Trivia / The Ugly Barnacle

  • 90 percent of the people who heard this story were not helped by it at all. The remaining ten percent were dead. But then again, so was everyone.
  • Acclaimed Flop: Easily one of the most memorable moments from SpongeBob SquarePants, yet Patrick never received any money for his work. This was most likely due to negative reception early on by Spongebob.
  • All-Star Cast: The story was narrated by none other than Patrick Star. No Pun intended, since he is the only narrator.
  • Author Appeal: Patrick lives underwater - that's probably why he chose a barnacle as the ugly character.
  • Breakthrough Hit: This one helped Patrick Star become a Household Name.
  • Doing It for the Art: Patrick had no monetary motivation for telling this story. He did it purely to inspire his best friend. It didn't help at all.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Patrick has never told the story again after SpongeBob's negative reception. The one time he said it in "Something Smells" is the only evidence left of Patrick telling the story.
  • The Wiki Rule: Right here
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • The Ugly Barnacle was scheduled to make a guest appearance in the short story Garfield in: "Along Came a Splut", but cancelled at the 11th hour due to his crew dying because of his ugliness.
    • The Ugly Barnacle was going to be a shrimp, but Patrick changed it at the risk of offending any sea creatures.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Patrick literally came up with the story on the spot, simply so he could help SpongeBob. Too bad it didn't help at all.
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