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Fridge Brilliance:

  • The pilot episode of the anime. Kyon is talking about how he used to believe in supernatural stuff and how he was disappointed to accept there isn't any in the world, with a black and white filter applied as he narrates. Then Haruhi stands up and says her first words in the series. Kyon turns around to look at her, and suddenly the filter is removed and the colors return: The moment he meets Haruhi, his life stops being boring and colorless, without any purpose in it.
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  • Throughout the series, Nagato seems completely robotic, with no emotions whatsoever other than in their battle against the computer club in a strategy game, and even then, Kyon has to point it out for it to be easily noticed. Then Disappearance happened. Suddenly, incredibly minor things she's done through the whole series make sense and imply emotion.
  • The movie version of Disappearance gives a subtle hint that Kyon was never alone in the hospital before it's revealed Haruhi was there the entire time]]. If you look closely, next to his bed there are a pair of girl's shoes. Her coat is also clearly seen hanging in the foreground on several shots. The weird thing is that her shoes are on the opposite side of the bed than the one she's sleeping on. What was she doing when no one else was around?
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  • During Disappearance, Yuki remakes the world to a more ordinary one. One possible reason she went to these lengths is because of what she experienced during Endless Eight (spending hundreds of years trapped in a time loop Haruhi caused). So how could the anime possibly replicate something like that? OH! Make the anime version feel like it's going on forever exactly like it is for Yuki!
  • Haruhi is her own God-Mode Sue.
    • In an extra sense in the light novels: when she decides the SOS club needs to recruit she somehow managed to get a cute, smart, athletic, incredibly cheerful and eager to please girl who's desperate to get in because the SOS is the embodiment of everything she's spent her life wishing for. It eventually becomes clear that while this girl exists partly to fulfill Haruhi's desire to have present a Mary Sue character echoing her personal philosophy, in a sense Haruhi exists in the same book to demonstrate just how much happier and better socialized she would have been had she just been firmly convinced of being the protagonist in a story written by an all-powerful author, with the purpose of the universe being to cheer and entertain her, rather than spending her life dedicated to seizing happiness and meaning by force. The new girl doesn't feel the need to obtain God Mode because she subconsciously knows Haruhi's covering it for her.
  • Why does Haruhi never turn down a boy who asked her for a date, even if she subsequently dumped them five minutes later? At first, it's put down to one of her many strange quirks. But she's a Reality Warper who causes anything in the universe to mold itself to her desires. Thus, the only boys who ever ask her out are the ones she already wants to go out with.
    • It could also be that she's an Attention Whore, and can't stand the idea of not being asked out by a bunch of boys.
    • The universe doesn't just bend to her desires, it also conforms itself to her expectations. If Haruhi expects to be asked out, then that is what will happen, even if it turns out that the boy is more boring than she expected, or can't keep up with her energy.
  • The final chronological episode of season one. At first it just seemed cool for the fact that the makers actually had the balls to make an episode of a show which was at least 40% someone sitting and reading quietly. But the whole point was a) to show what a non-weird day in a television character's life is like, b) to show how bored the SOS Brigade would be without Kyon, including Kyon and the viewer. Observe - with nobody to philisophise with, Itsuki ends up talking to himself about the weather and his tea. Without Kyon to act as a Morality Chain, Haruhi ends up doing her worst to Mikuru, and doesn't have anyone to bounce/steal ideas off. Without Haruhi going totally nuts, Yuki has nothing to do but read, and hence no reason to talk to anybody. Without anybody to be pissed off at, Kyon is thinking about the weather. Without Kyon snarking, listening and accidentally suggesting ideas, the viewer gets really, really bored. Suddenly a hilariously boring episode becomes brilliant.
  • Yuki's abilities to travel through time (sorta), leads to the question of why on Earth Kyon couldn't just ask Yuki to find out the future about Haruhi and what happens, etc. Then post-Disappearance, Yuki makes the decision to block out her ability to time-travel beyond the incident. Brilliant, Tanigawa.
    • Then again, considering that knowledge of the future is classified information, according to the resident time-traveller, Yuki may similarly avoid divulging knowledge of the future.
  • In the English version, Stephanie Sheh's portrayal of Mikuru can seem like going overboard with the cute, shy girl thing. But if you watch the Japanese version, you'll realize Mikuru's voice is supposed to be annoyingly cute as part of her being a parody of Moe characters in anime. A lot of characters are intentionally annoying; skilled authors will hide this fact well. The hope is that you'll associate them with someone you don't like and thus make the world of the show more alive for you. I don't think anyone will argue there's a shortage of those people. Upon realization of this fact, scrappy characters gain a little respect. They're there for a reason, and taking them away will destroy a large part of the show. It's still on the creator not to overdo it, however.
  • When the first seat-change happened in the first novel and Haruhi ended up behind Kyon again "coincidentally", the obvious assumption is that it was because of Haruhi warping reality slightly so she could be near him. But Asakura, as class president, had been the one to change the seats. Wouldn't she want Kyon to be near Haruhi to provoke a response from her? Related: There are more seat-changes after the first, after Asakura is gone, and Kyon and Haruhi still end up together. That could be her powers at work, or it could be the teachers rigging the lottery, since they are well aware Kyon is the only one with some semblance of control over her.
  • Why Yuki was elected to be the ambassador to the Sky Canopy Domain:
    • Kyon stopped the IDSE from killing Yuki. There was a loophole though, which the super intelligent IDSE saw.
    • Alternatively: Nagato has spent close to six hundred subjective years observing humans with most of that time in a state of And I Must Scream. She has dealt with insanity that the IDSE could not even fathom, wouldn't that, then make her the most ideal candidate for dealing with the Sky Canopy Domain? Rather than thinking of the IDSE as a child angry that something was taken out of its control it would be more likely to think of it as a computer using the most suitable resource available.
  • Every time that Kyon copies a graphic designed by Haruhi, a data-vore appears. Perhaps it's not so much a his/hers divinity, but a theirs.
  • Yuki and Ryoko's actions in Disappearance didn't make as much sense as they should have. Yuki was bored and upset and angry and tore apart reality out of vengeance. But why did she give Kyon the keys back to his reality? And why did Ryoko still stab Kyon? But if you look at them as complex programs, rather than humans, it makes sense. Yuki is hard-coded to be a servant and an observer—but she is able to change who she serves and observes. It's also probably possible that they can re-hard-code themselves (or that the radical faction gave their interfaces this ability)—Ryoko remembers the alternate timeline. Given her determination to kill Kyon during the first murder attempt combined with her seeming lack of emotion, it's perfectly possible that she re-wrote herself to kill Kyon at all costs (though the reason why might be irrelevant to her coding). Therefore, given her own existence and Kyon's presence, she's gonna go for it. This also explains why she didn't try to murder him at school 'later that day'—she had already done so, so there was no longer a need to kill him again.
  • At the Cultural Festival, when Nagato is reading people's fortunes, you just naturally assume she's able to get so incredibly specific because, being a computerized alien, she's a beast at logic. Although, if you recall, earlier on in the timeline, when Kyon needed to get back to his present time from three years ago (for the second time), Nagato synched her memories up with those of herself from the present day, which was beyond the Cultural Festival chronologically. That would mean she would have memories of the Cultural Festival also, even before it actually happened.
  • So on the Tanabata that started everything, Haruhi drew a large patch of symbols on the school blacktop because she was really, really, bored. These symbols, along with the awakening of Haruhi's powers (both happening at around the same time), drew the attention of various aliens, time travelers, espers and about a million other things that we don't know about. Haruhi drew those symbols with the goal of alerting all the strange and interesting things in the universe that "I am here", much like how a person stranded on a deserted island would try to get the attention of passing ships and planes. So in other words, on that fateful Tanabata where the entire plot of the series was planted, Haruhi was sending out into space a distress signal. In other words, an SOS.
  • This one is probably more like Obvious Brilliance to the Japanese viewers, but it kinda gets Lost in Translation: in Disappearance, it's very windy the night when Yuki rearranges the world, which turns out to be the source of that wind. The next day, half of Kyon's class is sick (and they have been for days, but they were fine yesterday). Guess what the Japanese words for "cold" (the disease) and "wind" are. They're both "kaze."
  • Itsuki first notes in Sigh that big trouble is brewing if he stopped blithely smiling at everything. When does he first demonstrate this? If you watch the anime or read the manga, earlier in Sigh - he is beyond not smiling and legitimately worried when he catches Kyon's arm to prevent Kyon from punching Haruhi. It's more than hinted that he thought Kyon's actions would have caused The End of the World as We Know It.
  • The line Kyon shouted to Haruhi three years ago: "Sekai wo oonimoriagerutame no John Smith wo yoroshiku". What Haruhi's SOS-dan stand for: "Sekai wo ooini moriagerutame no Suzumiya Haruhi no dan".
  • The music video seen in the credits of early episodes is highly likely to be the one Haruhi threatens to make everyone participate in at the end of the series.
  • It's mentioned that the events of "Snow Mountain Syndrome" was the Cloud Canopy Domain's attempt to communicate with The Brigade, and perhaps make Haruhi do something. How is trapping people in a mansion communication in any sense of the word? But it actually makes sense. If you don't share a language with something and know absolutely nothing about it, then putting it in a closed, safe environment is the best way to study it and attempt to find some common ground. The mansion's ability to generate anything you can think of allows the inhabitants to feed themselves, so you don't have to worry about accidentally poisoning them or otherwise hurting them because you don't understand their needs. It's basically an ant farm.
  • Remote Island Syndrome:
    • A lot of viewers wondered if the murder was always fake. Was there originally a real one, and Haruhi retconned it when she realized that the only potential murderers were her friends? Kyon notes that this is wrong, as the murder was too convoluted from the start to be anything but a set-up. Fast-forward to novel 10, and Koizumi describes himself (and the others espers) as a "tool of Haruhi's subconscious." Haruhi did cause the murder mystery, but not directly. In empowering the espers, she created an organization that would act in her best interests without her having to move on her own. The same as a boss hiring some really good assistants.
    • One may wonder why the Organization went to so much trouble to buy a remote island to host the vacation and murder mystery to begin with, since it could have been done much cheaper, and with the same amount of beach-related fun, at a beach house or something. But of course, everybody has cell phones; sure, Koizumi planned the whole thing from the beginning and Haruhi would want to solve the mystery on her own, but Kyon knows nothing about the circumstances — if he thinks there was a real murder (which he did, before he and Haruhi worked out what really happened) and he calls the police, suddenly the espers have a lot of explaining to do. Going out to an island ensures that they don't have wireless coverage, preserving the Closed Circle. Further evidence is that in "Where Did the Cat Go?", everybody knows that it's fake from the beginning, so they don't go to as much trouble to isolate everyone.
  • Haruhi's hairdos:
    • Her hairdoes at the start of the series correlate to the kanji used to represent the days of the week (and the logic behind it). Monday through Sunday (as this is how haruhi has them numbered), the Kanji are "Moon" "Fire" "Water" "Wood" "Metal" "Earth", and "Sun". Haruhi assigns them the colours yellow, red, blue, green, gold, brown, and white in that order. Everything bar the weekend days should be obvious due to the usual colourings for the elements. Now most people would probably make Sunday yellow and Monday white, but for those days, Haruhi follows a different logic. Sunday is white because it's the last day in her lineup (by being six out of six), as it's the only day off. Everything revolves around the Sun. It's the last in the lineup because Monday is the first day of school and work for the week. You could also see it as the light at the end of the tunnel, a day of freedom. Monday is assigned the number zero because it's a melancholy day by virtue of being the start of the working week and the furthest from the day off. It's given the colour yellow because it's an energising colour, as well as the colour that things tend to fade into with overexposure to the sun or age. One could almost call it a reset colour. One could also say that Monday is literally used to represent Haruhi: represented by yellow, the colour of her headband, which is a high-energy colour on a mundane and sleepy day. Tuesday is one presumably because it's the day when it actually feels like the week is really getting going, once one has woken up from the slow, dull Monday.
    • Going off this, "Kyon" sounds like the Japanese word for "Today", Kyou. "Day" is represented by the kanji for sun, which is as stated also the kanji for Sunday. Sunday is a lazy, relaxed day and Kyon himself is very lazy.
  • Consider "Live Alive." The two ENOZ songs Haruhi sings? Look at the translations for the lyrics, especially "God Knows," which mentions a dream in which the singer and someone else are in a world alone. Both songs are basically Haruhi image songs... in universe. Since Haruhi can't bring herself to express her true feelings to Kyon, she uses her power to arrange a situation where she can express her feelings with him listening... without being overt about it. The rain outside, of course, that drives Kyon into the auditorium/gym so he can hear it all? Again, Haruhi's power at work. Considered this way, three different layers of brilliance.
  • Haruhi used to changed her hairstyle everyday in order to ward off aliens. Only when she kept her hair to one style, was when she started meet them- and many others. A mini Logic Bomb might have detonated.
  • The SOS brigade symbol is a recreation of the drawing the Haruhi made 3 years ago. The symbol that brought the attention of a Data Lifeform was stated to be "an explosion of unmeasured amount of data from a parallel world", according to Nagito. It's a literal SOS this time, like the drawing that Haruhi made!

Fridge Horror:

  • Remember that Eye Beams incident while making the film? See what the beam did to that board Koizumi was holding. Now imagine what would have happened if Nagato didn't catch the beam fired toward the camera... On the matter of the board, consider what would've happened if Mikuru had looked down a few inches lower. Little wonder that Koizumi drops his grin for a moment and actually looks shocked.
    • In the light novels, it's even worse because it turns out Haruhi is very attached to the Eye Beams trope and while after the first time everybody is conspiring to stop a repeat Haruhi keeps sneaking in new colored contacts to stealthily jam in Mikuru's eye, and by Haruhi-logic different colors should do different things. The second contact still almost killed Kyon because while Yuki had ensured there wouldn't be another laser, she hadn't expected the new (and worse) weapon type and had to tackle Asahina to stop it. By the fourth, everybody's pretty sick of it and trying to find her stash. (The guns are also getting more dangerous. And by the end of that particular round of filming (this movie intended to be the first of a very long series of films) the Earth's orbit is a little off.)
  • Imagine being Yuki. Imagine being created with the one sole goal to keep things in order. Now imagine having to put up with all of Haruhi's crazy scheming, having to somehow restore everything to the way that it should be, every day, no end. Now imagine not being able to scream, or cry, or let out any of your frustration, because you weren't created to have emotions, and you're isolated, and you have no choice except to go along with what you were told, because you can't do anything to change it, even if it's nearly 600 years of the same summer. No wonder Nagato wanted to change the world in Disappearance.
    • The other Humanoid Interface that also exists during Endless Eight, Emiri Kimidori. As she is created by the Data Overmind just like Yuki is, it's highly probable that she also endured Endless Eight with full memory and knows what caused it. Did it leave any impact on her as it did to Yuki? Does her Allpowerful Bystander display conceal anything else?
  • Haruhi's Reality Warper powers are partly triggered by her subconscious beliefs. If the rest of the SOS crew do their jobs too well and stop her from learning about supernatural phenomena entirely, she might end up wishing them out of existence, no longer believing in psychic powers, time travellers, or aliens, and subconsciously undoing their reasons to be.