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Fridge: Detective Conan

Fridge Brilliance

  • The Hounds of the Baskervilles allusion/reference/whatever in the London Arc of the show. In Hounds of the Baskervilles, Watson is unaware that Holmes had actually been with him at the estate the entire time and is understandably upset when he finds out, as Ran is when she discovers Shinichi was at London with her.
    • Ran: I did so much research, and was worried to death about your stuff... Wasn't that stupid of me?
    • And Watson in Hounds of the baskervilles: ‘Then my reports have all been wasted!’ My voice trembled as I recalled the pains and the pride with which I had composed them.
  • I don't know if it was obvious to other people but when Shinichi was chasing Ran after the confrontation at the phone booth also in the London Arc, and he manages to grab her arm, it didn't occur to me that Ran is a karate expert and could have totally escaped from him by yanking her arm out one way or another, but when it did I realized... it was because she didn't want to. The one grabbing her was Shinichi, the guy she loves and she almost never sees, so she wants to stay with him no matter what.
  • Billionaire Birthday Blues is actually set up in a way that suggests very strongly that it's leading towards a The Butler Did It. You notice her absence in certain scenes when the murder(s) took place... as well as the fact that, out of anyone in the house, she has the most obvious motive. However it becomes a huge subversion
  • File 131 or so: Yukiko manages to cover for Shinichi in front of Ran by saying Conan is really her distant relative, in fact, he's the nephew of the grandfather of the cousin of the daughter of the brother of her uncle. Follow it and realize that Yukiko is really saying that Conan is her son!
  • In the early days of the series, Conan would wear the bowtie suit thing all the time. I've never really thought of it since lots of cartoon characters wear the same thing every single day until rewatching the part where he says that his old primary school clothes is the only thing that fits him now. He had the outfit because he was turned into a kid and had nothing else to wear for a while.
    • Also note that Conan attends Teitan Elementary School, the same one as little Shinichi did, so as long as they didn't change the uniforms, he'd fit just fine.
      • Teitan Elementary School doesn't have a uniform. When he says "old primary school clothes" he just means clothes that he wore when he was primary school age. It's also fare to mention that in the early seasons, a lot of characters had Limited Wardrobe, not just Conan.
  • As noted on the main page under Call Back, the killer's room in "The Forgotten Bond" has a picture of Tatsuya Kimura from "The Karaoke Box Murder Case" on the wall. This isn't just an Easter Egg for observant viewers; both episodes are instances in which the Asshole Victim wasn't actually as much of a Jerkass as the killer believed. Nice Foreshadowing.
  • The reasons for the opposing opinions of Shin Ran's (Shinichi Kudo and Ran Mouri) parents on a relationship for the two: Yukiko and Yusaku are for it, but Eri and Kogoro are somewhat against the idea. Why you may ask? While it may be due to the current situation of their own marriage status (The Kudos are still Happily Married, while the Mouris are an estranged married couple), it may also have to do with their views on one of the two parties. For Ran's parents, they are probably fully aware of Ran's anguish of not seeing Shinichi for such a long time, and they can't see their daughter being with a guy like that; Shinichi's parents, actually know why Shinichi is "missing" and are fully aware of their son's intense love for her.
    • Another contributing factor is that Kogoro and Eri often see Shinichi's negative traits. The flashback in "Shinichi Kudo's Childhood Adventure" shows him keeping himself and Ran out on a school night. When their seven. No adults around. Eri was understandably upset. And when Shinichi reverted back to his original form, he practically admitted that he saw Ran's underwear. ''Right in front of the girl's father. So, in the point of view of Ran's parents, while Shinichi may not be as horrible as most guys, they both have a hard time understanding how Ran could fall in love with someone as tactless and reckless as Shinichi. They aren't the only one.
  • Usually whenever Shinichi and Heiji have a deduction battle, it's the former who often wins. There's also another area Shinichi has better deductions in than Heiji: His romantic feelings for his childhood friend. While Heiji has currently acknowledged his love for Kazuha, it took him sometime in the series to figure out that he liked (i.e. in one case when he was jealous of Kazuha's supposed flirting with another man, he "deduced" that he was jealous because it was like someone was stealing his subordinate.)
  • As noted under Social Services Does Not Exist Kogoro still has custody of his daughter and presumably Conan despite the fact that they are routinely exposed to mentally damaging events, often as a result of following him on investigations. This raises a few eyebrows until you remember three things. 1) Kogoro never deliberately exposes them to the things they witness, which would factor into an investigation if it took place, 2) He is close to Inspector Megure who is a high ranked officer that could keep an investigation away or influence it enough to get a case thrown out, not to mention being a character witness for Kogoro and being aware of 1, 3) Eri is a successful lawyer that doesn't mind her daughter living with him and even seems to prefer it so she would likely be willing to fight such a case if it came up.
  • The series often plays up the fact that Ran is tormented by Shinichi's absence from her life, despite the fact that Ran is shown to be much more mature and emotionally stable than the mindset needed for this kind of personality. She does occasionally have moments where she unloads her sadness but that is to be expected for a stable person like her. But this kind of emphasis does make sense when you think on how she has grown up. Her parents separated when she was at most seven years old and before that they were frequently fighting with each other. Her mother moved out and she essentially takes care of her father, who can be charitably called unreliable. She isn't seen to have any friends besides Sonoko and flashbacks to her childhood don't show her with any friends beside Sonoko or Shinichi. Shinichi on the other hand she has literally known since they were children and they have known each other well enough for him to be aware of all of these details in depth. Given all these factors it is easy to see why she misses him so much. He isn't just the boy she is in love with, he is the boy that was always there for her when she needed him. Having someone like that just disappear from your life and not see them for months at a time, only to have mere minutes to spend with them, would be traumatic for anyone.

Fridge Horror

  • Just how many murders have gone unsolved, victims of families left with no sense of closure, by the Black Organization?
    • How many murders must go unsolved due to that are NOT linked to the Black Organization. Every murder in this world seems to be pulled off with elaborate tricks that completely fool the police.
  • The first time we see Shinichi shrink to Conan, he described what he was feeling like, "[my] bones are melting". Here's where it gets scary: What has the shrinking back and forth throughout the series done to his the internal parts of his body?
    • Possibly fridge brilliance as an infant has 270 bones but an adult only has 206 because they fuse together as the person grows. So if you reverted to a child some bones would split apart.

Fridge Logic

  • In the first case with the guy who killed himself with a knife in his back by leaping unto a knife from a chair. The knife was held by ice and it melted because blah blah blah... But why was he on his front when he was found!?
    • It was a very large block of ice with the knife attached, and the blade wasn't all-in his back although he died just fine, so I think it's enough for him to roll over a bit after he stabbed himself in the back
    • He probably just rolled over or something
  • Conan has, several times, made deductions based on the idea that a certain action pertaining to the crime couldn't have been done by a woman, because a woman would not be physically strong enough to do it. He has spent his entire life as friends with a girl who can break stone, bend metal, and knock down doors with her fists, all without changing her facial expression. Yes, the idea that women are physically weaker than men is an example of Japanese Values Dissonance, but how do you argue that when one of the main characters is a woman stronger than many of the male ones?
    • Medical evidence shows that men are stronger than women because after puberty men develop larger muscles. As a result the average woman has 50% of the upper body strength of a man and 70% the lower body strength of a man, so what Conan is saying is scientifically correct not due to Values Dissonance. Also being able to break stone with your fists doesn't mean you'll be able to carry a dead body that can weigh up to 70kg.
    • In the moonlight sonata case, Conan says something like "I don't think the average woman could do that." remarking on how the murderer carried the body outside. So I guess Ran is just supposed to be an abnormality.
    • Data point: Ran's abnormality was recently lampshaded—unlike most women, her ring finger is longer than her index finger.
    • I believe Ran does all that through Karate, which is technique based, not strength based. Doing the things she does is different than having the raw power needed to carry a body.
    • Plus, Shinichi/Conan has studied the same fields as his idol, Sherlock Holmes, some which may include the bodies of men and women. So, he takes into account on what the average woman is capable of.
    • This is particularly bad in the Moonlight Sonata case. Just being a man doesn't magically give you more strength. The killer was still every bit as skinny and waif-like as he would've been if he were a girl.

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