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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 are not a clown. You are 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:
    • A reviewer, writing for the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, claims that the Ace Attorney series is like a "non-digital board game" with "lots of cards". The same reviewer also claims that the game is not very visual. Clearly, the reviewer has not picked up a DS and played through one of the cases.
    • The same reviewer also claimed that Ace Attorney Online is where one can find "free trial packages", as in "free cases to play that are sponsored by Capcom." This carries the unfortunate implication that the fansite is actively supporting creating knock-off games. This caused the owner of the fansite to make it doubly clear that his site is NOT affiliated with nor sponsored by Capcom. He also made it clear that the website is to help people create fan-made trials, and that it's not ripping-off Capcom.
  • 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.
    • Gyakuten Saiban 7 has also appeared to fallen victim to this. It was first announced to be in development for the Nintendo Switch in 2017… and not a single thing has been heard about it since.
  • 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.
  • 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 The Great Ace Attorney 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.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The original HD port of the trilogy on iOS (and Android in Japan) has been delisted in favor of a revised port based off the later Trilogy port on consoles, meaning unless you already have it, illegitimate ways are the only way to obtain it. Given the quality of the port though, this is probably for the best.
  • Long Runner: Still going strong since Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's original Game Boy Advance release in 2001. Capcom even celebrated the series's 20th anniversary in 2021.
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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". It wouldn't be until 2021 that the games would see release outside Japan as The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles.
    • 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.
  • No Port For You: The compilation Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD was released for iOS and Android in Japan, but other countries only got it on iOS for some reason, despite every subsequent mobile release being available on both platforms in all regions. This was finally rectified in 2022 with a rework of the HD port arriving on Android devices in the west.
  • 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 apart from The Great Ace Attorney.
  • Self-Adaptation: The stage play "Turnabout Parallel World" has some input from Shu Takumi.
  • 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: Has its own page.
  • 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."