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10 Dark Theories About Cartoon Network Shows That Will Ruin Your Childhood

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The animated series’ of your youth were packed with hidden meanings you had no idea were there. Maybe you noticed these subtle hints and deep undertones, but thought they were just figments of your own imagination. You’re not alone. We’ve been thinking deeply about them too and that’s why ScreenRant will reveal to you these 10 dark theories about shows from Cartoon Network that just might ruin your childhood.

Ed, Edd n Eddy may have seemed like an innocent enough series about a bunch of neighborhood kids experiencing all life has to offer, but what if their neighborhood was really a home for the afterlife? How about the Powerpuff Girls: they embody girl power and teamwork, but there’s a strong chance this team of superwomen truly just different aspects of the same person. Based on our findings, Courage the Cowardly Dog has every reason to be upset since he’s probably the guard dog of his own personal hell. And the connections between the Flintstones and the Jetsons or the Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack are more than the series’ merely sharing the same creators or the same the network. Teen Titans hints at the darker side of superheroism, The Smurfs hints at racism, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends hints at mental issues, so we can see that no matter the era in which these cartoons originally aired, their creators found subliminal ways to communicate bigger ideas. Whether it’s Tom and Jerry or Adventure Time, you’ll be shocked to find stories that take screwed up twists and turns all while holding a mirror up to society to show us who we might really be.