Nov 21, 2019 in Research

SpongeBob SquarePants was a 2004 movie directed by Stephen Hillenburg and Mark Osborne about the heroic deeds of Spongebob and his friend Patrick. These two were set to save Mr. Krab’s life by finding the Neptunes crown that had been stolen by the thrifty Plankton. This came about as Neptune had frozen Mr. Krab in order to manipulate SpongeBob to search for his crown. The crown was hidden in the treacherous Shell City. Plankton took advantage of this situation to steal Mr. Krab’s formula of Krabby Patty. Plankton has also seized slaves Bikini Bottom bound them. The Cyclops Diver has also taken numerous sea creatures and killed them so that he could sell them as souvenirs. Cyclops Diver is lives in Shell City that is dreaded by people from Bikini Bottom. Dennis, a hired gun, also gets commissioned to make sure that SpongeBob and Patrick do not succeed in their mission to find Neptune’s crown. These characters form the bulk of the primary villains within SpongeBob SquarePants movie. Other villains within the movie are the petrol station attendants that insult SpongeBob and Patrick. Another villain in the movie is the frogfish that attempts to eat them. The Chum Bucket’s employees are also villains in the way that they engage in unfair competition against Mr. Krab’s establishment.

Stanley Benn categorizes villains based on a variety of reasons. Wickedness Tout Court, conscientious wickedness and self-centered wickedness manifest frequently within the movie. Stanley Benn explicates on the reason for doing an act of wickedness and its implication on the conclusion about the nature of a person (Benn, 1985). Doing an act of wickedness to please oneself without the consideration for the suffering of others forms the basis of self-centered wickedness. On the other hand, wicked acts that are done as retaliation to good actions as a way of reacting to provocation are shown in the Wickedness Tout Court. Conscientious wickedness is a type of behavior aimed at achieving morally upright goals. Numerous characters of SpongeBob SquarePants represent different categories of wickedness. This essay puts all the main villains in their appropriate categories of wickedness.

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Neptune villainous acts come as self-centered wickedness as he pressures SpongeBob to search for his crown. The purpose of the crown to Neptune is controversial as it is clear that it holds no significant symbolism of his strength as the ruler of Bikini Bottom. Apparently, Neptune has a bald spot on his head that the crown conceals. Stealing of the crown sets Plankton in panic as he does not want the bald spot to arouse attention and thus cause his embarrassment. This personal issue of the King makes him use his powers to freeze an innocent person, Mr. Krabs, in order to get his crown back. As a result, SpongeBob and Patrick are forced to partake the perilous journey to Shell City to salvage Neptune’s crown. Therefore, the narcissistic nature of the King makes him do wicked acts. This cements the appropriateness of his classification into this category of wickedness.

However, given that the crown symbolized authority within Bikini Bottom, Neptune’s wickedness can be considered as conscientious. The public relies on basic symbols to denote leaders. The search for the crown might as well have been aimed at the stability of Bikini Bottom’s leadership. In this circumstance, his wickedness might have been for the accomplishment of a moral act, making it conscientious. The King unfroze Mr. Krabs and incarcerated Plankton after the returning of his crown showing he had solved a dispute fairly. However, the likelihood of this opinion on King Neptune’s wickedness is refutable since the absence of his crown did not brew any contentions.

In his bid to attain success Plankton also comes as a self-centered villain. He yearns to gain success off Mr. Krab’s formula for the Krabby Patty, which he eventually does. In a plot, he steals Neptune’s crown to eliminate Mr. Krabs from the equation. These deleterious competitive strategies almost led to the death of Mr. Krabs. The fact that he used this as an opportunity to steal the formula and make a profit out of other people’s misfortunes presents clear evidence of his valiant nature. He also sends Dennis to make sure that SpongeBob and Patrick do not succeed in finding the crown. Furthermore, his wickedness can also be put under tout court given that he is only reacting to the competition that Mr. Krabs offers to the Chum Bucket as a means of retaliation to the cutthroat completion among the restaurants in Bikini Bottom.

Dennis attempts to kill SpongeBob and Patrick to prevent their voyage to Shell City. The two are luckily saved by the Cyclops killer and David Hasselhoff. Thus, Dennis fails in his two attempts to pursue the crime he was hired for. This marginal villain is hired to do the bidding of another person, which he relentlessly tries to accomplish.

Cyclops diver’s wickedness falls under both self-centered wickedness and wickedness tout court. Shell City was known to be treacherous and no soul had ever lived to tell the story about the place. In the movie, Cyclops diver represents the monster who threatens Bikini Bottom citizens. At one point, SpongeBob and Patrick nearly die in his hands. Apparently, selling killed creatures as souvenirs present Cyclops diver as a self-centered villain in that he gains from his evil deeds at the loss of others. The tout court wickedness is evident as the sea creatures venture into his territory, and thus they perish as a punishment for this. Furthermore, the need to cater to his needs makes him take in the sale of souvenirs as a means of survival. This makes his wickedness tout court.

Squidward Tentacles is also categorized as a villain in that she takes away Spongebob’s dream of becoming the manager at the beginning of the movie. Her wickedness is self-centered and touts court. The fact that she obtained the position does not serve as the act of wickedness, but her being the protagonist aimed for it, makes her a villain. Nevertheless, SpongeBob finally proves his worth and gets the position.

The frogfish is also among the marginal villains within the movie that portrays self-centered wickedness. It dupes SpongeBob and Patrick while they were on their quest to find King Neptune’s crown. It sells them ice creams as a trap to eat them by the ice cream stand. Instead, the frogfish ate the car, and, consequentially, was eaten by an eel. Such fate is the only right to a villain with selfish motives.

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