YMMV: Turnabout Storm

  • Anvilicious: In the scenes between the credits of the final episode, Big Mac soapboxes about how it's fine to take pride in something you like, but shoving it down other peoples' throats is overbearing and problematic. In the context of the episode, he's referring to the Judge's behaviour outside the courtroom, but it's also a shot at the more overzealous members of the brony community.
  • Archive Panic: There are six videos in the series. Said six videos roughly total up to nine hours long.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The main reason why this stopped being a written work was so this could be used. Understandable, considering what both series have to offer. Part 1 only used Ace Attorney soundtrack, and the following episodes added Friendship Is Magic soundtrack and original tracks to the mix.
    • Some of the original songs are pretty amazing on their own right: Crusading! fits Apple Bloom perfectly, Denial and Memories will make you incredibly sad, and Towards the Thruth does a great job at capturing the essence of Ace Attorney's iconic Pursuit themes.
    • End of the Storm is a somewhat upbeat and melancholic medley between Friendship is Magic's main theme, Turnabout Sisters from Ace Attorney, and the original theme Memories. It greatly captures the sense of finality of the crossover's conclusion.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Cupcakes reference, triggered by a discussion about ladders of all things!
  • Clueless Aesop: Multiple times in the story characters praise the justice system in use and consider the judge to be fair when a huge moral of the Ace Attorney series is that the justice system in use is horrifyingly screwed up and ludicrously biased against whoever the police fingers. It was in fact largely conceived as a commentary on the highly problematic condition of the justice system in japan.
  • Freud Was Right:
    • How else do you explain so many comments inmediately going through the kinky route as soon as embarassing pictures of Rainbow Dash are pointed out? Something not helped by lines such as "I didn't knew you were into that kind of stuff, Rainbow Dash!" and by Maya and Edgeworth's comments after Phoenix goes back home.
      Maya: Nick... Do you want to talk about this? It's alright, eveyone has skeletons in their closet.
      Edgeworth: This seems less of a skeleton and more so a... disturbing fetish...
    • The dialogue that occurred as Phoenix and Pinkie broke into Ace's room raised quite a few eyebrows, if the comments are to judge. Not to mention the screen is completely black at the moment this is happening.
    Phoenix: H-hey! We can't just-!
    Pinkie: We just stick it in here aaaaaand… We're in!
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The trailer where Phoenix Wright intimidates Fluttershy gets a little less funny when... well, just read below and you'll see.
    • Phoenix's line "A scolding? From him [Big Macintosh]? What did he do, 'Eeyup' her into submission?" is either this or Hilarious in Hindsight after "Ponyville Confidential".
    • After the Changelings were introduced in "A Canterlot Wedding", Pinkie's "Wob Niar" theory feels a lot more plausible.
    • Also on the Evil Twin theory, "Magic Duel", which incidently also features Trixie, involved Rainbow Dash being cloned (though it was just Fluttershy in disguise).
    • The motive behind Pinkie telling Phoenix to not mention Ms. Mailmare's name in Part 3 - Phoenix was because of the little conflict that would arise, which was shown in Part 3 - Twilight. Unfortunately, without the latter's context, it was seen as an allusion to the unfortunate "Derpygate" conflict, where the issue of her name and original voice being removed from later broadcasts of the only episode she spoke in caused great conflict within the fandom. In reality, the gag was written and recorded before the conflict arised.
    • Guess Rainbow Dash doesn't need that prize after all since she entered the Wonderbolt Academy.
    • In "Games Ponies Play", Rarity messes up Cadence's hairstyle, and tells Twilight with horror "Imagine her hair looking like a porcupine!" And yet here she's the one pony who doesn't make fun of Phoenix's famous porcupine-hair.
      • Porcupine hair would not look good on a Princess who is supposed to look regal. However, on a male pony the porcupine look might look good, especially if it's to draw attention. Viewing it like this lessens the aneurysm a bit.
    • The exact meaning of the black Psyche-locks hadn't fully been established when they debuted in Apollo Justice, and had in fact been theorized to be unbreakable, but Twilight mentions not wanting to break them. Come Dual Destinies, they're very much breakable and every bit as tragic as implied here.
  • Gateway Series: A variation, at least; this series has, on more than one occasion, made bronies out of Ace Attorney fans, as well as Ace Attorney fans out of bronies.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight:
    • Twilight reassuring Cruise that his little sister would look up to him, and calling him a "good big brother" becomes this after A Canterlot Wedding revealed that she has a loving big brother herself. (The script was written long before this, but wasn't released until long after.)
    • Season 3 has had several episodes, focused on redeeming past antagonists. This series does a similar thing with Gilda.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Twilight responds to Lenora's comparison of Pegasus ponies and griffons with the line, "I never said I was faster. I don't even really care, either. Did you notice the horn protruding from my forehead or my lack of wings?"
    • In the finale, Rainbow Dash has a hard time forgiving Sonata for what she put her through. Guess easily forgiving people is more of a human world thing.
    • Season 4 of Friendship is Magic has a story arc about opening locks.
    • The ending of Turnabout Storm is crazily similar to the ending of the bonus case, Turnabout Reclaimed, for Dual Destinies. The culprit has finally been caught and the Judge is about to hand down the Not Guilty verdict, only for Phoenix himself to stop said verdict so he can show that not even the culprit was a murderer, that the whole thing was actually an accident.
      • Phoenix's comment about his past dealings with unprofessionalism involving toupees, birds, and whips. While the reference to birds was obviously meant to refer to the time he had to cross-examine a parrot, he would later have to deal with a prosecutor who used a hawk in much the same way Franziska used her whip.
    • The beginning of the trial is crazily similar to the beginning of the first Witch Trial in Professor Layton Vs Ace Attorney, with Phoenix having to defend someone accused of commiting a crime with magic, in a world where magic exists, and completely stumbling until the Deuteragonist gives him a book on how magic works in this world. It even has almost the exact same gag of Phoenix pointing out something that should be common sense in his world and being met with Stunned Silence from the entire courtroom.
      • And while we're on the subject of said crossover, Twilight's book of "How to Become a Lawyer in 24 hours" is full of fantastic Flowery Elizabethan English, easily on par with that of Inquisitor Zacharias Barnham.
    Twilight: Consult with thy accused in melancholy, lifting wisdom from thy plea of innocence.
    • Rainbow Rocks features a character named Sonata, who is very different from the one here.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Trixie. Her black psyche-locks are described to be full of sadness and despair, evidently caused in part by an inferiority complex present since her childhood, which she hides behind her trademark boastful personality. She also shows to have a true passion for her work as a magician, doing her shows free of charge despite needing the money, and even smiling at the idea of performing in front of the ponies she's claimed are her enemies.
    • Gilda, thanks to the fact that she let her anger get the better of her when all she really wanted was to make amends with her friend.
    • Sonata, who just wanted to escape from hurting other ponies, got put through the ringer the second she tried to do the right thing. Ace tried to kill her for quitting, she was forced to fend him off and lost control of her magic, making her believe she was the murderer. That doesn't excuse framing Rainbow Dash for her "crime" — something she herself admits — but it's easy to side with Phoenix when he wants to defend her too.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Sonata. Phoenix realizes you're the prime suspect? Never even blink as you point out you already have a way out! It is eventually subverted in the finale, when Phoenix undoes her entire plan to frame Rainbow Dash and thus she proves to be more of a Smug Snake. She even admits that she overlooked a crucial detail or two.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ace Swift crossed it at some point: First off by being willing to threaten somepony's little sister's life just for athletic advantage (which isn't even getting into what he did to all his other competitors). If not then, he probably crossed it by planning to outright murder Sonata for just trying to get out of the blackmailing after her guilt got the better of her, then using her "unfortunate death" as a motivation for leaving racing so no one will notice his "drop in performance".
  • Narm: Fluttershy and Rainbow's still after the latter breaks into tears can break the mood of the moment thanks to its weird positions and wonky perspective.
  • Narm Charm: When Mia and Phoenix state the events that lead to Ace Swift's death together. Narm because it's rather uncalled for (until The Stinger's reveal). Charm because it's still a big turn of events that invokes Stunned Silence on the whole courtroom.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Phoenix manages to send Pinkie Pie into Cupcakes mode by explaining about ladders and stepladders. Quite a take on the Running Gag.
    • Trixie has black psyche-locks. The first character in the Ace Attorney canon to have them? The nightmarishly evil Kristoph Gavin.
      • Somewhat lessened in that unlike Kristoph's locks, which were cold and dark, Trixie's were described to be filled with sadness and despair; which are comparable to the ones of the next character in canon to have them: Athena Cykes.
    • Ace Swift. Blackmailing the competition is one thing, but using a fellow racer's young sister's life to reach that end is nothing short of disgusting. And then there are his Last Words. The way he narrates the fabricated story of how Sonata will die is absolutely creepy, especially after raging at Sonata. It's just the absolute epitome of an Asshole Victim:
      Sonata: What are you doing!?
      Ace Swift: You met an unfortunate fate in the forest...
      Sonata: What!?
      Ace Swift: A ferocious beast got to you and ended your life!
      Sonata: No! Stop! Don't come any closer!
      Ace Swift: I then fell into a depressed state, and couldn't race anymore. No one will notice my performance drop, because I was forced to retire... Because you died! My dear Sonata, I'm so very sorry. But I am afraid I must ask you for one more thing... Farewell, Sonata...
  • Spoiled by the Format:
    • One could tell the so called Part 4/4 wasn't the final one when it leaves less than 10 minutes to bring an important witness with an even more important testimony.
    • Oh, the final episode! Phoenix gets Sonata to confess to the murder! But there's still an hour and a half of video left...
      • But even after the final verdict is rendered and it's revealed that Ace's death was an accident, there's still another hour left just for epilogue.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Fluttershy. She thinking Phoenix is an actual kind of phoenix is capable of denying Willing Suspension of Disbelief. Fluttershy's characterization in general could seem like Flanderization without the knowledge that the whole series was written before her character development in "Hurricane Fluttershy" and "Putting Your Hoof Down".
    • Applejack gets this, too, to a degree, where she's portrayed as a bit dimmer than she actually is (she's in line with her maths dumb self), though it's not as obvious as it is with Fluttershy.
  • The Woobie:
    • Fluttershy. Phoenix has to accuse her to stall for time, and later on she gets harshly chewed out by Rainbow Dash. Then again, this is Fluttershy.
    • Phoenix. He's forced to accuse Fluttershy of murder and hates that he has no other options; get glared at by Twilight when Gilda curses; has everypony but Rarity make fun of him; gets insulted when he tries to make puns off his name even though Trixie gets Pinkie Pie to laugh by doing the same thing; gets paid a LOT of money for his work in a currency he can't use; and ends up having Maya, Pearl, and Edgeworth thinking he's a weirdo when they see the blackmail pictures of Rainbow Dash that Trixie gave him right before he left. The guy just can't catch a break.
    • Cruise Control, and by extension just about everyone affected by Ace Swift's blackmailing, but especially him, having been forced into a loser status in order to keep his little sister alive.