Animaniacs might be one of the best cartoons in existence because of the obscure references and adult jokes, but it's also straight bonkers. Thanks to this zaniness there are some weird Animaniacs fan theories that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing, and often both.
For those who may not remember, Animaniacs is about the three Warner siblings, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, created in the '30s, an era that couldn't handle their outlandishness, so they were locked away in the Warner Bros. water tower until the world was ready for them in the '90s. Since everyone loves fan theories about '90s cartoons, take a look at this list of fan theories that will definitely make you view Yakko, Wakko, and Dot's adventures in a different light.
Mindy's Adventures Are Actually Button's Nightmares
Buttons and Mindy are two characters with their own sketch shorts on Animaniacs, portraying a toddler (Mindy) and her protective dog (Buttons). A theory argues that Mindy's shenanigans are so unrealistic for a toddler that they can't be real, and thus must be Buttons's nightmares. It's noted that "Buttons is almost always seen trying to sleep right before one of Mindy's escapades" and that "Mindy is capable of doing things that aren't humanly possible such as scaling Notre Dame Cathedral... It also explains why almost no adults can be seen anywhere, and the few that are don't even question why Mindy is out by herself - Buttons would think all humans inept and ignorant after being around Mindy's parents all day."
Animaniacs Is A Show Within A Show
Though it's not an uncommon theory, Redditor yay855 might have the most to say about the idea that Animaniacs is a show within a show. The argument goes that the Warner siblings were indeed locked away as their antics were too out there for the era in which they originated, i.e, the '30s, but when they finally escaped in the '90s it was into a world now ready and willing to watch their particular brand of zaniness. The executives on the Warner lot where the Animaniacs came bursting forth decided to give them a shot, which explains why the characters break the fourth wall so much (as they know they're in a TV show) and why some of the main characters take up roles as other characters when the Warners go on adventures: these aren't adventures but sketches being filmed, which is why we occasionally see the Nurse or other characters like her playing additional roles.
The Hip Hippos Were Formerly Owned By Pablo Escobar
In one of the craziest intersections of cartoons and the world of drug kingpins, Redditor juicelee777 believes the Hip Hippos of various Animaniacs shorts were former residents of Pablo Escobar's personal zoo. This explains why the Hip Hippos have Latin accents and lavish tastes; they were pampered in Escobar's Colombian compound. Escobar died in 1993, the same year the show started, which explains why the Hippos are free to appear in sketches and travel the world, something they have the means to do given their inheritance, as this Redditor explains in the greatest line ever:
"They're able to jet across the world due to Escobar leaving them a sizable amount of money that only they could access should anything ever happen to him.. (what government is going to look into the financial records of hippos?)"
The Animaniacs Are Modern Furies Of Greek Mythology
In Greek mythology there existed deities of the Underworld called Furies, or Erinyes, who tormented wrongdoers. Redditor ronkhare believes they exist in the Animaniacs universe as well, arguing that the Warner siblings are indeed manifestations of these goddesses.
"Almost all stories that center on the Animaniacs introduce a primary 'bad guy' who believes himself better than everyone and everything. During this setup the Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister!) give this mortal a chance to mend his ways. Failing that, however, the 'relentless hounding' begins, with the Warners exercising powers far beyond comprehension.
In the end, the lesson is taught, and the sinner repents and accepts their newfound humility."
While the victims of the Erinyes' torment usually resulted in death, the cartoon versions have a proportionately innocent endgame.