‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ Mystery Solved: Here’s Why The Doll Was Among The Misfit Toys

Every year people question why the doll is on Misfit Island.

Silhouette of santa and reindeer crossing the moon
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Every year people question why the doll is on Misfit Island.

It’s already more than a week into December and Christmas spirit is in the air. One of the many things people like doing in the days leading up to Christmas is curling up in front of a warm fire with their family and watching Christmas-themed movies and TV shows, like the 1964 TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

As just about everyone knows, the show is about a reindeer named Rudolph that gets teased by the other reindeer because of his odd bright red nose. After going on a crazy adventure, this unique little reindeer is able to help Santa and save Christmas. Despite being around for over five decades, chatter recently started to pop up on Twitter regarding a timeless mystery that has been surrounding the old Christmas special for years.

Just about every year there is one burning question that people are dying to know the answer to: why is the doll on Misfit Island?

“Holiday movies with my kiddos inspire contemplation of a timeless seasonal mystery: Why *was* that doll on the Island of Misfit Toys?” A Twitter user penned a little more than a week ago.

A quick search of Twitter reveals that this user wasn’t the only one who found the presence of the doll on the Island of Misfit Toys to be a little baffling.

Another individual questioned if they ever explained exactly what was wrong with the doll in the show.

The scene that has so many viewers scratching their heads is when Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon Cornelius make their way to the Island of Misfit Toys. Filled with broken toys that wouldn’t make a child happy, many people believe the doll feels out of place as she doesn’t appear to have anything wrong with her.

According to the Huffington Post, the original reason the doll was part of the misfit toy collection was placed on psychological issues claiming the doll was depressed with self-esteem problems. While this reasoning was mostly a joke, that didn’t stop it from spreading on Twitter as many believed it to be true.

The Huffington Post clarifies the most likely answer to this mysterious question was actually uncovered a year ago by a blogger named Joe Hummel. Hummel speculated it was the lack of a nose on the doll’s face that classified her as a misfit toy.

“It’s as plain as the nose on your face,” Hummel joked as he made the revelation.

While Hummel published a piece shedding light on the mystery surrounding the show last year, it hasn’t stopped people from continuing to ask the question. In fact, a deeper search of Twitter reveals it is a question that tends to pop up every Christmas season.