Merry Christmas!

This little fanfic that you have stumbled across, is a Phoenix Wright story based on the iconic movie It's A Wonderful Life! If you haven't seen it, try turning on the television on Christmas day; it'll probably be harder to avoid than to find.

This fanfic will be written in three chapters, the first of which is written entirely in dialogue to reflect certain aspects of the movie. The first chapter also makes no sense if you haven't played all the games. If you find this first chapter boring, I think you can skip it and still have the other parts make sense… I just sort of wanted to put it in there.

Anyway I don't own Phoenix Wright or It's A Wonderful Life!

Also there are SPOILERS for all the games.


"I know I don't pray as much as I should and I know I'm kind of a screw up and a loser. But this isn't for me. It's for Nick. Please help him."

"Mein Gott. He is a good man. Please help Herr Wright."

"I've never done this before. I'm not sure how you feel about spirit mediums. But Nick needs help and I'll ask anybody."

"Please, God. He's the most selfless man I've ever met. That's how he got into this mess in the first place."

"Please Pal… I mean God. He's a good guy. Give him a break."

"Mr. Wright is something like a father to me God. He means so much to all of us. Please watch out for him."

"Please God. Something's the matter with Daddy. Please bring him home."


"I'm not sure I can handle this job, Sir."

"Oh, why not Gregory? You're a perfectly intelligent man, an honest person, and a kind one. Why is it that you're always passing up every chance we give you?"

"It's just… I don't really know, Sir. I feel that there are others who deserve it more."

"You're distracted by what you left behind. Well, what if I were to tell you that this job is somewhat related to your past life?"

"Really Sir?"

"We don't normally do this, but I thought for you it might be worth it. There is a man who needs your help. A man you knew once."

"Who is it, Sir? What does he need? Is he ill?"

"Worse. He's discouraged. At exactly 10:45 P.M. earth-time he will be thinking seriously about throwing away God's greatest gift."

"His life? How much time do I have?"

"Worry not. We will get you there in time. First, however, we have to tell you about this man's life. The information may be helpful. Now look there."

"It's a classroom… That's my son!"

"Yes. Yes it is. But he's not the one I want you to look at. The boy that everyone is focusing on; that's you're charge."

"I remember him. He was friends with Miles."

"Quite right, and I want you to know how it happened. Look."


Class trial


"Is that important, or were you just letting me be proud?"

"Oh, it's very important. Changes your man's whole outlook. You'll have to keep it in mind. Now look here. There's a new scene."

"It's the old courtroom! I know that man. It's Grossberg."

"Yes, but I want you to look at the other man, the one in the sweater."

"It's the boy again, isn't it?"

"Yes, Phoenix Wright. Now watch here. This scene is very important."


Trials And Tribulations Case #1


"That must have been very difficult for him. Although, it didn't seem as though he did much. The defense attorney did the work."

"True. However, his presence was important. And did you note that bit about the friend he wants to help and the path he wants to take?"

"Yes. I noticed."

"Good. Good. It's all very important. Now keep watching."

"Is that Larry all grown up? Is that the friend he was talking about?"

"Yes and no. Yes and no. Phoenix Wright couldn't have known that this friend would be in trouble two years ago, could he?"

"If what I remember about Larry is correct than it wouldn't have been all that hard to guess."

"Nonetheless this is not that specific friend. Now this is important. It's his first case on the other side of the bench."


Ace Attorney Case #1


"That was quite impressive. He really got his friend out of quite a tight squeeze. Although his mentor did some of the work. She's a very talented attorney."

"You should tell her that sometime."

"Excuse me?"

"She is up here with us now. Watch."


Ace Attorney Case #2



"You can't seem to stay focused. Can you?"

"What? Oh, I'm sorry. It's just… he's changed. I can't believe that he would try and get the poor girl sentenced to death. I can't believe he'd try and put his own friend behind bars…"

"Don't you worry about that. Keep your eye on Phoenix Wright and it'll turn out fine."

"Miles is the friend, isn't he?"

"What's that?"

"The friend. The one that Phoenix wants to help"

"You just keep your eyes open."


Ace Attorney Case #3


"He's quite the attorney. The truth means everything to him, doesn't it?"

"Yes. Yes, I believe so. Truly admirable. Your son helped."

"Yes, but then he lost his temper. I worry he's beyond help…"

"You might want to brace yourself for this next case."


Ace Attorney Case #4


"Are you alright?"

"I don't know how I'm feeling… It was Von Karma. All this time it was Von Karma. And Miles… Poor Miles! He thought it was his fault. Listen, I'll take this mission. I owe Phoenix Wright for my son's happiness. If Phoenix is in anyway in trouble, I will stop at nothing to help him."

"I had no doubt that you would come to this conclusion, but there is more that you need to see…"


Ace Attorney Case #5


"He really is an impressive attorney: both in his logic and in his morals. It's nice to see both sides working together in the interest of truth as well. Although…"

"Your son seems to be at the end of his rope, doesn't he?"


"He returned to Germany after this. He left behind a fake suicide note."
"He did?"

"Yes, he did. It was quite distressing for Phoenix Wright. He spent quite a few months on his own after that. It wasn't until that June that he was at last reunited with the young spirit medium."


Justice for All Case #2


"Those poor girls…"

"Yes, that family's history is a disturbing one. This sort of behavior has not been uncommon."

"He's very good with children though. I've found that most people who can show that sort of kindness are generally good souls."

"I've found that as well…"


Justice for All Case #1


"Excuse me but… was there a point to that?"

"I've found that most mortals find amnesia to be entertaining."


"No? Well, fine then."


Justice for All Case #3


"You seem quite intrigued by the prosecutor now that you're less concerned about the case."

"Well, yes. She's Von Karma's daughter… She must have been raised with Miles… She seems like a brat."

"A bit of one, yes, but you should know that she's quite fond of your son. She was still very young when he came to live with them. She probably cannot remember a time without him. But we're getting off topic. Our target is not your son."

"Of course, of course. My apologies."


Justice for All Case #4


"To lose without being concerned about it… He truly is an amazing man."

"Yes. The way a man behaves in the face of defeat is often far more telling than how he behaves when he wins."


Trials and Tribulations Case #2


"You seem concerned."

"This new prosecutor; I don't understand him. We've been watching this boy's life go by and I have seen him do nothing but good. What could this man have against him?"

"He's growing on you, isn't he?"


"I never disliked him. He was a sweet little kid."

"But your respect for him has grown exponentially."

"… he's a good man."


Trials and Tribulations Case #3


"The judicial system is in shambles…"

"Well, everything seems to have corrected itself."

"He had a paper badge!"

"You have a point… Why don't we move on?"


Trials and Tribulations Case #5


"He has so many friends, and he deserves every one of them. I've never seen a person so dedicated to the truth and fairness in my life. That case was unbelievable and it never broke him. He's helped so many people and every single one of them has flocked to his side. It's hard to imagine that he'll ever be alone again."

"You'd think so…"



Phoenix's Last Trial


"That's horrible! He was framed! Why hasn't he done anything about it?"

"You're a lawyer. He has no proof; there's nothing he can do."

"But how could this happen? He was an excellent lawyer. The court needs more people like him! And where is everyone. His friends are nowhere to be found when he needs them most. All he's got is that poor child! Is this the problem that drives him to misery?"

"No. Not this. This was years ago."


Apollo Justice Case #1


"He's changed a lot."

"Do you think so?"

"He tricked the rookie into using false evidence!"

"It wasn't officially entered as evidence; it wasn't illegal."

"Still, I thought he was above that… And besides, it seems as though he's given up. He seems so… tired."

"He's not so inactive as you might think…"


Apollo Justice Case #4


"He just manipulated the entire court system to clear his name."

"Are you bothered by that."

"I think I'm just impressed. I feel like I'm watching a soap opera or something. This is insane."


"It's nice to see that he has new friends though. What happens next?"

"This is important you need to watch closely. This is where things go wrong…"


Hope that wasn't too confusing. It makes exponentially more sense if you've seen the movie. In fact you should go watch it right now on google video. It doesn't matter if your religious or not; it will reaffirm your belief in the basic human goodness of mankind. Go on!

Oh, reviews are nice too.