'Spongebob SquarePants' Fan Theory Reveals Backstory To Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy

Oh yes, I bet you were wondering where these two came from all these years.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, you're all about to get that long sought after answer.

Sometimes fan theories can be a little much.


Like the one where all the Ed, Edd and Eddy characters are actually dead and in purgatory.

Or the one where Ash Ketchum is in a coma and Pokemon don't actually exist (I know they do and you're just hiding them from me, mom).

But sometimes you land on a gem of a fan theory.


Like the one we had today that explains the origins of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, the super (and super old) duo from Spongebob Squarepants.

Of course, the theory came from Reddit.

It states that the two of them were Navy divers.


And where could they have been diving? Oh, just in Bikini Atoll. Where they did a bunch of nuclear testing in the '40s.

So the two of them were caught in the blasts, shrunk down to the sizes of the other characters and now live alongside them.

It does explain a whole lot.


Like how they're the only human characters in the show. Like how they can breathe underwater.

Heck, the timeline even explains how they're so old compared to everyone else in Bikini Bottom.