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Thanks to John R. Dilworth openly stating that the show, like any great art, should be left to interpretation, expect a lot of this.

Courage somehow managed to get Muriel and Eustace back to normal after "The Great Fusili".
A much nicer way of thinking of things — plus, with all the weird things that happened on the show, this wouldn't necessarily be impossible.
  • Alternatively, by this point Courage had caught on that any collateral damage remaining at the end of an adventure would be undone by the next episode, so his remarks at the end were less out of being broken and more out of exasperation that he's gotta puppeteer his owners until then.

The Perfect Trumpet Thingy was just very sad and didn't mean any harm.
It appears forlorn, and the color blue can also represent depression and sadness. Perhaps the creature personifies Courage's distorted, miserable psyche (thanks to low self-esteem), and is bluntly telling him the truth: he's "not perfect."
  • The creature may have been trying to help Courage even, and unintentionally scared him, by simply reminding him he wasn't perfect and that it was ok, since the creature was also imperfect.

Dr. Vindaloo's clinic is in Chicago.
In the episode "Invisible Muriel", when Courage goes sniffing around for Muriel from Dr. Vindaloo's clinic, in the map his trail starts from Chicago or a place near to it.
  • But wouldn't there be a long distance between Nowhere, Kansas and Chicago, Illinois? It wouldn't make sense for the Bagges to travel across Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois just to see a random Back-Alley Doctor.
  • Yes it doesn't make sense, but maybe it's possible that there is no other doctor they know of, and there is no hospital in Nowhere. And which actual town do you think Nowhere is based off? I know it's somewhere in north-western Kansas (according to "Courage The Fly" episode) or exactly in the middle of Kansas (according to "The Snowman's Revenge" episode).
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  • But I'm still sure there are plenty of hospitals in any city or town in Kansas they can visit. And I always thought that Vindaloo was also a Nowhere resident.

The Bagges live in Nightvale.

Fred is mentally a child.
He uses the word "naughty" when he‘s talking about his obsession.

Shirley is responsible for bailing out Courage and the Bagges at the end of most episodes
It certainly pays to have a friend with mystic powers. Given what Shirley is capable of, and that she's mostly on good terms with Courage, she could probably reverse the various transformations/deaths the characters experience. She also wipes their memories each time, because though she'd never admit it, she actually likes having the family around and if they could remember each horrifying adventure, they'd have moved away a long time ago.

Courage the Cowardly Dog takes place in a setting After the End.
An atomic bomb was dropped in the middle of Nowhere and just a few people remained. One of them was Eustace's mother who because of the atomic rays lost her hair.The other atomic rays caused a mutation in most animals leading to animals like Katz or LeQuack and were also responsible for causing a genetic mutation in one of Courage's ancestors.

Courage is just a normal dog, but the entire show and everything that happens in it is how he sees it through a dog's eyes.
All the villains in the show are just normal people, but to a little dog, they seem scary. They don't actually live in the Middle of Nowhere, but since his owners are too old to take him outside for walks, he only knows what's around his immediate property, and everything beyond that is nothing because he's never seen it.

The Computer is really Haunted Technology.
The obscure methods needed for Courage to defeat his supernatural foes aren't from the internet. The Computer used to be an actual person who was an expert on all manner of the supernatural. For one reason or another, he tried to make himself immortal but instead messed up and made his soul unable to pass on.Trapped in limbo as a ghost, he found he could communicate with the living through machines and decided to inhabit the computer on the farm since that would be the only place his knowledge would be relevant.He only pretends to be the actual computer to Courage either to mess with him or so that Courage doesn't find out about his failure.

Fred is The Antichrist.
... only he doesn't particularly care about actually bringing on the end. Since it seems that the AC isn't really stopped by forces until he reveals his true colours, he merely does his own thing instead of What Is Written. He doesn't actually care about ending the world, cause he realizes that he's screwed if it actually happens. So he cuts hair. That's why he visits his aunt out in the nuked zone - the zone nuked during the Tribulation -, cause he's evil and does stuff like that. Since he's evil, and twisted, but not harmful, he's never actually executed. And since he's devilish, he actually orchestrates events for him to become a real leader, following his role at the end of the world according to Revelations. That's why we see him on the TV during the episode that everyone tries to kick Courage's ass.

Katz is actually Red from All Dogs Go to Heaven.
Both are red mean cats who do evil deeds.It could also explain why Katz does the things he does. He collects souls because he lost his privileges after the incident with Gabriel's horn.The devil send him to earth to steal the souls of two pure beings. This is why he is always meeting up with Courage and Muriel. They are pure souls and he has to kill them to get back to hell and into his old more powerful form.
  • Explains how he came back each time he's defeated. He's immortal. On that note, this would make an awesome fanfic.
  • Also explains his 'no dogs allowed' thing. It's not just cause he's a cat, it's cause of his previous defeat.

It's all in Courage's head.
Apparantly, Courage has become delusional from living in the Middle of Nowhere. His cowardly nature doesn't help.
  • It's all in his head — including Muriel and Nowhere. He was "abandoned as a pup" — and still is.

Courage is a god.
Courage does impossible things all the time; transforming to attempt to speak with the humans, pulling objects out of nowhere, surviving mortal wounds and injuries, etc. Clearly he is some sort of god cast down to earth to pay for crimes; perhaps he fell in love with Muriel as God (like the Goose God did), which would tie into "The things I do for love!" and why Eustace almost always gets some sort of comeuppance. Courage must save this family once a day for a year until he is released from his bond; he is granted almmost any power, except for the ability to actually speak with humans (in a way they understand).

The buck deer in "Farmer-Hunter, Farmer-Hunted" is Eustace's brother (Horst) reincarnated.
After going to purgatory or something like it, God wanted to punish him for his Jerkass ways that ultimately turned Eustace into one. So he reincarnated his spirit into a Beast he hunted alot, a deer. As a deer he's lost many of his memories when he was human but retains some things such as glasses and the family baldness on top of the head (He has also had a Heel–Face Turn into the well-meaning smart deer he is in the episode, and even has a loving deer family). This is also why it focuses on Eustace's problems he had with his brother earlier in the series. When they confront eachother later, Eustace targets his brother (Whether he knows or not if he was reincarnated as such) for revenge even if unknowingly. And when the Table's are turned, Hoarst brings out a laser gun that a hunter dropped and he knows how to use based on past life knowledge. His original plan was the only way for Eustace to learn was to die and maybe have his own lesson by God. But when Courage pleads to him when they're trapped and cornered he realizes that's not the way as it might be considered one last jerkass moment put on his brother so he goes with Courage's plan for a game show of wits in which because Horus was always better in Eustace at anything he sweeps the questions and defeats him. Though Eustace doesn't exactly learn a lesson at all (He never does in the series really)
  • Also in the episode where they contact his brother's spirit (For the box) that was way before this episode and at that time he was still in purgatory

In "Ball of Revenge", Eustace was taking a new medication.
An unfortunate side effect was that it spiked his jerkassery to Ax-Crazy levels.

Courage is a supernatural being himself but doesn't know it.
Explains his shapeshifting abilities and why nobody ever gets what he's trying to say.
  • He could be Cerberus, the guardian of the underworld in Classical Mythology. This troper's seen theories on that on several sites...

The Bagges have a son that goes by the name Mr. Mundy.
But Eustace isn't proud of his stupid crazed gunman son.

Space Chicken is the reason for the Sphinx's nose being missing.
In every cartoon universe, there's always a gag as to why the Sphinx has no nose. No such gag has turned up in Courage, but Space Chicken did use his plunger to remove the head of the Statue of Liberty. Ergo, he tried to get a Sphinx head, but it was too big and only the nose came away.

Doc Gerbil is a weight gain fetishist.
Hence why most of his "products" cause Muriel and Eustace to expand and pop.

Courage's greatest fear is...
Contrary to popular belief, his greatest fear is NOT, in fact, losing Muriel and Eustace. His greatest fear... the bees.

Dr. Zalost is a relative of Fenella from Chorlton and the Wheelies.
They look pretty similar, and considering Fenella's goal is to spread misery, it would explain why Zalost was so unhappy all the time.

The Lint Lady was responsible for anthropomorphizing Doc Gerbil.
The Lint Lady used to be a Mad Scientist who conducted strange experiments and tested them on animals. One of her products, which causes people to have her knowledge, causes a gerbil she named Lulumay to become an anthropomorphic animal who seizes revenge on those who tested on his kind. The first victim obviously being the mad scientist.

Eustace and Muriel worked for the government when they were younger.
They used to be top-secret agents charged with battling aliens, monsters, and all other manner of supernatural life forms. At some point, one of two things happened: Either something happened during a mission that erased their memories, or when they retired, the government themselves took their memories of it all so they couldn't potentially leak classified information. This is why creepy stuff seems almost drawn to them all throughout the show.

The Middle of Nowhere is set either within or right next to Area 51 (or a similar secret military research facility) where everything from aliens to forbidden (I'll bet beyond even alien understandings) things take place.
This could at least explain the wide variety of strange going-ons that take place in nowhere, ranging from aliens to bizarre scientific experiments to the paranormal and so on and so on. The research facility primarily exists to capture, record and study such anomalies and relevant data much like how the SCP Foundation works. The home of Eustace and Muriel could either be a house of unsuspecting human and canine guinea pigs or it might be that they just happen to be in the way while all this is going on.

Plank from Ed, Edd n Eddy is a piece of the Magic Tree.
Plank actually can talk, but only to Johnny because he doesn't have enough of the Tree's power to talk to the others (except occasionally Ed). And a few times in the series, Plank seems to have triggered a switch or moved somewhere without Johnny's assistance.

The thing behind the door in Shwick's hotel room is a rabbit.
Just look at the bones!

Courage is a shapeshifter.
  • That is very obvious.

There is something in the middle of Nowhere...
Most of Courages enemies seem to have been either drawn to the Bagges or given some kind of ability they shouldn't have been able to get. It may be that the something is trapped, possibly beneath the farmhouse is giving power to dark hearted individuals in order to eliminate the Bagges, and especially Courage. For whatever reason, the dog is preventing his escape.

It also seems that some of the villains are serving a higher (read:offscreen) power, and many who have failed seem to endure horrible punishments for failure, probably from the unseen "something".

Katz is a good example. His snapping his own neck could mean he's been brought back from the dead at least once by said being to continue his killing spree.

  • Does this mean Satan is sealed underneath their house wanting to get out?
    • Or a congregation of vicious souls. We've seen that several malicious creatures died there in the past, like Tarantella's partner. And undoubtedly a few souls vengeful from their defeat by Courage.
    • One episode did have the farm built over at least one grave. Maybe the farm is just cursed.
      • Not to mention the Windmill Vandals, whose ghosts will haunt the farm if the windmill stops spinning.

The Computer contains the consciousness of Yahtzee.
They do sound very similar when you think about it. The computer also has that snarky tone shared by Yahtzee.

Courage is the mortal or an Alternate Universe version of Chip/Light Gaia From Sonic Unleashed.
Along with the above multiple descriptions of Courage being both a benevolent and lethality-absorbing pet dog of a nice old woman and a grumpy old man (when he's not acting too dumb to live) Courage's fur color, species, personality and even given plot scenarios involving keeping sealed evil in a hotspot from escaping fit in either greatly or near-flawlessly with those of Light Gaia. Whether the setting of the show is in Sonic's world in the far past or not, the story could be that after his and his owner's time on earth was up, Courage, through some mysterious spiritual process got resurrected and transformed into a timid-mannered but good and benevolent deity tasked with watching over the cycle and order of the natural world for millenniums to come, probably as his reward for showing his pure owner's love and standing up against the otherwise impossibly threatening adversaries of nowhere.

Muriel grew up in British India.
Well she is British (Scottish), and this could explain her ability to play the sitar. Her family moved out after the the Indian Partition of 1947.
  • And come to think of it, Dr. Vindaloo looks old enough to be Muriel's contemporary.

Eustace's marriage to Muriel is him subconsciously searching for the maternal affection he never got.
This is why we never see them show a lot of romance on the show—how awkward would it be to make out with a parental figure? It also explains his hatred of Courage... He's jealous of him for stealing Muriel's attention, like a spoiled little boy demanding attention from his mother while she's taking care of his baby brother.

Each episode is one of Courage's dreams.
Since he is easily frightened, he gets nightmares about scary things he acknowledges. Of course, Muriel and Eustace exist and they live in nowhere, or that would not be a part of his dream. When Courage has his dreams in "Perfect" (Like that weird mutated trumpet) Are terms when you wake up inside of a dream, you would understand if it happened to you. He named the dreams himself; therefore the title cards share the same name. These never happen in the first place.

Courage actually did write a perfect number 6.
In mathematics, perfect numbers are numbers which divisible (not including itself) add up to the same number. 6 is 1+2+3, 28 is 1+2+4+7+14, 8128 is 1+2+(skip a few)+4064.

The Perfect Trumpet Thingy learns that there's no such thing as perfection, and gets a happy ending.
It's possible.
  • The creature is "imperfect" and miserable-looking; one can argue it represents Courage's psyche, which is distorted because of low-self esteem. So when Courage accepts himself for who he is, it in turn gives his mind (i.e. this creature) solace.

The farm is Hell.
The Negative Continuity is just a reset, so the torture can be worse since Courage is never "used" to the horrors he and the others are subjected to.

The show takes place in the When They Cry series.
How else does Eustace always comes back even when dying?

Everything after the first season is Courage's delusional fantasy.
The episode The Great Fusilli (quick refresher: a puppetmaster turns Eustace and Muriel into puppets, and even though Courage and the two escape, they're still puppets. The episode ends with Courage having set up the puppets in their chairs and moving them to make them act like they're alive) was the very last episode of season one. The creators weren't sure if there would be any more seasons afterward, and if not, the last thing we would have ever seen would be Courage playing with the transformed puppet bodies of his owners in an attempt to keep up his previous family life. Therefore, I posit that the later seasons aren't real, and are just Courage imagining how life would've continued if only he could have saved Muriel and Eustace.

Every episode is a dream of Courage's.
This is a modified version of one of the above theories. Every episode, save for the one with the bugle, is a dream of Courage's. This is explains all of the impossible stuff that happens in the show as well as why Eustace and Muriel almost never listen to him.

Courage is some kind of mutant.
This theory is self-explanatory. He is an anthropomorphic dog with pink fur, and he has the abilities to shapeshift and survive injuries that should be fatal.

Nowhere, Kansas is cursed.
Long ago it became a desert unsuitable for agriculture, and was infested with monsters and other strange creatures.

The reason the Clutching Foot appeared in "Ball of Revenge"...
Was that it was somebody else's foot in that episode. The exact nature of the foot is never elaborated upon, but it's likely some sort of disease.
  • It is in fact a fungal disease. Though why a different Clutching Foot would have a grudge against Courage, I'm not sure why.

"Frith" is not an individual man.
They're actually a whole family of very similar-looking men with different occupations and slightly different appearances.

Eustace has a form of degenerative brain disease, and that is why he never treats the weird things that go on around him as anything out of the ordinary.
This came to me as I was watching "The Curse of Shirley", and it's sort of an inversion of the "the show is just normal life from a dog's point of view" theory. See, when Eustace is sent to sleep on the roof and loses his glasses, he sees the TV antenna as a wiry monster and Courage with a blanket as a giant, sharp-toothed fish. However, if you wear glasses, you know that all that happens when you take them off is that everything appears blurry.

Now, while the screen blurs before coming back into focus as what Eustace imagines the object to be, it still raises the question of why Eustace would be seeing weird things. Not only that, but his reactions are also odd: when he imagines the antenna as a monster, he says "I don't know you! Get off my roof!" to it and proceeds to throw it out. To Courage (who he is viewing as a giant monstrous fish) he says "No solicitors!" and goes to (ostensibly) throw Courage off the roof. Neither of these are rational reactions to creepy things.

This gave me an idea: what if Eustace sees everything like this, even with his glasses? It's possible that when he's close to something, he sees it as it truly is (as evidenced by his fixing things around the house) but from afar, he sees things as monsters, and all that the loss of his glasses did was take away his ability to distinguish objects.

This would also explain his nonplussed reactions to sick things in other episodes, and how we often see him taunt, mock, or ignore monsters — maybe he sees everyone (except, perhaps, Muriel and Courage) as monsters, but has gotten used to this and so treats everything the same because to him, they're all the same. In other words, Eustace does not treat weird things with their appropriate amount of caution simply because weird, to him, is completely normal.

Eustace and Muriel are both suffering from severe cases of dementia or senility.
Hence why neither of them ever learn that they shouldn't keep falling into the clutches of the Monster of the Week all the time.

The Duck Brothers and the Chicken from Outer Space are from the same planet.
I'm only suggesting this because they're all alien birds.

Eustace, Muriel, and Courage all have some kind of Resurrective Immortality.
Hence why no matter what kind of absurd injuries, deaths, or other strange fates fall upon them, they always revert to being alive, healthy, and normal.

Muriel was unable to have children.
Thus why they don't have any grown up kids who come to visit them, Muriel was unable to have children back in the day, and now she sees Courage as the closest thing she'll ever have to a child.

Muriel and Eustace do have kids.
They just never come over to visit, and for good reason.

Nowhere is somehow related to the town of Gravity Falls.
Nowhere seems to be a random hotspot for otherworldly things, much like the town of Gravity Falls. Gravity Falls, being surrounded by viable woodland and plenty of water, is just a better environment for the creatures to make permanent residence, as opposed to the dried up desert of Nowhere, which might be why most creatures just come and go from Nowhere.

Muriel once encountered and fought the Slitheen.
That's why she always has vinegar around the place and uses it in all her recipes. She wants to be prepared for if they ever show up again.

Computer and Swayzak are affiliated with each other.
Well they are both sexy, and both from Cartoon Network, so... plus Swayzak would be better than whatever computer virus that was in "Hard Drive Courage".

Katz is somehow related to Fergurina from The Dirdy Birdy.
Aside from looking very much the same, Fergurina has an unusual supply of weapons and deadly chemicals she uses to dispatch Purdy with, and she knows how to use them. Maybe she had those at hand because of familial ties. She may not actively harm people like Katz, but she's certainly violent like him.

Dr. Vindaloo is the secret to Eustace's survival.
Most of his supposed "deaths" throughout the series are reversible through cartoon logic. For example, in "Evil Weevil", Eustace crumbles to dust and Courage uses him as fertilizer. He is later seen growing as a flower, to which Muriel states that she hopes he grows back to his old self. Well, who's to say he didn't?

Another one being in the "Tower of Dr. Zalost", when Eustace is inexplicably petrified, he can still be heard talking, so it's likely that he himself wasn't turned to stone, but instead was encased in it. Eustace was turned into a part of King Ramses' slab due to a curse, but curses can be broken.

The one that always bothered me was when the Snowman removed his "non-melting gene" and he melted. That's where Dr. Vindaloo comes in. In the episode with Velvet Vic, he has a small machine that can clone the record "good as new." So perhaps he has a way of doing the same thing for Eustace. Courage brings in whatever remains he can, like the pitcher of water that Eustace became at the end of the Snowman's episode, and Dr. Vindaloo clones a brand new Eustace, with the non-melting gene included! It may have a slight impact on his memory which is why he's never brought it up before.

Courage the Cowardly Dog takes place at some point in Bojack Horseman's world.
Both series have humans and humanoid animals living side by side. But while Bojack lives in the 2010s, Courage lives sometime around the 1960s in the middle of, well, Nowhere, a much more regressive area of the country where animals are treated like second-class citizens, and some of them (like Katz and LeQuack) resort to a life of crime to get by.

In his later years after Eustace and Muriel passed away, Courage finally moved from Nowhere to get proper citizenship and became a civil rights activist. He also published his experiences living with the Bagges. His more supernatural adventures were either exaggerated accounts, or Nowhere really is that big a Weirdness Magnet. Meanwhile, Shirley became a famed psychic, possibly even finding a gig in Hollywoo(d), and Katz gained infamy as a Zodiac-like Serial Killer when Courage helped finally put him away.

  • Aside from Courage the Cowardly Dog and Bojack Horseman both having anthropomorphic animal characters, they don't really have much else in common, especially because the latter show is much more grounded in reality by comparison. The only way this theory would make any sense is if, like suggested above, Courage's supernatural adventures were all just extremely exaggerated tall tales that are being retold by an Unreliable Narrator.

Courage the Cowardly Dog shares a universe with Regular Show.
Both of these series star talking animal characters (some of whom are more human-like than others), who often find themselves getting involved in some extremely bizarre supernatural misadventures.
  • And considering the fact that these two shows are both owned by Cartoon Network, a potential crossover between them is theoretically possible (even if unlikely for now), due to the lack of any legal barriers.

Some day in the future, there might be an official crossover special between Courage the Cowardly Dog and Scooby-Doo.
Just admit it, you've probably once dreamed of seeing these two cowardly dogs teaming up to solve a supernatural mystery. Or you at least wondered why Cartoon Network has never (exactly) made such an episode before; the closest thing to a crossover we ever got were some very brief TV promos like this one.

Eustace and Muriel are currently living off of Horst's life insurance.
It was shown in "Farmer Hunter, Farmer Hunted" that the farmhouse was his, as well. Or at least that the family lived there, but he was clearly in charge. This is how they have money and land despite not ever growing anything to sell, or seeming to have ever had jobs beyond being farmers. It's part of why Eustace pinches his pennies (despite in some episodes being shown to have a lot of money); because he knows if he doesn't, he'll run out and have nothing at all.
  • Additional theory: Eustace and Muriel are, at least to some extent, dependent on state welfare programs for survival. Judging by the abysmal state of their old house and arid farmlands, they clearly don't have much wealth.

Eustace ran away from home as a young man, and later met Katz at some point. They made a simple deal. Eustace will become immortal ("That will prove my family who's the best Bagge. 'Stupid boy'? 'Useless'? I'll outlive them all. I'll live long enough to dance on your grave, stupid mother!"); and Katz will have the right to ask for favors whenever he likes.

One day, after some years of being married to Muriel and having Courage as a pet, Eustace got a visit from his old patron (in "Ball of Revenge"). Katz asked him to get Courage out of the way, and Eustace was eager to comply. However, since Katz is who he is, even Eustace himself was in grave danger. Katz promised immortality, but said nothing about being Dragged Off to Hell...

Nowhere is is literally nowhere, it is a Void Between the Worlds that exists between all other dimensions.
It is surprisingly easy to enter by accident, hence all the bizarre visitors and monsters popping seemingly out of nowhere. Eustace and Muriel ended up here somehow and decided to stay, being none the wiser that they are smack dab in the middle of a crossroad between worlds (or they may just not care).

The Muriel and Eustace lookalikes in the "Hearts Full of Love" music video are in fact their daughter and son all grown up.
They were in their teens when Muriel adopted Courage, the series starts not long after they leave for college. Though they aren't on speaking terms with Eustace they are regularly in contact with Muriel via letter. The daughter becomes a great photographer and the son becomes a famous horror author, both of them gaining great inspiration from the exploits of Courage which they learn from the letters Muriel writes. Years later Muriel and Eustace pass away from old age and their children inherit everything, including Courage whom they are happy to bring to their home. In his new home Courage no longer has to worry about supernatural threats, though the events of the past have scarred him to such a degree to where he has developed a habit of seeing monsters where there are none. The woman who sings the song in the video is the girlfriend/fiancé of the son, she develops an especially close relationship with Courage and writes some songs about him, including the one in the music video.


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