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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.

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  • Godzilla fanfiction Abraxas: Empty Fullness: Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster's origin story is the third one-shot to be published, on top of it revealing that there was a lot of In-Universe Rule of Three surrounding Ghidorah's creation.
  • 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...

  • AU: Everafter Penny (1, 2): The Curious Cat's close and friendly companionship with Penny Polendina, who is an allusion to Pinocchio as part of RWBY's fairytale motifs, gives the Cat an additional fairy-tale allusion: Figaro the cat from Disney's 1940 film Pinocchio (which this troper believes was previously pointed out by someone else on Tumblr, though they can't find the source). It also calls to mind the original Cat from The Adventures of Pinocchio, who was secretly a manipulator who'd committed murder before meeting Pinocchio, much like the Curious Cat.
  • Other RWBY fanfiction by Coeur Al'Aran:
    • Arc Royale: Salem, during the scenes where she appears personally, seems more visibly angry and short-tempered than her appearances in both canon and most of Coeur Al'Aran's other works. Considering how she's thousands of years old with Complete Immortality, and therefore perfectly used to playing the long game in her and Ozma's eternal war when she needs to, it's easy to imagine that with the Brother Gods having changed the game by introducing the Jaune iterations, Salem during the fic is feeling overwhelmingly stressed and pressured now that her aforementioned temporal advantage has been abruptly taken away from her and she's unexpectedly on an extremely (by her standards) narrow deadline to win or lose the war altogether by ensuring it's a Jaune on her side that's the last one standing. Getting too used to working in one's own time and having all the time in the world can be a handicap in its own right, and when one loses that freedom, they feel stressed and pressured.
    • In Your Wildest Dreams: The explanation that Jaune's involuntary Dream Walker Semblance is evolving at such a rapid rate because it experiences eight hours of constant use on a daily basis whenever he's asleep, causing it to overdevelop, brings up the question of why other Semblances that are likewise constantly active — namely Qrow's — don't rapid-evolve for the same reasons that they're in constant use. However, Qrow's Semblance is constant bad luck, which affects him as much as anyone in his immediate vicinity: Qrow's Semblance failing to evolve into something more useful is basically its effect turning inward on itself to bring bad luck to him in the form of it failing against the odds to evolve into something more useful.
  • A Christmas Carol: Ghostbusters Version is a Fusion Fic that puts the cast of Ghostbusters (1984) into the cast of A Christmas Carol. Some of the casting choices have fridge brilliance:
    • Peter Venkman as Bob Cratchit makes sense because Bob Cratchit is married, and Peter is the only Ghostbuster with a love interest (namely Dana).
    • Ray Stantz as the Ghost of Christmas Present has two things — first off, the Ghost of Christmas Present is described as fat, and while Ray isn't fat, he's a little chubbier than the others. Secondly, the Ghost of Christmas Present is also described as cheerful, which Ray is.
    • Egon Spengler as the Ghost of Christmas Future/Yet to Come — both of them are the most serious of their group, and both speak the least (though, unlike the Ghost of Christmas Future, Egon actually does speak).
  • 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
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction Bubbles: Derpy's disability being undefined makes sense when one realises that it's set in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic universe, in which magic exists. Perhaps, she doesn't even have a real-world disability, but rather a Fictional Disability. Another possibility is that she has neonatal abstinence syndrome, since it's mentioned that her mother takes pills to stop crying. While these could be antidepressants, it could also mean that Derpy's mother is a Junkie Parent.
  • The Loud House fanfiction The Edgy House (covered on After Dark: 4 in Peeking Through the Fourth Wall): Characters are able to have sex five times a day, Lynn Sr. somehow convinced Rita that an affair kid was hers instead of vice versa, and Lori manages to give birth to twins at age eleven. These make more sense after the reveal, that this was all just The Aristocrats joke and thus not real, and it was written by a preteen boy to boot.
  • 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."
  • Fruits Basket fanfiction 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.
  • 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.
  • All the riders in Koihime†Musou: 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.
  • 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.
  • The Loud House fanfiction Where There's a Will has a few hints early on that the story is All Just a Dream:
    • As Lori mentioned, it would be pretty foolish of Lynn Sr. and Rita to leave everything to their seventeen-year-old daughter.
    • Lori mentions not being able to remember details like the funeral.
    • Some of the siblings are being oddly nonchalant. Luan, for instance, is still making jokes, and Luna is still making song references.
    • The siblings tell Lori that she's not allowed to be sad, which they likely wouldn't actually do if Lynn Sr. and Rita really were dead.
    • Early in the story, Lily is apparently running a fever. In the next scene, she's inexplicably fine.
  • 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 Loud House fanfiction The Who's on First: Luan is taking a nap despite usually being energetic. What's with that? Well, in the Listen Out Loud podcast, Luan is tired because Luna had been yelling, "Stage dive!" in her sleep. Maybe that happened again.

  • 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.)

  • 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.
  • 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 What If? 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 Project/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.
  • 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, and has experienced 1,500, and was born 1,700 years ago.
  • 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.

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