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"Born to Be Wild" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 4. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick hear that a ferocious biker gang is coming to Bikini Bottom.



The episode begins with SpongeBob jellyfishing in Jellyfish Fields. He tells a jellyfish to stay off the road because it's dangerous. Some elderly men on motorcycles drive past him, and SpongeBob holds on to one of the men's jackets, ripping an 'M' off of it. He looks at the jacket when he has to let go of it. He presumes it says "The ild Ones," but he soon notices the "W" in his hand and figures out that they are called "The Wild Ones." A fish pops from the ground after hearing this and tells him that "The Wild Ones" are a group of vicious bikers who have destroyed cities. SpongeBob runs to tell Mr. Krabs about it, but he does not listen, so he tells Patrick. Then, Mr. Krabs takes the opportunity to welcome the bikers and raises his prices in order to get them to eat there after hearing SpongeBob described them as "ravenous," thinking that he will profit from their business.

After Patrick says that if they dressed up like bikers, they would be the big scary bikers, SpongeBob and Patrick decide to dress in biker attire and ride into town on a paddle-unicycle and a paddle-tricycle, respectively. After the bikers arrive at the Krusty Krab, it turns out that they are old folks.

The Mild Ones.

The actual name of the biker gang is revealed to be 'The Mild Ones.' SpongeBob had the "M" upside-down. One of the biker that had the "M" ripped off of his jacket earlier takes his "M" back from SpongeBob, and The Mild Ones ride away. Shortly after this, it is revealed that Squidward decided to join with them, as the episode ends.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Barbecue Beach - Martin Busca, Thomas Klein [title card]
  Loop with Sax - Nicolas Carr [saxophone overlays "Barbecue Beach"]
  Marlin March - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob jellyfishing]
  Barbecue Beach - Martin Busca, Thomas Klein ["The -ild Ones. That's a strange name."]
  Loop with Sax - Nicolas Carr [saxophone overlays "Barbecue Beach"]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm, W."]
  Old Fortyniner - Nicolas Carr [hillbilly warns SpongeBob about The Wild Ones]
  Lovely Scenery (c) - Mladen Franko ["Bloodthirsty bikers?!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [shortcut]
  Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob barricading the door/"Bikers... coming... nasty... ferocious... take... over... town. Destroy... must hide!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Ravenous, did you say?"]
  Dingles Regatta - Brian Peters [biker decor]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries]
  Barbecue Beach - Martin Busca, Thomas Klein [bikers heading toward Bikini Bottom]
  Loop with Sax - Nicolas Carr [saxophone overlays "Barbecue Beach"]
  Drama Link (E) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob warns Squidward]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["I know just what you should do."]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward kicks SpongeBob]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob warns Patrick]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [they panic]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [clam spits SpongeBob and Patrick out]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick get launched into some kelp]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [lawnmower]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick scream]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Say that again, Patrick."]
  Twang Bar Blues 1 - Steve Byrd [SpongeBob and Patrick dressed as bikers]
  Jovial Jack - Philippe Pares [riding unicycles]
  Steel Licks 20 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Patrick, it's working."]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [at the Krusty Krab]
  The Sword of Damocles - Jack Beaver [montage of SpongeBob overreacting]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["SpongeBob, you always overreact to everything!"]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner [bikers arrive]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders [ending]




  • This episode was originally going to be titled "The Wild Ones."[2]
  • This marks the 150th episode segment of the series.
  • This episode was released on the Season 4 Volume 2 DVD box set before it aired on American television.
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SpongeBob and Patrick wearing their biker outfits.

  • SpongeBob's biker outfit consists of:
    • A red and white-striped long sleeved top
    • A denim waistcoat
    • Jeans
    • Brown work boots
    • And a round helmet with a spike and a skull.
  • Patrick is seen wearing his Goofy Goober underwear from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • Patrick's biker outfit consists of:
    • A yellow-ish T-shirt
    • A black leather jacket with a high collar
    • Blue denim shorts with a big belt with a skull on it
    • And a black cap.
      • His bike is a paddle-tricycle.
  • This episode reveals the name of the anchovy with blonde hair and wearing a blue dress and bow: Mable.
  • Old Man Jenkins is one of The Mild Ones.
  • Throughout the episode, if one were to pause the screen image and look closely whenever the bikers pass the screen, the bikers are clearly shown to be seniors.
  • This is the second episode where a shortcut to the Krusty Krab is shown, the first being "Wormy."
  • This is the second episode to show blood. The first is "Dying for Pie."
  • This episode contains the second Goofy Goober reference outside of the first movie. The first is the Goofy Goober back scratcher in "Chimps Ahoy."
  • This is the third episode where the letters W and M are switched around, the first being "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV," and the second being "No Weenies Allowed."
  • Innuendo: Incidental 80 says "Don't you want to kiss the seat of my pants?," to Mr. Krabs.
  • This episode premiered on the same day as the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards.
  • This is the last episode to use the APM track "Hilo March."
  • The German title for this episode is "Wilde Jungs," which translates to "Wild Boys."
  • The Greek title for this episode is "οι άγριοι," which translates to "The wilds."
  • The Arabic title for this episode is "الأشرار" (al-ashrar), which translates to "The Evil Ones," the Arabic name for the Wild Ones.

Cultural references

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the song "Born to Be Wild" by the rock band Steppenwolf.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick's attire takes inspiration from the 1953 film The Wild One.
    • The mistaken name of the group, "The Wild Ones," is a reference to the film as well.


  • The bike rack that Mr. Krabs shows to SpongeBob appears in front of the Krusty Krab. However, in other scenes, the bike rack is gone.

SpongeBob's missing hand.

  • When SpongeBob and Patrick bump into each other the second time, SpongeBob's arm is missing a hand for a split second.

We walk the walk mistake.

Another we walk the walk mistake.

  • Right before SpongeBob says, "we walk the walk," for one frame the whites in SpongeBob's eyes are completely yellow and one of his legs is missing.
    • During that scene SpongeBob's teeth turn yellow for a split second.

The Mile Ones.

  • Right before the Mild Ones drive around Squidward, some of the men's jackets say "Mile Ones" instead of "Mild Ones."