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"The Clash of Triton" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 6. In this episode, King Neptune will not celebrate his birthday until SpongeBob and Patrick find his son, Triton.



The episode begins on King Neptune's 5,000th birthday, his wife, Queen Amphitrite calls the Krusty Krab and sets reservations to celebrate King Neptune's birthday there. Mr. Krabs sets up a crowd of watchers for some extra money after Shubie wanted to watch the royal family eat through the window, and SpongeBob cooks 5,000 Krabby Patties for King Neptune just as he arrives.

However, King Neptune is overly depressed about his son, Triton, when SpongeBob mentions him. Neptune shows everyone a movie that he made about his sad separation with Triton, locking him in a cage in the Island in the Sky until he learns to become a proper god like his father. To ease King Neptune's pain, SpongeBob plans to go to the Island in the Sky and release Triton from his shrunken cage. Unfortunately, the lock on the cage was impossible for SpongeBob to undo. So, he then asks Patrick to unlock it and succeeds.

Triton trapped.

Triton comes out and offers the two a "ride" after turning the cage into a car, which SpongeBob and Patrick accept. But Triton pulls over when they were halfway there and tells SpongeBob and Patrick he does not need them anymore, knocking them out of the car with one whip of his tail. He immediately goes to Bikini Bottom and destroys it to have revenge on his father for locking him up. Then SpongeBob and Patrick return to Bikini Bottom and see the destruction. They both realize this was the reason Triton was locked up. They sneak into the Krusty Krab using the secret entrance, which led to inside the grill. SpongeBob tells Patrick to be very quiet.

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Patrick agrees, but unfortunately throws the top of the grill backward, making a loud clashing noise. The two peek from behind the cashier window and see that Triton has locked up Neptune and all the party goers in a cage. King Neptune apologizes to Triton and begs him to release everybody else and take him instead, but he ignores him. Then SpongeBob and Patrick unlock the cage staying hidden in the grill. Triton, in great dismay, says to his father that he was only kidding and tries to swim away. But an angry Neptune catches him by appearing in front of him. Triton tries to tell him that he did not mean to lock him in a cage, but his father thinks he has gone too far and is about to punish Triton for his actions.

SpongeBob and Patrick being chased by an angry mob of citizens.

Neptune then sees what Triton did to Bikini Bottom and angrily asks him if he was responsible for it. Triton begs Neptune not to send him back to the cage. But Neptune, instead of punishing him, says that he just gave him the best birthday present he has ever received. Triton learned to use his powers at long last, and that was what Neptune wanted all along. Neptune finally accepts Triton for who he is and the two hug with everyone cheering for them. Then, with Amphitrite, they return home. As they leave, Neptune says this was the best birthday he ever had, and it was all because of SpongeBob. SpongeBob was very happy with himself, but everybody hears what he said and begin to form an angry mob. The episode ends with SpongeBob and Patrick running as the angry mob of citizens of Bikini Bottom chase them.

Running gags

  • Whenever Mr. Krabs disappoints Queen Amphitrite, she zaps him.





 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Tagliatelle - Francois Proust [title card]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Hawaiian sting]
  Vault of Secrets - Magnum Opus [opening]
  Classic Soap 14 - Dieter Reith [Neptune watching TV]
  Santa Lucia (a) - Ken Jones, Keith Grant ["Oh, my darling Amphitrite, it is not my age that troubles me so."]
  Ad Lib Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [at the Krusty Krab]
  In a Minor Mood Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs talks to Queen Amphitrite on the phone]
  Funeral March - Colin O'Malley [Krabs zapped]
  The Adventurers - Paddy Kingsland ["Oil up your spatula, boy!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Patrick turns off flashlight]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krusty Krab decorated for Neptune's 5000th birthday]
  Steel Licks 2 - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs babbling]
  Big Show Theme - Robert Sharples [Krabs rolls out the red carpet]
  Its Showtime [#4] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Oh, uh, wait, King Neptune is coming here?"]
  Its Showtime [#7.03] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Could we please, maybe, watch them eat, right here through the window, you know?"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Why in Neptune's name would I let you..."]
  Salty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs charging money to see Neptune eat]
  Gates of Troy - David Farnon [Neptune arrives]
  Pirate's Opus - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [birthday party]
  Goofy Conversation Continued - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Is there a Triton here?"]
  Santa Lucia (a) - Ken Jones, Keith Grant [Neptune cries]
  Circus Maximus - Jean-Pierre Fouquey [film starts]
  Plankton's Ballpark - Nicolas Carr [Triton watching a baseball game]
  Circus Maximus - Jean-Pierre Fouquey ["Never. Now take hold of your trident and practice your smiting, son."]
  Planktons Ballpark Organ 3 - Nicolas Carr [Neptune zaps a field light]
  Mount Olympus - Paddy Kingsland ["What was happening to my own flesh and blood?"]
  Vault of Secrets - Magnum Opus ["How many times do I have to tell you? We are gods!"]
  Self Surf - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [dance music]
  Vault of Secrets - Magnum Opus ["The island in the sky."]
  Cinnecitta Nostalgia - Marc Durst ["No! The one on the other side of the river."]
  Vault of Secrets - Magnum Opus [Neptune locks Triton in a cage]
  Mount Olympus - Paddy Kingsland [film ends]
  Solo Steel 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [everyone asleep]
  New Vibe Hits 2007 - Nicolas Carr [Krabs wakes up]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Okay, who's ready for a piping hot Krabby Patty?"]
  Pua Paoakalani B - Queen Lili'uokalani, Kapono Beamer [Neptune lost his appetite]
  Steel Licks 7 - Jeremy Wakefield ["This is a ripoff!"]
  King of the Giants (c) - John Fox, Otto Sieben ["Why have you not obeyed me, mortal?"]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs zapped again]
  Melodrama [#95] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Oh, no! This is all my fault!"]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["I'll fix all this by reuniting Neptune with his son!"]
  Floating in the Ether - Andrew Barnabas, Paul Arnold [SpongeBob dropped off at the island]
  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [Neptune still crying]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Squidward, you're a man of culture."]
  Another Bell Tree Gliss - Nicolas Carr ["Pizzazz."]
  Its Showtime [#4] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Hold on to your hats and glasses, people!"]
  Squidward's Clarinet Tune - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Solo Steel 2 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob sleeping]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob looks up]
  Flextone Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob pulls the toenail clipping out of his eye]
  Hiding Place - Marc Dall'Anese [SpongeBob finds Triton]
  No Questions Asked B - Gregor F. Narholz ["It just doesn't make any sense."]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'll just slide this square to the right, this one goes up, one other here and ohh wait."]
  Heavy Fight - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob trying to undo the lock]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob screams]
  No Questions Asked - Gregor F. Narholz ["That lock was forged by the gods!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait a minute!"]
  Seaweed 1 - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob calls Patrick]
  Floating in the Ether - Andrew Barnabas, Paul Arnold [Patrick dropped off at the island]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick unlocks the cage]
  Steel Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield ["I just peel the stickers off the squares, put them where they're supposed to go."]
  Tower of Evil - Magnum Opus [Triton escapes]
  World of Fantasy - Gregor F. Narholz [Triton turns the cage into a car]
  Monster Wave WO Sax - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez [Triton driving/Triton throws SpongeBob and Patrick out of the car]
  Nautical Hijinx - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [back at the Krusty Krab]
  Monster Wave WO Sax - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez [Triton crashes through the wall]
  Tower of Evil - Magnum Opus [Triton locks everyone in a cage]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz [town destroyed]
  Command Post 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["The Krusty Krab!"]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["That mail hasn't been picked up today."]
  Secret Agent 00 SquarePants - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Patrick use the secret entrance/SpongeBob and Patrick see Triton eating Krabby Patties]
  Fates [#62] - Gregor F. Narholz ["Please! I'll be ruined!"]
  The Oracle - David Farnon ["Son, hear my words."]
  Drama Link (F) - Hubert Clifford ["He's unstoppable."]
  Secret Service - Syd Dale ["Make ready the disguise!"]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob and Patrick inside the grill]
  Here They Come - Colin O'Malley [Patrick unlocks the cage]
  Vault of Secrets - Magnum Opus ["No, no, please, I never meant to!"]
  No Questions Asked - Gregor F. Narholz ["Son, I have tried all my life to be gentle, but this time you have..."]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [Neptune stops]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney [Neptune sees the destroyed town]
  Fancytale - Gregor F. Narholz [Neptune's proud of Triton]
  Another Bell Tree Gliss - Nicolas Carr [carriage disappears]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [citizens angry at SpongeBob]
  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



The premiere of "The Clash of Triton" drew 2.8 million kids 2-11, 2.0 million kids 6-11, 1.5 million teens 9-14 and 5.2 million total viewers age 2+ for Nickelodeon.[5] SpongeBob.com had its most trafficked week in 2010 with 1.4 million unique visitors, 15.1 million page views, and 5.7 million total game sessions. Additionally, the new Nick Game of the Week based on the special generated 1.2 million game sessions.[6][7]

"The Clash of Triton" received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Steve Earhart called the episode "a hilarious special that runs perfectly with the six other quirky and crazy-funny episodes" during his review of the Triton's Revenge DVD.[8] Shannon Gosney of The Mommy-Files said that "you'll love this special[...]"[9] Nancy Basile of the About.com said, "it was funny enough and endearing enough to make it well worth watching."[10] Ken Tucker of the Entertainment Weekly said "The values of SpongeBob remain intact. The script's rapid-fire gags, the show's wildly bright color palette, and the series' resolute avoidance of heavy-handed messages combine to give Stephen Hillenburg's SpongeBob its adventurous energy." He added, "[SpongeBob] SquarePants just doesn't seem to get old, does it?"[11]

Maxie Zeus of Toonzone was more critical on the special, saying "the plot isn't even well structured, being slack and inefficient about getting from one situation to the next." He added "the whole special is like this: plot points clumsily rolled out to 'motivate' other plot points, which are themselves there only to motivate yet more plot points. But somehow, while they were distracted by all this wheezing machinery, they forgot to put any actual humor in."[12] Paul Mavis of DVD Talk, in a review of Triton's Revenge said: "'The Clash of Triton' spends way too much time on exposition, setting up the short's premise while skimping on what should have been a priority: the jokes."[13]



  • This is the second and last half-hour special of season 6. The first is "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One."
  • According to a post on the official SpongeBob SquarePants Facebook page in 2017, Work Without Your Hands Day, a holiday celebrated in this episode, falls on July 5. This means that this episode takes place on that day.
    • Coincidentally, this episode premiered on that day in 2010.
      • This is one of the few episodes to take place on the same day it premiered.
  • This episode reveals that King Neptune's birthday is on July 5.
    • King Neptune now is 5,011.
  • In the Serbian dub, Mermaid Man's name is Triton, so this episode sparked some confusion.
  • In this episode, the merfolk have four fingers on each hand, but in the other episodes and the movie, they are drawn with five fingers on each hand like all of the other humans on the show.
  • This episode was on Comcast's on demand service before it premiered on television.

Original title card.

  • This episode was originally titled "Neptune's Party," and a title card for "Neptune's Party" was even made before they decided to change it to "The Clash of Triton."[14] The title card can still be seen in Lithuania, Asia, Germany, France, Poland, Scandinavia, Israel, and all of Central and Eastern Europe.
    • In Latin America, the episode is sometimes transmitted with that title, although the original is also used.
  • Incidental 107 can be seen in a business suit, similar to that in "Sand Castles in the Sand." He seems to have a girl voice in this episode when he is cheering for Neptune and Triton.
  • This is the second episode with a title that was later renamed but the title card still labels its former title. The first instance was in "Shanghaied."
  • This is the third episode in which a secret entrance to the Krusty Krab is seen. The first two are "Wormy" and "Born to Be Wild."
  • In "SpongeHenge," Incidental 45 does not believe in King Neptune, but in this episode, she does and is quite fascinated.
  • When Triton locks up King Neptune, he is taller than him.
  • Squidward has always been obsessed and fascinated by King Neptune, but in this episode, he is not.
  • Atlantis from "Neptune's Spatula" is seen once again.
  • The Island in the Sky might be a reference to the Island of Skye in Scotland.
  • This episode has four alternate titles: "Neptune's Party," "Triton's Revenge," "Clash of Triton," and "SpongeBob and The Clash of Triton."
  • There was a marathon for this episode called "SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton."
  • There is no empty seat reserved for Triton before and after SpongeBob spots it.
  • This episode is the first special to have King Neptune, apart from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • There are two shorts based this episode, those being "SpongeGod" and "The Story of King Neptune."
  • When Triton is in the cage, he is much smaller than SpongeBob but when he gets out, he is much bigger.
  • Incidental 8 is seen being hit by a tire even though Triton's car tires are all intact after he crashes into the Krusty Krab.
  • This is King Neptune's third appearance in the series, not counting The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • The animations of SpongeBob in the promo were taken from early 2000s "we'll be back"/"now we're back" adverts.
    • Later promos replace these with animations of SpongeBob from "Truth or Square."
  • This is the only episode in the sixth season to use the Crowd Scream sound effect.
  • SpongeBob suggests to go out for "Triple Gooberry Sundaes," though in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie they are called "Triple Gooberberry Sunrises."
  • The Clash of Triton DVD is titled "Triton's Revenge" instead of its actual title.
  • In the Clash of Triton online game, Triton turns Sandy, Squidward, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs into mythological creatures.
  • This episode first aired in Serbia before USA and it was called "Нептунов Рођендан" ("Neptune's Birthday") and had the title card of "Neptune's Party" but when it aired in the US, the title card was changed to "The Clash of Triton" title card, and it was named "Сукоб око Тритона" ("The Fight Over Triton").
  • In Greek mythology, Neptune's counterpart was Poseidon and Amphitrite is his consort. Triton was his son.
  • This is the first and last episode where the directing team of Casey Alexander and Zeus Cervas were paired with solo-director Aaron Springer.
  • In this episode, there is a reference to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. This is when Patrick mentions a Triple Gooberberry Sunrise, which was eaten by him in the movie.
  • This episode was aired alongside various specials from this cartoon and The Fairly OddParents, leading up to Nickelodeon's original special 100 Things to Do Before High School.[15]
  • This episode is the first episode to be the last of a season and a season special. The only other episode to do so is "Hello Bikini Bottom!"
  • Princess Mindy, Triton's sister, is not seen nor mentioned in this special, due to the firewall between Nickelodeon that prevented designs from the first movie from being used in the show from 2004 to 2015.[16]

Cultural references

  • This episode's title is a parody of Clash of the Titans.
  • The Island in the Sky could be a possible reference to Angel Island from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.


  • There are two scenes where the outline of Triton's eyebrows flicker bright orange for nearly a second. The first time is when he says, "Gosh!" The second time is when he says, "...but up in here..."
  • Neptune said that it had been thousands of years passed since Triton asked how to play baseball, even though didn't exist that long ago, and the players were wearing modern day clothes rather than old fashioned ones. Then again, it is said that Atlantis is an advanced civilization.
  • When Amphitrite was about to close the door of the carriage after Neptune and Triton reunited, the seahorse on her belt vanished.
  • As Triton opens the cage door, two pearls on his bracelet were the same color of his skin.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick approached the Krusty Krab, and SpongeBob pointed at the mail, neither Triton nor anyone else was seen inside.
  • When Triton is waving his hand to wave away SpongeBob's breath, it is a darker green than his skin for about a second.
  • In the third commercial for this episode, after SpongeBob says "Okay, Patrick, that's enough, thank you," the lights are turned off and Patrick says "What?" In the episode, he doesn't do this.
  • When Patrick receives the phone call from SpongeBob, he was holding a potato chip, but when he used his finger to turn off the phone, he is no longer holding it.
    • It is likely that he ate it before hanging up the phone.
  • The audience wasn't in front of the Krusty Krab when Triton drives in.

    An empty audience.

  • Sadie had a higher voice that sounds similar to SpongeBob & the cop had Harold's voice.
  • SpongeBob was seen in a tuxedo halfway across the episode, but there were four scenes where the white sleeve of his regular clothes was seen.
  • When Neptune knocked the beaker out of Triton's hands, part of the outline of Triton's headband is the same color of the outline of his hair.
  • When Neptune opened the door to Triton's room, Triton's skin (between his vest and belt) turned red.
  • When Incidental 45 wants to see King Neptune eat, and Mr. Krabs refuses to let her, but then he gets the idea of charging people to watch King Neptune eat, she isn't there to see him eat, in the line nor the seats.
  • Neptune explains that the shrinking cage only shrinks 7%, but later, Triton is seen in the cage much smaller than SpongeBob, who is much smaller than Neptune; meaning that the shrink percentage changed between Triton's appearances.
  • During the scene where SpongeBob first meets Triton, the lock changes multiple times. There are sometimes were the lock has no art on it, some times where it is mixed up (as it is supposed to be), and even a shot where it is solved.



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