Fridge: Heroes

Fridge Brilliance
  • I hated the portrayal of Sylar until about halfway through his big arc in the first season of Heroes, complaining that the character was "inconsistent." Over the midseason break it dawned on me that he was constantly tailoring and retooling his projected personality to suit his environment. —Tabby
    • At the beginning of the third season, when Claire tries to shoot Peter, I never understood why she would try to do that. He can walk through walls, teleport, heal, and do pretty much anything. Then, I realized that they were probably in the same alternate timeline where Peter lost his original ability and gained a new one. So Claire had no idea what power he had, making her attempt a lot more reasonable.
    • The infamously non-sequiturical Storyboarding the Apocalypse of season 3 was made significantly more sensical from the revelation that the season 4 Big Bad is a Dirt Disher that gets exponentially more powerful the more he surrounds himself with the super powered.
      • Yeah, even the scene when Hiro went forward and got to see the huge tidal wave of rock and dirt sweeping over Japan makes sense if you put Samuel together with a superpower serum giving EVERYONE powers...eventually, he reached ultimate critical mass and split the Earth in two by sneezing or something.
    • Not to mention Sylar's redemption arc in Season 3, or his depiction in it as being reformed in the future and unwilling to kill. Or him and Peter as "brothers." Then, they made it happen for a very different reason in Season 4. Suddenly, "I Am Become Death" doesn't appear to have been such a horrible episode after all.
  • Season 1 of Heroes had the nameless character of "Claude" the invisible man, also known as the nameless Doctor?
    • Actually, his full name was Claude Raines. If you like the Classic Universal Monsters or Rocky Horror Picture Show, you'll know that "Claude Raines was the Invisible Man."
    • You've misunderstood the joke. Naming him Claude was his personal joke, not the show's. Rather than use his real name, he adopted the name of the Invisible Man.
  • In Season 1 we are told by Hiro the story of "Kensei and the Dragon" where the Dragon is a kind of Mentor. In Season 2 we have Hiro taking the role of the Dragon. During this time Kensei keeps referring to him as a Karp, seems like a simple nickname until you find out about a Japanese legend where a Karp that swim up a waterfall can become a Dragon. Something I got after looking around this site.
    • I got the reference the first time around, thanks to Pokémon.
  • When I first saw the end of season 4, I thought Claire's insisting on revealing supers was stupid considering what they just went through in season 3. But then I realized that Claire is immortal, and as ditzy as she is, she must realize they can't stay hidden forever. There might be some fear in the beginning, but humanity will adapt like it always does. That's why Claire and Sylar were pretty much the only ones so nonchalant about revealing themselves. They're immortal, and after the proverbial dust settles, they will still be around.
  • When an amnesiac Sylar was confronted with his memories and he's freaked out about it, it's not Sylar who's freaked's Sylar who believes he's Nathan.
  • Sylar pretending to be Sandra to destroy Noah's credibility makes a lot more sense when you realize that it's Noah who manipulated Elle to string Gabriel along and set him on his dark path. Sylar wanted Noah to feel what it's like to lose their significant others through manipulation.
  • Maya being a Horrible Judge of Character makes more sense because after learning of her ability to kill people through her tears, no one else besides Sylar and her brother treated her like a normal person, which is all she ever wanted. Of course she'd be willing to listen to Sylar; he's simply treating her like a normal person, albeit with his own motives. And then after "Powerless", she latches onto Mohinder because he also treated her normally and because she has no one left in her life.
  • Hiro's age is listed as 24 in 2006, but Ando tells him he's 28 in 2007. Assuming we aren't running on some odd form of Comic-Book Time or missed a four-year Time Skip, it's possible that Ando just tacked on all the time Hiro spent time-traveling. This would also clear up some of the trouble with his plot with Yaeko: rather than skipping off with Kensei's girl just weeks after Charlie was brutally murdered by Sylar, it would make far more sense if Hiro had spent a couple of (unseen) years there and slowly fallen for her despite his better intentions before finally deciding it was okay to risk completely screwing over the space-time continuum.

Fridge Horror
  • In Heroes, Adam Monroe had the exact same power as Claire, and he lived for close to 400 years. Claire may also share this fate with him, and only two other men on the planet share her ability; Peter, her uncle, and Sylar, a man that quite literally Mind Raped her, meaning, that unless Claire is willing to take the squicky option, the man she will be spending the rest of her eternity with a man who defines Nightmare Fuel.
    • Not necessarily. Peter isn't immortal unless he borrows her power (he can only use one at a time) and the end of the final episode implied that Sylar is going down the road Angel went after his self-pity phase.
      • And doesn't this kind of assume there's never going to be anyone else with the same power (or the ability to acquire said power) ever, even though two unrelated people managed it in canon (not to mention those like Peter who could mimic it).
    • The unknown fate of Caitlin, Peter's brief love interest from season 2. Last we see, she was left behind in a horrific future where The Virus has decimated humanity. Though Peter later averted this future from happening, we have absolutely no idea where (or when) she is. She could still be there in plague-ravaged Oireland, she could have been blinked out of existence, or as one poster speculated, she could have been riding on the plane to Ireland when the timeline reverted, making the plane disappear. The Powers That Be have said that they're not bringing her back, in favor of totally leaving the Seasonal Rot of the last couple of years behind.
    • Angela Petrelli's sister.
      • How about everyone at the base? The US soldiers basically opening fire on civilians, including women and children, because a child got scared. Now think for a second about American troops slaughtering dozens of innocent kids.
    • Claire heals - which has to mean she will be a virgin every single time she has sex ... ouch.
      • Fridge brilliance - That might explain why she ended up preferring girls...
      • Because a man and a women can't be together without vaginal penetration and being with someone who doesn't have a penis means there's no chance of vaginal penetration occurring.
      • Two things: first, not all women have hymens that need to be broken; the so-called 'normal hymen' only covers part of the vaginal opening, and easily stretches out of the way without breaking. Other 'kinds' of hymen may cover even less. Second: If all else fails, ear-piercing? Pierced ears would heal, but we leave a stud in so that the flesh heals around it and leaves a hole. Just saying.
      • For that matter, her earrings themselves. You'd expect her power would close them up any time she takes them out (piercings are intentional creation of a scar, and her power apparently doesn't allow for scarring), but apparently not (or else she just stabs herself whenever she takes them out or wants to change pairs - not inconceivable, considering she threw herself off things, stuck her hand in a garbage disposal, and chopped off her toe just to see if it'd grow back).