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. I'm getting to that point too. 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 was kind of his fault, though. Something that's the reverse of flanderization: Niles Crane on Frasier went from a cartoon character to a human being, which was pretty awesome. Topanga started out being a normal girl, but by the end of the show she was a grade obsessed nitpicking bitch. Parks and Recreation. Spongebob Squarepants was Nickelodeon at its absolute best. I am watching the show with my wife (my 2nd watch through, her first), and we are in the beginning of S4. Maybe Friends. His biggest trait is that he just tries too hard to fit in. First seasons were very different in tone and look than majority of the later seasons. Yet, Spongebob has gotten a million times worse than those classic cartoons ever got, and are far better than Spongebob ever was. Actually sea sponges are hermaphrodite and reproduce by building buds. 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… The games released below have instructions and high score lists. In the older SpongeBob episodes, she's really good at science, yet she also cares about other stuff like karate, and her friends. Full website: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Flanderization. Kevin from The Office is an especially strong example for this trope. This trope is a very common, potentially polarizing thing. SpongeBob SquarePants has experienced massive flanderization since 2005. This is...extreme bullshitification. Eric started out just being sort of girl crazy and eventually just became a full on retarded man child. 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. Everyone, but especially Ron. Not even Patrick, the person we already know she is her friend. Sorry about the rant. Mr. Krabs walks up to her.] :D I think the worst case is Andy and April together. As in by a single personality trait taking over a character. The Office, specifically all the secondary characters. I feel like Oscar from the office was extremely flanderized in the later seasons. 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).. You can enjoy full episodes of your favorite sponge here! This isn't your average flanderization. I disagree a little with Topanga. 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. Pierce's flanderization in community was bad enough for him to leave the show. Just like with so many shows, once the showrunner leaves nobody knows how to do it right. An exploration into the history of SpongeBob SquarePants, the day that sparked its downfall to mediocrity, and the concept of "flanderization. A sweet old lady is knitting a scarf with her yarn while enjoying her meal. Sitcoms and Sitcom characters are particularly susceptible to this, as are peripheral characters in shows with long runs. The first is that the characters' personalities have been completely flanderized. I think it's just accepted that pretty much everything post season 3 and the movie isn't worth talking about. 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. Then the writers turned him into an idiotic sociopath. Going back in time a bit: Happy Days. 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. 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. 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 was hard to stomach. 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. Some post-movie episodes still flanderize the characters, however. This article is a transcript of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Bulletin Board" from Season 9, which aired on October 1, 2016. Kind of scary really. It can make good shows and characters go bad... and vice versa. It's one for the "nobody ever went broke underestimating the American public" file. Fucking Boy Meets World, man. The I.J.L.S.A. [The episode begins on another day at the Krusty Krab. (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. Also, April responds to literally EVERYTHING with sarcasm and attitude. She loathes April's character so much at this point she wants her character to be killed off. SpongeBob SquarePants characters have been flanderized most noticably from its un-cancellation in 2005 to the release of the second movie. During a conversation with Sandy Spongebob said that he can "reproduce by budding". Always Sunny, but it has only made the show better. Came here to post Potsie. For example, in one of the early-season Christmas specials, he gives away everything he owns so that Spongebob won't cry. 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. 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. 2020 was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. -Sandy is definitely a Texas native and loves science, but she didn't let those two things be her only defining traits. But if the player loses a game, they will give up or try again. Dates. 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. 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 … They spent so long building up his struggle to go to college. I cannot believe that no one's mentioned Spongebob. Paying attention to just one kind of deterioration is odd. Cory was the worst of them - at first he was the average kid that everyone was supposed to relate to. And although she had some character development in Shippuden. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Flanderization/LiveActionTV. That website already has examples! This season is the worst for two primarily reasons. By the end he's doing ridiculous things driven by his sexuality. 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. I disagree, Friends went down in grace, becoming very boring in the end without Flanderization attempts to save it. Squidward's hatred of Spongebob has also been flanderized, though. SpongeBob Squarpants … Most always, the trait/action becomes completely outlandish and it becomes their defining characteristic. According to a Reddit theory, SpongeBob’s secretly rich parents hired Squidward to watch over SpongeBob, whom they suspect has ADHD. Then, finally, he makes it. That show is extremely guilty of Flanderization. This isn't your average "Flanderization". Take Sandy for example. Member. 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. Absorbent and yellow and porous is he. In the episode "SB-129", when Squidward travels 2000 years into the future we see spongebob … Kevin became dumber, Kelly was just a basic bitch. 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. I enjoy the show, but Joey, Monica, and Phoebe weren't treated great. A lot of the Glee kids went through this, but Brittany stands out as someone who went from believably ditzy to Rain Man. I'm watching The Office, and even though it started small, the flanderization escalated tenfold by season 8. Then they completely stripped any normalcy from him. Agreed completely. 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 is stripping characters of any depth and likability and focusing on one goddamn trait just because you're too fucking lazy to think of a decent character and have them interact with other decent characters and make a once-clever show still actually good. If the player wins a game, they will be rewarded or play the game again. Tobias' gay tendencies on Arrested Development, EDIT: Wait why are we doing this exercise. SpongeBob is one of my all time favorite Nickelodeon cartoon series :( RIP Mr. Hillenburg, thank you for all of your creative contributions. The Garfield of television. Eating turkey chili off of frisbees with one fork? Fandom Apps Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. A Nickelodeon animated series about a highly energetic sea sponge named SpongeBob who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Are you kidding me? Most always, the trait/action becomes completely outlandish and it becomes their defining characteristic. -Mr. Krabs loves money, but he does know there are other things to life. This applies to most of the secondary characters in general but I do not want to list every single one. 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. Spongebob Squarepants. Also he can't walk through a band room without tripping over everything. Before: “Wow. 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). Kevin, Kelly, Toby, and Ryan go through the same kind of process too, while Erin kinda stays the same since her introduction. 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. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. Let alone watching. 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. Ron's flanderization really started to show in the last half of the series. I loved Scrubs all the way through, but the tone of season 1 always feels a little bit different. He's so one dimensional, EVERYTHING is about steak or woodworking and that's it. Characters introduced in later seasons, like Erin, were one dimensional from the start and never developed. The centerpiece of Nickelodeon, The universal cartoon. 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. Just had to be said. Sons of Anarchy-- all of them, but especially Gemma. This to the first part of my theory. Like us on Facebook! D&D Beyond -Pretty much every episode that has a spotlight on Sandy only focuses on something related to science or Texas, and never ANYTHING ELSE. Sakura Haruno (Naruto) – All she did was obsess over Sasuke in the first arc. These characters sure are likable.” After: “I feel your pain, Squidward.”. 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. I think Scrubs is an excellent example of a show that flanderized its characters across the board. PROTIP: Press the ← and → keys to navigate the gallery, 'g' to view the gallery, or 'r' to view a random image. Most office background characters experienced some degree of flanderization, as do most comedy characters now that I think about it. -Patrick is a complete imbecile, and struggles to perform even basic needs. Practically every single show becomes worse in the second season and every single TV show is worse in the end. 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. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. It ends up ruining the plot or logic. Despite all of this honestly, I still think season 7 is the worst season of the entire show due having boring and predictable storytelling. 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. SchrodingerC. Same thing can be said about most of the characters. Welp. 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. Yeah he can be sexist or racist but its more him just being old and ignorant. 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. -Mr. Krabs is willing to do anything for more money, ethics be damned (just watch the grease episode). Their oddities and quirks are established early on: Meredith drinks/parties, Phyllis is sexual, Creed is craaazy, etc. Spongebob (Spongebob Squarepants) – He was a cute, lovable Sponge that lived under the sea when we first met him. 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. ... Never thought I would hate Spongebob and Patrick, and feel sorry for Squidward. JD from Scrubs became a "sensitive" caricature, although they'd reign it in from time to time. The following is a list of official SpongeBob SquarePants online games. He went from an intelligent sidekick to a mentally challenged goofball that failed to evolve. I have read that Garry Marshall did that quite intentionally and was rewarded with improved ratings. Kelly as well. Man, I’ve always been bitter about Eric. I'm still sour about what happened to the character. 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. She started out being a really out-there hippy. I was wondering if someone would bring this up. Angela, Oscar, and Nellie seem to make it out alive as more developed characters, though I'm sure Nellie would have been devolved to "person who only talks about wanting a baby" had she been a regular for more than a season. Literally nothing but comic relief and stupid storylines. She went from being the biker version of Gertrude from Hamlet (morally gray, sometimes sympathetic) to a completely hatred-worthy monster. What is Flanderization? That was a fun 2 hours I'm not getting back. He was likeable, even if he was a bit of a dick, in the first season. May be characters already Flanderized from the very start of the show (except the pilot which is often very different from the rest of the show anyway), but we did not notice it because the character traits did not start causing allergies yet. ... SpongeBob SquarePants Uploaded by KYM Collector Bot … Just finished season 1 the other day and sad to hear this. Things like that annoy the piss out of me. I can see what you mean with Ron, but I am a woodworker, so I like that aspect. Britta from Community went from being intelligent but slightly privileged/hypocritical to the moron of the group. (International Justice League of Super Acquaintances) is a team of superheroes, who are aligned with Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. 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 … With Gemma, you have your strongest case, but if it happened it was only at the end. He's so great in season one. What series or show had the most glaring issue of Flanderization with its characters? Then you see a newer episode like SpongeBob, You're Fired, and they make science her only thing she cares about. r/SpongeBob_Episodes: Here you don’t post, the mods do the posting. Since the beginning of the series, Mr. Krabs' overall characterization has become more and more negative. First seasons were very different in tone and look than majority of the later seasons. The Office. In the beginning he's a very normal, rational guy who happened to be gay. 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