Source: SpongeBob and The 7 Deadly Sins – ToonZone Forums
No, I’m not making this post up.
A friend and I were having a discussion over lunch. Somehow we ended up on the topic of Spongebob. I think we had both heard somewhere that the author based each of the major characters on one of the traditional seven deadly sins. From the perspective of the writer, this builds conflict into every character relationship with a minimum of effort so it’s a great technique. I am attempting to do something similar in my writings, so I was curious about the concept.
However, we struggled with matching the characters to the sins. We bounced around a few ideas and came up with a match for every character except one – Spongebob himself. And we couldn’t remember which sin we had left out so off to the interweb we went. And wouldn’t you know it, someone else already had a dandy list put together with the same matchups that we had including Spongebob. Here’s the list from the ToonZone Forums user SpongeTronXYZ:
SpongeBob and The 7 Deadly Sins
I have been a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants for years and think that the depth of the characters is one of the things that really makes this show work. Ever since I heard Mr. Lawrence say (in an audio commentary on the Season 1 DVD’s) that Stephen Hillenburg based the 7 main characters on the 7 Deadly Sins, I couldn’t help but be very fascinated. I think I’ve figured out which character is each one.
Sloth is the sin of laziness, or unwillingness to act. Obviously this is Patrick. He lays under a rock all the time and doesn’t really do anything. In fact in the episode “Big Pink Loser” he got an award for doing nothing the longest.
Wrath involves feelings of hatred and anger. Squidward hates his life, usually hates SpongeBob, and is pretty much angry most of the time.
3. Greed-Mr. Krabs
Obviously Mr. Krabs is greedy and desires money. How could Greed not be Krabs? He actually sang about the power of greed in “Selling Out”.
Plankton is envious of Mr. Krabs because The Krusty Krab is a success while The Chum Bucket is a failure. His envy drives him to try to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula.
I actually think this one is pretty funny. Did you ever notice the running gag in Spongebob where they say “don’t forget to feed Gary” or Sponge says “I gotta go feed Gary”. Gary even ran away that time when SpongeBob forgot to feed him. Gluttony usually refers to the overindulgence of food so I’m guessing this one fits him pretty well.
Sandy takes a lot of pride in who she is and where she comes from. She takes pride in the fact that she is from Texas and likes to let everyone know it. She also takes pride in the fact that she is a mammal and a land creature, like in the episode “Pressure” where she tried to prove land critters were better than sea critters.
Ok, I know what your thinking. It does seem a little weird and curious at first but I have given it a lot of thought. Lust in one definition is “excessive love of others”. I think this one works best for Spongebob. He shows his love of others with his overeagerness to do good and help people. If anything is true about SpongeBob it’s that he loves everyone around him, even if they don’t exactly love him back.
So this is what I came up with. I don’t know what anybody else thinks. Oh by the way try not to analyze cartoons too much, especially SpongeBob. I actually think the people on the show try to be inconsistent on purpose. Just to be funny.
Pretty good matchup, don’t you think? And here’s my addition for Mrs. Puff:
8. Despair-Ms. Puff
The list of deadly sins traditionally included Despair (a.k.a. Depression, Sadness, or Acedia) which was later replaced with one of the current seven. However you define it, this is Ms. Puff. She’s always unhappy and especially around SpongeBob. The only time she is ever happy is when she’s in jail or SpongeBob is cut out of her life. One definition of this sin is a mental instability and in one episode Ms. Puff started seeing things while in jail.