Top Cartoon Conspiracy Theories: Real or Not?
Intro to Cartoon Conspiracies
So we all watched cartoons as kids. They're bright and fun...most of the time. Cartoons are set in surreal worlds with very strange settings and characters. Some cartoons have plots that are light and breezy, made up in someones' head...
...but some plots go a lot deeper.
Here are the cartoons we will tear apart and over-analyze today:
- Courage the Cowardly Dog
- Adventure Time
- Fairly Odd Parents
- Ed, Edd, n' Eddy
- Dexter's Lab
- Spongebob Squarepants
I don't believe in many conspiracies, but they're all over the Internet, and they can be rather convincing! Hope you enjoy!
Conspiracies: Courage the Cowardly Dog
If you've seen Courage the Cowardly Dog, you are probably aware that it is one of the all-time creepiest kids shows that has ever existed. When I was young, I wouldn't watch it, and I don't think I would be able to watch it today without getting freaked out. But still, for some reason I always found myself sucked into the episodes.
Well, here's one of many theories, but to me it's the most convincing: Courage is a normal dog, and he sees life through dog eyes. In this theory it is assumed that Courage actually lives in a small town, instead of the middle of nowhere, but having elderly caretakers, they are too unfit or lazy to take him outside. This means that everything outside the house is nothing to him since he's never seen it.
When there is a visitor to Courage's home, Courage freaks out. He wants to protect his owners, and in many episodes he finds himself in a panic trying to do that. Which makes sense, because he's a dog and dogs want to protect. But since he's not used to the normal outdoors, the visitors appear as monsters and are distorted to be more evil.
Adventure Time: Conspiracies
Adventure Time is a very recently-made kids show, and it's super weird. What's great about the show is that all the conspiracy theories about it are true. The show may have been made for kids, but it's very interesting to analyze, and its humor is pretty enjoyable. The creators leave great hints and clues to the theory everywhere for us to discover. You can pick any character in the story and analyze a great background.
I remember watching the first couple of episodes and thinking, wow, this is cheesy and cute, but the storyline really gets deep! I'm excited to see what develops, hah.
Here are the basics (it gets really deep, but here's what I've found):
Adventure Time is set in a post-apocalyptic world. We know that because there have been episodes dedicated to it. The basic information we get is that there are only two characters in the post-apocalyptic world (Ooo, as called in the show) that survived and know the truth. One went crazy, but the other is perfectly sane and remembers it all.
Everyone in the world is a mutant, because in the war before the formation of Ooo, there was a lot of nuclear radiation, so the life-length and strangeness of characters (like live candy) can be explained by that. We can also find tidbits in the show about things leftover from the world before Ooo, like technology that is there but not abundant and artifacts from the previous universe.
This show is a puzzle for viewers and a joy for kids. I love it and if you are into this sort of thing even as an adult, I recommend you watch it! It's an ingeniously written show.
If you want to go deep into the Adventure Time theory...
- Adventure Time Theories
A fan-made blog for theories regarding the origins of the Land of Ooo, its inhabitants, and other ideas. This is a great, great place to explore more Adventure Time theories.
Conspiracy Theories: Fairly Odd Parents
I loved this show as a kid! It wasn't necessarily creepy—just light and fun. The show is about a kid named Timmy who has a lot of annoying adults bugging him and not many friends, but he does have two "fairy godparents" that grant his every wish. I'm going to believe that it's a lighthearted show made for kids to understand, but, could there be a darker side?
Of course! There are multiple theories, and here are a few:
- Timmy is severely abused by his parents and adults, and his creepy teacher (Crocker) has sexually assaulted him. His fairies are make-believe and are there to help him cope.
- Timmy's godparents died, and since they were the only adults that understood him, he created the fairies in his head to cope.
- Timmy is schizophrenic, and has obsessions with the colors pink and green (the colors of Cosmo and Wanda, the fairies). Only his parents and teacher know about his imaginary fairies. His friends hang out with him only because they feel sorry for him.
I see a couple flaws in any theories about Fairly Odd Parents as there is too much evidence (unlike in other shows) to prove them wrong. But since the show ran for so long and was very popular, I include these theories here anyway, because it's fun.
Some art describing the Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy theory
Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy Conspiracies
This theory is absolutely freaky. It's weird but it makes a lot of sense. Luckily for us and our sanity, it has been disproved by the writer of the show who says the show was just about his childhood friends and the place they lived in, nothing more. Still, I felt like I had to include it since it was so popular.
So the basic idea is that the kids who live in the cul-de-sac are all dead and in some sort of afterlife. Creepy, creepy! They all died at different times from 1900 to 2000, but they died in the same area so they exist in the afterlife together. There are no parents or any other children in the show, just the main children—you know they're dead because they have blue tongues, weird personalities, and sickly appearances.
- Rolph is the farm-crazed character who tends to his animals in crops in the neighborhood—his backyard farm. So he died in the 1910s and kept his old-world farming ideals with him in the afterlife.
- Johnny lived there in the 1900s and had no friends. He was very lonely so he created an imaginary friend, Plank, that died with him.
- Eddy came in the 1930s. He is a schemer who's obsessed with money. It is said he was alive during the Great Depression and would do anything for money. He takes that aspect of himself to the afterlife.
- Sarah and Ed came in the 1950s. Sarah is very controlling and Ed acts dumb and shuts the world out. Cartoons and comic books were popular at that time, and Ed thrives on those. To explain their behavior, it is suggested that they had strict and little parenting.
- Nazz came in the 1960s (or '70s, maybe) and she was a flower child. She is a flirt, uncaring and free, and retains those characteristics in the afterlife.
- Kevin came in the 1990s. He is a bully because his father was controlling and abusive. He rides his bike as an escape (and rides it a lot in the show). It is theorized that after he died, he makes up a dad that showers him with gifts and stays out of his way.
- Jimmy came in the 2000s and probably died of a sickness, as he is an introvert and sickly-looking in the show.
You know, these theories make sense, but I'm just gonna go with the fact that the writer just based these characters after real live kids he knew in his childhood, thanks.
Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy (Creepy Video)
Dexter's Lab: A Conspiracy
This theory is short, and I didn't watch this show much so I don't know how I feel about this on, but here it goes:
Dexter is a smart kid, but he's an introvert with problems communicating with others. His lab is imaginary and the villains are also made-up and based on the few friends he has.
Spongebob Squarepants: Conspiracy Theories
So these theories are weird for me, as I can't really imagine Spongebob having anything to do with these ideas, but some people are convinced. Poor Spongebob gets so many critics anyway...
Here they are:
- Spongebob and all his friends are mutants as a result of nuclear testing which actually happened on Bikini Atoll (hence the name "Bikini Bottom" and idea for this theory). This one might have a hint of truth, because the creator of the show was a former marine biologist.
- Spongebob and his friends reflect personalities of people addicted to drugs:
- Spongebob is on meth, usually happy but sometimes sad, he goes from immediate ups to immediate downs.
- Patrick (dumb and dull, always relaxed) loves weed. He eats and laughs at dumb things.
- Squidward is on heroin: he is annoyed by everything, always down, and yells at Spongebob and Patrick.
- Sandy is a moody alcoholic.
- Mr. Krabs is addicted to cocaine because he's always uppity and obsessed with money.
I don't really like the drug conspiracy, because it's not a fitting theme. It was first aired on a stoner website so...
Ending Note: Please Read
Cartoon theories can be creepy and dark. Some may be really what the writers were thinking, but others not.
There's quite a few not added in this article (one, particularly dark, of The Rugrats), but people have theories about almost every cartoon. I think I'm just gonna choose to imagine the cartoons as silly and cute and innocently made from the creator's imagination.
Share your opinions in the comments!
The more I read into this stuff, the more I start to NOT believe it! What about you? Tell me in the comments.