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Turnabout Time Traveler
Trial data

September 21-23, 2028

Courtroom No.


Presiding judge


Defense team leader

Phoenix Wright

Defense team assistants

Larry Butz (investigative partner)
Maya Fey (investigative partner and co-counsel)


Miles Edgeworth


Ellen Wyatt


Dumas Gloomsbury

Time of death

September 20, 2028; between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

Weapon/cause of death

Blunt force trauma from a Time Keeper clock


Not Guilty

Ema Skye
Larry Butz
Sorin Sprocket
Pierce Nichody
Other characters
Trucy Wright
Athena Cykes
Selena Sprocket (allusions)
Mentioned characters:
Apollo Justice (allusions)
Franziska von Karma (allusion)
Pearl Fey (mentioned)
Dick Gumshoe (mentioned)
Mia Fey (mentioned)
Wright Anything Agency
Detention Center
Mooring dock
Flying Chapel


Attorney's badge
Ellen's Pendant
Ellen's Statement
Flying Chapel Pamphlet
Time Keeper
Broken Lantern
Photo of Victim
Gloomsbury's Note
Fog Machine
Business Card Wallet
Photo of Reception
Selena Sprocket Photo
Larry's Drawing
Photo of Hold
Autopsy Report
Hold Entry Record
Lift Bloodstain
Sorin's Notebook
Newspaper Article
Key of Love
Maya Fey
Wow. It's been a while since I've had this much fun and excitement! A face-off against Mr. Edgeworth! A harrowing tightrope walk for the defense!

Special Episode: Turnabout Time Traveler is an extra downloadable episode of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice, set after the events of the game. The case sees the first reappearance of Larry Butz in the main game series since Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, although he also appeared in the spin-off games Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Gyakuten Kenji 2.


September 21, 10:13 AM

At the Wright Anything Agency, Phoenix Wright heard Athena Cykes and Trucy Wright discussing how the former, agreeing to be a part-time assistant in the magic show, should perform the many death-defying tricks Trucy thought of, much to Cykes' dismay.

Just then, Larry Butz came in, joking about Phoenix's lack of clients as of late in the process. After Cykes got acquainted with him, Butz said he came to the office with some "big news", allowing another person into the room: a lady in a white wedding gown. The lady introduced herself as Ellen Wyatt, a maid to the Sprocket household, as in Sprocket Aviation; a big airline company. When asked why she was in a wedding dress, Butz claimed that he and Wyatt were getting married, much to the shock of everyone else.

References to other casesEdit

  • When Fey first appears, she does an impression of Edgeworth with this line: "I trust you've been well, Wright?". This is exactly the same line Edgeworth first said in Turnabout for Tomorrow.
  • The murder weapon in this episode being a clock harks back to the The First Turnabout, where the murder weapon was also a type of clock. Incidentally, both episodes featured Phoenix Wright and Larry Butz as main characters. While Butz was introduced for the first time in The First Turnabout, this episode subsequently reintroduces Butz into the main game series after his last appearance in the original trilogy.
  • When Wright presents the photo of the hold and points out the flowers in the photo, Edgeworth initially dismisses it, but Wright later claims that Edgeworth doesn't know much about flowers, leading Edgeworth to retort, "This from the man who only knows the names of three types of flowers!" The three flowers in question may be a reference to an earlier conversation from Recipe for Turnabout, where Phoenix states that he only knows sunflowers, tulips, and roses.
  • Investigating the piano in the Wright Anything Agency leads to Fey asking if she could play it, but Phoenix retorts that the hotel next door would complain. This could be a reference to how Fey played the piano in the movie and to the Gatewater Hotel.
  • When explaining the time travel that Wyatt and Butz experienced, Phoenix tells Edgeworth that it was the conclusion he came to "using that logic ability you love so much." This could be a reference to the logic gameplay element in Edgeworth's games.
  • When Wright presses one of Sorin Sprocket's statements during his cross-examination in the second trial, Edgeworth says the line "What's the matter, Mr. Wright? Cat got your tongue?". In Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Edgeworth previously said a similar line in the ending of The First Story: "What's the matter, Wright? Has the cat got your tongue?"

References to popular cultureEdit

  • When talking to Wyatt in the detention center with Butz, he'll tell her that she "broke his achy breaky heart." This is a reference to the country song Achy Breaky Heart.
  • When examining Edgeworth's car, Phoenix says that "it's time he pimped it out." This could be a reference to the American TV show Pimp My Ride, where people take their cars in for restoration and customization.
  • Presenting the attorney's badge to Fey results in her eventually referring to Phoenix as "RoboWright". Phoenix then thinks to him, "I guess that makes me a RoboLawyer?" This is most likely a reference to the 1987 movie RoboCop.
  • Fey and Skye compare Wyatt's marriage to Sorin as a modern-day fairy tale, possibly referencing the fairy tale Cinderella, a fairy tale where a young servant girl ends up marrying a prince (in this case, a maid marrying the heir of a wealthy business).
  • When complaining about being Trucy's assistant, Athena states how she would rather "Take toilets for $200, please", a reference to what contestants on the game show Jeopardy! would say when selecting a question.

Typos and mistakes Edit

  • When talking to Fey and Sorin outside of the Flying Chapel, Fey will say "I don't why..." instead of "I don't know why..."
  • When speaking to Athena at the agency, Wright says "...might have be Sorin Sprocket." when sharing information to Athena

Notes Edit

  • This is the only case in Spirit of Justice to conduct two days of investigation on a single case without adding charges to the defendent's list of crimes.


  • Japanese - 時を越える逆転 (Toki o Koeru Gyakuten; lit. "Turnabout Across Time") 

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