The stand-off at the end of "Pickles". After going into a funk for forgetting to put pickles in a Patty, SpongeBob loses his confidence. This leads to a Heroic BSOD sequence of him failing the order of simple tasks (from word order to cooking). After days of help, he eventually remembers the order, and we get the badass sequence. With this music playing, we see the epic western-esque stand off between Bubble Bass and SpongeBob. The facial expressions, SpongeBob's cool, confident demeanor vs the roars of Bubble Bass, the tension, it was all worth it in the end as SpongeBob figures out that Bubble Bass was hiding the pickles for both confrontations (along with, inexplicably, someone's car keys) under his tongue. He deserved all the cheers at the end.
SpongeBob also gets a subtle one at the beginning of the episode. For not only managing to decipher the Double Triple Bossy Deluxe effortlessly but also actually managing to construct the damn thing!
Best of all is the instant when both SpongeBob and Plankton join forces on the mic for that big "YEAH!". Frequent enemies working together for a common (good) cause? AWESOME.
Almost as awesome are Mrs. Puff playing the guitar (complete with rock star movements during her solo), Plankton's keyboard solo as the band members part to reveal SpongeBob standing in a spotlight with a microphone, and a sunglasses-wearing Patrick on the drums. (And honourable mention goes to Sandy on bass, Mr. Krabs on keytar, Pearl on sax, and the various fish extras for the opening trumpet fanfare.)
During a four-day marathon of Nicktoons programming held throughout Thanksgiving 2007 called the Nicktoons Superstuffed Weekend, a countdown was held of the top 100 Nicktoons moments of all time (as voted on by users of Nick.com). This was number one, as it should be.
It has led to its own Youtube fad in which the uploaders sync the footage to Awesome Music of their choice.
In general, it has all of the right humor that made SpongeBob popular to begin with, a pretty gripping story involving Plankton finally getting his wish to rule the world, and it added in a lot of great character development for both SpongeBob and Patrick, who wind up growing up quite a bit in the film.
Squidward easily finds out about Plankton's plan. How he did it is unknown, but him finding out and calling Plankton out...that was kinda cool.
Two rednecks bet that SpongeBob and Patrick couldn't last 10 seconds beyond the county line, which is in the middle of nowhere. All of a sudden, a thug comes up and takes their vehicle. How many seconds was that? 12 seconds.
At the end, SpongeBob singing "I'm aGoofy Goober" and breaking everyone free from Plankton's control.
And, to top it all off, the movie ends with a rather heartwarming moment for SpongeBob as he gets his well-deserved promotion and topping off the end of the series with a good little pop song by Ween with a montage of SpongeBob enjoying his new position. Apparently, the creators have stated that even though they've continued making episodes, the movie is basically where the SpongeBob story ends.
"No Weenies Allowed", which featured SpongeBob trying to get into a tough bar, and failing. At the end, SpongeBob pretends to get into a fight with Patrick, and the ensuing fight that follows is pretty awesome. The man is so impressed, he finally lets SpongeBob in.
Note that Patrick was beating himself up. Brutally.
The SpongeBob Christmas special. Half of the episode was made up of awesome. Espcially the song and at the end, with Squidward being nice and giving away everything for the sake of making SpongeBob happy after he made him upset in the first place. Also could count as a Heartwarming moment.
SpongeBob serving up all those patties at the end of the first episode, "Help Wanted". He earned his place as the Krusty Krab's fry cook.
The fight scene in "Sand Castles in the Sand". They just had enough badassery to create all of that with nothing but sand. The battle also ends in the most awesome way possible. After Patrick nukes SpongeBob's castle, SpongeBob kamikazes his fighter jet into the giant robot head Patrick was piloting!
Onto that note, Patrick firing a cannonball at Spongebob's forces.
The episode itself can be considered a meta example for the writers, since it was written during season 6, which is widely considered one of SpongeBob's worst seasons.
Okay, so SpongeBob is weak enough to barely lift 2 stuffed animals, right? But in "Pets or Pests", when he is left with a litter of worms, he gets so protective of them that not only does he tackle Larry, one of the strongest sea creatures around, when Larry threatens to eat them, but when a speeding truck is about to run the worms over, he stops it by ripping open the grille to get into the hood, then removing the entire engine block! SpongeBob was pumped up with awesomeness right there.
Then there's SpongeBob taking on a King Jellyfish when the incredible Jellyspotters couldn't. "Everybody loves pie!"
The climax of "Can You Spare A Dime" where, after months of Squidward's abuse, SpongeBob goes to Mister Krabs to get Squidward his job back and when Mr. Krabs doesn't SpongeBob takes 800 levels in pure badass and grabs Mr. Krabs, lifts him over his head and chokes the living hell out of him.
Squidward got one in "Pizza Delivery". After going through hell, SpongeBob finally got the pizza to the customer, who proceeds to bitch and scream about how they didn't bring him a drink (which he totally didn't order) and refuses to take the pizza. SpongeBob returns to Squidward in hysterical tears, and Squidward — who, mind you, despises SpongeBob — goes back to the customer...and has a majorPapa Wolf moment.
Customer: Another one? Look, I told your little friend I ain't payin' for that!
Followed by Squidward's epic line: "He ate the whole thing in one bite."
Of course, it's possible that Squidward was also retaliating for the guy turning his delivery from hell into a colossal waste of time. Anyone who's worked in food service for long enough will have his back through every second of that scene either way.
Earlier, he saved SpongeBob's life after he nearly gets run over by a passing van. Way to go, Squiddy!
In the episode "One Krabs' Trash", Mr. Krabs has to get back the #1 hat from a graveyard. This leads to him beating up an entire army of undead skeletons with one of the skeleton's (a swordfish) heads.
"LOOK AT ME! I'm Errol FIN!!!"
In one episode, Mr. Krabs discovers Gary has a "talent" for finding spare change, so he begins to take Gary around Bikini Bottom, stealing all the spare change he can find while keeping SpongeBob distracted by assigning him multiple tasks at the Krusty Krab. Eventually, one of Mr. Krabs' victims bumps into SpongeBob on the street, indirectly claiming his change was stolen by Mr. Krabs. The writers could've easily made SpongeBob dismiss the whole thing, but instead, he goes full Papa Wolf, confronts Mr. Krabs at his next heist, and straight up stands up against his own boss for abusing Gary. Considering how he seldom does that, it was great seeing that SpongeBob was setting that Jerkass straight. Unfortunately, this glorious moment is cut short considering that during the whole confrontation, Gary was collecting an entire tidal wave of change, distracting Mr. Krabs and prompting SpongeBob and Gary to make a break for it. Mr. Krabs ended up in the hospital, and all the change he heisted was used to pay his health bills.Served him right.
Made even more awesome if you remember that SpongeBob has been acting like a doormat to Mr. Krabs in the later seasons.
Squidward: He stuck up for you and you sold him out? (Points at Krabs) YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!
Just preceding that: just when the Flying Dutchman is about to collect Mr. Krabs's soul for failing to follow up on his promise to be a better person. SpongeBob bets his soul to prove that Krabs isn't a total skinflint and that there's a heart in him. When the deal falls through, Krabs is crestfallen. However, the mood is alleviated thirty seconds after SpongeBob goes for another CMOA: he gets out of being stuck in Davy Jones's Lockerby accidentally annoying the Flying Dutchman.
This scene in "The Abrasive Side". Even though SpongeBob is desperately trying to hold off his abrasive side, when he tries to apologize to Mr. Krabs after his abrasive side requests Krabs pay him overtime, this happens:
SpongeBob: Mr. Krabs! Mr. Krabs!
Mr. Krabs:(panicking) What do you want now, Mr. Pottymouth?!
SpongeBob: But Mr. Krabs, I never use immoderate language, like-(transforms into abrasive side)OVERTIME!
Mr. Krabs:(screams in terror)
Even though it was supposed to be serious and accidental, SpongeBob standing up to Mr. Krabs and striking such fear into him earns it this spot.
Patrick in "The Great Patty Caper" manages to outrun the train not once, nor twice, not even thrice, but four times, and managed to throw a boulder in front of the train on his last outrunning!
SpongeBob epically transforming into a hang-glider to catch up.
"Krusty Love", where after Mr. Krabs has SpongeBob going to store for something and then get on him for spending his money, SpongeBob snaps and actually swears. He also "cursed" Shiva. (all we hear is gibberish and we see Mrs. Puff pull out a dictionary and blush at what he's saying, but it's still awesome).
Mr. Krabs gets one in "Mr. Krabs Takes A Vacation". While Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob tour the Ocean Mint, at one point, two robbers try to rob the money, and try to harm the other tourists. Mr. Krabs defends for them, and uses SpongeBob to lasso them out of the Mint and into a police boat. This shows Mr. Krabs can care about others, not just money. If you want a redeeming example from his mean actions in the past few seasons, this should do it.
The end of "Opposite Day" must be mentioned. Squidward chasing SpongeBob and Patrick with a tractor, while laughing maniacally.
"HAPPY OPPOSITE DAYYYY!!!!"
The video game, Battle For Bikini Bottom, turns SpongeBob into a Bad Ass. He fights King Jellyfish to get his jelly to fix Squidward's stings, transverses a completely wrecked downtown to find steering wheels, fights through waves of robots to get the sun lotion back, shuts down the security system of the Mermalair and stops a villain from escaping, goes through Rock Bottom to retrieve the museum's paintings, beats speed records on Sand Mountain as well as destroying all the robots on the slopes, survives Kelp Forest, wins a battle against robot-controlled pirate ship using the Flying Dutchman's own ship, and defeats robot versions of Sandy, Patrick, himself and Plankton! His final power, Cruise Bubble, is a remote-controlled bubble-missile. He can use it as many times as he wants, so the final power SpongeBob gets is a unlimited remote-controlled rocket launcher!
The episode "Back to the Past" gains an undeniable CMOA when we meet the young Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy... Because they're voiced byAdam West and Burt Ward!
At the end of "Enchanted Tiki Dreams", SpongeBob and Patrick, even after ruining the paradise they created for him, still try to make Squidward relax by building him a swinging pirate ship and hurting themselves when it sways. If that's not Squidwardfinally winning for a change, then nothing is.
The end of "Bumper to Bumper", Sure, the test may have been null and void due to Mrs. Puff crossing over the county line 3 miles back, but SpongeBob finally got all of the driving requirements correct! It's possible that it might happen again, unless of course Negative Continuity takes effect.
Plankton finally getting his dream to grow an extra hundred feet to be able to crush his enemies in "Wishing You Well". One of the very few episodes to leave him on a happy note, merrily smashing large buildings to a pulp.
There's also the moment in "Tentacle-Vision" when he managed to blast Mr. Krabs with his Death Laser. Unfortunately, Krabs did survive it, but he was charred pretty badly.
After an electric shock affects Squidward's brain in "A Breath of Fresh Squidward", he ends up as friendly, competent and beloved as SpongeBob, to the point of finally winning Employee of the Month and breaking the latter's winning streak. Extra points for spending most of the episode basically getting indirect payback on SpongeBob and driving him crazy with his own clingy, over the top antics.
In "Way of the Sponge", SpongeBob beating up Sandy's karate master Fuzzy Acorns without even trying whilst doing his fry cook duties.
The first five minutes of "Little Yellow Book", in which Squidward finally gets back at SpongeBob by reading embarrassing entries in his diary, regardless of the entire town alienating him for the remainder of the episode. At the end he also reads SpongeBob's other diary while the town is pelting him with fruit and is laughing so hard he doesn't even care.
Towards the end of "Plankton's Pet", Spot saving Plankton's life again from the other dangerous pets that are trying to attack him. He grows in size and barks at them, scaring them into submission, and they quickly go back into their cages. Another rare episode that gives Plankton a happy ending.
The finale of "Are You Happy Now?" has Squidward violently tearing apart a room full of paper-mache SpongeBob replicas. It is HUGELY cathartic after all the crap SpongeBob puts Squidward through.
In "Squilliam Returns", Squidward's plans to make Squilliam think that he is the owner of a five-star restaurant end up starting to derail at the last minute. Luckily, SpongeBob manages to transform the Krusty Krab into a five-star restaurant within seconds, and Squidward succeeds in having another victory over Squilliam (even if it didn't last long). This episode, along with "Band Geeks", both show that SpongeBob has the power to help out Squidward when he's in need. (Well sure, the fact that he was given a book called "How To Become A Fancy Waiter in Less Than 20 Minutes" may have helped as well.)
"House Fancy" represents another rare triumph for Squidward over his hated rival, Squilliam Fancyson. After seeing Squilliam's ridiculously opulent house on the in-universe series House Fancy, Squidward tells presenter Nicholas Withers (voiced by guest star Alton Brown, host of Good Eats) that his own house puts Squilliam's to shame, and with only two hours to make good on his claim, he reluctantly enlists SpongeBob's help in re-decorating. Inevitably, SpongeBob destroys or otherwise mars everything he touches, and when he tries to vacuum up the debris, the out-of-control cleaner sucks up all of Squidward's possessions until the bag explodes and takes out Squidward's entire house... just as Withers and Squilliam arrive. However, the pieces of the house land in a rather attractive minimalist formation, and Withers declares it the next great thing in home decoration, announces an hour-long special on Squidward's house, and proclaims him the winner of an award that was intended for Squilliam, who promptly faints in despair.
The jellyfish in the episode "Jellyfish Hunter" get one when they are freed and give Mr. Krabs his just deserts.
SpongeBob gets one in the beginning of "New Digs," when he is running to work and is able to leap past a huge "bridge out" gap!!
Gary doing all sorts of tricks (from art sculpting to a classic motorcycle jump over trailers and a hoop of fire) just to earn Snail Bites in "Treats!"
The ending of "Accidents Will Happen", a similar episode to "Can You Spare a Dime". After making Krabs wait on him hand and foot by threatening to report his workplace accident to the authorities, Squidward is revealed to have had his accident while sleeping on the job, and is forced to wait on Krabs hand and foot in revenge.
Patrick actually outwitting SpongeBob (and briefly the audience) in "The Secret Box" by making him think the contents of his box is just a piece of string. Just silly old Patrick, right? Wrong!
Even with all the terrible things Mr. Krabs has done throughout the show (especially in recent seasons), he was able to have an awesome moment in "Seance Shemeance" when he single-handedly defeated and rounded up all the ghosts and ghouls into the bubble... with a mop!
In the SpongeBob, You're Fired special, SQUIDWARD of all people saved SpongeBob from the other restaurant owners who were fighting over him and brought him back to the Krusty Krab to work again.
SpongeBob and Gary get a moment at the end of the episode "Jellyfish Jam" when Gary makes a beat with his eyes, and he and SpongeBob get the stray jellyfish out of his house with music. Also counts as Awesome Music.
"Frozen Face-Off". How badly does Plankton want the Krabby Patty formula? He goes as far as to rip a piece of the safe holding it off, before ripping THAT in half, and than proceeds to rip apart a ATOM, all with his BARE HANDS! This results in a atomic blast, destroying the Krusty Krab, as well as the safe...but NOT PLANKTON! Plankton, a being so small that he is defeated by being stepped on, SURVIVES A ATOMIC BLAST, while being right in the center, something that would kill ANYONE, he survives. All because he wants the Krabby Patty formula.
In "Krusty Towers", Mr. Krabs gets the idea of running a hotel just so he could charge extra for a Krabby Patty. Squidward is put through hell and back by Patrick making many absurd requests of services after checking in, as "[We] shall never deny a guest even the most ridiculous request". Eventually Squidward turns this against Krabs by quitting, checking in as a regular customer, and making a variety of ridiculous requests himself at Krabs's expense.
"SpongeBob's Last Stand" is a giant moment of awesome - from Sponge and Pat's insanely catching "Jellyfishing Song," to the two of them going to every length to keep Jellyfish Fields from getting turned into a highway, to their surprisingly awesome "Give Jellyfish Fields a Chance" John Lennon parody (which leads to them getting arrested for their peaceful protesting), to everyone in Bikini Bottom teaming up to save Jellyfish Fields, to the reprise of the aforementioned "Jellyfishing Song".
The utterly gorgeous duet between SpongeBob and Squidward at the end of "Hello Bikini Bottom", with SpongeBob on ukulele and Squidward, beautifully, playing his clarinet.
Even "A Pal For Gary" has an awesome moment - upon seeing his master in danger of being eaten, Gary immediately overcomes his fear of Puffy Fluffy and bravely whips the monster to knock Spongebob out of his mouth and drive him away. It becomes twice as awesome when you remember that Spongebob has treated Gary like crap throughout the whole episode, yet Gary STILL chooses to come to the rescue instead of leaving Spongebob to die.
In Neptune's Spatula, Spongebob pulls a golden spatula out of ancient grease, fulfilling an ancient prophecy about someone destined to being Neptune's personal fry cook. Neptune doesn't believe Spongebob has what it takes. Neptune challenges him to a cooking contest. If he wins, he gets to be the fry cook, if he loses, he has to give up his job forever. Spongebob only makes one patty, while King Neptune is able to make hundreds. Spongebob loses, until it turns out that the crowd hates the patties King Neptune made, while King Neptune finds Spongebob's patty delicious. But instead of being Neptune's cook, Spongebob becomes King Neptune's mentor.
In the same episode, Patrick repeatedly defending SpongeBob and standing up to King Neptune, even if he does get shocked by him, it shows that, at least back then, Patrick stood up for his friend, no matter the consequences.
Patrick: "He is the new royal fry cook, and you-" *gets shocked by King Neptune*
Patrick (burnt to a crisp): "Bring it on! SpongeBob can handle anyth-" *gets shocked again*
A meta version for Graveyard Shift: The humor, the animation and the voice acting all make the episode one of its best.
The Goo From Goo Lagoon is one for the writers. Spongebob and Patrick actually take an active role in stopping Plankton and the goo bubble (instead of being their usual idiot selves) Sandy is not a plot device or minor character, but instead central to the story, Plankton is a legitimate threat (competent enough to outsmart Sandy ), and Krabs and Squidward aren't focused on as much, which means Squidward can't be abused and Krabs can't be a jerk.
The void scene in SB-129 is one for the entire team. It might be Nightmare Fuel, but it's also got fantastic animation and pacing, not to mention the fact that it's wonderfully trippy, bringing the "Nowhere Man" sequence from Yellow Submarine to mind.
The characters becoming superheroes for the climax of the new movie. Not only do they get INCREDIBLY buff (especially Plankton,) but they also have a fight sequence that's suprisingly better than anything from TMNT.