You forgot the pickles!
— Bubble Bass, "Pickles"

Bubble Bass[1] is an obese bass, as suggested by his name, who first appeared in the episode "Pickles." He was completely absent for nearly a decade, until he made a small cameo in the season 8 episode "Plankton's Good Eye" and officially returned to the series as a recurring character starting with the second half of season 9 and as a main character in season 11.


Bubble Bass seems to be a stereotypically rude "neckbeard" character. He’s an obese, olive green-skinned bass who wears a light orange tank top, orange-brown pants and black glasses. His lips and other parts of his body are olive-green, while his stomach is a lighter green. He has a bit of speech impediment and breathes very deeply.

"Fools in April"

His skin is brown, his tank top is white and his pants are blue.


Like what he is based off, Bubble Bass is unmannerly, arrogant and rude, in that he lied to SpongeBob about the pickles missing from his burger to destroy his confidence and get free food. Aside from this, he also promised to give SpongeBob and Patrick free lunches if they helped pack his things, only to make them do all the work and selfishly eat the free lunches he ordered for them at the end in front of them, displaying no regard to their honest effort.

He has also shown signs of being cowardly, lazy, and lacking responsibility for his actions. At the end of "Pickles," he runs out of the Krusty Krab in fear of the restaurant reprimanding him for deception. In "Moving Bubble Bass," his laziness and selfishness is further shown when he pretends to be injured to have an excuse to not help pack up his stuff. The only reason he moved out in the first place was so he didn't have to do chores.

Abilities and talents

  • Hiding things under his tongue: Bubble Bass hid the pickles under his tongue, which drove SpongeBob insane. Bubble Bass also hid a woman's car keys.
  • Lying: Bubble Bass can lie very well, tricking SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Strength: Bubble Bass is very physically strong despite his out of shape appearance. He was able to throw Squidward around like a ragdoll and push away an entire crowd of people with no effort.

His brown version.

Role in series


Bubble Bass places a complicated order, which SpongeBob serves. However, Bubble Bass claims that SpongeBob forgot the pickles, so SpongeBob goes into a state of shock and takes time off of work, claiming he has forgotten how to make Krabby Patties altogether.

However, SpongeBob later gets his confidence back and resumes his role as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab when Bubble Bass returns once again. Again, he orders a Krabby Patty from SpongeBob with pickles, which the latter delivers, only to hear Bubble Bass claim that there are still no pickles and tells SpongeBob that he has failed again. However, SpongeBob realizes that Bubble Bass had been hiding the pickles underneath his tongue the entire time from both Krabby Patties to avoid paying for them and to make SpongeBob look bad, and exposes Bubble Bass of his true colors.

At the mercy of the angry customers, Bubble Bass escapes before they can punish him.


Bubble Bass makes a minor appearance in this episode when he accidentally plops himself on top of Plankton, essentially smashing him. Bubble Bass gives a mean smile and squishes Plankton with his buttocks when SpongeBob asks him to move. He eventually leaves when SpongeBob throws popcorn in his direction.

At the end of the episode, he confuses Plankton for a jelly bean and chases him about his hand when he starts running for his life.

"Fools in April"

Bubble Bass makes a cameo when SpongeBob gets tricked by Squidward and runs into his buttocks, making a large square indent.

"Plankton's Good Eye"

Bubble Bass appears briefly in this episode when he falls out of a window as a result of his house burning and crushes Plankton again. He is also seen when SpongeBob gives Plankton the "great big hug."

"Goodbye, Krabby Patty?"

Bubble Bass makes a minor appearance in when Patrick signs his butt.

"Bulletin Board"

Bubble Bass supports "P-Star 7," claiming he’s a "true hero for our troubled times." He also writes a message on the bulletin board under the name of "HandsomeLad42" and mocks SpongeBob after he receives an insulting message from P-Star7.

Later in the episode, Bubble Bass himself gets an insulting message from P-Star7 and gets into a fight with Squidward.

"Whirly Brains"

He’s seen walking across the street while eating ice cream. However, as he’s walking, the kid's Whirly Brain flies into his butt while SpongeBob and Patrick's Whirly Brains fly above him.

"Larry the Floor Manager"

Bubble Bass is holding the line up in the Krusty Krab by ordering a large and very strange order, which causes Mr. Krabs to angrily shoves a Krabby Patty into his mouth and tells him to order what's on the menu.

Later in the episode, when the Krusty Krab is transformed into a gym, he squishes Squidward by accident while complaining about the protein power shake's taste.

Even later, he’s seen eating sand when the camera pans to all the hungry customers.

Near the episode's end, he helps SpongeBob and the other customers turn the Krusty Krab back to normal.

"Krabby Patty Creature Feature"

Bubble Bass, confronting a zombie Mr. Krabs at night, unaware of his condition, thinks he is wearing a costume and eats the real pickles on his "fake" costume, causing him to transform into a Double Triple Bossy Deluxe.

He is later seen in the Chum Bucket moments after him and the rest of the Bikini Bottomites are cured of the infection from the tainted meat and goes with others to the Krusty Krab to celebrate the town being saved.

"Squid Noir"

Squidward confronts him about stealing his clarinet as earlier in the episode Bubble Bass gets annoyed by Squidward. After Squidward confronts him and he denies it, he and SpongeBob fight with action figures in which SpongeBob won and Bubble Bass ultimately lost.

"Moving Bubble Bass"

Bubble Bass is the main antagonist in this episode, he’s annoyed with his mother’s nagging and decides to move out so he doesn't have to do any chores. Pretending to be injured so he doesn't have to help, SpongeBob and Patrick move his stuff to his grandmother's home. He then displays his antagonistic nature at the end, as he ate the free lunches that he promised SpongeBob and Patrick.

However, he gets his comeuppance when the two yell at him and leave him. Then, his mother is revealed to have been packed in the box. She accuses him of doing this and stuffs him in the same box as she wheels him around, intentionally crashing into things as payback for her being stuffed in a box even though he protests his innocence in the act.

"High Sea Diving"

When Mr. Krabs is selling SpongeBob merchandise, Bubble Bass approaches him and asks how much Patrick is, thinking he’s a standee. Mr. Krabs offers him twenty dollars, but Bubble Bass rips off Patrick's arm and says that he is damaged. Mr. Krabs then offers him ten dollars, and Bubble Bass accepts.

"Swamp Mates"

Bubble Bass is one of the main characters in this episode. During a playdate with Patrick, his action figure becomes lost. So he and Patrick go to a swamp to find it.

"Hiccup Plague"

He is seen turning inside-out due to a massive hiccup and is also seen telling SpongeBob to put some pickles under his tongue to get rid of his hiccups.

"Bubble Bass's Tab"

Like "Moving Bubble Bass," Bubble Bass is the main antagonist in this episode, in the episode, Mr. Krabs becomes conflicted that Bubble Bass has never payed his tab for all the food he eats at the Krusty Krab, so Mr. Krabs orders SpongeBob and Squidward to go to Bubble Bass' house to force Bubble Bass to pay his tab.

"A Place for Pets"

He makes a cameo during the "Pets are People Too" song.

"Thank Gosh It's Monday"

Bubble Bass can be seen participating in the crowd singing in the "Thank Gosh It's Monday" music video.

He also makes cameos in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, "Larry's Gym," "SpongeBob's Place," "Trident Trouble," "Stuck on the Roof," "Bottle Burglars," "My Leg!," "ChefBob," "The Grill is Gone," "Goons on the Moon" and "The String."



In his first appearance, Bubble Bass and SpongeBob were initially enemies and despised each other. However, in recent appearances, SpongeBob seems to be more friendly towards him. SpongeBob and Patrick even help move Bubble Bass out of his mom's house in the episode "Moving Bubble Bass," until they realized that Bubble Bass was tricking them and had them do all the work.

Despite hating SpongeBob, Bubble Bass helps him get the Krusty Krab turned back to normal in "Larry the Floor Manager."

In "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout," Bubble Bass helps Sandy and the others decorate SpongeBob's house for his surprise birthday party. After he returns, SpongeBob finds the house destroyed and everyone asleep from the party planning. Nevertheless, SpongeBob is excited that his family and friends would do so much for him. SpongeBob deems Bubble Bass and the other wonderful friends and how he’s grateful to have them. When Patchy the Pirate arrives and sings the birthday song, Bubble Bass along with everyone else wakes up and properly celebrates a happy birthday to SpongeBob.


Bubble Bass and Patrick have had no interaction before Bubble Bass’ official return to the show. Patrick and SpongeBob even help move Bubble Bass out of his mom's house in the episode "Moving Bubble Bass." However, Bubble Bass was manipulating the pair and had them do all the hard work in exchange for free food. After Bubble Bass revealed he ate the food, Patrick yelled at him for his selfishness, scaring Bubble Bass.

In "Swamp Mates," Mama Bass invites Patrick over to play with Bubble Bass without his consent. The former freaks out about it, especially when Patrick is playing with his action figures. Eventually it gets to the point when Patrick fills the room with swamp water, and a whirlpool forms in the middle of the basement. The Wonder Whale action figure is seen swirling around the center, but the two playmates are too late to save it, and they too, get sucked down. Bubble Bass and Patrick end up in a swamp with a single log as a raft. After realizing what a swamp is like, Bubble Bass notices a figure with his Wonder Whale action figure. They lose him, assuming he is in a shack. The residents of the dilapidated dwelling take them inside, thinking they were trying to steal their illegal hot sauce that could blow anyone's head off, which is what happens to Patrick before he states that it isn't spicy. Bubble Bass and Patrick decide to run away, with the group after them. After a long chase, the hot sauce finally causes Patrick to go full-dragon, so he burns the boat that the hot sauce gang was on. Afterward, the two playmates find the robber again and fell into his snare trap. The villain then reveals himself as Hoodoo Guru, the Voodoo Villain, who stole the action figure to complete his collection. Patrick then offers spaghetti to Bubble Bass, which he got from the net, and Patrick eats the rest, releasing both of them as they land on Hoodoo and retrieve Wonder Whale. But the Voodoo Villain subsequently grabs a Patrick action figure without red spots. This is soon revealed to control Patrick, as his body matches how the action figure posed. After getting back the Wonder Whale action figure, Hoodoo positioned Patrick about to throw Bubble Bass, but the villain unintentionally threw Bubble Bass toward himself, and he once again got defeated. After the swamp mates declare victory, the hot sauce gang re-encounter them, and another chase commences. Unfortunately, the log swam away, but when Bubble Bass was ready to surrender, Patrick gave him trust by becoming his boat. On the other hand, the gang brings the Voodoo Villain with them. But the mention of the power of reluctant friendship freaks them out as they retreat, or that's what Bubble Bass thought. They were running away from a waterfall from behind the two playmates, and the latter fall down the waterfall. Just after, Bubble Bass wakes up as Patrick performs CPR on Bubble Bass, claiming that he was "dead" for ten minutes. The whole thing ended up being a hallucination. Patrick's confidence about the indoor pool, and a slap in the back, release the Wonder Whale action figure from inside Bubble Bass. After his mother complained about the mess in the basement, Bubble Bass says he would prefer the swamp, and Patrick said that was the best playdate ever. The episode ends with The Chief finding a Patrick action figure which completed his collection, a reflection of Hoodoo and his collection.

Role in video games

Legend of the Lost Spatula

Bubble Bass appears as one of the enemies.

Lights, Camera, Pants!

Bubble Bass is the judge for the waiter role at the Krusty Krab.

SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis

Bubble Bass was mentioned by Patrick.

SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom

In the first level, SpongeBob and Beautiful Gorgeous travel to Bikini Bottom where they find Bubble Bass eating Krabby Patties right before he gets transformed into a giant minion of the Morphoids. Bubble Bass later heads to the Krusty Krab, forcing SpongeBob and Beautiful Gorgeous to follow. They arrive at the Chum Bucket and rescue Gary. Jimmy and Plankton later arrive at the theater to only find Patrick and Squidward trapped.

SpongeBob and Traloc later arrive at the Krusty Krab and fight a monstrous-sized Bubble Bass who demands more and more Krabby Patties, noting that SpongeBob has supposedly forgotten the pickles.

Finally, he is defeated, returning Bikini Bottom normal once more.

Bikini Bottom Brawlers

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Bubble Bass appears on the Bass Vegas sign.


  • In "Plankton's Good Eye," Bubble Bass' voice is higher pitched, although he is still voiced by the same voice actor.
  • In the Japanese dub Bubble Bass is voiced by Ikuko Tani, who is a female.
  • In "Swamp Mates," it was revealed that direct sunlight gives him gas.
  • Bubble Bass still lives with his mother even though he’s an adult around the same age as SpongeBob, due to him being lazy.
  • "Moving Bubble Bass" is the first episode centered around Bubble Bass since "Pickles."
  • His snobby and nerdy personality along with being obese is similar to Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
  • It took him 11 years to return from Fools in April to Plankton's Good Eye.
  • There’s a running gag with Bubble Bass squishing things with his buttocks.


  1. ^ "Pickles." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. August 21, 1999. Television.
Recurring characters (VE)

Supporting cast

PatchyPottyFrench NarratorMermaid ManBarnacle BoyFlying DutchmanKing NeptuneLarry the LobsterHarold SquarePantsMargaret SquarePantsGrandma SquarePantsRealistic Fish HeadPerch PerkinsBikini BottomitesJellyfish

Other recurring characters

Betsy KrabsBubble BassDirty BubbleHansMan RayMrs. TentaclesOld Man JenkinsPainty the PirateRubeShelleySpotSquilliam Fancyson

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