Encyclopedia SpongeBobia is sad to announce the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. He died on Monday, November 26, 2018, following a battle with ALS. Variety reported on Nickelodeon's statement on Mr. Hillenburg's passing:

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS. He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”

The Encyclopedia SpongeBobia community may post tributes to Mr. Hillenburg below.

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I don't know how to put the box but Rest In Peace. SpongeBob is awesome.

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Stephen might be gone, but his legacy lives on through the franchise he created. Thank you Steve, for the childhood you gave to millions.
Stephen Hillenburg Tribute 13:22, January 2, 2019 (UTC)
Hope you had lots of fun! DatGoodHomie 11:38, December 31, 2018 (UAE)
RIP Stephen Hillenburg. You will be missed dearly. You were so YOUNG, too! You created the first cartoon that was suitable for ALL ages, and you gave us characters, memes, and other SpongeBob things that we all know and love today. And now, you're gone. Goodbye forever. ;n; AlimuDX 10:22, March 28, 2019
Childhood is my favourite type of moment. I love Mickey Mouse, I love Bugs Bunny, I love Woody Woodpecker. But most of all, I Love SpongeBob SquarePants! Goodbye Hillenburg. I will miss you and I hope Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller try to make the show look good Mister Dude 13 5:52, December 28, 2018 (UTC)
Rest in peace, Mr. Hillenburg. SpongeBob SquarePants has been a staple of my childhood. Thank you for your work. You will be greatly missed. The SpongeBob SquarePants fan community has suffered a great loss. We know you are no longer suffering, but your passing still hurts. AMK152 19:38, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Goodbye, Stephen Hillenburg. Thank you for creating the best animated series in the world. TifiSponge 21:28, December 5, 2018 (UTC)
Thank You Mr. Hillenburg for making everyday the best day ever! SpongeBoyPerson 16:09, December 3, 2018


Thanks Stephen for making our childhoods just that much more memorable and our days that much more exciting NematodesarePeopletoo 17:56, December 3, 2018 (UTC)
Farewell Stephen. You were a remarkable man, creative with ideas. It's very sad to see you gone before the 20th anniversary. But your efforts and passionate work will always be in our hearts. You have entertained me with your brilliant work. I loved your show since 2006. It's been an honor to see your work progress over the years. You will remain as my favorite cartoonist and I will never forget you.
Rest In Peace...
Golfpecks256 19:35, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Rest in peace, Steven Hillenburg. Thank you for creating my favorite television series, and being a major part of my childhood. Your brilliant work will never be forgotten. Anthony2306 19:40, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, Mr. Hillenburg for all of your wonderful contributions to Nick, animation and SpongeBob. You are a fantastic inspiration for all viewers, both longtime fans and new beginners. You are truly a force to be reckoned with. I am sad at your passing but am thankful and happy that you were able to contribute to the world with something so wonderful. One person truly can make a difference. Rest in Peace. Tanhamman 19:42, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
I loved Spongebob since I was a kid, and many days and nights had me cheered up by it, rest in peace Stephen, I hope you're in a better place. ALinkToThePasta 19:43, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for making spongbob Cocopuff2018 December 6 2018
I loved SpongeBob when i was growing up, Steven had a big impact on how i live to this day. RIP Stephen Hillenburg, the next big event in SpongeBob (if Tom Kenny doesn't die) will be Help Wanted's 20th Anniversary. Maddox121 19:44
Thankyou and R.I.P. Mr. Stephen Hillenburg for creating the best cartoon I've ever watched as a child. It may have gone downhill, and the quality has seriously diminished but your work on Seasons 1-4 were the Golden Age of Spongebob and are what shaped the show today. Without you I fear the show is doomed but you have brought everyone so much joy through your work as a writer. As a wise Sponge once said: "He was Number One!" EatThatPie 4:52, November, 2018
SpongeBob SquarePants is my favorite Nickelodeon show (and forever will be) and I enjoyed it as a kid. I grew up with this thing and it was one of my childhoods. R.I.P Stephen Hillenburg, thank you for creating our childhood :'(. I hope the show doesn't end. Lot of famous people like Avicii, Stephen Hawking, etc. died the same year. I now officially claim 2018 the worst year ever. Jimmy4164 on Wikia 14:54, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Rest in Peace Stephen, thanks for creating SpongeBob SquarePants, i Always loved your show, and was happy ya returned even tho i loved many seasons you was the best creator. Ya did my childhood show, and i am very sad, ya was a great man, Rest in Peace, Stephen Hillenburg. SteveBobMinecraftPants 21:06, November 27, 2018
Thank you for creating this wonderful cartoon, my favorite children's show ever, and for introducing us all to the amazing life in Bikini Bottom. You also (indirectly) created a terrific community, including websites such as this one. SpongeBob has been a large part of my childhood and even part of my life now, and I am so sad to see you go, Stephen. Rest in peace. Figmeister 14:17, November 27, 2018 (CST)
You made my childhood spectacular. You are wildly creative and a true pioneer of the industry. Your characters spoke to me in ways I could not describe. Your legacy will live on in many people's hearts, as they look back fondly on the memories you gave to them. My only regret is that I'm so late doing this, but I still have lots of gratitude to give to you, for making me a happy person. For teaching me to always have a positive outlook, and to not stay negative, and I just hope people remember you for what you truly wanted to do in life. Thank you, and rest in peace, Steven Hillenburg.  NatRox (MCE) SB Gif 14:53, December 21, 2018 (CST)
Rest in peace Stephen Hillenburg. Your show has entertained me and many others around the world for many years and will continue to for many years to come. Thank you for your brilliant work and your contributions to cartoon history. You were a great man and you will be missed by all of us. Thank you for creating my favorite cartoon series of all time. Rest in peace. NostalgiaMonkey21 20:19, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Hearing that Stephen Hillenburg had passed is truly one of the saddest things that could of happened to me. I've watched SpongeBob SquarePants since I could understand it, and have loved it every since. While the show has been through some dark times, I still watched every episode. Hopefully Hillenburg will live the most peaceful afterlife, he deserves it.

Rest in peace to my the creator of my all time favorite show.

SpongeBoop 15:26, November 27, 2018 (EST)
I'm still speechless over this event. I have enjoyed SpongeBob from childhood to now. It continues to bring a smile to my face when I watch repeats of my favorite episodes. Although I may never get to meet him, I am grateful that Mr. Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants. He truly deserves all the awards he has been given. R.I.P. SonicTheEpic 20:32, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Stephen Hillenburg was a marine biologist who created one of the most successful television empires ever, Spanning over 10 seasons, and thousands of viewers over the years. Ever since Post-Movie he has created to work on the show until his demise by the dreaded disease known as ALS. He will always be remembered of creating one of the best cartoons of all time. Thank you for doing so and hail in the goodlands. VemsaVideo 18:35, November 27, 2018 (EST)
Even though we knew this was coming, it's still immensely sad! Why must the creator of such a great show get ALS! He didn't do anything wrong! He made a lot of great episodes. Even in the shows downs (season 1 and 6), he was still able to make some great episodes (I know he wasn't really at the show in seasons 4-9A but it was him that made the show popular enough to go to those seasons.) R.I.P., at least you got to see 11 seasons of SpongeBob air. CheeseCrocker (talk) 18:46, October 13, 2018 (UTC)
Rest in peace Mr. Hillenburg. You created an excellent show and you will always be remembered by many. Such a shame to see you go. You will be dearly missed. Tyler730 20:49, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Steven Hillenburg has touched the lives of both young and old with SpongeBob Squarepants. This iconic show is still loved by millions nearly 20 years after its release. While he may no longer be with us today, his creativity and legacy live on through SpongeBob SquarePants to forever be on display to the fans and cartoonists he has surely inspired. Thank you Mr. Hillenburg. Chickenkrispies 20:52, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Mr. Hillenburg's caring spirit will live on through SpongeBob's adorable happiness. His love for the sea and its creatures inspired so many. I can't imagine a world without SpongeBob and I'm so grateful for his passion. Pablor 20:52, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
This is so sad that this happend now every time when I watch SpongeBob i well think about him, I have been watching this show even sence I was born in 2003 but now with him passed away yesterday we are now sad with out him, but overall I'm glad he made great episodes like "Frankendoodle", "Karate Choppers", "Chocolate with Nuts" and more episodes to this amazing show, R.I.P. Stephen Hillenburg we well always remember you as a great person. ;_;
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Devon5432 04:11, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Stephen Hillenburg has been one of the greatest writers of television history. All the way back to 1999, many shows slowly come and go. However, still surviving today in 2018, SpongeBob has a great history of setting new records on Nickelodeon and television history, such as longest running NickToon, longest season in TV history, and one of the longest running series in general. He has encouraged to create the greatest era (seasons 1-3), two amazing movies, and then the Renaissance of SpongeBob (season 9A-11). However, even show creators has to have their time to come up soon, and it's sadder when the show is still active. Stephen will be completely missed, and without him, there would be no SpongeBob and who knows how Nick would continue to survive. We wish you and your family the best of luck for the future and SpongeBob will still always be remembered for the years to come, even if Nickelodeon goes out of business.
20:58, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
It seems goofy, but I saw SpongeBob for the first time, I saw myself in him. Something about his confidence and his happiness just connected with me on a personal level. I stopped being a superfan of the show a long time ago, but I still watch it every now and then. Not a day goes by where I don't remember all the laughs the show used to bring me. Stephen Hillenburg was an amazing man with a true passion for marine life, and for the arts. I can't thank him enough for creating such a lovable character. Sponge2001 21:09, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
I always love SpongeBob since i was a baby, this show always and will forever inspire me, i hope he will rest in pease Stephen Hillenberg. CartoonEverything 3:22 PM, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
I hope the best for his family and friends through this hard time. Trollerz462 8:06 AM, November 28


No words.... truly heartbroken User:ArianatorsAndKatyKatsUnited 4:41 EST 11/27/18
Rest in peace Stephen Hillenburg. You have created one of my favorite shows on Nickelodeon that I still watch today. Thanks for creating one of the best shows and one of the best characters. 1033Forest 4:45 EST 11/27/18
Stephen Hillenburg was a man full of passion. He had an incredible sense of humor that he represented through SpongeBob. He was a gifted and really great guy in general. I've watched SpongeBob for about 10 years, and have never gotten tired of it. Stephen was truly a master at humor and storytelling. My prayers go to his family and friends. May you rest in peace, Stephen. You really were #1. PhazerGazer5000 9:47 PM, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Spongebob was a show I watched since I was so young, sometimes I watch it again and I still enjoy it always. This is just so unexpected today and i'm sad Stephen is gone. May his show live on forever. Derpsic 3:10 PM, November 27, 2018 (MT)
I've known SpongeBob for all my life, since I was about 2. The mastermind behind SpongeBob, Stephen Hillenburg, was a creative genius, and A LEGEND! Thank you Stephen, for all the great laughs over the years. Justauser123 4:16 PM, November 27, 2018 (CST)
Rest in peace, Stephen Hillenburg. Thank you for creating one of the best shows in TV history and for creating my childhood. You and your work will never be forgotten. TheKorraFanatic 22:24, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
F is for... anyway, Hillenburg also helped shape my childhood; thinking about how loved he is and how popular a spiritual successor of the mediocre-performing Rocko's Modern Life (which is also a classic now) has gotten reminds me of the freeze frame of Squidward at the end of Band Geeks. There will NEVER EVER be another cartoon like SpongeBob SquarePants. By the powers of naughtiness, I will forever command this particular drop of hot sauce to be really, really hot. Konnichiku 5:30 PM, November 27, 2018 (EST)
Here lies Squidward's hopes and dreams... and those of many others. Stephen Hillenburg was a legend, and I don't believe that anyone could ever create another cartoon just like he has done. Rest in peace, Ocean Man. JCDKid 5:38 PM, November 27, 2018 (EST)
I am shocked and heartbroken to hear Stephen Hillenburg has passed. And just before the show's 20th anniversary. He was the true heart and soul of SpongeBob. Steve was a truly incomparable legend. Now SpongeBob just won't be the same without him. And it won't be easy to continue the show without him. We'll miss ya, Steve. Ngh93 23:10, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
I miss him already, his name alone gives me memories of Seasons 1-3 and the amazing, nostalgic first movie back in good old 2004. I can't believe 2018 has been so cruel to us. I would have love to have gone Jellyfishing with him. User:Kirby's Air Raid 18:21, 27 November 2018 (EST)
Thank you, Stephen Hillenberg, for giving me a great show to laugh and enjoy. You will be missed. Rest in peace. EarthlingnAkumi 23:30, November 27, 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, Mr. Hillenburg, for creating one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time. You were taken from this world far too soon, but your spirit will live on through your incredible creation. Rest in peace Amber Lars
thank you stephen. i could not believe my eyes when i read that news article. it seemed like yesterday when i first watched help wanted, and the sponge character that brought joy to people all around the world. you will always be our smithy werben man jensen. rest in peace. hotsunay meekuu 6:59 PM, November 27, 2018 (EST)
Stephen, we will all miss you... and I was saddened when my teacher at school told me that you passed. We will always remember you and will be reminded of you every time we watch your masterpiece... SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS! Tomidachidude45678 7:17 November 27, 2018 (EST)
SpongeBob was the show that defined my childhood. Thanks for the memories, Stephen Hillenberg! I'll always remember you. Robowil 7:40 PM, November 27, 2018 (EST)
Rest in peace, Stephen. You have made SpongeBob an important memory in my life. I've been a fan since i was 6, and will continue to be as long as I live. You will always be remembered. Thank you for everything. DavidTheNerdKid 4:45 PM, November 27th, 2018 [PST]
This has easily been one of the most soul-crushing announcements I have ever had to hear. Stephen- the gift you have given to us simply cannot be praised enough. You've shaped the lives of countless childhoods, including my own. Spongebob was a staple of my life since I was a young child. So many moments of this show I remember, and it's all thanks to you. How could I Ever forget that epic ending of Band Geeks? Or Patrick's famous line in Big Pink Loser? The unforgettable riot that is Sailor Mouth? All of these, and so many more, will stay in my heart, and the hearts of many, for years. Rest in Peace, my friend. No Spongebob fan will ever forget you. CITRONtanker 8:56 PM, November 27th, 2018 [AST]
Your show was what has kept me going for the past eighteen years. In fact I have even memorized all the lines of every episode of SpongeBob, which I have held as a very important piece in my life. No one could ever replace you thanks to your unique talents. So I say thank you for spending the last nineteen years giving millions of kids around the world what they like the most, Stephen Hillenburg. FoxyGrandpa12 8:05 PM, November 27, 2018 (EST)
Stephen Hillenburg, without you and your talent, my life would never be the same. You created a phenomenal show about underwater sea creatures that has impacted a whole generation of kids and adults everywhere. Even if you're not with us anymore, your legacy will continue to be in our lives forever and ever until the very end. I remember first watching the show during it's 3rd season and I instantly fell in love with the show because of your unique sense of humor and charm that you put into the show. We will never forget you and your amazing talent that you showed to the world. Rest in Peace, Stephen. My thoughts go out to you and your family. NationOfOranges696 5:16 PM, November 27th, 2018 [PST]
This news is incredibly devastating to me as someone who has been a long-time SpongeBob fan since 2006. The creator of my favorite cartoon is now dead. I would not be on this wiki for 4 years if it weren't for Stephen Hillenburg creating SpongeBob SquarePants. Thanks to Stephen Hillenburg for creating my favorite cartoon of all time. Jensonk 6:33 PM, November 27th, 2018 [MT]
Stephen, your life's work has been an amazing inspiration to us all. The show will never be the same without you. Your talent in making children and adults happy will forever live on because you've been our greatest adventure. Thanks so much for everything and you will truly be missed. DragonSpore18 8:36 PM, November 27th, 2018 (EST)
Incredibly heartbreaking to see one of the creators of my childhood shows to be gone. Stephen has incredible talent and being willing to help work on the show even after being diagnosed with the disease shows how much he really cared about the show. Rest in piece Mr. Hillenburg, you will always be remembered for forming many childhoods. You are forever cemented into cartoon history. LuigiTheMurderer 9:36 AM, November 28th, 2018 (PHT)
R.I.P. Stephen Hillenberg SpongeBob SquarePants was a huge part of my childhood. I've first watched SBSP at age 3, and I've been on ESB from 2014-2017. As of now, it's sad to see Hillenburg go. Alefikouhi 8:43 PM, November 27th, 2018 (UTC)
We've lost a lot of influential people recently, though I never thought it would be one of the people who created my childhood. It's really depressing and heartbreaking to see him go so early, the series won't be the same without him. I'm very proud of him for his accomplishments and how he never gave up on the show even after his diagnosis. Thank you Stephen for creating the cartoon that will never be replicated but his work will be an amazing legacy. Rest in peace, you'll be a great influence to generations of the future. CoolKarim 5:49 PM, November 27th, 2018 (PST)
Man this news got me hard when I first got the news from one of my friends on Discord. When SpongeBob first aired, I was just around 6 or 7 years old and I was still obsessed with The Rugrats. Once SpongeBob came into my life, that was my new obsession. SpongeBob will always remain as one of the longest running cartoons of all time and we owe that all to Hillenburg. And much respect to him for coming back around Season 9 to help get his own creation back on track after a few rough seasons (Season 6 and Season 7). Thanks for all of your awesome work and rest in piece. Say hi to Stan Lee for me. ZeoSpark 8:50 PM, November 27th, 2018 [EST]
Rest in peace, Stephen Hillenburg, who recently died of ALS. He is the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants and his creation has entertained millions of children and even adults alike. His legacy will never die. Jackninja5DipperGravityFalls (on Twitter) 8:24 AM, November 28th, 2018 (CST)
I remember when I first watched the show. I had fun. And while the show declined throughout the years, it wasn’t my fault that I enjoyed the show. I always waited for the next airing of SpongeBob each day. I would even watch memes of the show as well. I never thought that Stephen would die this soon even if he had ALS. Even up to now, I still watch the show. Even though the show become worse after the first three seasons, but rose up after season 9, it’s still an enjoyable show. My childhood would have not been made if it wasn’t for Hillenburg with his talent. Also, if you’re in heaven, I hope you are reading this now while you reflect. [1] 10:10AM, November 28th, 2018 [GMT+8]
Rest in peace. Thank you for creating such a memorable, funny and amazing cartoon. Spongebob is a legenday cartoon, and it's name will last for generations and generations. Even after the lower seasons like Season 7, it was you who came and made the show amazing again - you were one of the most talented people in the Spongebob crew, and will always be a legend. R.I.P Stephen Hillenburg, one of the most legendary and talented cartoon creators to exist. LunalaMoon18 12:32PM November 28th, 2018 [UTC+10]
R.I.P. to an absolute legend. I've been a fan of SpongeBob since I was in diapers, so the news of his passing hit me real hard. SpongeBob has been more than just a show to me. SpongeBob is a part of my life. I've seen every episode of the series at least once. I remember watching the show every day after school, and on Saturday mornings.

I was devastated enough when I first heard of Hillenburg's ALS diagnosis in 2017, but I honestly refused to believe it. Today, we lost someone truly special. My heart goes out to his family, and other SpongeBob fans during this difficult time. Thank you, Mr. Hillenburg. I'll always be a goofy goober.

Thank you for creating the legendary cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants. I've been a fan since I was like 6 and watched it everyday. Not only me, all of my siblings which also grown-ups also watched this cartoon everyday. Everybody knows SpongeBob SquarePants is. Even my mom watch it sometimes. From babies to adults, everyone know this cartoon. The impact of the cartoon in my childhood was priceless. I know, even the series have its ups and downs, this series is still amazing. People still love it. This year we have lost a lot of legendaries such as Stan Lee and Aretha Franklin, but the death of Stephen Hillenburg hits me hard into the heart. This year is such a devastating year for me, I've lost a lot of someone special like my grandfather and you, Mr.Hillenburg. Thank you for creating the world's childhood. The world will never ever be the same without you. User:Da Interruptor Haha132 Be cool and so dat me/Help?/News! 03:27, November 28, 2018 (UTC)
I still remember being a kid and watching the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie like 50 times and even going to the bonus features, where I got to see Stephen Hillenburg for the first time. I was obsessed with SpongeBob as a kid, and that's what I was known for during my early school years. Thanks to Stephen's ability of making a cartoon of this level, he inspires me to do something like that, but there will never be someone like him again. He was gone from us too soon, but his work will live on and its impact can be felt for generations to come. RIP Stephen Hillenburg, and a huge thank you for forming my childhood. NightFalcon9004 10:32 PM, November 27th, 2018 (EST)
Rest in peace, Stephen Hillenburg. I have always loved the show you created. I loved it enough to do my own art from it. I will always remember you by looking at your autograph on the poster you gave me. EmuLuke23 7:43 PM, November 27th, 2018
If it had not been for you and your beloved character, my childhood would not have been the same, Stephen. Along Dora the Explorer and The Fairly OddParents, SpongeBob SquarePants was one of my favorite cartoons and would be forever one of my favorite cartoons. Perhaps you are gone, but your legacy will live with the iconic character you created, who surely will live for countless generations. I'm sure that you will have an homage in the upcoming third movie, and I'm sure that you would have loved to see it. You will always live in our hearts and in the pinnacle under the sea! X9 The Android 23:10 PM, November 27th, 2018
I enjoyed watching your show when it was started a long time ago in my country (Philippines) on Nick Asia in late-2000's, then you started dominating the free-to-air television around 2002 started at Studio 23 (now Sports and Action), then moved to RPN 9 (now CNN Philippines), and until now, I never stopped enjoyed watching your creation even on the internet. But it seems that you've reached your limit on your creation. And its really saddened me that you've joined our creator today. Thank you for giving us Laughter, Drama, Action, and everything that you've shown through Spongebob Squarepants, and us Filipinos here will never forget that you and your creation will ALWAYS BE A PART OF OUR CHILDHOOD. From the Philippines "SALAMAT AT PAALAM PO, MARAMING SALAMAT SIR STEPHEN HILLENBURG! MABUHAY PO KAYO AND DIOS MABALOS" (English: "Thanks and goodbye, Thank you for everything Mr. Stephen Hillenburg! LONG LIVE AND GOD BLESS YOU."). Hamham31 3:01 PM, November 27th, 2018 (Philippine Standard Time)
Spongebob Squarepants has had a profoundly positive impact on my life, and it wouldn't have existed with Stephen. From growing up watching it when it first aired to seeing the original movie in theaters it was always a good time. It even brought me closer to my cousin when we drifted apart. The characters manage to not only fulfill stereotypes ripe for parody, but often show heartwarming honesty and outrageous absurdity that is not always a requirement when it comes to producing content for children. Stephen wasn't solely responsible for the show's content, but his absence is noticed in later episodes and versions of the show, and I wish he'd stayed on longer, but even though I'm not a viewer of the later stuff, I know that Spongebob, and the rest of the memorable characters that he created continue to entertain beyond what even he could have imagined for them.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Hillenburg.

You were one of the greats and you were taken from us too soon

PuffinMoxy 12:55 PM, November 28th, 2018 (Pacific Standard Time)
It's really sad to see him pass away... I mean, he created my childhood- OUR childhoods because of his knowledge as a marine biologist. SpongeBob SquarePants still remains one of my favorite cartoon shows of all time, and may he rest in peace... Thank you for everything, Steve. Thank you for shapening up our childhoods and how it effects our lives. Rorosilky5 12:33 PM, November 28th, 2018
Stephen Hillenburg's death is sad, But you should remember the quote from The Sponge Who Could Fly, "As long as there are stars in the sky, SpongeBob will live on in our hearts and in our mind." Koopsers Joopsers (MCUE)SpongeBob....  6:54 AM EST, November 28th, 2018
Words can't be enough to thank you Stephen. Spongebob brought joy and happiness to my childhood. In my early years I always wanted to get home from school so I could watch the show before lunch, and always had a great time, lots of laughters I had. It was my favorite show and even my grandfather who passed away this year, loved the show so much because he was a navy captain, and liked everything about the sea creatures. I remember my first drawings of Spongebob and pals, it was a fun thing to do, to have plushes and toys from the show, it meant the world to me, and now with 22 years old you have no idea how much I appreciate this characters, they were like brothers to me growing up as a only daughter, I never was alone because of Spongebob. Thanks for everything Stephen, your legacy will last forever. Hewll 7:30 AM GMT-6, November 28th, 2018
Thank you for an amazing childhood ❤ Itamar20112 3:59 PM IST, November 28th, 2018
First of all, I extend my Condolences and Prayers to his family, who are in grief. I am devastated by the news of his death, Steve made my childhood life whole when I was a kid enjoying his show over the years, and still enjoying it today in my own home country (Philippines) on ABC-5 (Now the 5 Network, or TV5 Philippines) and now every Sunday mornings on ABS-CBN in Filipino. My grief is all that is inside me after his death. Thank you, because without him, our childhood life is empty. DIOS MABALOS PO SA INDO (Long live and may God bless you), Stephen Hillenburg. RealGilbertGan 10:52 PM, Philippine Standard Time, 28 November, 2018
My heart truly goes out to Stephen's family. As a kid, Spongebob was one of the best friends that a kid could ever ask for. I can't stop myself from wanting to cry, not just from sadness, but out of gratitude. So from the bottom of my heart, Stephen Hillenberg, THANK YOU! CultureBuff101 10:38 AM, EST, 28 November, 2018
Although Hillenburg has left us, his impact on the animation industry, pop culture, and entertainment as a whole never will. I loved SpongeBob as a kid, and the recent seasons have helped reignite my passion for the art form that is animation. Thank you for everything, Stephen. Sqid4 1:04 PM EST, 28 November 2018
He was like Walt Disney in a way, and I won't ever forget him, even though we never met. Shouty the Penguin November 28, 2018 at 1:34 PM EST
He was one of my favorite authors of the animation world, along with Matt Groening, I loved SpongeBob SquarePants since pre-adolescence, I still love him and I will continue to love, I love the pre-movie episodes created by him, just like those early post-movie, I am very sorry, rest in peace, you will always remain in my memories and memories of all the SpongeBob fans in the world. A Wikia Contributor ITALIAN's return November 28, 2018 at 8:06 PM CET
(I'll miss you, thank you for contribution for making this show as possible ) (SpongeOddFan) (November 28, 2018 4:17pm ET )
I'll miss you dearly. Brainulator9 November 28, 2018 at 4:34 PM EST (21:34 UTC)
It will probably take years for me to get used to the death of Stephen Hillenburg. It wouldn’t be the person I am today without Spongebob. And to know that the creator of this imaginative world is now gone...just shatters my heart. Rest In Peace Stephen...may the light guide your way. Trengal November 28, 2018 at 9:53 (UTC)
Stephen Hillenburg and his creations were more of an inspiration to me throughout my life than I could ever comprehend. I started watching SpongeBob when I got one of the DVDs as a birthday present when I turned a year old, and I've loved the show with every fiber of my being ever since. I thank you very, very dearly for all the wit, humor, heart and wonderful creations you've graced this world with, in its time of need and otherwise. I sincerely hope you have a good time, up in the great beyond. <3 LightningLarryLuciano2 November 29, 2018 at 12:43 AM (UTC)
Stephen Hillenburg was a superb person with a golden heart, who had overseen the wondrous first 3 seasons and the just as enjoyable, animation-filled 2.5/3.5 seasons of modern time. It is heartbreaking to see him go, as I did not think he would fall so easily. It is very tragic he is gone, and we have lost yet another phenomenal person off the face of this Earth. Goodbye Mr. Hillenburg, we'll miss you :(. I hope you'll be commemorated in the show. :'(  EmpressYzma (MCE)  November 29, 2018 at 1:06 AM (UTC)
This is very sad news indeed. He was such a great creator; he worked on Rocko's Modern Life first, then SpongeBob; it made Nickelodeon what it is. There will never be another cartoon like SpongeBob; it's a masterpiece. I'm very sad to hear such tragic news. At least SpongeBob will continue, but it won't be the same without Hillenburg; just watchin' the show feels different, knowing that Hillenburg's dead. That's all I have to say. Expert at Terraria November 29, 2018 at 1:58 AM (UTC)
Very unfortunate to have died so early. Without you, the SpongeBob SquarePants characterizations for all the characters in the series will never be the same. I hope SpongeBob SquarePants still is a good show after your many many years of true dedication to bringing back the joy of sea creatures to everyone in the world. But I doubt SpongeBob SquarePants show would get any better after your death. Qwertyxp2000 II (talk | contribs) 02:52, November 29, 2018 (UTC) 02:52, November 29, 2018 (UTC)
Stephen Hillenburg was the mastermind who has brought joy to the hearts of SpongeBob and Rocko fans, and we're thankful for that. Without him, we wouldn't have had the greatest cartoon in all of Earth. Thank you very much for your contributions, and rest in peace. BoyInCharge55 November 28, 2018 at 9:55 PM (EST)
Stephen Hillenburg create SpongeBob and work on Rocko's Modern Life, two amazing Nicktoons. His work never be forgotten by fans who enjoy it all. May he rest in peace. He may have gone, but he lives on in our memories. :) Orange Mo (talk) 03:53, November 29, 2018 (UTC)
We'll forever miss you Stephen. Thanks for making one of mine and my dad's many favorite Nicktoons and for being a great inspiration to all. RC4EVER (User talk:RC4EVER) 1:24 AM, November 29, 2018 (EST)
It is with a heavy heart that we'll all miss you, Stephen. We can only hope that the legacy of Spongebob should live eternally as Nick's legendary icon, and the hearts of all aquatic-cartoon loving everywhere. Thus thank you for all your hard work, and Stan Lee too. Whiteknight810210 (talk) 2:38 PM, November 29, 2018 (EST)
Thanks for making me some of the best childhood memories ever!! Your family, as well as all the hard-working crew of the show, should be proud of what you will always be remembered for. And, while you did die on a certainly young age, we fans will make sure to spread the word about your few, but effective achievements in your life. R.I.P. Stephen, you will always be the Number 1 of our hearts!! Nick mick (talk) 14:44, November 29, 2018 (UTC)
Childhood was awesome because of Stephen, and the memes from teenagehood gave me a blast from the past. And, I realize that the show taught me a few things (It took me until this year to find out you were a Marine Biologist-- cool profession by the way). When I was still a toddler, I even decided to dress up as Spongebob for Halloween because I thought he was so cool. Even my parents were able to enjoy Spongebob back when it first premiered with my brothers. We'll never forget you. Tell Stan Lee we said hello and that we miss you both dearly. The show's going to feel a lot different, but that does not make it lose its charm. Warmest regards. Skiddley-Riddley (talk) 12:34, November 29, 2018 (CST)
Thank you for being part of my childhood, Stephen. We'll miss you so much. You're the #1. 💛 LucidumStar (talk) 19:51, November 29, 2018 (UTC)
It's difficult for me to say more beyond what's already been said. Steve was a pioneer and doesn't get as much credit as he deserves. He created a character as distinctive as Mickey Mouse. His creation reached and delighted millions of people. A history-maker. Spongebob456 (talk) 19:55, November 29, 2018 (UTC)
You knocked it out of the park with this show, my friend. If not for Spongebob, I don't know where I'd be today. I'd probably be one of those edgy teenage f(dolphin noises)s that hates their parents and cuts their wrist when they get bored. Also, thank you for writing "Jet Scream". That's always been my favorite Rocko episode, and I have you to thank. Rock on, my man. Candhfan621 🐧 [TIME WITHHELD], November 29, 2018 (EST)
What to say? I am truly shocked and devastated. Stephen Hillenburg's creations brought joy to millions, both children and adults. He may be gone, but his work will never be. His work will always be remembered by many. Thank you for your huge contribution to cartoon world, may your soul rest in peace! FlyingDutchmen 21:46, November 29, 2018 (UTC)
You may not be perfect, but we all are not perfect yet accomplished great things, as for you, you started possibly the most successful piece of Western Animation ever! HippyDippyHoop5 7:54, November 29, 2018 (EST)
Even though i don't care for SpongeBob anymore, i still missed him and i don't know if the future of SpongeBob SquarePants will be continued. I hope he will be replaced by new showrunner. Goodbye SpongeBob's godfather, Stephen Hillenburg. Ivan the Brony Kaiju 05:29, November 30, 2018 (UTC)
R.I.P. I hope the next episodes will be dedicated to him. By the way, since he's dead, who's gonna run the show now? SirBenelux 13:29, November 30, 2018 (UTC)
I am grateful that he created SpongeBob SquarePants series, which positively affected my life. Rest in peace, Stephen Hillenburg. AW10 18:24, November 30, 2018 (UTC)
2018 is officially the worst year of my life. Many honored people died, and when I heard the news (yes, it was on the 27th), I was just shocked. RIP. We will always remember you and your wonder. Alive or not, you are a legend.  SpongeBobDubs2096 (WCE)    21:00, November 30, 2018.
R.I.P Stephen Hillenburg, a man who changed cartoons, and lives of many children. Thank you for all you've done. SpongeBoyPerson 14:10 November 29, 2018


Words cannot describe the impact Stephen Hillenburg has had on my life and Cartoon history. The fact that one single cartoon could influence so much of the animation industry and pop culture is astounding. It's been my all time favorite show for my entire life and I've actually memorized every single episode's title, season, and the number in the season. I'm not mentioning this to make the tragedy my brag fest but just to add context to how much influence and character his creation has gave me. I sadly was never able to meet him, which is so unfortunate due to how much he has made me who I am today. No matter what he will never be forgotten, and my heart goes out to his family and every single SpongeBob fan on the Planet. RIP Stephen Hillenburg 1961-2018. Goof Jack (Jack Baird) 11:49 11-29-18 (PST)
I am completely speechless about the events that have occurred recently. I would have never thought that this would happen to Mr. Hillenburg, even if he was diagnosed with the disease last year. Although all of the users above have probably said everything for me, I still want to offer my sincere condolences. I also grew up with SpongeBob, and I still can't believe that its creator is gone. What is heartwarming is the sheer number of users here who have united to prepare a wonderful memorial for Mr. Hillenburg. I am certain that SpongeBob will never be forgotten in the future, nor will the life of Mr. Hillenburg. You were a wonderful and creative show producer, and we will all honor the spirit of SpongeBob and your life for a very long time. Rest in peace... The most expensive boss, Alex.sapre (talk) 02:56, December 2, 2018 (UTC)
Rest in peace to the man who gave me smiles everytime I would watch the television when I was a kid, to the man who made every afternoon a great time. Patapon Donchaka (Talk) 10:41, December 14, 2018 (UTC)
RIP Steve Hillenberg! You created one of the best shows of my childhood ! Steve.welch.7967
Rest in peace, Hillenburg (1961-2018) AlternativeHuman93 04:26, November 8, 2019 (UTC)
Mudkip57430Cool 19:58, November 28, 2018
I may have not been a fan of Spongebob since my childhood, but I still actually think it's good. I honestly never knew that this would happen, and I really want to say that Stephen was the best, and if I got a chance to meet him, I would've been able to tell him all of what i am typing right now. R.I.P Stephen Hillenberg 1961-2018 Jamestheawesomefool13 [I don't know what time it is, but i'm using the one on my watch] 21:35, November 30, 2018
The news hit me hard in school; walking away from my biology class my friend told me of Hillenburg's passing. I was and still am a major fan of Spongebob, and grew up in an era where Youtube Reviews were almost nonexistent. Back then, for some reason, my parents let me watch Spongebob, and I loved it. I watched it around when seasons 5-7 were new though, although we had the DVDs of the first three seasons. Spongebob wasn't like all the kids' shows I watched, rather it was more simple, yet so much more complicated. That childish charm still remains even if you're in high school, which is a feat of its own. Stephen Hillenburg created these characters, it's simple premise, and now a community reminiscing about it. He will be missed. [2] December 1st, 2018

11:48, EST

Stephen Hillenburg, Thank you so much for picking up on Season 12 and on the third movie. We all gonna missed Stephen Hillenburg so very much because we're all sad. But all the kids will love Spongebob Squarepants and even as families. And I even watched Spongebob Squarepants: The First 100 Episodes on DVD box set. But I rather it was more simple, and better yet we are charming from that remains, and even if you're a great creator. Stephen Hillenburg will created the characters and even a show whatever you like since he was a childhood. And now, I pronounced that Stephen Hillenburg is passed away for good. Rest in peace and rise in glory. Goodbye, Stephen Hillenburg and happy trails. You will be missed. (1961-2018) ⚰️🌹 Brandonmcabee

December 1st, 2018

15:21, EST

I loved Stephen's work on Rocko's Modern Life before SpongeBob even came out. His amazing artistic ability and smart sense of humor shined through every project he touched. He was not only responsible for two of my all-time favorite shows, but for countless moments of happiness. SpunkyRocko 01:21, December 2, 2018 (UTC)
I was watching season 1 when my brother told me. This HIT me HARD! I loved this show, and the creator passed, and it might not be the same, even if it is not as good as seasons 1-4. Season 12 is gonna be a changed season, but to honor Stephen Hillenburg, they should boost the quality. FarmerBob is out, haven't seen it, but it was Stephen Hillenburg's last episode. Please, Nickelodeon, please boost your quality. Im not asking for season 1 quality, but just do better. Make everyone pround. Make Stephen Hillenburg proud. isilverskeleton December 1st, 2018. 10:04 (Central Standard Time)
Spongebob was and still is my all time favorite show. When I was young I really didn't care who made the shows, but as I grew up, came to appreciate them. Stephen Hillenburg made my childhood great, even when I was sad and down, a episode of my favorite sea sponge would cheer me up. Rest in peace Stephen, and thank you for creating the best show on television. Punykirby December 2nd, 2018

1:48 AM (At night)

Eastern Standard Time

Spongebob still being my favorite show, unlike most people, i never hated or disliked any episode after Stephen left the show because it still being his creation, he created the show, the characters and millions of childhoods. Rest in peace Stephen SonrisitasPF 5:46 PM, December 2, 2018 (UTC)
I grew up for years watching not only Spongebob but Nickelodeon as whole. Some of my greatest memories as a kid are from watching and sometimes recreating scenes from Spongebob. I played the video games based off of the show for years and one of my all time favorites is Lights Camera Pants. I remember getting up early on Saturdays to play Battle for Volcano Island one of the greatest things about that game was the Sponge. I wish I could say thank you to him in person but I wasn't lucky enough to meet him. I happened to see most of the main cast though including Tom Kenny so that was nice. If I was able to meet him I would say thank you for the hours of entertainment and joy this simple little sponge gave us. We lost a lot of great people in 2018 Stephen Hillenburg, Stan Lee and Stefan Karl to name a few. But we shouldn't let their deaths stop us, we should keep moving forward and keep honoring them by enjoying their property. So from the bottom of my heart thank you Stephen Hillenburg for creating the nautical world of Spongebob and for fueling my childhood. SkateyTheMatey 12:45 AM (0045), December 4, 2018 (EST)
I am gonna be brief here, But Thank you Stephen for creating this wonderful show,I Would not have a favorite show without yo... SuperJoeyBros9 03:00, December 4, 2018
You shaped my childhood, and for that, I cannot thank you enough. Rest in Peace Supersnake123 08:39, December 7, 2018
This show shaped my childhood; and for that, I cannot thank you enough. As Patrick said in Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost, happy trails. ZiilLosDiiDu 11:06 PM, December 7, 2018
When I was a kid, I watched your episodes too. I miss you too. Sam and Friends Kermit 12:38 December 13, 2018
Roses are red, Violets are Blue, Stephen was good, so are all of you! Asfgrew 9:28 AM, December 8, 2018
One of my favorite shows that I've ever enjoyed, even after he left to work on projects. He has created a show that will be remembered forever and apart of so many people's lives. Kelis98 6:38 PM, December 12, 2018
While I have never had much interest in the show, my brothers both love watching it. I have seen the many great moments that have come out of the show, and it has become a very popular show as old as I am myself. Stephen Hillenburg created a true masterpiece. Burpy's dream 6:38 PM(Pacific), December 13, 2018
I loved spongebob it was awesome its sad to see Stephen go. He was a hero of our childhoods and he made the best show there was no other show like spongebob that will touch my heart.

Thank you Stephen.

NickyIsTheBest123 9:40 PM December 20th 2018
We always enjoyed every single episode, especially Chocolate with Nuts, Pizza Delivery, Fools in April, Band Geeks, Hooky, Bubble Buddy, Grandma's Kisses and No Weenies Allowed. CartoonMan3D 7:12 PM

December 23, 2018

Spongebob is not only my favorite cartoon of all time, but it was and still is a major part of my life. It got me through some tough times, regardless of Season or Era, and it helped me make some awesome friends who I wouldn't trade for the world.

Rest in peace you amazing man.

U|Luke Vaughn ~
Goodbye Stephen, you really brought joy to millions of children and adults alike, and we thank you for that. I hope that somewhere in heaven, you, Stan Lee, Stephen Karl, and all the other good souls are having a blast, playing in the underwater sun. Thank you for Wormy, No Weenies Allowed, Krab Borg, and of course, SB-129. Goodbye, and may you go up to the great beyond. Kraken Master 05 8:10 PM

December 27, 2018

Farewell Stephen, you will always be remembered down in Bikini Bottom. This ocean's not the same without you. It's just a grill and spoon... without you. TPercival 8:47 AM

December 27, 2018

Wow, this news when it came out was the worst part of the year for me, I remember sitting down with my Grandpa and laughing so hard at this show. You gave me memories that I will never forget. Thank you. LittleToaster 11:09 AM PST

December 29, 2018

Honestly this was a shock for me. Because one day before the legend passed-away, we actually called our friend from class (his name) Squarepants, because it was his nickname when he was much younger. We all got in shock when we found out about the tragic news that the head of the whole existence of SpongeBob series is actually gone. I hope Sir Hillenburg is now resting and looking down at us, wanting us to stay strong and keep making SpongeBob even bigger and better future on! We lost a lot of big people this year, i hope all are resting from Earth, in a better place in freedom. DarkUnknownWarrior [DUW] 9:56 AM

December 31, 2018

You gave Nickelodeon sweet victory over Cartoon Network. I'm sad to see you go. We'll miss you. Please say hi to Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Stan Lee, and George W. Bush for us. ArcActs20XX 4:13 PM, January 10, 2019
"We miss you and remember by our heart, Hillenburg" HorizonStikeF ~
I am sorry for the late post, but I will miss you, Stephen Hillenburg. I am grateful that you created SpongeBob SquarePants, my favorite cartoon. I hope you are in heaven now. Cheetos8089 January 5th, 2019
I remember myself as a kid, watching SpongeBob on DVD so many times (they say it was almost 5 hours a day or more) that I ended up having a nightmare.

Just kidding, but seriously, I do not know how my childhood would have been without the creation of Stephen Hillenburg. Some of the cartoons of the 2000s (and unfortunately most of today's cartoons) focus on bathroom humor and marketing (cheap McDonald's toys) to make studios profiteer with their cheap and safe creations for toddlers. However, SpongeBob was different, with a largely harmless and rather clever humor and interesting plots. His characters are distinct from each other and even a little deep, and give me intense laughter that often irritates my parents. And best of all is that SpongeBob has such thoughtful jokes that remain funny even after the fan has grown. I just have to thank Stephen for putting a huge smile on my face during my childhood. You have created a remarkable and friendly character. Terrible reboots will be light years away from the genius of SpongeBob SquarePants innocent humor for quite some time. Many thanks Stephen, thank you very much, I think it would be a depressing otaku without its revolutionary creation. SpongeBob was one of my influences to write children's stories!

Micael Esli February 4, 2019
Did not make it to the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob... so RIP. SonicFan08 February 12, 2019
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We will miss you. Edit: Godspeed, you magnificent man! Edit; 18 days, 23 minutes, and 23 seconds later: SpongeBob became a part of my childhood since 2010, when I was 4 years old, I became obsessed with it. I love this show even 9 years after I and my grandmother (on my mom's side) started loving it.

Kirby3214 (Kirb504 in another account, forgot the password) August 16, 2019 1:26 pm CT

We all miss you. Edit: Really, we all do, the ALS should be punished to what it did to you Edit; 0 days, 23 minutes, and 23 seconds later: SpongeBob became a part of my childhood since 2011, I became obsessed with it. I love this show even when it's cancelled, I always know where to find it when it is gone, let's hope it won't be gone.

IWasFormerlySpongeBoy November 8, 2019 6:10 pm PST
You have inspired million,s since the day you started this show, and continue to do so. I am happy to have known of your brilliance, when you were alive. ALS and 2018 should not have had any place here. My sister would have been completely devastated to know what happened to you. If only more people respected your wishes and lived by your intelligent yet humble imagination. RubySundrop December 28, 2019 10:16AM PST
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