With the second installment of Pixar's Supers on the horizon, there is no better time to dive into fan theories about The Incredibles. Interestingly, The Incredibles fan theories actually have some crossover with Toy Story and other Pixar movies; after all, Disney's CGI Universe is confirmed to be unified.
The Incredibles universe leaves a lot of questions unanswered. What is the deal with little Jack-Jack's powers? Why does Violet have black hair when her parents and brothers are blonde or ginger? And don't even start with Syndrome.
Here are a bunch of theories about The Incredibles that might make you laugh, cry, or both. Hopefully, they don't ruin the movie for you. Speaking of which, there are some spoilers ahead, but the movie came out in November 2004, so it's on you at this point.
Edna Mode Is A Reformed Villain
Redditor/u/5thcircleofnell has an explanation for Edna's... peculiarity. This Redditor believes Edna was once a villain, making a five-point argument:
- Edna has a throwaway line about not looking back/dwelling on the past because it's distracting. This may be in line with her need to forget her days of villainy.
- She seems to be overzealous about seeing heroes in danger or witnessing dangerous combat, almost to a pathological level.
- As 5thcircleofnell puts it, "Her entire facility is somewhat villainous. The style is severe and imposing. It's equipped with auto-turrets, flame throwers, and explosive ordinance. It's surrounded by a gate and has armed guards. Now, other Supers and those associated with them live in hiding, but they don't seem to feel like they're in any sort of danger in their day-to-day, and neither does Edna; She has those things because she likes them."
- She seems to be very contemptuous of her guards, perhaps because they're actually governmental handlers as opposed to guards. Either way, her disdain for them is somewhat villainous in and of itself.
- She made a suit for Jack-Jack. The Parrs/Incredibles never even considered a suit for the infant, but because Edna thinks like a villain, she accurately predicted Jack-Jack would become a target of Syndrome.
Jack-Jack's Panoply Of Powers Will Coalesce Into A Single, Cohesive Power Set
Redditor/u/Spass_Mit_Hans thinks it's unlikely Jack-Jack actually possesses unlimited powers as he displays in the final confrontation with Syndrome:
"Taken at face value, Jack-Jack comes out of The Incredibles as the strongest and most overpowered superhero in history. Between the ending and the Jack-Jack Attack, he is shown to possess all sorts of superpowers including levitation, teleportation, Human Torch-esque flame body, turning into a rage monster and transforming into steel.
Instead of assuming Jack-Jack is some sort of omni-hero, I think it's more like his powers are still developing because they only just manifested. Over time, though, his power will focus and become a single, cohesive set of powers like the rest of his family has. And I think this is a natural part of gaining powers in the world of The Incredibles.
Remember that when the rest of the Parr family first sees Jack-Jack use his powers, they don't marvel at the fact that he demonstrates several unique powers at once. That's because they've seen these symptoms before. Every young super in this world goes through a power development phase where they briefly have access to the whole gamut of powers. Over time, though, their body will latch onto a specific power that works well with that person's specific skills and personality. Every other Parr family member has a power that fits his or her personality. Dash is impatient and impulsive; he gets super speed. Violet is shy and defensive; she gets invisibility and force fields. The same arguments can be made for the rest of the family. And I think that when each of them first started developing powers, their bodies got to try out a whole range of them before focusing on developing the specific power that would work best for that person.
I like to compare it to a stem cell. Jack-Jack's powers are new and young and will eventually develop into one specific power as he matures. While it's still in flux, though, he has the potential to develop any super power available."
Edna Sabotaged Syndrome By Making Him A Cape
Superhero fashion mogul Edna Mode is strongly opposed to capes for very practical reasons, but what if that practicality was born from trauma? The wrinkly-writer tumblr hosts a compilation of discussions and theories surrounding Edna, Stratogale, and capes. Stratogale was only in The Incredibles for a moment during the montage conveying the danger of capes; she was the one who got sucked into the turbine of a jumbo jet.
Later in the movie, we catch a glimpse of her record, which specifies she was a high school student. The theory goes that Edna's aversion to capes is so strong because she feels responsible for this death. But! The theory also speculates Syndrome came to her for his costume design, wanting to follow in Mr. Incredible's footsteps, and she built in a cape to sabotage him, knowing he was villainous.
Despite His Claims, Syndrome Actually Is A Super And His Power Is Intelligence
Redditor/u/FrankWest21CP doesn't believe Syndrome's assertion that he lacks powers, but instead thinks it's possible he possesses super intelligence:
"Very early in the movie, Buddy (later known as Syndrome) admits that he has no powers but makes up for it with his inventions. The first invention we see are his rocket boots, and later on we see a myriad of brilliant gadgets such as zero point energy, tiny bombs, life sign scanning probes, an artificially intelligent battle robot, etc.
All of these brilliant inventions make me think Syndrome actually did have a super power: Super Intelligence. Seriously, you surely have to be one smart cookie to craft such incredible pieces of technology, right?
One might say Syndrome wasn't actually very smart because he made some really idiotic mistakes, such as letting the Incredibles live, using a cape, underestimating his battle robot's intelligence, etc. However, I think that these mistakes have more to do with his arrogance than his intelligence. He was so smart that he considered himself infallible and unbeatable, which caused him to grossly underestimate his enemies. This lead to his master plan failing almost immediately as well as his death."