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  • Archive Panic: Good luck if you've just recently started to play the game. Five seasons and counting, with the total cases of each season ranging from 56 to 60. Not to mention each case (except Grimsborough's Case #1 without the Additional Investigation) may need a few days to complete, unless you speed things up using cash.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The killer in "An Elementary Murder". Was Jenny Honeycomb really telling the truth about Irina's murder being a threat gone wrong, or was she lying, it being premeditated?
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    • The killer in "Murder By Proxy". While still sympathetic either way, did Christy Mathis really kill Adam to stop him from raping any more women, or was it more of a personal vendetta?
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • When World Edition ended, many fans complained about the lack of characters from previous seasons (other than Ezra Hope and Grace) appearing, particularly in North America. The Conspiracy seems to address that issue, as many characters from Grimsborough, Pacific Bay and World Edition make comebacks throughout the season. Not only that, but fan-favorite characters like Jones, Cathy and Tony Marconi were given much more screentime and Character Development than they had received in the first season.
    • After the rather negative portrayals of LGBT people (specifically, lesbians) in Season 1, Pacific Bay introduced Hannah Choi as a main character and featured a somewhat sympathetic gay suspect in the first case, who, for once, didn't murder the victim. And as the game goes on, several more positive portrayals of LGBT people come up.
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    • While both Michelle Zuria and Mia Loukas were popular characters in their own rights, many fans were disappointed that they were killed off very soon after their introductions (and in Mia's case, never actually becoming a partner of the player). Travel In Time has alleviated this by having Nebet, a stowaway, join the time very early and begin to go on investigations with the player as well as having a lot more screentime than both Michelle and Mia.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Amy Young. While some fans love her bubbly personality and her well-written Story Arc from White Peaks, others are put off by her naivete at the beginning, and when she started acting more rude and impatient after White Peaks, she isn't called out on it or given any comeuppance like Frank always gets, which annoyed even more fans (especially those who preferred Frank).
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    • Jack Archer. He was a popular character at the start of World Edition, but as time went on, his immature side started to show. While many fans still like him, others find his overly whiny behavior annoying, particularly in the Africa finale, and tend to prefer Carmen Martinez as a partner.
    • Asal Hawaa has become this, even moreso than Jack. After breaking up with Jack, she becomes a massive Smug Snake and not only treats Jack like an idiot, but taunts the player about the Bureau's failures after the events of Africa. Some find this to make her a more interesting character, while others are put off by her smugness.
    • Justin Lawson after his Face–Heel Turn. Many fans embrace his new role as a genuinely sympathetic and complex villain, who—unlike the previous seasons' Big Badsisn't simply a power-hungry antagonist with a god-complex. However, many others bemoan his development as OOC.
    • Joe Warren becomes this after Case 48 of The Conspiracy, mainly because fans were split about whether having yet another corrupt mayor as a major antagonist was an interesting twist, or something that was getting old at this point.
    • Zoe Kusama. Some fans enjoy her subplot revolving DreamLife and her relationship with Jones, as well as her being one of the few sympathetic killers in the game. Other fans dislike her, feeling that she makes Jones Prone to Tears, especially when she's arrested and killed later on, and feel that her sympathetic quantities come off as forced.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In Case 47's AI, Jack and Michelle accidentally drink some hallucinogen and spend the afternoon acting hilariously weird from the high. It comes out of nowhere and after a few mentions directly afterward, it's put behind them after Lars promises it won't happen again.
    • Case 50's AI has Lars looking for a missing Jack, only to discover that he was dared to dress up as a pretty girl by Chockas D. Lux. This has nothing to do with the rest of the case, and at Jack's urging, is never mentioned again.
  • Broken Base:
    • When the number of points required to earn stars was decreased drastically (roughly by 80%). Some viewed it as a way to make the game more appealing to casual players who'd lose interest playing the same scene a dozen times. Others viewed it as a way to rush people through the game to make sure they'd always be waiting on a lab and be more likely to spend money.
    • On the subject of police pets, some people love the non-dog animals. Others think the non-dogs are cartoony and obnoxious and that it should have been kept strictly dogs.
    • A lot of Amy Young's Break the Cutie moments in Pacific Bay. Fans either endlessly pity her or think that it's just overkill. Her new attitude doesn't help her case on either end.
    • At the end of the Sahara Region, the revelation that Chief Ripley faked her death has been met with mixed opinions, especially throughout the Eurasia region. While some fans are happy that she's alive, others complain about her fiery attitude and constant scolding of the player to find SOMBRA, despite them finding several good clues that would help figure out SOMBRA's identity, even wishing that her death would've been real.
    • The opinions on Case 42 (In Plain Sight). It's one of the most dramatic cases of the season, and while the plot and drama itself had been well-received, some fans dislike the case because of Michelle's needlessly nasty interrogations, and the fact that Lars and Angela will be separated due to Angela being SOMBRA's mole.
    • The reveal of Season 6's setting as various time periods via Time Travel. Many fans feel that it's too unrealistic for the game, which is usually down-to-earth, and would have preferred a revisit of Pacific Bay (this appears to have been rectified somewhat with Amy being confirmed to reappear), while many are excited for the premise and Amy and Jack's reappearances.
    • The social life of the Player Character. While it is obvious that their colleagues respect them and view them as a true friend, we never see our character's life outside of their job. Some fans have stated it would be nice if the player character had a love interest in each season or we got to see their family.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Albert Tesla, the overarching antagonist of the final three cases of "Pacific Bay" (Season 2), was a scientist obsessed with transferring his mind into a supercomputer. As the Computer Interface, Tesla establishes Meteor Systems before transforming Pacific Bay from a barren wasteland into the prosperous city it is today. Displeased by the level of crime ravaging the city, Tesla decides to destroy it through mass bombing; those that subject themselves to his authority are to be digitalized into a virtual reality where he is the supreme ruler. To this end, he manipulates Frank and Karen Knight into stealing plutonium under the false pretense that doing so would allow them to reunite with their comatose daughter. When Frank gives Amy information on how to stop him, Tesla releases five murderers, one of which murders him. Tesla temporarily halts his destruction of Pacific Bay to engage Amy and the player in a sadistic game of cat and mouse. If they were to prove to him that justice still existed by finding Frank's killer, he would abandon his plans for a virtual world; if not, he would raze Pacific Bay to the ground. Even when the killer is found, Tesla doesn't live up to his side of the bargain, gleefully admitting that he was still going to decimate Pacific Bay regardless. Despite claiming to be well-intentioned in his goals, Tesla proves himself to be a hypocritical madman, no better than the criminals he resents.
    • Omar Bahir, from World Edition (Season 3), is a professor specializing in Ancient Arabic. While he may seem sociable and polite, he is, in truth, a SOMBRA agent. As The Sword, Omar manipulates rebels into overthrowing their rulers, the end goal being to incite a massive war culminating in the Sahara Region becoming a cell for the nefarious organization. When the Bureau becomes involved, Omar shoots Chief Elizabeth Ripley with a poison dart, seemingly killing her. In a scheme to draw the Bureau out, Omar coerces a harmless tribe leader into helping him kidnap 8-year-old Andrew Stern, only to decapitate him once he had no further use for him. Armand Dupont's life is also placed in critical danger when he is exposed to the poison on the murder weapon. Omar finalizes this by attempting to kill Carmen and the player with a poisonous grenade. Charismatic and manipulative, Omar stands as one of the most dangerous of the Bureau's adversaries.
    • In "Plagued By Death", Case #21 of World Edition, Ayush Patil is a sociology professor as well as the mastermind behind the outbreak of an epidemic spreading throughout Bangalore. Starting as the assistant of Dr. Shweta Noorani, Ayush steals a strand of the virus that she created, and injects it into his student Sunil Dhudwar. Once spread, victims of the malady develop pus-filled mouth lesions before dying a slow and painful death. By the time the Bureau becomes involved in the epidemic, hundreds of civilians had succumbed to the illness. Lars Douglas—the Lab Chief of the Bureau—also contracts the virus and is in danger of dying as well. When confronted, Ayush takes full credit for having unleashed the virus, stating that once it became worldwide, not only would it solve the problem of overpopulation by killing millions of people, but he would also usher in a new era, ruling over the survivors as a god. Despite being a one-time character, Ayush is without a doubt the most depraved suspect that the Bureau had encountered.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: There's almost no saint victim. In virtually every case, the victims are loathed by more than one suspects for one reason or another, regardless of whether they deserve to be treated as Asshole Victims or not. As noted in Narm below, the game shamelessly depicts murder victims in a negative light, and the suspects openly thrash-talk them as if they never learned how to not speak ill of the dead.
  • Ear Worm: The background music, which plays and loops continuously throughout game-play.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Eduardo Ramirez, the Butt-Monkey of a Grimsborough PD officer whose role in many of the initial cases is meager at best, and mostly appears to become the brunt of jokes. He is also one of the most popular characters in the game, so much so that he was brought back in the Pacific Bay arc as a private detective (and he is the first Grimsborough character to make an appearance in the new city).
    • Sandeep Sadhra, a happy-go-lucky tuk-tuk driver who is always nice to the player and doesn't hold grudges against anyone who's wronged him. He's very well liked to the point that fans were furious when he was brutally killed off.
    • Elliot Clayton, the Bureau's tech expert, was one of the more popular Bureau members when first introduced due to his character design and concept. His appearances in World Edition are mostly limited to analyses and cameos, but his popularity with fans only increased as he was revealed to be a Defrosting Ice King with Hidden Depths.
    • Michelle Zuria was only important for two arcs dying unceremoniously at the last one, and a supplementary character for a third. But she was well liked among fans for her personality and Story Arc. She won the Criminal Case Wiki's "Best Female Character of the Year" award by double the amount of votes that second place Asal received.
    • Julian Ramis and his father, Edward, gained quite a following amongst fans even before they returned in The Conspiracy. Julian in particular was remembered for being the only child to have been arrested for murder, and Edward was well liked for being one of the very few decent parents in the series. This may have prompted their return in The Conspiracy, where they play a major role in the first district finale.
  • Evil Is Sexy: If you're a killer with an age below 50, you will fall into this.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Lars's usually hilarious knock-knock jokes have a Dark Reprise after Angela's betrayal of the Bureau:
    Lars: I've got a new knock-knock joke, and my whole life is the punchline! Knock-knock! Who's there? I'll tell you who's not there, my wife! Because she turned out to be a murderous SOMBRA spy!
    • All the Ship Tease in Mysteries of the Past between Maddie and Charlie are kinda hard to stomach once you remember what happened to the latter's grandson Armand...
  • Genius Bonus: The space-obsessed astronaut wannabe, Yelena Tereshkova, has her name based on the first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova. It kinda makes her obsession a little more understandable.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The second half of Pacific Bay was notable for having intriguing character arcs and interesting stories within each district, as well as delving into Frank's difficult past.
    • When World Edition came after Pacific Bay, it brought with it a suspenseful plot that spans the entire season, and goes into the bonds the main characters have with each other as well as their personalities.
    • The Conspiracy has shaped up to be this towards both Grimsborough and World Edition, due to developing many of Season 1's popular characters, the game delving into darker themes such as experimentation and mental illness, and the slower development of Dream Life as the season villains, rather than being revealed early on much like SOMBRA.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Rewatching all the Pacific Bay Cases with Frank turn into this after the 56th case, where he's revealed to have betrayed the team and becomes a wanted fugitive. And then after The Wastes, it becomes a Tear Jerker since he died a hero trying to stop the supercomputer. Before that, his wife is killed by Alden Greene and his only surviving daughter is unable to come out of her coma.
    • Likewise, when it's revealed that there's a SOMBRA spy amongst the main Bureau personnel. This is especially depressing since World Edition not only fleshed out all of its main characters, but showed how close they were to one another and the player character. After seeing what lengths the Bureau would go to protect its members, it's jarring that one of them would still order the rest of their personnel to be killed.
    • After the events of Case 42, it's hard to rewatch any scene with Angela and Lars without feeling sad.
    • During the cases that featured Grace and her fiancee, Luke Harris in Grimsborough, the two were clearly happy and looked out for each other. When Grace reappears in World Edition, she reveals that she broke off the engagement, not giving a clear reason.
    • Asal and Anya's standoff in Mongolia becomes this after Anya nearly kills Asal in Case 54.
    • In World Edition case 21, Jack makes a passing comment about Dupont's age making him vulnerable, and Dupont angrily responds that he's in the prime of his life. This becomes heartbreaking in the World Edition finale, where Dupont is shot by the killer, and his old age causes him to die of his injuries.
    • In Case 18 of Grimsborough, Edward Ramis appears as a loving father to his son Julian, and the two have a good father-son relationship in general. Fast forward five years later, Edward and Julian have one argument that happens to be noticed by the local serial killer, leading to Edward's murder in Case 6 of The Conspiracy that leaves Julian devastated.
    • The relationship between both Marconi and Jones becomes this after Marconi's death in Case 36 of The Conspiracy, especially since its discovered that Marconi was trying to help the GBPD shut down DreamLife.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Even if there's no transition between Mysteries of the Past and The Conspiracy, it can be chalked up to the Player Character, after saving the world, just wants to essentially go home, to where they started their whole career: Grimsborough.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Jones first hears about the Crimson Order, he doesn't buy it and remarks "What next? Aliens run the world?" Later on in Pacific Bay, there are aliens disguised as humans living in Rhine Canyon.
  • Ho Yay:
    • The interactions between Elliot and Benjamin Scott are interpreted as this by some fans. Elliot is very eager to meet Benjamin during his first appearance, and his interactions with the latter are the first time he shows his true nature. Benjamin, who acts stuck-up and spoiled around the adult characters, tends to be much nicer when talking to Elliot. When it's revealed that Benjamin ran away to the Sahara to escape his clingy (but loving) parents, Elliot spends his next two AI appearances trying to convince him to go home to safety.
    • In the final case of the Sahara, when Elliot finds footage of Benjamin acting like an extremist, he becomes saddened and calls it "a new low", even for that investigation. Later on, he manages to comfort Benjamin when he is ashamed for all the bad decisions he made in the Sahara. When he tells Benjamin to remember the good parts of his adventure, one of the things included in that list was "met a tech genius."
    • Some fans see Jack and Lars' close bond as a basis for shipping them. Indeed, Jack seem to act as Lars's primary emotional support, and could talk sense to the latter in ways that his own wife, Angela, can't. Exemplified further when Angela is revealed to be the SOMBRA mole, and Jack is the only reason Lars hasn't been Driven to Suicide yet. The South American region in particular puts a heavy emphasis on their bond, and in Case 47, Jack gets high and hallucinates about feeling cozy in Lars's arms. In North America, the other Bureau members (and Asal) all support the idea of the two being together.
  • Love to Hate: Alden Greene and Miriam Young, BIG TIME.
  • Memetic Badass: Many fans apparently see Honorable Dante as the most badass characters among the cast, even though he only appears at the end of each case and never participates in any of the action scenes.
  • Moral Event Horizon: See the subpage here.
  • Narm: The game's depiction about asshole victims where they are very loathed by most, if not all, suspects in the case they're killed; is almost as cheesy and laughable as how asshole victims are depicted in Detective Conan.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Vanna Alabama appeared as a suspect for only one case in World Edition (and made a minor appearance near the end of the season), but her entire appearance is so over-the-top that it's hard to forget.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The entire Ad Astra arc in The Conspiracy. Not only are the villains clearly in plain sight, but they're also people who might not seem like they're part of it at all, just like the mayor of the city, or a psychotic serial killer. In addition, while SOMBRA's presence is stated at the beginning of World Edition, Ad Astra's build-up only happens after Case 38.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: RussAmy for the ever-popular Russell/Amy, while MariJack for Marina/Jack seem to have popped up occasionally in the wikia page. JoRina has also been used for the Jonah/Marina ship.
    • Funnily enough, Jack/Lars is called either "Jars" or "Lack".
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: While not outright hated, Jack was a very divisive character, with several fans finding him annoying. However, in the Americas he undergoes some major Character Development due to his close bond with Lars, and developing strong friendships with Jonah and Michelle (both of whom he previously disliked). It helps that in North America, he's more mature when he acts as the player's partner.
  • Rewatch Bonus: If one rewatches/replays the World Edition cases after Michelle joins the Bureau, there are many small, easy-to-miss details that foreshadow her death at the hands of SOMBRA's king, and the suspects of that case.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • The "Scrapbook" system, where players can unlock random pictures/screenshots/thumbnails from cases by obtaining "sticker packets" were very poorly received by fans. The feature isn't so bad in and of itself, but the major point of complaint was the fact that these sticker packets replaced the energy bonuses that the player can "buy" using stars (so instead of trading your remaining stars for orange juice, chips, or burgers, you can only use them to buy 20 energy, cash, or sticker packs instead).
    • Changes to the playing card system. The original system granted allowed the player to distribute a random playing card once a day to every friend, and, once a royal flush was collected, the hand could be turned in for a prize (a bag of chips for hearts, an orange juice for spades, 20 experience for diamonds, or cash for clubs). The new system keeps the experience, but instead gives the player a free cash-purchasable boost for the other suits. Given that boosts are used immediately when purchased, this was seen as unnecessary and aggravating.
    • The release of separate apps for each season after all of its cases are released becomes this when players still on the first season are unable to progress to the next season naturally, having to download separate apps to progress their game instead. This frustrates those who want to follow through the storyline and/or keep their current levels, coins, and pets as they move on.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: When the Pacific Bay team was first introduced, Amy was frequently shipped with Jones, whom she never interacts with due to them coming from different districts. Of course, when Russell makes his appearance later on, people began shipping her with him instead.
  • Shocking Swerve:
    • It All Ends Here (Case 51 of Grimsborough) rocks the Grimsborough Police Department in an unexpected way. A wannabe socialite named Adam Bentley is found murdered, execution style, with a gunshot wound to the head. The murder weapon was provided by the incarcerated Tony Marconi but the killer is none other than Chief Samuel King. King was ordered to execute Bentley under the orders of The Crimson Order and when apprehended, he explains his motives to Jones and the player. With tears in his eyes, he takes his own life to try and protect his granddaughter since he couldn't protect his wife.
    • The final case of Ivywood Hills reveals that Holly Hopper's apparent suicide in the previous episode was fake, and some fans have found this to be "ridiculous", "nonsensical" and "unnecessary". The fact that this reveal also comes with another huge reveal that Holly is the Utopian's leader might have something to do with it as well.
    • When Chief Marquez is accused of being Colonel Spangler's killer. She's innocent, thankfully, but a lot of people didn't see that coming including the team.
    • A Killer Among Us (Case 59 of Pacific Bay) is, without a doubt, the biggest Shocking Swerve since It All Ends Here back in Grimsborough. Four of the five suspects in the murder of Danny Moto are all members of the Pacific Bay Police Department and the fifth is Karen Knight. The killer is revealed to be none other than Frank Knight, who was actually warming up to the player as a friend and a partner. He killed Danny because of the younger man taunting him about the leader of the Paradise City heist and trying to bring his family together. While he's willing to accept the consequences for his actions, Karen puts a gun to Chief Andrea Marquez's head and demands that Frank be let go. The Chief, not wanting anyone to be hurt, agrees and they escape the courthouse to head to The Wastes. It's also revealed that Karen herself was the sixth person in the Paradise City heist.
    • The Impossible Dream (Case 6 of World Edition) has the player saving the day yet again by stopping the Promethians from seizing control of Europe. When the team's celebrating their victory though, the Chief is suddenly shot and killed with a poison dart, prompting the team to fly to Africa to find her killer.
    • In Plain Sight (Case 42 of World Edition) is the case where a mole in the Bureau finally steps up and commits a murder. While fans have been guessing the identity of the mole since the secret was out (with most people predicting Ingrid or Jack), the real shock was the mole turning out to be Angela, who was not only the Bureau's kindest member, but wasn't a suspect in the first chapter of the case due to needing to perform Lavinia's autopsy. The fact that she's Happily Married with 3 children also makes her Beneath Suspicion to many viewers, prior to the reveal.
    • The teaser for The King's Shadow (Case 48) didn't reveal who the victim was, which had many fans guessing prior to the case's release. What no one had expected was for Michelle to be killed off so abruptly, especially since she had been starting to find her place within the Bureau.
    • The teaser for Case 52 also confused several fans. The victim is well-hidden from view, and due to how the last case ended, many players believed the victim to be Jack Archer himself. The description for that case didn't help matters, since it hinted that the majority of the case would be spent protecting a Unified Nations Ambassador from harm. Then the case is actually released, and it quickly escalates by having Jack be wounded by the killer, then the UN Ambassador is killed and becomes the case's victim.
  • Squick:
    • When Lars triggers his peanut allergy in Case 41, his face is shown to be massively swollen, to Carmen's horror.
    • Case 48 reveals that Michelle had been lusted after by Ignacio Munoz, a creepy Antiquarian much older than she was. Not only did he stalk her since the Bureau left Argentina, but he himself admits to having sick fantasies about being with her. Elliot and Carmen are disgusted when they find out.
  • That One Level: Difference Bonus scenes are not very popular or easy to play. Double-vision, the tendency to change which part of the scene you'll be playing, not to mention removing actual search items that could potentially be confused for the "differences" are some of its major problems.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Many fans were disappointed that Roxie never got her own character arc in Pacific Bay, especially when every other member of the PBPD are given individual character arcs. Paradise City was a very good opportunity for her to finally get into the limelight, especially since she seemed very familiar with the district and her affair with the heist leader, Louis de Rico, could potentially add her character depth, but no such thing ever happened.
    • Lily Karam, Jonah's half-sister, was introduced as a suspect in Chapter 41. And though she wasn't the murderer, she was certainly behaving suspiciously, even after being cleared of the charges. Her remark that she's planning to leave for Brazil seem to indicate that she's going to play a major role in future events. But when the player did finally arrive in Brazil, not only was Lily nowhere to be seen, she was never even mentioned again since.
    • Jack is the only Bureau member whose past profession is unknown, but other than a few small mentions, nothing is ever revealed about his past, and he only has pure intentions throughout the series, which disappointed some fans. Not helping matters is the Ship Tease between him and Lars after Angela's arrest, which didn't have much of a resolution by the end of the season.
    • Elliot had a lot of potential as a main character, since he was shown slowly warming up to the rest of the team and implied that he came from a rich, neglectful family. But other than some character development and being held hostage in Case 32, he only gets some small cameos outside of analyses, and some of his fans are disappointed that his past wasn't explored more. Even the aforementioned hostage situation was forgotten about shortly after it happened.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • With the reveal of Frank's ex-wife in Innovation Valley, there was a huge potential for more Character Development in Frank similar to the other team members. Instead, Frank is rarely seen and shoved aside except when Amy is infected with nanobots from the district villain, the robot Aphro-Dyte. Even fans of Amy weren't happy to have her for more than two cases in a row.
    • Not to mention that the Big Bad of Innovation Valley was a robot who had been seen in one previous case rather than one of the programmers, the anti-robot league, the ambassador of a dictatorship nation, or Karen Knight.
    • Many players were hoping to reunite with some of their former teammates from Grimsborough and Pacific Bay when they reached the US region in Season 3. Apart from Grace, no such thing happened.
    • El Rey ominously telling the Bureau that his successor is someone that the Bureau knows and met before. The second El Rey is revealed to be Hector Montoya, a suspect in only one other prior case. Had it been other returning characters (as the North America arc, much like previous final arcs of each season, had aplenty of them), then maybe the first El Rey's warnings wouldn't have been so anticlimactic.
  • Unexpected Character: The Conspiracy has given us Celine Dernier, Ernest Emerson and Shweta Noorani. They're all suspects who only appeared in one case and didn't play too big of a role with the exception of Shweta, but their reapparances have them as a victim, a killer, and a major arc villain respectively.
    • Case 6 of Travel in Time gives us a much younger version of Ian Devine, who had only previously appeared in Case 3 of the Conspiracy as the case's victim.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The way Jones gets poisoned by Margaret Littlewood.
      You'd Expect: That Jones would notice that the cupcakes she offers him look exactly the same as the one found in the victim. And that he would consider this suspicious.
      Instead: While he did decline at first, he still eats it without question, nearly getting killed as a result.
    • The last case of the Ivywood Hills arc of Pacific Bay. The police discovered that the Utopians intended to broadcast a brainwashing film during the Ivywood Film Awards ceremony, but could not get any strong evidence of it to stop the scheme in time, or cancel or postpone the ceremony. In the short hours before it, the player manages to capture the murderer of the most recent murder, but not the brainwashing film or the author of it.
      You'd Expect: That the police department would not watch the ceremony, as they know what is about to happen.
      Instead: They watched it, and were all brainwashed, with the only exceptions of Hannah, Russell, and the player, who were attending the sentencing of the criminal at the time.
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