Bubble transitions, also known as bubble wipes are when one scene changes to another, with bubbles floating across the screen.
There have sometimes been episodes where the floating bubbles across the screen are replaced with something else.
- In “Ripped Pants,” the screen rips apart right after the scene with SpongeBob pretending to drown, promptly annoying everyone.
- In "I Was a Teenage Gary" a wipe transition is used after Squidward is injected with snail plasma.
- In "Suds," in the montage of Patrick trying to treat SpongeBob, the transition from one treatment to another treatment is pink bubbles representing bubbles caused by the suds appearing and popping.
- In "Valentine's Day," they are replaced with hearts.
- In "Texas," they are replaced with a page turning like the scene was a page in a book.
- In "Prehibernation Week," they are replaced with SpongeBob and Sandy doing extreme sports during the extreme sporting games.
- In "Greasy Buffoons," the transitioning bubbles are replaced with grease.
- In "Planet of the Jellyfish," the first transition bubble is replaced with jelliens.
- In "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," the transitioning bubbles are replaced with snowflakes and one transitioning scene with coal.
- In "Squid Defense," karate chop transitions are used instead of the regular transition.
- In "SpongeBob's Place," after Mr. Krabs builds a trench filled with molten lava near the Krusty Krab door, the customers step over him to go to SpongeBob's Place (to which the Krusty Krab moves). After Krabs' plan to keep his customers backfires, the transitioning bubbles to the next scene are replaced with the lava bubbles.
- In "There's a Sponge in My Soup," the transitioning bubbles are replaced with paisleys.
- "Reef Blower," "Krusty Krab Training Video," and "Boat Smarts" are the only episodes without any bubble transitions, even in the opening credits. "The Camping Episode" also does not feature any bubble transitions not counting after the opening credits.
- In "Squidville," for a second, a bubble transition was shown with Rough Draft Korea (the studio responsible for animating the series) and a date saying, "DATE: 06 / 30 / 00"; June 30, 2000, which is the possible date of making the said episode, even though the episode premiered on March 6, 2001.
- In "Chocolate with Nuts," for a second, a bubble transition was shown with a date of September 14, 2001, which is the possible date of making the said episode, even though the episode premiered on June 1, 2002.
- In "Have You Seen This Snail?," for a second, a bubble transition was shown with Rough Draft Korea.
- In "Born to Be Wild," SpongeBob breaks the fourth wall by riding on a bubble transition.
- Since "Extreme Spots," the transitions were updated with slightly fewer bubbles and are larger in order to fit the 1080i high-definition screen.
- In "Truth or Square" and the season 9 episodes before "Lost in Bikini Bottom," the sound for bubble transitions are different than the rest of the episodes.
- "Tutor Sauce" has 14 bubble transitions, the most out of any episode.
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