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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 Ace Attorney Investigations 2: Prosecutor's Gambit, albeit this time with four exceptions.


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney[]

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All[]

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations[]

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney[]

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth[]

Ace Attorney Investigations 2: Prosecutor's Gambit[]

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies[]

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice[]

The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures[]

The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve[]

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney[]


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 follows their respective tempos.


The themes "Mind Chess - Opening Moves" and "Mind Chess - Endgame" from Ace Attorney Investigations 2: Prosecutor's Gambit, "Mood Matrix - It's Analytical Psychology Time!" 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 The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures 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 in a manner similar to a group cross-examination.