Peter Is Going Insane Theory (Family Guy)
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The Peter Is Going Insane Theory is a Family Guy fan theory and creepypasta hypothesizing that Peter Griffin went insane after the deaths of his entire family and the events of the series are all in Peter's mind as he gradually becomes more insane. The theory was first posted to Reddit's /r/FanTheories subreddit in 2012 and went viral on TikTok in late 2022 as users encouraged others to look it up, touting it as scary and disturbing.
On August 7th, 2012, Redditor bblank0308 posted a Family Guy fan theory to /r/FanTheories that garnered over 540 upvotes in 10 years (shown below). The theory hypothesizes that the wide range of impossible hijinks that the Griffin family experiences without repercussion is possible because it's all in Peter Griffin's mind.
According to the theory, Meg Griffin was a popular, beautiful girl and Chris Griffin was mentally deficient due to a lack of oxygen at birth. One night, Meg took Chris to a party and got into a drunk driving accident, killing them both. Lois commits suicide while pregnant with Stewie due to grief. Peter was unable to handle the loss of his family and went insane, resulting in the events we see throughout Family Guy. Peter then holds resentment for Meg because she is responsible for the deaths, explaining why she is always berated by Peter in the series. He had high expectations for Stewie, so imagines him as a genius. Peter imagines himself as stupid despite being smart prior to the deaths, as he feels inadequate for being unable to protect his family.
Cleveland, Joe and Quagmire are all his real friends and Cleveland and Quagmire's appearances in the show represent them visiting him in a mental hospital. Peter has never actually met Joe but imagines him as a powerful man and good father despite his disability. Cleveland eventually stops visiting Peter because he feels himself going insane, resulting in Peter imagining The Cleveland Show.
In December 2022, TikTokers began posting videos about the theory, encouraging viewers to look it up and touting it as scary. On December 8th, 2022, TikToker @andysterl posted a video sharing the name of the theory and claiming it "still scares [them] to this day," garnering over 4.6 million views in six days (shown below). TikTokers continued to encourage users to look up the theory over the following days.
@andysterl Gives me chills to this day… #familyguycreepypasta #familyguy ♬ original sound – FamilyGuy.Conspiracy.theories
On December 10th, TikToker @trentallen90 posted a stitch criticizing the theory for being based on assumptions as there is nothing in the series that hints that it could be true, garnering over 82,000 views in four days (shown below).
@trentallen90 #stitch with @andysterl What a letdown. #familyguy #petergoesinsane #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #comedy #lol #scary #horror #creepypasta #theories #wednesday #wednesdaydance #horrortok ♬ original sound – Trent Allen
@.jaeson The “Peter has gone insane theory”. #familyguy #familyguycreepypasta #petergriffin #some12yearoldwillcomplainaboutthis #waitwhat #fyp #cantsaythat #lol #darktheory ♬ original sound – Jae Son✅
@bby_h0tline #stitch with @andysterl #petergriffinchainisactuallyinsane #familyguytheory #tldr ♬ original sound – Mercury ☿️
 Reddit – bblank0308
 TikTok – supercoop_anderson
 TikTok – trentallen90
Dec 14, 2022 at 12:48PM EST
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