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15 Interesting Tim Burton Fan Theories That We Wish Were True

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Tim Burton has been creating wonky, weird, and wonderful gothic horror inspired masterpieces for over three decades. From childhood classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas to superhero movies like Batman and literally everything in between, we'll never be over the genre Burton has created. We know all the music, we know all the lines, but have you ever wondered about a specific character or storyline? So have other fans. We managed to round up some of the best fan theories surrounding the Tim Burton cinematic universe.

Which Tim Burton movie fan theory do you think could be true? Vote up your favorites below!

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    45 VOTES

    In 'Nightmare Before Christmas' All Of The Citizens Of Halloween Town Represent Specific Fears

    Photo: The Nightmare Before Christmas / Buena Vista Pictures

    From Redditor u/djmcknig:

    The introductions in the song could be taken literally. I think that every fear is represented by a person in Halloween town, as Halloween is a holiday to celebrate our fears. The more universal, the older, and the more terrifying a fear is, the more prominent the person in the town is. The song introduces us to several of the larger fears. Presumably there are other fears in this town as well, less popular, less powerful. Perhaps fear of fish is here, or the fear of evenly-spaced organic holes (it's a real thing, look it up). Perhaps even the fear of unwanted responsibilities. Maybe Lock, Stock, and Barrel are the fear of unwanted children. And of course, being children, they are the most likely to work for Oogie, as children are more ready to accept unnamed fears, having not yet segmented and personified all they are afraid of.

    [Read the full theory here]

    Interesting theory?
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    Beetlejuice Was Never Actually Dead

    Photo: Beetlejuice / Warner Bros

    From Redditor u/patrckhh20:

    TL;DR: Beetlejuice was a living man who entered the realm of the dead and became trapped by one of the dead people in authority, who dies by getting eaten by a sandworm.

    Toward the end of the film, Beetlejuice is eaten by a sandworm. After this, he ends up in the death waiting room. How did he get there? The answer to this question demands that he were alive beforehand, because, as far as we can tell, there are only two ways you can end up in this room and/or building. The first way we may deduce from the people we see in it. It is clear that they are people who have only just recently died. 

    [Read the full theory here]

    Interesting theory?
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    49 VOTES

    The Real King Of Halloweentown Is Death

    Photo: The Nightmare Before Christmas / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    From Redditor u/tiger_toucher:

    Tl;dr Jack Skellington is a Celtic demon of Death, drawing upon the oldest traditions of that culture, and is accompanied by his psychopomp dog on his yearly harvest of life itself.

    In the very first song of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas we’re told that “Skellington Jack is king of the Pumpkin Patch.” But how did our hero receive the dubious honor of Mastery of all the Spooky Domain? I propose that the lovelorn musician and misunderstood good guy is none other than Death himself.

    [Read the full theory here]

    Interesting theory?
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    Vicki Vale Stalks Bruce Wayne Because She Knows His Secret

    Photo: Batman / Warner Bros Pictures

    From Redditor u/almighty_smiley:

    TL;DR: Vicky Vale already knew - or at least suspected - that Bruce Wayne was Batman from the get-go.

    When we're introduced to Vicky Vale, she's in town for one reason and one reason alone; find and photograph the Batman. She gets sidetracked, meets Bruce Wayne at a party, goes on one date with him, and instantly falls head over heels for the oddball billionaire. So naturally, she's one-note girlfriend fodder, right? Wrong.

    [Read the full theory here]

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