Fridge: Psycho-Pass

Fridge Brilliance
  • When Kougami warns Ginoza not to try to understand how criminals think, it seems like nonsensical advice to give to a detective whose job it is to track down and apprehend criminals... until you learn that Kougami was an Investigator who was demoted to Enforcer when his Crime Coefficient got too high, and you remember that just being involved with someone with insane or criminal tendencies can affect someone's own Psycho Pass hue and Crime Coefficient.
  • Why was Masaoka allowed to get away picking up Gino and flinging him around? He's his father.
  • Gino always tells Masaoka and Kogami to go with Akane. Given his connection with those two it makes a lot of sense.
    • Furthermore, consider that Masaoka and Kogami are the oldest Enforcers on the team, with the most experience not just as Enforcers, but as investigators as well. It makes sense to assign them to Akane, who is still a newbie.
  • One of Akane's best friends is Yuki. The name Yuki typically means "happiness" or "blessing," so her murder is symbolically and literally the taking away of Akane's happiness. From that point on too, the series takes on a much darker tint.
  • In episode 12, Yayoi is unable to shoot her former bandmate-turned-criminal because her Dominator is locked. This is not explicitly pointed out in the episode, but sharp-eyed viewers probably weren't surprised, as they may have noticed when Kougami gave her the Dominator, it did not give her the standard "you are a registered user" audio notification.
  • The English word "Psychopath" is pronounced "Psychopass" in Japanese. Besides the obvious pun, the criminally asymptomatic brains that make up the Sibyl System are arguably psychopaths, if the examples of criminally asymptomatic people (Makishima, Touma) in the show are similar to the average criminally asymptomatic individual. Maybe the Sibyl System brains thought this to be a cruel joke, by implanting Psycho-Passes in everyone, everyone is a "Psychopath".
    • The name more overtly fits because like a "pass" Psycho-passes are presented in order to effectively be identified as legitimate members of society.
    • Also is the etymology, psycho- is a word forming element, it isn't an actual word (Calling someone a psycho is slang). Psyche-pass would probably be a more accurate rendering.
  • The word Sibyl is clearly a reference to classical notions of a prophetess, the system is even referred to as female by others. However (intentional or not) Sibyl nearly sounds like "Civil" as in civil system or civil society, which makes sense given the role it plays.
    • According to the Psycho-Pass wiki: It's possible that the origin of the name "Sibyl" is based off a clinical psychology case study about Sibyl, a women 'diagnosed' with dissociation identity disorder (multiple personality), although she later confessed that she faked the condition to get attention from her therapist. There's a famous novel based on that case as well. So there's an overt meaning referring to the overt theme of possibly-self-fulfilling prophecy and a more obscure meaning hinting at the Sybil System's true nature as a "collective entity".
  • Masaoka's has an Artificial Limb for his left arm. His son, Ginoza, loses his left arm at the end of the series.
  • The Sibyl System works by judging the citizens' thoughts and intentions rather than their actions and results. When Akane learns of the Sibyl System's true form, she chooses not to expose it. She judges the system by its actions (keeping the populace safe) rather than its inner workings (which are the definition of criminal). In other words, by "accepting" the Sibyl's existence and choosing not to punish it, she rejects everything the Sibyl System stands for.
    • Counts as a double Brilliance because The Sibyl System correctly deduced that Akane would act this way, and used her own ideals against her in order to preserve itself. It also serves to show that the Sibyl System sees itself as being above its own rules. This is further compounded by the fact that the Sibyl system is made from the brains of psychopaths who didn't really care about society's rules in the first place.
  • Near the end of episode 21 when Masaoka is dying, he tells Ginoza that his "eyes... look just the same as mine did..." In episode 22, as Tsunemori and Ginoza are returning from visiting Masaoka's grave, Tsunemori asks Ginoza if his glasses were just for show. Ginoza replies, "I don't like how my face looks, especially my eyes. But I don't care about that anymore, so it didn't seem to matter." Ginoza has come to terms with his and his father's identity.
  • In the final episode, viewers who were paying careful attention throughout it & the previous episode knew Makishima would not kill Akane after the truck crash. Because that's a Smith & Wesson (M36), and you've had your five. The show does not draw attention to this fact, so it's up to the audience to remember the revolver holds only 5 shots.
  • When Akane is talking with the Sibyl system in the last episode, they mention they want a way to inform the public of their true nature without causing a societal upheaval. Then I remember Kogami and Saiga discussing Makishima, concluding that his most dangerous asset is his charisma. It's no wonder they insisted on trying to re-capture Makishima, even after he refused to join them.thatother1dude
  • At one point, Makishima and Chou have a conversation that goes something along the lines of "This society is like a parody of some sci-fi dystopia"/"William Gibson?"/"More like Philip K Dick". Not only is this a hidden Shout-Out to Minority Report, it also foreshadows that the Sibyl System is not in fact a computer but something far stranger.
  • It's widely theorized among the fandom that Akane is criminally asymptomatic due to several incidents wherein her psycho-pass is incredibly resilient. She even seems to have realized this herself by the second-to-last episode, when she invites Masaoka to scan her. That itself is almost Fridge Brilliance, but it gets better when you combine it with the series's themes of free will and choosing to do good or evil yourself. Akane, unlike all the other criminally asymptomatic people we know of, chose good.
    • This makes even more sense with the ending of Season 2, where Sybil offers to let Akane join them.
  • If you look closely at the logo of the Sibyl System, it looks more than a little like a brain.
  • Why did Mizue betray the Sibyl system? She's just like the person on Episode 1! Essentially, she's got a CC so high, that it doesn't matter what she does. Society has already damned her, and when she discovers the main villain can 'save' her...she SNAAAPS. Furthermoe, CC is, in some instances, a measure of someone's tendency to snap. She just needed the right trigger...
  • The use of lighting in the scene when Akane confronts Tougane in episode 10 is quite symbolic when viewed at from an animator's perspective. As explained on a forum:
    " Upon Akane's arrival we see Togane standing with a backdrop of light which hides his face, a classic technique in the noir genre that relays a sense that Togane currently believes Akane is on his side (aka the light, representing truth, innocence, and control of the situation) while subtly relaying that he has alternate motives (which is why his face is painted Black). this is followed up with a birds eye shot where we see the long dark shadows that stem from Togane to drive home the point that he is bad. moving on to the moment Akane reveals that she is aware that Togane is lying we see a new blue light appear behind Akane while a low angle shot moves the green light from behind Togane to in between the two characters representing a shift in control of the situation. As the scene progresses the light begins to gradually shift away from Togane leading to a final close up where he is virtually all black. Meanwhile Akane can be seen clearly regardless of where the source of light is, emphasizing Togane's failure to paint Akane black."
  • Why did the Sybil System allow Akane to discover the truth about what it is? Because Togane is their agent and he has successfully eliminated Inspectors before.
  • In the second season finale, Division 3 wipes out Kamui's group with little trouble and Shisui suddenly used a crossbow. Because they were using their Dominators to stun hundreds of people immediately beforehand and likely drained their weapons of energy. The sixth episode revealed that the Decomposer mode has a three-shot limit, so it stands to reason that both Paralyzer and Eliminator also have limits, and there has never been a situation where Dominators were used on so many people at once.

Fridge Horror
  • When Makishima was killing Yuki, his Crime Coefficient dropped down to near zero. Since in this Crapsack World, a person's soul is measured by the Sibyl system, it's safe to say that Makishima is a Soulless Bastard.
  • It's stated in episode 12 that it is very rare for someone who is put in a rehabiliation center to reassimilate back into society, so those arrested will most likely be stuck there until they die (by execution if their crime co-efficient gets too high) or become an enforcer if they are eligible and choose to do so.
  • In episode 13 it's stated that there are rare cases where the result of the personís cymatic scan do not match their criminal psychology, they are called criminally asymptomatic. Some cases of criminal behaviour cannot be judged by Sibyl see Makashima. But by the same merit surely there must exist other 'criminally asymptomatic' people who are judged as 'latent criminals' by Sibyl but aren't because their scan doesn't match their criminal psychology.
    • There's also a very heavy hint that Akane of all people might be one of those types like Touma and Makishima, what with her CC going down just as she decides to hunt Makishima by any means necessary.
    • Criminally asymptomatic people, that which Sibyl recruits and incorporates into itself to evolve, can commit crimes in the most intelligent, cruel and sadistic manners without a single bit of emotional attachment or regret that would risk their Criminality Coefficient. And these unempathic persons are what Sibyl incorporates into itself for perfection. In other words, Sibyl is composed of sociopaths
  • In episode 14, why did nobody try to save the woman being murdered, instead watching and even video taping the crime? Because the system has made it so that they don't even know what crime is. To them, this is something that they have only heard about. If Sibyl has become their eyes, then they are truly blind to actual horrors. Really says something about the society the show is presenting.
    • This is also due to the Bystander effect, which was referenced on the main page. This doesn't make it any less concerning though, as it means that situations like these happen in real life as well
  • Also in episode 14, The helmet wearer got the psycho pass of the person with the lowest rate nearby. When it was only Masaoka and Kogami near it got Kogamis at 280. Then what do Masaoka have?
    • Masaoka's only seems to be high because he hates the Sibyl System, as talked about between him and Ginoza once. The Sibyl System probably sees him as a bigger threat because Masaoka wants the Sibyl System flat out destroyed while Kogami just wants vengeance on Makishima (which although killing Makishima could be considered a good thing, due to his tendency to create murderers, it would still be considered a crime to kill someone).
  • When Yayoi was in the mental facility, her order request for guitar strings was denied every single time. On one hand it could be because as Ginoza points out, artists have a higher tendency to cloud their Hue. The other reason (and the more horrifying in hindsight) is that they were seen by the facility as something she could harm herself with, like strangulation.
    • It's almost certain for the suicide risk; few *real life* mental hospitals will let patients have something like guitar strings.
  • There's definite implications through the series that some people with high Crime Coefficients are merely unconventional and not any more likely to be criminals at all. Yayoi in particular also seems much less dangerous than the rest of the Enforcers. Combine that with Yayoi and Shion's scene from the final episode and... maybe just being gay can get you declared a latent criminal.
    • In Yayoi's case, she was involved with rebellion against her society through music and is implied to be into "violent, passionate things" according to Shion. We don't know much about Yayoi, but it's doubtful she was a latent criminal just due to being gay. Also, there's no real link between being gay and having darker emotions which is what the Sibyl System usually tells people makes them latent criminals.
    • However Crime Coefficiency seems to be connected to stress and having an out of ordinary sexuality can be very stressful and alienating especially in such a hetero-normative society.
  • Season 2 episode 8 gives us enough information to figure out how the Sibyl System went From Nobody to Nightmare. The key piece of information is that the technology to rip brains out of criminally asymptomatic people is done entirely by Drones and has absolutely no human oversight to it... Drones which Sibyl controls. This is how Sibyl is able to perpetuate itself with nobody knowing. The worst thing is that the episode strongly implies that Sibyl originally began as a genuine supercomputer processing Psycho-Passes, and the transformation from supercomputer to Wetware CPU happened virtually overnight under Tougane Misako's supervision with no one else the wiser. And from this, it can be inferred that even the entire Japanese government is completely unaware of Sibyl's true nature.