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September 19th, 2014 | EarthBound, Images, Uncommon Knowledge

A while back, Buck Fever sent me this:

So I was looking at images of Giygas from the final battle of EarthBound and I noticed that the main image of the screaming skull thing looked odd, so I rotated it 180 degrees and I noticed a similarity between the image and Giygas/Giegue’s sprite in MOTHER:


My friend Dan, SgtTyrefell on twitter, went in and tinkered with the image, removing excess “heads” and you can start to see Giygas/Giegue’s original body being twisted and distorted:


I doubt this is really newsworthy but I just thought I’d bring this up.

I always wondered how the EarthBound Zero Giegue/Giygas/Gyiyg went on to look like the EarthBound Giygas. It’s entirely possible this is just wishful thinking or pareidolia or something else, but it’s a pretty neat resemblance just the same!


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45 Comments to A Different Look at Giygas

Royzourboy said on Sep. 19, 2014

Whooooa… that’s nuts.

Rhyselinn said on Sep. 19, 2014

Does this mean the fetus theory can finally be put to rest? 😀

flint said on Sep. 19, 2014

The fetus theory should have always been put to rest. It was way too literal and just grasping at straws.

This is a really nice catch though, but you’re right I can never tell if some of this stuff is intentional or not.

Wondo said on Sep. 19, 2014

oh. my. god.
we were so blind…

Icicle said on Sep. 19, 2014

The poor guy lost his neck. But I’m sure he feels perfectly good.

Anon said on Sep. 19, 2014

…I… wow. That’s actually really cool.

Mesousa said on Sep. 19, 2014

I’d sooner believe that this was the intention rather than the fetus.

Captain Cab said on Sep. 19, 2014

This actually looks really plausible to me. I’ve always wondered why his distorted form was a creepy, human-like face when Giygas wasn’t humanoid looking at all and this seems to very possibly explain why, ie: if this is correct, it’s not really a face at all, just Giygas’s “Mewto” style form in severe disarray. Very interesting either way.

An E and two 8 said on Sep. 19, 2014

Very good and interesting find.

Fits pretty well with the fact that the Giygas you fight on Mother 2 is nothing but a corrupted version of it’s previous incarnation.

So, You could this as the representation of the corruption he suffered after the events of Mother 1.

Now, if this was intentional or not. We’ll never know.

STARM said on Sep. 19, 2014

QUICK! Spread this theory across the internet! The people must know!

wahowaho! said on Sep. 19, 2014

And i thought this was a common knowledge!!(030) i have noticed this for so long i’m pretty sure it is intentional,even more than the fetus

Esper said on Sep. 19, 2014

This… just blew my mind…

Buck Fever said on Sep. 19, 2014

Guess you can say that Giygas did a 180 between games

Florn said on Sep. 20, 2014

Things look like things!

Hyper Emerson said on Sep. 20, 2014

A skull surrounded by a fetus mosaic that is also the villain’s earlier appearance turned upside down.

Chivi-chivik said on Sep. 20, 2014

I realized that months ago XD But it would be great if it was proven that this was also intended 🙂

Joe said on Sep. 20, 2014

I’ve actually always thought it was supposed to resemble MOTHER 1’s Gigue. I feel special 😀

FireflyMelody said on Sep. 20, 2014

Hm, I never thought of that. Then again, I was a little busy in this fight trying not to think too hard about it, so.

Name said on Sep. 21, 2014

Wow. This is awesome.

joe (without capital j) said on Sep. 22, 2014

The fetus theory was just talked about too much.

Isaiah V. said on Sep. 22, 2014

Goodbye fetus theory. Hello Giygas is actually Giegue from Mother 1 theory.

Decapit8tedMuffin said on Sep. 22, 2014

Giygas IS Giegue/Gyiyg..that’s why the name of EarthBound in Japan is “MOTHER 2: Gyiyg Strikes Back”.

Dragonwarriorquestsagain said on Sep. 22, 2014

Evil alien devil fetus? This seems like a real stretch. Maybe we cannot grasp it’s true form. Maybe that’s the point… Besides, I only see a ReDead. Or…a bunch of them.

Dragonwarriorquestsagain said on Sep. 22, 2014


anon said on Sep. 23, 2014

@Isaiah V. That wasn’t a theory, they have always been the same person.

FaxanaduChamp said on Sep. 23, 2014

Why can’t they be both?!? The fetus and Gigue

Rock said on Sep. 23, 2014
Liliana said on Sep. 23, 2014

Actually, since sometime before I even got into the series, the wiki has had this line on the bottom of the Giygas page: “If one were to flip a picture of Giygas in his EarthBound appearance upside down, the “face” resembles the face of his appearance in Mother.”

I always was confused by that and I just kinda thought whoever wrote that was really making a stretch, but of course now I can see it.

Anonymous said on Sep. 24, 2014

He’s really creepy

Anonymous said on Sep. 24, 2014

I was hoping he’d come back as an alien before.

vince94 said on Sep. 25, 2014

My headcanon is that Giygas is Geigue’s Nightmare, like after the events of Mother, he went into his own Magicant and lost to the evil part of himself.

robot said on Sep. 28, 2014

It’s been 20 years, and we still get new stuff.

Anonymous said on Sep. 28, 2014

Looks like Giygas came from a barrel of monkeys toy.

smelly ghost said on Oct. 7, 2014

wow! that’s new

Hikari said on Oct. 8, 2014

Wow, I never knew about that. The fetus theory was a little out there, but this one makes total sense for some reason.

FaxanaduChamp said on Oct. 8, 2014

Why is the fetus theory so out there?!? It makes total sense and you can clearly see a fetus. I don’t understand why it cannot be BOTH! Itoi is a smart guy. I am positive the fetus as not just a coincidence. To think the fetus theory was not intentional you have to be insane.

I think its brilliant, this is one of the many reasons why this game is so amazing; the depth of the story and especially at the ending when you finally face Giygas and all the symbolism that comes with it.

Jungyin said on Oct. 8, 2014

What about those that are positive the fetus as just a coincidence? Those that think to think the fetus theory was intentional you have to be insane?

I, for one, say it’s out there because “the evidence” used is either hazy or are themselves just theories. I also think the theory only gained ground because of that image macro and then people who saw it one community talked about it more in other communities.

FaxanaduChamp said on Oct. 9, 2014

i just love the nerdy elitist comments that this theory is “a real stretch” and should “have always been put to rest” and “was grasping at straws”

grasping at straws?!? WHAT!?

ok lets take a look….

1 the series is called MOTHER

2 you walk into a vagina to enter his lair

3 you are then inside a fleshy area going further UP toward the EGG

4 there is CLEARLY A FETUS in the negative space, once you see it, you cannot UNsee it

5 “This baby is a demon child!”

6 Itoi is brillant

its called SYMBOLISM people! dont you want to think that your favorite game was a little bit deeper than fun colored enemies and quirky characters?

this is what makes earthbound so amazing

Anonymous said on Oct. 11, 2014

To all of you who are saying that the fetus theory is correct, it’s not. Itoi himself had disproven it, and that it wasn’t his intention at all to make the Giygas background look like a fetus. (And I’m just paraphrasing here.)

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Evil V. said on Oct. 12, 2014

y know whe are talking about giygas….But..WHO WILL BE THE ENEMY OF MOTHER 4?

Autistic Pichu said on Oct. 12, 2014


Comic Book Guy: The worst. Video Game Theory. Ever! It makes me spill my squishie!

(@FanaxanaduChamp ends here.)

I honestly thought THAT theory was dead at this point. Anyway, While this is also a theory, this one makes a lot more sense to me then….then…..that Alikari mess of a theory.

GrapeEscape said on Oct. 16, 2014


I’d go on and on about the levels of stupidity that your comment presents, but the fact that you still believe in a creator-disproven theory already shows me that you’re not worth the time.

Ms.Kawaii(Invanding A Forum With Is Not About Girls) said on Oct. 27, 2014

@Evil V.

The Background Is Areaadly Giygas(I Think)

Pokey Minch said on Oct. 27, 2014

I Yet Dont Know What Of The 2 Theorys Are Right..


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