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Top Cartoon Conspiracy Theories: Real or Not?

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Ashley enjoys writing about television, particularly cartoon conspiracy theories.

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 a dog's 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. This 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 intro

Adventure time intro

Adventure Time: Conspiracies

Adventure Time is 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.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Timmy's godparents died, and since they were the only adults that understood him, he created the fairies in his head to cope.
  3. 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 of 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

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.



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 are 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!

Author's Note

The more I read into this stuff, the more I start to NOT believe it! What about you? Tell me in the comments.


Cakeb on July 13, 2019:

I luv the Ed edd and eddy one

cowie on May 11, 2018:

I like mcdonalds chicken nuggets

anne on July 08, 2017:

Here's another cartoon conspconspiracy theories :

1 The Flintstones was set in future , ( and the Jetsons set in same universe)

2 Charlie Brown is dying of cancer , and he imagines all the strip (it's very depressing, right?)

3 the PPG were multiple personalities of one host body ( Blossom the smart one , Bubbles the cute one , Buttercup the tough one )

4 Pokemon Ash in coma

5 the care bears are voodo

6 MLP mane 6 are based off dead teenagers

7 Winnie the pooh and friends has mental disorders

8 (just like the Flintstones) Alladin was set in future

9 the magic school bus kids grow up to be captain planet

10 all the Pixar movies set in same universe ( but different timeline)

Smart_12 on May 29, 2016:

I really liked that you put ideas from other creators and that during your conspiracy theories you added some of your own opinions. The theories seem really convincing when you format it like the way you did .Thank you for writing something interesting to read during a really boring day.

Jacqueline on December 05, 2014:

I loved the Fairly Odd Parents, it's heart breaking and creepy to think of those theories!!!

Nick on August 05, 2014:

I think on some of these people forget that they are cartoons. Cartoons are made for entertainment, not to be realistic.

DChance2 on July 14, 2014:

I really hope that Finn marry to Princess Bubblegum:)

Because his responsibilities going to follow princess bubblegum as husband and wife.

It'll be a good thing for them.Soon!

DChance on April 29, 2014:

I keep always wondered about The Little Mermaid. Here is what I think. I think, Ariel was killed by the king for collecting stuff from up above. However, the king can't live with himself killing Ariel. He creates a story that she went to the world above. In his rage, he kills the Sea Witch blaming her. I think that the Sea Witch has tried to harm him in the past. Maybe, she tried to marry him but he only likes mermaids. He sees his relationship with the Sea Witch a taboo that can not be spoken about to the other mermaids.

leah on April 26, 2014:

I just wanted to post my theory on despicable me. After having watched the movie several times, I have formulated a theory that nothing ever really happens to Gru. He actually has schizophrenic hallucinations rooted in his hunger for approval from his mother. The little girls are his way if giving himself someone who cares about him. Also, his flashbacks are highly exaggerated. He is looking back at his past the way he, a schizophrenic saw it. After about the age of 6, his mother put him in an orphanage, this explains why he made the dream of ms. Hatties so vividly morbid and messed up. It was based on his experience in the orphanage. A lot of the movie takes place on his deathbed as he is committing suicide.

Peter a.k.a. Crane on April 17, 2014:

And with the "Adventure time" thing...the theory may be right or not.. the thing that is really annoying for me is that is full of masonic stuff (ok maybe some people will consider me a little paranoic but I really believe in that kind of know, the conspiracy). I mean really, for example look at the owl..the "cosmic owl" or whatever the heck is called it's like a god to the citizens of Ooo and the owl is also one of the most important sign for the masons culture.

Peter a.k.a Crane on April 17, 2014:

Ok so you asked about the other Ed..Edd actually..well, I read somewhere that he was hit deadly in the head and also for that reason he keeps his "sock" on his head in his other life

Someperson on March 12, 2014:

Another one for Adventure Time is that Fin is in a coma and you're watching his "dreams." Fun is the only real human in the whole show and everyone has magical powers.

haterofmorons on January 27, 2014:

@Ericdierker Kill yourself, you idiot!

whatevergirl on January 27, 2014:

Uh, hello? THEY'RE Conspiracy Theories OF COURSE THEY AREN'T REAL!

Jack on November 11, 2013:

My theory for Adventure time is that Finn is dying in a coma and his dog, Jake, is his best friend. In his coma he dreams that his dog can talk and they live in his tree house and his parents are not there. He imagines that he goes on adventures with his dog and imagines all the other creatures.

belleart from Ireland on November 05, 2013:

Love, love love this hub!! I absolutely love watching kids cartoons for the simply reason that anything goes in them! But I really enjoyed your hub, the theories all sound great and quite realistic actually.

I disagree that only two people in adventure time know about the end of our world, as there have been many hints from loads of characters throughout the show that suggest they are all aware.

I have something to add though: It may not have been a war /apocalypse that caused the end of our world, it was the creation of the Ice King. In an episode dedicated to him before our world ended, he was a normal man living in our world who found a crown that turned him evil, and due to this the whole world changed. Everything revolves around him in the show!

KaylaOrtiz on October 11, 2013:

Feel free to contact me

Kayla Ortiz on October 11, 2013:

& the scooby doo story - We all know and love the the cartoon, “Scooby Doo,” but what do we really know about it? We know it centers a group of teenagers in the 70’s who solve mysteries in their van with their trusty Great Dane, Scooby. But this beloved childhood cartoon isn’t as innocent as it seems.Let‘s take a look at Shaggy. He’s the only real character in the show. As a child, he was a weird child with an over-active imagination. His best (only) friend was his stuffed toy dog, Scooby. He abused by his father, and ruthlessly tormented by his older brothers. His dad was an alcoholic who beat Shaggy’s mom, causing her to leave. His dad favored the older brothers, because they were athletic and popular.His older brothers used to dress up like monsters and ghosts and scare him. When he told his dad there were monsters after him, he would call him a “Meddling kid” and beat him. One day, when his brothers scared him, Shaggy got so scared, he hit one brother in the head with a baseball bat, killing him. He was then sent to live in a mental hospital, and mentally blocked the fact that he killed his brother. He later developed paranoid schizophrenia, which is why he seemed so scared and created the other characters in his mind. In the hospital, he is being treated with experimental drugs that temporarily control his paranoia, but do nothing for his delusions. These are the “Scooby Snacks” from the show. This is why he becomes less afraid after eating the Scooby Snacks. They also speed up his metabolism, which is why he is so skinny and hungry all the time. Shaggy created Mystery Inc. subconsciously, to help him justify killing his brother. Whenever they catch a villain, he/she says “I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you meddling kids,” which is what his dad would call him when he told him about his brothers taunting him.

Kayla Ortiz on October 11, 2013:

You also forgot the scooby doo story and the rugrats story. Here's the rugrats. - The Rugrats really were a figment of Angelica's Demonic and Unimaginable imagination.Chuckie died in 1997 along with his mother, that's why Chaz is a nervous wreck all the time.Tommy was born in 2000, but he was a stillborn, that's why Stu is constantly in the basement making toys for the son who never had a chance to live.The DeVilles had an abortion in 2001, Angelica couldn't figure whether it would be a boy or a girl thus creating the twins.As for "All Grown Up" the teenage Angelica became addicted to various narcotics which further aggravated her Schizophrenia, bringing her back to her childhood and thus her creations she obsessed over, because of time lapse between the present and the last time she interacted with her creations, she made them older. Angelica was constantly taking hits of acid, so she would never have to live without her creations who were her only company. In a judgemental world, Angelica's mom actually died of a heroine overdose in 1982 just after Angelica was born, and Drew in his depression married a gold digging whore that Angelica idolized because she fooled herself into thinking it was her real mom but always had a concept of her mom, Cynthia, and took a barbie doll and made it after her mom's image, wearing an unwashed orange dress and having jacked up hair, which is why she was so attached to it. Later in life she followed in her mom's footsteps with drugs and everything, dying of overdose at age 15 when All Grown Up! was "cancelled".The only rugrat not to be fictional however, was unborn Tommy's brother Dil, whom was born in 2002. However, Angelica didn't know the difference between Dil and her creations, although Dil didn't follow her commands. One day in 2005, after endless crying and a refusal to disappear like the others did when Angelica was angry with them, she hit him. Due to this, he sustained a brain hemorrhage, which resulted in a deformation. As he grew up, his damage only became more evident and by the time he was 11 in "All Grown Up!" he lived as an outcast, being ridiculed for his weirdness and retardation. The immense guilt over this is what led Angelica to her drug use and is what led Angelica to un-create the Rugrats briefly, until her experience with hallucinogenics.On a trip to Paris to find love, Chaz married a woman named Kira (He was actually going to marry a different woman named Coco, but she just wanted him for his money.) who had a daughter named Kimi that was torn from her because she was a cocaine addict (Angelica imagined her from Kira's stories). He lost his mind after the death of his wife and was in denial that she was ever prostitute. Upon return to America, Chaz and Kira married and she got her greencard. It was actually a really happy and romantic story. Kira continually stuggled with addiction, but was relatively happy with her life and ChazSuzie was actually Angelica's only friend, who entertained the thought of Angelica's creations, for her sake. Angelica spent the last days of her life in the back of the school cafeteria, imagining friends around her and playing with the lives of her creations.

Lovely Jimena on September 12, 2013:

Wow! This all sounds real!

Kaylee on September 07, 2013:

I thought spongebob squarepants the show, all the characters were the 7 deadly sins?

Jacob Jackson from Kansas on August 24, 2013:

nice work this is awesome!

damnman on August 16, 2013:

The spongebob one is true and

Miroku on August 11, 2013:

It's a good read

Joel on August 08, 2013:

Hey their sir I read and liked it but in the ed,Edd,and eddy one you had missed one ed

Ashley (author) from Colorado on August 07, 2013:

This is great

He on August 07, 2013:

What about the other Ed

Yeahyeahyeah1 on August 06, 2013:

The theory I heard for spongebob is the reason Patrick is so stupid is because starfish do not have brains making Patrick an idiot. Also I read this one on tumblr that the reason no body eats at the chum bucket is because it is a cannible restaurant as fishermen keep their bait in a bucket called a 'chum bucket' and the bait is fish therefore making the chum bucket in spongebob sell fish and is canniblistic and no one wants to go there

Yeahyeahyeah1 on August 06, 2013:

I have a theory on spongebob

Griff L on August 04, 2013:

HEY LISTEN UP: I have a great conspiracy for spongebob:

They all show different mental disorders

1. Spongebob: ADHD, since he has boundless energy and has a hard time paying attention.

2. Squidward: Narcissistic personality disorder, since he constantly yells at spongebob and Patrick, has terrible social skills, and has a grandiose sense of self worth.

3. Patrick: Any developed mental disability, since he acts stupid and has a hard time doing anything without help.

4. Sandy: Bipolar personality disorder, sice she is moody and will often switch between being happy or excited to grumpy and irritated (or vice versa)

5. Mr. krabs: Borderline personality disorder, since he always impulsive, cruel, cheap, and shows widely different reactions to the same type of situation

Tell me what you think of this :)

Nancy Yancy on August 02, 2013:


gsurvivor on July 23, 2013:

The Courage explanation actually makes perfect sense! Loved the hub, vote up all the way! :)

ApeX OrioN on July 11, 2013:

Have you read the one about "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy"? You can find it at "", but be warned its freaky

Carmen on July 09, 2013:

Actually there's a third theory of sponge bob and that is the whole show was based off of the deadly sins you could see on any website for images that they say

Gregory P. Rodriguez from Riverside, CA on July 06, 2013:

ed, edd, and eddy...I like!

Ashley (author) from Colorado on June 30, 2013:

There's too many people I found these ideas from so there is no definitive source for these stories whatsoever. And nobody has it like copyrighted anyway or has their mark on it :)

James from Minnesota. on June 30, 2013:

Not bad... I REALLY wish you would have given credit to the people who came up with these ideas.... The one about Courage is from Reddit. I know that for sure.

Nimesh De Silva on June 27, 2013:

The theory on Courage the Cowardly Dog isn't really a 'conspiracy' theory, it's just a theory. Anyway I haven't had looked at it in that perspective until now. But it seems pretty fitting. I'm not really sure about Spongebob though... Good hub though...

Chris on June 25, 2013:

Courage the Cowardly Dog was an amazing show and was not creepy at all, but it did have some violence, but who care. Adventure Time was ok, I only watched a couple episodes until they started showing the living candy, the post-apoc theory I believe. Fairly Odd Parents was just another fairy-tale show so no theories there. Ed, Edd, n'Eddy was another good show, but I did always wonder why they looked like afterlife children especially with the colored tongues. Dexter's Lab was good, but was just another Jimmy Neutron. But out of all of these shows SpongeBob has to be the most screwed up show I have ever seen, the theory on this show I do believe., but it is still a good show.

adrianna on June 24, 2013:

another theory about spongebob (WHICH IS WAY MORE APPROPRIATE/FITTING) is that the characters are based off the 7 deadly sins : gary - gluttony squidward-wrath spongebob- of course lust sandy- pride mr.krabs-greed plankton- envy Patrick-sloth

Matt on June 23, 2013:

I was just watching adventure time after reading this to analyze it and in the episode the new frontier jake says rocketships haven't been REinvented yet.hmmmmm

D on June 16, 2013:

Ha! I'm a mature ten! Hilarious!

ParadigmEnacted on June 16, 2013:

Ha ha ha. Wow. This is what happens when things are left to interpretation.

alyssa on June 12, 2013:

OMG you ruined my childhood I'm a mature 10 I act like a 13/15 year old but I still watch tv :( ed,edd,and eddy really scared me

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on June 11, 2013:

I guess I have never thought that deep about cartoons, so this was all new to me! Interesting theories, but we'll never know!

Emilee on June 07, 2013:

Oh hey, about the adventure time theory, there is another show made by the same creator and apparently the show is supposed to be a prequel to it! It's called bravest warriors. It's supposed to give clues to what initially cause all of the adeventure time stuff. (If this is somehow incorrect, I apologize, my sister told me about it when she was trying to find the adventure time theory ^^)

Tristen Westover on May 29, 2013:

Ruined my childhood

mee on May 23, 2013:

the Foster's home of imaginary friends one is just plain sad

Skyler DeCristoforo from Olympia, WA on May 06, 2013:

Very interesting perceptions about some of my favorite childhood cartoons. A few of them i would have never thought of if i had never read this post. Voted up and interesting. Thanks for the great share!

Alex Munkachy from Honolulu, Hawaii on May 04, 2013:

What about Ren & Stimpy?

PrettyinDixie on May 01, 2013:

I have been reading a few of these other places - My son actually told me about this conspiracy theory thing - and I thanked him for ruining cartoons for me. The Rugrats one is CREEPY and have you seen the Garfield one? I am so very sad after reading that one - I TRULY teared up on that one!

Ah blahh on April 23, 2013:

Thanks for destroying my childhood lol jk this is very interesting to read

timocerantola from Earth on April 20, 2013:

I really enjoyed reading this. Nicely done.

Rfordin from Florida on April 20, 2013:

I was not big into cartoons when I was younger (I know I was a weird one). Regardless as I aged I started hearing about the cartoon conspiracies as you so adequelty coined them and they became more interesting....

Thanks for sharing.


Brittany May on April 19, 2013:

I absolutely loved this! Courage the Cowardly Dog freaked me out when I was little too!

Ashley (author) from Colorado on April 19, 2013:

That's hilarious about the smurfs, but you know, maybe she saw something we didn't. lol

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on April 19, 2013:

Wow. I have never heard of any of these...BUT i can tell you that my grandmother and Aunt were convinced that the smurfs cartoon was full of demonic, satan-worshipping messages...odd that I went to sea isn't it?

Ashley (author) from Colorado on April 18, 2013:


Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 18, 2013:

I think they are more fun than dumb. Very fun read.

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