Fridge: Pandora Hearts

Fridge Horror:

  • The March Hare's ability has some Fridge Horror to go with it. It may save your life by making your enemies think you're dead, but who knows what things will be like when you wake up? You could have been hurt worse and know you really are dying now, all of your friends/family could have been killed and your home destroyed, or you could even wake up in a coffin and have no way out.
  • Every chain with the exception of Oz and Cheshire was actually once a human. Meaning the things our heroes have been killing left and right were—or if they retain their consciousness, are—people just like them.
    • It actually is worse than that. During the 100 year period that the Abyss was dark, Chains were brought into existence from things that somehow survived the fall into the Abyss, where they were trapped in a violent, eternally dark kill-or-be-killed Eldritch Location with only one escape: a contract with a human from the surface world. If Oz's experience was any indication, Chains under normal contracts have little control over their own powers and can be used as a Living Weapon regardless of the Chain's own desires, so while the Contract system can have its benefits, at its worst it's basically a form of slavery. This can also be turned on its head in a way: in cases where the Contractor is particularly mentally weak, a Chain can influence their thoughts and emotions, but still not to the extent that a Contractor can control their Chain. And even worse than all that, any Chain that died during the century-long darkness couldn't enter back into the Reincarnation cycle, meaning that after all their suffering, they ended up Deader Than Dead.
  • Everything known about the Baskervilles and Children of Misfortune were lies. The Jury, immortal beings overseeing time, have done their best to pre-plan every event in every world to create the best 'stories,' and they created the Baskervilles to act as their enforcers against any possible spanners in the works. The most prominent of these were the Children of Misfortune, abnormal and unpredictable beings born at the whim of the Core and naturally Immune to Fate. Due to situations suspicious in hindsight, these Children were often born as close family members of the Baskervilles. This did not save them from being ritualistically executed in celebration every time a Baskerville heir came of age. To be fair, the Baskervilles had been raised on the belief that the Children of Misfortune were too dangerous to be allowed to live for centuries, and the Jury fed into the Baskervilles' own self-importance by glorifying the job as critical to the survival of the world.
    • And heading into Fridge Brilliance territory: despite people in the story saying that Children of Misfortune were born near Glens as a result of a Glen's distortion on the world, the revelation that the Jury created the Glens to enforce against the Children of Misfortune makes it highly likely that it was actually the other way around.

Fridge Brilliance:

  • Retrace LXV. Everything you thought you knew is a lie, nearly every reference to Glen and Jack has to be reversed or re-examined, and Oz's "sin" suddenly makes a lot of sense.
  • Jack's friendship with Gil, Vince, and Alice is a reference to Lewis Carroll's child friends. In fact, Jack is very possibly based off Carroll. The anime even includes a scene in which Jack and the Will of the Abyss are taking a boat ride together, something Carroll was fond of doing with Alice Liddell and her sisters and which was what spawned the original Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Ada's fascination in the occult is also based on LC's own interest in the occult and ESP.
  • Remember when oz and Gil first met? Oz, a ten year old, wanted a signed contract with Gil that Gil would be his servant and do everything Oz said, like eating his vegetables. At the time, it's just a cute little thing about their past, but with the reveal that Oz is a chain it takes on another meaning. Chains make contracts. Oz wanted a contract with Gil. Chains are meant to contract with Baskervilles. Oz's instincts as a chain were strong enough, even with his loss of memory and body, that he knew he needed a contract with Gil the Baskervile! since at the time a written contract was the only on he knew about, its what he used, but he was being hinted to be a chain since chapter six!
  • This show has a Dysfunction Junction for a cast. It's inspired by a book that claims, "We're all mad here."
  • Oz's near-suicidal selflessness and his ability to use B-Rabbit's scythe make perfect sense as of Retrace LXX: Oz (Reality). He is the chain B-Rabbit, originally a rabbit doll brought to the Core of the Abyss by Lacie and imbued with life. Retrace LXXVI reveals how Alice came to become the B-rabbit. After killing her mortal body, she willingly fuses her spirit with B-rabbit's in order to protect Oz and keep him from having to kill anyone else.
  • As of Retrace LXX it's been revealed that Oz is actually the Bloodstained Black Rabbit and is in fact using Jack's body. Didn't we see Oscar being told that there's a possibility that baby Oz was switched with another child at birth?
    • And even further, it finally explains Oz's almost blind devotion to Alice, which seemed to just be an "it's love, don't argue with it" concept before this point. He was literally created with no other purpose in life than to protect Alice.
    • Consider how Alice, since the very early chapters, has been referring to Oz as her property. With the revelation that Oz used to be her stuffed rabbit in mind, her possessive claims actually make sense.
  • Jack's anger toward Isla Yura might seem a bit strange for someone normally so calm and friendly, especially since they share the same goal. But it makes perfect sense if you realize that Isla Yura was trying to toss the world into the Abyss just for fun, which Jack would naturally see as an insult to Lacie's wish, or at least his interpretation of it.
  • Oz's bizarre Freakout in Chapter 41, when he states that he has to destroy 'it', including a seemingly random panel of the Tragedy of Sablier makes sense when you realize that his shaken mental state almost broke the seal on his memories and made him recall Jack's command to destroy the Chains that support the world. Before that, Oz even heard a voice screaming and begging someone to stop making them hurt people which turns out to be his own from one hundred years past.
  • Gil's gotten lucky a lot. He's survived Oz slashing him across the chest, survived a direct hit from Cheshire, survived a poisoning attempt, and that's just the start. It's a sign of him being a Baskerville.
  • Oz's sin being his very existence: We now know that his body is actually Jack's body and that Jack murdered Zai's biological son in order take his place for his own designs. Oz is actually the consciousness of the true, original B-Rabbit, currently residing in Jack's cursed body. Poor Oz just can't catch a break...
  • From the very first chapter of the manga, we have the scene in which Oz touches the pocket watch for the first time and has an apparent hallucination of being hugged and then subsequently attacked by Alice. This scene doesn't make much sense until much later in the manga when Jack's intentions are finally revealed: What Oz experiences appears to be a corrupted, distorted memory from around the time of Retrace LXXVII where the Will is still very much infatuated with jack, to her own detriment, and Alice despises him for what he did to Oz. Believing him to be Jack, the Will hugs Oz and claims she's happy he came to see her before losing control of the twins' shared body to Alice, who attempts to kill him while telling him she'll never forgive him. Turns out that whole scene isn't there just to be creepy - it really is a brilliant bit of Foreshadowing.
  • Children of Misfortune are often born close to the one who will inherit Glen's soul, as with the case of Oswald and Lacie. Gilbert was supposed to be the next Glen 100 years prior but it was thwarted, which explains why Vincent has only one red eye.
    • But Vincent always had only one red eye even before Gilbert's interrupted ceremony, so this doesn't make sense. Lacie always had two red eyes, even before her brother's ceremony. This explanation would only be plausible if it was predetermined before Vincent was born that Gilbert's ceremony would be thwarted, which is equally impossible because the Tragedy occurred due to a chain reaction that resulted from the acts of multiple Children of Misfortune, who are unpredictable even to the Jury.
  • Oz still being referred to as the Key to the Power of the Abyss or simply the Key to the Abyss, in-series and in Guidebooks written by the author. It seemed pretty baseless when they first mentioned it, and got stranger when the guidebooks still called him that after the revelation that he is B-Rabbit. However, Oz is a Chain created to break the stabilizing chains holding the world above the Abyss, meaning that the initial purpose of Oz's existence was to open up the Way wide enough to swallow the entire world. What Oz eventually does with those powers is restabilize the dimension, which repairs the reincarnation system and paves the way for new and more intimate contact between the Core and humankind. In either circumstance, Oz acted as the key to the power of the Abyss.
    • It's also a Biblical reference. Revelation 20:1 reads: "And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the Key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great Chain." The initial context of this statement comes from a passage known as Satan Bound the Thousand Years, where Satan is bound and cast into the Abyss, bringing upon the world a new golden age but with the knowledge that hardship will eventually return. This doesn't make much sense in relation to Pandora Hearts or Oz until the Bible's other definition of the Key to the Abyss is explained. According to Revelation 9:1, the "angel of the Abyss" (possibly Satan) comes to Earth as a messenger of God's wrathful judgement, where he, using the power of the Key to the Abyss, opens a pit into the very heart of the earth and brings plagues upon humanity. So the Key to the Abyss was a power sent from God that almost ended the world, but was eventually was used to fight the one who tried to end it. Now that sounds a bit more familiar...
  • Elliot's choice at the end of the Isla Yura arc to die as himself with his painful memories rather than letting Oz kill him or Humpty Dumpty rewrite his memories again to give him peace foreshadows the eventual conclusion of the conflict between Jack's efforts to end the world, Oswald's desire to rewrite the painful events of Sablier, and Oz's Take a Third Option.