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 the opening scene from the 2003 movie Daddy Day Care, Ben Hinton is seen wearing SpongeBob slippers.
  • 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 Seth MacFarlane's 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 2019 netfilx movie Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus During the "Peace is Nice" montage, a child can be seen dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • In 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 Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred, Fred dressed up as SpongeBob for Halloween.
  • In the 2012 drama-mystery film Flight, when Whip is changing the channel, a brief clip of "New Digs" is shown.
  • In the 2010 film The Karate Kid, the SpongeBob intro is briefly played, and clips of "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" were seen.
  • In the 2012 movie This is 40, clips of "No Weenies Allowed" were are seen.
  • In It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Whoopi Goldberg says she's just lucky SpongeBob isn't on.
  • In the 2005 movie War of the Worlds, clips from "The Secret Box" are seen.
  • In the 2010 film Grown Ups, one of the girls mentions talking to SpongeBob while taking on a "cup and string" phone.
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 Supernanny episode, "The Silva Family", a clip from "Good Neighbors" was seen when Jo Frost meets the Silva family.
  • In the 2012 film Piranha 3DD, David Hasselhoff asks a kid if he knows him from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • In the 2013 documentary film I Know That Voice, plush toys of SpongeBob can be seen at Tom Kenny's house.
  • In the movie Are We There Yet?, a character says "We don't have SpongeBob!"
  • In Monster Trucks, the officer was watching a scene of SpongeBob.
  • In Baywatch, the 2017 movie, in a little girl's room, actual purchasable SpongeBob, Patrick and Gary plushes are hanging from a crib, Dwayne Johnson's character later on gets strangled with them still attached to it.
  • In Daddy's Home 2, the kids can be seen watching a scene of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • The movie Odd Squad: World Turned Odd is similar to "Back to the Past."
  • 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 Mimbam. This may have been an unintentional reference to the popular “My Leg” gag.

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