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15 Fan Theories About The Purge Movies That May Answer All Of Your Lingering Questions

Updated October 10, 2019 27.1k votes 5.8k voters 299.5k views15 items

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The world of The Purge is one of total anarchy - or so we think. The lawless 12 hours have sparked a whole lot of question marks for fans of the violent series. The truth is there are a plethora of unanswered questions from the films, but fortunately, there are a few The Purge fan theories that aim to fill in the blanks.

While a great deal of horror fans claim bad writing is to blame for The Purge's mysteries, others think we're just missing the writing on the wall. Could a Purge be economically feasible? One of the many fan theories about The Purge debunks that idea in all of 20 seconds. So, why is the government lying? Redditors have innumerable theories.

Whether you love The Purge or think the idea is total hogwash, the series is undeinably a financial success. Hopefully The First Purge will answer all of our questions, like why the heck the practice started in the first place. Until then, we've got these The Purge fan theories. 

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    The Purge's Real Purpose Is Population Control

    Photo: The Purge: Election Year / Universal Pictures

    In the future, it's pretty probable the population will start to become a major burden on society – especially when you factor in future medical advancements that extend life. This is where the Purge comes in. According to Redditor/u/Willmatron, violence and murder is the preferred method of crime during the Purge because of population control.

    The purge eliminates the weak, the poor, and the homeless, leaving the cream of the crop to help society flourish.

    Is this theory plausible?
  • 2

    James And Mary Used To Participate In The Purge

    Photo: The Purge / Universal Pictures

    James and Mary have expressed their adamant distaste for the annual Purge, but one fan theory alleges James and Mary only came to their conclusion after participating. According to Redditor/u/Vlathrax, the evidence lies in how James hesitated when Charlie asked why the pair doesn't participate. James has also proven he's adept with using weapons - but how would he have learned?

    Mary, on the other hand, seems strangely comfortable talking about guns and hunting for invaders for a non-violent person that opposes the Purge.


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  • 3

    Big Daddy Is Actually A High-Ranking Government Official

    Photo: The Purge: Anarchy / Universal Pictures

    We already know Big Daddy was a veteran who was very loyal to the New Founding Fathers of America. Why was he so loyal? One fan theory by Redditor/u/theBezerker13 alleges Big Daddy's actually a level 10 government official. His position in the government is the reason he can command SWAT units and troops of government-trained soldiers.

    He specifically targets the poor and minorities, like the government would want if they were trying to Purge the community of what they deem its least desirable citizens.

    Is this theory plausible?
  • 4

    Murder Is The Preferred Purge Crime Because It Has The Least Risk

    Photo: The Purge: Anarchy / Universal Pictures

    Anyone who's ever watched The Purge knows murder and assault are the primary crimes committed throughout the movie. Why? Because they pose the least risk. Other crimes have consequences that last beyond the 24-hour time limit.

    Redditor/u/Willmatron points out murder is a one-time crime; if you kill someone, it's over that day. If you steal a TV, you're still holding onto stolen property when the Purge ends (having stolen property is illegal). If you do drugs, those drugs show up on a drug test long after the Purge is over. In the Purge, murder is the least risky crime you can commit.

    Is this theory plausible?