In the movie The Santa Clause, one becomes Santa by putting on the red coat after the death of the previous Santa. Even ignoring how morbid this premise is on its own, it’s possible that there’s another even darker level to the story. When Scott Calvin shows up at the North Pole as the new Santa, not only do the elves not appear surprised, they seem happy to see him and not at all upset about the Santa he replaced. And furthermore, at the very beginning of the movie, we see an elf standing with a crowd of children outside a toy store near Scott’s house. Why would she already be there if she didn’t have some sort of prior knowledge of what was going to occur? This leaves me no choice but to conclude that the elves not only hated the previous Santa but actually orchestrated his demise.
tl;dr: In The Santa Clause, the elves totally murdered the previous Santa.
Update: In The Santa Clause 2, the Easter Bunny says kids are 86% happier since Scott became Santa. 86%. Clearly, the last Santa was so terrible, the elves had to off him.
Also, according to The Santa Clause 2, Santa has to be married in order to remain Santa, which means that the previous Santa must have been married - but there’s no Mrs. Clause around when Scott gets to the North Pole. What happened to her?
And finally, I think this raises some pretty serious questions about Bernard’s sudden disappearance in between The Santa Clause 2 and 3. Just how badly did Curtis want to be Head Elf?
Just how many people have the elves murdered? Clearly those rosy cheeks and innocent, childlike faces are hiding some pretty dark secrets.
Oh my god
now this is the kind of Christmas post I want on my dash
I’d like to build on this. I have no doubt that the elves carried out the dirty work, but I don’t think any of them masterminded the whole operation.
I believe that honor falls to Comet.
Yep, the reindeer. Or is he only a reindeer? In fact, I believe him to be God, or at the very least, a being of great power and infinite wisdom that has fallen to Earth. The fall itself would serve as the inspiration for his given name (Sidebar: what if his impact was the source of the explosion in Tunguska in 1908? Impossible to prove, but a compelling theory, nevertheless).
Now, everyone knows that when Santa first takes flight every Christmas Eve, he says, “On, Dasher, on, Dancer, on Prancer, and Vixen! On, Comet, On, Cupid, On Donner/Donder, and Blitzen!” The fact that the order never changes leads me to believe that he is listing them in the order in which they are harnessed. This would make Dasher the lead reindeer.
And yet, in The Santa Clause and its sequels, Comet is the lead reindeer. Why?
He is certainly the most (possibly only) intelligent reindeer of the group, able to make his desires and opinions known to anyone, even an idiot like Scott Calvin. He is also incredibly persuasive. Indeed, it is only after Comet encourages Scott to put on the suit that Scott does so. And when Scott does put it on, what does he say?
“Well, I hope you’re happy, Comet.”
After just a few minutes, the new Santa is recognizing the lead reindeer as the source of authority. Interesting.
In The Santa Clause 2, Comet appears different. His eyes are brighter, more alert, and he is far more vocal, even developing the ability to mimic speech in a relevant and concise manner. I think that Scott’s stellar job as Santa has created more magic, or at the very least, attracted more of it to the North Pole. Magic that Comet has been siphoning off in an attempt to grow stronger. He is biding his time, waiting for the day when he can rejoin his brethren in other realms. But he must first regain his energy, for he is now but a shell of his former self.
But Comet has fallen once already, and so he does again. In The Santa Clause 2, he becomes greedy, pigging out on candy until he literally cannot move. Knowing that Santa needs a new lead reindeer, head elf Bernard suggests that they use…Chet.
Chet. A juvenile, with a stated 1.5 minutes of flight time and a proclivity for crashing into the ground. A rookie. Now imagine you are Comet. You have been replaced by the epitome of incompetence, and nobody seems to care. I imagine that, in his hooves, I would feel incredibly jealous. Perhaps even vengeful.
Who is missing from The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause? Bernard, of course. This has already been pointed out by OP. And Curtis might have murdered him in cold blood, it’s true. But who else had a motive for removing Bernard from the picture? Comet. It was Bernard, after all, who suggested replacing Comet as lead reindeer in the first place. And, as we know, Comet is incredibly persuasive. I believe that although Curtis might have already been mulling over whether he should murder his superior, it was Comet who finally convinced him to do so. Comet was the mastermind. Curtis was just the sap who pulled the trigger.
Chet is also missing from The Santa Clause 3, but I’m not convinced Comet would have had him murdered by one of the elves. No, I think Comet took care of Chet himself. I have no evidence for this, because Comet has covered his tracks all too well. But I know his secret. I know what he did.
tl;dr: Comet the reindeer is God, and exacts swift vengeance upon those who wrong him.
So this thread pleases me greatly. Great job, everyone.