I’m going to go for another “fun” post this time. I started watching a series of “urban legend” list videos online last night, primarily about pop culture elements. I don’t know why these things entertain me so much but I wanted more. I decided that instead of trying to hunt them down I would make some “urban legends” of my own, focusing also on various pop culture elements. However, instead of just one thing such as video games or movies, I’m just going to throw out ideas based on my own nerdy interests, hoping that somebody might pick this up and actually spread it out there on the Internet. I have to have some legacy, right?
I know I won’t get any dates from this one, but here we go: my top ten nerdy theories.
1.Batman is Lex Luthor.
Superman’s greatest enemy is Lex Luthor, a rich man who uses his high level of intelligence and resources to achieve his goals. Superman’s
best friend greatest ally most famous co-worker is Batman, a rich man who uses his high level of intelligence and resources to acheive his goals. Sure there are differences of the two. What I propose, however, is that they are really the same character that Superman sees depending on what he wants to see. He sees either Lex or Batman depending on how the guy is acting at the time.
Just like Superman’s alien body interacts differently with our environment, perhaps his alien mind reacts differently as well. Exploring the possibility that much of his adventures are actually his own delusions would open up all sorts of further theories and story possibilities. Sure, if this idea came true it would also be a continuity nightmare—not that DC Comics ever shies away from such a thing.
Maybe this would work better as ambitious one-off story rather than a legend circulating the Internet, but it’s amusing idea to keep in mind when reading your next Superman comic.
2.Most, if not all the Decepticons are clones, possibly made by Megatron.
I’m specifically referring to the Generation 1 animated show, although this could apply to various other aspects of the Transformers multiverse. In the earliest episodes of the cartoon show we see a lot of Decepticons sharing body types, in particular the seekers and multiple soldiers that resemble Reflector. This could be easily explained as a way to fill out the Decepticon army in the show, as there were only a few toys on the shelves at the time, vastly outnumbered by the Autobots. Even the three original seekers were all repaints of the same mold.
But what if there was a more complicated reason behind why they all had the same body type, other than they were just all built the same? We already have seen that Megatron has the ability to copy Optimus Prime down to the most minute detail. Although not explicitly stated in the cartoon itself, characters that are officially designated elsewhere in the franchise do appear, albeit for brief moments. Insecticons have shown the ability to clone themselves, even though this results in mindless drones. The point is that cloning in the Transformers universe is not unheard of.
The reason I came up with this idea is that it’s a possible way to explain one of the most famous continuity errors of the show, which is the various origin stories of the Constructicons: as having been built on Earth by the Decepticons, as having been friends of Omega Supreme that went bad when Megatron wanted to boost his troops and finally as the robots in the past that built Megatron themselves as a desperate attempt to win the war. (I often dismiss that last point, as they are appearing in a flashback—or a vision quest, depending on how you look at it—and could easily be dismissed as something that only appeared in Rodimus Prime’s mind). Perhaps the Constucticons as we first see them are clones that truly die at the end of the episode, as the show suggests. Omega Supreme’s story could take place between the first and second seasons, although that raises other concerns. Or the Constructions in the main action of the series are the same but are themselves clones of the Constructicons that Omega Supreme knew back on Cybertron, complete with their memories.
Even those whose body types were different aren’t immune to this possibility. Maybe the reason why Soundwave was designed to blend in with those things on the bridge leading to Iacon in the first episode wasn’t because he was designed to blend in, but was a clone of the same characters that also transformed into those weird things on the bridge. There’s a well-known moment in one episode in which Shockwave uses a gun which is designed on himself in gun mode (also raising the question as to why he has a gun in the first place). Maybe that was his Mini-Me?
So did Megatron resort to cloning Decepticon soldiers as a last-ditch attempt to win the war? It wouldn’t really affect the show any if that was true, but it’s a story idea worth exploring.
3.Ash the Pokémon trainer is actually Ash from the Evil Dead series, and all of the events in the anime are his delusions.
I’m not actually proposing this one. I just find it funny.
3.Mega Man is designed to fail.
If Dr. Light is able to design and build all of this technology, why not just give it to Mega Man in the first place? Sure, it’s a handy thing to be adaptive but can’t he have a few more abilities from the get-go? Even ignoring that, why is he built so weak compared to the hostile advancements that he has to explore? I would think that Dr. Light could just give Mega Man the ability to fly and be done with it. Then he wouldn’t have to worry about disappearing platforms.
Dr. Light could be in cahoots with Dr. Wily. But he already created Rock and has to do something with him. Instead of simply switching him off, Dr. Light still has some sentimentality left in him. He upgrades Rock just enough to possibly survive. Mega Man may constantly exceed Dr. Light’s expectations, but he’s not meant to upset Dr. Wily’s plans.
Or I could just be expressing my frustration with how difficult the games are.
4.Everybody knows that Prince Adam is He-man.
He-Man is incredibly useful. Even Eternia’s armies are unable to deal with the threat of Skeletor. So when this super-strong barbarian shows up again and again to defeat the forces of evil, not to mention that he could kick your own ass, you humor him when he insists that you can’t tell who he is. In other words, everybody knows that he’s also Prince Adam but they play along with his attempt to keep his identity secret.
This explains away two things: the fact that he doesn’t disguise himself in either identity and that there’s really no reason for him to keep his identity a secret in the first place. Even Skeletor might know the truth, but doesn’t care. When He-man is He-man he’s Skeletor’s advisory more so than as Prince Adam. Skeletor simply interacts with He-man, therefore that’s the name he uses.
I used to think that the reason that everybody treats He-Man and Prince Adam differently is that through the magic of Greyskull, they see him as two different people. Now I’m convinced that they can see him for who his is and just pretend to go along with the game.
5.The last four James Bond movies are not reboots.
Think about what the guy has had to go through. Never mind that the adventures that we actually see. There’s his backstory to deal with as well. While they never go into full detail we get some hints such as that he was orphaned at an early age and that he was a distinguished naval officer before joining MI6. At some point it wouldn’t be surprising if he developed post-traumatic stress disorder. As such, the last four movies are more delusions than a reboot of the franchise.
To that end, the delusions could have started a lot earlier. This could explain recurring elements in his life, such as constantly turning into a younger man on his “adventures,” as well as a revolving variety of Felix Leiters. Even if he isn’t suffering constant hallucinations, his mental problems might explain his womanizing and drinking habits.
There you have it. I was going to write multiple blog posts today because I had to skip the last could of days. This blog post turned out to be so long that I’m going to count this one as having served that purpose. Hopefully that it also served its purpose of spreading my weird ideas out there to their respective fandoms. Even if they aren’t accepted as “urban legends,” at least they might give somebody some amusement.