The Ugly Barnacle is a very short story that Patrick tells SpongeBob in the episode "Something Smells." It is meant to boost SpongeBob's self-esteem to make him feel better about his appearance, but it only makes him feel worse. Because of this, Patrick insists they scream on top of SpongeBob's house to get rid of his depression instead.
Once there was an ugly barnacle.
He was so ugly that everyone died.
- This story has spawned popularity on many social media platforms, listed in many "Funniest SpongeBob Moments" lists.
- It is a parody of the classic story The Ugly Duckling.
- In the German dub, the ugly barnacle is called "Der hässliche Blaubarsch", which translates to "the ugly bluefish". This is not the only instance in Spongebob where barnacle is translated as Blaubarsch, the other being Barnacle Boy (ger. Blaubarschbube).