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11 Fan Theories About Your Favorite Cartoons That Will Make You Say "Wait, What?"

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Do we spend too much time thinking about our favorite cartoons and movies from our childhoods? Probably, because obsessed fans have managed to come up with these 11 theories about their favorite cartoons that are so strange they could just be true:

1. SpongeBob and his friends are all mutants

Do you remember where SpongeBob lived? We don't mean "in a pineapple under the sea." His hometown was named Bikini Bottom, and fans think this could explain why our favorite talking sponge and his neighbors are such weirdos.

The town (and the famous swimsuit) are both named after the Bikini Atoll, a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean which is most famous as a nuclear testing site. Between 1946 and 1958, nuclear tests near the islands eventually made them uninhabitable. Maybe they also had a strange effect on the local sea life...

A nuclear test in the Bikini Atoll.Wikimedia

2. Ash is permanently stuck at age 10 because of magic

The adventures of Ash, Misty and Brock were entertaining when we were kids who dreamed of becoming Pokemon trainers ourselves. But as we got older something about the show rubbed us the wrong way. After journeying all over the Pokemon world, why did Ash never get any older?

The answer may be found in the show's first episode, where Ash spots the mystical bird Pokemon Ho-Oh. In the games, a Pokedex entry about Ho-Oh says that "those who see Ho-Oh are promised an eternal happiness." And nothing would make Ash happier than traveling the world with Pikachu and his friends...forever.

3. Courage the Cowardly Dog...is a dog

Well duh, but there's more to this theory than pointing out Courage has four legs and a tail. The show may be seen through the eyes of a dog, so all of the "monsters" that visit are just visitors who seem like evil creatures to a nervous dog. Often they don't mean Muriel and Eustace any harm, which backs up this theory.

This "monster" only wanted Muriel to babysit her children.Cartoon Network

Also, sharp-eyed fans have noticed that Muriel may be deaf, which could also explain why she doesn't react to the wacky things happening in her home. In one episode she tells Eustace "You know I can’t hear you without my glasses," which might be a reference to reading lips.

4. Arnold is not the star of Hey Arnold!

The first clue to support this theory is in the show's intro: who shouts the title line?

Of course lots of episodes of the show follow Helga's attempts to win over her secret crush, but she also has long, uninterrupted soliloquies about her love for Arnold, which suggests that she's the main character.

Plus, Helga's troubles (living with a dad who ignores her and a mom who seems constantly spaced out) are a lot more significant than anything Arnold deals with.

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