Fridge / The Incredibles

Fridge Brilliance:

  • Super Strength? Rubber Woman? Bob and Helen's sex life must be incredible!
  • Why was Violet's super suit trickier to make than those of 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 Super Strength, Helen has her elastic powers, Dash has Super Speed and Jack Jack has metamorphosis. Which adds even more brilliance when you realize that that's another subtle reason why she's the "black sheep" of the Parrs.
    • Violet turns invisible. Bullet-proof, stretchy, and fireproof materials are real things, and conditions that are always "on". Invisible material? Not at the time of the movie, so Edna had to have a major scientific breakthrough to MAKE said suit. On top of that, having a suit where the cloth not only has two states (invisible and visible) but is able to sense which state the wearer is in and react accordingly?? "Tricky" is a massive understatement.
      • Especially considering that the suit had to do all this without disrupting her force fields, either.
  • As pointed out by CinemaSins, it seems rather improbable that a suburban home would have a fire sprinkler systemů until you remember that the Superhero Relocation Program was government-sponsored. The government know that families with powers are more likely to have a fire (say, for example, Dash starts a fire with friction heat while running, or Violet makes a force field in the wrong place and cuts a gas line, or Jack-Jack hiccups and combusts involuntarily), so of course they'd install a sprinkler system!
  • 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 who could turn invisible and another baby that had super speed. Now they have a baby that can turn into steel, burst into flame, or become a monster.
    • This is actually dealt with in the Alternative Opening sequence where we see a invisible baby-Violet crying, though it saves Violet's life in this case since Syndrome got irritated by not seeing a baby which distracted him enough to get everything else work out fine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How on earth Helen wasn't injured when she shielded the kids from Syndrome's missiles? Edna made her supersuit virtually indestructible. Her suit acted as a built-in shield. 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.
    • This theory has officially lost its merit now that the truck has had a cameo in the very pre-truck era of Brave. Keep working, tropers, we'll find an excuse eventually.
      • It was a carving by a weird forest witch. Who knows how she knew about it? It could be that she has the ability to see the future (she knew Merida would try to come back to find her and left a message) or time travel powers. Literally A Wizard Did It .
  • 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.
    • Also, those that married were Bob and Helen, NOT Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. Nobody, not even Syndrome knew that the two were in any way connected other then both being super, their super-personas didn't have any kind of relationship. So in theory, Bob didn't see his bride before the wedding, they didn't meet in civil on that day yet.
  • 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!"
  • Mirage is Ambiguously Brown and has an accent which is difficult to place... because her ethnicity, like everything else about her, it a mystery.
  • Violet's canon height is 4'6, and she's very skinny. This would seem odd, but she is carried multiple times in the film, by her mother and at least once by her nine year old brother. The only way this works is if she is VERY petite. Plus, her being petite ties into her Shrinking Violet nature.
  • The Parr family's name is a pun on the term "par", meaning "average" (most commonly used as a golf term, meaning "the average number of strokes needed to complete a course"). While this might just seem like a clear-cut case of an Ironic Name, it grows another layer when you remember the title of the movie. It's a movie called The Incredibles, about a family called "The Averages".
  • The whole 'No capes!' business and Syndrome's death were foreshadowed early on in the movie, when the whole fiasco with the train happened because Bomb Voyage put a bomb on Buddy/Incrediboy's cape. Syndrome later died after another thing- a jet engine this time- caught on his cape and exploded.
  • Fridge Heartwarming: it is often questioned why no supervillains took over the world once the heroes went into hiding. Simple: the vast majority of powered individuals were good guys. In fact, there is not a single powered villain shown in the entire film, they always rely on weaponry. The guy with the rocket, Bomb voyage, Syndrome, the Baron with the death ray Frozone talks about... And while the Underminer may look a bit odd, it seems that most of the heavy lifting will be done by the huge diggy thing he sits on. Generally there is lots of talk about villains, we actually see supers helping with lots of mundane stuff, robberies, fires, express elevators, cats... So yeah, supers are generally decent people, that's why there are no supervillains.
    • Fridge Logic: While there are no known naturally-powered supervillains, there's no explanation given for why super-class villains simultaneously disappeared for fifteen years and failed to exploit the superhero suppression.
  • The futuristic aesthetics of the movie were intentionally a bit Zeerusty. Out of universe, it was to make the movie seem timeless. But in-universe, there are definitely several super-geniuses like Syndrome operating, and the movie (probably) starts in the sixties. The society of the Incredibles thus had the resources to make the future seen in the 1960s happen.
  • An irony with Syndrome? Despite all his hatred of Supers he more or less is one when you consider he does have a genuine superpower: he's a super genius. With everything he's created, he's clearly immensely intelligent to a superhuman degree. It's just even Buddy didn't recognize it as a power because no one else did.
  • Doubling as a Call-Back: When Mr. Incredible meets Syndrome for the first time, the villain goes on a rant about how all he wanted to do was help his childhood idol and how Mr. Incredible kept saying all those inspiring things but wouldn't let Buddy do anything - and Mr. Incredible chucks a boulder at Syndrome, who barely blocks it, remarking how he was caught monologuing. At the end of the film, Syndrome goes off on his "I'll be back" rant, only to have Mr. Incredible throw the car at him - he catches Syndrome monologuing again. This time, Syndrome pays for it.
  • When Incrediboy shows up in Mr. Incredible's car, Mr. Incredible struggles to remember his name before Incrediboy irritably says, "My name is Buddy." Years later, when confronted with Syndrome, Mr. Incredible remembers his name immediately. Meaning that Mr. Incredible not only remembered his shameful treatment of Buddy, but that he recalled it often enough for Buddy's features to remain sharp. His actions had haunted him for the past fifteen years.
    • Considering that night led to the first lawsuits against supers, the rise of anti-super sentiment and the government pushing the supers to go into hiding, it's no wonder that Mr. Incredible remember all of this; what happened that night had major consequences, and not only for Mr. Incredible and Buddy. Of course his action haunted him. It's not like he could predict what would happen following that disastrous night.
    • When Incrediboy shows up at the bank, Mr. Incredible is fighting Bomb Voyage, a Mad Bomber with no qualms against murdering children. Mr. Incredible telling Buddy I Work Alone could be seen as Mr. Incredible trying to protect Buddy from the kinds of villains that usually only someone like Mr. Incredible can survive fighting. Mr. Incredible getting angry at Buddy for interfering was Anger Born of Worry.
  • Both kids are like their parents, but with the negative traits enhanced, with Dash ending up like his father and Violet ending up like her mother. To start, let's focus on the conflicts that both parents face. Mr. Incredible is left bored and miserable in his current life as a meager salary man, desperately wanting to be a superhero again and help others but being stopped either by his jerkass boss or his own family life. On the other hand, Elastigirl is always working hard to avoid the old life as a superhero, to the point of holding back her family. Then, there are the kids. Dash acts out in school and his homelife life because he is held back from showing off how fast he is by joining the track team. Violet, on the other hand, is meek, shy, pessimistic, and utterly miserable as a super powered girl, wishing that she was completely normal and had no powers, to the point of having a breakdown at the dinner table when her mother talks about what is "normal". Going even further with this, the movie ends with Mr. Incredible realizing he can still be super but needs to think of his family first and be careful while Elastigirl realizes she doesn't have to be cautious 24/7 and allows her family more room to be themselves. In turn, Dash is able to join the track team and becomes happy with taking 2nd place, while Violet opens up and accepts herself for who she is, becoming much happier as a result.
  • Syndrome's ultimate plan was to save the city after destroying it with his own robot. He got the robot ready by sending other superheroes against it and making modifications after they defeated each iteration. Many of the supers were killed in this process. Not only was he making the robot stronger, he was killing any other hero that might have possibly destroyed the robot and saved the city
  • When Bob manages to get access to Syndrome's computer mainframe and finds out he's been working on multiple prototypes of the Omnidroid against various supers, he also looks up "Elasigirl" AKA Helen, and finds that her whereabouts are unknown. Considering how frequently they had to move (remember, Helen considered it an "official" move-in when she had finally unpacked the last box), it's no wonder Syndrome couldn't locate her. It's likely the only reason he knew where Mr. Incredible was, but not Elastigirl, was because Bob kept getting into his heroic hijinx while Helen kept a low profile, focusing on her family.
  • Syndrome's descent into villainy went beyond simply being rejected by his idol. The lawsuit against Mr. Incredible for the train wreck was caused by Incrediboy's recklessness. Buddy's friends ostracized him for starting the cascade of mishaps that led to Supers being banned from hero work. Buddy's pride made him unable to take responsibility for his actions, instead constantly believing that none of the trouble would've happened if Mr. I had accepted his offer to let him be his sidekick. While this was technically true, Buddy's handling of the situation left a lot to be desired. It was because of Buddy's bothersome attitude that his friends blamed him for getting superheroes banned, and it was their ostracizing of him that drove him to seek revenge on Supers.
  • The story seems to take place around the late 1960s/early 70s or so, but there's quite a bit of Anachronism Stew in terms of the technology level and culture. Why? Because, in a universe where there are people with Tony Stark-like intelligence (ex. Syndrome), of course people would have access to better technology by the sixties.
  • The third Omnidroid would have reverted back to tracks if Plasmabolt took out the second version. We don't see which Super defeated the second version of the Omnidroid, nor do we see if Plasmabolt was a victim of Operation Kronos. Her powers are electromagnetic, which could easily shut down a robot, immobilizing the machine when it relies on legs for movement. But if the robot supports itself on tracks, then it can still move even after it's deactivated if it's on a slope. There likely would've been a room on the base that served that function; the robot would grab hold of Plasmabolt, and she would deactivate it with her powers, but it would keep a grip on her as it rolled into the room and rammed her through the wall at the bottom of the slope, killing her.
  • Helen is shown to have highly sensitive vision, given that she noticed a hair on Bob's shoulder from across a room and saw a monopod coming from a long distance away. The eye focuses on objects by adjusting the curvature of the crystalline lens, and it's not much of a stretch to assume that Helen's superpower also applies to the parts of her eye, giving her much better vision than the average person.
  • Both of the times the Omnidroid is destroyed on screen it's caused by it being punctured by its own claws. But since Syndrome updated it between V9 and V10, it seems strange that he didn't fix that flaw. Perhaps he was unable to make the armour stronger, or unwilling to make the claws weaker. But I realised that he did attempt to prevent it from being defeated in the same way - by increasing its sense of self preservation so that it wouldn't stab itself! That would explain perfectly why the V10 rebelled against him.
  • Why did Syndrome make the Name of his master plan KRONOS? Because he wanted to be the father of gods, to create a new generation of tech-powered superheros.
  • This troper recently watched the film again and, during the scene where it's shown that the bird is a camera, made a reference to Saruman's birds. Except that's not the only similarity between Syndrome and Saruman: both have an army of mooks - Saruman's Orcs and Syndrome's henchmen; both have the main characters captured at some point (first Gandalf then Merry and Pippin, the Parrs); both want to use a powerful villain for their own gain (the difference being that Syndrome created his) and consider themselves better than the wizards/heroes of old; both overlook the fact that they can't control the villain they're trying to use (doesn't backfire on Saruman as hard as it does on Syndrome, though); both are betrayed by their second-in-command (Wormtongue for Saruman, Mirage for Syndrome). And how does Saruman's story end? After Sauron is defeated, the hobbits find that Saruman has attacked their home, but Saruman ultimately dies due to his own mistakes (abusing Wormtongue too much). And what happens to Syndrome? He attacks the Parrs' home after they beat the Omnidroid only to die due to his own mistake (monologuing near a plane turbine while wearing a cape to a guy who can throw cars).

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.
      • Later in the hospital while Bob is discussing his newest predicament with his handler, a man is being wheeled in on a gurney behind him. Looks pretty beaten up....
  • If one pays attention to Mirage's dialogue when she's spying on Bob and Lucius, she mentions that "the fat one is still with him", implying that Frozone was the initial target for the next Kronos project. What would have happened if the plan went through?
  • 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 (although to be fair, they may have cremated whatever was left of her remains.)
    • It's not clear what happened to mention that you hear an the plane either. An alarm go can be heard going off in the plane just as the scene cuts, cuts. At best, an emergency landing, at worst...note 
    • Imagine that story on the major news networks and the viciousness people would be hurling at Stratogale for inadvertently causing the accident (assuming Stratogale caused such an accident.)
      • Unlikely, airliners are designed to be capable of a controlled reasonably safe emergency landing even if one of the all their engines has failed, and that's just a two engine jetliner, Stratogale 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 fail, as long as there's somewhere to land. This 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.
      • The film appears to begin in the 60's, at about the height of the Supers' golden age, so Stratogale probably died at around that time. Is it possible EROPS hadn't been invented yet?
      • Quite likely. looks like a Boeing 707?had four engines.
  • 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."
    • Considering the fact that she permanently discontinued capes and seems to see them as a Berserk Button...one can only imagine the "My God, What Have I Done?" reaction she must have had.
    • Going by Brad Bird's statement, "There's no crying at Edna's house!". One wonders if that's not because she's done her share of it already...
  • 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?
    • Or what about Scott himself? Imagine him looking at the news, hearing that his lover/roommate died in a terrific accident. And then having to explain this to the children...
    • During his attempt to make a stay-in-school PSA (included on the special edition DVD), Thunderhead mentions that he can't read and that he hopes the kids have "better teachers than I had." Thunderhead isn't stupid; he's severely mentally disabled and his teachers just gave up on him rather than trying to help him.
  • 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.
    • It's also entirely possible that it wasn't even Sansweet's own idea; an ambulance chaser of a lawyer probably saw how injured Sansweet was and just started whispering in his ear.
  • 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.
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