Have you heard of some of these crazy cartoon conspiracy theories? Animated shows have been around since the beginning of television, delighting young and old audiences alike. The past twenty years have seen the rise of more animated shows aimed at adults such as Bob’s Burgers and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. (Though, after reading this list, you may wonder if all the cartoons we mention were not made for adults due to their strong themes and elaborate narratives.) But what you may not realize is that most of these cartoons are associated with some bizarre conspiracy theories.
In this list, we’ve brought together 25 of the all-time best cartoon fan conspiracy theories which many people believe to be true. Whether it’s an alternate reality of South Park told through a schizophrenic boy’s memory or subliminal messaging for a host of secret societies in Gravity Falls, the fan theories on this list run the gamut. While some of them don’t entirely hold up given other hints and clues in the series, others are completely plausible and may just change how you view the cartoon. If you want to see your favorite childhood or adult cartoons in a different light, join the conspiracy debate with our list of 25 Crazy Cartoon Conspiracy Theories Some Believe To Be True.
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One of the biggest mysteries in the world of cartoons is…drumroll please…what’s in the Krabby Patty secret formula? Fan theorists have been quick to assemble disparate mentions of ingredients from throughout the series, ruling them out when Mr. Krabs pranked his rival Plankton in the episode “Plankton’s Army”.
We have for you here today the real Krabby Patty secret formula. One Krabby Patty contains: a frozen hamburger, fresh lettuce, crisp onions, undersea cheese, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and the secret formula. The formula includes flour, salt, turmeric, barnacle shavings, love, and one more special ingredient.
One episode claims Mr. Krabs and Plankton were friends and created the recipe together, each taking home part of the list after a fight. Plankton only tore off one of the ingredients: chum. Hence, the name of his restaurant and the final ingredient in the Krabby Patty secret formula. Don’t you feel better now?
Taking a big u-turn from light-hearted Spongebob is South Park. Some fan theorists claim the show is an adult retelling their childhood with some added exaggerations. The show’s strong language and cynicism does hold up that an adult could be telling it. Other theories claim Butters is retelling the stories to his therapist or that Cartman had a traumatizing childhood, leading to schizophrenia, and is recounting his childhood to his therapist. As for Kenny, one of the show’s creators confirmed he had a classmate who always wore the same orange hoodie and was absent from school so often they joked he died, leading to his immortalization as a South Park character.
As you’ll see throughout this list, some fans come up with downright sad and depressing cartoon conspiracy theories! One of the best-known films and stories in the English language today is Peter Pan. One fan theory claims, based on direct quotes from the book’s author J.M. Barrie, that Peter kills off the Lost Boys as they get too old. The line says, “And when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out.” This periodic culling of the boys stems from Peter’s hatred for grownups, itself derived from his own abandonment by his mother. Another theory claims Peter is the Angel of Death and ferries dead kids from Earth to Neverland: a reference for Heaven.
American Dad follows the life of Republican CIA agent Stan Smith. In Season 6, the rapture comes to Langley Falls and some fan theorists argue every episode thereafter is a figment of Stan’s heavenly imagination. It claims the show then takes place in Stan’s mind while the rest of the world is in a post-apocalyptic hell. Hayley even gets to Heaven despite claiming multiple times to be an atheist – fodder for the imagination theory and Stan wanting to bring his whole family.
Recently blasted back into the spotlight with the release of Pokémon GO, Pokémon is our favorite series about battling monsters. (Definitely above Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh.) Some fan conspiracy theorists claim Ash fell into a coma during the animated show’s first episode after both falling off his bike and being struck by Pikachu’s lightning bolt. Heavy meds at the subsequent hospital are said to keep him in the coma and allow him to dream himself throughout the Pokeworld with ease. Though this theory also argues this is why every city has the same Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny, real fans will know this is because they are all part of an extended family.