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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Rugrats
The babies don't actually know Susie that well
Susie was the new little girl who moves into town with her parents and siblings, but her parents don't let her go over the Pickles house to play with the babies/Angelica, because they don't want her around white people. The babies, unsure of what this girl is like, imagine playing with her from time to time (this is why Susie appears less than the other rugrats). The babies also imagine her as the one who protects them from Angelica. Why does Angelica imagine her too? Because from what little Angelica has seen of Susie from across the street, she realizes that Susie is everything Angelica is not. Thus she imagines her as a rival, because of her conscious.

In All Grown Up, Susie's parents are less racists and now allow Susie to interact with the kids/Angelica (She IS going to school with them anyway). This is why Susie has a larger role in All Grown Up, because she finally gets to interact for real with the babies/kids and Angelica.

Reptar is a double parody of Godzilla and Gamera
Like Gamera, Reptar started out as your standard issue Kaiju; going on a ramapage, destroying buildings, that kind of stuff. The end of "Reptar 2010" is even him being sent to outer space in a rocket ship with humanity bearing no ill will against him, similar to the ending of the first Gamera film.

Reptar parodies how Gamera became a Lighter and Softer Friend to All Children. He gets his own ice show, a Disneyland-style theme park, and all kinds of kid friendly merchandise the parents buy for the kids with little trepidation. Grandpa even intends to show Tommy and Chuckie "Reptar Come Home."

The show doesn't have a floating timeline, the babies just don't have a sense of time
The show actually takes place over about two years. Why don't we see the babies age a bit? Why does it feel like the show takes place over the same year? This is all because the show is told through the babies eyes and obviously they don't have a clear sense of time passing around them.

This also explains Didi's pregnancy. Didi has been pregnant since the show started. The babies just didn't realize it, because why would they? They're babies! Dil's birth indicates that nine months have passed between the first episode and the first Rugrats movie. The episodes following Dil's birth up until Rugrats In Paris represent 3 months, thus completing an entire year. Thus, Rugrats In Paris until the show's end represents one year as well.

Angelica is a younger Sue Slyvester

Brain damaged adults can understand babies in the Rugrats-universe
Judging by the episode where Stu hit his head and thought he was a baby.

Stu Pickles worked for or was an engineer of an R&D Department of a military branch
How else could he have got the funding for let alone the technology to make toys that had thermal sensors?!
  • Not really, you can buy thermistors ten a penny (well not literally, but they are cheap) from any electronics hobbyist shop. Infra-red cameras are surprisingly cheap as well.
    • Can you get materials for hover technology from any electronics hobbyist shop? Sure we can manage drones with fans, but that hover-rama made a strange UFO sound when it lifted off.

Barney is real
Chuckie's supposedly imaginary friend from the episode "My Friend Barney" really was an invisible boy who lived in a castle and went to "prisom" because he didn't eat his vegetables.

Didi is half-adopted.
That is, one of her parents is her step-parent who adopted her after marrying her biological parent. Her younger brother Ben who appeared in two episodes is explicitly stated to be her half-brother. Additionally, while Ben resembles both Boris and Minka, Didi's thin frame and small facial features are nothing like the rest of her family. Because she shares curly hair and a need for glasses with Minka, it's probably Boris who is the step-parent.
  • On the other hand, Boris does look a lot like his younger grandson. So it's possible that Minka is the adoptive parent, but by complete coincidence shares near-sightedness and curly hair with Didi's biological mother.

THIS is the word Angelica kept using in the Miss Carol episode.
It fits into "[Miss Carol] thinks we're all little _____!!" and, well, the other curse words just don't seem strong enough for Angelica's parents to be so shocked as to not even tolerate her ignorance of what word it is, or even to want to think about it. Also Rule of Funny.
  • I always thought it was this one, because it fits the covering noises better and it's the most commonly used of the main curse words.
    • Since it was in reference to the kids "Little...." it was probably either Little Cunts or Little Shits
    • Now that I'm a grown up, I agree that it was definitely... well, as Didi said, ewww. When Angelica asks Drew and Charlotte what it means, they refuse to tell her. If it was "Shits", they could have said, "It's a nasty grown up word for poop." But explaining the other one to a three year old? They couldn't even tell her where babies come from in the stork episode.
      • If that's the case, then I'm calling Fridge Brilliance, because that's the perfect explanation for why they couldn't explain it.
      • Have to disagree here since a sharp-eyed viewer can clearly see Angelica start to make the 'f' sound before the camera cuts away from her when she's onstage. It's short but it's there and in no way looks like she's starting to say...yeah.

Rugrats are the characters from Kill Bill as children.
  • Think about it for a minute. Angelica is The Bride, Suzie Carmichael is Copperhead, Lil is Elle Driver, Kimmi is Oren Ishii, Tommy is Budd, and Dil is Bill. Angelica's crazy as it is, Kimmi's Asian and not from the US, Suzie's black, Lil at the beginning of the series was the only other female peer, and Tommy and Dil are brothers.
    • The crazy 88 are the Mr. Friend dolls.

Charlotte had an abortion in the episode "Angelica's Worst Nightmare."
Just from the way she says "Mommy went to the doctor this morning, and... she's not going to have a baby after all." She also got a lot of pressure and Angelica begging for her to not have the baby, and why would the doctor just think she was pregnant when she wasn't (unless it was the same one that thought Angelica "Peaches" broke her leg...)? Also Rule Of Dude, Not Funny!.
  • She could have just had a miscarriage, you know.
  • Maybe Angelica wasn't the only one dreaming about "Baby Damien"; that is one scary kid!
  • Wasn't that Charlotte's first trip to the doctor since taking a home pregnancy test? I always just figured she'd gotten a false positive on the home test.
    • False positives on home pregnancy tests are pretty uncommon. Though, given the target audience, they're probably much more likely to imply that's what happened.
    • Actually, there are a few reasons you could get a false positive, such as letting it sit too well (like out of nerves), a faulty pregnancy test or even something like a chemical pregnancy.
      • Not only that, the pregnancy test looked a bit fantastical. (Unless that was some common home pregnancy test in the 90s.) But still, I can attest to that, especially the whole faulty pregnancy test as mentioned below it's possible that Charlotte misread the instructions so "blue" meant "not pregnant" or "Tainted sample - please try again". I can also attest to how faulty pregnancy tests can give a false positive - when my mom gave a drug test sample at work, they were quite amused at how she was not only pregnant in her 50s but had a hysterectomy in the past two years.
  • It's possible it wasn't an abortion, but this is made even more plausible when Charlotte and Drew are discussing finances, and Drew expresses concern.
  • Charlotte's line, "When the baby comes, it comes," is a strong pro-life sentiment. Miscarriage makes way more sense than abortion.
  • It's highly unlikely that a three-year-old, even a spoiled rotten one like Angelica, could put enough pressure on her parents to abort a baby that they both clearly wanted, especially considering the behavior of some of the real-life three-year-olds you see on shows like Supernanny. Depending on how long Charlotte had been pregnant, it's more likely she miscarried (watch Drew squeeze her hand at the end). Or, she could have misread the test instructions (as in, blue means "not pregnant," but she misread it as "pregnant."
    • One darker theory I heard coincides with this - The reason that Angelica's so spoiled is because she's a "miracle baby" - Drew and Charlotte had struggles with infertility, and the thought that Charlotte could be pregnant a second time is why they're so ecstatic, but she had a miscarriage early, and that's why she was so sad. (Charlotte probably has a lot of stress in her life and stress can cause a miscarriage in the first trimester. No idea about her caffeine consumption, but excessive caffeine consumption can also cause miscarriages.)

Dill was originally intended to have some form of mental retardation.
In the first movie, after he's born, all the newborn babies in the hospital are, like the Rugrats, able to talk to each other. Dill does not speak at first, and then barely ever communicates anything to the other babies for the rest of the series. He's a baby even to the babies. The All Grown Up series issued a Retcon, making Dill just "weird" instead of mentally disabled.
  • Also, this is sort of canon, considering the line in one episode of All Grown Up! where Lil said something along the lines of "I wonder what Dil would be like if we hadn't dropped him on his head" while Tommy was spying on them with his digital camera ( It Makes Sense in Context )

The babies in Rugrats don't exist and are products of Angelica's imagination because her mother ignores her and her relationship with her father is shallow and parasitic.
In reality, Chuckie died along with his mother, which is why Chaz is such a nervous wreck. Tommy was stillborn which causes Stu to sit in the basement making toys for his son that never had a chance to live, and the DeVilles had an abortion. Angelica couldn't decide whether the unborn child would be male or female and thus simply invented the same character in her head twice with different genders.

  • This makes a lot of sense if you consider the insane adventures that the babies have, mostly when Angelica's not around—they do things that would kill any normal baby, and their parents never notice they've gone missing. Imagine that the babies are toys Angelica plays with when she's at her aunt and uncle's, and when she's not there she's imagining them having crazy adventures. When she is there, she's mostly in charge of the situation.
  • Also, Doctor Lipschitz and the psychiatrist the family visits in "Mama Trauma" are actually specialists helping Didi deal with the loss of her child, rather than a child pyschologist. After all, a woman who is so obsessed with her child's actions that she would drag him to a shrink doesn't seem likely to let that same child wander out of her sight constantly.
  • Although the Mother's Day episode implies that Chuckie's mother died of an unexplained terminal illness which doesn't explain how Chuckie died with her. It could have been a hereditary illness which was passed on to Chuckie but that's fairly unlikely.
  • Angelica's manifestation of white guilt: Susie, the first black Rugrat, is, more or less, the exact opposite of Angelica.
    • Alternatively, it's possible to read Angelica as a tragic figure in the grip of the dark feminine power, while Susie can be explained as the 'light alter ego' that Angelica doesn't consciously know she's lost access to. To Angelica, Susie is the kind of girl she imagines she'd be if she actually had the love and support of her family - while Angelica controls the imaginary Rugrats and attempts to dominate them, Susie is what Angelica might have been if she'd had the chance to love and be loved instead of immersing herself in make-believe.
    • Damn it...
    • Where do Dil and Kimi fit in?
      • I read somewhere that Dil and Kimi exist, but not as you'd think. Shortly after being brought home from the hospital, Dil suffered head trauma thanks to Angelica (won't go into detail here) and is slow as a result. Kira either lost custody of Kimi to her ex-husband during their divorce, or Kira was a prostitute, and Kimi was taken away by Child Services.
  • sorry to be a jerk but I need to ask if that was true than why can the Rugrats be seen without Angelica?
  • No, Tommy's obviously the main character of the show. If anything,
  • What if the infamous "Rugrats Theory" was all just a dream?
  • If this is true then how come, in most episodes, the parents are seen interacting with their children?
Tommy's the only real Rugrat. The others are imaginary.
  • In psychological terms, Angelica is Tommy's id, Chuckie is Tommy's ego, and Susie is Tommy's superego. Phil and Lil represent Tommy's gender confusion, since he doesn't really have any Tertiary Sexual Characteristics and is too young for a sexuality. Dil is Tommy's inner child, his desire to be innocent and 'normal'. Kimi is his desire for real friend, shaped by Kira's appearance. The parents are just friends of Tommy's parents and any mention or talking to any other rugrats is imagined by Tommy, as are any adventures without Tommy. Tommy's just a lonely kid with loony parents.

Tommy is Jean-Luc Picard
During the events of the episode "Toy Palace" (Where Tommy and Chuckie are locked inside a toy store after hours), the series forks into two Alternate Universes; one where both Tommy and Chuckie are reunited with their dads, and one where only Chuckie is, as Tommy stumbles into the fully functional toy time machine and is sent forward in time to several years after the events of Star Trek: The Original Series; where he's taken into the care of a new family, takes on a new name given, and grows up to be the captain of the Enterprise-D.

The Rugrats really were taken aboard an alien spacecraft.
At the end of the episode, the younger characters were shown to be in bed when Angelica was on a desert planet. This could also explain the show's declining quality because all episodes after that are the increasingly incoherent fantasies of a three-year-old who is slowly dying of dehydration.

The parents of the title characters initially had the same dynamic as their kids when they were babies.
I was just thinking about it and realized that you can distinctly see the relationship between the adults too. It could make a lot of sense if they all were just sort of the same dynamic when they were younger even if the roles don't plot out perfectly to their children so the Rugrats themselves are sort of like a repeat generation with these roles;

  • Tommy-Betty
  • Chuckie-Chaz
  • Phil and Lil-Stu and Drew

The only problem I run into is that I can't find an Angelica in the parents' group.

Tommy is a Time Lord.
Really? Nobody's suggested this before? He even has his own screwdriver!
  • THE PLAY PEN IS HIS TARDIS!
  • Natch.

All Growed Up is different from All Grown Up! because that's how the babies wanted to be when they grew up
They explains the plot differences, voice differences, and personality differences. We don't always grow up the way we wanted to.
  • Yup, this one seems pretty flawless. All Growed Up is clearly a fantasy sequence seeing as it ends with them all as babies again. All Grown Up has several differences and there's nothing to indicate that we're not really in the future this time round.

Stu occasionaly sells some of his inventions
To A.C.M.E. It would wrap up nicely why, with his crap job, they still live like rich middle class. One customer though.

Charlotte is having an affair with Jonathan
And Angelica's biological father is Jonathan, not Drew. Drew is completely aware of this because he has never consummated his marriage and Charlotte is a beard. Drew is gay after all.

Grandpa Lou holds the Democratic Party responsible for his wife's death
In the episode where Tommy is kidnapped, Lou is reading the newspaper and angrily blurts out "Dad-burned Democrats". In a later episode which deals with Stu and Drew as kids, Lou casually mentions their mother was away working on the Presidential campaign of Estes Kefauver, a Democrat who ran in the primaries against Adlai Stevenson. One can easily assume that his wife was a stressed out, politically active Democrat. Since we have no timeline for her death, it can reasonably be assumed that her death could have been caused by stress induced heart trouble. Grandpa Lou then transferred his anger over her untimely death to the Democrats.

The Babies are actually Aliens... the Nhar-Gh'ok from Invader Zim in fact
This can explain how Tommy and the others can talk. Plus it was confirmed by the writers of Invader Zim that originally, Tommy Pickles was going to be one of the alien babies from the episode "Plague of Babies" but was removed for obvious reasons, but this could be the one possible explanation of how the babies are capable of talking and why they must keep it a secret from the adults.

The episode "Brothers Grimm" was a dream/apprehensive fantasy sequence by the 'Rats
That would explain the wide tonal shift in this episode, not to mention a compressed vice that was not even hinted at before, as well as the Family Guy-esque throwaway gags such as Stu breaking his back molars from clenching his jaw from stress, which is treated with much less seriousness than the show would normally have done (that's assuming that his teeth aren't fake, as a fic I read somewhere posits that he knocked out most of his teeth in an inventing accident, although it was just a fanfic), and Didi finishing that house cozy, seriously, a house cozy, that covers the whole house. Additionally, the tree house that they build, which is kept at the end of the episode, is pointedly gone in subsequent episodes. This show always seemed to me to have at least a King of the Hill level of realism, taking the old series largely in broad strokes, and this episode just seems out of place and is the only episode that suffers from Fanon Discontinuity for this troper.

Tommy can speak a little
In early episodes, like the baseball one, I noticed he talked around grown-ups but it didn't sound like usual. It sounded more childish and babbling. I figure Tommy can speak words but he can't speak sentences.

The series takes place during the early 90s
I'd say around 1991 or 1992. Unlike other series it didn't have a floating timeline. It stayed where it was set, like Pepper Ann. There are little to no things in the show that would be odd in the early 90s.. The sequel supports this by being set ten years in the future but seemingly being set in the early 2000s.
  • Jossed. In Rugrats in Paris Stu mentions that it's a new century and it features songs from the late 90s, early 2000s. He even sets Chuckie's dad up on an internet dating site. In a Freeze-Frame Bonus in the passport montage, it shows that they were issued in the year 2000. Charlotte's cell phones evolve into ones from the year the episode was produced as the series go on, i.e. a brick sized one in the early 1990s, a flip phone with an antenna in the late 90s, etc. All Grown Up! may be a Time Skip or take place in the late 2000s.

Grandpa Pickles is narcoleptic.
It explains why he falls asleep at the drop of a hat. He's a victim of narcolepsy, though it's a mild case since most of the time he's functional.
  • Actually, that's just part of being old. Granted... he does all asleep a little too quickly.

Chuckie has Asperger's Syndrome.
This explains why he's more timid than the other babies and he does have a tendency to organize his things in the episode where Tommy stays for the weekend.
  • Possibly less noticeable in his baby days, since a lot of the traits, such as his unusual fears and attachment to comfort object Wawa, could be explained as a two-year-old being a two-year-old. However, this theory becomes more plausible in All Grown Up, when Chuckie is 12. His highly specialized interests in/obsessions with Armadillo Dave and Yu-Gotta-Go cards provide evidence, as does his increased social awkwardness, especially around girls. He also doesn't seem to have lost some of those unusual childhood fears.

Tommy's Uncle Ben is the product of an affair.
Minka might've been "the most beautiful girl in the whole village" but that didn't stop Boris from sticking his spoon in someone's else borsch if you catch my drift. Boris has a fling and years later Ben shows up on the doorstep. "My mother confessed on her deathbed that you're my father." One blood test later and "OH BORIS!" Minka of course doesn't divorce him for any number of reasons (Divorce isn't acceptable to her generation, she doesn't want to throw away a lifetime together, etc.) and eventually forgives him. It would explain why Ben hardly ever shows up and another way how he could be Didi's younger half-brother.

Chaz and Chuckie are related to Muriel Finster of Recess.
  • Well, that explains a lot. If they're related to someone like that, no wonder Chaz is a neurotic wreck and Chuckie is scared of everything from the dark to oatmeal. It's also possible that Muriel is Chaz's father's sister or other relative. Notice that Chaz's dad is sort of a tough guy who doesn't buy into child psychology (see "Finsterella" and "The Family Tree.") Why? Because he and Muriel grew up like that, of course.

The Dummi Bears only appeals to the more adults characters and the babies hate them.
It's shown throughout the series that the adults are rabid-fans of the Dummi Bears cartoon show. They're incredibly enthusiastic about the cartoon, and seem convinced that their children are equally excited about it. The only adults who don't like it are Grandpa, who thinks it's brainlessly stupid, and Randy Carmichael because of the fact that he has to deal with it day in and day out. However, the babies don't like the Dummi Bears. The babies prefer Reptar. That's why they'll often escape on adventure if they're stuck watching a Dummi Bears movie or cartoon. One episode showed that the Dummi Bears served as a form of mind-control on children, compelling them to watch. The ones more easily sucked in to the mind-control are Angelica, who is older than the other babies, and the teenaged babysitter meant to be watching the kids. The babies figured out the mind-control and went off on another adventure.

However, being babies they can't communicate to their parents just how much they hate the Dummi Bears. So the adults just assume the babies love the series as much as they do and force it upon them as much as possible. Making the babies want to see Reptar—what they prefer to watch—all the more.

Kira Watanabe-Finster was deliberately based on Yoko Ono
Both Yoko and Kira are Japanese artists living in Europe, who wear similar fashions and glasses. Furthermore, John Lennon had one son, Julian, from his previous marriage, and Yoko had one daughter, Kyoko, from hers. Appropriately and deliberately, Kira's introduction into the show led to its downfall, just like Yoko broke up the Beatles.
  • You sure the "Downfall of the show" wasn't just "By the time Kimmi appeared, the target demographic who was maybe 5-7 when the show started was now 14-16 and therefore much more interested in stuff like All That or the stuff on Toonami"?

Rocko, the cool guy from "Little Dude" is an illegitimate son of Drew's
Rocko's about 16 or 17 so he could've be conceived before Drew and Charlotte got married. He looks almost identical to Drew and sounds like him with a lower voice.

Stu will sometimes do commissioned inventions for Mr. Dink.
Very expensive.

Mr. Friend was sentient all along.
We all know he's creepy as hell because he's glitchy and obnoxious and prone to scaring the poop out of innocent toddlers. But did you ever notice that when he's alone with the babies, or by himself, Mr. Friend's phrases tend to...reflect the situation he's in, rather than just seemly being selected at random. Like when buried in the garden? "STAY AWAY FROM SQUIGGLY WORMS! THEY'RE FULL OF DIRT AND YUCKY G-G-GERMS!" But when Didi and Stu are around? "DON'T KISS THE CAT WHEN IT HAS FLEAS!" Just a random toy saying random things. Way to go Stu. You invented Skynet Junior.

Angelica Pickles is Albertine.

think about these they both have blond hair., they are both kids,and there cloths are purple and orange. (in fact. there similar)

What if Angelica wished for her family to let her do what ever she want and her cat died. these made her very uppedset so much that her soulgem darken quickly and she became the witch Albertine.

Anja may repriesent the baby because she's na´ve.

Think about it.

Chuckie saw a scene from Stephen King's It.

That's why he's afraid of clowns and strangers.

Chuckie's bear Wawa is older than we think.

In the season two episode "Toy Palace," Tommy and Chuckie play with a miniature cowboys and Indians set in which a fight is reenacted at the push of a button. The Indian figurines shoot a bunch of rubber-tipped arrows, which fly into one of the teddy bears on a shelf behind the babies, therefore knocking it off the shelf. Chuckie seems almost immediately attached to the bear and never lets go of it throughout the rest of the episode. Several years later, we find him carrying around a teddy bear named Wawa. The bear is battered and presumably has a missing eye. Along with the usual wear-and-tear, some of the injuries could be because in its early life, the bear was "fixed" (as in, taped profusely) with a make-believe doctor's kit. Chaz bought the bear for Chuckie because it could no longer be sold in its current condition. Ta-da, we now have Wawa. And in case you're wondering why he wasn't seen until the series was retooled, perhaps Chuckie felt he didn't need Wawa as a comfort object again until his entire life began changing. (Note that he reassures Wawa, thus himself, that he'll always have his bear in "Changes for Chuckie.")
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