[[caption-width-right:305:[[BodyHorror "It all started... when I was born..."]]]]

''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is one of Nick's best and most hilarious shows since the fall of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. Some people think it's [[SeasonalRot past its prime]], others think [[LighterAndSofter think it's gotten too sweet]] or [[SadistShow too cruel]], but most of them agree that these moments were downright nightmarish.

Remember, this page is for describing general sources of NightmareFuel.

Examples from the movie go [[NightmareFuel/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie HERE]].


* This web video in G Major is quite disturbing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzeK9Ts_7EE
* [[KnightOfCerebus Plankton]], in the early seasons, certainly was terrifying. In a series that began with colorful and humorous people, with good intentions and friendly, he stood out to be a very [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] character (of course, before its VillainDecay after the movie).
** In an episode of the first season, Bob gets to a dream of Plankton, where he is a giant monster, and destroys all Bikini Bottom and presumably ''killing people''. Worse, has a sadistic joy with this dream and nearly crushes Gary, just '''ForTheEvulz'''.
*** [[FridgeHorror Then it gets worse when you realize that this is what Plankton would do if he had the chance.]]
*** In the episode where Spongebob shrinks everyone, he actually does get the chance. [[note]] despite he should have been the "same height" as everyone else, but this is Spongebob we're talking about, where all logic is non-existent. [[/note]]
** The Chum Bucket. When you take into account what chum is actually made of, you start to realize why nobody eats there, [[spoiler:chum is ''ground up fish'' used to attract sharks]].
** One newspaper article ran Plankton out of business: "Plankton's chum made of your chums? The Chum Bucket serves your friends in more ways than one?"
*** Only in RealLife; two [[SeasonalRot post-movie episodes]] have {{Jossed}} this, but eating chum can still result in IAteWhat.
* Surely, he [[MoralEventHorizon reaches the top of its evil]] in TheMovie. '''[[{{Brainwashed}} All hail Plankton]]''', anyone?
** The bucket helmets get even more disturbing when you [[FridgeHorror think about them]]. During the climax, the first fish to get his helmet zapped off yells "I'm free! I've been freed!", thus giving us the implication that these fish were ''[[AndIMustScream awake and conscious while under control]]!''
* Often Mr. Krabs shows a pretty frightening behavior. Sometimes it makes you start to question his mental health, bordering the line that goes from a [[AxCrazy insane psychopath]] who would do anything for money or frighten their employees (this is is evident in episodes like "Clams" and "Wet Painters" ), to a {{Sadist}} who loves to watch the suffering of others ("Nasty Patty", "No Hat for Pat" and "[[DrivenToSuicide One Coarse Meal]]") or just a greedy {{Jerkass}} who is willing to do some pretty cruel things to make money ("Jellyfish Hunter" and "The Cent of Money ")
* Depending on whom you ask memetic faces are either hilarious or horrifying...
* The terrifying-ness of ''[=SpongeBob SquarePants=]'' is lampshaded in ''Series/ThirtyRock'', where after Kenneth gets cable TV for the first time, he remarks "Is ''[=SpongeBob SquarePants=]'' SUPPOSED to be so terrifying?"
* There's plenty of Nightmare Fuel in the movie, such as the [[ThatsNoMoon ice cream vendor monster, and her "cat".]]
** For such a light-hearted series, Dennis (the BountyHunter that chases [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick throughout the film) is a [[VileVillainSaccharineShow surprisingly threatening and vicious villain.]]
*** The diver probably gave more than a few kids nightmares when he showed up.
* Another example is in the video games Battle for Bikini Bottom, and [=SpongeBob=]'s Truth or Square in Rock Bottom. The music there is HORRIFYING. It's also not helped by the fact, that those [[DemonicSpiders Sleepy Robots]] are both REALLY ANNOYING AND IN THE WAY but also VERY HARD TO KILL!! And it will hurt you very easily. Especially with Sandy. Rock Bottom in BFBB is also one of the most complicated places in the game.
** The Kelp Caves. The music is a sluggish, lower version of the regular Kelp Forest music, with added background noises like the noises of cave-dwelling animals. Its combination of eerie setting, disturbing music, and cramped space is disturbing. Not helping is the fact that some get stuck in the cave for literally years before figuring out the solution...the Sleepytime robots are also scary, mainly because of the fact that it makes a loud noise when striking. For some reason, some also find the Monsoon robots scary. Not helping is the fact that one of each can be found in the Kelp Caves...
* A lot of episodes feature [=SpongeBob=]'s brain for some reason, and all of them are extremely creepy. For example: see Plankton, Scaredy Pants, Welcome to the Chum Bucket, Penny Foolish, Bucket Sweet Bucket, and The Inside Job.
* [[GrossUpCloseUp The scarily realistic close-ups of only horrifying things.]]
* Many of the cast, especially SpongeBob, display creepy moments of SanitySlippage.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJm-m8CprKs&feature=relmfu Patrick's laugh here]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X5ApsYq5fQ#t=8m40s This music]]. It combines an [[NightmareFuel atonal]] creepy music box with quiet PsychoStrings, [[UncannyValley an off feeling]], and ends in a ScareChord. It's used to signify insanity. The name of the track would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBQ7JT-HaKc "Unease"]].
* Speaking of creepy unnerving music, there's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuDmzOQFy1A this music]] called Shock, which usually plays when characters go batshit insane especially in Squid's Day Off or Earworm. Both are creepy enough episodes, but this music adds to the creepiness factor.
* ''Squidward's Suicide'', though this is a fan-made episode. Watch the Some Ordinary Gamers video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQh4xlNl1IA here]], if you dare.
** HarsherInHindsight when you consider Squidward acting suicidal in "Are You Happy Now?". It's actually more realistic about suicide; whether it's a TearJerker or NightmareFuel is up to you.
* Some of SpongeBob's faces belong to the Uncanny Valley side. Patrick's, Squidward's, Sandy's, Plankton's and Mr. Krabs' should be in there too.
* The Krusty Krab is a New England Crab Trap, and one day, a human will pull up the crab trap, and kill everybody in it, *including* Mr Krabs!
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UOCmMYINkI This educational short from 2005 called "The Endless Summer"]], which played as part of ''Earth to America''. It's [[DownerEnding mainly the ending]] that's creepy.
* Hell, even the painting from the intro isn't immune from being a scary face. A ''lot'' of little kids are known to be just a bit freaked out by it.

[[folder:Pre-Movie Seasons]]


[[folder: Season 1 ]]

* There's "Tea At The Treedome", which revolves around Spongebob slowly ''dehydrating'' in Sandy's tree dome. The fact that Patrick gets trapped in the treedome towards the end as well doesn't help.
** And all the while, he's convincing Sandy that he's fine, and also kinda giving into Patrick's peer pressure, until he can't stand it anymore.
** Spongebob's [[MadnessMantra Madness Mantra]] of "I don't need it" before he finally snaps, complete with HeartbeatSoundtrack and GrossUpCloseUp of his face.
** Pretty intense when you realize that all that time he's been slowly suffocating to death.
** Sandy discovering [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick dried up is accompanied by a SmashCut to a [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/spongebob/images/4/43/Tea_at_the_Treedome_66.jpg live-action sponge and starfish, respectively]] and a matching ScareChord. It's especially jarring the first time you see it.
* "Squeaky Boots", which is a parody of ''The Telltale Heart.'' Mr. Krabs becomes annoyed by the squeaky sound of these new boots he gave Spongebob, so he steals them and hides them under the floorboard of the Krusty Krab. Back at the Krusty Krab, he has a disturbing hallucination sequence as a result of his guilt, in which he hears the squeaking everywhere and goes mad from it.
** The part where [[spoiler: he shrinks the boots and eats them]] was downright hilarious, so [[NightmareFuel that'll convert to...]]
* Patrick going crazy in "Nature Pants" when he started to miss [=SpongeBob=], who had decided to give up his old life and live among the jellyfish. Especially the scene where he takes a swing at [=SpongeBob=] with a jellyfish net, and as an OminousMusicBoxTune [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DQasmrNP4s is heard in the background]], Patrick tearfully but angrily says "If I can't have you as a friend, I'm gonna make you a ''trophy''!" He then shows [=SpongeBob=] a jar with [=SpongeBob=]'s name on it and tells him "I even picked out this nice jar for you!"
* All the chaos caused by the fish trying to 'do the sponge' in "The Chaperone" was [[CrossesTheLineTwice really funny]], but also kind of disturbing, such as breaking their own legs clean off, getting their bodies and heads swapped with each other, getting chased ([[BigLippedAlligatorMoment for some reason]]) by a giant apple, and just straight up ''dying'' with paramedics catching them on a stretcher!
* In "Scaredy Pants", [=SpongeBob=] wanted to dress as the Flying Dutchman for Halloween, but his square body didn't allow this. Patrick decided to give him a "haircut" for it to fit. It's not until after a botched attempt at a prank that the real Flying Dutchman tells him to take off the sheet, and flies off screaming. The camera then cut to [=SpongeBob=], where it turns out Patrick didn't just cut off his edges, he ''cut him down to his brain''! Everyone else then ran away from them. Patrick doesn't realize why they all ran off at first, but shortly after [=SpongeBob=] explains about his brain, Patrick suddenly runs away too. Despite all this, as was pointed out, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal "Don't worry-- it grows back"]].
* In "I Was A Teenage Gary" [=SpongeBob=] turns into a snail after being injected by snail plasma. Naturally, it was quite a [[PainfulTransformation painful transformation]], and left him unable to talk.
** Oh, he talks all right... by meowing. He even gets a [[StepfordSmiler deliriously happy grin]] and blissfully blank eyes. Basically, it's a human being acting like an animal while still sounding human, and it's [[UncannyValley unsettling]].
-->'''[=SpongeBob:=]''' I take it back, Gary. Something's wrong with meeeeeeeeeow!
** ...and the music that plays shortly afterward is absolutely [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbURXySdK3U& horrifying]]
** Bonus points if you've read ''{{Manga/Uzumaki}}'' before watching the episode.
* In "SB-129", Squidward travels through time and ends up in a blank white void. He remarks to himself that he can finally be alone... which is when the word manifests itself as a colorful caption. Then a series of disembodied voices start saying the word "alone", accompanied by more colorful representations of the word, until Squidward finally snaps and tries to get out.
** What made that scene particularly nightmarish for some wasn't so much the surrealism of garishly-colored words appearing out of nowhere, but the FridgeLogic of being trapped alone, in a ''[[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere blank white void for all eternity]].''
*** There's also a major FridgeHorror factor to that. ''Were those voices coming from other people who had been trapped in the same void?'' Extra FridgeHorror: What if he really is alone?! They may be just projections from the void!
** "SB-129" also has a mega case of FridgeHorror. Squidward is in the freezer for 2000 years, and then he gets sent back to the past, and eventually to his own time. Fair enough, right? But then you realise that there are now two Squidwards: the one that returned to the present, and the other which is still STUCK INSIDE THE KRUSTY KRAB'S FREEZER. Presumably it never gets discovered, hence why Squidward isn't freed for 2000 years, which essentially means that after that episode, there's a frozen replica of Squidward inside the freezer. Just as well none of the customers know that...
*** It kind of gets worse when you realize that in another episode [=SpongeBob=] says he checked every freezer in the Krusty Krab. Considering how stupid [=SpongeBob=] has been lately, it wouldn't be a shock if he saw the frozen Squidward and did nothing about it.
*** There is at least one other episode, "Nasty Patty," where the Krusty Krab freezer is seen again, completely empty. But it's funny, in that episode, they were trying to hide a body in there from the police [[ItMakesSenseInContext (yeah...)]]; but supposedly at least one body was already inside...
* [[MediumShiftGag The]] [[SynchroVox face]] on the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n49Xsff5zms hot sauce drop]] in "Karate Choppers". [[UncannyValley Uuuuugh...]]
-->"By the powers of naughtiness, I command this particular drop of hot sauce to be really, really hot!"
** Becomes NightmareRetardant once you're old enough to realize that the face on the hot sauce drop is none other than Creator/TomKenny himself.
* [=SpongeBob=]'s [[EyeScream eye falling out]] in "[[SickEpisode Suds]]".
** The rather [[NightmareFace horrifying face]] [=SpongeBob=] makes when he's at the Krusty Krab insisting to his boss that he's okay. Benign compared to other examples of this trope in the series, but still rather unsettling.
** The fact that [=SpongeBob=] is so terrified of going to the doctor that he goes to Patrick, who ends up [[AdultFear impersonating a doctor and literally torturing him]].
* The episode where [=SpongeBob=] is trapped overnight in Rock Bottom definitely plays to childhood -- and [[AdultFear adult]] -- fears.
** The [[BodyHorror things]] that come out of the bathroom. What makes it scarier is that all of those beings are based on real animals.
* "Fools in April". After one too many a prank by [=SpongeBob=], Squidward sets him up a prank that [[DudeNotFunny crosses the line]], sending [=SpongeBob=] home crying. But that wasn't it. Earlier in the episode, [=SpongeBob=], as part of one of his pranks, pretends to [[BodyHorror lose his tongue]], which turns out to be a fake. But the part that gets scary is that the tongue is ''alive'', laughing cheerfully and innocently with [=SpongeBob=]. It's [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment never explained]] ''what'' it/he/whatever is exactly, which makes it a bit creepy.
** A lot of that episode went WAY beyond TearJerker, and became disturbing. First of all, Squidward laughing like a freaking SADIST as he pranks [=SpongeBob=], who runs off crying. Squidward's hallucinations caused by his own guilt are REALLY unsettling. Especially when he imagines his mother scolding him. (Which becomes NightmareRetardant when you hear the voice come out of her. "YOU STINK!") And it's the stuff that post-movie seasons are notorious for!
** Oh, and Squidward tries to say sorry, but his face turns into a hideous donkey (or ass) for a few seconds. Then he explodes.
* In "Hooky", while Patrick and [=SpongeBob=] walk towards the hook infested area, Patrick mentions there was a kid who came by earlier, and then cue the [[FridgeHorror scene of a pair of children's shoes lying beside a rock.]]


[[folder: Season 2 ]]

* "Your Shoe's Untied" has a scene where [=SpongeBob=], who doesn't know how to tie his shoes, tries to give Squidward a Krabby Patty. He hallucinates his shoelaces as hideous-looking [[SnakesAreSinister snakes]] who choke him!
* "Squid's Day Off" where [=SpongeBob=] is left in charge of the Krusty Krab while Squidward goes out to do some "errands". After running back and forth Squidward finally barricades himself in his house. "I'm not going to think about you know who, at the who know what, doing I don't care." Cut to [[LaughingMad creepy laugh]] and a [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/spongebob/images/6/65/Squid%27s_Day_Off_29.png psycho-looking Squidward]] with wide bloodshot eyes.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8yKcuyjUJA The music]] that plays in the scene mentioned above. It's very demented, creepy music box music and a kettle drum, ending with a loud psycho strings sting. What's even scarier is that no one had found out what the song was called or where to find it until the spring of 2014!
** He gets progressively MORE psycho-looking until he ends up running back to the Krusty Krab with ''[[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/spongebob/images/6/63/Squid%27s_Day_Off_41.png the most horrifying, off-model expression]]'' ever seen on the show.
** [[NightmareRetardant In the nude, except for some bubbles from his bath cut short.]]
* In the episode "Bubble Buddy", a man asks [=SpongeBob=] to bury him in the sand. He does and then asks Bubble Buddy to dig him out and walks away. The tide comes in and we later see him as an angel/ghost. Talk about FridgeHorror.
** Also, Bubble Buddy is shown to be fully sentient at the end of the episode, after making the fish experience high tide. So he was sentient the whole time and could have helped the fish, but he just ''watched the fish drown''.
*** Well he is still just a bubble, [[FridgeLogic any exerting force of lifting someone would pop him]] so he could only wish for the best
* In "Dying For Pie" when Squidward is doing all of the things [=SpongeBob=] wanted to do with him, there's a part where [=SpongeBob=] is doing surgery on Squidward and poking Squidward's heart ''while Squidward is still conscious''. A few moments later, '''[[HighPressureBlood BLOOD STARTS SQUIRTING OUT]]'''. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar On a kids' show!]]
** The entire premise of that episode is nightmare fuel. The concept of a bomb being hidden in food so there is no way to see it or defuse it? Ugh.
* ''Wormy''. That must've made some kids develop mottephobia.
** Those live-action bug [[GrossUpCloseUp close-ups]] were horrible.
** It's not the horsefly that gets some (yes, that's what it is), but the loud buzzing that drones when it pops up, followed by the ensuing screams that follow.
** Knowledge that real life people fear it make it less IdiotBall-like that the residents of Bikini Bottom think it's a monster.
* In "Survival of the Idiots", the vision of hibernating Sandy is horrifying. And many would fear the inevitable moment when Sandy is going to wake up...
** Sandy's eating sounds when crunching nuts.
** And the second time she wakes up, she ''rips Patrick's scalp off!''
** Also frightening is Sandy's BerserkButton at the end.
** Patrick demonstrates "disturbing" by producing ''a talking face'' from his back and having it proclaim it's "Pat-'''BACK!'''". [=SpongeBob=] {{Lampshade}}s this:
-->'''"Hah, that really is disturbing!"'''
* "Squid on Strike" ends up with [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward having to work for Mr. Krabs "FOREVER". The next scene cuts to them being reduced to skeletons and '''''[[AndIMustScream they are still working]]'''''.
** In an earlier scene, [=SpongeBob=] is stuck to a window. When Squidward tries to pull him away, [[FlayingAlive HE TEARS HIS ENTIRE FACE OFF]] AND [[{{Gorn}} YOU CAN SEE HIS INTERNAL ORGANS]].
* "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" ends with dorky Jellyfish catcher Kevin's scalp ''ripped off and worn as a hat''.
** It gets worse. Said "scalp" is shaped like a crown, and in marine biology, a sea cucumber's crown corresponds to its anus.
* In "Pressure", Sandy gets into an argument with the other main characters about which is better: land animals or sea animals. They taunt her until she tries to prove her superiority by ripping her suit off and taking off her helmet and ''smashing it, [[WalkingSwimsuitScene leaving her wearing a bikini]].'' The scene is frightening because her smashed helmet releases an air bubble which quickly floats away, and you can't help but think, "That was her only air!" The worst part is that her friends laugh at her as she begins drowning, until her lungs shrivel up and break off of her airways ''in an x-ray''. Once she realizes she's about to die, she quickly finds a pickle jar which inexplicably has air in it and sticks her head into it.
** In the same episode, [=SpongeBob=] demonstrates his "sponginess" by budding off several new heads.
* "Shanghaied" features Squidward being thrown by the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Flying Dutchman]] into the "Fly of Despair," an apparently endless abyss filled with terrifying imagery and sounds.
** Look closely at some of the things in the tunnel as Squidward falls. Some of the things (including a skull-snake with wings) are downright horrifying and can only be described as "what is ''that thing?''"...[[NightmareRetardant or "That'd make a good death metal album cover."]]
** It does have an end, actually. Marked by [[NightmareRetardant spaghetti and meatballs within the rift]].
** Not to mention the incredibly dark ending with Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward being turned into fruit running away from the hungry Flying Dutchman. Being trapped in his dimension it would only be a matter of time until they were in fact eaten.
*** There are also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLCKJ8eAfUQ the alternate endings]] you could take a look at. They're even darker than the original ending; basically, what happens is that [[spoiler:Patrick and Squidward both screw up the last wish and lead the trio to getting eaten ''for sure'', not to mention that [[AndIMustScream they're still alive, trapped in the Dutchman's stomach for all eternity.]]]] And with a voting poll being held the day the episode had originally aired, [[FridgeHorror one of these endings could've been made official]] (they weren't, thankfully).
** According to the OtherWiki, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpongeBob_SquarePants_%28season_2%29#Shanghaied_.2F_Gary_Takes_a_Bath the episode]] was banned in Australia and Britain for its dark tone and disturbing scenes. The episode it was paired with ("Gary Takes A Bath") was also banned for the popular "[[ScreamerPrank subliminal messages]]" part (its punchline being a picture of [[CreepyChild a bizarrely-giggling cowgirl]]).
* "Welcome to the Chum Bucket". Plankton has [=SpongeBob=] working for him, and [=SpongeBob=] doesn't want to cook any Krabby Patties for Plankton. So Plankton takes [=SpongeBob=]'s brain and makes a robot version of him. At the end, [=SpongeBob=]'s head is bandaged, and his face is all messed up, implying Plankton didn't put his brain back in right.
** In that same episode [=SpongeBob=] was trying to cook in the Chum Bucket kitchen and opened the oven (or whatever it was) to reveal a mutated burger. The meat part of it actually formed into a hand which it used to pull itself forward in an attempt to get at [=SpongeBob=] all the while muttering something incoherently (and creepily).
* "Frankendoodle". For some, it's not scary at all, but for others, that babbling, raving voice, its violent intentions, and the way it's drawn are deeply disturbing.
** ''[[KillAndReplace "YOU DOODLE! ME SPONGEBOB!"]]''
* The episode "Graveyard Shift" ended with all the scary things being explained rationally. But it turns out the lights had been going on and off because ''the vampire from Film/{{Nosferatu}} had been flipping the light-switch.'' [[RogerRabbitEffect He's not even animated!]]
** The way Squidward and [=SpongeBob=]'s eyelashes reacted to the visitor in that episode was creepy.
** [=SpongeBob=] repeatedly eating his own arms as Squidward tells the tale of the Hash-Slinging Slasher. It's played for comedy, with no real consequences... ''but he was still eating his own arms. Full of skin, bones, blood and who knows what else.''
*** As a sea sponge, his arms only contain the last one.
** [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110611131841/spongebob/images/8/85/Tumblr_kxm7nkGnAo1qaqps8o1_500.jpg Nosferatu's smile at the end]]. Brrrrr.
* This line from "The Secret Box": ''"Or maybe Patrick's a deranged maniac who keeps his victim's severed heads in a box!"'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar How did they get away with that?!]]
* "Band Geeks" has a scene where two members of Squidward's marching band propel themselves into the air and hit a blimp, causing it to explode. This episode aired ''[[TooSoon four days]]'' before 9/11.
* In "Procrastination", [=SpongeBob=] dreams that his house catches on fire as a result of [=SpongeBob=] [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin putting off doing a report]], and it suddenly becomes sentient, using its door for a mouth and port-hole window for an eye, and screams in agony as it burns. There's also the snail clock coming to life and saying in a sinister deep voice "Time's up, [=SpongeBob=]!"
** The moment that got some was when the power goes out in [=SpongeBob=]'s house. He lights a candle and hears someone cooing out his name. He turns around and sees his ''chair has gained a horrific-looking mouth and eyes and is coaxing him to "put his feet up" in a obscenely creepy voice.''
** The candle flame coming to life, saying "Only 799 words to go!", giving an EvilLaugh, and burning the report.
** The cut scene, in which we see a lovely shot of a REAL LIFE violent car crash. *shudder*
* The episode "Jellyfish Hunter", in addition to siccing the nightmarish "[[MemeticMutation Moar Krabs]]" upon us, contains a genuinely disturbing scene in which [=SpongeBob=] is being stalked by a jellyfish, including an infamous "heavy breathing" phone call. It's even worse when No Name, the jellyfish who was stalking [=SpongeBob=], takes him to Mr. Krabs factory where we see the jellyfish [=SpongeBob=] had caught for Mr. Krabs are inside tubes, and being forcibly drained of their jelly like they were oranges. The dried out/dead ones are even put into trash cans.


[[folder: Season 3 ]]

* From the episode "Just One Bite": "Does '''[[GrossUpCloseUp this]]''' look [[MemeticMutation unsure]] to you?!"
** And this:
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': But it's good for you!
--> '''Squidward''': Good for you? That thing is a heart attack on a bun!
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': No, Squidward... I meant, good for your soul...
--> (angelic background and singing)
--> '''Squidward''': Oh, puh-leeze... I have no soul!
--> (hellish background and evil music)
--> '''Demonic Voice''': Bwahahahahahaaa!
--> (Squidward's eyes widen, music stops short and he walks away)
** The creepily insane look on Squidward's face after he eats the patty he buried underground and runs back to the Krusty Krab.
** The deleted scene is also frankly disturbing. See, Squidward first checks if the Krusty Krab has security measures for the Patty Vault. He realizes that it's just a bucket of water placed on top of the door. He laughs about it, opens the door, and the bucket spills over the floor. He steps on the puddle and comments that it's too easy. He then sniffs the liquid and realizes that the 'water' is really ''gas''. A robotic arm then appears and drops a lit match into the gas, resulting in a huge explosion. Squidward then opens the kitchen door, setting off another burglar alarm. The kitchen bursts into flames for a few seconds. At least they didn't show that scene since the premiere, since it was removed following [[TooSoon 9/11]].
* "Nasty Patty". [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs believe the health inspector at the Krusty Krab to be a phony who's faking it for free food, so they serve him the a disgusting, moldy Krabby Patty which apparently kills him. The rest of the episode is creepily monochromatic, and about them hiding the battered body from the police.
** The health inspector choking on a fly and [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs begin laughing at his expense, thinking he ate the Nasty Patty. FunnyMoment, right? Wrong. He was choking to death and [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs were (possibly) watching him die and laughing at him.
* The fourth Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episode takes BodyHorror to a new level; when trying to reverse the ray, [=SpongeBob=] puts Squidward through an increasingly painful series of agonizing morphs -- catching fire, being cut in half by scissors, having no skin... the worst transformations happened offscreen, [[TakeOurWordForIt with hideous gurgling sound effects that left the true horror to the viewer's imagination]], which only made it ''worse''.
** Even more startling is when you realize that these were on Mermaid Man's belt!
** And then there's the part where the shrunken citizens attack [=SpongeBob=] ''[[BodyHorror from the inside]]''. Squidward even saws a vein!
* "Doing Time", which Ms. Puff is blamed for [=SpongeBob=]'s inept driving and winds up in jail, which to her is a respite from the hell of her normal life. [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, failing to understand, repeatedly try to rescue her, but instead make the guards think she's insane and throw her in an isolation cell. In the cell, she goes insane for real and starts hallucinating that the padded walls are made of sponge, and that each has [=SpongeBob=]'s laughing face on it. Then she starts hallucinating the beginning of the episode over and over, each time a little different and a little weirder. The episode ends with her giving up on deciding what's real and what's not and resigning herself to insanity. Good thing for NegativeContinuity.
** It is actually implied that the entire jail episode was just a hallucination Mrs. Puff had ''while still falling off the cliff,'' which makes it all the more disturbing. After the solitary confinement scene and Mrs. Puff is shown falling off the cliff again, she has two more hallucinations, and the episode ends with her still falling off the cliff, her fate left ambiguous. Ten times more disturbing in that context. Good thing for {{Negative Continuity}} indeed.
** What leads to Mrs. Puff getting tossed into an isolation cell. [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick reveal to Mrs. Puff that they're disguised as prison guards and Mrs. Puff begins freaking out and the two walk away. Then the real guards come, but Mrs. Puff believes them to be "[=SpongeBob=] and that guy who likes the chili" and [[TearOffYourFace rips off their faces]].
* "Can You Spare a Dime?":
--> "We're like brothers-- ''[[ConjoinedTwins only closer]].''" Oh God. You can see the clip [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlAW58yURDc here]].
* "No Weenies Allowed". A tough-looking fish describes how tough you have to be to get in:
-->'''Fish:''' You need to have muscles. (flexes) You need to have muscles ''on'' your muscles. (flexes again) You need to have muscles on your ''eyeballs!'' (''[[EyeScream HIS EYES FLEX]]'')
** At least there's NightmareRetardant if you remember [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic "Did you stretch your eyeball muscles to warm up?"]]
** Not to mention Sandy tearing off the guy's tattoo. Not in the cartoony sense where the tattoo itself would come off like a sticker. She literally tore his skin off.
* The "appetizer" Mr. Krabs serves as food in "Squilliam Returns". Squidward, and later everyone else, was freaked out by it. [[IAteWhat Who'd eat something with fly wings on it?!]]
** The face Squidward makes when he says "T-t-t-tonight?", while hilarious, can be freaky to some.
* There was a scene in the episode "Wet Painters" where [=SpongeBob=] sees a microscopic drop of paint on Mr. Krabs' first dollar and his ''[[EyeScream eyes crack open, causing his irises to ooze out]]''.
* The scene in "Krab Borg" where Mr. Krabs accidentally gets salt in his eyes is rather disturbing. His red eyes and him screaming in pain.
* The [[BodyHorror "young" lady's mother]] in [[MemeticMutation "Chocolate with Nuts"]]. Looking like a mummified corpse with no hair or eyes, and she was literally just a head with a spine! It was ''supposed'' to be funny, but it was a little jarring... A bit of NightmareRetardant is provided when she says she hated chocolate.
** Tom the "Chocolate Maniac", his loud, psychotic screams of "CHOCOLATE!!! CHOCOLATE!!!" are more than a little unnerving.
** The story that the con artist comes up with while he's in the full body cast is both [[NightmareFuel terrifying]] and [[TearJerker heartbreaking]].
-->"I was born with glass bones and paper skin. Every morning I break my legs, and every afternoon I break my arms. [[AndIMustScream At night, I lie awake in agony until my heart attacks put me to sleep.]]"
** With that said, the story largely CrossesTheLineTwice into being hilarious, due to his description of his condition and suffering being so [[OscarBait ludicrously over-the-top]] [[{{Narm}} it's hard to take it seriously]].
* "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V", the episode where Barnacle Boy [[FaceHeelTurn becomes evil]] and forms a league of supervillains after feeling under-appreciated. To stop the league of supervillains, Mermaid Man loans the costumes of retired superheroes to [=SpongeBob=], Sandy, Patrick, and Squidward. Each costume gives them the superpowers of the hero that wore it. During the fight with Barnacle Boy and the other villains, everyone's superpower backfires in horrible ways (Squidward, as Captain Magma, thanks to a mis-aimed water-ball shot by Mermaid Man, ending up burning him to cinders, and [=SpongeBob=], as The Quickster, getting caught running in a circle with his super speed and DISINTEGRATING are two of the most jarring). In the end [[spoiler: it is revealed that everyone is still alive, albeit injured]].
* In "Clams" after Mr. Krabs loses his millionth dollar we see him slowly go [[SanitySlippage completely insane]]. The cut back to Mr. Krabs, who begins [[LaughingMad giggling maniacally]] [[{{EyeScream}} and tears his two eyes out, using them as a jumprope]] is genuinely disturbing and shows Mr. Krabs's true colors as a greedy boss.
* "The Great Snail Race" has two moments that qualify for this trope. First, the part where [=SpongeBob=] [[HeroicRROD overworks]] Gary, causing the latter's shell and [[EyeScream eye stalks]] to [[BodyHorror burst]] in the middle of the race. Then there's the part where Gary crashes in a giant fireball against a wall of tires.
** Or the part where the crowd ''cheers'' after Gary explodes against the wall? Sure, it's a parody of people [[JustHereForGodzilla who only watch NASCAR to see the drivers crash]], but most NASCAR crashes don't end in giant fireballs, and [[YouBastard the ones that do...aren't to be cheered]].
* The live-action gorilla, emerging from his animated Patrick suit in ''I Had An Accident''.
* The scene in the tattletale strangler episode, [=SpongeBob=] gets ''really'' pointy cleats to jump on the Strangler's shoulders to go to a window, but misses and lands into the strangler's [[EyeScream eyes]].
** "Get your feet out of my eye sockets!" "I'm trying, but [[ToThePain my cleats are stuck in your]] ''[[ToThePain corneas!]]''"
* In "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" a sentient worm emerges from an apple proclaiming "greetings from Apple World!" only to be promptly fed alive to the baby scallop.
* "The Bully" features Flatts the Flounder transferring into boating school and threatening to bully [=SpongeBob=]. The RunningGag of "I'm gonna kick your butt!" aside, he constantly stalks and harangues [=SpongeBob=] at every turn, reminding him of what eventually awaits him. To make matters worse, when [=SpongeBob=] tries to tell Mrs. Puff about Flatts's threatening remarks, [[AdultsAreUseless she doesn't buy it, and falls for Flatts's lie of "I'm gonna kick your butt!" being a regional gesture of friendship]]. He spends the whole episode fearing for the eventual beatdown from Flatts. Perhaps worst of all, at the end of the episode [[spoiler:when Flatts delivers said "butt kicking", only for [=SpongeBob=] to be immune to the bully's punches and Flatts to wear himself out and collapse, Mrs. Puff sees the result and believes that [=SpongeBob=] beat up Flatts rather than the other way around!]] Obviously, the episode is meant to be funny, but Flatts's continuous psychological torment of [=SpongeBob=] and Mrs. Puff's misguided siding with the bully can hit too close to home for victims of real-life school bullying, something that ''can'' and ''will'' scar the victim for life if it's not dealt with accordingly.
** Fridge Horror sets in when you consider that Mrs. Puff could have known exactly what Flatts was going to do to Spongebob but purposely ignored it due to her hatred of [=SpongeBob=]. In other words, Flatts ''wasn't the only bully in this episode.''
* Believe it or not, the "cheap walk cycles" FakeOutOpening in "The Sponge Who Could Fly" actually creeped out some younger audiences. This is mostly because [=SpongeBob=] acted really, ''really'' strange where he goes from being happy, to being goofy, to acting paranoid about being followed, to explosive shock, over and over again without any explanation whatsoever. Sure, the scene is just for laughs, but even for this series and for that time (it was aired in 2003, before the movie), the comedy in this scene is so bizarre that young audiences can't help but feel creeped out by it.

[[folder:Post-Movie Seasons]]
Recent [=SpongeBob=] episodes are very violent with characters getting skinned, melting flesh, and getting ripped in half. They also make use of the UncannyValley trope. Maybe the creators have been "researching" this site.


[[folder: Season 4 ]]

* "Fear of a Krabby Patty." [=SpongeBob=] hallucinating? Check. Uncanny, giant talking Krabby Patty that speaks only in horrifying gurgles? Check. [=SpongeBob=] terrified? Check. Disturbing allusions to real life psychiatric practices involving convincing patients they are sick just to squeeze more money out of them? Check. CHECK. CHECK!
* The "Where's Gary?" episode. Seeing those empty shells in grandma's closet. . .
** All those [[SpidersAreScary spiders]] [[SpiderSwarm crawling]] out of that damn crumb. Arachnophobics beware!
** Gary's stomach ''[[BodyHorror growing a face and moaning!]]''
** The granny. ''Sweet Mother of God, the granny.'' "Grandma knows just how hungry you are, Miss Tuffsie."
*** "[[BigWordShout RUUUNNNNN!]]"
* Carl from "Selling Out" is rather creepy, especially considering how happy he is during his every line.
---> '''Mr. Krabs''': ''(after witnessing Squidward as a StepfordSmiler)'' What have you done to the real Squidward?\\
'''Carl''': The less you know, Eugene, the better.
* "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture". When [=SpongeBob=] was shooting the movie, after a scene (specifically, Pearl falling off the cliff) destroys the whole set, [=SpongeBob=] is disappointed but still relieved that they got the footage. Patrick agrees, but then [=SpongeBob=] notices something blocking the lens. Patrick [[TooDumbToLive then reveals that it's a lens cap, and that he put it on right before they started filming]], [[ShaggyDogStory therefore rendering the whole movie useless]]. [=SpongeBob=] then goes insane by ''breaking off a big chunk of the pavement '''and slurping the worms under it!!''''' Even the characters were shocked. Granted, [[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better]], but still...
** People in Bikini Bottom keep worms as pets, and the worms even act like dogs. Think about it...
** "And they're using...[[SynchroVox actors]]."
** Let's not forget Squidward doing...*ahem*...[[BodyHorror "make-up"]] for [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/spongebob/images/d/dc/Mermaid_Man_%26_Barnacle_Boy_VI_The_Motion_Picture_082.png/revision/latest?cb=20140831115354 Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy]].
* The episode "[=SquidBob TentaclePants=]" features Squidward and [=SpongeBob=] becoming [[TwoBeingsOneBody biologically fused]] due to one of Sandy's inventions. It's not so bad at first, but once everything seems to be resolved, Squidward wanted to be fused again, just so he could be a star... It ends with all the characters becoming trapped in an ''Manga/{{Akira}}''-esque ''[[GrotesqueGallery hideous flesh-colored blob with random moaning heads sticking out of it]].'' It's probably one of the most crowning NightmareFuel moments in the show: in fact, it was so bad that some countries removed the scene ''entirely'', thus leaving the episode with NoEnding.
** Also the [[SarcasmMode proud]] [[CaptainObvious chosen representation image of this page]].
** You know what's worse? '''There is an eyeball.''' A huge one, too! ''[[NothingIsScarier Who did it]] [[{{FridgeHorror}} belong to]]?''
* "Ghost Host", in which the Flying Dutchman's ship breaks down, forcing him to take up residence in [=SpongeBob=]'s pineapple. The Dutchman tried several mildly scary things in order to disturb [=SpongeBob=], and, towards the climax of the episode, appeared as a huge snake with a huge, grotesque baby's head, which melted, turning into an effigy of [=SpongeBob=], whose eyes elongated into hideous wiggling white worms and squiggled onto the floor while spiders crawled out of his eye sockets and mouth. Also among his forms are a clown's head on the same worm-like creature, and a giant, disturbingly realistic (for this show) insect. [=SpongeBob=] was terrified. It was intended to be a parody of an over-the-top horror movie, but managed to be incredibly horrifying.
** In all fairness, the point is that the Dutchman has been in [=SpongeBob=]'s house so long by that point, and pulling so many scary stunts each day, that [=SpongeBob=] has become immune to and bias about them.
*** While the momentary appearance on the creature of a Waldo "Bob" Dobbs head was just downright odd...
** The Flying Dutchman also did the same thing to scare Squidward in the end because Squidward didn't believe in ghosts. He also manifested himself as a vision of Squid's mother moaning "''Why haven't you called meeeee?''" and then ''melting''.
** At one part, [=SpongeBob=] opens a fridge and a ''huge monster head suddenly pops out and screams.''
* In "All That Glitters", [=SpongeBob=] breaks his spatula in the beginning when trying to lift a massive glob of patty meat. As [=SpongeBob=] is screaming in terror, we get a lovely shot of the half of the spatula's body squirming around in pain under the meat, the Spatula supposedly 'dying'.
** FridgeHorror kicks in with other times his spatula was damaged if you believe that the spatula has always been sentient.
* In the episode "Once Bitten", Gary gets "Mad Snail Disease" and goes on a biting spree, turning everyone into [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]]. Some "survivors" are barricaded in the Krusty Krab, and when [=SpongeBob=] arrives (followed by a horde of zombies), the survivors refuse to let him in (although he manages to anyway). But [[spoiler: Gary appears out of nowhere and [=SpongeBob=] protects him when the survivors decide to kill him "for his own good."]] However, [[spoiler: there was no disease in the first place, and Gary was acting strangely because of a "splinter" stuck in him]].
* In one scene in the episode "Bummer Vacation", [=SpongeBob=]'s sitting in Patrick's house after being forced by Mr. Krabs to take a vacation and hiring Patrick as his temporary replacement. When Patrick finds him, [=SpongeBob=] looks (and acts) [[CallBack completely]] [[SanitySlippage insane]]! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhRbmk_Ub0g Look!]]
** "'''I'VE BEEN ''' '''''WAITING''''' '''FOR YOU, PATRICK'''."
*** Then, in the next scene, it's implied that ''[=SpongeBob=] killed Patrick and is wearing his skin.'' He's not, but [[FridgeHorror just the thought]] that [=SpongeBob=] would prioritize his job over his best friend in the creepiest way imaginable...
* The entirety of the episode where [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick [[FantasticVoyagePlot go inside Squidward to get his clarinet reed out of his throat]]. During which they are ''[[{{AndIMustScream}} screwing around with his bodily functions]]'' and at the end they end up GROWING inside of him...submarine and all.
** At the end of the episode, Patrick uses the submarine's toilet INSIDE SQUIDWARD. [[ToiletHumor Funny]], [[{{FridgeHorror}} but then you realize that's gotta go somewhere...]]
** The scene where they went into Squidward's brain! They messed around with his brain and made him spaz out against his will. One [=YouTube=] commenter actually said this episode made her paranoid that her brain hurt due to someone being in it. However, the brain cannot feel pain, so she'd be fine, but still, this episode can cause ParanoiaFuel!
* The end of "Wishing You Well". [[MediumShiftGag Yeah...]]
* In one episode, Patrick has given [=SpongeBob=] his prized possession: a house sized collection of gum that he's had for years, which apparently has all sorts of stuff like pizza, clothing and OTHER PEOPLE (they were living in it though). A good moment is when a pair of underpants comes out of the wad and it ''crawls'' to [=SpongeBob=] until it reaches his face. Then it ''FUCKING TALKS TO HIM!!!''.
--> '''Underpants''': YOU'RE... NOT... PATRICK...!!
** Gummy is an EldritchAbomination made out of gum and junk.
---> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': (to Sandy in a weak voice) The more you touch it, the angrier it gets.
** There is some NightmareRetardant, though, if you remember [[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy one thing]]...
* "Rule of Dumb" has "King Patrick's" VillainousBreakdown. Perhaps the most disturbing part of this episode is that Patrick's IQ seems to go up with his evilness.
-->'''Patrick''': My loyal subjects have deserted me! And it's all because of that ''horrible'' Squidward! This is all his fault! His, his! [[NeverMyFault Not mine! HIS!]] (''[[SanitySlippage a spring seems to pop out of Patrick's head]]'')
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Patrick, what's happened to you?
-->'''Patrick''': I don't know what you mean.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Um...(chuckles nervously) You know, actually, Mr. Krabs is probably wondering where I am, and---
-->'''Patrick''': (''threateningly'') "And" ''what''?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': (''meekly'') And...well, it's...just that...um...you're kinda bein' a...jerk.
-->'''Patrick''': Heheh...I thought you were going to say I was abusing my power...
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': ''(Nervous laughter)'' Well, I---
-->''[=SpongeBob=] shrinks and high-tails it while Patrick is screaming''
** The entire TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack scene. Patrick looks like s monster!
* In "New Leaf", when Mr. Krabs tells [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward to keep their eyes peeled for any tricks Plankton's playing, [=SpongeBob=] takes Mr. Krabs [[LiteralMinded literally]] and ''[[EyeScream peels his eyes.]]''
** This is followed by Mr. Krabs saying "[[LampshadeHanging Now there's an employee who follows orders!]]"


[[folder: Season 5 ]]

* "Money Talks". Mr. Krabs wishes he could talk to money, so the Flying Dutchman grants him that ability. However, the money wants to be spent, and Mr. Krabs, having a MoneyFetish, refuses to do so. During the night, the money moan, "''Speeeeeennnnnnd uuuuuuuuusssss...''" in the creepiest tone possible.
** Forgot to mention the fact that Mr. Krabs sold his soul for that to happen. Then it turns out he had already sold his soul to at least 20 other demonic entities, and Spongebob to weasel out of a paycheck. What the hell is wrong with you, Mr. Krabs?!
* "The Ick". It's a virus that causes green ooze to grow all over the victim's body. It's contagious on both touch and ingestion. Somehow, Squidward doesn't realize he's scratching a Ick-y spot, and a restaurant full of diners don't notice they're eating it. The only other known symptom is itchiness, but you have to wonder why Krabs called the SWAT team. And why they called the HAZMAT squad.
** Ich is a real fish disease. The best way to explain it is that it's the equivalent of a flea to dogs and cats. It reproduces like crazy and feeds on blood and dead skin cells. However, it doesn't manifest itself as green fuzz, rather, it looks like somebody sprinkled salt on the fish.
*** It becomes more disturbing if you've ever dealt with Ich in aquarium fish. Ich is extremely contagious among fish because it has a fast breeding cycle and the fact that once the parasite encysts, it can stick to just about anything in the tank. If someone doesn't treat Ich, it's 100% fatal among fish.
** May be more NauseaFuel, but there's the GREEN PUS that was SPEWING from [=SpongeBob=]!
* In "To Love a Patty", [=SpongeBob=] destroys a bunch of scallops trying to eat the Krabby Patty he falls in love with. This includes smashing them into pieces and RIPPING ONE IN HALF. This is pretty disturbing on its own, but couple in the fact that they spent an episode raising a baby scallop and it's just doubled.
** [[http://sharetv.org/images/guide/357676.jpg How "pretty" Patty looks]] when she's not eaten for a while. It also counts as Nausea Fuel when he eats it.
* "A Flea in Her Dome": In this episode Sandy brings a flea back from Texas. There's only one flea at first, but then it multiplies... and multiplies... until there's a huge WAVE of fleas inside the tree dome.
** The worst part was seeing the details of the flea. And [[Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus the screech]]...''sweet mother of God,'' the screech.
* The episode where Plankton brainwashes Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy into hating the Krusty Krab. At one point, Plankton does what he did in his debut appearance and goes INSIDE OF MERMAID MAN'S HEAD THROUGH HIS EAR, STOPPING BEHIND HIS EYE!
* ''"Eat... or be eaten..."''
** [=SpongeBob=]'s crazed look as his sanity slips.
* In one episode, [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick unearth a submarine apparently buried in [=SpongeBob=]'s yard. Upon entering, [=SpongeBob=] shoves aside a ''human skeleton'' to flip the engine switch.
* The demented shot of [=SpongeBob's=] face from "[=WhoBob WhatPants=]", quite possibly the most terrifying thing to have ever come out of the show, arguably more scary than the "Moar Krabs" and "Sure Squidward" faces. If you're truly feeling brave enough, [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131026191205/spongebob/images/c/cb/Ugliest_spongebob.jpg here's the image.]]
--> ''Is there something wrong with me?''
** At one point this was the main image for this page, but too many people were getting freaked out by it, so we replaced it with what you see now.
* "Spongehenge". Most of that episode is pretty funny, but the ending -- where a bearded, crazed [=SpongeBob=] heads back to the Krusty Krab only to find it a derelict ruin, evoking the finales of both ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' and the original ending of ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' -- is unsettling: And the final shot of the far-future alien tourists examining the now-abandoned, eerily-piping huge stone [=SpongeBob=]s even more so. It was all somehow reminiscent of the ending of the original ''Film/TheWickerMan''...
** A somewhat not-so-scary example, but the sun and moon with ''live-action faces''.
-->'''Moon:''' My shift's over.
-->'''Sun:''' Time for work, [=SpongeBob=].
** In the final seconds, we close in on one of the happily-smiling, piping [=SpongeBob=]s, and we hear - over it - SpongeBob's usual merry laughter. But it now sounds [[LaughingMad completely crazed]]. Is the implication that a now-maddened-with-loneliness [=SquarePants=] has retreated to a recluse's existence inside it?
** The echo that [=SpongeBob=]'s BigNO created!
* In "Two Faces of Squidward", an incident causes Squidward to become handsome, however, when [=SpongeBob=] tries making him look back to normal in the end, but it makes him more handsome. [[UncannyValley WHAT IS THAT THING!?]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7bcPCkfZwc A fan looped the clip with Mega Man music. This is what he looks like.]]


[[folder: Season 6 ]]

* The episode "Penny Foolish" where Krabs grows obsessed with getting a penny that he saw [=SpongeBob=] pick up. At one point, he picks up [=SpongeBob=] and shakes him down...KNOCKING HIS BRAIN OUT! [=SpongeBob=] acts normal even with it off, but to add even more creepiness, the brain GROWS LEGS AND SCURRIES AROUND LIKE A BUG! It even crawls over Squidward, who doesn't even react! And to make things even more sickening, the brain squirts juice (looking like water) at Krabs!
* "Not Normal". Horrifying. Squidward gives [=SpongeBob=] a tape on "How To Be Normal". He gets "normal" and looks creepy and says things like "Wonderful weather we're having" in a very disturbing voice... and then Squidward turns "normal" too, and it's FRIGHTENING.
** Lampshaded in that the sight of "normal" Squidward scares [=SpongeBob=] back to normal.
** Earlier in the episode, SpongeBob tries to return to his old self by clenching. He clenches so hard, his eyes pop out, complete with very realistic stalks. His eyes have popped out before, but those gags were usually done in a cartoonish manner.
* The episode "Gone" where [=SpongeBob=] is the only person in Bikini Bottom and slowly goes insane from loneliness. Finding out that the others [[spoiler:were out of town burning [=SpongeBob=] in effigy (including ''his friends'')]] was somehow immensely comforting. Then [[spoiler:everyone (including [=SpongeBob=]) leaves town to burn Patrick in effigy]].
** Other aspects of "Gone" were unnerving. The title card itself evokes a sense of how empty the town is during the episode just seeing the word over a barren landscape. Plus, [[spoiler:the idea that everyone organizes a special occasion to burn you in effigy and that you even partake in it when it's someone else being burned in effigy]] isn't too pleasant either.
* The episode where [=SpongeBob=] gets a splinter in his thumb. '''[[{{Fingore}} All of it]]'''.
* In "A Life In A Day", Patrick ends up pissing off some angry bikers and [=SpongeBob=] tries to talk them out of beating him up, saying that "he has been left a hollow shell of his former self." A cutaway is then shown of an {{Uncanny Valley}}-ish Patrick with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrqUVvhvLbA&feature=related big empty black holes where his eyes and mouth should be]]. (Warning that that video contains flashing, bright lights.)
* There's a rather gruesome scene in "Plankton's Regular", where [=SpongeBob=] is lying in front of the Chum Bucket's door, and the regular customer opens the door over him, scraping off his face in the process. It doesn't get really disturbing until he sits up, and you can see all the (rather detailed) muscles of his face exposed.
* In "Grooming Gary", Gary is forced to go to a pet show and causes the pets to overrun the owners. Gary spontaneously [[BodyHorror grows pseudopod-like arms and rips his collar off]]. It's much scarier than it sounds.
* "Squid's Visit" has a somewhat creepy premise, with [=SpongeBob=] making his entire house look EXACTLY like Squidward's down to every minor detail. But the real creepy parts are when [=SpongeBob=] is heavily breathing with a crazed look while staring at Squidward, and at the end when Squid's house burns down-he then gets a VERY weird looking expression, and then has a fantasy of him having tea with his [[ItMakesSenseInContext vacuum]] and he then says "Yes, I'd love another spot of tea, Mr. Vacuum Cleaner!" and [[ItMakesSenseInContext "care for some casserole?"]] in an eerie tone underscored by unsettling background music, and then he starts laughing insanely with his eye-twitching while the screen zooms in on his face.
* "Shell Shocked", in which Gary breaks his shell and needs a new one. [=SpongeBob=] goes to this discount snail shell dealer named "[[LargeHam ANGRY JACK]]" and breaks all his shells. Afterward Jack asks [=SpongeBob=] to "pay him back" in terms of body parts. He takes his one of his arms, a leg, and [[BeatStillMyHeart his heart (which looks realistic)]]. Why Angry Jack wants those ''aren't something to be thought about''.
** The [[GrossUpCloseUp close ups]] of Gary's exposed under-shell body.
* The cave dwellers in the episodes ''Chum Caverns'' and another one are downright horrifying. You would think the scene where Plankton gains control over them, despite them being 50x his size, would be funny. Plankton ''whips'' them into submission, and they begin crying in fear, and obviously pain from the whip. So, you would think it's just the evil empire of the Chum Bucket that harnesses their power, but later on, The Krusty Krab also uses them. But not to fear, they're treated better. [[spoiler: The cave dweller monsters get to use the whips]].
* "House Fancy": '''The infamous toenail scene'''. Which you can see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HqBvv_cJd0 here.]] [[ContentWarnings Just be warned, it's a very graphic scene.]]


[[folder: Season 7 ]]

* "Someone's In The Kitchen With Sandy" features Plankton stealing Sandy's fur and puppeteering it like some sort of grotesque flesh-robot. The act of obtaining the fur isn't so bad, as Sandy apparently wears it like a suit so she can just take it on and off, but the flesh-puppet that it becomes, with its ZombieGait and ''nothing'' in its mouth and eye sockets...
* The premise of "The Inside Job" is that Plankton has a new plan to get the secret recipe for Krabby Patties by going inside of Mr. Krabs, which ends up being [=SpongeBob=] due to a misfire, and taking over his senses. First, he takes over his sight, causing Spongebob's eyes to go COMPLETELY BLACK, and for him to panic at being blind and make a patty out of soap, sponges, and a scouring pad. That doesn't work. Plankton takes over his hearing next, which doesn't lead to anything NightmareFuel-ish other than the idea of suddenly losing your hearing because somebody's stolen it. Plankton then decides to go into [=SpongeBob=]'s brain, where there is a complete version of [=SpongeBob=]'s house made out of brain, including Gary! The episode then turns into utterly terrifying BodyHorror. Plankton plugs his sense-stealing device into [=SpongeBob=]'s heart, and becomes a [=SpongeBob=]-looking thing, completely with a scary transformation sequence. He later becomes Patrick, which is played for laughs but doesn't excuse the second transformation sequence.
** That Brain Gary was {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Plankton saying,"[[NauseaFuel That's disgusting!]]" Nice said Plankton.
* Greasy [=SpongeBob=]. In the episode "Greasy Buffoons", The Krusty Krab has to clean up a lot of grease before they can reopen. So, they use [=SpongeBob=]. He became this saggy giant [=SpongeBob=] with all the holes swelled up and full of grease. Ughhh...
* In "A Pal For Gary", Gary is paired with a creature of similar size (a green blobby-thing that [=SpongeBob=] names [[FluffyTheTerrible "Puffy Fluffy"]]) that opens its mouth and reveals '''tons of horrible-looking teeth.''' After eating a fridge worth of food, it grows into a massive, disgusting, all too detailed EldritchAbomination with '''''multiple [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Sarlacc]]-like tongues''''' and tries to eat Gary and [=SpongeBob=].
** Spongebob 's [[{{Flanderization}} behavior]] [[JerkAss towards]] Gary in that episode was nightmarish; beyond sheer stupidity and ignorance. The entire episode Fluffy is flat out trying to murder Gary and everytime Gary goes to Spongebob to help him, the yellow idiot thinks Gary is being mean to Fluffy and not attempting to give the new pet a chance. At one point, Fluffy chews apart one of Gary's chew toys savagely with Spongebob '''in the same damn vicinity''' and just casually eats food and goes on to blame Gary.
* "One Coarse Meal". Mr. Krabs takes advantage of Plankton's cetaphobia and drives him to suicide. And when [=SpongeBob=] tells Krabs about this, Krabs just ''laughs''.
** Plankton's nightmare is also unsettling to watch. He dreams he's being chased by Pearl in a cellar. Pearl catches up to Plankton and eats him, and we can see Plankton in the inside of Pearl's disgusting mouth, banging on her teeth, wanting to be let out. Pearl uses her tongue to knock Plankton down her throat into her stomach, in which Plankton sees his relatives, all charred up in the acid. Then we cut to Pearl, who laughs evilly with DramaticThunder in the background. It's horrific for people with a phobia of {{WombLevel}}s to sit through.
** The fact that Mr. Krabs is dressing up as his daughter to scare Plankton. Pearl even explicitly states that whales eat krillin, not plankton. She doesn't want to scare Plankton. So Mr. Krabs actually ''dresses up as her''! Combined with the above nightmare, this is insane, as Pearl is one of the nicest characters on the show.
* Squidward's nightmare sequence in "Squidward in Clarinet Land". Some, uh, [[SarcasmMode highlights]]:
** The disembodied Eagle head threatening him and laughing oh-so-creepily.
** The file cabinets in the safe getting bigger and more maze-like was scary, it was not helped by [=SpongeBob=] laughing and running around in there.
** Mr. Krabs opening the locker and there being a skeleton inside. He makes a comment about [=SpongeBob=] asks Mr Krabs "Who is that?" and he responds "That appears to be Corporal Sterling. [[FridgeHorror Forgot about that prank...]]" Meaning he locked someone in the locker and they ''DIED''! Mr. Krabs ''KILLED SOMEONE''!
*** Plus, when [=SpongeBob=] goes to open the locker, maggots eat the flesh off his hand!
* "The Abrasive Side:"
** Sandy ripping the abrasive side off [=SpongeBob=]. He even screams in pain.
** The ending, where it's revealed [=SpongeBob=]'s grandma got an abrasive side too. The delivery of her line comes completely out of nowhere, as does the DramaticThunder afterwards.
-->''"Make your own hot cocoa! '''I'm BUSY!'''"''
* To some extent, parts of "Earworm". One scene when [=SpongeBob=] ran back home like crazy while singing to the tune of "[[EarWorm Musical Doodle]], "The song that you ran from is back again. You wonder will the madness will ever end".
** That whole scene. The RoomFullOfCrazy and [=SpongeBob=]'s weird humming/babbling and ''whatever'' he was doing with his hands, "running" home on all fours looking utterly deranged, crawling up and down around the outside of his house and in through a window while creepy music plays...that whole sequence was just unsettling. The very premise of the episode: if a song gets stuck in your head, a parasite will take up residence in there and drive you ''[[CallBack completely insane]]''.
** "Round n' round, the record spins all day, listen again, it takes you FAR away..." feels like the song is telling you that you'll go mentally insane (which [=SpongeBob=] does) and wind up in a mental asylum if you listen to it repeatedly.
** One scene that really crossed the line was when the earworm ''crawled into Squidward's head through his eye'' in his sleep. Then at the very end, Squidward screams.
* "Whelk Attack", in which Bikini Bottom is invaded by giant sea whelks who eat everything in sight. As if the premise wasn't scary enough, there's a scene near the end where [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick [[EyeScream lend their corneas to Sandy]].
* " Buried in Time" revolves around [=SpongeBob=], Patrick, and Squidward [[AndIMustScream getting stuck in a time capsule and buried alive]].
* "That Sinking Feeling", where [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick get everyone's houses buried underground. The premise isn't scary, but we get a scene where we see from first person view Squidward ANGRILY walking down a dark, claustrophobic tunnel up to [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, like something out of ''VideoGame/{{Amnesia}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}''. Said scene also switches between the first person view of Squidward & the fearful reactions of [=SpongeBob=] & Patrick.


[[folder: Season 8 ]]

* The snow-monster thing from "Frozen Face-Off". It looks like a cross between Squidward and a Yeti, which is a lot worse than it sounds, especially because it's not animated in 2D animation, but [[NonstandardCharacterDesign in something that looks like Claymation.]]
* In "House Sittin' for Sandy", Spongebob suffocates once again by being inside Sandy's treedome sans helmet, but the newly redesigned way it's shown is beyond anything they've shown before.
* In "Walking the Plankton", Plankton gets ''chopped in half by the boat's propeller blade''.
* "Plankton's Good Eye". Plankton decides to grow another eye resulting in many body horror scenes. Including one where eyes grow all over his body including inside his mouth. "I CAN SEE EVERYTHING!!!"
* The second half of "[=InSPONGEiac=]", dear gosh. [=SpongeBob=] loses sleep and halfway through the episode, Patrick gives him coffee to help him which makes him run uncontrollably. The scary part is when he starts hallucinating.
* In "Squiditis", when Squidward fakes being sick and lists his symptoms, mentioning "itchy eyes," he ''[[EyeScream scratches his eye!]]'' Later, [=SpongeBob=] does it too!
* Squidward being fried alive and almost eaten in "Restraining [=SpongeBob=]".
** Hell, Squidward's reaction to Spongebob right afterwards. He's so traumatized and terrified that he shakes, screams, cries and hides under a table, then starts crawling up the wall just to get away from Spongebob. It's clear that Spongebob finally broke him and made him have a nervous breakdown.
* Karen preparing to cut open Plankton with a saw to remove a Krabby Patty [[ItMakesSenseInContext from his stomach]] in "For Here Or To Go". What makes this even worse is that she did it [[AndIMustScream without giving Plankton any anesthetic first.]]
** The context for this was that she was going to cut the Krabby Patty out of Plankton's stomach to analyze its composition so that they could recreate the Krabby Patty themselves. It works at first, with the Krusty Krab's customers flocking over to the Chum Bucket, only for them all to leave in disgust. When Plankton asks the reason for this, she states she did what he said, to analyze his stomach contents. ''ALL'' of his stomach contents...including [[NauseaFuel his entrails]].
* "Planet of the Jellyfish" where alien jellyfish invade Bikini Bottom. They replicate everyone, except for [=SpongeBob=] and Sandy, speaking in a robot-like tone and having soulless black eyes. The alien leader is keeping the ''real'' Bikini Bottom citizens in pods hanging from the ceiling in the freezer. [[spoiler:It becomes slightly NightmareRetardant when you find out the aliens WeaksauceWeakness is...mayonnaise.]]
* "Demolition Doofus". Mrs. Puff gets deflated (creepy in itself) and tries to kill [=SpongeBob=]. Not beat or injure him. '''Murder him.'''
** If that wasn't bad enough, her dialogue only makes it more disturbing:
-->'''Mrs. Puff:''' [[WhyWontYouDie Why are you still ALIIIIVE?!]]
** In one scene, [=SpongeBob=] visits Mrs. Puff in the hospital and [[WingdingEyes images of him appear in her eyes and explode like nuclear bombs]]. She then leaps out of her bed and attempts to strangle him to death before the doctor tranquilizes her.
* "Face Freeze". The entire episode consists of the main characters (aside from Sandy), making the most grotesque faces in the entire series. Especially in the end...'''''Mr. Krabs and Squidward'''''...
* ''Santa'', of all people, in the Christmas special. At first, he appears as a huge, ''extremely'' uncanny face watching the residents of Bikini Bottom. Then, when he actually comes down to the town, he looks vaguely like a pig-goblin hybrid.
** Considering its a Rankin-Bass parody, this was probably intentional.


[[folder: Season 9 ]]

* In "License to Milkshake", [[DrillSergeantNasty Captain Frostymug]] is graphically sucked into a milkshake maker.
* The old snail from "Gary in Love" makes another cameo in "Plankton's Pet".
** Also, the scene where Mr. Krabs attacked the baby which was Plankton in disguise. The customers were so horrified by this that they started beating Mr. Krabs up.
* "Squid Baby" may have the most horrifying AndIMustScream moment outside of the movie to date. Squidward gets a brain injury so bad, he has the mentality of an infant for the majority of the episode. The doctor said that he would stay a baby forever if his head kept getting hit long enough. Guess what happens to Squidward for most of the episode [[spoiler: regardless of the fact he gets better at the end]].
* SpongeBob's MadnessMantra in "Bumper to Bumper" is rather surreal.
--> Focus on the road. There is nothing but the road.
* SpongeBob reaching under the grill in "Eek, an Urchin!".
** In the same episode, one of the fish actually ''eats'' the stems of the urchin!
* In the episode ''Evil Spatula'', after an explosion occurs in the Krusty Krab, Spongebob and Mr. Krabs look like charred skeletons. Ugh...
* The whole "Don't Look Now" episode where SpongeBob and Patrick are convinced that a villain from a movie is after them. Their fear of said villain bothers Squidward so much that he decides to scare them.
** Scarier than that is that this is a legitimate threat. Hooky proved that fisherman are a real concern.
* in "Kenny the Cat", [=SpongeBob=] enters Sandy's treedome, and we see him GASPING FOR WATER, ALL WHILE SLOWLY SCREAMING!
* "Company Picnic" [=SpongeBob=] slapping a candy pen out of Mr. Krabs' hand, going towards Simmy, on of Plankton's robots. Thankfully, it's only a hologram.
** That goes for the rest of Plankton's other stuff: The candy pens are caterpillars, his boat is an old worn out boat, his food is his chum, his roller coaster is indescribable, and the plush walruses are WALRUS SKELETONS!
* In "Pineapple Invasion", Plankton crawls into Gary's shell thinking the formula is there. The shell's BiggerOnTheInside, consisting of not only your usual WombLevel environment, but caves and psychedelic landscapes. All while Gary's eye stalk is chasing Plankton. At one point, we see Plankton on an ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''-esque world full of Escher staircases.
* "Salsa Imbecilicus", where Plankton makes a sauce that turns everyone stupid. The scene in question is when Plankton is going to get Patrick's DNA. He rows a boat through Patrick's drool, which is creepy enough, but then he goes into his mouth and uses a cotton swab to get the DNA. Then Patrick's tongue starts attacking Plankton, which causes him to run out of there with the DNA. The entire thing is unnerving.



[[folder: Sponge Bob Square Pants Creature From The Krusty Krab ]]

A SpongeBob videogame titled ''SpongeBobSquarePantsCreatureFromTheKrustyKrab'' is cited as the darkest SpongeBob game ever. And no wonder why, the game has added much more NightmareFuel than any other SpongeBob game.

* [[NightmareFace First off, just look at Spongebob during the first level when he's driving]]. SpongeBob has a face that reminds many of Moar Krabs.
** The enemies of the same level, despite the fact that they are easy to defeat, they are also somewhat disturbing. Their faces looks like a combination of [[AxCrazy Ax Crazies]] and NightmareFace.
* In the Patrick's level, one of the enemies that he faces are giant starfishes, who are quite disturbing.
* SpongeBob inside of a giant worm in your next level.
* The very creation unintentional of Plankton, a giant krabby patty ''alive''.
* In the next Plankton level, when he is a giant monster and trying to take over Bikini Bottom.
* [[FridgeHorror The whole concept of being trapped in your dreams forever is pretty dark and disturbing.]]
* The final level, and the final cutscene.


[[folder: Sponge Bob Square Pants Battle For Bikini Bottom ]]

* [[NightmareFace Spongebob when he's in Sandy's treedome.]]
* [[BleakLevel Rock Bottom, the Industrial Park, and the Flying Dutchman's Graveyard.]]
* Patrick's Dream; it's nothing but a big black void with just Patrick, a lightbulb, the spatula, you, and a gate suspended in the middle of nowhere. Its obviously intended to be a joke, but it can be rather unsettling, especially compared to how Patrick's Dreams are portrayed in the show. Should you try to explore the void, the layout just ends up looping and you might find yourself back with Patrick.
* Squidward's Dream is full of portraits of his "does this look unsure to you?" face, with a huge one ''right behind where you start the level.''
* The [[spoiler:Robot Patrick boss fight. Think about it. You're fighting a giant, robotic version of one of the strongest characters in Spongebob history, who's bathing in a pool of acid so you can't get to him, and he can freeze you solid, which can screw you over on several occasions. Not to mention that his Ice Cream is poisonous, which he spills everywhere when he licks it. And all just to save Squidward.]]
* Some of the [[MechaMooks robots]] can be this.


[[folder: [=Spongebob=] [=Squarepants=]: [=Super Sponge= ]]
* ''[=SpongeBob=] [=SquarePants=] [=SuperSponge=]'' has bosses like the shark sub, sea snake, bronze dogfish, and The Flying Dutchman. The former three can be quite scary looking, not to forget the accompanying boss music. In the GBA version some enemies and bosses have a more aggressive appearance than in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation version. Some later levels can look grim.


[[folder: [=Revenge=] [=of=] [=the=] [=Flying=] [=Dutchman= ]]
* The whole idea of The Dutchman stealing Spongebob's friends one by one.
* Some of the levels seem dark and depressing, such as Downtown Bikini Bottom, which is AlwaysNight and has no background characters, only eel thugs patrolling the streets.
* Enemies can be unsettling, particularly the first Eel you meet just standing at an empty counter, and the clown anglerfish.
* The Lighthouse and Shipwreck, It has no music at all, save for the sounds of rain and thunder, making for a unsettlingly somber and atmospheric level. There's also something unnerving about a horde of giant jellyfish just floating calmly during this storm at the top, silhouetted by the lighthouse light.
* The fact that there are wildcat snails close to playing children in Jellyfish fields
* Chum Land due to its hazardous nature, and the fact that most of the friendly clowns seem to off themselves by going into the sickeningly polluted goo, after their mini-games are beat.
* The mini-games are nothing but the inside of Spongebobs head with His eyes turned back and looking around while everything involved in the current level swerves about with great madness.