Smelly is an alter-ego of Squidward Tentacles. He is the protagonist of the episode "The Thing" and the book Mistaken Identity.


He is light gray and has a light green leaf on his head. He has mahogany-brown pupils and does not smell pleasant, hence his name.

Role in episode

Smelly originates when Squidward is trying to get away from SpongeBob and Patrick. He gets hit by a truck full of cement, falls into sewage, and gets a leaf on his head. This makes him look like an animal, hence why SpongeBob and Patrick have no idea that he is indeed Squidward.

SpongeBob and Patrick "rescue" Smelly and Patrick takes him in to live with him. Eventually, the police capture Smelly and put him in the Bikini Bottom Zoo. SpongeBob and Patrick then break into the zoo at night to free Smelly from his cage. They are caught in the act by the police but resist arrest by venturing into the sewer, essentially making the cops lose track of them.

At the end of the episode, Smelly is free to roam with his own kind. Smelly also gets the chance to listen to Kelpy G perform. Shortly after he arrives at the place where his own kind thrives, his true identity is revealed when the various nature elements covering his body fall off.


  • He is enemies with Gary, who is the only one who knows that he is actually Squidward.
  • Smelly's design resembles Hedorah from the Godzilla franchise in the film Godzilla vs Hedorah, which was produced by Yoshimistu Banno, He was also the co-producer on Legendary's American Godzilla film, Godzilla 2014.
  • There is a real carbonated face mask that, if one puts it on their face, will make them look like Smelly.[citation needed]
Cephalopods (VE)

Octopus childrenOctopus sailorOrvilleMrs. TentaclesMr. TentaclesSquidetteSquidward TentaclesSquilliam FancysonSquidinaSquidly TentaclesSquogRogerDr. Charley HorseLodge leaderSquidward's cousinGrandma TentaclesKelpy GSquid massage therapistGerhard FishtrapHedvig FishtrapOctopus vendorDoctor NegativeSir CecilLab SquidwardUnnamed octopusSquidmundNew SquidwardRed Mist SquidwardSmellySquid the HorseBaby SquidwardSquilviaSquidabethSquidBob TentaclePantsBunny SquidwardLady SquidwardTentacle Acres gatekeeperTentacle Acres groundskeeperTentacle Acres spokesoctopusNormal Squidward

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