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The mid-to-late 2000s graced us with the unbelievably fun show, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, which aired on Cartoon Network.

Created by the same folks behind The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's was a show about a world where imaginary friends and humans are able to see and interact with each other.

When an imaginary friend gets outgrown by the person who imagined them, they go to Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, a literal foster home run by a woman named Madame Foster (how convenient!) The imaginary friends can live out their lives there and even get adopted by new kids who apparently can't think up their own friends.

Madame Foster runs the foster home with the help of her own imaginary friend, Mr. Herriman, along with her 22-year-old granddaughter, Frankie.

The theory? Well it turns out Frankie might actually be imaginary as well. In a recent Tumblr post, some pretty clever fans pointed out something incredibly interesting.

In the picture above, you'll notice that Frankie is wearing the same type of clothing as her grandmother, Madame Foster. The theory is that as Madame Foster got older, she imagined a younger version of herself who'd be able to do the chores around Foster's Home that she is too old to handle by herself.

The theory is strengthened by the fact that Frankie never has any imaginary friends of her own, and she doesn't seem to have any sort of life outside of her subjugation with Madame Foster.

It's a fun theory that has a plenty of holes (like the fact that Frankie goes on a date with a human), but it still manages to make plenty of sense!

Of course, with a show like this, it's easy to come up with all kinds of crazy conspiracy theories. For example, what if Frankie was real and Madame Foster was her imaginary friend? That could be her way of preventing Mr. Herriman and the rest of the Foster's gang from finding out that Madame Foster died a long time ago, keeping her memory almost immortal?

That would explain why in some parts of the series, you see Frankie as a child, and imaginary friends can't age. Madame Foster, on the other hand, would have been a real person that Frankie would imagine to be like the real Madame Foster.

Plus, that would explain why Frankie has this:

There's another theory you may find even more convincing, and that is that this is just a TV show and we can pretty much over-analyze it a million ways without feeling any semblance of guilt.

In the end, this is just a fun, new way to enjoy the show. If you caught anything I didn't, be sure to sound off in the comments!


Do you believe in the Madame Foster/Frankie Foster Theory?

Source: 9gag


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