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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney | Zootopia Defence is a fangame based on the Ace Attorney series. It was created using the Ace Attorney Online trial editor. An incident brings upcoming lawyer Phoenix Wright and famed prosecutor Miles Edgeworth to the city of Zootopia where they must navigate a culture similar and yet completely different to their own.

It is also set up as a Spiritual Sequel to Turnabout Storm.

There are five cases in the game and one bonus case after the credits.

There is also a sequel entitled Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney | Zootopia Defence 2 - Hunt For Justice, featuring a post-Dual Destinies Apollo Justice and Klavier Gavin as defense attorney and prosecutor respectively.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney | Zootopia Defence contains examples of:

  • Accuse the Witness: It's Ace Attorney, witnesses are always lying to cover their own crimes.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Many of these, examples include...
    • A gazelle named Gazelle.
    • A witness named Whit Ness.
    • A forger named For G'er.
    • Finnick's last name is 'Fox', and he is a fennec fox.
    • A koala named David Koalabell.
  • An Aesop: In the bonus case, Jack Savage learns a valuable lesson about letting go of the past, lest it drag you down.
  • Animal Jingoism: Predator and Prey relations are contested within the plotline, much like in the movie.
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  • Alternate Continuity: Obviously these events never happened in either Ace Attorney or Zootopia canon.
  • Always Murder: The moment he arrives in Zootopia, Phoenix Wright finds himself defending someone for a murder they did not commit.
  • Animation Bump: The Ace Attorney characters are animated as they would be in-game, the Zootopia characters are static vectors.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Edgeworth, he believes he has been drugged by some assailant over the reality of his situation. At least at first.
  • Asshole Victim: Doug Ramses, a hitman hired by the villain of the Zootopia Movie, is killed by Jack Savage at the witness stand.
  • The Atoner: Jack Savage has a Heel–Face Turn in the bonus case after having his black psyche locks broken. He's still in prison for potentially life, but he has a different outlook on things.
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  • Back from the Dead: Mia Fey, in ghost form anyway.
  • Batman Gambit: Phoenix keeps interrupting the verdict with any objection possible to give Edgeworth time to do his work outside the courtroom.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Phoenix is a little shocked when a giant polar bear shows up, and that bear is one of Mr Big's henchmen.
  • Berserk Button: Pretty much all of the witness breakdowns.
    • Jack Savage if you break his black locks incorrectly, leading to a bad ending.
    • Edgeworth, if Phoenix elects to make a bad and highly inappropriate joke in the courtroom.
  • Big Bad: Agent Jack Savage, the mastermind behind all the incidents you've been investigating.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Nick Wilde, showing up with that final piece of evidence at the last moment.
    • Edgeworth, even after being stripped of his investigative rights presses on to find the truth, and ultimately helps save Phoenix's case.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Whenever someone drops a bombshell on Phoenix, or any of the other characters for that matter.
  • Blatant Lies: Whit Ness' final testimony.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Sequel Hook at the end of the bonus case, featuring Athena Cykes, Apollo Justice and Klavier Gavin.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Literally, when Jack Savage takes to the prosecutor's stand.
    • The Judge has his usual personality quirks, including singing 'Try Everything' during a trial, much to everyone's chagrin.
  • Butt-Monkey: Phoenix Wright, who else?
  • Call a Human a "Meatbag": Weaselton states Phoneix must be an ape who escaped a zoo (because apes and other primates aren't sapient in Zootopia, no humans). Bellwether also surmises he is the product of a hairless ape mating with a porcupine (a dig at his hair, of course).
  • Call-Forward: Phoenix: "If I ever have a child, I'm teaching them the difference!" (In regards to ladders and step-ladders.)
    • Black Psyche Locks.
  • The Cameo: Rainbow Dash in flashback to Turnabout Storm as well as Princess Celestia, who is implied to have assisted Mia Fey in bringing Wright and Edgeworth to Zootopia.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A crucial piece of evidence in Case 1 is presented and then not seen again until Case 5, where it is the key to the whole case and the victory of the defence.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Our Judge has moments of being clueless as always.
  • The Conspiracy: Jack Savage, with helps from a bunch of accomplices including Whit Ness, For G'er, David Koalabell and Dawn Bellwether created several crimes where predators were framed for harming prey species just because they were prey species. The intent of this was to renew the racial tension and unrest in Zootopia and through that the rest of the country. He failed each time thanks to our Butt-Monkey of a lawyer, and in the end attempted to slink away a free man by framing Judy Hopps as the mastermind.
  • Continuity Nod: References to past Ace Attorney Games, including nods to both Von Karmas, Godot and others.
    • References to events from the Zootopia Movie are to be expected.
  • Courtroom Antic: It's Ace Attorney. Did you expect any different?
  • Curse Cut Short:
    Phoenix: What—
    Edgeworth: The—
    Judy: Fluke!? It's got to be a fluke, right?
  • Cuteness Proximity: Subverted, Judy gets very offended when called cute.
  • Darkest Hour: In the final case, Phoenix and Judy have been fighting off the verdict constantly, but the prosecution always seems to gain the upper hand no matter what contradiction they find. In the end they have no more trial extensions and they are back to square one, with Judy's guilty verdict all but certain. Luckily, Mia Fey and Miles Edgeworth were having none of it.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Sometimes characters seem to be able to read Phoenix's thoughts. Of course, he's just that predictable in their eyes.
  • Dirty Cop: Jack Savage, he may not be a member of the ZPD but he is meant to enforce the law rather than break it.
    • Mentions of an officer taking bribes to smuggle items in and out of the detention centre, though he/she is never identified.
  • Double Take: Phoenix and Miles, who just can't seem to escape the same old Judge.
  • Eureka Moment: When Phoenix realises just who the real mastermind is.
  • Fan Boy: Even if he hadn't been in Zootopia long, the Judge became quite the Gazelle fan.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Phoenix and Edgeworth.
  • Group Picture Ending: Our main characters (Phoenix, Edgeworth, Judy and Nick) take one of these.
  • Gut Punch: When Gideon Grey pleads to Phoenix Wright for his help.
  • Hero of Another Story: Judy Hopps, an assistant to Wright in the main five cases, is the protagonist of the bonus case.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each case has 'Turnabout' in the title.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The 'always Wright' joke.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Bellwether seems to know the colour of the bottle despite 'not being involved', just like a previous Ace Attorney villain.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth with Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde.
  • Jerkass: Jack Savage doesn't do much to hide his disdain for Phoenix Wright.
  • Key Under the Doormat: The key to Nick and Judy's apartment.
  • Mood Whiplash: Jokes one minute, life or death decision making the next.
  • My Name Is ???: What appears above the text box before Phoenix learns their names.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Phoenix us unaware that 'cute' is a racial slur to bunnies, and ends up saying it to a police officer.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Wright's case is, as always, saved at the very last moment. Isn't it good to have friends?
  • Never Say That Again: When Phoenix calls Judy cute. He almost says it again later, and barely stops himself.
  • New Superpower: Mia gives Judy the ability to perceive Psyche Locks, though it is only momentary.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Phoenix presents a letter that seems to prove his client was framed, but only ends up proving their guilt even more. Though later it was revealed that forgery was involved.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Jack Savage says something that a certain carrot shaped pen records, which is used against him later on in court.
  • The Nicknamer: Nick Wilde, he calls Phoenix 'Spike' and Edgeworth 'Edgey'. He also calls Judy 'Carrots' most of the time.
  • Non Standard Game Over: If you forcibly break Jack Savage's black locks you will receive a Downer Ending where everyone is really quite worse off all thanks to your poor choice.
  • Not So Stoic: Jack Savage seems calm and collected, at least until his perfect case has a hole blown in it.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Judy is arrested.
    • Jack Savage when Phoenix indicts him.
    • During the end of the first trial of Case 5, when Doug Ramses dies on the witness stand.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A few cases of this, such as the following:
    Jack Savage: And. You. Can't. Prove. OTHERWISE!
  • Running Gag: The ladder argument from the Ace Attorney games shows up here too.
  • Smug Snake: Jack Savage reeks of this, taking great pleasure in crushing Phoenix's arguments.
  • Speech-Centric Work: As is the Ace Attorney norm.
  • Stunned Silence: The courtroom after Whit Ness makes a clearly false testimony.
  • Surprise Witness: Nick Wilde, forced to testify against Judy.
  • Tap on the Head: This happens to Stu Hopps at the beginning of Case 4.
  • The Hero: Phoenix Wright
    • Miles Edgeworth and Judy Hopps can also be considered this, as they are also playable at some point or another.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: The final pursuit has the original Pursuit~Cornered theme kick in.
  • Title In: When entering a new area.
  • Wham Episode: Case 4, and Jack Savage's black locks.
  • Wham Line:
    • Jack Savage: Judy Hopps, you're under arrest for the murder of Jerry Jumbeaux Jr...
    • Phoenix: Jack Savage, the criminal is you!
  • Where Are They Now: The end credits has a segment like this, as do all Ace Attorney games.


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