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Fridge Brilliance:

  • A small example, but the Batter's Add-Ons resemble the circular training weights used on baseball bats.
  • Another small one, but OFF's logo resembles a marionette controller. Considering how the player is represented as a puppeteer, it's a very clever little secret.
  • The name of Japhet's battle theme is a reference to Lost in Translation, which is about a famous actor who goes to Japan to film a commercial and ends up feeling highly alienated in the process. This could mirror how Japhet planned to please the Elsens and ended up going mad from his failure.
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  • The game consists of The Batter completing three zones and then going to The Room, which is treated as returning to past events and serves as a sort of "home" for The Batter. Scoring a run in baseball means advancing around three bases and returning to home plate.
  • There's a reason why the Elsens in Zone 2 are so afraid of everything: The Elsen can't reproduce, so it makes sense that they'd be extra careful about threats, since their numbers are limited.
  • As Bad Batter's form is meant to not be a literal transformation, but instead to represent how the player would perceive the Batter upon opposing him, the Batter might not look exactly the same to everyone, hence all the interpretations of his eyes.
    • Which would also explain why the Elsen were so easily fooled by his tie.
  • In the normal ending, the Judge is the final boss. However, he only ineffectually hits you for a pitiful amount of damage, and goes down about as easily as the first boss did. However, in the special ending, where the player is in control of the Judge, it's revealed that the cat actually has several very powerful skills, meaning it's possible to kill the Batter before he even gets a chance to fight back. So why didn't Judge do this in the normal ending boss fight? Maybe because, despite calling out the Batter and the player for causing the cessation of life in the zones and attempting to make a final stand, he had regarded them as friends, and thus couldn't bring himself to put everything he's got into killing the Batter. It takes the player also agreeing to stand with the Judge to motivate him enough to give it his all, allowing access to his full set of skills and putting an end to the Batter once and for all.
    • Or possibly the other way: The Batter and even the Judge say multiple times that he is fully reliant on the player. If the player abandons him and supports the Judge, he is but a weak minion and stands no chance to win.
      • It could even be that the player as a sort of god gives power to whoever he supports and grant them knowledge and insight of their full capabilities. Without the player giving this to the Judge, he is unaware of the powers he has and thus succumbs to the overpowered Batter.
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  • In Zone 3, during the chase sequence, you can find a brick wall behind one of the doors. In Purified Zone 3, that door is the only one you can open, and it reveals a goodie. It's a literal Brick Joke.
  • If you pronounce The Batter's name in a stereotypical American accent, it sounds like "The Badder", implying that he is a bigger threat than any of the Bad Bosses. This may be unintentional, however.
  • While playing through the game a second time, certain lines will hold a lot more meaning than when you first read them. At one point, Dedan states: "I'm the ruler of Zone 1. It ain't nothing without me!" When you kill Dedan, Zone 1 literally does turn into a wasteland of nothing.


Fridge Horror:

  • Choosing the Ashley Bat over the Aries Card is not only Awesome, but Impractical, since it can only issue two extremely powerful hits, it basically ensures you're doing all you can to murder your lover and your creator.
  • After purifying Zone 2, you come back to the safe house and unlock it to get one of the objects needed to get either the Ashley Bat or the Aries Card, finding the last Elsen in the game (who locked himself inside the safe house during the timed mission). Finding him here in the safe house implies the Elsens don't fall in the Nothingness when their Zone is purified, which means they must be killed by the Secretaries. Whether that is better or worse is up to you.
  • While it seems unlikely that the remaining Elsen will become a Burnt due to remaining relatively calm, he'll eventually die from lack of smoke and/or meat, especially given that Zone 1, the zone with all the elements, is already purified.
  • The fight against the Critic Burnt is far more terrifying when you realize his head still resembles an Elsen's— implying that he might not have become fully Burnt when you fought him.
  • The game's Game Over theme is titled "Stay In Your Coma" and consists of a small group of voices chanting the song's title. At first this just seems like a creepy song to fit with the game's theme but it's possible the singers are literally begging The Batter to "stay in his coma" so he does not wake up and destroy the world.
  • When you fight the Secretaries, the battle still says "Purification in progress" even though the Zones are already purified. It's possible that the Batter and that one Elsen that still exists in Zone 2 are evidence that the Zones actually aren't yet purified. It's only when the switch is off that it's totally, truly purified.

Fridge Logic:

  • It's a little strange in retrospect that anyone, no matter how horribly neglectful they were, would build a switch that has the ability to end all existence and leave it completely unguarded at the end of a few short rooms and hallways.
    • It's possible that they never figured that anyone would hate the Zones and everyone in them enough to want to end all existence.
  • Making sugar, an addictive substance, out of the corpses of Elsens (who are confirmed to be incapable of reproduction) and then feeding it to Elsens seems as likely to extinguish the whole species as help them forget their troubles.
    • Maybe that was the point.


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