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Fridge Brilliance

  • After at least two games of refusing to tell how a magician's trick works, Trucy finally breaks and just tells Apollo. For some players this may feel like an Anti-Frustration Feature. However, there is some logic to this. In all previous cases, the magic trick in-question wasn't hers. Like in the first case, the trick was Valant's. The reason why Trucy is willing to tell Apollo (with his promise of secrecy) is because the magic trick in-question is her trick. She won't tell someone about how another magician's trick works, but if it's her own, she's willing at her own discretion.
    • More cynically, one may also note that this time, it's her neck on the line if Apollo fails.
  • Pees'lubn Andistan'dhin's Villainous Breakdown, where he smashes his dahmalan against the witness stand, is a reference to the Rockers Smash Guitars trope as well as a reference to how he slammed his previous dahmalan against Paht Rohl's head to kill him.
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  • Why was Gaspen Payne living and working in Khura'in? In Case 2, Ema mentions that Chief Prosecutor Edgeworth was working on reorganizing the Prosecutor's Office and that included firing basically every corrupt prosecutor there, including Payne! Becomes an In-Universe example when Phoenix realizes the same thing in the latter half of Case 3.
  • When Maya's rescued from Amara's tomb, she collapses from exhaustion. Assuming she was tied up the whole time, the most likely explanation was malnutrition. However, she later claims that Inga was a real pushover; she got food and Plumed Punisher reruns just by whining a lot. So if she wasn't malnourished, why was she so exhausted? It's because she was actually channeling Dhurke the entire time, which requires a lot of energy and took a toll on her body!
  • Why was Archie Buff reading a psychology book? To help his daughter overcome her PTSD and fear of leaving the house.
  • Roger Retinz' breakdown involves burning caricature-esque images of each Troupe Gramarye member under his cape, until it reveals his Mr. Reus mask under there when it was supposed to be Trucy to burn next. That breakdown is certainly one of the oddest in the series until it finally became clear, with a help from YouTube commenter Nehfarious: Retinz is burning the images of the Troupe Gramarye members in the order of the severity of their crimes:
    • Thalassa was a victim of circumstance and is the only original member to be innocent of any crime besides possible perjury when testifying as Lamiroir in Turnabout Serenade, so she's the first.
    • Valant was adamant in passing Magnifi's test to the point of framing his partner Zak for his death, out of petty revenge for both the Gramarye name legacy and for Zak taking away his love interest. All of that, plus being The Unfavorite out of the group in Magnifi's eyes and still having at least a few sympathetic traits, makes him the second to burn.
    • Zak/Shadi Enigmar cost Phoenix Wright his badge by hiding critical evidence which would have exonerated him and therefore fooled Phoenix into presenting forged evidence, making him guilty of obstruction of justice. Zak then proceeded to disappear for 7 years, abandoning his own daughter without any apparent concern for her well-being, only to appear out of the blue one day and attempt to yet again destroy Wright's life by accusing him of cheating at Poker, at the one place he's working at to earn money for the daughter HE now has to raise, and assaulting the woman he made serve him as his accomplice that time. For being a genuinely awful person, he's the third to burn.
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    • Magnifi started the whole chain of events leading to Phoenix Wright losing his badge, blackmailing his two pupils into competing with each other over the rights to the Gramarye legacy and the love of his daughter, and adding fuel to the fire by clearly and verbally preferring Zak over Valant. Adding to that, Retinz hates him personally for being the one who stopped him from continuing to practice magic after his own accident. The personal involvement makes him the fourth to burn, and fittingly, his visage is the most demonic-looking out of the caricatures.
    • By Retinz' logic, the last one to burn should be Trucy for carrying out the Gramarye name in such an easy-going manner, even after knowing all of the tragic and deceitful ways of her "family". However, it's the Mr. Reus mask that appears last, and does so twice, with the second mask covered in blood and cackling evilly. While the other members are guilty of several different crimes altogether, Retinz as Mr. Reus is still the most evil among them simply due to the fact that he is the only one who committed actual murder. Of course his mask appears bloodied and laughing evilly, because Retinz has zero remorse for any of his actions, and willingly compromised both his career and the life of a fan to get revenge.
      • Adding to Retinz' Fridge section, the fact that he as Mr. Reus is referred to as the "Masked Magician" (even his leitmotif once he's exposed is named as such) and has a darker theme in comparison to the happier Troupe Gramarye music, and the Mr. Reus persona could also be considered a shout-out to Val Valentino, aka "The Masked Magician", an American performer and illusionist better known for his masked stage persona, who had a television show where he revealed the secrets behind many famous magic tricks. Not only is revealing the secret to a magic trick a crucial part of the trial, Retinz also sees himself as the one to reveal the real face of the Gramaryes to the world, not to mention being a TV personality famous for his reality shows.
  • Apollo gets Sgt. Buff to open up to him when he reveals he lost his father and doesn't know if his mother is alive or dead. In the trial segment, Athena is able to get through to Sarge and also empathizes with what Sarge is going through for two reasons that aren't elaborated on: Athena's mother is dead, her dad is a Disappeared Dad, and overcoming her own traumatic past was the basis of her Character Development in Dual Destinies, making her even more similar to Sarge than Apollo!
  • Fridge Logic might strike as someone realizes Amara and Dhurke have different hair colors, so how did she manage to channel him (and Inga) without it being really obvious. The answer is quite simple though never directly revealed in the game. You find a bottle of Le'Belle in Inga's room that she most likely used. Further more it's known for washing out really easily leaving her to go back to silver grey very easily during the trial. This also leads to some fridge hilarity as one imagines Nayna quickly washing her hair in the middle of the court case. Most likely in some random toilet. Additionally Amara probably has wet hair throughout the trial as a result.
  • Rayfa's insistence that Inga stole the orb for her sake gets credence with the fact he cannot remember faces, meaning he won't be able to channel even if he had the ability for it. While he is still a jerkass, it makes him a bit more sympathetic. Though can result with a Fridge Horror of how a bad queen Ga'ran have been to necessitate that risk.
  • The title of the game, Spirit of Justice, foreshadows the fact the bulk of the story of this game is about Apollo, not Phoenix.
    • Also what was used to catch the final culprit was the Spirit of Justice, the soul of Jove Justice.
  • The Guitar's Serenade was about Thalassa herself. It describes her love and happiness with Jove, how she lost him in a fire and then was shot and died herself, in a manner of speaking.
  • Most, if not all of the Defiant Dragons that the player meets are older - 40s or above. Many of the more vehemently anti-lawyer citizens of Khura'in are actually younger - Rayfa (at first), Ahlbi (again, at first), and Nahyuta (though he has his reasons). The judge may seem anti-lawyer, especially in case one, but it's clear he can set aside his (likely played up) prejudices for the sake of a fair trial. It's likely that the older folk knew quite a bit of virtuous lawyers in their time, and knew Ga'ran's song and dance about the inherently evil nature of defense attorneys was a load of bull. However, it is far easier to brainwash and mold the minds of younger people - especially those who only ever knew Ga'ran as the queen.
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, the beginning of Apollo's story in the series, ends with The Reveal that Phoenix overhauled the flawed American juridic system (by introducing a jury system) just to make sure that Kristoph Gavin, the one who made him lose everything he had, couldn't escape justice for what he did. Spirit of Justice, which closes Apollo's past, ends with Apollo overhauling the flawed Khura'in juridic system (by dethroning the Queen and nullifying every single law she made) and at the same time made sure that Queen Ga'ran, who made him lose everything he had, couldn't escape justice for what she did.
  • In the DLC case, the first glimpse of Sorin's feelings towards Ellen are how he tells her that he's lost without her. Cue The Reveal about his memory loss and her further statement about how they were in love even before the accident and his statement takes on a whole new meaning! His being in love with her is one of the few positive things he can genuinely remember and, if she did go to jail, he would have had nothing left.
  • Dhurke's testimony at the start of the final trial is fantastic foreshadowing to his status. He says he entered the tomb, felt dizzy, and the next thing he knew he was standing over Inga's body holding a bloody knife. Apollo assumes he was somehow drugged, but players may recall Case 3, which established that the memories a person being channeled pick up right where they stopped, with no knowledge of any time gap. This explains Dhurke's testimony: he was being channeled by Maya when he entered the tomb, felt dizzy as his spirit was expelled from her body, then his memories picked back up when Amara channeled him.
    • There's even more foreshadowing back in Kurain Village. Apollo's thoughts when talking with Pearl include:
      Mediums and spirit channeling... I've heard all about it from Mr. Wright. He said that mediums will even physically become the person they're channeling. I wonder if even little Pearl would turn into a hulking giant if she had to channel one...
      • The text in bold above is even highlighted in orange in the game to point out its importance. The foreshadowing is that Maya is doing that exact thing, right now, right next to him.
  • If one recalls the MASON system segment in case 4 of Apollo Justice, it's easy to see how Phoenix was able to find a way to get Armie Buff to open up to him since he had already found the means to do so with 12-year old Vera Misham, who Armie is an Expy of, plus his years of experience with Trucy only polished that ability.
  • While investigating Amara's Tomb for the first time, you find that the four-bullet gun has been shot three times, yet there aren't any bullets to be found. Athena quips "...Maybe Dhurke ate them.". This foreshadows the fact that Dhurke was shot with those three bullets, figuratively eating them.
  • Roger Retinz, after being proven to be the murderer, found (admittedly petty) solace in the fact that he had beaten Trucy (the heir of the Gramaryes) at her own game and that he had finally shown that he was better. Turns out that not even that victory is rightfully his- he was beaten by Apollo, who is secretly a Gramarye.
  • When Athena acts as the assistant to Trucy she can't stand it and constantly escapes, while Apollo is able to tough it out. He must have inherited the talent for stage magic from Thalassa's side of the family.
  • During Uendo's early testimony segments, whenever he was Kisegawa, the sound blips that signify talking use the high pitch reserved for female characters, before changing back to the lower pitch for male characters for his other roles. A subtle hint that it's more than a performance...
  • Where did Rayfa learn all those G-rated swearwords and archaic expressions ("Heavens to Betsy!")? Amara was using them frequently around her in order to complete the old-lady act as Nayna.
  • In The Magical Turnabout, the footage shot by the TV station focuses on Trucy when she opens the coffin, and Mr. Reus comes tumbling out, zooming in on her face. This strikes as somewhat odd since you'd expect them to focus the attention on the point of the trick, aka the supposed-to-be-empty coffin. At first you might assume it's a case of a badly executed Gory Discretion Shot (although this wouldn't make much sense in itself since they were already fine with showing his body before, and are fine with showing it countless times again). Either way though, this actually acts as foreshadowing to the fact that the TV station were playing a prank on Trucy. They were focusing on her to capture her reaction, candid camera style.
  • The intro movie of Case 2 has a line that takes on a whole new meaning after learning the truth of the case.
    Trucy: Shame on you, Mr Reus! Using magic for evil!
  • An inverted case of Fridge Horror with The Stinger. It seems like Apollo has once again fallen victim to his usual Butt-Monkey status when Rayfa strongarms him into taking hundreds of cases apparently for free... but if his clients aren't paying his wages, and he's working directly on behalf of the government... that makes him a public defender, which means his compensation comes out of Rayfa's pocket. Joke's on you, Rayfa — Apollo gets the last laugh this time!
  • The Woolseyism of Phoenix's name is expanded upon: the phoenix is described in folklore as a "royal bird", because its supposedly purple-red feathers were a colour associated with monarchs. Given the retcon that Maya, Phoenix's best friend, is royalty...

Fridge Horror

  • While Edgeworth did remove corrupt prosecutors from home, that of course did not stop people like Gaspen Payne from taking their corruption elsewhere. How many other corrupt prosecutors were simply let go and not blacklisted/arrested, allowing them to begin practicing elsewhere?
    • It might be mitigated somewhat by how proud and reputation-focused Japanifornia prosecutors are, considering Manfred von Karma and his daughter's obsessions with "perfection" to the point that the former committed murder over it, and the existence of things like the King of Prosecutors award. The utter humiliation of getting fired for jerkassery could inspire some of them to clean up their acts or at least hurt their career enough to make it difficult to get hired somewhere else.
      • Except, mind you, that the Von Karmas are from Germany. This implies that German prosecutors are much in the same mold.
  • Speaking of Gaspen Payne, you never see him in the game after the first case, not even in the end credits roll call like in Dual Destinies. Makes you wonder what could have happened to him in such an execution-happy state of Khura'in, being the first prosecutor in 23 years to let a not guilty verdict happen...
  • The Tear Jerker page for Apollo Justice mentions his mother may have abandoned him after his father died. More details about his past are revealed in this game and it's quite possible that his real mother also believed he died in that fire and his foster father didn't know who to contact. To be specific, Apollo Justice is Thalassa Gramarye's first child and his biological father is Jove Justice. Thalassa may have thought that she lost Apollo to the fire but got back her happiness when she learned that Apollo is alive after all which is after her second marriage with Zak Gramarye and got Trucy as her 2nd child. In a way, Apollo had 3 fathers, all of whom died. Jove Justice died in a fire caused by Ga'ran, Zak Gramayre his stepfather though they don't actually know each other and are not close as a result being killed by Kristoph Gavin and Dhurke Sahdmadhi his foster father being killed by Justice Minister Inga. One can imagine how Apollo feels compared to Trucy losing just her biological father.
    • On the other hand considering how Phoenix talks about his mentorees, he can be seen as another father figure to Apollo, one that's alive.
  • Think about the implications of the trial system in Khura'in, especially with Rayfa; she is probably responsible for giving dozens, if not hundreds of seances that resulted in executions while being told it's okay because she is always right. By the end of the third case, she realizes this. Even with Maya giving some words of encouragement afterwards it eats at her until she finds her resolve in the final trial.
    • Miles and Phoenix can find unsigned execution documents going back five years in their investigation. While that still HEAVILY implies a lot of people died unfairly, it also means that for many others, their sentence can be revoked and they can get a new trial in the new system with defense lawyers. It's not perfect, but it can be a help.
  • The fact that Dissociative identity disorder is widely believed to come from and often attributed to a traumatic childhood experience just makes one wonder just WHAT happened to Uendo to develop DID... Although many reports about that are generally controversial, but still...
    • Assuming that that's the case, remember that Owen is five years old and is very timid and fearful. Could he be the original Uendo? Not only is it sad that that boy witnessed some horrible thing that made his personality split, but the fact that he hasn't aged in the 23 years since then while his personalities took over is kinda sad to think about in itself.
  • In the final case we find out that the Defense Culpability Act is so vaguely worded that not only will the defense attorney share a guilty client's punishment, but so will anyone who does anything that even remotely helps a convicted criminal, to the point where every single person who protested Dhurke's imprisonment would also have been executed for doing so had he been found guilty, and Nahyuta would have been convicted for offering a false alibi to aid Ga'ran even though he clearly did so under duress. One can only wonder just how many people were too afraid to come forth with evidence that might have saved a guilty client... or how many people actually did, failed to prevent a guilty verdict, and were convicted themselves.
    • Take into consideration just how vague the wording actually is too... and the fact that it would basically literally cover anyone who ever says anything in defence for someone who ends up getting convicted, or who even protests in any way against their guilt. Remember in the first episode when Ahlbi protests that Rohl could be a thief? What about Payne effectively defending Andistan'dhin? The wording of the law also means that the person you've supported doesn't even have to be convicted, just proven by law to be a criminal. That means every single person in the courtroom in the third episode who denied that Inmee could be a rebel are also technically covered.
      • It goes to show how all-powerful Ga'ran made herself, as the DCA is so vaguely worded that it could apply to anyone if you twist the logic enough. On top of that, it's not consistently enforced: it being used to punish defense attorneys is well covered, but Payne effectively defended Andistan'dhin and you can argue that Nahyuta defended Beh'leeb by trying to prosecute Maya (and taking suspicion off of her). It's truly chilling that Ga'ran gave herself the power to legally imprison anyone while, for all intents and purposes, ignoring due process; especially when you consider that this is exactly the sort of thing that real-life tyrants do.
  • Dhurke's murder is obviously horrific, but the more you think about it, the worse you realize it really is.
    • Within minutes Dhurke goes from being alive and well to having to free a hostage from inside her body while staring at his own corpse.
    • Maya has to sit there and watch helplessly as her would-be rescuer dies slowly at her feet.
    • This is arguably not even the worst thing that's ever happened to Maya. This is just how her life is.
  • If Apollo fails to indict Ga'ran as the killer, he and Nahyuta are forced to escape and go underground to avoid her agents and continue the revolution. There is no mention of what happened to Phoenix, Edgeworth, Athena, Maya or Trucy.

Fridge Logic

  • How was Athena able to use her super-hearing to sense the discord in "Sarge's" heart through voice alone, when the voice was so distorted through the drone's speakers that they couldn't even tell Armie's gender? This is explicitly pointed out as a voice modulator.


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