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    SpongeBob SquarePants (seasons 6b and 7)

    SpongeBob SquarePants
    "I'm sorry Plankton, but that flies in the face of my good nature."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Immature and Obnoxious Manbaby of a Protagonist
    Age: 37
    Species: Sea Sponge
    Portrayed by: Tom Kenny
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: SpongeBob SquarePants
    First appearance: Help Wanted

    "Pre-movie personality: eccentric but lovable, a bit ditzy at times, yet still fairly intelligent, prone to moments of awesomeness, and had a touch of a lovable dorky side.
    Post-movie personality: IQ plumments to that of a egg salad sandwich, annoying traits are ramped up to their very worst, is completely oblivious to common sense unlike the past seasons, and instead of an everyman that ocassionally bothers Squidward, he now stalks Squidward.
    Who are you and what have you done with the SpongeBob I used to know!?

    SpongeRobert SquarePants (more famously known as SpongeBob SquarePants, born July 14, 1986) is the titular main protagonist of the beloved Nickelodeon animated series through his nickname and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years a supporting character in The Patrick Star Show, and the deuteragonist of the Netflix spin-off movie Saving Bikini Bottom: The Sandy Cheeks Movie. He was designed by the late and former marine biologist, Stephen Hillenburg. Stephen Hillenburg based SpongeBob on Bob the Sponge, a character he had created for his educational book "The Intertidal Zone" in the late 1980s. He is voiced by Tom Kenny.

    Unfortunately, he suffered from a bad case of flanderization and some character derailment in seasons 6b and 7a, but he slightly reverted to his original personality in season 7b and fully reverted to his original personality in season 8.

    "Barnacles!" Qualities

    1. He has been badly flanderized from a somewhat childish, yet optimistic and kind protagonist to an extremely annoying, idiotic, immature, unfunny, troublemaking, melodramatic manchild.
      • He has lost almost all of his charm and likability from the first three seasons, though it varies whether he's in character or not in seasons 4-6a and 8, depending on the episode.
      • Before and after flanderization, it was admittedly rare for him to act like an adult, but he still had some levels of maturity. However, during these seasons, he rarely does.
      • He is supposed to be an adult, yet he has the mentality of a toddler.
      • SpongeBob can be irritating and immature at times in the earlier seasons and later seasons, but not to the extent of being psychotic, reckless, and inconsiderate.
    2. He is either overly happy or overly emotional.
    3. He mostly has clumsy/accident-prone moments and is a butt-monkey in the series, most notably in "Stuck in the Wringer", which was the only episode when he ever did stand up for himself even when everyone is mean-spirited towards him.
      • Because of this, he generally acts very spineless and barely stands up for himself when he gets pushed around by his friends. As Plankton puts it, "He's just like stairs!".
    4. He is a crybaby who constantly bursts into tears way too much over the pettiest reasons, with "A Day Without Tears" being the worst offender of such. Heck, not even Pearl, Mr. Krabs' daughter, is that much of a crybaby in these seasons in comparison to the first three seasons.
    5. In many episodes, he does terrible things, such as:
      • Kidnapping the townspeople by trapping them with bubbles and forcing them to go to Texas to “rescue” Sandy instead of doing it by himself (it makes sense in context) in "Rodeo Daze".
      • Apparently lacking in empathy in "One Coarse Meal", alongside betraying Plankton for no reason other than seemingly to bully him in blind loyalty to Mr. Krabs by scaring him with holographic whales.
      • Horribly mistreating Gary by scolding and blaming him for things he clearly didn't do and blatantly prioritizing Puffy, as well as stealing the latter from a pet store in "A Pal for Gary".
      • Him and Patrick framing, defaming, and destroying the reputations of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy by disguising themselves as them and assaulting everyone they see for completely unjustified reasons in "Shuffleboarding".
      • Flooding Bikini Bottom with his tears in "A Day Without Tears".
      • Inviting the Bikini Bottomites to trash the set of "Squidward Chat" and having Squidward kicked out of his house and getting his own show shut down in "Tentacle Vision".
      • Intentionally sabotaging Squidward's chances of joining a men's choir and upstaging him out of spite and possible jealousy in "Choir Boys".
      • He is more destructive in his antics around Bikini Bottom than ever before.
    6. He can be very mean-spirited and acts like a complete jerk many times, which is most notable in the sixth season, as he can be an outright villain protagonist at worst, though not as much as Patrick.
    7. His gags have gone from hilarious and entertaining to mostly irritating, witless, and unintelligent.
    8. During season 6b, he has a downright creepy obsession towards Squidward for seemingly no particular reasons, other than to unknowingly annoy Squidward, and especially the one fact that the writers clearly wanted it to happen, to the point of coming off as sexually attracted to him.
      • In fact, "Boating Buddies" is notable as the turning point where his friendliness towards Squidward has been over-exaggerated to creepy extents.
      • "Squid's Visit" has the absolute worst display of SpongeBob's obsession towards Squidward taken too far, as not only does he continuously harasses Squidward by wanting him to visit his house including SpongeBob crying and begging Squidward to visit him at various places, yet he somehow makes an exact replica of Squidward's house down to the tiniest detail (which is implied to be made possible by SpongeBob continuously breaking into Squidward's house way too many times) and lures Squidward over to his house by stealing his vacuum cleaner under the excuse of "borrowing" it.
      • Granted, before and after this half-season SpongeBob always wanted to be friends with Squidward, but not to the extent of being a creepy stalker.
    9. He has spawned many infamously cringe and infuriating quotes, such as:
      • "What a lucky break, Now I have a captive audience!" - ("Choir Boys", said while Squidward is being tortured by jellyfish and he is shown not caring)
      • "Aw, don't worry, Squidward. You're more than welcome to stay at my house until you get your house fixed." - ("Squid's Visit", said after Squidward's house has burned down all thanks to SpongeBob luring him to his house)
      • "Gary! You put Fluffy down right now!" - ("A Pal for Gary", said while Gary is being terrorized by Puffy and he is blatantly ignoring it)
      • "I'm sorry Plankton, but that flies in the face of my "good nature"." - ("One Coarse Meal", which is glaring hypocrisy, because he himself has also done bad things too.)
    10. Speaking of which, while he has become a sociopathic and childish lunatic, he can sometimes come off as masochistic as seen in "Cephalopod Lodge", as in said episode, he willingly electrocutes himself by the tongue for no good reason other than for his own enjoyment. In "Enchanted Tiki Dreams", he and Patrick willingly get themselves hurt to make Squidward happy at the end after accidentally destroying his dream island, and they seem to be cool with all of the physical pain they receive.
    11. While his design is still cute and recognizable, it's slightly downgraded due to the washed-out colors, meaning it can range from decent (in most episodes) to downright ugly (like when he makes overly detailed facial expressions or when he's off-model).
    12. While Tom Kenny still does a good job voicing him, his voice in these seasons is so annoyingly high-pitched to the point where he sounds like he is flamboyant and slightly feminine, especially when he yells, laughs, cries or screams, possibly due to Tom Kenny's aging. The first movie and seasons 4 and 5 have similar issues, although to a lesser extent.
    13. He is overall one of the many reasons why both seasons 6 and 7 of his show are hated by critics and fans alike.

    "I'm Ready!" Qualities

    1. He was a much better character in seasons 1-6a and has massively redeemed himself since season 8.
      • He is also a good character in the first half of season 6. It wasn't until "Boating Buddies" where his flanderization kicked in entirely.
      • Thankfully, he is slightly less flanderized in the second half of season 7, as there are more episodes where is likable and has his original personality.
      • As mentioned above, he’s not nearly as bad as Patrick.
    2. There are still a handful of episodes where he's likable and has his original personality such as:
    3. Despite all the annoying things he's done, his intentions aren't bad by any means, and he still cares about his friends.
    4. He still retains his signature traits, like being optimistic and fun-loving, and a hardworking employee at The Krusty Krab.
    5. He still has a handful of funny moments in these seasons.
      • He spawned some hilarious lines like "Who put you on the planet? Ugh!".
    6. His still has his cute and recognizable character design, despite the fact that it can be a bit mediocre in some episodes.
    7. Despite his high-pitched voice, Tom Kenny still does an awesome and memorable job voicing him, as always, at least whenever there is no crying or screaming from him.
      • Not surprisingly enough in "Stuck in the Wringer", the screaming from Tom Kenny in the scene where SpongeBob snaps at and blames Patrick for his suffering is actually justified here since he needed anger for that to happen and this one is very tolerable.



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