Biggest Problems With Modern SpongeBob

This is a list composed of all the problems that are probably the reason for SpongeBob's drop in quality over the years.

The Top Ten

1 Cruelty

I say that after all of whats been happening with the Squidward Torture Porns, Kr. Krabs being a greedy, selfish and even a manipulative monster, PatPRICK's vile nature, people being horribly abused left and right, insensitive jokes made about disturbing issues and terrible stories. I suggest we take the Spongebob show away from the writers before Squidward's Suicide becomes an actual episode. - Virtualman

Especially with the Squidward torture porns. Also Patrick is a jerk now. I hate new Patrick I want old Patrick back. - USGC

Suicide jokes, Squidward torture, Gary torture, and butt jokes are NOT FUNNY. - Catacorn

A lot of the reasons on this list relates to this reason - USGC

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2 Torturing Squidward

Squidward is one of my favourite characters in the show I cannot believe they would treat him like this I feel so sorry Squidward he used to be a jerk who got what he deserved and that was funny at first he punished because he was being negative now it feels like he's being punished just because he's Squidward the torture porns are awful instead there should be Patrick Karma Trips and Mr Krabs karma trips as opposed to the older seasons where there Squidward karma trips Stephen Hillenberg (If you read this comment although I doubt it) please tell the currents writers that it ain't funny it was funny in episodes like Jellyfishing I Was A Teenage Gary The Lost Mattress because Squidward was being jerk and he deserved it but now he's the punching bag and Squidward does not deserve it end of rant

The older seasons were way better because most of the time, Squidward got injured for actually good reasons ( The Camping Episode as an example ). Now he's getting hurt or humiliated for little to no reason.

Yeah, in the older episodes it made sense why he got hurt, because earlier in the episode he was acting like a jerk, so the stuff that happens to him is 100% justified, nowadays Squidward gets punished for doing absolutely nothing

Ok, let me tell you something:
When I was little (probably 5 years old), my least favorite SS character used to be Squidward simply because he doesn't like Spongebob and Patrick. But when I started to see Squidward Torture Porn episodes ( mostly Smooth Jazz at the Bikini Bottom because one of my brothers actually liked the episode, so he recorded it and watched it multiple times, and I hated that episode), I began to feel sorry for Squidward because I realized that he is getting hurt for no [good] reason. And I just watched some good episodes with Squidward in it, and that made Squidward one of my favorite SS characters. - QueenJazzy21064

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3 Patrick Turned Into a Dick

It really goes to show just how far this once timeless show has fallen when Patrick: arguably the best character in the show has become the absolute worst ever. Especially in episodes like Pet Sitter Pat, The Card, Driven to Tears, Rule of Dumb and that toxic piece of crap Yours, Mine and Mine. - Virtualman

It sucks. He was spongebob's best bud. Now in a lot of episodes (although not all, ex: Goodbye Krabby Patty (best episode in a very long time), he is a bully, or a prick. Especially in the diary episode. - USGC

During episodes that I've watched, he is either a dumb@$$ or a smart@$$. I want old Patrick back, and not the one from yours, mine, and mine.

Plus all the characters have been dumbed down. - LordDovahkiin

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4 Mr. Krabs Is a Monster

I'm starting to think he's the bad guy now

He became mental.

Don't you get it now,he IS the bad guy! plankton was right all along!

No wonder poverty exists here.
He hates losing $0.00000000001 what

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5 SpongeBob Acts Like a Spoiled Toddler

Like in Breath Of Fresh Squidward when Squidward was enjoying his employee of the month party and was pogo dancing with Patrick, and then SpongeBob had to go throw a little hissy fit and say nobody pogo dances with Patrick but him, what a spoiled little brat

He cries for stupid reasons, and cries when he doesn't get his way. Doesn't that sound a lot like a spoiled toddler?

He cries like every episode. I can only really remember spongebob crying a lot in the older episodes in I think the episode was called 'Grandma's Kisses' (it was about spongebob's grandma). If modern spongebob was in ripped pants, after he figured out what he'd did wrong instead of singing & telling everyone about it, he'd just cry until they magically get better. How annoying I don't even think little kids find crying that cool or entertaining

He does now. In the earlier episodes, he only cried when he was truly unhappy.

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6 All the Filler

If your episodes don't have enough plot to fill up the running time, don't make it at all

Putting filler is a perfect sign that the New writers are running out of ideas so they use cheap scene that justs waste your time. they think it can make the show more interesting. guess what it doesn't.

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7 Almost Everyone is Unlikable

Everyone except Gary, Plankton, Squidward etc. - PatrickStar3

8 Plot Recycling

This is a clear sign that a show is running out of ideas and the perfect example is in the Season 7 Episode: Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy which has Plankton stealing Sandy's fur pelt and uses it to disguise himself as her to trick Spongebob to give him the Krabby Patty Formula which is already a ripoff of Imitation Krabs but there's more, later on there's an episode called Grandma's Secret Recipe where Plankton disguises himself as Spongebob's grandma to trick him into giving him the formula. Then there's Shellback Shenanigans when Plankton disguises himself as Gary to get the formula. I wonder who's next... - Virtualman

The worst part is that it's becoming more and more noticeable every time

In the modern spongebob episodes, recycled plots make the show go on lazily

The writers are so stupid that they decide to reuse plots and storys from the recent episodes.
it isn't satisfying AT ALL.

9 Spongebob and Patrick Act Like Toddlers

Is SpongeBob 5?

Squid baby says it all

Spongebob mostly acted like a toddler (though not a spoiled one like in the newer episodes). Patrick rarely acted like a toddler in the older episodes (he did act babyish & again he didn't act like a spoiled one).

-the toy store episode: they run & follow signs to a toy store only to find it isn't open the second they find it. THEY START RIGHT THEN & THERE BAWLING LIKE BABIES because IT isn't OPEN RIGHT WHEN THEY FOUND IT! So glad that construction worker came in & yelled at them for it (something I'm sure we all wanted to do then).

10 The Disgusting Animation

The Splinter... That's all I need to say

I honestly think that the animation got better. - QueenJazzy21064

The Contenders

11 Its Giant Ego

It pains me to think about this, despite the fact that it's gotten so horrible, it still acts like it's the king of cartoons

12 Sandy's Out of Nowhere Personality Change

Sandy's rocket was literally the only time in the older episodes where she showed an interest in science, then right the f$&@ out of nowhere she's suddenly obsessed with it, now a lot of the newer episodes are just her dumb experiments, I wouldn't mind it so much if they were good experiments, but no, they're the dumbest experiments I've ever seen

Crazy peopless

She became so connected with science that she became obsessed with it.Not only that, you can see in some episodes she uses her friends as her own lab rats. It's dissapointing to see waht she have become.

Yeah..a giant green bean? really? how is that better than space exploration,space programs,and moon trips,and rocket testing? her experiments now are just crazy!

13 Overly Detailed Animation
14 Gross-Out Humor

I hate the splinter. It's disgusting. It makes me cringe watching it. It has other problems, but it's really, really gross.

The Splinter, Face Freeze, House Fancy, Pineapple Fever...ENOUGH! - DCfnaf

15 Unnecessary Specials

The only reason these specials exist is so they can make commercials for it that tell you some big secret or something is gonna be revealed that'll change SpongeBob forever just to fool people into watching it, I mean just try and count all the times in the commercials, promised something that they never actually stay true to in the actual special, like how many times they've said "the Krabby patty formula will finally be revealed", Well guess what? Every single time they've said this they never actually do it, how many more times do the writers think they can pull this trick off, because people caught onto it and stopped falling for it ages ago

Or As They're Also Called, Ratings Traps

16 Lack of Adult Jokes

Now it's just a bunch of immature jokes that the writers think are adult jokes

Did it ever have any adult jokes, its always been a silly kids show.

Needs more adult jokes - Goatworlds

Now we only got the suicide jokes from OCM and AYHN, the weiner jokes from Krusty Dogs, and SpongeBob blowing a balloon into the shape of a condom in "The Play's The Thing". - Goatworlds

17 It's not funny
18 It Lost Its Old Charm

Big,big problems! ss

19 No Continuation

I did not add this but for example, in "A Life in a Day", Larry didn't know SpongeBob and patrick when they should know each other since "Ripped Pants"

To be fair, it never had continuity.

I'll address the biggest continuity error of them all

SpongeBob standing outside the supermarket with a box of baby worms in Pet Or Pests,
Larry walks by
"hey Larry how it going? "
Larry: Do I know you?

Me: What? WHAT!?! You cannot be serious!

20 Introduces a New Character Every Episode

Where are many unigue characters in whole series( even modern) which is awesome

21 Plankton Seems More Like an Hero Now Rather Than Mr. Krabs
22 Stupidity
23 Frightening faces

Face Freeze in a nutshell... - ModernSpongeBobSucks

24 Plays same annoying songs, none of the old ones appear
25 Mrs. Puff is a Psycho

Not even her fualt - Theawsomeyoutuber275

26 Suicide Joking

Why did you make plankton suicidal Nickelodeon,why!

That's just one episode. It didn't affect Plankton after that episode. This should not have been a reason to hate all of Modern Spongebob. - QueenJazzy21064

It can be funny. - LordDovahkiin

27 Character Torture
28 Grotesque-Looking Side Characters

Why waist all that time and animation on a character who's only gonna appear in 1 episode? Or the more common approach of only having them in the episode for only a few minutes, not to mention the fact that more than half the time the way the character looks makes you wanna vomit (Madam Hagfish was the worst) or how about that guy from the Squirrel Records episode, he was pretty nauseating to look at

Nicholas Withers is one of them, his face looks way too much like a realistic human face, and looks like a character from Shark Tale.

Their wasting the work on just Throwaway characters.
does it make it interesting? NO
is it neccessary? NO

29 Spongebob Turned Into A Creeper

I don't blame squidward for wanting sponge bob to go away, it really feels like SpongeBob is in love with squid ward and it's really creepy

The friendship between SpongeBob and squidward has became phsycotic.
and SpongeBob would literally make a scene to attract squidward.
he's basically like the overly attached girlfriend meme.

30 The Characters Have Become Caricatures of What They Used to Be
31 The fact that people like it

What's wrong with that? This shouldn't even be on this list. - QueenJazzy21064

32 Terrible Morals
33 Boring

Not all of them are boring. - QueenJazzy21064

34 The Series Kept Going Way Past Where It Should've Ended

The series was supposed to end after the movie, but they kept it going with different writers. These writers have obviously never seen the first seasons of spongebob, and so that's how the show went from one of the all time greatest to the all time worst.

35 Spongebob turned into a creepy stalker!

Like in Boating Buddies and Squid's Visit

36 The Stupid Townsfolk

I was so mad when they sided with Patrick in Stuck In The Wringer, Patrick had essentially crippled SpongeBob for life, especially considering the fact that he'll eventually starve to death because he can't eat, and yet, they think SpongeBob was wrong for screaming at Patrick

Patrick is trying to HELP Spongebob, not make matters worse on purpose. And the townsfolk have every right to act mean to Spongebob because he was being a jerk to Patrick in a scene of the episode. - QueenJazzy21064

37 Mrs. Puff Getting Arrested

She has always been arrested. - LordDovahkiin

38 Plot holes
39 Stupid Plots
40 Spongebob is downright creepy

In "Boating Buddies" he literally shows signs of being a serial rapist.

41 Please replaces SpongeBob SquarePants with Digimon Adventure
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3. Patrick Turned Into a Dick
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