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Clay did actually love Orel
It's just that he was too insane to act upon it.
  • Clay acted upon it in the only way he knew how to love. Which was warped and insane in itself, the way young Clay's eye lit up when he was about to get hit in the face.
  • As mentioned above it’s very possible (as messed up as it sounds) that all of Orel’s lectures and spankings in hands of Clay’s were in reality his twisted way of showing his care and affection to Orel. Additionally it’s subtly implied that Clay does loves Orel and it’s aware of his abuse towards him based on the speech he gave on ‘Sacrifice, but unfortunately he lacks the strength of character to stop or become someone better.

Clay: And that through your weaknesses, you built up a poison that poisoned others around you. That you love.

Orel was an angel.
He however cant remember it. Orel the angel screwed up royally and got punished by god with being reborn as a mere mortal.He loves to go to church because it's the only way he can be closest to heaven and god.It's also why in episode "Grounded" Orel even after several electroshocks comes back to the living world. God didn't want him back.
  • Orel is Lucifer?

Angela's death is her Thanatos Gambit.
She knew that it is end of her life now that her heart is weak due from too much alcohol and smoking. That's why she allowed Clay to see the photos of his unborn siblings, and uses his fake suicide to kill herself.

He goes into trouble from the moment he killed his own mother by his fake death to insulting his father so that he can be slapped. What else is that he shot his own son, Orel, so that he can hate him. All of Moralton hates Clay because he will cause the end of the world with his beliefs.

Orel has been in coma all along in season 3.
The episode "Grounded" takes place before "Nature part 1", right? Therefore, the events of Clay shooting him and the rest of season 3 happens to be a dream.

Orel would have had a worse adolescence and adulthood if the show continued
As is stated both here on the main article and on That Other Wiki Moral Orel's happy ending was the product of a forced Gecko Ending by the Executives of [adult swim]. So It can be assumed that if Moral Orel was allowed to continue for a possible 4th and 5th season Orel's remaining childhood would have gotten increasingly worse.Since the Deconstructionist humor was on what seemed to be a increasing Slippery Slope along the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism regardless of what Word of God had said about Orel getting darker and yet growing as a person. Nothing would stop Orels creator from making things more and more miserable for his lead character and his universe. If oral didnt become just like his father the viewers would have either seen Orel become a miserable homeless drunken strung out wreck or some Evangelion type Fate Worse than Death like some paranormal force of wrath or brutal justice killing everyone in town leaving only Orel alive a hollow insane shell.
  • The happy ending wasn't the part that was forced, it was the abruptness of it. The creators have stated that Orel still would have gotten his happy ending.
Clay Puppington is the Big Bad of the entire series all along, not Ms. Censordoll.
Maybe she's just a scapegoat to confuse the audience. He even allowed her to control him into shooting Orel and losing respect for him as his plan. Remember the part where she tried to become the new Mayor? It turns out he planned it confuse Orel. When she quits, she just did it so that Clay would keep his position as Big Bad.

The Big Bad is Satan.
Isn't Satan the Big Bad of all of Christianity?
  • Or the Big Bad is God, and the world in the show is exactly as His word dictates ours should be.

Everyone is The Antichrist except for Orel.
And even the people who are nice to him.

Clay has a Split Personality.
He created a good personality to dissociate himself from the childhood he has. This personality is shown in "Help", but the original personality took over when Clay is introduced to alcoholism. After Bloberta punches him, the good personality takes over again to marry her, but the bad personality takes over the time after the marriage. When Orel is born, the good personality took over this time to teach him the bad things he has done. However, it comes to an end in "Nature" part 1 and 2 when Clay drinks too much alcohol that would result in the original personality to become dominant permanently.

Oral and his brother(s) were put into foster care after the events of "Nature"
Shapey and/or Blocky's bizarre behavior got the attention of child protective services who sent over a social worker to investigate. After Oral told the social worker about his hunting trip with his Dad, the Puppingtons soon lost custody and the boys were put with a more competent foster family. That's why adult Oral is so well adjusted.

Clay orchestrated Orel to hate him for a reason.
  • Yes, precisely so that Orel would grow up to be just like him. And that's no WMG, it's pretty much canon.
    • while Clay did make his son hate him it's for Oral to hate him so much he would always fight back giving Clay the abuse indused attention he wants.
Clay tries to become like Jesus.

Nurse Bendy is Dr. Claire Saunders in an alternate universe.

Orel's son is named Bartholomew.

Orel and his brother(s) will be taken by Child Protective Service after the series finaly and adopted by Stephanie and her father
When Stephanie finaly hears what happens at his house (proably from Orel at work), she called CPS who then sent over a social worker to investigate. After Orel told the social worker about his hunting trip with his Dad, the Puppingtons soon lost custody and the boys were adopted by the closest thing to a loving/competent adult. That's why adult Oral is so well adjusted.
  • Alternate option: They go to Clay's father, if he's still alive by then. Yes, the Aborted Arc would have his death, but the key word is 'Aborted'. Since it didn't happen, it's possible Grandpa Puppington would live on, at least until Orel reaches his majority.

The picture on Orel's wall in the Distant Future is of Christina's parents, not Orel's.
Seriously, I think I'm the only one that remembers that her parents look exactly like his. And while it does shed a darker light on Orel, there could be other reasons; that Clay and Bloberta cut themselves out of Orel's lives, that Orel converted to Christina's form of Christianity (which could explain the previous), or that, yes, Orel cut them out of his life. And honestly? I wouldn't blame him one bit. I wouldn't want MY hypothetical kids around someone like them.
  • Some evidence seems to exist that Christina's parents were actually worse than Orel's, so it doesn't seem likely that the picture is of them.

The creators intentionally made Season 3 so dark it would get cancelled so that the show would go out on a high note.
  • They don't have anything against the show, they just wanted it to end as one of [adult swim]'s best shows, so that it ends before it turns out like Aqua Teen Hunger Force or Robot Chicken.
    • Considering how not long after the creator moved on to Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, possible at least.
      • By design, Moral Orel couldn't turn out like Aqua Teen or Robot Chicken, in the sense that only the very forgiving or very perverse end up liking them after several seasons, if that's what is meant by the apparent consensus by tropers that those two shows have fallen into seasonal rot. AT and RC are focused on comedy and eschew continuity, whereas Moral Orel, from Season 3 onward, was more drama than comedy and EXTREMELY focused on continuity. If it had continued, it probably would've been even better. It was supposed to last five seasons, and its name would eventually change from Moral Orel to Moralton as it became focused on the town overall and not just Orel. If seasonal rot were to happen, it would be because of different reasons that AT or RC, and I think that Dino Stamatopolous would take special care to make sure that nothing like that happened. It was cancelled simply because the Ms. Sculptham scenes from "Alone" were too disturbing for Keith Crawford, Mike Lazzo, and Nick Weidenfeld to handle without humor to soften the impact, and they were afraid of Dino making it more disturbing. How you can get much more disturbing than the events of that episode, I have no idea, however.

Moralton is Purgatory.
  • It just happens that Orel and Christina are the only ones who are able to ascend to Heaven.
    • I don't know, I think Shapey and Block would too. They're seven and bratty, but things can change as they grow up.
    • Also, would that make Reverend Putty or Stephanie Gene Hunt?

Clay wasn't really Gay or Bi. Or even all that sexual.
Yes, he was genuinely sincere in his need and love for Stopframe, but it was purely emotional and not sexual for him, which was not the same for the coach. When you think about it, Clay isn't really a sexual creature outside of the episodes where he does roleplay with the other family and hires prostitutes from Orel. All his 'serious' relationships are just pure emotional obsession and attachment to another figure, less about sex and more about desperately trying to fill the need for parental affection in him. Clay is shown being lavished with attention in his early childhood by his mother before her death and taking desperate actions whenever he wanted his Father's. Bloberta roped him into a quick marriage by manipulating him into thinking he needed her and that she could provide him with love that he so craved. It's even implied later on that he's developed an Oedipus Complex. Coach Stopframe's level of obsession with Clay reminded him of his mother's obsession. What Clay wanted most was to find someone who would practically worship him, even if it meant leading someone on that he had no real sexual attraction to. Stopframe and Clay's relationship was just an another example of how manipulative and uncaring of other's Clay is. 'Nesting' supports this very well, due to all the VERY Freudian imagery in Clay's head and Censordoll easily manipulating him as a mother-figure.

A few more theories....
  • Orel has autism, hence his childlike, unquestioning faith, gullibility, and tendency to take things at face value and frequently misinterpret what he's told, with hilarious and even chilling results. His grandfather was the only one who ever recognized he isn't stupid, the boy just learns a little differently. Not having responsible adults around to help put things in proper perspective for Orel can't help matters.
    • Adding to that theory, God/anything church related (and to a lesser extent, probably stop motion) would be his special interest.
  • Joe's deep-voiced "sister" is actually his father, a pre-op transsexual, and his aged, senile "father" is really his grandfather. When "she" says, "I'm not your mother", "she" is only telling half the story. He fathered Joe as a teenager with an equally as young, and maybe a bit ditsy (though far from around-the-bend childlike, that came later) Nurse Bendy. Later he realized he was a woman trapped in a man's body and broke it off with Bendy ,which may have precipitated her madness. His father soon forgot who his son really is, this being about the time Alzheimer's set in. In effect, he became his own "sister", raising his "nephew" and doting on his aging, incontinent "grandfather" as penance.
  • Likewise, Doughy's "parents" are really dead, and he was left in the custody of his eighteen-year-old dumb Jerk Jock brother and Dumb Blonde girlfriend, later wife. Hence why they barely act like he exists and look and talk like a couple of high-school kids.

Orel succeeds Rev. Putty as reverend of the church.
Dino imagined that Orel would stay in Moralton to make it a better place, and where better than at the pulpit?

Joe, later in life will struggle with his sexuality

Joe's go-to main insults are that something is dumb and old are shown to be projections of his own short-coming and fears. So it's safe to assume he may be a budding homosexual as well.

Practically as an adult he would have confusing feelings about say, The figerille boy, and go to varying family members for advice. Firstly his mother before realizing she's to damaged to help, then his sister who we'll she is seeing someone now isn't much help due her lack of experience and age, even going to Uncle Danielle and Stephanie who also fail, before he ends up drunkingly spilling his issues to Oerl on a social visit at the bar, and getting the more sound advice. (The companion episode to this would be Oerl attempting to explain to his son why he allows Joe to still "pick on"/insult him and a mature Oerl attempting to explain turn the other cheek and knowing that Joe doesn't have much going for him) so the episode would end seeing the end of a slightly nicer interaction between Oerl (with son in tow) and Joe, before Joe gets the nerve to tell whoever he likes he likes them. The credits roll over what Joe is saying but the reaction is nice.

Religion Is Wrong and no steps are taken to improve what they have
We might never know if there really is or is not a god / afterlife / divine edict in Morel Orel's universe, but whatever the truth is, there is enough horrifying evidence from the show to prove that whatever the townsfolk believe is the right way to live? That ain't it.

It's not the town's shallow faith that ruins them, but their inability to question and re-interpret their faith. Everyone in the series ends up going into one of two extremes: attempts at hyper-faith, which minimize their deviation from Orthodox Christianity only to quickly veer out of control as they are mindlessly taken to their logical conclusion (a core staple of Orel's Pure Is Not Good hijinks up to and including attempting to murder his brother for God), or faking it, in which they pretend to be faithful, even to themselves, but cannot believe that they can hold themselves up to the ridiculously stagnant church standards while keeping their own social standing (Clay especially, and pretty much everyone else).

Most importantly, the town is paralyzed with an inability to admit they have a problem, blaming religion for showing them the right path and acting surprised when life doesn't follow the script.


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