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"Do you know how sea stars feed, SpongeBob? Let me show you. Our stomachs extend out of our bodies, penetrating our prey, and injecting them with enzymes so that they may be digested externally... I'm sorry, SpongeBob."

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 since been finished, and in addition to r/ImSorryJon, the story can be found on its dedicated subreddit, Patreon and even website. It also has an Animated Adaptation here.

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

On January 25, 2024, a sequel series was announced on the author's Patreon.

The Bikini Bottom Horror provides examples of the following tropes:

  • 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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Plankton and Karen are portrayed more sympathetically than they are in the show. Plankton is shown to be horrified by Krabs' nefarious actions that led to the creation of the Tortured One, and later his conscience leads him back to the battlefield along with Karen to try and stop the monster, only to die in a tragic manner for both the audience and the other characters.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Zigzagged with Patrick Star, who goes from an empty-headed, childish, yet lovable Big Fun seastar to a monstrous, calculating, and sadistic killer who uses his cloning abilities to target and hunt down everyone in Bikini Bottom as food for himself, not even sparing his lifelong friends. The subversion comes late into the comic, though, as a Patrick finds out that his reasons for his rampage were just lies told to him by the Tortured One, causing him to defect and help his surviving friends stop his evil clones.
    • He's not even the only character to get hit with a dose of this trope, as seen not too long into the comic. Mr. Krabs was always a shifty, cantakerous person with a greedy streak several miles long in the SpongeBob series, but here, his lust for money pushes him to near-sociopathy, and it is played deadly serious. He's depraved enough to take advantage of Patrick's starfish physiology to fuel his buisness, which sets up the events of the comic to happen in the first place.
    • And all that's to say nothing of SpongeBob SquarePants himself. That happy-go-lucky, hyper-friendly, lovable frycook who was always soaked full of smiles in the original show? Yeah, he allowed the Tortured One to brainwash Patrick, knowing the death and destruction it'd cause to his hometown, and only came back to save everyone to make himself look like a hero to Bikini Bottom, providing him with the opportunity to set up his own restaurant. His depravity is emphasized with him forcing Sandy, one of his closest pals in canon, to keep quiet about his crimes under the threat of killing her and everyone else who survived. A massively far cry from the character we all grew up with, this SpongeBob abandons that personality in favor of a superficially nice, manipulative, and viciously sociopathic villainous one.
  • Adaptation Deviation: As noted by the creator here, the Chum Bucket being far away from the Krusty Krab as seen in this page didn't make a lot of sense but sometimes things had to be stretched in order for them to work.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • SpongeBob's motive for giving Patrick an undercooked Krabby Patty, thereby exposing him to the truth and setting the entire massacre in motion, is left deliberately vague. Was he simply trying to let his friend know about an awful truth that he must have discovered that led to horrific consequences that he couldn't predict, or was he ultimately seeking power and willing to sacrifice thousands of lives to attain it? Either way, he doesn't want to reflect on it, or for anyone else to know the truth.
    • 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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: A group of Patricks rip out all of Mr. Krabs' limbs, leaving him at their mercy so they can do something even worse to him.
  • 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 major 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 saying 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 when he admits to him about killing SpongeBob.
    • 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.
  • Art Evolution: The comic starts off drawn in the original SpongeBob SquarePants style (with some horror aspects) on paper, but it gradually shifts into Austin's own style drawn via computer as the series goes on. Notably, a major flashback is drawn in the original style, showing it was indeed an artistic choice.
  • 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.
  • Assimilation Plot: This is The Tortured One's endgame; after devouring all of Bikini Bottom, it plans to divide and multiply itself, consuming all sea life as ironic payback for its own horrible treatment.
  • The Atoner:
    • Squidward here feels genuine remorse for being harsh, especially with his last words, to SpongeBob, and he even drops his arrogance after a Patrick clone points out that he's boring, making the former admit his skills. He saves Sandy from being torn apart by the Patrick clones, tells her to leave Bikini Bottom for her own safety, and blows a bubble with his clarinet to save her when her helmet leaks due to not wanting to lose another friend. While he's still sarcastic, he usually doesn't intend to insult anyone except for the destructive Patrick. When Bikini Bottom is at peace again, he swears to himself to stop future threats from attacking the town.
    • Karen is a redeemed villain, being very caring, genuinely loving Plankton and supporting him in all of his goals, even if she disagrees sometimes. She helps him fight The Tortured One as his mech and, when a piece of The Tortured One is about to regrow into another monster, she sacrifices herself, happy to be reunited with Plankton, saying, "See you soon, my love."
  • 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: The Tortured One vs. Porifera.
  • 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 half of the populace was killed in the wrathful starfish's rampage and 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. For example:
    Squidward: He won't mind me taking this... (rips out a Patrick's brain) He never used it!
  • Brutal Honesty: In the epilogue, Pearl angrily asks Sandy if they're going to forgive Patrick for killing her father, just because he felt sorry about it. Sandy rather bluntly responds that Mr. Krabs was a monster who started this whole mess in the first place, and as far as everyone but Pearl is concerned, he got exactly what he deserved.
  • Call-Back: The first thing Patrick says in the series is: "Do you know how sea stars feed, SpongeBob? Let you". Later on, SpongeBob throws it back at him: "DO YOU KNOW HOW SEA SPONGES FEED, PATRICK? LET ME SHOW YOU."
  • The Cameo: Incidental 6, the purple-shirted Recurring Extra sometimes identified as "Tom", appears for one panel in the epilogue, with a large scar on his face from where a sea star presumably attacked him, but appears otherwise okay.
  • Chain of People: Squidward, Sandy, Gary, and Patrick use this to save SpongeBob from falling into lava at the climax.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The small Patrick clone that burst through Mr. Krabs' chest ends up being the one to kill Plankton.
  • Chest Burster: Mr. Krabs is done in when a Patrick comes bursting out of his abdomen.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Sandy gains Mermaid Man's powers by wearing his starfish mask.
  • Continuity Nod: The mother and child Squidward saved from The Tortured One are also some of the customers at SpongeBob's new restaurant.
  • 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
  • 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, although he is later revealed to have survived. 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..."
  • Ear Ache: The Patrick that Sandy and Squidward face in the Krusty Krab rips off both his ears when Squidward tries putting him to sleep with music, then the injuries on his head regenerate.
  • 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, may have actually orchestrated the entire conflict to begin with — he deliberately undercooked the Krabby Patty Patrick ate, implicitly as part of a grand scheme to get rid of Krabs and Plankton and take over as the main Bikini Bottom restauranteur.
  • Expendable Clone:
    • Many of the Patrick clones don't hesitate to jump into harm's way on several occasions, this is because thanks to their regenerative properties, they can simply duplicate themselves and increase their numbers.
    • As it turns out, the reason why Mr. Krabs chopped off Patrick's arm is because he knew it would eventually grow into a new source of meat that no one would be any the wiser of since it was from a clone. Too bad he never considered the possibility of the original gaining the memories of his tortured clone and going on a frenzied rampage after taking a bite of some rare patty meat.
  • Facial Horror:
    • At some point, one of Patrick's clones managed to replace the starfish mask on Mermaid Man's face and proceeded to graphically peel the skin off his skull.
    • 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 formula 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. However, the ending reveals that SpongeBob did indeed know about this, leading him to use it to his advantage.
  • 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 to learn what Krabby Patties are made out of. It is later discovered that SpongeBob had found out before the comic began.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: The army of Patrick clones are all naked during their rampage.
  • Furry Reminder: The series gets a lot of mileage out of having the characters utilize traits belonging to their real-world counterparts.
    • The series opens with Patrick eating SpongeBob like a real starfish, by using his stomach as a proboscis to digest SpongeBob externally. On a more important note, the main conflict of the series from there on out is just how absurdly durable starfish are, to the point where cutting one apart will eventually result in not just a completely fine starfish, but more of them than you started with. He also reveals he has eyes on the ends of his limbs, meaning if he can reach into somewhere, he can also see into it.
    • Squidward's default appearance is a Sleep-Mode Size, and his Super Mode is the result of the octopus's ability to change its texture and shape to an extent. When he overexerts himself, his chromatophores flare up and turn him a deep red.
    • Crustaceans are known to eat starfish with regularity, and Mr. Krabs's potentially predatory nature is taken to a literal extent when he slices off one of Patrick's limbs to create a clone he can use as an infinite source of meat for his patties. Larry likewise shows up to the fight with full knowledge of how to kill a starfish quickly and effectively, and is jokingly offended Squidward thinks he needs a refresher.
    • Sponges don't have any vital organs and can reproduce through budding, and as a result, even individual cells of SpongeBob's mass will allow him to survive fatal damage as long as there's no cellular damage. As Porifera takes more and more damage, he begins to resemble a skeleton made of dead reef sponges.
    • Pearl is convinced Patrick chose the moment she was out of town to attack because, as a sperm whale, she's by far the largest predator of the ocean.
    • Mrs. Puff's bullets are tipped with neurotoxin from her own body. Real pufferfish are extremely poisonous, to the point that people have actually died from eating them.
  • Gambit Roulette: As pointed out by this fan in question 6, SpongeBob's apparent plan comes off as this, since it would have relied on the convoluted outcome of having Mr. Krabs and Plankton eliminated while also killing many would-be customers. The author, notably, declined to answer this question.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Plankton name-drops this trope word for word when Sandy vomits in her suit after learning the Krabby Patty secret formula.
  • Giving Them the Strip: How Sandy escapes from The Tortured One's depths.
  • 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' decision to use the Tortured One, originally a clone of Patrick, as the secret formula of his famed Krabby Patties is what kickstarts the Tortured One's desire for revenge. It is also what sets up SpongeBob's realization of the secret formula. And that undercooked patty that Patrick ate which allowed the homicidal clone to take control of the sea star? That was undercooked by SpongeBob on purpose and served as a catalyst for SpongeBob's true plan. In conclusion, Mr. Krabs put the causes of the scenario into place, and SpongeBob is the true active orchestrator behind the main plot.
  • Group Hug: The surviving heroes embrace each other after The Tortured One is finally gone.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: The Patrick that calls Squidward a terrible musician causes Squidward to do this, saying that he's right. He thankfully recovers fast when Sandy was in danger, though.
    • Sandy herself. When Squidward sends her to the surface out of fear that he'll lose her, Sandy calls herself useless.
  • 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: The Fight-o-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 completely horrified that the meat in the patties came from a stolen clone of him. Sandy and Squidward also have similar reactions upon learning the truth as well.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: An incredibly bittersweet example. After discovering SpongeBob’s role as the ultimate cause behind the events of the story, she considers telling Squidward before she leaves Bikini Bottom. She ultimately decides against it, believing Squidward deserves to be happy after everything he went through.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Squidward uses his tentacles to do this to the Patricks.
  • 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.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Before being drawn and quartered by the Patricks, Mr. Krabs brushes off Patrick's description of his nervous system allowing for him to absorb the memory of The Tortured One as "a little far-fetched" even for a situation hinging on the bizarre biology of marine life.
  • Mathematician's Answer: When Mrs. Puff shows Sandy some weapons she can give her, the conversation goes like this:
    Mrs. Puff: So what'll it be? Sniper, heavy, or tactical?
    Sandy: (eyes wide) ...Yes.
  • 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.
  • A Molten Date with Death: The climatic final battle between kaiju-Patrick and Porifera-SpongeBob ends with both of them falling into the lava of Mount Bikini Bottom and burning up, though a chunk of the latter survives.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Parodied with the Cult of Patricks, who chant "Leedle leedle leedle lee" while feeding the Tortured One.
  • Our Clones Are Different: It's revealed that starfish like Patrick can regenerate a severed appendage — and the severed appendage in turn can regenerate an entire body, which is something Mr. Krabs took advantage of via growing a Patrick clone which he constantly harvests for an endless supply of Krabby Patty meat. When the original Patrick, who initially had no awareness of his clone, eats an undercooked Krabby Patty, he assimilates his tortured clone's memories through its uncooked flesh, setting off the plot of the comic and leading an army of Patrick clones who go on a murderous rampage.
  • 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.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: When SpongeBob's about to throw the Tortured One into the lava, the latter's self in their mindscape begs him to not leave him.
  • Precision F-Strike: The only F-bomb in the comic comes during the Epilogue, when Sandy returns to her family in Texas and they ask how life in the ocean was.
    Sandy: Pretty fucked up.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Several. Heck, Patrick's first line is this.
  • Punny Name: We see a Plankton invention called the Fight-O-Plankton, which is a reference to phytoplankton, a kind of plankton that photosynthesize.
  • 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.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • The Tortured One's rampage is fueled by his desire to make everyone who consumed his flesh (albeit unknowingly) pay for it.
    • This also applies to the heroes. In their quest for avenging everyone who died, they end up killing TONS of Patricks.
  • Ship Tease: Between Sandy and Squidward, as they are the main two heroes fighting against the Tortured One, and throughout the story, they share several heartfelt moments, such as Squidward (when all hope seems lost) trapping Sandy in a bubble that sends her to the surface, sullenly telling her that he can't bear to lose another friend, and when Sandy returns, they have a very intimate reunion that causes Mrs. Puff to snidely call them "love boats". At the end, when Squidward reveals that he's going to continue fighting evil, he asks Sandy to become his partner and is very distraught to learn that she's leaving for Texas, and he gets cut off when he's about to say that he needs her.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title and some of the concepts of the series come from H. P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror.
    • 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 Tortured One's appearance while mentally confronting SpongeBob mimics Anakin Skywalker pre-life support suit, with his heavily-scarred flesh and red-and-yellow "Sith" eyes.
    • 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: Even when Sandy tells him about SpongeBob's and the Bikini Bottom residents' death, Mr. Krabs bemoans not having customers.
  • 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.
  • Spotting the Thread: In the epilogue, Sandy talks to Patrick and learns that the whole thing started because he ate an undercooked Krabby Patty. When she goes to talk to SpongeBob about it, she notes that SpongeBob would never make that mistake... unless it was on purpose.
  • 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.
  • Tempting Fate: While Sandy is hiding at the Krusty Krab with Krabs, a Patrick bursts through with his arm. Sandy tells Krabs to be quiet because Patrick is just feeling around, then the latter reveals that his arms have eyes and snatches Sandy away.
  • 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 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."
  • To the Pain: Invoked by Patrick in the very first chapter as he devours SpongeBob. SpongeBob later pulls it as well as he's devouring the Patrick clones.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: By the end of the comic, Bikini Bottom trades one dark secret for another, with only a select few wise to it. They go from Mr. Krabs making Krabby Patties out of a cloned Patrick and feeding them to customers to SpongeBob ruling the town as its fake savior following his Engineered Heroics.
  • 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 very much alive 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 Are Better Than You Think You Are: After one of the Patrick clones breaks his clarinet and calls him a boring musician, Squidward loses the will to fight. Sandy tells him he's the smartest cephalopod she knows, but wishes he was smart enough to see he's worthy of self-love. Squidward gains his Heroic Second Wind as they drag her away and obtains his Super Mode.
  • 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.

"After all the bloody horror of that alien world, I just wanted to be able to look up and see the stars again. But now that I see them... the stars just don't look the same."