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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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  • The name of Redd White, CEO of Bluecorp, is chock full of meaning. For one his status as Corrupt Corporate Executive and Mia's murderer means that he's turned into a very effective example of a Type 2 Eaglelander. But then we meet Godot who blames Phoenix for failing to protect Mia. He is incapable of seeing the color red on white AKA: putting the blame on who it actually belongs, Redd White. Even when he realizes his grudge against Phoenix is wrong, he still blames himself and never the true guilty party.
  • After the third case, Edgeworth introduces himself to Will Powers as a "fan". Phoenix believes it's just flattery, and on a first playthrough, the player probably will, too. But as you play the later games and get to know Edgeworth better, you'll see that he rarely (if ever) engages in flattery. It eventually becomes very clear to anyone paying attention (especially in Investigations) that he was dead serious when he said he was a fan.
    • Sort of a Reverse Tear Jerker, but considering Edgeworth's past... this is probably the only childish thing he's been able to enjoy since nine.
    • Edgeworth's sudden turn on Dee Vaquez makes more sense if you know about his fanboyism. Yes, it's later established that he'd help Phoenix save a defendant who really does seem to be innocent, but what better place to introduce that trait than the end of the trial convicting the lead actor of his favorite series? The anime gives a nod to this one: Edgeworth starts helping the defense after Cody interrupts the trial to yell about how the Steel Samurai fights evil for great justice, and afterward Edgeworth is one of the many characters watching The Pink Princess, sipping tea in his office and seeming entirely at peace with himself.
  • This really covers the entire series but it began in the first game. Regardless of the situation the viewer keeps getting flashes of Phoenix and the prosecuting attorney staring one another down prior to the start of cross examination, without it mattering who was on the stand, when really, you're doing more to try and beat the witness than the prosecutor. But during the fifth case, when Gant is on the stand, it becomes clear: Phoenix and Edgeworth weren't giving each other the death glare, they were both giving it to the witness—the witness who was caught between the defense and prosecutor both trying to find out the truth!
  • Why does Damon Gant have a cross-shaped necktie, a theme that sounds like organ music, a pipe organ in his office, and a suit of armor? He's a crusader, in the worst sense of the word.
  • Angel Starr's primary trait is that, depending on which half of her face is concealed, she is either nasty or nice. She is also a former detective with a special talent for interrogation. She is literally the good cop and the bad cop, both in one person.
  • When von Karma is serving as prosecuting attorney for Miles Edgeworth, he noticeably favors his left arm for the finger-wagging and snapping. At the end of the trial, it's revealed that he still has a bullet lodged in his right shoulder. Moving his right arm excessively must be painful, because of that. This is supported by the fact that at one point, before the reveal, he grabs his shoulder when he briefly loses his composure and complains at the judge. It probably does still hurt.
    • Manfred getting shot evidently hit Franziska particularly hard, as her "shocked/hurt/defensive" reaction (even before Shelly de Killer shot her is to grab both shoulders.
  • In the live action film, Yogi's insanity plea was changed from being caused by lack of oxygen to being caused by fatigue from being overworked. This sounds like a pretty lame excuse, but that makes sense when you consider that Hammond outright admits he doesn't care what happens so long as he gets his not guilty verdict. Of course he wouldn't be bothered to find an excuse that would hold water. It also makes the harassment from Yogi's neighbors make more sense - him getting off on a very weak-sounding excuse just makes it sound like he really was guilty and his attorney couldn't build a better case to get him off.
  • A dark example comes when von Karma pulls out the stun gun and Phoenix mentions it's "for self-defense...usually". When you think about it, von Karma ultimately is using the taser for self-defense...because he's taking the letter from you, which is decisive evidence to implicate him in Hammond's murder.
  • Despite being otherwise impeccably groomed, Edgeworth has had one stubborn cowlick at the back of his head ever since he was a child. This symbolizes that: 1) the otherwise serious Edgeworth does have a silly side to him even as an adult, and 2) he hasn't entirely discarded his ideals despite Manfred's influence. It also turns out to mark him as being his father's son, since Gregory's sprites in Investigations 2 have it as well.
  • In Rise from the Ashes, towards the end, you receive a book from the defendant. Hidden within this book is a critical piece of evidence. Yet the game will not allow you to examine that evidence properly and find it until a specific point in the trial. These seems rather inconsistent, since all through this trial, you have had the ability to examine evidence in detail. So why is it that you can't examine it then? Simple: because Ema isn't with you when you get it. Remember: all of the Scientific Investigation stuff is ultimately tied into her; she's the one who suggests examining evidence in detail and shows Phoenix how to do it. Without Ema around, Phoenix can re-examine stuff he already had, but only Ema would suggest to actually examine the book. Methodically. Scientifically.
  • In Rise from the Ashes, we learn that the King of Prosecutors award originally had a broken sword and shield on it. But two years ago, Police Chief Gant had it removed for a reason that Edgeworth was unaware of. Now, the obvious reason would be to avoid people using the broken sword to deduce exactly what Phoenix and Edgeworth deduced in court. However, that would have required Gant to both predict the future and assume that someone would break into his office to steal the drawing, then put Ema on the stand. That being true or not, there is a better reason: symbolism. By removing the broken sword, he is symbolically removing the contradictory nature of the Prosecutor's Office, having created the unstoppable sword. Which reflects the corruption that he, through Lana, exerts over them now. And this is very much how he sees himself.
  • Edgeworth getting defensive of Cody in 1-3 makes a lot more sense when you consider that he probably had to testify during the original DL-6 trial, and wouldn't be much older than Cody at the time.
  • So, we know that Edgeworth had severe PTSD after DL-6. We know he's repressing the memory of everything that happened in the elevator, and that he doesn't fully recall it or understand it until Pheonix presents enough evidence to explain what happened. Given that the Magatama hasn't come into the games yet, but also considering the developments it receives in Apollo Justice and Dual Destinies, this could mean that the last day of case 1-4 boils down to breaking Edgeworth's Black Psych-Locks.
  • The reason why Interrogating the Dead resulted in a Miscarriage of Justice in the DL-6 Incident is a huge case of Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: the dead is effectively an eyewitness, who can Be as Unhelpful as Possible just like a live witness (of course Gregory Edgeworth wouldn't finger his own son as the guilty party) as well as being generally just as biased and/or unreliable as said living witness (after all, having already been rendered unconscious when Von Karma showed up, he had no idea that someone deliberately picked up the gun to shoot at an already comatose person.).
  • A very minor one from Rise of the Ashes, again. At one point in the trial, the Judge asks Edgeworth if an old case being dug up again is relevant to the case at hand, and Edgeworth replies that yes, indeed, it does have relevance. The Judge gives in quickly, and Phoenix remarks that that was surprisingly quick. Apparently he's forgotten that the exact same thing happened not even three months ago, during Turnabout Goodbyes, involving the same judge, prosecutor and even the same defense attorney.
  • At the beginning of Rise From the Ashes, Phoenix struggles with being alone for the trial. At the end, Lana makes a deal out of telling Edgeworth about he wasn't alone in the courtroom- but, she could also be trying to indirectly tell Phoenix the same message that he and Edgeworth are able to work together, even if neither has an assistant or ally at the time.
  • Damon Gant's catch phrase being "Have you been swimming lately?" has a three-fold meaning. He's trying to make friendly conversation, he usually wants people to focus on something other than him, and usually, when someone sees him, they look like they've been swimming due to breaking out in a cold sweat.
  • In case 1-2, a lot of people give Phoenix crap for charging into Redd White's office and accusing him of blackmail and murder, but thinking about it logically, it was important that Phoenix did this. It's mentioned multiple times that White owns the courts. Even if Phoenix implicated him for the murder during what was going to be the second day of Maya's trial, there's virtually no way they would've been able to get Redd White into court. However, by Phoenix charging in and accusing him, his bold actions irritated White to the point where he, in a display of petty overconfidence, accused Phoenix of murdering Mia for a crime they had been setting up Maya to take the fall for (which ultimately made his accusations against Wright look weaker), and came in willingly to testify to the courts. It was likely the only way to get him into the courtroom, and once he was on the witness stand, his web of lies started to unravel.
  • Another one from case 1-2, during the scene where Phoenix confronts White about Mia's murder. There is a very subtle detail foreshadowing events that will happen be discussed in Rise from the Ashes
Redd White: Chief Prosecutor. I do not belief that you are in the position to offer your opinions to me, correct?

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  • The reason Cindy Stone died is related to Larry leaving the door open when he left her apartment.
    • In a similar way, Larry gave Mia Fey the statue that would bring about her demise.
  • The DL-6 Incident happens because Yanni Yogi freaks out and attacks Gregory Edgeworth, while they're stuck in an elevator. Imagine if he had decided to attack the only other person stuck in there with them - nine-year-old Miles?
  • Also terrifying to think about, in the DL-6 Incident everyone in the elevator was unconscious when von Karma found them. If he hadn't decided to spin his revenge out for fifteen years, and instead get it all done right then and there, he could easily have shot both of the Edgeworths, or even shot Miles instead to hurt Gregory.
  • If von Karma caused DL-6 over a penalty on his record, think about what he would have done to Phoenix for breaking it.
  • When a Kurain spirit medium (all female) channels the dead, they physically turn into that person. The game never shows the player what would happen if they channel a male, even though it's a plot point in the DL-6 incident. That might be a little bit uncomfortable.
    • It is shown several games later, in Spirit of Justice.
  • The revised scripts in the 3DS/HD remasters alter the Non Standard Game Over of Rise from the Ashes, from “In the end, Lana was found guilty” to “In the end, Lana alone was found guilty… on all counts.” This seems to imply that Ema avoids being charged with Neil’s murder, but she isn’t that much better off. She’s lost her only family, is convinced she killed the man who saved her, and is indirectly responsible for the current incident. Who knows how well she’d be able to cope?
  • Manfred von Karma was winning by cheating for fourty years. Imagine the amount innocents convicted by his ego. By corrupting other prosecutors and using dirty tactics to win, he basically made a Dark Age of the Law before the titular period. And with an even worse Chief Prosecutor and a ruthless Chief of Police, he wasn't even the worst example.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All

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  • When first playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All, it was disappointing how much the last case seemed a retread of case three in the first game: defending a TV Samurai actor accused of killing a rival, with a photograph of the supposed killer in-costume as the central piece of evidence, the same annoying security guard making your investigation difficult for you, and a cold-acting female as the main alternate suspect. Then, when then when the twist came, that your client is, in fact, guilty this time, and the story veered off in a completely different direction, you see that it was intentionally a retread, so that the player would trust the client as they did the first time and the twist would be all the more unexpected.
    • Another parallel between 2-4 and 1-3 is the polar opposition of Matt Engarde and Will Powers. The former is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, while the latter is a Nice Guy with the Face of a Thug.
    • An even more powerful parallel is the emotional journeys that the lawyers involved in the case take as a result: for Edgeworth in 1-3, it was the beginning of his search for truth and a reformation of his idea of justice, prompted by his former best friend and 'rival'. In 2-4, that self-same journey is undertaken by Phoenix, triggered by the words of his childhood best friend and 'rival'.
  • Case 3: Turnabout Big Top. It doesn't seem exactly plot relevant... until you realize that it fits in with the all of the other cases thematically. While it may have little impact on the plot, all the characters in this "trial of errors" come across as completely sympathetic (maybe not likable, but certainly sympathetic). Especially the murderer. Quietly asking what justice is, this case is the perfect set-up to Case 2-4, where the concept of justice is fully explored.
  • It can be hard to understand how Franziska was so determined to uphold her father's legacy and be just like him despite the fact that Manfred was eventually outed as a batshit insane killer. Even the fact that she's his daughter doesn't excuse what could be seen as her blind devotion to him. But think of it like this: she doesn't fully support Manfred, only the fact that, aside from the murder of Edgeworth's father, he really was a phenomenal prosecutor. So Franzy isn't upholding the legacy of Manfred the killer, she's upholding the legacy of Manfred the prosecutor.
    • Franziska actually says in-game that her real goal was to get back at Edgeworth for leaving her by proving she had surpassed him. It is also implied that the family reputation for perfection extends to other members of the family besides the two we see, which could explain why she seems so devoted to her family's name even after it's revealed that she wasn't that mad about Phoenix (justifiably) hurting her father's reputation.
    • This theme gets continued in Investigations when Franziska accuses Edgeworth of tainting the von Karma name by committing murder, ignoring the fact that it can't get any more tainted by blood than it already is. She considers the 'von Karma' name to be above her father's misdeeds.
    • Investigations 2 implies that Franziska never actually knew the extent of what her father did. In fact, it's possible she never knew that her father killed Edgeworth's father. He was, after all, sent to prison for two murders: Gregory's and Hammond's. If Edgeworth only told her about Hammond's murder, and left out the DL-6 entirely, it paints her father in a very good light as someone who helped a near stranger get revenge for being wronged by his defense attorney. After all, she was never told the motive for why her father would kill Gregory. Edgeworth and Phoenix both knew it was for forged evidence, but Franziska was clearly shocked and horrified to learn her father had ever manipulated evidence. As to why he never told her, she's his little sister and he was likely looking out for her and her feelings. Learning your father murdered the father of your adopted brother, your brother whom you look up to and love as much as you hate him for being better than you, would not fare well on one's psyche.
      • Manfred von Karma was never sent to prison for the murder of Hammond. He was sent to prison for DL-6. The Hammond case had been closed before the trial for DL-6 had started and the real murderer had already confessed to killing Hammond.
  • At first Matt Engarde's revelation as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing seems completely out of the blue, but then you remember something: he's an actor, and a popular one at that. He gets paid a lot of money to pretend to be a hero of justice (something that he most definitely isn't) which means that he's got a lot of talent. Everyone around him keeps remarking how you can "see his star potential", and unlike Juan Corrida, he's subtle enough in his deception that any scandals went unnoticed (since no one other than Adrian Andrews seemed to know that he was Celeste's ex). The revelation isn't that much of a surprise that way.
    • A meta explanation: Case 4 is a deconstruction of the entire series and designed to shake Phoenix's core principles. If Engarde was sympathetic then it would ruin this message and mean that getting him a Not Guilty would almost seem like something that could be lived with. In order for the moral dilemma of letting Engarde go to save Maya or convict him and let Maya die to work, Engarde has to be a sociopathic monster that deserves to be found guilty.
  • Matt Engarde's design is really, really neat. Not because of the scar under his hair, although that is super cool but because the collar on his sports jacket performs a double function. At first, it just looks like a goofy racing jacket that a dumb action star would wear, but once he pulls a brandy snifter out of hammerspace and declares his evilness, it looks a hell of a lot like a stereotypical pointed vampire collar - he even gets Cute Little Fangs to match.
  • One more for Engarde: It might be strange that he's the only murderer who never gets to testify, but it's actually something like karmic retribution. Matt Engarde is defeated in the same way he murders people - by proxy, through Shelly de Killer. It's De Killer's hands that commit the crime, and it's De Killer's testimony that puts Matt in jail. Sort of lovely and cyclical in a way.
  • The rivalry between Matt and Juan shows why Matt wins as an actor. Matt's evils were to maliciously tell Juan Celeste was his ex and hiring an assassin to kill Juan. Juan's evils was to dump Celeste just because she was Matt's ex and forge her suicide note with his own handwriting. Of course the one who did the more subtle, yet more evil sins would be the one who knew how to act better.
  • In Case 2, Phoenix says Ini (posing as Mimi) had to have worn a wig when posing as Maya channeling her (allegedly) dead sister. Of course this leaves some additional evidence laying around. Now, it's pretty widely accepted that neither Phoenix nor Ace Attorney's police force is especially apt at its job, but even if they somehow managed to miss the wig, it's doubtful Morgan Fey would've let something as superfluous as that laying around to be found. It's later revealed that Mimi Miney had been posing as Ini Miney the entire time, which, when one thinks about the medical implications of such an impersonation, begs the question of how Mimi's hair follicles magically turned from brown to red. Mimi would've had to forcibly change her hair color, and, though possible, waiting for her hair to grow long enough to dye it doesn't seem likely, as people would see that her hair was brown and she'd lose the ruse. Conclusion: Mimi didn't put on a wig when she killed Turner Grey; she took one off.
    • Alternately, there's a chance that she simply burned the wig afterwards, which makes sense when you realize that Phoenix does find some scraps of evidence near the incinerator... which is conveniently near the room where Ini/Mimi was "sleeping." Also, Mimi's natural hair color is lighter than Maya's, so it's likely that she did dye it red.
  • One bothersome thing about JFA was the acquisition of the magatama — Phoenix had always done perfectly fine without it in the first game, but it became a major gameplay element in the second. Given Edgeworth's "Logic" ability from AAI (and Mia's hypothetical ability), by comparison Phoenix doesn't have any natural ability for being a lawyer. This actually makes sense, since he changed career paths very suddenly. (Apollo's ability was natural, but bolstered by his bracelet, so it's likely that he just found a good line of work to use his skill in.)
  • It bothered this troper that after game one, having a blackmailer company owner, a mob boss, a corrupt prosecutor, and the chief of police himself beat in court, that in the two main cases of game two, not counting the Warmup Case, you're met with a ditzy nurse who lost her sister because of her jerkass boss pushing her too hard, and a disabled former acrobat who lost his brother because of actions of his brother's affection, feeling that these were very underwhelming compared to the last game. Until this clicked: It's a setup for case four, where you are forced to defend someone who at first seems genuinely innocent and naive, but then turns out to be the biggest monster the game knows, willing to screw over ANYONE for his own self benefit, making this reveal to come MORE out of the left field than before.
  • The page quote on the Ace Attorney page is about how none of the series' murders are straightforward. An excellent example of this is the fact that in case 2-2, Mimi Miney tries to escape being found guilty by framing her own ghost. This sort of qualifies as a category 3 Framing the Guilty Party.
  • In case 4, Engarde agrees to let Phoenix defend him only after he hears that "De Killer" wants Phoenix to defend him.
  • In case 4, the relationship of "trust" between Shelly de Killer and his clients is an ironic reflection of the relationship of trust between defense attorneys and their clients.
    • Relatedly, Phoenix mentioned that he can't just take the not guilty verdict when he had the chance because that would mean he would be no better than Engarde. At first glance, this sounds like the classic "Not So Different" Remark aesop. But then remember that Edgeworth could have gotten a guilty verdict but didn't because he trusted Phoenix and wanted to get to the bottom of the case. Furthermore, think about what leads to Engarde's downfall, him betraying De Killer's trust. If Phoenix simply took the not guilty verdict when he had the chance, he would be guilty of betraying Edgeworth's trust the same way Engarde betrayed De Killer's trust.
  • Case 4 again- in Adrian Andrews' testimony after she tries taking the Fifth, Phoenix calls her out, saying it's clearly a pack of lies. Actually, this is the first time she tells the complete truth.
  • Concerning the car accident in case 2, why did Mimi continue to insist that the driver was drugged? Because she doesn't want to acknowledge she caused her sister's death, as well as to save face.
  • Justice for All is the only game in the Ace Attorney series in which all or most of the cases are not related to each other somehow, and aren't connected by one single case (DL-6, the Dusky Bridge staged kidnapping, Magnifi Gramarye's death, KG-8.) None of the cases in Justice for All are related to each other, or any previous murders. However, the reason for why Justice for All lacked a single case that was integral to the whole story is in the name itself: JUSTICE. FOR. ALL. This game was all about defending the innocent, discovering the truth and above all, upholding justice for people from all walks of life and not a single case which Phoenix, Apollo or Edgeworth have some personal stake in.
  • When you consider who Phoenix's ex-girlfriend is in Trials and Tribulations, his um..."interest" in Regina actually makes some sense. Phoenix seems to have a thing for "cute" girls.
  • The plan to frame Maya in case 2 makes even more sense when you think about why it would be worth going to all that trouble instead of just killing Maya. Morgan doesn't actually care if Maya lives or dies, just whether or not she can be Master. If Maya was killed, the other people of Kurain Village might insist that she be channeled, in which case she could explain who killed her. If the plan had worked, however, Maya would either be in jail or (presumably) legally banned from channeling spirits ever again... Morgan would barely have had to get her hands dirty.
  • Some players believe the "Pursuit" theme is unfitting, sounding more like you're under attack than coming out on top. But a lot of people you accuse in this game are sympathetic Ini/Mimi Miney, Acro, and Adrian Andrews, so the music is actually quite fitting if you think of them as being under attack.
  • In case 2-2, Director Hotti (or rather the patient pretending to be him) says to Phoenix, in regards to Ini Miney, "That girl left here a long time ago." He means that in the sense of her being discharged from the hospital, but it's also foreshadowing that Ini is actually dead, and "left [this world] a long time ago".
  • "Eenie Meenie Miney Moe" is a children's rhyme, where you switch back and forth between things you're deciding between with each word you say. Mimi Miney switched from her life to Ini's.
    • Also, there's Ini and Mimi Miney, but no Moe... except "Mo" is a shortened, albeit informal, way of saying "Morgan", who was Mimi's accomplice.
    • By committing murder, Mimi proved she really is a meanie.
    • Also, imitate and mimicry.

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  • The Miney sisters' crash leads to some rather nasty Fridge Horror: Mimi Miney's face was burnt badly enough that she needed reconstructive surgery, and Ini Miney's whole body was burnt to the point where she was unrecognizable, since everyone had assumed that she was Mimi. Feel free to imagine how the real Ini's body must have looked in order for them to make that mistake if you need to stay up late tonight, and then imagine how her sister must have felt about having caused that.
  • One element of 2-4 seemed really incongruous at first - why does Matt Engarde ask you to feed his cat even though his butler is there to do it? Matt is actually surprised when Phoenix mentions his butler. He didn't actually know De Killer was there! Why would he? They don't exactly have a clear means of communication at that point, kidnapping Maya was a quick improvisation on on De Killer's part, and Engarde hasn't been home since before the awards show. Furthermore, he doesn't really have a butler, so it takes him a few seconds to figure out who Phoenix met.
  • In case 2-4, when Matt Engarde reveals his true colors, he says, "Assassins aren't above blackmail. They turn their clients into cashcows by holding the sinful deed over their heads". Since Shelly de Killer clearly isn't like this, this most likely means that Engarde has dealt with other assassins before, or at least knew people who had been taken advantage of by one. Bit of Fridge Brilliance, but that might be why he thought the video that was his downfall was a good idea.
    • Supporting the latter theory is this quote from when Phoenix first meets Engarde, "There's always other people in need of a lawyer, right? Want me to introduce you to a few?" Who knows how many sociopaths Engarde knew, and how many got away scott-free?
    • Or Matt might just be projecting. If he was an assassin, he would certainly blackmail his clients.
  • Another one regarding Matt Engarde. He had an innocent nap while the murder was happening. Before the twist, it serves to highlight that he has an alibi, possibly is unaware of his surroundings, and had no idea about the murder. After the twist, it makes him even more psychotic than he would be otherwise: with no guilt whatsoever, he orchestrated murder and slept as if nothing happened.
  • Matt gets brutally whipped by Franziska after he is found guilty. Sure, he deserved it, but what if Franziska, being a von Karma, whips everyone who is found guilty in the trials she is in, including innocents?

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

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  • The overarching plot is dealt with in the first, fourth and fifth cases, while the middle two ("Recipe for Turnabout" and "The Stolen Turnabout") seemed irrelevant. However, they foreshadowed major events in the metaplot. In Case 2, the true killer is Luke Atmey, a man whose name alone shows what he wants. He's an incredibly arrogant criminal who wants to be the centre of attention and commits crimes to cover up his other crimes. Just like Dahlia Hawthorne. You could also read Ron DeLite as being a representation of young Phoenix from case 1, or Terry Fawles as all were wrongly accused and victims of the plan of the real killer.
    • In the third case the victim's coffee cup is poisoned as he manages to finally escape his debt with Furio Tigre. Like Diego Armando was poisoned by Dahlia Hawthorne just as he looked set to get case breaking evidence to implicate her for the murder of her sister, the theft of the diamond, creating a false identity, causing the death of Terry Fawles and tampering with evidence. Those aren't the only parallels that could be found.
    • The Très Bien case contains a fake murder in which a witness who is sex-minded and older than most Ace Attorney characters says that they saw the actual murder. This is similar to Bikini and the removal of the Shichishito from Elise' body.
    • Furio Tigre looks like Phoenix. In this case Furio is the murderer and even parallels Dahlia's poisoning of Diego. this makes sense as to Godot, Phoenix is the villain who got Mia killed and Furio reflects that.
      • It goes one step further: Furio is literally red(dish). And what colour can't Godot see? What was the name of the man who murdered Mia?
    • There's a triple parallel in both cases with the theme of false identities and impersonation. Much like with Tigre/Nick and Iris/Dahlia, a major breakthrough came when it was realized that there were actually two Mask☆DeMasques running around, Luke and Ron. As well, the ridiculous efforts of Ron to keep his wife happy and the awkward romantic fumblings of Gumshoe for Maggey are writ large with Godot's attempts to protect Maya and destroy Dahlia for Mia's sake.
      • The Ron/Desiree thing resembles the relationship between Terry Fawles and Dahlia Hawthorne a little bit. Everything that was problematic between Ron and Desiree is taken Up to Eleven with the nightmare that is Terry x Dahlia.
    • Viola actually admits that what Furio was doing to collect on his debts was "evil," but that she was helping him with it because he pretends to care about her and she wants to believe that he does. This reflects things in the main story.
    • Also, 3-3 features a criminal who pretends to be someone way more trustworthy than themselves in order to frame an innocent party. Just like Dahlia pretending to be Iris in the last case — only with Dahlia, the framing isn't as important as the crime itself. (Also, with Dahlia, the player doesn't see it coming from a mile away.) Since Tigre turns out to be a bit of a coward (trying to feebly persuade the court that 'it was probably someone else' when everything's against him), the contrast is perfect — Dahlia puts up an innocent front, but is a heartless monster who will do anything to hurt those she wants to hurt, stating that she doesn't care because she's already dead. Tigre puts up an aggressive, intimidating front, but is very cautious to make sure blame doesn't get pinned on him, even recreating the entirety of the murder of Glen Elg with changed guilty parties.
  • In case 3-3, you come across a CD labelled "MC Bomber". Despite talking to someone in the computer field, Phoenix never simply pops it into a PC to see what it is. Given that it turns out to be a really, really bad computer virus, that would've been a bad idea.
  • When Godot keeps talking about coffee being "dark and bitter"? He's talking about himself.
  • Phoenix is an ersatz member of the Fey family. Mia is his mentor, and Maya and Pearls are like his little sisters. That much is obvious, but what isn't so obvious is that Edgeworth is the same thing for the Von Karmas. Maya and Franzy are even the same age, and, like their "big brothers", have opposite personalities. Maya is warm, a bit ditzy, and wears her heart on her sleeve, while Fran is cold, intelligent, condescending, and likes to use her whip to get in touch with people, since she has difficulty empathizing. Also, the parental figures in both are absent through most of the series. Mia is killed, and Manfred is sent to jail for murder, later referred to as "gone". In the third game, Misty Fey herself returns after a long absence, only to be killed.
  • The Karma Houdini of Viola Cadaverini doesn't make a lot of sense at first. Phoenix even proved that person's involvement since they were a key player in creating the illusion that Maggey Byrde poisoned Glen Elg's coffee and people have been arrested for evidence tampering before in the game. However, it makes sense once you think back to Gumshoe's claim that nobody can touch the Cadaverinis. Of course Viola didn't go to jail, her grandfather is a mob boss. As for why the Cadaverinis didn't try to protect Furio Tigre as well? He was, for all his bluster, just a single loan shark operating in their turf. And more to the point, he was the main reason that Viola was injured so badly in the first place. He may have paid up his "compensation", but that didn't mean the Family would forget what happened. By doing nothing, they both got a large sum of money and indirect revenge against Tigre.
  • It seems strange that Dahlia in 3-5 failed to realize that she was being channeled by Maya (who has dark hair), which should have given away that she wasn't being channeled by Pearl (who has lighter hair), and furthermore, that she would rely on being able to impersonate Iris (who also has dark hair) while being channeled by Pearl. This just seemed like an arbitrary deviation from how spirit channeling is usually shown to work in the series. However, then after ages Fridge Brilliance struck: Dahlia probably had no idea what color Pearl's hair was. In fact, almost the entire rest of the Fey family — Iris, presumably Dahlia herself (though she dyes it), Misty, Morgan, Maya — has dark hair. Why didn't Morgan tell her Pearl's hair color while hatching the plan? Because Dahlia was supposed to be wearing a demon-warding hood anyway to impersonate Iris, which would conceal her hair color. Dahlia had no reason to find it strange her hair would be dark when she was channeled — she'd just assume Pearl's hair was the same color as her mother's, and go on to figure she can impersonate Iris even without a hood.
    • The entire case of 3-5 also presents a hefty amount of fridge logic in regards to the clothing of the various spirit mediums. Iris and Maya's clothes are similar, but completely distinguishable, yet Maya even appears to be wearing Iris's exact clothing when Dahila's spirit is forced out of her. And if she had been channeled by Pearl there's no way someone would fail to notice her adult body stuffed into the clothes of a nine year old.
      • It's assumed that Maya changed into the Hazakurain uniform for the advanced training. And Dahlia most likely assumed that Pearl would have changed clothes following her mother's instructions and/or didn't notice that she was still wearing the same type of uniform that Misty/Elise was wearing when she "died".
  • In case 3-3, Tigre's breakdown causing a blackout in the courtroom just seems like it's Played for Laughs. But as we later find out, it was really important. When the lights go out, we see the glowing red lights on Godot's visor. This is later used to identify Mystic Misty's real killer in case 3-5.
  • In case 3-2, the safe in Kane Bullard's office is the same as the one that Gumshoe opens at the beginning of the case. This not only means that Bullard's company provided the safe that guarded the jewel, it also means that the jewel thief probably had inside knowledge of how to open it based on having worked for the company that made it.
  • There are some interesting visual things relating to Dahlia Hawthorne. When her eyes turn white in the first case, it looks a lot like what happens with Morgan Fey in case 2-2 when she gets angry. Dahlia looks like she has horns.
  • For that matter, one may notice that Dahlia-as-Iris blushes exactly once during the final case, while the real Iris blushes a lot. Dahlia has no sense of shame or guilt about anything she does, so it's only logical that she seldom blushes.
    • Dahlia-as-Iris's line while blushing was something similar to, "I think (Phoenix) finally understands. Thank goodness." If anything, Dahlia was probably getting more and more upset with Phoenix, hence her face turning red.
    • In a similar vein to the Dahlia and Morgan connection, look at Iris's sprite in which she faces forward. Not only is this in contrast with how Iris isn't one to put up an act, it looks very similar to her half-sister Pearl's normal sprite.
  • Dahlia and Iris are both names for flowering plants. So is "Hawthorne."
  • It's easy to notice that Glen Elg was a palindrome and that the name of his replacement, Adam Mada, is also a palindrome. However, it's easier to miss that Lisa Basil also had a palindrome name. This is one of the many name-related jokes/symbols of the series and happens to be one that not everyone catches at first.
  • At first, it seems like Lisa Basil is reluctant to talk about Glen Elg's problems because she doesn't want to speak ill of her deceased employee, doesn't want to help the man defending her employee's supposed murderer, or is embarrassed that things like gambling addiction and virus creation went on at her company. However, there's another possibility. Basil could have contributed to creating M.C. Bomber! Or at least teaching Elg how to make viruses.
  • In the first playthrough, it is made pretty clear that Godot has a grudge against Phoenix for not preventing Mia's death. However, on a second playthrough of case 5, the conversation in the cave shows another likely grudge. Phoenix was the Unwitting Pawn who helped Dahlia hide the evidence that she had poisoned Godot.
    • It is actually mentioned that there are two reasons he didn't like Phoenix and that one of them is how Phoenix carried the necklace, but it's only mentioned once.
  • The conversation with "Iris" in the cavern toward the very end of the last day of investigations for the last case feels very different on a second play through. You notice things you may have missed the first time. This is, of course, because you know that she's actually Dahlia.
    • "Iris" promises to do everything she can to help solve the locks, but is probably insincere.
    • Even though it had been pointed out the previous day, "Iris" doesn't seem to know about the contradiction between her testimony and Bikini's until you "remind" her. "Iris" also doesn't remember giving you the hood until you mention it. She seems to determine where she was before lights out through logic rather than memory.
    • During the magatama unlock sequence, "Iris" makes underhanded insults (of the kind where it seems like she didn't mean for it to be offensive, but she did) if you get the wrong answers. One response, where she says something like "I feel sorry for you and your confusion because you can't figure anything out," leaves Phoenix thinking "I didn't know she could be so harsh!" Her sarcastic comments asking you to "show me something you are 100 percent sure about, okay" if you show her the silhouette profile are just like her sarcasm when Mia cross-examines her.
    • After the psyche-unlock, the part where she says "my sister [Dahlia] always does the right thing" is even more laughable once you know that it's a stealth boast rather than naïveté. The part where she tearfully admits to betraying her sister is actually a harsh accusation that Iris betrayed her - which the hypocrite may be using as her internal justification for having just locked her sister inside a freezing and unstable cavern. When she tells her sob story about how after the diamond theft, Dahlia was "destined" to be trapped into doing the things that lead to her execution (even though Dahlia actually had several times when she could have limited bloodshed without putting herself in much danger), it's her 100th attempt at winning sympathy. When she talks about how Dahlia stole the diamond for revenge because their dad treated their mom badly, she's explaining and trying to justify herself.
    • Finally, when Phoenix asks "Iris" if Dahlia ever talked about her college boyfriend, "Iris" replies, "she told me she hated his guts." This is Dahlia taking a snipe shot at Phoenix's heart while pretending that she's only repeating something she heard without realizing that it referred to him.
      • Dahlia, as Iris, asks Phoenix if Maya is his girlfriend if you press one of her statements. Putting a Ship Tease moment aside, Dahlia seems to be stealthily insulting Phoenix, in that his "girlfriend" is dead, and Iris, in that the man Iris fell in love with had moved on.
    • A funny moment occurs when Phoenix presents Larry's sketch to the courtroom Proving how Misty Fey's body was moved from the crime scene. While presenting it, Phoenix calls Larry, aka Laurice Deauxnim, Misty's "Brilliant, highly-gifted apprentice." The Judge, in disbelief, asks, "Brilliant?" Godot, also in disbelief, asks "Highly Gifted?" Dahlia, posing as Iris, asks, "Apprentice?" with a surprised look on her face. Dahlia never met Larry.
      • On a similar vein, when Phoenix poins out that "Iris" could not have used the Dusky Bridge to carry Misty's body because the bridge had already been burned out. Normally, a malicious witness would try to fix their testimony, but "Iris" reacts as if she was genuinely unaware of that fact. And that's because she is unaware, as she never saw the bridge burning.
    • Pay attention to her poses and sprites. Most of them are, obviously, all but a Palette Swap of Dahlia's, plus a few others- in addition to the sweet smile, teary eyes, shy look to the side, and "sweating under pressure" sprites, she has sprites for wide-eyed surprise, blushing, and looking straight at the camera with a serious expression. Dahlia-as-Iris barely uses these alternate expressions at all, and reverts to tears far more quickly than the real Iris ever does, thanks to her near-constant reliance on the Wounded Gazelle Gambit. And, well, you know that if Dahlia could blush on command, she would have milked it the way she does the crying, so it's no wonder she doesn't use that one, period.
      • It's noticeable, too that Iris has a very slightly different speech pattern (in the English version no less) that makes some of the things Iris says feel slightly... off. Also, as discussed directly above this, the sprite usage also changes the tone of her voice when saying things.
  • In the first case, "Turnabout Memories", at one point Dahlia says that, "(She and Phoenix) are so lovey-wuvey, we literally make people sick!" Considering Phoenix was actually dating Iris, Dahlia is likely talking about herself here. It helps with a line in "Bridge to the Turnabout", in which Iris thinks that Dahlia must have noticed Iris's feelings for Phoenix and decided to act on her own volition without consulting Iris.
    • Actually, Phoenix said that. He yelled it at the end of Dahlia's testimony, though unless you notice the name in the dialogue box change (which you might not, since the last several were all Dahlia, and she remains onscreen), you'd easily think Dahlia said it.
  • Remember Luke Atmey's speech? ("Unable to find a rival worthy of my genius, I was forced to create one by myself!") The first time, it referred to Mask☆DeMasque, implying that he was using the DeMasque persona to steal treasures, and his "Ace Detective" one to get even more fame. The second time, it referred to Ron DeLite and Phoenix himself. Why? First, he blackmailed Ron, giving him the heist plans in exchange for the treasures he stole and the fame he would have got as "Ace Detective". Second, Atmey's plan hinged on getting accused of stealing the Urn, in order to have an alibi for the murder. He made Wright his enemy on purpose, only for Wright to discover all the truth.
  • Exactly how much Larry Butz knew about what went on that night. Remember why he was called to the stand: because he went wandering around that night, and therefore he might have seen a snowmobile. Now, we know what actually happened that night: Iris went to the bridge in the snowmobile to retrieve Misty Fey's corpse. And we know that Larry Butz was nearby, since he saw Misty's "flight" and found the crystal from her staff. Well, Butz kept stammering when asked about the "s-snowmobile", so there's a good chance he saw one. Which means he must have at least seen Iris along with it, which is probably why he thought she was the one who flew across the bridge.
    • More amazing than this is how he concealed this knowledge. Edgeworth was starting to unravel his "carefully" constructed wall of obfuscation, so what does the Butz do? He invites everyone into "The World of Laurice Deauxnim!", which completely derails the entire trial from that point forward. Notice that after this, the snowmobile is never mentioned again (in that day's trial). He basically dropped the picture like a grenade so that he could get off the stand without telling anyone that he saw Iris on a snowmobile, possibly carrying a corpse.
  • In Case 3-2, while it's purely aesthetic, Phoenix can choose whether or not to defend Ron DeLite in court, indicating he's not entirely certain of his innocence. This is a very rare, if not unique, occurrence. Ron is actually guilty of being Mask DeMasque, so Phoenix's gut is somewhat going against him.
    • In fact, Phoenix was doubtful at one point last game too, though rather than being given a choice, Phoenix double-checked with the magatama. Again, turns out the client he did this for, Matt Engarde, was guilty.
  • When Bikini learned that Phoenix have met Morgan's daughter she assumes he already knows that Iris is another one. Of course that's what she thinks. She thinks that Morgan has two daughters, Iris and Dahlia, and if Phoenix have met Dahlia he'd know that Iris is the other one being her twin.
  • Bikini immediately assuming that Phoenix is looking for a girlfriend when he asks about Iris looks pretty weird, even with her naughtiness. But Iris said that she would never hide anything from her, meaning she probably knew about Iris and Phoenix. Obviously Bikini haven't met Phoenix before, but when a guy around Iris' age came to the temple and started asking about her she figured out who he is.
  • In the second case, Godot hid crucial evidence from Gumshoe. Narratively, this was rule of drama, but it also makes sense for the character- he used to be a defense attorney, so he’s probably used to hiding evidence from detectives.
  • Dahlia's hairstyle makes more sense after a first glance and her actions in the game are assessed. At first those fancy braids may refer to her prissy elegant appearance, but they can also resemble curved-forward horns (made more obvious with her red hair), something that's usually associated with demons.
  • Much has been made of the juxtaposition between Furio Tigre and Phoenix Wright as a cocky tiger and a righteous dragon (which is more obvious in Japanese, where Phoenix has a dragon hidden in his name — Ryuuichi). What's less obvious is how Godot relates to this: his real given name in Japanese is Soryuu — which also makes him a rival of Tigre's, and in fact he helps Phoenix take him down.
    • What Godot's name would also imply, if we further consider the "four heavenly beasts" symbology , is that Mia — his lover and partner, passionate about justice and compassion for her clients — is... the original phoenix.

    Fridge Horror 

  • In 3-5, as if Phoenix attempting to run across the burning bridge isn't tear-jerking enough, remember his and Maya's conversations when they first crossed the suspension bridge. He was terrified of heights.
  • Dahlia calls Mia a spinster out of spite, which would normally just be insulting had she not been the one who poisoned Mia's boyfriend. The same boyfriend who is standing in the same room as them.
  • One that doesn't hit you on the first playthrough. Iris gets a chance to see Phoenix after years and after she's arrested Larry tells her that he's horribly injured. When you know that she's in love with him such news are pretty devastating on it's own, now add the fact that he ran across the bridge because he suspected Maya might be in danger after finding Elise's body. Which he wouldn't have if Iris didn't tamper with it. Given Iris's Guilt Complex one can only imagine how hellish these few hours were for her before she found out that he'll be fine.
  • It may be small, but it's still there. Iris explicitly claims Dahlia and Phoenix only met twice - on the day when she pushed the pendant onto him and then on the day Doug Swallow was killed. But as we know from 3-1, they also met at a later date for the trial on Doug Swallow's death, actually making that a third time. So taken literally, it would mean it was the good twin Iris who went through that trial and was put on the death row... Though the game clearly enough doesn't mean it.

Fridge Brilliance Across the Entire Phoenix Arc

  • Why don't Maya or Pearl simply channel the spirit of the victim to find out who killed them? They probably can't, or at least not repeatedly and/or with guaranteed success. The reason that Maya couldn't even summon Mia in the first game was because she was still in training — it was only her panic at Phoenix losing the case that enabled her to call Mia to help her. Despite going back to Kurain Village to hone her abilities, she still hadn't mastered her powers by the time she meets up with Phoenix again — she was attempting her first real summoning while Phoenix was there. After that, every person the Feys summon is a blood relative. Maya tried to summon Mimi Miney, but that was under very controlled and ritualized circumstances, and we never get to see whether she would have succeeded or failed, as it was all a set-up, and Mimi wasn't dead anyway.
    Maya repeatedly summons Mia, her sister. Pearl summons Mia, her cousin. Both of them are cousins through the female half of the Fey bloodline. Pearl is told to summon Dahlia, who is her half-sister through their mother — and therefore the Fey bloodline. She fails, but only because Maya has already summoned Dahlia — who is her cousin through, once again, the female side of the family. They are never shown summoning anyone that isn't related to them through the Fey bloodline — it's possible that doing so is extremely difficult, and they might not be able to control the spirit they summon regardless.
    • On a related note, in case 1-2, Mia says "you're just lucky I was born a Fey" to Phoenix. One would think it would have been more fitting for her to have said "you're just lucky Maya was born a Fey" seeing as how she was the one who channeled Mia. However, given Maya's inexperience at the time that made it almost impossible for her to summon anyone, Mia meant that if she was not a part of the Fey bloodline, then even if Phoenix did have Maya to help him, it would still be very difficult (or even impossible) for her to summon her. Therefore Mia is not saying it as in he is lucky she can summon but rather that she can be summoned.
  • Manfred von Karma was shot in his right shoulder and is what brings his downfall. In Justice for All, the last case has Shelly de Killer shooting Franziska, Manfred's daughter of course, in her right shoulder which makes her miss the trial and therefore almost gets Matt Engarde off the hook. During a first play-through, someone is extremely unlikely to make this connection.
    • Also, when Edgeworth mentions the De Killer case in Ace Attorney Investigations, Franziska shivers noticeably. Of course, the trauma of being shot unexpectedly is bad enough, but when you consider what happened to her father...
  • In the first game, Phoenix describes Larry as a good friend of his, but in the others, his opinion seems to be, "I'm ashamed to know him." The shift in attitude could be put down to Flanderization and/or Characterization Marches On, but it could also be explained by the fact that at the end of Case 1-4, Nick finds out that Larry was the culprit behind the incident in fourth grade that made him want to become a lawyer in the first place. He considered Larry a friend for coming to his rescue, but finding out Larry was the reason he got in trouble in the first place kind of tainted that a bit.
  • Tie-in between the second and third games: In the second game, Adrian trusts Franziska so much that she clings to her words even when it becomes clear that trusting those words will lead to her death. This is similar to what Dahlia does with getting the trust of Phoenix and Terry in the third game. That could explain why Phoenix was so observant and upset about what Franziska did.
    • On a related note, this is something that the culprit says in Justice For All's fourth case: " I had no interest in doing it, really, but bit by bit, it crept up on me. And then the situation just presented itself perfectly... 'How beautiful,' I thought. Let me tell you something. I'm not like [weak people]. I don't depend on anyone. People are simply things to be used. Used and thrown away. Put on a sweet, innocent face, and people will swallow anything you feed them. [That fool] fell for it. [That other fool], too. Oh, and how can I forget. Even you fell for it, Mister Lawyer! Everyone, all working their butts off for me! Aww, did that leave you speechless? What a shame." Remind anyone of a certain character in Trials and Tribulations?
  • Speaking of Adrian, the the fact that she acts rather clumsy in case 3-2 makes the amount of spare pairs of glasses she has in case 2-4 a bit more plausible.
  • The way Maya can shrug off seeing all her relatives dying horribly around her with so little pain is actually easy to explain when you realize she is one of the few people in the world who doesn't have any doubts about the existence of an afterlife and can always ask Pearl to channel both Mia and Misti at any time if she needs to see them.
    • I believe the third game implied she does suffer a lot from the deaths of her family members but puts on a brave face for the sake of Pearl.
  • It may not be intentional, but the Fey family seems to have a specific naming pattern; Almost all names start with an M and have two syllables: Mor-gan, Mi-a, Mis-ty etcetera. The exception being Morgan’s daughters.
    • Additional Fridge Brilliance; the only characters who follow this pattern are from the main families of their generation. Pearl and her sisters are from the branch family and therefore do not follow this naming convention.
    • Another thing: Mia and Ami can both be re-arranged to spell "I am". Maya spelled backwards is "Ayam", which sounds exactly like "I am." Which is just interesting, rather than anything significant.
      • "I Am" is the rough English translation of the Hebrew "YHWH", the name God gives himself when Moses asks. This could be a hint at Mia and Maya's status as the only truly good characters in the game, or it could be a huge coincidence.
  • It may seem like Fridge Logic when unlucky Maggey Byrde fell from her 9th story apartment as a baby and survived. Seems like that would make her extremely lucky, right? But then it hits you: by surviving, the rest of her life basically became a living hell. Guess sometimes you really are better off dead. She is the defendant for case 3-3.
  • Franziska copies a lot of her dad's body language. As mentioned above, Manfred von Karma clutches his right shoulder when backed into a corner; she does this too, despite not having the excuse of taking a bullet there. She also clutches at her sleeve the same way when annoyed, and uses whip-cracks in place of his finger-snaps. Interestingly, young Edgeworth (as seen in both T&T and AAI) also copies one of von Karma's gestures (the tsk-ing finger wag with one eye closed), but he's dropped it by the timeframe of the games.
  • Franziska says the word "Fool" a lot- to the point where it stops being grammatically correct. But that actually makes perfect sense- she grew up in Germany, likely speaking German. She probably doesn't know enough English to always know the right synonym for "fool", so she goes with the word she does know instead of trying to guess words she doesn't know.
  • We learn across the second and third games that the events of the DL-6 case basically ruined the Fey family, causing Misty to vanish, Mia to take up law instead of the family business, and setting in motion the entire drama around Morgan and her daughters. But we know that spirit channeling is real, so how did it end up going so wrong? Was it the failure of the prosecution to prove their case? No, because Yanni Yogi really didn't shoot Gregory Edgeworth. The truth was, he never saw who shot him. When channeled from beyond the grave, Gregory Edgeworth believed that only the two people in the elevator with him could have been the cause of his death...and rather than admit that he had passed out and didn't remember being shot, he named the one of those people who wasn't his only son. Gregory Edgeworth ruined the Fey family by lying to protect his son.
    • Actually the DL-6 case being the case that ruined the Fey family invokes a bit of Fridge Logic. Early on we hear about the case and how the police resorted to spirit channeling for a lead, yet the results of that channeling contradicted the results of the trial, leading Misty Fey to go into hiding out of shame. However, that doesn't make sense considering Yanni Yogi was never absolved of the crime of shooting Gregory Edgeworth. His attorney used the insanity plea, citing a lack of oxygen when the elevator broke down as the cause of his irrational behavior. In other words, the results of the trial would come to determine that Yanni Yogi shot Gregory, and Gregory, being channeled and not wanting to implicate his son for his own murder, would've also said that Yanni Yogi shot him.
    • Also makes Manfred von Karma terrifying, as he outsmarted the supernatural to commit a crime.
  • Phoenix complains that witnesses always seem to be more cooperative with Mia than with him. What he doesn't realize is that that fact applies to Phoenix himself, as seen in the next game. In front of Diego, Phoenix is just the naïve wimp who- knowingly or not- helped Dahlia get away. It's only in a private conversation with Mia that he shows the intuition and drive to improve the world that would later make him a good apprentice.
  • Larry complains he was never helpful and nobody tries to prove him otherwise. Though he was useful once before... against Manfred Von Karma. Wright cares about Larry enough not to tell that in front of Franziska.

Fridge Horror Across the Entire Phoenix Arc

  • Several of the prosecutors boast a flawless, or nearly flawless, win record (not counting Godot, since he had no career prior to T&T). They say explicitly that all they cared about was getting a conviction, not finding the truth. Edgeworth himself said he "used every dirty trick in the book". That's potentially a LOT of innocent people they've convicted. Especially from the oldest and most selfish, Manfred von Karma.
  • Both Edgeworth and Franziska were trained in prosecution in Germany, and they seem to have no issues prosecuting in America, particularly notable with Franziska, who prosecuted in Germany for 5 years before heading to America. This implies that the legal system in Germany is very similar, if not identical, to the biased and corrupt system that America uses.

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