SpongeBob SquarePants is a popular cartoon, and has been referenced in popular culture numerous times. Several of these references are from other Nickelodeon shows.

  • In It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Whoopi Goldberg says she's just lucky SpongeBob isn't on.
  • In the 2002 movie Orange County, Lance is seen watching and laughing at the episode "Help Wanted."
  • Clips from the episode "Jellyfishing" appeared in the 2003 film Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, but the characters' voices were spoken in Mandarin Chinese.
  • In the opening scene from the 2003 movie Daddy Day Care, Ben Hinton is seen wearing SpongeBob slippers.
  • In the 2004 documentary film Super Size Me, a SpongeBob lunchbox was briefly seen. Later in the film, a kid can be seen wearing a SpongeBob T-shirt.
  • In the 2005 movie War of the Worlds, clips from "The Secret Box" are seen.
  • In the 2005 movie Zathura, clips from the episode "Bubblestand" are seen. Also, Danny asks Walter if he can watch SpongeBob SquarePants after he changes the channel from SpongeBob to Sports Center.
  • In the 2005 movie Are We There Yet?, a character says, "We don't have SpongeBob!"
  • In the movie Firewall, SpongeBob can be heard saying the line "Did you ever notice how big squirrels' teeth are?" from this episode in one scene, meaning "Squirrel Jokes" made a cameo in the movie also other SpongeBob clips are heard but they are mostly from "Squirrel Jokes."
  • In the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, clips of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Have You Seen This Snail?" are seen plus the theme song.
  • In the 2007 movie Tamagotchi: The Movie, the way Shingotchi moves while saying "So, Atchi, what activity could I match up with this pose, huh?!" is very similar to the dance SpongeBob does in "Help Wanted".
  • In the 2008 movie Cloverfield, in the television store, before the main character sees the news, clips of "MuscleBob BuffPants" were seen.
  • In the 2008 documentary film Food, Inc., a banner for "Pest of the West" Burger King toys can be seen during the segment "The Dollar Menu".
  • In Tower Heist, during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a SpongeBob float is seen with the theme song playing. A cameo shows a guy in the background selling character balloons, and at the top there is a SpongeBob balloon, with Patrick.
  • In the 2010 film The Karate Kid, after moving in with his mom, Dre turns on the TV, the SpongeBob intro is briefly played, and finds it on the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III." The clip shown was in Chinese, due to the fact that the movie was filmed in China.
  • In the 2010 film Grown Ups, one of the girls mentions talking to SpongeBob while taking on a "cup and string" phone.
  • In the 2011 movie Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred, Fred dressed up as SpongeBob for Halloween.
  • In the 2012 drama-mystery film Flight, when the main character is changing the channel at a hotel room, a brief clip of "New Digs" is shown.
  • In the 2012 movie This is 40, clips of "No Weenies Allowed" are seen.
  • In the 2012 film Piranha 3DD, David Hasselhoff asks a kid if he knows him from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • In the 2012 Seth MacFarlane movie Ted, John and Ted are seen watching the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Procrastination" at the beginning, ironically as John is procrastinating going to work.
  • In the 2012 film Rec 3: Genesis, a person dressed up as a "John Sponge" shows up and explains that he's dressed up like that because of an issue with copyright.
  • In the 2013 documentary film I Know That Voice, plush toys of SpongeBob can be seen at Tom Kenny's house.
  • In the 2015 film Daddy's Home, close to the end of the movie, there is a man who is wearing a Squidward tie and he has a couple of talking lines. Mark Wahlberg's character later on calls him "Squidward Tie" to make the reference even more obvious.
  • In the 2017 Nickelodeon film Monster Trucks, the officer can be seen watching the SpongeBob episode "It Came from Goo Lagoon."
  • In the 2017 movie Baywatch, in a little girl's room, actual purchasable SpongeBob, Patrick and Gary plush toys are hanging from a crib, Dwayne Johnson's character later on gets strangled with them still attached to it.
  • In the 2017 film Daddy's Home 2, the kids can be seen watching a scene of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • In the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War, Tony Stark jokingly calls one of Thanos' minions, Ebony Maw Squidward.
  • In the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story, you can hear a Stormtrooper yell "My Leg!" during a battle on the planet Mimban. This may have been an unintentional reference to the popular "My Leg!" gag.
  • In the 2018 film Instant Family, Lita is seen holding a Spongebob knife.
  • In the 2006 film, "Final Destination 3", Kevin Fisher references SpongeBob when he sees a Spongebob plush toy In a picture featuring Frankie Cheeks.
  • In the 2019 remake of Pet Sematary, Ellie can be seen watching "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" in one scene.
  • In the 2019 Netfilx movie Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, during the "Peace is Nice" montage, a child can be seen dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants.

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