7 Fan Theories That Will Make You See Games Differently

7 Fan Theories That Will Make You See Games Differently

While it’s true that most of the video games we play have some kind of narrative to help add flavor to the proceedings, a lot of gamers take it upon themselves to creatively add to that narrative. Players who aren’t satisfied with what’s been presented to them often take details from the games’ events to give life to theories that can totally alter how we interpret its story. Some of these lore-warping ideas might require a tin hat or two, but there’s no denying that they might have a kernel of truth in them. Let’s look back at some of our favorite games of all time with some mind-blowing fan theories. As you’d expect, there are major spoilers ahead.

Super Smash Bros. is about the creator’s role in the series

Super Smash Bros. is a beloved fighting game franchise that’s broken up as many friendship circles as it has controllers. One theory posits that there is an overarching story present in the series and that it all goes back to the franchise’s creator, Masahiro Sakurai. Consider the first game’s boss, Master Hand. Many believe Master Hand represents Sakurai himself, the mastermind behind the whole superstar fracas. As the series became more popular and grew, so did the theories.

Supposedly, Nintendo was represented by Tabuu, the entity that pulled the strings and controlled Master Hand, symbolizing the company’s demand for more installments. Crazy Hand, with its erratic and rebellious nature, is a symbol of Sakurai’s desire to break away from the series. This is why Master Hand and Crazy Hand have trouble coordinating their attacks when you fight them together. If this theory holds any water, let’s hope that future iterations of the game won’t feature Arthritic and Defeated Hands.

Red’s dad in Pokemon Red/Blue was there all along

Here’s a theory that rethinks the whole “Red’s dad is dead” thing from Pokemon Red/Blue. If you’ve ever played the first title in the legendary and long-running Pokemon series, then you’ll know that only Red’s mom is present in the game. There’s little to no mention of our protagonist’s dad in the game, leading us to believe that he’s not in the picture.

One theory, however, offers up the idea that maybe Red’s father was in the game the whole time! Supposedly, Red’s father followed him on his journey to become the best there ever was (start singing the original theme song now). Remember the Gym Guide who sat there waiting at the entrance of every Pokemon Gym? He just might be Red’s dad, pumping the kid up and offering him advice before a big battle. He doesn’t seem to take his job as a Gym Guide seriously and only speaks to Red, ignoring other trainers completely, so maybe this theory has a ring of truth to it? Either way, we feel bad for Red’s mom, who’s left all alone at home while her son goes out on adventures and her ex-lover stalks him.

The Mass Effect Indoctrination Theory

This theory is crazier than a krogan hopped-up on red sand, but it’s certainly an interesting one that could possibly change how you look at the controversial ending of Mass Effect 3. Originally posted on Reddit by user SvenHudson, this theory claims that Commander Shepard had been indoctrinated ever since encountering the Prothean beacon on Eden Prime at the beginning of the first game. The user who offered up the theory cites mind control as a major theme in the games, giving examples in the form of major story missions like the lab on Virmire that studied indoctrination, the Rachni Queen on Noveria, and the mind-controlling plants on Feros.

Supposedly, the Protheans used the power of indoctrination, which was a primary weapon of the Reapers, to have Shepard continue fighting their war. Shepard’s auditory hallucinations was one of the signs of indoctrination. Shepard may have been a puppet, but at least this theory kind of makes it so that the Starchild seemed more than some rando that was thrown at us to force us to make arbitrary choices at the last second.

The boy in Limbo is a villain

According to this theory, the boy and girl present in Limbo died together, but it was all the boy’s fault. Because of his guilt, the boy lashes out at the denizens of limbo and even wanders through it as a form of self-punishment. Though he’s young, he’s still very violent and even dismembered the spider at the beginning of game, tearing off its legs and then using its body as a bridge. That is some savage stuff. Because of his perceived violent nature, the other children in limbo keep their distance from him. Honestly, we’d give any kid who tears giant spiders apart and has glowing eyes a very wide berth.

Aeris was never supposed to die in Final Fantasy VII

How about this one? Aeris was never supposed to die in Final Fantasy VII, which would have prevented thousands of liters of tears from being expelled by fanboys worldwide. According to KupoNut, this theory claims that Aeris should never have been killed by Sephiroth and that her death was a last minute decision. The evidence used to support this theory includes a ledge that could occupy another person right before the final battle, the art inside the instruction manual featuring Aeris looking up at the Highwind (considering she dies long before you ever get it), and her best weapon having the ability to gain AP while everyone else’s ultimate weapons offer no Materia growth.

While Aeris’ death was an unforgettable and sad moment for every young JRPG fan, this theory could change how you look at everything that happens after she dies. You might even end up looking around for clues that something was changed in order to erase an instance of the game when she would have or should have appeared. Either way, we miss you Aeris!

Booker DeWitt is Andrew Ryan

Wrap your minds around this one. Forbes claims that Booker DeWitt, protagonist of BioShock Infinite, also happened to be Andrew Ryan, one of the antagonists in the original BioShock. Because of the nature of Elizabeth’s Tears and the parallel universes they lead to, it is believed that crossing Rapture didn’t just show us a world that could be possible, but that it showed us a different version of what happened in Columbia. Andrew Ryan was a different form of Booker/Comstock, the Little Sisters were fragmented versions of Elizabeth, the Big Daddies were the Rapture versions of Songbird, and Fontaine was just like Fitzroy. As further proof, Booker was able to use the bathysphere, which could only be activated by someone with Ryan’s DNA. Would you kindly ponder this theory some more?

Portal’s weighted Companion Cubes hold dead bodies

This one is a very simple and tragic theory: the weighted Companion Cubes from Portal hold the corpses of former test subjects. The biggest piece of supporting evidence that actually sparked this theory came from the achievement you get from dropping the Cube into the incinerator, “Fratricide.” The theory is further supported by the presence of all the graffiti and notes left by the Ratman, some of which featured pictures of people with Companion Cubes over their faces. This theory leaves a bad taste in our mouths, even after considering how dark Portal can be. We have to pull a page out of Brad Pitt’s book and ask, “What’s in the box?!”


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