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Freddy has split personalities
  • Think about it! He was born to a Nun mother and conceived from a psychotic father! A recipe for a spilt personality! And with the kind of life he led, the violent personality started taking over. And soon it had all but consumed him! But the nice personality sometimes shines through like the time in the 6th one where he was telling his daughter how much he loved her and her mother/his wife. But his violent side takes over soon! So he isn't a monster, just the personality is!

There are no dream demons.
  • While still alive, Freddy himself suffered from the psychotic delusion that demons were telling him to kill the town's children. When the Springwood parents came to kill him, a dream-power that had been latent during his lifetime moved his spirit into the dream world when his burning body passed out from the pain and smoke inhalation. As he hadn't yet learned to manipulate dreams consciously, Freddy's psychosis took control of the dreamscape and manifested the "demons" he'd previously been hallucinating.

In the 'verse of New Nightmare, Movie!Freddy managed to get a hold of a magic ticket to cross over.
  • For one thing, Wes Craven could have been lying to Heather in order cover his own ass for allowing such a thing to happen (after all, he created the character).

ANOES2 was just a dream of an unseen character.
  • The ending of Freddy's Revenge was much like the ending of the original, trying to throw the events of the whole movie into question. However, in Dream Warriors, we find that the ending of part 1 WAS just a dream, and the events of the movie (as in, all of the deaths) happened as seen. Freddy's Revenge is never mentioned in the series again outside of clips of the credits to Freddy's Dead and the opening to Freddy vs Jason. That's because the events of Freddy's Revenge were just a multi-layered nightmare by an unknown character who may or may not be Jesse. My theory is that it was actually a kid in Westin Hills.
  • This would explain the timeline errors the movie causes (being set 4-5 years after the first movie, but the rest of the movies coming out in the year it was made with no reference to any of the events or characters in 2, even though the events 1,3, and 4 are mentioned in each successive movie with 5 referencing all of them even if just in passing..except for part 2). SOMEONE would have heard and known about what happened in part 2. Characters in 5 know the events of the other movies even when not connected in anyway. That's because it was a Freddy nightmare that Freddy wasn't involved in personally.
  • This would explain why Freddy does so many things unique to that movie (possessing someone to come into the real world (at least 3 different times)), the bizarre and improbable dream-like state of the "real world" (such as exploding birds, a bolt of lightning striking his toaster, the heat in his house being so high that things in his room are actually melting despite the heater and gas being disconnected), or how Jesse could be alive in the same scene after Freddy shreds him apart to enter the real world. It's all just a dream from a kid whose hypnocil dosage isn't high enough, but Freddy was occupied doing other things.
    • Better yet: it's the dream of one of the two "teen suicides" mentioned as having recently occurred by characters and news reports early in Dream Warriors. Maybe even both of them, if the events up until Jesse's possession were Jesse's nightmare, and the subsequent massacre and confrontation were Lisa's.

Freddy’s burns changing were actually a sign of his power level
  • In the original film, he’s not that powerful and hasn’t really gotten any souls yet, so his burns here are more realistic. In the second film there still bad but slightly less, because he had more power. 3-4 have roughly the same state because Freddy’s at roughly the same level of strength in these two. 5 has worse burns and Freddy looks older, because he’s very weak. In 6 when he’s at his most powerful, Freddy’s burns are less pronounced and is looking very close to his human form, because he’s at his most powerful here.
    • Or the "less bad" burns that cover his face and body in the middle and last films aren't burns at all, but layer upon layer of trapped souls fused with his scars. The more victims he claims, the more these layers cover and hide his original burns; if he gets his ass kicked badly enough for some of them to escape, the outer layers disappear and he's left looking worse without them.

Nancy didn't escape Freddy in the first movie, because it wasn't her nightmare.
  • In Nightmare on Elm Street 3, she explained her mother died in her sleep. While all the Nightmares prior to the end were hers, the last one was Nancy's mother's dream during an alcohol induced sleep. It was then and there that Freddy killed Nancy's mother.

This series exists in The Sandman universe
  • Specifically, during the period in time (most of the 20th century) when The Dream of the Endless is trapped in a bubble. Without Dream in control of the Land Of Dream, Freddy is able to move, in a limited way, between the dream world and the real world.
  • A Lucid Dreamer would be able to kill people using Freddy, without any direction.
  • Think about it! If you were able to control your dreams, you would be able to control Freddy and who he kills. Is someone doing this already? Is it Wes Craven?

Freddy's Dead is Freddy's nightmare after the parents locked him out.
  • Freddy vs. Jason reveals that the parents of Springwood used Hypnocil to erase all memories of him. Freddy acts very strange during the movie because being locked away is driving him insane. That's why everything seems so cartoonish and surreal. The entire movie is his fever dream before he works out a way to come back.

Freddy's villain decay over the course of the series was an unintended side effect of absorbing the souls of teenagers into himself

The series shows the mass suicide of Springwood's teen population.
  • The entire series shows the nightmares the teenagers of Springwood are having in reaction to their guilt over their parents killing a man. Freddy did exist in the real world as a human and the Springwood Slasher, but never came back as a dream demon after his death and was truly dead the whole time. His appearance in the teens' dreams is just another manifestation of their stress and guilt, which they believe will kill them due to how vivid the dreams are. Ultimately, each teen commits suicide both to end the guilt and their resulting nightmares. This is made even worse by the fact that the adults don't notice or seem to care about their childrens' distress, and refuse to give most of them professional mental help.

Freddy becoming more hammy was actually a deliberate tactic.
  • In the first movie, Freddy’s serious and menacing, as he hunts down the kids of the parents who burned him. However, by the time of Dream Warriors, he’s growing a little bored and tired, recognizing that he’s very close to finally finishing his goals and will soon die because he’s fulfilled his contract with the Dream Demons. So in an effort to liven things up a bit, he makes his kills more creative to amuse himself, along with screwing with the kids he kills. By the 4th movie, when Kristen passes her powers to Alice, Freddy gets caught with them, allowing him to kill all of her friends. He’s ecstatic over this and has fun with his kills because he’s found a loophole and can kill as he pleases, resulting in the more wacky deaths. After Alice defeats him, but he comes back through Jacob, Freddy gets more serious because he knows he has to be cautious, resulting in more serious deaths while also keeping a few wacky ones. This comes to its head in Freddy’s Dead, where he’s killed all the kids in Springwood and can go after the whole world, so he has fun with the crazy deaths he makes up until he dies.
    • Alternately, Freddy starts spouting one-liners, and harassing his targets for multiple nights running, because by the third film he's caught on that his own power is linked to how many people fear him. If he just murders his targets outright during their first encounter, they don't have time to spread the word about the scary guy in the ugly sweater they've been dreaming about, but if he freaks his prey out for a night or two before killing them, fear of him will propagate through the town's teen population. The hokey puns and snark are a way to make sure they don't just keep quiet about they were dreaming about, as victims who would be embarrassed to admit they were scared half to death by a nightmare will still gab about a nightmare with funny bits.

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