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[[caption-width-right:350:[[MundaneMadeAwesome Behold the]] [[WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw Power of Attorney!]]]]

->'''''[[ChewingTheScenery "OBJECTION!"]]'''''
-->-- '''Phoenix Wright''' (and many others)

The first three games in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series star Phoenix Wright, a sympathetic, easily flustered Franchise/PerryMason-type with AnimeHair, who digs deeper into the mysteries surrounding his clients' cases (which always seem to involve [[AlwaysMurder murder]]), butts heads with a host of [[OnlySaneMan eccentric characters]], discovers clues and evidence the police miss, and uses those clues in court to force the truth out of witnesses and discover the true perpetrators. He fights alongside his {{late|ArrivalSpoiler}} mentor, Mia Fey, and her GenkiGirl sister Maya Fey. They were originally developed for the GameBoyAdvance, with the exception of the fifth case of the first game, "Rise From the Ashes", which was exclusive to the NintendoDS remake, known as ''Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten'' (''Turnabout Trials: The Revived Turnabout'') in Japan. The game plays out in a VisualNovel style through the perspective of Phoenix Wright during investigation sessions, where the player can talk to other characters, present evidence, and find clues to build up their case. Usually the next day, court begins, where the player cross-examines witnesses to find contradictions, [[ThePerryMasonMethod eventually forcing the real culprit to confess.]] The bonus 5th case of the first game took advantage of the touch-screen and mic on the DS allowing for more in-depth investigations on evidence, which is used in later, DS-only titles in the series.

The eponymous first game of the series chronicles Phoenix's first cases, [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler Mia's death]], and Phoenix's first battles with [[TheRival prosecutor Miles Edgeworth]] and his [[AmoralAttorney abhorrent tactics]], culminating in a fierce face-off with Edgeworth's mentor, the legendary Manfred von Karma. The aforementioned extra case, ''Rise From The Ashes'', ties the plot with the second series together. In 2010 it gained a U.S. [[IOSGames iPhone]] [[http://goo.gl/HnMRW port]]. A [[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney live action movie]] directed by TakashiMiike was released in theaters in Japan in February 2012 based mainly on the events of the second and fourth cases of the game. An [[Anime/AceAttorney anime adaptation]] began on April 2, 2016 that focuses on the first two games of the series.

The second game, ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All'', introduces von Karma's prodigal daughter, Franziska von Karma, out for revenge after the events of the first game. The game features a new element known as Psyche-Locks, where the player is able to break characters' metaphorical "locks" that enshroud secrets that they hide. The game also replaces the five-strike system for a virtual health bar where the amount of health lost varies based on the seriousness of the error the player makes. Plus, the player can present profiles in addition to evidence. Near the end, the game also highlights the nature of the relationship between Phoenix and Edgeworth. (No, [[HoYay not like that...]])

The third game, ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations'', excitingly culminates the series by further exploring the background of Mia, Maya, and Phoenix by way of the mysterious coffee-guzzling prosecutor [[Theatre/WaitingForGodot Godot]]. The Kurain Channeling Technique, which was given less attention in the previous games, [[PlotTumor becomes the focus of the entire plot]] as the entire series ties together for an epic climax. The game features two flashback cases as Mia, and at one point, the player steps into Miles Edgeworth's shoes.

The UsefulNotes/NintendoDS games were ported to the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} as downloadable titles on [=WiiWare=], featuring a modified, Wii-specific control scheme that permits the use of hand gestures with the remote. A further UpdatedRerelease featuring [[CompilationRerelease all three games]] was released for iOS in February 2012 Japan and May 30, 2013 in all other regions, targeted primarily at the iPad and replacing the pixel art in the GBA and DS games with scanned versions of the original character drawings (entitled ''Gyakuten Saiban 123 HD'' in Japan and ''Phoenix Wright; Ace Attorney Trilogy HD'' in English). Another compilation of the three games for the Nintendo3DS (featuring the crisper sprites from the iOS version with improved animations and corrected music as well as some mild 3D effects) was released in Japan April 17, 2014, in NTSC countries December 9th, 2014, and in PAL countries December 11th, 2014 (entitled ''Gyakuten Saiban 123: Naruhodou Selection'' in Japan and ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy'' in English).

The fourth game, ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', features a new, fresh lawyer seven years after the events of the third game.

A spin-off series called ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' primarily features the eponymous character in a more investigation-themed setting. The first game has been localized for the United States. Its sequel has not, but a fan translation is available.

A crossover game, ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'', features Phoenix and Maya ''teaming up'' with Professor Layton and Luke from the ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' franchise.

A fifth game, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', takes place a year after ''Apollo Justice'' and features Phoenix back in a central role. Watch the trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cBUlKndLWo here]].

A sixth game, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', is set a year after ''Dual Destinies'' and features Phoenix Wright going overseas, resulting in the first dual-setting for the series.

A character sheet for the whole series can be found [[{{Characters/AceAttorney}} here]].

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[[folder: General Tropes]]
!!All three games provide examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Oldbag. Poor, poor Edgeworth.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Mia. Especially when she's channeled by Pearl, whose clothes are... small.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The blatantly obvious example of Oldbag's affection for Edgeworth (and all of her other crushes).
** [[UnluckyEverydude Larry]]. Poor, poor, Larry.
*** Then again, he does [[spoiler: [[StalkerWithACrush write a blackmail letter to one of his crushes.]] ]]
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian:
** Every villain in the series has some sort of ulterior, complicated motive for planning out his or her attack.
** Averted with [[spoiler: Richard Wellington, who killed Dustin Prince due to his irrational paranoia.]]
** Maybe even [[spoiler: Godot]], who was ([[spoiler:quite literally]]) blinded with rage when he committed his crime.
* AlwaysMurder: Even the one case that started off as a theft ended up with a murder anyway. The nearest to a complete aversion comes in [[spoiler:Case 1-3]], and even that started out as a murder attempt which ended up with the intended victim accidentally killing the attacker.
* AmoralAttorney: Miles Edgeworth and Manfred von Karma set the series tradition for these types of prosecutors with Franziska von Karma in the second game and Godot in the third game.
** [[spoiler:Robert Hammond from the fourth case of the first game was murdered for being one. In an interesting subversion for the ''Ace Attorney'' series, he was a defence attorney.]]
* {{Angrish}}: Whenever you catch someone in a lie, they will generally lose control momentarily and spout gibberish.
* AnimeHair:
** Phoenix possesses what could be classified as "hedgehog hair", with spikes that protrude behind his head. His wannabe double, Furio Tigre, has similar spikes on his head.
-->'''Maya''': I mean, you [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall normally only see hair like that in a video game]].
-->'''Phoenix''': (Is my hair really that weird-looking?)
** Pearl has a big pretzel on the top of her head, and her mother Morgan sports a massive shapeless bun that can only be held together by antigravity. Ron [=DeLite=] has a pair of cinnamon buns (that are oddly shaped like a [[Franchise/StarWars certain princess's hair]]) on the side of his head that spring outward when he's upset (which often happens). Detective Luke Atmey's hair looks like he shaved his head, broke a plate, took the biggest piece, spray-painted it bright yellow, and glued it to his head. Redd White and April May both have [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair unnatural hair colors]]--dark blue-lavender and bright pink, respectively.
*** Both Maya's and Phoenix's hair is lampshaded frequently throughout all games. ("...Is my hair too spiky? Not spiky enough?" Phoenix says this when Pearl starts crying.)
** Ace Detective Luke Atmey, if presented with Phoenix's profile, deducts that Phoenix must be a defense attorney because his hair shows that he's constantly taking blows from his enemies.
*** And then, ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' happened...
** Gumshoe's pointy hair cannot be contained by and sticks through the [[spoiler:bandages]] on his head [[spoiler:at the end of the final case in ''Justice For All'']].
* ArcWords: In the third game, [[TearJerker "The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over."]]
* ArmorPiercingSlap:
** Pearl, whenever she believes Phoenix has wronged "Mystic Maya" in any (in)significant way.
** Franziska, throughout her appearance in the third game, very rarely hits Edgeworth with her whip even in court, choosing to hit other people instead of him. [[spoiler:When she ''does'' smack him, its to shake him out of his deep depression over losing Iris when his fear of earthquakes caused him to pass out while he was guarding her.]] Also, if you ask the wrong question to Sister Bikini during that trial, it is possible to make Franzy WhipItGood.
*** She makes up for it in ''Investigations'' however. She'll whip him a good number of times in required scenes, more if you press certain things or present the wrong evidence. Edgeworth and Gumshoe are also her victims-by-proxy whenever she doesn't want to whip the person who wronged her.
** Whenever Phoenix Wright gets too sappy talking about Dahlia, Mia subconsciously attacks Grossberg to vent.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Barely follows the rules of the criminal justice system. Given how memetic it is, most notably is the series doing things like having lawyers object directly to witness testimony in the first place, as well as objecting successfully for reasons like not wanting the things being revealed to be said, even if it is perfectly legal. For instance, there is not even a Grand Jury to review evidence for the trial before hand, and defendants don't receive a trial by jury. Real life trials take weeks of cross examining evidence and witness testimony, with plenty of time for the defense to review all the evidence out of court. Granted, Japan's court system had trials with only one judge and no jury until 2009, when a system incorporating a group of judges was implemented. Makes use of many common subtropes.
** Additionally, Phoenix Wright often obtains evidence outside of the law, violating people's privacy left and right. In the real world, if the evidence wasn't obtained legally, it can't be used in court.
** This trope is later subverted in Apollo Justice, when Phoenix [[spoiler: fights for the installment of a grand jury to review a certain trial, much to the chagrin of Kristoph Gavin]].
* AssholeVictim: Extremely common throughout the entire series. In game one: [[spoiler:Jack Hammer tried to murder somebody, while Robert Hammond was a selfish attorney who didn't care about his clients.]] In game two, [[spoiler: Turner Grey is an uncaring boss who caused one of his workers to die from falling asleep at the wheel and Juan Corrida tries to ruin his rival's career using his fiancee's suicide note.]] In game three, [[spoiler: Kane Bullard used his security agency to blackmail customers, and Glen Elg meets this halfway in that, while he's not an asshole, the characters have no problem calling him a loser after his death.]] If you don't count [[spoiler: Glen Elg]], that's still 6 out of 14 murders in the first three games.
** Valerie Hawthorne (3-4) plays with it a bit: [[spoiler: she helped Dahlia get Terry arrested, but she later felt bad and tried to clear things up with him]].
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** The DS support functions for the microphone and touch screen were tacked on to all three of the remakes. While it is cool to press the Y button to turn on the mic and yell, "OBJECTION!" and "HOLD IT!", it's far easier to press the shoulder buttons instead. The touch screen is rarely ever required for any of the games either.
** The Wii remakes let you swing the Wiimote as if you were making Phoenix's trademark 'Objection!' pose. Fun, but ultimately it's easier to just press the minus button.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Though civilians have pretty average names, ''anyone in the legal system is pretty much required to have a ridiculous name.'' The only exception is Robert Hammond.
* BackForTheFinale: Larry in the first game, [[spoiler:Edgeworth]] in the second, [[spoiler:Franziska ''and'' Edgeworth]] in the third.
* BackFromTheDead: Mia Fey is also channeled throughout the series after [[LateArrivalSpoiler her death]].
* BashBrothers: If there's a legal version of this trope, Phoenix and Edgeworth are ''definitely'' it. Edgeworth wants to get the guilty into jail, Phoenix wants to keep the innocent out. If Phoenix has a definite lead in court that points to his client being innocent, Edgeworth ''will'' pick up on it and do everything in his power to help Phoenix, as long as it is within his ability and duty as a prosecutor. The way they took down [[spoiler: Damon Gant]], in particular, shows how much criminals should quake in fear if both of them are on the same case.
** They worked together to take down [[spoiler: Matt Engarde and Godot]] as well. If the two are working together on any case after 1-4, they will find and take down the true criminal.
* BatmanGambit:
** [[spoiler: After being shot in the arm by a stray bullet, Manfred von Karma shoots Gregory Edgeworth in an elevator that Miles Edgeworth, Gregory's son, and Yanni Yogi, a bailiff, were in. The police acquire the help of Misty Fey, a spirit medium, to channel the victim, who implicates Yanni Yogi for the crime; after the DL-6 case, when Yanni is proven not guilty due to insanity, von Karma adopts Edgeworth to raise the boy as a prosecutor. Fifteen years later, when the statute of limitations for the murder approaches, von Karma orders Yogi to murder Robert Hammond, Yogi's defense lawyer for the case, and to frame Miles Edgeworth. Yogi happily obliges, because after the verdict was announced, the public branded him as a retard, and his wife consequently committed suicide, costing him everything.]]
*** [[spoiler: Von Karma then tries to erase all evidence in the DL-6 case, but fails to destroy the bullet that killed Gregory, which is able to be linked to the bullet in his shoulder.]]
** [[spoiler: Gant kills Neil Marshall in a fit of hunger for power, and then convinces Lana that Ema killed the detective so that Lana and Gant could implicate Joe Darke. Darke, then, is falsely convicted and executed for murder after SL-9. Gant demotes all the investigators involved in SL-9 when he becomes Chief to keep them from pursuing the case- except for Lana, whom he promotes in order to use as a puppet for insurance so that he would not be convicted, and so his actions would largely remain unchecked by pulling her strings.]]
*** [[spoiler: However, Gant does not demote Bruce Goodman, a detective involved in the case, to prevent himself from looking suspicious for demoting all those involved in SL-9. Goodman then decides to pursue the case two years after the fact, and Gant is forced to silence the good detective, setting up Lana to take the fall. Gant's actions bring his crime to light.]]
** [[spoiler: Matt Engarde videotapes his own assassin, Shelly de Killer, killing his requested target, Juan Corrida, to blackmail him for future purposes. Unexpectedly, however, Adrian Andrews, Engarde's manager, unwittingly finds the body and tries to implicate the actor for the murder. Engarde then tells de Killer to kidnap Phoenix's assistant, Maya, to blackmail Phoenix into implicating Adrian, who, Engarde knows, is a docile, insecure woman and a bad liar. Essentially, he manipulates '''everyone''', including Phoenix Wright.]]
*** [[spoiler: He then tells de Killer to shoot Franziska so that a worse prosecutor would be put on the case (to help Phoenix win), although this backfires when Edgeworth is revealed to lead the prosecution. Edgeworth and Phoenix then team together to stop Engarde while still saving Maya.]]
** [[spoiler: Luke Atmey, a detective, blackmails Ron [=DeLite=] by anonymously ordering him to steal priceless artifacts under the guise of a thief named Mask☆[=DeMasque=]. Atmey, then, would "lead" fraud investigations of Mask☆[=DeMasque=] by diverting attention away from [=DeLite=], all while maintaining his own credibility by "recovering" the artifacts from the thief. Kane Bullard, [=DeLite=]'s former boss, figures out the truth, and blackmails Atmey by sending him a message to show up for a rendezvous in Bullard's office on a certain date. Atmey, then, sends Bullard's letter to [=DeLite=], tricking him to show up for the meeting in Bullard's office. On the night of the meeting, Atmey sets up a scene in a department store such that it would look as though he stole an urn that night, therefore giving him an alibi for thievery instead of murder. Finally, Atmey kills Bullard, frames [=DeLite=] for the murder, and owns up to being Mask☆[=DeMasque=], and confirms that he committed the theft of the urn and all of the other thefts [=DeLite=] committed in order to prevent from being convicted of murder.]]
*** [[spoiler: He didn't account for the fact that the scene of the theft would change in two weeks (thanks to the sloppy work of Adrian Andrews), and a large number of inconsistencies would put him under great suspicion.]]
** [[spoiler: Morgan Fey manipulates her daughter, Pearl, into unwittingly channeling Dahlia Hawthorne. Dahlia, who bears a grudge on Mia, would try to kill an unsuspecting Maya, who would be enraptured in her meditation. This was done all so that Pearl could become the next Kurain Channeling Master, a power struggle within the Fey family that has existed for centuries.]]
*** [[spoiler: She doesn't count on Godot, however, to try to stop the murder from occurring, nor did she think of Mia interfering with the plan.]]
*** [[spoiler:Or even of Maya [[SmarterThanYouLook working out that something might be wrong]] and deliberately channeling Mia to ask for her help, which ends up with Mia revealing all of Dahlia's schemes.]]
* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: More or less everyone, even Phoenix himself in Case 3-1.
* BerserkButton: One of the lighter examples, but in 1-4 when you talk to Gumshoe about Gourdy and say that you're looking for him, Gumshoe ''flips out.'' Of course, Phoenix didn't have the common sense to tell him beforehand that they had to give information about Gourdy to Lotta for the investigation.
--> Gumshoe: You have time to go wild monster hunting!? Why not do a little questioning for me then!?
** Do not under any circumstances accuse the judge of murder, or else you will face a penalty that will make any following penalties cause an instant game over.
* BigDamnHeroes: Just about the only thing Detective Gumshoe does right. Mia, [[spoiler:despite being dead and buried]], also has a knack for this. And yes, it's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Godot.
--> ''Godot'': (To Phoenix) "Some beautiful woman always seems to come dashing in at the last minute to save you."
* BigScrewedUpFamily: One really wonders if the Fey clan's ancestors ''deliberately'' structured their clan's hierarchy to promote hatred, jealousy, infighting, and backstabbing so that '''only''' the strongest daughter may even hope to ''survive'' to adulthood, let alone claim the prize.
* BittersweetEnding: A few of the cases end on a fairly bittersweet note. One example being case 1-5, where Lana is cleared of her murder charges, and is finally [[WhenSheSmiles able to act like her old self again]], [[spoiler:and Gant is convicted for not one, but two murders... the first of which he had convinced Lana that her younger sister had (accidentally) committed, and the second of which he was blackmailing Lana into taking the blame]]. However, Lana will still have to answer for [[spoiler:several other crimes she committed under blackmail]], and will, in all likelihood, still end up having to serve some jail-time, leaving Ema alone regardless. A more straightforward example occurs in the very first case. Larry is proven innocent, but the fact remains that his girlfriend (the victim of the case) is dead [[spoiler:and the clock that he gave to Mia would be her murder weapon]].
** 2-3 also ends on this note. [[spoiler: The murderer hits the wrong target, killing the girl's father (the circus Ringmaster) instead of his daughter, [[FreudianExcuse who accidentally sent his brother into a coma and crippled him]] [[ForWantOfANail through a horrific series of accidental events]], seems truly sorry for acting out of emotions, and everyone is torn up at the end of the case, though determined to pull each other together.]]
* BornLucky: Many characters accuse Phoenix of winning his cases with mostly pure luck, though they are not far from the truth considering something ALWAYS comes up in the last minute that can help Phoenix win.
** Phoenix [[spoiler:falls through a ''burning bridge'', into a river that has previously been established as having a horrifically strong current, ''in the middle of winter'', and survives even when it's been reported people die from the river all the time. Granted, he gets a cold and a night in the hospital, and recovers solely because he's dedicated to proving his client not guilty, but that seems a little light compared to ''cold death''. This gets {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Franziska, who says that she's unsure whether Phoenix is lucky or unlucky.]]
** Phoenix, in the long run, isn't even that lucky. He gets handed some pretty horrible cards on each of his cases, most clients are unresponsive and hard to work with, and the true culprits won't confess so easily.
*** Then there's the fact that he takes most of his cases pro bono. It's a wonder he can still pay rent, let alone eat.
*** Phoenix is a good lawyer in his own right. He can refute every last piece of evidence against his client, but due to the corrupt, guilty-before-innocent court system, Phoenix cannot produce decisive evidence to truly get his client off the hook without the murderer confessing.
** Overall, whenever something truly ''bad'' would happen to Phoenix, he gets the best result... but if someone terrific would happen to him, he gets the worst result instead.
* BrickJoke: A possibly unintentional example in Justice for All. One of the cases introduces ''Ini'' and ''Mimi'' ''Miney.'' About a case later, we're introduced to the clown Lawrence Curls, who goes by the name of ''Moe''.
** To make it a real stretch, Trials and Tribulations lets us catch a "tigre" by the toe... A joke that is actually made in-game!
*** Also in the sequel (though sadly before the tigre one above), [[spoiler:Ron [=DeLite=], the real Mask☆[=DeMasque=] and a man who does a ''lot'' of hollering, is cleared of all charges under a no double jeopardy system, forcing the justice system to "let him go" despite him admitting to being guilty.]]
** In the first game, on the fourth case (the last one in the original GBA game) Maya tries to teach Edgeworth to be more expressive, something that, after being tried, ends up embarrassing him. On the credits, this comes back with Gumshoe telling the player that Edgeworth came to say "Happy New Year" and how he left the precinct with his head down. [[spoiler:This comes yet again a whole game later when, at the end, Edgeworth tells her calmly, but still obviously hard for him to express himself, how he's happy that she's fine after being kidnapped, she then comments how "he's improving". He then grabs his arm in embarrassment in the same pose he did in the first game.]]
* ButtMonkey:
** Detective Gumshoe, the not-very-bright and insecure police detective who always seems to be the officer responding to cases where Phoenix gets involved. Whenever he misses something, the prosecutor berates him and promises a pay cut, to the point of him paying with instant ramen.
** In the second game, he's this to Franziska whenever he screws up.
** Larry Butz, Phoenix and Miles' childhood friend. Unlike his friends, he doesn't have much going for him, and is easily bullied in the courtroom.
*** "If something smells, it's probably the Butz..."
** Phoenix himself comes across as being rather unlucky, what with him being surrounded by lunatics and idiots in a justice system that's ridiculously stacked against him. He's also repeatedly injured and assaulted, be it from being hit by a car, knocked into a river, or getting shocked by a tazer. This becomes really apparent when you [[spoiler:play as Edgeworth for a portion of a case]] in the third game: witnesses and detectives are actually helpful rather than directly or indirectly hindering and undermining you, the judge comes off as being slightly more reasonable, and the prosecutors don't assault you! Edgeworth ''does'', however, mention that he begins to suspect that there may, in fact, be a "Kick me" sign on the defense bench in the court.
** The judge's younger brother tries to be serious, but has moments of this in case 3-5.
** Maggey Byrde has an extreme run of bad luck her entire life, most of it told through backstory. When Maggey and Phoenix's first cross paths, their bad luck combines and Phoenix gets hit on the head, ending up [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forgetting all the rules of the court]] right before defending her. [[{{Determinator}} He still wins.]]
* CastOfSnowflakes: As [[http://i27.servimg.com/u/f27/13/87/06/21/pws11.jpg this]] image can show you.
* CatchPhrase: Edgeworth's "Ergo!", used whenever he's describing a train of thought.
%%* ChekhovsGunman: Larry Butz, ButtMonkey extraordinaire, manages to save the day ''three times'' in the whole series' run.
* ChewingTheScenery: Despite being in court, so much as presenting evidence prompts a '''''TAKE THAT!'''''
* TheClan: The Feys, a family of spirit mediums. Mia Fey, the elder daughter of the current generation, is Phoenix's mentor; after her murder, her younger sister Maya joins Phoenix as an assistant. Other members of the clan are also important characters, and the clan as a whole is a central part of the ''Phoenix Wright'' universe.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Justice for All'', [[spoiler:Shelly de Killer]] has apparently been paying attention to the previous cases and decided to go in for a symbolic gesture, as when he [[spoiler:shoots Franziska]], he does so [[spoiler:in the ''right shoulder'', just like her father had been]].
** Getting [[spoiler:poisoned by coffee]] is quite the reoccurring theme in Trials and Tribulations. It's the method of death for [[spoiler: Terry Fawles (suicide) and Glen Elg (homicide).]] It's also what [[spoiler:puts Diego Armando/Godot on the shelf for five years and gives him his white hair and visor.]] Furthermore, it's initially believed in ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney'' that [[spoiler:Drew Misham was poisoned by a coffee mug, but he actually left the poison on the coffee mug when he drank from it after being poisoned.]]
** Additionally, Franziska von Karma shares some animations with her father, as does a young Edgeworth. (The younger Edgeworth also wears a blue vest reminiscent of Manfred's, with matching trim on the suit jacket.)
* ColonCancer: ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations'' and ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All''.
* CourtroomAntic: The games do not attempt to represent trials realistically in any way whatsoever. The judge accepts being bullied, the defense lawyer and prosecutor have shouting matches, witnesses stray off-topic, evidence is produced arbitrarily, and so on. The trials as shown are closer to sports games than legal proceedings.
* CulturalTranslation: Maya's favorite food got changed from ramen to burgers for the English localization.
%%* {{Dojikko}}: Maggey.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Phoenix, the main character. The odds are so stacked against him, most lawyers would simply accept a Guilty verdict, forget their doomed client and move on. Not Phoenix, not ever. He '''will''' prove the innocence of his clients, no matter the personal cost or the odds. [[spoiler:And when they aren't innocent, he'll put them away for good.]]
** Maggey Byrde has pretty much lived her entire life spitting in the face of her horrible luck. No matter what happens, Maggey keeps on moving with a positive attitude. She's a tough old byrde.
* DevilsAdvocate: The rival prosecutors sometimes become this, rather than your true opponent. Once he warms up to Phoenix, Edgeworth isn't acting as a prosecutor because he wants you to fail, but because he wants all the holes in the logic of the case to be filled satisfactorily.
* DudeWheresMyRespect:
** Almost ''nobody'' likes Phoenix at the start of the series, except for a token few, and even after he pulls off his first win, Mia still has some doubts. Even his "friends" Edgeworth and Larry don't give him much respect despite him having a 100% success rate. [[spoiler: And that doesn't change after it becomes 'almost' 100%.]]
** While Phoenix himself suffers both inside and outside the courtroom, pretty much anyone leading the defense tends to suffer extremely abusive treatment from everyone in the courthouse for most of the trial. Edgeworth, [[spoiler:after suffering under the same circumstances during his one trial as a defense attorney]] in 3-5, engages in a bit of LampshadeHanging when he wonders if the defense's bench has a target painted on it.
** At the end of the conversation referenced in the DirtyOldMan entry under the third game, Mia says that she can't believe that Maya channelled her for that.
** By the end of the third game, this trope is fully subverted. Edgeworth, Franziska, the Judge, and even [[spoiler:Godot]] respect Phoenix for his commitment to justice. Each game ends with a celebration, and the number of people in attendance grows each game -- and none of Phoenix's former clients have a bad word to say about him either [[spoiler:save Engarde, whom we never see again, and Maggey, thanks to the imposter]]. That doesn't stop Phoenix's friends from teasing him relentlessly, but that goes both ways. Phoenix even undergoes spiritual training despite being theoretically banned from doing so because he has no powers.
** This is very much due to the Japanese legal system (and the culture surrounding it) of which the gameplay is based. Because the legal system is built on an inquisitorial system, in which the court has an active role in the case (whereas the adversarial system in the West reduces the role of the court to a form of referee), Japan has an incredibly high conviction rate. Furthermore, only in 2009 did Japan re-institute a form of jury system after revoking it in World War II. As a consequence, how people view prosecutors and defense attorneys is reflected as one of adoration and contempt, respectively. That Phoenix Wright has such a success rate is nothing short of unprecedented: Defense attorneys in Japan are lucky if they score an acquittal ''in their '''entire''' career.''
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Every finale case is this. Phoenix and company really get put through the wringer before reaching a happy ending.
* EconomyCast: Detective Gumshoe and the Judge, for the most part. Other characters in those positions appear only when absolutely required by the plot -- and in the judge's case, when a second judge is required by the plot, it is always his almost identical brother. Strangely, in an interview it's been commented that the first game (in GBA form) had filled its cart to the brim, so much that one character (Grossberg) had to have animations cut. This doesn't seem to be a problem with the later games, so having an EconomyCast only really makes sense for plot reasons (plus the occasional LampshadeHanging).
* ExactWords: The Magatama has a problem with this. Depending on how the question Phoenix asks is formulated, there may be no Psyche-Locks appearing because the character may not really have something to hide about that specific point. In case 2-4, [[spoiler: Phoenix at first believes Matt Engarde to be innocent because he asked him if he killed anyone and Engarde says no, he never killed anyone; and no Psyche-Locks appear. But that didn't imply that he didn't ''hire a killer'' to do it for him.]]
* {{Fainting}}: A ''lot'' of the mysteries depend on a witness being out cold at a crucial moment and missing a key detail. For example, [[spoiler:Maggey]] fainted out of shock and [[spoiler:young Edgeworth]] was oxygen-deprived while [[spoiler:Ron [=DeLite=]]] got a TapOnTheHead.
* {{Fangirl}}: Pearl is an [[ShipperOnDeck in-universe Phoenix/Maya shipper]], and Maya is also a huge fangirl of the Steel Samurai. Trucy becomes a belated fangirl of the Gavinners, and Apollo used to be a Phoenix Wright fanboy (before he actually met him). In Investigations, [[spoiler: the extent of Edgeworth's {{Fanboy}} attitude towards the Steel Samurai is revealed!]]
* FigureItOutYourself: By the time Mia becomes Phoenix's SpiritAdvisor, she clearly knows a ''lot'' more than she did as a living person, but she restricts her advice to encouragement and cryptic hints.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Phoenix, on occasion. [[spoiler:Edgeworth somewhat more so in his playable segment, though he snarks aloud plenty.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Edgeworth''': (Thank god for inner monologue.)]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Oh so many.
** In case 1-2, Mia says that Phoenix would be more likely to get [[spoiler: Maya]] a guilty sentence rather than an acquittal, and that she should wait three years. [[spoiler: Three years later, Phoenix finally stands on his own in the last case of the trilogy, ''without'' someone else coming in with new evidence, or objecting for him. He still has help along the way, but he finally finishes a case on his own terms.]]
** At the very end of 2-2 while locked in solitary confinement [[spoiler: Morgan Fey rambles to herself about how Pearl's time will come to replace Maya as the master of the Fey family and the Kurain Channeling Technique. Case 3-5 revolves around Phoenix foiling this second attempt and finally putting an end to the Fey's bloody history.]]
** In case 3-5, Pearl asks Nick if he would "walk over hot coals" for Maya. [[spoiler: Later in the case he runs across a burning bridge for her.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: Many of April May's animations show this.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Gumshoe appears to have this, in some part due to Edgeworth's influence. He's only kept around because he's an old friend to Edgeworth and helped out in so many cases,
* GoingForTheBigScoop: Lotta Hart does this in ''three separate cases'', one time she goes crazy and starts going after the crime scene LaughingMad. Even Wright doesn't know which is scarier after that, the ghosts or Lotta.
* GoodLawyersGoodClients: Phoenix always seems to get the innocent clients, leading one to wonder just how competent the investigators are if they arrest innocent people that often...
** This can be attributed to the nature of the Japanese Justice system. The primary motivation for prosecutors is to secure a conviction due to it being a point of pride and status. Since they have a great deal of control over who is eventually put on trial this is almost definitely a suggestion that in these cases, the prosecutors were more concerned with who they could convict than making sure that justice is served.
** Well, if they're all like Gumshoe...
** However, this is subverted with [[spoiler:the final defendant of the second game, Matt Engarde]].
** [[spoiler:Ron [=DeLite=]]] subverts it, too. [[spoiler:True, he didn't murder anyone, but Phoenix still successfully got Mask☆[=DeMasque=] off the hook for larceny... albeit with Luke Atmey's help.]]
** This trait is actually justified in-universe. Phoenix (and Mia) always ask the clients if they are truly innocent, and only will defend them if they believe the answer. As of the second game, Phoenix backs this up with the magatama. If there's no psyche lock, he assumes they are truly innocent. [[spoiler:This comes back to bite him in case 2-4.]]
* HamToHamCombat: Later cases tend to up the tension with back and forth objections.
* HandHidingSleeves: The "cute" variant is used by [[{{Keet}} Larry Butz]]. His "happy" animation has him pull his hand into his sleeve and let the sleeve droop down as he waves his hand back and forth. This is always accompanied by a BlushSticker.
* IdiotBall:
** In 3-4, Edgeworth presents a photograph of two people meeting on a bridge [[spoiler:but can't deduce which person arrived first, even with one half of the bridge out.]]
** Franziska doesn't notice that [[spoiler:a seven-bladed sword with blood only on its tip could not possibly be seamlessly removed after a stabbing, nevermind that the lack of blood further down the sword indicates that it was never inserted to the hilt to begin with in 3-5.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most of the cases have the word "Turnabout" in their titles. In fact, in the Japanese versions, they all do.
* IndyPloy: Usually, Phoenix has no idea what he's going to reveal when he presses someone.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Wendy Oldbag claims this, but we only have her word for it. However, one of stories in the first volume of ''Official Casebook'' (a collection of Ace Attorney {{doujinshi}}), we get to see how her {{identical grand|son}}mother (!) looked as a young lady, and she ''was'' quite attractive.
* JapanesePronouns: In the Japanese version, [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] uses ''boku'' when he displays his flaky outer persona and ''ore'' when he reverts to his sociopathic true self, further indicating the difference between the two.
* JokeItem: Phoenix's attorney's badge is always in the evidence section. It's never used as evidence in court, and it only rarely gets used in investigations. And pretty much never after the first game.
* KubrickStare: Phoenix is especially good at this, or at least his sprite suggests so.
** [[DeathGlare Gant, especially when cornered the first time.]]
** In 3-5, several people mention Edgeworth's.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The events of case 1-4 [[spoiler:and Edgeworth's eventual return to the legal system]] are pretty much spelled out now that he has his own spin-off series.
* LaughingAtYourOwnJokes: Lawrence Curls, aka Moe the Clown does this and it's definitely a sign of someone who isn't as funny as he thinks he is.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Phoenix and Maya, although you may interpret their relationship as something more. Pearl certainly does.
* TheMentor: Mia. Dead mentor? Check. Comes in at the most desperate times? Check.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: [[OnceAnEpisode One in all three games]].
* MotorMouth: Wendy Oldbag.
--> '''Oldbag:''' *rambling* \\
* Edgeworth objects*\\
...\\
'''Edgeworth:''' O-objection! I... object to the witness's taltakiveness.\\
'''Judge:''' Objection sustained! The witness will refrain from rambling on the stand.
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: Mia, through Maya (and Pearl), far more literally than in most cases of this trope.
* NextSundayAD: The first game takes place in 2016. Almost nothing has changed, except the court system. They use 90s-style cell phones and VHS tapes, though the latter is TruthInTelevision as some places still use tapes for security cameras.
* TheNicknamer: Maya, as well as Franziska (who invariably calls Gumshoe "Scruffy") and Wendy Oldbag.
** Damon Gant, who has "Udgey" for the Judge, "Worthy," for Edgeworth, and "Wrighto" for Phoenix.
* NoBadgeNoProblem: Phoenix does this constantly, and often [[KleptomaniacHero swipes]] ''[[KleptomaniacHero evidence]]'' from the scene of the crime. However, it's implied that the law in his world differs from real-world law on this point; on several occasions he's shown receiving assistance from the police during his on-scene investigations. There's a very odd line late in game 1 where Phoenix says that he's not supposed to do that. Really? Because it didn't seem to cause you any trouble with the police all the previous times you did it. Quite often, he even ends up doing their work. Especially including using the nifty gadgets for them.
* ObliviousMockery: A museum worker says that any intelligent person would think that the writing on an urn belonging to a clan whose founder was Ami Fey would say "Ami," and would reassemble the urn to say that if they broke it. Unknown to her, a little girl who broke the urn and is standing with her reassembled it incorrectly such that the name was spelled wrong.
* PassingTheTorch[=/=]TakeUpMySword: When Mia dies, Phoenix takes over her law firm having only won two cases. Maya or Pearl still summon Mia throughout the trilogy whenever Phoenix needs help. However in the very last trial of the Phoenix trilogy, [[spoiler: Mia only comes to help Wright solve the whole dilemma regarding Maya's whereabouts and Dahlia's return from the dead. Once the trial goes back to what it was originally about, a murder case, Mia refuses to help Phoenix, rendering him for the first time without assistance. However, when Phoenix finally figures out the source, the real murderer and presents the final piece of incriminating evidence that the player will ever present, Mia's spirit appears beside Phoenix, mimicking Wright's final presentation [[RuleOfCool (in slow-motion, no less)]]. Godot who would never accept Phoenix and never forgive him for Mia's death became so shocked that his visor blew up.]]
* PerpetualPoverty:
** Gumshoe is at the point where even ''instant ramen'' is a luxury, and he's on the verge of having to pay to do his job.
** Despite his success as a defense attorney for several high-profile clients, Phoenix also seems to suffer from this, albeit to a lesser degree. This can be puzzling if you play the second game and think "Didn't he [[spoiler:successfully solve a fifteen-year-old murder his client had confessed to, and then went on to expose corruption in the police department and prosecutor's office]], all within his first year as a lawyer?" He has a better record than Johnny Cochrane.\\
It's implied that Phoenix's clients don't pay him, and Maya's burger addiction probably has something to do with it, too.
*** While it's obviously exaggerated, the poverty of Phoenix Wright compared to the relative wealth of the various prosecutors is a definite prod at the fact that a similar gap exists in the actual Japanese criminal justice system due to the lack of respect the role of defense attorney is given socially.
* PowerOfTrust: Phoenix and Edgeworth, in pretty much everything from midway through their second case together and beyond. It works because Phoenix knows that Miles will expose the truly guilty and Edgeworth knows that Wright will protect the genuinely innocent, so justice will always be served.
* PromotionToParent: Pearl regards Maya as an older sister, but their relationship is closer to mother and daughter, and Phoenix also steps up as a parental figure. Pearl lives in fear of disappointing the two of them, tries to hide minor infractions behind Psyche-Locks for fear of being punished, and generally treats the two of them as guardians more than sibling-figures. The end of ''Justice For All'' [[spoiler:shows the three of them reunited in a hug]]. Regardless of shipping preference, it's clear that when it comes to Pearl, Nick and Maya act in tandem to do what's best for her, with Maya even spelling it out for Nick: Pearl hasn't seen many happy couples and never knew her father, which is why [[spoiler:she believes in "Mr. Nick" with the same devotion young children have for their fathers -- as the hero who can always save the day.]]
* {{Punny|Name}} [[MeaningfulName yet Meaningful Name]]: Dear God, where to begin? Phoenix's habit of rising up out of the ashes of his cases, Mia Fey (me, a fey), the detective Dick Gumshoe (both slang for detectives), and those are just the main characters. Everyone else? Frank Sahwit (the witness, who saw it), Luke Atmey ("look at me"), Redd White (of Blue Corporation), Will Powers, Jack Hammer (action stars), Penny Nichols, Wendy Oldbag (very verbose), Lotta Hart, Lawrence 'Moe' Curls (a clown)..
** Pretty much every name in every game, with only a few exceptions.
** The Feys are also Arthurian ThemeNaming, after Morgan le Fay (with altered spelling), evidenced by Misty Fey (after the Mists of Avalon). The tradition continues into ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' with the Gramarye family, named after Merlin's island.
* RunningGag:
** Maya appears to have trouble understanding the concept of a stepladder. Examining one almost always yields a conversation in which Phoenix has to explain to her what a stepladder is. This is continued by Trucy and Apollo and Miles and Kay.
** Ema gets in on the action in 1-5, and another variation occurs in 3-2 with Maya confusing a fireplace for a hearth.
** Gumshoe also gets in on it in case 3-5.
* SequelDifficultySpike: These games get progressively tougher and more complicated as they go on.
** In the original first game, things are rather relaxed: investigations are pretty straightforward, with relatively few points where you can get lost, and cross-examinations are rather easy. Finding contradictions doesn't go beyond pressing until the witness revises a statement, then presenting evidence there. Plus, you can take up to five penalties before losing.
** ''Justice For All'' is where the developers '''really''' started getting sneaky. Cross-examinations are tougher, since now witnesses can add revised statements that aren't contradictory, sometimes depending on what you choose. There are also a few points were you have to backtrack while pressing, press statements in a certain order, or even press the same statement twice! (Not to mention now you can get penalized simply by pressing - though the Judge ''does'' warn you beforehand.) Contradictions now require the player to remember previous testimony, and to think them through more. Now you need to "unlock" new testimony to make other statements contradictory (ex: the contradiction with the ring in 2-3). Unlike the first game, now sometimes you ''need'' to say you "can't present evidence" or that a witness's statement "was not important" to progress. Investigations also got harder: now there are points where you have to present evidence to the person that gave you that evidence 3 seconds ago, and the addition of profiles also makes it easier to miss something. But probably the biggest step-up in difficulty is the penalty bar. This green bar allows the developers to hit you with bigger penalties when screwing up. In some points in the last case, you can get either a [[OneHitKill 100% penalty]] or a [[ItsAWonderfulFailure bad ending]] for presenting incorrect evidence. And this bar (which counts both for psyche-locks and court penalites) does not refill when saving, so it's possible to go into court with low health.
** It seems the developers focused more on writing the MythArc than in making player's existence harder while making ''Trials & Tribulations'', since there's relatively few new tricks here that weren't in JFA. While there's not a bad ending in this game, the two "one-chance" moments (one of which is a 11-statement testimony mentioned above) are designed to throw off players and punish SaveScumming, since both the "right" and "wrong" conversations start with the same few lines of text, and the music doesn't stop in either of them. Also, there's a couple of testimonies where you have to "mine" for information. In other words, if at the end of a press Phoenix thinks "I'd better come back to this later", that means you have to gather information by pressing other statements, ''then'' return to press the statement Phoenix pointed out.
** ''Rise from the Ashes'', the fifth case added to the first game's UpdatedReRelease on the DS, makes use of some of the tricks seen in JFA and T&T, since it was written after them. (Though of course, it doesn't implement any variable penalties, since it still uses the other four cases' five-strike system.) The only new trick is that there are a couple spots where you have to present ''several'' pieces of evidence to people to unlock a new talk topic.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Maya or Pearl, whenever either one of them summons Mia.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Maya and Phoenix go through this a few times, first with Larry Butz assuming Maya is Phoenix's partner in more way than one, then with Turner Grey, and subsequently [[ShipperOnDeck many, many times]] with Pearl.
** ...though in 3-5, pressing [[spoiler:the fake Iris]] at one point yields the following exchange:
--> '''[[spoiler:"Iris"]]''': Mystic Maya... She's your girlfriend, isn't she?
--> '''Phoenix''': ...![[note]]To be clear, Phoenix ''doesn't'' correct her.[[/note]]
* SpiritAdvisor: Mia Fey fills this role, and even though she appears to be omniscient (since she's dead and all), she seems to have varying levels of this (such as in the third case of the first game where even she doesn't know what happened until Phoenix does).
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Subverted with Mia Fey. When she's murdered at the beginning of the second case, it seems like a standard cliche - female character close to the protagonist is killed solely so that avenging her can serve as his heroic motivation. In fact, though, [[spoiler:Phoenix is unable to convict her killer on his own, and it's Mia who ''avenges herself from beyond the grave'']] in the most literal way possible. Furthermore, even in the third game, [[spoiler:it's still Mia, not Phoenix, who is Dahlia Hawthorne's ultimate nemesis]].
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: Often there is a glaring piece of evidence or a major hole in the witness's testimony, but you can't point it out yet.
* SympatheticMurderer: There tends to be at least one in each game, sometimes going hand-in-hand with AssholeVictim, and sometimes not. The most notable are [[spoiler:Yanni Yogi, Acro, and Godot]].
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Well, he's not really the last. Officer Mike Meekins looks more cartoony in appearance while everyone else in the first game is anime-like, yet more realistic-looking.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: The brutal system of succession in the Fey clan of women.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Parodied with Detective Dick Gumshoe.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Maya and her burgers (Ramen in Japanese), and to a lesser extent Gumshoe and his instant noodles (which is about all he can afford on his salary).
** Plus Godot and his coffee.
* TwoDecadesBehind: The games take place in 2016-2019 but seem to be stuck somewhere around 1995-2000, with their non-smartphone cellphones, black-and-white photographs, and VHS tapes. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking They even have phone booths]]!
** {{Justified}}. The technology present in the games matches with the tech at the time the games were made. (2001-2005)
* VillainousBreakdown: When you finally put forth the final piece of evidence that proves who the real culprit is, expect the guilty party to completely lose it before engaging in a [[MotiveRant long winded speech.]]
* WhenItAllBegan: The majority of the cases in the game have some event before that gives the true killer their motive.
* [[WarHasNeverBeenSoMuchFun Murder Has Never Been So Much Fun:]] Who would have guessed that a series centering around premeditated murder for very materialistic motives could be so funny and upbeat?
* WorkingTheSameCase: If you ever have to investigate more than one thing at a time, or if the name of an old case is brought up, rest assured it will be relevant to the main mystery.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: From the first game: "Accidental murder is still murder.". True to the Japanese legal system which the games are based on, in which even an accidental killing is technically counted as murder.
** For that matter, [[CatchPhrase "Objection"]] is primarily used in this series to point out when the witness' testimony has a contradiction in it, and is very seldom used for its real-life purpose of calling out the other lawyer when they seem to be breaking the rules of court. Then there are a few (admittedly [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]]) moments where Phoenix and Edgeworth "object" in turn simply [[FinishingEachOthersSentences to finish the other's train of thought.]]
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[[folder: ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney'']]
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!!''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney'' provides examples of:
* AbsenceOfEvidence: In the 5th case (MAJOR spoiler): [[spoiler: Damon Gant has just proved Ema Skye pushed the victim to his death using a fingerprint-laden piece of cloth he personally cut from the victim's vest. However, Phoenix notes that while the victim died of a pierced lung and was coughing up blood on himself for a while before death, the piece of cloth has NO blood on it. Since this proves the cloth was cut BEFORE the victim was killed, Gant is [[OhCrap a bit unnerved]]]].
* AbsoluteCleavage: April May and Angel Starr.
* AdultFear:
** There's the set-up for the DL-6 Incident. [[spoiler:Gregory Edgeworth and his son Miles, who at the time was nine, are trapped in an elevator, in the dark, and with the oxygen supply running out. And then the other person in the elevator, who has a gun in his possession, starts panicking and acting violently.]]
** Dee Vasquez, who has ties to TheMafia. Towards the end of the last investigation day, [[spoiler:when Phoenix and Maya uncover some critical evidence, Vasquez summons her Mafia goons and orders them [[DeadlyEuphemism "erased"]]--a cruel reminder of how terrifying organized crime can be. Only a BigDamnHeroes moment by Gumshoe prevents a premature end to Phoenix's and Maya's lives.]]
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Damon Gant, even though everything about him begs to differ.]]
* ArcWords: "DL-6" throughout the first four cases; "SL-9" in the fifth case.
* AscendedMeme: The 3DS re-release [[http://i.imgur.com/oNnUzle.jpg added a line]] referencing the popular [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFldBVWFgWo "Boot to the Head"]] fan video.
* AssholeVictim:
** [[spoiler: Robert Hammond is an AmoralAttorney who doesn't particularly care if his client is innocent; he just wants to win his case.]]
** [[spoiler: Debatably, Jack Hammer. He doesn't seem like an inherently bad person, but he ''does'' try to murder Dee Vasquez, who had been blackmailing him over an accidental death on set five years ago, and he ''does'' dress up in the Steel Samurai costume so his co-star, Will Powers, will get the blame.]]
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[http://i52.tinypic.com/2e3deet.jpg Played for laughs in the side-comic for Case 4.]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: The DS support functions for the microphone and touch screen were tacked on to all three of the remakes. While it is cool to press the Y button to turn on the mic and yell "OBJECTION!" and "HOLD IT!", it's far easier to press the shoulder buttons instead. The touch screen is rarely ever required for any of the games either.
* BaraGenre: Will Powers. In fact, Gumshoe and Powers are often a bara couple in fanart.
* BerserkButton: Don't ''ever'' come between Manfred von Karma and his perfect record. Berserk Button doesn't even ''[[UpToEleven begin to describe]]'' the consequences you will suffer if you do.
** During the 2nd trial of case 4, von Karma tries to stop Phoenix from cross examining the witness by intimidating the judge into ending the trial in three minutes or less, insisting that there's nothing to question about his witness' testimony. Phoenix persists on cross-examining the witness anyway and the judge allows it. When von Karma hears this, he screams in rage. When questioned by the judge for his outburst, von Karma mentions that three minutes just passed. And this is only a ''small'' indicator that von Karma has a screw or two loose compared to what happens later.
*** Although [[spoiler:the three-minute thing is implied to be a trick to persuade Phoenix to stall for time by cross-examining the witness, since von Karma already set up the cross-examination to incriminate Phoenix's client further.]]
* BewareTheHonestOnes[=/=]LawfulStupid: Edgeworth derails a case twice because of a sudden conviction about the truly guilty party, even though both of those moments hurt his case. In "Turnabout Samurai," he objects to a testimony that otherwise would have given him the win, because he suspects that the witness is the actual murderer. In "Turnabout Goodbyes," he breaks under the weight of his assumed guilt and confesses to the murder of his own father, forcing Phoenix (who had just acquitted him for a different murder) to defend him again.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Manfred von Karma]] for the main game, [[spoiler:Damon Gant]] for Case 5.
* BrattyHalfPint: Cody Hackins.
* CallForward: Case 5 being a bonus case that was added after the first three games were released, it has a few references to the next games (see {{Foreshadowing}}).
* ChekhovsBoomerang: For example, [[spoiler:the metal detector]] in case 4.
** Case 5 has [[spoiler:the security camera video]], which comes up ''four times''
** The [[spoiler:Unstable Jar]] was used at least 3 or 4 times too.
* ChekhovsGun:
** In the [[spoiler:Mia Fey]] murder case[[spoiler:, there is a note that has Maya's name written in blood. This was a receipt for the lamp that would help out late in the second trial.]]
** In Rise From The Ashes, [[spoiler:"Rule 1: no evidence shall be shown without the approval of the Police Department!"]] This comes back to bite [[spoiler:Damon Gant]] in the ass, since [[spoiler:the Police Chief himself taunting Phoenix to show something ''technically'' counts as "approval"...]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Larry Butz, seemingly a blockhead doofus who's just at the wrong place at the wrong time appears out of ''freaking nowhere'' and 180's the entire fourth case. Prior to this he was only the defendant of your very first trial and in the fourth case he had only appeared selling hot dogs and unintentionally spawning lake controversy about a rumoured monster in the lake]].
** At one point in the second case, it's mentioned that someone else is staying with April. This is not touched upon until late in the case, when it's revealed to be [[spoiler:[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Redd White]]]], the same guy who [[spoiler: "ruined" the mother of the Fey sisters, and is a very important part of the case.]]
* ClockKing: Manfred von Karma in the fourth case. Edgeworth specifically (though not by name) suggests XanatosSpeedChess as a method of combating him.
* CoversAlwaysLie: See that woman, on the far left in the trope image (the game's cover)? [[spoiler: She dies in the second trial. In the original, she only makes a few more brief appearances when being summoned by her sister.]]
* CowboyCop: Played ''literally'' with Jake Marshall, the justification being that he's from ''west'' L.A.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Let's see: [[spoiler:[[MakeTheDogTestify Cross-examining a]] {{p|ollyWantsAMicrophone}}arrot, running on a hunch that a 15-year-old bullet is still inside the murderer, and using a metal detector inside the courtroom...]]
* CrazyPrepared: Manfred von Karma practically ''defines'' this trope; he [[spoiler:forges evidence, ''retrains a parrot'', and prepares his witnesses perhaps even more than he prepares himself]] to get a guilty verdict.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The ending of Case 5. Fingerprint dust is automatically applied and blown away to reveal the names, and during each character's part of the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, said dust can be applied and blown off manually to reveal their picture. The credits end with one final piece of "evidence" that needs examining; the book that Lana gave Ema at the end of the case, inside of which is [[spoiler:a photo of the two sisters when they were younger]].
* CrimeAfterCrime: Joe Darke's backstory in case 5. It ends with him killing at least five people. [[spoiler:Jake Marshall's brother, however was killed by Damon Gant.]]
* TheDayTheMusicLied: At one point, Edgeworth brings up an "OBJECTION!", his awesome theme music starts up... then he realizes he has nothing to say. [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand The music kinda deflates.]] Then it starts up again when he ''does'' think of something.
* DeadMansChest: In case 1-5, [[spoiler:Gant needed to stash the body of the detective he killed and got Lana Skye to do it. Unfortunately for him, Lana was spotted--which led to her being accused of the murder instead]].
* DeathGlare: The big bad of case 5, [[spoiler:Damon Gant]]. In the same case, [[spoiler: Angel Starr's]] burning hatred for prosecutors in general makes her glares pretty nasty as well.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Phoenix goes up against two prosecutors with perfect records... until they encounter him.
* DeusExMachina: After Gumshoe's first testimony, Maya throws a paper at Phoenix telling the player about blindly pressing every testimony. It comes completely out of nowhere, and the player would most likely get stuck if it didn't happen.
* DevelopersForesight:
** The "press" button in cross-examinations is available for use during ''The First Turnabout'' even though not only is it unneeded to be done at this point in the game, storywise, Phoenix wouldn't know that he could do this in an attempt to find a contradiction in the witness's testimony. Press it anyway during Frank Sahwit's testimonies, and you'll find out there are scripted responses specifically tailored to pressing at his statements.
** While examining the evidence room video, if you try to outsmart the game and point out something ''other'' that what the game's asking you, (for example: try to present the white cloth to the far left when you're supposed to present the light above Goodman's locker) the game will flat-out tell you "that IS strange, but that's not what you're looking for right now".
** In the last day of 1-5, Gant at one point tesifies that he had nothing to do with the forgery that took place. The correct contradicintg evidence is the evidence list or the unstable jar that you found in his office the day before. However, if you present the piece of cloth, which you also found there, the game will tell you that evidence is not relevant yet.
* DidIMentionItsChristmas: The murder of Case 4 takes place on Christmas and the trial is in the days after. The only effect this has is that one character hears a radio DJ say "It's almost Christmas!", which helps establish a timeline.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Yanni Yogi]] in the fourth case. [[spoiler:He did kill Hammond, but after getting him, Edgeworth decides to confess to killing his father, which leads to the case's final villain being Manfred von Karma.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:"How dare that Gregory Edgeworth so much as scratch my perfect record? I swear, if he crosses me ''once more'', I'll kill him, raise his son to be a prosecutor, and then frame him for murder...!"]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: This game tended to {{lampshade|Hanging}} the {{Punny Name}}s. Someone on the writing team must have figured out how unneeded this was, because it stopped happening.
* DownloadableContent: "Rise from the Ashes" in the Wiiware port. However, it's no longer available due to the Wii Shop servers shutting down.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** This game features a different health system, with a "five strikes" rule rather than the lifebar and variable penalties given out in the latter titles. The trials also take place over three days, which was changed to two days in subsequent games after complaints that the frequent shifts between the trial and investigations phases ruined the game's pacing. The five strike system would subsequently return in the crossover ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'', ''VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken'' and the main series itself in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice''.
** Notably, the first game has much less dialogue and less time for the investigation phase, excluding "Rise from the Ashes."
** InUniverse, the "three day rule" (all trials must conclude in three days) is still in effect for the rest of the series. It's only [[GameplayAndStorySegregation for gameplay's sake]] that they all happen to wrap up in two.
** No magatama, and by extension no psyche-locks to crack open.
** Phoenix also cannot present Profiles as evidence or in response to questions. This is only in comparison to the rest of the original trilogy though, as ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' and all the subsequent games dropped it.
** The first game is also the only one in the series to feature no playable flashback cases, or an AnachronicOrder of any sort.
** The character and background designs in this game are, for the most part, much more generic than those in the games that followed. The subsequent games would go on to have much more themed, bizarre character designs, and the backgrounds embraced Japanese culture and iconography a lot more, leading to the "Japanifornia" nickname for the game's English-language setting.
* EurekaMoment: [[spoiler: "Perhaps you'd like to [[PollyWantsAMicrophone cross-examine the parrot]]?"]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Bellboy, a.k.a. "The Bellboy Who Swore An Affadavit".
* EvilOverlooker: See the picture.
* ExpressiveHair: Most memorably Angel Starr. Depending on which eye her bangs cover, she can be [[JekyllAndHyde sweet as a lollipop, or sour as a lemon]].
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: [[spoiler:Mia is murdered in case 2.]]
* FissionMailed:
** In 1-2, telling Maya that you will go home instead of defending her results in what would be a DownerEnding... Until it's revealed to be an ImagineSpot by Phoenix and that [[ButThouMust you must select the second option]] in order for the game to succeed further.
** In the middle of 1-4, [[spoiler: the Judge finds Edgeworth guilty. Then [[BigDamnHeroes Larry arrives]].]]
* AFoolForAClient: Phoenix winds up representing himself for the last trial of case two. In fairness, it's pretty much stated outright that he doesn't ''have'' a better option--no other defense attorney will take the case, and taking a state-appointed attorney will practically ensure him being found guilty.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** An odd example in the first case. You can erroneously name [[spoiler:Mia Fey as the victim]] in the case when the judge is questioning Phoenix on how well he's prepared to defend the case. Doing so makes her grow indignant (since she's obviously standing right next to you). However one case later and things don't seem so facetious anymore...
** In Case 3, when you first investigate Studio 2, you might notice [[spoiler: a bent spike on the flowerbox fence - the real murder weapon both now and from five years ago. Given that two people have fallen on it, it makes sense]].
** In Case 4, upon talking with Maya about how Larry [[spoiler: started the myth about Gourdy living in Gourd lake with his Steel Samurai inflatable]] Maya says "someone should whip that Butz into shape". Guess what whip-toting prosecutor comes in next game? [[spoiler:And in the third game she does whip Larry. A lot.]]
** On the second day of case 1-4, if you insist on cross-examining the boat shop owner - which you have to do to proceed - von Karma will throw a little tantrum and grab his right shoulder. [[spoiler: On the third day of case 1-4, Phoenix realizes that von Karma has had a bullet embedded in that shoulder for fifteen years, which proves he murdered Edgeworth's father. When he makes this accusation, von Karma grabs his shoulder again.]]
** "Rise from the Ashes" is filled to the brim with references to future events, since it was added for the DS version, and was written after the rest of the original trilogy.
*** Upon presenting your badge to Lana...
--->'''Lana:''' Give it three years. Then we'll see what you have become.
*** Chief Gant's safe is a KB Security product.
*** Examining a bunch of junk in the evidence room can give you a glimpse of the bug sweeper Gumshoe uses in 2-4.
*** Gumshoe writes a message to Edgeworth on the back of a Tres Bien flyer.
*** Ema takes note of the fancy jacket Edgeworth has framed in his office, wondering what's the story behind it. Turns out it's the jacket from his tragic court debut in 3-4.
*** Gumshoe has a picture of Maggey Byrde inside his locker.
*** In the first court day, Angel at one point mentions that she never thought someone could mistake ketchup for blood. Guess what happens in 3-3.
*** After getting fired, Gumshoe asks Phoenix if he can work at his office. He ends up doing exactly that in 2-4.
** "Rise From The Ashes" also unintentionally foreshadows some things in ''Ace Attorney Investigations''! A cop suggests that [[spoiler:the gunshot someone heard was a recording]], and Gant brings up how Edgeworth will one day be forced to learn what must be done to catch criminals by himself.
* FreudianExcuse: It can be a bit jarring when after finishing the other games and notice just how much of a jerk Edgeworth was, with [[spoiler: the loss of his father, and replacement of his father with a colossal jerk]] being revealed as an excuse. Even in his first case against Phoenix, an old friend, Edgeworth is snide, condescending, rude, dishonest, and manipulative. Fortunately, his Excuse was upgraded into CharacterDevelopment over the course of the three games.
* GagBoobs: April May takes it UpToEleven, and the bellhop of the Gatewater Hotel even makes mention of how she's unmistakable because of "them" with a HUGE blush.
** Maya in [[http://i54.tinypic.com/353625h.jpg this comic]].
* GambitPileup: [[spoiler:Damon Gant from 1-5 has a ''freaking plethora'' of gambits all going on at once and literally everything in the entire case went the way he had predicted and wanted it to be. The only way Phoenix could {{out gambit|ted}} him was by postponing a piece of evidence for a few minutes until Gant persuaded him to present it, as otherwise it would be rendered illegal evidence.]]
** [[spoiler: It's a bit ironic in the fact that Gant dug his own grave in the process of persuading Phoenix into presenting the critical evidence.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Also in case 1-2, after you get April May's [[spoiler:wiretap]].
--> '''Phoenix''': I'll get to this woman's bottom! [[ThatCameOutWrong Wait... I mean... you know what I mean.]]
** From the same case:
--> '''Bellboy''': It's French for "kiss", but not a French kiss, sir.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: While investigating Edgeworth's office in ''Rise From the Ashes'', Ema and Phoenix try to distract Edgeworth in order to see what's written on a crumpled note. Considering that Edgeworth is standing right next to them, Phoenix is a terrible liar, and Ema conspicuously crawls on the floor near Edgeworth's feet, this doesn't work out too well.
* {{Gonk}}: [[http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-05/praa-sal-manella.html Sal Manella]], the sweaty otaku TV director.
* GracefulLoser: The murderer in case 3 remains calm even when uncovered.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Case 4 establishes that [[spoiler:Phoenix has carried a full-sized metal detector around with him for several hours.]]
* HaveYouComeToGloat: When Edgeworth has been framed for murder, he assumes Phoenix and Maya have come to "laugh at the fallen attorney."
* {{Headdesk}}: [[spoiler:Manfred von Karma]] pulls one of these against the wall as a VillainousBreakdown.
* HellIsThatNoise: There's [[spoiler:von Karma's]] scream, which is so terrifying that it traumatizes [[spoiler:Edgeworth]] for fifteen years.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Damon Gant, Lana Skye, possibly even Manfred von Karma. Gant throws this plus NotSoDifferent at Edgeworth as a parting shot, and it hits home because he'd known for a while it was a temptation for him. Lana gently counters it with the reminder that this is only a real danger for people who fight ''alone''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Damon Gant, as part of Phoenix's counter-gambit in 5. The cloth with Ema's handprint on it was Gant's insurance policy, and the reason he could not be found guilty as the murderer. Phoenix had one chance near the end of the trial to present it, but doing it at that point would count as an attempt to convict someone with illegal evidence as the cloth had nothing to do with the case at hand, resulting in a NonstandardGameOver further on at the end of the trial. However by delaying the inevitable with a few seconds space after he was persuaded by Gant to present it, Phoenix eventually presented it since the evidence would authentically be legal as it was shown after being allowed clearance by the lead Police Chief, which was Gant.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: When Dee Vasquez complains about Phoenix slamming his desk, Edgeworth slams his desk, chimes in "Yeah! Mr. Wright...!" then realizes his mistake and says "Oops".
** Also earlier in the case, [[BrattyHalfPint Cody Hackins]] chides Maya for calling him a kid. Later, he chides Wright for yelling at him, because he's only a kid.
* ICantDoThisByMyself: After the 5th case, the player is called upon to show the prosecutor Edgeworth a piece of evidence from the case that neither he nor Phoenix Wright could have put together without the other's help. More of an "I ''couldn't'' do this by myself", but still...
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler:Both the fictional and apparently true fate of the victim of case 1-3, who died by being shoved onto a spiked fence. Plus the irony factor of him having killed someone else the exact same way years before his own death]].
** [[spoiler:In Case 5, Damon Gant impales Neil Marshall on the suit of armour. While he was ''still alive'']].
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: If the player gets the first question of the game wrong, Mia tries to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere excuse herself]] from Larry Butz's trial by claiming she's "expecting a delivery."
* InsanityDefense: DeconstructedTrope. [[spoiler:Pleading insanity makes Yanni Yogi a social outcast and drives his wife to suicide.]]
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: Case 1-3 relies on the fact that no one could get past the fallen statue blocking Studio 2, despite the fact that there's nothing preventing anyone from walking through the woods around it (and the camera watching the path) or climbing over it. However, [[BrattyHalfPint Cody Hackicns]] wanders through the woods just fine.
** [[FridgeLogic ...Maybe it's only adults that can't fit between the trees?]]
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler:Edgeworth.]]
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:Damon Gant.]]
* LastSecondWordSwap
--> '''Maya:''' Wow! It's amazing.............ly dusty.
* MakeTheDogTestify: As seen in the page image, Phoenix brings a parrot to the stand at one point. Said parrot completely turns the case around. This actually isn't as crazy as it sounds in context since during his investigation he actually finds that a certain phrase will cause the parrot to repeat an incriminating piece of evidence, [[spoiler: Don't forget DL-6]]. Granted Manfred actually took the time to [[CrazyPrepared retrain the parrot]] not to respond to the trigger phrase, but Phoenix manages to turn the case around using seemingly trivial information that the parrot was also taught to repeat.
* ManInWhite: Bruce Goodman
* MeditatingUnderAWaterfall: Maya talks about wanting to do this as part of her spirit medium training at the beginning of Case 4, and it gets a few more mentions over the course of the case.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: Used in the fourth case.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Manfred von Karma. And if the name itself isn't badass enough, it's also seemingly a reference to Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the RedBaron.
* TheNicknamer: Damon Gant (e.g. "Wrighto" for Phoenix, "Udgey" for the Judge, and "Worthy" for Edgeworth).
* NonstandardGameOver:
** If you present a certain piece of evidence too early in 5 [[spoiler:(the cloth with Ema's fingerprints)]], you are later told the trial was unwinnable from the time you presented it. The screen then goes black with a "Guilty" verdict.
** Before most testimonies you have the option not to cross-examine, but this usually just results in your assistant calling you an idiot and making you go ahead with the cross-examination anyway. However, in 1-4, if you choose not to cross-examine the witness after [[spoiler:Maya is arrested for contempt of court and dragged off to prison]] then Phoenix really will decline the opportunity to do so, which results in an instant "Guilty" verdict.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Yanni Yogi, the Boat Rental owner. He pretends to be a senile old man who thinks Phoenix and Maya are his children until Phoenix reveals his true identity, at which point he drops the act and confesses]].
* OldSaveBonus: Putting the original ''Gyakuten Saiban'' in the GBA slot while playing the JP DS version unlocks every episode, presumably to allow players who'd already played through the whole game on the GBA to get straight to the new bonus case rather than having to replay the rest of the game.
* OminousPipeOrgan: While Gant's {{leitmotif}} doesn't use pipe organ in-game, he himself plays one and his leitmotif was arranged for organ for the Villain Medley in the 2008 Gyakuten Meets Orchestra concert.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler:Manfred Von Karma]], who spends ''15 years'' with a bullet in his shoulder.
* PalmFistTap: Mike Meekins does this, then yanks on his hand since he did it with his bandaged hand and he hurt himself doing it.
* ParentalBonus: "I like men with a big... vocabulary."
** This technically foreshadows and possibly lampshades Redd White's splendiforusly huge vocabulary.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Manfred von Karma has his ATM PIN set to 0001 because he's "number one"--and openly highlights this during a trial. [[spoiler:Damon Gant]]'s safe combination is the same as his ID card number: [[spoiler:7777777]].
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Although Polly can't talk with a mind of her own, she is useful in that she can be taught to say certain words in response to a question.
* PowerTrio: [[TheKirk Phoenix]], [[TheSpock Edgeworth]], and [[TheMcCoy Larry]], when they were childhood friends.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The live-action film focused specifically on DL-6 and its connection to the Fey sisters, so naturally, quite a few changes were made. For example, Cases 1 and 3 are instead made into two separate cases going at the same time (Phoenix and Mia successfully defend Larry, while Edgeworth gets Dee Vasquez convicted).
* PrettyInMink: Angel Starr.
* PutOnABus: Maya, right before Case 5.
** [[spoiler:Though she returns quickly.]]
* RearWindowWitness: April May in the second case is initially set up as one. [[spoiler: But it turns out she knows a lot more about the crime than a mere 'witness' should...]]
* RevisitingTheColdCase: The fourth chapter involves a new development that leads to Phoenix reinvestigating the 15-year-old murder of Miles Edgeworth's father, and solving the case on the day before the statute of limitations is due to run out on the crime.
* RunningGag: Gumshoe excitedly barging in on Phoenix and co., finding them all depressed, and then trying to excuse himself happens three times throughout Case 5, with almost the exact same dialogue each time.
** Edgeworth's inability to get witnesses to state their name and occupation when asked.
* SixIsNine: In the fifth case, a piece of evidence contains a note that reads "6-7S 12/2." However, the note was apparently written upside down and it actually reads "2/21 SL-9," tying it to another case altogether.
* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:Redd White]].
* SnotBubble: Yanni Yogi gets one when he falls asleep, when you first meet him in Case 4.
* ShoutOut: See [[ShoutOut/AceAttorney here]].
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption:
** [[spoiler:Actually having Phoenix give the evidence that would convict von Karma to the man himself, despite the fact it's obvious he's just going to destroy it like all the other evidence he just stole from the police. And then Phoenix still doesn't just report the assault and the theft to the police, even though they're already at the police department]].
** This is painfully prevalent in this game--you have to confront [[spoiler:Redd White]] and [[spoiler:Dee Vasquez]] with their guilt as well, though the results aren't quite so devastating to your case as with [[spoiler:Von Karma]].
** Also, in case 1-2 you're never given the option of [[spoiler:looking at what the receipt with Maya's name written on it is actually for]], and need to wait for [[spoiler:Mia to come back from the dead and tell you about it.]]
** In 1-3 Phoenix somehow doesn't pick up on [[spoiler:the killer indicating that she already knew the victim was dead before the body was discovered]], so that [[spoiler:Edgeworth can point it out instead.]]
** Cases [[spoiler:1-3]] and [[spoiler:1-5]] involve people getting impaled. There are ''heavy pointy objects'' obviously visible in the background, but Phoenix can't even examine them. In Case [[spoiler:1-3]], one part is obviously bent. The most that happens is Wright noting that [[{{Foreshadowing}} it looks dangerous]] and should be avoided.
* SuspendSave: The original had them, but they were replaced with regular saves on the DS. The {{iOS}} port, added them as a convenience on top of the main saves so that if the app was shut down, the player could chose to resume from the quick save file rather than losing unsaved progress.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Ema Skye in the bonus chapter is very similar to Maya. Phoenix lampshades the similarities between her and Maya both having older sisters, and Lana happened to know Mia. Ema resembling Maya is even part of the reason why he took the case.
* TakingTheHeat: April May refuses to willingly provide information that might incriminate Redd White in wiretapping [[spoiler:or murder]], and Lana is doing this [[spoiler:for Gant, as a result of being blackmailed]].
* ThatWasObjectionable: The TropeNamer.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vnTueRIaTo Triple subverted]] in case 1-3, when Edgeworth voices an objection to the usual heroic fanfare... which dies when he [[ThatWasObjectionable admits that he has nothing to say]]. The judge tries to move on, and Edgeworth objects again, and the music starts back up when he asks the witness to testify once more. The music runs a little farther this time, when the witness asks what exactly there is left to discuss. The music dies, Edgeworth stalls for time with the memorable "Indeed! Verily I say... Ergo!" and the music kicks back in when he finds something to focus the testimony on.
* ThemeNaming: All of the chapter names [[OddNameOut (save for the DS-exclusive chapter, "Rise From the Ashes"--and even then, only in English)]] have the word "Turnabout" in them.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: [[spoiler: It's strongly implied that Robert Hammond's dirty lawyering solely caused Yanni Yogi's "not guilty by reason of insanity" to stand. He was never given a chance to prove that he was legally competent at the time of the murder... though this may have been justified, considering the prosecutor might have been so hellbent on securing some kind of deal that implied guilt that he didn't bother to care.]]
* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou: Manfred von Karma tries to convince Miles Edgeworth that he (accidentally) killed his father, Gregory Edgeworth, by getting angry and throwing a gun that went off and hit him.
* TwentyMinutesInTheFuture: Not emphasized by any means, especially given the lack of the usual trappings, but it's there. The incident that the first game's entire MythArc was built around happened fifteen years ago, and the date was explicitly 2001. This could actually account for the nutty court system, as the game makes it clear that it's new.
* TitleDrop: A subtle example, but still... the full name of the DS re-release of the first GBA game is Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten. "Yomigaeru Gyakuten" is the name of the 5th case of the DS version of the game (and its literal translation is "The Revived Turnabout"). This 5th case was then localized as "Rise from the Ashes".
** A less subtle one appears in the English release of Trials and Tribulations. Luke Atmey introduces himself to Nick as "Luke Atmey: Ace Detective," Nick responds by (awkwardly) introducing himself as "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney."
* UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject: Discussed in Case 5. Edgeworth tells the tale of the unstoppable halberd and the unbreakable shield, and how it was pointed out that both claims contradict one another. In reference to this story, the King of Prosecutors trophy he received is shaped like a ''broken'' sword and shield.
* ValleyGirl: April May.
* VanillaEdition: An odd inversion. The Wii edition of the first game does not include the fifth case, which must be purchased for an extra 100 Wii points ($1 U.S.) Said case was not released until May 2010, four months after the game itself became available for purchase. (Presumably this is because the [=DS=]-specific {{Waggle}} mechanics in Case 5 took longer to adapt for the Wii than the rest of the game, because of the case-unique evidence examination mini-games.)
* XanatosSpeedChess: The killer of 1-5 sets up two separate framings in the brief time between Joe Darke's escape and recapture. [[spoiler: First, he arranged the room to look like Ema accidentally killed Neil. This involved impaling Neil on the statue, writing on the jar, breaking the jar, and stashing the critical evidence in his safe. Then, once Lana arrived, he persuaded her to fake the evidence needed to arrest Joe Darke.]] This is extremely fast work, manipulating both people and evidence.
* {{Yakuza}}: Dee Vazquez has ties to the Yakuza, but Phoenix, always one to search for the whole truth, [[TooDumbToLive confronts her anyway]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Redd White's hair is ''lilac''. And it ''sparkles''.
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[[folder: ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All'']]
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!!''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All'' provides examples of:
* AccidentalMurder / MurderByMistake: [[spoiler: Acro]] in Case 2-3. [[spoiler:He didn't mean to kill the ringmaster. He did, however, mean to kill his daughter.]]
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Franziska's "You huffy, puffy, loosey-goosey excuse for a whimpering whining wuss of a witness," with some good ol' rhyming added for good measure.
* AdultFear:
** [[spoiler: Celeste Inpax]] gets burned by two different people because of this and [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide kills herself]] over it]], and [[spoiler: Juan would have found out that Adrian was just using him if he hadn't gotten killed (though plenty would argue that he was worse than her]].
** It's sort of averted when you find out that [[spoiler: Regina getting Bat "killed" was an accident]].
** Case 4. The scenario of [[spoiler:defending a client who is clearly guilty and having your dear friend and assistant's life depend on his acquittal]] is terrifying. Just ask real attorneys, who will most likely find themselves defending a guy [[spoiler:like Matt]] at some point. The scary and sad part comes when the miracle most likely won't ever happen for them.
* AnachronicOrder: The second case is set before the first case.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Mimi Miney. She then got her face reconstructed after it was badly burnt in a car crash, and ended up looking her dead sister. (Whether or not this was intentional on her part or accidental is unclear.) She then was forced to live as her sister, which she ''hated'', since her previous life was destroyed when she accidentally killed 14 patients during a nervous breakdown due to Dr. Grey overworking her. (Saying she went through a TraumaCongaLine is an understatement.)]] It's hard to say which option is worse, dying in a fiery car crash or living every day of your life with no other choice but to pretend to be something you hate.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In the aftermath of 2-1, Maggey details some examples of how bad her luck has been during her life, including: getting food poisoning from almost every kind of food, being subjected to almost every kind of natural disaster--and never, ever having won a game of tic-tac-toe.
* AvengingTheVillain: Franziska von Karma. [[spoiler:Subverted. She eventually reveals that she didn't give a crap about her father's downfall; the entire rivalry was simply for satisfying her ego by besting Phoenix when Edgeworth couldn't. The FreudianExcuse was that she wanted to defeat Edgeworth all along.]]
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: Franziska is all set to enact her revenge on you in the final case until...[[spoiler: De Killer shoots her and Edgeworth makes a dramatic return, taking up the case.]]
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The opening scene and first 10 or so minutes of ''Farewell, My Turnabout'' purposely mislead the player into thinking that this case will be like the first game's ''Turnabout Samurai'' (even featuring Will Powers and Wendy Oldbag, two characters from that case), so that [[spoiler: Maya's kidnapping and everything else that follows]] hits the [[MoodWhiplash player]] [[PlayerPunch hard]].
* BearsAreBadNews:
** Juan Corrida is strongly associated with bears (most likely due to a PR move) and his room is '''full''' of nearly every bear related object known to man. The whole reason he is killed is because [[spoiler:Matt discovered Juan had a fake suicide note written by "Celeste" that would have ruined his image. The note was hidden in a bear which was to be given to Matt after Juan was murdered]].
** Not to mention the [[spoiler:camera hidden inside of the bear's eye, which ends up an incredibly crucial piece of evidence]].
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] appears both innocent and good-looking. In reality, there's a hidden disfiguring scar and [[HiddenVillain a concealed guilt]].
* BeneathTheMask: So many people in the fourth case.
** [[spoiler: Adrian was initially shown to be a confident, capable manager, before she is outed to be a dependent woman who latches onto others' words as though they are her own.]]
** [[spoiler: Matt was shown to be a ditzy actor with a "refreshing like a spring breeze" persona, whereupon he proves to be a misanthropic killer who trusts no one.]]
*** [[spoiler: He even literally masks the side of his face for half of the case.]]
** [[spoiler: Juan, a popular kids' show actor who probably destroyed Celeste's suicide note and forged a new one implicating Matt Engarde, and was going to present it under Matt's disguise.]]
** [[spoiler: We also see that under her cold, merciless, reckless, smug, and arrogant nature, Franziska von Karma clearly has a huge InferioritySuperiorityComplex.]]
* BerserkButton: Whatever you do, don't accuse the Judge of being the murderer. The results won't be pretty.
-->'''Judge:''' GWWWWAAAAHHHH!!\\
'''Judge:''' WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY TO ME!? THAT'S A PENALTY!! ''(45% penalty)''\\
'''Phoenix:''' Arrrgghhh!\\
'''Judge:''' WHAT'S THAT!? YOU WANT A DOUBLE!? HERE YA GO!! ''(50% penalty)''\\
'''Phoenix:''' Double arrrggghhh!![[note]]Note that this is a total of a 95% penalty. If you've taken ''any damage at all'' in the case to this point it's an instant game over.[[/note]]
** Franziska doesn't react too kindly to getting accused of being the murderer, either. Fortunately you only get a standard penalty if you do that, but you also get the mother of all whippings to go with it.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Although any good mystery story requires some criminals who don't seem like criminals at first, such as [[spoiler:Miss Miney]], the crowning example is [[spoiler: Matt Engarde]].
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The English translation of this game was riddled with typos, such as "surly" for "surely" and "alter" for "altar." It also included the infamous, [[MemeticMutation memetic]] bad ending line "[[spoiler:the miracle never happen]]."
** The iOS port is even worse, at one point calling a piece of evidence a "Hotel Guidernap."
* BookEnds: The first and last days in court overall both open with Phoenix having the same nightmare. The first time, it is seemingly caused by a menacing ringtone. The second time adds some more relevant context: [[spoiler:Phoenix knows his client is guilty, but he has no choice but to obtain a verdict of "not guilty" in order to save his friend. As such, he feels he is no longer worthy of his badge.]]
* BreakTheCutie: In 2-3, [[spoiler:Moe the Clown brings the ultra-sheltered [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] Regina to court on the day Acro is to be revealed as the true criminal specifically for this purpose, so that she can understand both the truth of her father's death and her own responsibility for Acro and Bat's injuries. She cries at the end of the trial and realizes some hard truths, but the fact that during the credits she seems to think Zimbabwe is full of talking bunnies and castles made out of cake, it seems uncertain [[ResetButton that the change stuck]]]].
** In 2-4, [[spoiler:Adrian Andrews]] applies too. Not to mention Maya Fey, who gets accused of murder [[spoiler:once per game]], along with [[spoiler:getting kidnapped in 2-4]], and many other things throughout the series. Finally, we learn in the third game that [[spoiler:Mia Fey's first trial ends in an innocent man committing suicide on the stand and having the real killer go free. She even later gets murdered by Redd White]]. It seems like all the [[spoiler:Feys]] have horrible luck.
** Going off of CryCute, below: As is revealed in the closing credits, it seems the whole game was this for [[spoiler: Franziska von Karma, whose worldview and obsession with perfection are not only challenged by two losses, but by Phoenix willingly and happily accepting his first defeat in court]].
* CampStraight: Maximilian Galactica has bright pink hair, sequinned makeup, calls everyone (including Phoenix) sweetie, ''has the CatchPhrase "Fabulous!"''... and is totally in love with the very {{Moe}} Regina Berry. Although his metro-persona seems to be a mask to hide [[spoiler:his DeepSouth, GoodOlBoy past]].
** In that same case, Maya refers to the ringmaster as metrosexual after getting a glimpse at his makeup collection...
* ChekhovsGun: The scrap of paper in the ringmaster's coat in 2-3. Maya spots it the first time she sees the coat, but Phoenix tells her to [[HypocriticalHumor quit snooping around in other people's things.]] The next day, it turns out to be an important piece of evidence.
* CircusEpisode: The third episode is about a murder at the Berry Big Circus.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Two of them in Case 2-1: [[spoiler: Maggey and Richard having the same exact eyeglass prescription (which leads to Maggey being accused of murder when Richard's glasses are found underneath the victim) and Phoenix and Richard having the same exact phone model and color (leading to Richard accidentally swiping Phoenix's phone after he attacks him when he meant to grab his own.)]]
** Also, Maggey just happens to accidentally step on her glasses and break them around the same time the pair of broken glasses was found underneath the victim.
** Possible HandWave in the fact that it never states [[spoiler:Maggey or Richard's exact prescriptions, just that Richard is near-sighted, and that Maggey is wearing a spare pair at the moment (which could have a slightly older prescription on them than her normal pair), so their prescriptions could be actually different]]. It's still pretty dang convenient that [[spoiler:they're both apparently near-sighted and still must have at least fairly similar prescriptions]], though.
* CryCute: [[spoiler:Franziska von Karma]] in the post-credit epilogue of the good ending, finally accepting defeat to Phoenix, but vowing to return.
* TheCutie: Regina, to [[BishieSparkle a]] [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer ridiculous]] [[HelloNurse extent]].
* CycleOfRevenge: Case 2-4 is one springing from a cycle of petty one-upsmanship between two actors that catches some bystanders up in it as collateral damage. [[spoiler:Matt reveals to Juan that his fiance is Matt's ex. Juan breaks it off with her, which causes her to commit suicide. Juan then forges a suicide note detailing Matt's wrong-doing, which Juan hides to use later. Her protegee, Adrian, begins seeing Juan to get close to him to find the note and burn it to save her further disgrace. Juan plans to publish the note as payback, but Matt kills him first, and Adrian tries to frame Matt for the murder to make sure he doesn't get away.]]
* DeadlyDelivery: ProfessionalKiller Shelly de Killer disguises himself as a hotel bellboy delivering tomato juice to get into his target's room.
* DeadMansChest: An unusual version of this trope occurs in the second game [[spoiler:when Mimi locks Maya in the chest and then proceeds to frame her for the murder, using the same chest to hide herself when Maya first enters and when Nick and Lotta bust in]].
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler:Ini Miney is actually dead--the one you meet in the game is her sister, Mimi Miney, who took over her identity when both were involved in a car wreck that killed Ini and injured Mimi so badly as to require reconstructive surgery.]]
* DebateAndSwitch: "Reunion, and Turnabout" starts to explore the intriguing possibility of whether a spirit medium channeling a spirit can be convicted for what the spirit does. [[spoiler:Then the actual culprit turns out to be a living person who can be prosecuted and punished like everyone else.]]
* DemonicDummy: Trilo. Not actually demonic, but may as well be.
* DemotedToExtra: Maya spends most of the game sidelined in favor of Pearl -- and, for part of the first case, Maggey Byrde -- and only really takes much of a part in the third case. Not to say that she doesn't play much of a role in the overall storyline, though, she just spends most of it in the background (to the point where she doesn't even appear on the game's cover art; Pearl takes her spot instead).
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Franziska von Karma is quite fond with the word "[[YouFool fool]]".
** In the original, "baka" takes its place (which is basically the same thing).
* DiagonalCut: During an awards ceremony, the Nickel Samurai does this with ''the moon''.
* TheDitz: Ini Miney in the second installment.
* DrJerk: Dr. Turner Grey, who makes [[Series/{{House}} Gregory House]] seem like a well-adjusted person, [[spoiler:although he turns out to be [[JerkassHasAPoint right]] about Mimi being responsible for the malpractice]].
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Richard Wellington deliberately caused [[TheHero Phoenix Wright]]'s amnesia in the first case and also murdered Dustin Prince to prevent being exposed as a con artist. Ironically, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard by doing so he sealed his own fate by stealing the wrong phone]]. A better example would be Matt Engarde by holding Maya hostage to force Phoenix to try to get a Not Guilty verdict.]]
* DramaticIrony: In case 4, while investigating his client's house to feed his cat, Phoenix and Pearl are completely unaware that -- as the player would know by an earlier scene -- that this house [[spoiler: is where his assistant, Maya, is/was being held hostage]]. Also, the bellboy the player speaks to in the house is unknown by Wright to be (but known by the player to be) [[spoiler: the real hitman hired by Engarde to kill Corrida that took Maya hostage]].
* DuelingShows: {{In-Universe}}. ''The Nickel Samurai'' and ''Jammin' Ninja'' even air at the same time on Sunday Mornings, though the former is much more popular.
* ExactWords: [[spoiler: This screws Phoenix over in case 4. He has a magical item called the "Magatama", which will reveal "Psyche Locks" around a person if that person is lying or directly covering up something important. So before he takes Matt Engarde's case, he asks Matt Engarde whether or not he killed Juan Corrida. Matt says he didn't kill anyone, and that he was napping in his room at the time of the crime and thus must have been framed. No Psyche Locks appear, because ''technically'' Matt was telling the truth...he hired ''someone else'' to kill Juan, rather than doing it himself, and he ''was'' napping in his room at the time of the crime (secure in the knowledge that the assassin was doing his dirty work), and he ''was'' framed (by Adrian Andrews, who genuinely thought it was him but doubted that he'd be convicted otherwise). But Phoenix finds all this out too late, since he asked the wrong question and thus got an answer that was exactly true but not what he was looking for.]]
* ExpressiveShirt: Moe's hat reflects his emotions.
* FigureItOutYourself: Edgeworth consistently refuses to give Phoenix advice or tell him exactly what he thinks Phoenix needs to learn. Probably wise, since the intended lesson is "Fight for the truth, not because you want to 'save' someone" -- something Phoenix would reject outright if he didn't realize it for himself; doubly so given that revealing the truth under the current circumstances means someone dear to him will be ''killed''.
* FireForgedFriends: Getting through [[spoiler:the Matt Engarde case and recovering Maya]] is what finally rekindles Phoenix and Edgeworth's old friendship and forges their new (unofficial) partnership.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In 2-2, [[spoiler:pay close attention to the cutscene of the car accident. Specifically, the hair of the survivor. Now look at the Miney sisters' profile pics. [[{{HSQ}} Now drop a brick]]]].
** Why is the fourth case called ''Farewell, My Turnabout?'' [[spoiler: because it's the first case that Phoenix loses, and he's saying farewell to his perfect record of "turnabouts" -- and that's a good thing, since the defendant turns out to be the killer.]]
** There's an easy to miss example during ''Turnabout Big Top''. If you examine the photos at the top of the wall in the Ringmaster's room, Maya mentions they should make a gallery of all the clients Phoenix has had. Phoenix then asks about the guilty ones. On the first play through, this is laughable, and is just Maya and Phoenix being themselves. [[spoiler: Aaaaand then [[WhamEpisode Farewell, My Turnabout happens.]]]]
* FoundTheKillerLostTheMurderer: There's a complete inversion during case 4 in which the this trope is turned around. At first the killing seems like a straightforward murder. However, [[spoiler:the killer was a hired assassin. The one who ordered the hit is declared guilty of murder, but the killer himself gets away clean.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Acro has birds that fly around him. [[spoiler:Subverted, as he turns out to be a murderer, then double-subverted: as Maya points out at the end, there were no bad people in that case]].
* GenderBlenderName: Adrian Andrews is a woman[[spoiler:, which becomes a key factor in figuring out she wasn't the one who ordered the hit on Juan - since Shelly de Killer never met her in person, he thought Adrian was a man.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "Mr. Wellington loves large bananas!"
** Phoenix has an interest in Max's bust.
-->'''Phoenix''': "I wouldn't mind hearing more about Max's [[DoubleEntendre bust]]... [[ThatCameOutWrong Not that I'm into]] [[HoYay that sorta thing]]..."
** In case 2-4, Maya ''almost'' gets away with making a certain reference to Pearl in order to force Phoenix to let them go investigate.
-->'''Maya''': So listen to this, Pearly. [[Film/AmericanPie This one time at lawyer camp]], Nick...
-->'''Phoenix''': O-ok! I get it! Let's go take a look.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: [[spoiler:Matt Engarde has a decidedly evil scar on the side of his face that he covers with his hair to make himself look more innocent.]]
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: In Case 2-4, [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]]'s fate when determining whether [[spoiler:he's guilty or not]]. Even if acquitted, [[spoiler:he]] still loses.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: A ShowWithinAShow example is the Jammin' Ninja. He has a bright blue suit, a golden shuriken on his forehead, and wields a bright red guitar. Justified in that the Jammin' Ninja is less about ninjitsu and more about music.
** Doubly justified in that he's supposed to be a ShoutOut to another Creator/{{Capcom}} series character, ''VideoGame/MegaMan3's'' Shadow Man.
* HitlerAteSugar: Inverted in an equally illogical manner, oddly enough. In 2-4, Will Powers' testimony mentions some rather incriminating observations about a certain bellboy, [[spoiler:who Phoenix knows very well is actually an assassin hired by the defendant, whom he is being blackmailed into getting a acquittal for]], namely the bellboy's unusual pattern of stitches and his non-uniform leather gloves. Phoenix's objections to each respectively are
-->"Baseballs have stitches! Are you saying all baseballs are suspicious?!" and
-->"Footballs are made of leather! Are you saying all footballs are suspicious?!"
* HitmanWithAHeart: Shelly de Killer shows signs of this, which is pointed out by Phoenix on occasion.
* HollywoodPersonalityDisorders: Inverted. [[spoiler:Adrian Andrews]] has what is almost certainly Dependent Personality Disorder, but it's never identified as such by name, merely referred to as "codependency".
* TheHyena: Laurence "Moe" Curls, the clown.
* InAnotherMansShoes: Phoenix spends the game raging against prosecutors, particularly Edgeworth, believing that they care only about winning and nothing about truth or justice. [[spoiler: Then he's put in a position where he's forced to defend a murderer.]]
* InfiniteSupplies: Adrian Andrews with her many many many pairs of glasses that are fragile enough to be broken by nerves and shock.
* TheIngenue: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] with Regina. Growing up in the circus sheltered by her dad meant that she has no idea what's real or normal, including the concept that ''people die''. So when she [[spoiler: accidentally kills Bat]], she feels absolutely no responsibility for her actions. [[spoiler:And she actually breaks down in tears when she figures out what her actions led to, at the end of the case.]]
* InsistentTerminology: Morgan demands that Phoenix refer to Maya as "Mystic Maya."
* IronicEcho: Fransizka promising to end Phoenix's perfect record at their first meeting.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: [[spoiler:[[MemeticMutation The miracle never happen]]]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Dr. Grey was right and Mimi Miney was at fault for the malpractice. Not that he isn't entirely blameless either...]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Shelly de Killer. He's an assasin who killed Juan Corrida and presumable many others. At the end of the game, he gets off scott free and he even sends a cheerful transceiver message saying that he's leaving the country but you can give him a call anytime.]]
* KeepItForeign: In an odd example [[spoiler: the car from 2-2, seeing as in Japan the car was American (And the Japanese have the steering wheel on the right, like the British) so in order to keep Mimi's story consistent on which seat she sat, they made the car British in the American version]].
* LastSecondWordSwap: In Case 2-2:
--> '''Phoenix:''' With this, the trial will be in the b...\\
* looks over to see Franziska still smiling*\\
'''Phoenix:''' ...blast radius of disaster.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Edgeworth has his own spinoff now, so the early-game RedHerring of his death doesn't really take. The whole plotline smacks of LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt anyway, but it's particularly ineffective since Edgeworth has been advertised in so many sequels.
* LockedRoomMystery: 2-2.
* LossOfIdentity: [[spoiler:Edgeworth]] spends the majority of the game in a foreign country while trying to figure out his identity after both [[spoiler: reliving the trauma of the DL-6 case while being framed for another murder and being reminded of the tragedies he caused with his corruption during the SL-9 incident.]]
* LostInTranslation: It's a plot point that Pearl can't read--and you wouldn't be alone in thinking that the concept of an eight year-old, even one who lives in an isolated village of ascetics, who can't read a three-letter word borders on the absurd. However, in the Japanese script, the problem is that she can't read ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanji kanji]]'' in particular, which is perfectly realistic--even native Japanese speakers have problems with kanji, and they're the main factor in why achievement of literacy is considered to coincide with ''high school graduation''.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: "Director Hotti" reacts quite... [[TheMasochismTango happily...]] to being whipped by Franziska.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Obscure, but in the Nickel Samurai, all three ninja brothers fall for the evil Strawberry Clan leader's daughter.
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Or "Mad Prosecutor's Beautiful Daughter"?]]
* MarathonBoss: In a rarity for the series, [[spoiler:Acro]] takes an entire trial day to take down. There's even a save point in the middle of his testimonies.
* MoralDilemma: ''[[MeaningfulName Justice For All]]'' teaches us that [[spoiler: "Justice" does not always mean "Not Guilty"]] with case 4.
-->'''Edgeworth:''' [[spoiler:It doesn't matter how many dirty, underhanded tactics you use in court. The truth will always find a way to make itself known.]]
* MortonsFork: In "Farewell, My Turnabout," [[spoiler: this is the situation Nick is in. Either he gets a Not Guilty verdict for the ArcVillain, or he never sees Maya again]]. Done again at the end of the same case as [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedKarma the method by which you finally take down Engarde]], informing his NobleDemon hitman that he's pure scum, and [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose making Engarde's choices either jail, or being hunted down by said hitman]]]].
* MundaneFantastic: In case 2, Maya is photographed while channeling a spirit, which ''physically'' changes her to look like the spirit. Nobody is interested in the fact that Franziska captured ''psychic powers'' on camera, it's just another bit of evidence in the case.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Averted by [[DrJerk Turner Grey]] in ''Justice For All'', who continues to talk about how much of a failure his subordinate Mimi was after her death, even going so far as to want to get a spirit medium to summon Mimi for the express purpose of making her take responsibility.
* NeverSuicide: Averted with [[spoiler:Celeste Inpax]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Something of an odd clash of this and inverted NiceJobBreakingItHero on the villain's end in 2-4. [[spoiler:De Killer thinks he's doing Phoenix a favor by shooting Franziska, thinking to get a mistrial or at least an easy acquittal for Matt Engarde when an unprepared prosecutor takes her place. True, Franziska had a very systematic plan for getting her victory but the person who replaces her is ''Edgeworth'', who realizes midway through the first session that something is wrong and teams up with Phoenix to save Maya.]] So basically, the villain succeeds in helping Phoenix only too well.
* NightmareSequence: The dream where the shade of the Judge brings a gigantic gavel down on Phoenix, telling him, "You are no longer worthy of your title!" in the opening of the first case. [[spoiler:Reappears in the fourth and final case, when Phoenix is deeply conflicted about Maya's kidnapping and the defense of Matt Engarde.]]
** It also becomes one of Phoenix's hyper combos in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'', only on a less dramatic angle.
* NoBadgeNoProblem: During the third case, Gumshoe says he won't let Phoenix into a crime scene simply because he flashed his attorney's badge again. Maya states that he would if they were to show a Steel Samurai badge. Gumshoe's response implies that yes, it would indeed work. "Crime scene security" obviously doesn't exist in the Ace Attorney world.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Juan Corrida in the second game looks like not one but several Toku heroes in the 80s, especially the ones in the first KamenRider series.
* NoSympathy: At one point Edgeworth basically tells Adrian Andrews it's not his problem if [[spoiler: she decides to commit suicide.]] That is just ''damn'' cold, to the point of being out of character.
* NobleDemon: Shelly de Killer. He always kills without harming anyone else, is very patient with his client's demands, but values trust above all else.
* NonstandardGameOver: Happens in 2-4, if you pick "Guilty," but don't present the right piece of evidence to the right person near the end of the case. However, [[spoiler:instead of getting a "Guilty" verdict, it's a "Not Guilty" verdict for the guilty-as-hell defendant]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Mimi Miney]] and [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]].
* OminousPipeOrgan: [[Music/JohannSebastianBach Bach]]'s "Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor" plays during the opening cutscene.
** [[spoiler:Which becomes a ChekhovsGun later in 2-1, as this is Richard Wellington's ringtone.]]
* OneHundredAndEight: Subverted. Phoenix can inspect an ancient Kurain tapestry, which has a list of 108 ways to make money. Then Phoenix thinks of two more, and they're immediately put on queue to be added to the tapestry.
* PoliceAreUseless: The police never seem to question the notion that a man wrote his girlfriend's name in the sand after taking a hard fall despite the autopsy report stating he ''died instantly''!
* RedHerring: At the beginning of Case 2-4, the rivalry between two film studios is discussed at length. What does this have to do with the case? Nothing. [[spoiler: The rivalry between individual people working at those studios is relevant, but the studio rivalry means nothing to the case.]]
* RegalRinglets: Regina Berry.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]]'s legendary ObfuscatingStupidity revelation in 2-4.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: In Case 2-4, [[spoiler:Wendy Oldbag is absolutely convinced that Matt Engarde is, in her words, "an evil, evil man." How she reached this (completely correct) conclusion? She thinks he ordered his manager to get close to Juan Corrida in order to cause a scandal. Not so correct]].
* TheRunaway: Case 3 contains a shockingly tragic inversion of the classic "Circus Runaway" variety. Instead of Acro and Bat running away to join the circus, it was their ''parents'' [[ParentalAbandonment who ran away]], and it was the ''circus'' that came to them and took them in.
* SadisticChoice: In case 4. [[spoiler:Get your guilty-as-hell client Matt Engarde acquitted to spare Maya, or sacrifice Maya to give him the verdict he deserves. On the plus side, turning the case around gives Engarde his own Sadistic Choice: Plead guilty to murder, or plead not guilty and be assassinated by the one he blackmailed the moment he's out of custody.]]
* SequelDifficultySpike: A slight, but noticeable example thanks to the new health system. In addition to the fact that you can now get penalties that wipe out all or most of your health bar in one go, your health bar doesn't get refilled at any point during the trial, which can become a major problem in the last case. While you can refill your bar during the investigation phase by correctly unlocking Psyche-Locks, making incorrect guesses ''also'' reduces your health bar, and fully solving the locks only restores half the bar, making it possible to really screw up and end up with only half of your health at the start of the trial day.
** This is changed in the iOS version, where the life bar is refilled in every break. Meaning it's possible to get a full refill in the middle of a trial, sometimes multiple times. The 3DS Trilogy version, however, reverts it back - you can only heal by breaking Psyche-Locks.
* ShipperOnDeck: Pearl is absolutely convinced that Phoenix is Maya's "special someone", and nothing either of the supposed lovebirds can say will change her mind.
* ShoutOut: See [[ShoutOut/AceAttorney here]].
* SillyMeGesture: One of Ini Miney's regular gestures.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [[spoiler:This is one of the big mistakes Richard Wellington makes when framing Maggey with her boyfriend's murder: he makes it seem like he wrote "Maggie" on the dirt before he died.]]
* SpyCam: The last case has a large stuffed bear with a camera in its nose found at the case's crime scene. It would become important evidence for a murder conviction.
* StageMom: Morgan Fey is a particularly venomous version; it's clear she's not happy about being passed over as head of the Kurain legacy, and [[spoiler: she attempts to frame Maya for murder so that Pearl will become the next head of the Fey family, effectively putting Morgan in charge for the next decade, if not longer]]. Her attitude towards Maya is particularly tragic considering that Pearl herself idolizes Maya and hangs on her every word.
* StarsAreSouls: Discussed. A ringmaster uses this as an euphemism for death for his innocent daughter. (In the Japanese version, he says that the dead are sleeping.) Unfortunately, she interprets this to mean that death is nothing serious, and unwittingly causes a tragedy as a result.
* StealthMentor: Edgeworth first takes this role for Phoenix in this game (and continues it to some extent for the rest of the series).
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: Played straight in 2-4 when Phoenix's client is actually guilty (but Maya is being held hostage by someone who needs to get the man acquitted). Phoenix (and Edgeworth, when he realizes what is going on,) have to stall the verdict in order to buy time for Gumshoe to find and rescue Maya, even though the only way to 'defend' the scumbag is to point the finger at an innocent woman instead.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Edgeworth takes a year-long leave of absence between the first and second games and is able to step in as an emergency substitute prosecutor with no hassle, even after leaving what looked like a suicide note behind. Is Japanifornia really that short of prosecutors?
* ValleyGirl: Ini Miney, who makes [[Film/LegallyBlonde Elle Woods]] look articulate by comparison. [[spoiler:Although [[DeadPersonImpersonation we only see a copycat of her.]]]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses: 2-1 requires the player to know enough about baseball to realize that [[spoiler: a catcher wears his mitt on his off-hand]], and 2-2 requires the player to know that [[spoiler: the driver sits on the right in British automobiles]]. If you don't already know this, you'll have to hope you don't miss the in-game hints.
* YellowSnow: A throw-away gag in case 2-3 when you examine the closed concessions stand at the circus entrance. Maya wants snow cones; Phoenix points out the snow all around them (it's December). Maya gripes that there's no flavored syrup; Phoenix just hopes she doesn't notice the discolored snow in the corner.
* YouCantGetYeFlask:
** 2-1 revolves around a murder where the victim was pushed from a ledge and died of a broken neck upon impact. The defendant is accused because the victim wrote her name in the sand with his finger before expiring. [[spoiler:You are not allowed to argue that it wouldn't have been possible for someone with a shattered neck to write a name, even if he ''didn't'' die immediately.]]
*** Possible CallBack to 1-2, where arguing that the victim couldn't have written the killer's name due to expiring immediately fails because the prosecutor shows evidence that they might have survived long enough to.
** 2-3 has the scrap of paper in the ringmaster's coat. You can't get it until the second day, after showing the top half of the note to Max, because Phoenix suddenly takes exception to rifling through other people's stuff in that specific case. (In spite of the fact that you take a copy of Max's salary negotiations from the same room, and Maya steals a poster off the wall.)
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[[folder: ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations'']]
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!!''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations'' provides examples of:
* AcquittedTooLate: [[spoiler:Terry Fawles. Mia loses, but Edgeworth sees the consequences of his prosecuting duties]]. He later describes the case as his "worst nightmare."
* AdultFear: [[spoiler:Doug, Phoenix, and Terry]] ''all'' suffer when they fail to spot the major BitchInSheepsClothing. [[spoiler: Viola]] is far from a saint, but she also has to go through the pain of realizing that all the bad things done to help [[spoiler:Furio Tigre]] were for a very sincere, yet fully unrequited love. [[spoiler:Desirée]] has to find out that [[spoiler:her husband Ron, who saved her from criminals, is a criminal himself, something she generally despises]]. Family members of [[spoiler:Dahlia and Morgan]] also have to go through this for a different sort of love, with the biggest example being [[spoiler:Dahlia's twin sister Iris and Morgan's youngest daughter/Dahlia and Iris's baby half-sister Pearl]].
** Furio Tigre is a gangster and also, [[spoiler:almost erased Phoenix (again saved only by an opportunistic entrance of Gumshoe)]].
* AlwaysMurder: Double subverted with case 3-2, which starts off with a grand larceny trial only for your client to get charged with murder after acquittal for the theft.
* AmbidextrousSprite: In case 3-5, [[spoiler:Edgeworth plays defense attorney, and instead of using his left hand for pointing, he uses his right.]]
* AnachronicOrder: The first and fourth cases are set five and six years before the second, respectively. The FramingDevice of the fourth case is set early into the fifth case, roughly the day prior to the first day of court.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Case 3-5 has two trial days. There isn't a single prosecutor, lawyer, judge, witness, [[spoiler:or even ''defendant'']] who is present on both days until the final cross-examination.
** On a smaller scale, you play as Mia in cases 1 and 4 rather than Phoenix.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Either Diego Armando has a first and middle name but not a surname or the translator actually thinks that Armando is a surname.
* AssholeVictim: Played with in [[spoiler:Valerie Hawthorne]]'s case: she is murdered precisely ''because'' she decided to atone for her misdeeds.
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler:Misty Fey, who has a strong role in the back story of the series and is killed fifteen minutes into the only case she appears in person in.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Godot (actually Back From A Coma, although he himself refers to it as being raised from the dead) and Dahlia Hawthorne (being channelled)]].
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Iris. She originally only posed as Dahlia in order to spare Phoenix and prevent Dahlia from adding another crime to her name, but over the course of the months they dated, she fell in love with him for real.]]
* BerserkButton: Don't ever poison or betray someone when Phoenix Wright is involved. Love wounds run deep. Especially when said betrayal is part of a grand scheme to eliminate a family head.
%%* BerserkerTears: Ron [=DeLite=] is said to have done that.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Morgan and Dahlia]] serve as the BigBad of this game and arguably of the original Phoenix arc.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** In the third case, in two occasions: [[spoiler: first, Gumshoe enters in a fight against Don Tigre and Armstrong so Phoenix would keep a piece of evidence; second, Gumshoe bursts into the court with "Decisive Evidence" at the last minute! ...Which turns out to be fingerprints that became irrelevant no more than 2 minutes ago. Though it still serves to be the evidence that breaks the case.]]
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and then played straight in the fifth case when [[spoiler:Phoenix runs across a burning bridge to try and save Maya]].
* BigNo: Edgeworth after breaking three of Larry's "psycho-locks," only to see five more pop up. It easily qualifies as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
-->'''Edgeworth''': D-Does this mean I have to do it all over again?
* BilingualBonus: They do explain that "Tres Bien" means "very good," but if you remember that, it makes the "Tres Bien Floor Plans" a really funny piece of evidence. Very good floor plan!
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne]]
* ABloodyMess: In the third case, a large ketchup stain on Maggey's apron was mistaken for blood by Phoenix and the Judge.
%%* BluffingTheMurderer: In [[spoiler:3-3]], this is how Phoenix finally catches the killer.
* BottomlessMagazines: Victor Kudo in ''Trials and Tribulations'' pelts Phoenix with an endless supply of birdseed when he gets angry. [[LampshadeHanging Phoenix even questions if Victor has an infinite ammo code on]].
* BrainBleach:
** Referenced in Case 3. At one point, Phoenix comments that a witness only saw the waitress from the back and "Even I could have been in that uniform!"; the judge asks that he refrain from putting those images in their heads. Later, Phoenix's response to seeing Jean Armstrong rub oil on himself (the player just sees a generic animation, thank God): "M-My eyes! My EYES!"
** And in case 5, Sister Bikini. There's a good chance she actually does it ''on purpose''.
* BrickJoke: In the final case of Trials and Tribulations, Phoenix has a conversation with [[spoiler: Edgeworth where he feels much stronger, as if he had literally passed on his cold to someone else]]. In the next scene, we find that [[spoiler: the judge who looked over the first half of the trial suddenly developed a cold]] and couldn't make it.
* BringMyBrownPants: Phoenix, when Furio Tigre is on the stand.
--> '''Phoenix:''' *gulp* (Maybe I should've brought a diaper with me today...)
* ButtMonkey: Mia uses Grossberg as a random punching bag during 3-1. [[spoiler:3-4 shows ''exactly'' why Mia is acting the way she does.]]
* CallBack:
** [[spoiler: A remix of the first game's "Pursuit" theme, "Cornered", plays when you're presenting evidence against Godot, and a remix of said theme's "Variation" plays after the epic finger point.]]
** When Larry first shows the sketch of [[spoiler:Iris flying over the bridge]] in Case 3-5, the judge claims that it's impossible. Franziska says that there's actually a precedent for it she's referring to the [[spoiler:"flying defendant" from Turnabout Big Top in the last game, Max Galactica. Of course, that was a [[ItMakesSenseInContext cape attached to a statue]], but still]].
* CampGay: Chef Jean Armstrong. He dresses completely in pink, has very campy mannerisms, and his whole attitude and character just scream "I'm gay!".
* ChekhovsGun:
** The 'Double Jeopardy' rule in 'The Stolen Turnabout' (the Mask☆[=DeMasque=] case) [[spoiler:when it gets Ron [=DeLite=] off the hook for the many thefts he committed]]
** Pearl being unable to spell "gravely" and "roast" comes back later [[spoiler: when she's given instructions by her mother with those words and misinterprets them.]]
** Godot's visor glows in the dark. This is only brought up once, and is easily overlooked. [[spoiler: It's used to pin the murder of Misty Fey on him two cases later.]]
** Godot's [[spoiler:inability to see red on a white surface]] comes up in the third case, and returns in the final one [[spoiler:as a means to prove that he was Misty's killer]].
* ChekhovsGunman:
** Going back two games, even! If you were paying very close attention in 1-2, you might remember [[spoiler:Misty Fey's face, which makes the real identity of Elise Deauxnim clear immediately.]]
** From the last game, there's [[spoiler:Morgan Fey's vow to strike again]].
* ConfessToALesserCrime:
** A variant. [[spoiler:Luke Atmey wants to get convicted for stealing the Sacred Urn of Kurain to avoid being convicted for murder]].
** [[spoiler:Ron [=DeLite=] does the same thing, except he wasn't the killer. He was, however, at the scene of the crime when it happened.]]
* ContinuityPorn: Case 3-5, let us count the ways. It brings back two criminals, one from an earlier case and one from an earlier game, and both of the main prosecutors from the first two games. It manages to incorporate the ''entire'' Fey family, and that goes for the main family, the branch family, the living, and the dead. [[spoiler: And yes, tragically, that includes Misty Fey.]] Even the DL-6 incident is tangentially relevant, as is [[spoiler: Edgeworth's fear of earthquakes]]. Franziska references a previous case when she says there's a precedent for [[spoiler: a flying defendant; remember Max Galactica from 2-3, who allegedly flew away after killing someone]]? And, on top of all of that, Gumshoe brings out the same metal detector Phoenix used in case 1-4 to [[spoiler: convict Manfred von Karma,]] and the mechanics change so that it works the same way as Gumshoe's bug sweeper in case 2-4. Phew! Fitting for the conclusion of the trilogy.
* CostumesChangeYourSize: [[spoiler: Apparently, Luke Atmey's giant nose can fit under Mask☆[=DeMasque=]'s... [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment mask.]]]]
* CoverIdentityAnomaly: An impersonator doesn't know that the person he's imitating recently suffered an injury that made him [[spoiler:unable to hear out of his left ear]]. When a witness who was fooled by the imitation testifies that [[spoiler:the person was wearing an earpiece in his left ear]], Phoenix has to point out that it makes no sense.
* CowardlyLion: Ron [=DeLite=], who despite being a neurotic, fussy, and perpetually fearful is a GentlemanThief by trade and met his BikerBabe wife by attacking multiple armed men that were threatening her.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: [[spoiler:Luke Atmey]] is only one of about two people in the world crazy enough to use [[spoiler:''a guilty verdict'' as an alibi. It just so happened that the other person that would do that was Ron [=DeLite=].]]
* CrazyPrepared: Morgan Fey [[spoiler:In the second game she tried to pin a murder on Maya. After that failed, she's almost immediately made a backup plan that would come in action a whole year later.]]
* CrimeAfterCrime: [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne]]'s looooooooong list of murders to cover up the previous ones.
%%* CryCute: [[spoiler:Iris]].
* DeadlyEuphemism: [[spoiler:Viola's "coffee" is strongly implied to be poisoned.]]
* DeadMansChest: In Case 3-2, [[spoiler:Ron [=DeLite=] stumbles into the same situation when he goes to meet the CEO, gets knocked out by the real murderer, and wakes up to find the CEO's body. To try and prevent himself from being accused, he hides the body in a safe in the office, where it isn't found for several hours]].
* DeathGlare:
** Mia gives a particularly nasty one to Payne in the first case.
** Then, of course, there is [[spoiler:[[GlowingEyesOfDoom Dahlia]]]]'s.
** [[spoiler: Edgeworth]] [[LampshadeHanging remarks]] on how his glare scares people. You can't see his in-game sprite while he's saying that, but if you think about the sprite while reading that, it makes sense.
** At the very end of the game, Maya gives one of these to ''Franziska'' after she insults Larry's portrait of her. It actually manages to get her to pay him a compliment, sort of.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with Godot, who is described as undefeatable until you actually meet him and he brags that he's never lost because it's only his first case as a prosecutor.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: As Phoenix points out, Mask☆[=DeMasque=] literally means 'Mask the Mask'.
* DirtyOldMan: Victor Kudo. The man will throw birdseed at poor Phoenix, but the moment Maya channels Mia in the skimpy waitress outfit, he'll be eating it out of her hand.
* DiscOneFinalBoss:
** [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]] in the fifth case. Despite all the buildup, the culprit of the case ends up being [[spoiler:Godot]].
** In the second case, [[spoiler:Luke Atmey is both the Disc One Final Boss and the actual villain of the case due to his plan to get himself convicted for theft to avoid a murder charge.]]
* {{Dojikko}}: [[spoiler:Adrian Andrews]], after allowing herself to pursue her own personality.
%%* TheDon: Bruto Cadaverini.
* DownerEnding: [[FlashBack Case 4]]: [[spoiler:Mia Fey was [[AcquittedTooLate THAT]] close to proving Terry Fawles' innocence for both the current murder and the events five years earlier but instead of continuing his testimony he [[DrivenToSuicide commits]] [[SuicidePact suicide]] in front of the entire courtroom.]]
* DramaticIrony: 3-4 has this in spades, due to it taking place before any other case up to that point in the series (including 3-1). Thanks to info about Edgeworth's perfect record in the first game, Dahlia's appearance in 3-1, and Mia's trauma about the case, we know ''something'' bad is going to happen, no matter how {{hope|Spot}}ful things might seem along the way.
* EvilOverlooker: There is a poster for this game with Godot as the overlooker.
* EvilRedhead: [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne. This is the only physical difference between her and her 'good' twin sister Iris.]]
* EvilTwin:
** [[spoiler:Dahlia and Iris, twins who are evil and good, respectively, and both wind up impersonating the other at certain points in time]].
** Spoofed in the third case with the Phoenix look-a-like [[spoiler:Furio Tigre]], whom Maya refers to as Xin Eohp, and she wonders if she has her own evil twin whom she names Ayam.
* ExpressiveHair: Ron [=DeLite=]'s twisted-up buns start swirling whenever he breaks out into panic (which is often).
* FailedASpotCheck: Furio Tigre manages to fool the entire court into [[spoiler: thinking he's Phoenix Wright. This despite the fact that he's probably half-again Wright's weight, acts nothing like him and, oh yes, '''has bright red skin.''' But what was enough to fool the court, including the prosecutor, the judge, and the defendant (all of whom had met Wright multiple times)? Tigre wore a blue suit, made a fake badge for himself ''out of cardboard'', and has the same hairstyle as Phoenix.]]
* FamousNamedForeigner: Diego Armando is only missing the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_Maradona Maradona]]
* {{Flashback}}: [[spoiler:3-1]] and [[spoiler:3-4]] are playable flashbacks.
* ForegoneConclusion:
** [[spoiler: Shortly before the trial starts in 3-1, Mia mentioned she had worked a case one year earlier, and it traumatized her so much that she never set foot in a court room until now. So come 3-4, which is said to be Mia's first case, you know that things won't end well.]]
** [[spoiler:3-4 is also Edgeworth's first case; since he had a perfect win record in the first game, this is another indicator that Mia won't win.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In the ending of case 3-1, Phoenix says that [[spoiler: he doesn't believe the Dahlia he saw during the trial is the one that he knew]], Mia thinks that he's delusional. Then it's revealed in the ending of the final case of the game that [[spoiler: [[TwinSwitch she really wasn't the Dahlia he knew]]]].
** Another case has Desirée [=DeLite=] talking about how Ron saved her life when they fell in love. Maya then asks Phoenix if he would ever risk his life for her. [[spoiler: In 3-5 Phoenix believes Maya's life is in danger while a murderer is on the loose and chases after her across a burning bridge]]
** In 3-2, Pearl cheerfully says that if Phoenix worked hard, he would have copycats of his own. Guess what happens on the very next case.
*** In 3-2, Maya asks what Phoenix would think if she came in calling herself Ayam (which is both the backward spelling of her name and a homophone of "I am.") Early in case 3-3, when it turns out that someone is [[spoiler: impersonating Phoenix, who Maya calls Xin Eoph]], Maya asks, "I wonder if [[spoiler: Ayam]] will make an appearance?" Later, we see that [[spoiler: Phoenix's impostor also has an assistant from a messed up family who looks a teensy bit like Maya, although the person said assistant impersonated wasn't Maya.]]
** In case 3-3, upset with Viola's misguided affection, Phoenix mentions that poisoning and betrayal - the marks of a coward - are things he considers unforgivable. [[spoiler:Cue case 3-4...]]
** Case 3-3 again, this time concerning how it only takes a blue suit, AnimeHair and attorney badge for people to recognize Phoenix. [[spoiler:Cue ''Apollo Justice'', where Phoenix looks nothing like himself due to not wearing his suit and hides his hair, not to mention about his attorney career at that time...]]
** [[spoiler:[[SameCharacterButDifferent He even provides the page image to describe his dissimilarities above.]]]]
** Also in case 3-3, Godot presents Maggey's stained apron as evidence...and even though he's the one who presented it, he's as shocked as everyone else to hear that there's blood on it. It turns out to be just a ketchup stain, but it [[spoiler: does foreshadow Godot's inability to see the colour red on a white background.]]
** Case 3-3 is about a murder involving poisoned coffee. [[spoiler: Just like Godot's backstory]].
** Case 3-5, being heavily involved with spirit mediums and channeling, throws a pretty good bit of foreshadowing at you. [[spoiler:After Dahlia (being channeled by Maya) switches places with her sister Iris, the person who Phoenix ''believes'' to be Iris starts using a lot of Dahlia's reaction poses and animations, albeit without the parasol.]]
*** [[spoiler:She also uses some of Maya's poses and her [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/dahlia-iris-heh(b).gif signature sneaky]] [[http://www.court-records.net/animation/maya-confident(b).gif smile]], further hinting that it was Maya channeling Dahlia and not Iris.]]
* FramingDevice: Case 4 is a case Mia worked six years before that Phoenix is researching for his more current predicament, [[spoiler:which makes up the bulk of the following case.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Dahlia has butterflies. [[spoiler:Subverted, since she turns out to be a killer - when she sheds her facade the butterflies ''burst into flame''.]]
* FunWithPalindromes: The third case has Blue Screens Inc., a computer firm where all of the employees have palindromes for names.
* {{Futureshadowing}}: The first case is Mia Fey's second case. The ''fourth'' case of the same game is Mia's ''first'' case. The former contains a few allusions to the latter, including [[spoiler:Mia and Dahlia Hawthorne commenting that they know one another]] and [[spoiler:references to the poisoning of Diego Armando]].
* GambitPileup: The final case. If it wasn't entirely resolved in the first two games, it's resolved here. Good grief. By the end of it, the player feels quite a bit like Phoenix, as he/she tries to comprehend the following: [[spoiler:the victim was actually Misty Fey, the result of her, Godot, and Iris' gambit to save Maya's life. Knowing that Morgan would try to take revenge, Godot listened in on her visits with Pearl, then tracked down Misty and set everything up. On top of Morgan's attempt (since JFA!) to kill Maya, lovely Miss Dahlia is running her own separate campaign to destroy Mia (who is already dead, but she doesn't care)]]. And then, while all of this is being dropped on the player, [[spoiler:Godot enacts his own mini-gambit in order to steer the trial to get himself convicted]].
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Despite the Judge declaring that he will allow only one piece of evidence to be presented, screwing up at the end of "Turnabout Memories" just results in a slightly-larger-than-normal penalty.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** First case:
-->'''Mia:''' That "P" on his chest doesn't stand for Phoenix anyways!\\
\\
'''Dahlia:''' The pharmacology students love their drugs...
** Vitamin Square from the third case has two oranges/persimmons with a banana in the middle that resemble a man's parts from the player's perspective. See it [[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/Vitamin_Square here]].
** Fifth case:
*** A mix of CurseCutShort and LastSecondWordSwap happens in the first trial, and it's said between three people: "Are... you... high! [[spoiler:She's really high up there!]]".
*** When the judge in the second trial misinterprets one of Godot's obtuse coffee metaphors: "Cafe o' Lay? Is that even legal?".
* GoldDigger: Subverted. Desirée seems like this for Ron in 3-2, frequently going on expensive shopping sprees and clocking the speed limit on her motorbike, but she genuinely does love him.
* GoodScarsEvilScars. Terry Fawles from 3-4 has a series of plus-shaped scars going across his face, and he's probably one of the sweetest guys despite his deteriorated intelligence... which makes his ultimate fate [[spoiler:of poisoning himself just before he can be proven not guilty]] even more tragic.
* GrandFinale: 3-5 neatly wraps up the trilogy.
* GuideDangIt:[[spoiler: Accusing Godot of killing Misty Fey]], seeing as, until then, there's been no hints whatsoever that he's was anywhere near the crime scene when the murder took place. You have only two things to go on: a single moment that happened at least two cases ago, and process of elimination, as the game makes it clear that the one you're looking for is a man by that point, and there are only four men in the Court Record, three of whom have alibis.
* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: Winston Payne ([[spoiler:In five words... "My... hair... is... flying... away!"]]). The judge notes that Payne has lost his spirit along with his hair very soon after. It's mostly true, though he keeps more of his general ineffectiveness than he regains his self-confidence...
* HannibalLecture + HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:How Phoenix and a channeled Mia expel Dahlia's spirit from Maya]].
* {{Headdesk}}: Gumshoe pulls a wall bang (offscreen) when Phoenix and Maya tell him that Maggey hates him for betraying her.
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: The trial of the theft of the Sacred Urn is this for the prosecution [[spoiler:(and Luke Atmey)]]. Either way, Ron is in serious trouble since he's either guilty of stealing the urn or the prime suspect for [[spoiler:the murder of his former boss, Kane Bullard, as it was impossible to clear charges for one of those crimes without implicating him in the other one]].
* HypocriticalHumor:
** Franziska in case 5:
--->'''Franziska:''' Listen, Phoenix Wright! It's impertinent to call people by their full name!
--->'''Phoenix:''' I was only copying you.
** [[spoiler: Edgeworth]] in case 4:
--->'''[[spoiler: Edgeworth]]:''' Young people these days simply don't know how to respect their elders.
--->'''[[spoiler: Mia]]:''' (Why you...! [[LampshadeHanging You're even younger than me, you hypocrite]]!)
* IdenticalStranger: Wright's doppelganger [[spoiler: is a complete subversion. Aside from the hair they don't even have the same skin color or accent.]]
* INeverToldYouMyName: In case 5, Iris says Phoenix's surname when talking to him, even though he never revealed it to her. When confronted about it, five Psyche Locks appear before her and the issue has to be dropped. It's not explained until the very end of the game. [[spoiler:The fact that you ''can't'' ask her about the subject later actually {{foreshadow|ing}}s the fact that the Iris that you talk to and the Iris that had the Psyche-Locks are actually [[TwinSwitch two different people]].]]
* InfiniteSupplies:
** Victor Kudo with his box of birdseed ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded with ''infinite ammo code'']]).
** Godot has an apparently unlimited supply of coffee mugs. Rather than simply refill his empty mug, it disappears without explanation (always while the camera is elsewhere) and a brand-new mug comes sliding across the bench into his hand from off-screen. This is patently impossible, as there is never anyone besides Godot standing anywhere near the bench. That doesn't stop him from doing it several dozen times ''per trial''. Presumably a bailiff could be getting these, but that's still a lot of coffee...
* InformedAbility: Ron [=DeLite=] wears a vivid green jacket/vest with a cape-like back. It has large, very dramatic cuffs near the hands. There are a large number of bright, gold-colored leaves going down the front of his costume. He keeps his very red hair in [[Franchise/StarWars Princess Leia hair buns]] that occasionally spiral outward. He has a baby face and an effeminate appearance that would be considered attractive by {{bishonen}} standards. Even by animated character standards, he has a very expressive face that moves between expressions that show surprise/determination, uncertainty, and pouting/fear. He frequently shrieks loudly at people to get their attention. '''And we're supposed to believe that he has a hard time getting people to notice him.'''
** Ron makes a degree of sense when you remember that he ''probably'' doesn't dress like that all the time since it would be like wearing a giant, flashy sign that says "arrest me I'm the thief shown in the papers all the time" and that in the real world, appearance doesn't factor into someone's level of invisibility, as pretty, unattractive, and plain people alike can be deemed invisible. During the case, Phoenix and Maya get used to seeing him dressed like that so he just becomes like everyone else. While it's odd, it makes perfect sense.
** The notoriety of Eagle River's swift current claiming anyone who falls into it. Through the course of the game, we find two people who ended up in the river ([[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne and Phoenix Wright]]) and both of them lived to tell the tale ([[spoiler:Dahlia]] emerges five years later after being in hiding and [[spoiler:Phoenix]] ''simply ends up with a cold and minor bruising'', enough to see him out of the hospital just a couple of days later).
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: "Turnabout Memories" seems like a standard tutorial case on the first playthrough: relatively simple with little explicit bearing on the overall plot. Later on, it is revealed to be much more significant as [[spoiler:it heavily foreshadows the events of case four and its aftermath]].
* InterfaceSpoiler: In the beginning of Recipe for Turnabout, the first time Phoenix meets Jean Armstrong, after several topics of conversation, Psyche-Locks appear...and Phoenix notices the Magatama is missing. However, since evidence had to be presented to Armstrong to get to this point in the conversation, the player may have already noticed that it was missing from the Court Record.
** If you haven't already figured out her identity through {{Foreshadowing}}, once Elise Deauxnim's charm is stored in the Court Record as [[spoiler: Kurain Master's Talisman]] it's pretty obvious that she's [[spoiler: Misty Fey.]]
** Case 3-2 is the only case in the entire series where you can present the profile of the attorney you're playing as. As such, you may figure out that you have to present that profile at one point.
* IronicEcho:
** Dahlia declaring [[spoiler:she was going to make Mia suffer in the afterlife. In the end, Dahlia was the punished one for eternity]].
** [[spoiler:Luke Atmey]] delivers the following line twice, with a completely different meaning on each occasion: "Take a good look, everyone! Unable to find a rival worthy of my genius, I was forced to create one by myself! Here I am! The tragic clown...".
* KaizoTrap: Godot sets up one in the first trial segment of Case 3-2. [[spoiler:Managed to prove [=Ron DeLite=] couldn't have stolen the Sacred Urn by giving him a solid alibi? Good. Now you have invalidated his ''other'' alibi for a murder that happened to take place in the time ''and'' place Ron's alibi placed him in, something Godot clearly explained to Phoenix as he had Ron arrested while they were celebrating the acquittal. Ron knew that very well, which is why he wanted to be declared guilty of the theft, even though he was not the murderer.]]
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Furio Tigre in the Japanese version (hence his Brooklyn accent in the English adaptation).
* LargeHam: Luke Atmey is one of the most blatant examples of overdramatic characters in Ace Attorney. He constantly remarks how he's an "Ace detective", reminds Phoenix of the good deeds he's done, and basically tries to invoke the trope MundaneMadeAwesome every chance he gets.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Whenever you present relevant evidence to Basil, she'll shift over and gesture to its picture on the screen, as if she knows where it is, and then shift back when it goes away.
** Godot's ringtone is his own theme song, and Phoenix calls him out on it.
* LethalChef: Jean Armstrong again, along with Viola Cadaverini in the same case. [[spoiler:Two different types, though; Armstrong is just a terrible cook, while Viola at least implies that poison is a key ingredient in her 'cooking'.]]
* [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Licensed Sexist]]: Despite being clearly chauvinistic, even embarrassing Franziska, Godot is still treated as a [[spoiler:TragicHero who failed to protect his love]]. Why, exactly, [[spoiler:Mia Fey]] would want him is unclear.
* LonelyPianoPiece: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCHFbYFTx1Q "Elegy of the Captured"]].
* LostInTranslation: The TigerVsDragon theme going on between Ryuuichi and Furio Tigre is lost in the English translation with Ryuuichi's name change to Phoenix.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Mask☆[=DeMasque=]. Ron [=DeLite=] will be sure to correct you if you don't include the ☆.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Elise Deauxnim is revealed to be Misty Fey, Mia's and Maya's mother]].
* MadeOfIron: Phoenix [[spoiler:chews up a ''glass bottle'' with '''poison residue''']] with no ill effects, and later [[spoiler:runs across an old, burning bridge and tumbles into the freezing cold rapids in February]] and only catches a cold. He also is repeatedly whipped by Franziska and has [[FoodSlap scalding hot (and one cold) coffee thrown on him]] by Godot, though both of these are PlayedForLaughs. It's a possible allusion to his extreme luck, both in and out of court.
* MeaningfulName: Almost every character has a punny and/or meaningful name. Most of the examples are on the TV Tropes ''Ace Attorney'' character sheets.
** The Fey family's surname. The definitions of the word "fey" include: "appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil" and "supernatural; unreal; enchanted."
** Mask☆[=DeMasque=]. He wears a mask [[spoiler:and Ron [=DeLite=] just put masks over his name!]]
* {{Meido}}: The Trés Bien restaurant has waitresses dressed as servants. The food is terrible and overpriced, so the only regulars that aren't mobsters are perverts.
* MusicalNod: [[spoiler:The first game's Pursuit theme]] plays during the last confrontation with [[spoiler:Godot]].
* MusicalSpoiler: [[spoiler:Subverted for the final piece of evidence in the last case; the music keeps going either way, tricking you into believing that you failed.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Dahlia jumped off Dusky Bridge prior to the game's events and was declared dead, but they never found her corpse. This comes to bite their ass later on when she commits a series of murders]].
* NewOldFlame: Two: Dahlia [[spoiler:or rather Iris]] for Phoenix and [[spoiler:Godot]] for Mia.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: At the beginning of case 3-2, Phoenix easily gets Ron [=DeLite=] off a larceny charge by proving he was somewhere else... only for Godot to come up to him afterward, say there was a murder committed there, and haul Ron off into custody ''again''. What, you thought it ''wouldn't'' be AlwaysMurder? [[spoiler:Made worse by the fact that he ''was'' the thief and turned himself in out of guilt. Phoenix was defending him because his wife told Nick he was a delusional {{fanboy}}.]]
** [[spoiler:He was the thief in general, but not in that particular instance. He turned himself in to ensure he could have an alibi for the aforementioned murder.]]
%%* OneWayVisor: Godot's mask.
* OnlySixFaces: Referenced when [[spoiler:Furio Tigre passes off as Phoenix by way of his hair... and a [[PaperThinDisguise cardboard cut-out badge]]]].
* PaletteSwap: Iris and Dahlia's court record pictures and a majority of their own sprites are exactly the same except for the hair color.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: {{Discussed|Trope}} in this chat:
--> '''Maya''': [=SuPer=]-Admin Restricted Desktop Access password-protected?! This is madness!
--> '''Phoenix''': No, Maya, [[ShoutOut that is SPARDA]]. She won't tell us unless we say the right code word.
--> A code word? Hmm... ... Sesame!
--> '''Basil''': ...
--> ({{beat}})
--> '''Maya''': If it's not "sesame", then it must be her mother's maiden name. That's how it always is.
--> '''Phoenix''': There's no point in having a password if it's always the same thing, Maya.
* PolarOppositeTwins: [[spoiler:Iris is sweet, kind-hearted and selfless. She wants to protect Phoenix. Dahlia is evil, cruel and selfish. She wants to kill Phoenix.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: The police chief would rather watch Chinese soap operas off the internet rather than aid in the investigations.
* PostClimaxConfrontation: [[spoiler:Phoenix and Mia have managed to prove that Dahlia's plan had failed and exorcised her spirit from Maya's body, Iris has been recovered from her imprisonment in the sacred cavern, and the judge is about to deliver his verdict...when Godot raises an objection to remind the court that the true killer's identity has not been determined yet.]]
* PresentAbsence: Phoenix is hospitalized for the first half of 3-5, but he comes up constantly in the dialogue. Even Miles Edgeworth, the player character, wonders several times how Phoenix would do things or if this is what Nick's life is like.
* PunnyName: Luke Atmey's name sounds like "Look at me". Quite fitting, because he likes to be the center of attention.
%%* QueerPeopleAreFunny
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: Larry actually wrote "Salutation here" at the top of a letter.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: One is tempted when playing the games to believe that the court system is completely made up. Unfortunately, aside from the antics, the exceedingly tolerant judge, and the accelerated pace of investigation and trials, it is disturbingly close to reality in Japan, where prosecution success rates around 100% and defense attorneys without a single acquittal are the norm and juries were absent from World War 2 through 2009.
* RunningGag: Phoenix cleaning the toilet in 3-2.
* SdrawkcabName:
** Maya insists on referring to Phoenix's imposter in 3-3 as "Xin Eohp". Furio Tigre is less than impressed the one time he hears her say this.
--->'''Maya''': Ah! It's Xin Eohp!
--->'''Tigre''': Who you callin' "Zinnee Oooope"!?
--->'''Maya''': Aaaaah!
--->'''Phoenix''': (Come out from under the table already, Maya!)
** In the same case, Maya asks whether they'll find her doppelganger, "Ayam." As it turns out, they do, sort of, but the person they impersonate isn't Maya.
** Glen Elg, his boss, Lisa Basil and another Blue Screens employee, Adam Mada all have palindrome names.
* SeriesFauxnale: The Ace Attorney series was originally meant to be a closed trilogy, with Bridge to the Turnabout being the GrandFinale, but ExecutiveMeddling forced Apollo Justice to be a continuation on Phoenix's story.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: {{Invoked|Trope}} in 3-3. A recalcitrant witness is [[IncrediblyLamePun titillated]] by waitress outfits like the one Maya is wearing, but since Maya is small and looks young he has no interest in her. Mia then takes over Maya's body, which changes it to Mia's rather... ample form. The witness becomes much more helpful.
* SherlockScan: Parodied with Luke Atmey: he boasts about his deductive ability, but all he does is observe the obvious and figure out the obvious. For example, he deduces that Phoenix is a lawyer because he wears an attorney's badge. And the others are impressed.
* ShoutOut: See [[ShoutOut/AceAttorney here]].
* SickeninglySweethearts: Phoenix plays one half of the equation. The other side only looks like she shares this, though... [[spoiler:Maybe she does. Or better said, her twin sister does.]]
* SissyVillain: Subverted in case 3-3. Jean Armstrong is very much a sissy, and has a criminal record, a motive, an opportunity, and the means to commit murder, but is not the culprit.
%%* SnowMeansDeath: Case 3-5.
* SpitTake: Played straight by Godot, but occasionally spoofed where he, upon having his witness discredited by Phoenix, grabs a coffee mug, brings it to his mouth, takes a sniff, takes a sip and THEN finally spits it out.
* StealthPun: [[spoiler:DAHLIA Hawthorne's most famous murder was committed using poison.]]
** Terry Fawles doesn't seem to have a PunnyName unless you consider that Terry is short for Walter. Making him Walter Fawles.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Both Luke Atmey and Ron [=DeLite=] describe a thief's appearance at a crime scene as him "dancingly descending". From the entrance.
--> '''Phoenix:''' So he neither "descended" nor "danced"...
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Gumshoe doesn't have feelings for Maggey Byrde, pal!
* ThiefBag: Mask☆[=DeMasque=] uses the Japanese-green-and-white-swirl variety. Occasionally, Gumshoe will bring evidence in a similar, smaller version.
* TigerVersusDragon: Furio Tigre and Phoenix Wright. It makes more sense in the Japanese version as Phoenix represents a dragon.
* TitleDrop: In the English localization, Luke Atmey calls himself the "Ace Detective", which prompts Phoenix to introduce himself, "I am Phoenix Wright...Ace Attorney."
** In the original Japanese version, the fifth and final case of Trials and Tribulations, 'Bridge to Turnabout', was instead named 'Magnificent Turnabout(華麗なる逆転)', which is a pun on the word 'curry', which then is a reference to a clue in the case. But it's also a reference to [[spoiler:Phoenix's line when he makes a BadassBoast to Godot, telling him that he will present the one piece of evidence that will take him down.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Phoenix:''' I'm going to bring your ''magnificent'' vengeance to your fruition, just as you want it.]]
* TooDumbToLive: While investigating a murder involving a man who was killed after drinking poisoned coffee, Phoenix and Maya are offered coffee by a creepy woman who might have ties to the murder. '''And they actually drink it.''' This particular coffee ''isn't'' poisoned, however, so too dumb to live or not, they do in fact live.
* TragicVillain[[spoiler:/FallenHero]]: [[spoiler:Diego Armando/Godot]]
* TwinSwitch: [[spoiler:Phoenix thought he was dating Dahlia (who, unbeknownst to him, wanted to kill him). It turns out he was dating Dahlia's sister, Iris, who asked Dahlia to take her place so she could retrieve a trinket that Phoenix had without Dahlia killing Phoenix.]]
* UnfortunateNames: Detective Gumshoe always mistakes Phoenix for Larry; the only problem is, he always calls him Harry Butz. Also applied when Phoenix tells us that in school, the kids had a saying... "When something smells, it's usually [[SpellMyNameWithAThe the]] [[LastNameBasis Butz."]]
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: Particularly clever counterpoints apparently have the ability to hit opposing attorneys like a gale-force wind, throwing them back, making them flinch and, in one particularly devastating case, tearing all the hair off a person's head, leaving him mostly bald.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Minor, but curious. At the end of ''Justice for All'', Franziska von Karma says that she'll give [[spoiler:the card with Maya's drawing of Phoenix]] to him the next time they meet. She doesn't. To be fair, however, the next time Phoenix and Franziska meet, [[spoiler:it's during an extended emergency during which someone might or might not have died in a cold and snowy cave. It's possible the card simply slipped Franziska's mind during the chaos and confusion. She certainly wouldn't be the ''first'' person in the world who forgot something really important out of being overwhelmed by events.]]
** [[spoiler:Despite being introduced as Phoenix's love interest, Iris is never mentioned again in the franchise.]]
** The fate of [[spoiler:the Hawthorne family's diamond]] is never revealed.
* XMakesAnythingCool: Cold Killer X.
* {{Yakuza}}: Furio Tigre, a.k.a. the "Phony Phoenix Wright". The English version changes it to TheMafia.
* YamatoNadeshiko: [[spoiler:Dahlia's twin sister]] Iris. [[spoiler:Dahlia herself just uses it [[BitchInSheepsClothing as a facade]].]]
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne, though twisted with hate for Mia rather than love for anyone. Maybe Viola Cadaverini as well.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: In the final case, after a long and arduous battle, [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne is exposed for the failure she is]] and the case seems to be resolved... but then Godot chimes in, pointing out that [[spoiler:it still hasn't been established who actually did the stabbing]]. Thus, there's one final gameplay segment over which Phoenix eventually proves that [[spoiler:Godot himself]] is responsible.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: In ''Bridge to the Turnabout'':
--> '''Edgeworth:''' I think you've watched too many trials, Detective.
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