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The Bikini Bottom Horror is a horror webcomic featuring the setting and characters of SpongeBob SquarePants. Created by Reddit user u/stillinthesimulation, the comic began as a one-shot about an unhinged Patrick Star who betrays and devours SpongeBob. It was posted to the subreddit r/ImSorryJon, a sub for horror-themed Garfield fanart that also has "non-Garfield weekends".

After it received a positive reception, u/stillinthesimulation chose to continue the story with Sandy Cheeks and SpongeBob's other friends seeking to avenge the fallen fry cook, learning of the existence of the Tortured One—a Patrick clone who possessed the original, is the one who killed SpongeBob, and desires the destruction of all Bikini Bottom—and figuring out how to stop his rampage while discovering his grisly origins. The comic has since exploded in popularity. The comic has now begun its epilogue, and while new issues are still posted on r/ImSorryJon every Saturday, it also has its own subreddit, Patreon and even website, and the entire story can be found in those places as well.

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If you wish to jump in from the beginning, the entire comic thus far can be read from here.


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  • Acid Attack: The starfish attack by externally digesting their living prey. Meanwhile, the Tortured One flipping his stomach inside out is treated as basically his Limit Break move.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Amusingly enough, much of the claims that the characters' make about their horrifying abilities are accurate to real marine biology. The horrifying real-life feeding habits and regenerative capacity of starfish and sponges are crucial to the comic's plot, and depicted fairly accurately.
    • Patrick being tortured for a regenerating source of Krabby Patty material by Mr. Krabs is too edgy to ever happen in nature, right? Wrong. The Harlequin shrimp has been known to "farm" starfish by eating off all their arms so they can't crawl away and waiting for their limbs to regenerate to feed on them again. Sometimes the shrimp will even force-feed the starfish algae to keep it alive while immobilized as a living meat factory.
  • Ambiguous Situation: What is the star-shaped object in Sandy's suitcase on the penultimate page? Some say it's Mermaid Man's mask but it's pink instead of purple; others say it's a little Patrick but why would Sandy have that? The author is refusing to answer at this time.
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  • And the Adventure Continues: For Squidward at least, as he plans on facing other monsters that threaten the ocean in the epilogue.
  • Anyone Can Die: By the beginning of the epilogue, the only characters that haven't been killed are Squidward, Sandy, Mrs. Puff, "Guilty Patrick", Gary, and a regenerated SpongeBob.
  • Arc Words: Appropriately given the comic's origin, a lot of characters find themselves saying, "I'm sorry, 'X'".
    • Patrick says it to SpongeBob while killing him.
    • Sandy says it to Patrick after she slices him in two.
    • Sandy sees Patrick say it to her in a dream.
    • Plankton says it to Sandy after he betrays her to the Patrick Cult.
    • Sandy says it to herself (or the illusion of SpongeBob) when she escapes the cult.
    • Guilty Patrick says it to Gary.
    • Sandy says it to Plankton's memory after she shoots the small Patrick that ate him.
    • Squidward says it to Sandy when he sends her to the surface.
    • Squidward also says it to SpongeBob's memory when he's about to be overrun.
    • Guilty Patrick repeats it several times when he thinks SpongeBob is going to kill him.
    • SpongeBob says it to the Tortured One as he's about to throw him into a fissure and the pool of lava at the bottom.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Obviously, a lot of what was in the original show carries over here, but one new deviation is that Patricks can regenerate in a matter of seconds, while real sea stars may take years to reach their full size again. A flashback shows a Patrick regenerating from a single limb, but he's really tiny compared to the limb - which implies that the regeneration used to be much slower due to the lack of growth hormones then but still much faster than in real life.
  • Attack the Mouth: SpongeBob was the first character to die in the story, he was killed when the original Patrick first stabbed him through the mouth with his stomach and then digested him alive.
  • Awful Truth: The Krabby Patty secret formula is starfish meat, from a bit of Patrick's flesh that was removed from his body but regenerated into a new starfish, only to be kept as Mr. Krabs continued to harvest its flesh. Upon eating an undercooked patty, he gained the clone's anguished memories. This causes his murderous rampage.
  • Behemoth Battle: Kaiju Patrick vs. Mega SpongeBob.
  • Big Bad: The Tortured One, a Patrick Star clone who takes advantage of his regeneration abilities to kill everyone in Bikini Bottom. Until the epilogue, which reveals SpongeBob set everything up to eliminate Mr. Krabs and Plankton and be revered as a hero to effectively take over Bikini Bottom.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • When Sandy is about to be torn limb from limb by the Patricks, Squidward transforms into a kraken and impales them with his tentacles.
    • Mrs. Puff and her road warriors show up in time to rescue Sandy from a band of Patricks.
    • SpongeBob regenerates and single-handedly stops the Tortured One from crushing Guilty!Patrick and Gary.
    • When SpongeBob starts fighting the Tortured One, Sandy, Barnacle Boy and Mrs. Puff's crew show up to help.
    • Patrick holds Gary up to the Torture One's extended stomach in order to pop it and save SpongeBob.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Squidward gives one when Guilty!Patrick reveals what Krabby Patties are made out of.
  • Bittersweet Ending: As implied by the title of the final chapter before the epilogue, "Bittersweet Victory." The Tortured One is gone for good, and SpongeBob, Guilty Patrick, Sandy, Gary, and Squidward are all alive. But the rebuilt Bikini Bottom is now practically under the control of SpongeBob, who is revealed to have masterminded everything to take over the city, and Sandy, unable to oppose him, returns to Texas.
  • Bond One-Liner: Several.
    Squidward: He won't mind me taking this... (rips out a Patrick's brain) He never used it!
  • Call-Back: The first thing Patrick says in the series is: "Do you know how sea stars feed, SpongeBob? Let me......show you". Later on, SpongeBob throws it back at him: "DO YOU KNOW HOW SEA SPONGES FEED, PATRICK? LET ME SHOW YOU."
  • Chain of People: Squidward, Sandy, Gary and Patrick use this to save SpongeBob from falling into lava at the climax.
  • Chest Burster: Mr. Krabs is done in when a Patrick comes bursting out of his abdomen.
  • Cloning Blues: Patrick has a clone that grew from a severed arm of his, a long time ago. Mr. Krabs imprisoned and tortured it as an endless source of meat for Krabby Patties. Eating an undercooked patty causes Patrick to gain the clone's memories and be consumed by vengeful hatred.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Sandy gains Mermaid Man's powers by wearing his starfish mask.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: Mr. Krabs, Larry, and Plankton are all eventually overwhelmed and killed by the Patrick hordes, but each manages to put up a decent fight beforehand.
  • Dark Fic: A deeply disturbing take on SpongeBob, all the moreso from how strongly rooted it is in actual series lore.
  • Dark Reprise: SpongeBob's new version of the F.U.N. Song makes Plankton's sound like a sweet lullaby.
    F is for Friendship; it can't last Forever...
    U is for yoU killed me...
    N is for aNywhere you think you're safe, you're Not
    DOWN IN THE DEEP DARK SEA!
  • Daydream Surprise: In the epilogue, Sandy imagines shooting and killing the SpongeBob restaurant crew as revenge for causing the rise of the Tortured One. She doesn't do this for real because she knows SpongeBob's Super Form would make short work of her and likely kill many of the restaurant patrons too.
  • Death by Cameo: Mermaid Man and Bubble Bass bite the dust immediately after their first appearances. Squilliam Fancyson doesn't even show up alive, only appearing in a vision planted in Squidward's mind by The Tortured One, indicating the latter had already swallowed him.
  • Death Fic: The very first issue sees SpongeBob himself meeting his gruesome end. Since then, Mr. Krabs, Mermaid Man, Larry, Bubble Bass, Squilliam, Plankton, and Karen have bitten the dust as well.
  • Dropping the Bombshell: The moment the guilty Patrick realizes he killed SpongeBob for nothing.
    Squidward: Krabs wouldn’t reveal his formula to his own mother, let alone an employee. Whatever it was, his secret died with him.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Plankton to Karen, moments before his death.
    "Goodbye, Karen... I... love... you..."
  • Easily Forgiven: Gary bears no ill will against the guilty Patrick for killing his owner. As it turns out, it's because he knew SpongeBob didn't really die.
    • Guilty!Patrick is also forgiven, or at least left alone by the remaining citizens of Bikini Bottom as they rebuild. The only one who doesn't, and thinks he got off too easy is Pearl, because Mr. Krabs is dead and she could've stopped the Tortured One due to being a sperm whale. She also derides Patrick (all of them) for being cowardly by waiting to attack until she was on a school trip. Unfortunately, she's the only one who wants revenge for Mr. Krabs, as Sandy points out that the greedy man started the whole thing and got what he deserved.
  • Eaten Alive:
    • The starfish attack by externally digesting their prey alive.
    • And sponges, as Patrick finds out, do the same thing.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: The ending reveals that SpongeBob, far from being the brave hero he was presented as after his return, was actually the one who orchestrated the entire conflict to begin with — he purposely undercooked the Krabby Patty Patrick ate as part of a grand scheme to get rid of Krabs and Plankton and take over as the main Bikini Bottom restauranteur.
  • Facial Horror:
    • At some point, one of Patrick's clones managed to replace the starfish on Mermaid Man's face and proceeded to graphically peel the skin off his face.
    • SpongeBob has his face ripped off by the Tortured One. As bad as his previous face was, this one may be even worse.
  • Familial Cannibalism Surprise: After eating an undercooked Krabby Patty, Patrick learned that Mr. Krabs harvested one of his limbs and had been using his clone to create Krabby Patties. Due to the growth hormones and eventual fusion with other starfish, the clone became a colossal-sized starfish known as "The Tortured One" and the original Patrick set out on a spree killing to get revenge on Krabs for what he did.
  • Food Chain of Evil: Patrick learned that the secret ingredient of Krabby Patties was starfish meat; specifically, meat harvested from his own tortured clone. Since Patrick assimilated this knowledge from his clone, he assumed everyone else knew the secret, especially his best friend, SpongeBob. However, after killing SpongeBob and a majority of Bikini Bottom, a Patrick learned, to his horror, that only Mr. Krabs knew the truth and his revenge has gone too far.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Sandy is knocked out outside the Krusty Krab, she dreams of Patrick banging his head on her sea dome with the same blank expression he had before killing SpongeBob. When she tells Patrick to knock it off, Patrick apologizes and says "I can't stop" right before she wakes up. As it turns out, Patrick is being driven wild by the Tortured One.
    • When Patrick apologizes to Gary for murdering SpongeBob, Gary lovingly rubs up against him. Or to be more precise, against SpongeBob's cells growing on his body.
    • In a flashback, SpongeBob asked Patrick if he's curious as to what Krabby Patties are made out of. It is later discovered that SpongeBob had found out before the comic began.
  • Furry Reminder: The series gets a lot of mileage out of having the characters utilize traits belonging to their real-world counterparts.
  • Gorn: The series can be exceptionally gruesome at times, with the deaths of SpongeBob and Mermaid Man standing out in particular. SpongeBob’s way of killing Patricks in Season 4 is also rather brutal.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob have their own unique descriptions of this trope. Mr. Krabs's decision to use the Tortured One as the secret ingredient is what kickstarts SpongeBob’s realization of the secret ingredient. And that undercooked patty? That was undercooked on purpose and served as a catalyst for SpongeBob’s true plan. In conclusion, SpongeBob is the true orchestrator behind the main plot.
  • Group Hug: After Squidward, Sandy, Gary and Patrick save SpongeBob from falling into lava at the climax, they all embrace each other.
  • Have You Told Anyone Else?: In the epilogue, SpongeBob asks Sandy if she's told anyone else that he deliberately undercooked the Krabby Patty that let Patrick feel the pain of the Tortured One. She isn't especially intimidated by the threat.
  • Healing Factor: Played for Horror. Patrick's regenerative abilities allow him not only to withstand all types of damage, but also to multiply... which is what empowers him to go on a deadly rampage upon learning the awful truth. However, hitting certain "nerve clusters" can negate this ability, killing a Patrick outright.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: At one point, Squidward calls SpongeBob a "big pain in the mantle".
  • Hope Spot: At the start of Season 3, Plankton is wracked by guilt and comes back to Bikini Bottom with a giant mech in tow. When he gets to The Tortured One, it appears that the behemoth has finally met something that can rival its prowess... until a mini-Patrick appears in the cockpit and kills Plankton. Karen is forced to self-destruct the mech, also destroying her in the process.
  • Humongous Mecha: Fighto-Plankton, powered by Karen, which Plankton uses to fight the Tortured One, succeeding in cutting off a limb and searing the stump in order to prevent it from regnerating. Unfortunately, a mini-Patrick had snuck into the machine beforehand, so it eats Plankton. Unable to move the mech on her own, Karen convinces Squidward and Sandy to move it onto the severed limb so she can activate self-destruction and obliterate it before it becomes a whole new monster.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Patrick is horrified to learn that there is starfish meat in Krabby Patties and that it was harvested from his own tortured clone. Squidward has a similar reaction when he learns of the fact.
  • Implied Death Threat: In the epilogue, when Sandy reveals to SpongeBob that she knows that he was responsible for Patrick finding out about the Tortured One, he says this after further conversing:
    SpongeBob: Now is the the[sic] time for healing, Sandy. Not for reopening old wounds. Because when you pick at a scab, all you get is bloody.
  • Ironic Echo: SpongeBob recites The Tortured One's lines from the first page as he brutally kills many Patricks.
  • Kill It with Fire: Sea stars can't regenerate from burns, something that Plankton noticed and takes advantage of with his mech.
  • Mind Rape: While SpongeBob is being melted by the Tortured One's extended stomach, they converse in a mental landscape and the sea star tries to rip the sponge's mind apart with hooks.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Parodied with the Cult of Patricks, who chant "Leedle leedle leedle lee."
  • Painting the Medium: Done literally. A black-and-white comic with very muted colors here and there becomes incredibly bright and colourful when The Tortured One inflicts Mind Manipulation upon those who look into its mouth, conveying just how alien those sequences are.
  • Pet Positive Identification: Of a sort. Gary knew his owner's cells were growing on Patrick due to being able to smell them, according to the author.
  • Played for Horror: This comic takes the show SpongeBob SquarePants and uses it for horror. It starts with Patrick Star graphically killing and eating SpongeBob and escalates from there. Multiple memes from the show’s fan-base make it into the comic as well, usually with rather dark context.
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The comic starts out as a pure horror story with a monstrous, slasher-like Patrick, tons of Gorn, and the other characters largely being sitting ducks. However, following Squidward's and SpongeBob's transformations, the comic turns into more of a superhero or Kaiju story in which good and evil are evenly matched and the low-level creepiness is reduced. That being said, the comic still has plenty of Body Horror even after it lightens up, and the epilogue chapters are one continuous downer.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Part 5 is titled "Soylent Pink".
    • Two issues have taken their titles from Hamlet. Part 7 is titled "Perchance to Dream", while Part 9 is titled "And Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest".
      • Speaking of Hamlet, Squidward alters the quote, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." in his first appearance.
      "There are more stars in heaven than can be dreamt of in your philosophy, Sandy... But if you ask me, the sea has a few too many."
    • Mr. Krabs's death is a reference to the Chestburster scene from Alien.
    • For all intents and purposes, Part 14 ends with Squidward going Super Saiyan.
    • SpongeBob being impaled by hooked chains in the penultimate chapter is a reference to Hellraiser.
    • The 21st chapter contains a quote from Paradise Lost wherein God sends Lucifer to Hell.
    • In the epilogue, SpongeBob offers Sandy a Pretty Patty, akin to how the Oracle offers Neo a cookie in The Matrix.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: As with many posts on r/ImSorryJon, despite being quite morbid and gruesome, the comic is also very tongue-in-cheek. That's not to say there isn't an element of Bathos, however, as a good portion of the comic's events is genuinely portrayed as tragic.
  • Stealth Pun: Season 2's finale; it's not the Krusty Krab, it's Patrick.
  • Stylistic Suck: The comic has gone through serious Art Evolution. However, chapter 16 has a flashback depicting events that happened shortly after chapter 1, and is drawn in an art style that matches the first chapters.
  • Super Mode: The Patricks are able to go back and forth between their normal appearance, that of a (somewhat) realistic starfish, and anywhere in between. Mr. Krabs can likewise change into a powerful realistic crab. Squidward, Larry, and SpongeBob can also transform, but theirs are far more fantastical. Later on, Sandy inherits the mask of Mermaid Man and becomes Mermaid Squirrel (a beaver).
  • Super Senses: Plankton (being, well, a planktonic copepod) has the ability to see individual cells in close detail. By looking at a Patrick who was holding a candle and got a drop of molten wax on his own arm, Plankton noticed that a Patrick's cells cannot regenerate if they're damaged by heat.
  • Tear Off Your Face: The fate of Mermaid Man, having his face graphically ripped off by one of the Patrick clones. And at one point in the final battle, the kaiju-sized Patrick tears off the similarly giant-sized SpongeBob's face.
  • This Is a Drill / Drill Tank: Mrs. Puff and her crew come back to the fight with a drilling machine in tow to help dislodge Mt. Bikini Bottom.
  • Together in Death: Plankton and Karen again after the former is killed and the latter activates a self-destruct mechanism, intentionally staying behind to run the operation and destroy one of the Tortured One's limbs.
    "5...4...3...2...1... See you soon, my love."
  • Tragic Keepsake: The headband Squidward wears prior to transforming is revealed to have been SpongeBob's tie.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Upon learning just how Krabby Patties were made, Sandy hurls into her own suit.
  • Wham Line: In the epilogue, Sandy goes to talk to SpongeBob at his new restaurant and says this:
    "I was talking to Patrick. He said this all started when he ate an...undercooked Krabby Patty. [...] But you and I both know that you would never undercook a Krabby Patty......unless you did it...deliberately. You knew...didn't you?"
  • Wham Shot: The Tortured One appears to crush both Gary and Guilty!Patrick when they confront him. After a few moments, the Tortured One's limb is forced back from the cowering yet unharmed duo, revealing a newly regenerated SpongeBob.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never clarified what happened to the cultist Patricks after the Tortured One arises. However, it can be assumed that they were assimilated by the Tortured One.
  • You Didn't Ask: When the guilty Patrick asks the Tortured One why Squidward and SpongeBob should die if they didn't actually know about his situation, his reply is that they never asked Mr. Krabs about the Krabby Patty secret formula.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Pearl's black eyeliner is seen dripping down her face when she visits the memorial.
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