seriously, it's more of a downer than ANYTHING in the actual series ever was. Mia catches the true murderer, Phoenix Wright, one of her closest and oldest friends. Then this happens. It turns out HE was the one who poisoned Diego's coffee all those years ago out of jealousy, and everything that happened in this case has been a direct result of that. Absolutely everything is pure tragedy. Mia can't take any solace in figuring out who was behind it all. She's lost everything, and in the most literal sense, it's all over but the crying.
- Failure Is the Only Option: The argument with Hazama, which you can only beat by refusing his hint four times, when Mia realizes that it is entirely pointless.
- Foreshadowing: EVERYTHING in this case is foreshadowing.
- Gambit Roulette: Subverted. If Burg hadn't by a stroke of complete luck knocked Edgeworth out, and/or Edgeworth's watch hadn't had the wrong time, Phoenix's plan would have succeeded without a hitch.
- Heel-Faith Turn: Peter Burg. He wasn't exactly what you'd call a bad person before, but he certainly likes to go on about how much his new-found faith has made him better as a person.
- I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Mia, prior to accusing Phoenix Wright for the murder of Larry Butz.
- Just in Time: Subverted. Near the beginning of part 3, Mia receives a letter that claims to be extremely important to the case, but it turns out to be a prank by Hazama.
- Laughing Mad: Phoenix Wright in both a few of his poses during the confrontation with him and in his breakdown.
- Left Hanging: Subverted. "But what about all of that other evidence that never got u—wait, Bad Ending?"
- Oh No You Didn't!: Hazama, having told off Luna after being sick of her elaborations, making Luna VERY angry.
- Special Guest: Hazama.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Hazama loves to give these (even almost saying these exact words at one point), but as mentioned in a previous trope, the biggest one comes if you go down the path of the Bad Ending. The speech there is almost like a self-insert for Blackrune, really. He stomps in your face for thinking that he'd ever have so many useless pieces of evidence and unexplained plot threads.
- The Cameo: Gilligan Teeschlegelsteinhausenberdorf from New Year's Turnabout and Glase Canon from Turnabout Orange appear in different failure conversations of part 3.
- The Chessmaster: To an absurdly literal degree in part 3, which begins with chess metaphors spoken by the true killer, Phoenix Wright, talking of the various witnesses as if they were pieces on a chessboard.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: "OK seriously? Accusing me is like the worst joke ever."
- And also you, after discovering Blackrune's horrifying new invention of supra-objections.