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Fridge Brilliance

  • Why can Inklings and Octolings only swim in ink that's their team color? It's because they'd only blend in with that background!
  • Calie. Marie. Caliemarie. Calimari. Calamari.
  • Most of the Octarians are octopus tentacles. Real life octopodes have significant parts of their nervous systems in their arms, and the arms can even grow back if lost. So: perhaps the tentacle Octarians are cultivated from a "parent" Octarian/Octoling by chopping them off and letting them fight for Octo-kind, with the distinct possibility that they're harvested from the final boss.
    • One of the Sunken Sea Scrolls depicts a younger Octavio when it talks about the Octarians, indicating that humanoid Octarians and Octolings are the 'core' of their race.
    • Evidence that the final boss is using his own donor tentacles to clone up his forces? Take a good look at the tentacles that serve as the weak spots of the Great Octoweapons. The scars on all of them are the exact same as Octavio's own.
    • More brilliance: The 'true' Octarians, already dealing with a crisis of living space, are unwilling to risk themselves on dangerous missions to steal Zapfish from Inkopolis, and so they make clone soldiers and such using their donor tentacles to beef up and mechanize their forces, only having their Elites take to the field as Octoling and Elite Octoling troopers.
    • Also, some of the Octarian troopers, especially the single-tentacle ones, are... noted for being fairly dumb, really. Well, no crap — while the severed arms of an octopus do have a lot more neural mass than most limbs, the animal is still at its most intelligent when it has all its limbs and they're connected to its brain. Of course the single-tentacle Octarians aren't bright, they're operating on limited brain power.
  • At first, you're likely going to wonder "Why the hell can't Inklings swim? Aren't they squids?", but then the reason why they can't will dawn on you: they're mostly made of ink, which dissolves in water.
    • Word of God has confirmed that Inklings dissolve in water because their "skin" is so thin and porous that dunking them in water will cause them to basically "bleed out" due to osmosis.
    • Another possible reason is letting Inklings get back into action quicker. If you fall into void, you explode in mid-air, most likely to respawn into action as fast as possible instead of climbing all the way back up. Same with water — they'd have hard time climbing out of it because they can't spray walls to climb out because, well, ink and water, and rather self-destruct and respawn than swim (which they apparently can't) to where they can climb out normally, only to be splatted when they're most vulnerable. Time is golden in turf wars.
      • This explanation isn't quite as viable in the single player campaign as you're not under any sort time-limit, but you still fall apart if you happen to fall in water. Cuttlefish even comments how you can't swim. So the fact that Inklings are mostly composed of ink seems to be the reason they can't swim.
  • The Rainmaker weapon might be named for its ability to rain a large amount of ink on the field without needing to be refilled, but another subtle detail is noticed when firing: it leaves patches of ink on the ground, in the shape of rain drops.
  • The Splattershot line of progression (Jr., Normal, Pro) reflects the evolution of water guns during the early to mid 90's, and their specs reflect this. The Jr is based on old squirt guns that squirt low amounts of water per shot and commonly had clear bodies, and the Jr has short range and low power but can fire for a long time due to the low ink each shot has. The regular Splattershot is based on the Super Soaker 50, one of the first pressure pump water guns and the standard gun of the line, as such being the Jackof All Stats. Finally, the Pro is based on the Super Soaker CPS-2000, one of the most powerful water guns ever made thanks to its water bladder CPS system, but the same system also made it slow to repump between shots and used up a lot of water in a matter of seconds, thus the Pro has higher damage, but lower fire rate and higher ink consumption.
  • So how and why does the Great Zapfish keep getting kidnapped in multiple games, which should normally facilitate better protection? As it turns out, it doesn't actually stay on the tower all the time; it occasionally leaves and explores of its own accord, likely even going out to feed itself and/or move between towns to distribute its electricity. So the possible explanation for its repeated kidnapping is getting captured while it's out and about, away from the safety of civilization.
  • Judd and Li'l Judd's fatness actually makes sense given their backstory: the world was flooding and thus they'd need extra fat to stay afloat and warm in the event that the flooding was permanent; in addition, they'd need to keep from freezing to death or having their bodies cannibalize themselves for energy while in cryostasis, another situation where fatness would be advantageous. No wonder he's so sleepy all the time– not only would he have a hard time moving with how bulky he is, but he's probably over-insulated too and overheating under all that fur and blubber!
  • The Inkbrush and Octobrush seem idiosyncratically named after the humanoid races' names. However, the Octobrush is the more basic of them, and thus the only Brush that rival Octolings can wield; whereas the Inkbrush is not only used solely by player characters (initially just Inklings), but used to swing ink, as opposed to a mundane paintbrush used for actual paint.

Fridge Horror

  • Wait a minute... where the hell are the whales? If the oceans changed drastically due to environmental calamity, did the whales also... oh god!
    • Many elements have drawings of whales and dolphins, like the notice board in Inkopolis and one of the variations of the Nozzlenose, so it seems like our cetacean friends are doing just fine.
      • Lending more credence to that supposition, Marina mentions during the Unicorn vs. Narwhal Splatfest that her landlord is a narwhal. Narwhals are basically whales with giant protruding tusks.
  • When you die in Splatoon, you explode into the opposing team's colour ink. Does this mean that the inklings are using each other's blood as ammo?
    • When you really think about what's happening, you're basically making other inklings explode by forcing foreign ink into their body, which is displacing the inkling's own ink to a point where the body can't keep itself together anymore.
  • Between the value the storekeepers and newscasters place on "freshness", and the newscasters dressing up like cut and cooked squid, is it possible the inklings have a racial memory of being food and are now making a virtue out of it? (Or non-racial: what does Judd eat, and how important has Judd become to their society?)
    • You can see unevolved fish in the water in various stages (Arowana Mall, Bluefin Depot). Not to mention Squids are carnivorous (and Callie and Marie mention eating Catfish Burgers and Hot Dogfish), so it's unlikely they hold his carnivorous tendencies against him.
    • It probably also extends to the other species, or at least for shrimp as Crusty Sean dresses up like tempura.
  • The fact Inklings dissolve in water makes their world seem a lot scarier. Realistically, inklings should die when they dissolve, though since a Game Over when falling into water doesn't make for a fun game, they simply respawn. What must rain and snow do to them? There's also the issue of masses of water being lethal to inklings. The implications they live in Japan, which are a series of islands surrounded by water, only makes it worse.
    • However, respawning is actually a thing Inklings and Octolings are capable of doing in-universe, so falling in water may just be an inconvenience to them. No species that died for good the instant it came into contact with water would have any business becoming such a major part of the world, after all.
  • Not exactly a 'horror', but still mildly off-putting. Apparently at least some other species still eat salted squid. Wouldn't that be a bit creepy to inklings. considering they're evolved squids?
    • About as much as a human eating an ape.
      • So pretty high on the iffy scale, at least in America.
      • But, y’know, if you’re really hungry...
  • Did the ecological disaster that hit the planet completely stop all weather patterns? You'd think that with Inklings dissolving in water, a sudden rainstorm or blizzard would prove horrifying to their society.
    • As Respawning is a canonical element of the world of Splatoon, Inklings (and Octolings living on the surface) would more likely find it annoying at worse. And since the ecological disaster that wiped out humanity was Rising Tides via nuking Antarctica, it's unlikely that normal weather patterns stopped.