SpongeBoy was the original name for SpongeBob SquarePants. The name was created by Stephen Hillenburg, but was changed to 'SpongeBob' after Nickelodeon found out that the name was copyrighted; it was already in use by a mop company.
His appearance was practically the same as SpongeBob's, except he wore a red, blue and green hat. He also had longer and pointier shoes along with the hat. He seemed to have a goofier facial expression in contrast to the modern-day SpongeBob.
- With the name of this character, the original name for the show was going to be "SpongeBoy, Ahoy!"
- SpongeBoy has 13 holes always visible on his head. SpongeBob has seven.
- The series has made references to SpongeBoy's name and image in a few episodes:
- In "Squeaky Boots," Mr. Krabs shouts out "SpongeBoy, me Bob!" when SpongeBob first walks into his office.
- In "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," Plankton says, "Now I just need to figure out what to do about ol' SpongeBoy."
- In "One Trick Sponge," SpongeBob says, "I've been trying to learn this trick since I was a SpongeBoy."
- In "Dream Hoppers," SpongeBoy is visible on a TV in SpongeBob's dream for a split-second.
- In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the image of SpongeBoy is seen in a dedication to Stephen Hillenburg.