It should come as no surprise that there are hidden themes in SpongeBob SquarePants. There are plenty of complex fan theories out there, including one claiming Pearl was adopted by Mr. Krabs and another postulating that the residents of Bikini Bottom are immortal. It's even possible to connect each of the characters to one of the seven deadly sins.
But the real message of SpongeBob SquarePants might be even more profound: One fan theory states that the show actively deconstructs the very economic system under which it was created. From the caricature of Mr. Krabs as an extreme capitalist to Squidward's relationship to his art, some aspects of SpongeBob SquarePants have led fans to believe the Nickelodeon cartoon has a secret mission to convert kids to communism - or at the very least expose them to the injustices of workplace mistreatment.
This list compiles notable instances of SpongeBob revealing its anti-capitalist agenda. Surprising as it may seem, there are many.
Mr. Krabs Is The Poster Child For Commodity Fetishism
Patrick Avoids Manipulation By Refusing To Live Above His Means
Sandy And Plankton Represent The Role Of Science In Different Economic Systems
In Bikini Bottom, Wages Don't Reflect The Skill Of The Worker
The Rivalry Between Krabs And Plankton Reveals The Pitfalls Of Capitalism
Bikini Bottom's Lack Of Unemployment Resources Forces SpongeBob Back Into His Old Job