Honestly, Spongebob Squarepants did not fuck around when it came to showing different kinds of platonic relationships.
Spongebob and Sandy, had so much potential to become a couple (their first episode? Karate Choppers? Truth or Square??).
Sandy could've been that love interest, but you still don't see her becoming that.
Their Holiday Episode they did for Valentine Day? Was all about Spongebob and Patrick celebrating their friendship.
They literally had an episode of these two raising a baby together!!
Like sure, there's been plenty of old and modern cartoons with next to none romance at the center of it, but their platonic relationships only limit to "sharing is caring" bullshit or whatever - it was this sponge though that normalized the idea of making your platonic relationships mean whatever you want, and this is so goddamn important to show to kids.
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