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"Cross-Examination" (尋問) is a series of trial music themes in the Ace Attorney series.

Each game has a "Cross-Examination ~ Moderato" (尋問 ~モデラート) theme and a "Cross-Examination ~ Allegro" (尋問 ~アレグロ) theme which play during witness testimonies and cross-examinations. In each game, the "Allegro" theme is a faster, more intense and usually extended remix of the "Moderato" theme; "Moderato" plays during earlier testimonies and "Allegro" during later testimonies, when the trial chapter is approaching its climax.

In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, a third variation of the local "Cross-Examination" theme is played when Apollo Justice uses his bracelet: "Perceive ~ Surge, Eyes" (みぬく ~ほとばしれ、視線). Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth also had a third variation, "Presto", which is typically used for the final testimony in each case, with two exceptions. This theme is used again in Gyakuten Kenji 2, albeit this time with four exceptions.


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

  • "Cross-Examination ~ Moderato 2001"
  • "Cross-Examination ~ Allegro 2001"

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All

  • "Cross-Examination ~ Moderato 2002"
  • "Cross-Examination ~ Allegro 2002"

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

  • "Cross-Examination ~ Moderato 2004"
  • "Cross-Examination ~ Allegro 2004"

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

  • "Cross-Examination ~ Moderato 2007"
  • "Cross-Examination ~ Allegro 2007"
  • "Perceive ~ Surge, Eyes"
  • "Cross-Examination ~ Moderato 2001" - Turnabout Succession only
  • "Cross-Examination ~ Allegro 2001" - Turnabout Succession only

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

  • "Confrontation ~ Moderato 2009"
  • "Confrontation ~ Allegro 2009"
  • "Confrontation ~ Presto 2009"

Gyakuten Kenji 2

  • "Confrontation ~ Moderato 2011"
  • "Confrontation ~ Allegro 2011"
  • "Confrontation ~ Presto 2011"

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

  • "Cross-Examination ~ Moderato 2013"
  • "Cross-Examination ~ Allegro 2013"

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice

  • "Cross-Examination ~ Moderato 2016"
  • "Cross-Examination ~ Allegro 2016"

Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken

  • "The Great Cross-Examination ~ Moderato 2015"
  • "The Great Cross-Examination ~ Allegro 2015"

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

  • "Cross-Examination ~ Moderato (English Turnabout Mix)
  • "Cross-Examination ~ Allegro (English Turnabout Mix)
  • "Mass Inquisition ~ Moderato"
  • "Mass Inquisition ~ Allegro"

Note Edit

The themes "Logic Chess ~ Opening" and "Logic Chess ~ Endgame" from Gyakuten Kenji 2, "Mood Matrix ~ Commence the Psychoanalytical Analysis!" and "Running Wild- Mood Matrix ~ Get a Grip on Yourself!" from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice, and "Closing Argument" from Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken are all thematically similar to the Cross-Examination themes, with the former two have moderato and allegro variations, and the latter one playing when examining the jury's statements similar to a group cross-examination.

Name originEdit

Moderato, allegro, and presto are all terms used in musical scores to describe at what tempo (speed) the music should be played; moderato for a moderate tempo, allegro for a quick/lively tempo, and presto for a very quick tempo. Each "Cross-Examination" theme in the Ace Attorney games follow their respective tempos.

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