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[[caption-width-right:299:[[BigDamnMovie This is not your average Bikini Bottom adventure]].]]

'''''The [=SpongeBob=] [=SquarePants=] Movie''''' is, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well]], [[TheMovie a movie based on the]] {{Nickelodeon}} cartoon ''[[SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants]]''. And as expected for a movie based on one of Nickelodeon's programs, it's a [[BigDamnMovie big damn one]].

In the film, Mr. Krabs opens up a second Krusty Krab restaurant, and [=SpongeBob=] is heavily anticipating being promoted to manager of the new restaurant. But to his dismay, Squidward gets the job instead because [=SpongeBob=] is supposedly not mature enough for the job. Meanwhile, Plankton finally stops fooling around and enacts his greatest plan to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula -- he steals King Neptune's crown, sends it to the dangerous Shell City, and frames Mr. Krabs for it. When Neptune finds his crown missing, he crashes the Krusty Krab 2 and charges Krabs for the theft, but [=SpongeBob=] is willing to travel to Shell City to retrieve the crown, so Neptune gives him six days to find it, during which he has Krabs frozen.

While [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick head off on their adventure, Plankton makes it past the frozen Krabs and successfully steals the Krabby Patty formula. He then gives away bucket-helmets with all the Krabby Patties he sells, which then turn his customers into his monument-building slaves. Can [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick successfully retrieve Neptune's crown and save Bikini Bottom...?

Series creator Stephen Hillenburg intended for the movie to serve as a GrandFinale to the series, but ExecutiveMeddling got in the way of that. Many fans widely accept it and consider it a spectacular love letter to the original series. It also received mixed positive critical reception, earning a 68% on RottenTomatoes. Which may not sound like much, but it's pretty damn good for a Nick movie. [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paramount-dates-spongebob-squarepants-2-598033 A sequel has been greenlit for release on February 7, 2015,]] currently titled ''The [=SpongeBob=] Movie: Sponge Out of Water''. The writers from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' [[http://www.slashfilm.com/sequel-bits-crank-3-iron-man-3-spongebob-squarepants-2-rio-2-last-exorcism-2-paranormal-activity-4/#more-134534 are coming on board to pen the screenplay,]] and current showrunner Paul Tibbitt is set to direct the animated sequences, while ''Film/SkyHigh'' director Mike Mitchell is on board to direct the live-action sequences.

Shares a CharacterSheet with [[Characters/SpongeBobSquarePants the series]].
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!!This movie contains examples of:
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* AbsurdlyBrightLight: off King Neptune's bald head
* AdamWesting: Creator/DavidHasselhoff as a super-swimming lifeguard. "I'm David Hasselhoff!"
** "Hooray!"
* [[AlwaysABiggerFish Always a Bigger Boot]]: Just as [[PsychoForHire Dennis]] is about to stomp on Spongebob and Patrick with hugely spiked boots, a larger boot stomps on him, seemingly killing him. Unfortunately, it's the diver's boot...
** Also played straight when the giant fish charging at Spongebob and Patrick misses them, charges off a cliff, and a huge freakin' eel eats it in one gulp. Spongebob and Patrick justifiably just sit there, [[JawDrop mouth agape]].
* AnAesop: Lampshaded in the following dialog:
-->'''[=SpongeBob:=]''' I guess you're right, Plankton. I am just a kid. And you know, I've been through a lot in the last six days, five minutes, twenty-seven-and-a-half seconds, and if I've learned ''anything'' during that time, it's that you are who you are. And no amount of mermaid magic, or managerial promotion, or [[RuleOfThree some other third thing]] can make me any more than what I really am inside: a kid.\\
'''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Plankton]]:''' Very impressive. Now, back against the wall...\\
'''[=SpongeBob:=]''' [on microphone] But that's okay! Because I did all the things they said a kid ''couldn't do!'' I made it to Shell City, and I beat the cyclops, and I rode the [[AdamWesting Hasselhoff]], and I brought the crown ''BACK!'' So, yeah, I'm a kid! And I'm also a goofball, and a wingnut, and a Knucklehead [=McSpazatron=]! But most of all, I'm... I'm... I'm... [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: I'm a Goofy Goober! ]]
[[[ThePowerOfRock rock music starts]]]
** And later subverted in the end of the movie:
--->'''Mr. Krabs:''' Mr. Squidward, front and center! I think we all know who rightfully deserves to wear that badge.\\
'''[[PerpetualFrowner Squidward]]:''' I couldn't agree more, sir.\\
[Crowd cheers]\\
'''[=SpongeBob:=]''' Wait a second, everybody. There's something I need to say first. But I just don't know how to put it.\\
'''Squidward:''' I think I know what it is. After going on your life-changing journey, you now realize that you don't want what you thought you wanted. What you really wanted was inside you all along.\\
'''[=SpongeBob:=]''' Are you crazy?! I was just going to tell you that your fly is down. Manager! This is the greatest day of my ''[[YeahShot liiiiiiife!]]''
*** Which is funny, since Squidward [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal doesn't wear any pants]].
** King Neptune also gets an aesop on how important it is to show/have love and compassion when you're in a position of leadership.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Squidward says he's going to report Plankton to King Neptune because he "made one fatal mistake -- you messed with ''my'' paycheck!"
** Also, when Plankton reads over his final plan to steal the Krabby Patty formula. "It's evil, it's diabolical, *sniffs* it's lemon-scented!"
* AssumedWin: Mr Krabs announces that the new manager of the Krusty Krab 2 has "a name you all know, it starts with an S!". [=SpongeBob=] assumes that ''he's'' the new manager (even though Mr Krabs just announced that it was Squidward, revealing a ''giant portrait of his face'' to top it off), and has to humiliate himself three times over microphone before realising that the new manager is actually Squidward.
* BigBad: Plankton
* BigNever: During the battle on David Hasselhoff's back, Dennis states to [=SpongeBob=] that he "always gets his man", prompting the latter to jump out of the way just as Dennis is about to grab him, letting out a very long, epic "NEVEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!!" as he jumps across to Hasselhoff's other leg in slow-motion.
* BadassMustache: Princess Mindy makes a pair of these out of seaweed to convince [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick that they have become men.
** Then used in a throwaway gag courtesy of Dennis; he notes the [[EpicFail obviously fake mustaches]], pulls them off the pair's faces, and then shows them what a real mustache looks like. He pulls down his bandana, revealing his clean-shaven face. He then proceeds to grow a particularly bushy one through sheer force of will in an instant.
*** "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Is he a mermaid?]]"
* BadGuyBar: The Thug Tug
%%* BarBrawl
%%* BigDamnMovie
* [[BitchInSheepsClothing Bastard In Sheep's Clothing]]: Plankton
* BlowingARaspberry: This is the extent of [=SpongeBob=] telling off Mr. Krabs [[HypocriticalHumor for thinking he's still a kid]].
* BreakTheHaughty: The two fish at the gas station get this...they crack a joke to Dennis and he pulls their mouths off their face.
* BroadStrokes: The film was well known for this, especially in recent years. It has been criticized that the film links a alternate canon in the series, because after the film does not show specific changes they had during the course of the film.
* TheCaligula: King Neptune shows signs of this.
* CallBack: Patrick gets into an argument with King Neptune over how many days [=SpongeBob=] needs to find the crown. This is similar to the argument Patrick had with the previous Neptune in ''Neptune's Spatula'' over how many challenges [=SpongeBob=] can do.
** The scene of [[spoiler:[=SpongeBob=] and Patrick drying out]] is reminiscent of the first full episode "Tea at the Treedome", only this time it's '''''not''''' PlayedForLaughs.
* ChekhovsGun: A minor example, but King Neptune's embarrassment over his bald spot later prevents him from stopping Plankton and saving Bikini Bottom, as he is too distracted with finding a way to grow hair.
* ComicallySmallBribe: [=SpongeBob=] attempts to bribe Dennis with five "Goober Dollars". He isn't impressed.
* CoolCar: The Patty Wagon, as seen in the page image.
* CreditsMontage: The credits show pictures of [=SpongeBob=] [[spoiler:in his new life as the manager of the Krusty Krab 2. The credits make it obvious that the job is horrible, but since [=SpongeBob=] loves to work, he's having the time of his life.]] And it's all set to Music/{{Ween}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E5m_XtCX3c "Ocean Man"]].
* DarkReprise: [[spoiler:[=SpongeBob=] and Patrick's tearful rendition of the Goofy Goober theme song as they dry out.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Yes, of course. Unlike the rest of the series, this movie is considerably a lot darker and has plenty of horror elements. Plankton is more depraved and vicious than in the series, to the point that he sadistically shows excitement and joy when King Neptune is about to ''kill'' Mr. Krabs, not to mention the monsters that abound in the way of [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick and the mercenary Dennis sent by Plankton to kill the duo.
* DemotedToExtra: Any character from the show who isn't [=SpongeBob=], Patrick and Plankton. Squidward and Sandy only show up a few times, and Mr Krabs spends the movie frozen.
%%* DerangedAnimation
* DestinationDefenestration: In the beginning of the movie, Squidward catches Spongebob in the shower with him, and after a small conversation with Spongebob, Squidward ''kicks Spongebob out of his window.''
* DeusExMachina: The film writes itself into a corner that can only be rectified by a wonderfully ridiculous parody of Music/TwistedSister's I Wanna Rock. The villain's plans are undone by the explosive [[ThePowerOfRock power of rock]] music. Once the smoke clears, [=SpongeBob=] is left dangling on the end of a rope suspended above the stage in a neat reference to the literal Greek tragedy deus ex machina.
** Also: They got the crown, but manage to lose the bag of winds. They have very little time to get home, and all is hopeless...cue David Hasselhoff showing up out of nowhere to take Spongebob and Patrick home.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:[=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are killed via drying out in Shell City, then revived thanks to their SwissArmyTears.]]
* TheDragon: Dennis, to Plankton.
* DreamSequence: The opening scene.
* DrunkOnMilk: In this case, a milk product rather than liquid milk; specifically, ice cream.
** Moderately justified in that Spongebob is also sleep-deprived.
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: What Plankton does to Bikini Bottom.
* {{Egopolis}}: After [[spoiler:enslaving all of Bikini Bottom with his mind controlling helmets, Plankton converted it into Planktopolis, complete with giant stone statues of himself.]]
* EyeScream: "Bald! Bald! Bald! Bald! MY EYES!!"
* FauxAffablyEvil: Plankton.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Plankton sends a hitman named Dennis after [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick.
* FramingDevice: A band of pirates go to a movie theater to see the movie.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies Spongebob and Patrick]]. [[DisneyDeath They got better]].]]
* GrandFinale: According to WordOfGod, all episodes made after the movie take place before it, so it's still (chronologically) the GrandFinale.
* HandWave: The reason that [=SpongeBob=] is able to drive the Patty Wagon even though he doesn't have his license?
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' You don't need a license to drive a sandwich.
* HarmlessFreezing: Although he can't stop Plankton from stealing the formula in his frozen state, Krabs still manages to show reaction to things going on.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: When our two protagonists reach the deep, dark, dangerous, hazardous, monster-infested trench that will lead them to Shell City, [=SpongeBob=], [[ThePollyanna of all people]], just flat-out gives up, turns back to go home, and tearfully tells Patrick that they're "just kids" who will die if they carry on with this journey.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick. And how.
** The "heterosexual" part is pretty debatable, given what Spongebob thinks about Patrick in fishnets...
* HijackingCthulhu: [[spoiler: Plankton mind-controls King Neptune near the end.]]
* HumansAreCthulhu:
** The "Cyclops" (actually a deep-sea diver). He just wants to collect sea creatures to sell as souvenirs - but that includes [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, much to their horror.
*** Although he apparently has a green glowing face and laughs maniacally when his specimens start to panic and NEVER takes off his diving suit.
** Creator/DavidHasselhoff, however, is an aversion.
* InsistentTerminology: A classic example. King Neptune is ''not'' bald, he is thinning.
%%* IsThisThingStillOn?
* {{Jerkass}}: King Neptune. But Plankton is much more of a jerk.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: King Neptune becomes this at the end, when he realizes how his daughter was right about having love and compassion when you're a ruler, and he thanks Spongebob for his help and apologizes to Mr. Krabs for freezing him.
* JustAKid: [=SpongeBob=] gets this from nearly ''everyone'' in the movie. [[spoiler: He later becomes proud of being a "kid", because he managed to get King Neptune's crown back despite nobody believing he could do it for this reason.]]
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [[spoiler: So yeah, I'm a kid! And I'm also a goofball! And a wingnut! And a Knucklehead [=McSpazatron=]! But most of all... [[ThePowerOfRock I'M A GOOFY GOOBER! ROCK!]]]]
* KillItWithFire: King Neptune tries to do this to Mr. Krabs
* KnightOfCerebus: Dennis.
** Surprisingly enough, Plankton manages to become one as well.
** And The Cyclops.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Patrick is infatuated with Neptune's daughter Mindy.
* LowerDeckEpisode: A ''Nickelodeon Magazine'' special promoting the film included a comic story showing Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy trying (and failing) to stop Plankton during the events of the movie.
* LudicrousPrecision: [=SpongeBob=]: "I've been through a lot in the past six days, five minutes, twenty-seven-and-a-half seconds..."
* MagicFeather: the seaweed moustaches.
* {{Meganekko}}: Mindy.
* MoodWhiplash: "MEOW PLANKTON."
** Before that; the scene at the Goofy Goober bar. Said peanut comes out dancing and singing. Then the camera pans to a sobbing Spongebob who isn't joining in the fun at all because he didn't get a promotion to manager for the Krusty Krab 2.
** Towards the end of the proud and triumphant TheyveComeSoFarSong "Now That We're Men," Spongebob and Patrick see a sign that says "Shell City Dead Ahead", and Spongebob happily says, "Well, Patrick, we should be there in one more verse!" and begin to finish the song, but then out of nowhere the music and happy atmosphere are cut off by the arrival of PsychoForHire Dennis, who has finally caught up with them and intends to kill them both.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The opening scene features a dramatic scene based around the "crisis" of a customer being given a Krabby Patty without cheese, complete with a slow-motion sequence of [=SpongeBob=] putting some cheese into the patty, played in the same manner as an action hero disarming a bomb. It's a DreamSequence, but still...
%%* NakedPeopleAreFunny
* NeverSayDie: Averted. The words "kill" and "die" are used several times. The scene in Shell City has Spongebob stress the words "dead" and "killed" as if to tell the audience "Yes we're defying this trope and using the actual word in a movie for kids."
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Dennis gets crushed by the Cyclops when he first catches up with Spongebob and Patrick. He comes back afterwards for the final showdown.]]
%%* OcularGushers
* OffModel: [[TropesAreNotBad But in a good way;]] the film seems to follow the Creator/JohnKricfalusi method of staying less on-model and more in-character.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:The "Cyclops" has this reaction when the animals in his shop begin to revive and he realizes they're about to beat the tar out of him.]]
** PlayedForLaughs with SpongeBob and Patrick when a sea monster eats the Pattymobile. So much that Patrick's OhCrap has earned the nickname [[MemeticMutation Surprised Patrick]].
* OlderThanTheyLook: According to [=SpongeBob=], he has won the Employee of the Month Award 376 times in a row. This means he has been working for over 31 years. Assuming that he started work at age 16, this means he could be 47 years old or older!
** This is a very likely mistake on the movie's part. [[{{WritersCannotDoMath}} Spongebob's official year of birth is 1986, making it impossible for him to be that old. At the time of the movie's release Spongebob was 18 years old. ]]
* OmnicidalManiac: Plankton vows to destroy everyone.
%%* PleaseKeepYourHatOn
* ThePowerOfRock: [=SpongeBob=] breaks Plankton's hypnosis with a rock remix of the Goofy Goober song.
* PsychoForHire: Dennis outright says that he's a hitman because he loves his job.
* RogerRabbitEffect: The sequence between the "Cyclops" (a maniacal diver) capturing [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, and them returning to Bikini Bottom.
* {{Sadist}}: Plankton is extremely sadistic in the movie. He shows great excitement, enthusiasm and joy when Mr. Krabs is going to be executed.
* SarcasticClapping: Plankton after [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick make it back.
-->'''Plankton:''' Oh yes. Well done, [=SpongeBOOB=].
* SeriesFauxnale: This film was meant to serve as the closing to the show, but [[ExecutiveMeddling Nickelodeon insisted on putting the series back in production.]]
* ShoutOut: The "nut bar" at Goofy Goober's has pictures of ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' and ''{{Popeye}}'' comics.
** Also, [[spoiler: When Neptune unfreezes Mr. Krabs, he accidentally has his trident on the "Real Boy" setting, turning Mr. Krabs into a [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio Pinocchio]] lookalike, before just turning him back to normal.]]
** And let's not forget [[Film/JurassicPark the frogfish scene.]]
* SinisterShades: Dennis has a pair.
* TheSociopath: Plankton is this in the same movie. He did not seem to feel any remorse for what he did do, worse, undertakes to destroy everyone when was arrested.
* SurrealHumour: [[HilarityEnsues "Hooray! Bubble Party!"]]
* SwissArmyTears: [[spoiler:What ultimately saves [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick from their DisneyDeath.]]
%%* TeamRocketWins
* TestosteronePoisoning: ''Lots'' of examples.
** The "Now That We're Men" song.
** Dennis growing his BadassMustache in an instant to prove how much manlier he was than [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick.
** Every scene with Creator/DavidHasselhoff. Every. Single. Scene.
* TheyveComeSoFarSong: "Now That We're Men," with [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick finally passing through the monster-filled trench... and the monsters are singing with them.
* TiredOfRunning: Parodied. When Dennis confronts them for the final time, Spongebob tells Patrick to run, but Patrick steps forward saying, "No. I'm tired of running. If we run now we'll never stop - " Dennis then slaps Patrick, sending him flying back to Hasselhoff's heel, where he screams, "RUN, SPONGEBOB!"
* TomTheDarkLord: We have a vile, dangerous bounty hunter, and his name is... Dennis.
* TookALevelInBadass: [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick.
* TheUnreveal: Plankton finally finds out the Krabby Patty formula, but we don't.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Plankton himself, Dennis and The Cyclops.
* VillainousBreakdown: Dennis is a lot more calm and cool when chasing after SpongeBob and Patrick, as well as during his first encounter with him, then he is after [[spoiler:being crushed by the boot]] and encountering them on top of David Hasselhoff. He's a lot more aggressive and prone to anger at the point--notably, he lost his glasses and bandana, so we can now see his expressions.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity
* WhamLine: "My parade shall be quite dry, under my UMBRELLA."
** "Now activating bucket helmet [[spoiler:[[{{Brainwashed}} brain control devices]]]]."
* YeahShot: The movie ends with [=SpongeBob=] [[spoiler: leaping in the air in complete joy after FINALLY getting his well-deserved promotion to manager of the Krusty Krab 2.]]
--> '''[=SpongeBob=]:''' [[spoiler: Manager! ''[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming This is the greatest day of my liiiife!]]'']]
* YouGotSpunk: Dennis to Spongebob: "You've got guts, kid. Too bad I gotta rip 'em out of you."
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler:Spongebob and Patrick get Neptune's crown back and seemingly save the day... Then Plankton reveals he had a backup plan and just takes control of [[PhysicalGod Neptune]].]]
* YouWontFeelAThing: A subversion:
-->'''Dennis:''' Don't worry, this'll only hurt a lot!
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