New Fan Theory Asks the Obvious Question: Is Wall-E Satan?

The Deceiver. DImage: Pixar
The Deceiver. DImage: Pixar

Wall-E is almost nine years old, so maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the movie. Maybe it’s not a morality tale about consumerism and the environment, with Wall-E as the example of purity. Because a new fan theory posits that the adorable robot is, in fact, Satan, and guys? It makes more sense than you’d expect.


This new theory comes courtesy of Reddit’s r/FanTheories and here it is in full:

It’s ever so slightly plausible, in that, yeah, the robot is named EVE and Wall-E does give her a plant. On the other hand... it presumes that the future where humans are all lazy blobs in a spaceship where robots tend to their every need is paradise, which... huh.

Not to claim that everything needs to be interpreted the way the creators intended, but Wall-E’s meaning has been pretty thoroughly documented. EVE got her name because Wall-E’s loneliness parallels Adam’s. The Art of Wall-E revealed that part of Eve’s journey with the plant was inspired by EVE’s similarity to the dove returning to Noah’s Ark with the olive branch.

Of course, Satan is known as the Lord of Lies; maybe these seemingly harmless anecdotes and explanations are what Lucifer wants you to believe. I hope not, though, because the idea of dying, going to hell, and having Wall-E waiting down there to sentence you to eternal damnation sounds pretty disconcerting to say the least.

h/t Mike Ballaban, my own personal Satan


Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.



Woah woah woah... You’re saying the serpent in the garden was Satan?!

God’s divine plan was to have two ignorant naked people in a garden?

I thought the serpent was there to get the ball rolling on The Grand Design.