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Teenage Cecil 1.0 and 2.0

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A theory about why the young Cecil in "Cassette" and the young Cecil in "[Best Of?]" have completely different personal histories.

Now, which one of these is the Cecil we've been listening to? Or is he yet another different Cecil? Anybody want to place bets on how many there are?


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Cecil in "Cassette" and other pre-"[Best Of?]" episodes: Hi, I'm Cecil! The tablets at City Hall say I'll replace Leonard Burton one day. Leonard always opens his radio show with "Greetings from Night Vale." Here's some news: a new pizza place called Big Rico's just opened!

Cecil in "[Best Of?]": Hi, I'm Cecil! For my first report: a bunch of people have decided to build a town here. They only just decided to call it "Night Vale". City Hall hasn't been built yet, and pizza won't be brought to this continent for another hundred years.

Cassette Cecil: I used to be a Boy Scout. My best friend Earl helped me earn the Subversive Radio Host badge!
[Best Of?] Cecil: This is also a century or more before the Scouts are founded, and I've never heard the word "radio".

Cassette Cecil: Wow . . . there's really no way I can be a younger version of you, is there?
[Best Of?] Cecil: Nope! Not unless almost everything about you is a continuity error.

Cassette Cecil: Maybe we're alternate-universe versions of each other? Or from different timelines?
[Best Of?] Cecil: Sure! Either of those sounds plausible.

Cassette Cecil: Gosh. I wonder if we'll ever meet.
[Best Of?] Cecil: Oh, I'm sure we will! One day you'll see me out of the corner of your eye.
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kiri-stansfield's avatar
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the final words of [Best Of?] Cecil scared the shit out of me. In bright daylight. *claps hands*
I like this work, I mean) Thank you!
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D: Reincarnation, perhaps???? :D <3
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That's certainly one theory...
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This episode nearly melted my brain. I'm still confused XD Even more so than normal.
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Not to forget the times there has been mentions of not remembering the timespans between certain ages, or claims to be seventeen for so very long... Night Vale: What is time even? 
ErinPtah's avatar
I think memory loss and slow aging are easy enough to understand. Trouble is, both these episodes gave us live recordings of young Cecils, so none of those details can be explained away as "oh, he's describing it after the fact and remembered it wrong." And the stuff that comes out-of-order (e.g. referring to City Hall before City Hall is built) can't be explained by slow aging or memory shenanigans...although, hm, I guess he could have aged backwards for a while...
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My theory is a mix of slow aging and timeloops. Considering we have young Cecil radio reporting about this odd invention of radio he hasn't even seen or barely believe in. Time in Night Vale is indeed a VERY odd thing. 
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What if cassette cecil is pre-strex kevin?

There's not really anything canon to support that but yolo we can discuss. Someone's gotta pitch the theory for it to be considered.
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D: WHAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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Wouldnt that be crazy?
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RobinTheBardHobbyist Traditional Artist
YES YES IT WOULD
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JustARandomKidHobbyist Writer
Kevin's my fav <3
ErinPtah's avatar
Hmm, there's an idea...

He's got the same voice actor as our!Cecil and BestOf!Cecil, but vocal cord replacement is a thing in canon, so maybe Strex swapped in someone else's during the Kevinification process.
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It could just be a maturity thing too, like their voiced matured differently because of enviornmental causes, but i think yours would make more sense given the nature of the show.
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Yeah, Best Of was fucking weird.

On the other hand, with time not being real, it's quite possible that Cecil was a radio station intern before the invention of radio . . .
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It sure was weird! I remember back in earlier days of the fandom, people had theories about Cecil being immortal/as old as the town/predating actual radio, but those faded away as we started learning about Cecil's childhood, with cassette tapes and Boy Scouts and so on. And now the show is all "psych! At least one version of Cecil is super old and time-transcendent."
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WtNV: logic need not apply

A bit off topic, but do you RP on DreamWidth at all?
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I don't RP, no. (I do talk about WtNV at the nightvale_dogpark comm, if you want to check that out.)
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That's a shame, the RP stuff is fun.
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