Fridge: Xenoblade

Fridge Brilliance

  • The Nopon terms for High Entia and Telethia ("bird-people" and "dino-beast," respectively) are surprisingly meaningful once you discover how the two are related. After all, didn't birds evolve from certain species of dinosaurs?
  • After The Reveal, it makes a lot more sense why The Monado can't hurt Faced Mechon. The Monado can't hurt Homs, and Faced Mechon ARE Homs.
    • There is even a conversation with Linada that says that the red lines on Faced Mechon are tubes pumping the Homs' blood though it.
  • Shulk's Heroic RROD on the way to the Mechonis Core happens not long after he tries to make the case to Egil that Mechonis and Bionis can live in peace. I guess Zanza really didn't appreciate Shulk going Off the Rails of his grand plot to destroy Mechonis.
    • Also note that the Apocrypha Generator was still active at the time. It's possible that Zanza was trying to kill and/or possess Shulk at that point, like he did with the Monado's previous wielders, and it was only because the Monado's power was suppressed that Shulk survived more-or-less intact.
  • Guest Star Party Members Dickson and Alvis are effectively unbeatable when they fight alongside you, their HP never droping below one. That's kind of silly until you figure out their true identities. Dickson is Zanza's disciple, granted with immortality; and Alvis is Monado, i.e., reality incarnate. There's no way guys like them would fall to those simple Mooks.
  • While there is a canon explanation (that is All There in the Manual) for Fiora getting her old Homs body back (there's a machine that can regenerate her body, that they used after her upgraded abilities were no longer needed), there's a plenty plausible reason for it even without that. At the end of the game, however briefly, Shulk is basically god. If there was one thing he'd want to do with that power, wouldn't giving Fiora her body back be right on the top of the list?
  • A minor one, but the icons for Landmarks on the map are monoliths.
  • Early in the game, it is established that falling debris is a common problem for Colony 9. Then, after one debris alarm, this is never brought up again. It occurred to me that there was a very good reason for this - On Bionis' leg is Colony 6, which had frequent altercations with Mechon. The one time the debris alarm is brought up is the day before the Mechon attack on Colony 9, when the Mechon assault on Colony 6 was drawing to a close. The debris that keeps falling into Colony 9 airspace? Wreckage from the battle, both Mechon and Homs machinery alike. The reason it stops? Because the battle for Colony 6 came to a close.
  • During the cutscene that take place in outer space shortly after Zanza emerges from Shulk's body, you can see numerous features of our own solar system, such as planets and asteroids. The presence of these things makes a lot more sense after you learn that the universe of Bionis and Mechonis was created right after the old universe (the one in which we live) was destroyed, so the features in our solar system, just like Shulk's mortal consciousness, were never supposed to belong in the new universe in the first place.
    • The places where the two important races in Xenoblade- Machina and Homs- were created from on the Bionis and Mechonis reflect their hosts opinions of them. The Homs come from the feet of the Bionis, representing how Zanza feels little for them, like they should grovel at his feet while the Mechon and Machina come from the Mechonis's chest, representing how Meyneth loved them (seeing how the heart is usually located in your chest, and that's said to be the "love" organ).
  • Why does White Eduardo only show up during thunderstorms? Albinos tend to sunburn pretty easily, and Brogs are (seemingly) amphibians at that.
  • Gem crafting reveals that as a shooter, Riki's the best at making Gentle flames while the worst at everything else. Actually using him for gem crafting reveals that Riki uses his normal arms instead of his wings in order to fiddle with the gem furnace. Riki can't reach the valves in order to make the flames any hotter due to him being the shortest playable character in the game.

Fridge Horror

  • One of Shulk's first visions shows the Arachno Queen impaling and killing Reyn in one blow. If it weren't for Monado Shield kicking in just in time, Shulk would have lost both of his best friends within days of one another.
  • Shulk's visions of the future in general. It might seem awesome at first to be able to predict something is going to happen and thus stop it, but the downside is he has to watch his friends and loved ones be brutally slaughtered over and over again. Of note is Fiora's supposed death, which Shulk gets his warning but is powerless to actually do anything about it, which means he has to watch her die twice.
    • Three times, if you count the vision he gets when putting the Monado back before the attack.