Doug Funnie is an Unreliable NarratorA few things are fact, mainly the important events establishing the point of the series (moving to Bluffington; making friends with Skeeter; being frienemies with Roger; being a Stalker with a Crush in the making with Patti; getting into the music of The Beets, etc). Many of the things are skewed variations of what really happened (the bag a nematoad resolution, how Judy learned to parallel park, the cousin Melvin fiasco) while some things are wishful fantasies written in his journal. (There is no way he'd be hanging out The Beets at the Honker Burger or basketball star Sky Davis asking for Doug's autograph; not to mention everything Porkchop does.) Billy West (though there's that, too).
Patti and Chalky will end up datingEver notice how similar they are? Two people who are athletic, popular, smart, nice, etc. Eventually they'll see how much they have in common with each other. Assuming neither of them gets derailed in the future, they would be happy together.
Patti is a lesbian.Short hair, check. Hatred of typically girly things, check. Not caring and/or even getting annoyed with the advances of Doug, Roger, Chalky, and/or Guy, check. More butch than pretty much the rest of Bluffington, check. All that was missing in there was her father stumbling onto his daughter looking at girl on girl porn, and that could've happened at any time after the Disney show ended.
Roger Klotz is gay and has a crush on Doug.Roger picks on Doug and takes interest in him to the point where it's creepy. He makes many double entendres and has his fair share of Ho Yay moments. He puts on a tough guy facade so people won't make fun of him or figure out his secret.
Chalky Studebaker is gay and has a crush on Doug.Chalky Studebaker wears a pink and purple letter jacket and in the mess that is his planner (in the episode he cheats on a test) that he is keeping track of tasks, one of the tasks on there was inspect bathroom. Factor this in with the fact that someone who is smarter than Doug having the same test answers as him, and the reason why he had the same answers as Doug on that test become obvious, he's infatuated with the green vest wearing everyman. A way to compare it better is to look at Doug's fantasies and how Patty would always cheer Doug on and observe the reality in each episode and the cheering would always come from Chalky. Doug has an admirer in Chalky the same way he's an admirer of Patty. Doug being oblivious and delusional doesn't pick up on this at all.
Doug's neighbor Bud Dink is a pedophile.For someone who isn't a relative, parent's friend, or teacher, Mr. Dink takes quite an interest in Doug. He doesn't seem to have any adult friends, and in the pilot of the Nickelodeon series he is seen hiding in the bushes with a video camera. He doesn't have any kids of his own, he's the boyscout master, and his name is slang for penis.
Mr. and Mrs. Dink are unable to have children, And Mr.Dink sublimates his desire for fatherhood into his relationship with Doug.You will note Mrs. Dink often steps in when Bud tries to show off his latest purchase to Doug, she knows this isn't healthy and tries to keep them apart yet at the same time realizes that doing so will hurt her husband. Her air of disinterest is due to their mutual disappointment in being unable to conceive. Also, "DINK" is an acronym for "Dual Income, No Kids"; notice how every episode Bud has a new item that is "very expensive".
Mr. Dink is a Time LordAnd his Tardis is the grill that Doug and Skeeter broke. Luckily for them, breaking the grill top was merely the equivalent of breaking a window on the door and Mr. Dink could merely press a button to fix it. He did force them to grill for him as punishment because that's what adults do when neighborhood children accidentally break stuff, regardless of whether they're a Doctor or not.
Skeeter has Tourettes Shit Cock Syndrome.His goofy noises are an undiagnosed case of Tourrettes.
In the Doug Universe, blue people are African American.Skeeter is Doug's Black Best Friend. In a couple other episodes, we see blue people who are basketball stars and people with hairstyles from early 1990s hip hop.
Mr. Bone really does wear pink underwear.He likes wearing pink underwear because he feels that Real Men Wear Pink Underwear. He also feels that it's nobody's business but his own what type of undies he wears under his trousers so obviously when a bunch of bratty kids are using this for humor and undermining his authority, he's got every damn right to be pissed. This gets even worse when receiving a gift of pink boxers during the school news program where everyone in the whole school is going to see.
Skeeter is the nephew of Michael Winslow from Police Academy.Both are African American and experts at making sound effects with their mouths.
Al and Moo are related to Mr. Dink somehow.They have similar skin tones, they are interested in gadgets (Mr. Dink buys them, Al and Moo make them), and their leitmotifs have similar notes in some respects.
Doug's friend from the Disney Series, Bobby, has Asperger's Syndrome.The kid lacks social skills, is immature for a twelve year old, and is fixated on comic books.
Doug at one point lived in Elwood City prior to living in BluffingtonHe was stated as being friends at one point with Arthur and Buster by Judy reminding him of this (while stating that Doug had reservations about moving). Yes, it was stated that the Funnies moved from Bloatsburg to Bluffington, but that doesn't rule out the possibility that they've moved more than once. Plus moving from one town to another every few years would be a good explanation for why Doug hates change.
Patti Mayonaise's eating disorder was a long time coming and didn't get resolved in the end of that Very Special EpisodePatti has the tragic back story of her mom's death and her father's near death. Factor on top of that her perfectionist tendencies (the episode with Doug's winning streak shows how much of a wreck Patti was when she wasn't the best at everything) and it was a ticking time bomb that was waiting to happen. Also, the issue was going on a lot longer than anyone realized. The episode itself is merely Doug's retelling of what he found out about her. It doesn't show the long hard road to recovery that Patti goes through on the show because everything is told from Doug's point of view.
Boomer Bledsoe started smoking between the Nick series and the Disney series.It would be an in-universe explanation of why he went from sounding like a kid in 6th grade (the Nick series) to sounding like a miserable 75 year old man in the 7th grade (the Disney series) in spite of the fact that the character had the same voice actor throughout both shows. It would also explain why there wasn't an episode based on him in the Disney series like there were for Roger Klotz's other two tag-alongs (Ned's house burning down and Willy getting Ms. Krystal fired), even though it would've been better than yet another episode that veered off into a Quailman fantasy.
Skunky Beaumont is on some sort of mind altering drugs by the time he's permitted to go to middle schoolHe pleaded insanity when that yodeling trophy was placed in his locker, forcing him to spend all day with that creepy guidance counselor. When he talks to Doug from off screen, he sounded like a nerd. Cue his appearance in the Disney show where he sounds like a stoner. Either he is smoking weed to calm him after that insanity plea's major backfire or he's on some mind altering drugs of sorts that changed the way he talks; whether it's LSD or actual experimental prescription drugs not yet tested by the FDA. The webbed toes he has may suggest the experimental drugs.
Chalky Studebaker grows up to be The CreeperBoth are athletic yellow-skinned green haired people with goofy smiles. All it would take for Chalky to go over the edge into that sort of Creepy Good insanity is being tossed into a vat of chemicals while being doused with laughing gas by another lunatic with green hair. Plus it explains why he isn't incorporated as a hero/villain/anti-hero/anti-villain in any of Doug's Quailman stories, because he is one in real life (also explains why he doesn't have time for studying for tests.)
Doug Funnie eventually grows up to be Edward Norton's character in Fight Club.Given that he is socially awkward and tries to conform so he can impress Patti, that failure could result in quite the dark path to Douglas Yancey Funnie. Throw in some of the more odd aspects of how he sees the world (Technicolor people and an anthropomorphic dog that walks on two legs are hardly a normal world view) will set himself up for a crushing soul sucking reality as he gets older. Since he is quite the over imaginitve and high strung individual, creating an alter ego that is cool and cerebral (not unlike how he perceives Quailman to be although better dressed than wearing a towel as a cape) to deal with his terrible life is yet another form of escapism is not too much of a stretch.
Skeeter's dad is showing early signs of Alzheimer's.He always forgets what he's going to say until someone reminds him, and even forgets his own name. This could be why he has a short temper.
Ned Coffee, one of Roger's goons is a cousin of Doug's.This explains why he doesn't harass Doug like Roger does. He's the only other character in the show who's Caucasian flesh colored. There was the episode where he stays with Doug and it's not mentioned, but he could be a distant cousin on the other side of Doug's dad.
The show takes place in the mid to late 1990s.The first show was released in 1991 and shows technology and fashions of the time, but isn't a total Unintentional Period Piece. In Disney's Doug it is stated to take place around 1996 and they have the internet. The first series could take place around 1994, 1995.
Mrs. Dink had a miscarriage.This explains why Mr. Dink sees Doug as the son he never had and why Mrs. Dink is deadpan and indifferent to the world.
Bluffington has the most polluted water supply in North AmericaThis would definitely explain why most of the citizens have skin colors of Blue, Green, Purple, and Orange. The "Lucky Duck Monster" stories and the movie that reveals it exists pretty much makes this canon thanks to the Bluff Corporation dumping toxic waste into Lucky Duck Lake.
The Oblongs takes place in a suburb of Bluffington (or vice versa)The Oblongs focused on showing a family that lived in an area filled to the brim with pollution where many of the citizens had genetic deformities. Bluffington has quite the case regarding pollution in the theory above. Having the city the Oblongs live in be a suburd of Bluffington or Bluffington be a suburb of where the Oblongs lived conveniently ties together two shows where everyone lives in a polluted shithole made that way by the Morally Bankrupt and Corrupt One Percent.
Doug is related to J.D. from ScrubsBoth are unathletic daydreamers who have black best friends and develop lasting crushes on blonde female friends. Both also act out their fantasies from time to time oblivious to what is really happening in the world. It's possible that Doug's mom and JD's mom or dad come from the same family making them cousins. Imagine the hell that is a family reunion involving the both of them, especially if the meal being served is lasagna.
Doug's Crush on Patti won't end wellDoug's social awkwardness combined with the fact that Patti doesn't seem to have the same feelings towards Doug that he has towards her means that Doug will likely be relegated to the friend zone at best and at worst it could turn into a case of Love Makes You Evil via rape as illustrated here.
Doug takes place in the same universe as Pepper AnnThe two premises are similar, geeky middle schoolers who want to be cool and accepted. The animation styles and character designs are somewhat similar, but going by the theory that Bluffington is polluted, that's why everyone on Pepper Ann is normal looking.
Doug is the center of a major universe of cartoonsPlaying a little more with the theory above featuring the One Saturday Morning shows being in the same universe, since Doug is also a Nicktoon, it effectively places the Nicktoons and the One Saturday Morning shows in the same universe (assuming that the Nicktoons are all one universe) which as a result makes Pepper Ann and Hey Arnold! in the same universe.
Why The Honker Burger Closed DownI think the reason why The Honker Burger closed down is because its customer base was made up almost exclusively of middle school kids, so almost no adults or younger children wanted to go. I wouldn't be surprised if Swirley's suffered the same fate at the end of the Disney series.
Patti's dad was paralyzed when her mom died.Her mom died in a car accident and he was in the car. He lost the use of his legs in the accident.
Guy Graham is a womanizer and was Typhoid Mary to the Bluffington Mono epidemicGuy is smart, rich, and can get almost any girl he desires (making him the perfect foil for Doug). In addition to that, he is quite the charmer which helps with getting younger girls. The fact that as a middle schooler he contracted Mono (the kissing disease) and gave it to Patti while "rehearsing" for that ludacris play Skeeter came up with says that he was playing the field even then (the other option that Patti was the village bicycle makes Doug even more pathetic). Now imagine what other girls Guy could've been with while doing this:
Cassandra Bleem isn't the Vile Self-Centered Bitch she was made out to beThere is more to her than what was seen in the episode Doug's Older Woman I.E., from Doug's point of view. This theory does rely heavily on the theory above that Doug is an Unreliable Narrator. About the only things in that episode that were correct was that she was around Doug for a time, she invited him to a party, and she is older than Doug. The rest of it can be questioned including:
Dirtbike Funnie is going to have a rough life ahead of herDespite the fact that her first name is Cleopatra (which can be shortened to Cleo), everyone refers to her by her middle name of Dirtbike (a name that in universe was off of Doug's Christmas list). Sure it may seem Funny and perhaps cute to an extent to be calling a baby girl Dirtbike but once she enters grade school all of the other children will pick on her mercilessly. Not to mention what'll happen when she is in high school; which if Doug took place in the mid to late 90's, than Dirtbike will be a teenager right around the time that cyber-bullying via text and facebook started getting national attention (cue crude jokes about her being the "Village Dirtbike"). One would be surprised if Dirtbike didn't turn to drugs or outright suicide to end the life of torment all because her idiot parents mistook her brother's Christmas list in 1996 as a names list and chose the name "Dirtbike" because of her older sister's sarcastic comment about it being an excellent girl's name.
Skeeter Has A Borderline-Abusive FatherHis father is angry all the time, he wasn't even aware of his own intelligence until earning a perfect score on that intelligence test, he often downplays his own book smarts despite being revealed to be an excellent student in the Disney version. And, on top of all this, he seems bent on never actually "growing up." Me thinks this guy has some major unresolved daddy issues!
Mr. Dink's inventions are created by Stu Pickles
The Lucky Duck Monster was really a mutated "Nematoad"It originally was a smaller size (more like the size of a dog if that) but in the case of the Lucky Duck Monster, a trip from Stinson's Pond to Lucky Duck Lake messed with it's size to the point that it was a cross between Swamp Thing, a Velocirpator, and the Toxic Avenger.
Judy went to a School for Troubled TeensJudy has quite the high strung personality and a flair for the overdramatic. It could be that she has some deep emotional problems (which could be one of the reasons the family kept moving). If going by the episode where Doug tries to sabotage their float, that school has nothing remotely similar to a regular school. Perhaps this give a glimpse of where Doug will be going to High School in if he continues to act out his fantasies in the middle of class.
Theda Funnie is the daughter of a HoarderTheda Funnie is way too obsessed with trash and recycling in that episode where Doug tried making that horrible monster movie, more so than any normal person would've been. Perhaps the reason why is because she grew up with a hoarder for a mother; this mother being Grandma Opal. The episode where Grandma Opal spends the day with Doug (and gives everyone in the family crappy gifts that they pretend to like) may be a common example of the family dealing with her issues with hoarding (not to mention that she rarely appears in their lives). This makes one think that maybe Doug is estranged from his maternal grandmother due to Theda's trauma growing up with a hoarder for a mom, the zealous attitude towards trash being an outlet for said trauma that has been accumulating since childhood.
Doug Funnie Really does have a cousin MelvinMelvin is the son of one of Theda's bald brothers so Melvin does look a lot like Judy's disguise (aside from the wig color) and was supposed to visit but couldn't due to being sick. The part that was made up about this lie was Melvin staying with the Funnies,which was enough to cascade into the horrible snowball of a lie, mainly due to Doug and Judy being crazy.
Patti's Important Haircut is the early stages of hair lossPatti's haircut at the start of the Disney series is way shorter than the hair cut she got in the episode about Doug's Pimple yet Patti isn't complaining about how short it is, in spite of the fact that she inexplicably had the hairline of John Macenroe. This leads to the speculation that perhaps Patti is suffering the early stages of Alopecia. Patti keeping it a secret as to why her hair line is receding leads to nobody really talking about this, well that or Doug glossing over this due to his infatuation with her.