Well, lad, it looks like you don't even have your sea legs.
— Eugene H. Krabs, in the episode "Help Wanted"

Eugene[1] Harold[2] Krabs,[3] simply and more commonly known as Mr. Krabs, is one of the ten main characters in the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise.[4] He is a red crab who lives in an anchor with his daughter, Pearl, who is a whale. He is the owner and founder of the Krusty Krab restaurant as well as the employer of both SpongeBob and Squidward.

Mr. Krabs is extremely greedy and obsessed with money to the point where he occasionally treats money better than his employees and daughter. The series exaggerates Mr. Krabs' greed, with him often anthropomorphizing money. Mr. Krabs is mostly respected by SpongeBob, who sees him as a father figure, while Squidward tends to loathe him.

Mr. Krabs' nemesis and business rival is Sheldon J. Plankton, co-owner of the Chum Bucket with his wife Karen. Plankton was Krabs' best friend during childhood, but he is now bent on stealing the Krabby Patty secret formula that makes the Krusty Krab so successful.

Mr. Krabs is voiced by Clancy Brown and first appears in the episode "Help Wanted."

Creation and development

Mr. Krabs is the only character in SpongeBob initially based on a specific person from Stephen Hillenburg's life.[5] When he designed Mr. Krabs, Hillenburg drew inspiration from his former manager at a seafood restaurant. According to Hillenburg, his manager was redheaded, muscular, and a former army cook; these three traits were adapted into Krabs' character, with Krabs' red color standing in for hair. Krabs' speaking manner was also inspired by the restaurant owner, who reminded Hillenburg of a pirate with his strong Maine accent. However, the owner was not greedy, with this detail added by Hillenburg to "give him more personality."[5]

When Stephen Hillenburg first created Mr. Krabs, his and Pearl's surname was spelled with a C rather than a K. Thus, the name of Krabs' restaurant was the "Crusty Crab." Hillenburg changed the name shortly before production began on the show's pilot episode, deciding that K's were funnier and more memorable.[6] The decision to have Mr. Krabs and Pearl live in an anchor was made after production on the first season had started. The original map of the show's setting, which Hillenburg showed Nickelodeon executives as part of his pitch to the network in 1997, did not include an anchor house and instead labeled the Krusty Krab as both of the characters' residence.[6]

Mr. Krabs has a distinct manner of walking; when he moves, he moves his feet very quickly and he is drawn as if he has more than two legs. When directing animation for early episodes, one of Stephen Hillenburg's goals was for each character to have a separate walk cycle that showed their personalities; storyboard artist Erik Wiese designed Krabs' walk cycle with the intention of making it cartoonish. Wiese recalled in 2012, "I animated Mr. Krabs' little feet on a four-frame multi-blur cycle—I think it was the best solution to making him walk like a crab." Steven Hillenburg approved of the walk after Wiese demonstrated it on a pencil test machine.[7]


Mr. Krabs' voice is provided by American actor Clancy Brown. Brown describes the voice he uses for the character as "piratey," with "a little Scottish brogue." According to Brown, Krabs' voice was improvised during his audition and it was not challenging for him to find the correct voice. Brown is fond of playing the role, having told the New York Post in 2015, "I wouldn't mind doing [the voice] until the end of time. There's just no corollary in live-action work—television or films or anything—to playing a miserly crab on the bottom of the ocean."[8] Brown has defended Mr. Krabs as a character, saying he is "not a bad guy, just like your local banker or businessman. He loves Pearl too!"[9]

In a 2005 interview with the magazine Starlog, Brown described his work on SpongeBob as a "whole other career" compared to his live-action roles.[10] Brown's other acting projects have brought some guest actors onto SpongeBob SquarePants, including Dennis Quaid, whose work with Brown on The Express: The Ernie Davis Story led to his selection as a guest star for the episode "Grandpappy the Pirate."


Mr. Krabs is short, red, and portly with very tall eyestalks, a crinkled nose, large claws, and short, pointy legs. Spikes on his shell are also visible on the back of his neck. He wears a light blue shirt and slackers with a black belt. A sailor or pirate ship often correlates with Mr. Krabs. Many times when he appears on-screen, sea-shanty sailor music is playing. Sometimes he does not have his shell on such as in "Shell of a Man," "Shell Shocked," and "Company Picnic." In addition, in the episode "The Algae's Always Greener," he is naked much like Plankton. He also loves money very much.


Krabs with money

Mr. Krabs in his office with a dollar bill


Dollar signs surround a scheming Mr. Krabs

Mr. Krabs is extremely greedy and miserly, being portrayed just as bad, if not, worse than Plankton. His only interest is to have money, and he could not care less for anybody, including his customers, employees, family, or even himself. He treats money as if it's royalty in some aspects. He frequently associates his customers and products with money, with lines such as "That's me money walking out the door!" or "The money is always right." Also, whenever SpongeBob or anyone else does something he doesn't like, he often says "This is coming out of your paycheck". It should be noted that, while Mr. Krabs' portrayal shows him as being obsessed with money to the point of anthropomorphizing it from the beginning, he became more miserly, cheap, and immoral as the series progressed. When SpongeBob uses the term "obsession" to describe his relationship with money during "Plankton's Good Eye," he denies it and claims it to be a strong word.

He is prone to fits of insanity if he has to give up as much as a penny. He often goes to irrationally great lengths to acquire or to avoid losing money with little, if any, regard to the safety or well-being of others or even himself. In "Squid's Day Off," he loses both arms and suffers a severe head injury while attempting to pull a dime out of the sink. "Krab Borg" reveals that Mr. Krabs always remembers the price for everything he has bought, which proves his greed has a strong memory. In "Born Again Krabs," he sells SpongeBob's soul to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents, despite the fact that SpongeBob put his life on the line to protect him from the Dutchman. In the same episode, he forces SpongeBob to sell a contaminated patty that he found under the grill, refusing to let anything that he could potentially make money with go to waste. Ironically, this results in the Krusty Krab losing weeks of business. He also tries to rip somebody's arm off for a penny saying "Unhand that penny or the arm comes off." Twice, he has been shown to have little respect for the dead, most notably in "One Krabs Trash," where he defiles a grave to obtain a rare drink hat to obtain a million dollars. Additionally, he has little respect for royalty. In "Rule of Dumb," when Patrick is believed to be the king of Bikini Bottom, Krabs allows him to eat at the Krusty Krab in the hopes of getting more money. Krabs promptly kicks Patrick out when he discovers that he never intended to pay at all, shouting, "No one eats at my restaurant for free, king or no king!" In "The Clash of Triton," he fails to take Krabby Patties away from King Neptune when ordered to do so and is promptly electrocuted when he asked who was to pay for them all. Also in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, he raises the price of a Krabby Patty to $101 when he finds out King Neptune is coming to the restaurant. He has also risen the price of food in "Truth or Square" in which it was the 117th anniversary of the Krusty Krab and adds an extra zero at the end of every price on the menu in hopes of getting more money. Mr. Krabs has even admitted his cheap nature before, such as in "Squirrel Jokes". There have been at least two occasions where SpongeBob has burst into the Krusty Krab to warn him about an oncoming disaster, only for him to think of it as an opportunity to try to sell them Krabby Patties. The first attempt was to an oncoming biker gang in "Born to Be Wild." The second was in "Whelk Attack" when he tried selling Krabby Patties to giant whelks when SpongeBob describes them as ravenously eating everything in their paths, he continues to try to push his products, despite them obviously being vicious wild monsters and he was promptly eaten.

His treatment of his employees is just as bad while inconsistent throughout the series; SpongeBob and Squidward's wages are always stated to be extremely low, far below minimum legal wage as shown in "Squid on Strike". However in "Dying For Pie" Squidward states that Mr. Krabs pays him minimum wage. In "Bummer Vacation," SpongeBob comments that a nickel is "more than [he makes] in a year." In "Big Pink Loser," SpongeBob implies that instead of being paid, he actually has to pay his boss. He is also shown to abuse his employees, most notably in "Fear of a Krabby Patty," in which he forces them to work nonstop 24 hours a day, seven days a week without rest for more than 40 days. In "Squid on Strike," Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob and Squidward bills instead of checks on payday, which charge them for any non-work-related activity, including standing, breathing, and even existing. SpongeBob even reveals in "One Coarse Meal" that Mr. Krabs actually pays him in play money. His safety measures and maintenance of the restaurant are extremely poor, if not nonexistent, frequently resorting to improvised and obviously inadequate measures to avoid paying for actual insurance and repairs. In "Pickles," he takes money out of SpongeBob's paycheck for one small mistake. In multiple episodes, Mr. Krabs takes advantage of the situation in order to make money, only to have it backfire later on. In "The Krusty Sponge," after a food critic gives the Krusty Krab a good review because of SpongeBob, he completely changes the Krusty Krab to center all around SpongeBob, with SpongeBob condiments, SpongeBob train rides, SpongeBob napkins, SpongeBob ice cubes, and even "Spongy Patties." The "Spongy Patties" give all the customers food poisoning, and one of the customers, who happens to be a cop, arrests Krabs. "Money Talks" reveals that Krabs has sold his soul multiple times to various evil spirits and demons, including the Flying Dutchman and even SpongeBob because "he was five bucks short on payday." In "Drive Thru," he turns a hole in the wall into a drive-thru. SpongeBob bought several things, including a menu, a microphone, and a light-up arrow. However, Krabs turned it down as he already made a menu made of napkins, a microphone made of tin cans on a string, and a very small fish-shaped sign, despite the fact that SpongeBob already paid for them, thus making Mr. Krabs not have to spend anything. Because of the increase in customers, he keeps knocking more holes in the walls of his restaurant until it eventually collapses. In "SpongeBob You're Fired," he fires SpongeBob, his best employee just to save a nickel. In "Out of the Picture," Krabs, after SpongeBob telling him that paintings when they get older, they get more expensive, buys all of Squidward's paintings, including the one that SpongeBob bought. After an art appraiser tells him that the paintings of a dead artist are a lot more expensive than those of an alive artist, he sends Squidward to a series of deliveries to dangerous locations to get him killed in the process. After through luck, Squidward survives all of them, including delivery to Mars, Krabs in anger takes out a huge hammer and tries to directly kill him. Squidward in the process is forced to destroy his paintings and the art appraiser appraises the destruction. Krabs, in hopes of getting money, then destroys his own restaurant just to impress the appraiser. The appraiser then says to Krabs that the "performance" couldn't have a price on it, so Mr. Krabs then gets angry, but a piece of the roof crushes him and Squidward. It is then seen that they are displaced in an art museum.

Mr. Krabs can also be incredibly petty. In "Plankton's Regular," when the Chum Bucket gets a regular customer, Mr. Krabs breaks down crying, saying that he can't let Plankton have even one solitary customer, even though Plankton says beforehand that he wouldn't try to steal the Krabby Patty formula anymore because he "just can't afford it." Another example is in "Penny Foolish," where he goes to ridiculous lengths to acquire a penny that SpongeBob finds, setting up numerous tricks that would ironically cost far more than a penny. In "Born Again Krabs," he attacks an innocent bystander who found a penny on the floor and nearly tore his arm off to get the penny. During his schemes, he often forces SpongeBob to help him by threatening to fire him. In "InSPONGEiac," Mr. Krabs scolds SpongeBob for using 1% more mustard than he was supposed to and calls him an insomniac for getting two minutes less sleep than normal.

Mr. Krabs has also shown that he believes that he has full control over SpongeBob's personal life: In "Karate Choppers," he forces SpongeBob to give up karate altogether, including outside of work, or else he would be fired. In "My Pretty Seahorse," Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to not just stop bringing Mystery to work, but to get rid of her entirely and has on many occasions forced his employees to work nonstop and told them that they could never go home, which is illegal.

Mr. Krabs is very protective of the secret formula, as he is always going to great lengths to make sure it is safe from Plankton. However, he is so used to Plankton making attempts to steal it that if Plankton doesn't make any attempts for a certain length of time, he begins to lose his sanity. As shown in Plankton Paranoia, Mr. Krabs is willing to leave the formula in plain sight, make new laws about all Krabby Patties having to be eaten on Krusty Krab premises, and even ban his customers and his employees just to get Plankton to reveal himself, and he often ends up hallucinating that Plankton is everywhere.

Despite his cruel and money-grubbing behavior, Mr. Krabs is not completely heartless. He has apologized for his actions on occasion, and he does care for Pearl, going to great lengths to acquire food for her in "Growth Spout" and in "Bossy Boots" he makes Pearl manager and gets heartbroken having to fire her. Despite his abusive treatment of SpongeBob and Squidward, he does care for and appreciate them, as the two help keep his restaurant afloat. He has also stated that he wouldn't stoop so low as to physically abuse them, as shown in "Selling Out." In "Krusty Love," Krabs finds his second love after money: Mrs. Puff. Also in "Best Day Ever," when SpongeBob is sad, he actually uses his money to try to cheer him up. Additionally, in "Born Again Krabs" he struck a deal with the Flying Dutchman for a second chance at life because he is a non-cheap, generous krab, something that he did very well until he discovered that he had no money in the cash register. As seen in "Little Yellow Book," even Mr. Krabs is upset at Squidward for reading SpongeBob's diary. In "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" Mr. Krabs is heartbroken over losing SpongeBob and even says he will give it all away to have him back. He also shows some sort of fatherly concern towards SpongeBob and Patrick, making them promise never to go near the hooks in "Hooky" and forbidding them from using vulgar words in "Sailor Mouth." He also apologizes for selling SpongeBob for 62 cents in "Born Again Krabs."

Mr.Krabs' House

Mr. Krabs' house

Eugene Krabs' home is a hollow anchor at the address 3541 Anchor Way, Bikini Bottom ("Sleepy Time") or 2219 Anchor St. ("Mall Girl Pearl"). Mr. Krabs and Pearl live together in the anchor. They own a pet worm named Mr. Doodles, as seen in "Sandy's Rocket" and "As Seen on TV." Krabs has a mother, who lives in a nearly identical version of his anchor home, except it is pink and slightly smaller.

Abilities and talents

  • Detection: Mr. Krabs is no stranger to having his restaurant invaded by Plankton in pursuit of the formula. As such, he isn't deceived by Plankton's numerous disguises and attempts to obtain the formula. In "Plankton!," Mr. Krabs is the only one to realize that the moving Krabby Patty was a result of Plankton hiding in it. In "Imitation Krabs," he detects Plankton behind the Robot Game Show Host machine. He also isn't deceived by Plankton lying about his card advising to discuss the Krabby Patty formula while at SpongeBob's party in "Party Pooper Pants." Despite this, he falls for Plankton's disguise as Cashina in "Married to Money" and his trail of pennies in "Goo Goo Gas" out of greed. Mr. Krabs also has a great sense of smell, and he can identify the presence of money from lengthy distances, as seen in "Penny Foolish."
  • Fighting: Having served in the Navy, Mr. Krabs knows how to defend himself and is more armed than most people. In "One Krabs Trash," he fights off a group of living skeletons in the cemetery using a sword. In "Bubbletown," he assaults the bubble police officer to the point of death, showing that he is more armed than the highest people of authority.
  • Limb range: Like most characters in the series, Mr. Krabs can stretch his body to unusual extents. He can elongate his eyes into nearby rooms and is revealed to know his to pop his eyestalks in and out in "Pressure," the latter of which he claims is a shared family quirk.
  • Lying: When under pressure, Mr. Krabs will resort to lying about having malice intent and has at times shown to be rather good at it. In "Life of Crime," he gets away with having stolen many people's valuables by categorizing the act as "borrowing." In "Growth Spout," Mr. Krabs is accused of theft by the police, but denies their accusations and claims he is practicing Santa Claus for the holidays, thereby letting him off the hook.
  • Parental authority: Being Pearl's father, Mr. Krabs has authority over her, and Pearl must obey him regardless of circumstances. Despite having legal authority over Pearl, Mr. Krabs has displayed incredibly poor and abusive parenting towards her in favor of finance, more-so as the show progressed.
  • Strength: Mr. Krabs seems to be incredibly fit for someone his age and weight, as he has demonstrated titanic strength on a number of occasions. In "Squeaky Boots", he lifts up the whole Krusty Krab, filled with numerous customers, like a feather. In "Bucket Sweet Bucket," he pushes the whole Krusty Krab across the street and then throws it into the air. In "Le Big Switch," he tips over the Krusty Krab from the back, dumping all of the customers out. He also possesses a remarkable sense of smell; he is actually able to smell money, and in "Hooky" he tracks down SpongeBob and Patrick by the sense of smell at least a few hours after the two left the Krusty Krab, claiming that he can "smell laziness up to ten thousand leagues." Mr. Krabs shows that he is stronger than Sandy in "Surf N Turf" when he tossed her submarine into the distance. He also easily beat many muscular fish at the secret anchor arm wrestling club in "Handemonium."
  • Supervisor authority: Due to having found the Krusty Krab franchise, Mr. Krabs has authority over his employees, who must do what he says or else consequences will be faced. Despite this, he is shown to abuse his authority to mass extents and shows little regard to the well-being of SpongeBob or Squidward in pursuit of raised profits.

Obsession with money

Mr. Krabs is an extremely selfish and greedy individual when it comes to his money and will go to any lengths for even a single penny. This is shown in "Penny Foolish" where he breaks into SpongeBob's house just to obtain a penny. He even chased a penny for many miles in "Imitation Krabs".

He will even abuse SpongeBob and Squidward at work in many episodes. He makes them work for 24 hours in "Graveyard Shift" and "Fear of a Krabby Patty," but changes it to 23 hours. He forces them to fish for his millionth dollar, even going as far as to use them as bait in "Clams." In "The Cent of Money," he abuses SpongeBob and Gary when he forces Gary to steal change and keep SpongeBob occupied, he is even shown to make them pay him instead of them getting their paycheck, such as in "Squid on Strike." In the said episode, he fires SpongeBob and Squidward, and in the end, when they are reemployed, he forces them to work for him for the rest of their lives after SpongeBob destroyed and trashed the Krusty Krab. In "Krabs à la Mode," he forces them to work with the thermostat at 62 degrees, making them freeze in the process. It is shown in "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" that he cares more about money than he does about anyone else, even their lives, as shown when Sandy wanted him to pay her. It is also shown in "The Slumber Party" that he can prioritize money over Pearl's happiness when he gives her only tap water with crackers and ketchup (in place of pizza) and a lot of rules. In "Whale of a Birthday" It is revealed that Mr. Krabs ruined 15 of Pearl's birthday parties due to being cheap, and almost ruined her 16th birthday party, only angry to find out that SpongeBob bought a lot of gifts with his debt card. He also has abused animals for money, as shown in "Jellyfish Hunter" and "The Cent of Money". He has also said many times of how much he would want to marry money such as in "Money Talks" and "Married to Money".

The episode "Born Again Krabs" shows his greedy personality when he almost dies for forcing SpongeBob to sell a rotten patty. In the same episode, he shows how selfish he is when he sells SpongeBob's soul just for 62 cents and almost rips somebody's arm off for a penny. In "Krusty Love" shows his generous side when he finds someone he loves just as much as money, which appears to be Mrs. Puff, and he reluctantly spends $100,000 just for their date. He then tells SpongeBob to make him not spend any money even though he forces SpongeBob to spend money for him as he scolds him, prompting him to finally snap at him and curse in gibberish, yet he is able to win Mrs. Puff's heart and keep his money. In "Born Again Krabs," he gave children free toys, gave people the ability to watch movies that have not even been in theaters, and free refills; Mr. Krabs is completely relaxed and does not mind having to pay a fine of $10,000 despite being bankrupt, until he realized that he wasn't dreaming and he was fully awake.

"The Krabby Kronicle," shows him making counterfeit notes. He has also paid SpongeBob fake money and stole people's belongings to avoid paying, as shown in "Life of Crime." He endangers townsfolk and even children, as shown in "The Wreck of the Mauna Loa" and "Krabby Land." He is overprotective of his money, as shown in "Squid's Day Off," "Can You Spare a Dime?," and "Clams." In the episode "Krabs vs. Plankton," his eyes turn in golden bars when the lawyer says, "We'll counter sue Plankton for everything he's got!" Krabs also prefers to accept free stuff and hates spending a single dollar. In addition, in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie", he priced his Krabby Patties up to $99 plus. He also raised the price of Krabby Patties to $50.00 in "The Googly Artiste".

There's also a short called "Me Money" where Mr. Krabs' money is nowhere to be found and he explains to SpongeBob the many violent things he is going to do to the person who "took" his money and then when SpongeBob tells him that he is just polishing it, he all of a sudden turns happy.

Krabs' greed is a double-edged sword, as he has made business decisions in order to save or acquire more money, which turned out to be counter-productive. In "SpongeBob You're Fired," he fires his best employee simply to save a nickel and opts to do the fry cooking himself, which backfires since his terrible fry cook skills scared all the customers away. In "Hello Bikini Bottom!," he sold pawned off the Krusty Krab to fund a band tour for SpongeBob and Squidward, but almost went bankrupt.

Antagonistic side

Mr. Krabs has an extremely prevalent antagonistic side and plays a villainous role in several episodes to the point where it borders insanity, mainly due to his extreme greed mostly his villain side and criminality.

  • In "Help Wanted" when SpongeBob wanted to get a job at The Krusty Krab, Mr Krabs attempted to get rid of him by asking him to get a legendary spatula.
  • In "Pizza Delivery," Mr. Krabs hung up the phone before the customer could finish his order, then he antagonized Squidward by making him deliver the Krusty Krab pizza with SpongeBob.
  • In "Pickles," it is revealed that the Krusty Krab has a refund policy, but Mr. Krabs had it written very small on the sign that it was almost impossible to see. Despite losing $2 from the refund, he takes it out of SpongeBob's paycheck.
  • In "Squeaky Boots", he gives SpongeBob cheap boots that he bought for Pearl, which she turned down. Mr. Krabs tells him that a real frycook wears them. After giving him the boots, SpongeBob causes a lot of noises with them, which Mr. Krabs cannot handle so he steals Spongebob's boots even though SpongeBob liked them a lot, and lied to him after stealing them. SpongeBob breaks down crying until eventually the squeaking noises drive Mr. Krabs crazy and he eats the boots.
  • In "Culture Shock" he charged his customers to throw food at Squidward.
  • In "Karate Choppers" He forces SpongeBob to quit doing karate completely, even outside of work believing that he has control over Spongebob's life. He threatened to fire SpongeBob if he catched him doing any type of karate. When Sandy was doing her karate moves on Spongebob, Mr Krabs fired SpongeBob even though it wasn't his fault, which caused SpongeBob to break down crying.
  • In "Arrgh!" Mr Krabs goes on a real life treasure hunt with SpongeBob and Patrick. He makes them travel all day, not letting them rest or eat and making them complain about being tired and hungry. After finding the treasure, Mr. Krabs selfishly takes all the treasure for himself, not wanting to give SpongeBob and Patrick any of the treasure. SpongeBob demands Mr. Krabs to give them a share, and they fight over the treasure chest until the Flying Dutchman wakes up above them, comes and takes it away.
  • In "Hooky" Krabs and Squidward humiliate SpongeBob in front of Pearl and her friends by "Hooking" his pants and making him take off his underwear. This was to get him to never play on the hooks again.
  • In "Patty Hype" Mr. Krabs laughs at and makes fun of Spongebob's pretty patties idea, saying it's a ridiculous idea. He then finds out how successful pretty patties actually are, and takes the stand away from Spongebob in exchange for the Krusty Krab. He then sells everyone the pretty patties, which poisons all of them and he refuses to give them a refund.
  • In "Life of Crime" It is revealed that he stole many items and called it "borrowing".
  • In "The Smoking Peanut," Mr. Krabs, wearing a fake mustache, steals many things he considers free on Free Day, including the clam's pearl. However, he is later caught and exposed and the crowd prepares to throw peanuts after SpongeBob's heartfelt speech. After the pearl's reclaimed and hatched to a baby clam, the crowd angrily turns on him and after he states, "But it's Free Day," they proceed in throwing peanuts at him.
  • In "Sailor Mouth," When he was about to make SpongeBob and Patrick paint The Krusty Krab for using foul language, he stubs his foot and lost his temper from the pain, and says all of the 13 of the bad words he made SpongeBob and Patrick promise to never say. He also stole a coin out of his mother's pocket after he believed she was dead.
  • In "Jellyfish Hunter," he tricks SpongeBob into catching all of the jellyfish in Jellyfish Fields for him in order to make Jelly Patties for the customers. Unknown to SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs runs a secret factory where the jellyfish seem to be squeezed of every drop of jelly, and then get disposed of. The mysterious blue jellyfish, named Friend, brings SpongeBob to the factory and reveals to him Krabs' true nature. SpongeBob foils Mr. Krabs' plan, freeing the jellyfish, who proceed to sting Mr. Krabs all at once.
  • In "Graveyard Shift" He opens the Krusty Krab to 24 hours a day after finding out his customers will give him more money after closing time, and refuses to hire employees to work night shifts out of being cheap. He leaves SpongeBob and Squidward unattended and he makes them work 24 hours which is illegal.
  • In "Krusty Love," he puts SpongeBob in charge of his money on his date with Mrs. Puff so that he does not end up spending it all, yet demands SpongeBob to buy several increasingly unnecessary items for her before they even leave her house to go to the park, and still getting mad at SpongeBob just for doing what he was told. Eventually, SpongeBob loses his temper and gives Mr. Krabs a verbal scolding before walking off in a huff.
  • In "The Fry Cook Games" He and Plankton turn SpongeBob and Patrick against each other by making them compete in the Frycook games and even make them fight each other.
  • In "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" When Sandy said she would catch the worm if they're willing to pay, Mr. Krabs freaks out and says he would rather have the worm eat everyone alive than to get a cent out of him.
  • In "Squid on Strike" He charges SpongeBob and Squidward for ridiculous things, such as breathing and existing. This causes SpongeBob and Squidward to go on a strike, which results in Mr. Krabs firing both of them, only to be rehired at the end and unknown to them, their strike attracted customers.
  • In "The Algae's Always Greener," after Plankton and Mr. Krabs switch lives, Mr. Krabs who is stark naked follows Plankton's motive to steal the secret formula.
  • In "Nasty Patty" The health inspector comes in the Krusty Krab to give a health inspection. After giving him almost everything on the menu, The health inspector tells Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob that he will need a Krabby Patty before passing them. Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob are happy about this, until they see a news report about someone pretending to be a health inspector to get free food. Infuriated by this, Mr Krabs tries to poison the health inspector by giving him an extremely tainted patty which Spongebob named "The Nasty Patty". After convincing SpongeBob to make it, The health inspector chokes on a fly before eating the patty, Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob laugh at this, until they see on the news that the impersonator has been caught and the health inspector in the Krusty Krab was a real health inspector. After seeing him unconscious, Mr. Krabs believes he's dead and he accuses SpongeBob and blames him of doing it, saying it was all his idea to the cops to avoid going to jail.
  • In "One Krabs Trash," Mr. Krabs tricks SpongeBob into giving back the soda drinking hat that he sold to him as a scheme to earn money once he finds out that it is extremely valuable. He uses a fake ghost and tells SpongeBob that the hat is cursed and that he must return it to its dead owner. His plan backfires when it turns out that there is an actual dead person with the name and SpongeBob literally buried the hat in his grave. Mr. Krabs digs up the grave and retrieves the hat, awakening an entire cemetery of skeletons, which he spends the entire night fighting. Krabs goes to sell the hat to the rich people, only to find out that an entire warehouse full of them had been discovered, making the hat worthless.
  • In "As Seen on TV," when he sees that the Krusty Krab commercial Squidward set up looks expensive (despite it all being necessary), Mr. Krabs scolds Squidward and angrily fires all the crew members except a clown (who ends up leaving anyway). Despite Squidward's chagrin, He decides to make the commercial using "the cheapest crew in the world" (himself, Squidward, Pearl, and SpongeBob (who has a small background role)), which turns out to be terrible and at a time that no one (except SpongeBob (because of his loyalty)) is awake to watch it.
  • In "Can You Spare a Dime?," Mr. Krabs blamed Squidward for "stealing" his first dime, causing Squidward to quit and live in SpongeBob's house. After SpongeBob had enough of Squidward treating him like a slave due to his arrogant behavior, SpongeBob chastises Mr. Krabs for refusing to re-hire Squidward and still blaming him as a dime thief.
  • In "Clams," he forces Squidward and SpongeBob to stay on his boat until he retrieves his one-millionth dollar. In addition, he threatens to starve them, after they give him one of Squidward's dollars in an attempt to go home. After they attempt to escape, he uses them as live bait for the clam to give him his dollar back. He lures the clam with stock music, and it then appears and eats him. He miraculously appears again, alive and well, with his millionth dollar back. However, he traded his entire body - spare his head and left arm for it.
  • In "Mid-Life Crustacean" Mr. Krabs goes through a mid-life crisis and does several activities with Spongebob and Patrick to feel young again. After doing several activities, SpongeBob and Patrick asks him "are you feeling it now, Mr Krabs?" Feeling embarrassed, he then says "I'm feeling like a total barnacle-head!" And throws the kids off him. After insulting SpongeBob and Patrick, Patrick convinces him to do "The Panty Raid". He then breaks into an insuspecting victims house to steal their underwear which he finds out to be his mother, which makes her ground him for the rest of the night.
  • In "Wet Painters," he threatens to cut off SpongeBob and Patrick's butts if they get any paint on anything but the wall before painting his house, telling them that the paint is permanent. SpongeBob and Patrick are extremely careful, but end up getting paint all over Mr. Krabs' first dollar, much to their horror. When he returns, however, he reveals that the paint comes off with saliva and it was all for the purpose of a joke, causing them to leave in disgust. However, Mr. Krabs gets his comeuppance when he laughs so hard at his own joke that he spits all over his living room and ruins the paint job.
  • In "Born Again Krabs" He forces SpongeBob and Squidward to sell a contaminated patty to the customers, telling Spongebob not to make any Krabby Patties until that one is sold. In the same episode, he almost tears somebody's arm off over a penny and sells SpongeBob's soul for 62 cents.
  • In "Krabby Land," Mr. Krabs schemes to make money by attracting children with an extremely cheap and unsafe theme park, causing the children who use it to get hurt and feel totally ripped off. He then promises them "Krabby The Clown" and tells SpongeBob to stall in the meantime. SpongeBob stalls by harming himself by doing many dangerous things, and Mr Krabs didn't care that SpongeBob got injured. Mr Krabs then dresses up in a cheap clown costume pretending to be the clown revealing there was no Krabby The Clown and it was all a trick to steal their money. He eventually reveals his true motives, and is subsequently beaten and robbed by the kids. He is then chained to two poles and force-fed lima beans by two muscular thugs.
  • In "Fear of a Krabby Patty" After finding out that Plankton opened his restaurant to 23 hours a day, Mr Krabs opens the Krusty Krab for 24 hours a day, and is too cheap to hire employees to work during nights. He then forces SpongeBob and Squidward to work 24 hours straight for 43 days with no breaks, refusing to let them even go home.
  • In "The Lost Mattress" When Squidward tells Mr Krabs he through away his old mattress, Mr Krabs attacks Squidward and atagonizes him because all his money was in the mattress, which Squidward didn't know.
  • In "Krabs vs. Plankton" Mr Krabs was being negligent by not putting a wet floor sign on the ground, which has the possibility of injury. Being that he is the owner of the Krusty Krab he has a duty of care, but failed to meet with this standard of care.
  • In "Have You Seen This Snail?" Mr Krabs was being careless that SpongeBob became depressed by Gary running away. Mr Krabs tells SpongeBob that "All his problems can be solved with a little hard work" meaning that Krabs wanted him to get back to work, which Spongebob interpreted as working harder to find Gary, and he leaves work with Krabs being stunned.
  • In "Skill Crane" Mr. Krabs encourages Squidward to keep playing on the skill crane so he can take his quarters, which results in Squidward spending all his money until he went bankrupt. Mr. Krabs takes all of Squidward's quarters and even takes the deed to his house.
  • In "Krusty Towers" Mr Krabs builds a hotel for more money and to raise the price of a Krabby Patty. He plaigarizes a hotel motto and practically makes Squidward become a slave to Patrick and makes him do ridiculous requests. At the end of the episode, Mr Krabs forces Squidward, SpongeBob and Patrick to go to medical school after he found out how much money hospitals make.
  • In "Whale of a Birthday" It is revealed he ruined 16 of Pearl's birthdays.
  • In "Wishing You Well" Mr. Krabs builds a wishing well next to the Krusty Krab just to get free money from citizens who throw their money in the well. He forces SpongeBob to stay at the bottom of the well all day and night to collect all of the money, not letting him out. He also tries to convince SpongeBob that the magic he found doesn't exist.
  • In "New Leaf" When Plankton surrenders and tells Krabs he's done competing with him, he decides to open a souvenir shop and quit the food business. Mr Krabs does not believe this, and he confronts Plankton and goes on a rage. He destroys his new gift shop and smashes all of his Nic Nacks. Although this was an elaborate scheme to get the Krabby Patty formula, Plankton never revealed it until the end of the episode.
  • In "Krabs à la Mode," Mr. Krabs yells at Squidward and tells him that no one can touch the thermostat except for himself. Even after Plankton uses the thermostat to freeze the Krusty Krab, he believed the thermostat was alright and yelled at his employees to work in the frozen building. After Plankton reveals to Mr. Krabs of his actions, Mr. Krabs realized Squidward was right and likely felt bad for disbelieving him. Mr. Krabs then uses the thermostat to freeze Plankton and puts him in an ice cube of lemonade that he drinks in the Krusty Krab swimming pool while ignoring his screams.
  • In "The Krusty Sponge," when a food critic gives the Krusty Krab a good review due to SpongeBob's cooking, Mr. Krabs immediately exploits it by making numerous different kinds of SpongeBob merchandise, going so far as to force Squidward to wear a ridiculous SpongeBob costume and cook while he couldn't. He also had SpongeBob drive customers in a train while paying no heed to his exhaustion. He even feeds customers rancid Krabby Patties and doubles the price. Unfortunately, this scheme blows up in his face when he feeds his customers spoiled Krabby Patties and gives them food poisoning. After SpongeBob and a customer confronted him on feeding them the rancid patties, Mr. Krabs felt guilty for it before he was arrested by that customer who was a cop. He bribed the judge and forced Squidward to drive the train instead while laughing at his exhaustion and the judge whipping him.
  • In "Atlantis SquarePantis," He opens an illegal stand by the museum which had free admission and forced someone to pay for entering. She then told a guard on Krabs causing him to run away.
  • In "The Two Faces of Squidward," when Squidward's face changed back to normal, he slammed the door in his face to make him handsome again to get more customers.
  • In "Stanley S. SquarePants," he blames SpongeBob for the damaged things Stanley broke. SpongeBob may have taken the blame for Stanley at first, but then he started to accuse SpongeBob without question. He also admitted that he denied his own nephews a job at the restaurant and sent them off. Near the end of the episode, he blames SpongeBob for his spatula's destruction, but it is unknown if he felt bad after SpongeBob explained the truth to him. At the end of the episode, he hands Stanley over to Plankton so he can destroy the Chum Bucket even though Plankton didn't try to steal the secret formula in the episode.
  • In "Penny Foolish," Mr. Krabs tries to get the "penny" that SpongeBob found on the ground through a series of elaborate tricks that ironically would cost far more than a penny to set up. His desperation for the penny leads him to enter SpongeBob's home, uninvited, where SpongeBob catches Mr. Krabs and explains to him that it was actually a piece of gum he found on the ground. However, after Krabs leaves, SpongeBob realizes that it is really a 500-dollar bill and throws it on the ground. Even after all this, Mr. Krabs continues to look for the "penny," digging for it in SpongeBob's yard.
  • In "Plankton's Regular," He freaks out over Plankton having a regular customer, saying he can't let Plankton have a single customer. Plankton tells Krabs that since he has a regular customer he no longer has to steal the formula. Mr Krabs tries to sabotage Plankton by ordering SpongeBob to force feed Nat a Krabby Patty and doing a bunch of other tricks to get Nat to eat at the Krusty Krab again, including making their own chum. When all of that failed, Mr Krabs and SpongeBob break into the Krusty Krab to ironically steal Plankton's formula.
  • In "The Krabby Kronicle," he tricks SpongeBob into writing lies about people in Bikini Bottom, threatening to get rid of SpongeBob's spatula if he did not do so. These lies end up ruining the lives of several people. Ultimately, SpongeBob writes a story about what Mr. Krabs was forcing him to do, and all of his money is taken back by an angry mob. At the end of the episode, Krabs starts making counterfeit bills with the printing machine.
  • In "The Slumber Party" He was being cheap to his daughter Pearl by giving her crackers with ketchup instead of Pizza, and tries to ruin her slumber party by making up all these ridiculous rules like no laughing, eating snacks, chewing gum etc... Which gets him kicked out of his house, causing him to stay at SpongeBob's house. He vandalizes SpongeBob's house and ordered him to spy on Pearl or else he would be fired. In the end, Pearl's party is ruined and she makes him reluctantly spend money on a beach party.
  • In "Patty Caper," Mr. Krabs secretly steals the secret ingredient to the Krabby Patty formula to avoid paying for it (a whole $1.99), and attempts to frame SpongeBob to cover it up. It nearly succeeds, but Mr. Krabs unintentionally reveals that he did so, and the judge forces him to give out free Krabby Patties all day the next day. While SpongeBob is giving out the patties, Mr. Krabs is strapped to a chair, screaming and forced to watch, much to the glee of the police officers holding his eyelids open.
  • In "No Nose Knows," Mr. Krabs, along with Squidward and Sandy, planned on hurting Patrick and kick him out of town when his new nose causes him to attempt to get rid of every bad smell. But they were immediately stopped by SpongeBob who reminds them that it wasn't Patrick's fault and that they should simply get rid of his nose
  • In "Porous Pockets," he takes advantage of SpongeBob giving out his newly earned fortune to strangers. He also prevents Patrick from going to SpongeBob, believing him to be an obstacle. He asks for more money from SpongeBob, but after SpongeBob realizes all his money is gone, Mr. Krabs rudely reminds SpongeBob to not be late for work tomorrow instead of consoling him for losing all his money.
  • In "Krusty Krushers," Mr. Krabs witnesses severe beatings at the hands of the wrestling champions and says that no one deserves such beatings. However, he ends up tricking SpongeBob and Patrick into fighting for the million-dollar prize. The two are no match for the massive champions, and when they are about to lose, Mr. Krabs breaks down crying over losing the prize money, not giving a thought for SpongeBob and Patrick. When they actually do win, they choose the alternate prize of going to wrestling camp over the money, much to Mr. Krabs' dismay.
  • In "No Hat for Pat," Mr. Krabs hires Patrick as a sideshow attraction called "The Falling Fool," in which Patrick constantly falls down and gets both injured and publicly humiliated. However, when Patrick fails to fall into a bucket of sea urchins, his customers (despite his claim of no refunds) take their money back by force, also stealing the clothes off Mr. Krabs. Blaming Patrick for this, Mr. Krabs promptly fires Patrick and vows that he will never work for him again.
  • In "Chum Caverns" When Plankton gets success by opening a restaurant in an underground cave, Mr Krabs tries to ruin it by stealing all of Plankton's customers.
  • In "Tentacle Vision" Mr. Krabs ran an illegal commercial on Squidward's show and had stated on his illegal commercial that he wants to take people's money.
  • In "Growth Spout", He breaks into houses and steals food to feed Pearl.
  • In "Greasy Buffoons" He feeds his customers excessive amounts of grease to compete with Plankton, not caring about any of the health hazards.
  • In "Truth or Square," it is revealed that he has cameras watching his friends. He also adds an extra zero to everything on the menu in hopes of getting more money.
  • In "Kracked Krabs," Mr. Krabs charged everyone $1 per footstep as shown in a videotape.
  • In "Rodeo Daze," When SpongeBob asked Mr. Krabs to help save Sandy, he told him to say it again and leave out anything that had nothing to do with making money.
  • In "The Cent of Money," Mr. Krabs finds out that Gary can attract money and uses this ability to pilfer spare change from all over Bikini Bottom, uncaring that this process causes Gary great discomfort. To this end, he keeps SpongeBob distracted by forcing him to do many impossible tasks (which SpongeBob completes easily); though SpongeBob eventually finds out from one of the people Mr. Krabs robbed. However, when Gary attracts all of the money in an arcade, Mr. Krabs is crushed under all the money, and forced to give up every single piece of change he had stolen to pay his medical bill.
  • In "A Pal for Gary," he sees SpongeBob bringing his pet snail to work as a way to use Gary for free labor as he hands him a spatula.
  • In "Yours, Mine and Mine," he stole a Krabby Patty from a customer (who most likely already paid for it) to turn it into a toy. He also charged a dollar extra for a smaller patty (which is paying more for less). Also, he charges $13.50 for a toy.
  • In "Squidward in Clarinetland," he refuses to imply with the Bikini Bottom Labour Regulations because it gives him hives. After Squidward demands a locker, he forced him to share with SpongeBob since it is "required by law." Also, he sweet talked a lady out of 20 bucks.
  • In "One Coarse Meal," Mr. Krabs disguises himself as Pearl to torture Plankton, much to SpongeBob's disgust. SpongeBob was so disgusted that he revealed to Plankton, who was about to commit suicide that what he thought was Pearl was Mr. Krabs in a whale suit and SpongeBob tells him that Mr. Krabs is afraid of mimes. Later, Plankton, wanting to get revenge, decides to get even with Mr. Krabs to make him see how he felt when he tortured him. SpongeBob scared him away with a projection of whales coming to the Krusty Krab for an early feeding. Plankton flees and Mr. Krabs learns his lesson.
  • In "The Play's The Thing" He made money off letting his customers throw food and objects at his employees.
  • In "The Wreck of the Mauna Loa," Mr. Krabs was arrested because he made The Wreck of the Mauna Loa into a deadly machine.
  • In "The Curse of the Hex: He refused to let Madame Hagfish have a Krabby Patty and takes away the Krabby Patty made by SpongeBob for Madame Hagfish.
  • In ""The Googly Artiste" Adds Artistic Advice on the menu for $25 after Squidward said it wasn't on the menu, and forced him to give advice to Patrick. While Mr. Krabs was scolding Patrick and Spongebob for taking his customers from him and selling merchandise made from his own, which was illegal, Patrick explained to Mr. Krabs that he was just following his "advice", making Mr. Krabs blame Squidward for being responsible for his actions. Mr. Krabs then agrees to let Patrick sell his art, but only he gets payed, and gets Squidward to be his student.
  • In "Sponge-Cano!," he nearly tried to take SpongeBob and Squidward's life essences (kill them).
  • In "The Masterpiece," he attempts to plagiarize the Sea Chicken Shack to get his customers back. He has Squidward make a statue, but disapproves of the finished masterpiece and calls it a weapon, a doohickey, and a piece of junk. He is later painted gold and has the kids play on him. Squidward stills seems to be mad at him about his disapproval of his art.
  • In "Drive Thru", He creates a drive thru by smashing a hole into the wall, and refuses to spend money on an actual drive thru, and turns down materials SpongeBob bought for the drive thru saying his is better because it's free. The drive thru materials he puts are napkins for the menu, and tin can with a string attached as a speaker. With no speaker, some customers use a microphone which causes injury to Squidward's ear drum, but Mr Krabs shows no concern. Due to his poorly made drive thru, it causes the line to be slow which causes a huge line across Bikini Bottom which causes the mayor to come. Mr Krabs comes up with a solution which is to make another drive thru by smashing another hole in the wall. This only causes more traffic, which causes SpongeBob and Squidward to be overworked.
  • In "Frozen Face-Off" Mr Krabs abandons his team to try to win the sled race by himself with plans of keeping the million dollar prize all to himself without sharing any of it. He also tells the monster to eat Squidward.
  • In "Walking the Plankton," he wins two tickets to a cruise, which he first attempted to go by himself. When SpongeBob pointed out that it was two tickets, he decided to only let someone else join him if they agreed to be his unpaid man servant (with SpongeBob agreeing to do so). When he started selling Krabby Patties on the cruise (which he would most likely need a permit for), he tried to scam what he assumed was a rich man into paying $100 on a Krabby Patty. Once he realized it was Plankton however, he had SpongeBob take it back from him without giving him a refund.
  • In "Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation," he heads off to go on "vacation" with Pearl and SpongeBob. Once on the road, he purposefully leaves Bikini Bottom and drives by several vacation spots to get Pearl's hopes up, eventually returning to Bikini Bottom and stopping at their true destination, the Bikini Bottom Mint. It can also be said that he lied about it being an actual vacation since it was obviously just a tour experience he didn't have to pay for. Once there, it is obvious that Mr. Krabs had the intention of keeping some of the money made there as he heads onto a conveyer belt. When he redeems himself for his actions throughout the tour by stopping actual robbers, he and SpongeBob are both rewarded dollars with their faces on them. However, Mr. Krabs decides to steal SpongeBob's reward as payment for tagging along on his vacation, only for Pearl to steal both dollars from him as payment for bringing her on a terrible vacation and immediately spent them on shoes right in front of her dad as if they were just regular dollar bills. This causes Mr. Krabs to start crying, which destroys the Mint.
  • In "Barnacle Face" He doesn't help Pearl with her barnacle problem. It was soon revealed that he makes Pearl use Krabby Patty grease as soap, thus revealing the cause for the barnacle problem. He loses his diamonds because of this and tries to run after Pearl for his diamonds.
  • In "The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom," Mr. Krabs put too much of Sandy's growth serum that makes the Krabby Patty large and he tried to stop his employees from leaving and told them to stay in the Krusty Krab before his cash register is consumed and he ends up being eaten for his actions.
  • In "Karen 2.0" He charges his customers to watch Karen and Karen 2.0 fight, and at the end of the episode he makes Squidward wear Karen 2.0's screen like a mask while taking orders, much to Squidward's dismay.
  • In "Fiasco!," after his employees are falsely arrested by the police, he only bails out SpongeBob and Patrick, leaving Squidward in jail. It is also obvious why he refused to bail out Plankton.
  • In "Free Samples," after Plankton tricks the town into hating Krabby Patties, Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that they have to do everything in their power to bring them back, with his idea being tripling the prices. He is then convinced by SpongeBob that they should lower the prices instead, which he only does by one cent, even having a disappointed mood about it. It could also be said that he kept all the money SpongeBob made after getting the customers back.
  • In "InSPONGEiac," Mr. Krabs convinces SpongeBob that he's an insomniac for putting a bit too much mustard on the patties, which causes SpongeBob to have insomnia. He also forces SpongeBob to cry to produce a substantial amount of mustard on the patties.
  • In "Hello Bikini Bottom!" When Colonel Carper promotes SpongeBob and Squidward to become a band, Mr. Krabs steals this band for the money they would bring in. He also steals his sound equipment (since his equipment was sabotaged) and takes things from several other people. Basically, he denies Squidward and SpongeBob their happiness (Squidward from performing in concerts and SpongeBob from the Krusty Krab - since he sold it).
  • In "Tutor Sauce" His driving methods to SpongeBob were illegal. He reveals that he taught Pearl how to drive without her needing a license. After using Gary to stir the wheel to help SpongeBob, the police checks on them. Mr. Krabs tells the officer that he isn't a registered driving instructor to where instead of getting a ticket (or even having SpongeBob paying for it), he gets to be a student at Mrs. Puff's Boating School to his shock.
  • In "Patrick-Man" He was about to carry groceries for an old lady crossing the street but he spots a dollar, and it then blows away making him chase after it leaving the old lady behind in the middle of the crosswalk trapped in the middle of cars passing by.
  • In "What's Eating Patrick?" He teaches Patrick how to eat in order to win the eating contest, even meaning depriving him from tasting the patties. During the contest, Patrick tries to leave because he was tired of not tasting, only for Krabs to tell him if he does, he bills him, stating that all the training patties become eating patties. While Krabs's threat to Patrick held some morality (such as how the boy and the rest of the town would be upset if they lost the contest yet again), his methods were still harsh to Patrick's esteem of eating.
  • In "Larry's Gym After overhearing Larry about that the opening of the gym is free only for today, he takes advantage of the opportunity and intended to stay there permenantly. He even taunts Larry several times (especially when he becomes unfit). However, at the end of the episode, Mr. Krabs becomes cooked from staying in the sauna in preserves from abusing the opportunity.
  • In "Bulletin Board" He intended on hitting an old lady after she refused to tell everyone about her satisfaction. But luckily, he was immediately stopped by SpongeBob.
  • In "Chum Fricassee", after firing Squidward and rehiring him, he makes him be a doormat for the customers.
  • In "Move It or Lose It" Both he and Plankton won't comply with the law of restaurants having to be more than 100ft of each other, when one of them only has to move a couple inches. This causes both of them to fight.
  • In "Lame and Fortune" Mr Krabs reveals that he charges his customers a nickel just for smiling. He also stole Squidward's prize money.
  • In "Safe Deposit Krabs" While on accident, he breaks into a safe and had plans of stealing the money, only to be prevented by his hallucionations from lack of oxygen.
  • In "Krusty Katering," he lies to a high-class lady about being a high-class caterer just so he can steal her check of $50,000. When SpongeBob tells him he cannot take the check, as they are not high-class caterers, he claims that they are anything they have to be for him to make the money and also threatens to send SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward back to the chaotic kid's birthday party if they don't do what he says. When inside, he makes it his mission to steal the jewels of the house after SpongeBob found some and used it in the food. However, in the end, the birthday kid gets the check wet, which upsets Mr. Krabs. Although they did cater to her party as best they could.
  • In "The Incredible Shrinking Sponge", after SpongeBob accidentally shrinks himself thanks to the grill overheating, Mr. Krabs mistakes him for Plankton. Before SpongeBob could say anything, he tosses his shrunken fry cook to the Chum Bucket. After SpongeBob is kicked back to the Krusty Krab and is mistaken for an action figure, it is only then that Mr. Krabs learns that it's SpongeBob. He decides to take advantage of his small size by only paying him one penny a year.
  • In "Lost and Found", Mr. Krabs has SpongeBob go to the Lost and Found to find a kid's teddy fish. Mr. Krabs points out that there's a ladder, making SpongeBob think there was already a ladder there and causing him to fall. A few seconds later, Mr. Krabs throws down the actual ladder, which both hurts SpongeBob and isn't tall enough for him to get out. With SpongeBob gone for so long, he throws Squidward into the Lost and Found so he could look for SpongeBob. Once there, Squidward learns that Mr. Krabs took Squidward's clarinets from his locker and put them in the Lost and Found. As time goes on, Mr. Krabs decides to abandon the mission, believing his employees to be forever lost as he closes the hatch. SpongeBob eventually escapes with the teddy fish, the lost children, and a juvenile tylosaurus. Squidward, however, is still trapped in the Lost and Found by the end of the episode, caught in a river and surrounded by prehistoric reptiles in the Lost World.
  • In "Spin the Bottle" he steals his neighbor's coffee and newspaper from him. He was also callous towards SpongeBob bringing him a genie bottle by calling it a toy, while referring to his crossword puzzle as work. He selfishly demands the bottle to use it for corruptive matters. His greed after getting his money from the genie (really Plankton) was shown, as he attacked Squidward and Patrick for the bottle. However, he receives karma after the real Genie showed up and shrunk him along with Plankton, Squidward, and Patrick before SpongeBob foolishly threw them away.
  • In "There's a Sponge in My Soup" He puts Krabby Soup on the menu and takes rotten food from the trash cans in order to make the Soup.
  • In "Squid Baby," he forces Squidward to work just the same even though he was injured, not to mention Squidward had turned into a baby.
  • In "SpongeBob You're Fired," Mr. Krabs fires SpongeBob just to save a nickel. He later relents and rehires him after his own lamentable cooking almost destroys his business, and solves the nickel problem by installing a pay toilet.
  • In "Mutiny on the Krusty," he forces his customers to stay in the restaurant while a storm goes on and has them spend their money even making a woman spill her money from her purse and depriving a customer of rent money and canceling payday for his employees. He even called himself a tyrant and wanted money. He did this while confident that there was no danger until he realized his arthritis fooled him. Mr. Krabs also got scared when his customers wanted to punish him for his selfish actions.
  • In "SpongeBob's Place," Mr Krabs becomes jealous that everyone loves SpongeBob's Krabby Patties and tells his customers he can make Krabby Patties better and forces his customers to stay in his restaurant and eat his Krabby Patties even though they were terrible. He refused to admit that SpongeBob makes The Krusty Krab a success. After finding out "SpongeBob's Place" Mr Krabs tells SpongeBob he will only give him 1% of the money and ownership, which SpongeBob didn't mind. After SpongeBob's Place got shut down, Mr Krabs puts a very small sign below the Krusty Krab saying "SpongeBob's Place" which was a piece of paper glued on the sign.
  • In "Krabby Patty Creature Feature," when Sandy and Mr. Krabs create a new Krabby Patty, SpongeBob becomes worried and fears that the patty might be dangerous. SpongeBob attempted to talk Sandy and Mr. Krabs out of it, but they refused to listen to reason. Soon, SpongeBob's worst fears came true when she, Mr. Krabs, and the rest of Bikini Bottom were transformed into Krabby Patty zombies. Since she and Mr. Krabs made the patty, they didn't test to see if it was safe and were unaware of the patty's horrible side-effects. But having been turned into Krabby Patty monsters is considered punishment for failing to see the consequences of making something that could lead to dangerous results. After SpongeBob turned everyone back to normal with Plankton's chum, Sandy and Mr. Krabs both learned their lesson and decided to never sell the Secret Patty again.
  • In "Patrick's Coupon," When Patrick was going to buy an ice cream for SpongeBob, Mr Krabs tried to con Patrick out of the coupon. He almost succeeds in obtaining it from Patrick in exchange for a handshake but Squidward intervenes and reprimands Krabs for taking advantage of Patrick's niave and gullible nature.
  • In "Out of the Picture," after Mr. Krabs finds out that Squidward's art would be valuable if Squidward was "out of the picture," Mr. Krabs sends Squidward on various errands, hoping that he will never return. After nothing works, Mr. Krabs tries to kill Squidward with a mallet.
  • In "Sanitation Insanity," he refused to buy another trash bag, despite the bag overfilled to save money. He also cared less about the punishment he got from the trash inspectors and forces SpongeBob and Squidward to clean up the mess for him. When he sees them in a trash fight with Patrick, he blatantly lies that they are ruining his hard work, even though he did not clean up any trash. Soon, he gets involved with the trash fight, as karma for his neglect. Luckily, the trash inspectors put their fight to a stop and Mr. Krabs sadly accepts the punishment by helping SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward clean up the trash.
  • In "Pat the Horse" When Patrick decides to be a Horse, Mr Krabs charges children to sit on Patrick, some of them biting or hitting him, and some of the children got hurt playing on him. Mr Krabs also forced Squidward to be a horse which was both embarrassing and uncomfortable for him. Mr Krabs then forces Squidward to go on a dangerous horse race with him against Patrick and SpongeBob. Mr Krabs cheats during the race and tries to injure or even kill SpongeBob and Patrick to win the race.
  • In "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" He sells the Krusty Krab to sell frozen Krabby patties, and changed the secret formula to have the Krabby Patties being made of sand, which all Bikini Bottom residents ate, and completely changed The Krusty Krab. He shows a lot of greed as he did this to become rich.
  • In "Shopping List" he gives SpongeBob a phony shopping list containing strange, exotic items and sends him and Sandy on a dangerous but pointless mission to retrieve them. When Plankton steals the fake ingredients, he revealed that he wanted SpongeBob to keep Plankton away from him just so he can go shopping for the real ingredients at the Barg'N-Mart. Which meant that he lied about the supposed apocalypse if SpongeBob loses the list. Sandy gets really mad at Mr. Krabs since his stupid little ruse almost got her and SpongeBob killed and it costed the loss of her tail and her submarine. Mr. Krabs gets the karma he deserves when Sandy beats him up in his office, takes his bag of money, and sends him flying out through the roof of his restaurant as payback for deceiving his employee. He even admits his defeat at the end when he says to himself, "Well, I guess I had that coming."
  • In "Life Insurance" Mr Krabs tells SpongeBob and Patrick what life insurance really is, and signed SpongeBob's contract to take Squidward's money when he dies, and cheered for Squidward to jump in the lava, hoping he will die.
  • In "Surf N' Turf" When there is a ship-in-a-bottle contest, Mr Krabs destroys Sandy's house to make a ship and steals Sandy's treedome to get the prize money.
  • In "Plankton Paranoia" He becomes mentally insane that Plankton hasn't been trying to steal the formula for a while and suspects that everyone is working for Plankton, which makes him physically abuse his customers, and he bans everyone from his restaurant.
  • In "The Krusty Slammer" Mr Krabs turns The Krusty Krab into a jail after he found out jail guard would give him a lot of money. He constantly tortures Plankton with a bunch of punishments while he's in the jail, until Plankton got released early. He then finds out how costly running a prison is, which makes him take away the prisoners food, and he releases the criminals before their prison time was over which is illegal. Mr Krabs gets arrested for this and gets his comeuppance when he gets locked in a prison cell while getting chum thrown at by Plankton.
  • In "Whale Watching" he imprisons Pearl in his own home by barricading everything with prison bars when she was intending on going to a teen party. He even threatened Squidward, who was hired to babysit Pearl, that if anything happens to his daughter while he's away, he'll have SpongeBob torment him for the rest of his life.
  • In "ChefBob," he shows no concern for SpongeBob's stage fright problem and threatens to fire SpongeBob if he does not perform. He receives karma when he is insulted about his weight from ChefBob and slapped by him with money, as well as having his office taken from him.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" He did several heinous things. He and the Krusty Krab customers ruthlessly tease Plankton, who is in a robotic suit, thinking that he's suffered from another failure to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. After SpongeBob and Plankton see the secret formula surprisingly disappear, Mr. Krabs automatically accuses Plankton of stealing it, even though Plankton truthfully said that he didn't do it. Mr. Krabs wouldn't listen, even when SpongeBob was defending him that he's telling the truth, he tapes down Plankton and tells a knock-knock joke to make Spongebob laugh to torture Plankton into telling him where the secret formula is. Then, while Mr. Krabs and the Bikini Bottom citizens attempt to attack him, SpongeBob rescues him with a giant bubble. Mr. Krabs instantly thinks that Spongebob has been a double agent working for him and Plankton all these years as they both float away. Mr. Krabs then becomes a leader of a savage group of apocalyptic sufferers. Then, while they were planning a sacrifice for the "sandwich gods", which a savage Sandy explained, Spongebob and Plankton return from time traveling. Then, even when Spongebob tried to convince the people how savage they've become with the formula missing, Mr. Krabs and the rest attempt to sacrifice Spongebob by having him get squashed by a falling bun shaped stone. Spongebob smelled the familiar scent of Krabby Patties coming from the outside surface, which is coming from Burger-Beard who's the one that really stole the formula. Then, as the stone is about to fall on Spongebob, Mr. Krabs stops it after he and the others smell the scent as well, as they aid Spongebob to follow the scent. Mr. Krabs notices that Burger-Beard is selling his Krabby Patties for $8.99 and says to himself, "Why didn't I think of that?" Also during the end credits, he pulls Patrick's wallet out of his pocket.
  • In "Call the Cops," Mr. Krabs happily mocks Plankton for getting sent to jail. He also forced SpongeBob to celebrate with him or else he’s fired. However, tables turn on him when the police take the Krabby Patty Secret Formula as evidence. When he objects, he gets hit with a baton. He impersonates as a police officer to get the formula back and makes SpongeBob impersonate an officer too. But even though SpongeBob reluctantly wants to do it, Mr. Krabs once again threatens to fire him if he fails to obey his offer. Mr. Krabs even lies to SpongeBob that being an officer is like being in the navy, which in reality is not true. Although he succeeds in finding the formula and takes it away from Plankton, he gets caught and arrested. Getting himself arrested by the police is considered karma for impersonating an officer, stealing evidence, and for forcing SpongeBob to impersonate one as well.
  • In "Appointment TV," Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob to organize his coins despite his objections.
  • In "The Grill is Gone," he unfairly flings Plankton out of the race as soon as it starts to prevent him from having a fair chance of winning the grill. His karma could be being sabotaged by the kids during the race. Mr. Krabs might've been only protecting the Krabby Patty formula, but he could've just beat Plankton in the race since Plankton's selected vehicle seemed too slow anyway.
  • In "Bubbletown," after getting a call from SpongeBob that he's in Bubbletown jail, he causes a jailbreak just so he can get SpongeBob back to work. When a guard catches him in the act, Mr. Krabs goes helicopter-pincher-mode and pops the entire city, causing SpongeBob to be really upset. He even ignores the damage he caused (claiming that they were just bubbles) and was about to bring SpongeBob to the Krusty Krab, telling him to forget about it. Later, when SpongeBob was able to inflate the entire town again with the help of Bubble Buddy, a new Krusty Krab (the Bubbly Krab) was inflated as well. Once he realized there was no exchange rate for bubbles to real money, Mr. Krabs popped the restaurant and left with SpongeBob in his claws to the real Krusty Krab.
  • In "FarmerBob," he has SpongeBob work for Old Man Jenkins to pay off his debt rather than pay for the materials that he buys from a garden. He also does not believe in SpongeBob and Patrick's claim in a UFO appearing. However, he receives karma when he sees the aliens for himself and is abducted for his cheap nature.
  • In "Gary's Got Legs," it is revealed that he charges each of his customers five dollars to make a complaint. Once he realizes that Gary is making the patties and getting slime everywhere, he heads out to make SpongeBob return to work. Once at SpongeBob's door, it at first looks as if he's concerned about SpongeBob having the flu or being at death's door, only for him to yell that those aren't valid excuses for missing work. Once SpongeBob explains the situation and tells Mr. Krabs how happy Gary is to have limbs, he effortlessly cuts them off anyway and brings SpongeBob back to work. However, his actions could be justified since he brought things back to normal.
  • In "Broken Alarm," when SpongeBob didn't arrive at the Krusty Krab, he makes the customers more upset when he announces his supposed death. He even scared them with horror stories of SpongeBob's house. Throughout the entire episode, he continuously made threats to SpongeBob about being late to the Krusty Krab if he doesn't get a proper alarm clock. He even tried to find a replacement fry cook if SpongeBob doesn't arrive on time. But he changed that when SpongeBob made it, even though he was sound asleep. When Mr. Krabs discovered that SpongeBob is still asleep after arriving to work, it looked as though if he was going to fire him as punishment for being late. But instead, he makes a cheap and pathetic excuse by saying that he'll have to open and close the restaurant an hour later. Mr. Krabs receives his karma in the end when Patrick comes in and shows SpongeBob that he fixed his alarm clock.
  • In "Senior Discount," he tries to get rid of Old Man Jenkins using very cruel ways: turning up the heat to very hot temperature, playing very loud rock music and even shaking him making his skeleton fall off his body. Seeing that this all didn't work, he brings over his family so they can get rid of Jenkins. He even disturbs the ghosts of his ancestors although they just wanted to party.
  • In "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout," he is seen stealing money from people in the party as payment for entering the Krusty Krab section of the party. He does this by tricking them into a pat down before entering.
  • In, "SpongeBob in RandomLand", Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob and Squidward to make a delivery to RandomLand in order to make a quick buck well ignoring the protesting Squidward and ejected him by bashing him out with the malfunctioning cash register. His karma is having the customer Rodger come to the restaurant after his employees couldn't make the delivery on time. As a result, he is forced to give the order for free, much to his dismay. He receives further punishment for his employees on a dangerous goose chase and bangs on the still damaged cash register but ends up being bashed out of the restaurant.
  • In "Breakin'", it was revealed that Mr. Krabs doesn't give his employees any breaks. After being confronted by a labor authority officer, Mr. Krabs only agreed to give SpongeBob the minimum amount of break time: 5 minutes every 20 years. It was also revealed that he hid an actual break room behind the wall to prevent his employees from taking breaks in the first place. After SpongeBob's break was up, he once again covers up the break room, unknowingly trapping Squidward inside.
  • In "My Two Krabses," he steals Squidward's lunch, claiming that employees are not allowed to bring their own food into the restaurant (which probably hints that they have to order from the menu and pay for their food like a customer for them to eat). This rule turned out to be a con by Mr. Krabs to get free food as he hypocritically looks through Squidward's bag and eats his strawberry ice cream sandwich.
  • In the short "The Endless Summer" Mr Krabs takes advantage of Global Warming and increases the temperature to get everyone to swim in the pool for more money. He makes the temperature extremely hot, causing everyone to evacuate Bikini Bottom.

Worker rights violation

Many times, Mr. Krabs has violated worker's rights out of being cheap, and/or to make more money.

  • In "Hooky", He reveals that no one at the Krusty Krab has taken a break "Since the chum famine of 59", and he gets mad at SpongeBob for taking a break. This is illegal, as all employees are entitled to a break.
  • In "Big Pink Loser," he reveals that he makes SpongeBob pay him $100 an hour to be able to work.
  • In "Squid on Strike," he refuses to pay his employees and instead makes them pay him for reasons as ridiculous as breathing and existing.
  • In "Clams," he rewards SpongeBob and Squidward by taking them on a fishing trip. Squidward is injured, but Krabs could care less. Mr. Krabs then loses his one-millionth dollar to a giant blue-lipped clam. They search for days until they try to leave. So Krabs threatens to starve everyone, and then even goes so far as to feed them to the clam.
  • In "Fear of a Krabby Patty," he realizes that Plankton is open for 23 hours, so he opens the Krusty Krab for 24 hours. He then works SpongeBob, Squidward, and even himself to near death for 43 restless days straight, not letting any of them even go home.
  • In "Krabs vs Plankton" Squidward reveals he hasn't had a day off in over 3 years, which is illegal, as all employees have to have days off throughout the year.
  • In "Le Big Switch," he sells Squidward when he goes bankrupt.
  • In "No Hat for Pat," he hires Patrick to give entertainment to the customers by repeatedly falling. This eventually got to the point in which he was making Patrick fall into a bucket of sea urchins. However, at first, Patrick struggles to do so. He then realizes it was his hat making him fall. He, as well as Squidward, falls, thus causing injuries toward Squidward.
  • In "One Coarse Meal," he reveals that Mr. Krabs pays SpongeBob with fake money.
  • In "Chum Fricassee," he uses Squidward as a doormat, only after re-hiring him.
  • In "SpongeBob You're Fired" it's revealed that SpongeBob's salary is a nickel, which is much less than minimum wage.
  • In "Mutiny on the Krusty," he cancels payday for Squidward.
  • In "Bottle Burglars," he stuffs SpongeBob and Squidward in the safe of the Krabby Patty formula as his "new security system."


Eugene H. Krabs was born on either November 30 1942 his birthdate given in "Sleepy Time") or September 25, 1960 (his birthdate given in "Mall Girl Pearl"), but in both cases he was born 56 years ago to Victor and Betsy Krabs. Presumably, before or after his birth his parents had a daughter, making him either an older or younger brother.[11]

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When he was less than three years old, he went to a Nursery. Here, he met Sheldon J. Plankton, who was born on the same day as him.[12] 

When Mr. Krabs was very young, he was put in the custody of his paternal grandfather, Redbeard Krabs, who was a pirate. Mr. Krabs learned how to be a pirate during this time.[13]

When Mr. Krabs was five years old, he got a dollar from his father. He loved that dollar a lot, but he eventually had to spend it to buy a soda on a hot day.[14]

When Mr. Krabs was school age, he was put back in the custody of his mother.

He attended Poseidon Elementary School. During his time here, he was cruelly considered an outcast by other kids, particularly a circle led by a mean young boy named Billy due to being poor, leaving him in an only close friendship with Plankton.[12]

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Mr Krab's finds A Penny

After being humiliated by the class bullies, Plankton and Mr. Krabs wanted revenge. When Plankton and Mr. Krabs were planning it, they went to the carnival and Mr. Krabs found a penny. He thought it was the most beautiful thing that he had ever seen. He then asked Plankton what it was. Plankton explained that it was money and that he could buy things with it. Mr. Krabs then spends the penny on balloons for Plankton.[12] This began Mr. Krabs' lifelong obsession to money.

One of the popular eateries of the time was Stinky Burgers. One day, Mr. Krabs and Plankton tried to get some burgers, but the owner, Stinky, told them that they could not eat at the restaurant, acting out of favor of the shallow Billy and his gang who were his customers that day. Later, Mr. Krabs and Plankton went to the back of the building. Stinky told them that he did not want them there because they would drive away his customers. When Stinky's shift was over, he drove off in a limousine, accidentally leaving a dollar behind. Plankton realized that starting a fast food restaurant had the potential to get the kids to like and respect the two, while Mr. Krabs was focused on the money part. Mr. Krabs was worried that they did not have the skill to make the patties. Plankton was not worried about that since they had science.[12] 

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Plankton and Mr. Krabs' first Krabby Patty

Soon, they found a place in The Dump and, using science, created a great-looking burger. They were going to rub it in the face of the other kids, but Stinky Burgers was shut down. They tested the burger on Old Man Jenkins, who was a family friend of Mr. Krabs. The burger was delicious, but it knocked out Old Man Jenkins. Mr. Krabs and Plankton then fought and eventually the two were fighting over the recipe. The force of the two sides pulling caused Mr. Krabs to go towards the wall and Plankton to go out the door. Mr. Krabs got most of the recipe and Plankton got only one part, which was only the corner, reading "...and a pinch of chum." When Mr. Krabs hit the wall, he caused several different ingredients to fall in the cauldron of patty batter, which made the burger good.[12]

Soon after, Mr. Krabs and Plankton went back to the school. Plankton had created a chum-based patty, which was the ingredient that he got. Mr. Krabs showed off his Krabby Patties. It was decided that the way that they would determine whose was better was by having the other kids try them. Mr. Krabs won. Plankton then vowed to steal the formula from that day forward.[12] 

Somehow, most likely through the Krabby Patties' success and/or the war that occurred during Mr. Krabs' childhood,[15] Betsy was able to buy a house and give Mr. Krabs proper clothes.

Mr. Krabs became quite good with money, even able to scam a vending machine to get a soda.[15]

At some point, Mr. Krabs worked on the S.S. Diarrhea as head chef and S.S. Gourmet as a bathroom attendant.[16]

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Mr Krab in the early 1970s

in the early 1970s Possibly because of the war, Mr. Krabs joined the Navy. Krabs earned the nickname "Armor Abs Krabs," due to being the manliest of the crew. His shipmates were Torpedo Belly, Mutton Chop, Iron Eye, and Lockjaw Jones. Krabs was apparently also an officer in the navy, for he was a "naval cadet."

During this time, Mr. Krabs' cooking skill improved and towards the end of his career as a Naval officer, he found himself on a Naval cargo ship, which was carrying suntan lotion. The crew loved his cooking, but Mr. Krabs' superior, Captain Scarfish, did not like that they were not having slop. One day, the cargo ship was invaded by pirates. Mr. Krabs, along with Captain Scarfish and the ensign, captured the pirates. Mr. Krabs then freed the pirate leader, the pirate queen, and joined her as a pirate.[17]

Eventually, using the training that his grandfather gave him as a kid, he managed to become captain of his own ship, which he called, "the Krusty Krab."[13] He eventually faced the abominable snow mollusk, a fearsome beast of the high seas. He and his crew were devoured by the beast and forced to wait "for nature to take its course" to escape the creature's stomach.[18]

Eventually, Mr. Krabs and his crew were not doing so well, and Mr. Krabs had to give up his crew and sell his ship.[13]

With the little money he had, he bought a local bankrupt retirement home, "The Rusty Krab," which he decided to turn into a restaurant, adding a K to "Rusty," thus making it the Krusty Krab[15] after his pirate ship. He decided to go into business, selling his Krabby Patties. the Krusty Krab was extremely successful from the beginning and has stood for years as Bikini Bottom's premiere daytime eatery.

In the early days of the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs was not that successful due to his own rusty cooking skills.[19]

In the mid-80s, the Krusty Krab had managed to get a commercial.[20] By this time, Mr. Krabs had hired a cashier.[20]

Eventually, he hired Jim.

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Mr Krab in 1998

In 1998 or January 1999, he hired Squidward Tentacles. During this period of time, the Krusty Krab had a lot of success as Jim was a great fry cook. One day in the summer of 1998 or 1999, Jim decided to leave and abandon The Krusty Krab as he did not feel like he was paid enough.[21]

After Jim left, the quality of the Krusty Krab decreased significantly. That same year, Mr. Krabs hired a fry cook referred to as "Not SpongeBob."[20]

Within a year and a half of working at the Krusty Krab, Not SpongeBob left, leaving the Krusty Krab with no fry cook. One day, Squidward's neighbor, SpongeBob SquarePants came into the Krusty Krab for the Fry Cook job. At first, Mr. Krabs did not want SpongeBob to have the job because Squidward did not want him there. To get rid of SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs asked SpongeBob to get a ridiculously specific item and to not come back until he got it. Shortly after SpongeBob left, several buses of anchovies appeared. They were restless and almost killed Squidward and Mr. Krabs. SpongeBob showed up with the spatula. He then proceeds to feed every last anchovy. Mr. Krabs then gave SpongeBob the job.[3]

At some point during the earlier days of the Krusty Krab, Plankton opened a restaurant called, "Chum Bucket" across the street from the Krusty Krab. However, it was soon bankrupted by the success of the Krusty Krab and it was destroyed. Years later, sometime after Mr. Krabs hired SpongeBob as the fry cook, Plankton returned with a new Chum Bucket.[19]

Plankton, now a mad scientist and technological scientific genius, constantly attempts to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula as he vowed to do all those years ago, frequently using his various robots and other creations. Occasionally, Plankton uses other tactics besides stealing the formula in order to hinder Krabs and attract customers to him. However, all of Plankton's schemes are doomed to fail and are constantly thwarted by Krabs, with help from SpongeBob, Patrick, and other allies. On multiple occasions, Plankton states that he has never had a single customer.

In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Mr. Krabs opens the Krusty Krab 2 right next door to the original Krusty Krab. He chooses Squidward to manage the restaurant, much to SpongeBob's dismay. However, after SpongeBob saves Bikini Bottom and Krabs' life, he is appointed the new manager of the Krusty Krab 2.


Before he established the restaurant, he tried to open a business along with his former best friend, Plankton. Their first customer was Old Man Jenkins, which their burger poisoned. Plankton and Krabs blamed each other and fought over the recipe, resulting with ingredients dropped into the meat, which became the Krabby Patty. At the end, Plankton only got one ingredient: Chum.[12]

Krabs was a Navy cadet for some time and retired to running a business again. He bought a retirement home named the Rusty Krab and made it into the Krusty Krab restaurant we see today. Currently, he has two employees: one loyal and hardworking and the other who does not care about his job and sleeps during his shifts. Occasionally, he would have extra employees to boost his success, often being better off without them in the end. Less often, he works for someone else or had another business.

In some episodes such as "Culture Shock" and "Squirrel Jokes," he provided entertainment to the customers.

Other businesses that he owned include the Pretty Patties restaurant and the Kuddly Krab, which were not successful in the end. Krabs also owned a hotel, until it crashed.

In "The Krabby Kronicle," he was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper that he used to advertise the Krusty Krab.

During "Squilliam Returns," he served as the chef for the "five-star restaurant" that Squidward "owned." He looked for a job when he was looking for something to do which led him to become the dishwasher in "Selling Out."

Businesses owned

Some restaurants or businesses that he owned were a reformed version of the original Krusty Krab, a separate store, or a different idea. Some changes of the Krusty Krab turned the restaurant into others like the Kuddly Krab, 5 Star Krusty Krab, Krabby O'Monday's, and The Krusty Sponge. Separate restaurants include the Pretty Patties Store and Krusty Krab 2. New ideas were made such as hotels like the Krusty Towers.


  • The Chum Bucket - The Chum Bucket, owned by Krabs' former best friend Sheldon Plankton has been the main rivalry of the Krusty Krab for nearly the entire series, and Plankton continues to try to steal the recipe for Krabby Patties, but almost always fails by the end of the episode. However, occasionally he has had customers in his restaurant, only to lose them in the end. Krabs' rivalry with Plankton has never been lost, but most of the time it has been gained.
  • The Sea Chicken Shack - The Sea Chicken Shack was a restaurant that claimed to be "The best restaurant in the sea," which angered Mr. Krabs. SpongeBob then went to investigate, only to find out that it was a complete disaster, and that the only reason it had any service was due to a statue of the mascot, Mr. Sea Chicken, which kids played on.
  • The Kelpshake - The Kelp Shake restaurant was a very popular restaurant that made no customers buy any drinks from the Krusty Krab. Therefore, Mr. Krabs teams up with Plankton to steal the recipe for it. However, Plankton sustains many injuries, so; instead, Mr. Krabs was "forced" to buy one. However, both Krabs and Plankton end up drinking it, only to find out that the shakes were toxic causing the person who drank it to grow green fur all over their body.
  • The Flabby Patty Shack - The Flabby Patty Shack was a restaurant that sold burgers much like Krabby Patties in which everyone preferred over. Therefore, he and Plankton teamed up to steal the secret formula. They finally get it, only to find out it is a recipe for friendship. SpongeBob then explained that he created the Flabby Patty Shack to get them to work together.

Near-death experiences

Mr. Krabs rarely gets injured in the show. However, he sometimes gets injured by Plankton's evil plans but rescues himself afterward. He is almost put to death due to seeing some high prices and due to the several idiots' wreckage. He can be nearly killed or injured due to his extreme greed.



Main article: Krabs family

Pearl Krabs (daughter)

Pearl is the only thing Mr. Krabs loves more than money.[22] Mr. Krabs cares very deeply for her and raised her by himself. He sometimes struggles to let go of his greed for Pearl, but does what is right for her in the end.

Betsy Krabs (mother)

His mother, Betsy Krabs, is seen in several episodes. They are very close, since Mr. Krabs was raised solely by his mother and for that he loves her as shown when he affectionately calls her "Mommy," in spite of being an adult. Despite his care for her, Mr. Krabs is as cheap with her as he is with everybody as he chooses not to give her money. He even tells his mother not to spend her own money, since he believes it to be his inheritance which shows how selfish he can be with her.

Victor Krabs (father)

His father, Victor. Not much is known, though he appears to have a good relationship with him because he gave him a dollar when he was five. Mr. Krabs once got his father to help him handle the Jenkins family after they took over his restaurant.

Grandpa Redbeard (grandfather)

He and his grandfather have a very similar personality. Like Grandpa Redbeard, Mr. Krabs loves money. Although, he was ashamed to admit that he was a restaurant owner and tried hiding it, he ultimately revealed it and his grandfather was proud he was still a pirate but in a legal way. Also, Redbeard stole money from Mr. Krabs and is notable for being the only person that Mr. Krabs did not get upset with for stealing his money.

Other relatives

The episode "Stanley S. SquarePants" shows that he has three little nephews who solve mysteries. Because of this, it is confirmed Mr. Krabs has a brother or sister, though it has been hinted to be a sister since his grandfather called him his only grandson.

Mr. Krabs seems to have family all over the world, like Scotland, Dead Eye Gulch, even kings and pirates. He and his relatives are very similar looking, all almost looking the same except with a few different facial features. His relatives such as William Krabs act similar to him as they are cheap, somewhat selfish, and always want money.

His employees

Mr. Krabs treats his employees very poorly, paying them far below minimum wage, and even forcing them to pay him.[23] He constantly abuses them, overworks them to the point of exhaustion,[24] even whipping Squidward for money. That said, he does "tolerate" his employees because they bring him good money, though he is easy to rebuke them if they mess up his profits.


Squidward greatly despises and has little tolerance for Mr. Krabs, and views him as nothing more than a cheap miser, that said, he does get along with him sometimes,[25] and even seems to be Mr. Krabs' friend sometimes.[26] Squidward hates his job, works very poorly, much to Mr. Krabs' annoyance. Mr. Krabs has no tolerance for Squidward's laziness, and sometimes even jokes about firing him[27], not that Squidward would mind, because he'd probably like it better that way too.


SpongeBob-Mr. Krabs relationship Mr. Krabs is in some way a father figure to SpongeBob, such as reprimanding him for swearing in "Sailor Mouth." That said, SpongeBob does have his fair share of abuse from Mr. Krabs, such as the time when SpongeBob and Squidward were nearly sacrificed to the Clam in "Clams," or sacrificing SpongeBob to the "sandwich gods" in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, or when he sold SpongeBob's soul for 62 cents to the Flying Dutchman in "Born Again Krabs." Mr. Krabs often takes advantage of SpongeBob as he is sometimes gullible enough to work a longer shift at work without overtime payment. SpongeBob also likes working for Mr. Krabs and doesn't mind getting paid little any money. SpongeBob also seems to be oblivious of Mr. Krabs's greed, however, he has called him a "Crustaceous Cheapskate" out of anger twice, in "Pickles" and "Can You Spare a Dime" SpongeBob also got mad at Mr. Krabs when he abused Gary in "The Cent of Money" Mr. Krabs also thinks he can control SpongeBob's life, such as forcing him to give up Mystery the Seahorse in "My Pretty Seahorse" or to give up karate in "Karate Choppers." Despite being a bully sometimes, Mr. Krabs does really care about SpongeBob, mostly because SpongeBob is his best employee.

It's also noted that in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, SpongeBob would risk his own life to save Mr. Krabs.


According to the episode "The Original Fry Cook," Jim and Mr. Krabs had somewhat of an okay relationship, however, Jim was probably the first one to rebel against Mr. Krabs because of how little he pays his employees, then Jim quits his job to pursue a successful career as a chef. Like Squidward, Jim despised Mr. Krabs for being cheap. He even tried to convince Squidward to quit so they can have "something to fall back on," but Squidward declines, saying he's only doing this until his "clarinet career takes off."


Plankton is Mr. Krabs' nemesis, their rivalry stems all the way back to their childhoods when both of them were in poverty and were teased by the other kids, so they wanted to become successful and out-compete the burger shop to get back on the kids, so they made up a recipe, but when they gave their burger to Old Man Jenkins, he was poisoned by the food. Krabs and Plankton blamed each other for Jenkins' death, Plankton ripped off a piece of the old formula ("chum"), when he slammed the door angrily on his way out, a bunch of ingredients fell into a batter, and thus the Krabby Patty was born.[28] Mr. Krabs revels in his success against Plankton, and will go mad if Plankton has one customer, that said, Plankton does try to run Mr. Krabs' business to the ground by stealing the Krabby Patty secret formula, although he always fails, with The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie being a notable exception. Plankton and Krabs can get along sometimes, such as in "Best Frenemies" and "New Leaf."

Mrs. Puff

According to "Whirly Brains," Mr. Krabs was dating Mrs. Puff for 16 years. They start a relationship in the episode "Krusty Love."

Sandy Cheeks

Mr. Krabs and Sandy have had very few interactions throughout the series so far. When they do interact though, they seem to get along. He even went to her birthday party in the episode "Feral Friends." He temporarily hired Sandy at the end of "Karate Choppers" due to her karate skills being excellent for chopping food; although earlier in the same episode, he showed a distaste for her smell since she was a mammal.

Patrick Star

Mr. Krabs and Patrick have had few interactions. Patrick is sometimes seen working in the Krusty Krab, and is a regular customer there. Though like Squidward and Sandy, Mr. Krabs often gets annoyed with Patrick's stupidity. Mr. Krabs often acts mean towards Patrick, as when he fired him for making him do a refund.

Karen Plankton

Mr. Krabs and Karen barely interact despite being enemies. He did take her in and made her work at the Krusty Krab in the episode "Karen 2.0."


  • In the online game Block Party on, a trivia question incorrectly says that Mr. Krabs' first name is Seymour. Eugene, his real first name, is not even one of the four choices.
  • Until Plankton and Karen became parents in season 12, he was the only main character to be a parent.
  • In older SpongeBob games on, Mr. Krabs is wearing the scarf from "Squilliam Returns."
  • He has a fear of "robot overlords." According to the narrator of "Krusty Krab Training Video", this is a good thing, as it keeps the "balance of technology" in check.
  • In "Jellyfish Hunter," when Mr. Krabs keeps on saying "more," there is a part that shows a hideous picture of him saying "more." On YouTube, it became extremely popular for YouTube Poops. The video is called "Moar Krabs."
  • "Sandy's Rocket" reveals that Mr. Krabs cares about his money even more than he cares about his own well-being, as shown when he begs SpongeBob and Patrick not to shoot him, and then tells them that they can shoot him, but pleads them not to take his money.
  • Mr. Krabs can imitate Pearl's voice perfectly.[29]
  • Mr. Krabs can breathe air, much like real crabs, as seen in "The Krabby Patty That Ate Bikini Bottom." However, in "Overbooked" and "Surf N' Turf," Mr. Krabs wears a water helmet in Sandy's treedome.
  • Despite his employees being underpaid, Mr. Krabs pays them a standard employee's salary in "Squeaky Boots" and "Skill Crane."
  • "Little Yellow Book" reveals that Mr. Krabs has gray hair.
    • It also reveals that he wears a hairpin.
  • According to "Krab Borg," salt hurts Mr. Krabs' eyes although he is a saltwater animal.
  • It's revealed in "Selling Out" that Mr. Krabs hates golf.
  • In the episode "The Googly Artiste," Mr. Krabs is revealed to have ears.
  • Mr. Krabs hates the notion of treating his employees fairly so much that a manual of labor conditions gave him hives and the word "overtime" horrifies him astronomically.
  • In many episodes, it is shown he has heightened senses whenever money is involved/mentioned.
  • In the third and ninth season of the show, Mr. Krabs' shell is bright red, whereas it has a slight pinkish-orange tinge from season 4 to season 8. It randomly switches from being bright red to having a slight pinkish orange tinge in season 9 and onwards.
  • In the episode "Penny Foolish," it is revealed that Mr. Krabs does not have one. It is unknown what this "one" refers to, but considering the plot of the episode it may be referring to a penny.
  • According to the episode "Penny Foolish," one of Mr. Krabs' nicknames is "The Man Who Doesn't Have One."
  • Unlike most characters, Mr. Krabs does not usually wear a helmet in Sandy's treedome.
  • In "Mall Girl Pearl," Mr. Krabs' "DOB" (Date of Birth) is 9-??-60, as seen in his driver's license.
  • According to the Accredited Financial Advisor in the YouTube video "What is Mr. Krabs' Net Worth? 🤑," Eugene's net worth is $5,249,351.
  • A large number of his relatives appear in the episode "Senior Discount," including his father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, and many other ancestors.


  1. ^ "Mid-Life Crustacean"
  2. ^ Only the Clonely
  3. ^ a b "Help Wanted"
  4. ^ SpongeBob SquarePants Character Guide
  5. ^ a b What a Sponge!. The Mini Page. Andrews McMeel Universal (July 12, 2015).
  6. ^ a b Template:Cite magazine
  7. ^ Wiese, Erik. "The Oral History of SpongeBob SquarePants", Hogan's Alley, Bull Moose Publishing Corporation, September 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Miller, Gregory E.. "Meet the actor behind Mr. Krabs of 'SpongeBob SquarePants'", News Corp, January 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ Clancy Brown interview
  10. ^ The Carnivale actor preaches 'The Curse of Clancy Brown'. Starlog. Kerry O'Quinn (April 2005).
  11. ^ "Stanley S. SquarePants"
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Friend or Foe"
  13. ^ a b c "Grandpappy the Pirate"
  14. ^ "My Pretty Seahorse"
  15. ^ a b c "Krusty Krab Training Video"
  16. ^ "Squilliam Returns"
  17. ^ "Pull Up a Barrel." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  18. ^ "Frozen Face-Off." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  19. ^ a b SpongeBob Moves In!
  20. ^ a b c "Truth or Square"
  21. ^ "The Original Fry Cook." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  22. ^ Mr. Krabs at Nickelodeon Universe
  23. ^ "Big Pink Loser"
  24. ^ "Fear of a Krabby Patty"
  25. ^ "Squid on Strike"
  26. ^ "Help Wanted"
  27. ^ "My Pretty Seahorse"
  28. ^ "Friend or Foe"
  29. ^ "One Coarse Meal." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. March 25, 2010. Television.
Main characters
SpongeBob SquarePants Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Patrick Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Squidward Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Mr Krabs Porthole

Mr. Krabs

SpongeBob SquarePants Pearl Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Sandy Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Mrs Puff Porthole

Mrs. Puff

SpongeBob SquarePants Plankton Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Karen Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Gary Porthole


Krusty Krab (VE)

Owner: Eugene H. Krabs

Current employees: SpongeBob SquarePantsSquidward Tentacles

Former employees: JimPatrick StarSandy CheeksPearl KrabsSheldon J. PlanktonKaren PlanktonMrs. PuffGary the SnailCarlStanley S. SquarePantsNot SpongeBobFrankSpongeBot SteelPantsSpongeBob SquarePants clonesDoodleBobSquid DoodleLord PoltergeistDonut demon

Variations: 5-Star Krusty KrabKrusty FactoryKrusty Krab MuseumKrabby O'Monday'sKuddly KrabKrusty SpongeKrusty TowersSecret Krusty KrabRusty KrabKrusty PlanktonGranny Plankton's Krabby PattiesBubbly KrabKrusty SlammerTrusty SlabKrusty Bucket

Machines: Krusty Krab grillKrusty Krab freezerKrusty Krab cash registerPatty GadgetTrash chuteKrusty Krab televisionPinch-o-MaticOn-time percentage machine

Food: Krabby PattyCoral bitsDeluxe Krabby PattyEmergency Krabby PattiesKrabby Patty in a CanKrusty Kid's MealPipsqueak PattyKrusty DogKelp friesMonster Krabby PattyKrusty Krab PizzaPattyJelly PattyNasty PattyPretty PattySponge PattySpongy PattiesHash brownsExecutive TreatmentKrabby PâtéKrusty ChumKrabby SoupDouble Triple Bossy DeluxeMustardMayonnaiseSecret PattyRainbowgerAged PattyKing-Size Ultra Krabby SupremeTriple Krabby Patty with five scoops of ice creamSaladHot saucePicklesMilkshakeDanger PattiesNight PattyGreat pacific garbage patch

Commercials: Krusty Krab commercialKrusty Krab commercial (old)Krusty Kids' Meal Commercial

Vehicles: Patty WagonMobile Krusty Krab

Other: Patty vaultKrusty Krab red alert modeMimeco alarmLost and FoundKrusty KateringKrusty Krab employee hatKrusty Krab advertisingKrusty Krab playsetKrusty Krab Industries Labor AgreementKrusty Krab Rule BookEmployee HandbookPatty PalThe Eugene Krabs Memorial Wishing WellCondiment IslandKrusty PoolKrusty Krab talent showEating contest beltKrusty Krab drive-thruMr. Krabs' secret laboratoryNosferatuEmployee break roomKrabby LandKrabby Playland

Crustaceans (VE)

Alan QuaterkrabBetsy KrabsCheck-in lobsterChintzy McGeeChum KrabsDwight T. WadEugene H. KrabsRedbeard KrabsHermit crabHuford BargainBottomJohnny KrillJumbo ShrimpKing KrabsLarry the LobsterLittle crabMr. Krabs' grandmaMr. Krabs' nephewsPrehistoric KrabsShapiro the Maître D'Sneaky HermitVictor KrabsWilliam KrabsYeti Krab

Atlantis SquarePantis (VE)

Characters:Lord Royal HighnessAtlantean citizensCaptain of the Sea Ship AtlantisAtlantean RobotsRobot touristsRed AtlanteanNandoAggressive Case of the SnifflesOrange guardBubble SpongeBobVultureDave (cave)GermsNorblock FiveMagenta thugGreen jellyfishGhost jellyfishBlack jellyfishMagma jellyfishDiamond JellyfishSteel JellyfishRoyal Guard Commander

Locations:AtlantisMuseum of AtlantisMuJellyfish FieldsEncinoGasMusic StationNickelodeon Animation StudioBikini Bottom MuseumBikini BottomKelp ForestThe Bubble RoomThe Science Room

Objects:Plankton's tankAtlantean amuletSea Ship AtlantisOldest living bubbleGolden spatulaHooksBubble Collector 2000Frampton Comes AliveSquidward tikiCanned BreadAnchor ArmsPlankton's shoesJellyfish netSquidward's clarinet

Songs: The Bubble SongFueling the BusMr. Krabs' songSandy's songSquidward's songPlankton's songGoodbye, AtlantisBack in Encino

Shorts: Are We There Yet?Beware Flying JellyfishDocumenting Our Road Trip

Miscellaneous: DVDBookVideo gameMobile gameOnline gameSpongeBob's Director's CommentaryMy Trip to Atlantis - by SpongeBob SquarePantsSpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis SquareOffInside the SpongeBob Animation StudiosBehind the PantisOn the Road AgainFrom the Beginning, Pt.2The Best 200 Episodes EverSpongeBob SquarePants Special Collection, Vol. 1The First 100 EpisodesThe Complete Fifth SeasonSeason 5 Volume 2Blitz GamesAltronSpongeBob Z-A CountdownSwapBob SpareFaceHappiness to Go!Best Bikini Bottom Stories Ever!The SpongeBob Super Square Collection

Pest of the West (VE)

Characters: SpongeBuck SquarePantsPecos PatrickDead Eye PlanktonHopalong TentaclesWilliam KrabsMrs. Puff

Locations: Dead Eye GulchKrusty KantinaDead Eye Funeral Parlor and Ice Cream ParlorDead Eye Jail

Shorts: Sea Horse Riding Made EasySpurskateSaloon Door SorrowsYokel to Tough Guy

Miscellaneous: DVDBookGameSpurskate (sport)

WhoBob WhatPants (VE)
Part of Think Happy - The Year of the Sponge

Characters: The Bubble Poppin' BoysSandy's RobotLight purple sound effect fishLight yellow sound effect fish

Objects: Bubbles

Locations: New Kelp CityN.K.C. Bank

Shorts: What if SpongeBob Was Gone? (Mr. Krabs)What if SpongeBob Was Gone? (Patrick)What if SpongeBob Was Gone? (Gary)What if SpongeBob Was Gone? (Sandy)

Miscellaneous: DVDBookMy Name is CheeseHead bookFor The Love of Bubbles bookOnline gameTheme songBest Bikini Bottom Stories Ever!Happiness to Go!On the Road AgainSpongeBob SquarePants Special Collection, Vol. 2From the Beginning, Pt.1SpongeShortsBig Hits: Volume 1From the Beginning, Pt.2Triple Pack 1Season 5 Volume 2The Complete Fifth SeasonThe First 100 EpisodesThe Best 200 Episodes Ever

SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One (VE)
Part of Think Happy - The Year of the Sponge

Characters: Jack Kahuna LagunaAwesome EddieBig GChipSilent StanTwitchThe Big OneDavy JonesCashy

ObjectsSandy's helicopterDavy Jones' locker

Locations:The Remote IslandKahmamoku CoveSandy's islandDutchman's Triangle

Shorts: Separation AnxietySurfing DreamsSpongeBoard

Miscellaneous: DVDBeach Party Cook-Off video gameJohnny DeppGnarly Rip CurlOn the Road AgainLimited Edition 2 DVD Box SetGoo Lagoon Surfing ShowdownSurf's Up, SpongeBob!SpongeBob SquarePants Special Collection, Vol. 1Orange Collection

SpongeBob's Truth or Square (VE)

Characters and actors: Andy SambergCaptainRicky GervaisPatchy's momCeeLo GreenRosario DawsonEddie DeezenTriumph, the Insult Comic DogLeBron JamesTina FeyWill FerrellRobin WilliamsThe Guy on the PennyP!nkNot SpongeBobWedding officiantLive-action whaleTenderizerPlanktoBotDemento BotSquidBotWee Yellow BotNosferatuSanta Claus

Locations: Krusty KrabKrusty Krab freezerChum BucketSpongeBob's housePatrick's houseSquidward's houseNickelodeon Animation StudioEncino

Songs: A Day Like ThisKrabby Patty JingleRubber Hose RagWe've Got ScurvyOh, Krusty KrabBeautiful DreamerRejected theme songs

Objects: Jellyfish netBubblesBaby jellyfishSandy's iced tea glassMagic Conch shellHeart-shaped acornMopGolden spatulaSnellie's pet carrierSoda drinking hatWooden clarinetMermaid Man's beltAquaphoneKrabby PattyMr. Krabs' first dollarKarate gearVolcano SauceMr. Krabs' first dimeFriendship ringRecipe for a Krabby PattyWalkie-talkieSquidward tiki

Shorts: BalloonsJuice ManTrafficThe Outfit

Miscellaneous: DVDVideo gameOnline gamePC gameThe Great Escape bookGood Times!Screen NoveltiesBurger King toysBikini Bottom Bash DVDThe Next 100 EpisodesThe Best 200 Episodes EverThe Pilot a Mini-Movie and the Square ShortsThe Complete Sixth SeasonSeason 6 Volume 1Triple Pack 1Big Hits: Volume 1The Super Spongy Square GamesAltronList of MTV bumpersSpongeBob's Greatest Hits

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