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Another Top 10 Cartoon Fan Theories

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Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean Time to get conspiratorial. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Cartoon Fan Theories. For this list, we’re looking at another set of fan theories surrounding popular cartoons, no matter how much weight they have to them. If you don’t see a theory that you think should’ve made the cut, be sure to check out our original video of the Top 10 Cartoon Theories. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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Time to get conspiratorial. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Cartoon Fan Theories.

For this list, we’re looking at another set of fan theories surrounding popular cartoons, no matter how much weight they have to them. If you don’t see a theory that you think should’ve made the cut, be sure to check out our original video of the Top 10 Cartoon Theories.

#10: Economic Depression
“Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” (1969-78)

Perhaps it wasn’t just the monsters that Mystery Incorporated had to be afraid of. According to one theory, the original “Scooby-Doo” series was actually set during a time when the economy had gone bust. Things were so dire that even well-known individuals, like celebrities, intellectuals and so forth, became criminals to survive the desperate financial climate, all while dressing up as creatures so that the blame wouldn’t be put on them. It might sound like a stretch, but you gotta admit there were a lot of abandoned buildings and downtrodden areas on that show. Sign of the times…?

#9: Bill Dauterive Is Bobby Hill’s Father
“King of the Hill” (1997-2009)

It’s fair to say that not all children turn out like their parents, whether it’s in appearance or personality. But when it comes to Hank and Bobby, the difference is like night and day. Along with how dissimilar they are, fans of the show have pointed out that there are hints that Bill might actually be Bobby’s biological father. You’ve got the physical likeness and the fact that the two spend so much time together bonding. Not to mention the little fact that Hank has a rather narrow urethra, which the Hills were originally told meant they could never have children. Damn, Hank, you may be the king, but from the sounds of it… someone got with your queen.

#8: Nazi Propaganda
“Tom and Jerry” franchise (1940-)

You know the drill, Tom Cat tries his best to take out his mousey nemesis Jerry with all manner of nefarious and ill-conceived ideas. But were you aware that these two are the physical representation of countries? That’s right, someone out there posted a theory that states Tom and Jerry represent the Tommies and Jerries, aka the British and the Germans, during the early years of WWII. So if you put that into context, we’ve been watching Nazi Germany outdo the Brits with their “superior” intelligence all these years. Creepy.

#7: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
“Donald Duck” franchise (1934-)

It’s no secret that Donald doesn’t exactly have the best temperament and that he goes on the odd rant every now and again. While most of us just find it funny and associate it with his character, some have claimed that his escalating rage is a result of his PTSD. How did he get such a thing? Well, as a Second World War paratrooper, poor old Donald was used for plenty of military propaganda back in the day, with one cartoon showing him fighting against the Japanese by himself. That’s bound to drive anyone over the edge.

#6: Shared Universe
“Samurai Jack” (2001-04; 2017)

Crossovers are nothing new, and if fans even get a whiff that some of their favorite cartoons are entangled in some subtle or overt way, you can be sure they’ll find “evidence” of it. Given the history of Cartoon Network’s properties making random cameos between shows, it’s no surprise people latched onto this particular theory – which is that, apparently everyone’s favorite time travelling samurai was roaming around the post-apocalyptic but past version of Townsville this whole time. Given the identical landmarks seen throughout some episodes, the idea certainly has some merit. Meanwhile, there are others who insist that Jack and Professor Utonium are the same person. Ah man, time travel makes our heads spin.

#5: Sexual Abuse
“The Fairly OddParents” (2001-06; 2008-)

Brace yourself, people, because this one is bleak. In our first list, we discussed how Cosmo and Wanda could just be metaphors for anti-depressants. Well, this theory takes things a step further by stating that they are delusions of Timmy Turner’s actual deceased godparents. He imagines them watching over him and granting his wishes all in a bid to keep himself happy, since his real parents don’t care about him, he has one heck of a volatile babysitter… and Mr. Crocker’s scheme to capture his fairy godparents is in reality just him making sexual advances on Timmy. Yeesh.

#4: Pinky Is the Genius
“Pinky and the Brain” (1995-99)

How can one of cartoon’s most lovable idiots possibly be smarter than the megalomaniacal mouse who dreams of taking over the world? Well, what if the Brain is so loco in the head that all his thoughts of world domination are the result of madness? The pair’s endeavors could be nothing more than delusions in his oversized head. But even if they aren’t, you only need to look a little more closely to see that more often than not, it’s Pinky’s observations and comments that make the most logical sense compared to the Brain’s ramblings. One is a genius, the other’s insane, but which is which?

#3: The Pokémon War
“Pokémon” (1997-)

For an anime about fighting pocket monsters, there doesn’t really seem to be any horrifically mature content in “Pokémon,” at least as far as the original season is concerned. Or is there? According to this theory, the amount of Gym Leaders and organised crime, plus the fact that Ash and Gary are both missing parents is because they are the generation born after a terrible war fought with Pokémon. While this creepypasta may seem more concrete with the video games, it does raise some interesting points. Where is Ash’s dad anyway?

#2: The Seven Deadly Sins
“SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-)

Who woulda guessed that Bikini Bottom’s most iconic residents would actually represent something as dark as the seven sins? It’s not all that crazy when you think about it. SpongeBob has a lust for life – while Pearl is obsessed with males, Mr. Krabs is the greediest thing under the sea, Sandy takes great pride in her work, Patrick bests everyone when it comes to sloth, both Gary and Mrs. Puff have been shown to be quite gluttonous, Plankton is obviously envious of the Krusty Krab’s success, and Squidward… well, we all know how wrathful SpongeBob makes him. Turns out this show attracts weird theories, since there’s another one that suggests these seven represent narcotics.

#1: There Are No Monsters
“Courage the Cowardly Dog” (1999-2002)

Despite his timid nature in the face of the supernatural horrors going on in the middle of nowhere, Courage never fails to protect his owners from the many monsters and psychopaths that seem to come their way. This would be all fine and dandy, except what if they’re not all as scary as he thinks they are? Given that he’s just a dog and the world probably looks a lot different to him, the entire show could be nothing more than Courage’s canine perception tricking him into thinking he and his humans are in danger, when the truth is all those monsters he thinks he’s seeing are just people. But tbh, we’re not sure if that’s uplifting or even more depressing.
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