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* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Happens every once in a while to random characters.
* {{AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle}}: In "Bossy Boots", Pearl changes the Krusty Krab's menu to provide salads as the main dish instead of Krabby Patties. [=SpongeBob=] sees this and wonders out loud "What in the name of Davy Jones' locker is a SAL-lad?" Later in the episode, he remarks about how much the customers are enjoying their "suh-LADS."
* AccidentalDanceCraze: Patrick starts one by being mistaken for the only competitor in a dance competition to not use a partner.
* AccidentalMarriage:
** In 'Truth or Square' Sandy and [=SpongeBob=] act out a marriage, without telling the very real priest it was just a play.
** In 'Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy', a delusional, senile Mermaid Man, a confused [=SpongeBob=] and the warden of Shady Shoals take part in this hilarious exchange.
-->'''[=Mermaid Man=]''': Listen up you villains, I wanna eat my meat loaf! Now if you don't get out of here, then by the power invested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife!\\
'''[=Warden=]''': WHAT IS GOING ON IN HERE?!\\
'''[=Mermaid Man=]''': ''(Talking to the warden, pointing at [=SpongeBob=])'' You may kiss the bride!\\
'''[=Patrick=]''': ''([=SpongeBob=] is thrown out of Shady Shoals and rolls home, where Patrick is waiting for him)'' Did you reunite our heroes?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''': No. But I'm married.
* AccidentalTruth: In "One Krab's Trash", Mr. Krabs sells a soda drink hat to Spongebob, and then, after finding out that it's apparently worth a million dollars, attempts to scare it off [=SpongeBob=] by telling him the hat is cursed and unless he returns it to the grave of its previous owner, Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen, he himself will be cursed. Imagine his surprise when he finds out that not only is Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen real, but the hat really was his when he was alive.
* AccordionMan: Patrick briefly becomes one in "Naughty Nauticle Neighbors", causing Squidward to laugh to the point where he chokes on the soufflé he's eating.
* AcidTripDimension: The Fly of Despair from "Shanghaied" and "Squidward in Clarinetland"
* ActingUnnatural: "Life of Crime". [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are panicking because (they think) they stole a balloon. [=SpongeBob=] advises, "Just act natural," and, whether out of nerves or sheer stupidity, both of them start gibbering and acting crazy. They are immediately surrounded by a crowd who mistake them for street performers.
** In the episode "Boating School", when [=SpongeBob=] is asked to act natural, he gets on all fours and starts grazing like a cow.
** Inverted in the episode "The Bully", once [=SpongeBob=] believes Flats will come searching for him in the bathroom, he says he must "act natural". Cue him floating around in the toilet looking like a real kitchen sponge.
* AdamWesting: TheMovie: "I'm Creator/DavidHasselhoff!" "Hooray!"
** Also an actual case with Adam West and Burt Ward playing the younger versions of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy who are usually played by Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway respectively, in an obvious homage to The 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}''.
** Pun-happy film critic Gene Shalit appearing as pun-happy food critic "Gene Scallop" in ''The Krusty Sponge''. In the [=SpongeBob=] universe Gene is a harsh critic whose review can make or break a restaurant.
* AfraidOfDoctors: In the episode "Suds", Patrick tells [=SpongeBob=] that the doctor's is a horrible place to go. Of course, while [=SpongeBob=] believed him, he asked if Patrick could be his doctor, but that didn't help cure the suds. As Sandy took [=SpongeBob=] to the real doctor for the sponge treatment, he realizes that it isn't such a bad place after all and was given a lollipop. Proven wrong by this, Patrick asks for the sponge treatment, but he was proven right as the treatment didn't turned out to be so well.
* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: In the episode "[=SpongeBob=] Meets the Strangler", [=SpongeBob=] celebrates his birthday among several other parties he planned on the same day. Even though he has a revealed birthday, his age isn't revealed.
** Another episode when [=SpongeBob=] was invited to his grandmother's birthday. All was said about her age was "turning...even older".
* AIIsACrapShoot: Plankton's computer wife, Karen, plays and subverts this to an extent, she is seemingly more competent and intelligent than Plankton but was created with the sentience of a nagging housewife (and an ObnoxiousInLaws program as back-up software) and thus is more preoccupied in [[DeadpanSnarker pointing out Plankton's stupidity]] or whining for affection from her husband than doing much constructive.
** In addition, nearly anything technological that [=SpongeBob=] or Squidward buy is bound to work wrong in some manner, like Le Spatula or Squidward's house security system.
* TheAlcatraz: [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick wind up on one of these in one episode, rather than summer camp. [[FearlessFool They love it]].
* AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark: The post-movie/Paul Tibbitt-era episodes, as they rely on shock humour and grossout gags and to an extent, offensive jokes.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Or in this case, all snails are cats.
** Also related to this, all (or at least most) worms are dogs.
* AlliterativeTitle
* AllJustADream: The episodes "[[spoiler:Procrastination]]" and "[[spoiler:Doing Time]]." It is taken to the extreme in the latter. A post-movie example is the episode [[spoiler:The Main Drain]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Do you want to know what anti-sea-rhinoceros undergarments look like? Just play the game based on "The Camping Episode".
** Bikini bottom is actually the bottom of the ocean near Bikini Atoll, where the United states conducted several nuclear tests in the forties and fifties. If you watch the show carefully you can actually find several references to these nuclear tests, for example large explosions will be real video of the Able nuclear test.
* AlphaBitch: Pearl acts like this sometimes.
** Squilliam is a rare male example of this trope.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: Rip Slyme wrote a new ending theme song for the Japanese version. You can find it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eMyzohXUmQ here]].
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Canned bread, seen in "Squidville", [[http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001EO5Y8E really does exist]].
** In "Bubble Buddy", [=SpongeBob=] enthusiastically celebrates "Leif Erikson Day" ("hinga-dinga-dürgen!"), since, for him, ''every'' day must be a holiday. Presumably the writers were not aware, since the whole joke is that he had to make the holiday up, but Leif Erikson Day is in fact a real holiday. It's October 9.
* AmbiguouslyGay: [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick.
* AmusingInjuries: Somewhat justified on occasion, as [=SpongeBob=] is, well, [[CaptainObvious a sponge]].
** This is possibly lampshaded in one episode, where [=SpongeBob=], who has been running from a bully that wants to beat him up, is finally cornered. The bully then punches him, and [=SpongeBob=] actually realizes that it doesn't hurt since he's a sponge and absorbs the blows. He then goes through the rest of his day, all night, and through part of the next day with the bully punching him non-stop, the only response being a loud squeaking noise.
** [=SpongeBob=] hurts himself to amuse children for Mr.Krabs.
** Or the episode where [=SpongeBob=] offering to "Lend a hand". Cue him pulling off one arm with the other, only have have another pop out instantly until the ''ground is covered with yellow arms''.
*** The same thing happens when Squidward is telling [=SpongeBob=] a scary story about a man who chopped his hand off with a knife, and [=SpongeBob=] doesn't understand that fish's arms don't grow back like his (even Squidward is shocked it doesn't hurt [=SpongeBob=] at all).
* {{Angrish}}: "Ah regga fregga smelinolin Mr. Krabs! Yugga hugga hollin wallet! Zibby mibby spibb! Yolla holla '''MR. KRABS WALLET!!!'''"
---> "I had no idea [=SpongeBob=] had such a colorful vocabulary..."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EatgIocOvl4 It's even better in the German dub.]]
** The Dutch dub actually uses censor bleeps. No kidding. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjRMcQZwxQk See for yourselves.]]
* AnnoyingLaugh: In "Something Smells", [=SpongeBob=] is trying to figure out why everyone's been avoiding him. Patrick ponders:
--> '''Patrick''': Maybe it's your voice.
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': Dahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaa!... [[SarcasmMode good one, Patrick.]]
* AntiAdvice: In "Pizza Delivery," when [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward get lost together, [=SpongeBob=] predicts which way to go using his pioneering skills. Squidward goes the opposite way. The camera then pans over to show that their houses are just over a ridge in the direction [=SpongeBob=] wanted to go.
* AnythingButThat: When Squidward finds out about [=SpongeBob=]'s splinter and threatens to tell Mr. Krabs about it so he'll have to leave work early in "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Splinter]]"
** When [=SpongeBob=] gives Patrick a pedicure in Battle of Bikini Bottom. ItMakesSenseInContext, they were fighting in a [[SlobsVersusSnobs battle between clean and dirty]] after seeing a re-enactment.
* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: "Sponge-Cano!"
* AprilFoolsPlot: "Fools in April"
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering:
--> '''Flying Dutchman''': I am the Flying Dutchman!
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': That's it! Squidward, this ship belongs to the Red Baron!
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Plenty of times.
** When [=SpongeBob=] thought (incorrectly) that Sandy had tried to get the jump on him at work, as part of their friendly karate (or "ka-rah-tay" as some call it) sparring:
---> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Thought you could sneak up on me at work, did ya? Well, ya can't! 'Cause I'm fast, I'm mean, and I can do THIS! ''[clasps hands together and wiggles arms]''
** Squidward tempting fate during the episode "Pizza Delivery," after he implored [=SpongeBob=] to make the delivery drive, telling him to first back up the boatmobile (despite [=SpongeBob=]'s protests that he's still in boating school and shouldn't be driving). Of course, it goes hilariously wrong:
---> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Backing up! Backing up! ''[backs up... for miles, until the car dies]'' ... backing up.
---> '''Squidward:''' Well... ya backed up. And you know what?! I think we're out of gas! And you know what else?! We're in the middle of nowhere!
---> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' And you know [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment what else else?]] I think the pizza's getting cold.
---> '''Squidward:''' ''[feigned gasp]'' [[DeadpanSnarker AND the pizza's cold!]] The pizza's cold! [[SarcasmMode Not the pizza!]] Oh, [[TemptingFate how could it get any WORSE?!]] ''[kicks boatmobile, which somehow takes the tank from "Empty" to "Full." The boatmobile drives off into the distance without them.]''
** [=SpongeBob=] describing an Alaskan Bull Worm.
---> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': It was big! Scary! AND PINK!
** [=SpongeBob=] describing the bath scene.
---> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': My best friend, my ex best friend, and...RUBBER BATH TOYS!
** From TheMovie, Plan Z:
---> '''Plankton''': It's evil! It's diabolical! IT'S LEMON SCENTED!
** From "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V"
---> 1. I want to be treated like a superhero not a sidekick.\\
2. I want to be called "Barnacle ''Man''".\\
3. I want an adult sized Krabby Patty.
** When Mrs. Puff is stealing [=SpongeBob=]'s new boat, he's not letting go for giant clams, cheese graters, and... EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION!? OH NO! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
** From "Life of Crime": "We're not talking about some dumb mail fraud scheme or hijacking here...WE STOLE A BALLOON! And they're gonna lock us up forever!"
** In "Graveyard Shift";
---> '''Squidward:''' He cut off own hand by mistake! [...] He replaced his hand, with a ''rusty spatula''...And then! He got hit by a bus! And then! At his funeral...they ''fired'' him!
* ArtAttacker: In one episode, an artist's pencil which can bring to life a disgruntled duplicate of [=SpongeBob=] falls into Bikini Bottom. The pencil and eraser are both used to attack and defend.
** Fun Trivia Point: the artist himself, briefly seen in live-action at the start and close of this episode ("Frankendoodle") is played by Mr. Lawrence, an artist, voice actor (most notably Plankton) and occasional writer for the show.
* ArtEvolution: Season one looks very different from the rest. It was the only season to use hand-painted traditional animation cels, and some character designs are slightly different. With season two, the series abandoned cels in favour of the newer digital ink-and-paint process. The series evolved slightly more in episodes that aired after TheMovie, in which the animation is more fluid and a little closer to that of the movie.
* TheArtifact: Certain seasons just barely acknowledge the fact that Bikini Bottom takes place underwater. Some episodes contain underwater ''thunderstorms'', for example.
* ArtShift: Many in "Truth or Square": The opening is redone in really trippy stop-motion (with a new theme by Cee-Lo), a sequence [[{{Retraux}} made to look like an old 1950's-esque TV commercial]], and another {{Retraux}} sequence made to look like an old 1920's MickeyMouse cartoon that shows [=SpongeBob=] going to work, and ''every single thing has a face.'' "Atlantis Squarepantis" also features several, including the 3D bus interior, an old video game, and several different painting styles.
* AscendedMeme: "Are You Happy Now?" seems to have been inspired by the "Squidward's Suicide" CreepyPasta. [[DudeNotFunny Why they'd choose that of all memes to ascend...]]
** "Face Freeze" also seems to have been based off of the Spengbab meme. Again, why they'd choose that of all memes to ascend...
* AscendedExtra: Bubble Bass, only appearing for about a minute during his first appearance, becomes the Antagonist of a later episode.
* AsceticAesthetic: Squidward time travelling into [[IronicHell the middle of nowhere]].
* AsideComment: Squidward will occasionally make one of these. "That [=SpongeBob=] is such a crybaby. Lucky me, I get to work with him ''all day''."
* AsideGlance: From "Missing Identity":
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Have you ''forgotten'' what we're looking for knee-deep [[ItMakesSenseInContext in yesterday's Top-40 songs?!]]
-->'''Patrick:''' ... yes.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I'll give ya a hint. First word: "My." Second word: "Nametag."
-->'''Patrick:''' ... could I have another hint?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''[turns slowly and stares directly at the camera in disbelief]''
* AssShove:
** Implied. While Patrick is wearing a pair of shorts with a built in pay-phone/walkie-talkie.
--> '''Disembodied techno-female voice:''' If you would like to make a call, please insert twenty-five cents. ''[[=SpongeBob=] produces a quarter]''
** This scene in "My Pretty Seahorse":
--> '''Boy 1:''' Hey, look! Mr. Krabs put in a kiddie ride!
--> '''Boy 2:''' Why don't you try it out?
--> '''Boy 1:'''...I can't find the coin slot! ...Here it is!
--> ''[bink]''
--> '''Mystery:''' ''[Whinnies and kicks Boy 1]''
* AtArmsLength: Krabs and Plankton.
* AttackBackfire: Mermaid Man mistakes [=SpongeBob=] for evil and attacks with his trademark Water Balls. [=SpongeBob=] enjoys it.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny:
** [=SpongeBob=], when he and Squidward "discover" that Mr. Krabs is a robot:
-->'''Squidward:''' ''[panicking]'' What do we do now?!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I don't know... hey, a nickel!
-->'''Squidward:''' ''[angrily]'' [=SpongeBob=]!
** In "Dying For Pie", Mr. Krabs drops a small piece of a pie-bomb (which he and Squidward think is a real pie) while attempting to taste it. It causes a large explosion and blows a hole clean through the back of Mr. Krabs' office, but the rest of the pie-bomb remains on his desk. When [=SpongeBob=] enters the office to see what happened, the pie distracts him from the fact that ''the back wall in Mr. Krabs' office is missing.''
* AttractiveBentGender: In-universe, at least. In "That's No Lady", all of the men in Bikini Bottom (except for Spongebob) are instantly infatuated with Patrick when he dresses up as a lady (Patricia), especially Squidward and Mr. Krabs. When they find out who he really is, they get ''really'' embarrassed.
* AuthorAppeal: The show was created by a former marine biologist. In all honesty, could you imagine anybody else creating a cartoon about a talking sea sponge?
* AutobotsRockOut: At the climax of TheMovie.
* {{Autocannibalism}}: PlayedForLaughs; [=SpongeBob=] scarfs down a bucket of his own severed arms (they regenerate) like popcorn during Squidward's GhostStory.
* AwardBaitSong:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IxiaB2YTrs This Grill Is Not A Home]] is clearly meant to invoke this. While the song is a TearJerker, Mr. Krab's scratchy voice might be {{Narm}}-y to some people.
** There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyvraRtOGds All You Need is Friendship]] from "The Sponge Who Could Fly". It's short, but sweet.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy have an invisible boatmobile... that they struggle to find more than once, since [[CaptainObvious it's invisble.]] Barnacle Boy has also accidentally, and painfully, sat on the gear lever ("I told you we should have got the automatic"), and has been burned by the tailpipe while unknowingly standing behind it.
* AxCrazy:
** Mr. Krabs is often a step away from this because of his extreme obsession with the money. Watch the episode "Clams".
** The Tattletale Strangler as well.
** Also, Squidward in the episode "Squid's Day Off".
** Patrick in "Valentine's Day".
** And Dennis from TheMovie.
* BadGuyBar: [[http://i465.photobucket.com/albums/rr15/Acedude55/SaltySpitoon.jpg The Salty Spitoon.]] Also mocked in TheMovie.
* BadJobWorseUniform: When Pearl turns the business into the Kuddly Krab.
* BadOmenAnecdote: One of the more famous scenes invokes this; the mysterious tale of ''Literature/TheUglyBarnacle''.
* BalloonBurstingBird: In the ValentinesDay episode, [=SpongeBob=]'s gift for Patrick is a hot air balloon made of chocolate. Sandy is to fly it to the carnival but is delayed when scallops (which act as birds on the show's setting) try to eat the balloon.
** The final shot of "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" features Squiward encased in a giant bubble floating in the sky, surrounded by sea gulls.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: This is actually parodied in the episode "Arrgh!". [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick quickly come to believe their pirate quest is a scam (and that Mr. Krabs has gone Cloudcuckoolander) finding out the treasure map is just a game board they used earlier in the episode. Chance kicks in as they do find the treasure according to the map (the game board) with the remarks of [=SpongeBob=] saying "It really IS based on a true treasure map!" The Flying Dutchman comes in to take his treasure back, willing to share with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick. But much to the dismay of Mr. Krabs, he only gains a piece from the game board, and gets replied "But it's based on a REAL treasure chest!"
** It's notable that this is rather Karmic, as it was a fight over the treasure (Patrick and [=SpongeBob=] wanted their shares, Krabs wanted it all) that woke up TFD in the first place.
* BeachBury: [=SpongeBob=] buries a beach goer, Scooter, and then asks Bubble Buddy, his [[CompanionCube inanimate friend]], to unbury him before the tide raises. We later see him as an angel.
** HarsherInHindsight: When you realize Bubble Buddy was alive (not inanimate) the whole time and just let Scooter die.
** In the episode "Ripped Pants", a whale is buried in the sand.
* BedtimeBrainwashing: In "Fear of a Krabby Patty", Spongebob needs therapy after hallucinating of Krabby Patties. The psychiatrist hypnotized Spongebob to sleep and goes on to do this. Being Plankton in disguise, he subliminally tries to tell Spongebob to explain the recipe of Krabby Patty. But it fails, since Spongebob instead gets a dream where he regains his resolve to make patties again.
* BefriendingTheEnemy: In the episode ''F.U.N.'' [=SpongeBob=] tries to befriend Plankton and ask him to play with him after seeing how Bikini Bottom treats him badly and calls him “a loser”. Plankton decides to go along with it, and use it as an opportunity to steal the Krabby Patty formula. After sharing a FriendshipSong together Plankton does become his friend for a time, but ultimately choses to betray [=SpongeBob=] and steal a Krabby Patty at the end of the episode because [[EvilFeelsGood “evil is just too fun”]]. This kind of scenario has been recycled several times in the show usually with Plankton trying to exploit [=SpongeBob=] in a new scheme.
* BeigeProse: [=SpongeBob=] in "Krab Borg":
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Oh, Squidward! It's terrible! Mr. Krabs! Talking to radio! Beeping sounds! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Strange dancing!]] ... robot!
* BeingWatched: During the episode "Jellyfish Hunter":
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''[while being followed by a jellyfish]'' It feels like someone... wants to sell me something! ''[turns around quickly to find no one behind him]''
-->''[camera cuts to two salesmen in business suits, hiding behind a rock]''
-->'''Salesman 1:''' I told you he was onto us!
* BerserkBoardBarricade: Squidward creates these in "I Was a Teenaged Gary" and "Squid's Day Off", to keep [=SpongeBob=] out and himself in, respectively. He fails at both objectives.
* BerserkButton:
** In Sandy's case, don't talk smack about Texas, or ''you will die'' (possibly in a fiery explosion after she lassos you into the distance).
** Walk into the Krusty Krab and say anything at all about customers getting so much as a discount on anything, let alone getting anything FREE (and yes, that actually includes napkins, water, and ice-- "No free napkins?" is actually [=SpongeBob=]'s first guess when asked what the most important rule is at the Krusty Krab). If that's not good enough, try mentioning an employee earning overtime, taking a break, or, Neptune forbid, receiving a day off. If Mr. Krabs hears, he's liable to literally blow the roof off of the restaurant in anger.
*** And don't ever tamper with the Krabby Patty formula in front of Mr. Krabs, for that matter. Unless he finds out that it's a way to make more money.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [=SpongeBob=] is innocent, caring, and naive to the point where he can be manipulated and taken advantage of for a VERY long time if one chooses to abuse his kindness. He doesn't have a short temper by any means, but like everyone, he does have a [[RageBreakingPoint limit]], and when he reaches it, ''no one is safe.''
* BigDamnMovie
* BiggerOnTheInside:
** [=SpongeBob's=] house.
** The safe from the acid trip of "Squidward in Clarinetland".
** Gary's shell.
* BigLittleMan: TheReveal at the end of "Blackjack".
* BigNo:
-->'''Patrick:''' Maybe it's just because you're ugly.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Ugly?! ''[sticks finger in mouth, slides it across his eyebrows, then says in a suave tone]'' You gotta be kiddin' meh.\\
'''Patrick:''' Better try the reflection test. ''[holds up a mirror in front of [=SpongeBob=]]''\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''(to reflection)'' Hi! ''[[=SpongeBob=]'s reflection grabs a hammer and breaks itself after smelling [=SpongeBob=]'s breath]''\\
'''Patrick:''' Uuuuuuglyyyyyyy....\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
** Also used in "Bubble Buddy", in dramatic slow-motion and with added vowel screwing around with.
** And used twice in "Frankendoodle".
** Two of them in "New Digs", one by [=SpongeBob=] when he is late, one by Squidward when Mr. Krabs evicts [=SpongeBob=] from living at the Krusty Krab.
** In the movie, Plankton lets one loose when [=SpongeBob=] began zapping the mind-controlling helmets off of the Bikini Bottom residents using {{The Power Of Rock}}.
** Gary does this in ''Treats!''...with a big long meow as a substitute.
* BigOlUnibrow: Squilliam Fancyson.
--> '''Squidward''': How's the unibrow?
--> '''Squilliam''': [[InsultBackfire It's big and valuable.]] ''[wiggles unibrow smugly]''
** In "House Fancy", he has a giant sculpture of his unibrow made of [[BrickJoke gilded doornobs.]]
* BilingualBonus:
** In "Pizza Delivery", [=SpongeBob=] hallucinates actual Korean words on the gearshift of the boat, which really mean "forward" and "reverse".
** A restroom sign in "Krusty Krab Training Video" reads Lave Las Aletas (Spanish for "wash your flippers").
* BitingTheHandHumor:
--> '''Stanley''': Wow! A TV! Uncle Sherm never let me watch TV back at home.\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Why not? *The TV explodes*\\
'''Stanley''': That's why. *runs off* What's that?\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Oh, it's okay. There's nothing good on television anyway. ''[turns to camera]'' Nothing.
** "The Krusty Sponge" may be this, regarding the series' wild success and Nickelodeon's subsequent milking.
* BittersweetEnding:
** In "Opposite Day", Squidward doesn't get to sell his house, but he DOES get to [[CrowningMomentofFunny chase [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick into the distance with a bulldozer]].
** In "Enchanted Tiki Dreams" the Tiki Land burns but Squidward gets to knock [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick over with a boat swing at the end.
** "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful". Squidward manages to one-up Squilliam, but get a littering ticket for the umpteenth time.
* {{Bizarchitecture}}: "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?" [[spoiler: Answer: [=SpongeBob SquarePants=]]]
** The other giant objects that the characters live in. Although they're only giant in comparison with the characters, [[DoingInTheWizard according to]] the movie.
** Most of the important buildings follow a sort of a theme, in that they're the sort of things that might appear as decor in fish tanks. Moai, rocks, treasure chests, etc.
* BlackComedy:
** This show, especially in its earlier seasons, contains a surprising amount of dark humor. For example, the entire comedy of "Nasty Patty" comes from [=SpongeBob=] and Krabs believing that they've killed the health inspector (he was just unconscious).
** Then in "No Free Rides," Mrs. Puff imagines [=SpongeBob=] running over a family, complete with sound effects, [[spoiler: after she graduates him]].
** Pretty much "[=SpongeBob=] meets the Strangler", but there's one scene where [=SpongeBob=] tries to climb on the Strangler's shoulders.... come from nowhere, he appears wearing a pair of shoes with sharp celats, he jumps and his shoes went directly inside the Strangler's eyeholes... "I'm trying, but my cleats are stuck in your corneas!!!"
** In "The Camping Episode" Squidward gets his poor body beaten several times by the sea bear. If you think that a slapstick routine can't be considered as dark comedy, you wait to see how physically destroyed the sea bear left Squidward's body, only to beat the shit out of him over and over (at one point, in [=SpongeBob=]'s opinion, because the sea bear "Just doesn't like [Squidward]"). And that's funny only because he's an unlikeable, antagonistic character [[LaserGuidedKarma who's getting his comeuppance.]]
** During one episode, Mr. Krabs' mother says she saw a new hat in town that she wanted, and then later reveals that her new boyfriend bought it for her. Krabs gets jealous and reveals that he also "bought" her a hat, and by "bought," he meant "snuck into a funeral parlor and stole the hat off of a deceased fish" (after all, Mr. Krabs isn't gonna go out and ''spend money'' on anyone but himself... with rare exceptions). And the worst part is that this isn't the first time Mr. Krabs has robbed a dead body for a hat. See AccidentalTruth above.
* BlackComedyCannibalism: In "Frying Cook Games", Patrick accidently splatters fryer water onto a portion of the fish audience, turning them into fried fish sticks. With that, a sellsman comes by, puts a dollar sign beside them and chants "Fish sticks!" for anyone to buy.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: After the movie.
* BlandNameProduct: The pet food Snailpo is a recurring example. Also the restaurant Krabby O'Monday's in ''Selling Out''.
* BlanketTugOWar: Not with a blanket, but with Patrick's rock in "Home Sweet Pineapple."
* BlindDriving: [=SpongeBob=] had to learn a driving course blindfolded as part of a DrillSergeantNasty's TrainingFromHell. Unfortunately, he can't drive ''without'' being blindfolded afterwards.
* TheBlindLeadingTheBlind:
** "Your Shoe's Untied", where Patrick buys shoes, but doesn't know how to tie them. [=SpongeBob=] tries to teach him how, but realizes he's never learned himself.
** Patrick often gives [=SpongeBob=] this kind of misguided advice. For example, one episode has Patrick teaching [=SpongeBob=] how to be mature, with tips such as growing sideburns, puffing out his chest, and developing an appreciation for freestyle jazz. HilarityEnsues.
** Since they're both mentally six, they're occasionally known to do this to themselves-devoid of anyone to provide them with questionable advice, they'll attempt to deduce the proper course themselves and arrive at exactly the wrong answer through some of the unsoundest logic it's possible to come across.
** In the 'pilot' episode where [=SpongeBob=] meets Sandy for the first time, [=SpongeBob=] goes to Patrick for advice about the mysterious concept of "air." Patrick claims she means "putting on airs," (which is an actual phrase that Patrick defines correctly, to his credit) or fancy talk. His advice is to go to Sandy's and "When In doubt, pinky out'. This causes [=SpongeBob=], an aquatic animal, to slowly dry out in Sandy's water-less "treedome." Patrick enters at one point, and the duo end up completely dehydrating, but Sandy saves them with water-filled helmets (which become standard attire when visiting her). So, not only is Patrick's advice misguided, it's dangerous.
* BloodierAndGorier: After the movie.
* BlowingARaspberry:
** One episode, [=SpongeBob=] goes to Rock Bottom, where everyone speaks in raspberries. When he asks for directions, a Rock Bottomite can't understand his "accent" until [=SpongeBob=] starts adding raspberries between words.
** [=SpongeBob=] also does this to Mr Krabs in TheMovie, angry about not getting the job of Krusty Krab 2 manager:
--> SpongeBob: ''["hungover" from an [[DrunkOnMilk ice-cream bender]]]''' Well I am 100% ''MAN!'' And this ''MAN'' has got something to say to yooouuu! ''[[[HypocriticalHumor blows a very long raspberry]]]'' There! I think I made my point!
* BodyHorror: ''A lot''. In fact, the show is notorious for featuring horror of this nature. Look at the NightmareFuel tab.
** More specifically, the show's not shy to display internal organs, limbs ripped off, EyeScream, etc. While already as early as season 1 had this sort of humor, it got [[BloodierAndGorier cranked]] UpToEleven after TheMovie, as well as more BlackComedy than before.
* BoomerangComeback: [=SpongeBob=]'s plan to use a "boomerang pet ball" to lure Gary into the tub in "Gary Takes a Bath" fails because of this trope. A trope which also applies to the box the toy came in, as [=SpongeBob=] finds out when he throws it away in annoyance.
* BootCampEpisode: When [=SpongeBob=] gets Mrs. Puff fired after failing the boating exam once again, her replacement is a drill instructor named Sarge. A drill instructor who just so happens to be [[Franchise/MassEffect Zaeed Massani]]
* BoredomMontage: "Squidville": Squidward moves into a new neighborhood where everyone has the same interests and hobbies as he does, [[spoiler: and gradually gets sick of it, as the BoredomMontage gradually shows him appearing less and less interested, based on the look on his face as the montage goes on. And then he loses it BIG TIME. He attacks people with a reef blower, sings songs, and acts just like [=SpongeBob=] used to. At the end of the episode, Squidward uses the reef blower as a jetpack while laughing madly (underwater, no less). It then shows [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, who were searching for Squidward, unable to find him because everyone looks the same. They then hear Squidward laughing, look up, and say "Well at least we know one thing; it SURE isn't ''that'' guy!"]] Episode ends.
* BottleEpisode: "Gary Takes a Bath." It's shorter than the typical 11 minutes, features only one voice actor, features two main characters other than a brief Mr. Krabs cameo and most of it takes place inside [=SpongeBob=]'s pineapple.
* BoxAndStickTrap:
** One ''{{Nickelodeon}} Magazine'' comic had [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick try this as one of their attempts at catching the Sea Leprechaun, with a BlandNameProduct version of Lucky Charms as the bait. It fails ''[[RuleOfThree thrice]]'': first it catches Patrick ("I got hungry."), then Mr. Krabs ("I can't resist a free breakfast"), then Plankton ("If Krabs has it, I want it!"). They then decide they need a new plan.
** In "It's a [=SpongeBob=] Christmas", Patrick attempts to catch Santa Claus using one. [[WhatAnIdiot He then forgets about his plan]], and goes after the Christmas cookie he planted in it.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Mr. Krabs' daughter, Pearl.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: In "Can You Spare a Dime?", [=SpongeBob=] tries to guess what job Squidward (who had quit the Krusty Krab) is now doing, in a callback to earlier in the episode:
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': Hmmm, I see you've been working on that moustache. The tattered clothes, the awful smell...you're a football player!
--> '''Squidward''': No.
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': A spaceman! A king!
--> '''Squidward''': No.
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': A football-playing king in space?
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: In "Dying for Pie", [=SpongeBob=]'s friendship list consists of showing Squidward to everyone in town, telling knock-knock jokes, walking backwards, and open-heart surgery.
* BreakTheCutie: This happens to [=SpongeBob=] quite a bit. For example:
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' ''[grabs Mr. Krabs from behind his desk and '''lifts him into the air with ease''' while strangling him]'' Listen, you crustaceous cheapskate!! Squidward has been living in MY HOUSE driving me CRAZY!! '''AND YOU'RE NOT GONNA HIRE HIM BACK ALL BECAUSE OF A STUPID DIME?!?!'''
* BreakTheHaughty: Squidward in "Can You Spare A Dime?". After he quits his job at the Krusty Krab, within two weeks he's lost his house, his belongings, has been forced to live on the streets and beg for change, and had to eat all of the art that he made because no one would buy them. And this is all coming from the most self-centered character on the show that's convinced he's the greatest man under the sea.
* BrickJoke:
** "The Great Snail Race" has one. [=SpongeBob=], who's training Gary, calls him a lady to "humiliate and demean him". Cut to Sandy, who says "I don't know why, but I think I'll kick [=SpongeBob=]'s butt tomorrow.". The next day, at the end of the episode, Sandy comes out of nowhere, kicks [=SpongeBob=] off screen and yells "That's for yesterday [=SquarePants=]!".
** In the beginning of The Smoking Peanut, Mr. Krabs is seen abusing the concept of Free Day, taking everything he can. At the end of the episode, [[spoiler: it's revealed that the oyster got upset because her pearl was stolen. Guess who stole it?]]
** In the "Nasty Patty" episode: [=SpongeBob=] reveals that Mr. Krabs wears hair curlers to bed. Remember what Mr. Krabs "borrowed" from Mrs. Puff in the "Life of Crime" episode? Her hair curlers (although it was a gift, supposedly).
** Also, in "Something Smells", Patrick says that he has no sister. Several SEASONS later, "Big Sister Sam" focuses around Patrick meeting up with his long-lost sister.
** Remember how "Every Villain Is Lemons?" Plan Z is lemon-scented.
* BrokenSmile: Mr. Krabs at the end of "Squid on Strike", when he sees that [=SpongeBob=] destroyed the Krusty Krab.
* BugCatching: [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick go jellyfishing all the time.
* BurgerFool: {{Subverted}} -- [=SpongeBob=] ''loves'' his job. Squidward, on the other hand...
* ButtMonkey:
** Most of the cast have their share of bad luck, but [[ChewToy Squidward]] and [[BigBad Plankton]] are the most consistent examples. Almost everything is out to get them, and is merciless in execution.
** Entire episodes revolve around Squidward trying desperately to get away from [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick. He also has had houses land on him, had a shrunk submarine grow back to normal size while inside his body (with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick in it), had a NUCLEAR BOMB thrown directly in his face (which promptly exploded), had his house repeatedly destroyed... well, you get the idea. And these only the instances invoked by [[FanOfTheUnderdog people who LIKE him]]. Outside of that, generally [[EverythingTryingToKillYou a large amount of Bikini Bottom's residents, animals and inanimate objects seem to bear an instant grudge towards Squidward]], usually expressing it in somewhat violent or hurtful ways. At least the majority of abuse [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick inflict is completely accidental.
*** Squidward's [[TheRival rival]] Squilliam Fancyson treats him like this at all times, and according to Squilliam, Squidward was also a butt monkey in high school, having been voted "Most likely to suck eggs."
** There's also the unnamed health inspector from "Nasty Patty".
** If there's an episode that primarily focuses on [=SpongeBob=] himself, chances are something terrible is going to happen to him.
** The Tattletale Strangler spends nearly the entire time span of his only appearance being a butt monkey because of [=SpongeBob=]'s clumsiness.
* ButtSticker: In the episode "Kracked Krabs", when [=SpongeBob=] gives a quarter with a string to a very large employee, he pulls it back along with the employee and he lands on [=SpongeBob=]. He then turns around revealing [=SpongeBob=] stuck to his backside.
* CallBack: In "Bubble Buddy Returns", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bubble Buddy returns]]. Mr Krabs (unsurprisingly) recalls that Bubble Buddy still owes him money.
* TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse: "The maniac's '''in the mailbox!'''"
* {{Calvinball}}: From the episode "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost":
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': Hike Patrick, hike! ''[drops rock, which breaks in two]''
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': You just lost 3 points! ''[climbs up a piece of coral three times, counting one number with each climb]''
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': 1, 2, 5! ''[stands on his head at the top of the coral and blows a bubble in the shape of "G7"]''
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': G7!
--> '''Patrick''': G7?! King me, king me! ''[runs and smashes into coral]''
--> '''Patrick''': I lose!
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]''': But it's not ''Tuesday'', Patrick!
--> '''Patrick''': Tartar sauce!
--> '''Squidward''': What are you two [[HypocriticalHumor invertebrates]] doing?!
--> ''[[{{beat}} [beat]]]''
--> '''Patrick and [=SpongeBob=]''': ... we don't know.
* TheCameo: In "[=SpongeBob=] vs. the Big One", the Flying Dutchman is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n86gOQhrGtA is sent down to Davy Jones' Locker.]] [[spoiler:As in, Davy Jones from Music/TheMonkees.]]
* {{Camp}}: Squidward.
* CannotTellAJoke: Squidward, at least once (in the episode "Krab Borg").
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: "Procrastination."
* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem:
** [[DependingOnTheWriter It varies from episode to episode]] whether or not Squidward actually likes [=SpongeBob=] deep down or genuinely wants him dead, though usually if there is another person to take this role, Squidward is there to subvert it. Here are some examples:
*** Subverted in ''Nature Pants''. Patrick tearfully tells [=SpongeBob=], "Even Squidward misses you!"; cut to Squidward celebrating the fact that [=SpongeBob=]'s gone.
*** Played straight in "Squidville". Squidward is initially delighted to live in a neighborhood where everyone lives and acts like him, but eventually is bored by it and starts playing with a reef blower like [=SpongeBob=].
* CantTakeCriticism: In "The Algae's Always Greener", during his review at work, [=SpongeBob=] insists on being given some form of criticism so he can improve his work. Eventually, despite being assured he is doing perfectly, his boss relents and suggests to put less sauce in the burgers, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor leaving [=SpongeBob=] in a deranged, whimpering]] [[HeroicBSOD BSOD]].
* CaptainColorbeard:
** "I'm Blindbeard the pirate!"
** In one of the live-action sections of "[=SpongeBob=]'s House Party", Patchy the Pirate introduces us to "Longbeard the Pirate".
** And Mr. Krabs' grandfather is a pirate named Redbeard.
* CaptainObvious: Every word of dialogue from this incredibly underrated scene from "Wet Painters" where [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick make their last desperate attempt to get the the paint off of Mr. Krabs's first dollar (after attempting to machine-wash it, sand it, and spray it). Spongebob: (brandishes baseball bat) NOTHING'S WORKING!!! Patrick: Wait, Spongebob! We're NOT CAVE-MEN! WE HAVE TECH-NOLOGY...(smashes computer against desk, as hard as humanly possible, 6 times in a row, to try to get the paint off of the dollar) DERP DERP DERP DERP DERP DERP!!! Spongebob: It didn't work.
* CardboardBoxHome: In the episode "Can You Spare A Dime?", a homeless Squidward is living in a cardboard box. That is, until the repo man comes to repossess it.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Hugely averted. Sharks and killer whales are portrayed as normal people, sea monsters are intellectual giants while fairly harmless creatures such as plankton and flounder are the show's main antagonists.
* CashLure: In "Frankendoodle," [=SpongeBob=] does this to Squidward.
* CatchPhrase:
** [=SpongeBob=]: "I'm ready!"
*** Parodied or given a nod numerous times throughout the series. In "Pretty Patties", after [[spoiler: Mr. Krabs trades the Krusty Krab to [=SpongeBob=] for his Pretty Patties food stand]], he excitedly exclaims "I'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready... for me money!"\\
*** The episode "Pre-Hibernation Week" has a small fish attempting to impersonate [=SpongeBob=] so Sandy will get off everyone's backs (she's desperately looking for him, and he's hiding from her). She protests that "[=SpongeBob=] is square," at which point a muscular fish molds the small fish into a shape resembling [=SpongeBob's=]. The small fish says "I'm ready! I'm ready!" Sandy replies [[DeadpanSnarker "No, you ain't."]]
** Mr. Krabs has a tendency to shout at his employees to "Get back to work!"
** [Plankton] went to college! ''[is thrown out of the Krusty Krab and crashes through the door of the Chum Bucket (or into its exterior)]'' ... ouch.
* CelebrityPower: The movie, with Creator/DavidHasselhoff.
* CerebusSyndrome: Season seven introduced an actual and extremely dark StoryArc with amongst other things, Plankton trying to commit suicide.
* ChaosArchitecture: [=SpongeBob=]'s pineapple, Squidward's Easter Island home, and Patrick's rock are constantly subject to change depending on the episode. Patrick's rock is justified on account of Patrick making most of the furniture out of sand. The interior of the Krusty Krab is rather consistent, although the ''location'' of it is subject to change as well.
* CharlieAndTheChocolateParody: "Atlantis [=SquarePantis=]" has shades of this.
** Mr. Krabs Takes A Vacation could also qualify.
* ChekhovsGag: A very subtle but impressive example occurs with the relationship between Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. Throughout the first couple of seasons, Barnacle Boy clearly takes exception to being called "Boy" (he's a senior citizen, after all), and the way Mermaid Man treats him like a child (ordering kids' meals for him at the Krusty Krab, telling the server at their retirement home to give him extra broccoli, etc.), and most of all, the fact that he's a sidekick and not viewed as Mermaid Man's equal. This all comes to a head in the Season 3 episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V", during which [[spoiler:Barnacle Boy is fed up with everything and defects to the side of evil.]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** The starfish that was on Mermaid Man's face since his first appearance turns out to be the thing giving him the ability to breathe. [[UnreliableNarrator Mermaid Man]] is narrating. Then again, all of the origin stories are wacky and unreliable, so who's to say...
** First shown in Season One's "Tea At the Treedome", [=SpongeBob=] & Patrick's ability to be brought back to life from dehydration comes in handy in TheMovie.
** In "Sandy, [=SpongeBob=], and The Worm", [=SpongeBob=] tries to convince Sandy that a paper clip attached to a piece of string is her tail. Later, that same paper clip and string [[spoiler: save their lives as they run from the giant Alaskan Bull Worm.]]
** [[spoiler:The pebble that remains as the only remnant of [=SpongeBob's=] house]] after it's been eaten (or drank, sort of...) by nematodes.
** In "Imitation Krabs", as part of his [[EvilPlan evil plan]], Plankton uses a penny to distract Mr. Krabs, who chases after it when it rolls out of the front doors of the Krusty Krab. [[spoiler: Eventually, it finds its way back into the Krusty Krab with Krabs still chasing it. At the end of the episode, [=SpongeBob=] (unknowingly) uses it to defeat Plankton when all seems lost.]]
* ChewingTheScenery:
** "I SAW IT! IT WAS BIG! IT WAS ALLLLL WIGGLY! AND IT ATE EVERYTHING! IT WAS AN '''''[+ALASKAN+] [++BULL++] [+++WORM!"+++]'''''
** ''''[[MemeticMutation CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]][[invoked]]''''
** "I lost my name tag! POURQUOI?!!"
** "WHO'S SAYING I'M ABUSING MY POWERS?!?!"
* ChirpingCrickets: Played with in "Squirrel Jokes": [=SpongeBob=]'s first joke produces dead silence from the audience, except for a cricket chirping (which is shown on-screen via a loop of a real-life cricket chirping). On his second joke, even the cricket doesn't bother to make noise (shown by the same cricket simply standing there doing nothing).
* ChristmasEpisode: WesternAnimation/ChristmasWho? and WesternAnimation/ItsASpongeBobChristmas
* CircleOfStandingStones: In one episode, [=SpongeBob=] creates a stone statue of himself, complete with holes, to distract the jellyfishes who are attracted to the sound coming from SB's holes when the wind blows through them (it's a very windy day). Turns out that one small statue doesn't work, and then SB creates more, bigger ones and arranges them in a circle. It works very well, with the stones even creating music.
* CloudCuckoolander
--> '''Mr. Krabs''': I didn't want to say this in front of Patrick, but that hat makes you look like a girl!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]''': ''[glowing]'' Am I a ''pretty'' girl?
** Patrick lampshades this in [=SpongeBob=]'s case during an episode.
** Patrick too, though to a lesser extent.
* ClusterFBomb:
** The episode "Sailor Mouth". Complete with [[SoundEffectBleep dolphin squeaks]].
** At the end of "Krusty Love", [=SpongeBob=] lets out a stream of...gibberish that is obviously intended to be interpreted as cursing.
--> '''Mrs. Puff:''' I had no idea [=SpongeBob=] had such a colourful vocabulary!\\
'''Mr. Krabs:''' ... ''(Gaping in shocked silence with his jaw on the ground)''
* CobwebOfDisuse: In "Pretty Patties", the Krusty Krab is covered in cobwebs when business gets slow. When [=SpongeBob=] tries to clean one, a spider immediately makes another. Later, Mr. Krabs opens his mouth to reveal cobwebs and a spider inside.
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Seen more than once, especially the episodes "Idiot Box" and "The Paper", both involving Squidward.
* ComedicSociopathy: Everyone, to disturbing levels.
* TheComicallySerious: Squidward.
* ComicTrio: Variant between [=SpongeBob=], Patrick, and Squidward.
* ComingOfAgeStory: The baby scallop who Spongebob and Patrick raises in "Rock-A-Bye-Bivalve." He starts out as a baby, and leaves Spongebob and Patrick at the end of the episode to live on his own.
* ComingOutStory: A G-rated version. In "Something Smells", Spongebob suspects that he's ugly since everyone is avoiding him (but his breath actually stinks), and Patrick comforts him that there's no shame to being ugly and encourages him to chant it at the top of his house. "I'm ugly and I'm proud!"
-->'''Squidward''': [[LampshadeHanging Is that what he calls it?]]
* CompressedAbstinence: One episode centers on [=SpongeBob=] (and Patrick) rejecting all their normal activities and acting as adults (which boils down to becoming StopHavingFunGuys... and wearing sideburns). Patrick caves first, basically declaring that GrowingUpSucks.
* CongruentMemory:
** "Be the crane!"
** [=SpongeBob=] practices driving while blindfolded. When it comes time for him to take his driving test, he finds he can't drive without the blindfold. Oddly, this one provides a [[JustifiedTrope justification for his unrealistically terrible inability to drive normally]]: when he can see what he's doing, it terrifies him.
** "Missing Identity" had him forget where he put his nametag. So he repeats his morning routine ad infinitum, exactly, hoping that this'll help him remember where it is.
* ConjoinedTwins: Has happened several times: in the movie, we meet two conjoined twins in a bar. In "[=SquidBob TentaclePants=]", [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward are conjoined because of one of Sandy's experiments. And then there's this infamous quote:
--> ''"We're like brothers...only closer."''
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: Although the ones in older episodes could be attributed to the fairly small budgets at the time, the newer, more {{Nickelodeon}}-backed episodes have no such [[HandWave (weak) excuse]].
** One particularly {{egregious}} example is the episode "Can You Spare a Dime?", where [=SpongeBob=] pokes Squidward's animated nose, and the ''entire rest of his head'' is a much darker matte painting (see 9:34-9:40 [[http://spongebob.nick.com/videos/clip/can-you-spare-a-dime-full.html here]]).
* ContinuityNod:
** In the Season 1 episode "Karate Choppers," [=SpongeBob=] exclaims that a conspicuous pile of cans on the ground is Sandy's "worst disguise yet." Sandy appears in the background, holding a plastic squirrel mask, and says "No, it's not, [=SpongeBob=]! This is!" [[http://imgur.com/0rFZ2ck That exact same mask appears to be the one that [=SpongeBob=] uses when impersonating Sandy's father during the Season 2 episode "Sandy, [=SpongeBob=], and the Worm".]]
** One of the thugs that wants to enter the Salty Spittoon tells about how he ate a bowl of nails for breakfast. "Without any milk!". In TheMovie, one of the thugs in the bar is shown eating a bowl of nails. And yes, without milk.
** In the April Fools episode, Patrick mistakenly says a depressed [=SpongeBob=] was "impressed" by Squidward's [[ComedicSociopathy prank]]. In Squidward's Tiki Land, Patrick mentions a time he was feeling "impressed".
** The villain, Man Ray, was cryogenically frozen in tartar sauce for a number of years before being unwittingly thawed out by [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, thus he is still in his physical peak. In a much later episode, Manray recognizes an old lady as someone he went to high school with. There was even an episode where [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick travel back in time and accidentally stop Man Ray from being frozen originally, thus creating a {{Bad Future}} where Man Ray is the ruler. HilarityEnsues.
** The episodes "New Leaf" and "Spy Buddies" featured the robot Krabs suit from an earlier episode "Imitation Krabs".
** In "Chum Bucket Supreme", Patrick gives the Chum Bucket a slogan. Said slogan is later seen on a billboard in "[=SpongeBob=]'s Last Stand".
** In "Rock a Bye Bivalve", Patrick is always seen watching a show where someone gets hit in the head with a coconut with music playing. In "The Thing" Patrick and [=SpongeBob=] are watching TV and the music for the show plays again, with Patrick saying he thinks he seen this before and this part is real funny.
** In "Whelk Attack", [=SpongeBob=] remembers the time that [[SickEpisode he got "suds".]]
** In "Born Again Krabs", Mr.Krabs is going to be thrown into Davy Jones locker with his gym socks. In [=SpongeBob=] [=SquarePants=] vs. The Big One The Flying Dutchman locks him self in there by accident and the actor Davy Jones throws the socks at him.
** In "[=SpongeBob=] [=SquarePants=] vs. The Big One", Sandy has a helicopter. That exact helicopter is seen later in "The Krabby Patty that Ate Bikini Bottom" and "Single Cell Anniversary".
** In Patrick's dream in "Home Sweet Rubble", Patrick has pictures on the wall that were pictures of him from "Squidward's School for Grown Ups".
** In "Spongebob, You're Fired!", we see a FreezeFrameBonus of a patty with pickles tucked in, similar to the competition with Neptune in a much earlier episode. Also, the snail food company is mentioned again, by name.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted when Mr. Sun lights the room on fire.
* CoordinatedClothes: In "Big Pink Loser", Patrick starts dressing up like [=SpongeBob=] as part of an attempt to be a winner just like him. [=SpongeBob=] finds it a little creepy, but flattering.
* CourtroomEpisode: "Plankton vs. Krabs"
* [[TheCoverChangesTheGender The Cover Changes The Species]]: For the movie, Music/{{Motorhead}} re-recorded one of their older tracks, "You Better Run," with new sea lyrics as "You Better Swim."
* CowboyEpisode: "Pest of the West"
* CrackDefeat: In the episode 'The Great Snail Race' had Spongebob, Squidward, and Patrick's pet snails ([[TheUnintelligible Gary]], Snellie, and [[CompanionCube Rocky]] respectively)pitting against each other. Snellie, who is a pure-breed snail, would've won, but she forfeited and comforted an overworked Gary. So the winner? Rocky! It needs to be said that Rocky was an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin actual rock]]. How it legitimately got to the finish line was [[OffscreenTeleportation never explained.]]
* CrapsackWorld: After the movie, Bikini Bottom may qualify. Hence, as shown, is a city full of grumpy people, [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]], idiots and tend to be [[FantasticRacism incredibly racist]], hating mammalian species (like squirrels) and among them by skin color (see episode "Sun Bleached" ). Is there anything else to add? Most inhabitants have callous and sadistic tendencies, see episodes like "No Hat For Pat" and "Spongicus" where several residents of Bikini Bottom, frankly naturally seem to enjoy the pain of others and killing as entertainment!
* CrazyConsumption: Squidward eats Krabby Patties until he blows up. He also swells to at least ten times his normal size as [=SpongeBob=] repeatedly makes Krabby Patties, slips on his untied shoelaces, and sends each sandwich flying into Squidward's mouth with uncanny, and likely accidental, accuracy.
* CrazyPrepared: During the episode "The Algae's Always Greener", [[spoiler: Plankton tells [=SpongeBob=]]] that he needs two Krabby Patties for "bun inspection." [=SpongeBob=] politely protests, on the grounds that the patties are for the customer, but immediately produces two more Krabby Patties, saying that he made them "On the off-chance that you decided to do some bun inspection, sir."
* CringeComedy: The later seasons tend to rely on this.
* {{Crossover}}: Patchy the Pirate appears in the ''Series/BigTimeRush'' special "Big Time Beach Party".
* CrossPoppingVeins: Squidward does it towards the end of both "Tentacle-Vision" and "Squid's Visit".
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Mrs. Puff in "''The Bully''", whom doesn't seem to notice Flats' threats of violence against Spongebob. When [=SpongeBob=] asks Mrs. Puff to settle it, she claims that it's part of Flats's tradition, once again failing to realize Flats's ultimate goal. At the end of it all, [[spoiler: [[KarmaHoudini the blame all goes to Spongebob]]]].
** [=SpongeBob=] repeats a similar act in "''A Pal for Gary''".
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Plankton. He is a scientific genius, capable of creating time machines and the like, (among other things that could be tweaked to benefit all ocean life) and yet he insists on working his way up to the top by running a dingy restaurant whose food is HumanResources. Oh, and trying to steal the Krabby Patty recipe, despite the fact that as long as Krabs is also in business, he'll get all the customers because of the aforementioned dinginess of his restaurant. This was worked around in Plan Z, which [[YouMeddlingKids would have worked if he had tried this ingenious plan from the beginning, before Krabs hired]] [=SpongeBob=], instead of using countless plans that were doomed to fail.