Nowhere is an infinite void of absolute nothingness that appears in the episode "SB-129." After Squidward chases out of the past by Primitive Sponge and Primitive Star, he is transported to this place after the time machine he is using goes haywire when he accidentally breaks its switch in his attempt to escape.
At first, Nowhere appears to be nothing but empty white space, but further inspection reveals several different-colored square panels on the "floor" and "ceiling." Every sound made gives off an echo, and strange voices can be heard occasionally. Besides these voices, there seems to be absolutely nothing else, nothing physical, no trace of life, just plain emptiness that seems to go on forever.
Role in series
When Squidward is first transported here, he seems to be the only thing visible in this lonely place. Walking along further, he finds some square tiles and lifts one up, causing it to disappear. After realizing that SpongeBob and Patrick are nowhere in sight, he relishes in the fact that he has finally found a place where he can be alone.
However, after he hears a disturbing group of voices repeat the world "alone," Squidward becomes frightened and tries to escape the realm; this proves futile as he keeps looping back to his starting point. Growing frustrated at this, he angrily stomps on the ground and falls through it, inexplicably landing in the time machine. Squidward finally breaks down and begs the machine to take him home, admitting that he even misses SpongeBob. At this, he is finally able to go back to Bikini Bottom.
A framed animation cel of Squidward in Nowhere can be seen on the wall of Nickelodeon Animation Studio while Patchy calls various celebrities.
Role in games
It is the setting of one of the minigames.
- The name of this location is given by Squidward when he says "I-I-I was in space, a-and I went to the future, and-and then I went to the past, and-and then-then I was nowhere, but now I'm back, and-and... you don't know how happy I am to see you guys."
- In the background, there is a pink panel and a yellow panel, both on the ceiling. They are meant to resemble SpongeBob and Patrick.
- There is an error during the scene where Squidward first arrives at "Nowhere." When he discovers the colored panels, he tries to lift up the cyan-colored one before it floats up and disappears. However, when the scene zooms in, this same panel re-appears for a few moments in the same place it was before.
- The panel is also a slightly different color shade than the first time.
- Nowhere seems breathable for creatures who normally need water in order to breathe, and Squidward is an obvious example. In Nowhere, there does not seem to be any water at all.