Bob's Burgers has developed a fierce fan base and even fiercer fan theories. There's just something so incredibly refreshing about the show — whether it's Tina Belcher's unique views on feminism and sexuality, Linda's mission to love and nurture her children's weirdness, or Gene's undeniable musical ability. Some of these Bob's Burgers conspiracy theories highlight the Belchers' cutting-edge quirks, helping them rank as one of TV's most progressive families, but others remain Bob's Burgers mysteries. Seriously, things take a dark turn very quickly when you get into the depths of Reddit.
With great popularity comes great fan theories. It's happened with all of Bob's Burgers' Fox predecessors, including The Simpsons and King of the Hill. But how do these theories actually rank? Is Bob Belcher really bisexual? Is he even actually still alive? These fan theories about Bob's Burgers will get you as excited as Tina's erotic friend fiction.
Jimmy Pesto Hates Bob Because He's Jealous
Theoretically, an Italian restaurant and burger joint wouldn't really be competing, so why does Jimmy Pesto hate Bob Belcher so much? One fan theory by Redditor Sveenee alleges that it's because he's jealous.
Jimmy Pesto is a hack. He had to change his name to be more Italian in order to succeed, and his food is largely terrible despite his success. It's also suggested Jimmy is divorced from his wife, and he despises his kids' eccentricities.
This is the opposite of Bob, who's an excellent chef and never compromises his integrity. He is loved by his wife and family, and they embrace their weirdness. This causes a lot of resentment in Jimmy Pesto, since all he really has to rely on is his restaurant. He defines his self-worth solely through financial success.
Bob's Burgers Is Based In New Bedford, Massachusetts
A local Massachusetts radio station presented the wild idea that Bob's Burgers is actually based in New Bedford, Massachusetts . The New England setting, however, does make a certain kind of sense. The show's creator, Loren Bouchard, said the show takes place in the Northeast in a "seaside, past-its-prime, dusty old town."
Though he said he imagines it somewhere in New Jersey, or the outer boroughs of New York City (think Coney Island), there's plenty of evidence to show it's actually further north. For example, the community in the show has a Lobsterfest, which would be common for a small New England town and less common in New Jersey. Additionally, the Wagstaff Middle School sports team is called the Whalers, the same name as New Bedford High's team. Whales, whale-watching, and sailing are much more common the deeper you get into New England.
Louise Uses Her Bunny Hat To Hide The Fact She's Turning Into Her Mother
Turning into your mother is a pretty common fear for a tween-aged girl. Though Louise is only nine, it's safe to say she's matured a bit early. The girl is, in fact, bizarrely mature (and borderline sociopathic). Throughout everything, however, Louise never removes her bunny hat, and fans believe she's using this to distract herself from the fact that she's just like her mom. You can see the video explanation by ChannelFrederator above.
Louise and Linda look almost exactly the same. If you look beneath her hat, you'll find that they even have the same haircut; however, the pair has a rocky relationship (albeit one built in unconditional love). In the episode "Mother Daughter Laser Razor," Linda admits that Louise has always liked Bob better. She's certainly a daddy's girl, and even casual fans of the show can see she looks up to Bob. According to the theory, the hat differentiates her from her mother, which is pretty successful considering they'd look almost identical without it.
Bob Is Bisexual But Never Got A Chance To Explore His Sexuality
Bob may be in a happy marriage with Linda, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating he's actually bisexual. There's a whole lot of evidence to back this one up, conveniently gathered together by Redditor wastalkingaboutmyrug, but the biggest giveaway was when Bob actually admitted he was "mostly straight" (but not all-the-way straight) in a Thanksgiving episode.
In the episode, Bob keeps ruining the Thanksgiving turkey when he's sleepwalking. He has to therefore regularly go back to the grocery store to buy more turkeys. While he's there, a deli worker starts flirting with him and insisting that the father of three doesn't need to buy the turkeys and is using it as an excuse to chat.
Towards the end of the episode, the deli worker says he left his boyfriend, and begs Bob to run away with him. Bob actually says he'd consider it if he wasn't married, and admits he's "mostly straight." He ends up leaving the counter, maintaining the deli worker is so out of his league that it would never work.