A Dark Theory Behind Finding Nemo


Hey everyone! And it’s the weekend! My schedule is already jam-packed with the study timetables. Yes. My exams are around the corner. Sigh! I’m already feeling nervous. At times like these, I get reminded of Malala Yousafzai’s inspiring words. 

“There will always be hurdles in life, but if you want to achieve a goal, you must continue.” 

So wish me luck! Also, thank you for coming here. Happy reading 

While I was a kid, there was a small aquarium near my home. And it had plenty of clownfishes. If I were to walk past it, my eyes would swiftly be searching for Nemo. 

I vaguely remember me walking inside with my father and suggesting to buy Nemo. I also planned to set him free in a nearby sea. And do you know why? The whole time my inner soul kept burning and my mind gripped with flashing images of Marlin on my mind.

After all, Finding Nemo is my forever favourite animated movie. Not just mine but millions. If this movie made your childhood beautiful, I advise you not to read further. I’m going to break down the dark theory of the movie. And trust me, I was grieving last night and didn’t feel good. 

If you decode the name “NEMO”, in Latin, it means no one. Hence the title suggests finding no one. Marlin surely experiences delusion. 

In the beginning, we get the sight – he loses his entire family except for one child- Nemo. And it is a scrap of his imagination, who was grieving the death of the family.

As human beings, we’re inclined to wishful thinking? Don’t you think so? Imagining an unlikely future event or situation that you wish was true. The story of Marlin is a reflection of it. He was using it as a coping mechanism to heal from the loss.

I came across the above theory from Just The Nobody Podcast. Also, I came across another theory get ready for another mental breakdown. The clownfishes are cannibals. And Barracudas don’t eat clownfishes. So it is the mother who killed the babies. Besides, Marlin believes that it is Barracuda to grieve the loss. 

If you are wondering about Dory, the bluefish suffers from short-term memory loss. So she isn’t able to process the information of Nemo not being real.

Also, the above theory was first used in 2001’s film “A Beautiful Mind.” It is a biographical movie based on the life of the American mathematician John Nash, a Noble Laureate in Economics. It would take you one step forward to understand the mind.

For me, I accept this dark theory I believe all of us see through things the way we want everything to be. 

“The real transformation begins with the desire to end all self-delusion.” 

I always see myself standing here. For example, even if my friend is lying on my face, I would stand there smiling believing it is not true. We are scared to look within, for we don’t know what we may find. The vulnerable side of ours agrees to false images and that’s a protection mechanism to shield ourselves from the truth. 

The Disney or Pixar animated studios always makes sure to include more wisdom and content to help children’s thinking capacity. When they watch animation that matches their genre chances are that impactfulness is high. 

Sometimes, we adults need to spend time rewatching our favourite cartoons, to get some insightful life teaching messages to sail in life. 

If your heart’s broken like mine, go watch finding Nemo and grieve for Marlin.

Let’s embrace ourselves with the movie line:

When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?

Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming 

Just Keep Swimming. 

-Dory, Finding Nemo

Let’s keep swimming in our oceans even though times are rough. 

Ps: Thank you for reading my rant. Hahaha, also, comment below, if you found something interesting associated with the movie. Or you can use it to talk about anything you wish. I hope you have a great weekend! Much love!



  1. Jaipriya

    July 17, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Hmmm kinda disappointed with the truth about finding nemo but loved the article…. Quite informative…

    • Ramya Velu

      July 19, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you Japs!

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