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"Patrick-Man!" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 9. In this episode, Patrick becomes a superhero alter-ego named Patrick-Man to save Bikini Bottom, but nothing he encounters is actually a crime.



As the episode starts, SpongeBob is heading off to work. When he opens the door, he encounters a sad Patrick, who runs in his house crying and reveals that he is jealous of SpongeBob's special work hat. SpongeBob suggests that Patrick preoccupies his mind with something else, to no avail; he then heads off to the Krusty Krab. Patrick then sits down and watches television, but only flips through channels. He then stops on a channel with Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, with them defeating Man Ray. Patrick turns off the TV and wonders what to do with his life. He then steps on a talking Mermaid Man doll and is thereupon inspired to become a superhero. He goes to the kitchen and creates his costume.

"I am Patrick-Man: defender of Bikini Bottom!"

Meanwhile, at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs is angry at Squidward for doing nothing. Squidward then points out the empty dining room. Mr. Krabs is worried, but then, Patrick-Man enters the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs is excited to see Patrick, but the latter tells him that he is Patrick-Man. His new alter-ego results in ridicule from Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and SpongeBob. Patrick explains to SpongeBob that he has found his calling and is now "Patrick-Man." SpongeBob is excited and thinks about telling everyone else, but Patrick-Man tells him that his identity must remain a secret.

At the Bikini Bottom High School, two students show off their papers, both making "A's." Patrick-Man overhears them laughing, and when they are about to give each other a "high-five," Patrick-Man interferes and accuses them of igniting violence.

The scene changes over to Mr. Krabs about to walk Incidental 82 across the street. However, he spots a dollar on the ground, but then it gets blown away to the other side of the street. Mr. Krabs leaves Incidental 82 on the street to go after the dollar, with her trapped by the driving cars. He goes to pick up the dollar, but Patrick-Man stops him and accuses him of trying to steal the dollar before heading off.

Patrick-Man's next stop is at Mrs. Puff's Boating School, where he spots Mrs. Puff trying to get the door off a boat which one of her students is trapped in. He thinks Mrs. Puff is trying to break into the boat and frames her for breaking and entering, prompting the authorities to arrive on the scene and arrest her, with the student still trapped in the car.

Back at the Krusty Krab, Patrick continues to suspect evil and causes mayhem at the restaurant. Intolerant of his recent behavior, SpongeBob goes to confront Patrick about his superhero persona, but Patrick does not take his advice into consideration and continues his disruption, hoping to unmask a villain. He first tries to pull off Fred's head, to no success. He tries again with two other customers, but causes them to leave. This makes Mr. Krabs very upset and prompts him to nearly kick Patrick out, until he pulls off Mable's head and unmasks the Dirty Bubble.

The Dirty Bubble tells them how they have blown his cover and then threatens to attack them. SpongeBob wants to know what to do next, then Patrick-Man says how he is going to use his superpowers. Patrick-Man then throws a barrel at the Dirty Bubble, but it just goes through him and accidentally hits Squidward. The Dirty Bubble laughs at him, and Patrick-Man then throws more items at him, still to no success. Running out of things to throw, Patrick-Man then throws SpongeBob at the Dirty Bubble, but he ends up eating him. Patrick-Man then uses his Pit Punch at the Dirty Bubble, but he ends up eating it and hitting SpongeBob.

The Dirty Bubble then decides to charge at Patrick-Man, but the latter spots a Krabby Patty on the ground and bends over with his ice cream cone hat, popping the Dirty Bubble and freeing SpongeBob. SpongeBob asks for Patrick-Man's autograph and he signs it. SpongeBob then asks what his next adventure is, but Patrick-Man takes off his ice cream cone hat and reverts to his old ways, essentially retiring because his job is too much work. Mr. Krabs then asks Patrick to use his "powers" one last time and hands him a broom and dustpan, making him clean the Krusty Krab, while Patrick asks about the two items he was given, and ending the episode.

Running gags

  • Patrick blaming citizens for doing illegal things when what the citizens were doing was legal.
  • Mable turning her head awkwardly.



When this episode was released, there was a posthumous release for Ernest Borgnine, who voiced Mermaid Man.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 13A - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick at the door, crying]
  Clowning Around Again - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["You know what's sad?"]
  Clowning Around - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob goes to work]
  Tiki Land - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick turns on the TV]
  Super Highway March - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Marine Dolphins]
  Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy Action Theme - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr, Pat Irwin [Man Ray in display case]
  Proud to Be a Fish - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["All in a day's work, eh, Mermaid Man?"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["That's it!"]
  Superfriends Wipe - Nicolas Carr ["To the changing room!"]
  Heroes to the Rescue - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["I am Patrick-Man, defender of Bikini Bottom!"]
  Another Krusty Krab Day - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [at the Krusty Krab]
  Heroes to the Rescue - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Fear not! Patrick-Man is here!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Patrick-Man?"]
  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward makes fun of Patrick's outfit]
  Heroes to the Rescue - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["I am... Patrick-Man!"/"Shush SpongeBob! My identity must be kept secret!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick asks for a Krabby Patty]
  Self Surf - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [high school]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["High five!"]
  Heroes to the Rescue - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Just remember this: Violence solves nothing!"]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["Violence?"]
  Heroes to the Rescue - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["No time for silly talk, citizen."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick runs off]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Please, ma'am, allow me."]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs sees a dollar on the ground]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Oh, sweet dollar!"]
  Heroes to the Rescue - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Halt! Patrick-Man is onto you!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 6C - Jeremy Wakefield [old lady picks up the dollar]
  Detective Dynamite - Veigar Margeirsson [West One Music] ["Sounds like another job for Patrick-Man!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Away!"]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cops]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [back at the Krusty Krab]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24B - Jeremy Wakefield ["Hey, that's Patrick-Man to you."]
  Short Military Bridge 1 - Nicolas Carr [recipe for toasted coral bits]
  Gypsy Jazz March - Sam Spence [Patrick gets stuck in the ordering window]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["What?!"]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, dear..."]
  Chasey Racey - Norman Dane [Dirty Bubble revealed]
  Heroes to the Rescue - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [everyone cheers]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 30 - Jeremy Wakefield [ending]




Cultural references

  • Patrick trying to unmask people references the villain unmasks from the Scooby-Doo series.


  • Mr. Krabs looks up before the dollar blows away.
  • Incidental 40 is not seen wearing a shirt when SpongeBob serves him the Krabby Patty. In the next shot, Incidental 40 is seen wearing a shirt. It is impossible for him to have put the shirt on in the next shot.
  • Patrick-Man's backward "P" is missing when he first appears in the kitchen. Splinters are in place of it instead.