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Trivia for the entire franchise. For installment-specific examples, see the following trivia subpages:

Trivia Items From the Series as a Whole:

  • Ascended Fanon: Edgeworth being a secret Steel Samurai fan was originally from a non-canon mini-comic by the character designer. Takumi saw it and felt that it made him "cuter" and humanized him as a character, so he added it.
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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Despite being a popular meme, Edgeworth never actually says "You're not a clown, you're the entire circus." It originated as a convincing edit in response to a tweet, as the maker thought that would be something Edgeworth would actually say.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
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  • Development Hell: Gyakuten Saiban 5 was first hinted at in 2007 then lay dormant for nearly five years before we even got a logo in early 2012. A demo was playable at TGS 2012, and it was finally released in 2013.
  • Executive Meddling: Shu Takumi wanted to make an entirely new cast in Apollo Justice, but Capcom's higher-ups told him he had to put Phoenix in it. Additionally, the jurist system being introduced was also a requirement due to changes in the Japanese legal system, which caused the hotly debated storyline involving Phoenix to be developed.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Phoenix in Apollo Justice is HoboPhoenix, Naruhobo, or Hobonix.
    • Daryan Crescend is "Dickhead" due to his Unfortunate Character Design kinda making his head look like...
    • 20-year-old Edgeworth, with the more elaborate jacket, is "Bratworth".
    • The country the game takes place in is called "Japanifornia", especially as later installments have made it really hard for the localization team to come up with Hand Waves as to why these increasingly Japanese characters and settings are actually totally in Los Angeles.
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    • While the individual trials within each game are officially referred to as separate "episodes", fans have taken to calling them "cases" instead. For example, "Turnabout Sisters" is officially "episode 2" of the first game, but fans typically call it "case 2". Numbers stylized in same the way the Arknights stages are formatted are also common (i.e "2-4" for Farewell, My Turnabout as being the fourth case of the second game).
  • God Does Not Own This World: Series creator Shu Takumi was only in charge of the first three games ("Rise from the Ashes" included). Apollo Justice only has him credited as the series director (which means that basically he directed that game's actual director), and he's not involved in any main series game after that, though he did get involved in the Professor Layton crossover and the Dai Gyakuten Saiban games.
  • I Knew It!:
    • The fandom were correct in assuming that Ema's button was a spycamera and that Edgeworth is secretly a big fan of the Steel Samurai.
    • When the flashback case featuring Gregory Edgeworth was announced to involve Manfred von Karma, people began suspecting that this was the case that led to von Karma's penalty, and by extension the DL-6 incident that basically sparked all the events of the series.
    • When the first details of Dual Destinies at TGS, some people guessed that Apollo was related somehow to the courtroom bombing that was the focus of the game's first case. Fast forward to March 2013, when the first images of injured Apollo showed up. Fully confirmed a month later, when a playthrough of the updated demo outright stated that Apollo was protecting someone from the debris produced by the explosion.
    • Someone on this very site's WMG page managed to predict that Bobby Fulbright in Dual Destinies was the real killer in the case in which Blackquill was convicted of murder. It's a little more complicated than that, though.
    • Janet Hsu, a member of Capcom's localization department, confirmed on her blog the widespread theory that Klavier Gavin isn't actually German, though she says he did study in Germany for a while.
    • When the first details of the 6th game came out, people were saying Maya Fey has to be in this one, given the heavy emphasis on spirit mediums since Trials and Tribulations. Lo and behold, the March 2016 update reveals that she's a major character, and will again assist Phoenix at the defense bench.
  • Invisible Advertising: Dual Destinies received a quiet Nintendo eShop release. The whole series seems to qualify- it's relatively obscure in the west, particularly outside of the US.
  • Jossed: The fandom was not correct to assume that Trucy was Phoenix Wright's biological daughter or that she's actually an older Pearl.
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  • No Export for You: The series is infamous for it, sometimes taking years to make international ports (if at all):
    • The original GBA versions of the first three games never left Japan.
    • Trials and Tribulations for DS — Europe got it a year after the US, and Australasia never got it at all. (Australasia did receive later ports of the game though on Wii, iOS and 3DS.)
    • Gyakuten Kenji 2 — released 2011 in Japan, still zero plans to export anywhere despite the major demand for it; only fan-translated versions are available in English.
    • Dai Gyakuten Saiban, as well, was released in 2015, and the only statement made about its localization was that there were "issues preventing it from being localized"
    • Even the movie isn't exempt — the DVD and Blu-ray was released Q3-2012 for Japan, and Q2-2013 saw subbed releases for only Germany and Australia. To clarify: they made one foreign sub for all of Europe, and still haven't allowed a USA/EU release despite already making and releasing a version with English subs.
  • The Other Darrin: In the GBA and DS games, the few voiced lines the characters had were given by members of the production and localization teams (e.g. Phoenix's Japanese voice was series creator Shu Takumi, and Franziska's English voice was Janet Hsu, head of the localization team). With the 3DS games adding fully-voiced cutscenes, actual voice actors were required, meaning any returning characters (i.e. Phoenix, Apollo, Klavier, Edgeworth) had their voices replaced.
    • Both the Japanese and English casts were replaced for the anime.
  • Post-Script Season: Everything made after the original trilogy. Shu Takumi designed "Bridge to the Turnabout" as a Grand Finale that would give proper closure to Phoenix's story, as he didn't want the series to continue on and become a Franchise Zombie. However, the popularity of the first three games prompted Capcom to make more anyways. Shu Takumi participated in making Apollo Justice, which ended up still including Phoenix against his initial wishes due to Executive Meddling, and later left the "main" series.
  • Sequel First: Apollo Justice was released before Trials and Tribulations in Europe, due to complications on the latter's rating.
    • As noted in No Export for You, several audiences have suffered through this; assuming you're even getting a release, don't expect it any time soon or in the correct order.
  • Technology Marches On: It's pretty frequent to see late 90/early 2000s technology in the original trilogy, such as VHS tapes, black-and-white photos, and Nokia 3000-style cellphones, which matches up with the timeframe they were made in. The trilogy canonically takes place 2016-2019, though most of these items had disappeared by 2010. As a result, the games are Two Decades Behind. Afterwards, technology started to slowly evolve in-universe. For example, the Investigations games and Apollo Justice have most pictures in full color as well as flipphones and Blackberry-style phones. VHS tapes seem to have been phased out by the mid-2020s, as any video evidence in Dual Destinies and beyond is presented on a DVD (only old video such as the one for UR-1 Incident is still on tape). By Spirit of Justice, smartphones and social media clearly exist.
  • The Wiki Rule: Right here.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The prototype title was 'Surviban'.
    • Kristoph's early designs included a kimono getup that made him look he'd fit right in with the Gotei 13. Franziska was a much colder-(but sexier-)looking woman note  who licked her whip, Young Mia a motorcyclist, Phoenix's hair-spikes hung downward (and were more natural), Pearl had plain, short black hair (and later Odango Hair), and Dahlia had a hell of a lot of different appearances, all equally deceptively sympathetic.
    • Phoenix and Franziska were slated to appear in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. However, due to several reasons (explained on that game's Trivia page for that game) they were dropped. For the same reasons, both were dropped from the vanilla version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3. But while Phoenix has finally made it into the Capcom vs. series as of Ultimate, Franziska is still nowhere to be seen. This is ironic because, out of all the lawyers in Phoenix's series, Franziska would be the most qualified to appear.
    • Colias has an unused sprite, which frankly enough looks quite silly and could be considered his "damage" sprite.
    • There's a whole lot of unused dialogue in Investigations 2 's first case. The first Logic deduction was going to be entirely different (and implied the weather would play a significant role in the mystery), and there's a whole lot of cut dialogue with Winston Payne, though he still doesn't get a proper sprite.
    • One of the scrapped ideas for Spirit of Justice would have Phoenix stand in a secret mafia court, where the trials were for those breaking the rules of the criminal underworld.
    • According to leaks, Apollo was meant to be a DLC character in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, however, low sales and poor reception ended up killing support for the game before that could happen.
  • Word of God: Janet Hsu, one of the localisation team, released a whole lot of information about the Ace Attorney universe to celebrate the re-release of the trilogy. Included was some explanation for "Japanifornia": "while "Gyakuten Saiban" takes place in Japan, the Los Angeles that "Ace Attorney" takes place in is an alternate universe where anti-Japanese sentiments and anti-immigrant laws were not enacted, and Japanese culture was allowed to flourish and blend into the local culture in the same manner as other immigrant cultures."


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