* Why didn't anyone think of blindfolding themselves to protect their eyes from the ugly?
** I think it's because it wasn't ''seeing'' the ugliness of the barnacle that killed them, it was ''being in the presence'' of it, whether they actually laid eyes upon it or not. It was ''just that ugly.''
* Was the barnacle ALWAYS ugly? At what point did everyone die, and how long did it take? Did the barnacle's ugliness kill everyone at the exact instant that he was born, or was it something that happened later in life and more gradually?
** [[MathematiciansAnswer Yes.]] Presumably, they died when they met him.
* If "everyone" died, how did the barnacle die? Did it look into a mirror?
** Old age.
** [[WildMassGuessing Since everyone was dead, he became very lonely, and he was]] DrivenToSuicide.
** He was so ugly, everybody killed him. Then the fumes from his corpse killed everybody.
** "Everyone" could include himself.
** By "everyone dying", this would include security guards, water purifiers, farmers and other people. The Ugly Barnacle would of eventually starved to death since no one would be able to manage resources for him, causing his stomach to eat itself and become too weak to live.
* I was reading this to help overcome my ugliness like the story was advertised to do, and it didn't help at all! What gives?
** No matter how ugly you are, you'll never be as ugly as the Ugly Barnacle. That's how it's supposed to help.
** Well, think of it this way: at least no one is dying because of your ugliness.
** You're not ugly; you just have bad breath.
* How was that story supposed to help?
** Possibly to assure Spongebob that while he may be ugly, he is not as ugly as the Ugly Barnacle. Or perhaps to tell Spongebob that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop it doesn't matter if he's ugly, because everyone he knows is going to die]].
** Or [[TheDitz Patrick]] is just [[CaptainObvious dumb.]]
* So if everyone died, did the Barnacle die too?
** Well, only if you count something so hideous as a person.
* So if everybody died, [[UndeadAuthor where does the story about the ugly barnacle come from?]]
** A few details got mixed up over generations, and there were actually a few survivors.
*** Or maybe only everybody in a certain region of Bikini Bottom died, and it was major news or something.
*** [[CaptainObvious Or it's just a story.]]
** He told his offspring as he repopulated the world.
*** So we're all the inbred offspring of some asexually-reproducting creature that was so ugly that everyone died? [[SarcasmMode Thanks]].
*** That didn't help!
** "Everyone died" in a story doesn't mean every single living thing-it means every important character in the story. Since there's only one character, "everyone" just refers to the Barnacle himself.
* Are there more details to the story, or are we just left guessing the plot? Unless that is the author's intention.
** That IS the whole story, in its minimalistic glory.
* If everyone died, why is Spongebob and Patrick still around?
** It happened in an {{Alternate Universe}}. Or Patrick's an {{Unreliable Narrator}}.
*** Or [[FistOfTheNorthStar they are already dead]].
** Or it's just a story.
** Or it was a [[ApocalypseHow Class 1 Apocalypse]], and only a certain region of Bikini Bottom was left uninhabited.
** See above about how "everyone died" in a story generally only refers to the important characters, not literally every single person in the Universe.
** Maybe everyone only meant all sentient living things died, leaving out single-celled organisms (bacteria and protists aren't usually thought of as on the same level as a multicellular organism). Life then re-evolved from these survivors.
* Is the Barnacle really an OmnicidalManiac? There is no evidence that he's evil ''or'' crazy. I always had him pegged as a TragicMonster.
** So very many {{Alternate Character Interpretations}} for such a small story.
* Was the Ugly Barnacle born from reproductive methods? If so, did everyone start dying as soon as he was conceived? Why did his parent(s) allow the barnacle to cause the death of everyone?
** As soon as he was conceived? Probably not. Born? Probably. For the last one they were probably dead.
* Umm . . . why, exactly, does a ThrowawayLine from Spongebob have such a huge trope page?
** I was shocked too. This is such a massive MemeticMutation that it's trope pages are more comprehensive that many other trope pages for other published works. I think the best answer is "Why not?".
*** ForTheLulz
** What, this wiki can't use RuleOfFunny?
** How dare you! This is a triumph of 21st century literature, a true epic for the ages!
** 'cuz this ain't one of those stories full of unnecessary details.Analyzing it is the best part about such a minimalist tale,people will probably be still discussing it when we are all dead!.
** "Throwaway"? This is a revealing look into the mind of Cloudcuckoolander Patrick! Who could've thought that such a happy-go-lucky starfish had such an appreciation for the dark side of literature?
** Because we're just weird like that. Have you ''seen'' some of the things tropers say and do? The whole damn website qualifies as its own CloudCuckooLand.
** Welcome to the internet, good sir/madam. Do not expect anything to be sensible or logical. This is your first step.
* What is the barnacle's name anyway? Does he not even have a name? Did his mother die before he could even be named? Is it just a case of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep? Is it that his name [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed must not be mentioned?]]
** I believe that people grew superstitious as the barnacle continued to kill people with his presence. His name could have become taboo, through some primitive belief that it would summon him.
** Surely, the barnacle had a name. But all who knew it (and knew him) were killed, so there is no one left who remembers.
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