The Princess Bride is the quintessential feel-good family film. Along with an eponymous novel that served as its source material, the movie tells a fantastical story of a couple in love who must overcome many dastardly adversaries to live happily ever after. As one of a whole bunch of funny and heartwarming '80s movies, The Princess Bride is the ideal film to watch with kids or a date, thanks to its romantic themes. The film's fantasy setting combined with its cult following makes it perfect for speculation fodder. Since the film's 1987 release, there has been no shortage of The Princess Bride fan theories.
These range from the importance of the film's famous three-word phrase (as seen in the "as you wish" fan theory) to the argument that Prince Humperdinck did ultimately triumph, despite the film's optimistic ending. In the "Dread Pirate Roberts grandpa" fan theory, some speculate that the senior man telling the story could be more significant than the viewer initially believes. Remember to vote up the arguments that you think are most believable, and vote down those that are inconceivable.
Vizzini Only Played The Battle Of Wits Out Of Desperation
Several times in both the book an film, Vizzini gets referred to as incredibly clever. Yet, the audience is left thinking that he is something of a fool - or at least incredibly arrogant - for taking part in a battle of wits with Westley. Redditor /u/magrippalfcos suggests that Vizzini took part in the game not out of arrogance, but because he saw it as the only possible path to survival.
By this point in the story, Westley had already defeated a legendary swordsman and a giant, meaning he could have easily defeated Vizzini in a physical fight. While the battle of wits left Vizzini at a disadvantage, it was the best chance he had to survive the encounter with the Man in Black, especially after Vizzini switched the goblets when his opponent was distracted.
Inigo Prompts The Six-Fingered Man So He Can Reply With His Prepared Speech
While The Princess Bride mainly focuses on Westley, Buttercup, and Prince Humperdinck, a number of intriguing side-plots occur within both the book and movie. One of these centers around dueling rogue Inigo Montoya and his quest to get revenge upon the six-fingered man who slew his father.
He has rehearsed the confrontation thousands of times, and when he finally encounters Count Rugen, he is ready to exact his vengeance. However, as Redditor /u/mrhorrible points out, when the actual duel with Tyrone Rugen arrives, Inigo soon finds that his opponent doesn't follow his plans. This is why Inigo instructs Rugen on what to say once he has the count in his clutches - he wants to deliver his prepared line.
Inigo's Excessive Drinking May Have Allowed Westley To Defeat Him
Both versions of The Princess Bride make clear that Inigo Montoya has not led an easy life. His father was slain before his eyes, and he was left with two scars on his face when he subsequently challenged the six-fingered man to a duel. Despite his life's pursuit of becoming the best swordsman alive, Inigo eventually fell into depression and developed a serious drinking habit before finally being hired by Vizzini.
As Redditor /u/Forge_The_Sol points out, however, whether or not Igino fully recovered from this habit is unclear. Frequent inebriation would severely limit his ability to train and master his skills, possibly placing him at a disadvantage when the time came for his infamous duel with Westley.
Westley Only Has A Few Years Left To Live
When Westley gets captured by Prince Humperdinck, he is left in the hands of Rugen to be experimented upon until his demise. This is done with the aid of a new machine that sucks the life out of its victims - Westley is said to lose 51 years in total.
These experiments place him in a state of near-demise - what Redditor /u/twinfyre describes as a coma-like state. Though Miracle Max successfully revives Westley, the story does not attempt to explain if he has also regained these lost years. This could mean the hero has an incredibly short lifespan left after the film's conclusion.