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Mr. Krabs hugging SpongeBob.

Most of the time, SpongeBob cares deeply about Mr. Krabs and follows orders as his employee.

However, Mr. Krabs' relationship towards SpongeBob can vary. Sometimes, particularly in early episodes, Mr. Krabs acted as a fatherly authority figure towards SpongeBob.

On the other hand, he can sometimes be mean to SpongeBob and use him for his greedy expense, but in general, the two of them have a relationship that's very much like a father and son.

Times of Friendship

  • Pickles: After SpongeBob loses his memory, Mr. Krabs helps him by helping him remember how to make Krabby Patties again. He places the ingredients on the ground and patiently waits days for SpongeBob to remember the Ingredients.
  • Nature Pants: When SpongeBob comes back home, Mr. Krabs attends his welcome home party.
  • Squeaky Boots: Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob boots and tells him that real frycook wears them. SpongeBob is happy and starts making a bunch of squeaking noises with the boots. However, the squeaking noises drive Mr. Krabs crazy so he steals SpongeBob's boots and hides them. When Spongebob starts crying Mr. Krabs feels guilty and he confesses he hid the boots under the floorboards, and then eats the boots and tells SpongeBob he's a real frycook with or without them.
  • F.U.N.: Mr. Krabs is concerned that Plankton was befriending SpongeBob to get a Krabby Patty, and warns SpongeBob of what Plankton was doing.
  • Welcome to the Chum Bucket: After SpongeBob gets forced to work for Plankton, Mr. Krabs is deeply saddened by his loss and even says he will give it all away to have him back. SpongeBob is also saddened by losing his boss.
  • Hooky: Mr. Krabs tries to warn SpongeBob and Patrick about the Hooks, and even goes to far measures to make sure he understands the danger.
  • Dying for Pie: Mr. Krabs sets up a work day to help improve the relationship between Squidward and SpongeBob. When Squidward (presumably) feeds SpongeBob a bomb on accident, Mr. Krabs is mad at Squidward, asks him to make SpongeBob's last day a good one, and is genuinely sad at his employee's upcoming death.
  • Christmas Who?: Mr. Krabs joins SpongeBob, Patrick, and the other citizens in singing a Christmas carol.
  • Pressure: He joins SpongeBob in telling Sandy that sea creatures are better than land creatures.
  • Sailor Mouth: Mr. Krabs acts like a father to SpongeBob in this episode, teaching not to swear and giving him a fair punishment for disobeying him.
  • Party Pooper Pants: He attends SpongeBob's party.
  • Krusty Love: SpongeBob helps Mr. Krabs impress Mrs. Puff.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Mr. Krabs seems very sorry for SpongeBob when he gave Squidward the manager position. Also, at the end after SpongeBob saves Bikini Bottom and his life he gave SpongeBob the job and mentioned he should have done it long ago.
  • My Pretty Seahorse: After SpongeBob tells his boss how close he is to Mystery, Mr. Krabs tells him a story of his dollar when he was younger, teaching SpongeBob that sometimes he must let friends go. However, both chase after the seahorse upon discovering she took a bite out of a dollar.
  • Nasty Patty: SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs mess up a Krabby Patty to trick a heath inspector they thought was an impostor. They later try disposing of the body.
  • Mid-Life Crustacean: SpongeBob and Patrick help Mr. Krabs regain his youth.
  • Born Again Krabs: After he sold SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents and Squidward scolds him for it, Mr. Krabs realized his mistake and begs to want SpongeBob back.
  • SpongeBob Meets the Strangler: Mr. Krabs agrees to protect SpongeBob from his bully (until realizing it was the Tattletale Strangler), and later comes to SpongeBob's parties.
  • Shell of a Man: SpongeBob tries to masquerade as Mr. Krabs after his boss molts his shell.
  • Krabs vs. Plankton: SpongeBob impersonates Mr. Krabs' lawyer for the sake of his business.
  • Krusty Towers: When Squidward continues making ridiculous requests, he tells SpongeBob to leave with him, afraid that Squidward was going to take advantage of SpongeBob.
  • Whale of a Birthday: Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob his debt card and puts him in charge of buying gifts for Pearl.
  • Bummer Vacation: Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob to take a vacation, but SpongeBob couldn't because of his love of the Krusty Krab.
  • Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture: Krabs helps SpongeBob with his movie by catering.
  • Best Day Ever: He joins SpongeBob in celebrating his "best day ever".
  • New Digs: Mr. Krabs lets SpongeBob live at the Krusty Krab since he was giving him money for it.   
  • Krabs a la Mode Mr. Krabs appreciated Spongebob for making him more money than usual with his Patty skates.
  • To Love a Patty: Mr. Krabs is concerned about SpongeBob's love for a Krabby Patty and tells him they are meant for eating.
  • Krusty Sponge: After recognizing that SpongeBob is his best employee, Mr. Krabs turns the Krusty Krab into "The Krusty Sponge" and sells SpongeBob merchandise.        
  • Stanley S. SquarePants: Mr. Krabs calls SpongeBob his little money maker and kisses him.
  • No Nose Knows: Krabs, along with Sandy and Squidward, team up with SpongeBob to get rid of Patrick's nose.     
  • Plankton's Regular: SpongeBob tries to help Mr. Krabs persuade a customer to visit the Krusty Krab. 
  • The Slumber Party: SpongeBob tries to help Mr. Krabs infiltrate Pearl's slumber party.
  • Grandpappy the Pirate: Mr. Krabs gets SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick to help convince his great grandpappy he is a pirate.
  • SpongeBob vs. The Big One: Mr. Krabs joins SpongeBob and the others at their beach party.
  • Overbooked: Mr. Krabs asks SpongeBob to help him build his telescope.
  • Shell Shocked: Mr. Krabs helps SpongeBob by lending his shell to Gary. SpongeBob later returns the favor by giving Krabs a towel to keep himself warm while his shell grows back.  
  • Growth Spout: SpongeBob helps Mr. Krabs feed Pearl by cooking a Krabby Patty.
  • Kracked Krabs: Mr. Krabs invites SpongeBob to attend an award ceremony when he could have asked someone else like Squidward. When he gets disqualified, SpongeBob cheers him up by "exaggerating", and the two end up stealing an entire hotel room.
  • Patrick's Staycation: Mr. Krabs agrees to let SpongeBob sleep in his bed and stay overnight at his house after Patrick was sleeping in his bed.
  • Little Yellow Book: Mr Krabs was mad at Squidward for reading SpongeBob's diary, with him saying "That's low Squidward, even for you."
  • Fiasco!: Mr. Krabs bails SpongeBob and Patrick out of jail and explains to the police they had no involvement with Plankton after he stole a rare piece of art.
  • Home Sweet Rubble" Mr Krabs helps SpongeBob rebuild his house.
  • Face Freeze Mr Krabs warns SpongeBob and Patrick that if they keep making faces they will get the "Face Freeze".
  • Hello Bikini Bottom" Mr Krabs was the manager of a band with SpongeBob and Squidward.
  • Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation: SpongeBob is invited to the Krabs' family vacation.
  • Free Samples: SpongeBob and Krabs team up to sell Krabby Patties for free after Plankton makes everyone hate them.
  • SpongeBob's Place He recognizes that SpongeBob is the best frycook ever, and tells him he deserves his own restaraunt.
  • It's a SpongeBob Christmas!: Mr. Krabs joins SpongeBob in singing "Don't Be a Jerk (It's Christmas)."     
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: Mr. Krabs helps SpongeBob and the gang battle Burger Beard.     
  • Mimic Madness Mr Krabs was trying to help SpongeBob with his addiction to mimicry and help him remember who he is again.
  • Cave Dwelling Sponge: When SpongeBob was framed by a cave sponge for vandalism, Mr. Krabs was the only one who believes that SpongeBob is innocent and goes to help him clear his name.
  • Call the Cops: Mr. Krabs hugs SpongeBob.
  • Bubbletown: When he gets SpongeBob's message from the bubble telephone that he's in Bubbletown Prison, he heads to Bubbletown to rescue him.
  • SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout: Mr. Krabs helps Sandy and the others decorate SpongeBob's house for his birthday party. After he returns, SpongeBob finds the house destroyed and everyone asleep from the party planning. Nevertheless, SpongeBob is excited that his family and friends would do so much for him. SpongeBob lists Mr. Krabs and the others wonderful friends and how he's grateful to have them. When Patchy the Pirate arrives and sings the birthday song, Mr. Krabs along with everyone else wakes up and properly celebrates a happy birthday to SpongeBob.

Times of conflict

Due to Mr. Krabs' extremely greedy attitude, he and SpongeBob are sometimes driven into conflict.

  • Help Wanted Mr. Krabs and Squidward attempted to get rid of SpongeBob by telling him to buy a legendary spatula.
  • Pickles: SpongeBob got mad at Mr Krabs and called him a crustaceous cheapskate because he couldn't remember how to make a Krabby Patty.
  • Squeaky Boots: Mr Krabs stole SpongeBob's boots that he gave him and lied to him after stealing them. SpongeBob starts crying and the squeaking noises drive Mr. Krabs crazy which makes him eat the boots.
  • Karate Choppers: Mr. Krabs forced SpongeBob to give up doing karate completely and threatened to fire him if he didn't. Even after SpongeBob said he will quit doing karate, Sandy started doing her Karate moves on SpongeBob. Mr Krabs sees this and fires SpongeBob even though it wasn't his fault and SpongeBob breaks down.
  • Sleepy Time: Mr. Krabs was one of the few who were mad at SpongeBob and demanded him to stay out of their dreams.
  • Arrgh: Mr Krabs made SpongeBob and Patrick travel all day to find the treasure, not letting them rest. He gets mad at SpongeBob and Patrick for looking at his map, and when they finally find the treasure, Mr Krabs selfishly takes all of the treasure for himself refusing to give them a share. SpongeBob angrily demands Krabs to give him and Patrick a share, which made them fought over the treasure chest.
  • Bubble Buddy: Mr Krabs was one of the many who were angry at SpongeBob and Bubble Buddy.
  • The Smoking Peanut: SpongeBob was mad at Mr Krabs for stealing the clam's Pearl and making it cry.
  • [[Krusty Love][: SpongeBob rebuked Mr Krabs for ordering him to buy Mrs. Puff stuff she didn't need and then getting mad at him for spending all his money. SpongeBob got angry at Mr Krabs and even cursed at him.
  • Jellyfish Hunter: Mr. Krabs tricked SpongeBob into catching all the jellyfish so he could squeeze their jelly into the patties to get more customers. But little did Spongebob know, Mr Krabs was running a secret factory where the jellyfish seemed to get squeezed of every drop and then disposed of. SpongeBob gets disgusted by this and criticizes Mr Krabs's actions. He frees the jellyfish and they stung Mr Krabs, much to SpongeBob's delight.
  • The Algae's Always Greener: After Plankton switches lives with Mr Krabs, SpongeBob stopped Mr Krabs (who switched roles with Plankton) from stealing a Krabby Patty.
  • Nasty Patty After believing they killed the health inspector, Mr Krabs accused SpongeBob of doing it, and they blamed each other of "killing" the health inspector to the cops until they find out the health inspector was alive.
  • One Krabs Trash: After selling him a soda drinking hat, Mr. Krabs tricked SpongeBob into giving it back after he found out how valuable it was. Mr Krabs first tried insulting SpongeBob and trading him other hats for it, which SpongeBob turned down. Mr Krabs then came up with a scheme to scare SpongeBob with a paper ghost to return it to its dead owner. After Mr. Krabs retrieved the million dollar hat, he found it there was a whole warehouse full of them and that they were worthless. SpongeBob started laughing at Mr Krabs started crying.
  • Wet Painters: Mr. Krabs threatened to cut off SpongeBob and Patrick's butts if they got paint on anything but the wall. After accidentally getting paint on Mr Krabs first dollar, Mr Krabs reveals it comes off with saliva and it was all a prank, causing SpongeBob and Patrick to leave in disgust.
  • Born Again Krabs: Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman for about 62 cents. Though, after Squidward talks sense into him, and Mr. Krabs begs for his employee back and gets his wish.
  • Squid on Strike: Although dismayed at first from being fired from the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob eventually discovers what a cheapskate Mr. Krabs is and tells him off in support of Squidward and the strike. Later on, he destroys the Krusty Krab.  
  • Can You Spare a Dime?: After months of being bossed around by Squidward, SpongeBob angrily confronts Mr. Krabs to give him back his job. SpongeBob even scares Mr. Krabs for the first time by strangling and calling him a "crustaceous cheapskate" obsessed with a stupid dime.
  • Krab Borg: SpongeBob and Squidward torture Mr. Krabs thinking he was a robot imposter.
  • Clams: Mr. Krabs goes insane from losing his millionth dollar and being stranded on a boat. SpongeBob and Squidward try to leave on a lifeboat, but Mr. Krabs captures them and uses them as bait to attract the Giant Clam.
  • Mid-Life Crustacean: Mr Krabs got angry and insulted SpongeBob and Patrick after doing many activities.
  • Krabby Land: SpongeBob calls Mr. Krabs a cheapskate after realizing his plot of scamming the kids for their money.
  • Pranks a Lot: SpongeBob and Patrick scare Mr Krabs by pretending to be ghosts with their invisible spray. SpongeBob was even going to burn Mr Krabs's dollar, until Mr Krabs splashed them with water revealing it came off with water. Mr Krabs supposedly forgives them, until he humiliated them by putting on a public nudity show with everyone they scared watching and cheering.
  • Fear of a Krabby Patty: Mr Krabs opened the Krusty Krab to 24 hours a day and forced SpongeBob to worked nonstop 24 hours for 43 days with no breaks, causing SpongeBob to hallucinate.
  • Wishing You Well: Mr. Krabs fails to believe SpongeBob that magic is real, so he ends up wishing he was boiled with a side of melted butter. 
  • New Leaf: Mr Krabs insulted SpongeBob calling him "a little halfwit
  • Bummer Vacation: Mr. Krabs tries hard to keep SpongeBob away from the Krusty Krab during his vacation.
  • Rule Of Dumb: Mr. Krabs promptly kicked out SpongeBob, along with Patrick when he found out he never intended to pay even though Patrick was royalty.
  • New Digs Mr Krabs kicked SpongeBob out of The Krusty Krab for wanting to live there.
  • The Krusty Plate: Mr. Krabs angrily chases SpongeBob for destroying his restaurant.
  • What Ever Happened to SpongeBob: Mr Krabs angrily kicked SpongeBob out of his restaurant and got called "idiot boy" for the fourth time by Mr. Krabs making SpongeBob decide to leave Bikini Bottom.
  • Penny Foolish: Mr. Krabs tries several plans to get an apparent penny that SpongeBob found earlier, even resorting to breaking into his home.
  • Gone: He and the other citizens celebrate National No SpongeBob Day and leave SpongeBob alone.
  • Patty Caper: Mr. Krabs tries to frame SpongeBob for stealing the Krabby Patty's secret ingredient.
  • No Hat for Pat: SpongeBob did not like Mr. Krabs' idea for Patrick to get hurt.
  • The Krabby Kronicle: Mr. Krabs forced SpongeBob to ruin peoples' lives by making lies about them on a tabloid newspaper. To teach him a lesson, SpongeBob betrays Mr. Krabs.
  • The Slumber Party: Mr Krabs destroyed SpongeBob's living room and forced him to ruin Pearl's slumber party.
  • Krusty Krushers: Mr Krabs forced SpongeBob and Patrick to wrestle against two giant wrestlers for the million dollar prize, and didn't care that they were about to get killed by the wrestlers. After they wrestlers lost, SpongeBob and Patrick chose the "wrestle camp" prize, much to Mr Krabs dismay.
  • Greasy Buffoons: SpongeBob calls the health inspector to consult Mr. Krabs and Plankton after feeding the customers grease.  
  • The Cent of Money: SpongeBob gets enraged at Mr. Krabs for his abuse of Gary.
  • The Other Patty: Mr. Krabs and Plankton join forces at the end of the episode to get back at SpongeBob for tricking them. 
  • One Course Meal: SpongeBob was so disgusted that Mr Krabs disguised himself as Pearl to torture Plankton to the point where he was about to commit suicide. SpongeBob tells Plankton Mr Krabs's secret fear which Plankton used as revenge to get back at Mr Krabs.
  • The Abrasive Side: When SpongeBob gets a new "abrasive side" he said the word "overtime" to Mr Krabs, causing him to get horrified and kicking SpongeBob out.
  • The Wreck of the Mauna Loa: Mr Krabs followed SpongeBob and Patrick to their secret hideout and attempted to steal the treasure for himself. He also endangered them and many others by turning The Wreck of the Mauna Loa into a deadly machine.
  • The Other Patty Mr Krabs and Plankton were furious at SpongeBob for creating another burger restaurant to get them to work together. Krabs and Plankton team up to get back at Plankton.
  • SpongeBob You're Fired: After Mr. Krabs fired SpongeBob just to save a nickel, he tries to make things better by taking his place as the royal fry cook. But when things went downhill at the Krusty Krab, Squidward brings SpongeBob back after rescuing him from the four restaurant managers. As Squidward begs to him return, Mr. Krabs apologizes to SpongeBob for firing him in the first place and hires him back.
  • InSPONGEiac: Mr Krabs convinces SpongeBob he's an insomniac for using a bit too much mustard, which causes SpongeBob to have insomnia. Later, he forces SpongeBob to cry to produce the perfect amount of mustard.
  • Face Freeze: Mr Krabs was furious at SpongeBob and Patrick for not listening to his warnings about the face freeze.
  • Plankton Paranoia: Due to his mentally insane behavior, Mr. Krabs came to conclusion that SpongeBob and Squidward were secretly working for Plankton and bans them from the restaurant. At the end, it turns out that SpongeBob, Squidward, and the rest of the gang were planning a surprise party for him. Mr. Krabs felt remorseful for his actions and apologized to his friends for banning them in the first place.
  • Appointment TV: Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob to organize his coins despite his objections. Later in the evening, he, along with Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Larry, Plankton, Gary, and Mrs. Puff, saw how completely sad SpongeBob was when he missed the lost episode of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy and realized that he took advantage of his kindness. In order to make it up to him, he and the others put on a play in recitation of the lost episode.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Mr. Krabs gives Squidward the role of manager and called SpongeBob a kid unworthy of the title. The next day, when Neptune accuses Mr. Krabs of stealing his crown as he looks to SpongeBob for help but the latter yells at Mr. Krabs by calling him a jerk for overlooking him and only snaps out of it when Neptune nearly executes his boss. Later on, before reaching Shell City, SpongeBob almost abandons the quest because of the danger and nearly lets Mr. Krabs die after he saw the latter was right about his immaturity. SpongeBob only snaps out of it once Mindy helps him overcome his self-doubt and shows him why he should continue.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: After the apocalypse hits, he is among the crowd who think SpongeBob is a traitor once he helps Plankton escape. Mr. Krabs also went through with executing SpongeBob even making fun of his supposed tears before realizing he was smelling Krabby Patties.
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