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  • If Yado's entire plan to take over Olathe depended on Buddy, why did he just abandon her in the middle of nowhere? Seems pretty stupid to put an integral component of your plan in unnecessary danger.
    • It somehow specifically involved Brad raising her. Brad may have not been the best father of all time, but considering how she ended up, he certainly could've done worse.
  • Why did Buzzo turn into a Joy Mutant? The Joyless ending clearly shows that he knows about the long-term effects of Joy, why would he take any?
    • The pain from losing Lisa was so great, Buzzo would rather live knowing that he will turn into a mutant than with the pain.
    • It's possible that Buzzo didn't mutate, and Buddy was just hallucinating so badly that she thought he did, and killed wounded Buzzo.
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    • The game makes it clear that, despite the appearance he puts on, Buzzo is just as traumatized and wounded as most of the other residents of Olathe, and in need of an escape. On top of that, he's canonically suicidal and self-loathing. Knowing the effects of Joy wouldn't be a deterrent to him taking it - in fact, he may have actively chosen to start taking it as a means of killing himself.
  • Why does perfume revive fallen party members? Are the men of Olathe so desperate that the scent of a woman wakes them up instantly? Is it supposed to function like smelling salts?
    • That's the assumption; when they are fallen they are unconscious (compared to the few enemies that can outright kill party members), so it wakes them up.
  • How was Buddy going to end up saving the world? Sure, Brad is villainized by the game, the world at large, and even his own party members for wanting to protect Buddy instead of letting her be used for this noble purpose of saving humanity, but in Brad's Defense, genetics means that having only one person attempting to repopulate an entire species is going to result in inbreeding and thus cause a number of genetic defects and other issues. Using Buddy for this purpose was not only a heavy burden to put on anyone, but also ultimately pointless, and humanity would be screwed regardless.
    • Inbreeding isn't an instant death sentence. While humanity would be unhealthy for a while the adverse effects could be kept to a relative minimum with careful planning, strict enforcement, and a fair amount of luck. Assuming normal logic applies there's still a good chance humanity won't survive, but it's a chance they didn't have before Buddy was found.
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    • There's also the implication from Buzzo, very briefly, that there are in fact more women out there, somewhere, but this also makes the point clear that the world's future really doesn't depend on Buddy alone, whatever most of the world may think.
    • Lastly, take into consideration that Both Sides Have a Point - Brad is 100% right that Buddy is at great risk of sexual violence, and that even if she agreed in full understanding to being a mother down the line, there's no guarantee that she alone would ever even give birth to enough girls in the first place to continue rebuilding the population. However, the men without perverted intentions, like Rick, Sticky (depending on your interpretation), and Rando are also correct that Buddy's existence takes humanity's chances of survival from zero to at least 1%, which is a much better chance than they had before. Ultimately, though, all parties involved are being selfish with Buddy's life, meaning they are Not So Different from one another.
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  • Should I ask why Hawk Hollywood and Rex Thunderstorm have different battle themes from other joy mutants in Painful, or might the real question be why Salvation Blue doesn't have his own theme instead of Soft Skin?

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