YMMV: Criminal Case

YMMV tropes in Criminal Case:

  • Archive Panic: Good luck if you've just recently started to play the game. Grimsborough arc itself has total 56 cases to be solved. Pacific Bay so far has more than 30 cases and it will still be updated. Not to mention each case (except Case #1 without the Additional Investigation) may need a few days to complete, unless you speed things up using cash.
  • Broken Base:
    • When the number of points required to earn stars was decreased drastically (roughly by 80%). Some viewed it as a way to make the game more appealing to casual players who'd lose interest playing the same scene a dozen times. Others viewed it as a way to rush people through the game to make sure they'd always be waiting on a lab and be more likely to spend money.
    • On the subject of police pets, some people love the non-dog animals. Others think the non-dogs are cartoony and obnoxious and that it should have been kept strictly dogs.
    • A lot of bad things have been happening to Amy Young that make fans either endlessly pity her or think that it's just overkill. Her new attitude doesn't help her case on either end.
  • Ear Worm: The background music, which plays and loops continuously throughout game-play.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Peggy Pascal.
    • Eduardo Ramirez, the Butt Monkey of a Grimsborough PD officer whose role in many of the initial cases is meager at best, and mostly appears to become the brunt of jokes. He is also one of the most popular characters in the game, so much so that he was brought back in the Pacific Bay arc as a private detective (and he is the first, and currently only, Grimsborough character to make an appearance in the new city).
  • Evil Is Sexy: Many fans have come to see some of the unrepentant, yet attractive, murderers as "sexy", including:
    • Mikhail Levin.
    • Alice August.
    • Scott Greene.
    • Annabel Stewart
    • Milton Grimmes.
    • Serial killers Tess Goodwin and Duncan Young are very popular with fans despite their lack of remorse for their victims. Tess ends up murdered in the second to last case of Grimsborough, upping her to martyrdom for her fans.
  • Fridge Horror: In the Airport arc, we find out that Chief King's suicide was because the Crimson Order would kill Cathy if he were caught. This raises questions about the families of Alden Greene, Ashton Cooper, and Luna Hecate, all of whom were arrested for murder, as well as Jason Palms, Anakee, Herman Cavendish, Jenny Quaid, Constance Bell, and any other people who helped to take down the Crimson Order.
  • I Knew It: Most fans were not surprised about the revelation that Duncan Young is the Night Walker — in fact, Pitchingace88 has been quite expecting this development since the earlier cases in White Peaks. Many were not actually happy about it, though, and would have preferred it to be anyone else.
  • Memetic Badass: Many fans apparently sees Honorable Dante as the most Badass characters among the cast, even though he only appears at the end of each case and never participates in any of the action scenes.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Just about any murder that wasn't an accident or whose perpetrator wasn't sympathetic would qualify for this, but several individuals in this game deserve special mention.
    • Alden Greene is pegged for most of the Financial Center arc as a Corrupt Corporate Executive who's suspected to be involved in some very questionable transactions, who believes money can solve any trouble, and who's a Smug Snake in general. Then he murders recurring character Rachel Priest with an injection that causes her to die a horrific death, in order to keep her from revealing the unethical Super Soldier program he's about to bankroll.
    • Margaret Littlewood appears to be a kindly, if a little nosy old lady who loves dogs. Then comes the dog pageant event, and this seemingly harmless woman becomes a monster when she killed 3 dogs and one of the dog's owners, then attempted to kill Jones to scare the police from continuing the investigation, just to win the event.
    • The Rorschach Reaper is already a heartless Serial Killer and master manipulator. Who then goes on to hypnotize Jones into attempting to murder the player character.
    • Milton Grimmes is the head of an organization that is implied to be behind almost all of Grimsborough's murders, including the murders of Rachel Priest and Adam Bentley. Then, he points a gun at the player character.
    • Erikah Mabayo is the second Serial Killer in the game behind the Rorschach Reaper, and it shows. Even beforehand, she is responsible for several minor crimes in Bayou Bleu, but in Case 10 it is discovered that she killed 4 24-year old prostitutes for no real reason, including one of the only sympathetic characters in the bayou, singlehandedly ruined Harvey Fitchner's career, found the only witness and blackmailed him, then started the voodoo craze to give herself power.
    • Duncan Young is the third Serial Killer and he has absolutely no remorse for his actions as the Night Walker. He froze at least three women in ice and stabbed a man with an icicle all because he felt insignificant after getting shot on duty. Not to mention that he taught himself how to walk again but remained in his wheelchair to likely garner sympathy. It doesn't work when he's finally caught as not even his sister feels sorry for him anymore
  • Narm: The game's attempt to present asshole victims where they are very loathed by most, if not all, suspects in the case they're killed; is almost as cheesy and laughable as how asshole victims are presented in Detective Conan.
  • The Scrappy: In the 2014 Criminal Case Wiki Awards, Miriam Young won the game's "Most Annoying Character" title (by a very huge margin) due to her cold and domineering personality, and her cruel treatment towards Amy (who, by contrast, was voted as the fan favorite). Not only that, several fans have gone as far as saying that she should be in jail instead of Duncan even though he's the Night Walker.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Alex Turner and Cathy King get quite a bit of it before they become a couple.
    • Russel Crane and Amy Young's scenes are not only this but they are also a Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • In The Ties that Bind, Frank Knight and Chief Andrea Marquez get a bit of this. When Andrea is a suspect in Colonel Spangler's murder, he is not only desperate to see that she be found innocent but he threatens career suicide as well if she's actually guilty. After the real killer, Pearl Montana, is sentenced, he asks the player to leave him alone so he can have a private conversation with Andrea.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: When the Pacific Bay team was first introduced, Amy was frequently shipped with Jones, whom she never interacts with due to them coming from different districts. Of course, when Russell makes his appearance later on, people began shipping her with him instead.
  • Shocking Swerve:
    • The final case of Ivywood Hills reveals that Holly Hopper's apparent suicide in the previous episode was fake, and some fans have found this to be "ridiculous", "nonsensical" and unnecessary.
    • A more legitimate Shocking Swerve is when Chief Marquez is accused of being Colonel Spangler's killer.She's innocent, thankfully, but a lot of people didn't see that coming including the team.
  • Strangled by the Red String: During the farewell party in the Season 1's finale, it was revealed that Nathan had started seeing Harper Stone, one of the suspects in Case 50, despite the two only interacting on-screen once (and, unlike Cathy, Harper has only made one case appearance).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: With the reveal of Frank's ex-wife in Innovation Valley, there was a huge potential for more Character Development in Frank similar to the other team members. Instead, Frank is rarely seen and shoved aside except when Amy is infected with nanobots from the district villain, the robot Aphro-Dyte. Even fans of Amy weren't happy to have her for more than two cases in a row
    • Not to mention that the Big Bad of Innovation Valley was a robot who had been seen in one previous case rather than one of the programmers, the ambassador of a dictatorship nation, or Karen Knight.
  • The Woobie:
    • Chad Baker in the University Arc goes through an awful lot. He starts out as a Jerk Jock, but crushes on queen bee Madison Springer adorably, even when she doesn't appear to love him back, and he mellows out. He's always helpful in every case he's a suspect in, fixes up the patrol car after Jones gets a flat tire, and finally gets his dream girl when they are crowned Prom King and Queen. Then, Madison's tiara explodes, drenching Chad in blood. He also realized that Madison did in fact, care for him, but due to her Amish upbringing and Secret Identity, couldn't let him get close.
    • James Savage, a hunter from Historical Center, is a loner who does not get along with many residents of the district. His tendency to be around in the wrong place and the wrong time made him an easy prime suspect in no less than four murder cases and his constant refusal to cooperate with the police had gotten him detained during one of the investigations. During the last one of the four cases he got involved in, his husky, who is his only friend got killed. Even Jones admits that he's probably the unluckiest guy around.
    • Andrew Kamarov. In his first appearance in chapter 15, he lost his mother and was kidnapped shortly afterwards. His nanny, whom he seems to care about, was arrested for the murder. In chapter 17, he was orphaned when his father was also murdered.
    • The "character arcs" of Pacific Bay invariably shapes the team member they focus on into Woobies.
      • Hannah goes through a lot of stress when her past ties with an anarchist group, the Inner Chaos, was revealed. She was visibly traumatized when she was forced to kill Fredo Mancini, the group's leader, as he tried to blow up the court house during his trial.
      • In Jazz Town, we get to see Yann's Dark and Troubled Past as he reveals that his parents were murdered by a serial killer. When he heard of the killer's return, he becomes obsessed with hunting them down despite Chief Marquez's pleas to leave them be, to the point that he gets detained as a suspect when the killer did murder someone else in Case 24. The serial killer in question is later revealed to be Freddie Alonzo, someone he's on a friendly terms with.
      • Even Amy, who seem to have nothing but good memories of her home town — the White Peaks — slowly becomes disillusioned by it when her ex-boyfriend was arrested for murder and cannibalism in chapter 28, and her childhood friend got brutally murdered in the very next case. Then comes case 30, which forced her to treat her brother, her mother, and her (possible) crush as suspects, which makes her so distraught she tries to leave the police force. After the case (in which her brother — the only member of her family who had ever loved her — was revealed to be the District Killer) was over, she suffered a massive Heroic BSOD and had to be put on leave for almost 4 cases.
      • Frank is starting to shape up as one as he begins to open up to the Player in Ivywood. The guy is estranged from his children, and apparently hasn't been in contact with them for years. He wants to become a better father to them, but not knowing what they are like, his initial attempts to make amends to them got rejected.
      • Even Chief Marquez isn't exempt when it comes to this. We find out in her home district, Rhine Canyon, that she is seen as a liar after seeing a UFO when she was six years old. Colonel Spangler is sent by the government to deny her claims and it alienates her from everyone. She ends up being a suspect in Spangler's death though she is found innocent and doesn't get peace of mind until the final Additional Investigation of Rhine Canyon.