Salad Fingers is a woman from an alternate WWI that went nuclear.This explains her mannerisms, memories, "cross dressing," and location all in one go.
David Firth is Chris Cunningham...aka the director of Aphex Twin's Windowlicker, Come to Daddy, Monkey Drummer, Rubber Johnny, and Björk's All Is Full Of Love. They both make bloody frightening works, with funny elements. And Firth made a fan video for Aphex's Milkman. Yeah.
Salad Fingers eating himself at the end of episode 6 is a metaphor for...Completely losing his mind. By eating himself, he is destroying his last threads of sanity. His 'new self' eats his 'old self' and goes completely insane.
Salad Fingers is based off David Firth's dreams (or nightmares)Come on, what type of person thinks of a web series like Salad fingers in their waking life. It's the stuff of nightmares! Probably because they were likely based on nightmares. David Firth's twisted, demented psyche conjured up every episode, and David dreamed them. The reason it's so Mind screwy is because they run on dream logic, and are based on those nightmares conjured up by fears, worries, and pure horror.
When Salad Fingers seemed to be consuming himself in Episode 5, he was really consuming the little puppet, and remembering consuming one of his platoon members, who look like he does.That's why he likes to taste the little puppets, to remind him of the comrades he's eaten.
Salad Fingers is a Hive Mind.After the Great War, Salad Fingers's platoon developed a hive mind, and became a roving pack of cannibals after the war ended. Whenever food is scarce, they pick one of their own and eat it. Then, Salad Fingers replaces the dead comrade with a puppet, so it's like the fellow cannibal never died. That's why Salad Fingers is shown eating himself in episode 5: because from the perspective of the hive mind, that's exactly what's happening. This also explains why five different sorts of hairs can exist in one house that clearly only has one mind inhabiting it: that one mind has many bodies.
There Was a Nuclear WarThis would be "The Great War" he keeps referring to. All the bizarre beings (including salad fingers) are mutants who survived the atomic holocaust, and the whole thing drove him mad.
Salad Fingers is Murdoc Niccals' mother.
Salad Fingers is The Man Who Rules the Universe.They both live in an isolated shack in the middle of a desolate wasteland. The "cat" was probably just some corpse that Salad Fingers picked up one day and decided to try and feed it.
Salad Fingers is a Shell-Shocked Veteran.He fought alongside his brother in The Great War and is scarred as a result. He is repressing the experience, as shown in the episode where he takes his brother's corpse out to dinner, and his escape from reality (seeking refuge in the middle of nowhere) has made this worse, to the point where all he has to comfort him is inanimate objects, thus his obsession with them. His finger puppets are the closest thing he has to company, and thus, he imagines them as such. While he lives a relatively happy life in complete and total denial, occasionally, his guilt in fighting the war manifests itself in this world of his creation taking such forms as the radio which torments him and the scene in which he eats his fingerpuppet-turned-human-turned-clone's brain. The ending of "Picnic" shows what happens when these things are gone—the veil is completely lifted and cold hard reality strikes him hard in the face...
Salad Fingers was a Historian with a Specialty in World War I Who went Mad After a Nuclear WarAlternatively, a guy who was just a Great War buff. But really, think about it! The man lives through a nuclear war, loses most everything, and gets hideously mutated. His madness drives him into delusions of being a part of his favorite point in history to study, Great War Britain. That would explain all the references to such! GENIUS!
Salad Fingers is a Time LordThink about it: a Time Lord gets stranded on a planet, he regenerates, but something goes horribly wrong. He goes mad and becomes delusional. The safety cupboard in the eighth episode was a TARDIS that no longer functioned.
Salad Fingers is raped at the end of episode 4.A lot of things in Salad Finger's world are clearly just his delusions—the talking finger-puppes, the radio that functions without any machinery inside—and those delusions are his way of coping with the post-apocolyptic hellscape he is living in. The most impossible thing to ever happen on the show was when the "little boy" had him in that cage, so Salad Fingers just pulled down a curtain, then flew away on a giant tap. His escape was just a delusion he convinced himself of to avoid aknowledging that he was being raped.
The finger puppets, and the radio represent Salad Fingers' friends and family from before the Great War.They all died in whatever catastrophe blew his homeland into a dusty waste. He has post-traumatic stress disorder, and copes by pretending the inanimate objects in his house are his old loved ones. The hair in episode 8 belonged to them.
The man in the BBQ apron has similar delusions.His child died in The End of the World as We Know It, and he has convinced himself that the kid is in the baby carriage. That's why he gets so mad when Salad Fingers takes it away.
Salad Fingers is somehow related to the Slender Man
Salad Fingers takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 UniverseSalad Finger's planet was tainted by Chaos, which would explain the various mutations he and the other people we see have. The Great War was the war fought when the Imperium of Man tried to retake the planet, while the "ghastly trenches" Salad Fingers mentioned once refers to the trench warfare that occured when the Death Korps of Krieg was called in to fight. Eventually, the Imperial authorities in the sector decided "screw this", and simply performed Exterminatus on the planet. For some reason though, Salad Fingers and a select others survived, possibly because they were in underground bunkers at the time.
Everything that is happening in the salad fingers world happens perfectly normallyIts just not Earth/This Dimension/This Universe. Salad Fingers is actually perfectly sane in this context
Salad Fingers's home was bombed out while he was in the safety cupboard...Or at least, somewhere very close by was bombed out, probably taking family/friends along with any semblance of civilization. It would explain the fact that, every time Salad Fingers is in said cupboard, he ends up in intense emotional distress for no apparent reason.
Salad Fingers actually had a sister named Bourdoise, who died in the fallout.He pretends that the termite (or whatever the actual hell it is) is Bourdoise to cope with losing a family member, as with the rest of his Companion Cubes. This also might be the reason for his random cross-dressing in "Friends"; perhaps he had a sister who was going to get married, but some catastrophe happened and presumably killed her off before it could go through. He fantasizes about the "big day" that never happened by dressing himself up in a wedding dress, and since there would be a family resemblance, he can use his own reflection as a substitute for his late (or missing) sister.
Salad Fingers is Drusilla.Mutated by the nuclear holocaust, but of course not dead. Just think about it. They're basically the same character.
Salad Fingers is a survivor of a Zombie Apocalypse.The virus or whatever caused his green skin, rotting teeth and emaciation (and the wierd, prog-like fingers, think the headcrab zombies in Half-Life). Naturally it affects the nervous system, leading to his wierd, awkward gait and bizarre delusions. Plus he totally eats the brains of his doppelganger at the end of that one episode. I think.
Salad Fingers takes place in an Alternate history of WWIOne in which the Triple Alliance pushed the Entente off of Europe and shelled England with millions upon millions of shells of various forms of gas and conventional artillery, leaving it a desolate, sparsely populated wasteland.
The girl in episode 5 is just another level of delusionThink about it; yeah she's the first person that speaks in anything but various lengths of loud, staticy screaming. However, she knows his name despite apparently just now meeting him; okay perhaps she knew him before he was delusional, or it's the old "Oh that's just mister salad fingers, don't play with him children". But then he freaks out when he understands her speech, and she starts smiling, slowly tilting her head, and asks him "What's wrong Mister Salad Fingers? Don't you like my mouth words?" Nobody talks that way, ever. Except... SF himself. He wasn't being confronted with reality, he was being confronted with a whole new flavor of crazy, one he simply wasn't used to.
The whole thing never happenedMr. Salad Fingers is in a psychosomatic coma in an insane asylum, or living in a real post-apocalyptic world where his deformities and the creatures he meets are hallucinations, or he is dead and in his own personal hell - either way, he's trippin' balls.
Salad Fingers is an alternate version of Lennie from Of Mice and MenThe both enjoy feeling things, and they're both rather tall. In this universe Lennie didn't have George or his Aunt Clara to keep him in check, so he was left alone with his own thoughts. We've seen in the book that he hallucinates when he's alone, so becoming a lonely delusional madman isn't too far off.
Salad Fingers takes place in the aftermath of ThreadsWhich explains the post-apocalyptic Oop North vibe Salad Fingers has. Either he was a survivor that went insane in the aftermath of nuclear winter, or he is a brain-damaged mutant that was born in the immediate aftermath of the nuking of England.
Salad Fingers takes place inside the InstrumentalityWW1, then it could be in line with Adventure Time's "Mushroom War." If the land of Ooo from Adventure Time is a very warped future version of this world (complete with mutated people and animals), then think of it like this. Salad fingers is in England, a few years after the apocalypse. Adventure Time takes place in America, about a thousand years after the apocalypse. The reason why Salad Fingers is so much bleaker is because America of Adventure Time has had much longer to adapt to the world After the End. In addition, the Ice King's back-story about about the crown could very well be an allegory about his developing psychological problems that are similar to those of Salad Fingers. This would only be in part, though, since his ice powers are obviously real. In this case, the ice crown could also be a subtle way of explaining that he went through the effects of radioactive mutation. The ice powers just come from the fact that it's a fantasy series. As I mentioned before, many of the residents are probably the ancestors of those who survived the cataclysm. Note that a lot of the characters of Salad Fingers look like horribly dilapidated humans. Now, it's somewhat logical to assume that some of these effects were passed down to the next generation (under the assumptions that (a) the DNA was somehow affected, and/or (b) the toxic radiation was still present by the time that the children were born). If this was the case, then the species would adapt some of these traits after a while. And, centuries down the road, a few of these features would become a little less horrific and a bit more natural (with "natural" being used in the weirdest sense possible). This explains things like stretchable dogs and unicorns, fire people, and a bunch of other things. The talking animals are result of a combination of this, their species beginning the long process of evolution, the inherent fantasy elements, and the fact that animals would have escaped zoos and wildlife preserves after the apocalypse, thereby migrating and crossbreeding with similar animals when compatible. The races that can't be explained by this come from other sources. Weird creatures, such as giants or witches, are mutated forms of several alien races. Either that, or they are legitimate fantasy creatures who came out of hiding when humans began to accept mutated animals and aliens. Also, the Lumpy Space people are canonically interdimentional, so that could also apply to other races. The candy people are the result of advances in science and candy-making technology (along with radiation poisoning, again). Now to explain Charlie the Unicorn: It takes place during the same time period as Adventure Time, or perhaps a little before, but in another part of America. The odd nature of the creatures, along with the deranged habits of many of them, can be rationalized using the same reasoning that I used for the citizens in Adventure Time.
Salad Fingers is the Ruler of the Universe.Think about it. Both Salad Fingers and the Ruler of the Universe (from The Restaurant at the End of the Universe) live mostly alone, are unaware of everything outside their personal universe, are constantly amazed by the world around them (SF, admittedly somewhat less so), and are both completely unqualified to run for President. Sound similar, don't they? That's because they're ONE AND THE SAME!
Salad Fingers killed his whole family.Don't give me credit for this. I heard it somewhere else. He's so insane he convinced himself they all died in a war. He digs up his brother's body out of guilt.
There is no way to explain what is happening in the showIt's just too complicated for human minds.