Bill's absurdly right-wing author tracts are parodies.Why else would someone make most of their audience extremely uncomfortable and even scare off a few potential fans by taking extreme stances on virtually everything? Because the tracts are intended as over the top jokes and nobody picked up on it, and maybe Bill doesn't want anyone to know it's a joke yet too.
Fan Fiction of the Fables written by the comics' Mundanes increases their powers through popularity and subtly influences their lives, though the Fables don't know about it.It's been established that a Fable's powers, longevity, and ability to come Back from the Dead hinge on how their stories are remembered by the Mundanes. It's also been shown that modern-day interpretations of these stories do the same thing — specifically during the time of Jack Horner's attempt to boost his own personal power by making movies based on his exploits. Therefore, every piece of fan fiction a Mundane makes, no matter how mundane or X-Rated, should do the same. But most fanfic is posted online. Have you ever seen a Fable use the Internet, let alone be adept at it? This means...
Every bit of new literature since the Fables of old eventually spawns a living, breathing Fable.As stated above, the fact that Jack Horner thought he could improve his own personal power by creating movies of his fables to increase people's belief in him proves that Fables can use modern media to spread belief of them and increase their power (Snow White, Cinderella, etc. must really be loving Disney for the assist), but what if it goes farther than that? Some Fables, like Pinocchio, have tales that are old but not ancient (the wooden puppet's stories being produced at the turn of the 20th Century), so obviously how long your personal fable's been going on in the Mundane world doesn't dictate whether or not you exist in the Homelands (though it does dictate how powerful you are, to a point). And with the onset of movies, TV, and video games, fictionalized worlds are being created practically every second, so it's likely that there is a Mushroom Kingdom, a Matrix, and a Sunnydale in the Homelands, newly formed with their respective characters and undiscovered by the Adversary or any other "old-time" Fables. Of course, that means, that with such a huge rate of expansion, there's no way the Adversary would be able to conquer the Homelands entirely, and the new, modern-day and/or future weapons would give him much more problems than he ever dreamed of. Wait until he runs into the Star Trek and Star Wars Fables. Or any of the omnipotent and omniscient Mary Sues pumped out by fanfiction authors everyhwere...
It's the Fables themselves who unconsciously grant themselves greater powers.Relying on their "Mundy Popularity" is just a psychological crutch. Evidence for this? Forgotten Fables like Wayland and Sambo still have their powers, and Geppetto and Boy Blue's abilities far outweigh their popularity.
Proximity is a factor in Popularity Power.Aside from being in a place she had interwoven with advantageous spells, Frau Totenkinder was able to wipe the floor with Baba Yaga because they were in America, rather than Russia. They were surrounded by people who had never heard of Baba Yaga, but knew Hansel and Gretel by heart. Not sure about how this would work in the Homelands.
The Arabians who visited Fabletown are not the real Arabian Fables.They're such racist caricatures that I suspect they're actually based on Western bastardizations of Arabian fables. Furthermore, they didn't arrive in the real-world Baghdad, but rather the Middle East American's imagine, which is also a "fable" in it's own right. Only, no one's picked up on this yet.
If Americana exists, then Superman can show up.If anyone is an American fable, it's him.
Popularity increases more then just durabillityIn FABLES, Jack is extremely popular and such nearly impossible to kill. Having Excalibur stabbed through him was only horrible in that he could not wander about in regular society sporting a sword in his chest. Then he actually removed it, despite the protests of his story-mage friend. This also explains why Bigby Wolf can do a lot more then just blow things over.
The reason why no modern literary characters have become Fables is because the story of the Fable has to come to an end before the Fable is created with all the memories of of its "Story".Due to things like Cash Cow Franchises, Spinoffs, Franchise Zombies, Sequels and worst of all Fan Fiction most modern stories never actually end and never get the chance to become Fables.
Bufkin is responsible for Prince Charming's demiseduring Operation: Thunder Cloud. Never mess with a monkey armed with a mountain of books.
It takes a while for stories to become Fables.There seems to be a delay period between the writing of a story and when it becomes "real" in the Homelands; no modern characters more recent than the early 20th century, if that, show up. The mundane Real Life explanation is of course that Public Domain Characters were mainly used to populate the Fableverse, but in-story, there seems to be nobody more recent than the Victorian age. So it might take a century or so for the ideas to cross the gulf between worlds and "set" into living forms —or alternately, for the Fables world to "influence" Mundys' imaginations into adding them to their fiction.
The Fables are real and Mundy minds merely pick up mental images of them and tell stories about them.As more worlds form links to the Homelands, their events also get transmitted to the minds of Mundies to become "new" fiction. The interdimensional patchwork known as the Homelands are eventually going to connect to all the alternate realities in The Multiverse. We're already connected, which is why our world has a portal to The Homelands; this means events in our world must be fiction in somebody else's universe.
The ever increasing length of copyright protection is a ploy by the Authority to keep new Fables from popping up.Because should things like Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny ever cross over into the public domain, the Authority is toast. Oh, and for your consideration: Deadpool as a Fable. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Fables existed before the stories about the stories of their adventures became stories in the mundy world.The Homelands are simply another reality populated by beings that apear to be human and animal but in reality are a single race that just has a wider dimorphism than we are used to. As said above the stories about these beings were passed into the heads of mundy storytellers. The reason no modern fiction becomes fables is because they don't exist outside of our imaginations.
Frau Totenkinder's knitting is actually a spell.What kind of spell? Maybe it's to enhance her powers. Maybe it's a sealing spell for Mr Dark, or some future Big Bad we don't know about but she does.
Snow White was suffering from the magical version of brain cancer...... back in Volume 2. Her Healing Factor powered by Popularity among the Mundies had been keeping it at bay for a long time, but the emotional (and later, mental) stress in Volume 1 temporary overpowered it. That explains both the Idiot Ball and why she wanted a quiet "vacation" at the Farm in the first place. Goldilocks' Boom, Headshot at the end of the arc accidentally blew out the tumour, preventing this sort of thing from happening again.
The "Red Riding Hood" that Boy Blue knew in the Homelands was the Snow Queen.We know whoever it was had to be a very trusted witch, since they would not have wanted their spy to escape/turn traitor. And despite her icy heart, she does appear to care for Geppetto at least, so she should have been capable of faking her concern for Boy Blue. Though it is possible the imposter did really like Boy Blue, at least a little bit, since they tried so hard to get him to leave on that last ship. If the only goal was to get rid of all of the rebels, it would have been better for her if Blue had stayed at the castle and died there, allowing his cloak to be claimed by the Adversary's forces.
Blue Beard and Shere Kahn are alive and plotting their vengeance.In The Good Prince, the pair have allied with the emperor and are receiving magical treatments to return to life. When we last saw them, Blue Beard can hold a cup if he focuses enough. For all we know, they've become solid again and are carving out their own kingdom, preparing to take on Fabletown.
Frau Totenkinder secretly owns an abortion clinic.Think about it: she used to get her power from killing/eating children, but as a citizen of Fabletown, she's not allowed to do this anymore. The Fables think she now gets her power from a drop of the blood of every newborn, but we know thanks to Kay that this is only a cover; furthermore, he says that he's seen her method of getting power, and it's something that wouldn't make the Fables happy at all. She says, however, that she's not breaking any Fabletown laws because it's a legal business. Well, abortion is legal in America, but we've seen what most Fables think of it...
Jack Frost is going to become an updated version of his father.Ok, right now Frost seems to be The Cape, with a touch of Lawful Stupid, but he's clearly more naive and sheltered than actually dumb. Now, every intro to the characters makes a big deal about how Jack is a lovable rogue without the lovability. This, effectively, means he's a scoundrel, a character type that pre-dated the lovable rogue. As Frost becomes more worldly, he'll BECOME a lovable rogue.
Frau Totenkinder is a great power.Her performance in duels against Baba Yaga and Mr. Dark, both of whom were considered great powers, suggests that her power level is in that range. When she finds Dark's empty box, she wondered if a similar box had ever been designed or constructed for her. The names of her weapons and other magical devices are rather archetypal in nature. Precisely which great power is unclear, but her knitting evokes aspects of an incarnation of Fate, and in her backstory she has, at various times, played the role of all of the Three Facesof Eve. (Though her role as Mother was quite subverted).
Ozma's prophecy about the cubs"The first child will be a king. The second child a pauper. The third will do an evil thing. The fourth will die to stop her. The fifth will be a hero bold. The sixth will judge the rest. The seventh lives to ages old, and is by heaven blessed." And here's the link http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2009/07/sdcc-09-the-annual-fables-one-page-tale/ My guesses are: Ambrose will either be five or seven since he's currently a bit of a moron. Equally, Winter's shyness lends her to 4 in my opinion. 2 could possibly be Blossom since she has been seen with woodland animals before sort of like Snow White and this may pan out with her living in the wild. Darien seems the likely one or six with Connor as five. Therese then fills in the last slot but six or four seem likeliest. Near-baseless speculation so far since we know very little about them but it'll be interesting to see how it turns out...
Mr. Dark will be defeated on/by HalloweenThe one night of the year where everyone embraces the darkness and laughs at it. Men, women, children - they all put on ghoulish masks and laugh at death, reveling with it without fear. That will be the single day Mr. Dark is at his weakest and can be defeated. Not by the light of hope or anything else, but by a Jack O' Lantern.
Frost Taker will become a Chekhov's Gun in the main series.We know Max imbued it with magical powers, but then left it with Totenkinder.
The 100th issue was actually a parody of Wham Episodes.Think about it: a ton of stuff happens, but most of it cancels out. Mr. Dark is trapped, but gets out. Frau Totenkinder is dead, but then she's alive again. In the end, we went through all that, and we're right back where we started, only with Frau Totenkinder going into what's likely to be a 10-Minute Retirement.
Ambrose will become a historian.That's how he'll "judge the rest." Hence why we've gotten narration from his point of view: It's from his writings about his childhood.
The pigs in charge of the revolution from Animal Farm weren't actually the three little pigsThey were in fact Snowball Napoleon and Squealer from the george orwell book animal farm. Snowball was Colin and was executed because the other two hate him more than any real lack of loyalty or to send a message. that's why they were starting revolutions for the sake of starting ti. as for why the rest of the characters aren't from Animal Farm there the pigs killed and took the identities of those pigs and left the rest to die because the pigs are just like that.
Dorothy Gale is bi.In Fables are Forever, she passed as a man well enough to thoroughly fool Cinderella, who is by no means inexperienced. Even with the magical aid she had, I do not think it was her first time for that sort of thing. And she did have other options, rather than letting things go in the direction they did.
Winter was intended from the beginning to be the new North WindIn the episode where the cubs are born, we see that 1) the very first cub born is a dark haired girl who is completely human in appearance - ie, Winter is the firstborn. 2) there is only one cub who is completely human in appearance (Winter) - ie, Winter, of all her siblings, has the least among of "wolf" in her nature. 3) the completely human appearing cub (Winter) was the first one to start floating - ie, Winter, of all her siblings, is the most attuned to her "wind" nature. 4) Winter is named after Bigby's mother - ie, the "consort" of the previous North Wind. (Interestingly, the earliest drawings of the newborn cubs have the entirely human appearing baby look more like Darien than Winter, but the text clearly states that there is only one fully human appearing cub, and that that cub is the first born girl, so it must be Winter. Darien is actually the most wolf-like, brown, cub. It is only later, when the cubs are about a month old, that the most human appearing cub starts looking like Winter.)
There are Fables who were born on EarthSome of the people on Earth who were featured seemed like they were a Hero of Another Story so what's to say that some humans on the human world aren't actually Fables without knowing it?
Frau Totenkinder is a Time Lord.
Nurse Spratt/Leigh Duglas will take Mr. Dark's place as a greater power.The North Wind's already been replaced by Winter, and he died at the same time. Mr. Dark intended Leigh to be his bride, which makes her a likely candidate to 'inherit' his place, as it were, and it'd make her a viable threat against the not inconsiderable forces of Fabletown if they all got wind of her deception. Not to mention, take a look at the dress her fencing instructor got her for Christmas...
God is a fable.This isn't a very original idea, but if we assume in the story the God of Abraham is a fiction invented by various mad prophets, then he'd be an immensely canon-powerful and popular-powerful fable living in the sky above the mundy world, possibly responsible for creating, maintaining and judging it. The other fables don't consider He's one of them since they're mostly imprinted with the unquestioning faith of their writers (see Lancelot), and He isn't doing any special favors for them, so it doesn't exactly make any difference about anything. . .but God very definitely exists in the Fables universe. (If He's not a fable it would be because the Bible is literally true and He didn't need to be invented, which might be even scarier.)
Rapunzel's missing twin daughters are Snow White and Rose Red's mother and auntSince the Fairest arc that introduced that part of Rapunzel's backstory came out, there have been a few theories about her missing daughters, some having Snow and Rose themselves being the daughters (since they are the only female twins we have encountered in so far). True, there isn't that much information about the mother and aunt other than the flashback during the "Rose Red" arc in Fables, but Rapunzel has lived in the same place as Snow and Rose for centuries - wouldn't anyone have considered the possibility that they might have been the twins she was looking for? It is implied that the children themselves were important, and we know that there is a strong magical bloodline in that family, with the mother and aunt both being powerful witches. Sure, it does seem like Rapunzel would be around the same age as Snow and Rose, but Fables don't age like human beings and we don't know exactly how long ago she had her children. The witch widow living in the forest and the evil queen could very well look much older than Rapunzel and still be her daughters - as witches, they could likely change their apparent age at will, just like Totenkinder.
Issue 109 hid the answer to the prophecy in plain sight.The only thing we know definitely so far is that 1) Winter is #1, and 2) #3 is female. If you look at the order in which we're shown the cub's training, it fits. The first we see is Winter, the King. The second is Darien. It would cdertainly be ironic for his overconfidence if he grew up to be a pauper. Then we have vain Therese. I could certainly see her doing an evil deed. Next, is Ambrose. Now, it seems generally accepted that Ambrose is a likely candidate for #6 as a historian, "judging" the others, but there's no way to confirm that 100%, and its certainly possible it could take many years for us to get to #4, meaning its still possible for him to die stopping Therese. There's nothing particular about Blossom and Connor stopping them from being #5 and #6. And that leaves Ghost for #7.
Fables don't exist because their stories were written, their stories were written because the Fables already existed.Everyone seems to be confused about why, if human-made fairy tales created alternate dimensions full of living Fables, modern fiction wouldn't exist in an alternate universe as well? This is because humans aren't responsible for the creation of the Fables: the Fables have always existed in their own worlds, but knowledge of their stories somehow bled through worlds to Mundy writers. This explains why some Fables' stories, such as Pinnochio's or Ichabod Crane's, were written and take place after the Fables would have already escaped the Homelands into the Mundy world. And it would also justify why Fabletown isn't home to other fictional characters, like Luke Skywalker or Bugs Bunny: they don't exist in any reality. Mundies came up with them all on their own, while the Mundies who THOUGHT they created the Fables in reality were influenced by an unknown, outside source.