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* 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.
* AcclaimedFlop: Easily one of the most memorable moments from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', yet Patrick never received any money for his work. This was most likely due to negative reception early on by [=Spongebob=].
* AllStarCast: The story was narrated by none other than [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Patrick Star]]. No {{Pun}} intended, since he is the only narrator.
* AuthorAppeal: Patrick lives underwater - that's probably why he chose a barnacle as the ugly character.
* BreakthroughHit: This one helped Patrick Star become a {{Household Name|s}}.
* DoingItForTheArt: Patrick had no monetary motivation for telling this story. He did it purely to inspire his best friend. [[EpicFail It didn't help at all.]]
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: 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.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://the-ugly-barnacle.wikia.com/wiki/The_Ugly_Barnacle_Wikia Right here]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The Ugly Barnacle was scheduled to make a guest appearance in the short story Fanfic/GarfieldInAlongCameASplut, 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.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: Patrick literally came up with the story on the spot, simply so he could help SpongeBob. Too bad it didn't help at all.