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I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready!
— SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants[31] (born July 14, 1986[32]) is the main protagonist and eponymous character of the Nickelodeon animated comedy series of the same name. He was designed by former marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, and is voiced by Tom Kenny.

SpongeBob is a childish, joyful, eccentric sea sponge who lives in a pineapple on 124 Conch Street with his pet snail Gary and pet scallop Shelley in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. He works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab, a job in which he is exceptionally skilled. He attends Mrs. Puff's Boating School, though has yet to receive a driver's license due to his inability to drive a boatmobile. SpongeBob lacks a lot of knowledge and is a constant annoyance to those around him, but he is very good-natured.

He (or some form of him) appears in every episode of the series, beginning with the series' pilot episode "Help Wanted."


SpongeBob SquarePants was born on July 14, 1986 to Harold SquarePants and Margaret BubbleBottom.

He lives with his pet snail Gary in a large pineapple-shaped house on 124 Conch Street, Bikini Bottom. His next-door neighbor, Squidward Tentacles, who lives in an Easter Island head, hates SpongeBob and is constantly annoyed by his antics. SpongeBob is oblivious to this, and believes Squidward to be his friend. Beside Squidward's house is the home of SpongeBob's best friend, Patrick Star, who lives under a rock.

SpongeBob works at the Krusty Krab, Bikini Bottom's most popular restaurant, where he is a fry cook and prepares all food served at the restaurant, most notably Krabby Patties. The first episode of the series depicts SpongeBob applying for and being hired to this job. He says that it has been his lifelong dream to join the Krusty Crew, and that only now is he "ready." When he applies for the job, Squidward and Mr. Krabs, wanting no part of him, send him on a fool's errand for a "hydro-dynamic spatula with port and starboard attachments and turbo drive." While he is out searching for one, several hundred hungry anchovies arrive and overwhelm Squidward and Mr. Krabs. SpongeBob soon returns, having actually found a hydrodynamic spatula, and saves their lives by feeding the anchovies, showing off his amazing cooking skills in the process.

SpongeBob's house is an orange pineapple with fully furnished windows and doors, and has a gas pipe. When he first moved to Bikini Bottom, he viewed many different houses, but none seemed to his liking. Just as he was about to give up, a pineapple from a boat above the water falls into the sea and lands onto the space that was Squidward's garden where Squidward was still gardening. He loves the house and buys it, leaving Squidward in misery by losing his garden and having SpongeBob living next to him.

SpongeBob is not only extremely good at his job, being able to produce a Krabby Patty within seconds, but has a strong passion and an abnormal love for it; something of a workaholic, he enjoys his job more than any other activity, and is saddened whenever he cannot be at work. He is also obsessed with Krabby Patties themselves; on numerous occasions, he has proclaimed them the best food in the world, and in "Just One Bite" and "Shuffleboarding," he is shocked and horrified to see one thrown away. He is apparently very good at his job because he is the "Vice Assistant General Manager of Certain Things"[33]. He also has been shown making a perfect Krabby Patty on his first try when he was a baby.

SpongeBob's skills as a fry cook could accurately be described as superhuman; in episodes such as "Help Wanted" and "Employee of the Month," he is seen making them at rates of hundreds or even thousands per minute. He has won 374 consecutive Employee of the Month awards at the Krusty Krab. In "Friend or Foe," it is shown that SpongeBob, as an infant, made a perfect patty on his first attempt. In "Neptune's Spatula," he is able to pull the golden spatula from the grease, making him the "chosen one" of King Neptune. In that same episode, it is shown that the burgers made by Neptune himself are horrible compared to SpongeBob's.

While not working, SpongeBob spends much of his time playing with his best friend, Patrick Star. Patrick is childish, moronic, and fun-loving. The two have known each other since their early childhood, and are members of the "Best Friends Forever Club."[34]

Their usual activities include jellyfishing, bubble blowing, and various others. The two's antics are of constant annoyance to their neighbor, Squidward, and he has been repeatedly put into harm's way as a result of their actions. Because of this, he has tried to move away numerous times, but always ends up returning.

Despite Squidward claiming to hate SpongeBob and Patrick, they are completely oblivious to this and believe they are his best friends. Squidward is usually shown to dislike SpongeBob in particular, but nonetheless, the two share a close relationship. In fact, Squidward has hinted that he likes SpongeBob a lot more than he lets on. In "Graveyard Shift," he admits this when he tells SpongeBob, "No matter what I've said, I've always sort of liked you!" Also, in "SB-129," he misses SpongeBob after becoming trapped in a blank dimension.

One of SpongeBob's good friends is a squirrel from Texas named Sandy Cheeks, who wears a special suit and helmet to survive underwater. When SpongeBob first met Sandy, she invited SpongeBob to her airtight home, and SpongeBob, not knowing what air is, accepted. After giving into his need to breathe water, SpongeBob and Patrick got bowls of water to wear over their heads from Sandy, which they typically wear whenever they visit the treedome. Sandy enjoys SpongeBob's company (probably more than Patrick's) and they enjoy doing extreme sports together, most notably karate. SpongeBob's skill in karate is shown to vary considerably between episodes. At times, he equals and even outmatches Sandy in skill, while at other times he is so weak to the point where Sandy can send him flying a considerable distance with a single punch; in "Karate Island," Sandy openly states that her karate skills are better than SpongeBob's by "a country mile."

Another of SpongeBob's friends is Pearl the whale. According to "Bossy Boots," she thinks he is "full of style," "oozes fashion," and most importantly, "is a great pal." Pearl goes to prom with SpongeBob in "The Chaperone." In "Tunnel of Glove," it is revealed that Pearl's classmates think SpongeBob is her boyfriend, and SpongeBob inadvertently supports this by saying "Well, I am a boy, and I am her friend." The two then go on the Tunnel of Glove ride together.

SpongeBob attends Mrs. Puff's Boating School, where he is taught by his idolized teacher Mrs. Puff. He studies extremely hard for school and knows every answer to the oral exam, but he becomes extremely nervous when actually behind the wheel of a boat, causing him to fail the final exam every time. According to the episode "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired," SpongeBob has failed the exam 1,258,056 times, and is the only creature in the history of the school to fail the test. The book Class Confusion implies that SpongeBob may be failing on purpose just so that he can keep being taught by Mrs. Puff forever.

Despite his inability to drive a boatmobile properly, SpongeBob has been shown to be able to drive/ride various other things capably, including a rock, a rocket ship, a sandwich car, and a submarine. SpongeBob claims that he does know how to drive, but simply panics behind the wheel and cannot concentrate. In "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired," SpongeBob receives extremely good training from Mrs. Puff's very tough military-like replacement and learns how to drive capably, but can only do so while blindfolded due to the teacher's strict drills and very specific teaching methods.


SpongeBob is a sea sponge with a rectangular shape. He is light yellow with a light olive-green outline. In earlier episodes, he is wider near the top and gets skinnier going further down. However, in the more recent episodes, he is more of a regular square shape. SpongeBob has large light blue eyes, a long, slightly curved nose, a large mouth with two prominent front buck teeth, dimples with three freckles on each cheek, and light olive-green pores. In addition, he has three exceptionally wide, exposed, and effeminate eyelashes on each eye, which have sometimes - during close-ups in particular - been shown to be numerous eyelashes akin to a human, which is best prominent in "Tutor Sauce" when he is seen breathing heavily during a close-up. Although rarely seen in the series, he has light yellow hair that goes hand-in-hand with his skin color, as seen on his driver's license and in the episode "The Sponge Who Could Fly." However, in the episode "Krusty Krab Training Video," he instead has a simple strand of black hair.

He typically wears a white shirt with a scarlet-red tie, black leather shoes with white shoelaces, white socks with blue and red stripes, and brown rectangular pants with a black belt. While working at the Krusty Krab, he wears a tall, white hat with a small blue anchor illustration on it as a uniform. SpongeBob usually sleeps in his underwear, and at other times--beginning with season 5--pajamas. However, he occasionally sleeps with his entire outfit on, which was more common in the show's earlier seasons.

Though SpongeBob has always been voiced by Tom Kenny, his voice has changed over the course of the series; his voice is lower than normal in season 1; after the the first movie, his voice gets slightly higher-pitched. In season 8, his voice gets lower-pitched once again.


While SpongeBob is generally lucky in life and healthy, he has on several occasions faced health problems over the course of the series, which are usually caused by his persistent gullibility to fall for antagonists' antics or simply by accident. On a side note, he is an invertebrate and thus lacks bones, making him immune to physical harm; however, this varies greatly by episode, as sometimes SpongeBob is depicted as having bones and thus prone to suffering injuries, while in other episodes, most notably "The Bully," he has none and is therefore accepting of his aforementioned injuries. Like most other characters on the show, he has faced many fatal injuries and near-death experiences. However, due to cartoon physics and negative continuity, he sometimes recovers immediately afterward without medical support. Such instances are played for comedy and do not affect the plot, therefore they will be overlooked when taking into account his health. However, SpongeBob has on more than one occasion faced ongoing medical conditions and injuries that have even been the core of the plot.

The first prominent instance of SpongeBob's health interference is in "Tea at the Treedome," where he for the first time enters an air pollution, Sandy's treedome in particular, after having met a new friend, and due to the insufficient amount of water in her house, starts to shrivel up before eventually passing out--along with Patrick--on the ground from hypothermia. Both he and Patrick are subsequently revived by Sandy's new creation, water helmets.

SpongeBob's health interference is also a plot point of "Suds," where he becomes infected by the eponymous disease which gives him a cold and causes him to sneeze pink bubbles through his pores. He caught it from accidentally leaving his freezer open overnight and falling asleep in the kitchen. He is eventually cured by the Purple Doctorfish utilizing a special treatment exclusive to sponges.

Additionally, in "Prehibernation Week," Sandy takes SpongeBob on numerous increasingly dangerous adventures in which they participate in extreme sport games, drastically injuring SpongeBob and taking a toll on his health in the process.

At the end of "Survival of the Idiots," Sandy, having had her fur ripped off by the duo, uses SpongeBob and Patrick's bodies as a replacement; since the two are in her treedome and have no provision of water whatsoever, they nearly die from hypothermia.

In "Squirrel Jokes," SpongeBob suffers from hypothermia yet again upon entrance of Sandy's treedome and is given too much water by her through the provision of a hose, inflating him to the point of taking up the dome's capacity.

In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V," SpongeBob and the rest of IJLSA (The International Justice League of Super Acquaintances) team were left inured and thus hospitalized following their battle with the E.V.I.L. (Every Villain Is Lemons). SpongeBob in particular has to use a wheelchair and wear a cast over his head to counteract his injury.

In "I Had an Accident," SpongeBob faces a sandboarding accident in which he severely injures his buttocks and is thereafter sent to the hospital. His injury was nearly fatal as each piece of his buttocks were glued back together and taped, and he would have been permanently subject to the Iron Butt under much worse circumstances.

In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, SpongeBob and Patrick are kidnapped by the Cyclops and placed on a table above which a lamp sits. Due to the pressure of the lamp's heat, SpongeBob and Patrick start to shrivel up and eventually pass away. However, the tear they shared beforehand finds its way into a power outlet and thus activates the ceiling sprinkler system, thereafter reviving them.

Sometime during the events of "Funny Pants," SpongeBob underwent surgery to have his laugh box transplanted to Squidward out of sympathy for the latter rupturing his own.

In "Krusty Towers," SpongeBob alongside Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward are sent to the hospital and treated in medical beds following the fatal destruction of the eponymous hotel, which the group was in during the incident.

In "Fungus Among Us," SpongeBob finds a suspicious green substance known as "ick" on his bedroom floor and attempts to clean it up, but fails and as a result the ick contaminates him and becomes contagious. Due to his unhealthy status, the SWAT Team arrives on the scene at the Krusty Krab and quarantines SpongeBob in a plastic bubble in his house, which is eventually popped due to Patrick's moronic actions. He is cured towards the end of the episode when Gary uses his slime to rid everyone of the ick.

In "The Splinter," SpongeBob trips and falls off of the ceiling of the Krusty Krab kitchen in a failed attempt to retrieve his spatula, therefore falling on the wooden ground and having a splinter lodged into his thumb. He goes to Patrick to seek medical attention; however, due to the latter's unprofessional remedies and overall lack of a medical license, only makes matters worse by hammering it further into his thumb, which not only causes SpongeBob more pain, but also causes his thumb to swell up severely and produce pus. He is finally cured when Mr. Krabs, with his great strength and claws, simply pulls it out, essentially inverting his injury and thus returning him back to normal.

In "A Life in a Day," Patrick's obsession with emulating Larry the Lobster goes to his head and prompts him to bring SpongeBob along to perform the most extreme stunt yet: crashing into Ripper's Reef, an island consisting of stalagmites. The aftermath of this stunt lands the duo along with Larry--who got injured while trying to save them--in the hospital, covered in bandages and wearing casts over their heads.

In "Stuck in the Wringer," SpongeBob gets stuck in his bathroom wringer while trying to rinse himself off and thereby calls Patrick for help; however, instead of helping him, he surrounds the wringer with super glue, impeding his escape. Throughout the episode, SpongeBob uncontrollably moves very clumsily and interferes with the public due to his disorderly condition. His health continues to deteriorate as he is unable to consume food or drink due to the wringer's blockage of his digestive system and gets a black eye at the carnival due to incompatibility with his restraint condition and the rides' pressure. He is cured at the end of the episode when both he and Patrick cry an abundance of tears to dissolve the glue, essentially facilitating his escape from the wringer.


SpongeBob is a clueless, abnormal, immature, fun-loving, and hyperactive person with a happy-go-lucky personality. He is extremely determined and will often stop at nothing to accomplish a task. He is also somewhat dramatic to the people who are kind to him: for example, to the mailfish.[35] He is also over-confident. Sometimes, though, he shows his devious side when trying to get Mr. Krabs and Plankton to work together.[36] He sometimes makes mountains out of molehills, such as losing his name tag.[37]

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SpongeBob is very kind-hearted and innocent, and very rarely acts openly mean to anyone, even those who find him an annoyance and act cruel to him. He is a very selfless and loyal person, especially towards those close to him. His selfless nature is most notably shown in "Best Day Ever," where he sacrifices his "perfect day" to help his friends. Despite his well-meaning intentions, SpongeBob's actions often annoy and cause trouble for those around him, most notably his next-door neighbor, Squidward Tentacles.

SpongeBob can become scared easily and usually panics when frightened. He is afraid of the dark [38] and clowns [39]. He also hates hot sauce.[22] Occasionally, SpongeBob is too ignorant to notice impending danger and his unworldly thinking may put himself or others in peril. He also cannot detect lies or malice as easy as the other characters, mainly due to his naïve nature. In "A Pal for Gary," when Gary is being violently attacked and nearly eaten by Puffy Fluffy, SpongeBob takes no action and instead accuses Gary of harassing Puffy.

Furthermore, SpongeBob also goes to great lengths to impress others and achieve his goals as seen in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II," where SpongeBob wrongly attacks an innocent Atomic Flounder in order to impress Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. SpongeBob attempts to steal Patrick's box in "The Secret Box." He also tries to steal Betsy Krabs' underwear along with Patrick and Mr. Krabs in "Mid-Life Crustacean." In "Doing Time," SpongeBob and Patrick force the receptionist of the local bank to give them all his money. This was done in an attempt to get arrested and free Mrs. Puff from jail. In "Hall Monitor," SpongeBob enters the window of a couple's house and disturbs them while on hall monitor duties. In "The Thing," SpongeBob and Patrick break into the zoo at night to free "Smelly" from his cage. In "Safe Deposit Krabs," he and Patrick break into the local bank at night to free Mr. Krabs from the safe vault. In "The Great Snail Race," SpongeBob overexerts Gary as a preparation method for the following snail race. This causes extreme discomfort to Gary and eventually results in him collapsing on his way to the finish line; however, SpongeBob eventually noticed the error in his ways.

In "Employee of the Month," SpongeBob sets up many traps on Squidward in an attempt to sabotage his Employee of the Month Award. In "Just One Bite," SpongeBob handcuffs himself to Squidward, forcing him to eat a Krabby Patty. In "Shuffleboarding," he and Patrick, while dressed as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy respectively, go around arresting citizens for actions that do not count as crimes, such as chewing gum too loudly and being too old. In "SpongeBob's Last Stand," SpongeBob and Patrick resist the government-sanctioned construction of the Shelly Superhighway and encourage the rest of the town to join their protest through a song. The police eventually notice the boys rebelling against the government's authority and imprison them in the middle of nowhere. However, on SpongeBob's part, his arrest was for playing sitar without a license.

SpongeBob also feels the need to impress Mr. Krabs and to protect the Krusty Krab and the Krabby Patty secret formula at all costs. In "Call the Cops," SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs impersonate police officers in hopes of retrieving the secret formula. He also likes to impress his boating teacher, Mrs Puff despite his reckless driving. Beginning with "Boating School," an ongoing plot point is SpongeBob failing his driver's test due to his inability to drive safely. His poor driving skills have caused him to run over pedestrians, rapidly switch lanes, drive on the sidewalk, crash into buildings and property, harm his passengers, and lastly damage his vehicle. In spite of all the damage he causes, SpongeBob is never arrested or charged for his dangerous driving; instead, Mrs. Puff is, who the authorities believe is failing to educate him.

These actions can often lead to SpongeBob entering trespassing. SpongeBob and Patrick have a frequent tendency to enter Squidward's house without his consent, which reaches its epitome in "Good Neighbors" and becomes a plot point of the said episode. Additionally, in "Survival of the Idiots," he and Patrick invade Sandy's treedome during the winter with little regard to the "Keep Out" sign on her door. In "The Thing," after getting caught by the SWAT Team, SpongeBob and Patrick hide from them by trespassing into the sewers. SpongeBob also invades the sewers with Squidward in "The Sewers of Bikini Bottom," although they did it to retrieve the safe, so this can be justified. In "Toy Store of Doom," SpongeBob and Patrick stay in Toy Barrel past its open hours and hide in a dollhouse so as not to be caught by the security guard.

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SpongeBob's personality trait of wanting to impress others and achieve his goals has lead to him having a history. However, due to his naïvete and gullibility, a lot of these crimes have been committed unintentionally or through the manipulation of antagonists, mainly Squidward, Mr. Krabs, or Plankton; others have been committed with malice intent however. He has been arrested arrested a total of seven times: for "stealing" a balloon in "Life of Crime," attempting to rob a bank in "Doing Time," failing to invite the police to his party in "Party Pooper Pants," littering Patrick's driver's license in "Driven to Tears," playing sitar without a license in "SpongeBob's Last Stand," falsely accused public disturbance in "Cave Dwelling Sponge," and unintentionally terrorizing a majority of Bubbletown in the episode of the same name.

SpongeBob's innocence also makes him overly trusting and very gullible[6], easily manipulated by people who intend to use and/or harm him, such as Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton, and he is clumsy. In "Walking Small," SpongeBob assists Plankton in driving the attendants at Goo Lagoon away to make an unauthorized development to its property. However, this was done out of manipulation, and SpongeBob regrets his actions after learning Plankton's motive, therefore returning the beach back to its previous state. In "Sandy's Rocket," SpongeBob and Patrick go around capturing everyone in Bikini Bottom and trapping them in the spaceship, believing that the entire population is formed of aliens. In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV," SpongeBob shrinks a majority of the town's population and keeps them in a jar against their will. Even though he is generally good-natured and easygoing, when frustrated and angered, SpongeBob can be sarcastic, rude, and condescending to his friends, even Mr. Krabs[40], whom he treats as a father figure. Squidward is the only character whom SpongeBob never insults when he is angry, with the exception of the episodes "Can You Spare a Dime?" and "Breath of Fresh Squidward." In "Hooky," SpongeBob is encouraged by Patrick to ditch work during his shift, which causes the unsupervised grill to produce mass amounts of smoke. In "Ditchin'," SpongeBob ditches boating school to attend the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy meet and greet, which affects his driver's education and eventually gets Mrs. Puff arrested.

Despite his overall kindness, SpongeBob occasionally shows a lack of empathy for others and forces people into situations against their will. In the episode "Rodeo Daze," he kidnaps the Bikini Bottomites with bubbles in persuasion for them to save Sandy from a rodeo. Additionally, in the episode "A SquarePants Family Vacation," he sends his friends letters promising that everything they love will be at his house, only for it to be a hoax and a plea for them to view his slideshow.

Although SpongeBob has several friends, and many of the citizens of Bikini Bottom often treat him quite friendly, most, if not all, citizens of the city have been shown to have some degree of dislike for him. In the episode "Gone," it is shown that a holiday called "National No SpongeBob Day" has been started by the citizens of Bikini Bottom. As its name suggests, it is an entire day dedicated to getting away from SpongeBob, where the people leave Bikini Bottom for the day. Even Patrick goes, stating that everyone needs at least one day away from SpongeBob's laughter. In the ceremony, they build a giant wooden effigy of SpongeBob, burn it down, dance on the ashes, and depart Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob is more honored than insulted by this, as he was the "inspiration" for the holiday.

Antagonistic side

While SpongeBob is usually a goody-two shoes, he occasionally exhibits antagonism and inconvenience toward others. However, he usually does so unknowingly and with good intentions, while other times he does it out of self-gain.

  • In "Ripped Pants," he tricks the lifeguard into thinking he is dying, but it turns out to be a prank just to say he ripped his beach pants.
  • In "Pizza Delivery," while he and Squidward get lost in the desert while delivering a pizza, they both are on the verge of starvation; however, SpongeBob repeatedly refuses to let Squidward eat the pizza even though they would both die of starvation without it.
  • In "Employee of the Month," he gets worried that Squidward will win the Employee of the Month award instead of him, hence he tries to sabotage Squidward. Finally, they both are exhausted and call a truce. However, once at work, they destroy the Krusty Krab from their "work." It then explodes from making too many Krabby Patties, thus customers pick them up and eat them for free.
  • In "Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost," he sends Squidward up into the sky despite the latter's objections. However, this is because he thought that Squidward was still dead.
  • In "Walking Small," he ruthlessly takes what he wants and accidentally drives everyone away from Goo Lagoon, but he was being manipulated by Plankton the whole time, so it technically is not his fault.
  • In "Christmas Who?," he and Patrick cut down Squidward's coral tree and put up decorations on his house even though Squidward said not to.
  • In "Pressure," he, along with Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward make fun of Sandy when she cannot do things that they as sea creatures can.
  • In "Squirrel Jokes," he makes fun of Sandy by making jokes about her species. Even though he promises Sandy that he will stop, he breaks this promise. He also tells her that people would be laughing "with" her, but they would actually laugh at her. However, this stops once Sandy starts acting dumb and injures SpongeBob in retaliation.
  • In "Sailor Mouth," he uses foul language along with Patrick after discovering it on dumpster graffiti.
  • In "Just One Bite," he forces Squidward to eat a Krabby Patty by handcuffing himself to him.
  • In "Nasty Patty," he helps Mr. Krabs create the eponymous tainted patty to "kill" the health inspector whom they both thought was a fake.
  • In "Can You Spare a Dime?," he grabs Mr. Krabs tightly by the neck out of frustration and scolds him. However, SpongeBob was in the right in this situation, as Mr. Krabs was abusing his authority.
  • In "Party Pooper Pants," Squidward goes to his party when his cables were cut, obviously by SpongeBob.
  • In "Pranks a Lot," he and Patrick trespass and scare everyone in Bikini Bottom as "ghosts," and attempt to burn a dollar bill belonging to Mr. Krabs.
  • In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, he ruthlessly scolds Mr. Krabs because he did not make him the manager of the Krusty Krab 2.
  • In "The Pink Purloiner," he creates a teddy bear plush with a microphone and speakers attached to it as a means to hear Patrick reveal his secret to him.
  • In "The Thing," he and Patrick antagonize Squidward by asking a lot of questions. They also break into the zoo and free Squidward.
  • In "Driven to Tears," he tears up Patrick's driver's license and litters it, prompting his eventual arrest.
  • In "Best Day Ever," he scolds everyone who made him fail in having the best day ever.
  • In "Stanley S. SquarePants," after taking the blame for most of Stanley's mistakes, he finally explodes at both Mr. Krabs and Stanley when he sees that his spatula was broken by the latter.
  • In "Toy Store of Doom," he annoys an employee of Toy Barrel by singing. He, along with Patrick, also hides in the store past open hours.
  • In "A Pal for Gary," he scolds Gary for "being mean" to Puffy Fluffy, when it was actually the latter's fault.
  • In "Squidward in Clarinetland," Squidward must go through the torture that SpongeBob created to find his clarinet.
  • In "Rodeo Daze," he kidnaps the Bikini Bottomites to help him save Sandy from a rodeo.
  • In "The Other Patty," he creates a new restaurant called The Flabby Patty which proves to be better than the Krabby Patty. He forces Mr. Krabs and Plankton to work together to get the recipe. When they finally do, they find out it was not a real recipe. SpongeBob reveals that he is the one who created the Flabby Patty just to get them to work together, which gets him chased by an angry Mr. Krabs and Plankton.
  • In "A SquarePants Family Vacation," he sends letters to his friends promising that everything they love will be at his house, which turns out to be a hoax and a plea for them to view his slideshow.
  • In "SpongeBob You're Fired," he hopes that Pizza Pete's "pepperoni" will fall off for firing him.

Villainous role

  • In "Nasty Patty," he helps Mr. Krabs "poison" the health inspector and bury him when they thought he was dead.
  • In "Bummer Vacation," SpongeBob, thinking that he is being replaced by Patrick as the Krusty Krab's fry cook, has an insanity spree and goes after Patrick, showing signs that wants to eat him alive. It is later revealed that SpongeBob made Patrick watch static on a TV screen.
  • In the episode "The Abrasive Side," SpongeBob gets an abrasive side to make him more assertive. However, this causes him to not only chase away his friends, but also end up causing his grandmother to also get one.

Scapegoat side

  • In "Karate Choppers," Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to stop karate for good. However, when he tells Sandy she does not believe him, Sandy at that moment does karate around him. Krabs then fires SpongeBob even though he was not the one doing karate. However, Sandy then explains that she did not listen when he told her.
  • In "The Bully," Flats the Flounder repeatedly threatens to beat up SpongeBob. However, when he finally does, he discovers that SpongeBob is immune because he is an invertebrate. Flats tries for days until collapsing from exhaustion. SpongeBob then gives a speech about it while making a fist gesture. Hence, Mrs. Puff thinks he had beaten him up intentionally, thus threatening him.
  • In "New Student Starfish," Patrick comes with SpongeBob to boating school, in which he writes a letter calling Mrs. Puff a "big fat meanie" and hands it to SpongeBob. Mrs. Puff then takes away one of SpongeBob's good noodle stars on the Good Noodle Board even though it is Patrick's fault.
  • In "Party Pooper Pants," SpongeBob is locked out of his house while throwing a party, hence he tries to break in, but is caught by the police. He then explains that it is his house and that he was locked out while throwing a party. However, he is then arrested for not inviting the two cops despite how he didn't break the law.
  • In "Stanley S. SquarePants," SpongeBob's cousin works with him at the Krusty Krab; he breaks many things, which SpongeBob claims are his fault. However, eventually SpongeBob cannot take it anymore and explains it is Stanley's fault.
  • In "Stuck in the Wringer," SpongeBob gets stuck in his bathroom wringer and then Patrick glues him so that he can be stuck forever. He cannot work, consume food or drink, or play the games at the carnival with the wringer on. After yelling at Patrick for what the forever glue did, he gets scolded by the townspeople for it.
  • In "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful," a piece of garbage falls off a garbage statue of Squidward so a cop gives Squidward a ticket for it even though it fell off on its own; SpongeBob is at fault for this since he created the statue in the first place.

Abilities and talents

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SpongeBob's bones in "I Had an Accident"

SpongeBob has been shown to have numerous extraordinary abilities and attributes over the course of the series.

  • Absorbency: Being a sponge, he is also absorbent, and can expand his body by absorbing liquids. When he cries, he often re-absorbs his tears. An example being in "The Bully" when Flats the Flounder kept on hitting him, but SpongeBob just absorbed all of his blows. Also, in "I Had An Accident," he filter feeds through his holes, as he is a sponge.
  • Boneless: SpongeBob is usually shown to be boneless since sea sponges are invertebrates. However, in some episodes, such as "I Had an Accident," bones are shown on his X-rays. He also has bones when his skin is ripped off in "Atlantis SquarePantis" and "The Splinter."
  • Bubble blowing: SpongeBob can perform extraordinary moves with bubbles, most notably exhibited in "Bubblestand." It is considered along with jellyfishing as his and Patrick's favorite hobby.
  • Destruction: Although, he does not know it and thanks to his poor driving skills, SpongeBob is actually skilled at demolition derbies. This is shown in "Demolition Doofus," as SpongeBob manages to defeat five other competitors, also surviving against Mrs. Puff.
  • Driving (anything but a boatmobile): He can drive certain objects perfectly, but his nerves get the best of him when driving boats at Mrs. Puff's Boating School. On several occasions, he has been able to conquer his nervousness and demonstrate good driving skills, but he always loses this confidence by the end of the episode.
  • Fry cooking: SpongeBob has a job cooking Krabby Patties at the Krusty Krab.
  • Jellyfishing: SpongeBob and Patrick jellyfish at Jellyfish Fields in several episodes. In "Jellyfish Hunter," he catches every single jellyfish in the fields.
  • Karate: He trains in karate perfectly and rarely mixes them up.
  • Regeneration: It is shown that he can quickly regenerate parts of his body that are injured or removed.
  • Enhanced reflexes: SpongeBob possesses lightning fast reflexes, being able to react to dangers instantly. Hence, SpongeBob can dodge and react to projectiles and enemy attacks moving at high speeds, such as, lasers, arrows, shock waves, bullets, and even lighting.
  • Stamina and endurance: In games such as Battle for Bikini Bottom, Nicktoons Unite!, Plankton's Robotic Revenge, etc, SpongeBob has demonstrated very high stamina, capable of exerting himself to his peak performance for several hours without signs of fatigue. SpongeBob is extremely durable, having survived life-threatening situations multiple times. He has survived multiple traffic collisions, survive getting caught in the crossfire from all angles from Plankton's Robots, withstand the force of a building collapse, and being struck by opponents with super strength. Additionally, SpongeBob has more than once survived impacts from falls from extreme heights, withstand the force of a nuclear explosion, and being struck by fire, electricity, and ice.
  • Singing and nose-playing: SpongeBob is shown to possess a fantastic singing voice. He uses his nose as a flute, in which he is very talented. He is also the lead singer in "Band Geeks." Later, he uses his nose flute in "Best Day Ever" to drive away the nematodes from the Krusty Krab. His nose flute is notably played as a closing note of the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song.
  • Soft pliable body: Due to his soft, pliable frame, he is capable of shape-shifting, has some degree of invulnerability, being able to absorb any type of physical impact, shown most notably in the episode "The Bully."
  • Survival skills: In "To Save a Squirrel," SpongeBob and Patrick almost eat each other to survive.
  • Tongue-boarding: SpongeBob tongue-boards in "Prehibernation Week."

Near-death experiences

SpongeBob's life has most usually been in good luck, except on his boating school driving tests, where he gets himself and others injured or almost injured from his reckless driving. He also gets injuries from when dared to participate in extreme sport activities, due to his weakness. The following is a list of near-death experiences that SpongeBob has faced.
  • Reef Blower:  He and Squidward almost shrivel up due to the lack of water, which was caused by SpongeBob's usage of the eponymous machine.

    SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs incinerated from an explosion.

  • Tea at the Treedome: Almost gets swallowed by the clam, and almost dies due to a lack of water.
  • Pizza Delivery: He and Squidward are almost run over by a truck driver and nearly starved to death from the lack of food.
  • Home Sweet Pineapple: Gets smashed by Patrick's house multiple times when the latter has a nightmare about spiders.
  • Fools in April: Nearly gets injured by Squidward's violent prank.
  • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II: He, Mermaid Man, and Barnacle Boy are folded up by the invisible boatmobile's origami function.
  • Dying for Pie: He trips over a rock while holding the pie in Squidward's face, making a huge explosion.
  • Prehibernation Week: He gets into several life-threatening accidents caused by Sandy's extreme sports.
  • Survival of the Idiots: He and Patrick are brutally beaten by Sandy, and are then buried alive and nearly die of hypothermia.
  • No Free Rides: Crashes the car in his driving test, faints and collapses onto Mrs. Puff's reward cake, accidentally sprays pepper spray in his eyes, booted out of the car by Mrs. Puff, gets massacred by large clams, shredded by cheese graters, and tortured by educational TV. Then he and Mrs. Puff's fight causes SpongeBob's car Boaty to crash into a police car.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fanatic: Jumps off a building at Kevin C. Cucumber's request. He is later zapped and almost zapped by the fake queen jellyfish. He is also nearly zapped by the king Jellyfish along with Kevin and the Jellyspotters.
  • Pressure: He, Squidward, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs are almost eaten by seagulls.
  • Shanghaied: He and Patrick are sprayed multiple times by perfume in the perfume department. He, Patrick, and Squidward are either chased or eaten by the Flying Dutchman depending on the ending.
  • Gary Takes a Bath: Gets detonated by a time bomb, falls off the ceiling into the bathtub, and lastly falls off a tree into a mud puddle.
  • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III: He and Patrick are electrocuted by Man Ray.
  • Squirrel Jokes: Nearly dehydrates from a lack of water in Sandy's treedome and gets inflated in the treedome. That night, he is in bandages.
  • Squid on Strike: When Squidward tries to pull him off the Krusty Krab doors, parts of his body stay attached to the windows. Squidward's loud megaphone caused his eyes to pop out.
  • Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm: He and Sandy almost get eaten by the massive worm, and nearly fall down an abyss.
  • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV: The Bikini Bottomites venture into his body and attack his internal organs. Squidward even saws a vein.
  • SpongeGuard on Duty: He and Patrick nearly drown at Goo Lagoon. Then both of them get a cramp at the end in a kid's pool.
  • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V: Accidentally burnt by Squidward as Captain Magma and runs around in a circle until he reduces into ashes with only his shoes still intact. Comes to the Krusty Krab later in a wheelchair with cast covering his head.
  • Club SpongeBob: Accidentally hit his face first by Squidward after the flying of the treehouse.
  • Clams: Along with Squidward, nearly eaten by Old Bluelip the massive clam.
  • No Weenies Allowed: After he enters the Salty Spitoon, he slipped on an ice cube and is rushed to the hospital.
  • Krabby Land: Pays two thugs to torture him for the entertainment of the children.
  • I Had an Accident: Crashes into the ground and shatters his buttocks. He is then ripped in half by the gorilla.
  • The Sponge Who Could Fly: Falls off three cliffs and is eventually blown up by Cannonball Jenkins, who wanted to get revenge on him for destroying the silo of his farm.
  • SpongeBob Meets the Strangler: His life is almost threatened by the Tattletale Strangler, but the latter is persistently interrupted by SpongeBob's parties, causing him to give up.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Gets chased by the Frogfish, then he and Patrick almost die from the lamp's heat, only to survive because the sprinklers turn on. Nearly killed by Dennis but he and Patrick hit a catamaran.
  • Shell of a Man: When Mr. Krabs offers him to punch him in the "Armor Abs," his arm breaks to pieces. In the ceremony, he spits out three teeth then eventually he spits out his ribs. Hit by Torpedo Belly, shattering Mr. Krabs' shell to pieces.
  • Dunces and Dragons: He and Patrick are nearly executed by the dragon jellyfish, not until he begins feeding it with one of Patrick's Krabby Patties.
  • Krusty Towers: Injured in the destruction of the Krusty Towers along with Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs.
  • Ghost Host: He is grabbed by a hand into a present box at the end.
  • Squidtastic Voyage: Bumps into Squidward's organs, and nearly drowns in his stomach acid.
  • The Original Fry Cook: Stepped on by everybody including the Krabby Patty he's going to serve. Then he is shattered by Mr. Krabs after he is not the Employee of the Month anymore.
  • Spy Buddies: He and Patrick blew up when Patrick hit the self-destruct button on the Spymobile and he and Plankton are nearly killed by the lasers that destroy the Chum Bucket.
  • A Flea in Her Dome: He, Patrick, and Sandy get savagely attacked by fleas.
  • Breath of Fresh Squidward: He and Patrick are flung away by a massive catapult and get zapped by Squidward's electric fence at the end.
  • Atlantis SquarePantis:  He, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, and Mr. Krabs are nearly killed by Plankton's massive tank but said tank fires ice cream instead of missiles. They are also chased by the Atlantis guards.
  • The Battle of Bikini Bottom: He and Patrick participate in a war between clean and dirty. The last time he is attacked was when he is smashed by the dumpster on the Krusty Krab by Patrick.
  • Spongicus: Nearly eaten by the lion fish.
  • The Splinter: Is almost impaled by the swords and scissors while falling. He is then skinned alive after attempting to remove the splinter in his thumb with his teeth.
  • A Life in a Day: He, Patrick, and Larry are severely injured by landing into Rippers Reef.
  • Sun Bleached: Burnt by the tanning machine because Patrick abandoned him. He also removed one of SpongeBob's head pieces. Attacked by a woman for being a monster, and he and Patrick and other Bikini Bottomites are burnt to ashes by the tanning lights.
  • Plankton's Regular: When Nat Peterson opens the door into SpongeBob's face, his skin peels off. He is then crushed by a giant spoon.
  • Krusty Krushers: He and Patrick are brutally beaten by Plankton's two wrestlers throughout the episode.
  • Ditchin': Very nearly drowns in a tar pit but miraculously climbs out of it.
  • The Slumber Party: Attacked by Pearl's friends several times in the episode. While he is morphed into a frozen pizza, Mr. Krabs eats his left eye.
  • Sand Castles in the Sand: He and Patrick are severely injured in the collision of their aircraft after their war of the better sand castle.
  • Greasy Buffoons: Mistaken for a treat and nearly eaten by Patrick at the end.
  • Stuck in the Wringer: He gets stuck in his bathroom wringer and gets injured in the carnival after going to some life-threatening rides and games.
  • Shell Shocked: He knocks all of the shells of Angry Jack's Shell Emporium, breaking them because he would have been stabbed by the shards of the shells, then to pay off the damages of the shells he gives his eyeball and organ and a leg to Angry Jack because his mind won't let him to stop destroying shells.
  • A Pal for Gary: Almost swallowed by Puffy Fluffy, but Gary saves him.
  • SpongeBob's Last Stand: Gets run over by Plankton's steamroller and encased in cement.
  • The Clash of Triton: Gets one of Triton's fingernails stuck in his eye. Then an angry mob chases him and Patrick.
  • Yours, Mine and Mine: He and Patrick nearly dry out from lack of water in the treedome.
  • The Play's the Thing: He and Squidward are brutally rained on by the crowd with many objects, including an anchor.
  • Karate Star: Crushed in the destruction of the Barg'N-Mart after Patrick loses control of his karate spirit. He also almost swallows a bee.
  • The Abrasive Side: He has the Abrasive Side torn off his back, ripping the skin in his back, then his back skin is completely red.
  • Whelk Attack: He and the rest of Bikini Bottomites are eaten by infected whelks.
  • Frozen Face Off: Chased by Mr. Krabs' pet worms, nearly freezes to death, chased by the Abominable Snow Mollusk, frozen in a block of ice, then nearly fried in the giant grease container by Plankton, but rescued by the abominable snow mollusk afterwards.
  • Mermaid Man Begins: His and Patrick's face skins are peeled off.
  • House Sittin' for Sandy: He forgets his helmet and nearly dries up from the lack of water in Sandy's treedome.
  • A SquarePants Family Vacation: Sunk in the sulfur, hit by the playground slide by Patrick, fell of a cliff, and ate poisonous berries.
  • Mooncation: Trips over a moon rock while crater-boarding and his eyeballs came out of their sockets when the rocket crash-landed in Bikini Bottom.
  • Mr. Krabs Takes a Vacation: Crushed by the coin making machine which turned him into coins and blasted twice by Mr. Krabs' tears. The first one is when Mr. Krabs is disappointed when the dollars are shredded and the other is when Pearl spent his two dollars for a new pair of shoes.
  • Bubble Buddy Returns: Electrocuted by Squidward's faulty lampshade, run over by cars, pricked by pins, cut to pieces by scissors, and has a pitchfork embedded in his head.
  • The Way of the Sponge: Injured several times because of his reckless karate skills.
  • InSPONGEiac: In his dream, he gets crushed by the tower of mustard barrels, almost drowns in the mustard by Squidward, gets "eaten" by the giant Patrick, and Sir Cecil throws dust on him.
  • Glove World R.I.P.: He and Patrick are injured numerous times while riding the malfunctioning Glove World! rides.
  • It's a SpongeBob Christmas!: He gets slammed in the head and gets thrown by ToyBob.
  • The Good Krabby Name: He gets attacked by Patrick while in a Krabby Patty costume. Then, he and Patrick get smashed by each other's plane and blimp, get their skins sucked by Pilar, and are thrown by the 99% of the customers towards the end of the episode because they caused trouble with them by using the advertising.
  • Squid Defense: Split in half many times and smashed into pieces one time.
  • Evil Spatula: He and Mr. Krabs are blown up by disulfide.
  • SpongeBob You're Fired: He is attacked by the four restaurant owners, but Squidward comes to save him.
  • Yeti Krabs: He, along with Mr. Krabs and Squidward, almost get eaten by the Yeti Krab.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: The Bikini Bottomities try to crush SpongeBob with a stone bun to end the apocalypse and make a sacrifice to the sandwich gods. However, Mr. Krabs prevents him from getting crushed by the stone bun because he and SpongeBob can smell Krabby Patties.
  • The Sewers of Bikini Bottom: Gets eaten by a giant sewer snake, only to be spit back out.
  • Mermaid Pants: He along with Patrick nearly get deep-fried in cooking oil.
  • Sportz?: He along with Patrick get brutally injured and hurt when Squidward makes up numerous sports in order to get revenge on them for ruining his garden.
  • Teacher's Pests: Gets bonked in the head by a log and nearly suffered a fatal accident.
  • My Leg!: Gets stepped on by Fred, pricked by some sea urchins, caught in a foothold trap, shredded by the wood cutter, burned by hot coals, stung by jellyfish, and gets his leg crushed.
  • Squirrel Jelly: Gets brutally beaten up and burned to a crisp by Sandy's competitive nature.
  • The String: Unraveled by a loose string Patrick finds at the end.
  • FarmerBob: Gets run over and packed by a tractor.

Creation and development

Stephen Hillenburg intended to create a series about an over-optimistic sponge who annoys other characters. Hillenburg compared the concept to Laurel and Hardy and Pee-wee Herman. As he drew the character, he decided that a "squeaky-clean square" fits the concept.

The first concept sketch portrayed the character as wearing a red hat with a green base and a white business shirt with a tie. SpongeBob's look gradually progressed to brown pants that were used in the final design. SpongeBob was designed to be a kid-like character who was goofy and optimistic in a style similar to that made famous by Jerry Lewis.[41]

Originally, the character was to be named "SpongeBoy," but the name was already in use. This was discovered after voice acting for the original seven-minute pilot was recorded in 1997. The Nickelodeon legal department discovered that the name was already in use for a mop product.[42] Upon finding this out, Hillenburg decided that the character's given name still had to contain "Sponge" so viewers would not mistake the character for a "Cheese Man." Hillenburg decided to use the name "SpongeBob." He chose "SquarePants" as a family name as it referred to the character's square shape and it had a "nice ring to it."[43] The "Cheese Man" mistake was used three times, CheeseHead was used as SpongeBob's fake first name in "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" Nancy Suzy Fish refers to SpongeBob as a "talking cheese" in "Band Geeks."

Although SpongeBob's driver's license says his birth date is July 14, 1986, Hillenburg joked that he is 50 in "sponge years." He explained that SpongeBob actually has no specific age, but that he is old enough to be on his own and still be going to boating school. The decision to have SpongeBob attend a boat driving school was made due to a request from Nickelodeon that the character attend a school.[44]

SpongeBob is voiced by veteran voice actor Tom Kenny. Kenny previously worked with Hillenburg on Rocko's Modern Life, and when Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants, he approached Kenny to voice the character.[45] Hillenburg used Kenny's and other actors' personalities to help create the personality of SpongeBob.[42]

The voice of SpongeBob was originally used by Kenny for a background character present in a crowd scene in Rocko's Modern Life. Kenny forgot the voice initially as he created it only for that single use. Hillenburg, however, remembered it when he was coming up with SpongeBob and used a video clip of the episode to remind Kenny of the voice.[42] Kenny says that SpongeBob's high-pitched laugh was specifically aimed at being unique, stating that they wanted an annoying laugh in the tradition of Popeye and Woody Woodpecker.[46]

In SpongeBob SquarePants broadcast in non-English languages, the voice actors dubbing SpongeBob's voice use Tom Kenny's rendition of the character as a starting point, but also add unique elements. For example, the French version has SpongeBob with a slight Daffy Duck-style lisp.[42]


Main article: SquarePants family
SpongeBob has many relatives, most notably his parents, who appear in several episodes. Unlike SpongeBob, who is rectangular, most of SpongeBob's relatives better resemble actual sea sponges, being round in shape and brownish in color.

In "SB-129," a robotic descendant of SpongeBob named SpongeTron is seen, as well as a primitive ancestor. "Ugh" features a caveman version of SpongeBob known as SpongeGar. SpongeGar is distinctly different from the primitive sponge seen in "SB-129," being more evolved and closer to his modern counterpart. "Pest of the West" features SpongeBuck SquarePants; an ancestor who saved Dead Eye Gulch in what is now Bikini Bottom from Dead Eye Plankton in 1882.


For the majority of the series, SpongeBob takes the job of fry cook in the Krusty Krab. Acting like a workaholic, he treats his job seriously and with dignity. Primarily, he works as the janitor and fry cook, but occasionally takes the role of the cashier and manager.[1]

SpongeBob also has been shown to take other jobs, such as mayor of New Kelp City after saving the citizens from The Bubble Poppin' Boys in the episode "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" He created the Pretty Patties and opened his own store for them in "Patty Hype," which was highly successful. Later, the painted food poisoned the many consumers who admired the creation. He also works at Fancy! during the worker switch in "Le Big Switch."
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SpongeBob has a passionate dedication to his job at the Krusty Krab and strongly refuses to let it go. He even views closing time as the saddest part of the day[47] and gleefully embraces the 24-hour business of the restaurant in the episodes "Graveyard Shift" and "Fear of a Krabby Patty."

His passion for his job often leads to stages of depression and boredom when isolated from it, and hinders his willingness to give other occupations a chance. In "Bummer Vacation," he pulls off many desperate attempts to return to his job, and is reminded of the Krusty Krab with every activity he tries to do while on vacation. In "Welcome to the Chum Bucket," he is briefly employed at the Chum Bucket, but fails to do any successful work. In "Model Sponge," SpongeBob seemingly hears he was to be let go, but has mistaken himself as the person to vacate his current life. Throughout his unemployed life during the episode, he tries to apply for many jobs, but is not qualified for them, as he is meant for the fry cook role at the Krusty Krab. His most notable obsession with his job is shown in "SpongeBob You're Fired," in which, after being fired by Mr. Krabs over a nickel, SpongeBob enters a long stage of depression and is not cured until Sandy advises him to find a new job. Taking her advice, SpongeBob applies for as a job as the fry cook at four different restaurants, only to get fired each time for making food in the form of a Krabby Patty.


Throughout the run of SpongeBob SquarePants, the title character has become very popular with both children and adults.

The character's popularity has spread from Nickelodeon's original demographic of two to eleven-year-olds, to teenagers and adults,[48] including college campuses and celebrities such as Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis.[49] indicates that the unadulterated innocence of SpongeBob is what makes the character so appealing.[50] SpongeBob has also become popular with gay men, despite Stephen Hillenburg saying that none of the characters are homosexual. The character draws fans due to his flamboyant lifestyle and tolerant attitude.[51]

The popularity of SpongeBob translated well into sales figures. In 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants dolls sold at a rate of 75,000 per week, which was faster than Tickle Me Elmo dolls were selling at the time.[41] SpongeBob has gained popularity in Japan, specifically with Japanese women. Parent company Viacom purposefully targeted marketing at women in the country as a method of building the SpongeBob SquarePants brand. Skeptics initially doubted that SpongeBob could be popular in Japan as the character's design is very different from already popular designs.

However, not all reception for SpongeBob has been positive. AskMen's Top 10: Irritating '90s Cartoon Characters ranked SpongeBob at number four. The publication said that his well-meaning attitude is "extremely annoying."[52]


An alternate SpongeBob exists in a world where Plankton was successful. Like his mainstream counterpart, he likes his career, likes promotions, and gets sad when he makes an error in someone's order. The most significant difference is that he is made co-cashier by Plankton and is employed by him.

An alternate SpongeBob is mentioned in every short of the series "What if SpongeBob Was Gone?" Without SpongeBob, Gary throws a humongous party that ends in disaster, Patrick in this universe cannot hunt jellyfish properly, Sandy gets injured when playing karate, and the Krusty Krab ends up in ruins. All would say except Gary, that everything is better with SpongeBob.

Other SpongeBobs exist throughout non-TV media (see SpongeBob SquarePants in popular culture).


Patrick Star

SpongeBob's best friend and neighbor

Sandy Cheeks

One of SpongeBob's good friends

Pearl Krabs

One of SpongeBob's good friends

Squidward Tentacles

SpongeBob's neighbor and friend (much to his dismay)

Mr. Krabs

SpongeBob's employer/boss and friend

Sheldon Plankton

The arch-nemesis of SpongeBob's boss, Mr. Krabs

Mrs. Puff

SpongeBob's idolized teacher

Gary the Snail

SpongeBob's pet snail and friend


  • "There it is. The finest eating establishment ever established for eating: The Krusty Krab, home of the Krabby Patty, with a Help Wanted sign on the window. I've waited years for this moment. I'm gonna go in there, march straight up to the manager, look at him straight in the eye, lay it on the line, and - I can't do this!" —"Help Wanted"
  • "Bring it around town. Bring it around town!" —"Bubblestand"
  • "It's all about finger strength, baby!" —"Pressure"
  • "Mr. Krabs! I wanna go to bed!" —"Arrgh!"
  • "The most important meal of the day, servin' it up, Gary's way, pop!" —"Missing Identity"
  • "The Krabby Patty secret formula is the sole property of the Krusty Krab and is only to be discussed in part or in whole with its creator, Mr. Krabs. Duplication of this formula is punishable by law. Restrictions apply. Results may vary." —"Imitation Krabs"
  • "If we're discussing the Secret Formula on the third Wednesday in January and it's not raining outside, after we gargle vanilla pudding, what do we do?" —"Imitation Krabs"
  • "Well, it's no secret that the best thing about a secret is secretly telling someone your secret, thereby secretly adding another secret to their secret collection of secrets. Secretly." —"The Secret Box"
  • "I'm wearing three pairs of underwear right now!" —"The Secret Box"
  • "I have to skip town, start a new life, live under an assumed name! BobPants SpongeSquare! Yeah, that's good. Grow a beard and shave it off, and live happily ever after!" —"The Bully"
  • "Hey, you know, life's like a bucket of wood shavings, except for when the shavings are in a pail, then it's like a pail of wood shavings!" —"The Bully"
  • "The world is your litter box!" —"Dumped"
  • "And you don't even need to use a bowl?" —"Dumped"
  • "Squidward, that wasn't the peace treaty, that was just a copy of the peace treaty." —"Snowball Effect"
  • "It matters not whether one is dirty or clean... for can cleanliness exist without filthiness? And would filthiness exist without cleanliness?" —"The Battle of Bikini Bottom"
  • "If I have to memorize a single order, I think I'm gonna explode!" —"Squilliam Returns"
  • "Airline food. My gosh, what is up with that stuff? Thank you, good night!" —"Walking Small"
  • "Krabby the Clown is in the building!" —"Krabby Land"
  • "How could you, Mr. Krabs? You promised these children Krabby the Clown. But all I saw out there was [sniff] Cheapy the Cheapskate!" —"Krabby Land"
  • "I am now going to assault your mind with subliminal messages!" —"Gary Takes a Bath"
  • "Pearl, I don't think this is the Tunnel of Glove... it's the Tunnel of Evil!" —"Tunnel of Glove"



SpongeBob's glasses

  • On some occasions, SpongeBob wears glasses, such as for protection against jellyfishing or reading. These are similar to those worn by his portrayer, Tom Kenny.
  • In seasons season 1 and season 2, his eyes are larger compared to other seasons.
  • If not counting the French Narrator, SpongeBob was the first character to speak in the series.
  • "Reef Blower" and "Whale Watching" are the only episodes without a speaking role by SpongeBob.
  • In "Help Wanted," it is revealed that SpongeBob's first words were "May I take your order?"
  • SpongeBob has displayed some forms of telepathy. This is usually displayed in form of jokes about how annoying he can be.
    • "Sleepy Time" - SpongeBob affects his friends' dreams.
    • "Dying for Pie" - SpongeBob says "hi" to Mr. Krabs in Squidward's thoughts.
    • "The Great Snail Race" - SpongeBob asks Gary "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Gary thinks about TV, and SpongeBob replies negatively.
    • "Big Pink Loser" - SpongeBob thinks, "At least I'm safe inside my mind." Patrick thinks the same. As a result SpongeBob screams.
    • "Gary Takes a Bath" - SpongeBob assaults Gary's mind with a creepy image.
    • "The Hot Shot" - SpongeBob appears to have read Mrs. Puff's mind asking her what "incorrigible" means and Mrs. Puff said "incorrigible" in her mind.
  • During the talk screens of the DS version of Creature from the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob has green eyes instead of blue.
  • SpongeBob is shown to be weak, but in episodes such as "Can You Spare a Dime?," he shows super strength.
  • On the cover of the SpongeBob's Box of Books box set, SpongeBob's throat is dark purple. In the books, it is maroon.
  • SpongeBob has appeared on a few pictures on
  • SpongeBob wears green pajamas instead of his underwear whenever he has a visitor or is at a sleepover.
  • SpongeBob is a shape-shifter in some episodes.
  • SpongeBob is a mascot of Nickelodeon and Nickelodeon Movies.
  • SpongeBob's regular outfit has two shirt pockets, two back pockets, two front pockets, a pocket in his tie, and another pocket.
  • Most of the time, his pants refer to his entire outfit, including the shirt and tie.
  • In one episode, SpongeBob is given a ten-dollar paycheck on Monday. It is a raise from starting out being paid as nothing then receiving underwear.
  • In "I Was a Teenage Gary," SpongeBob is left-handed, but in later episodes, he is ambidextrous.
  • SpongeBob is said to be right-handed, but in "Neptune's Spatula," he approves that he had two left hands.
  • SpongeBob is considered the most popular and iconic character on Nickelodeon.
  • Beginning in "My Pretty Seahorse" and heavily used in post-season 5 episodes, SpongeBob's nose usually droops down when he is sad, much like Squidward's nose is normally.
  • SpongeBob's head has gotten bigger in each season and his waist has gotten wider. In some early season 2 episodes, such as "Big Pink Loser," he has a narrow waist.
  • SpongeBob's pupil and cornea have gotten larger and more elliptical in each season. Before that, they were just pure circles.
  • SpongeBob's prototype name, "SpongeBoy," is referenced by Mr. Krabs in the episode "Squeaky Boots," with the quote "SpongeBoy, me Bob!"
  • Even though Mr. Krabs is the creator of the Krabby Patty, in "Are You Happy Now?," the narrator says that SpongeBob is the creator.
  • When he goes to the beach, he often wears swimming wear; in earlier episodes, they are blue, but they change to red in later episodes. They were also seen orange once. This is first seen as a cameo in "Clams," but is very noticeable in newer seasons.
  • It is revealed in "Love That Squid" that SpongeBob is allergic to tulips.
  • It is revealed in "You Don't Know Sponge" that SpongeBob's favorite ice cream flavor is plain vanilla, his favorite food is the Krabby Patty, he has an outie bellybutton, and his favorite color is beige.
  • SpongeBob has about 40 holes.[53]
    • Twelve front holes
    • Nine back holes
    • Five holes on his left
    • Five holes on his right
    • Five holes on top
    • Four holes on bottom
  • In "Truth or Square," SpongeBob is revealed to have three moles and a birthmark on his back.

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b "Squid's Day Off." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. November 2, 2000. Television.
  2. ^ "Squilliam Returns." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  3. ^ The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
  4. ^ "Patty Hype." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  5. ^ "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  6. ^ a b "Gullible Pants." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  7. ^ "Jailbreak!." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  8. ^ "Summer Job." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  9. ^ "Chocolate with Nuts." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  10. ^ "Shuffleboarding." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  11. ^ "Party Pooper Pants." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  12. ^ a b "Frankendoodle." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  13. ^ "The Chaperone." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. October 2, 1999. Television.
  14. ^ "Big Pink Loser." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  15. ^ "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. April 8, 2000. Television.
  16. ^ "Krusty Krushers." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  17. ^ a b c "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  18. ^ "MuscleBob BuffPants." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. September 25, 1999. Television.
  19. ^ "Enchanted Tiki Dreams." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  20. ^ "Employee of the Month." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. October 2, 1999. Television.
  21. ^ "Scaredy Pants." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. October 28, 1999. Television.
  22. ^ a b "Karate Choppers." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. December 31, 1999. Television.
  23. ^ "BlackJack." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  24. ^ "The Sponge Who Could Fly." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  25. ^ "Demolition Doofus." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  26. ^ "Bubble Troubles." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  27. ^ "Pet or Pests." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  28. ^ a b c "Dumped." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  29. ^ "A Pal for Gary." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. January 2, 2010. Television.
  30. ^ "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  31. ^ "Help Wanted." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. May 1, 1999. Television.
  32. ^ SpongeBob's driver's license
  33. ^ "Stanley S. SquarePants." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  34. ^ "The Secret Box." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  35. ^ "Karate Island." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  36. ^ "The Other Patty." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  37. ^ "Missing Identity." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  38. ^ "Night Light." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  39. ^ "Rodeo Daze." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
  40. ^ "Can You Spare a Dime?." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
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  42. ^ a b c d You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}.. The People Speak Radio. Retrieved on 2008-11-08.
  43. ^ > (2003-04-01) Makin' Toons: Inside the Most Popular Animated TV Shows and Movies. Allworth Press. Retrieved on 2008-11-08.
  44. ^ Stephen Hillenburg created the undersea world of SpongeBob. Orange County Register (2002-02-12). Retrieved on 2008-11-09.
  45. ^ Orlando, Dana (2003-03-17). SpongeBob: the excitable, absorbent star of Bikini Bottom. St Petersburg Times. Retrieved on 2008-11-08.
  46. ^ SpongeBob's Alter Ego. CBS News (2002-12-30). Retrieved on 2008-11-08.
  47. ^ "Born Again Krabs." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
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  51. ^ BBC Staff (2005-01-20). US right attacks SpongeBob video. BBC News. Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  52. ^ Murphy, Ryan. Top 10: Irritating '90s Cartoon Characters. AskMen. Retrieved on 2008-11-08.
  53. ^ His full body is seen in "All That Glitters."

Main characters
SpongeBob SquarePants Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Patrick Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Squidward Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Mr Krabs Porthole

Mr. Krabs

SpongeBob SquarePants Pearl Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Sandy Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Mrs Puff Porthole

Mrs. Puff

SpongeBob SquarePants Plankton Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Karen Porthole


SpongeBob SquarePants Gary Porthole


Sponges (VE)

Abrasive SpongeBlackJackCaptain Blue SquarePantsClever Visual Metaphor for the Abstract Concept of ThoughtDrifterEmployee of the Month SpongeBobsEnsignGirly TeengirlGrandma SquarePantsGiant SpongeBobGrandpa SquarePantsHarold SquarePantsMargaret SquarePantsPrimitive SpongeRandomLand SpongeBobSherm SquarePantsSnow spongeSpongezillaSpongeBob's grandsonSpongeBob SquarePantsSpongeBob SquarePants clonesSpongeBoySpongeBuck SquarePantsSpongeBob DoppelgangerSpongeGarSpongeTronSpongy SpongyStanley S. SquarePantsTodd SquarePantsSquidBobMini SpongeBobOff Model SpongeBob

Krusty Krab (VE)

Owner: Eugene H. Krabs

Current employees: SpongeBob SquarePantsSquidward Tentacles

Former employees: JimPatrick StarSandy CheeksPearl KrabsSheldon J. PlanktonKaren PlanktonMrs. PuffGary the SnailCarlStanley S. SquarePantsNot SpongeBobIncidental 105SpongeBot SteelPantsSpongeBob SquarePants clonesDoodleBobSquid DoodleLord PoltergeistDonut demon

Variations: 5-Star Krusty KrabKrusty FactoryKrusty Krab MuseumKrabby O'Monday'sKuddly KrabKrusty SpongeKrusty TowersSecret Krusty KrabRusty KrabKrusty PlanktonGranny Plankton's Krabby PattiesBubbly KrabKrusty SlammerTrusty SlabKrusty Bucket

Machines: Krusty Krab grillKrusty Krab freezerKrusty Krab cash registerPatty GadgetTrash chuteKrusty Krab televisionPinch-o-MaticOn-time percentage machine

Food: Krabby PattyCoral bitsDeluxe Krabby PattyEmergency Krabby PattiesKrabby Patty in a CanKrusty Kid's MealPipsqueak PattyKrusty DogKelp friesMonster Krabby PattyKrusty Krab PizzaPattyJelly PattyNasty PattyPretty PattySponge PattySpongy PattiesHash brownsExecutive TreatmentKrabby PâtéKrusty ChumKrabby SoupDouble Triple Bossy DeluxeMustardMayonnaiseSecret PattyRainbowgerAged PattyKing-Size Ultra Krabby SupremeSaladHot saucePicklesMilkshakeDanger PattiesNight PattyGreat pacific garbage patch

Commercials: Krusty Krab commercialKrusty Krab commercial (old)Krusty Kids' Meal Commercial

Vehicles: Patty WagonMobile Krusty Krab

Other: Patty vaultKrusty Krab red alert modeMimeco alarmLost and FoundKrusty KateringKrusty Krab employee hatKrusty Krab advertisingKrusty Krab playsetKrusty Krab Industries Labor AgreementKrusty Krab Rule BookEmployee HandbookPatty PalThe Eugene Krabs Memorial Wishing WellCondiment IslandKrusty PoolKrusty Krab talent showEating contest beltKrusty Krab drive-thruMr. Krabs' secret laboratoryNosferatuEmployee break roomKrabby LandKrabby PlaylandSesame seed jar

Atlantis SquarePantis (VE)

Characters:Lord Royal HighnessAtlantean citizensCaptain of the Sea Ship AtlantisAtlantean RobotsRobot touristsRed AtlanteanNandoAggressive Case of the SnifflesOrange guardBubble SpongeBobVultureDave (cave)GermsNorblock FiveMagenta thugGreen jellyfishGhost jellyfishBlack jellyfishMagma jellyfishDiamond JellyfishSteel JellyfishRoyal Guard Commander

Locations:AtlantisMuseum of AtlantisMuJellyfish FieldsEncinoGasMusic StationNickelodeon Animation StudioBikini Bottom MuseumBikini BottomKelp ForestThe Bubble RoomThe Science Room

Objects:Plankton's tankAtlantean amuletSea Ship AtlantisOldest living bubbleGolden spatulaHooksBubble Collector 2000Frampton Comes AliveSquidward tikiCanned BreadAnchor ArmsJellyfish netSquidward's clarinet

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

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

Miscellaneous: DVDBookVideo gameMobile gameOnline gameSpongeBob'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 Special Collection, Vol. 1The First 100 EpisodesThe Complete Fifth SeasonSeason 5 Volume 2Blitz GamesAltronSpongeBob Z-A CountdownSwapBob SpareFaceHappiness to Go!Best Bikini Bottom Stories Ever!The SpongeBob Super Square Collection

WhoBob WhatPants (VE)
Part of Think Happy - The Year of the Sponge

Characters: The Bubble Poppin' BoysSandy's Robot

Objects: Bubbles

Locations: New Kelp CityN.K.C. Bank

Shorts: What if SpongeBob Was Gone? (Mr. Krabs)What if SpongeBob Was Gone? (Patrick)What if SpongeBob Was Gone? (Gary)What if SpongeBob Was Gone? (Sandy)

Miscellaneous: DVDBookMy Name is CheeseHead bookFor The Love of Bubbles bookOnline gameTheme songBest Bikini Bottom Stories Ever!Happiness to Go!On the Road AgainSpongeBob SquarePants Special Collection, Vol. 2From the Beginning, Pt.1SpongeShortsBig Hits: Volume 1From the Beginning, Pt.2Triple Pack 1Season 5 Volume 2The Complete Fifth SeasonThe First 100 EpisodesThe Best 200 Episodes Ever

SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One (VE)
Part of Think Happy - The Year of the Sponge

Characters: Jack Kahuna LagunaAwesome EddieBig GChipSilent StanTwitchThe Big OneDavy JonesCashy

ObjectsSandy's helicopterDavy Jones' locker

Locations:The Remote IslandKahmamoku CoveSandy's islandDutchman's Triangle

Shorts: Separation AnxietySurfing DreamsSpongeBoard

Miscellaneous: DVDBeach Party Cook-Off video gameJohnny DeppGnarly Rip CurlOn the Road AgainLimited Edition 2 DVD Box SetGoo Lagoon Surfing ShowdownSurf's Up, SpongeBob!SpongeBob SquarePants Special Collection, Vol. 1Orange Collection

SpongeBob's Truth or Square (VE)

Characters and actors: Andy SambergCaptainRicky GervaisPatchy's momCeeLo GreenRosario DawsonEddie DeezenTriumph, the Insult Comic DogLeBron JamesTina FeyWill FerrellRobin WilliamsThe Guy on the PennyP!nkNot SpongeBobWedding officiantLive-action whaleTenderizerPlanktoBotDemento BotSquidBotWee Yellow BotNosferatuSanta Claus

Locations: Krusty KrabKrusty Krab freezerChum BucketSpongeBob's housePatrick's houseSquidward's houseNickelodeon Animation StudioEncino

Songs: A Day Like ThisKrabby Patty JingleRubber Hose RagWe've Got ScurvyOh, Krusty KrabBeautiful DreamerRejected theme songs

Objects: Jellyfish netBubblesBaby jellyfishSandy's iced tea glassMagic Conch shellHeart-shaped acornMopGolden spatulaSnellie's pet carrierSoda drinking hatWooden clarinetMermaid Man's beltAquaphoneKrabby PattyMr. Krabs' first dollarKarate gearVolcano SauceMr. Krabs' first dimeFriendship ringRecipe for a Krabby PattyWalkie-talkieSquidward tiki

Shorts: BalloonsJuice ManTrafficThe Outfit

Miscellaneous: DVDVideo gameOnline gamePC gameThe Great Escape bookGood Times!Screen NoveltiesBurger King toysBikini Bottom Bash DVDThe Next 100 EpisodesThe Best 200 Episodes EverThe Pilot a Mini-Movie and the Square ShortsThe Complete Sixth SeasonSeason 6 Volume 1Triple Pack 1Big Hits: Volume 1The Super Spongy Square GamesAltronList of MTV bumpersSpongeBob's Greatest HitsLaugh the Day Away with Nick

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