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  • Building the Wall was Fridge Brilliance in itself. Riots were already breaking out worldwide over those rich and fortunate enough to settle inland. Constructing defensive structures on an epic scale was likely intended to give the billions of coastal poor, who’d otherwise overrun inland refuge settlements, a false sense of protection and purpose. Also, it's likely the governments knew that the Kaiju were attracted to population centers, so maintaining mass metropolitan populations on the coastline was likely very, very intentional. Dispersing the coastal population along the Wall they were building lowers the number who would die in a single Kaiju attack.
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  • Humans know how to deal with Rifts now. It takes a few years to "expand" a Rift to be able to emit multiple Kaiju at a time. Even if another one opens, just wrap up a nuclear bomb in Kaiju flesh and chuck it in. Hannibal has some. Yes, it will cost a lot; but less than nuking cities or making more Jeagers.
  • Otachi and Leatherback taking down Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon, and Striker Eureka:
    • Taking down all three in short order appears to be the Worf Effect, especially how they're introduced. Then you recall that before the two Kaiju appeared, Newt Drifted with a Kaiju brain, meaning that the Kaiju learned what Jaegers were left, and tailored Otachi and Leatherback specifically to fight Cherno, Crimson, and Striker.
    • Another possibility (the idea that the Kaiju were reformatted/built within a few hours a little dubious) is simply that since the 'Makers' are stepping up their attack efforts by sending two Kaiju at once, it makes sense that they started adapting the Kaiju to counter specific Jeagers. Both Cherno and Crimson are older models, so the 'Makers' have had a lot of time to study them, and Striker, with it's high kill-count, is a priority target, hence the EMP.
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    • There are really good reasons that Crimson and Cherno were wiped out so easily.
      • When introducing Cherno Alpha, Strucker says that they've been protecting the Siberian portion of the wall, and that their watch has been unbroken for six years. But, the thing is, Kaiju mainly attack population centers. Siberia doesn't have any warm water ports, and thus, has a really low population. Cherno was protecting one of the least inhabited areas in the Pacific Ocean. In all likelihood, they were on easy mode for six years, since the Kaiju were focused on the Japanese, Chinese, American, and Australian ports instead, which is why Cherno got destroyed in the fight.
      • The thing is, Crimson, despite being a very inventive design, is one of the most predictable of all the Jaegers. To quote a troper later in this page, "You'll notice that Striker Eureka, Cherno Alpha and especially Crimson Typhoon use the same general tactics and fighting styles in all their fights — Striker typically knocks around a Kaiju for a minute before going for the chest missiles, Cherno has been fighting (apparently non-stop) for ten years, and Crimson Typhoon has had the same tactic in use for so long that even Raleigh, who's been out of the game for five years, was familiar with it." Furthermore, in a blink and you'll miss it line, Strucker mentions that Crimson has protected Hong Kong port seven times. That means that from the pseudo-drift that the Kaiju had, the precursors likely not only knew what Crimson looked like, what its main fighting technique is, but they also knew where Crimson would be. So what happens? Two Kaiju attack Hong Kong Port and the first Jaeger they kill is Crimson Typhoon.
  • When Mako says she's striking for the honor of her family, is she talking about her original family, Stacker's family, or both?
    • You could even throw in Raleigh, to some extant, since she's felt the pain of the loss of Yancy in the drift. Which becomes rather heartwarming if you think that Mako now considers Raleigh her family.
      • Basically, the answer is yes.
  • At first, Mako's memory scene comes off as cheesy. One girl running from a giant monster in a barren, seemingly abandoned city without even any other bodies, and when she finally sees her savior, he is backlit from the sun and overly heroic. Ridiculously cheesy, right? Remember, this isn't reality, this is a MEMORY. And our own memories are colored by how we perceive them. This isn't a memory of how the event actually happened, but a memory of how MAKO saw the event. SHE saw a monster, possibly bigger than it actually was. SHE saw just herself running from it, the monster focused on her. SHE saw her savior, standing atop his mech and looking down at her in such an amazing view. The reality may have been different, but that is how SHE remembered it. Pentecost himself outright implies that this is the case. "I don't care what you think you saw."
  • Maybe the reason why the Russians piloting the older suits don't have the same radiation poisoning as those piloting other models (like Pentecost) is because, post-Chernobyl, the Russian team building them was more scrupulous about radiation shielding. Plus, Cherno Alpha's reactor is above the pilots, the only Jaegers to have that configuration. Now look at how big and chunky its pilots' helmets and shoulderpads are — they might have backup shielding in their suits.
  • It's mentioned that Kaiju decompose rapidly. While the Kaijus' creators may not have known about how Drifting works, rapid decomposition is still an effective method of preventing the enemy from studying them.
  • The Multi National Team that saves the world applies on a meta level to the film itself. It's an American homage to every single Japanese work of popular science fiction ever, directed by a Mexican, with the three biggest stars being two English men and a Japanese woman, all scored by a German.
  • This movie takes the cliche of the hero and splits it in half. Mako and Raleigh form two variations on the classic hero story: the rookie who suffered a traumatic past and seeks to avenge her family, and the old guard, who suffered a traumatic incident in battle but is looking to return for one last hurrah.
  • Trespasser, Knifehead, and Scunner all have similar body structuresnote  and consequently feel like the former's Suspiciously Similar Substitute. While it can be explained that the Kaiju creators were simply reusing body parts, it can be assumed that they probably built around a stock design that gets modified for individual tasks. Also, they found what worked in the previous Kaiju, as Knifehead disabled Gipsy Danger and Trespasser proved relatively efficient for what was presumably a Category 1.
  • The Kwoon fight between Mako and Raleigh
    • The fight ends when Mako takes Raleigh down with a 4 to 3 win, showing how compatible they are as fighters. Considering that Raleigh had been outclassing everyone he fought, this is awesome all on its own, but it's even better when you consider the Fridge Brilliance of Mako's tactics.
      • The first thing Raleigh says to her is "Remember, it's a dialogue, not a fight." And then Mako proceeds to let him score with a strike to her head, and then quickly responds with a defense and strike to his head, as in "Hi, nice to meet you" to "Hi, nice to meet you too." Then she deliberately braces and does not defend against his next strike against her hip and out of nowhere begins to actually fight and parry and repeats the strike against his head - even better, you can see Raleigh's visible frustration like "Oops, underestimated here." And then they go all out and she ends up flipping him and landing a strike back at his head and this time you can see his awe. At this point, Raleigh actually flips her back they go full tilt and you can see Raleigh is actually visibly working this time to keep up as he has not had to do with any other opponent until Mako takes him down again and Raleigh declares them drift compatible. What makes this Mako so brilliant? Not only did she take Raleigh's advice about dialogue vs fight, she actually used Raleigh's own tactics against him. The thing that originally got her on the mat with him? Her frustration that he could have taken all of them two moves sooner. Since she didn't actually defend against the first few strikes, Raleigh only actually scored one legitimate point.
  • Fight with Chuck:
    • Raleigh handily thrashes Chuck (an Australian!) in a punch-up. How? Raleigh grew up with a brother to tussle with. It also handily explains how a Mark-3 Jaeger can beat the holy hell out of two Category 4 Kaiju that just destroyed 3 Jaegers...Raleigh is insanely good as a hand to hand combatant. His fight with Chuck is practically a curb stomp battle...and Mako can keep up with him easily. Gipsy Danger may be slower, older, and less well armed/armored than Striker Eureka but it has the two most dangerous hand to hand combatants in the film at the helm. You'll notice that Striker Eureka, Cherno Alpha and especially Crimson Typhoon use the same general tactics and fighting styles in all their fights — Striker typically knocks around a Kaiju for a minute before going for the chest missiles, Cherno has been fighting (apparently non-stop) for ten years, and Crimson Typhoon has had the same tactic in use for so long that even Raleigh, who's been out of the game for five years, was familiar with it.
    • This ties into another bit of brilliance - after the timeskip, it is explicitly said that the Kaiju are adapting to their tactics (with Herc Hansen standing right there), and yet the Jaeger pilots continue to use the same moves even as the Kaiju mix things up. Gipsy doesn't, in accordance with Raleigh's improvisational fighting style that carries over to the Jaeger fights — using cargo containers as knuckle dusters and a freaking oil tanker as a bat/kendo stick — and thus the Kaiju can't plan for Gipsy as well as they did for Striker, Cherno, or Crimson. During their fight, literally the second Chuck starts countering Raleigh's moves, he changes styles, keeping him off balance. One of the biggest problems the individual Kaiju have is lack of adaptability - and it bites them in the ass every time, especially when faced with an opponent that specializes in Confusion Fu.
  • The battle between Gipsy Danger and the Kaiju in Hong Kong:
    • Raleigh is frequently telling Mako what to do next despite the fact that they are mind-connected through the Drift. At first, it seems like he's doing it for the audience. But that's not the case: notice that Mako's movements come just a little after Raleigh's, at least until Otachi lifts them in the air. Raleigh has the lead in this fight and Mako tries to keep up with his movements and tactics. He's simply making it easier for her by telling her out loud. Later in the battle, when Gipsy Danger is almost in orbit and he's out of ideas, she takes the lead and points out that they still have the sword; now he's copying her moves.
    • Also, note that this is their first action together. Even with the Neural Handshake and a strong Drift compatibility, a fresh team-up runs the risk of falling apart easily because of differing ideas in how to tackle the situation, no matter how compatible the numbers make them out to be. Raleigh and Mako are an example of the classic rookie-veteran team-up, and most often this particular team-up will have a show of the two polar forces contradicting each others' intentions, usually during their first action. Fortunately for this team, Raleigh understands Mako's potential and trusts her, even before their first Neural Handshake, so his directions gives Mako the needed edge to make sure they stay on form during the fights. The following fight scenes see less of Raleigh directing Mako, their teamwork having improved dramatically.
  • Otachi is the first Kaiju with a demonstrated ability to fly. This, after the humans started working on the wall. Given that the Kaiju Builders didn't know whether the human wall would end up being strong enough to keep the Kaiju out, it makes perfect sense that they would start working on a countermeasure. Though Scissure, the fourth Kaiju, had wings as well, it's unknown if it could fly.
  • The last time the Precursors tried to invade Earth (only to find the atmospheric conditions weren't right for them) was 65 million years ago. What creatures were running around Earth 65 million years ago? Dinosaurs. Looking at the appearances of most of the Kaiju, it seems like they may have taken a certain amount of inspiration in their designs when creating them.
  • If one thinks about it, Pacific Rim is, in a way, a proof of Ozymandias' plan in Watchmen. (Spoilers for that comic) The movie is about the whole world (or at least, those nations on the Pacific Rim) putting aside its international differences for the purpose of fighting hugely-powerful inter-dimensional aliens. Granted, things don't go as rosily here (mainly because the threat is real), but the part of the plan about ending international tensions worked like a charm.
  • Pentecost's convincing of Raleigh to return to being a Jaeger pilot instead of remaining a construction worker in Alaska includes him asking "Where would you rather die? Here? Or in a Jaeger?" Pentecost is dying of radiation poisoning. What he's saying isn't just an inspirational line for Raleigh, he's speaking from experience; Pentecost would also rather leave this life knowing he was doing something he felt worthy doing, rather than waste away. And at the end of the movie, that's exactly what he does.
  • It really says just how powerful Striker Eureka is when the Precursors had to use an EMP to stop it. Temporarily. They were able to find strategies to easily destroy Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha, but could not find a way to do the same to Striker. And in the fight with Slattern, a Category 5, the Kaiju had to call for help against Striker Eureka. What better way to go up against a Mark-5, the newest, most advanced Jaeger, than with a Category 5, the newest, most advanced Kaiju?
  • The two Kaiju sent against Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon, Leatherback and Otachi, respectively match their abilities. Crimson Typhoon has three arms; Otachi fights with its two arms and Prehensile Tail. Cherno Alpha has massive fists combined with Tesla cells; Leatherback likewise has huge fists and an EMP ability.
  • Just as Mako was saved from Onibaba by its being distracted by Coyote Tango, she in turn got to save Newt by distracting Otachi in Gipsy Danger, although she is probably unaware of this.
  • Each Jaeger has certain traits that match their pilots.
    • Aside from its three arms/piloted by the Wei triplets, Crimson Typhoon is built like a basketball player/martial artist, which fits the Wei triplets' background as street fighters and their love for basketball.
    • Cherno Alpha is the tallest and bulkiest Jaeger, fitting the also very tall and bulky Kaidanovskys. It briefly uses an elbow drop and a headlock on a Kaiju, alluding to Robert Maillet's wrestling career.
    • Striker Eureka resembles a male brawler (befitting to an Australian Jaeger) and is the youngest and best Jaeger built out of the remaining four. Chuck Hansen is the youngest pilot and considered one of the best.
    • Gipsy Danger was broken and injured like Raleigh after fighting Knifehead, retiring for five years. It took Mako to get both of them back in action by rebuilding Gipsy Danger and becoming the co-pilot for Raleigh.
  • This turns into Wild Mass Guessing, but this movie's worldbuilding does set up a justification for the presence of people on rooftops, filming the Kaiju attack instead of running for their lives. When Kaiju attacks are a regular occurrence, and the Kaiju are evolving and changing with each go-round, video documentation of each Kaiju attack and (hopefully) defeat is of the utmost importance, so that the PPDC can study the Kaiju and prepare for the next one. I wouldn't be surprised if the PPDC subsidizes professional emergency camera crews on hand in every major Pacific city; maybe there's a rewards systems in place (rations cards?) for found footage shot by amateurs, if it's more informative.
  • Compare and contrast:
    • Hellboy: Ron Perlman plays Hellboy (an appropriated nickname), an emotionally-driven monster-fighting secret agent demon who's constantly chafing at the bit of authority. His most distinctive features, besides his red skin, are his fist and his firearm.
    • Pacific Rim: Ron Perlman plays Hannibal Chau (a chosen pseudonym), a cold, logical, intelligent businessman who operates more or less openly and profits off of the remains of monsters. He effectively is the authority. His most distinctive features are his shoes and his knife. His clothing is mostly red.
  • It's just a little thing, but when Gottlieb is explaining the numbers and mentions God, and Geiszler scoffs in the background up to his elbows in Kaiju organs, they accurately reflect the real-life fact that, among scientists, the highest proportion of religious believers is found among mathematicians, and the lowest among biologists.
  • Just from the beginning of the movie — in a world where the gap between the rich and the poor has widened, that guy and his kid resorted to scavenging for scrap metal, likely to go into Jeager-building to make money. And a bit of Fridge Horror, but the metal scraps they're more likely find is from other cities sent into the ocean by Kaiju attacks.
  • The movie has book ends: The plot is kicked off when Gipsy Danger is brought down by Knifehead, signaling that the Jaegers weren't invincible. It ends with Gipsy Danger bringing down the Kaiju production facility, signaling that the Precursor's Rift wasn't unbreachable. The movie starts and ends with one side realizing that their finest weapons have failed.
  • Gipsy kills Leatherback with its Plasma Cannon. After the long charge-up time that let Knifehead wreak all kinds of havoc on Gipsy, they seem to have upgraded, because now Gipsy can fire immediately and multiple times without waiting for it to charge.
  • The Kaiju are cloned and have two separate brains, so in a way they're Drifting to control a giant creature/robot, too.
  • Knifehead's battle with Gipsy Danger:
    • Yancy uses the Plasma Cannon on Gipsy Danger's right arm against the Kaiju, and then the next time this weapon's about to be used, it's Raleigh using the left arm's Plasma Cannon, and Knifehead immediately counters before it can finish charging. Later, though, Raleigh manages to finish him off with a Plasma Cannon shot after a long charging time. Why didn't the Kaiju block it this time? Because this time Raleigh was using Gipsy Danger's right arm, and Knifehead had taken out the pilot on the right side of the Jaeger. Knifehead stopped paying attention to the right arm because he thought it no longer presented a threat; Kaiju know how Jaegers work.
    • And even if they don't know exactly how Jaegers work with the two-pilot system, Knifehead was ripping into the left side of Gipsy's chest and tearing at whatever it could reach. After Mako and Raleigh's aborted first Drift, we see them sitting and looking at the plating on the left side of Gipsy's chest being removed for some reason. The reactor is precisely where Knifehead was attacking. It may have considered Gipsy neutralized when it killed Yancy, and was going for the reactor as a way to make sure it wasn't put back into action.
  • After the double event, Hannibal Chau marks a spot on the map, saying "that's where the Kaiju fell, that's where we'll focus our efforts." It initially seems strange that he'd focus on what was left of Otachi after it fell from fifty thousand feet (whatever was left would probably be pulp), but then you realize that Leatherback's corpse was probably in even worse shape.
  • It seems odd that Striker Eureka (and to the same extent, Crimson Typhoon)'s systems being "digital" meant it was more vulnerable to Leatherback's EMP than the nuclear Gipsy Danger and Cherno Alpha. Danger had core systems that still would've been lost if EMP'd. But being "digital" was referring to the connection between the pilots and the Jaeger, not the power systems. Think about it — in the prologue, we clearly see Yancy and Raleigh's braces connected to a multitude of pistons and gears that move in conjunction with their movements. They were directly connected to Gipsy's drive motors through the braces. Meanwhile, we don't see the same exposed machinery in Eureka or Typhoon. Being "digital" likely means that computerized systems "read" the movements the pilots make via the braces, and then make the motors respond appropriately — reducing the exertion level for the pilots and allowing for movements not possible through standard movement (e.g. Typhoon's lower-torso-rotation). If the power is lost, the connection is severed, and there's no way of controlling the Jaeger — hence, Eureka going limp. An "analogue" Jaeger has a direct connection between the pilots and the motors, so even if the systems stop working, the pilots are still somewhat capable of controlling the mech, albeit with more effort needed and a possible HUD loss. Striker and Crimson both being digital through this definition also connects to them being faster and more agile than their analogue counterparts, Gipsy and Cherno, both of which are slower models.
    • It's also possible that Raleigh was Bsing. Gipsy rips out Leatherback's organ that houses the EMP before he has a chance to use it, so we never find out if Gipsy would've been affected. Raleigh could've just been BSing to get into the fight, and since nobody knew how the EMP worked (and they didn't really have any other options), they believed him and put him and Mako into the fight.
  • Gipsy being unaffected by the EMP. Being nuclear, it already put out a lot of radiation of its own. In order to deal with that, it would need more shielding just to protect itself from its own electro magnetic radiation. So naturally it'll be more resistant to an EMP.
  • Coyote Tango has a very American name, and according to the toy, is covered in USAF roundels. And its pilots are two Brits. So why is it a Japanese Jaeger? Because Japan isn't allowed to have a standing armed forces.
  • At first it seems that there's nothing particular about the ease at which Striker disposed of Mutavore, a series of uppercuts followed by the chest missiles. But remember that Mutavore's eyes are inexplicably underneath its mouth. And those common uppercuts become effectively eye gouging lead ups to the finishing move. It never saw it coming.
  • Those little helicopters accompanying Jaegers during missions won't do much outside of carrying the mechas to battle. But they worked pretty well as eyes in the sky, or a warning system for the gigantic Jaegers. Consider the weather during Hong Kong fight, how Kaijus are destroying surface environment and how Raleigh reported low visibility under water.
  • Why did Scunner attack Gypsy Danger unrelentingly until Slattern called in for back up? Well, consider how much of a Suspiciously Similar Substitute he is for Knifehead. They both have dual sets of split arms, sharp head ornaments, a shell on the back, and a large mouth for biting. Now, consider the Precursors were actively changing and adapting the kaiju to better deal with the Jaegars. They knew Gypsy Danger was a threat, so they created a kaiju based on the last one of their forces that took Gypsy out. Scunner was made to be a bigger, stronger, more dangerous version of Knifehead specially to take out Gypsy. Now recall the Hive Mind the kaiju had. If Scunner had Knifehead's memories, it makes sense for him to go after Gypsy; he remembered getting killed by it.
  • Pentecost's last words to Mako are "You can always find me in the Drift!" It's a heartwarming reminder that he'll be there for her when she needs him, but it also makes sense as more than a metaphorical statement. As we've seen earlier, Mako gives in to chasing the RABIT when Drifting, going back into her memories. On top of that, Geiszler and later Gottlieb have shown that it's possible to Drift outside of a Jaeger, so it's entirely possible that, if she needs his presence, she can purposefully chase the RABIT in a safer Drift setting to be with him.
  • The fact that, to destroy the Rift, Raleigh and Mako had to send Gipsy Danger through it to destroy the Rift. Remember that, for the entire movie, the Precursors have been sending their monsters through the Rift to attack humanity. Now, think about the tagline for the movie: "To Fight Monsters, We Created Monsters." So, in essence, the climax of the movie was humanity turning the Precursors' own tactic against them: sending a monster (in this instance, a Jaeger) through the Rift to destroy/defeat those on the other side. You even get a closeup on one of the Precursor's face as they realize exactly what's happening.
  • No one seems to bat an eye at a black Englishman with a Japanese adopted daughter. Leaving aside the part where their story is probably pretty well known, international adoptions must've skyrocketed due to separations and deaths.
  • It seems a bit awfully convenient that Leatherback doesn't attack Striker Eureka right after crippling it with his EMP generator. It's probable that he thought Striker was "dead" and didn't understand that Jaegers are actually controlled by humans. After all, we have seen Kaijus aim for the Jaegers' heads or torsos, techniques which make more sense for a living being than for a machine.
  • In Mako's memory of the Tokyo attack, little-Mako's every gasp and whimper seems very loud in comparison to the background noise of rampaging kaiju, which can seem like over-the-top Narm at first. However, it's a subtle indicator that the memory is from her point of view: vocal sounds always seem a bit louder to the person who makes them, and hears them resonating within their own head, than to nearby listeners. Like Raleigh, we're hearing her desperate breaths as if we literally were that terrified little girl.
  • When Otachi ambushes Gypsy in Hong Kong, she bursts out of a building with mirrored-glass windows. All the other buildings nearby have obvious lighted windows, which would have gone dark from power outage if Otachi had tried the same trick with any of them. She, or at least the Hive Mind that directed her, may have been a lot smarter than anyone realized, to choose the one building that wouldn't give her position away.
  • The reason that Raleigh decides to "check for a pulse" following Gipsy's tussle with Leatherback is because the last time he thought he killed a Kaiju with a plasma cannon, Knifehead, it snuck up on him and ambushed him, nearly killing him. So he wants to avoid that, especially since we know that the Kaiju can attack and repeat previous successful strategies.
    • Also, it seems like a stupid idea to waste ammo on a dead Kaiju when they could've just ripped its guts out by hand or something, but Raleigh only suggests it after he realizes where Otachi is, which is inside a heavily populated city. The plasma cannon doesn't shoot Kaiju, it shoots through Kaiju, and is incredibly hard to maneuver with in close quarters. Between those two aspects of the gun, the plasma cannon would've done more damage to the buildings around Gypsy Danger than to the actual Kaiju, so he figured he might as well use it then to make sure Leatherback was dead since they wouldn't need it later. Now, they were wrong, and it would've been helpful when Otachi pulled Gyspy into the stratosphere, but in Raleigh and Mako's defense, that was completely unexpected, and they made the logical chose at the time.
  • How did Slattern survived a nuke detonating in his face? Simple. Before Jaegers, nukes were the only effective weapons capable of taking Kaijus down. Even Trespasser, the first Kaiju ever, took three nukes before it was finally dead. Factoring in how the Precursors made each of the latest generation Kaijus to specifically deal with opponents they would have to face, it's no wonder why Slattern is capable of withstanding a full nuke blast with ease. This also leads to Fridge Horror: any possible new Kaijus after Slattern will all be immune to nukes. It's a good thing Raleigh and Mako managed to seal the breach when they did; otherwise, it'd be just a matter of time before the Kaijus win.
  • There's a load of Fridge Brilliance behind not just positioning Jaegers in front of the Rift and attacking the Kaiju there, but concerning how the Kaiju and Jaegers fight. Jaegers are based off of humans, so they like to stand up and fight, while Kaiju are more reptilian. Why does this matter? Because humans are built to fight on land. Jaegers don't swim, they just walk underwater, while Kaiju like Scunner and Slattern are basically like giant snakes. Kaiju have a massive speed boost when they swim underwater, while Jaegers can run faster on land and use the environment to their advantage. Letting the Kaiju exhaust themselves by having to travel all the way across the ocean and fight in a completely different type of environment than what they're used to (because the Precursor's realm is aqueous) gives the humans a massive home-field advantage.
    • Also, pay attention to the locations of the fights. The only time Jaegers die are when they're in shallow or deep water that allows the Kaiju to sneak up on Jaegers.
    • Fridge Brilliance for the Precursors as well. The Kaiju primarily attack population centers on the Pacific Coast. That's not just to cull the human population, that's to force the Jaegers out. If they attacked depopulated areas, the Jaegers would just wait until they're heavily inland, in a defensible location, then attack, while heading for population centers forces Jaegers to intercept them in port at worst, and at best in the open ocean. In either case, they have the advantage.
  • The Australian Jaeger being the most advanced and powerful makes a lot of since due to geography. Australia is an island subcontinent completely surrounded by ocean, and most of the population is situated along the coast, meaning a kaiju rampage would be particularly devastating. Striker Eureka was made that strong so it could kill the kaiju as quickly as possible before they could cause widespread destruction.

Fridge Horror

  • The Kaiju came out of the Pacific, and a wall was made in the Pacific Rim to hopefully keep the Kaiju out.
    • There are a lot of islands in the Pacific that are inhabited, and Oceania has about 36 million people as of 2011. Even if you take out Australia, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand, the population is still in the millions. What happened to the people in the Pacific islands? Did they have to evacuate their homes entirely? Or were they essentially left to the Kaiju after the first wave? Did they even have an opportunity to evacuate or be evacuated?
    • Considering the Plan B was to wall off the Pacific Ocean from Kaiju... what if there were people still left in the Pacific who couldn't get off? Areas like the Pitcairn Islands are extremely remote — for all we know, the people on the Pitcairn Islands or Tahiti were left huddling in their homes in fear, waiting for the day a boat or a plane finally comes to rescue them, not knowing if they'll soon become a Kaiju snack.
    • Given how many of the islands in Oceania's economy are dependent on tourism, when the film takes place, nobody will go out for a vacation in the tropical paradises of the Pacific anymore — and given how much damage the Jaegers and Kaiju have done to the fishing scene, there'll probably be almost nothing for the Pacific islanders to go back to after the events of the movie.
  • Think of all the damage that was probably done to the oceans' ecosystem by the Jaegers or the Kaiju. The Great Barrier Reef, along with many other reefs, are probably in pieces and will never recover.
  • Imagine the damage Slattern could have done if he had made landfall, considering the damage he withstood at the hands of Striker and Gipsy. Remember what Dr. Geizler said about 'the extermination wave isn't even here yet.' That leaves two possibilities: a) The main body of the invasion is an entire army of Slatterns. Or b) The main body of the invasion is an entire army of something even worse. It's possible the extermination wave was simply a gigantic army of Kaiju (in two scenes, Newt's first Drift and then Gipsy arriving at the Kaiju base, we can see a whole line of what looks like an army of Knifeheads hovering in the air), but still, it's a scary thought either way.
  • The first battles against Trespasser and the other pre-Jaeger Kaiju were probably the the most horrific things ever experienced by a soldier. Imagine fighting a creature the size of an apartment building though streets pockmarked with crater sized footprints, some filled with — unpleasant remains. Being forced to clear corpse riddled debris for fighting vehicles to maneuver through. Knowing that you could be attacked from any direction, with your only hope for survival being the alleys and side streets. God help you if you're in a tank and the thing comes storming out of an adjacent road; the turret probably couldn't turn fast enough, even if you had air support calling out its location. Now imagine six days of that. It's probably a good thing Raleigh skimmed over the opening bit.
  • Chuck Hansen:
    • Chuck is in his father's head on a regular basis, seeing his father's memories. His father, who has memories of conceiving Chuck. No wonder poor Chuck acts like a jerk all the time...
    • Being a Child Soldier probably didn't help his emotional issues, either. It's revealed that Chuck was enlisted in the Jaeger Academy at age 12 in 2015, was first deployed in Striker Eureka at 16 in 2019, and has the highest Kaiju kill count in history at 21 in 2025. Herc even admits that Chuck was "raised in the cockpit," which couldn't have been healthy for a young, traumatized boy. And when you consider how royally screwed up most Real Life child soldiers are (especially those who started fighting before the age of 17), it shouldn't be surprising that Chuck has some very serious emotional and social problems. He was literally raised to kill Kaiju in a Crapsack World, not to interact with other humans or people his own age.
    • Suppressing feelings of fear or guilt is a common theme in molding effective child soldiers in real life. Chuck vehemently refuses to show either of these emotions and acts extremely hostile when someone wrongs him in any way. It's likely that such a belief had been drilled into his mind since age 12, and unlike an emotionally and physically mature adult, he was never able to differentiate between the appropriate time to suppress those emotions and the appropriate time to release them off the battlefield.
    • His initial animosity towards Raleigh may be due to concern about the latter's ability to do his job, but there are other reasons. Based on film and supplemental data, Raleigh is the only pilot to flat-out quit the Jaeger program. All other pilots have been either killed or reassigned (like Pentecost). Yes, Raleigh lost his brother, but Chuck lost his mother and entire extended family, and had to see many of his fellow pilots fall during the past five years. (Striker Eureka wasn't Australia's only Jaeger, just its only surviving one.) To Chuck, Raleigh did Screw This, I'm Outta Here! not only to humanity's best defense, but to a program he spent his entire adult life in.
    • To add further insult, Raleigh wound up working on the Wall project, which had just been proven ineffective, since Chuck had to use Striker Eureka to take out the Kaiju that breached the Sydney wall. Two other Jaegers, Vulcan Specter and Echo Saber, were also destroyed while protecting it from the outside. To Chuck, Raleigh is a reminder that the Jaeger program is being scrapped in favor of a worthless publicity stunt.
    • Even after death, Jaeger pilots are stated to often Ghost-Drift with each other, as shown with Raleigh and his brother. Herc has been piloting with his son for over five years... and Chuck is now dead. It's very likely that Herc will be seeing his dead child on a regular basis, but only in his mind and the Ghost-Drift.
  • So, you think that Hannibal Chau will be perfectly fine after cutting himself out of Otachi Jr.? You might want to rethink that seeing as how he ends up absolutely covered in Kaiju Blue...
    • In the sequel comic Aftermath, they do show that he is slowly dying of organ failure due to the toxicity of Kaiju Blue.
  • Remember the boat that Yancy and Raleigh went out to get against orders? We never find out what happened to it...
  • So Otachi and Leatherback were sent specifically after Newt, and have no trouble finding him in Hong Kong. How did they know to go to Hong Kong, much less track him to the exact Kaiju bunker he was in? Newt is still connected to the Hive Mind.
  • The Kaiju aren't just going for the population centers. All the Jaegers were moved to Hong Kong (presumably that's the closest battle-station to the Breach). They're deliberately going for the Jaegers, eliminating any remaining threats to their attacks. How do they know this? Newt told them inadvertently.
  • Considering what the neural load of piloting a Jaeger solo does to a human (bloody sclera and nosebleeds), chances are good that even with the Drift to share the load, piloting a Jaeger isn't doing anything good for the pilots' lifespans. Fighting giant monsters aside, putting that level of strain on the brain can't be healthy.
  • Otachi Junior was still deadly. Suppose instead of sending through one or more huge Kaiju, the Precursors sent through the equivalent mass in baby Kaiju. Jaegers are designed to fight big enemies, not massive swarms of small ones.
  • The fact that Kaiju blood is ammonia-based becomes much worse if you know something about chemistry.
    • When exposed to soil, ammonia can react with the water inside and change into ammonium, its ionic form. This form will disassociate or nitrify if not absorbed by biomass, releasing Hydrogen Cations, which will result in soil acidification.
    • While it can help with fertilization, in some environments, the nutrition ammonia provides usually promotes the growth of weedy species that will choke out ones dependent on larger amounts of nutrients.
    • In aquatic environments, ammonia results in the formation of algal blooms, which deprive water of oxygen and block the sun over large areas. Some even secrete poisons into the water.
    • Worst of all, while mammals have special mechanisms to help prevent ammonia from building up in the bloodstream, fish and amphibians don't.
  • The Kaiju are confirmed to have a digestive system, presumably need a huge amount of food, and target population centers. This says quite a bit about their eating habits.
    • And what is to say Kaiju won't eat any sea life in the ocean as well?
      • This is confirmed in Ascension. Right before a fight with a Kaiju, two Jaeger pilots muse on how awful it is that the majority of sea life around them probably won't survive what is to come, and during the fight the Kaiju casually eats a whale alive.
  • The Drift makes it so that co-pilots don't really need to communicate aloud while in the Drift, since they are in each other's heads. So when Yancy is Killed Mid-Sentence at the start of the film, you would think that his last words were echoed in Raleigh's mind. Only, sometimes our minds get so scrambled we need to speak in order to organize them; chances are, Raleigh could only guess at what his brother wanted to say to him. Yancy could have wanted to say anything along the lines of pride, regret, reassurance — maybe even all of these things and more at once. Raleigh may have some semblance of what Yancy wanted to say to him — after all, the sentiment is there, and the connection is empathic — but the fact that Yancy never got to vocalize these thoughts to Raleigh is another painful reminder of how brutally Yancy was taken from him.
  • Striker Eureka, the only Mark 5 Jaeger, is capable of making mincemeat of Category 4 kaiju, as shown with Mutavore and to an extent Otachi (who he had dead to rights until Leatherback interfered), as well as putting up one heck of a fight with a Category 5 kaiju. It's quite likely the reason the Jaegers were dropping so easily was because rather than advancing further as they had been up until that point, the world leaders focused the money into what amounted to a gigantic publicity stunt that failed to accomplish anything, given the latest model was clearly up to snuff with the current kaiju.
  • What normally happened if a Jaeger was destroyed while fighting a Kaiju? While each Shatterdome had multiple Jaegers assigned to it, were they all deployed together, or sent out one at a time? If a Jaeger fails to take down a Kaiju, how much destruction would it wreak before another Jaeger got sent at it?

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