Video Game: SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! is a 2005 Party Game/Minigame Game featuring characters from the SpongeBob series. THQ and Nickelodeon published the game, and THQ's Australian division developed it.

The story is that producer Gil Hammerstein is producing an episode of The New Adventures of Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy in Bikini Bottom, and everyone wants to be chosen to play the starring villain role: the Sneaky Hermit. Players can play as SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, or Plankton to impress the game's talent scouts and win the lead role.

Each location has one scene, and three minigames required to beat to star in the scene. Each of the minigames are themed off the location they take place in (such as driving in boating school, or serving food at the Krusty Krab resturaunt). Minigames come in two forms: those with teams, or free-for-all. These minigames are usually three minutes, though this time can vary.

Notably, after you've finished the campaign in the console version, you can watch the full 30-minute episode of Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy that you finished! In the PC version you can watch it at any time, selecting actors and props as you like, but you have to unlock them through the campaign first (and the movie itself is a lot shorter).

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The game features the following tropes:

The in-game Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy episode features the following tropes:

  • Affably Evil/Laughably Evil: If SpongeBob wins the role of the Sneaky Hermit, he plays him in this manner.
  • Big Bad: The Sneaky Hermit.
  • Big Ball of Violence: How the final battle is depicted in the PC version.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Parodied when Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy burst into Man-Ray's lair to rescue the Damsel in Distress; Mermaidman dramatically declares "I'll have a burger and fries!" Cue Face Palm from Barnacle Boy.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: After being introduced by the Narator as the heroes' "second-most-arch-nemesis":
    Man-Ray: Oh, come on! What does it take to get to Number 1 in this town?!
  • Captain Obvious: After the Sneaky Hermit steals the jailhouse Mermaidman, Barnacle Boy, Man-Ray and the Dirty Bubble are in:
    The Dirty Bubble: I think it would be safe to say that the Sneaky Hermit steals buildings.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The pepper grinder Mermaidman picks up at the Krusty Krab. Turns out pepper is the Hermit's weakness.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mermaidman, even more so than in the original show. As an example, upon hearing the siren of a pursuing police car, he thinks it's a song on the radio and starts singing along to it.
  • Enemy Mine: Man-Ray and the Dirty Bubble team up with Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy to defeat the Sneaky Hermit.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The Dirty Bubble was apparently jailed for "having bad breath in a public place". Makes you wonder whether they were just making up crimes so they had an excuse to put him away.
  • Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: What Man-Ray was apparently jailed for.
  • Mondegreen: When the hunter mentions that that the Sneaky Hermit must have "A tall building in it's sights" we get this gem:
    Dirty Bubble: The Hermit wears tights?
    Barnacle Boy: The permit test bites?
    Man-Ray: Old Hermit was right?
  • Mundane Utility: Man-Ray uses his laser beams to etch "Man-Ray Rules" onto a wall.
  • Poke the Poodle: In the intro, we see The Dirty Bubble chasing a couple down the street and pulling faces at them, followed by Man-Ray using his laser beams to etch "Man-Ray Rules" onto a wall. Later, when the pair are freed from jail, they discuss what "despicable" crimes to pull off first:
    The Dirty Bubble: Oh, let's start with jaywalking. They couldn't possibly catch us twice.
    • As we see Man-Ray etching the graffiti, he's introduced as the heroes' "second-most-arch-nemesis". His reaction shows that he considers his crimes to be the height of villainy:
      Man-Ray: Oh, come on! What does it take to get to Number 1 in this town?!
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Hermit's weakness is pepper. In the PC version, it makes him/her sneeze uncontrollably, allowing the heroes to subdue them; in the console version, it makes the Hermit sneeze so violently that their tower of stolen buildings collapses, subduing them and returning the buildings to their normal places.
  • What Are You in For?: Mermaidman asks Man-Ray this. He responds that he got caught jaywalking, to which The Dirty Bubble pipes up that he was arrested for having bad breath in a public place.