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Everyone is inside the Dark Dragon.After Lucas pulled the last needle, the Dark Dragon was awakened and he destroyed all things. Everything goes to black. Happily the gang survived, but are all in a strange dark void, within the Dark Dragon itself.
The town was doomed from its very invention.Forgetting the things that supposedly doomed them doesn't prevent them from relearning them later on their own. Even if the pigmask army never arrived, they would have developed a concept of money, reinvented technology, because while they can strip themselves of memories, they cannot strip themselves of their natural curiosity. They would relearn them on their own eventually because they are strictly advantageous to their current position, and if their theory that those things caused the apocalypse is correct, then the Nowhere islands would eventually join the rest of the world and fail, with no place for second chances.
Lucas probably has PTSD as this point.Hoooooooo, boy! Lessie here:
The Oh-So-Snake is the offspring of the White and Dark DragonIt's at the castle because of the needle, which is an access point to one of its parents.
Ness caused a time paradox, destroying everythingOkay, first things first. Ninten defeats Giygas in the 80's. Then Giygas comes back 10 years later to make havoc in Onett, Twoson, etc. now, Giygas is too powerful to kill. So Ness goes back millions of years to kill Giygas. After Giygas dies, this erases the events of MOTHER 1; since Ness is probably Ninten's and Ana's son, he is never born, causing the world to screw up, destroying everything a little while after the END? screen in MOTHER 2. Then, people set sail for the Nowhere Islands. A few generations later, MOTHER 3 happens.
Porky's dead, folksOkay, so, Porky's life kinda sucks. Abusive/neglectful parents, corrupted by an evil alien monster... Thing. Can't see the girl he has a crush on due to time travel reasons. Can't even see the only kid who could even be vaguely considered his friend. Age outwardly due to goddamn time travel, when genetically he's probably maaaaybe in his mid-twenties at the most now, and stuck with a childish mind. Surrounds himself with self-praise, yet is still extremely insecure and is in firm belief that no one likes him, just like in his old hometown. Solution? Operation "FUCK YOU WORLD, YOU'RE BORING." This, obviously, fails, and he is stuck in the Absolutely Safe Capsule, being rolled around by Andronuts. But! Everyone and everything in the world prospers. And really? Up to this point, it seems that the only thing he could prosper from would be death.
The Empire Porky Building is actually only 20 stories tallThe elevator buttons for the nonexistent floors don't work.
The words to "Theme of Love" are sung by Hinawa.Grab a seat and get some popcorn, kiddies, this is a long one (also fairly spoiler-heavy). In case you don't know them, here are the (rough) English vocals: "A dark distant town, with sadness set out. No matter where I am I'll still be your life. I want to show you warm moments and dreams. I can see the small child smile, when I close my eyes. If I call out, he'll turn around. Give light to the small one who walks his path alone." She's singing it in reference to Lucas and Claus. The first verse is speaking of how she died, but is still watching over Lucas as he begins his quest for the Needles ("With sadness set out"). The second verse could be speaking about Claus or Lucas — or both. Hinawa didn't have the chance to be there for the boys as they grew because she was killed. "I can see the small child smile" is likely in reference to Lucas, as Hinawa can only imagine him being happy, after the poor boy lost his mother and twin. The final verse is definitely about Claus. This is Hinawa trying to break Claus out of Porky's hold. ("If I call out, he'll turn around" and the last two lines are Hinawa wishing for Claus to be able pass on in peace. (This is reflected in the final battle when she says, "Come to your mother, Claus. You must be so exhausted.") Makes sense, hey?
The identity of the DragonOnce the dragon is awakened, you get the chance to talk to the characters as yourself, the player. Conclusion: You are the dragon, $troper.
The player is a dragon, but not the DARK DragonThe theory above made me remember that picture in the Church-like building. It has a Dark Dragon and a Light Dragon, just like Yin and Yang. This Troper thinks that when Lucas pulled the last needle, the Dark Dragon was awakened and he destroyed all things. Then, the Light Dragon/the player resets the world, but it cost so much power to remake a whole world, that the Light Dragon becomes blind. That's why you can only hear, but not see all the characters you met at the end of the game.
Ness and his friends were ultimately killed by Porky.Consider the following:
Ness and his friends caused Pokey to appear in the Nowhere IslandsIt's explicitly stated that Pokey was banished from all other times and existences, therefore before time or after the end of the world was the only place he could flee after Ness and friends systematically hunted down and destroyed him. Because of causality being absolutely shattered by battling throughout time and space, once Pokey had a base of operations and source of power, namely Fassad/Yokuba, he was able to reach into other times and spaces safely with the aid of those who Ness wasn't actively preventing from screwing with time/space. This is how the letter Picky brings Ness at the end of EB arrives, which was the same time Dr. Andonuts was kidnapped.
Lucas is Buzz BuzzYou know it's true. Lucas came back as Buzz Buzz from an alternate Porkey/Giygas future.
Flint isn't related to NessThat Franklin Badge is just a giant coincidence. Or, maybe it did belong to Ness, but it's been kicked around from person to person for several centuries. Like that doorknob!
Porky is GiygasAfter a million years in the Absolutely Safe Capsule, Pokey is found by some aliens, His shriveled form is mistaken for a baby alien, and he is adopted and renamed Giygas. Cue Mother 1 and Earthbound. Giygas is "H...A...P...P...Y..." to see Ness because he recognizes him, as the only boy Porky was ever even kind of friends with.
Giygas is dead, people.Seriously.
Nowhere Island is the dragon's Magicant.When the rest of the world ended, the island remained. It is destroyed when the sleeping dragon is awakened. This follows the pattern of Maria's and Ness's Magicants vanishing after they discovered the secrets of their minds and were awakened. Notice that the Magypsies' houses are identical to the seashell houses in Mother 1 — not to mention the Magypsies themselves, who would fit in perfectly.
Porky is responsible for the first death of the world as well as the second.He's been meddling around in time and space so much, it's certainly possible. We don't know exactly how far technology got before the few survivors decided they needed to start over.
Hinawa is Ness and Paula's granddaughter (or great-granddaughter).This would probably explain why Lucas and Claus can learn PSI powers — perhaps the abilities are genetic, kind of like how Ness was able to use a tiny bit of psychic power even as a baby (and that in itself probably spawns a whole bunch of other theories.) On a more minor note, it could also explain why Lucas has blond hair, like Paula did, but this is probably the magic of Hair Colors at work.
Claus is resurrected by the Dark DragonClaus says, before he breathes his last, that he believes he will meet Lucas again, that is, he trusts Lucas to bring him back so they can live as brothers after the world is reborn. The Dragon almost certainly has the power to return the dead to life, and the most fervent wish of the one who pulls the final needle enters the heart of the Dark Dragon. After Lucas has just had his twin brother die in his arms, there is only one thing he could possibly wish for more than anything else... Claus to live again.
Fassad joined with Porky to get rid of the other MagypsiesOne thing I have never understood is why Fassad would turn on the other Magypsies. The Magypsies are fine with their end being tied to their needles, so Fassad must feel differently. Of course, Porky was able to twist Fassad and get him to get horribly injured to give up on life. Why would Porky do this? Porky is a Jerk Ass.
The scary backgrounds on the game code were part of the hallucination sequenceThe game code includes a few extra backgrounds, such as an angel Claus, a gigantic white-eyed Lucas face, and others. It has been reported that the hallucination sequence used to be even worse than what it is — maybe these were part of it?
The scary backgrounds are the result of infiltrating Claus's mindDuring the final boss (yes I'm sticking with that theory) Lucas, in a desperate attempt to make Claus realize who he is, ends up leaping head-first into his brother's mind with PSI. The horrific things he sees are the result of Claus's heart stirring but still heavily warped under Porky's influence. Itoi cut it for two reasons. 1: The fight would have only served to show how twisted Claus's soul was, therefore drawing it out just to show players something that was already (kind of) implied. 2: The original fight already tore your heart out and stuck it in a blender, and sticking 50 gallons of pure horror in the middle would have made it too much for a lot of people.
Flint is Ness, and the residents of Tazmily Village all came on the White Ship from the world of Earthbound.The reason why some of the townspeople look like characters from Earthbound is because they ARE those characters, they've just had their memories erased, and have crossed space and time so it made them age strangely the same way Porky did. The reason Porky is able to come to the Nowhere Islands is because Ness and company have forgotten him completely, thinking that it would be better to start a new life in a safe place than try to chase him across space and time forever and risk destroying themselves in the process; this is also why Porky practically has shrines to them and their adventure in New Pork City (he thinks he's beaten them, when really, they just stopped paying any attention to him) and why Lucas and Claus are capable of PK Love; it's the same PSI technique that Ness used, under a different name.
The unused battle sprites were from a section of the game nearly entirely removed.Dung Beetle and Tent Person look a little too much like a younger Giygas and Giygas going One-Winged Angel. Then you have the series of nightmarish battles involving Lucas and Claus entering an even more surreal series of thoughts. It was either removed because of time or it was decided that section didn't fit.
Duster is a Half-Human Hybrid.More specifically, his mother is a Mr. Saturn. His head resembles Mr. Saturns in a way, he has similar whiskers, and he gets very well along with them in Saturn Valley. His paralyzed leg might also have something to do with his unusual parentage. Since Mr. Saturns are very strange creatures, their ways of reproducing are probably completely different from ours, and Wess must have been very surprised when a Mr. Saturn he had previously met appeared at his doorstep with a baby, saying that it was their child. (This happened before the destruction of the world and the White Ship, obviously.)
The unused battle sprites have nothing to do with each other.It's been confirmed by Tomato that the unused enemies simply pull unused data from the files at random. It is entirely possible that the unused sprites are completely unconnected, or were even battle sprites in the first place.
Dr. Andonuts is Jeff.There's nothing to imply that it isn't Jeff's dad from Earthbound, obviously, but Porky is a time-traveler. He could have kidnapped Jeff as an old man, seeing it as fitting revenge for Jeff's role in the war against Giygas.
The traveling vendor guy is Ness.He sells steaks and yo-yos, after all, and looks an awful lot like Ness. Maybe he's watching after Lucas and helping from behind the scenes?
The Dragon is MimBoth are incredibly powerful and destructive godlike dragons slumbering beneath the earth. The Needles are pieces of the Crown of Horns, somehow having made their way out of Tanen Gard. To take things further, PSI is connected to the powers of the Dreaming and Kumatora is a descendant of the Harvestars.
Tanetane was a Secret Test of CharacterPorky became evil due to a combination of greed and fear, so the heroes would have to show that they couldn't be similarly corrupted. What better way to figure that out than to have them suffer hallucinations that switched between offering mind-obliterating fear and giving false hope and love from people important to them?
Mother 3 is an extended retelling of Ness's journey through Magicant, and Ness is the Dragon.Each playable character represents an aspect of Ness's identity, while NPCs reflect Ness's memories and thoughts — remember, two of the villagers looked suspiciously like Jeff and Paula.
Possibly, the Dragon is MaleforAfter all, upon summoning the dragon, he wants to destroy the world and start another one. Upon that happening, we get another world in which Lucas gets to grow up, but over time, dragons start populating the world along with some other odd creatures and soon the humans get driven into extinction, which soon leads to the creatures wanting to battle each other suddenly and lead to a lot of chaotic events. Besides (if you're wondering), Malefor can expose creatures to darkness, and possibly corrupt and transform humans into dragons if need be.
At the end of the game, Porky is mocking you.Not Lucas, not Claus, not Flint, not anyone in the party. You. He knows about the last, unknown person who prayed for the Chosen Four back in Earthbound — and he knows it was you. He suspected you would return to guide Lucas through his journey and made a point to flaunt the fact that he went back and warped the timeline to make it all meaningless. That was the reason behind the Memory Boat Ride. Hey, look, player — he has the Sky Runner, the Phase Distorter, the Helicopter, the Submarine... all unscathed. He has the Pencil Eraser — an unique item that only Ness had. He has Ness's yo-yo. He has pretty much every plot-relevant item that Ness needed on his journey to defeat Giygas... meaning that he robbed Ness of the opportunity to use them. All your hard work twelve years ago amounted to nothing. Ness still failed. And Porky made damn well sure he got the message across.
EVERYONE IN TAZMILY is a Time Lord!
If Pokey has a phase distory in the room of memoriesWhich means the characters could go back and put everyone from a different timeline in the right timeline. Or other crazy stuff. I'm running out of tinfoil.
Due to the events in Mother 3, Mother 2 was erased from the timeline and Mother 1 happened in its place.All right, kids, sit down and get comfortable. This one is complicated. In the original timeline, Claus pulled the last needle. The power of merging his own heart with the Dragon's drove his already damaged mind to insanity. Dragon-Claus began blindly calling out to Lucas, but being unable to think clearly, the pronunciation became garbled. Those that heard him thought he was screaming Giygas, and that became their name for him. Porky then manipulated Giygas into attacking Eagleland 10 years after Giygas' defeat in Mother 2, to catch Ness off guard and flaunt his inevitable victory. Porky was successful in this attack. But Lucas managed to follow Porky to Ness' home planet and place in the timeline, and aid in the battle against Porky and Giygas. When Lucas & the Chosen Four are defeated, Porky turns Lucas into a bug. Lucas manages to escape to 10 years in the past as Buzz Buzz, and is the catalyst for the events in Mother 2. However, when the player is there to aid Lucas during Mother 3, it all changes. Lucas pulls the last needle and merges with the Dragon, and Porky is locked away for eternity, meaning Giygas never came to exist — at least not the Giygas in Mother 2. Let me say here that even though Lucas is comparatively less corrupt than Claus, after the events of Tanetane Island, you can't deny that Lucas has issues. And when Lucas merged with the Dragon, the troubles in his heart were magnified a hundredfold. Lucas craved the love of a stable family. He kidnapped George and Maria (leaving behind their son, Ninten's father) and regenerated himself as baby Giegue so they could raise him. But, of course, George learned the power of PSI and tried to escape with Maria. Giegue went nuts and stole Maria back, trapping her in Magicant. He then used the reality-warping powers the Dragon gave him to threaten the Earth with an alien invasion in retaliation. It took years to manipulate the Universe in such a way, though, which is why the invasion doesn't become apparent until Ninten starts off his adventure.
Salsa and the Girl-Monkey are Ness and PaulaWe never see any other monkeys on the Nowhere Islands, only those two. Porky had his scientists use their chimera technology to transplant Ness and Paula's brains into monkey bodies, and also inhibited their PSI abilities. To torment Ness, Porky gave Ness to his right hand man, Fassad, as a pet and had Fassad make sure to use Ness as a tool to warp the people from Tazmily Village.
Flint searched the mountains because he was afraid for ClausFlint may have been ready to give up searching, when he saw the Chimeras made by the Pork Army. Fearing for Claus (since the Pigmasks have shown themselves as completely immoral), he continued searching, in the hope that Claus wasn't found by the Pigmasks.
By pulling the seven needles, Lucas caused Third Impact.Or maybe it's the fourth.
Heaven and Earth were merged in the end.Lucas wished that all the people who died during the course of the game would be resurrected, and that no people would ever become evil again. The Dragon couldn't do that, so it merged Heaven and Earth instead. This way, everyone who was dead could be with the living and the goodness of Heaven would stop all evil. Alternative theory: Heaven and Earth were merged because Lucas was alive and Claus was dead. The Dragon had to grant the wishes of two people, one in Heaven and one on Earth, therefore it merged Heaven and Earth so it could grant both wishes.
Everyone dies in the end.Lucas was in a bad mood after Claus's death and wished that everyone would die so they could all exist in peace in Heaven. Think about it: The world was destroyed at the end, even though Lucas (who was supposedly good) pulled most of the needles. We then see that everyone is "fine", and then we see a cast roll in which all of the characters of the game, dead or alive, appear.
The Dragon is or was originally going to be GiygasSimply stated, Giygas and Love are the two recurring themes of the Mother series. As evil, destructive, and devastating as Giygas is, he's the being that implies that even going beyond the Moral Event Horizon isn't completely permanent. That there is Moral Hawking Radiation, and in this series it is love. Love that burns Giygas in the first two games. The first two games revolved around the idea of a mother's love and its impact on the adopted son, Giygas, as a side story. The unused sprites may be pulled from random files, but the sprites of Giygas like beings exist. One golden and angelic. One with a large X scar like a lobotomy. Good, evil. A loving Giygas and the anthromorphing of the Earthbound Giygas who effectively removed part of himself to avoid "love". My hypothesis is two fold. 1) Either Giygas was meant to have a big/stated role, but either time/theme change nipped that in the bud. 2) All the elements are still there, but it was decided not to expand upon it. 1) means the Dragon usurped Giygas' role entirely. 2) All of Nowhere Islands is a battle between the Giygas who loved Maria as a mother and the evil Giygas. The good and the dark dragon.
"Princess" Kumatora is a boy."She" was given to Magypsies to raise her. The Magypsies are a race of crossdressers. Who's to say Kumatora isn't just a boy in girlish clothes? As far as I remember, there isn't any romance between her and any other characters.
Flint is Chuck Norris
Lucas is Shinji dreaming after End of EvangelionOne of the major themes of both endings of Neon Genesis Evangelion was the "fantasy within reality" (or reality within fantasy?) that fits the backstory of everybody in Tazmily. After everybody in the world was assimilated into one being (and subsequently separated again), they were given the choice of living in eternal bliss, or waking up and facing the real world. The residents of Tazmily shared a similar desire to create the Nowhere Islands as an ideal place to live out their lives, but it ended up slowly reflecting the psyches of their past selves. Lucas (Shinji), in particular, was able to create a loving father figure and rid the world of the Eldritch Abomination technology of 2015 that he was forced to use, but was unable to undo the psychological torment wrought by his mother's untimely death and the murder of Kaworu, who manifests himself as Claus. The Magypsies are seven of the Eva Series featured in End of Evangelion who are keeping EVA 01 sealed in the earth with seven copies of the Lance of Longinus. Asuka might be incarnated as Kumatora; Duster's identity is a mystery to this troper. Pokey is the manifestation of everything Shinji hated about himself. Eventually, the abominable technology of Tokyo-3 manifests itself after Pokey invades; souls of living creatures are once again used to power machines, though they are badly synchronized with each other this time around. PSI energy shares its roots with the AT field. When Lucas murders Claus again and pulls the final needle, EVA 01 is released, the Fourth Impact wipes out the Nowhere Islands, and everybody wakes up just in time for Shinji to break down right at the last few minutes of End of Evangelion.
Flint is Ness and Claus is GiygasWhen Claus's heart joins with the dragon's along with Lucas's, the immense power surge may have messed him up further, and turning him into a godlike deity at the same time. While Lucas wished for all the good stuff, Claus may have wished to be able to be loved and have a family again, but his wish was corrupted by his unstable mind. He goes back in time as Giygas and is found by George and Maria, who become his parents, while he loses most vestiges of his past personality through Mother 1's plot, probably having absorbed part of Porky's personality due to the brainwashing, but still wishing deep in his mind to be reunited with his family again. As he's defeated in Mother 1, he carries on with Porky's wishes to rule/destroy the universe, eventually contacting with Ness-era Porky, effectively slowly turning him into what future Porky is like. Ness, a boy from Onett capable of using PSI like Ninten, goes on to beat Giygas, but fails to defeat Porky, whom he gets the letter from in the end of Earthbound and chases after again. Porky, realizing the chase will never end and that he can't beat Ness and his friends, somehow brainwashes them, and in sadistic glee, throw them in the reality he plans to settle in so they can suffer when his plans come into being. Without Ness and the others to protect their original reality, Porky raids it and collects souvenirs from it. Ness goes on in his new partly brainwashed self, and fathers Lucas and Claus. All of this insane babble would explain a few things such as:
Salsa is the Bubble MonkeyWe can assume that Porky's forces went to Winters to take Dr. Andonuts, so it's entirely possible that the Bubble Monkey was taken. Salsa doesn't seem to have any original home on the Nowhere Islands, so it's likely that he was brought in from another time period by the Pigmasks.
The entire MOTHER series is in a Stable Time Loop
Tessie is Hinawa's sister.She acts rather motherly towards Claus and Lucas after Hinawa's death, and they do look incredibly similar.
Lucas and The Masked Man sense each other when the other nears by, and are flooded by memories of their childhood
The "Mother" in the title is referring to HinawaSorta out of Fridge Logic from my part. I was thinking about how usually the name of a series has something to do with what or who it is about. But the name "Mother" doesn't seem like it has anything to do with the game. That's when it hit me. Hinawa is Lucas and Claus' mother. She plays an important part in the story and the final boss. Likewise, the "Mother" part in the other games are possibly referring to Maria as she is Giegue/Giygas' "mother".
Flint is Ness' younger brother.Bear with me, okay? In the first Mother game, there were two Franklin badges that both were given to Ninten. In the second game, Ness has one of the two. I'm assuming that Ninten is Ness' father and that PSI runs in the family. But my next theory is that Flint was born after Earthbound, and he got the other Franklin badge, which became the Courage Badge. Frankly, it's the only way to explain why he has a Franklin badge.
The Dark Dragon is actually the Pokémon Giratina.Giratina was banished from the Pokémon world and found its way to the Nowhere Islands, where it caused chaos. To stop it, the Magypsy ancestors sealed Giratina away using the seven needles. Additionally, Giratina has the power to travel through dimensions/worlds, allowing the Pokémon to remake or destroy the world it is in, depending on the hearts of the people it has been exposed to. It would do this by transporting objects from one world to another, and if the Pokémon was going to destroy it, everything would be cast into the Distortion World, including the Nowhere Islands.
The Dark Dragon was in all three games, as a deity/god for Giygas' peopleWe all know his appearance and purpose in Mother 3. But what about the first two? In MOTHER, the dragon you fight is either a weaker form of the Dark Dragon or a dream version of him. If it was a dream version, than it's possible Giygas told Maria about the Dark Dragon, a legendary god for his people. In Earthbound, The Bags of Dragonite are bags of ground up rocks powered by the Dark Dragon's energy for thousands of years, kind of like the way sedimentary and ingeous rocks slowly become metamorphic rocks in Real Life, hence their rarity, or because they were all harvested under orders of Giygas. It's also entirely possible that Giygas got his power through feeding off the Dragon, or the Dragonite.
Mother 3 is actually meant as a giant metaphor for mortality in John Donne's sense of the wordIt's really not as absurd as it seems. There are two extremely obvious references to John Donne's Meditation 10. The first one is Leder, who rings the bell to remind the villagers about what happened to the previous world. There is also the island, which could be a direct reference to the part where Donne says "no man is an island". Note that Itoi normally never puts in a reference that is accidental and there are several plot points that are comparable to ones in the same meditation.
Flint was originally supposed to accompany you up the Empire Porky Building, instead of Duster.
The recreated world becomes the world of Pokémon, and Porky is currently the CEO of Sylph Co.Millennia after the world is recreated, the Absolutely Safe Capsule is discovered in an expedition funded by a fledgling Sylph Co. After extensive research, psychic Pokémon were used to communicate with Porky, who over the course of a few months, worked out how to escape the capsule by teleporting him out of the capsule using a psychic Pokémon. Porky quickly rose near the top of the corporation after he used his intimate knowledge of the ASC and space-time altering technology to invent the modern Pokéball. When the CEO of Sylph Co retired, Porky quietly filled his position. The current culture of forcibly capturing and battling Pokémon is his latest attempt at destroying a world, a plot that contains his usual MO of animal abuse, consumerism, and subtle cultural transformation. Porky also harbored the spirit of the destroyed Giygas. In an attempt to make a familiar vessel for Giygas to reclaim, Mewtwo was created. Giygas attempted to possess Mewtwo's body, but was ultimately denied access due to his atrophied state. Without a vessel, but stable enough to exist outside of a body now, Giygas settled down in the waters east of Cinnabar Island for a while, but has since disappeared.
The Ultimate Chimera actually isn't so bad.It is a playful and misunderstood creature at heart, albeit a bit clumsy and with an unfortunate appearance. Also, it absolutely loves greasy junk food. This is also the sole reason it chases you and the other guys in the Chimera Lab. Since you are dressed like Pigmasks, it rightfully assumes you are carrying Bags of Pork Chips with you (note how it is implied that Salsa freed the Chimera, yet there is no sign of it attacking him). It gleefully runs up to you to snatch the snack, but accidentally rips you to shreds while doing so. The next time you meet the Ultimate Chimera, it has become a valuable member of society and applied for a job at the Empire Pork Building (note how there is no damage caused by the chimera anywhere). However, you run into it in the most unfortunate moment, while it is using the bathroom. Deeply embarrassed by that encounter (it blushes, but you can't see it because it's red), the Ultimate Chimera impulsively runs after you to talk to you about what just happened. When it catches up with you and starts apologizing, though, it involuntarily bites your head off (it's hard to not injure people when talking with such big and uncontrollable jaws). So yeah, it's all just a big misunderstanding and you call the Ultimate Chimera a scary monster! You Bastard!
The doorknob is a metaphor for happiness.Allow me to expand upon something that was mentioned somewhere above here. Shortly after the doorknob is accidentally pulled off the door, Flint goes through a Deus Angst Machina. And then it gets worse for Tazmily Village. Later, in the third and eighth chapters, respectively, the main character finds the doorknob, but loses it almost immediately afterwards. It is interesting to note that both main characters that you are in control of at those times are major woobies. The appearance of the doorknob at the end of the cast roll represents the fact that there is finally happiness in the world.
This game is a "sequel" to WALL•E, unofficially.The backstory of Mother 3 involves the end of the world occurring, and only a small amount of humans and animals are able to survive by taking a "white ship" to the Nowhere Islands, which is still habitable due to a magical dragon slumbering beneath it. The white ship is, of course, the Axiom (this means that not ALL humans made it to the cruise and some were sadly left behind), and the reason that humanity spends 700 years there without finding out that Earth is still habitable is because they don't send a probe to the Nowhere Island until Wall-E gives EVE the plant. Wall-E had already been living on the Nowhere Island, which could explain why he is presumably the only Wall-E left active. Anyway, after the humans come back to Earth, their memories are erased because of their wish to not harm the Earth anymore with technology, the robots all find some place separate from humans to live, and the society of the Nowhere Islands and Tazmily village as seen in Mother 3 is set up, and within a few generations, people learn how to stay in shape.
When Lucas pulled the final Needle, he triggered a Reset Button. It's the only explanation for everybody talking casually to Lucas in the dark, and the final picture in the credits showing Hinawa releasing the carrier pigeon like in the beginning of the game.
(from a legend in B/W) "Reshiram and Zekrom were originally one Pokemon. Twin heroes formed a new country together with the dragon where humans and Pokemon could live together. But one day the brothers began to fight over the direction that the country should move in. The dragon began to fight along with them, and its body split in two, Reshiram siding with the older brother and Zekrom with the younger. The two dragons would battle each other until Isshu was destroyed, so they were put to sleep."
The Courage Badge is what happens when the Franklin Badge gets hit by lightning one too many timesIt's black in the pictures after all. zombie dog, cyborg mole, and an Energy Being
The planet Captain Olimar lands on in Pikmin is the same one that was "destroyed" in Mother 3.Moved this from "Grand Unifying Guesses" since only two games are involved. Get ready for a Wall of Text. Let's start from the beginning. In Mother 3, Porky corrupts the Nowhere Islands and creates a capitalist dictatorship (monarchy?) metropolis for giggles, and screws around with genetic engineering to create biological (see page image/quote) and mechanical chimeras. At some point, the needles are pulled, and the Dragon destroys the entire world in a fiery apocalypse. ...Or does it? Seeing how deliberately ambiguous the ending is about the fate of the people of Nowhere, it's even more ambiguous as to what happened to the planet that was "destroyed" (though it's obvious that at the very least, the landscape was annihilated). Let's say for the purpose of this theory that the characters have all either a) died and are conversing in the afterlife at the end of the game, or b) been rescued by the Dragon/another "White Ship" to start anew on yet another world/planet/plane of existence/whatever. So what's left of the wreckage? Perhaps some ruins, some inconsequential artifacts, and some creatures with cockroach-like endurance. Nature makes do with what's left, and a whole new ecosystem forms from the wreckage. New species evolve, and everything is more or less in a state of balance- albeit with undertones of what havoc that Porky has wreaked on nature. Now let's look at some defining factors of Pikmin. Many have speculated that, due to the familiar human artifacts but foreign animals, Pikmin takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth. (See the Pikmin WMG page for more details, I don't want to waste too much time on that.) Among these strange creatures are bizarre fusions of existing species (Snagrets, Skitterleaves, the Pikmin themselves) and even cyborg-like things that should have no reason to exist in nature (Man-At-Legs, the Gatling Groink). What's more, when these creatures are killed (and this is what lead me to actually think at length about this), you see the big pink ghostly thing in this image◊ (my apologies, this was the best picture I could find). If this image looks familiar, that's◊ probably◊ because◊ it◊ is.◊ Of course, maybe I'm just pondering too much about the fact that Mother 3 and Pikmin both have bird-snake enemies.
The world wasn't destroyed..Well, not all of it. In fact, there wasn't an apocalypse at all. Porky committed some serious crimes in Earthbound and is probably wanted by the national law enforcement agency in Eagleland. The only problem is that he's in the future on a distant island. So what do they do? Turn said island into a trap. They took a nuclear warhead, miles of cable, and some sort of power source to convert Nowhere Island into a doomsday device. Of course, they needed a way to stop it from being detonated prematurely. So they took seven crystals and started a rumor about the world ending soon...
Porky is Bi.That's why he has an Oxgen machine in his harem in the Empire Porky Building.
Lucas' family name is LockeFlint and Hinawa's names have a common theme, guns. The flintlocke and matchlocke guns, respectively.
Claus was the original protagonist, and Lucas was the twin who went after the DragosClaus is waaaay too 'hero-y' to be a false lead. Therefore, this is what happened: Lucas, ashamed of his own cowardice, goes after the Dragos to avenge their mother. Nothing really changes from the plot of MOTHER 3, besides the fact that it was Claus undertaking the journey and Lucas who went missing. But we all know what happens next. So Lucas is taken away, and presumed for dead. Claus goes around, eventually pulling the Needles. Confrontations, battle, blah blah blah... all up to the final battle. Claus, being the hero he is (because we all know that heroes have massive Guilt Problems), feels entirely responsible for Lucas' death, and how he should have stopped Lucas all those years ago. He goes to pull the final Needle, but with Lucas' death fresh in his mind, all he can think is that it should've been him. Cue Dark Dragon granting that unintentional wish, which leads to time being rewound and MOTHER 3 happening instead. Since Lucas wasn't the orginal hero, he was able to go through Character Developement and become stronger, both in mind and body, which led to him having the strength to pull the Needle and wishing the world as a better place.
Ness is the DragonOr rather, Ness's spirit and powers, which took the form of a dragon after he died. That pulling the Needles activvates some of the Melodies again, with the Eigth one being in his soul.
The ending credits are canon. Everybody Lives.The world is put back to how it should be, and everyone who was killed is brought back as of the end of the game. Because, darnit, it deserves to be true.
The whole game is similar to Mao Zedong's rise to power.That's right. The game is like the rise of Communism in China. The game starts out in the rural town of Tazmily, where everyone lives a simple life and farms, just like China. Someone came to revolutionize their world and that person was Porky Minch from Earthbound. The details of the revolution are loose in the game when compared to Real Life because it's somewhat of a parody, but it has very major parts of the Communist revolution in China. It has the Great Leap Forward and even mimics the body of Mao Zedong represented by Porky in his bed mecha. Now Porky wasn't a communist, but that's another issue.
Lucas is named after Lucas from The Wizard.The protagonists from the other games have Nintendo related names: Ness after the NES and Ninten after Nintendo. Where does Lucas come from then? From the Nitendo based movie of course,
In our universe, Porky was named [[Sonichu Christian Weston Chandler.]] Just compare the two's personality: they're fat, insane manchildren who refuse to grow up. They start as major brats, only becoming worse and more deluded. CW Cville is as much an Egopolis as New Pork City, and their leaders end up obsessing with their happier past(Porky has numerous references to Earthbound, and CW Cville is based on Chris' childhood love of Sonic and Pikachu). They do terrible things because nobody is friends with them, though they are entirely at fault for this. Even their ages connect: Chris-Chan was 13 when he could've started to play Earthbound, which is the same as Porky's age then. The difference is that while Chris-Chan never obtained power and hopefully never will, Porky did.
The spread of psychic abilities caused the end of the world.Let's say, at the time of the first MOTHER game, there were a few dozen people in the world with psychic powers, thanks to George. Judging by the flashback in Earthbound, psychic powers are manifested at birth/in utero, so we can assume that they are passed down from parent to offspring. Furthermore, we can assume that psychic powers can be learned, based on Poo learning Starstorm and such. So, after the events of Earthbound, the number of people with psychic powers steadily grew. Now, you have a large population of people who can manipulate matter, start fires, read minds, conjure lightning, you name it, all with their minds. Now, let's say those people got a little testy. Let's say society turned against them, or they turned against society after feeling a little superior. Let's say a war broke out...
It wasn't Lucas or Claus's heart that was passed onto the dragon. It was yours.What did the Magypsies say would happen when the needles were pulled? Whoever pulled them could make the world again in a reflection of their own heart. What happened when the final needle was pulled? We don't know. It depended on the heart of whoever pulled it. No, I'm not talking about Lucas. I'm talking about you. The player. Your headcanon about what happened during the end? That's the heart that was passed onto the dragon. That, in your playing of the game, is what happened. Shigisato Itoi has stated designed the game, and by extension, the ending, to be a sort of mirror, to show what the heart of the person playing it is like. And he did just that. So, what heart did you pass on to the dragon when you played the game?
The Dark Dragon is the Nowhere Islands.Seems pretty obvious from a few things:
The Dark Dragon is Giygas.So here's the timeline:
The beginning of Mother 3 is based on John Lennon's song "Imagine".Think about it, the concept of Nowhere Islands (At first) sounds like the lyrics in Imagine. There are no more countries. There is no more greed or possessions. Everyone knows one another and are willing to help each other; They have become a brotherhood of man. Everyone is living life in peace. The world is finally living as one. Just look at the lyrics and tell me you didn't think of Mother 3 (Or, at least the beginning of it before Hinawa dies and everything falls apart). To support this theory, Shigisato Itoi is a fan of The Beatles and his favorite Beatle is John Lennon. He even named the series after one of his songs.
The Photograph Man from EarthBound is a Chimera made by Porky.This would explain how he got all those pictures for the theater, they were ones the Photograph Man took in secret. This would be sometime before Porky was shut out from all the times and plains of existence aside from Nowhere Islands. And him being a Chimera would explain his ability to fly.
Itoi mentions somewhere that the original ending to the game would have betrayed the player in some way.What if that was to be taken directly? One of the unused boss background things is Lucas and Claus. Maybe Lucas becomes aware of and decides to blame YOU, the player, for the events of the story, and turns on you during the battle. There are plenty of ways it could go from there, none of them good. I always thought that the use of the player's name at the end felt kinda tacked on, too...what if this was the original plan for it, but it was scrapped?
Porky has Antisocial Personality Disorder.Honestly, this is barely speculation. Just take a look at the symptoms: