Fan theories about your favorite movies and shows allow you to have a completely new way of looking at something near and dear to your heart. Plus, many of them actually make a ton of sense -- and 2015 was definitely the year for insane (but somehow also plausible) fan theories.
While the majority of them were never confirmed or denied by the creators or production companies, a few actually were. For example, Craig McCracken, the creator of "The Powerpuff Girls," laid those "PPG"/"Samurai Jack" same universe rumors to rest. More recently, “Aladdin” directors Ron Clements and John Musker confirmed the long-held theory the peddler in the beginning of the film is in fact the Genie.
So, let's take a look back at some of 2015's wackiest, silliest and funnest fan theories, and thank the Illuminati for providing them.
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Why it's not that crazy: Jack talked about a man-made lake that wouldn't be around until five years after the Titanic entered its watery grave. Furthermore, if Rose had (literally) jumped ship, it's highly likely the ship's officials would've stopped to look for her, thus altering the timeline and subsequently avoiding the infamous iceberg.
The theory: Casper actually looks terrifying AF, but sees himself as this sweet, innocent-looking ghost boy. He could look like Option A or Option B; just because a ghost is a child, doesn't mean he automatically looks precious. (This is more so for the animated TV series, not the 1995 movie.)
Why it's not that crazy: Why else would people scream bloody murder and run like madmen whenever they see him — even after he proves himself to be "friendly" and non-threatening?
The theory: Muggles don't exist, so every single person is actually a low-key wizard, and Dumbledore is responsible for keeping the secret of everyone's magical abilities from the majority of the world.
Why it's not that crazy: For starters, you don't have to be born from famous wizarding ancestry like Draco Malfoy to become a wizard. (Hermione proved that.) Kids can inadvertently perform magic when they need it most. Those who realize it's more than a coincidence usually get shipped off to Hogwarts. According to the books, the Ministry of Magic spies on all British homes, searching for anyone possessing underage wizardry. Because "muggles" are able to perform magic — unbeknownst to them — this proves that wizardry is a language; it can be learned. Basically, it lies dormant in the brain until it's consciously or unconsciously exposed. Because Dumbledore stopped both Grindelwald and Tom Riddle/Voldemort's wars that would reveal wizardry and magic to "muggles" who haven't tapped into their already-possessed powers, he is the true villain of the story: Dumbledore stopped the entire world from learning they are actually wizards.
The theory: After Pigeon Man learns his rooftop aviary's been destroyed, he jumps off the roof in front of Arnold. Because Arnold can't handle this traumatic experience, his mind creates a happier memory in its place, one that has Pigeon Man being safely carried off by birds.
Why it's not that crazy: Shortly before the jump, Arnold asks Pigeon Man, "Where will you go?" to which he replies, "Somewhere I can live in peace with my friends," pointing towards the sky. Pigeon Man also gives this big speech about how he doesn't fit in with other humans and how it was time for him to leave.
The theory: The snarky kid from the beginning of "Jurassic Park," the one who tells Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) that velociraptors didn't "look very scary [but] more like a six-foot turkey," grew up to be Owen (Chris Pratt) in "Jurassic World."
Why it's not that crazy: Dr. Grant told that kid to "have a little respect" for raptors because they meant business and Owen described his relationship with the raptors as one "based on respect."
The theory: Instead of Bing Bong dying, he went to live at Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends instead.
Why it's not that crazy: Foster's Home is a place imaginary friends go when they're lost or forgotten. Riley outgrew Bing Bong, and eventually forgot he was ever a part of her life. (*sniff*) So, Bing Bong would then be transported to Foster's pad. Plus, he'd definitely fit in with the other imaginary friends, as people pointed out here and here.
The theory: Phoebe made up the other five characters because she was a desperately lonely homeless person who wanted to have friends.
Why it's not that crazy: Phoebe always acted like she had some screws loose, so having her fabricate friends to hang out with wouldn't be unheard of at all.
The theory: The bug that screams, "Help me!" and gets eaten by the spider is actually the peasant who begged for food from Yzma at the beginning of the movie.
Why it's not that crazy: The only animals that can speak English are ones that were originally humans, i.e. Kuzco and Yzma's guards. Kronk's squirrel friend only spoke "squirrel," so theoretically, he was never a human. Understanding what the bug said demonstrated it was human at some point, and since Yzma had the potions, she could have ordered her guards to turn the peasant into a bug.
Why it's not that crazy: People in "The Purge" are legally allowed to do whatever they want to whomever they want for one night only; law and order does not exist during this time. The characters of HSM continuously broke the law and did whatever they pleased during all three films. For example, they destroyed school property, violated health codes, forged signatures on important documents and tripped on acid. If you noticed how annoyingly happy everyone in the films was, it's because they lived in a society where rules were non-existent.
Why it's not that crazy: Curt is the person who led everyone to the cabin in the first place, and urged them along when they stopped for gas. Furthermore, he managed to get his girlfriend Jules all alone — and then the zombie torture redneck family killed her. But the real clincher is that Curt was the getaway driver for the survivors, but did he actually do everything possible to get them to safety? Oh, and the real reason Curt died in the end (spoilers) was because he was told he'd get to play the hero instead of the athlete/dumb jock.
The theory: Bowser is actually Peach's father and wants to marry her.
Why it's not that crazy: It's argued that Peach is the spitting image of her late mother, which causes Bowser to become delusional and wishes to (re)marry his beloved wife. The castle in "Super Mario 64" is actually Bowser's home, not Peach's, since he's always there. And that painting of Peach? It's actually of Peach's mom, further driving Bowser into incestuous madness. Gross.
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The theory: Jar Jar Binks isn't a moron, but is actually a skilled user of the Force and a Sith collaborator.
Why it's not that crazy: Jar Jar Binks hid his secret from everyone by only pretending to be a bumbling idiot, because then who would expect him to actually be a secret weapon? In fact, this behavior is a technique known as Zui Quan or Drunken Fist (sort of like hustling someone). Moreover, Binks is a low-key Jedi mind controlling master, using subtle hand gestures to influence unsuspecting people to do what he wants them to do. Plus, Binks and Palpatine are actually partners-in-crime, because they both grew up on the planet Naboo and spent time together in "Revenge of the Sith."
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The theory: Gus Polinski, the Polka King of the Midwest, is actually the devil, and Kevin's mother Kate sells her soul to get back to her son.
Why it's not that crazy: Kate actually tells the airline worker she'd sell her soul to the devil if it meant getting home to Kevin. Two seconds later, Gus pops up. When all this went down, they were at the Scranton airport, which is located at a crossroads. When Kate agrees to get in the van that ultimately gets her back home, she seals her fate and her soul is now doomed.
The theory: Scooby-Doo is actually a test subject from the Cold War and is on the lam from the Soviets.
Why it's not that crazy: "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" aired during the Cold War and the Soviets have a history of using dogs to further the space race (RIP Laika). Instead of risking human lives, the Soviets tried creating super-intelligent dogs who could do the astronauts' jobs for them in space. However, this experiment accidentally resulted in Scooby-Doo's learning to mimic human speech patterns, which is A) How he can talk in the first place, and B) Why he sounds odd doing it. After running away from the Soviets, Scooby found new friends in Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy. And if you're wondering how Scrappy fits into all of this, it's suggested he died during a space launch like Laika did.
Here's to all the future fan theories of 2016!