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Does the mental link between the Jaeger pilots simply just connect and synchronize their movements, or does it also control the Jaeger?

The motor systems of Jaegers are controlled via neural links to the pilots. Other systems are controlled via buttons and switches. From the novelization: “Neural handshake strong and holding,” he ...
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What kind of ship is the ship–bat in Pacific Rim?

This question bothered me for some time - given the height of a Jaeger, how could it pick up a ship that is two or three times it's height?! But it need not be Hollywood 'rule-of-cool' Lilliputian ...
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Why did they put people who are the opposite sex in the same cell?

This is a 'holding cell'. In many jurisdictions there are no specific laws that prevent people from being held with members of the opposite sex, especially when they're rated as being low risk of ...
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Why sacrifice the more advanced Jaeger?

This is a hail-mary pass. The Breach is now fully dilated and the two Kaiju that have just come through aren't heading for shore, they're guarding what's gone from an occasional portal into a full ...
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Why don't they just build smaller Jaegers?

Why does our current military build tanks which require more than one person to operate? Wouldn't more, smaller tanks be more effective? It's because the calculations indicate that a three or four-...
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Why aren't the scavengers affected by the toxin in the kaiju blood?

From a transcript of the movie dialogue (Apologies, not sure who is speaking): Uh, yeah, right, um, black market dealers, right? Yep. They're in and out in a matter of hours. They neutralize ...
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How did Gipsy Danger submerge in water?

As two of the Jaegers go underwater (aroound 1:45:45), we hear both Stacker Pentecost (acting lead pilot of Striker Eureka) and Raliegh Becket (lead pilot of Gypsy Danger) reporting the exact same ...
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What are the in-universe reasons for the kaiju to be pregnant?

Parthenogenesis is a real-world phenomenon whereby even some vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, and even birds) have the ability to reproduce asexually. While there are a few different ways this ...
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Why do Jaegers have swords?

Not only would a sword provide additional reach to dismember a kaiju, but it is also more effective. To rip a body part off would require both hands of the jaeger to be on the kaiju for the length of ...
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What kind of ship is the ship–bat in Pacific Rim?

The novelisation indicates that it's an oil tanker. Newt starred, the Jaeger held what appeared to be— through the blur of his cracked glasses—an oil tanker. The huge container was gripped in Gipsy’...
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Does the mental link between the Jaeger pilots simply just connect and synchronize their movements, or does it also control the Jaeger?

The Jaeger's brain capacity is too large for a single human to control, therefore they need two. I don't recall it's ever specified how the division of labor occurs (who does what), but it would even ...
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Why didn't the PPDC consider rebuilding Crimson Typhoon?

The film's official novelisation indicates that the damage to Crimson Typhoon was significant, presumably putting it well beyond economic repair. The removal of the headpiece was merely the coup de ...
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Why don't they just build smaller Jaegers?

In the prequel comic "Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero" - (from now on "TYZ"), this is actually addressed, to an extent. The problem isn't the size of the Jaeger - after all, they ...
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Why don't Jaegers normally use effective weaponry like plasma guns & swords?

The following is only speculation from me watching the movie and I don't have any other sources. There might be more materials or information somewhere, so if anyone knows more, feel free to post. It'...
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Right foot symbolism in Pacific Rim

There is unlikely to be any intentional motif or significance behind this. The Director, Guillermo del Toro, has explicitly stated that he intentionally avoided all inspirations. I felt there was a ...
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What kind of ship is the ship–bat in Pacific Rim?

To complement the other answers, the following video is an interview with the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) team (which worked on the visual effects of the movie Pacific Rim). ...
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Why would the PPDC build more than one Jaeger of a specific specification?

First, while the Jaegers in the image (see below) are very similar, they are not identical. Compare the finished left arm of the one in front with the finished right arm of the one in back, and the ...
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In "Pacific Rim: Uprising", what is this object in the Jaeger simulator?

The movie's official junior novelisation and official novelisation both offer confirmation that it is indeed a human brain, but beyond that, there's not a lot more information on offer. He ...
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Is there anything that prevents them from using plasma guns on helicopters?

Exactly the same reason modern helicopters do not have massive canons on them. A Jaeger is not just a way of transporting the gun, it contains the power source to power the gun (a plasma gun ...
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What Caused the Kaiju Frequency to Increase In a Specific Pattern?

Hermann Gottlieb's math/prediction was either flat out wrong, or the film makers ignored it, as the Kaiju did not actually follow the progression as laid out. According to the analysis on this ...
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Does the mental link between the Jaeger pilots simply just connect and synchronize their movements, or does it also control the Jaeger?

It's been a while but I remember the main Jaeger has a laser type weapon and all the pilot does is position its arm and think (even unconsciously) about firing the weapon. We can see this when the ...
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Why don't they just build smaller Jaegers?

As of Pacific Rim Uprising we know that this would have been possible and that there is significantly more leeway in the two linked humans required to control a Jaeger 'rule' than is suggested in the ...
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How does 3-person 3-arm control work on the Chinese Jaeger?

My take, using only real-world robotics for reference; It takes a load of calculations and minute adjustments to balance a bipedal robot (See Boston Dynamics). In order to balance a giant robot, the ...
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Why would the PPDC build more than one Jaeger of a specific specification?

It would make sense to have a backup unit in case there is an attack while the main unit is being repaired. Since we routinely see Jaegers getting damaged, I'd wager the possibility of them needing ...
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After a Jaeger goes down and is destroyed by a Kaiju, what happens afterwards? What’s standard protocol for a situation like this?

We don't really know as the situation doesn't come up in the movies - the Jaeger are always able to prevail or call in reinforcements when they take casualties. However, we are told that Kaiju can be ...
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After a Jaeger goes down and is destroyed by a Kaiju, what happens afterwards? What’s standard protocol for a situation like this?

Presumably whatever happened before the Jaegers were in service; throw everything that can shoot or bomb at it, including nukes, until it goes down.
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How does 3-person 3-arm control work on the Chinese Jaeger?

I believe that it’s some kind of advanced neural handshake that lets the guy in the back specially control the 3rd arm on his left instead of the actual left arm on the front.
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