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The massive popularity of SpongeBob SquarePants has led to a wide variety of different Internet memes based on the show. Countless quotes, scenes, and characters from the show have been featured in memes and viral videos. This page is a list of notable memes that are very popular or have been officially used by Nickelodeon. They are ordered alphabetically.
SpongeBob's voice actor, Tom Kenny, explained a variety of memes based on SpongeBob in a 2019 video.
This is a joke from "New Student Starfish." In the episode, Mrs. Puff asks Patrick to introduce himself to the class, and he says "24" instead of his name. Later, SpongeBob and Patrick whisper to each other, and SpongeBob thinks of something funnier than 24. Patrick wants to hear it, and he says "25," causing both of them to crack up with laughter.
The quote, along with the scene of SpongeBob and Patrick in boating school, is often used in scenarios that mention the number 25. It is often referenced in instances where the number 25 is relevant, such as a 25th birthday cake.
This is a quote from "Mid-Life Crustacean." SpongeBob and Patrick ask Mr. Krabs if he is feeling young again. The quote is often remixed, used in different contexts, or edited to ask a different character if they are "feeling it."
An official shirt of the quote was made by Nickelodeon and released to Hot Topic.
As of 2021, Nickelodeon banned "Mid-Life Crustacean" due to story lines concerns. Despite this, merchandise of the quote is still available after it was banned from reruns on the main network.
This is a scene from "Goo Goo Gas" where Patrick turns into a baby. The scene amassed millions of views from Rickrolling. A popular video sets the tune to an edited excerpt from Soulja's Boy's "Kiss Me Thru the Phone."
The original scene.
The popular YouTube upload.
Beating up Patrick
This is a scene from "No Weenies Allowed" where Patrick gets beating up by an invisible man. The scene is usually shows a fictional character or something watching the episode try to make it look like they're actually doing it.
Big Fat Meanie
This is a scene from "New Student Starfish." During class, Patrick tosses SpongeBob a picture he drew, depicting a rather ugly obese-looking Mrs. Puff with the words "Big Fat Meanie." When Mrs. Puff sees this, she takes on the same appearance as the drawing and says "As if I really look like this!," then puts the picture in a drawer with other ugly pictures of her inside.
The meme usually involves Patrick's picture and Mrs. Puff forming into such being replaced with various other things.
This is a set of two images from the online game, Kah Rah Tay Contest. They show SpongeBob clasping his hands together and leaning over. The images are commonly used as a reaction image to various instances of people making an unwise decision. Also, there was an official pin made from this meme.
The origin of the meme.
A scene from "Prehibernation Week," when SpongeBob and Sandy are doing extreme activities, Sandy passes by a camper fish at high speed, causing him to burn. The image is used to reflect when people are under bad situations or mental breakdowns, but have gotten used to it happening.
It is a quote from the episode, "Chocolate with Nuts," shouted by a background character named Incidental 6 (called Tom by many). It spawned as a popular YTMND fad, which has since spread to YouTube and other sites.
Confused Mr. Krabs (Mr. Krabs Blur)
This is a distorted image taken from a scene in "Patty Hype." In the scene, Mr. Krabs is at the Pretty Patty stand, surrounded by angry customers. The picture is used in memes to represent sudden confusion. The meme's most well-known use was titled When you wake up from a nap.
An official shirt of the meme was released to Hot Topic in 2019. The official SpongeBob social media accounts also posted a reimagining of the meme by storyboard artist Caroline Director, featuring SpongeBob in place of Mr. Krabs. The meme was used as a theory for SpongeBob's embarrassing Christmas party photo, as mentioned in "The Secret Box."
A scene from this video of Patrick dancing in a clip from "Opposite Day" became popular on YouTube in 2020. Many remixes of the video have been created, most affecting the quality of the video.
This is a quote from the episode, "Wishing You Well," where after SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward are stuck in the Krusty Krab's well, Squidward reveals to be claustrophobic when Patrick stands near him. Having no real idea or meaning of what the word is, SpongeBob thinks that Squidward is afraid of Santa Claus. When Squidward denies it, Patrick attempts to scare the latter by saying "Ho Ho Ho!," in which SpongeBob thinks is actually scaring Squidward.
This scene became a popular meme template featuring other characters (SpongeBob) confusing words for something else after another character (Squidward) tells them that they are afraid of something and then a third character (Patrick) attempting to scare them.
This is a quote from "Something Smells." In the episode, a blue Incidental 1 (later named Fred) smells SpongeBob's breath at Reef Cinema and makes the noise "Deaugh!" with a weird look on his face. He then runs out of the cinema.
This scene has become very popular on sites such as YouTube, where it has become a subject of remixes, edits, and compilations. It is usually spelled as "Deuueaugh!" in video titles, but Nickelodeon spells it as "deaugh."
This is a quote by Patrick in "Hooky" where he leans on one hook with a lot of hooks in his mouth he then says to SpongeBob "Does this look dangerous?" The quote is used again in "Ridin' the Hook."
This meme became popular among memes against the Soviet Union and even some caption memes.
A scene from the episode, "Naughty Nautical Neighbors," where Squidward plays Solitude in E Minor for Patrick on his clarinet, to which Patrick falls asleep at the very first note.
The origin of this meme was drawn by DeviantArt artist u/kez-the-emo-lord in one of the pages of the book I Ripped My Pants! in 2007. It didn't became popular until the following year being used in countless YouTube video edits from 2008 to 2009, possibly by the Emo community, but soon became an ironic meme in a decade. 13 years later, the meme showed up in the Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years episode, "What About Meep?," making it canon that SpongeBob had an emo phase.
Emo SpongeBob, Kamp Koral, 2021
Emo SpongeBob, original meme
The origin of the meme without being drawn & photoshopped.
"FIRMLY GRASP IT!"
This is a scene from "Jellyfishing." After Squidward has an accident involving a bike and a jellyfish, SpongeBob and Patrick decide to cheer him up by jellyfishing with him. However, when it's time to hold the net, Squidward can't hold it since he's covered with bandages. Patrick, with no knowledge on how his bandages work, tells Squidward to hold the net. When he is angry after a few attempts, he tells Squidward to "FIRMLY GRASP IT!" and stabs it on his injured hand.
Gangster SpongeBob or Gangsta SpongeBob refers to a series of fan art that depict SpongeBob SquarePants as a gangster. Originally a series of independently created fan art, in 2019 and 2020, the artworks gained meme recognition, being used as source material for ironic memes.
Major example of Gangster SpongeBob
Gentle Breeze fad
In the late 2000s, a user named Kortez3000 made a video of Moar Krabs (more information below) set to the song "Gentle Breeze" from the video game Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2, with different visual effects being applied and changing to the notes of the song. The fad took off when another user made the same fad, simply titled "Squidward", using the frame from "Prehibernation Week" when Squidward smiles at Mr. Krabs after Sandy announces SpongeBob went missing. Since then, millions of fads were made using the painted close-ups or otherwise candid frames from the show as well as disturbing fanart of the show's characters and even characters and images from other series. The videos are usually called "(name)ward" or a corruption of the character's name.
This is an alter-ego of Squidward from "The Two Faces of Squidward." After SpongeBob hits the door on Squidward several times, he becomes more handsome than before. SpongeBob then shoves Squidward out of the way, and he looks as if he is dancing.
This image has become very popular in edits, remixes, and numerous YouTube videos. It has also been parodied by fan-made art of other characters impersonating the handsome face. Squidward's "dancing" has also become popular on YouTube, and videos will usually show him dancing to different songs or music.
The meme has been featured on Nickelodeon's social media accounts, and a figure of Handsome Squidward was released as part of the Masterpiece Memes toy line.
This meme is featured as an Easter egg into a painting in Squidward's house, and Squidward's Dream in Battle For Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated.
Have a Bowl Mr. Squidward
This meme refers to a scene from a parody commercial for Kraft Mac n' Cheese SpongeBob shapes where Mr. Krabs tells Squidward to have a bowl of the Mac n' Cheese and throws it at Squidward. The meme has several variants on YouTube, including one by AquaticNeptune.
"Have a Bowl Mr. Squidward" Compilation
"Have I ever not been right?"
A scene from "Grandma's Kisses," when Patrick tells SpongeBob that he must start acting like a man to gain respect, SpongeBob replies with "You're right, Patrick," to which Patrick replies "Have I ever not been right?," and then the scene cuts to a picture of SpongeBob on a giant red firecracker, a picture of SpongeBob with a giant funnel in his mouth while Patrick holds a giant pumpkin, and a picture of SpongeBob and Patrick in black speedos while a wolf whistle is heard in the background.
The meme is used to show how Patrick has terrible ideas, yet he thinks that these ideas are great.
"He's gonna drown in it!"
This is a quote from Squidward in "Dying For Pie." He says this after "finding out" SpongeBob will die at sunset. Squidward repeats it before leaving Krabs' office, and the latter writes "Note to self: Watch out for Squidward."
"Hello, I like money!"
This is a quote from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. When Perch Perkins is about to start an interview with Mr. Krabs, Mr. Krabs says "Hello, I like money." This has become a popular meme, and it is often used as scams, cash grabs, and announcements that nobody asked for.
Here lies Squidward's hopes and dreams
This is a meme from the episode "One Krabs Trash," where Squidward is shown mourning a grave. When he leaves, Mr. Krabs goes over and sees that the gravestone reads "Here lies Squidward's hopes and dreams." He says "What a baby," before continuing his search for Smitty Werbenjägermanjensen's grave. The part that says "Squidward's hopes and dreams" is usually replaced by something else.
This meme originated from "I Had an Accident," where Patrick makes a laugh after Sandy greets SpongeBob. It usually features Patrick's laugh being replaced with a random sound effect, along with him flashing random colors and other effects while making that sound.
"Hi, how are ya?"
This is a quote from "Not Normal." After SpongeBob watches a video on how to be normal, he begins emulating the personality of the person featured in the video, Mr. Normal. A commonly said phrase by SpongeBob during his "normal" phase is, "Hi, how are ya?"
This has become popular among YouTube remixes and reactions used in Tumblr quotes.
"How tough are ya?"
This is a quote from "No Weenies Allowed." Reg asks the sailor fish about how tough he really is. The sailor fish says that he ate a bowl of nails without any milk.
The quote gained traction with normal-at-first-but-actually-extreme statements.
This meme can be used in many different situations, commonly pertaining to love and the holiday of Valentine's Day.
"I don't need it"
This is a quote from "Tea at the Treedome." SpongeBob stares and wonders whether he needs water. This is one of the SpongeBob image macros, and is usually used to convey the struggle to resist something that is not needed and ultimately caving in.
I have three dollars
This meme uses a screenshot from the episode "One Krabs Trash" of Patrick holding up three dollars bills. The meme has become a reaction image for people jokingly expressing their lack of money. The original line from the episode states that Patrick has seven dollars but since Patrick holds up three notes, three dollars is most commonly used in the meme.
Ight Imma Head Out
This is a still image taken from "The Smoking Peanut" where SpongeBob is about to sit down to watch TV. Despite this, the image is used to portray SpongeBob preparing to leave his house.
This meme is often used to mock awkward situations, regarding leaving the room.
In merchandise, the phrase is changed to ..."Oh, I can't."
The original frame from the episode
Official stock art
"I love you"
This is a quote from "Chocolate with Nuts." SpongeBob tells Patrick to flatter the next customer to make him feel better so he would buy their chocolate bars. When they arrive at Incidental 60's house, Patrick says "I love you," and Incidental 60 immediately shuts the door.
This is a very popular fad on YouTube. It has been featured numerous times in Sparta remixes and memes such as "Can You Survive (number of minutes) of I Love You?"
"I Love You" in 9 Languages
The "I Love You" meme in 9 different languages
“It’s not my wallet”
A scene from “Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III“. Man Ray attempts to give Patrick his wallet in Goodness Lesson #1, and he tries to do it by explaining to him that he found his ID in said wallet, with Patrick refusing the offer because he still believes it’s not his wallet. This meme is used in a similar way to where Man Ray is the person that gives logic and evidence to come to the conclusion, and Patrick is the person that still refuses to believe.
This is a repeated quote from "Idiot Box." This meme involves the photo of SpongeBob spreading his hands, forming a rainbow, saying "Ima-gin-ation!" to talk to Squidward about imagination. It happens throughout the episode.
This has become very popular on fads, memes, and YouTube Poops and is often called "Imagination."
"I'm ugly and I'm proud!"
A scene from "Something Smells," in which Patrick tells SpongeBob that in order to feel better about himself, he needs to scream that he is ugly, and that he shouldn't be ashamed of it. SpongeBob then says "I'm ugly and I'm proud!" repeatedly. Squidward is shown relaxing on his roof, and says "Is that what he calls it?"
Inappropriate Timing SpongeBob Banner
This is a photoshop meme based on a bumper banner featuring SpongeBob SquarePants laughing with the caption "Up Next." The banner is typically juxtaposed with emotional scenes from various films and television shows to mock poorly timed cross-promo ads displayed in the lower thirds during broadcast.
This is based on a time where this SpongeBob banner was used in an inappropriate time in The Legend of Korra.
This is an alter ego of Squidward from "Squid's Day Off" and "Suction Cup Symphony." First, Squidward locks his door by using his key, putting padlocks on it, nailing it with wood planks, placing a police line tape and welding it using a blowtorch so he can't get out. When he completes welding the door his face looks if he had Schizophrenia or lost his sanity and says: "Now I'll have to stay here and enjoy myself! [laughs] I'm not even gonna think about you-know-who at the you-know-what doing I-don't-care. [laughs] Just gonna... Relax." This meme was so popular that a video may show Insane Squidward killing someone or someone killing Squidward, and Squidward or someone else will suffer a bloody death.
"Is mayonnaise an instrument?"
This is a quote from "Band Geeks." Patrick asks Squidward if mayonnaise is an instrument.
The scene has become a classic meme on the Internet, with Patrick saying: "Is __ an Instrument?" and Squidward responds, "No Patrick, __ is not an instrument," having the word "mayonnaise" replaced by another random word.
This has become very popular in remixes and edits. Occasionally, "instrument" may be replaced with a different word to show any type of logical confusion in a given context.
Krusty Krab vs. Chum Bucket
A shot of the Krusty Krab next to a shot of the Chum Bucket. Both of their signs are replaced with two similar factors of a subject or competing companies. This meme has been used on t-shirts and other merchandise. the image of the Chum Bucket originates from "Plankton!"
"Leedle leedle leedle lee!"
This is a repeated quote from "Shanghaied." When the Flying Dutchman tells SpongeBob and Patrick to howl along with him, so they could "set the seven seas ablaze with fear," instead of howling, Patrick just says "Leedle leedle leedle lee!" much to the Dutchman's annoyance.
The meme will show how long Patrick says "Leedle leedle leedle lee" for a certain amount of time.
This meme is a scene from "Krusty Krab Training Video." Plankton attempts to escape on the back of a Krabby Patty while saying, "Not when I shift into Maximum Overdrive!"
This is popular considering Plankton's over the top expressions. It utilizes the snowclone template "Not when I shift into maximum over-X." It is also used in a few SMG4 videos. The frame has also been used in an edit.
"May I take your hat sir?"
This is a scene from "Squilliam Returns" where Squidward tries to tell Mr. Krabs to make the Krusty Krab into a five star restaurant Patrick then says "May I take your hat sir?"
This is a scene from "Jellyfish Hunter." When Mr. Krabs keeps saying "More" to tell SpongeBob to collect more jellyfish, a monster-like image of Mr. Krabs briefly appears.
This is one of the most popular SpongeBob memes to date. The image is widely known as Moar Krabs or Morbid Krabs, and has appeared in a large number of fads, edits, and other Internet videos. It has been seen on YouTube Poops many times. It sometimes has captions saying something like "MOAR."
In "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" SpongeBob saying "Is there something wrong with me?," and after that a hideous close up of SpongeBob appears. This was used on several YouTube Poops and fads. A lot of users confused its name as "SpingeBill" or "Spengbab."
This is an image from "Little Yellow Book." It is revealed through SpongeBob's diary that when SpongeBob sees plaid, he clucks like a chicken. This leads Squidward and a fish to make this occur, while Mr. Krabs, who is wearing the plaid, tells SpongeBob that he doesn't "need to rub it in," thinking SpongeBob is mocking him, and leaves.
Despite the context, the meme pertains closer to Mr. Krabs' take on the subject; it features SpongeBob "mocking" a specified text, and is written in toggle case. The meme started to become popular in early 2017, and is usually associated with text written in uppercase and lowercase letters. It is considered one of the most popular SpongeBob memes of the present day. In the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, SpongeBob's voice actor, Tom Kenny said his favorite SpongeBob meme is "Mocking SpongeBob."
In "Pat the Dog," when Squidward tells Patrick to act like a chicken, he resembles Mocking SpongeBob.
The original scene from the episode
Official stock art
Reference to the meme in "Pat the Dog."
Mr. Krabs choking Patrick
A scene from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, when Mr. Krabs holds Patrick down grasping his neck to prevent him from reducing the time required to retrieve Neptune's crown with an anxious SpongeBob looking towards the conflict.
This meme is used to portray a person or force attacking another person or force while those not involved are deeply concerned about it. It gained rapid popularity starting in August 2020.
Mr. Krabs wearing Pearl's shorts
This is a scene from "Burst Your Bubble." Mr. Krabs wears Pearl's shorts while washing his boat. It has been featured in video remixes.
This quote has spawned much popularity, as well as other quotes (such as "My eyes!" from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) said by the same fish. In fact, this was the same fish that was featured in the "Deuueaugh!" fad, only with a different color.
Running Gag My Leg
"My name's not Rick!"
This quote is featured in "The Fry Cook Games" where after SpongeBob erases the word "Pat" on Patrick Chum Bucket nametag only leaving the word "Rick" behind causing Patrick to scream the quote in agony.
This was featured in many YouTube Poop videos while Remixes were made out of this iconic scene.
"Nah, I don't really feel like it"
This is a quote from "Welcome to the Chum Bucket." Plankton asks SpongeBob to make a Krabby Patty for him, and SpongeBob yawns and replies, "Nah, I don't really feel like it."
This meme has been popular for people trying to tell someone that they don't want to do something that another person asks them.
"No! This is Patrick!"
This is a quote from "Big Pink Loser." When Patrick answers the phone each time, customers ask him "Is this the Krusty Krab?" he responds, "No, this is Patrick!"
It is a very popular Internet meme on YouTube, especially due to its huge similarity to the "This is Sparta!" meme from the film "300."
This is Patrick
Video example featuring This is Sparta! quote
"No, you ain't"
This is a scene from "Prehibernation Week," where Incidental 4 is shaped into a square, during Sandy's search for SpongeBob. He uses SpongeBob's classic catchphrase, "I'm ready!." Sandy replies with "No, you ain't" as she clearly knows Incidental 4 isn't SpongeBob. The meme is used to show when someone thinks they are about to do something, but are being told they can't.
"Oh Boy! 3am!"
This is a scene from "Graveyard Shift." When Squidward tells SpongeBob, "Open 24 hours a day. What a stupid idea. Who wants a Krabby Patty at 3 in the morning?," we then see Patrick eating a Krabby Patty back at his house after saying "Oh Boy! 3am!"
This became one of the most notable memes of SpongeBob.
This is a scene from "No Free Rides." When Mrs. Puff is worried about SpongeBob never passing, she mutters "Oh, Neptune" in her head while sweating nervously.
This meme became very popular, especially to express worry and exasperation among other characters. Nickelodeon featured it on their social media accounts in a "Which meme are you?" post.
"Oh no, he's hot!"
This is a scene from "Squilliam Returns" where when Squidward discovers Squilliam, he says not to be intimidated, and tries to imagine Squilliam in his underwear, to which he appears with Squilliam's head copypasted onto that of a man with a six pack and muscles.
This is a quote from "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost." Patrick and SpongeBob think Squidward is a vengeful ghost after reading “The Tale of the Flying Dutchman”, and they plan for a ceremony to "put him to rest." At one point of the said "ceremony," Squidward was going to check if the chores are done. He opens the door, and see SpongeBob and Patrick with a coffin, and SpongeBob says, "Okay, get in."
This meme is usually used to mock unpopular points or opinions, with the poster implying that the said point or opinion should stop existing.
This is a nickname given to the coloring of SpongeBob's design that was mostly used in the second season.
It been meme'd in a few YouTube comments and Twitter posts.
Patrick hates this channel
It's an exploitable scene from the episode "Squidville," featuring Patrick saying "I hate this channel" while pressing a remote. Scenes from various television shows and films are often edited into the scene, playing before Patrick changes channels.
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"Patrick, that's a pickle"
It's an exploitable scene from the episode "Big Pink Loser," where SpongeBob tells Patrick to get a jar, but instead, Patrick grabs something else, then SpongeBob tells Patrick that it's a certain object, then Patrick would reply with "yes" and the ending would often be disastrous.
This meme was originally an edit on Twitter by conkface that was made in 2019, where Patrick grabs a gun instead of a jar, and then ends up shooting with both SpongeBob and Patrick screaming. On January 19, 2021, a user named Aozolai uploaded a similar edit where Patrick grabs a rocket launcher instead of a gun. With the video gaining popularity, more people attempted similar edits with different objects and weapons, hence how it became a meme. There is even one where Patrick grabs a jar, and SpongeBob says "Patrick that's a jar."
Please Nickelodeon, Don't Turn Me Into a
This meme consists of SpongeBob saying "Please Nickelodeon, don't turn me into a _____" with the word in the blank being an object. A SpongeBob version of said item than appears onscreen with SpongeBob screaming in the background. This meme has been used to mock the mass amount of merchandise generated from the SpongeBob franchise. The meme has also been done with other characters and studios such as The Simpsons and Super Mario.
The meme gained sudden popularity on YouTube in October 2020.
Please tell me that is your nose
This is a meme featuring a screenshot from the episode "As Seen On TV." After being told to bury himself by Squidward, Mr. Krabs discovers that SpongeBob has taken the advice literally, with only nose popping out. The meme adds on the false dialogue of Mr. Krabs saying "Please tell me that is your nose." The meme has been passed around from as early as 2017, with many people being tricked into thinking that the line is actually in the episode.
This is a character from "SB-129." When Primitive Sponge and Primitive Starfish are electrocuting themselves with a jellyfish, Squidward asked them what they were doing, with both Primitive Sponge and Starfish making a surprised face.
Around May 2016, Primitive Sponge with a surprised face became an internet meme, with his photo photoshopped into multiple scenarios. He is incorrectly known as "SpongeGar" in these memes, although that is a completely different character who looks similar to Primitive Sponge.
The meme is quite versatile, but each one follows the same model; on the top it says, "We should x," and on the bottom it says, "and y." The following pictures are examples of this meme, although one of them works differently from the normal model. Another example of this meme is in Patrick Star for President 2012. "We should take Mexico and push it somewhere else!"
"We should take Bikini Bottom..."
..."and push it somewhere else!"
"Put the money in the bag!"
In "Doing Time," SpongeBob and Patrick try to get in jail to help Mrs. Puff to break out. They decide the best way to get in jail is to rob a bank. They put socks over their heads and walk around blindly in the bank, where SpongeBob yells "Alright. Put the money...In the bag! PUT IT IN!" This particular moment has become an internet meme and is commonly featured in YouTube remixes.
This is a quote from "Life of Crime." When SpongeBob and Patrick are happy they are still alive when they leave Bikini Bottom, Patrick wishes that he and SpongeBob had something to eat. Then, SpongeBob says, after he pulls out two candy bars, "Look what I got!" Then Patrick replies, "Rectangles!"
Red Mist Squidward is a character who appears in "SpongeBob in RandomLand." He is based on a fan-made SpongeBob story called "Red Mist." (also known as "Squidward's Suicide") In the memes, Red Mist Squidward is shown staring at the viewer with a caption reading "Don't ask who Joe is" or a variation.
This is a scene from "Nature Pants." When SpongeBob tries to escape Patrick in Jellyfish Fields, Patrick sneaks up on SpongeBob by hanging from under a coral arch. He makes a maniacal expression, which is interpreted as though he is in the middle of an evil chuckle. The meme itself is a zoom in on Patrick's face.
This meme is sometimes referred to as "Evil Patrick" or "Angry Patrick." It has been in widespread use since February 2018. In late 2018, an official pin of the meme was released by Nickelodeon, using the name Savage Patrick. In 2019, the Nickelodeon Twitter account featured Savage Patrick on a post titled "Which SpongeBob Meme Are You?"
Security System Takes Control of Squidward's House
A clip from a 2014 review of "Good Neighbors" (in a top 10 list of other episodes) by YouTuber Andrew The Uncommon criticizing the ending where the Security System 5000 takes control of Squidward's house and attacks the city leaving Squidward to do community service rather than enjoy his day despite SpongeBob and Patrick being at fault. It is commonly joked around SpongeBob fans to mock the poor reception of the post-movie episodes prior to the release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water in 2015.
Serious Lifeguard Fish
This meme is a still image from "Ripped Pants," in which Incidental 155 is annoyed to discover that SpongeBob faked drowning in order to trick him into saving him. The memes are typically captioned with expressions of displeasure, annoyance, or suspicion.
"Shoot, that was my last quarter."
In "Sleepy Time," after SpongeBob leaves Patrick's dream, the rocking horse ride stops, so Patrick gets a quarter and accidentally drops it, and it rolls down the drain.
This meme has become very popular for YTP's and caption memes.
This is a scene from "Home Sweet Pineapple." SpongeBob asks Squidward if he can sleep in his bed after getting crushed by Patrick and his rock several times. Squidward tiredly accepts and is close to falling asleep when he suddenly opens his eyes and realizes what he did, then he subsequently kicks SpongeBob out of his house. It is frequently used as a reaction image to convey feelings of shock, such as forgetting to do an assigned task. It is also a meme template in which Squidward's eyes closed demonstrate a lack of interest towards something, whereas his eyes open demonstrate a large amount of interest.
This meme became popular because of similarities to a similar face the Dr. Seuss character The Grinch makes.
This is a name used for SpongeBob in YouTube Poops, along with Skodwarde.
SpongeBob at the wheel
A capture from the episode "Tutor Sauce," when Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to start the car, SpongeBob is seen moving the lever. The meme is used to describe ironic situations that happen while driving.
"SpongeBob betrayed us!"
This is a scene from "The Sponge Who Could Fly." Patchy becomes enraged after the "Lost Episode" was revealed seemingly as a "bunch of cheap walk cycles." It is mostly used for fictional characters or the disappointment of the 2019 Super Bowl.
SpongeBob burning paper
This is a scene from "Party Pooper Pants" in which SpongeBob reads a note from Patchy then later decides to throw the paper into the fire.
The meme became notable for replacing whatever's on the paper with other things.
This is a scene from "Night Light" where SpongeBob stares at a book making a zoned out face.
This meme became notable but was banned on social media platform Facebook for unknown reasons.
This is a scene from "Krusty Krab Training Video." SpongeBob is looking through folders that contain ingredients for the Krabby Patty, the signature dish of his place of employment, the Krusty Krab.
SpongeBob traveling in drag
This is a scene from "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy," where SpongeBob pretends to be a damsel in distress to get the heroes out of their retirement. It became popular on Twitter on June 2019. People made photo edits in a Twitter thread where SpongeBob was traveling in different types of outfits that are stereotypical to the country that he is visiting.
SpongeBob uses too much sauce
It is a video meme involving a clip from the episode "The Algae's Always Greener," where Plankton scolds SpongeBob for using too much sauce in his Krabby Patties. SpongeBob's confused and emotional reaction has become a popular clip, spawning various YouTube parodies and remixes.
SpongeBob Waiting for Coffee
This is a frame from "Missing Identity" where at the beginning SpongeBob is briefly seen waiting for coffee
This meme became very notable.
SpongeBob watches TV
In a clip from "Your Shoe's Untied" SpongeBob watches TV about a sea anemone dancing and changes the channel when Gary notices. This clip spawned various YouTube videos of replacing the dancing sea anemone to something very inappropriate that SpongeBob is watching.
SpongeBob Wolves refers to an edit of a clip from the episode "Nature Pants," in which SpongeBob levitates and becomes surrounded by a heavenly light while the song "Wolves" by Kanye West plays. Though the visual of the clip suggests SpongeBob achieving ultimate enlightenment, it is often paired with ironic captions showing a bad idea, akin to how the final panel in Expanding Brain edits shows the most obtuse variation on a theme.
This is a frame from "Pizza Delivery." SpongeBob tries to show Squidward how the pioneers hitchhiked. He does a wacky dance while Squidward rattles spoons. A still during this sequence with the closed-caption "(spoons rattling)" below (Squidward was playing the spoons during this, hence the caption) has recently become popular online. Since GenderoftheDay first posted the still on Tumblr in late October 2014 and received over 2,800 notes, the image has become popular on sites such as iFunny.
Spunch Bop (Sad SpongeBob Picture)
This is a scene from "Christmas Who?," where Squidward comes out of his house mocks and laughs and takes a picture of a distraught SpongeBob, this became a popular meme in late 2020.
Squidward's clock closet
This is a scene from "Employee of the Month." SpongeBob smashes Squidward's windup alarm clock in order to prevent him from getting up early. Squidward then confidently reveals to SpongeBob his closet of windup alarm clocks.
As explained by Know Your Meme, this meme initially gained moderate popularity until July 15, 2019, when its popularity suddenly skyrocketed.
Squidward Dab is a Vine video by the user Deon_dunk, of an amusement park employee doing The Dab while costumed as Squidward at Universal Studios Orlando in January 2016.
Squidward looking out the window
This is a scene from "That Sinking Feeling." Squidward watches SpongeBob and Patrick running outside his house from behind his curtains.
This meme is used in situations where someone jealously observes others having fun but can't participate themselves.
Squidward's lounge chair
This is a set of two images from "The Paper." Squidward initially plans to put his lounge chair outside to rest after throwing away his chewing gum paper but then hears SpongeBob come outside to call his attention. Squidward subsequently packs up his lounge chair and walks off back to his house.
The meme, featuring only the unpacking and packing up of the lounge chair, implies that Squidward is excited for or is no longer excited for an unknown unseen occurrence. The meme format consists of a subject (portrayed by Squidward) confronting Instance A (portrayed by his willingness to unpack his lounge chair) and Instance B (portrayed by his unwillingness to enjoy resting on his lounge chair) in two different cells.
Squidward On A Chair
This meme is the chorus of Bon Jovi's song "Livin' on a Prayer" with the titular words being replaced with "Squidward on a chair" and a picture of a Squidward plush sitting on a desk chair.
These are two similar memes. In "Squilliam Shawty's like a melody," it shows Squilliam at the Krusty Krab saying "No, you don't understand, um, it's not like that. Uh, um, you see it's really quite simple, um uh" (which coincidentally sounds a lot like Squilliam's voice) before it cuts to him dancing while singing "Shawty's like a melody in my-." It is from the lyrics of the song Replay. The Wocky Slush meme is originally a guy showing his Wocky Slush, when another person, who sounds a lot like Squidward or Squilliam, says "Wocky Slush." The meme is usually associated with the "Who put you on the planet scene" because Squilliam's voice syncs with it.
This is a scene from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. SpongeBob and Patrick are being chased by a frogfish with a tongue that's shaped like an old woman. The frogfish then falls into the Trench and is eaten by a giant eel which U-turns to swim back down, taking quite some time. When it is over, the camera zooms in to Patrick and SpongeBob sitting there making surprised faces with their mouths wide open. Patrick's surprised face (known as "Surprised Patrick" or "Starstruck Patrick") has become popular as a reaction image. People will take Patrick and put him in some other picture or gif with a surprising event going on. It has also been edited into many scenes from media that are seen as shocking.
This meme has become one of the most popular SpongeBob memes. Nickelodeon used the meme in promotions for the Kids' Choice Awards in 2015 and 2016. They officially referred to the meme as "Star-Struck Patrick." In the episode "Scavenger Pants," the meme was acknowledged, and Patrick's surprised face returned. SpongeBob also has a surprised expression in the episode, but it is not the same from the first movie and looks more like Patrick's. In the video game Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated during the Jellyfish Fields level, when SpongeBob says, "Oh my gosh -- you're bald!," he makes Patrick's surprised face. This is also one of SpongeBob and Patrick's idle animations in the game. SpongeBob and Patrick also makes the face in the online games Which Patrick Are You?, SpongeBob Saves the Day! and Nickelodeon Lanes.
"Sweet Victory" is a popular rock song created by David Glen Eisley and Bob Kulick and performed by David Glen Eisley. It was used in the episode "Band Geeks" during the Bubble Bowl.
This scene in particular got popular especially because it's considered by many fans as the best scene in the entire show, as well as the episode in which it appears, "Band Geeks," is remembered by everyone.
Time cards are used throughout the series, with the duration of time usually read out by a French narrator. These time cards are frequently used in rage comics and YouTube Poops. The time cards were used for the first time on the episode "I Was a Teenage Gary."
This is a frame from "Nature Pants." Patrick chases SpongeBob in Jellyfish Fields, and SpongeBob stops to catch his breath. This meme became popular on August 2018 on a Reddit post. This meme had a similar meme popularity history to "Savage Patrick."
The title on a knock-off backpack featuring a sycee-shaped SpongeBob with the 2008 logo of the original show changing it to "Tooly, I am King." In a Facebook post from Comedy Central UK joked about the name that SpongeBob is actually named Tooly, I am King in Japan.
This meme is a form of associated production music from the show, specifically the track "Tomfoolery." Such a track is used in silly, nonsensical moments in SpongeBob SquarePants. In meme context, it involves putting the song over videos showing boring, topical, or even overrated scenes, in order to lighten up the mood. The idea first came in mid-2016, when someone posted a video of how to use a smartphone-controlled juicer with the track as its music.
This is a scene from "No Weenies Allowed." SpongeBob tries to get into a stereotypically tough club known as The Salty Spitoon with his friend, Sandy. After repeatedly being turned down by bouncer Reg, SpongeBob tells him a story about a time he stubbed his toe while watering his spice garden and that he "only cried for twenty minutes."
On August 14, 2012, an image macro titled "Tough SpongeBob" was submitted to the  subreddit with a caption asserting that the poster had deleted a saved Pokémon game file that had a completed Pokedex and only cried for 20 minutes (shown below), however, the post only received 8 upvotes and 7 points overall prior to being archived.
Trying to get the pizza from SpongeBob
This is a scene from "Pizza Delivery" in which Squidward try's to get the pizza from SpongeBob. The scene is usually recreated with someone else replacing Squidward.
This is a story from "Something Smells." Patrick tells SpongeBob the story: "Once there was an ugly barnacle. He was so ugly that everyone died. The end." SpongeBob responds, "That didn't help at all!"
This meme has become extremely popular on YouTube, and is often the basis for Sparta Remixes. Furthermore, SpongeBob and Patrick have been replaced by other characters, via pictures or videos.
"Uh... I can explain."
A scene from the episode "Prehibernation Week" when Sandy drives quickly past kid 1 and the female skier, and kid 1 ends up dressed differently and says "Uh...I can explain. Later in the episode, Sandy lifts up a building where kid 1 is dressed like it.
The close-up image of Squidward in "Just One Bite." Squidward looks directly at SpongeBob saying "Does this look unsure to you."
This meme had a variety of different names such as Ugly Squidward, Skodwarde, and Squishward, and including a CGI model holding a bloody knife next to Patrick's corpse. Many of the videos are the Gentle Breeze Squidward Fad.
Additionally, videos known as "The reason I can't/do X" exist, usually involving an image of said thing with Skodwarde slowly creeping up from the bottom of the screen as the song "Advent: One-Winged Angel" from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children plays in the background.
This is a scene from "The Algae's Always Greener." After the alternate Mr. Krabs has been defeated by SpongeBob, SpongeBob declares "Victory Screech!," and SpongeBob proceeds to make an "OLOLOLOLOLO" sound that all of the patrons (except Plankton, who tenses up at hearing the screech) copy.
This is often used in relation to a ridiculous victory. In an alternate version of this meme, a scream from another franchise is inserted or SpongeBob's voice is edited to make it sound like an existing song or theme song.
The intro to the song has been replaced by other songs numerous times on Twitter, starting with the American Dad theme.
"We have come for your nectar"
This is a meme uploaded by Instagram user absolutenutcase162, it shows screencaps of a dorky SpongeBob with high-waisted underpants and red cheeks and Squidward yelling 'Get the [swear word] out of my house' alongside multiple flying SpongeBob bees (usually named SpongeBees) floating in a clip-art room saying, "We have come for your nectar."
The meme became notable on Instagram and iFunny in mid-2022 amid ironic memes, absurd memes and voiceover videos.
"We're talking about this!"
This is a repeated quote from "Krusty Love." SpongeBob, who is suffering a meltdown after buying so many items for Mrs. Puff, finally lashes out at Mr. Krabs, telling him "And then you'll say: 'We're not talking about this or this! We're talking about THIIIIIIIISSSS!'" He draws a triangle in the air with the first "this," a square with the second "this," and then draws over the entire screen with the last "this."
This quote perfectly mocks exhausted companies trying to appease its consumers.
"What? It's just an ordinary Krabby — oh my goodness! Squidward!"
This is a quote from "The Algae's Always Greener." When Squidward, after getting switched jobs by Plankton, messes up with a Krabby Patty, Incidental 41 (better known as Nat) accuses Plankton for it, so Plankton replies, "What? It's just an ordinary Krabby--." When he looks at it with more detail, he yells, "Oh my goodness! Squidward!"
The "Oh my goodness!" quote is used for sudden things that people have not seen coming.
When you see a repost
This is a scene from "Fools in April." When You See a Repost refers to a reaction image macro of a high-quality image of the character Incidental 6 before he asks SpongeBob, "What did you do to my drink?!" (another internet meme). Many of the jokes and variations of the meme feature the image of Incidental 6 with the phrasal template "when you see a repost but." The meme is based on the idea of someone reposting a meme in better image quality than the original.
"Who are you people?!"
This is a quote from "Prehibernation Week." After Patrick arrives home with groceries, he notices a bunch of people under his rock, which leads him to yell out "Who are you people?!" The quote is used again in "I'm with Stupid."
This has been featured in numerous memes and a few videos most notably Facebook. This meme is also featured in another famous Patrick line, "We should take Bikini Bottom, and push it somewhere else!"
"Who put you on the planet?!"
This is a quote from "I ♥ Dancing," when SpongeBob responds to Squidward after he makes fun of his dance move.
This is an expression used in online conversations as an insult towards another poster for their perceived stupidity or ignorance. The quote was originally said by Christian televangelist Reverend X in an episode of his public access TV program The Spirit of Truth that aired sometime in the early 2000s, but its colloquial usage came through its inclusion in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
"Who you callin' Pinhead?"
This is a quote from "Survival of the Idiots." When SpongeBob and Patrick pretend to be Dirty Dan and Pinhead Larry while Sandy hibernates, SpongeBob calls Patrick "Pinhead." Patrick is then seen with a human-like face, saying, "Who you callin' Pinhead?"
This image has become incredibly popular as a subject of remixes, edits, and parodies, as well as being called one of the best lines in cartoon history from YouTube videos.
This is a scene from "Wormy." It was first seen when Wormy lands on SpongeBob's helmet, it was seen again when it lands of Patrick's helmet and when Mr. Krabs and Squidward was laughing at Wormy.
Pikachu's Reaction To Wormy (READ DESCRIPTION BEFORE WATCHING THIS!)
The first Reaction to Wormy upload.
This is a scene from "The Paper." Where Squidward plays the clarinet, and SpongeBob tells him that he is playing it wrong, & plays the correct version.
The songs that Squidward and SpongeBob play have been replaced with other songs.
This is a scene from "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV." Squidward has been shrunk and Patrick plays with Squidward. After Patrick made Squidward kiss the pickle, he explains to SpongeBob what the word Wumbo means.
Patrick explaining the meaning of the word "Wumbo" has became a popular Internet meme. Meme makers can also make a meme to replace "Wumbo" to a word/topic used. One example of this meme is from the anime JoJo's Bizarre Adventure where Patrick explains the meaning of "Wryyy!," which is known to be Dio Brando's cry.
X Drops by Squidward's House
This is a YouTube fad based on editing a scene from the episode "Have You Seen This Snail?" where Patrick Star and SpongeBob SquarePants walk in on Squidward Tentacles bathing. The exploitable scene is edited to replace SpongeBob and Patrick with other assorted characters.
"You like Krabby Patties, don't you, Squidward?"
This is a scene from "Just One Bite." After Squidward is caught sneaking off with a Krabby Patty, SpongeBob asks him several questions. Soon, SpongeBob makes a certain facial expression by raising his head and biting his lower lips, saying, "You like Krabby Patties, don't you Squidward?"
SpongeBob's facial expression has become very popular in Internet videos. Other people copying SpongeBob's facial expression have also parodied it, and it was also referenced in "Knock Knock, Who's There?" when SpongeBob looks at his feet.
Parody in Knock Knock, Who's There
Official stock art
A tattoo honoring the person's late mother, mocked for how insensitive it is.
"You forgot your mayonnaise"
This is a quote by Squidward said in the beginning of "Just One Bite" where Squidward gives Incidental 40 his order. When he leaves, Squidward calls him a barnacle head. When he comes back, Squidward tells him, "You forgot your mayonnaise."
This meme spiked with popularity in 2021 similarly to the "Patrick, that's a pickle" meme. The mayonnaise is sometimes replaced with another object or food and ending in a terrible way. A good example is a "You forgot your Squidward" version on YouTube.
"You took my only food! Now I'm gonna starve!"
A scene from "Life of Crime," when SpongeBob gives Patrick a chocolate bar, he eats it but then Patrick forgets it, so then he desperately searches for it. As he doesn't find it, Patrick blames SpongeBob, saying that he ate his only food, and now he is going to starve, while a close-up shows Patrick's big stomach. It is known as Morbid Patrick, Potroke, Fatrick, Rick-Pat, and Starving Patrick.
In "Fools in April" when SpongeBob pranks Incidental 6 by putting one ice cube in his drink when he asked for a couple, SpongeBob says "APRIL FOOLS!," Incidental 6 frantically asks "What did you so to my drink?!" then SpongeBob laughs while saying "I... I..." making Incidental 6 panic, and in desperation to know what he did to his drink he says "You what?!"
This phrase is used as a response when someone tells something unbelievable or amazing that they did.