All the Wacky Hey Arnold! Theories That’ll Drive You Freaking NUTS

By  | 
Tumblr (epicmafia)

Tumblr (epicmafia)

The fan theories are starting to get out of control, don’t you think? SpongeBob SquarePants is about drugs; the Rugrats babies are actually dead… How much more of these can one possibly handle?! Well, we’re willing to test the limits. Here are three wacky theories about Hey Arnold that’ll drive you freaking NUTS:

1. The main character on Hey Arnold! isn’t Arnold at all. The theory comes from one Reddit user, who claims the entirety of the television series is actually about… Helga! “Think about it, who is the only person on the show that ever gives a monologue? Who is the character that is struggling with strong inner issues that involve coming of age and self? Even the name of the show is a quote straight from Helga.” Wow.

2. Arnold’s grandparents are actually his biological parents! Ever wonder how Arnold ended up with his football-shaped head? Creepy Pasta suggests that it’s a deformity from his actual Mom & Dad being old when he was born. “The grandparents are mentally unstable and told Arnold that his real parents, of normal age, died in a plane crash. That’s not true at all. Because Gertie and Phil were old when they ‘made’ Arnold, he was born with a few conditions. One of them is hydrocephalus. That the reason his head has such an odd shape. There’s one type of hydrocephalus, the one Arnold suffers from, that’s called the Arnold Chiari syndrome. That’s the reason why the creators decided to call the boy Arnold.”

3. Arnold’s friends don’t really exist. Similarly to The Rugrats Theory and The Lizzie McGuire theory, there are those that believe certain characters are figments of another character’s imagination. In the case of Arnold, because of his aforementioned “deformity,” and the bullying he faces because of said deformity, he “prefers to escape into an imaginary world… with imaginary friends. That’s the reason the other characters on Hey Arnold! have weird shaped heads too. It makes him feel like he’s normal and no one can pick on him because of his head.”—Anita’s Notebook

You can reach this post’s author, Kaitlin Cubria, on Twitter and Instagram!

Quiz: Which ’90s Nick Cartoon Describes Your Life?