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Visual Novel: Socrates Jones Pro Philosopher
"NONSENSE!"
Socrates Jones (and many others)

Socrates Jones: Pro Philosopher is a Visual Novel by Connor Fallon and Valeria Reznitskaya; as the title alone should indicate, it draws heavy, heavy inspiration from the Ace Attorney series. It's actually an Edutainment Game designed to teach the player about debating and philosophy, but hides it well.

The titular Socrates Jones is an accountant who lives in New York with his daughter, Ariadne; every Jones except for Socrates himself is a huge philosophy buff, whereas he himself just doesn't get what the fuss is all about. A car accident and a cosmic misfile, however, land him and Ari in the Intelligible Realm, the philosophers' afterlife, and his only ticket out is to answer the ancient question of what constitutes the perfect definition of morality. To come up with an answer, Socrates has to debate with a handful of famous philosophers.

This series provides examples of:

Tropes shared with the Ace Attorney series

Other tropes

  • Belief Makes You Stupid: Euthyphro. He's Soc's first opponent for a reason.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Socrates's reaction when the Arbiter reveals himself as the original Great Thinker Socrates.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Socrates is an accountant; his skills lie in mathematics, not philosophy. In the final chapter, he uses a mathematical concept— namely, the nature of infinity— to counter an argument.
  • Chess with Death: Or rather, philosophizing with Death.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Immanual Kant seems to have everything on his schedule, including the events of his debate with Socrates.
  • Darkest Hour: The final chapter begins on a very bleak note, as Socrates accidentally throws away his one chance at returning to life.
  • Expressive Mask: The Arbiter's skull mask.
  • Fangirl: Ariadne, for John Stuart Mill.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: The Arbiter aka the original Socrates pacately replies to an argument about Batman.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Right in the middle of the last chapter, just as Socrates is about to admit defeat against the Arbiter, all the philosophers he defeated storm in to back him up.
  • Hobbes Was Right: Discussed and deconstructed in the third chapter, wherein Soc debates the matter with Hobbes himself.
  • I Think You Broke Him: Hobbes makes this observation at the Laughing Mad moment below:
    "Oh wonderful, you broke the sovereign. Now we'll have to get a new one."
  • Laughing Mad: The Arbiter's breakdown.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Philosophy, of course.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Socrates and his daughter Ari, not respectively.
  • Shout-Out: An optional question when debating with Mill can lead to him outlining a scenario where society doesn't follow the rule of "innocent until proven guilty". After a description that sounds oddly like the premise of the Ace Attorney series, Socrates muses that it "might make an interesting game".
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Billy.
  • The Unfought: Socrates is about to meet Friedrich Nietzsche when he accidentally starts the final argument against the Arbiter.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: During the credits. Curiously, despite all the other similarities, the style of it is radically different from the way the Ace Attorney games handle it; whereas that series offers short speeches from the various NPC's, this game offers white-on-black images with no dialogue and no sprites.


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