Rufus is not his original name.
As many often point out; Bill and Ted only learn Rufus's name from their future selves; who heard it from their
future selves; etc. The name comes out of nowhere. However
, in order to keep the timeline that he wants to create; and
because it's rather an honor to be given a name by "the Two Great Ones'', he went Sure, Let's Go with That
- Also, quite a bit of Smiling And Nodding is required with Time Travel; to avoid Paradox.
We see very little of it, but what we do see involves a lot of people dressed identically, sharing ritualistic chants and gestures, and of course, worshipping a rock band as their gods. Rufus, who clearly buys heart and soul into the party line, points out there are no wars and no poverty, but beyond that all he can say is everything's very clean and there's been an improvement in bowling averages and mini-golf scores — sounds ominously like a society that's proud of how they've achieved "perfect order". The statement that a band's music has aligned the planets and brought all species into harmony sounds very much like revisionist propoganda. Is this possibly just an obsessed fan club gone way too far?
- No, it's more like the planet Vulcan, where everybody achieved a higher level intelligence and culture. Ask them, they'll tell you.
And they have Rufus' Spanbook, to save on book keeping. Rufus is a chronie for the Continuum, who is trying to make sure the future as he (and the rest of the Continuum) knows it. The phone booth was a jury-rigged time machine created by the Continuum because they didn't want to try and implant a time machine into them both and have them run amok through time and space.
Bowling and mini golf have ascended in respect by Rufus's time.
This is why he bothers to mention them at the start. They've ascended to the same level as the Olympics.
If it did, then there could be no fixed phone number for a specific day because the clock would shift forward 24 hours once every 24 hours. You would only be able to dial an era, like the lake-color system in the Xanth
This is critical because true San Dimas Time
interferes with Tricked Out Time
— you need precise timing to pull off Tricked Out Time
to the precision Bill & Ted do when the clock is always running, and they aren't that good at math. And it is Bill & Ted's recognition that San Dimas Time
doesn't truly apply that allows them to write such a good, detailed report with so many special effects. There would be no time to set up the special lighting and props if Tricked Out Time
hadn't been used...
Note that Bill & Ted leave the school stage using the phone booth. It may be presumed that they arrived the same way. So, they just tuck themselves in a quiet corner of time for a few days or weeks to write and plan the report before they present it! Or after...
- Rufus lied to motivate the boys to complete their project on time. San Dimas Time doesn't appear to apply anywhere else in the movies.
Everything happened exactly as history recorded it as happening.
Rufus was always
supposed to be the one to go back and help the boys pass their history report, and DeNomolos was always
supposed to attempt to prevent it from happening.
Captain Logan doesn't seem like the most creative of men.
- This seems possible, as his dad does seem like the sort who would whip out the "full name" treatment on someone at a moment's notice, so the fact that he calls his son "Ted" all the time might indicate that really is his given name.
- Do we know that his father named him? Mr. Logan seemed to have a thing for dumb chicks.
The time travel caused all the historical figures they picked up to be killed
Most of the people they picked up didn't die quietly in bed. The phone booth time machine has a "doom aura." It even KO'd itself briefly.
Rufus visited Mr. Ryan at a point in time before the report was assigned.
Mr. Ryan was savvy to the whole time travel thing and gave Bill and Ted their assignment because Rufus took him to the 27th Century and showed him that the Wyld Stallions would effectively become Messiahs if they passed.
Bill and Ted created history and so could never have gotten less than an "A"
Bill and Ted didn't do much actual study, yet they knew an awful lot about the personages of historical significance they brought with them. How? They made it up! Then, when they returned the people to their own time, they simply did what B&T said in their report, thus making sure B&T's version of history was the correct one.
- Er, they knew an awful lot about them because they're shown to be constantly referencing their history book. "I think he's under So-Crates."
- But if they were learning everything from the book, why did they even need to go time-travelling? Unless you mean meeting the historical figures is what motivated them to read the book?
Bill and Ted didn't become famous because of their music skills.
Even if they were the greatest musicians ever, it wouldn't be enough to make the supposed perfect future. Rather, they became famous due to time travel. Using Rufus' time machine, Bill and Ted learned about all the secrets of history and became smart enough to make major technological advancements. The reason they didn't do it in the first movie was due to them not realising the potential of time travel. Future society simply thinks it was due to their music because said music was the beginning of their rise to fame, or simply because it seems cool.
Rufus never breaks the fourth wall.
He's a teacher. His opening narration is to his class, as is the "They do get better" bit. Either the movie itself is a reenactment or film he's made to show his class, or he has some sort of recording device active so he can show the class later.
Genghis Kahn's thrashing of the sporting goods store was brought on by a sugar rush.
He was lured into the phone booth by a twinkie and ate at the food court before the thrashing of the sporting goods store.
Rufus trusted Bill and Ted with time travel because they were too dumb to change history.
They didn't know enough history to, say, warn Abraham Lincoln that he was going to be assassinated, or that Napoleon would be defeated at Waterloo, etc.
- Ted does respond to Napoleon's strategy for Waterloo with "I don't think it's going to work." Napoleon reacts by having a tantrum. He'd be too proud to listen to some teenaged boy's opinion.
Missy used to date Mr. Ryan.
When they mention Mr. Ryan, Missy says "tell him I said Hi". She also makes sure to sit by him at the history report.
- Or perhaps he was her teacher as well. It's mentioned she was a senior when Bill and Ted were freshmen.
San Dimas Time
is just part of "the rules" governing normal time travel practice.
That being, that time travellers are "supposed" to return to "their time", or at least, the time interval between leaving and returning is the same amount of time as time has appeared to elapse for them, perhaps to avoid any awkwardnesses over ageing or whatnot. Just, occasionally the time travellers say "screw the rules" effectively and decide to take full advantage of the potential of time travel.
Since Bill and Ted will go on to save the world via The Power of Rock
, it follows that they can easily make bitchin' guitar riffs play by simply moving their hands in a vague strumming motion. Since the Robot Usses are created in the image of Bill and Ted as man is in the image of God, they can replicate this.
By all rights Bill and Ted shouldn't have created the future, but completely trashed the past. The only way history wouldn't be changed
beyond the Rule of Cool
and amnesia? They rationalized such events as either a really vivid dream, or tripping copious amounts of balls.
"In Time" is actually a Wyld Stallyns song.
What better way to greet your idols than treat them to a massive group air guitar set to their future signature song?
A younger Rufus will appear in the third film, played by Louis C.K.
- Via some Hand Wave about how the timeline is damaged, some new, miraculous anti-aging medicine, whatever. Rufus will be necessary for a sequel, so Louis will be as close as they can get.
- Or it will be set 20 years later in the present, and 20 years earlier in the future.