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

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. 

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  • He Makes SpongeBob Feel Ugly

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • He Accuses SpongeBob Of Lying

    Everything that happens in Season 2, episode 7, "Life Of Crime," is Patrick's fault. He convinces SpongeBob to steal a balloon, then the two of them run away from home - but the problems don't stop. 

    Both of the friends have candy bars, but Patrick eats his and promptly forgets. Immediately, he accuses SpongeBob of stealing his candy. SpongeBob, ever the trooper, offers Pat his candy to make peace. But Patrick refuses, threatening to report SpongeBob for balloon theft.

    Everything turns out okay because it's Free Balloon Day, but Patrick acts incredibly disloyal.

  • He Hunts SpongeBob Like Prey

    During Season 1, episode 9, "Nature Pants," SpongeBob decides he wants to live with the jellyfish. Patrick doesn't take this well, though. Initially, he cries, begging SpongeBob to stay. And when that doesn't work, Patrick decides to capture him as a trophy. 

    Patrick hunts SpongeBob like an animal, attacking him and setting traps. While Patrick eventually gives up the hunt, his actions get SpongeBob stung by all the jellyfish.