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The Gang are reincarnations of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
Think about it: A group of fire forged friends who resist the tyranny of authority and stand up for the oppressed?

Going by the most modern BBC Series of Robin Hood - though other versions work too - the characters fit like this:TJ is Robin, (charismatic hero with a strong sense of justice). Spinelli is Maid Marian,(spunky action girl). Mikey is Little John,(Gentle Giant/Team Dad). Gus is Much,(awkward side kick). Gretchen is Djac,(resident scientist and smart girl). Vince is Will Scarlet (the Quiet One) or possibly Allan(the snarky one).

  • Going further, Principal Prickly is Prince John (the distant, evil overlord), Miss Finster is the Sheriff (hands on overseer) and Randall is Guy of Gisborne (the Sheriff's lackey, who has moments of empathy with the gang).
TJ is the reincarnation of Figaro. (The Barber of Seville, not Geppetto's cat.)
Both are highly resourceful schemers, both have a good sense of humor, both can sometimes be The Ditz despite their street smarts, and both have a knack for undermining authority. Honestly, doesn't it make sense that TJ was a character who helped to inspire the French Revolution? Of course TJ is more idealistic than Figaro, less motivated by money and more by fun and friendship, but that's probably the result of being a 9-year-old who doesn't need to worry about money. By the same token, Spinelli is Susanna: she has the same feistiness, practicality, and shared romantic feelings with TJ/Figaro, and it might be subconscious trauma from the Count's seduction attempts that gives her more of a temper and makes her reject femininity in this lifetime.
TJ will become King in Sixth Grade but he'll try to give up the throne.
As previously stated TJ becoming King is almost inevitable, given that he's Prankster Prince, King Bob respects him and he already acts as a leader to kids of the playground. However in a twist he'll find the throne incredibly lonely and boring. (Seriously, can you imagine TJ being happy when he's always carried around on a sedan chair and never allowed to leave the jungle gym?)

So he finds it fun at first but realizes he's too much of an ordinary kid to remain withdrawn from society. He also cares enough about his friends that he doesn't just want to be their boss so he'll try and give up the throne. However the rest of the Recess gang convince him to stay because he's a good King and instead share the burden with him and form a government. Spinelli will be Minister of Defence, Mikey of Culture, Gretchen of Finance/Science, Vince of Sport/Transport and Gus Minister of whatever is left over. Thus TJ is no longer lonely and the playground will be ushered into the first age of democracy!


TJ grows up to become the leader of the Tea party as we know it today.
Remember TJ? Remember the patriotic flame he always had burning within him? TJ loves his country. When he was a kid, he always stood up against anything in his school that took away Freedom and Liberty, such as King Bob forcing them to build a pyramid for him. TJ, however, grew up and realized that the America he once loved was being corrupted by "liberal hippie commies" and "money-guzzled war mongers". None of the political groups of the day stood for what America is really about. TJ decided to do something about it. He heard about Ron Paul's "Tea Party", went to a few meetings, and then he completely hijacked the entire movement.
  • Considering that his teachers (Ms. Grotke in particular) could possibly be considered the "liberal hippie commies", he could just as easily fall into the Occupy Wall Street crowd and become a leader in this group for many of the same reasons (The kid has charisma).
    • It's possible he supports both and created his own movement taking the best of both worlds, making it similar to Ron Paul's Liberty Movement.
  • Sure he mobilized a revolvt against Pharoah Bob as well as curbstomping Gus during his short mandate. He also has proven to have the proper aspiration during career day, namely being the local hero as well as the head of state. It seems that one way or another, TJ would be put in office. However, whatever event allowed him to take charge, would ultimately become a Full-Circle Revolution. TJ is incapable of understanding that not everyone in the world likes him, both times he had a taste of authority, he became very corrupt. Either by becoming a Corrupt Corporate Executive or a megalomaniac principal no way better than the adults. Most dangerous would be if TJ were to seek both his career aspirations, simultaneously. After all, a strong leader with a cult of personality is usually bad news for democracy.

Spinelli will grow up to join the Mafia.
Her name sounds Italian and she loves to kick butt. It's probably already in her blood anyway. She'll probably be made an official member of the Family when she comes of age.
  • And the man once known as Hustler Kid will provide her tommy gun and ammo.
  • Unlikely, her parents are CIA (or at least her dad is) she'll likely follow in his footsteps.
  • Women can't join the Sicilian Mafia.

Spinelli will be CIA when she grows up
  • as stated above, her father is CIA and she's one tough chick. It would make sense for her to follow her father's footsteps.

Combining the two theories above...
Spinelli will join the FBI and infiltrate the mob.

Miss Finster either smokes, or is a former smoker.
That explains her voice. Many Elementary and Junior High teachers in Real Life smoke cigarettes to deal with stress.

The series is told from the point of view of TJ, and possibly the rest of the grade once they are grown up (probably to their kids).
I'm surprised this one hasn't come up yet. It explains all the inconsistencies, like why recess can go on for hours in some episodes, how adults can entirely change perspectives like Principal Prickly being all for getting rid of recess in the documentary episode and then being all for recess in the summer episode, and why some truly insane things happen. Every time an episode lets something really insane stand like the teacher's lounge or TJ riding on top of the bus, it's because they either still believed that when they were kids, or it's what they told their own kids happened. What school do you know of that has a secret police? Or would let the children do something like build a chocolate monument or a pyramid? Some episodes weren't exaggerated memories, like when TJ went to Menlo's birthday party, but a lot of it is.
  • And yes, this does mean that someone actually had this childhood, even if it was slightly more realistic. Jealous?

TJ will be king in grade 6
  • think about it, he's got leadership skills. And he was prankster prince, just like King Bob was before he became king. It's obvious, TJ is on his way to Kingship.
    • This is very likely. But then again, TJ has gone a little crazy when he basically monopolized the entire playground when he became rich with monstickers.
    • On the other hand, he's normally good about controlling power; like blotting his title of 'Prankster Prince' to save playground order and stopping King Bob from going too far with his pyramid building. He has his moments, but in general TJ is pretty humble when it comes to being in charge and whatnot.
    • Besides it seems all kids can become corrupt: Spinelli wanting to rule the world, Gus latching onto anything that makes him popular and/or important, Vince suffering from his ego, Freddie losing it when he becomes King in 'Taking the Fifth Grade' and even King Bob himself is known for abusing his position. Compared to them TJ can manage power more easily, so he's the best option.

Spinelli will grow up to be a six-foot tall bodybuilder named Moe
  • Follow your dreams, kids.
  • One problem: Galileo said she would be under 6ft.

TJ grows up to become 90's Kid from Atop the Fourth Wall.
  • Their outfits are nearly identical and both of them are children of the 90's.

Vince grows up to be Troy from Community
Respect for geeks, ultimately irrelevant athletic ability and a competitive streak.

Ashley A. will become Queen of the Playground in Sixth Grade.
She's popular enough and TJ probably wouldn't want to be in a position of power that limits his fun like that. Plus, Ashley A always has Ashley B, Q and T to be her loyal right-hand gals.

Menlo will be the Playground king in sixth grade.
TJ would likely be the rightful king, but TJ and most of his friends would probably like to play at recess. Menlo was one of TJ's good friends in the past and TJ still appears to care about his friendship in Some Friend, and already devotes his time to enforcing pointless rules instead of playing willingly. Also, Menlo is one of the few kids in TJ's grade who doesn't seem to be corrupted by power or default abusing their power. Menlo.

Reccess and all other One Saturday Morning shows takes place in the same universe.
The premises of shows like Recess; Pepper Ann, Doug, The Weekenders, and Fillmore! are all similar (slice of life shows in Grade School/Middle School aged kids with more out there lives for one reason or another. The animation styles and character designs are somewhat similar, except for Doug which has the technicolor people in shades of blue, green, and purple (though there is a WMG of Bluffington being polluted in the Doug WMG page that explains this).

Spinelli's father is Alec Trevelyan.
  • They have the same code name. Bob Spinelli is obviously an alias.

Superintendent Skinner is Seymour Skinner
  • Sometime after The Simpsons finally ends, Skinner takes over as superintendent for a retiring Chalmers, whose district includes not only Springfield Elementary, but Third Street School as well. The reason why Skinner likes being so intimidating to Prickly is because he got it from Chalmers doing the exact same thing to him.

Skeens and Guru Kid are brothers.
  • They have similar appearances, and during the montage in "Rumor Mill," it's shown that Guru Kid heard the rumor from Skeens.

Finster and Prickly were in "Recess Gangs" of their own.
  • Obviously they couldn't have been in the same group, but since they both attended Third Street School, it makes sense. More specifically, Finster was the Spinelli of her generation's group (the tough girl), and Prickly was the T.J. of his (the leader who fights for kids' rights). This would also explain why Prickly bonds with T.J., and likewise Finster with Spinelli.

Finster and Prickly's praised teaching methods in the 60's were a case of Fair for Its Day Values Dissonance
  • Think about the disciplinary methods that they used. Finster disciplined the kids by putting them in time out or making them do chores during recess. Now, think about common methods of discipline back in the 60's. Paddling kids, striking their hands with rulers, locking them in a closet, yelling at them until they broke down and cried. Finster and Prickly have shown they're against those kinds of brutal punishments. Also, they would have had to discipline kids less back then because they were more fearful of authority. I imagine at least once they declined to tell the kids parents back then if a kid misbehaved if the kids revealed their dad was going to give them the belt. I imagine a few kids in the 60's and 70's were confused and relieved to find that standing against the wall was the punishment and not just a waiting place before getting a paddling. I imagine both clashed back then with authority who thought their nonviolent punishments would make kids too soft.
    • If you have caught episodes of Mad Men you can see it was an era where someone would feel no qualms about smacking a neighbor's kid if they broken something, threaten to kill a kid's dog to her face after the dog took one of his birds, any of the moments between Betty and Sally where she'd threaten the girl with bodily harm for lack of obedience, parental negligence, etc. It was a novel idea for Sally's teacher Miss Farrell to suggest a small meeting to discuss her misbehavior rather than discipline her and send her home with a note. Indeed the intervention techniques employed by both Finster and Prickly would have been very novel.

If the show had continued, Dr. Slicer and/or Dr. Benedict would've returned.

Jared Smith is the result of a super-soldier breeding program
  • He shows several physical and mental capabilities that far exceed that any other preteen child and is more than easily capable of preforming several skills that even trained adults would have difficulty in. Examples why he may be a super soldier
    • Capable of over taking a very athletic child who had a very long head start
    • Able to quickly and accurately solve extremely difficult mathematical problem that even a high genius child had difficulty with, all without calculation aid tools.
    • Able to produce burps that can shatter windows
    • Able to fly military aircraft that require years of training with high precision and skill at a very young age
    • The President of the United States seems to trust tasks to Jared Smith

In "Rainy Days," TJ and the gang didn't get sick from playing in the rain.
  • Catch Your Death of Cold doesn't really happen, after all. They got sick from the real way germs spread – from being cooped up indoors with all the other kids in the school for so many days. Plenty of the other kids will also get sick, even though they were warm and dry inside.


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