Despite SpongeBob SquarePants the show being a show aimed at kids, SpongeBob the character is like most adults.He has a dead-end job working for … Topanga started out being a normal girl, but by the end of the show she was a grade obsessed nitpicking bitch. Sakura Haruno (Naruto) – All she did was obsess over Sasuke in the first arc. Post sequel SpongeBob felt like an apology letter to all the pre-movie fans that want the show to go back to its glory days (bringing back old characters and referencing earlier gags). Flanderization is when they have a character with established traits and as the show goes on they exaggerate those traits making the character a caricature of themselves. Practically every single show becomes worse in the second season and every single TV show is worse in the end. This isn't your average "Flanderization". Spongebob (Spongebob Squarepants) – He was a cute, lovable Sponge that lived under the sea when we first met him. The I.J.L.S.A. Maybe Friends. Paying attention to just one kind of deterioration is odd. And if nautical nonsense be something you-okay, you probably get it.SpongeBob SquarePants is the tenth entry in the Nicktoons series of cartoons, and is easily the most popular, iconic, and long-running of them all. Kevin from The Office is an especially strong example for this trope. What series or show had the most glaring issue of Flanderization with its characters? For example, in one of the early-season Christmas specials, he gives away everything he owns so that Spongebob won't cry. Something that's the reverse of flanderization: Niles Crane on Frasier went from a cartoon character to a human being, which was pretty awesome. What is Flanderization? This applies to most of the secondary characters in general but I do not want to list every single one. First seasons were very different in tone and look than majority of the later seasons. During a conversation with Sandy Spongebob said that he can "reproduce by budding". Yeah he can be sexist or racist but its more him just being old and ignorant. I loved Scrubs all the way through, but the tone of season 1 always feels a little bit different. Also, April responds to literally EVERYTHING with sarcasm and attitude. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Flanderization, http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Flanderization/LiveActionTV. Sorry about the rant. This is...extreme bullshitification. It was kind of his fault, though. Despite all of this honestly, I still think season 7 is the worst season of the entire show due having boring and predictable storytelling. I think it's just accepted that pretty much everything post season 3 and the movie isn't worth talking about. Let's take a deeper look at how the older SpongeBob (Seasons 1-3) differs from the newer SpongeBob (Seasons 4-whatever number we're on now).. And quite honestly, I would much rather Rugrats comeback and have Nick go back to the days when it was the Klasky Csupo channel, then have Spongebob … With britta I think it kinda adds another dimension to her character. Came here to post Potsie. SpongeBob SquarePants has experienced massive flanderization since 2005. It was hard to stomach. The Garfield of television. Since the beginning of the series, Mr. Krabs' overall characterization has become more and more negative. But by the end of the show, Phyllis is getting off in the office to 50 Shades of Grey, Meredith is having her son strip on her, and Creed is, well, still crazy. Pin Tweet. A lot of the Glee kids went through this, but Brittany stands out as someone who went from believably ditzy to Rain Man. You can enjoy full episodes of your favorite sponge here! Sitcoms and Sitcom characters are particularly susceptible to this, as are peripheral characters in shows with long runs. I'm still sour about what happened to the character. This is probably called something different, but there are some shows that write characters that do a lot of random or mysterious things, just to make them interesting. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. It wasn't as bad with Joey, as he had some real development, but a lot of his dumb moments seemed too dumb even for him. Always Sunny, but it has only made the show better. In the beginning she was a normal late 20-something, maybe a little relationship-focused, but all the characters went a little crazy towards the end. I disagree a little with Topanga. Most office background characters experienced some degree of flanderization, as do most comedy characters now that I think about it. Absorbent and yellow and porous is he. Just had to be said. She went from being the biker version of Gertrude from Hamlet (morally gray, sometimes sympathetic) to a completely hatred-worthy monster. This year, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run was originally to release in theaters, but it was moved to CBS All Access in 2021 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Most always, the trait/action becomes completely outlandish and it becomes their defining characteristic. Actually sea sponges are hermaphrodite and reproduce by building buds. I was wondering if someone would bring this up. Take a look at the beginning of the series: -Patrick is slow witted and made some terrible/misinformed decisions, but he still knew how to do basic things. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, https://tv.avclub.com/happy-days-became-one-of-the-biggest-hits-on-tv-by-sell-1798233067. If the player wins a game, they will be rewarded or play the game again. Kevin is now the biggest caricature, Oscar is a feisty, prentetious and cultured homosexual, Dwight is an unemotional, self-loving german idiot, Angela is a hateful christian, Gabe is a spineless, weird freak etc etc. SpongeBob is now a completely oblivious idiot (A Pal for Gary), Patrick is either stupid or a jerk, pick your poison (Stuck in the Wringer), Mr. Krabs has become completely greedy and doesn't care for his friends/employees at all (The Cent of Money), etc. PROTIP: Press the ← and → keys to navigate the gallery, 'g' to view the gallery, or 'r' to view a random image. Then the writers turned him into an idiotic sociopath. Britta from Community went from being intelligent but slightly privileged/hypocritical to the moron of the group. Are you kidding me? SpongeBob SquarePants characters have been flanderized most noticably from its un-cancellation in 2005 to the release of the second movie. Ron's flanderization really started to show in the last half of the series. Full website: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Flanderization. This trope is a very common, potentially polarizing thing. In a later-season episode, when Spongebob bursts into tears after Squidward convinces him that he can no longer laugh or smile again, Squidward just walks away with a smirk, saying "Oh, I hate it when he's … It ends up ruining the plot or logic. Before: “Wow. By the end he's doing ridiculous things driven by his sexuality. The following is a list of official SpongeBob SquarePants online games. Just like with so many shows, once the showrunner leaves nobody knows how to do it right. Some post-movie episodes still flanderize the characters, however. And although she had some character development in Shippuden. This isn't your average flanderization. I cannot believe that no one's mentioned Spongebob. There was once a time when almost everybody, child and adult, could unify in watching what was once credited by many as the greatest cartoon of all time. Agreed completely. I'm getting to that point too. Characters introduced in later seasons, like Erin, were one dimensional from the start and never developed. Which character or television show has portrayed the worst case of Flanderization, defined by: The act of taking a single (often minor) action or trait of a character within a work and exaggerating it more and more over time until it completely consumes the character. -Patrick is a complete imbecile, and struggles to perform even basic needs. She started out being a really out-there hippy. These characters sure are likable.” After: “I feel your pain, Squidward.”. Literally nothing but comic relief and stupid storylines. Yet, Spongebob has gotten a million times worse than those classic cartoons ever got, and are far better than Spongebob ever was. Their oddities and quirks are established early on: Meredith drinks/parties, Phyllis is sexual, Creed is craaazy, etc. She starts off very stand offish and not letting anyone get close to her and as a result she seems smart and well put together but she's scared of letting people get to know the real her because she isn't like that. And pretty much as soon as he gets to college, he goes from a kind of air headed, normal guy to a full-on, braindead, useless punchline. They were first mentioned in the episode Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V. In "The Bad Guy Club for Villains," SpongeBob and Patrick watch the Lost Episode of Me… Man, I’ve always been bitter about Eric. -Sandy is definitely a Texas native and loves science, but she didn't let those two things be her only defining traits. Take Sandy for example. I am watching the show with my wife (my 2nd watch through, her first), and we are in the beginning of S4. He went from an intelligent sidekick to a mentally challenged goofball that failed to evolve. The "earnest Every Man " aspect of Spongebob's personality has been completely downplayed to make him gratuitously obnoxious and annoying rather than merely naive and eccentric. Which character or television show has portrayed the worst case of Flanderization, defined by: The act of taking a single (often minor) action or trait of a character within a work and exaggerating it more and more over time until it completely consumes the character. [The episode begins on another day at the Krusty Krab. Kevin, Kelly, Toby, and Ryan go through the same kind of process too, while Erin kinda stays the same since her introduction. I enjoy the show, but Joey, Monica, and Phoebe weren't treated great. An exploration into the history of SpongeBob SquarePants, the day that sparked its downfall to mediocrity, and the concept of "flanderizati on.&qu An exploration into the history of SpongeBob SquarePants, the day that sparked its downfall to mediocrity, and the concept of "flanderization." It's one for the "nobody ever went broke underestimating the American public" file. ... SpongeBob SquarePants Uploaded by KYM Collector Bot … New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. Sometimes, he becomes the villain in some episodes of the show, with Mr. Krabs being just as bad as, if not worse than, Plankton himself.Ever since the events were seen in the fourth season (seasons that released after the first film, but is not chronologically set after the movie), Mr. Krabs' role as a father figure to SpongeBob has … :D I think the worst case is Andy and April together. This article is a transcript of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Bulletin Board" from Season 9, which aired on October 1, 2016. Decomposing Elements of SpongeBob SquarePants Many fans believe that SpongeBob SquarePants has had the biggest decline in quality of any show on TV in the 21st century. I have read that Garry Marshall did that quite intentionally and was rewarded with improved ratings. I think Scrubs is an excellent example of a show that flanderized its characters across the board. Same thing can be said about most of the characters. That website already has examples! Most always, the trait/action becomes completely outlandish and it becomes their defining characteristic. Also he can't walk through a band room without tripping over everything. As in by a single personality trait taking over a character. An exploration into the history of SpongeBob SquarePants, the day that sparked its downfall to mediocrity, and the concept of "flanderization. Whenever they tried to give him scenes to flesh out the character and add some depth, he refused because he didn't get it or think it was funny. Then they completely stripped any normalcy from him. With Gemma, you have your strongest case, but if it happened it was only at the end. Seasons of it. They spent so long building up his struggle to go to college. Not even Patrick, the person we already know she is her friend. I disagree, Friends went down in grace, becoming very boring in the end without Flanderization attempts to save it. Kelly as well. His biggest trait is that he just tries too hard to fit in. She loathes April's character so much at this point she wants her character to be killed off. SpongeBob Squarpants … Going back in time a bit: Happy Days. Pierce's flanderization in community was bad enough for him to leave the show. (ironically) From the AVClub when it was still functional: https://tv.avclub.com/happy-days-became-one-of-the-biggest-hits-on-tv-by-sell-1798233067. But if the player loses a game, they will give up or try again. Then you see a newer episode like SpongeBob, You're Fired, and they make science her only thing she cares about. According to a Reddit theory, SpongeBob’s secretly rich parents hired Squidward to watch over SpongeBob, whom they suspect has ADHD. Flanderization is the act of taking a single (often minor) action or trait of a character within a work and exaggerating it more and more over time until it completely consumes the character. SpongeBob is one of my all time favorite Nickelodeon cartoon series :( RIP Mr. Hillenburg, thank you for all of your creative contributions. Fandom Apps Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. ... Never thought I would hate Spongebob and Patrick, and feel sorry for Squidward. That was a fun 2 hours I'm not getting back. -Mr. Krabs is willing to do anything for more money, ethics be damned (just watch the grease episode). Member. More location shooting, Richie had an older brother, Fonz wasn’t always in a leather jacket, Potsie wasn’t 99% mentally challenged, etc - After a few years they seemed to film mostly on a soundstage and the characters became much more 2-d caricatures with catch phrase punch lines. r/SpongeBob_Episodes: Here you don’t post, the mods do the posting. In the episode "SB-129", when Squidward travels 2000 years into the future we see spongebob … First seasons were very different in tone and look than majority of the later seasons. I disagree, I feel that while pretty much everyone in that show is morally reprehensible, they were also all written with more nuance than to be described as Flanderized. I can see what you mean with Ron, but I am a woodworker, so I like that aspect. Spongebob Squarepants. A Nickelodeon animated series about a highly energetic sea sponge named SpongeBob who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Parks and Recreation. Everyone, but especially Ron. The quirks of the likes of Dr Cox, the Janitor, and some of the lesser seen characters like Ted and Todd were present but still grounded to earth in season 1, but they became such extreme caricatures of their former selves by the end. Just finished season 1 the other day and sad to hear this. Things like that annoy the piss out of me. Fucking Boy Meets World, man. JD from Scrubs became a "sensitive" caricature, although they'd reign it in from time to time. Mr. Krabs walks up to her.] Spongebob Squarepants was Nickelodeon at its absolute best. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Flanderization/LiveActionTV. SchrodingerC. Sons of Anarchy-- all of them, but especially Gemma. 2020 was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Let alone watching. SpongeBob SquarePants - I Hate Flanderization. In the older SpongeBob episodes, she's really good at science, yet she also cares about other stuff like karate, and her friends. Kevin became dumber, Kelly was just a basic bitch. The Office. D&D Beyond This season is the worst for two primarily reasons. He's so one dimensional, EVERYTHING is about steak or woodworking and that's it. -Pretty much every episode that has a spotlight on Sandy only focuses on something related to science or Texas, and never ANYTHING ELSE. (International Justice League of Super Acquaintances) is a team of superheroes, who are aligned with Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. A sweet old lady is knitting a scarf with her yarn while enjoying her meal. Like us on Facebook! I feel like Oscar from the office was extremely flanderized in the later seasons. But then he got crazier and more neurotic until by the end of the show they wrote a storyline in which he was actually diagnosed as being a hypochondriac to explain just how goddamn batshit idiotic he was being constantly. This to the first part of my theory. It can make good shows and characters go bad... and vice versa. Dates. 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