19 Fan Theories From Movies About Mythology That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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Mythology has long been an intriguing genre for film, especially amongst fans. With landscapes throughout time, casts of interesting characters, and incredible storytelling, it's no wonder why this particular subgenre has lasted so long. From unanswered questions to character quirks, some passionate fans managed to come up with some interesting theories surrounding films about mythology.

Check out these mythology movie fan theories below, and don't forget to vote!


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    1,196 VOTES

    Theron Is The Boy In The Beginning Of '300'

    From Redditor u/lalallaalal:

    I've always wondered why Theron in 300 is such a traitorous jerk. I was thinking about it this morning and I think that Theron is the boy getting beat down by Leonidas in the opening sequence. This would explain why he's willing to sell his people out to the Persians. He's always hated the Spartan way of life because of how weak he was as a boy. He sees the Persians as a way to destroy the current way of life and build it in a way he sees fit.

    1,196 votes
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    501 VOTES

    There Are So Many Scarabs In Hamunaptra Because They Shared Imhotep's Curse In 'The Mummy'

    There Are So Many Scarabs In Hamunaptra Because They Shared Imhotep's Curse In 'The Mummy'
    Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/StuftRug:

    I always thought it was that they are the spawn of scarabs that were buried with Imhotep and, since they were also placed within the sarcophagus, they partially shared the curse of Imhotep. It gave them immortal life as well. The scarab that crawls out of the blue gold scarab that smelly dude finds is still somehow alive despite having no air or food for the thousands of years it was trapped because it was also mummified and shared a piece of the curse.

    501 votes
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    293 VOTES

    Ofelia Was Not The First To Go Through The Faun's Tasks In 'Pan's Labyrinth'

    Ofelia Was Not The First To Go Through The Faun's Tasks In 'Pan's Labyrinth'
    Photo: Pan's Labyrinth / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/TumbleweedFilms1234:

    I reckon that Ofelia isn’t the first person to have gone through the three tasks set by the faun and many have come before in the king’s search for his daughter, one of these being Mercedes. This mainly comes from one detail late in the film but there is some minor evidence elsewhere. At the end, when Ofelia has run off with her brother perused by Vidal, Mercedes and the freedom fighters also try to find her. Their search begins in Ofelia’s bedroom where, on the wall, is the chalk drawn doorway to the Pale Man’s dining room. Mercedes notices this and then immediately seems to know to head to the labyrinth and that’s where they’ll find Ofelia. How else would she have known that a chalk outline would have any connection to the Labyrinth unless she had done the exact same thing? Other small pieces of evidence seem to support this idea. The main one being the fact Mercedes is the one to point Ofelia in the direction of the Labyrinth in the first place but warns her not to go near it, she does this to protect Ofelia from what she knows will happen if she meets the faun. Also, this exchange about fairy tales seems to have some subtext that maybe Mercedes isn’t letting on all she knows:

    OFELIA Mercedes, do you believe in fairies?

    MERCEDES No. But when I was a little girl I did. I believed in a lot of things I don’t believe any more

    OFELIA Well, last night, a fairy visited me. And it wasn’t alone, there were lots of them – and a faun, too.

    MERCEDES A faun?

    OFELIA He was very old, very tall and smelled like dirt.

    MERCEDES My mother warned me to be wary of fauns-

    Another small deciding factor is that Mercedes, like Ofelia, has a younger brother which is a major part of the final task.

    The final piece of ‘evidence’ come from Guillermo Del Toro himself who claimed he cast the film so Ofelia would resemble Mercedes more than her own mother. The actresses’ similarities would seem to show that they both resemble the Princess of the underworld.

    293 votes
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    319 VOTES

    Mr. D's Real Punishment In 'Percy Jackson' Was To Watch Heroes Die

    Mr. D's Real Punishment In 'Percy Jackson' Was To Watch Heroes Die
    Photo: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/EquivalentInflation:

    In Percy Jackson, the director of Camp Halfblood is Mr. D, AKA, Dionysus. It's explained that he's there because he chased after Zeus's favorite wood nymph, and was sentenced to guard Camp Halfblood for one hundred years. The punishment was ostensibly being trapped there except for occasional trips on Zeus's orders, and having his massive cosmic power relegated to organizing volleyball games. He was shown to constantly be short tempered and angry, and never cared about the lives of the children under his care. When Annabeth, a who had been there for years was missing, presumed dead, Dionysus didn't even remember her name.

    That's pretty out of character for Dionysus, who was regarded as the patron of heroes in mythological times, and known for being (relatively) kind to humans, especially among the Olympians. Obviously, the Percy Jackson books changed some of that, but in the books, they reference him being kinder in the past, so we know it happened.

    Zeus's true punishment was forcing Dionysus to watch heroes die, powerless to stop it. He stopped trying to remember names so that he wouldn't grow attached.

    [Read the full theory here]

    319 votes
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    148 VOTES

    Grendel's Mother Turned Beowulf And Hrothgar Sterile In 'Beowulf'

    Grendel's Mother Turned Beowulf And Hrothgar Sterile In 'Beowulf'
    Photo: Beowulf / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor u/Archaeos9:

    In the movie Beowulf, Grendel's mother is the reason the the kings Hrothgar and Beowulf are unable to have children.

    Due to the time period (507AD), the seemingly small population and the frequently wars, it would have been important for families to have as many children as possible. Kings especially would need sons and daughters as heirs and to create treaties with neighboring kingdoms. However neither Beowulf nor Hrothgar show or mention any children throughout the movie.

    Before dying, Hrothgar openly admits he has never been able to have a son. Beowulf does not have any children either, despite having a mistress (which might have been another attempt to have conceive). Grendel and the dragon are referred to as the sons of Hrothgar and Beowulf and Beowulf, and they were both conceived before either king took a wife.

    148 votes
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    705 VOTES

    Hades' Flame/Hair Color In 'Hercules' Represents His Power/Emotions Perfectly

    From Redditor u/SupaBloo:

    In the movie, Hades has blue flames for hair, and when he gets upset it turns red/orange. Many would point out that this doesn't make much sense, because blue flames are hotter, so when he gets angrier it seems to suggest his flames get stronger, but the color actually would suggest they get weaker, as red/orange flames aren't as hot as blue flames.

    Hades' henchmen become very afraid of him when he's angry, and the way his flames grow big and bright suggest he's getting stronger with his anger, but I think it's meant to represent him actually getting weaker.

    Think about it, through the entirety of the movie Hades is at his most dangerous when he's calm and collected (blue flames). It's when he loses his cool and gets angry where he seems to be most vulnerable and starts to really slip up with his plans. Rather than staying calm and thinking through rationally, he erupts and just goes all out, which fails. It gives Hades character a moral to the story, as well. If you lose your cool and erupt in anger, you only make yourself weaker.

    705 votes