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Fridge: Runaways
Fridge Brilliance
  • I thought it was odd that Brian K. Vaughan gave two characters in Runaways the same first name: Victor Stein and Victor Mancha. Then it occurred to her that that might be part of why Chase is initially more hostile than any of the others toward Victor Mancha. Subconsciously, he connects him to his abusive father.
  • After reading this, I just realized something else about Victor Stein and Victor Mancha. Victor Stein is a Mad Scientist.... named after Victor (Franken)stein? And, while a little bit more WMG, Victor Mancha is a robot/cyborg creation, is also named after Victor Frankenstein, though in this case in relation to Frankenstein's monster. Both are constructs made by a mad scientist, or in Victor's case mad evil robot
  • It always annoys This Troper that people keep calling Victor a cyborg when he is really more like a Terminator. But when I think about it more I realize that, yeah, he is a Terminator, in both design (a robot with human flesh grafted on to disguise its true nature) and function (meant to infiltrate a group of humans and kill them from the inside).
    • He only starts out as a robot with skin, over time the nanotech magic which gives him his powers is suppose to reshape his body to be indistinguishable from humans at any level.
  • When the Wilders discover that Alex has snuck out of the house, leaving a mannequin's head in his bed to make it look like he was asleep, Mrs. Wilder lampshades the Fridge Logic of Alex just happening to have a male mannequin head in his room. This makes perfect sense, however, when it's revealed that Alex spent the past year planning for exactly this situation.

Fridge Horror
  • The story arc featuring the return of Cloak & Dagger has Dagger beat up by an obsessed fanboy with the culprit having Cloak's powers. The horror comes in first with the obsessed fanboy who, while in Cloak's appearance, comes to her and does something that causes the team to close their eyes in disgust. And this guy is a hospital orderly with exclusive access to her room.
  • It's been said that abused kids often grow up to become abusive themselves. With that in mind, Chase's treatment of Klara during the "Homeschooling" arc - he repeatedly yells at her, kills fairies in front of her, and threatens to break every bone in her body unless she stops crying - becomes incredibly disturbing.

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