If you’re reading this site, you’re likely a fan of storytelling in its many shapes and forms. As lovers of stories we tend to revisit them over and over digesting different aspects of them as we go, but there comes a point where we’ve exhausted learning anything new from the stories we know and love. It’s at this point that we start inventing our own theories to bring our beloved stories back to life. Here we’ve compiled some of the most interesting fan theories currently circulating the net.
1 & 2) Star Wars – Two Theories
With something as beloved as Star Wars there’s bound to be quite a few theories out there, but these two seemed the most plausible.
Theory 1 – Stormtroopers Missed On Purpose
A common joke among Star Wars fans is how inept Stormtroopers are as marksmen. These are trained Imperial soldiers who can’t seem to land one hit on their enemies, except if you dig a little deeper…
…it’s possible the Stormtroopers were ordered to miss on purpose to fulfill various schemes by Vader and the Empire. In Episode IV: A New Hope the series opens with Stormtroopers invading a Rebel ship, promptly destroying all opposition. They move through the ship and quickly stun Leia. Later, down on Tatooine, Luke places the blame of the slaughter of Jawas on the Sandpeople. Obi Wan promptly corrects him.
The next time we see the Stormtroopers, on the Death Star, they’re almost hilariously incapable of hitting anything. The theory states that they were ordered to let the Rebels escape in order to lead the Empire back to the Rebel base. Leia even says “They let us go. It was the only reason for the ease of our escape…They’re tracking us.”.
Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin had to let them escape. They tried on multiple occasions to extract the coordinates of the base from Leia while they held her captive and failed each time, even after destroying her homeworld of Alderaan in front of her. Hell, they only sent four Tie Fighters after them when they escaped. You’d have to imagine there are thousands housed on the Death Star.
There are a few more instances of the Stormtroopers being terrible with their killing skills, all explained by the fact that they’re essentially herding Luke towards Vader. We have to consider that Vader’s goal was never to destroy Luke and the Rebels, but to persuade him to join the Dark Side, kill Palpatine, and take over the Empire. Vader likely knows that killing Luke’s friends is a surefire way to strike up anger within him, but not a great way to get him to join him in his quest for power.
The theory is bolstered by the fact that on Cloud City when Han whips out a blaster and shoots at Vader he blocks the shot and takes the blaster instead of just immediately killing Han and doesn’t retaliate whatsoever. Vader seems to have an ulterior motive to keep Luke’s friends alive and draw him in his direction time and time again. So please, don’t call Stormtroopers bad shots.
Theory 2 – Chewbacca and R2D2 Worked As Rebel Spies
This next theory exists to cover a massive plot-hole created by Lucas’ insane need to throw every single Star Wars character into The Phantom Menace. Since R2D2, C-3PO and Chewy played such a large role in the prequels it’s strange that they never mention anything about this in the future(past?) installments. Lucas explained this away by saying that R2 and 3PO had their memories wiped before the events of A New Hope, but this theory suggests otherwise. C3PO did indeed have his memory wiped, which is why he seems completely ignorant about the things going on around him, but R2 has been working for the Rebels the whole time and that’s why he was trusted with the all-important Death Star plans Leia implanted in him and also seemed to know exactly where Obi Wan was located.
Next, in the Revenge of the Sith, Chewie is shown as being quite friendly with Yoda and the Rebels, helping Yoda to escape. The next time we see Chewbacca he seems a bit outside his station, a high ranking officer in the Wookie army suddenly turned intergalactic smuggler. The theory suggests that Chewbacca intentionally got Han involved with Jabba the Hutt in order to make frequent visits to Tatooine and keep tabs on the future savior of the galaxy.
At least it makes some kinda sense. I’ll take that over none at all.
3) Courage the Cowardly Dog – Everything In The Show Is Normal, But From a Dog’s Perspective
Courage the Cowardly Dog is largely a show about a dog seeing strange things and promptly freaking out while his owners, Muriel and Eustace Bagg go about their lives blissfully unaware. But what if the reason his owners are never really concerned is because Courage is largely just freaking out over normal everyday occurrences like the arrival of a package, a rat, a sneaky looking cat prowling around, or a visit from the doctor. From a dog’s point of view it’s easy to see why he’d get so worked up and overprotective of his masters, like all dogs do. This toon just shows the extremes that dogs seem to face when protecting the ones they love from the harms of the outside world.
It also explains why Courage thinks they live in the Middle of Nowhere. Dogs usually only know their immediate surroundings and are unaware of the world outside of it.
4) Samurai Jack and the Power Puff Girls Share The Same Universe
This theory doesn’t have much to back it up besides a few images that have been circulating the net, but it seems plausible considering Samurai Jack’s creator Genndy Tartakovsky was a producer and director for a lot of the Power Puff Girls series. The theory doesn’t account for the fact that Aku, the demon who was ruling the world and sent Jack to the distant future, wasn’t ruling during the time of the Power Puff Girls. A fix may be that Him, the demon-like creature that the PPGs are always doing battle with is actually Aku in another form.
In fact, Him has been shown to be able to transform into different creatures (and even a clocktower). In the Power Puff Girls it’s even said of Him that he is “so sinister, so evil, so scary, so horribly vile that his real name can never be said, lest fear be struck into the very hearts of men.” Real name.. Aku?
Or maybe the overlapping artist teams were just having fun.
5) Inception – Cobb’s Totem Isn’t The Top, It’s His Wedding Ring
Alright, Inception is a mind-fuck, and we can spend quite a bit of time going through the various plot-holes that exist as a result of this messy storyline, but lets go ahead and pretend that those time-related plot holes don’t exist and focus instead on the ambiguous ending implied by Cobb’s totem, the spinning top.
In the movie, we’re told that everyone has a totem that lets them know if they’re currently existing within the real world or the dream world and they use this totem to essentially keep their ground and sanity in an ever-layered world. The ending is actually much less ambiguous than it seems when you consider the fact that Cobb never states that the top is his totem. In fact, we’re told that the top belonged to Cobb’s wife, Mal, and he seems to be holding on to it as a keepsake, not a totem.
Cobb’s real totem is his wedding ring. In every scene in the movie where Cobb is in the dream world he’s got his wedding ring on, but in the real world he’s got no ring. So, in the end, when Cobb’s shown spinning his top, keep an eye out to see that he’s wearing no wedding ring and is actually in the real world.
6) Whoville Celebrates Christmas Loudly In Remembrance of Horton Hearing Them
In Horton Hears a Who, an elephant named Horton hears a cloud of dust speaking to him. He thinks it’s a single person on the speck and places it on a clover to protect it – he later finds that the speck contains a small world called Whoville. Horton is tasked with protecting them from harm, which he agrees to do. Horton is harassed by his fellow animals about the speck and his strange behavior and eventually they threaten to boil the speck in Beezle-nut oil. To save Whoville, Horton implores the Whos to make as much noise as possible so his fellow animals can hear them and will then spare their lives.
In How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch is constantly bothered by Whoville’s noisy Christmas festivities. It’s quite possible that the Whos associate loud noisemaking to the survival of their entire world. Christmas, for them, could even be a celebration of the triumph of Whoville during a time of nearly certain doom.
7) Kill Bill – Beatrix Never Actually Kills Bill
This theory comes directly from the mind of Redditor jordanlund and it’s probably the best one yet. In Kill Bill, The Bride (aka Beatrix Kiddo) has one goal in mind – to kill everyone involved with attempting to murder her while pregnant, thus ending the life of the child within her. We need to put the events in order chronologically to make sense of the theory.
Beatrix trains with Pai Mai, we see her learning a few different moves (eye pluck, close-quarters punch) but we never see her learn the “5 Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique” which supposedly kills Bill.
Beatrix then learns she’s pregnant and upon realizing this has a dramatic shift in her mentality. She’s no longer a killer – an assassination attempt is made on her and she points out her pregnancy. Her life is spared and she spares the life of her attacker. For this she’s attacked, shot in the head, and put into a coma only to wake up 4 years later. Upon waking and realizing her child is gone she immediately switches out of mommy mode and back into assassin.
She kills two people in the hospital and begins her journey to Kill Bill. The Bride travels to Japan to confront O-Ren, kills most of the Crazy 88 (except the one she views as a child) and then kills O-Ren. She moves on to #2 on her list which results in a major character change once again.
After killing Vernita Green in front of her child accidentally, Beatrix changes back to a motherly mindset and refuses to kill again for the rest of the series. Elle kills Budd with a black mamba – Elle, herself, gets her eye plucked out by Beatrix, but is left alive.
Upon arriving at Bill’s place she’s suddenly faced with the realization that she is indeed a mother. From this point forward she’s definitely back in mommy mode and is no longer a killer. A play-act begins which foreshadows the play-acting that’ll ensue between Bill and Beatrix.
Our Bride hits Bill with the”5 Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique”. Bill’s lip is bleeding, which could be from the internal injuries but is more likely a result of him biting his own lip. Bill asks if Pai Mai taught her the move – she responds with a positive but is simultaneously shaking her head “no”.
Bill begins walking the 5 steps to his death and drops “dead” on the ground. Once again, Bill is play-acting death, the only graceful way the two of them could end their relationship. At the end of the film we see Beatrix in the bathroom saying “thank you”. She’s thanking Bill for letting her leave with her daughter without any bloodshed.
To further solidify the theory we move to the two credit sequences at the end of Kill Bill Vol. 2 – all the characters are shown at a point in the film that they’re still alive, except Bill, shown laying in the grass. If you compare the frame where he dies and this frame, however, you see that he’s actually shifted position slightly. If everyone is shown while they’re still alive Bill should be as well.
For the final nail in the coffin we move to the Black and White credit sequence in which we see the actors’ names crossed out if they were killed. We see Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, and Michael Madsen crossed off. Daryl Hannah, whos eye was plucked out, has a large question mark – but David Caradine’s name is entirely unmarked.
Because Beatrix never killed Bill.