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This page covers the first three games: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. Beware unmarked spoilers!

Take moments specific to Apollo Justice, the Investigations series, Dual Destinies, The Great Ace Attorney, Spirit of Justice, or the 2016 anime to their own pages, please.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Turnabout Sisters


  • Mia's first Big Damn Heroes moment when she comes back from the dead and drives her own killer into a Motive Rant, thus saving Phoenix from a false conviction.
  • When you cross-examine a witness who you know is the real murderer, after you've already forced him to alter his testimony several times, making him very nervous, you can press him when he talks about the way the victim moved before being killed. This results in this dialogue:
    Phoenix: What did you do then?
    Redd White: I gave chase, of course! ...! No! No! Not me. Th-the killer, I mean! He gave chase!
    • The best part? This does not get him convicted, making this moment completely optional, not required to complete the case.
  • That entire case warrants a mention, as it is the first real case. It's wonderfully designed to give you a great pang of satisfaction when you put all the puzzles together and lay down the law.
  • Mia coming back from the dead for the first time. This leads the court into a recess, and Phoenix asks her what to do... and then she says "You've already won". She updates one of your pieces of evidence, and there is something strangely tensely satisfactory about coming back into court and knowing exactly what to do. It goes from hopeless to triumphant so quickly that it's truly fantastic, and seeing the reactions of the prosecution and the witness as you make the point none of them knew about...just. Awesome.
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  • What you do to get Redd White to confess. You read off a list of famous people, who are implied to be all the people White blackmailed over the years, and threaten to hand the list over to the press unless he confesses. That's right, you just won the case by blackmailing a man who built his entire career on blackmail. A satisfying case of Hoist by His Own Petard.
  • The very fact that Phoenix Wright went up against one of the most powerful people in the country, who essentially had the legal system under his thumb, and was represented by a seemingly-undefeatable prosecutor, all while defending himself...and won.
  • The formation of Wright and Co. Law Offices with Maya, Mia, and Phoenix.

Turnabout Samurai

  • A retroactive one for Wendy Oldbag, who apparently tackled and beat the shit out of a paparazzi to steal a damning photo of Jack Hammer. For all that's said about her age, that's pretty damned impressive.
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  • Gumshoe's Big Damn Heroes moment, where he saves your can from the mafia.
  • There's a lot from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series to choose from, but one of the best is when Edgeworth raises an objection to a trial that he's won just because he's ultimately more interested in finding the real criminal, and he still suspects the witness on the stand did it (she did). More than once. Including to point out a glaring hole in the testimony that everyone else somehow managed to miss.
  • When determining the motive. The Smug Snake witness declares that there's no motive for her to kill Hammer. At which point Phoenix presents the evidence, and he and Edgeworth team up to kick the witness's ass. This sets up a pattern for most of the main cases in the trilogy.

Turnabout Goodbyes

  • Of all people, Larry Butz's Just in Time save during the trial. It happens out of nowhere and is something both unprecedented and unwanted by von Karma. Von Karma carefully calculated every factor of the trial like he usually does...except for Larry.
  • The scene where Manfred Von Karma mockingly suggests to a beaten Phoenix that "perhaps you'd like to cross-examine the parrot for a little comic relief?" And Phoenix takes him up on his proposal. And it works!
    • Note, however, that von Karma probably had planned for that as well. He actually retrained said parrot and he was about to bring up the death of Gregory Edgeworth anyway, parrot or no parrot.
  • While Phoenix himself doesn't really have a specific moment, stop and think about what he accomplished at the end of the fourth trial. Against a prosecutor who not only never lost, but had only ever received one penalty throughout the forty years of his legal career, Phoenix gets an acquittal... for a crime which his client confessed to, singlehandedly handing Von Karma his only defeat and derailing 15 years of planning. That's why we call him Ace Attorney.
    • Also, defeating Von Karma by pulling out a METAL DETECTOR, running it over his body, then bringing up the ballistics marking that Von Karma himself taught Phoenix about? PRICELESS!
    • Getting von Karma found guilty led to solving a case that had gone unsolved for almost fifteen years while being actively and maliciously obstructed from doing so in under a week. Yes, that's right, an attorney with less than a year of experience under his belt solves a case that went without any progress for so long. He solves this case on the LAST DAY it is able to be opened up for investigation. As in a single day later would have been too late.
    • The mere fact that Phoenix even survives the first few testimonies is a moment. Manfred von Karma is a nightmare to go up against, objecting to almost everything Phoenix says and denying every single inquiry that Phoenix attempts to make, AND backing it all up with a nearly airtight case. Somehow, the rookie lawyer with a mere three cases under his belt holds on against a man called The God Of Prosecution and BEAT him.
  • Related to the above, Gregory Edgeworth gets a Moment of Awesome in the backstory for being the first person to ever get Manfred von Karma penalized during a trial, destroying his perfect and to that point unblemished record.
  • Edgeworth realizing the bloodcurling scream he heard fifteen years ago - and every night since then - was Von Karma's.
  • Right after Edgeworth confesses to killing his father and they all sit out in the lobby...
    Maya: "...? Nick? What are you doing?"
    Phoenix: "Huh? Oh... I was just reading through the court record once more. I'm getting my case ready."
    Maya: "Your case... for what?"
    Phoenix: "Huh? Isn't it obvious? I'm going to prove that Miles Edgeworth is innocent."
    • And then, a little later:
      Phoenix: "I'm sorry, Edgeworth. But I don't believe your 'nightmare.' It's just a dream. It's not real. The truth is right here in this court record. In any case, tighten your belts. The real fight is just beginning. I'll prove you're innocent. Trust me."
  • When the noose starts to tighten around von Karma's neck.
    Judge: I permit the use of the metal detector. Mr. von Karma, you WILL submit yourself to testing!
  • Edgeworth's trial for murder is a BIG Moment of Awesome for the Judge, of all people: Phoenix points out two facts that give his argument weight, but prosecutor Manfred von Karma dismisses them both as coincidences with no weight in the case. The Judge then answers that Prosecutor von Karma has a point, a coincidence should not be admissible as evidence... However, he retorts "Two coincidences at the same time seems more like a pattern to me", and he allows Phoenix to continue his line of questioning. It's even more awesome when you realize that von Karma was, for all intents and purposes, running the whole trial, having intimidated the Judge into silence to the point where he even started trying to overrule objections on his own, to which the Judge only protests meekly. This moment marks the point where the Judge decides that he's had enough of von Karma's crap and takes the law back into his own hands, culminating in the moment directly above.
  • Edgeworth gets another Moment of Awesome when he, as a child, defended Phoenix in regards to him stealing money. It's pretty awesome to see Edgeworth side with the person that everyone else in the classroom is against, which could have very well ended with him sharing unfair persecution along with Phoenix. Instead, he successfully stands up to an entire classroom including his teacher and gets them to back down. He had more bravery as a kid than some people do for their entire lives. What makes this even more awesome is that he was the victim in that case. It was his money that was stolen, and yet he defended a kid whom everyone else, including the teacher had accused of the theft. One could say this foreshadows his (eventual) future as a man dedicated to pursuing the truth, no matter the cost, as his actions in Justice For All and beyond can attest to.
  • Maya taking the taser attack to try and let Phoenix get away with the evidence. It doesn't work, but she still manages to get the evidence needed to close the case.
  • Maya gets Phoenix out of von Karma's trap, by convincing the Judge to hold her in contempt of court instead.
  • Manfred von Karma's Villainous Breakdown has got to be one of the single most satisfying events in the entire series. Somehow him repeatedly slamming his head against the wall in frustration while simultaneously threatening to bury you with his bare hands just makes the whole thing even more awesome. What enhances it is that this is the first time Von Karma has EVER lost a case.
  • A bit of Awesome in Hindsight. So, we know that Edgeworth had severe PTSD after DL-6. We know he's repressing the memory of everything that happened in the elevator, and that he doesn't fully recall it or understand it until Phoenix presents enough evidence to explain what happened. Given that the magatama hasn't come into the games yet, but also considering the developments it receives in Apollo Justice and Dual Destinies, this could mean that the last day of this case boils down to breaking Edgeworth's Black Psyche-Locks.
  • Phoenix going full offense when naming his suspect in the murder of Gregory Edgeworth: Manfred von Karma, the "God of Prosecution" himself and the prosecutor for the current case. The court goes silent for a moment as the Judge and gallery process what exactly Phoenix is trying to pull off. It's the turning point in the case from which von Karma is unable to recover from, in spite of his numerous attempts. von Karma first tries to dismiss it as a ridiculous outburst, Phoneix fires back by citing his irregular vacation shortly after the incident. von Karma proceeds to demand evidence that he underwent surgery to have the bullet removed during his vacation, demanding that the doctor who operated on him be brought in to testify. When pressed further, Phoenix concludes that it would've been impossible for von Karma to have had the bullet removed from his shoulder... so he pulls out a metal detector in court to prove that he had been shot! von Karma claims that it's an invasion of privacy and refuses to have the metal detector ran over him... implicitly acknowledging that the bullet is still inside him. When von Karma asks for a suspension of trial, Phoenix reminds him that the statute of limitations runs out on that same day, and that von Karma himself was the one to say that it had to be ended right there. And to finish the job, when von Karma tries his last pitiful attempt to recover and attempts to claim that the bullet in his shoulder has nothing to do with DL-6, Phoenix says that he'll prove a link between the two... with evidence. Cue von Karma sweating bullets (no Pun intended).

Rise From the Ashes

  • On the first day of her trial, Lana Skye gives Phoenix some "advice"; a defense attorney should never trust their clients. Phoenix sets her straight:
    Phoenix: Ms. Skye, you... You remind me a lot of Mia. But there is one decisive difference between you and her.
    Lana: And that is?
    Phoenix: You're not a defense attorney.
  • Gant's Epic Stare Of Death. It pierces the soul.
  • When Edgeworth explains the King of Prosecutors trophy. "Cross Examination ~ Moderate" plays while he's explaining, until a contradiction appears in the story. Phoenix actually objects to it, and "Pursuit ~ Cornered" starts playing. Awesome.
  • Edgeworth usually deals with his witnesses via Politeness Judo, particularly when going in for the kill, which makes it all the more epic when he tells the Chief of Police, who earlier waived away his right to testify, to simply sit there "and let the noose tighten around your neck."
    • Made even better by an Edgeworth line before that. Gant tells Edgeworth to be a good little boy and shut his mouth. Edgeworth shuts him down, allowing the case to move forward without Lana's forced confession.
    • Then, of course, there's this, when Lana is blackmailed by Gant and tries to end the trial prematurely:
      Lana: "Mr. Edgeworth. I am exercising my right to self-representation. I don't think...
      Edgeworth: "I don't care what you think."
  • The entire ordeal with Meekins' testimony relating to how the same victim who was murdered in the parking lot was apparently also murdered in the evidence room at the exact same time. In the end, Phoenix proves that there was no such murder in the evidence room...only for Edgeworth to reveal that this is the outcome he wanted, since this means the only murder was the one in the parking lot that Lana is on trial for committing. In other words, Edgeworth got Phoenix to throw all suspicion back onto his own client.
  • Gant's Villainous Breakdown. When the guy is flinging lightning, you can't argue with that. His other breakdown scene (the mad clapping) is also probably one of the more memorable breakdowns of the series to boot.
  • Speaking of Gant, the way Phoenix catches him is some impressive stuff - first turning his "insurance" piece of fake evidence against him, then highlighting the evidence law he was trying to use against Phoenix to deliver the final blow. Hoist by His Own Petard indeed.
    • How did both Phoenix and Edgeworth manage to pin Police Chief Damon Gant as the true culprit? Well... See, Damon Gant was pretty much built up to be all but untouchable by the time he takes the stand, starting it off by immediately saying that he can refuse to testify at any point. Not to mention that Lana Skye, right up until recently, was still vehemently taking the blame for the murder because he openly threatened to put Ema away for murder, while he was still on the witness stand. Throughout the trial (which has Phoenix and Edgeworth teaming up to take him down, which is already a Moment of Awesome in and of itself,) the culprit has pretty much turned into a Devil in Plain Sight, constantly mocking you while the stakes keep getting higher.
    • Until Damon Gant decides to end this charade by presenting his 'insurance' in the final trial. He first accuses Phoenix of concealing evidence, but he denies it. But the moment he reveals his insurance, Phoenix finally reveals it, seemingly proving that Ema's the real killer. Damon's plan is trap Ema and Phoenix by using his 'insurance' to make out Ema as Neil Marshall's accidental killer and make Phoenix lose his job and face jail time. Unfortunately for him, Phoenix manages to turn the tables on him by using his so-called 'insurance' as his demise. Phoenix reveals that he found the cloth cut out of Neil's jacket in Damon's office and reveals that it's a forgery since the cloth has no blood on it, meaning that Damon cut it out of Neil's jacket before he was impaled to death. Finally, when Damon accuses Phoenix of presenting illegal evidence, the latter responds that he couldn't present it due to the evidence law that came up on Day 1 of the trial. The cloth did not have police approval and had no link whatsoever to the case until Damon revealed his insurance and admitted that he was at the crime scene where Neil was murdered, therby both proving his involvement in the crime and giving the cloth the Chief of Police's personal approval.
    • Long story short, even though the piece of cloth had Ema's fingerprints on it, since Neil was impaled to death by a sword, it should have had blood on it. Since Damon's the one who cut out the cloth, he unintentionally revealed that he's the true murderer. Needless to say, when he finally falls into Phoenix's trap while Phoenix and Edgeworth move in and seal the deal, it's one of the most satisfying moments of the series.
    • To top it all off, Phoenix is completely calm in the entire confrontation with Gant. There's no Indy Ploy, he doesn't need any Divine Intervention, Phoenix has Gant completely caught and he's done it all by himself.
      Gant: I'm looking forward to pressing charges after the defendant is convicted. I'll have your badge, boy!
      Phoenix: ...
      Gant: What's the matter, cat got your tongue? Aren't you going to tell us how it feels? How it feels to be the one who single-handedly turned a poor little girl into a murderer!?
      Phoenix: ...Before I do that... there's one little thing I have to clear up.
      Gant: Oh? What's that?
      Phoenix: Who really killed Prosecutor Neil Marshall.
  • The Judge's "The Reason You Suck" Speech he gives to Gant at the end. He may be a Cloudcuckoolander sometimes, but does his job right. Gant agrees as he'll be alright since he has Phoenix and Edgeworth to help him out the case.
    The Judge: I'm sorry too, Damon Gant. I knew you as you used to be, long ago. You were once a fine investigator, and an example to others on the force. I'm sorry to learn that you are no longer that person.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All

The Lost Turnabout

  • Even after losing his memory, Phoenix's lawyer instincts are as strong as ever, leaping in with an "Objection!" and a pointed finger before he even realises what he's doing. As Phoenix himself says, "What a rush!"

Reunion, and Turnabout

  • Phoenix kicking down the door in Kurain Village to save Maya. "Send the bill to Wright and Co.!" Especially when you think how much that door probably cost and how often Phoenix has money issues, it doubles as a Heartwarming Moment. Even the Judge concurs that how Wright blasted the door must've been badass.
    Lotta: Well, Mister Lawyer! What's the plan!?
    Phoenix: What else!? We're going to break in!
    Lotta: What!? But... But there's only one key and that kid's got it.
    Phoenix: We're going to have to break the door. Is that alright, Ms. Fey?
    Morgan: Well, yes... But there is one matter... That is...
    Phoenix: Don't try to stop me! You can send the repair bill to the Wright and Co. Law Offices later!
  • Pearl shows up at the court for the first time. She lived a two hour's train ride worth from the court and she didn't walk her way to the court then. She ran.
  • The ending of the case when Franziska whips Phoenix into unconsciousness after losing against him and he stupidly taunts her over that fact. Poor guy never heard that verdict.
  • It's a minor moment, but Phoenix managing to intimidate the Judge (something usually reserved for the prosecution and particularly intimidating witnesses) with the determined look on his face is pretty badass.

Turnabout Big Top

  • At one point, Phoenix sums up how the murder happened in court, to circus music, with every twist in the tale accompanied by a crash of cymbals. It's a fantastic effect, and thoroughly impressive.
  • The way Phoenix perfectly sums up and clarifies the sneaking suspicion you've been having about an incident that happened in the circus. It's the phrase that finally ties the bond between a harmless prank and a fatal accident. Two words: "Lions sneeze."
  • Another small moment, but rather badass: the end of case. Throughout the trial, Franziska has been needling (and whipping) Phoenix while proclaiming her own superiority, and when he finally wins, she grudgingly bites out that he "beat [her] again!" Even after all the abuse he's suffered, though, Phoenix doesn't rub it in her face like he did last time (where he was whipped into unconsciousness for his troubles); he just stands there with his expression unreadable. Clearly he's decided at this point that he's not just an ally of justice, he's a graceful victor, too!
  • Near the end, Acro brings up that he was only caught because von Karma and the police did a surprise raid of his room, and he had nowhere to hide the murder weapon except in his wheelchair, leading to him getting caught with the murder weapon in court. As it turns out, von Karma didn't just screw up: the raid was Edgeworth's idea, because he realized that if he was right about Acro having the murder weapon, this would lead to Acro getting caught. So basically, you only won because of Edgeworth.

Farewell, My Turnabout

  • Edgeworth gets another Moment of Awesome as he makes his triumphant return. At the end of the case, he delivers a "No More Holding Back" Speech about the true role of a prosecutor - not to get a "Guilty" every time, but to uncover the whole and complete truth - and the long, hard journey he made to discover that.
  • And Matt Engarde has pretty much the best Obfuscating Stupidity revelation ever. The revelation of the scar, the evil grin, the complete personality change? Typical... but once he somehow pulls the glass of cognac out of Hammerspace, while in police custody, for the sole purpose of swirling it evilly... you know you're seeing something special.
    Matt: "Hold on a sec. I'm gonna consult myself, okay?"
    Matt: "How do you do... Mr. Lawyer? I'm Matt Engarde."
  • "To the gentleman who spoke just now... excuse me, but would you care to die?" Said by Shelly de Killer to the Judge if you press one of the statements in his testimony, in response to the honorable Judge questioning de Killer's account. The Judge promptly shuts up in response.
    • Everything that witness says straddles the line between Awesome and Funny (in a Crosses the Line Twice way), as you're talking to an assassin with quite a skillset via radio. The true awesome comes when he announces to the court that he has terminated his contract with his client.
  • Franziska von Karma gets one: the case is nearly over and Phoenix is just about to either declare Matt Engarde guilty without decisive proof (which would get accordingly overruled, and thus signing Maya's death warrant) or innocent (thus convicting an innocent Adrian Andrews to a murder charge), but before he can say anything... *CRACK* "Objection!" *Franziska's fanfare and Great Revival plays* ...and the most unlikely Big Damn Heroine shows up, backlit by the awesomeness of her own entry.
    • Not to mention that she was shot in the shoulder the previous day. And when she's reminded of this, she says, condescendingly, that such a trifling matter certainly won't stop her from doing her job.
    • The fact that Phoenix even inquires about her condition is probably this as well, as it suggests that despite her... feelings ... toward him, he still bears her no ill will.
  • Phoenix is panicking because the Judge is trying to end the day's trial and begin another investigation, but De Killer is holding Maya hostage on the condition that he get Engarde found innocent on the first day. When Udgey asks why he's upset, since it means his client has another day to live, Nick blurts out "If I don't get the verdict... then Maya..." Edgeworth immediately catches on that something weird is happening; cue OBJECTION! to keep the witness on the stand because he can tell Phoenix is a) desperate and b) deliberately on the wrong track, leaving Mia wondering exactly whose side he's on.
    • And when this gambit ultimately fails, with both Phoenix and Edgeworth unsuccessfully attempting to stall the trial further, the Judge adjourns for the day. Except, instead of the usual "gavel strike" sound effect, a completely unique one plays that sounds more like the Judge has smashed the bench in half. Cue a silent fade to black... then fade in on a courtroom, apparently completely empty save for Phoenix at the defence bench, his head in his hands as he realises he's failed. Sure, it's the Phoenix Wright equivalent of a Disc-One Final Boss... but it's still awesome!
  • When Edgeworth suddenly shows up to take Franziska's place as prosecutor:
    Edgeworth: Due to the circumstances, I will be taking over the prosecution. While I did not investigate, I have read over the notes and am familiar with the details. The prosecution is ready... naturally.
  • The end of the case, when Nick shows de Killer that Engarde was a backstabbing bastard, he points out that he basically reversed the tables on Engarde's Morton's Fork situation by stating that either Matt gets a guilty verdict and goes to jail, or he claims himself innocent and get murdered by a professional assassin on an equally professional Roaring Rampage of Revenge. The sheer feeling of pure schadenfreude one gets when that bastard finally gets what he deserves is sweet as honey. The execution is also cool as hell, no matter what you do - at the very end, you are asked by the Judge if the defense pleas guilty or innocent, letting Phoenix either fully abuse the moral high ground he now has and change the plea to guilty, or maintains the plea of innocence in the smuggest way possible. Whatever you choose, you'll rub it in Engarde's face about no matter how his life goes from now on, he has nowhere left to run; de Killer will either track down and murder him no matter where he hides or how long it takes, or he can spend the rest of his life in prison, reputation destroyed but safe from the assassin's wrath.
  • Edgeworth announcing that a witness-turned-suspect (Matt Engarde) has been arrested and is being questioned by von Karma... more precisely, he states that said witness is receiving "a full-course meal of whip leather." Badass.
  • Franziska's tearful Badass Boast at the airport.
  • Adrian Andrews herself also deserves a mention. She survives her suicide attempt after suffering the loss of her beloved mentor, and instead swears revenge on Matt Engarde and Juan Corrida for pushing Celeste Inpax to suicide. While her attempt to successfully frame Matt for the murder of Juan initially failed and lead to herself being implicated for a crime she didn't commit, her actions created a series of events that prompted Phoenix Wright to suspect that his client (Matt) is not as innocent as he seems, which proves to be enough to expose Matt's true colours, and eventually get him incarcerated after a long grueling trial session. For someone who believes herself to be weak, Adrian was able to find her inner strength in the darkest of times to finally get justice for her late mentor.
  • Gumshoe might not be the brightest mind on the force, but he definitely has his moments, as demonstrated at the beginning of the case. When he hears about Maya's abduction and the terms for her release, he immediately guesses that Engarde is the killer, because why else would somebody go to such desperate lengths to get Engarde acquitted? But he also notes that something about the crime scene didn't look right to him, that there was just too much evidence pointing toward Engarde, and that it's possible someone wanted to frame him. He's right on both counts.
  • The Judge gives a rather nice "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Engarde, saying that even if there isn't enough evidence to convict him of murder, he still knows Engarde's an awful person who's responsible for Celeste's suicide

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

Turnabout Memories

  • Mia daring Dahlia to take one of Phoenix's (poisoned) Coldkiller X pills at the end (to paraphrase: "If you're right about the medicine not being poisoned, then why don't you take a dose?") has to be on here, if only for Dollie's reaction. In addition to the Glowing Eyes of Doom she starts screaming like a madwoman. And then, just as suddenly, she returns to her "normal" self, butterflies surrounding her, and announces that it's time for her to talk to "the men in blue." When Payne objects, saying Mia hasn't shown any evidence, Mia gives him the same offer, reminding him that he said earlier, "I would trust the witness, Ms. Hawthorne, with my very life!" Payne loses his hair and is reduced to the pathetic shell of a man we see in the first two games.
  • Judge finally explaining why he always gives both the defense and the prosecution so many chances.
    Judge: I know the existence of this umbrella seems trivial... But as long as the smallest doubt remains, I cannot render final judgement!
  • While it's played for laughs, Grossberg gets massive props for helping Mia with this case while struggling with hemorrhoids.
  • It's not apparent until after you've finished the game, but Phoenix correctly guesses that his girlfriend had an evil twin. His only mistake was that Dahlia was the evil twin, and he'd been dating Iris the whole time. Even so, it's just another example of why he's such an excellent attorney. He wasn't simply in denial because of a crush. He knew something wasn't right about the outcome of the case.

The Stolen Turnabout

  • The revelation that Ron DeLite, who had previously been presented as a completely spineless fantasist, actually met his wife by saving her from two armed robbers singlehandedly. And not only that, his claims of being a famous thief are not delusions.
    • There's something to be said about how during the second investigation when Ron's put on trial for murder he becomes one of the most helpful defendants after you convince him to share how he pulled off his heists, sharing with you almost all of the information you need to figure out that Luke Atmey was the one blackmailing him and without any of his trademark shyness.
  • Godot losing intentionally, though without seeming like he was, during the first trial day by letting you prove that Ron wasn't robbing the Museum, since he was unquestionably at KB Security that night. Cue DeLite being arrested while leaving the courtroom for the murder of KB Security's CEO that night, since Phoenix had just proven he was there at the time of the CEO's murder. Godot basically thanks Phoenix for doing all the hard work of proving Ron's presence there.
  • Luke Atmey successfully playing the system in order to get convicted of the "lesser" (and more attention-grabbing) crime of being Mask☆DeMasque. He was literally seconds from having a legally airtight alibi against the murder of Kane Bullard when Phoenix interrupted.
    • Ron points out that he can't be convicted as Mask☆DeMasque, even though he actually IS the infamous thief, because he had ALREADY been given a Not Guilty verdict for that particular crime, referencing to Double Jeopardy rule that was mentioned earlier. Best of all, it's a complete reversal of what Luke Atmey was trying to do to him (which is doubly ironic given that Atmey was the one who came up with the plans for most of the robberies in the first place)— instead of trying to be found guilty for one crime so that he can't be charged for a more serious one, Godot's attempt to find him guilty for murder ended up getting him acquitted for his thievery. One has to wonder if he's Obfuscating Stupidity.

Recipe for Turnabout

  • Gumshoe's Big Damn Heroes moments, where he saves your case from a Loan Shark, then the defendant's when he barges through the courtroom door with evidence, complete with Theme Music Power-Up.
  • The way Godot effectively shuts up Furio Tigre when he's brought into court while the Judge and Maya were cowering under their desks and Phoenix was about to wet his pants. "You're caught in a snare... the relentless snare of the law." *takes a gulp of coffee* "And I'm the one that hauled you in!" Phoenix's reaction sums it up:
    Phoenix: (T... Too cool...)
  • Another one for the Judge. Phoenix has just proven that Furio Tigre had posed as him during the phony trial. The Judge then has a moment of realization:
    Judge: So it was you... The Phoenix Wright who put up the most disreputable, shabby defense I had ever seen! [The Theme Music Powerup usually reserved for Phoenix starts playing.]
    • Related, the Judge knows that Furio Tigre was posing as Phoenix, but refuses to let his own memories affect his verdict without evidence to back them up. Sure, he can be a bit airheaded, but the guy's so dedicated to his job that he makes sure to hold himself to the same standards that he holds the defense and prosecution, even when faced with the man who made a mockery of his court.
  • Speaking of Tigre, how you defeat him in the end. Phoenix presents the victim's ear medicine, passing it off as potassium cyanide. Tigre shoots down this point, and points out the real container of the potassium cyanide in detail. Then the whole courtroom goes silent, for a very good reason: this is supposed to be his first time seeing the real container. By pointing out what it is, he's unwittingly implicated himself as the murderer.
    Tigre: I can see through you Phoenix Wright! That ain't the bottle with the cyanide in it.
    Tigre: Don't mess with The Tiger or you're going to get ripped to shreds! The cyanide bottle was brown. And it was made of glass. That cheap piece of trash don't look nothin' like that!
    Phoenix: (Got him. At last...)
    • To make this even more epic, Phoenix gives a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Tigre after sealing his fate:
      Tigre: Youse don't know who youse messin' with! I'm The Tiger! I control millions of dollars on the black market! Youse think I'm gonna let some jumped-up suit get the better of me!?
      Phoenix: Sure, the last piece of evidence was phony. But that's just what you deserve! The phony trial with a phony lawyer... It was all played out by you, THE BIGGEST PHONY OF ALL!!
      Judge: Wh-What's going on?
      Bailiff: It looks like a blackout.
      Godot: Well done... Trite. (lights back on) I've saved my 17th cup of coffee just for you. (Camera shows the coffee landed on Phoenix's head) Savor it... While you watch your caged prey.
      • After Tigre's been taken away, the Judge and Phoenix comment that Tigre's a frightening man and he nearly gets away if it wasn't for that slip of his tongue. But Godot tells them that he's not the only one who's frightening; referring to Phoenix's wits.
  • Since you never have a full case when you enter the courtroom, most cases have the thrill of knowing that you're going to win eventually, but not knowing exactly how. The first day of this case is the best example in the entire trilogy, as you have to survive the day by finding a hole in the evidence that has already gotten your client convicted without being able to introduce anything of your own. The hole, that a small bottle of medicine is missing, ends up being amongst the smallest of threads to pull, but you finally find it and can start to build your own case.

Turnabout Beginnings

  • After the trial ends prematurely, Diego Armando breaks his coffee cup with his bare hand and doesn't react to the pain, only saying "Only cry when the trial is over."

Bridge to the Turnabout

  • Phoenix and Mia get a joint Moment, when, up against a Big Bad who's been reduced to a ghost possessing Maya's body, they verbally brutalize her so effectively that the combined Hannibal Lecture banishes her soul to Hell. Seeing how the person who has caused misery to a lot of the main casts' life being told she's nothing but a failure and she has to bring the shame to her death is extremely satisfying.
  • Even Pearl, a nine-year old girl, gets one of these when she verbally blasts Franziska (whom she only remembers from Case 2-2 in her currently traumatized state of mind), telling her: "You're nothing but a little girl without your whip!" (amongst other strong words) Franziska is actually rendered speechless.
  • The last evidence-presenting part:
    Godot: "You'll never be half the lawyer that Mia was! Isn't that right, Trite...?"
    (Mia's "ghost" appears behind Phoenix.)
    Godot: (Wh-What was that just now? Mia? It-it can't be! You're living on... through him!?)
  • "It's beneath your mask!"
    • And the music at that moment! It's "Pursuit ~ Cornered", sure, but after two whole games of hearing new versions, you get to have the first one, the iconic one, in all its former glory. Nothing says "Oh it is ON now!" more than this.
  • Phoenix's line to the fake Iris: "no matter how hard you try, you will never be able to hide the truth from a true defense attorney!"
  • Near the start, Phoenix nearly loses his life trying to cross a burning bridge to get to Maya, who he fears is trapped with a murderer. Ironically, it turns out he's right -twice- but she's not actually in any danger. Nevertheless... He know how dangerous it is (borderline suicidal) but tries anyway- he is frantic with worry about her and the thought of NOT doing it simply doesn't occur to him:
    Larry: D-Don't be stupid! The bridge is nothing but a burning wreck right now!
    Phoenix: Listen to me! There's been a murder! Here! At Hazakura Temple!
    Larry: Wha-Whaaaaat!?
    Phoenix: The murderer might have fled across the bridge! I have to make sure Maya is safe!
    Larry: B-B-But...
    Phoenix: Please! Call the police! I've got to go! ...Get outta my way, Larry!
    • +100 Bravery points for Phoenix doing this when a) he's afraid of heights, and b) the bridge was a rickety old thing high above a rapid river. +100 more Bravery points when the bridge is on fire due to a lightning strike, and it's pretty much a death trap. Even the river below the bridge is another death trap as everyone who has fallen into it, sans Dahlia Hawthorne, has never been found again. Both of them proves them wrong since both manage to survive the fall into the river.
  • Incredibly enough, even the Judge himself has his moment in which, right after Phoenix pointed out how the Judge was rather calm and collected even after witnessing a severe case of spirit possession (and exorcism by epic speech, see above), the Judge's reply displayed an insight of wisdom never before seen on him:
    Judge: Well, to be frank, my younger brother is quite judgmental... He often criticizes me for not studying hard enough. That's why I made a concerted effort to study up on the Kurain Channeling Technique. I've seen quite a few things in my many years on the bench. And in all that time, I've finally learned this one thing: Each case is different, and takes place in its own world, if you will. In order to fully understand that world... First we have to immerse ourselves in it completely. And that's where... My brother and I used to differ.
  • Franziska von Karma gets one: Edgeworth stands ready in the defense's position, but the prosecution is absent. Just before the Judge can declare an instant win for the defense, once again there's the familiar * CRACK!* , and Franzy makes her very awesome entrance for the first time in the entire game. Say what you will about her, but she knows how to make an entrance.
  • A moment of awesome that is the result of another, from Edgeworth. The mad connections he has. Not only is he able to pose as a defense attorney despite all logic being against it, (1-5 reveals that Phoenix's badge has an ID number in order to prevent exactly this sort of thing) but he's able to select a specific prosecutor AND judge for the trial.
  • Hell, just playing as Edgeworth for the first investigation day and first trial day. You finally get a chance to see his thought processes.
  • Edgeworth himself has a sole achievement over every other defense attorney: finding multiple contradictions from one piece of evidence against Bikini's testimony; the Shichishito. To wit, he states Iris' strength could not pierce the body with it all the way to the hilt (and the sword looks longer than the average person's height), points out all the branches as a reason for the weapon being unable to be smoothly drawn out, notes the size of the weapon not being able to stop all the bleeding and concludes with the incredible lack of blood for being stabbed all the way to the hilt.
  • The tail end. The music cue in particular, with the callback to the case 7 years prior.
  • She may be a despicable excuse for a human being, but, you've got to admit, Dahlia Hawthorne's entrance was pretty badass.
    Godot: When talking to a beautiful lady, always ask for her name and occupation. That's one of my rules.
    Dahlia:(nonchalantly) Dahlia Hawthorne. And my occupation? Permanently retired.
    • And also when she gives her "The Plan" testimony section, instead of regular testimony music, Dahlia's own theme plays instead for a spine-chillingly awesome effect.
  • Another one for Godot: When he first meets Franziska, he is able to successfully brush her off. He's pretty much the only exception to the 'men who meet Franziska get whipped' rule in the series. Though for some, it might qualify more as a Kick the Dog moment, given that he condescends her specifically for her gender rather than any of her actual flaws.
  • When the Judge states his disbelief that Dahlia Hawthorne is the murderer, since she is dead, Godot delivers this line:
    Godot: Death has no meaning in this courtroom!
  • The feeling you get when everything suddenly clicks together and you realize just where Maya has been all this time, and how Dahlia isn't going to like the answer one bit.
    • Furthermore, when Phoenix catches on to where Maya is, he delivers an epic Wham Line that more-or-less gives it away;
    Phoenix: Tell me Dahlia. At this very moment, who is channeling Dahlia Hawthorne?
  • While his actions are definitely morally questionable and cause an innocent woman's death, Godot's intervention not only saves Maya's life (albeit in a bittersweet fashion), but also makes him the primary Spanner in the Works against Dahlia and Morgan's scheme (meaning that he got his Revenge against the former after all).
    • After Dahlia is defeated for good, Godot no longer holds the same grudge against Phoenix, as he is now satisfied... but does give him one final challenge for Phoenix to beat him fairly and show he is a worthy successor of Mia. And he takes his loss, which will lead to his imprisonment, with a lot of dignity.
  • Nearly everything Franziska does in this game, especially after the earthquake, walks the line between this and Heartwarming. She's immediately concerned for Maya and Edgeworth, and on seeing the five locks and being told Iris doesn't know the combinations, she immediately volunteers to help unlock them. And she does. She spends the rest of the day, the entire night, and the morning after doing exactly that. On a freezing cold mountain, in a cave that's stated to be colder than the outside. To be clearer, Franziska willingly skips out on court, on the opportunity she's been waiting for to crush Phoenix, something she specifically returned to do, to work on those locks. AND she likely had to work alone off and on, because Bikini can't stand to be out in the cold for so long because of her back, and Iris couldn't stay. While she may have done this because Pearl's words earlier got to her skin, she still puts her life at risk for someone else. Considering who this is, that's even more awesome than what Phoenix did.
  • Both Maya and Mia get one at the beginning of the case. Figuring out something's wrong, Maya decides to channel Mia. Mia figures out Dahlia is behind this and therefore asks Maya to channel Dahlia, knowing she would not expect being channeled by anyone other than Pearl.

Multiple games

  • The first cases you played through, no matter which game. The incredible satisfaction of taking down the witnesses lies one by one, driving him/her slowly mad until they explode with fury, and winning. When you were not spotting lies in the testimonies, you were extremely cautious and afraid of receiving a penalty, and while the games are not time based, you felt a damn high pressure yourself as everything depended on you.
  • Gumshoe gets one in all three games - usually even two! Let's tally - bursting in to save you from being lynched by Vasquez's mob (1-3), finding Yanni Yogi no matter what it takes (1-4), letting you investigate Gant's office even knowing he'll lose his job (1-5), chasing De Killer to save Maya (2-4) and then, in the same case, stealing the evidence(!!) to save her, saving you from Tigre and bring in a crucial piece of evidence (3-3), fixing the bridge (3-5)... It's almost too many for one character. For the many Big Damn Heroes this guy brings, where is his raise? It (allegedly) comes in AAI2. Edgeworth tells him to look forwards to his next paycheck; there has been a... substantial increase.
    • As someone in the character page pointed out, Shelly De Killer during the events of 2-4 is armed and has a hostage, and it's revealed in Investigations that he can take on an entire bodyguard team by himself... but he flees from the police and Gumshoe. Either he was being overly cautious, or Gumshoe is a worse threat than an entire squad.
  • Maggey Byrde's entire existance is nothing but bad luck; falling out of the 9th floor of her apartment building as an infant, getting hit with all sorts of vechiles, getting sick from multiple food, basically being life's punching bag. But she stays a stiff upper lip about it. THAT woman is tough, no matter what.
    • On that note, her actually surviving said fall from the 9th floor at that age. That, ironically enough, takes a load of luck.


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