The only thing the Ace Attorney games abuse more than any Shout-Out and overall hilarity, are the tearjerking moments. In fact, the saga as a whole could make some of the bleakest parts of CLANNAD seem funny by comparison. Put the specific moments on the appropriate subpages, please:
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
- Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice
- Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
- Ace Attorney Anime
- Any time the current protagonist's Heroic BSoD pose (e.g. Phoenix holding his head down, Athena clutching herself while her eyes and Widget go blank, Apollo laying his head down while holding his fists) is shown, you're probably going to need tissues very soon.
- Any time you hear a "Reminiscence" theme playing, you know it's going to entail some pretty tragic information.