History Trivia / SpongebobSquarepants

14th Aug '17 10:31:27 PM NWolfman
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* CastingGag: Flats the Flounder is voices by Thomas Wilson, who's known for playing another famous bully, Biff, in the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' films.

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* CastingGag: Flats the Flounder is voices voiced by Thomas Wilson, who's known for playing another famous bully, Biff, The Bully Biff Tannon (who also has a perchance for the word "butt") in the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' films.
12th Aug '17 12:16:55 PM N8han11
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: One of two [[note]]the other being Cartoon Network's ''[[AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo Teen Titans Go!]]'' in 2015[[/note]] poster children for this trope. Still Nickelodeon's top show after 15 years, and they've obviously decided to [[CashCowFranchise milk it for all its worth.]] Today, Nickelodeon's typical schedule (not counting the Creator/NickJr or Creator/NickAtNite blocks) is comprised almost entirely of either ''Spongebob'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''.
* CashCowFranchise: Within its first 10 years, ''Spongebob'' made over 8 BILLION DOLLARS in revenue, and is no doubt still making more. In fact, it's estimated that 60% of the station's annual revenue come from ''Spongebob alone!''

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: One of two [[note]]the other being Cartoon Network's ''[[AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo Teen Titans Go!]]'' in 2015[[/note]] poster children for this trope. Still Nickelodeon's top show after 15 years, and they've obviously decided to [[CashCowFranchise milk it for all its worth.]] Today, Nickelodeon's typical schedule (not counting the Creator/NickJr or Creator/NickAtNite blocks) is comprised almost entirely of either ''Spongebob'' ''[=SpongeBob=]'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''.
* CashCowFranchise: Within its first 10 years, ''Spongebob'' ''[=SpongeBob=]'' made over 8 BILLION DOLLARS in revenue, and is no doubt still making more. In fact, it's estimated that 60% of the station's annual revenue come from ''Spongebob alone!''



** It has saved the show from two series finales. [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie The movie]] was intended to be a GrandFinale for the series, but the possibility was later pushed to the "Spongebob's Last Stand" special. The show was continued since it was very close to dethroning {{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}} as the longest running Nicktoon. It eventually did bypass the series when it aired episode 173.
** [[TVMovie Atlantis SquarePantis]] was originally [[https://twitter.com/_dolza_/status/451187862155710464 meant to be a regular 11-minute episode about Spongebob and Patrick, but the network made them turn it into a 33-minute "movie",]] [[https://twitter.com/_dolza_/status/500143312456536064 which resulted in many of the problems most people have with the film.]]

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** It has saved the show from two series finales. [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie The movie]] was intended to be a GrandFinale for the series, but the possibility was later pushed to the "Spongebob's "[=SpongeBob=]'s Last Stand" special. The show was continued since it was very close to dethroning {{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}} as the longest running Nicktoon. It eventually did bypass the series when it aired episode 173.
** [[TVMovie Atlantis SquarePantis]] was originally [[https://twitter.com/_dolza_/status/451187862155710464 meant to be a regular 11-minute episode about Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, but the network made them turn it into a 33-minute "movie",]] [[https://twitter.com/_dolza_/status/500143312456536064 which resulted in many of the problems most people have with the film.]]



** "Face Freeze" is similar to season 1 episode "Hooky", wherein Spongebob and Patrick are tempted to do something Mr. Krabs told them not to.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Due to issues with certain musicians leaving APM (the company Spongebob gets its stock music cues from) over time, there are several music cues in the older episodes that can't be used in any newer episodes (i.e. Oyster Girls).

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** "Face Freeze" is similar to season 1 episode "Hooky", wherein Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are tempted to do something Mr. Krabs told them not to.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Due to issues with certain musicians leaving APM (the company Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] gets its stock music cues from) over time, there are several music cues in the older episodes that can't be used in any newer episodes (i.e. Oyster Girls).



** In the Swedish dub, there is Squidward with Squilliam and Spongebob with his cousin Stanley.

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** In the Swedish dub, there is Squidward with Squilliam and Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] with his cousin Stanley.



** SpongeBob's spot in the Nicktoons roster was originally meant for another cartoon, one that never happened due to the creator leaving Nickelodeon over office politics. That cartoon? ''Sniz and Fondue'' of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''.

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** SpongeBob's [=SpongeBob=]'s spot in the Nicktoons roster was originally meant for another cartoon, one that never happened due to the creator leaving Nickelodeon over office politics. That cartoon? ''Sniz and Fondue'' of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''.



** Spongebob was originally designed to resemble [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponge#/media/File:Aplysina_archeri_(Stove-pipe_Sponge-pink_variation).jpg an actual sea sponge]], but Stephen Hillenberg couldn't do an appealing caricature of one. He went with a synthetic sink sponge instead to give the character a "[[StealthPun squeaky clean nerd]]" appearance, as well as to imply that he's "a square peg trying to fit into a round hole."

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** Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] was originally designed to resemble [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponge#/media/File:Aplysina_archeri_(Stove-pipe_Sponge-pink_variation).jpg an actual sea sponge]], but Stephen Hillenberg couldn't do an appealing caricature of one. He went with a synthetic sink sponge instead to give the character a "[[StealthPun squeaky clean nerd]]" appearance, as well as to imply that he's "a square peg trying to fit into a round hole."



** Mr. Lawrence auditioned for the role of Spongebob, using the same voice he'd later use for Plankton.

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** Mr. Lawrence auditioned for the role of Spongebob, [=SpongeBob=], using the same voice he'd later use for Plankton.



** The infamous TVMovie "Atlantis Squarepantis" was originally intended to be an 11-minute Spongebob and Patrick episode, [[ExecutiveMeddling until Nickelodeon asked the team to turn it a TV Movie about going to Atlantis, which would explain the rushed quality of the "film".]]
** The original draft of "Something Smells" had Spongebob gaining his rancid breath from onion-flavored ice cream, but the writers decided that having it be self-inflicted was funnier.
** Barnacle Boy was originally a character called "Barnacle Bill", a salty old sailor who's body is a piece of log with his head sticking out, similar to Seamus from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. While he never appears in the show, he's the titular character two-part comic "The Ballad of Barnacle Bill" in the Spongebob comic.

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** The infamous TVMovie "Atlantis Squarepantis" was originally intended to be an 11-minute Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick episode, [[ExecutiveMeddling until Nickelodeon asked the team to turn it a TV Movie about going to Atlantis, which would explain the rushed quality of the "film".]]
** The original draft of "Something Smells" had Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] gaining his rancid breath from onion-flavored ice cream, but the writers decided that having it be self-inflicted was funnier.
** Barnacle Boy was originally a character called "Barnacle Bill", a salty old sailor who's body is a piece of log with his head sticking out, similar to Seamus from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. While he never appears in the show, he's the titular character two-part comic "The Ballad of Barnacle Bill" in the Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] comic.



** Stephen Hillenburg has made it perfectly clear that [=SpongeBob=] [[{{Asexuality}} does not feel sexual attraction]]. He also adds that Spongebob has a chaste crush on Sandy.
** In terms of the series itself WordOfGod also states that in spite of the series continuing to this day, the original team members and the Hillenburg himself say that the first theatrical movie is the end of Spongebob's story.

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** Stephen Hillenburg has made it perfectly clear that [=SpongeBob=] [[{{Asexuality}} does not feel sexual attraction]]. He also adds that Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] has a chaste crush on Sandy.
** In terms of the series itself WordOfGod also states that in spite of the series continuing to this day, the original team members and the Hillenburg himself say that the first theatrical movie is the end of Spongebob's [=SpongeBob=]'s story.



* For Spongebob's voice, Tom Kenny decided to impersonate an angry little person he met once who was [[SirSwearsALot swearing up a storm]] because [[TypeCasting he only gets auditions for Christmas commercials]]. He also added that Nickelodeon does not like him telling that story.
* Nickelodeon [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope owns the rights to Tom Kenny's Spongebob voice]], so he is not allowed to use it for any other role.
* Believe it or not, Spongebob was actually acknowledged by ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' creator Masahiro Sakurai to be a popular request for a new playable fighter. Unfortunately, Sakurai immediately stated Spongebob would never appear in the acclaimed MascotFighter, due to his games released outside Japan and not being originally a video game character.

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* For Spongebob's [=SpongeBob=]'s voice, Tom Kenny decided to impersonate an angry little person he met once who was [[SirSwearsALot swearing up a storm]] because [[TypeCasting he only gets auditions for Christmas commercials]]. He also added that Nickelodeon does not like him telling that story.
* Nickelodeon [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope owns the rights to Tom Kenny's Spongebob SpongeBob voice]], so he is not allowed to use it for any other role.
* Believe it or not, Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] was actually acknowledged by ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' creator Masahiro Sakurai to be a popular request for a new playable fighter. Unfortunately, Sakurai immediately stated Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] would never appear in the acclaimed MascotFighter, due to his games released outside Japan and not being originally a video game character.
11th Aug '17 12:34:07 PM DuelMark
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* Believe it or not, SpongeBob was actually acknowledged by ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' creator Masahiro Sakurai to be a popular request for a new playable fighter. Unfortunately, Sakurai immediately stated SpongeBob would never appear in the acclaimed MascotFighter, due to his games released outside Japan and not being originally a video game character.

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* Believe it or not, SpongeBob Spongebob was actually acknowledged by ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' creator Masahiro Sakurai to be a popular request for a new playable fighter. Unfortunately, Sakurai immediately stated SpongeBob Spongebob would never appear in the acclaimed MascotFighter, due to his games released outside Japan and not being originally a video game character.
11th Aug '17 12:32:24 PM DuelMark
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* Believe it or not, SpongeBob was actually acknowledged by ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' creator Masahiro Sakurai to be a popular request for a new playable fighter. Unfortunately, Sakurai immediately stated SpongeBob would never appear in the acclaimed MascotFighter, due to his games released outside Japan and not being originally a video game character.
5th Aug '17 12:08:14 AM despoa
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!!Other Trivia
22nd Jul '17 5:18:00 PM ElSquibbonator
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: The ''former'' [[note]]Later supplanted by Cartoon Network's ''[[AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo Teen Titans Go!]]'' in 2015[[/note]] poster child for this trope. Still Nickelodeon's top show after 15 years, and they've obviously decided to [[CashCowFranchise milk it for all its worth.]]

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: The ''former'' [[note]]Later supplanted by One of two [[note]]the other being Cartoon Network's ''[[AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo Teen Titans Go!]]'' in 2015[[/note]] poster child children for this trope. Still Nickelodeon's top show after 15 years, and they've obviously decided to [[CashCowFranchise milk it for all its worth.]]]] Today, Nickelodeon's typical schedule (not counting the Creator/NickJr or Creator/NickAtNite blocks) is comprised almost entirely of either ''Spongebob'' or ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''.
20th Jul '17 4:12:05 PM Prinzenick
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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Due to issues with certain musicians leaving APM (the company Spongebob gets its stock music cues from) over time, there are several music cues in the older episodes that can't be used in any newer episodes.

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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Due to issues with certain musicians leaving APM (the company Spongebob gets its stock music cues from) over time, there are several music cues in the older episodes that can't be used in any newer episodes.episodes (i.e. Oyster Girls).
13th Jul '17 10:11:20 AM Prinzenick
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* ShrugOfGod: According to Vincent Waller, even the writers don't know what the Krabby Patty Secret Formula is and consider its details irrelevant to its purpose as a plot device.

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* ShrugOfGod: According to Vincent Waller, even the writers don't know what the Krabby Patty Secret Formula is and consider its details irrelevant to its purpose as a plot device. The only detail Stephen Hillenburg would give about it is that there is no animal protein in the formula.
8th Jul '17 6:05:54 PM Prinzenick
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** There is a rumor that in "I Was A Teenage Gary" that there was a scene that depicted Squidward transforming into a snail. Nick however only supposedly showed it on the original airing.

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** There is a rumor that in "I Was A Teenage Gary" Gary", that there was a scene that depicted Squidward transforming into a snail. Nick however only supposedly showed it on Vincent Waller eventually debunked the original airing.rumor on his Twitter, pointing out that the scene was never even storyboarded.
3rd Jul '17 7:41:41 AM elenaisabel722
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** It was played straight, but later averted with Mr. Krabs' mother. She was originally voiced by writer Paul Tibbit, but she then became voiced by Serena Irwin.


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* DescendedCreator:
** Potty The Parrot was voiced by series creator Stephen Hillenburg in the early episodes. Series producer Paul Tibbit soon took over.
** It was played straight, but later averted with Mr. Krabs' mother. She was originally voiced by writer Paul Tibbit, but she then became voiced by Serena Irwin.


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** Paul Tibbit was the original voice for Mrs. Krabs. Serena Irwin then took on the role.
** Potty was voiced by Stephen Hillenburg before Paul Tibbit took over in season 4.
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