The stupidest things bother me… I was watching a Game Theory video (already not a bright idea) about Majora's Mask and the Gaijin Goomba guy was trying to make everything in MM fit his idea that it's African-inspired, so he insisted that Gyorg was based on a freshwater cichlid native to Africa, just because of mouthbrooding, which plenty of other non-cichlid fish do (including a species of catfish and you should know that Asians are obsessed with catfish). You've probably seen enough fish to agree with me that the rough skin/scale texture, coloration, spines and proportions are just like stonefish, the size, proportions and gulping up a man-sized thing are like the goliath grouper and the teeth, inhabiting (terrorizing?) a bay and "horn" are like the goblin/oni shark (I think the only fish that looks like it has a horn), which are all saltwater species. (Goblin sharks live in Tokyo Bay; now what's more likely, Japanese being inspired by an obscure African fish that doesn't even look like Gyorg, or drawing from their own backyard?) He sounded like he was full of shit on the other stuff, too, but they weren't in my realm of expertise, so I'm not the best to argue them.
(At least I have enough perspective to know that it's stupid that this bothers me, right? That's worth something.)
I feel like with theories like that, people figure them out in this order: 1. Come up with theory. 2. Check to see if enough things can be spun to fit into it ___2.1. If they fit, go with it. ___2.2. If they don't fit, make a new theory.
They ignore the obvious and instead try to cram everything into a new environment, and sometimes it happens to work out for them, and people think it's genius, but it was "figured out" backwards, and therefore is not genius to me at all. xD You don't start by pulling things out of the air and seeing if they fit. You look at what's there and you figure out how it fits together. ...Which is usually exactly how it's presented, and not ANY OTHER WAY.