And now for some Fridge Brilliance, in the episode where Bloo thinks Mac is a nerd, Bloo is put up for adoption and everyone thinks he is like some famous person for no explanation. Until you remember this takes place after Bloo was a TV star.
In Emancipation Complication, the tiny pen resembling Abraham Lincoln sold imaginary friends to do people's chores. You know, as slaves. Didn't the original Abraham Lincoln have something to do with slaves, as well?
In "Bloo Superdude and the Great Creator of Everything's Awesome Party of Fun", Broccoli asks Bloo what his name is, and he replies "Jimmy! No, wait..." This might seem a little bit too stupid, even for Bloo, but it's said in the pilot that "Bloo" is actually just a nickname. His name is actually "Blooregard Q. Kazoo", and at the time he hadn't been referred to as that in 5 years, making it a little more understandable.
As the series progresses, Bloo's Jerkass tendencies wildly accelerate into a point where he's pretty much nothing more than an insufferable and cruel individual with rare Pet the Dog moments. But as the TV movie and later episodes imply, imaginary friends often seem to grow into opposite roles of their creators, such as Wilt gaining Extreme Doormat tendencies which encourage his former owner to take his life into his own hands, or Eduardo's owner becoming a police woman to grow brave due to his crybaby nature. In this sense it can be argued that Bloo Took a Level in Jerkass as sort of a polar opposite to Mac's Nice Guy nature, essentially being a Secret Test of Character to help Mac grow up as an individual with neither of them the wiser. But since imaginary friends are still people too, Character Development can help them grow out of this as well.
Plus it could also be all the stuff with Mr. Herriman's not so nice treatment of the other house guests. Given Bloo was likely picked on a lot by Terrence with Mac, I think he just has had enough with being treated like a doormat and decides to push back by becoming just as big (if not more so) of a jerk than those that picked on him and Mac. Really it could just be a form of aggressive self preservation since Mac can only visit him after school or whenever he's around, so he's really just a being stuck in a big house with people he could see as friends come and go. It also helps that he's not AS bad towards Mac as others, as his things are mostly just pranks and seems to genuinely care about Mac's opinion on him. Meaning that besides Mac, he doesn't seem to want to make as long temr connections with people who can go at any moment.
The concept of the show really. Even fans of the show must admit that a world where sentient creatures are forced to leave their families that raised them and put into foster homes is a very disturbing idea. What was life like before Foster's was even opened? Were imiginary friends just thrown out of the street... or even killed? For such a funny and overall light-hearted show, you really need to wonder how they think. For a show based on a pet shelter, it's surprising they never really thought that through.
Uncle Pockets' debut episode lends support to the "thrown out on the street" interpretation—he mentions that he wandered in the streets after his creator abandoned him until Madam Foster found him and took him in.
Further Fridge Horror—is Foster's the only institution of its kind in this world? What happens to imaginary friends in other parts of the world if they can't find good homes?
Bloo is as close to a sociopath or psychopath as you are ever likely to find in a cartoon, and one of the most unpleasant and downright manipulative characters on the show. It is hard to understand why Mac cares for him when all he does is abuse him. For Mac's birthday Bloo gets everyone in the house to help him trick Mac, abuse him, and finally humiliate him in front of EVERYONE. They all laugh and leave little eight-year-old Mac alone in the ruins of his own birthday party dressed up as a clown because they manipulated him into thinking that he had ruined somebody else's party and that he had to make it up to them. In short, they tricked him into destroying his own birthday party more than once on the same day when all he wanted was to be left completely alone all day and not tormented or humiliated by his 'best friend'). Wow. Also Madame Foster, despite being rich, steals from him. And not anything little either. Mac, probably the nicest person in the whole show, is going to grow up to be insane and depressed.
There is an imaginary friend shaped like a raindrop that likes to jump off the roof. He has a little umbrella so he can just float down. However, he likes company. He drags people up to the roof to jump off with him when they are sad.
Actually, most people might not realize it, but the ENTIRE universe of Fosters is nothing but pure Fridge Horror. They all exist in a universe where all of a persons imaginative thoughts can come to life if believed in hard enough, so that would mean somewhere the visual and audible hallucinations of the mentally insane are alive and secretly roaming somewhere and menacing and possibly killing people at random.
Absolutely nothing personifies the Fridge Horror of Fosters more than Cheese. As a cartoon he's fairly cute if only more then slightly annoying. However, if one takes a minute to imagine if Foster's were ever made into a live-action film, Cheese would appear as a small balding highly deformed human (in appearance) with bug eyes who makes disturbing screaming noises (sometimes in empty dark rooms) at random moments while also saying sentences in Creepy Monotones with deeply contorted expressions; yet somehow were are supposed to believe that he was invented/imagined by a sweet five year old girl.
Stop to consider for a moment that no imaginary friend is shown to age (it's suggested/easily believed that Herriman was just born that old). If that is the case, then one of three things must happen. One is that imaginaries never die, and will wander the world for all eternity, constantly seeking the attentions of children (which is horrible in and of itself). Second, there is a euthanasia program for imaginaries. As a fan of the show, imagine your job being putting Wilt down. Options 1 and 2 could come together, and imaginaries eventually kill themselves.
Imaginary characters become real in this universe... so what about fiction? How do writers tell a story without bringing every one of their characters to life? Sure, for some genres, this wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, but what about sci-fi and horror? Every single villain and monster in all of fiction would be real in the Foster's universe. Bloo referred to Godzilla in one episode. So then, that would mean that every one of the world-shaking monsters in that franchise *alone* must exist, or have existed at some point. To say nothing of childhood boogeymen. Every city in the world should be teeming with eldritch abominations of every description!
I'm pretty sure it's voluntary normally.
Yeah, in order to bring an imaginary friend to life, a person must really put some serious effort into it. Goo is a special case, due to almost literally bursting with imagination, so she can create dozens of friends in seconds.
This is supported in "Make Believe It Or Not", when Goo, attempting to demonstrate her improved control over her imagination, imagines "a three-tailed, many-eyed, potato whale riding a unicycle, wearing a boater hat, and playing a red saxophone." No such thing appears when she says this.
Couldn't you also imagine a superhero to appear and defeat the monster-imaginary every time that happens? You could literally imagine the perfect thing to defeat whatever you need.
How about this. People could develop a crush on a fictional person or even a real one and imagine up that character/person instantly in love with them or even their sex slave. Not to mention the fact it could be used for identity theft or standard theft. Imagine up a person you don't like with them under your control and then proceed to send them out on a killing spree. Have the friend hide and get the person arrested. Still, the sex slave part might be the worst. How many child molester imagine up kids and rape them? Is there any legal protection for friends?
If it helps, maybe there's a limit in terms of maturity as to when someone can cause an imaginary friend to manifest?
Also, in "Emancipation Complication", Madam Foster said that Lil' Lincoln 'illegally sold imaginary friends', meaning that there is definitely some laws regarding imaginary friends.
On the other hand, in the same episode, no one has a problem with Mac's teacher confiscating imaginary friends and locking them in a closet when they make a disturbance as though they were cell phones, which implies that imaginary friends are not on the same level as humans.
World was sealed inside of a toy chest. Okay, fair enough, but we have no way of knowing just how long he was in there! Apparently long enough to make him extremely mentally unstable. Think about it, he was sealed in that chest, alone, for who knows how long. Yeah, he's a Reality Warper, but he's unable to make the one thing he wanted more than anything else, other sentient creatures to actually interact with. Imagine being in an entire world with you being the only sentient being in all of existence...no wonder he was so upset when they tried to take Frankie away...
Not only that Foster's takes place in a world where children are so unimaginative that they need to adopt other people's imaginary friends, lots of imaginary friends in Foster's are imaginative gems such as "Camera-y", "Lightbulby" and "Wall-y".
Maybe they were created by very young children and simply reflect said child's environment, since a baby might not be able to imagine anything very fantastical.
It takes place in a world where some people are uncreative. How is that horrifying?
Imagine a world where books, TV, movies, art and other such creative things are rare and/or all created by the same few creative people.
In the movie/Pilot... I realized that when Mac's mother told Mac that him having an imaginary friend may have been causing Terrance to pick on him... She was placing blame on the victim. What the hell Mac's Mom???
A Child keeping a childish friend/pet/creation is a sign of immaturity. She was saying nicely "How about you mature a little?"
That doesn't answer the original poster's concern that Mac's mother implied that somehow "caused" Terrence to pick on him, rather than Terrence being capable of choosing to do so of his own will.
Also, at the end, the Xtremosaur Duchess releases gets killed. But when Wilt was talking about the monsters in the cage, he said that "They are called Xtremosauruses"-which means Duchess actually let out multiple dangerous monsters, and only one was found...
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Berry yet. A Yandere who fell in love with Bloo the first time she saw him, and would stop at nothing to get rid of his best friend, Mac. Yeah, she was terrifying and extremely messed up, but it does make you wonder who thought her up. It's even worse when he or she could have been worse than her...
Consider this: Berry is very cute and sweet on the outside, much like a small child. But she's insane on the inside and you would never guess until it was too late. This is very similar to actual children with mental illnesses. They look and act like everyone else and you would never guess that they had a mental illness. Some people don't even know (or believe) that children can have mental illnesses. So is it possible Berry was created by a mentally ill little girl?! And that Berry was dropped off at Foster's because the parents of that little girl finally realized their daughter had problems?
Then again, she could have been perfectly normal when she was created and only underwent Sanity Slippage later on.
Yes she was Yandere, but she has a reason. She was loving and turned into obsessive when he ignored her entirely. He kept forgetting her name for one.
Is a dude ignoring you really justification for trying to try to hurt someone?
Give Berry a break. She was cute, sweet, and loving...yet her owner abandoned her anyway. She could developed some serious problems because of that, specifically abandonment issues, because being imagined to be nothing but sweet and darling doesn't really start her off with a whole lot of mental roundedness. She targeted someone who she liked and could make her feel better, specifically Bloo (for whatever reason; maybe her creator was an egotist and wanted a sweet friend to boost their ego all the time, like Berry did to Bloo). When she perceived a threat to her new relationship with Bloo, namely Mac, she freaked out hardcore because she remembered how her creator had brushed her off. Her mental state deteriorated even further, and she devolved into Scary Berry.
Come to think of it...where is Berry's creator? If memory serves, we never see said creator onscreen and Berry already has bags packed and was ready to go to Foster's...
In "Seeing Red," Terrence imagines up a pizza imaginary friend and then proceeds to eat it while it screams. Read that sentence twice.
At least then it was a one-off gag. The latter act of "Dinner Is Swerved" takes this and runs with it.; apparently, sufficiently hungry children imagining up food friends with the intent to eat them isn't uncommon. The Chicken Leg friend in question says he's from a diet camp, but we all know that's not theonly scenario that would drive a kid to do that.
Though it's just a quick gag, Frankie is shown to have become overweight from finally being allowed to gorge her fill on Madame Foster's cookies in "Cookie Dough". Had the cookie fad and business not crumbled, and how addicted she was to the cookies, it's quite possible Frankie would've ended up becoming obese for the rest of her life.
In "The Big Cheese": Sure, Cheese was probably just going on about random things as usual, but what if he wasn't and he really did have some or all of the diseases he yelled about?
Doubles as a tearjerker, but if Bloo is supposed to be based off a child's security blanket, why isn't he nicer to Mac? Shouldn't he be more compassionate? Maybe not- since jerkass and negligent family is the only security Mac's known.
On a related note, when Bloo started to hallucinate from hunger in Dinner Is Swerved, Bloo seemed incredibly ready to eat the anthropomorphic chicken leg that he thought was Mac until he learned it was another imaginary friend. He was willing to eat his friend, understanding it was his friend, but not someone who actually is food. Let that sink it...
In "Mac Daddy", the scene where Bloo is frantically looking around for Cheese and pictures him getting into all kinds of dangerous scenarios becomes all the more disturbing when you imagine what actually might happen if Cheese was badly injured or even killed. Louise, a little girl who looks younger than Mac, would be scarred for life if the latter happened and might never speak to Mac again. And that's not getting into the potential lawsuits towards Foster's and Mac's family if her parents found out. Not only would Mac's mom find out about Foster's and ban Mac from seeing Bloo again, but Foster's could end up getting shut down, leaving who knows how many friends homeless. Since this would all be Bloo's fault for trying to get rid of Cheese in the first place, he would most likely become a pariah, with all of his former friends hating his guts and wanting him gone.
The fact that the last episode ends with Cheese moving into Foster's to the displeasure of everyone in the house because Louise has moved to a place that doesn't allow imaginary friends. True, it is a funny gag, but it's really depressing to imagine how Louise, a young girl, is taking being forced to say goodbye to her imaginary friend just because he can't come with her.
There's also the fact that this means that at minimum, there's Fantastic Racism rampant against Imaginary Friends (that frankly smacksJim Crow laws) and it could even mean that Imaginary Friends are considered unusually intelligent animals...suddenly the idea that there's a program to euthanize unwanted Imaginary Friends is disturbingly plausible.