Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Case 5: Turnabout Substitution/YMMV

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  • Complete Monster: Rhea makes the likes of Kristoph, Von Karma, and even DALHIA look tame by comparison.
    • To sum it all up, she killed 12 people, her brother included, for no real reason apart from them "not truly living" in her eyes (Perhaps because all victims were single), manipulated Erlenmeyer's fragile mind into believing he killed all of those people, making him go to the police and confess. Then, present date, shortly after the Judge's trial, she plans to kill Erlenmeyer and hide his body in another person's grave; making him untraceable and letting Rhea get off with the whole thing scot-free, but the Judge spots her, and is run over with his own car several times just for being a witness. Did I miss anything?
      • She also manipulates "Polly," is suspected to have killed many other people, and gives a nasty Hannibal Lecture.
    • She says she killed "dozens" of people, with an S in "dozens."
    • She testified (truthfully) in Ehrlenmeyer's first trial to get him convicted of what she did. She steals Apollo's bracelet. Once "Polly" accuses her, she lies in Ehrlenmeyer's second trial by saying she saw him do it.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Rhea Wits. Although, generally, it's more a case of Evil Is Cutesy.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Two words: Rhea. Wits. EVERYTHING about her is harder to watch the second time through (or to think about) since it all has to be viewed through the harsh filter that her every action, from the Plucky Girl act to her romantic interest in "Polly", was just a ploy to hide her true self -- that of a Straw Nihilist who thinks killing people is the highest form of living.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Erlenmayer's theme is unnerving. Worse: if you present the musical record, he starts humming it. Even worse: it plays after the credits.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Rhea. Up to Eleven.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The ending shot of Rhea standing in a cell, with blood in her hair, glaring at a (photoshopped?) picture of Apollo and herself standing together. The fact that the music for the scene keeps rolling after the credits are done doesn't help.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Subverted. The relationship between Apollo and Rhea seems to progress unnaturally quickly. However, it eventually turns out that it was simply a ploy on Rhea's part to get inside information on the case.
    • Lampshaded when Apollo, after learning that Rhea is the serial killer, curses himself for trusting her so easily when they only met days ago.
  • The Woobie: Arguably Robert Erlenmeyer. He blames himself for the death of his cat as a child, and gets framed for murder