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Patrick Is A Terrible Friend To SpongeBob If You Just Pay Attention 

Laura Allan
Updated September 17, 2019 36.1k views 14 items

SpongeBob SquarePants remains a beloved show with incredibly memorable characters. One particular personality, though, seems eviler than most people realize. In fact, he's the absolute worst. Fan theories about Patrick Star demonstrate he's an awful friend to SpongeBob - and might even hurt his supposed pal on purpose.

When it comes to SpongeBob SquarePants theories, fans believe Patrick is often responsible for the title character's perils. Patrick frequently shows how little he cares, and his relationship with SpongeBob looks toxic at best - and abusive at worst. It's easy to see why many people think the smiling pink starfish is a complete psychopath. 

He Makes SpongeBob Feel Ugly
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Everyone deals with bad breath at some point, but SpongeBob's "sundae" breath takes the cake in Season 2, episode 1, "Something Smells." His breath gets so bad, everyone runs away from him.

SpongeBob goes to his best friend for advice, but Patrick tells him people are actually running from his bad looks. Patrick claims SpongeBob needs to scream to the world about his ugliness. Patrick even accuses SpongeBob of passing ugly to him, like a contagion. Way to crush your friend's self-esteem, Pat.

He Stabs SpongeBob In The Back
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The audience doesn't see Patrick's family until Season 2, episode 17, "I'm With Stupid." Patrick's parents know their son is dumb, but like a good friend, SpongeBob tries to help by feigning idiocy - hoping to make Patrick look smarter in comparison.

Instead, Patrick starts treating SpongeBob like he is dumb. He and his family openly laugh at and ridicule SpongeBob. Without a second thought, Patrick takes advantage of SpongeBob's kindness and doesn't hesitate to treat him like garbage.

He Forces SpongeBob To Raise A Baby Scallop By Himself
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Parenting can be tough, especially when one parent doesn't do their fair share. SpongeBob learns this in Season 3, episode 9, "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve." SpongeBob and Patrick find a baby scallop and decide to raise it. The scallop behaves a lot like a human baby, needing everything from feedings to diaper changing.

While SpongeBob proves himself a capable parent, Patrick spends his time watching TV, staying out late with friends, and eating ice cream and doughnuts. He promises to come home and help, giving SpongeBob a day off, but he never shows. He's a bad adoptive dad and a selfish partner.

He Steals Gary, SpongeBob's Beloved Pet
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In Season 2, episode 9, appropriately titled "Dumped," Gary ignores SpongeBob to play with Patrick. SpongeBob realizes this and feels crushed. Throughout the episode, Patrick doesn't hesitate to rub this in SpongeBob's face. 

When SpongeBob makes a plea to get the snail back, Patrick calls him pathetic. This is not the behavior of a true friend. Luckily, Gary eventually returns to his original owner.