This Theory Will Totally Change How You See 'Elf'

Christmas is officially ruined.

You sit on a throne of lies, Buddy!

It's hard to believe "Elf" is already 12 years old. The movie follows man-child Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) as he tries to connect with his birth father and falls in love with Zooey Deschanel way before she becomes an adorkable "New Girl."

Perhaps the best thing about "Elf" is Buddy's childlike innocence. The dude just really likes Christmas. He grew up with the elves in the North Pole, so his main concern is mostly the holiday and the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

Or so we thought. A new theory suggests Buddy might not have been so innocent after all, and it has some pretty convincing evidence.

Redditor Batfan54 says one incident with Buddy the Elf "sticks out like a sore thumb" from his generally innocent demeanor.

It happens when Buddy hears Deschanel's character, Jovie, singing in the locker room shower. He goes to investigate and ends up singing along with her. After she notices and freaks out, he puts his hands over his eyes and tries to book it out of there. Hilarity ensues:

Jovie later confronts Buddy about it, wondering why he was in the women's locker room. He says it's because he heard singing.

"You sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I was naked in the shower?" asks Jovie.

"I didn't know you were naked," says Buddy.

The scene just adds to Buddy's innocence. Buddy's an elf, so he obviously just doesn't understand how showers work, right? But wait! If that's the case, how do you explain this:

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 Yup. That's Buddy earlier in the movie, where he hilariously attempts to take a shower. The problem is he nakey. He super nakey.

So what does this mean? Well, Buddy clearly knows what a shower is and that you are usually naked when taking one. Also, Buddy was right next to the shower while it was running, so he must've known what was going on. The Redditor says we're left with this conclusion:

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. 

If that's the case, the Redditor explains it may change the movie entirely.

Here's Buddy injuring kids who are on their way home from school:

Here he is calling an adult man an elf: 

Here he is using his syrup obsession to get wasted at work:

And here he is just being the worst:

The Redditor made a note of saying the theory is just an amusing idea, but the evidence is there. Is Buddy really innocent? Or is he just some weirdo who gets his kicks while wearing an elf costume? 

If that is the case, though, we're sure he'll be sorry for ruining all our lives, and for, you know, what happened with the VCR.

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