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Confirmed
7 theories
Likely
22 theories
Still alive
39 theories
Doubtful
58 theories
Debunked
74 theories
Unconfirmed
39 theories
Humorous
4 theories
Total
243 theories

A gathered listing of theories about the Submachines. Theories can be about anything related to the game such as the origins of submachines, their creators or the player's identity. If you are the author of one of the theories and the description is wrong (some are even missing), feel free to edit it and if you have the time please create a page for your theory by clicking the red link for it.

In general, theories answer one of the following three questions, although there are exceptions:

1. What is the Submachine?

2. What will happen in future installments of the series?

3. What is the purpose of a certain object we've seen?

The theories are sorted by their creator and are placed into several different categories explaining the status of each. These are:

  • Confirmed (This theory was proven true with the release of additional information or a new Submachine game, or is obviously correct)
  • Likely (There is evidence in favor of the theory)
  • Still alive (There is evidence for and against the theory)
  • Doubtful (There is evidence against the theory)
  • Debunked (Enough evidence against this theory to label it dead)
  • Unconfirmed (Not yet voted on)
  • Humorous (For theories that are just plain silly)

This is akin to the TOL (Theory Ownership List) from Pastel Forum

Current theory count: 223

Read a summary of all confirmed theories here.

Keep theorizing!

List of theoriesEdit

001010's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Artificial Life Theory

Doubtful: Alien/Karma Theory

68.110.212.186's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Earth Theory

9272's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Same Portal Theory

12vegeta12's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Super Gem Theory (The player is attempting to retrieve a super-gem to destroy the subnet.)

A Friend's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: What a Piece of Work is Man

Adfx033's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Mur's Power Plan Theory

Alex's TheoriesEdit

Confirmed: Murtaugh's Recruit Theory (The player was recruited by Mur to help with a mission)

Doubtful: Archailect Theory

Debunked: List of Minor Theories (List of minor theories, changes and updates)

Debunked: Neural Net/MurNet Theory (Mur is helping the subnet to take over the world)

anonymous's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: The Scientist Theory

Anteroinen's TheoriesEdit

Likely: Games with words Theory Post-Submachine 8 version

Debunked: The Bells are a part of the The Defense Systems

Doubtful: Submachine Personality Theory

Debunked: Anteroinen theories on the core

Doubtful: Anteronin's theory about the ending of Submachine

Anubis's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Evil Mur Theory

Argonbolt's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Self-Generating Theory

Asteriski's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Essence Theory

Avrilislost's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: The Dimensions Theory

Azareus's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: 4th Dimension Teleporters Theory

@Bady's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Quantum-computer Theory

Baby Jimbob's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Brainpower Theory (The Submachine is powered by Brainpower)

Bell-Chan's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: The Subnet Is A Hyper-Expanding Input-Driven Pocket Universe Theory

Berty's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Mysterious Entity Theory (A mysterious, God-like, entity has control over the Subnet, causing it to expand and become trickier)

Bit's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Cyberspace Theory (The Submachine is the mind's interpretation of Ethernet.)

Boingo's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: The Temple DefSys Theory

Doubtful:The Submachine Spacetime Portals and Karma Field Theory.

Doubtful:The Daedalus Theory

Still alive:The Evidence of Movers in SNEE Theory

Carbo14's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Schrödinger's cat reference theory (Einstein from Submachine 2 being a reference to Schrödinger's quantum physics experiment)

coolman1081's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Clone Theory

Debunked: Eradication Theory

Debunked: God Theory

Debunked: Team Theory

Cone's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Life Energy Theory

Likely: Karma Ocean Theory

Debunked: Atlantis Theory

Debunked: Artificial Dream Theory

Debunked: Micro Theory

Danaroth's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Abandoned Engineering Facility Theory (Submachine as Laboratory)

Debunked: Contiguous Sectoral Building Theory (built by humans instead of growing on its own)

Darrylb's TheoriesEdit

Humorous: Submachinian theory (puzzles were created by the ancient Submachinians, who were banished but seek revenge centuries later)

Death Road's TheoriesEdit

Confirmed: Human Target Theory (Mur and other humans being targeted by Submachine)

Still alive: Loop Theory (The loop is not infinite, but it can rearrange itself to appear infinite)

Doubtful: Safe Haven Theory (Submachine as sophisticated War Bunkers)

Debunked: Player-Is-Mur Theory

Debunked: SubMurchine Theory (Mur absorbed into Submachine alive and is controlling some of Net)

Decoder's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Epicenter Theory (The Loop is the epicenter of the Subnet, and simply exists in your mind)

Disco McDisco's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Paired Gem theory (one intelligent gem for one wisdom gem)

Debunked: Schizo-Extension Theory (Mur destroying the sub as we go through)

Debunked: Mur is Dead Theory (all left of him is recordings and notes and directions)

DVan's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Reality theory (the submachine IS REAL...) It's possible the whole series is taking place in a parallel universe.

Debunked: Savior theory (The Submachine is an attempt to save humanity created in an alternate reality and sent here)

ENIHCAMBUS' theoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: It comes from another layer theory

Unconfirmed: The Loop theory.

Enula Elish's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Internet Subnet Theory

Error 3113's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: The Arcade/World War Theory

FedericoF's theoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Space-time portals theory.

Unconfirmed: "Ancient people" absorved in the Submachine.

Likely: Many portals theory.

Likely: The beginning of the Defense Systems.

ForgingIron's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Loop Theory (The loop is the space between the locations, like glue)

Frog2132's TheoriesEdit

Humorous: The Cheese Theory

Debunked: The Time is Gone Theory

Gemini's TheoriesEdit

Likely: False Reality Theory- The Submachine is living in a false state of reality and acts as if events between Murtaugh and Elizabeth are still occurring, even though they happened years ago.

Doubtful: Resin Lifeforce Theory- The resin in SNEE is the glitch that caused the Submachine to expand and take over other structures in the entire submachine network

Likely: Submachine Origins and Meanings Theory- The reason Submachine was created and how it spread.

Confirmed: Murtaugh is the Company Theory (Mur is the "company" mentioned in Sub4)

Still alive: Henry O'Toole- Creator of the submachine Theory (Henry O'Toole created the foundation for the Submachine Network by orders from the King)

Likely: Sentient Submachine Theory (The Submachine is a functioning and intelligent organism)

Doubtful: Memories of Murtaugh Theory (Sub0 and Sub FLF are memories that we the player are experiencing)

Debunked: Limited Power Theory (Mur only has a certain amount of ability, but he wants to invade the submachine to gain absolute power)

Debunked: False Defenses Theory (The submachine is recruiting us to help defeat Mur)

Gil2455526's theoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: "Layer influenced behavior" theory (Layers can influence people's behavior)

GIR457's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Human Learning Theory (The submachine grew in order to learn more about humans, but it didn't want them learning about it)

Debunked: Mental Patient Theory (The storyline begins with Sub FLF)

God Samuel's TheoriesEdit

Confirmed: Karma Arm Theory (By using his karma arm, Mur left a "scar" on the space-time continuum of the place he used his karma arm in. See Einstein's special relativity.)

Doubtful: Runes Theory (The runes could either be a language used by the life-forms in the submachines or it could be a secret code used by Mur)

Doubtful: Sub FLF padded room interpretation (Someone captured Mur and put him in the padded cell in Submachine FLF)

Guacamole Man's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Timeless Theory (The subnet does not age)

Hermit's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Organic Acid Problem (The submachine it worked so it just thought the lesson to the applicant, which is to think extravagantly.)

Debunked: SAT Theory (The submachine is an admission test for universities in the future)

Debunked: Player is Liz

Hero of Carthage's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Agent Theory

Unconfirmed: Different Universe Theory

Hidude134's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Void Theory (The entire sub-net is a void)

Unconfirmed: Sadistic AI Game Theory (The sub-net is a game that is controlled by a sadistic AI)

I Dunno Lol's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Overall Analysis Theory (General analysis of the submachine world and all of its "inhabitants")

Into the Void's TheoriesEdit

Likely: Wisdom Gem Data Storage Theory

Likely: Wisdom Core Theory (http://www.pastelforum.com/topic.php?id=3&page=5#post-1208)

Still alive: Quantum Computer Theory (Submachine is quantum computer, defying laws of physics)

Doubtful: Defense System Theory (protecting from unwanted teleportations)

Doubtful: "Arch" Theory (http://www.pastelforum.com/topic.php?id=24&page=16#post-2049)

Debunked: Afterlife Theory (Submachines built to lead to afterlife)

Debunked: Mur as Defense Core Theory (his brain connected to Defense System's core)

Isobel's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: In Your Mind-Theory (Everything happens in the player's mind)

Jack's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Karma and Portals Theory (Beings have karma, and portals only transfer karma; thus, the body is separated from the karma and the player cannot remember anything)

JackO's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: 4 Dimension Net Theory (Subnet is a 4-dimensional torus)

Debunked: Comms Network Theory (Subnet is a large experimental communication network, like a virtual reality internet)

Juratracer's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Map Theory (Exploration teams sent out by Murtaugh to draw maps)

Debunked: Wisdom Gem Theory (Wisdom gems, containing actual knowledge, taught Mur how to create portals / Einstein being a guard from the Defense Systems)

Kees' TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Portal Resonance Theory (Explains human travel through portals)

Les Paul's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Napoleon Theory (Mur is like a dictator whom we and Liz will have to overthrow)

Ln6Ec's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: The AI Theory (The Subnet is an AI program designed by Mur to test the boundaries of artificial intelligence, which the AI rendered rooms with no means of escape and would continually adapt)

Doubtful: Purgatory Theory (Mur is dead and is being punished by being trapped in the Subnet)

Doubtful: ET Theory (The Submachine is actually the remnants of an alien race whose dwindled numbers still sneak around the Subnet)

Lmcuadros's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Artificial Countryside Theory (We never made it outside in Sub1, the subnet was tricking us)

Doubtful: Mouse-hole Theory (Einstein maybe doesn't have special powers; anyone in the lighthouse would be able to teleport)

Debunked: Two Players Theory (The main protagonist: Sub1, Sub0, Sub1-v2, Sub 2 sketch, Sub2, Sub3, Sub 4, Sub5, Sub6, Sub 7, SNEE, SubFLF;

The other protagonist: Sub1, Sub0, Sub1-v3/4, Sub2sketch, Sub2, Sub3 [bad ending?].)

Lucca Ellorita's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Submachine as Database Theory

Unconfirmed: What Karma Arm Really Does Theory

Unconfirmed: Lighthouse Emits "Another Light" To Show The World In Theory

Luketheflame's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: The Stream Theory

Marbles's TheoriesEdit

Likely: Normal Submachine Theory (The submachine has normal physics)

Doubtful: Liz is Evil Theory (Liz betrayed Mur and is in league with the submachine)

Debunked: Cat Theory (We're the cat)

Mocha's TheoriesEdit

Drowsy Portals Theory

Real Victor Theory

Quaternion Fractal Theory

Mono99099's TheoriesEdit

Likely: Frontier and Change Hostility Theory (submachine was made as new western frontier, Submachine destroys anything not originating from it)

Murtaugh's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Egyptian Theory

Murandliz's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: The Player is Liz and Mur's Son Theory (Murtaugh and Elizabeth are married and The Player is their son)

NavyOfficer's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Karma Crystal Theory(Wisdom gems emit Karma that is used to power submachines)

Debunked: Rescue Mission Theory (Murtaugh is attempting to rescue prisoners from the core of the subnet]]

OnyxIonVortex's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Einstein the Cat Theory

Ogt2's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: The Creation and Murtaugh's Theory

Unconfirmed: The Root's Transportation Theory

Paranormal's TheoriesEdit

Likely: False Reality Theory - The Submachine is living in a false state of reality and acts as if events between Murtaugh and Elizabeth are still occurring, even though they happened years ago.

Phenoix12's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Submachine Compression Theory (The Submachine is compressing itself into its center)

Debunked: Mur Is the Submachine Theory (Mur is the Submachine's AI and is testing the player)

Debunked: Connection between Sub0 and Sub2 Theory (It was the player in Sub0 and he/she was sucked into it when he/she took the Wisdom Gem)

pruppMerged's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Mur's workshop theory

Still alive: The Memento theory

Purcellus/Haipeoplez's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Wisdom Gem Theory (Wisdom Gems used to build replicates of objects / Synchronized motion of gems allow manipulation of energy balances)

Pyro-Dude's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Pocket Dimension Theory (one small dimension for Net instead of many Subs within many dimensions)

Rainbowpoptartunicorn's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: The Submachine Was Created By Different Cultures Long Ago

Unconfirmed: Mur is the Submachine

Unconfirmed: You (The Player) Are Mur

Unconfirmed: The Tree In The South Garden Is The Main Source Of Energy

RapidRaccoon808Edit

Debunked: Theory of Submachine and It's existence ( Name basically says it all in a brief sentence)

Raxas' TheoriesEdit

Likely: Karma Particle Theory (Karma are highly energetic particles)

Likely: The Number Station Theory

Raziel's TheoriesEdit

Likely: Amnesia Theory (Submachine cause people to slowly lose memories)

Redafro's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Submachine as Physics-Engine Field.

Unconfirmed: Mind-Reading Submachines.

Likely: Submachine Parameters (Sentient, isolated, manipulates/is environment to limit intruders coinciding with Raziel/Chaos's Amnesia Theory)

Still alive: Mur The Part-Time Puzzler (Mur created only some of the puzzles)

Still alive: Why we never encounter anyone Theory

Debunked: Uninhabitable Theory

REDX36's TheoriesEdit

Confirmed: Stationary Portal Theory

Still alive: Karma Decay Theory

Doubtful: Sub Bot Theory

Debunked: Core of Knowledge Theory

Remi le Oduen's theoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Informational Lifeform Theory

Unconfirmed: Cancer Theory

Robobrain's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Edge as Boundary Theory (The Subnet's defense systems protect it against some impenetrable obstacle at the Edge)

Doubtful: Player Movement Through Submachine and Submachine Existence (how the Submachine exists and how we are able to explore it)

Debunked: Plot Explanation (Submachine was originally a training ground for people. The Subnet would tap into other dimensions to save space.)

Rooster5man's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Liz is Mur Theory (Elizabeth is actually the Sociopath and Murtaugh is an alternate personality of her)

Likely: Corpses Portal Theory (Using portals causes a mutation in the users body)

Still alive: The Player is Henry O'Toole Theory (The Player in the main series is Henry O'Toole in a reincarnated form)

Doubtful: Corpses stored in the Core Theory (When any living organism dies in the subnet, its body is taken to the core)

RuloCore's TheoriesEdit

Humorous: TV Murtaugh Theory

Silasqwerty1's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: FusionFall Theory

Smartguy's TheoriesEdit

Confirmed: The Core Theory (Mover takes us to a control center type place subnet)

Still alive: Portal Workings Theory (How the Submachine comes together by means of relative distances.)

Doubtful: Von Neumann Theory (A human built AI develops itself into an Von Neumann machine and begins to create "copies" of itself in the subnet)

Soullock's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Dimensional Pathway Theory (Net grows by tapping into dimensions, creating pathways for explorers)

Still alive: Absorption Theory (Submachine absorbing dead bodies)

Still alive: People as Energy Theory (people changing into energy before death and is absorbed into Net)

Still alive: Building for the Fame Theory

Still alive: Darkness + Light Theory (The darkness is eating away at the subnet while the light is restoring sections of the subnet that the darkness has destroyed)

Doubtful: Time-stop Theory

Debunked: First Submachine Theory (Submachines growing uncontrolled into other dimensions)

StoneInfinityEdit

Unconfirmed: Wisdom Gem Theory: The ancient gem of wisdom is the original wisdom gem and others are weak copies.

Strange Planet's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Portal Entropy Theory (All seven layers of the sub-net are micro-universes)

Debunked: Karmic Civilization Theory (History and origins of the Submachines)

Sub8472's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Mur and Liz Theory (Liz will turn Mur back onto the right side)

Sub-bot 100's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Portal Wisdom Gems Theory

Subbot smasher's TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Super-weapon Theory (The Submachine is building a weapon that will destroy humanity)

Unconfirmed: Green gem Theory (The wisdom gem was the CPU of the Submachine's AI)

Unconfirmed: Player Is Player Theory (The Player is a representation of the real player)

Unconfirmed: Scrapper Theory (The Submachine absorbs human structures for resources)

Unconfirmed: Gem Warp Theory (Wisdom Gems that Henry O'Toole used in creating the winter palace made the structure disappear)

SubHunter's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: The [Sub]Building Theory

Debunked: The Uninhabited Theory

Submachine Al's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Submachine Software Theory (Mur created the Submachine as teleportation prototype. Glitch in the system caused the software to become the virus, touching anything in the underground to become Submachine)

Debunked: Human Testers Theory (The submachine was originally a facility used to conduct experiments on humans)

Debunked: The Submachine Dimension Theory (Submachine was created to protect humans from a massive war. It eventually trapped some people thinking it was still protecting them, even though the war was over)

Debunked: Alternate Timeline Theory (The submachine is divided into two timelines.)

Submachinefan's TheoriesEdit

Still alive:Root/Core Symbiosis Theory (The root and core require each other to function, and the core is the energy center of the submachine)

Subman's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Glitch Theory

Subnoob's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Super-theory (combin7ation of several theories made from early December to Christmas 2008...)

Debunked: Saving the World Theory (The submachine is trying to save the world, but the defense systems are stopping it from doing so)

Sub-Program 32's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Loop Theory (The Loop is the result of a wound dealt on the Submachine)

Still alive: Subnet Editing Theory (The Submachine has gone back and edited the notes left in Sub6 to make Mur look evil)

Doubtful: Daymare Plot Theory

Sudo Su's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Cat/Liz Theory

Suigetsu's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: A job in time Theory (Everything that happens in Submachine is because of Murtaugh)

The Abacus' TheoriesEdit

Unconfirmed: Portal Mechanics Theory

Unconfirmed: "The Architects" is an Analogy for the Creator

Unconfirmed: Anti-Structural Architecture and the Winter Palace

The Philosopher's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Parallel Universe Theory (The subnet is made up of parallel universes)

Still alive: Ancient Civilization Theory (Ancient civilizations created the submachine and portals)

TheBabylonProject's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Dream Space Submachine Theory

Humorous: No way out theory

the PLANer's TheoriesEdit

Likely: Phantom Energy Theory

Voxproximity's TheoriesEdit

Confirmed: A Proposition Concerning the Mechanical Hand (what it might have been used for)

Likely: The DS as a Passive-Aggressive Entity (and what this means for the Loop)

Likely: The Importance of the Number 32 (too many cases of recursion to ignore)

Likely: Mur's Temporary HQ (Lighthouse lodging)

Wander99's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: "Covert" Submachine Theory

WarpZone's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Corpse Censorship Theory (Submachine is hiding certain objects and people away from The Player's view)

Doubtful: Everyone Else Escaped Theory (Reasoning behind why nobody is seen or heard in the subnet)

Debunked: Natural Corpse Theory (Explorers bodies decayed naturally and were gone by the time the player reached the same area)

Debunked: Slow Computer Theory

Weary With Toil's TheoriesEdit

Still alive: Klein Bottle Theory

Still alive: Artificial Consciousness - Extension of the Klein Bottle Theory

wierdotron5000's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Lower Universal Containment Theory Still Alive: Omni-Dimensional Distortion Theory

Wellan's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Exist Theory (unpopulated area, which people think it isn't exist, become Submachine and unreal)

WorldisQuiet5256's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Submachine Chair Theory

Xzocka's TheoriesEdit

Still Alive: Red Brick Theory (The red bricks in the Core are parts of the Lighthouse)

Yellowsubmachine's TheoriesEdit

Debunked: Sub_1 Game Trap Theory (Submachine 1 is a game designed to bring people with karma abilities into the SubNet, because only people with karma abilities can use the portals) http://www.pastelforum.com/topic.php?id=708&page=66#post-118426

Debunked: Liz' Karma Abilities (Liz has karma arm abilities like Mur)

YoshiBoy13's TheoriesEdit

Doubtful: Right Here, Right Now (Version 1)

Doubtful: Right Here, Right Now (Version 2)

Doubtful: Hallucination/Dream Theory (Version 1)

Doubtful: Hallucination/Dream Theory (Version 2)

Doubtful: Exploration Theory Fact

Doubtful: Universal Theory (v1: serious)

Doubtful: Universal Theory (v2: stupid and silly)

Debunked: Anti-Subnet theory (uh-oh)

Doubtful: Co-ordinates as relative to facility theory


Debunked: Trapped theory (Mur and Liz were trapped in lighthouse)

Debunked: Confrontation theory (when we will see Mur)

Rever Man - Cipher platesEdit

Unconfirmed: Theory 1 (Cipher who were in the room 553 (SNEE) are cipher who teleport us to all location that have cipher slots in SNEE.)


Unconfirmed: Theory 2 (All human who passed the root before you have a different adventure (cipher plate: 1-2,1-3,1-4,1-5,1-6,2-3,2-4,2-5,2-6,3-4,3-5,3-6,4-5,4-6 and 5-6).)

Zerpentos's TheoriesEdit

Still Alive: Coordinate System Theory

Likely: Light, Wisdom Gem, and Sub-Energy Theory

Zombyrus's TheoriesEdit

Still Alive: Semi-Artificial Subnet Theory

Debunked: Meaningless Theory (The Submachine serves no purpose and has no meaning. It simply exists and nothing more; it's interesting but unimportant like advanced algebra.)

Zombieshooter's TheoriesEdit

Still Alive:Karma is Wisdom Gems Energy theory

Debunked: Edge as lock to subnet outer-side theory (The bells, loops, tiles, and the URD puzzle are part of a giant lock at the Edge that keeps things from exiting the Subnet)

Debunked:Subnet Core theory (The Subnet's core, an incredible AI, created the Submachines)

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