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The Verbose Barnacle is merely the title of the 2010 Verbose adaptation of The Ugly Barnacle. The actual title of the story is A Marine Crusteacean of the Subclass Cirripedia, Which, to Its Own Misfortune, Was Quite Repugnant.

You can watch it here.

The Verbose Barnacle provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Deviation: The barnacle in the original story just killed everyone, while the barnacle in this story specifically kills people who look at it.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Since The Ugly Barnacle was a short story broadcast on TV, this technically applies. The story is 93 words long, compared to the original being 15. This makes it over 6 times longer.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: The Ugly Barnacle was ugly enough, but The Verbose Barnacle describes the barnacle as being so ugly, anyone who looks at it will suffer a painful death.
  • Ambiguous Ending: It isn't known what happened to the barnacle after he killed his victims, or what happened to the survivors.
  • Anyone Can Die: Literally. If people didn't know the marine crustacean could kill, this is probably the case. And if the crustacean was unfortunate enough to gaze upon a mirror, even he could die.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "In long past archaic days of old" and "repulsive, sickening, and grotesque" are notable examples.
  • The Faceless: Averted: Real barnacles really don't have faces, but this one is a variant ("the fate that had befallen those unfortunate enough to gaze upon its nightmarishly ghastly visage").
  • The Grotesque: This barnacle is only described as ugly. If his ugliness was taken away, then he'd just be a normal barnacle.
  • The Hero: Averted: No one in the entire story does anything heroic. We don't know if the barnacle uses his face to kill villains, heroes, or just plain old innocent citizens.
  • The Narrator: One Patrick Star narrates the story, complete with lips that aren't in sync with his speech.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Since not every single creature can look at the barnacle, this adaptation of The Ugly Barnacle spares quite a lot of people/fish/birds.