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* TheSociopath: The Mysterious Bust Killer is a [[spoiler:[[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] woman who thinks killing is the "highest form of living." Heck, Rhea Wits would make Dahlia, Matt or Kristoff look tame compared to her. However, as Apollo points out when Rhea is revealed to be the true BigBad, she's clearly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood incapable]] of loving anything or anyone, even herself.]]


** Some of the victims of the backstory case include names such as RickRoll and Dan Druff.

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** Some of the victims of the backstory case include names such as RickRoll JustForFun/{{Rickroll}} and Dan Druff.



* RickRoll: As Phoenix is about to tell Apollo who the real killer is, he rickrolls him instead. Apollo's thoughts claim that this is not the first time he's done this.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Apollo exposes the Mysterious Bust Killer, and clears Erlenmeyer's name, who last we see, [[EarnYourHappyEnding has recovered his sanity, and returned to being a biology teacher.]] But [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jessica turns herself in for forging evidence,]] [[RealityEnsues and is found guilty and forced to retire as a result,]] [[AffablyEvil Paul Strings]] and [[BigBrotherInstinct Bob Erlenmeyer]] are still in jail, [[WorthIt though they are content with the outcome,]] and the [[KilledOffForReal Judge is dead.]] And while Apollo is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming reuniting with his friends and family,]] TheStinger makes it clear that [[BigBadFriend Rhea Wits]] is ''not'' [[TranquilFury going to take]] [[ItsPersonal being imprisoned by Apollo lying down.]]]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Apollo exposes the Mysterious Bust Killer, and clears Erlenmeyer's name, who last we see, [[EarnYourHappyEnding has recovered his sanity, and returned to being a biology teacher.]] But [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jessica turns herself in for forging evidence,]] [[RealityEnsues and is found guilty and forced to retire as a result,]] [[AffablyEvil Paul Strings]] and [[BigBrotherInstinct Bob Erlenmeyer]] are still in jail, [[WorthIt though they are content with the outcome,]] and the [[KilledOffForReal Judge is dead.]] And while Apollo is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming reuniting with his friends and family,]] family, TheStinger makes it clear that [[BigBadFriend Rhea Wits]] is ''not'' [[TranquilFury going to take]] [[ItsPersonal being imprisoned by Apollo lying down.]]]]


* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler:Even though her execution is sloppy, the antagonist repeatedly adapts her plans to changing circumstances. When spotted by Erlenmeyer, she plays on his mental fragility to have him accuse himself; when he escapes from prison, she sees it as the opportunity to commit the perfect crime, killing the serial killer accused in her place while the police think he's still alive; and when Judge Chambers accidentally stumbles upon the crime scene, she quickly finds a way to murder him and pin the crime on the unconscious Erlenmeyer.]]\\\

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* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler:Even though her execution is sloppy, the antagonist repeatedly adapts her plans to changing circumstances. When spotted by Erlenmeyer, she plays on his mental fragility to have him accuse himself; when he escapes from prison, she sees it as the opportunity to commit the perfect crime, killing the serial killer accused in her place while the police think he's still alive; and when Judge Chambers accidentally stumbles upon the crime scene, she quickly finds a way to murder him and pin the crime on the unconscious Erlenmeyer.]]\\\]]


* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Do you know why I always put strawberry and lemon chewing gum in the same box?"]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Do you know why I always put strawberry and lemon chewing gum in the same box?"]]box?" This sounds just like some random banter, but Apollo had found some chewed-up pieces of strawberry and lemon gum at the scene of the crime, meaning that unless some very unlikely coincidence happened, Rhea was there when the murder happened.]]



[[spoiler:Also, while she's sloppy about saying things she shouldn't know or that incriminate her and allowing inconsistencies in her testimony, she's brilliant at covering for them and coming up with innocent explanations for them when challenged.]]

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** [[spoiler:Also, while she's sloppy about saying things she shouldn't know or that incriminate her and allowing inconsistencies in her testimony, she's brilliant at covering for them and coming up with innocent explanations for them when challenged.]]


As this is a continuation to ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' and references to the franchise up to that point are made in-game, '''[[LateArrivalSpoiler spoilers for those games will be unmarked]]'''. YouHaveBeenWarned.

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As this is a continuation to ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' and references to the franchise up to that point are made in-game, '''[[LateArrivalSpoiler spoilers for those games will be unmarked]]'''. YouHaveBeenWarned.Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned.


* BadassGrandma: Jessica Poole, the prosecutor. You don't want to mess with her.

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''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Case 5: Turnabout Substitution'' is a fangame based on the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. A FanSequel to ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', it takes the form of a "bonus case" similar to the fifth case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.

It is notable for being one of the few ''Ace Attorney'' games made by fans [[VaporWare you can actually play]], as the full game (that is, approximately seven hours of gameplay) has been released.

You start out defending the series' lovable old Judge, accused of murdering an infamous serial killer in his prison cell. But as always, things are not as simple as they appear, and the case soon takes an unexpected direction. You'll meet cheerful funeral directors and public figures still stuck in Ancient Greece, decipher hidden messages on mysterious clues, and face a tough-as-nails prosecutor in an epic courtroom battle.

Download it [[http://www.mediafire.com/?pm5xc6222v30l9c here.]]

Has its own [[http://turnaboutsub.weebly.com/ website]], including a [[NintendoHard (very much needed)]] walkthrough and [[AllThereInTheManual behind-the-scenes information]].

An independent sequel, called ''Turnabout Revolution'' [[note]]Do not mistake it with Case 5 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice''[[/note]], was released as part of the [[http://aceattorney.sparklin.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=7505 Never Ending Turnabout competition]] on Ace Attorney Online, and can be found [[http://aceattorney.sparklin.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7959 here]].

As this is a continuation to ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' and references to the franchise up to that point are made in-game, '''[[LateArrivalSpoiler spoilers for those games will be unmarked]]'''. YouHaveBeenWarned.
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!!This Fan Game provides examples of:

* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: Paul Strings]]. [[spoiler: Fisher]] and even [[spoiler: Poole]] might also fall into this category. {{Averted|Trope}} with the SerialKiller, [[spoiler:Rhea Wits]].
* AlwaysMurder: It wouldn't be ''Ace Attorney'' without a murder. And since [[spoiler:Erlenmeyer was never killed to begin with]], you know someone ''will'' be killed.
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: [[spoiler: Erlenmeyer's repressed feelings about his cat, Charles, were brought back when he saw Rhea kill someone and bury that person. This caused him to admit his guilt about the murder.]]
** When you think about the context of the case, it makes sense, especially since [[spoiler: Apollo, and the player, both who (probably) have no background in psychology, have to come up with an overly-simplistic reason as to why Erlenmeyer would admit to a murder.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When talking to Rhea Wits about her computer, her hobbies on it include creating scuba-diving simulators, hacking the pentagon's computer, and chatting with friends on the internet.
-->'''Apollo:''' Yeah, right, like she knows how to chat on the internet!
* BadassGrandma: Jessica Poole, the prosecutor. You don't want to mess with her.
* BareYourMidriff: Rhea Wits wears a red top that shows off her shoulders and midriff.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Rhea. She is able to single-handedly draw suspicion away from herself while getting her hands on vital police info by playing the role of a witness. She controls her scapegoat by playing on his psychology, and plans on killing him to silence him about the whole incident. She even seduces Apollo and keeps herself out of his suspicion, despite leaving a trail as red as her shirt.]]
* BedlamHouse: Clooney's Prison-asylum.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Paul Strings occupies this role for the first half of the story, with the Mysterious Bust Killer acting as a GreaterScopeVillain. In the second half, with Strings in jail, and Erlenmeyer on trial, the ''real'' killer takes over as the BigBad.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Ema]], in the most awesome and timely way imaginable.
* BigShutUp: Gerald Strings gives one to Apollo.
%%* BigWhat
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Rhea Wits seems nice enough when you first meet her, but it turns out that there's not a nice bone in her body.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Apollo exposes the Mysterious Bust Killer, and clears Erlenmeyer's name, who last we see, [[EarnYourHappyEnding has recovered his sanity, and returned to being a biology teacher.]] But [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jessica turns herself in for forging evidence,]] [[RealityEnsues and is found guilty and forced to retire as a result,]] [[AffablyEvil Paul Strings]] and [[BigBrotherInstinct Bob Erlenmeyer]] are still in jail, [[WorthIt though they are content with the outcome,]] and the [[KilledOffForReal Judge is dead.]] And while Apollo is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming reuniting with his friends and family,]] TheStinger makes it clear that [[BigBadFriend Rhea Wits]] is ''not'' [[TranquilFury going to take]] [[ItsPersonal being imprisoned by Apollo lying down.]]]]
* BreakingSpeech: [[spoiler: Rhea gives one to Apollo during recess just before the final confrontation.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The new judge keeps walking into the wrong courtroom, and loves arguing with himself about the properties of invisibility. He's also quite competent at what he does.
* BuriedAlive: While it isn't clear that [[spoiler:Rhea did this to her victims, she certainly planned on doing this to Erlenmeyer.]]
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:Jessica confesses to her forging evidence after the case is over, willing to end her career and go to prison.]]
* BusCrash: [[spoiler:Arthur Chambers, the Judge's brother,]] is one of the killer's victims.
* TheCameo: Greeny of Webcomic/FrancisEquitasAceCasanovaAndAttorney has contributed custom sprites to the fangame.
** And don't forget about Jake Marshall, as well as Phoenix Wright, Trucy Wright, and [[spoiler:Thalassa Gramarye]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[OnceAnEpisode As well as every other case in the series.]] The item: [[spoiler: While investigating the crime scene of The Judge's murder, Apollo finds two pieces of gum close to each other, in the snow. One lemon, the other strawberry.]] It's 'fired' later when [[spoiler: Rhea mentions how she chews lemon gum and strawberry gum together while giving advice to Apollo during the trial. She dropped the two pieces of gum from her pocket during the murder.]] See WhamLine, below.
* ChristmasEpisode: The case starts December 26. Apollo's gift was being told that Trucy is his half-sister and Thalassa is his mother.
* ContinuityPorn: As you might expect from a fangame, references to the ''Ace Attorney'' series are everywhere. Apollo and Rhea even have an open discussion of the relative merits of the Wright trilogy, Apollo Justice, and Investigations if you Examine the right things.[[note]]Specifically the detective in the police station on the first day of investigation.[[/note]]
* CourtroomAntics: As if we'd have it any other way.
* CreditsGag: Every member of the cast is credited with a nickname, from "Master Baguette" to "[[ManOfAThousandVoices The Thousand Voices]]".
* CrypticConversation: [[spoiler: Everything Erlenmeyer says is the truth, but most of it is so wrapped up in euphemisms as to be unintelligible, both in-universe and out. Learning to or trying to interpret his babble is a recurring plot point.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Jessica Poole, just like every prosecutor before her.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The differences are subtle, but this fan-made game is significantly less... censored... than the ''Ace Attorney'' series. The murders are [[BloodierAndGorier more brutal]], the morals are [[MoralityKitchenSink less black and white]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking there is actual mention of alcoholic beverages]].
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Paul Strings engineers a jailbreak and a FrameUp in order to save someone whom he believes innocent, as well as frame Judge Chambers in order to replace him with his son. The Mysterious Bust Killer, in turn, attempts to kill and disappear their patsy, so as to continue their killings while keeping the police focussed on finding the wrong man.]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Turns out Robert Erlenmeyer is nowhere near as dead as believed.]] [[spoiler: And in a big twist, the ''actual'' [[SerialKiller killer's]] master plan involves ''[[InvertedTrope inverting]]'' this trope, tricking the police into believing Robert is still alive and on the loose when he's really dead and buried so that they can continue their killings while forever keeping suspicion off of themselves.]]
* FirstNameBasis: Jessica Poole gets onto this with Apollo when discussing HT-5, but retracts it the next day, much to his surprise.
* FlowerInHerHair: Rhea wears a single red flower in her hair. [[spoiler:She still has it while she's in prison, though it's been shredded to pieces.]]
* FollowInMyFootsteps: Gerald Strings became a judge like his father, but [[spoiler:but resigns at the end to follow his own path in video game design]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Several lines hint at the true identity of [[spoiler:the Mysterious Bust Killer]]:
-->'''Apollo:''' [[spoiler:''(Note to self: Investigate Rhea being a sociopath.)'']]\\
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'''[[spoiler: Rhea Wits]]:''' [[spoiler: I buried my brother with my own two hands. How could I possibly be upset after something like that?]]
** Plus, [[spoiler:if you present irrelevant evidence to her during the investigation, she says that she hates Canadian accents. The Judge's brother had a Canadian accent. She might have killed him because of this...]]
** Oh, and [[spoiler:one of the incriminating pieces of information that damned Erlenmeyer during his trial was the fact that he knew that Rhea's brother had a tattoo of an armadillo on his back. Rhea mentions that she has that same tattoo, which means that Erlenmeyer must have seen her commit a murder...]]
** In Rhea's office, you find a photo of her and her brother. Rhea admits that since he didn't like cameras, there weren't any photos of him and her together, so she had to splice together two photos, and Apollo comments on the quality of the job. Wait, [[spoiler:didn't the Mysterious Bust Killer also splice together photos of their victims to create the naked pictures?]]
* GameBreakingBug:
** In earlier versions, the 'back' button could sometimes fail to load when interrogating [[spoiler:Paul Strings]], thus rendering the game unwinnable.
** The game can really start screwing up during the timed section.
** It is possible for the game to not add one piece of important evidence to the Court Record during the second day of investigation.[[note]]Even though the game ''clearly'' mentions said evidence ''was'' added to the Court Record, it's not there.[[/note]] Since that evidence is necessary the following day in the courtroom, when cross-examining [[spoiler:Rhea]], [[UnwinnableByMistake it makes the game unwinnable]].[[note]] for those in need of help, open the "autosave.ns" file in the Turnabout Substitution folder with Notepad, find the line "id" : "carphoto", and replace the line under it with "page":"evidence" [[/note]]
* GrotesqueCute: A light example. There is a skeleton on Rhea Wits' business card, and Apollo comments on how cute it is.
* GuideDangIt: One part of the game requires you to examine a completely unremarkable pile of snow in the graveyard. Given that the whole graveyard is covered in snow, and that there are many more noticeable points in the scene that cannot be examined, there's no way a normal player would think of looking there.
%%* HairTriggerTemper: Fisher.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: The Judge, AKA "Udgey" is finally given the actual name of "Judge Chambers". His equally nicknamed brother is dubbed "Arthur Chambers".
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Rhea's parting taunt is what ends up destroying her entire case.]]
* HourglassPlot: On the first day of the trial [[spoiler:Chambers is on trial for killing Enlenmeyer.]] On the second day [[spoiler: Enlenmeyer is on trial for killing Chambers.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: During Chambers' trial in which he's accused of killing convicted serial killer Robert Enlenmeyer, Poole opens by saying that someone who murders a murderer is worse than the original murderer. [[spoiler:When Enlenmeyer was on trial, Poole forged a psychological profile in an attempt to prevent him from being declared legally insane because she wanted him to be sentenced to death.]]
** [[spoiler:Apollo's entire TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Rhea is centered around the fact that Rhea mocks all the people around her for living useless lives, when truly the life that is the most empty in the entire story... is Rhea's.]]
%%* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Several times, notably with [[spoiler:Jessica and Paul]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Like all canon AA cases (except the case that this game is ''comparing to'') this case includes the word turnabout in the title.
* ImpossibleTheft: During an optional phone call, Trucy somehow manages to steal Apollo's wallet when he had it that morning, and she had been on the other side of the planet for the past week!
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler:Rhea is able to handwave her response with a hypothetical the first time around, but the second mistake ends up being her downfall. Apollo himself notes that Rhea would have gotten away with everything if she had just paid a tad more attention to what she was saying.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Jessica Poole alternates between "Antennas" and "Lady Justice" for Apollo, and Rhea takes right after Trucy calling him "Polly". This mirrors the way that Dahlia called Phoenix "Feenie" [[labelnote:spoiler]]Technically, that was Iris, but it is still probably supposed to be a mirror[[/labelnote]]. Apollo, [[FirstPersonSmartass in his thoughts]], also refers to Poole as "SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}e"
* InterfaceSpoiler: WordOfGod commented on how this was avoided: most evidence from the first trial is irrelevant to the second... [[ChekhovsBoomerang except one.]] If the game deleted all "unneeded evidence" between the two parts, the player would immidiately know which it is. So it doesn't.
* IResembleThatRemark: [[spoiler: When Apollo is explaining to Rhea Wits why she sucks as the mysterious bust killer, one of the things Apollo says is a metaphor: he gave Rhea Wits a shovel, and she ''just kept digging'', and ''that's'' why she got caught, it was her own fault! So what does Rhea do after that? Go into her VillainousBreakdown by ''repeatedly digging through the floor with a shovel!'']]
* ItsALongStory: Apollo's reason as to why he doesn't want Phoenix to call him "Polly".
* KangarooCourt: Just like the good old days, and we wouldn't have it any other way. [[spoiler:Rhea Wits]], however, gives arguments saying that the ''defense'' has an advantage in the ''Ace Attorney'' courts by pressuring witnesses with limited time, though, [[spoiler:and gets the last part of the trial put on a time limit]].
%%* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:The Chambers brothers]].
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: "[random quote], [random author] once said", is the Chief Justice's preferred way of expressing his thoughts.
* MadScientist: Robert Erlenmeyer, the victim, is a mentally deranged biology teacher.
** [[spoiler:While Erlenmeyer is insane, it's not in the way we are initially led to believe. When we meet Erlenmeyer face to face, he's scared, incoherent, doesn't seem to understand what's going on, and seems incapable of harming a fly.]]
* MommasBoy: Gerald Strings, the new judge, is an example of a Daddy's Boy.
* MoralityKitchenSink: [[TheHero Apollo]] is in effect the BigGood of the case, and in the white of the sink, with the [[BigBad utterly depraved]] [[SerialKiller Mysterious Bust Killer]] deep in the black. Every other character, however, is displayed to share noble and despicable traits, some more than others.
** [[spoiler:[[AffablyEvil Paul Strings]] goes out of his way to free someone he genuinely believes is innocent ([[TheExtremistWasRight and as it so happens, he's right]]) but he also uses the situation as an opportunity to [[EtTuBrute frame his own friend]] in order to help his son's career.]]
** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jessica Poole]] is willing to do anything to secure a conviction against Judge Chambers [[spoiler: and later, [[SerialKiller Erlenmeyer]]]] but only out of the legitimate belief that they did the crimes they were accused of. [[spoiler: She even forged a psych eval in the past against Erlenmeyer, in the hopes of refuting his InsanityDefence and get him the full sentence, but again, only because she, and everyone else, believed he did it, and when she realizes the truth, she aims her tactics towards the real killer. After the trial, [[HeelRealization she decides to turn herself in for the forgery,]] acknowledging that she nearly got an innocent man killed with her antics.]]
** [[BunnyEarsLawyer Gerald Strings]] is a bit of a careerist to the point that he's willing to [[spoiler: [[MommasBoy threaten Apollo and Rhea regarding their illegal search of his father's office,]]]] only to back down when Rhea threatens to reveal his effort to [[SlavetoPR obstruct justice to the press.]] But once he comes face to face with the SerialKiller in court, and hears out [[StrawNihilist their motive,]] [[EveryoneHasStandards he puts his foot down,]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold and makes the right decision in the end.]]
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: The mysterious bust killer [[spoiler:hid the bodies in a graveyard. That's why they were never found.]]
* {{Nepotism}}: Chief Justice Strings wants to further his son's career, [[spoiler:which is why he frames Chambers]].
%%* NewOldFlame: Jessica Poole to Judge Chambers.
%%* NeverMessWithGranny: Jessica Poole
* OminousPipeOrgan:
** Erlenmeyer's {{leitmotif}}, which plays during the opening scene, is a very creepy organ piece.
** A more dramatic organ piece plays during [[spoiler:Apollo's confrontation with Rhea]].
* OriginalFlavour: Turnabout Substitution tries to feel like a real Ace Attorney case, and succeeds.
* PragmaticAdaptation[=/=][[RealLifeWritesThePlot The Game Engine Writes The Plot]]: Due to the engine limitations, [[spoiler:the Perceive mechanic was not implemented]]. This was worked into the plot by [[spoiler:the theft of Apollo's bracelet past a certain point]].
* PunnyName: In true ''Ace Attorney'' fashion:
** We finally discover the judge's real name: [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Judge]] Chambers.
** Some of the victims of the backstory case include names such as RickRoll and Dan Druff.
* PutOnABus: Phoenix, Trucy and Thalassa are on a trip in Borginia while Apollo is working on the case, he can keep in touch with them through phone call, however, so they're not completely absent. [[spoiler:Phoenix also appears at the end, while Trucy and Thalassa show up during the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.]]
* RapidFireNo: Apollo gives one when Ema claims Rhea is Apollo's girlfriend.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Apollo delivers one to the culprit at the end of the case.
-->'''Apollo:''' ''...I've been thinking about what you told me in the defense lobby. And I finally have an anser for you. [...] You are '''completely wrong'''. What gives meaning to our lives... is other lives. Those people you talked about, who were truly living, who weren't afraid of death... They aren't afraid of death... because they aren't truly living. They concern themselves with their own lives, and try to find meaning in cheap, short thrills. Do you know why a regular "Joe Schmoe", as you put it, will beg for his life when threatened? Because he has friends and a family that he doesn't want to leave. Friends and family that he does not want to suffer grief and hardship. Everything you said has been completely wrong, [[spoiler:Rhea]]. The only person in this room whose life doesn't have meaning... is you. Poole has been prosecuting solely for Judge and Arthur. Strings is a judge only because of his father. And my reason for staying in this world is right here. But you [[spoiler:Rhea]].... You. I can't think of a better metaphor than this photograph. At first glance, it seems fine and normal. But on closer inspection... it's fake. You don't live for anyone, [[spoiler:Rhea]]... not even yourself. This is what your life is truly like, [[spoiler:Rhea]]! Face it: you're shallow, empty, imaginary. You think you've lived life to the fullest? You think you are the greatest human being, with the most meaningful life out of all of us? You're not. People won't care that you're gone. And I don't mean they won't mourn your death. I mean they'll care so little, they won't even celebrate your death. You think you'll live on in history as an exceptionally feared criminal? Heh. Even that won't happen. You are one of the most pathetic criminals I've seen! The only reason you got caught was your own fault. You cross-examined yourself to confession. [[spoiler:Rhea]], I gave you the shovel... and you kept on digging.''
* TheReveal:
** [[spoiler: [[SerialKiller Erlenmeyer]] is still alive, and Paul Strings orchestrated the jailbreak in order to frame Judge Chambers for his 'death']]
** [[spoiler: [[AnyoneCanDie Judge has been killed,]] with Erlenmeyer arrested as the suspect. [[RefugeInAudacity He, in turn, hires Apollo as his defense.]]]]
** [[spoiler: A bust formed of photos of Erlenmeyer is found at Larry Butz High School, confirming that he's been framed, and that the real killer is out there.]]
** [[spoiler: Erlenmeyer never killed anyone: he confessed because he relived a traumatic childhood incident, and [[ItsAllMyFault felt responsible for his cat's death.]]]]
** And last, but certainly not least, [[spoiler: [[TheDogWasTheMastermind Rhea Wits is the Mysterious Bust Killer.]] [[FrameUp She tricked Erlenmeyer into believing he was the killer to keep the police off her trail,]] [[HeKnowsTooMuch and killed the Judge because he accidentally caught her intending to kill and bury Erlenmeyer.]]]]
* RickRoll: As Phoenix is about to tell Apollo who the real killer is, he rickrolls him instead. Apollo's thoughts claim that this is not the first time he's done this.
%%* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Minor (like a few words minor).
* SerialKiller: The Mysterious Bust Killer, Robert Erlenmeyer, is the Visionary type, seemingly suffering from a psychotic break from reality that compelled him to kill. [[spoiler: Actually, no. Erlenmeyer turns out to be insane, but innocent. The real killer turns out to be a variation of the Hedonistic variety with some pretensions of being Mission-Based, killing their victims on the grounds that [[InsaneTrollLogic because they live more meaningfully than their victims, they have the right to kill them.]] [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext It's as insane and]] [[GoodCannotComprehendEvil twisted as it sounds.]]]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Paul Strings, the Chief Justice, must have taken English classes with Redd White and Valant Gramarye when he was younger.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Apollo cuts himself off before he says the last word, not wanting to ruin the chance of going on a date with Rhea.
* ShoutOut: If shown [[spoiler: his father's golden plate during the second day of investigation, Judge Strings]] [[Film/ThePrincessBride will allude to a certain fatal game of wits involving a plate of poisoned food.]]
%%** ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
%%** ''VideoGame/ZeroWing''.
%%** ''{{VideoGame/Super Mario Bros|1}}''.
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler: Rhea Wits' name becomes It Was Her.]] And she was the one who came up with the anagram idea in the first place.
* SnowMeansDeath: The story deals with serial murders, and several areas to investigate are covered in snow.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Accidentally taking his sleeping medicine and going to the cemetery at night might have cost Chambers his life, but it also derailed Rhea's plan to dispose of Erlenmeyer]].
* TheStinger: After the credits, we see [[spoiler:Rhea standing in a cell, with blood in her hair, glaring at a (photoshopped?) picture of Apollo and herself standing together. [[NightmareFuel While the music from the intro cutscene is playing.]]]]
* StrawFeminist: Vivian Snow, PlayedForLaughs. There's no political message behind it whatsoever, especially since the author actually identifies as a feminist, and the plot is mainly driven by strong female characters. It does, however, serve to [[spoiler:establish Snow as a potential suspect by making her seem more important to the story than she really is.]]
** Also FridgeBrilliance as [[spoiler:Snow mentions how everyone refers to the murderer as a man. For a lot of the case except when Poole is suspected, Apollo and others refer to the killer only as a man to stop you from guessing Rhea's the killer.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: When [[spoiler:the Judge gets run over several times. Rhea even admits it was overkill.]]
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: What you get if you call Phoenix on your cell phone during the first day.
* ThemeSerialKiller: The Mysterious Bust Killer [[spoiler:is not this. When Rhea is well and truly exposed she admits that the elaborate crime scenes and cryptic clues were just things she made up on the spot, thinking it would be fun to send the police on a wild goose chase.]]
%%* TimeLimitBoss: [[spoiler:At the end.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Recurrent character Mike Meekins makes an appearance. True to form, he [[spoiler:lets Chambers through while he's in disguise]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Poole has elements of this toward Apollo, and is significantly nicer to him when not going up against him in court.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Judge Chambers, to Strings and Fisher's plan to spring Erlenmeyer.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Just like the games that it's based off of. In this one the guilty party [[spoiler:attempts to dig their way out of the courtroom, with a shovel!]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Paul Strings, who orchestrates a false murder to get a serial killer he believes to be innocent out of jail, and Jessica Poole, who is willing to forge evidence to convince the court that Robert Erlenmeyer is not insane and thus deserves the death penalty.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Do you know why I always put strawberry and lemon chewing gum in the same box?"]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Rhea to Apollo when he [[spoiler:decides to defend Erlenmeyer. Of course, there's more to her protesting this than Apollo thinks]].
** Everyone to Apollo when he [[spoiler:accuses Rhea of being the actual killer]].
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler:Even though her execution is sloppy, the antagonist repeatedly adapts her plans to changing circumstances. When spotted by Erlenmeyer, she plays on his mental fragility to have him accuse himself; when he escapes from prison, she sees it as the opportunity to commit the perfect crime, killing the serial killer accused in her place while the police think he's still alive; and when Judge Chambers accidentally stumbles upon the crime scene, she quickly finds a way to murder him and pin the crime on the unconscious Erlenmeyer.]]\\\
[[spoiler:Also, while she's sloppy about saying things she shouldn't know or that incriminate her and allowing inconsistencies in her testimony, she's brilliant at covering for them and coming up with innocent explanations for them when challenged.]]
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Apollo yells this when he finds out [[spoiler:Jake Marshall was set up on the original trial of Robert Erlenmeyer and Jessica Poole requested a fake psychiatrist report.]]
* YouMonster: Apollo yells this at [[spoiler:Rhea once she confesses to him that she was the one doing the killings.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler:You're able to get Chambers acquitted of Erlenmeyer's "murder" on the first day of the trial. The second trial day is an entirely new case with the roles reversed; Chambers has been killed and Erlenmeyer is the defendant.]]
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