Fridge: The Incredibles

Fridge Brilliance:

  • Super Strength? Rubber Woman? The Parr's sex life must be incredible!
  • Why was Violet' s super suit trickier to make than the rest of the Parrs? Unlike her family, Violet doesn't perform a physical act when using her powers. To further explain, she doesn't do anything with HER body. Look at the family: Bob has superstrength, Helen has her elastic powers, Dash has superspeed and Jack Jack has metamorphosis type of powers. Which adds even more brilliance when you realize that's another subtle reason why she's the "black sheep" of the Parrs.
  • Remember when Helen told Edna that Jack Jack didn't have any superpowers. Her statement heavily implies that most children of superheroes show their powers as an infant. A Fridge Funny moment when you realize that Bob and Helen had to deal with one baby that can turn invisible and another baby that has superspeed. Now they have a baby that can turn into steel has Wreathed in Flames powers, and can become a Red monster being.
  • Less like Fridge Brilliance if you've actually watched the DVD extras, but the Parrs are all stereotypical for their positions within the family, and their powers coincide with it: Bob is the family's strength, being the protector; Helen is flexible, as busy mothers need to be; Violet is a self conscious teenager, wanting to be invisible at times and putting up barriers; Dash is a young kid, full of energy; and Jack-Jack is a baby, full of potential, still undefined. It's intentional, as Word of God states; the true brilliance kicks in when you realise how generic the classic superheroes tended to be in personality.
    • Not sure whether Pixar ever covered this, but Frozone fits in that regard, too. During the scene where he interrupts the Parrs' dinner, it's heavily implied that he and Dash are on good terms, and have a sort of Intergenerational Friendship going on. The way he does this strikes me as fairly similar to the way a surrogate "uncle" would bring presents for the kids, or otherwise behave in an endearing fashion. Tie that into his previous (and current) connection with Bob, and he almost sounds like an old college roommate or something. In terms of family archetypes, he's basically the father's cool old friend.
  • The scene with Frozone and his wife arguing has somewhat deep implications when you think about it. Depending on what she is, it could either be a Deconstruction of the super-marries-normal trope (Superman x Lois Lane, Spider-Man x MJ-pre-Quesada), or a take on the Super Couple thing that Bob and Helen have. Either way, it shows how much depth Pixar puts into their work, when even little scenes like this are more than meets the eye.
    • In the same vein, Syndrome deconstructs the superhero without actual powers himself and who uses technology to achieve this status, a category made of Badass Normal superheroes like Batman. They are brilliant inventors, they have the budget to create all sorts of machines and weaponry, and use that weaponry themselves against their opponents. The difference is that Batman uses it for the greater good and to serve a cause that goes beyond himself, while Syndrome used his creations to enact revenge on all the super heroes of his world, all because of a personal feud against supers. This leads to horrifying implications when we realize that, in the end, Pixar's most dangerous villain and one of DC's greatest superheroes are Not So Different, and if Bruce Wayne's life had sucked more, who knows if he hadn't turned into a supervillain instead, like Syndrome, and had started taking down every superhero bases solely on the fact that they have superpowers.
  • In The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible and Incrediboy /Syndrome have the same initials: Bob Parr and Buddy Pine.
  • Why did Syndrome choose the name 'Syndrome'? According to dictionary.com, syndrome can mean "The pattern of symptoms that characterize or indicate a particular social condition." Keep in mind that Syndrome is Incrediboy and he pretty much had his hero tell him he was useless, and that he has shut himself off from the world to get revenge. Syndrome has ASPD.
  • It always bugged this troper as to how on earth Helen wasn't injured when she shielded the kids from Syndrome's missiles. And then he remembered; Edna made her supersuit virtually indestructible. Her suit acted as a built-in shield.
    • I always felt this was purposely foreshadowed in the scene when Edna shows Helen the supersuit in the testing chamber: she fires rockets into it and the suit is fine.
  • Syndrome's death by propeller. He meets his biggest fan.
  • Both Dash and Violet have names that match what their powers are: Dash has super speed, and Violet can create forcefields and become invisible. So when Jack-Jack was given his name, it was an indicator that he was a jack-of-all-trades, because of his myriad of powers that he demonstrates in the short and at the film's end.
  • When Syndrome flashbacks to Mr Incredible telling him he works alone, Bomb Voyage is missing from the scene. Shows how he got into that state of mind.
  • Syndrome's speech about how he'll sell his inventions to the people, and make everyone heroes, and then there won't be any. This is analogous to super heroes being special, and being better, so the phrase could mean equality. This phrase takes on a new meaning when one realizes that Syndrome's a weapons contractor/arms dealer, and this would elevate wars to immense scales, and his forboding tone indicates that he knows this.
  • The scene where Dash drops down from the cliffs into the forest and stops on a vine before saying with disbelief "I'm alive!". At first it seems like Not the Fall That Kills You is in full effect but then you look at Dash's power. Being a super Speedster he has a Required Secondary Power of being able to stop quickly without breaking anything!
  • Violet's hair is a huge topic of discussion in the WMG section—but this troper's just realized that it's a perfect metaphor for her personality. She's the "black sheep" of her family, feels isolated and insecure, which is represented by her black hair, which contrasts sharply with that of the rest of her family. It hides her face, but her eyes peek through, which represents her desire to be noticed despite her insecurity. In the end, she has it forced back with a hairband, showing her newfound control over her emotions and therefore confidence.
  • Compared to everything else, this is small potatoes, but The Incredibles is the only Pixar movie NOT to have the Pizza Planet truck in it. Why? It's set before that model of truck was made.
  • Look at the 'i' on Bob's costume throughout the movie. In his first costume at the beginning, it's massive, covering his entire chest — symbolic that Bob works alone and that it's all about him. In the second costume — the one that matches with his family's — it's much smaller and surrounded by a circle. It symbolizes that Bob can't just think of and work by himself anymore; he has a family to consider, and he's ultimately stronger with them.
  • In a deleted scene, Syndrome mentions that supers "aren't supposed to breed". This might explain why Thunderhead has five adopted children. (Well, that and the fact that he's apparently really good with kids.)
    • His NSA profile indicates that he was raising the kids with his male "roommate", so it may be that the restriction isn't really a concern for him.
  • In the opening interviews, Mr. Incredible claims that he would like to settle down and start a family some day, but has trouble adjusting when he actually does so. Elastigirl, on the other hand, doesn't want to stop being a superhero, but copes with the situation in a far more mature manner. What did she tell Mr. Incredible in their first scene together? "You need to be more flexible". It highlights the Personality Powers aspect of the characters that the Rubber Man character is better able to adjust to a new situation, while the Nigh Invulnerable guy is more set in his ways.
  • At the beginning of the movie, Bob runs into Helen both in their superhero outfits and then later it's revealed that is their wedding day. Its tradition that the groom is not allowed to see the bride before the wedding. Its only after the Parr's wedding that things start getting difficult for them with Bob's endangerment lawsuits.
    • It's usually only bad luck if the groom sees the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding. Helen wasn't wearing her Elastigirl costume in church.
  • As pointed out in the DVD Commentary, Edna begrudgingly gives Helen some toilet paper to dry her tears when she believes Bob is cheating on her because someone with Edna's self-confidence would be the last person who'd need Kleenex in their house. As Brad Bird put it (in Edna's voice, no less) "There's no crying at Edna's house!"
  • This troper always wondered what Mirage's exact ethnicity was. That is, until someone pointed out to them that it's supposed to be a mystery, just like everything else about her.
  • Edna and Bob's boss are foils to each other. Both are short and brash, but while the bossman is a dick, doesn't like to actually help people, despite that being his job, and is full of half-truths (Lawful Evil, so to speak), Edna is a clothing designer, a stereotypically introverted career, yet she's friendly and personable and brash and cares about folks and doesn't apologize for anything, ever (Chaotic Good). Also, the boss is rather self-aware, while Edna, of all people, complains about models being divas.

Fridge Horror:

  • Remember that person who was mugged outside Bob's workplace? The mugger was beating him pretty hard, it was dark and Bob couldn't save him. We never found out if the victim was still alive.
    • It was broad daylight; Bob was being lectured by his boss when he saw the mugging. The scene was also followed by a time-skip; viewers might reasonably guess Bob explained the situation when his boss was taken to the hospital.
  • Stratogale was only in high school when she got sucked into a jet turbine. Imagine that funeral, with an empty casket because there wasn't enough of her left to bury. Not to mention that you hear an alarm go off in the plane just as the scene cuts, and it appeared very high in altitude, meaning that on top of a kid tragically killed in a freak accident, you also have maybe a hundred people or more dead in a plane crash.
    • Imagine that story on the major news networks and the viciousness people would be hurling at Stratogale for causing the accident.
      • Unlikely, airliners are designed to be capable of a controlled landing even if one of the engines has failed, and that's just a two engine jetliner, Stratogirl was sucked into a four engine jetliner. The reason international fights for years used four engine planes was so even if one engine failed the plane could keep flying three thousand miles to reach land.
      • Agreed - when EROPS (Extended Range Operations) were introduced for twin-engine aircraft, civil aviation authorities' gallows humour acronym "Engines Running Or Passengers Swimming" was commonplace.
  • Edna Mode was probably the person who designed those caped suits. Meaning her designs led to the death of innocent superheroes. She probably had to deal with a lot of guilt. "I never look back, darling."
  • Thunderhead was a single father of five adopted children, helped by his roommate, Scott. What happened to those five kids after he died? Were they put back up for adoption? Did Scott somehow manage to keep them?
  • Mr. Incredible saves Oliver Sansweet from falling off a building but later sues Mr. Incredible because he was committing suicide and didn't want to be rescued. One could only imagine what Oliver Sansweet had been through to drive him to commit suicide so badly that he didn't want to be rescued.
    • The odd truth about suicide is that a lot of people that do go through with it, but are saved, later regret their decisions and are glad that they were saved. It's entirely possible that the same thing happened with Sansweet, who then took the second chance he was given and used it to make himself rich.
  • The audio files in the NSA files detail certain quirks about the supers, plus a few that were unrecoverable, and it shows that the heroes were quite normal people, with a lot of common quirks and neuroses, which leads into Fridge Horror because the government was keeping track of them, most likely these weren't super heroes to the government or even people, but rather super soldiers!
    • The supers seemed more or less unrestricted in their activities, as long as they kept their identities secret. Frozone, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, in the intro, are all just doing their own thing, and Bob even bows out of a police issue that he more or less directly caused. It seems that, while the government keeps tabs on supers, fixes the damage their battles cause, and generally endorses them, they don't control them in any way.
  • It almost goes without saying that Syndrome is a straight example of creating your own villain, but this seems to be a semi-rare case where it takes multiple aspects of the hero's character to pull off. If Mr. Incredible wasn't famous, Buddy never would've become his fan, if he hadn't made it clear that he worked on his own, Buddy wouldn't have the grudge he had, and finally, if he'd been any less heroic and allowed Buddy to leave with the bomb attached to his cape, he wouldn't have survived the encounter and gone on to be a villain. Interestingly enough, these qualities exist in every adult super shown in the movie (and most that weren't, but are only known by the files in the DVD extras), which would imply that Syndrome's rise was an eventuality, not an accident; and given how long he went unnoticed, one has to wonder if there aren't more like him.