Film Theory: Is Spongebob a Mutant? Solving Bikini Bottom's Most Popular Theory!

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Welcome to another edition of MORTY, where I look back on old theories and see if there was anything I missed! Today, I'm taking another crack at Spongebob Squarepants himself. There was a popular theory going around about how Bikini Bottom was the result of nuclear testing. Could that be TRUE? You'll have to keep watching to find out!

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Writer: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
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2 ก.ค. 2021






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HHoltman27 ปีที่แล้ว
Matpat should make a theory on how much money Phineas and Ferb spent that one summer
OrbitalFrog_1998 3 วันที่ผ่านมา
JarJarBinks_Official 10 วันที่ผ่านมา
Bhupinder Bhatti
Bhupinder Bhatti หลายเดือนก่อน
W​@Thomas Luo
Herobined26 หลายเดือนก่อน
@Ehesanul Haque nothing better to be said at 4am
Ehesanul Haque
Ehesanul Haque หลายเดือนก่อน
Nah I need this
ManiacElkRev ปีที่แล้ว
What if we've only seen their timeline? Like only after the atomic testing. That would mean the prehistoric SpongeBob and Patrick was really them right after the bombs went off or whenever they first mutated and they were so unique they literally went through our history at a accelerated rate. Leading to what we see today.
danny rowland
danny rowland หลายเดือนก่อน
same thing i was thinking lmao
justurusualnecromancy 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
Maybe Spongebob really takes place in the future.
12 nanometers long
12 nanometers long 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
spongegar was during the cretaceous period. during the time of dinosaurs.
Thompson Butz
Thompson Butz 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
That is exactly what I was thinking, it would marble the most sense
Tyler and Mburu
Tyler and Mburu 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
@Aweirdnamesoicansearchitonyoutubeeasier same
Peter Marsella
Peter Marsella ปีที่แล้ว
I think when Tom Kenny said there aren't pop culture references, he meant the characters themselves don't acknowledge pop culture. A key note is the fact that Spongebob and Patrick didn't know David Hasselhoff. The series is disconnected from the real world in that the characters don't interact with real world events, not that the show doesn't reference it. But that's my guess
Chase Studios
Chase Studios หลายเดือนก่อน
The Two Dimensional Entity:High Mutiversal Level Gummy The Cat:High Complex Mutiversal Level The Children's Book Character:Low Hyperversal Level Mario:Hyperversal Level The Video Game Character/Super Speed The Cheetah:Low Outerversal Level The Audience:Outerversal Level The Narrator:High Outerversal Level The Cameraman:Boundless
Jam Usagi
Jam Usagi 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
Also there’s the fact that David Hasselhoff is above the surface of the ocean, and thus outside the usual scope of the show.
Colin m
Colin m 8 หลายเดือนก่อน
@*papyrus plant intensifies* alright. I think I do remember that one. It was when Hillenberg was still alive. I just don't remember the specifics of the episode. I just remember that it did make visual gags on general rock band culture with the long hair. I still have this mental image of Plankton having big hair and a guitar. I just don't remember if it referenced anything specific. Cause again, they'd be making references to something from the 80s, which is still FAR from current pop culture.
*papyrus plant intensifies*
*papyrus plant intensifies* 8 หลายเดือนก่อน
@Colin m no, i remember that episode, it's kind of old, also it was plankton who was starting a band, not spongebob, but spongebob was IN the band
Colin m
Colin m 9 หลายเดือนก่อน
@Angel Markham Was that a more recent episode? I generally mean that Stephen Hillenburg likely intended on any references being more general references of "you'll know it or you won't, but it's still funny even if you don't." type stuff.
KeeperOfUntoldDreams 11 หลายเดือนก่อน
Of all the "disturbing" cartoon theories I had come across in the past, this one always felt like one of the least absurd/most plausible ones.
KManAlpha ปีที่แล้ว
Or the ‘prehistoric’ time period is directly after the nuclear testing. There’s nothing that says their grasp of time is the same as a humans, especially considering shorter life spans. Maybe they went through all those stages of advancement since the testing.
Rosette sionne
Rosette sionne 4 หลายเดือนก่อน
@defnotnath4nie1 we should not forget that nuclear radiation is deadly and makes living beings have a shorter life span so the sponge bobs characters could have muted faster and lives much shorter we should not also forget that the nuclear testing happened during the 1950s which makes SpongeBob be like more than 70 years old and most fish like creatures doesn't live that long especially if they have been exposed to radiation
Sam 5 หลายเดือนก่อน
That's what I thought as well
Lou J.
Lou J. 7 หลายเดือนก่อน
Wouldn't explain Sandy 😋 she wasn't affected by the testing yet still is as sentient as the others
Kristian Kankaala
Kristian Kankaala 7 หลายเดือนก่อน
yep i had that one in my mind
Polish Mr. Goose
Polish Mr. Goose 8 หลายเดือนก่อน
it is logical, because if intelligent creatures arise somewhere on earth, apart from humans and monkeys, they would have to develop technologically before they could reach the living standards of the present day or at least the time of nuclear tests
Burnt Toast
Burnt Toast ปีที่แล้ว
This reminds me of when in the 1920s-1930s people used to put radium (some radioactive stuff) into medicine. And it actually helped in extremely small doses but if you took too much your body would crumble apart slowly, starting from your skin to your skull
Agirlnamedkris 9 หลายเดือนก่อน
Waaait! They were putting that in medicine and not just painting clock hands? 🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️ oh wow!! This is why I question what we use today. Like the call backs on baby powder because they’ve determined that Talc is dangerous 😰
MikeTheEnforcer ปีที่แล้ว
You can actually find the story about the guy who's jaw literally fell off because of the radioactive medicine.
aeyen the lobster
aeyen the lobster ปีที่แล้ว
I’m surprised you didn’t mention the episode feral friends, which shows that a green moon that comes up every 100 years and devolves the bikini bottom citizens into normal fish, confirming that the bikini bottom citizens are highly evolved sea creatures, so while they may not be evolved from radiation, they definitely evolved from regular fish
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
every 100 years, EVERY 100 YEARS!!!
Marsha Martinek
Marsha Martinek 3 หลายเดือนก่อน
@Nameless a single metal and I want middle of nowhere in a Pacific Ocean I mean Atlantic Ocean and my name is really Sam my name up there is just not that like an end a and also a m e l e s s g u y why does it say that
Bently 21
Bently 21 ปีที่แล้ว
keep rollin no
PKMN Trainer Mark
PKMN Trainer Mark ปีที่แล้ว
Well, that's... interesting.
Josh Straub
Josh Straub ปีที่แล้ว
oh yeah, i forgot about that
Ptao Tom
Ptao Tom ปีที่แล้ว
How did this video not talk about “Feral Friends” where they turn into real life creatures caused by a green sun coming out of a volcano underwater?
PerryDactyl ปีที่แล้ว
@RobProb X Neptunes Moon could just be a clever way of saying Neptunium which is a radioactie substance similar to Uranium and Plutonium. A little bit far fetched but not out of teh question.
Cool Kid
Cool Kid ปีที่แล้ว
@Steelpump100 wdym by the production
Steelpump100 ปีที่แล้ว
@Cool Kid while the episode fully released in 2017, the PRODUCTION, listen closely…PRODUCTION started the episode in 2021
Cool Kid
Cool Kid ปีที่แล้ว
@Steelpump100 bro the episode came out in 2017 how tf did the production start in 2021
Quinnethy The 1st
Quinnethy The 1st ปีที่แล้ว
The lifespan of fish is Shorter then ours so they could’ve live through those areas but they just develop faster because the lifespan isn’t as much so they did more and less amount of time
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
Thats not how time works, it doesnt matter how long or short your life span is, time moves the same as everywhere else on the planet, they dont develop faster at all jeez
Jackolance 9 หลายเดือนก่อน
I mean I was kinda thinkin that too, even notice how the water looks in the past in the show compared to present
Alibek Zholaman
Alibek Zholaman ปีที่แล้ว
Bruh, spongrbob has been the same age for 20 years
MrBlackDragon ปีที่แล้ว
I was thinking that also, there's no reference point as to what time it actually was during the prehistoric period in bikini bottom.
Lyndsey Strait
Lyndsey Strait 5 หลายเดือนก่อน
🤔 Matt Patt never considers that the Bikini Bottom historical time line might not be the same as the human one (ex. the medieval period for SpongeBob’s world might not be the exact same as the human world). Regardless, very interesting and otherwise thorough theory.
Mikirei Vamphamster
Mikirei Vamphamster ปีที่แล้ว
There is 1 thing that could get the lore to fit into the theory, which is that there are different calendars and different way of counting time and days. So potentially spongebob could have been following a different calendar and different way of measure time from us.
Elizabeth Burns-Gundel
Elizabeth Burns-Gundel ปีที่แล้ว
This makes a lot of sense. The radiation could have pushed them through, at a more rapid pace, the same stages through which humans developed naturally. Radiation causes random mutations more quickly than Mother Nature, so it might not have taken long for the radiation to create the perfect mutation.
Matthias Hagelund
Matthias Hagelund 8 หลายเดือนก่อน
FUN FACT: I just found out when researching gamma gardens after this video, the ruby-red grapefruit is now the most common grapefruit even though its from a gamma garden!
FishAteMe ปีที่แล้ว
Counter-theory: It really is Bikini Atoll, and that the "stone-age" was actually just after the nuclear testing occurred, before the animals were able to develop language and the other things they developed a few decades later. To them, it seems like the stone-age because it was when they first gained sentience, however to us it was just after the nuclear testing concluded.
sabs youtube
sabs youtube 11 หลายเดือนก่อน
Counter counter theory: "feral friends shows us Neptune's moon. A thing that was able to revert sea creatures into their primal state giving us the idea that evolution did occur.
1815 British Soldier
1815 British Soldier ปีที่แล้ว
@Drive A Sandwich Also just look at a sponges life span of around 2,000 since they are in shallow water and in the family tree it shows many generations we dont know about about 12 and if we take a sponges life span and put it with that family tree they would have evolved longer than modern humans (haven't done the math so i maybe wrong)
Antonio's Gaming Life!
Antonio's Gaming Life! ปีที่แล้ว
a spongebob theorist named Alex bale disproved this theory and he found out how they became like that, what happened to pearls mother and the Krabby patty formula all in one video here's the link: thvid.net/video/%E0%B8%A7%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%94%E0%B8%B5%E0%B9%82%E0%B8%AD-okFP92BfkUU.html
C A ปีที่แล้ว
We didn't name the island's bikini atol at that time yet. So they named it after the bombs. Even so, you occasionally see "nuke" like bombs go off next to thd palm islands.
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora ปีที่แล้ว
@Shadow_Cween7890 nuclear tests desnt change that
christina ปีที่แล้ว
You guys remember Bolt? The superhero dog who finds out hes an actor? Well in it, its reveled everything is done is one take, meaning they have to have GREAT actors and amazing set design. Matpat should make a video about how much the show would cost. Cause i think itd be a lot.
Jewel Henson
Jewel Henson 7 หลายเดือนก่อน
Fun fact: the creator of SpongeBob has a degree in Marine Biology so many of the things seen in the show are accurate. Such as the way scallops move in the show.
Ekko Ashley
Ekko Ashley 23 วันที่ผ่านมา
No matter how old Ive gotten , SpongeBob takes me back to my childhood. It was the best show imo when it launched, same kind of shenanigans that cat-dog got into. Saturday mornings will never be the same... Smh
Kimberly Ice Fire gaming
Kimberly Ice Fire gaming ปีที่แล้ว
MatPat forgot one thing, spongebob episodes are usually non cannon, good way to see it is if you see another character brought into a different episode or change in the environment.
Leo 6 วันที่ผ่านมา
so you're saying the whole show isn't canon? what you're saying really doesn't make sense
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
Thats where you're wrong
Lunky ปีที่แล้ว
The theory still holds if you just take into account that the beginning of time in bikini bottom is the nuclear testing. It's SpongeBob and they haven't ever been Uber dedicated to their own lore, so there are certain holes in pretty much any theory you can come up with about the show.
Synthespian13 ปีที่แล้ว
I’d like to point out one thing. You talk about how they have a culture that develops over time and that’s why it doesn’t hold up. But animals have shorter life spans than humans. They could have gone through many generations before we get to modern day. Given testing was done in the 1940 and 50s, in animal lifespan, enough time could pass from them to go from primitive to modern…don’t you think?
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
Sonic Man
Sonic Man ปีที่แล้ว
@2 Hot Cope harder mate.
Endie Gaming
Endie Gaming ปีที่แล้ว
@2 Hot no, not the case.
2 Hot
2 Hot ปีที่แล้ว
@Endie Gaming but that can be easily explained as evolution of the microscopic organisms in the sea rather than the actual organisms they just look similar
Theory Busters
Theory Busters ปีที่แล้ว
This x10
christina1986ify ปีที่แล้ว
Bikini Atoll is indeed very isolated but there were in fact people living there when the government randomly decided to nuke it. They resettled voluntarily after being told the tests were for "the good of mankind and to end all world wars." They were told the relocation would be temporary and that their people could eventually return. Regardless of whether or not the government actually believed this, the native Bikinians and their leader King Juda agreed to resettlement. Their request for food and aid after learning the local fish were inedible due to radiation was considered but denied. An attempt to return was made in the mid 70's but, shockingly, the Atoll is uninhabitable and they were removed once again in 1980.
Max AlienWalther
Max AlienWalther ปีที่แล้ว
It could still work in a paradox where bikini bottom residents travel back in time and become there own ancestors and as we know time travel is established in this universe
khalid goldston
khalid goldston ปีที่แล้ว
You could definitely just say their concept of time is just sped up comparably to ours as the hit a fast evolutionary growth spurt and the life spans of most of these creatures were probably decreased as Larry looks young but technically lobsters are immortal so with radiation it would make sense
Debater45 11 หลายเดือนก่อน
No that can't be the truth since in the pe historic episodes we see many extinct animals that died millions of years ago
Emilturbo5 ปีที่แล้ว
Here's something that came to my mind: The nuclear experiments on the Bikini Atoll may have created the life species of bikini bottom due to the radioactive waste and thus beginning the bc era of spongebob rather than the modern day era
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora ปีที่แล้ว
Nah, theres no evidence that says that
German Soldier
German Soldier 4 หลายเดือนก่อน
Matpats face on SpongeBob’s body made me laugh hard😂
EUGE ปีที่แล้ว
Actually, the prehistoric era could be the outcome of the nuclear tests, and Bikini bottom evolves through time all the way to the present. Maybe Bikini Bottom is not all the way connected to our history. Like what Tom Kenny said about the show being it's own world.
creative name
creative name ปีที่แล้ว
@Raptor Zeraora yes a perodactile flying in the oceon could hava been a sort of fish
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora ปีที่แล้ว
@creative name nope, theres a pterodactyl flying above it, so no time doesnt pass differently in bikini bottom
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora ปีที่แล้ว
Its not, theres a pterodactyl flying above prehistoric bikini bottom in the episode "ugh", so it cant be after nuclear testing
Goji ปีที่แล้ว
Micah Philson
Micah Philson ปีที่แล้ว
6:00 "It's definitely real close." The Pacific is incomprehensively large, that could easily be thousands upon thousands of miles away. He just mentioned how the Bikini Atoll, at 3,000 miles from Australia, is "close" to it. That's a continental scale of distance! It's actually closer to Hawaii than Australia on that globe.
Uncle Exodus
Uncle Exodus 7 หลายเดือนก่อน
Yes but is that really a fair comparison considering how massively distorted the Spongebob globe is anyway?
Lior O
Lior O ปีที่แล้ว
There is another problem MatPat, sponges do not have DNA that can be mutated
SparkyEll 4 หลายเดือนก่อน
I know this is old but I have a theory. Remember when Matpat mentioned that radiation experiment on the 70’s for people to see if they can mutate plants and make them benifical to them quicker then the decades or even longer to mutate naturally. Well, I think that humans tried experimenting on marine life in Bikini Bottom too and it actually came out (mostly at least) well making Spongebob and the rest of Bikini Bottom evolve at a faster if that makes sense.
Mabel A. Aboniawan
Mabel A. Aboniawan ปีที่แล้ว
I would love to see matpat do a theory about the machine flin used to create food made up of water molecules😂
E & J Studios
E & J Studios ปีที่แล้ว
Well the SpongeBob nuclear mutation theory can still work if you consider the fact that Evolution in SpongeBob‘s universe could be faster then it is in our own
Just Some Guy without a Mustache
Just Some Guy without a Mustache ปีที่แล้ว
Tom Kenny: *Says there isn't a single pop culture reference in Spongebob* MatPat: _Hold my knowledge_
Joe Carter
Joe Carter 9 หลายเดือนก่อน
Not to mention the Tidal Zone being a reference to Twilight Zone.
Jen Mordecai
Jen Mordecai 11 หลายเดือนก่อน
just to say i'm the guy who held matpats knolledge
HeyItsLuLu ปีที่แล้ว
why are u literally everywhere lol
UwU ปีที่แล้ว
@uwu uhm NO
Nico_afton ปีที่แล้ว
@uwu UwU
Shadowiz ปีที่แล้ว
Super interesting theory!!!! Funny to see the lore being the one getting in the way for once 😂
SKaiPanda2609 ปีที่แล้ว
Throwback time: Just recently watched “Over the Hedge” again today, no clue how many times I’ve seen it now. How fast can hammy move during his caffeine rush?
Kirb ปีที่แล้ว
@Antonio's Gaming Life! What
Antonio's Gaming Life!
Antonio's Gaming Life! ปีที่แล้ว
a spongebob theorist named Alex bale disproved this theory and he found out how they became like that, what happened to pearls mother and the Krabby patty formula all in one video here's the link: thvid.net/video/%E0%B8%A7%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%94%E0%B8%B5%E0%B9%82%E0%B8%AD-okFP92BfkUU.html
Caution Hazardous
Caution Hazardous 3 หลายเดือนก่อน
Another thing I think debunks this theory is that, in that same movie with Hasselhoff, there are other sea creatures that aren’t from bikini bottom who were once alive but captured by that creepy diver guy
Alexis Riester
Alexis Riester ปีที่แล้ว
Idk if anybody else got a smile from the use of what looked like Toxic Waste candy barrels, but that candy always made me smile (and not with sour-face). 🥰😋
Pam Wardenburg
Pam Wardenburg ปีที่แล้ว
Technically speaking you could say that they perceive time differently, thus meaning that the nukes could have caused the 'bc' adaptations.
Michael Iv
Michael Iv ปีที่แล้ว
I have a way to help this theory along. The movie said Spongebob had 374 consecutive employee of the month awards. That is over 30 years and no one appears to change. Bikini Bottom is clearly on an accelerated timetable
Claudio ปีที่แล้ว
@SamaX1010 No, it's much easier to assume that sentient acquatic life simply evolved on it's own. Also no, they have show to have good lifespans (What with Spogebob's grandma and Mr. Krabs' mother still being alive), so you can't assume that.
SamaX1010 ปีที่แล้ว
@Daniel Rhodes if we find that out it will be much easier to confirm or deny my theory
SamaX1010 ปีที่แล้ว
@Claudio that is true but it will be easier to conclude that either time moves faster in bikini bottom or the residents of bikini bottom have a much shorter life span and developed their civilisation in that time
Egerit ปีที่แล้ว
Ooooohhhhh yeah it's all coming together now
Shannon Hensley
Shannon Hensley ปีที่แล้ว
@MrTheratedG technically no. Since bikini bottom is supposed to be at the bottom the sun technically would not hit it. Instead the nuclear radiation has created a temporal shift at that spot where time exists differently. Sandy is in the temporal shift meaning that she now exists in the same time everyone else does. Also notice how they are still cartoon on land its an effect of the temporal change.
I am Not Allie
I am Not Allie ปีที่แล้ว
Steph's voice as the mutant fish is kind of everything.
Gman ปีที่แล้ว
Since only 5% of the ocean has been explored, bikini bottom could technically exist for real...
Andrew Cheshire
Andrew Cheshire 11 หลายเดือนก่อน
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy have been shown to have all their powers outside of their TV show, as well as all their villains. So anything seen in the TV show about them can be considered canon.
Stephen Harvey
Stephen Harvey ปีที่แล้ว
I think this theory could still be plausible if you consider that what we see in the show is just hundreds/thousands of years after the nuclear testing. The prehistoric SpongeBob and Patrick we see could actually just be in the present day
SwiftCheese 8 หลายเดือนก่อน
As a loyal theorist myself, I would like to say : what if spongebob's timeline started at when they became sentient. basically, didn't us humans have a different start and evolution in the universe. the spongebob timeline may have started in between ours, but that still will not clash with the fact that it can just evolve near the same as humans. besides, all of bikini bottom doesn't know about the land aside from that one island.
YOEL _44
YOEL _44 ปีที่แล้ว
If we take into account that most animals live way less years than us humans, we could also guess thay they progress way faster than us, what they lived like the prehistoric era, could have happened just a few years after the nuclear testing, there's not a realiable way of matching the series timeline, to the real world (that I know of...)
Mayflower_Sun หลายเดือนก่อน
Me about to write this exact comment
YOEL _44
YOEL _44 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
@Raptor Zeraora Dude, this is a childrens TV show, what I meant was that you cannot know how the series was scaled evolutively. Also, you come over a year later and you bump such an insignificant thread for such a childish complain, maybe you should go back to school, this is not correct internet etiquette.
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
no, it doesnt matter how long or short a creature's life span is, they dont progress any faster than us... seriously go back to school
Sonic Man
Sonic Man ปีที่แล้ว
The main character is a fucking sea sponge which live ranging from hundreds to thousands of years.
techy804 ปีที่แล้ว
Actually, in the episode "No Free Rides" it shows on his driver's license that SpongeBob was born on July 16, 1986. And I forgot the name in the episode, but in that episode, it shows that Krabs bought the Krusty Krab sometime in the 60's.
or hillel
or hillel ปีที่แล้ว
Have you considered that their time might be different than ours? Like what if the pre historic era of the Bikini Bottom is weeks or months after the nuclear testings? their history doesn't have to match our history in terms of when it happened, the interesting thing is that we somehow developed the same but I don't think the time reason cancels this theory.
You Worst Nightmare
You Worst Nightmare 8 หลายเดือนก่อน
It would be awesome if you did a video diving in if Mr. Krabs is a cannibal or not.
Z!lch 11 หลายเดือนก่อน
So this begs the question: How DID the nuclear experiments affect bikini bottom? Clearly bikini bottom existed at Bikini atoll when a bunch of humans started dropping bombs on them- how did the bikini bottomers of the 40s react to that? A very interesting theory! There is nuclear fallout left throughout the show, like in that one episode where SpongeBob accidentally creates a monster from the vats of nuclear acid just chilling around, so clearly there were nuclear weapons around bikini bottom!
Brett J
Brett J ปีที่แล้ว
I see everyone pointing out how the theory could hold up if bikini bottomites experience time faster than humans, so I want to say that Sandy can really help there because she experiences life like the rest of them, but of course squirrels go through life faster than we do.
LilyFlare ปีที่แล้ว
Perhaps time moves differently for them. Like the Halloween episode of the Simpsons where Lisa creates a society that worships her. Or the episode of Star Trek TNG where the Enterprise is stuck in orbit around a planet for a few days, but for the inhabitants it's centuries.
B E A N S ปีที่แล้ว
I love how Mat completely neglects to consider the fact that the surface/human world has little to no interaction with Bikini Bottom and the time periods under the water probably don’t line up with the real world counterparts Like the prehistoric spongebob times could just be 1970
Chipster321 ปีที่แล้ว
@its my toast sure whatever. Not like you didn’t bring up the fact it’s a cartoon first which is the only reason I responded with it. Although if saying “it’s a cartoon” means someone conceded the argument, you conceded before me but whatever floats your boat dude. XD Also not to mention I offered a much more plausible explanation than accelerated life spans or the like. One that suits the fact it’s a cartoon. But you stopped reading before you got there. Such a shame.
its my toast
its my toast ปีที่แล้ว
@Chipster321, so I guess you conceded your points, since you spent all that time just saying "It's a cartoon." That's cool with me. Never mind that you completely misunderstood why I said that, but yeah -- I'll take the win. 🤙🏻
Chipster321 ปีที่แล้ว
@its my toast but your logic of “it’s a cartoon” could be fired right back at your “accelerated life span” argument. I highly doubt they thought about this theory as much as Matpat or even the audience when they started the show. Just a fun Easter egg/nod and that’s it. They did not look at these characters and say “they have an accelerated lifespan but we are never going to address it nor are we going to give them any direct evidence for it they just have to piece it together.” Because like you said. It is a cartoon. Not to mention if one really wanted an explanation for why they don’t visibly age or acknowledge how long they’ve been doing things in the show, it’s actually a fairly common writers tool that lots of shows/anime’s/mangas and more use. Their present day is a floating timeline. They can acknowledge the past and prehistoric no problem with those. It’s basically “We are having time pass because we have to for more episodes and ideas themed around holidays but STORY wise and consequence wise, time is not actually passing.” Like how some shows based in schools have celebrated the same holidays multiple times but haven’t had their cast graduate. That doesn’t negate Matpats conclusion though, since floating timelines defy logic and fact so it doesn’t matter what science or lore you throw at it. It can work to disprove his conclusion or prove it. They are that weird.
its my toast
its my toast ปีที่แล้ว
@Chipster321 nope. That doesn't mean anything. Just because they have days and nights --- does not discount that they have an accelerated lifespan. They could evolve to being creatures that don't have shortened/accelerated lifespans. Your evidence/facts/examples are completely flawed, dude. So, what they celebrate holidays? So, what they have "24-hour" days? None of that discounts the earlier iterations having lower intelligence and truncated lifespans. You realize we evolved from single-cell organisms, right? By your logic, we are some sort of anomalies, birthed as fully-evolved human beings at some point in time. Also, it's cartoon. Just because the show has run for years, it doesn't mean this concept isn't correct.
Rick Hillegas
Rick Hillegas ปีที่แล้ว
5:43 "And [Sandy] comes from the east" Editor's note: Matt meant to say "west" Patrick: "I thought you said weast" Missed a golden meme opportunity there, editor
Hk ball ™ ☭
Hk ball ™ ☭ ปีที่แล้ว
Faithy 3 หลายเดือนก่อน
Did anyone else notice Matpat mistakenly said Sandy comes from the East when landing back in Texas when he meant West? 😅
Nathaniel DeCru
Nathaniel DeCru 4 หลายเดือนก่อน
If you want another theory that explains the origins of bikini bottom, I recommend you try alex bale's spongebob theories. He has a really convincing one on the origin of bikini bottom plus a really cool arg he weaves into his videos
The Red Doctor
The Red Doctor ปีที่แล้ว
It seems like matpat had forgotten that he didn't conclude that SpongeBob was an orphan but rather the opposite. He concludes that while it won't be as likely it is still possible that SpongeBob wasn't adopted, a 1 in 4 chance to be exact
Jazzie ☆
Jazzie ☆ ปีที่แล้ว
The intro was amazing 🤩 i loved it so much
ツPlasma ปีที่แล้ว
There's an alternative to this theory that does add up with both science and lore, as proposes by Alex Bale: Bikini Bottom is a place with a high concentration of naturally evolved sea creatures. The main argument for this theory is the Season 10 episode "Feral Friends", where a phenomenon known as Neptune's Moon causes all Bikini Bottom inhabitants except for Sandy to devolve into primitive animals, which is just straight up referred to as "devolving". I personally quite like this one.
WeirdAunt599728 ปีที่แล้ว
@Avram Weiss he is
Neon Wolf
Neon Wolf ปีที่แล้ว
so they are evolving, just backwards
Avram Weiss
Avram Weiss ปีที่แล้ว
Yes Alex bale Is awesome
kglg3 ปีที่แล้ว
I like how spongebob fans came up with this theory and made it really popular only to have a classic spongebob episode debunk it
Me, Myself & I
Me, Myself & I ปีที่แล้ว
That ending was weird...... IT FEELS UNFINISHED, well done MattPatt
Janine Leffler
Janine Leffler 5 หลายเดือนก่อน
I think this theory could also apply to The Simpsons and Doug. I use Blinky The 3 eyed Fish and skin colors on certain characters in Doug as examples.
Atif zafarullah
Atif zafarullah ปีที่แล้ว
My man Mat says I AM READY at least once every SpongeBob episode
KushiKush ปีที่แล้ว
What if Bikini Bottom's civilization only started after a astroid carrying radioactive material landed in the area.
Tim ปีที่แล้ว
When time travel canonically exists in the show, can the chronology of events really be considered absolute evidence?
Raptor Zeraora
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@ozone20rulez Even still I find the bikini attol theroy completely ridiculous
ozone20rulez ปีที่แล้ว
​@Raptor Zeraora It doesn't. The nuclear radiation and the time travel are seperate. The nuclear radiation caused sentience. The time travel sent them back, hence creating the past entities such as Medieval Bikini Bottom. There are several instances of timetravel in the show, completely seperate from the nuclear radiation.
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora ปีที่แล้ว
@KageRyuuUji nah, the first 2 movies disproves that, not only that but we see literal pollution when spongebob tried to reach the surface
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora ปีที่แล้ว
@ozone20rulez that doesnt make any sense, how does nuclear radiation send sea creatures back in time?
Matthew's Corner
Matthew's Corner ปีที่แล้ว
@Tim You say that like Spongebob's the only one there. Later down the timeline, they have a Squidward equivalent who's progressed roughly as far as SpongeBob and Patrick, when we know in modern times he's smarter than both of them.
CatYT ปีที่แล้ว
But you might have forgotten: If Spongebob has his own time system, this could mean that spongebob is in the future and primitive sponges time is in the 1970s while bikini bottom is in the far off future
Alex The Tiger
Alex The Tiger ปีที่แล้ว
Sandy also kinda debunks the theory, since she is also shown to be more advanced, comes from Texas, and only recently arrived in Bikini Bottom.
Nicholas ปีที่แล้ว
Does anyone else remember when we were kids they actually had the krabby patty formula in the show? After the training video for working at the krusty krab and there was that long scat the guy did at the end of the episode they actually read off the ingredients then one day they just cut off that part of the episode?
sefay 9 หลายเดือนก่อน
matpat I am crying right now! I need you to do a pt.2 because you have only scratched the surface of this theory!
DarkP3ni5Entangl3r DarkP3ni5Entangl3r
DarkP3ni5Entangl3r DarkP3ni5Entangl3r ปีที่แล้ว
Even if they really didn't have pop culture knowledge, that in no way means they couldn't be radioactive mutations. If nuclear testing happened and things like sea sponges amd starfish mutated, (which is the theory) , that doesn't mean they would see or know about pop culture stuff.
Ci ปีที่แล้ว
What if, spongebob's prehistoric era started after the nuclear test, maybe they have a calender of their own, it is surely possible that their "history" started after the nuclear tests. Edit: they can have a totally different calender where the year 1 (1 July 1946) is the time the nuclear test was goin on, and then they started to evolve at a very fast rate, but what totally debunks this theory is that Sponge bob started in 1986, and our sponge boi hasn't aged a day, from the past 40+ years, mr.krabs calls him a "kid" and we haven't seen any feature of him growing old, so ya I debunked my own theory and I wasted your time. I beg you, prove me wrong Edit 2: now that I think of that I guess I was right, and SpongeBob when it started was set ahead in time, so the first evolutionary step of spongebob's world would be in 1986, so yes they evolve way faster than any creature, and we also see that the sponge bob family chain is pretty short, the great great great grandpa of sponge bob was a early human (which sounds like a long time and it is, but very short in this context). So save the sweat and try not to debunk this theory I beg you. Edit 3: creatures in bikini bottom see a major evolution every 5 years, which is shocking considering spongebob's age right now, i keep on debunking myself Or maybe one day in bikini bottom is less than one day on ground according to their calander (maybe) so maybe the lifespan of sponge on ground maybe 5 years, and in bikini bottom they have a standard lifespan of 80 (bikini) years
Sean-key Kong
Sean-key Kong 10 หลายเดือนก่อน
I haven’t watched it but the movie is called old, set on a beach believed to have some kind of wall that accelerate time so quickly that nothing can survive more than 2 days. So having a radio active wall hat speeds up the cells aging process, could that make it possible to have started after the testing?
Prince Of Chaos
Prince Of Chaos ปีที่แล้ว
checkout alex bales theories on spongebob. man is goated i tell yah
D. Taylor
D. Taylor ปีที่แล้ว
I came here to say this, but I knew in my heart it had already been said, but I agree, maybe this started their own timeline, maybe that’s why in the prehistoric era the water is all green and icky, the water got clearer and society got more advanced over time via evolution
Logan Palpatine
Logan Palpatine ปีที่แล้ว
I was just about to comment that
Brandon Wright
Brandon Wright ปีที่แล้ว
I was just thinking that
João Vitor Farina Braga
João Vitor Farina Braga ปีที่แล้ว
I think this theory already gets disproved because sandy is also humanoid and talks like the other but she came from Texas and even wear protective equipment so yeah no mutants, in fact this theory was even acknowledge in one episode, lots of chemical barrels mutated a bunch of barnacles into a giant purple monster, the design was very cool
Sam Moore
Sam Moore ปีที่แล้ว
Who are we to say whether SpongeBob's world is currently up to date or not? The SpongeBob timeline might be very different from our timeline. Perhaps the prehistoric history of Bikini Bottom only started developing after the nuclear tests in our time. Perhaps right now they're only making their way into the Medieval Time. I don't know oh, it's just a thought.
Oliver Lemley
Oliver Lemley ปีที่แล้ว
I would just like to clarify for matpat, that if sandy flew back to texas as mentioned by matpat, if she came from bikini atol that would be arriving from the west not east, as the Pacific Ocean is off the west coast of america
MorbidMotive ปีที่แล้ว
Theory idea: In Shutter Island, was Teddy actually a patient or was he being lied to?
Mr.Lorenez 11 หลายเดือนก่อน
What if some people just traveled to the past like SpongeBob did? That would explain everything
MoonWafers ปีที่แล้ว
I think Tom Kenny meant “topical” more than “pop cultural.” And that is pretty true since most the references mentioned are from more than 2 decades before the episodes aired. the pop culture references flew over most kids heads so I think the focus of those jokes was more the vibe they gave and less so a referential joke. You can easily say he was wrong for using a universal, but I think you’d be missing what he was really trying to say.
Music Maniac
Music Maniac ปีที่แล้ว
Or they were referential humour for the parents watching with their kids.
Jean-Jacques Breau
Jean-Jacques Breau ปีที่แล้ว
@Hailey Landrum I was thinking the same possibility of accelerated time due to the radiation till it starts wearing off making the current life of spongebob be more time accurate
MoonWafers ปีที่แล้ว
@rosestar1324 yeah personally I think he just misspoke when he said pop cultural. He did mention topical twice before that, which is a more valid statement. It’s also possible he didn’t know the exact definition of pop culture- I mean I googled it to double check the meaning. It’s pretty easy to misspeak when you’re getting asked random questions.
Hailey Landrum
Hailey Landrum ปีที่แล้ว
Boost this but what if all of that history happened after the explosion and the primitive era was after the explosion and was the new beginning
rosestar1324 ปีที่แล้ว
I thought perhaps he just didn't know at those pop culture references were referring to. Not everyone is familiar with every pop culture joke. It's highly unlikely but if it was true, then he wouldn't be lying, just culturally ignorant.
Prefeito Gustavo
Prefeito Gustavo ปีที่แล้ว
to me it was his inspiration, he knew and used bikini atol as a base and to start an idea, but he did not take this seriously, and no one in the writer team did, despite knowing that it was an inspiration. We have pre-historic bikini bottom, with no normal fish, and is referenced many times sea creatures from all the ocean being just like bikini bottom's population.
Vita ปีที่แล้ว
matpat could literally tell me anything at this point and id believe him I mean whats next he'll get me excited about the lore in a food delivery services ads??? oh wait...
RustyBeskar 8 หลายเดือนก่อน
There’s a whole original story that goes along with this theory which doesn’t involve nuclear testing but instead full on nuclear war. And apparently there’s more than just sentient sea creatures in the sea afterwards
Platinum Factor
Platinum Factor ปีที่แล้ว
Also, if beneficial mutation happened so little, what are the chances that all of Bikini Bottoms residents would have one.
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora ปีที่แล้ว
No, the odds of that are next to none
Hyyxl ปีที่แล้ว
Can’t wait for the official SpongeBob timeline.
AzimuthGames ปีที่แล้ว
... The "medieval" and "primitive" times could really just be time relative to them. The primeval spongebob could be a decade after nuclear testing when life was starting to return to the islands.
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
go back to school
ewakonbike 56
ewakonbike 56 ปีที่แล้ว
I posted this exact thing before I read a bit more
Bruno Pereira
Bruno Pereira ปีที่แล้ว
Exactly what I was thinking!
Pan van Nox
Pan van Nox ปีที่แล้ว
Thats what i was thinkin!
Ariel Foster
Ariel Foster ปีที่แล้ว
I know I've requested this at least once before, but I think you guys should do a theory on Team Starkid's Hatchetfield universe. There's so much to theorize on, its like the theater equivalent of gravity falls. There's aliens, interdimensional godlike elderitch beings, supernatural powers, great stories and characters. There's so much that still needs to be explained and I can't wait to see where the Lang brothers take it next. Unfortunately a certain event of the past year made it so that they couldn't put on the next show, Nerdy Prudes Must Die, yet; and they ended up putting some of the content from it into the Nightmare Time stories that they performed over zoom. But I believe they're still planning on doing it eventually, even if that changes I know they still have other projects for the series in the works, so there should still be plenty more to theorize on , on top of everything that's already there. Honestly even if you don't wanna do any videos on the series I'd still recommend it. Everything that's been released so far is free on THvid in its entirety. Each story is a great mix of horror and comedy, each story generally leans more towards one of those two but all of the still have plenty of both, the songs are great, the choreography is absolutely stellar, every single cast member is insanely talented. They're honestly just really great shows and I hope that if you do check them out you like them as much as I do.
Toa Sully
Toa Sully ปีที่แล้ว
Bear in mind, Bikini Atoll was a real nuclear test site
Hal Dworkin
Hal Dworkin ปีที่แล้ว
Not enough of a discussion of how Hillenburg was partially inspired by Ween's album The Mollusk in creating Spongebob. (He was a noted fan, used the song Ocean Man as the credits song in the Spongebob movie, and asked the band to write and record the song Loop De Loop in S1, which they did). Songs relevant to the theory: Mutilated Lips, The Golden Eel, and Polka Dot Tail.
Kaden C
Kaden C ปีที่แล้ว
I think we should consider that they may have a different way of telling the date like they may not have started counting the years until we dropped a bunch of nukes on them and made them sentient
swaggy mcswaggerson
swaggy mcswaggerson ปีที่แล้ว
i remember reading this theory and other spongebob theories on pinterest a couple of years ago and being so spooked by them
Squidy 9112
Squidy 9112 ปีที่แล้ว
One issue, they are still (mostly) sea creatures who experience time differently, so the 1950s to today is not long at all if you take their lifetime into account it could feel more like centuries to them. They were attacked and then made life from stone to screen in a matter of a 70 years, because time, or I guess everything is relative.
Matt ปีที่แล้ว
I was about to say that maybe the radiation cause of their development to accelerate and after they stopped testing the nuclear weapons in the area it allowing for their rapid development to level out to a more normal if not slower pace
xXx_p0ggersepicgamer_xXx 7 หลายเดือนก่อน
could I just add that with the timeline debunk part, their history could've started in the 1940's or whenever you said that they did the bombings on that area, so they could've just either a. been in the future to us (granted the movie but normally movies aren't canon in most things.), or b. they develop at a faster rate than we do somehow?
moonlight 4 หลายเดือนก่อน
Nothing is better that watching Mat Pat talking about sea nuclear locals from Bikini Botom
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
The comment section is cringy tho
EventHorizon ปีที่แล้ว
Sandy also kinda debunks this since she was smarter than the people from Bikini Bottom and she only arrived way after they were already able to talk, ... Unless she comes from some place in Texas that was also used for nuke testing.
Trash panda
Trash panda ปีที่แล้ว
The only answer I could possibly think on why there were a different time periods is because it probably took a while for civilization to start advancing ever since nuclear testing made them sentient
Neverwave ปีที่แล้ว
Well here is a work around for lore. Time might move differently in the perseptive of the sealife, due to their shorter lifespan, so 800 years in spongebob could be like 40 years IRL.
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
Nope, Thats not how time works, time runs the same everywhere on earth go back to school
uwu ปีที่แล้ว
I just noticed how the people of bikini bottom live in metal cans.. it’s truely impressive how much effort they’ve put into Spongebob to make it sense even if it is a cartoon.
uwu ปีที่แล้ว
@WetVeggie it could be.
WetVeggie ปีที่แล้ว
I think they're car exhausts
Viridian the Forest
Viridian the Forest ปีที่แล้ว
@uwu I think it just adds to it, he's a starfish therefore he lives under a rock with a demeanor/intelligence that suggests he's been living under a rock
uwu ปีที่แล้ว
@Gerard Laliberté Wait, starfishes live under rocks? I thought they did that as a joke.
Carmen Huyser
Carmen Huyser ปีที่แล้ว
I would love to see a theory about Kubo and the Two Strings. Specifically the ending.
Predner Ilceus
Predner Ilceus ปีที่แล้ว
The citizens of Bikini Bottom could have advanced in a similar way to us, just that they advanced at a faster pace.
LinkTheHero ปีที่แล้ว
5:45 Can I just say how Goofy Goober Rock being a parody of the Twisted Sister song I Wanna Rock wouldn't have seemed out of place if Weird Al Yankovic had simply written and sung it for one of his albums? The parody style is as good as a lot of his classic stuff, which is a great compliment.
barbzilla.x 7 หลายเดือนก่อน
Matpat should react to Alex bale his theories are so convincing that hid fan base named him "the spongebob guy" even though the majority of his videos are short films if you search up "spongebob theory" he's bound to come up the theories I think he should react to are "Mrs puffs dark secret" and his take on the bikini atoll theory, the secret formula, and who's pearls mother that he has in one theory I would really like to see this
Youtube Emperor of Mankind
Youtube Emperor of Mankind ปีที่แล้ว
The radioactive mutation enabled them to do timetravel. There you have it.
Invasion Animation
Invasion Animation ปีที่แล้ว
They might not live as long as humans. So faster lifespans, faster advancements, this theory could still work!
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
@Evil Doggo plus the patty caper disproves it
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora 2 หลายเดือนก่อน
no, the theory doesnt work at all, go back to school
Raptor Zeraora
Raptor Zeraora ปีที่แล้ว
Nope, the first 2 movies deconfirms this
Tristan Malleni
Tristan Malleni ปีที่แล้ว
Yeah like i as i was watching i thought like they could have gone through that after the nucleaer testing and advanced quiekly
ceu160193 ปีที่แล้ว
@GenGen or perhaps it's story they invented for themselves. Since, you know, if they gained sentience, they need to explain, how it happened.
Potato Enjoyer
Potato Enjoyer ปีที่แล้ว
If you want more really good sponge bob theories, i suggest checking out alex bale. He’s done a 4 part series about multiple theories. :)
Ellie Soska
Ellie Soska ปีที่แล้ว
Congrats on 10M Film Theory followers!!!
Foxales 3 หลายเดือนก่อน
here is my theory: what if actually they were mutants but they percieve time differently because fish basically dont live as long as humans that means their year could be a few days and that means that they just mutated a while after the nuclear testing and then just evolved really fast
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