16 Fan Theories About The Parents In 'Encanto' That Actually Make A Magical Point

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Encanto is about family and exploring how the relationships between family members can and should evolve over time. It shows that although Abuela (Alma) was the one to experience the traumatic moment of seeing her husband killed in front of her, she carried that trauma down to her kids, affecting them in ways that she couldn't see until Mirabel opened her eyes. 

Below, fans have shared a few fan theories about the parents of Encanto (Alma, Pedro, Felix, Pepa, Agustin, and Julieta), and some of them make a very valid point. Vote up your favorites!


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    320 VOTES

    Pepa's Gift Is A Visual Representation Of How Mental Disorders Can Feel

    From Redditor u/detectivejen:

    I see her as being incredibly anxious, and she had to live with everyone trying to make her calm all the time (clear skies, clear skies!) instead of expressing herself and processing what she was feeling. I think that's why Bruno apologized and told her to let it go [and be herself]!

    From Redditor u/techno156:

    Part of the mood swings is probably her trying to actively tamp down her emotions when she becomes emotional, so that she doesn't cause a natural disaster, despite her normally being an emotional person.
    We know that when she is particularly worked up or distressed, she can cause a thunderstorm or hurricane, which, if she's not careful, would feed back into itself, endangering the rest of the family, and the community.

    320 votes
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    268 VOTES

    Pepa Could've Been Much More Powerful And Controlled, But Abuela Held Her Back

    From Redditor u/Not_OrdinareeGae:

    There are some gifts that make you questions how it contributes to the community, especially with the gifts given to Pepa's family. I like to believe that Pepa's gift should've grown and she should've been able to control the weather without the interference of her emotions. However, because of the pressure and expectations of Abuela, she did not have the time to make her gift stronger. Had she had a moment just like Isabela, I think that her power would grow. 

    268 votes
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    377 VOTES

    Julieta Knew That Bruno Was Still In The House

    From Redditor u/DaddyVersionOne:

    Julieta knew that Bruno was still in the house. There's no way you cook family meals for ten years without noticing a serving disappear at least once a day. That's why Pepa was the first to hug him at the end. Julieta was simply happy that he was ready to reconnect with the rest of the family. 

    377 votes
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    257 VOTES

    Pepa's Wedding Wasn't Ruined By Bruno, It Was Ruined By Abuela

    From Redditor u/N7Inquisitor:

    While, yes, Bruno's attempted joke was taken the wrong way by Pepa, it was Pepa's mother who threw her off - Abuela was the one who took Bruno's words as an inevitable event, going so far as to bring an umbrella even before the hurricane happened. 

    With her own mother believing that Pepa would cause a rain shower on her own big day, Pepa accidentally made her worry of Bruno's words become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    However, by this point, Bruno's predictions have already gained him a reputation as a doomsayer, so in the aftermath of the event, everyone blamed Bruno, even Pepa.

    257 votes
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    312 VOTES

    Pedro's Soul Was Waiting By The River For Alma

    From Redditor u/this_broccoli-101:

    Everyone says that Casita is the reincarnation of Pedro's soul, but I think his soul was still at the river, waiting for Alma to get back there to make peace with her past. The moment she was able to open up to Mirabel and the butterflies surrounded them was the moment he was able to cross over into the light. I think he waited 50 years because he couldn't go until he knew she was able to recover from his death. 

    312 votes
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    247 VOTES

    Agustin And Julieta Fell In Love Through Her Gift

    From Redditor u/Cheap_District_9762:

    Agustin gets stung a lot by bees. That led him to seeing Julieta often in the village and... [the rest is history]. 

    247 votes