Fridge / Metal Slug

Fridge Horror:

  • The presence of time traveling future rebels in 7/XX implies that even with the hero's efforts throughout the 8 games, the world of Metal Slug is stuck in a Forever War that will last into the far future with no end in sight. The fact that the ending of 7/XX concluded with Morden (once again) escaping seems to further confirm this.
  • When encountering Mummies and Zombies in 2,3, and 4, if you don't react quickly enough they will infect the fleeing civilians that are in the background, forcing you to perform a Mercy Kill on them. However, when your character gets infected, he/her can return to normal again by picking up a Potion/First-aid kit. Meaning that those poor infected civilians could have easily been cured, yet our heros simply didn't bother to do so and simply killed them to save time.
    • In X, some of the mummified workers will revert back to workers when killed, then they run away. So it's not all that bad.
  • A small yet emotionally painful detail: In Metal Slug 3 Mission 2, there is a couple of survivors which can be transformed into zombies. If they do and you destroy them afterwards, they drop a love letter.
    • The first game pulled off something similar. The R-Shobu (The attack helicopter) you fight in the first stage always drops a love letter.
  • In the original game, during the mission in the town, when you destroy the windows and doors of the houses you can see inside them, and they are without exception, filled with the bodies of dead civilians. Implying that they were either massacred by the rebels before you arrived, or that they are unintentional collateral damage from the destruction that you cause when you were shooting your way through the town. The former is implied by the fact that Rebel army soldiers come out of the buildings during the stage.
  • In 5 Elite, the second boss careens out of the sky uncontrolled after you blow the everliving shit out of it. Then your character dives below the clouds for the end-of-level score tally to reveal there's a huge city spanning from horizon to horizon.