This page covers the first three games and their adaptations. Take general series tropes to ''YMMV/AceAttorney'', and take tropes specific to ''YMMV/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}'', ''[[YMMV/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Investigations]]'', or ''[[YMMV/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' to those pages, please.

!! ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney''
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** There's no question that [[spoiler:Manfred von Karma]] is a terrible person, but is he an {{abusive parent|s}} to [[spoiler:his daughter Franziska (there's no question he's using Edgeworth as part of his scheme)]] or merely strict and demanding?
** Was the [[spoiler:death of Manuel]] really an accident? Also, did [[spoiler:Dee Vasquez blackmail Hammer because she had a relationship with Manuel]]?
* AllegedlyFreeGame: The iOS port of the first three games. It's free to download and gives you the first two chapters of the first game for free. The remaining chapters must be purchased in packs (one pack contains a full game) for US$5.99 per pack. However, to be fair, it's still way cheaper than trying to get all three games brand new for the DS.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/AceAttorney Has its own page.]]
* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler: Manfred von Karma.]] As a prosecutor, he had a flawless, decades-long win streak, and [[FridgeHorror is most likely responsible for hundreds of defendants' false charges and subsequent executions, making him an indirect mass murderer]]. until defense attorney Gregory Edgeworth managed to (rightfully) have [[spoiler: von Karma]] penalized for his illegal workings in the courtroom. Although Gregory still lost the case, [[spoiler: von Karma]] was enraged by the black mark on his previously-perfect record. Unfortunately, right after the end of the case, an earthquake hit the building. It trapped Gregory Edgeworth, his nine-year-old son Miles, and a bailiff inside an elevator. As oxygen was beginning to run out, the bailiff panicked and attacked Gregory. Miles threw a piece of evidence from the trial at them to get them to stop fighting, which turned out to be a gun. The gun fired once, a terrible scream was heard, and then Miles passed out from lack of oxygen. Unbeknownst to the people in the elevator, [[spoiler: von Karma]] had come across them. The bullet from the gun shot through the glass and hit his shoulder, causing him to scream. In revenge for the black mark against his record, [[spoiler: von Karma]] picked up the gun and shot the unconscious Gregory in the heart. Afterwards, [[spoiler: von Karma]] took Miles under his wing and, for fifteen years, raised Miles to be the antithesis of everything that Gregory Edgeworth was, twisting the boy to fit his views and become a ruthless, cold-hearted prosecutor who cared for nothing but getting a guilty verdict every time. Finally, on the very last day before the Gregory Edgeworth murder case was closed forever, [[spoiler:von Karma]] set up a murder and pinned the blame on Miles Edgeworth, intending to have his own foster-son executed for a murder he didn't commit. [[spoiler: Von Karma]] also planned it out so that Miles would be convinced that ''he himself'' was the one who had killed his father and would confess to and be charged with that murder as well.
* CryForTheDevil: [[spoiler:Damon Gant]] is definitely JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, but his confession in the end is a borderline AlasPoorVillain moment.
* EarWorm: Some of the music ''will'' get put on repeat in your head.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dne7tQB1DC8 Jake Marshall's theme]], for example.
** The. Blue. Badger. Theme. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5WcVlg4oM8 Da-da-da-da-da-da, DA, da, da-da-da...]]''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MK0dhnKG7s Dum. Dum. Dum. Dum. Dum dum...]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Penny is one of the most popular one-shots in the series due to her {{Adorkable}} nature. She was brought back for ''Investigations'' because of this.
* FanonDiscontinuity: A minority of fans ignore ''Rise from the Ashes'' (which was not part of the original Japanese GBA game but instead added for the DS remake) because, despite providing us with MemeticBadass Damon Gant, it actually subtly {{retcon}}s the backstory of the game: [[spoiler:The rumors about Edgeworth (intentionally) using fake evidence are false]]. This, to said people, effectively reduces the impact of some parts of a good portion of the first game. Interestingly enough, when Phoenix sees Edgeworth again in 2-4, he assumes Edgeworth quit because his perfect win record was tarnished, when actually, in 1-5, particularly on the third day of investigations and the last trial segment, Edgeworth is already questioning himself and admits shame over his AmoralAttorney past and fear that he might become like Manfred Von Karma and Damon Gant in the future.
* FoeYay: So common '''''examples are not necessary.'''''
* GeniusBonus: Combined with BilingualBonus: in Case 1-5, Edgeworth tells the history of the Prosecutor's Trophy with a Chinese word for "contradiction", using the characters for "halberd" and "shield". Anyone who's studied the Chinese language will know that the word for "contradiction" is "máodùn" (矛盾), with the word "máo" (矛) meaning "spear" or "halberd", and the word "dùn" (盾) meaning "shield".
* HarsherInHindsight: When you show Lana Skye the Attorney's Badge, she comments that the gold plating will flake off in a few years, then we'll see the ''real'' Phoenix. The conversation ends like this:
--> '''Lana Skye''': "Give it three years. Then we'll see what you have become."
** This could be foreshadowing [[spoiler:Phoenix solving his biggest case in "Bridge to the Turnabout"]], but it could also foreshadow [[spoiler:Phoenix being disbarred for unwittingly using falsified evidence]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** [[MeaningfulName Redd White]] murdered Mia Fey in the first game. In the third game, an important fact is [[spoiler:Godot being unable to see ''red'' on ''white'']]. Additionally, Godot/[[spoiler:Diego Armando]] cared for Mia Fey in the past and was resentful of Wright of doing nothing to prevent her murder.
*** Actually, since the first game was localized after the third game was written, it's likely this was intentional.
** Case 1-3 is the first case that makes it clear that the American version takes place somewhere similar to Los Angeles. Three of the characters are [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog William, Hammer, and Penny]].
** Phoenix finds a contradiction in Cody Hackins' testimony and says it's because he has a magical power that lets him know when people are lying. He's just teasing a kid at that point, but one game later and he's got the magatama...
** Speaking of Redd White, there's this exchange when he tries to get out of testifying:
--> '''White:''' My stomach, you see, it is hurting...
--> '''Phoenix:''' [[MemeticMutation Deal with it.]]
** In case 1-5, one of the crucial pieces of evidence is a monochrome surveillance video thought to show the victim knocking out a witness. However, the whole court's attention is on the animatronic mascot in the room, which leaves them all deeply perturbed. Nine years later (and a few months before the e-shop ports), players may find themselves [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys capable of sympathizing]]...
** Lana Skye, the defendant of case 5, is a [[HelloAttorney young and attractive female chief prosecutor]] who wears a [[GoodLookingPrivates military-style uniform]]. [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/natalia-poklonskaya Natalia Poklonskaya, anyone?]] Even better, Poklonskaya called the Ukrainian authorities "devils from the ashes" and the case Lana appears in is called "Rise from the Ashes".
* HollywoodHomely: Judging by character reactions, Will Powers is supposed to look downright frightening. He can only get roles wearing a mask. [[BaraGenre Opinions differ.]]
* IdiotPlot: The second trial day for Mia's murder was four days after her death. In those four days, no one thought of checking the back of the bloody receipt?
* MoralEventHorizon:
** [[spoiler:Von Karma]] crossed it when he [[spoiler:murdered Gregory Edgeworth]]. He then proceeded to [[spoiler:[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown kick Gregory while he was down/dead]] by raising his son to become his complete antithesis, then framing said son for killing him, all just to get back at the ''entire Edgeworth bloodline'' for one of them causing von Karma to get his [[DisproportionateRetribution only penalty in decades]]]].
** [[spoiler:Gant]] was genuinely an honest cop until [[spoiler: he murdered Neil Marshall and frames two people for it: Joe Darke to get him convicted once and for all, and fourteen-year-old Ema Skye to make her sister Lana one of his pawns]]. Interestingly, he's also a rare case that seems to return from the Horizon a bit when he [[spoiler:expresses regret over his actions, accepts his punishment, and wishes everyone the best of luck in maintaining the system after he's gone.]]
** [[spoiler:Redd White]] has knowingly ruined countless people's lives (even driving more than a few to suicide) with his blackmail business, kills Mia when she tries to get enough evidence on him, and then frames Maya and Phoenix -- Mia's sister and subordinate, respectively -- for the murder. Complete with EvilGloating pretty much the whole time.
* MostAnnoyingSound:
** Manfred's frequent, [[NightmareFuel demonic]] '''Objection!'''s in 1-4.
** Manfred's ''fingersnaps''. They might just be [[UpToEleven worse]] than his Objections. ''Stop doing that.''
** Speaking to Mike Meekins in case 5, that megaphone...!
* {{Narm}}: Angel Starr's gratuitous lunch-based BusmansVocabulary fits the light-hearted, sillier parts of 1-5, but just gets cringeworthy when she keeps it up during the intense, emotional parts. The worst offender is this line, which completely derails an otherwise intense, heart-pounding scene:
--> "I swear it on my finest plastic spork!"
** Also, to some degree, [[spoiler:von Karma]] slamming his face into the wall repeatedly during his breakdown.
* NightmareFuel: In case 1-4, running into [[spoiler:von Karma]] in the police station and [[spoiler:[[StaticStunGun getting tased]] by him]] promptly thereafter.
* PlayerPunch:
** The opening cinematic of 1-2, due to springing [[spoiler: Mia's death]] onto the player very early on in the game. To an extent, the opening of 1-4 could also qualify, as it's definitely a shocker.
** Having to prove towards the end of 1-5 that [[spoiler:Ema, who's been your sidekick for the whole case, accidentally killed Neil Marshall two years ago]].
** A more literal one from Redd White earlier on. What, didn't think physical harm was possible for a visual novel character?
* ThatOneLevel: The first day of the trial in 1-5 is generally regarded as one of the hardest parts in the game, especially since much of it consists of finding subtle flaws in [[{{Jerkass}} Angel Starr's]] testimony, mainly concerning the point from which she supposedly saw Lana stab Goodman, making some players downright ''resent'' Angel Starr's presence in progress. And after you're done with Angel's four testimonies, you have to deal with Gant's [[GuideDangIt complicated single testimony]].
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Edgeworth in this installment, as Shu Takumi noted that he was supposed to be tragic, yet unlikable. The "unintentionally" part fades over time.
** A fair share of fans seem to view Joe Darke as a mentally ill WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds instead of the AxCrazy {{Sociopath}} that the law-enforcement characters seem to view him as. Yes, he was a SerialKiller, but his backstory and motives -- specifically that his first killing was a complete accident, the rest were out of paranoia instead of malice or sadism, he actually turned himself in despite the police lacking sufficient evidence (implying remorse), he only tried to escape after the blackout occurred (implying a panic attack), and he was attacked by Neil before even being able to react to Ema's presence (leaving it ambiguous as to whether or not he actually WouldHurtAChild) -- seem to make said fans feel that he should've been institutionalized instead of executed.
* WhatAnIdiot: Sure, Phoenix, show ThePerfectionist prosecutor the evidence that will [[spoiler: link him to the crime and]] set the defendant. I'm sure he won't do anything in retaliation- *[[StaticStunGun zap]]*
** Why, yes, Lana, keep trying to claim you killed Detective Goodman even though the evidence says you're not and you're actually able to be proven innocent and have everything wrapped up. [[spoiler: Though, in that case, it's more of a clue as to [[{{Blackmail}} what's really going on]].]]
** Even before the above moment in "Turnabout Goodbyes", Phoenix openly confronts CorruptCorporateExecutive [[spoiler:Redd White]] and MafiaPrincess [[spoiler:Dee Vasquez]], two people well-known for their ruthlessness and ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections advantages. [[TooDumbToLive And in their own private quarters, no less]].

!! ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** There's no question that Juan Corrida is an AssholeVictim, but just how bad is he really? According to [[spoiler:Adrian Andrews]], he's a monster, but that's hardly an unbiased source. We do know that he was petty, a braggart, and bitterly AlwaysSecondBest to Matt Engarde. He caused [[spoiler:Celeste's suicide]] when he [[spoiler:broke off their engagement]] due to jealous and wounded pride. He then [[spoiler:forged and hid her suicide note]], which he planned to use at the most devastating moment for his rival. However, in the flashback to [[spoiler:Celeste's suicide]], he looks genuinely shocked and horrified, and his plans for revenge could easily be fueled as much by regret for the consequences of angry words he never got the chance to take back. [[spoiler:Were his subsequent actions just part of their "game," or was it really personal for him?]]
*** However, Corrida's immediate response to [[spoiler: Celeste's suicide was to forge a suicide note, possibly destroying the real one if a real suicide note actually existed]] for the sole purpose of getting back at Engarde. It is as Andrews says, everyone was a pawn in Engarde and Corrida's petty rivalry.
*** Then again, he really is horrified when he [[spoiler: discovers Celeste's corpse-]] possibly to the point of undergoing a BSOD? It really seems like the [[spoiler: breaking off of the wedding was due more to on-the-spot anger than anything else, and he was horrified at discovering her body because [[TearJerker he now would never have a chance to take back angry words he'd spoken in the heat of the moment.]]]] Following this line of thought, his act with the [[spoiler: suicide note]] could be an attempt at ensuring that the other person most responsible for [[spoiler: Celeste's death]] faced justice for it.
** Is [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] just a standard BitchInSheepsClothing, or does he have a SplitPersonality? His dialogue right before he reveals his "real self" ([[spoiler:"I think it's time for you to meet him now, Mr. Lawyer dude"]]) is sometimes brought up as evidence for the latter.
** There's also the issue of whether [[spoiler:"Ini Miney", aka]] Mimi Miney, or Turner Grey was the one at fault of malpractice incident. If Mimi was to be the one telling the truth, then Turner Grey is a monster who overworked Mimi into a nervous breakdown that caused the accident and possibly drugged her with sleeping pills, resulting in a car crash. However, [[spoiler: Grey had a point in that he had no real motivation for doing so and was in fact trying to bring her ghost back to clear his name, which would probably be a bad idea if she'd just accuse him of her murder instead. Also, she seemed to kill him because he was about to reveal that she was still alive, not out of any apparent desire for revenge]]. But Grey is an UnreliableNarrator about himself. [[spoiler:Why did he have an (illegal in Japan) gun with him? Why did he expect to get Mimi's ghost to sign a confession that utterly blackens her name and exonerates her former BadBoss? It seems likely he intended to force her to sign it at gunpoint (with the medium's life on the line), and if that's the case, then just how far ''would'' he go in anger?]]
* AnticlimaxBoss: Breaking Wendy Oldbag's Psyche-Locks in 2-4. It's the first time you have to deal with 4 locks at once, but if you show her [[spoiler: Juan's autograph]], all four of them break at the same time. Given how it's Wendy Oldbag we're talking about here, who is very dramatic, they probably did that [[RuleOfFunny on purpose]].
* BaseBreaker: Franziska von Karma, Manfred von Karma's daughter, or specifically [[spoiler: her behavior in 2-4, and her epilogue scene with Edgeworth.]] While she's (intentionally) unlikeable during the first two cases, her behavior later [[CharacterDevelopment changes and matures]]. Fans are divided.
* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler: Matt Engarde]] threw away his loving and devoted manager Celeste Inpax ones he was done using her to further his career. When Celeste was engaged to his rival, [[spoiler: Engarde]] told him Celeste was “[[DefiledForever used goods]]” to trick him into calling off the wedding. Celeste [[DriventoSuicide killed herself]], to [[spoiler: Engarde's]] delight. [[spoiler: Engarde]] later hired professional assassin [[MeaningfulName Shelley de Killer]] to murder his rival, but kept blackmail material to betray de Killer as well. To force Phoenix Wright to acquit him for murder, [[spoiler: Engarde]] had de Killer kidnap the innocent Maya Fey and attempted to pin his crimes on the innocent, miserable and insecure Adrian Andrews partly for the thrill of hurting her.
%%Do not add Morgan Fey or Juan back to this page per decision of the cleanup thread. Adding them back in will result in moderators being hollered.
* ContestedSequel: While not universally disliked, most fans consider it to be uneven at best. While the second case is considered to be good, and the finale is considered one of the best cases in the entire franchise, The tutorial case is at best forgettable and ''Turnabout Big Top'' is one of the least-liked cases of the series. (More details below.)
* CrossesTheLineTwice or {{Narm}}: In case 4, after TheReveal [[spoiler: of [[BitchInSheepsClothing Matt Engarde's]] true colors, he reveals his [[GoodScarsEvilScars previously-unseen ''massive'' facial scar]], pulls out AGlassOfChianti, gains an ominous new {{Leitmotif}}, and his personality does a ''complete'' 180, turning him into an ObviouslyEvil figure that makes the silliest of Bond Villain parodies seem toned down. How jarring the change is from his previous BrainlessBeauty NiceGuy persona can easily come across as absolutely ridiculous. Of course, for some, [[NarmCharm this is]] NightmareFuel.]]
* EndingFatigue: The last trial eventually boils down to just stalling for time until a BigDamnHeroes moment happens. ''Canonically!''
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Surprisingly enough, considering his only appearance is in the ''heavily'' divisive third case, Acro is one of the most popular one-shot characters in any ''Ace Attorney'' game, with even the case's detractors often admitting he's its main saving grace.
** Also from the third case is Regina; between her appearance, personality, and role as the heart of the story, most fans will agree that it's nearly impossible not to like her -- except for those few who hold her responsible for Bat's coma and Acro's paralysis. When the Berry Big Circus returned in the second ''Investigations'' game, Regina was the only character from 2-3 (unless you count Money) to return.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Phoenix's nightmare of being disbarred by a giant, demonic judge becomes much less funny in Apollo Justice after he really does get disbarred.
** Maya, despite being cleared of all charges, laments at the end of Case 2-2 that every time something like this happens, she loses someone close to her. In the next game, she loses [[spoiler:her long-lost mother]]
** Gumshoe's testimony in case 2-1, once you realize that he's had a secret crush on Maggey Byrde for a long time. The real punch is when he's asked to describe Maggey and Dustin's relationship -- how they were close to getting married and how Maggey even came to Gumshoe for advice on what to get her boyfriend for his birthday. That hangdog expression of his isn't just because he's testifying against a subordinate.
** In case 2-2, the court is convinced for a while that Mimi Miney's spirit, channeled through Maya Fey, is guilty of murder. Phoenix says in court that he finds the idea of a vengeful, murderous spirit hard to believe. In this case, he's right, [[spoiler: but in the next game, a vengeful, murderous spirit ''does'' try to kill someone, and said vengeful spirit is Phoenix's ex-girlfriend. [[TwinSwitch Sort of.]]]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Ini mistaking Pearl for Phoenix's daughter and him expressing incredulity that she thinks he's old enough to have a daughter becomes much funnier when he actually adopts a daughter he's way too young to have fathered normally in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''.
* IdiotPlot: Many have pointed out how patently absurd it was that Dustin Prince's alleged dying message was ever taken seriously when it would have meant he wrote it ''with a snapped neck''.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Case 2-3 (Turnabout Big Top). While a ''lot'' of fans consider it to be the worst case in the entire series, it does have a few defenders, largely because of [[spoiler:Acro]] being a very atypical "villain" for the series and being one of the most emotional cases in the franchise, and also for it being the only case in the game in which Maya (who is otherwise DemotedToExtra) has a prominent role throughout. A lot of the enjoyment also hinges upon whether or not you find the circus characters (aside from {{EnsembleDarkhorse}}s Acro, Max and Regina) amusing or not (most notably Moe the clown).
* MostAnnoyingSound:
** Franziska's whip will have you wanting to strangle her with it by the time those two cases are over.
** On the subject of Franziska, the sound of the tracking device she has on Gumshoe. Constant, high-pitched beeping. Gets people's attention mostly by being amazingly obnoxious.
* MostWonderfulSound: Despite what the above may indicate, Franziska's whip becomes this in case 4, [[spoiler:due to it signalling her perfectly timed BigDamnHeroes moment]].
* {{Narm}}:
** Mia gives a brief speech about ThePowerOfFriendship in ''Farewell, My Turnabout'' - which feels bizarrely childish and out of place in an extremely dark and tense case.
** "The miracle never happen." One simple typo turned the bad ending of ''Farewell, My Turnabout'' into a mockery. Fixed for later releases.
** Acro's ManlyTears at the end of 2-3 is ''supposed'' to be taken seriously. It ended looking like cartoony OcularGushers instead, with the animation and everything.
* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]] clawing at his own face in ''Farewell, My Turnabout''.
* PlayerPunch:
** The first act of ''Reunion, and Turnabout''. Particuarly Maya's {{Angst}} at the detention center.
** Pretty much ''all'' of the last case is intense, starting right at the beginning when [[spoiler:Maya gets kidnapped to blackmail Nick]], and just getting worse when you find out [[spoiler:your client is [[CompleteMonster guilty as sin]]]], and you're forced to [[spoiler: pin the blame on an innocent person just to stall for time]].
* TakeThatScrappy: For the portion of fans who dislike Franziska for her seemingly constant and unpunished JerkAss moments, [[spoiler:Shelly de Killer shooting her in the shoulder, preventing her from prosecuting for the remainder of the game, and causing her to be replaced by the more levelheaded Edgeworth]] can come across as refreshing.
* ThatOneLevel:
** Many consider Moe's cross-examination in 2-3 to be a real pain in the ass, since one wrong press will get you penalized, and culminates with his last testimony, in which ''any'' pressing will cause you to instantly lose. At least the Judge gives you ''some'' warning.
*** Furthermore, on the second trial of that case, you have to do a big leap of logic and figure out that [[spoiler:Russell Berry's cape got attached to the Max bust, seemingly ignoring physics]].
** The first half of the first day of ''Farewell, My Turnabout'' has TWO instances where if you screw up, you get a 100% penalty. And the second of those comes from pointing out the Nickel Samurai's ankles should be visible in Lotta's photo; something that's particularly difficult to figure out.
* TheScrappy: Some players might find Moe really irritating because at one point of his cross-examination if he goes off-tangent ''Phoenix'' get penalized. Note that ''[[MotorMouth Oldbag's]]'' constant rambling in-and-on the court did not get this extreme reaction from the judge. Others either find his jokes unfunny or simply hate his [[NonStandardCharacterDesign design]]. Him bringing Regina to the last day of trial may or may not [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescue him from the heap]] due to fans being divided on if it was a cruel JerkAss move or he was trying to have her see the truth about Acro and Bat.
* SophomoreSlump: Like many games under Capcom, the second installment tends to be the most divisive. ''Justice For All'' is certainly not considered a bad game, but a lot of fans regard it as the weakest game in the trilogy, for reasons including: having only four cases versus the other two games' five, the lack of an overall storyline -- barring the vague theme of Edgeworth's disappearance and Franziska wanting revenge on Phoenix -- along with the hugely divisive third case, and the developers going overboard with the new health system and frequently hitting you with gigantic penalties with no warning whatsoever. In particular, this game has more "instant game over" scenarios than every other game in the series ''combined''. Other, minor annoyances for some are Pearl getting all the focus over Maya, who barely features in the game and has no real character development, the substandard English localization, and Franziska being a much less interesting adversary than Edgeworth or Godot. However, the villains in this game are in very high regard among the fanbase, who generally consider [[spoiler:Acro, Morgan Fey, and Matt Engarde]] to be some of the best villains in the series. And the last case is ''extremely'' popular due to its twist on the traditional formula by [[spoiler:having Phoenix try to escape being blackmailed into defending a client he eventually figures out is a [[CompleteMonster total sociopath]]]].
** One of the weakest points is the lack of an overarching story. Rather than having a main villain such as [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne or Manfred Von Karma,]] the story is mostly a series of mostly unrelated cases. The two main plotlines, [[spoiler: Edgeworth's apparent suicide and Morgan Fey]] are resolved rather anticlimacticly and dealt with in the sequel respectively.
* {{Squick}}:
** Pearl gives us this gem:
--->"Let's go let her whip us, Mr. Nick!"
** Also, "Director Hotti" implies that he'd like to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "research"]] the crime scene photos if you show them to him in 2-2. Even worse when you remember that it's [[spoiler:Ini/Mimi]] in the pictures, and he'd been going on about how she was a favorite patient...
** Dr. Hotti also shows interest in Pearl's picture. She's eight years old!
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Admit it, [[spoiler: you smiled VERY evilly after taking down Matt Engarde once and for all]]. Doubly so if [[spoiler: it's chosen to pronounce him Not Guilty afterwards, knowing that he'd be hunted down by a professional assassin the minute he were to step out of the courthouse]]. [[spoiler: Vengeance against a Defense Attorney's client]] never felt soo satisfying.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: While he's very popular with others, some fans didn't like how much [[spoiler: Acro was]] being played as a SympatheticMurderer. For example, ''WebOriginal/VideoGamesAwesome'' and their commenters noted that while he didn't mean to kill [[spoiler: the ringmaster, he ''did'' intend to kill the ringmaster's daughter. The sympathy is supposed to come from regretting he killed the ringmaster, who he saw as a father, and yet he was still willing to murder that man's only child. To be fair, she was still directly responsible for accidentally putting Bat into a coma and then not understanding how serious it was, but Acro apparently never considered just ''yelling at her'' and making her see reality the way Moe later did, and instead jumped right to an elaborate murder attempt... which didn't even work because she was too clueless to understand she was being threatened.]]
** [[spoiler:Edgeworth]] also got this from a few fans when he [[spoiler:explicitly told Adrian in open court that he didn't care if she was DrivenToSuicide because of the truth. Sure, she was ultimately grateful for the wake-up call, but this was still a girl with a confirmed history of attempted suicide -- not just idle threats -- meaning that not only was there a legitimate risk of her killing herself afterward, but he could've been subsequently charged with harassment and/or misconduct for it as well. And even before his HeelFaceTurn, Edgeworth was already visibly traumatized by another courtroom-related suicide in the form of the Terry Fawles case. So to said fans, it went a bit too far past GoodIsNotNice and just landed somewhere close to IdiotBall and/or JerkassBall territory.]]

!! ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations''
* AccidentalInnuendo:
** Assuming it's not intentional GettingCrapPastTheRadar, everything about the "weenies" (as in sausages) in case 3-3. Made worse by the fact that they're supposedly a symbol of Gumshoe's love for Maggey.
** In 3-5, you can get Gumshoe to admit he wants to stick his pen in Phoenix's face.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** In an odd example, a couple gets this. The [=DeLites=] are either [[spoiler:a HappilyMarried couple of a man who isn't above stealing for the happiness of his wife and a woman who likes strong emotions and authentically loves her husband for many factors besides money, or a HappilyMarried couple of a crook and a gold digger.]] Or bit of both. At least they are HappilyMarried in either interpretation.
** Then there's the question of Terry Fawles' mental state. If he's mentally healthy, then he's an ephebophile, but if he suffers from mental problems or learning difficulties, then it's possible that he just doesn't understand the implications of a relationship with such an age gap. At least in the American version of the game (where WordOfGod claims takes place in California), the question is one of whether or not he was knowingly skirting the line with 14-year-old Dahlia, as the local age of consent is 18.
** [[spoiler: Iris]] can be subject to this based on your interpretation of her statement that [[spoiler: the plot to poison Phoenix's cold medicine]] was the first time that [[spoiler: Dahlia didn't tell her about a plot in advance]]. Does this mean that she knew about things like [[spoiler: Diego's impending poisoning and let them happen]]? Does she deserve [[spoiler: to be punished as an accessory to all of Dahlia's crimes]]?
** Godot. A mysterious, badass prosecutor with a cool design and sympathetic, tragic past, or an overhyped sexist scumbag who's never brought to account for all his bad choices? [[spoiler:Yes, he did die for them, but he also made Misty Fey die for them and nearly got Maya killed.]]
** Dahlia and Iris's father could be this. We're told that he coldly left his wife and badmouthed Kurain Village, but the person who says most of this is [[spoiler:Dahlia]], who is hardly one to speak well of anybody. His marriage and divorce of Morgan can also count. On one hand, he only married her to get the prestige that came with being a member of the Fey family. On the other hand, we see that a desire to gain power causes Morgan to [[spoiler:try to commit murder ''twice'', the second time using her own daughter as an UnwittingPawn]]. With that second part in mind, one has to wonder if him taking his daughters with him when he divorced Morgan was as cruel as it's portrayed...
** Same could be argued for Morgan. Was she so ambitious and protective for Pearl purely because of her strong spiritual powers or was it from the heartbreak of being separated from her two other daughters via divorce, discovering one grew into a sociopath, and not knowing what happened to the other?
** Additionally, were Morgan's daughters taken from her by her first husband, or did she give them up? [[spoiler:Dahlia]] claims that Morgan saw them as nothing more than obstacles to Pearl (and even claims that Morgan would have killed her herself), while her sister suggests that her mother willingly abandoned them. Then again, [[spoiler:Dahlia]] also claims that her father "had absolutely no interest in children in general", hence his decision to send Iris to Hazakura Temple, so one has to question why he ended up with custody of both daughters- did Morgan care even less than he did, or did he not want Morgan to have them (whether out of pettiness or because he thinks they'd be better off with him)?
* AnticlimaxBoss:
** Sister Bikini's five Psyche-Locks all comes off at the same time with merely two presentations of evidence. Most other unlocking sequences require, on average, one or two pieces of evidence ''per lock''. Justified as unlike many other witnesses who are all to eager to keep their secrets hidden until at breaking point, Sister Bikini is arguably one of the most co-operative witness of the series, and knows when to co-operate for the benefit of everyone involved, no matter how big the secret she tries to hide.
** [[spoiler:Luke Atmey]] in 3-2 initially appears to be one of these, since he gives up with surprising ease on the first trial day and admits [[spoiler: to being the true thief.]] Actually a subversion however, since [[spoiler:he ''wanted'' to be found guilty of theft, so that he would have an alibi for the murder of Kane Bullard, which was in fact his doing]].
* BaseBreaker: Godot. See AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.
* BreatherBoss: In Case 3-3, Gumshoe's Psyche-Lock regarding the lottery. Most likely PlayedForLaughs, given that Gumshoe ends up telling Phoenix crucial information about his cases without meaning to do so.
* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Dahlia]] [[EnfantTerrible Hawthorne]]]], the BigBad, previously manipulated her ManChild boyfriend into assisting her in a crime, before framing him for murder and ensuring [[DrivenToSuicide his suicide to cover her tracks]]. She later poisoned the lover of the prosecutor Mia Fey when he got too close to her crimes, before she seduced Phoenix Wright as well. When her twin sister Iris fell for Phoenix, [[spoiler: Dahlia]] accelerated her plans to poison him. When an ex-lover of hers tried to warn Phoenix, Dahlia murdered him and tried to frame Phoenix. Despite being executed, [[spoiler: Dahlia]] returned as a vengeful ghost, aiding her mother to kill Dahlia's cousin Maya Fey solely to spite her elder sister Mia's spirit. Taking steps to manipulate her twin again to help with the murder, she came back from the dead to possess Misty Fey (albeit due to Misty's desire to protect her niece Pearl) and attempted to murder Maya, being stopped only by the intervention of Godot who killed her host. But despite this she became convinced that she had forced Maya to murder her own mother and caused her to commit suicide, which she gloated over to their faces. She's also a giant hypocrite; she shows nothing but disgust towards Morgan Fey because of the "petty revenge" that she was after, but at the same time, [[spoiler: Dahlia]] was going along with Morgan's plan specifically in order to get her own revenge on Mia.
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* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Godot. There's a pretty big difference between sympathetic [[spoiler:murderer]] and absolving him of all his [[spoiler:crimes]] and bad decisions. Then again, the writers could have arguably been doing the same thing, given that [[spoiler:Maya, who lost her mother as a result of his actions, still defends him, even though he suggests he was not primarily motivated by wanting to protect her, and she might have ended up dead when he killed the person channeling Dahlia]].
** Luke Atmey is this to a certain portion of the Japanese fandom, to the point where there are ''entire fansites'' dedicated to him. In all fairness, though, his Japanese name means something along the lines of "only wants to be loved," and in the Japanese version, it's suggested he [[spoiler:killed Kane Bullard out of self defense, not just desperation.]].
** Even [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne]] qualifies. Many of her fans will comment that, although her actions were inexcusable, her life was miserable, and will state that she is treated as [[TheScrappy an "unpopular" and "unloved" character]].
* DudeNotFunny: Franziska whipping Phoenix in 3-5 -- i.e., a recently discharged hospital patient who nearly drowned to death and who still has a cold.
* EvenBetterSequel: At the very least it's considered a big improvement over ''Justice For All'', with many fans regarding it as the best game in the entire ''Ace Attorney'' franchise.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** Phoenix's behavior in case 3-1 gains a whole new dimension when it turns out that [[spoiler:the woman he dated for six months and the one that tried to kill him are not the same, and that his insistence on her innocence wasn't a result of him grabbing the IdiotBall]]. Perhaps it also counts as a bit of foreshadowing...
** Mia's random comedic assaults on Grossberg in case 3-1 every time Phoenix says something adoring about Dahlia become much less funny when you realize that it's not just low tolerance for sappy, saccharine gushing -- it's because she's bottling up a lot of ''hate'' for Dahlia and with very good reason.
*** There's also the possibility that it's related to the fact that she ''knows'' Grossberg is responsible for leaking the information on her mother, and her mother's resulting disappearance.
** Not to mention the fact that Phoenix's gushing sounds disturbingly like [[spoiler:Terry talking about his "Teen Angel"]]. Small wonder she gets so angry, seeing [[spoiler:another]] guy being played like a fiddle by Dahlia!
** Minor one, but in 3-3, Phoenix makes a comment on how Maya should quit her job as a spirit medium for a job as a waitress, and she considers the idea. [[spoiler: Come 3-5, while she doesn't take up a waitress job, she is thinking more seriously about quitting her job as a spirit medium when she takes the witness stand.]]
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Phoenix's comment in 3-3 that [[spoiler: the only way to win a phony case is with phony evidence]] becomes a ''lot'' harsher after the events of ''Apollo Justice'', where he [[spoiler: loses his badge due to evidence forgery.]]
*** [[spoiler:Even more so when he actually does forge evidence afterward to catch the one responsible (and implicitly for {{Revenge}} as well, given his new KnightInSourArmor attitude after losing said badge).]]
** If you present your badge to Maya during the investigation during day 2 of 3-2, you get this little exchange:
--> '''Maya''': So you've still got that badge, I see.
--> '''Phoenix''': Huh? I'm a lawyer, aren't I?
--> '''Maya''': Yeah, but I guess I just didn't think you'd keep on being one for this long.
** And then one remembers that in ''Apollo Justice'', it's revealed that [[spoiler: Phoenix was disbarred not long after the events of ''Trials and Tribulations''.]] A mere six months after this exchange, to be exact.
** When Godot reveals that he drinks much more coffee than any healthy person ought to, the judge conscientiously rebukes him saying, [[spoiler:"You’re going to ruin your health, my friend."]] Well, as you figure out his backstory towards the end... [[spoiler:his health has long been ruined, and coffee might be the only thing keeping him alive]]. Might be a FunnyAneurysmMoment depending on how you took the judge’s reaction.
** In some ways, case three of the third game became a little bit harsher, or maybe just weird to play through, for those who live in Chicago. The case features a sudden "out of nowhere" lottery winner dying from cyanide poisoning. [[http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/April-2013/Poison-Lotto/ A real life case occurred in early 2013 when a Chicagoan died in the exact same circumstances.]]
** [[spoiler:Terry's suicide]] also has some disturbing similarities to a real life case in 2013, [[http://fox4kc.com/2013/07/01/man-poisons-self-dies-moments-after-verdict/ in which Steve Parsons swallowed cyanide in court after being convicted of improper sexual relations with a 14-year old girl]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** 3-5 has one when you examine the incinerator. "A fight between a lawyer and [[ComicBook/{{Galactus}} an overgrown boiler?]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Who'd want to see that?"]]
** Marvin Grossberg: "It feels like my hemorrhoids are doing the Harlem Shake!"
** In case 5-5, Pearls says that if Phoenix works hard and gets famous, he might one day have copycats. And now, we've got Apollo Justice...
** In case 3-3, it's mentioned that each employee at Blue Screens, Inc. wears a head-mounted display over their eye. Nine years later (in 2013), we get [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Glass Google Glass]].
* JerkassWoobie:
** Dahlia in Iris's perspective, although most likely not the player's. Both sisters were separated from their mother and received no love from their father, and while Iris had a mother figure in Sister Bikini. Dahlia had no one. Iris realizes Dahlia has done many unforgivable things, but still cares for her and wants to help her because of what she's been through (including recovering the necklace so she won't commit any more crimes).
** [[spoiler: Godot could be considered as one, but only to Phoenix, whom he refused to acknowledge for the greater part of the game. He seems to be significantly less of a jerk to everyone else.]]
* MagnificentBastard: While not being a BigBad, [[spoiler: Luke Atmey]] from the third game certainly counts. [[spoiler: He uses a guilty verdict as his alibi for a murder, and this same verdict makes him look like a genius thief smarter than everyone, while giving him what he wants the most from others, their attention]].
* {{Squick}}:
** STOP TALKING ABOUT HEMORRHOIDS!
** There's only one reason! One as obvious as Jean Armstrong in a thong on the Riviera!
* PlayerPunch:
** The end of 3-4.
** Pretty much the ''entirety'' on the GrandFinale, from [[spoiler: Phoenix falling into a freezing river]] to [[spoiler: figuring out the victim's true identity]].
* ThatOneLevel:
** Luke Atmey's final testimony is 11 statements long, with nothing in the Court Record proving a contradiction, and pressing any statement but the right one will instantly net you a game over. It also PUNISHES SaveScumming with a nasty InterfaceScrew – usually in these games, once you've done something right in a testimony that lets you advance, the music will stop playing. Not so with this one. What's more, right or wrong, the first few lines of dialogue after the press are always the same.
*** Something similar happens at the very end of "Bridge to the Turnabout".
* ValuesDissonance: 3-4 gives us a 20 year old man in a relationship with a 14 year old girl (quite a heated one too). However, while the reactions of Mia and Diego are played for laughs, the relationship itself is portrayed as unhealthy, although less because of the age than because [[spoiler: Dahlia was very obviously using the mentally disabled Terry.]]
* TheWoobie: Poor sweet Pearls in case 3-5. She's [[spoiler: worried about Maya's safety and blames herself for putting her in danger, she's manipulated by her mother, she's trapped on a freezing cold mountain all alone for an entire day, she's convinced she's lost her channeling powers because she can't channel Dahlia, and she's heartbroken at the fact that she's disappointed her mother because of it.]] When Phoenix confronts her she bursts into tears before you can even break all her Psyche-Locks. And to think [[spoiler: she's not even ''aware'' of the fact that her mother was using her to get rid of Maya or that the person she's been asked to channel is her dead older sister who's also a psychotic killer.]] As bad as it was it could have been ''even worse.'' Heck, even [[spoiler: ''Dahlia Hawthorne'', said psychotic killer,]] feels sorry for her.
** IronWoobie: Oh yeah, and while all this is going on, she still manages to ShutUpHannibal at Franziska and makes Phoenix present solid evidence before her last psych-lock breaks. Pearly is tough as nails.
%%* ViewerGenderConfusion: Ron [=DeLite=].

!! Multiple games
* AuthorsSavingThrow: The 3DS port had many typos corrected, and some small contradictions within the text fixed. [[note]]Examples: Phoenix not acknowledging the events of 1-5 while talking to Franziska in 2-3.[[/note]]
%%* FoeRomanceSubtext: Franziska and Phoenix.
* FoeYayShipping:
** So much of it, you half expect Edgey and Phoenix to rip their clothes off in the middle of a trial and start screwing like bunnies.
** Edgeworth and Franziska to an extent as well, though AA:I clarifies this into this being a competitive sibling relationship.
* HolyShitQuotient: Every finale case has a high HSQ, but special mention goes to ''Farewell My, Turnabout'' and ''Bridge to the Turnabout''.
* IronWoobie:
** Maya Fey: smiling through even the most hardcore misfortunes.
** Maggey Byrde, who fell from the ninth story of a building when 6 months old, has been hit by multiple vehicles, gets caught up in ''three'' murder trials over the course of the series ([[BornUnlucky and that's not even covering half the things that have happened to her]]) but does not give up, and remains plucky and optimistic throughout.
** Phoenix Wright had his beloved mentor die, was framed for murder twice, [[spoiler: nearly killed by the woman he loved]], abused by nearly every single prosecutor and witness, is never in the Judge's favor, almost never gets a thank you from his clients, was bullied in school, and let's not get started on what he goes through in Apollo Justice. This [[BreakTheCutie cutie]] has been broken by then.
* InternetBackdraft: Get into any location that contains Phoenix/Maya (a.k.a. "Narumayo") and Phoenix/[[spoiler: Iris]] shippers and ask whether Maya is too young for Phoenix.
* MarthDebutedInSmashBros: An inverted example. The Blue Badger officially appeared in this game during Rise From the Ashes before going on to appear elsewhere (such as Wocky's "Bad Badger" shirt or as the mascot for Gatewater Land in ''Investigations''). However, in Japan the fifth case was only added after the third game had been released when the original game was ported to the DS, meaning that "Taiho-kun" (the Japanese name for the Blue Badger) had already appeared on Maggey's shirt in the first case of the second game. To western players it looked like the Blue Badger went on to become a sensation after case 5 (which led to the production of t-shirts by the time case 2-1 rolled around) but for keen-eyed Japanese players it was evident that the developers were expanding on the design they had put on Maggey's shirt. Of course, this is if we assume that no one found the badger doll next to the chief detective in 1-4.
* TheWoobie: Pearl. Oh, you poor kid. Her role as TheWoobie is most significant in ''Justice for All'', where in case 2-4, she lays out all the bad stuff that's happened to her when you talk to her in your office [[spoiler:after Maya's kidnapping, particularly when she says Maya is the only family she has left]]. And then there's her role in case 3-5, where [[spoiler:she's used once again by her mother to try to kill the girl who is her remaining closest family]]. While her time with Larry in the "Loser's Shack" is mostly played for laughs (Larry's involved after all), it's hard to see her so down when she's convinced she's losing her powers on top of everything else.

!!Film adaptation
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The Blue Badger stops the Judge from delivering a verdict by shoving his hand under the gavel. Then he falls to the floor and the head rolls off the suit, revealing...''no one.'' No one seems to notice or care, and the mystery of the haunted mascot suit is never touched upon for the rest of the movie.
* MemeticMutation: '''[[http://muffinthief.tumblr.com/post/123016403262/joyseeker56-newyorksjojo-i-havent-seen-this PHOENIX SCREAMS OFF CAMERA]]'''
* {{Narm}}: A good amount of the movie qualifies due to the fact that most of the characters[[labelnote: *]] [[FreezeFrameBonus even the courtroom spectators]][[/labelnote]] look like cosplayers (albeit, fairly good ones), not to mention how they [[LargeHam overact]], oftentimes making hilarious faces and noises at the most inappropriate times. On a few occasions, Phoenix literally ''throws'' holographic images containing evidence at his opponents, and one particularly memorable scene involves him making the rather innocuous observation that Christmas Eve is almost Christmas, which inexplicably causes everyone in the court (including ''[[TheStoic Edgeworth]]'') to fall to the ground in a collective dead faint. Naturally, all of this leads to a lot of NarmCharm.
* VideoGameMoviesSuck: {{Averted}}. The movie has been called one of the best game-to-film adaptations ever produced on both hemispheres. It retains the game's quirky sense of humor yet injects more serious drama into some of the character interactions in order to attract non-players. It helps that the source material is far more plot-driven than the average game.

!!2016 Anime
* BellisariosMaxim: Exactly how did White eavesdrop on Mia and Maya's conversation with a wiretap, if both of them were using cellphones?[[note]]In the game, Mia uses the office phone for her call.[[/note]]
* FountainOfMemes: Redd White. Special mention goes to "'''WHATCHA NAAAAAAAAAYME?'''".
* ItsShortSoItSucks: Some fans' opinion of the anime. Since the animated adaptation doesn't waste time on pointless pressing like the games do, the court segments in particular can seem rushed to some viewers.
* {{Narm}}: Edgeworth parking his car in Episode 2.
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