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* [[spoiler: When Trico and the second beast are freed from the master's control we see that their kind are [[GentleGiant friendly, intelligent]] creatures when not threatened or protecting those they care about, and after the master is destroyed we see all of those other griffins possibly fall to their doom, however Trico survived fall from similar heights so let's hope at least some of them lived to enjoy their new freedom.]]

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* [[spoiler: When Trico and the second beast are freed from the master's control we see that their kind are [[GentleGiant friendly, intelligent]] creatures when not threatened or protecting those they care about, and after the master is destroyed we see all of those other griffins possibly fall to their doom, however Trico survived fall from similar heights so let's hope at least some of them lived to enjoy their new freedom.]]]]
* Trico is terrified of those glass eye symbols. Since this is true even when he's not under any mind control, it's highly likely he was conditioned to fear the sight of them. This might have been accomplished a few different ways, but the easiest way to do this would be to teach him to associate the symbols with ''pain'' - possibly from a young age.

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** This makes at least some sense. The game takes place over a short time frame, and human beings can go quite a while without any food if they have to. Bigger animals like Trico, unless they've got a lot of fat reserves, can't, and the barrels the Boy feeds him aren't very big, so he needs a LOT of food to perform the feats he has to.


* ''Why'' is the Nest the way it is? It's certainly not any sort of practical structure for human beings to inhabit. Then you realize - the ruin ''isn't'' designed for [[AlienGeometries human beings at all.]] It may have been ''built'' by humans long ago, but it was probably ''designed'' by an [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination explicitly for the use of it and the tricos]] - why your ''very'' large critter can fit through most passages and why there's absolutely NoOSHACompliance against death by falling anywhere in the ruin.

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* ''Why'' is the Nest the way it is? It's certainly not any sort of practical structure for human beings to inhabit. Then you realize - the ruin ''isn't'' designed for [[AlienGeometries human beings at all.]] It may have been ''built'' by humans long ago, but it was probably ''designed'' by an [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination explicitly for the use of it it, its Hollow Men and the tricos]] - why your ''very'' large critter can fit through most passages and why there's absolutely NoOSHACompliance against death by falling anywhere in the ruin.


* ''Why'' is the Nest the way it is? It's certainly not any sort of practical structure for human beings to inhabit. Then you realize - the ruin ''isn't'' designed for [[AlienGeometries human beings at all.]] It may have been ''built'' by humans long ago, but it was designed by an [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination explicitly for the use of it and the tricos]] - why your ''very'' large critter can fit through most passages and why there's absolutely NoOSHACompliance against death by falling anywhere in the ruin.

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* ''Why'' is the Nest the way it is? It's certainly not any sort of practical structure for human beings to inhabit. Then you realize - the ruin ''isn't'' designed for [[AlienGeometries human beings at all.]] It may have been ''built'' by humans long ago, but it was designed probably ''designed'' by an [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination explicitly for the use of it and the tricos]] - why your ''very'' large critter can fit through most passages and why there's absolutely NoOSHACompliance against death by falling anywhere in the ruin.


* ''Why'' is the Nest the way it is? It's certainly not any sort of practical structure for human beings to inhabit. Then you realize - the ruin ''isn't'' designed for [[AlienGeometries human beings at all.]] It may have been ''built'' by humans long ago, but it was designed by an [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination explicitly for the use of it and the tricos]] - why your ''very'' large critter can fit through most passages and why there's absolutely NoOSHAStandards against death by falling anywhere in the ruin.

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* ''Why'' is the Nest the way it is? It's certainly not any sort of practical structure for human beings to inhabit. Then you realize - the ruin ''isn't'' designed for [[AlienGeometries human beings at all.]] It may have been ''built'' by humans long ago, but it was designed by an [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination explicitly for the use of it and the tricos]] - why your ''very'' large critter can fit through most passages and why there's absolutely NoOSHAStandards NoOSHACompliance against death by falling anywhere in the ruin.



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* ''Why'' is the Nest the way it is? It's certainly not any sort of practical structure for human beings to inhabit. Then you realize - the ruin ''isn't'' designed for [[AlienGeometries human beings at all.]] It may have been ''built'' by humans long ago, but it was designed by an [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination explicitly for the use of it and the tricos]] - why your ''very'' large critter can fit through most passages and why there's absolutely NoOSHAStandards against death by falling anywhere in the ruin.



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* [[spoiler:At the top of the White Tower, it's shown that the Master of the Valley rewards the tricos with barrels for successful deliveries. However, it only ejects one barrel for a group of three tricos, causing them to fight over it. This is probably to foster more aggressive behavior and competition so that the tricos will bring more and more people in hopes of being able to get a barrel. This also is a possible indicator of why our Trico latched onto the boy so quickly; he's been spoiling the critter with treats the whole game, on top of being kind.]]


* It seems odd that every time Trico [[spoiler:is controlled into eating the boy, he faints and throws him back up afterwards. But then the ending shows that once the Master of the Valley is destroyed, all the Tricos wake up from their control and either falls from the sky or the tower as they apparently faint from the shock, likely the same thing that happened to the main Trico those two times in the game.]]

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* It seems odd that every time Trico [[spoiler:is controlled into eating the boy, he faints and throws him back up afterwards. But then the ending shows that once the Master of the Valley is destroyed, all the Tricos wake up from their control and either falls fall from the sky or the tower as they apparently faint from the shock, likely the same thing that happened to the main Trico those two times in the game.]]


* A cutscene reveals that Trico [[spoiler:lost its wings in an accident, but for some reason the dark Trico that sometimes appears throughout the game ''also'' has stunted wings. It might have been to not give away that Trico used to have, or is going to have, full wings at some point.]]

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* A cutscene reveals that Trico [[spoiler:lost its wings in an accident, but for some reason the dark Trico that sometimes appears throughout the game ''also'' has stunted wings. It might have been to not give away that Trico used to have, or is going to have, full wings at some point.]]
]] Another guess is that the dark Trico got its wings clipped by the guards to act as a sort of guard dog in the valley.


*** WordOfGod confirms the dark Trico is the opposite gender of the main Trico, possibly in support of this interpretation.

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*** ** WordOfGod confirms the dark Trico is the opposite gender of the main Trico, possibly in support of this interpretation.


* [[spoiler:TheStinger reveals that Trico had a baby. His mate was probably the darker Trico he and the boy occasionally encountered throughout the game, considering the loss of the helmet reverted her back to normal and she was shown to be alive and still in the valley at the end. (Alternatively reverse the genders.)]]

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* [[spoiler:TheStinger reveals that Trico had a baby. His mate was probably the darker Trico he and the boy occasionally encountered throughout the game, considering the loss of the helmet reverted her back to normal and she was shown to still be alive and still in the valley at the end. (Alternatively reverse the genders.)]])]]
*** WordOfGod confirms the dark Trico is the opposite gender of the main Trico, possibly in support of this interpretation.



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* Trico's gender is left ambiguous, but at one point the boy uses a [[spoiler:masculine]] pronoun to refer to it. [[spoiler:He's probably right; Trico's feathers are light grey, and his ears are bright blue, whereas the other main trico encountered is dark. In most birds, the males are the more colorful members of the species, while females are colored so as to blend in with their nests. If trico nest in dark caves as the ending shows, it would make sense for the females to be nearly black, while the males are lighter and brighter.]]


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** Most toothless animals have rather hard mouths, either a full-on beak as in the case of birds or a sharp ridge in the gums. Trico's lips are mobile, so it's apparently an internal structure. It would be difficult to eat if you couldn't tear your food apart. And as anyone who has ever been goosed by an angry goose can tell you, you don't need teeth to do serious damage.


* The creature is named '''Trico''' because it's in the third game of the ICO series, completing the '''trio''' of '''ICO''' games.

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* The creature is possibly named '''Trico''' because it's in the third game of the ICO series, completing the '''trio''' of '''ICO''' games.


* A cutscene reveals that Trico [[spoiler:lost its wings in an accident, but for some reason the dark Trico that sometimes appears throughout the game ''also'' has stunted wings. Although, it might have been to not give away that Trico used to have, or is going to have, full wings at some point.]]

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* A cutscene reveals that Trico [[spoiler:lost its wings in an accident, but for some reason the dark Trico that sometimes appears throughout the game ''also'' has stunted wings. Although, it It might have been to not give away that Trico used to have, or is going to have, full wings at some point.]]


* A cutscene reveals that Trico [[spoiler:lost its wings in an accident, but for some reason the dark Trico that sometimes appears throughout the game ''also'' has stunted wings. Although, it ''might'' have been to not give away that Trico used to have, or is going to have, full wings at some point.]]

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* A cutscene reveals that Trico [[spoiler:lost its wings in an accident, but for some reason the dark Trico that sometimes appears throughout the game ''also'' has stunted wings. Although, it ''might'' might have been to not give away that Trico used to have, or is going to have, full wings at some point.]]

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