Encyclopedia SpongeBobia


Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Not to be confused with SpongeBob SquarePants (character).

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 the Nickelodeon legal department found out that the name might be copyrighted, as it was already in use, possibly by an art themed pencil product. For many years, it was believed that it was a mop.[1] This theory was disproven thanks to the account of various staff members as well as the lack of registered trademarks for a "SpongeBoy Mop" being known to exist.[2] A character named SpongeBoy in Flaming Carrot Comics was also believed to be a reason for the name change.


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. He had more of an abstract style, alongside the others.


  • 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:
SB On The Run Netflix Icon

The image with SpongeBoy.

The SpongeBob Movie Sponge on the Run 276

The original scene.

  • 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.
    • As well as that, on the Netflix icon for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, SpongeBoy can be seen on the picture frame on the picture of SpongeBob crying as the original was a picture of Kamp Koral.
  • The "Spongeboy" mop isn't real and was only rumored to exist. So that means true reason of Spongeboy's rename might be unclear. But the "Spongeboy Mop" that was rumored to exist was actually a pencil.



  1. ^ Cormier, Roger (January 5, 2016). 14 Things You May Not Have Known About 'SpongeBob SquarePants'. Mental Floss. Retrieved on May 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Kid Leaves Stoop (September 7, 2022). The SpongeBoy Mop Doesn't Exist. Retrieved on October 19, 2022.