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* AssholeVictim: The victim of the case six months prior, [[spoiler:Simon Blackquill]]. Not only did he [[spoiler:kill Metis Cykes himself, but he used Athena's testimony to walk away free. Athena later [[PayEvilUntoEvil killed him as revenge]].]]

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* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:Athena Cykes murdered Simon Blackquill six months prior to the case, and he himself murdered Metis Cykes and walked away thanks to Athena's testimony.]]


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* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Simon Blackquill.]]


** Is it wrong for a murderer to walk if they had a good reason to do it?

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** Is it wrong for a murderer to walk free if they had a good reason to do it?


** Does a murderer deserve to walk free regardless of motive?

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** Does Is it wrong for a murderer deserve to walk free regardless of motive?if they had a good reason to do it?

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* DiscOneFinalBoss: You confront the guiltiest-looking character in Chapter 2 out of 3, but Apollo pulls a fast one on the suspect and the audience by revealing that he never intended to indict this person of the crime. You then accuse someone you already cross-examined earlier, who ''is'' the FinalBoss. [[spoiler:And this person ''still'' didn't commit the crime, which is why you don't have any evidence to prove her guilt and lose the trial altogether.]]

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* WhamLine: For those who have played ''Dual Destinies'', Apollo offers a whammy in Chapter 2. He casually states the name of the person who was murdered six months ago: [[spoiler:Simon Blackquill. In this game, he was killed by Athena... his friend in the canon games]].


* AlternateUniverseFic: Of ''Dual Destinies''. Here, Athena Cykes is not part of the Wright Anything Agency but instead an up-and-coming defense attorney who's pretty famous thanks to Apollo's defense when she was put on trial six months earlier. With the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler prologue twist]] that [[spoiler:Athena was actually guilty, as Apollo finds out just before the Not Guilty verdict]]. There's also the fact that [[spoiler:Courtroom No. 4 wasn't bombed, but instead it was destroyed in an earthquake]].

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* AlternateUniverseFic: Of ''Dual Destinies''. Here, Athena Cykes is not part of the Wright Anything Agency but instead an up-and-coming defense attorney who's pretty famous thanks to Apollo's defense when she was put on trial six months earlier. With the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler prologue twist]] that [[spoiler:Athena was actually guilty, as Apollo finds out just before the Not Guilty verdict]]. There's also the fact that [[spoiler:Courtroom Courtroom No. 4 wasn't bombed, but instead it was destroyed in an earthquake]].earthquake.


** Who deserves justice: innocent people or smart criminals?
** What happens when the guilty are rewarded and the just are punished?

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** Who deserves justice: must be rewarded by the legal system: innocent people or smart criminals?
** What happens
criminals? This leads to another question: how does the populace react when the guilty latter are rewarded and the just former are punished?

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* CentralTheme:
** Who deserves justice: innocent people or smart criminals?
** What happens when the guilty are rewarded and the just are punished?
** Does a murderer deserve to walk free regardless of motive?


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* HighConcept: Apollo Justice tries to make up for his blunder 6 months ago by proving Nathaniel Marston didn't kill Ian Arts.


* AmoralAttorney: [[spoiler:Athena Cykes.]] She killed a person but got away with an acquittal, and is pretty famous as a defense attorney.

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* AmoralAttorney: [[spoiler:Athena Cykes.]] She killed a person but got away with an acquittal, and is pretty famous as a defense attorney. She also wants to take a case solely to gain more fame.

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''The Empty Turnabout'' is a fan-made case in [[http://aaonline.fr/ Ace Attorney Online]] created by [=DWaM=], Spyromed, kwando1313, [=NihilisticNinja=] and Gumpei.

Taking place in an AlternateUniverse of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', ''The Empty Turnabout'' features the murder of Ian Arts, a mysterious wealthy man responsible for a major scandal in the past. {{VisualNovel/Apollo Justice|Ace Attorney}} steps up and decides to defend Nathaniel Marston of this crime, believing that he is innocent despite having confessed to the deed. Former Lawyer Phoenix Wright gives Apollo his attorney's badge back and comes along for the ride as a mere spectator. Will Apollo defeat the Chief Prosecutor himself in court or make yet another blunder after what happened in ThatOneCase six months ago? A certain figure in yellow lurks in the shadows, watching every step Apollo takes...

Due to its length, the case [[MultiPartEpisode is split in three chapters]]. You can play the first one [[http://aaonline.fr/player.php?trial_id=57232 here]], the second one [[http://aaonline.fr/player.php?trial_id=57851 here]] and the third one [[http://aaonline.fr/player.php?trial_id=58467 here]].

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!! ''The Empty Turnabout'' provides examples of:

* AbsenceOfEvidence: This becomes a contradiction in Marston's testimony when he claims that [[spoiler:he and Ian Arts struggled over Marston's handgun, because the gun only has Marston's fingerprints]].
* AlternateUniverseFic: Of ''Dual Destinies''. Here, Athena Cykes is not part of the Wright Anything Agency but instead an up-and-coming defense attorney who's pretty famous thanks to Apollo's defense when she was put on trial six months earlier. With the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler prologue twist]] that [[spoiler:Athena was actually guilty, as Apollo finds out just before the Not Guilty verdict]]. There's also the fact that [[spoiler:Courtroom No. 4 wasn't bombed, but instead it was destroyed in an earthquake]].
* AmbiguousEnding: A person is found guilty of Ian Arts's murder, but it's not that clear that person actually did it due to the vagueness of the crime. Then Apollo approaches Athena and tells her that the police are checking a man's blood to determine whether he's the real killer, but his name is never mentioned. Even the author himself admits the ending is ambiguous.
* AmoralAttorney: [[spoiler:Athena Cykes.]] She killed a person but got away with an acquittal, and is pretty famous as a defense attorney.
* TheCavalry: Trucy arrives just in time to the trial to give Apollo an important piece of evidence that allows him to formally accuse [[spoiler:Mary Adair]] of the crime. This was foreshadowed earlier in the chapter, when Apollo called her and asked her to bring him something.
* DifficultySpike: There's a massive one in Mary Adair's testimony in Chapter 1. Lots of original statements; 3 optional, additional statements; 3 new pieces of evidence you gather as you press; and some fake contradictions that lead back to the cross-examination.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:You lose the trial altogether after fighting for three chapters. Marston is found guilty even though he didn't do it, but he's okay with it.]] Furthermore, Athena [[spoiler:is never punished for killing Blackquill]], although it is revealed that she [[spoiler:did so because Blackquill had killed her mother and got away with it thanks to ''her'' testimony... when she thought he was innocent]]. There's something positive, though: Apollo has figured out [[spoiler:who really killed Arts]] and has called the police.
* GoodLawyersGoodClients:
** {{Subverted|Trope}} with [[spoiler:''Athena Cykes'' of all people, who actually killed ''Simon Blackquill'' but was acquitted by Apollo... even though he genuinely believed she was innocent]].
** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] with Nathaniel Marston, the current case's defendant. He confessed to the crime, but Apollo believes that he didn't do it. [[spoiler:Fast forward to the end of the trial, and Marston is found guilty as he wanted. It's implied that he didn't really do it.]]
* GuideDangIt: The point in Chapter 1 where you have to type in a type of long-range weapon can be this if you don't have the outside knowledge about guns required. And you must include a specific adjective to make it work. [[spoiler:We're talking about a sniper rifle; it's not enough to type in "rifle" alone.]] There are absolutely no in-game hints as Apollo insists that it's an easy answer.
* LockedRoomMystery: Arts was killed in his study, and the witnesses found only the defendant inside when they broke in. There is only one door to the study, and the room has a balcony that looks over an endless abyss. It's Apollo's job to figure out how anyone other than the defendant could have entered, killed the victim and escaped without leaving traces.
* MultiPartEpisode: Cases in Ace Attorney Online usually have just one part, but this one is so long that it's split in three chapters, with the last one being the shortest.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Arts's body was found shortly after his murder and was declared dead by Mary Adair, a witness, but it was gone when the police arrived. The trial goes in circles as the defense, the witnesses and the prosecution debate about the murder method and the body's whereabouts. Even Mary's report is called into question late in the trial ''by herself'' to complicate matters even more.
* NotMeThisTime: [[spoiler:Athena Cykes]] murdered [[spoiler:Simon Blackquill]] six months ago, and only Apollo knows it. The game presents Apollo in such a way that it appears he only took this case because he suspects she also killed Ian Arts and wants to finally bring her to justice. But she didn't do it, as it turns out.
* RedHerring:
** [[spoiler:Athena Cykes]] is questioned in Chapter 2, and in a twist, Apollo tells her that he only summoned her to the stand to [[spoiler:make her think this trial was about her and that Apollo was desperate enough to accuse an innocent person just to get his revenge on her]]. She's shocked.
** [[spoiler:Mary Adair]] is accused in Chapter 3, and we get to read her inner thoughts about destroying Apollo's theory, but Apollo [[spoiler:doesn't manage to produce enough evidence to prove she killed Arts. She didn't have access to a gun, so she's ruled out and the trial is over with a guilty verdict for the defendant]].
* TiredOfRunning: After 6 months of angst, Apollo finally realizes in chapter 2 that he can no longer ignore or run away from [[spoiler:a taunting, murderous Athena]], and instead fights her in court "like a man", quoting her.
* WorthyOpponent: In chapter 3, [[spoiler:Athena]] [[SmokingGun has the chance to lie and render all of Apollo's efforts so far in the trial meaningless by testifying against his theory about Arts's murder]], but prefers not to do that because it would be too easy and boring. She wants a fair fight against him sometime in the future, so she goes ahead and tells the truth, allowing Apollo to keep accusing [[spoiler:Mary Adair]].
* YouDidntAsk: After the trial's conclusion, the witnesses casually say that they withheld important information in their testimonies. Namely, [[spoiler:that Mary Adair was alone with Arts's body for a while, without the other witnesses watching]]. Why didn't they point that out in the trial? Because, quoting one of the witnesses, nobody asked!
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Mary Adair sports purple hair, fitting her purple Hazakura robes.

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