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** Also worth noting that right before the "over the line" scene, when the Dude criticizes Walter taking his ex-wife's dog bowling by saying he'd tell his hypothetical ex-wife to go fuck himself, Walter reminds him that "you don't have an ex." Not an ex-wife, an ex.


* Maude seems convinced that The Dude is too much of a slacker to [[spoiler:want to be a father. But he seems way too compassionate and dedicated to just ignore the fact that he has a child. Plus, witnessing Donny's death seems to have given him a new appreciation for life.]]

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* Maude seems convinced that The Dude is too much of a slacker to [[spoiler:want to be a father. But he seems way too compassionate and dedicated to just ignore the fact that he has a child. Plus, witnessing Donny's death seems to have given him a new appreciation for life.]]]]

[[WMG: All theories on who the real "Big Lebowski" is]]
We all know that, despite being referred to as such, Jeffrey Lebowski is ''not'' the real Big Lebowski, as he isn't the self-made millionaire he claims to be but [[spoiler: married into wealth, and is actually more of a figurehead for Maude with little money or power of his own]]. So who is the true "Big Lebowski"?
* '''Maude''': Maude is the actual power behind the Lebowski name and the film's single most competent and accomplished character. She's also, to an extent, the only character who actually fits in with the film's parody-Noir genre as a bizarrely satirical take on the Femme Fatale--instead of giving the Dude clues to solve the mystery, she [[spoiler: gives him clues to lead him to the truth--''that there is no mystery to solve.'']]
* '''The Dude''': As noted in [[Analysis/TheBigLebowski the movie's analysis page]], the Dude is the only character in the movie who's actually ''honest'' about not being or doing anything of real importance, and he also takes a lot of shit from other people, but never lets any of it get him down for very long--his guiding principle, "The Dude Abides", allows him to be emotionally invulnerable.


Backing this up, the Dude chooses Maude over his best friends Walter and Donny to tell about his past in the Seattle Seven, hinted to be the only time in his life when he felt he was actually accomplishing something of any worth, and [[spoiler: his [[MushroomSamba drug-induced dream]] involves him in a pseudo-porno with Maude, dressed as a bowling ball Valkyrie (a.k.a. the Dude's one real passion in life) going through a Busby Berkely-inspired song]].

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Backing this up, the Dude chooses Maude over his best friends Walter and Donny to tell about his past in the Seattle Seven, hinted to be the only time in his life when he felt he was actually accomplishing something of any worth, he's willing to stand up to DaFino for her despite fervently denying that she's his "special lady", and [[spoiler: his [[MushroomSamba drug-induced dream]] involves him in a pseudo-porno with Maude, dressed as a bowling ball Valkyrie (a.k.a. the Dude's one real passion in life) going through a Busby Berkely-inspired song]].

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[[WMG: The Dude actually loves Maud]]
[[SexEqualsLove And not just because he was willing to sleep with her, either.]] The Dude is ''more'' than okay with Maude's desire for the father of her child to be someone she doesn't have to see socially or have any interest in raising a child, which to some may be interpreted as apathy on his part, but the [[Analysis/TheBigLebowski film's analysis page]] goes into some detail about how the Dude is the only character honest about how unambitious and unaccomplished he actually is, and [[GiveHimANormalLife thus he most likely understands that he isn't the best father material.]]
Backing this up, the Dude chooses Maude over his best friends Walter and Donny to tell about his past in the Seattle Seven, hinted to be the only time in his life when he felt he was actually accomplishing something of any worth, and [[spoiler: his [[MushroomSamba drug-induced dream]] involves him in a pseudo-porno with Maude, dressed as a bowling ball Valkyrie (a.k.a. the Dude's one real passion in life) going through a Busby Berkely-inspired song]].



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** Alternatively, he saw a movie and pretended he was a combatant.


[[WMG: The Dude is Kevin Flynn from {{Tron}}.]]

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[[WMG: The Dude is Kevin Flynn from {{Tron}}.Film/{{Tron}}.]]






He decides to take up bowling and hang out with Jeff Bridges rather than visit his mother, luckily he's already in California. The whole "having an affair with his mother's nurse" thing is just a cover up because it seemed easier than explaining what really happened.

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He decides to take up bowling and hang out with Jeff Bridges Creator/JeffBridges rather than visit his mother, luckily he's already in California. The whole "having an affair with his mother's nurse" thing is just a cover up because it seemed easier than explaining what really happened.












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* Either that or he was in Vietnam but never saw combat, and started telling stories about it when he got back until now it's become his entire identity.



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* This does explain why on earth she owns a copy of his little-known *Autobahn* LP.


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[[WMG: The Dude will actually [[spoiler: be a decent, involved father]]]]
* Maude seems convinced that The Dude is too much of a slacker to [[spoiler:want to be a father. But he seems way too compassionate and dedicated to just ignore the fact that he has a child. Plus, witnessing Donny's death seems to have given him a new appreciation for life.]]


* And the whole movie is The Dude narrating his life story.

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* And the whole movie is The Dude narrating his life story. Probably to his future kid.

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[[WMG: The Stranger is The Dude from the future]]
* And the whole movie is The Dude narrating his life story.

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** Besides, she's not his special lady. She's just his fucking lady friend, he's just helping her conceive, man!

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[[WMG: Brandt is the Big Lebowski's illegitimate son]]
* The two actors look a bit alike. Brandt works to keep the illusion of his father as a successful entrepreneur in the hopes of finally winning the old man's approval.


[[WMG: The Stranger is [[TheGoldenCompass Lee Scoresby]].]]

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[[WMG: The Stranger is [[TheGoldenCompass [[Film/TheGoldenCompass Lee Scoresby]].]]


* At the start of the film, we can see it's set in 1991. Homosexuality was legalized in California in 1975, but very often, these things are still fairly taboo even some time after they're legalized - Donny may not be sharpest tool in the box, but even he knows that openly admitting he's in a same-sex relationship with a (supposed) registered sex offender who also happens to be of Hispanic origin, in early 1990s California, wouldn't exactly be good for his social life. So why Donny? Look at the way he reacts when the Jesus blows him a kiss. He looks less disgusted (as the Dude or Walter would - hell, Walter would have pulled a gun on him for it) and more worried, in a sort of 'Oh god, did anyone see him do that?' way. Furthermore, he's the only one who doesn't directly antagonize the Jesus. The reason he asks Walter what a pederast is is that he's worried his 'cover' might be slipping.

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* At the start of the film, we can see it's set in 1991. Homosexuality was legalized in California in 1975, but very often, these things are still fairly taboo even some time after they're legalized - Donny may not be sharpest tool in the box, but even he knows that openly admitting he's in a same-sex relationship with a (supposed) registered sex offender who also happens to be of Hispanic Latino origin, in early 1990s California, wouldn't exactly be good for his social life. So why Donny? Look at the way he reacts when the Jesus blows him a kiss. He looks less disgusted (as the Dude or Walter would - hell, Walter would have pulled a gun on him for it) and more worried, in a sort of 'Oh god, did anyone see him do that?' way. Furthermore, he's the only one who doesn't directly antagonize the Jesus. The reason he asks Walter what a pederast is is that he's worried his 'cover' might be slipping.
slipping. The reason the Jesus isn't present when [[spoiler: Walter and the Dude scatter Donny's ashes]] is because he didn't tell them about the relationship even [[spoiler: after Donny died]] - or, alternatively, he ''did'' tell them, and Walter beat the shit out of him and/or didn't believe him.
** There's also the fact that the Jesus is ''very'' heavily implied to be a DepravedBisexual - that, and the fact we don't actually know anything about Donny's personal life, unlike Walter (divorced) and the Dude (single).


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** Alternatively, the Jesus didn't do it but was falsely arrested and imprisoned anyway, because let's face it, false imprisonment isn't HUGELY uncommon.

[[WMG: The Dude is actually asexual.]]
* Almost every time he shows any sexual interest in anyone, it's usually in a jokey way. When Maude is talking about sex he just wants to discuss his rug, and when she literally disrobes right in front of him, his one concern is that she's wearing his bathrobe. While it's true he does [[spoiler: have sex with Maude]], this doesn't necessarily disqualify him from being asexual - after all, asexuals still have a sex drive, they just don't experience sexual attraction.

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