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Fan Theories About Ron Swanson From 'Parks And Recreation'  

Eric Luis
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Ron Swanson is the James Bond of Pawnee, IN. Men want to be him, women want to be with him, and he's surrounded by so much intrinsic mystery that fans can go mad trying to fully understand him. Ron is notoriously secretive; so many parts of his life are never even shown over the seven seasons of Parks and Recreation. That's why there are plenty of Ron Swanson theories to explore some of his more enigmatic traits.

How much money does Ron really have? Where is the rest of it buried? How did he even become rich in the first place? These are all burning questions whose answers are only hinted at in the show, but clever fans have put together some really solid theories to explain these mysteries. These are some of the most solid fan theories about Ron Swanson that you'll find on the internet.

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Ron Owed Mark A Favor Because Mark Knew About Duke Silver
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In the first episode of Parks and Rec, Ron initially refuses Leslie's request to transform the gigantic pit into a park. Ron only relents when Mark Brendanawicz calls in a favor. Redditor /u/Theluckygal believes that Ron owed Mark a favor after he discovered Ron's secret identity, Duke Silver.

Ron likely asked that he not tell anyone, and Mark got a one-time favor out of the arrangement. 

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He Works At The Parks Department To Keep People Away From His Wealth
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This simple yet elegant theory from Redditor /u/tsoro attempts to uncover Ron's true motivation for working at the Parks Department. As he is a vocal libertarian who believes in abolishing all government, his role as Parks Department director is puzzling to many.

This theory states that Ron's treasure is actually buried in one of Pawnee's parks, and Ron has kept his position to ensure that no one disturbs his hidden wealth. 

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His Will Is A Treasure Map
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Ron Swanson is rumored to have an enormous store of gold and treasure buried somewhere near Pawnee, but he is as secretive about his treasure trove as he is about most aspects of his life. We do eventually glimpse at least some of his treasure buried under a tree, but whether or not that's the bulk of his wealth is unclear. 

The audience's only further hint is a quick glance at his makeshift will, meant to be used in the case of his untimely demise. The note features some strange, runic symbols that Redditor /u/Prufrock451 may have finally decoded. According to this theory, each symbol relates to a clue in a sort of scavenger hunt. This proves that his will doubles as a treasure map, as each symbol ties in with real-world locations. 

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His Dark Childhood Prompted His Excessive Masculinity
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Redditor /u/mybustersword claims that Ron's overly masculine personality may have much darker roots than many would believe. Ron's first wife, Tammy 1, is considerably older than Ron. She was his teacher as a child and his nurse on the day he was born.

According to this theory, Tammy was grooming Ron to be her perfect partner. When they are together, Ron regresses into a more childlike form. He shaves his mustache, dresses differently, and speaks in a less mature tone. Tammy clearly prefers a younger, more boyish Ron. His excessive work ethic and overly manly lifestyle may be subconscious attempts to make himself less attractive to Tammy.

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