SpongeBoy, also known as "Sponge Boy," was the original name for the character, 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 "Frankendoodle," SpongeBob says, "DoodleBoy, stop!" when he's referring to DoodleBob to stop hurting Squidward.
- 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, an image of SpongeBoy is seen in a dedication to Stephen Hillenburg. Also, in one scene, the Krusty Krab grill has a yellow sticky note with SpongeBoy drawn on it.