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Fridge Brilliance:

  • The hallways that the Torment chases Valkyrie and Skulduggery through in Playing With Fire are the same kind that provides an escape hatch in the Faceless Ones!
  • In the first book, Skulduggery says he could be a figment of his own imagination. Later on in the series, he points out that Valkyrie could be Darquesse's good mood. In Death Bringer, he is revealed to be Lord Vile in the same way Valkyrie is Darquesse.
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  • When Skulduggery goes Superpowered Evil Side, he stops being so pleasant and starts being more vile.
  • When Tanith walked into his house, Fergus was gaping like an idiot. He has met/seen China, so what says he hasn't met/seen Tanith? Possibly years before the twins were born and Tanith still looks young as she was.
  • I've just realised what makes Lord Vile such a ridiculously powerful Necromancer. He's a dead thing using death magic! Which, as we see in Mortal Coil, is not good news.
  • I just noticed that Death Bringer, the book title, could refer to Melancholia, Valkyrie or Lord Vile! Since all three of them show up in the climax, and all three are candidates for the mantle of Death Bringer.
  • Somewhere in between Fridge Heartwarming and Fridge Tearjerker, but Anton Shudder's "I prefer hugs" comment in "Last Stand of Dead Men" makes a lot more sense if you think about Larrikin's failed attempt to hug him in the backstory.
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  • China's decision to make a spell (or whatever) that prompts everyone to fall in love with her makes a lot more sense when we find out about her romantic history.
  • Mevolent's three generals during the war represent the three types of evil on the Character Alignment scale. Serpine is Neutral Evil, Baron Vengeous is Lawful Evil and Lord Vile is Chaotic Evil. Knowing Landy, this is probably not a coincidence.
  • Lord Vile's name absolutely drips with Obviously Evil to the point of being a cliché Evil Overlord name. Then you remember he's Skulduggery's Superpowered Evil Side created by his rage and hate. Lord Vile was the name he took to bury Skulduggery Pleasant, but deep down, Skulduggery was still a part of him. He took such an Obviously Evil name to reflect what he knew deep down he had become: a monster.

Fridge Horror:

  • Well, more like Fridge Depression. "I wonder if Ghastly still made those steaks?" is probably the most depressing thing you can utter in the fandom.
  • The Remnant possessing Tanith as of the end of Mortal Coil is the same one that nailed her to the chain in Dark Days.
  • Melancholia is an induced coma at the mercy of Doctor Nye. Fate Worse than Death, much?
  • During Moore's fight with Valkyrie he at some point throws her on her bed. If you read the next part slowly, it reads as if Moore tried to rape her
  • Moore nearly killed Valkyrie. Baby Alison was in the house. Now think about what would have happened if he had set off Darquesse. Sweet dreams people.
  • On the other hand, there is something terrifying in the fact that a mere Muggle came so close to killing a powerful witch. Imagine somebody without Reflection and Darquesse at her disposal.
  • Remnant!Tanith has access to Kenspeckle Grouse's memories. She knows how to build Desolation Engines.
  • In Kingdom of the Wicked, Kitana and her cronies were all in full view when Skulduggery turned into Vile and Val turned into Darquesse for the end fight. If the three of them knew the significance of Vile and Darquesse, they could identify them for a more well-informed mage.
  • More like Fridge Squick, but in the first book Stephanie keeps her underwear on the floor! That's decidedly unhygienic!
  • Go back and re-read the first few books and see how many times the phrase "like a voice in my head" pops up, or when times when the narration seems to speak to Valkyrie. Darquesse has been showing up since book 1.
    • However, The Dying of the Light reveals that the mysterious voice in Valkyrie's head may not necessarily be connected to Darquesse.

Fridge Logic:

  • Fletcher can teleport anywhere he's been. He demonstrates the ability to teleport into the ocean at the end of Book 4. So why the hell didn't he just teleport Dusk there and turn the fight into a Curb-Stomp Battle?
    • Maybe because Dusk is so freaking awesome he'd kill Fletcher in the second it took them to teleport?
    • The thing is that in the fight Fletcher DOES teleport him. They just return with Fletcher unconscious and Dusk none the worse for wear. It still stands to reason that Fletcher could have killed him by taking him to the ocean.
    • Also, remember that we're talking about the third book, pre-Level In Badass. When he got scared, he teleported at the most 12 feet away, to the bathroom, and this was just after he opened the gate to the Faceless One's world, so he's bound to be tired on top of terrified.
    • To clarify, the scene referred to is the fight at the football stadium in book four. To reiterate - he teleports somewhere undescribed and gets his ass handed to him, and yet mere minutes later he teleports the bomb out in the ocean. The fact remains that the series would be lacking a recurring villain rather quickly if Fletcher had remembered he could do that a little sooner.
    • Maybe Fletcher didn't know salt water kills vampires. Or he just can't always think on his feet.
    • Wait a moment, didn't they end up teleporting back after their fight? How the hell did they manage that if Fletcher was unconscious, I'd like to know?
      • Maybe Dusk knocked him out partway through the teleportation. Or forced Fletcher to bring them back and then knocked him out.
  • Also, If Valkyrie's coat is impenetrable, how was the fabric cut to make the coat?
    • Her coat isn't impenetrable. It's magically enhanced, yeah, but not made out of metal or anything.
  • Why do all the necromancers use such impractical things as their focus objects? They're powerless without them, and yet Valkyrie's the only one with enough sense to use something small, portable and inconspicuous. It's outright stated that the necromancers in the airport failed so badly because their focus objects were all in their luggage.
    • It's implied that the object you place your magic in influences the way you can fight with it. Take Viles armor for example. It's not only a powerful weapon, but also an almost inpenetratable defense. Another necromancer used a flintlock pistol and shot shadow bullets with it. Using a small object might make for better concealment, but wouldn't be suited to the persons fighting style.
  • Returning to a previous point, why actually a ring, that can be easily misplaced or snatched? Why not, say, a collar or a steel bracelett? Why not an item that is implanted into the body?
    • Maybe its a Necromancer thing. They don't usually leave their temple during their training years, so combat and concealment shouldn't be an issue. Maybe everyone gets a ring to start with, and after their surge they figure out what works best for them. And the Necromancers are very concerned with their image, they are pretty much required to be scary and traditional, implanted objects might just not be a thing that is done.
  • How comes it is still so hard for Valkyrie to use her Elemental Powers? In Book 6, she is attacked by Moore and cannot use it! At some point she even has time to rummage through her clothes for the necromancer ring, but still cannot concentrate enought for a fireball!
    • Valkyrie is notorious for not practicing her skills like she should, and being over confident about it. She also has a bit of a problem with panicking in a fight—desperately rummaging for a ring doesn't require any concentration at all, but sending out a fireball does. That's actually why she favors necromancy, because she's able to use it more as a blunt weapon while elemental magic needs some thought put into it. Besides which, she's practicing two different schools of magic, which divides her focus somewhat. And, many of the characters that display powerful magic skills have very long lifespans to practice from—maybe magic is just really hard to learn.
      • I'm pretty sure it's mentioned somewhere that Elemental magic does take at least a lifetime to become competent in, and in the first book Skulduggery says that most sorcerers choose Adept magic because "it's more immediately powerful." Skulduggery had absolutely nothing else to do except practise magic (well, and be tortured) when he was in the Faceless Ones' dimension and it still took him about a year to learn how to fly.
    • Necromancy also has been noted to come very easy to Val, and she likes to fight the quick and dirty way, using the easiest methods at her disposal.
  • What would happen if the reflection got, say, a haircut and Valkyrie didn't? In all of the illustrations, Val's hair is identical, but it would have grown at some point, and her parents must have said at some point "OK, Steph, you're hair's way too long. You need a haircut. But then Valkyrie would come home from fireball practice and they'd have thought, OK, your hair's growing suspiciously quickly..."

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