What No One Noticed

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by zack soh

Have you ever watched a movie and felt like something was missing? No, it’s not popcorn; it’s a tidbit of information that wasn’t explained in the movie. Maybe you thought, “Oh, I don’t know. It can’t be that important.” That’s where you were probably wrong. Some plot theories are so twisted that they can completely change your perception of the whole movie. Whether they were intended by a bored director, or born from the imagination of a hardcore fan, these will completely blow your mind.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory:

The theory: Wonka was a deranged, child-hating murderer who staged the “accidents” that took place in his factory. Charlie was later selected to continue Wonka’s evil legacy.

The unlikely proof:

How else would the Oompa-Loompas have song and dance routines based on the names of the victims?

“Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop! The great big greedy nincompoop!”


The theory: Ash, along with Pokemon, were just made up by the mother to tell as a story to her daughter.

The unlikely proof:

  1. There is a mother and daughter who appear throughout the entire Pokemon series intermittently. At the start of the whole series, they appear in a more realistic setting than expected, with the mother reading the daughter a story.
  2. Ash never ages.

Star Wars:

The theory: Chewbacca and R2-D2 are secretly Rebel agents, using their knowledge of Anakin’s transformation and the rise of the Galactic Empire, rather than simply forgetting it in a mind wipe.

The unlikely proof:

This does sort out some of the plot holes established by the prequel series.

Harry Potter:

The theory: The first thing Snape says to Harry is “I bitterly regret Lily’s death.”

The unlikely proof:

The first thing Snape asks Harry is “Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?” This may simply seem like a typical sadistic question posed by Snape, but according to Victorian flower language, asphodel is a type of lily meaning “my regrets follow you to the grave”, and wormwood means “absence”, and also usually symbolizes bitter sorrow. Add them together, and you get…


The theory: Totoro actually represents the God of Death. At the end, Satsuki and Mei are both dead.

The unlikely (and rather comprehensive) proof:

  1. Fearing that Mei may have been drowned, the old lady asks Satsuki if the slipper from the river belongs to Mei when she arrives at the scene. Creepily, the slipper is the same color as Mei’s shoes. Satsuki lied to relieve the adults.
  2. In the later half of the movie, Mei’s shadow seems more transparent than before.
  3. When Satsuki is looking for Mei, she passes by stone statues of Ojizou-san, also known as the patron deity of deceased children. There’s even the name “Mei” carved in one of the statues. (Brr)
  4. Afterward, when Satsuki gets onto the Cat-bus, its destination panel flashes “Path of grave” briefly, before reverting to “Mei”.
  5. There may also be a connection with the movie plot and the Sayama case, which was a brutal murder case in Japan in 1963. There are many subtle references to the Sayama case, such as a single slipper being found in both cases, or a scene with exactly 6 Ojizou-san statues in it.
  6. In the final scene of the movie, both Satsuki and Mei don’t have shadows.

(Farewell childhood)

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