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Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally free the evil Man Ray.




Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are going on vacation, and they ask SpongeBob and Patrick to look after the Mermalair. They ask them if they can play with the various gadgets, but are told not to touch anything. While wandering around the Mermalair, SpongeBob and Patrick find Man Ray, one of Mermaid Man's most feared nemeses, stuck in a prison of frozen tartar sauce. SpongeBob says that he has some questions to tell him, so Patrick stupidly turns the lever to 'Unfreeze'. SpongeBob stops him by setting it to 'Freeze' again, but Man Ray's head is free, so he forces the two to free him. SpongeBob says they can't, because he is evil. He will only be freed if he is good, so he says that he is good. They unleash him, and he attempts to kill them, but is stopped by a "tickle-belt" (as seen in Episode 17!), a device that tickles whoever is wearing it when a button is pressed. He pretends to be sad, and says that it's good if anyone can teach him to be a good person. SpongeBob and Patrick offer to teach him how to be a good person, and he accepts, in order to get the belt off. The first lesson, is what do you do if you see someone dropped his/her wallet. Patrick drops his wallet and Man Ray is giving him, but he says it isn't his wallet. So Man Ray tells him that he found his license in the wallet, so it is his. Patrick says that's right but when Man Ray says "So take it.", he says it isn't his wallet (again). Man Ray gets angry, but stopped by the tickle-belt. The second lesson, is what do you do if you see someone is carrying a heavy object. Patrick carries a heavy box. Man Ray tries to help Patrick, but Patrick always drop the box to Man Ray's feet. After three times being hit, Man Ray angrily asks Patrick what's in the box. Patrick says that it's his wallet (How could it be so heavy?), and Man Ray beats up Patrick, so SpongeBob tickles him, but Man Ray is still beating up Patrick while laughing. After struggling with SpongeBob's "goodness lessons", an angry Patrick, who has been severely injured by Man Ray's fits of anger (as his difficulty with the tests were largely due to Patrick's stupidity), takes control of the lesson. He says he is thinking a number between 1 and 100, and Man Ray must guess it. He says it is 62, but Patrick says it's wrong and tickles Man Ray, but while Patrick and SpongeBob are arguing, they accidentally break the button. The belt continues to tickle Man Ray and he says please, so SpongeBob releases him. They think Man Ray is now rehabilitated, but he zaps the two into dust and runs away. SpongeBob and Patrick become Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy and use the invisible boatmobile to meet up with Man Ray, They try to use the Orb of Confusion on him, but get confused themselves. Man Ray then attempts to rob a bank, but he still has the tickles from the belt, and instead opens a checking account. Man Ray then turns off the Orb of Confusion and tells SpongeBob that his lessons to become good has transformed him. So he gives his head to him saying he won't be needing it. SpongeBob tells Patrick that they saved the day just like the original Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy would, but Patrick still has the confusion effect even though the Orb is off.


  • Man Ray is a parody of the Black Manta, the arch-villain of Aquaman, who Mermaid Man himself is in turn a parody of.
  • This is the only episode of the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy series of episodes which does not revolve around Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. They only appear in the first two minutes of the episode.
  • This is the first appearance of Man Ray.
  • Man Ray was mentioned by SpongeBob in the original "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy".
  • The "Villain Containment Chamber", where villains are kept in frozen prisons, is featured in the Mermalair level of Battle for Bikini Bottom. "Prawn", a villain exclusive to the game, is accidentally released from his containment, and must be defeated by SpongeBob.
  • In the 2010 film "The Karate Kid", Dre turns the channel from an educational Chinese show to this episode. However, to his dismay, a clip of this episode was shown in Chinese.
  • 15th time Squidward doesn't appear.
  • If you listen very carefully in the background when Man Ray is tickled, the song The Big Laugh by Jurgen Schlachter can be heard.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick were saying Mamamamamamamamamamamamamamam it has become a internet meme.
  • Note: The song will be heard in the beginning of Regular Show's The Big Winner.
  • When SpongeBob talks about the Tickle Belt he said it was in Episode 17. In SpongeBob: Lights Camera Pants, when SpongeBob accidentally unfreezes Man Ray he has to catch him. When he goes to the area in the Mermalair which was locked (it was unlocked but unable to enter) before he unfreezed Man Ray, he says "He is so amazing! I have to stop him! Lets see... in episode 17 of MermaidMan and BarnacleBoy... AHA! They used the Tickle Belt on him!" His line was acctually a reference to this episode.
  • This is the first time Man Ray is trapped and unfreezed. The second time will be SpongeBob: Lights Camera Pants.
  • The chapter book of Man Sponge and Boy Patrick Goodness, Man Ray references this episode. Except:
    • SpongeBob and Patrick were wearing superhero costumes.
    • Patrick didn't get confused at the end.
    • Instead of taking off his head, he took off the Metal glove
    • His check has cartoon poodles instead of real life poodles.
    • The bank teller was confused of what she's giving Man Ray.
    • Patrick asked SpongeBob that if it's Graduation Day there should be a diploma, music and a guest speaker
  • During a tribute to Ernest Borgnine, this episode paired with Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV.


  • Man Ray has become good at the end of this episode, but is still evil in the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V". Much later on, however, in "Shuffleboarding", he is shown to be retired.
  • When Man Ray was about to slam Patrick into the ground, the box (which was full of Patrick's wallets) disappeared.
  • In this episode, Spongebob releases Man Ray's Tickle Belt with key. But in other episode, Man Ray always wears the Tickle Belt.
  • Spongebob's tongue would freeze while licking the tarter sauce that is holding Man Ray.
  • When Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy leave and SpongeBob and Patrick are about to leap, Patrick has no eyebrows.
  • When Man Ray zapped SpongeBob and Patrick, they had skeletons. But in reality, Sponges are Poriferans and Seastars are Echinoderms, which are classed as Invertebrates and have no bones.

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