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    Freddy's Fighting Skill 
  • Throughout the franchise, Freddy shows some martial arts prowess while in dreams, where he doesn't actually have to know how to do the move, since he's a reality warper. And for all the major installments, in the real world he can't even handle untrained teenage girls and gets severely hindered by homemade booby traps, as you'd expect since both before and after he died, he never killed anyone fighting back. So in Freddy vs Jason, how the fuck does he manage to not only endure blows from, but also defeat Jason Vorhees, who becomes stronger after each resurrection, and was punching people's heads off two resurrections ago? Freddy jumps and flips and kick around like Jackie Chan, and keeps fighting after being thrown dozens of yards and losing his arm. Does this fall under the MST3K Mantra, since the movie would be boring if the final fight was a Curb-Stomp Battle in Jason's favor, or did he train with young Bruce Lee when he was alive and not murdering children, and just now remembered how to use his skills?
    • Freddy may have figured out a way to tap into his victims' dream powers, same as Alice could do, after having battled her twice. It took a while, but by Freddy vs Jason he managed to emulate the powers of Rick, Kincaid, Taryn, and Kristen, plus who knows how many others, to hold his own via enhanced strength and agility.

    Why does Freddy kill in a boiler room in the remake? 
  • It could be a reference to him being the groundskeeper and apparent maintenance man of the pre-school, but the basement of that place... just looked like a generic basement. Its unlikely its a reference to the place where he died either, since the building the parents chased him into just looked like a storage shed of some sort.
    • Because...well, just because fans would not be happy if it was anything other than a boiler room?
  • I saw a bunch of pipes and stuff there. Also, Rule of Scary.

     Why would Freddy WANT to be in the real world? 
  • In a couple of movies (Revenge and Dream Child), Freddy attempts to return to the real world through possessing a body. Given the amount of power he possesses in the dream world, why would he want to leave?
    • He is somewhat limited in the dream realm, mostly because it's a dream realm, people have found ways to stay out. Plus, his dream powers have explicit limitations, to the point fully half the films are about him trying to Rules Lawyer his way around them. Being in the real world means he has the freedom to stalk and kill anyone he can physically find, like any other slasher villain.
      • Judging from the desperate way he shouts "I'm real!" in the remake, it may be that he doesn't feel much as a dream ghost, or at the least doesn't feel real to himself. It may be a constant source of psychological pain to him that he doesn't have real flesh and blood body.

    What happened to Alice? 
  • She survived the fifth movie and then was never mentioned again. What happened?
    • What's important is that she and her son survived. If she had returned, it would most likely have been only a matter of time before she ended up meeting the same fate as Nancy, more for predictable writerly reasons than in-universe ones. (Originally the protagonist of "Freddy's Dead" was going to turn out to be her son, but that plan was scrapped.) I'm glad that Freddy has at least one long-time major enemy in this continuity with a record two wins/escapes to zero losses over him. It's a refreshing change. Let her live her life in peace, I say.
    • She and Jacob have appeared in several Expanded Universe stories (which tend to ignore each other, so she's died twice); they are Innovations Nightmares on Elm Street comics, the Black Flame book Perchance to Dream, the Wildstorm series Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors, and "Dead Highway, Lost Roads" (a short story from The Nightmares on Elm Street: Freddy's Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams).

    What is Freddy's pastime? 
  • Ok, so Freddy kills people when they're sleeping. So, what does he do all day when people AREN'T sleeping?
    • Obviously coming up with oneliners he can say when he kills someone, that and playing with the power glove.
    • He "lives" solely in whatever place people's consciousnesses go when they dream. "Time" may not be a concept that applies to Freddy, "downtime" doubly so.

    Why was Springwood just fine in Freddy vs. Jason? 
  • In the sixth movie, Springwood was a town full of insane parents because all of the kids had been killed by Freddy. When Freddy vs. Jason starts up, the town seems normal enough, if not a little freaky about Freddy coming back. Did they just pretend the sixth movie never happened? On that note, who renovated 1428 Elm Street? It was a total wreck ever since the third movie.
    • Presumably there was a cover-up. Just try to roll with it.
    • The text in the beginning of the 6th movie says it takes place "Ten years from now". Assuming this doesn't mean "Ten years from 1991 when this movie was released" and is instead intended to be relative to the viewer, then Freddy's Dead hasn't happened yet, just like Jason X.
      • Freddy's Dead already happened by the time the events of Freddy vs Jason start. There are some clips from Freddy's Dead included in the Fv J introduction sequence.
    • As for 1428 Elm Street renovation, maybe it was Dr. Campbell before he moved in. Or whatever heirs Thompsons had did it and sold the house to him. Maggie's birth date and apparent age prevent Freddy's Dead from taking place later than early 2000s though. And since Fv J takes place in 2003-2004... yeah, a cover-up. That must be it.

    Why does Freddy need the glove? 
  • I mean, he can do pretty much anything he wants in the dream world. Why would he need any kind of weapon? Wouldn't he be able to just turn his fingers into claws if he really wanted to? Wouldn't he be able to turn his entire body into a set of claws if he really wanted to?
    • Why does Freddy need a hat? Why does Freddy wear a red and green sweater? Why doesn't Freddy have perfect skin and flowing hair, when he can take any form? Because that's how he likes it, I guess. He used the glove when he was alive, even though I'm sure there were other weapons available. Could have used a gun, or a chainsaw, or a hammer. Instead he made a cool glove. He's always been more about style than body count. The glove is stylish. It's Rule of Cool meets Rule of Scary.
    • Freddy has obviously grown attached to his favorite murder weapon, just as people sometimes become fond of the power tools, vacuum cleaner, teddy bear, etc. that they've had for a long time. This was what he was using to kill people since long before he died—or a replica of it, anyway. He's used to it and he enjoys it.
    • Because it was the parents' symbol that they used to identify Freddy. Remember, Nancy's mom retrieved the gloves after the burning, and kept them in her own boiler room. She shows them to Nancy as proof that they killed Freddy. She saw them as a symbol of comfort, and viewing the gloves seemed to reassure her that he was dead... Naturally, adopting the gloves as his weapon of choice would incite an extra level of fear.
    • Because is part of his identity, in the same way a machete is part of Jason's, and a chainsaw part of Leatherface's.

     Staying asleep 
How is it the people in this film are able to stay asleep with Freddy haunting their dreams? I mean, there are several instances where the characters are spooked by something in their dream, and they wake up, so why isn't that the case with everything else?

    Glen died naturally? Yeah right! 
  • From what I can gather, if Freddy kills a victim in their dreams, real-world witnesses would see it as a natural death (i.e. Tina murdered by Rod since he was in the room at the time, Rod hanging himself, Sheila suffering asthma attack, etc.) how could Glen's death in the first film (dragged into the bed and shot out in a geyser of blood) be explained as a non-Freddy involvement?
    • They probably never technically found a body, just a huge amount of blood that matched Glen's blood type. As for how they explained it, that's where the Weirdness Censor first began to kick in. Since so many of the pillars of Springwood's community played a part in Freddy's death, they really, really don't want to believe he's somehow come back; even Nancy's dad, who visited the the crime scene and had already heard about the dreams from Nancy, still didn't want to believe it. My guess is the police report just got tossed into the back of a filing cabinet and nobody ever brought it up again (especially since her father, who eventually did accept the truth, assumed that Freddy was beaten after the first movie).
    • To elaborate what the previous troper wrote, and referring to only the original movie, I think that the authorities and witnesses are likely assuming that the deaths (including Glen's) happened in a non-supernatural way, even if they have no idea what else could have caused them. Horror movie characters, particularly in settings like this, aren't smart enough to consider supernatural causes, and the first movie takes place long before the people of Springwood finally realize and accept that Freddy is real. I don't think it's ever stated or implied that real-world witnesses see anything different than what the audience is directly shown.
      • Tina's death, in particular, would have looked pretty strange to investigators; it wouldn't take a blood-spatter analyst to see that the blood on the wall and the ceiling included streaks, not just splashes, and if I recall correctly, when Tina was dropped back onto the bed, it caused blood to splash on to Rod (either from hitting a pool of blood or just plain splattering). Nevertheless, as improbable as it may be that Rod made the cuts, made the knife vanish without a trace, pushed Tina's bleeding and thrashing body up the wall and onto the ceiling while screaming hysterically, and splattered her onto the bed, that's still a more likely scenario than the idea of a long-dead quasi-corporeal demonic serial killer with dream powers doing it.
      • Rod immediately goes on the run, which looks a bit suspicious, no?
      • Rod's death would have been pretty easy to explain, under the circumstances.
      • The death of Nancy's mom had to have looked pretty crazy. I can only imagine it was explained away as being the result of her falling asleep with a lit cigarette—one that managed to engulf the bed, and only the bed, in flames, and quickly reduce her body into a meaty skeleton. That scene, in particular, was probably the one that led to Nancy's father later realizing Nancy was right about Freddy Krueger.
      • In response to what the previous troper said about Nancy's mother, the second movie reveals that Nancy supposedly was driven insane by watching Glen's death and her mother was said to have committed suicide. Considering that Nancy's mother was a notorious alcoholic, it probably made sense to the populace of Springwood.
      • Nancy's father was Springwood's police chief. He'd lost his wife to "suicide" and his daughter had apparently lost her mind, following the violent deaths of her friends and boyfriend. Any investigation carried out by his officers or the county sheriff would've been pretty discreet, to avoid making a respected fellow cop's miserable situation any more painful.
      • As for how Glen's death would be explained...I dare say the event was probably downplayed in the official report and dismissed as unsolvable.
      • A scene was deleted of Glen's body rising from the bed either burnt or blood stained,but almost unscathed. Maybe he was found electrocuted and the blood was just an illusion by Freddy. Or he cut an artery.
      • But but... that spoils the "coroner puking in the bathroom" joke!
    • Regarding the sequels, particularly those up to part 5, the series did eventually get to the point where the dream deaths were considerably different than the deaths as they appeared in the real world, especially since the movies turned more and more to elaborate sets, themes and effects for each of the kills, and Freddy was progressively Flanderized into a wise-cracking, pun-spewing comedian. Even the 80's audiences eventually got to the point where they considered the complete Genre Blindness of Springwood's adults an Ass Pull, given the repeated reports of Freddy's likeness from friends of the victims during those periods of egregious deaths-by-coincidence that would occasionally plague the town. This is probably the main reason why New Nightmare used a completely different continuity, and both Freddy's Dead and Freddy Vs. Jason (mostly) dropped the adults-in-denial theme.

    Freddy killed every kid in Springwood? How? 
  • It was established in Part 3 that Freddy could only invade the dreams of the children of the lynch mob. In Part 4 and 5 the only way Freddy could attack anyone else was by proxy in Alice's (and later Jacob's) dreams. So how in the hell did Freddy somehow kill every single kid in Springwood in Freddy's Dead? The only explanation I can come up with is Ass Pull.
    • Technically, it was in ten years that he was able to pull a feat like that. Its possibly that the reason why Freddy was strong in FD was because A) he had a long time to this and B) he can invade dreams and kill people. ''Freddy's Revenge'' shown that he didn't need the lynch children anymore in order to attack, when proclaimed that the teens at the party were all his children now. Freddy can attack teenagers in their sleep, thus making Springwood into a ghost town by FD.
      • Freddy's Revenge mostly became a case of Canon Discontinuity afterward though. Dream Warriors re-established Freddy's ability to only target the Elm Street kids. It was only after Alice inherited Kristen's power (which, we can assume, was corrupted when that energy passed through him before reaching her) that he was able to touch anybody else, since Alice's dreams would bring them right to him. Freddy's entire plan in Part 5 was for the very reason that he needed an intermediary (Jacob) to continue killing. FD pretty much seemed to retcon that plot point entirely.
      • Always assumed Freddy could go into anyone's dreams, but just went after the children of those who killed him first. The only reason he needed Alice and Jacob in The Dream Master and The Dream Child was because he was weak and contained, and needed to act through them.
      • The theory that Freddy vs. Jason is an interquel between Dream Child and Freddy's Dead got me to thinking about this one. Freddy can only go after people who know and are afraid of him in that movie but, apart from Nancy briefly referring to the idea in the first movie, that didn't really seem to hold in the other movies. Maybe that rule's a new tactic on his part. He always fed on fear, but he didn't originally need it. At first, his dream-stalking rules confined him to the Elm Street kids. Once they'd died, he needed Alice's powers to get around them and keep killing and, when he lost her, he used Jacob instead. When he lost both of them, he had to find another way out, and that's when he figured out that he could spread through people's fear of him. But the parents also realized that, and they managed to cover up his existence completely for awhile, which kept the town safe. But then Freddy vs. Jason happened and, since now so many of the Springwood kids know about Freddy again (and every new victim just adds to the domino effect), things quickly fell apart and the town was decimated.
    • The Your Belief Makes It Real loophole he used to come back and kill anyone he liked in an area that's afraid of him was not just some brand new sudden Ass Pull: Joey explicitly brings up the possibility in Part IV.
    • As for Freddy's Revenge, which isn't Canon Discontinuity as much as some fans might wish it, I read somewhere that per Word of God, after his defeat in the first movie, Freddy's spirit was confined to 1428 Elm Street, where he was able to possess Jesse and go after whoever he wanted using him as the conduit. His defeat at the end of that film freed him from the house but put the "Elm Street kids" restriction back on him, leading into Dream Warriors.

    Why did Nancy pulling Freddy out of the Dream World not work in the first Nightmare, but it worked in Freddy's Dead? 
  • Was it because Nancy's mother was asleep and Freddy was able to go back into the Dream World, whereas in Freddy's Dead, there was nobody close enough who was asleep?
    • You're all thinking too hard. Freddy's using magic, not science. With no laws of reality to weigh him or the "dream demons" down. They can pretty much change the rules whenever they want.
      • They're still rules. If Freddy could just break out and kill whoever he wanted when he damn well felt like it, it mostly defeats the entire purpose of parts 3-5.
    • And the reason Freddy revives himself in a different way each time is because the previous thing failed. If I was Freddy, I would definitely rule that possessing someone was a bad idea after Elm Street 2.
    • Remember that Nancy didn't kill Freddy when she brought him out. She tried Talking the Monster to Death, Freddy tried to tackle her and he vanished in mid-jump. Though this was presented as a victory for her when it happened, in light of the Twist Ending and the sequels, Freddy probably just slipped back into the dream world. He's probably not "stable" in the real world: once he's human you have to kill him fast before he disappears again.
      • Actually, it was a victory for her. It wasn't that he was weak in the human world, it was that without fear he has no power to actually hurt his victims. That's why he spends the first few visits/nights scaring them until he has the power to physically hurt them. When Nancy took away the energy she gave him, she became someone untouchable to him. Thus he had no power to manifest for many years until he regained enough strength to hunt the remaining Elm Street kids. But by that point Nancy is an adult and has a real fear of Freddy successfully killing the kids under her protection, giving her a weakness he could exploit to be able to finally kill her.
      • Wouldn't this be jossed? Freddy returned just minutes after his supposed 'defeat' in the first movie and kidnaps Nancy and all her friends. Also, you're forgetting about the entirety of Part 2 with that 'he had no power to manifest for many years' bit.

    What are the limits of Freddy's powers? 
  • If he is limited to Springwood...
    • Is it because he is a "local" monster, and therefore known only to the people of this town?
    • Can he attack visitors to the town, like someone staying at a motel at Springwood between Point A and Point B? Would they only be vulnerable if they'd heard the legend of Fred Krueger?
      • It depends on which point in the series it is, since Freddy keeps finding new ways to go after people. During the first three movies, if your parents weren't involved in torching him, you're safe. During the fourth and fifth movie, you're probably safe as long as you're not friends with Alice Johnson (since, long story short, he was using her as a focal point and going after people she knew). During Freddy vs Jason, you're probably safe as long as you've never heard of Freddy, but if you do know about him, you might be dead. If you go to Springwood at all during the sixth movie then you're probably screwed no matter what, since by that point he seems to control everything within its borders.
    • Why don't people move the hell away?
      • I don't see why he would be limited to Springwood, just the people who know about him, so moving away wouldn't help them at all, it would only help more people find out about him, making more people vulnerable.
      • He's bound to Springwood according to Freddy's Dead, though Freddy vs Jason contradicts that (the heroes of FvJ never tested their theory that running wouldn't help, so they could just be wrong, or maybe once you've already been targeted leaving won't help anymore). Going by Freddy's Dead, there's a mystical boundary in place, though hitchhiking in Maggie's body allowed him cross over it. As for people leaving, by Freddy's Dead (set "10 years from now," which could mean 2001 or 2021 depending on how you read it) Springwood's become a ghost town save for the adult victims who've gone insane and are pretty much Freddy's puppets. I don't know if you can save yourself by leaving town, but a lot of people must have tried to have reduced Springwood to that state.
  • If he isn't...
    • Can he attack people who have never heard of him?
      • At first he could only attack the children of the parents who killed him. A plot point in the fourth movie allowed him to start killing all the Springwood kids, but he was stuck in the town until the sixth movie.
    • Is there any true defense against him aside from fatal familial insomnia or buttloads of caffeine?
      • Hypnocil.
      • Yeah, you can either keep taking hypnocil (an in-universe dream suppressant that causes long-term brain damage) or fight him and win. Or maybe just never go to Springwood, if you weren't born there. Otherwise, if he gets into your dreams, sooner or later you're toast.
    • Why doesn't he infect everyone's nightmares?
      • The rules. At first, he can only target the children of his killers (who mostly live on Elm Street). Then, because absorbing Kristen's powers gave him a loophole, he could target all the kids of Springwood. Then, because Maggie's arrival in Springwood gave him yet another loophole, he could go after everyone in the world (he died before he could really take advantage of that upgrade). The movie series is mostly the story of Freddy trying to find new ways of getting around the rules.
    • What "rules", if any, does he/must he follow? What imposes these rules?
      • Well, the rules limit who he can target, though he does find ways to get around them and find new victims. If you die in a dream you die in real life, though the cause of death isn't always the same. If Freddy's grabbed by a dreamer and then they wake up, he's pulled out too: when he's in the waking world, he has a few minor powers but he's more or less human and can be beaten and killed. He takes people's souls when he kills them, which gives him at least some of their memories and knowledge (which he's only too happy to use to taunt or trick their surviving friends) and which also gradually makes him more powerful (which mostly means he's a more powerful dream-warper, and he can influence waking reality in more drastic ways, such as making the rest of the world forget that his victims ever existed). And his effective range for new victims seems to be Springwood itself (though once you've become his target, leaving town might be useless).
      • As for where the rules come from, good question. Whatever it is that allowed him to come back for revenge also puts mystical limits on just how he can go about getting revenge. The series as a whole says he's the guardian of the gate to the world of nightmares, chosen right before he died by the "dream demons" to serve as their emissary. The rules must be whatever metaphysical rules someone who's put in that role and given those powers has to follow. Freddy, of course, is constantly trying to Rules Lawyer his way around those limits so he can kill more and more people.
    • Would Freddy have trouble with a lucid dreamer?
      • Someone who has the sense to see the obvious nightmare, say, "I have a loaded M4", and just unload on him from a distance.
      • Yes and no. Lucid dreaming is brought up briefly in the first film (the "dream skills" scene), and becomes a bit more prominent in Dream Warriors and Dream Master, but in the first film it's never brought up as a way to defeat Freddy (and the performances of most of the lucid dreamers against Freddy in 3 and 4 lends to this). In the metaphysical sense, the harder you fight against a monster like Freddy, the more energy you give him, and the more powerful he becomes. Acknowledging his existence at all, let alone thinking of him in terms of a Big Bad to be beaten to a pulp, plays right into his hands. Nancy turning her back on Freddy and denying his ability to hurt her should have worked in the first film (and would have, if not for Executive Meddling). On the other hand, Dream Warriors is pretty much all about the power of lucid dreaming and the ability to alter the dream to suit your desires, and give yourself the power to defeat Freddy. Unfortunately, it fails most of the time, because Freddy is a much more experienced and powerful lucid dreamer, and the kids lack the experience and mental discipline to keep hold of their lucid dreams.

    Freddy's death scene in New Nightmare 
In New Nightmare, Freddy get shoved into an "oven" and then before he dies he turns into... the devil? Did I miss something where Freddy became a demon that only Ray Harryhausen could love?
  • It's stated in New Nightmare that "Freddy" is a demon that has taken the form of the Freddy from the films and that the only way to prevent him from entering the "real world" (Well, the fictional version of the real world as portrayed in the flm...don't ask.) is to keep making Elm Street movies.
  • The monster/demon/creature/whatever has grown to like being Freddy, and it must be trapped in stories to keep it from wreaking havoc. So it needs a new Nightmare on Elm Street story to trap it. What we see when it is "killed" (actually trapped in the new Freddy story, which is the one we just watched) is either it's "true" face, or just one of many forms it can take. Point is, the Freddy Krueger in New Nightmare is not Freddy Krueger from the films, but the idea of Freddy.

     Confusion over "K. Krueger". 
In Freddy's Dead, the characters are misled into believing that one of the teens is Freddy's long-lost child, but it really turns out that it's their adult therapist. However, they'd seen newspaper clippings that documented when Freddy's arrest and lynch-mob demise took place, which ought to have given them a good idea of the age of his kid. So why didn't anyone notice that their initial candidate was a dozen-odd years too young to have been K. Krueger? Especially given that the film takes place "ten years from now" (i.e. from when the viewer watches the film), meaning that by now he's too young to have been conceived before Freddy's death.
  • Idiot Plot.
  • Not necessarily. Freddy is shown in a few movies to have a desire for rape. They could've just not ruled out the possibility he raped someone to conceive his child after his death.
  • The dates in the classroom were all over the place (1493-Freddy sailed across the sea, 1869- Freddy kills Marie) he might just assume that the date (1966-Child taken) is wrong as well.

    Why does no one ever just pull Freddy out of the dream world and imprison him? 
  • Freddy is far weaker in the real world than the dream world, and much less dangerous so why did no one ever think to pull Freddy out of the dream world, beat him into a pulp, and then lock him up? I'm not saying it'd work, just no one ever suggests pulling him into the real world and locking him up when its clear killing him doesn't stick. Or did I miss something? This isn't about it working its about why no one ever thought about doing it once its revealed you can pull him into the real world.
    • Freddy's burns are so severe, it's unlikely he could survive for long if you did trap him in the material world and lock him up somewhere. That's assuming he couldn't just vanish into the dream world at will, which is what's always happened when he's been temporarily dragged into reality before.
      • The reason is that adults are useless. Pulling Freddy into the real world and locking him up is exactly what Nancy tries in the first movie. Her goal wasn't to kill him, it was for her father to arrest him which is part of why she was stalling so hard. It fails hard but that was the game plan. We don't know that killing him in the real world won't stick either. If Freddy's Dead is considered Canon (and I've never heard otherwise) and to a lesser extent Freddy vs Jason which even if you count his wink at the end as confirmation that he survived there is nothing about Freddy's real world incarnations that suggests his disembodied head is at all dangerous. To the above troper he's only been dragged into reality twice (three if you count Fv J) the first time he slipped back through the sleeping mother, the second and third times it worked like a charm. He'd probably survive as well, he doesn't seem to be in pain from his burns any of the times he comes into the real world.
      • Yes, Nancy specifically calls her father come over and "arrest the guy when I bring him out." But, because her mother barred all the windows and locked the door, he can't get in, so Nancy pretty much has to try and fight Freddy to the death. It doesn't really work, but it at least proves that Freddy is somewhat vulnerable in the real world. Of course, given that Freddy was burned to death already and it didn't take, it's likely that he just can't be killed, simply slipping back into the dream world whenever his physical body dies. Locking him up would seem a viable option, but you really logistically can't keep him contained for all time. Eventually, he'd get out, or get "dead," with pretty much the same result as defeating him at the end of a Nightmare on Elm Street movie: temporary peace until he gets his shit back together and starts all over again.

     What happens to Freddy in Jason X 
  • Since there is no longer an earth, does he go to other planets and invade their dreams?
    • Depending on what you think of the ending of Freddy vs. Jason, he's hitchhiking in a never-sleeping, never-talking Jason Voorhees.
    • Assuming Jason X is canon to Freddy AND Freddy's Dead is non canon (I know it happens ten years from now but given that the Earth is still there it's clearly prior to the events of Jason X) or he recovers from that at some point.
    • The easiest answer is that he's on a ship or space station. By Nightmare 5 Freddy could presumably pop up in the dreams of Alice and Jacob as the power is genetic. Freddy vs Jason suggests that he can jump into anybody who fears him enough. He's essentially the boogeyman at that point. As long as someone out there believes and spreads the word Freddy lives. Given the irony of the series it's entirely possible that there is a space station named Elm out there. Just like the ships are named after monsters.
    • Since the franchise got a reboot after Freddy vs. Jason, there's a few options, pick whichever is most amusing to you:

     Grab the crucifix 
  • Why does almost noone actually use the crucifix or other religious symbols to ward off Freddy? We know that holy water at least works on him. I think I saw someone holding the crucifix once or twice, but that's it.
    • Because it's never actually suggested by anybody and on account of him not being a vampire nobody instinctively goes for it. It probably wouldn't work anyway, the case of Holy Water working on him was on his physical body during a burial, inside the dreamscape what works and doesn't work is entirely tied to the battle of wills between Freddy and his victim.

     About the maniacs 
In the fifth movie when we see Amanda Krueger get trapped inside the dungeon where all the 100 maniacs were kept, how did they survive if they have no food or water? Judging by Amanda Krueger’s speech in the fourth movie she was trapped there “during the holy days” (so, for several days, maybe a month) what the hell did the inmates and her ate and drank during that period? Notice they didn’t have beds either and you also need sleep to survive, but probably feeding is the most immediate plot hole.
  • When we're talking about the kinds of holidays that would be likely to even bring an Asylum down to a skeleton crew it's at most a four-day weekend. Humans can go that long without water, they'll just be mighty unhappy about it.
    • But she said she was there for a month.
    • I assumed that they somehow kept her hidden.
  • There were probably some water taps in that huge communal cell, and a pass-through port to allow the inmates to be fed. The inmates weren't completely abandoned during the holidays, they just made sure that whomever was tasked to slip them their meals couldn't see or hear Amanda when they dropped off the food.

     Why not just kill the parents instead? 
  • I understand that Freddy wants the parents to suffer by killing their children, but why not kill the people who were responsible for his death? Yes, the parents will be miserable and angry for the rest of their lives, but I don't see that being good enough for Freddy.
    • Well, Freddy was specifically a child murderer. So the teenagers are closer to his preferred victim type. And which is more sadistic: just killing the people who killed you, or killing their children, proving that even after your death they can't protect their kids from you, that they've failed, and there's nothing they can do to stop you?
      • Plus this means that the adults have to feel the pain of burying their own child(ren), again. Freddy would want them to feel that pain, in retribution for killing him.
    • You'd have to ask the Dream Demons. As much as Freddy manages to manipulate the rules he was specifically given the power to kill the children of the people who massacred him. Going after them directly may not be an option he has open to him.
    • Plus, throughout the series, the adults don't even seem to be willing to accept that Freddy can even return after his death. Since, depending on which movie you're watching, Freddy needs fear to be able to come back and kill people, he might not be able to touch the parents due to their complete lack of fear.
      • In response to the two ideas above this: but Freddy killed Nancy's mother (twice (?)) in the very first movie and Nancy's dad in the third. It might not be so much that he can't kill adults, more that he doesn't want to the majority of the time. He prefers younger victims.
      • Nancy's parents were probably among the very few adults who weren't sufficiently in denial to be immune to Freddy's attacks by the time they died. Her mother's drinking at the end of the first film may have been an attempt to block out what the repeated killings and Nancy's own evidence was forcing her to believe, and her father explicitly admits it's Freddy whom he's facing when confronted by the animated skeleton.
    • Even when he was alive, Freddy enjoyed killing kids anyway. Revenge on the parents provided him with a handy way to come back from the dead, but how he takes that revenge is to keep on doing what he loves.

     In Nightmare on Elm Street 2, did the victims see Jesse or Freddy? 
  • Some people theorized that the coach, Ron, and the kids at the party were seeing Jesse terrorizing them, and not Freddy. It's possible what we see is not how people in the movie see things. For example, the terrified look on Ron's face could be that he is seeing his best friend attacking him.

     What if a parent in Elm Street decides to have another kid? 
  • Let's say Freddy kills a teen, the mom later becomes pregnant. Would Freddy go after the baby?
    • Almost definitely, when we look at the first and third movie Freddy is actually attacking the parents through the children. It's not until Nightmare 4 where he's really in it just for the evulz.

     Why does Freddy stay burned? 
  • Throughout the franchise (most noticeably Nightmare 6 and an alternate scene in the Remake), Freddy has the ability to make himself look human. So why does he nearly always keep his burned appearance?
    • Because it makes him look scary. He wants to be ugly to scare the kids, and why wouldn't he? The burned appearance isn't just a reminder of what happened; in case the kids want to tattle and speak up about the incident, the parents will not. Plus, it represents his empowerment to take revenge from beyond the grave for what said parents did. Furthermore, there's no in-universe indication that he feels shame or disgust about his appearance; if anything, he probably believes it bolsters and enhances his fearsome factor.
    • Alternatively, he can disguise himself as a human, but it will be but a glamour. His true self, his soul, if you will, is ugly and monstrous.

     How did Freddy get a new hat in part 2? 
  • In the original Nancy snatches the hat off his head and brings it into the real world as proof, and we never see him get it back. So how does he have a new one in part 2? Did he just sew a new one out of whole cloth in the dream world? (granted, that would be pretty funny)
    • Freddy projects himself into people's dreams, everything you (and the charecters) see is a projection from Freddy's mind or spirit or whaterver. He can re-manifest another hat if he wants. In different movies he manifests all sorts of clothing, objects and even modifies his own body.

     Why does the nature of Freddy's claws vary from movie to movie 
  • In the first one they are part of his gloves (like when he was alive), but in at least some of the sequels they seem to be his actual fingernails. Why is this the case? Furthermore, wouldn't having Wolverine Claws as fingernails be really inconvenient for pretty much any activity other than killing people (i.e how could he write or type anything?)
    • As mentioned above, Freddy's image is a projection. Whatever his real nature is it's probably spiritual and probably formless, he projects the image that he wants into the minds of his victims during dreams thus the exact form of this image may vary depending on his preferences and what can be more scary. Yes, he can't be taken to the real world and probably once in it he can't change his shape as he's then bind by physical laws, but while in dreamland he can't look however he wants and several movies show this. As for other activities, he's already dead, he's a ghost, he has no other activities, he doesn't need to eat, drink, excrete, sleep, etc., but even if he did, he can change temporary his shape thus his hand if he wants.
    • The only time we see the fingernail-knives was in New Nightmare, and that wasn't actually Freddy; it was a demon impersonating him. The characters in that film explicitly acknowledge the redesign (and that film is not technically canon to the other films). The knife glove itself does change slightly from film to film (notable gaining much larger blades for Freddy Vs Jason,) but this can be handwaved by the MST3K Mantra (his burns and sweater are different in the first film, not to mention Robert Englund getting older). Freddy's Dead also showed he had multiple knife gloves of different designs while alive.


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