Rugrats is about babies getting into shenanigans and is one of the greatest '90s cartoons of all time. But what if that warm, nostalgic picture of Nickelodeon's favorite babies was shattered by the realization that every Rugrat was dead? Well, except for Angelica. And no, this isn't a joke - it's a messed up Rugrats fan theory that actually makes a lot of sense in a terrifyingly realistic way.
The theory contends that the main cast of babies are a figment of Angelica's imagination (with a couple of exceptions). Tommy, Chuck, and others have manifested as a means of coping with a traumatic childhood. Are you bewildered yet? You haven't even scratched the surface. Let's dive into one of the darkest Rugrats fan theories.
The DeVilles Had An Abortion
In the real world, the DeVilles decided to abort their baby. Because Angelica didn't know the sex of the baby, she imagined one of each. Thus, twins Phil and Lil were brought to imaginary life.
Kimi Is Real, But Not Really There
So how do you explain Kimi? Is she a figment of Angelica's imagination, too? Well, yes and no.
Kimi is the result of Chas's relationship with his new wife. He went to Paris and came back remarried to a French sex worker named Kira. Kira really did have a daughter named Kimi, but she was taken away by the French government because they determined Kira was unfit to raise a child. Kira told stories of Kimi to Angelica, which allowed Angelica to imagine the French-Asian baby. While Kimi is alive somewhere in France, the Kimi you see on Rugrats is a figment of Angelica's imagination.
Dil Is The Only Other Baby Who's Not Made Up
Dil is perhaps the most compelling piece of evidence to support this theory. The reason why Dil is the only baby who can't talk is because he is the only living baby. Babies shouldn't be able to talk like Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil. Yet they do, because they are part of Angelica's imagination. However, Dil is a sore thumb in Angelica's world because he is not fictional. Like an actual baby, he can't talk and he doesn't listen to Angelica's commands as readily as the other babies.
Angelica Disfigured Dil In A Fit Of RagePhoto: All Grown Up! / Nickelodeon
Some versions of the theory claim that Angelica grew frustrated with Dil. Because he wasn't a part of her imagination that she could control, she lost her temper and viciously hit him once in the head. The assault was so bad that it left him permanently disfigured. This explains why Dil was always wearing a hat in All Grown Up - to cover his misshapen head. He also suffered neurological damage, leading to him being treated as an eccentric outcast.