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Fridge Brilliance

  • Considering that the only reason Bigby ever came to Fabletown and civilized himself in the first place was to spend time with Snow White, him torturing the suspect for information on her presumed killer, pocketing Dee's money and being prepared to strike Crane suddenly takes on a whole new meaning, implying that he's preparing to cut his ties with Fabletown after tracking down and killing the perpetrator in revenge. This becomes even more obvious if one remembers that in the comic itself, when Snow White and Bigby's kids had to move to the Farm (where Bigby was not allowed) he immediately left Fabletown and civilization altogether.
  • A small one, but Grendel is almost always encountered in the Trip Trap, at night. Why? A bar is probably the closest modern-day thing to a mead hall.
    • He's also good friends with Holly, who's got a similar hard-nosed but caring attitude to him but a noticeable amount more maturity, both in the looks and emotional department. Their personalities definitely don't clash, but still, an older lady being one of the few people who Grendel's at-ease around makes its own sense when put next to the fact that his mother was his only ally in his story of origin.
  • In Episode 1, Crane tells Snow to call Vivian to tell her he's coming in early for his massage, and to get him a bottle of wine. We later learn that Vivian works for the Pudding and Pie as a receptionist, and Crane's "massages" are likely his meetings with Lily. Doubles as Fridge Horror when you realise Snow was likely organising Crane's meetings with Lily unknowingly.
    • In fact, replaying the scene will show that he put unusual emphasis on the word 'Massage' because it's a Last-Second Word Swap and he's nervous and embarrassed.
  • Bloody Mary is psychotic and completely deranged because unlike the Fables, she's an Urban Legend. Fables usually have An Aesop or some lesson to be learned.
    • Same goes for the Jersey Devil.
    • Bloody Mary is actually folklore, but fairly obscure. And she seems to have a random personality: "The Bloody Mary apparition allegedly appears as a corpse, a witch or ghost; can be friendly or evil; and is sometimes "seen" covered in blood. The lore surrounding the ritual (if she is summoned properly) states that participants may endure the apparition screaming at them, cursing them, strangling them, stealing their soul, drinking their blood, or scratching their eyes out."
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    • It's worth noting that the name 'Bloody Mary' comes from Mary Tudor, a historical English monarch. Makes you wonder what her rule was like back in the Homelands...
  • Why does "Tiny" Tim speak so highly of The Crooked Man and considers him a friend to the less fortunate members of Fabletown? Because Tim learned that from his father, Bob Cratchit, who, at least around Christmas Eve, also used to say good things about his miserly, misanthrope boss, Ebenezer Scrooge!
    • There may be a legitimate fondness for each other as well; perhaps having a physical impairment himself, The Crooked Man sees something of himself in those with similar disabilities. At least superficially, anyway.
  • How can Bigby be hurt by silver even though he's not a werewolf? Because he has lycanthropy! That's how he's able to turn into a human without using a glamour. He's not a werewolf, he's a wereman. This is confirmed in the final Fable description, detailing that Snow had tracked him down and injected him with werewolf's blood, allowing him to change at-will.
    • He's a man-man?
    • A more accurate description would be a "were-man".
      • Actually, since "were-" is the Old English word for a male ("wereman" simply meant "man", and "wifman" (modern "woman") means female, "man" didn't specify the male gender until relatively recently) that would make "were-man"... "man-man". The terms "werewolf" or "wolfman" still apply to Bigby, simply reversed in meaning.
      • The proper term for what Bigby is would be a "wolfwere."
  • Why was the Magic Mirror unable to scry Faith's corpse even though the ribbon, the one thing on her that could block his powers, was taken off? Because the actual Faith was alive and still wearing her ribbon.
    • Furthering the implication that Nerissa is actually Faith glamored is her explanation on why she left the severed head for Bigby to find. Nerissa explained that she left it in order to point him in the right direction of the bigger problem at hand. This doesn't make sense since Nerissa only met Bigby only after he started looking into the case so why would she seek aid in such a way from a person she hasn't met before, especially one with Bigby's past reputation. It doesn't make sense unless Nerissa really is Faith in disguise as she had met Bigby before and was convinced of Bigby's true character when he saved her from the Woodsman.
    • Continuing from the above, the first time we see Nerissa Georgie is yelling at her for dancing badly. Maybe the reason she was dancing badly is that Faith had to change her dancing style to reflect the character she was now playing?
      • Alternately, the reason she is dancing badly is a reference to the original story. In the original story the mermaid was able to dance beautifully, but doing so made her feel like she was walking on knives.
    • The true identity of the person who speaks to Bigby Wolf last is hinted through the name Nerissa, which means black-haired in some languages, even though Nerissa clearly has red/brown hair. Then comes the ending, which heavily implies that 'Nerissa' is actually Faith under her co-worker's glamour. Now, what colour was Faith's hair again?
    • Lawrence, if he lives, asks a very important question about where Faith's body went to. Given that we know Faith was in fact Nerissa, we should consider the fact that fables can return to life as long as they are well known and not put down the Wishing Well. Nerissa was thrown into the lake, not the Witching Well, and the Little Mermaid is one of the most beloved fables around today...
    • Nerissa literally put her Faith in Bigby. Talk about a Meaningful Name.
    • This actually is a good thing. The Donkeyskin Girl isn't famous enough to be resurrected by the knowledge of her story. The Little Mermaid IS! If the switch-up is true, then while she's out for a while, this game has one less victim in the long term.
      • Plus a lake makes some sense to why she would be put there. Mermaids don't die and decompose like normal people, they turn into FOAM in the original fairy tail. Meaning that it's likely her body would start to break down after some time, so they had to hide the rest. They likely put a chamr on her head to help with the investigation though.
  • Toad's Skewed Priorities are similar to the problems Beauty and Beast are facing; he's used to a certain lifestyle and being able to splurge on things he wants rather than what he needs. What's more, he's used to not having to face long-term consequences for his actions and not having to remember what he's learned. Yes, he nearly lost everyone once, but got it all back... thanks to getting a lot of help from his friends. Small wonder he's so bitter towards Bigby for not letting him keep coasting along...
  • Lily's funeral is held under a bridge. Heh.
  • When meeting Faith at the beginning, you see the notice 'She will remember that...' You never see ellipsis after this notice when you see the notice for other people. Due to the melancholy added, this is a good warning about what happens to her.
    • This actually works both ways. It hints at her death in episode 1, and also indicates that, if the theory about her is true, she remembered all the way through to episode 5...
  • If you know that the word 'pie' is also slang for vagina, Puddin' and pie becomes brilliant in a twisted sort of way.
    • Also, 'pudding' is slang for penis. The Puddin' and Pie has both male and female dancers.
  • Georgie Porgie's characterization fits nicely with the old rhyme:
    Georgie Porgie, Pudding and Pie
    Kissed the girls and made them cry
    When the boys came out to play
    Georgie Porgie ran away
  • Having Beast start to transform into his beastly self when angry seems out of line with how he's portrayed in the comics, where his appearance was controlled by how angry Beauty was with him. However, note that Beauty is present for the scene where he and Bigby fight and is constantly trying to talk him down throughout the fight. Considering that Beast won't let her explain herself, that might lead to her getting a little frustrated...
  • Why is Bigby so powerful compared to other Fables? Tiny Tim shows that the more a fairy tale is told, the more its Fable's traits are accentuated. Now, what are among the first fairy tales that are told to almost every child? Little Red Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf—three fables that are about how nobody (except for the Woodsman) stand a chance against The Big Bad Wolf.
  • The bar that is owned by trolls is called the Trip Trap. As in, 'Who's that trip-trapping on my bridge?'
  • A minor instance of Meaningful Name, Bigby, while a real name, is also conveniently pronounced "Big B."

Fridge Logic

  • When Bigby really loses it, he turns back into his original form - not the wolfman, but literally The Big Bad Wolf. The one time was see him in action, he effortlessly wipes the floor with Bloody Mary and a whole army of her clones. Everything and their mother at some point picks a fight with Bigby: Grendel, the Tweedles, the Woodsman, Jersey. So the question is - are they suicidal, or did they not realize how easily he could rip them to pieces?
    • It seems at least the Woodsman did, as he tells Bigby to "come out" during their fight. Also, it's less suicidal for him since he is drunk that time, and he's literally the only Fable short of Dragons that can physically match Bigby.
    • These cases are really best viewed as cases of attempted martyrdom to prove a point. It is made pretty clear throughout the game that none of these characters buy the idea that Bigby is a changed wolf, and are constantly baiting him to show what they feel is his true nature. It's not that they are suicidal, so much as they feel revealing the sheriff of Fabletown for what (they believe) he really seems worth the risk.

  • Perhaps an issue of continuity between the multiple routes you can take through the story, but depending on choices, thinking too much about Lawrence's apartment can open a rather large can of worms: it is noted that the gun has not been fired for at least week, and you locate a single bullet casing and a single bullet in the wall behind the chair with an upward trajectory consistent with Lawrence's chest wound. If you go to his place first, there is no real problem. However, if you visit Lawrence second, all of these things remain the same, but with the addition of an open head wound and corresponding blood spatter on the wall above the mantle. What makes this situation puzzling is that Bigby still sniffs and says it's been over a week since the gun was fired, there is still only one casing, and the only bullet hole you can examine is the one behind the chair. If it is not an issue with continuity and we can trust Bigby's olfactory acuity, this would mean some combination of the wound not resulting from that gun, someone tampering with the crime scene prior to your arrival, or Dee lying when he said he was covered in blood from Lawrence committing suicide in front of him just before Bigby showed up.
  • Given what we know of the Witching Well, and the sight of the Crooked Man being kept as a raven with an amputated tongue in a tiny cage, you have to consider that the most merciful ending would be the most "evil" one, ripping the Crooked man's head off. It's the only ending that doesn't end up with a Fate Worse than Death. It's at least over quickly and not eternal suffering.

Fridge Horror

  • Bigby's fable itself, in the Fable the Big Bad Wolf was small enough to pass for a little old lady in Red Riding Hood, in the game his true form is 8 feet tall, exactly how young was Bigby when he became the Big Bad Wolf, the monster of monsters to Fables?
    • He was the equivalent of a thirteen year old when Little Red Riding Hood happened, and he was around six foot back then.
  • Considering how many mirror clones of Bloody Mary Bigby managed to kill, who's to say he managed to kill the real one?

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