'Buddy is not as innocent as you think, and is really a pretty perverted Peeping Tom, among other things.'
And so starts the fan theory which has the potential to totally destroy one of the best christmas movies ever, the innocent cute comedy, Elf.
The theory, penned by Redditer Batfan54, begins with depicting the mid-movie scene in which Buddy (Will Ferrell) overhears Jovie (Zooey Deschanel) singing in the shower. She's blasting out the christmas classic 'Baby It's Cold Outside,' and as Buddy loves everything that exudes festive feels, he follows her dulcet tones... straight into the ladies' locker room.
He plonks himself down on the sink and joins in on the singalong, until noticed and given his marching orders. This scene is pretty hilarious, he's so silly, not knowing what a shower is!
This is where the theory kicks in and paints Buddy as a 'peeping Tom' shower perv, slyly disguised as a clueless elf.
Jovie: How come you were in the women's locker room this morning?
Buddy: I heard you singing.
Jovie: Are you sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I was naked in the shower?
Buddy: I didn't know you were naked.
Batfan54's first point is that Buddy must know what a shower is and thus be aware that one should be naked within one, based on an earlier scene in the movie.
Buddy does know what a shower is, and he most certainly knew she was naked! We get this scene earlier in the movie, while Buddy is still in the North Pole. Buddy might not be the smartest guy, but he most certainly does know what a shower is, and just how naked one has to be to take one. So what conclusion are we left to draw?
Buddy, the sicko as he is, was actually trying to peep on Zooey while she was in the shower, and played his sick fetish off as innocence and just wanted to sing a Christmas song.
In the scene Buddy is sitting around a corner from the shower, so it's hard to imagine how he was hoping to peep on Jovie without the ability to see through walls. Unless he was cunningly hiding himself and waiting until she stepped out of the shower... Buddy, no!
This christmas destroying theorist then points out multiple other occasions when Buddy could've potentially played us off to fulfill his darker needs. Such as:
This time he 'brutally injures multiple children on their way home from school.'
Or the time he 'uses his obsession with "Syrup" to get horribly shit-faced on the job.'
And perhaps the time he 'uses his so-called innocence to verbally abuse a man with a disability.'
I'm sure there are others, if I were to dig deep enough. Buddy is not the man you all thought - he is a demented man-child that's using his "innocence" to live out sick fantasies of abuse and sexual desire.
And when we thought he couldn't hammer that nail in any further, Batfan54 reveals his last plot twist.
...It should be mentioned that I'm totally joking here, and this was just an amusing idea I had on the John.