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* VindicatedByHistory: [[InvertedTrope Inverted.]] When the game first released, the game was highly praised by fans for being a great improvement from ''Dual Destinies'', with many people calling it one of the best games in the series. However, by 2019, the fanbase was ''much'' more negative on the game, with many calling it just as weak as its predecessor or straight-up one of the worst games in the series. Nowadays, genuine praise for this game is rather hard to come by.

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* VindicatedByHistory: [[InvertedTrope Inverted.]] When the game first released, the game was highly praised by fans for being a great improvement from ''Dual Destinies'', with many people calling it one of the best games in the series. However, by 2019, the fanbase was ''much'' more negative on the game, with many calling it just as weak as its predecessor or straight-up one of the worst games in the series. Nowadays, genuine praise for this game is rather hard to come by.

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** Geiru Toneido as well. We're supposed to feel for her that she has an allergy to soba, and wanted to inherit her dad's legacy. The problem is she fakes being sad at Taifu's death that she caused, willingly put herself in harms way to kill him, and is, for the most part, an unrepentant murderer.

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* MagnificentBastard: Pierce Nichody is the seemingly helpful butler of the Sprocket Household. At first, he seems to only be executing the wishes of Sorin Sprocket's parents, it later turns out he's a surgeon, and had a hidden agenda. Wanting revenge on Sorin and his fiancée Ellen, for the loss of his fiancée, Nichody kicks up a framing plot that involved the usage of false time travel, Pierce organized a near perfect operation, to get both Sorin and Ellen confessing to the crime of murdering Dumas Gloomsbury, Pierce's co-conspirator. Despite insulting the judge and attorneys when cornered as well as bribing them with the company's wealth, Pierce still has a distinct kinder side to him in that he realizes albeit too late that [[TheLostLenore Selena]] would not have wanted him to take revenge and is a surprisingly helpful witness despite being the killer. After admitting his guilt, Pierce's [[TragicKeepsake pocketwatch]] begins to function once more, thus giving him a rather tragic arrest. He even refuses to talk unless directly questioned knowing very well of Phoenix's tactics.


* {{Woolseyism}}: [[http://www.capcom-unity.com/zeroobjections/blog/2016/10/01/one-grand-finale-weddings-rakugo-and-succession# This development blog]] recounts how the English version was actually able to outright mention alcohol in Case 4. [[ValuesDissonance The Japanese rating system is much harsher on alcohol than America's ESRB or Europe's PEGI]], so the original Japanese had to use an UnusualEuphemism for sake [[ViewersAreGeniuses that would only make sense to players with knowledge of a specific Rakugo story]] (apparently, even native Japanese players had trouble with it). The English version couldn't have done this without several pages worth of InfoDump to explain it, but thanks to more lenient ratings they were able to just outright call it sake, making figuring out one plot point a lot less cryptic while also making Bucky Whet's antics much funnier.

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[[http://www.capcom-unity.com/zeroobjections/blog/2016/10/01/one-grand-finale-weddings-rakugo-and-succession# This development blog]] recounts how the English version was actually able to outright mention alcohol in Case 4. [[ValuesDissonance The Japanese rating system is much harsher on alcohol than America's ESRB or Europe's PEGI]], so the original Japanese had to use an UnusualEuphemism for sake [[ViewersAreGeniuses that would only make sense to players with knowledge of a specific Rakugo story]] (apparently, even native Japanese players had trouble with it). The English version couldn't have done this without several pages worth of InfoDump to explain it, but thanks to more lenient ratings they were able to just outright call it sake, making figuring out one plot point a lot less cryptic while also making Bucky Whet's antics much funnier.
** The whole business with Paul Atishon[[spoiler:-Wimperson]]'s EmbarrassingLastName was made up for the English localization, as the corresponding bit in the Japanese original revolved around different ways of reading the characters that made up his name. The English language doesn't have anything remotely similar to that, so the localization team had to come up with an entirely different way of solving that particular puzzle.

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** Some fans actually found the possibility of [[spoiler:one of Uendo's multiple personalities being the killer]] a much more interesting scenario than the one that "Turnabout Storyteller" ultimately went with, as it would [[spoiler:raise questions as to whether Uendo should be held accountable, and also be the first case in the series where the villain could have legitimately pulled the insanity defense]], as opposed to [[spoiler:Geiru's much more standard-issue revenge plot against Taifu]].


** The final episode may have been long and daunting, [[spoiler:but for all of Queen Ga'ran's 23 years of innocent blood spilled by her brutal laws, seeing Apollo finally bring her down makes it all the more worth it]].

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** The final episode may have been long and daunting, [[spoiler:but for all of Queen Ga'ran's 23 years of innocent blood spilled by her brutal laws, seeing Apollo finally bring her down makes it all the more worth it]].WorthIt]].

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** In Turnabout Revolution, despite using the Divination Seance to view their final moments, some people felt that not having [[spoiler:Maya spirit channel Apollo's father Jove, despite having his full name and appearance, was a completely wasted opportunity, both for Apollo and Jove being able to interact for the first time since Apollo's infancy, and for Jove to recognize his death was not in vain.]] It is somewhat understandable, given the developers likely wanted to milk the new mechanic as much as possible, but the potential plot and character development that could have resulted leaves much to be desired by fans.


** Despite being a smug blowhard, Paul Atishon is one of the most beloved witnesses in the series thanks to his hilarious lines and mannerisms that milk his "crooked politician" shtick for all its worth. It probably helps that his breakdown is hilarious as well and the fact that the game was released in 2016, during [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement one of the most contentious presidential elections ever]] (not to mention local ones). No matter whom you back or whom you hate, or even if you hate all the options, Atishon hit the political nail on the head at just the right time. Empathizing with Apollo kavetching about his question-dodging and then getting to tear apart all those lies is downright ''cathartic''.

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** Despite being a smug blowhard, Paul Atishon is one of the most beloved witnesses in the series thanks to his hilarious lines and mannerisms that milk his "crooked politician" shtick for all its worth. It probably helps that his breakdown is hilarious as well and the fact that the game was released in 2016, during [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment one of the most contentious presidential elections ever]] (not to mention local ones). No matter whom you back or whom you hate, or even if you hate all the options, Atishon hit the political nail on the head at just the right time. Empathizing with Apollo kavetching about his question-dodging and then getting to tear apart all those lies is downright ''cathartic''.

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** When a new witness appears on the stand, [[TheReveal the shot pans up from the floor.]]

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-->'''"A dragon never yields."'''


* WinBackTheCrowd: Seems to be attempting this for those who have felt the series had JumpedTheShark since the original trilogy and weren't impressed with ''Dual Destinies''. For starters, Phoenix is once again the main defense attorney, instead of introducing a new attorney with a gimmick; the main feature is tied to the court system itself, some taking place in another nation; and the game aims to be more difficult than the previous ones. It's also bringing back the spiritual themes that have been absent since the main trilogy. Apollo being shown in the defense bench also placated his fans who thought he'd be absent entirely, and Maya's return after a LongBusTrip was excellent news to the fans who'd been waiting for her to appear in a game since ''Trials and Tribulations''. The gameplay also hedges closer to earlier installments, such as going back to a "five strike" penalty system from the first game and having more freedom to examine environments in Investigation mode, along with the ability to Investigate anywhere.

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* WinBackTheCrowd: Seems to be attempting this for those who have felt the series had JumpedTheShark declined since the original trilogy and weren't impressed with ''Dual Destinies''. For starters, Phoenix is once again the main defense attorney, instead of introducing a new attorney with a gimmick; the main feature is tied to the court system itself, some taking place in another nation; and the game aims to be more difficult than the previous ones. It's also bringing back the spiritual themes that have been absent since the main trilogy. Apollo being shown in the defense bench also placated his fans who thought he'd be absent entirely, and Maya's return after a LongBusTrip was excellent news to the fans who'd been waiting for her to appear in a game since ''Trials and Tribulations''. The gameplay also hedges closer to earlier installments, such as going back to a "five strike" penalty system from the first game and having more freedom to examine environments in Investigation mode, along with the ability to Investigate anywhere.


** One of the characters of "Turnabout Time Traveler" has a mental disorder. Athena could have come in handy with her psychological knowledge, put she is kept offscreen in favor of Maya. [[NostalgiaLevel It is understandable why]], but Athena analysing that character or at least giving insights over them could have been interesting.

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** One of the characters of "Turnabout Time Traveler" has a mental disorder. Athena could have come in handy with her psychological knowledge, put but she is kept offscreen in favor of Maya. [[NostalgiaLevel It is understandable why]], but Athena analysing that character or at least giving insights over them could have been interesting.

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** One of the characters of "Turnabout Time Traveler" has a mental disorder. Athena could have come in handy with her psychological knowledge, put she is kept offscreen in favor of Maya. [[NostalgiaLevel It is understandable why]], but Athena analysing that character or at least giving insights over them could have been interesting.


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** New prosecutor Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, who, on the one hand, has a distinctive character design, provides an immensely satisfying defeat, ''and'' finally provides Apollo with a proper rival prosecutor (Klavier, for all his appeal, never had the intimate personal struggle with his respective lawyer like Edgeworth or Blackquill had with theirs). On the other hand, his character tics are all ''character flaws'', like his brutal disdain for lawyers; his presumption to chastise and punish people on religious grounds even when he has no real religious authority over them, even when he's on foreign soil (which is, at the very least, a ''colossal'' violation of hospitality); and the fact that he never wavers in this no matter how many times you undercut him and BreakTheHaughty. Additionally, unlike previous prosecutors, even Franziska and Manfred, Nahyuta in particular ends up coming across as purely wanting a guilty verdict, not caring if the defendant is innocent or not. [[spoiler: The game would explain these flaws as a jerkass façade, but while that explanation makes sense for his actions in the plot, many feel its insufficient for that list of negative quirks (particularly during non-Khura'inese Trials where he by all appearances should be free to be far more lenient and less dogmatic in his pursuit of a guilty verdict, though he could be concerned he's being watched), for which he never meaningfully apologizes; others think he's too similar in motive to Blackquill. Still others concede his behavior is justified, but the fact his character development and heel-face turn occur only at the very end of the game comes off as too little too late. Of course, he's also the subject of Rayfa's insults now that he's her brother, so that's fitting comeuppance for his behavior]].

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BaseBreakingCharacter: New prosecutor Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, who, on the one hand, has a distinctive character design, provides an immensely satisfying defeat, ''and'' finally provides Apollo with a proper rival prosecutor (Klavier, for all his appeal, never had the intimate personal struggle with his respective lawyer Sahdmadhi. Some consider him funny and like Edgeworth or Blackquill had with theirs). On him for providing the other hand, his character tics are all ''character flaws'', like his brutal disdain for lawyers; his presumption to chastise and punish people on religious grounds even when he has no real religious authority over them, even when he's on foreign soil (which is, at the very least, a ''colossal'' violation of hospitality); and the fact drama that he never wavers Klavier Gavin failed to bring in this no matter how many times you undercut ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', but others find him insufferable. Nahyuta's tendency to insult the defense and BreakTheHaughty. Additionally, unlike previous prosecutors, even Franziska and Manfred, Nahyuta in particular ends up coming across as purely wanting a guilty verdict, not caring if at the defendant and his self-righteous remarks have grated on a part of the audience, who consider that his attitude is innocent or not. [[spoiler: The game would explain these flaws as way overdone. When it was revealed that his attitude [[spoiler:was a jerkass façade, facade done to protect his mother and his sister]], some accepted his excuse, but others were critical of this plot twist. Nahyuta's detractors considered that while that explanation makes sense for his actions in the plot, many feel its insufficient for that list of negative quirks (particularly during non-Khura'inese Trials where he by all appearances should be free to be far more lenient and less dogmatic in his pursuit of a guilty verdict, though he could have kept [[spoiler:his facade]] in Japanifornia to avoid suspicion by [[spoiler:Apollo or Ga'ran]], he was too hateful to be concerned he's being watched), excused, particularly when he manipulated Athena in "Turnabout Storyteller" for which he no good reason. The other main criticism is that the plot twist is inconsistent with the creed [[spoiler:"A dragon never meaningfully apologizes; others think he's too similar in motive to Blackquill. Still others concede his behavior is justified, but the fact his character development and heel-face turn occur only at the very end of the game comes off as too little too late. Of course, he's also the subject of Rayfa's insults now yields"]] that he's her brother, so that's fitting comeuppance for his behavior]].Nahyuta mentions at "Turnabout Revolution".

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