History Literature / TheUglyBarnacle

18th Apr '18 4:01:33 PM Cenourinha
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18th Apr '18 3:59:55 PM Cenourinha
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18th Apr '18 9:14:08 AM BrainlessHorde
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Everyone '''''died'''''.]]
12th Apr '18 1:15:40 PM Agronac919
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''The Ugly Barnacle'' is a classic ShortStory in the Pacific Literary Canon, the authorship of which is generally attributed to one Peter F. Patrick (then using the pen name "Patrick Star"). According to legend, "Star" improvised "The Ugly Barnacle" in an attempt to cheer up a friend who believed himself to be suffering from a case of ''The Ugly'' or ''The French Disease'' as it was then known[[note]]He in fact simply had [[YouNeedABreathMint a bad case of halitosis]] after eating a home-made "sundae" of sorts, though halitosis truly was a key indicator of the actual affliction [[/note]]. Patrick improvised "The Ugly Barnacle" in an attempt to cheer up Spongebob who believed himself to be suffering from a case of ''The Ugly'' (He in fact simply had [[YouNeedABreathMint a bad case of halitosis]] after eating a home-made "sundae" of sorts). Unfortunately, the tale failed to console him in any manner whatsoever.

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''The Ugly Barnacle'' is a classic ShortStory in the Pacific Literary Canon, the authorship of which is generally attributed to one Peter F. Patrick (then using the pen name "Patrick Star"). According to legend, "Star" improvised "The Ugly Barnacle" in an attempt to cheer up a friend who believed himself to be suffering from a case of ''The Ugly'' or ''The French Disease'' as it was then known[[note]]He in fact simply had [[YouNeedABreathMint a bad case of halitosis]] after eating a home-made "sundae" of sorts, though halitosis truly was a key indicator of the actual affliction [[/note]]. Patrick improvised "The Ugly Barnacle" in an attempt to cheer up Spongebob who believed himself to be suffering from a case of ''The Ugly'' (He in fact simply had [[YouNeedABreathMint a bad case of halitosis]] after eating a home-made "sundae" of sorts).Ugly''. Unfortunately, the tale failed to console him in any manner whatsoever.
12th Apr '18 12:55:20 PM DaFlabbagasta
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UPDATE: The story was found in various languages, ''including the original French version''. [[https://youtu.be/ZFFYDvG32Zo Here it is.

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UPDATE: The story was found in various languages, ''including the original French version''. [[https://youtu.be/ZFFYDvG32Zo Here it is.]]
12th Apr '18 10:33:11 AM DaFlabbagasta
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* InvincibleHero: It's difficult to do anything with a "hero" who can [[spoiler:and did]] go up against ''anyone'' and [[spoiler:kill them]].
* InvincibleVillain: If the barnacle was in fact a VillainProtagonist, then any hero would not be able to stand against it, for [[spoiler: he would just kill them along with everybody else]].
* KillEmAll: The ugly barnacle was so ugly that [[spoiler:everyone died]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: ''Everyone'' at the end.]]
* TheJuggernaut: Nobody was capable of stopping the barnacle, [[spoiler:thus, everyone died]].
* KillerRabbit: The barnacle. Were you really expecting it to [[spoiler:kill everyone]] in the story's ''second sentence?''



* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Patrick doesn't include many non-essential details about the cast.
* LoveItOrHateIt: From a meta-story perspective, Patrick loved it while [=SpongeBob=] didn't think it helped at all.

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* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Patrick doesn't include many Absolutely no non-essential details are given about the cast.
* LoveItOrHateIt: From MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: There's never any evidence that the barnacle ''intends'' to [[spoiler:kill everyone]].
* AMillionIsAStatistic: [[spoiler:''Everyone'' dies.]]
* MindScrew: After the ending, we're left with
a meta-story perspective, Patrick loved it while [=SpongeBob=] didn't think it helped at all.great big pile of unanswered questions. Just how did the Barnacle's ugliness [[spoiler: kill everyone]]? Did the Barnacle himself [[spoiler: die]]? Literally nothing is ever explained.
* {{Minimalism}}



* NeverSayDie: Averted. In fact, it's used at least once every fifteen words.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Assuming he's meant to be TheHero, [[spoiler:the barnacle]] breaks it and [[spoiler: kills everyone]].
* NighInvulnerability: Considering that you can't even go near the barnacle without [[spoiler:dying]]...
** Inverted: Everyone (single person named Everyone "or" just every single person) is pretty weak if he/she/they can get killed by a creature's ''ugliness''.
* NobodyPoops: Either played straight or averted, depending on whether you count [[spoiler:the emptying of bowels after death]].



* NoHuggingNoKissing: The story features no romance at all, and instead focuses on the tragedy of [[spoiler:everyone dying]].



* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Most people in the universe of ''The Ugly Barnacle'' are so nondescript that they are glazed over in ''one word'' ("everyone"). The titular barnacle, by contrast, is described as being [[spoiler:[[EldritchHorror so ugly]] that [[KillEmAll everyone died]].]]
* ObliviouslyEvil: How some people view the barnacle.
* OffstageVillainy: Assuming that the barnacle is evil.
* OhCrap: Presumably the thoughts of [[spoiler:everyone]] before [[spoiler:they died]].
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:One interpretation of the barnacle itself.]]



* OverlyLongGag: [[spoiler: This entire page itself]]
* {{Patricide}}: It's implied that the barnacle had a father, [[spoiler: and said-father had died from the sight of his son's ugliness.]]
* ProtagonistTitle
* TheScapegoat: The story does not actually say that the barnacle, or its ugliness, was responsible for everyone dying, so this is another interpretation.



* SelfmadeOrphan: [[spoiler:The barnacle's parents were not sheltered from the slaughter.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3lo90ElO9Q "A Marine Crustacean of the Subclass Cirripedia Which, To Its Own Misfortune, Was Quite Repugnant"]], the adaptation for Verbose audiences.
* ShootTheShaggyDog



* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: The death of everyone (and sudden ending) is surprising because the story was written to cheer someone up.

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* ShroudedInMyth: The only source we know of concerning the barnacle is [[spoiler: [[TheDitz one Patrick]] [[UnreliableNarrator Star]].]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: The soundtrack would suggest this to be a much more upbeat story than it is.
* {{Spinoff}}: WebVideo/TheVerboseBarnacle is a longer, classier version of the original story that manages to stick the source material very well.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the saga of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCzsEgUcWfU Kevin the Hamster]].
* StarfishAliens: Perhaps the reason why the barnacle was so ugly was that it was from a different planet? Everyone can be quick to assume that anything not like them is ugly. Also the storyteller is a starfish.
* SubvertedKidsShow: In the bluntest way possible.
* SurpriseCreepy: You probably thought this was an AffectionateParody of Literature/TheUglyDuckling [[spoiler: until everyone died from the barnacle's ugliness,]] right?
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: The death One of many interpretations on how [[spoiler: everyone (and sudden ending) is surprising because died from the barnacle's mere ugliness, was, simply being exposed to the mere sight of the barnacle, and then just dying in an instant.]]
* SwordOfDamocles: The threat of the barnacle is enough to stop anyone from doing anything. ''Ever.''
* TakeOurWordForIt: The
story doesn't explain how the mere appearance of the Barnacle, who is vaguely described with the subjective term "Ugly", is able to [[spoiler: kill everyone]], unless the word wasn't meant to be taken literally and was written meant to cheer someone up. imply something more sinister or dangerous about the barnacle, most likely a physical feature of it.



* {{Troperiffic}}: The story is only 13 words long (15 if you count TheEnd), but it has 37 tropes, plus another 40 under [[YMMV/TheUglyBarnacle YMMV]], [[Characters/TheUglyBarnacle 36 character tropes]], and [[Trivia/TheUglyBarnacle 9 on the Trivia page]], approximating to 17 tropes ''[[UpToEleven per word]]''. There are more ''subpages'' of The Ugly Barnacle than there are '''words in the story.'''

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: It was set up in a way to make it seem as if it is an uplifting tale about someone overcoming the stigma of being ugly. [[spoiler: Instead, we get a KillThemAll DownerEnding.]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: The story is only 13 words long (15 if you count TheEnd), but it has 37 139 tropes, plus another 40 under [[YMMV/TheUglyBarnacle YMMV]], [[Characters/TheUglyBarnacle 36 character tropes]], and [[Trivia/TheUglyBarnacle 9 on the Trivia page]], approximating to 17 tropes ''[[UpToEleven per word]]''. There are more ''subpages'' of The Ugly Barnacle than there are '''words in the story.'''



* UltimateLifeForm: Arguably, the barnacle, as it was able to [[spoiler:kill everyone]].
* UndeadAuthor: If [[spoiler:everyone died]], then how did Patrick [[SoleSurvivor survive to tell the story]]? And how did [=SpongeBob=] survive to hear it?
* UnreliableNarrator: The story was initially told by [[spoiler: ''[[TheDitz Patrick]] [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Star]]'']]. Of ''course'' he would get some details wrong. And it didn't even help the person he was telling it to!
* WalkingWasteland: ''Technically'' averted. Barnacles can't walk.
* VillainProtagonist: Possibly.
* WhamEpisode: The story starts off calm and unassuming. [[spoiler:The second sentence changes everything in a DarkerAndEdgier fashion with a KillEmAll conclusion.]]




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* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Surprisingly averted. Not only is the barnacle portrayed sympathetically, but the story even implies that it's possible for barnacles to be cute.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: SpongeBob's reaction to hearing the story.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Barnacle.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: [[spoiler:Well, you can't do it and ''survive...'']]



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12th Apr '18 10:25:32 AM DaFlabbagasta
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This is an {{Oral|Tradition}} story by Patrick Star within the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' series. Patrick improvised "The Ugly Barnacle" in an attempt to cheer up Spongebob who believed himself to be suffering from a case of ''The Ugly'' (He in fact simply had [[YouNeedABreathMint a bad case of halitosis]] after eating a home-made "sundae" of sorts). Unfortunately, the tale failed to console him in any manner whatsoever.

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This ''The Ugly Barnacle'' is an {{Oral|Tradition}} story by a classic ShortStory in the Pacific Literary Canon, the authorship of which is generally attributed to one Peter F. Patrick Star within (then using the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' series.pen name "Patrick Star"). According to legend, "Star" improvised "The Ugly Barnacle" in an attempt to cheer up a friend who believed himself to be suffering from a case of ''The Ugly'' or ''The French Disease'' as it was then known[[note]]He in fact simply had [[YouNeedABreathMint a bad case of halitosis]] after eating a home-made "sundae" of sorts, though halitosis truly was a key indicator of the actual affliction [[/note]]. Patrick improvised "The Ugly Barnacle" in an attempt to cheer up Spongebob who believed himself to be suffering from a case of ''The Ugly'' (He in fact simply had [[YouNeedABreathMint a bad case of halitosis]] after eating a home-made "sundae" of sorts). Unfortunately, the tale failed to console him in any manner whatsoever.
whatsoever.

Despite the fact that ''Barnacle'' failed to accomplish its initial and indeed primary goal, it eventually found its way to the intellectual community of the Département ''Bikini des Basses Terres''. There many came to hail the story for its [[TrueArtIsAngsty harsh realism]], innovative use of {{minimalism}}, and [[RoundedCharacter detailed characterization]]. Slowly but surely, the story came to spread from its cradle within the nurturing environment of the ''Bikini des Basses Terres'' (where it was subject to some refinement, the story as most know it in fact being the ''Third Edition'') to grace the entire world with its compelling narrative and execution.

An animated film adaptation of the tale, also titled ''The Ugly Barnacle'', was produced in 2000. Unusually, the movie is both a [[TheFilmOfTheBook Film Of The Book]] and a {{Biopic}}, as it focuses on both the legendary story and the events surrounding its creation. The film managed to avoid many problems commonly faced by page-to-screen adaptations, a fact which many critics attributed to P.F. Patrick's extensive personal engagement with the film-making process, and the script-writing and casting+design in particular. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2U8yfKM9nY Experience this work of art here, albeit dubbed over in English,]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osc04vpIz98&feature=related and now in Venezuelan Castilian]]. Unfortunately the original French is not available, as the Département ''Bikini des Basses Terres'' Ministère de la Défaite claims exclusive French-language broadcast rights and has a very well-funded anti-piracy sub-office.




UPDATE: The story was found in various languages, ''including the original French version''. [[https://youtu.be/ZFFYDvG32Zo Here it is.



* AffectionateParody: Subverted. This story isn't even remotely affectionate towards ''Literature/TheUglyDuckling''.
* AllJustADream: Sort of. In the end, [[spoiler:it turns out to to be a story Patrick was telling to [=SpongeBob=] himself.]]
* TheAloner: [[spoiler:If the barnacle didn't die in the end, he probably became one of these]].



* AndManGrewProud: One interpretation of the barnacle, of how it became ugly enough to [[spoiler: kill everyone]] and of how, and why, we still tell its harrowing tale.



* AntiHero[=/=]AntiVillain: [[WildMassGuessing Possibly.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: And [[spoiler:everyone does in the end]].
* ApatheticCitizens: For all we know, they did nothing to prevent [[spoiler:getting killed en masse by the barnacle's ugliness.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Could be Species Extinction, could also be Total Extinction, the latter depending on whether you interpret [[spoiler:everyone dying as including things like plant life and bacteria.]]
** It does specifically say [[spoiler: ''everyone'' and not ''everything'', which heavily implies that non-sentient life survived]]
* ApocalypseWow: See above.



* ArtifactOfDoom: Another interpretation of the barnacle.



* AssholeVictim: Either everyone else or the barnacle can be this, depending on who you interpret as the villain.
* TheBadGuyWins: The ending ''could'' be this, assuming the barnacle is evil.
* BadPowersBadPeople: Possibly.
* [[PersonOfMassDestruction Barnacle of Mass Destruction]]
* BeautifulVoid
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: And conversely, ugliness equals evil.
** Possibly [[InvertedTrope inverted]] if one considers the Barnacle to be the hero of the story and everyone else to be irredeemable bullies.
** Alternately, it could be an [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggeration]] by showing the aforementioned counterpart to the trope.



* BigBad: The barnacle's ugliness. [[spoiler: Possibly, the Barnacle himself.]]
* BittersweetEnding: Another interpretation of the ending. [[spoiler: Everyone died but at least they don't live in a world with an ugly barnacle.]]



* BookEnds: The first three and last three lines are identical.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the Italian translation, everyone [[spoiler:runs away.]]



* CerebusSyndrome: The beginning of the story seems upbeat and implies the Barnacle will overcome his ugliness [[spoiler: but then everyone dies.]]



* ChekhovsGun: Early in the story, Patrick mentions that the barnacle is ugly. The barnacle's ugliness [[spoiler:kills everyone]] later on.
* CosmicHorrorStory: If mere ''barnacles'' are enough to [[spoiler: KillEmAll]], imagine [[NightmareFuel what other things in the ocean are able to do]]... [[spoiler:Not a lot, since they're all dead.]]
* CrapsackWorld and/or CrapsaccharineWorld: In the Barnacleverse, ''the existence of a single unattractive crustacean'' is enough to [[spoiler:trigger the Apocalypse.]] Despite this, Patrick narrates the tale like a bedtime story, and originally told it as an attempt to ''cheer up'' [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Spongebob]].
* CruelTwistEnding: Without giving too much away, the ending is pretty merciless.
* CurbStompBattle: Nobody had any chance of stopping the Barnacle from [[spoiler: killing everyone.]]
** Technically unspecified.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The second part of the story is much darker than the first part.
* {{Doorstopper}}: Possibly one of the harshest inversions of this trope ''in the history of fiction.''
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the traditional fairy tale where the hero can overcome his or her challenges through believing in him or herself. Instead, [[spoiler:everyone died]].
* DiabolusExMachina: The first part of the story implies that the barnacle will overcome its ugliness by the end. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the ugliness proves to be so lethal that it kills ''everyone''.]]
* DownerBeginning: "Once there was an ugly barnacle..."
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:"He was so ugly that everyone died. The end."]]
* DrivenToSuicide: One of the [[EpilepticTrees many]] interpretations of how [[spoiler:everyone died.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: On pretty much ''everyone'' at the end, succumbing to the Barnacle's mere ugliness.]]
** And, depending on your definition of [[spoiler:"everyone"]], this may include [[spoiler:the barnacle itself.]]



* TheEndingChangesEverything: Admit it, you thought [[spoiler: it was going to involve the barnacle overcoming its ugliness, didn't you?]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Seeing as how [[spoiler: ''everyone'' was killed by the barnacle's ugliness]], this may very well be the case for the rest of the world as a whole.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings: The barnacle. So very, very much.



* EyelessFace: RealLife Barnacles do not have eyes, or even ''any'' kind of identifiable facial features, so the reader can assume that the same applies to The Ugly Barnacle, and may be part of what makes it ugly enough to [[spoiler: kill everyone.]]
* FingerPokeOfDoom: The Barnacle's mere ''appearance'' is enough to [[spoiler: kill everyone.]]



* GutPunch: From a meta-story perspective, because the story was created to help someone who felt they were ugly feel better about themselves, you'd expect the story to be uplifting... and then everybody dies.

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* FracturedFairyTale
* FramingDevice: [[spoiler:The rest of the episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'']].
* FurryConfusion: The barnacle in the story is presumably anthropomorphic, yet ordinary barnacles exist in the universe this story is set in.
* GainaxEnding: The story starts off so happy, [[spoiler:and then everyone dies]].
* GambitRoulette: Assuming that the barnacle's actions were deliberate, there was really no way to guarantee that it would be potent enough to [[spoiler:kill everyone.]]
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: The barnacle himself counts if he is indeed a villain, on account that his [[spoiler: end result of killing everyone]] pretty much spells an ApocalypseHow scenario for the world.
* GenreShift: The viewer was promised an uplifting tale of someone overcoming their appearance issues. They get it...for one sentence.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Possibly the fate of [[spoiler: everyone before dying]], since the barnacle was [[spoiler: ugly enough to kill people by its mere ugliness.]]
* {{Gonk}}: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed.]]
* GutPunch: From a meta-story perspective, because [[spoiler: The second line completely changes the story tone of the story.]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: We're never told whether the Barnacle
was created to help someone who felt they were ugly feel better about themselves, you'd expect good or evil, nor are we told the story to allegiance of Everybody. This means that depending on how you look at it, it could be uplifting... and then everybody dies.a great victory, a great tragedy, or neither that [[spoiler: Everybody died.]]


Added DiffLines:

* HappilyEverAfter: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]]
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Assuming he was a hero. Patrick did say that ''everyone died'', so shouldn't that include the barnacle itself?]]
** It's not specified '''who''' the hero is, but assuming one existed, [[spoiler:we can safely assume he/she died]].
* HeroKiller: Assuming he's not meant to be TheHero, [[spoiler:the barnacle]] is this.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Assuming "everyone" includes the barnacle, his ugliness was enough to do himself in.]]
** Averted if Everyone is a single person.
* ImprobableInfantSurvival: Averted. [[spoiler:'''Everyone''' dies.]]
11th Apr '18 12:41:02 AM CaptainTedium
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* {{Troperiffic}}: The story is only 13 words long (15 if you count TheEnd), but it has 37 tropes, plus another 40 under [[YMMV/TheUglyBarnacle YMMV]], [[Characters/TheUglyBarnacle 37 character tropes]], and [[Trivia/TheUglyBarnacle 9 on the Trivia page]], approximating to 17 tropes ''[[UpToEleven per word]]''. There are more ''subpages'' of The Ugly Barnacle than there are '''words in the story.'''

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* {{Troperiffic}}: The story is only 13 words long (15 if you count TheEnd), but it has 37 tropes, plus another 40 under [[YMMV/TheUglyBarnacle YMMV]], [[Characters/TheUglyBarnacle 37 36 character tropes]], and [[Trivia/TheUglyBarnacle 9 on the Trivia page]], approximating to 17 tropes ''[[UpToEleven per word]]''. There are more ''subpages'' of The Ugly Barnacle than there are '''words in the story.'''
31st Mar '18 12:30:07 AM Jice_Wumpkin
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-->[[spoiler:You just read 38 tropes on ''a joke from WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Good job wasting a good 15 minutes or more.]]
* ReferencedBy: In ''Super Scribblenauts'', one can type in "Nuclear Ugly Barnacle", which creates an ugly barnacle, and then [[spoiler: everybody dies.]]

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-->[[spoiler:You just read 38 tropes on ''a joke from WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Good job wasting a good 15 minutes or more.]]
* ReferencedBy: In ''Super Scribblenauts'', one can type in "Nuclear Ugly Barnacle", which creates an ugly barnacle, and then [[spoiler: everybody dies.
]]
28th Mar '18 7:10:09 PM KeylonRocks7356
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