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This is the page about Primitive Sponge. If you were looking for the article about SpongeBob's other prehistoric ancestor, then see SpongeGar.
This is the page about Primitive Sponge. If you were looking for the article about another primitive sponge, then see Spongy Spongy.

The Primitive Sponge[1] is seen in the episode "SB-129" and briefly in a clip at the end of "Ugh." He is SpongeBob SquarePants' ancestor.


The Primitive Sponge has a large sloping forehead and a large ape-like mouth with a notable overbite, his teeth are large and thick. He wears a loin cloth that can be replaced upon tearing. And like SpongeBob and SpongeGar, he is square and yellow, but looks quite different from both sponges.

Role in series

He is revealed when Squidward attempts to find a quiet place to play his clarinet. At first, the meeting between the two is awkward yet calm; he even sniffs and plays with Squidward's arm out of curiosity.

When a jellyfish swims by, he becomes afraid of it and runs away, screaming with Primitive Star. He is later seen holding a jellyfish and being continuously stung by it, screaming and passing it to Primitive Star. Squidward becomes annoyed at their screams and tells them they are supposed to catch the jelly, not torture themselves with it. They don't understand so Squidward takes a stick and loincloth from both primitives, Squidward crafts two Loincloth jellyfish nets and shows them how it works. Both primitives enjoy the game and take the nets to run after the escaping jellyfish while Squidward goes back to his clarinet playing. This, however, proves to be a bad decision, as neither primitive finds the sound very pleasant and they angrily pound their chest and chase Squidward back to the time machine.


  • Willingly getting stung by a jellyfish (witnessed by Squidward)
  • Jellyfishing (caused and created by Squidward)
  • Making Loincloths (possibly; A new one appeared as he gave Squidward the loincloth.)
  • Destroying sources of annoying/high-pitched sound (Case in point. Squidward's clarinet)  
  • Finding himself in wild predicaments (For example, many of the memes he appears in detail an embarrassing situation, shown by his expression)



The Primitive Sponge is not very smart. He could not talk like the Bikini Bottom citizens of today. Instead, he communicates by growls and whimpers. His high tolerance for pain is what keeps him holding onto the angry jelly and repeatedly getting stung. He could understand Squidward's demand for his loincloth. He is not to be confused with SpongeGar SquarePants, a slightly more intelligent sponge. He also looks very crazy when noticing Squidward.


  • He and Primitive Star are briefly seen in the episode "Ugh" as part of the "When Worlds Collide" song.
  • Primitive Sponge is an ancestor of SpongeGar and SpongeBob.
  • Unlike SpongeBob and SpongeGar, Primitive Sponge is not known to have any pets.
  • Primitive Sponge seems to dislike Squidward. This is ironic because the modern-day SpongeBob likes Squidward. It can be explained, however, by the following.
    • Primitive Sponge could have been angry at Squidward when he plays his clarinet badly.
    • Primitive Sponge could have just been territorial.
  • Unlike SpongeBob, Primitive Sponge has no eyelashes and has two sabertooth tiger teeth instead of two buck-teeth.
  • Considering the fact that Squidward made the first two jellyfishing nets, it might be connected to when Squidward comes back to present time SpongeBob and Patrick saying that Squidward invented jellyfishing.
  • A drawing of Primitive Sponge can be seen in The video game Battle for Bikini Bottom in the Goo Lagoon level "Through the sea caves."

    Primitive Sponge in Battle for Bikini Bottom.

  • Primitive Sponge became a meme in 2014 and became fairly popular in the spring and summer seasons of 2016. Most people who use the meme often confuse him with SpongeBob's other prehistoric ancestor, SpongeGar.

See also


Sponges (VE)

BlackJackBlue SpongeBobCaptain Blue SquarePantsClever Visual Metaphor for the Abstract Concept of ThoughtCheeseHead BrownPantsChumta ClausCool SpongeBobDrifterDuke Thomas FeathermuffinEnsignFrankenstein SpongeBobGirly TeengirlGrandma SquarePantsGiant baby SpongeBobGiant SpongeBobGrandpa SquarePantsHarold SquarePantsMargaret SquarePantsMermaid PantsMoldy SpongeMillie BubbleBottomManBobOpen window maniacPrimitive SpongeRandomLand SpongeBobSherm SquarePantsSuper SpongeBob SquarePantsSnow spongeSpongezillaSpongeBob's grandsonSpongeBob the ElfSpongeBob SquarePantsSpongeBob SquarePants (clones)SpongeBoySpongeBob hallucinationSpongeBob clonesSpongeBuck SquarePantsSpongeGarSpongeTronSpongy SpongySir SpongeBobStanley S. SquarePantsThe ManiacTodd SquarePantsSpongeBob's great grandmotherSpongeRobertSponge the HorseSquidBob TentaclePantsSquidBobRed SpongeBobMini SpongeBobOff Model SpongeBobSnailBob

Atlantis SquarePantis (VE)

Characters:Lord Royal HighnessAtlantean citizensCaptain of the Sea Ship AtlantisKnowledge MachineAtlantean RobotsRobot touristsRed AtlanteanYellow AtlanteanAtlantean royal guardNandoSpongeBob hallucinationAggressive Case of the SnifflesOrange guardBubble SpongeBobVultureDave (cave)Ghostly piratesGermsNorblock FivePedal-throwing robotMagenta thugPale anakiwa thugLight brown thugGreen jellyfishRed jellyfishGhost jellyfishBlack jellyfishMagma jellyfishDiamond JellyfishSteel JellyfishBrown tall fishPurple tug fishPontifexGigantic JellyfishRoyal Guard CommanderJelly StingerLawrence WhelkJohnny

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Songs: The Bubble SongFueling the BusMr. Krabs' songSandy's songSquidward's songPlankton's SongGood-Bye, AtlantisBack in Encino

Shorts: Are We There Yet?Beware Flying JellyfishDocumenting Our Road Trip

Miscellaneous: DVDBookVideo gameMobile gameOnline gameAtlantis unofficial songSpongeBob's Director's CommentaryMy Trip to Atlantis - by SpongeBob SquarePantsSpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis SquareOffInside the SpongeBob Animation StudiosBehind the PantisOn the Road AgainFrom the Beginning, Pt.2The Best 200 Episodes EverSpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 7SpongeBob SquarePants Special Collection, Vol. 1The First 100 EpisodesThe Complete Fifth SeasonSeason 5 Volume 2Blitz GamesAltronSpongeBob Z-A CountdownPaparazzi ParadeSwapBob SpareFaceSea-BayHappiness to Go!Best Bikini Bottom Stories Ever!The SpongeBob Super Square Collection

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