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->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Say Bubble Buddy, why do I have to collect all of these [[PlotCoupon golden spatulas]] for these toll booths?
->'''Bubble Buddy''': [[HandWave Because, SpongeBob.]]
->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': [[SureLetsGoWithThat Well, that just about works for me.]]

''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}: Battle for Bikini Bottom'' is a {{licensed game}} produced by [[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Nick]] Games and {{THQ}}, and developed by Heavy Iron Studios in 2003 for the {{PS2}}, GameCube, and {{Xbox}}. The PC and GameBoyAdvance versions were developed by AWE Games and Vicarious Visions respectively.

The gameplay is a staple platformer in the vein of ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''--have [=SpongeBob=], Patrick and Sandy travel around several different levels spread throughout Bikini Bottom, battle Plankton's robot cronies while solving obstacles and puzzles while collecting Golden Spatulas to help get you around.
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!Tropes:

* AbnormalAmmo: The Tar-Tar robot attacks you by shooting boiling hot tartar sauce, while the robots Chuck and Slick attack with water balloon missiles and oil. Robo-Patrick sprays radioactive ice-cream sludge all over the place. The final boss, [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=], attacks you by literally [[WeaponsGradeVocabulary sending the words KAH-RAH-TAE]] flying at you.
* ActionBomb: Bomb-Bots.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The robots seem to be destroying Bikini Bottom for no clear reason other than to cause havoc on their own whim.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Technically averted. Plankton's robots betray him because the lever is set to Don't Obey. [[spoiler:Played straight at the final boss.]]
* AirborneMook: Chuck and Monsoon, especially the latter who flies out of your reach.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: The carnival section of "Goo Lagoon".
* AndIMustScream: In the Mermalair, the boss of that level is "Prawn", an old archfoe of Mermaidman who was kept frozen in the lair's prison for years until he was accidentally thawed out. After defeating him, he returns to his chum prison.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: In order to prevent excessive backtracking for the player, the games menu allows you to warp to certain locations in the game where you have a spatula to find, or have already found.
* ArrowCam: When you use the Cruise Bubble.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Robo-Patrick is normally invincible all over, but he has a weak point in his backside, covered by the conspiculously placed "Kick Me" sticky note. [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=] takes this up to eleven, as he has numerous glowing weak spots around its body, which can only be destroyed by the Cruise Bubble.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: King Jellyfish, and Robo-[=SpongeBob=].
* AwesomeYetImpractical: The Spongeball move; sure it helps you get around faster than usual, but you can't attack in it, it can be very hard to control, and one hit or a button press immediately cancels the move.
* BandLand: The Squidward section of [=SpongeBob=]'s Dream.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [=SpongeBob=] thinks this is the reason for the game's premise[[spoiler: at first]].
* BeneathTheEarth: Rock Bottom, and the Mermalair.
* BigBad: Plankton, although he spends most of the game as much a victim of his machines as anyone else.
* BigBoosHaunt: The Flying Dutchman's graveyard.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: Robo-Plankton]], who turns out to be the real mastermind behind the machines.
* BiggerOnTheInside: In the second phase of the final battle, [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=] had already grown huge to begin with, but the inside of him is big enough to hold '''Cronos''' from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', and ''still'' have room to move around in!
* BleakLevel: Rock Bottom.
* BorderPatrol: Every level and hub world is surrounded by dotted lines indicating the edge of the level/hub. If you try to go outside these dotted lines, whoever you're playing as will shift into a unique running animation before being dragged off the screen by a live-action hand and being put back at the last checkpoint.
* BossOnlyLevel: The Poseidome, The Industrial Park and the Chum Bucket Lab.
* BrownNote: In the Squidward section of [=SpongeBob=]'s Dream, Mr. Krabs warns [=SpongeBob=] to cover his ears due to the allegedly dreadful music.
* BubblegloopSwamp: Parts of the Kelp Forest.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Throw Fruits and Freeze Fruits are quite obviously watermelons and ice cubes, respectively.
* CanonForeigner: Prawn.
* CaveBehindTheFalls: The cave section of Jellyfish Fields.
* ChokepointGeography: The game uses the golden spatulas to allow you access to new levels, and the hub and some levels are surrounded by red lines that, when crossed, result in the player being taken back to the regular hub.
* ColossusClimb: The second phase of the [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=] battle has the machine grow to such an immense size, that the entire final battle is fought ''inside'' of it!
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Patrick has a large collection of smelly socks, which must be collected and delivered to him in exchange for Golden Spatulas.
* CombatCommentator: The [[RecurringExtra announcer fish]] from the show fulfills this role during {{Boss Battle}}s.
* ContinuityNod: The game is full of references to events and characters from the show.
* CrateExpectations: Tikis, which contain Shiny Objects.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: You are returned to a checkpoint when you die, and that's it.
* DeathMountain: Sand Mountain has elements of this.
* DerelictGraveyard: The Dutchman's Graveyard.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: During the Robot Sandy fight, the Fish Announcer will be in the audience, next to King Neptune. Like in all boss fights, he pops up on the side of the screen to make a comment. If you face the Announcer during the fight and trigger a comment (Like taking a hit or dealing a hit.) both the pop-in and the one in the audience will have exact lip-sync for their comment.
* DisconnectedSideArea: In parts of Rock Bottom.
* DisneyOwnsThisTrope: In-universe, Plankton says he registered the name of the Duplicatotron 3000 to be trademarked, "So don't even think about ripping me off."
* DolledUpInstallment: TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie tie-in game used the exact same engine as this one, only adding an upgrade system, driving levels, [[DemotedToExtra almost completely removing Sandy]],and removing the "bubble" aspect of Spongebob's moves, such as changing the "Cruise bubble" move to [[ThePowerOfRock an electric guitar solo]].
* DownInTheDumps: The Industrial Park.
* DreamLand: [=SpongeBob=]'s Dream.
* DropTheHammer: The attack of the [[PunnyName Ham-Mer]] robots.
* DummiedOut : Many items were never used in the game like [[http://tcrf.net/images/c/ca/Bfbb_soccerball.png this soccer ball that would have replaced watermelons]].
** Also, some of the characters had unused dialogue and alternate versions of some of their lines.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Mermalair.
* EliteMook: Some of the oil slick throwing robots, named Slick, from late in the game. They have a shield that can come back after a short period of time, (And attacking the shield with the basic attack will only hurt you.) they attack by flinging oil, which not only hurts you, but also messes up movement. And they can take three hits, which is a lot considering this game.
* EternalEngine: The Chum Bucket. The Mermalair also has elements of this.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: In Sandy's dream.
--> '''Sandy:''' Everything's bigger in Texas, even dreams!
* EvilKnockoff: Robot-Sandy, Robo-Patrick, [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=] and Robo-Plankton.
* EvilLaugh: [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=] gives a particularly creepy, metallic version of [=SpongeBob=]'s laugh whenever [=SpongeBob=] gets hit. Most mooks will laugh or taunt you every time they score a successful hit against you.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: The reason that Prawn is Mermaidman's arch enemy: he put all of Mermaidman's white clothes in the washer... ''with a red sock.''
--> '''Mermaidman:''' Everything I owned turned pink! '''''PINK!'''''
* FollowTheBouncingBall: One of the missions in Spongebob's Dream has you follow a ball to get a spatula.
* FollowTheLeader: Later Spongebob console games - namely ''The Spongebob Squarepants Movie Game'', ''Creature from the Krusty Krab'', and ''Truth or Square'' - have a very similar graphical style and play the same.
* FlunkyBoss: [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=] isn't a particularly hard boss by itself in its first phase, but every few hits, and Robo-Plankton flies in to bombard you with a volley of hard to dodge lasers, which can knock you down onto the floor of the arena. It's entirely possible to hit him with the cruise bubble to send him off early, but it takes very careful timing, as using it makes you a sitting duck for his attack. This becomes mandatory in the second phase of the battle, as you actually have to hurt him in order to move throughout [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=]'s body (which in itself is tricky, due to his small hit-area and habit of moving around while you're attacking, not to mention his aforementioned volley of lasers he frequently sends at you).
* GangplankGalleon: The final part of the Flying Dutchman's Graveyard.
* GimmickLevel: The unlockable "Spongeball arena" mini-level.
* TheGoomba: Jellyfish are the first enemies you meet in the game. While they can hurt Spongebob if he get's too near, they're not aggressive and easy to beat, but they don't drop any Shiny Objects. The second enemy you meet in the game, appropriately named "Fodder", is not only the most common mook early on, but also the easiest to dispatch (after the jellyfish).
* GoneHorriblyWrong: From two perspectives--Plankton who succeeded in getting his Duplicatotron to work and thus build up his robot army, but forgot to set the lever to "obey" resulting in them turning against him. From [=SpongeBob=]'s perspective, he believes he and Patrick's wish to have more toy robots to play with was the root of all the the havoc the robots are wreaking.
* GottaCatchThemAll: Getting all 100 Golden Spatulas gets you [[spoiler:a bonus clip featuring nearly every character in the game singing the series theme song.]]
** The socks also count, but they only serve to get the rest of the spatulas.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: You can smack robots into other robots to damage them. Patrick can stun larger robots with a shockwave and pick them up to throw at other robots.
* GreenHillZone: Jellyfish Fields.
* GroundPound: The Bubble Stomp for [=SpongeBob=], and a belly flop for Patrick. Patrick's is unique in that it sends a shockwave which can kill weaker foes, or stun stronger enemies, allowing him to pick them up and throw them. Both of them can use this to hit buttons, which is Sandy's only weakness.
* HijackedByGanon: Plankton spends most of the game trying to be the BigBad. However, by the time he gets back to the Chum Bucket, he finds that his robotic copy, Robo-Plankton has taken control of his scheme.
* HolidayMode: When your system's calendar is set to certain days of the year, the Tubelets' flames change color to: Rainbow on New Year's Day, green on St. Patrick's Day, pink on April Fool's Day, red, white, and blue on the Fourth of July, and a pumpkin-y yellow-orange on Halloween.
* HubCity: Bikini Bottom, containing [=SpongeBob=]'s neighborhood, Sandy's treedome, Shady Shoals retirement home and the police station, the Krusty Krab and Chum Bucket, and the Bikini Bottom Cinema.
* HumongousMecha: [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=], the final boss. You go inside of it! The other two robot bosses are also pretty big.
* IdiosyncraticComboLevels
* InNameOnly: The GBA and PC versions have the same plot as the console versions, but they have absolutely no gameplay similarities. The GBA game is a 2D Platformer whose only playable character is [=Spongebob=], and the PC game is a collection of [[MiniGame Mini Games]].
* JackOfAllStats: [=SpongeBob=], of course!
* JungleJapes: The Kelp Forest has shades of this.
* KungFuProofMook:
** G-Love cannot usually be directly attacked by the normal attack as its spins, you will have to stomp them, lasso them or use projectiles to hit them, or attack when it's not spinning.
** Monsoon [[AirborneMook flies directly out of reach]] of your normal attack and Spongebowl, so you have to use a Bubble Uppercut, missile, thrown object or lasso to take it down.
** Sleepytime will repel the Bubblebowl and will attack you with an instant-hit laser if you move too quickly around it. Sneak up on it or use the Cruise Missile or other projectiles to beat it.
** Slick has an oil shield that has to be taken down with a projectile or else you will take damage if you hit it.
** You need to kill the Tubelet's top section before the bottom ones, otherwise it will use an explosion attack that regenerates all three of them!
* LaserHallway: In the art museum in Rock Bottom, [=SpongeBob=] has to shut these down in order to get further.
* LevelAte: The Krusty Krab section of "[=SpongeBob=]'s Dream", as well as an unused version of Patrick's dream that can be found in the game's code.
* LevelsTakeFlight: The Sandy Cheeks section of [=SpongeBob=]'s Dream.
* TheLostWoods: The Kelp Forest.
* MeaningfulName: The robots.
** Fodder is pretty much [[TheGoomba cannon fodder]].
** Ham-mer uses a hammer made of a ham to whack you.
** Tar-Tar fires hot tartar sauce at you.
** G-Love has multiple hands, each with a glove.
** Chuck '''chucks''' water bombs at you.
** Monsoon summons a thunderstorm to attack you. It also holds an umbrella.
** Chomp-bots resemble dogs, complete with dog breath.
** Bomb-Bots are {{Action Bomb}}s
** Sleepy Time is a sleepwalking lobster robot that wakes up and attacks you if you move too quickly near it.
** Slick attacks you with oil and leaves an oil slick.
** Arf summons dog-robots to attack the player.
** Tubelets are three little robots in rubber tubes.
** Bzzt-Bots attack you with an electric beam of sorts.
* MechaMook: 14 of them to choose from in the game.
** The first and most common is [[TheGoomba Fodder.]] Tiny, slightly fast moving robots with electric rods they swing at you.
** [[PunnyName Ham-Mer]], another fairly common enemy, uses a [[DropTheHammer giant hammer]] made of a literal large ham to attack you.
** Tar-Tar, a very slow moving, but durable robot that attacks you by [[AbnormalAmmo firing shots of boiling-hot Tartar sauce.]]
** G-Love, a UFO-like robot that uses a SpinAttack with its [[MultiArmedAndDangerous multiple hands]]. You have to either GroundPound it, or use Sandy's lasso to kill it.
** Monsoon, a irritating [[AirborneMook flying robot]] capable of summoning [[ShockAndAwe thunderclouds]] to attack you. The only ways to defeat him is to use [=SpongeBob=]'s Bubble Uppercut or Cruise Bubble, Patrick's Throw Fruit, or Sandy's Lasso.
** [[MeaningfulName Chuck]], another flying robot that is capable of chucking long range, surprisingly accurate water-balloon missiles at you. [[GoddamnedBats The missiles also have a shockwave that hurts you and sends you flying, and they're usually placed at platforms by bottomless pits.]]
** Bomb-Bot: A small robot that slowly chases you around and makes a [[ActionBomb small explosion after several seconds.]] They're even less harmful than ''Fodder'', because you can easily smack them away long before they can detonate.
** Chomp-Bot: An AngryGuardDog like robot, that attacks by belching toxic gas at you.
** Sleepy Time: A security robot that is normally asleep, but if you should step into his surrounding light ''without'' sneaking (only possible with [=SpongeBob=]), it will angrily awake and will quickly use a homing laser to chew off your health in a hurry. You can't use the Bubble Bowl (It will deflect it with the laser), but you can use the Cruise Missile, or throw a Tiki as Patrick in a couple of cases.
** [[EliteMook Slick]]: An enemy you meet late in the game, is easily the toughest enemy in the game to beat. To begin with, he's protected by an oil shield, and even after ''that'' is destroyed, he takes two more hits to take down, and its entirely possible for him to respawn the shield. His penchant for spitting oil at you, which can impede your movement if it lands on the ground, makes him only more irritating.
** [[MookMaker Arf]] & Arf-Dawg: Another irritating tough mook, Arf is a cowboy robot that attacks from a long distance, sending exploding dog-robots at you. The only safe way to attack him is with the Bubble Bowl, as his dawgs will mow your health down well before you can reach him, and he takes more than one hit to take down, and he will swing his doghouse at you if you get too close. While the cruise bubble can kill him in one hit, using it makes you an easy target for his dawgs.
** [[TerribleTrio Tube-Let]], a trio of innertube donning robots. The bottom one uses a flamethrower to attack you, but hurting one of them causes the trio to start a self-destruct action, unless the top robot is destroyed in time.
** Bzzt-Bot, a group of small, one-eyed robots that float around and use pseudo-psychic beam attacks to hurt you. Unlike Fodder and Bomb-Bot, though they die in one hit, they stay away from the character and use the beam. A group of them can get in a hit or two.
* MightyGlacier: Patrick Star. Easily the worst jumper (He's the only character who can't attack in mid-air) but his main gimmick is picking things up and throwing them, with great accuracy.
* MookDebutCutscene: Almost all the Mooks have one, usually showing them using their abilities on a hapless victim.
* MookMaker: The Duplicatotron. Also, the Arf robot.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The G-Love mooks.
* MultiPlatform
* MundaneUtility: Those crystals you collected for Barnacle Boy in the Kelp Forest? [[spoiler:They help him clip his nose hairs at super speed!]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the Carnival section of Goo Lagoon, Mr. Krabs has Patrick take out the robot controlling the ticket booth. Unfortunately, Pat does his job too well, as his destruction of the ticket booth results in parts of the Carnival falling apart (albiet allowing him to progress further).
* NoobCave: [=SpongeBob=]'s House acts as the tutorial level for the game.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Plankton, when he finally gets back to the Chum Bucket, assumes putting a "obey" sign over "not obey" will cause the robots to obey him. Subverted in that the robots ''are'' obeying--just not the real Plankton.
* OffWithHisHead: Played with during the Robo-Sandy boss fight. The first part is slamming on its body so that its head launches into the scoreboard, thus electrocuting it. The second phase involves Patrick knocking the head off, and then picking it up and throwing it into the fallen scoreboard. By the third phase, the robot [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy wises up]] and grabs the head when its knocked off, but this allows [=SpongeBob=] to use his bubble-uppercut to strike it from below.
* OneManArmy: [=SpongeBob=]. While Patrick and Sandy are specialization characters, [=SpongeBob=] amasses an impressive moveset throughout the game--he starts with a bubble wand strike, a double jump, a bubble uppercut and bubble slam, and later on gets the Spongeball move, the Bubble Bowling ball, and finally a ''guided cruise missile bubble''. Patrick is only needed to throw stuff, and Sandy is needed to cross large gaps.
* OneWingedAngel: After the first phase of the [=SpongeBot=] [=SteelPants=] battle, it sprouts anchor arms and expands to a ludicrously large size. Subverted, in that the second phase has you destroy it from the inside.
* OrchestralBombing: The final boss theme.
* PalmtreePanic: Goo Lagoon.
* PinballZone: The Spongeball Arena.
* PlotCoupon: The Golden Spatulas. The game doesn't even try to explain why you need them to travel across Bikini Bottom, other than a lampshade hanging late in the game. See the quote above.
* PunnyName: One of the first mooks you meet in the game is "Ham-mer", a robot that uses a giant ham to whack you with. Lampshaded by [=SpongeBob=]. Patrick, however, dosen't get it.
-->''"Ham-mer (laughs) I get it!"''
* RiseToTheChallenge: In the Goo Lagoon level, when you enter the giant sandcastle, it starts getting flooded with goo, which you have to outrun. The quote below is even the trope's quote!
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': ''"Water, rising, must-get-to-higher-GROUND!"''
* RobotMe: Along the way, [=SpongeBob=] runs into gigantic robotic versions of his friends Sandy and Patrick, eventually leading to a final battle against a gigantic robotic version of himself and a robotic version of Plankton.
* SecretLevel: The Spongeball Arena.
* ShoutOut: Right before the boss battle with Prawn, Mermaidman gets to do an elongated scream of [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan "PRAAAAAAAAAAAWN!"]]
** The Cruise Bubble is ''very'' similar to the Visibomb Gun used by [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank a certain Lombax]], who just happened to debut a year before this game was released.
* SkateHeavenIsAPlaceOnEarth: The Krusty Krab section of [=SpongeBob=]'s Dream. Becomes ThatOneLevel due to the number of robots out to kill you.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Sand Mountain.
* SquishyWizard: [=SpongeBob=].
* SuperDrowningSkills: No one can swim, so touching or landing in goo (the games answer to "water") will send them flying back to land, or drown them on the spot. Patrick, however, can use 'Freezy Fruits' to freeze goo to cross it.
* SuperStrength: Patrick displays this more than the other characters, as he is the only character who can lift up "Throw Fruit", tikis stunned robots and Freezy Fruits. His throwing arm is quite impressive, however.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Plankton's robots, due to him not setting the lever on the MookMaker to "Obey".
* UndergroundLevel: Rock Bottom and the Mermalair.
* UnderTheSea: The entire game.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The Chum Bucket.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: The game allows you to harmlessly knock back or irritate NPC characters you meet. One instance of this is a ''mandatory'' goal in order to get a spatula--the goal in question is "[[ButtMonkey Annoy Squidward]]". You annoy him by destroying his artwork.
** Or, alternatively, you can simply heed his word: [[SarcasmMode "go jump around like an idiot."]] [[SarcasmFailure Jumping up and down repeatedly will]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard earn you that spatula.]] Destroying everything in his house gets you a sock, which you need to get all the spatulas. In case you hadn't figured it out, Squidward's kind of a ButtMonkey.
* VideoGameFlight: Sandy can use her lasso as a helicopter, allowing her to glide a fairly long distance.
* WarmUpBoss: King Jellyfish.
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: The [[Main/MirrorBoss SpongeBot SteelPants]] boss literally sends the words "Kah-RAH-tae" at [=SpongeBob=] after three of its lights are destroyed.
* WhiteVoidRoom: Or Black Void Room, in the case of the Patrick section of [=SpongeBob=]'s Dream.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: It seems when Barnacle Boy is not being a semi-retired superhero or staying around Shady Shoals, he runs security for the Rock Bottom Art Museum.
* WordSaladTitle: The name of the film playing at the Bikini Bottom Cinema.
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