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In addition to the ten main characters, SpongeBob SquarePants has a large amount of background characters. They are identified by the artists and animators with individual model numbers. These model numbers correspond to when the characters were designed in production. The following is a list of background characters, sorted by their model numbers.

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An enormous crowd filled with many different incidental characters.

"Squeaky Boots," the second episode made for season 1 in production order (code #102), was the first produced episode to feature incidental characters. As a result, the first row of incidentals (incidentals 1-11) were all first designed for "Squeaky Boots." Despite this, Incidental 18 appears in that episode as well.

Some characters have been removed from the model sheets, mainly between the second and fourth seasons. Like most animated series, many SpongeBob episodes are worked on at the same time, leading to several incidentals with later numbers appearing in episodes before others with earlier numbers.

Regular Incidentals

Number Image Debut (production order)
Incidental 1 (Fred)

Fred (Incidental 1)

"Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 2 Incidental -2 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 3 Incidental 3 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 4 Incidental 4 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 5 Incidental 5~2 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 6 Incidental 6 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 7 Incidental 7 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 8 Incidental 8 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 9 Incidental 9 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 10 Incidental 10 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 11 Incidental Character Models 1~3 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 12 Incidental Character Models 1~4 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 13 Incidental Character Models 1~5 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 14 Incidental Character Models 1~6 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 15 Incidental Character Models 1~7 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 16 Incidental Character Models 1~8 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 17 Incidental Character Models 1~8.1 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 18 Incidental Character Models 1~9 "Squeaky Boots" (episode 102)
Incidental 19 Unknown
Incidental 20 Incidental Character Models 1~10 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 21 Incidental Character Models 1~11 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 22 Incidental Character Models 1~12 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 23 Incidental Character Models 1~12.1 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 24 Incidental Character Models 1~13.2 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 25 Incidental 25 Character Model "Boating School" (episode 104)
Incidental 26 Incidental 26 Character Model "Boating School" (episode 104)
Incidental 27 Incidental 27 Character Models "Boating School" (episode 104)
Incidental 28 Incidental 28 Character Model "Hall Monitor" (episode 108)
Incidental 29 Incidental 29 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 30 Incidental 30 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 30A Incidental 30A Character Model "Culture Shock" (episode 122)
Incidental 31 Incidental 31 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 32 Incidental 32 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 33 Purple 33 "Sandy's Rocket" (episode 110)
Incidental 34 Far-distance fish "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 35 Fools in April 092~2 "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 36 Incidental 36 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 37A Incidental 37A Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 37B Incidental 37B Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 38 (Scooter) Incidental 38 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 39 Incidental 39 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 40 Incidental 40 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 41 ​​​​​Incidental 41 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 42 Incidental 42 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidentals 43-44 Unknown
Incidental 45 Incidental 45 Character Model "Ripped Pants"(episode 106)
Incidental 46 Incidental 46 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 47 Incidental 47 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 48 Incidental 48 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 49 Incidental 49 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 49A Incidental 49A Character Model "Opposite Day" (episode 112)
Incidentals 050-059 Unknown
Incidental 60 Incidental 60 Character Model "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 61 Unnamed crab "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 62 Ivy.PNG "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 63 Incidental 63 Character Model "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 64 Incidental 64 Character Model "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 65 Incidental 65 Character Model "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 66 Catfish customer "Valentine's Day" (episode 128)
Incidental 67 Incidental 67 Character Model "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 68 Incidental 68 Character Model "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 69 Incidental 69 Character Model "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 70 Incidental 70 "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 71 I71Normal "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidental 72 Unknown
Incidental 73 Incidental 73 Character Model "Pickles" (episode 111)
Incidentals 74-079 Unknown
Incidental 80 Incidental 80 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 111)
Incidental 81 Incidental 81 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 82 Incidental 82 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 83 (Old Man Walker) Incidental 83 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 84 Incidental 84 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 85 Incidental 85 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 86 Incidental 86 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 87 Incidental 87 Character Models "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 088 or 089
(Orange senior)
Orange senior "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 088 or 089
(Elderly shark)
Gray elder shark "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 90 Incidental 90 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 91 Incidental 91 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 92 Incidental 92 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 93 Incidental 93 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidental 94 Incidental 94 Character Model "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" (episode 119)
Incidentals 95-101

Inc95-101

"Valentine's Day" (episode 128)
Incidental 102 Incidental 102 Character Model "Valentine's Day" (episode 128)
Incidental 103 Incidental 103 Character Model "Valentine's Day" (episode 128)
Incidental 104 Incidental 104 Character Model "Valentine's Day" (episode 128)
Incidental 105 Incidental 105 Character Model "Valentine's Day" (episode 128)
Incidental 106 Incidental 106 Character Model "Valentine's Day" (episode 128)
Incidental 107 Incidental 107 Character Model "Valentine's Day" (episode 128)
Incidental 108 Incidental 108 Character Model "Valentine's Day" (episode 128)
Incidentals 109-113 Unknown
Incidental 114 Incidental 114 Character Model "F.U.N." (episode 121)
Incidental 115 Incidental 115 Character Model "F.U.N." (episode 121)
Incidental 116 Incidental 116 "I Was a Teenage Gary" (episode 117)
117 Unknown
Incidental 118 Incidental 118 Character Model "Hall Monitor" (episode 108)
Incidental 119 Incidental 119 Character Model "SB-129" (episode 129)
Incidentals 120-149 Unknown
Incidental 150 Incidental 150 Character Model "Bossy Boots"
Incidental 151 Incidental 151 Character Model "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
Incidental 152 Incidental 152 Character Model "Patty Hype"
Incidental 153 Incidental 153 Character Model "The Smoking Peanut"
Incidental 154 Incidental 154 Character Model "Something Smells" (episode 143)
Incidental 155 Incidental 155 Character Model "Ripped Pants" (episode 106)
Incidental 156 (Sandals) Incidental 156 Character Model "Patty Hype"
Incidental 157 Incidental 157 Character Model "F.U.N." (episode 121)
Incidental 158 Incidental 158 Character Model "Prehibernation Week" (episode 151)
Incidental 159 Unknown
Incidental 160 Fish brat "The Incredible Shrinking Sponge"
Incidental 161 Unknown
Incidental 162 Incidental 162 "The Incredible Shrinking Sponge"
Incidentals 163-168 Unknown
Incidental 169 Incidental 169 "Pat the Horse"
Incidental 170 Unknown
Incidental 171 Incidental 171 "The Grill is Gone"
Incidentals 172-185 Unknown
Incidental 186 Male spokesmodel "Treats!"
Incidentals 187-199 Unknown
Incidental 200 I200 "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidental 201 I201 "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidental 202 I202 "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidental 203 Unknown
Incidental 204 Screenshot 2020-03-23 at 2.20.28 AM "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidental 205 Unknown
Incidental 206 I206 "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidentals 207-210 Unknown
Incidental 211 Glow fish "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidental 212 I212 "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidental 213 Unknown
Incidental 214 I214 "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidentals 215-219 Unknown
Incidental 220 I220 "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidental 221 I221 "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)
Incidental 222 I222 "Rock Bottom" (episode 138)

"F__" Incidentals

The F incidentals (likely standing for Fancy) are a group of fancy fish designed for "Culture Shock." Some of these fish are actually regular incidentals but with minor edits and fancy suits (Fred, Incidental 2, Incidental 15, Incidental 23, and Incidental 63).

Number Image Debut
Incidental F1

Fancy Inc1

"Culture Shock"
Incidental F2

Fancy anchovy

"Culture Shock"
Incidental F3 Unknown
Incidental F4

MSO green

"Culture Shock"
Incidental F5 Unknown
Incidental F6

Kenney's owner green

"Culture Shock"
Incidentals F7-8

Unknown

Incidental F9

IncF9 (Green)

"Culture Shock"
Incidentals F10-13

Unknown

Incidental F14

Fancy man gray

"Culture Shock"

"T__" Incidentals

Number Image Debut
Sleepy Time 052
I can turn into a skyscraper!
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"G__" Incidentals

These nerdy looking Incidentals first appear in "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic." The "G" in their names might stand for Geek.

Number Image Debut
Incidental G1

Unknown

Incidental G2

What Ever Happened to SpongeBob 238~2

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
Incidental G3

Lost and Found 063~3

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
Incidental G4

Unknown

Incidental G5

Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI The Motion Picture 200~2

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
Incidental G6

Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI The Motion Picture 023~3

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
Incidental G7

IncG7

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
Incidental G8-11

Unknown

Incidental G12

Inspectorcarl

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
Incidental G13

Jolly Lodgers 135~3

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
Incidental G14

Unknown

Incidental G15

Jolly Lodgers 136~4

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"
Incidental G16-18

Unknown

Incidental G19

What Ever Happened to SpongeBob 335~2

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic"

"K__" Incidentals

These incidentals first appear in the "Friend or Foe" flashbacks, along with other regular incidentals reduced to the size of a child. The "K" very likely stands for kid. This is also the only incidental sheet where every member in it is known.

Number Image Debut
Incidental K1 Purple billy bully "Friend or Foe"
Incidental K2

IncK2

"Friend or Foe"
Incidental K3

Tom as a kid

"Friend or Foe"
Incidental K4

IncK4

"Friend or Foe"
Incidental K5

Anchovy child

"Friend or Foe"
Incidental K6

IncK6

"Friend or Foe"

"A__" Incidentals

Number Image Debut

"D__" Incidentals

Number Image Debut
Incidental D1

IncD-1

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D2

IncD-2

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D3

IncD-3

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D4

IncD-4

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D5

Unknown

Incidental D6

IncD-6

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D7

IncD-7

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D8

Unknown

Incidental D9

IncD-9

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D10

IncD-10

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D11

IncD-11

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D12

IncD-12

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D13 Fred's Doctor in Code Yellow "Code Yellow"
Incidental D14

IncD-14

"Code Yellow"
Incidental D15

IncD-15

Incidental D16

IncD-16

"Code Yellow"

"M__" Incidentals

A total of five incidentals whose model numbers start with "M" (possibly standing for musician) appear in "Krusty Katering." They are recycled from other models, just recolored and dressed up with suits. Only three numbers are known: M2, M3, and M4.

Number Image Debut
Brown eel
(Incidental M1 or M5)

Musician eel

"Your Shoe's Untied"
Incidental M2

Musician 2

"Code Yellow"
Incidental M3

Musician 3

"The Krusty Sponge"
Incidental M4

Musician 4

"Code Yellow"
Yellow musician
(Incidental M1 or M5)

Lip service lookalike

"Code Yellow"

"NF__" Incidentals

A total of 7 well dressed fish marked with a "NF" (possibly standing for "New Fancy") made their debut in "Krusty Katering."

Number Image Debut
Incidental NF1

IncNF1

"Krusty Katering"
Incidental NF2

IncNF2

"Krusty Katering"
Incidental NF3

IncNF3

"Krusty Katering"
Incidental NF4

IncNF4

"Krusty Katering"
Incidental NF5

IncNF5

"Krusty Katering"
Incidental NF6

IncNF6

"Krusty Katering"
Incidental NF7

IncNF7

"Krusty Katering"

"C__" Incidentals

A total of at least 23 clown incidentals were designed for "Don't Feed the Clowns".

Number Image Debut
Incidental C9 "Don't Feed the Clowns"
Incidental C12 "Don't Feed the Clowns"
Incidental C13B "Don't Feed the Clowns"
Incidental C14 "Don't Feed the Clowns"
Incidental C15 "Don't Feed the Clowns"
Incidental C16 "Don't Feed the Clowns"
Incidental C17 "Don't Feed the Clowns"
Incidental C20 "Don't Feed the Clowns"
Incidental C21 "Don't Feed the Clowns"
Incidental C22 "Don't Feed the Clowns"

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"BB__" Incidentals

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"EHS__" Incidentals

These fish make up the members of the Empty Head Society in "The Nitwitting." Three of them are recycled from older models.

Number Image Debut
Incidental EHS1

IncEHS1

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS2

IncEHS2

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS3

IncEHS3

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS4

IncEHS4

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS5

IncEHS5

"Walking Small"
Incidental EHS6

IncEHS6

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS7

IncEHS7

"Ripped Pants"
Incidental EHS8

IncEHS8

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS9

IncEHS9

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS10

IncEHS10

"Mutiny on the Krusty"
Incidental EHS11

IncEHM11

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS12

IncEHS12

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS13

IncEHS13

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS14

IncEHS14

"The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS15 Incidental EHS15 "The Nitwitting"
Incidental EHS16 Incidental EHS16 "The Nitwitting"

"CM__" Incidentals

These fish appear in "Mind the Gap" Some of them are recycled from older models, and the "CM" might stand for "Club Member" or "Cool Music."

Number Image Debut
Incidental CM1

Mind the Gap 063~2

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM2

Mind the Gap 060~3

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM3

Mind the Gap 184~3

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM4

Mind the Gap 075~3

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM5

Unknown

Incidental CM6

Mind the Gap 075~2

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM7

Unknown

Incidental CM8

Mind the Gap 072~2

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM9

Mind the Gap 072~3

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM10

Mind the Gap 061~3

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM11

Mind the Gap 063~3

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM12

Mind the Gap 078~2

"The Chaperone"
Incidental CM13

Mind the Gap 149~2

"Sing a Song of Patrick"
Incidental CM14

Mind the Gap 184~2

"Pickles"
Incidental CM15

Mind the Gap 113~2

"Krab Borg"
Incidental CM16

Mind the Gap 063~4

"Culture Shock"
Incidental CM17

Mind the Gap 061~4

"Mind the Gap"
Incidental CM18

Unknown

Incidental CM19

Mind the Gap 060~4

"The Sponge Who Could Fly"
Incidental CM20

Incidental CM20

"The Chaperone"
Incidental CM21

Mind the Gap 061~2

"The Chaperone"
Incidental CM22

Mind the Gap 191~2

"Goodbye, Krabby Patty?"
Incidental CM23

Mind the Gap 061~5

"Sing a Song of Patrick"
Incidental CM24

Mind the Gap 060~2

"Sing a Song of Patrick"

"RL__" Incidentals

At least ten "RL" incidentals were created for SpongeBob in RandomLand. Only one model number is known.

Number Image Debut
Incidentals RL1-9

Unknown

Incidental RL10

SpongeBob in RandomLand 085~2

"SpongeBob in RandomLand"

Trivia

  • Most background characters have two models: one for their daytime color palette and another for their nighttime color palette. For example, Fred's palettes are labeled "001-DAY" and "001-NIGHT."
  • According to Jay Lender, several of the original incidental characters were removed from the model sheets during the second season after their models were lost in the shuffle during revisions.[1] As a result, many episodes featuring them in storyboards (such as "Christmas Who?" and "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III") had them replaced with different character models.
    • The numbers for these characters are known from storyboards. Specifically, numbers 33, 35, 61, 62, 70, and 71 are known from the storyboards of "Christmas Who?."
  • Fred, Scooter, Old Man Walker, and Sandals are currently the only incidental characters with official confirmed names by the SpongeBob crew. Other characters have been given various names throughout the show, but these are limited to single instances and do not carry over to other episodes.
  • The models for Incidentals 30 and 30A are redraws of the anchovies from "Help Wanted." Unlike the anchovies in "Help Wanted," these incidentals are solid blue and brown, and the brown anchovies have blue shirts instead of white ones.
  • In many episodes, duplicate background character fish can be seen in crowds.

Gallery

Four of these incidental model sheets were uploaded by Vincent Waller to his Twitter in February 2018; the first three sheets were uploaded on February 8, 2018 and appear in "Goons on the Moon." The character models for the Rock Bottomites were in the files of the PS1 version of SuperSponge. Adam Paloian uploaded to his Twitter Incidental F4's character model on August 1, 2017 and three Empty Head Society sheets in January 2019.

References

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