THERE ARE OTHER SOVEREIGNS!Golbez's red text was him being Touched by The Sovereign Of Anger. He was already VERY pissed off, so why would he get colored text? Well, who else has colored text? THE TOUCHED!
When the story reaches the Final Fantasy VI world, it will turn out that Cyan is TouchedWhile just about everyone in that game is in serious need of a hug, Cyan is the perfect candidate for a position as a servant of the Shard of Tears. Sorrow and loss defines his character; in the span of a single day, he lost everything he had cared about, and he continued to blame himself for a long time: for what happened to his family, what happened to his kingdom, and what happened to the world. This is pretty much the definition of the Shard's power; always looking backward, never forward, dwelling on the past. Also, Wexsoul will be another servant of the Shard; as a monster formed of nothing but raw sorrow and hatred, he is another perfect candidate.
Terra will be pulled from the Final Fantasy VI world into a world with still-working magicOnce she does, her Esperkin magic will come rushing back to her, and the sudden overload of magic will result in her going "ballistic" again.
The "Eater of Dreams" and the "Dream Devouerer" will have something to do with each-otherSo what if Chrono Trigger DS didn't exist when the Eater of Dreams was first named?
The "Sovereign of Sorrow" is not deadNot only is it alive, Ryan K. has been touched and the Sovereign is playing two of it's biggest threats against each other as it has been doing throughout the storyline.
Ryan is Touched by the Sovereign's counterpartTwo main reasons for this- Ryan speaks in green, and can hear Captain N!Mega Man. Hope-Touched Roll spoke green (OK, it was half green/half purple, but still) and alpha energy's visibly green. It also fits with his worldview, and would work with the theme- alpha energy has been described as "corrupting" too, and he seems somewhat naive-; what better way for someone to be corrupted by excessive Hope than for them to see everything in black-and-white fantasy-style good and evil, where the heroes always act like heroes and always win?
Ryan has been touched by both the Sovereign and her counterpartUnlike Roll, he doesn't have both sides, it manifests by him having the innocent worldview and black and white morality, but signs of corruption of the Sovereign are his complete inability to recognize things. Alex sees some of this, but can't put two and two together.
The Sovereign is Hope KeeneThere have been numerous references to Hope Keene, and she's yet to actually appear in the story. It seems likely that the climax of the story will be Alex learning that Hope is in fact his enemy and being forced to battle against someone he cares for.
Hope Keene is the Sovereign's opposite numberBased solely on the name, but it seems a rather large coincidence that we have the opposed forces of Hope and Sorrow and a significant character called Hope. Could still do as above, as the hope side is described as corrupting too.
Bowser's been touched by the Sovereign's counterpartBecause just about the only way he could possibly believe he stands a chance of winning at this point is by being empowered with the very essence of hope. Also, it would explain why his son seemed relatively cheerful compared to the rest of the touched-being related to bowser granted him some degree of protection.
The Sovereign is a Game MasterIn the latest comic, A sprite that had been touched for a long time and was no longer speaking, suddenly started speaking to Alex as if she knew him, and then she used pause. Pause is supposed to only be used by Game Masters. Question is: which system?
The Sovereign is the ghost of Gunpei YokoiThe Sovereign can see the future, but not the past — which, in The Divine Comedy, is listed as one of the abilities of the damned. The sovereign also has access to Game Master-like powers, can change the abilities of sprites (even if limited to only improving pre-existing abilities), and gives knowledge of the real world to anyone Touched. Clearly, the Sovereign is Gunpei Yokoi trying to take revenge on the company that destroyed him — the whole female thing is a misunderstanding caused by using Queen Zeal as A Form You Are Comfortable With for Magus.
Related to above: The Sovereign has something to do with/is the Game Master for PC Gaming.This makes perfect sense if you look at how the universe appears to work: no console is capable of modifying the game programmed into its cartridges on the fly, it takes a more versatile PC to be able to do that. Thus, the Soveriegn is able to override the built in rules of the carts, allowing, among other things, Lucca to deal damage in hex. A PC could theoretically be created that could run any game created in the past to whatever the future of PC gaming could be, allowing the soveriegn to see the future, as well as the current state of any emulated SNES game. The Sovereign could have been created, intentionally on not on the part of the requisite Game Master, out of the divide between console and PC gaming.
As an alternate to the above: The Sovereign has something to do with/is the Game Shark Master (Game Master of Game Sharks).She can edit reality ,like a hacking device. She can also destroy reality ,like a Game breaking because of anti-hacking measures, or copyright protection. Also Touched characters can see beyond the fourth wall ,like some characters do when a Game Shark is applied, telling the player it's bad to hack.
Yet another alternate: The Sovereign was or has a connection to the Atari Game Master.Admittedly the only proof is the reference on the gravestone at the Warp Zone of Life to the first and the fact that an Atari Game Master would be a good candidate for the first Game Master. Also since Mario would have been around in Videoland during an Atari era, maybe the reason the Sovereign's spree of destruction stopped at the Mushroom Kingdom was because Mario recognized her true self and this was enough to slow her down.
The cat is a Game Master.It already has been shown to have ridiculous skill, it has stopped the prediction of the future, because people can't see it, and it was said to arrive the same way the other Game maters arrived. It was not a fluke. The cat was meant to save them all. Only later. At a more climactic time.
Mega-Girl dies next.There were three lost that day, including Mother Brain and most likely Duke. Wily, Eggplant Wizard, and King Hippo are accounted for, while Mega-Girl dies at an unspecified time. I guess she is a decent potential victim in this battle.
Omega Energy is anti-NarrativiumBasically, it's the ability to override the laws of narrative causality. Originally, Captain N was an immature 80s kid's show, so no one died permanently (they occasionally lost an extra life). Then Mother Brain harnesses Omega Energy, and now the bodycount is going to start piling up. And because Captain N hailed from the Real World, he brought it with him, hailing from a universe where there is no overarching story.
Alex will steal Setzer's deck.Because there's no way that mention of a pack of cards making him invincible was just a joke.
Cecil will escape with the help of Kappa the Imp.Cecil will ask him to demonstrate how to flee, which Kappa will happily oblige.
Ryan understands Crono.He's demonstrated an understanding of Green. Why not other SPS sufferers?
Ryan will start translating Crono.Extrapolating from above.
Ryan understands Heroic Mimes because he thinks of them differently than Alex does.Videoland is meant to be affected by the interpretations of the Gamemaster. Alex seems to think of silent heroes as actually silent, except that the people around them understand them. Ryan is probably one of the people who thinks there is implied talking and maybe even puts words into their mouths while playing games. Ergo, he thinks he should understand them and so he does while Alex thinks he shouldn't and doesn't.
Samus won't let Eggplant Wizard die not because she's going to horribly brutalize him.Samus won't let Eggplant Wizard die because it will mulch an innocent in his place. The horrible brutalization that she will inflict upon him is merely incidental.
Alex's bit about Chozo Mental training is a Chekhov's Gun.Alex will use that to his advantage.
The pants that Protoman gave to Alex in episode 694 have a deck of cards in their pocket.Which means that Wily's nigthmare just came true.
King Hippo was touched by the Sovereign of Sorrow.Seems to be implied by Spoony in episode 390. Spoony says that prolonged contact with the power of Sovereign of Sorrow "tends to make one a bit loopy" and that he has "no particular desire to [run] around blasting druggies or drinking insane amounts of beer". Part of this sentence is obviously an allusion to Max Force, who is confirmed to be touched by Sovereign, while the part about drinking beer fits King Hippo. Thus, he seems to imply that King Hippo had a contact with the power of Sovereign, and most likely was touched just like Spoony and Max Force.
Light built X under the influence of being Touched.That's why his series so much more angsty than its predecessor.
Bob is Prince Lyle.Prince Lyle is believed to be MIA and the last anyone saw of him, he was in what became the Desert of Broken Dreams. Given his huge expertise on what is going on and is implied to be one of the Voices (lost souls who have forgotten their names) and his description as a being with two souls, Bob is Alex's character from the Game Boy FF game possessed by the voice of Prince Lyle.
Simone did not, in fact, kick Captain N into a warp to the Mirror World.This comic is one big flashback with flashbacks inside, with plenty of bleak scenes, yet it's almost never colored in Monochrome Past. But both times (so far) Simone's betrayal is depicted, it's Deliberately Monochrome. In comic #311, Simone seems surprised that Kevin is around and starts to deny... something. And as of comic #703, I'm starting to get the impression that the story is a little fishy.
Captain N is the Watcher, and Hope's father was his Mirror Image OppositeThe scenario discussed above from a different angle. While I agree that Simone's story is fishy, how do we know that the Captain N that "reappeared" after being kicked into the Mirror Warp was in fact the real one? While the warp was said to be one way, in cartoon canon, whenever someone passed through the Mirror Warp, their Mirror Image Opposite automatically took their place for the sake of balance. What if the "Captain N" that showed up post warp-kicking was in fact his evil Mirror Image Opposite? Consider the tiny out-of-place (compared to native spritework) "picture" above Cecil in #386. Also consider the "wedding" panel in #703. It says that he courted Lana and they got married in short order, yet he's shown with slanted, evil-looking eyes there as opposed to the "normal" ones he has in the panels above it. This could also be the real reason why he left the fighting to the N-Forcers post-war, besides raising Hope. He didn't want to fight the other villains.
Both Ryan and Hope from the real world are somehow relatives of Kevin Keene, the original Captain NNot only have do all three have the same last name, but we know that Kevin actually DID have a child named Hope. It would explain why Ryan can understand silent protagonists, since Captain N could, too.
The Shadow King is Bob.We already know Bob has a mysterious past, tied up somehow with the Sovereign of Sorrow. In his own words, here: http://www.captainsnes.com/2002/04/02/094-capn-tells-it-as-he-sees-it-2/ he seems to have a past that is not only dark, but seemingly actively villainous in nature. On top of that, as seen here: http://www.captainsnes.com/2003/05/13/332-the-omissions-are-the-interesting-part/, Bob obviously has great knowledge about the Sovereign of Sorrow, and he still seems to be able to harness Omega Energy, power which is the signature of the Sovereign. Also, he mentions Videoland suffering because of his weakness, which would suggest that Bob is now The Atoner for some past horrible deed. So, here's what happened in the past. Bob, in his own world and on a quest for some sort of ancient, forbidden magic, discovers the dormant Sovereign of Sorrow, and decides to release and serve her in exchange for power. One of these powers is, obviously, immunity to the Sovereign of Sorrow's energy, and possibly shapeshifting, powers which he seems to have retained (this may be a sign that Bob may still be on the Sovereign's side; we already know that Alex is meant to play a part in the Sovereign's rise, so Bob may just be one of her servants sent to help things along, and in doing so, help Alex in any way he can). So, a clever shapeshifter like Bob could certainly be useful for the Sovereign's plans; so, they hatch a plan to sow chaos among the residents of Videoland. So, they tell Mother Brain about Omega Energy, and the nature of the world: Mother Brain's already evil, so she isn't affected by the Sovereign like other characters are. A picture of someone is the key to unlocking this energy, and it has somehow fallen into the hands of Space Pirates, so they get Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo to fetch it for them. Now, Bob and the Sovereign both still need to stay hidden, so they make it look like Mother Brain is the one coming up with the plan in the first place; the true purpose of letting Mother Brain know all of this, rather than trying to help her conquer Videoland, was simply to extract the Omega Energy for the Sovereign; the winner of the conflict between Captain N and Mother Brain was irrelevant. The gathering of the villains may or may not have been a part of Bob's plan, but after Mother Brain's death, the villains are now under the control of Bob and the Sovereign of Sorrow. Bob, now going as the Shadow King, would naturally be difficult to catch, since he has shapeshifting powers, and would simply take an innocuous form between evil schemes. Also, since he controls the Omega Energy (remember, we never found out what happened to the Omega Energy after the destruction of the Metroid), he effectively has control over every world in Videoland, and all the N-Forcers can do is follow his inept goons on small missions while the Shadow King does his real villainy elsewhere, unimpeded. So, what caused him to turn from the Sovereign's side? Ultimately, we'll just have to wait and see...
Protoman is Sorrow-touchedAlex referred to his world as the "real world" a couple times, and Protoman didn't react. The only explanation for this other than a writing slip-up is that he's sorrow-touched, which tends to cause sprites to realize their status as video game characters, and are "not real".
Lana is the Sovereign of SorrowFirst, start at #707, seventh panel; someone described the Sovereign as looking like Lana. At #576, the silhouette is no longer Schala, but Lana. Furthermore, Princess Hope describes the rapid destruction of game worlds as "the price of my failure"—and it was previously noted that she tried to convince Lana not to go after Kevin. Kevin's explanation of what happened to Lana is suspiciously unspecific: "The Sovereign took her from us." While some might think this is a way to avoid saying "She's dead", a clue is that he fumbled around for a few panels. Think Darth Vader. In a manner of speaking...
The King of Shadow is King CharlesThe story of what happened in the Mirror World after Mother Brain's demise is fabricated by Kevin. Something went horribly wrong when Kevin tried to pull Charles out, but somehow it did...something nasty to Charles. Having a reputation as a perfect hero, Kevin can't bring himself to sully that by admitting to a hideous mistake, so he made the whole "died to send me home" story up. Simone, for all that he was a donkey, wasn't lying when he said Kevin just disappeared, either. What makes this persuasive is that "dead for real" is only possible in Videoland through use of Omega energy—which, at the time, only Kevin could access.
Mario is not what's stopping the SovereignOr at least, not the only thing. Sure he's powerful, but he's merely the Optimus Prime of Videoland, and he is facing what is essentially the Unicron of Videoland. Against such power, only the Autobot Matrix of Leadership of Videoland can stop her. Which is clearly... The Cat! Basically, something from the Primus(es) of Videoland to help light their darkest hour.
Simone Belmont was the Shadow KingI just think it fits. He was banished right before the Shadow King showed up, after all.
Captain N himself is the Shadow King.The sprites are somewhat similar, and other than Captain N, who else had access to that power? Also, his strange attitude leaves a lot to consider. Alex had a very good point. N seemed downright unconcerned with losing Lana. To the point that it took his daughter demanding his attention and questioning him on where she was. And Kwirk the Tomato even stated that Captain N was the one who called the Sovereign there in the first place. Granted, he was touched, and trying to scam people, but that doesn't mean he may not have been right about that bit. How else did he know about it?
Magus will give the Shard of Sorrow to the Sovereign.It's pretty obvious that the sprite used for the Mask of Tears is Schala. But if Schala is truly the host for the mask, it could explain why the representation that spoke with Magus stated it could not see her future. In all likelihood, if Magus does meet up with her and recognizes the physical form as Schala's, it stands to reason that he would hand over the Shard if he should have it. Either to free her or at her request.
Schrodinger is made of Narrativium.The non-flashback portions of the comic imply that Alex did, in fact, face the Sovereign, somehow stopped/stalled her, and is established as the Gamemaster (something Ryan wants to take from him). Schrodinger, in the flashbacks, is running around dropping monkey wrenches (or should that be "kitty wrenches"?) in the plots that could potentially distract Alex from his main objective; in the "present", he's apparently trying to break Alex and the others out. In short, he conveniently irons out minor wrinkles that Alex would otherwise have to deal with, running interference. If you don't think of Schrodinger as a benevolent protagonist, then think of Schrodinger as the stereotypical cat: happy to do what it takes to make you do what it wants.
Colors and emotions are connected in Videoland, similarly to Green LanternPrincess Hope cast a spell which seemed to have something to do with colors; first she was engulfed in Cyan, Magenta and Yellow, then Red, Blue and Green. The second set of colors are the primary colors which make up all images, including sprites. One of them is Green, the color of Hope. The others are Blue and Red, which when combined, form Purple, the color of Sorrow.
Omega Energy comes from growing upWhat happens when you become a teenager? You start getting angsty, and you also stop playing with your old toys. How do you kill a fictional character? By forgetting about them. The inhabitants of Videoland are facing the same dilemma as the toys in Toy Story 3: they're disappearing because one of Alex's older relatives (Kevin?) isn't playing them any more.
The magic words for the Mystic Mouse are..."Sweet Christmas, that's stupid fresh!" Notice that he hasn't said that for a long time!
We, the readers, are actually part of the webcomic.The reason why Ryan gets everything totally backward as mentioned in episodes #454 and #455 is so that Alex will end up explaining it all to him and, in turn, to us as well. This is so that all the readers understand everything that's going on in all the different games (especially the ones that particular reader never played). Videoland is actually aware of the existence of the readers and is making Ryan misunderstand everything so that they can follow what's going on, which means our very presence as readers is part of the story.
Schrodinger is evil and somehow manipulating Alex.Second to last panel, Schrodinger's heaven, that is all.
The Little Girl in FF 6 has the Shard of Tears!In the flashback where Ryadia meets Bob and after she wakes up, we see that Bob has lost the Shard of Tears and states that a little girl had taken it and gone through the portal. The Little Girl we see in FF 6 has no knowledge or understanding of the world she is in and knew nothing of Kefka or magic. Also, she is clearly Touched, likely due to her contact with the Shard. When she, in turn, caused Celes to be Touched, Celes's focus went to a memory of the past, clearly an aspect of the Shard instead of the Mask.
The Shard of Tears was taken from Bob by Rydia's child spriteMy evidence is mearly the above guess, combined with context clues provided by #332.
Locke will end up transported to the battle Cecil is trapped in!What better teamup can we have than two guys who have lost their wives to the control of the Sovereign? Besides, Cecil's been stuck in that battle since 2003. Who better than Locke to come in and free him, and finally allow for an explanation from the paladin about his part in everything and how he knew to prepare for Alex's coming.
King Charles is The Watcher in league with Bob.We don't know that he's dead except for Kevin's word, and there's something fishy about how he's been acting. Spoony stated that the Watcher has been "trapped in his glass prison since the golden age of Videoland", and that he is unable to communicate unless someone seeks him out. Who else around that time was noted to have been imprisoned anywhere, and would likely be able to see what's going on in Videoland, even if he's unable to actively do anything about it?
Alex is going to absorb the Sovereign into himselfAll of the trouble started when Omega energy was introduced to Videoland by extracting it from a denizen of the Real World; if the Sovereign isn't made of Omega energy entirely, she's got to be composed mostly of the stuff. Thus, the solution isn't to kill her, since that's a real-world solution, or seal her away, since that never lasts, but to return her (or, the part of her being that is Omega energy, depending) to the place from whence her power and essence came- a human being. Thus, why Alex told his Captor that she "wasn't dead" but "wouldn't be hurting anyone ever again", and why he's so much more introspective in the present.
The Reality Warper child that showed up in the arc that introduced Final Fantasy VI characters......is the same child that was mentioned by Wily in episode 681. Admittedly, the evidence for this is pretty weak: in episode 768 Alex called her "the child", thus using the same expression that Wily used in episode 681.
The Sovereign's power is responsible for the Swear Montage being viewed as such by everyone.
Alex is telling the story to Define what actually happened, so that the Sovereign can't use her past-warping powers to escape her fate at his hands.
Alex's flaw of Hypocrisy shows up in the form of Ryan. In addition to the above theory, Alex is telling the story to show Ryan that he is as much a hypocrite that he accuses Alex of being. This is because the only way to defeat Hypocrisy is force it to learn new information. How often have you seen movies where a racist character learns over the course of a movie that they were wrong about their beliefs?
Bob once took the form of Captain N.This would help explain why why Captain N seemed so apathetic toward whatever happened to Lana and unconcerned about his daughter volunteering to sacrifice herself. If this theory is right at all, though, it still leaves the question of whether or not Bob took Captain N's form when Lana went to the Wizards and Warriors world to rescue him from the Shadow King, earlier when Captain N tried to rescue King Charles, or at some point before that. This also opens up more questions about whether or not Protoman is wrong about Captain N being dead, if Bob was the Shadow King and if so he was pretending to be Captain N and the Shadow King at the same time, and what Bob's true nature was if he could take on the powers of a Game Master.
Eggplant Wizard is inhabiting the body of a Mount Olympus refugee who spoke with Samus and Protoman.That cryptic message "Only one of us needs to remember" is that sprite, which Eggplant Wizard took over.
The body Eggplant Wizard is inhabiting is Kid Icarus.Who had been touched. And is now the reason Eggplant Wizard is touched.
The Touched are the only sprites who can gain Character DevelopmentAnd those which aren't touched are caricatures of how Alex sees them. Protoman is a Badass who puts up with no nonsense, Wily is a Card-Carrying Villain, and Cecil follows his paladin code even when it's a bad idea. Meanwhile, the touched sprites are more complex characters. Dr Light manipulated Wily into into a position of power in such a way that he would be unable to use that power, just to keep him around to fight the Sovereign. And Megaman, who is not merely touched, but appears to be the Sovereign's counterpart, embodies both. Blue Megaman is a lifelong hero who has forgotten what it was like to want to help people, and Green Megaman is a shallow "save the world because it's right" character.
Hulk Hogan has been Touched.He's acting a bit suspicious...wonder if a change to Hollywood garb is in the near future?
Omega Energy is the power to dieAll humans have the ability to die, but until Duke died, sprites lived on indefinitely. Everyone in the real world knows about death, but no one in Videoland does. Mother Brain had a superficial knowledge of death as 'an end', but not death in all its implications. Kevin Keene, like all humans, would die eventually, so somehow someone extracted it from him.
Sorrow is Deconstruction, Hope is ReconstructionJust look at what happened when the waves of sorrow and hope hit Nexus. Everyone became depressed when Sorrow hit, but realized worth when Hope hit. Example: (I can't remember his name, please insert) the guy who throws his hat at people realized that he doesn't make sense, but then realized that it doesn't matter.
The Sovereign is a Creator who writes angst or Deconstruction FicShe can alter the Touched in a 'fill-in-the-blanks' style. Most fanfiction takes scenes that are possible, continuity-wise, but didn't happen. It's common to have fics in manners off-screen, ex. writing what happens in an inn when characters are sleeping. The Sovereign simply weaponized it.
Ryan is a Game Master who went to Videoland as a child, and is destined to die there.Alex constantly refers to the fact that Ryan was in the real world, but for some reason is now in Videoland. Due to time not working the way it should, Ryan came to Videoland before he was old and mature enough to face it and in the wrong place in time. Given that Alex is 22, and assuming that the comic's date is 2001, then he was born in around 1989. This also assumes that Ryan and Alex are around the same age. Alex claims that Ryan could have played Chrono Trigger before something happened. Chrono Trigger came out in 1996, when Alex and Ryan were 7-ish. Another reason why is that Ryan has an odd attitude towards dying. He believes that people die because they are flawed, in comparison to Alex acknowledging it's a part of life. In games, characters only die if they do something wrong, bar plotline deaths. Ryan may have arrived in Videoland before he had a true concept of death, and the sprites' attitude towards it shaped his. As for Ryan dying... In Videoland, time stops until you return to the real world. But as Captain N demonstrates, you can die in Videoland. So Ryan never came out of Videoland, so time kept on going without him once the timeline as a whole acknowledged that he will never come back. It doesn't matter when he dies, just that he does. Rather than returning to the point he left for Videoland, Ryan simply vanished.