"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, Barnacle Boy joins the dark side.



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The International Justice League of Super Acquaintances (IJLSA)

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are holding up the line at the Krusty Krab because Mermaid Man is taking too long to decide what to order. Finally, Mermaid Man orders a Krabby Patty and a Pipsqueak Patty for Barnacle Boy. Barnacle Boy demands an adult-sized burger, claiming that since he is very old, he should no longer be treated as a child. When Mermaid Man, Squidward, and the Krusty Krab patrons begin to tease him, Barnacle Boy breaks his friendship with Mermaid Man and joins Man Ray and the Dirty Bubble to form a villainous group known as "E.V.I.L."
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Barnacle MAN!

(Every Villain Is Lemons), a group that does immature criminal acts and changes his name to Barnacle Man, and they cause trouble acting like crazy kids Mermaid Man cannot defeat this new threat on his own, so he recruits SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, and Squidward (who wasn't willing to join) to reform the "International Justice League of Super Acquaintances." SpongeBob becomes the "Quickster," and can run at amazing speed. Squidward becomes "Captain Magma," and gains the power to produce fire and lava. Patrick becomes the "Elastic Waistband," and gains the power to stretch his body to incredible lengths. Sandy becomes "Miss Appear," and can become completely invisible. The Chief {which his name is supposed to be John} (a live-action character who appears on a monitor) informs them that E.V.I.L. is at a teenage gathering spot called Makeout Reef, where they are harassing the teenagers by shining a flashlight on their parked cars while they are making out (including a boy who is kissing his pillow). Mermaid Man and his team go to Make-Out Reef and confront the villains, and, despite numerous advantages, the incompetent Super Acquaintances defeat themselves. Squidward accidentally shoots hot lava on SpongeBob's head, and then later starts running around in circles at super-speed as he burns in pain. Patrick tries to stop him from running, but he gets caught onto SpongeBob and is launched into a rock. Mermaid Man tries to put out SpongeBob, but mistakes Squidward for SpongeBob and washes him up with a water ball, disintegrating him. Sandy disappears to catch E.V.I.L. by surprise but is hit by a boat from behind and knocked off the cliff. By this time, SpongeBob has completely disintegrated, and all that is left of him are his shoes. Mermaid Man simply falls over
backward. Having "defeated" the heroes, Barnacle Man demands 3 things of Mermaid Man: that he be treated like a superhero, not a sidekick; that he be called "Barnacle Man"; and that he be allowed to eat an adult-sized Krabby Patty. He then immediately rejoins the side of good, much to Man-Ray and the Dirty Bubble's dismay. Though when the heroes return to the Krusty Krab, Barnacle Man admits an adult-sized Krabby Patty is too big for him. Everyone begins laughing as the episode ends, including SpongeBob and his friends, who are severely injured and supported by medical equipment, and laughing, the guy at make-out reef who was kissing the pillow is laughing, Man Ray and the Dirty Bubble are in prison, laughing, and the Chief is making out with himself, and he turns around and laughs hysterically.


Deleted Scenes

There have been a lot of removed scenes that are found in the storyboard on the 2005 DVD release of Fear of a Krabby Patty. It also went on for 17 minutes instead of 11. A lot has been cut out, due to pairing up with "Chocolate with Nuts."

This episode's working title was "Superfriends."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  The Lineman - Sam Spence [title card]

  Caped Crusader - David Farnon [opening]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Pipsqueak Patty]
  Brave and Bold - Chris Payne, Paul Rogers ["I'm tired of playing second banana to a man who wears a bra."]
  Enter the Villain - Chris Payne, Paul Rogers ["A villain who is... evil!"]
  Zelle 503 - Gerhard Trede [Barnacle Boy joins Man Ray and the Dirty Bubble]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news on TV]
  Black Empire - Gregor F. Narholz [Every Villain Is Lemons]
  Rococo Rondo - Tedeusz Rozycki [ice cream truck]
  Zelle 503 - Gerhard Trede ["You might as well give up, Mermaid Man."]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["But what if you help me?"]
  Super Hero - Tony Hymas [everyone volunteers to save the world]
  Mermaid Man Sting - Nicolas Carr [The Mermalair]
  Ramblin' Man from Gramblin' - Sam Spence [The IJLSA]
  Mermaid Man Sting - Nicolas Carr [Transition]
  The Mob - Sam Spence [the chief]
  Mermaid Man Sting - Nicolas Carr [Transition]
  Zelle 503 - Gerhard Trede [Make-Out Reef]
  Kommissar X - Gerhard Trede ["You've saved us the trouble of tracking you down."]
  Ramblin' Man from Gramblin' - Sam Spence [IJLSA defeating themselves]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [Mermaid Man falls over]
  Six Powerful Cues (a) - Wilfred William Burns ["This day belongs to EVIL!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Make him eat dirt!"]
  Six Powerful Cues (e) - Wilfred William Burns [Barnacle Boy's demands]
  Great Moments - Gregor F. Narholz ["Need a hand, super pal?"]
  Chief Taravana - Kapono Beamer [ending]



  • "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" was ranked #18 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.



  • This episode premiered in Canada on November 15, 2002.
  • This is the last episode to use the classic "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" styled title cards. For "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture," a new title card is used.
  • This is the last episode in which Mermaid Man's belt is seen in yellow. After this episode, Mermaid Man's belt is seen in purple from "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV" in Mermaid Man's later appearances.
  • After the narrator introduces the International Justice League of Super Acquaintances, he quickly adds, "A subsidiary of Viacom." Viacom owns MTV Networks, which in turn owns Nickelodeon, which produces and airs SpongeBob. The narrator breaks the fourth wall saying "A subsidiary of Viacom." This is also the first time in SpongeBob history that someone mentioned Viacom.
  • Man Ray is seen wearing the tickle belt as though it were part of his regular costume.
  • This episode is mistakenly titled on many program guides, cable, and satellite providers as "Superfriends."
  • Strangely, The Ponderer from "The Bad Guy Club for Villains" is not in this episode, and in return, the Quickster is not in "The Bad Guy Club for Villains."
  • In "The Bad Guy Club for Villains," The Super Acquaintances had different uniforms, and appearances then they did in this episode.
  • This episode mentioned that Barnacle Boy's real name is Kyle. However, in "Mermaid Man Begins," his real name was said to be Tim (as a reference to the actor portraying him). Maybe it's because Mermaid Man forgot his real name, or that Kyle is his nickname.
  • This proves once again that Barnacle Boy dislikes his name. The other episode being "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" in which Barnacle Boy says "Will you stop calling me boy?"
  • It is revealed that only half of the Krusty Krab is lit up as Mr. Krabs doesn't want to waste money on the entire restaurant. However, this is only used for one part of the episode.
  • Strangely, Mermaid Man would treat Barnacle Boy like a baby since they first met when Barnacle Boy was between his teens and young adulthood.
  • In "The Bad Guy Club for Villains," one of the IJLSA is called Professor Magma. Squidward's title is Captain Magma.
    • Additionally, Professor Magma appears to be made of coffee.
  • During a tribute to Ernest Borgnine, this episode was paired with "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III."
  • Mermaid Man was originally going to have some kind of mechanical eyes, but they were scrapped.
  • This episode marks the second appearance of Man-Ray and the Dirty Bubble.
  • This episode is nearer to 12 minutes in length than 11 minutes.
  • There is an online game that is based on this episode.
  • This is the first of four episodes transcribed as a comic into the SpongeBob SquarePants/Tokyopop book Crime and Funishment, The other three were "Life of Crime", "No Free Rides" and "Nasty Patty."
  • In this episode, Barnacle Boy says that he's 68 years old. This may be a reference to his voice actor, Tim Conway, who was 68 when this episode aired.
  • Comcast and Google Playlist this episode as "Superfriends."
  • DirecTV names this episode "Superfriends" instead of its normal title.
  • If this episode took place on the day it aired, Barnacle Boy would have been born in mid-late 1933, or early 1934.
  • This is the first episode to portray Mermaid Man as the main protagonist, and conversely Barnacle Boy as the main antagonist.

Cultural references

  • When Barnacle Boy claims he will turn to the "dark side," this is a reference to Star Wars.
  • The Quickster is a parody of the DC Comics superhero Flash and the Marvel Comics superhero Quicksilver with the same lightning bolt logo.
  • The eagle wings on the side of The Quickster's mask also make him resemble the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America the golden age Flash, the Marvel Comics superhero Whizzer, and Hermes, a Greek god associated with speed and good luck, who served as a messenger to Zeus.
  • The Quickster outfit resembles the costume worn by the DC Comics superhero Impulse.
    • The eagle wings on the side of his boots also make him resemble the Marvel Comics superhero Namor, in that he has two tiny wings on both his ankles, which allows him the ability to fly, and Hermes, on both sides of each of his sandals called the Talaria, which also gives him the ability to fly.
  • Captain Magma is a parody of Human Torch from Fantastic Four, Firestorm and Fire (Beatriz da Costa) from DC Comics, and Pyro from Marvel Comics.
  • The Elastic Waistband is a parody of DC's Plastic Man, DC's Elongated Man, and Marvel's Mister Fantastic.
  • Miss Appear is a parody of the Invisible Woman from Fantastic Four.
  • When Captain Magma attacks, he says "Krakatoa!" which was the name of an Indonesian volcano in real life.
  • The working title for this episode, "Superfriends," is a reference to the 1970s DC cartoon with the same name.

Chair appears again


  • When SpongeBob is introduced as portraying the Quickster, he has five fingers but he usually has four.
  • After Mermaid Man yells, "To Make-Out Reef!," he falls over in his chair. In the next shot, when Patrick/The Elastic Waistband says, "Does this mean we're not getting pizza?" his chair is upright again.
  • When Mermaid Man falls off of a chair, the chair falls with him, but in the next scene, the chair is up again.

Squidward disappears


Villain is misspelled as "villian"

  • When Dirty Bubble and Man Ray's boat was driving out from the dark side, the license plate was yellow and had black writing. However, when it was shown up close, it was black and had red writing.
  • When the boat knocks Sandy off the cliff, there is no driver.
  • When Mermaid Man throws a water ball at Squidward/Captain Magma, he crumbles into ash. When he is seen at the end of the episode, he's only wearing a cone around his neck and is relatively unharmed.
  • When Patrick is seen at the end, his neck is stretched and looped to an impossible length. When he was battling as The Elastic Waistband, nothing happened to his neck to give him that injury. However, in a deleted scene, Patrick injures his neck, so the crew members forgot to change Patrick's injury at the end of this episode. Or that Patrick's arm injury transferred to his neck.
  • When Sandy falls from the cliff, Man Ray, the Dirty Bubble, Barnacle Boy, Patrick, and Squidward are missing. Only Mermaid Man and SpongeBob are seen.
  • After Mermaid Man burned Squidward, he can be seen on the ground, but when Mermaid Man falls, he disappears.

    Studio changes its color and the microphone and the script appear

  • The scene when the News Reporter says Every Villain Is Lemons, Villain is misspelled "Villian."
  • If one looks closely, the background around the lunchbox shows the sky of Bikini Bottom, even though it's inside a cave.
  • When Realistic Fish Head is reporting about E.V.I.L, at first the studio is blue-yellow, but in the next scene it is pink-red and the microphone along with the script appeared.
  • When Barnacle Boy says that he is crossing over to the dark side, the entire line at the Krusty Krab disappears.
  • When Mr. Krabs is talking to Squidward and says "No world means no money," his right arm is gone.
  • When Barnacle Man looked from behind the rock, his gloves are gone, but when he rises his gloves are back on.
  • Mr. Krabs says "Why should I waste money lighting the whole store?" In the next scene, the dark is gone.
  • Mr. Krabs says "Why should I waste money lighting the whole store?" But the Krusty Krab is a restaurant, not a store. So, he should have said, "Why should I waste money lighting the whole restaurant?"
  • Fios on Demand and the SpongeBob YouTube channel called this episode "Superfriends."
    • It is also said it is in season 10.
  • When Pearl is shown inline, she has a black pupil instead of a blue one.
  • When Medley appears in the line, inside the Krusty Krab, his left eye is not attached to his face.
  • When SpongeBob holds the I.J.L.S.A Lunchbox, the word "acquaintances" is misspelled as "acquaintances."
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    Acquaintances is being mispelled as aquaintances

  • On Nickelodeon Latin America/Brazil airings, the ads start after Squidward demonstrates his superhero ability, which is half-way through all of the other superhero ability demonstrations. Ideally, the ads should've started after all of the superhero ability demonstrations.
  • Mermaid Man says, "Who will tuck me in?" but the subtitles say "Will you tuck me in?"
  • When Man Ray is confused after Barnacle Man's demand to have an adult-sized Krabby Patty, his mouth is closed, although it is usually a full teeth grin that often changes impressions.

Running gags

  • When Mermaid Man does nothing but a smile, Mr. Krabs slaps him. It happens after SpongeBob's friends say "Evil?" and after the news, fish says "Mermaid Man, where are you?", but his mouth is opened a little bit.
  • Barnacle Boy wanting to be called "Barnacle Man," and wanting an adult-sized Krabby Patty.


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