* AntiClimaxBoss: Subverted. [[spoiler:Dennis is built up as a major threat but crushed by the Cyclops moments after he finally catches up with the heroes before he can do much to them... Then he comes back and the ''actual'' fight with him takes place.]]
%% No Complete Monsters in SpongebobSquarepants. Comedic Sociopathy played for laughs =/= CM
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijiNOxYgHPI "I'M A GOOFY GOOBER!" '''ROCK!''']]
** Squidward gets one for catching onto and attempting to prematurely stop Plankton's plan. [[spoiler:Doesn't save him because he announces his intent to do so to Plankton himself.]]
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The [=SpongeBob=] theme... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA3Sk8AgXD4 as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra]].
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp7E2ZqcuqI here's another version]] - performed by Music/AvrilLavigne.
** As mentioned above, the Goofy Goober rock song.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E5m_XtCX3c Ocean Man]]" by Music/{{Ween}}, as heard in the credits. Various other songs from the soundtrack also count, such as "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-xZewwRoIg SpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy]]" by Music/FlamingLips, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL1AI49CcuQ Just a Kid]]" by Music/{{Wilco}} - and one that isn't actually in the movie, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW_Y_NwBBP0 They'll Soon Discover]]" by Music/TheShins.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dennis.
* FlatCharacter: Princess Mindy. If you think about it, she's really not much more than a plot device. Her only contributions to the story were to be a love interest for Patrick, stop her father from killing Mr. Krabs, give [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick their [[MagicFeather "mustaches"]], and stall her father long enough for [=SpongeBob=] to come back with the crown.
* FridgeBrilliance: When Plankton smelled his Plan Z folder, he said that it was 'lemon scented'. This may be just a joke, until you realize that in one of the TV episodes, there's the "'''E'''very '''V'''illain '''I'''s '''L'''emons" joke.
* GoodBadBugs: In the final boss of the Video Game, a broken plank on the floor behind Krabs leaves you safe from [[spoiler: Neptune's]] attacks.
* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: [=SpongeBob=] is known for being goofy and immature, but in this movie, Creator/TomKenny does an ''outstanding'' job at [[TearJerker making the audience cry]]. Especially during the gift shop scene.
--> ''[[DarkReprise I'mmm]]'' [[DarkReprise a Goofy Goober, yeahhhh...]]
** Not to mention that brief HeroicBSOD at the edge of the trench, where [=SpongeBob=] realizes how immature he is for his age. Hearing the guy sound so panicked and frustrated with himself is quite a shock.
* MagnificentBastard: Plankton finally becomes this, as he succeeds in an EvilPlan for perhaps the first time ever.
** Possibly the best example would be Plankton ''successfully'' framing Mr. Krabs for stealing the crown, with a simple phone call. But what really makes it it Plankton smirking, listening to Neptune scream.
--> '''Plankton:''' "Plan Z. I ''love'' Plan Z!"
* MemeticMutation: [[http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/g33PYjkPy0s/maxresdefault.jpg Surprised Patrick]], from his reaction following AlwaysABiggerFish. Pretty odd, considering the fact that the movie came out nearly ten years ago and has only recently become a meme - and the fact that [=SpongeBob=] was there pulling the exact same expression, yet he does NOT have the same Memetic status as Patrick (a fact that is lampshaded in [[http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/529/102/1a3.jpg this image]]).
* MoralEventHorizon: Plankton definitely crosses this when he steals Neptune's crown, frames Mr. Krabs for it (knowing very well that he'll be executed), brainwashing and enslaving Bikini Bottom and hiring Dennis to kill SpongeBob and Patrick. He takes it even further at the climax when he [[spoiler:brainwashes King Neptune to not only kill SpongeBob and Patrick, but also kill Mindy, ''his own daughter''.]]
* PuritySue: Princess Mindy, arguably due to her FlatCharacter status mentioned above.
* ShockingSwerve: [[spoiler:Spongebob suddenly having the ability to turn into a rock warrior/wizard at the climax of the film.]] Nonetheless, it's still awesome to watch.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Patrick and [=SpongeBob=]'s DisneyDeath. Near the end, as they're slowly drying out under the heat lamp, and [=SpongeBob=] has kind of a lengthy monologue about how they failed, and then they both realise that they at least got to Shell City, and they turn to one another, express their gratitude for having each other as friends, and with the last of their strength start singing the "Goofy Goober Song" together, ending with their tears merging to form a heart shape. Even the pirates in the theater were bawling. Bonus points on making such a cheesy song so heartbreaking.]]
** Has now warranted [[TearJerker/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie its own page]].
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Between the beautifully deranged animation, great use of the RogerRabbitEffect, and other special effects, this is one great looking movie.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: SpongeBob and Patrick get drunk off of ice cream, and wake up with hangovers.
** Mind-controlled slaves, a few deaths, and a violent hitman.