Don't be fooled by the show's fun, seemingly light-hearted exterior - the interior does its absolute best to try and make you feel sorry for anthropomorphic objects. While still a comedy at its core, Inanimate Insanity begins to explore more and more of the horrific consequences of participating in a sadistic reality show as it progresses, and it is easier to count the number of contestants who haven't been broken or traumatised by their experiences than the ones who have.
(WARNING: UNMARKED SPOILERS AHEAD.)
- Journey Through Memory Lane:
Siri: No, I order you not to go! I order you not to go!
- Pickle's best friend Taco is revealed to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who was faking all of her kookiness to manipulate everyone into helping her progress through the competition and does not care about anyone else.
- Mephone4S' sacrifice, as a whole. Just imagine losing 2 of your close relatives in a freak accident that you caused, and you have to give up your life to bring back one of them.
- Poor Marshmallow ends up feeling extremely guilty for indirectly causing Bow's death in the Season 1 finale. She goes to MePhone4 to try and bring her back to life, but it turns out that she died while he was dead as well, so he didn't get the notification to recover her, thus rendering her dead forever.
- In Mazed and Confused, during Spoiled Lemon's concert, we can see Marshmallow looking at a picture of Bow that she drew. You can clearly see that she misses her friend, especially after she lost her friendship with Apple.
- You have to feel some sympathy for Microphone, who gets ignored and criticized by her teammates for her volume and tendency to mess up challenges, even though she won the first one by herself. And to Kick the Dog even further, Cheesy likes to tell incredibly obnoxious jokes about her (and seemingly on purpose too!) and even calls her a monstrosity. She manages to befriend Soap, but that doesnt last long since shes eliminated in episode 9. Poor Mic does not take it well.
- Let 'Er R.I.P.:
- When questioned by Suitcase about being a prime Jerkass in the previous season, Balloon confides to her that the main reason why he did it was because he thought that was how you secured progress for yourself on shows like Inanimate Insanity. It's already hard enough that he's trying so hard to redeem himself, but almost none of the original contestants want anything to do with him.
- Apple states she was using her friendship with Marshmallow to get further into the game, albeit possessed by Bow. Marshmallow becomes upset upon hearing this and ends their friendship once again. Apple doesn't even remember she was possessed nor does she remember a thing Bow forced her to say. She genuinely wanted to be friends with Marshmallow, who refused to view her as such.
- Theft and Battery:
- Suitcase entering the Trauma Conga Line. Nickel forces her to steal a battery, and while doing so, she meets Mecintosh. What he tells her causes her to slowly lose faith in her alliance, and starting in Episode 10, she begins to hear his voice in her head and have unsettling Hallucinations that are reminiscent of real life panic attacks.
- Rain On Your Charade:
Soap: Just remember who your true friends are, Suitcase. And Mic, remember to listen to your heart.
- Balloon vents to Suitcase about how he tried to discuss his problems with OJ, but OJ, understanding and compassionate as he is, didnt allow him to fully voice his opinions. Seeing him cry is absolutely heart-breaking.
- Soaps elimination as a whole. She tries to reason with MePhone, claming his hardware needs cleaning, before realizing why she was eliminated-and for an unfair reason-she was the one who correctly pointed out that Suitcase stole a battery from Meeple, but Nickel was the one who forced her to do so. She then gives Suitcase and Microphone some final words of wisdom before she walks into the Rejection Portal, having accepted her elimination.
Microphone: Dear Mics Diary, Soap got kicked out today, when it really wasnt her time to go. Nothing much else to say. I would complain some more, but hey. *stops writing and closes diary* Why would you care?! Youre a book! *throws diary into bushes*
- Once MePhone gives the contestants a free period, Microphone uses it as an opportunity to write in her diary. It comes to show how badly she was affected by Soaps elimination.
- A few seconds later, a strange voice (later revealed to be Taco) picks up her diary and begins to read some of her past entries, one where she laments her loss in the triathalon, and another where she says that, despite being loud, she still goes unnoticed. As Taco continues flipping through the pages, she calls her an annoying, harmful, random, useless, insignificant loser as tears well in her eyes.
- These diary entries actually hint at Microphones Hidden Depths, especially the last one in which Taco insults her. Its unconfirmed as of now, but it can be inferred that Microphone either fears verbal abuse from her teammates and is listing out whatever she doesnt want to be called, or worse: deep down, beneath her outgoing, spunky character, Microphone has some serious confidence issues. Either way, its sad to think about.
- Mazed And Confused:
Baseball: ...Why do I always let this happen? I could've helped back there, but I just didn't know what to say. [...] I can't keep the team together, I can't keep the alliance together, and maybe if I had some actual leadership skills, we wouldn't be in this mess.
- Nickel and Suitcase get into an argument when Balloon accidentally leads Baseballs alliance into a dangerous portion of the maze. Baseball fails to calm them down, and the aftermath causes him to lose faith in his role as a leader.
- Kick The Bucket:
- This episode is the worst for Suitcase, full-stop. Balloon accidentally drops his team's bucket into the lake, and Suitcase has to retrieve it. This time around, she almost drowns. Fast forward to the elimination, where Balloon, someone she trusts and considers a genuine friend, is eliminated 5 to 1. And guess what? She didn't vote for him at all. And yet she's forced to watch him bid one last farewell to her as he waves goodbye and walks into the Rejection Portal, all while she has tears in her eyes. The poor girl could really use a hug right now.
- Say what you will about Nickel and how he deserved to be eliminated, but his elimination has seriously affected Baseballs mental and emotional state. Not only has he been separated from his best friend, his alliance has been destroyed by Suitcase, who eliminated said best friend.
- Alternate Reality Show:
Baseball: Just painting what I see. Darkness. Nothing.
- Its heavily implied that Baseball's started to suffer from depression. He has now developed a cynical outlook on just about everything, as his painting is nothing more than a black mess of scribbles, and if you look closely, a subtle frowning face.
Baseball: An alternate timeline? Thats where I wish I was! Because whats the point of this timeline if everyones out to get you?!
- This line from him suggests that, much like Suitcase, he might be developing trust issues:
Taco: Another chance, perhaps?
- When Lightbulb and Test Tube are sucked through a temporal portal that the former accidentally created, Taco wistfully looks at it and reaches out to it at the last second only for it to dissipate and leave her morose for a moment.
Paintbrush: I dont think they even know there is a C.
- Paintbrush reveals that theyre non-binary to Lightbulb. They confess that they didnt bring it up with the others out of fear of being rejected. Many non-binary viewers likely share this feeling.
- The scene thankfully shifts into heartwarming mode since Lightbulb validates their gender and finally gets some laughs out of them. Awwww!
- Their elimination is the most bittersweet one as of yet. Lightbulb entrusts them with Baxter so they can remember her, and Paintbrush walks into the Rejection Portal with a somber smile as their former teammates say goodbye.
- Mine Your Own Business:
- MePhones backstory is both this and Nightmare Fuel. He was constantly abused by Cobs, both physically and emotionally, and then he discovers what Cobs does to his former creations, learning that he leaves them to rot away in a closet once theyre no longer useful. Seeing Paintbrushs painting of Cobs traumatized him so much that he represses all of his memories of him and shuts down for most of the episode. What makes this even worse is how this can very well happen in real life.
- This blog entry from Fan, which emphasizes how stressed he is about the games complexities.Theories and patterns are easy. I didnt want to believe Paintbrush, because they knew the game was more. Im scared of everything thats happening because its more. If I could stay in a shell Id never leave. Youd probably think Id feel trapped. On the contrary, Id feel free knowing thats all there is to it. Theres nothing else out there. How reassuring, right? Thats all. If only it were so simple
- Fans elimination. He gets into an argument with Test Tube over who gets to keep his egg: Fan insists he was the one who always took care of it, but Test Tube was the one who saved it from peril, ran tests on it, and knew what it needed to survive. Before he gets pushed into the Rejection Portal, he tearfully confesses that he never wants it to hatch, only wishing for the creature inside to stay calm and secure in his protective little shell.
So, push comes to shove, you gotta trust someone. If they're your friend, and they've done a lot for you, even if it doesn't make sense, and you don't agree... at all... you just gotta. Cause, maybe, in reality... they're right.
- Test Tubes last words to him? Im...sorry, Fan. Even though she disagrees with the idea of him keeping the egg, she still cares about him, and its almost as if shes regretting her argument with him and wishing he got what he felt was best.
- Fans monologue at the end of the episode.