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25 'Blade Runner' Fan Theories That'll Have You Dreaming Of Electric Sheep 

Jason Bancroft
April 1, 2020 250 votes 32 voters 25 items

One of the best things about the Internet is that anyone can put out a theory about anything much like these fan theories about Blade Runner and Blade Runner: 2049. While most of the time this results in some sort of crackpot diatribe nobody can understand other than the person who posts something on sites like Reddit, there are occasions where a theory about something in popular culture actually makes a good amount of sense.

Theories like the narrator at the beginning of Alladin being the Genie in disguise were floated around the Internet for years before Disney finally confirmed it to be true. The theories out there that haven't been confirmed are many, but that doesn't mean they don't have some element of probability in them.

Theories about Blade Runner have been kicked around online since the beginning of the Internet, and there are more than a few containing some element of plausibility.

Of all the fan theories about Blade Runner found online, these 25 are the ones that may, in fact, contain a nugget of truth, so find the ones you consider to be the most plausible and vote them up to see which one rises to the top!

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Deckard Was The Tortoise
Deckard Was The Tortoise... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25 'Blade Runner' Fan Theories That'll Have You Dreaming Of Electric Sheep
Photo:  Blade Runner/Warner Bros.

Source: Redditor u/Alessio_Mack

Details: At the beginning of the film, Leon is undergoing questions via the Voidt-Kompff test, where he is told the following:

"You're in a desert, walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It's crawling toward you. You reach down, and you flip the tortoise over on its back. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping"

This theory suggests that this descriptive imagery is more aligned with Deckard, wherein, Deckard is the tortoise. By the end of the film, he's facing certain death at the hands of a replicant, but he's ultimately saved by him proving that they can be human after all.

A great theory?
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Officer K's Humanity Is Linked To The Snow
Officer K's Humanity Is ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 'Blade Runner' Fan Theories That'll Have You Dreaming Of Electric Sheep
Photo:  Blade Runner: 2049/Warner Bros.

Source: Redditor u/SkyWasTheRobot

Details: This theory digs deep into the symbolism and meaning of Blade Runner: 2049 by connecting the tone of a scene with the evolution of Officer K and how he grows throughout the movie.

The weather is something of a litmus test, which indicates how close to humanity Officer K feels at any given moment, and as the film progresses, there are various symbols relating to the weather, but none more so than the conclusion, which sees him lay down in the snow to die.

Like tears in the rain, his life was as beautiful and delicate as a snowflake, and throughout these later scenes in the third act fo the film, he and the snow are parallel in the imagery of the movie in such a way as to tie the two together.

A great theory?
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K Is An Upgraded Version Of Roy Batty
K Is An Upgraded Version... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 'Blade Runner' Fan Theories That'll Have You Dreaming Of Electric Sheep
Photo:  Blade Runner: 2049/Warner Bros.

Source: Redditor u/Pancake_muncher

Details: this theory suggests that K is either an updated version of Roy, or he's at the very least, based on his design. The crux of the theory revolves around the climactic water scene, where K is drowning Luv. the point of view shifts to Luv, and for a moment, K looks like Roy.

Both replicants are different from one another in that Roy is all about destruction and forcing his creator to grant him more life while K follows orders and is willing to sacrifice himself if necessary.

Despite this, Roy's legacy may have endured in K, and the parallels between both replicants cannot be discarded, as they are evident on a cursory look.

A great theory?
4
Replicant Revolutionaries
Replicant Revolutionarie... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 'Blade Runner' Fan Theories That'll Have You Dreaming Of Electric Sheep
Photo:  Blade Runner: 2049/Warner Bros.

Source: Redditor u/Nick-Dzink

Details: This theory delves into the status of the replicant revolutionaries by suggesting that K killed the lot of them at the same time we saw Deckard clone Rachel.

The theory outlines four points for this argument and acknowledges four that are against it. The four in support are that we see K looking bruised and beaten more than he was in the previous scene, he had a motive to get rid of them, he's armed and stronger than Nexus 8s, and there was nobody there to intercept him and Deckard when they arrived at the Stelline facility.

The arguments against are a little less convincing. They are that he was already beaten and his cuts just opened up, he's too nice a guy, there were too many of them, and they didn't care about Deckard's influence.

The theory does make some sense when you look at it from different points of view, so it may be one of the ones that has a bit more support than others.

A great theory?