Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
If you were looking for the article about the episode, then see "My Leg!."
If you were looking for the article about the song, then see My Leg Is In Love!.

Sample from "Arrgh!"

Sample from "My Leg!"

"My leg!" is a stock sound effect provided by Doug Lawrence that consists of the titular exclamation and is mostly associated with the character Fred. The effect has been used throughout the series as a running gag when his leg is injured, akin to the Wilhelm scream. The season 11 episode "My Leg!" pays homage to this gag, as it is the main focus of the episode.

List of instances

Season 1

Season 2

  • "Something Smells" — SpongeBob inadvertently uses a smoke of bad breath as a bowling ball to knock down a marching band like bowling pins.
  • "Wormy" — Chaos in Bikini Bottom comes with the arrival of Wormy as a butterfly.
  • "No Free Rides" — Mrs. Puff imagines SpongeBob running over a birthday party with a boat.

Season 3

Season 5

Season 6

Season 8

Season 9

Season 10

Season 11

  • "Larry the Floor Manager" — Fred falls off a treadmill.
  • "Pat the Horse" — A kid says "My wittle weg!" when he crashes to the ground after Pat the Horse tosses him off. And after the kid gets run over by Pat the Horse he says, "My other wittle weg!"
  • "Grandmum's the Word" — Everyone fights for a Krabby Patty.
  • "My Leg!" — Most of the episode with 73 mentions of just "leg" and 43 of those being "My leg":
    • 12 are heard in the compilation at the start of the episode.
    • Six while the doctor cuts off Fred's cast.
    • The flashback to where Fred gets his leg run over by SpongeBob's toy freight train.
    • Any time "My leg," "Your leg," "His leg," or "Fred's leg" are heard they are spoken in a loud and exaggerated way.
    • Patrick says this twice when showing SpongeBob his leg after having a few bites taken out of it.
    • SpongeBob accidentally hits a convict's foot.
    • Tom gains SpongeBob's leg to replace his missing leg.
    • SpongeBob says this after his leg grows back.
    • 8 are heard in the song "My Leg Is In Love!"
    • Fred's leg snaps off at the ending.
  • "Shopping List" — Fred screams this as the Krusty Krab floor turns to the other side, revealing a shopping cart containing a bag full of the real secret ingredients.
  • "ChefBob" — Fred screams this when Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to break a leg during his cooking show. Mr. Krabs then responds, yelling "Shut up, Fred!"
  • "Call the Cops" — Fred screams this in the background while Plankton is looking for the secret formula in the evidence room.
  • "Bubbletown" — A bubble version of Fred says this when SpongeBob accidentally pops the bottom half of his body. Because of that Bubble Fred screams "My bubble legs!"

"My Leg, of my pants!" The Bikini Bottomites are naked.

  • "The String" — Fred screams this when SpongeBob unravels everyone's clothes with a loose thread. This time he quickly corrects himself by saying "Of my pants!"

Season 12

  • "The Nitwitting" – Appears as graffiti on a pipe in the alley with other gag references also in graffiti.
  • "Gary's Got Legs" - When Gary starts kicking everyone in the Snail Park with his legs Fred shows up on-screen and yells "His legs!"
  • "One Trick Sponge" - Fred accidentally chops his leg off with a door.
  • "Squid's on a Bus" - Fred says this while SpongeBob and Patrick fight in the bus aisles. He is later seen walking out of a bus with crutches and a cast on his leg.
  • "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout" – Plankton ties up Fred's leg and forces him to say it.
  • "Lighthouse Louie" - Perch Perkins shouts "Your legs!" when asking Fred if him and his legs were injured from the Boating School lighthouse, to which he sadly replies no while kicking a rock.

Season 13

The Patrick Star Show

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years



Related gags

"My eye(s)!"

  • "Something Smells" — When SpongeBob asks a passing fish in a boat through the windshield if he's "ugly" the stench of SpongeBob's breath burns his face causing him to scream "My eyes! My eyes!" before he loses control and comes to a stop only to spontaneously combust after throwing SpongeBob off.
  • "Krab Borg" - Mr. Krabs screams it when he gets salt all over his eyestalks.
  • "Krabby Land" - SpongeBob screams this when he gets soap in his eyes.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie — Both times King Neptune has the paper bag taken off his head everyone screams "Bald! Bald! Bald!" multiple times followed by Fred screaming "My eyes!" During the final confrontation with Dennis, SpongeBob once again tries to beg for mercy using bubbles as his next offer but the liquid bubble soap in his wand goes flying straight into Dennis's face making him exclaim "My eyes!" as he covers them, though throwing SpongeBob behind him in the process.
  • "Good Neighbors" - Squidward screams this briefly.
  • "Best Frenemies" - Plankton gets sprayed with cleaning material in a Kelpshake restaurant.
  • "Toy Store of Doom" - SpongeBob screams this when his and Patrick's eyes are burning while running out of Toy Barrel.
  • "Eek, an Urchin! - SpongeBob screams this when he accidentally sprays cleaning aerosol into his eyes.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water — After Plankton introduces himself as "Plank-Ton," he flips Burger Beard's ship over and pokes his head into one of the opened windows, and as he scans for Burger Beard the pirate shoots a bottle of ketchup in his face forcing him to drop the ship as he exclaims "My eye!"
  • "Out of the Picture" - Larry The Lobster screams this when his eyestalks are on fire from Squidward's painting.

"My foot!"

"My nails!"

"My brain!"

Other media



  • In seasons 9 to present, the voice is different than the rest of the series barring "Culture Shock," "The Chaperone," and "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV," instead heard more as a direct saying instead of a sound effect.
  • Seasons 1 and 11 are currently tied with having the most amount of episodes that use the "My leg!" gag, with a total of nine episodes that had it in those seasons. This is probably because The latter has an entire episode themed about it.
  • The gag was never used in seasons 4 or 7. Fred still makes many appearances during those seasons.
  • Sometimes, the "My leg!" voice has him say it again but in a sad hurt tone.
  • On the topic of the gag, Doug Lawrence said "and if you've ever wondered where the show's often-used exclamation of "My leg!" came from, Mr. Lawrence (voice of Plankton) had a definitive answer: "It was an ad-lib. [The scene called for] everyone writhing in pain and I said it and I kept saying it. Fans started talking about it and named him Fred. He has his own episode."[1]
  • Sometimes when Fred yells the closed-captions say, "My Legs," thus making it plural.
  • In Filipino dub In Tagalog of "My Leg!" is "Ang Binti Ko!" but just aired in TV5.