This Gen V Star Was Hiding in Plain Sight in SpongeBob SquarePants

This Gen V Star Was Hiding in Plain Sight in SpongeBob SquarePants
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Brink has a secret life in Bikini Bottom.

Fans of The Boys who've already watched the new spinoff, Gen V, probably felt pretty happy with this cool addition to the universe. The spinoff introduces a bunch of fresh characters, including Brink, portrayed by Clancy Brown. You might be surprised to know that this same actor is the voice behind the beloved SpongeBob character.

In Gen V, Richard Brinkerhoff is a renowned professor of crime fighting at Godolkin University and a famed author. With three master's degrees in supe studies, his expertise in the world of superheroes is unparalleled.

Switching to SpongeBob SquarePants, prepare to have your mind blown. Clancy Brown is actually the voice behind the money-loving, penny-pinching Mr. Krabs.

What's fascinating is how Clancy Brown came up with Mr. Krabs' signature laugh. During the formation of the character, Stephen Hillenburg, the show's creator, kept pushing Brown to chuckle faster and faster. The result was the infectious and unmistakable laugh of Mr. Krabs that we all know and love.

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Clance Brown is a veteran of voice acting. He has left his mark in other shows and movies like Invincible (Damien Darkblood), Thor Ragnarok (Surtur), The Little Mermaid (Octopin Leader), Rick and Morty ( Risotto Groupon).

His live-action roles include such movies as Bad Boys (1983), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The Shawshank Redemption, and the list goes on. He also appeared in this year's John Wick: Chapter 4.

"When people recognize me, it can be for anything I like that. I get Shawshank and Billions and Highlander and gamers. But the people who pay attention to credits know I do Mr. Krabs, and they want to blow their kids' minds by telling them, 'This is Mr. Krabs.' And having kids, I get that." — Brown said in an interview with

Brown is right. Sometimes we don't even pay attention to the incredible talents who bring our favorite animated characters to life. So, the next time you're watching SpongeBob, and Mr. Krabs is going on about his precious money, remember the versatile actor behind that voice.