If you’re younger than 30, there’s a good chance that Spongebob Squarepants formed an essential part of your childhood. The animated series has been on our screens for several decades now, and it’s received a wealth of support from fans and critics alike. However, while the program might be loved for its cartoonish characters and wacky storylines, there’s apparently a lot more going on in Spongebob Squarepants than we realized. At least, that’s according to all the outlandish theories fans have come up with over the years.
The crabs in Krabby Patties
What is the secret ingredient that makes Krabby Patties so popular with the show’s characters? Much like Plankton, we’d love to know the truth, although there might be a reason we’ve never been told before. If a Reddit fan theory is anything to go by, Mr. Krabs hasn’t revealed the formula because it would expose his cannibalistic ways. Yep, supposedly, the special ingredient that makes his burgers so delicious is crab meat. That would certainly explain why we never see any other crabs in the show…
Spongebob’s secret keeper
There’s always that one super annoying person in life that we have to put up with. For Squidward Tentacles, that’s Spongebob. However, given how much he hates living next door to his co-worker, you’d think he’d have moved away from him by now. Well, apparently, he can’t because he’s been paid by his neighbor’s parents to watch over him. Supposedly, the secretly wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Squarepants are providing Squidward with financial support so he can keep an eye on Spongebob who they believe has ADHD. They want their son to live an independent life, but they’re afraid of leaving him completely unsupervised.
Representing the seven sins
When you put enough thought into it, you can probably attribute the concept of the seven sins to any character on TV. However, it’s rarely as easy to do as it is with the cast of Spongebob Squarepants. Think about it for a moment – Patrick represents sloth, Plankton envy, Mr. Krabs greed, and Gary gluttony. Then, you have Squidward who’s a pretty good personification of wrath, Sandy who very much represents pride, and Spongebob who can be considered a symbol for lust.
Living in a nuclear fallout
To children, Spongebob Squarepants is just an enjoyable cartoon with a diverse set of funny characters that keep them entertained. However, to adults, the series showcases an underwater community that’s been exposed to too much nuclear radiation and thus mutated horrifically. That’s according to one of the popular fan theories anyway. It’s believed the name Bikini Bottom actually stems from the name Bikini Atoll, aka the place where dozens of nuclear tests were carried out during the cold war. If the program is really set under this part of the Marshall Islands, then it would certainly explain a few things.
It’s crazy how many outlandish theories have been devised about a children’s show. Then again, when you think about it, a lot of cartoons are made to appeal to adults as well as kids to keep parents entertained. Therefore, these crazy theories might not be so crazy after all.