Fridge / OFF

Fridge Brilliance:

  • A small example, but the Batter's Add-Ons resemble the circular training weights used on baseball bats.
  • Another small one, but OFF's logo resembles a marionette controller. Considering how the player is represented as a puppeteer, it's a very clever little secret.
  • The name of Japhet's battle theme is a reference to Lost in Translation, which is about a famous actor who goes to Japan to film a commercial and ends up feeling highly alienated in the process. This could mirror how Japhet planned to please the Elsens and ended up going mad from his failure.
  • The game consists of The Batter completing three zones and then going to The Room, which is treated as returning to past events and serves as a sort of "home" for The Batter. Scoring a run in baseball means advancing around three bases and returning to home plate
  • There's a reason why the Elsens in Zone 2 are so afraid of everything: The Elsen can't reproduce, so it follows that they'd be extra careful about threats since their numbers are limited.
  • As Bad Batter's form is meant to not be a literal transformation, but instead to represent how the player would perceive the Batter upon opposing him, the Batter might not look exactly the same to everyone, hence all the interpretations of his eyes.
    • Which would also explain why the Elsen were so easily fooled by his tie.
  • In the normal ending, the Judge is the final boss. However, he only ineffectually hits you for a pitiful amount of damage, and goes down about as easily as the first boss did. However, in the special ending, where the player is in control of the Judge, it's revealed that the cat actually has several very powerful skills, meaning it's possible to kill the Batter before he even gets a chance to fight back. So why didn't Judge do this in the normal ending boss fight? Because, despite calling out the Batter and the player for causing the cessation of life in the zones and attempting to make a final stand, he had regarded them as friends, and thus couldn't bring himself to put everything he's got into killing the Batter. It takes the player also agreeing to stand with the Judge to motivate him enough to give it his all, allowing access to his full set of skills and putting an end to the Batter once and for all.
  • In Zone 3, during the chase sequence, you can find a brick wall behind one of the doors. In Purified Zone 3, that door is the only one you can open, and it reveals a goodie. It's a literal Brick Joke.

Fridge Horror:

  • Choosing the Ashley Bat over the Aries Card is not only Awesome, but Impractical, it basically ensures you're doing all you can to murder your wife and creator.
  • In Zone 2's library, there's a book called "The Toad King", referring to a masked man who defeats a toad. This could be a reference to Zacharie, the mask he wears when we meet him resembling a toad. It becomes mild Fridge Horror when you realize he gains the cat mask after Valerie's death...
    • Mortis Ghost has stated that the cat mask was not made from Valerie's face.
  • If you think about it, by killing Dedan alone and purifying his Zone, you have doomed the entire world - all elements necessary for life were manufactured there.
  • Then, there's the sole Elsen left living by the end of the game. While it seems unlikely that he'll become a Burnt due to being calm and will survive the demonic dolls - assuming if they want to attack him - he'll eventually die from lack of smoke or food.
  • The fight against the Critic Burnt is far more terrifying when you realize his head still resembles an Elsen's— implying that he might not have become fully Burnt when you fought him.
  • Zone 3's purpose is to produce sugar and export it to the other zones, so life for them is bearable. Except... by the time you've gotten to Zone 3, the other two zones are already gone and the Elsen in Zone 3 are either just going to end up dying and being turned into sugar anyway, or are addicted to sugar beyond the point of ever recovering meaning that the entire factory of Vesper is now essentially a functionless and pointless economy that creates death simply to fuel those who are creating death, all just filling up the fortress that keeps Enoch safe from the spectres. Yeah.
  • In Zone 2 you can meet an Elsen who is freaking out because somebody locked him out of a safe house. Later, after purifying Zone 2, you come back to the safe house and unlock it to get one of the objects needed to get either the Ashley Bat or the Aries Card, finding the last Elsen in the game (who was also the one who locked himself inside the safe house during the timed mission). Doesn't seem that bad until you realize the reason he was safe is because he locked himself in there, and assuming the Secretaries can't go through solid objects he could have stayed in the safe house until the Judge came to Zone 2 (if you picked the Special ending). So, to sum up, you broke into a bunker, stole everything you could from it, left the door unlocked, and left the last Elsen in the universe at the mercy of the Secretaries right outside his door. "Oops" doesn't even begin to describe it.
    • You never encounter any secretaries within the vault, however. Perhaps secretaries can't open doors, and the Batter closed the door before any could get in.
    • If the last Elsen is still here because he was in a locked safe vault before the purification of Zone 2 then it implies the Elsens don't fall in the Nothingness when their Zone is purified but are killed by the Secretaries. Whether that is better or worse is up to you.
  • The game's Game Over theme is titled "Stay In Your Coma" and consists of a small group of voices chanting the song's title. At first this just seems like a creepy song to fit with the game's theme but it's possible the singers are literally begging The Batter to "stay in his coma" so he does not wake up and destroy the world.
  • Yo. I just realized something.. even when you fight the Secretaries, the battle still says "Purification in progress". I was thinking, "How could that be when the Zones are already purified?" When I realized... it's The Batter. He still exists - and so does that one Elsen - so the Zones are still not purified. It's only when the switch is off that it's totally, truly purified. Wow. This could be both Horror and Brilliance, by the way.
    • What if The Batter isn't the one doing the purifying in these battles...
      • Oh, boy... that makes sense actually.. unless he's some type of otherworldly monster... which in a sense he is..but who or what could be doing the purifying if he isn't..?
      • That, my friend, would be you.
      • That may be true, but you're given absolutely no choice in the matter. Sure you can choose not to kill anything, but you have to kill something in order to progress, which ends up killing everything anyway. The Batter won't turn away from some battles, like poor Hugo and the Guardians. Makes me think the game is screwing with all of us...

Fridge Logic:

  • How come the Elsen in purified Zone 2 isn't dead?
    • He locked himself in a safe room. It was a very effective safe room.
  • Why would something build a switch that has the ability to end all existence and leave it unguarded? Enoch had the key to the Room, and the Queen was there, but as we can assume from the Room's general layout it's the entry room, a hallway, a room with a smaller room in it, a slightly shorter hallway, and then the room with the switch. For everyone's sake the Batter could've easily just pulled the switch, there isn't even a glass case protecting it!
    • Considering that Queen apparently neglected both Hugo and the zones, the zone guardians were distracted by the happenings of their domains, and the Elsen seem to need instruction in order to do anything, maybe no one either remembered or bothered to better protect the switch. Alternatively, no one thought anyone would actually pull the switch, despite how awful the world became. A combination of the above could also work.
  • If the Elsens are incapable of reproduction, then how were they made in the first place?
    • If Hugo was capable of creating the Queen and the Batter, he could've just as well created the Elsens.
  • If what's needed to create sugar is the bodies of dead Elsens, and the Elsens can't reproduce, why make sugar in the first place?
    • Might as well do something with those corpses.