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YMMV: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Subverted. Dennis is built up as a major threat but crushed by the Cyclops moments after he finally catches up with the heroes before he can do much to them... Then he comes back and the actual fight with him takes place.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: "I'M A GOOFY GOOBER!" '''ROCK!'''
    • Squidward gets one for catching onto and attempting to prematurely stop Plankton's plan. Doesn't save him because he announces his intent to do so to Plankton himself.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The SpongeBob theme... as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dennis.
  • Flat Character: Princess Mindy. If you think about it, she's really not much more than a plot device. Her only contributions to the story were to be a love interest for Patrick, stop her father from killing Mr. Krabs, give SpongeBob and Patrick their "mustaches", and stall her father long enough for SpongeBob to come back with the crown.
  • Fridge Brilliance: When Plankton smelled his Plan Z folder, he said that it was 'lemon scented'. This may be just a joke, until you realize that in one of the TV episodes, there's the "Every Villain Is Lemons" joke.
  • Good Bad Bugs: In the final boss of the Video Game, a broken plank on the floor behind Krabs leaves you safe from Neptune's attacks.
  • He Really Can Act: SpongeBob is known for being goofy and immature, but in this movie, Tom Kenny does an outstanding job at making the audience cry. Especially during the gift shop scene.
    • Not to mention that brief Heroic BSOD at the edge of the trench, where SpongeBob realizes how immature he is for his age. Hearing the guy sound so panicked and frustrated with himself is quite a shock.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Plankton finally becomes this, as he succeeds in an Evil Plan for perhaps the first time ever.
    • Possibly the best example would be Plankton successfully framing Mr. Krabs for stealing the crown, with a simple phone call. But what really makes it it Plankton smirking, listening to Neptune scream.
    Plankton: "Plan Z. I love Plan Z!"
  • Memetic Mutation: Surprised Patrick, from his reaction following Always a Bigger Fish. Pretty odd, considering the fact that the movie came out nearly ten years ago and has only recently become a meme - and the fact that SpongeBob was there pulling the exact same expression, yet he does NOT have the same Memetic status as Patrick (a fact that is lampshaded in this image).
  • Moral Event Horizon: Plankton definitely crosses this when he steals Neptune's crown, frames Mr.Krabs for it, enslaving Bikini Bottom and hiring Dennis to kill SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Purity Sue: Princess Mindy, arguably due to her Flat Character status mentioned above.
  • Shocking Swerve: Spongebob suddenly having the ability to turn into a rock warrior/wizard at the climax of the film. Nonetheless, it's still awesome to watch.
  • Tear Jerker: Patrick and SpongeBob's Disney Death. Near the end, as they're slowly drying out under the heat lamp, and SpongeBob has kind of a lengthy monologue about how they failed, and then they both realise that they at least got to Shell City, and they turn to one another, express their gratitude for having each other as friends, and with the last of their strength start singing the "Goofy Goober Song" together, ending with their tears merging to form a heart shape. Even the pirates in the theater were bawling. Bonus points on making such a cheesy song so heartbreaking.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Between the beautifully deranged animation, great use of the Roger Rabbit Effect, and other special effects, this is one great looking movie.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: SpongeBob and Patrick get drunk off of ice cream, and wake up with hangovers.
    • Mind-controlled slaves, a few deaths, and a violent hitman.

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