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09:33:22 AM Mar 21st 2014
Are we allowed to delete examples if they've been jossed, or do we just reply saying so?
09:58:26 AM Mar 21st 2014
No and no. The latter would be natter anyhow.
11:33:25 AM Mar 21st 2014
If an example is jossed (and therefore untrue), I don't see why they can't be deleted. It's factually wrong, after all.
11:44:33 AM Mar 21st 2014
That makes sense to me.
09:25:01 PM Mar 21st 2014
The main reason I asked was the Fridge page for Adventure Time, which is ridiculously long and has a number of examples that have been proven wrong. I thought cleaning those out might help make the page more manageable.
08:21:28 PM Apr 13th 2013
Here's a Fridge Horror about the idea of The Multiverse-the multiverse theory claims that every conceivable universe exists out there, somewhere. If this turns out to be how reality works, then this means that not only does EVERY single Complete Monster, Eldritch Abomination, Multiversal Conqueror and Omnicidal Maniac every conceived is real in some other universe, but also far more successful examples in alternate versions of the continuity we're familiar with also exists and so does every aforementioned monster, abomination, conqueror and destroy we haven't thought up.
11:19:03 AM Mar 10th 2013
This Troper read the book Does it really take 7 years to digest Bubble gun?, I thought it was cool because i can see how screwed up the Former true facts were, then i thought, How many facts in the world are lies too?, think about it, There might have been no British?French war, there might have been many lies you don't you. Do you really trust 1/2 of the facts you get? Are you really a human?
01:02:53 PM Feb 5th 2013
other people want to see realife fridge horror as well
12:59:34 PM Feb 5th 2013
WTF happend
07:20:51 AM Dec 16th 2012
Why was this trope moved into "No Real Life Examples" section? It's not like it was offensive to anyone, or too dark to have real examples.
03:33:52 PM Dec 22nd 2012
edited by qwertyman
If I was you I wouldn't be expecting a direct answer for this anytime soon. some may say natter but after reviewing the other sections I found natter in all the other part of this trope as your guess is as good as mine. Maybe some people were offended by the real life examples.
01:34:19 AM Dec 23rd 2012
The Fridge articles are just the way we think — we always notice some stuff later that we didn't know at the time. It likely turned into a list of "This thing is mildly scary!".
02:49:57 PM Jan 1st 2013
Yeah but from what I read the same can also be said about some entries from other sections of this tropes as well.
11:03:22 AM Jan 4th 2013
Does anyone have an archive of the Real Life Fridge Horror things? They were entertaining...
11:38:44 AM Jan 4th 2013
Neither the Wayback Machine nor the page history give any results.
03:48:02 AM Jul 29th 2013
Well, mine was when you get excited because the TV shows and cartoons of your childhood are finally getting used in comedy routines, etc - and then you realize the reason your culture is at the forefront now is because your parent's generation is slowly dying off.
02:07:21 AM Nov 28th 2013
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I'm not entirely sure if this is Fridge Horror or a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment or a Harsher in Hindsight but anyways...

In Pimp My Ride Season 3 Episode 8, West Coast Customs paints a guy's Mitsubishi Eclipse half Red and half Blue. The car comes out looking sweet!, but... the guy lives on the streets of Compton, LA! and even jokes that the reason his relatively new 1998 car is so jacked up is "Cuz there ain't no streetlights in Compton!"

And, as for being a "Real Life" example, it was on a "reality"-type show, and the guy had to live the with the end result, so...
08:22:19 PM Oct 4th 2017
For those who wanted an archive of the Real Life Fridge Horror thing, Wayback Machine provides!
06:42:03 AM Nov 3rd 2012
Would Fridge Horror automatically make a setting into a Crapsaccharine World, or even a Crapsack World, as per the Cracked article "6 Classic Kids Shows Secretly Set in Nightmarish Universes"?
05:15:20 PM Jul 10th 2012
Does this count as fridge horror? On the last page of The Enigma Of Amigara Fault,the person leaving their hole doesn't appear to have a nose. What happened to their nose?
03:01:47 PM Jun 30th 2012
Does it count as a Fridge Horror moment if it happens on a second playthrough/watching? Does it have to be explicitly "fridge" as in you thought about it after the fact? One example I'm unsure actually qualifies is an incredibly scary moment I had playing Thief 2. In the haunted library (Casing the Joint) there is a ghost that wanders around the library and will attack you on sight. The thing is, when I first played it, I actually somehow got the impression he was static or otherwise benevolent because he looked right at me once and did nothing (I was probably hidden) and so I ran all over the library looking for the notes you need to continue. On my second playthrough I ran into the ghost by accident and he started to attack me. The idea that I was actually in constant danger of being spotted on my first playthrough was a horrifying thought. So would this count or is it not Fridge Horror at all?
02:28:18 AM Jan 20th 2012
Has anyone thought of adding a Bram Stoker's Dracula page to the film section? I only mention because I noticed a bit of potential fridge horror.

Since Dracula is in a Catholic universe, there is no reincarnation and since we know Dracula can manipulate people's emotions perhaps Mina only looks like his dead wife. That makes him delusional and projecting his emotions and memories onto Mina.

Anyone agree?
02:38:41 PM Jan 20th 2012
Oh sorry- should have put this in the Film section- I'm a relative wiki virgin.
10:37:02 PM Dec 1st 2010
Power Rangers- Every episode every season, excluding Time force and SPD, they Kill the opponents each episode!!
08:42:13 AM Dec 2nd 2010
How is that Fridge Horror at all? They're killing monsters; that's perfectly acceptable in kids' TV.
10:06:42 PM Sep 8th 2011
That's not Fridge Horror. That's Nightmare Fuel, which shouldn't have been cut!
05:15:51 PM Nov 8th 2010
I just now discovered a major purge, done on Oct. 28. Numerous examples were removed as "weak" in that editor's opinion. Why wasn't this strenuously objected to at the time? (An example of mine was one of the deleted, along with all replies.)

02:59:26 PM Nov 20th 2010
I'm seconding this, for much the same reasons, and adding that some of the changes seemed rather biased. I'm all for cutting examples that have been "refuted" (i.e., having a non-horrific explanation also on the page), but who exactly gets to choose which are "weak"?
08:18:31 AM Aug 18th 2011
Make a Trope Repair Discussion to get more of a general consensus on it, although from what I've read, that sounds like a big no-no.
07:33:13 AM Oct 30th 2010
Here's some terrifying Fridge Horror. (Sorry, I'm new and too afraid to edit the page.) In Kingdom Hearts, Sora turns into a Heartless to save Kairi's Heart. Kairi later turns the his Heartless back into a human. But Roxas is his nobody, meaning he is his body and soul, so... does that mean in the rest of KH and Co M Sora is just made of darkness, a heart, and a disembodied conscious?
04:12:36 PM Oct 30th 2010
Sounds fine as an entry. (Maybe a little formatting, and conscious -> consciousness.)

08:17:38 AM Aug 18th 2011
Yeah, I agree. Go right ahead in putting it in. If you don't know how to correctly format it, look at the other examples and go from there.
05:48:12 AM Sep 9th 2010
Okay, so Ukitake has been sick with Tuberculosis for at least a century. It doesn't seem unreasonable that this would have been considered a seriously debilitating disease at the point he caught it, as it was known to kill people pretty effectively in the past. However, now, in the 21st Century, TB is quite cureable, and Soul Society has been shown to possess technological advances far beyond the mortal world. So, this leaves THREE possibilities: Soul Society is so out of touch with the human world that they haven't even bothered to notice that a deadly disease that affects a Captain's job performance has a cure. Soul Society knows this, but decides that curing Ukitake's condition is either impossible or impractical for any number of political/sociological reasons. Shinigami physiology is SO foreign compared to humans that either a cure wouldn't work or the disease has spent a century mutating into something even more horrific.


The actual tuberculosis infection can be treated, but tuberculosis in the lungs often leaves them scarred — and that's the _healed_ part.

(The other wiki: first you can get granuloma pockets in the lungs with necrotic tissue and live infection inside, then the patient can get better, but the pockets can still be sitting in the lungs ready to go back to 'live infection' status if they're broken — say, by vigorous coughing. Even when they're fully cured, they will be replaced by fibrosis and scarring.)

Tuberculosis also often comes with or encourages other lung diseaes. Ukitake may be healed of his active tuberculosis and safely non-infectious, but if his lungs were damaged badly by it when he was young, they may be significantly scarred/fibrosed still, which would help explain his health problems, difficulty breathing, coughing blood, etc.

- a Bleach fan
02:20:01 PM Jul 18th 2010
edited by LilMaibe
I don't know how exactly the 'commercial world' is today in the united states (though the given entries make me go wha...), but over here in Germany things got pretty...creepy... (won't add them before other tropers approve they are worth it) First one is a phone commercial with a guy going jogging. While he does his girlfriend calls a hotdog-vendor, a quite hot female jogger and a dogsitter. For some reason the vendor drives away with his cart once the guy comes near forcing him to chase after the cart, the female jogger later distracts him and the dogsitter lets loose the about a dozen dogs he's been sitting to chase after the guy. This is all to have a commercial for a special town-flatrate by that phonecompany. I now ask did the girlfriend manage to get all these random people to do her bidding?!

The second example is a bit older and more fridge-squick than fridge-horror: We see a man and a woman enter an apartment likely to have a one-night-stand. They switch on some black light, everything white starts glowing and the woman discovers to her horror that her white pad is glowing THROUGH her black panty (how that works is beyond me). The commercial was for a black sanity pad (fridge-logic ahoy) and the ending-gag of the commercial was the woman covering her lower body so the male won't see her pad. I repeat, she tries to hide the fact that right now she is having her period so the male will have sex with her....

Oh, and a small addition to the part about the shrunken head in Princess and the Frog: Pot C 3, anyone? Might have been just a reference to that...
09:51:17 AM Jul 31st 2010
Should we expand Fridge Horror to include things that are simply depressing rather than horrifying after you think about it?
08:16:40 AM Aug 18th 2011
The definition of horror over at "" is "an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting", so go right ahead in adding anything that is somewhat depressing.
07:26:59 AM Jul 11th 2010
Is it just me, or are almost half of the "examples" actually instances of explicit, in-story horrors, and not Fridge Horror at all?
01:00:09 PM Jul 11th 2010
I've seen quite a few like that. Cut them when you see them, just give a reason.
12:51:00 PM Oct 20th 2010
Basically. For some reason, it seems like some people use fridge horror as a The Same, but More of High Octane Nightmare Fuel, or horror that becomes more horrifying the more you think about it. Either that, or some people are just slow on the uptake.
08:14:44 AM Aug 18th 2011
Yes, we are trying to renovate Fridge Horror to remove the wrong examples. You can help by looking at the Trope Repair Discussion.
10:57:37 AM Sep 5th 2011
To me Fridge Horror isn't just about HONF moments where you find the body of a loved one lying in your bed but also the more common anxiety driven "underwear Dream" moments where absolute humiliation awaits the victim (fashion disaster, something caught in your teeth, ect.)
04:51:00 AM Jun 21st 2010
In Gears of War 2, one level sees Marcus, Dom and a whole lot of other COG soldiers burrow deep into the enemy lair in 'grindlifts', essentially little boxes that drill deep into the ground, each with the capacity to hold two people. Marcus and Dom reach the cavern safely, but during the level, you witness another grindlift plummet straight into a pool of water and disappear. Imagine being the poor guys inside, descending indefinitely into what is surely a dark, watery and claustrophobic grave...
08:50:46 AM Jun 21st 2010
Did you take that out, or did you want to discuss it? What's up?
07:13:55 AM Jun 22nd 2010
I thought it would be a good entry to include, was just wondering if it was up to snuff.
09:36:31 AM Jun 22nd 2010
edited by MatthewTheRaven
OK. My only problem with it is that it seems immediately horrifying, seeing those poor men plummet to their deaths.
04:39:27 PM Jun 22nd 2010
I DID see it when I was playing through the level, but it only dawned on me how horrific such a fate was afterwards. I can see where you're coming from, though. Might be better suited for the Nightmare Fuel page, in that case.
08:13:13 AM Aug 18th 2011
Yes, I agree with Matthew The Raven. It is pretty sad from the beginning.
11:50:52 PM Jun 5th 2010
  • Push: You watch what looks like a cheesy, fun, made for TV movie with hilarious handguns dangling on strings for tension. But it has an awful lot of recognizable stars, and not of the B list variety... Suddenly it sinks in. This was a theatrical production all along. there an explanation for this besides "I hated this film, so I'm going to spam a trope page with a 'clever,' tangentially connected way of saying how much it sucked"? It's been there long enough to be outside the edit history, so by all means, if there is...
08:12:14 AM Aug 18th 2011
edited by LordBandanaDee
No, I believe that's just ugly, ugly Natter. I believe it should be removed.
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