A reminder of the rules of Fridge Brilliance:
This is a personal moment for the viewer, but follows the same rules as normal pages, meaning no first person or natter. If you start off with "This Troper", really, you have no excuse. We're going to hit you on the head.
This revelation can come from anywhere, even from this very page.
Also, this page is of a generally positive nature, and a Fridge Brilliance does not have to be Word of God. In fact, it usually isn't, and the viewer might be putting more thought into it than the creator ever did. This is not a place for personal commentary on another's remark or arguing without adding a Fridge Brilliance comment of your own. If the show in question already has an article, please consider placing that in a Fridge page for that show, and not here.
- Battle Fantasia Project
- Black Sky
- Extended Stay
- Game of Touhou
- Gensokyo 20XX
- Imperfect Metamorphosis
- Its Own Place
- KoihimeMusou: Tales of the Armored War Gods
- The Light in the Darkness
- My Immortal
- Persona EG
- Pokémon Reset Bloodlines
- The Saga of Avatar Korra
- Sonic X: Dark Chaos
- Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee
- Toy Hammer
- The Weedverse
- Weiss Reacts
Other / Unsorted
- Empatheia uses this to justify her sublime House / Doctor Who crossover, As the Crow Flies. The story asserts that House is a later incarnation of the Doctor, born after the Doctor died while in human form. This is one of those "yeah, sure, I can roll with that'' things, until the fact of all the impossible things House has done with his brain - he makes impossible leaps of logic on a regular basis, he's communicated directly with his own subconscious, and so on - is brought up. - Maxwel Edison
- I've noticed that a lot of Doctor Who fanfics seem to employ this trope in order to deal with the... Inconsistencies in canon. A good example is Light Bending Backwards in which they theorise that Jack is the thirteenth, and final, incarnation of the Doctor. Seems improbable, but they use this trope to make it work.
- After reading most of Peter Chimeara's works as well as My Immortal, I've come to realize that even horrible fiction can be deep and meaningful upon drunken nights and deep consideration. DOOM: Repercussions of Evil, itself a parody of twist-heavy pretentious faux-deep fiction, has deep insight into the motives and drive of the human race. Don't get me started on analogues to racism. Then there's Batman: Nemesis Fight, which if played straight and filmed, would be BY FAR the best Batman movie ever made. Why does Robin leave batman? Because Batman has broken his own rules after losing everything. Ergo, Robin loses the will to fight. Regarding My Immortal, Tara Gilesbie creates a fictional world so completely bizarre and surreal that it's hard to call it anything but original. Put simply, gay vampire witch goffs go to a magic school, split on West Side Story-style grounds.
- One might argue that Agent Matt's works are the same way. For anybody who's read his fanfics regarding The Secret Show, you might've noticed that all of them revolve around the popular One True Pairing of the show. Well, that's because they're supposed to be Stealth Parodies of fanfics that pervert the characters to fit the narrative of said pairing being soulmates forever and ever. (For example, "Anita's Birthday Gift" and "Sneaky Agent" both have plots where Alphonse has been given the Ron the Death Eater treatment to manipulate the readers into rooting for Victor, who is by and large a Possession Relationship Sue.)
- At first, One Of These Dispensers Is Not Like The Others, it's just a gag video, which it is, but then, one of the comments points out one thing:Engineer has a 6th sense when it comes to things he built. After all, he solves practical problems.
- Occurs occasionally in the fic, Equestria: A History Revealed, by the real-life author who inserts jokes that can be easily missed on a first skim through."[Discord] tackled the economic problems of the nation by switching the national currency from bank notes to pure air. Under his regime, Equestria had literally never been richer. Of course, while this most likely led to mild inflation, such a thing would be expected from air."
- Watching AMV Hell 5, I was amused by the pairing of Gantz with the song Singing in the Rain, thinking it a matter of Lyrical Dissonance of a lighthearted song paired with violence. Then I remembered A Clockwork Orange...
- After reading Chapter 23 of Kyo Kara Maoh fanfic Whispers from the Rye, when Wolfram and Yuuri finally have sex, Yuuri remarks that Wolfram is "so quiet." At first, I didn't think anything of it, until I realized that Wolfram is afraid that Yuuri will remember he's a boy and be disgusted all over again.
- The Spike/Xander fic Nothing The Same features the premise that the change to the series occurs when Xander doesn't handle Jessie's death as well as he did in the series, and everything changes. However, when Spike comes to Sunnydale, Drucilla is already dead. At first, I thought, as the author personally claimed, that Drucilla had just been ruthlessly killed off to better arrange the pairing. Than I read the bits about Drucilla's prophecies about Spike's destiny and the "wounded kitten" he was to care for. Not to mention musings on how Drucilla and a court of other vampires never did mix well, it dawned on me that Dru probably let go of her will to continue so Spike could go be Master of the Hellmouth with Xander at his side!
- According to Nounai Kanojo's Touhou-related doujins, Cirno knows more about sex than Marisa. Cirno is over 60 years old compared to Marisa whose in her teens.
- This can occur quite a lot in Hetalia Axis Powers AU fanfiction. They'll be the obvious relations there, but sometimes you look back at a situation and realise that the author has written the entire base outline of WW2 in the form of a soccer game.
- The Fruits Basket fanfic "Eyes of the Cat" is known for a few things - but two of those things are a lot of filler chapters, and having one of the only likable Original Characters in all of fanfiction - the second is because Kyo and the OC mesh well together (and, thankfully, purely in a platonic sense). Its only if you reread the fanfic from the beginning, and read it all the way through in one sitting that you realize those filler chapters are designed solely to alter Kyo's character in a believable way. Each of those chapters describes events which, on their own, are humorous but plotless; its only when read together that you realize you are actually watching Kyo's character evolve and change in a realistic fashion because of those events while still keeping the main attributes of his original character.
- A possible second fridge brilliance is these chapters in relation to the OC. The OC is a ghost, and in the very early chapters it is stated that she gains power by being around people who acknowledge her existance - specifically, Kyo. As the plot progresses, Eris shows increasingly more and more abilities - and its those abilities that give her the ability to aid in the final fight against Akito, aka the Big Bad.
- A Harry Potter/Rurouni Kenshin crossover fic, RuroKen and the Philosophers Stone had Dumbledore talk to Hiko about letting his apprentice Kenshin go to Hogwarts (and that it would be dangerous if he remain untrained in regards to magic). Later, Kenshin (unaware of the 'danger' part) wonders how a headmaster has time to go out of his way to do that, figuring he has to be a busy guy. Then I remembered that not even Harry was personally seen to by Dumbledore before he went off the school, hinting at something a little more worrisome than what's being let on.
- There was a Harry Potter fanfic (sadly, now deleted) in which the main character used a Time-Turner to go back and change history, sacrificing her life so that another would live. I wasn't happy about this at the time, because in HP canon we are told that Time-Turners cannot be used that way; the version of Time Travel they use always creates Stable Time Loop and those who tried to alter things often get themselves killed. It wasn't upon re-reading that I recognized the Fridge Brilliance: the character got herself killed when trying to change history. So, yes, it was an actually canon-compliant use of Time Travel.
- It took me reading The Trouble with Weather (an AU X-Men Film Series fic) about three times before I had a moment of Fridge Brilliance. In chapter twenty-one, Ororo tells Logan that humans had put her in a cage; Logan then wonders if there was some kind of hidden meaning or test in what she'd said, since her expression to his reaction is described as "disappointment," and "her eyes had been searching" as she'd told him about being in a cage. Here's where the Fridge Brilliance kicks in: in the very next chapter, Logan has a dream/flashback of rescuing an eight-year-old Ororo from a cage, and it's revealed later in the fic that Ororo hadn't forgotten that incident. Ororo was hoping that Logan would've remembered it, too!
- In a For Want of a Nail fanfic, A Mother's Love by lordofthelandoffire, Kushina is enraged after awakening from a coma to find that Sarutobi publicly denied Kushina's marriage to Minato feeling it would protect Naruto, thus making her Minato's mistress/whore and making Naruto his bastard son. Some people have wondered why Kushina is so angered by this, deciding it had to do with losing the Namikaze clan compound and money. But if you look at it from a Japanese perspective, where family and heritage are very important, it makes sense. Hell, a major plot point with Chouji involved a flashback of his father telling him about how they could trace their family back 16+ generations, not to mention Sasuke's entire motivation involves avenging the Uchiha clan, including the man who murdered them after finding out he was ordered to. So what Sarutobi essentially did was steal Naruto's Namikaze heritage, which Kushina would see as being especially terrible due to the fact her own clan had been destroyed, and now Naruto was losing his by the order of a man she considered a friend.
- In the Touhou/Pokémon crossover, Monsters in Paradise, Skarmory is able to No-Sell Flandre's attack. The reason: his ability is Sturdy, it negates one-hit KOs.
- All the riders in KoihimeMusou: Tales of the Armored War Gods are named after Japanese warlords. Now, keep in mind that they are all called Armored War Gods by the people of China, AND the series the armor comes from takes elements of the waring states period.
- In Fire Emblem Awakening fanfic ''Forever Yours Morgan is Robin's illegitimate child fathered by Chrom, who is in the fic married to Sumia. As a result this Morgan is born two years earlier. I didn't see the reason why Morgan had to be born earlier besides for the reasons of drama, when it hit me: Morgan as Chrom's son would inherit the Rightful King skill. Since Ylisse seems to follow a primogeniture line of inheritance Morgan, while illegitimate, has a more rightful claim to the throne than his half-sister and Chrom's legitimate daughter Lucina.
- A smaller element is when Robin gives the toddler Morgan her locket, which was given to her by Chrom, to remember her by in case she doesn't come back when she rejoins the Shepherds. Morgan, unlike the other children, did not have a ring to prove his paternity and since Robin is unmarried he would need another sort of identifier of his parentage.
- In I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Harry Potter once listed his age on a form as "Do you mean physically, mentally, or existentially?". For several chapters, it's considered just another sign that he's a Troll (which he really is). But once his history comes to light, it's revealed that Harry stopped aging in his twenties, was born roughly 1700 years ago, and an accident with several Time Turners flung him 200 years into the future, making it a valid question. He's physically around 25, mentally 1500, and has existed for 1700 years.
- Back before I became a co-author of Something New, an earlier version of this story had a scene where Scout's mother was described as blushing despite my headcanon suggesting that she's in her late 50s. Once I came to the point where she revealed that she's pregnant again and did some research, it hit me. She might've actually conceived naturally thanks to being on hormone replacement therapy (HRT); it's remarkably similar to the case of Dawn Brooke, a British woman who was 59 years old when she gave birth by way of C-section in 1997.