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  • ...How was Zed able to make fog on the window of his cell? He's a robot!
    • He runs on hydrogen cells, and just like a hydrogen car, produces steam as exhaust. Like mammalian respiration, the water vapor is normally invisible unless the air is cold or exhalations are deliberately concentrated on a transparent surface.
  • Why didn't Dr. Nefarious just quit his job if he disliked it so much?
    • That's a very good question. When it comes to being part of a superhero team when you have a major conflict, you simply don't quit. You either found your own team, go solo or betray your team and become a villain yourself. Nefarious hated his team so he had to leave, but they were government-sanctioned so he couldn't just start his own team, and because Quark stole the limelight he didn't have the reputation or credibility to go into either other hero work or other job employment. Becoming a supervillain was his only choice. Sad, really.
      • Except not really. He could've just become a regular inventor, or a mechanic, etc. The possibilities were actually quite wide.
      • Unless something happened to his reputation before or during Nefarious' employment that left him unable to get another job. Or there just weren't enough jobs/job opportunities for more inventors and/or mechanics.
  • How can the Novalis chairman be Skidd's uncle in this? They're clearly not the same species. We see other members of both their respective species, driving that fact even further home. What was the point of making them related when all it did was introduce an utterly unnecessary plot hole?
    • They are the same species, but look different. Variations in those species existed even in the original game (compare Skidd and the Hoverboard Girl to Qwark's Bouncer. Or compare Ratchet to Angela, Azimuth, and Rivet).
  • Why did Clank immediately want to warn the Rangers about Drek's plan? Did his status as a defect just so happen to give him an automatic clear sense of right and wrong?
    • If the origin story carried over to the rebooted series, then Clank was not just a defect but also had a soul sent to him by his "father", Orvus. This is probably what gave him a sense of right and wrong.
  • Ratchet's ranger suit is designed for life support in hazardous environments, as the movie and one cutscene in the game shows him using the base suit in the vacuum of space, without anything else on the helmet. So why does he need a separate O2 Mask attachment to breathe underwater?
    • Not really sure. Maybe the helmet was designed solely for usage in space/airless environments, and not underwater? It would be silly to design a helmet like that, but that's the only in-universe explanation I can think of. Otherwise, it's clearly a plot hole.