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"Karate Choppers" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 1. In this episode, SpongeBob and Sandy become obsessed over karate to the point where they cause chaos, and Mr. Krabs tells them to stop or SpongeBob will be fired.



SpongeBob and Sandy doing karate.

SpongeBob and Sandy are practicing karate against each other. After fighting in SpongeBob's house, Sandy tells him that she will sneak up on him and fight him tomorrow. At the Barg'N-Mart, their battle continues. Later, Sandy pulls out SpongeBob's tongue and grabs a bottle of Volcano Sauce to have him surrender. SpongeBob imagines a face on the drop of hot sauce and quickly gives up. At the Krusty Krab the next day, SpongeBob thinks anyone or anything can be Sandy, so he is cautious and does not work much. When SpongeBob attacks one of the customers, Mr. Krabs demands to know what is going on, so SpongeBob explains to him that he is doing karate.

Eventually, Mr. Krabs tells him to stop doing karate or he will be fired. Later, Sandy appears and attacks SpongeBob, although he tries to explain Mr. Krabs' warning to her, she thinks he is bluffing and does not listen. Mr. Krabs witnesses them and fires SpongeBob, who cries and runs around the place crazily. Feeling guilty, Sandy explains that it was her fault and begs Mr. Krabs to give SpongeBob his job back. Mr. Krabs agrees on the condition that they do no more karate, saying it is poisoning SpongeBob's mind.

SpongeBob and Sandy at the park.

The two try to forget about karate and go to Seashell Park for a picnic. However, everything reminds them of karate, particularly when SpongeBob slices bologna using karate chops. They eventually can't resist the urge and slice up all kinds of ingredients and make several sandwiches in the process. They eventually take up karate again and have a great deal of fun.

Mr. Krabs, who is taking a walk in the park, catches them surrounded by sandwiches and the surroundings are really trashed, clearly having broken their promise. SpongeBob admits the truth, saying he cannot help himself and asks Mr. Krabs to simply fire him. However, Mr. Krabs replies that he has something else in mind.

Back at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs rehires SpongeBob along with Sandy make Krabby Patties at an exceptional rate, using karate chops to slice and assemble the ingredients, which brings in lots of customers and makes Mr. Krabs twice as much money as before.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Take That! (a) - Helene Muddiman [Title card]
  Panther Prowl - David Farnon [opening]
  Cieszyn Polka - Władyslaw Raczkowski [TV show]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [SpongeBob screams]
  Take That! (a) - Helene Muddiman [SpongeBob and Sandy doing karate]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [SpongeBob throws Sandy through the door]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob does a karate dance]
  Take That! (a) - Helene Muddiman [karate over the phone]
  Bossa Cubana - Gerhard Narholz [Sandy shopping]
  Hit and Run - Sam Spence [Sandy bumps into SpongeBob]
  Bossa Cubana - Gerhard Narholz ["Hey Sandy, have you ever heard the one about the squirrel and the tin cans?"]
  Take That! (a) - Helene Muddiman [tin cans]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [SpongeBob laughs]
  Dancing The Hula - Kapono Beamer ["What a beautiful day!"]
  Take That! (a) - Helene Muddiman [more karate]
  House Of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [volcano sauce]
  Death Trap [#26.03] - Gregor F. Narholz ["By the powers of naughtiness..."]
  Panther Prowl - David Farnon [Sandy drinking volcano sauce.]
  Take That! (a) - Helene Muddiman [novelty toy]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [at the Krusty Krab]
  Keep Cool - Jean Christophe Thomas, Laurence Peter Cottle [customer swatting a fly/"I'm fast, I'm mean, and I can do this!"]
  Blow the Man Down (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to get back to work]
  Keep Cool - Jean Christophe Thomas, Laurence Peter Cottle [SpongeBob enters the bathroom]
  Sailor's Waltz - Heinz Matschurat [Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to stop doing karate or he is fired]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["Fired?"]
  Take That! (a) - Helene Muddiman [Sandy starts karate chopping SpongeBob/Sandy continues karate chopping SpongeBob/Sandy karate chopping SpongeBob again]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob feels bad 'cause he's canned/"Aww, shoot, SpongeBob. I guess you ain't fibbing."]
  Hit and Run - Sam Spence [Sandy chops SpongeBob's face]
  Vibe Links#Vibe Link (B)|Vibe Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["We can?"]
  Nostalgic Hawaii - George de Fretes, Jan Rap [SpongeBob squeezes a rock]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob and Sandy on a picnic]
  Hit and Run - Sam Spence [Sandy chops the barnacle loaf]
  Mavericks - The Woodies [making sandwiches]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [sting]
  Take That! (a) - Helene Muddiman [they fight]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill [everything cut in half]
  Dramatic Cue (D) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob shrieks]
  O Makalapua (B) - Kapono Beamer ["Oh, all right, Mr. Krabs, you caught me."]
  Take That! (a) - Helene Muddiman [ending]

*On The Complete 1st Season and The First 100 Episodes DVDs "Mavericks" is replaced with "El Dementia" by The Surfdusters while on the Amazon Prime video has the "Mavericks" music.



  • "Karate Choppers" was ranked #44 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
  • "Karate Choppers" was ranked #29 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • At the beginning of this episode, SpongeBob's shoes appear to make "quacking" sounds, only to reveal he has stepped on three squeaky toy ducks. "Stepping on ducks" is a euphemism for flatulence.
  • The title card is similar to that of Barg'N-Mart and "Naughty Nautical Neighbors," but it is red instead of yellow, there are no pineapples.
  • The title card background is similar to those of "Nature Pants," "MuscleBob BuffPants," and "Scaredy Pants" except the bamboo is orange and is broken.
    • Later in the episode, SpongeBob suggests he "cut the cheese," another euphemism for flatulence, although, in this case, it is literally slicing cheese.
  • The fish shown on SpongeBob's TV is a royal gramma (Gramma loreto), a tropical aquarium fish.
  • This is the last episode to premiere in the 1990s decade.
  • Tom Kenny portrays the Volcano Sauce drop.
    • In the season 1 DVD commentary, Kenny explains that the scene was shot in the Nickelodeon restroom, and he had to wear red makeup all over his face to portray the character. He also had an audition on that same day the scene was shot, but the red makeup did not completely come off in time. As a result, he still had a little bit of red makeup on his face and it made him look like he was having high blood pressure.
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  • The Volcano Sauce drop is credited as "Hot Sauce Drop."
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Cultural references


  • When Sandy is at SpongeBob's door, she has an extra stripe on her sleeve.
  • SpongeBob leaves the kitchen with a tray of six Krabby Patties. When he tosses the Krabby Patties onto Squidward's head, all six stick to it. In the next shot, there are eight Krabby Patties. In the final zoom shot of Squidward's head after SpongeBob says "Nice hairpiece, Squidward," 10 Krabby Patties can be seen.
  • When SpongeBob is cutting the food, on his first cut, the mustard dispenser seems to disappear.
  • SpongeBob's arm disappears when Sandy hangs up on him after his attempt at phone karate.
  • During the fight between SpongeBob and Sandy, a brick can be seen in their dust cloud.

Some of the bubbles in the bubble transition are frozen in mid-air.

  • After the bubble transition cuts to the Krusty Krab, some of the bubbles freeze in mid-air.
  • When SpongeBob slices the first slice of salami, the mustard bottle is missing.
  • A second window is added to SpongeBob's pineapple house near the lower-right corner. Before, there was only one window on the upper left corner.
  • Mr. Krabs tells Squidward that he was in his office. However, Mr. Krabs' office is the first door on the left, and when he comes in, he is on the right, but when SpongeBob talks to him, Mr. Krabs is on his office side, next to Squidward.
  • When SpongeBob goes into the restroom at the Krusty Krab, there is the "Please wash your fins" sign on it. Later, when SpongeBob is walking, it disappears.
  • In the scene with SpongeBob holding the rock together to hide it from Mr. Krabs, a tree can be seen in the background chopped in half. The "leaves" of the tree are also chopped in half, even though they would not be touched just from chopping the tree in half.
  • In the scene where SpongeBob captures Sandy with the novelty toy tongue, she has her left arm inside her suit while she guzzles down hot sauce. Once SpongeBob loops the tongue around her, her arm immediately appears outside of the suit.
  • When SpongeBob gets fired, his face wrinkles up. In this shot, one of his holes goes above his head.
  • The Chum Bucket is missing from across the street when SpongeBob is caught and Sandy apologizes.

Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants VE

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Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2003)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)