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Blue's Clues Fan Theories

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Vote up the theories you believe could be true.

Debuting in 1996, Blue's Clues was a national phenomenon. Pre-school children everywhere were Skidooing into make-believe worlds with Steve and his dog Blue. The show's characters were household names, much like the residents of Sesame Street before them.

Even decades later, fans are still thinking about Blue's Clues mysteries. Thank to nostalgic '90s kids, the internet is rife with Blue's Clues fan theories. While a lot of the speculation is goofy, the better ideas could potentially crack open some of televison's greatest enigmas.  

It's time for the world to know whether Mrs. Pepper cheated on Mr. Salt or if Steve's house is possessed by a malignant spirit. 

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    415 VOTES

    Steve Is Babysitting The Kids Watching Him

    Steve Is Babysitting The Kids Watching Him
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    If you're wondering why Steve is constantly addressing the camera or seemingly talking to himself, Redditor /u/Chengweiyingji has a theory that makes sense.

    Steve is babysitting! When he talks to the camera, he's addressing the kids he's watching. That explains all the make-believe, playing dumb, and educational activities. You even hear the kids responding to Steve (although you never see any kids except in the mail videos). 

    This theory also explains how Steve can afford to go to college; when you never leave the house, it's easy to save up thousands of dollars. 

    415 votes
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    286 VOTES

    Blue Got A Job After The Show Ended

    Blue Got A Job After The Show Ended
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    Redditor /u/ThatPlaystationUser noticed a striking similarity between the beloved Blue and the spokes-dog for a popular brand of treats.

    Like many washed-up celebrities, Blue was forced to sell out for profit once the show ended. She began endorsing products and modeling for advertisements to maintain the lifestyle she was accustomed to. This wasn't such a bad deal for ol' Blue though, as the new job included a lifetime supply of treats. 

    286 votes
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    274 VOTES

    Mrs. Pepper Had An Affair

    Mrs. Pepper Had An Affair
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    If you've ever tried combining salt and pepper, you know the result is not paprika or cinnamon. Given this material reality, one has to wonder how Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper conceived their children. 

    Some fans believe Pepper is actually married to Dr. Pepper (the soda) and is cheating on him with Mr. Salt. Maybe one day we'll see Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper on a daytime talk show and finally learn the truth.

    274 votes
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    264 VOTES

    Steve Stays Home Because He Has Agoraphobia

    Steve Stays Home Because He Has Agoraphobia
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    All of Blue's Clues takes place inside Steve's house. While some might blame budget constraints, it's equally likely the host is afraid to leave his home. 

    Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that causes people to have panic attacks when out in public. Weighed down by anxiety, Steve slowly recedes from the public eye until he's no longer able to keep up with the speed of modern life. 

    Eventually, boredom and loneliness started to rear their ugly heads. At this point, Steve began filming educational videos for children as a way of connecting with the world in a low pressure environment. 

    When the show started to become popular, Steve couldn't handle the pressure, so he left for a stint at an in-patient treatment center. Fans were led to believe Steve "left for college" to avoid putting further pressure on the battered star. 

    264 votes
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    242 VOTES

    Steve Is In An Asylum, And We're Watching Footage From His Cell's Security Camera

    Steve Is In An Asylum, And We're Watching Footage From His Cell's Security Camera
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    According to one devoted fan, all of Blue's Clues takes place inside a white padded cell, an unfortunate byproduct of Steve's reduced grip on reality. The sickly host experiences visceral delusions about adventures with his dog Blue, who was once real, but died of neglect during Steve's breakdown.

    The show is captured via a security camera in Steve's room. An entrepreneurial nurse managed to follow some of Steve's babbling and saw the opportunity for profit, assuming the situation was framed in the right manner.

    They hired a graphic designer to create the backgrounds (which were easy to CGI in thanks to the flat white walls that comprise Steve's cell) and sold the show to Nickelodeon. 

    242 votes
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    211 VOTES

    Steve Is A Prison Inmate Suffering From Delusions

    Steve Is A Prison Inmate Suffering From Delusions
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    Redditor /u/earlof711 has an interesting theory about how Steve is actually in prison for a heinous crime. To cope with his abhorrent past, he reverts to a child-like state of delusion. The user elaborates:

    Steve believes he lives in a house, but he's actually moving within the confines of a single room. Notice that when he navigates between rooms, his legs move up and down but his position on the TV doesn't change. He doesn't use doors to navigate between rooms either. That's because it's his imagination.

    Notice that there are no other people in the room. The other characters are an imagined dog and animated household objects. He's alone and hearing voices in his head.

    Most of the things in the room could be available to an inmate: a simple notebook, a chair, books, and a small end table. He doesn't have access to dangerous items such as knives or scissors—things that inmates wouldn't be allowed to have.

    There's also mail time, a staple of prison schedules. Steve's mid-series replacement Joe could be a new inmate taking over Steve's cell after his release (or possible execution).

    211 votes