It is completely golden, except for the black handle. Many golden spatulas are prominently featured in the Battle for Bikini Bottom video game as one of the main objectives is to collect as many golden spatulas as possible. Golden spatulas have been known to be awarded to the great chefs and bakers of Applied Nutrition 3.
They are also collectibles in the video game SuperSponge and the online game Lost Treasures.
Role in episode
It serves as a gift from Plankton to SpongeBob in order to befriend him. It even has SpongeBob's name carved into it. Plankton claims it will be his birthday the following day, and SpongeBob is invited to his party. Plankton then says he wants SpongeBob to get him a Krabby Patty for his birthday in return for the golden spatula. Upon saying this, SpongeBob then realizes that all Plankton really wants is the Krabby Patty secret formula.
Role in video games
Legend of the Lost Spatula
It is seen on the cover of the game and after the player fights the Flying Dutchman.
Operation Krabby Patty
The mouse cursor is the golden spatula.
They are collectibles and if the player collects all 100, an extra life/bonus area will be unlocked.
Battle for Bikini Bottom
The golden spatulas act as a goal for completing a level/task. Once the player has collected a golden spatula during a task, the player knows that it is completely finished, and there is nothing else to accomplish in that task. Once the player has received one from a task, the player can not receive the same one or a different one from that task, even if the player redoes all of the steps for getting it. The golden spatulas are one of the main collectible items in the game, alongside shiny objects and Patrick's socks, as there are 100 golden spatulas in all. At least one can be found in each level, the amount ranging from 1-8. Here is a list of levels with their spatula amounts (representing the number in parentheses):
It appears as an item that the player can touch to earn 10000 points.
The golden spatula featured in Lost Treasures is the only collectible treasure in level 6.
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In Battle for Bikini Bottom (console versions), once the player defeats Robo-Patrick (Industrial Park), the player cannot trade shiny objects for spatulas until the player saves the Krusty Krab.
In "SpongeBob You're Fired," Mr. Krabs mentions that golden spatulas were used as a form of achievement while he was in the navy. He tells Squidward, "I was five times golden spatula in the navy, so I'll be runnin' the grill."