Am I Really Going To Defile This Grave For Money? Of Course I Am!
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Am I Really Going To Defile This Grave For Money? Of Course I Am! is an exploitable meme template taken from SpongBbob SquarePants. The meme depicts Mr. Krabs supposedly hesitating on "defiling a grave" for profit before instantly deciding he'll do it. The template is often used to poke fun at companies that try to revive long-dead franchises, usually through means outside the franchise's original spirit.
The template comes from the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "One Krab's Trash," which first aired on February 22nd, 2002. In the scene, Mr. Krabs goes to Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen's grave to retrieve a hat that Spongebob returned to the grave after learning of the hat's monetary value.
The earliest known usage of the scene as an exploitable meme is by Darth__Vader on Memedroid, which was posted on November 26th, 2017. The image (shown below) is captioned, "Finding burial urns full of gold coins," with Mr. Krabs wearing the Dragonborn's helmet from The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.
Most instances of the scene being used as an exploitable meme can be found on Reddit. On December 21st, 2019, Reddit user daddydukie posted an edit of the meme (shown below) to the subreddit r/PrequelMemes. The post (shown below) received over 2,400 upvotes in over three years. On January 30th, 2020, Reddit user KingByHisOwnHand posted an edit of the meme to the subreddit r/warcraft3. The post (shown below, right) received over 1,400 upvotes in over three years.
On February 21st, 2020, Tumblr user evas-apartment (formerly she-rando) posted an edit of the scene to Tumblr in response to Nickelodeon making a new SpongeBob SquarePants series after Stephen Hillenburg's death. The Tumblr post (shown below) received over 8,800 likes, and over 7,400 reblogs in over three years. It was reposted to the subreddit r/BikiniBottomTwitter on the same day by GriffinFTW, where it received over 37,000 points. On October 25th, 2021, Reddit user BennyFachter posted an edit of the meme to r/BikiniBottom in response to Reddit enabling comments on posts older than six months. The post (shown below, right) received over 3,000 upvotes in over one year.
On December 14th, 2021, Reddit user Melons8802 posted an edit of the meme to the subreddit r/dankmemes in response to someone using the late Stan Lee's Twitter account to promote NFTs. The post (shown below) received over 21,100 upvotes in over one year.
 Encyclopedia SpongeBobia – One Krabs Trash
 Memedroid – Just got the game on the ps store black friday sale
 Reddit – r/PrequelMemes – Have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth JJ the Unoriginal? It’s not a story Disney would tell you
 Reddit – r/warcraft3 – Reforged
 Tumblr – evas-apartment
 Reddit – r/BikiniBottomTwitter – Can you believe they announced two spinoffs almost immediately after Hillenburg's death?
 Reddit – r/BikiniBottomTwitter – You can now comment on posts older than 6 months.
 Reddit – r/dankmemes – I'm sure I'm not the first to do this, but I've sure as hell made the worst one
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