Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth/YMMV

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Take general series tropes to Ace Attorney, and take tropes specific to the Phoenix arc and Apollo Justice to those pages, please.

  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: Making Miles Edgeworth the star of Investigations rather than Ema Skye as originally planned was probably the best idea the developers ever had.
    • And recently the fandom's been going nuts over the appearance of a certain Mr. Shelly de Killer in the Ace Attorney Investigations 2 trailer.
    • Case 3 of Ace Attorney Investigations 2: you play as Gregory Edgeworth. Your rival for the case? Manfred von Karma. You even get to cross-examine him.
  • Base Breaker: Kay, particularly among those who like the first three games best.
  • Complete Monster: Quercus Alba. The other characters even call him a Complete Monster for his complete lack of empathy towards others.
    • His dragon, Calisto Yew, is just as bad.
    • And in Investigations 2, the elderly Psychopathic Manchild Blaise Debeste, the corrupt chairman of the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee (as well as the former chief prosecutor) who gleefully drops casual death threats, suckers defendants into making plea bargains only for him to screw them over by sending them to rot in prison for life, and makes a living auctioning off crucial evidence on the black market. Blaise sided with the Bigger Bad of the story to assassinate the real president of Zheng Fa years ago and killed the reporter that witnessed the murder. Later on, he killed the reporter's girlfriend and framed Kay for it. He also gave Manfred Von Karma the only penalty he ever got because he was caught forging evidence, despite the fact that Blaise helped Von Karma with the evidence and is thus responsible for the DL-6 incident that shortly followed, with Gregory Edgeworth's death, Yani Yogi's life being ruined, and Miles Edgeworth's horrible upbringing are all indirectly resting on his shoulders. Additionally, he blackmails many characters in the series to work with him if they value their lives which include tampering with the crime scene and hiding crucial evidence. He even blackmails the judge Justine Courtney to get her to work against Edgeworth because he kidnapped her adoptive son. And let's not get started with the trauma he puts his son Sebastian through the entire game, who he constantly berates and tells in the worse way possible that all his achievements were because of his connections (and knowing that Bansai has a lot of connections with shady folks, one can only imagine what would have happened if they didn't comply) and not from Sebastian's hard work. Later on, he kidnaps his own son (but, to be fair, he was aiming for Courtney's son), and when Sebastian finally snaps out of his Heroic BSOD thanks to Edgeworth, when he tries to confront his father, he proceeds to humiliate his son even more in court to the point of disowning him in front of many people. And to top it off, it's hinted that he has both murdered his own wife and sexually abuses his son. This sicko is even worse than Von Karma.
  • Disappointing Last Level:
    • Compared to the other games in series, the final case is unusually long. It has far more chapters than any other case in the series. Just when you think it's finally over, it's not. Some fans have even criticized the finale for dragging out too long, and making the ending more tedious than satisfying, compared to the other games which arguably all had huge final boss takedowns.
    • Averted with the 2nd game's final case. It is paced much better than "Turnabout Ablaze", only having one real road bump near the beginning only because it was tying up the loose ends from Case 4 rather then dealing with the current murder at hand.
  • Ending Fatigue: While you have to give the Big Bad of Investigations credit for being so tenacious, two full gameplay segments devoted just to cross-examining Alba is too goddamn long.
    • The entire last case can be considered to fall into this (it is the game's ending, after all). As Edgeworth himself says halfway through the case:

Edgeworth: It's almost enough to make one completely mentally exhausted.

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Colias Palaeno is rather well liked due to being genuinely helpful and cooperative to Edgeworth's investigation, as well just being a Nice Guy.
  • Escapist Character: Kay Faraday is what many Edgeworth fan girls dream of being. She's a cute 'modern-day Robin Hood' and gets to play assistant to Edgey, who feels a deep connection to her because of the parallels between her father's death and his. She's also Gumshoe's very best friend.
  • Even Better Sequel: Gyakuten Kenji 2 aimed to be bigger and more dramatic than the original, evident by the "final case" feel that the first case of the game was shooting for (and achieved).
  • Foe Yay: Shi-Long Lang and Edgeworth in Investigations.

Lang: (to Edgeworth) My ignorant little pretty boy.

    • There's also Edgeworth and Calisto Yew.

Ha ha! You're sending the biggest chill down my spine, Edgeworth..!

  • Funny Aneurysm Moment:
    • Any time in the fourth case where Edgeworth defends Manfred von Karma's actions.
    • And in the sequel, Tateyuki makes several jokes about Von Karma upon his introduction. Even Gumshoe considers them this. Turns out he was invoking this trope deliberately, as he still belives Edgeworth and von Karma are Not So Different.
    • To a lesser extent, that ice cream salesman. He waits just long enough to convince you his is just a cameo appearance...
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Many people considered the reveal in the Apollo Justice game that Ema failed her exam and thus didn't achieve her dream quite harsh. With that knowledge, play Case 3, where she appears as the same highly ambitious Genki Girl she was in the first game.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Quercus Alba's villainous objections. Von Karma's in the sequel.
  • Internet Backdraft: The sequel not being released in the West due to the first Ace Attorney Investigations selling poorly. Fans are still clamoring for it to come stateside. At least a Fan Translation came over.
  • Memetic Badass: Detective Badd. He might as well be the Chuck Norris of Ace Attorney.
  • Memetic Mutation: Quercus Alba is evolving!
  • Most Annoying Sound: Quercus Alba and Calisto Yew's Objections are both particularly annoying, as Alba's is really low and demonic whilst Calisto's sounds just whiny and weak. Not to mention the sheer lack of any personality or interest in the latter's voice. Portsman's coat swoosh also falls into this for some.
    • In the sequel, Blaise Debeste's frequent weeping is constantly leading to him emptying his goggles with a splash, which some hate as well.
  • That One Boss: Dammit, Quercus! This guy has to be the most annoying boss-examination ever.

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