The humanity behind a character is often left up in the air during a film or television show’s runtime. It is very rarely left to our own interpretation after that, though. For the most part, we know who is human and who isn’t. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of benefit in keeping that a mystery. There have been shows and films that have done this, though, even if you can’t put your finger on an example right away. We’ve gone through and picked out all the characters we could find that you probably thought were human but actually weren’t. We admit that some of these are up for debate, but that doesn’t mean we’re totally out to lunch. For every example, we will try to provide as much proof as possible as to why the characters aren’t human.
By default, we believe every character to be human unless we are explicitly told otherwise. This makes sense. We’re not faulting humans for that logic, but this can lead to some blind spots. Look how long it took for the people to accept that the Earth was not the center of galaxy even though we had some pretty solid proof that it wasn’t. So, let’s open our minds here. You may not accept every one of these, but we hope that you at least consider them, even the most extreme. Here are 15 Famous Characters You Never Knew Were Not Human.
Over the years, there have been plenty of theories about who the Thing is at the end of The Thing. Some say that Macready (Kurt Russell) gave Childs a bottle of gasoline at the end of the film. The fact that Childs drinks it proves that he is the monster. While we don’t necessarily accept that it is gasoline being passed to Childs, we do believe that Macready is testing Childs, though. He is giving him a drink of whatever liquid, and Childs is accepting it with no hesitation. Now remember the character of Childs, one of the most paranoid of the entire group. Would he really share this bottle so willingly? Perhaps Macready’s laugh is showing that both men are beyond hope and just don’t care anymore, but we don’t buy it. We believe the laugh and the music are showing that Childs is, in fact, the Thing.
14. The Highlander
Maybe you accepted that the Highlander was a unique type of being. Maybe you never expected him to be human in the first place, but we strongly doubt you ever thought that he would be an alien. Say what you will about Highlander II: The Quickening, but it does establish the idea that the Highlanders are an alien race from the planet of Zeist. Later films in the franchise would erase this from the canon, so many people have forgotten it or decided to forget about it. Still, it happened once upon a time, and we remember it. Unfortunately, we can’t forget it.
13. The Old Guy In Return Of The Jedi
This one is sort of half confirmed and half theory, but we love it for its obscurity. So, we’re talking about Gramps, the old guy, who fought with the rebels on Endor in Return of the Jedi. At first, he seemed like just a random character. But over the years, he gained some fame because of how noticeable he was. Then, we got The Clone Wars film and the TV series. In these projects, we were introduced to a clone trooper captain, Rex. People right away noticed the similarities between Rex and the old guy in Return of the Jedi, but it was all just theory and rumor until the creators tossed around the idea of connecting the two characters. In fact, producer of Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni, even came out and said he was “positive” that they were the same character. So, in the end, that means that the old guy on Endor is a clone trooper who fought under Anakin.
12. Marty McFly
This one is a little different. Yes, Marty McFly is human. We’re not arguing that. We do wish to argue, however, that the Marty McFly we see after the tunnel scene in Back to the Future II is actually a Marty from a different timeline than the one we started with. The reason for this change is that we accept the fan theory that says that Marty died in that tunnel, at least once. There’s no way that Doc Brown was able to rescue him on the first try. After all, he dropped the rope perfectly. How many times did it take him to master that escape plan? We figure that Marty died at least once, and Doc went back in time to save him.
You may have heard the speculation or maybe you were on the frontlines noticing it yourself, but there is some good evidence in The Force Awakens that Finn is actually a Jedi. Technically, no one in Star Wars is a human, but ignore that. Similarly, even if he isn’t force-sensitive, he’s a stormtrooper, which would put his humanity (or human-like alien-ness) in question as well. Let’s ignore that too. Let’s just pretend that force-sensitive beings aren’t human and everyone else is. Let’s look at the evidence for Finn being force-sensitive now. Finn’s stormtrooper name is FN-2187. That number, 2187, shows up in a number of other places. For one, it was Leia’s cell number. Leia was an apparently non-force-sensitive hero, whose powers we discovered late. There’s also the short film, 21-87, which was a big inspiration for George Lucas and was said to inspire the term “The Force.” Then, there’s the scene in which Finn appears to hear the screams from a distant planet before anyone else. Plus, when Snoke refers to an awakening, he’s not talking about Rey because hers was earlier. Finn is the one who just awoke. It just makes sense.
10. The Wives In The Stepford Wives (Remake)
It might seem obvious that the wives in The Stepford Wives were not human, but it really wasn’t all that clear in the remake. In the original, they were robots. It was cut and dry. In the remake, we learn that the wives are actually humans with chips in them, but that’s a bunch of baloney. These women could not be human. How else can you explain how a woman puts an ATM card in her mouth and spits out money? No chip could do this. It can only be explained by them being robotic. They are immune to fire and heat. Human skin would burn. So, even though the film tries to say that the women are human, we just can’t accept that. It just can’t be true.
9. Jack Skellington
If you’ve seen The Nightmare Before Christmas, there’s a good chance that you’ve wondered about Jack Skellington’s backstory. Who was this guy when he was alive? What did he look like? The answer we have is based on a little bit of hearsay and some logical leaps, but it seems solid. Jack was never human. It wasn’t like he was once alive, then died, then was named the Pumpkin King. He was born that way. As the patron spirit of Halloween, Jack is the equivalent of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. He rules Halloween Town as he always has. He’s always been a skeleton.
Even though there is a very good chance that this fan theory is completely false, it works better than the actual Twilight explanation, so we’re going with it. The argument here is that Bella, the allegedly human protagonist, was not actually a human at all. She was part werewolf. This would explain several mysteries, including why Edward, a vampire, cannot read her thoughts. It would explain why she is able to carry a vampire baby. And it might even take steps toward explaining why a grown werewolf (Jacob) is infatuated with a small baby, easily the strangest part in those books. If Bella and Edward’s baby was part werewolf, Jacob’s imprinting might not be as creepy.
7. Vanessa Kensington
If you just recently went through and watched the Austin Powers films again, this one is a no-brainer. But we’re betting that it’s been a while for many of you. For that reason, we decided to remind you that Vanessa Kensington, Austin’s love interest in the first film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, played by Elizabeth Hurley, turned out to be a Fembot. Since we only discovered this at the beginning of the second film, The Spy Who Shagged Me, some fans have suggested that the real Kensington was switched out after the last film. We doubt that as it appears that she and Powers were inseparable. We propose that Kensington was a Fembot in the original film, but she was left inactivated. Maybe we’re putting too much thought into this, but that’s our job.
The “is he or isn’t he” question has surrounded the character of Deckard from Blade Runner since the movie was first released. Some point to the source material to suggest that Deckard is a human, but the source and the film differ so much that we refuse to accept that. In the film, we have two versions: the theatrical film and the Director’s Cut. The latter makes it pretty clear that Deckard is a replicant. We see the added scene that shows Gaff leaving Deckard an origami unicorn. This is significant because it shows that Gaff is aware of Deckard’s unicorn dream, suggesting his memories and dreams are implanted. But even in the original film, there are clues. Look at all the black-and-white photos in Deckard’s house. Replicants use photos for grounding and bonding. There’s also the fact that Deckard never did answer if he had passed the Voight-Kampff test or not. Deckard’s relationship with Gaff also hints that he is a replicant and Gaff knows it, even without the unicorn.
5. Ferris Bueller
We’ll admit that this one is way more far-fetched than most on the list. Still, we like it, so we’ve decided to include it. Ferris Bueller is an illogical character. In fact, the entire film is rather illogical. Things happen that don’t quite add up. There’s no way that the friends could explore so much of the city in so short a time. There’s no way that “Save Ferris” signs would be posted around the city either. It seems like fantasy, and we believe it is. We accept the theory that everything is playing out in Cameron’s head. Ferris is who Cameron aspires to be, the popular kid with the loving family. In reality, Cameron is in a family with an abusive father. Cameron imagines his entire trip with Ferris and Sloane, fantasizing about their relationship, projecting his own desires into this vision.
There’s a debate to be done about who Beetlejuice/Betelgeuse was when he was alive. You could definitely argue that he was once a man because he has a grave and he was an assistant to Juno, which could imply that he committed suicide since suicide victims become civil servants in the afterlife. But there’s also a good chance that he was never living. Some people believe what Betelgeuse says in his interview, that he went to Harvard Business School, attended Juilliard, and lived through the Black Plague. Do the math on that one. Betelgeuse lies. While becoming a civil servant is a punishment for suicide victims, it may be that Betelgeuse wanted to become a bio-exorcist. He could have easily signed up for the job willingly. There’s also the fact that the original script had him as a winged demon. Obviously, his appearance was changed, but we believe he is still a demon. He seems to have more powers than the most experienced ghosts and all, even Juno, fear him.
3. Inspector Gadget
Most of us grew up accepting the fact that Inspector Gadget is a half-man/half-robot. He appears to have been upgraded by the police force, but we never really get an explanation of how or why. Then there’s his niece, Penny, and the villain, Dr. Claw. Well, we subscribe to the belief that Inspector Gadget is a full robot. This would help explain why he’s such a bumbling moron too. This all comes from a theory that suggests that Dr. Claw was the original inspector. Dr. Claw is also Penny’s real uncle. The villain was involved in some massive accident that caused him great damage, both to his body and his mind. We never do see his face (action figures and video games be damned). We only see an artificial limb and cybertronic voice. So what if Inspector Gadget was made in Claw’s image, essentially replacing Penny’s uncle? This would explain why Dr. Claw is dead-set on killing Inspector Gadget and why Penny is never harmed.
2. Mr. Bean
Anyone who has ever watched Mr. Bean has likely wondered what the heck this guy is on about. He’s a very strange person that the showrunners try to pass off as an eccentric human, but he’s quite clearly anything but that. Over the years, there have been those who have questioned if Bean is actually an alien. He sure acts like one. That’s for sure. But there’s more evidence than that. The opening credits of the show also have Bean coming down in a beam of light. You could say that this is just a stylistic choice of the creators, but we like to think that Bean is being beamed down by aliens. The guy doesn’t even know his name sometimes or his nationality. He’s the worst type of alien posing as a human.
1. Anton Chigurh
The character of Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men is one of the most fascinating out there. Some people see him as the embodiment of evil, but we like the interpretation that he represents the Reaper or Death. While some believe his atheism seems to counter this argument, this element could also just be separating death from religion. He is not purging all the sinners for God. He is death for all people. On a number of occasions, people talk of the inevitability of death or of “what’s coming.” Like death, Chigurh is an unstoppable force that continues trekking forward no matter what. He’s even compared to the bubonic plague. Yeah, he bleeds and he can die, but so can Freddy Krueger. On a couple of occasions, Chigurh almost mocks his interlocutors for trying to bargain with him, as if he is a spirit and they are the crazy ones for even talking to him. He might be of human flesh, but Chigurh is no normal human.
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