Fridge: Astroboy

Fridge Horror
  • In the old Astroboy mangas/show, Astroboy gets oil by having some device plugged into his butt. Strange, yet innocent, right? Well, think about it: This is a robot who looks like a nine-year-old boy. He's having a phallic-shaped oil-delivering object being shoved into his butt while EVERY OTHER ROBOT in the mangas/show receives their oil by drinking it from a cup. Of course, it begs to be added that Astroboy is the ONLY robot that pretty much has no clothes on save for some underpants and shoes. The other robots have clothes. And remember: the creator was trying to make a robot replacement for his dead son... Pass the Brain Bleach, please.
  • At the end of the Scara time travel arc, New Astro can't be activated until Old Astro is destroyed (same Astro, different points in his own time stream), which of course is a brilliant excuse to show Astro's birth again... wait. Astro just blew up. That was Astro's real, honest-to-goodness never coming back death there for all to see.
  • The end of the movie is supposed to be happy, but then you remember that Toby is still dead. Without a body to bury.
  • Within the first ten minutes of the movie, Toby is seen rewiring his personal care robot into doing the complete opposite of what he wanted to do. No discussion, no debate, he just reaches in and fiddles with wires until he gets the answer he wants. In this world, that would be the equivalent of opening someone's head and messing with their brain to make them more compliant.
  • Almost every robot in the movie is sentient to some degree...even the war drones. How do we know? Before being violently exploded, one of them turns to another and says "I hate this job." So to recap, we have robots being forced to do jobs they clearly don't want to do, diving right into danger and aware of it the whole time. The robots are basically humans with everything except free will.

Fridge Brilliance
  • In the 2003 anime, Dr. O'Shay speculates that the days Tenma spent with Tobio/Astro were probably the happiest days of his life. So what's the first step in Tenma's Villainous Breakdown? Erasing Astro's memory so he can relive those days.
  • The 1982 anime features an episode where two robots fall in love due to what O'Shay explains is a strange tendency for robots with similar designs to form strong attractions. Several episodes later Astro gets a love interest in Nuka, a robot based on his prototype blueprint.