Good evening gals and ghouls! Are you ready to completely destroy your wonderful childhood memories?! No? Oh well! Welcome to today’s topic; the most popular conspiracy theories about your favourite childhood television shows. Now, although this is mostly going to be aimed towards my fellow 90’s babies, many of the millennial creatures will recognize the shows mentioned as well. So if you’re ready to cry yourself to sleep – let’s go!
Let’s start with one of my childhood favourites…
This theory is heavily based around Angelica Pickles and her interactions with the “rugrats.”
Angelica Pickles is the eldest of all of the children that are “regular” characters on the show and she is known for being mean and bossing around the babies in her family and in the neighbourhood, but have you ever wondered why the babies could speak to Angelica? It seems normal for them to “talk” to each other, but why speak to an older person? This theory explains to us that despite what we see… the rugrats do not exists.
Angelica, the daughter of a regular man and his drug-addicted wife has been diagnosed with early childhood onset Schizophrenia – a very rare diagnosis. Due to her illness, she takes the information she knows about deceased babies in her family and neighbourhood and her brain hallucinates the existence of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil.
In reality, Tommy Pickles (Angelica’s cousin) was said to be born in 1988, but was stillborn. This explains why his father Stu is constantly in the basement making toys for the son he never got to have.
Chuckie Finster Jr. was a living boy in the neighbourhood who’s parents were close with the Pickles’. In 1986, Chuckie and his mother died in an undisclosed accident (though many believe it was violent like a car accident). This is why Chaz is always a complete basket case and a nervous wreck.
Phil and Lil were the result of the DeVilles choosing to have an abortion in 1990. Since the baby was never born, Angelica was unable to know the gender and her Schizophrenic mind created twins – one boy and one girl.
Finally, in the TV series “All Grown Up,” Angelica falls into the same trap as her mother and begins to use narcotics. This aggravated her Schizophrenia and allowed her hallucinations of the babies to morph and grow with her – hens the characters continuing into the new show and growing in age and physicality.
In this story, Angelica died of an overdose (just as her mother did) as a young teen, leading to the cancellation of “All Grown Up.”
Have you ever wondered how a child manages to have a HUGE lab underneath their home and have their parents be completely oblivious? Me too! How about how their older sister continuously blows up experiments by messing around in said lab, but never learns to stop? ME TOO!
This theory is in regards to the popular 90s-early 2000s cartoon Dexter’s Laboratory. It believes that Dexter was working in his original, small, secret lab in his bedroom when Dee Dee, his sister, snuck in and touched something incorrectly, causing a massive explosion, killing everyone in the house but Dexter.
In order to cover up the tragedy (and hide his super secret lab) Dexter attempted to create exact clones of his parents and sister Dee Dee. This allowed his family to appear completely normal to everyone in the neighbourhood and explains why they are now not only aware of the new, MUCH larger lab in the basement, but they also laugh and seem aloof regarding the explosions and experiments that Dexter was conducting.
However, some people will question why Dee Dee seems to be the same, continuing with her careless antics. This would likely be because Dexter, when creating the clones, had to make them as similar to the original family that he had prior to the deadly explosion. Dee Dee also needs to appear normal in a school setting. This is why Dee Dee is still annoying as ever and Dexter lives happily ever after.
This theory is much shorter than the rest and is straight to the point.
Everyone knows how our beloved Charlie Brown from the Peanuts cartoons rocked a bald head and constantly seemed to be totally down and out – which could explain why adults and teachers are impossible to understand (since he was too out of it to pay attention to what they said). The beginning of this theory states that maybe he wasn’t out of it, but that he was too depressed to care.
Now this theory can be traced back to a little boy and his therapist – this little boy believed that Charlie Brown has childhood cancer and all of his antics were actually dreams from his hospital bed and caused by his chemo treatments.
The idea was that Charlie looked like him, so he must also have cancer just like him. He believed that Charlie and he were best friends.
(This one always makes me cry!)
Ed, Edd n Eddy
Now, I never watched Ed, Edd n Eddy, so if anything is written or spelled incorrectly, please feel free to contact me via email or in the comments below so I can correct it!
In this theory, all of the main characters are from the same cul-de-sac in “Peach Creek” and this area is actually purgatory and all of the characters are dead. Sorry.
Each character hails from a different decade and they all end up in this area specifically because it is designated only for deceased children. All adults go to a different purgatory which explains the lack of parents or other adults throughout the show.
Here is a break down of each character’s story:
1900s: Rolf’s family arrived in the area in 1903 to settle farmland. Unfortunately, he was killed in a stampede while working with the animals on their land in an unknown year.
1920s: “Johnny 2×4” arrived around the same time as Rolf. He passed away in 1922 after a tough battle with tuberculosis, prior to the discovery of penicillin.
1930s: Eddy was the next to pass on, drowning in a nearby lake. It is unknown when he arrived at Peach Creek or the exact year of his death.
1950s: Ed and Sarah lost their father in World War II which sent their mother into a depression. Both kids died in a “freak” car accident in 1953.
1960s: Nazz was a 1960s flowerchild when she moved into Peach Creek. Unfortunately, in 1979, a serial killer escaped from a nearby asylum and murdered her entire family. Nazz was also sexually assaulted in the process.
1970s: Edd was born in the 70s to strict parents who expected the world from him from an obscenely young age. No one is completely sure, but it is believed that he died while playing with an “at home” chemistry set as there was a gas leak in his home when he lit a Bunsen burner, causing an explosion.
1980s: Kevin was born in the 80s and was a well known bully in town. This was a result of his abusive father. In 1999, he got into a fight with his father leading to 911 being called. He died on the way to the hospital.
1990s: Finally, Jimmy was born in the early 1990s and was diagnosed with Leukemia as a young child. He remained bedridden until his death as he was too frail to go outside and play with other kids.
The Kankers seem different than the rest in appearance. Its believed that this is because they are actually demons who have been sent up from hell to torture the kids who are stuck in purgatory.
It is also important to note that many think this theory to be true because all of the kids have blue tongues which is commonly seen (at least on television and in films) as a sign that someone is deceased.
Some, however, like to argue all of this away based on a “Making Of…” documentary that was made by the animators and writers – so maybe this is all made up… or is it?
Winnie the Pooh
Some people believe that all of the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood were each created to depict a severe mental illness. This theory was prompted by the Canadian Medical Association in 2000 when they examined the characters and broke them down as such:
Pooh: Impulsive Eating Disorder with a secondary diagnosis of potential Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Piglet: Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Eyore: Major Depressive Disorder
Rabbit: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Owl: Narcissistic Personality Disorder and a secondary diagnosis of learning disability Dyslexia
Tigger: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Kanga: Social Phobia
Roo: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attachment Disorder
Christopher Robin: In a similar fashion to Angelica Pickles of Rugrats, he sees the creatures of Hundred Acre Wood as they are due to severe Schizophrenia
This theory has supposedly been debunked, but to me, it doesn’t seem like a long shot.
What do you guys think?
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