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Ace Attorney 4 Phoenix Route by Pineapple Pen

  • Recommanded by Yagami 1211
  • Synopsis: Takes place during the Flashback case in Apollo Justice. Phoenix Wright has presented the fake evidence in court and he's about to lose the trial and his attorney badge. But he doesn't give up and asks Drew Misham to testify about the fake evidence and who ordered it. Phoenix is quickly able to prove himself innocent as the witness testifies that the fake was ordered 5 days while Phoenix received the case files from Zak Gramarye's previous lawyer last night. But who ordered the fake and who tried to frame Phoenix?.
  • Comment: Excellent fanfic, but it's in Japanese.

Phoenix's SSBB Case Files by ShadowKnux372 (some AU, crossover)

  • Recommended by Da Patman
  • Synopsis: What if the Ace Attorney series was set in a world containing various locations from different Nintendo series, where Phoenix has to defend characters who appear in the Super Smash Bros. series? The answer is simple. You get different people being murdered, and the pop culture references are all related to the series the characters come from, but apart from that, there's no difference. The cases are written as if ShadowKnux372 is copying the text down while playing the cases, and most of them are set in different continuities from each other and the actual Ace Attorney games. It's not just Phoenix who does the defending, either. Apollo and Mia both get a chance to defend, as do two characters from the Ace Attorney side you would never expect to see as attorneys.
  • Comments: The only gripe I have with these cases is there aren't enough Psyche Locks in most of the cases with Phoenix. However, this is more than made up for by everything else. Apollo's "Perceive" ability in particular is as accurate as it's possible to be in pure text. As an added bonus, each of the cases debuts on the Super Smash Bros. Brawl board at GameFAQs, where anyone lucky enough to be online at the time they're being posted can play the case, and gets rewarded with a mention in the credits of that case.
  • My only problems are, first, that he can't present Fire Emblem characters for beans, and that way too many of the cases seem to be results of accidents and carrying the Idiot Ball. They're way too simple for a Phoenix Wright case.

Objection!: A Phoenix Wright Fanfic Archive

  • Recommended by Wolfman2000
  • Synopsis: A huge collection of stories for a variety of target audiences.
  • Comments: There is something for everyone here: crossovers, humor, drama, shipping, you name it! Some of the fics listed below are also available here.

Phoenix Wright Kink Meme by various anon authors.

  • Recommended by: Aruu
  • Synopsis: One of the biggest Kink Memes that's still going strong at a massive 25 parts.
  • Comments: You'll find everything here. There's tooth rotting fluff fics, and there's intense dark fics. Almost every kink has been catered for throughout the meme, with all manner of pairings from the bog standard Phoenix/Edgeworth and Phoenix/Maya, to Gant/Gourdy and Franziska/Her whip. There's some hidden treasures between the crack!fills.
    • One other thing to note is that the Meme is no longer unalloyed sexual material. Granted, it's still a rather impressive proportion, but do not be surprised to find works that only slightly (if at all) deal with the carnal.

The Let's Dub Project directed by Tyranee

  • Recommended by Leliel
  • Synopsis: A group of Fan Dubs for various games, the Phoenix Wright series not least among them.
  • Comments: All the voice actors are good in most of the games dubbed, and what's more, the dubbers of the Ace Attorney series have no problem with improvising if it leads to a funnier scene, particularly on the occasions when Tyranee is stumped by a puzzle and it is played off as an Idiot Hero moment from Phoenix. Please note, however, that the dubbers are somewhat crass if they feel it fits, as a general warning.
  • Has its own in-progress work page here.

Phoenix Wright Sporking Theater hosted by Court Records

  • Recommended by ThatFanwiththeGlasses
  • Synopsis: The characters of Ace Attorney read bad fanfiction based on their series (against their will) and comment (read: snark) on it.
  • Comments: While the fanfics being sporked can't be spoken for, the sporkings themselves are quite entertaining to read. Each fic is given a rating from one to five Sahwits depending on how bad it is, or Dahlia if it's too horrible to use that scale as well as a brief note giving the opinion of the author of the sporking. This is usually a good indicator of how badly the characters will react to the fic. Be warned that there is some strong language througout the sporkings, usually from the fic being sporked.

The fanfics by Jakkid166

  • Recommended by IAmAReaderOfIAmAWrighter
  • Synopsis: This is a funny story about Phoenix Wright, an attorney, who must fight in the court of law against crazy stuff. All of Jakkid's fanfics are part of the same story, so read them all by publish date starting with SPEED attorney. Also some characters are ghosts.
  • Comments: They also have a game by AceJakkidFan.

    General Fics 
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Someone To Believe In written by A Dry Martini

  • Recommended by: Brighty 124
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Following a particularly arduous trial, Phoenix Wright comes to terms with the fact that Dahlia Hawthorne may not have had his best interests at heart.
  • Comments: Takes place post 3-1, and is one incredible fic. The story seems like it could be a piece right from the game. While Phoenix and Mia are the only characters to appear, they are both in character the whole time. Incredibly written, and deserves a read.

Apollo Justice- Turnabout Connections, written by witchhatsFTW

  • Recommended by: hanabiwarrior
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: This fanfic depicts a case that takes place between Apollo Justice and Dual Destinies. Ema's the defendant, the victim was murdered at the police station, and the prosecutor is a mysterious rookie who wears Godot's iconic mask.
  • Comments: Apollo keeps his signature snark from the games and the trial chapters really feel like they belong in the game. Overall the story is very well written and even though there's an OC as a main focus, they don't really take precedence over the trial. It definitely deserves a read.

Gregory Lives Part 1: A Different DL6 and the sequel Gregory Lives: Part 2 - Investigating Redd White , written by Winchester Warren Son

  • Recommended by: Blaidd Dunn
  • Status: Both are Complete
  • Synopsis: The fic is focused on a world where 'for want of a nail' Edgeworth senior never gets into the elevator on Christmas during the DL 6 case and so survives to raise his son. The story's actual plot mostly revolves around an Original Flavor take on Pheonix and his parents. The sequel picks up a few years from where the first left off, exploring how the investigation into Redd White plays out with the events of the first fanfic.
  • Comments: Building off a number of odd canonical behaviors to create a fully fleshed-out background and characters for Pheonix, this fic does what few can: it makes Pheonix whump that is realistic, heartfelt, and (mostly)consistent with cannon. The fic has really strong characterization for all involved. There is Gregory Edgeworth/Tyrell Badd, and pre-Wrightworth, but it's background to the main plot of both fics. Really strong writing and plotting all around- definitely worth checking out if you've ever wondered why Pheonix never mentions his parents in the games, want to see how Gregory would raise his son or a well-executed 'for want of a nail' fic.

Lex Talionus, written by maddie_met

  • Recommended by thepunkmaster
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This fanfic centers around Kristoph Gavin, his journey through his career, and the origins behind his black Psyche-Locks. The relationship between him and Klavier is also a key theme.
  • Comments: This story might as well be canon. The twists and turns that the author provides are clever and fit perfectly, the OCs very much benefit the story, and the portrayal of Kristoph's relationship with Klavier and how it develops is just phenomenal. This fic gives so much depth to Kristoph as a character and solves much-debated mysteries, and it definitely needs more love.

Olly Olly Oxen Free and poem fragments, by OnceAndFloral

  • Recommended by Blaidd Dunn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:When Kazuma asked Ryunosuke to accompany him to Britain, he didn't expect him to be killed aboard the steamship in transit.

And he certainly didn't expect to see him alive again a year later.

  • Comments: A pair of one-shots in a Role Swap AU where Kazuma survives the journey but Ryunosuke is killed and becomes Baron Von Zeiks assistant and potential replacement assasin. The first follows Kazuma, and the second follows Ryunsuke. They're small but tantalising glimpases into a heartrending situation- Olly Olly is sweat and direct and engaging, but it's the writting of poem fragments in particular that's something special, just the right blend of dream like and direct to completely absorb you in the confusion and tradgedy that Ryunosuke struggles with. Brilliant and bitesized, just mind the spoilers.

Phoenix Wright: Adept Attorney, written by EuphrosyneUnlimited

  • Recommended by So It Begins
  • Status: Dormant; last updated September 2017
  • Synopsis: This is an Original Flavor fic that replays the events of the first game— with characters switched around and situations turned upside down. Phoenix Wright is partnered with April May! Lotta Hart is Phoenix's childhood friend. Yanni Yogi died at Gourd Lake. And the true killer in the DL-6 incident will come as quite a surprise.
  • Comments: The author follows the game's format pretty closely, though the changes get larger as the story goes on. Phoenix and Edgeworth still retain their roles.

Fuel for the Funeral Pyre, written by MoominQuartz

  • Recommended by Blaidd Dunn
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Kristoph Gavin wants him dead? That’s fine. Phoenix Wright wants him dead a thousand times more. If he expects Phoenix to lie down and let the snake bite him, that just means he won’t be looking for the trap lying in wait.

A look into Phoenix's head during the seven-year gap.

  • Comments: A fantastic one-shot that does in just 7000-odd words more than Capcom manges accross the whole second trilogy- showing us the slow awful slide into fear and paranoia as Phoenix struggles to investigate Kristoph Gavin. This stories Kristoph is terrifying- sinister and creepy, with just enough charm to make you think you're imagining it. It's awful and scary and I love it.

Road to Ruin by PengyChan.

  • Recommended by Auztria
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: There are men who rise to glory and others who fall in disgrace. Quercus Alba - first a soldier, then a war hero, then a corrupted ambassador - was one of those who went through both.
  • Comments: An incredibly well-written story about Quercus Alba and how he came to be the twisted ambassador he is. The author shows a clear knowledge of what they're writing about, leaves few if any plotholes from the main games, and keeps it interesting the whole way through without succumbing to listless detail or slogging. Centers totally on Alba, so as not to dilute the story with other characters' thoughts: it's Alba's story after all, and it's told entirely through him.

Turnabout to the Past by PengyChan.

  • Recommended by bleach246, seconded by Celestialily, also recommended by Lexxi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: [SPOILERS for the final case of AA: Dual Destinies] Certain to get the death sentence, the Phantom asks for one thing in exchange of all the information the police may want from him: his identity, and a name to call his own before he dies. And the Mood Matrix just may be the key to recover his lost memories.
  • Comments: This is definitely on of the better Phantom centred fanfics out there. Not only does it give the Phantom some very interesting, and at times surprising, character development, it keeps all of the other cast members (especially Blackquill) in character. This fic also examines the relationship that both Blackquill and Foolbright had after working together so closely for over a year. If you're worried that the Phantom is going to be leather pantsed don't worry; while this fic does an excellent job of making him sympathetic at times, it also establishes that none of the other characters have forgotten any of the terrible things he's done. If you're looking for a very different type of fanfic, then this one is for you.
    • The sequel, Turnabout Outbreak is highly recommended as well. (Shipping warning for the eventual Simon/Phantom, which is elaborated on in the third sequel Turnabout Extras. This fic also connects to certain events that take place in Road to Ruin. Reading "Road to Ruin" isn't mandatory, but it will enhance your understanding of certain characters and plot points revealed later on.

Phantoms and Mirages by Meowzy

  • Recommended by: Celestialily
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: More than two weeks after the game’s end, Simon Blackquill continues to investigate the Phantom and any destruction left in his wake. Many more mysteries are left unsolved and what DID happen to Bobby Fulbright?
  • Comments: Phantoms and Mirages is an epic 5-part series focusing on Simon's investigation of the events of Turnabout for Tomorrow, which quickly expands into a vast network of mysteries and intrigue to explore. The series blends original conflicts with various callbacks to elements of the Ace Attorney universe in the style and flavor of a well-written saga. The exciting twists and meticulous attention to character depth really drive the core engagement of the series to its fullest. (Shipping warning for the eventual Simon/Bobby). The first story in the series is Chasing Phantoms. Each OC is well-integrated into the universe, and this series takes care to delve into the moral greys of each character while ensuring they receive a fitting conclusion by the end.

Slow Dance, written by Ellcrys

  • Recommended by Jarell 88, moooomoooo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After Vera's trial comes an even more difficult struggle: trying to figure out what a normal life is and how to live it.
  • Comments: The process of recovery and adaptation from a life of complete seclusion is not an easy one. Ellcrys wonderfully takes one of the minor characters from the Ace Attorney universe, and spins a tale so real, you'll be crying for the poor girl before the fic is halfway through.
    • Seconded. An incredible tying together of the events of Apollo Justice. Capcom themselves couldn't have written a better epilogue.
      • Thirded so, so hard. Everyone is in character, and the romance is slight but sweet. The fic definitely qualifies as one enormous Heartwarming Moment.

The Ace Turnabout by PengyChan

  • Recommended by Diyoke
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1992. Detective Gant and prosecutor von Karma investigate a murder case in which the key witness happens to be a rather attention-hungry child with a special talent for getting himself in trouble.
  • Comments: Definitely a good story to read. Mainly featuring von Karma, Gant, and child Atmey. This fanfic shows the characters in a likeable light but not letting you forget that these are characters that will become criminals in the game's canon.
    • Seconded. The exploration of Gant and Manfred’s characters are extremely well done! I highly recommend everyone check it out!

The Golden Gavel, written by DSL-69

  • Recommended by Miranda Shadowind
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The Golden Gavel is a tavern, hidden deep in the basement of the District Prosecutors' Office. Within lies the characters and backstory of the first Phoenix Wright game, as seen through the eyes of its workaday bartender.
  • Comments: A unique "Meanwhile, in the background" retelling of the first game whose chapters fit rather nicely into canon. But instead of Phoenix, it primarily features other canon characters such as the prosecutors he faces and Detective Gumshoe with a handful of well-written OCs thrown into the mix. Sadly, thus far it only goes up through most of Case 3 and hasn't been updated in almost two years.

On Broken Wings by icer01

  • Recommended by Suspicious Cookie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is an AU that follows the 'bad ending' to Case 4 of JFA. After 2-4's Bad End scenario, Morgan's plot still stands, like a ticking time bomb. Will Phoenix's destiny again collide with the Fey Clan?
  • Comments: This is a 2-4 Bad End AU, which is a great premise. The alternate take on how 3-5 would have happened on this timeline is fascinating, the writing is great and there's a nice amount of angst - enough but not too much.

A Complete Turnabout by Nenilein

  • Recommended by True Zero, Motmot
  • Status: Dead (last updated November 2016)
  • Synopsis: Waking up in an unfamiliar room one morning, Phoenix Wright suddenly finds a Prosecutor's Badge in his possession. With most of his allies suddenly acting hostile towards him, will he figure out what truly caused the world he knew to suddenly change?
  • Comments: This story is cleverly written, and deals with a world where DL-6 never existed, and where the Phoenix from the games wakes up to find himself in the life of a Phoenix Wright who is not only a Prosecutor, but is such a Jerkass that almost everyone who was close friends with in his life now deeply hate him. Currently dealing with the first murder case, the victim and defendant being Ema Skye and Lana Skye respectively, with Edgeworth as the Attorney, and Phoenix as the Prosecutor. Also has a case in a similar vein to DL-6, and the incident with the Forged Evidence from Apollo Justice, this case not being known to the reader or to Phoenix at this point, but resulting in the imprisonment of Mia and a non-psychopathic Dahlia. The Author also keeps a Court Record on her Profile page with sketched images for certain aspects. Contains an OC Attorney who isn't gifted at the trade, but instead is known as the 'Evidence Spammer' for presenting Evidence purely to buy time to come up with a theory, and hasn't got a perfect record either.
    • Motmot, seconding the recommendation: this is an excellent story with excellent characterization of the AA characters, and an interesting, well-thought-out premise to boot. The Original Flavor is strong and the character interactions are entertaining. It's flawed, particularly where grammar is involved, but seeing as English is the author's second language (her first is, conveniently, German) it only ups the awesome in a way. Not to mention, it's just so satisfying to encounter certain relationships between certain characters and realize, "Wow, that would be so different if not for DL-6..."

Hello Kitty! by aXL99

  • Recommended by Katzenstreu, purplehandprint, technicolortardis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is the life story of a certain kitten by the name of Shoe, told partly from its perspective, during and after the events of JFA. Comedic/dramatic fluff, and a dash of some dark humor.
  • Comments: A unfortunately underrated fanfic taking place, as previously mentioned, during the events of 2-4 and a bit after. Bordering on the most adorable thing you've ever read when told from Shoe's point of view, to very dark in later chapters, but still ending on a... well, you'll have to read for yourself. It also provides an interesting view into de Killer's world and that of assassins. Not to mention what Adrian went through, too.
    • Seconded! This is seriously underrated. I feel like people don't read this because there isn't a pairing. Honestly, this deserves way more than 6 reviews. I've seen plenty of badly-written fics that have more reviews, and that just sucks. Just give it a shot. You'll like it. -purplehandprint
    • There's a phrase to describe this story, and it's on the tip of my tongue. A diamond in the rough? Truly a rare find as far as fanfictions go. The author penned the kind of story that ought to go down in history and told again and again, like the Little Matchstick Girl. It's almost like a fairytale, but it has so much more to tell than the likes of Sleeping Beauty or Snow White.

The Great Dual Substitute Turnabout by AngelRin89

  • Recommended by mrsapollojustice
  • Status: Dead; last updated June 2019
  • Synopsis: Phoenix Wright, defense attorney extraordinaire finds himself waking up in a universe where he is not a defense attorney, but a prosecutor! Meanwhile, the Phoenix who became a prosecutor now finds himself waking up in a universe where he's an attorney! Join these two Phoenix's on a quest to solve mysterious on different sides of the courtroom, and how will they return home!
  • Comments: Despite the similar premise to A Complete Turnabout above, this fanfic is actually vastly different. Phoenix’s circumstances are extremely different waking up in this new universe where he is a prosecutor now. On top of that, the Prosecutor Phoenix of the alternate universe wakes up in the Canon Phoenix’s universe. Prosecutor Phoenix himself is an immensely hilarious character yet still tragic. There are so many different twists constantly happening in this story and it’s still relatively new. I highly recommend it. There is planned ship teasing between Apollo/Athena, and interestingly enough, Phoenix/Mia. Also, Larry Butz is dating Lotta Hart apparently. Romance is not at all a focus and usually just small ship teasing or mentioned in the background, but this fic certainly has a lot of unique pairings cropping up. For instance, in the alternate Prosecutor universe DL-6 never happened, Misty Fey was never disgraced and Gregory Edgeworth ended up meeting her and they got married. Doug Swallow never dies and ended up dating Iris and they even got married and had a little daughter. And Maya Fey is dating Simon Blackquill! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of all the changes in the alternate universe! Everything is so interesting and the characters are all very well written! I highly recommend this fic to any Ace Attorney fan! Also, it has a couple of minor character OCs in here that honestly feel like actual characters you’d meet in the game.

Phoenix's Inferno by prospectkiss

  • Recommended by Shadow Mayflower
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: With Mia as his spiritual guide, Phoenix must journey through the seven circles of sin to rescue his beloved. Written in verse, and modeled after the classic "Dante's Inferno."
  • Comments: Quite possibly one of the best kink meme fills ever. There's Phoenix/Edgeworth near the end, though it's ignorable if you don't like the pairing. As said, it's modeled after "Dante's Inferno", but nonetheless enjoyable without knowing anything about said poem. Everyone's in character, despite this being a poem. A great fic.

No Place For A Hero by MexMarco

  • Recommended by Yarrik, moooomoooo
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: One year after People v. Misham, Phoenix has reopened his law offices and recovered his attorney badge. Now both he and Apollo must prepare to do battle with the future, two murders and a court system that still refuses to change. Major spoilers for all five games!
  • Comments: An introspective look at the lives of Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice, yet it maintains the humor and characterization that we've come to know and love.

Trucy's Daddy by Ellcrys

  • Recommended by Meikyu Butterfly
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Alternate timeline to 4-4, while Vera Misham survives her atroquinine poisoning, Trucy, who had borrowed her nail polish before, ends up biting her nails in the Defense's bench as well and dies. Phoenix is left behind as a broken man, while Apollo and his other friends do all in their power to help him recover. (Kink Meme Fanfic)
  • Comments: Perfect characterization, heart-wrenching storyline and little to no appearance of the dreaded Idiot Ball, except for the possibility of channeling Trucy only coming up in the last 10 chapters of the story, maybe, make this Fic one of the true gems of the Kink Meme and definitely worth a read. While it features Phoenix and Edgeworth as a pairing, it is too downplayed to count as a Shipping Fic and can be ignored if you are not particularly averted to the pairing. The focus is clearly on Phoenix' relationship with his adoptive daughter. A Hurt-Comfort Fic with a lot of Drama but also Fluff.

Dementia by SoWrightSoWrong

  • Recommended by: Aruu, Meikyu Butterfly, No Place Like London 64, holderoftheheart
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It starts with Edgeworth forgetting little things here and there, like misplacing his glasses and falling behind with his notes. He and Phoenix joke about getting older, until they realise that Edgeworth has Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Pairing(s): Some Edgeworth/Phoenix, but it's hardly the focus.
  • Comments: Utterly heartbreaking. The author is not only a talented writer, but they have clearly done their research into Alzheimer's. You will cry after reading this.
    • Meikyu Butterfly seconding this recommendation, albeit with a huge warning as, unlike what the previous recommendator said, the pairing in this fanfic is very pronounced and will immensely minder your enjoyment of the Fanfic if your tolerance is not very, very high. To give an example, Phoenix and Edgeworth regularly kiss, starting with the very first scene of the fanfic and the overuse of the words "I love you" might be one of the weakest, most distracting points of the story. Nevertheless, it is still an amazingly well-written, heartbreakingly sad fanfic. If you are either a fan of the pairing or ready to ignore or tolerate it, read it.
      • NoPlaceLikeLondon64 here thirds this fanfic - This troper doesn't cry at anything - and by the end of this she was sobbing uncontrollably. The Phoenix/Miles pairing and the suffering they and their family feels is written in a heart-wrenching manner that will have you crying right there with them. Phoenix/Miles is my absolute OTP of the series, but even if you aren't a fan of the pairing, I still recommend this to you.

Forgive My Sin by andreapirlono1fan

  • Recommended by dariocrescend
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Edgeworth accidentally hit Phoenix with his car, making Phoenix suffered brain damage and mistakenly assumed Edgeworth as his father. And Edgeworth must behave like Phoenix father to atone his guilt...
  • Comments: One of the best Phoenix/Edgeworth ficc I ever read. Touching, heartbreaking, without any romance involved. It shows Edgeworth's loyalty to Phoenix and their strong friendship. The ending also quite a turnabout. The author of the fic also done a research about brain damage for about 6 months to write this fic.

For The Record by S.R.H. Fade

  • Recommended by ryuclockwork
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the court that is the world, there are only three types of people: Those who stand and fight, those who run, and those who witness.
  • Comments: A beautiful oneshot that can serve as a nice epilogue to Apollo Justice. Features, believe it or not, Spark Brushel (of all people) as a sort of First-Person Peripheral Narrator. One of my favourite Ace Attorney fan fictions of all time, despite its few typographical errors. The author makes fantastic use of repetition and Spark's unique narration style.

Ms. Maya by Turquise Stormcloud

  • Recommended by Trialman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Maya decided to take up teaching as a part-time job. Let the polluting the minds of children with nonsense begin!
  • Comments: A hilarious crackfic that features Maya as a part-time teacher having wacky lessons that are completely chaotic and a real laugh with the nonsense she teaches the children, such as pregnancy being a doctor's way of taking credit for the work a stork does. It really gets funny as she continues on with the lessons becoming adventures, including Mike Meekins dragging a set of carts that Maya and her pupils ride around Edgeworth's office.

Little Lion Man by cyberwulf

  • Recommended by holderoftheheart
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Serving a life sentence for murder, Diego thought he had nothing left to lose - until a stroke robbed him of the ability to speak and write. Now the prison whipping boy, he grows more isolated and alone...until the boy comes. Rated T for bad language, violence and explicit themes.
  • Comments: A really great fic that has had me laughing, crying and wanting to punch several characters in the face, then cheering when someone finally does. It shows a great relationship develop between Diego and Machi and really immerses you in their prison life. It's very well written and, even after a break of months from reading, I was able to get straight back into it. There are hints of a pairing - if you really squint - but mostly it shows a really great friendship between the two main characters, as they deal with whatever hell a jail sentence can throw at them.

Operation: Turnabout by the creator of Devil's Attorney, [1]

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Taking place during the Spring before the events of Devil's Attorney, and sometime after Bridge to the Turnabout, Phoenix and Maya take the case of one Mike November, accused of murdering his Captain Janus Harvey on Harvey's Day of Absolution, his final day working as part of that unit. As of this writing, 5 chapters have been completed, and voiced and is said to be 1 chapter away from Conclusion.
  • Comments: I'm actually really surprised this isn't here yet, considering Lord Iban's Devil's Attorney is. It's been quite the entertaining case so far, and is almost at the 3rd and Final Day of Trial. Nick and Maya meet several interesting military types, and even meet Franziska von Karma again in court. It's definitely worth a watch, and even keeps images of the continuously Court Record for viewers to follow along with.

Turnabout Lockdown by cyberwulf

  • Recommended by Bottled Fire
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Post Apollo Justice, spoilers for everything. Apollo is roped into defending Kristoph Gavin on a charge of murdering his cellmate...Diego Armando. Rated T for murder, violence, and some strong language.
  • Comments: An amazing Original Flavour fic that reads like an actual case taking place after the events of Apollo Justice. It ties together characters from the Phoenix Wright generation as well as Apollo's cast of characters, showing a realistic take on the often hilarious interactions between them. The case is very well-written and logical, yet keeps readers guessing until The Reveal.

Lawyer Camp by anonymous

  • Recommended by Zelda Queen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Phoenix remembers his rather traumatizing time in Lawyer Boot Camp with the other defense attorneys and prosecutors. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: This is a hilariously and cracky fill written to explain a Noodle Incident brought up by Maya in Justice For All. There's also no smut, despite the implications of Maya's canon comment.

Worth Fighting For by anonymous

  • Recommended by Cravat Lady
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Things go south for Phoenix, Pearl and Maya in a 2-4 AU after Matt Engarde gets acquitted...
  • Comments: A heart-breaking AU, when after Engarde's trial, he decides that Phoenix hasn't been punished enough. It stars an ensemble of characters and is magnificently written. Some Franziska/Adrian, and Phoenix/Edgeworth, but they don't take over the storyline at all.

Fatal Familial Insomnia by Brighty 124

  • Recommended by Cravat Lady
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Apollo and Trucy find out they're related when they're both diagnosed with the same rare- and possibly fatal- genetic disease.
  • Comments: Originally written for the kink meme is this heart-wrenching story. Told in dialogue, with a layout of the disease as a guideline. This will make you cry.

The Fated Turnabout by Peoplepersonsof DooM

  • Recommended by ThatFanwiththeGlasses
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: I had one job: prevent Phoenix Wright from losing his badge. I thought it'd be easy, just like the games. But I was wrong. There are no walkthroughs, no gamefaqs, just me. And I'm honestly not sure if I can handle the weird characters, spiteful attorneys, and a daily dose of murder. I'm hoping I can pull this off... I mean I can't screw this up too badly, right?
  • Comments: A rare Self-Insert Fix Fic in which the author's character ISN'T portrayed as a powerhouse. While the concept itself is rather simple, its execution is what makes this such a good story. Extremely good writing, a gripping storyline, mysterious events surrounding past cases and comic relief all contribute to this story's overall excellence.

Manfred von Karma's Amazing Adventures by Manfredvon Karma.

  • Recommended by hydrargyra
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Vague spoilers for the first game. Manfred von Karma goes on many adventures. Also featured are his children, Franziska and Miles, his nemesis-turned-friendish person-turned-romantic partner Gregory Edgeworth, his evil boss Bansai Ichiyanagi, and at one point Klavier Gavin. Each adventure focuses on a topic, like romance, or birthdays, or the popular Food Network program 'Cupcake Wars'.
  • Comments: This series evolved out of a short fic in which Manfred von Karma becomes educated about genders, and it sort of snowballs from there. It focuses mainly on the von Karma and Edgeworth families, with all parties involved being alive. The writing style is simplistic and slightly repetitive, though this is generally used to humorous effect and honestly adds a lot to the narrative. Special mention should go to Manfred von Karma's Amusement Park Adventure, which in addition to being a good read is also an accurate account of what it's like to be autistic and visit a high-stimulus location. Recurring themes include the relationship between Manfred von Karma and Gregory Edgeworth, domestic situations, and Manfred's career. (Contains Manfred/Gregory and Franziska/Maya, though these are skippable.)

Letters and Legacies by EstelRaca.

  • Recommended by sumguy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Ema returns from Europe, nothing quite goes like she expected or wanted it to. She is able to pick up her friendship with Phoenix Wright again, though, and perhaps that will be good for both of them. Set mid-Apollo Justice.
  • Comments: A one-shot that captures a poignant, yet hopeful conversation between two characters who only interacted off-screen in canon.

Turnabout Blue Earth by Sith Droideka.

  • Recommended by NNinja
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gus M. Org, a corporate vice-president, has been poisoned. His secretary, Bertha B. Caroline, was arrested, and Apollo Justice was hired to defend her. However, there's a few snags in the case: the first is that the prosecutor for the case is a Mrs. Iris Wright, a higher court prosecutor. And the second is an eight-year-old case handled by a man named Godot.
  • Comments: Yep, after some Level Grinding in Badass Iris became a prosecutor, plus Godot's back. Good thing is that author managed not to get overboard with Iris's character so while she's clearly tougher, Older and Wiser than in canon she's still Iris (which is more than I can say about Phoenix in AJ). Another thing is that Author decided to go more in-depth about the after-effects of certain canon cases which games didn't really consider. The case itself is well done, starts simply and then Serial Escalation kicks in with quite a few good twists along the way. Not many bad things I can say, except maybe for Continuity Porn that puts Bridge to Turnabout to shame, but it doesn't really get in the way. For shippers: Pairings involved are Phoenix/Iris and later Apollo/Ema but both stay in the background and don't get in the way of a story.

A Friend in Need by Feriku.

  • Recommended by Anomalocaris20
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's Blackquill's worst nightmare when Taka falls deathly ill, but he can't do anything for his friend from behind bars. Determined to help out, Athena talks Juniper into caring for the sick hawk. Warning: Dual Destinies spoilers.
  • Comments: The synopsis might make it sound like a rather grim fic, and it does indeed show a side of Blackquill that the game only rarely exposes, but there's a reason it's also sorted under "humor"; once the fic switches perspective to Juniper, we become privy to her thoughts and see that even a docile and demure girl like herself can only be pushed around so much without becoming at least inwardly grouchy and hostile. An uncooperative animal, a death-threat-spewing prosecutor, and an incompetent detective are a definite ticket past that breaking point.

Maya Fey Medium Attorney by Super Legenda.

  • Recommended by tomachon.
  • Status: Complete
  • "Synopsis": This is a story what happens six months after Turnabout Succession, the story starts when Phoenix is shooted and Apollo is acused, and Maya go to help Justice.
  • "Comments": I think this is a good history, the narration is good and the trials are really goods, and the OC characters are interesting, in my opinion this can be a great history.
    • If you speak Spanish, anyway. This fic is written entirely in Spanish.

Turnabout Smokescreen by chariset.

  • Recommended by Voldiethegeekgoddess
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An incident at the Prosecutor's Office results in a dead woman and a comatose man, and the legal world is abuzz. But when Miles Edgeworth is accused of manslaughter, can Phoenix Wright clear the name of his client when he can't even speak to him?
  • Comments: A fantastic story that reads just like a case from the games. Set post SoJ and brings in a bunch of the Investigations crew and gives them their chance to shine, as well as tying into a case from all the way back in JfA. Phoenix is in rare form and it's a joy to read.

The Seelie of Kurain by Rodimiss

  • Recommended by Blaidd Dunn
  • Status: Complete, with an in-progress sequel The Witches of Los Angelesand a series of short oneshots (not essential to the main narrative): Touches of Twilight''
  • Synopsis: "Why are so many of the Fair Folk lawyers?” Clay asks. “Also while you’re up can you grab me a pack of Swiss Rolls?”
    “Is this the setup for a joke or an actual question?” Apollo asks. “And either way, why?”
    If it's a joke, it's a cruel one.
  • Comments: A darker retelling of Apollo Justice where the city of Los Angeles is just south of the Kurain Mountains, home of the Winter Courte. This changes things...significantly. The broad shapes of the cases are left untouched however the tension is much much deeper when you know messing up could ebd with you having your soul stolen. The fey are a terrifying and ever-present force, creating endless justified paranoia. This story also delves more deeply into the character dynamics that the series glosses over - special mention to the way it builds up Apollo and Phoenixs difficult interactions. It even successfully works in Apollos many backstories into a cohesive whole. It, and its sequel, are utterly fantastic. You are cheating yourself if you skip over it.

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth: End of an Era by PierceTheVeils

  • Recommended by Ayecrusher King
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Everything in life has an end. Nothing can last forever. The best we can do is brace ourselves and prepare for what comes next. As Miles Edgeworth takes on a string of cases, he realizes they may be his last chance to find justice as he and the people closest to him reach the end of an era.
  • Comments: A fantastic story that reads just like a case from the games. Set before the Dark Age of Law, after Phoenix's disbarment, and before Blackquil's arrest, this fic unites the Investigations crew as a possible scenario of how Blackquil became under Edgeworth's protege.

Without Him by Boo2020

  • Recommended by jjs42
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Thanks to trace levels of poison in the necklace Phoenix swallowed back during his college trial, his heart was weakened and he suffers a heart attack in court a decade later. He dies, and leaves his friends and family to deal and move on as best as they can.
  • Comments: A story set around the time of Dual Destinies where Phoenix dies of a heart attack in the middle of a court case. The story switches between the perspectives of Edgeworth, Trucy, Apollo, Athena, and Maya Pearl as they learn to cope with the loss. As you would expect, Phoenix eventually gets channelled.

The View from the Gallery by hechima

  • Recommended by LegoCrafter2014
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Re-telling of Turnabout Goodbyes from Raymond Shields' perspective as he watches the proceedings from the gallery. A reflection on past failures and future hopes.
  • Comments: An excellent fanfic that shows how ridiculous 1-4's trial looked like from an onlooker's perspective, while also having the personal effect of Raymond being close to the Edgeworths.

The Illusion of Control by MeowZee

  • Recommended by CoinCollector
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU. Phoenix's plan to give Miles his Christmas present quickly goes awry.
  • Comments: Follows Phoenix's life in a world where the DL-6 Incident claimed Miles's life instead of Gregory's. The author does an excellent job in blending the canons of all the games to create an AU that's both heartbreaking and heartwarming in turns.

l i a r by KiwiKat_Writes

  • Recommended by jjs42
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Iris, from where she’d sat up to greet them, drew back a bit, confusion knitting her eyebrows together. As Gina looked at them, she found herself joining- something was… wrong.
  • Comments: Susato blows up at Herlock for hiding the fact that Asougi is alive. The fic is well-written and portrays Susato's and Ryuunosuke's reactions to finding out that Herlock hid something so major from them.

The Adventures of John Phoenix by dakoolguy

  • Recommended by barrylawn
  • Synopsis: The Adventures of John Phoenix, an OC/self-insert and Phoenix's nephew, on his way to becoming the greatest defense attorney who ever lived—AKA Ace Attorney. Troll Fic.
  • Comments: A story set in a universe alternate to that of Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice. Phoenix Wright discovers his long-lost sister, Mary Wright, just as she gives birth to his nephew, John Phoenix. Together with his uncle, John Phoenix travels the world to defend people in court and become the best attorney in the world.

John Phoenix: Turnabout Zombie Plague by barrylawn and HoboSeven

  • Recommended by YC4425
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It's the middle of October and zombies are attacking England! Follow the adventures of John Phoenix, Storm Sente and many more as they battle for their lives against the living dead and figure out who is responsible for this catastrophe!
  • Comments: A disease breaks out in London that's turning people into zombies and the characters of Ace Attorney set out to protect the city and fight infected zombies. The fic mixes sci-fi and zombie-fighting with narratives built around police corruption and human mortality. John Phoenix is here too!

The Great Ace Detective by Checkerbox

  • Recommended by DigiXBot
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The wrong man died in the duel that fateful night. And so Ryunosuke Naruhodo arrives in a London that yet still suffers under the grip of the Professor.
  • Comments: A 'for want of a nail' story where a change in one night changes the destiny of several characters. Showing a timeline where Klint van Ziek lives to guide his family, where Kazuma continued his work as a defense attorney but for a different purpose, and where Ryuunosuke finds a new path as a detective. Will contain Late-Arrival Spoiler for The Great Ace Attorney, but overall a great story when reading the various changes that had occured.
  • Now has a TV Trope page: The Great Ace Detective

A Case of Identity by PengyChan

  • Recommended by DigiXBot
  • Status: In-Progress
  • Synopsis: On that fateful night in Lowgate cemetery, the bullet finds its target in Enoch Drebber. When he awakens he's locked behind an iron mask, facing a lifetime of imprisonment as the mass murderer who survived a botched execution - the Professor. However, help is afoot.
  • Comments: A 'for want of a nail' regarding the Professor Conspiracy, as a case of Enoch's bad luck leads him framed as the Professor while the original scapegoat is able to head home. Witness the various characters from the game finding the threads that will soon unravel a great conspiracy.

Turnabout Alphabet by snekwami

  • Recommended by jjs42
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Khurainese government starts banning letters one by one. The characters have to stop using them, and so does the fic. Inspired by Ella Minnow Pea.
  • Comments: The fic is surprisingly emotional and shows an interesting alternate way Spirit of Justice could have gone.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Turnabout: Bloodlines by MalikRuttingAssassinAss (also known as GeorgiaLeFlay)

  • Recommended by Nepeta
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Wrightworth
  • Synopsis: Chief Prosecutor Edgeworth collapses at work in the midst of a heated trial. What comes from his hospitalisation throws both his and Phoenix's worlds into mass confusion, exposing forgotten family secrets, a murder, and uncharted feelings.
  • Comments: I don't like explicit-rated stories at all and I don't usually read them, yet I keep coming back to this one, years after I first read it. For a story with explicit elements, it is more than just that, and it has a solid case underlying that is the main draw of it. Even if you're not a fan of the pairing at all, one can very easily skip the explicit parts and still have a very enjoyable time. Note that the story does contain original characters, but they fit in very easily within the universe and play a side role at best. For me, the cherry on top is that it also features one of my favorite headcanons - that Maya, Mia and Miles are full siblings. Also has a sequel.

The Fox and the Dragon by ShipHippo

  • Recommended by Blaidd Dunn
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/Naruhodou Ryuunosuke, past Ryuunosuke/Kazuma and Sherlock/John
  • Synopsis: After tragedy strikes on his way to England, Ryuunosuke takes up with the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. But Ryuu discovers that Holmes is mourning his own loss and harboring a secret similar to his own. As Ryuu learns to navigate London being different in more ways than one, the two soon become entangled in a love affair and a series of murders that seem to be trying to expose them both.
  • Comments: Sweet, tragic, and sexy with a tense and fascinating murder plot holding it together. The historical setting feels real and layered and wonderfully in character, binged it untill two in the morning the first time I read it. Even if you don't like the pairing I'd give it a go for the mystery alone.

Legal Partners by Miggy

  • Recommended by Oculus Inferno
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Wrightworth, Klavier flirts with Ema and Apollo
  • Synopsis: Miles Edgeworth isn't totally sure how he ended up in this bet to demonstrate the strength of his and Phoenix Wright's (entirely professional and platonic! really!) relationship, but he knows it's Klavier's fault.
  • Comments This story is fantastic. It really captures Phoenix and Miles' relationship post-DD and how they understand each other, while also being a fun story about Miles showing Phoenix how much he means to him. Klavier is also trying to do the same for Apollo, who is trying to work on a case. Overall, this is a fun story that is in character and builds up Phoenix and Miles' relationship, while emphasizing their past together.

Turn it about (and make it count) by lilacSkye

  • Recomended by Blaidd Dunn
  • Status : Complete
  • Pairings: Slow burn Wrightworth, quick burn Klavier/Apollo, past Kristoph/Phoenix, and Franziska/Maya
  • Synopsis: Phoenix Wright is back in full swing and ready to take on the legal world once more. He has a family, as unconventional it might be, and his career is as stable as it is ever going to get. With the end of the Dark Age of the Law, maybe he'll get to have his much wanted normal life he'd been denied for so long. Of course, fate has other plans for the freshly reinstated attorney
  • Comments: It feels odd to say that this is a shipping fic for those who don't like shipping fics, but whilst this is a beautiful rendition of romantic Wrightworth it's an equally successful plot-driven character drama dealing with the fall out of Appolo Justice 1. In fact, it's so good that it works as a perfectly believable sequal to that game. If you wanted to know more about Kristoph Gavin, his relationship to his brother and Phoenix, Edgeworth's return to the states, or the Lamoir plot be resolved then this is the story for you.

Locked Hearts and Hidden Voices , by flybykeylimepie

  • Recommended by: Blaidd Dunn
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Edgeworth/Phoenix
  • Synopsis: Whilst spending a holiday in Germany, Pheonix meets a young girl called Athena, who helps him out with some hidden feelings.
  • Comments: Despite being a shipping fic, the vast majority of it is a character study in disbarred! Phoenix and how his situation affects him and the people around him, including Athena. The relationship between Athena and Phoenix is really well developed, and there are a couple of nice touches which really strengthen Athena's characterization in the games. Also, the reason for Edgeworth and Phoenix not being honest with their feelings touches on some really genuine difficulties that can arise in these situations. It does use second-person perspective to a *meh effect, but if you like your angst with a whole heaping of fluff, this is for you.

I Will Always Here For You'' by andreapirlono1fan

  • Recommended by dariocrescend
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Edgeworth/Kay with background Phoenix/Maya and Franziska/Lang
  • Synopsis: Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth finally found the right woman to fill the void in his heart. But, a bitter event now must leave him with hard choices: to maintain his relationship or stop his relationship for good. Life was cruel, so does love.
  • Comments: The main plot of the fic actually was very simple: Edgeworth suffers cardiac disorder (arrhythmia) when he begin dating with Kay. This was when the conflict started: His disease recurred everyday, make him gives so much anxiety to Kay, make him think he's too weak for Kay, he think he make Kay more like his nurse and babysitter than his girlfriend. But the author executed a very simple plot to a very well story. The chemistry between Kay and Edgeworth really great, my favorite part was when Edgeworth fall into a coma after he try to save Kay from a burning building, and Kay still wait for him to wake up although everyone said she must move on. The author also did a good job with portraying emotional Edgeworth and his depression due to his disease on the fic.

The Life Of A Demon Attorney

  • Recommended by totofan4ever
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Edgeworth/Kay. Gumshoe/Maggey later on.
  • Synopsis: Everyone has a life. Everyone has things to do or people to see, socially and professionally. Miles Edgeworth has a courtroom, with truths to find and verdicts to declare. It's all he knows. But people want to take that away from him.
  • Comments: Yo, if the second Miles Edgeworth game came to the States more people would ship Miles and Kay, but since we are not that lucky this fanfic proves to a great intro as to how their relationship can work. The characters are flawlessly in character, the romance is in no way cheesy, the way an older and more mature Kay interacts with Edgeworth is fantastic, and the twists and turns keep ya trying to guess what happens next. The only flaw I can say about this fic is that there is something gets set up early on, but never gets a proper conclusion and the swearing some of the characters do has pulled me from the experience a bit (but thats only me)- thats hardly a fault when you got some of the best chemistry I've read in an Edgeworth fanfic. Especially when Edgeworth takes some cases in New York after he learns Kay has been seriously injured. He doesn't really know how to handle the stress of knowing she's in a coma and leaves to avoid the whole situation. Much to his dismay, it doesn't work.

A Turnabout Toast by ideny

  • Recommended by gatekeeper827
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Phoenix/Edgeworth, Apollo/Klavier later on, slight Franziska/Adrian
  • Synopsis: Phoenix and Edgeworth, awkwardly and with a lot of help, realize that missed opportunities don't have to stay that way. Post GS 4, with spoilers.
  • Comments: This is one of the best AA fanfictions I have ever read. The characterization is spot on, the relationships move at a believable pace, and the story can flip-flop from hilarious to heartwarming to dead serious with ease. As mentioned, this fic is post GS 4, though some does take place in flashback, mostly showing what the heck Edgeworth was up to during that 7-year time skip. There are some OCs, but they are all fun to read and have smaller roles anyway. Best of all, it's complete! Seriously, go read it. Now.
    • Seconded. The emotional power of this fic is amazing. It explores how Phoenix feels about Miles leaving all the time, gives closure to fans of Vera, and even pulls off a major moment of awesome for Gumshoe, Franziska, and Kay Faraday in how they handle something they know is a major possible problem without Edgeworth even knowing it's being taken care of. A must-read.

Phantasm by Elly Van Houten

  • Recommended by purplehandprint, holderoftheheart
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Miles Edgeworth/Adrian Andrews
  • Synopsis: Everyone has ghosts from their pasts. The hardest part is facing them... Set nine months after T&T, spoilers for PW 1-3 and AJ 1.
  • Comments: DON'T LET THE PAIRING TURN YOU OFF. This story is truly amazing. The author somehow made the unusual pairing work. This is honestly one of the best fanfics I've ever read. The pacing of the romance is realistic, and the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat. It really sucks that it didn't get many reviews because had this pairing been more popular, this would've been one of the highest-reviewed fics. I don't even like the pairing, and I still think it is one of the best fanfics in Ace Attorney. As I said, they just made it work. Sadly, the story has been abandoned, but it's a great fic, nonetheless. You should definitely give it a chance, even if you don't care for the pairing. Also, consider PM-ing the author to continue. It's unlikely, but she might decide to continue the story if she gets enough e-mails asking her to continue (assuming she still uses the same e-mail). EDIT: She's updated it!!! READ THE STORY. It is friggin' amazing. Words cannot describe its awesomeness.

Follow the Fool by CantFakeTheFunk (Slash Fic.)

  • Recommended by The Turtle Guy
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Franziska von Karma/Adrian Andrews.
  • Synopsis: Four months after the final case in PW 2, Franziska von Karma is forced to reexamine her life yet again when a certain woman comes to Germany to see her. Implied Franziska x Adrian, Shoujo Ai...
  • Comments: The definitive Fran/Adrian fic. Great insight into the minds of both women. The OC is fantastic as well, fitting the quirky nature of the series while staying fresh and funny.

A Funny Thing Called Fate by strawberryfzz

  • Recommended by Fortunately Rabid
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Ema Skye/Klavier Gavin.
  • Synopsis: A story that starts with Ema's first kiss, and follows her relationship with Klavier throughout the span of the series. Contains spoilers from the first and fourth Ace Attorney games.
  • Comments: A lovely fic that manages to keep both leads in character while also fleshing them out and providing an interesting reason for Ema's dislike of Klavier. The relationship of the pair also develops from dislike/indifference to friendship to romance rather than starting out with Ema harboring a secret crush for Klavier(as many fics of this couple do). Furthermore, the fic is also intertwined brilliantly with both the timeline and plot of the Apollo Justice game, so much so that any fan will be able to appreciate the thought, creativity and writing skills of the author. A definite recommendation for any fan of this pairing.

Rock Steady by JazzBox

  • Recommended by Jarell 88
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Ema Skye x Klavier Gavin.
  • Synopsis: How do you love everything about someone yet hate them at the exact same time? That was one question Ema could never answer.
  • Comments: While most fics that attempt to pair these two tend to throw at least one of these people out of character, this fic, in particular, is very well done. Every character featured here remains wonderfully in character, so much so that everything here could be lifted out of the game itself. Also, for fans of the series in general, practically every important makes an appearance, and there are more continuity nods than you can shake a stick at, such as the remains of Ema's schoolgirl crush of Edgeworth, Kurain village, and so much more. Definitely a good read.
    • Unfortunately a dead fic, since the author has officially declared that they will no longer write fics. However, where the fic ends can still suffice as a reasonable ending, even if it still leaves a bit to be desired.

Piano Man by Trench Kamen. (Explicit sexual content, language, detailed descriptions of injury later on. Yaoi. Het. Suggested yuri.)

  • Recommended by fatalfeline
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Phoenix/Edgeworth-centric, though it deals with many other pairings as well (most notably Maggey/Gumshoe).
  • Synopsis: Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth have finally been able to settle down together. Phoenix's musical sense never left, even after re-gaining his bar: he still associates songs with memories, good and bad, hilarious and heartbreaking.
  • Comments: An extraordinarily excellent, complex, and for some reason much overlooked fanfiction, using usually looked-down-upon concepts like songfic and original characters and making them work. Chapters are in Anachronic Order since they are "memories", each one titled with a song to go along with it and lyrics inserted in the text-only where they are appropriate. Places the Ace Attorney world in a very real-world perspective and talks about things like the unfair court system and hangings for execution in detail. But besides the considerable work and research that went into it, this fanfic is deeply emotional and laugh-out-loud hilarious moments are just as numerous as the adorably heartwarming and the unbearably tragic. Although the chapters are quite lengthy, the writing is intriguing enough that it's never a problem. This story follows the Ace Attorney storyline up until the end of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney and mostly delves into the private lives of the characters and events behind closed doors in the storyline. Though it is quite long, Piano Man is an excellent investment even for those who usually would not read fanfiction and must be experienced to fully grasp. May or may not be complete. Also has some fun Shout Outs.
    • Seconded. This story is absolutely sublime - going from a unique and interesting future!fic, to believably filling in what happened with the all characters missing from Apollo Justice. The pairings are all written wonderfully, and it's all highly believable. This troper laughed, cried, and cheered through the whole thing and would definitely read it over and over again.

Shadows Passing by SoWrightSoWrong

  • Recommended by Love Is Weird
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Edgeworth/Phoenix
  • Synopsis: Three years after their parting, Phoenix and Edgeworth don't recognize each other when they meet again. Px E, written for the kink meme.
  • Comments: Where to start, where to start...oh, yeah. To get this out of the way, this has Easy Amnesia as one of its plot points. But, oh my giddy aunt, it is crukking GOOD. The segments set in the present are just so beautifully written, and those in the past do their job of explaining exactly what Edgeworth is doing teaching at a high school under the name of Evan Morgan and why Phoenix doesn't remember a thing about his life. Wonderful writing right there, with the Tear Jerker factor turned up. Whoever writes this must be an accomplished professional!

Apollo's Brilliant Revenge by AngelRin89

  • Recommended by mrsapollojustice
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Apollo/Athena
  • Synopsis: If he stopped and thought about what he was about to do in that moment then he'd straight-up punch himself. But he ignored whatever sensible voice that usually was in control to the back of his mind...he wanted revenge. Justicykes oneshot fluff
  • Comments: This fic is utterly cute and hilarious! It's post Dual Destinies and despite being a oneshot has a fantastic grasp of Athena and Apollo's characters. They're both very in character, their dialogue is perfect, and when the two of them try being romantic they start to get rather awkward but hilarious to read (especially Apollo). I recommend it to any Apollo/Athena fan.

Of Fake Fairytales and Faux Amour by Lyrical Rawr

  • Recommended by Love Is Weird, rrm, ilsemmr
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Phoenix/Edgeworth, fake at first
  • Synopsis: Miles desperately needs a way of removing an unwanted admirer, and what better way is there than to pretend to date his very male, straight best friend and rival? Sigh, it sounded so foolproof in his head at least...
  • Comments: This is a stark contrast to my previous recommendation above. Where Shadows is tear-jerky and sniffle-inducing, OFFAFA is hilarious! The OC, Kath Everett, is written so well, and Edgeworth and Phoenix seem so in character! My only gripe is, hey, the plot is a little overused, but Rawr more than makes up for it by her superb writing and laugh-a-minute jokes. Be warned, though, it gets a bit long at times.
    • This fic is simply awesome. By chapter 5 I can almost guarantee that you will be laughing the whole time. Sadly, it is a Dead Fic.
      • And lo and behold, it has UPDATED! Anyway, the fic is phenomenal! All characters are hilarious and the rival is awesome. Plus, you get to see everyone's favorite emotional robot suffer through a fake romance. What's not to love?
      • Not a dead fic. The author wrote in email replies that the updates are very slow but certainly not dead.
      • Behold the fic has updated again!

The Man Who Looked at the Sky by Carlis Black

  • Recommended by Gintax Alvissforever
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Klavier/Apollo, as the story goes on
  • Synopsis: When Daryan and Kristoph breaks out of prison, Klavier is desperate to hunt them down. Then Kristoph disappears, and Apollo is suspected to be the reason. But when Klavier confronts his Herr Forehead, Apollo simply refuses to cooperate...
  • Comments: This is the aftermath of AJ case 4. It's very detailed in the lives of the characters after Kristoph's second conviction. This story goes into the mind of the two criminals that have been accused of murder in cases 3 and 4 and what their motive is for getting out. The story mainly focuses on Klavier and slowly starts focusing on Apollo once he gets closer to opening the other's heart (who closed it off after Kristoph's trial.) The story will shift to Phoenix every now and then and his life after he regains his attorney badge and his relationship with Trucy. The OC characters are very realistic, fitting to the point where they can survive in the Ace Attorney world where they won't be accused of being a Gary sue. Also, I like how the character development is flushed out and how those close to Kristoph are deeply affected particularly Apollo who is a completely different person for justified reasons. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to bang your head against the wall for the characters' stupid decisions, and you'll be cheering for your favorite characters doing the unthinkable...especially Apollo. This tale is about love and betrayal and what lengths you'll go to save the person you well as the external lengths one would go to keep the thing they love the most whether it's family, fame or fortune. It starts out slow, but picks up very fast. You'll be surprised at the ending.

The Last Job by bethfrish

  • Recommended by chameleonbreath
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Tyrell Badd/Calisto Yew/Byrne Faraday
  • Synopsis: Just a cute little piece about the Yatagarasu Gang. WARNING: NC-17
  • Comments: Great characterisation! I personally am in love with Byrne Faraday, and this fic definitely does all three of the Yatagarasu justice. And there's smut, which is great.

Thieves Great and Small by Seiberwing

  • Recommended by: Celestially
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Tyrell Badd/Byrne Faraday
  • Synopsis: Detective Badd would have preferred to keep his relationship with Prosecutor Faraday out of the public eye, but with his partner in the morgue he has far more important priorities.
  • Comments: Thieves Great and Small is a 3-part series covering Badd's journey in dealing with the aftermath of Byrne's death; including adopting Kay, visiting relatives, adjusting to a new home, and young Kay discovering more about her father's legacy than Badd intended. The first fic in the series, The Back-up Plan, focuses well on the hardships of Byrne and Badd dealing with their closeted relationship in the workplace. Badd's utter devotion to Kay is paramount and ties the whole series together into a heartfelt collection to enjoy.
    • The third fic in the series, The Book of Crows, also features a surprise crossover cameo with certain characters from Ghost Trick. The crossover works well, as the author manages to connect the ties between the two video games into a very organic story.

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows by Orange Lights

  • Recommended by Pencilsoot, kt-low
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Franziska von Karma/Adrian Andrews
  • Synopsis: When Franziska comes back from Germany for a case, she finds herself staying much longer than she intended thanks to a certain woman.
  • Comments: A wonderful fic with everyone surprisingly in character. The author really takes Franziska and Adrian's relationship realistically; starting out at a slow believable pace and showing views from both women on the current situation at hand. Overall, a very enjoyable fanfiction.
    • Seconded: I don't like secondary characters pairings but I know that Adrian goes to live with Franziska in Germany after the second game and,for some reason, Fran teaches Adrian how to use a whip, so I gave this a chance. Just some chapters and I couldn't stop reading! Gumshoe and the others are, indeed, amusingly in character while the OCs are great and fit well. I think this is a unique relationship since, because of Adrian's sickness and Franziska's guilt, both don't know if it's love or not. I suggest giving it a try even if you don't like the pairing, it takes some time but the fluff is more than worth it. It's finally finished too!

Life Doesn't Work That Way by Daphne 22

  • Recommended by kirana44
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Edgeworth/Phoenix
  • Synopsis: Phoenix and Edgeworth deal with the repercussions of Lana Skye's trial while trying to trying to figure out what they really mean to each other. Set between 1-5 and JFA, spoilers for both, slash.
  • Comments: I genuinely can't praise this fic enough. Everyone is brilliantly in character, and the portrayal of Edgeworth's gradual breakdown is simply brilliant. It fits almost perfectly in the canon, and the writing itself is top-notch. Really delves into the bizarre friendship between Nick and Edgey, and builds up the tension nicely. The kind of story you have to devour, it's so good.

The Rest Of The Pieces by purplepjs

  • Recommended by Star Meilene 01
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Maya/Phoenix
  • Synopsis: It was all supposed to be over at the end of the Hazakurain Trial, but what secrets still remain unspoken about the Fey family past? Is Maya's life in danger yet again?
  • Comments: An absolutely lovely fic, my favorite Maya/Phoenix fic. It really digs deep into their relationship and the Fey family's past. You see Edgeworth and Kay, Iris and Pearl, and even a few original characters. Not only Maya, but it also tunnels into the relationship between Mia and Diego, starting with how they first met, and why Diego calls her "kitten". The romance is really sweet and contains lots of fluff, and the suspense and mystery tie in with it together perfectly. But the amazing part is that it's all possible, tying in with the Apollo Justice world as well. I highly recommend this fic for anyone looking for some Maya/Phoenix in their day.

Break the Sky (continued here)

  • recommended by oceanlover4evr, Vithian
  • Status: Dead
  • A kink-meme fill, this is absolutely amazing, and is one of the longest ones yet, still ongoing at 264 chapters.
  • Synopsis: The Ace Attorney characters in a dystopian AU.
  • Comments: It's absolutely heart-breaking. The main pairings are Miles/Phoenix and Apollo/ Klavier, and it is BEAUTIFUL.
    • Whilst this story is amazing in every way possible, it now appears to be a dead fic, last updated Nov 13th, 2011. Be warned.

One of Every Color by Croik

  • Recommended by Gatekeeper 827
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Phoenix/Edgeworth
  • Synopsis: After GS 3 Phoenix appeals an old case, which forces him to choose between a woman's life and an old friend.
  • Comments: An excellent fic. It manages to balance the focus between a well-thought-out murder storyline (and the hoops Phoenix is forced to jump through to make his case) with the ever-increasing strain it puts on Phoenix and Edgeworth's growing relationship. Be warned that it ends on a somewhat bittersweet note.

Souvenir by Studio Kawaii

  • Recommended by KISSlover888
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Pairing: Lang X Franziska, plus hints at Phoenix X Edgeworth
  • Synopsis: Shi-Long Lang and Franziska von Karma have been working together for Interpol... but once the case is over, what will happen? You must have played "Ace Attorney Investigations" to fully understand this (silly) story.
  • Comments: Don't let the pairing discourage you! This comic is very good and worth a read. A fancomic with artwork that looks like it was taken from the games, "Souvenir" is short but absolutely adorable.

I Had Not Intended To Love Him by Beautiful-blue

  • Recommended by NoPlaceLikeLondon64
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Godot/Franziska. A bit of Godot/Mia in the beginning as well
  • Synopsis: Franziska and Godot are forced to work together on a case. Although they initially hate one another, things soon begin to change between them. Very very loosely based on Jane Eyre...
  • Comments: Don't let the pairing turn you away - it is pulled off very well and believably. This fanfic is well-written and is definitely worth a read!

Worth the Fight by Midnight Whisper 7

  • Recommended by: KISSlover888
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Lang X Franziska
  • Synopsis: Franziska von Karma and Shi-Long Lang reach an understanding. Subtext, one-shot.
  • Comments: A well-written fanfic. It's quite interesting, and the interaction between Lang and Franziska is well-done.

Dirty Sympathy by ideny

  • Recommended by: Koneko Otome
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Apollo/Klavier
  • Synopsis: The plot of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is a "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder. Klavier and Apollo, stuck in abusive relationships, meet accidentally and decide to lend each other a hand. WARNING: domestic abuse and offscreen rape.
  • Comments: A very intense fic, I have so much sympathy for Klavier and Apollo's plight and feel their desperation to somehow survive and help one another by committing very dubious acts. A clean-up version is in progress here

"Like Sisters", written by indirectkissesiniceland

  • Recommended by: Madam Reg
  • Status: Complete
  • "Pairing": Apollo/Juniper
  • "Synopsis": Trucy has a list of New Year's Resolutions to finish off before the year is through, and the last item on her list ("Get Polly a girlfriend") remains unchecked. When Athena tells her about a friend of hers who thinks Apollo's a great guy but is too shy to say anything, Trucy figures the key to getting stuffy old Polly on a date may lie in the decorations for the first annual Wright Anything Agency Christmas Party.
  • "Comments": Apollo/Juniper is an underrated pairing, it needs more love. Luckily we have this fic to read. It's cute, well-written, and the moments between Apollo and Juniper, as seen through Trucy's POV, are very fluffy.

"Breaking Waves" by Mabis

  • Recommended by: Brighty 124
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Phoenix/Edgeworth and Franziska/Adrian
  • Synopsis: Phoenix, Miles, and Franziska are each struggling for what they want, and soon discover sometimes the best relationships are formed when we fight the hardest for them.
  • Comments: A super sweet story about two very different developing relationships. It's truly remarkable and is complete with a happy ending. There are a few smutty parts, but you can skip them, and not miss anything important to the storyline. A must-read.

A Match Made in Neo-Olde Tokyo by Feriku

  • Recommended by: Mandichaos
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Maya Fey/Simon Blackquill
  • Synopsis: "There was nothing wrong with being a fan of the Steel Samurai, but as a grown man, an ex-convict, and a prosecutor with a knack for being the scariest guy in the room in any given situation, Simon Blackquill had no plans to admit his love of the show to anyone... until a certain spirit medium entered his life. As for Maya Fey, what were the chances she'd meet a REAL samurai, and one willing to watch the Steel Samurai with her, at that? Talk about a reason to celebrate—burgers, anyone?" (Post-Dual Destinies, so there may be mild spoilers.)
  • Comments: A sweet and silly story that takes a pairing I had never even considered and makes it truly work. Maya and Simon are both perfectly in character - Maya is as cheerfully absurd as ever and Simon's black humor is put to good use. (As is Pearl and her determination to stalk any and all candidates for Maya's "special someone." Even if the candidate is a scary samurai prosecutor...)
    • Seconded. This fanfic is extremely in character and well done. I was a bit skeptical due to the crack pairing nature and came out pleasantly surprised. I now ship this crack ship thanks to this story! I definitely recommend it!

Halfway To Sunlight by mllelaurel

  • Recommended by: Brighty 124
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Klavier Gavin/Apollo Justice and Wocky Kitaki/Vera Misham
  • Synopsis: As if trying to emotionally disentangle himself from his former mentor after the Misham trial wasn’t enough, Apollo winds up with a copycat case falling into his lap, and said mentor’s younger brother a growing presence in his life. But neither of the tasks facing him will be easy, and everyone's got secrets they may or may not want to reveal.
  • Comments: An emotional story about the relationship between Klavier and Apollo. Stunning, and made this troper cry several times. Don't let the Wocky/Vera turn you off, it's very well written, and doesn't take up a huge part of the storyline.

A Wrench in the Works by Rosage

  • Recommended by: Snowthefirst
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Aura Blackquill/Metis Cykes
  • Synopsis: Aura resets the timeline. If only undoing tragedy were as simple as making a few repairs.
  • Comments: Takes place before Turnabout for Tomorrow. What starts out as a simple Peggy Sue story centering around Aura trying to save Metis becomes a struggle that dissects not only Aura's relationship with the cast, but even dissects Aura herself. The last chapter ties everything up beautifully, but I won't specify to avoid spoilers.

A Long Way To Fall byProspectkiss

  • Recommended by:Thedemonprosecutor
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Phoenix Wright/Miles Edgeworth
  • Synopsis: After a one-night stand, a stalker becomes obsessed with Edgeworth and begins wreaking havoc on his life. Phoenix tries to help and support him through the ordeal. But things soon get out of hand: Edgeworth is forced into hiding, the FBI is called in, and someone's life is in very real danger. Amidst the turmoil, Phoenix and Edgeworth try to cope with their feelings for each other.
  • Comments: This fic takes place before Apollo Justice when Phoenix is still an attorney. It switches points of view between Phoenix and Edgeworth who are both desperately in love with each other. I didn't think a story could be about love yet be so intense. I hated the antagonist so much. The emotion in this fic is beautiful and it stands as one of the most well-written fics I've ever read. You will laugh, you will cry, you will want to stab the antagonist in the gut. Please read this fic.

Somebody That I Used to Know by Zarla

  • Recommended by: Digivam 143
  • Status: Complete
  • Now has its own entry here
  • Pairing: Juan Corrida/Matt Engarde, Juan Corrida/Celeste Inpax, Celeste Inpax/Adrian Andrews(one-sided)
  • Synopsis: There were a lot of things that Juan Corrida hated about Matt Engarde. In fact, if you told him to make a list of them all, he'd probably never stop. The number one thing though was that Matt wasn't always like this.
  • Comments: What was supposed to be a kink request for Matt and Juan turned into an extraordinarily, well-written fic that turns everything you know about 2-4 upside down. We are taken through the remaining years of Juan Corrida as we follow him through his career, his short-lived romance with Celeste Inpax, and the strange and twisted relationship he has with his rival, Matt Engarde. All before he meets his tragic end at the beginning of Justice for All's final case. Certain twists in the story mean you may not look at that case the same again. Among them the unspoken reasoning for Engarde's sociopathy, a possible new twist in Celeste's death. And most of all it takes 2-4's victim, an implied jerkass not much better than the actual villain, and turns him into one of the biggest tragic heroes this side of Godot. This is his story, and by God will it leave you begging for an alternate outcome.

Simon Says by misailurist

  • Recommended by: Celestialily
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Simon Backquill/Simon Keyes (Sarushiro Souta)
  • Synopsis: Simon Blackquill is always talking about the other convicts he met during his time in the clink. This is the story of those cons and the influence they had on Simon during his transformation into the Twisted Samurai. Along the way, Simon will pick up friends and enemies and a bad decision lover, get caught up in a gang war, pursue the phantom, and bond with his fine-feathered friend.
  • Comments: Ever wonder where Blackquill learns all his weird prison-related stories? This fic details his strange period of adjusting to prison life, and the influence of a convict sharing more than his name but distinctly opposite in many ways. Framed as a series of anecdotes Simon tells Athena about his time in jail, this fic explores the odd dynamics of an unlikely duo and connects it seamlessly to the overarching plot of Simon's 7-year sentence.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles by Meowzy

  • Recommended by: Fenrir Dark Wolf
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Simon Blackquill/Bobby Fulbright
  • Synopsis: A Planes, Trains and Automobiles AU in which Simon Blackquill is a hard-working prosecutor just trying to get back home on time to spend Thanksgiving with his family, with his only companion being the obnoxious and somewhat irritating Detective Bobby Fulbright. Murphy's law at its finest people.
  • Comments: Cute, and a good twist on the original tale, with a good use of canon characters popping up here and there. It's nice and fluffy, with plenty of shipping hints, but nothing overly-shippy until the end of the story. Lots of fluff and heartwarming moments.

Puzzle Pieces by Starlight Tiki

  • Recommended by: Fried Baka
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairing: Phoenix Wright/Miles Edgeworth
  • Synopsis: Miles Edgeworth finds himself taking in a young Apollo Justice. Through the moments they share together, he learns a lot about himself and about the little boy he never knew was missing from his life. Together, they discover just what it means to be family.
  • Comments: Are you in the mood for Trucy and Apollo, as kids, being complete cinnamon rolls, a whole lotta fluff, and to top it all off, some Wright Worth? Then look no further, because this fic is something you'd read on a bad day to cheer you up.

Turnabout Showtime by SelfDestructiveCat

  • Recommended by: pisoprano
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Apollo Justice/Klavier Gavin
  • Synopsis: Something was wrong with Trucy, of that Apollo was certain, and given her upcoming show he knew it couldn't be anything good. Determined to help, Apollo confronts her, only to find that it's worse than he thought. With Trucy unable to perform, the two of them hatch a daring plan to save her show: Apollo would perform in her stead.
  • Comments: This is primarily a sibling-bonding fic as Trucy helps Apollo cram a lifetime of magic into a week of practice, but it also has a prominent through-line revolving around Apollo's crush on a certain guitarist prosecutor, so I'm putting it in the Shipping section. This fic feels very much in line with the style of the Ace Attorney universe, where the characters are pulling off over the top ridiculousness in an unrealistically short time frame and it just makes you grin like an idiot and fall in love with these characters all over again. Everyone gets their chance to shine here, but Apollo stands out for his commitment to doing everything he can to help his (unbeknownst to him) little sister. Hilarious and heartfelt, this fic was an absolute delight, and this troper plans on rereading it a lot in the future.

Turnabout Everlasting by Jordan Phoenix

  • Recommended by tmessom160 and Mr.Coffee
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Phoenix Wright/Maya Fey, Miles Edgeworth/Franziska von Karma, Several other background pairings
  • Synopsis: This fanfiction focuses on the seven years between Trials and Tribulations and Apollo Justice (and appears to be going past that). It shows how Phoenix and Maya were both affected by Phoenix's disbarment and the relationship of Miles Edgeworth and Franziska von Karma during the Investigations series.
  • Comments: Began to read this story in Chapter 1, now getting ready to review Chapter 196! It's an engaging read with a focus on several beloved characters and their relationships. The chapters can be lengthy, but it is very easy to get enraptured in the plot.

    Crossover Fics 

Order in the Court, written by Incandescens

  • Recommended by Willy Four Eyes, Of Science, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Bleach
  • Synopsis: It's a Bleach / Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney crossover with an alternate (and sometimes humorous) take on the "death" of Aizen and how the Seireitei court would handle it.
  • Comments: Contains a large cast from both universes. Was updated once every day in the month of May for an LJ community.

Tales of the Mysterious and Miraculous Kitty-Whiskers Soot-Fur, and... Ladybug, written by snekwami

  • Recommended by DigiXBot
  • Status: In Progress
  • Crossover with: Miraculous Ladybug
  • Synopsis: In an Alternate Universe where Apollo still works for Kristoph but maintains a close connection with Phoenix Wright and his adopted daughter Trucy, the young attorney and magicians finds themselves dragged into a world of superheroes as part of the Gramarye's Secret Legacy of wielding the Ladybug and Cat Miraculous. Now as the heroes Ladybug and Kitty-Whiskers, they fight to protect Los Angeles and its citizens from the wrath of Hawkmoth.
  • Comment: A very fun read for Ace Attorney fans with only basic knowledge of Miraculous, the story really shows the brother-sister bond between Apollo and Trucy as they fight for justice in and out of court, even without the pair knowing that they are actual siblings. The dynamics between the different characters are also engaging and enthralling, and the akumas are the sort to come out of Miraculous.
  • Now has a TV Trope page: Tales of Kitty-Whiskers and Ladybug

To Each a Tempo, written by Pyrasaur

  • Recommended by Beckstar, Clipboard Fox 22
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Elite Beat Agents
  • Synopsis:An Elite Beat Agent is accused of murdering the person he just finished saving, putting the top-secret Agency at risk of a damning first impression to the world. Phoenix and Maya must cover up their defendant's identity while uncovering the rest of the truth: who really killed the old woman in the secluded park, and why?
  • Comments: Only requires a basic knowledge of the EBA characters and mechanics to understand. Takes place soon after PW: Justice For All. Explicit spoiler for JFA case 4, numerous vaguely alluded spoilers for the first two PW games. The author perfectly weaves the Elite Beat Agents into the world of Phoenix Wright.
    • Roses Spindle: The original characters in this fic are just fantastic. They're all quirky enough to fit right into the Ace Attorney universe, and I can easily imagine their little tics and habits as if I were cross-examining them on my DS.
    • That Other You: And for the icing on the cake, it was also the inspiration for this Osu! level. The fact that people cared enough about this fic to create such an amazing level based on it should speak volumes about its own quality.
    • Clipboard Fox 22: This is absolutely one of the best fics I have ever read. Everytime I reread it, it just gets better. Tons of little song references and totally in character!

Turnabout Storm by Neo Artimus

  • Recommended by Kytseo, Redhead64, El bruno, Akamia, Madd The Sane, Sus
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Synopsis: The story goes that Rainbow Dash, the best flier in Equestra, was accused of murdering one of her competition in an upcoming race called the Equestria 500 (with the punishment being that she's banished to either the moon or the sun if found guilty). Her friend (and protagonist of FiM) Twilight Sparkle summons the best defense attorney in the universe (accidentally, initially wanting to summon the best in Equestria), said attorney happens to be Phoenix Wright. All that said, Nick attempts to adjust to temporarily living in Equestria while searching for the truth behind that murder (with Twilight as his resident Maya stand-in).
  • Comments:
    • Judging from the first of the four (now 6) episodes, it looks to be shaping up to be a pretty good crossover. From first impressions, I highly recommend it to Ace Attorney fans, bronies/pegasisters, and everyone in between.
    • Sus concurs. Despite not being all that familiar with the Ace Attorney series myself, the mix of murder mystery, well-written characters, and deadpan snarkery / shout out humor is really entertaining. Plus the Ace Attorney style animation is top-notch for a fan work.
    • El bruno agrees. This fan work gets points for managing to merge both of those different universes without sacrificing their basic integrity, doing its best to stick to the original tone of both series. Plus, previous knowledge of both series is almost unnecessary to understand the story.

Phoenix Wright: Devil's Attorney, created by LordIban

  • Recommended by Kytseo
  • Status:
  • Crossover with: Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
  • Synopsis: A crossover between Ace Attorney and Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the story starts with Etna kidnapping Wright and dragging him to the Netherworld. Basically, Celestia has sent an ambassador to strike up peaceful negotiation with Overlord Laharl, but was (of course) murdered before the deed could be done. Laharl, having found the body, is accused of the murder, and, with the fate of both worlds riding on his shoulders, Nick has to prove Laharl innocent and disclose the identity of the true Big Bad of the story (which happens to be Vulcanus, the Big Bad of the first Disgaea game).
  • Comments: It's, overall, a pretty good crossover between the two franchises. All the characters from each are relatively faithful to their canon portrayals (though Laharl's portrayal seems to verge slightly more towards post character development in the game than post Flanderization after it), and the twists are pretty good. Overall, i would definitely recommend it (though the fifth and final part is about an hour-long, just something to consider when planning to watch it).

When Worlds Collide, written by Irene Doyle

  • Recommended by: Zelda Queen
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Eureka, The Legend of Zelda
  • Synopsis: Because of an accident in Eureka, Washington, people from alternate universes find themselves being teleported into other dimensions. Link and Phoenix Wright find themselves swapped into each other's worlds. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: While the main fandoms are The Legend of Zelda and Ace Attorney, Eureka plays a more minor part and there are quite a few cameos from other fandoms, near the end. All of the characters are in-character and the whole thing is hilarious. Note that it's a one-shot, meaning that things keep moving.

From Failing Hands by Jonn Wood (Ao3/ Spacebattles)

  • Recommended by: Rebu
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Big Hero 6
  • Synopsis: Four years after the events of Big Hero 6, Hiro tries to find some closure, with the help of a certain hamburger-loving medium.
  • Characters: Hiro Hamada, Maya Fey.
  • Comments: While Maya is older than she is in canon, she's still our loveable goofball.
  • Tags: W.A.F.F., Crossover

Phoenix Wright: Ace Tribute by Number One Fan of Journey

  • Recommended by: Laughter Most Insane
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Hunger Games
  • Synopsis: When Phoenix Wright is reaped for the 11th Hunger Games, he finds himself swearing to defend his district partner Maya. The arena proves to be full of traps and enemies, but, maybe, with a little help from the friendlier tributes, he can pull it off. Or so he hopes.

No More Turnabout by Berserker88

  • Recommended by: monsterman42
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: No More Heroes
  • Synopsis: Phoenix Wright has faced many challenges in his long and storied career. But now he faces what may be his greatest challenge yet: proving an assassin not guilty.
  • Comments: An excellent crossover with No More Heroes! I have no idea why this wasn't recommended earlier.
  • Pairing(s): Travis/Sylvia

Ace Attorney: Elements of Justice by TheAljavis (and others)

  • Recommended by: Mondegreen, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Synopsis: 9 years after being summoned to Equestria, Phoenix Wright, along with Athena Cykes, Apollo Justice, and Trucy Wright, have been summoned to Equestria again. Twilight Sparkle, now an alicorn with the title, Princess of Friendship, was the one who summoned them, because murder is happening in Equestria again. Phoenix and his friends will join Twilight and her friends as they defend the innocent ponies who were framed, and try to solve the mystery of why more and more murders have been occurring in the land of Equestria. Could it be a coincidence, or is there a dark entity looming around these murders?
  • Comments: An unofficial sequel to the My Little Pony/Ace Attorney crossover Turnabout Storm, this project went through a LOT of trouble just to get off the ground, with long delays and even the episode files being lost to a computer crash. But it was all worth it. From the current episodes, this is a brilliant successor to the original fan series, especially with how it features characters from after the original AA Trilogy. The whole series looks so polished, like you're actually watching a Let's Play of a real Ace Attorney game. As of this writing, [Cases 1 and 2 are complete and Case 3's first part is coming in 2024]. If you loved Turnabout Storm, I highly recommend checking this out.

Turnabout Phantom Attorney by sarahtoninsmile

  • Recommended by: Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Ghost Trick
  • Synopsis: Phoenix is no stranger to the dead helping him solve cases. However, he never thought he would get to experience what it was like from the other side.

The Two-Faced Turnabout byTrishHankins

  • Recommened by: DigiXBot
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Batman
  • Synopsis: Harvey Dent, better known as the villain Two-Face, has been accused of first-degree murder during an Arkham Asylum breakout. Bruce Wayne has hired attorney Athena Cykes for her psychological experience to find the truth and clear Dent's name. Can Athena get a breakthrough through the residents of Arkham, and find out the conspiracy regarding the breakout that night?

Turnabout Communication by Inscrybed

  • Recommended by: ZimonzieClown, VictorioMWolff-Haddock
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover With: Komi Can't Communicate
  • Synopsis: Ever since he was kidnapped by Ren Yamai, Hitohito Tadano has suffered recurring nightmares of the incident, alongside attempts by her to get him to break off his friendship with Shouko Komi. After another encounter with her, Tadano passes out and awakens to find Yamai battered and collapsed on the ground, and the weapon that presumably caused it in his hand, making him the prime suspect in her assault. Upon hearing that he was arrested for the crime, Komi and Najimi become desperate to save their friend and turn to the Wright Anything Agency to help clear his name, as well as learn why he has been so distant and depressed.

Logic And Trickster by Logic_and_Trickster

  • Recommended by: VictorioMWolff-Haddock
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover With: Persona 5
  • Synopsis: It has been two years since Persona 5's True Ending. Akira Kurusu, formerly Joker, has been trying his best to live a normal life... without much success. When bizarre murders, betrayals, and uprisings begin to happen around the world, Akira and his friends realize something must be done.
    Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey, two tourists traveling to Japan, realize their vacation isn't going to be as relaxing as they thought. Soon they too are wrapped into this dark mystery and dangerous conspiracy—along with a certain prosecutor's team, who all wish to help.
    The mysterious mastermind behind these international incidents seems to embody the strongest Arcana of all. Their ambitions are so grand and their threat so dire, even a special room outside time and space has been corrupted with wicked intent. Now that it has been warped into a chilling opera house known as the Velvet Theater, it is clear this Director wishes for The World to be the stage for their performance.
    Akira is called upon by Igor as a very special alumni, only to learn it will take more than just a Trickster to save the world this time. With the help of a few logical lawyers and co, it's up to the new Phantom Thieves to steal the show!

    Fan Games 
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - The Return of Ryunosuke Naruhodo by Ana R.
  • Recommended by: YC4425
  • Status: On-going
  • Synopsis: Phoenix Wright has just returned to England after an exhausting adventure in the town of Labyrinthia and is ready to relax for the rest of his stay. However, he soon gets involved in a string of mysteries that lead to him reviving a great ace attorney who disappeared a hundred years ago. Follow defence attorneys Phoenix Wright and Ryunosuke Naruhodo as they fight for their clients' lives in the Crown Court of London while seeking the truth behind the rampage of the Doctor from a hundred year's past!
  • Comments: Only two cases out of eight are fully playable at the moment. The released cases feature trials in London run by both Phoenix and Ryunosuke in their respective eras. Case 3 ends at the end of its first trial.
    • Set after Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright, but is so far mostly unrelated to the game.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - The Contempt of Court by Mr. C.

  • Recommended by: YC4425
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For nearly a month after the events of Trials and Tribulations, Phoenix Wright hasn't had a single case. Suddenly he is thrust into a string of them, starting with the murder of Marvin Grossberg. Over time Phoenix discovers something more secretive and sinister underlying this string of seemingly random murders. With the addition of an intimidating new prosecutor and a sarcastic slacker of a detective, Phoenix unwittingly stumbles upon a series of killings that somebody doesn't want solved, secrets that somebody doesn't want uncovered, people that somebody doesn't want to talk — somebody who is pulling all the strings of an elaborate behind-the-scenes conspiracy for vengeance, power and control...
  • Comments: Structured like the official games, except for the lack of a tutorial case. The story is spread across four episodes that each play a part in an overarching plot centered around an original cast of characters.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Conflict of Interest by Ropfa.

  • Recommended by: YC4425
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This game takes place a year and a half after the events of Apollo Justice (consider it an alternate universe from AA:DD). Phoenix has retaken the bar exam and gotten his attorney's badge back. He finds himself involved with a series of cases, all apparently connected to each other and all somehow tying back to his new prosecutor rival, Obadiah Williamson. Can Nick unmask this conspiracy of lies, forgery, and betrayal? Or will he too become corrupted by it?
  • Comments: Similarly to Contempt of Court, follows the five-case structure of the official games and focuses on an original cast, while also giving some development to canon characters, like Phoenix himself.

Turnabout Substitution by Ping.

  • Recommended by: YC4425
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When the city's most famous judge gets arrested on suspicion of murdering an infamous serial killer, he has no one to turn to but rookie attorney Apollo Justice. But is he up to the task? Can he find the truth on his own? And, above all, can he face it?
  • Comments: One of the first playable cases made by the fandom. A standalone episode set after the final case of Apollo Justice.
    • Ignore the big text saying "Download the full game" and instead download from the link on the line right below it to avoid running into an unavoidable, game-breaking bug late into the case.

The Torrential Turnabout by ¿Acid Rain?.

  • Recommended by: YC4425
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In the confines of a luxurious and enigmatic manor, nine people are forced to play an insidious "game." You don't know who brought you here, or how much time you have left. Your name is Roland. | In the wake of a natural disaster, an incomprehensible incident unfolds. You resolve to uncover the truth, but the situation continues to spiral further and further out of control. Your name is Mia Fey.
  • Comments: This is a massive case that takes inspiration from games like Zero Escape and DanganRonpa as well as Ace Attorney. It's got some highly engaging character writing both in their interactions and narratives, and insane plot twists are revealed as you uncover all the secrets behind Sheol's Room and Board.

    Web Animation 

Objection! Hearsay! - What if Johnny Depp Trial is in Ace Attorney by MARIMOMO MORIMO

  • Recommended by: VictorioMWolff-Haddock
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A series that proves that Freakier Than Fiction by having the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial, with custom sprites of the people involved.
  • Comments: This series is praised for how well-done it is in implementing Ace Attorney's level of Large Ham in the character sprite's animation, especially considering that the texts are ripped off from the actual court records, and Lampshading things that are in-line with Ace Attorney elements, such as its heavy use of Punny Name, with one of Amber Heard's lawyers is Benjamin Rottenborn.


what a thrill by

  • Recomended by: Blaidd Dunn, Catamaran
  • Status: Ongoing (?) (see description)
  • Pairing: Phoenix Wright/Miles Edgeworth
  • Synopsis: A series of beautiful introspective one-shot comics about conversations occuring just off-screen in the original games. Coverng the relationships between Miles and Fransiska, Miles and Phoenix and Trucy and Phoenix, each is short (maxing around 8 pages) and the artist creates comics for a range of fandoms at this current time.
  • Comments: These are stunning, full stop. As one of the rare fanworks that communicates its message through symbolism, it never talks down to you. Instead each story takes you on a short but wild emotional ride in its neon saturated pages. Really give these a look, they're so worth it.

An Alternate Ending - Dual Destinies by Mod Mad, the creator of The Property of Hate.

  • Recommended By: Puff Puff
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Exactly What It Says on the Tin, a variation of the final case where the Phantom is interrupted before he can unmask, leading to a new series of revelations and an emotional confrontation.
  • Comments: For those of us who were unsatisfied by the threads never resolved in the game ending, this provides some delicious closure, with all of the laid out evidence fitting into the setting extremely well and all of the characters' deductions and personalities being spot on. On top of that, the art is fantastic.