Fridge / Fan Fic

A reminder of the rules of Fridge Brilliance:

This is a personal moment for the viewer, but follows the same rules as normal pages, meaning no first person or natter. If you start off with "This Troper", really, you have no excuse. We're going to hit you on the head.

This revelation can come from anywhere, even from this very page.

Also, this page is of a generally positive nature, and a Fridge Brilliance does not have to be Word of God. In fact, it usually isn't, and the viewer might be putting more thought into it than the creator ever did. This is not a place for personal commentary on another's remark or arguing without adding a Fridge Brilliance comment of your own. If the show in question already has an article, please consider placing that in a Fridge page for that show, and not here.

  • Battle Fantasia Project
  • Black Sky
  • Gensokyo 20XX
  • Imperfect Metamorphosis
  • Its Own Place
  • The Light in the Darkness
  • My Immortal
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines
  • The Saga of Avatar Korra
  • Weiss Reacts

  • Empatheia uses this to justify her sublime House / Doctor Who crossover, As the Crow Flies. The story asserts that House is a later incarnation of the Doctor, born after the Doctor died while in human form. This is one of those "yeah, sure, I can roll with that'' things, until the fact of all the impossible things House has done with his brain - he makes impossible leaps of logic on a regular basis, he's communicated directly with his own subconscious, and so on - is brought up. - Maxwel Edison
    • I've noticed that a lot of Doctor Who fanfics seem to employ this trope in order to deal with the... Inconsistencies in canon. A good example is Light Bending Backwards in which they theorise that Jack is the thirteenth, and final, incarnation of the Doctor. Seems improbable, but they use this trope to make it work.
  • After reading most of Peter Chimeara's works as well My Immortal, I've come to realize that even horrible fiction can be deep and meaningful upon drunken nights and deep consideration. DOOM: Repercussions of Evil, itself a parody of twist-heavy pretentious faux-deep fiction, has deep insight into the motives and drive of the human race. Don't get me started on analogues to racism. Then there's Batman: Nemesis Fight, which if played straight and filmed, would be BY FAR the best Batman movie ever made. Why does Robin leave batman? Because Batman has broken his own rules after losing everything. Ergo, Robin loses the will to fight. Regarding My Immortal, Tara Gilesbie creates a fictional world so completely bizarre and surreal that it's hard to call it anything but original. Put simply, gay vampire witch goffs go to a magic school, split on West Side Story style grounds.
    • One might argue that Agent Matt's works are the same way. For anybody who's read his fanfics regarding The Secret Show, you might've noticed that all of them revolve around the popular One True Pairing of the show. Well, that's because they're supposed to be Stealth Parodies of fanfics that pervert the characters to fit the narrative of said pairing being soulmates forever and ever. (For example, "Anita's Birthday Gift" and "Sneaky Agent" both have plots where Alphonse has been given the Ron the Death Eater treatment to manipulate the readers into rooting for Victor, who is by and large a Possession Relationship Sue.)
  • After The Reveal in Toy Hammer, a fic about Warhammer 40,000 factions being transported to Terra in the year 2009 and then shrunk down to Fun Size proportions (albeit with functional weapons), we see that the God-Emperor of Mankind is now a cute albeit creepy young girl, who is 10 years old at most. Fridge Brilliance occurs when you realize that ALL characters from the Warhammer 40,000 setting have been shrunken down to Fun Size; even the great Emperor, Lord of Terra (AKA The Emma-peror.
    • A smaller double-dose is taken from Ishabeth exorcising the Sorcerer. Michael is there, with her, when she recites a 'Litany of Exorcism' that resembles a child's rhyming poem. Fridge Brilliance hits you when you realize a possible cause for this: Wouldn't reciting a child's poem invoke memories of one's own childhood? Those times where there were little cares in the world (relatively speaking. This is Warhammer 40k we're talking about here), and from which one could logically draw strength? The second dose is taken when things suddenly cut from Ishabeth back to the in-between Void. Why? Because she just auto-exorcised. That would mean that EVERY foreign entity would be purged, including Michael.
    • Or because shes immortal she could just be young.
  • At first, One Of These Dispensers Is Not Like The Others, it's just a gag video, which it is, but then, one of the comments points out one thing:
    Engineer has a 6th sense when it comes to things he built. After all, he solves practical problems.
  • Occurs occasionally in the fic, Equestria: A History Revealed, by the real-life author who inserts jokes that can be easily missed on a first skim through.
    "[Discord] tackled the economic problems of the nation by switching the national currency from bank notes to pure air. Under his regime, Equestria had literally never been richer. Of course, while this most likely led to mild inflation, such a thing would be expected from air."
  • Watching AMV Hell 5, I was amused by the pairing of Gantz with the song Singing in the Rain, thinking it a matter of Lyrical Dissonance of a lighthearted song paired with violence. Then I remembered A Clockwork Orange...
  • Embers originally had (Tombcannon) quite annoyed. It was loaded Fire Nation apologetics, used to paint literally the whole Fire Nation - every single one of them, even Sozin, as innocent victims of a ruthless Avatar Kyoshi off on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. At the same time, Katara and Aang were mysteriously transmogrified into Idiot Ball carriers with one-dimensional, mind-numbingly ridiculous takes on life that were completely contrary to the personalities established over Season One's canon (which the fanfic claimed to be adhering to). Throw in Dragon!Zuko the fire-water dual-wielding reincarnation of Kuzon, erase every single bad decision he made in canon and make him a self-flagellating noble hero who can do no wrong, add awesome into everything Zuko does and have the multitudes of Original Characters taking his side, reminding the reader in stylized "monologues" of exactly how fantastic Zuko is, hide behind a variety of excuses ranging from everyone being an Unreliable Narrator to "There are no excuses, only reasons" (suspending this rule if your name is Zuko or Iroh or you're Fire Nation)... this is officially the most brilliant satire/trollfic of all the hundreds of less well-presented fanfics with similar plotlines. Realizing all that, then going back and reading Embers from the start... Vathara is a genius. A genius..
    • Apologetics for the Fire Nation, you say? You're forgetting about the Air Nomads. The latest chapter shows what the Air Nomads were like, and how Xiangchen put together his grand scheme for "world peace" which included kidnapping the new Avatar, Yangchen, shutting her away from the world, targeting Air Nomads, especially the healers, and folding them into the Temples, thus helping Skylord Subodei conquer, rape and pillage everywhere. Aang will have to invent a new religion to justify what his great hero did. Killing may be wrong, but erasing one's individuality should be a violation of human rights. What reason is there for that?
      • "The latest chapter shows what the Air Nomads were like" - in her fanfic. There's nothing in canon that hints at this, so the OP has a good point about the Fire Nation apologism and Embers being potential trollfic/satire.
      • Except that a recurring theme is that there ARE no excuses for what's been done, and the Fire Nation was wrong to do what they did, regardless of what may or may not have been done to them. In fact, the basic premise of the fic is more along the lines of "everyone has fucked up royally at some point in the past, and the more powerful you are, the greater your potential for fucking up everyone else's lives along with your own". And that most of the people on both sides are "fucked-up people fucking up in a fucked-up world." (quote from 1632) It's still possible that it's a trollfic or satire (I for one am leaning towards satire of the two), but the claims of rampant apologism are patently spurious.
  • After reading Chapter 23 of Kyo Kara Maoh fanfic Whispers from the Rye, when Wolfram and Yuuri finally have sex, Yuuri remarks that Wolfram is "so quiet." At first, I didn't think anything of it, until I realized that Wolfram is afraid that Yuuri will remember he's a boy and be disgusted all over again.
  • The Spike/Xander fic "Nothing The Same" features the premise that the change to the series occurs when Xander doesn't handle Jessie's death as well as he did in the series, and everything changes. However, when Spike comes to Sunnydale, Drucilla is already dead. At first, I thought, as the author personally claimed, that Drucilla had just been ruthlessly killed off to better arrange the pairing. Than I read the bits about Drucilla's prophecies about Spike's destiny and the "wounded kitten" he was to care for. Not to mention musings on how Drucilla and a court of other vampires never did mix well, it dawned on me that Dru probably let go of her will to continue so Spike could go be Master of the Hellmouth with Xander at his side!
  • According to Nounai Kanojo's Touhou-related doujins, Cirno knows more about sex than Marisa.
  • This can occur quite a lot in Hetalia Axis Powers AU fanfiction. They'll be the obvious relations there, but sometimes you look back at a situation and realise that the author has written the entire base outline of WW2 in the form of a soccer game.
  • The Fruits Basket fanfic "Eyes of the Cat" is known for a few things - but two of those things are a lot of filler chapters, and having one of the only likable Original Characters in all of fanfiction - the second is because Kyo and the OC mesh well together (and, thankfully, purely in a platonic sense). Its only if you reread the fanfic from the beginning, and read it all the way through in one sitting that you realize those filler chapters are designed solely to alter Kyo's character in a believable way. Each of those chapters describes events which, on their own, are humorous but plotless; its only when read together that you realize you are actually watching Kyo's character evolve and change in a realistic fashion because of those events while still keeping the main attributes of his original character.
    • A possible second fridge brilliance is these chapters in relation to the OC. The OC is a ghost, and in the very early chapters it is stated that she gains power by being around people who acknowledge her existance - specifically, Kyo. As the plot progresses, Eris shows increasingly more and more abilities - and its those abilities that give her the ability to aid in the final fight against Akito, aka the Big Bad.
  • A Harry Potter/Rurouni Kenshin crossover fic, RuroKen and the Philosophers Stone had Dumbledore talk to Hiko about letting his apprentice Kenshin go to Hogwarts (and that it would be dangerous if he remain untrained in regards to magic). Later, Kenshin (unaware of the 'danger' part) wonders how a headmaster has time to go out of his way to do that, figuring he has to be a busy guy. Then I remembered that not even Harry was personally seen to by Dumbledore before he went off the school, hinting at something a little more worrisome than what's being let on.
  • There was a Harry Potter fanfic (sadly, now deleted) in which the main character used a Time-Turner to go back and change history, sacrificing her life so that another would live. I wasn't happy about this at the time, because in HP canon we are told that Time-Turners cannot be used that way; the version of Time Travel they use always creates Stable Time Loops and those who tried to alter things often get themselves killed. It wasn't upon re-reading that I recognized the Fridge Brilliance: the character got herself killed when trying to change history. So, yes, it was an actually canon-compliant use of Time Travel.
  • It took me reading The Trouble with Weather (an AU X-Men Film Series fic) about three times before I had a moment of Fridge Brilliance. In chapter twenty-one, Ororo tells Logan that humans had put her in a cage; Logan then wonders if there was some kind of hidden meaning or test in what she'd said, since her expression to his reaction is described as "disappointment," and "her eyes had been searching" as she'd told him about being in a cage. Here's where the Fridge Brilliance kicks in: in the very next chapter, Logan has a dream/flashback of rescuing an eight-year-old Ororo from a cage, and it's revealed later in the fic that Ororo hadn't forgotten that incident. Ororo was hoping that Logan would've remembered it, too!
  • In a For Want of a Nail fanfic of "A Mother's Love" by lordofthelandoffire, Kushina is enraged after awakening from a coma to find that Sarutobi publicly denied Kushina's marriage to Minato feeling it would protect Naruto, thus making her Minato's mistress/whore and making Naruto his bastard son. Some people have wondered why Kushina is so angered by this, deciding it had to do with losing the Namikaze clan compound and money. But if you look at it from a Japanese perspective, where family and heritage are very important, it makes sense. Hell, a major plot point with Chouji involved a flashback of his father telling him about how they could trace their family back 16+ generations, not to mention Sasuke's entire motivation involves avenging the Uchiha clan, including the man who murdered them after finding out he was ordered to. So what Sarutobi essentially did was steal Naruto's Namikaze heritage, which Kushina would see as being especially terrible due to the fact her own clan had been destroyed, and now Naruto was losing his by the order of a man she considered a friend.
  • In the Touhou/Pokémon Monsters in Paradise, Skarmory is able to No-Sell Flandre's attack. The reason: his ability is Sturdy, it negates one-hit KOs.
  • All the riders in Koihime†Musou: Tales of the Armored War Gods are named after Japanese warlords. Now, keep in mind that they are all called Armored War Gods by the people of China, AND the series the armor comes from takes elements of the waring states period.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening fanfic ''Forever Yours Morgan is Robin's illegitimate child fathered by Chrom, who is in the fic married to Sumia. As a result this Morgan is born two years earlier. I didn't see the reason why Morgan had to be born earlier besides for the reasons of drama, when it hit me: Morgan as Chrom's son would inherit the Rightful King skill. Since Ylisse seems to follow a primogeniture line of inheritance Morgan, while illegitimate, has a more rightful claim to the throne than his half-sister and Chrom's legitimate daughter Lucina.
    • A smaller element is when Robin gives the toddler Morgan her locket, which was given to her by Chrom, to remember her by in case she doesn't come back when she rejoins the Shepherds. Morgan, unlike the other children, did not have a ring to prove his paternity and since Robin is unmarried he would need another sort of identifier of his parentage.
  • When I first began to read Extended Stay, it seemed to be nothing more than just a Warden/Mistress fanfic. Don't get me wrong: I really love the pairing but I didn't really think it would go beyond a contrived situation. It wasn't until the very last chapter that it seemed to dawn on me that the family was going to follow in the footprints of the Julio-Claudian family, which even back in Roman times was very fucked up. (Not to mention the fact that the Warden and Mistress making their youngest child the next in line for world dictatorship is rather reminiscent of North Korean politics as well.)
    • Then you have the twins Maddie and Ethan. I actually suggested these names from a pair of Star-Crossed Lovers in Edith Wharton's novel Ethan Frome; then when I looked up what they meant, I was utterly surprised that the meanings both had something to do with power and strength. Matilda, specifically, means "powerful in battle" in German.
    • Also when you consider that we saw the twins as little kids hurting other prisoners, something tells me history will repeat itself with these two.
  • In Game Of Touhou, the leader of the rebellion Byakuren Hijiri is hailed as a revolutionary that ended the reign of House Sanzu (after Mad Queen Eiki Shiki plunged the realm in war, while her sucessor, Queen Komachi, was much better). However, after she ascends to the throne, she reveals to be an ineffectual leader, that can't make difficult decisions, to the point she prefers to kill herself. This makes sense if you consider that in canon, Byakuren is a well-meaning but ultimately incompetent leader that barely can control the youkai under her wing in Myouren Temple.
  • Several reviews of Sonic X: Dark Chaos have criticized the story for its... questionable racial depictions, especially its broad-brush portrayal of Jews and Muslims. However, there something underneath the surface. Dark Chaos is a Cosmic Horror Story through and through, with the galaxy under the thrall of immeasurably powerful Lovecraftian horrors and alien nations who are constantly at war with each other. Who else wrote racially-questionable Cosmic Horror Story literature? H.P. Lovecraft himself.
    • The Demon Empire in general is a pretty blatant copy of the Roman Empire. And it's not The Theme Park Version; it's both the good and the bad, without any sort of embellishment. It brings order, justice, law, education, peace, language, art, religion, culture, and many other things to the galaxy. Unfortunately, it's also a slaveholding state where hedonism and Social Darwinism rule.
      • It's also pretty brilliant if you take a look at the Bible; the "Whore of Babylon" and the other symbols of evil from Revelation are usually interpreted as Rome, so it makes sense that the Demons themselves would be based on it.
    • Sonic being created by Maledict via Cloning Blues is a very clever parody of the biblical Immaculate Conception. Sonic was born in a "virgin birth" (cloning) by "God" (Maledict)
    • At first glance, I thought the idea of a Sonic story taking place in such a grimdark Crapsack World was narmfully childish like many Dark Fics , but then I remembered that in the video games Sonic and his world are constantly threatened by demons/aliens/mad scientists/rogue gods all the time, some of them even going into Lovecraft Lite territory. When I saw that, the copious Cosmic Horror Story overtones started to make a lot more sense.
    • It's easy to dismiss Tsali as an edgy OC Mary Sue copy of Shadow, but on closer examination, Tsali is in many ways the literal antithesis of Tails - the Joker to his Batman. Tails is humble and kind; Tsali is violently Ax-Crazy and obsessed with bloodshed. Tails is Wise Beyond Their Years and very mature; Tsali is a Psychopathic Manchild who never grew up underneath his thinly civilized veneer. Tails uses robotics and robots to save the world and help others; Tsali uses them to bring death and suffering upon others. Tails deeply cares for machines; Tsali secretly fears and hates his own mechanical body. While Tails became a hero due to his hard childhood, Tsali was broken by his. Tails forgives slights; Tsali obsessively holds onto past grievances.
      • Or, in other words, Tsali is what Tails could've become if he had never met Sonic and stayed alone forever. Sweet dreams. Although, on a lighter note, it makes Tails and Cosmo falling in love with each other slightly Hilarious in Hindsight.
  • In I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Harry Potter once listed his age on a form as "Do you mean physically, mentally, or existentially?". For several chapters, it's considered just another sign that he's a Troll (which he really is). But once his history comes to light, it's revealed that Harry stopped aging in his twenties, was born roughly 1700 years ago, and an accident with several Time Turners flung him 200 years into the future, making it a valid question. He's physically around 25, mentally 1500, and has existed for 1700 years.
  • Back before I became a co-author of Something New, an earlier version of this story had a scene where Scout's mother was described as blushing despite my headcanon suggesting that she's in her late 50s. Once I came to the point where she revealed that she's pregnant again and did some research, it hit me. She might've actually conceived naturally thanks to being on hormone replacement therapy (HRT); it's remarkably similar to the case of Dawn Brooke, a British woman who was 59 years old when she gave birth by way of C-section in 1997.
  • Persona EG introduces early on the Canterbook network, which is clearly meant to be this story's equivalent of Facebook and is used internally by the Canterlot High student body. The fridge brilliance comes in when you realize that this is exactly what Facebook was when it was created: an internal social network used exclusively by high school students.