Patrick Star (seasons 6-8)
"SpongeBob, you can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up. Keep you on your toes." (The Card)
Patrick Star is the deuteragonist in the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants and the titular main protagonist of his very own show, The Patrick Star Show. He is voiced by actor Bill Fagerbakke and was created and designed by the late marine biologist and cartoonist Stephen Hillenburg. He is the best friend and neighbor of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Most of the time, he is a simple-minded yet charming character, but during Seasons 6-8, there was a more malicious side of his personality with none of the likability whatsoever and was a part of controversial themes to SpongeBob fans and viewers, sometimes more than Eugene Krabs and the bad seasons of SpongeBob itself.
Why His Name Was a "Prick"
- He was flanderized badly from originally being a dim-witted, yet hilariously dumb comic relief character into an obnoxious imbecile with a mean streak.
- He was often unnecessarily loud, very bossy, demanding, and has a temper problem.
- He was always ungrateful for everything he was given.
- His gags became mostly flat, stale, and unfunny.
- He was one of the few characters that were still flanderized during Season 8. In fact, he's even worse in that season than in Season 7, because there were so many episodes in that specific season that were bad specifically because of him, whether it'd be Pet Sitter Pat, Smoothe Jazz at Bikini Bottom, Oral Report, Patrick's Staycation, Restraining SpongeBob, or The Googly Artiste. Season 8 was mixed, but the reason some people hated it was BECAUSE he was a jerk in this season.
- He may be dumb and occasionally had a mean streak, but not to this extent.
- He can be a malicious jerk who bullies SpongeBob on many occasions, despite being his longtime "best friend". He tends to take advantage of SpongeBob's good-hearted nature in several instances.
- Like the bad version of SpongeBob, he is extremely immature and never acts his age. Before and after Flanderization, it was also admittedly rare for him to act like an adult, but he still had some levels of maturity. However, during these seasons, he never does.
- Again like SpongeBob, he is supposed to be an adult, but he has the mentality of a toddler.
- He is a crybaby, though not as much as SpongeBob, despite being more childish than him.
- He is callous as he seems to have complete disregard for his surroundings.
- For example, in Big Sister Sam he allows his more dimwitted and brutish older sister Sam to demolish SpongeBob and Squidward's houses for no good reason.
- Even worse, he blames both Squidward & SpongeBob for being angry about how Squidward's house just got demolished (which proves that he cannot understand, perceive or handle the idea of criticism nor does he ever realize his mistakes) and also states that they are bad friends when SpongeBob tries to reason with him.
- As discussed above, his sheer and relentless stupidity often causes a lot of trouble more often than not, like his moments of clumsiness.
- Speaking of which, while he and SpongeBob are both extremely moronic and childish lunatics, they can sometimes come off as masochistic as seen in a Season 6 episode called "Cephalopod Lodge" as they willingly electrocute themselves by the tongue for no reason other than for their own enjoyment. Patrick forcing Squidward's tongue to be electrocuted twice by the jellyfish also shows how sadistic he is as well.
- Several other episodes show how unlikable he is:
- He's also proven to be very careless, like in "Stuck In The Wringer" he puts "Forever Glue" only to make SpongeBob stuck forever, showing another example of how Patrick's moronic characteristic was dumbed down even more]),
- The episode "The Card" shows how extremely stupid he is. To make matters worse, he claims to be fully aware of being stupid and wants to make things more extreme to make SpongeBob even more concerned about Patrick's idiocy with his infamous line "SpongeBob, you can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up. Keep you on your toes". This infamous moment of Patrick coming off as a sadistic, sociopathic liar who uses his stupidity as an excuse for him to cause trouble makes him out to be very detestable.
- In Sentimental Sponge, he told SpongeBob to keep his garbage instead of throwing it away, turning him into a hoarder.
- He was also shown to be very selfish & narcissistic in numerous episodes.
- He was also overly bratty in the episode Yours, Mine and Mine where Patrick selfishly kept the Patty Pal for himself, even if SpongeBob wanted it back, and not to mention; he stole his wallet to spend two of them for each other while it was against his will, and he hypocritically says that "Have you learned nothing about sharing?" when yet, he doesn't share, making Patrick look very manipulative, hypocritical & unfair in the process. Also, the "mocking SpongeBob" face he makes in that episode is extremely punchable.
- He is even more gross than he was in previous (and later) seasons, such as him more frequently emerging from the dumpster (e.g. in The Splinter) and even sometimes eating from dumpsters (e.g. in Are You Happy Now?) in numerous episodes in these seasons.
- His one tooth that is always sticking out of his mouth during this season as if it's an integral part of his design is very annoying, despite him rarely expressing this in earlier seasons.
- He also sometimes looks angry for no particular reason, especially in episodes like The Splinter and Oral Report for example, mainly due to his eyebrows often drawn pointing downwards, despite him rarely expressing this in earlier seasons. Which is not only unsettling, but also already adds to his cruel and mean-spirited nature.
- He barely, if ever, gets comeuppance for his actions, hence making him a Karma Houdini for the most part (plus an Idiot Houdini for his stupidity).
- He was a much better character in the first five seasons and has massively redeemed himself since Season 9.
- Similar to SpongeBob, depending on your view, he was decent in the first episodes of Season 6 until "The Splinter".
- Nonetheless, he occasionally has his original personality and has some humorous moments in these seasons.
- He does get a bit of comeuppance in some episodes, but that doesn't remove him from the Karma-Houdini party or the Idiot-Houdini party.
- Bill Fagerbakke still does a good job voicing him.
- As mentioned above, he isn't as flanderized in Season 8 as he was in Seasons 6 & 7.
- While he is dumb in these seasons, at least he is nowhere as dumb as SpongeBob being oblivious to Puffy Fluffy torturing Gary in A Pal for Gary.