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* BadLiar: [=SpongeBob=] tries to excuse his unusual tardiness to work by claiming that he was tying his shoe. His “furious” blushing makes Mr. Krabs see through it.


* PinkySwear: Patrick tries to make one with Spongebob. He changes it to a "stumpy promise" when Spongebob reminds him that he doesn't ''have'' pinkies.

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* PinkySwear: Patrick tries to make one with Spongebob. He changes it to a "stumpy promise" when Spongebob reminds him that he doesn't ''have'' pinkies.pinkies.
* TooUnhappyToBeHungry: When going home after hearing the news of Mermaid Man’s death, [=SpongeBob=] feeds Gary but is noted to not be hungry himself.
-->He wasn’t hungry himself. The thought of food made him feel queasy.


* PetTheDog: Mr. Krabs, learning what happened, tells Spongebob that he may need some time off and sends him to Shady Shoals so he can get some closure.

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* PetTheDog: Mr. Krabs, learning what happened, tells Spongebob that he may need some time off and sends him to Shady Shoals so he can get some closure.closure.
* PinkySwear: Patrick tries to make one with Spongebob. He changes it to a "stumpy promise" when Spongebob reminds him that he doesn't ''have'' pinkies.


* BrickJoke: Barnacle Boy is surprised when Spongebob expresses worry about Patrick potentially not knowing about Mermaid Man's death, noting that it was all over TV, to which Spongebob admits that Patrick "mostly watches the Eating Channel". When Spongebob is finally about to tell him, Patrick responds by revealing he already knows...because apparently they were talking about it on the Eating Channel.



* InnocentlyInsensitive: Patrick makes a comment about how, even if Mermaid Man is gone, they've still got Barnacle Boy. Spongebob cringes a bit at the comment's tactlessness, but he also understands that Patrick was only trying to help.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The day after Mermaid Man's death, [=SpongeBob=] turns up for work two minutes late. Normally, he opens up the restaurant himself. This is Mr. Krab's first sign that something's up.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The day after Mermaid Man's death, [=SpongeBob=] turns up for work two minutes late. Normally, he opens up the restaurant himself. This is Mr. Krab's first sign that something's up.up.
* OriginalFlavor: Though it tackles unexpected subject matter, the story still feels a lot like an episode of the show, albeit a VerySpecialEpisode.
* PetTheDog: Mr. Krabs, learning what happened, tells Spongebob that he may need some time off and sends him to Shady Shoals so he can get some closure.


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [=SpongeBob=] turns up for work two minutes late. Normally, he opens up the restaurant himself.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The day after Mermaid Man's death, [=SpongeBob=] turns up for work two minutes late. Normally, he opens up the restaurant himself. This is Mr. Krab's first sign that something's up.


* NeverSayDie: A worker at Shady Shores tries to invoke this trope, but his euphemisms go past Spongebob's head.

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* NeverSayDie: A worker at Shady Shores Shoals tries to invoke this trope, but his euphemisms go past Spongebob's [=SpongeBob's=] head.



One day when [=SpongeBob=] goes to see his favorite hero, Mermaid Man, he's told terrible news: Mermaid Man has passed away.

''Mortal Man'' was written in memoriam of Creator/ErnestBorgnine, Mermaid Man's voice actor, who died in 2012. It deals with [=SpongeBob=]'s grief over his friend's death.



* DarkFic: ''Mortal Man'' is a serious fanfic about coping with grief.



* OhMyGods: "Neptune give me strength".

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* OhMyGods: "Neptune give me strength".strength".
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [=SpongeBob=] turns up for work two minutes late. Normally, he opens up the restaurant himself.

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''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9034613/1/Mortal-Man Mortal Man]]'' is an eleven chapter ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'' fanfic by [=DadMom=] [=AngryPants=].
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!!''Mortal Man'' provides examples of:

* NeverSayDie: A worker at Shady Shores tries to invoke this trope, but his euphemisms go past Spongebob's head.
-->'''Frank''': ''"Mermaid Man … he, uh, checked out last night."''
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': ''"Oh. That's OK. I'll wait for him to get back."''
-->'''Frank''': ''"No, kid, I mean he's gone to a better place."''
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': ''"Rococo Reef Rest Home?"''
-->'''Frank''': ''"Mermaid Man is dead."''
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': ''"Is that some kind of metaphor?"''
* OhMyGods: "Neptune give me strength".

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