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10 Dark Theories About Beloved Childhood Cartoons

SpongeBob Squarepants

SpongeBob Squarepants

There are countless theories surrounding this popular show about a sea sponge, but one of the most popular theories is that the very existence of SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and everyone else who lives in Bikini Bottom is the result of nuclear testing that was conducted on the Bikini Atoll during the 1940s and 1950s. Why else would one live in a pineapple under the sea?

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Rugrats

Rugrats

You may have heard of the theory that Angelica is the only Rugrats character who exists in real life. The twins, Chuckie, and Tommy are all figments of Angelica’s imagination, and Suzie is the only other character who is actually alive. This theory definitely takes the idea of imaginary friends to another (depressing) level.

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Donald Duck

Donald Duck

You likely thought of Donald Duck’s erratic behavior as just his quirky personality, but some cartoon experts believe his behavior is the result of PTSD. This would explain why he experiences frequent flashbacks, has difficulty reacting to normal stimuli, and feels angry and anxious.

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The Smurfs

The Smurfs

The Smurfs and the Smurfettes seem so innocent and adorable, so why do some theorists think they are white supremacists and anti-Semites? For starters, they all wear white, pointed caps and their leader wears a red, pointed cap, just like members of the Ku Klux Klan. Gargamel, the villain of the show, is a troubling combination of Jewish stereotypes, portrayed as a dark-haired, large-nosed, money-loving individual. He also has a cat named Azrael, the name of the Jewish angel of death. Convinced yet?

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Care Bears

Care Bears

Care Bears just want to be your friend and teach you about the value of sharing, right? Maybe. One theorist has noticed considerable similarities between the Care Bears and Voodoo teachings, including that the real-life heart of the Voodoo world is called “Carefours” in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the symbols on the Care Bears' tummies match the symbols of Voodoo gods.

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Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown

One of the most depressing theories surrounding cartoons is that Charlie Brown is actually dying of cancer. This would explain why he is bald at such a young age and why his life is filled with so much turmoil. This theory speculates that Charlie channels his sadness into his dreams, which is where the plot of the cartoon originates.

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Pokémon

Pokémon

Have you ever wondered why Ash never seems to age in the Pokémon cartoons? One theory is that he is actually in a coma, and everything that happens in the Pokémon world is happening inside his head. This is why there are all kinds of mystical creatures and unbelievably cooky characters. At least he has Pikachu by his side!

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The Fairly Oddparents

The Fairly Oddparents

The Fairly Oddparents help Timmy through a lot of difficult times, which has led some people to believe that these fairy godparents are metaphors for Zoloft and Prozac. They’re there when Timmy needs to cope with his problems, and Timmy always experiences serious consequences if he “abuses” their magical powers.

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Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo is surrounding by many dark theories, but one of the most interesting and believable ones is that this cartoon is set during an extreme economic depression. This would explain why everything is so dilapidated and why professors, celebrities, and other “successful” people are forced into a life of crime to survive.

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Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain

You probably still think that the Brain is the genius of this Cartoon Network show and Pinky is the insane one, but you could be wrong. The show's theme song claims that "one is a genius, the other's insane," but it never says who is which one. Think about it: The Brain’s convoluted plans always go awry because he refuses to listen to Pinky ...

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